If for whatever reason you are unfamiliar with Ricardo Siri, better known as Liniers, let me give you a short introduction. Liniers is a sort of an icon, both regarding cartooning and Argentine pop culture in general. For starters, you can find him in the daily comics section of newspaper La Nación, and he’s also published several books.
But that, as they say, is just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, this guy has designed album covers for musicians like Andrés Calamaro and Kevin Johansen (with whom he’s also toured in a hilarious and very popular concert/live drawing session), had a web series in which he interviewed local celebs, has sold a truckload of his Macanudo comic books, and his work has even been featured on four covers of The New Yorker, an honor that speaks for itself. Liniers was even named a Distinguished Cultural Personality of Buenos Aires by the Buenos Aires Legislature.
But even an artist as accomplished as Liniers must be especially proud of his latest feat, as it was unveiled that he’s the creator behind the newest official poster for the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. That’s right, Argentina’s own Ricardo Siri designed the beautiful Upside Down-inspired image which was shared by none other than the official Stranger Things Twitter account:
Every night, he would come to me in my dreams. And every night when he came to me, I ran.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) April 30, 2019
The cult series will be returning on July 4th for its third season; since its premiere it exploded into a global cultural phenomenon, besides being one of Netflix’s largest original productions. Liniers’ own reaction to the announcement – also shared via Twitter – came shortly after the tweet was published, he couldn’t hide his excitement:
— Liniers (@porliniers) April 30, 2019
The fact that local artists like Liniers receive such international acclaim is reason for pride here in Argentina, a country with a rich history in the field of cartoonists. He himself is an avid student of the craft and has stated that the first things he ever read were Mafalda (an Argentine icon if there ever was one, created by Quino) and Tintin. We leave you with a tweet by some guy called @DraculaOK that summarizes how I feel with this bit of news today in one bizarre image:
Sos groso! Sabelo pic.twitter.com/zgS5QdUvLf
— Conde ??♂️ (@DraculaOK) April 30, 2019