He Lost His Home in California’s Fires. Then He Made a Heartbreaking Cartoon About It.

“A two-story house full of my life was a two-foot heap of smoking dead ash.”

Brian Fies

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On Monday, October 9th, cartoonist and writer Brian Fies lost his home to the wildfires that tore through California’s wine country. By the following Sunday, he had chronicled the experience in a comic, which he published on his blog. “It’s much less polished than my usual work, but that’s part of the point,” he wrote. “Writing, penciling and inking an 18-page comic like this would normally take me a few weeks. I did this over parts of four days using a bad brush pen and art supplies from Target—Sharpie pens, highlighters and crummy paper—because Target was the only open store I could find within 20 miles.” Fies shared his comic, A Fire Story, with Mother Jones:

 

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