Argentinian Quino, creator of the comic strip “Mafalda”, dies | Latin America

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Joaquin Salvador Lavado, an Argentinian cartoonist better known as “Quino,” whose satirical comic about a socially conscious and rebellious girl named Mafalda with a distaste for soup, has found fans across Latin America, l Europe and beyond, died Wednesday at the age of 88. .Quino’s comic “Mafalda” was first published in 1964, and the comedian has maintained a devoted following throughout his career, even after he moved on to other projects, blurring social conventions. through ordinary characters who have endured absurdity, exploitation, authoritarianism and their own limitations.

“Quino is dead. All the good people in the country and in the world will mourn him, ”tweeted Daniel Divinsky, the cartoonist’s former editor-in-chief.

Bouquets of flowers flank a statue of the comic book character Mafalda created by Argentine designer Joaquin Salvador Lavado, better known as “Quino”, in Buenos Aires, Argentina [Victor R Caivano/AP Photo]

Quino is one of the most translated Argentine authors in other languages, alongside Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar and Ernesto Sabato. Mafalda has been translated into at least 27 languages.

Quino, who had suffered from health problems in recent years, was fondly remembered by Argentina’s politicians, who were often the targets of his scathing humor.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, vice president of Argentina and former president for two terms, posted a video on Twitter in which Quino wished her good luck in governing.

De Kirchner said Quino “said things that couldn’t be said” – a reference to censorship during Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s – and that he “challenged society with great strength”.

Translation: October 15, 2012. Unforgettable moment during the inauguration of the Centro Cultural Julio Le Parc in Mendoza. Quino and the “little girl” who rules Argentina. Goodbye professor.

Quino was “the creator of the unforgettable Mafalda and one of the most international Spanish designers,” said the Royal Spanish Academy based in Madrid. “His precise lyrics have traveled both sides of the Atlantic thanks to his cartoons and his special sense of humor.

Mafalda, whose 6-year-old protagonist reflects on the world’s problems to his parents’ amazement, has sometimes been compared to the comic strip “Peanuts” created by Charles Schulz.

Although the date of Quino’s funeral has not yet been announced, rebel Mafalda was orphaned a day after she turned 56.



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