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House to Astonish Episode 131

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 word of the week and the Radox Bandit.

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

  • Have you seen Daredevil? What do you think of it (though please, keep it spoiler-free!)
  • What’s your favourite genre mash-up in comics?
  • What would you name the Flash/Arrow spin-off show?

The show is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 131 – Random Bums by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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.

House to Astonish Episode 130

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.

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

  • What’s caught your eye in the June solicits?
  • Who do you want to see cast as Jesse Custer and Cassidy?
  • Would rebooting the X-Men get you to jump on… or jump off?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or just listen to it right here:

House to Astonish 130 – The Cardigan of Destiny by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, either 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. 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.

House to Astonish Episode 129

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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 you can just listen to it right here…

House to Astonish 129 – What We Lost In The Fire by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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

Remember, we’ve also got a Redbubble store, where you can help put our kids through baby college and look amazing to boot.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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