WonderCon Moving to the Anaheim Convention Center Just for 2012
Some interesting news that may upset more people in the Bay Area more than anyone else. WonderCon, the slightly smaller sister event of the San Diego Comic-Con, hosted every year up in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, won't be hosted at Moscone in 2012. THR is reporting, and we heard rumors while at D23 saying the same, that WonderCon is moving down to the Anaheim Convention Center for its 2012 run on March 16th to 18th next spring. The reason? Well, the Moscone is being renovated and won't be ready by next spring, so they had to find another temporary location and Anaheim is where they have decided to go.
THR reports that last year's WonderCon comic convention drew an impressive 49,000 attendees. Instead of postponing the show and skipping 2012 all together, which is a big year for superheroes, the Comic-Con execs decided to simply move it to Anaheim to keep their momentum going. "It certainly was not our wish to move," said Comic-Con's director of marketing David Glanzer in a statement. "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." So there you go.
I've attended WonderCon for nearly as many years as I've been attending the San Diego Comic-Con, and I love it because it is that delightful spring trip up to San Fran. I'm sure it'll help them bring in even more movies early next year, being right down the street from Hollywood, but I really don't like the Anaheim Convention Center. I was just there for D23 and wasn't that impressed with it. Sure it's big, but the area is very confusing, and it's a pain having to drive an hour down there through downtown Los Angeles. Most are thinking of just getting a hotel at Disneyland there, but I just cannot get a hotel in the city I already live in.
For those who live in the Bay Area and were hoping to hit up WonderCon like they do every single year, we're sorry to be the bearers of bad news. For those in the Los Angeles area, you'll probably want to take an interest in WonderCon when it shows up next March. For more info, visit their website: comic-con.org/wc/.