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Molly Crabapple, the third artist ever permitted to draw Gitmo prison and court proceedings
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Molly Crabapple

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The author of Scarlett Takes Manhattan and the web comics “Backstage” and “Puppet Makers” might fairly be counted as an unlikely source for a significant information on the current status of the Global War on Terror, but Molly Crabapple is one of the few human beings on earth the U.S. government has granted permission to sketch drawings of the pre-trial hearings of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators as well as the conditions at Guantánamo Bay itself. Crabapple recently returned from a trip to Guantánamo and reported her findings (and drawings) in a VICE article entitled “It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This: Inside the Dark Heart of Guantánamo Bay.”
In an interview, Talking Points Memo’s Catherine Thompson asked Crabapple what single thing she would want the world to know about Guantánamo:

CRABAPPLE: I want them to know that a lot of the people there probably aren’t guilty. I think that’s the most important takeaway from it, that a lot of the people there were people who were sold for bounties that we have no proof that they did anything, and that they’re just stuck there because of politics.

Crabapple MOC gate
Crabapple Barbed Wire
Crabapple Camp X-Ray
Crabapple Nabil
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‘I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half’

I was looking for an image of an old labor movement poster that had the fat cat asking the mouse “You going let that union guy steal your cookie?” which I’ve always thought was the ultimate stick in the eye to working class people who watch Fox News and believe billionaire “job creators” deserve tax cuts, whilst union members and their families—you, know, their actual neighbors and relatives!—should have to make greater sacrifices. Instead of a vintage image, I came across the above illustration, Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt’s “We’re All in This Together,” their contribution to the terrific looking Occupy Comics project (which Alan Moore has just signed on to as well).

Isn’t that just a thing of beauty? It deserves to be a poster/lithograph too. I bet a lot of people would buy them. I certainly would. It’s something that needs to get around. and be seen.

I love the inclusion of the quote from quintessential 19th century “robber baron” Jay Gould, who (in)famously said:

“I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.”

That quote (and Google) in turn led me to stumble across The Punk Patriot, who has been making politically-themed YouTube videos for some time now—that are often quite good—with the aim to promote “life, liberty and the pursuit of a less fucked-up government.” Worthy goals, indeed!

In the clip below, The Punk Patriot takes on the Reichwing echo-chamber. This is a great video to send to that Archie Bunker-ish great uncle of yours who annoyed the shit out of you on Thanksgiving with his Fox News/Dittohead nonsense…

Follow The Punk Patriot on Twitter.

Visit The Punk Patriot’s blog.

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‘Saints and Sinners’: 66 whores, reprobates and scam artists from history

Fantastic portrait series titled “Saints and Sinners” from New York City-based artist—and founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art SchoolMolly Crabapple. Each print is available for $80 over at Molly’s website.


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