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Macanudo: Optimism Is for the Brave (Hardcover)

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By Liniers
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The second volume in Fantagraphics’ English-language collection of the internationally beloved newspaper strip.

Elves, witches, forest monsters, unicorns, children, talking cats and penguins… plus zombies with fitbits, Stephen King’s Christine working as an Uber, and office politics? The bounds of a daily comic strip don’t restrict Macanudo’s imagination or subjects.

With the range of The Far Side, the whimsy of Mutts, and the heart of Calvin & Hobbes, artist Liniers brings his distinctive illustrative line and sensitive watercolors to whatever crosses his mind on a given day. Readers of the previous volume will recognize some recurring characters and stock players, but each book stands alone, and every strip builds its own world. Whether commenting on pop culture, society, or the environment, or celebrating art, nature or the act of reading, Liniers (Ricardo Siri) expresses his thoughts with joy and beauty. Most of them are pretty funny, too.

Beginning in 2002 in Buenos Aires, Macanudo steadily gained popularity around the world, and has been appearing in US newspapers since 2018. Optimism Is for the Brave is the second of a series of volumes collecting Liniers' groundbreaking strip.

About the Author

Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Liniers (Ricardo Siri) became a daily cartoonist at 28 almost by accident, when other Argentine newspaper cartoonists had decamped to Spain at the nadir of a recession. He saw his role on the last page of La Nacion as offering a respite from dour news, but the strip’s whimsy and humanity quickly led Macanudo to expand to papers across Latin America, and eventually beyond to Europe and North America. Three of Liniers' childrens' books have been published in the US, with Good Night, Planet, winning the comics industry Eisner Award for Best Publication For Early Readers in 2018. He currently lives in Vermont.

Praise For…

This charming second volume [showcases] Liniers’ delicate brushwork and dreamy watercolors. ... The strip is like a ray of sunshine.
— Cinema Sentries

The great thing about this homage to Patrick McDonnell, Bill Watterson, The Far Side, and all the classics, is that it can sustain a variety of readers: my kid loves him, but any adult can relate on a different level as well.

— Geek Mom

Product Details
ISBN: 9781683968788
ISBN-10: 1683968786
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Macanudo

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