Wonder Con 2013 opts for SoCal over San Francisco’s SOMA. Bay Area fans have been bracing for the news on this one ever since Wonder Con 2012 moved to Anaheim in March. Wondercon has been the Bay Area’s crown jewel celebration of comics, movies and popular culture for a number of years and many question if this marks the permanent departure of the much loved event (WonderCon was originally created by Bay Area comic retailer Joe Field, of Flying Colors Comics and his partner Mike Friedrich). Comic-Con International stated on their official website :
“As many of you are aware, it has been our hope to return to San Francisco for WonderCon 2013.
We have been waiting for information on the availability of the Moscone Center and were just officially offered dates, though they were for the fall.
However, those dates coincide with another very large city wide event, and this has resulted in some unavoidable conflicts. Among them hotel room blocks we explored near, and not so near, the Moscone Center started at $300 per night.
This, along with the expected difficulty of exhibitors and attendees in securing airfare for those outside of driving distance of San Francisco for that weekend, has resulted in us not being able to secure San Francisco as a location for WonderCon in 2013.
However, because we knew there was a possibility of not being able to return to San Francisco, we have scheduled WonderCon: Anaheim to be held March 29-31, 2013. Hopefully we will be able to return WonderCon to San Francisco sometime soon.”
CBR cited previous interviews with Comic –Con’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, David Glanzer on reasons for the change in venue and the challenges being met by the organization in the face of San Francisco’s Moscone Center renovations, city events, and lodging availability. In light of these recent announcements, the real question is will there be another organization that steps up to fill the void much like Image Comics did with Image Expo in February of 2012. Fans can only hope.