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2021: The Yr in Calamity Cartoons

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A Mark Fiore cartoon showing different color tiers for reopening schools, starting with Zombie Blue (online school), then In-Person Green (private schools), then Slow-for-Vaccine Yellow (cautious teachers), then We-Can't-Take-This-Anymore Red for fed up parents.

As vaccines started rolling out, misinformation turned out to be one of many greatest threats to attaining herd immunity.

A Mark Fiore cartoon showing an FDA doctor with an umbrella holding a clip board that says,

A Mark Fiore cartoon featuring COVID-19 saying, "fortunately, there's no vaccine for stupidity," as anti-vaxxers protest the coronavirus vaccine.

What must be a nonpartisan challenge of public well being continued to be simply one other entrance in a extremely partisan tradition battle.

A Mark Fiore cartoon about wearing face masks, with the main character who is holding a face mask saying, "I take my mask off to show I trust science and am vaccinated... but I keep it handy in case I need to show I'm anti-Trump."

A Mark Fiore cartoon featuring a public health worker fighting COVID while being attacked on the other side by anti-mask people in

Cartoon: an old-timey looking poster with smiling school kids that reads, A shocking variety of cops — whose job is all about public security and following legal guidelines — balked at vaccine mandates.

Cartoon: "Officer No-Vax takes it to its logical conclusion." A man in a police hat dressed in circus-type gear and holding a cat on a leash says, "look, they can't tell me what to do with my body...or what kind of police dog I can have..."

And much more unbelievably, Gov. Gavin Newsom sided with the highly effective California jail guards union as they fought necessary vaccines for jail guards and employees.

Cartoon: a prison guard holding a

In the meantime, the investigation into corruption in San Francisco politics grew to the purpose the place I helped KQED’s Joe ‘Fitz’ Rodriguez and Matthew Inexperienced create an interactive cartoon outlining the primary gamers within the unfolding drama.

Featured image for San Francisco corruption interactive

In San Francisco and the higher Bay Space, the opioid disaster and deaths as a result of fentanyl continued largely unabated … Cartoon: A bright red COVID character hovers over the street as a monstrous purple

Cartoon: Drug companies and distributors like J&J and McKesson shown spraying huge hoses of opioids over a city while the J&J character says, "told you the opioid crisis isn't our fault!"

On the U.S.-Mexico border, the extra issues modified, the extra they stayed the identical.

A Mark Fiore cartoon comparing the border "surge" of 2019 to the large numbers of migrants at the border in 2021. In 2019, the Trump character says "it's their fault" while pointing at the migrants, in 2021, Republicans say "it's Biden's fault."

Cartoon: shows

And what do you get when you’ve gotten a man campaigning with a dwell grizzly bear, one other man who likes to rant on YouTube whereas sporting a bathrobe and a governor main a state with a huge price range surplus?

… One other couple years of Newsom.

A Mark Fiore cartoon showing Governor Newsom standing atop a huge pile of cash representing the state budget surplus. Newsom, looking down at the small crowd running for governor against him (including John Cox's bear), says, "cute bear."A Mark Fiore cartoon showing a large COVID character holding two signs. One says,

The opposite large story this yr (and yearly for the subsequent umpteen years) was local weather change.

The Bay Space is a paradox of environmental activism and pollution-spewing oil refineries.

A Mark Fiore cartoon about Bay Area oil refineries and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District captioned,

Cartoon: Chevron CEO Michael Wirth atop a castle-like refinery saying,

The summer time of 2021 was way more than simply “scorching” …

A Mark Fiore cartoon on climate change increasing heat, showing two scientists looking at a thermometer sign that rangest from, warm, warmest, hot, hottest, sweatiest, heat waviest, bakingest, meltiest, as one scientist says," we're going to need more superlatives."

Individuals affected by wildfires of years previous brought on by a lethal mixture of tinder-dry forests and PG&E’s shoddy maintenance of its transmission traces had been nonetheless ready for a payout.

A Mark Fiore cartoon about the PG&E Fire Victim Trust that is charged with distributing money to fire victims. The cartoon shows a huge pile of money and a trustee making $1500 an hour balancing over the heads of destroyed homes with people standing down below looking upwards. The caption says,

In the meantime, the billionaire’s view from house might have regarded a bit of smokier than anticipated.

A Mark Fiore cartoon that shows Richard Branson's spaceship flying over a flaming red and orange earth and western United States as a thought bubble over the spaceship reads, "I always thought it was supposed to look blue from up here..."

And sadly, lots of California’s large sequoias had been killed by out-of-control wildfires.

Cartoon: The rings in a cross-section of a giant sequoia labeled to show when the tree sprouted to when fire suppression began on to when the tree died in a wildfire.

Local weather change continues to carry extra excessive climate as California went from hearth hazard to flooding within the blink of a watch.

Cartoon: Two National Park Service workers tread water above an

Which, when you’re within the coal enterprise, makes it a bit of harder to promote the Bay Space on a fossil gasoline distribution terminal.

Cartoon: A dirty coal train port terminal with a young boy and girl walking by. The boy says, "the good news is they're banning coal storage by 2027, the bad news is it's 2021."

Within the spirit of turning over a brand new, upbeat leaf in 2022, I am going to go away you with a barely extra uplifting cartoon about wind farms which might be doubtless coming to the waters off California’s northern coast.

A Mark Fiore cartoon featuring an offshore wind farm, with one wind turbine saying,

Joyful holidays! Here is hoping 2022 has quite a bit much less calamity …

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