Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 33

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 33 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Now that they’re in the home stretch, with Mad Men season 7B premiering on April 5, AJ, Kenn, and Joe have moved to discussing just one episode per podcast. This week, that episode is “The Runaways,” in which everyone is trying (to various degrees of success) to run from authority. There’s Don trying to rout his partners, Betty attempting to assert independence from Henry, and…Ginsberg v. computer? This episode goes to some dark, strange places, and your hosts are on hand to make sense of it all. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 33.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 221, “Sipple Wears Short Shorts (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 221, “Sipple Wears Short Shorts (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

#LifeChange is in the air! That’s right, this week, the boys have a lot on their minds. As Paul embarks on a new chapter of his life, AJ deals with the major hang-ups of being a homeowner by proxy. None other than frenemy of the show and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple is on hand to listen to their whinging; after which, the gang gets down to some serious writing talk. The boys discuss the perils of writing flash fiction (AKA extremely short stories), what you can learn from such constrictions, and what’s next for the Deli-verse, plus plenty more.

Next: this year’s Four-Color Flashback continues with a look at Bone: Vol. II – The Great Cow Race, potentially featuring The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny.

(Show notes for “Sipple Wears Short Shorts.”)

‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ $0.99 Sale Continues with a New Story by Arlo J. Wiley

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For the week of St. Patrick’s Day, The Deli Counter of Justice will only be $0.99 for the Kindle! Click here to get the book. We’ll also be releasing three FREE short (very short) stories set in New Caliburn, all of them St. Paddy’s-themed. Eric Sipple already got you wasted with“St. Paddy’s Day,”  then Paul Smith taught you to fly with “Whiskey Magic.”

Now, for the last of our three stories, “Fear the Clurichaun,” Arlo J. Wiley invites you inside Cook’s Deli as proprietor Carl Cook AKA the retired superhero Piecemaker endures his least favorite day of the year into the wee hours. This may be our final story (for now!), but the sale continues for the rest of the week.

To distract himself from the remaining St. Paddy’s revelers crowding his deli, Carl silently cursed the shamrock hanging above the counter. Tabitha had bought the dumb thing at an antiques shop, teasing her dad about his newfound hatred for St. Patrick’s Day (discovered when he opened an eatery subject to late-night drunks on the Row) as she nailed it up.

Now it was 2:30 a.m., only another half-hour before Carl could wash the smell of corned beef and sauerkraut from his clothes. He made his way behind the counter, where he was bombarded with orders for two more Reubens. Heading to the kitchen to boil another slab of beef, Carl decided the overflowing bags of trash needed taken care of first. He went out the backdoor, propping it open with an old packing crate.

The lid to the dumpster was already open, and he noticed a dog sitting in the alley. It was fitted with a little saddle.

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Read a New ‘Deli Counter of Justice’ Story by Paul Smith

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For the week of St. Patrick’s Day, The Deli Counter of Justice will only be $0.99 for the Kindle! Click here to get the book. We’ll also be releasing three FREE short (very short) stories set in New Caliburn, all of them St. Paddy’s-themed. Eric Sipple already got you wasted with “St. Paddy’s Day.”

Now we have a new story by Paul Smith, featuring Aegis, whom you may remember as Piecemaker’s former sidekick Crashtest from Paul’s anthology contribution “…A Hero Only One.” Enjoy!

Apparently, magic whiskey smells like mud and Froot Loops. Robbie hadn’t tasted it yet. His older brother claimed he’d bartered with an old wizard up in Harren Mast for the whiskey, implying he’d paid some terrible mystical price for it. Robbie suspected he’d actually gotten it on the Internet. In any case, Dean said it would give them powers. Dean had always wanted to be a superhero. So, magic whiskey.

For his part, Robbie had always wanted to be Dean. So…magic whiskey.

At fourteen, eight years younger than his brother, he was always eager to tag along with him and his friends whenever they’d let him. He was the butt of their jokes, subject to endless pranks. But he knew he could prove to them that he was more than just the sidekick.

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Get ‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ for $0.99 and Read a New Short Story by Eric Sipple!

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For the week of St. Patrick’s Day, The Deli Counter of Justice will only be $0.99 for the Kindle! Click here to get the book. We’ll also be releasing three FREE short (very short) stories set in New Caliburn, all of them St. Paddy’s-themed.

Up first is “St. Paddy’s Day” by Eric Sipple, featuring his creation Tabitha Cook AKA The Pixel, whom you can read more about in his contribution to the anthology, “Pixelated.” Enjoy!

It was Tabitha’s third beer in less than an hour, and she still wasn’t buzzed. Why had she ordered beer, anyway? Anything would’ve been a better choice. Vodka. Whiskey. That gross-looking bacon moonshine in a mason jar the bartender kept forcing people to smell. But no, she had to go with green pissbeer because most of her paycheck got eaten by rent, and green pissbeer was on special. Tabitha was the queen of bad decisions.

She reached for her wallet to see if she had enough for another drink, resting her left elbow on the bar for support as she did, and choked back a wail of pain. Right. Still not healed. She couldn’t even be angry at the nanoscopic jerks in her bloodstream for not getting her fixed up yet, not after the night they’d had. More victims of Tabitha’s shitty choices. She just had to get St. Patrick’s Day off to patrol the Row, unable to resist the opportunity to pummel a few sloshed frat boys looking for trouble. Only tonight turned into one of those “more than she bargained for” deals and now she was doing something she’d sworn she never would: spending St. Paddy’s Day in a bar that served green fucking beer.

The night wasn’t looking up. Her wallet was empty save for a years-old losing raffle ticket. Tabitha was out of cash, nursing a shattered-into-dozens-of-bone-fragments arm, and was stone cold sober. All because what she thought was a simple gang of thieves knocking over an armored car was her crew. The one people’d been whispering fearfully about for weeks. Cadence, they called her.

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Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 32

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 32 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

For the final podcast discussing multiple episodes of the show, AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their analysis of Mad Men season 7 by discussing whether or not Don, or anyone on the show, has any hope of attaining redemption. Once you’ve bottomed out, can you climb your way back up? The gang tries to find answers by taking a look at “Field Trip,” wherein Betty drinks milk; and “The Monolith,” in which the other couch is full of farts. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 32.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 220, “Bone: Vol. I – Out from Boneville”

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Art from ‘Bone’ by Jeff Smith.

Gobbledygeek episode 220, “Bone: Vol. I – Out from Boneville,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

After spending 2014 weaving their way through the many different stories of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Paul and AJ have settled on something which appears much simpler for this year’s Four-Color Flashback: Jeff Smith’s Bone. Appearances can be deceiving, though. The boys have heard tell that Smith’s cartoony magnum opus, taking obvious inspiration from Walt Kelly and Carl Barks’ comic strips, grows into a complex, sprawling epic. And even in Vol. I: Out from Boneville, wherein Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone find themselves in a strange new land, there are inklings of the high fantasy to come. Plus, the boys discuss friend of the show Kenn Edwards’ short film The Joke, attempt to break down Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s new Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and prepare to enter the Age of Ultron with a new trailer.

Next: Eric Sipple stops by to chat. This won’t end well.

(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. I – Out from Boneville.”)