The Emerald City Comicon has been postponed because of the Corona virus outbreak:
Just days after announcing that the event would continue as normal, Emerald City Comic Con announced that it will postpone its 2020 event in Seattle.
The fan convention was slated for March 12-15 at the Washington State Convention Center. It will take place over the summer of 2020. The event has a considerable economic impact on the region as it is expected to draw nearly 100,000 attendees to downtown Seattle. Many travel from out of town.
In the weeks leading up to Emerald City, numerous vendors, including Dark Horse Comics and Del Rey Books, withdrew their attendance. The state of Washington has been significantly impacted by the virus, with 70 people currently diagnosed, including an individual employed at Amazon. Tech companies, including Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, have requested that their Seattle-based employees work from home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Well, this is a shame a convention’s been impacted, along with the state itself, but good if the directors are being responsible. What’s additionally sad is that this could be another problem leading to the collapse of the comics medium, as health concerns also impact how everything’s conducted.
Originally published here.