Hub Productions Announces Rescheduled Tru Blood Convention!

February 7, 2012

Aussie Fans Have a New Confirmed Date:

Tru Blood 2: A Second Bite Australian Convention Promo PosterJuly 28th and 29th, 2012 (Sydney and Melbourne, respectively) are the new dates set for the Tru Blood convention that was cancelled last year. Details can be found here. Disappointed Aussie fans missed out on seeing Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis and Joe Manganiello in Septemeber last year due to the stars having to cancel close to the event date.

The first guest confirmed for this year is Sam Trammell, who plays the wonderful Sam Merlotte. Trammell is a big fan of Aussie beaches, so it will be interesting to see if he will stick around a little longer to check out the waves again.

Fans who had already purchased for the 2011 event can rest assured that they need do nothing but wait by their mailbox for their tickets to arrive. But if you are a Sydney or Melbourne resident (or visiting during the month of July) and would still like to purchase tickets, you can still do so. Simply head on over to The Hub Productions website here and order your tickets.

I attended the 2010 event and was lucky enough to meet Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Todd Lowe and John Billingsley.  Are there any other fans who attended this event, or will be attending the next one in July? Please let us know in the comments below — maybe we could even meet up on the day!

Source: The Hub Productions – Tru Blood 2: A Second Bite

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Joe Manganiello Announced for Tru Blood 2: A Second Bite

May 17, 2011

Australian Fans Are Excited:

Hub Productions Tru Blood 2: A Second BiteThere is a coup for Australian fans of HBO’s True Blood this September! Not only will this year’s Hub Productions True Blood convention, Tru Blood 2: A Second Bite, have Nelsan Ellis (who plays LaFayette), but Sam Tramell will be returning for a second year. To add to the list of True Blood stars, Joe Manganiello, who plays hunky werewolf, Alcide, has just been announced as a part of the line up!

Aussie fans can order tickets online here. There are two events, one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne. Ticket prices start from $100 for a day pass, right up to $950 for a platinum pass (which includes an evening function with the stars of True Blood, as well as front row seating.)

I will be attending the Melbourne event, so if you want me to ask your fave star a question, make sure you comment below.

Source: Hub Productions – Tru Blood 2: A Second Bite

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UK’s True Blood Convention is Back in 2011

February 4, 2011

Bitten 2 is Announced

Bitten 2Massive Events has announced its second annual UK True Blood convention, Bitten 2. Last year hundreds of fans travelled to Northampton in the UK to participate in the event, some from as far away as Australia.

Previously, the event involved meeting the stars, Q & A sessions, photo opportunities as well as plenty of people roleplaying their fave characters. This year looks set to be just as fun!

The first confirmed True Blood cast member is Mehcad Brooks, who played Benedict “Eggs” Talley in Season 2, but there should be plenty more to follow, if last year is anything to go by.

Tickets and event information are available now and can be found here. Prices are as follows:

Standard Adult Programme at £78
Silver Programme at £135 – Limited to 150!
Gold Programme at £195 – Limited to 150!

The event is being held at the Park Inn hotel in Northampton from Friday August 5th to Sunday August 7th, 2011.

So if you are in the area, be sure to get yourself a ticket before they all sell out!

Source: Geek Syndicate – Second Annual True Blood UK Convention

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An Australian True Blood Fan’s Convention Experience

October 11, 2010

A lot of True Blood fans can be found all over the world, including in Australia and New Zealand. One such fan, our good friend Lizzie 1071, kindly agreed to share her experience with everyone here on TrueBloodNet.com. Thanks so much, Lizzie, for sharing your awesome experience with us! Read on and enjoy!

TRUE BLOOD CONVENTION (SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2010) in SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

By LIZZIE 1071

I was lucky enough to attend the first Aussie True Blood Convention, organised by HUB Productions, on Saturday 25 September 2010 in Sydney, New South Wales. I went with my two friends, Craig and Nicole, who are also Truebies.

The lucky attendees of the convention got to see Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer, Todd Lowe, and John BillingslyCharlaine Harris had to cancel out at the last moment but promised to make arrangements to tour OZ/NZ next year.

The event was an all day affair, starting at 9:00 am and finishing at 6:00 pm. Afterwards, the guests had to fly to Melbourne, Victoria, for another Convention which was to be held on the Sunday. Most of the guests were only in OZ for a few days due to the length of the journey. (No wonder guests are jet lagged! And once here, they always say they want to come back for a longer stay!)

Though not the biggest convention I have attended, True Blood did manage a respectable crowd, seeing that True Blood was never promoted in OZ like it was in the US or UK.  From the crowd, I gathered that they were mostly Bookies with a scattering of Truebies.  There was a scattering of Dealer Tables selling all sorts of T-shirts, memorabillia, comic book (singular, as they had all sold out except for one “Sam” issue), photos for autographs, ‘silver’ fangs on chains, etc.  Some beautiful auction items and a “to die for” Bill and Sookie autographed photo were part of the raffle.  Naturally I bought tickets, though I did not win. An auction was held, and it did very well. A Sam t-shirt went for $A220, an Eric for $A80, Bill and Sookie with a couple of additional items went for $A180, a little red case for a “fang attack” went for $A170, a lit up glass sign of True Blood (in pink light) went for $A260, a S2 cast poster for $A1600 and a S3 signed cast poster for $A1000.

The main draw, though, wasn’t the auction. It was the stars who were at the convention.

JOHN BILLINGSLY

The first guest was John Billingsly, who plays Bon Temps Coroner Mike Spencer.  I have seen John many times in his capacity as the Doctor in Star Trek Enterprise.  He’s very funny and not shy in the least.  What I saw on stage on Saturday was a very hyped up John.  He was very “out there” and completely in control of the audience, making them almost wet their pants with laughter!  He encouraged questions with the promise of lollies (candy) in return!  The crowd loved him!  I wonder if the “booze for dolls” he was swigging contributed to his “spritely” personality!

John loves working on True Blood and hopes he will be in Season 4.  He said he enjoys his role on True Blood and that he loved the orgy moments, but that they filmed in LA at an ungodly hour and it was very cold!  The extras who were mainly in a state of undress for the orgy scenes would arrive on the set with blankets and no one knew each other before hand. John described it, saying that when the director called “action,” everyone would drop their blankets and get on with it!  I don’t know if John was kidding or not, but he said the going rate for extras to show  boobs was $50 a breast.  One lady complained that she was only allowed to show one boob as there was a budget cut!  John’s biggest beef was that he was not given $50 a ball!

When asked how long it takes to tape an episode, he said because of the budget, localities, special effects and stunts, it would take around 9 to 10 days, where a network show would take about 7 days. He said that one scene of his at the orgy lasted a few seconds on screen but took 2 days to shoot!

He also said that if he could be anyone on the show it would be Jason, as it is a very challenging role.  Lafayette was his  second choice. John said the Special Effects Department was extremely good and that the  “Miss Jeanette” corpse was very realistic.

John has been to OZ 5 or 6 times before and said it was like Louisiana as they had snakes in common!

TODD LOWE

Todd  was Charlaine Harris’ replacement and was very happy to be here, even though he only got a day’s notice. (He was very jet lagged.) One thing that struck me with Todd was how slight he looked compared to what he looks like on screen.  I know the camera puts on weight, but I did expect him to be taller and larger.  Todd is musically gifted and has a band, the Pilberry Knights.  He sang a verse of a song and yodelled for the audience, which was a very cool treat!

In response to a question from audience on how he researched his role as a Vietnam Veteran, Todd gently reminded the audience that his character is an Iranian Gulf War Veteran, not a Vietnam Vet like Terry Bellefleur is in the books (which confirmed my belief the room was full of Bookies). Todd said that his role was written as comedic and that he had to find the right balance so that the audience found his character sympathetic as well as comedic.

He originally auditioned to be Hoyt role and was offered the Terry role, which he is very happy doing. His favourite episode was Season 2, Episode 10 where he kicked arse at Merlotte’s whilst under the control of Maryann!  Terry finally got to be a tough guy and played with a gun! Todd also mentioned that the orgy scenes were difficult to act out due to the very cold conditions (ie 33-38 degrees F.) Ice cubes were given to the actors so that they would not breathe out steam, because in Bon Temps you don’t exhale steam!

Todd was asked if he preferred the Gilmore Girls or True Blood.  He said he enjoyed his time on Gilmore Girls but it was not a show he could watch with his mates!  With True Blood, he and his mates hang out on Sunday nights and watch (with a bit of footy thrown in!).  When asked what other character would he like to be, he said Jason, just like John Billingsly did, as it would be a challenging role! Lafayette was also Todd’s second choice!

A concerned audience member asked whether Stephen and Anna‘s marriage would affect the direction of the show and how Season 4 would play out.  Todd said, (tongue in cheek, I hope,) that Sookie could be showing her ‘goodies’ to the Viking next season and that he could see Stephen standing in the corner, arms folded, making sure things did not go too far!  He said he would like to see that, but then became serious and said that both actors were professional.

Todd is hoping that the series will skip ahead in time, as Arlene‘s pregnancy at the current rate will take about two more seasons for the baby to be born and that could become tedious! Let the baby be born and let’s see what will be wrong with it!

One thing that Todd is glad of is that he does not have to do nude scenes because he does not have the physique of some of the other cast members. He gets a bit freaked out with some of the stunts and uses a double for some of those, like when Malcolm came into Merlotte’s and threw him across the bar.  He did not want to go on that ‘spring’ machine (like the one Stephen used in his finale scene with Queen Sophie Anne). One scene that made him uncomfortable was having to say that he wore “possum peckers” to Sam.  Made him feel a bit like a yokel, but now that he has watched that scene, he does not feel too bad about it now.

Todd was asked by Stephen to play at his wedding to Anna (they had heard the band play a couple of times).  Todd felt honoured.  He said he could not believe all the paparazzi hovering around in helicopters and boats nor could he believe the house where the couple were married, in Malibu. Todd also told us that the Bridal Dance was “Such Great Heights” and that Stephen sang two songs – “Rustle for the Chain” and “Mystic Train”.

When asked who was a practical joker on the set, Todd said that no one was, but that Stephen was a great mimic and could mimic just about anyone (did he mimic Eric’s voice in the finale for real?).

KRISTIN BAUER

Well, what a very slim woman Kristin is! Very slight!  Kristin and her husband had been in Sydney for 5 days and were enjoying sightseeing.  They stayed at the old Q Station (the old quarratine station on the north shore) and had been whale watching. Whilst in Melbourne, she will visit a Koala colony. She spoke about her love of animals and her concern for the whales and congratulated Australia on its stance against whaling in the South Pacific region. Kristin also said that she made a sketch of Alex (which was auctioned off on TrueBloodNet.com), with the proceeds going to a dog and cat rescue.  She now intends to draw Stephen Moyer with the same intent.

In answer to a question on what it’s like working with Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin said he is lovely and funny.  It was a challenge learning Swedish and that they both had fun with that.  Kristin said that her favourite scenes were ones with Alex, Stephen and Anna.  Actually, she was very gracious about Stephen and Anna.  Kristin said that she had trouble with her fangs and that they gave her pain.  She asked Stephen how he coped with the teeth and he said that she had to live with the pain, and she now does and is able to cope knowing that they do hurt and feel uncomfortable and you just have to work around it.  She also said that if her clothes looked great, then they were really uncomfortable!  Kristin also shared that she likes the Jessica character and feels it is a challenging role.

One funny tidbit that Kristin told was of that scene where she, Eric, Bill and Sookie were running out of Fangtasia in Season 1.  Both she and Alex were on a skateboard-esque thing to give the illusion of gliding, with fans blowing on their hair.  Poor Stephen had to run and pick Anna up and still run.  She said the writers had no clue about some things, since  it’s easy for them to write “pick up Sookie and run” but in reality it’s very hard to shoot!  After a few takes, all the actors heard was Stephen huffing and a puffing!

Kristin said that having Denis O’Hare on the show raised the bar and she felt honoured to have worked with him.  She is hoping for some flashbacks of Pam next season – she would love to know how she and Eric met and how he got to turn her.  She has only read book one of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and did not want to read any more in case it influenced her acting.  Her husband, Abri van Straten, reads them though and tells her if she will be appearing that season. Luckily, Alan Ball signed her up as a regular and she got quite a few scenes, more than she would have gotten if the books were followed verbatim.

Two questions put to Kristin were:  If she was Pam, who would she like to bite: Eric, Bill or Sookie, and who would she bite as herself: Alex, Anna, or Stephen. As Pam, Kristin said she’d bite Sookie. Her answer was more descriptive for herself. She said that Alex would say “what’s up, Kristin,” and if she bit Anna, Anna would probably bite her back. If she bit Stephen, then Anna, being such a fiesty young thing, would kick her arse, so, seeing she was a married woman, it would probably be Anna! LOL!

Kristin was asked to do a scene from True Blood.  She picked the one where she and Lafayette were in the cool room and she had Laf up against the wall and said “Maybe I wear too much pink” etc.  She also commented on the conversation in the bathroom at Fangtasia with Jessica – she feels like she is True Blood’s version of Carrie Bradshaw, but giving bad advice!

When asked about the blood tears that she and other vampire cast characters on True Blood shed, Kristin said that thanks to IRT Special Effects, they have to cry normal tears and post production colours them in, which is better than before where coloured corn syrup was put in the corner of their eyes. She also explained the “silver” reaction vampires have. The make up artists put a special resin on the actors, which makes the skin bubble and burn — it’s like a glue and takes a while to set.

Kristin commented on several shots that were difficult to film due to several issues. One was the scene where Russell is burning in the parking lot of Fangtasia. For those shots, Denis’ makeup looked awful he had to wear full eyeball contact lenses (which can be very uncomfortable). Another difficult scene was when Bill was being tortured and  he had to hold Lorena up so that Sookie could stake her. Kristin said that Mariana Klaveno loved being on True Blood, but that scene, with all that goo on her and on Stephen, was her undoing.  Poor Stephen had to hold Mariana up for the staking and then had to rest Mariana between takes and the goo stuck them together.

When asked how long a night shoot took, Kristin said sometimes they would be on set for 16 to 17 hours.  Not all that time would be productive – lots of it is spent hanging around whilst standins did lighting checks, etc.  She said she would love True Blood to go on for years and could just see the Vamps with their walkers putting their Vamp teeth into glass jars at night!

Kristin said, in answer to a question about how Charlaine Harris feels about True Blood, that Charlaine loves the show and sees her books and the show as two different mediums, both to be enjoyed!

SAM TRAMMELL

Sam came on to loud applause and once again, I was surprised as to how slight he really was.  Sam is a good looking man!  He also knows how to get around!  Sam has been in Sydney a couple of days and has already taken a taxi to famous Bondi Beach, hired a wetsuit and surfboard and shot the waves! Later, he took the 443 bus to Circular Quay and caught a ferry to Manly (another famous surf beach), hired a wetsuit and surfboard and shot some more waves!  What a guy! He was also interested in our few types of footy (football) as there were finals and semi finals being played for different codes that Saturday. Sam said that he had a couple of days in Melbourne then he has to fly back to the States.  I was most impressed that he took the effort to get to know this city (and bus numbers), even though he was only here for a very short period of time, but said he would definitely be back!

When asked what would be his favourite “shift to” animal, Sam said a lion! Sam originally tried out for Bill, but was told that Alan Ball was looking for a non American for the role to give the character mystique. Alan suggested that he try for Sam, and Sam’s glad that he did!  When he got the role, he said he screamed  like a little girl because he was a shapeshifter who owns a bar!

Sam said he has no issues with nude roles as he had to go full frontal on broadway, on his second play! Sam said he loved acting on TV but being in front of an audience in theatre was a really great feeling. One thing that Sam really enjoyed in Season 3 was that he got to play “bad arse” Sam.  His favourite scenes were the ones featuring King Russell at the TV station, especially when he ripped the spine out of the anchor man.

There was a lot of talk and laughter re Sam’s sex scenes with Daphne on the pool table.  Lots of jokes and offers were hollered at Sam by the ladies in the audience, as well as alternatives in lieu of pool table. The one that took Sam’s fancy was the “air hocky” table! Sam said that those scenes on the pool table were very uncomfortable.

Another popular scene that was brought up was the sexy “hard water” scene in Season 3, Episode 1 with Bill. Sam shared the joke that he and Stephen pulled on the unfortunate stand in guys, getting them to stand close, take their shirts off and kiss whilst he, the Director and Stephen laughed their guts off on the side lines!  Sam said that he was to use a stunt double when Rene was kicking him at the cemetary in the Season 1 finale after he shifted to human from a dog. However, when he saw the condition of the stand in’s bum, he was disgusted and said he did not want anyone think it was his bum, so he did the scene himself! Sam said they shot a great scene when Sam jumped over the camera and changed into the dog mid flight, but this scene was not used.

Sam’s hopes for Season 4?  Well, he would not divulge if he killed Tommy or not and said that he still hoped he had a chance with Sookie. Sam told us that he gets more recognition now and gets asked for autographs, but not as much as “Robert Patsy’.  Sam said that the inside of Merlotte’s was on a stage and that the outside plus his trailer was on the Warner Bros. lot, along with a few other True Blood sets.

A few tidbits that Sam revealed about himself included that he was classically trained in piano and plays the guitar, and he likes the Blues style of music.  Sam also tried some Aussie slang – “goodonya” and “G’day mate”!  He got a few laughs!  He said there was some sort of parady done of Merlotte’s and if you google “Merlotte’s sitcom” it should come up!

Sam shared that what really offended him in Season 3 was Joe Lee‘s horrid off-white underwear!  He said it was hard trying to focus on set looking at that!  He said that the actor playing Joe Lee was a good bloke.  Sam also did a display of different Southern accents, which went down well with the crowd!  Sam asked whether we thought Jason’s accent sounded like the past US President, George W. Bush.

Another thing Sam shared is that he was the second victim on the first season of Dexter! Sam was a delightful guest!

After the talks, the actors obliged the long queues waiting for their signatures. Then the guests were quickly whisked away to the airport to fly to Melbourne for Day 2 of the True Blood Convention!  It was a bloody good day!

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Get BITTEN by More True Blood Stars at the UK Convention

July 10, 2010

We all know that the True Blood obsession extends beyond the US. Come August, the United Kingdom will get its very own True Blood convention: Bitten, presented by Massive Events. From August 6-8, 2010, fans will gather together at the Park Inn in Northampton, England, and they will even be joined by a few members of the cast!

Sam Trammell (Sam) and Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) announced their plans to attend months ago, and now Todd Lowe (Terry) and Jim Parrack (Hoyt) will be featured guests, too. Here’s what the 3 days will include:

  • Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Exclusive wine reception
  • Autograph sessions
  • Professional photo-shoot sessions
  • 2 themed parties
  • 1 Sunday night “chill out” party
  • Guest talks and panels
  • Souvenir programme
  • Dealers room
  • And much more!!
  • British Truebies who want to hang with each other and with some of their favorite Bon Temps characters, while enjoying a weekend full of fun programming, can look for more details on the Massive Events website. Passes for the convention range in price from £78-195.

    SOURCE: massiveevents.co.uk

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    Get Bitten at the True Blood Convention in the UK

    February 28, 2010

    British fans of the popular HBO series, “True Blood,” will finally have their thirst for blood quenched in the form of a “True Blood” convention. Vampires and shape-shifters alike are taking a break from the steamy heat of Bon Temps this summer to meet their devoted fans in the UK. So get ready all of you bloody Brits – some of your favorite actors and actresses from “True Blood” arrive this August:

    Basic Event Details:
    Massive Events Presents:  Bitten

    When:  August 6th-8th, 2010
    Where:  Northhampton, England
    Venue:  The Park Inn

    Cost:
    Standard Pass  £78 ($120)
    Silver Pass         £135 ($209)
    Gold Pass           £195 ($302)

    All participants must be over the age of 16.

    The various passes will allow participants to attend events.  The level of pass will determine which events you can attend.  Events are being added daily, so make sure that you check the convention site to get the latest info.

    Want to meet your favorite characters from the show? Enjoy a glass of wine with fellow “True Blood” fans? So far, the schedule sounds pretty exciting with the following events already confirmed:

    • Exclusive wine reception
    • Autograph Sessions
    • Professional photo-shoot sessions
    • Themed parties
    • Sunday night “chill out” party
    • Guest talks and panels
    • Souvenir program
    • Dealers room
    • More to come

    Bitten has also two confirmed guests for the convention:  our favorite bar owner and shape shifter Sam Merlotte, played by Sam Trammell, will be on hand as well as Fangtasia’s sexiest bouncer, vampire Pam, played by Kristin Bauer. Massive Events is also working to confirm more exciting guests from the show.

    UK fans, make sure to keep checking back for further information as it becomes available because this is an event you don’t want to miss.

    SOURCE:  Massive Events

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    Australia To Host “True Blood” At Hub Convention

    February 21, 2010

    Hub Productions announced its True Blood Convention, scheduled for Sept. 25, 2010, in Sydney and Sept. 26, 2010, in Melbourne.  Among the guests will be Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series on which Alan Ball‘s “True Blood” television series on HBO is based.  Also to be in attendance are “True Blood” cast members Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Kristen Bauer (vampire Pam) and John Billingsley (coroner Mike Spencer).  More guests are scheduled to be announced.

    Attendees of the convention will have the opportunity to see the True Blood cast members on stage from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Along with Q&A sessions, a few stories and anecdotes will be shared with the audience and time will be allotted to meet the guests for photos and autographs.

    Throughout the day there will be other activities such as auctions and raffle giveaways, with auction proceeds going to charity. Vendors will sell merchandise and rare collectibles.  Here is the schedule at a Hub Convention:

    • 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Welcome
    • 9:15 a.m.  – Professional Photos
    • 11:00 a.m.  – Question & Answer Session 1
    • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch (not provided)
    • 12:30 p.m. – Question & Answer Session 2
    • 1:30 p.m. – Event (such as an auction)
    • 1:45 p.m. – Question & Answer Session 3
    • 2:45 p.m. – Autographs
    • 5 p.m./6 p.m. – Close event

    Seating for the convention is pre-assigned, based on the level of ticket purchased and the date of purchase.  Tokens may be purchased for the professional photo sessions, which means you get to pose with your favorite guest.  There will be an extra fee for autographed photos. Photos will be available the same day. Tokens may also be purchased for autographs.

    The closing event is a farewell wrap-up, which may or may not include the guests.

    “The Hub Productions is a small company out of Sydney, Australia, that strives to provide opportunities for fans to meet the actors, artists and behind-the-scenes stars who contribute to the TV shows, movies and comics that we all so love and adore.”

    While the venues in Sydney and Melbourne are not yet disclosed, the pricing (in Australian dollars) is posted.  Add an additional $5.95 to all ticket prices for postage.

    • Day Ticket – $100
    • VIP Day Ticket*- $600
    • Platinum Day Ticket* – $950
    • Professional Photograph – $40
    • Autograph – $30

    *VIP and Platinum tickets include evening functions with the guests, front row seating and other entitlements.

    To read the convention etiquette page, purchase tickets, enter a chance to win a full set of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (signed by Charlaine Harris) and get the latest updates, visit http://www.thehubproductions.com/events/true-blood-2010/home.

    Source:  hubproductions.com

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    Win Tickets To EyeCon And Mingle With The Cast Of True Blood

    October 26, 2009

    As most True Blood fans know EyeCon is hosting the first ever True Blood Convention at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, Florida from November 13 – 15, 2009.  This will be a fabulous opportunity for True Blood fans to meet and mingle with Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Allan Hyde (Godric), Ashley Jones (Daphne), and Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur).

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    The True Blood Convention will feature: celebrity autograph sessions, celebrity photo-op sessions, a celebrity banquet, a cocktail party with the stars, a Fangbanger’s Ball, panels, games, Guitar Hero, celebrity breakfast auctions, blood drives and so much more! EyeCon’s goal is to bring fans together with celebrity guests in a relaxed atmosphere with the most exposure possible and here is your chance to go!

    The people at EyeCon have graciously giving TrueBloodNet.com 5 pairs of Gold Level tickets to give away to 5 lucky winners! Each winner will receive 2 Gold Level Tickets ($270 value).

    Gold Level Ticket Includes:

    • Admission all three days of the convention
    • Reserved seating in rows 9-14
    • Personalized credential
    • Access to the dealer’s room and all panels and games
    • Access to all celebrity Q&A Sessions

    How To Enter For Your Chance To Win A Pair Of Tickets:

    • In the comment section below tell us what question you would ask the True Blood Cast at the convention.
    • Please provide a valid email address when you enter so we may contact the winner.
    • Comments must be posted no later then 11:59pm EDT on Friday, October 30, 2009 to be eligible.
    • Please enter only if you are serious about attending the event.
    • Prizes are for tickets only; transportation, lodging, meals, etc. are your responsibility.
    • Five (5) winners will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries. The five (5) winners will each receive a pair of Gold Level Tickets.
    • TICKETS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. You will have to provide your name and that of your companion as they appear on your ID.

    Winners must respond within 72 hours upon notification.  Please check both your inbox and spam folders for the notification if you have been chosen the winner.  If the winner does not respond with the 72 hours time frame a new winner will be randomly selected.

    To see our complete contest rules click here and Good Luck to everyone!

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    Update on EyeCon’s Upcoming True Blood Convention

    October 3, 2009

    trueblood-mouth2As most True Blood fans know EyeCon is hosting the first ever True Blood Convention. This will be an opportunity for fans to get together and celebrate this phenomenal television series. The convention will feature celebrity guests, bands, artists, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, contests, panels, fan films, photo shoots, video games, blood drives and more. So far celebrity guests attending the convention are Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Allan Hyde (Godric), Ashley Jones (Daphne), and Mehcad Brooks (Eggs). More celebrity guests will be added soon.

    The convention will run from November 13 through November 15th in Orlando, Florida. The convention hours are Friday 4:00 pm – 1:00 am EDT, Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 am EDT, and Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT. Tickets can be purchased online and are priced as follows:

    • General admission for Friday is $10.00
    • Saturday is $40.00
    • Sunday is $40.00
    • 3-day weekend pass $80.00
    • Silver weekend package for $110.00
    • Gold weekend package for $135.00
    • Platinum weekend package for $295.00

    Any attendees who stay at the host hotel, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, will be able to take advantage of special room rates.

    EyeCon has been running successful fan conventions since 2006. The True Blood Convention will feature: celebrity autograph sessions, celebrity photo-op sessions, a celebrity banquet, a cocktail party with the stars, a Fangbanger’s Ball, panels, games, Guitar Hero, celebrity breakfast auctions, blood drives and so much more! EyeCon’s goal is to bring fans together with celebrity guests in a relaxed atmosphere with the most exposure possible. For more information on EyeCon and the True Blood Convention you can visit their website here. So get ready fans for an incredible True Blood experience!

    SOURCE: EyeCon

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    Mehcad Brooks Attending Eyecon’s True Blood Convention

    September 30, 2009

    mehcad-brooks-flixsterTrue Blood fans will remember Mehcad Brooks as Tara Thornton‘s (Rutina Wesley) boyfriend Benedict “Eggs” Talley who was controlled by Maryann to do some nasty deeds and met a deadly finish at the end of season 2.  Now Mehcad is set to star as a regular in the ABC upcoming legal drama “The Deep End.” as Malcolm Bennet, an associate at a prestigious LA law firm where the show is set.

    Mehcad has not forgetting True Blood and Eyecon has informed us that he will be attending the True Blood Convention at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, FL from November 13 – 15, 2009 along with Sam Trammell, Allan Hyde, Nelsan Ellis and Ashley Jones.

    The 1st True Blood Convention organized by Eyecon will feature the following events:

    • Friday Night Kickoff Cocktail Party
    • Saturday Evening Celebrity Banquet
    • Exclusive Platinum Party
    • Celebrity Q&A Sessions
    • Celebrity Autograph Sessions
    • Celebrity Photo Ops
    • Celebrity Breakfast Auctions

    The  Friday Night Kickoff Cocktail Party is an hour-long festive gala spent with the celebrities. It’s a perfect way to know the stars and meet other fans. The Saturday Evening Celebrity Banquet will be your chance to dine with the stars, which gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal in a more relaxed setting. You can rock with the stars during the Exclusive Platinum Party and aim to win and awe the crowd in the Guitar Hero competition. If you’re equipped with questions that you’re dying to ask the stars, the Celebrity Q&A Sessions will be the time to blurt it all out and have it all answered right from the celebrities themselves. During the Celebrity Autograph Sessions, you can have your photos and collectibles signed in an instant.  The Celebrity Photo Ops gives you the chance to “star” in professional and high quality pictures with your favorite celebrity or group of celebrities in 8×10 portraits on a beautiful backdrop taken by a professional photographer using state-of-the-art camera equipment and lighting, which will be made available shortly after they are taken.

    This is a chance for True Blood fans to meet and mingle with the stars of the show that should not be missed!  For more information about tickets and programming, please visit www.eyeconfla.com.

    SOURCE: Eyecon

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