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PHOTOS: Atlanta ‘Twilight’ convention March 6-7

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Actor Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays Marcus in the "Twilight" series movies, spoke at a conference dedicated to them in Atlanta on March 6. It continues through the weekend. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

It’s thousands of people and a parade short of Dragon*Con, but the mood at a “Twilight” convention going on this weekend at the Westin in Buckhead felt very much the same: curious and companionable.

Visiting actors including Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen), Daniel Cudmore (Felix), Gil Birmingham (Billy Black) and Christopher Heyerdahl (Marcus) faced questions like Who was most interesting to hang out with? Why doesn’t your character wear shoes?, What’s your nationality? and What’s your pet peeve?

Yes, the audience was mostly teen girls, but there were sections, too, like the TwilightMOMS panel, where women who’ve escaped high school were able to get together and say, “Hey! I’m not the only one in her 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, who thinks this is great!”

Rebecca Dewalk, Tiffany Murphy, Lynn Milton and Erin Fisk talk about other vampire and romance series during the Twilight Moms panel.

North Georgia Twilight fans Rebecca Dewald, Tiffany Murphy, Lynn Milton and Erin Fisk talk about other vampire and romance series during the TwilightMOMS panel.

But of course, there’s merch, photos, parodies, a Volturi Vampire ball tonight, photos ops with look-alikes.

This fan, Alan Mitchell of Macon, looks so much like Robert Pattinson-as-Edward-Cullen that someone working the conference asked that people wanted their picture taken with him, please do it outside the conference.

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Mitchell watched the movies, read the books, went as Edward for Halloween, then decided to keep the look. "People always said, 'You look like that dude from Twilight,'" he said. "I don't even have to throw on a peacoat, I can be wearing my Red Lobster uniform. I hope I'm doing him justice."

Yes, this crowd will scream every time you say “Taylor Lautner.” Or “Robert Pattinson.”

Indeed, the Team Jacob/Team Edward debate rages on.

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Merch! There are Twilight poster, T-shirts and jewelry aplenty.

Want to go? Official ‘Twilight’ Convention continues through March 7. $25. Westin Buckhead, 3391 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-365-0065,

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15 comments Add your comment

Team Edward like the sun rises everyday!!!!!

April 2nd, 2010
9:28 pm

IIIII LLLOOOOVVVEEE TTTTWWWWIIIILLLLLIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHHTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!! It makes my heart beat an extra couple of times to see Rob’s face!!! Rob if you care about people, you would stop and come back to the real word!!!


March 28th, 2010
8:22 pm

I love these series! And the ugly rude people who are leaving bad comments really lie… they do like twilight because there wasting their time to watch wat they supposly hate.


March 25th, 2010
8:58 am

If Bella’s “suicidal” tendencies are to be banned from teen readers, then it only makes sense that we toss “Romeo and Juliet” out the window as well. In fact, let’s just ban most of shakespeare’s work and the work of countless other timeless writers…

By the way, make sure your niece keeps going to school, and the mall, and out the front door everyday-I’m sure there can’t be any bad influences there (at least none that require the reading of intelligent literature).

Let’s get a grip here…


March 10th, 2010
1:45 am

@Debbie .. Read the back cover of the books, critics were even wow’d by this storyline and did not object to teens reading. In fact, Twilight was geared toward the teen audience … and I’ve read each book twice .. Bella was not suicidal. If you are referring to New Moon, I suggest you re-read the book. I’m in my 40’s and enjoy the book & movies … and IF I did have a teenage daughter, would not ban her from this series. When I was in high school I read The Thornbirds .. Now that was a questionable book for a teen, but my Mom never took it away from me.

Angela Harrison

March 8th, 2010
7:43 pm

I totally was face to face with Alan Mitchell this weekend at the twilight convention. He was dead on, in fact I personally saw him stop traffic and people were screaming from their cars “is that robert pattinson?” It was awesome.