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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Fugu Press (July 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982340907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982340905
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Molly Crabapple is THE artist of our time. I am desperately in love with her vision, her world, her characters, her art--and I want to live there! --Margaret Cho

What can a pair of retro-eyed hipsters do with our long-hidden, nasty, turn-of-the-century world of popular entertainment and its wondrously depraved political environs? Well, they could have concocted some limp-legged fantasy novel with Dickensian touches and 19th-century slang. But that s not what Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt s approach: they have created an outre graphic novel series about a saucy waif vamping her way through the stagedoors of the Big City vaudeville scene. Their Scarlett Takes Manhattan nods knowingly to the phantasmagoria and transsexualities of The Yellow Kid, Winsor McCay, Little Anny Fanny, and R. Crumb. It is an erotic and historical visual hoot. We can only hope that their twisted storytelling and nipple-bearing characters continue to appear in print form. Get it before the cartoon censors lower the curtain on their orgasmic heroine or it manifests itself in Off-Off-Off Broadway production. --Mel Gordon, author of VOLUPTUOUS PANIC: THE EROTIC WORLD OF WEIMAR BERLIN

With its tongue in several cheeks at once, SCARLETT overheats the Victorian erotic memoir into a madly funny firepit of debauchery. Disgustingly wonderful. --Warren Ellis, author of CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, TRANSMETROPOLITAN

What can a pair of retro-eyed hipsters do with our long-hidden, nasty, turn-of-the-century world of popular entertainment and its wondrously depraved political environs? Well, they could have concocted some limp-legged fantasy novel with Dickensian touches and 19th-century slang. But that s not what Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt s approach: they have created an outre graphic novel series about a saucy waif vamping her way through the stagedoors of the Big City vaudeville scene. Their Scarlett Takes Manhattan nods knowingly to the phantasmagoria and transsexualities of The Yellow Kid, Winsor McCay, Little Anny Fanny, and R. Crumb. It is an erotic and historical visual hoot. We can only hope that their twisted storytelling and nipple-bearing characters continue to appear in print form. Get it before the cartoon censors lower the curtain on their orgasmic heroine or it manifests itself in Off-Off-Off Broadway production. --Mel Gordon, author of VOLUPTUOUS PANIC: THE EROTIC WORLD OF WEIMAR BERLIN

With its tongue in several cheeks at once, SCARLETT overheats the Victorian erotic memoir into a madly funny firepit of debauchery. Disgustingly wonderful. --Warren Ellis, author of CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, TRANSMETROPOLITAN

About the Author

Molly Crabapple is an award-winning artist, author, and the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Molly learned to draw in a Parisian bookstore. She later drew her way through Morocco and Kurdistan, and once into a Turkish jail. She's developed her trademark Victorian style based a fascination with ambition and artifice. Remember, the devil's in the details Molly's drawn for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics the Bloomberg Corporation and Playgirl, and illustrated eight books. She's also turned her talents to 30-foot theatrical backdrops, children's books, parade installations, burlesque posters, critically acclaimed webcomics, pornographic comic books, art writing, and gallery shows around the world. She's the resident Toulouse Lautrec of The Box, one of New York's most exclusive nightclubs. In her free time, Molly created Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, the world's largest chain of alternative life drawing classes, with nearly 70 branches in 5 continents . Dr. Sketchy's has spawned a book, calendar, jewelry line, US and European tours, an internet radio show, series of comedic YouTube shorts, and show at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Molly and her projects have been covered in: The New York Times, The LA Times, The New York Post, Time Out London, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, La Repubblica, BUST, HEEB, Venus, HOW Design, Bizarre Magazine, Juxtapoz.com, Suicidegirls, Playboy.com, BoingBoing, The Scotsman, The National Post, The Houston Chronicle, SF Chronicle, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, BBC Radio, AP Wire, NPR, The Channel 11 Morning News, Publishers Weekly, Fleshbot, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world. In 2008 she was recognized in the HEEB 100. The New York Times has called her a "downtown phenomenon." Molly is 25 years old and lives in Brooklyn. In her free time, she likes coffee.

More About the Author

Molly Crabapple's hyper-detailed compositions are something akin to a Where's Waldo diptych--on a 7-day bender. If Dr. Seuss backtracked through the time-space continuum and commissioned Toulouse-Lautrec to reimagine his storybooks, the resulting mayhem would approximate Crabapple's spiraling scenes of sex, ambition and artifice.

From her auto-didactical beginnings in a Parisian bookstore--where she cultivated her signature aesthetic by copying pages from A Tart's Progress--Molly sketched her way through Morocco and Kurdistan...and once into a Turkish jail.

Spurred by a desire to de-sterilize the buttoned-up art school scene, Molly founded Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, a celebratory mash-up of cabaret and live drawing. Now in its 6th year--with branches in over a hundred cities--Dr. Sketchy's global trajectory continues to accelerate. Molly's brand of off-grid entrepreneurship caught the attention of major media outlets, securing cover stories and featured profiles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Playboy, AP Wire, NPR, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world.

No stranger to nightlife (or notoriety), Molly collaborates with avant-garde performers and underground theatrical venues across the globe, occupying the enviable post of House Artist for The Box, one of the world's most infamous nightclubs. Her latest contribution to The Box--a 90-foot mural for the club's London branch--required a painstaking application of graffiti, sandpaper, and splattered burnt sienna paint, on surfaces ranging from enamel tiles to raw linen.

Molly's first graphic novel, the steampunk saga Puppet Makers, was released electronically by DC Comics in 2011, and her forthcoming Straw House will be issued by First Second Books in 2013. With close-woven ties to comic book sub-culture, it comes as no surprise that Crabapple's celebrity fans include Hugo Award-winning graphic novelist Neil Gaiman--as well as musician Moby and comedian Margaret Cho.

At 28, the New York City-based artist has spoken to throngs of admirers at the Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and heavyweight galleries and universities from Helsinki to Sao Paulo. Her client roster includes The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Red Bull, Marvel Comics, and a few less-respectable patrons.

Molly adores absinthe, circus performers, leather-bound books and crowquill pens. She is deeply entrenched in plots of world domination, but will (temporarily) set aside her stratagems for commissioned projects...and impromptu trips to Paris.

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The artwork is so lush and beautiful and the story is ribald and fun.
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My only wish is that there were more pages...sequel?!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Flanders on May 2, 2010
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Love Molly Crabapple, love sketch-a-thon, had really wanted to love this book but I couldn't. Having seen lots of Molly's previous art work I had high hopes for Scarlett Takes Manhatten. It's small, A4 and less than 50 pages. The quality of drawing on the cover is not reflected in the inner pages. It has got the feel of slightly rushed comic, which if it was a weekly strip would be fine but, for a graphic novel it's not great. The world of comic art has moved on from the early days of a very regimented series of boxes to use the page in a more dynamic way and this book hasns't moved at all. The story could be written on the back of a beer mat, it is trying to be a Moll Flanders, a historical romp with context and interesting titbits but it isn't interesting, broad or challenging. The memoirs of a whore/burlesque performer/impresario should be wonderful material and perhaps if the book was longer they might have been able to do it justic. I will be keeping an eyeout for more Molly Crabapple projects because I think she is great, this book however is a bit of a disappointment
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate Black on July 10, 2009
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Molly Crabapple's first graphic novel is packed full of curvaceous drawings and velvet-gloved depravity.

This is the tale of a Jewish orphan girl who graduates from a servant's life of drudgery to become the belle dame of The Lotus, a vaudeville theatre that Weimar could've taken a few notes from. Her gender-bending Dandy boyfriend teaches her to eat fire, and bite the hand that feeds her -- so long as it's attached to a two-faced moralist politician.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lily Jackson on July 16, 2009
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Filled with lovingly crafted illustrations in vibrant reds and oranges (like the colors of the heroine's flaming hair), moody blues and blacks. Scarlett gives us a taste of old New York and its seamy gilded underbelly. My only wish is that there were more pages...sequel?!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kasper Jeppe Jeppesen on July 15, 2009
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Sex, politics, booze, more sex, fire eating and a lustful elefant poured straight into your eyes through Molly Crabapples beautiful artwork.

This graphic novel will send you straight back to the garage to finish up that time machine you started building when duran duran announced their breakup, just so you can go back to the times of Scarlett O'Herring and get a glimpse for yourself!

Even if you aren't into comics and graphic novels, this book is worth its price just for the chance to get a closer look at Molly Crabapples artwork. Every single frame is a beautiful little piece on its own!
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By steveph33 on April 30, 2012
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I ordered this book from the US, as I love Molly Crabapple's illustrations. Some of the other reviews complain that it's too short, but I enjoyed it immensely, and found the story surprising sweet (I was expecting the risqué parts!
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