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House to Astonish Episode 128

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.

 

As always, we want to know what you make of the news of the past couple of weeks, including (but not limited to):

  • Who do you want to see Rosario Dawson play in Daredevil?
  • What other comics creators deserve stars on the Walk of Fame?
  • What are your favourite Doctor Strange stories?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or just listen to it here!

House to Astonish Episode 128 – Stupid Tales by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), via email (at housetoastonish@gmail.com) 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 – we’ve raised over £750 so far, but donations are still coming in, so any help you can give is much appreciated!

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

House to Astonish Episode 128

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.

 

As always, we want to know what you think about what we’ve been talking about, including (but not limited to):

  • Are you looking forward to DC’s next few years of movie releases? Is it too ambitious?
  • What alternative version of Spidey do you want to see turn up in Spider-Verse?
  • What’s the best iteration of Kirby characters by someone other than Kirby?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), via email to housetoastonish@gmail.com or on our Facebook fan page, and don’t forget you can be sartorially sensational with our super shirts at our Redbubble page or help us out with a donation to Alzheimer Scotland here.

House to Astonish – Live! On Fire! On Ice!

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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 you can listen right here:

Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, via email (at housetoastonish@gmail.com), on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed) or at our Facebook fan page. Don’t forget too that you can get our fab and funky shirts at our Redbubble store.

House to Astonish Episode 126

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.

 

As always, we want to know what you think of the issues of the week, including (but not limited to):

  • What do you think of the new Batman costume?
  • What have been the best (and worst) Big Two crossovers of recent years?
  • What comics TV show are you most looking forward to in the 2014/2015 season?

You can find the podcast here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here:

House to Astonish Episode 126 – Abandoned Pantones by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments, via email (at housetoastonish@gmail.com) on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul is @ifdestroyed) 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.

House to Astonish Episode 125

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.

As usual, we want to know what you think about the things we’ve discussed on the podcast, including (but not limited to) things like:

  • Did your local comic book store do anything cool for Free Comic Book Day?
  • Will the changes Amazon has made to the Comixology app change your purchasing habits?
  • What other artists do you think deserve a Young Guns-style push?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter (I’m @housetoastonish and Paul is @ifdestroyed), via email (at housetoastonish@gmail.com) 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.

House to Astonish – Live! For Alzheimer Scotland

As you may or may not know, House to Astonish is a Scottish-based podcast. We’ve been teasing something big on Twitter for the past few weeks, and in case you missed it, we’ve got a big announcement to make!

We’re incredibly pleased and proud to announce our first live show, on 31 May, in aid of Alzheimer 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, and are already going fast.

As you’ll see one post down, I was interviewed by Bleeding Cool earlier this week about the upcoming live show, and you can find out more about the background, what we’ll be doing and why we chose the charity we did at this link.

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

House to Astonish Episode 123

Paul and I are 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.

As always, we want to know what you think about the things we’ve discussed, including (but not limited to):

  • What comics creative teams from years gone by would you like to see reunite on a new project?
  • Is Marvel over-extending itself with the number of ongoing series it’s publishing?
  • What’s your favourite twist ending to a first issue?

As you’ll hear on the podcast, House to Astonish Live is taking place in Edinburgh on May 31; tickets are available here, with all profits going to Alzheimer Scotland, but that deserves its own post…

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 the player right here:

House to Astonish Episode 123 – The Space Year 2013 by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul is @ifdestroyed), via email at housetoastonish@gmail.com or on our Facebook fan page.

House to Astonish Episode 121

I’ve got a cold but comics doesn’t stand still while people blow their noses, so we’re soldering 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.

 

So now you know what Paul and I think, but we want to know what you think about the issues of the week, including (but not limited to) things like:

  • What do you think of Stephenson’s comments to ComicsPRO?
  • What book first got you reading comics?
  • What comic that you’re reading at the moment is the most unlike all the others?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here:

House to Astonish Episode 121 – Aptain Camerica by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, on Twitter (I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), via email at housetoastonish@gmail.com 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.

House to Astonish Episode 120

It’s a big week for movie news, as House to Astonish looks at the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, the potential Black Widow movie and the Fantastic Four casting, as well as ReedPop’s new New York convention and the May solicitations (no, we didn’t do Dark Horse, but you could probably write those yourself). There are also reviews of Undertow, New Warriors and Loki: Ragnarok and Roll, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a horny devil. All this plus Oprah’s Skrulls, an intervention for a comics company and All-New Steeltown Rockers.

 

As always, we want to know what you think about the issues of the day, including (but not limited to):

  • What would be your dream Fantastic Four movie cast?
  • Is there a need for more conventions focused on comics alone?
  • What are you most looking forward to from the May solicitations?

The episode is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here:

House to Astonish Episode 120 – Mr Trousers by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email, or through our Facebook fan page, and don’t forget about our super-cool shirts available at our Redbubble store.

House to Astonish Episode 119

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We’ve been away for a couple of weeks, but we’re back with a regular hour-and-a-bit of comics chat. We’re talking about Mike Marts and Nick Lowe’s editorial moves, the new creative team on Superman, the Chew/Revival crossover, the Preacher TV show and various bits of comics movie casting. We’ve also got reviews of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Ms Marvel and Batman: Joker’s Daughter, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is for kids, silly rabbit. All this plus your grandfather’s superheroes, Deathmate: Taupe and the reshuffling of a plate.

 

As usual, we want to know what you think of the week’s burning issues, including (but not limited to):

  • What appeals to you more at the moment, the feel of DC’s universe or that of Marvel’s?
  • What little-seen genres of comic would you like to see make a return?
  • What long-running comic series would you most like to see adapted for TV?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or just listen to it right here:

House to Astonish Episode 119 – Artisan Menhir by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul is @ifdestroyed), via email at housetoastonish@gmail.com or through our Facebook fan page.

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House to Astonish Episode 118

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With one thing and another, we’re a little behind, so apologies for the slight delay in getting this episode to you. This time round, we’re discussing Marvel’s announcements, including a variety of new series, the relaunch of the Ultimate books, and… something to do with Spider-Man? We’re also looking at Lex Luthor taking the reins of the Justice League, DC’s second Aquaman series, and the Vertigo anthology CMYK, and whizzing through all of the announcements coming out of the Image Expo. We’re also reviewing Black Widow, Black Dynamite and EGOs (in the context of which we fail to notice that the artist and colourist are the same person), and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil. All this plus Prisoner: Deep Space 9, What If: Essex and Rich Johnston’s gang of comics gossip urchins.

 

As usual, we want to know what you think on a variety of subjects that we’ve discussed, including but not limited to:

  • What are you most excited about coming out of the Image Expo?
  • Should the Ultimate universe continue or be put out to pasture?
  • What place does the Icon imprint have in the comics world of 2014?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or just listen to it right here:

House to Astonish Episode 118 – LoveC.A.T.S. by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, either in the comments, on Twitter (I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), via email at housetoastonish@gmail.com or on our Facebook fan page.

And hey, there are swish t-shirts and hoodies available on our Redbubble store. Why not treat yourself?

House to Astonish Episode 117 – The Homies

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Welcome to 2014, a shiny new year of comics, and what better way to see out 2013 than to look back at the best it had to offer? Paul and I are naming our picks in a variety of categories, with the result of the listener vote also being revealed. We’ve also got a little news, regarding Star Wars moving to Marvel, Jim Starlin’s new Thanos graphic novel and Deadpool’s wedding celebration, but the emphasis is on the Homies as we hand out the gongs… or rather, have to watch them being handed out. There’s the best new series, best actually new series, pleasant surprises, cliffhangers and outstanding achievements, among others, so please do join us. All this plus Frankly Cock Cho, banana peels and seltzer bottles and the Five Interesting Things You Meet In Heaven.

The episode is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 117 – Inspector Force by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter (I’m at @housetoastonish and Paul is at @ifdestroyed), via email at housetoastonish@gmail.com or on our Facebook fan page.

And why not start the year by spending a little of that Christmas money on a lovely new t-shirt or hoodie? Christmas jumpers are for Christmas, but HtA merch is for life.

House to Astonish – The Homies 2013

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We’re one day off the end of 2013, and our next episode (coming this weekend) feature our review of 2013. Those of you who heard last year’s Christmas special (which is all of you who’ve ever heard an episode of the show, I imagine, as it’s still our most-downloaded episode) will know that this means that we’re going to be awarding House to Astonish’s own awards – the Homies – in a variety of categories. As with last year, we want YOU to help – Paul and I are each going to select our winners in the following categories, but we’re also going to read out what our listeners think on the next episode. So check out the categories below, and let us know who or what you think deserves to take home each gong!

BEST NEW SERIES

This one’s pretty self-explanatory – any comic whose first issue was published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 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 date of broadcast, 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 2013. We’re counting re-use of titles as well as concepts, so Hellboy in Hell, Young Avengers or Batman ’66 wouldn’t be eligible, but (for example) Sex Criminals would.

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.

THE BILL ODDIE SPRINGWATCH AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT

Here we’re looking for the comics creator whom you think is the one we should all be observing closely in 2014 – they may have had a good year in 2013, but they’re someone whom you believe is only going to go from strength to strength.

THE GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS AWARD FOR EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

What move did a comics company or creator make this calendar year that made you glad you didn’t have to work with them? Wonky management edicts, prima donna creators and tales of publisher woes are what we’re looking for here.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

This is exactly what it says – which creator, creative team or publisher really knocked it out of the park this year?

Let us have your picks in the comments thread below, before midnight (your local time) on 3 January. Only ONE NOMINATION per category, please – any that say “oh, I just couldn’t decide, so here are two, or three, or five suggestions” will be disregarded in relation to that category. Please also let us have a bit of info on your thinking on each one – we’ll read out a range of the responses on our big end-of-year show. Happy nominating!

House to Astonish Episode 116

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It’s our Christmas gift to you – a slightly belated podcast featuring discussion of the casting of Ant-Man, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman movie, Shia LaBoeuf’s plagiarism, Matt Fraction leaving Inhuman and Zeb Wells leaving Elektra, the return of Stray Bullets, Mike Carey and Salvador Larocca’s X-Men OGN and Stephen Wacker’s job move. We’re also reviewing The Illegitimates, The Midas Flesh and Harley Quinn, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is just your dad really.

 

Hear! Al briefly sing a They Might Be Giants tune. Boggle! At both Paul and Al admitting that they really don’t get one of the most celebrated newspaper strips of all time. Wonder! If there is no awards ceremony because Al was too disorganised to ask for nominations (yes). All this plus a clown car, a pint of drawing pins and the Coen brothers movie that’s happening behind the DC offices.

As always, we want to know what you think of the things we’ve discussed on the podcast, including (but not limited to):

  • What comics classics that everyone else loves have you just never “got”?
  • What’s the most un-adaptable comic Hollywood could try to adapt into a movie?
  • What will Shia LaBoeuf try to pass off as his own next?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it here:

House to Astonish Episode 116 – The Tumble Drying Aspect by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email, or on our Facebook fan page. Don’t forget that we’ve got our t-shirt store open 24/7 if you want to spend some of that Christmas money Granny gave you, and we’ll see you again in the new year.

House to Astonish Episode 115 (and 114…)

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After a few weeks away, Paul and I are very pleased to be able to say that we’re back, and we’ve got news about Stan Lee Media’s latest lawsuit, Fox’s Marvel movie universe, the X-Men movie after next, Warners’ casting of Wonder Woman (and yes, we know her name’s not Godot, that was just for a rubbish joke, we promise), Marvel’s digital trades giveaway and the new Wolverine & the X-Men and Magneto series. We’ve also got reviews of Inhumanity, Rover Red Charlie and Black Science, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is retro chic. On top of that, we’ve got interviews with Al Ewing, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Kieron Gillen which we recorded at Thought Bubble. All this plus Superman eating a puppy, scratch & sniff numbering, the sound of fighting geese and the true story of what killed all the Romans.

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We’ve also got the previous episode, Episode 114, for you – this is our five-year anniversary episode, with a crossover between us and Wait, What’s Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester. Plenty of rambling here, and lots of laughs. It’s our longest ever episode, and a little self-indulgent, but if you can’t be self-indulgent on your fifth birthday, when can you be?

As usual, we’d like to hear what you think about any of the things we’ve talked about in either episode, including (but not limited to):

  • What do you think of the casting of Wonder Woman in Man of Steel 2?
  • What comics creators from the past five years do you think are ones to keep an eye on in future, or have disappeared without reason?
  • Will Marvel’s digital trade giveaways make you more likely to try out the .NOW issues?

Episode 114 is here, or here on Mixcloud (or just listen to it here:

House to Astonish Episode 114 – My Wolverine Has No Nose by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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and episode 115 is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or just listen to it here!

House to Astonish Episode 115 – Waiting for Gal Godot by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), via email to housetoastonish@gmail.com or on our Facebook fan page. Please do also leave iTunes reviews if that’s your thing, and remember that we have a range of very swish t-shirts and hoodies available via our Redbubble store.

Thanks for the past five years, and here’s to the future.

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