Molly Crabapple's 'Unwanted Carnival' Acquired By First Second Books

"Unwanted Carnival", the latest graphic novel project by Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, has been acquired by First Second Books, the award-winning graphic novel division of Macmillan. Crabapple and Leavitt are the co-creators of "Scarlett Takes Manhattan" (Fugu Press), "Puppet Makers" (DC Digital), and "The Dr. Sketchy's Official Rainy Day Colouring Book".

Crabapple -- who has illustrated for Marvel Comics, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journalin addition to creating Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art Show -- told MTV Geek that she was ecstatic about the sale of "Unwanted Carnival" --

"When I found out I got the book deal from First Second, I was drinking scotch in the Groucho Club in London. I did a little glee dance, and bought more scotch for friends, because, goddamn, First Second...To see that it sold, to a publisher that put out the first comic ever to be a finalist for a National Book award, that published beautifully done books I deeply admired -- well, there was squeeing to be had!"

Described as "American Gods" meets "Geek Love," "Unwanted Carnival" is the story of a traveling circus populated by immortal outcasts. When the carnival sets up in a mid-century rust belt town, a struggle breaks out for control, leading to violent collisions with myth, rock-and-roll, and gang of hillbilly angels.

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