Comic book convention WonderCon, run by the same nonprofit behind San Diego Comic-Con, is officially coming back to Anaheim for a second year in spring 2013 on March 29–31 while also officially not going home to San Francisco.
WonderCon has traditionally been held in San Francisco by the Comic-Con International organization, but headed to Anaheim in 2012 due to construction at their usual San Francisco venue, the Moscone Center.
Late Sunday night, an official statement was released explaining that the convention was offered dates by the Moscone Center, but only for fall 2013. Those dates also coincided with another large city-wide event, which meant hotel block prices were north of $300 a night, according to Comic-Con International.
In an earlier interview with Publishers Weekly, Comic-Con VP David Glanzer said that, while they wanted to return to San Francisco, they also intended to definitely hold a show in Anaheim either way. Before finding out that WonderCon wouldn’t be able to return to San Francisco, plans were, if that had happened, to have WonderCon in San Francisco while rebranding WonderCon in Anaheim with a new name.
Will WonderCon ever return to San Francisco? The answer remains unclear. In their Sunday statement, Comic-Con International said, “Hopefully we will be able to return WonderCon to San Francisco sometime soon.”
If they are able to once again secure space in San Francisco, will the Anaheim convention continue as well? They’ve got some growing competition, as the area now also has Stan Lee’s Comikaze, which exploded in its second year. Still, with both conventions having success in 2012, it seems like the region is able to sustain both WonderCon in the spring and Comikaze in the fall.
Anaheim had made attempts to bring San Diego Comic-Con to Anaheim during the convention’s last negotiations with the city of San Diego, and while they failed to secure that convention (at least for a few more years), they did establish a relationship that helped make WonderCon in Anaheim possible.
WonderCon will be at the Anaheim Convention Center on Easter weekend. They’ve also already announced some early guests, such as Dean Koontz and Sergio Aragonés, along with a number of comic book writers and artists.
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