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Artist of The Raindrop Keeper

by Richard Vasseur - (Posted: 9/2/2007)

Molly Crabapple

Richard: How did you start illustrating?

Molly: I've been drawing ever since I was little. My first drawings were bribes to keep the popular girls from hitting me.

Richard: Why do you enjoy drawing children’s books?

Molly: Children's books are some of the last picture books our society produces. I wish there was a market for luxuriously illustrated books for adults (beyond the graphic novel one, of course), but there isn't, so I do kids books.

Richard: Can you tell us about the two children's books you have illustrated?

Molly: I'm the house illustrator for Umbrelly Press. I get to do whimsical Victoriana, with a wee bit of venom thrown in. My two books are Once Upon a Christmas Tree and The Raindrop Keeper.

Richard: How do you draw a raindrop?

Molly: Heavy and viscous.

Richard: How do you show the emotion of love between two Christmas ornaments?

Molly: They make eyes at each other. I tried to have my wee wooden soldier giving a very sophisticated pickup artist look.

Richard: What is "Dr. Sketchy's Rainy Day Colouring Book"?

Molly: It's my first book, written with college drinking buddy John Leavitt. Envisioned as the official companion volume of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, it's chock full of history, drinking games, dirty paper dolls and ways to rule the world. Buy a copy at

Richard: What is Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school?

Molly: An international chain of burlesque life drawing classes that I started two years ago. It was supposed to be a fun side hobby but ended up taking over my life.

Richard: How has been a burlesque dancer helped you in illustrating?

Molly: I know all the best models.

Richard: While working for DC Comics what did you create for them?

Molly: I have a comic up for consideration with Zuda, their new web comic imprint. As of press time, they haven't let any of the artists know who got in, though the powers that be say they like it. I've got my fingers crossed. It's a hilarious noir murder-mystery, set in the cabarets of old New York.

Richard: You enjoy drawing Victorian images how would you describe these?

Molly: Sexy, cruel, hyper-detailed and bizarre.

Richard: How did drawing land you in a Turkish jail?

Molly: Ask the cops. They said they thought I was a spy, but I think they just wanted to talk to an American girl.

Richard: What does the future hold for you career wise?

Molly: I hope to sell the book proposal that I've spent the last six months polishing. It's called How Not to Be a Starving Artist, and would let me bug all my favorite artists for interviews, be they starving or otherwise.

Richard: How can someone contact you?

Molly: .

Richard: Any final words of wisdom?

Molly: If you couple a healthy disregard for "reality" with an inquiring nature into how things get done, then work really hard, you can accomplish anything you might desire.

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