Desert Wind limited edition print by Molly Crabapple
just look at what the beautiful Molly Crabapple
created for Neverwear...
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 limited edition print illustrating Neil’s dark mirage of a tale DESERT WIND.
I did a mini-interview of 9 questions with the luminous Miss Crabapple when the print came out...
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 WINDS?
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. any 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...
thanks Molly, Neil & Nicola for adding more beauty to the planet.