Threads: From the Refugee Crisis (Hardcover)
The refugee camp in Calais, France, known as "The Jungle," became the go-to media symbol for the tumult of the migration crisis that swept Europe in 2015. In Threads, cartoonist Kate Evans defies that dominant narrative, depicting the reality of humans simply seeking sanity after fleeing the chaos of war. The book chronicles the enduring joy and humanity within the camp despite the brutality of reactionary vigilantes and authorities, as well as Evan's own role as a flawed volunteer. Resembling the masterful graphic style of Joe Sacco, Evans' crude panel layout divided by strips of lace lend the crisis the beautiful, original treatment it deserves. -Tony— From Summer Booknotes 2017
A heartbreaking, full-color graphic novel of the refugee drama In the French port town of Calais, famous for its historic lace industry, a city within a city arose. This new town, known as the Jungle, was home to 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, filled with poignant images--by turns shocking, infuriating, wry, and heartbreaking. Accompanying the story of Kate's time spent among the refugees--the insights acquired and the lives recounted--is the harsh counterpoint of prejudice and scapegoating arising from the political right. Threads addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times to make a compelling case, through intimate evidence, for the 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 cartoonist, artist, 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.