One of the Most Popular Memes Across the World Was Created by a Guy Massachusetts
Of course you've seen this meme, and probably used it! It's the famous smiling dog sipping coffee, surrounded by fire, and saying "this is fine", "everything's fine", or "nothing to see here." According to NPR, this obscure comic went viral back in 2014 and kept pace internationally, exploded even more in 2017, and is now celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The creator? A guy from Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Meet Comic KC Green, who first published this dog surrounded by fire in 2013 as part of his Gunshow comic strip, according to NPR. KC told NPR he remembers when it first went viral.
I remember it first being used on Instagram meme accounts, saying like, 'When finals week starts,' ... this is fine. 'When everyone's yelling at you and you're supposed to keep a smile on at your work,' you know, this is fine, and it kind of snowballed from there.
According to NPR, the canine character's name is Question Hound, and KC created it as the state of his own mind quite often. Oh KC, thank you for personifying it, because we've all been there. It's actually a nod to mental health, according to NPR, since KC was focusing on his own when he created this 'On Fire' strip at age 25.