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LA's WonderCon an audition for Comic-Con

Posted: 10:47 AM, Mar 25, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-25 17:47:55Z
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.