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Steve Gallacci

Steven A. Gallacci (born 1955) is best known for creating and publishing Albedo Anthropomorphics, a black and white alternative comic containing anthropomorphic funny animal characters, which has been considered a major factor in the origins of furry fandom.

Gallacci spent six years in the US Air Force as a graphics specialist, including a tour of duty in Germany. After leaving the military, Gallacci started Albedo under his own Thoughts & Images imprint. First published in 1983, Albedo's last issue was published in 2005 under the Shanda Fantasy Arts imprint. Among some of the story lines that have appeared in Albedo are Gallacci's own "Erma Felna: EDF", a military sci-fi epic featuring some elements of political intrigue, and Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, which first appeared in the infamously rare Albedo #2.

Gallacci also worked on Fusion, a SF adventure comic from Eclipse Comics similar to the TV show Firefly, though pre-dating it by nearly twenty years. Lela Dowling co-authored the artwork and Steve Barnes drafted the first issues, though Gallacci would write most of the later ones with Lex Nakashima. He also created "Birthright", an indirect sequel to Erma Felna, serialized in the Fantagraphics title "Critters". The first three issues of Donna Barr's "the Desert Peach" and a single issue of his own fantasy adventure "Zell, Sworddancer" with art assistance by Steve Adams, was also published under his Thoughts & Images imprint. Thoughts & Images also published the first edition of Albedo RPG, written by Craig Hilton and Paul Kidd, and based on the Erma Felna storyline from Albedo. Additional editions and supplements were published by Chessex in the early '90s. An all new version of an Albedo RPG has been published by Sanguin.

Galacci provided art for episodes of Elin Winkler's "Tales of the Fehnnik", published by Radio Comix, and short bits for Ken Fletcher's "Spontoon" fanzine.

He has also done Science Fiction art and illustration since the late 1970s, as well as straight technical/commercial illustration.

He occasionally produces silver bullets for his Argent Small Arms line of replica firearms. More recently, he has been creating masters for after-market scale model aircraft detail/correction/conversion sets.

Gallacci lives in Seattle with his two dogs. His wife of twenty-two years, the long time SF and media fan Beverley Clark, died 16 September 2007.[1]

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