Saturday, October 13, 2018

ACE Comic Con: Chicago (2018)

October 12-14, 2018:

Tom Hiddleston headlined another ACE Comic Con event, this time in Chicago. After unfortunately having to drop out of the Seattle event, Chris Evans joined Tom on the Marvel team along with Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, and Lee Pace! The rest of the guest list had a little bit for everyone with Doctor Who VIPs (Karen Gillan and Matt Smith) and WWE Wrestlers (Bella Twins, Seth Rollins, and Alexa Bliss).  

The Tom Hiddleston VIP packages sold for $585 with individual photo-ops or autographs available for $200 each. Tom's schedule was slightly lighter in Chicago than Seattle since there were less individual sessions sold. 

Day One: 

Obviously Tom Hiddleston is immune to jet-lag as he had back-to-back events in London and didn't arrive in Chicago until the day of. Tom was absolutely a gem (we don't deserve him) and took time to interact with each fan. He injured his thumb during the Pinter Gala so the ACE Staff advised us all that Tom wouldn't be able to do long inscriptions during the autograph sessions. It looked really painful in person and it must be agony for him to sign things all weekend so try to be understanding if you're there. 

Tom recreated that infamous ACE Seattle photo with Tom Holland in Chicago with ACE co-founder Stephen Shamus.

Here's my photo. I wanted a way to represent I Saw the Light (because Tom's role did not nearly get the respect it deserved) so I wore a hey, good lookin' shirt and brought my I Saw the Light crew hat along. We actually were able to chat for quite a bit during the photo and autograph session - probably too long sorry all the people behind me! 

As you may know, I created a book from all the beautiful messages that people have left on our Unicef UK fundraising page and gave it to Tom at ACE along with the Tom's Midgardian Army book. Tom seemed very appreciative of what everyone has done to support him and his causes! He also signed an extra copy of the book that will be very happy use in our next Unicef UK fundraiser raffle! 

Here is a video montage of Tom meeting fans during the photo-op session. 

Tom signing autographs. 

Day Two: 

Tom greeted Day 2 80s power ballad style - with open arms! 

Saturday was his busiest day of the Con with 16 different events on his schedule. Along with his solo VIPs, photo-ops, and autographs Tom Hiddleston also had group sessions with Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, and Karen Gillan. 

It was funny because the group photo op was supposed to start at 3:30 but Karen and Chris were stuck in the panel so Tom was standing around on the balcony watching so people would randomly start screaming for Tom in the middle of the panel. Ooooops. He probably enjoyed having a little bit of downtime. 

Avengers Assemble! There was another fun moment with co-founder Stephen Shamus. 

Here is our Saturday photo. ACE Comic Con happened to fall right in between me and the minion's birthdays so instead of throwing a party we decided to have our party there. I know I look about 12 in this picture but I promise that I am turning 30 this month! I admit that it was a little awkward to have them all sitting for the picture and felt weird to just walk in behind them. But there was also a sort of intimacy to it because you were pretty much whispering in each other's ears. It's probably for the best too because they are all so massively tall and we are both so mightily small lol.  They were all so very sweet, especially to the little man, and wished us both happy birthdays. He's gonna have that smile on his face for a very, very long time!

That's a wrap for Hiddlesfashion in Chicago! I won't be attending on Sunday because I have to be back home on Monday to continue immunotherapy treatment. It was such a magical, memorable experience that almost didn't happen because as sick as I've ever been on Friday morning. I'm happy that I was able to meet some of the other fans- I wish I could've met more of you but I wasn't feeling very well. Thank you so much to ACE for organizing the event. And a huge thank you to the stars for always going the extra mile and treating each interaction like the first time even though they've probably already met 5,000 people that day! 

Day Three: 

On the final day of ACE Comic Con Tom played moderator for The Trickster and the Witch panel with Elizabeth Olsen. Tom and Lizzie ask each other some really insightful questions and then they take audience questions. There's a really cute moment around 29:00 when a child asks Tom if Loki is really dead. The final question is from a fan asking about how they deal with anxiety and Tom gives an amazing answer: Know that you're not alone. Life isn't easy. It's not easy for anyone. We all have moments of doubt and feeling destabilized and uncertain. But actually that's the case for everyone. And if we just hold each other in the uncertainty then we'll get through it. So know that you're not alone and we're all in it together. 

Here's a video montage of Tom, Lizzie, and Chris Evans doing more group photos on Day 3. 

Also, I won a Scarlet Witch funko signed by Elizabeth Olsen in a contest ACE was running - thank you so much! 

Tom was very excited to meet his fans all weekend! 


Hey I 100% know what Tom Hiddleston was wearing - because he told me lol! In one of the most unreal moments of my life Tom actually gave me a little quiz on everything, even socks - a Hiddles Hiddlesfashion quiz!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Turns out Tom's new go-to sweater is actually not from Sunspel (curse you navy sweaters that all look the same and even designers can't tell you apart). Tom is wearing the Lundy Pullover from John Smedley ($250 for the Midnight blue color but other colors are discounted to $120). Tom previously wore a different style John Smedley pullover during the Kong: Skull Island promo tour. (Interesting tidbit, the last time I saw Tom in person he was wearing the JM Crowford and at ACE he was wearing the JM Lundy so John Smedley must be my lucky brand!) Beyond that Tom was wearing his Mykita Mylon Triton glasses ($609), Jbrand jeans ($270), and Kurt Geiger Frederick boots ($151). 

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