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by chris carpenter


For the first time since the 1970s, downtown San Diego won’t be in-


vaded this July by thousands of Spider-Men, Wonder Women, zombies, toons and other pop culture icons. That’s because the annual Comic-Con International has been cancelled for the first time in its 50-year history, falling victim to the pandemic. More than 130,000 people attend Comic-Con each year, making it


a potential hot zone for new COVID-19 infections. As its organizers announced in April: “Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.” Comic-Con has also been planning a major renovation of Balboa


Park’s Federal Building, to be completed for the grand opening of the Comic-Con Museum in summer 2021. Sadly, the pandemic has affected those efforts as well. They will reschedule the museum’s plans for major renovations and anticipate releasing updates illustrating the building’s transformation in the coming months. “Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and, while we


are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con spokesperson. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.” Many LGBTQ artists and fans have similarly come to call this colorful community “home.”


22 ragemonthly.com | July 2020


COMIC-CON, COVID-FREE!


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