F(irst)FF: Molly Crabapple

Posted: 20 March, 2015 in Reviews, Uncategorized
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So there’s this thing that is apparently popular on twitter called Follow Friday. I know. As usual with anything technological, I am eternally late to the party (there’s a reason for the title of this blog.). I started noticing a bunch of my friends doing it lately and it seems like a nice thing to do. A sort of, here are people I like and follow and you should too.

I used to have this thing on the side of the page which listed a bunch of the sites I follow, but I took it down because this list was too long and I didn’t like the clutter. I also didn’t want to give the impression that I was like to those people/organizations in any official capacity. I also got rid of a whole mess of posts that were just other people’s’ quotes. One of the reasons I’m trying to learn tumbler is cause it seems to be a better place to put things I like without overcrowding here.

Mostly it’ll be a good excuse to post filler every week or so when I don’t have anything worth putting up here and I wont feel too lazy about it.


So first up is Molly Crabapple. If you’re a regular reader, you probably already know all you need to about her. I tend to reference her quite a bit. She’s one of my favorite artists and owning some of her work is on my ‘indicators that will make me feel successful’ list. She does this kind of line heavy, extremely detailed pen and ink pictures (many of which end up as paintings). Her work features a lot of anthropomorphic animals and is very politically influenced. I backed her kickstarter “week in hell” and it was the main influence for my own “descent into madness”.

Crabapple is part of that too cool for school Brooklyn crowd.  I discovered her just before all the shit with occupy wall st kicked off. Her artwork became an iconic part of the movement. Printings of her Vampire Squid could be found hoisted above the crowd. Though her i found people like laurie penny, kim boekbinder, mat taibi, clayton cubit, most of whom i’ll talk about some other time.

While her prominence began as an artist documenting things like occupy, she later expanded into journalism, covering an impressive array of both domestic and international issues like the war in syria, guantanamo bay, and ISIS. I also enjoy reading her thoughts on art and the culture that surrounds it, which she captures pretty well in her “rules for creative success“.

Check her stuff out yourself in any of these places:






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