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Twihards to descend on Comic-Con one last time

Camp Twilight in 2009

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.

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Unless… They reboot, or make a prequel, or do a sequel ;)

The Boy With A Herve Villechaize Tattoo

June 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

Don’t care if I get boos on this, but even though I’m not nearly in any way, shape, or form a fan of Twilight (not interested in it at all), I will give it props for getting more females into comics.
I went to Chicago-Con in ’09 and there were all manner of females there for the Twilight actors that appeared there. I overheard and talked to many of them talking about how they never realized how cool comics were. A lot of them started going on about walking the convention floor and finding a lot of comics from DC, Marvel, Image, and various other publishers that they were intending to try out.
Since then, I’ve either talked to or was told by others of the same occurrence happening at other conventions, or how many of them became new comic book readers due to their introduction to comics via Twilight.
While it may be the IN thing to do as a fan to crap on it, I’m more prone to feel that while it isn’t my cup of tea, Twilight ushered in more female fans.
And comics NEED more female fans and creators, as well.
Been too much of a boy’s club for decades, time to progress if the industry is to truly last.
P.S. I also give props to True Blood on this score as well.

That’s cool they made it the first panel to fix the squatting problem.

Great! Hopefully they’ll stick around after their panel and check out the rest of the convention. And buy stuff! Buy lots and lots of stuff!

The problem was that the Twilight Panel in 2009 was mid-day and the Twihards squatted through panels that everyone else wanted to see. No one could get into Hall H for the most part of that day and the line never moved.

So Twihards are the only fans who squat in Hall H? So when their panel is over, it will be easy to get into any panel I stand in line for? Awesome!

(or are comics fans chafed that Twilight fans were more die-hard than comics fans?)

Hollywood ruined Comic-Con, starting with George Lucas back in 1976.
But it’s too late to put that genie back in the bottle.

Guess what… expect the Tributes to appear in quantity, especially if Lions Gate brings in the actors. Twilight is passive, Hunger Games is active.

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