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This is probably the most special episode of The Enthusiast that we've ever done. This past weekend, Kieran travelled to ThoughtBubble comic-convention in Leeds, and not only did he get pick up some cool stuff, but he managed to chat to a number of the best and brightest in comics about what they're currently enthusiastic about!
He also sat down with some comics bros to chat about the industry and it went into some... unexpected places at times, but this whole episode is an absolute hoot.
Forty whole episodes! We're making it happen, very slowly making it happen! Kieran and Shaun have finally made it back into the same room after being apart for far too long and you can cut the enthusiasm with a knife.
It's an extra long show this week as we have some pretty big TV news to chat about, as well as one of Shaun's favourite films of the year and which long running comic series has been giving Kieran, as the kids on Tumblr say, the feels.
Guess who's back? Back again? Keeney's back! Tell some friends!
That's right, the beloved Shaun Keeney is back on this week's Enthusiast, because how could we not get back together to talk about one of the biggest films all year, Disney/Pixar's Planes!
Oh wait, you meant Thor: The Dark World? Okay then, we'll talk about Thor instead, I guess. We've also got some late Halloween treats for you in this week's brand new Enthusiast!
For the first time in Enthusiast history, one of your beloved hosts was not free to record this week. Sometimes, real life gets in the way, and while we'd love to dedicate all of our time to the website, occasionally we have to resort to just 90% of it.
Nothing's going to stop us from bringing you your regularly scheduled podcast though, and this week, Kieran is joined by a very good friend of the show, The Outhouse's Niam Suggitt to talk about spies, superheroes and sketch shows.
This week on the show, we're back to our usual tricks as Kieran is once again recommending his favourite band (because he's not had a chance to listen to anything else), we talk about the changing nature of what constitutes a live album and at least one of us recommends the best worst TV show on screens at the moment.
We've also got some interesting news about Doctor Who, some disappointing news about the PS4 and the return of the best comic being published at the moment.
This week, we're getting ourselves ready for The Enthusiast's favourite holiday, Halloween! So it's only right that joining me for another episode of our comics specials is none other than the editor of (and contributor to) Monkeybrain's new horror anthology, Boo! Halloween Stories, "Calamity" Jon Morris!
It's a really fun chat that gets off topic in several bizarre ways, but mostly we talk about horror hosts, the ongoing desensitisation of violence in media, and Man of Steel spoilers.
I bet you'd forgotten we do normal episodes as well! Thanks again for all of the support over the past week, and if you're a new listener, welcome to the show, this is a great one to jump on with.
This week we're talking about All-New Marvel Now, with a big run through of everything we've got to look forward to next year, as well as the biggest game of the year not called Grand Theft Auto, and the one critical problem with Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film, Argo.
I don't know how we keep getting all these amazing guests! I just keep asking, and people keep saying yes, so we must be doing something right. Today I'm joined by the creative team of Edison Rex, Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver to talk about the early days of Edison Rex, their unique collaboration process and how they approach creating comics that are going to be seen both digitally and in print.
Also, because I'm super selfish, we talk about a Superman novella from the eighties.
Well, Grimmfest is over for another year. We hope you enjoyed the interviews with some of the best and brightest of British horror that we ran over the past week. Today I'm wrapping up the special week by talking about the reason anyone goes to Grimmfest, the films themselves.
It was a great year, we had a lot of fun, and we cannot thank Grimmfest enough for their help and support, and mostly for putting on such an excellent festival. We'll definitely be back next year!
Day Three saw us talking to Nick Gillespie (director) and Steve Garry (actor) about their short Samuel & Emily Vs. The World. We had a great laugh with the guys about the short, working with Ben Wheatley, Salford university, bazookas & nudism.
We do spoil you guys... Last week was the incredibly popular Grimmfest, a four day celebration of the best in modern horror cinema. The good folks at Grimmfest were gracious enough to let us interview some of their guests about their current projects and what it means to do a horror film in the 21st century.
First up, we interviewed director James Goldner about his upcoming theology-horror "The Borderlands" and whether he has some unresolved issues with cars.
THE BIGGEST WEEK IN ENTHUSIAST HISTORY rolls on with our regularly scheduled episode. We've got a big update on what we've been up to and what's to come over the course of the next week at the start of the show. As far as the actual show itself goes, we've got the scientifically perfect band, a truly FILTH-y film and some hardcore book fetishism.
This is exciting guys, for our inaugural edition of our regular interviews with some of the best comics creators of today, I'm joined by Action Age's Chad Bowers and Chris Sims to chat about Awesome Hospital, Subatomic Party Girls, and the upcoming graphic novel, Down Set Fight.
Have a listen to hear the secret origin of Down Set Fight that will absolutely blow your mind, how the collaboration works between the two writers and theirs artists and the importance of representation in comics.
We also talk about dinosaur porn.
Once again, we're thrilled to be joined by Matthew Gibbon in a very special episode where we celebrate one of the greatest television shows in history, Breaking Bad. We pay our respects to Vince Gilligan by looking at the very last episode 'Felina' and using it as a jumping off point to discuss some of favourite moments from the past five seasons, our favourite characters from the show, and of course, our favourite songs.
A shorter show than usual this week as Kieran had a gig to go, and the lads find themselves picking the same thing for a few different topic. This week we're talking about the multitude of comic-book based TV shows (No, Kieran won't be doing a Source Material for them), the new revolution on console gaming and the shaky grey area between laughing with someone and laughing at someone.
We're going X-Rated this week, kinda of accidentally. We've got a big, lengthy chat about GTA V which everyone saw coming, but there's a lot more talk about nudity and porn than we ever expected. As Kieran jokingly put it at the start of the show, welcome to "Enthusiast... Nights"
One of our most wild and bizarre episodes this week as we go all 'round the houses, in our most off-topic show ever. This week we're talking about children's books being adapted into films that you didn't expect, the unexpected continued brilliance of Marvel's most recent Deadpool comic and the film that Shaun describes as "Home Alone for adults"
We're breaking the rules again this week as Kieran starts off the show with some uncharacteristic un-enthusiasm towards DC Comics. Things pick up from there though, we've got one of the best new bands of the year for you to check out, as well as double-bill of balls out insane fun from Pain and Gain and Saints Row IV, respectively.
FINALLY, AFTER TEN THOUSAND YEARS WE'RE FREE. TIME TO CONQUER THE EARTH! No wait, sorry, not conquer the Earth, record a podcast, that's the one. The week off hit us harder than we thought it would, and we're champing at the bit to get back to work. This week we're going through all that big comic book casting news (Yes, we finally talk about Batfleck), Shaun talks about the thrill of processing paperwork and Kieran takes some liberties with how much of a song he's allowed to play.
Hot on the heels of our SummerSlam special last week, we're dropping another special on you as this week Kieran and Shaun are making their way down to Bramham Park for Leeds Festival. It's been a yearly tradition for the lads, but they both missed last year, so they're even more pumped to sleep in the mud and get knocked about by a bunch of sixteen year olds at the Lock-Up Stage.
We intended to have an extra long episode this week, but with neither of us having a full video game segment, it actually rounded up to normal length, so don't believe the lies at the start of the show promising we'll go longer. The reason why we tried to have an extended episode is because Shaun and Kieran are both off to Leeds Festival, and won't have any time to consume new media.
In the meantime we've got a great show still jam-packed with content. We go from murderous misunderstandings to the most charming smile in comic books, we've really got it all this week, and check back tomorrow for ANOTHER special episode where we run through the Leeds/Reading line-up and tell you who you should definitely see, or feel jealous about missing.
After our wonderfully received WrestleMania special earlier in the year, Kieran is rejoined by Matthew Gibbon for a rundown of the SummerSlam card. Unfortunately, we could only get together before the final Raw, so we're missing some details but it's still a fun show nonetheless.
A-ha! Welcome to another thrilling episode of The Enthusiast. Kieran's brimming with jealousy this week because Shaun's seen Alpha Papa, and he hasn't. Not to worry though, as he has what he claims to be "[his] favourite work of fiction all year" to share with you all. We're also talking about the subtext in children's films, not knowing how to read comic books and the latest Pokemon controversy. JOIN US.
We've got a fairly indie-heavy show this week, with indie music, indie films and the indiest comic we'll probably ever speak about. We're also talking about the big news of the week that you can probably guess from the episode art, and Kieran gets graphic as he discusses the show which gives him a so-called "News-Boner"
After last week's packed show, we're playing catch-up with a bunch of things we wanted to feature, but didn't have the time to get around to. There's spoilers ahoy as we talk in-depth about the end of Bioshock Infinite and this week's Young Avengers, as well as monkeys named after donkeys, how every Pixar film is in the same universe, and the Incredible Stan-Hulk.
San Diego Comic-Con was this past weekend, we've got OPINIONS and Kieran goes on record with an almost unbelievable statement with regards to the upcoming Superman/Batman film. Besides that, we've got pub crawls, a brigade of bros and some of the most kick-ass women in fiction.
We've got another great show for you this week. Kieran's all burnt-up from Blackpool, and Shaun's worn-out from work but we keep on trucking to provide you the entertainment you've come to expect from us. This week we're going in-depth with the Grand Theft Auto V trailer, talking about monster movies of both big and small screen and we give you a story straight from the mouth of the most bad-ass man to ever live.
A bit of a sparse week this week, pop-culture wise, but we make do. This week, we're talking about Image Comics' continued rise to the top of the industry, apocalyptic comedies and the single greatest Flash-based game you can find online. Also, Kieran's hay-fever is giving him hell, so sorry about that.
We love it when this happens. We didn't plan it, but it seems this week is the zombie episode. We've got zombie films, zombie video games and (sort-of)zombie TV show. Besides that, we get fairly nostalgic with our music choices, and celebrate one of the greatest weeks for comics in recent memory.
We're breaking the fourth wall this week (Hey Colt Cabana, how you doin?)as we shatter the format like Superboy Prime busting his way out of that weird heaven dimension. Kieran has OPINIONS about Man of Steel, and it's the most emotional episode we've recorded so far. Besides that, we've got a hefty E3 chat, and some Kanye discussion, but we spend most of our time on Man of Steel.
Once again, we've got a new record for longest show! There's some serious questioning of the nature of spoilers going on in this week's show, which Kieran kinda ruins by spoiling Avengers Arena, but there's plenty of fair warning. We also chat a lot about E3, the artistic merit of comedy-rap and giant pink dildos.
Our episodes are getting longer and long every week as we find ourselves with more and more to say. We're half-way between celebratory and mourning this week as we say goodbye to some actors and bands, but welcome back one of our favourite websites and two of our favourite comic creators team up to produce something very special.
Another late one, we're sorry. Technical difficulties, by which we mean we forgot some of the equipment, means we're a few days behind again. We've still got a great show this week, Kieran names his current album of the year, Shaun deals with with being an aging pop-punk and we give you our much anticipated opinion on the Xbox One reveal.