When we reported last month that this year’s San Diego Comic-Con would be once again held virtually, we noted that SDCC had also stated plans to hold a smaller, in-person event in November if possible.
Well, less than a month later it looks like those plans are coming to fruition, as the annual event has now announced a three-day event titled “Comic-Con Special Edition, to be held in-person at the San Diego Convention Center over Thanksgiving weekend, from November 26-28 this year.
The announcement stated: “It is our hope that by Fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings. Comic-Con Special Edition will be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since Comic-Con 2019, and the first since the onset of the global pandemic COVID-19. The Fall 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.”
While those involved with the event might be conveying optimism for the hopeful in-person event, the announcement was swiftly met with criticism from those within the community, particularly over the planned dates that would force talent and other attendees to pay larger airfare prices to be away from their families over the holidays.
Although Comic-Con may want to celebrate the fact that they might be able to hold an in-person event this year, others are irritated over the idea of taking people away from their families when they may not have been able to spend time with their loved ones last year due to the pandemic.
The Hollywood Reporter shared several tweets from talent upset about the decision, like Daredevil and She-Hulk author Charles Soule, who tweeted out, “So they scheduled #SDCC on the same weekend as the first chance most families will (hopefully) be fully able to celebrate Thanksgiving in two years. See you in 2022!”
Surely there will be more developments to come with this story.