Note: This video contains some profanity.
Just one day after his house and everything in it burned to the ground, Santa Rosa cartoonist Brian Fies bought some cheap paper, Sharpies, and highlighters, and got to work reporting what he and his wife had seen the night of the fires.
The resulting cartoon came quickly, with more raw edges than Fies’ usual standards, but it was undeniably, unflinchingly honest.
“I still have that newspaper reporter bug — that I’ve got to tell the story,” Fies says of the comic’s urgency, which included Fies returning the next morning to find his house in Larkfield destroyed. “I was an eyewitness to something very unusual, and I felt like I just had to report it.”
The response was massive. In the week after the fire, an online version of Fies’ comic, A Fire Story, was viewed by over half a million people.