Well, this one wasn’t on our 2021 Bingo Card! The biggest show of them all, San Diego Comic-Con, will reconvene live over Thanksgiving weekend!
Last year, SDCC canceled their in-person even for the first time in 50 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entire shindig became a virtual event spanning multiple days. This year, there will be both a virtual gathering and an in-person event.
The virtual convention will still happen between July 23-25. This is normally when SDCC takes places. The in-person event is scheduled to take place from November 26-28, 2021 at the San Diego Convention Center. It’s being called Comic-Con Special Edition! The big hang up is it’s over Thanksgiving Holiday, when most people will likely be with their family they haven’t seen in over a year.
The announcement was met with an extreme backlash. So much so, that they released an official statement.
“As conventions and events have had to cancel their in-person shows or have converted to virtual formats during the pandemic, some have been postponed to later years while others have been rescheduled to the later part of 2021, resulting in a very packed Convention Center calendar. When reviewing dates for an in-person event, it was clear that available meeting and exhibit space would limit our options. Of the dates presented with the fewest restrictions, Friday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend seemed to be the best balance of available space and our envisioned event. As longtime fans ourselves, we have attended many conventions over that holiday weekend, opting to spend Thanksgiving day with family and the rest of the weekend with friends and our families of choice. While this is not unusual in the convention trade, we understand this choice is not optimal for everyone.“
The powers that be go on to explain “Comic-Con Special Edition was never intended to be the large gathering reflective of the summer event. As a shorter event, it was our attempt to start slowly and cautiously while at the same time addressing the desire from fans to have an in-person show.”
So nerds, will it be Thanksgiving or Comic-Con this year?