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Fran Frisch – RIP
Cartoonist Fran Frisch has passed away.
Fran, the globally acknowledged Artist often known as FRISCH, was the primary Artist to place a Bear on a T-Shirt (entitled Can U Bear it?) and thereby created a visible identification in 1988 for the rising Bear Subculture within the Homosexual Group. His “Beartoons” and his pioneering efforts supporting and rising the Bear Group earned him his “Beartoonist of San Francisco” fame.
From Fran’s GLBT Historic Society web page:
Fran Frisch (born 1948) is a local of Minnesota who referred to as San Francisco residence from 1990 to 2007. Since 1989, he has labored as a cartoonist for the Bay Space Reporter and for BEAR journal and different bear-related publications. He was concerned in producing the Bear Expo (1992–1994) and Worldwide Bear Rendezvous (1995–2007). As well as, he’s a founding member of Bears of San Francisco and has created logos and graphics for San Francisco and different bear organizations and occasions.
Additionally from that GLBT Historical past web page:
… the neighborhood of bears, a subculture that developed within the Nineteen Eighties to have a good time older, bigger, hairier, ruggedly masculine homosexual males who had been largely excluded from requirements of attractiveness in homosexual standard tradition.
“Fran Frisch’s bears are each cuddly and sexual, playful and laid again, but radical and subversive; his cartoons epitomize what it means to be a Bear,” says curator Jeremy Prince.
The Bear Ephemera & Archival Repository has a gallery of Fran cartoons. Might not be secure for work.