House to Astonish (general)

Paul and Al have got a ton of chat for you this time round, covering Marvel's SXSW announcements, JLA's sales figures, the delay to X-Men, the casting of Drax the Destroyer, the JManga closure and Afterlife with Archie, as well as a canter through the June solicitations and reviews of Lost Vegas, Aliens vs Parker and Age of Ultron. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe! It's the feature, the feature with the Miiiiidas touch!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am EDT

Al and Paul are back with another episode of House to Astonish, with discussion of the Pandora and Batman/Superman ongoings, the expansion of the Fables empire, the Brother Lono miniseries, Gail Simone's Red Sonja, the death of Damian Wayne, the Unwritten OGN, the Larfleeze title, Monkeybrain's  print distribution, IDW's cartoon licenses, Columbia University's acquisition of the Elfquest archives, the possibilities of Marvel First, the coming and going of WTF Month and Steven Sanders's Symbiosis Kickstarter, along with reviews of Five Weapons, Justice League of America and Nova. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe knows how to whistle - it just puts its lips together and tries not to suck.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

It's House to Astonish episode 100! Paul and Al are joined by Carrie Kennedy, Susi O'Brien, Stu West and Amal El-Mohtar to discuss topic suggested by friends, listeners and comics pros, encompassing digital comics, boycotts, the greatest comics out today, what Marvel would be like if they'd done right by Kirby, favourite superhero movies, reinventions of Marvel characters, the Eurovision Song Contest, pie, monkeys and what goes on inside the human stomach.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Al and Paul are back with an hour and a half of discussion of DC's chaotic creative assignments, Keith Giffen's potential departure from Legion of Super-Heroes, Kyle Baker's free graphic novels, Marvel NOW!'s free digital collections and the Doctor Strange movie, as well as a look at April's solicitations and reviews of Uncanny X-Force, The Answer and Threshold. If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is probably going to be a disappointment by comparison.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

Paul and Al have got a nice little hour and a quarter of comicy chat for you this time out, with discussion of Titan's new comics line, the Phoenix going digital, the proposed DC "dark" movie, the SHIELD and Hulk TV shows and the Superman appeal decision, along with reviews of The End Times of Bram & Ben, Superior Spider-Man and Mara. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wants you for a sunbeam, which is a little weird to be honest with you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

It's the end of the year, and it's time for Al and Paul's festive 2012 wrap-up show - they're broadcasting live from this year's Homies awards, where a variety of comics creators will be presenting gongs for the best and worst of 2012 in a variety of categories. Warning: features poor impressions of accents, and minimal actual comics creator input.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

After far too long away, Al and Paul are back with a solid hour and a half of jabbering about Karen Berger and Gail Simone's departures from DC (and what this means for the Vertigo imprint and the company as a whole), the November sales figures, the cancellation of Creator-Owned Heroes and Marvel and DC's March solicitations and reviews of Hellboy In Hell, Blackacre and Avengers. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is recording a novelty ukelele cover of a pop hit, and nothing can stop it, it seems.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm EDT

Al and Paul have got an absolute epic of an episode this time round, with two hours of chat for you - they've got news on MCM Scotland, the cancellation of Hellblazer and the launch of Constantine, the Marvel Now! radio ads, the Age of Ultron, the latest Marvel teasers and Tony Harris's cosplayer rant, as well as a run through the February solicitations and reviews of Great Pacific and X-Men Legacy. On top of that they've got interviews with Mark Waid and Kieron Gillen (the latter of which is an epic taking in Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Journey Into Mystery, Young Avengers and Death's Head). The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe hit me and it felt like a book smacking me in the face.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

Join Paul and Al as they celebrate the four-year anniversary of House to Astonish, with discussion of the effect of Hurricane Sandy, the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, Brian Singer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, the next two Marvel Now! teasers and Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill. We're also reviewing ​Joe Kubert Presents, Multiple Warheads​ and ​Bedlam​, and answer questions they've solicited at the last minute on Twitter.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

Al and Paul are back with another episode that's a few days late, but there's plenty in there, with a discussion of an enormous number of stories out of NYCC (really, they get through a lot. Like, about 30 or so), as well as reviews of ​Uncanny Avengers, The Zaucer of Zilk​ and ​Cyber Force.​ The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is beautiful, no matter what they say - words won't bring it down.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT