Comic-Con Wants a Thanksgiving Event, But May Not Get It | IGN

San Diego Comic-Con organizers are still planning to host a small in-person event in California over the Thanksgiving weekend despite some confusion on social media that suggested otherwise.

False claims that the Thanksgiving alternative was canceled, alongside the summer version of the event that was previously postponed until 2022, started being shared on Twitter earlier today. This comes weeks after Comic-Con organizers posted an updated statement about the Thanksgiving weekend option, explaining their reasoning for choosing those dates. A press spokesperson told IGN the Thanksgiving weekend is still on as of today.

Prior frustrations around the timing of the event and concerns about hosting an in-person gathering while case numbers are still relatively high in California were all addressed in the statement. Organizers explained that of all the dates presented to the team, “Friday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend seemed to be the best balance of available space and our envisioned event.”

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Just because the event is still on the books as of right now, however, organizers also recognized that everything could change closer to the actual date.

“Currently we do not know whether having this event in November is even feasible as we are still in the midst of the pandemic and while we are optimistic about Q4, we have not been privy to any specific information on large gatherings,” the statement reads.

Comic-Con isn’t the first event to try an in-person version in late 2021. Bonnaroo music festival is currently set to take place in Tennessee from September 2nd through September 5th, too. It’s unclear if movie or other music festivals may follow, but giant theme parks are also beginning to re-open with Disneyland set to open its doors on April 30th in Anaheim, California. Governor Gavin Newsom has publicly stated that his team is tentatively planning to lift restrictions imposed during the pandemic across the state by June 15th.

San Diego Comic-Con organizers previously postponed the main 2021 summer convention back in March, following the same path they took in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic was raging around the world. With vaccines being distributed across the United States, organizers are hoping that Comic-Con can return to some form of normalcy in 2022. A virtual version of the summer convention will run between July 23rd and July 25th.

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Julia Alexander is IGN’s top streaming editor. Have a story tip? DM her on Twitter @loudmouthjulia or request her Signal number by emailing julia_alexander@ziffdavis.com.

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