Underpaid, Ignored, and Essential: A Coronavirus Sketchbook

Quarantined in my apartment, I put out a call on Twitter saying that I wanted to draw those workers who could not stay at home: delivery people, shelf stockers at grocery stores, nurses, janitors, and cashiers. In the next few hours, more than 50 people wrote to me. I drew these portraits from the selfies they sent me in their work clothes. These are the underpaid, ignored, essential workers who have always made the earth move—and now are forced to risk their lives doing it.”

See more at The Nation

Sanders Campaign, Episode 3 of “The Zo”

Bernie Sanders takes the stage at a rally in Dearborn.

Mollys latest article and illustrations about the Bernie Sanders campaign is up now on The Nation.

And Episode 3 of The Zo, “Retaliation” is now available.

“In The Zo, prisoners often face retaliation from prison administrators when they file grievances about ever-changing regulations or misconduct they uncover through their documentation. Our final installment explores how,even though administrators encourage incarcerated people to file these grievance forms, those who do are frequently punished for bearing witness with transfers, solitary confinement, or harassment by prison guards.”

The Zo was also the topic of a recent episode of On Point, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik and produced by WBUR for NPR.

“A new series of videos from The Marshall Project takes a look at life inside prison, through the words of prisoners themselves. Patrick Doolittle, Lawrence Bartley, Doran Larson and Molly Crabapple join Jane Clayson.

Time Magazine and “The Zo”

Molly illustrated one of the 100 Time Women of the Year alternate covers. Her portrait of Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, is one part of a project honoring 100 years of noteworthy women.

Episodes 1 and 2 of “The Zo” are now live. Illustrated by Molly and narrated by Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), “The Zo” is a three part series for the The Marshall Project and First Look Media’s streaming service, Topic. “The Zo” explores the harsh realities of being incarcerated in America.

Molly writes about Exarchia for The New Yorker, endorses Bernie Sanders

Molly wrote about the Greek anarchist community Exarchia for The New Yorker this week. Exarchia has been a haven for refugees, immigrants and anarchists that is currently experiencing raids by the Greek government. Read the full article here

“Exarchia is not just territory,” he answered. “Territory without people is nothing. I don’t care about losing Exarchia. I care about losing the people.”

“You know what beats the politics of hate? the politics of solidarity.”

Molly gave her endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders for president this weekend in New Hampshire. Watch the full video here

You have the opportunity to bid on some of Molly’s artwork this weekend at the silent auction presented by siemPResente, as a benefit for Puerto Rican earthquake relief. If you can’t attend the benefit, they have a GoFundMe page here.

WE ARE ALL THINGS available for preorder

Now available for pre-order through Radix Media. We Are All Things is a prose poem by Elliott Colla, illustrated by Egyptian artist Ganzeer, with an introduction by Molly Crabapple.

“Ganzeer’s images bring to life an ordinary room in Cairo, where a man cries in bed. Then things in the room begin to speak. Elliott Colla’s poetic prose rekindles thoughts of a relationship that has ended. A poem in comics and words, We Are All Things is an extraordinary book that you can read, dream, and find your old love in.” — Ahmed Naji, writer and journalist

Order your copy from Radix Media, our favorite worker owned printing and publishing company, HERE.

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Bernie Sanders, Iowa Climate Crisis Summit

Molly had the pleasure and honor of joining Bernie Sanders, AOC, and many other activists at the Climate Crisis Summit in Iowa this past weekend. Speaking on a panel with Chandra Walker, the Native Caucus Chair for the Nebraska Democratic Party and Zina Precht-Rodriguez, the leader of the Sunrise Movement, Molly was one of many addressing the thousands of Iowans in Des Moines who came together to discuss the climate crisis and support Bernie’s candidacy. All done in front of banners created from Molly’s artwork from the video A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . A full video of the summit can be seen here.

Translation from Yiddish “Bernie fights for us, Let’s fight for Bernie”

El Museo DEL Barrio and 2020 Bard Fellowship

Molly will be attending the kick-off event at the El Museo DEL Barrio at 6 pm at 1249 5th Ave, and signing posters she designed. The event is free and open to the public.

We’re also very proud to announce that Molly has been named as one of the 2020 Bard Fellows at the Brooklyn Public Library. Along with three other writers and scholars, Molly will be engaging with students over the next year and supporting them in their academic pursuits. Read more about it here!

Community Spotlight: Radix Media

Launch party for Al Andalous in New York, Printed by Radix Media

Molly was featured in this weeks Community Spotlight by Radix Media. Radix Media is a worker owned printer and publisher based out of NYC that Molly is proud to support. Earlier this year they handled the printing of Al Andalous in New York, the zine made by Molly and her students during her residency at NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and they did an amazing job.

Check out Mollys interview with Radix here

Events This Week

At 7PM, Tuesday Sept 24th, Molly will be speaking at Blue Stockings Bookstore in the Lower East Side in a discussion titled Palestine in the Present Tense with author Marcello Di Cintio.


Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Life in Contemporary Palestine, reveals the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors, books, and literature. Using the form of a political-literary travelogue, he explores what literature means to modern Palestinians and how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily tedium and violence of survival. Join us for a reading and discussion of the book with author Marcello Di Cintio, in conversation with author and activist Molly Crabapple.

Then on Thursday September 26th at 7pm Molly will join author Ibtisam Azem for a discussion on his new book, The Book of Disappearance at McNally Jackson books at 52 Prince Street

You can also view Molly’s work at the Museum of Broken Windows, a pop-up experience in New York City, which features the work of artists from around the country. The exhibit asks what the toll of Broken Windows policing has been on Black and Brown New Yorkers and invites people to reflect on why the outdated policing strategy belongs in a museum, rather than on our streets.

On view from September 13 – October 9, Noon – 8 P.M.
Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St

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New Podcast Interviews

Molly was interviewed on two amazing podcasts this week, Studio 360 and Radio Juxtapoz

On the Radio Juxtapoz podcast Molly talks about the current state of the art world, climate change, her books, and a whole lot more.

On Studio 360 Molly is one of a couple interesting folks interviewed by guest host Maeve Higgins, including playwright Michael R. Jackson and the creators and cast of “Felix Starro,” a new musical from the Ma-Yi Theater Company. Molly discusses writing Brothers of the Gun with Marwan Hisham, and her video “A Message From The Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

You can check it out below or tune into WNYC 93.9FM this Sunday at 11 or on 200+ other stations over the next week.

Check out Molly’s interview here and see the sketches of Maeve she drew while recording