UPDATE 4/6/2015 11:00 AM PT: The move and March 25-27 dates are now official, with a press release from the Los Angeles Convention Center confirming the news.
“Los Angeles is honored to have been selected as the destination for WonderCon 2016,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with Comic-Con International, the presenter, and helping them establish a home-base in LA We anticipate the show to be highly attended and to set the precedent for future successful Comic-Con events in LA.”
According to multiple sources, including The San Diego-Comic Con Unofficial Blog, WonderCon will relocate from Anaheim to Los Angeles — specifically the Los Angeles Convention Center — for the 2016 installment of the popular annual convention. Word reportedly came from Comic-Con officials during Sunday afternoon’s Talk Back panel, and it’s said to be a one-year commitment, leaving open the possibility that the show may return to Anaheim in the following year.
Nerdist reports next year’s WonderCon will take place on March 25 through March 27.
WonderCon has moved locations multiple times in its existence, originally taking place at the Oakland Convention Center from 1987 to to 2002. The show was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from 2003 to 2011, before leaving the Bay Area for Anaheim in 2012, where it’s remained through this weekend’s installment.
The Los Angeles Convention Center, located in downtown LA, has hosted multiple comic book conventions, including Wizard World Los Angeles, last held in 2008, and the annual Comikaze Expo. For years, observers have speculated that Comic-Con International — run by the same non-profit as WonderCon — may move from San Diego to either Los Angeles or Anaheim due to stalled plans for expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, although no deal has been made.
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