Threads by Kate Evans - Sample Page

Kate Evans “Threads” gives a human face to Calais refugees

Threads by Kate Evans - Sample Page. © Kate Evans
The opening page of Threads by Kate Evans, a powerful new graphic story from the creator of the recently-published Red Rosa

Comic artist Kate Evans is currently working on a graphic novel about the  current international refugee crisis, giving a human face to the 5000 plus people living in Calais that the British right wing press has done its best to both anonymise and demonise over the past few years.

Threads is a piece of cartoon reportage from a very brief stint volunteering at the Calais ‘refugee camp’,” she explains on her official web site. “I hope it helps raise awareness of a truly devastating humanitarian catastrophe.”

Threads by Kate Evans - Sample Page
You can read the first chapter of Threads. The Calais Cartoon online here on Kate’s web site and she’s adding new pages of the upcoming work to her public Facebook page. The full graphic novel will be published by Verso in Spring 2017.

Threads by Kate Evans - Sample Page
Two new pages from Threads by Kate, recently published on her Facebook page

Threads by Kate Evans - Sample Page
“850,000 people fled for their lives to Europe last year,” says Kate, whose latest graphic novel, Red Rosa, was published last November. “At least three thousand four hundred and six people died in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Of that great mass of people, a few thousand have washed up Calais, France, trying to attempt the dangerous crossing to England,” she continues. “By the French and British governments, they’ve been hung out to dry.”

Thanks to the generosity of Kate’s crowd funders, she printed and distributed “about 12,000” copies of the cartoon you can now read online. These were taken by grassroots refugee support groups and sold in aid of their regional efforts.

There are just a few left and single, signed copies of the comic can be bought from Kate’s web shop for a measly £2.50. (You can buy all her other recently-released books there, too).

Next week, Kate will be taking the Threads exhibition and comics along to the Hedg-u-cation Festival in Devon over the Summer half term holiday. “Don’t expect any public speaking though (in an official capacity, because, obvs, it’s hard to shut me up),” she says, “because I’ll mainly be kicking back and enjoying this lovely jewel of a gathering with all the kids.”

Kate’s recently-released, much-applauded graphic novel Red Rosa, the graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg published by Verso, has been deservedly selected as a ‘graphic book of the year’ choice by both the Independent and Observer newspapers. It sold out in the UK on the day of its official launch.

Kate is also the author of Bump: how to make grow and birth a baby, a truly groundbreaking ‘choose your own adventure’ approach to fertility, pregnancy and birth, as well as British breastfeeding bestseller The Food of Love.

• Check out Kate Evans projects and upcoming appearances on her official web site at www.cartoonkate.co.uk | Follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute political cartoons

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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