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It’s official: WonderCon ’21 will be online only

WonderCon@Home will be held March 26-27.

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The 2021 edition of WonderCon will once again be a virtual event, CCI announced yesterday. With mass gatherings nowhere near happening in the US, convention cancellations and postponements are no surprise. This one is no different.

WonderCon@Home will be a two-day event, held March 26-27.

WonderCon is traditionally held in March in Anaheim, and the last event in 2019 drew some 66,000 attendees.

According to the WonderCon site:

2020 was a difficult year all around. For the first time in the history of our organization, we were unable to have in-person events for WonderCon or Comic-Con. We have hoped that by now, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might have subsided enough that we could once again come together in person for a traditional WonderCon event. Sadly, as we continue to monitor the latest information from healthcare officials, we have determined the interest of public safety will prevent this spring’s WonderCon from moving forward as an in-person convention.

Our commitment to the community of fans who enjoy WonderCon and the celebration of comics and related popular art remains an important part of who we are. It is because of that dedication that we are happy to announce that WonderCon will again be held as the virtual WonderCon@Home. The challenges of this past year and the postponement of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, therefore WonderCon@Home will be a two-day celebration instead of the usual three days as we continue to marshal our resources for Comic-Con this summer.

While we may be limited in days, we will not be limited in scope. We are currently in the process of lining up great programming, amazing exhibitors, terrific gaming, and all of the many aspects that make WonderCon a fan-favorite event. We sincerely hope that you will join us for the WonderCon@Home celebration on Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, 2021.

We would like to thank everyone for your continued support as we anxiously look forward to a time when we can once again meet in person to celebrate comics, popular art, and spend time with our dedicated community of fans.

—San Diego Comic Convention

 

As noted by the San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog, SDCC ’21 has not been officially cancelled as an in-person event. It’s still on the schedule for July 21-25; however, the San Diego Convention Center is still being used as a homeless shelter, and the state of California has severe restrictions on large gatherings which don’t seem likely to be lifted any time soon.

Badges for 2020 are still being honored for a potential 2021 show, however, SDCCUB says.

Currently, the only announcement about the con has been that an additional badge sale wouldn’t be held. Instead, SDCC goers who held a 2020 badge and wished to roll them over were given the option to do so (and if you don’t remember this, if you didn’t request a refund, don’t worry — your badge rolled over automatically).

We’ll keep you updated on any further developments — and we’re also planning full coverage of WonderCon’s online programming.

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  1. I don’t think anyone should have been surprised by this news. I do think they are being a bit too optimistic about SDCC this year. I live in SoCal and I can’t see any major cons going non-virtual until late this year at the earliest.

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