You’ve heard the mythical legends of the once in the lifetime rare encounters in the Gaslamp. Could they be true? Could I be one of the lucky few this summer? If you are new to Comic-Con, one of the reasons that may have enticed you to come are the epic stories of chance sightings of a mythical celeb. Whether it’s Joss Whedon, Zachary Levi, or Nathan Fillion, most of us hope to have at least one magical moment during the 4-days in San Diego. While not as rare as Bigfoot, celeb sightings in the sea of SDCC fans can have the odds stacked against you. However, the migration patterns of these sought after creatures have been tracked over the years- so while It’s not guaranteed, there are a few places that will increase your chances to catch a glimpse…or a photo…or a hug (before you get arrested):
1. The Hilton Bayfront
2. Omni Hotel
3. Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel
4. The Hilton Gaslamp
5. Marriott Marina and Marquis
By trolling the lobbies, bars, or entrances of these areas, you greatly increase your chances of crossing paths with the object(s) of your obsession(s). Two Important tips: First, if you happen upon one of these fabled creatures, be sensitive, respectful, and courteous. In general, they will allow for brief interactions as long as you are socially aware and don’t cross acceptable norms (like groping or proposals of marriage). If they are eating a meal, in deep conversation, or having a drama-filled moment, be respectful and give them some space. Keep it brief and don’t ruin it for the rest of us. Second, when you enter one of these zones, have a camera, magic marker, and something to sign readily available. There is nothing worse than having a once in a lifetime introduction and not having anything to show for it. I hear too many horror stories of opportunities lost because of a lack of preparedness.
I hope during your 4 day excursion that you have a genuine ‘Bigfoot’ moment that makes SDCC 2013 one of the best experiences of your life. There are many stories out there, please share a comment below about your chance celebrity encounter- Happy hunting and see you in 2 1/2 months!