Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 350, “DC: The New Frontier (feat. Eric Sipple)”

Art from ‘DC: The New Frontier’ by Darwyn Cooke.

Gobbledygeek episode 350, “DC: The New Frontier (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

For this month’s superheroic Four-Color Flashback installment, Paul and Arlo set out for lands unknown with the late, great Darwyn Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier. Cooke’s ambitious 2004 limited series bridges the gap between comics’ Golden Age and Silver Age, paying nostalgic tribute to the fictional heroes of that time while using the era’s form and style to comment on the day’s social and political ills. They’re joined on their voyage by The Avatar Returns co-host and The Deli Counter of Justice co-creator Eric Sipple. The gang discusses Cooke’s artwork, striking and cinematic in ways few others comics have achieved; how Cooke wisely keeps Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman in the background to focus on new heroes like Green Lantern and the Flash; how the story of J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter, compares to that of African-American freedom fighter John Henry; the pretty good animated adaptation; and more. Plus, Eric has some personal news; SDCC happened, including a slew of trailers for the likes of Shazam, Aquaman, and more; and Nathan Fillion gets his Nathan Drake on in the Uncharted fan film.

Next: the end is out there. Wesley “Wezzo” Mead joins Paul and Arlo to talk The X-Files one last time, as the gang discusses the big screen continuation I Want to Believe and both revival seasons.

(Show notes for “DC: The New Frontier.”)

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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 268, “The Sandman: Overture (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 268, “The Sandman: Overture (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Later this month, Paul and AJ will begin a new Four-Color Flashback series exploring Matt Wagner’s Grendel. Before they do, though, they’re making a return trip to the Dreaming for another look at Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, which they pored over in 2014. Their The Deli Counter of Justice collaborator Eric Sipple joins the boys to discuss The Sandman: Overture, which takes place both before and after Gaiman’s original 75-issue opus. The gang raves about J.H. Williams III’s mind-expanding artwork, discusses how Overture fares as a prequel, questions its additions to the mythos, and compares the Dream we met in the first chapter of The Sandman to the one we know by the final chapter of Overture.

Next: after a week off, the boys visit their neighbors down at 10 Cloverfield Lane.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Overture.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 267, “Falling…in Love (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 267, “Falling…in Love (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Paul and AJ take one final plunge into Hitchcock Month for a look at 1945’s Spellbound, in which Ingrid Bergman falls in love with Gregory Peck on the way to psychoanalyzing him; and 1958’s Vertigo, wherein James Stewart becomes obsessed with Kim Novak, or at least his (and Hitchcock’s) icy blonde ideal of her. Joining them on this downhill drive is Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple. The boys discuss how the films deal with love and dreams, how much Hitchcock intentionally revealed of himself in his work, Salvador Dalí’s surreal contribution to Spellbound, and what Vertigo‘s reputation as the new greatest movie ever made means for its legacy.

Next: Eric is back for another dreamy outing, as we return to the series we covered in 2014’s Four-Color Flashback for The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III.

(Show notes for “Falling…in Love.”)

Listen to the ‘Gobbledygeek’ Season Finale, “The Ford Awakens (feat. Eric Sipple, Kenn Edwards & Andrew Allen)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 261, “The Ford Awakens (feat. Eric Sipple, Kenn Edwards & Andrew Allen),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

For the season finale of Gobbledygeek, Paul and AJ turn to a little-seen, rarely discussed art film: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Joining them are Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point, Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple, and Star Wars superfan Andrew Allen, scum and villains all. The Force Awakens is strong with nostalgia for the original films, a fact which sits better with some of our panel than others. The gang discusses why the movie leans heavily on the past, whether or not the series is capable of looking forward, the film’s place in the established Skywalker mythos, and how it has the exact opposite problem of George Lucas’ efforts.

Next: we’re on winter break before returning in roughly three weeks’ time with a look at Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight; Eric Sipple and A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis bring us up to a Somewhat Disgruntled Four. In the meantime, thank you for a great 2015 and have yourself some happy holidays.

(Show notes for “The Ford Awakens.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 235, “All Together Now (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 235, “All Together Now (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

If you ever feel like you’ve got more than one voice in your head…you just might. That’s what the eight leads of Netflix’s new series Sense8 discover. What Paul and AJ discover, along with their The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple, is that the show, from the minds of the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski, is a fascinating intersection of race, class, sexuality, and geography. As the characters experience the world through each others’ eyes–and beyond–the show delves into a topic unfamiliar to much pop culture: empathy. The gang digs into Sense8‘s metaphysical kick, its brilliantly layered characters, its binge-watching model, and more.

Next: Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast drops in for another Four-Color Flashback episode examining Jeff Smith’s Bone. This time, we’ll be reading Bone: Vol IV – The Dragonslayer.

(Show notes for “All Together Now.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 223, “Three Princesses, a Deer God, and a Sea of Decay (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 223, “Three Princesses, a Deer God, and a Sea of Decay (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Man has been exploiting nature since the first caveman picked up a rock and bludgeoned another to death with it. This doesn’t sit well with some, like Hayao Miyazaki, who has made two powerful films about the environment and the ways in which human greed corrupts it: 1984’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which led to the creation of the revered Studio Ghibli; and 1997’s Princess Mononoke, which finds Ghibli at the peak of its powers. To help Paul and AJ kick off their month-long celebration of Japanese animation master Miyazaki, another princess stops by, namely Princess Sippy Cup AKA The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple. The gang discusses the ways in which Nausicaä and Mononoke tackle the same themes from different angles, Miyazaki’s shifting perspective over the years, and what both films have to say about violence and the nature of evil.

Next: Black Ice author Kitty Chandler (whose work just so happens to appear in The Deli Counter of Justice) and her editrix Anna Williams join us to discuss two lighter Miyazaki films, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

(Show notes for “Three Princesses, a Deer God, and a Sea of Decay.”)