Los Angeles Comic Con is the latest convention to fall victim to COVID-19. Organizers Comikaze Entertainment announced Tuesday that they are canceling the 2020 show, scheduled for Dec. 11-13, while also setting a 2021 event, to take place Sept. 24 through 26.
“Last week on Oct. 7, Gov. Newsom finally gave an update on reopening plans for theme parks, which most people thought would precede event and convention guidelines,” Comikaze wrote in a statement. “In his announcement, the Governor said he had decided not to provide reopening guidelines yet for theme parks, and by extension, events. Without guidelines, there is no way for LA County, the City, or event organizers like us to know if the plans and changes we made to be safe will be right, or enough. So with that new direction from the State, we are rescheduling.”
The convention is offering a guarantee that all tickets purchased for the 2020 event will be refundable or able to be rolled over to the 2021 event. Also rolling over to 2021 is the talent booked for this year’s show, with organizers adding Shazam! star Zachary Levi and Smallville lead Tom Welling to the line-up scheduled to appear next September.
The event had originally been scheduled for September, before being rescheduled to the December dates this July. As recently as last week, organizers Comikaze were publicly reporting that the event would go ahead as planned. Tickets for around 70 percent of the planned 13,500 capacity event had been purchased, according to reports.
Cancellation of the event follows the cancellation of in-person shows for San Diego Comic-Con, New York ComicCon and virtually every comic convention in the United States this year as the novel coronavirus has spread throughout the country.
“We look to 2021 with empathy for all, knowing we are all struggling – the sick and the healthy, those who have lost loved ones, the employed, the under-employed and the newly unemployed. May we all have each other’s backs, and work today for a better tomorrow,” organizers wrote in the statement.