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Exhibition - A Fire Story: A Graphic Memoir by Brian Fies

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00am

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Early on the morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 8,300 structures, including more than 6,200 homes, were destroyed. Author Brian Fies lost his house and every possession he and his wife had that didn’t fit into the back of their car. In the days that followed, as the fires continued to destroy more and more homes in the area, Brian hastily pulled together a firsthand account of his fire story and posted it on his blog and on Facebook. The comic quickly went viral, picked up by CNN as well as local newspapers and TV stations. Millions of people were moved by Brian’s honest, unflinching depiction of his experiences. San Francisco PBS TV station KQED adapted A Fire Story into a five-minute video, which won an Emmy Award in June 2018.

Just as Brian took his mother’s cancer and transformed his processing of the experience into an award-winning graphic novel, Mom’s Cancer, he is now taking his original 20-page webcomic and expanding it to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is a real and honest first-hand account of the tragic wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community that has become stronger as a result. It will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the unique trauma that comes from a natural disaster.

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