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After Losing Home in Northern California Wildfires, Cartoonist Brian Fies Shares His ‘Fire Story’

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Brian Fies' graphic novel "A Fire Story" depicts evacuations during the 2017 Tubbs Fire.  (Photo: Courtesy of Brian Fies)

Cartoonist Brian Fies started drawing the story of his family’s evacuation from the Tubbs Fire just one day after his Santa Rosa home burned down. KQED turned that comic into an animated video that got more than two million views and won a regional Emmy Award. Now, Fies has released a graphic novel “A Fire Story”which follows his family, and others affected by the 2017 California wildfires. We’ll talk with Fies about the book, the response he’s received in the community and his process of rebuilding.


KQED Arts: Watch a Santa Rosa Cartoonist’s ‘Fire Story’ Come to Life  

(Note: This video contains some profanity.)


Brian Fies, cartoonist; author, "A Fire Story"


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