Brian Fies (pronounced "feez" /ˈfiːz/)[1] is an American cartoonist. He is the creator of Mom's Cancer, which was the first webcomic to receive an Eisner Award.[2] Fies won the Eisner in 2005 under the newly created category "Best Digital Comic". Mom's Cancer also won Fies a Harvey Award, in the Best New Talent category,[3][4] as well as the Lulu Blooker Prize in its Comics category.[5] The German edition of the graphic novel received the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize) in the Non-Fiction category.[6][7] Mom's Cancer was also nominated for a Quill Award[8] and two further Eisner Awards.[9]

Fies is also the creator of The Last Mechanical Monster, which was also nominated for an Eisner Award in 2014.[2] Other works by Fies include Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?[10] and the 18-page webcomic A Fire Story (later expanded to a 154-page book) which recounts the devastation caused by California wildfires in 2017 which destroyed his home.[1][11]

Fies was given an Inkpot Award in 2018.[12]


  1. ^ a b Williams, David (2017-10-18). "He lost his home to the wildfire and poured his pain into a web comic". CNN.
  2. ^ a b Cruz, Larry (2014-07-10). "'The Last Mechanical Monster': No country for old villains". CBR. Archived from the original on 2021-01-28. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  3. ^ "Previous Winners". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  4. ^ Fies, Brian (2007-10-05). "Mom's Cancer Blog: What My Harvey Award Looks Like". Mom's Cancer Blog. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  5. ^ "War book wins Blooker blog prize". BBC News. 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2021-04-07.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^, AKJ-. "Mutter hat Krebs". Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V. (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  7. ^ Fies, Brian (2007-10-12). "Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis". Mom's Cancer Blog.
  8. ^ "The Quill Awards | The 2006 Awards". 2007-06-06. Archived from the original on 2007-06-06.
  9. ^ McElhatton, Greg (April 20, 2007). "2007 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  10. ^ "Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  11. ^ Hoffman, Alex (2019-08-12). "Review: A Fire Story by Brian Fies". Sequential State. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  12. ^ "Inkpot Award". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2021-04-06.