Molly Crabapple was born Jennifer Caban in Far Rockaway, New York. She began her art career doing covers for the pornographic newspaper Screw. She has since illustrated for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Playgirl. She was at one time a regular contributor to Coagula Art Journal. She has also worked on a number of comics (often with writer John Leavitt), creating the graphic novel 'Scarlett Takes Manhattan', drawing stories for two Marvel anthologies ('Strange Tales' vol. 2 and 'Girl Comics' vol. 2), as well as providing art for the webcomics 'Backstage at Act-i-vate' and 'Puppet Makers at Zuda'. Drawing on past experience as an artist's model, Crabapple founded Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School in Brooklyn in 2005.