King Features Syndicate is picking up a new comic strip. Macanudo has actually been around since 2002… in Argentina, but starting in September it will be coming to the U.S. market. Argentinian cartoonist Ricardo “Liniers” Siri has also done two Eisner Award-nominated graphic novels and some covers for The New Yorker.
Official PR follows:
Hearst-owned King Features Syndicate today announced a partnership with Argentinian cartoonist Ricardo “Liniers” Siri spanning syndication for print and digital, entertainment, and consumer product licensing for his hugely popular international daily strip, Macanudo.
Featuring a rotating cast of dozens of characters, Macanudo is an incredible, offbeat, and visionary strip that has appeared daily in Latin America since 2002. In the United States, Liniers is a contributing cover artist for The New Yorker and has created graphic novels for children that have earned him many starred reviews, award nominations, and critical acclaim.
“King Features—the home of Krazy Kat!— has such a rich history of terrific comics, comics I grew up with and studied in Argentina. I am so excited to begin working with them to introduce Macanudo and my characters to a wider audience,” said Liniers.
“Liniers brings such a fresh voice and vision and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome him to the King Features family,” said C.J. Kettler, President, King Features. “His unique work has made him a household name in Latin America and captivated people around the world, and we feel there is amazing potential in the U.S. and other countries to put Macanudo in front of more audiences and into other mediums.”
Macanudo debuts from King Features with an original run of daily strips and color Sundays beginning in September 2018.
The addition of Liniers to the King Features roster follows the appointment of C.J. Kettler as the new president of King Features. Kettler, who is a TV and digital media veteran with a long list of credits, including the new Carmen Sandiego animated series on Netflix, is leading a charge to work with new talent and expand upon the historic King Features library. Her experience will help bring many of the iconic King Features brands into new media platforms.
The syndication deal was negotiated between Liniers and King Features by Denis Kitchen and John Lind of Kitchen, Lind & Associates LLC.
Liniers is the creator of the daily strip Macanudo and graphic novels for younger readers, including the Eisner Award-nominated The Big Wet Balloon and Good Night, Planet (both published by TOON Books). For the last 16 years, Liniers has been writing and drawing Macanudo, which has been published daily in Argentina by La Nación since 2002 and as English-language collections in the United States (Enchanted Lion Books) since 2014. It has grown to be one of the most celebrated cartoon strips in South America, and Liniers has become one of the continent’s most popular cartoonists—currently boasting more than 950,000 followers on Facebook and more than 760,000 on Twitter. Liniers currently resides in Vermont, where he is participating in a fellowship with the Center for Cartoon Studies, teaching at Dartmouth College, and drawing Macanudo daily.
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