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'Twilight' fans rule Comic-Con opening

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
July 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Comic-Con started some 40 years ago as a small convention for die-hard fans of comic books and graphic novels. It's grown exponentially over the years and now has become a promotional centerpiece for many of Hollywood's biggest movies. While just about every comic book super hero is represented at the annual San Diego event, the most attention is on the stars of the "Twilight" sequel.Thousands of people lined up for hours upon hours for the chance to see these three actors: Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The "Twilight" sequel, "New Moon," dominated the first day of Comic-Con.

It was at this convention last year that the stars got their first taste of "Twilight" mania.

"We're all so thankful to be here," said Lautner. "Comic-Con was huge eye-opener, and here we are again. Doesn't seem like a year, but great to see the fans again."

Lautner joined co-stars Stewart and Pattinson for a press conference before joining 6,000 fans for a panel discussion.

The popular trio tried to give hints about what we can expect from the rise of "New Moon."

"This is definitely a severely emotional movie," said Stewart. "That's the one big difference."

"Hopefully it will come off having a few more levels than the relationship in 'Twilight,'" said Pattinson. "I hope."

"I know that the fans - every single person - that sees this movie will have their heart broken at least once. Most likely many times," said Lautner. "There's a lot going on, you will have your heart ripped to shreds."

While they wait, fans visited the studio's booth on the Comic-Con floor and fought their way to the front of the line to grab a copy of the newest "New Moon" poster. It was just one of the many collectibles being given away.

"The fans are crazy," said Jason Teham, who was working at the booth. "They've been excited, loved what we've been doing."

One of the older "twi-hard" fans said her grandkids just don't understand her.

" I have shrine at my house," said Joan Lundy-Boyd. "All my kids and grandkids think I am nuts. But I'm not."

"I came this year with a group of 12 girls I met at last year's panel," said fan Robin Harney. "It becomes like a family, you share a bond with these characters you care so much about."

"Edward's just? He's perfect," said fan Jhoana Abad. "Perfect man for everybody."

Would these fans let a vampire bite their neck?

"Oh, heck yeah," said fan Alyssa Moore. "I'm waiting for Rob any second now."

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