For three years running at Bent-Con I’ve extended my hand and said “Hi there, I’m Fraser, Robert Fraser.” It confuses people that I want to use my last name first but they get over it once they start looking at our comics.
It’s not that I have delusions of grandeur. I don’t think that I’m Bond, James Bond. It’s that it’s a poorly chosen pseudonym.
I actually chose my pen name years before I ever had a use for one. It was just after high school and I realized that my first and middle names would make a great pen name when reversed. I vowed that if I ever write a book, I’d use it.
If you fast forward many many many years you’ll come to the time when Patrick and I first met, fell in love, and decided to work on Class Comics together. At the time my day job was for an stogy insurance company, owned by a very uptight international bank.
They were so uptight that our employment contract actually forbade us from engaging in activities which could potentially reflect poorly upon their precious financial institution. In short, if I made erotic comics… I could lose my job. So I whipped out my long dormant pen name and the problem was solved!
Until I started meeting readers in person and didn’t want to be called Robert. I’ve stopped explaining it to people, but if I meet you at Bent-Con or elsewhere… just call me Fraser.