If you’re a card-carrying comic book geek worth his weight in All-Star Comics #3, then the 2020-2021 COVID-era comic book convention circuit has been one of the biggest bummers since DC unceremoniously ushered Roy Thomas out the door back in late 1989. For the uninitiated, a genuine comic book convention is where the disciples of all things four-color related go to pay pilgrimage, bestowing our collective thanks at the respective alters of comic books and their creators even as we surreptitiously peek about for those all-important comics we need to fill out our Young All-Stars or Infinity, Inc. collections. It’s an experience that, try as convention organizers might (and they have), just cannot be duplicated in the so-called virtual internet setting. Fans of comics-related tchotchke’s such as film and television – which more and more over the years comic conventions have aligned closely to, sometimes at the expense of the comic book itself – have fared only slightly better, but even that sect of fandom has missed the in-person bonhomie that usually goes hand-in-hand with these events. Well, buck up True Believers, because this very day our fellow Supermen of America club-members over at Variety have delivered a hopeful bit of news: The San Diego Comic-Con, after going virtual last year and this coming summer, has concrete plans to host an honest-to-Pete in-person convention later this year…
The venerable San Diego Comic Book Convention will be returning to in-person conventions in the form of what’s being billed as a “special edition” get-together set to take place Friday-Sunday, November 26-28 at the San Diego Convention Center.
In a press release about the late in the year convention, the fine folks at the San Diego Con said that “It is our hope that by Fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings. Comic-Con Special Edition will be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since Comic-Con 2019, and the first since the onset of the global pandemic COVID-19. The Fall event will allow the organization to highlight all the great elements that make Comic-Con such a popular event each year, as well as generate much needed revenue not only for the organization but also for local businesses and the community.”
In a typical year, the San Diego Comic-Con attracts over 100,000 fans of comics, movies, video games and cosplay. San Diego Con spokesperson David Glanzer noted just how deeply local businesses have been impacted by the absence of all of those potential customers: “Hopefully this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022.”
So stay frosty all of you All-Star Squadron and Arak Son of Thunder fans – We’ll all meet again this November over the dollar comic book boxes nestled away in the shadows of whichever big, tent-pole movie the studios are stumping for this year!