Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 239, “A Bug’s Life”

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Gobbledygeek episode 239, “A Bug’s Life,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

For the twelfth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the House of Ideas goes microscopic with Ant-Man, bringing Paul Rudd into the fold and attempting to shrink from their recent overstuffed epics. Is there still room for a small-scale, one-and-done movie in the MCU? On their way to finding out, Paul and AJ discuss the film’s inventive use of perspective, what it thinks of women, how Rudd stacks up as a superhero, and yes, Peyton Reed taking over the director’s chair from an unhappy Edgar Wright.

Next: Greg Sahadachny is back for another Four-Color Flashback installment exploring Jeff Smith’s Bone. This time, we’re taking a look at Vol. V: Rock Jaw – Master of the Eastern Border.

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 238, “Three Heathens in Austin (feat. Joseph Lewis)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 238, “Three Heathens in Austin (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

I’m sure you’ve missed Paul and AJ in their extended absence. (Are those crickets I hear?) Well, if you’d like to find out what they were up to, the lowdown’s here, as the boys–along with original Gobbler Joseph Lewis–subject anyone who dares listen to the 21st century equivalent of vacation slideshows. These three heathens made their way down to Austin, TX, where they enjoyed the sights, the sounds, the movies, the food. Oh, did they enjoy the food. On their surprisingly Confederate flag-free tour of the South, they also hit Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans, all of which they discuss in detail. The gang talks about the many movies they saw at the Alamo Drafthouse (including Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike XXL), what they wrote on the wall outside Graceland, and their surprise celebrity encounter at Third Man Records.

Next: Marvel’s biggest little hero gets his turn in the spotlight with Ant-Man.

(Show notes for “Three Heathens in Austin.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 236, “Bone: Vol. IV – The Dragonslayer (feat. Greg Sahadachny)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 236, “Bone: Vol. IV – The Dragonslayer (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

We got th’ gitchy feelin’, which can only mean one thing…it’s time for another Four-Color Flashback installment exploring the world of Jeff Smith’s Bone. Once again, Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter joins Paul and AJ to discuss Bone: Vol IV – The Dragonslayer. The series now has both feet in the “epic fantasy” realm, so the gang discusses how the expository infodumps work, how Smith maintains his sense of humor amid the darkness, Phoney’s major heel turn, and whether or not you should be reading this thing in color or black-and-white.

Next: while Paul and AJ are gone fishin’, they’ve discovered a “lost” Miyazaki Month episode! They’ll discuss the only two Miyazaki features they didn’t get to in April, 1979’s The Castle of Cagliostro and 2008’s Ponyo.

(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. IV – The Dragonslayer.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 233, “Sex Class”

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Gobbledygeek episode 233, “Sex Class,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Welcome to sex class. Today, Paul and AJ will be teaching you about the repr–wait, no, sorry, that’s later this season. This week, we’re indulging in a four-color Geek Challenge: AJ must read the run so far of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class, about a wayward teen boy recruited by a school for assassins in the late ’80s; and Paul must read all ten current issues of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals, in which two lovers stop time when they come. (That one’ll actually teach you a thing or two.) The boys discuss the two Image series, their raw honesty, their radically different yet equally beautiful art styles, and their ridiculously filthy jokes. Plus, there’s talk of films about damaged musicians (Love and Mercy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) and sentient robots (Ex Machina).

Next: on top of Jurassic World, lookin’ down on creation.

(Show notes for “Sex Class.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 230, “Bone: Vol. III – Eyes of the Storm (feat. Greg Sahadachny)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 230, “Bone: Vol. III – Eyes of the Storm (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

With Miyazaki Month behind us and Ultron vanquished, Paul and AJ return to the world of Jeff Smith’s Bone. Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter joins the boys for another Four-Color Flashback, this time taking a look at Bone: Vol. III – Eyes of the Storm, wherein things get serious. Smith still crams in plenty of jokes and moments of perfect comedic timing, but the book’s heart isn’t as light as it perhaps once was. The boys discuss this new heaviness, how it meshes with the series’ humor, the volume’s mythological infodump, and the many ways in which Smith’s art recalls the best of animation.

Next: Don Draper may be gone, but one man is still mad. Paul and AJ dig into the Mad Max series and its new installment, Fury Road.

(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. III – Eyes of the Storm.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 225, “When Pigs (and Castles) Fly (feat. Greg Sahadachny)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 225, “When Pigs (and Castles) Fly (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Miyazaki Month takes to the skies this week with 1986’s Castle in the Sky, the first official Studio Ghibli production, about a boy from a mining town and a princess from a floating island (jeez, does this guy have a thing for princesses or what?); and 1992’s Porco Rosso, wherein a man with the face of a pig fights air pirates and evades the Italian Secret Police. Greg Sahadachny, host of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter, joins Paul and AJ to discuss Miyazaki’s aviation fascination, how Castle in the Sky may be the perfect bridge between Nausicaä  and Princess Mononoke, why Porco Rosso succeeds (or doesn’t) as a character study, and more.

Next: Monique Morgan of Beacon Hills: After Dark and Nathan Burdette of On the Rocks join us for a look at Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.

(Show notes for “When Pigs (and Castles) Fly.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 224, “Witches? There Goes the Neighborhood! (feat. Kitty Chandler & Anna Williams)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 224, “Witches? There Goes the Neighborhood! (feat. Kitty Chandler & Anna Williams),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Our month-long celebration of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki continues! After the intense, mythology-laden epics Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke, Paul and AJ turn to perhaps Miyazaki’s lightest features: the 1988-89 one-two punch of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Joining them is author (and The Deli Counter of Justice contributor) Kitty Chandler and editrix extraordinaire Anna Williams. The gang discusses Miyazaki’s painterly detail, his use of complex female protagonists, how both films are about growing up, and why it makes perfect sense that My Neighbor Totoro was originally released on a double bill with Grave of the Fireflies.

Next: we’re taking to the skies! Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter stops by to chat about Castle in the Sky and Porco Rosso.

(Show notes for “Witches? There Goes the Neighborhood!”)