arts and pop culture | July 18, 2013

Drawing Blood: The Forthcoming Illustrated Memoir By Molly Crabapple

HarperCollins has signed on to publish the new Molly Crabapple illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood. Considering the tumultuous and intriguingly eclectic life the artist has lived, it seems like a project that must have been pretty easy to say "yes" to. After all, the arts and pop culture speaker, illustrator, and author did have a seven day stint in a hell. Figuratively, of course. In her Kickstarter-funded art installation—provocatively titled "Molly Crabapple's week in Hell" —she shut herself into a single room and drew until the bare walls were transformed into 270 square feet of art. Oh, and she live-streamed the entire process on the Internet, too.

She also founded Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at 22; has illustrated for DC Comics; was one of the most prominent illustrators,and arrestees, of the Occupy Movement; is a former pinup model; gives passionate keynotes about making it as an artist on your own terms; and has written for some the world's most recognizable publications with a raw and provocative honesty matched by few of her peers. And that's barely scratching the surface.

In the memoir, Crabapple will provide what's sure to be a candid and bold account of her life. Driven by the ideology of never asking permission, Crabapple is a tour de force in every discipline she tackles. And, through the lens of her most shining accomplishments and fiercest struggles, she will explore the role that art plays in all of our lives.

When hiring a speaker, you often look for someone that is provocative and game-changing, while also relateable to your audience. Crabapple's runaway success is matched only by her ability to resonate with people from all walks of life. She is an advocate for the important part that art plays in our lives, to be sure, but her insight applies to both artists and non-artists alike. Molly Crabapple's keynote presentations act as a requisition to flip convention on its head and forge your own path to success—no matter what industry you're in.

Up Next

innovation | July 17, 2013