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This week Joe & Matt take a look at the "comics blogosphere." What influence did it have and what influence does it have today? What role will it play in the future of comics? Find out what the guys think in this week's Basement Tapes.
Artists of all types suffer from it at some point. For some it comes suddenly and leaves quickly, but for others it lingers for a while. It affects each artist differently. What is it? Burnout. Joe & Matt talk about what they do when it hits.
Joe & Matt put aside their normally scheduled snark and thinly veiled assaults on the bigmouthed and famous in the industry to honor the memory of one Mr. Will Eisner.
Joe & Matt start off the new year with a bang, taking a critical look at spin control done by the marketing machines at major publishers as well as individual creators desperate to get attention for their books.
Through a personal experience, Joe & Matt talk about the European comics market and compare it to the current state of the American market. What are we doing wrong and what can we learn from them? Click on in to find out.
Remember way back when, you know the time, when you'd go to your local drug store to pick up comics, rushed home to read them and comics were fun. Really fun. Is that fun lost in mainstream comics today? If it's lost, can we get it back? Joe & Matt talk it over this week.
This week Joe and Matt ask the question, "Whatever happened to the short stories?" Back-ups, monthly anthologies, etc., the short story is a rarity in today's comics market, but, as they point out, there are signs of hope ahead.
Joe & Matt talk about the craft of writing fiction, but what happens when the fiction gets so alien to the writer that he or she find themselves disconnected from their characters? What then?
Matt grills Joe about his recent comics touring that he did, from LA to San Francisco to Dallas in one week's time. Was the experience worth it? Does it help build audience? And who paid for the cost of the flight?
Casey and Fraction examine the concept of "Team Comics." No, not the JLA or X-Men or something of that sort, but the idea that comics professionals and readers should join together to help raise the profile of the industry without question.
Matt interviewed Joe a couple of weeks back, so now it's Joe's turn to talk with Matt about his work in the now-on-the-stands "30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales" as Matt shares a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process for his story "Juarez."
One of the hardest aspects of writing a solid stoy is coming up with a solid ending to match. Joe & Matt talk about endings this week, those that work, those that don't and the struggle to fit them in naturally on page 22.
If you've not been reading the Basement Tapes thus far, this is the issue to begin with! Joe & Matt get their geek on comparing the heroes at DC and Marvel. What's the big difference between the two? Plus, Joe reveals a storyline that could have been in the pages of "Superman."
This week Fraction interviews Casey to get the inside scoop on the upcoming Joe Casey/Jim lee "The Intimates" from Wildstorm/DC Comics.
So, you got tha big break. You're about to begin writing your first comic for one of the big two. But are you ready for your work to be in front of a wide-audience? What missteps will you make along the way?
Casey and Fraction sit down to talk about Manga - the effect it's had on the marketplace, what makes it so successful and why American publishers just don't get it.
Casey and Fraction embark on the Hunt. You all know what it is, that search for something golden in the back issue bins and the sheer joy the hunt brings.
The comics industry has its trends just like any other industry. But what happens when a creator jumps on the bandwagon, following the already established trend? What about those trendsetters? And is all this really healthy for the industry? Joe & Matt address those issues and more.
Joe and Matt sit down to discuss outside influences in writing comics and how and when is best to apply them, including the influence "Eraserhead" had on writer Alan Moore.
Casey and Fraction examine an interesting little thing that occurs amongst some comics professionals who've achieved a bit of fame, but it's not something that can be mentioned in this here description. Venture inside for more.