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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

Bella X Jacob

March 6th, 2010
5:50 pm



March 6th, 2010
6:03 pm

Twilight is mediocre writing with even more mediocre characters. Even “Sweet Valley High” series of the 70s/80s had more spunk than this nonsense. And why are grown women into this? Tweens, I can see. Adults? Not unless they have some kind of pedo-complex.


March 6th, 2010
7:42 pm

Seriously? Are you people 12? How embarrased your family and freinds must be to know you. Wow.


March 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

Unless you are a fan of the Twilight books & movies you’re not going to understand the reason why it has such a fan base. It doesn’t have to be just teens who enjoy the movies and that is what the conventions about. Fans who enjoy the work go to meet other fans and get the chance to meet some of the actors who star in the movies. Why some have to assume the older women are lusting after the younger actors are just that, assuming. If you are not a fan, then bother commenting ???


March 6th, 2010
7:45 pm

@Losers .. Guess you have never been a fan of movies, music, books. Sad to think you spend your life worrrying what others think about you.

C. M. Thornton, III

March 6th, 2010
8:15 pm

This is even gayer than idiots who visit the dragon con circus…


March 6th, 2010
9:04 pm

Mitchell watched the movies, red the books, went as Edward for Halloween, then decided to keep the look. “People always said, ‘You look like that due 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.”

RED the books? Really? Does anyone on the ajc website proof anything before it goes up?


March 6th, 2010
10:55 pm

@RHR You missed one yourself. How about “You look like that due from Twilight”?

Jamie Gumbrecht

March 6th, 2010
11:47 pm

RHR — thanks for pointing out the typo! Many other types of content on the site are edited, but my blog posts do not have the benefit of a second set of eyes before they’re posted. I report, write, photograph, edit and publish about 20 pieces a week, and while I do the best I can, mistakes do slip through. In this case, I was writing, editing and posting in the lobby of the Westin and had to make it quick before the laptop battery died, then I had to run to another event. The good news is that the corrections are easy to make now that I’m back home with a re-charged battery. Have a lovely night!


March 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

I had stopped reading books sometime ago until my Niece gave me the first Twilight book for Christmas. They were easy reads that remarkable held my attention. I have since read all but the last book. While, I as a 53yo woman enjoyed them, I do not understand why a parent would let their teenager, especially teenage daughter read these books. These ARE NOT children’s books! And I’m not a conservative prude. The portrayal of Bella as a needy, desperate, SUICIDAL teen, is not a heroine for a teen girl. Just the statement of “death is easy, living is hard”, should be enough for any responsible parent to ban these books and movies from their teens. I know it is just a book or just a movie but teens don’t look at them with that much maturity.

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.


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.


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 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.

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!!!