Drawn by Fire: THE PERFECT FIT

Christmas tree in the firehouse by Paul Combs
Paul Combs/Drawn by Fire
Christmas tree in the firehouse by Paul Combs
Paul Combs/Drawn by Fire

On the fourth day of Combs-mas (in our Yuletide collection of Paul Combs Christmas cartoons past)…

The fire service is rich in tradition, stories, pomp, and legacies – and it is legacy that brings me full circle to this cartoon. Some families can boast generations of service to a community, or having married into another fire service family to carry on a lineage that in some cases spans a century. Me? I’m the first of my family to hear and follow this noble calling, and while my daughter doesn’t have any immediate plans to follow in my footsteps, she has grown up a tailboard-brat and is dating a firefighter (insert stern dad glare here).

For a couple of years now I have been trying to find a way to capture family legacy in a cartoon, when the answer finally hit me – a collaboration. Of the 300 plus fire service cartoons that I have created over the past ten years, this cartoon may very well be my favorite because it is the first that my daughter and I have drawn together. For the first time, there are two Combs signatures on a cartoon – and I couldn’t be more proud!

So, while you are getting together with family this holiday season to share love and warmth, take a moment to reflect on your own legacy and what it means to you. As for me, I’ve got a Combs and Combs original to hang in my studio:)

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