VICE: Guantanamo is Kafka on the Carribean

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The Joint Task Force offers journalists a carefully choreographed tour—the point of which is to show that the Bad Old Gitmo of public perception is not Gitmo Now.

Bad Old Gitmo existed from approximately 2002-2007. Its orange jumpsuits, water-boarding, detainees sleeping in what Granger, who served at Guantanamo in 2002, gleefully described as “dog kennels.” Its guards pummeling prisoners in revenge for September 11. Bad Old Gitmo, like so many icons of the Bush era, is Not Humane.

And “humane” is the catchword of Gitmo now.

-Vice.com: INSIDE A GUANTÁNAMO BAY PRISON TOUR – MOLLY CRABAPPLE RETURNS TO GUANTANAMO BAY

Faces From Gitmo

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Americans see bogeymen in orange jumpsuits—not men with PTSD, favorite soccer teams and back problems; families and dreams; loves and legitimate hates.

For a journalist, trying to piece together the life of a Guantanamo detainee involves staring into the bureaucratic unknown. You have JTF-GTMO assessments, filled with feverish claims and torture-induced accusations.

-Creative Time Reports, “Faces of Gitmo”, seven portraits of GTMO detainees

Guantanamo Bay Through The Eyes Of Artist Molly Crabapple

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…I think that when a lot of journalists go down to Guantanamo – and everyone that I was with was an amazing journalist. They’re much more traditional journalists and they write about the details of the trial. They do investigative stuff about, like, who’s hunger-striking. They speak to the lawyers. They speak to the Guantanamo spokespeople. But they don’t really write about what the experience of covering it is like. And I felt like that could be my contribution, that I wasn’t taking myself out of it like a traditional journalist would, but rather I was trying to bring the reader there with me so that the reader would understand what it felt like to be in Guantanamo.

-Talking Points Memo: Guantanamo Bay Through the Eyes of Artist Molly Crabapple

A Benefit for Barrett Brown and Jeremy Hammond

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Free Barrett Brown and the Jeremy Hammond Defense Committee are collaborating to produce a night to jointly raise funds for the legal expenses of these two prominent internet activists. All proceeds will be split evenly between the two and will directly benefit barrett’s legal team and jeremy’s jail support fund.

This is a fundraiser event and variety show with notable speakers, musical performances, and the auctioning of items. Barrett Brown and Jeremy Hammond, whose cases are connected, are known for exposing the illegal private spying done by Stratfor, and for their association with Anonymous. Barrett faces up to 105 years in prison and is awaiting trial, while Jeremy faces up to 10 years after taking a non-cooperating plea agreement.

I’m donating two prints for the event, portraits of Barrett and Jeremy. If you’re in NYC and can attend, please come out.

When: Monday, August 19th 2013 – 6PM to 11PM.

Where: ThoughtWorks NYC – 99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor.
- Max capacity : 80 people. Admission : $20 minimum.

http://freeanons.org/a-benefit-for-barrett-brown-and-jeremy-hammond/

NY Mag Interview on my memoir

Molly Crabapple got kicked out of school and learned to draw in Paris. She gave Occupy Wall Street artistic expression with the political paintings in her show “Shell Game” — Matt Taibbi called her &#8220;Occupy&#8217;s greatest artist&#8221;— and she was the third artist to ever visitGuantánamo Bay, where she’ll return at the end of August. Crabapple has also written for Vice about everything from anti-social behavior to her abortion. Now she&#8217;s signed a book deal with Harper Collins to write and illustrate a memoir, Drawing Blood, to be published in 2015. <br />
-Occupy&#8217;s Greatest Artist Writes Her Memoirs. By Jill Filipovic. The Cut. New York Magazine

Molly Crabapple got kicked out of school and learned to draw in Paris. She gave Occupy Wall Street artistic expression with the political paintings in her show “Shell Game” — Matt Taibbi called her “Occupy’s greatest artist”— and she was the third artist to ever visit Guantánamo Bay, where she’ll return at the end of August. Crabapple has also written for Vice about everything from anti-social behavior to her abortion. Now she’s signed a book deal with Harper Collins to write and illustrate a memoir, Drawing Blood, to be published in 2015.

-Occupy’s Greatest Artist Writes Her Memoirs. By Jill Filipovic. The Cut. New York Magazine

Two new articles for Vice & Creative Time Reports

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It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This: My longread for Vice magazine is now live.

Camp X-Ray has been abandoned for over a decade. Birds nest on the razor wire. Vines have overtaken the cages. With the breeze and butterflies, one could think it is just a still-standing reminder of a shameful past. For the current prisoners who passed through X-Ray, it is still part of their reality. They may have left, but they are not free.

You can read in full about my trip to Guantanamo Bay in their print magazine and online at Vice.com

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The Bradley Manning Truth Brigade: In Ft. Meade, VA, I have been sitting in the court room for Bradley Manning’s trial, drawing and writing to cover the verdict.

The most important whistleblower of the century stood accused of treason. But the trial’s environs had none of the grandeur of Manning’s revelations. Fort Meade, Maryland, home of the NSA and other defense agencies, is an unlovely suburb with vinyl siding, twee lampposts and trivia night at the bowling lanes. The military court only holds about 50, with overflow trailers for the public and the press. Misdemeanor court has more mystique.

Only the guards hinted that the proceedings were special. They carried enough ammo to turn every Manning supporter present into a fine red mist.

You can read about the many, many supporters I’ve met in my time down here online at Creativetimereports.org

Shell Game Stills

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Photographer Eden Nova has been an important part of the Shell Game show, shooting the load in and load out at Smart Clothes gallery and all the inbetweens. She recently sent me this collection of gorgeous photos from the show.

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New RSA Short: How to find your element

I’m happy to announce that I participated in a second RSA animated short. It’s entitled “How to find your element” and is about how finding one’s passion and true purpose in life is essential to human flourishing.

Based on the words of Sir Ken Robinson, he narrates, I illustrated, Keith Jenson filmed, and the always amazing Jim Batt brought it all together with his animation talents.

I Have Your Heart at the L.E.S* Film Festival

Have you been waiting to see I Have Your Heart on the big screen? Now’s your chance! Catch the New York premiere at the Lower East Side Film Festival, Monday, June 17th.

Directed by Jim Batt
The story of a good girl with a bad heart, and the boy whose death will save her life.
Told through darkly whimsical stopmotion, the film is a tale about love, loss, and open‐heart surgery.

L.E.S* Film Festival
June 17th (Animation Night)
8-10 pm
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

June 19th (Twisted Love Night) 7:00 pm
217 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Bradley Manning and Us

Loyalty is life and death for soldiers. But like courage, it’s a morally neutral virtue. Its morality depends on how you view the cause it serves. Like any whistleblower, Manning may have betrayed his institution, but he did so out of loyalty to humanity.

- Bradley Manning and Us (The Guardian)

My piece on loyalty, truth, and Bradley Manning commissioned by Creative Time Reports, and also in The Guardian, “Bradley Manning and Us.”
Manning’s trial started today.

New mailing list & limited edition red “Fuck You” t-shirt pre-order

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I’m reviving my mailing list with a shiny new redesign and starting to update it with exclusive content on my latest projects, discounts for the store and more. You can sign up via this link:



Signing up will also get you 10% off any order in my store.

Adding to the celebration, I’m also releasing a limited edition t-shirt based on my “Fuck You” print.

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The shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes, printed in Brooklyn in water-based silkscreen inks on 100% cotton Tultex tees. The pre-order will run until June 15th, after which I’ll send the orders to print, sign and number each shirt in the batch and then these will be the only ones in existence!

Order them now at the Etsy store.

Friends of NYCC

New York Communities for Change is one of the most badass organizations in New York. These guys unionize fast food workers, fight stop-and-frisk, did serious relief work during Hurricane Sandy, and are the essence of solidarity not charity. Honored to be a supporter.

I’ll be drinking at their event. If you sign up as a $40/month donor, you get this exclusive signed print of New York Communities for Change member Pamela Flood, one of the organizers of the fast food workers’ strike.

Friends of New York Communities for Change
Fundraiser and Kickoff Party

Friday, May 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
Two Moon Art House and Cafe
315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Love the work New York Communities for Change members are doing in the fight for worker justice, affordable housing, and public schools? Come join us to celebrate this work and to find out how you can make sure that work gets bigger and better at our Friends of NYCC Kickoff and Fundraiser!

SPECIAL GUESTS:
W. Kamau Bell – Comedian and Host of FX’s Totally Biased
Molly Knefel – Comedian and Host of Radio Dispatch
Letitia James – City Council Member and Candidate for NYC Public Advocate

Join us for drinks, mingling, laughs, and a retrospective of NYCC’s work and what’s in store for the rest of 2013.

Find out how to become a Friend of NYCC, and how you can get a print of Molly Crabapple’s portrait of Fast Food worker and activist Pamela Flood!

For more info, contact Greg Basta (gbasta@nycommunities.org) or Gina Bull (gbull@nycommunities.org).

New VICE Column: Why Draw Pictures

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Women are looked at. But as an artist, I had permission to look back.<br />
Where the respectable avert their gaze, artists stare. In the Renaissance, we dissected bodies in order to grasp the workings of a shoulder joint. We drew naked models at a time when women corseted themselves neck to knees. We took rooms in brothels and captured courtrooms where no cameras could go. Our sketchpads are our excuse.</p>
<p>-Why Draw Pictures , my latest column for VICE<br />

Women are looked at. But as an artist, I had permission to look back.

Where the respectable avert their gaze, artists stare. In the Renaissance, we dissected bodies in order to grasp the workings of a shoulder joint. We drew naked models at a time when women corseted themselves neck to knees. We took rooms in brothels and captured courtrooms where no cameras could go. Our sketchpads are our excuse.

-Why Draw Pictures , my latest column for VICE