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Erik Larsen is joining BF from 3-4pm Eastern (12-1pm Pacific) today to answer your questions in the second edition of our live, hour-long Q&A session, Quality Time!

Want to know what's coming up in Savage Dragon or Image United? Do you have some thoughts on Image Comics you'd like to share? It's all possible!

Post all of your most burning questions in our comments box below, and stay tuned as Erik answers them live...

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  • Frederik Hautain

    Frederik Hautain Sep 9, 2009 at 2:46pm

    Hey everyone! Welcome to the second edition of our weekly Quality Time live Q&A! Erik will join us in about 15 minutes, so get your questions ready!

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:00pm

    Hoo-boy

  • Frederik Hautain

    Frederik Hautain Sep 9, 2009 at 3:01pm

    Welcome, Erik!
    Fire away, everybody...

  • Sam Moyerman

    Sam Moyerman Sep 9, 2009 at 3:01pm

    Erik - You're one of the only original Image guys who has always continued on with doing comics. What has kept you working on Savage Dragon and not leaving the medium to explore other options?

  • Steve Kanaras

    Steve Kanaras Sep 9, 2009 at 3:04pm

    welcome Erik! Do you think the print periodical format has a viable future, or is it doomed to be replaced by longer formats and digital products?

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:05pm

    Sam--I got into comics because I wanted to do comics--not use it as a stepping stone to do something else. I'm where I want to be--doing what I want to be doing.

  • TimP

    TimP Sep 9, 2009 at 3:05pm

    Erik! Savage Dragon's had some really over-the-top villains... which one is your favorite?

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:09pm

    TimP-- I don't really have a favorite. Mother Mayhem is high on the list--just because she's so visually disturbing--but there are a lot of characters that I like more because they've been fleshed out more--she's not very fleshed out--oh, and she's currently dead.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Sep 9, 2009 at 3:10pm

    Welcome Erik! I first came across your work on DOOM PATROL back in the '80s and was really taken by the energy of your depiction of the DP. What was it like breaking into the industry back then and, in terms of the established characters, how did it feel gradually getting to play with bigger and bigger toys?

  • ripsterling

    ripsterling Sep 9, 2009 at 3:10pm

    Hi Erik! Your brushwork is very loose, what type of brushes do you use? I can't seem to find the right brush for me.

  • Sam Moyerman

    Sam Moyerman Sep 9, 2009 at 3:10pm

    You've been doing your own work now for so long, has there ever been an itch to get back on a Marvel or DC book? Any character(s) you missed along the way to Savage Dragon you would've liked to work on?

  • GrannySpray

    GrannySpray Sep 9, 2009 at 3:12pm

    Surprised that no one has asked about the news of the day... Erik, you've always been a very opinionated person on anything and everything comics. What's your take on Warner Bros making a power play at DC ?

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:12pm

    Andy Oliver --it was a gas. I really got to go through most of my favorites and get that out of my system. The only book that I didn't get to run with was the Hulk--I wanted to do that--had some good ideas for it--but whatever--I'm happier where I am.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:15pm

    ripsterling--I use a Winsor & Newton, series 7, No. 2 brush--and not nearly the control I'd like.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:17pm

    Sam Moyerman-- I scratched that itch a couple years back and found it unsatisfying. It's like going from being able to ride a bike all over town to being able to ride a bike anywhere you'd like in your bathroom.

  • ripsterling

    ripsterling Sep 9, 2009 at 3:18pm

    You had a brief run on Aquaman. Although there where some good ideas and kewl scenes in there it wasn't wel received. Apparently not everyone liked the combo: soap opera-comedy-silver age heroics.
    Were there any editorial constraints? Did you handpick the artist, Eric Battle?

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:20pm

    GrannySpray--Like the Marvel/Disney deal--it's too soon to know. I don't know what Paul was doing before, really--so I don't know what might happen now that he's out. I know that freelancers have had their issues over the years but I was under the impression that Dan Didio was calling more of the shots these days anyway.

  • TimP

    TimP Sep 9, 2009 at 3:20pm

    Thanks for answering my Q! Now, you're known as a very fast creator: how long does it take you to write/draw/ink an issue of Savage Dragon? Like, what's the fastest you've ever produced an issue?

  • TimP

    TimP Sep 9, 2009 at 3:21pm

    And, after all these years: how quickly do ideas come to you? Are you making changes to where the book is going from month to month or do you have an overall long-term plan laid out?

  • Sam Moyerman

    Sam Moyerman Sep 9, 2009 at 3:22pm

    What's it been like working with all the original Image guys (minus Jim Lee) on Image United? Todd McFarlane said he was normally one of the last people to get the pages for his parts, are you getting them blank or already started? And which would you prefer (starting or ending the page)?

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:23pm

    ripsterling-- I was given the choice of one of two guys on Aquaman--the other artist was the weaker of the two, I thought. I had a fun time on the book. My goal was to create more toys for the book--to add something new instead of just using Black Manta over and over.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Sep 9, 2009 at 3:23pm

    As a creator with some long-time links to Spider-Man what are your feelings about the end of the Peter/MJ marriage?

  • GrannySpray

    GrannySpray Sep 9, 2009 at 3:23pm

    Does stuff like this happening make you feel relieved that Image is flying solo, despite all of the financial difficulties it might sometimes bring along?

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:26pm

    TimP--roughly two weeks is the fastest I can do a full issue, writing, pencilling, inking-- that seldom happens. Ideas have never been a problem. I just let it unfold--one idea generates a few others. You just play it out--Dragon loses a foot before a big date--NOW what happens? And what comes after that? One thing leads to another and 17 years later I'm still keeping it going.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:30pm

    Sam Moyerman--it's been a lot of fun. I both start and end most pages. I'm laying out all but the first issue--and even that had a cover and page laid out by me--but I generally don't finish drawing Dragon on the pages until everybody else is done. When pages come in I wrap it all up.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:35pm

    Andy Oliver--honestly--I think it needed to be done--I just think it should have been done in a more honest way. Magic and the supernatural really shouldn't play a big role in Spider-Man comics--but the Peter/MJ marriage was a boat anchor. It was going nowhere and could go nowhere without ruining the book. But I think a divorce would have been better--make it clean and quick and refer to each other as "my ex" and leave it as that. If you knew they had been married--good for you--if not--she's an ex-girlfriend.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:36pm

    GrannySpray--I'm glad Image doesn't have some parent company and I'm sure as hell glad that I'm the final word on Savage Dragon. I'd hate to have somebody else telling me what my character would or would not do.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Sep 9, 2009 at 3:40pm

    Thanks Erik. I'd concur that if it had to happen something more rooted in reality would, indeed, have been the right way to go. And, staying on the topic of Spider-Man, you got to tackle most of the Big Name baddies in your runs on AMAZING and "adjectiveless". Which of that rather impressive Rogues Gallery would be your favorite both to write and also to draw?

  • TimP

    TimP Sep 9, 2009 at 3:41pm

    On an overall Image front, I'm a big fan of Chew, Viking, Walking Dead and everything the Luna Bros. do. What's the Image book no one's talking about yet that you're most excited about?

  • ripsterling

    ripsterling Sep 9, 2009 at 3:42pm

    Will Captain Victory be reprinted as a hardcover? I remember it coming out a couple years ago and it sold out. There were some pretty whacky Kirby ideas in that book.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:43pm

    Andy Oliver--I had a blast with Dr. Octopus--which was surprise because prior to drawing him, he was not a big favorite. The suit helped transform him from a fat guy in tights to a real menace for me. That and the Rhino. I love drawing the Rhino.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:45pm

    TimP --I think Jack Staff is just amazing but it gets little buzz--and Gødland is a gas but it seems to get little press. There are plenty of books that I love but those are two that I think don't get the attention that they deserve.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:47pm

    ripsterling--Captain Victory was never collected. There are all kinds of missing pages and other problems with that book. Silver Star was collected. It's a damned awesome book. I dunno if Captain Victory can ever be sorted out.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Sep 9, 2009 at 3:48pm

    Jack Staff is a real gem. Admittedly, as a Brit, there's a lot more resonance for me in getting all the pop culture references but everyone I've recommended that title to has loved Paul Grist's quirky style!

  • ripsterling

    ripsterling Sep 9, 2009 at 3:49pm

    Damn, that's a real shame. Thnx for clearing that up : )

  • ripsterling

    ripsterling Sep 9, 2009 at 3:56pm

    I consider you and Steve Rude as "direct descendants' of the Kirby art school. Any thoughts on the bankruptcy of Rude Dude Productions?

  • TimP

    TimP Sep 9, 2009 at 3:56pm

    I thought you were going to bring up Cowboy Ninja Viking. I'm really excited about that one.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Sep 9, 2009 at 3:58pm

    Final quickie - Loved your DEFENDERS alongside Kurt Busiek and was really sorry to see it disappear so quickly - is that a book/concept you'd like to return to at any point in the future? And thanks for your time this evening (over here anyway!).

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 3:58pm

    Andy Oliver --Jack Staff is great--and you're right--it IS quite British-- an American creator would never name a Captain America type Sgt. States, for example, because people in the United Stated don't call the United States "the States" they call it "America" -- but in Jack Staff--it works for some reason.

  • ripsterling

    ripsterling Sep 9, 2009 at 3:59pm

    Western Dragon any chance of seeing that in the book? That be cool for a pin-up.
    Thanks for answering
    Cheers

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 4:00pm

    ripsterling--it's a shame. I love Rude's stuff--but the market isn't very receptive to new publishers at this point--especially late ones--they've been burned too many times. I wish he'd have gone through Image.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 4:00pm

    TimP--Haven't read it--so I can't comment on it.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Sep 9, 2009 at 4:01pm

    Plus lots of lovely references in JACK STAFF from everything from classic Brit sitcom Dad's Army to old-time British weekly comics character. That book's a blast! ;)

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 4:02pm

    Andy Oliver--it was a fun book to work on--but at this point--I really hope to work nowhere else but Image. Sometimes you really can't go home again.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Sep 9, 2009 at 4:02pm

    Thanks for your time Erik!

  • Frederik Hautain

    Frederik Hautain Sep 9, 2009 at 4:02pm

    Ok, everyone... that's a wrap! Thanks to everyone who participated, and thank you Erik, for taking the time to join us. We'll see you here next week, same time, same place, but a different creator!

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 4:04pm

    ripsterling "Western Dragon?" I don't think so. I can't draw horses to save my life.

  • Erik Larsen

    Erik Larsen Sep 9, 2009 at 4:05pm

    Thanks, folks!

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