Molly Crabapple is an award-winning artist, author, and creator of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. Her first book, Dr. Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book, was released by Sepulculture Publishing in 2006. She has illustrated for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Playgirl, as well as two children’s books for Umbrelly Press. She is the creator, with writer John Leavitt, of the online comic strip Backstage, and their graphic novel, Scarlett Takes Manhattan, was published by Fugu Press in 2009. Her paintings hang in galleries across the country, including the Coney Island Museum and the Museum of American Illustration.

Molly has worked as an art model, and has danced burlesque and eaten fire in bars in New York, New Jersey and Boston. Disappointed by the dull life drawing classes she’d posed for, Molly in 2005 founded Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. She built Dr. Sketchy’s on the principles of fair pay for models and boozy fun for all. Artists draw burlesque dancers, compete in contests, and win prizes. Dr. Sketchy’s is now an 80+ city chain of alternative drawing salons, including locations in Hollywood, London, Edinburgh, Rome, Toronto, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

Called a “Downtown phenomenon” by The New York Times and “THE artist of our time” by  comedienne Margaret Cho, Molly’s work “explores the intersections of artifice and ambition with a Victorian inspired pen”. You can see more of her art at

Molly’s first adaptation for GC, “The Rival Prima Donnas” appears in:

Graphic Classics: Lousa May Alcott
144 pages,
color, $15





from The Rival Prima Donnas, illustration ©2009 Molly Crabapple
from The Rival Prima Donnas, illustration ©2009 Molly Crabapple