WonderCon Moving to Anaheim for 2012; C2E2 and Wizard World Move to Accommodate

September 2, 2011 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

WonderCon 2012

Press Release:

WonderCon to Be held in Anaheim, CA, March 16-18, 2012

C2E2 and Wizard World to Accommodate Change

San Diego – WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of conventions, today announced that the 2012 show will be held March 16-18, and Anaheim, California, will play host to the long-running comics and popular arts convention. San Francisco’s Moscone Center, WonderCon’s traditional venue, will undergo renovations in early 2012, leaving the 25-year-old show in the unenviable position of either being canceled or finding a new venue.

In a move to help alleviate an overcrowded calendar, ReedPop’s C2E2, which has been waiting to announce dates for its own show in March 2012, will now seek alternative dates while Wizard World has announced that it will postpone its April 2012 Anaheim show.

“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 our needs.”

“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 Anaheim show.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Lance and Gareb for going above and beyond in making the WonderCon transition more manageable,” said Glanzer.


And here’s a little video Death2Fanboys put together for the occasion:


2 Responses to “WonderCon Moving to Anaheim for 2012; C2E2 and Wizard World Move to Accommodate”
  1. Pablo Abilez says:

    Finally, the rumours are now true (and no longer just rumours)! WonderCon is finally coming to Anaheim. I just hope it has as many artists and writers as the San Diego Comic Con. I don’t mind celebrities but a comic book convention should be just that, a comic book convention. Not every comic book convention should try to be like WizardWorld, nor should the SDCC have too many panels about tv shows and movies only. The artists, writers, and publishers are the most deserving of our attention and panels. Without them (the comic book folk), SDCC and WizardWorld turn into entertainment and autograph conventions. My only small complaint, however, is that the video in this article didn’t show the Padres, Clippers, and the hockey teams that play in southern Cali. Why can’t these teams get some love?


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