Molly Crabapple

Longform You Have to Read: Lives of the Muses

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the tangled lines of inspiration and sex in the stories behind some of art’s greatest muses. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we had a good laugh exploring this A to Z guide to R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet.” We were grateful for these Thanksgiving cards from our favorite fictional characters. We thought this lazy logic sounded about right. We broke down the stats for… Read More

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Is Your Favorite Cartoonist Part of Occupy Comics?

The Occupy movement has garnered plenty of support from the arts community over the past few months, with musicians ranging from Jeff Mangum to Third Eye Blind serenading protesters and petition sites like Occupy Writers and Occupy Musicians popping up. Now, cartoonists are also declaring themselves, via Occupy Comics. The… Read More

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The Best Art Projects in the History of Kickstarter

The largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, Kickstarter is the DIY artist’s dream-come-true. With a great idea, a fabulous video presentation, and some tempting swag, almost any project — regardless of how fanciful it may seem — can get off the ground. We dug deep into the site to pick the 10 best art projects, including some that are still open to contributions. From Spencer Tunick’s round up of nudes at the Dead Sea and Molly Crabapple’s five-day confinement making wall drawings to Swoon’s musical architecture in New Orleans and Eric Schwabel’s human light suit on the playa of Burning Man, Kickstarter helps make these imaginative projects a reality. Watch the highly entertaining video presentations that funded the projects and let us know if you’ve contributed to any Kickstarter dreams. … Read More

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Molly Crabapple on Love and the Literary Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

We dropped by on artist and illustrator Molly Crabapple at New York City’s Standard Hotel plaza this week, just as the pug dictator statue was crumbling under the girl army of the Revolution, one of the five themed works she painted for the literary Pen Festival to be auctioned for humanitarian causes. Along with publishing a graphic novel, Scarlet Takes Manhattan, which took hordes of fans into a seedy Victorian New York of con men and burlesque dancers, Crabapple is also the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. The events attract artists who want something more than a traditional model drawing experience. We asked why her dictator is a pug and what’s next for Dr. Sketchy. … Read More

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Grim Reaper Rabbits: Art Inspired by Watership Down

When English author Richard Adams imbued a bunny bunch with human political struggles, heroic happenings, and folklore for his 1972 novel Watership Down, he saturated children’s dreams with the horrors of the Black Rabbit of Inlé. The sinister phantom death hare, in all its metaphorical mythology, is also mighty good fodder for tribute art. Click through to preview just some of 100 works on display —  like Travis Louie‘s signature anthropomorphism portraiture, a pink fluffy reaper from street-credited artist Buff Monster, a Victorian touch from risque graphic novelist Molly Crabapple, and more. INLE, 100 Artists Interpret the Anti-hero of Richard Adam’s Watership Down is on view at Los Angeles’s Gallery 1988 Melrose through April 8th. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Burlesque + Art

According to New York-based artist and illustrator Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s, a social gathering that she launched in Brooklyn four years ago, is what happens “when cabaret meets art school.” Now located in over 80 cities, the Dr. Sketchy’s movement is appealing to artists and amateurs alike because of the burlesque, booze, and prizes; after the jump, check out a behind-the-scenes interview with Crabapple wherein she discusses how she picks her models with our friends from Babelgum. You should also check out this post over on TheGloss about how her racy graphic novel, Scarlett Takes Manhattan, was banned by Barnes and Noble. … Read More

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Exclusive: Molly Crabapple Takes Manhattan (Again and Again)

With her retro-chic drawings of fan dancers and pasties-swirling dance molls, artist Molly Crabapple is the Toulouse-Lautrec of New York’s burlesque scene; the pint-sized powerhouse of energy has livened up the pages of the New York Times, Playgirl and Marvel Comics. Ms. Crabapple says she honed her skills “in a Parisian bookstore” and “from hours spent copying Alice in Wonderland and A Tart’s Progress.” Her illustrative talents come with a charming modicum of sass, humor, sex appeal, and nostalgia, but she’s perhaps best known for creating Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, which she began in frustration after having posed for “one too many sterile life-drawing sessions.” … Read More

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