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Comic-Con Goes Online-Only This July — But In-Person This November

These people will not be able to gather together like this in July for Comic-Con this year. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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Pop culture fans from around the world, including many Angelenos, make the annual pilgrimage to San Diego for Comic-Con International in July. That didn't happen in 2020 because of COVID-19. Now, it's officially not happening in-person this summer, either.

"While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con," the organization said in a statement.

The event will be going online only and will be shortened from four to three days, July 23-25. It joins WonderCon, which is normally held in late March or early April in Anaheim, in canceling its in-person portion for the second year in a row. WonderCon is happening online, March 26-27.

San Diego Comic Convention, the organization that runs Comic-Con, said the reduced number of days is due, in part, to limited financial resources after postponing its two largest annual events.

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But hope is not lost, true believers. The organization announced a new, three-day event set for this November in San Diego.

"We believe that launching a smaller, in-person event at a later time may be a safe alternative," the organization said in its statement.

Details about the new event are still being determined and those depend on the ongoing state of the pandemic. You can read the organization's full statement below:

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