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Best User of Cartoons as Metaphor for Changing Times 

Sirron Norris

It's often said that to understand society, look at its artists. To get an idea of how much this once-quirky city has grown up, look no further than Sirron Norris. The muralist who created the "cartoon literalism" genre once addressed issues of gentrification with paintings like Victorion: El Defensor de la Mission. These days he has his own studio, and commercial projects ranging from cartoons on Fox to paintings commissioned by the InterContinental hotel. "When I started, [my art] was really more urban because the city was like that," Norris says. "But as commercial work came in, I had to tell other people's stories." The themes of his work might have changed, but it looks better than ever. We could say the same thing about San Francisco.

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