Comic-Con will remain virtual in 2021, cites financial strains | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

Comic-Con will remain virtual in 2021, cites financial strains |  FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

SAN DIEGO, Calif .– San Diego Comic-Con will remain virtual for the July event, but organizers are planning a smaller-scale rally later this year.

Comic-Con announced Monday that the annual conference will revert to virtual for a second consecutive year from July 23 to 25. The in-person experience was once again canceled due to coronavirus warnings at large gatherings.

Organizers said postponements and other challenges caused by the pandemic left them with “limited financial resources.” As a result, the July virtual convention has been reduced from four to three days.

However, organizers said they are planning a smaller in-person event in November in San Diego. Details have yet to be released.

San Diego Comic-Con canceled for first time in 50 years

Comic-Con draws more more than 135,000 people – often richly costumed – in the Gaslamp district each year for the comic book convention.

It’s not uncommon for thousands of people to gather in one room for a round table, and the showroom is usually crowded with people browsing through the merchandise.

Last year, Comic-Con organizers postponed its smaller Anaheim, Calif.-Based event WonderCon, which was scheduled to take place in mid-April. A version of the event was held online instead.

Comic-Con organizers have been slow to make official decisions about their biggest event, a huge money generator for San Diego restaurants and hotels, and a…

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