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.