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Jan 13

House to Astonish Episode 181

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020 by Al in Podcast

It’s awards time! Paul and I are taking a leisurely saunter through our picks for the best series, creators and moments of 2019, as well as taking a look at the ones which you voted for. WHO managed to pull off a narrow win for Best Writer? WHICH Marvel series pulled off a clean sweep? DID we mention any manga (yes!)? HOW many comments did we read out on the show from the listener votes (none, sorry, by the time we recorded there wasn’t time to collate them)?

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

Our beautiful t-shirts are, as ever, available here, and if you’d like to hear me talking to Matt Lune about Thunderbolts 1 on the Shelfdust Presents… podcast, you can find that over here.

Dec 17

House to Astonish Episode 180

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Al in Podcast

We’re back (back! Back!) with a new episode, where we remember Tom Spurgeon, Howard Cruse and Tom Lyle, talk about delays at Marvel, the announcements of Hellions and Strange Academy, Chris Samnee’s Fire Power and Vault Comics’ Myriad line. We’ve also got reviews of Annihilation: Scourge – Silver Surfer and Dying Is Easy, and the audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel live at Thought Bubble 2019, with Gerry Duggan, Ram V, John Allison and Emma Vieceli. All this plus Shane McGowan’s very special set of skills, the Sliding Doors of dentistry and the ghost of Norris McWhirter.

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.

You can get our swish merch over at our Redbubble store, you can check out the SILENCE! podcast over here, and don’t forget, you can vote for your favourite comics and creators for our annual year-end Homies awards over here!

And if you’re in the market for another podcast with me in it, please do come over to check out Desert Island Discworld, where every episode I talk to a guest about their life and work, and the Terry Pratchett novel they’d take with them if they were cast away to a desert island.

Nov 2

House to Astonish Episode 179

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2019 by Al in Podcast

A relatively quiet period for comics news, but we’re talking about Kevin Feige being installed as Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, the Bloodshot movie, the Into The Spider-Verse sequel, Sky UK’s troubles showing the CW’s Crisis crossover, HBO Max’s Green Lantern and Strange Adventures series, Dark Horse collecting Michel Fiffe’s Panorama, and the closing of ComicBookDB and The MNT. We’ve also got reviews of Afterlift and The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a metal guru. All this plus comics industry execs who could break into your house and strangle you in your sleep, comics ASMR and what you get when Goodnight Sweetheart meets Flash Gordon.

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 remember, we’ve got some smashing shirts for sale over at our Redbubble store!

And as mentioned on the podcast, if you’re at the Thought Bubble convention in Harrogate next Saturday, come along at 2pm to see me team up with Gary Lactus and The Beast Must Die of SILENCE! for the second of this year’s SILENCE! To Astonish panels!

Oct 9

House to Astonish Episode 178

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, with chat on Tom Lyle, Mariko Tamaki’s new graphic novel imprint, a bunch of news out of NYCC including new series for Wolverine, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2020, Star Wars, the upcoming The End one-shots, Marvel teaming with Games Workshop, Plunge, G Willow Wilson on The Dreaming, Amethyst, The Last God, The Killing Horizon, Black Crown folding, Quantum & Woody, Tomorrow, Enigma, Kill a Man and Alienated. We’ve also got reviews of Ghost Rider and Strange Skies Over East Berlin, and the audio from the SILENCE! to Astonish panel from Glasgow Comic-Con 2019. All this plus Vantablack covers, poonicorns and Goth Crossgen.

The podcast is available here, or here on Mixcloud, or 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. And don’t forget that you can get our well tidy t-shirts at our Redbubble store – I’m looking at you, Australia and New Zealand.

Sep 8

House to Astonish Episode 177

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2019 by Al in Podcast

It’s been far too long, but we’re back with a brand new episode, talking about the shuttering and reopening of Manga Rock, Conan copyright scuffles, Terrific Production’s Youngblood, Brian Wood being shown the door at Dark Horse, the return of Hellboy, Once and Future becoming an ongoing, Marvel’s Incoming! and the newly-announced Disney+ MCU shows. We’ve also got reviews of Everything and Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe could run and run. All this plus Marvel Unlimed, Snow White and the Seven Nazis and Mollie Sugden.

The podcast is here, or here at 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. And remember, you can get one of our fantastic t-shirts over at our Redbubble store.

Jul 21

House to Astonish Episode 176

Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2019 by Al in Podcast

It’s the annual SDCC roundup, and we’re talking about the upcoming relaunch of the X-Men line, Phase 4 of the MCU, Ed Brubaker’s deal with Legendary Television, Miracleman in Marvel Comics 1000, the CW’s upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, Beware the Ghost Rider, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, the return of Dead Rabbit as Dead Eyes, Cecil Castellucci taking over Batgirl, the upcoming Spider-Verse miniseries, Afterlift, Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle, The Amazing Mary Jane, Birds of Prey, The Batman’s Grave, Doctor Doom, Undiscovered Country and DC’s further adventures in imprints. We’ve also got reviews of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen and Loki, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is the fastest milk float in the West. All this plus DC Graphic Novels For Elderly Podcasters, the X-Sausages and a look into the twilight years of one of comics’ favourite writer-artist teams.

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.

You can also get our well lush t-shirts over at our Redbubble store, and you know what? You would look fantastic in one.

Jun 22

House to Astonish Episode 175

Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2019 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, with discussion of DC shuttering Vertigo, Ink and Zoom; Brian Michael Bendis on Legion of Super-Heroes; the books spinning out of Heroes in Crisis; Gotham City Monsters; Harleen and Joker/Harley Quinn: Criminal Insanity; the cancellation of Doctor Strange; Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda; King Thor; Marvel’s 80th anniversary oneshots; the debut of Strikeforce; JJ and Henry Abrams and Sara Pichelli’s Spider-Man; Matt Fraction and Elsa Charretier’s November; and the returns of Pretty Deadly and Battle Chasers. We’ve also got reviews of Superman: Year One and Usagi Yojimbo and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe knows there’s a sucker born every minute. All this plus Naked Superman Variants, Web of Power Pack and an extremely unorthodox Legion line-up.

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.

If you’re in the Glasgow area and fancy seeing SILENCE! To Astonish live, with panellists Al Ewing, Kelly Kanayama, Nick Roche and Chip Zdarsky, then pop along to Glasgow Comic-Con next Saturday (29 June) and witness comics’ most entertaining shambles in the flesh.

And why not pick up one of our very lovely t-shirts from our Redbubble store in the meantime? They’re just right for this lovely weather we’ve been having (if you live very near us).

May 11

House to Astonish Episode 174

Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2019 by Al in Podcast

Lots to discuss this time round, as we talk about the deaths of Kazuhiko Kato aka Monkey Punch and Kazuo Koike, the Lion Forge/Oni Press merger, Dark Horse’s Netflix first look deal, Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso’s new publishing company and Marvel Comics 1000. We’ve also got reviews of Excellence and New Agents of Atlas and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a mean green mother from outer space. All this plus the maximum number of wild animals that can safely live in a blacksmith’s, the George’s Marvellous Medicine of comics, and Magic Ian the Magician.

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. You can, as always, pick up one of our well lush t-shirts over on our Redbubble store.

Apr 8

House to Astonish Episode 173

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019 by Al in Podcast

A little bit of a gap between our last episode and this, but it turns out it’s been a relatively fallow news period in any event. We’re remembering Mark Alessi, talking about Jai Nitz, chewing over the announcements of House of X and Powers of X, the new Death’s Head series, Erik Larsen’s return to Marvel, and DC’s Wal-Mart giant-size books being repackaged for the Direct Market. We’ve also got reviews of Marvel Team-Up and Section Zero, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wants to give you its digits. All this plus a dog called Hickman, the crumpets of comics and an impromptu tribute to Harry Belafonte.

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 hey, if you want to buy a t-shirt, don’t let us stop you (and if you would buy a hoodie… let us know?).

Mar 3

House to Astonish Episode 172

Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2019 by Al in Podcast

It’s a relatively quiet few weeks for comics news, but we’re chatting about the upcoming Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books, the Thought Bubble festival moving from Leeds to Harrogate, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s The Once And Future, Dark Horse losing Usagi Yojimbo to IDW, DC’s Giant books entering the Direct Market and Marvel’s upcoming Venom-centric event. We’ve also got reviews of The Forgotten Queen and X-Tremists and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is written in the stars. All this plus comics tapas, Debbie Pisces and the Rick Jones cooking manga.

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 over at our Facebook fan page. And don’t forget, you can get hold of our fab t-shirts over at our Redbubble store.