MARVEL’S GREATEST FIGHTER DISCOVERS HIS SECRET DESTINY IN THE SHANG-CHI #1 TRAILER!
Writer Gene Luen Yang teams up with artists Dike Ruan and Phillip Tan for the next chapter in the legend of Shang-Chi!
Shang-Chi returns this month in a brand-new series by Eisner Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and acclaimed artists Dike Ruan (Spider-Verse, Black Cat) and Philip Tan (Uncanny X-Men). The former Avenger will be forced to confront his family’s dark history when the mysterious Five Weapons Society emerges from the shadows. With the group’s leadership in question, a bloody power struggle will erupt into a full-blown war and only the deadly fists of Shang-Chi can protect the Marvel Universe from the fallout. Founded by his father, Zheng Zu, this ancient group of warriors will reveal long-hidden truths about Shang-Chi’s past and drag the hero back into a world he thought he left behind forever. Get your first look at this shocking family reunion in the SHANG-CHI #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen art from the debut issue!
“We are keeping all of the big pieces of Shang-Chi’s backstory. He’s the son of a supervillain who dreamed of taking over the world. Shang-Chi grew up in a remote area of China, separated from modern society. He eventually made his way to America and joined forces with American superheroes. We want to flesh him out by adding to his supporting cast,” Yang revealed in a recent interview with SYFY Wire. “We’ve met some of his siblings in the past, but in this particular miniseries we’re going to meet a full set of them. Each is going to bring out a different aspect of Shang-Chi’s personality.”
Don’t miss this fascinating new take on the Shang-Chi mythos when this action-packed series kicks off on September 30th!
By Lauren Howe and Teri Uyovbievbo, co-founders of up-and-coming South Bay marketing start-up, The Social Block
The onset of COVID-19 has ultimately ended a decade-long trend of economic growth in the United States. In it’s place, we now have the highest rates of unemployment since the Great Depression. The unprecedented economic downturn has also ushered in the swift demise of formerly successful corporations.
Although COVID-19 has brought difficulty to many businesses, the high rate of unemployment has left many to focus on what was previously their side-hustle or freelance work. A small percentage of job prospects has left us with gig work, using our marketable skills and furthering our educations.
While this is a difficult time to build a brand, it isn’t impossible. In lieu of attending meetings, speaking on panels and networking in the community, placing the focus instead on the company’s current messaging, graphics, website, public relations, social media and marketing efforts is essential. In order to get your brand in the spotlight, you’ll need to create a memorable logo so that people recognize your brand as soon as they see your awesome logo. COVID has thrust the world into a work-from-home, online shopping, and food delivery reality. Building your brand during this time is not only the smartest move for your start-up or business – it is the only move that will keep you competitive in a post-COVID world. The following steps are what we at The Social Block do for ourselves to build our brand, as well as what we would always suggest to clients.
Take relationship building digital
We know that nothing can replace face-to-face interactions and networking, but in a digital world, it’s not enough to just do one. Looking out for media opportunities, offering discounted services to local non-profits to support your community, participating in roundtables, panel discussions and curating a well-managed social media presence are all essential ways to build your brand online.
Social media has been, and is continuing to be, a method of providing customer service and increasing brand loyalty. Although the recession may be limiting those buying or product or using your service, communicating with your target audience, asking for their success stories or feedback, and showing that you listen, care and are engaged, will keep your business top of mind and keep business flowing when the economy stabilizes.
Don’t stop marketing
Depending on your product or service, you can choose from email or mail campaigns, utilizing ad space in relevant publications, or targeting your audience directly through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn ads. It’s not enough to leave your growth to organic views, shares and customer/client reviews. Getting new traffic in the door and fresh eyes on your business will increase your brand awareness.
Even if COVID may cause a delay in conversions or results, you want to be one of the services or products on your target audience’s list to try after your area has reopened and the economy begins to repair itself.
Assess where your brand is at currently
It may be time to take a hard look at what branding you had going on before COVID, and determine if it is time to make a change. Is your website difficult to navigate wit outdated items? Is your social media active, and is it used to build relationships with potential clients or customers, or is it used almost as a “personal” account, full of successes and company outings? Are you participating in speaking engagements and interacting in you community? Are your graphics, presentations, business cards and logo truly representative of what you do?
Take a hard look at where each area stands, and be honest about what could change. At first glance, are you truly giving off the impression you want?
Times are tough, but it’s an opportunity to pause, reflect and rethink the way you do business.
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BenQ Launches 27-inch 4K UHD PD2720U Thunderbolt™ 3 Monitor with HDR, Newly Redesigned Hotkey Puck, and eye-care™ Technology
The Monitor Comes Equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology for Ultimate High-Speed Mac or PC Compatibility for Designers and Creative Professionals
BenQ America Corp, a world-leading display technology and solutions provider, announced today the release of the PD2720U professional monitor as part of the DesignVue series. Engineered for marketing, business, and creative professionals, the 27-inch 4K UHD monitor offers Thunderbolt 3 daisy chain technology for full compatibility for Apple users. Exclusive AQCOLOR™ technology delivers an accurate and brilliant color experience.
The PD2720U features advanced IPS technology with 4K resolution to deliver extraordinary clarity of fine details and textures for ultra-precise color rendition for professionals with visually intensive work. The monitor is also equipped with HDR10 technology to allow users to preview their video content in HDR throughout the editing process. With a customized M-book mode, the monitor minimizes visual differences between the monitor and the connected MacBook to create a consistent workflow. The monitor is also equipped with the latest color standards, Display P3 and DCI-P3, to ensure accurate color application for professionals, especially Mac users.
In addition to premier color accuracy, the PD2720U offers a newly redesigned Hotkey Puck G2 that allows professionals to use the OSD to customize shortcuts to preferred features, increasing overall productivity and work efficiency. With a 3-side edge-to-edge design, the PD2720U can display continuous pictures across multiple monitors for ample work real estate.
Through Thunderbolt 3 daisy chain connectivity, the monitor is compatible with the latest Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C equipped Apple and Windows laptops, which allows the monitor to efficiently transmit and deliver video, audio, data and power for increased productivity and work real estate. For added productivity, the 27” monitor also features versatile ergonomics like height adjustment, tilt, swivel, and a 90-degree pivot to portrait mode.
While the PD2720U features enhanced compatibility, the monitor also includes BenQ’s ZeroFlicker™ and Low Blue Light Mode as a part of their eye-care™ technology. These features support a healthy viewing experience and reduce digital eye strain, fatigue, and other harmful effects of prolonged screen time.
In order to provide enhanced efficiency for designers and business professionals, the PD2720U also offers specialized display modes to allow creative professionals to produce their highest quality of work.
CAD/CAM Mode highlights superior contrast on lines and shapes of technical illustrations, bringing the smallest details into view. For an incredible display performance, pair CAD/CAM Mode with Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CATIA or other CAD/CAM software.
Animation Mode controls and perfects every movement and lightens image areas with 10 levels of display to better visualize the details hidden in dark areas, without over exposing bright regions.
Darkroom Mode adjusts the brightness and contrast of images to create the optimal setting for work in darker post-processing environments.
DualView Mode allows the user to work on content in two different modes or color spaces simultaneously.
“The PD2720U provides professionals in a variety of industries the versatility and flexibility to create high-quality work,” said Steve Yang, senior director at BenQ America Corp. “We always want to enhance our customers’ professional performances with user-friendly, compatible technology that will drive efficiency and accuracy.”
The world-leading human technology and solutions provider, BenQ is aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives by designing products with a purpose. BenQ sells and markets innovative technology products, consumer electronics, computing, and communications devices. Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ focuses on the aspects that matter to most people today – lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education – with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, and enhance learning by providing people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications, and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters. For more information about products and to purchase, visit www.benq.com.
The Lucky Onez Black and Navy Blue Logo Zippered T-shirts are extremely comfortable and pleasant to wear both indoors and outdoors. These shirts are made up of 65% cotton and 35% polyester and they have a very fashionable sense to them with zippers placed on the lower part of the shirt on the left and right sides of each shirt. In addition to the navy blue and black zippered t-shirts; we also have red zippered t-shirts with black print.
The Lucky Onez Zippered T-shirts are designed very with The Lucky Onez logo popping out in a dominant and profound way in the upper center of each shirt. Also, our TLO Navy Blue and Gold Dad hats truly complement the navy blue and gold shirt and the TLO dad hats are adjustable to fit all individuals. The Lucky Onez TLO Navy Blue and Gold Dad Hats are also very unique with the fact that its colors are bright and the dad hats bring a fashionable sense to styles of casual wear, street wear, and everyday wear as well. When it comes to The Lucky Onez we want you to live well, look well, and feel well.
As the gaming market continues to grow, developers and writers are producing gaming titles at a faster rate than ever. And while they may focus on the gaming graphics and speeds – another important feature is the story. A compelling storyline captures the hearts and minds of players and helps a game broaden its audience, potentially even leading to a franchise. But as game creators look forward to the next innovations in gaming, they sometimes look back into history to seek out inspiring story ideas.
Whether they’re looking to recreate the look and feel of a bygone era in order to fully immerse the gamer in the story, or just taking historical or mythological figures on their own new adventures, there are thousands of years of epic stories and colourful characters to choose from. Let’s take a trip back in time and have a look at some of the great games out there that have taken their inspiration from another era.
rent bright and colourful themes, designed to catch the eye and encourage people to take a seat and drop some change. You might think you know slot games – but if you haven’t seen how good they are today, you’re missing out.
Slots have come on leaps and bounds from the dusty one-armed bandits of old. Instead of cranking reels with a lever, players now use buttons to trigger virtual spins on a large screen. Get the correct combination and you can trigger bonus games, extra spins and entertaining animations.
One of the exciting new slot games coming to casinos this year, and also making an appearance online, is Mayan Chief. Based on the ancient Mayan culture which dominated the pre-Columbus Americas, this game features symbols and characters inspired by their rich history. Jaguars and parrots spin round, interspersed with treasure chests and items of intricate golden jewellery.
Watch out for the spinning Mayan calendar: line these carved discs up in the right combination and they will realign to reward you with something special – a huge jackpot.
For some players, some slot games are beginning to rival high-end consumer titles in terms of how engaging and immersive they are. However, titles are released on a near-weekly basis these days that it can be hard to find the ones that have real quality. Mayan Chief is a great place to start, but it’s a good idea to check out some other highly rated new online slots which providing more exciting storylines in different themes.
One of the most famous titles on this list, L.A. Noire comes from Rockstar games, the same people who brought us the Grand Theft Auto titles. And L.A. Noire continues their great tradition of letting the player explore a rich open-world city where the attention to detail is simply astounding. A mixture of the real 1940s America and the stylised way it was depicted in noir films and novels, the characters are instantly recognisable tropes – each with their own Rockstar spin.
You play a homicide detective charged with investigating and solving a variety of shocking and grisly crimes perpetrated on the streets of Los Angeles. Many of the crimes were inspired by real-life incidents, such as the infamous unsolved Black Dahlia murder case. Rockstar have done a great job of capturing the look and feel of the post-war era using actual photographs and city planning documents to ensure historical accuracy.
If you want to go back even further in time then the Dynasty Warriors franchise is well worth a look. Skip the first game as it plays more like a standard pvp fighter, and instead choose one of the many, many, many sequels. Dynasty Warriors 2 plays closest to real events. Based upon the power struggle between warring tribes in China around the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, you command one of the generals in your bid for victory.
The beautiful costumes look authentic and the detailed maps and scenery really transport you back in time. The hack and slash gameplay and the way in which thousands of enemies swarm on you are not particularly historically accurate, but this is a fantasy game, so I think we can forgive the developers for using a bit of creative license. This is a great series of games that is based on history, as opposed to trying to faithfully recreate it.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Assassin’s Creed. These games painstakingly recreate all the buildings, landmarks and historical events for whichever period is currently featured. Sail the high seas with pirates in the Caribbean, gallop through Renaissance Florence or race over the rooftops of revolutionary France. In fact their recreations are so faithful, it has been suggested that they could be used to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, after it caught fire in April.
The games are also peppered with familiar historical faces. Wander from the story mission and you could find yourself in conversation with Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin or even Queen Victoria. The games let you participate in historical events, recreating the action that led to Paul Revere’s legendary ride or the ascension to the papacy of Rodrigo Borgia.
Each building, character, event or location also comes with a detailed encyclopaedia entry so you can learn even more about the setting as you play. Ubisoft have got historical games down to an art form and if you love getting immersed in a beautiful and lovingly-created open world, then these are the games for you.
The Town of Light
The final game on our list is a story-based psychological thriller told through the eyes of Renee, an ex-patient exploring the now-closed psychiatric hospital where she spent her teenage years as a patient. The story is not for the faint-hearted. The writers don’t shy away from detailing the abusive treatments the patients suffered, or the actions of doctors, nurses and other patients which could make life there a literal hell.
What makes this story all the more chilling is that all the events are based on real-life occurrences at Volterra in Tuscany, Italy. Th team behind the game conducted extensive research, including reading letters and medical files from inmates, as well as carefully reconstructing the crumbling buildings.
The Town of Light is not an easy game to play, but it uses its historical basis to educate and spread awareness of some of the problems people with mental illness have had to face in the past. It is an emotional journey that stays with you long after the game has finished – just like any good history lesson should.
Billy Los Angeles Season 003 – Spring/Summer 2019.
Primed with nostalgic influence, the brand embraces designer Jovenall’s memories from Pittsburgh’s rural outskirts and introduces denim for the first time.
New York, NY: Billy Los Angeles’ SEASON 003 is a conversation between designer Holly Jovenall’s parallel lives: one growing up in a rural town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the other growing into a successful stylist immersed in Los Angeles culture.
SEASON 001 and SEASON 002 established the visual language of these worlds through collections. SEASON 003 explores what eventually led Jovenall from her rural upbringing to her life in Los Angeles. With nostalgia for the transitional and an eye towards the future, SEASON 003 embodies the DIY attitude and style of Jovenall’s childhood contemporaries. These young men fostered their own individual and authentic look using what was available to them locally with echoes of faraway streetwear and hip hop influences. From skateparks on the outskirts of Pittsburgh to the plaid work shirts her father, BILLY, would buy from the farm store, Jovenall’s influences come from the pieces that were simply part of her way of life.
“When approaching this season, I found a lot of inspiration from archival photographs that myself and my sister had taken throughout our youth, in our hometown of Transfer, Pennsylvania. References to what I can only describe as a fusion of hip hop culture with Midwest accessibility – this is the vibe I’ve tried to communicate,” Jovenall says.
Graphics from SEASON 003 come from photographers of her father (BILLY), her nephew (Noah) and her horse (Pistol) at horse shows and around the ranch taken by Jovenall and her sister (Marissa). Each piece in the collection is lovingly updated from clothing that her friends, family, and she herself wore in those formative years – such as the rugby shirt – work pants and jacket. As always, the washes and attention to detail are what set BILLY apart. The sun faded vintage affect on the T-shirts to the distressing of the work pants imbue the collection with subtle minimalism.
SEASON 003 introduces BILLY LOS ANGELES denim, washed and worn (but not over worn) to perfection. BILLY denim represents a timeless uniform, updated and executed with modern lines, relaxed washes and fades. The result is a collection of individual items that coincide perfectly with the mood of modern man’s wardrobe while evoking a sense of longing for a simpler time.
Born in 1979, Alain Delorme lives and works in Paris, France. Graduated from the Gobelins’s school, he then pursued a master’s degree in photography at the University of Paris VIII. The photographic work of Alain Delorme is particularly concerned with depicting the phenomena of normalization and standardization conveyed by our consumer society. The artist delivers photographs in graphic and colorful worlds oscillating between realism and fiction.
A distant rustle, puffs of air : a swarm forms and rises in the breeze, drawing elegant arabesques in a sky full of shimmering reflections of light. At first, the works of Alain Delorme capture the magic of the first fleeting beauty of a flock of birds, a Murmuration. However, this initial charm soon vanishes when the viewer takes a closer look, notices the clever deception, and discovers what is really behind the graceful flocks, the sometimes aquatic, sometimes calligraphic shapes : thousands of plastic bags, meticulously arranged by the artist, their massive presence threatening to asphyxiate the horizon. This work is located at the crossroads between various visual cultures and diverse artistic heritage, primarily cinematic : Murmuration seems like an improbable blend of the sight of the plastic bag which in American Beauty (1999) swirls around almost hypnotically, and the vision of The Birds in Hitchcock’s great classic from 1963. Both play with the reversal of perspective: the Master of Fear builds his plot on the inexplicable aggression of actually harmless animals, while the scene captured by the amateur filmmaker seems to unveil the beauty and delicacy of an otherwise ungainly object.
More generally, Delorme’s digital creations echo land art installations – presenting natural spaces that have been physically transformed in order to question their fate and vulnerability. In this work, Alain Delorme revisits accumulation, a recurrent theme of the new realists also leveraged in Delorme’s previous series – using absurdity to bring attention to the excesses of modern society.
By choosing such a common and universal artifact, the commentary takes on a global relevance. The context of the images is only hinted at, without explicit geographic positioning. The outline of our proud industrial societies, factory chimneys and power lines stand out as shadows playing against a sky that is bathed in a twilight that seems to announce the end of an era. Because the plastic bag poses a truly universal threat : it invades urban surroundings, litters natural habitats, paves seabed, and takes over deserts.
Through this “trompe l’oeil”, Alain Delorme steps away from any militant position, favoring the process of gradual awareness. He cuts out, assembles and arranges the elements of both a fictional and probable reality into one image that projects the sunsets of our tomorrow.
ArtScience Museum – The world’s most iconic street artists present provocative works for the first time in Southeast Asia. From 13 January 2018, the galleries of ArtScience Museum will be invaded by some of the world’s top street artists in one of the boldest exhibitions to be shown at the museum in years. Art from the Streets traces 40 years of Street Art, from its countercultural beginnings to its extraordinary rise as a major phenomenon in contemporary art.
The show features the world’s best known street artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairey (aka Obey), Futura, Invader, JR, Blek le Rat, Swoon and Vhils among others .
Curated by Street Art expert and gallerist Magda Danysz, Art from the Streets reflects the evolution of street art, charting the diverse artistic techniques employed by artists through the decades and showing how technology has created new expressive avenues for artists.
One of the highlights of Art from the Streets will be a series of live paintings and installations created on – site by iconic names from the field. Nearly a dozen artists, including upcoming new street art sensation, Felipe Pantone from Spain, have been invited to take over the galleries of the museum, creating new art works especially for the show. Illustrating the vitality of and diversity of the movement, the show also includes large – scale mural paintings, installations, videos, prints, archival material, drawings and sketches.
As well as bringing some of the leading international names in Street Art to Singapore for the first time, Art from the Streets also shines a spotlight on urban art in South east Asia. The show includes major new works by local and regional artists, including Speak Cryptic (Singapore), Yok & Sheryo (Singapore) and Eko Nugroho ( Indonesia ) .
“ArtScience Museum is thrilled to be presenting some of the biggest names in Street Art in this daring and provocative new show. What started out as acts of rebellion on the streets of US cities in the 1970s, has since expanded into a major international cultural movement. Art from the Streets shows how street art has evolved beyond the early days of graffiti and tagging, and is now recognised as one of the most important artistic genres of the 21st century. Our visitors will see how artists have restyled the look and feel of cities around the world, through captivating, thought – provoking works that range from small interventions, to massive murals. This is an exhibition that celebrates the energy and dynamism of the streets, by encouraging some of the most exciting artists in the field to transform our galleries into living urban artworks,” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands.
“Street Art is one of the most important art movements to have emerged in the 21st century. This exhibition celebrates the vitality of a movement many of us can witness as part of our everyday experience. It is very important at this stage to mark the 40 year history of the movement and recognize Street Art as a coherent and valuable art movement,” added Magda Danysz, a curator and writer based in Paris and Shanghai. Having witnessed the rise of graffiti and urban art from its beginnings, Magda Danysz became an expert in the movement, writing books about the history of Street Art, curating major institutional group shows and over 50 solo shows with artists including Shepard Fairey (aka Obey), Invader, JR and Vhils.