The annual fan extravaganza known as Comic-Con was officially canceled Friday due to the coronavirus lockdown. The summer event was scheduled to run July 23 to 26 at the San Diego Convention Center, potentially drawing 130,000 visitors from all over the world.
The spread of COVID-19 has caused worldwide shutdowns and cancellations, with many states issuing orders to shelter in place and only operate essential businesses. On the cultural front, derailed events include everything from Burning Man and the NBA season to Hollywood film productions and NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park.
The Javits Center, where New York Comic-Con is scheduled for Oct. 8 to 12, has for now been turned into a temporary hospital.
The full statement from the Comic-Con Museum:
“Comic-Con International is officially cancelling the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con, marking the first time in 50 years that the show will not go on. It is the right thing to do. Comic-Con wants to do all we can to fight the spread of this virus and support workers who are on the front line, fighting this battle.
There will be better days ahead and we believe the Comic-Con Museum will play an important role in San Diego’s recovery after COVID-19. We are a destination city and tourism is vital to our economy. The development and opening of the Comic-Con Museum will act as a catalyst to reopen one of the world’s best urban park’s and a destination city known world-wide.
Some of the proposed Phase I renovations will shift, but this will not scale back the visitor experience. Our 2021 grand opening is still on track and you will soon see building plans that illustrate this transformation. To ensure we stay connected in this new reality, the Museum will introduce new and creative digital ways to bring the magic of Comic-Con to you all year-round.
We will redouble our efforts to regain momentum on opening this museum by 2021. And we can’t wait to work with you to realize this vision. Better days are ahead.”