Πέμπτη, 29 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016

An Interview With Erik Larsen



Erik Larsen, one of the founders of Image Comics, surely is a living legend in the comics industry. Great writer, outstanding artist, successful publisher, he has served the medium from every aspect you can imagine. This December though, Greek comic fans will have the pleasure of meeting him in person as he will be a guest in AthensCon.



He was kind enough to give us an introductory interview. Enjoy!


Comics In Greece: Describe us the atmosphere during the first days of Image. How were you feeling? What is different nowadays?

Erik Larsen: It was an exciting time, to be sure. We were young and it was a brand new world—a clean canvass. It was very hectic but quite exciting. Fans were thrilled. 24 years later things have settled in quite a bit. It's a much different dynamic and the books are very different. When it was a shared universe there was a lot of back and forth. Now everybody is much more focussed on telling their own story. Both have their own advantages.

Comics In Greece: Do you consider taking a break from Savage Dragon? And if you did, would you create your own series again or would you rather write/draw a well-established character from Marvel/DC?

Erik Larsen: I would really prefer not to. I enjoy doing what I do and every time I've worked with other people I am reminded why I left in the first place. It's like caging an animal that has lived in the wild. Once you've tasted that freedom it's very tough to go back to taking marching orders.

Comics In Greece: Do you feel lucky to be a talented artist and writer at the same time? Do you think it was easier for you to succeed in the comics industry having mastered both talents?


Erik Larsen: I feel very lucky. It gives me a lot of options. On any given day I have a lot of things to do and a lot I can do.

Comics In Greece: Would you like to see Savage Dragon again on TV? Perhaps a live-action movie? What do you think?

Erik Larsen: I got into doing comics because I wanted to do comics. If somebody wants to do something with my characters they are welcome to do that—but it's not a dream that I'm chasing. I'm living my dream creating comics. I don't want to put my dreams on hold to go chase something I don't care that much about. I'd rather make comics. Which is not to say that I wouldn't welcome a Savage Dragon movie if somebody else had a passion for that—I think that would be cool—but making a movie or TV show happen is a long, hard, frustrating and time-consuming process that frequently ends in failure. Given that—I'll stick to making comics.

Comics In Greece: We recently met Dragon‘s grandchildren. How this will affect him as a character?

Erik Larsen: Children and grandchildren change things because you want them to have a brighter future. It's a sobering thing to realize that you're helping shape the world they will inherit. It's a huge responsibility.

Comics In Greece: Share with us an unknown detail of the Dragon’s origin story.

Erik Larsen: There really aren't any. All of the details have seen print and any more I would have to make up when I wanted to expand on it.

Comics In Greece: Tell us everything about that Spawn/Savage Dragon crossover coming this October!

Erik Larsen: It's a couple issues, a quick back-and-forth between the two books. This features Malcolm Dragon and Spawn, so it's really the first time these two have worked together and it's not as smooth as it could be. Dragon is a cop and Spawn is a vigilante so it's not the best fit. In the mix is Ant, and she has her own agenda which is to get these two to help her put an end to a foe who is giving superpowers to psychopaths. But it's never as simple as it sounds. It's great fun.

Comics In Greece: How do you imagine the 300th issue of Savage Dragon? Have you planned it?

Erik Larsen: I do not have issue #300 all mapped out. That's pretty far down the road.

Comics In Greece: Do you miss your days with Spidey?

Erik Larsen: Not in the least. Spider-Man was something of a stretch for me. I was always more of a Kirby guy than a Ditko guy. It didn't come naturally. I pretty much did everything on the book I could have wanted to do. I'd said my piece.

Comics In Greece: Do you watch with your boys any super-hero movies? And if so, do you brag about writing and drawing all these characters years ago?

Erik Larsen: We've seen quite a few. I really don't brag about much of anything. My kids take it all in stride. They grew up around all of this nonsense. I don't know what I'd have to do to impress them.

Comics In Greece: Your advice for the aspiring comic creators out there?

Erik Larsen: Just do the best you can in the time you have to do it. Don't talk about it—do it. The biggest hurdle is simply to get working. It's hard for some people to get going on anything. It's better to produce garbage than to produce nothing. If you produce garbage there's something to look at and build on. Something to work with. You can't improve if you don't do the work. The most important part is to make art. Give it your best effort and strive to do better.

Comics In Greece: Any surprises for the Greek fans in AthensCon? What s your message to them?

Erik Larsen: If I told you—it wouldn't be much of a surprise, would it? I'm looking forward to meeting fans from Greece and exploring the area. I've never been to Greece before and I'm looking forward to taking it all in.





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