House to Astonish (general)

Paul and Al have got a round-up of creator and corporate conflict for you this time round, with discussion of Before Watchmen, Gary Friedrich vs Marvel and Tony Moore vs Robert Kirkman, as well as DC's survey results and their creative reshuffles and reviews of Thief of Thieves, Conan the Barbarian and Winter Soldier. I gave the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to the postman, he put it in his sack. Bright and early next morning, he brought the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe back. Don't blame him, really.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EST

Paul and Al have got just shy of an hour and a half of chat for you on DC and Oni's new logos, the public bust-ups on Infinite, Static Shock and Ashes and at Archie and a look at April's solicitations, as well as reviews of Infestation 2, Secret Avengers and Prophet. If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe in your hair. It's all the rage there.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm EST

Paul and Al are seeing in the new year with lots of comics-related chat, discussing the launches and cancellations of the New 52, DC's unusual late shipping and potential new logo, Rob Liefeld's new assignments, the Omega Effect crossover, Walt Simonson's upcoming Avengers run, the new Captain America team-up book and Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's new Icon series. There are also reviews of Fatale, Scarlet Spider and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye. How many licks does it take to get to the centre of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? We're not sure we really want to know.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Happy new year from the House to Astonish, as Paul and Al are joined by games blogger Cara Ellison to talk about the big news stories of 2011, as well as some of their favourite comics of the past 12 months. Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - soft, strong, and about ten minutes long.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

Paul and Al have a great episode for you this time out, with news on the passing of Jerry Robinson, the continuing New 52 creative reshuffle, the Kickstarter success of Ashes, the upcoming Marvel crossover event and Brian Michael Bendis's move off the Avengers titles, as well as reviews of Valen the Outcast, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and The Defenders. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is going to be coming down your chimney very soon, so for your sake we'd advise getting some firewood gathered.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 73 - 500 Greys Or Summers

Al and Paul have got a bit of an epic for you this time round, with their longest ever episode. There's discussion of the Marvel cancellation wave, the Booster Gold TV show, Image Comics' convention and Ron Marz's move off Voodoo, as well as a run through the solicitations. They've also got reviews of Fantastic Four and Mudman as well as interviews with Nick Spencer, Stephen Wacker and Kieron Gillen recorded at Leeds's Thought Bubble convention. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: THREAT OR MENACE?

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:43am EST

House to Astonish - Episode 72 - Broken Biscuits

Three years in and we're still going strong, with news on the passing of Mick Anglo, the October sales charts, DC's collections plan, Marvel's rollout of bagged digital codes, the early online leak of Incredible Hulk issue 2,  Jim Mahfood's Tank Girl OGN, the Spider-Man musical's continued injury woes and the one-dollar Wasteland promotion. We've also got reviews of The Occultist, Uncanny X-Men and Heart. The greatest trick the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe ever pulled was convincing people it didn't exist (the second greatest was that one with the seemingly linked metal rings).

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:41am EST

Al and Paul have got plenty of comics-related chat for you this time round, looking at Mark Millar's big announcements, the Avenging Spider-Man digital promotion, Criminal moving to the big screen, Marvel's lay-offs, FOX's Punisher and the January solicitations, along with reviews of Incredible Hulk, Dead Man's Run and Spaceman. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - how does it work?

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:29am EST

Paul and Al have all the news you need (and some you don't) from NYCC this time round, as well as reviews of The Shade, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode and Power Play. Who was that masked man? Oh, it's just the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Never mind.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EST

Al and Paul bring you more comics-based banter, looking at December's solicitations, DC on the Kindle Fire, George Perez leaving Superman, the CBLDF's ironic purchases, Marvel's Point One promos and Albert Uderzo retiring from Asterix, as well as reviews of Aquaman, Near Death and Brilliant. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - smarter than the average bear, particularly as bears are kind of dim.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am EST