Monday, September 27, 2021

Argentine cartoonist Liniers: “Logical” for my work to be in museum

Argentine cartoonist Ricardo Siri, known as “Liniers,” told EFE that it’s logical for his work to be displayed in a museum in discussing his first such exhibit, set to open on Friday at Lima’s Modern Art Museum.

Liniers, born in Buenos Aires in 1973, said that “there’s prejudice against comic strips because they’re seen as a minor genre and, particularly in Latin America, there are people who see the little drawings as something for children.”

The cartoonist, who has been publishing the strip “Macanudo” since 2002 in Argentina’s La Nacion newspaper, strolled through the exposition and admitted that what he enjoys about seeing his comics displayed is “that I had already forgotten some of the jokes.”

The selection includes about 200 drawings running from 2003 through 2015 in which there is “a little of everything,” including the beloved characters of “Macanudo,” including the cat Fellini, Enriqueta and Olga, but also personalities such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Shakespeare.

“What I like about the strip is that everything’s OK. If I want to make a story, I make a story,” he emphasized.

“There are days when I wake up feeling kind of weird and the strip comes out kind of weird,” he said before noting that Charles M. Schulz, the creator of “Peanuts,” said that doing a new strip every day means “you’ve got to do something different.”

“The things I discovered when I was 10 or 12 have stayed with me my whole life, and that becomes part of your DNA. So when a little kid pays attention to you, you feel happiness and responsibility,” he said.

The exhibit may be visited by the public through July 10.