Macanudo No. 1

Macanudo No. 1

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"Anyone can draw a cat, anyone can draw a little girl or a man with a hat, but not everyone can make that cat, that little girl and that man with a hat different from any we've ever seen before and have them become part of our world, as if we knew them personally. Liniers draws characters, and his characters are macanudos, which is to say extraordinary and awesome. And he draws them so well that they're all lovely, even the ugly ones are so perfectly ugly that they're beautiful. Loners, with a pop innocence that's sometimes a bit perverse, they move elegantly between sadness and astonishment, like anonymous actors in small B movies."--Maitena

In Macanudo , Ricardo Liniers Siri uses crayon, ink, and watercolor with incredible skill to render an entire world that is poetic, absurd, emotionally expressive, and full of surprise. Anything and everything about our world can find its way into Macanudo , but it will have passed through Liniers's particular filter, and it thus will have become rendered funny, beautiful, and incredibly sympathetic.

Ricardo Liniers Siri was born in 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he now lives with his wife and three daughters. For more than ten years he has published an enormously popular daily strip, Macanudo , in Argentina's largest daily newspaper, La Nacion . Up until now, nine collections of the strip have been published in Argentina. He also travels around the world drawing on stage with musician Kevin Johansen. His work has been published in nine countries, including Spain, Italy, France, Brazil, and the Czech Republic. His first book to be published in the United States was The Big Wet Balloon (September 2013).

Mara Faye Lethem has translated novels by David Trueba, Albert Sánchez Piñol, Idelfonso Falcones, Javier Calvo, Patricio Pron, Marc Pastor, and Pablo De Santis, among others. Her translations have appeared in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2010 , Granta , the Paris Review , and McSweeney's .

Publisher: New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781592701544
159270154X
Branch Call Number: j 741.5982 LINIERS
Characteristics: 94 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lethem, Mara - Translator

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LPL_PeteF Jun 07, 2018

Macanudo has everything I want in a comic strip -- talking animals, breaking-the-fourth-wall humor and, of course, "sensitive robots." But this comic feels important in 2018. One of my favorite strips shows a character walking through panels purposely drawn "off-kilter." "... Read More »


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LPL_PeteF Jun 07, 2018

Macanudo has everything I want in a comic strip -- talking animals, breaking-the-fourth-wall humor and, of course, "sensitive robots." But this comic feels important in 2018. One of my favorite strips shows a character walking through panels purposely drawn "off-kilter." "What's going on?" the character wonders. "Does anybody know what's going on here?" In steps a penguin: "Hey!" it says. "This strip's fine. It's the real world that's out of whack."

Writing a daily comic strip must be immeasurably difficult. There are many out there, but only a few seem to withstand the pressure of consistently producing original, humorous content (this would seem to be one of the reasons Peanuts got a lot worse in the '80s and '90s). Liniers, the Argentinian creator of Macanudo, seems to have cracked some kind of code, however. Every strip is reaching for something greater than the sum of its panels -- Liniers' jokes build on one another, creating a worldview that is realistic yet not nihilistic, pragmatic yet not compromising.

Take it from someone who grew up wishing he grew up with Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy -- Macanudo is brilliant. It is also -- as a comic strip should be -- very, very funny.

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