The ‘Marvel’ Way of Branding

Marvel Entertainment is arguably one of the most recognized brand names in the world. Yet, step back ten years ago, many people had never heard of Marvel. In 1996, Marvel had to file for bankruptcy protection to stop the company going under. As a result, X-Men and Fantastic Four were sold off to 20th Century Fox and Spider-Man was sold off to Sony Pictures. Although Bryan Singer’s X-Men and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man relaunches brought in millions of dollars, Marvel only saw a very small amount of that money.

How Much Sleep You Need, According to Experts

Sleep is essential for optimal safety, mood, performance, and health. As one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle (the other two being diet and exercise), the amount of sleep you get can dramatically improve or hinder your quality of life in various ways. How many hours of sleep do you need? The amount of sleep a person needs each day varies with age, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Pregnancy, sleep deprivation, and poor sleep quality can also affect how much sleep you need

I Went To San Diego Comic Con—Here's What Happened: Part 2

San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is an event catered to the fans. This is because no movie or TV show would be possible without the fans. It is the fans who truly determine the success of any show or film. Behind every view or audience number is a person. Look at MARVEL—the franchise struck the landing with Avengers: Endgame as it ended the cycle of films. Without fans all around the world purchasing their tickets to see Avengers: Endgame, it wouldn’t have become the highest grossing movie of all time, crossing $2.7902 billion at the global box office. Or, look at HBO with the network setting records for the TV world with their hit show Game of Thrones. Without fans worldwide tuning their televisions to the HBO channel to watching the series finale, “The Bells,” from start to finish, it wouldn’t have snagged 19.3 million sets of eyeballs.

San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide: Part I

I have attended San Diego Comic Con since 2015. Hence, I have picked up some wisdom about how to survive the five-day madness. For any newbie, Comic-Con can appear intimidating. After all, what exactly does it take to survive the largest show in North America? So, I’ve compiled a list of tips that will ensure you have the best experience possible at the convention. Here are 30 things that everyone, from first-time attendee to veterans, should know before attending San Diego Comic Con:

A Film Review on Hao Wu's "All In My Family"

All In My Family is a documentary that explores the ways in which traditional cultural practices, that have been around for thousands of years, come into conflict with progressive changes happening in society. The film is presented from the perspective of a gay Chinese-American named Hao Wu, who is also the film’s director, writer, and producer. The soft smile on Wu’s round face is one of a man who’s reached the ideal of western life. But things have not been easy for Wu along the way.

I Met Tom Hiddleston & Paul Rudd. No I’m Not Okay.

New York Comic Con (NYCC). What a crazy time, but also truly epic. Walking in I’m instantly captivated by everything going on around me. NYCC has literally taken over the entire Javits Center. As dozens of cosplayers walk past me, I can genuinely feel the excitement in the air. Knowing I have a photo op with Tom Hiddleston soon, I start walking to the main photo and autograph area. I’m Group 1. By the time I arrive, they are calling Groups 1-6, so I quickly get into line.

Bandersnatch 2019

Goldstein Auditorium is dark. The only light comes from the LED laser beams striking the stage and the glow sticks worn by the crowd. A spotlight shines down on Syracuse University junior Troyce Pitones. Yes, he’s a junior. And he’s already doing opening acts for concerts. Wow, right? Meddling with his DJ equipment while playing Skepta’s “Greaze Mode,” Pitones bobs his head and body to the beat of the music. He looks to be in his own little world.

15 Pieces of Advice for Incoming College Freshmen

You may be getting ready to head off to college soon, and, like many of those students, you may be starting to feel nervous about this huge life change. Therefore, you might be frantically looking for any and all advice you can get to thrive your freshman year of college. I mean life is about more than just survival, and you don't want to simply survive college. So, check out this collection of college tips to make your transition from high school to college as seamless and easy as possible: S

'Descendants 3' Stars and Disney Pay Tribute to Cameron Boyce

Descendants 3 aired on Friday, August 2—which premiered on Disney Channel almost a month after Cameron Boyce tragically died of epilepsy at age 20 on July 7. Disney Channel honored the legacy of Boyce by adding a tribute to the ending credits of the final film. The emotional two-minute tribute video, titled "For Cameron," focused on the things Boyce accomplished and the many lives he touched throughout his life on the Disney Channel. The footage featured a montage of videos and photos of the st

27 Essentials for Surviving Syracuse University

If you are heading off to college for the first time this fall, congrats! It is such an exciting time—picking out your classes, meeting your roommate, making new friends. Although exciting, moving away from home and into a new space can be nerve-wracking at first. As someone who just finished their first year at Syracuse University, the chaos of dorm room shopping is fresh in my mind. I also remember the items I used every day and the items I was convinced I needed, but sadly never made it out

Why I Write

I write to grasp a clearer understanding of the diverse world that engulfs me through interacting with others. I write to relieve stress from the constant, overwhelming pressure I feel from every test, paper, quiz, and assignment I must ace to acquire an A. I write to extinguish the excruciating panic I endure from overthinking, overanalyzing, and obsessing over every single detail in life. I write to organize my thoughts in a way that I become absorbed into a state of serenity and bliss where n

An Important Decision: A Short Story

As a man restocks more of the Contadina canned tomato sauce, while humming to the song "You Made Me Love You" by Al Jolson, he ponders an important decision. On this chilly, Saturday morning in Chicago, Steve Nolaki was working diligently. Suddenly he notices John Williams. In his striped trousers, a morning coat, and a starched white shirt, he viciously grabs some whiskey off the shelf. Steve becomes certain that he has a drinking problem, but what he didn't know was just how bad it was. Just t

​35 New Beauty Products You Need For Summer

There are plenty of reasons, besides warmer weather, that makes summer so special. However, with the beloved season bringing melting makeup, sunburn, smeared eyeliner, dry skin, and frizzy hair, it can quickly become hard finding that intense shimmer, color, and glow summer look. Scroll through to see my top 30 beauty essential recommendations to create the most perfect and exciting look for every adventure you embark on this summer!
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