Last year in 2020, San Diego Comic-Con opted for a digital version of their event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was officially called Comic-Con At Home and this year, they’re going to continue with the same format for 2021.
San Diego Comic-Con will try to organize an in-person convention sometime in November 2021, but the Comic-Con At Home online event will take place from 23 July to 25 July 2021.
The official statement reads:
“While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con.
For this reason, we have made the challenging decision to postpone Comic-Con 2021 as an in-person gathering until our 2022 dates, and once again hold this year’s celebration as the free online Comic-Con@Home.
Unfortunately, the challenges of this past year and the multiple postponements of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, so this year the online experience will be reduced to a three-day event, spanning July 23-25, 2021.
While we lament the postponement of the in-person Comic-Con, our commitment to this community of fans and our celebration of comics and the related popular arts endures as an important part of who we are.
As the timing and scope of our larger event factored greatly into our decision to postpone, we believe that launching a smaller in-person event at a later time may be a safe alternative.
For this reason, we are happy to announce that San Diego Comic Convention is planning to present a three-day in-person convention in San Diego in November.
At this time, we are still working on specific details as to attendance capacity, badge cost, and related information, and those details will be forthcoming.”
Comic At Home 2020 was less exciting than past Comic-Cons (check out our highlights from Day One and Day Two from last year), but perhaps this year the organizers will find a way to make the event more interesting again. The biggest reason for that was the absence of major companies like Marvel and DC Comics.
It remains to be seen if the big wigs will return for this year’s event, but for the sake of the fans, let’s hope so.