WonderCon is leaving Anaheim for Los Angeles

WonderCon, the sister convention of San Diego Comic-Con, is leaving Anaheim and relocating to the City of Los Angeles from 2016, bringing to an end WonderCon’s four-year stay at the Anaheim Convention Center. According to the agreement between Comic-Con International and the City of Los Angeles, the WonderCon 2016 (and the subsequent conventions) will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, already home to the video game industry’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The decision to move WonderCon to Los Angeles is due to Anaheim not having enough available space on the relevant dates.

“Los Angeles is honored to have been selected as the destination for WonderCon 2016. We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with Comic-Con International, the presenter, and helping them establish a home-base in L.A.” said Mayor Eric Garcetti in the statement welcoming WonderCon to the City of Angels, before continuing: “We anticipate the show to be highly attended and to set the precedent for future successful Comic-Con events in L.A.”.

And one can understand the Mayor’s enthusiasm – the event is regularly attended by tens of thousands of revellers, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy every year. The preliminary estimates show that WonderCon could generate more than $32 million for the Los Angeles economy over the short three-day period the convention runs.