With the way things are in life these days, it is not surprising to hear that major events are holding off again this year, as is the case with Anime Expos, E3, and San Diego Comic-Con. Over the past 24 hours news has been announce for each one.
AThe Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Board of Commissioners has posted the information packet from a planned (but since canceled) special board meeting for March 3, and the packet lists Anime Expo 2021 as “doing a virtual event over 4th of July.” The information packet also stated that Anime Expo is “signing their license agreement through 2030.” The document does not specifically state that the in-person Anime Expo 2021 event is canceled, nor does it state if a hybrid event is planned.
THE LOS ANGELES CONVENTION AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HAS POSTED THE INFORMATION PACKET FROM A PLANNED (BUT SINCE CANCELED) SPECIAL BOARD MEETING FOR MARCH 3, AND THE PACKET REPORTS THAT E3 2021 HAS CANCELED ITS LIVE EVENT. THE DOCUMENT ADDS THAT THE E3 STAFF IS WORKING WITH PRODUCTION TEAMS ON POSSIBLE BROADCAST OPTIONS AT THE L.A. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX AND THE LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER, AND IS WORKING ON VENUE LICENSES FOR 2022 AND 2023.
As you may be aware, due to concern for public health and safety, San Diego Comic Convention had to cancel both of its in-person events in 2020 and recently announced that our spring 2021 show, WonderCon in Anaheim, will also be canceled. In its place, WonderCon@Home will once again be held as a free online event on March 26 and 27, 2021.
It is the policy of the organization to continue to closely monitor information from local and national healthcare officials as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. Never could we have imagined what the world experienced in 2020 and continues to experience today. While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con. For this reason, we have made the challenging decision to postpone Comic-Con 2021 as an in-person gathering until our 2022 dates, and once again hold this year’s celebration as the free online Comic-Con@Home. Unfortunately, the challenges of this past year and the multiple postponements of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, so this year the online experience will be reduced to a three-day event, spanning July 23-25, 2021.
While we lament the postponement of the in-person Comic-Con, our commitment to this community of fans and our celebration of comics and the related popular arts endures as an important part of who we are. As the timing and scope of our larger event factored greatly into our decision to postpone, we believe that launching a smaller in-person event at a later time may be a safe alternative. For this reason, we are happy to announce that San Diego Comic Convention is planning to present a three-day in-person convention in San Diego in November. At this time, we are still working on specific details as to attendance capacity, badge cost, and related information, and those details will be forthcoming. Please continue to visit our website, comic-con.org, for official updated information as it becomes available.
At this time, individuals who have purchased badges that were rolled over to the 2021 show will have those badges automatically transferred to the 2022 event unless a refund is requested. To submit a badge refund request, visit www.comic-con.org/cci/comic-con-cancellationrefund-policy. All confirmed exhibitors with a rollover payment from Comic-Con 2020 will receive a separate email with instructions and deadlines for continuing to forward your payment on to Comic-Con 2022, or for requesting a refund. In addition, we are currently working on an option for those wishing to transfer their badge or exhibitor deposits/payments as full or partial payment towards our 2021 November event. Information will be forthcoming, so please watch your email inbox and the Comic-Con website for further details.
The past several months have taken a great toll on both families and friends, and we hope this effort is a small move toward a return to gathering as a community to not only celebrate popular art, but also friendship, education, and the enduring spirit of the fandom that is so much a part of Comic-Con. We thank you all for your continued and unwavering support during these most challenging times.
We look forward to seeing you in November!
–San Diego Comic Convention
Also on the convention front, is some news that WhedonCon, the event know for celebrating the work of Joss Whedon, seems to be distancing itself from him amongst all of the recent allegations around him, if you are not sure what I am talking about, just do a search for his name online. WhedonCon seems to be possibly rebranding, or at least they are defiantly promoting it as their event this year.