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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?