The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the live event business, particularly the lucrative comic convention industry. In a bid to raise much needed funds, San Diego Comic-Con will host a smaller version of its annual summer event in the fall.
Dubbed “Comic-Con Special Edition,” this convention is slated for November 26-28 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The organization’s decision to place this in-person convention over Thanksgiving weekend, an announcement it made late Saturday night, is facing harsh backlash from fans, talent and press.
“So they scheduled #SDCC on the same weekend as the first chance most families will (hopefully) be fully able to celebrate Thanksgiving in two years. See you in 2022!” wrote Charles Soule, author of “Light of the Jedi” and Daredevil comics, on Twitter following the announcement.
Like Soule, the majority of dissenting voices question why the organization would host this event during a major U.S. holiday. Particularly, one that many people did not have the ability to celebrate last year with family due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.