WonderCon Anaheim Postponed Due to Coronavirus
In the wake of California Gov. Gavin Newsom recommending that any public gathering of more than 250 people be postponed or canceled at least through the end of March, Comic-Con International has officially and indefinitely postponed WonderCon Anaheim.
The announcement was made via a statement given to press Thursday morning.
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“To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or canceled. Comic-Con (organizer of WonderCon) will abide by this recommendation,” the statement reads. “Therefore WonderCon Anaheim, scheduled for April 10-12, 2020 in Anaheim, California, will be postponed until a later date. We will begin processing refunds in the coming days.”
In regards to San Diego Comic-Con, the statement continues, “We continue to work closely with officials in San Diego and at this time no decision has been made regarding the rescheduling of Comic-Con slated to take place this summer, July 23-26.”
The move comes in a day that saw seismic shifts for the geek sphere. Paramount delayed John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's A Quiet Place Part II, while Universal pushed back F9 an entire year from May 2020 to April 2021. Disney delayed Mulan, New Mutants and Antlers. And the LGBTQ women-focused ClexaCon delayed its Las Vegas convention set for April.
WonderCon began in Oakland, California, in 1987 and has grown to attract around 60,000 attendees in recent years.
March 12, 3:34 p.m. Updated with the delay of ClexaCon.
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