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Hacking the Crowd at SXSW

Molly Crabapple – visual artist, and Kim Boekbinder – musician, are both champions of the crowd funding age. Both have received international praise and recognition for their groundbreaking work in their respective mediums, as well as the way they run their careers. Though they work in different fields what the two have in common is that they have both built their careers on their own: no management, booking, labels, or galleries of any kind have made possible what they do. Yet they both make a living as full time artists in a world where we are told that fewer and fewer people are paying for music and art.

Molly Crabapple discusses circumventing the rigid gallery system which favors the sale of large and expensive works of art over the quick, passionate, and current work of such a prolific artist.

Kim Boekbinder brings to the table her groundbreaking pre-sold tour concept and the successes and pitfalls of an artist in close contact with her audience.

Hacking the Crowd: Artists as Entrepreneurs
Hyatt Regency Austin
Texas Ballroom 5-7
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX
Sunday, March 10th, 11am – 12pm

Coming to London

The Story
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Friday, February 22, 2013
Event runs 10am-4pm

I go on at 12:00pm. I’m going to talk about art and politics.

London School of Economics
Women Writing History @ LSE and Gender Institute Literary Festival
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
The London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
1-2:30pm

I’ll be speaking about Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and ideas about men’s and women’s art. Free, but you have to reserve tickets online

Speaking at CUNY Grad Center

Has the successful transmission of images become essential to engaging in and sustaining dissent? In our mediatized world, issues of visual representation lie increasingly at the center of the social movements. Join illustrators Peter Kuper and Molly Crabapple in discussion with comic-book scholar Jonathan W. Gray about the politics of representing dissent from Oaxaca to Greece to Occupy to the Gaza Strip.

Representing Dissent: Political Movements and Graphic Narrative
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
The Skylight Room (9100)
New York, NY
Friday, February 15th @ 6:00 pm

Signing with Kickstarter at NYCC

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.

Vote for our panel for SXSW 2013

Kim Boekbinder’s and my interactive panel, “Hacking the Crowd: Artists as Entrepreneurs,” is up at SXSW PanelPicker. Read the description below, then please follow the link to cast your vote.

Molly Crabapple – visual artist, and Kim Boekbinder – musician, are both champions of the crowd funding age. Both have received international praise and recognition for their groundbreaking work in their respective mediums, as well as the way they run their careers. Though they work in different fields what the two have in common is that they have both built their careers on their own: no management, booking, labels, or galleries of any kind have made possible what they do. Yet they both make a living as full time artists in a world where we are told that fewer and fewer people are paying for music and art.

Molly Crabapple discusses circumventing the rigid gallery system which favors the sale of large and expensive works of art over the quick, passionate, and current work of such a prolific artist.

Kim Boekbinder brings to the table her groundbreaking pre-sold tour concept and the successes and pitfalls of an artist in close contact with her audience.

Questions Answered:

  • Is crowd funding the future? And if so: is it the best future?
  • Can artists promoting their own crowd funded careers still find the time and creativity for their art?
  • Would the time, money, and energy spent on a crowd funding campaign be better spent in more traditional promotional areas?
  • What is the difference between crowd funding and begging? Should established artists be doing this too?
  • Will only the narcissist survive?

Click here to vote and leave any comments. Voting ends August 31st.

George Hearts Maria

Art Nerd Invasion Presents: George Hearts Maria
Opening: September 1st, 2012

On September 1st, Art Nerd Invasion and Lori Zimmer present “George Hearts Maria,” a Victorian pop-up plucked out of history and taking root in Helium Cowboy’s summer group show. The parasitic gallery takes residence on the gallery floor, amidst the summer group show. Inside the appendage-gallery is a pristine Victorian sitting room, complete with a collection of eye miniatures.

“George Hearts Maria” asks contemporary artists to pay tribute to the star crossed lovers, and reinterpret the lost art historical tradition of eye miniatures, adding a modernist skew to the once romantic art movement.

Limited edition print sets of select works, inside a custom screen printed box will be available from 1xRun.com, as well as eye miniature buttons will be given away to visitors to the gallery on opening night.

Helium Cowboy Artspace
Bäckerbreitergang 75 | 20355 Hamburg, Germany
http://heliumcowboy.com

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/

Transmography: Opening June 7th

TransmographyFourteen Fairy Tale Portraits of Queer, Genderqueer and Trans Modelsby Molly Crabapple and Najva Sol <br /><br />
Each portrait was shot by Najva Sol with a lomo camera, then embellished by me.  Show sponsored by Lomography.  Hope to see some of you at the New York opening!<br /><br />
Show Opens At Lomography stores in New York AND San FranciscoJune 7th at 6pm until 9pm<br /><br />
New York Lomography Store41 West 8th StreetManhattan, NY 10011212-529-4351<br /><br />
San Fran Lomography Store309 Sutter StreetSan Francisco, CA 94108415-248-0096 

Transmography
Thirteen Fairytale Portraits of Queers Beyond the Gender Binary
by Molly Crabapple and Najva Sol


Transmogrify,Verb:
 To transform, esp. in a surprising or magical manner.


From poets to porn-stars, computer nerds to community gardeners, artists to activists: these portraits capture some of the real gender warriors today. They are trans, genderqueer, or just gender-fabulous, and they deserve their own magical realm.

Each portrait was shot by Najva Sol with a lomo camera, then embellished by me.  Show sponsored by Lomography.  Hope to see some of you at the New York opening!


Show Opens At Lomography stores in New York AND San Francisco
June 7th at 6pm until 9pm

New York Lomography Store
41 West 8th Street
Manhattan, NY 10011
212-529-4351

San Fran Lomography Store
309 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-248-0096

London + Dublin Signings

Hey comrades!  I&#8217;m going to be doing speaking gigs/ Week in Hell signings in London and Dublin next week!  Deets below.  I&#8217;m so very excited to see you.  London is one of my favorite cities in the world, and this will be my first time in Dublin.  
LONDONMolly Crabapple in Conversation with Ana Finel Honigman Thursday, April 26, 7:30&#160;pm@ The Groucho Club  45 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QB  FREE.  Open to the public, but RSVP is mandatory.   Limited places are available - please RSVP to reception@thegrouchoclub.com
We&#8217;ll be discussing Week in Hell, art, politics, crowd-funding, elitism, and what it&#8217;s like to be locked in a hotel room.  Ana is a brilliant arts journalist and I&#8217;m so honored that she&#8217;s able to interview me.
DUBLINMolly Crabapple on Art and EntrepreneurshipSunday, April 29, 2012@ Centre for Creative Practises 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin 2 Members €10 / Non-members €12.  Book tickets HERE
I&#8217;ll be talking about art, money, fame, DIY, how the future belongs to self-sufficiant multi-media mutants, and why none of the gatekeepers know what is going on.  If you ever wanted to ask me a question on how I do what I do, this is the place for it.
I can&#8217;t wait to meet you guys!  Come, tell your friends, and ask questions.  I may, possibly, be hiding some prints in seekrit locations in London and Dublin.  If I don&#8217;t forget

Hey comrades!  I’m going to be doing speaking gigs/ Week in Hell signings in London and Dublin next week!  Deets below.  I’m so very excited to see you.  London is one of my favorite cities in the world, and this will be my first time in Dublin.

LONDON
Molly Crabapple in Conversation with Ana Finel Honigman
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm
The Groucho Club 
45 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QB
FREE.  Open to the public, but RSVP is mandatory.
Limited places are available – please RSVP to [email protected]

We’ll be discussing Week in Hell, art, politics, crowd-funding, elitism, and what it’s like to be locked in a hotel room.  Ana is a brilliant arts journalist and I’m so honored that she’s able to interview me.

DUBLIN
Molly Crabapple on Art and Entrepreneurship
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Centre for Creative Practises
15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin 2
Members €10 / Non-members €12.  Book tickets HERE

I’ll be talking about art, money, fame, DIY, how the future belongs to self-sufficiant multi-media mutants, and why none of the gatekeepers know what is going on.  If you ever wanted to ask me a question on how I do what I do, this is the place for it.

I can’t wait to meet you guys!  Come, tell your friends, and ask questions.  I may, possibly, be hiding some prints in seekrit locations in London and Dublin.  If I don’t forget

Devil in the Details: Contest


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

 

The Art of Molly Crabapple Volume 2: Devil in the Details is up for pre-order! This is a collection of my fine art, poster art and everything in between, done over the last few years, with a forward by Margaret Cho, comedy goddess and patron saint of weird kids everywhere.  To encourage you to pre-order the beast, I’m having another contest

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 Foreward.

I have two Bags of Art Awesomeness!  Each Bag of Art Awesomeness includes: Dr. Sketchy’s Rainy Day Colouring Book, Scarlett Takes Manhattan, a record by Vermillion Lies, stickers, temporary tattoos, show catalogs, prints, Sublime Stitching embroidery patterns, t-shirts, and the totebag I designed for 2010 SXSW Interactive, of a steampunk octopus up to no good.

To enter the Devil in the Details Contest, either

1. Preorder The Art of Molly Crabapple Volume 2: Devil in the Details on Amazon. Email your receipt to [email protected]

OR

2. Preorder your copy of The Art of Molly Crabapple Volume 2: Devil in the Details at your local comics store. It’s in Diamond Previews starting May. It’s Diamond code is may120457 and its ISBN is 978-1613772737 . Email proof of this (like an email to your local comics store) to [email protected] Preordering from local stores is VERY important, both because we want stores to carry our weird little art book, and because supporting stores, rather than Amazon, is what keeps the world from turning into parking lots and Walmart

We will be choosing one winner who preordered on Amazon, and one winner who pre-ordered from their local store.  Judging by the last contest, preordering at a local store is the best way to win. Contest closes on May 30, and winners will be chosen and notified by June 4th.

Thank you so much for your support!

Karma-Con Part II: Studio Salon

Next Wednesday, March 21st, I’ll be at the Rubin Museum taking part in the Studio Salon where I’ll begin drawing my piece of the Wheel of Life. Starting at 6pm you can visit me at the museum while I begin sketching Hell.

Here is the official press release with all participating artists:

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART presents
Karma-Con Part II: Studio Salon
Wednesday, March 21
6 p.m., FreeEnjoy an evening of comics and cocktails and watch the creative process in process! A coalescing of new and old, comic artists and illustrators take a modern view of the ancient Buddhist symbol, the Wheel of Life. Visit the museum to meet artists, Molly Crabapple, Ben Granoff, Josh Neufeld, Michael Kupperman, and Katie Skellyas they create initial sketches, sell and sign their work, and share their processes of creation in an open studio setting.The Wheel of Life: (bhavachakra, srid pa’i ‘khor lo) acts as a representation of samsaric existence for Buddhist practitioners. The Wheel of Life is thought to have been drawn by Shakymuni Buddha himself as a way to simply illustrate the six realms, interdependent existence and the sources of suffering.

Each artist has been given a different segment of the Wheel of Life to reinterpret:

Sanya Glisic: Three Spiritual Poisons & The Dark and Light Path
Ben Granoff: Lord of Death

Rodney Greenblat: Animals

Steven Guarnaccia: Hungry Ghosts

Michael Kupperman: Twelve Links of Dependent Origination

Josh Neufeld: Humans

Katie Skelly: Gods/Demigods

Click here for more information about Karma-Con.

Invite your friends via our Karma-Con Facebook page!

3/2- Speaking at the Rubin Museum

Me and seven other artists were invited by the Rubin Museum of Art to reinterpret the Tibetan Wheel of Life. I’m going to be painting hell!

As part of the program, I’ll be speaking with curator Beth Citron this Friday about Tibetan art (I used to practically live at Tibet House when I was in college) and pieces from the Rubin Museum’s collection.  Hope I can see you there!

The Wheel of Life is a visual 1-0-1 of Buddhist doctrine; a reminder of our Karmic responsibility to remove ourselves from the world of suffering. In conjunction with the exhibition, Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics, eight contemporary artists have been invited to reinterpret segments of the Wheel of Life based on their own artistic experiences in a three-part series: Karma-Con.

 

Join the Rubin Museum of Art and the following comic artists and illustrators Molly Crabapple, Sanya Glisic, Ben Granoff, Rodney Greenblat, Steven Guarnaccia, Michael Kupperman, Josh Neufeld and Katie Skelly in taking a new perspective on this ancient religious image.

Friday, March 2nd, 6:15pm
@
The Rubin Museum
150 W. 17 St., NYC 10011


Please meet at the base of the Spiral Staircase at 6:15 for all tours.
Admission to the museum’s galleries is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m

That French Comics Documentary

Sex in the Comics, a French documentary on erotic comics, directed by Joelle Ooserlinck, with interviews with R. Crumb, Zep, Milo Manara and others, hosted by a (dubbed, mini-skirted) me. Broadcast January 28th, 8pm, on ARTE

TODAY: Free Sketches @ Occupy Wall Street


 

SURPRISE: Free Vampire Squid Sketches @ Occupy Wall Street!

Dear comrades, today I’ll be doing FREE sketches at Liberty Park in support of Occupy Wall Street. Come by and get your signed drawing of a top-hatted cephalopod representing the banking class.

TODAY, Sunday, October 2nd
5-7pm (or until supplies run out)
@
Liberty Park (Broadway and Liberty.  Map here), NYC
near the Library (if you haven’t been to the park yet, its on the northeast corner)

Please bring blankets, food, tarps, or other donations for the brave folks occupying the park.  You can see what’s needed HERE

Please repost/RT.  Can’t wait to see you guys

If you’re not in NYC, you can find out about an occupation in your city at Occupy Together or Donate to Occupy Wall Streete

9/21- Meet me at Dr. Sketchy’s London


Dr. Sketchy’s London
Presenting…. A Sketchy Indulgence!

Featuring: Chocolat, CherryShakewell
& Luscious Luke
Hosted by Ophelia Bitz

With Special guest appearance from
Dr. Sketchy’s founder Molly Crabapple

Royal Vauxhall Tavern
372 Kennington Lane
London
SE11 5HY

8pm – 11pm (doors 7pm)

£10 advance £15 on the door

Kim Boekbinder’s Pre-Sold Tour

Musician Kim Boekbinder is redefining the concept of touring with her pre-sold tour, but she needs you to back it! As a bonus, I’ll be doing a unique poster for every city on the tour that’s successfully funded, so backers get exciting new Molly Art

Seriously, Kim is a genius rockstar and one of my dearest friends. BACK THIS OR ELSE!