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Anaheim courting Comic-Con

How much longer will San Diego host the popular convention?
How much longer will San Diego host the popular convention?

The city of Anaheim is trying to woo the popular comic book convention “Comic-Con International” away from its host town of San Diego. The organizers of Comic-Con have publicly stated that they are contemplating a move to a bigger convention center with access to cheaper hotel rooms for guests, although they want to remain in Southern California. The city of Los Angeles is also trying to lure Comic-Con’s organizers away from San Diego, which has hosted the annual summer convention for almost 40 years.

Comic-Con has been drawing considerably larger crowds for each of the past several years. It is under contract to remain in San Diego until 2012, but after that date it might move to a different location. Anaheim, of course, could offer the convention’s attendees access to Disneyland, California Adventure and Knotts. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is home to the major film studios which have been producing numerous comic-book themed movies for the past decade. The Anaheim Convention Center offers 815,000 square feet of space, compared with LA’s 720,000 and San Diego’s 615,000.

Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer says the organization will make an announcement about any changes in venue sometime in the next few weeks. This year’s convention is scheduled to take place July 22-25, in San Diego.