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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!
Fri, September 1st, 2006
- Issue #53
The many ways of telling a story. Erik examines plot style vs full scripts, the various different types of page layout and all that comes with storytelling.
Fri, August 25th, 2006
- Issue #52
There are artists in this business (Lopez, Buscema, Castellini, Davis, Hitch, Silvestri) whose work boggles Erik's mind and he discusses a handful of them and what it is that makes these artists great. Plus, the definition of the term "jerk shot."
Fri, August 18th, 2006
- Issue #51
This week, Erik talks art. Specifically, art from artists whose work is completely unpredictable. Artists like Leonardi, Kane, Kirby, Salmons, Wood and others. So, join Erik as he discusses a handful of artists whose work he truly admires.
Fri, August 11th, 2006
- Issue #50
Modern comic fans have it good. In the past, access to back issues was scarce and even when you had access it was expensive. Today, it's a different story and Erik is amazed by the choices he has and makes a proclamation that's hard to disagree with.
Fri, August 4th, 2006
- Issue #49
Folks, this week all we really should say is Erik's written up one doozy of a column. He talks about liars -- the liars he's worked, the liars he's worker for and the liars he's seen on the Internet. Trust us when we say this will be one very talked about column.
Fri, July 28th, 2006
- Issue #48
"So, are the readers the real editors like Stan Lee always claimed?" Thus begins this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION by Erik Larsen. Is this the actual case? And what part do and can message board regulars play? It's the kind of column that's sure to make some happy and others, well, not so.
Fri, July 21st, 2006
- Issue #47
A fan recently asked, "I'm a DC/Marvel Guy, but I wanted to try something new. What would be a good comic that I wouldn't be confuzzled by that comics history?" And that got Erik thinking. Come inside to find out what his response was.
Fri, July 14th, 2006
- Issue #46
Not all comics can be good. Sure, we all strive for excellence, but even some comics made by legends in the industry can really stink up the place. Erik takes a look at a few stinkers from some of comics greatest and most legendary creators.
Fri, July 7th, 2006
- Issue #45
With Comic-Con International in San Diego less than two weeks away, Erik Larsen checks in with some very helpful advice for fans on "how to talk to a comic book professional." Never been to San Diego before? This will be required reading for you.
Fri, June 30th, 2006
- Issue #44
Ahhh, swear words. Good old swear words. You don't seem them in comics approved by the Comics Code Authority, but they can be found in comics. When is it appropriate and when is it not? And how is this affecting Erik's work on upcoming issues of "Savage Dragon?" Come on inside and find out.
Sat, June 24th, 2006
- Issue #43
The dreaded deadline. We all blow them, even a few comic creators from time to time. Then again, some creators seem to always be on time. How does working under a deadline affect Erik Larsen's work? Come on in and hear a tale of deadlines.
Thu, June 15th, 2006
- Issue #42
Erik shares a story from his early years, when he moved away from home and made his first big push into comics, working in a shared studio on Mississippi Street in San Francisco.
Fri, June 9th, 2006
- Issue #41
Erik goes back to his youth to share stories of his early comics fandom and the early steps he took that transformed him from a comic fan to a comic industry professional.