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Stan Mack, Jake Tapper, Jeannette Walls

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

On sale date: June 11, 2024

Sketchbook in hand, Stan Mack haunted the New York City environs, watching, listening, overhearing, and interviewing its inhabitants. He drew a comic strip every week based on what he saw and heard, famously using verbatim dialogue for his graphic dramatizations. A mixture of humor, spontaneity, serendipity, and weirdness, Mack’s comic strip snapshots caught New Yorkers — whether it is an extortionist calligrapher, a baby evading arrest at her first protest, a stroll up Broadway with a ferret, an evening with a male liberationist, or an unlucky-in-love dolphin trainer — being who they are in all their unguarded and uninhibited glory.


"This hefty and hilarious anthology collects more than 300 of Mack's Village Voice strips depicting conversations overheard on the streets of New York. Like a crowded apartment building, the volume's chock-full of stubborn individuality, and the joy and pathos of urban life." — Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Mack's greatest strength is his journalistic, empathetic approach to memorializing the metropolitan zeitgeist." — Kirkus Reviews

"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)


Black and white.
12.4" × 9.3"