Tom Shapira

Tom Shapira is a carbon-based life from the planet earth. He was formed in the year 1985 AD by two loving parents. He is also an MA student of English Lit. at Tel-Aviv University, Israel, where he feels proud to be the first student to graduate with a BA by writing a paper about the works of Grant Morison. In his native tongue, Tom is a staff writer for Israel's leading comics blog Alilon.net and an occasional participant in the blog's bi-weekly podcast. He spends too much time, money and thought on Comics (especially the works of Grant Morison, Alan Moore, Warren Ellis and Garth Ennis) and his friends and family wish he would stop. He is not going to.

BOOKS AND MOVIES BY TOM SHAPIRA

Curing the Postmodern Blues: Reading Grant Morrison and Chris Weston\'s The Filth in the 21st Century

Curing the Postmodern Blues: Reading Grant Morrison and Chris Weston's The Filth in the 21st Century (author)

MAGAZINE CONTENT BY TOM SHAPIRA (36 TOTAL)

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #18: …What is it Good for?

Avengers: Age of Ultron came and went, leaving audiences baffled and the podcast divided, as Shawn and Tom war it out for a bit before signing a peace treaty. Speaking of wars, the reviews of… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #17: The Big Red One

Giant-sized issue! Shawn and Tom discuss the Eisner nominations, July’s Previews, Netflix’s Daredevil, and Marvel and DC playing Musical Director’s Chairs. Plus: the Batman v. Superman trailer leads to Jesus, while the Fantastic Four trailer leads… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #16: Shiny Happy Podcast

In the wake of last episode’s Scandalpalooza, Tom and Shawn discover a whole new world of happy thoughts and positivity (with the exception of Michael Bay). Ego the Living Planet is name-dropped, Shawn prepares for… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #15: Notes on a Scandal

This is the long one… with almost two hours of talking Shawn & Tom attempt to make sense of the recent rush of controversies (including the Batgirl cover, Erik Larson, poor costume design, speech, and… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #14: The Case of the Defeathered Duck

On this episode: Shawn and Tom discuss Valiant’s attempt to create its own cinematic universe, Black Mask Studios want to make “Tube Comics” a thing, Michelle Rodriguez doesn’t like thieves, and Tom briefly discusses the… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #13: Satan, TM

In this hour-and-40-minutes spectacular, Shawn and Tom wrestle with the solicitations for the month of May, grapple with the first image of the cienametic Aquaman, tussle with a whole host of TV announcements (including a… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #12: The Fish People Messed with our Sound

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor horrible recording equipment (sorry folks, this episode might prove a bit echo-y) will stop Shawn and Tom from talking about comics. In this episode, we talk at length… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #11: Rage against The Dying and the Dead

Tom and Shawn are in it for long haul as they discuss a metric ton of news, including but not limited to the supposed end of the Marvel Universe, the resurrection of Milestone Media, Image… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #10: Whisker Monsters Improve Everything

After a week off Shawn and Tom are back at comics-talk game, starting with the huge news backlog — including the possibility of Spider-Man hopping to the Marvel Cinematic universe (and why it’s a bad… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #9: The Smorgies Awards 2014

Per podcasting law, the end of each and every year requires an awards show of some sort, so here it is: The Smorgies 2014! (Yes, we’re doing an annual after only 8 episodes that ran… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #8: It Came from the 1980s!

Shawn and Tom are oddly excited about the prospects of the Jem and the Holograms comic book adaptations, which leads them through a weary road of the yet untapped 1980s nostalgia market. Also, in news, the now… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #7: Rats, Ducks, and Angry Birds

In this episode, Shawn and Tom cover a rather large bunch of news including Roc Upchurch’s removal from Rat Queens, the new Howard the Duck title (and whether or not Steve Gerber is spinning in his grave),… [more]

Sequart logoSmoragsbord #6: #Doom

Crossover season is once again upon us, here Shawn and Tom try and grapple with DC’s Convergence event and Marvel’s brewing Secret Wars and come up with mostly headache and confusion. Also: the frankly bizarre declaration about… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbor​d #5: The Monster at the End of This Podcast

This podcast was recorded a bit earlier than usual, so we’ve missed the endless movie announcements from Marvel. Still, we’ve found enough stuff to discuss to fill-up a good 90 minutes of comics talk including… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #4: Civil War, the Musical

It’s a busy post NYCC season as Shawn and Tom make their through a heap of news and declarations: new Marvel Comics events, the cancellation of the Fantastic Four, Vertigo’s expended line, Captain America 3 rumors, and… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #3: Sad Goat

For the third episode of Smorgasbord, Shawn and Tom try to to untangle the mess DC made with their recent bad shirt designs, tackle the end of the Kirby lawsuit, and try to be hopeful… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #2: The Ubiquitous Charles Soule

Welcome to the Smorgasbord Podcast, where Tom Shapira (Curing the Postmodern Blues) and Shawn Edri talk about little of everything comics related. In this episode we talk possible new live-action superhero shows, the new novel… [more]

image 1Laugh it Up: Two Perspectives on Humor in Guardians of the Galaxy

Part I “The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #1: Secret Origins

Welcome to the Smorgasbord, a brand new comics podcast which has a little bit of everything. Join veteran Sequart writer Tom Shapira (Curing the Postmodern Blues) and newcomer Shawn Edri as they traverse the ups… [more]

Image 1Only Humanoid: Cheese, and other forms of Cake

Muse Writer: Denis-Pierre Filippi Art: Terry Dodson I’ve got nothing against cheap entertainment. These works, in whatever medium, are nothing more than bread and circus – exciting violence, loud explosions, shallow humor, and beautiful bodies… [more]

image 1Only Humanoid: The City and The City

District 14 Writer : Pierre Gabus Art : Romuald Reutimann Possibly the most enjoyable thing about District 14 (and I say “possibly” only because there is so much to choose from that I wouldn’t begrudge… [more]

1We Dig Giant Robots: Transformers vs. G.I.Joe

Transformers vs. G.I.Joe Writer: Tom Scioli, John Barber Artist: Tom Scioli Publisher: IDW One would not expect Transformers vs. G.I.Joe. Well, one would expect there to be a title called “Transformers vs. G.I.Joe” – seeing… [more]

1Only Humanoid: The Jodorowsky Paradox

The Incal Writer: Alexandro Jodorowsky Artist: Jean Giraud Watching Jodorowsky’s Dune (an excellent documentary about the never completed adaptation of the Science Fiction classic into film) I was struck by how good it appears to… [more]

fr cover 0002Only Humanoid: Everything Louder than Everything Else

Armies Writer : Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Picaret Art : Jean-Claude Gal I always found it hard to square my ideas of what European (well, French) comics was meant to be with what most of it turned… [more]

Eric-StephensonThe Eric Stephenson Thing

So… that address Eric Stephenson gave at ComicsPRO recently seems to be making lot of waves (in the still small pool of American comics) and while there were things to be applauded there were, also,… [more]

STK624318This Review is Rated NC-17: Sex – The Summer of Hard

It feels so strange to see the “Man of Action” logo on the back of a book like Sex. Not simply because of the graphic nature of the work (we’ll get to that) but because… [more]

STK621977Savant-Garde: Shaolin Cowboy

Shaolin Cowboy doesn’t care about me. It doesn’t want my opinion, my critical evaluation or my appreciation. As far as Shaolin Cowboy[1] is concerned, I might as well not exist. That is a very refreshing… [more]

burn-the-orphanage-2-cover-image-comicsFight Comics: Burn the Orphanage #2

I should have really liked Burn the Orphanage more than I did.  But I am, as always, getting ahead of myself. The second oversized – and a bit overpriced – issue of Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman’s… [more]

image 1Better off Dead – Ennis and Fabry’s Thor: Vikings

Thor fights Viking Zombies with help of warriors from various eras. That sounds like a great premise for a Rick Remender style Grindhouse action series; and the writer, Garth Ennis, has been doing fine with… [more]

DEC120574Serialized Escalation

So – how good was THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE (this year’s sequel miniseries to 2012′s surprising hit THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE – both by writer Justin Jordan and by the art team… [more]

CHEW vol 7Strange and Growing Stranger: The World of Chew

As I finished reading through the recently released seventh volume of Chew (“Bad Apples”, Publisher: Image Comics, Writer: John Layman, Artist: Rob Guillory), I have come to two diametrically opposed conclusions: 1) Chew is, to… [more]

Livewires 3Future Progressive, Past Regressive: Livewires

Adam Warren’s Livewires is Perfection. This is not a word I use lightly, especially when the thing involved is a one-off project by a person who is often considered a not-very-major-creator[1] ™ but Livewires: Clockwork… [more]

Superman1Deconstructing the Deconstructions: Hyper Drama and Realism in Superman: Secret Identity

Part of the essence of the superhero genre lies in hyperbole; by this I mean to say that in a superhero “story” (here referring to the output of Marvel, DC and they many succors and… [more]

Picture2Humbled – A Building Stories Non-Review

Let me be frank – this is not a review of Building Stories (Published by Pantheon Books, 2012) by Chris Ware (Published by Mr. and Ms. Ware, 1967). Nor is this an attempt at analysis,… [more]

Batman-The-Dark-Knight-Returns-Part-1On the Limits of Adaptation or What Can We Get Out of The Dark Knight Returns Movie?

The year 2012 brought with it something Batman fans, and comics fans in general, have been expecting for years; a large production from distinguished creators starring some well-beloved actors. I am talking, of course, about… [more]

All_NEW_X_MEN_with_avengers-campbellMarvel Now-ish

One of the good things to come of Marvel Comics frankly insane shipping schedule in their latest relaunch scheme is that it allows the poor sideline commenter the chance to quickly appreciate the general trend… [more]

STATISTICS FOR TOM SHAPIRA

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