Mark Alan StamatyMark 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''. 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 – as well as the earlier comic strip ''MacDoodle Street'', and the online strip ''Doodlennium'' for ''Slate'' magazineHe is also a spot illustrator for ''Slate''. He produced a monthly comic strip in the ''New York Times Book Review'' called "Boox" in 2001–2004 that made fun of publishing trends.
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) and the cult classic ''Who Needs Donuts?'' (originally published in 1973 and reprinted by Random House in 2003)
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.
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.
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. Provided by Wikipedia