Drawing Blood Sneak Peek: You’re More Beautiful When You’re Living

In the first of a series of posts leading up to the release of Molly’s upcoming memoir, Drawing Blood, we’d like to share with you an image from the book with some of the accompanying text:
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We walked through the frozen streets to the Oum Kalsoum Cafe. Over hookahs and sticky sahleb, we decided to catch a bus to the south of France. On a cold Parisian night, whimsy can pass for magic. We found a town too small to have ATMs. The sole hotel had decorated its reception room with butterflies in glass boxes. Above one, the proprietor had written,

“I am sorry. I used to do this but no longer. You’re more beautiful when you are living.”*

–Drawing Blood (Chapter 4) by Molly Crabapple

Butterflies is available in the shop as a 8.5 x 22 giclee print for a limited time.
Drawing Blood will be out December 1st 2015. You can pre-order your copy now through our new Book Page.
[See image gallery at mollycrabapple.com]

*Je suis désolé, Je ne fais plus ça. Vous êtes plus belle lorsque vous êtes en vie

 

PROJECT NIA FUNDRAISER

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Launched in 2009, Project NIA is an advocacy, organizing, popular education, research, and capacity-building center with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration.

This week Aug 24-28, anyone who contributes $25 or more to the fundraiser will receive an 11 by 17 poster of the above image depicting women waiting to visit loved ones at Rikers Island.

You can donate and get your Molly print by clicking here:
http://gogetfunding.com/project-nia-summer-2015-fundraiser

VICE: The Oppressive Architecture of the West Bank

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“Old Hebron is honey-stoned and blue-doored—the sort of charming Mediterranean labyrinth that, in another universe, would be full of obnoxious tour groups. But thanks to the occupation, it’s scarred by gates, concrete barriers, barbed wire, and checkpoints. A souk where gold was once sold lies empty, the doors of its many shops welded shut by the IDF, its merchandise still inside.”

“The Oppresive Architecture of the West Bank” – Molly Crabapple. VICE

https://www.vice.com/read/the-oppressive-architecture-of-the-west-bank

La Lettura Republishes an Open Letter to Lena Dunham

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Yesterday, the widely read Italian newspaper, La Lettura, republished an open letter Molly had written to Lena Dunham, in response to her signing of a petition against Amnesty Internationals recommendations to decriminalize sex work.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the letter, check it out on Molly’s tumblr
http://mollycrabapple.tumblr.com/post/125935580972

The La Lettura Italian translation of the letter: http://www.corriere.it/la-lettura/il-dibattito-delle-idee/15_agosto_16/amnesty-sex-worker-lena-dunham-molly-crabapple-lettera-e637c604-4432-11e5-9a44-839af1b02c5d.shtml

Graphic NYC Trading Cards to Benefit Seth Kushner’s Family

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As a benefit and tribute to the late comic book writer/photographer Seth Kushner, a set of 13 collectors’ cards have been published to benefit Seth’s wife and son. Each card features one of his portraits of top New York City creators like  Molly, Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Scott McCloud, and Chris Ware. The cards retail for $15 a pack, and $25 for a pack with a single creator signature.

For more information on the project: http://www.thedrawnword.com/p/graphic-nyc-trading-cards.html

Official press release: http://www.nycgraphicnovelists.com/2015/08/graphic-nyc-card-prints-to-benefit-seth.html
[See image gallery at mollycrabapple.com]

Vanity Fair: Scenes from Inside Aleppo

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“The Syrian air force has a habit of following their first barrel bomb with a second. People say this is to kill first responders. (The government still denies that it uses barrel bombs.)
Despite this, the crowd did not run away. They dug in the rubble with their bare hands—old men, Civil Defense volunteers, and militants alike—all except the media activists shooting video. When they found a victim, they gathered to help snatch them out, screaming “Allahu Akbar” as they did. Once they laid the victim in an ambulance, they began to dig again.”

“Scenes from Inside Aleppo: How Life Has Been Transformed by Rebel Rule” – written by Marwan Hisham, illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Vanity Fair

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/07/inside-aleppo-syria

EJI: Slavery to Mass Incarceration

The elaborate mythology of racial difference created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved. #SlaveryEvolved
The legacy of slavery can be seen in the presumption of guilt and dangerousness assigned to African Americans, especially young men and boys, the racial profiling and mistreatment that presumption creates, and the racial dynamics of mass incarceration.
EJI’s Race and Poverty project explores racial history and attempts to deepen our understanding of the legacy of racial injustice. By telling the truth about our past, EJI believes we can create a different, healthier discourse about race in America.
More information here: http://www.eji.org/raceandpoverty

VICE: Shujaiya Dust

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“Nearly a year after the end of Protective Edge, little has changed in Shujaiya. A few houses have been patched up, but many more are nothing but rubble. Piles of prescriptions fluttered in front of the destroyed Ministry of Health. Everywhere homes lay collapsed like ruined layer cakes, the fillings composed of the flotsam of daily life: blankets, cooking pots, Qu’rans, cars. In one pile of dust I saw a child’s notebook, abandoned. “My uncle collects honey,” the nameless child had written on the first page.”

“Shujaiya Dust: Gaza Is Still In Ruins a Year After the War” – Molly Crabapple. VICE

https://www.vice.com/read/shujaiya-dust-molly-crabapple-456

 

Show Me The Money

Show Me The Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present

The latest film from the AHRC looks at ‘Show Me The Money’ – a new exhibition which charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States.

This exhibition asks what does ‘the market’ look like? What does money really stand for? How can the abstractions of high finance be made visible? The project asks how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible nature of money and finance, from the South Sea Bubble of the eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008.

This AHRC film guides us through the exhibition featuring works ranging from satirical eighteenth-century prints by William Hogarth to newly commissioned works by artists Cornford & Cross, and James O Jenkins, as well as the first UK exhibition of international artist such Molly Crabapple.

The exhibition includes an array of media: paintings, prints, photographs, videos, artefacts, and instruments of financial exchange both ‘real’ and imagined. Indeed the exhibition also charts the development of an array of financial visualisations, including stock tickers and charts, newspaper illustrations, bank adverts, and electronic trading systems.

To find out more about Show Me The Money please visit the www.imageoffinance.com, website for information, interactive games, and more.