Molly Schafer is an artist and cartoonist who gets her inspiration from the natural world. Whether wading in creeks, walking through woods or bug-hunting with kids Schafer delights in the gross and humorous aspects of nature like brain-eating mantises, sandy beaches made out of fish poop, and butterflies’ less beautiful habits.
Schafer seeks to share her curiosity and enthusiasm for animals through her work. She hopes that getting people to laugh at their relationships with nature (humans' unreasonable fear of bats, for instance) will also inspire them to care about and protect wild creatures.
She is the co-founder The Endangered Species Print Project which raised over $15,000 for wildlife conservation. Her art has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the U.S. including The Indianapolis Contemporary and The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago). She created illustrations for the first Endangered Species Condom Project which was profiled in The New York Times, featured on a billboard in Times Square, and won two Addy Awards. Publications that include her work are City Creatures (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Orion magazine (Winter 2017) and Prickly Pear Kids magazine (expected publication date 2019). She has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Schafer hand-raises monarch butterflies in Delaware where she lives with her husband, son, and curly-tailed cat.