Mark Alan Stamaty discusses "MacDoodle St." with Matt Madden

Please join us for an evening with author/artist MARK ALAN STAMATY
who will be in conversation with MATT MADDEN
about the newly re-issued MACDOODLE ST.!

Every week, from 1978–1979, The Village Voice brought a new installment of Mark Alan Stamaty’s uproarious, endlessly inventive strip MacDoodle St. Centering more or less on Malcolm Frazzle, a blocked poet struggling to complete his latest lyric for Dishwasher Monthly, Stamaty’s creation encompassed a dizzying array of characters, stories, jokes, and digressions. One week might feature the ongoing battle between irate businessmen and bearded beatniks for control of a Greenwich Village coffee shop, the next a dastardly plot involving genetically engineered monkeys, or the mysterious visions of a duffle-coated soothsayer on a bus, or even the variable moods and longings of the comic strip itself. . .

And somehow, in the end, it all fits together. MacDoodle St. is more than just a hilarious weekly strip; it is a great comic novel, a thrilling, surprising, unexpectedly moving ode to art, life, and New York City.

This new edition features a brand-new, twenty-page autobiographical comic by Stamaty explaining what happened next and why MacDoodle St. never returned: a unique, funny, and poignant look at the struggles and joys of being an artist.

MARK ALAN STAMATY is an acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator. His children’s books include Who Needs Donuts? (1973, 2003), Alia’s Mission (2005), Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down! (2010), Small in the Saddle (1975), Minnie Maloney & Macaroni (1976), and Where’s My Hippopotamus? (1977). In 1977–1978, Mark’s panoramic centerfold cartoons for the Village Voice of Greenwich Village and Times Square attracted widespread attention and were sold by the Voice as posters; he then created a series of comic strips for that paper, including MacDoodle St. In 1981, he created the acclaimed political comic strip Washingtoon for the Voice and The Washington Post, and it was soon picked up by more than forty papers. From 1994 to 1996, he was the political cartoonist for Time magazine, and from 2001 to 2003, he produced the monthly comic strip Boox for The New York Times Book Review. His cartoons, illustrations, covers, and comics reporting have appeared in The New YorkerHarper’sThe New RepublicNew YorkGQ, and many other magazines and newspapers. His honors include two Gold Medals and two Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators, the Premio Satira Politica Forte dei Marmi 2005 from the Museum of Satire and Caricature in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, a Page One Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York, and the Augustus Saint-Gaudens alumni career award from the Cooper Union. He was born in Brooklyn in 1947, and lives in New York.

MATT MADDEN a cartoonist and teacher, whose book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style  (a comics adaptation of Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style) led to him becoming the U.S. Correspondent of Oubapo, Workshop for Potential Comics, and later a French knight in the Order of Arts and Letters. In addition to his personal work, Madden has written two textbooks with my wife, Jessica Abel (Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics), with whom he also served as series editor of The Best American Comics for six years. Madden also works as a translator from French and Spanish to English. His translation from the French of Aristophane’s The Zabîme Sisters was a YALSA book of the year in 2011 and his translation of Edmond Baudoin’s Piero was published by New York Review Comics in the fall of 2018. He is currently at work on a book-length comic called The Reading Room.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
MacDoodle St. Cover Image
By Mark Alan Stamaty, Mark Alan Stamaty (Afterword by), Jules Feiffer (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681373423
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review Comics - April 2nd, 2019

Who Needs Donuts? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375825507
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 23rd, 2003

Piero Cover Image
By Edmond Baudoin, Matt Madden (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681372969
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review Comics - November 6th, 2018