Mark Fiore: Drawn to the BayMark Fiore: Drawn to the Bay

Drawn to the Bay is a look at the Bay Area through the eyes of longtime local cartoonist, Mark Fiore. Covering everything from politics and culture to science and transportation, you can find Drawn to the Bay here and on KQED’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds Monday through Friday.

Mark Fiore is a Pulitzer Prize-winning political animator and cartoonist who hatched in California before the Intertubes were even invented.

Cartoon: Featuring Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and House Speaker Pelosi. We see a path with various versions of the Build Back Better plan on it, with the final one reading "Build Back Bitter."

The Long and Winding Road...

A sepia-tone cartoon shows Miwok and Ohlone people paddling tule canoes. The caption reads, "long before Columbus got lost sailing the ocean blue, Ohlone & Miwok were paddling the Bay all around you."

Discovering a Better Day

Cartoon: A joyous character saying, "Hooray! Mask mandates are lifting!" An asterisk leads to "terms and conditions," such as, "offer only good in certain jurisdictions, your region must be in the "moderate" yellow tier, etc."

Sorry to Burst Your Bubble

Cartoon: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and two workers stand on a sewer pipe spewing a mess as Zuckerberg says, "turns out we just had to hit restart!"

It Was Nice While It Lasted ...

Cartoon: two aging offshore oil drilling rigs, one with a sign that reads, "built circa 1980" as an oil slick spreads across the water. Caption reads, "fossil fuel fossils."

Can We at Least Keep It in the Pipeline?

Cartoon: a man wearing a "no vax" shirt hold a banner saying, "we say no," but the no overlaps a banner held by another that says "nevermind, we'll get vaccinated after all."

Now Was That So Difficult?

Cartoon: A judge says, "I said yes to science, I said yes to vaccine," to Gov. Gavin Newsom and a member of the prison guards union who opposed mandatory vaccines for prison guards.

Sound Familiar?

Cartoon: A man with a moving box saying, "Great! Think you'll be done by Friday?" to a construction crew promising 660,000 more housing units.

Demanding Supply

Cartoon: a retro-looking poster with smiling school kids that reads, "California, requiring vaccines to attend school since 1962."

Chill, We've Been Here Before