Pete's Basement is a weekly podcast filmed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, featuring four guys, Pete, Ramon, Adam and Steve. They discuss comic books released every week, comic book related movies, cartoons, websites of interest, writers and artists in the comic book industry. They also travel to comic book conventions in the local New York City Metro area and interview various artists, writers and editors in the comic book industry such as Tom DeFalco, John Layman, J. Scott Campbell, and J.M. DeMatteis, to name a few. The podcast can be downloaded via iTunes or watched directly online at their website.
Two Tanks Grew in Greenpoint[edit | edit source]
The launch of Pete's Basement[edit | edit source]
Pete's Basement launched its first podcast (episode) on January 8, 2008.
Season 1 consisted of 48 episodes, plus two Skrull episodes, totaling 50.
Season 2 consists of another 50 episodes. Their 100th episode (technically Episode 48 of Season 2) was aired on December 1, 2009.
Season 3 is currently in production. Each episode is aired on Tuesday every week. (information as of February 4, 2010)
Episode layout[edit | edit source]
Pete's Basement episodes are usually somewhere between 30 and 50 minutes in run-time. Most episodes consist of the panel (Usually Pete, Adam, Steve and Ramon) sitting at the "round table" discussing the current weeks release of comic books.
Some of their episodes will be "Segment" shows where the guys record their own reviews at their own leisure (usually in their own home), to be edited together into an episode. Roger usually directs while Steve usually edits. Frequently, various Post Production tasks will change hands.
How it is filmed[edit | edit source]
The show is filmed using one main camera that shoots the panel head on and two side cameras, which capture the angles of the panel discussions.
About The Basement[edit | edit source]
The show was created by Pete, Rogee, Adam Wiesen, Steve and Ramon.
The panel: Pete, Adam, Steve and Ramon, review comics each week with lively and sometimes unyielding banter. This podcast is not intended for young children. Each episode is prefaced with a "Viewer Discretion Advised!" card.
Guests grace the panel frequently throughout the series.
Guests have included: Peter "The Other Pete" Hellers, Laticha Sotero, Jessica "Skrull Adam" Mascitti, Rich DePinto and Fallen Angel artist J. K. Woodward. The Basement also got an exclusive interview via The Pete Phone with John Layman, current writer of the comic Chew. Layman gave the Basement a first look at Chew #8 before its release on January 27, 2010.
Season 3 Episode 4 has Steve reviewing Chew #8 before its release, thanks to John Layman.
Press[edit | edit source]
|“||"Pete's Basement" began with a phone call from Roger Kenny, the director and executive producer, asking Deluca if he wanted to start a comics podcast. He jumped at the opportunity before asking, "Yes! Er, what's a podcast?"||”|
|“||Our basic concept is that we want to tell you what’s good and what you should totally be avoiding and not wasting your money on. We’ll waste our money on it,
There’s so much out there right now in the industry—it’s a little overwhelming, especially if you’re just getting into it. With the economy the way that it is, people can’t afford to be spending three to four dollars per books that span eight issues or cross over into other books or side stories.
Interviews[edit | edit source]
- J.K. Woodward Interviewed by Pete's Basement
- J.K. Woodward Guest on Pete's Basement 100th Episode
- John Layman Interviewed by Pete's Basement
References[edit | edit source]
- The Pete's Basement Crew, New York Daily News, November 1, 2009
- Greenpoint comic book fanatics score cult following with podcast 'Pete's Basement', New York Daily News, October 18, 2009
- Talking about Comics in Pete's Basement, The Greenpoint Gazette, November 19, 2009
- J.K. Woodward on Pete's Basement Season 2, Episode 44, November 10, 2009
- J.K. Woodward on Pete's Basement 100th Episode Season 2, Episode 48 - 30:43 Time Stamp, December 8, 2009
- John Layman on Pete's Basement via The "Pete Phone" Season 3, Episode 3 - 01:17 Time Stamp, January 19, 2010