Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 47

Art from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender – Vol. 5: North and South’ by Gurihiru.

The Avatar Returns episode 47 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

We’re baaaaack. But there’s no cause for celebration as we’re forced to bid a sad farewell to our beloved comics creative team. One last time writer Gene Luen Yang and art duo Gurihiru spin a tale of Team Avatar for the official tie-in graphic novel series from Dark Horse Comics. Vol. 5: North and South sees Sokka and Katara return home to the Southern Water Tribe for the first time since setting off with Aang to end the Hundred Years War. But what they find may not be the quaint, egalitarian village they remember. As each volume before it, North and South explores issues of modernization, nationalism, societal and technological development. But for the first time our hosts don’t all necessarily agree on the quality of the story and/or art. One of them may or may not spend much of the podcast talking about loving the book while consistently nitpicking practically everything about it. Which one of them is being an Arlo? Press play and find out!

Also, there’s talk of “therapybending,” David Lynch’s inevitable contribution to the World of Avatar, spoilers for Lion King(?!?), and Tattoo Watch is officially over as someone earns their ink.

Next: there’s a change coming as the boys talk about how to continue the podcast in light of the glacial pace of new comics being released. There’s quite a bit of discussion at the end of the episode about what to do about that, but I’ll go ahead and spoil some of it for you now and let you know the next thing we’ll be discussing will be the first individual volume of the Legend of Korra graphic novel series Turf War. Date TBD.

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 47.)

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Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 299, “Y: The Last Man – Vol. 1: Unmanned”

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Gobbledygeek episode 299, “Y: The Last Man – Vol. 1: Unmanned,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

FIVE SECONDS AGO: Arlo cracks open the first volume of Y: The Last Man. FOUR SECONDS AGO: Paul berates Arlo for not turning on his mic. THREE SECONDS AGO: Arlo rolls his eyes, turns on mic. TWO SECONDS AGO: Arlo loudly eats into the microphone. ONE SECOND AGO: Paul presses record.

NOW: Gobbledygeek‘s 2017 Four-Color Flashback series is here. This year, the boys will be discussing all ten volumes of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s acclaimed Vertigo series Y: The Last Man, in which every male mammal on the planet drops dead at the same time…save one young escape artist cum layabout and his pet monkey. With Vol. 1: Unmanned, the boys dive into the adventures of Yorick Brown, the laconic Agent 355, and the many varied women they come across during their adventures. Under discussion are the series’ politics, its place in Vaughan’s career, and what makes Guerra’s simple and clean artwork so effective. Plus, Arlo was on a boat, Paul sang along to Moana, and they both struggle to find the joy in discussing pop culture during this incredibly despairing time in American history.

Next: the mythical episode 300 is upon us. Dr. Kenn Edwards, PhD will plumb the tender, fragile psyches of Paul and Arlo. The show will never be the same. They will never be the same. You will never be the same.

(Show notes for “Y: The Last Man – Vol. 1: Unmanned.”)

Listen to the ‘Gobbledygeek’ Season 8 Premiere, “Why Is the Door Stuck? (feat. Kenn Edwards & Eric Sipple)”

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The Gobbledygeek season 8 premiere, “Why Is the Door Shut? (feat. Kenn Edwards & Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

A band of dirty rebels go to extreme lengths to send a transmission that will change the fate of the galaxy…yes, that’s right, Paul and Arlo are risking everything to get the Gobbledygeek season 8 premiere out there. After a months-long hiatus, the boys make their triumphant return to discuss Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, joined by So Let’s Get to the Point and Welcome to Paradise‘s Kenn Edwards and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple. Gareth Edwards’ prequel (ooh, there’s the p-word) could be taken as a proof of concept for Disney’s slate of standalone Star Wars films. The gang debates its merits as a Star Wars movie and a movie on its own terms; wonders why the characters don’t stick out more; and asks the question that will unlock Rogue One‘s many secrets…why is the door stuck?

Next: to the delight of almost no one, Paul and Arlo clean house following last year’s abbreviated season by finishing their Four-Color Flashback analysis of Matt Wagner’s Grendel with “Devil’s Reign,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 3.

(Show notes for “Why Is the Door Stuck?”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 273, “The X-Files: Season 1 (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 273, “The X-Files: Season 1 (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Paul and Arlo want to believe. They also don’t want to start yet another spin-off podcast, so this week marks the first of ten sporadic installments discussing Chris Carter’s seminal sci-fi series The X-Files. Joining them to discuss the first season is Wesley “Wezzo” Mead, who beams on over from the UK in his (presumably very British) spaceship. Paul talks about what it was like to watch The X-Files every week with the lights out, Wezzo recalls discovering the show as a young TV obsessive, and Arlo offers the perspective of someone watching the show for the very first time. The gang loves the mutual respect between Mulder and Scully, struggles with some very “freshman season” hours, and are in unanimous agreement on the season’s best episode. Plus, Arlo commits hate crimes against the English and there’s a spoiler-free discussion of Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.

Next: the second installment of our Four-Color Flashback series analyzing Matt Wagner’s Grendel takes a look at Devil’s Legacy, Pt. 1, collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 2 – Legacy, pp. 66-246.

(Show notes for “The X-Files: Season 1.”)

Listen to Our ‘Zootopia’ Bonus Episode, “Don’t Call Me Cute”

The Zootopia bonus episode of Gobbledygeek, “Don’t Call Me Cute,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

It’s happened again. Paul has become obsessed with another movie, necessitating a bonus episode that simply couldn’t fit in the regular Gobbledygeek schedule. This time, Paul is wild about Disney’s Zootopia, which tells the story of bunny cop Judy Hopps and con fox Nick Wilde, who team up on a case that goes to surprising lengths in uncovering systemic oppression in the animal kingdom. Paul and Arlo discuss the film’s take on racism and sexism, debate its effectiveness in shedding light on those subjects, and discover some truly hideous “fan art.”

(Show notes for “Don’t Call Me Cute.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 258, “A Wretched Podcast of Scum and Villainy (feat. Kenn Edwards & Andrew Allen)”

Director George Lucas is shown standing next to a digital movie camera used to shoot, 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones,' on the set of the film, in this undated photo. Lucas shot the entire film using digital cameras and hoped to have the film shown with digital projectors in theaters. Studio and theater executives counter that the technology is not ready for mass use and that complex questions remain on setting industry-wide standards, avoiding piracy and financing digital-projection systems, which can cost up to $150,000 for each screen. (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Gobbledygeek episode 258, “A Wretched Podcast of Scum and Villainy (feat. Kenn Edwards & Andrew Allen),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a filmmaker named George Lucas accidentally created a pop culture empire. Over the years, the Star Wars saga has gotten away from the man who conceived them, both figuratively and literally; the prequel trilogy is a classic example of an artist’s reach exceeding their grasp, and Disney is now making a new series without his involvement. Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Star Wars zealot Andrew Allen join Paul and AJ for a wide-ranging discussion of Lucas’ saga, what it means to them, and what it’s really about, plus an artistic (and political) re-evaluation of Lucas himself.

Next: nothing says Christmas like Shane Black and pissing on a corpse, so ho ho ho, Kenn is back for this year’s Twisted Christmas entry: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

(Show notes for “A Wretched Podcast of Scum and Villainy.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 248, “Rage Reversal”

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Gobbledygeek episode 248, “Rage Reversal,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

This week on Gobbledygeek, there’s been a rage reversal: Paul, the Enormous Green Rage Monster of the podcast, is unusually calm and placid; meanwhile, AJ is filled with anger, much of it directed toward the fast food chain Wendy’s. What are a couple geeks to do? Find something, anything to distract them from this cosmic imbalance, such as Paul’s recent trip to Disney World and brief return to the zoo that made him famous; Ryan Adams’ melancholy cover version of Taylor Swift’s 1989; and AJ’s adventures at his local arthouse (featuring Phoenix, The End of the Tour, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Eraserhead), for which he is roundly mocked.

Next: our year-long Four-Color Flashback series on Jeff Smith’s Bone continues with Vol. VII: Ghost Circles. As always, we are joined by Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast.

(Show notes for “Rage Reversal.”)