Monthly Archives: July 2018

This weeks new press for Brothers of the Gun!

This week Cengiz Yar interviewed Molly and Marwan on Roadsandkingdoms.com for a discussion about what it was like to write a book while one of them was living in an active war zone. Check it out here!

“If you provide an environment where people can return and rebuild their houses without the fear of bombs or getting arrested, people will not hesitate to return home. The major concern for everyone there is the uncertainty of not knowing who’s going to control the city next.” – Marwan

TheFeministani.com said “This story is enthralling… Crabapple has done something extraordinary with these illustrations” in this review

Brothers of the Gun is the story of that takeover, seen through the eyes of a young man, who along with his friends Nael and Tareq, finds his life turned upside-down by revolution and then war. This is the story of people who attempted to live normal lives, as their homes were being blown to bits around them, as enslaved women were paraded in front of them, as European jihadis invaded their land and established the Islamic State.”

And finally this week, the book got this lovely shoutout in the Times Literary Supplement 

“Molly and Marwan’s collaboration began when the latter was living in ISIS-occupied Raqqa: he would smuggle out photos of the city and Molly would turn them into drawings, exposing the brutal reality of ISIS rule without endangering her source. Marwan joined the uprising against Assad in 2011 when he was a student, and the book tells the story of one of the world’s most protracted conflicts through his eyes.”

Have you gotten your copy of Brothers of the Gun yet? It’s available on Amazon in hardcover and for Kindle!

“Blood Money” opening at Lucas Lucas

Blood Money at Lucas Lucas NYC

Opening Receptions: August 10th 7PM, August 11 5-8PM

This intimately interactive art show, hosted by Lucas Lucas (57 Conselyea St BK) features art by Molly Crabapple, Stoya, and many more sex workers and allies. Molly’s portrait of Akynos will be on display, and this six foot tall hyper-detailed painting is best experienced in person. There will be visual art, burlesque performances, exotic dancers, sex worker vendors and much more. The show will up until the 19th, but the real fun will be happening on the 10+11th with an afterparty on the 10th hosted by Domina collective Tailer Group.

This is guaranteed to be a very sexy time where you’ll be able to support sex workers and their art. Hope to see you there!

 

 

New Brothers of the Gun coverage!

Brothers of the Gun is continuing to get a lot of really wonderful press coverage this week:

This weeks episode of the Laura Flanders Show, Telling the Stories of the Syrian War, features an interview with Molly and Marwan Hisham discussing the book, the war in Syria, and their collaboration. 

 

Molly and Hisham sat down for a video interview with the Aljeezera show The Stream to discuss the risks that were taken to write Brothers of the Gun, and tell some of the fascinating stories behind Molly’s illustrations.

“-a story told through the eyes of, not the power brokers or military leaders, but of those caught up in it, those who it began to happen around as they went about their lives.”

 

The Activist Files Episode 4: Molly Crabapple doesn’t stay in boxes

The Activist Files podcast featured this interview with Molly on Episode 4,

“We talk about the intersection of art and activism, collaborations she’s undertaken in support of movements and communities impacted by war and government abuses, and what keeps her grounded, despite the online haters.”

Listen Here!

 

The Columbia Journalism Review featured this amazing review of the Brothers of the Gun,

Hisham’s detailed anecdotes of jihadists chatting about their daily lives in a modern day insurgency would be difficult to recreate through anything other than first-hand testimony. Without his observations and his writing, such conversations would have otherwise been forgotten. By meticulously researching and cross-referencing her illustrations, Crabapple bends the rules of traditional visual journalism and pieces together Hisham’s memories to recreate scenes of Yezidi women in a cafe in Raqqa, and a young man being pulled from the rubble after a US airstrike—both of which would have been impossible for a traditional war photographer to capture.”

Read the full review here:

Graphic memoir illustrates new frontier in ISIS coverage“- Columbia Journalism Review

And finally, The Intercept published this piece featuring Brothers of the Gun along with Kassem Eid’s memoir “My Country“,

Our Country, Our Stories: In New Memoirs Syrians Describe Life -and Death- in Wartime

“Eid’s and Hisham’s revelatory memoirs come at a critical moment, as everyday Syrians are increasingly written out of their country’s story.”

New Article on Puerto Rican Protest in The Baffler

Molly has written and illustrated a new article for The Baffler about Puerto Rican political prisoner Nina Droz Franco, who was arrested in the 2017 May Day protests. This article is part of Issue 40 of The Baffler entitled “Forced Exposure” which is focusing on privacy and surveillance.

Droz has spent the last year in federal prison, waiting to receive her sentence. Outside, while the island combats the overlapping cruelties of fiscal austerity and post-Maria neglect, players on each end of the political spectrum have adopted Droz as a symbol. To many pro-independence leftists who supported the protests, she is a political prisoner. For the pro-statehood right, she is a folk demon, half-witch and half-terrorist: “The Girl Who Breathes Fire.”

Check out Molly’s full article here: “Trial by Fire – Molly Crabapple”

Or read all the articles featured in Issue 40