The second stop on the Hot Topic Vampire Diaries cast tour was in Chicago yesterday, with the awesome Steven R. McQueen and Michael Trevino as the special guests. Queues were epic, fans were excited, and the screams were just as loud as ever. There’s video of the Q&A session courtesy of vampgurl789 (watch your necks, the second video is sideways, but the sound is great). Earplugs at the ready before you head in to watch Part One and then Part Two.
Sounds Under Radio are continuing to support the tour with their performances, and you can head on over to their website for a free download of their track “Sing”, which was featured in episode 21, Isobel.
Last October, we blogged about Lisa Spodak’s Project Teddy Bear auctions; she’s an amazing woman who has participated in 19 Avon Walks for Breast Cancer since 2002 with her 20th coming up this weekend. To date, she’s raised awareness and over $150,000 for breast cancer research by asking celebrities to sign cards that she attaches to “breast cancer bears,” and then she auctions them off, with all money going to charity.
Last year, Vampire Diaries fans stepped up in a big way and ensured that Paul Wesley’s breast cancer bear went for $227 (the highest bid in a batch that included Nathan Fillion!). Lisa is hoping TVD fans can help again with the cause and she’s throwing in some sweet incentive, too. (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley were both generous enough to participate – the photo of Ian was taken about 5 years ago while he was performing off-Broadway and the one of Paul was taken at an Atlanta restaurant.)
1) A $20 donation gets you either picture, by following the directions on the twitpics and putting the name of who you want in the subject line, but a donation of $30 gets you both. Just put Vampire Diaries in the subject line.
2) A randomly chosen donor who gives for either or both of the Vampires Diaries photos by the end of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) will get a 2010 Warner Bros. Vampire Diaries Comic Con bag.
Click on their respective photos to see how you can donate and have a chance at winning the Comic Con bag! And don’t worry – if you’ve already donated for a picture this month, you’re included in the drawing. Also, each person will only be entered once, even if they donate more than once or more than $30.
Carina MacKenzie has all kinds of interesting little tidbits from New York Comic Con this weekend. From the possibility of Matt and Stefan’s future friendship to Katherine coming face to face with some our our human favourites, Carina has a whole range of Vampire Diaries gossip. On top of that, she’s also got the latest from Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson on Damon. Is he worthy enough for Elena? Perhaps not yet, but he’s working towards it. And for those wondering about the long-term regarding stories on the show, Julie and Kevin have already thought about that:
“The Vampire Diaries” may lend itself to a “monster-of-the-week” structure.
Though this won’t be established until much further down the road, Plec says that the show may take a different approach at some point, similar to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Supernatural.”
“Eventually, there’s going to be a formula that will grow out of the show and the storytelling that’ll be a little bit more amenable to the monster of the week, the demon of the week,” she says. “But until then we’re going to keep building one brick at a time.”
There are some juicy spoilers up on Popwrap that you’ll all probably be interested, ranging from Jeremy to possible returning characters and to Katherine. On the subject of Katherine, book fans will be delighted to learn that we’ll be meeting Katherine’s maker at some point. So waddya make of that, sport? ;)
There’s video from the press room featuring Kevin Williamson and Zach Roerig over on Nice Girls TV:
Vampire Support are holding a contest to design them a logo for use on their website and various pieces of the merchandise they produce for charity. The winner of the contest will receive a vampire support shirt of their choice. The contest closes in two weeks. You can head on over to the Vampire Support website to enter. From their contest page:
We would like the logo to simply say “Vampire Support”. Currently we are using the “Vampire Fans Support Gulf Aid” and we feel that is more of our mission, then the logo itself.
Colors- We would like to see, black, purple and blue. Red may be used if you decide to do blood splatter but we ask it not to be used in the logo itself. Optional color will be yellow.
Size- 3000×3000 so we can size it for graphics later on.
The Dallas stop of the Hot Topic Cast Tour went down a storm with all the fans who turned out to the event. Weren’t able to make it? Watch the Q&A video below, courtesy of javanatorrrrr. Discover the the answers to alternative careers, funny things on set, the best part about playing their characters, and many more fan questions.
Be warned – the earplug warning from last year? Still in effect. Vampire Diaries fans have fantastic lungs. ;)
The latest Salvatore Council podcast is up, and this week it features an interview with our very own Vee. She talks all about editing A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls, touching on the subjects of many of the essays and how we came to be involved with the project. There’s also conversation about the book series and its relationship to the TV series, fandom, favourite scenes and characters from the TV series, highlights from season 1, and what Vee is looking forward to in season 2. Watch out for the revelation of a shocking and heinous conspiracy towards the end. I’m on to you guys, don’t think I’m not ready for when you choose to pounce. ;)
Maddie of Candice Accola Web dropped us a line asking if we could help spread the word on her fan project, which is operating under a very tight deadline! As we all know, Candice (and Ian Somerhalder) will be appearing at the Hot Topic in Texas this weekend, and that just so happens to be Maddie’s hometown. She’s putting together a “fan book” of messages, artwork, etc. from fans, and also invites the Lyme awareness community to thank Candice for her support of the cause. The deadline to participate is October 7th! The book will be gifted to Candice on October 9th. Get all of the details on how you can participate.
And the lovely Kaylie from We Met Through TVD (a Twitter-based fan community) is also putting together an epic fan project. Why don’t we let Kaylie explain what this project is all about via the video below.
And don’t forget about Ian Somerhalder’s Birthday Project (with the tie-in to St. Tammany’s Humane Society) over at Blood Falls.
Calling all Vampire Diaries fans! The Gulf oil spill is something that has had a tragic impact on everyone in one way or another. Those fine ladies over at Vampire Support and Vampire Stalkers want to hear about your thoughts on the disaster in the form of an essay, and the winning essay writer will receive their choice of a vampire support t-shirt and a feature on the aforementioned websites. In their own words:
We are looking for someone to write a short essay on their feelings about the oil spill in the gulf. Although a lot of us don’t live on the coast, the effect of this has gone worldwide. Vampire Support has shown us we can all make a difference. In your words, tell us what YOU think can be done to help the situation in the gulf and to make a permanent change for the future. Give us your ideas along with your experiences in how this has affected you or someone you know personally. Don’t hold back, we really want to hear how you feel!
The contest is open until noon, September 3rd and, yes, this one is open to international fans, too. :) Head over to the Vampire Stalkers website for more details and instructions for submitting your entry.
Sometimes things are too incredible not to share: The signed Vampire Diaries pilot script auction ended only moments ago and the top bid hovered near $800 for most of the evening. Then, in the last ten minutes, there was flurry of furious bidding. The final result?
HUGE CONGRATS to the lucky winner and to Chloe and Amber of Vampire Support for rocking in those funds for the National Wildlife Federation! Next time someone tells you fandom can’t make a difference? Tell ‘em where to stick it.
A fandom united can accomplish amazing things, and Vampire Support is hoping to not only rally Vampire Diaries fans, but vampire fans across many fandoms, in raising money for the National Wildlife Federation. The NWF is one of many organizations working to provide Gulf oil spill relief and Vampire Support has launched its first online auction of vampire merchandise to help raise much-needed funds.
Some of the items up for bid: autographed photos of Michael Trevino and Charley Bewley (Twilight), autographed unofficial companions/guides to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Bood, and Vampire Diaries, a slew of Vampire Diaries merch (including t-shirts and limited edition bags), and a Vampire Diaries poster autographed by Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder.
Watch for more items to be posted as Vampire Support is staggering what they post to keep interest high. Head over to eBay right now to start bidding for this invaluable cause! We wanna see some HIGH NUMBERS over there.
Check out ClevverTV’s story about Vampire Support:
Many of you are already familiar with Vampire Support, a vampire fandom project to raise awareness about the Gulf oil spill, run by Vampire Diaries vlogger Chloe and The VRO‘s Amber. They have an amazing opportunity to gain funding for their fundraising endeavors through Pepsi’s Do Good for the Gulf program.
The Pepsi Refresh Project allows the public to submit their ideas that will better the world, and they have a category specifically for the Gulf oil spill. Vampire Support has submitted their cause – vampire fandom-themed auctions to raise awareness and funds for the Gulf region – for the $5,000 grant level (designed to “help get good ideas off the ground”) and they need YOUR help. The ideas most voted for by the public (again, YOU) will be awarded the grant.
What you can do to help them out (voting ends on August 31st!):
- Go to their page at the Pepsi Refresh Project:
- Check out how they plan to utilize the award money.
As of right now, Vampire Support is in 11th place; Pepsi awards up to 10 $5,000 grants a month. Again, VOTING ENDS AUGUST 31st. Let’s do some good, fandom.