Thursday, April 1, 2010


just look at what the beautiful Molly Crabapple
created for Neverwear...(click on image to enlarge)

Molly worked in tandem with Nicola Black Design, L.L.C who set the glorious text and design of the piece...

This is a 10" x 21" full-color bleed print illustrating Neil’s dark mirage of a tale DESERT WIND.
You can pre-order it tomorrow, Friday April 2, 2010 at 4 pm PST where, for a full twenty-four hours, it will be priced at $28.00 instead of the $38.00 that it will retail for.

$5.00 from each print will go to the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND.
We love the CBLDF, those good guys fighting on the front lines for our First Amendment rights...

They will be in Chicago at C2E2 over the weekend of April 16-18th, 2010 (I will be there working at the CBLDF booth)

I did a mini-interview of 9 questions with the luminous Miss Crabapple the other day...

Molly Crabapple

1. what inspired you to work with Neil Gaiman?

Neil has been one of my favorite authors since, as a seven year old, the rebellious goth girl at camp showed me issues of the Sandman. When he twittered me asking me to do a poem poster with him, I did an embarrassing glee-dance of joy

2. why did you chose to illustrate DESERT WIND?

When I was in college, I was torn between wanting to study art and do a Middle Eastern studies degree. I taught myself Turkish and blew my money on night classes in Arabic, snuck into Moroccan mosques and hitched rides with war photographers in Kurdistan. Desert Wind appealed straight up to my Orientalist fetish.

3. did any work in your past direct you to the style of DW?

My work is usually all snarky and bulbous and detailed. This poem poster keeps the detailed part, but goes in a direction of wonderment, of djinn and night hallucinations, that I've never probed before. Neil's art direction was invaluable- the tent city would have been way less fantastical if it wasn't for his pointing me to some delicious Beduin draperies.

4. did anything lucky happen during the making of DW?

My life is pretty blessed by the Goddess Fortuna, so I couldn't tell if any luck was poster-related.

5. what upcoming project are you especially excited about?

Me and long-time co-conspirator John Leavitt are launching our dream project, the rococo murder mystery The Puppet Makers, on DC's Zuda imprint in May

6. if you could meet any of Neil's fictional characters,
who would you like to have a conversation with?

Wanda, from A Game of You.

7. who would play you in the movie version of your life?

Oh man... I don't even know if I have a celebrity counterpart. Someone short and dark I guess?

8. will you be at C2E2 in Chicago in a couple weeks? any other future appearances?

Every other week, New Yorkers can meet me at Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, the alt. drawing class I run at The Slipper Room. I'll also be suffering at San Diego Comic Con with my Zuda crew.

9. Cat, you should have asked me this: (fill in the blank)

You and me should drink absinthe and smoke hookah like proper grown-up goth girls...

(Molly photo by Lauren Goldberg)
dress by modcloth
So order tomorrow to keep ten of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket.
It will go up live HERE 4 pm PST on Friday, April 2nd, 2010.

thanks Molly, Neil & Nicola for adding more beauty to the planet.


LincolnBlog said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

Its amazing. So its already April 2 here (in Australia) now, guess I 'll check Neverwear to try buy it in another 16 hours.....

vampi said...

4pm! hmm i think i have a meeting then. fingers crossed for no #neilwebfail webhosting nightmares tomorrow.

this poster looks freaking amazing, i can't wait to see it

spacedlaw said...

It is a beautiful collective work piece. Really amazing.

daria said...

a very beautiful illustration! can't stop looking at it)