Sketchycon ’09 in NYC photos

Photo by happykatie (Katie Laird, Dr. Sketchy's Houston): Amber Ray and Gal Friday, The Slipper Room, April 25, 2009
So Alexis and I went to the first ever world-wide Dr. Sketchy’s convention this past weekend for the folks who run the various Dr. Sketchy’s branches. If you attended Monday’s session, you saw Alexis’s hangover and heard the CD made by Joe Wos (the director of Dr. Sketchy’s Pittsburgh and the Toonseum) – both of which were gotten at the convention.
The convention was a great deal of fun and VERY taxing on our livers (thank you, Molly!). Besides copious amounts of alcohol and bar hopping, there were a bunch of seminars filled with a ton of new ideas that we’re going to start implementing over the next couple of weeks and months.

Anyways, a bunch of folks took some really good photos and I thought you might be interested in seeing a couple.

The first night was a Dr. Sketchy’s drawing session for all the folks who run Dr. Sketchy’s but never actually get to DRAW at one. I’d be amazed if you’ve ever seen me pick up a pencil at one of our own sessions. Alexis is able to sneak a sketch in every now and then, but for the most part, it just doesn’t work too well, so this was pretty fun.

Photo by happykatie (Katie Laird)
Photo by happykatie (Katie Laird, Houston): Molly Crabapple, Gal Friday, Amber Ray, John Leavitt, The Slipper Room, April 25, 2009
Hey look, it’s me….I don’t think I’m drawing though. Probably flipping through the gift bag or something. Alexis up front drawing where she can get a better look (I moved up there a little later when another chair opened up).
Photo by happykatie
Photo by happykatie (Katie Laird, Houston)

I have no idea what was going on in this next one…Molly and John obviously up to no good…

Photo by dmwah (Mathew Hohfeld), Molly Crabapple, John Leavitt, Amber Ray
Photo by dmwah (Mathew Hohfeld), Molly Crabapple, John Leavitt, Amber Ray

One of the drawing contests was conducted on Johnny Dallas’s front and back….apparently it took forever to scrub this stuff off the next morning.

Photo by happykatie (Katie Laird), Johnny Dallas
Photo by happykatie (Katie Laird, Houston): Johnny Dallas

Afterward, we went to a secret, secret after party at Sutra, a little bar covered with illustrations from the Karma Sutra (though you couldn’t really see them in the dark). All this is somewhat a haze…

Photo by Georgiana Elias
Photo by Georgiana Elias (Montreal)
And no, I have no idea what we were laughing about.
Photo by Georgiana Elias
Photo by Georgiana Elias (Montreal)

The next is the “Oh my God, who’s that making out over there??!!” photo.

Photo by Georgiana Elias
Photo by Georgiana Elias (Montreal)

The next day was a screening of the Dr. Sketchy’s documentary, which will get shown in Baltimore at some point (it’s freaking hysterical), tons of skillshare seminars, screwdrivers, and some amazing cupcakes from Glittle Cupcakes.

Photo by happykatie (Katie Laird, Houston)

Tell me that isn’t the most amazing loft ever. 🙂 Here’s Molly during the presentations.

Photo by dmwah (Matthew Hohfeld)
Photo by dmwah (Matthew Hohfeld, San Diego): Molly Crabapple with a bunch of people
Photo by Georgiana Elias
Photo by Georgiana Elias (Montreal)

Well, that’s probably enough photos. If you want to see more, check out the flickr pool.

Thanks so much to Molly Crabapple, our fearless leader, for putting this all together, and thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome . . . if I start listing names, I’m literally going to have to list EVERYONE. We had a great time and have so many ideas now we’re not quite sure what to do with all of them. 🙂

Photo by Eli from Dr. Sketchy's Denver

Scarlett Takes Manhattan

This summer, Fugu Press is releasing Scarlett Takes Manhattan, a tale of love and corruption in the 1880’s vaudeville world, illustrated by Molly Crabapple (who founded Dr. Sketchy’s) and written by John Leavitt (who helps run Dr.S).  You can find more details at

Some big guns like it…

“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.

You pretty much can’t get better accolades than that.