The unconventional convention Comic-Con will stay in its birthplace for at least five years, according to published reports.
Several news outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, reported Thursday that Comic-Con had committed to staying in San Diego "for the foreseeable future," and at least though 2015. The convention's San Diego lease was set to expire in 2012.
There were moments in the recent past when some local fans and businesses had to imagine a world without Comic-Con in San Diego, when other cities, including Anaheim, attempted to entice convention organizers into a move.
“In the end, we feel this decision is the best for all those who attend Comic-Con and for the organization itself," David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations, said in a news release. "We are happy that the community has worked with us to ensure that we remain here.”
Comic-Con was born in 1970 in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel in the heart of San Diego but has grown into a behemoth taking over the convention center and many meeting rooms of nearby hotels. Its costumed attendees flood the city by the thousands, and, for a few colorful days a year, transform the city into a metropolis out of the pages of fantasy and science fiction.
An official announcement is expected to be made on Friday at the convention center.