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Camp Twilight in 2009

Camp Twilight in 2009

It’s been about five years since Comic-Con International attendees and organizers were caught off-guard by “Camp Twilight,” the tent-and-sleeping-bag city that began taking root outside the San Diego Convention Center days before the Hall H presentation. Although the final installment of the Summit Entertainment franchise was released in 2012, there’s always a possibility that another film or television series will foster such devotion (for instance, Ian McKellen paid a visit in 2012 to people who camped out overnight for the Hobbit panel).

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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).

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