Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bluestockings Signing

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to Bluestockings last night to hear Sarah Jaffe be incisive, and me prattle about Toulouse-Lautrec fetishes, oppositional defiant disorder, art, money, and rebellion.

Bluestockings has some signed copies of Devil in the Details, in case you couldn’t make it.


Beautiful friends


pins for Shell Game backers (got them right before the signing, and excited!)

Behind the Scenes Painting

Working on Shell Game means I often spend 10-12 hours a day in front of a giant piece of wood, wearing Fred’s old shirts, punching my hands so they work and trying to create a convincing universe.


laying down tape to make stripes

Working this much means that I seldom leave the loft, which is devolving into a sort of troll-cave. I only eat to make my stomach shut up, and feel like I’m bleeding paint.


Zuccotti Park Hair

It’s kind of nice.

Being in front of that wood panel is simple. At this point, I know exactly what to do.

I just have to stand there a hundred hours and do it

P.S. Just to keep from complete troll-devolution, I managed to escape to a fairy castle for the weekend.

Detail Shots from Shell Game


The Hivemind


The Hivemind


The Hivemind


The Hivemind


The Hivemind


Business of Illness


Business of Illness


Business of Illness


Business of Illness


Business of Illness


A New England


A New England


A New England


A New England


A New England

7/30- Book Release for Devil in the Details

I&#8217;m signing Devil in the Details at Bluestockings next Monday.  This will be my only signing for it. Please do come.  Sarah Jaffe will be talking with me and making me sound clever<br />
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<p>I have become convinced that Molly Crabapple was sent by the devil to seduce us all into art.&#8221; - Neil GaimanFine artist, illustrator, and comics creator 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&#8217;s not all fantastical - when Occupy Wall Street broke out, Molly was there, capturing the immediacy of the revolutionary feeling in pen and ink. In a new 48-page book from IDW, you can get Molly&#8217;s art in gorgeous full-color, work that&#8217;s decorated glamorous nightclubs, museums and galleries, and protest signs and occupied spaces around the country. Comedian Margaret Cho contributes the forward.Molly will be speak about Devil in the Details in conversation with Alternet labor editor Sarah Jaffe on&#8230;Monday, July 30th at 7:00&#160;pm@ Bluestockings Books172 Allen Street, New York, NYhttp://bluestockings.com/

I’m signing Devil in the Details at Bluestockings next Monday.  This will be my only signing for it. Please do come.  Sarah Jaffe will be talking with me and making me sound clever

Monday, July 30th at 7:00 pm
@ Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street, New York, NY
http://bluestockings.com/

Devil in the Details will be hitting comics shops this Wednsday.

You can still get a 50% pre-order discount on Amazon right now, so go buy several copies to cut up and use as the raw materials for particularly festive paper airplanes

My beloved high fashion goth kids over at Haute Macabre are running a contest for Devil in the Details and all my other books too.  Go comment there to win stuff

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I have become convinced that Molly Crabapple was sent by the devil to seduce us all into art.” – Neil Gaiman

Fine artist, illustrator, and comics creator 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. In a new 48-page book from IDW, you can get Molly’s art in gorgeous full-color, work that’s decorated glamorous nightclubs, museums and galleries, and protest signs and occupied spaces around the country. Comedian Margaret Cho contributes the forward.

Molly will be speak about Devil in the Details in conversation with Alternet labor editor Sarah Jaffe on…

Monday, July 30th at 7:00 pm
@ Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street, New York, NY
http://bluestockings.com/

New Press: Guernica, Avgi, Artslant


Goths in hot weather! Me, Laurie, and the gorgeous Greek journalist Natasia Giamali

+ Natasia Giamali, a journalist for the SYRIZA affiliated Avgi, interviewed me and Laurie about Discordia. Article in Greek. The google translate is amusing

Street Art and the New Bohemian: A conversation with Eric Drooker and Molly Crabapple. Guernica Magazine
The two visual artists on the gravitas needed to make protest art, the rhetoric and representations of the Occupy movement, and how to seduce an audience by grabbing them by the eyeballs.

+ Artslant: Rackroom.  An Interview with Ana Finel Honigman
“Molly Crabapple is an artistic Molotov cupcake”

 

Amsterdam Demimonde

In June, Royal Talens flew me out to Amsterdam. The sketch series I did, Amsterdam Demimonde, is now up on The New Inquiry

In June, a company I work with flew me out to Amsterdam, ostensibly to create art about the city. But the artists in Dam Square could watercolor a sweeter canal than me. Instead, I drew people. Escorts and porn filmmakers and digital rights activists and women who co-built artspaces in abandoned bomb shelters. Because artists are the shy kids in the corner, and a sketchpad is a lockpick to the greater world.

Athens


beautiful and burnt out building. Athens

From July 4-9, me and journalist Laurie Penny travelled to Athens to research Discordia, an illustrated ebook on life under the Eurozone crisis.  Random House UK will be releasing it in early fall


my sketchbook

We interviewed striking steelworkers, queer activists, migrant organizers, anarchists, Bangladashi marketing students, and SYRIZA journalists.


memorial for fifteen year old boy murdered by police. Exarcheia

We drank endless frappes in Exarcheia, anarchist stronghold and home of  the finest graffiti in the world.


Graffiti at the base of the Acropolis

Because we’re working on a book, I’m not going to talk too much about the trip, except to say that I was utterly humbled by the generosity we were met with.

Especially that of our fixer, the Greek Spider Jerusalum, Yiannis Baboulias.

Anti-racist festival

But really, of every fucking Greek we met.  Thank you, guys.  We hope we do you proud.

My office


Laurie hiding from the daytime heat


Anti-fascist poster. Exarcheia