EPISODE 150: WAR FOR THE DUNKIRK BLONDE

It’s Episode 150 of The Hodgepodge Podcast!!! On this milestone episode, Doug and Dirty A discuss all the goings on at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and then give their thoughts on the films War for the Planet of the Apes and Dunkirk. They wrap up with an EARLY REVIEW of Atomic Blonde! Continue reading

EPISODE 135: GREAT WALL OSCAR? GET OUT!

On Episode 135 of The Hodgepodge Podcast, Doug and Dirty A discuss the wild night at this year’s Oscars before turning their attention to two vastly different films: The Great Wall and Get Out.

BE WARNED: MAJOR SPOILERS for Get Out start at 33:00 and end at 44:46! Continue reading

EPISODE 129: REMEMBERING CARRIE FISHER AND GEORGE MICHAEL

On the final episode of 2016, Doug and Dirty A remember the lives of Carrie Fisher and George Michael. In what seemed like an endless parade of celebrity deaths this year, these two hit Doug and Dirty A the hardest. Please join us in looking back at and saying goodbye to these two great artists. Continue reading

EPISODE 115: INFILTRATE THE GHOSTBUSTERS

In Episode 115, Doug and Dirty A discuss The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston, before being joined by friend of the show Matt King to dissect Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot. It all kicks off, though, with a short talk on all the happenings at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend. Continue reading

EPISODE 108: MILES AHEAD OF THE GREEN ROOM WITH KEANU, ELVIS & NIXON

Episode 108 of The Hodgepodge Podcast has Doug and Dirty A welcoming back “Foreign Correspondent” Matt King to discuss the films: Elvis & Nixon, Miles Ahead, Keanu, and Green Room. They also touch on the untimely demise of Prince. Continue reading

EPISODE 96: STAR WARS RETURNS!!

It’s FINALLY here! On Episode 96 of The Hodgepodge Podcast, Doug and Dirty A are once again joined by author Matt King to discuss STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Continue reading

EPISODE 95: PREQUEL MADNESS

The countdown is over! Spend the last week leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens listening to Doug, Dirty A, and special guest Matt King bludgeon the last two Star Wars Prequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, into submission. Continue reading

Episode 57: He-Man and The Masters of the Universe with Special Guest: Jason Christ

CoverWith things a little slow at the multiplex these days, Doug and Dirty A take a trip down memory lane and to Eternia to talk all things He-Man with special guest Jason Christ of Comedyworx in Raleigh, NC. The discussion covers the toys, 80s cartoon, comic books, live-action film and more as the guys wax nostalgic about one of the most beloved properties of the 80s and try to answer the question: What was up with all the homoeroticism? Take a listen! Continue reading

Episode 56: The Theory of Shameless Self-Promotion

coverEpisode 56 of The Hodgepodge Podcast begins with Doug and Dirty A’s previously promised Star Wars freakout over the new trailer for The Force Awakens. Then, the conversation turns to The Theory of Everything before Dirty A puts on his interviewer jacket to discuss Doug’s new book, Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo. Take a listen! Continue reading

Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo

Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo, available NOW!

Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo, available NOW!

Doug‘s first novel, Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo, is available NOW!

Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo will be available in multiple formats. The print edition is available NOW from Doug’s personal store at Createspace! Just click the picture above and the Internet will whisk you over to his site. The digital editions are coming very soon and will be available before Christmas. Thanks for reading!


The summer leading up to sixth grade was supposed to be quiet and easy for Jake Baker. Instead, he finds himself trying to save the world. A series of strange events in his neighborhood leads him and his Greene Street Gumshoes into something far more dangerous than the usual lost dog case. An ageless sorcerer named Count Sugar Cain and his associate, a mad scientist called Dr. Beamo, are on the verge of conquering the town of Avalon and after that, the Earth. A returning contestant to the world-conquering game, Sugar Cain plans to win this time and rule with an iron fist, while bringing magic back to prominence.

The Gumshoes are standing in his way.

Jake and his friends are pulled deeper into a world of magic and mystery as they try to stop the nefarious Sugar Cain before he can turn Avalon into a hotbed of dark magic. Along the way, Jake discovers secrets about his own family that will forever change both his life and the lives of those around him.

Will the Gumshoes defeat the powerful Count? Will Jake live through the summer to make it to middle school? And why does his best friend Shellie keep trying to hold his hand?

Find out in GREAT BIG WORLD: THE TROUBLE WITH DR. BEAMO – Available NOW!

Suitable for Middle Grade Readers and Up