That Sipple you like is going to come back in style. It’s been a long while--we’re talking pre-pandemic here--but Eric Sipple is finally making their return to this humble little podcast. Author of Broken Magic and one-third of the Deli Counter of Justice braintrust, Eric tells Paul and Arlo all about their new YA fantasy novel Mimesis--including the loaded, sometimes confusing connotations inferred by the term “YA.” The gang discusses the gorgeous cover art by Demetrio Kring, what inspired Mimesis, and Eric’s upcoming gig at the MileHiCon in Denver, CO. Plus, assorted and often tangential thoughts on the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.











  • “What the Water Gave Me” by Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials (2011)
  • “Cold Cold Water” by Mirah, Advisory Committee (2002)




Direct download: Episode_447.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm CDT

You can’t go home again. But you can return to the creator-owned post-apocalyptic fantasy saga that captivated comics readers for 40 twisted, beautiful issues. That’s exactly what Jeff Lemire did last year with Sweet Tooth: The Return, a sequel miniseries that takes place three whole centuries after the original Vertigo series’ ending. Considering that ending was perfect, does The Return need to exist? Paul and Arlo aren’t so sure. They discuss what The Return adds (or subtracts) from the greater narrative, the book’s alleged Twin Peaks influence, the story’s many “It’s like poetry, it rhymes” moments, and why you shouldn’t fuck around with elephants. Plus, they start things off by chatting about why Netflix’s Sweet Tooth is a great adaptation.


NEXT: Eric...Sipple? Does anyone know who this is? Why is he talking to us? Oh god.




00:00:50  -  Intro

00:03:24  -  Netflix Sweet Tooth adaptation

00:15:50  -  Sweet Tooth: The Return

01:17:13  -  Outro / Next




  • “Living Underground” by Nico Vega, Nico Vega (2009)
  • “The Elephant” by Pete Seeger, Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes (Little & Big) (1998)




Direct download: Episode_446.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm CDT

After a two-year absence--thanks, global pandemic!--the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes its return to the big screen with the long-awaited Black Widow. And we do mean long-awaited: it’s been 11 years since Scarlett Johansson made her debut as Natasha Romanoff, and only now, after we’ve seen Nat die in Avengers: Endgame, does Black Widow get a solo movie. Paul and Arlo are joined by pop culture fan and academic Tanya Cochran to discuss whether or not Cate Shortland’s film was worth the wait. There’s talk of trauma, family dramedy, falling debris, and how much Arlo absolutely loves David Harbour as Red Guardian.


NEXT: Sweet Tooth returns, again, in Sweet Tooth: The Return for our next Four-Color Flashback.




00:00:50  -  Intro / Guest

00:05:50  -  Black Widow

00:26:48  -  SPOILERS

02:04:47  -  Outro / Next




  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Think Up Anger (feat. Malia J) (2015)
  • “American Pie” by Don McLean, American Pie (1971)




Direct download: Episode_445.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm CDT

Gobbledygeek’s very own MCU TV brain trust reconvenes somewhere in the multiverse, as post-production supervisor to the stars Michael Holland joins Paul and Arlo to discuss Michael Waldron and Kate Herron’s Loki. The gang untangles the kooky timeline shenanigans, falls in love with the incestuous narcissism at the heart of the Loki/Sylvie relationship, find themselves wowed by Owen Wilson, and ponders where the show’s timey-wimey finale leaves the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, Arlo likes Blade Runner now, and there’s some Space Jam: A New Legacy trash talk.


NEXT: the MCU returns to the big screen with Cate Shortland’s Black Widow.




00:00:42  -  Intro / Guest

00:17:50  -  Main Topic

01:56:30  -  Outro / Next







  • “Fly Like An Eagle” by Steve Miller Band, Fly Like An Eagle (1976)
  • “Very Full” by Tom Hiddleston, Loki: Vol. 1 (Episodes 1-3) (Original Soundtrack) (2021)




Direct download: Episode_444.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm CDT

Nature is healing. For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo conclude the post-apocalyptic journeys of  The Boy and the Big Man with Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition - Books Two and Three. The remnants of humanity fight tooth and nail for survival against the paws and claws of the human/animal hybrid children, who only seem to be increasing in number. Which begs the question, Whose apocalypse is this, exactly? The boys discuss the obvious influence of Lost on the book, whether or not Lemire should have thrown back a certain Fish, the series’ beautiful finale, and how horses are just really tough to draw.


NEXT: could be Loki, could be low-key.



Paul and Arlo rave about Jeff Lemire’s use of watercolors throughout Sweet Tooth. That praise should actually be reserved for brilliant colorist José Villarrubia. Sorry, José!




00:00:55  -  Intro / Guest

00:04:40  -  Main Topic

01:47:23  -  Outro / Next








  • “(Nothing But) Flowers” by Talking Heads, Naked (1988)
  • “Nature Trail to Hell” by “Weird Al” Yankovic, In 3-D (1984)


Direct download: Episode_443.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm CDT





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