The problem is not going to go away

Kate Evans is the creator of the recently published, and critically acclaimed, Red Rosa, a graphic biography of the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, but her most recent comic is set not in the past but in the present: Threads: The Calais Cartoon is her account of volunteering in the Calais Jungle refugee camp, France. The short online comic shows the human side of a … Read More

The power of graphic journalism

How does it feel to be a refugee in Calais? To be living in a tent in the shantytown known as the Jungle? Who are these people who have risked everything on the chance of a new life? These are the questions cartoonist Kate Evans asks in her new book Threads. An example of graphic reportage, Evans went and worked … Read More

A day at Dunkirk refugee camp.

“The worst refugee camp in the world” Here’s some art that I’ve worked up, potentially for the Dunkirk refugee camp section of Threads. It’s historic now, in that the camp was closed down and replaced with a far better one in March of this year. It’s still good to make a record of what has been described as the worst … Read More

Phone credit for refugees

Things are busy in cartoonkateland at the moment. I have a new book in the pipeline, and I’m trying to plough through 150 pages of roughs.When I saw a request on Facebook “does anyone know how to get in touch with Kate Evans” I answered it with an extremely wary “Why?”  But, it was the Phone Credit for Refugees Facebook … Read More

Children of Calais.

I can draw pictures. That’s something I can do. I could sort clothes in the L’Auberge du Migrants warehouse, or distribute donations in the Calais Jungle, or carry firewood and build benders in the Dunkirk refugee swamp, but I decide to draw pictures, not of people, but for people. For people who have very little; not even a country to … Read More

Threads. The Calais cartoon.

Eight hundred and fifty thousand people fled for their lives to Europe last year. (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. By the French and British governments, they’ve been hung out to dry.   … Read More