Art by Dave Gibbons from ‘Watchmen’ (1986-87).
Gobbledygeek episode 395, “Four-Color Flashback: Watchmen (feat. Greg Sahadachny).” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
After a year of pointedly discussing no superhero stories, Paul and Arlo revive Four-Color Flashback for a new decade with the big kahuna of all superhero stories: Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986-87 maxi-series Watchmen. Aided by emotional sherpa Greg Sahadachny, once and future host of The Debatable Podcast, the boys openly admit there is no new light to shed on perhaps the most analyzed comic book of all time–then get to shedding. What’s it like reading Watchmen in 2020? In the wake of Damon Lindelof’s TV sequel? The gang finds that, like all great art, Watchmen has not changed in the 33 years since its run wrapped, but we have. In a world where fascism seems much more tangible, where superhero fiction reigns supreme, Moore and Gibbons’ work has taken on a renewed sense of meaning. The gang discusses the book’s formalist genius; our heroes’ utter contempt for those they claim to save; why, for a certain type of reader, Rorschach is a morally just idol; and plenty more.
Next: we continue watching the Watchmen with a discussion of Lindelof’s HBO show.
Total Run Time: 01:50:43
- 00:00:21 – Intro
- 00:04:00 – Watchmen
- 01:47:43 – Outro / Next
- “Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
- “Cosmic Charlie” by The Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (1969)
- “In 1986, Watchmen skewered the way we love superheroes. It’s still as relevant as ever.” by Alex Abad-Santos, Vox
- “Watchmen’s Fearful Symmetry: (almost) frame by frame”by Pedro V. Ribeiro, Medium
- Sam Hamm’s Watchmen Script
Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.’
Gobbledygeek episode 394, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
The geeks speak! Gobbledygeek has been resurrected via cloning or Force magic or some shit, and to kick off season 11, Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice co-creator Eric Sipple has lightspeed-skipped on over to discuss Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. After adoring The Last Jedi, the gang approached this supposed final film in the Skywalker Saga with heavy amounts of skepticism–well-earned, depending on who you ask. They discuss the mystical, magical malarkey behind Palpatine’s return; how director J.J. Abrams and writer Chris Terrio are uniquely suited to not deliver a satisfying conclusion; the oodles of fan service; what the film’s final scene means for the legacy of Star Wars; and more. Plus, they talk about The Baby Yoda Show AKA The Mandalorian.
Next: it is January 29, 2020. Paul and Arlo are discussing Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen for a Four-Color Flashback. I am tired of this world; these people.
Total Run Time: 02:35:50
- 00:00:00 – Intro
- 00:02:35 – The Mandalorian
- 00:28:52 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- 02:31:20 – Outro / Next
- “Fanfare and Prologue” by John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)
- “Finale” by John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)
- “Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Pissed Off Fans” by Matt Singer, Screencrush
- “The Last Jedi dared to put the philosophy of Star Wars in the foreground” by Siddhant Adlahka, Polygon
- “The Rise Of Skywalker, And How Star Wars Is Junk” by Chuck Wendig, Terribleminds
- “Rey’s revelation in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ changes Star Wars for the worse” by Chris Taylor, Mashable
- “How ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Failed Kylo Ren and What It Could Have Learned from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’” by Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashFilm
- “Rote and Cowardly, The Rise of Skywalker Sets a Dangerous Precedent” by Jeffrey Zhang, Strange Harbors
- “STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Has A Ben Solo Problem” by Lindsey Romain, Nerdist
- “There’s No Such Thing as a Great Star Wars Movie” by Edoardo Ranaboldo, CBR
- “The Rise of Skywalker Makes It Clear Star Wars NEEDS Rian Johnson” by Anthony Gramuglia, CBR
- “‘Star Wars’: Still With Us, but No Longer Above Us” by Owen Gleiberman, Variety
- “Proof That Luke Skywalker’s Story Got the Proper Ending: King Arthur” by Eric Diaz, Nerdist
- “Dark Star Rising: How Adam Driver’s angst and brooding intensity made the world fall in love with a ‘Star Wars’ supervillain” by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone
- “The Rise of Skywalker Allowed Toxic Fandom to Win” by Sergio Pereira, CBR
- “Star Wars: Did The Skywalker Saga Bring Balance to the Force in the End?” by Hannah Collins, CBR
- “The Greatest Trick Star Wars Ever Played Was Making Us Think It Was About Redemption” by Susana Polo, Polygon
Ella Hunt in John McPhail’s ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ (2017).
Gobbledygeek episode 393, “Twisted Christmas: Anna and the Apocalypse,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
‘Twas the season 10 finale of Gobbledygeek, when all through the podcast,
Zombies were shuffling, Scottish dancers aghast.
John McPhail’s Anna and the Apocalypse was the topic du jour,
In hopes that Paul and Arlo would discuss the songs, the jokes, and maybe some more.
The movie does not foster too much discussion, alas;
While instead, talking about Christmas plans and getting high, our hosts had a blast.
Paul in his kerchief and Arlo in his cap,
Have settled their mics for a long winter’s nap.
Next: merry Christmas and happy New Year. We’ll see you in 2020.
Total Run Time: 01:32:00
- 00:01:18 – Intro
- 00:04:32 – Main Topic
- 00:48:05 – Holiday plans / Season 10 wrap-up
- 01:28:50 – Outro / Next
- “Break Away” by Ella Hunt, Sarah Swire & Malcolm Cumming, Anna and the Apocalypse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
- “It’s That Time of Year” by Marli Siu, Anna and the Apocalypse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
- “Human Voice” by Cast from Anna and the Apocalypse, Anna and the Apocalypse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
- “Hollywood Ending” by Cast from Anna and the Apocalypse, Anna and the Apocalypse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
Art from ‘Daytripper’ (2010) by Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon & Dave Stewart.
Gobbledygeek episode 392, “Four-Color Flashback: Daytripper,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
It took Brás de Oliva Domingos so long to find out, and he found out. What, if anything, he found out is the central question of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s 2010 Vertigo series Daytripper, subject of our final Four-Color Flashback for 2019. You see, Brás writes obituaries for a São Paulo newspaper–and at the end of most chapters in this book, he dies. Twin writers/artists Moon and Bá pave the way for an existential journey along the many turning points of a life, from the imperceptible to the unmistakable. Paul and Arlo discuss Daytripper’s hint of magical realism; the coherent, airtight structure that grounds the book’s absurdity; how the series’ hopeful attitude brushes up against horrific tragedy; Moon and Bá’s distinctive (though not so distinctive we know who is penciling and/or inking what!) art style, accentuated by master colorist Dave Stewart; and more.
Next: on the Gobbledygeek season 10 finale, Christmas gets twisted with John McPhail’s 2018 horror-comedy-musical Anna and the Apocalypse.
Total Run Time: 01:32:47
- 00:00:42 – Intro
- 00:06:30 – Daytripper
- 01:26:40 – Outro / Next
- “Day Tripper” by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66, Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66 (1966)
- “Circle of Life” by Carmen Twillie & Lebo M, The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1994)
Art from ‘The Private Eye’ (2013) by Marcos Martin & Muntsa Vicente. Dialogue by Brian K. Vaughan.
Gobbledygeek episode 391, “Four-Color Flashback: The Private Eye,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
The Cloud burst, and for forty days and forty nights, all of our secrets rained down. In the not terribly distant future world of Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente’s 2013-15 series The Private Eye, the Internet is a distant memory and anonymity is now the foundation of American society. Of course, our hero is an amoral paparazzo-slash-private investigator whose job is to dig up those old secrets; of course, this leads him into a world of trouble. For the penultimate Four-Color Flashback of 2019, Paul and Arlo discuss Vaughan’s clever utilization of noir tropes in the post-Internet age, Martin’s dynamic pencils/inks, Vicente’s eye-popping colors (this is one noir that doesn’t hide in the shadows), their radical pay-what-you-want self-publishing platform Panel Syndicate, and the big philosophical question at the heart of the book: is the Internet worth it?
Next: for the final Four-Color Flashback of the season, we get existential with Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s Daytripper.
Total Run Time: 01:31:30
- 00:00:22 – Intro
- 00:04:10 – Main Topic
- 01:27:00 – Outro / Next
- “Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall & John Oates, Private Eyes (1981)
- “This Masquerade” by The Carpenters, Now & Then (1973)
A Shakey’s Pizza in the wild.
Gobbledygeek episode 390, “Freegobble: Return to InfoPrison,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Ever have a job so shitty, it haunts you years (or even decades) down the line? Paul and Arlo have, and it’s called Gobbledygeek! Hey-o! In all seriousness (?), Paul recounts a traumatic experience at Shakey’s Pizza and Arlo is filled with regret over his time at the right-wing call center InfoCision. Cue flashbacks to high school football teams ravenous for wings and evil televangelists separating the faithful from what little coin they carry. Speaking of the latter, Arlo laments Kanye West’s evangelical turn on Jesus Is King. Elsewhere, Paul watches TV, including Succession, Primal, Daybreak, Watchmen, and Modern Love; and braves crowds of drunken revelers at shows for Bastille, Joywave, Trampled by Turtles, and The Avett Bros.
Total Run Time: 01:39:58
- 00:00:33 – Intro
- 00:01:12 – We are NOT sponsored by the Gobble meal delivery service
- 00:07:30 – Cold pizza and really, really hot wings
- 00:14:43 – Way too much about InfoCision
- 00:43:48 – Not nearly enough about some great new TV shows
- 00:54:08 – More than a little bit about Succession
- 01:07:20 – Unfortunately, we discuss the new Kanye album
- 01:15:30 – A Popeye’s chicken sandwich interlude
- 01:17:15 – Back to Kanye (and controversial comments on Beyoncé)
- 01:24:31 – Lastly, Paul’s been to some concerts
- 01:37:05 – Outro / Next
- “This Fucking Job” by Drive-By Truckers, The Big To-Do (2010)
- “Blastoffff” by Joywave, Blastoffff (Single) (2018)
Art from ‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters’ (2017) by Emil Ferris.
Gobbledygeek episode 389, “Gobbledyween / FCF: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download here and on iTunes here.
Our favorite thing is Gobbledyween, so to close out this year’s frightening festivities, Paul and Arlo are breaking from the norm to discuss Emil Ferris’ 2017 graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. Joining them for this first Gobbledyween/Four-Color Flashback crossover is their The Deli Counter of Justice collaborator Eric Sipple. The gang marvels at Ferris’ stunning art (all done in ballpoint pen!), attempts to process the numerous threads in this first of two planned volumes (sexuality, duality, and reality, oh my!), draws unexpected parallels to Art Spiegelman’s Maus (a FCF entry just this past August!), and so much more (no parenthetical necessary!). We promise there are monsters.
Next: and I’m freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, free Gooooobbliiiiiiin’.
Total Run Time: 01:42:55
- 00:00:44 – Intro
- 00:03:20 – My Favorite Thing is Monsters
- 01:36:51 – Outro / Next
- “Wild Thing” by The Troggs, From Nowhere (1966)
- “Good Monsters” by Jars of Clay, Good Monsters (2006)
- “The Holocaust, Art, Chicago & Sickness: A 3,500-Word Interview with My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Mastermind Emil Ferris” by Hillary Brown, Paste
- “’My Favorite Thing Is Monsters’ Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force” by John Powers, NPR
- “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Review” by Andrea Crow, Lambda Literary
- “Emil Ferris: ‘I didn’t want to be a woman – being a monster was the best solution’” by Sam Thielman, The Guardian
- “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Review” by Paul Tumey, The Comics Journal
- “When Everyone’s a Monster, No One Is: The Ugly Everyday in My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Em Nordling, Tor.com
- “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a brilliant, eye-opening graphic novel debut” by Oliver Sava, AV Club
- “The Bite That Changed My Life” by Elly Fishman, Chicagomag.com