Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 221, “Sipple Wears Short Shorts (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 221, “Sipple Wears Short Shorts (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

#LifeChange is in the air! That’s right, this week, the boys have a lot on their minds. As Paul embarks on a new chapter of his life, AJ deals with the major hang-ups of being a homeowner by proxy. None other than frenemy of the show and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple is on hand to listen to their whinging; after which, the gang gets down to some serious writing talk. The boys discuss the perils of writing flash fiction (AKA extremely short stories), what you can learn from such constrictions, and what’s next for the Deli-verse, plus plenty more.

Next: this year’s Four-Color Flashback continues with a look at Bone: Vol. II – The Great Cow Race, potentially featuring The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny.

(Show notes for “Sipple Wears Short Shorts.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 220, “Bone: Vol. I – Out from Boneville”

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Art from ‘Bone’ by Jeff Smith.

Gobbledygeek episode 220, “Bone: Vol. I – Out from Boneville,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

After spending 2014 weaving their way through the many different stories of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Paul and AJ have settled on something which appears much simpler for this year’s Four-Color Flashback: Jeff Smith’s Bone. Appearances can be deceiving, though. The boys have heard tell that Smith’s cartoony magnum opus, taking obvious inspiration from Walt Kelly and Carl Barks’ comic strips, grows into a complex, sprawling epic. And even in Vol. I: Out from Boneville, wherein Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone find themselves in a strange new land, there are inklings of the high fantasy to come. Plus, the boys discuss friend of the show Kenn Edwards’ short film The Joke, attempt to break down Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s new Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and prepare to enter the Age of Ultron with a new trailer.

Next: Eric Sipple stops by to chat. This won’t end well.

(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. I – Out from Boneville.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 219, “Running with Gynecologists”

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Gobbledygeek episode 219, “Running with Gynecologists,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

For the first Geek Challenge of 2015, Paul and AJ have been challenged by friend of the show/Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host Kenn Edwards to do things a little differently: Paul has to challenge AJ to a movie not from the ’80s, while AJ has to challenge Paul to one from the ’80s that isn’t black-and-white or foreign. After some head-scratching, Paul has chosen to force AJ to endure the 1976 cult classic Logan’s Run, about two people exploring the outer world; and AJ has tasked Paul with sitting through the 1988 David Cronenberg film Dead Ringers, about two people exploring the inner world. Tenuous connection aside, these are very different movies. Very different. Plus, the boys pay their respects to Leonard Nimoy, talk Spider-Gwen, and just want to be one of Will Forte’s ball-friends on The Last Man on Earth.

Next: this year’s Four-Color Flashback begins with a look at Out from Boneville, the first volume of Jeff Smith’s cartoony magnum opus Bone.

(Show notes for “Running with Gynecologists.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 218, “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime, and Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 218, “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime, and Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Mars: it ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, and it ain’t the kind of place where Mark Watney wants to die. We track our astronaut’s final attempts to leave the Red Planet in the last six chapters of The Martian by Andy Weir, as Paul and AJ are joined by all of this year’s Gobbledy-Book Club readers: So Let’s Get to the Point host and Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-host Kenn Edwards, Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey, and the Internet’s own Hallie Prime. The verdict on the book is perhaps a touch contentious, but that just makes the whole thing more fun, right? Plus, the gang discusses Mars One’s very real proposal to send folks to Mars for life.

Next: AJ and Paul have been tasked with an interesting Geek Challenge by Mr. Edwards. Paul must challenege AJ to a movie that’s not from the ’80s, while AJ must challenge Paul to a movie from the ’80s that’s also not foreign or black-and-white. After much head-scratching, Paul must endure Dead Ringers and AJ will subject himself to Logan’s Run.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 217, “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars (feat. Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 217, “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars (feat. Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

What do cannibalism, Elton John, and pirate-ninjas have in common? They all figure into chapters 13-19 of The Martian by Andy Weir, here discussed by Paul, AJ, and Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey. As Gobbledy-Book Club 2015 nears its end, the gang talks about the book’s stylistic and emotional weaknesses, as well as the ways in which Weir effectively builds tension. How will it all end? Ensley knows! But Paul and AJ can only make their terrible, terrible predictions. Plus, the gang gets into that whole Spider-Man business, laments Jon Stewart’s decision to leave The Daily Show, and takes a guess at what Neill Blomkamp has in store for his Alien movie.

Next: an all-star jam band reunion of our Martian readers, featuring Ensley, Kenn Edwards, and Hallie Prime.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 216, “The Martian: Part 2 – Signal Acquired (feat. Hallie Prime)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 216, “The Martian: Part 2 – Signal Acquired (feat. Hallie Prime),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

For the second week of Gobbledy-Book Club 2015, Paul and AJ are joined by longtime friend (but first-time guest) Hallie Prime to discuss chapters 7-12 of The Martian by Andy Weir. As stranded astronaut Mark Watney becomes more and more desperate for human contact, Weir begins to tap into the emotional weight of his premise. The gang debates how effective this is…and continues to have issues with a little thing called “dialogue.” Plus, AJ prepares to Better Call Saul, while the gang straps on their gravity boots for the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.

Next: Wanna Cook? author Ensley F. Guffey stops by to talk chapters 13-19 of The Martian.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 2 – Signal Acquired.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 215, “The Martian: Part 1 – Martian, Martian, Martian! (feat. Kenn Edwards)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 215, “The Martian: Part 1 – Martian, Martian, Martian! (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

After tackling the layers hidden beneath the puzzle-filled surface of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S last year, the Gobbledy-Book Club returns to discuss The Martian by Andy Weir…and it’s a much simpler read, for better or worse. AJ and Paul are joined by So Let’s Get to the Point host (and Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host) Kenn Edwards to talk the first six chapters of The Martian. The pros: the story of astronaut Mark Watney stranded on Mars is immediately engaging, it’s pretty damn funny, and it’s filled with tons of cool science. The cons: there’s a lot of science that might fly over heads, the tone is weirdly lighthearted, and Weir struggles a little with the switch from Mark’s POV to folks back home on Earth. Will this premise sustain a whole book? We’ll find out!

Next: Hallie Prime joins us to discuss chapters 7-12 of The Martian.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 1 – Martian, Martian, Martian!”)