The COVID-19 virus sidelined ECCC, (Emerald City Comic Con,) and this month’s WonderCon.
SDCC had announced last mont that they have canceled 2020’s Con. Traditionally, SDCC is THE place that studios show off the first trailers for new films. Most of the ‘superhero’ films from Marvel were all at the ‘con’ with first trailers. COVID-19.
Some of the biggest stars in the world would grace the stage in ‘H Hall’ touting their new film. I have some photos that I will try to find and add them to this article. Now with COVID-19, being the beast that it is, none of this will happen.
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From the SDCC 2020
The information below was written several days ago on the day the SDCC was announced as canceled. The world has gone to hell in a handbag, so I never had time.
For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.
Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year’s event.
Similarly, WonderCon Anaheim, which was to have been held April 10-12, 2020 will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26-28, 2021.
In addition to their conventions, Comic-Con has been planning a major renovation of Balboa Park’s Federal Building to be completed for the grand opening of the Comic-Con Museum in the summer of 2021. However, the COVID-19 situation has had an effect on those efforts as well. As such, they will be rephrasing the Museum’s initially planned major renovations, but will not scale back the experience to be offered to visitors upon the Museum’s grand opening. They anticipate releasing building plans illustrating the Museum’s transformation and sharing more information about those efforts in the coming months.
SDCC also announced that individuals who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All 2020 badge holders will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to request a refund. Exhibitors for Comic-Con 2020 will also have the option to request a refund or transfer their payments to Comic-Con 2021 and will also receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to process their request.
In the next few days, onPeak, Comic-Con’s official hotel affiliate, will be canceling all hotel reservations and refunding all deposits made through them. There is no need for anyone who booked through onPeak to take any action, including trying to cancel their reservations online or contacting the company via phone as the process will be handled automatically. Those who booked rooms through onPeak will be notified when refunds have been completed.
“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the organization. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.” SDCC Website
My favorite interview that I ever did, out of many, was with Dwayne Johnson. It was for the second G.I. Joe film. I was able to get into a presser. There were four of us around that table, three male journalists, Mr. Johnson and I. From the first question which was about military weapons, that most polite of man in Hollywood, turned to me and explained everything I needed to know about that weapon. I was amazed that I got to write an awesome article because of an actor who wasn’t all about him. Amazing.
It’s sad that SDCC has been canceled for 2020. Studios and actors were pulling out, so it was only a matter of time before this happened.
Since none of us can be there, here are a few trailers we would have seen. Curse you COVID-19
A few of these films are going to cable. We don’t know if the theaters will be open this summer or not.
These films aren’t block busters for the most part, and I think some of what are traditionally summer fare will be held onto for a while.