Scarlett Takes Manhattan
July 2009 from Fugu Press
Scarlett O'Herring: Dancer, fire-breather, courtesan, and the star of Molly Crabapple's first graphic novel from Fugu Press.
Written by long-time collaborator John Leavitt, "Scarlett" follows the rise of Miss O'Herring from tragedy (her mother crushed by copulating circus elephants) through her grand entrance on the stage (accidental and sans costume) to her triumph as the fire-breathing queen of burlesque. It's a sexy, decadent romp through the slums and palaces of New York's Gilded Age.
Scarlett Takes Manhattan brings to life a character from Molly and John's long-running web comic "Backstage" from the collective Act-i-vate.
As Molly says, "It has Tammany Hall and bad politics and early-lesbian culture in it. And it's very dirty."
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
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, etc.
If we look below Molly Crabapple's exuberant colours and pretty, sensuous linework, at its heart Scarlett Takes Manhattan is pure punk: ebullient, bawdy, irreverent and libertine.
— Bryan Talbot, writer/artist of Grandville
Scarlett Takes Manhattan is erotically charged, funny, imaginative and stylishly antiquarian. It makes me want to climb inside the pages and close the book behind me forever.
— Trav S.D., author of No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book that Made Vaudeville Famous
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 outré 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
- Coilhouse: What Scarlett Wants, Scarlett Gets (July 6, 2009)
- Newsarama.com: Best Shots Extra: Scarlett Takes Manhattan (June 16, 2009)
- Newsarama.com: Review: Scarlett Takes Manhattan (June 11, 2009)
- Newsarama.com: Molly Go Round: Cartoonist Molly Crabapple Breaks the Mold (June 11, 2009)
- Playboy.com: The Blow Up: Belle du Jour: Molly Crabapple (June 2, 2009)
- Inked Magazine: Art & Artiface: A look at low-end showbiz through the work of Molly Crabapple (PDF) (June 2009)
- Flavorwire.com: Exclusive: Molly Crabapple Takes Manhattan (Again and Again) (May 2, 2009)
- CITY Magazine: A Graphic Artist: Whimsical Illustrator Molly Crabapple thinks outside The Box (PDF) (May 2009)
- Publisher's Weekly: Panelmania: Scarlett Takes Manhattan (April 27, 2009)
- The Daily Crosshatch: Interview: Molly Crabapple (April 7, 2009)
- Bizarre Magazine: Scarlett Fever (PDF)
All samples are high-resolution TIFFs in CMYK format, and JPEGs in RGB format. Please use the TIFF versions for print for best color accuracy. To right-click on the links to save them to your desktop.
- Cover: TIFF JPEG
- Sample page: "I was born Shifra Helfgott..." TIFF JPEG
- Sample page: "Gymnastics?" TIFF JPEG
- Sample page: "Money for Real America" TIFF JPEG
- Sample page: "You are truly an exceptional woman, Miss O'Herring." (explicit) TIFF JPEG
The images below are linked to the TIFF versions:
About Molly Crabapple
MOLLY CRABAPPLE (illustrator) is an award-winning artist, author, and the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, a globe-spamming chain of alternative drawing salons. She learned to draw in a Parisian bookstore, and once sketched her way into a Turkish jail. Her art has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics, and on theatrical curtains, parade installations, and flyers littering the city of New York. In her free time, she likes coffee.
About John Leavitt
JOHN LEAVITT (writer) is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and Libra. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in: The New Yorker, The Chronicle Review, The New York Press, The Common Review, The Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy and many other really, really impressive places. He lives in New York City.
About Chris Lowrance
CHRIS LOWRANCE (letterer) is a 24-year-old cartoonist, illustrator and designer living in a house in the woods of North Carolina with his high-school sweetheart, elderly father-in-law, three chickens and five cats. It all sounds very vanilla, doesn't it? Almost... too vanilla....
About Fugu Press
Founded in 2008, FUGU PRESS publishes books and comics for grown-ups. Scarlett Takes Manhattan is their first graphic novel.
For all sales and press inquiries, contact Christophe Pettus, Publisher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 415 252 4343.