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Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas

Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas

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By Paco Roca. Published by Fantagraphics. 

Softcover, 232 pages, Colour, 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.

"Roca's simple, elegant linework and expressive storytelling draw readers into his anxieties as he lays them all out, from the mundane to the fantastic. This quirky, slice-of-life chronicle will appeal to fans of Adrian Tomine's The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist and any aspiring comics creator who wonders what it's really like to live the dream — and may regret they ever asked." — Publishers Weekly

"Cartoonist Paco Roca is Spain's answer to Seinfeld as he satirizes modern life through his relatable vignettes." — Library Journal

"Newcomers to Paco's work will appreciate how much of themselves they will find in these vignettes and the outstanding blend of satire and realism throughout the book." — PopCult HQ

"Think of this as a bonus track while we wait for his next groundbreaking album: an illuminating, comedic look at Roca the man, not just the artist." — Cinema Sentries

"Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical comic strip that makes you relive everyday stress, manifested into a weak and cowardly man who happens to be the book's author." — AIPT Comics

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