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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 6:59 pm ET

Vampire Diaries at Comic Con

With the Twilight fans out in full force, you would have thought there would be at least a modicum of spill over into the Vampire Diaries panel but it didn’t seem like that was true. The majority of people I met in line were there for the Mythbusters panel that was to follow and I’m here to tell you, it’s simply not the same audience.


The panel began with an airing of the pilot. I wish they’d show only an abbreviated version at these things because it really ate into the Q&A time with the panel after the fact. I felt bad for them, actually, because quite a few people groaned when they thought the pilot was over and it wasn’t. Really, folks, I get that you’re not interested in this panel, but you don’t have to be rude about it.

Once the Q&A began, Kevin Williamson and the cast patiently fieldedĀ  numerous questions about jumping on the True Blood bandwagon and capitalizing on the success of Twilight. Seriously, do these people not realize that vampires in fiction go back a lot further than that. Can we talk Angel, Forever Knight, Dark Shadows, Dracula! Twilight and True Blood didn’t invent the genre and I believe that the original publication of the Vampire Diaries books pre-dates both of them.

I like the show. It’s Dawson’s Creek with vampires and I’m good with that. I adore Ian Somerhalder and I’m learning to like Paul and Nina and it is helmed by Kevin Williamson who has done this sort of thing before.

And I’m way off track, aren’t I?

Look, if you’re a Vampire Diaries fan, here’s what you do. You click this link and visit They have tons of vids, pics and reports from Comic Con all gathered together in one place.

Finally, look up the word smoldering in the dictionary and you’ll find the photo at the top of this post with an arrow pointing to Ian. He sure has got that look down pat.

COMIC-CON 2009 — Pictured: (l-r) Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley at The San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on July 24, 2009 — Syfy Photo: Evans Vestal Ward

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