Juanjo SÁEZ

Crisis de ansiedad

Reservoir Books (RHM), 2013

Awards

-One of the best 50 best books published in 2013 according to El Confidencial newspaper

Press

“In this collection of comic strips and autobiographical pieces, Juanjo Sáez lays to rest the demons of death, fear and social unrest with an ironic twist.” Anna Abella, El Periódico

“The author’s trademark naïf humor goes hand in hand with introspection of the most painful sort.” Jordi Martínez, Qué Leer

“A delightful read that grabs the reader from the very first page. One of the most honest, truthful books I have had the pleasure to read in recent times. (…) A collection of superb, unflinching comic strips.” Andreu Buenafuente, Interviu

“Juanjo Sáez is one of the most cherished artists and cartoonists on today’s scene thanks to his inimitable style (…) With his comic strips now gathered together in one volume, Crisis (de ansiedad), he is one of the leading chroniclers of the financial and political crisis. Jesús Jiménez, rtve.es

“A comic and yet also seething portrait of the fallout from the financial crisis.” Manuel Muñiz, El Cultural ABC

Synopsis

(Anxiety Attack) Over the course of two and a half years, Juanjo Sáez’s daily strip appeared in the newspaper ARA. During this time, it seemed that the whole world (and Spain in particular) had been brought to its knees. Much the same can be said of the author, transformed into a character lost in the void of his own drawings. This collection brings together those strips, alongside a handful of long-form pieces, all appearing for the first time in print and taking on the same issues.

Sketched in deceptively simple lines, with the comedy touch and biting irony that are his hallmarks, Juanjo Sáez shows us his increasingly bleak world view in the wake of the painful loss of some of his loved ones. At the same time, he portrays the unstoppable advance of the savage global crisis, bringing with it the fear of losing what we hold most dear and who we are.

As well as an autobiographical account with a tragicomic bent, this book is, above all, a sharp-eyed analysis of the world we live in. Juanjo Sáez is a keen observer, who, appealing to our funny bone, urges us to keep our hopes up and to build a better, brighter world.