It’s hard to believe that the last in-person, large-scale Comic-Con was on July 21, 2019. After over two long years, Comic-Con International have quietly announced their official dates for San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon 2022.
Due to COVID-19, WonderCon was forced to cancel both its 2020 and 2021 in-person events and went down the route of virtual panels. However, SDCC was able to come back with the substantially smaller Comic-Con Special Edition from Nov. 26-28, 2021. Although they’ve been able to coordinate a smaller event, SDCC’s move to Thanksgiving weekend proved to be troublesome — with the announcement of the traditional summer dates a sigh of relief for long-time Comic-Con goers.
WonderCon is scheduled to return to the Anaheim Convention Center from April 1-3, 2022 and Comic-Con International: San Diego is set to return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 21-24, 2022.
And speaking of soon, as a reminder, here are the dates for the next two cons!#WonderCon Anaheim – April 1-3, 2022#SDCC – July 20-24, 2022 (they never include Preview Night when they put the dates in writing, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) pic.twitter.com/NQkY3LX6U9
— SDCC Unofficial Blog (@SD_Comic_Con) November 29, 2021
“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,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization, back in March 2021. “Hopefully this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022.”
There is no word about what health mandates there will be for San Diego Comic Con and WonderCon, there’s a good chance that they will follow closely to the Comic-Con Special Edition’s health mandates — which required attendees to present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test before entering the event.
Many similar conventions have followed this pattern, with New York Comic Con, Florida SuperCon, the upcoming C2E2, and Emerald City Comic Con requiring their attendees to follow said health procedures to ensure that these events keep everyone safe and ease the concerns that these conventions could become super-spreader events.
We’ll keep you posted on when tickets go on sale but there’s some light at the end of the convention tunnel!
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