After more than a year without cosplay and superheroes, Comic-Con International announced the dates of its 2021 convention on Saturday.
The Comic-Con Special Edition will take place over Thanksgiving weekend at the San Diego Convention Center from November 26-28. It will be the first Comic-Con in person since the coronavirus pandemic derailed large gatherings across the country.
“We are hopeful that conditions will allow for larger public gatherings by the fall,” organizers said in a statement. “Comic-Con Special Edition will be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since Comic-Con 2019, and the first since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic.”
Organizers highlighted the “acute” loss of revenue suffered since the last full convention was held in 2019.
“Hopefully this event will bolster our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person meetings in 2022,” said David Glanzer, a spokesman for the nonprofit.
Details on the cost and capacity to assist were still being finalized, organizers said.
Comic-Con draws about 130,000 people each year and has become a must-see event for movie studios and celebrities promoting their latest superhero offerings. It contributes an estimated $ 166 million to the region, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.