Well, I'm back, and I wasn't even missed. But, nevertheless, I will continue to diligently report the news.
First off, Episode 151 of The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast has been released. This episode is a video podcast, and the summary of the episode is, "Join Bob and Jesse as they reminesce about the Birthday Bash in Dallas and present an upbeat Get in the Show feature." So people who couldn't make it to the Birthday Bash, like myself, can hear about it.
Quick piece of news before I move on to larger pieces of news. The episode from Album 56 that I mentioned a couple posts back that would be entitled "Push the Red Button" is actually a shortened version of the live show at the Birthday Bash. However, this version of the episode was recorded in the studio in California. But I'm happy listening to it, whether shortened or not.
Now, also a while back I posted that Adventures in Odyssey 24/7 was back up and running. Sadly, on the Adventures in Odyssey Update, David Hilder, through AIO Twitter, found out that, yes, sadly, it is shutting down. The reason it is still playing is they haven't taken all the episodes off. However, it will be completely non-functional soon.
According to The Odyssey Scoop, Adventures in Odyssey is making it's way back to iTunes this fall. Album 56: The Grand Design is supposedly being released on iTunes in August. I must admit, that is a very tempting offer, and I might buy some Album 56 episodes myself.
While we're talking about The Odyssey Scoop, yesterday they released their brand new navigation system. All the old clutter on the top of the home page has been cleaned up and organized in a nice, orderly, and really amazing fashion. If you haven't seen it yet, go check it out right now.
And the repack program continues! As you can see, Album 13: It All Started When... is being repackaged in an all new look. I love the bright new red background. All of the repacks have brighter colors, which I find very enjoyable.
Anyway, Me 4 the King continues. The way HannahJ changed her blog to become somewhat of an Adventures in Odyssey blog is awesome. She continues the interviews with NarniaQA Guy, one of the members of the Soda Shop Message Boards. She also references my website on one of her posts. Her other posts are good, too, so read them as well. But, yesterday, she posted some REALLY big news. She's hosting an interview with Kimmy Robertson, the voice of Penny Wise. She needs help with questions for the interview, so if you're on the Soda Shop you can submit your questions there, or you can leave the questions on her blog. Just follow this link: http://me4theking.blogspot.com/2012/07/i-need-your-help.html
Just Another AIO Blog is up and running as always, so lots of new stuff there. Two new articles are up: The 'New' Children of Odyssey and The Art of Odyssey, besides the normal pieces of news. The main piece of news for this site is "The U.S.S. Response". The U.S.S. Response stands for "The Unofficial Soda Shop Response". Alex Jefferson will take certain comments that may or may not be controversial and review them, all the time sounding like a communications operator on a ship. Check out the U.S.S. Response at http://www.justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/p/uss-response.html
The Unofficial AIO Blog is up and running again with lotsof different pieces of news, but there are two interesting articles on there that stuck out to me. One is "The Top 5 All-Time Best AIO Blogs and Websites". It was a very good article, so you have got to check it out. But that doesn't compare to yesterday's article. Wooton Bassett has a preview of Installment 3 of Adventures in Connellsville, and there are at least two more beloved Adventures in Odyssey characters in this installment. You can check it out at this link: http://unofficialaioblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/adventures-in-connelsville-preview.html
. One more thing: Wooton Bassett also has a U.S.S. Response page. The only difference is he uses different comments. Let me get off topic for a little bit. Adventures in Odyssey fan sites have begun to unite in some aspects, such as The Imagination Station or The U.S.S. Response. I just think it's very good. Once upon a time there was the Odyssey Blogging Committee, (That's a story for another time.), but they never really teamed up like Just Another AIO Blog, The Unofficial AIO Blog, and Twists and Turns have teamed up.
Josh and Ally from Out of Control in Odyssey have released a new, and VERY long post, entitled "The Live Show: By the Kos". It details every little tiny aspect of their trip to the Birthday Bash, and it is excellently written. They do a great job with their blog, and I always expectantly wait for more. The link is http://odysseyoutofcontrol.blogspot.com/2012/07/live-show-by-kos.html
And finally,(Man, this has been a LONG article), Abby and Mandie released Episode 5 of their podcast. I haven't listened to it yet, but I will give you my opinions on it later. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNajergJSC4&feature=plcp
Well, it's good to be back, even if I haven't been missed. So, I guess that's all for now, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge