Cartoonist shares his work with Burlington students

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BURLINGTON. Vt. (WCAX) Ricardo Siri is better known as Liniers. The cartoonist has had his work on the cover of The New Yorker magazine and had comic strips featured in the New York Times. "I'm still flipping out, I have no idea how that happened," Liniers said.

Liniers grew up in Buenos Aries, and lived in Argentina until a year ago, when he and his family moved to Vermont. He was offered a fellowship at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. "I'll keep coming back because, you know Vermont, has sinked its hooks in me," he said.

"It's a great honor that he agreed to visit our school for the love of the arts," said Melissa Senesa, who works at the Mater Christi School in Burlington. Senesac heard about Liniers moving to Vermont and knew he needed to be recognized. "Burlington is so diverse, it's very welcoming and what other place to welcome him."

She knows the only way to get kids reading is for them to be engaged, and who doesn't love comics?

"It's fun to make them laugh or to just say something, and they said, 'Oh my God.' But what you expect is that some of them will go back and go like, 'Ahh, I want to try that thing cartooning or I'll try to read some more books,'" Liniers said.

Liniers also has three books published. Characters are based off his three young girls. "So I love just story telling, and if within that story telling you kinda say something that is meaningful or humane or just nice -- I try to do that," Liniers said.

Although he already has made an impact, Senesac thinks this won't be the last time we'll see Linier's work in the U.S. "I think we're just becoming more familiar with his work and for him the sky's the limit," she said.