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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.