Gobbledygeek episode 405, “Moonshadow and Slyfox,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Ah, youth. A time of joy and comfort, of excitement and adventure. Also pain and fear and anxiety and awkwardness and all that fun stuff. Spinning out of their recent conversation with senior British correspondent Wesley Mead, Paul and Arlo talk about nostalgia (Greek for “pain from an old wound,” according to Don Draper). They regale the listener with tales of their misbegotten youths, from chronic illness and cutting class to oddball rebellion and a very memorable chauffeur experience. Is any of this interesting? Who knows? We’re past episode 400 here, what do you expect?
Next: as always in these strange times, you’ll know when we do.
Total Run Time: 01:31:39
- 00:00:45 – Intro
- 01:27:55 – Outro / Next
- “Borrowed Time” by John Lennon, Milk and Honey (1984)
- “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
The original Bat-Turkey, an extremely poor fusion of clip art and Arlo’s less than rudimentary MS Paint skills.
The Gobbledygeek bonus episode “Feels Like the First Time” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Once upon a time, three idiots did a podcast. Their names were Paul Smith, Arlo “AJ” Wiley, and Joseph “Will Penley” Lewis. And no, we’re not talking about Gobbledygeek episode 400–we’re talking about the very first episode, recorded a full decade ago. This painful, awkward reminder of where it all began has been lost to time and/or the BlogTalkRadio servers for at least a few years now. Now, it has been restored–but never remastered–to its proper glory. Relive the earliest day of the podcast, with discussion of Alice in Wonderland, Lost, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, and a whole bunch of random nerd shit they did not have the faculties to properly critique. Enjoy?
This should never have happened.
Gobbledygeek episode 400, “Feels Like the 400th Time,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
A global pandemic. Britain leaving the European Union. Donald Trump being elected president. FX canceling Terriers after one goddamn season. It has been, without question, the dumbest decade. Add to that list the strange, mystifying endurance of Gobbledygeek. A podcast hosted by two straight cis white male idiots, ostensibly devoted to the discussion of “popular culture,” and listened to by only a small handful of reprobates, has somehow lasted ten years and 400 episodes. Many other, arguably better podcasts have come and gone. But Paul and Arlo are still here, joined by original Gobbler and fellow Heathen Joseph Lewis, to reminisce about their extraordinarily humble beginnings. The gang listened back to their very first episode (now available to cringe through for the first time in years!) before recording, and they revisit those long-forgotten topics in the year of our lord 2020. Do they remember anything about Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland? Does the Lost finale hold up? Do they give even a single shit about “fandom” anymore? All that PLUS they commiserate about our COVID-infected present and reenact a scene from a truly insane screenplay Joe wrote when he was 15. Oh, they talk about the Gary Oldman thing again too.
Next: we’ve given up even trying to guess. There’ll be another one of these soon.
Total Run Time: 02:18:40
- 00:00:00 – Painful, awkward reminder of where it all began
- 00:02:00 – Painful, awkward proof of how far we’ve come
- 02:13:13 – Outro / Next
- “Also Sprach Bat-Turkey” by Arlo Wiley (feat. Richard Strauss) (2010)
- “A Song About Arlo J. Wiley and Paul Smith” by Papa Razzi and the Photogs, Papa Razzi is Back. And He’s Singing More Nice Songs! (2011)
‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch (1893)
Gobbledygeek episode 398, “,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
We start with frozen dairy dessert. We end with a world on the brink of madness. Between that gulf lies…nothing, everything. Paul chides Arlo for becoming obsessed with Black Hammer. The boys laugh about getting the @Gobbledygeek Twitter handle back. Good stuff. You like that, right? Well, guess what? Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have coronavirus, the NBA has suspended the season, all travel from the EU to the US has been stopped, our president appears to be slowly dying on national television. All that, in real time. Read the mouse print, baby: it’s the end of all things.
Next: assuming we make it, there’s another Four-Color Flashback. Yep, another one. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Alison Bechdel. See you then.
Total Run Time: 00:00:00
- 00:00:00 – Intro
- 00:00:00 – Madness!!!
- 00:00:00 – Outro / Next
- “I’m Going Slightly Mad” by Queen, Innuendo (1991)
- “Creeping Death” by Metallica, Kill ‘em All (1983)
Regina King in HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ (2019).
Gobbledygeek episode 396, “FCF Bonus: HBO’s Watchmen (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
No one, especially not Alan Moore, ever really wanted a Watchmen sequel. Which is exactly why handing the reins to Damon Lindelof, who has a history of disorienting and upsetting expectations, is a stroke of genius. Last year’s HBO series, spearheaded by Lindelof, is a bold, startling continuation of Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel masterpiece–so of course, after talking about the book, Paul, Arlo, and reformed podcaster Greg Sahadachny had to discuss the TV show. The gang talks about the ways in which Lindelof subverts and pays tribute to Moore and Gibbons’ work; how Lindelof built a writers’ room with people who were not like him; the show’s provocative exploration of race and authority; whether or not the show sticks the landing; and much, much more.
Next: due to one scheduling kerfuffle after another, we’ve got another Four-Color Flashback for you! Paul and Arlo will discuss Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer.
Total Run Time: 02:32:50
- 00:00:30 – Intro
- 00:05:40 – Sturgill Simpson’s A Good Look’n Tour
- 00:28:28 – Watchmen
- 02:28:25 – Outro / Next
- “Turtles All the Way Down” by Sturgill Simpson, Turtles All the Way Down (2014)
- “Best Clockmaker On Mars” by Sturgill Simpson, Sound & Fury (2019)
- “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nahesi Coates, The Atlantic
- “Watchmen Gave Us All the Answers” by Kathryn VanArendonk, Variety
- “HBO’s Watchmen Captures the Spirit of the Graphic Novel Better Than Anything Else” by Princess Weekes, The Mary Sue
- “The Real Black History Hidden Within HBO’s Watchmen” by Karama Horne, SyFy Wire
- “The Incendiary Aims of HBO’s Watchmen” by Emily Nussbaum, New Yorker
- “Stephen Williams goes behind the scenes of the emotionally devastating and technically dazzling ‘This Extraordinary Being.’” by Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair
- “How ‘Watchmen’ Pulled Off One of the Best TV Seasons of the Decade” by Adam B. Vary, Variety
- “Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, dies at 103” by Deneen L. Brown, Los Angeles Times
- “Following Watchmen, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Added to Oklahoma Curriculum” by Adreon Patterson, CBR
- The Official Watchmen Podcast – website – iTunes
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 ‘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
Art from ‘Maus: A Survivor’s Tale’ by Art Spiegelman.
Gobbledygeek episode 384, “Four-Color Flashback: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
For the latest installment of this year’s spandex-free Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo tackle a big one: Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, still the only comic book ever to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Joining them to discuss Spiegelman’s harrowing account of his father Vladek’s time in the concentration camps of Nazi-occupied Poland–and Art’s own tense relationship with Vladek–is Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice co-creator Eric Sipple. The gang discusses Spiegelman’s provocative choice to depict Jews as mice, Nazis as cats, Poles as pigs, etc.; how Spiegelman follows in a tradition going all the way back to Mickey Mouse; and why it’s specifically disturbing to read Maus in 2019.
Next: Paul and Arlo will return.
(Show notes for “Four-Color Flashback: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale.”)