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Wakandacon Chicago 2020 Postponed

Wakandacon is dedicated first and foremost to the health and safety of our attendees, vendors, panelists, and their families. No matter the cost, I absolutely refuse to risk even one life during this pandemic.

With this in mind, I have no choice but to postpone Wakandacon due to COVID-19. Wakandacon is a family event and is heavily attended by at-risk populations. My outlook was different a few months ago, but I currently believe that it will be unsafe to gather in large numbers without herd immunity or a therapeutic.

I hope to revisit an in-person Wakandacon in 2021.

I will be issuing full refunds to all of our ticket holders and vendors through their respective payment platforms. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact me at

On a happier note, I am currently looking to convene one - or more! - virtual events to hold us all over. If you'd like to help me build something new, please send me an email at

Wakandacon is truly a labor of love, and I'll miss seeing you all this year. Until the next time we can be together in person, stay safe!

- David Barthwell

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