Listen to Episode 205, “I Have Obligations to My Employer! (feat. Kenn Edwards & Joseph Lewis)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 205, “I Have Obligations to My Employer! (feat. Kenn Edwards & Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-hosts Kenn Edwards and Joseph Lewis check in to Gobbledyween 2014 to talk The Shining with Paul and AJ. A large part of the conversation revolves around a question you may not have asked about Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 Stephen King adaptation: is it supposed to be funny? AJ’s not sure and has mixed feelings on the overbearing synth score and lack of subtlety, while Joe argues it’s really a darkly hilarious domestic comedy. Other points of discussion include how supernatural the film is or isn’t, how to read the ending, and the insane fan theory documentary Room 237. Plus, the gang offers thoughts on The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and raves about the podcast Serial.

Next: Gobbledyween comes to a close for another year as Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast stops by to discuss Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

(Show notes for “I Have Obligations to My Employer!”)

Listen to Episode 204, “Here’s Your Meatball (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 204, “Here’s Your Meatball (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Mad scientist (and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor) Eric Sipple joins Paul and AJ for the second feature attraction of Gobbledyween 2014: Stuart Gordon’s 1985 cult classic Re-Animator. The two biggest surprises about Gordon’s loose Lovecraft adaptation are 1) that it’s a genuinely well-made film and 2) that Jeffrey Combs’ batshit crazy Dr. Herbert West isn’t actually the main character. The gang discusses the movie’s boring-ass protagonist, its demented sense of humor, and the arguable merits of that scene. You know the one. Plus, the boys talk Marvel’s Civil War plans and AJ reads Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein.

Next: Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-hosts Kenn Edwards and Joseph Lewis check in to discuss Stanley Kubrick’s 1981 Stephen King adaptation The Shining.

Unveiling ‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ Cover

'The Deli Counter of Justice' cover. Art by Blair J. Campbell. Logo/font design by Karen Wellenkamp.

‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ cover. Art by Blair J. Campbell. Logo/font design by Karen Wellenkamp.

As you might imagine from everything we’ve said about the book, one of our aims in putting together The Deli Counter of Justice was to make the superheroic mundane and the mundane superheroic. What better image to summarize this mission statement than a superhero, clad in head-to-toe spandex, standing before a deli counter with a shopping basket? For the cover art, we have to thank the terrific Blair J. Campbell, who brought our ideas to life with his wonderful comic book-y art. Meanwhile, on the font front, credit goes to Karen Wellenkamp (@QuoterGal), who designed all the words on the front and back covers, deciding where they should go and what they should look like.

As a reminder, you’ll be able to hold this shiny cover in your hands on Wednesday, November 5.

If you want to hear more about what goes into graphic design, AJ and Eric sat down with Karen to talk about her decades-long career as a designer, her preference for detective novels over superheroes, the great deal of research that goes into her process, and even an unused Gobbledygeek logo she created. You can listen to or download the interview right here, or on iTunes here.

Next: AJ and Eric return to chat with “Calculated Risk” author Kitty Chandler on Thursday, October 16.

(Show notes for The Deli Podcast of Justice #6.)

Listen to Episode 203, “I’ll Lick the Stamps”

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Gobbledygeek episode 203, “I’ll Lick the Stamps,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Close the shower curtain, it’s time for Gobbledyween! Our fifth annual month-long celebration of all things bump in the night gets off to a slashing start with a discussion of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. Often imitated (once quite literally) but never duplicated, Paul and AJ dissect the film’s shifting points of view, the many taboos it broke, how its lengthy silences speak volumes, and yeah, that really dumb psychoanalysis scene. Plus, AJ joins Nicolas Cage for a post-Rapture nap with Left Behind while Paul goes to Disney Infinity and beyond with the new Marvel superheroes expansion.

Next: Gobbledyween 2014 comes back to life as Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice cohort Eric Sipple drops by for a look back at Re-Animator.

(Show notes for “I’ll Lick the Stamps.”)

Listen to Episode 202, “The Sandman: Vol. VIII – Worlds’ End (feat. Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Art from ‘The Sandman’ #54 by Michael Allred and Daniel Vozzo.

Gobbledygeek episode 202, “The Sandman: Vol. VIII – Worlds’ End (feat. Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

After scaling the high point of The Sandman last week with Brief Lives, Paul and AJ fall a little closer to earth with a discussion of Vol. VIII – Worlds’ End. Joining them is Wanna Cook? author Ensley F. Guffey…and they all agree it’s likely the series’ weakest collection. But weak Sandman is still better than most comics, so there’s plenty to say about Neil Gaiman’s final attempt at telling short stories in the Endless’ domain. There’s the return of Hob Gadling, a look at the mythic side of American politics, and a funeral procession passing by the inn at the end of all worlds. Plus, the gang grouses about Gotham and discusses Marvel’s settlement with the Jack Kirby estate.

Next: Gobbledyween 2014 gets off to a slashing start with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. The boys will be joined by Mike Brooks.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol. VIII – Worlds’ End.”)

Listen to Episode 201, “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Art from ‘The Sandman’ #49 by Jill Thompson, Vince Locke, and Danny Vozzo.

Gobbledygeek episode 201, “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Change is important. It’s also a bitch. The Endless turn and face the strain as Paul and AJ continue their Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman with Vol. VII: Brief Lives. Joining them by request (his request) is Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice cohort Eric Sipple. The gang discusses Dream and Delirium’s quest to find their brother, Morpheus growing as a person (or whatever he is), the brief stories and briefer lives embedded within the volume’s arc, and how nothing ever stays the same. Brief Lives is the pivotal installment of the series…everything after is fallout. Plus, Paul and Eric gush over Gwen Stacy’s resurgence in Edge of Spider-Verse.

Next: before Gobbledyween takes over the month of October, the boys are joined by Wanna Cook? authors K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey to discuss the next Sandman book, Vol. VIII: Worlds’ End.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives.”)

Listen to Episode 200, “The Gobbledygeek Guys (feat. Gregory Sahadachny)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 200, “The Gobbledygeek Guys (feat. Gregory Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Here it is. It finally happened. Someone somewhere decided to let these guys run off at the mouth for so long they eventually made it to 200 episodes. To celebrate this cosmic blunder, Paul and AJ have invited their good friend Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast to turn the tables and interview them. How did Paul and AJ meet? How terrified were they to discover their age difference? How did the show start? What do the boys think represent the show’s highs and lows? I’d say this is the most self-indulgent thing we’ll ever do, but hey, get back to me on #300.

Next: the status returns to quo, as third Gobbler Eric Sipple drops by to help continue the year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. This time, it’s Vol. VII: Brief Lives.

(Show notes for “The Gobbledygeek Guys.”)