Seattle, Chicago Comic Conventions Move to December 2021

General view of Emerald City Comic Con at Washington State Convention Center on March 5, 2017 in Seattle, Washington - Getty - H 2020
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Emerald City Comic Con and Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo were both originally set to take place in March 2021.

ReedPop, the company behind pop culture and comic book events including New York Comic Con, has announced new dates for next year’s Emerald City Comic Con and Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo that significantly reshape the comic convention calendar moving forward.

Traditionally two of the earliest comic conventions in the calendar year with spring events, both shows will move to December for their 2021 events. ECC will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, on Dec. 2 through 5, and C2E2 happening at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois the following week, on Dec. 10 through 12.

The news follows the cancellation of the Seattle event this year, which followed a last-minute postponement from its original March date to a then-abandoned August spot, both happening due to the novel coronavirus. At the time of the cancellation of the rescheduled show, ReedPop gave March 2021 dates for ECCC’s return. Similarly, C2E2 2021 had previously been scheduled for March 2021.

ECCC 2020 was just one of a number of comic conventions canceled this year, including many other ReedPop events. In response to the closures, multiple events have moved online, and ReedPop has created the Metaverse virtual line of conventions as an alternative; a spring Metaverse is already in the works for early 2021.

“If we have learned anything from our experiences this year, it’s how resilient our fans, creators, exhibitors and sponsors are," said ReedPop president Lance Fensterman. "We’ve come together to support and uplift one another, adapting to our new normal to create meaningful experiences that capture the community and excitement felt at any one of our shows. Now, we’re ready to look forward to 2021 and gearing up to bring you the best slate of comic con events possible, both in the real and virtual world."