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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.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the 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 you can be sartorially sensational with our super shirts at our Redbubble page.

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.

May 18

House to Astonish Episode 126

Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2014 by Al in Podcast

It’s our last episode before our big live show (which, in case you’ve missed our many, many reminders about it, is on May 31 at the City Cafe in Edinburgh, with tickets on sale now – at this link – for £12 and granting you entry to the live podcast, a buffet and the House to Astonish Comics Quiz, where there are bags of prizes to be won). We’re talking about Superior Spider-Man issues 32 and 33, Steven T Seagle and Mark Dos Santos’s Imperial, the new movie Batman costume, the trailers for Constantine and The Flash and the general state of the comics TV union for 2014/2015. We’ve also got reviews of Original Sin, Justice League United and United States of Murder, Inc. and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has a brave new world to sell you. All this plus Josie and the Pussybats, a human turducken and Doris the tealady’s cybernetic leg.

You can find the podcast 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. Don’t forget too that our beautiful Redbubble store has all the House to Astonish clothing you could ever require, plus some besides.

May 3

House to Astonish Episode 125

Posted on Saturday, May 3, 2014 by Al in Podcast

Happy Free Comic Book Day! Paul and I have got over an hour and a half of discussion for you, talking about FCBD itself, the sad passing of Al Feldstein, the changes to the Comixology app, the news from C2E2 (including the death of Wolverine, the Tenth Realm storyline, the new Storm and Star-Lord ongoing series, the 100th Anniversary issues from Marvel, the revival of Dark Horse Presents and the Young Guns 2 initiative) and the Chew animated movie. We’ve also got reviews of Southern Bastards, Batgirl Annual and Amazing Spider-Man, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe learns what you should say if someone asks you if you are a god. All this plus the Soule Pole, the digital trees of Luxembourg and Big Paddy’s Corporate Tax Shack.

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 on our Facebook fan page.

Don’t forget to pick up your tickets for the House to Astonish Live show in Edinburgh on May 31 (more information on which can be found here), and remember that we have super-chic shirts available at our Redbubble store.

Apr 20

House to Astonish Episode 124

Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014 by Al in Podcast

Happy Easter! We’re back with another 90 minutes of comics chat, discussing Amazon’s purchase of Comixology, the launches of Grayson, Multiversity and Earth 2: World’s End, and Warren Ellis’s relaunch of the Project: Superpowers universe. We’ve also got reviews of Skinned, Batman: Eternal and Transformers: Windblade, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe slices, dices and makes Julienne fries. All this plus Warren Ellis’s bungee transport, 800m Hurdles Man and Batman wearing a Spider-Man mask.

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

Don’t forget that you can buy our delightful shirts at our Redbubble store, and tickets to our live show in Edinburgh for Alzheimer Scotland on 31 May through Brown Paper Tickets.

Apr 5

House to Astonish Episode 123

Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2014 by Al in Podcast

We’re making the most of a quiet but spider-heavy couple of weeks this time round, with discussion of Original Sin 3.1-3.4, Original Sins, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Verse and Amazing Spider-Man‘s huge preorders, along with Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes’ new comic for the BBC and Vertigo’s new detective series Bodies. There are also reviews of Inhuman, Aquaman and the Others and Dead Letters (and as a minor warning, we do talk about one of the two twists in Dead Letters, so if you’d rather not be spoilered on that then skip 48:32 to 57:28), and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got the cutest little babyface. All this plus Aquaman Etc, the X-Men’s door-to-door pamphlet campaign and tips for House to Astonish cosplay.

Don’t forget that House to Astonish Live is taking place in Edinburgh on May 31; tickets are available here, with all profits going to Alzheimer Scotland. They’re going faster than we anticipated, so if you’ve been holding off buying yours then maybe don’t do that any more.

I also got interviewed this week by Amiable Alasdair Stuart of Bleeding Cool, about the live show and about the podcast in general, so you can check that out here.

On top of that, there’s our regular Redbubble store – the profits from that go to helping keep this show on the air. Internet. Whatever.

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.

Mar 24

House to Astonish – Live!

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Al in Podcast

We’ve been teasing a big announcement for a while on Twitter, and it’s time to unveil what we’ve been up to.

We’re incredibly pleased and proud to announce our first live show, on 31 May, in aid of Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Join me and Paul at City2, downstairs at the City Cafe, Edinburgh, for the recording of a very special episode We’ll be discussing the great and the good (and the not so good) of the world of comic books and answer the burning questions of the day. There will be a live Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and possibly even special guests from the world of comics…

PLUS: How much do you REALLY know about comics? Do you know your Beetle and Booster from your Maggie and Hopey? Can you tell a New Warrior from a New Teen Titan? And how many Robins have there been anyway? Test your knowledge out with the House to Astonish Comics Quiz, and be in with a chance to win some sweet comics and graphic novels.

Tickets are £12, which includes admission to the live House to Astonish podcast, entry to the Comics Quiz and a buffet, and all profits from the sale of tickets will be donated to Alzheimer’s Scotland. Tickets are available to purchase here.

We really hope you’ll be able to join us, and whether you are or not, please spread the word!

Mar 24

House to Astonish Episode 122

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Al in Podcast

We’ve got a whole load of great chat for you this time round, with discussion of DC’s top brass moving to California, Oni press’s upcoming projects, the Harley Quinn SDCC one-shot and the new Star-Spangled War Stories series, as well as the June solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Daredevil, Sovereign and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe goes to Hell’s kitchen. All this plus fakeaunches, Paper and Staples magazine and kicking Hitler in the nuts.

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’ve also got a big announcement, but that’s for its own post…

Mar 8

House to Astonish Episode 121

Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2014 by Al in Podcast

I’ve got a cold but comics doesn’t stand still while people blow their noses, so we’re soldiering on with a fresh new episode of House to Astonish. This time round, we talk about the Comixology hack; Archie’s new CCO (and new writer); Boom!’s new director and their Big Trouble in Little China series; the IDW Cartoon Network crossover; the new writers of Thunderbolts; Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore’s Leaving Megalopolis moving to Dark Horse; Titan’s new Doctor Who ongoing series; Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon; the Stan & Sharon Sakai benefit auctions (which are here) and Eric Stephenson’s speech to ComicsPRO. We’ve also got reviews of Moon Knight, Evil Empire and The Auteur, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is neither swings nor roundabouts. All this plus Satanism With Sabrina, rapper-hunting robots and the Man of a Thousand Handles.

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, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page.

And hey, spring is coming in – what better way to mark that than with a House to Astonish t-shirt from our Spring Collection? It’s the same as our Winter Collection but please don’t tell anyone.