Some call it All Hallows' Eve. Others, All Saints' Eve. Most know it as Halloween. Here at Gobbledygeek, October 31 always has been and always will be observed as Gobbledyween. Fan favorite Greg Sahadachny, of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter, joins Paul and AJ to round out this year's celebration of all things horror with a discussion of the 1988 cult (?) classic (?) Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Armed with popcorn guns and living balloon dogs, these klowns descend from the stars just like the Blob to wreak havoc on small town America and--that's really all the movie is, just one goofy clown-related death after another. Paul doesn't think too highly of the movie, and while it would be insane for anyone to think too highly of it, AJ and Greg argue that it's just too darn innocent to hate. Also, why are clowns so scary? Plus, AJ becomes hopelessly addicted to Jurassic Park: Builder and attends a groovy screening of Halloween at The Nightlight.



Next: the Geek Challenge rears its head once more, as Paul challenges AJ to Big Trouble in Little China, and AJ challenges Paul to The Wages of Fear. Because they’re both about truckers?

Direct download: Episode_206.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45pm CDT

The Deli Counter of Justice drops in less than a week, on Wednesday, November 5, and thus we have reached our final author interview. Paul Smith, part of the collection's braintrust alongside AJ and Eric, talks about his story "...A Hero Only One," which concerns Piecemaker's former sidekick Crashtest. Paul discusses the fact that this is the first piece of writing he's finished, which he claims led to plenty of self-flagellation, banging his head into hard surfaces, and lots of alcohol; the decades he's spent reading comics, superheroic and otherwise; and his storytelling start as an RPG game master.

Next: no more interviews, but there will be one more podcast before the book's release!

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Paul_Smith.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Alyssa Herron doesn't have a lot of experience with superheroes, which is exactly why The Deli Counter of Justice crew tapped her to contribute to the anthology. Paul and Eric talk to Alyssa about her story "Delilah by Proxy," which she describes as a superhero story for people who would never read superhero stories. They discuss how Alyssa's love affair with writing started with a poetry contest, her outline-heavy approach to this story, and how her acting experience informs her ability to take notes.

Next: for our final author interview, AJ and Eric turn to one of their own, Paul Smith, on Thursday, October 30.

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Alyssa_Herron.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-hosts Kenn Edwards and Joseph Lewis check in to Gobbledyween 2014 to talk The Shining with Paul and AJ. A large part of the conversation revolves around a question you may not have asked about Stanley Kubrick's 1980 Stephen King adaptation: is it supposed to be funny? AJ's not sure and has mixed feelings on the overbearing synth score and lack of subtlety, while Joe argues it's really a darkly hilarious family comedy. Other points of discussion include how supernatural the film is or isn't, how to read the ending, and the insane fan theory documentary Room 237. Plus, the gang offers thoughts on The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and raves about the podcast Serial.

Next: Gobbledyween comes to a close for another year as Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast stops by to discuss Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Direct download: Episode_205.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

As our author interviews for The Deli Counter of Justice continue, editor-in-chief Arlo J. Wiley (or AJ when he's not being pretentious) finds himself in the hot seat. AJ discusses his short story "Innovation," about a D-list supervillain who starts frequenting the deli he doesn't realize is owned by his former archnemesis. Other points of discussion are AJ's history with screenwriting, how he learned to read in part from '70s and '80s superhero comics, and about his desire to take superheroes in a new direction.

Next: Paul and Eric chat with "Delilah by Proxy" author Alyssa Herron.

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_AJ_Wiley.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Superheroes aren't all fisticuffs and laser vision. They're also poetry in motion, something C. Gayle Seaman hits upon with her contribution to The Deli Counter of Justice, the poem "Spring Memories," in which a young man reflects on a childhood encounter with his idol Piecemaker. Paul and AJ talk to Gayle about her family's history in the newspaper business, the romance novel she wrote a few years back, and how the fairy tale characters of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm were her first superheroes.

Next: on Thursday, October 23, Paul and Eric turn the tables on AJ to discuss his story "Innovation."

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Gayle_Seaman.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Mad scientist (and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor) Eric Sipple joins Paul and AJ for the second feature attraction of Gobbledyween 2014: Stuart Gordon's 1985 cult classic Re-Animator. The two biggest surprises about Gordon's loose Lovecraft adaptation are 1) that it's a genuinely well-made film and 2) that Jeffrey Combs' batshit crazy Dr. Herbert West isn't actually the main character. The gang discusses the movie's boring-ass protagonist, its demented sense of humor, and the arguable merits of that scene. You know the one. Plus, the boys talk Marvel's Civil War plans and AJ reads Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein.



Next: Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-hosts Kenn Edwards and Joseph Lewis check in to discuss Stanley Kubrick's 1981 Stephen King adaptation The Shining.

Direct download: Episode_204.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm CDT

Superheroes don't always slap on shiny spandex to soar the friendly skies. They also "lurk in the shadows and skulk in darkness," as Kitty Chandler puts it. Rashida, the young woman at the center of Kitty's The Deli Counter of Justice story "Calculated Risk," is one of those. She spends hours in her basement doing off-the-grid surveillance, dispatching nearby heroes to deal with crimes no one else is paying attention to...until one day, when things don't go quite as planned. AJ and Eric talk with Kitty about her previous experience with anthologies (including her own, Black Ice), her devotion to any and all X-Men comics, and how guidance from her "editrix" improves her writing.

Next: Paul and AJ interview C. Gayle Seaman, one of two poets whose work appears in the book.

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Kitty_Chandler.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38am CDT

AJ and Eric sit down with the esteemed Karen Wellenkamp (@QuoterGal), who served as cover designer for The Deli Counter of Justice. Working with Blair J. Campbell's terrific artwork, Karen decided where all the words on the book's front and back covers should go, and how they should look. She talks about her decades-long career as a designer, her preference for detective novels over superheroes, the great deal of research that goes into her process, and even an unused Gobbledygeek logo she created.

Next: AJ and Eric return to chat with "Calculated Risk" author Kitty Chandler on Thursday, October 16.

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Karen_Wellenkamp.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Close the shower curtain, it's time for Gobbledyween! Our fifth annual month-long celebration of all things bump in the night gets off to a slashing start with a discussion of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho. Often imitated (once quite literally) but never duplicated, Paul and AJ dissect the film's shifting points of view, the many taboos it broke, how its lengthy silences speak volumes, and yeah, that really dumb psychoanalysis scene. Plus, AJ joins Nicolas Cage for a post-Rapture nap with Left Behind while Paul goes to Disney Infinity and beyond with the new Marvel superheroes expansion.

Next: Gobbledyween 2014 comes back to life as Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice cohort Eric Sipple drops by for a look back at Re-Animator.

Direct download: Episode_203.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm CDT

What happens when a stoner working at a deli comes face-to-face with a psychic rat with a hunger for irradiated sandwiches? The answer can be found in "Rat King," Thomas Dorton's contribution to The Deli Counter of Justice. AJ and Eric talk with Thomas about how the superhero cartoons he grew up on were surprisingly decent, how his 9th grade English teacher encouraged him to write, and how his (really quite impeccable) taste in music influences his writing.

Next: on October 14,  AJ and Eric rap with our cover designer, Karen Wellenkamp (@QuoterGal). That's also when you'll get to see the cover she and Blair J. Campbell worked so hard on!

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Thomas_Dorton.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Rahne Ehtar has been writing since she first got her hands on a pack of Crayolas. That long and winding road has led her here, to The Deli Counter of Justice, wherein she's written the story "Without Masks," concerning a young superhero who would love it if her life would allow her just one normal night out. Paul and AJ chat with Rahne about her history writing fan fiction; her "long and laborious" writing process, which involves writing the first draft out longhand; and how she submitted eight different ideas to the boys, so of course the one they picked was the one she didn't really want to write.

Next: AJ and Eric sit down with "Rat King" author Thomas Dorton.

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Rahne.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

After scaling the high point of The Sandman last week with Brief Lives, Paul and AJ fall a little closer to earth with a discussion of Vol. VIII - Worlds' End. Joining them is Wanna Cook? author Ensley F. Guffey...and they all agree it's likely the series' weakest collection. But weak Sandman is still better than most comics, so there's still plenty to say about Neil Gaiman's final attempt at telling short stories in the Endless' domain. There's the return of Hob Gadling, a look at the mythic side of American politics, and a funeral procession passing by the inn at the end of all worlds. Plus, the gang grouses about Gotham and discusses Marvel's settlement with the Jack Kirby estate.

Next: Gobbledyween 2014 gets off to a slashing start with Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho. The boys are joined by Mike Brooks.

Direct download: Episode_202.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am CDT

For their first interview with authors from The Deli Counter of Justice, Paul and AJ talk to the other man who makes up the Deli braintrust: Eric Sipple. Eric discusses his start writing SeaQuest fan fiction, his introduction to the world of superheroes via Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film, how he created Carl Cook's daughter Tabitha for his story "Pixelated" (who may wind up becoming the anthology's Wolverine), and much more.

Next: Paul and AJ sit down with Rahne Ehtar, the author of "Without Masks."

Direct download: Deli_Podcast_Eric_Sipple.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am CDT





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