New Additions to Eyecon:Vampire Diaries Convention in Atlanta

Well it looks like just about the entire population of Mystic Falls is coming to Atlanta!

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries, the Orlando-based fan convention for the popular CW series, has announced a few new guests that will appear at the October convention, scheduled for the weekend before Halloween at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel .

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Ian Somerhalder, who plays the older Salvatore brother Damon, has been confirmed to appear at the convention on Saturday, October 29. His appearance coincides with the first ever Ian Somerhalder Foundation event, “Empoweresqe“, which according to the website, seeks to “unite empowered women who will forever change the world”.

Joseph Morgan, who joined the cast in Season 2 as the much feared vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus, has also been confirmed to appear. Fans of the show will remember that Klaus is the vampire who has been hunting for Katherine for centuries, and has now seemingly gained control over Stefan in exchange for saving Damon’s life. Morgan’s onscreen brother, Joseph Gillies, was confirmed to appear at the convention in early June. Credit: IMDBGino Pesi, who played Klaus’s loyal warlock Maddox, has also been added to the guest list.

Jeremy (Stephen R. McQueen) will have plenty of ladies to keep him company during the convention! In addition to Katerina Graham (who plays Jeremy’s current love interest Bonnie), Kayla Ewell and Malese Jow – who play ex-girlfriends Vicki Donovan and Anna, respectively – have been added to the guest list. Both women, who were killed off towards the end of the premier season of the show, shocked viewers (and Jeremy too!) by re-appearing on the show during the finale for season two. 

Credit: Malese Jow Official Facebook

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will be held in Downtown Atlanta the weekend of Oct 28-30 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Events will include a 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.

Ticket prices and sales for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 are available on the website at this link. “The Vampire Diaries” will return for season 3 at 8pm on September 15.

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Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 adds another guest

The guest list continues to grow for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2, with another young cast member added for what is sure to be a fun event in Atlanta.

Bryton James, who played young warlock Luka in season 2, has been added to the guest list. He joins stars Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Kat Graham (Bonnie) and Daniel Gillies (Elijah) for the three-day event, which will take place Halloween weekend at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. This event will mark the second convention specific to “The Vampire Diaries” TV show, which has been filmed locally since its inception. Eyecon is most widely known for conventions based on the TV shows “Supernatural” and “True Blood” and for The Twilight Saga film series.

James joined the show in season 2 as newcomer Luka Martin, the son of a powerful warlock who was working with evil (?) vampire Elijah in order to secure release for his daughter Greta, whom he thought was being held captive by Elijah’s brother Klaus. Luka set out to get close to fellow witch Bonnie in an effort to get close to Elena (who Klaus was after), and in doing so added a brief triangle-like element to the Bonnie/Jeremy relationship that was developing. However, things didn’t quite work out well for Luka or the rest of the Martin family.

James can also be seen on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless”, playing the character of Devon Hamilton. Fans of the 90’s sitcom “Family Matters” will also remember him as little Richie Crawford, cousin of the Winslow kids.

Eyecon’s events will include a 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.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will take place at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel October 28-30, 2011. Tickets levels and pricing information can be found at this link, and can now be purchased online via the official website.

Fan Faves from “True Blood”, “Vampire Diaries” Added to Dragon*Con

After more than a week with no updates, Dragon*Con has added some fan favorites from two of the hottest current television series to the guest list.

And while you’re drooling over the photo at the left, I will shamelessly admit to adding this blog post with just a teensy bit of lust going on.

If you haven’t guessed by now, Joe Manganiello – who plays hot-blooded werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO hit series “True Blood” – has been added to this year’s guest list for Dragon*Con 2011. This makes the third guest from the show, with Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry) having been added about a month ago, and Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Mississippi), who was added back in April. Joe joined the show in season 2, and was quickly promoted to series regular for season 3. Expect for Alcide to play a larger role in the show, now that love interest Sookie is unattached. Season 4 of “True Blood” premieres June 26 on HBO.

Another fan favorite comes to Dragon*Con from the locally-filmed television series, “The Vampire Diaries”. Sara Canning, who plays Aunt Jenna on the show, has been confirmed to appear. SPOILER ALERT Jenna’s role on the show took a major, unforeseen turn in the last few episodes of the second season, beginning with her finding out that vampires exist to her being turned into one and eventually killed as part of Klaus’ ritual to become the first vampire/werewolf hybrid. Canning will be joined by fellow cast mate David Anders, who played John Gilbert on the show.

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 Adds an Original to the Guest List

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 is beginning to shape up pretty nicely in terms of celeberity guests, as actor Daniel Gillies has now been confirmed to join castmates Nina Dobrev and Katerina Graham when the convention descends upon Atlanta Halloween weekend.

Gillies plays the-Original-who-just-won’t-die vampire Elijah, who was last seen being killed by his powerful, hybrid brother Klaus in the season 2 finale. He will participate in a Q&A, photo op and autograph sessions, Banquet and Sixties Dance, according to the Eyecon website.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will be held in Downtown Atlanta the weekend of Oct 28-30 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Events will include a 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.

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”.

Katerina Graham Added to Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 Convention

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The ladies are taking the lead for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2, as Katerina Graham (Bonnie Bennett) joins the guest list for the popular fan convention, which returns to Atlanta in October.

Bonnie Bennett, a witch in Mystic Falls and best friend to Elena (Nina Dobrev) has found herself an unwilling ally to the vampires, in an effort to save Elena from whatever peril she happens to find herself in. Whether it’s original vampires/hybrids, werewolves, other witches or humans with bad intentions, Bonnie has evolved from a simple witch who can do minor tricks into a force to be reckoned with.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will be held in Downtown Atlanta the weekend of Oct 28-30 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Events will include a 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. In addition to Katerina Graham, Nina Dobrev has been confirmed for this event. Other guest additions can be expected soon.

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”.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries to Return to Atlanta

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”.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries Schedule

Vampires and werewolves will invade Atlanta this weekend as Eyecon Fan Conventions brings its first ever “Vampire Diaries” convention to the Airport Westin. Celebrity guests for the weekend include series regulars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), and Robert Pralgo (Mayor Lockwood).

Here is the published schedule for the weekend; please note that schedule is subject to change.

Friday 3/25/11 Time
Registration Opens 4:00pm
Cocktail Party “Carnival of Terror” 6:00pm
Friday Night Pool Party (free to all attendees) 10:00pm
Saturday 3/26/11

Time

Convention Opens 10:00am
Celebrity Photo Ops 10:30am
Paul Wesley Q&A Session 12:00pm
Rob Pralgo Q&A Session 1:30pm
Celebrity Autograph Session 3:30pm
Banquet Registration 5:30pm
Saturday Evening Banquet 6:00pm
Concert – The Nova Echo 7:30pm
Concert – Jessarae 8:30pm
Mystic Falls Masquerade Ball 10:00pm
Sunday 3/27/11

Time

Convention Opens 10:00am
Celebrity Photo Ops 10:30am
Ian Somerhalder Q&A Session 12:00pm
Steven M, Michael T Q&A Session 1:00pm
Private Autographing Session for Auction Winners 2:15pm
Celebrity Autograph Session 3:15pm
Miss Mystic Falls Pageant 4:30pm
Sunday After Party (free to all attendees) 6:00pm

I will be attending Eyecon for the entire weekend, so you can check this blog for updates, or follow me on Twitter.