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Kate Evans


aka Cartoon Kate





I enjoy drawing cartoons for The Spark because the large format gives me space to really explore an idea. It's great finding a publication with such a positive, ethical ethos too. A lot of my work centres around communicating political ideas in a funny, vibrant and easy-to-read way, so the politics of the publication is really important.

I've been a cartoonist and an activist for nearly twenty years. I started out as an environmental protester, doing cartoon dispatches for The Guardian from the trees at the Newbury bypass protest. Since then, my focus has broadened, and I've written factual comics and books on subjects ranging from climate change to baby care. It is important to me that my work is accurate, and I scientifically reference it wherever possible, but it's also meant to be fun. After all, if you make someone laugh, you're halfway to changing their mind.

When I'm not glued to my drawing desk I love playing with my kids, walking the dogs, singing, yoga, acupuncture (it keeps me sane) and a good movie with a bucket of popcorn. And I hope to get out sometimes and change the world a bit, even if only in a part-time, working-mum, after-the-school-run type way.

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