In response to the overwhelming popularity of its debut Vampire Diaries convention, Florida-based Eyecon Celebrity Conventions has announced plans for a second convention, Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2, to return to Atlanta Halloween weekend.
Seeing the need for a larger facility, Eyecon has chosen the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel as the venue for events which will include Celebrity Q&A, photo-op and autograph sessions, a Celebrity Banquet, a 60s themed dance (similar to the one in the season 2 episode “The Last Dance”), and a Mystic Falls Halloween party. There will also be fan panels, a dealer/vendor room, and a concert by musical guests The Nova Echo.
As the convention has just been recently announced, the only confirmed guest so far is Nina Dobrev, who brilliantly does double duty on the show as Elena Gilbert, the object of affection for both of the Salvatore Brothers, and as Katherine Pierce, the controlling vampire who is responsible for turning the brothers into vampires in the first place. The first Eyecon: Vampire Diaries convention included stars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), Stephen R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) and Robert Pralgo (Mayor Lockwood).
Eyecon is not all about just fun and games, though. The event in March included a successful Blood Drive, and several auctions that benefitted the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which focuses on restoring and protecting the environment.
Ticket sales for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will begin on June 13 at noon; ticket prices and information can be found at this link. “The Vampire Diaries” will return for season 3 in the fall on The CW network; it will now air on Friday nights at 8pm, right before “Supernatural”.