Molly Crabapple is a Brooklyn based artist, comic, illustrator and former nude model.
As an illustrator, her work has been featured in the pages of Marvel Comics, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Playgirl. Her artwork, which she describes as a "Where's Waldo for perverts", has appeared in The Museum of Sex, the Deitch Art Parade and Miami's Art Basel.
In additon to her art career, Molly founded the Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School, a cabaret-life-drawing class, that has featured an eclectic cast of models ranging from Genesis P-Orridge and Ron English to the monsters of Kaiju Wrestling. Currently, Dr. Sketchy's has expanded from the halls of Brooklyn to 100 cities world-wide.
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Nasty Canasta - “She is one of my favorite burlesque dancers. I’ll always remember when she came on stage dressed as Tanya Harding and stripped to ‘Hit Me with Your Best Shot'. It was absolutely amazing!"
Melody Sweets - “I love Melody Sweets. She's a beautiful girl with a gorgeous singing voice who sings while she dances.”
Miss Dirty Martini - "I absolutely love Miss Dirty Martini. She's such a burlesque legend."
Amber Ray- "Amber Ray is always a delight. She's so fun to watch and she's beautiful."
The Box - “The Box is kind of an underground supper club in the Lower East Side. Their acts are very polished and well styled. It’s a mix of variety, burlesque, singers and circus acts. The place looks like the Moulin Rouge. It totally rocks! You should definitely go if you can get past the door guy.”
Circus Amok - “Circus Amok is an underground circus that I see in the park every once in a while. They're amazing and really fun to watch”
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus - "The Bindlestiff Family Circus is just genius. You should definitely see them if they’re in town."
Nick Denton - “I have a huge admiration for the creator of the Gawker. He really proved that blogs can make money. Even though I've never met him, I sort of think he's a genius.”
Lux Alptraum - "Lux Alptraum of Fleshbot is a dear friend of mine and a great editor even though we spend most of our days writing vicious things about each other."
COMIC BOOK STORES
Jim Hanley’s Universe - “I absolutely love Jim Hanley’s Universe. I’ve done book signings there and they have absolutely everything. You won’t even believe the things they have at Jim Hanley’s. It's totally the mecca of geek but so cool."
Rocketship - "If you’re going for sheer indie street cred, you want to go to Rocketship in Brooklyn. They have all these signings with great indie artists...and beautiful books.”
Jonathan Levine Gallery - "I’m really interested in the sort of pop surrealist galleries like Jonathan Levine's. To me, this gallery actually shows art that you don’t need an MFA to look at."
Arena Studios “I had a show at Arena Studios, which is this great gallery in SoHo. They do a lot of stuff with the Fetish and BD/SM scene. We had Dr Sketchy’s in the backroom going on and it's always a freaky scene.”
AROUND THE CITY
The Strand - “The Strand bookstore is one of the best ways to waste time. They have so many books and it's fun to just wander around there until one catches your eye.”
Backstage - “I'm friends with tons and tons of comic book artists and they peer pressured me into doing a comic even though I thought it would be way too much work and that the pay wouldn't be worth it. So I got suckered into it and now I love it. I started a web comic called Backstage, which is a tribute to the vaudeville halls of 1904 New York. It's a murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of the city.”
Act-I-Vate - "Act-I-Vate are web publishers that run tons of cool underground and indie comics including my own. It's free and they have a nice collection of work."
League of Extraordinary Gentleman - "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is my favorite comic book in the entire world. I could get lost in those multi-layer references for years and still come back begging for more. I’m also a pretty classic geek girl.”