Mark Alan Stamaty

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Mark Alan Stamaty
Brooklyn, New York

Mark Alan Stamaty is an American cartoonist and children's writer and illustrator. During the 1980s and 1990s, Stamaty's work appeared regularly in the Village Voice.[1] He is the creator of the long-running comic strip Washingtoon – on which a short-lived (12-episode) 1985 Showtime Network television series was based[2] – as well as the earlier comic strip MacDoodle Street, and the online strip Doodlennium for Slate magazine[3]He is also a spot illustrator for Slate.[1] He produced a monthly comic strip in the New York Times Book Review called "Boox" in 2001–2004 that made fun of publishing trends.[4]

Stamaty has published several books, including collections of his strips and graphic novels for children, notably Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq (2004)[5] and the cult classic Who Needs Donuts? (originally published in 1973 and reprinted by Random House in 2003)[6]

In 2012, Jeffrey Brown told USA Today about how Stamaty's Small in the Saddle had influenced his own career and about subsequently meeting the author.[7]

Stamaty was commissioned to provide an illustration for the interior of retailer Sonos's new store in New York City's SoHo district, which opened in July 2016.[8]

His late father, Stanley Stamaty, was a professional gag cartoonist, and his mother, Clara Gee Stamaty, is a commercial illustrator and fine artist. Stanley and Clara both attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Slate - Who We Are". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  2. ^ "Washingtoon, TV Series (1985-)". Archived from the original on February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Doodlennium". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on November 8, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bio of Mark Alan Stamaty". Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Iraqi Librarian Becomes Cultural Hero in 2 Children's Books". The New York Times. March 17, 2005.
  6. ^ "Who Needs Donuts? Hardcover – September 23, 2003". Amazon. Archived from the original on September 11, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Smith, Zack (30 October 2012). "Cartoonist talks about his favorite children's book". USA Today. McLean, Virginia. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  8. ^ Abrams, Melanie (11 November 2016). "Have Some Art With Your Handbag". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  9. ^ Jill Huber (February 3, 2009). "Fountain of youth: Nonagenarian artist prepares exhibit at the JCC". New Jersey Jewish News. Archived from the original on September 20, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

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