NPR’s tagged collection of commencement speeches is pretty great. Grab some inspiration. Just don’t forget the perspiration afterwards, assuming you want to achieve something.
On a friend’s suggestion, I have been reading some of the free stuff on the Marvel Unlimited app and the experience is decent. The app works better as a full-page reader but that’s how I try to read books on Comixology anyway.
My problem so far is with the content. I am reminded of why I prefer DC to Marvel when it comes to mainstream superhero comics. There are two reasons.
First, Marvel characters tend to be snarky and sarcastic. This is the Stan Lee approach to character and storytelling. It’s what made the books refreshing in the 70s and 80s. Back then, it was nice to get some snark from characters like Peter Parker because it was lacking in most other sources of entertainment at the time, even on TV shows. It is also part of why Marvel characters are more “relatable” than DC. These days you can find sarcasm pretty much everywhere (the internet is probably around 50% snark). If snark is your thing, you can get much better biting social commentary from many web comics than you can from a Marvel book. I don’t need a Thor who likes to try out stand-up bits; I’d prefer a Thor who is a more convincing part of a fantasy world. DC has for the most part stayed earnest in its storytelling. And its stories tend to be more transporting and immersive as a result.
Second, DC’s art tends to be better, particularly in the inking and coloring. Marvel employs many of the same great artists DC uses, but Marvel pages are frequently flat and dull. DC books can be stunning and if an artist like JH Williams III wants to go nuts, the inks and colors will support the work. Marvel books often look like they haven’t gone through the polishing phase before being sent out the door.