LOS ANGELES -- Fans of comic books and all things science fiction will converge at the Los Angeles Convention Center this Easter weekend for WonderCon, which features three days of panel discussions, author-signings and other activities.
The sister to San Diego's popular Comic-Con International moved to Los Angeles this year after being Anaheim for four years.
WonderCon, which drew 60,000 attendees last year, is being viewed as a tryout for Los Angeles to potentially lure the more lucrative Comic-Con away from San Diego.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said last year he is looking forward to helping organizers of WonderCon and Comic-Con set up a "home base" in Los Angeles, will help kick-off the event later this morning.
City officials estimate the convention, originally held in Oakland, will have a $32 million economic impact on the Los Angeles area.