Charge up your phone or iPad and get to tweeting your way through the four days of Comic-Con International 2013.
Step One: Follow the experts and tag them in posts. A few to follow:
@UTnightday: Our team will be reporting live from the scene with news updates and celebrity sightings. Bio: “@UTsandiego’s lifestyle + entertainment guide.”
@Comic_Con: Straight from the Comic-Con kings, this is your official feed for the 2013 spectacle. Bio: “The ONLY OFFICIAL Twitter for Comic-Con!”
@DCComics: You can trust this major comic book source to spill insider tips and giveaway gold. Bio: “The official home of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and the rest of The World’s Greatest Super Heroes!”
@Marvel: The world’s most well-known character entertainment company will have event announcements and giveaways for followers. Bio: “The official Twitter for Marvel Comics, Movies, Games and more.”
@TheRealStanLee: Stan Lee is the former chairman of Marvel Comics, creator of Spider-Man and X-Men and a hardcore Comic-Con enthusiast. Bio: “Stan Lee, Co-Creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, X-Men, etc.”
@SD_Comic_Con: Looking for exclusive information, or at least a few tips from a self-proclaimed expert? Look no further than this feed. Bio: “Your one place for everything San Diego Comic Con. Not affiliated, not filtered, and no biased.”
@SDConventionCtr: It’s the main hub of the action during Comic-Con. Refresh frequently for Convention Center news and location details. Bio: “For up-to-date information on the San Diego Convention Center, visit our new blog blog.visitsandiego.com.”
@OutsideComicCon: This feed has an in-the-know perspective of what’s happening outside of the Comic-Con gates. Bio: “Avoiding the lines, the closed rooms, and the general mania, we uncover all the amazing events & happenings planned in downtown San Diego during Comic-Con!”
@MTVGeek: Your resource for all the hip, young and geeky Comic-Con action. Bio: “MTV Geek is the home for comics, video games, animation, toys, hobby gaming and tech on mtv.com.”
@CNNGeekOut: Get a CNN perspective on Comic-Con, catered to your inner-geek. “CNN Geek Out! features stories that actually matter to the nerd community but are still legible for those who are not-in-the-know.”
@EW: Entertainment Weekly stays on the pulse of celebrity gossip. Follow to stalk your favorite star. Bio: “Pop culture news and opinion from Entertainment Weekly and EW.com.”
Step Two: Download these apps for a stress-free experience.
The Official Comic-Con App: This free app gives a basic run-down of the schedules and events. It’s not fancy, but it hits all the essentials.
LocalMind: A genius (and free) app that uses check-in data from Fourquare and Facebook to show you how crowded a location is. Use it before you approach a panel or a party.
Marvel Events: This official event app for Marvel Comics reveals photos, videos, panel info, signings and appearances straight from Comic-Con. Plus, you can connect with other Marvel fans.
Snapchat: The latest in photo-sharing is a must-have app for all the costumed-chaos you’ll run into.
San Diego Parking: Find the cheapest parking rates in San Diego, search over 300 parking garages, check out maps showing the meters and find out where your car is if it gets towed.
ComiXology: While you’re waiting in line, browse ComiXology for over 30,000 comics from Marvel to DC, Image, Disney and more.
Step Three: Track the Comic-Con action online.