WELCOME TO EARTH-4
A Weekly Column with J. Torrey McClain
First things first, I have no clue if the Comic-Con app will work during Comic-Con, as hundreds of thousands of people in such a small area tend to overload the capability of wireless networks. However, this isn’t about this weekend. It’s about now. It’s about finding all of the cool stuff possible and figuring out how to maximize my visit to Comic-Con 2014.
When you open it, a big advertisement for Constantine or The Blacklist as NBC sponsors the app. If the app has gotten this better, I for one am willing to submit to our Comcast overlords for this one brief moment and think about their TV shows. I can live with this ad and not feel a bit of impatience.
Once you watch the ad, or as soon as you hit skip after reflecting for the appropriate entertainment masters inspired time, you get to a page that lists venues, shows, awards and some of the highlights of the weekend. There’s a square for Game of Thrones which gives the straight dope on an “immersive experience” at the Omni Hotel including authentic costumes. There’s a square for the offsite Horton Square Theater venue where “Weird Al” Yankovic will appear on Saturday. There’s a square for the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival that lists the panels associated with CCI-IFF, but unfortunately doesn’t include the films to be shown. However, if I may paraphrase what the kids were saying six years ago, there’s a feature on the app for that.
Click on the drop down menu in the upper left of the screen and right below the discovery section of the app you’ll find the schedule, the most wonderful part of the app. Do you want autographs? Filter the schedule to where you just see the autograph sections. Want to see the films of the aforementioned CCI-IFF? You can see the whole list of movies playing at the Marriott. For me, it’s all about the programs. I can just filter those and check out what is happening day by day, as a menu bar at the top separates Wednesday from Thursday from Friday from you get the idea. I can focus on any segment of the con I want. What’s happening with anime panels? Filter out everything but the anime programs. Costuming? Art? Whatever you want, you can list, or you can just list it all and see how to fit together a puzzle of extracting all the juicy goodness from Comic-Con. Then just tap the star next to what you want to remember and ta-da, presto, chango; we’ll get to it later.