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Gobbledygeek: Episode 177 – The Sandman: Vol. I – Preludes & Nocturnes

You ever have that dream where Paul and AJ are discussing the greatest comic book of all time in ten spoiler-free monthly installments? Yeah, us too: beginning with this episode, the boys bring the Four-Color Flashback feature to the show, dissecting Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman through the rest of the year. Friend of the show (at this point, he’s more of a lover) Eric Sipple joins us for a discussion of The Sandman: Vol. I – Preludes & Nocturnes. The great tale of Morpheus, lord of dreams, gets its start in a fashion that’s not always representative of what it would become (DC superheroes), but the gang is on hand to point out all the ways in which it is uniquely Sandman (a horror story about stories). Plus, Amazon’s a little icky and Marvel has a prime opportunity for diversity with Iron Fist.

Some helpful links to aid in your enjoyment of this week’s episode!

“Should Marvel’s Iron Fist Be Re-Imagined for the Screen as an Asian American?” by Andrew Wheeler, Comics Alliance

3 Minutes featuring Harry Shum Jr. and Stephen “tWitch” Boss

“Amazon Has Jedi Mind-Tricked You Into Forgetting It’s Pretty Much Walmart” by Dino Grandoni, The Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Sandman Companion: A Dreamer’s Guide to the Award-Winning Comic Series by Hy Bender

Eric’s website and Twitter

Next time!

Despite the words that come tumbling out of AJ’s idiot mouth, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not next week’s episode. We’ll force him to come up with something.

Yell at us!

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