SXSW, I love you

God, what an amazing, sun filled, barbecue stuffed three days in Austin. SXSW, I love you, and I only regret leaving you so soon.

Btw, seeing one’s crazed octopus illustration on the arms of fifty thousand people is quite a trip

Some press:
* The Atlantic

Still, for all the possibilities for innovation, social media clearly has a dark side. Molly Crabapple, a New York-based illustrator and founder of the alt-art social drawing gathering Dr. Sketchy’s, said she sometimes fears a future where no one has jobs, and work is a series of games and challenges. You wouldn’t work at Wal-Mart, she told the audience, you’d be part of the Wal-Mart Challenge! “And the prize,” Crabapple said, “would be what used to be called your salary.”

* The Austin Chronicle

Now several thousand tech mavens are carrying her image of a top-hatted octopus working a steam-powered computer. Molly said, “I thought it would be a fun play on this super-techy convention to see this Luddite, low-tech version of the computer.”

* SXSW Interactive

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    About Molly:

    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural "The Bore of Babylon" as "a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society.

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