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House to Astonish Episode 133

It’s been a busy little week of news, and Paul and I have got 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.


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

  • What do you hope to see coming out of Secret Wars?
  • Who would you cast as the Ancient One?
  • What’s your favourite comics-to-TV adaptation?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 133 – Uncle Lemmy’s Big Idea by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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The Line it is Drawn Addendum – Wonder Woman Coloring Book Pages!

A few of the artists for last week’s The Line it is Drawn put together high resolution black and white versions of their pieces for coloring purposes for our suggestion-giver last week, 4-year-old Amelia. A number of folks have mentioned in the comments and in e-mails that they’d like to have access to those pages, as well, so I figured I’d give the people what they want, so here they are, including a NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN piece from Nick Perks!
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Bonus Line it is Drawn – Wonder Woman Meets The Hero Business

The most recent Line it is Drawn was a special edition where our artists just drew suggestions based on ideas that a 4-year-old girl had. Former longtime Line it is Drawn artist Bill Walko is in the midst of doing a Kickstarter for a collection of his excellent web comic, The Hero Business, so I thought it would be fun to ask Bill to contribute a bonus piece (based on Amelia’s suggestion of Wonder Woman fighting dinosaurs) that could also see Wonder Woman meeting characters from Bill’s Hero Business!

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Wonder Woman and the Octonauts Meet Aquaman

Cynthia “Thea” Sousa and daughter Amanda were a bit late for this week’s Line, where people all drew Wonder Woman drawings based on suggestions by a four-year-old Wonder Woman fan named Amelia, so after adding them to that piece I also figured I’d give them this post, as well. Be sure to check out the new comic they’re working on (along with Sam Machado) here.

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Last Day to Vote for Your Favorite Valiant Comics Stories Ever Told!

Today’s the last day to cast your ballot for our Greatest Valiant Comics Stories Ever Told poll!

Click here to vote!

Results of Our Daredevil Binge-Watching Poll


623 people responded to my question about how many episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil did people watch on the opening weekend of the series. Read on to see how people responded!
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Jeremy Renner Doubling Down on Yikes

As you might have heard, Jeremy Renner decided to double down on his original joke about Black Widow being a slut by un-apologizing for it on Conan O’Brien’s show last night, arguing now that it is just a fact that if you sleep with four of the Avengers (she didn’t, of course, but let’s go with his premise) then that just makes you a slut.

Again, I’m struck by the reference to how “unguarded” Renner is when he comes on to the show with clearly a pre-planned bit.

Anyhow, well, at least this should get rid of the ol’ “But he was just joking!” defense for his behavior (which wasn’t much of a defense to begin with).

What Happens When Vartox Runs Afoul of A-Force?

Nick Butch’s piece for this week’s Line it is Drawn was a bit late, so while I edited it into the feature, I also figured I’d share it here, to make sure everyone got a chance to see it.

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Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans – Yikes

As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans have caused a bit of a controversy by referring to a question about Black Widow seemingly becoming involved with Bruce Banner in the new Avengers movie instead of either Renner’s Hawkeye or Evans’ Captain America, and their responses were…wow.

What I think gets me more is their APOLOGIES, well, at least Renner’s.

Here’s Evans’ apology: “Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America. We answered in a juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize”

While here’s Renner’s, “I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone. It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.”

As you can see, Evans went with a legit “My bad, sorry,” while Renner went with the classic, “Sorry that you were offended.”

The thing that gets me about Renner is that he seems so calculating about some of this stuff. Remember his Golden Globes bit with Jennifer Lopez?

And there, too, his “apology” was “don’t take things too seriously.”

It’s certainly fair to say that these things aren’t extremely important issues, but they’re not nothing. It’s not “just” a joke when the entire hook of the joke is calling a woman (even a fictional woman) a slut because she is dating another guy. Slip of the tongue while you’re overworked doing press junkets? Sure, fair enough. Just say that. But own it like Evans did. Concede that it WAS an offensive joke. But what’s particularly disappointing is when Renner seems to be trying to be OVERTLY crass, in a sort of calculated “See! I’m a bad boy!” manner. I guess what’s even more disappointing is that Renner might be correct and that doing this is probably better for his career.

The Impossible Man vs. Bat-Mite

This Nick Butch piece was finished late enough for this week’s Line it is Drawn that I figured I might as well give it its own little spotlight, to make sure people see it.

Ted_LisaDahlman suggested

batmite vs impossible man

and here is what Nick came up with…
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What Do You Do When the Theme of the Line is Game of Thrones and You Don’t Watch the Show?

David Branstetter has the answer in this look behind the scenes at Line it is Drawn (as suggested by KeithAlanMorgan, kind of)!
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Bonus Line it is Drawn Gangster Movie Poster Homages!

In this week’s Line it is Drawn, the theme was Movie Poster Homages. Merk and Nick Perks both did BONUS pieces involving gangster films, so I’ll share them here. I’ll also add in Brendan Tobin’s piece, which I posted in the main piece late because I stupidly missed it the first time around.


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Check out Barbara Slate’s Life in Comics!

As you may or may not know by now, I am quite the fan of Barbara Slate’s comic book work (I even had a whole Barbara Slate week back in 2013), so when I heard about an exhibit going up about her comics, I just HAD to share it with you all!


Here’s the press release:

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – The Hillman-Jackson Gallery at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in conjunction with the month-long Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, will present “My Life in Comics”, by comic industry trailblazer Barbara Slate. The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, March 31 until Thursday, April 16. A gallery talk followed by a reception will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m. in the Hillman-Jackson Gallery at the Daniel Arts Center. The gallery is open to the public weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Barbara Slate, one of the first women to write and draw for Marvel and DC Comics – called “titanically talented” by industry legend Stan Lee – will speak about her impressive career that coincided with the growth of graphic novels from an under-the-covers cult to a well-respected genre. In a profile for the book A Century of Women Cartoonists, Slate’s career is singled out for her contribution to comics created specifically for girls in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

“My Life in Comics” will display original pages, synopses and rough sketches, demonstrating Slate’s process of illustrating a comic book or graphic novel. In addition to Marvel and DC Comics, Slate has written and drawn for Archie and Disney Comics as well as created several graphic novels such as Getting Married and other Mistakes. Slate teaches sequential art using her critically acclaimed textbook You Can Do A Graphic Novel and is a Comic Con keynote speaker

I wish I was in the area! If you happen to be in the area, you really should stop by!

Valentine Cards from Apollo and Ms. Marvel!

Rogan Josh had a bit of a delay so he didn’t make the initial Line it is Drawn posting, so I’m sharing his entries for this week’s Valentine’s Day theme now!
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Six Questions About This Week’s Arrow

Since you folks seem to like talking Arrow and I typically have a few questions after every episode, I figure I’ll occasionally post something like this.

So read on for seven questions about this week’s episode of Arrow, “Canaries”…
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