You may have noticed the new banner ad for WonderCon in Anaheim March 29-31, but what about a hoped-for fall WonderCon back in the Bay Area?
A statement on the WonderCon page says it is not to be:
As many of you are aware, it has been our hope to return to San Francisco for WonderCon 2013.
We have been waiting for information on the availability of the Moscone Center and were just officially offered dates, though they were for the fall.
However, those dates coincide with another very large city wide event, and this has resulted in some unavoidable conflicts. Among them hotel room blocks we explored near, and not so near, the Moscone Center started at $300 per night.
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.
However, because we knew there was a possibility of not being able to return to San Francisco, we have scheduled WonderCon: Anaheim to be held March 29-31, 2013. Hopefully we will be able to return WonderCon to San Francisco sometime soon.
To which we reply, Moscone Center, GET WITH THE PROGRAM. They appear to be the only facility in the whole world that doesn’t like comic-cons. For Northern California to lose its signature show is really sad, and we hope that some kind of alternate venue is found and/or Moscone officials get their heads out of their asses.
As for the Anaheim show, a preliminary list of guests has also been released:
Ten special guests have already signed on for WonderCon Anaheim 2013:
Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo),
Mark Evanier (writer/producer, Garfield),
Dean Koontz (author, Odd Thomas series, Frankenstein series),
Marjorie Liu (writer,Astonishing X-Men),
Doug Mahnke (artist, Green Lantern),
Ann Nocenti (writer,Green Arrow, Katana),
Jason Palmer (artist/illustrator, Indiana Jones Blu-ray set,Serenity, Star Wars),
Dan Slott (writer, Superior Spider-Man),
Jeff Smith(cartoonist, Bone, RASL),
Steranko (writer/artist, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.