The Seattle Times reports that DC Entertainment, Penguin Random House, Dark Horse Comics and several artists have pulled out of Emerald City Comic Con, scheduled for March 12-15 at the Washington State Convention Center, over coronavirus concerns.
DC Entertainment includes DC Comics, one of the giants of the comics publishing world whose stable of superheroes include Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Publisher Penguin Random House said via Twitter that while Emerald City Comic Con “is an important way for our staff & authors to connect w/readers, their health & safety take priority.”
Dark Horse Comics, the Milwaukie, Oregon-based publisher of titles such as Hellboy, Umbrella Academy and Berserk, also said via Twitter that it was making the “difficult decision to pull out of Emerald City Comic Con 2020.”
ECCC organizers have stated the convention would go on as scheduled.