So I swung back by the official Comic-Con International website, and found the following missive appended to the top of the WonderCon page:
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.
And, well, there you go. Any lingering questions from my earlier post on the subject have now been answered, at least for 2013. Possibly beyond. I mean, how much more effort is CCI going to put into trying to work with the Moscone Center when they keep getting shafted like this? I’m not familiar enough with the Autumn scene in San Francisco to know what city-wide event is being referred to, but if it’s got hotels, even somewhat distant hotels, jacked up to $300 a night, that’s nasty. I don’t even know if that’s a double occupancy rate, but for San Diego we have a four-person hotel stay within walking distance of the Convention Center that’s less than that.
So really, that’s all Moscone could offer, despite knowing WonderCon wanted desperately to return? First locking them out of Spring, then giving Fall dates which would have severely impaired non-local attendance (not to mention trying to get all the necessary special guests lodged)… I said it before and I’ll say it again: it don’t seem friendly around those parts. The thinly veiled frustration behind the official notice quoted above is icing on what’s been a very cold, congealing cake.
It’s not to say things couldn’t still change, but I probably would have thrown up my hands at this point and stopped trying, at least where Moscone is concerned. Meanwhile CCI has gone ahead with the retooling of the WonderCon site to make sure the Anaheim location is prominently featured. They have not gone so far as to reverse appending Anaheim to the WonderCon logo, so it’s not the “default”. But a fourth show doesn’t appear set to be happening. In the years to come WonderCon may return to NorCal, or may not, but one’s gain will be the other’s loss.
Too bad for NorCal that Moscone doesn’t see it that way.