For a second consecutive year, fans will not be flocking to the San Diego Convention Center for the annual Comic-Con celebration. Comic-Con International just announced that the upcoming con will be virtual as uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic continues to make large-scale gatherings a dangerous proposition. A free, three-day Comic-Con@Home virtual event will take place July 23-25 as was the case last year. 

“The past several months have taken a great toll on both families and friends, and we hope this effort is a small move toward a return to gathering as a community to not only celebrate popular art, but also friendship, education, and the enduring spirit of the fandom that is so much a part of Comic-Con,” read the statement from Comic-Con Internatinal.

Organizers did note, however, that they were planning a smaller, in-person event in San Diego for November, with information to come at a later date. Comic-Con is expected to be in person for July 2022.

Said organizers Monday: “While we lament the postponement of the in-person Comic-Con, our commitment to this community of fans and our celebration of comics and the related popular arts endures as an important part of who we are.”