Drawing Blood:

Out December 1st 2015


“When the world watched me hardest, when my brain burned itself bloody, I could draw. No matter what, I had that. It was all I needed.”

In language that is fresh, bracing, and deeply moving and illustrations that are rich, irreverent, and gorgeous here is a memoir that will change the way you think about art, sex, politics, and survival in our times.




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The Reviews Are Coming In:

“Molly Crabapple’s pen is a scalpel, and she’s not afraid to turn the blade on herself. Beautifully excruciating.”

–Patton Oswalt

“Molly is an old-style bohemian with very contemporary political sensibilities. I’m very attracted by the fluidity and versatility of her line, and by her images’ mixture of sexiness, satire, and real anger about the state of things.”

–Salman Rushdie

“In a few short years, Molly Crabapple has proved to be one of the most determined and effective political artists working in these sorry times. I wish there were a hundred or even two or three like her.”

–Joe Sacco

“Molly Crabapple’s extraordinary memoir reads like a great novel, full of exotic locations, fascinating characters, passion, politics, a measured amount of bodice ripping, and above all, art. Crabapple brings a unique perspective to the artist’s journey, for she has been both artist and model, performer and recorder – she has straddled the gaze, Galatea to her own Pygmalion, and her vibrant, voracious trail is one well worth following.  Molly writes like she draws: the spare lines have a reporter’s keen accuracy, but can barely contain the boisterous, messy, soulful life splashing about within. Inspiring, intimate and just a bit intimidating, this book is a must.”

–Joss Whedon

“Molly Crabapple could be this generation’s Charles Bukowski. She’s a great artist whose life is also a work of art.”

–Matt Taibbi

“The journey in this book, across countries and through cultures, is not the search for meaning or even belonging – as one might expect. The terrain here is an internal one, about understanding and accepting the self, a true coming of age, about being flawed but deeply human. Touching, surprising, gripping and fascinating, the true beauty here is that every discovery, every moment is attended by intimacy and an ethereal quiet that creates more questions than answers, more troubling than consolation. Molly Crabapple is turn by turn irreverent, respectful, enraged and then trembling with awe, and all of this is a tender meditation on the power of art to transform a singular life into one that can be emblematic for us all: powerful and magical.

–Chris Abani

“Molly Crabapple writes that her ‘pen is a lockpick,’ and with it she has revealed truths about life, culture, and politics in America that are compelling, artistic, and memorable—as is this revealing new memoir. An engaging read by one of the nation’s most gifted activists.”

–Brian Stevenson



Check out all the other books Molly has written, illustrated or worked as a collaborator on


Written by Laurie Penny

tumblr_m9mmd02tb41qzocfyo1_500 DISCORDIA is a story of courage and collapse in a country and a culture struggling to map out its future. In July 2012, artist Molly Crabapple and journalist Laurie Penny travelled to Greece. There, they drew and interviewed anarchists, autonomists, striking workers and ordinary people caught up in the Euro crisis. DISCORDIA is the result. In an impassioned climate where ‘objective’ journalism is impossible, Penny and Crabapple offer a snapshot of a nation in the grip of a very modern crisis where young and old see little reason to go on, the left is scattered and the far right is assuming greater power and influence.

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Written by Molly Crabapple, Forward by Warren Ellis

In September 2011 artist and firebrand, Molly Crabapple, locked herself in a hotel room, covered the walls in paper, and filled 270 square feet of wall with art. The project, called “Molly Crabapple”s Week in Hell,” is a wild ride through the imagination of an artist stretching herself to the limits of her endurance.Buy it from this site and get a signed copy!
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Written and Illustrated by Molly Crabapple, Forward by Margaret Cho

Molly Crabapple captures the absurdity of modern life in intricate, theatrical detail in her fine art work, drawing inspiration from politics, polite (and not-so-polite) society, and hundreds of years of literature. Her work is burlesque-inspired in the broadest definition of the word – deftly satirizing the powerful with adorably sinister animals, steampunk-tinged machinery, and of course, beautiful girls. But it’s not all fantastical – when Occupy Wall Street broke out, Molly was there, capturing the immediacy of the revolutionary feeling in pen and ink.
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Written by Matt Taibbi, Illustrated by Molly Crabapple

divide0417b “NEW YORK TIMES “BESTSELLER – NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY “THE WASHINGTON POST, ” NPR, AND “KIRKUS REVIEWS”. A scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis. A collection of truly astonishing–and enraging–accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.

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