Kate Evans discusses Threads: From the Refugee Crisis. She will be joined in conversation by Megan Byrd.
At 57th Street Books
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About the book: In the French port town of Calais, the historic home of the lace industry, a city within a city has arisen. This new town, known as the Jungle, is the home of thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping, somehow, to get to the UK. Into this squalid shantytown of shipping containers and tents, full of rats and trash and devoid of toilets and safety, the artist Kate Evans brought a sketchbook and an open mind. Combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling, Evans has produced this unforgettable book, lled with poignant images—by turns shocking, angering, wry, and heartbreaking.
Weaving into the story hostile comments about the migrants from nativist politicians and Internet trolls, Threads addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times—making a compelling case, through intimate evidence, for compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of peoples. Evans’s creativity and passion as an artist, activist, and mother shine through.
About the author: Kate Evans is a radical cartoonist, artist, author and activist. She is the author of numerous books, and zines including Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby, and Funny Weather: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out. She was awarded the John C. Laurence Award in 2016.
About the interlocutor: Megan Byrd has been writing about comics from a fan and retailer’s perspective since 2009. Not content to simply write about comics, beginning in 2012 she has served as Editor-in-Chief of Ladies’ Night Anthology, an annual comic featuring women, non-binary, and genderqueer creators. Every first Wednesday of the month, you can find her moderating Ladies’ Night meetings at Graham Crackers Comics in the Chicago Loop.