SDCC 2016: 5 Apps For Summer Con Survival

Here it is, folks: June. With the thick layer of unexpected heat comes California’s massive summer con season, which includes hits like San Diego Comic Con, Anime Expo, ColossalCon, and many more. With busy days and varying schedules, the average con attendee might not use every app on their phone — but there are plenty that I’ve found helpful, and I wanted to share those before “con season” truly began to set in.

NerdOut! – Connect With Your Community

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NerdOut (Apple/Android) is a self-described “mobile nerd event calendar”, and thanks to a community of editors, it is easily one of the best guides to local events for anyone looking to familiarize themselves. Specific, big panels for conventions, as well as great after parties and cosplay gatherings, can often be found in this app. NerdOut is easy to use and has been my go-to for evenings at my favorite conventions for months.

Plant Nanny – Water Consumption

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One of the biggest reasons that people leave conventions on stretchers (or rather, the least horrible reason) is dehydration. Plant Nanny (Apple/Android) is my daily app for monitoring my water intake, and it functions as a cute game as well. Players are given a plant to raise, and the less water that planet gets (according to your diet plan) the quicker it dies. Since the plantsare adorable, that kind ofguilt can weigh on you enough to go grab a glass. It’s not intrusive, but it often does the trick when I need to keep my water up, and that;s important at a con where it’s very easy to forget.

CosPlanner – For The Meticulous Cosplayer

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I’m not big on cosplay, but when I do decide to dress up, I try to do it to my best ability. CosPlanner (Apple/Android) is a greatresource for organizing your costumes, planning out and budgeting for future projects, and effeciently performing that final check before packing your costume away for the convention.

Lyft – Or Any App For Quick Transportation

Shanghai, China. February 13th 2014. Driver images for UBER marketing content.
Shanghai, China. February 13th 2014. Driver images for UBER marketing content.

This one is optional, but I always try to have an app handy for quick transportation back to my hotel from the con. Whether you’ve had a long day in a bulky costume or you’re crawling back from the evening’s festivities, it’s always best to take a car so that you get homesafe and stress-free. There are plenty of apps out there, so choose the one that’s best for you.

The Official Convention App

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Many conventions are building their own apps that include their full maps and schedules, ways to plan out your day, and even (with some) the ability to connect with other convention goers during the convention. One of my favorite examples of these apps would be New York Comic Con’s official app, which went the extra mile last year and included a way for attendees to report any unsafe activity, and allowed them to call for help from convention staff discreetly. Check the convention’s website ahead of time to see if they don’t have an app. In the event that they don’t, plugging the schedule PDF into a good reader will help you locate events and schedule points in a slightly less maddening manner.

As we head into convention season, I hope this guide helped you have an even better time than you were already going to have. Enjoy the rest of your 2016 con season!

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2014 in Clips: Star Wars Live Read, SDCC/NYCC, YouTube Parties & more!

There were a lot of vlogs that just didn’t get made in 2014 because I was so very busy – and now you’ll see why! Here are assorted clips from some of the events that I neglected to really vlog about.

I’ll make an official announcement next week, but from here on out, I’ll be uploading a new vlog every Tuesday morning. Part of my resolutions involve being more active and productive, so this is just one notch in the belt.

All clips are mine! :D
Music: “Blue Skies” by Silent Partner.

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Playlist: New York City Heart

I’m about to travel again, which means it’s time for another playlist! This time around, it’s all about the city that stole my heart: New York, New York.

I’m headed east for New York Comic Con and a short stay next week. I’m ecstatic! It’s been over three years since I last set foot in NYC, and that’s far too long for anyone to be away from it in my opinion. This city took me in and helped me grow up in a very, very short amount of time, when I really needed it. I learned almost all of the lessons that have so far benefitted me as an adult while I was living in Brooklyn. I learned to be confident, headstrong, and goal-driven: qualities that are required for survival in the big city. That’s probably a little daunting, sure, but I always thought of it as a challenge.

NYC is like the parent that gives you almost all the tools you need to succeed in life and says, “do what you want with this.”

This playlist examines my favorite things about NYC: The commute, the freedom, the weather (seasons!) the individuality, the adventure and the immediate hometown feeling of the city I once called home. The playlist features several different artists that led music revivals and movements in NYC, along with songs about the city, and songs that I feel reflect the city very well.

In related news: I’m going to New York Comic-Con, everybody! I’ll be there on behalf of Moviepilot, hitting the con floor to cover all of the action over the weekend. I’m also part of a wonderful panel on Sunday called Women in Geek Media: Supergirls on a Mission, which is a panel comprised of successful young women from several areas of geek media (journalism, animation, production) who will share their stories, challenges, victories, and advice for up-and-coming creators. It’s on Sunday the 12th at 4:15PM in room 1A1B.

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Is there a city that holds your heart? I’d love to know about everyone’s experiences in NYC or their favorite city, so let’s get mushy about it in the comments!

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