On Saturday, San Diego Comic-Con announced the dates for its first in-person convention since 2019.
Since 2003, the confab has taken place in July, at the San Diego Convention Center. This year, however, a three-day “special edition” of the event will begin on November 26. The hope is that by Thanksgiving weekend, Covid conditions will allow for large-scale public gatherings.
According to an announcement on the Comic-Con website, the event will feature “all of the great things that make Comic-Con such a popular event every year,” while generating much-needed revenue for the organization, businesses local and adjacent community.
“While we were able to switch from in-person meetings to limited online events, the loss of revenue had a big impact on the organization, as it did with many small businesses, requiring schedules. less work and less other issues, ”said Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer. “Hopefully this event will strengthen our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger face-to-face gatherings in 2022.”
In 2020, Comic-Con went virtual, after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to recent developments with Covid in California which have seen deaths, confirmed cases and hospitalizations decline, plans had been made for another virtual edition of Comic-Con, which would take place between July 23 and July 25. It was not clear from Comic-Con’s statement if there were still any plans for Comic-Con @ Home.
But while a return to the Palais des Congrès is now on the table, details regarding the cost of badges, ability to attend and more are still being worked out.