Comic Con Dublin has been postponed until August 2020 due to the current coronavirus crisis.
The announcement was made the evening of the 11th of March, just three days before the popular convention was due to start. Organisers made the difficult decision against a backdrop of ‘the local and global landscape changing beyond our control.’
‘An escape from reality’
Organisers explain in the statement that they had been hoping up until the last minute to continue with plans for Comic Con Dublin, not least because people need ‘an escape from reality’ more than ever in these ‘trying times’.
However, a combination of guest cancellations and a general consensus on the health risk posed by large public gatherings have led to the postponement of the event.
Tickets to be transferred
If you purchased a ticket to Dublin Comic Con, you are advised that your booking will be automatically transferred to the August date – which is yet to be announced. Those who were due to run stalls at the March event will also be automatically eligible to attend in August.
If you wish to cancel your booking and receive a full refund, this is also an option – but organisers have asked for patience as they set up facilities to do so. We are advised that emails from ticket-holders requesting refunds are being held in the primary inbox of Dublin Comic Con and will be answered as soon as a solution is reached.
National measures introduced
This move came shortly before national measures were announced to contain the spread of coronavirus. On 12th of March, the government announced that all mass indoor gatherings of over 100 people should be cancelled.
This means that the decision to postpone Comic Con Dublin is in line with best practice and current advice for containing the spread of coronavirus in Ireland.
Merchandise available online
While the postponement of Comic Con Dublin is extremely disappointing for both fans and stallholders, there are ways to support the event while observing social-distancing guidelines.
Big Bang Comics has opened a Twitter thread where the vendors who were due to attend Comic Con Dublin can post links to their online stores, and fans can purchase official merchandise. Remember, small businesses are expected to be hit hard by measures like this. So, supporting through online purchase is a great way to help them stay afloat at this challenging time.
A continuously developing situation
Coronavirus in Ireland is a continuously developing situation. To stay abreast of the latest developments and guidelines, visit the HSE website on www.hse.ie, or the Department of Foreign Affairs website on www.dfa.ie for those travelling in and out of the country.