The Avatar Returns episode 1 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Paul, AJ, and their frenemy/The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple have a new podcast: The Avatar Returns. It seems as though a hundred years have passed since they first committed to doing this, but at last…they’re here to save the world! Or at least watch and discuss every chapter of the award-winning Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel The Legend of Korra. Each week (or so), your humble hosts wax rhapsodic about 2-4 chapters, working their way from the epic’s humble beginnings in the frozen southern wastes to the dramatic final battle in…well, that would be telling.
This episode, they talk about “The Boy in the Iceberg,” “The Avatar Returns,” and “The Southern Air Temple.” Paul and Eric have seen both series before, but this is AJ’s first visit to the world of Avatar. Join us as we bask in his coming of age.
(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 1.)
Art from ‘Bone: Vol. VII – Ghost Circles’ by Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker.
Gobbledygeek episode 249, “Bone: Vol. VII – Ghost Circles (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Great darkness falls across our podcast. May Paul, AJ, and Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter be equal to the burden as they continue their year-long Four-Color Flashback series on Jeff Smith’s Bone. This time, the gang turns to Vol. VII: Ghost Circles; if they thought everything happened last volume, even more everything happens this volume. Which begs the question: how much is too much? How many mythology infodumps before the series threatens to crumble beneath their weight? The gang discusses how the extensive exposition fits into Smith’s otherwise impeccable structure, how this cute lil’ comedy is handling its transition to dramatic fantasy epic, and–oh yes–the return of young Bartleby.
Next: it’s that time of year, ghouls and boils. Gobbledyween 2015 kicks off with a return appearance by Greg to discuss John Carpenter’s cult classic They Live.
(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. VII – Ghost Circles.”)
Art from ‘Bone: Vol. VI – Old Man’s Cave’ by Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker.
Gobbledygeek episode 245, “Bone: Vol. VI – Old Man’s Cave (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Paul, AJ, and special guest Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast are each a small concentrated bit of dream carried along in the currents of Jeff Smith’s Bone, which they return to once more in another Four-Color Flashback installment. This time, the gang enters Vol. VI: Old Man’s Cave, in which…well, in which everything happens. Questions that have hung over the series from the first volume are finally answered, new wrinkles in the established mythology are revealed, and the main narrative appears to reach its climax. And yet three volumes remain on our journey. Plus, Paul discusses the documentary The Wolfpack, while AJ and Greg appear to resolve their feud before they get around to yelling at each other over Turbo Kid.
Next: oh God, it’s Jason Tabrys.
(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. VI – Old Man’s Cave.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 240, “Bone: Vol. V – Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Power is the only thing of substance in this world. Well, that and Jeff Smith’s Bone, which Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast joins Paul and AJ to discuss once more. This time, the gang scales the cliffs of Vol. V: Rock Jaw – Master of the Eastern Border. It’s an imposing title for such a straightforward volume, not to mention the shortest of the series thus far. Yet the boys find plenty to talk about, including the introduction of new character Roque Ja, a smooth-talking feline whose name no one can pronounce; the moving tale of Smiley and Bartleby the rat creature cub; and whether or not Smith gets away with the dreamlike narrative.
Next: Paul and AJ face the music with a new Geek Challenge. AJ must listen to Floodland by Sisters of Mercy, while Paul has to give John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band a spin.
(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. V – Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 237, “The Destabilized Economy of Nightmare Fish Muppets,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
During Miyazaki Month earlier this year, Paul and AJ (along with a number of their friends) discussed every feature film of Hayao Miyazaki’s career…except two. Which is why they’ve revived the concept for a “lost” Miyazaki Month analyzing 1979’s The Castle of Cagliostro, Miyazaki’s first movie; and 2008’s Ponyo, his penultimate film. Well, “analyze” might be the wrong word…for different reasons, these are two movies which don’t necessarily require a lot of thought. But the boys give it their all anyway, going over Cagliostro‘s heist picture wackiness and Ponyo‘s dreamlike simplicity, not to mention Hitler and nightmare fish Muppets.
Next: we’re on vacation…so who knows! But we’ll be back!
(Show notes for “The Destabilized Economy of Nightmare Fish Muppets.”)
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.”)
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.”)