The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

August 28, 2017
by Dan
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A Cocoon Over There!

‘A Cocoon Over There!’ is a lovely cartoon about going back to school by Argentinian cartoonist Liniers for the New York Times Book Review: Liniers has a new kids book out this fall from Toon Books called Goodnight, Planet.

October 28, 2015
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Liniers in New York

The New York Times profiles Argentinian cartoonist Ricardo Siri, better known as Liniers: “When I started the comic everything was horrible,” Liniers, 41, said in a recent interview at his publisher’s office in SoHo at the start of an East Coast … Continue reading

April 16, 2015
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Françoise Mouly on Voice

Grace Bello interviews the always interesting Françoise Mouly, art director of The New Yorker and founder of Toon Books, for Guernica: I know what I respond to is a voice. A voice is not just a stylistic thing, but it … Continue reading

March 17, 2014
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Françoise Mouly on TOON Books

At Mutha Magazine, Meg Lemke talks to Françoise Mouly, Art Editor of The New Yorker and co-founder of RAW magazine, about TOON Books, her line of comics for kids: When I go to schools, even in very impoverished school districts, … Continue reading

May 24, 2013
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Françoise Mouly: In the Service of What the Artist is Saying

In a follow up to his short Q & A with Françoise Mouly and her partner Art Spiegelman for the National Post, David Balzer has a fascinating full-length interview with Mouly, publisher of Toon Books and art editor of the New Yorker, at Hazlitt: I … Continue reading

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