Updated March 13, 2020: ReedPOP has announced that Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) will now take place in August as a three-day event, following postponement from its original dates of March 12-15 due to the ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus.
The official ECCC Twitter account tweeted the con will now take place August 21-23 at the Washington State Convention Center. Those with badges for the originally scheduled ECCC will have an opportunity to exchange them for the new dates.
#ECCC is making its return August 21-23, 2020 at the WSCC! We're so excited to pack our show into three unforgettable days this summer.— Emerald City Comic Con (@emeraldcitycon) March 13, 2020
We know a lot of fans were hoping to transfer over badges to the new dates, so... (next tweet!) pic.twitter.com/NbVmdl3YCk
Original Story March 6, 2020: ReedPOP is 'postponing' this year's Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) in Seattle, Washington.
Originally scheduled for March 12 through 15 in the Washington State Convention Center, ECCC's postponment is due to the ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19 (known colliqually as 'Coronavirus'), particularly in Seattle.
"... after many hours of conversation internally and consultation with local government officials and the tourism bureau, we have decided to move next week’s Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 with date and detail announcement forthcoming," reads the announcement from ReedPOP. "We did everything that we could to run the event as planned, but ultimately, we are following the guidance of the local public health officials indicating that conventions should now be postponed."
Over the course of the past four days, many of ECCC 2020's announced exhibitors including DC, Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, Diamond Comic Distributors, Penguin/Random House, and Valiant Entertainment canceled plans to attend the convention, as did many individual creators.
"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," a ReedPOP spokesperson said.
ReedPOP anticipated "nearly 100,000" people would attend this year's convention, in line with the reported 98,000 for last year's event.
"We know that this decision is going to greatly impact many of our individual creators, small businesses and service workers," the ReedPOP statement continued. "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."
After offering voluntary refunds to ticket-holders earlier this month, ReedPOP now states all who bought passes will receive refunds "in 30 days," and that "no further action is needed on your part."
ReedPOP has not specified if refunds will also be going out to exhibitors.