#CareerNow Exclusive: Thank You Note Etiquette

We have a #CareerNow EXCLUSIVE, just for you! After your next interview, keep these tips in mind…

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Don’t forget to head to the @BNcollege Twitter Page on 11/5 at 8pm ET for our second Twitterview with career expert, Joan Kuhl. Whether it’s interview tips or internship advice, get answers to even your toughest career questions. Tweet in your questions using the hashtag #CareerNow and find the answers right at your fingertips. Plus, one lucky participant will snag a $25 B&N Gift Card!

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Fighting the Flu: An Interview with Dr. Travis Stork

Dr. Travis Stork, a board-certified emergency medicine physician and Emmy®-nominated host of the successful talk show, The Doctorstook some time to chat with our guest blogger, Dan. Dan is currently a sophomore at Emerson College and had some questions for Dr. Stork about fighting the flu, especially while living on campus.

The DoctorsAre you a college student? These questions are just for you.

Dan H: What are symptoms of the flu?

Dr. Travis Stork: Influenza is a respiratory illness and it can be mild to severe. Symptoms may include fever, muscle and body aches, fatigue, and dry cough, which may or may not be accompanied by sore throat and headache. Rarely, some people experience vomiting and diarrhea. You might not have all the symptoms; you may have just a few of them.

DH: What should I do if I have flu-like symptoms?

TS: The best thing to do is stay home because, if you’re out and about, not only are you not allowing yourself to rest, but you’re potentially spreading the virus. Stay home, drink lots of fluids to keep yourself hydrated, take over-the-counter fever reducers if desired, and eat healthy foods that don’t further compromise your immune system.

One caveat – and this is important – there are certain scenarios where people with the flu can get really sick, particularly if they have underlying illnesses, like asthma or another respiratory problem, or a chronic illness like diabetes. In those instances, you should talk with a doctor ASAP because there are antiviral treatments that, if they are taken within the first few days of symptoms, can reduce symptom duration and prevent potential complications. You need a prescription for those.

DH: How do I prevent getting the flu?

TS: You can do what I do every single year, which is get vaccinated. It can take a couple of weeks for the vaccine to prime your immune system. The beauty of getting vaccinated against influenza is that it greatly reduces your risk of getting it and, if you do get it, your symptoms are likely to be much less severe.

You’re not just doing it for yourself; you’re actually doing it for everyone around you. When you get vaccinated, you’re less likely to get the flu and, therefore, less likely to pass it on.

DH: Is the flu shot 100% effective?

TS: The vaccine is not 100% effective partly because it does not cover every single flu virus out there. It just protects against the most common viruses that scientists predict will circulate in that given year. However, it’s one of those things that I consider to be one of the easiest and best things to do for your health because it reduces your risk of getting the illness AND you’re less likely to pass it on to others as well.

DH: Are there any reasons I should not get the flu shot? Are there any alternatives?

TS: If someone has ever had any type of allergic reaction to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the flu vaccine, there are some special considerations [for that]. Also if you’re not feeling well and think you may already be sick, the clinic may advise you to delay getting the vaccine.

[As far as alternatives,] the nasal spray vaccine is a little different in the way it works. It’s only recommended for those 2-49 years of age without underlying illness – which is where most college students fit. It’s a viable option for people who have an aversion to needles.

DH: What should I do if my roommate gets the flu?

TS: If you’re going to stay in the room while they’re sick, you have to be extra vigilant. That means keeping disinfectant wipes in the room and washing your hands regularly. If you’re in close proximity with your roommate, ask them – as extreme as it may seem – to wear a mask. It’s really a matter of being smart.

It’s also not unreasonable if your roommate wants some peace and quiet and to be left alone for a few days – just make sure you check in. That’s one thing you need to do as a roommate: be there for them… Get them fluids, get them healthy foods to help them feel better. But, if you don’t want to sleep there at night, it’s not unreasonable to crash with another friend for a few days.

DH: I have an exam this week. Can I go to class? When am I considered “not contagious”?

TS: You can be contagious up to a day before you have any symptoms and you can be contagious for up to a week [after that]. We traditionally say that about 24 hours after your fever goes away, your risk of being contagious is greatly reduced.

During that period, though, when you have a fever and are coughing, you should not go to class. [Getting over] the illness should be your focus. It’s not good for you and it’s not good for your classmates. Once your fever breaks, about 24 hours after that – if you feel better and aren’t coughing any more – your risk of infecting someone else will be low.

Are you the parent of a college student? These questions are for you.

DH: How do I deal with my child being sick while away at school?

TS: For most parents, when your kids are away at school, the biggest thing you can do is just be an emotional support for them when they’re not feeling well. There is not a lot you can do if you live 1,000 miles away. Just make sure your child is doing the right thing. They definitely need to stay hydrated and over the counter fever reducers can help them feel better when they need them. Make sure they are eating well. You can guide them through this whole process remotely!

DH: What should I include in a care package for my child when he/she has the flu?

TS: It should be all things meant to reinforce the message that you are trying to send your student – to feel better. [As I said before], they need fluids and they might need over-the-counter medicines. What you don’t want to do is send your child a ton of sweets, which may taste great but too much sugar actually suppresses the immune system. One of the reasons I wrote my last two books, The Doctor’s Diet and The Doctor’s Diet Cookbook is this whole idea of “food is medicine”. Send them foods that are going to help them heal and feel better.

DH: Should I bring my child home if he/she has the flu?

TS: If they’re in school locally, I think that makes a lot of sense. But, you have to remember, if they’re in school on the opposite coast, your child getting on a plane and flying home is not good for them, or anyone else.

DH: Closing thoughts?

TS: To me, the best medicine when it comes to things like the flu is prevention. That includes good hand hygiene, not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth during cold and flu season, and getting the vaccine. I’m an ER doc and I’ve learned how to treat a lot of illnesses, but the best way is to prevent it in the first place.

Find more information about Dr. Travis Stork here.

*The views and opinions expressed herein are those of Dr. Travis Stork and do not necessarily 
reflect the views of Barnes & Noble College, Your Campus Bookstore, its affiliates, or its employees. ​
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The New Term/Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

Surviving College and Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Why They’re Basically the Same Thing

When you think about it, the experiences of going away to college and living during the zombie apocalypse are eerily similar. Frankly, I can’t say that I haven’t more closely resembled “walker” than human after an all-nighter or two. Let’s break it down.

1. (EDIBLE) FOOD IS SCARCE – Let’s just say the dining hall food isn’t exactly something you’re writing home to Mom about. With a limited budget and ever-dwindling stash of slow-to-expire snacks, good food becomes harder and harder to come by. Suddenly, you’re willing to try unidentifiable solids in hopes of discovering a delectable delicacy that no one else dares touch. Baked brain, anyone?

Carl and Pudding*Pro Tip: Get creative! Find a painless way of adding fruits or vegetables into your daily diet accompanied by some of these Dining Hall Hacks. Nuts and granola are great long-lasting, healthy snacks to have stored in your dorm room for those late-night cravings!

2. LACK OF SLEEP – College students are well-known for their little/varied amounts of sleep. Between going out with friends and staying up late to study, you can find yourself feeling, well, a bit like a zombie. Students and survivors tend to follow the same motto, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.Daryl Sleeping*Pro Tip: Get in a routine. Keeping on a schedule will help your body feel more energized and you’ll require less sleep to function efficiently.

3. HANDLING DIFFICULT ROOMMATES – Small living quarters, no privacy, dealing with different personality types, sharing your things and/or having your things stolen…sound familiar? Unfortunately, if you want to survive college (or the zombie apocalypse), you need to keep calm and find a way to get along.Watch Your Mouth*Pro tip: Set some ground rules. Sometimes a roommate contract or an agreed upon schedule make for the best solutions to roommate issues before they even arise (find more tips here!).

4. BEING SEPARATED FROM LOVED ONES – Being homesick isn’t unusual for college students, especially in your first year. A lot of what is so hard about being away from home is missing your family, friends and, in some cases, your significant other. The best outlook to have is that you will be reunited in the future…even if it’s as “biter” baes.

Glen and Maggie*Pro Tip: Keep yourself busy. If you spend all your time bumming out and thinking about your family and friends back home, you won’t get the best college experience you can. Join in on activities with others and make time to call and text your friends and family at the end of the day. Winter break will be here before you know it!

5. TRANSPORTATION IS HARD TO COME BY – Much like the end of days, finding someone with a car to cart you around in is just not that easy. Could you travel by foot to that class across campus? Sure. If you want to walk alone. At night. In the dark.

Lizzie and Mika*Pro Tip: Plan ahead. If you have a long ride on the bus to class, leave early and study before if you have extra time. You can also try biking to class – it can’t hurt to get some exercise!

6. COMMUNAL BATHROOMS – Okay. Sharing the bathroom with one person is one thing. But sharing a b-room with 20 people? That’s what I call a … less than ideal situation. And not that it really needs to be said BUT some people have more trouble keeping up with their hygiene than others. If it’s this bad in college, one can only imagine the horrors that await us during the apocalypse.Bathrooms*Pro Tip: Bring flip-flops! Get in, get clean, get out. There isn’t much you can do to make the situation any better except make sure you aren’t part of the problem. Clean up your messes and hope that everyone else will do the same.

7. LACK OF CLEAN CLOTHES – The rules of how many times clothes can be worn until they are deemed “dirty” in college are very much skewed from the outside world. Underwear = 1 wear. Shirts = 2 wears. Sweaters = 5 wears. Jeans = Infinite wears. “Does it smell? No? Put it on,” might be the thought that crosses your mind when picking through that heap of rumpled clothes on the floor. Unfortunately, clean vs. dirty during the zombie takeover is probably more like, “Is it bloody? Yes, but only on the elbow? Put it on.”

So Much Laundry*Pro Tip: Febreeze. Reuse clothes without washing *in moderation* and Febreeze between each wear. Be sure you keep your used and new clothes separated so that the clean clothes don’t get “contaminated”.

8. IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID EXES – Your campus seems HUGE and filled with so many new faces…until your first break-up. Not only do you have to see their annoying face everywhere (SO annoying!), but you see their friends in the dining hall, their new love interest in your psych class, and their study group in your dorm lounge. Sadly, during college (or the zombie apocalypse), the only option is to accept it and move on. All the good ones are taken (or eaten).Andrea and the Governor*Pro Tip: Move on. Relationships will come and go throughout college and you’ll look back on your break-ups a month or two later with a totally different perspective. Focus on your studies and having fun with your friends.

9. IT GETS REALLY HOT – Dorms without AC are quite common, especially at older universities. The sooner you embrace the fact that you WILL closely resemble a wet rat for the hotter months of the year, you’ll be better off. Air conditioning must never be taken for granted, and The Walking Dead has proven that.

Maggie*Pro Tip: Be prepared. Make sure you have a few rotating fans for you and your roommate and (lots of) deodorant. It might even be time to try out that new ponytail ‘do or embrace your natural curls!

10. LACK OF EXERCISE WILL COME BACK TO BITE YOU – Don’t give up on that exercise routine just yet! With all of the changes in sleep, diet and stress, weight gain is not uncommon for college students. Fight off the “Freshman 15” with a healthy amount of exercise so that you don’t have to work twice as hard to get the weight off because…it will be a fight. Plus, toned biceps let you do cool things – like fight off walkers with a katana.

Michonne*Pro Tip: Stay on a schedule. Exercising doesn’t seem so daunting when you get into a daily routine. Not only will you keep the extra weight off but you will feel happier and more energized. Try this simple dorm room workout if you can’t make it to the gym.

You’ve survived! Don’t forget to check your Barnes & Noble College campus bookstore for our The Walking Dead Graphic Novel Displays! #ZomBNC

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Barnes & Noble College Asks Lena

To most people, Lena Dunham is known as a star on the hit show, Girls. To Lena, however, she has always identified herself as a writer. In this BNC Edition of #AskLena, find out her thoughts about writing a book, drawing inspiration, and going through the revision process.
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#CareerNow: Getting on Track

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I know you may feel like you are just starting to get settled on campus, but this is also the time to get focused on your career. If you are the type of student who is motivated by success and making a difference, then it’s important to start your career strategy now.

Students can experience a lot of anxiety and pressure about transitioning from college to their dream careers. So, with your campus bookstore, we want to help set you up for the success you deserve and help you showcase the talents you bring to the table. Time flies by quickly in college so it is important to build experiences and skills that will help you stand out in the workplace and your community after you graduate.

If you are taking the time to read this then you are most likely the type of student who will:

  • Do what it takes to maximize your career resources
  • Get experiences that will help you stand out from a crowd
  • Invest in your future

And this will pay off for you as you build a competitive advantage in the job market!

Launching this term, I’ll be sharing tips and advice; connecting you to helpful resources online and on campus; hosting twitter events and live workshops from campus bookstores across the country all about career prep. We will tackle the topics that you’ve told us are on your mind:

  • Networking
  • Personal Branding
  • Finding Mentors and Sponsors
  • Getting Organized
  • Internships
  • Developing skills that get you hired
  • Leadership and Influence
  • Managing stress and prioritizing your health

Send us your feedback and questions to yourcareeradvice@gmail.com or tweet me @joansnyderkuhl so we can bring you the resources that matter most to you! Even if our workshop doesn’t make it to your campus, we will make sure you have access to the information and strategies to launch your dream career right here on The College Juice.

Let’s kick this off with a must do list for your first 2 weeks back at school:

  1. Find a Mentor – a faculty member, leader in your academic department, a Dean, Graduate student or an Alumni are great people to get to know (It’s never too early to understand the value of building relationships with Mentors and Sponsors)
  2. Book an appointment with your Career Center (even if you are in your 1st year on campus) Learn more about your school’s resources, career fair schedules for internships and full time positions, employer and alumni connections. Develop a relationship with a career advisor so they will keep you in mind as opportunities and events arise around your interests.
  3. Get involved – on your campus AND in your school’s community. Most schools host a student activity fair within the first couple of weeks back to school. Make an effort to meet and get to know different organizations. If you don’t see an organization that matches what you are looking for then start your own!
  4. Plan to drop by Professor office hours – Prioritize the two courses you feel will be most challenging for you this semester. Introduce yourself and ask for their advice and expectations around best mastering this subject and staying ahead of assignments.
  5. Send a note to introduce yourself and share your excitement for being a part of this school to one of its top leaders– could be a Dean, President or Chancellor…Trust me, they want to hear from you and could be great sponsors throughout your education experience.
  6. Stop by your bookstore – check out the Career Section and the area with titles related to your major. Maybe pick up a journal to record your student and career goals to remind you how important it is to plan ahead.

Stay tuned to The College Juice for more tips and information. And we want to hear from you! If you have any questions, reach out at yourcareeradvice@gmail.com or tweet Joan directly @joansnyderkuhl

Written by Guest Blogger, Joan Kuhl

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 Joan is a millennial career expert with more than 16 years of mentoring and coaching experience.  She has worked with students and young professionals around the world helping them achieve their potential.  Her efforts are focused on helping students to maximize their college and early work experience to accelerate their success. Joan launched Why Millennials Matter to help employers and organizations adapt their culture and programs to be sources of innovation and inspiration for future talent.
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Why I Love the DUO Binder (And Why You Will Too)

When I heard about a new student-designed binder, I couldn’t wait to find out more information. As a student, staying organized is always at the top of my mind. It is my great honor to introduce my fellow students to the coolest organization system out there: The Duo Binder! The Duo Binder is perfect for organizing notes, syllabi, and other worksheets for all of your classes. Each binder has three rings to hold loose-leaf paper for your notes and an expandable folder system that can hold various other papers. They don’t call it “Duo” for nothing, folks! It’s the perfect way to stay organized because everything fits comfortably in one binder. No more forgetting important papers in your dorm! Keep reading

The Duo BinderWhat might be the coolest thing about this product is that is was designed by an actual college student! Kelly Harden, an intern for Noble from The University of Central Florida, designed this binder with her fellow college students in mind.  She came up with the idea at a company-wide brainstorming meeting. Employees were discussing unmet consumer needs and she emphasized something that was affecting her personally: organization. Kelly envisioned one “grab and go” system to keep all of the pieces together. As a college student who knew what it was like to feel overwhelmed and disorganized, she felt that there needed to be a better way to organize paperwork, syllabi, etc. It’s no surprise that her school experiences helped her focus on what students really need.

I would definitely recommend investing in a Duo Binder (or 5…). They are available at select Barnes & Noble College bookstores, so check with yours! Happy organizing!

Written by Guest Blogger, Ilana S. of Rutgers University

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College Tip: Rent an HDTV with campusTVs

It happens every year: that awkward conversation between you and your roommate(s) about who is going to get a TV for your dorm or apartment. You consider splitting the price of a TV, but then realize…what are you going to do with it at the end of the year? You consider skipping the TV altogether, only to discover that Homeland, The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story are all coming back for their new seasons this fall. To avoid all this hassle and confusion, campusTVs has come up with a solution.

With campusTVs, you an07.28.14 Campus TVs Final Creatived your roommates have the option to rent an HDTV for the year! This way, you can split the cost without worrying about what will happen come the end of the semester. You know how we feel about rental textbooks, and we have a good feeling about rental televisions too! On top of the obvious convenience factor, they also offer free delivery, setup, and pick-up so you don’t have to worry about transportation logistics – especially nice if you live far from school.

And for those of you that can’t live without your Game of Thrones or Orange is the New Black, you can upgrade to a Smart TV by adding a Roku Box. This allows you to stream to all your favorite TV shows and movies right from your Netflix, HBOGo, HuluPlus accounts and more! Just remember to study in between!

Plus, signing up is simple. Head to campusTVs’ website and select which options work best for you! Then, sit back and relax – your TV will be delivered, set up, and picked up for free!

Just imagine, you won’t have to deal with those difficult conversations between you and your roommate(s) and your TV will be delivered, setup, and picked up for free!

Written by Guest Blogger, Kat P.

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An Interview with Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso

We had the opportunity to pick the brain of Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Axel Alonso. He gave us the inside scoop on everything from the changes coming to some famous Marvel characters to advice for college students pursuing their dreams. Keep reading to find out what else we learned from one of the most important people in the Marvel Universe.

He may not be one of the actual Guardians of the Galaxy, but he’s definitely one of the most important people in the Marvel Universe. Two of our very own Barnes & Noble College interns got to chat with Mr. Alonso about some of his advice for college students, the new Guardians of the Galaxy film, and how he got to where he is today.

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Chloe will be graduating from Penn State University in May, while Dan is a rising sophomore at Emerson College. Both are interning with Barnes & Noble College this summer.

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C: Guardians of the Galaxy is hitting the big screen, which opens up the “cosmic” part of the Marvel Universe. How were the Guardians selected for their own feature film?

A: The Guardians provide a doorway into the cosmos and an opportunity to tell widescreen space opera stories. It effectively broadens the canvas of the Marvel  Universe that’s on the big screen. Plus, they’re diverse and they’re fun and they’re family friendly. Especially Rocket and Groot, who I expect will be break-out characters by the end of summer.

D: It seems like comic book fans feel very connected to these stories and characters – perhaps more so than in other genres. Why do you think they feel that attachment?

Marvel - Character QuoteA: Marvel characters endure because people can relate to them. People fall in love with the character inside – the tights, the costumes, and the powers are just window dressing. If you take a look at the biggest Marvel characters, their interior lives are every bit as dramatic and fascinating and appealing as their super hero lives. Tony Stark has an insufferable ego and is vice prone, Thor has daddy issues, Peter Parker won’t stop sulking about the fact that he got his Uncle Ben killed and he’ll never atone for that fully. I think that these are human journeys, universal journeys and it’s because the characters have warps, because they have flaws, that there’s virtually a character in the Marvel Universe for everybody.

D: That’s very interesting. Do you think that this sort of connection that fans feel with these characters contributes to the success of the movies and the comics?

A: Without a doubt. I think what Marvel Studios has done a wonderful job of doing is translating decades worth of stories into one digestible, easy, Cineplex-friendly story. If you had told me that virtually everyone in the world would know who Iron Man is ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed it, would you? He was a second- or third-tier super hero, and now is so perfectly real on the big screen that virtually everyone knows not only what his powers are, but what makes him tick when he’s not wearing the armor. Marvel Studios never lost sight of the fact that it’s the characters in the costume that matter most. The characters aren’t defined by what they can do, it’s what they do do. 

C: As Editor in Chief, it’s your job to make sure the comic books are at their best and that the characters’ adventures across each page keep readers coming back. How involved is your team when it comes to the film-making process?

A: Senior editorial staff, we contribute to the creation of what are called character bibles at the pre-production phase…which is to say we’re consulted to discuss what you call sort of like the immutable truths of each character in their universe. What are the essentials – if you’re going to do Iron Man movies these are things you can’t lose: these qualities, these ticks, these supporting characters. We do that and we frequently read pre-production notes, see designs, and read script drafts at various stages. On occasion we provide feedback notes, but we don’t have any authority over any aspect of production – that’s Kevin Feige and his crew. That’s their domain and they’ve done a real terrific job of… translating our characters to the big screen.  That’s the way it works. 

D: On the topic of those characters, Marvel has never shied away from diversification – which we love. Thor will now be featured as a strong female hero. Captain America – formerly The Falcon – is African American. Is that diversity a decision made within the book’s story line that is carried over to film? Or is that a decision made for the film only?

A: It’s made for print. I keep my job based on my ability to work with my staff and our writers…to tell enticing stories that bring people to our comics and wanting more.  Any changes that we make as a group are made with print in mind. What Studios wants to do, that’s up to them. That said, these changes, the female Thor and Falcon becoming the new Captain America, they were not an editorial edict. These came about because the writers had ideas for a shake-up that they thought would make for cool stories. What they did is that they sold those ideas to their direct editor, who in turn sold it to me, who in turn looped in my boss – the publisher. They said, “this is what we want to do, yes people might yell, yes it’s controversial, but here’s why.” Those changes came about to affect publishing. Whether or not they make it to film, that’s for the studio to decide, but I’m sure they’ll be watching the public response to what these publishing moves mean to see how fans react. I know that the actor who plays Thor [Chris Hemsworth]… at Comic Con when he was asked about the female Thor [he] said “that would be my Academy Award”.  I think it’s safe to say that Studios is aware of what we’re doing.

D: Speaking of actors, you mentioned you don’t have control over what the studio does. But as a personal preference, do you have any actors/actresses in mind that – as an editor – you think would fit these roles?

A: To be honest, no.  Every once in a while it might happen, but I’m hard pressed to think of an example where a particular actor has come into focus. Obviously, some writers in their scripts might specify, “think Sean Penn” or what have you. Apart from Mark Lewis saying that Fury might look like Samuel L. Jackson, we don’t really get that specific. 

C: Are there any Marvel characters that you’re hoping will eventually make it to film?

A: For me, yeah there’s a bunch. But I’ll start with Black Panther.  He sports the best costume in all of comics, it’s all black. He’s always been one of my personal favorites. He’s a little stronger than a really strong man, super athletic, he’s brilliant and he’s got lots of gadgets so he’s a little bit like MacGyver with superpowers. I really like the Black Panther and I would love to see him on the big screen. 

D: As someone who has so much experience in this industry, you’ve probably seen it go through a lot of changes. With technology evolving, how do you make sure you stay relevant and innovative?

A: You stay relevant by not being afraid to take chances. In this case, by not being afraid to embrace technology and being an early adapter. Marvel’s always been an early adapter on the digital front. We were one of the first to embrace traditional digital comics as a format and we’re currently the only ones pioneering a new comic book form called Infinite Comics which are comic books made specifically for hand held media devices. They’re not digital comics, they’re not just comics reformatted for a tablet…sized down for an iPad screen. They’re comic books that use the tablet as the canvas and all the digital tools like a paintMarvel - Tune them Outbrush. The writer and artist collaborate to take a look into everything digital has to offer and the result is a thoroughly unique reading experience. The reader scrolls through the comic book and there’s panels and captions and balloons and we’re even experimenting with audio, but the reader controls the pace of the reading experience. They are reading, it’s not animation. It’s about motion and special effects that just aren’t available on printed page. That’s one prime example of how we’re experimenting with technology to tell stories and we’re not afraid to make mistakes, we’re not afraid to spend money, we’re not afraid to lose money as we get better and better at doing this.  

C: As someone who has worked on characters such as Spider-Man and the X-Men, is it still exciting for you to see them come alive in film or in these new digital media apps?

A: To be honest it’s not that surprising, at least now. This is modern mythology featuring characters who really capture the imagination of 7+ generations of readers…and this is across multiple media platforms, comics, novels, animation, TV – live-action TV of course – and now the perfection of the movies that technology has caught up with. It stopped surprising me once Ironman stuck, if that’s a good way of putting it. Once we saw how a character like Ironman could stick I ceased being surprised. It started being like a rolling stone at that point…independent movies that function like puzzle pieces of a larger whole…I just think the sky’s the limit.

D: Before you got into this industry, were you into comic books?

A: When I was a little boy I was way into them. I used to buy two comic books every Friday afternoon when my grandma would pick me up after school….and that’s how I got introduced to comics…I loved them up until my pre-teens when I discovered girls and basketball. So I got out of comics for a while, although, truth be told, I did find copies of the Heavy Metal comic book being put out at the time and I kind of liked that it was crazy fantasy. And I rediscovered comics when I was in college and I’ve been back ever since. I never ever dreamed of working in comics, but I was a fan. I especially think that when I got back into comics in college, I happened to wander into stuff like Alan Moore and Frank Miller – who were, of course, seminal creators…so it was good timing for me to fall back in love with comics.

C: When it comes to editing comics, what process do you go through? How do you eventually land on a final product?

A: Speaking as an Editor, I’d say that the most important thing is that I look at a character and ask myself what types of stories are there to tell…obviously, if you have a character named Captain America who is dressed in red, white and blue, you’re probably going to tell stories that have something to say about America as opposed to the cosmos or Norse mythology…Apart from that, there is a rule I live by that there is no one way of doing things…for me I think that it’s really about just understanding that you have to trust your gut and start by understanding who the character is in the world and then what story you want to tell and then sticking to it.

D: You mentioned that people relate to characters because they can see a piece of themselves in them. Which character do you most relate to?

A: *Laughs* My quick answer to that is the Hulk because he has anger management issues…but I don’t know that I relate to any one character. I do know that when I got into comic books, my favorite characters were never what you would deem the most popular at the time…the Black Panther, Shang Chi, Luke Cage, Iron Fist…their powers were more downsized, more street-level, maybe a bit more realistic….But, I usually related to characters that were a little bit smaller scale-wise and a little bit more of an outsider.

C: Being Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics is what a lot of people would call a “dream job”. What are some challenges you faced when working to get where you are  today?

A: I’ll start off by saying that as a kid I never considered that comics…were a career option. My education and career path took me into journalism and from there I landed at DC Comics…and through fate I ended up at Marvel. …the initial challenge was working for low-pay and long hMarvel - Work Hardours and feeling overqualified – because it was a very weird move to go from being fairly successful in journalism to starter-level in comics. But I stuck with it…If I think about the challenge you always face in the creative field, it’s just sticking to it. You’re always going to hear a lot of chatter, you’re always going to hear a lot of voices…angry at you, who question your judgment, who don’t like what you’re doing…and you’re going to hear them loud. And I think you just have to tune them out…do what you think you should do and trust the voices of a few people whose judgement you trust. You’ve got to be willing to get fired to get promoted (*Laughs*). If you play it safe, you’re never going to get anywhere.

D: At Barnes & Noble College, we work with a lot of students. What advice would you give to them about chasing their dreams and staying motivated?

A: Everybody’s different. I tell them pretty much what I tell my son, who is 11…work hard at something you love. If you love doing something…you’re going to put in the hours and get better and better at it, simply because it won’t feel like work. You put in those hours, which means you’ll get better…you’ll hear it…you’ll get rewarded for it. Bottom line, boiling it down – work hard at something you love. 

Sounds like some MARVELous advice (sorry, we couldn’t resist!). For those of you who are new to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series, we suggest kicking off your adventure with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers (sold in all Barnes & Noble Superstores and select Barnes & Noble College Bookstores – see your store for details). 

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Back to Campus Checklist

The new semester is slowly – but surely – sneaking up on us. It’s easy to procrastinate when it comes to preparing for the new term, but we’re here to help you get ready sooner rather than later. Avoid the last-minute scrambling and take a look at our checklist below. Then, when it really is time to head back to school, you can focus on fun (rather than stress).

First, things first…

Before You Get to CampusThere are a few things to get done before you even set foot on campus. Afraid you’ll forget something? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s get started:

1. Order your textbooks.

2. Create a packing list to stay organized (look below for a great list to get you started!)

3. Purchase the items on your list that you don’t already have.

3. Spend quality time with your friends and family.

4. Eat at your favorite restaurant at home.

5. Make a picture collage to hang in your dorm room.

6. Talk to your roommate and get to know each other.

7. Schedule (and attend!) all necessary doctor appointments in and fill out any forms you may need.

8. Take a relaxing day off and enjoy a day trip to the beach.

9. Get a fresh new haircut.

10. Decide if you need a credit card or debit card.

11. Update your music.

 Next up…

Time to PackPacking to head back to campus can be stressful. What’s the good news? It doesn’t have to be! Check out our list below to help you get started…

Packing ListNow that you have a general idea of what to pack, you need to think of how to pack. Packing efficiently will save you time and precious space in your suitcase.

Packing Tips!

  1. You do not need to bring every single thing in your closet! Chances are you will get a bunch of free t-shirts during freshman year; so don’t feel the need to pack every single one. Additionally, there’s a good chance you’ll visit home during Thanksgiving or Fall break, so hold off on packing all of your heavy winter items until then.
  2. Be practical when you are packing! If you didn’t wear something in high school, you probably won’t wear it in college. Consider donating unused items instead.
  3. If you can, keep your clothes on hangers when transporting them to school! It will save you so (re: SOOOOO) much time by not having to un-hang and re-hang all your clothes.
  4. Check to see what your school provides! For example, some schools may provide a microwave in a common room. Knowing this will save you money and space in your car when packing.
  5. Coordinate with your roommate. Make sure you know what he/she is bringing so that you don’t bring duplicates.

You’ve done all of the planning. You’ve packed your suitcase(s). Moving on to…

When You Arrive on CampusYou made it! You’ve arrived on campus and you’re ready to start the new semester. However, there are a few things left do before the new term kicks off.

  1. Pick up your textbooks. The campus bookstore often gives you the option to pick up your order in-store…for free!
  2. Get your student ID card if you don’t have it already.
  3. Organize your room. Make sure everything is in order for the first day.
  4. Map out your classes so you know exactly where to go. Avoid the terror of walking into the wrong lecture hall.
  5. Keep your door open and start meeting new people!
  6. Check out your college bookstore and get a new t-shirt to display your school pride.
  7. Look at your school’s calendar for upcoming events, like homecoming.
  8. Think about how you will get involved! Check out different clubs, sports, or Greek life and see which interest you.

You’re all set! Get ready for a great semester ahead.

Written by Guest Blogger, Kat P. of Elon University

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College Move-In Day Essentials

Between the packing lists, the checklists, the textbook lists…you probably feel like it’s impossible to forget anything you might need for your freshman year. But then, move-in day comes along and you’re left wishing you had a few extra things with you! To prevent this from happening you, we made a list of things to help you avoid those feelings of “I wish I brought that…” on move-in day!

Item #1: Tape Measure – Most freshman dorms tend to be on the smaller side. Therefore, it is key to have the perfect furniture arrangement. An easy way to do this without wasting time and energy on moving desks and beds all over is to bring a tape measure! Simply measure the item you plan on moving and see if that length fits in the spot you want it…before you haul it across the room.

Item #2: Handtruck – Moving in as a freshman, I guarantee your car will be filled to the top with all of your college stuff. To avoid making one hundred trips back and forth to your car (not to mention avoid any potential back pain the next day), invest in a handtruck! With these, you can pile up heavy boxes and crates and easily wheel them to your dorm room. Plus, most handtrucks will fold up so you won’t have to worry about sacrificing any room in the car. These work very well with mini-fridges and other heavy appliances.

Item #3: Mini fan – No matter how high the air conditioning is on in your dorm (if there IS air conditioning), it is going to be hot! With everyone moving in at once, the hallway becomes very hectic with people moving things in left and right. To stay cool amidst the craziness, I recommend bringing a mini fan that you can simply pull out anytime you need a wave of cold air.

Move In Day EssentialsGeneral Tips:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers! You are going to be moving boxes and other college supplies, not going to a fashion show. Your feet will thank you later.
  2. Bring water! Trust me, you will need to stay hydrated. Keep some water on hand to stay cool.
  3. Know where you packed scissors! Chances are you are going to need to open things once you arrive. It will save you time and stress if you can easily access them!
  4. Label everything! Someone else will probably have the same plastic drawers or lamp as you. To avoid any confusion, label all your things with your name and dorm room/number. Also if anything gets lost, they will know where to find you!
  5. Breathe! You will have all year to make sure everything in your room is just right. There is no need to stress over little things or get upset if you don’t like how something is arranged, you can always move it!

Written by Kat P. of Elon University

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