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Since 2012, The Short Box has explored a wide spectrum of comics and pop culture topics. Hosted by a crew of long time friends: Badr, Ashley, Ed, and Cesar, provide entertaining discussions about comic books with the best creators in the industry, and worthwhile recommendations that will respect your time. New episodes come out every Wednesday
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This week we're unlocking one of our favorite Patreon exclusive episodes for everyone to enjoy. It's our Batman: The Animated Series (episode one) spotlight from our bonus podcast series:Pilots License,  A series where we get to fanboy over great cartoons like this one, while talking about their comic counterparts. And since episode one, "On Leather Wings", features Man-Bat as the main antagonist -- we went back to his first comic appearance in Detective Comics #400 (1970). If you enjoy this episode or comic book cartoon talk, make sure to check out the rest of the Pilots License series on our Patreon page. We've covered Spider-Man Unlimited, The Maxx, and most recently: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
This week we're analyzing House of M, to continue our WandaVision-inspired comic reads. This 2005 Marvel Comic's event, done by Brian Michael Bendis and Oliver Coipel, tells the story of how the Scarlet Witch uses her powers to create a world in which mutants are in charge, by rewriting reality and the memories of the Avengers and X-Men.Check out our new comic picks this week, mentioned in our No Comic Shop For Old Men segment (00:53:44), below: The Crew's New Comic Picks:Ashley - Chained to the GraveEd - Crimson FlowerCesar - Immortal HulkBadr - Crimson Flower Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Inspired by the recent episodes of WandaVision, we're taking a look at  Young Avengers (Vol.1), created by Allan Heinberg & Jim Cheung. The original 2005 series helped reintroduce the Scarlet Witch's children: Billy Kaplan (Wiccan) & Tommy Shepherd (Speed), as members of a new team of teenage heroes.  In addition, the crew also broke a tiebreaker between Brian Bolland & Dave Gibbons, to announce the winner of the next artist spotlight (00:42:59 ), and talked about some of the best new/recent comics, out right now (00:46:43). The Crew's Comic Picks:Ashley - DC Future State: CatwomanEd - The Picture of Everything ElseCesar - Phantom Starkiller Badr - Batman: Black & White  The Short Box is made possible by sponsor & listener support on Patreon. Support the show & join our Patreon community!Podcast logo by Ashley Lani Hoye, and other artwork by Edmund "Edbot5k" DansartAnd you can follow hosts: Badr & Cesar Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Abraham Riesman is a journalist and essayist, writing primarily for New York Magazine about arts and culture. He has written a book chronicling the world-changing triumphs and tragic missteps of the extraordinary life of Stan Lee, titled: True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. He called into the show to discuss the book and detailed the extensive research involved, and talked about what readers can expect from the upcoming biography.Watch the FULL interview on our YouTube channel  The Short Box is made possible by sponsor & listener support on Patreon. Support the show & join our Patreon community! Podcast logo & other artwork by Ashley Lani Hoye, Edmund "Edbot5k" DansartAnd you can follow hosts: Badr & CesarProudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Badr and Drew record a quickstrike, casual conversation about the latest episode of WandaVision and the MCU.  SPOILER WARNING for WandaVision EP.4Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive early access to our weekly shows, bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
The critically acclaimed, superhero, action-horror comic: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, by Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore, is this week's main topic (00:09:03). Followed by fan-mail (00:39:01), a brief recap of WandaVision episode three (00:46:50), and the return of our dedicated segment focused on new comics (00:55:00). READ: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1LISTEN: To our Justin Jordan interview THE CREW'S COMIC PICKS:Ashley - DC Future State: SuperwomanBadr - DC Future State: Swamp Thing Cesar - Batman/Catwoman Ed - Rain Like Hammers Music from the show: Mecca Tha Marvelous "Gawd is Marvelous"Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive early access to our weekly shows, bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Badr, Drew, and Walt kick off the first podcast of 2021 with a conversation about the debut episodes of WandaVision, the Scarlet Witch's best comic book moments, and their most-anticipated titles coming out this year. TIMESTAMPS: WandaVision - 00:05:23Fan-mail - 00:36: 26 Champion Season Segment + 2021 Comics: 00:40:20THE CREW'S 2021 COMIC PICKS:Badr - Geiger, Friend of the Devil, and Orphan and the Five Beasts Walt - Way of X Drew - Beta Ray Bill Music from the show: Mecca Tha Marvelous "Gawd is Marvelous"Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive early access to our weekly shows, bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
The crew close out the year discussing Wonder Woman 1984 (00:07:25), answering listener emails (00:43:25), and recapping the best comics from this year (01:01:00)Categories include:Best Comic SeriesFavorite Creative TeamBest One-Shot/Graphic NovelBest Movie/TV seriesFavorite Podcast Episode/MomentTwo new categories: "Just Missed The Bandwagon" & "Allow Me To Walk-that-back" And it's not too late to enter in our Wonder Woman skate deck raffle! Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive early access to our weekly shows, bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Fiona Staples was voted as the winning artist, by our patrons, to be the focus of the13th installment of our Artist Spotlight series.  Fiona Staples is a Canadian comic artist best known for being a co-creator on the science fiction series Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan, as well as being the artist on other books such as North 40, DV8: Gods and Monsters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and Archie Other segments/topics in this episode:No Comic Shop for Old Men - 001:00:34 (a segment focused on new comics)Champion Season - 01:14:12 (a segment focused on comic book & other pop-culture recommendations) A special shout-out to Marc Mangra, for making a cool BTS spot for this episode. Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive early access to our weekly shows, bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
The crew discuss the season finale of the Mandalorian, and all the jaw-dropping moments and surprises of the episode. THIS PODCAST CONTAINS SPOILERS!The Mandalorian and his allies attempt a daring rescue after Din finds the location of Moff Gideon and the captured Grogu. With the help of Boba Fett, Fennec Shand, Bo-Katan Kryze, and her lieutenant Koska Reeves, a hard fought battle ends with surprising revelations and changes for everyone involved. Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive early access to our weekly shows, bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
This week's episode is dedicated to the announcements made from Disney Investor Day 2020, and the lineup of upcoming Marvel series. The crew discuss their most anticipated Disney + shows (00:05:40), and debut a new ongoing segment inspired by Cesar, about new & current comics, called: "No Comic Shops for Old Men" (00:36:17).  Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive early access to our weekly shows, bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
The crew discuss a major reveal from this week's episode, and compare the character arc of a new ally to that of an iconic Star Wars character.  They also find time to talk about the new Star Wars projects coming to Disney Plus (00:36:09) THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS TO THE MANDALORIAN EP.7In this week's episode of The Mandalorian: Cara Dune, commits an old enemy of Mando, to his custody. In order to move against the Empire and free Grogu, The Mandalorian will need to trust his old adversary in more ways than one  Support the show and become a Patreon subscriber to receive access to early access,  bonus  episodes, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Elektra Lives Again, Frank Miller's farewell to everyone's favorite Greek assassin,  is the subject of this week's comic spotlight.  The 1990 graphic novel, by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, is a spin-off from Miller's OG run on Daredevil and tells the story of the apparent return of the ninja warrior from deathOTHER TOPICS COVERED: Oscar Isaac cast as Solid Snake (00:59:21) & Champion Season Segment (01:04:10)A special shout-out to Kory Torjussen, host of the new pop-culture review and history podcast: The World Is My Burrito (TWIMB), who joined us this episode as a guest co-host. Support the show and become a Patreon subscriber to receive access to bonus  episodes, early access, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
The crew discuss the return of a Star Wars fan-favorite character and the possible implications it may have on Mando's journey.  This episode contains SPOILERS!The Mandalorian reaches the ancient temple of Tython, where he takes Grogu to the seeing stone, so he can use the force to find other Jedi. But old acquaintances show up to settle unfinished business. The Mandalorian must team up with these unlikely allies to stop a small army from stealing the child.  Support the show to receive access to bonus  episodes, early access, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Lars joins the crew to recap the highly anticipated episode that is Chapter 13, of The Mandalorian.  This episode contains SPOILERS!The Mandalorian  finally makes contact with the Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, but finds himself in the middle of a confrontation between the Jedi and the Imperial Magistrate, Morgan Elsbeth. In order to get the proper training for the Child, he must help Ahsoka free the city of Calodan. Support the show to receive access to bonus  episodes, early access, merch, and other rewards. #makemineshortbox Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
Ashley picked this week's comic spotlight topic: Issues #52-#53 of the 1982 Swamp Thing comic series, by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, and John Totleben.  It's a tale of mayhem as Swamp Thing heads to Gotham City in search of his spouse, Abby, who is on the run for crimes against nature. The Swamp Thing crosses paths with Batman once again in an all-out battle for Gotham City and Abby! Other topics covered: JLA Snyder Cut, the HBO Max Green Lantern series, and Wonder Woman 1984 release (00:59:10) & Champions recommendation segment (01:13:00) Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
The Mandalorian returns to his friends Greef and Cara on Nevarro for repairs on his ship but is talked into blowing up an old imperial base. Little to everyone's knowledge there is a lot more taking place at the base.  Cesar is back to chat about the fourth episode (Chapter 12) , and gives a surprising predication for the next episode. This episode contains SPOILERS! Support the show to receive access to bonus  episodes like  our new series, Pilots License, a Patreon exclusive spin-off devoted to comic book cartoons/animated series. #makemineshortbox Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
This week's comic spotlight is about the 1989 Epic Graphic Novel (an imprint of Marvel Comics): The Punisher: Return to Big Nothing, by Steven Grant & Mike Zeck. This comic was suggested by a patron of the show, and follows Frank Castle's run-in with an old sergeant that takes him back to his Vietnam days - but this time they're on opposite sides!Other topics include: DC Comic layoffs (00:49:53) & Champion Season segment (00:55:35) Support the show to receive access to bonus  episodes like  our new series, Pilots License, a Patreon exclusive spin-off devoted to comic book cartoons/animated series. #makemineshortbox  Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
The Mandalorian finds himself braving the high seas alongside some unexpected allies who reveal more things about his Mandalorian heritage. And with so many Easter Eggs & references to cover, we invited two of our favorite Star Wars correspondents to chat about the third episode (Chapter 11) of the new season of The Mandalorian, "The Heiress". This episode contains SPOILERS! Support the show to receive access to bonus  episodes like  our new series, Pilots License, a Patreon exclusive spin-off devoted to comic book cartoons/animated series. #makemineshortbox  Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
We're proud to present the debut of our new ongoing bonus series: Pilots License,  a Patreon exclusive spin-off devoted to comic book cartoons and animated showsThis episode features Badr & Drew discussing the debut episode of the Spider-Man Unlimited cartoon (available on Disney +), a short-lived series that only lasted from 1999-2001, and spawned an even shorter five-issue comic series Pilots License episode #2 drops this week on Patreon, and features the full crew talking about Batman: The Animated Series, so stay tuned.  And if you have suggestions for animated shows you'd like us to cover, let us know! Proudly sponsored by Gotham City Limit! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theshortbox)
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