Updated March 5, 2020: Diamond Comic Distributors is the latest announced attendee to cancel their participation in Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con next weekend amid the global Coronavirus outbreak. Diamond Select Toys was scheduled to appear as a vendor, and the distributor was also going to host its traditional closed-door retailer appreciation breakfast.
In a statement sent to Direct Market retailers, Diamond wished ECCC parent company ReedPOP luck in running the show, and would provide further updates on other planned public appearances at a later date.
"The health and safety of both our own teams and our trading partners are of utmost concern to us at Geppi Family Enterprises," reads the statement in part, referring to Diamond's parent company.
"Geppi Family Enterprises' leadership continues to discuss appropriate courses of action with regard to future trade show and convention appearances, and we will release additional information as those decisions are reached."
Diamond's next planned public event is its annual retailer summit, which is scheduled to take place April 14 through 16 in Orlando, immediately preceding MegaCon.
At the time of this writing, ECCC is still scheduled to take place March 12 through 15.
Updated March 4, 2020: Following the cancelation of Dark Horse Comics, Penguin/Random House, and DC, Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), Valiant Entertainment, and Oni has announced it will cancel its appearance at the planned Emerald City Comic Con over concerns stemming from the ongoing global Coronovirus outbreak.
"CGC has decided not to attend the 2020 Emerald City Comic Con, which is being held in Seattle, Washington, March 12-15," reads CGC's statement. "Washington state has been particularly impacted by the coronavirus. Senior CGC staff discussed the situation and made the decision out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its employees. CGC is disappointed that it will miss this show for the first time."
Valiant stated on Twitter "We at Valiant regret to announce that we are cancelling our appearance at Emerald City Comic Con this year due to growing concerns regarding COVID-19. We've made this decision for the health & safety of our employees, as well as public health concerns."
Oni Press tweeted "Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our presence at ECCC 2020."
Despite the string of cancelations from both publishers and guests, as of Wednesday afternoon, ECCC is still scheduled to take place March 12-15 in Seattle, as planned.
Original Story: In what seems less like news and more like inevitiablity, Dark Horse Comics has canceled its participation in next weekend's Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, otherwise known as ECCC.
The Milwaukee, Oregon-based publisher announced via Twitter it would not make the relatively short trek north for the March 12-15 event due to concerns overs COVID-19.
"Important #ECCC2020 notice: Due to the severity of the COVID-19 virus, Dark Horse Comics has made the difficult decision to pull out of Emerald City Comic Con 2020," reads their notice. "It is with the safety and well-being of our staff and creators in mind that we have come to this decision.
"We appreciate your understanding, and will see you at conventions later this year and at Emerald City Comic Con 2021."
Penguin Randon House also announced via Twitter Tuesday they will not attend.
The announcements come as several attending creators have tweeted their own plans to skip the show.
Tuesday, Reed Exhibitions, the parent company of ECCC's organizers ReedPOP, announced the show along with all their planned U.S. events will go ahead as scheduled, despite Coronavirus concerns.
"Please note that our events in the United States are taking place as scheduled and our status with regard to the COVID19 virus remains unchanged: the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors and staff is our number one priority," reads the exhibition giant's announcement. "Currently, no federal restrictions are in place to prevent conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibitions and travel within the United States
"With the situation evolving rapidly, we strongly urge our exhibitors and visitors to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html) and local /state public health authorities regarding the virus.
Additionally, DC, who had plans to host several panels and events at the convention, exited all March cons including ECCC late Tuesday night following parent company WarnerMedia's announcement of a policy of restricted non-essential travel for its employees.