GeekWeek: Molly, you have dazzled many with your quirky and sexy Victorian art as well as your sketching workshops. Then, last year, you teamed up with John Leavitt for your first graphic novel, Scarlett Takes Manhattan. What might you tell us about how it all began for you as an artist and what's helped you to persevere? I'm sure it's been quite a journey.
Molly Crabapple: I've been drawing since I was 4 years old. My mother is an illustrator, so I never had the idea that so many people do, that art isn't something you can make a living with. Me and Leavitt have been tight collaborators since college, where we even did an anti-FIT student newspaper. We dropped out on the same day. Persevering has been easy for me because there was never another option besides being an artist. It was this or dying in the gutter. I'm basically unemployable, and it's very lucky that I can draw.
GW: Talk to us about how you got involved with Zuda.
MC: When Zuda was first launching, about three years ago, they got in touch with me to do a comic. While we didn't end up working together, I didn't want to discard the characters me and Leavitt had first pitched them. Over the next few years, we did a webcomic on Act-i-vate and created Scarlett Takes Manhattan. Then, during Comic-Con '09, Kwanza asked us to be involved in Zuda again. Since we always have several varieties of insanity brewing, we leapt at the chance.