The Comic Shack
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From Super Powers to Secret Wars, every week our panel discusses the latest in comics, along with history and information you can use to help build your collection. No genre or hero is left behind! Hosted by Moisés Chiullan & Dan Benjamin.
||28: Men of Iron and Steel||Moisés and John talk about Free Comic Book Day, Iron Man 3, and Man of Steel, along with good jumping-on points for Iron Man and Superman comics via TPBs and hardcovers. Make sure to listen to the After Dark, where we plot future topics for the show!||5/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||27: Joker at the Front Door||John Gholson from GuttersandPanels.com joins Moisés to begin our 77-part mega-crossover-Bat-series by discussing some of the best stories to read if you want to get into Batman...aka NOT Dark Knight Returns.||3/1/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||26: SuperTeam-Building||An After Dark for another show (Screen Time 26) suddenly mutates into a full-on trip by The Shack with 70Decibels's Myke Hurley. We go from talking about his go-to reads to how we compile our personal "SuperTeams" of the characters and stories we follow.||2/18/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||25: Taste the Hulk Rainbow||On top of being a huge fan of The Hulk, John Gholson publishes Gutters and Panels and writes a column for Movies.com. With the news that the Marvel Movies plan to tackle Planet and World War Hulk, we look at the best ways to "jump on" with the Jade Giant.||2/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||24: Dark and Weird||Moisés and Dan welcome Andy Ihnatko to talk about Superior Spider-Man #1, symbiotic storylines, and jumping on points for characters that are multiple decades old.||1/11/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||23: Lying Cat is My Spirit Animal||Merlin Mann joins Moisés to talk about Saga while Dan screens live calls. They inevitably talk a little bit about X-Men, "comics that never end", and the precise/exact/nebulous/opaque thing/things that they love about Saga, and why you should read it.||1/4/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||22: Heaven Looks a Lot Like Queens||SPOILERS ABOUND! Moisés and Dan are joined by "The Incomparable" Jason Snell (host of 5by5's The Incomparable!) to discuss the Spiderverse-shaking events contained in Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Avenging Spider-Man #15.1. We start spoilers early and ofte||12/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||21: Star Wars Comics||Jim talks about the significant impact Star Wars has had on his life. He then delves into a discussion of the Marvel and Dark Horse comics, followed by some quick recommendations for comics based on toy lines and other media tie-ins.||11/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||20: Intergalactic Quatrain||Alex Jarvis (@AlxJrvs), Editor-In-Chief of spandexless.com, joins Jim to provide a detailed overview of Green Lantern. Learn about the origins of the characters who become protectors of Sector 2814, The Guardians of the Universe, Oa, the Lantern oaths, an||10/25/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||19: A Granola Bar and a Bottle of Imodium||Jim talks with 'The Weekly Longbox' co-host Todd Rowker (@RowkerTheJoker) about attending conventions, collecting sketches, autographs, Doctor Who, and more!||10/18/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||18: Multiverse Crossover||This week, Leonard Chikarason (@LFChikarason) from 'The Weekly Longbox' podcast joins Jim to talk about his favorite comics and all the latest industry news.||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||17: Comic Book Video Games||Jim Metzendorf is joined in studio by two of his friends, David Moore and Steve Johnson, to talk about comic book inspired video games.||9/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||16: Classic Storylines||Jim dons his cape for a solo adventure this week as he explores classic comic book storylines. Using a list compiled by comicbookresources.com of the top 100 stories as a starting point, Jim picks his favorite 15. The catch? Only issues from ongoing serie||9/20/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||15: Span-DEX-Less||Jim Metzendorf is joined this week by Alex Jarvis (@alxjrvs) of Spandexless.com to talk about non-superhero comics and a whole lot more!||9/13/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||14: Listener Questions||This week, Jim and Moisés Chiullan (@moiseschiu) answer listener questions about comic book collecting, history, recommended reading, and more!||9/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||13: The Dark Knight||Jim Metzendorf is joined this week by gourmet cook and Batman aficionado Jay Thrash (@jaythrash) to talk about The Dark Knight Rises and the many parallels to Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and other tales of Gotham's favorite vigilante.||8/30/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||12: The Holofoil Age of Comics||This week, Jim and Moises examine the landmark eras of American comic books. You've probably heard terms like Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze, etc... Learn when they occurred and what comic books characters and stories define them!||8/23/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||11: The Green Dude Who Kills Stuff||Jim is joined by Moisés Chiullan (@moiseschiu) discuss the passing of comics legend Joe Kubert, and fundraising efforts for the Hero Initiative by Jack Kirby's granddaughter. They also get you caught up on all the latest Marvel NOW! news and more!||8/16/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||10: Rehearsed Hipsterisms||This week, Jim is joined by special guest Faith Korpi (@faitherina) from Geek Friday! They discuss her favorite comics, comic book movies, TV shows, and much more!||8/9/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||9: Concatenation of Severed Heads||This week, Jim and Moisés Chiullan talk about comics they've been reading recently, including Captain Marvel #1, Batman: Earth One, and X-Treme X-Men #1. They also dive headfirst into the basics of comic book grading, bags and boards, and storage conditi||8/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||8: Evaluative Spine Sniffing||This week, Jim is joined once again by film columnist and comic lover Moisés Chiullan! They talk about news and other tidbits from Comic-Con International in San Diego, and discuss the overall convention going experience.||7/26/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||7: Snakt!||This week, we welcome Jay Thrash back to the program and are joined by super-mega-epic guest Merlin Mann! We dive deep into the X-Men mythos and discuss Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and much more. Be sure to check out all the links for this episode! 5by5.tv/comi||7/19/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||6: Pulled Back In||On this week's show, Jim is joined by Jay Thrash (@jaythrash), a long time friend of 5by5 and lifelong comic book fan. They talk about the evolution of X-Men comics, The Avengers vs. X-Men mini-series, strengths and weaknesses of the DC and Marvel TV/film||7/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||5: Rebooting The Duck||This week, Jim is joined by film columnist Moisés Chiullan to talk about the Marvel NOW! initiative, how the film universe affects the comics, and vice versa.||7/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||4: A Skrull Did It||This week, Jim picks up the mic to rant and rave about several comics he has recently read. Join him for reviews of Fantastic Four, Justice League, Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Saga!||6/28/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||3: The Batman of Bane's Existence||This week, Jim is joined by Chris Blackwell, founder of Comicville.net, a comic news and review site. They talk about some of Chris' favorite books from the last few weeks, significant Batman story arcs and graphic novels, and the positive aspects of comi||6/21/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||2: Jumping On Point||This week, Jim provides recommendations for new comic book readers, lapsed readers, and fans who might be looking for something different. He also reveals his preferences in the war between print and digital books.||6/14/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||1: Origin Story||In this 1st issue collector's item, Jim talks about how he got started reading comics, and his futile attempt to explain the concept of collectibles to a young child. He also discusses future topics and how listeners can get involved!||6/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
"big things come from small beginninfgs"
What a welcome change to 5by5! a comic book centric show with a very cool and interactive host. A great place for newbies to comics and pro level readers! Expect this to grow huge!
Great Comic Podcast
Listened to first episode and really enjoyed it. The host takes a slightly different track on comics, and is focussing more on collecting and history, as opposed to only discussing the latest comic news. I'm a big 5by5 fan and glad it finally has the comic show it always needed. I hope this podcast grows and evolves to greatness, and stays on air for a long time!
First off, let me say I'm not a huge comic book geek. In fact I could probably count on one hand the number of comic books I've bought/read in my life. One might question why someone with my comic cred would even listen to a comic related podcast. Well, to be honnest, I love the work Dan Benjamin does with the 5by5 network and I trust his judgment. Boy am I glad I did. (Also...Free !)
Although I never got nto the hobby, I've always been intrigued. The problem for me has always been that I have a great deal of hesitation to jump into the middle of a story arc. There is so much content being created in this realm, it's overwhelming. Well just guess what the topic of the first episodes has been. Jim expresses sympathy to this barrier and suggests a few strategies to overcome it. This is exactly what I needed to finally get started in this hobby, or at least dip my toe in.
Jim has an easy voice to listen too and seems very thoughtful in his approach. I look forward to more episodes.