Listen to Episode 46, “Tights of Spandex, Flights of Fantasy, Slices of Life”

Gobbledygeek episode 46, “Tights of Spandex, Flights of Fantasy, Slices of Life,” is available for listening or download right here. Endeavoring to enlighten the non-comics-reading portion of their audience, Paul and AJ offer up a sort of Comics 101 class: twenty-seven recommendations for beginners in five different categories. From superhero fare like Batman: Year One to webcomics like The Perry Bible Fellowship; from the engrossing autobiography Blankets to the fantasy epic Fables; from the zombie opus The Walking Dead to the boy-and-his-tiger opus Calvin and Hobbes; we’ve attempted to cover most of the bases. In addition to all o’ that, you’ve also got your news; your upcoming DVD releases; Paul’s takes on the first issues of new comics XombiVenom, Sigil, and Ruse; and AJ’s thoughts on the films Unstoppable, Due Date, and LennonNYC.

Next: we’ll discuss fictional worlds we’d want to live in.

(Show notes for “Tights of Spandex, Flights of Fantasy, Slices of Life.”)

Listen to Episode 45, “Secret Origins”

Well, after a few frustrating delays, Gobbledygeek episode 45, “Secret Origins,” is finally available for listening or download right here. To celebrate the show’s one-year anniversary, Paul and AJ decide to reach back into the dusty, cobweb-laced corners of their minds to bring us their Secret Origins: their first geek experiences, what led them to becoming full-fledged geeks, what made them into who they are today. Such memories as paper-and-dice role-playing, live-action role-playing, and chat room role-playing are brought up…wow, that’s a lot of role-playing. Never again question their geek credentials. Also, things like comic books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, computers, and more. Plus you’ve got news; upcoming DVD releases; AJ’s takes on The Troll Hunter, Another Year, and How Do You Know; and Paul and AJ’s joint reviews of The Adjustment Bureau and Rango.

Next: we know we’ve got some listeners who don’t really “get” the comics portions of our show, so we shall endeavor to offer a comic book primer.

(Show notes for “Secret Origins.”)

Listen to Episode 44, “$20 Toilet Paper or, 127 James Francos”

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Gobbledygeek episode 44, “$20 Toilet Paper or, 127 James Francos” is available for listening or download right here. The bad news: Paul and AJ talk about the Oscars. Again. For the last time. This year. Maybe. The good news: no one talks about Charlie Sheen! Ever! Plus you have some news, upcoming DVD releases, AJ’s reviews of the new Dum Dum Girls EP He Gets Me High and Tunes: A Comic Book History of Rock and Roll, as well as Paul’s takes on the new episode of Supernatural, Hans Zimmer’s Rango soundtrack, and the 1977 Ralph Bakshi animated “classic” Wizards.

(Show notes for “$20 Toilet Paper or, 127 James Francos.”)

Listen to Episode 43, “Daytripping with Sweet-Toothed Nocturnal Orcs”

Gobbledygeek episode 43, “Daytripping with Sweet-Toothed Nocturnal Orcs,” is available for listening or download right here. Paul had a very good “geek week,” as he puts it, and so discusses a bunch of the things he consumed in the past week: the TV series Archer and An Idiot Abroad; the comics Nocturnals: Black Planet, Sweet Tooth, Orc Stain, and Daytripper; and more. After that, the geeks take a look at upcoming DVD releases, offer pithy comments on the state of the US box office, and in another exciting installment of “Reel Picks,” AJ reviews The Expendables and Get Low before being joined by Paul to discuss All-Star Superman.

Next: our Oscars post-mortem.

(Show notes for “Daytripping with Sweet-Toothed Nocturnal Orcs.”)

Download Episode 40, “Etewaf”

Gobbledygeek episode 40, “Etewaf,” is available for download right here. This week, we discuss how certain creators gain or break our trust as audience members, and how far we’d be willing to follow them into the abyss. Those discussed include Richard Kelly, Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant, among others. Following that, we take a look at upcoming DVD releases, I share my thoughts on Megamind, and Paul talks about re-reading Watership Down for the first time in years as well as reading the acclaimed graphic novel Return of the Dapper Men for the first time.

Next week: Saturday morning cartoons!

(Show notes for “Etewaf.”)

Listen to Last Night’s Gobbledygeek

The Pac-Man kill screen, also known as Code Monkey's Acid Trip.

 

Last night’s Gobbledygeek, “Kill Screen,” is available for listening right here. Paul and I conjure up our arcade memories, his largely concerning Arnold’s on the Ave, mine mostly centered on Aladdin’s Castle. All of our favorite games, from Pong to Time Crisis, get a mention, and we also talk about some memorable/regrettable films about video games. Then, in the bonus hour, we discuss upcoming releases, followed by the first installment of “Reel Picks” (reviewed are Get Him to the GreekThe Kids Are All RightThe American, and The Other Guys), and capped by Kevin and Paul expounding on this Cam Newton business which I have trouble following.

Next week: Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving, featuring some of your favorite voices of old!

And while you’re at it, why not vote in our 2010 listeners’ poll?

Gobbledygeek #32 Tonight!

The thirty-second episode of Gobbledygeek airs live tonight at 10:30 PM EST right here. Paul and I travel back to that long-ago time when quarters were plentiful, joysticks your only weapon against the deadliest enemies, and tickets your only reward. Plus you got to turn them in for a prize. So there was that. We are, of course, talking about the video game arcade, an establishment which seems to be dead beyond movie theaters and bowling alleys. We sort of miss arcades, so here we are. In the bonus hour, we’ll have upcoming DVD releases, me talking about movies, and more.

Reminder: Calling into the show is potentially a toll call, but if you’ve got a free Skype account and a free BlogTalkRadio account, you can use the free “Click to Talk” button to call in…for free!

Listen to Last Night’s Gobbledygeek

The ghost's natural enemy: 1980's dance.

Last night’s Gobbledygeek, “Boo,” is available for listening right here. We talk about a bunch of ghost movies, whether or not we prefer helpful or malevolent spirits in our fiction, and some of our own personal experiences with haunted house attractions, but by far the best part of the show is in the bonus hour. After some DVD releases and a check-up on the state of the fall TV season, Paul gives the origin story of his online username, Haunt, which so fascinated Kevin and I that it led to an hours-long Skype chat after the show. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Next week: Monster grab bag. Aliens, demons, and slashers, oh my!

Gobbledygeek #29 Tonight!

The twenty-ninth episode of Gobbledygeek airs live tonight at 10:00 PM EST right here. It’s our third Halloween-related show, and our first in our new time slot of Thursdays at 10. Tonight we’re all about pesky poltergeists, spectral spooks, ghoulish ghosts, and hang on a second, I’m leafing through the Stan Lee Appendix of Alliteration for more corny phrases. In a word, spirits and the beyond, and how they’re reflected in our popular culture. In particular, I’m interested in seeing if I can wrangle the origin story of Paul’s online username, Haunt, out of him tonight… In the bonus hour, we’ll have DVD releases and more.

Reminder: Calling into the show is potentially a toll call, but if you’ve got a free Skype account and a free BlogTalkRadio account, you can use the free “Click to Talk” button to call in…for free!

Listen to This Weekend’s Gobbledygeek

 

This weekend’s Gobbledygeek, “When the Wolfbane Blooms,” is available for listening right here. We wolf out about films such as An American Werewolf in LondonThe Wolf ManDog SoldiersBrotherhood of the Wolf, and Blood and Chocolate, among others, as we discuss the werewolf in all its furry glory. (And Paul is, as he is about many things, very particular about his werewolves.) In the bonus hour, we’ve got just a couple upcoming DVD releases, a brief celebration of John Lennon by yours truly in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday, and then we talk about Let Me InThe Town, and The Social Network.

Next week: ghosts.