House to Astonish

Paul and Al have got an hour and a half of comics discussion for you, with news on the passing of Dan Adkins, James Robinson leaving DC, Disney's Big Hero 6 movie, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick's t-shirts for charity and a run through the August solicitations, along with  reviews of The Dream Merchant, Avengers: The Enemy Within and... well, something special. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is no competitive eater, just a regular book with a serious appetite.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am EST

It's Free Comic Book Day, and it's also New House To Astonish Day - Al and Paul have got a hefty slice of comicsy chat for you, with discussion of the closure of Comics Alliance, Valerie Gallagher's departure from MTVGeek, the blacklisting of The Outhouse by DC and the cancellation of the B&B column at CBR, as well as the end of X-Factor, the return of Spider-Man 2099, the Battle of the Atom crossover, Aw Yeah Comics' partnership with Thrillbent, the return of Shaolin Cowboy, Dark Horse's new Hellboy projects and Alex de Campi's Grindhouse, as well as reviews of Jupiter's Legacy, The Movement and Mister X: Eviction. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got the touch, it's got the power - when all Hell's breaking loose, it'll be right in the eye of the storm.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:19am EST

It's been a relatively quiet couple of weeks for comics news, but Paul and Al still somehow managed to put together an hour and three quarters of discussion of the Saga/Comixology shenanigans, the first transgender character in the New 52, the sad passing of Carmine Infantino and the July solicitation, as well as reviews of Avengers Assemble AU, Batman and Invincible Universe. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is movin' on up, movin' on out, movin' on up, nothin' can stop it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

They're a few days late because of the Easter holiday, but Al and Paul have got lots of chat for you this time round to make up for it. They're talking about Angela joining the Marvel Universe, DC's creative merry-go-round, Marvel's new Avengers title, Jeff Parker's Batman '66, the return of Quantum & Woody, Marvel's move into OGNs, Jim Rugg's Supermag and various other bits and bobs, as well as reviewing The Private Eye, Constantine and East of West. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is no April Fool - it's just a fool for your love.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:28am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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