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Comics fans will have just one more opportunity to grouse that “Twilight ruined Comic-Con,” as Summit Entertainment confirmed last night that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 will be the very first panel of the San Diego convention.
Die-hard Twilight fans, dubbed “Twihards,” have been an unmistakable (or perhaps unavoidable) presence at Comic-Con the past fews years, with a tent-and-sleeping-bag city referred to as Camp Twilight forming outside the San Diego Convention Center three days before the Hall H presentation.
In 2009, ahead of the release of the second movie New Moon, a group of largely male protesters at the convention carried cardboard signs bearing the hand-scrawled, and now infamous, slogan “Twilight ruined Comic-Con,” leading some to wonder whether fanboys were being sexist, or merely territorial (and delighting in not being at the bottom of the pecking order).
But with the final installment of The Twilight Saga opening in November, that means this is the last time Comic-Con attendees will have to roll their eyes at the throngs of screaming teenagers (and older women; TwiMoms were accused in 2009 of cutting in line) or to try to wrap their heads around the level of devotion required to sleep on the concrete for three days.
Comic-Con International will be held July 12-15. The Twilight panel will be held at 10 a.m. July 12, with stars Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson expected to be in attendance.