Triggers Street Riot, Fatwa against Eureka, CA Cartoonist
Last month, North Coast Journal writer Andrew Goff poked fun at world famous Eureka Artist Romano Gabriel’s artwork in his comic strip 70Heaven. The following week, art lovers held an appreciation rally at the Romano Gabriel exhibit in Old-Town Eureka. Since I didn’t read the strip, or attend the rally, all of my information about this comes from rumors that I made up. I wouldn’t lie to you, though.
The rally began peacefully enough Friday afternoon with hundreds of art lovers turning out to show their enduring support for the slighted artist. Things turned ugly when someone held aloft an effigy of cartoonist Andrew Goff. This instantly transformed the, previously aloof and snooty, art lovers into an angry mob. Almost immediately, a flaming copy of the offending issue of the NCJ appeared below the feet of the effigy and it erupted in flames, whipping the mob into a frenzy. The raucous crowd grew ever more bloodthirsty as evening, and alcohol consumption set in, chanting “Off Goff, Off Goff”.
To prevent more widespread damage to downtown businesses, Eureka City Council called in Duane Flatmo, as they often do in art emergencies. Flatmo forcibly dispersed the crowd with his fire-breathing kinetic sculpture, but not before art-mullahs issued a fatwa condemning Goff to symbolic death for his unflattering depiction of the revered artist.
Blasphemous cartoonist Andrew Goff could not be reached for comment.