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September 13, 1983
Far Rockaway, Queens, New York
Molly Crabapple (born September 13, 1983) is an American artist, known for her work for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Royal Society of Arts, Red Bull, Marvel Comics, DC Comics and CNN.
The AP Wire once compared her work to "limerick shared amongst good company in a Victorian parlor."[dead link] Comics Creator behind Straw House (First Second Books, 2013) and Puppet Makers (DC Comics, 2011) Creator of Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School, a worldwide movement of alt.drawing salons in over 120 cities.
Molly Crabapple was born Jennifer Caban in Far Rockaway, New York. She received an Associate's degree after majoring in Illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology (A.A.S. Illustration)
A self-taught artist, she cultivated her interest in illustration in a Paris bookstore by copying pages from A Tart's Progress.
Crabapple began her art career doing covers for the pornographic newspaper Screw. She has since illustrated for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Playgirl. She was at one time a regular contributor to Coagula Art Journal.
Drawing on past experience as an artist's model, Crabapple founded Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School in Brooklyn in 2005. Dr. Sketchy's is a burlesque life-drawing class. It has since been covered on National Public Radio, the Onion AV Club, The Los Angeles Times and Time Out New York. Beginning in July 2006, Dr. Sketchy's began opening branches in other cities, which now number 50. Crabapple is the author (with John Leavitt) of The Official Dr. Sketchy's Rainy Day Colouring Book ISBN 0978953401, ISBN 978-0978953409.
She has also worked on a number of comics (often with writer John Leavitt), creating the 2009 graphic novel Scarlett Takes Manhattan, drawing stories for two Marvel anthologies Strange Tales vol. 2 and Girl Comics vol. 2, as well as providing art for the webcomics Backstage at Act-i-vate and Puppet Makers at Zuda.
Crabapple's first graphic novel, the steampunk Puppet Makers, was released electronically by DC Comics in 2011, and her forthcoming Straw House will be issued by First Second Books in 2013.
In 2012 Crabapple was one of several artists commissioned by CNN to illustrate the theme of power for a digital art gallery pertaining to the 2012 Presidential election, as well as the fundamental forces that drive debates over controversial issues such as money, health race and gender. Crabapple created the illustration "Big Fish Eat Little Fish Eat Big Fish" for the gallery.
In 2011, Crabapple witnessed the Occupy Wall Street movement, which unfolded outside her residence, and subsequently based some of her paintings on it. On September 17, 2012, she was among a group of protestors arrested during a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. She wrote about her experience in a CNN opinion piece.
In 2012 Crabapple used Kickstarter to raise $4,500 USD for a project called The Shell Game, in which she create nine paintings about the Great Recession. With Kickstarter, Crabapple created an installation called "Molly Crabapple's Week in Hell", in which Crabapple rented a bare room for five days, and covered it from floor to ceiling with blank paper. Using 200 fine tip markers, she covered the paper with her illustrations over the course of one work week. Financial backers were entitled to a live-stream of the work in process, to make suggestions for illustrations, and were given different-sized sections of drawings, depending on the level of financial support they gave. Crabapple acquired enough money for The Shell Game in approximately two days, and in total, made $25,805, over $21,000 USD more than she needed.
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- "Ink! Babes! Irony!-Molly Crabapple Says Goodbye to Pen and Ink" Jigsaw Gallery (February 2005)
- "Licentious Behavior" Perihelion Arts (May 2006)
- "Tarts and Flowers – A Valentine's Day Show" Jigsaw Gallery (February 2006)
- "Peepshow: The Art of Molly Crabapple" Trinity Art Gallery (January 2007)
- "Demimonde: Arena Studios" (February 2008)
- "Shell Game: A Crowd-Funded Show about the 2008 Financial Collapse" (April 2013)
- Resistance, a Festival of Peace, Theater for the New City (April 2003)
- "Visions of New York" Antique Café/Gallery (July 2003) (solo)
- The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts (August 2003)
- "Queer Artists Talk Back" The DUMBA Collective (October 2003)
- The DUMBO Festival of the Arts (October 2003)
- Terrible Toy Fair, CBGB 313 Gallery (January 2004)
- The Writer as Visual Artist" Theater for the New City (February 2004)
- "Self Portraits" Theater for the New City (March 2004)
- "The Hip Hop Show" Asterisk Art Project (April 2004)
- "Dirty Detroit Erotic Art Fair" (February 2005)
- "Propaganda" Encrypt Gallery at Columbia University (April 2005)
- "Patterns and More Patterns" Bamboo Lane Gallery (Los Angeles) (April 2005)
- "The Smut Show" Green Door Gallery (Kansas City) (May 2005)
- "The Mermaid Show" Coney Island Museum (June 2005)
- "New Erotix – Third Annual Juried Erotic Art Show" Art at Large Gallery. (July 2005)
- "BlueShow" BlueSpace Gallery (Los Angeles). (July 2005)
- "Cannibal Flower" Los Angeles (August 2005)
- "Our Own Show" Museum of American Illustration (September 2005)
- "Cannibal Flower" Los Angeles (September 2005)
- "Halloween Show" MF Gallery (October 2005)
- "Untitled" Bluespace Gallery (October 2005)
- "Exquisite Corpse" Toyroom Gallery ( Sacramento ) (October 2005)
- "Werwolf Bongo Party" DVA Gallery Chicago (October 2005)
- "Broads on the Bowery" CBGB’s Gallery 313 (October 2005)
- "Grope Show" Zito Studio/Gallery (December 2005)
- "Victorian Rhapsodies" (Three Person Show) Toyroom Gallery (January 2006)
- "Spin" CVB Space (January 2006)
- "Girls! Girls! Girls!" MF Gallery (February 2006)
- "Dirty Detroit Erotic Art Fair" (February 2006)
- "Native Spirit" Supreme Trading (March 2006)
- "Betty Does Veronica" Femina Potens (June 2006)
- Going Underground. Art at Large (August 2006)
- "Dirty Detroit Summer Show" (August 2006)
- "Eye Candy". Trinity Art Gallery (October 2006)
- "Paper Doll Show" Trunk Space (October 2006)
- "The Drawing Show" Perihelion Arts (November 2006)
- "Don't Say MF" MF Gallery (February 2007)
- "The Erotic Show" Trinity Art Gallery (February 2007)
- "Seven Brides Electrified" Jail Gallery (April 2007)
- "Ladies Only Show" Crybaby Gallery (April 2007)
- "Carnival" MF Gallery (August 2007)
- "Naked Show" Bluespace Gallery (September 2007)
- "DECK" A Show of Skateboard Art Pravus Gallery (October 2007)
- "Masquerade" Dabora Gallery (October 2007)
- "Fountain Art Fair" (during Art Basel Miami) (December 2007)
- "Home Sweet Home" Crybaby Gallery (December 2007)
- "DEEP POP" Kenneth Chapman Gallery (January 2008)
- "Pop Subversion" Ad Hoc Arts (February 2008)
- "Two Person Show w/ Genevive Zacconi" Ad Hoc Arts (August 2008)
- "Queer Couture" Femina Potens Gallery (August 2010)
- Crabapple, Molly (September 23, 2012). "My arrest at Occupy Wall Street". CNN.
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- A Graphic Artist. Cityist, by Jennifer Wright
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- Mark Smith. "Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School " Time Out London February 19, 2007
- Dan Avery and Erin Clements. "Craft Service" Time Out New York Jan 4–10, 2007
- Branches page at DrSketchy.com
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- "DC Comics | Welcome to DC Comics". Zudacomics.com. Retrieved 2013-06-30.
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- "Power: A CNN digital art gallery". CNN. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
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- Holpuch, Amanda (10 October 2013). "New York's Moma acquires Occupy Wall Street art prints | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
- Gavin, Gavin (2013-06-20). "Celeb video: ‘I am Bradley Manning’". Politico. Retrieved 2013-06-30.
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