Welcome to Thinking Outside the Longbox Podcast's website.  The Longbox Guys are a group of comic historians who are dedicated to educating the public on the history of comic book characters.  They present panels at various comic book conventions and schools where they examine historically significant comic books and characters.  Every week, the podcast will cover a theme or character's history, discuss a socially or historically significant comic book, as well as make recommendations on current comics to read as well as older series. To check out the podcast for free, you can subscribe on iTunes.  Search "Longbox" and look for our logo.

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Pensacon 2016

The Comic Book Guys were honored to have the living legend comic book writer Tony Isabella join  them on their Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Stereotype Panel.  Tony talked about his creation, Black Lightning, and delighted the crowd with the horrible story of the Black Bomber. For a review of Pensacon check out episode 10 of the Longbox.  To hear Tony at the panel, check out episode 13.

Civil Rights and Social Justice Panels

Civil rights have long been reflected in popular media, All in the Family, Star Trek and Will and Grace have all broken ground in various ways, but what about Comic books? By exploring civil rights themes in comic books such as Captain America, Luke Cage, Alpha Flight and many others we will explore how civil rights and social justice themes have played out in comic books over the years and show the impact they made on society. These themes are especially relevant than ever with the emergence of the New Captain America and Thor.
New Orleans Comic Con - January 17, 2015.
Moderator: Thomas Strange, Panelists: Richard Douglas Jones, Michael Manning, Emily Roldan, and Thomas Boucher.

Philadelphia Comic Con - June 21, 2014.
Moderator: Thomas Strange. Panelists: Dan Parent, Michael Manning, and Thomas Boucher.

Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Stereotypes in Comics Panel

Come join comic book historians as they discuss some of the worst characterization of stereotypes in comic book history including Tyroc, the black separatist from the Legion of Superheroes, Chop Chop from the Blackhawks, the flaming Rawhide Kid, and many more.  There will be a question and answer section at the end where we will discuss how far comic books have come and how comic books as a medium can be used to counteract negative stereotypes in the future.

On Episode 27 of the podcast, the Longbox Guys talk about the history of Thor.  Stroll down the Asgardian memory lane as we talk about his travels in space, his unworthiness to wield his hammer, mullet Thor, the Recorder, Beta Ray Bill, the Warriors Three, and more.  Mike recommends "4 Kids Walk Into a Bank" from Black Mask and interviews it's author Matthew Rosenberg.  LT pulls Three Fingers from the back of the Longbox. Tom reflects on Superman and Flash talking about gun control and Josh goes off on a time travel tangent. 

On Episode 15 the Longbox Guys talk about some of the most significant crossover events in comic book history, including both Secret Wars, the Contest of Champions, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the Mutant Massacre.  Mike pulls Southern Bastards from the Front of the Longbox and LT talks Daredevil from the Back of the Longbox.  Tom reviews the graphic novel, March by Congressman John Lewis and Josh goes Slightly Off Topic with movie cameos.  Also included is an interview with Chris Mitchell from Pensacon 2016.  Kirby Krackle provides the music for the podcast and the guys shill for Ianleino.com.

Episode 14: The Longbox Guys discuss Season 1 of the Daredevil tv show and preview Season 2.  They interview two of the show's screenwriters, Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage.  There is also a bonus chat about the movie the Warriors.

On episode 12 the Longbox Guys choose their favorite Heralds of Galactus.  Mike recommends Jughead and LT reviews Alpha Flight.  Tom talks about the time the Punisher went black face.  There is also an interview with JB Garner, the author of the Push Chronicles.

Comic Book Guys and Gal meet Congressman John Lewis before his panel at Dragon Con 2015.  If you have not read his graphic novel/autobiography March, stop what you are doing and go read it.  Why are you still reading this?  Go. 

Check out our Civil Rights and Social Justice panel at the Las Vegas Comic Con


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