Mark Alan Stamaty is a Society of Illustrators four-time medalist, and the author-illustrator of ten books, including Who Needs Donuts? (1973, 2003), Alia’s Mission (2005), and Shake, Rattle & Turn that Noise Down!: How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me and Mom (2010). He is also widely known for his incredible work as a cultural and political cartoonist. Stamaty’s panoramic centerfold cartoons of Greenwich Village and Times Square, which appeared in the Village Voice in 1977 and 1978, were reproduced as iconic posters and led to a series of comic strips for the Voice, including MacDoodle St., which was later published as a comic strip novel. In 1981, Stamaty was tapped by the Washington Post to create the comic strip Washingtoon for the op-ed page, which was subsequently picked up by more than forty papers. He was the political cartoonist for TIME magazine from 1994–1996, and from 2001–2003 he wrote the monthly comic strip Boox for the New York Times Book Review. Beyond recurring strips, Stamaty has also created covers for the New Yorker, The New Republic, and many others. His music-related New York street scenes have graced the cover of Will Hermes’s book Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, and most recently, the walls of the new Sonos store on Greene Street in New York City, where we had a chance to discuss his life and work.
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