Save the time! Tomorrow at 11 a.m. PDT, registration starts for Comic-Con Special Edition, which takes place Nov. 26-28, 2021 at the San Diego Convention Center. The homage to geek culture will be a smaller event than the typical July gathering, which was canceled this year and last because of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2)/COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
The latter still applies. Attendees, vendors, and any one else must “wear an approved face covering regardless of vaccination status”, according to the organizer. “Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and not have any gaps”. Well, won’t that make a mess of costumes. In that spirit, I would love to see a group of vampires protesting the mandate—because they can’t suck blood while wearing masks. Or maybe someone should show up wearing Guy Fawkes mask.
There’s more: “Participants must also provide verification of full COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of each day of attending Comic-Con Special Edition or to participate in any SDCC Activity”. Since the event is for three days, if not vaxxed, get your test on the 25th—surely someplace can swab your nose on Thanksgiving. Eh, right?
I’ll probably try to buy a badge, just for luck. Tragically, I now qualify for the senior discount, which is more frightening than viral apocalypse. I haven’t attended Comic-Con in four years—despite desperate attempts to be one of the chosen few blessed with admittance to the online registration queue.