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62 Things the Avengers are Not Allowed to Do.

1. Tony is not allowed to replace the entire contents of the cafeteria with pop-tarts just because Thor has declared it the ‘food of the gods.’
2. Natasha is not allowed to interrogate new S.H.I.E.L.D. employees and dispose of the ones she deems unworthy.
3. Clint is not allowed to continue insisting that is the final step of the interview process to terrified new hires.
4. Tony is not allowed to broadcast sing-along songs into the Hulk-cage, no matter amusing he finds teaching Hulk “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around”
5. Clint is not allowed to put the security feed of the Hulk’s Teddy Bear dance on Youtube.
6. Bruce is not allowed to hack into personnel files to look up blackmail material on Director Fury.
7. Tony is not allowed to insist that he’s already done so and that Fury’s middle name is Rainbow Sprinkles…. Because it isn’t.
8. Thor is not allowed to be naked at Headquarters. Ever.
9. Steve is not allowed to address any female S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as ‘little lady,’ ‘broad,’ or ‘dame.’ It only ends in getting slapped.
10. Agent Coulson’s name isn’t “Mom.”
11. Director Fury should never again be addressed as “Dad”
12. Agent Hill is not the Avenger’s wicked stepmother.
13. Clint is not allowed to lurk in the shadowy rafters spying on people, unless specifically instructed to do so for an official S.H.I.E.L.D. sanctioned mission.
14. ‘Operation Irritate the Fuck Out of Nick Fury’ is not an official mission, no matter what Tony or Natasha say to the contrary.
15. Debriefings should not be preceded by tequila shots.
16. Debriefings should not be followed by tequila shots.
17. There are to be no shots of any kind during debriefings.
18. Thor and Hulk will wait to fight until after the battle is over.
19. Tony Stark is not God’s gift to women.
20. The Avengers do not need matching uniforms.
21. Tony and Bruce are not allowed to have a contest to see who can make a bigger “boom” in the lab.
22. Thor is not allowed to join in and make the biggest boom with his hammer.
23. The Avengers will not be celebrating Steve’s 94th birthday.
24. The laboratory is not Tony and Bruce’s ‘Super Secret Genius Clubhouse.’ They are not allowed to bar entry to employees based on IQ test results.
25. The Avengers are not making a promotional pin-up calendar. Or a sex tape.
26. Iron Man is not making a promotional pin-up calendar. Or a sex tape.
27. Tony Stark is not making a promotional pin-up calendar. Or a sex tape.
28. Thor is not allowed to ‘bring down the wrath of Odinson’ on the person who ate the last package of pop-tarts.
29. Pants are not optional at team meetings.
30. ‘Pepper said it was okay’ is not a good enough reason to defy a director order from command.
31. The words “What’s the worst that could happen?” are never to be uttered on a mission ever again.
32. MC Hammer did not write Thor a theme song.
33. Gumby is not the love child of Bruce Banner and Reed Richards.
34. Natasha and Clint are not allowed to impersonate members of the clergy ever again. Ever.
35. Blasting ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ at top volume into Bruce’s room on loop overnight is not an effective way to suppress the Hulk.
36. Hawkeye is not sitting in the rafters waiting to pick off people playing Galaga on their computer during work hours.
37. Tony is not allowed to bribe Natasha and Clint to physically, emotionally or psychologically torture General Ross for being ‘a great big douchebucket’ and ‘being mean to Brucie-kins.’
38. Steve is ‘Captain America’ not ‘Captain New York and those 49 other, lesser states.’
39. ‘Hulk SMASH!’ is not an effective diplomatic policy.
40. Tony is not allowed to buy the Dodgers and move them back to Brooklyn to apologize for lighting Steve’s hair on fire.
41. The phrase ‘Trust me, I’m a doctor’ never leads anywhere good.
42. It is not funny to dare Bruce to drink three quarts of green food coloring before a urine test.
43. Steve is not to be introduced as ‘Captain Tightpants’ or ‘The All-American Virgin.’
44. The Avengers do not ‘charge into battle, naked like the Celts.’ Except for The Hulk. Sometimes.
45. Natasha’s glare is not in fact fatal. Tony is not allowed to continue implying that it is.
46. Tony is not allowed to convince Bruce to help him make death ray goggles so that it will be.
47. The Avengers are not allowed to overthrow the American government, just because they didn’t like the results from the last election.
48. The Avengers are not allowed to overthrow any government, without checking in with S.H.I.E.L.D. first.
49. Clint is not allowed to sell Thor any ‘magic beans.’
50. Natasha and Clint are not allowed to try to sell Tony to another planet, even if they are promised really cool new weapons in exchange.
51. Tony and Bruce are not allowed to go to any science conferences without a chaperone.
52. A robot Tony built does not count as a chaperone.
53. Nikola Tesla is not a vampire being held in the bowels of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
54. Tony and Bruce are not allowed to go searching for him in the name of Science!
55. Clint’s super-power is not ‘being super-annoying.’
56. The following words and phrases are never to be uttered over communication devices during an active mission ever again:
“Exploring sexuality,” “Necrophilia,” “It’s getting hot in herr, so take off all your clothes,” “I hate everyone on this mission and I wish they’d die in a fire,” “Nick Fury can go suck on a big bag of sausages,” references to Bruce’s giant stash of weed, mention of anyone’s erection, or “Shawarma.”
57. If it makes Tony giggle for more than 30 seconds, it isn’t allowed.
58. If it makes Natasha crack a smile, it’s probably illegal.
59. Thor taking Jane to see Asgard does not count as an alien abduction. Clint should stop referring to it as such.
60. Just because Bruce agreed to work in Tony’s lab, does not mean he needs to get a “Property of Stark Industries” tattoo.
61. Tony is not allowed to design a robot to draw said tattoo on Bruce when he falls asleep in the lab.
62. Post-mission reports to Director Fury should not start out ‘So let me explain…’

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Of Transmedia Storytelling Projects and Ice Cream Sundaes (or how everyone has their own favorite toppings)



Yesterday, flutish wrote a fabulous treatise on transmedia web series projects and why the web series component is the most compelling piece. I wrote a reblog response explaining my thoughts on transmedia and multi-platform storytelling, whether Kissing in the Rain is truly a transmedia storytelling project, and how transmedia is like an ice cream sundae (or one of those pay by the pound fro yo places) which tumblr decided was super yummy and wanted to devour (I guess that’s what I get for using a dessert metaphor). I expound and try to recapture that deliciousness below.

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This entire post and the posts it references are fascinating and I love you guys for starting this conversation. As we’re entering our final stretch of the first chapter of Kissing in the Rain and its accompanying fan-canon experiment, I’ve been especially interested in fan responses to the series and what we’ve tried to do with our transmedia experiment so far. Since I’ve been stewing over these very topics for the past five weeks, I hope you guys won’t mind me adding my thoughts to the meta. I’m not going to go into my thoughts on the success of the experiment since it still isn’t done (though I am honestly fascinated by your thoughts at this midpoint, so please keep contributing if you have more to add), but I do want to explore the definition of transmedia and its relationship with our particular fandom.

When I was reading, this paragraph from spinstermoderne's response particularly stuck out: 

I am going to go out on a limb and say that Kissing in the Rain isn’t a true transmedia storytelling project but more of a collaborative, crowd-sourced storytelling project because it isn’t really using tumblr as a storytelling platform but as a way to solicit pieces of the story. Fanfiction, fan art, playlists, etc are not platforms but components. Of course, transmedia is such a nebulous term that it can really encompass anything, but the “accepted” definition of is storytelling that takes place across multiple platforms or on “second screens.” KitR doesn’t really fit the second screen approach, it isn’t an ice cream sundae, but the Food Network program that had viewers submit ideas for new Hagen Dääz flavors. Three viewers were chosen to create their flavors there were taste tests and audience votes, but ultimately the judging panel chose the flavor. I see KitR the same way, fans can submit their fanworks, others can like and reblog, but ultimately yulinkuang makes the decisions on what becomes canon. You can watch the videos on their own and enjoy them because they are meant to stand on their own, but you can submit a fanwork, like a fanwork, follow the fan-canonization, or not. I never bought that sticky toffee pudding ice cream flavor that won the competition, it wasn’t my thing, but I appreciated the opportunity to submit and vote for flavors if I had wanted to do so.

Over the past five weeks we’ve been running this experiment, I’ve been finding myself stumbling over my words whenever I try to explain the KITR Fan-Canon experiment. The one-sentence logline I finally landed on was, “We invite our fans to help us expand our story universe by submitting their fanfiction, fanart, fanmixes, headcanons, etc., and if we reblog it to our official tumblr, it becomes part of the series canon.” There isn’t really an existing word for this experiment, and it doesn’t fit perfectly under the same umbrella (ha! sorry) as other work labeled as “transmedia storytelling”. But I still often tag the series posts under “transmedia”. 

And here is my thought. There has to be more than one way to transmedia. (Putting the rest below the cut, because this got long).

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