Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Dr. Sketchy's in the News (God, aren't you just sick of it already?)

More new, awesome features of Dr. Sketchy's Official Rainy Day Colouring Book. This time on Venus Zine (one of my favorite magazines) and on (a fantastic body art site).

If you're like me, you are just sick of hearing about all this media attention Molly has gotten. No one likes hearing about how popular other people are. Friends keep congratulating me on all of the coverage, like I had something to do with it.


All of this amazing coverage is the result of Molly busting her butt -- emailing and calling every editor, writer, and blogger she can -- to get her book featured or reviewed. She deserves all the credit. The only smart thing I did was sign her up for a book deal.

This is instructive for both authors and publishers. Success in the future of book publishing (especially for what the industry calls "midlist") is going to rely heavily on the author's ability to self-promote.

The reasons for this are many, and not entirely (or even mostly) the publisher's fault. A lot of this has to do with our current level of media over-load, and our personality-obsessed culture -- neither of which publishers can control (so stop blaming them for everything!).

Publishers would be smart (when dealing with midlist authors and small print-run books in the future) to reconsider their level of internal spending on marketing versus the small amount of financial support that could help the author build his or her own empire. These could be small things, like helping them build a simple website, printing postcards or stickers they can hand out everywhere they go, splitting costs on local tours.

We can't top-down publish every book.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Dr. Sketchy's on BoingBoing

BoingBoing just posted a write-up on Dr. Sketchy's. And within minutes of that post, we sold a book. Thanks, BoingBoing! (the check is in the mail)

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Dr. Sketchy's in San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle just ran this excellent coverage of Molly's event at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco on March 31, 2007. The story was also picked up by Shelf Awareness.

In the back room of the Modern Times Bookstore in the Mission -- a locale that looks more like a Sunday school classroom than a venue for erotic entertainment -- a curvaceous dancer blithely stripped down to pasties and panties while a crowd of onlookers furiously sketched her every wriggling detail.

The two women who took the stage, or rather the red-tiled floor, on March 31 were part of the neo-burlesque movement -- a campy revival that harks back to the vaudevillian striptease acts of the turn of the 20th century. (continue reading...)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Dr. Sketchy's Goes West

Having taken the East Coast by storm, Molly Crabapple and Dr. Sketchy's headed west this past week for appearances in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Molly and Dr. Sketchy's were covered by the SF Chronicle, the SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, the Phoenix New Times, Frontiers, LA City Beat, and on Pirate Cat Radio in SF, and Aural Salvation on MusicPlus TV in LA!

East Coast media was good to Molly as well, with reviews and features in the Baltimore City Paper, the Raleigh-Durham News & Observer, Richmond's Style Weekly , and comics blog Broken Frontier.

And much
like Dr. Sketchy's itself, this video from Jigsaw Comics in Durham NC is both strange and awesome. Check it out:

West Coast Dates



March 24th Phoenix, AZ
Book-signing at Perihelion Arts
with the brilliant Liz McGrath 1500 NW Grand Avenue (at 15th Avenue)
March 25th Phoenix, AZ
Molly hosts Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School PHX
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave
7-10 pm
March 28th Los Angeles, CA
Book-signing and mini Dr. Sketchy's at
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd
7-10 pm
with gorgeous fetish model Zoetica Ebb
March 31, 2007
San Fransisco, CA
Book signing and mini-Dr. Sketchy's at
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street
with burlesque queen Sparkly Devil and free booze and cupcakes
3-5 pm
April 1st San Fransisco, CA
Molly hosts Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Barbary Coast
The Stud
399-9th St @ Harrison
4-7 pm

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