SDCC, which cancelled its event weekend for the first time in its 50 year existence, has provided an alternative.
SDCC Swapping “Social Distancing” For San Diego In Its Acronym?
The San Diego Comic Con International has been a staple in the US as the largest comic convention in the world. Since its inception in 1970, the event has evolved into an entertainment hub for promotional panels and discussions. It currently holds a place in the Guiness World Recrods as being the most attended pop culture event. The best example is last year’s attendance record of 135,000 people. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the event organizers made the difficult decision on April 17th to formally cancel this year’s festivities. To accommodate ticket holders for the event, the organizers allowed for an option for either a refund or transfer their badges for the 2021 event planned for July 22-25.
The company announced this past Friday of an online option called “Comic-Con @Home 2020”. While details are scarce, what is clear is a virtual event that can be enjoyed from home. To date this is the only event organizer that is considering social media to retain its fan base and revenue. Given the state is currently in a state of lockdown with a three-stage reopening plan, this may be a viable choice in SDCC’s case. Hosting an event as large as this is too far down the road to resume; even the date Comic-Con International scheduled for next year may be tentative. Time will tell, but in the meantime, this is better than nothing.
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