Thursday, December 10, 2009

Twicon Offerings Expanded, More Vamps at Conventions

Las Vegas, NV (HNN) – TwiCon, the premiere destination conference celebrating the vampire culture phenomenon, will thrill fans of the genre in two cities next summer.

On the heels of yet another blockbuster smash in the “Twilight” movie series, TwiCon will host a pair of conferences in year two, visiting Toronto June 24-27, 2010, and then taking on Las Vegas July 28-Aug. 1, 2010.

Fans attending the twin TwiCons – originally conceived to celebrate the “Twilight” series of books and movies -- will find the offerings expanded to include other segments of the vamp pop culture, including TV shows “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries” and other popular book series such as the “Black Dagger Brotherhood.” They’ll also be able to rub elbows in Las Vegas with Daniel Cudmore, who plays Felix in the “Twilight” movie; and at both events with Sam Trammell, who stars as Sam in HBO’s “True Blood.” The cast additions to the event were announced today, with more boldface VIPs to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Few would argue that the Twilight saga is now a cultural phenomenon that has spawned popularity in several other series, movies and franchises related to the culture,” says Becky Scoggins, managing partner of the TwiCon event.

Last year, more than 3,000 fans descended on Dallas, TX, to celebrate the phenomenon, enjoying visits from special guests from the “Twilight” movie including Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Kellan Lutz, Christian Serratos, Peter Facinelli and Alex Meraz; and dozens of fandom celebrities including The Hillywood Show, The Mitch Hansen Band and 100 Monkeys. The event captured worldwide media acclaim with representatives from MTV, Reelz Channel and Seventeen Magazine chronicling the event.

Programming in 2010 – to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino – will include mixers based on True Blood’s Fangtasia night club, Twilight’s Monte Carlo prom theme, cast Q&As from True Blood, Twilight and Vampire Diaries, with appearances by vampire romance’s most popular authors. Breakout sessions, concerts by fandom favorites and more round out the convention to make it North America’s most inclusive convention to date.

“I’m excited to expand our offerings to encompass a broader audience,” said Scoggins. “Our attendees will meet thousands of other fans who enjoy the same entertainment, and the opportunities to see the cast, attend concerts and hang out at so many parties is a vacation no vampire lover would want to miss.”

Registration for both conferences is now open through, with special early bird rates and incentives for those who register by Dec. 15, 2009. This year, due to fan requests, an all-inclusive “Platinum Package” has been added which includes all add-on activities and special VIP perks. A hotel room block at Planet Hollywood and at The Strathcona Hotel, the official hotel of the Canadian TwiCon event, has been reserved for fans.

Tickets begin at just $179 and are available at Tickets have been selling briskly and organizers expect all 3,000 tickets for Las Vegas and 1,800 for Toronto to be snapped up quickly, Scoggins said.

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