Art from ‘The Sandman’ #49 by Jill Thompson, Vince Locke, and Danny Vozzo.
Gobbledygeek episode 201, “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Change is important. It’s also a bitch. The Endless turn and face the strain as Paul and AJ continue their Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman with Vol. VII: Brief Lives. Joining them by request (his request) is Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice cohort Eric Sipple. The gang discusses Dream and Delirium’s quest to find their brother, Morpheus growing as a person (or whatever he is), the brief stories and briefer lives embedded within the volume’s arc, and how nothing ever stays the same. Brief Lives is the pivotal installment of the series…everything after is fallout. Plus, Paul and Eric gush over Gwen Stacy’s resurgence in Edge of Spider-Verse.
Next: before Gobbledyween takes over the month of October, the boys are joined by Wanna Cook? authors K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey to discuss the next Sandman book, Vol. VIII: Worlds’ End.
(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 200, “The Gobbledygeek Guys (feat. Gregory Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Here it is. It finally happened. Someone somewhere decided to let these guys run off at the mouth for so long they eventually made it to 200 episodes. To celebrate this cosmic blunder, Paul and AJ have invited their good friend Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast to turn the tables and interview them. How did Paul and AJ meet? How terrified were they to discover their age difference? How did the show start? What do the boys think represent the show’s highs and lows? I’d say this is the most self-indulgent thing we’ll ever do, but hey, get back to me on #300.
Next: the status returns to quo, as third Gobbler Eric Sipple drops by to help continue the year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. This time, it’s Vol. VII: Brief Lives.
(Show notes for “The Gobbledygeek Guys.”)
Listen to Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 12 right here, and on iTunes here.
It’s still 1963 for the gang at Sterling Cooper; acid wouldn’t become the drug du jour for another few years, but that doesn’t stop our very own Kenn Edwards from going on a far-out trip, man. As Kenn comes down from his psychedelic odyssey, he attempts to talk about Mad Men with a depressingly sober AJ and Joe. The episodes among discussion this week are “The Arrangements,” in which Sally throws a tantrum (that will bring you to tears); “The Fog,” wherein Betty takes revenge on caterpillars; and “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency,” in which, well…yeah. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 12.)
Gobbledygeek episode 199, “#TurtleGate (feat. Nathan Burdette),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
For the first time in a very long time, Paul and AJ are joined by On the Rocks co-host (and AJ’s cousin) Nathan Burdette. This time, there’s no main topic; the boys have a hodgepodge of recent pop culture developments to discuss, including Paul and AJ’s fundamental disagreement over whether this episode actually has a main topic. Exciting! The gang gets started talking about the new claims that Jack the Ripper has been unmasked, before AJ proffers a public apology to Anna Kendrick. Then they take a gander at trade show art of the Vision as he appears in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This leads to two larger subjects: the new documentary Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the ill-advised #GamerGate.
Next: here it is, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve hit the magic number 200. That’s right, two hundred episodes of Paul and AJ blathering on about nothing in particular. To celebrate, we’ve invited our good friend Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast to take the reins, interviewing the boys about life, the universe, and everything.
(Show notes for “#TurtleGate.”)
Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 11 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
A new season has begun, in more ways than one. As Don gets his Maypole on, AJ, Kenn, and Joe begin the third season of Mad Men. This week, they take a look at “Out of Town,” which features a devious little bellhop; “Love Among the Ruins,” wherein Ann-Margret is a sexy baby; and “My Old Kentucky Home,” which is an extravaganza of blackface, pot-smoking, and accordion-playing. And don’t forget those Brits. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 11.)
Gobbledygeek episode 198, “Show Me Your Predator Face,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
After their discussion of Alien for the epic Alien/Predator podcrawl (see information on participating podcasts in the show notes), Paul and AJ now turn to John McTiernan’s 1987 sci-fi actioner Predator. Arnold Schwarzenegger stalks the jungle, joined by the likes of tough guys Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, and…uh…Shane Black? Sure. They in turn are stalked by a nasty dreadlock-wearing mofo with one ugly mug. Is there anything to this movie? Not really. Does there need to be? The boys are a little divided, with Paul enjoying its macho silliness and AJ doing the opposite of that. One thing they can both agree on is that there are a lot of biceps in this movie. Plus, speaking of biceps, AJ starts watching Starz’s Spartacus on frenemy Eric Sipple’s recommendation.
Next: old friend of the show/AJ’s cousin Nathan Burdette makes his triumphant return to Gobbledygeek to discuss, among other things, the new documentary Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
(Show notes for “Show Me Your Predator Face.”)
Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 10 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Reunions. Betrayals. Usurpations. (Is that a word?) Just another day at Sterling Cooper and also the second season finale of Mad Men, “Meditations in an Emergency.” AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss where Don and Betty’s relationship is headed in light of how badly it’s been damaged this season; the Cuban Missile Crisis hanging over every decision these characters make; and the conclusion of Duck’s foolish gambit. There’s also talk of Are You Here, Matthew Weiner’s new film and feature directorial debut. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 10.)