Rathbone's disappearing act didn't thin out the crowd much, but it left plenty of fans disappointed -- including Kelly Steadman, who flew in from San Jose and said she's been frustrated by a few abrupt schedule changes like Rathbone's, especially when she says she could hear him talking in an adjacent room.
"We're both event coordinators, and this is the biggest mess I've ever seen," said Leanne Refvik, who traveled with Steadman and had Unfair Park wondering if we weren't about to witness Southfork II.
"Out of 3,000 people, we're going to expect some complaints," said Twicon cofounder Becky Scoggins, who said things really have been running smoothly so far. "You're gonna have long waits, you're gonna have people getting tired and impatient," she said.
Cassidy Thackerson, 15, said she's enjoyed herself so far at the con, after coming into Dallas from Wickett, in West Texas. While she looks forward to meeting Kellan Lutz at the autograph sessions tomorrow, her mother Maradith has entertained herself by lugging around a cardboard Robert Pattinson standup, collecting signatures from all who pose with it in a photo.
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Meghan Walstrom said she drove 16 hours with three friends from Minneapolis, and found a more diverse crowd at Twicon than she'd expected. "I thought I would feel a lot older and out of place than I have," said Walstrom, who is in her 30s.