WonderCon has been held in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987, but it look’s like that’s all about to change… for 2012 at least.
Due to the Moscone Center (host of WonderCon) undergoing renovations in 2012 it look’s like the largest comic book/pop culture con in northern America will be calling Anaheim home for 2012. Thankfully this will only be a temporary measure as Comic-Con International had issued a press release making the announcement.
As long as the renovations for Moscone center goes well, WonderCon will return to San Francisco area just in time for 2013. The only fear is that it could do so well in Anaheim that it might never come back and Bay geeks aren’t too pleased about it.
Here’s the official press release from Comic-Con International :
WonderCon to Be Held in Anaheim, CA, March 16-18, 2012
C2E2 and Wizard World to Accommodate Change
San Diego – WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of conventions, today announced that the 2012 show will be held March 16-18, and Anaheim, California, will play host to the long-running comics and popular arts convention. San Francisco’s Moscone Center, WonderCon’s traditional venue, will undergo renovations in early 2012, leaving the 25-year-old show in the unenviable position of either being canceled or finding a new venue.
In a move to help alleviate an overcrowded calendar, ReedPop’s C2E2, which has been waiting to announce dates for its own show in March 2012, will now seek alternative dates while Wizard World has announced that it will postpone its April 2012 Anaheim show.
“It certainly was not our wish to move,” commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit event. “However, when faced with the prospect of canceling the show for a year or moving locations, after careful consideration we decided to keep WonderCon on the 2012 calendar at a venue that could accommodate our needs.”
“We fully understand the challenges of trying to secure dates at any venue, let alone one undergoing renovation,” said Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President of ReedPop. “In an effort to minimize the impact on exhibitors and attendees we are currently looking to shift C2E2 from our traditional March dates.”
Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard World offered a unique solution to offset any potential conflict for fans and exhibitors: “All of us who produce conventions know securing dates can often be a frustrating experience especially when you find yourself having to move to a new city.” Shamus continued, “Because of their long history, Wizard World has decided to accommodate WonderCon and postpone our April 2012 Anaheim show.”
“We appreciate the efforts of Lance and Gareb for going above and beyond in making the WonderCon transition more manageable,” said Glanzer.
Via: You Bent My Wookie