By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
For me as a con-goer, it’s a pain to have to wander the convention floor with a floor plan in one hand and a guidebook in the other. Add to this my pens and pad for jotting down notes, my camera for photo, my spare batteries for my camera, soon its complete anarchy! Is it any wonder I need a side bag hold it all? I understand the need for a con guidebook for memory’s sake. Most people would want to get their copy autographed by as many guests as possible.
But for old-timers like me who’ve been there and done that, I would prefer a guidebook in application (app) form, one where I can know all in a single finger stroke. Since 2012, Sakura-Con has done this and I am grateful they have. It’s easy to learn where to go, to know what panels to see and to find who is appearing on what days at what times. All this and more is contained in a nice app on your mobile (cell phone).
The app is available for your smartphone and tablet for operating systems iOS, Android, and the web. You can download the Guidebook app by following this link to Sakura-Con’s official website. Or if you prefer, you can obtain it on PDF here. [Editor’s note: It’s good to see the massively huge conventions are offering this option. It’s been in place for a few years now.]
Sakura-Con is Washington State’s largest Japanese animation and cosplay convention. It will run March 25-27, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.