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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!

Aug 5

House to Astonish Episode 157

Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2017 by Al in Podcast

It’s our first podcast following SDCC, and unusually, there’s actually quite a lot of comics news to talk about. We discuss the mooted Doctor Doom movie, the newly-released details about Doomsday Clock, Jeff Smith’s upcoming Bone picture books, Arkham Asylum 2, The Terrifics, Spider-Man vs Deadpool, The Signal, Sonic the Hedgehog‘s move to IDW, the three newly-announced Black Crown series, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee on Captain America, the new Unicron and Visionaries books, Marvel’s digital-first deal with Comixology, Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Designs, the new creative teams on Doctor Strange and Thanos, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca taking over Star Wars, the final volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the sad death of Flo Steinberg. We’ve also got reviews of Mech Cadet Yu and Lark’s Killer, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook just can’t wait to be king. All this plus a horse escalope, the Marvel Legacy Virus and the Batman of Christmas Yet To Come.

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.

We’ve also got really swish T-shirts that you can buy at our Redbubble store. If you don’t have one, we recommend you get one. If you do have one, we recommend you get another.

Jul 9

House to Astonish Episode 156

Posted on Sunday, July 9, 2017 by Al in Podcast

In case you’d forgotten, we do actually do a podcast about comics occasionally. And here it is! This time round, we’re remembering Joan Lee, trying to work out what Legacy actually is, chewing over the controversy surrounding Howard Chaykin’s current Image work, and chatting through Titan’s upcoming Dan Dare series, DC & Archie’s Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica, and Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight. We’ve also got reviews of Diablo House and Green Arrow, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is a man of letters. All this plus a supervillain who controls milk, the forceps of DC Rebirth and some monkeys waving jawbones at Marvel’s marketing department.

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, by email or on our Facebook fan page.

And even though we forgot to mention it, we do actually have lovely T-shirts for sale. We’re a bit out of practice at this. Sorry.

May 21

House to Astonish Episode 155

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 by Al in Podcast

We’ve been away for a little while longer than usual, but that just means that there’s plenty for us to gab about. We kick off by discussing the sad death of Rich Buckler, then talk a little about the extra issue recently granted to Secret Empire (as well as the execution of the story so far); the upcoming “Doomsday Clock” story (as well as “The Button” and Watchmen more generally); the abrupt cancellation of Black Panther and the Crew and what it says about Marvel’s line overall; the announcements of Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa’s Mech Cadet Yu, Ted Naifeh’s Heroines and Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle; Scott Snyder’s last “proper Batman” story and Sony’s Venom movie. We’ve also got reviews of Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks and Generation X and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe shows three heads are not necessarily better than one (or none). All this plus Shogo Warriors, an evil interior decorator and a country that’s not doing an industry.

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, you can buy our terrific tees at our Redbubble store. You’ll look amazing.

Apr 9

House to Astonish Episode 154

Posted on Sunday, April 9, 2017 by Al in Podcast

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, so we’ve got nearly an hour of chat about the comics news, including the sad death of Bernie Wrightson, the closing of ComicsAlliance, Marvel’s four-fold woes with digital code backtracking, artists vs writers, diversity and sales, and Ardian Syaf’s hidden messages, and the announcement of the New Warriors TV show. We’ve also got reviews of Royals and Eleanor and the Egret and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a bit pony. All this plus the Wintercontinental Title, mufti X-Men and Fantastic Four: Gymkhana Girls.

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, it’s getting warm outside, and nothing says “I’m warm, but want to cover key areas of my torso” like a swanky House to Astonish t-shirt!

Mar 12

House to Astonish Episode 153

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

We’re back, and this time round we’re discussing Astonishing X-Men, Darth Vader, Edge of Venomverse and Marvel’s current creative and sales position generally; the return of Zodiac Starforce; new creator-owned imprints led by Karen Berger and Shelly Bond, Image’s announcements from ECCC; and DC’s Looney Tunes crossovers. We’ve also got reviews of Grass Kings and Redline and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook deserves a big hand. All this plus the Champions pinball table, the YouTube Robber and quite a lot of bears wearing shirts.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And hey, it’s pretty much springtime, why not break out those biceps and take to the beach in one of our incredible t-shirts?

Feb 5

House to Astonish Episode 152

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2017 by Al in Podcast

Hot on the heels of our chat with Mike Quackenbush, we’re back with another regular House to Astonish, talking about the New York Times dropping its comics bestseller charts, the lack of an Image Expo in 2017, December’s sales estimates, the retirement of Bernie Wrightson, the relaunching of Rocket Raccoon, Valiant’s upcoming Secret Weapons miniseries and the casting of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger and Runaways TV series. We’ve also got reviews of Bullseye and The Spirit: The Corpse Makers, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a poor workman. All this plus the re-dubbed American House to Astonish, Scott Lobdell killing and eating a homeless person and a potter in a Jacobean tragedy.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, via Twitter, by email or on our Facebook fan page. And hey, it’s February, the month of love – and you know what else we love? How good the t-shirts from our Redbubble store look on you!

Jan 28

Holds to Astonish – Mike Quackenbush

Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2017 by Al in Podcast, Wrestling

As mentioned on our last episode, Paul and I sat down this week to talk with Mike Quackenbush, the creative mind behind the heavily comic book influenced independent wrestling promotion Chikara Pro. We had a great discussion, taking in the upcoming National Pro Wrestling Day; the shifts Mike’s seen in Chikara over the past few years both in terms of the wrestlers they’ve trained and the business and distribution models independent promotions have adopted; the crossover between wrestling and comic books; the 2015 and 2016 Chikara UK tours; their 2013/2014 shutdown angle and accompanying ARG; the ins and outs of IDW’s Revolution and much more besides.

The episode is here, or here on Mixcloud, or you can stream it through the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. We’ll be back with a regular episode of House to Astonish next week (probably), so keep an eye out for that. And remember, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, and one of our t-shirts is for a good couple of years at least.

 

Dec 30

House to Astonish Episode 151

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 by Al in Podcast

It’s the end of the year, and as always, we’re running through the results of the Homies awards, with Paul’s picks, my picks, and the winners of the listener vote. We’ve got unexpectedly good books, predictably good creators, astonishingly close votes, and shambolically tabulated results. Come hear what we enjoyed this year, and what the voting Housemates plumped for. All this plus a wooden piece of wood, a beautiful leather briefcase, and a perfunctory log fire.
The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. As always, let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, by email or on our Facebook fan page. And hey, it’s nearly a new year, so time for a new look – why not treat yourself to a House to Astonish shirt from our Redbubble store?