House to Astonish (general)

Hot on the heels of their chat with Mike Quackenbush, Paul and Al are back with another regular House to Astonish, talking about the New York Times dropping its comics bestseller charts, the lack of an Image Expo in 2017, December's sales estimates, the retirement of Bernie Wrightson, the relaunching of Rocket Raccoon, Valiant's upcoming Secret Weapons miniseries and the casting of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger and Runaways TV series, as well as reviews of Bullseye and The Spirit: The Corpse Makers. Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today, I want to be a part of it, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

As mentioned on their last episode, Paul and Al sat down this week to talk with Mike Quackenbush, the creative mind behind independent wrestling promotion Chikara Pro. They had a great discussion, taking in the upcoming National Pro Wrestling Day; the shifts Mike's seen in Chikara over the past few years both in terms of the wrestlers they've trained and the business and distribution models independent promotions have adopted; the crossover between wrestling and comic books; the 2015 and 2016 Chikara UK tours; their 2013/2014 shutdown angle and accompanying ARG; the ins and outs of IDW's Revolution and much more besides. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 151 - Imaginary Mince Pie

It's the end of the year, and as always, Paul and Al are running through the results of the Homies awards, with Paul's picks, Al's picks, and the winners of the listener vote. They've got unexpectedly good books, predictably good creators, astonishingly close votes, and shambolically tabulated results. Come hear what the House enjoyed this year, and what the voting Housemates plumped for. All this plus a wooden piece of wood, a beautiful leather briefcase, and a perfunctory log fire.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EST

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here - House to Astonish episode 150, commemorating eight years of chat and waffle about comics. This time round, Paul and Al aren't doing their usual news-reviews-handbook format, but instead tackling questions about what current books they'd recommend, what the most ridiculous stories are that they've ever read, the Transformers: Earthforce stories, their secret origin, the concept of the "Reverse OHOTOHOTMU", their greatest hits, and how they'd remake crossover events. Plus their most punsome Amalgam characters, a spot of House to Astonish Theatre and a feature which they straight-up ripped off from another podcast. As a bonus, they've also got the entirety of the House to Astonish vs SILENCE! panel from Thought Bubble 2016, featuring Ryan North, Brenden Fletcher, Emi Lenox and John Allison, for anyone who missed that.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EST

Al and Paul are gearing up for their big 150th episode, with discussion of Charlie Adlard becoming the UK's Comics Laureate; more details on Marvel's Monsters Unlimited event; Scott Snyder reteaming with Greg Capullo; Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker's upcoming Doctor Aphra series; the impending relaunches of Nova and Batwoman; Warren Ellis's revamp of the Wildstorm universe; America Chavez's 2017 ongoing; Thunderbolts anniversary stories and LionForge's new superhero universe, as well as giving reviews to Reborn and Mosaic. Theorising that one could time travel within his own lifetime, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator... and vanished.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Paul and Al remember they have a podcast, and take a canter through the comics news of the past week or so, including the renaming of Death of Hawkman; the announcement of the Justice League/Suicide Squad event and Steve Orlando as Justice League of America writer; the suggested new optimistic direction for the DC Cinematic Universe; Marvel's teases for Ressurexion and Monsters Unleashed; the mooted New Warriors sitcom; Alan Moore's retirement from comics; Image's cross-country move; and Warren Ellis and Coleen Doran's forthcoming webcoming Finality. They've also got reviews of Night's Dominion and Supergirl. The word's on the streets and it's on the news, I'm not going to teach the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe how to dance with you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 147 - Story: Ark

Al and Paul have got absolutely loads to get through this episode, as they run through the Marvel NOW! announcements, take a look at the most recent Direct Market sales figures, look at Spell on Wheels, Ether, Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time and the Lost Boys sequel comic, have a quick chat about the new artist on Black Panther, discuss Plutona's potential move to the big screen, dig into the upcoming Marvel/Fox co-produced TV show and sigh wearily at the Wonder Woman cover thing, as well as reviewing Horizon and New Super-Man. Clap along if you feel like the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe without a roof.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 146 - Immune to Terrapins

In which Paul and Al promise not to spend time chewing over the massively-masticated topics of Captain America's Hydra cliffhanger and DC Rebirth's unexpected additions to the DCU, then proceed to spend 15 minutes doing exactly that. They also chat through the Cinemax-optioned Scarlet; the Civil War II #3 midnight openings (and the candidates for the "big surprising death"); the director of the Flash movie and Superman's upcoming guest spot on Supergirl, and review Detective Comics and Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe! The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe!  Kick off your Sunday shoes!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 145 -  Being Lex Shrapnel

Al and Paul are back to their regular comics chat this time out, with news of the sad and untimely death of Darwyn Cooke; the cancellation of Agent Carter; the renewal of Supergirl; the woes of Marvel's Most Wanted; a bit of movie chat around Black Panther, Civil War, Suicide Squad and BvS; the end of Darth Vader; the upcoming Section 8 mini; and DC's anti-sexual harassment measures, along with reviews of Punisher and Satellite Falling. Iggle Piggle Iggle Onk, we're going to catch the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

Don't worry, you haven't downloaded the wrong show - Al and Paul are taking a short detour into the world of comic book-influenced wrestling promotion Chikara Pro, catching up with commentator (and fellow comics podcaster) Leonard F Chikarason about Chikara's upcoming UK tour, its new base of operations at the Wrestle Factory, its current Grand Champion Princess KimberLee and lots more besides. If you're just here for comics and not up for wrestling chat, feel free to skip and come back in a few weeks, when Paul and Al will be back to their regularly (un)scheduled broadcast.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST