A Fire Story

Brian Fies


Early morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures and were destroyed. Author Brian Fies’s firsthand account of this tragic event is an honest, unflinching depiction of his personal experiences, including losing 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 burn through the area, Brian hastily pulled together A Fire Story and posted it online—it immediately went viral. He is now expanding his original webcomic to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is an honest account of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild.

Creator Bio

Brian Fies is an award-winning writer and cartoonist whose widely acclaimed first graphic novel Mom’s Cancer kicked off the Abrams Image list and won the 2005 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic (the first Web comic to win the award in this new category), the 2007 Lulu Blooker Prize for Best Comic, the 2007 Harvey Award for Best New Talent, and the 2007 German Youth Literature Prize, among other awards and recognition. He is also the author of the webcomic The Last Mechanical Monster and the acclaimed graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? (winner of the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature). Although he lost his home in the fire, Brian and his wife, Karen, are rebuilding in Santa Rosa, California.

Price £17.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 5 March 2019
Pages 160
Height 229mm
Width 165mm
Illustrations Full-colour illustrations throughout
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean
ISBN-13 9781419735851