SDCC 2020 canceled due to coronavirus


In a development that is sure to surprise no one at this point, the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) has been canceled. The event was slated to take place from July 23-26, but a cancellation proved inevitable as the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States and the world at large.

The organizers of the event had this to say about the cancellation: “Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.”

Cosplayers at the San Diego Comic-Con
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 19: General view of the atmosphere outside 2019 Comic-Con International on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

This would mark the first year in the 50-year history of the popular convention that it would not be holding. First held in 1970 as the Golden State Comic Book Convention, the event was intended as a celebration of comic books. It has since grown to attract more than 150,000 attendees in recent years, and is seen as an overall celebration of pop culture across comic books, films, television, video games and more.

What do you think about the SDCC getting axed this year? Was this expected in light of the current situation in the world, or were you also hoping that the coronavirus pandemic would be behind us by then? Let us know in the comments section below.