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Tue, December 20th, 2005 - Issue #64
It's the final BASEMENT TAPES of 2005 and Casey & Fraction sit down to choose their favorite books from the past year. Two writers, three books each. Can you guess which books made the grade and which didn't? Come on in and find out.

Tue, December 13th, 2005 - Issue #63
Joe & Matt say it's time to confront a sad, dark secret about being a comic writer... the moment where a writer begins to obsessively scour the Internet for rection to their their story and start to adjust their work accordingly. How destructive can this be? The guys discuss it in this week's THE BASEMENT TAPES.

Tue, December 6th, 2005 - Issue #62.5
Today marks the first ever BASEMENT TAPES half issue. What does that mean? Of course, we're not going to tell you here. You're going to have to click on through to find out.

Tue, November 22nd, 2005 - Issue #62
Who's Number One? Which books have landed in the Top Ten this month? Which company dominates the market share? And by what slim margin? Should creators give a damn about the state of the industry or is it part of the job to worry about it? Casey and Fraction make a pretty good showing of giving a damn…

Tue, November 15th, 2005 - Issue #61
Casey & Fraction continue their discussion on writing comics. This week, the guys discuss strategies and plans of attack when writing a new comic, plus Joe gives some real world examples that should raise a few eyebrows.

Tue, November 8th, 2005 - Issue #60
Last time, Casey & Fraction shared with you the nuts and bolts of how they write a comics script. This time, they continue to examine the process on a pure level by talking about

Tue, November 1st, 2005 - Issue #59
This week Casey & Fraction sit down to show you how to make comics THE BASEMENT TAPES way! What follows is the first in a series of discussions about the mechanics of writing comic books.

Tue, October 25th, 2005 - Issue #58
Last week, the final issue of "The Intimates" shipped to comic shops. Matt talks with Joe about what happened with the series, why it was cancelled, and about the many challenges the series faced along the way.

Tue, October 18th, 2005 - Issue #57
It's the kind of thing fans often clamor for with great passion. "Give (insert creators' names here) another shot on (insert character name here), since they were so great on that series twenty years ago!" Sometimes it actually happens. Sometimes nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Sometimes not.

Tue, October 11th, 2005 - Issue #56
Did you see the ad on the back cover of "Fell" or in "GDLAND" promoting Matt Fraction & Gabriel Ba's upcoming series "Casanova?" Joe Casey sits Matt down to discuss the book, the series bible, the pitch to Image and much more about this new book.

Tue, September 27th, 2005 - Issue #55
Two creators, two very different careers. The guys take a look at their own output, looking for themes amongst the projects they've worked on, searching for common thematic elements, trying to find some sort of career context.

Tue, September 20th, 2005 - Issue #54
Warren Ellis has quite a history with the Internet. His new discussion site, THE ENGINE, is the writer's forray into the world of online communities. Joe & Matt take a look at Warren's latest online experiment.

Tue, September 13th, 2005 - Issue #53
If you've spent any time catching up on the classic Marvel stories written by Stan Lee in the '60s, you know the man had his own inimitable style. But what exactly were the tools he used to engage the reader? And could those tools still be used today?

Tue, September 6th, 2005 - Issue #52
How do you balance writing for the mainstream, maintain a career, hold on to your integrity and enjoy yourself, all at the same time? One of their own stands up and answers the hard questions and Joe & Matt react to her comments.

Tue, August 30th, 2005 - Issue #51
Joe & Matt look at the biggest thing to hit the comics market in years, "All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder." Was it as good as the hype? Or did it disappoint horribly? What does it say about the "All-Star" line?

Tue, August 23rd, 2005
Joe asks the question, "...are we at that point where new creators have to be great right out of the gate?" And off Matt and Joe go, looking at whether the comics indusrty actually nurtures new talent these days.

Tue, August 16th, 2005 - Issue #49
Joe & Matt sit down to talk writing superheroes. They get down into it, taking a look at the recent trend where the hero of the story is more passive than active and how some of what we forgive in comics writing would never be allowed in novels, television or film.

Tue, August 9th, 2005 - Issue #48
Joe & Matt continue their conversation from last week, asking when retailers are essentially treated by publishers as fans, where does it leave the retailers? What's the long term outlook for their businesses? What can they do to grow and ensure longevity?

Tue, August 2nd, 2005 - Issue #47
Following up on their column about hype, Joe & Matt salute those retailers who have to sort through all that hype to place their orders. But how can publishers help retailers more in this information overload era where publishers hold back as much as they can?

Wed, July 27th, 2005 - Issue #46
Matt interviews Joe about his new Image book out this week called GDLAND. What's it all about and what's Joe doing differently with this book that he hasn't done in ages? What's behind the making of this book? Joe shares all, plus new preview pages.

Tue, July 12th, 2005 - Issue #45
Joe & Matt check in to talk about, you guessed it, Comic-Con International in San Diego. Find out what their thoughts are on the show and see what books they recommend you pick up while you're there.

Wed, July 6th, 2005 - Issue #44
The comic book hype machine. Comics publishers have figured out now to hype their latest, greatest projects as if it were some kind of science. But is all this hype actually helping or hurting? And could the hype machine actually be coming to an end?

Tue, June 28th, 2005 - Issue #43
Let's call this one "That '70s Column." Joe & Matt take a trip back to visit the comics produced during the 1970s. What was good? What can be learned from these classics from comics' recent past? Look inside to find out.

Tue, June 14th, 2005 - Issue #42
With the monthly comic book costing $3 bucks or more, the question remains are you really getting what you paid for? Are comics delivering on a single issue level? Joe & Matt examine those issues and more in this week's Basement Tapes.

Tue, June 7th, 2005
Maturity is its own reward, isn't it? The cool, calm collected masses that make up the professionals, the hard-working creators in our little culture… it makes one proud to be a part of it. Wait a second… that's not our culture. Maturity as its own reward? Not in this business, mister… see what Joe & Matt have to say in today's The Basement Tapes.

Tue, May 24th, 2005 - Issue #24
Joe's just back from Comic Expo 2005 in Bristol, England and talks about his trip with Matt. What did he learn about comics? What did he learn about his own country? And would he make the trek again? Look inside for those answers and omre.

Tue, May 10th, 2005 - Issue #39
Joe and Matt sit down to discuss "Eisner/Miller," the new 300 page book from Dark Horse featuring candid conversations between Will Eisner and Frank Miller. What did they think? Is this essential reading? Click on in to find out.

Tue, May 3rd, 2005 - Issue #38
So, the DC/Humanoids/Rebellion 2000 AD deal fell apart a couple of weeks back, but the question remains why? What opportunities were missed? Who really looses out in this situation? Joe & Matt talk about it in this week's The Basement Tapes.

Tue, April 26th, 2005 - Issue #37
Joe & Matt sit down to talk about the "Sin City" feature film, what's next for Frank Miller's career and what the success of the film, both commercially and critically, means for the future of non-super hero comics headed to the big screen.

Tue, April 19th, 2005 - Issue #36
Is there a downside to comic book celebrity? Joe and Matt explore the downside of hitting it big in the comics industry as a creator and what it means when you've attained that top status.

Tue, April 12th, 2005 - Issue #35
Joe and Matt sit down to talk about the big summer event comics including the recent "Coundown to Infinite Crisis" and the upcoming "House of M." What do they really mean for the industry? And what drives these events?

Tue, April 5th, 2005 - Issue #34
Joe sent Matt an advance copy of "The Intimates" #6 to look at and with the issue coming out this Wednesday, Matt decided to ask him about it's unusual story structure and the secret origin of one of the book's stars.

Tue, March 29th, 2005 - Issue #33
Joe found something surprising in Previews this month - an "X-Men Unlimited" story to be penned by Matt Fraction. Joe talks with Matt about about he landed the gig and the rules he had to play by.

Tue, March 15th, 2005 - Issue #31
So, you've spent the last couple of months working on your comic story, only to come to the end. You'd think it would be a moment filled with much joy, but is it really? What goes through a writer's mind when they type those two magical words?

Tue, March 8th, 2005 - Issue #30
Joe and Matt have talked at length about writing the words for comics, but this time out they look at the other side of the coin. As Harvey Pekar once said, "Comics are words and pictures; you can do anything with words and pictures."

Tue, March 1st, 2005 - Issue #29
This week Joe and Matt talk about something that, well, you just can't talk about too much as a professional in today's industry. What might that be? Come on in to find out.

Tue, February 22nd, 2005 - Issue #28
If asked, how would you define the comics industry right now? Joe and Matt ponder just that question in this week's Basement Tapes and make some interesting observations.

Tue, February 15th, 2005 - Issue #27
Joe and Matt explore those rare events in comics known as "The Definitive Run." There's a number worth discussing, but the guys wonder if it's even possible for such a thing to exist these days in comics.

Tue, February 8th, 2005 - Issue #26
Joe & Matt sit down to discuss Stan Lee's recent appearance on "60 Minutes II" and what the ongoing Stan Lee v Marvel case means for the image and history of the House of Ideas.

Tue, February 1st, 2005 - Issue #25
Joe and Matt sit down to look at the current comics zeitgeist. Inspired by a passage from a Grant Morrion introduction in the "Flash: Born To Run" trade, the two talk about the current trends in comics and how they mirror trends seen in the '90s. Where is this all taking us?

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