Fastner & Larson
Det er ikke ofte, at to kunstnere arbejder sammen i så tæt en symbiose, at de optræder under fælles kunstnernavn. Men sådan er det med airbrush-kunstneren og farvelæggeren Steve Fastner samt tegneren Rich Larson - sammen kendt som blot Fastner & Larson. About F&L Early in 1976, renowned comics historian/fandom sparkplug David Mruz hosted a meeting of the Minnesota Comics Collectors Association. Bona fide comics legend C.C. Beck happened to be in town, and he showed up to display and talk about the wonderful papier mache rayguns and swords he was designing and creating. It was there at Dave's house that we (oblivious to each other, as is pretty much the case to this day,) first appeared together in the same room. The formal introductions were performed later that year at a Minneapolis comics convention, Microcon 3, by cartoonist/collector/bon vivant Larry Becker: "Steve...Rich. Rich...Steve. One or both of you may just want to turn around and walk away right now." We were working individually as advertising artists, but--by night--Steve was indulging a longtime obsession with Harryhausenesque monsters. Rich, not even coming close to earning the $35/page they paid him, was drawing ghost stories for Charlton Comics. At some point (alcohol may have been involved--kids, try to learn something here!) collaboration seemed like a viable idea. It was the proverbial match made in Hell, but all for the best. More or less. As it turned out. There's been a lot of water under the bridge and a lot of art through the transom in the last 28 years. We continue to draw the occasional chubby, cleavage-free kid for corporate entities who'd just as soon they weren't mentioned by name, no offense. But our hearts, as you've probably figured out by now, are with the strangely discomfiting melange of babes and monsters you see around you. That's not likely to change. Even though C.C. might not exactly approve.