Cartoonist draws on experiences as a refugee camp volunteer for graphic novel Threads

Art from Threads, British cartoonist Kate Evans’ graphic novel about the Calais refugee camp known as The Jungle. She talks about the book and her experiences at Chan Centre Sept 29. For Shawn Conner feature 0921 feat evans. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Art from Threads, British cartoonist Kate Evans’ graphic novel about the Calais refugee camp known as The Jungle. She talks about the book and her experiences at Chan Centre Sept 29.

Kate Evans: Threads

Sept 29 at 7:30 p.m. | Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre

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In 2015 and 2016, Kate Evans visited The Jungle, a makeshift camp in Calais that was home to more than 8,000 refugees. The living conditions in the camp, the people sheltered there, and the brutal treatment they suffered from authorities are the subjects of Evans’ graphic novel Threads: From the Refugee Crisis.

The book combines Evans’ cartooning chops and her activist experience, a practice that the British cartoonist has been honing since the mid-90s.

Her first book Copse: The Cartoon Book of Tree Protesting, grew out of her comics-based reportage on anti-roads protests for the Guardian newspaper in the mid-90s.

Her storytelling methods have changed since, she says.

“I have quite an eclectic attitude toward combining words and pictures,” she said.

Only her last two books, Threads and Red Rosa, a biography of Rosa Luxemburg, have been what the author calls “conventional graphic novels.”

“Everything before that has been science or issue-based, a mixture of text and graphic,” she said. “And also I think graphic novels themselves have become more mainstream and more accepted. The whole medium has grown and matured.”

Various sub-genres of the medium have also grown, including comics-based journalism. Threads’ mix of cartooning, real-life …read more

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Executive director Malcolm Levy talks New Forms Festival

New Forms Festival

Sept. 28-30 | Centre for Digital Media and Western Front

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Founded in 2000, the non-profit New Forms Media Society has a mission to bring various creative communities together to explore the range and potential of digital media. Each year, the group presents the multi-day and multi-venue New Forms Festival. The event has become a forum for presenting cutting edge artists, especially those who work in electronic music.

Over nearly two decades, New Forms has been able to build a global brand that has enabled it to feature musical artists of international stature like Actress and Girl Talk, and contribute to the recognition of Vancouver artists like Humans or Manitoba transplant Mcenroe. The festival also features visual artists alongside the sounds, and has premiered exhibitions by many cutting edge stars of the avant-garde.

Executive director Malcolm Levy took time to chat about how the festival has stayed fresh and what some of this year’s highlights will be.

Squamish B.C. September 6, 2010 Malcolm Levy with some of the displays (here a piece by Paul Wong- “Eat 2002-10) for the 2010 New Forms Festival which celebrates 10 years of bringing media arts to the forefront of culture in Vancouver. Between September 10 and 18th, at the new space 151 Cordova street. (Mark van Manen/PNG) See Amanda Ash-stories ) (Mark van Manen/PNG) [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Malcolm Levy with some of the displays for the 2010 New Forms Festival.

Q: How has …read more

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Journalist Carol Off’s new memoir puts her in the story

All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey in the Lives of Others

By Carol Off

Random House Canada


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Award-winning Canadian journalist Carol Off has had one of those big “J” journalism careers. She has delivered news features and documentaries from conflicts in every corner of the globe and since 2006 she has co-hosted CBC Radio’s As it Happens.

Off is also a successful writer delivering books on the Canadian military, including The Lion, the Fox, and the Eagle and The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: the Story of Canada’s Secret War. Off’s book titled Bitter showed the world the very dark side of the chocolate industry.

Off’s new book All We Leave Behind: a Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others begins in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2002. It’s here Off and the TV crew met an Afghan man who wanted to tell them about heinous acts the warlords were committing while they were working in concert with the U.S. and NATO.

Asad Aryubwal was key in helping Off and company get the story but his actions did not sit well with one of the warlords and soon Asad and his family were in harm’s way. As the decade neared closure it was very apparent that the family needed to get out. Enter Off again this time not as a reporter witnessing a story but as someone in the story.

Q: How hard was it for you to write about yourself in this book?

A: I had to step back and sort of see myself in the movie and write myself in as part of it. Eventually I had to open my heart. That was really crucial and once that happened it started to flow in a way that worked. But it was all or …read more

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