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.
pins for Shell Game backers (got them right before the signing, and excited!)
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.
For Gallery 1988’s Crazy for Cult show
fight club eyes
Framed in antique bubble glass
Devil in the Details is hitting stores TOMORROW. See them caps? That means you should go and buy a copy.
Here’s a preview of some of what’s inside
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”
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.
My mouth, drawn for the Tiny Trifecta show at Cotton Candy Machine
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
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.
But really, of every fucking Greek we met. Thank you, guys. We hope we do you proud.
Laurie hiding from the daytime heat
Anti-fascist poster. Exarcheia