Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies: The Collected Conceits, Delusions, and Hijinks of New Yorkers from 1974 to 1995

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About the Author

Stan Mack pioneered a documentary style of cartooning with his notorious New York comic strip Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies, which ran in The Village Voice. His Stan Mack's Out-takes for Adweek magazine and Stan Mack's RealMAD for the online publication Mediapost covered the world of media. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, was a graphics specialist in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and is a former art director of the New York Herald Tribune's Book Week, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and The New York Times Book Review.

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than eight years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.
Jake Tapper is an anchor and correspondent for CNN. He's contributed to Emmy-Award winning journalism and is also a New York Times bestselling author.


Stan Mack's brilliant, hilarious cartoons are about one of the greatest joys of living in a city: eavesdropping on one's fellow humans as they innocently go about their business and say the things they say. His drawings are sharp, but never mean. It's what we sound like! All the world's a stage, and for a cartoonist, it's all material.--Roz Chast
Having been the primary and incidental subject of a few of Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies, I applaud his genius for finding the wit in any situation, including those where the humor was not so obvious.--Steven Heller
Back in the day, Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies was a weekly treat that became addictive to many readers, including Voice writers like me. We couldn't turn away from the words and images so innocently set down by the wandering artist as he overheard New Yorkers blurting out the social, political, sexual, and status anxieties of a generation. Indelibly candid, funny, startling, and occasionally even profound, these vignettes depict a magical lost metropolis that forever shaped our culture.--Joe Conason (journalist, author, and former Village Voice staff writer)
How great to discover that I got in on the Stan Mack ground floor -- he was only two years into his 21-year tenure at the Village Voice when I, age 21, arrived in New York and became a weekly Village Voice reader, happily gobbling up every installment of Real Life Funnies. The strip's singular comedy-reality hybrid depicted and defined the city of my youth, shaping my sensibility then, still amusing and charming me now.--Kurt Andersen
Thank goodness we have Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies to remind us that New York was once a wild, weird, creative place filled with people who always had something interesting to say. And thank goodness Stan Mack was around to hear them say it.--Jeremiah Moss (author of Feral City and Vanishing New York)
Mack's greatest strength is his journalistic, empathetic approach to memorializing the metropolitan zeitgeist.-- "Kirkus Reviews"