Following it’s debut at San Diego Comic-Con, Stan Mack’s TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS A History in Comics of the American Revolution has been garnering quite a bit of attention.

Stan appeared on the local San Diego Fox affiliate with fellow political cartoonists Paige Braddock and Doug TenNapel to discuss their work.

At SDCC, Stan appeared on Publisher’s Weekly “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era” panel which also featured Ted Rall, Chris Butcher, Dan Carino, Ed Piskor, Andy Warner, Susie Cagle and Calvin Reid.

Reid told the audience that, “comics journalism “makes a complex narrative easier to understand.””

Mack shared his take, “Unless you’re on the front line doing breaking news stuff, we (cartoonists) tend to see the human side of politics, so [my work] was a picture of what was going around the people behind the explosions.”

Stan also appeared on the panel “Progressive Politics in Comics” with by Susie Cagle, Cecil Castellucci, Shannon Watters and Gail Simone.  After the panel, he spoke with San Diego Jewish World about TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS and the commonalities with an earlier work THE STORY OF THE JEWS: A 4000 YEAR ADVENTURE, which turned out to be the theme of “oppression.”

““This (TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS)  is kind of a bottom’s-up history as was my Jewish history.”   In the Jewish history, “what I imagined was my family in all these different centuries traveling and what they were facing.” His more recent book looked at “rising up against oppression coming from England.”   While the colonists were oppressed economically,  oppression for the Jews was both ” intellectual and physical, there still was that idea of people fighting against the system, trying to make some headway.””

Stan also spoke to FishbowlNY about how after reacquiring the rights to the book from now defunct publisher, Avon, he, “kept the original book in a drawer waiting for the right timing. He fine tuned the copy, while trying to make the American Revolution appear more relevant.”

“If you look at the elements: there’s taxation, depression, there’s the battle between big government and small,” Mack says. “… There’s a lot of stuff that resonates with the issues of the day.”

And finally, in a fantastic interview with with Salon, Stan discusses how the book addresses life in America today.

“Whether it’s health care, immigration, the tentacles of big government, foreign relationships, the environment — all of this year’s political issues seem to come down to a battle between, as I say in my book, Aristocraticks versus Democraticks, profit versus virtue, and individual liberty versus the public good.

Unlike the dangers that people in other countries face if they criticize their governments, about the biggest risk the Tea Party faithful and Occupiers face is having a Fox broadcasting crew chase them down the street waving microphones and cameras. And that’s because our Bill of Rights — which, by the way, was opposed by former revolutionaries John Adams, Hamilton, and Washington, and was pushed for by ordinary citizens until it was included — protects them.”


Stan Mack’s TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS A History in Comics of the American Revolution will be released later this month.

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