Listen to The Deli Podcast of Justice #1


The Deli Podcast of Justice #1 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

You may have heard that AJ, Paul, and Eric have been cooking up a special project. That project is the forthcoming superhero short story anthology The Deli Counter of Justice, and they are thrilled to finally start talking about it. In this first behind-the-scenes podcast, they discuss the project’s silly Twitter genesis, its overall concept (superhero hangs up his cape and opens a deli, as you do), and what you can expect from the book. Also, they’re still looking for an author or two! If you’re interested, or have any questions, please shoot ’em an e-mail at

NOTE: The music used in the podcast is “Heroic Age” by Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.

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 142, “Moist with Rage!”


Gobbledygeek episode 142, “Moist with Rage!,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Bad things happen. Sometimes bad things happen to people we love. Sometimes bad things happen on TV shows we love. Sometimes bad things happen to people we love on TV shows we love, and then there’s just all sorts of bad stuff happening. Paul and AJ delve into the range of reactions to Game of Thrones 3.9, “The Rains of Castamere,” and what sorts of conversations just don’t work on Twitter. Plus, AJ gives his take on Arrested Development season 4 and Paul raves about Now You See Me.

Next: The man, the myth…THE SIPPLE!

(Show notes for “Moist with Rage!”)

Listen to Episode 137, “Tangled Up in Bluebirds”


Gobbledygeek episode 137, “Tangled Up in Bluebirds,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Late one evenin’, the boys were recordin’
Talkin’ about Bob Dylan
How AJ saw him live
To see if he was still freewheelin’
Paul, he said he liked Oblivion
Oh, that Tom Cruise
Hemlock Grove, Paul liked the pilot
AJ thought it’d make him snooze
And Boston unfolded right before our eyes
Police scanners heard
Fake tweets and false news
Also, Paul was attacked by a bird and now threatened by a herd
Tangled up in bluuuuuuebirds

Next: the Summer Movie Preview!

Listen to Episode 135, “Debating, Collecting, Hating, Reflecting (feat. Gregory Sahadachny)”


Gobbledygeek episode 135, “Debating, Collecting, Hating, Reflecting (feat. Gregory Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Gregory Sahadachny, host of The Debatable Podcast and all-around terrific tweeter, is in the Gobbledyhotseat this week. He discusses the price-gouging of collectibles and the divisiveness of Zack Snyder with the boys, which leads to some impassioned monologuing from all parties about elitism and the male gaze. Plus, Paul and AJ tell Greg which comics to read and the three of them eulogize Roger Ebert.

Next: Paul and AJ get some much-needed alone time.

(Show notes for “Debating, Collecting, Hating, Reflecting.”)

Listen to Episode 129, “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action”

Chester P. Nutsworth of 'Standard Action'

Gobbledygeek episode 129, “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Joanna Gaskell and Rob Hunt of the webseries Standard Action return to discuss their second season, dead squirrels, board games, and dehydrated pepperoni. Plus, Paul and AJ talk about their Scott Pilgrim Twitter party and FX’s great new series The Americans.

Next: Noble Smith, author of The Wisdom of the Shire, joins the boys to geek out about, well…everything.

(Show notes for “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action.”)

Four-Color Flashback: ‘Preacher: Vol. 1 – Gone to Texas’

Last summer, I started a column entitled Four-Color Flashback, wherein I went through and discussed/analyzed a legendary run of comic books I’d never read. In that case, it was Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men (read the first part here). It was a fun experience, and toward the end of the column, I stated the desire to return to the concept “some time in the next century.” That time is now!

Unlike last year, which was just me rambling on endlessly by myself, this summer, I’m joined by Paul to discuss Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s notorious Preacher. Paul is a huge fan, and I’ve never read a single issue, so we’re both bringing different perspectives to the table. The series lasted for 66 issues from 1995 to 2000, and has subsequently been collected in nine trade paperbacks. We’ll be going through them one at a time, starting this week with Preacher: Vol. 1 – Gone to Texas, collecting the series’ first seven issues.

So pull up a chair, do your best John Wayne impression, and enjoy.

(That was me commanding you with the Word.)

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That Time That AJ Tweeted with Joss Whedon

Okay, the title of this post is somewhat misleading. In actuality, I tweeted a question with the #Avengers hashtag during a live chat with Joss Whedon, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, and Clark Gregg; then someone deigned to ask Joss my question; then Joss answered; then someone transcribed his answer and tweeted it back to me. But still! It totally counts!

Please tell me it counts or I will cry.

In any case, here’s the photographic evidence:

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A Few Things Before Season 3 Starts

Devout Gobblers know that our third season kicks off in eight short days, on January 21, but first I want to let you all know a little bit about what’s been going on during our winter vacation.

First, in case you missed it, Paul and I listed our ten favorite movies and TV shows of 2011. We also promised to list our ten favorite comics and albums, but…well, one day we’ll learn how not to over-commit ourselves. Until then, consider those two more unfulfilled blog posts.

Secondly, we really need to check our inbox more often. On the season finale, I (somewhat glibly) named Papa Razzi and the Photogs’ “A Song About Arlo J. Wiley and Paul Smith” the Best Song of 2011, and lo and behold, Papa himself recorded an acceptance speech:

He put the video up right after the season finale first aired, but because we’ve been super lazy during our winter break, we didn’t check our e-mail until this afternoon. He is awesome, and so is the video; you should watch it.

Head after the jump for a couple more announcements, including a super adorable one…

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Listen to Episode 68, “Stop Rapping, Son or, Little Stipe and Big Boobs”

Gobbledygeek episode 68, “Stop Rapping, Son or, Little Stipe and Big Boobs,” is available for listening or download right here.

It’s a veritable cornucopia of conversation as Paul and AJ let it roll with another fast-and-loose episode. Netflix’s questionable new business strategy is discussed (tweets are read aloud!), some of the new/returning fall TV shows are subject to the boys’ discerning gaze (planking is dissed!), R.E.M.’s break-up is mourned (Michael Stipe’s penis!), and more. Paul offers up his review of Drive, while AJ raves about Girls’ new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. If you like your Gobbledygeek served raw and rambly, this one’s for you! Whatever that means. Forget I said anything.

(Show notes for “Stop Rapping, Son or, Little Stipe and Big Boobs.”)