RealityWatch: The Pentagon pulled out of cooperating with the makers of the Avengers movie because… it wasn't realistic enough.
But the ambiguity around what exactly S.H.I.E.L.D. is provides a vexing complication. If it's an American governmental agency, what kind of constitutional authority does it exercise over the military? If it's an international body, as the movie text suggests and Strub determined, are U.S. military personnel and equipment on loan to it through some kind of United Nations Security Council resolution? The questions may seem picayune, but they're precisely the stuff that can cause an image-conscious military to yank its cooperation from a movie.
DateWatch: How the Avengers movie teaches men how to date women.
"The ability to fly, swing hammers, and throw shields is great, but the ability to attract great women into their lives is the superpower that many guys wish for." says the host. "By injecting more fun and fantasy into their date ideas and into their own lives, male moviegoers can increase their chances of enjoying better relationships with the women that they meet long after they leave the theater."
ClowesWatch: Dan Clowes hits NPR.
But, Clowes adds, he's actually trying to bring out the nobility in characters like Enid and Wilson. "[Wilson] really just wants to connect with people by being his exact true self, which is something none of us ever do, and he's not interested in changing himself to connect with people, which is what all of us do do. It made him seem much more noble when I figured that out about him."
VertigoWatch: Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth comes to an end with issue 40.
So why end it now? I want to make one thing really clear…Sweet Tooth is not being cancelled. The decision to end it at #40 is entirely my choice. Truth is, I always knew what the ending of Sweet Tooth would be. It was one of the first ideas I came up with when writing the pitch for the book. The beginning and the end of this story were always pretty much written in stone, it was the middle bit that was fluid, and grew and changed as I went along. So, for me it's incredibly gratifying to finally get to the end of the journey with Gus and Jepperd. Everything I've done with the series so far, everything I've built month after month, has all been about this, the final story.
MediaWatch: Media Marketing and the Evolution of Narrative Structure
Much of transmedia storytelling and many ARGs are similarly marketing focused — using websites, Twitter feeds, and real-world games to promote movies and television programs. But many observers believe these forms of storytelling will come into their own as new formats for complex, layered, multi-faceted tales.
It may well be that, as new forms of storytelling like transmedia and ARGs develop, we'll look back at these comic book techniques as the vanguard in the evolution of these new narrative structures. Born of ploys to sell more comic books, these techniques are giving rise to new forms of creative storytelling.
MiracleWatch: Rick Veitch's Crying Miracleman.
SelfCoverWatch: All Marvel Universe $2.99 books will go "self cover" in one month's time, so the cover stock is the same as the inside page stock, also losing four pages from the whole volume.