Gobbledygeek episode 428, “FCF: Prince of Cats,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.
Two hosts, unalike in dignity, in fair Gobbledygeek, where we set our podcast. For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo pull out a boombox blasting Romeo and Juliet side B. In Prince of Cats, Ronald Wimberly passes the mic to Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, a sideways entry point into the events that lead to and inform the soapy classic. Oh, and did we mention this version stars a Black cast living in an ‘80s NYC where everybody participates in an underground samurai swordfighting ring? The boys discuss Wimberly’s ingenious distortion of Shakespearean language; his manga-influenced art; how the book enriches (perhaps even improves upon?) the play; and what it means to tell this story from a race-conscious perspective.
NEXT: oh hey, it’s that Christopher Plummer Geek Challenge we promised. Mike Nichols’ Wolf and Michael Mann’s The Insider go head-to-head.
- 00:00:48 – Intro / Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet
- 00:23:00 – Prince of Cats
- 01:03:45 – (Interlude: Paul reads NSFW Shakespearean dialogue from Prince of Cats)
- 01:55:08 – Outro / Next
- Lighten Up by Ronald Wimberly, The Nib
- “Step Off” by Grandmaster Melle-Mel & The Furious Five (1984)
- “Sucker M.C.’s” by Run-DMC, Run-DMC (1983)
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