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Aug 26

House to Astonish Episode 166

Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018 by Al in Podcast

Paul and I have got an absolute truckload of news for you this time round, as we pay respects to Russ Heath, chew over the announcements of Uncanny X-Men, Marvel Knights 20, Conan the Barbarian, Best Defense, Riri Williams: Ironheart, Batman & the Outsiders and the Green Lantern, as well as the creative shuffle on Return of Wolverine, Dark Horse losing the Buffy license, Aftershock comics’ first-issue returnability, IDW losing another senior member of staff and Legendary Entertainment’s option on My Boyfriend is a Bear. We’ve also got reviews of Cold Spots and West Coast Avengers, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is its own best friend. All this plus a major Bunnfight, Pets Win Parole and Border Television’s finest game show singalongs.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And don’t forget, if you want to support the show our fabulous merch is available at our Redbubble store.

Jul 8

House to Astonish Episode 165

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2018 by Al in Podcast

It’s been a sad few weeks for comics, and Paul and I are here to talk about the deaths of Harlan Ellison, Bong Dazo and, of course, Steve Ditko. In less tragic news, we’ve got discussion on the Descender sequel Ascender, the end of I Hate Fairyland and the upcoming launch of Middlewest, Boom! aquiring the Firefly licence, Marvel’s upcoming Deadpool vs Black Panther and Shatterstar minis, Jared Leto being cast as Morbius and the launch details for DC’s new streaming service (including in relation to how comics themselves fit into it all). We’ve also got reviews of Submerged and Catwoman, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is going to come bouncing back to you. All this plus supervillain hen nights, YouTube Blue and YouTube Gold, and the Manimal of the Marvel Universe.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available through the embedded player below, as well as on Stitcher, Spotify and all your favourite podcatchers. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page.

If you weren’t able to make it along to Glasgow Comic-Con to witness the Bullseye for the Skull Guy panel, where Kelly Kanayama of the Frank Discussions podcast and I teamed up with Jamie McKelvie, Annie Wu and Kathryn Briggs to give the Punisher a makeover in the style of a certain popular Netflix revival show, then you can catch it over on the Frank Discussions feed here, right now!

Remember you can get our lovely t-shirts over at our Redbubble store, and if it were ever a time when the weather was right for it, now is that time.

Jun 13

House to Astonish Episode 164

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Al in Podcast

Paul and I are back with a compact and bijou hour and twenty of comics chat for you, with discussion of the departures of Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns from DC, Johns’s new imprint and his recently-announced 3 Jokers and Shazam series, Vertigo’s relaunch, the DC Zoom and DC Ink slates, Ellis and Howard’s Cemetery Beach, Brandon Sanderson’s partnering with Vault Comics, Edge of Spider-Geddon and Asgardians of the Galaxy. We’ve also got reviews of Immortal Hulk and Justice League, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe knows that eight is enough. All this plus the Greg Land hurricane warning, Organ Theft Aquaman and Daredevil Dinosaur.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page.

As a reminder, you can come and see me teaming with Kelly Kanayama of the Frank Discussions podcast at Glasgow Comic-Con on 30 June, where we’ll be giving the Punisher a live makeover (strange as that may sound). Tickets are on sale here.

And hey, it’s June! I love how that House to Astonish t-shirt looks on you… wait, you don’t have one? How embarrassing. Here, click on this link before someone sees you.

May 5

House to Astonish Episode 163

Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2018 by Al in Podcast

We’ve been away for a long time, but House to Astonish is back for Free Comic Book Day, and we’ve got news of DC’s upcoming streaming service, DC dropping the digital codes on most of their $3.99 books, Man of Steel‘s returnability, Jeanine Schaefer joining BOOM! and John Barber rejoining IDW. We’ve also got reviews of Avengers and Coda, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has put a spell on you. All this plus Donut Showdown, an international crisps competition and what it’s like to eat an entire box of Weetabix.

The podcast is here or on Mixcloud here, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think in the comments, on Twitter, via email or at our Facebook fan page. And remember that you can get our t-shirts at our Redbubble store, and that you’ll look great in them.

Mar 2

House to Astonish Episode 162

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 by Al in Podcast

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and Paul and I are back to fill you in on everything that’s been going on, from the Image Expo to the Sandman Universe, from Fresh Start to Bendis’s Super-Books, and from IDW’s Transformers reboot to Boom! and Dynamite stepping up to the Eloi section of Previews. We’ve also got reviews of Mera and The Beef, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is total bull. All this plus Michelle Pfeiffer’s Bloodstrike, a napkin by Leonard Nimoy and The Wasp versus A Bee.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available versus the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. You can also get our fab shirts over at Redbubble. It is springtime. Honestly.

 

Jan 21

House to Astonish Episode 161

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2018 by Al in Podcast

New year, new podcast, and Paul and I are back to discuss Marvel’s announcements of Kelly Thompson’s exclusive and Dan Slott’s move, the new Domino and Exiles series, the return of the original Wolverine, John Nee replacing Dan Buckley and the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus, as well as the Eisner Hall of Fame nominees, Promethea’s appearance in Justice League and the stellar cast of creators on Action Comics 1000. We’ve also got reviews of Strangers In Paradise XXV and Avengers: No Surrender, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is, like, so random. All this plus pants bants, Magnum T.A. and the X-Stonishing Ass-Men.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, by email or on or Facebook fan page. You can also get our great T-shirts at our Redbubble store, which come with a money back guarantee – at least one person will think you look amazing in it (that person will be me).

Dec 31

House to Astonish Episode 160 – The Homies 2017

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 by Al in Podcast

Happy New Year! (Or possibly, happy 31st of December, depending on when you’re reading this!)

It’s New Year’s Eve, and we’ve got the traditional year-in-review show for you, featuring the 2017 Homies Awards. We’re handing out gongs for the best comics, creators and moments of the past year, and looking forward to 2018 with a mixture of trepidation, anticipation and X-Nation 2099 (one of these is not true). Come find out what Paul and I rated in each category, as well as the result of the listener poll. All this plus Black Crown’s links to naff UK soap operas, a scale model of the Boer war and a pun about Hawkeye that’s painful even by my usual standards.

Apologies for the sound issues on this episode – we had issues with recording, but we’ll have everything shipshape again by the time the next one rolls around.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. As mentioned on the podcast, our Redbubble store is here, should you wish to show everyone how toned you’ve managed to keep your guns throughout the season of overindulgence.

Thanks for listening, be well, and we’ll be back with more in 2018.

 

Dec 23

The Homies 2017

Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2017 by Al in Podcast

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for the annual House to Astonish Homies awards, where we dish out our gongs in various categories to the best and brightest comics of the year.

As always, Paul and I will individually be choosing a winner for each category, but there’s the usual proviso – we want YOU to help, so you all name your picks in the comments, and Paul and I each choose our own, and we talk a bit about each of the three on our awards show.

We’re likely to be recording at the very end of December, so we’re giving you until 8pm UK time (3pm Eastern, noon Pacific) on December 30 to make your choice. When you list your picks, don’t just name names either, because we’ll be reading out the best comments on the show, so let us know your thinking!

BEST NEW SERIES

This one’s pretty self-explanatory – any comic whose first issue was published between 1 January 2017 and the close of nominations (30th December) is eligible. What new series got your attention the most this year?

BEST ACTUALLY NEW SERIES

This one’s a little less self-explanatory – what series, again first published between 1 January and 30 December, did you think was best, with the proviso that it has to be something where the property wasn’t in existence prior to the start of 2017. We’re counting re-use of titles as well as concepts, so Saucer State or The Wild Storm wouldn’t be eligible, but (for example) Black Cloud or Godshaper would.

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

The counterpart to the categories above, which covers books whose first issue was published in 2016 or before. They’ve been around the block, but they’ve still got what it takes.

BEST MINI, ONE-SHOT OR OGN

These are explaining themselves by this point, right? We’re looking for OGNs, one-shots and minis published in 2017 (or partially in 2017, in the case of minis).

FAVOURITE WRITER

FAVOURITE ARTIST

FAVOURITE COLOURIST

Each of these three is pretty self-explanatory – whose name on the cover or credits box of a book makes you want to pick it up? Whose work do you most look forward to seeing?

MOST WANTED

This is for the comic, series or graphic novel that saw print this year which you’d want to see more of, whether that be a book that was cancelled before its time, a one-shot or mini that just begs for a follow-up, or an OGN that you’d love to see a sequel to.

MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE

It may have seemed unappealing when you read about it online, and those preview pages may have looked unremarkable, but when you finally got the winner of this category in your hands you were ready to eat your words. What comic, series or graphic novel did you find yourself enjoying much more than you thought you would?

STIFF DRINK AWARD

This award will go to the comic or graphic novel that most made us gasp with surprise – an unexpected plot twist, a daring cliffhanger or a shocking denouement will stand a book in good stead here.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

This is exactly what it says – which creator, creative team, publisher or other contributor to the world of comics really knocked it out of the park this year?

Let us have your picks in the comments thread below, along with your thinking on each one – we’ll read out a range of the responses on our big end-of-year show. Happy nominating!

Nov 12

House to Astonish Episode 159

Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2017 by Al in Podcast

We’ve been away a long old time (having a second kid will do that to you) but we are back, with our ninth-anniversary podcast. We’re talking about DC’s Eddie Berganza problem, Marvel’s Brian Michael Bendis problem, Funko’s IPO problem, the debut of Ken Niimura’s Umami, Marvel’s most recent book announcements, a quick casting update on Netflix’s Umbrella Academy series, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order, and The Phoenix‘s US distribution deal. We’ve also got reviews of Coyotes and Daredevil, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is on its own like Tarzan boy.  All this plus Mark Millar’s fictional twin Mike, X-Men: Heliotrope, Ian Beale: Tramp Wizard and a bad Welsh male voice choir.

This episode also features the full audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel from Thought Bubble 2017, with Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die from SILENCE! and special guests John Allison and Kieron Gillen. It’s very silly and we hope you enjoy it.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. We also have our award-winning* t-shirts for sale at our Redbubble store – just the thing for the chilly winter nights/warm winter nights (delete according to hemisphere).

Thank you to all of you for listening to the show, whether you’ve been with us since November 2008 or just jumped on with this episode. Here’s to another nine years and we’ll see you for the Homies awards before year-end.

(*not award-winning)

Sep 17

House to Astonish Episode 158

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Al in Podcast

With holidays and whatnot, it’s been a little while since our last episode, but we’re back, talking about the sad death of Len Wein; IDW’s Full Bleed Kickstarter and new partnership with Glenat; Madefire Comics’ partnering with DC; Oni Press’s Spring 2018 OGN slate and Sam Humphries and Tim Seeley’s Nightwing/Green Lanterns title swap. We’ve also got reviews of Retcon and Runaways, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can boogie, but it needs a certain song. All this plus the Azerbaijani fashion scene, Thesaurus Lass and 1970s Gold Key parties.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available through the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or through our Facebook fan page.

As mentioned at the end of the show, next week is the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds, and as usual we’re teaming with the excellent chaps of SILENCE! for the live experience that is SILENCE! to Astonish. Join me, Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die, as well as special guests James Stokoe, Marley Zarcone and more to be announced, as we ask daft questions, do suspect impressions, and generally take advantage of a captive audience. Last year’s panel is the last 45 or so minutes of our Episode 150 from last year, so check that out if you want to before coming along next weekend – we’d flippin’ love to see you there!