Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Erik Larsen has been involved in the comic book business since 1982, when he self-published his first comic, Graphic Fantasy, which contained the first incarnation of his most notable character, Savage Dragon. The character was simply called The Dragon on the cover.
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EL: Or beyond. It would be nice to set the kind of record that people would look at and say, “Okay…maybe I’ll try for the #2 spot.” 500 issues plus would be pretty awesome but that’s going to depend on readers hanging in there. I can’t do this without them.
PE: Working in creative professions can be very difficult without emotionally supportive people around you. Have you had any family or friends whose opinions of what you do changed over your career? Was it emotionally dramatic or anti-climactic to find that out?
PE: What change, since you started in this business, has made the biggest impact on you and your work?
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
If you Cosplay, then you are part of a grass roots marketing campaign for that character. Make no mistake about it, if you take someone else's character, make a costume that character wears, walk around in public and at Cons dressed in it, posing in it, letting people take pictures of you wearing it, then you are advertising that character. If the owners of the character do not pay you to do this and you have paid to make the costume, paid for room & board at the Con and paid entrance fees to contests, then you have paid money out of your own pocket to advertise someone else's property. If you can accept this as your choice, then good for you, but do not for one second believe that you have performed an act of creation. You may have crafted a translation of the character, but there was no creation involved.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice hits his fiancé and knocks her unconscious. He is suspended for two games and is given a path to relief from criminal charges with a diversion program where men are taught not hit or abuse women. When the general public see the whole of the event, via a security camera video from the hotel, not just mutual combat and a bigger stronger opponent striking a smaller attacker, they see the lies told, and the cover up. Whether it was a lie or cover up is not the point. As a result Ray Rice is indefinitely suspended, and is essentially banned from Football in the NFL (or CFL as the case turns out).
Adrian Peterson, Running back of the Minnesota Vikings punishes one of his children by a spanking using a stick. He leaves cuts and bruises, and force the child to have a mouthful of leaves. The child returns to his home in Texas. The child's mother takes the boy to a doctor, who considers the marks and wounds to be a result of child abuse. The results are sent to a Grand Jury and returned with no indictment. Then it is resubmitted and a felony charge of Child abuse is leveled, causing the player to be charged, and placed in jail, until he makes bail and returns to Minnesota. The case is pending, and the smoking gun is not a video, but actual bruises and wounds upon the child.
The NFL has taken a hit from these events, but there is an article with a headline/title that says it all.
Oh, you don't believe me?