COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the coronavirus, is affecting the entertainment industry hard in recent weeks. Movie releases are being delayed, conventions are seeing talent and publishers drop out, and theme parks are closing. Much like how the coronavirus is affecting the gaming industry, these are precautionary measures in order to stop or slow the spread of the highly contagious disease.
Conventions Affected By COVID-19
While we saw companies drop out from the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in recent weeks before it was outright delayed, comic conventions are also seeing major companies drop out from the shows. Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), Seattle’s convention taking place March 12-15, has seen DC Comics–which is also canceling all March conventions–Penguin Random House, and now, Dark Horse Comics drop out from the show amid coronavirus concerns.
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. It is with the safety and well-being of our staff and creators in mind that we have come to this decision. 1/2
— Dark Horse Comics (@DarkHorseComics) March 3, 2020
At the time of this writing, ECCC is still happening as scheduled, even though talent in artist’s alley have also been dropping out. Eisner-winning illustrator Jen Bartel is the latest to cancel their appearance. She wrote in a tweet that ECCC is her favorite show but “due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, I will be canceling my appearance this year.”
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