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Stan Mack has made a career of documenting the contradictions and small comedies that occur at the intersection of politics and everyday life. —Akiko Busch

With Bowie knife precision, [Mack] slices through the crap and turns banter into witty strips. —Steven Heller

Stan is one of the founding fathers of contemporary cartoon reportage. —Michael Dooley

Stan Mack pioneered a documentary style of cartooning with his legendary New York comic strip “Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies,” which ran in The Village Voice. A giant collection of those strips, Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies: The Collected Conceits, Delusions, and Hijinks of New Yorkers from 1974 to 1995, will be published by Fantagraphics in June 2024 and is available for pre-order now.


Mack's other long-running comic strips include "Mule's Diner" for National Lampoon, “Stan Mack’s Out-takes” (Adweek) and “Stan Mack’s RealMAD” ( He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a former art director of the New York Herald Tribune’s Book Week, The New York Times Book Review, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

He’s written and/or illustrated a number of books including:


For adults: The Story of the Jews: A 4,000 Year Adventure; Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution; Janet & Me: An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss.


For young people: The Pickpocket, the Spy, and the Lobsterbacks; Our Fight, Our Time; Hard Time; For Better, For Worse; Heartbreak and Roses.


For children: The Runaway Road; Where’s My Cheese; Ten Bears in My Bed; One Dancing Drum; The Brownstone; Potato Talk.

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