As the closing hours of the annual WonderCon event, the announcement that it would be leaving Anaheim, which has been its home since moving to Southern California, took Twitter by storm. Even more surprising was the fact that it would come to Los Angeles in 2016. Multiple reports are citing that the contract is for one year but it seems that this is a litmus test for what could be an even bigger event in two years’ time.
Over the Easter weekend, Comic-Con International, the parent company of WonderCon, made a deal with AEG Facilities’ Los Angeles Convention Center to bring the event to Los Angeles in 2016. While the deal is for one year, it could be a trial year for the organization to see how it handles the con in terms of accessibility and overall capacity.
“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. We anticipate the show to be highly attended and to set the precedent for future successful Comic-Con events in L.A.,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Some speculate that this could be a trial run for the city in their bid to lure the San Diego Comic-Con to Los Angeles as their current contract expires after the 2016 event. The city has been fighting to keep the city in San Diego, but with multiple plans falling through, and the con size stuck at 130,000, other venues have been speculated for a while, which included Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
While WonderCon was low in regards to Hollywood and television attractions this year, being close to Los Angeles could be a factor in enticing more big names movies and television shows to the convention. Keep in mind that WonderCon caps out at 60,000, which is half of what San Diego brings in. We will have to see how things turn out next year but let’s hope for the best.