Ashley Neuhaus 11-APR-2012 Molly Crabapple is at it again. Or has she ever really stopped? Bringing more beautiful art into the world, IDW Publishing has produced her new book, THE ART OF MOLLY CRABAPPLE VOLUME ONE: WEEK IN HELL. On the (successful) Kickstarter campaign page for this project Molly said she was “interested in what happens when an artist leaves their studio, their cliches, and their comfort zone and draws beyond the limits of their endurance.”
With walls covered by paper, Molly set out on a mission to cover it all with her art. She would draw portraits of her visitors and it’s all documented by Brooklyn-based photographer Steve Prue. This book doesn’t just give you a straightforward view of the finished product. In the book, a 360 view is presented so you can actually feel like you’re inside Molly’s head which is complete with beautiful girls and crazy creatures including squidbeasts!
Molly was such a sweetheart and agreed to answer a few questions I had for her.
AN: Will there be a volume two of your art? If so, do you have a title for it already? ‘Week in Hell’ is pretty awesome and might be hard to top.
MC: Yep! IDW is doing three volumes of my artwork. The next two are Devil in the Details, and Saints and Sinners.
MC: Oh yes.
MC: Kinda. I do believe the initial idea was mine, but he refined it and put me up to it. He might debate this.
MC: I’m working on Shell Game, a series of nine giant paintings about the financial collapse, and STRAW HOUSE with John Leavitt, a graphic novel about a magic carnival.
MC: A major comics company signed me to do my dream project, then folded the imprint, leaving me unable to do anything with the project for five years. It was a brutal, depressing lesson in being skeptical of contracts. Advice for people looking to break in? Be opportunistic, don’t think of yourself solely in the context of comics, and do creator owned work.
MC: Hyper detailed Boschian hellscapes.
MC: I went to a terrible art school that I dropped out of, because I couldn’t afford to go to a good art school. I’m skeptical of college when it’s not either for something like engineering or medicine, or an intellectually elite Ivy education. Art school in particular is an attempt to academicize a trade.
MC: Caffeine, dashing journalists, sarcasm, underground performers.
MC: Books on tape, usually. Been on an Orwell binge.
MC: Not to view everything made for teenagers as beneath my contempt.