Listen to Episode 134, “Britain’s Got Wezzo (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 134, “Britain’s Got Wezzo (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Proving definitively that America and Britain are allies, the very British Wesley Mead joins the very American duo of Paul and AJ. Wesley–or Wezzo, as the cool kids call him–is one of AJ’s fellow Ann Arbor Review of Books contributors. They’ve also been good friends for years…yet this is the first time they’ve ever communicated vocally. It is literally history in the making. As they speak voice-to-voice for the first time, they discuss the best of British TV, the new Tomb Raider game, Britain’s lack of peanut butter-and-chocolate combos, and the new online comic book The Private Eye from Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. Plus, AJ has a very special questionnaire for Wezzo.

Next: nothing next week, as it’s a certain bunny-oriented holiday (that’s a pagan bunny thing, right?). When we return, the boys will be chatting with The Debatable Podcast host Gregory Sahadachny.

(Show notes for “Britain’s Got Wezzo.”)

Read AJ’s Review of ‘Smashed’ in the New Issue of ‘The Ann Arbor Review of Books’

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I am a terrible self-promoter and forgot to link to the first issue of The Ann Arbor Review of Books, wherein I wrote about this year’s Oscars telecast and red carpet coverage, but I won’t make the same mistake twice! The new issue of Ann Arbor is available right here for all Kindle-enabled devices (click here if you’re in the UK, or here if you’re in Canada). That’s $2.99 not only for my review of the film Smashed starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, but also for takes on Zero Dark ThirtyEnlightened, upcoming Gobbledygeek guest Wesley Mead’s piece about the new They Might Be Giants album Nanobots, and more. Please support independent publishing and check it out!

AJ’s Got a New Gig Writing About Comics

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“The veal cutlet of independent media”! They’re classy!

We here at Gobbledygeek are big believers in the practice of shameless self-promotion, but I believe this is the first time I’m promoting something of mine from elsewhere. I’m plumbing new depths of shamelessness! That’s right, Gobblers and…Gobblettes?…I’ve snagged a gig writing about comics for The Ann Arbor Review of BooksMy column “Thought Balloon” will run every Monday at 4 PM EST, exploring all my weird, largely pointless thoughts about comics as an artform and an industry. You can check out my first piece, about how Mind MGMT is making a compelling case for monthly comics reading, right here. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:

But the series, published by Dark Horse, is also making a strong case for monthly reading at a time when many readers have become “trade-waiters,” waiting for the inevitable trade paperback collections of certain story arcs. Kindt, known for graphic novels like Super Spy and Revolver, says that he doesn’t read monthly comics anymore. In the letter column at the end of the first issue of Mind MGMT, he writes, “I want the reading of this monthly book to be unique. I want it to be something that can’t be replicated in a trade. Something that hasn’t been done before.”