Before following someone on Twitter, it was all about the “hard copy.” For twenty years, Stan Mack was the cartoonist at The Village Voice with his popular comic strip, “Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies.”
In 1994, Mack started branching out into the literary world. After dabbling in children’s books, his first major publication was born. Now 18 years later, and after writing and illustrating several books, Mack is ready to re-release that publication.
This selection is entitled Taxes, Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution. In the 1950s, Arthur Miller used the backdrop of McCarthyism as an allegory to write The Crucible about the 17th Century witchhunt.
In the same way, Mack was inspired to explore our country’s founding based on what he saw covering the riots at Tompkins Square Park in the 1980s for The Voice.
“There was something about that experience, watching the clash between the various groups and it kind of just got a little bit out of control,” Mack tells FishbowlNY. “What came out it was the beginning of a study of rights of freedom, starting at the beginning of the country.”