KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Planet Comicon Kansas City has been postponed in accordance with the state of emergency declared for Kansas City, Missouri.
The event was slated to take place at Bartle Hall Convention Center March 20-22. However, the event falls in the category of having over 1,000 attendees, which is no longer allowed in the city amid COVID-19 fears.
"The safety, security and health of our attendees, guests, exhibitors, staff and volunteers will always be of the utmost importance to us," Planet Comicon said in a statement.
Organizers said the new dates will be in late summer or early fall 2020. On Friday, organizers said the new date would be announced no later than Tuesday, March 17.
An important statement from Planet Comicon Kansas City regarding our March 20-22 event at the Kansas City Convention Center.#PlanetComicon #PCKC #KansasCity @KCMO @KCMOHealthDept @QuintonLucasKC @VisitKC pic.twitter.com/qIwyaTLq3l— Planet Comicon Kansas City (@PlanetComicon) March 12, 2020
Attendees have the option to use current admission purchases for either the rescheduled 2020 convention, or the spring 2021 convention.
Information on obtaining refunds for anyone unable to attend either event also will be provided on Tuesday.
Planet Comicon said it will begin issuing refunds for professional photo opportunities Thursday.
Organizers said they would offer similar options to their exhibitors.
"We understand the financial impact that this postponement may have on individual creators, guests and small businesses that relay on shows like PCKC for their livelihood," Planet Comicon said in its statement. "We will continue to support and promote the incredible work of all these individuals and businesses."
Planet Comicon is "one of the nation's largest comic book and pop culture events." In its 21 years, Planet Comicon has "welcomed tens of thousands of fans to our corner of the geek galaxy in our mission to elevate and celebrate all types of fandoms."