The Short Box: A Comic Book Podcast

The Short Box: A Comic Book Podcast

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... Show More

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March 3, 2021 76 min

British comic artist, writer, and colorist: Brian Bolland, is the subject of our latest Artist Spotlight segment (00:07:28).  Bolland has a hyper photo-realistic style that has made him a favorite among comic fans for decades. We're analyzing his catalog of work that includes critically acclaimed projects like Judge Dredd/2000 A.D., Batman: The Killing Joke, and  his artwork on HUNDREDS of covers for DC comics such as Animal Ma...

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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 ...

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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 segm...

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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 th...

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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 b...

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Badr and Drew record a quickstrike, casual conversation about the latest episode of WandaVision and the MCU.  SPOILER WARNING for WandaVision EP.4

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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 #1
LISTEN: To our Justin Jordan interview 

THE CREW'S CO...

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January 20, 2021 69 min

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 - 00:05:23
  • Fan-mail - 00:36: 26 
  • Champion Season Segment + 2021 Comics: 00:40:20
  • THE CREW'S 2021 COMIC PICKS:

  • Badr - Geiger, Friend of the Devil, and Orphan and the Five Beasts 
  • Walt - W...
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    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 Series
  • Favorite Creative Team
  • Best One-Shot/Graphic Novel
  • Best Movie/TV series
  • Favorite Podcast Episode/Moment
  • Two new categories: "Just Missed The Bandwagon" & "Allow Me To Walk-that-back" 
  • And it's not too late to enter in ...

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    December 23, 2020 92 min

    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 

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    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 ev...

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    December 16, 2020 58 min

    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 wee...

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    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.7

    In this week's episode of The Mandalorian: Cara Dune, commits an old enemy of Mando, to his custody. In order to move against the Empi...

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    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 death

    OTHER TOPICS COVERED: Oscar Isaac cast as Solid Snake (00:59:21) & Champion Season Segment (01:04:10)

    A ...

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    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 smal...

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    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. 

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    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 H...

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    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! 

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    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 Seaso...

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    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! 

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