11:30 am (Autograph) - Sebastian’s morning autograph signing was supposed to start at 11am but he was late and I told my friends watch him come with starbucks and HE DID lol so anyway, I was gonna do the afternoon autograph because I wanted him to sign our photo op but me being me couldn’t resist once I saw him in person so I ended up buying 2 autographs :-) When it was my turn to meet him, I gave him a stuffed bunny and I said “I got you a bunny cause the mad hatter from Once Upon A Time is probably one of my favorite character of yours!” then he smiled and put hIS HAND TO HIS CHEST AND LOOKED AT ME AND SAID “AWWW THANK YOU!” Then he turned to security and was like “You know, I really wanna get a picture of you with the bunny” FUCJDKJV THEN I SAID “ILL SEE YOU AT THE PHOTO OP LATER, BYE SEBASTIAN” AND HE SAID BYE BACK AS I WAS WALKING AWAY OMF
2:56 pm (Photo Op) - I came up to Seb and said Hi and asked if we can hug really tight for the picture and he sAID “COME HERE!” FUCDKJ Then the photographer said 1 more picture! because I bought 2 photo ops (ik im crazy) and we were just looking at each other lmao so I asked “Do you think we can hold hands?” aND HE WAS OFFERING ME HIS RIGHT HAND BUT HE REALIZED IT WOULDNT WORK SINCE IM ON HIS LEFT AND HE JUST LOOKED AT BOTH OF OUR HANDS CONFUSED FOR A SECOND LOL THEN HE GRABBED MY HAND AND PUT IT TO HIS HEART IM DECEASED. Then I had to leave so I said “Bye! Nice to meet you!” aND HE SMILED AND SAID NICE TO MEET YOU TOO!!! HIS EYES ARE SO BEAUTIFUL IM CRYING AND HE GIVES THE BEST HUGS FUDSJJ
Around 3:45 pm (Autograph) - I put a post it note on my photo op w my name so he can personalize but they were on a rush and staff said only VIP get personalized pics so they had to take it out lmao whatever. ANYWAY, right before my turn to talk to him, staff came up to Sebastian and asked him a question and they were just talking right infront of me for like 3 mins aka I was just starring and listening to him talk that whole time im inlove fucjdkkj tHEN I TOLD HIM “I REALLY WANNA THANK YOU FOR COMING HERE EVEN THOUGH YOURE PROBABLY TIRED” AND YOU KNOW WHAT HE DID…HE LOOKED AT ME STRAIGHT IN THE EYES AND GAVE ME THE SWEETEST SMILE AND HE SAID “IM GOOD ITS ALL GOOD DONT WORRY ABOUT IT!” UGH HES SUCH AN ANGEL RIP ME
Since everyone’s sharing their Tom stories and I’ve finally been able to gather my thoughts enough to jot something down, I guess I’ll join in! So starting with the photo-op: like everyone else, I was freaking out. Like, really freaking out. It got worse the closer I got to the front of the line. I’ve been dying to meet Tom for 3 years now, got close to meeting him 2 times previously but failed. Now it was finally gonna happen, and I felt totally helpless and unprepared. What was I going to say?? How to pose?? I wanted to hug him, was dying to, but was so afraid that it would end up being awkward. After all, I am awkward almost 100% percent of the time.
Fast-forwarding to the moment of truth: when I finally got on the other side of that big red curtain, I was shaking and my heart was beating out of my chest. I was completely unaware of the people going in front of me, as I was anxiously preoccupied with handing over my ticket and putting all of my other stuff on the table. Suddenly, I realized that it was my turn. About four complete strangers were all staring in my direction, and most importantly, so was Tom.
My heart skipped a beat as I walked over to him with a big grin on my face. I think I said “hi” but I don’t actually remember hearing anything come out of my mouth. He grinned and said “hi” back, holding out his arm. Mustering my courage, I went for the hug. His arm was around my waist, but all that I had suddenly become intensely aware of was the fact that my hand was ON HIS ABS. All I could think was “wow”, but then it got EVEN BETTER. He LAUGHED. ACTUALLY LAUGHED. THE LEGENDARY HIDDLES LAUGH. RIGHT IN MY EAR. As he did, his abs moved beneath my hand, and I swear I almost died. Right there. On the spot. But somehow, I managed to smile and not look like a complete idiot. I survived the “ehehe”.
When I started to walk away, he was still grinning and I think I thanked him but I don’t really remember. I was kind of in a daze after that, but I managed to stumble over to the table, gather my things, and exit the booth.
Moving on to the autograph: now, this didn’t go at all as planned considering the fact that I ended up pretty far back in line. Tom was really behind schedule at this point (due to the inefficiency of Wizard World’s scheduling) and he ended up being really rushed. The staff were saying that he “had to go” and that he was doing “no more hugs” and “no more personalizations”. Luckily, I hadn’t planned on asking for a hug anyway. I’ll admit that I was irritated and angry because I had watched so many fans go before me and get so much time with him, not rushed at all. But I got to the point where I was ready to accept whatever happened and just appreciate getting to meet him and give him the painting I made for him.
When I finally got up there (it was quite a long wait), I watched him sign my photo (personalized despite the new “rule”), and he said my name (Madison) as he wrote it. I almost died again. Then he looked up, and I handed him my painting of Loki, saying “Tom, this is for you.” He took it and paused, his eyes widening. “Wow,” he said. “That’s amazing.” He then made eye contact with me and said very sincerely: “Thank you.”
And in that moment, it was all worth it. It gave me so much joy just to make his day even a little bit better. Seeing him so exhausted and rushed made me extremely frustrated with whoever overbooked him, and by that point I was feeling quite guilty but protective of him at the same time. I responded with “Thank YOU”, and went on my way, feeling very appreciative and lucky that he had even decided to come all the way to Philly and spend two full days with his fans. He is such a special, special man, and he deserves all the happiness in the world.
Finally getting around to posting JPEGs and stories. This was my first photo op with Wizard World. It was very fast, but the guys were super nice and very impressed. I remember saying “I made these and I was hoping we could hold them up.” My friend asked Matt if he was willing to wear the fez and he agreed. When I went to leave, I grabbed the crochet pieces, but forgot the hat. My friend told me that Matt realized he still had the hat on, and followed me for a few steps to toss the fez on my head.
That moment when Sebastian Stan says “you have amazing eyes” while dipping you. I walked away and had to cry a little, and when I got to the autograph line he talked about how we got lost in each other’s eyes. I have died and ascended to heaven.