The giant wrap-up of things I’ve made that you can buy for the holidays. The last day to order in order to get things for Christmas is 12/15.
Have Molly Crabapple do a custom portrait illustration for you! Your original artwork will be drawn on 13 x 19″ stained art paper with pen, ink, gouache and dye. It will be in a similar style to the image listed. Please be prepared to send one or two photos that clearly shows the subject’s face within 5 days of commission purchase. Limited to ten portraits, guaranteed delivery by the holidays with timely delivery of photographs.
For 2013, Molly Crabapple will produce one limited edition 8×12″ (paper size) silkscreen per month. You can purchase the full year’s worth of silkscreens, which will be released on the first of every month & mailed to you. If you order the year in advance, you will also receive a hand made portfolio case to store your artwork in, emblazoned with the “Art of Molly Crabapple” logo.
+ Subcribe to Silkscreen of the Month here
A few weeks ago, I went to Madrid for the general strike, where I swigged whisky, watched teenage anarchists smash banks, and drew mass protests. I wrote and sketched it for VICE.
Of course, protest doesn’t change the world. By itself, protest is carnival. Masquerade, song, fire- liaisons made and kings mocked. Daily gray briefly overturned. Rebellious ecstasy that ultimately serves to keep the hierarchy in place. Those in power, if they’re a speck self aware, allow carnival as a safety valve. Carnival is not power itself.
Ladies and gentlemen! Today BoingBoing.net is premiering the short animation “I Have Your Heart” directed by Jim Batt, illustrated by Molly Crabapple, with a song by Kim Boekbinder. 2 years of paper cuts and patience!
Last week, Hurricane Sandy hit New York. I was one of the million or so people without power or water. The day after we walked past downed trees and the looted stores at South Street Seaport (someone really wanted sensible women’s office wear).
flares guiding people onto the blacked out Williamsburg Bridge
A week later, we’re fine, but much of the city is not. The Rockaways, Red Hook, Staten Island, and other neighborhoods are devastated. Me, Fred, and photographer Kate Black hitched a ride on the 666 Burger Truck to Rockaway Parkway, to hand out delicious fried foodstuffs. One girl nearly wept, at having had her first hot meal in a week.
In the Rockaways, Red Cross has little presence, and FEMA is mostly there to survey damage. Wrecked boats block intersections, and people’s entire possessions are covered in toxic sludge and piled out with the trash. We passed gas lines 20 blocks long.
Burger truck in Rockaway
In situations like this, where the government is failing, we have to be good to eachother. For people wanting to volunteer, Occupy Sandy is doing a fine job in Red Hook, as is New York Communities for Change. The Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBT youth, was devastated. Other people with construction experiance, like my friends Veronica Varlow and Burke Hefner, are going down to the Rockaways to help clear out flooded basements themselves.
Very soon, the solar system was a mass of warm and grassy island computers. But Ariadne was far from finished. The best machines ever should be able to answer all the questions, and she knew there was more to see. And so there were soon trees that stood so high and strange that their silver tops crested up into the universe next door. Ariadne grew bridges across the multiverse, the set of all possible universes, just to see what she could see, which is of course the best reason of all. And, on the foot of every bridge she crossed, she gave Meadow to every Earth she found. As did Meadow itself, when it explored on its own, as it was a friendly kind of Damned Stuff, and also because weeds get bloody everywhere.
Words by Warren Ellis, pictures by Molly Crabapple.
A woman’s beauty is supposed to be her grand project and constant insecurity. We’re meant to shellac our lips with five different glosses, but always think we’re fat. Beauty is Zeno’s paradox. We should endlessly strive for it, but it’s not socially acceptable to admit we’re there. We can’t perceive it in ourselves. It belongs to the guy screaming “nice tits.”
Saying “I’m beautiful,” let alone charging for it, breaks the rules.
(left to right) + Cuban cigars via the London airport. +drawing the bust of Hogarth at the National Portrait Gallery +home at the Groucho Club +paying homage to the portrait of Sir Richard Francis Burton, the original Chuck Norris
Views of the Groucho Mural. Many days it was balanced on top a ladder till 3am, champagne in one hand, marker in the other, drawing till my eyes went dead, until the beast was done.
Catch me at the Kickstarter booth in Artist Alley (N407) at New York Comic Con, Saturday, October 13th from 1-2 pm. I’ll be signing copies of Week in Hell and Devil in the Details. As most of you know, both Week in Hell and Shell Game were funded through Kickstarter. I love them, and I’m thrilled to be spending my first Comic Con experience with them. So come say hi!
Kickstarter @ NYCC
Artist Alley, booth #N407
October 13th, 1-2 pm
Kickstarter’s full con schedule can be found here.
This is the Next Big Thing in journalism: digital, visual, intelligent, heartfelt, post-political, female, alarming, and engaging. It’s both an honest chronicle of one corner of the collapse of a civilization, and an inspiring demonstration of the kinds of thinking, craft, and collaboration that might yet get us through.-Douglas Rushkoff, author of LIFE INC.
DISCORDIA is a story of courage and collapse in a country and a culture struggling to map out its future. A short ebook combining a 24,000-word essay with 36 detailed drawings, DISCORDIA is a feminist-art-gonzo-journalism project conceived at Occupy Wall Street and created in the summer of debt and doubt after the euphoric street protests of 2011-2012.
In July 2012, artist Molly Crabapple and journalist Laurie Penny traveled 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.
Available only digitally, with a foreword by economic journalist and writer Paul Mason, this beautifully illustrated ebook is part-polemic, part-travelogue and part-paean to the birthplace of civilization brought to its knees.
My poster for the World Maker Faire 2012. Maker Faire had gorgeous prints made of these on watercolour paper, and I spent yesterday evening signing 500 of them at the New York Hall of Science. I loved the challenge of incorporating all the mayhem of Maker Faire- power wheels racing and lock picking and cupcake cars- into one image. You can get tickets for today and tomorrow HERE.
Last Monday, I was arrested for walking on the sidewalk during an Occupy Wall Street protest. Thanks to friends like Mona Eltahawy, Laurie Penny, Neil Gaiman, Stoya, and Warren Ellis, the #freemollycrabapple tag blew up the intrawebs. It was a nice thing to see after 11 miserable, though solidarity filled hours in a holding cell.
Since I’ve been out and written the CNN piece, I’ve been locked inside, working on my next giant Shell Game painting, Syntagma Athena. She’ll be done before I leave for London on Sunday. Isn’t she pretty?
Lastly, Discordia, my and Laurie Penny’s illustrated ebook on Greece during the eurozone crisis, drops October 1st. We’ll be doing a google hangout with Random House and eight of hour favorite bloggers on October 2nd.
We were not the first round of protesters this prison cell had seen. On the beige walls, former residents had scratched “OWS,” “love” and an expletive about the police.
At 1 Police Plaza in New York City, our cell was 5-by-7, freezing cold, with a padded bench just long enough for three of us to sit on. A fourth woman was curled on the floor. In the corner, there was a non-functioning sink and a toilet. When one woman needed to use it, we formed a line to block her from the male officers. In the 10 hours I was held, there was one meal: Four slices of bread in soggy Saran wrap, a packet of mayo and a mini carton of milk.
There was lots of names for the thing Ariadne made: computational flora, iGrass, memory trees, That Damned Stuff. There were lots of names for Ariadne, too, because when she got tired of nobody being able or willing to answer her questions, she just released Ariadne’s Meadow into the world. Fields began thinking, and forests began processing, and the world discovered that Ariadne’s Meadow was actually quite a nice place that just wanted to help. So much so that seven years later, when everyone discovered that Meadow probes had begun to break up Mercury, Venus and Mars for power, living space and computing strata, nobody really minded very much.
Words by Warren Ellis, pictures by Molly Crabapple.
11:00 A.M. Comics by the People: Crowd-funding, Kickstarter, and the Future of Fan-supported Art.
Self-publishing in indie comics has a strong tradition and now
Kickstarter has been called the #2 comics publisher in the US. What is
the future of comics publishing? What are the benefits and challenges
of directly fan-funded models? Molly Crabapple (Week in Hell), Spike
Trotman (Poorcraft) and Jamie Tanner (The Black Well) discuss what
works, what hasn’t and what’s to come. Moderated by Meaghan O’Connell,
Kickstarter. Featuring screen projection.
Saint Francis Screening Room (180 Remsen Street) 3:00 P.M. The Sex Panel: Taboo in Pictures.
Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Leela Corman (Unterzakhn), Molly
Crabapple (Devil in the Details) and Bob Fingerman (From the Ashes)
talk about sex and taboo in comics. What inspires and informs their
work and drives their characters (and readers)? From obscenity to art,
and the delicious in-between. Featuring screen projection, with viewer
discretion advised! Moderated by Heidi MacDonald.
Saint Francis Auditorium (180 Remsen Street)
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Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, led to her being called “Occupy's greatest artist” by Rolling Stone, and “an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery” by The New Republic. She is the fourth artist in the last decade to draw Guantanamo Bay. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, CNN, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Jacobin, and Der Spiegel. Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.
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