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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.

Feb 15

House to Astonish Episode 171

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 by Al in Podcast

It’s a scattershot selection of news this time around, as we talk about DC’s layoffs, Image’s new retailer programmes and their announcements of Excellence and FairLady, Marvel’s upcoming Agents of Atlas and Savage Avengers series, the third Batman/TMNT mini, an interesting fill-in on Catwoman, Jughead’s Time Police, David F Walker’s Solid Comix and a quick round-up of comics festival news. We’ve also got reviews of Wonder Twins and Savage Sword of Conan, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is up to its old tricks. All this plus Sword Trainee, the Miscellaneanaissance and the left hand not knowing what the Hand is doing.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, via email, on Twitter or via our Facebook fan page. And hey, you’re never fully dressed without a smile, and you’re never fully FULLY dressed without a House to Astonish T-shirt!

Jan 19

House to Astonish Episode 170

Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2019 by Al in Podcast

We’re sorry we’ve been away for such a long… wait, two weeks? Are you sure? What is this, 2014?

Anyway, we’re back, talking about Batton Lash, Dark Horse’s upcoming Definitive Moonshadow, Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski’s Sex going straight to OGN, the return of Section Zero, Marvel’s upcoming Thanos mini, Kieron Gillen leaving Star Wars, the upcoming Age of Rebellion one-shots and Rob Liefeld’s return to Marvel. We’ve also got reviews of Criminal and Invaders, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can make you a man. All this plus Capital The, the X-Majorettes and the personnel link between Gorilla Comics and NPR.

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 at our Facebook fan page. And hey, it’s never too early to start thinking about buying one of our snazzy t-shirts! And if you’re in the Southern hemisphere, it’s never too late!

Jan 5

House to Astonish Episode 169

Posted on Saturday, January 5, 2019 by Al in Podcast

2018! What? A year? What a year! It’s a brand new year and time for our traditional look back at the books, creators and moments that made 2018 such a good time for comics, in the form of the Homies awards. Paul and I have both picked our favourites in each of our traditional categories, and are handing out the gongs on this retrospective episode. We’ve also tallied our listener vote – what have the Housemates chosen as the most deserving in each category? Find out here! All this plus the procedure for landing a light aircraft, a very nice back door and the Slovakian manga scene.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us have your thoughts in the comments, on Twitter, via email or at our Facebook fan page. And hey, it’s a new year, so why not make a new year resolution to look as amazing as you can in one of our incredible t-shirts?

Dec 16

The Homies 2018

Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2018 by Al in Podcast

There’s gifts on the fire and logs on the tree, and that means only one thing – it’s 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/start of Jan, so we’re giving you until midnight UK time (7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific) on December 29 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 2018 and the close of nominations (29 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 29 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 2018. We’re counting re-use of titles as well as concepts, so West Coast Avengers or Martian Manhunter wouldn’t be eligible, but (for example) Fearscape or Die would.

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

The counterpart to the categories above, which covers books whose first issue was published in 2017 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 2018 (or partially in 2018, 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!