edited by Monte Beauchamp
comics by Drew Friedman, Dan Zettwoch, Mark Alan Stamaty, et al
It's hard to gauge what's in store when you first espy a copy of Masterful Marks, so we're going to let you know that, while in the world of comics you often can judge a book by it's cover, this is one of those books that fits the old adage, as between its staid and stolid coversis a riot of colorful comics homages to the giants of comics, by a great assemblage of currently working cartoonists. Among the pieces you will find here are Mark Alan Stamaty on Jack Kirby, Beauchamp and Ryan Heshka on Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, Dan Zettwoch on Tezuka Osamu, Denis Kitchen on Dr. Seuss (and yes, for those of you who don't know, he started out doing comics), Peter Kuper on Harvey Kurtzman, and Drew Friedman turns in what may be the best comics work of his career with "R. Crumb & Me." And there's plenty more. While we would take issue with Beauchamp's decision to include comics-packagers/promoters like Walt Disney and Hugh Hefner in the collection, presumably for commercial reasons, given their greater name recognition with the general public, we're not going to let it detract from our enjoyment of the bulk of the book. So, make sure to pry open this one when you see it, and take a look.
It's been almost 40 years, but worth the wait. Mark Alan Stamaty's legendary, Village Voice strip, MacDoodle St. is back! The looooong out of print (paperback only) collection has now been reissued by New York Review Comics in a spiffy hardcover edition that includes seven installations of the precursor strip, "Garble Dee Goo" along with an all new, 18 page addendum, to boot!
Mark Alan Stamaty's comics evince a distractibility that borders on anarchy and leads to mayhem and even chaos, yes, but attention deficit, no! Stamaty focuses on the details at the same time as his mind wanders all over creation (well, all over New York City) producing some completely original, highly engaging and hugely entertaining comics in the process. Fans of Ben Katchor might find themselves feeling a familiar something now and again as they make their way through MacDoodle St. as that approach to the quotidian that is permeated by an effervescent, off-kilter and unpindownable sensation is present here as well, albeit in a much more frenetic form.
Don't miss this gem.
We posted a quickie preview on Instagram, HERE.
Before, Washingtoons, before MacDoodle Street, before even Who Needs Donuts?, there was... Yellow Yellow, the book where Mark Alan Stamaty first unleashed his pyrotechnically prodigious penmanship on the world. The pages of this simple children's story overflow with hyperactively imaginative renderings of the urban (read NYC) environment, launching a way of seeing that has influenced a slew of subsequent works, perhaps most notably (most egregiusly cashing in on another's [in]sight?), Where's Waldo.
Now, after being out of print for well over 40 years, it has been brought back into print in a sturdy hardcover edition by Drawn & Quarterly's Enfant imprint.