The WONDERCON Wrap-Up: Convention To Move To Los Angeles!

David Reddish
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As WonderCon 2015 wound down Sunday afternoon, an surprise announcement rocked the Convention.  In case you missed it, here’s all the best scuttlebutt coming out of this year’s WonderCon:

First off, late Sunday the Comic-Con International board (the people responsible for Comic-Con and sister convention WonderCon), announced that WonderCon 2016 would make a surprise move to the LA Convention Center.  The Anaheim Convention Center is scheduled for remodeling and expansion, though the big surprise comes not that the Con would move, but that LA would prove the venue of choice.  WonderCon began in San Francisco and only moved to Anaheim due to construction there–it was originally slated to return to the city on the bay, though details of exactly when proved nebulous when the Con skyrocketed in popularity in the SoCal location. The announcement also comes amid rumors of an even bigger newsbreak in the pipeline, and the public dissatisfaction of Comic-Con with the city of San Diego over broken promises to expand the convention center there, add hotels and limit price gouging over the past five years.  Comic-Con has declared publicly it’s intention to seek new venues, as the city of San Diego can no longer support the exploding population of attendees.  Both Los Angeles, and especially Anaheim have been mentioned as potential venues.  Phoenix and Las Vegas remain possible locations as well.

The announcement teased by Comic-Con is widely thought to be plans for moving the convention out of San Diego, or negotiations regarding the move.  Hotels for Comic-Con 2015 sold out in under three minutes, leaving droves of attendees without a place to stay, not to mention anyone else hoping to visit the city during the convention.  The city of San Diego and Comic-Con have left hotel rooms in the hands of an organization called Travel Planners, known for price gouging, website outages, losing reservations, long wait times and general disorganization.