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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.
“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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