Hey, bear in mind when Comic-Con International: San Diego was going to have a digital conference once more this summer however attempt to maintain a small, in-person con in November for…some cause? The group has determined Thanksgiving weekend is the right time. In the immortal phrases of Pugsley Addams: Eat me.
Yes, it’s true. As Comic-Con’s MarvelCon was rolling on just about, a press launch was despatched out at 9:00 p.m. EST Saturday evening—a good time to get everybody labored up—to tell the world that SDCC can be holding its beforehand introduced November conference on Thanksgiving weekend.
While Comic-Con@Home will nonetheless happen just about over three days (July 23-35), the newly dubbed Comic-Con Special Edition (a reputation beforehand utilized by con competitor ReedPop in NYC) will happen in individual in San Diego, California on Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-28, 2021 on the San Diego Convention Center. “It is our hope that by fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings,” the discharge stated partly.
For a second, let’s put apart the obvious concern—the covid-19 pandemic. Sure, vaccines are rolling out at a pleasant tempo now, extra issues are opening up (whether or not they should), and other people could also be extra snug touring by the tip of the yr. Putting all that apart, this conference might not occur due to coronavirus considerations, proper?
But if the con organizers count on it to…why the flying fuck do you select one of many greatest vacation weekends within the United States to carry a comic book conference?
The flights alone—usually already horrendous to e-book throughout common SDCC—will probably be atrocious due to individuals making an attempt to get house for the vacations. But precisely what expertise are they going to have the ability to safe to make the conference definitely worth the journey in any respect? This could be the primary time in virtually two years that folks will really get to spend time with their family members in individual. You actually suppose they’d relatively spend it in a conference corridor? I do know I don’t.
Bizarre alternative of date apart now, the press launch pressured a vital cause Comic-Con is even making an attempt this. The “event will allow the organization to highlight all the great elements that make Comic-Con such a popular event each year, as well as generate much needed revenue not only for the organization but also for local businesses and the community.”
David Glanzer, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer for Comic-Con International added, “While we have been able to pivot from in-person gatherings to limited online events, the loss of revenue has had an acute impact on the organization as it has with many small businesses, necessitating reduced work schedules and reduction in pay for employees, among other issues. Hopefully this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022.”
While Comic-Con is a non-profit, it clearly nonetheless wants cash to outlive and its existence is a gigantic a part of the downtown San Diego financial system. But this? This isn’t it. Perhaps it’s time to achieve out to all these Hollywood studios you’ve boosted the profiles of in fan’s eyes for thus a few years and ask for a bailout.
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