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To snag Comic-Con, Anaheim turns to Facebook

March 25, 2010 |  3:52 pm

Comic-con1 The Anaheim Convention Center is turning to Facebook to support its campaign to attract Comic-Con International.

The annual comic book and pop culture gathering has outgrown the San Diego Convention Center and is considering moving after its current contract expires in 2012.

Anaheim and Los Angeles are battling to snag the convention, which drew about 125,000 attendees last July and generates about $60 million in spending on hotels, food and transportation.

To help persuade Comic-Con organizers to move the event to Anaheim, the convention center launched a Facebook page called "Bring Comic-Con International to Anaheim." On the page, Facebook members can speak up in support of a move to Anaheim or say why the convention should move elsewhere or stay in San Diego.

The Anaheim Convention Center also issued an open letter to Comic-Con, listing the top eight reasons why the event should call Anaheim home. The top reason listed: 815,000 square feet of exhibit space, compared with only 615,700 at the San Diego Convention Center and 720,000 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

-- Hugo Martin

Photo: Edward Newsome of High Point, N.C., dressed as Captain America at Comic-Con in 2008. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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