Listen to Episode 447 – “Eric Sipple: The Return”

Cover art for Eric Sipple’s Mimesis (2021) by Kring Demetrio

Gobbledygeek episode 447, “Eric Sipple: The Return,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

That Sipple you like is going to come back in style. It’s been a long while–we’re talking pre-pandemic here–but Eric Sipple is finally making their return to this humble little podcast. Author of Broken Magic and one-third of the Deli Counter of Justice braintrust, Eric tells Paul and Arlo all about their new YA fantasy novel Mimesis–including the loaded, sometimes confusing connotations inferred by the term “YA.” The gang discusses the gorgeous cover art by Kring Demetrio, what inspired Mimesis, and Eric’s upcoming gig at the MileHiCon in Denver, CO. Plus, assorted and often tangential thoughts on the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.




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Listen to Episode 201, “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives (feat. Eric Sipple)”


Art from ‘The Sandman’ #49 by Jill Thompson, Vince Locke, and Danny Vozzo.

Gobbledygeek episode 201, “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Change is important. It’s also a bitch. The Endless turn and face the strain as Paul and AJ continue their Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman with Vol. VII: Brief Lives. Joining them by request (his request) is Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice cohort Eric Sipple. The gang discusses Dream and Delirium’s quest to find their brother, Morpheus growing as a person (or whatever he is), the brief stories and briefer lives embedded within the volume’s arc, and how nothing ever stays the same. Brief Lives is the pivotal installment of the series…everything after is fallout. Plus, Paul and Eric gush over Gwen Stacy’s resurgence in Edge of Spider-Verse.

Next: before Gobbledyween takes over the month of October, the boys are joined by Wanna Cook? authors K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey to discuss the next Sandman book, Vol. VIII: Worlds’ End.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol. VII – Brief Lives.”)

Listen to Episode 179, “On Your Left (feat. Eric Sipple)”


Gobbledygeek episode 179, “On Your Left (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

He’s pretty spry for an old guy: Steve Rogers charges back onto the big screen with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and we’re here to tell you if it’s a worthy outing for the star-spangled boy scout. Joining Paul and AJ to discuss the film is friend/lover/ultimate Brony forever Eric Sipple (he also wrote a really cool book called Broken Magic, check it out). The gang talks about Winter Soldier‘s brutal hand-to-hand, whether or not the movie’s political commentary works, the merits of Scarlett Johansson’s badassery, and that Sundance Kid. Spoiler alert: this episode might contain the most agreement of any single episode of Gobbledygeek.

Next: Paul and AJ talk about Amazon’s acquirement of comiXology, among other assuredly fascinating subjects.

(Show notes for “On Your Left.”)

Announcing the superhero short story anthology ‘The Deli Counter of Justice’


A retired superhero opens a deli. Who walks in?

Arlo J. Wiley, Paul Smith, and Eric Sipple are pleased to announce THE DELI COUNTER OF JUSTICE, a forthcoming superhero short story anthology.

For decades, Carl Cook fought crime in the city of New Caliburn as the superhero Piecemaker. He never made the front ranks of The Heralds, New Caliburn’s elite superhero team, but he carved out a place for himself and his sidekick Crashtest. Carl eventually realized the toll heroing had taken on his life, leading to his divorce and alienating his daughter Tabitha (who is secretly following in his footsteps). In an attempt to move on and take charge of his life, Carl hung up the cape and opened Cook’s Deli. By exploring New Caliburn and the world around Cook’s Deli, THE DELI COUNTER OF JUSTICE shows the impact Carl had as a superhero and continues to have outside the costume.

The three of us aren’t the only ones contributing to the anthology. Several other authors, to be named later, will be delving into the weird, wild world of New Caliburn and its citizens, costumed and otherwise. Right now, if you’re thinking, “Wow, this is the most incredible thing I’ve ever heard! I sure wish I could have gotten in on it!”, fear not! (Also, bless you.) We still have room for a fresh voice or two to join the project. If you’re interested, please contact us at

You can look for the book, which we will be self-publishing both digitally and in print, in the spring or summer of 2014. We’ll have more specific dates as we get further along. To keep up to date on all things Deli-related, please follow our Twitter account @justicedeli and like our Facebook page.

About the authors

Arlo J. Wiley and Paul Smith host the more-or-less weekly podcast Gobbledygeek. They ran a successful series of Joss Whedon-related panels at the 2013 Alabama Phoenix Festival, and both have contributed to the pop culture website Screen Invasion. You can find their website here, and on Twitter @UnpluggedCrazy and @Haunt1013.

Eric Sipple is the author of the YA fantasy novel Broken Magic. He wrote the short story “She Says Goodbye Tomorrow” for the anthology Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change, and has written and directed short films. You can find his website here, and on Twitter @saalon.

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Listen to Episode 128, “What’s Your Heroic Damage”


Gobbledygeek episode 128, “What’s Your Heroic Damage,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

What does it mean to be a hero? Does “escapism” have to be a derogatory term? Can good guys be as compelling as their supporting casts and villains? To explore these questions, Paul and AJ are joined by friend of the show/Broken Magic author Eric Sipple and TV writer/producer (of Angel, among other things) Mere Smith. There’s Angel talk, obviously, but also some Spider-Man and some Rurouni Kenshin, plus plenty of Eric-bashing.

Next: Rob Hunt and Joanna Gaskell from Standard Action return to tell us all about season 2!

(Show notes for “What’s Your Heroic Damage.”)

Listen to Episode 119, “Talking Turkey: Eric Sipple”

Gobbledygeek episode 119, “Talking Turkey: Eric Sipple,” is available for listening or download right here.

This week, Paul and AJ are joined by Eric Sipple, author of the new YA novel Broken Magic. Eric talks about what led him to write this story, the challenges of finishing a novel, adventures in self-publishing, and how much he loves Steven Moffat. Plus, the guys attempt to get out the vote and discuss why or why not Disney buying Lucasfilm is actually a big deal.

Next: Paul will be a young Asian woman, AJ will be an Aboriginal hunter, but don’t worry, it all makes sense; they’ll be talking Cloud Atlas.

(Show notes for “Talking Turkey: Eric Sipple.”)