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Fri, June 2nd, 2006 - Issue #40
A couple of weeks back Erik had a little discussion about the costumes our favorite heroes wear and, well, it kicked up a storm of e-mail. So, Erik revisits the topic and looks at how even though comics are often derided for depicting women in very little clothing, the situation isn't that much better for men.

Fri, May 26th, 2006 - Issue #39
This week, Erik answers some of your most commonly asked questions. Among them: Where do you get your ideas from? What drawing tools do you use? Who are your influences? Should Peter Parker & MJ divorce? The answer to the last one's certain to fire up some fans.

Fri, May 19th, 2006 - Issue #38
Biff! Bam! POW! While sound effects in comics used to be common place, these days they're something of a rarity. For many, the comic book sound effect evokes bad memories of the "Batman" TV show. For others, it's a useful tool. Where does Erik land in the debate? Have a read and find out in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION.

Fri, May 12th, 2006 - Issue #37
Ahhh, the ability for someone to take something one person said and take it totally out of context and oh, how it happens in the online comics world. Erik shares some examples from his own career and, in fact, from just last week's column. Oh, and what's Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's connection to all this? Look inside.

Fri, May 5th, 2006 - Issue #36
Censorship. It's existed in many different forms over the years, either by others or our own industry via the Comics Code Authority. But today, a new form of censorship in comics is rearing its head. The source? The Internet. Erik Larsen discusses and tells you where it's coming from.

Fri, April 28th, 2006 - Issue #35
Star Trek has inspired generations of fans and story tellers. Erik Larsen is just one of those people affected by the star faring voyages of the Starship Enterprise. How did the series affect his career? And what impression did Nichelle Nichols have on a young Erik Larsen? Come inside and find out.

Fri, April 21st, 2006 - issue #34
Ahhh the good ol' American comics vs. manga debate. Manga fans say American comics have a lot to learn from what they've been doing overseas. Except, most people say that without fully understanding the Asian comics market. Erik puts it all in perspective for readers and fans alike.

Fri, April 14th, 2006 - Issue #33
This Week, Erik Larsen makes his case for Captain Marvel (the Fawcett one). He provides you with some background on the character, what made him special and why more recent attempts at reviving the character got it wrong and how.

Fri, April 7th, 2006 - Issue #32
Erik says, "If you're going to do the job you really should learn how to do the job." And isn't that the truth? Erik runs down some of the basics you need to know about starting in comics and how to go about learning more.

Fri, March 31st, 2006 - Issue #31
To those of you out there wondering how to break into comics, Erik Larsen offers up some sound and simple advice on just how to do that in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION.

Thu, March 23rd, 2006 - Issue #30
This week, Erik takes you down memory lane to discuss the subject he's most often asked to write about-- the early days at Image comics. What was it like? Was it as crazy as you might think it was? Erik sets the record straight.

Thu, March 16th, 2006 - Issue #29
Erik shares the journey he took with the Marvel Comics character Nova, from the first time he read his adventures, through a period where his interest in the character waned, then his own chance to put his stamp on the character.

Thu, March 9th, 2006 - Issue #28
Erik checks in and laments the loss of the letters column in comics. Erik notes it's more than just the loss of reader feedback, but the loss of a community of comic fans. Why should letter columns return? Come on in and find out.

Thu, February 16th, 2006 - Issue #27
Erik discusses the joys of creating, on striking out and doing your own thing, and how he may have played a small role in the creation of characters from two of comics greats.

Thu, February 9th, 2006 - Issue #26
Erik shares the story of one of the most heart-breaking moments of his life-- 1991, when his house burned down. What was lost? What does he miss? How did it affect him? Come on in and find out.

Thu, February 2nd, 2006 - Issue #25
Oh how the times have changed. It used to be that creators had to possess at least two certain qualities (you were really good, really fast or really nice). Today, add "connected" to that list. How has it affected the industry? Erik takes a look.

Thu, January 26th, 2006 - Issue #24
We've seen it happen numerous times in comics. The death of or a major change to an iconic character, only to see it undone years, if not months later. Erik asks, why do comic fans keep falling for it?

Thu, January 19th, 2006 - Issue #23
Ahhh the critic. Love them, hate them, they're out there. On message boards, Web sites, at conventions, you name it and they're there. What is the role of the critic? Erik discusses their place in the industry and fandom.

Thu, January 12th, 2006 - Issue #22
Are you a singles or trade paperback kind of reader? Do you think we're living in a Renaissance age for comics, or is everything being publisher these days crappy? Erik takes a look at both sides of many of the arguments comic fans and creators have today.

Thu, January 5th, 2006 - Issue #21
When is adding to a character's back story too much? The ex-girlfriend we never heard of before. The bad thing that happened that we're just now hearing about. Erik looks at the ever changing personalities of mainstream heroes and why it's not such a good thing.

Thu, December 29th, 2005 - Issue #20
Writers constantly have to wrestle with how much detail or how little detail should be included in their stories. Erik takes a look at a number of very different types of books to examine the question of what's essential and what's not in comics.

Thu, December 15th, 2005 - Issue #19
The ever shrinking comic. One day long ago comics were filled with 64 pages of content. That came down to 48 pages. Then 32. Finally arriving at today's standard 22 page comic. How did it come to this? And how do today's comics stack up against the past? Erik takes a look and has an opinion or two to share.

Thu, December 8th, 2005 - Issue #18
The rip off. The knock off. Whatever you call it, there are numerous knock off characters floating around the comics world. Even some of the most iconic heroes take something from a predecessor. Are there any truly original characters anymore? Erik takes a look with some very interesting results.

Thu, December 1st, 2005 - Issue #17
Erik returns to the swipe debate once again, elaborating on some of his earlier statements. Is there a difference between a swipe and an homage? And if what happens in comics happened in other industries, like music or film, don't you think legal action might be taken? Erik gives you much to ponder in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION.

Thu, November 24th, 2005 - Issue #16
In the past, comics were filled with captions and thought balloons and the like. These days? Not so much. Are we better off? What are some of the other tools creators previously used that they no longer do? Erik takes a look and thinks we might be missing something.

Thu, November 17th, 2005 - Issue #15
The swipe. The debate has raged for years. Is it OK to swipe, or is it just stealing? Are there certain instances where it's allright, whereas there are other times where it's not? Erik discusses the ins, the outs and the ethics of the swipe.

Thu, November 10th, 2005 - Issue #14
Continuity. Some fans care (a lot), others, well, not so much. But how does it work in the Image Universe? Does "Spawn" take place in the same universe as "Savage Dragon?" What about "Invincible?" Erik explains how it all works in this week's column.

Thu, November 3rd, 2005 - Issue #13
How is it that some of the most iconic heroes in comics don't have recognizable faces? Ask someone to draw Dick Tracy, most everyone will draw him the same way. Archie? Same thing. But what about Batman/Bruce Wayne? Superman/Clark Kent? Erik takes a look at how few super heroes actually have specific looking faces.

Thu, October 27th, 2005 - Issue #12
It's a big column this week as Erik talks about a number of the challenges faced by comics in the digital age, plus those comic fans who really aren't comic fans anymore (you'll understand when you read the column) and much more.

Thu, October 20th, 2005 - Issue #11
"When Gene Colan draws a person, they're a real person with weight and volume. The emotion on their face is real. Gene sells the story, he sells the emotion-- he makes you a believer." Today, Erik shares his impressions of one of comics greatest artists-- Gene Colan.

Thu, October 13th, 2005 - Issue #10
Now on his 10th column, and after stirring things up online a couple of weeks back, Erik takes a step back and properly introduces himself to his readers. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Erik Larsen. Updated with scans from a 1982 interview about "Graphic Fantasy."

Thu, October 6th, 2005 - Issue #9
Last week, Erik took the comics industry to task and his comments stirred people up something fierce. This week, Erik tells you something about last week's column you may not have known and has an entirely different type of story to share.

Thu, September 29th, 2005 - Issue #8
Today, Erik shares with his readers an open letter to comic book creators everywhere, and it's not pretty. It begins: "Is that all you've got?"

Thu, September 22nd, 2005 - Issue #7
The question of aging comic characters, specifically those from Marvel or DC, is a complicated one. Ask fans whether they should age and most will probably say yes. Erik examines the inherent complications involved in aging comic characters and why most of them stay the same age for 30, 40 or even 50 years.

Thu, September 15th, 2005 - Issue #6
Erik takes you inside Image Comics to discuss the kinds of submissions they get and if you've ever sent one, you need to read this column. Then, what brought around the collapse of the comics industry in the '90s? Could it have been one of comics' greatest icons? Plus much more. Updated

Thu, September 8th, 2005 - Issue #5
Erik discusses the realistic portayal of our favorite heroes in printed form and on the big screen and when it does and doesn't work in both mediums. How important is reality in comics? In movies?

Thu, September 1st, 2005 - Issue #4
"Your old stuff was better." Five words that can destroy a writer or artist in comics. But today's new stuff becomes tomorrow's old stuff and Erik takes a look at some creators from years past he loved and who he's keeping an eye on now.

Thu, August 25th, 2005 - Issue #3
Have you ever been a fan of a comics creator that your friends thought was awful? Erik shares the story of one such creator who seriously affected his comics fandom from an early age.

Fri, August 19th, 2005 - Issue #2
Erik comes at you this week with a mish-mosh of topics, including a look at comics he's recently picked up, two comics he heaps much praise upon ("Street Angel" & "Scott Pilgrim"), the book not published by Image he'd like to collect and much, much more.

Thu, August 11th, 2005 - Issue #1
Image Comics co-founder and Publisher Erik Larsen joins the CBR ranks today with the debut issue of his new, weekly column. What does he have in store for you today? Well, we're not going to spoil it. Click on inside and you'll discover ONE FAN'S OPINION.

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