Anime Expo 2020, planned for 4th of July weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, has been canceled, organizers The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation announced Friday. This was the third major California geek culture show canceled on Friday; San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon were also canceled by their non-profit organizers (see “San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon Canceled”).
Both San Diego Comic-Con and Anime Expo were planned for July, a period when California Governor said large-scale events were “unlikely” earlier in the week (see “California Governor Says Large Summer Events ‘Unlikely’”).
The 2020 show would have been the 29th Anime Expo. The 29th show will now be on the 30th anniversary of the first show, on 4th of July weekend, 2021.
Badge holders will be allowed to request a refund or roll over their badges for the 2021 show; the plan for exhibitors has not yet been announced.