San Diego Comic-Con Likely To Be Cancelled Due To COVID-19, But Organisers Considering "Online Component"

San Diego Comic-Con Likely To Be Cancelled Due To COVID-19, But Organisers Considering "Online Component"

Despite denying that there were any plans to cancel this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the organisers have now indicated that it could be inevitable. On the plus side, they may be exploring alternatives...

The organisers of the San Diego Comic-Con recently made it clear that they would be moving forward with the July event as planned, but even then it was clearly wishful thinking on their part. Now, it appears as if they're seriously considering postponing or cancelling it altogether. 

According to San Diego Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi, it's highly unlikely that a gathering of this size will be able to take place in July given current social distancing measures, while it sounds like they're already in the process of figuring out how to go about calling the whole thing off.

"They are evaluating any financial liability they might have with a cancellation, and once they determine that, they’ll make a decision," Terzi said. "Based on our knowledge of the event, it will be very difficult for them to have that event in July. With other events you could do things to keep people separate, but Comic-Con is a whole different animal, it’s a massive sea of people."

Many hotels have already agreed to a request to waive cancellation fees should Comic-Con not take place as planned, and SDCC spokesman David Glanzer confirms that they're hoping to make an announcement soon (while exploring the possibility of it having an "online component").

Does that mean panels would be streamed online? They would obviously have to take place remotely, but with Hollywood on lockdown, it's doubtful studios will even have footage to debut. 

As a result, it seems Comic-Con as we know it is going to be forced to sit out 2020...

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