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Jul 11

House to Astonish Episode 134

Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 by Al in Podcast

Paul and I are back after a slightly unusually long break, with a massive run-through of the All-New All-Different Marvel books, the announcements out of Image Expo, DC’s Convergence tie-in launches, Vertigo’s new slate, IDW’s surprising licensed launches and the return of Tokypop. We’ve also got reviews of Archie, The Spire and Dungeon Fun, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is lovely jubbly. All this plus Little Nico in Slumberland, Belfast’s most bangin’ DJ and the gentle caress of a brick to the face.

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Jun 7

House to Astonish Episode 133

Posted on Sunday, June 7, 2015 by Al in Podcast

A busy little week of news for you, with chat about the Wicked and the Divine heading to TV, Tilda Swinton potentially joining the cast of Doctor Strange, the Lumberjanes movie landing at Fox, Stephen Amell’s dalliance with WWE, Mark Paniccia’s step up to X-Men senior group editor, the post-Secret Wars Marvel teasers, Brian Bendis and David Marquez’s Invincible Iron Man and DC’s half-page ads. We’ve also got reviews of The Covenant, Bizarro and Airboy, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is what it eats. All this plus Gary Oldman Logan, Rage Twix and Fear Twix, and Formula One’s legendary piranha pit crews.

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. Don’t forget that if you want to look amazing and help keep us in Jaffa Cakes, our wonderfully affordable shirts are available at our Redbubble store.

 

May 9

House to Astonish Episode 132

Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2015 by Al in Podcast

It’s a relatively quiet week for comics news, but Paul and I have got a bit of chat for you regardless, as we look at the announcement of We(l)come Back at Boom!, the CBLDF’s new “Comics Connector” programme, the cancellations and renewals of a bunch of Marvel and DC TV shows and Bill Jemas’s new Ultimate imprint (now with added zombies!). We’ve also got reviews of Secret Wars and Swords of Sorrow, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe treads lightly, for it treads upon your dreams. All this plus Mike Deodato the Multiple Man, a garage with stairs and the Conspiracy Theory Channel.

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. And don’t forget our Redbubble store, where we can help you finally look as good as you feel.

 

Apr 11

House to Astonish Episode 131

Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2015 by Al in Podcast

We’re back (on what seems to be a three-weekly schedule, though don’t go setting any recipe timers by it) with discussion of the Daredevil Netflix show – not spoilery in terms of plot details, though we do discuss tone and so on – as well as the Agents of Shield and Arrow/Flash spin-off shows, the Luke Cage showrunner, Valiant’s next crossover, James Stokoe’s return to Godzilla and Marvel’s latest Secret Wars tie-ins. We also review Convergence: The Question and Kaijumax, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is pressing the flesh. All this plus Godzilla’s stockings, the accidental word of the week and the Radox Bandit.

The show 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. We also have a Redbubble store where you can outfit yourself in our most chic duds.

Mar 22

House to Astonish Episode 130

Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015 by Al in Podcast

Paul and I have got a good solid 95 minutes of comics chat for you this time round, with (brief) discussion of last week’s controversies, (less brief) chat bout Marvel’s slate of books going into Secret Wars, the artistic changes on Star Wars, the new Hopeless Savages OGN, the first wave of casting for the Preacher TV show, Universal’s Chrononauts deal, Oni’s open submissions period and DC’s returnability for their June releases, and a (very non-brief) blitz through a packed wave of solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Invisible Republic and Giant Days, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is the future of personal safety. All this plus boring potatoes and ugly fish, Mad Max: Torode Warrior and Untold Tales of Moses.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. iTunes reviews and ratings are very much appreciated and really do help with spreading the word about the podcast, and of course, our Redbubble store is full of swish gear, as your old dad no doubt would refer to it.

Mar 1

House to Astonish Episode 129

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2015 by Al in Podcast

Well, we did say we’d be back.

After eight months away, Paul and I have returned to the House, to resolve our cliffhanger. We’re also here to give you our thoughts on Convergence and Secret Wars, a few of the books out of the Image Expo, Marvel and DC’s upcoming movie slates and the Marvel/Kirby Settlement. We’ve also got reviews of Curb Stomp and Thor Annual, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is so low. All this plus a falling tide that lifts one ship, Mad Dave’s Power Armour Sale and Cornelius Meredith Punk.

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

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Jan 23

The Handbook Tapes

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 by Al in Podcast

What the hell is this thing?

Jun 29

House to Astonish Episode 128

Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2014 by Al in Podcast

It’s our last episode before our hiatus, and we’re talking about Bob Kane’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, DC’s new creator royalties structure, Warren Simons’s promotion to Editor-in-Chief at Valiant, Elden Henson and Rosario Dawson joining the cast of Daredevil and the latest developments in the Kirby estate case. We’ve also got reviews of Outcast, Superman and New Avengers Annual, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got 99 problems. All this plus sorcerous Storage Wars, Batman’s voicemail and the Golden Age Starscream.

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. Don’t forget too that you can get our terrific tees at our Redbubble store, and help us raise money for Alzheimer Scotland at our Justgiving page.

Additional foley work on this episode courtesy of Mike Koenig, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Jun 14

House to Astonish Episode 127

Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 by Al in Podcast

Back to recording without an audience, as Paul and I talk about the creative changes on Moon Knight, the Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries, the new Deathlok ongoing, the Hawkeye v Deadpool mini (and the numbering thereof), DC’s upcoming slate of movies, directorial news for both Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, the casting of the Kingpin, CB Cebulski and Jeanine Schaefer’s career moves and ReedPop’s Super Week. We’ve also got reviews of Armor Hunters, Infinity Man and the Forever People and… um… Angry Birds, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a teller of tall tales. All this plus cheap, non-brand Chinese superheroes, the aspirational underpants demographic and seven-toed tree-climbers.

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Jun 1

House to Astonish – Live!

Posted on Sunday, June 1, 2014 by Al in Podcast

It’s been a long time coming, but here it is – House to Astonish Live, recorded yesterday at the City Cafe, Edinburgh before a live audience. Paul and I are discussing the departures at Marvel Studios, the fallout from the Graphic.ly closure, the cancellation of Iron Patriot and the upcoming Avengers event. We’ve also got an interview with a comics legend, a live reenactment of scenes from a truly terrible recent comic and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is coming soon. All this plus an incident with jam, the Windows 7 approach to continuity patches, an octopus with spears for arms and a small pea.

Between ticket sales and direct donations, we’ve now raised just over £700 for Alzheimer Scotland. Thanks so much to everyone who came along – if you’d like to help us push that even higher, please do consider donating at our donation page.

In the meantime, the podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available through the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, via email, on Twitter or at our Facebook fan page. Don’t forget too that you can get our fab and funky shirts at our Redbubble store.