Following the many exhibitors and creators who opted not to attend this year due to coronavirus concerns, the Emerald City Comic Con has announced they will postpone the convention until this summer. An exact date has not been announced yet.
“Our hearts go out to the entire Seattle community, everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you, the nearly 100,000 amazing human beings who look forward to this event each year,” ECCC said in a statement on their website. “Our team was incredibly excited to see you at Emerald City Comic Con next week, however, fans, artists, exhibitors and the rest of the community are what make Reedpop events so special and it is our duty to make sure that your safety comes first.”
This year’s ECCC was scheduled for next weekend, March 12-15.
They added, “We know that this decision is going to greatly impact many of our individual creators, small businesses and service workers. To those whose careers depend on ECCC – we will do everything that we can over the coming days and weeks to highlight your work and we ask that our entire community support you as we realize your personal livelihoods may be impacted.”
Several publishers, including DC, Oni Press, Dark Horse and Penguin Random House, opted not to attend this year because of concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). In Washington State, the host of ECCC, 70 people have been diagnosed with the virus, including 11 people who have died.
While you certainly can’t blame any of the publishers, creators or convention organizers for wanting to be safe, the cancellation also puts a financial burden on many creators who rely on convention sales for their livelihood. So this week and next would be a great time to peruse the exhibitor list or artist alley list for the con, and see if some of your favorites are selling the wares they would have brought to the con.