Ricardo Siri
Liniers in 2015
BornNovember 15, 1973
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Notable works
Macanudo The Big Wet Balloon
AwardsEisner Award Winner.[1] Parents Magazine Ten Best Children's Book (for The Big Wet Balloon)

Ricardo Siri (Buenos Aires, November 15, 1973), better known by the name Liniers, is an Argentine cartoonist.

Early life

Liniers is related to viceroy Santiago de Liniers. He 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."[2] His father was a lawyer and his mother worked at various jobs, including making slippers and little paintings.[2] He has two younger siblings and is married to the writer Angie Erhardt del Campo.[3] They have three daughters named Matilda, Clementina, and Emma.[2]


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 it when things don't have names appropriate to what they are – for example, the teddy bear in my comic strip is called Madariaga [which is usually a surname]. Who has ever heard of a teddy bear with such a name? I thought that such an absurd name had to be worth something."[2]

He studied advertising, but ultimately decided to pursue a career in comics. His work is influenced by Patrick McDonnell, Hergé, Goscinny and Uderzo, Quino, Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López, Charles Schulz and George Herriman.[citation needed] He started working in fanzines, then moved on to magazines and newspapers.[citation needed] 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).[citation needed]

Along with Santiago Rial Ungaro, Liniers published Warhol para principiantes (Warhol for beginners), for Ediciones Era Naciente in 2001.

Liniers appeared as a presenter at the second Pecha Kucha night in Buenos Aires, October 3, 2006.[citation needed]

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. Since September 2018, the strip is distributed in English by King Features Syndicate.[4]

Four volumes of Macanudo have been translated into English by Mara Faye Lethem and published in the United States by Enchanted Lion Books; after being syndicated, the collected strips have been published by Fantagraphics.[5]

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).[6]

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.[7] In 2014 the artist illustrated some covers for The New Yorker[8]




  1. ^ "Eisner Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. July 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Cosas Que te Pasan Cuando Conocés a Liniers". April 11, 2008.
  4. ^ "A huge Latin American cartoon hit aims to crack the U.S. market". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  5. ^ Garrity |, Shaenon. "Confusing for a Living: PW Talks with Liniers". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved August 6, 2023.
  6. ^ "Diarios de una pirueta: Conejo de viaje". Archived from the original on June 2, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  7. ^ "The Big Wet Balloon | Level 2 TOON Book".
  8. ^ "Cover Story: "Straphangers," by Liniers - The New Yorker". www.newyorker.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Here Are Your 2018 Eisner Award Winners". io9. Retrieved July 21, 2018.