October 2nd, 2012 | people I know

DISCORDIA is an ebook about the state of Greece this past summer, written by Laurie Penny and illustrated by Molly Crabapple.  They went to Greece together to get boots on the ground, Molly sketching and Laurie making notes right there.  It’s published by Random House.  It is really, really good.

If you click through here, the Look Inside should show you Paul Mason’s excellent foreword.

The editor, Dan Franklin, wrote an interesting bit on its genesis and production here:

Molly actually created most of the art first and Laurie wrote after it. I explained to Molly that the majority of readers would be using black and white e-ink devices, so she focused on black line-drawings with the only colour really being the red bloodstains of the violent anti-Golden Dawn protests.

She created a mix of predominantly finished pieces and sketches to communicate the in-the-moment nature of the reportage, sketching as Laurie did notes. We’ve ended up with 36 pieces in the finished ebook, which weighs in at 24,000 words – and if anyone complains about that being priced (under) £2 ($3), they don’t deserve it.

Obviously, I’m biased, as I adore both the little monsters.  But I think it’s turned out to be one of Laurie’s very best pieces, and Molly, who’s been levelling up all year, hit a new high mark in the illustration herein.

And, right now, it is literally $3.10 in the US and under £2 in the UK.

(amazon.co.uk)  (amazon.com) (ebooks)



September 26th, 2012 | people I know

Kevin Margo, as he notes, comes from my friends Blur Studio.

One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

Grounded VFX Breakdowns from Kevin Margo on Vimeo.

Molly Crabapple At CNN On Her OWS Arrest

September 24th, 2012 | people I know

A strong piece by Molly, special to CNN, with new art.

Going into the police van, they snapped my picture on a Fujimax Polaroid knockoff, hipster party style. I gave them my best grin. A man in a suit passed by, looked us over, and said to the police, "nice work."



September 17th, 2012 | people I know

So Molly Crabapple went forth into the streets of New York City early this morning, with Laurie Penny and many other people, for #s17, the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  She emailed me a couple of times from the streets.  I knew NYPD would conduct a fairly quick sweep, obviously.  I wasn’t quite prepared for a message from Laurie saying Molly had been arrested.

I don’t know who took this image.  Get me at @warrenellis and I’ll credit you.

Immediately thereafter, we got the hashtag #freemollycrabapple going on Twitter.  Which I find inordinately amusing, not least because she was sending messages from the paddy wagon and probably saw a bunch of it.  Because apparently they don’t take your phones off you when you’re arrested, now?

Interestingly, what evidently happens is that NYPD insisted everyone get on the pavement, and once they were on the pavement they were arrested.  What I am pleased about is that Molly’s arrest wasn’t one of the violent ones – because nobody in the NYC power structure gives a shit about sending the message that they will beat non-violent protestors to show how devoted they are to preserving the peace of breakfast in the financial district – and that, frankly, she gets to see the inside of a black maria and a cop shop.  Because that is going to give her a wealth of new stuff to draw angry, in the mode of her Shell Game pieces.


She will be out of the nick before Friday, when the second ARIADNE goes up, I’m sure.  In the meantime, she’d love it if you went to Twiiter and posted with the hashtag #freemollycrabapple .

This Is What It Means To Be Templesmith

April 18th, 2012 | people I know

Comic pro con emergency supply received