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Thu, February 6th, 2003 - Issue #52
After 52 issues Matt Fraction brings Poplife to a close. He finishes it all out by sharing a three page preview of the project he and Kieron Dwyer have been working on over the last year, 'Last of the Independents.'

Thu, January 30th, 2003 - Issue #51
Matt takes a very critical look at comics criticism and gives some example of where you'll find the best industry criticism, and it's not online!

Thu, January 23rd, 2003 - Issue #50
Matt follows-up on last week's column about comics activism, talking more about proper activism and outreach that actually can have an affect on the industry and how it's perceived.

Thu, January 16th, 2003 - Issue #49
In a column titled, "The One Where I Make Lots and Lots of New Friends," Matt talks about the various forms of Comics activism. Does any one specific form work? Does any of it work? Those questions are addressed with a few solutions offered.

Thu, January 9th, 2003 - Issue #48
Matt examines the ages and movements in comics since the late eighties, taking a look at what we've done and where this industry will naturally go next. Are we in the age of Garage Comics?

Thu, January 2nd, 2003 - Issue #47
During the downtime allowed by the holidays Matt explores the world of cinema in books with some important paralles for the comics industry.

Thu, December 26th, 2002 - Issue #46
Matt travels home for Christmas and pays tribute to Joe Strummer of 'The Clash.'

Thu, December 19th, 2002 - Issue #45
The New York visit filled with VP's talking about their pres in not so nice ways, weird pictures and the number 23.

Thu, December 12th, 2002 - Issue #44
Matt finishes the rework on 'Revisitor' and talks about some of the challenges he faced writing it. Plus, what does Larry Young mean when he says, 'Dude, we're robbing the bank?' Find out inside.

Thu, December 5th, 2002 - Issue #43
Turning a year older, mix tapes, anime and bringing you up to speed on where Matt's at, both with upcoming comics work and otherwise.

Fri, November 29th, 2002 - Issue #42
Breaking and entering, with the big time adrenalin rush, and stand-by really does work, even on Thanksgiving.

Thu, November 21st, 2002 - Issue #41
Breaking and entering, the car buried inside, teaching in Taiwan and showing the sophomores a thing or two at MK12.

Thu, November 14th, 2002 - Issue #40
Matt comments on the recent news that Stan Lee has filed suit against Marvel comics and asks the question "How is work for hire a good deal?"

Thu, November 7th, 2002 - Issue #39
Matt discusses his work on Rex Mantooth and what you can expect from the Annotated Mantooth out this December, with an honest look at some of the challenges he faced. Plus the big, fat American story and more.

Thu, October 31st, 2002 - Issue #38
'Avengers' artist Kieron Dwyer and giant robots as Matt brings you this weeks edition of Poplife.

Thu, October 24th, 2002 - Issue #37
Matt channel surf's and has mastered all 74 cable channels. What did he discover? He shares the wisdom so that you may learn.

Thu, October 17th, 2002 - Issue #36
Comics, boring? Matt looks at comics of today, what makes up the meat of those monthlies, compares them to comics produced in other countries and shares some fascinating insights into the American comics market.

Thu, October 10th, 2002 - Issue #35
Matt's returned from his honeymoon rested and tanned ... and real itchy! Matt talks a bit about his trip to Mexico, plus a look at two books of Manga from Comics One.

Thu, September 26th, 2002 - Issue #34
Matt's got the big gig pitch in LA. Little sleep, lots of work, and the executives eat from his hands. The comics want to come out, but there's just no time. And driving in LA with Alex Nova.

Thu, September 12th, 2002 - Issue #32
Matt gives you a first look at a new project he's got brewing taking place on Mars. At one point it was to be called 'Red,' but a former CBR columnist got to that name first. So while still be untitled, here's an 11 page excerpt of the script with five pieces of art.

Thu, September 5th, 2002 - Issue #31
Matt and that enigmatic group at MK12 are busy at work on a bunch of interesting projects and Matt gives you a behind the scenes look at projects for MTV's 'TRL,' some work for the next series of BMW Films, more on the 'Adult Swim' project and much more.

Thu, August 29th, 2002 - Issue #30
Fraction saw some rock. Enjoyed the rock. And now reports on the rock experience. Plus, find out if you're too old to experience the rock.

Thu, August 22nd, 2002 - Issue #29
Matt takes a look at 'The Playboy,' 'Copybook Tales,' 'Box Office Poison,' 'The Dreamer,' 'Hicksville,' 'Cages' and others as he looks for the 'self-reflexive' comic.

Thu, August 15th, 2002 - Issue #28
Matt dabbles in a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Who's he writing this for? Find out in today's Poplife.

Thu, August 8th, 2002 - Issue #27
Matt presents the first ten pages of script to 'Revisitor,' a book best described as a weird crime story.

Thu, August 1st, 2002 - Issue #26
Matt's 'Big Hat' moves forward. Are comics cool? Thought's on Eddie Campbell's 'Alec.' And Matt needs someone needs to explain the fascination with those retro books like 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe.'

Thu, July 25th, 2002 - Issue #25
Matt presents the first ten pages of his 'Last of the Independents' with new art from Kieron Dwyer.

Thu, July 18th, 2002 - Issue #24
A whole slew of different things this week, including Zorak from 'Space Ghost,' how Matt's film process has been affected by comics writing, plus artwork from two upcoming projects including 'Last of the Independents' with art by Kieron 'Avengers' Dwyer.

Thu, July 11th, 2002 - Issue #23
Matt Fraction sits down with writer Joe Casey to talk his upcoming 'Automatic Kafka,' the online world of comics, marketing this industry and more stuff.

Fri, July 5th, 2002 - Issue #22
'Matt Fraction: The Scripted Adventures' picks up where it left off last week with tales of Los Angeles intrigue, a 'Who' loving Cabbie and a Mayan or two.

Thu, June 27th, 2002 - Issue #21
It's either 'Poplife: The Comic' or 'Matt Fraction: The Comic.' We're not sure which. And what role does California Governor Gray Davis play in this intrigue?

Thu, June 20th, 2002 - Issue #20
What Brak from 'Space Ghost' and Matt have in common, 8 and 9 panel grids in comics, a nickname for Kieron Dwyer and sitting on the porch and having a smoke.

Thu, June 13th, 2002 - Issue #19
Matt takes a look at '100%,' 'Amazing Screw-On Head,' 'Black Widow,' 'Transmetropolitan,' 'Pulp,' 'Love and Rockets' and 'La Perdida #2.'

Thu, June 6th, 2002 - Issue #18
A horrible stomach ache, teaching a class on writing comics and the unlocking of comics most horrible secret.

Thu, May 30th, 2002 - Issue #17
Matt examines three different '32 page' comics, 'Berlin,' 'Black Hole' and 'THB,' in an attempt to discover that which makes them tick so precisely.

Thu, May 23rd, 2002 - Issue #16
A big decision for Matt and his company and the case for owning your work. What Matt really thinks of superheroes. Oh, and Noah Wyle and Madonna thrown in for good measure.

Thu, May 16th, 2002 - Issue #15
Matt tells a story of the creation of a music video that even MTV found too disturbing to air. Updated Now with full video feed.

Thu, May 9th, 2002 - Issue #14
Matt discusses the challenges he came up against when working on 'Anodyne 2' and 'Big Hat' and how his writing process works.

Thu, May 2nd, 2002 - Issue #13
Matt sits down with Antony Johnston to discuss writing, specifically the subtle art of 'the pitch.' A little something for every writer out there.

Thu, April 25th, 2002 - Issue #12
Matt shares how he got interested in comics, how 'Star Wars' played a role in his future life (not in the obvious way you might think) and those comics that really got him going.

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