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LA Comic Con Cancels Plans For December In-Person Event, Moves To September 2021

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson takes a selfie with the crowd at L.A. Comic Con at the L.A. Convention Center on Oct. 28, 2017. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
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L.A. Comic Con announced plans two weeks ago to hold their convention in-person this December, at the L.A. Convention Center. They had a COVID-19 safety plan and said that, based on guidance from both local and state officials, they believed they could proceed safely.

That's not going to be happening. Instead, the convention is moving to Sept. 24-26, 2021.

Convention organizers blamed the decision on California Gov. Newsom's announcement that he wouldn't be announcing guidelines imminently for theme parks — and, by extension, no guidelines for live events.

"We hoped the COVID-safe plan would have been approved by the Dec. 11-13, 2020 dates," convention organizers said via email. "Without guidelines, there is no way for L.A. County, the City, or L.A. Comic Con to know if the plans and changes we made to be COVID-safe will be right."

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The organizers also put tickets on sale two weeks ago, but promised a full roll-over or refund in the event of the convention being postponed — which it now has.

"Every fan who has bought a ticket ... will automatically receive an email asking them if they prefer to roll-over to 2021, or receive a full refund," organizers told LAist via email at the time. "LACC will then immediately process each request on a fan-by-fan basis. We think of it as a 'no worry' guarantee — join us for the same ticket type at next year’s show, or get your money back. It’s the fan’s choice."

Organizers also announced that they've already confirmed the talent they'd signed for this year will appear at their 2021 event, still set to be held at the L.A. Convention Center.

Assuming we have guidelines for reopening large public gatherings by then.

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