RSS Feed
Jan 11

House to Astonish Episode 189

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2021 by Al in Podcast

It’s the Homies awards! We look back at The Year of Big Pando in comics, and pick out winners in the many and various categories which long-term listeners will have come to know and tolerate. Where did your favourites place? Find out here! Unless you voted for something that didn’t win, in which case, you’ll have to go through the voting thread and tot up the league table yourself, sorry.

Also in this podcast! An important message to you from the editor — about the NEW Astonishing!

You can get the podcast here, or here on Mixcloud, or via the embedded player below. Let us know what you thought, in the comments thread, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page.

And if you’re in the Southern hemisphere, congratulations! You’ve probably got weather that would justify you buying one of our beautiful t-shirts!

Dec 16

House to Astonish Episode 188

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, and we’re talking about the sad death of Richard Corben, DC’s post-Future State plans, Marvel’s Alien series, X of Swords, Rob Liefeld’s latest stint at Marvel and the return of Witchblade. We’re also reviewing Batman: Black & White and Home Sick Pilots, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is as cold as ice, and willing to sacrifice. All this plus what happens to comic store employees in Hell, Real Housewives of Limbo, and shorthand for your granny.

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. Remember that our super-swish t-shirts are available at our Redbubble store, and you can (and should) vote in our 2020 Homies Awards, just one post down from this one!

Nov 16

House to Astonish Episode 187

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2020 by Al in Podcast

A compact and bijou hour-and-change of comics chat for you this time round, with discussion of Marie Javins’ promotion to DC EIC, John Nee being let go as Marvel Publisher, and the announcements of Truth & Justice, X-Men Legends, Hollow Heart and Geiger. We’ve also got reviews of Punchline and Hellboy and the BPRD: The Seven Wives Club, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe mentioned it once but it thinks it got away with it. All this plus Adam Smith’s Golden Age comics career, 1990s house anthems and Johnny Fishnchips, the scrappy British superhero.

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, if you ever feel like your torso could be warmer, you can always buy one of our neato t-shirts over at our Redbubble page.

Oct 21

House to Astonish Episode 186

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, with a bunch of chat for you about DC’s Future State, the return of the Thunderbolts, delays to Marvel’s Eternals and Aftershock’s merger, we review Amazing Spider-Man and We Live, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe brings you Sandman Done Right Done Right. All this plus Methadone Spidey, Miracle Dog and a Rainmate with a face.

The podcast is here, or on Mixcloud here, or available through the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, on Twitter, via email, or via our Facebook fan page. And hey! You know what never goes out of style? Our t-shirts!

Sep 30

House to Astonish Episode 185

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 by Al in Podcast

Hello! Yes, we do have a podcast! And it’s here! And we’re talking about DC Universe Infinite, Brian Michael Bendis leaving the Super-books, the return of Batman: Black and White, Marvel’s new S.W.O.R.D. series, IDW’s place as Marvel’s kids’ books custodian and Archie going day-and-date on ComiXology Unlimited. We’ve also got reviews of Juggernaut and The Autumnal, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has a fire in its heart for you. All this plus Batbanter, some experimental shorts and an unfortunate mix-up with a weeping Nazi.

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 late to buy yourself one of our lovely t-shirts! It’s genuinely not!

Jul 3

House to Astonish Episode 184

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2020 by Al in Podcast

After our foray into the abyss that is the 1993 Marvel annuals, we’re back with a regular episode, talking about Denny O’Neil and Joe Sinnott, the recent wave of allegations of impropriety and harassment in comics, DC quitting Diamond, Marvel’s new Warhammer line, the culling of the Empyre crossover and the return of Bill & Ted under Evan Dorkin and Roger Langridge. We’re also reviewing Ash & Thorn and All-America Comix, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is full of both jeepers and creepers. All this plus Big Pando, two sickly ponies and a movie from 1997 about a chimp that wins the lottery.

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 as always, we have our swish t-shirts available, should you be in a position to actually leave your home, and these are for sale over at our Redbubble store.

May 7

House to Astonish Episode 183

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020 by Al in Podcast

There’s not a huge amount of comics news, and no new comics to review, so we’re leaning in to the last segment of our show and bringing you the biggest Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to date. Sit back and enjoy the first episode we’ve ever recorded remotely, as we look to rehabilitate all 27 characters introduced in Marvel’s 1993 annuals. Annex! Genis-Vell! Adam-X! Live unbagging of 18 comics! Fun, of a sort!

The episode 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. And remember, you can get our swanky-dan t-shirts over at our Redbubble store.

Mar 7

House to Astonish Episode 182

Posted on Saturday, March 7, 2020 by Al in Podcast

Hello! We’re back! And we’re talking about Dan DiDio’s exit from DC, the postponement of Emerald City Comic-Con, Comixology’s European price hikes, The Quotable Giant Days and John Layman and Dan Boultwood’s Chu. We’ve also got reviews of Join The Future and Strange Academy, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is half the man it used to be. All this plus Deathstroke the Coal, Roy Harper’s Syringe Academy and the Marvel Universe’s premier hand model.

The episode is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available through the player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And, as always, you can pick up some of our sweet tees over at our Redbubble store!

If you enjoyed my appearance on the first issue of the Shelfdust Presents podcast, then good news, because I was also on last week’s episode talking about 1989’s Damage Control #1. If you didn’t enjoy it then we’re too late to do anything about that now, unfortunately.

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.