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Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe #2 Out Tomorrow!

Man, time has been flying... I blinked and suddenly it's release day for the second issue of the official Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which covers Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk. I once again had the pleasure of tagging along with the OHOTMU writers for this go-round and enjoyed getting to revisit both films.

Essential character biographies, details behind some of the top secret organizations, and easter eggs that you might not have noticed on your first couple dozen viewings of the films, they're all represented here. 

Check these out, they're definitely a great resource for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a good crash course for people still trying to figure out with Kevin Feige and Jeph Loeb keep telling us that It's All Connected! The second installment will be on the shelves of your local comic shop tomorrow!

In a Store Near You: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two Declassified!

About this time last year, I had the incredible experience of writing my first behind the scenes book for the amazing television show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and its first season. I consider myself so thankful and lucky that they asked me back to write a follow-up for the second season, and didn't want to let them down (nor fans of the first) by not making the second book bigger and better than the last.

Once again, there's so many people to thank that helped me out, dedicating their time and providing assets and amazing conversations that make the book what they are. And the problem is that once you start naming names, you inevitably always leave someone incredibly crucial out. So a very heartfelt thank you to anyone and everyone at Marvel, in front of and behind the camera on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and to all those that have supported both books.

Thanks to everyone that contributed, there isn't a doubt in my mind that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two Declassified is a definitive look behind the scenes of the show's second season: episode synopsis and analysis, behind the scenes anecdotes and details, artwork, storyboards, visual effects breakdowns, and incredible photography from some of the best unit photographers in the business. Even if you aren't a fan of the show (which you should be, but it's okay, I'll forgive you) hopefully the book is a great look into what it takes to create such an elaborate show on a week-to-week basis.

Once again, I kind of felt like Young William from Almost Famous - I was the uncool kid getting to hang with the super-cool rock stars and getting to tell their story. But where William's mandate was just to "make the band look cool," I didn't have to work too hard in order to convey the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s coolness. 

You can order the book here through Amazon, head to your local bookstore like Barnes and Noble or comic shop and purchase it, or buy it from that creepy guy with the gym bag that always offers you watches and "new movies." Wait, on second thought - scratch that, don't buy it from that last guy, it'll probably have the Declassified cover but be a bunch of takeout menus inside or something.

Get Ready to Read: Book It! Is Back

And yes mom, comic books still count as pages read!

When I was in elementary school, many an hour was spent sitting reading books within eyeshot of my parents so that they could vouch for my time spent on Book It! sheets. The end goal of course, was to earn a trip to a sit-down Pizza Hut for a free pizza at the height of the chain's popularity (you know, about the same time that they were giving away awesome X-Men comics, Land Before Time puppets, and selling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rock concert VHS tapes).

For those not familiar, Book It! was a program that was created by Pizza Hut that encouraged young minds to sit and read offering them a free personal pan pizza in return for hitting a certain page count. Parents would sign the sheets as witness to the time spent reading and the sheets would be turned in at your elementary school to your teacher in exchange for the coupon that promised you deliciousness.

Seen one of these lately? I think there used to be one right next to the Blockbuster Video?

Sadly, like many things from our youth the program has fizzled and disappeared along with many of the sit-down full service Pizza Huts. In fact, many are unfamiliar with the program to the point where if you mention Book It! in conversation, the pop-culture reference can be lost on those around you.

Pizza Hut is looking to change that by revealing an all-new Book It! Alumni Program that promises those children of the 80s to tell their stories and memories of the program and where they currently reside in life in exchange once again for a free pizza. Unfortunately, the program is also a reminder of how much things have changed as the coupon is for a carry-out pizza only: a testament to the fact that only a handful, if any, full service sit-down Pizza Huts are in existence. In 2014, people would rather grab their Pepperoni Stuffed Crust to go so they can get home and sit in front of a screen rather than sit in the red brick buildings with the oddly shaped roof while they tear through their new Chris Claremont X-Men comic with extremely greasy hands.

Along with the Alumni program, Book It! is returning with a new mobile app designed to encourage reading as well as an offering of a college scholarship in the Book It! program's name, a worthy substitute for free pizzas.

Posted on October 3, 2014 and filed under Books.