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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.