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 237, “The Destabilized Economy of Nightmare Fish Muppets”

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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.”)

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 235, “All Together Now (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 235, “All Together Now (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

If you ever feel like you’ve got more than one voice in your head…you just might. That’s what the eight leads of Netflix’s new series Sense8 discover. What Paul and AJ discover, along with their The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple, is that the show, from the minds of the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski, is a fascinating intersection of race, class, sexuality, and geography. As the characters experience the world through each others’ eyes–and beyond–the show delves into a topic unfamiliar to much pop culture: empathy. The gang digs into Sense8‘s metaphysical kick, its brilliantly layered characters, its binge-watching model, and more.

Next: Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast drops in for another Four-Color Flashback episode examining Jeff Smith’s Bone. This time, we’ll be reading Bone: Vol IV – The Dragonslayer.

(Show notes for “All Together Now.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 234, “Capitalism, Uh…Finds a Way (feat. Kenn Edwards)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 234, “Capitalism, Uh, Finds a Way (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Don’t you just hate how amusement parks jack up prices during the summer season? I mean, $12 for a Slurpee? Not to mention the lines and the waiting and the heat and the crowds don’t get me started on the crowds and OH GOD WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Jurassic World is the only park on Earth where you’re more likely to get bitten by a pterosaur than a mosquito, so of course the thing’s been up and running for 20 years with nary an incident. At least that’s the premise of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park sequel, which finds Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and her heels on the run from all manner of prehistoric beasts. Paul and AJ, joined by Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point, discuss the film’s logic or lack thereof, how it plays into the Buzzfeed-ification of our culture, its surprising similarities to Gremlins 2, and what it has to say about big corporate sequels. Plus, AJ’s not dead.

Next: I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple joins the boys to talk Netflix’s new series Sense8.

(Show notes for “Capitalism, Uh, Finds a Way.”)

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.”)