November 2022

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Black Friday deals for Marvel fans

Marvel Comics and its wide selection of characters have never been more popular than they are today. Big budget movies and big comedy events continue to attract new and old fans. This newfound popularity makes it even easier to get great deals on events like Black Friday for Marvel fans.

From highly detailed action figures and statues to trade paperbacks and apparel, there are a number of amazing deals to help save Marvel fans money this Black Friday. There are a number of great deals out there, so it’s always helpful to have a few recommendations from other Marvel fans.

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Marvel Lego Advent Calendar - Guardians of the Galaxy
LEGO Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Advent Calendar 2022

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24 Daily Treats – Behind every door of the LEGO Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Advent Calendar is a gift to inspire creative building and imaginative play.

Marvel Encyclopedia, New Edition

List Price: $40.00

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Comic book fans love to delve into the stories of their favorite heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe. DK’s latest edition of the Marvel Encyclopedia features Marvel-approved text spanning over 1,200 characters with lavish artwork. A satisfied reviewer said that the Marvel Encyclopedia was “…detailed, colorful, and a great way to learn everything you need to know about the Marvel world.”

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 4K ULTRA HD

List price: $30.99

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Spider-People swinging together from Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse cast poster.

Fans patiently await the release of 2018’s hit sequel Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Luckily, Marvel fans can experience the film in 4K UHD thanks to the deeply discounted Blu-ray release. While the standard version is still stunning, reviewers said “4K UHD adds an extra layer of sophistication and dials everything up to 11 and beyond.”

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (PlayStation 5)

List price: $59.99

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Video game fans got into Star-Lord’s rocket-powered boots in 2021 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on the PS5. The beautifully crafted game allowed players to control the Guardians as a team leader against a number of Marvel villains.

The game featured a story full of comic lore that is sure to please Marvel fans. One of Amazon’s reviewers felt it was a “…great action adventure well worth the price,” which bodes well for anyone who takes up the Black Friday deal.

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Marvel Spider-Man Adult Vintage Analog Quartz Watch

List price: $49.99

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Marvel's Vintage Spider-Man Comic Book Watch

Some fans like to keep their favorite heroes on them at all times, which would make this Spider-Man vintage analog quartz watch from Marvel the perfect gift. The vintage Spider-Man watch is just one of many versions that are exceptionally crafted with quality materials. The water and scratch resistant watch is “a truly delightful gift” that will catch the eye of any Marvel fan.

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Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1: The coming of the Avengers

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Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Don Heck joined forces in 1962 to unite Marvel’s Avengers for the first time. This beautifully curated collection of Powerful Marvel Masterpieces features the first Avengers stories from legendary creators in a bold new format. It’s also accessible to new fans looking for an enjoyable “blast from the past”, as one reviewer put it.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PlayStation 4)

List price: $49.99

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As video game technology improves every year, Marvel characters like Spider-Man get the chance to star in blockbuster video games that truly capture the spirit and abilities of the titular hero. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a spin-off/continuation of the first successful game. A reviewer said, “The story is compelling and character-driven without being clichéd.”

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Marvel Hasbro Legends Series Avengers 6-Inch Scale MODOK Figure

List Price: $52.99

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One of Marvel’s weirdest characters is also one of its most beloved. MODOK was the main villain of Marvel’s Avengers video game and he starred in a stop-motion animated series on Disney+.

This fantastic Marvel Legends MODOK figure brought the comic book character to life for collectors. He includes additional accessories including a different face to extinguish as well as fire effects for his rocket chair. This MODOK figure is a must-have for Marvel Legends collectors.

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Men’s Marvel Comics Graphic Cartoon Wallet

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Marvel Vintage Graphic Portfolio Collage

Another great fashion piece for Marvel fans is the Official Marvel Graphic Comics Wallet. Equipped with quality know-how, Marvel Graphics Comic Wallet also features a vibrant vintage comic book print that wraps around the exterior to help it stand out from other wallets. One happy customer also said it’s a “versatile wallet with plenty of room for your cards and ID.”

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2023 Calendar History of Marvel Day-At-A-Time Box

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2023 Calendar History of Marvel Day-at-a-Time Box

Desk calendars are a classic gift for everyone, but now even Marvel fans can have fun. The 2023 Calendar History of Marvel Day-at-a-Time Box contains tear-out pages filled with fun facts and trivia about Marvel and its characters. DateWorks’ eco-friendly calendar is sure to impress all Marvel fans this Black Friday.

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Marvel Greatest Comics: 100 Comics That Built A Universe

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A satisfied reviewer said that Marvel Greatest Comics: 100 Comics That Built A Universe was theultimate chronological countdown for the comic book enthusiast of all ages.” With a foreword by comic book creator Joe Quesada, Marvel Greatest Comics is expertly crafted and organized with stunning artwork that explores Marvel’s history and success in the modern age.

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USC will offer college credit to incarcerated students

Incarcerated students previously received rehabilitation achievement credits for courses offered by USC’s prison education program. (Photo courtesy of Nik De Dominic)

USC will offer its first credit course to incarcerated students in the spring of 2023, in partnership with the Dornsife Prison Education Project. Taught by USC PEP writing co-directors and associate professors Kate Levin and Nik De Dominic, “WRIT 320: Inside Out Writing Workshop” co-enrolls USC students with students in detention.

Lasting two semesters until now, the course previously granted academic credit only to current USC students. Students interested in this semester’s workshop can expect to focus on autobiographical writing while learning from each other in a rigorous, collaborative environment.

PEP began in 2011 at Cal Poly Pomona and has since expanded to 20 universities and 25 correctional facilities throughout California. Levin and De Dominic co-founded the USC chapter in 2017, which now serves as the largest PEP chapter in the country. The non-profit program serves students impacted by the system through regular course offerings at several correctional and transitional facilities.

“It’s called a backwards class because it’s half USC students and half incarcerated students,” Levin said. “There are many ways to get a GED or even associate degrees. We meet people in prison who have five associate degrees, but it’s pretty hard to get credit for a bachelor’s degree, so that’s a big step. What we would like to do with PEP…is provide a full bachelor’s degree to people who are in prison. This can be a first step on the way.

Smaller liberal arts colleges in the United States, including Pitzer, Emerson, and Bard, offer a bachelor’s degree program to incarcerated individuals, but USC may be the first university in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree program to such a large scale, De Dominic said.

“We have always viewed the move to a BA program as a matter of fairness,” De Dominic said. “Our USC students who are on campus go to these spaces and there is a shift of experiential learning that they benefit from and our students who are in detention are obviously kind of enriched by the experience. But they don’t get anything tangible the way our USC students do on campus.

Previously, incarcerated students who took in-person classes at USC PEP received rehab credits that reduced the length of their sentence. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation halted RAC credit during the pandemic, and PEP is currently working to get it back. According to the USC PEP, incarcerated people who participate in prison education programs are 43% less likely to reoffend — to relapse into criminal activity — than those who do not.

This semester, USC PEP offered six courses that did not count for academic credit. In-person classes include Film and Creative Writing, Film Studies, and Introduction to Debating. Classes taught on Zoom included creative writing, environmental studies, and astronomy and physics. All classes are teacher-led and have six to eight student teaching assistants.

“Our primary mission is to build what we call the prison-to-college pipeline,” Levin said. “You’ve probably heard of the school-to-prison pipeline. We are trying to reverse this trend and facilitate the access of prisoners to higher education.

In the spring of 2021, USC PEP launched the National Writing Contest for Systems Impacted Writers for people who are not interested in traditional educational programs. Submissions grew from about 100 in 2021 to more than 600 in 2022. USC PEP awarded $10,000 per contest to winners. Writers who did not receive cash prizes had their work published in the competition’s anthology.

With only eight winners a year, many writers found themselves seeking feedback on their work. This apparent need inspired Keziah Poole, who earned her doctorate. in Comparative Literature at USC in 2021, to found and lead the USC PEP Readers Circle in February. Poole designed the program to support writers in custody beyond the 6-8 week writing courses offered by USC PEP, as well as to reach people who do not have access to programming at their facilities.

The program receives submissions by mail from more than 150 authors from 26 states. The circle of readers then digitizes and anonymizes the documents and saves the manuscript information. Documents are emailed to over 280 volunteers and they select and maintain a document through proofreading, editing, general feedback or scanning.

“By reading the works of incarcerated writers, we tell them that their experiences matter and that they, like everyone else, have the right to be created and to be heard,” Poole said. “It also gives USC students the opportunity to hear voices they might not otherwise be exposed to and to forge a human connection with someone through the power of writing.”

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Korean rapper BI on the album “Love or Loved” – WWD

“Having been through a myriad of experiences, it’s my mindset today that when you gain something, you lose something else,” says Korean rapper, singer and producer BI “I’m very careful about maintaining and deepening the connection I have with my fans because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

BI released the first part of their new album “Love or Loved (LOL)” on Friday. The project was highly anticipated by its fan base; the 26-year-old creative boasts over 4 million followers on Instagram alone. While he made his solo debut last year with “Waterfall,” his career began over a decade ago as a member of popular K-pop group iKon under YG Entertainment. His exposure exploded as the band’s leader, producer and songwriter.

BI’s outlook – and commitment to his music – has undeniably been shaped by the ups and downs of recent years. He left iKon in 2019 amid allegations of buying and using marijuana. Under Korea’s strict drug laws, he was sentenced to four years probation and community service.

While his career was temporarily put on the sidelines, BI has since worked to prove his talent as a solo artist while building his indie label 131. Earlier this year, he performed for the Grammys’ Global Spin Series , expanding its reach into new music markets and has collaborated with bag brand Ojeito. Fans are happy to see him back on the scene, to see him flourish, and to let their unwavering support known in the comments on social media and video platforms.

He describes his approach as a solo artist as bolder and more experimental than what he was able to create within a larger collective. “These stories are personal yet limitless. I can’t say that working as a solo artist doesn’t come with difficulties, but I try to overcome them,” he says.

The songs on “Love or Loved” are upbeat, and the album “emphasizes love above all else when it comes to youth,” he describes. Youth is a common theme in all of his projects, with his music label 131 described as a musical archive with “youthful feelings”. It is also an opportunity to support and shape other artists.

“This decision was born out of my desire to embark on an uncharted journey,” he says of creating his own brand. “Many like-minded people are gathered here at 131 and we are constantly taking on new challenges together,” he adds. “We welcome any artist who knows and presents their strengths to the world and likes to tackle the unknown.”

As a songwriter, BI has written for other YG talents, including Blackpink (he wrote “Whistle” on their 2016 album). Last summer, BI collaborated with American rapper Soulja Boy on the single album “BTBT,” featuring a tightly choreographed performance video that has garnered over 37 million views on YouTube. “[Soulja Boy] is an awesome artist whose talent I’ve admired since I was little, and that definitely contributed to the great synergy we had,” BI says of the bond. “When it comes to working with other musicians, I strive to make every collaboration a seamless process where all the different styles of each artist blend together nicely.”

As an artist, BI wants to be defined by “freedom and passion”. His goals for the coming year?

“I hope to become a better, improved individual from the year before,” he says. “For the remaining time of 2022, I want health and safety. This goes for me, my team and my dear fans.

Cover of the album “Love or Loved”.


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Fallout veteran says his new game wouldn’t exist without Game Pass

Pentiment director Josh Sawyer said it’s likely Pentiment wouldn’t exist without Xbox Game Pass.

On the November 15 episode of Waypoint Radio, spotted by a Twitter user BenjiSales, Sawyer said his new game’s content was too specialized for most mainstream publishers to pick up. Sawyer said: “Xbox knew the project existed in some vague sense, but we didn’t show them anything until our virtual installment…so we had already executed the basic idea and [Microsoft] was very supportive.” Game Pass, along with Microsoft’s official ownership of Obsidian, gives the studio the flexibility to pursue smaller projects.

While his experience was positive, Sawyer said “it’s entirely reasonable to look at it and say there’s a trade-off for both the developers and potentially the people using it.” . The statement matches what he has said in the past, including in a previous interview with GameSpot. Pentiment is his most recent game, but Sawyer is best known for his work as lead designer on Fallout: New Vegas as well as director of the two Pillars of Eternity titles.

Pentiment is a murder mystery set in mid-Reformation Bavaria (now part of modern Germany). The main character, Andreas Maler, is an artist who finds himself caught in the middle of the conflicts between an abbey and the local town amidst the chaotic upheavals of the times. It has more in common with Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose than most video games, and even Obsidian’s previous outing. It’s not hard to imagine that such a game had trouble finding a publisher. However, other narrative games with a leaning towards historical fiction, like Card Shark, have come out recently with some success and success.

In GameSpot’s Pentiment review, reviewer Jordan Ramée gave it a 6/10, saying, “Pentiment strives to exist somewhere between a history book and historical fiction, without quite committing in a detailed look at the story or by completing a story arc.”

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Rick and Morty Co-Creator Debunks Huge Rick Prime Theory (Exclusive)

Rick and Morty kicked off season 6 of the show with the introduction of a massive new villain, Rick Prime, and the co-creator behind the show teased one of the big theories surrounding this villain ahead of the final episodes of the series. season ! Rick Prime’s introduction to the series not only brings a new villain to the proceedings, but opens up a whole new world of questions and potential possibilities about where the animated series might go from here. At the same time, this new villain also changed our perspective on how we see Rick and how he defines himself.

As rick and morty prepares to return to Adult Swim with the final episodes of Season 6 starting November 20, had the chance to speak with rick and morty co-creator (and the voice behind Rick Prime) Justin Roiland about the new villain and had to ask whether or not this villain was the “Rickest Rick” that C-137 Rick has always called himself. It turns out that while this isn’t a confirmation or de-confirmation, the full answer is complicated.

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Is Rick Prime the “Rickest Rick”?

When asked if Rick Prime could be considered the “Rickest Rick” in the Multiverse, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland began his response with, “It’s interesting because it depends on your definition. What does that mean? Rickest Rick. He’s definitely a scarier Rick. He’s devoid of empathy. I feel like our Rick we’re following has at least some of it. You can tell him, even if he wants to deny it and not feed for himself, you can tell there’s a bit of attachment to this version of the family and this Morty that he has .”

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Digging further into what makes Rick Prime so different from C-137 Rick, Roiland continued, “This other Rick is evil, super smart. Obviously a force to be reckoned with for sure. But scarier just because there’s no humanity in that. I guess if that’s your definition of being the most Rick, then yeah, having no humanity at all. Yeah, that definitely changes the way we look at our Rick very lightly, that’s for sure.

It seems that defining ‘Rickest Rick’ comes with a lot more complications than Rick Prime’s debut sparked, so hopefully we get to see more of the villain like rick and morty Season 6 continues from Sunday, November 20 at 11:00 PM EST! Do you think Rick Prime is the real “Rickest Rick”? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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Bob Vanderberg, longtime Chicago Tribune editor and writer and considered a White Sox historian, dies at 74 – Reading Eagle

Bob Vanderberg was known for many things for nearly 37 years at the Chicago Tribune.

A kind, generous and funny colleague who could light up a room despite his soft voice. A talented writer and a strong, well-organized editor. A perfect Harry Caray impersonator. A sports specialist in high school. And a Chicago White Sox fan and historian.

Vanderberg died Oct. 27 of Parkinson’s disease while in hospice care in Denver. He was 74 years old.

“He was such a great guy to work with and so much fun,” said George Knue, who joined the Suburban Trib a few weeks after Vanderberg in September 1972 and worked with him on and off for 30 years. “He loved sports. A job as a sportswriter or a job related to sports, that was what Bob was for, and if it involved the White Sox, it was even better because no one knew the White Sox better than he did.

Vanderberg, known as “Vandy” to friends and colleagues, has written three books about the Sox and five in total, including “’59: Summer of the Sox: The Year the World Series Came to Chicago,” which chronicles the American League team. award-winning season and “100 Things White Sox Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”.

The team appreciated his knowledge and love for the franchise.

“Bob was a tremendous Sox fan, whose impact was evident in his books about the team’s history and his connections to teams and players of the past,” the White Sox said in a statement. “You would often find him in the seats enjoying a Sox game with family or friends. He was truly a walking encyclopedia of Sox history.

“Bob was so connected to Sox alumni that we often heard news through him, and fans could see his passion for the team and former players in the heartfelt obituaries he sometimes wrote for the Tribune’s sports pages. We will definitely remember Bob and his love for the team on opening day next year.

Born and raised in Oak Park, Vanderberg lived in suburban Chicago for most of his life before he and his wife, Pat, and son, Brad, moved to Castle Rock, Colorado in 2019.

He attended Oak Park-River Forest High School for two years before his family moved to Glen Ellyn and graduated from Glenbard West in 1966.

Vanderberg earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1970, then was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for 18 months, Pat said.

After beginning his professional career at the City News Bureau in Chicago, Vanderberg joined the Suburban Trib, an affiliate of the Tribune focused on suburban coverage. A few years later, he joined the Chicago Tribune and worked there until April 2009, primarily as an editor and writer in the athletic department.

Vanderberg has contributed to dozens of White Sox articles and obituaries for former staffers, from little-known players to superstars. Among the Sox he memorialized were managers Al Lopez and Don Gutteridge, pitching coach Ray Berres, outfielders Johnny Callison, Tommie Agee and Pat Kelly, receiver Earl Battey, shortstop Chico Carrasquel and pitchers Johnny Buzhardt and Gerry Staley, who induced the double-play pitch. to Luis Aparicio who ended the pennant game in Cleveland in 1959, sending the Sox to the World Series for the first time in 40 years.

In 2004, Vanderberg selected a list of 25 all-time White Sox men for a Tribune history, and as the Sox and Cubs prepared for their first interleague game in 1997, he penned a brief history of the 1906 World Series between teams.

He was also on a first name basis with many of the 1959 team thanks to his reporting over the years. Vanderberg’s book “’59: Summer of the Sox” is considered the definitive story of that season.

Vanderberg’s specialty was finding humorous anecdotes, like the one Lopez told him about Sox vice-president John Rigney bringing two Catholic priests to Comiskey Park for Game 1 of the 1959 World Series against the Dodgers. from Los Angeles.

“He said, ‘Hey, Al, we have help here,’ Lopez recalls in Vanderberg’s book. “I said, ‘Thank you, John, we need all the help we can get.” About 20 minutes later, on the first base side, (Dodgers owner) Walter O’Malley walks in with four priests. And I looked at John and I said, “John, we’re outnumbered there.” ”

Vanderberg dedicated the book to the memory of Sox second baseman Nellie Fox and his 1959 teammates as well as his father, who he wrote “taught me to laugh at the Cubs, to hating the Yankees and loving God and writing and the White Sox”.

The Tribune sports copy desk where Vanderberg worked in the 1980s and 1990s was full of colorful characters, including many Chicago-area natives who were also die-hard fans of local teams, some of whom they had covered as beat writers before moving. the pulpit.

Vanderberg often sat on the sports rim next to crusty old Dan Moulton, who once allegedly threw his typewriter out of the press box after a Blackhawks loss. When the score for a tough Sox loss appeared on the Sports Wire at the deadline, Vanderberg would make sure to announce it just to watch Moulton’s volcanic reaction.

“They were both White Sox fans, but Vandy would play the straight man,” said NBC Sports Chicago Bulls reporter KC Johnson, then 22, working at Tribune’s sports copy desk. “He always had that mischievous twinkle in his eye, and he purposely pissed Dan off – ‘How do you feel about losing the White Sox? It was such a good education to watch these guys on the edge of the sport.

Vanderberg’s expertise has often served the Tribune’s Sox beat writers, from Andrew Bagnato to Mark Gonzales.

“He was basically our White Sox Google,” said Paul Sullivan, sports columnist and baseball writer for Tribune “In the Wake of the News,” which covered the Sox in the mid-1990s and from 2000 to 2002. “Every Whenever one of us had a question about Sox history, we just called the copy desk and Vandy knew the answer without looking for it.”

Vanderberg was a particularly valuable resource for the Tribune’s coverage of the Sox’s run to the 2005 World Series title, their first since 1917.

“I remember he was on the radio (doing Sox trivia), and nobody could faze him,” Pat said. “We planned our vacation around the people he wanted to interview for his books.”

During his final years at the Tribune, Vanderberg was the deputy sports editor for the high school, helping coordinate coverage and assigning and overseeing freelance reporters to cover games — up to two dozen or more each week.

“It touched a lot of people who ended up getting into journalism,” Knue said.

Vanderberg had many interests outside of sports. He spoke Spanish and had a passion for American Flyer trains, Pat said. He loved Epcot, milkshakes and burgers. But for most of his adult life, if he wasn’t at home or at Sox Park, he was at the Tribune.

“The core of guys he was with…they all worked really well together,” Pat said. “They all had respect for each other. Bob was barely checked because they knew he knew his stuff so well.

And it went beyond work.

“We went to their weddings, we went to their kids’ weddings,” Pat said. “They met outside of work. It was just a nice group.

Besides his wife and son, Vanderberg is survived by his brother, Bruce (Gail) Vanderberg; sisters Susan (Jim) Scherbenske and Sharon (Jeff) Park; and seven nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Roger in 1978.

The family is hosting a memorial service and luncheon at 11 a.m. on March 25 at the Lodge at Katherine Legge Memorial Park, 5901 S. County Line Road in Hinsdale.


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Vaping company Juul cuts 400 jobs amid mounting setbacks


WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled vaping company Juul Labs on Thursday announced hundreds of layoffs as the company resists lawsuits, government bans and growing competition for its e-cigarettes.

Juul said it secured new funding to stay in business and continue operations, which includes tough plans by the Food and Drug Administration to ban its products.

The layoffs include 400 employees and are part of a cost-savings plan to immediately cut Juul’s operating budget by 30% to 40%, according to a person familiar with the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss its details. . The new cash injection came from Juul’s two early investors: Nicholas Pritzker, head of Hyatt Hotels, and Riaz Valani, a San Francisco-based private equity specialist, according to the same person.

For weeks, industry analysts have speculated that Juul could soon declare bankruptcy or sell itself to another company. Thursday’s announcement appears to have at least delayed any move in that direction.

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“This investment will allow Juul Labs to maintain commercial operations, continue to advance its administrative remedy against the FDA’s marketing denial order, and support product innovation and the science generation,” wrote a gatekeeper. -word of the company in an e-mail.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news Thursday morning.

Juul rose to the top of the US vaping market five years ago thanks to the popularity of flavors like mango, mint and crème brûlée. But the rise of the San Francisco company has been fueled by use among teenagers, some of whom have become addicted to Juul’s high-nicotine pods.

The backlash against teen vaping sparked a series of government actions that forced the company into retreat. Since 2019, Juul has dropped all US advertising and dropped most of its flavors.

The biggest blow came in June when the Food and Drug Administration rejected the company’s request to keep its product on the market as an alternative to smoking for adults, throwing its future into uncertainty. The FDA said Juul failed to adequately answer key questions about the potential for chemical leaks from its device. The FDA temporarily suspended its initial decision while Juul files an appeal.

Another setback came in September when the company’s biggest investor, tobacco giant Altria, announced plans to take over its own e-cigarette competition.

Altria pulled its own e-cigarettes from the market in 2018 after taking a nearly $13 billion stake in Juul. But that investment lost more than 95% of its value as Juul’s prospects faded, giving Altria the chance to end its non-compete agreement.

The move means Juul could soon be forced to battle for space on retail store shelves with Marlboro maker Altria, as well as longtime rivals like Reynolds American’s Vuse, which recently overtook Juul to become America’s leading vaping brand.

Juul’s share of the $5.5 billion retail market has fallen to around 33% from 75% several years ago.

Although Juul is no longer popular with American teens, the company remains a target for politicians in Washington and across the country seeking to crack down on youth vaping.

In September, Juul announced it would pay $440 million to settle an investigation by nearly three dozen states into its marketing practices and their contribution to the surge in underage vaping. Juul still faces nine separate lawsuits from other states. And thousands of personal lawsuits brought by individuals and families have been consolidated in federal district court in California.

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Author Thomas D. Rix’s new book “Get Into the Structure” is a faith-based read that explores spiritual warfare and examines the Bible’s often complex themes

The recent publication “Get Into the Structure” by Covenant Books author Thomas D. Rix is ​​a powerful tool to better understand God’s Holy Scriptures and prepare one’s soul for eternal salvation. Using real-life situations and realistic characters, Rix explores the spiritual warfare going on in the world in an expertly paced narrative with the right mix of seriousness and levity.

Press release

November 9, 2022 06:00 EST

CANYON COUNTRY, Calif., Nov. 9, 2022 ( –
Thomas D. Rix, an avid writer of meaningful and relatable religious literature currently working on a series of faith-based children’s books, has completed his new book, “Enter the Structure”: an illuminating tale that brings priceless lessons to life. of the Bible on staying in God’s grace throughout life and not giving in to sin.

“From Genesis to Revelation, the sixty-six books of the Bible and the messages they contain are the inspired word of God, and as such they are extremely important,” writes Rix. “While important, some Bible texts and concepts can be a bit complex and confusing. [My] “Enter the Structure” is a series of scripture-based short novels that tackle spiritual warfare in a fun and adventurous way, featuring realistic characters and real-life situations that are enjoyable, relatable, and informative for the reader. ‘Enter the Structure’ is the first in a series of several novels by [myself] approach spiritual warfare.”

Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Thomas D. Rix’s new book presents an inspiring faith-based journey for readers to discover new ways to live the truth of the Holy Bible and interpret its messages. to prepare their soul for eternity in paradise. staying away from sinful ways.

Readers can purchase “Enter the Structure” in bookstores around the world, or online at Apple’s iTunes store, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Covenant Books is a Christian-owned and operated international publishing house based in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Covenant Books specializes in all genres of work that cater to the Christian market. For more information or media requests, contact Covenant Books at 843-507-8373.

Source: Alliance Books

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In conversation with digital creator Derek Domnic D’Souza, ahead of Comic Con, Bangalore

Derek Domnic D’Souza, a artist and creator who created quite a buzz for himself, has now caught the eye of Comic Con – one of the most popular events celebrating comics, design, art and more. This year, the artist is actively participating in Con, organizing workshops and attending major events in Bangalore and Delhi.

Comic-Con India are back for their 11th year in Bangalore. Although the main event will be held on November 19 and 20, event organizers have planned workshops and experiences before the big day.

On November 6, a workshop called Digital art 101 was organized by one of Bangalore’s famous digital artists, Derek Domnic D’Souza. The workshop took place in Vapor, Indiranagar, where D’Souza took the stage in front of over a hundred enthusiastic spectators.

Comic Con 2022 in Bangalore and Delhi, India.  (image via Instagram/comicconindia)
Comic Con 2022 in Bangalore and Delhi, India. (image via Instagram/comicconindia)

At the start of the workshop, Derek led a presentation detailing his journey as an artist. Those in attendance had the opportunity to view some of his early portrait work and humble beginnings. D’Souza began his artistic journey with what he calls the “traditional” method. He referred to this stage as a “copycat” stage in which he drew photorealistic images of his favorite artists, cartoons, anime characters, and more.

Derek Domnic D'Souza live during workshops for Comic Con (image via Sportskeeda)
Derek Domnic D’Souza live during workshops for Comic Con (image via Sportskeeda)

To tell our readers more about him, Derek was chosen as an intern when Disney India traveled to Srishti (his alma mater) to recruit interns for their IP development program. After six months as an intern, he was hired full time as Animation development Associate artist and producer at the age of 21. He never returned to Srishti to complete his studies.

After the workshop, D’Souza sat down for a candid conversation with SK POP Julienne James. Not only did he open up about his personality and creative process, but he even shared some industry tips that would benefit an up-and-coming artist.

The Business of Art, Dealing with Impostor Syndrome, and More with Bangalore’s Beloved Digital Artist aka Derek Domnic D’Souza

Q: Hi! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Derick: My name is Derek Domnic D’Souza. I am a 26 year old digital artist. I’m an illustrator/animator and previously worked at Disney. I now run Sideline, a design and animation studio with a few friends.

I love making art for a living and working in the entertainment industry. I love working for big production companies like netflixDisney, etc., on the pre-production side.

I was born and raised in Bangalore, India. I have two older sisters, one of whom is an editor and the other a fashion designer designate. Moreover, both my parents never finished their studies.

Q: Can you think of a time in your life that made you decide you wanted to be an artist?

Derick: I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but my thoughts have changed dramatically over time. Even in the art the industry, there’s so many different things to do, so I can’t say I just wanted to do that because when I was a kid I was drawing portraits and cartoons, and now I’m doing my own thing .

I was always drawing. Growing up, my parents just gave me paper and a pencil to keep me busy. I also drew throughout school, and I felt like I was the only one drawing, but when I joined university (Srishti Manipal), I was extremely inspired by the people around me because everyone was an artist.

When I started college at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, I was introduced to the digital medium of artistic creation. Until then, I relied on traditional methods. College definitely exposed me to a whole new world.

In less than four years in college, I found myself wanting to become everything from a CGI artist to a 3D designer to a book illustrator. I finally started doing what I do, but it wasn’t until I tried a lot of things.

Q: Do you feel supported by your family?

Derick: My parents never finished their studies and just did what they wanted. So they never really had a problem with what I was doing. They said I could do whatever I wanted, but I had to make it work.

Q: Could you talk about that moment when you felt like an “impostor” and how you handled it?

Derick: In my second year of college, I did some illustrations for a book and submitted it as homework. One of his teachers, unbeknownst to me, sent the illustrations to the book’s author, Alan Lightman.

Alan republished his “Song Of Two Worlds” using these pen and paper illustrations five years after its original publication.

Some of the illustrations for Alan Lightman's Song Of Two Worlds by Red Hen Press, USA (image via Behance/Derek Domnic D'Souza)
Some of the illustrations for Alan Lightman’s Song Of Two Worlds by Red Hen Press, USA (image via Behance/Derek Domnic D’Souza)

At first it made me feel like a impostor as I did duty the night before it was due. Getting such a big opportunity was overwhelming, but in retrospect, I think it was my talent that gave me this opportunity. Therefore, I would advise everyone not to wait for opportunities, but to create them.

Q: What or who is your inspiration?

Derick: In terms of inspiration, I have different sources in different areas. But my biggest inspiration is how I see myself in a few years. It’s like I’m in competition with myself, so that’s what I’m aiming for.

Q: What is your current artistic goal, at least for the next five years?

Derick: My primary objective is to make my studio a total success. This is my priority. I also want to create a source of income that allows me to work from anywhere without having to be tied to a specific location. I want freedom. Money is not my goal, but it is a means to reach them.

If I want to go to London for two months I just want to be able to do this without fear. I want to be able to work remotely and on anything I want, like my own personal projects, that’s why I stopped working with clients and freelancers. I’m just doing original work.

Q: Do you have a theme that your art gravitates towards?

Derick: I’m actually extremely introvert in life. I can’t handle social gatherings and I’m not overconfident when it comes to public gatherings. I still consider myself an artist. If you look at my works, you will notice that most of them have an elaborate background and a character that is on its own.

I usually post my personal art on social media. As an artist, you have to focus on who you are. I think I’m a single person, not in a bad way. I am, and that’s what I use in my creativity.

Q: What don’t you like about what you do?

Derick: This is a difficult question. I don’t like the fact that India doesn’t have a strong art industry and people here don’t understand what it is. If I have to talk to someone new and tell them I’m an artist, they immediately assume I’m a starving artist. This trope exists.

I always find myself telling them more than the word “artist”. I hope it gets to a point where when I say I’m an artist, that’s okay.

Q: What else do you enjoy besides creating art?

Derick: I mentioned that I’m usually introverted and lonely, but I like the vibe of going out, even if I’m alone. I love visiting cafes because even though I’m alone there are people around me.

I like sports, basketball to my heart. I like swimming, cycling and any type of physical activity. I like to stay healthy and go to the gym. I also really like to read and cook.

I also walk away from what my job requires me to do. I spend time drawing. Work can get quite hectic, so it’s very important to separate work from play so that I don’t start to hate what I usually love to do.

Q: Do you have a philosophy, whether personal or professional? Do you have a favorite quote?

Derick: Yes. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

My favorite quote is from “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S Clason:

“Where is the determination, the path can be found.”

Q: Which of digital and physical would you give up if you had to?

Derick: At this point, physical, because digital brings the bread home. But I find myself going back to the physical.

Q: What would you say to someone starting out as an artist?

Derick: Do not rush. Take your time. Don’t compare yourself to the best in the world because there’s a reason they’re there. Get to work, learn the basics, and don’t get too carried away with software. You are going to have the most fun learning more than anything.

don’t aim perfection because if you strive for perfection at 21, what are you going to do at 30? Perfection means nothing.

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Oswego Oswego Players produce a new take on the classic Nutcracker tale, written by Oswego County resident Ramonda Huff. Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker is directed by Amy C. Metz. It is based on ETA Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet”.

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In the field of information technology, blockchain is a technology that has emerged as a very promising element. It is a type of public ledger that can be viewed by multiple parties involved in the transaction and serves as a central repository for all transactions between them. One of the main factors for the expansion of the market is the growing popularity of bitcoin around the world. When it comes to the impact of this revolutionary technology on marketing and advertising, beginners and even blockchain specialists have a lot of doubts. In the field of marketing, blockchains have the potential to have a huge impact.

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Blockchain is a decentralized type of decentralized database, which means that it is governed by a community of users rather than a single central entity. Encryption protects data. It cannot be modified or deleted. According to the basic idea of ​​blockchain, any file or data can be stored in chain blocks. The technique is used in many fields. Business transactions, financial data and health data are eternal in the blockchain system. As a result, this technology offers a new, open and secure tool for advertising companies.

Blockchain in Advertising

Blockchain is based on distributed ledger technology, which has enormous potential to impact several aspects of the marketing value chain. Smart contracts between agencies and businesses and micropayments that reward consumer engagement have the potential to transform marketing. There are over 200 companies that allow the use of blockchain in marketing initiatives. Anyone involved in a start-up or new business needs marketing. Here is how blockchain technology affects marketing –

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Distributed ledger technology organizes transactions of any size, allowing businesses to make micropayments to their customers. This has far-reaching ramifications as it is used to transfer money directly into bank accounts, obviating the need for gift cards and online credits with limited redemption. This gives customers a monetary incentive for every engagement, no matter how minor.

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Blockchain can automatically collect, verify, save and update databases with minimal human involvement. This is believed to change the way consumer information is approached. Since it promotes data-driven marketing, blockchain is the ideal platform to generate ideas.

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Rather than using automatic information generation for successful targeting, data can be aggregated into a hyper-personalized type of information.

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Data security is a top concern for anyone buying or selling anything online. Everyone wonders if their personal or financial information has been exposed when there are regular breaches in the news. Every transaction on the blockchain is confirmed and publicly visible, but the parties involved remain anonymous. As a result, all activities will be more secure and everyone engaged will remain completely anonymous.

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Consumers will be able to charge for their contact details, ensuring that only the businesses they are interested in receive them. This may sound terrible for business, but it’s a good thing. Instead of wasting money on data from people who aren’t interested in your business, you’ll get targeted, reliable information from people who are interested.

7. No need for intermediaries –

As a brand, you want to make sure the ads you buy are placed on high-quality websites that are specifically targeted to the demographic you want to reach. This involves paying high fees to a company like Facebook, which has the kind of reputation both businesses and website owners crave. This inspires confidence in the process. You can completely avoid ad networks using blockchain. Users will be automatically vetted, eliminating the need for a third-party service like Google to establish trust. Companies that place advertising and websites that have space available can work together to provide a seamless experience.

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Building consumer confidence, especially of small businesses, is essential. It can be difficult for a small business to stand out, especially if your field has strong competitors. Many shoppers are understandably skeptical of companies they’ve never heard of, and the sale of shoddy products is rampant on the internet. No matter how small the trustworthy businesses are, they will quickly be able to build trust with blockchain. You will be able to show them every step of the supply chain and prove where your items are coming from.

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The occupants, caught off guard, first thought it was a Halloween joke, according to the police.

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