Comic-Con to stay in San Diego through 2016

Comic-Con to stay in San Diego through 2016

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 14: (L-R) Creator Alan Ball, actors Alexander Skarsgard, Rutina Wesley, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll and Joe Manganiello attend the "True Blood" panel at San Diego Convention Center on July 14, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Storm Troopers, cyborgs, superheroes and other comic-book fans can count on their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for another four years.
 
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Monday that Comic-Con has extended its contract with the city through 2016. It had been set to expire in 2015.
 
Sanders said the pop-culture convention draws 130,000 visitors from around the world and contributes more than $180 million to the city's economy.
 
Comic-Con began in San Diego in 1970 but has become so popular over the past four decades that it has outgrown the San Diego Convention Center.
 
Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer says city officials and local businesses have helped the event remain in San Diego by allowing organizers to expand beyond the convention center to "create a Comic-Con campus."

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