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Report: Comic-Con organizers still looking at San Diego

The organizers of San Diego’s wildly popular Comic-Con have been asking hotel executives to sign contracts that lock in room rates through 2015 — a sign that the event will not be moving to Anaheim or Los Angeles.

The hotel contracts don’t guarantee the convention will stay put — Los Angeles and Anaheim officials have been trying to uproot the convention starting in 2013 — but it’s a good sign, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

A decision about the convention’s future is expected next month.

Comic-Con has been held in San Diego since it started as a comic book fair in 1970. It has since morphed into a superhero for convention bookers, drawing more than 125,000 people to the city for four days each summer.

Comic-Con spokesman David Glazer told the Union-Tribune that the decision about where to hold the event has taken longer than expected, because the competing cities have continued to amend their offers with added enticements.

Recently, San Diego offered to use a half-million dollars in hotel taxes to pay for Comic-Con shuttle service around downtown and the convention center.