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5,4,3,2,1... Ready? Launch!!

Welcome to the inaugural "The Fire Line," folks!  I'm extremely proud to introduce a fun project that will hopefully bring a grin and maybe a snort or two — this one's just for laughs! Almost everyone is familiar with my biting editorial cartoons, but I'm often inspired to draw something just for fun. No preconceived opinion or point, "The Fire Line" is to be silly for the sake of being silly.

Why this title? In one respect, a fire line is a barrier between us and the general public - a special zone where only we operate and only we understand. It's more than a stretch of barrier tape, it's a firefighters only domain. These comics aren't for everyone (though all are welcome to enjoy), they're for you, the Brotherhood!

So, to light this candle I am throwing my very good friend Chief Billy Goldfeder under the bus! Sorry, Chief!  This cartoon was created last year and was intended to accompany the Chief's introduction for my book "Drawn By Fire," but was unfortunately left on the cutting board. However, in light of Chief Goldfeder's appearance this morning on CNN's Headline News, it has risen from the depths of cartoon purgatory. My friend, my mentor, my brother, truly is EVERYWHERE!!

…and we thank him for his dedication!


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Comment by Paul Combs on August 31, 2011 at 6:16pm
Chief Goodrich: As odd as it is, I have yet to meet Dave! We have been at a number of events at the same time, yet find a way not to chat - I think he's avoiding me:) Must be my "I'm going to sell you life insurance" face.
Comment by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on August 29, 2011 at 4:56pm

It's funny, but I did a blog a while back and I described how it was Dave Statter who was next to Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore, because Dave was showing up everywhere. Kind of like that damned gnome from FireGeezer.

Funny stuff, Paul. I didn't know that Billy had a moustache. I thought a very hairy dwarf was living on Billy's upper lip.

Comment by Paul Combs on August 26, 2011 at 9:03am
Thanks, Chief - sounds like the cartoon did its job:) BTW: I understand Chief "G" has put out a "hit" on me - don't stand too close...
Comment by John K. Murphy on August 26, 2011 at 8:48am
This is a great one -he was sighted in Atlanta hiding behind the moustach. This guy is everywhere. Great illustration - made me smile
Comment by Paul Combs on August 26, 2011 at 8:48am
Thanks, Bryan!
Comment by Bryan Goustos on August 26, 2011 at 5:28am

A good laugh to start the day. Thank you Brother.


Comment by Paul Combs on August 25, 2011 at 12:16pm
Thanks everyone - this is going to be fun!!!
Comment by Gary Schlotterbeck on August 25, 2011 at 11:59am
Thank you Paul for all of your work. I think that this idea is much needed in these times of uncertainty due to budget constraints...we ALL need to just set back and take a deep breath and when the opportunity presents itself; laugh our backside off. What a great idea; again, thank you.
Comment by Mike France on August 24, 2011 at 9:16pm
Outstanding Brother
Comment by Jeff Betz on August 24, 2011 at 8:42pm
Well done Paul. I think we need something along these lines to look at and get a laugh or two. Lord knows, we have plenty of serious stuff to keep us more than busy. Hoping this project really takes off!

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