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April 11, 2011

Erik Larsen on Breaking Into Comics

Filed under: Inspiration — M Kitchen @ 3:08 pm


  1. I was reading all of these tweets today and I have to say that the man makes sense. (Good stuff).

    Comment by Blair Kitchen — April 11, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  2. There are a whole lot of caveats that I think Erik is missing, but as a blunt sweeping gerneralization, yeah… makes sense. Welcome back to Canada.

    Comment by M Kitchen — April 12, 2011 @ 7:34 am

  3. According to the latest market reports from ICv2, direct market sales for SAVAGE DRAGON #170 were estimated to be 4,853. Compare that to the millions of copies of SAVAGE DRAGON #1 and that tells me it is a little more nuanced than what Erik is describing. I’d say his work is BETTER now than it was in 1992. So what gives?

    Comment by M Kitchen — April 12, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  4. I think he’s talking about publishers wanting good artists. Self publishing and sales are a totally different ball game.

    Comment by Blair Kitchen — April 15, 2011 @ 10:25 am

  5. Yeah, he probably is (though that aspect doesn’t interest me). But is it a different ball game? I don’t know about that. Regardless, I think the similarities can be extrapolated from what Erik is saying. Like if SPY GUY and THE POSSUM were brought to Image Comics for publishing, what Erik is saying about quality applies. Ditto for getting Diamond Comics Distribution. The trouble I see is that the direct comic book market is a stagnant pond. There are some trail blazing stores that are fresh and exciting. But for the most part, I see the old paradigm dying and the dwindling direct market numbers show it (so far as I can tell).

    Comment by M Kitchen — April 15, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

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