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Comic-Con International has signed a deal to keep its flagship convention in San Diego through 2021.

Contentious negotiations between CCI and the San Diego Convention Center in 2015 resulted in a deal that will last through 2018. The new deal extends that contract by three more years, as announced by San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer.

“San Diego has always been the proud home of Comic-Con and we are extremely pleased that we can carry on that tradition of being the destination for the world’s premier celebration of the popular arts,” said Faulconer in a statement. “San Diegans can be excited to know that Comic-Con will continue to pump millions of dollars into our economy to support local jobs, street repair and neighborhood services. It is more important than ever that we continue to push to expand the convention center so we can ensure Comic-Con and other large conventions continue to stay in San Diego for years to come.”

“While it did take more than a year in negotiations, we are pleased with this outcome,” Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer added. “We are grateful for the leadership of Mayor Faulconer and the hard work of those at the San Diego Tourism Authority who were instrumental in securing this agreement.“

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2017 will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 20-23.

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