Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 302, “Y: The Last Man – Vol. 2: Cycles (feat. Donora Rihn)”

Art from 'Y: The Last Man - Vol. 2: Cycles' by Pia Guerra and José Marzan Jr.

Art from ‘Y: The Last Man – Vol. 2: Cycles’ by Pia Guerra and José Marzan Jr.

Gobbledygeek episode 302, “Y: The Last Man – Vol. 2: Cycles (feat. Donora Rihn),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Bringing a much-needed feminist perspective to a story about a man surrounded on all sides by women, Jeff Bridges poet Donora Rihn joins Paul and Arlo for their year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s acclaimed Vertigo comic book series Y: The Last Man. This time, the gang discusses Vol. 2: Cycles, which collects issues #6-10 of the original series. Donora asks Paul and Arlo how they perceive the book as men, and if they think it shows Yorick growing into his role as the last man on Earth; in turn, Paul and Arlo ask Donora if she finds Vaughan’s narrative voice to be overwhelmingly male and if it fairly represents its many female characters. In between, Arlo can’t stop recommending things to comics newbie Donora, there is yet more praise of Guerra’s clean and beautiful artwork, and there are select readings from Valeria Solanas’ SCUM Manifesto. Plus, Donora has a new name and the gang remembers the late great Bill Paxton.

Next: after a week off for another of Arlo’s poop cruises, the boys sharpen their claws to discuss the final Wolverine film, Logan.

(Show notes for “Y: The Last Man – Vol. 2: Cycles.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 232, “Fists of Furiosa (feat. Mere Smith)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 232, “Fists of Furiosa (feat. Mere Smith),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Our names are Paul and AJ. Our world is fire and blood. Once, we were Gobbledygeek. A podcast searching for a pop cultural cause. Here to give us that cause is none other than Im-Mere-ator Furiosa herself, Mere Smith, author of Cowface and Other Hilarious Stories About Death and writer for such fine television programs as Angel and Rome. Mere schools the boys on the feminism of Mad Max: Fury Road, the three of them discussing the film’s gender politics, its beautifully choreographed action, how the hell George Miller got this movie made, and why Mere cried during the end credits. Oh, what a lovely day.

Next: for a comic book-y Geek Challenge, Paul must read Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals, while AJ must read Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class.

(Show notes for “Fists of Furiosa.”)

Listen to Episode 100, “The Best (and Worst) of Bat-Turkey”

Gobbledygeek episode 100, “The Best (and Worst) of Bat-Turkey,” is available for listening or download right here.

That’s right, gobblers. 100 episodes. Who’da thunk it? Not us, that’s for sure. If you’re a long-time fan of the show, we’ve got a nice trip down memory lane for you, and if you’re new to our ridiculousness, this is a great primer/history lesson/greatest hits CD. The boys play snippets from various episodes throughout the show’s run, going all the way back to our extremely painful first episode. These things used to be three hours long! And live! Wow. You’ll also hear some of Paul’s finest rants, the boys attempting to tackle the issue of feminism in pop culture, AJ’s fascination with dinosaur-on-dinosaur erotica, and our chats with guests like K. Dale Koontz and Ernie Cline. Plus, some old friends drop by to share their thoughts on the show.

Next: it’s back to your normal, everyday Gobbledygeek with a discussion of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

(Show notes for “The Best (and Worst) of Bat-Turkey.”)

Listen to Episode 48, “Ladylike”

Gobbledygeek episode 48, “Ladylike,” is available for listening or download right here.

March was National Women’s History Month, so of course Gobbledygeek starts April off with a show about…strong women in fiction! Scheduling is our strong suit. Paul and AJ discuss the notion of feminism–spoiler: they are 100% pro-woman, but vague on what the tenets of feminism actually are–and discuss such strong fictional women as Wonder Woman, Ellen Ripley, Dana Scully, and duh, Buffy Summers. Then there’s the discussion of Sucker Punch, and yeah…opinions, they differ. Plus: news and upcoming DVD releases.

(Show notes for “Ladylike.”)

Level Up: Sucker Punch Review

This article contains major spoilers. Duh.

Okay, let’s get this out of the way right up front: Sucker Punch is not a perfect film. God knows there are enough righteous film critics and internet ass hats falling all over themselves to be the one to find the snarkiest, most condescending way to tell you as much. To listen to the vocal majority you’d think this film is the final herald of the Apocalypse. Yes, there are flaws, I’m not gonna lie. But despite the uneven script and occasionally insipid dialogue, I pretty much LOVE this movie. And I’m gonna tell you why.

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Listen to Last Night’s Gobbledygeek

Last night’s Gobbledygeek, “The Angry Atheist and the Religious Feminist,” is available for listening right here. Our interview with Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon author K. Dale Koontz went rather well, I think, and begins at about 45 minutes or so in. We discuss Mal’s belief system, depictions of spirituality in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and why she thinks Dollhouse didn’t work.

As for Paul, Kevin, and I, we discuss our favorite Joss Whedon moments; Paul talks a little bit about Red Dead Redemption; and then we sorta just ramble.