If reality reflects rumors circulating the San Diego Convention Center floor, there could be a much different look to San Diego Comic-Con next year, along with two other related conventions.
Airlock Alpha has received multiple reports that the organizers behind San Diego Comic-Con — considered one of the biggest events of the year in “geek” entertainment — could split the convention in two, helping control what has been a fast-growing annual event.
No announcement has been made, and this should be treated as rumor until one is made, but sources tell Airlock Alpha that two Comic-Con conventions will be created, one in Anaheim in the spring and the other remaining in San Diego in July. Anaheim is located just outside of Los Angeles, about two hours north of San Diego.
A request for comment from Comic-Con officials late Sunday is pending return.
Talk of possibly moving Comic-Con have circulated in recent years to cities like Anaheim and Las Vegas, especially as the San Diego gathering has clearly outgrown its convention center gigs. Many official panels have moved next door to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, as well as other other locations throughout the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego.
While Comic-Con is contracted to remain in San Diego through 2015, it has threatened to move if ground is not broken soon on a planned expansion of the convention center that would better serve the fast-growing operations, according to the North County Times. City officials hope to have the expansion done by 2017, but if construction does not appear ready to go by 2014, it could affect any future deals.
A split of the convention could serve a couple of purposes: Temporarily reduce the space needs for a San Diego convention, but also send a message to city officials there that Anaheim is clearly in the picture for a complete move if necessary.
However, those are not the only changes reportedly being made by San Diego Comic Convention, the entity behind Comic-Con. Two other conventions — WonderCon in Anaheim and the Alternative Press Expo, or APE, in San Francisco — could merge into a single convention and stay in San Francisco.
APE has scheduled its next event for this October while WonderCon has yet to announce details for its 2013 show. The most recent WonderCon was held in March.
These changes would keep the number of conventions run by San Diego Convention to three.
Once again, these are rumors at this point and should be treated as any rumor would. It’s not clear when (or if) there will be an announcement, but it could happen as early as this coming week.
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