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LONG WAY

Happy 140th Anniversary, Fire Engineering Magazine!

I can’t begin to tell you what an honor it is to be a small part of this magazine’s distinguished and rich heritage. The men and women who have written articles within these pages are literally a collection of the most important and…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 19, 2017 at 4:09pm — No Comments

FDIC RETROSPECTIVE

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Added by Paul Combs on April 17, 2017 at 7:37am — No Comments

THE PENALTY BOX

All hockey fans understand the significance of the penalty box. After all, it's a prime opportunity for your beloved team to score a goal with the sinister opposing squad short by one player on the ice, and the penalized team has to form a protective Death Star defense around the…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2017 at 9:26am — No Comments

A BRIDGE TOO FAR

It has been a while since I’ve posted a new illustration. To be honest, since the loss of my friend to a car accident I have been in a two-month creative canyon (think Mariana Trench) where nothing seemed funny…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 21, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments

PASSION AND DEDICATION

What is passion? What does it look like, sound like, feel like? Is it something we instinctively know when we are around its presence, or can it be palpated like a strong radial pulse? Every so often a person comes into our lives whose passionate light shines so bright that comets pale in comparison,…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 24, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments

IN THE MIDDLE

A pendulum swings to the extreme far right and to the extreme far left, and in the fire service, as in politics, common sense is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately there is so much divisive chatter going on that it feels as if common sense is an ugly four-armed green-headed alien stepchild. Quiet the…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 13, 2017 at 11:04am — No Comments

IS IMAGE EVERYTHING?

To say we live in a society of bold and colorful individuals is an understatement. One only needs to stroll down any city street to see people who would have once been characterized as “outsiders” or “one of them” pleasantly blending into modern society. It’s acceptable to be personality-loud! We…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 9, 2016 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

WE'VE GOT TO DO BETTER THAN THIS

We’ve got to do better than this.

It is with a heavy heart that I find myself mourning another brother as I write this blog post. A brother who was the epitome of dedication and passion, and who was loved by all who had the fortune to know him, or be the target of his shameless wit and humor.…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 1, 2016 at 4:05pm — No Comments

BOBBY KNOWS POLITICS

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everybody!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 31, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

THE TOTALITARIAN INQUISITION



Happy Halloween, everybody!

Added by Paul Combs on October 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

MORNING ZOMBIES



Stay clear of the morning zombies!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 24, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments

VESTIFICATION



Sometimes the best way is to just keep it simple and direct!



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Added by Paul Combs on September 21, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

BEAT IT - September Fire Engineering magazine illustration.

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."  - Thomas Jefferson



I love this quote by our third U.S. President. A man of vision,…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 15, 2016 at 3:19pm — No Comments

NO EXCUSE



Yes, I've drawn another "wear your seat belt" cartoon! SPOILER ALERT: I will continue to draw them until we have 100% participation and everybody clicks that buckle (and that means your POV, too). So, scoff and ridicule if you wish, but I will draw my conscience and share my passion on this subject as long as…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 31, 2016 at 7:28am — No Comments

LOVE AND GORGE

The great thing about drawing cartoons is I have the ability to make people speak the truth within the frame of my work. And with the resent news about skyrocketing drug costs, this cartoon seemed appropriate... and true. I'm all for a free market, but the outrageous drug industry gorging on the sick and…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 26, 2016 at 7:41am — No Comments

BROTHERHOOD BURNING

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

― Socrates



Apparently Socrates was a man of vision to foresee civility's death by the social media firing squad! We have forgotten how to have a disagreement in this country (and perhaps globally) and how…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 17, 2016 at 2:49pm — No Comments

THE MAGICIAN

We all know that one person, don’t we? The one who was promoted to a leadership role when they have no leadership qualities whatsoever. They have said all the right things to the right people, done the bare minimum to get ahead, and now find themselves in a position of management over firefighters that…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 28, 2016 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

POP CULTURE FOLLY

Don't laugh, I bet you a Bulbasaur and a Squirtle that somebody has thought about doing this! Pop culture and the way we humans fawn over it has always fascinated me, if not at times dazed and confused me. But, as any good cartoonist would, I'm having my own brand of fun with it.



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Added by Paul Combs on July 25, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments

INFORMATION SUPERPOWER - July Magazine Editorial Cartoon

There's no real power to having knowledge that you refuse to share with others. Regardless of your reasons, you are not smarter or empowered by what you know when it's kept in your self-centered locked mind of superior denial. Knowledge only works when you use what you know to lift others, so they can in…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

THE HYDRATION PROCLAMATION

Heat related illnesses can lead to countless issues including fatigue, nausea, disorientation, injury, and in extreme situations sudden cardiac events. It's hot out there, brothers and sisters - so remember to hydrate and get that gear off as soon as possible.



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Added by Paul Combs on July 6, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

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