Remember the whole brouhaha about WonderCon moving/not moving to Anaheim a few months ago that caused so much controversy on this blog?
Well, it's confirmed.
In a press release sent out today, WonderCon officials announced that the 2012 show will be held in Anaheim on March 16-18. San Francisco's Moscone Center, where the long-running comics and popular arts convention had traditionally been held, will undergo renovations in early 2012, leaving the 25-year-old show in the position of either being canceled or finding a new venue.
ReedPop's C2E2 is now looking for alternative dates, while Wizard World just announced that it will postpone its April 2012 Anaheim show.
The rest of the press release follows:
“It certainly was not our wish to move,” commented David
Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit
event. “However, when faced with the prospect of canceling the show for a
year or moving locations, after careful consideration we decided to
keep WonderCon on the 2012 calendar at a venue that could accommodate
“We fully understand the challenges of trying to secure
dates at any venue, let alone one undergoing renovation,” said Lance
Fensterman, Group Vice President of ReedPop. “In an effort to minimize
the impact on exhibitors and attendees we are currently looking to shift
C2E2 from our traditional March dates.”
Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard World offered a unique
solution to offset any potential conflict for fans and exhibitors: “All
of us who produce conventions know securing dates can often be a
frustrating experience especially when you find yourself having to move
to a new city.” Shamus continued, “Because of their long history, Wizard
World has decided to accommodate WonderCon and postpone our April 2012
“We appreciate the efforts of Lance and Gareb for going
above and beyond in making the WonderCon transition more manageable,”