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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