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November 12, 2012

WonderCon is returning to Anaheim, not San Francisco, in 2013

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WonderCon 2012 attendee Connor Brown, 6, looks tough as he poses with Jason Campbell at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

WonderCon, the annual gathering of fantasy, sci-fi and comics enthusiasts, will again be held in Anaheim despite initial plans for the 2013 edition of the convention to return to its home in San Francisco.

WonderCon — Comic-Con International‘s little sister — was held at the Anaheim Convention Center this year due to major renovations at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, where the pop culture convention was held for the previous six years. The convention, in its 27th year, started in Oakland and was expected to return to its Bay Area roots in 2013.

However, WonderCon officials announced Monday morning that although the renovations are complete, the dates offered by the Moscone Center are for the fall and coincide with another major event, resulting in “unavoidable conflicts” and expensive hotel room blocks starting at $300 per night.

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“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,” read a statement on WonderCon‘s website. “Hopefully we will be able to return WonderCon to San Francisco sometime soon.”

The event in Anaheim is scheduled to runs March 29-31, and announced guests include Dean Koontz, Marjorie Liu, Doug Mahnke, Ann Nocenti, Jason Palmer, Dan Slott, Jeff Smith, Steranko, Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier. The full 2013 schedule has yet to be released, but last year’s event included panels with creators and actors, a children’s film festival, gaming, an autograph area, a vast merchant floor and a masquerade event.

– Noelene Clark
Twitter.com/@NoeleneClark

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