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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