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Fri, February 5th, 2010
This week, Erik looks at the ramifications of Apple's recently-announced iPad for the worlds of both print and digital comics, and tries to put the divide between the two media into perspective.
Sat, January 23rd, 2010
Erik takes on the role of comics publisher this week, proposing an idea whereby American publishers follow a new weekly publishing plan that's an amalgam of the Japanese manga model married to "2000 AD."
Fri, January 15th, 2010
This week, Erik looks at the future of comics and comes down firmly on the sides of both print and digital formats as being the way comic fans be reading about their favorite characters as the industry adapts to new technology.
Thu, January 7th, 2010
Erik Larsen's ONE FAN'S OPINION makes its return to CBR this week as the writer/artist discusses the power of the individual issues of comic books and what they offer fans that television, movies and even graphic novels can't.
Fri, May 23rd, 2008
This week, Erik Larsen shares his own memories of the recently departed Rory Root -- considered one of the great comics retailers and owner of Comic Relief: The Comic Bookstore -- and why his store is one of the finest in the nation.
Fri, May 9th, 2008
Vince Colletta was one of comics' most prolific inkers, but he's also one of the most vilified and maligned figures in the industry. Is this deserved or does time erase bad memories? Erik Larsen looks at Colleta's work in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION.
Fri, May 2nd, 2008
A couple of week's back, Erik's friend Chris Eliopoulos says to him, "There's a lot of guys in this industry that are scared to meet you." Erik finds that to be a little odd and takes a moment to explain why you shouldn't be scared.
Fri, April 25th, 2008
Erik Larsen starts out this week by asking “Did you hear the story about me wanting to reveal that Elektra was a Skrull?” Read on to see what he’s talking about and what he thinks about superhero comics today.
Fri, March 14th, 2008
Erik takes some time to remember two greats who've past recently -- Dave Stevens and Steve Gerber -- and asks why it is only after they die do we truly appreciate a creator's contribution to the medium.
Fri, February 8th, 2008
The first issue from Image's Next Issue Project comes out next week. "Fantastic Comics" #24 features an all star cast of creators and Erik wants to tell you all about it because, as he says, "…it's simply the greatest comic book I've ever been part of."
Fri, January 18th, 2008
Erik Larsen, a former contributor to "Amazing Spider-Man" himself, weighs in with his opinion of "One More Day" and its aftermath. What's he think? Well ... you're just going to have to read for yourself.
Fri, August 17th, 2007
- Issue #82
Image Publisher Erik Larsen shares his own tribute to Mike Wieringo in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION. Erik discusses Mike's body of work, his many strengths as an artist & a person and where his true love for comics lay, "Tellos."
Sat, August 4th, 2007
- Issue #81
"So, how was San Diego?" Erik reflects on his time spent at San Diego this year and talks at length about the project he's really excited about right now, "The Next Issue Project."
Fri, July 27th, 2007
- Issue #80
"So - you looking forward to San Diego…?" Thus start Erik's column this week. What's his answer? And how does his sometimes failing memory affect his time at the show? The answer wait inside.
Fri, July 20th, 2007
- Issue #79
Mistakes in comics. They happen to every publisher and every creator. We're talking about misprints, spelling and coloring errors. Erik goes down a list of some memorable ones, including a few his own publishing company has had to make good on.
Fri, June 29th, 2007
- Issue #78
Erik's a self proclaimed "format fanatic." He remembers the day when he saw his first Treasury edition and from there his fascination with the different formats comics come in has grown.
Fri, June 22nd, 2007
- Issue #77
Lately, Erik's been buying up random comics from the '40s and has discovered something in them that's completely lost with modern comics - there are no rules and there are lessons to be learned from these books.
Fri, March 30th, 2007
- Issue #76
Erik never suffers from writer's block. In fact he suffers from entirely the opposite problem - too many ideas! Erik talks about the problems of sorting through all those ideas, trying to find the best one for his stories and how to keep readers on their toes.
Mon, March 5th, 2007
- Issue #75
After last weeks discussion of politics in comics, what could Erik follow it up with? Why, religion, of course. Why do we see so little religious discussion in comics? Erik examines the issue and says why he'd like to see more.
Fri, February 23rd, 2007
- Issue #74
Erik takes a look at politics and comics, when and how politics have crept into mainstream comics and ponders what's appropriate when including a real President in a comic today.
Sun, February 18th, 2007
- Issue #73
Erik Larsen is back with another Kirby rant and a bit of news. Erik takes a look at the tough decisions Image is having to make in preparing collections of Jack's classic creator-owned titles "Silver Star" and "Captain Victory."
Fri, February 9th, 2007
- Issue #72
Erik Larsen takes a look back on one of Jack Kirby's many great creations, Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth. Why is Kamandi a book you should know more about? Erik explains.
Fri, January 19th, 2007
- Issue #71
Last week's column about the ethics and pitfalls of purchasing original art inspired a lot of feedback. Erik shares some of your comments and stories of buying original art and expands on his last column a bit.
Fri, January 12th, 2007
- Issue #70
When you buy original art, do you know where it actually came from? Could it have been stolen? Erik talks about collecting original art, the problems you can run into and how he lost much of his own art in a house fire.
Fri, January 5th, 2007
- Issue #69
The other day, someone asked Erik, "How come the Marvel Universe doesn't look more futuristic?" It's a fair question and one Erik was happy to tackle in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION.
Fri, December 29th, 2006
- Issue #68
There are a lot of influential, famous people out there who love comics. But why don't they ever share their love of comics with the rest of the world? Erik thinks about what a little star power evangelism could bring to comics.
Fri, December 22nd, 2006
- Issue #67
Erik takes a look at an artist you're probably not all that familiar with, Nestor Redondo, a fantastic Filipino artist who worked on "Swamp Thing" back in the day as well as a number of comics you should know better.
Fri, December 15th, 2006
- Issue #66
As he celebrates his 44th birthday, Erik Larsen gets reflective on his life, his life in the comics industry and the changes the industry has gone through in his lifetime. Happy Birthday, Erik!
Fri, December 1st, 2006
- Issue #65
With the death of Dave Cockrum earlier this week, Erik Larsen looks back on the tremendous career Cockrum had and the important role he played in the history of American comics.
Fri, November 17th, 2006
- Issue #64
Did you watch the recent "Spider-Man 3" trailer? Did anything jump out at you? Erik noticed an interesting change and notes why it makes sense from a story telling perspective.
Fri, November 10th, 2006
- Issue #63
As a comics creator that has total control over their own property, some times it's hard not to go all "George Lucas" on your own work when it's being collected. Erik discusses some of the issues he's run into with collecting his own work.
Fri, November 3rd, 2006
- Issue #62
Erik starts this week by asking the question, "Do black and white reprints violate artistic integrity?" So, what does Erik think of the Marvel Essentials and DC Showcase black and white reprints? It's not an easy answer. Come inside to find out.
Fri, October 27th, 2006
- Issue #61
Erik shares a tale of how Dick Tracy played an important part of his formative years, his own love of the character as well as a review of the recently released first volume of IDW's "The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Dailies & Sundays."
Fri, October 20th, 2006
- Issue #60
Today, Erik talks about his love of Oz. No, not the HBO drama, the fairyland creation of L. Frank Baum. How did this fascination begin and where did it come from? Come inside to find out.
Fri, October 13th, 2006
- Issue #59
Readers, pour yourself a cup of coffe and settle in -- this week Erik talks at length about his life long fascination with the work of John Byrne, starting way back with "E-Man" and on up to present day, and why he regrets never meeting him in person.
Fri, October 6th, 2006
- Issue #58
Erik takes a look back on one of his favorite comics from his youth, "E-Man," his various incarnations over the years and the affect writer Nicola Cuti and artist Joe Staton had on him.
Fri, September 29th, 2006
- Issue #57
This week, Erik has a confession to make. "I buy the same comics again and again and again." What exactly does he mean by that? We're sure it's something many of you have in common with Erik. It's the power of the collected edition this week in ONE FAN'S OPINION.
Mon, September 25th, 2006
- Issue #56
Erik checks in with a follow-up on his last column about getting non-comics readers to read comics. Reader response was huge to that column.
Fri, September 15th, 2006
- Issue #55
Ever try to get a non-comic book reader to read a comic book? What were your results? Right, not easy. Erik talks about trying to find that perfect book to offer up to a non-comic reading friend of his.
Fri, September 8th, 2006
- Issue #54
Erik Larsen's been at this whole column thing for one year or 52 columns -- what's he learned in that time? How does the audience perceive what he's saying? Erik discusses some of the lessons learned on the 1 year anniversary of ONE FAN'S OPINION!