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The Sand Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the biggest comic book convention in the world, will be returning in 2021 in San Diego, California as a special edition gathering.

Comic-Con to have in-person convention

Despite the recent news that the massive pop culture convention would be going virtual in July this year, the plans for November have moved forward. Comic-Con International has announced its plans to finally hold an in-person convention in the fall of 2021.

The three-day event is called the "Comic-Con Special Edition," which would take place over Thanksgiving weekend from November 26 through November 28 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The announcement said that it is their hope that by fall, the conditions will finally permit larger public gatherings as the COVID-19 vaccinations are already rolling-out, as per Deadline.

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The San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition would be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since Comic-Con 2019 and the first since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The fall event will allow the organization to highlight all the significant elements that make SDCC such a popular event every year, as well as generate a lot of revenue for the organization, the local businesses, and the community.

David Glanzer, the spokesperson for the organization, noted the impact of the quarantines and restrictions on small businesses in his statement. He is hopeful that this event will shore up their financial reserves and mark a slow return to normal gatherings in 2022.

The additional convention was announced earlier in the year on the heels of the 2021 virtual announcement. The massive, 100,000-plus attendee convention of the Comic-Con has been moved to 2022.

This November, the organization offers an entirely separate convention but will be held in the same place and backed by the same company.

There are no additional details on badge costs or attendance capacity as of yet. 

Immediate criticism

Right after the people behind Comic-Con announced their in-person event in November, the organization received immediate criticism across social media platforms, with tons of people noting that the pandemic impacted the ability for many to be with their families during the holidays in 2020.

Charles Soule, the writer and author for Daredevil and She-Hulk, shared on Twitter that it is reckless to schedule the in-person San Diego Comic-Con on the same weekend as the first chance that most families will be fully able to celebrate Thanksgiving in two years.

Author Tara Bennett wrote on her Twitter account that Comic-Con is doing the convention during the one non-denominational fall holiday weekend in the United States with peak airfare prices, and she ended her tweet by implying sarcastically that A-list celebrities will love doing it.

Linda Ge, the writer for CW's series "Kung Fu" wrote on Twitter that Comic-Con does not realize that most people did not get to spend last Thanksgiving with their families because of the pandemic, and doing a convention wherein people will fight for plane schedules and spots would lessen the chance of families meeting up this year.

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