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Paco Roca, Translator: Andrea Rosenberg

Memoirs of a Cartoonist in Pajamas

On sale date: August 29, 2023

Spain’s answer to Seinfeld, these observational, relatable autobio vignettes by Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca poke fun at the vexing tribulations of modern life.

At 40, cartoonist Paco Roca has finally achieved his childhood dream — to spend all day at home in his pajamas! However, his blissful, loungewear-clad reverie is beset with a host of mundane problems: He dreads small talk with “the world’s biggest bore,” but his excuses and white lies are finally catching up with him. When a good friend breaks up, taking either side could lead to social disaster. The simple mission to change his train ticket descends into an impossibly complicated, Kafka-esque affair. And worst of all, his partner keeps hanging the toilet paper roll the wrong way!

In the vein of sitcoms like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Roca’s comic vignettes brilliantly satirize the pesky pitfalls of modern-day life. Like most of us, Roca’s alter ego just wants to be liked and to do the right thing, but finds that through crippling indecision, cowardly behavior, and the absurd machinations of the universe, he is usually thwarted. The ensuing situations he finds himself embroiled in are as hilarious as they are often painfully relatable.

Praise

"Roca's massively appealing illustration and masterly sense of narrative make [his stories] exceptionally compelling." — Library Journal

"Ingenious, with a spark, and with that tenderness that allows him to say with an endearing smile what in the mouth of others would be an offense, Paco Roca bases his humor on the short distances of personal relationships and on the situation comedy in the style of Larry David." — Santiago Garcia, cartoonist

"With plenty of ingenuity, Paco has invented a laughable alter ego, whose clumsiness provides him with plenty of anecdotes. The rest is achieved by pure narrative talent, expressive drawing, and a knack for humor." — Juan Manuel Diaz de Guereñu, comics critic

Specs

Pages
232
Format
Paperback / Softback
Color
Full-color.
Dimensions
8.66" × 10.6"
ISBN-13
9781683967576
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