Monday, Jul 9, 2012 05:00 PM PDT
The graphic artist takes a sly look at patriotism, the Tea Party and our nation’s founding
By Michael Dooley,
It’s 1776 in Philadelphia. Congressional delegates “sweat, swat flies, and argue independence.” They retreat to a tavern and casually dump Jefferson with the job of composing a declaration: “Tom, write us something dignified, yet magical.” Once he’s finished, all the congressmen shout out changes at him: “Drop ‘independent’;” “Why ‘happiness’ instead of ‘property’? What’s ‘happiness’?”
The process is loud, sloppy, and often chaotic. It also feels like real life.
That’s because this graphic narrative of our country’s birth, titled “Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution”, is illustrated by Stan Mack. And Stan is one of the founding fathers of contemporary cartoon reportage, having created Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies for the Village Voice back in the mid-1970s.
“Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels,” a revision of 1994’s “Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution,” will arrive in comics stores this month. And he’ll be on two panels at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con: “Progressive Politics and Comics” on Thursday, July 12, and “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era” on Sunday the 15th.