Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 248, “Rage Reversal”


Gobbledygeek episode 248, “Rage Reversal,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

This week on Gobbledygeek, there’s been a rage reversal: Paul, the Enormous Green Rage Monster of the podcast, is unusually calm and placid; meanwhile, AJ is filled with anger, much of it directed toward the fast food chain Wendy’s. What are a couple geeks to do? Find something, anything to distract them from this cosmic imbalance, such as Paul’s recent trip to Disney World and brief return to the zoo that made him famous; Ryan Adams’ melancholy cover version of Taylor Swift’s 1989; and AJ’s adventures at his local arthouse (featuring Phoenix, The End of the Tour, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Eraserhead), for which he is roundly mocked.

Next: our year-long Four-Color Flashback series on Jeff Smith’s Bone continues with Vol. VII: Ghost Circles. As always, we are joined by Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast.

(Show notes for “Rage Reversal.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 247, “Just Sort of Rotting”


Gobbledygeek episode 247, “Just Sort of Rotting,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Gobbledyween comes early with the one-two zombie punch (right through some poor lady’s skull) of Peter Jackson’s 1992 gorefest Dead Alive AKA Braindead, one of several gonzo films which made the New Zealander perhaps the least likely contender to ever helm The Lord of the Rings; and 1984’s cult classic Night of the Comet, wherein the world ends and the burden of society is placed upon two teen sisters and their new pal Hector. In true Geek Challenge fashion, Paul and AJ find themselves baffled by these selections. Paul swims through Dead Alive‘s rivers of fake blood, while AJ finds himself stranded in Night of the Comet‘s nearly zombie-free desert. Will our heroes find common ground and come to understand one another? Never.

Next: death is but a door. Time is but a window. We’ll be back.

(Show notes for “Just Sort of Rotting.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 246, “Oh God, It’s Jason Tabrys (feat. Jason Tabrys)”


Gobbledygeek episode 246, “Oh God, It’s Jason Tabrys (feat. Jason Tabrys),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Once and future Koko the Showfucker (and, one supposes, veteran pop culture writer/editor) Jason Tabrys is once again spreading his distinct brand of cheer to Gobbledygeek like so much plague. When he’s not hawking Jason Juice, M. Tabrys talks with Paul and AJ about fall TV, including accusations of Muppety ignorance; the Dear Fat People video and whether or not YouTube flashes-in-the-pan like it are worth spending our precious outrage on; and what the preponderance of fan theories means, if it means anything at all. But it’s mostly Jason Juice.

Next: the Geek Challenge rises from the dead. Paul must watch Peter Jackson’s 1992 gorefest Dead Alive, while AJ must endure the 1984 post-apocalyptic teen movie Night of the Comet.

(Show notes for “Oh God, It’s Jason Tabrys.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 245, “Bone: Vol. VI – Old Man’s Cave (feat. Greg Sahadachny)”


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.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 244, “The Shadow Anachronism (feat. Wesley ‘Wezzo’ Mead)”


Gobbledygeek episode 244, “The Shadow Anarchist (feat. Wesley “Wezzo” Mead),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Our favorite Britisher, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead, makes his return to Gobbledygeek, appearing twice in one year for the first time. What does he have to say in his alluring hick accent? Lots about politics (they have elections over there too!), the cinema (he watched four whole movies the day we recorded this, including Paper Towns and Vacation!), and the sorry state of TV on DVD (it is ceasing to exist!). Paul and AJ once again have their knickers charmed off by everyone’s favorite Trowbridge-ian, even if he is telling them about something called Pinky Malinky.

Next: Greg Sahadachny is back for more of Jeff Smith’s Bone, this time discussing Vol. VI: Old Man’s Cave.

(Show notes for “The Shadow Anachronism.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 243, “Straight Outta Wattles”


Gobbledygeek episode 243, “Straight Outta Wattles,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Comin’ straight from the underground, this week Paul and AJ discuss the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Yes, the two whitest podcasters you know deliver their take on the film’s authenticity, its sad relevance, where it falls on the biopic spectrum, and the bizarre fact that Ice Cube offspring O’Shea Jackson Jr. is playing Ice Cube. Here’s hoping it’s less awkward than that time they jammed to “Accidental Racist.”

Next: that charming Brit, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead, is back for another round of charming Brit-ness.

(Show notes for “Straight Outta Wattles.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 242, “The Ordinary Four”


Gobbledygeek episode 242, “The Ordinary Four,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a near-autistic supergenius, a Portishead-loving invisible girl, a man on fire, and a big ol’ pile of rocks walk into another dimension… Oh wait, you have heard this one before? You didn’t like it then, either? Huh. Hollywood has now ruined Fantastic Four three times, and Paul and AJ are on hand to detail all the ways this iteration goes wrong. What makes it worse is that it starts with Josh Trank’s good intentions to give Marvel’s first family a fresh update with a strong cast featuring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell. Re-edits, reshoots, and one incomprehensible finale later, those good intentions have been nullified. What happened? DOOM.

Next: who knows? It’s a mystery episode.

(Show notes for “The Ordinary Four.”)