When they cancelled the Olympics, I knew the writing was on the wall. After all, San Diego Comic-Con is an international event, that’s wall-to-wall people. There is a literal herd of humanity walking through the exhibit hall and corridors. And people from all over the world eat together, drink together, party together, and sleep together on the ground. What did we realistically expect. But despite the crowds, and the chaos, and the lines, it’s like a nerd mardi-gras, and those who go, love it!
San Diego’s Gaslamp District transforms into an over-crowded nerd-topia, where colorful costumes abound, art galleries are Star Trek themed, and bars and restaurants become genre gathering places. They even change the street signs to ‘kilingon’, and dress the trains and pedi-cabs in Marvel and DC attire. But not this year. Because while we should, hopefully, be trying to return to a semblance of normal by July, big mega-events like San Diego Comic-con are still off the menu.
A message from Comic-con International… “For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.”
And more important than the loss of a good time, is the fact that the convention is San Diego’s biggest, and the tourist dollars it brings in, and the jobs it creates, are lost. And individuals, SDCC venders, and local businesses will be the hardest hit. Not to mention the folks behind SDCC, who also had to cancel Wondercon as well. That’s their entire year, just gone. So to those who never go to conventions and wonder why this is such a big deal. That’s why.