Emerald City Comic Con Responds to Coronavirus Concerns (Updated)

Concerns over COVID-19 are high for most of us in the convention scene right now, but they run even higher in places like Seattle, WA. ReedPop’s Emerald City Comic Con os scheduled for just over a week from now (March 12-15), and some who would normally attend are considering staying home this year.

Recognizing the situation we’re in, ECCC’s management has decided to relax their “no refunds” policy for those concerned with the ongoing coronavirus situation, and released a statement earlier today:

The evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus and developments in and around the city of Seaמּle have most certainly been at the forefront of our minds as Emerald City Comic Con approaches. Our customer base is central to all Reedpop decisions, and this scenario is no different. We value all of your voices and the spectrum of feedback that we have been receiving. Knowing that no two fans are alike, we have decided to make an exception to our no refunds ticket policy for our fans who are unable or uncomfortable aמּending Emerald City Comic Con in light of current events.

Honestly this is a complicated situation, and I’m glad ECCC is taking this step. I really think every con needs to be looking at their coronavirus plan, because this is definitely not just going to go away (like many of us had hoped). Conventions are full weekends of people in close proximity, and this year I don’t think any of us will be making “con plague” jokes.

Be safe — and wash your hands.

Update (3/6 3:45pm): Emerald City Comic Con has officially announced that they are postponing their 2020 event.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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