‘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)
Art by Dean Ormston (pencils/inks) & Dave Stewart (color) from ‘Black Hammer: Age of Doom’ (2018)
Gobbledygeek episode 397, “Four-Color Flashback: Black Hammer,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re a superhero who saves the world and then gets zapped to a shitty little farm town in another dimension that you literally cannot leave? In Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Dark Horse series Black Hammer, Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Barbalien, Talky-Walky, Colonel Weird, and Madame Dragonfly sure do. For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo discuss the recently concluded “main” storyline of Lemire and Ormston’s ever-expanding creation, consisting of Black Hammer issues #1-13 and Black Hammer: Age of Doom issues #1-12. From a backwater farm to the furthest reaches of time and space, our heroes explore every facet of the superhero genre. Along the way, they confront the metatextual realities of comics storytelling–and the just plain textual fact of aging.
Next: we have no plans.
Total Run Time: 02:33:48
- 00:00:37 – Intro
- 00:02:14 – Black Hammer
- 02:29:10 – Outro / Next
- “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” by R.E.M., Reckoning (1984)
- “How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On the Farm” by Andrew Bird, Soldier On (2007)
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
Art from the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ 15th anniversary steelbook Blu-ray.
The Avatar Returns episode 49 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Guess who’s back, back again…
A little flying lemur told us it was the 15th Anniversary of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and we thought, “Hey, we liked that show.” So here we are, Team TARP together again. We discuss our memories of the series, how it’s influenced pop culture, and whether or not that Netflix live-action series is ever gonna happen. We also talk about all the various ways this podcast could reincarnate in the future, be it for books, comics, or other animated series.
Also, our resident boozebender Eric Sipple creates an Avater-themed cocktail. (See the recipe below.)
Total Run Time: 01:40:55
- 00:00:45 – Intro
- 00:09:45 – AtLA 15th Anniversary
- 00:43:33 – Netflix live-action update
- 01:05:16 – Books & Comics
- 01:10:30 – Animation
- 01:20:06 – Speculating about new podcast projects
- 01:37:20 – Outro / Next
- “Avatar: The Last Airbender (Intro)” by Jeremy Zuckerman (2005)
- “Airbending” by Mak11, Airbending (Single) (2019)
THE AVATAR STATE RECIPE
- 1 oz London dry gin (Air)
- 1 oz Campari (Fire)
- 1 oz Punt e Mes (Earth)
- Fill an old fashioned glass with ice (Water). Add all ingredients to the glass and stir. Garnish with a thin slice of orange.
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)