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Comic-Con 2020 Canceled Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Amid the ongoing viral pandemic, Comic-Con has been canceled for this summer. 

The annual convention operates as a nerd Mecca for all things video games, movies, TV, comics, and more, but attendees hoping to get there again or maybe for their first time will be waiting at least another year. The event will return next summer, from July 22-25, 2021, once again held at the San Diego Convention Center.

WonderCon in Anaheim had already been canceled after it was originally scheduled for earlier this month. A new event date of March 26-28, 2021 has been scheduled in that case. A Comic-Con Museum, long in the works at Balboa Park’s Federal Building, is off schedule as well. Its original opening was meant to take place next summer, but renovations have been rescheduled. The opening will still occur as scheduled, according to the event organizers.

“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said David Glanzer, SDCC spokesperson. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”

Hotel refunds will be going out shortly for anyone who bought through onPeak, SDCC's hotel partner, while ticket holders for Comic-Con 2020 can elect to transfer their tickets to next year's event or request a refund. If you're among those groups, the organizers say to expect an email detailing those steps soon.

From sports to concerts to even major gaming events like E3, virtually the entire summer has been canceled or postponed amid the ongoing pandemic. It was recently announced that Gamescom, the world's biggest gaming convention, will be moving to an all-digital show this August

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