Comic creator Kate Charlesworth, whose sensational graphic memoir, Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide is out now from Myriad Editions, is this year’s guest of honour at Helsinki Comics Festival 2019, taking place this coming weekend, an event that aims to raise awareness for comics as a social force of change.
Organised by the Finnish Comics Society, the Festival is the largest annual comics festival in Northern Europe, and its he theme of this year’s festival is the environment.
Kate is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in Edinburgh whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, indie comics, exhibitions and electronic media. She has also drawn storyboards for Hot Animation and Aardman Animations, and in 2014, she collaborated with Mary and Bryan Talbot – 2012 Costa biography winners for their graphic novel Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes – to illustrate Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, published by Jonathan Cape.
Guardian cartoonist Posy Simmonds is among many who have praised her new book, Sensible Footwear, describing it as “a stunning achievement – as a graphic study of LGBT history, and as a memoir of growing up gay in the 1950s onwards.
“Kate’s fluid and tellingly detailed drawing reveals not only the frustrations and traumas of lesbian life, but also the laughter and camaraderie… and a glorious cavalcade of gay icons.”
The Helsinki Comics Festival 2019 is completely free and open to the public.
• Kate Charlesworth will be interviewed by Johanna Rojola at Helsinki Comics Festival on the Boiler Room main stage, Sunday 8th September at 12.30 pm. | You can view the online programme on the Festival site: https://sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi
• Read Joe Gordon’s review of Sensible Footwear by Kate Charlesworth
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Good choice and Helsinki is a great inclusive Festival, one quite a few of us indies have exhibited at in recent years, spreading the word of UK comics.