|Ricardo Liniers Siri|
Liniers, as he frequently draws himself: a rabbit with glasses.
|Born||November 15, 1973
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Macanudo The Big Wet Balloon|
|Awards||Eisner Award Nominee. Parents Magazine Ten Best Children's Book (both for The Big Wet Balloon)|
Liniers began drawing from a very early age; he has remarked that he began to draw in order to enjoy movies at home. "I wanted to have Star Wars and the only way to have it was to draw it. So we could look at it whenever we wanted to." His father was a lawyer and his mother worked at various jobs, including making slippers and little paintings. He has two siblings, who are younger, and is married (to the writer Angie Erhardt del Campo ) and has three daughters.
In regards to the name he uses for his comic strips, Liniers has remarked: "Liniers is my second name. In Buenos Aires there was a viceroy named Liniers, who ended up being executed by firing squad. He was my ancestor, something like a greatgreatgreatgrandfather. So when I began to sign my comic strips, I used the name, because I like names that do not entirely and exactly are appropriate to the subject –for example, the teddy bear in my comic strip is called Madariaga."
He studied advertising, but ultimately decided to pursue a career in comics. His work is influenced by Hergé, Goscinny and Uderzo, Quino, Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López, Charles Schulz and George Herriman. He started working in fanzines, then moved on to magazines and newspapers. His work has been featured in Lugares, ¡Suélteme!, Hecho en Buenos Aires, Calles, Zona de Obras, Consecuencias y ¡Qué suerte! (España), Olho Mágico (Brazil), 9-11 Artists respond (USA), and Comix 2000 (France).
Along with Santiago Rial Ungaro, Liniers published Warhol para principiantes (Warhol for beginners), for Ediciones Era Naciente in 2001.
In September 1999 he started publishing a weekly strip called Bonjour in NO!, a supplement of Página/12. Bonjour is very experimental and features some adult language, and showcases many characters that would reappear in later works. Bonjour appeared for the last time on June 27, 2002.
In June 2002, fellow cartoonist Maitena got him into the Argentine newspaper La Nación, where he began a new daily strip called Macanudo, which appears on the last page of the paper. Just like Bonjour, Macanudo is very experimental and deals with meta humor.
Conejo de viaje (Travelling Rabbit or Rabbit on the Road) (2008) is a collection of illustrated travel journals that describe his journeys through France, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Argentina, and Antarctica (which includes sojourns on Antarctic islands such as Cuverville Island).
The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book (El Globo Grande y Mojado) (Pub date: Sept 10, 2013) is the first book by Liniers published in the U.S. In 2014 the artist illustrated some covers for The New Yorker
- Macanudo Nº1 (April 2004)
- Macanudo Nº2 (April 2005)
- Bonjour (December 2005)
- Macanudo Nº3 (April 2006)
- Macanudo Nº4 (December 2006)
- Cuadernos 1985-2005 (December 2006)
- Lo que hay antes de que haya algo "(What there is before there is anything there)" (June 2007) (children's book)
- Macanudo Nº5 (October 2007)
- Macanudo Nº6 (2008)
- Conejo de viaje (2008)
- Oops! (2008)(a work together with Kevin Johansen)
- El Macanudo Universal - Vols. 1-5 (2009)
- Macanudo Nº7 (2009)
- Macanudismo (2010)
- Macanudo Nº8 (2010)
- Macanudo Nº9 (2012)
- Macanudo Nº10 (2013)
- Logo - Kevin Johansen
- La Lengua Popular - Andrés Calamaro (for which Liniers won the Gardel Prize for best cover art)
- Cosas que te pasan si estás vivo - Liniers' comic blog (Spanish)
- Por Liniers- official website
- Liniers biography on Lambiek Comiclopedia
- The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book in English and Spanish, Liniers' début in the U.S.