Image Comics Co-Founder and the creator of Savage Dragon Erik Larsen posted a pretty controversial Tweet targeting Christians. And it’s not the first time Larsen has found himself in hot water in recent weeks.
The Tweet shows a meme comparing the Bible to a Spider-Man comic with captions saying “Proof that GOD exists.” and “Proof that Spiderman exists.”
— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) March 25, 2018
Not only would Larsen post the meme, he would also imply that humans invented God.
When we made God, you mean.
— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) March 26, 2018
The Tweet drew quite a bit of criticism.
This is ugly. Especially on Palm Sunday. We will never buy your books again.
— joe spicer (@spicemaster77) March 26, 2018
— Bleeding Fool (@bleedinfool) March 26, 2018
Erik Larsen @ErikJLarsen and @ImageComics @Todd_McFarlane have played their hand: it is clear that they cater to far Left extremists, have a patent bigotry towards Christians and the military as seen in their reaction to attacks on @DiversityAndCmx , and DO NOT deserve our money.
— Donald J. Thump (@POTUSThump) March 26, 2018
I’m an atheist and I don’t go out of my way to shit on believers. Maybe because I’m not trying to impress anyone and I’m more mature than a teenager that watched a few Dawkins videos on YouTube.
— Uncle Shackler (@UncleShackler) March 26, 2018
Larsen’s career…. pic.twitter.com/el4noUyXW9
— Ristorante Purgatori (@RistorantePurg1) March 26, 2018
If you check the #movetheneedle tag you can see I spend money on comics every week. I’ll remember this when I’m deciding how to spend my money.
— Ferengi American (@AmericanFerengi) March 26, 2018
Larsen’s Tweet would even motivate some people to boycott Image Comics.
— YellowFlash (@YellowFlashGuy) March 25, 2018
This is why people are giving up on the comic book industry #BoycottImageComics
— Society Reviews (@SocietyReviews) March 26, 2018
#boycottimagecomics and any store that helps them survive.
— “The Line makes itself felt…” (@mrbrockvond) March 24, 2018
Not everyone disagreed with Erik Larsen. There were a number of people who believed the meme was just an innocent joke.
As a Christian I just need to say.. It’s just a meme.
— Chels ❄🌈☝ #DYECB #TeamGeek (@CJPendragon) March 26, 2018
I have collected many memes, but this remains one of my all-time favorites. 🙂
— Dan Nada (@keltarking) March 25, 2018
Its a joke. I’d laugh either way fam and so should you.
— Oli (@leppers69) March 26, 2018
We spoke with Mark Gallo the owner of Past Present Future Comics who owns three comic shops in South Florida about the meme. He told us, “Head of a major independent comic book publisher thought it would be a wise business decision to mock Christians publicly. As someone who spends thousands with them a month, this will affect my stores financial allocation for Image Comics product line in the future.”
I definitely think Erik Larsen is entitled to his own opinion. He’s allowed to believe in whatever he wants and speak his own mind. However, actions have consequences. Many saw his meme as an attack on Christianity and they don’t believe that is appropriate behavior. They are letting Larsen and Image Comics know they will no longer be supporting their business and they are fully entitled to do so.
What do you think about Erik Larsen’s Tweet? Do you think he was purposely targeting Christianity or was he simply just trying to make a joke?