Artists from around the world bid farewell to the creator of Mafalda

Quino visits an exhibition for the 50-year anniversary of Mafalda in September 2014. Photo by Argentina's Ministry of Culture/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

On September 30, 88-year-old award winning Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón passed away. He is better known as Quino, the creator of the famous comic strip character Mafalda—the revolutionary, feminist, environmentalist and humanist girl who conquered the hearts of several generations.

Quino's death occurs one day after the 56th anniversary of Mafalda's first publication. The news immediately reached all corners of the world and inspired heartfelt tributes from countless media outlets, artists and public figures.

The Mafalda strip became one of the best known Spanish-language cartoons and was translated into more than 30 languages, including the native language Guaraní. Its messages on politics, society, the environment and feminism are universal, and still relevant in present times.


A classic strip of Mafalda with its keen political humor. Photo by “¡¡¡!!!”/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)  In the comic strip: “DEMOCRACY (from Greek demos, people, and kratos, authority). Government whereby the people exert sovereignty.”

Like much of Quino's work, Mafalda was highly controversial for her time. With her subtle humor, she managed to outwit the censorship of the Argentine dictatorship, although she was banned by the dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

In addition to print media (cartoons, magazines and books), Mafalda and her friends starred in their own television series. In just nine years (between 1964 and 1973), she conquered the entire world and became a “universal symbol of rebellion and faith in a better world”.

Following the news of Quino's death, social media was flooded with his comics and tributes from other graphic artists from Argentina and the world.

This message is from Liniers, an Argentine cartoonist currently living in the United States:

Luly, another illustrator from Buenos Aires, also expresses her gratitude and condolences:

Children's cartoon illustrator Nik emphasizes that Mafalda is now an “orphan”:

He was the greatest of all.

The artist Horacio Altuna from Cordoba also expressed his grief:

The well-known graphic humorist Tute (the son of famous cartoonist Caloi) says his farewell to Quino with a drawing for him:

Today, Quino, whom I loved so much, left us. A master of masters, unforgettable. Thank you so much, Quinito ♥ ️
(I'm making a drawing to say farewell to him).

Artists from around the world also paid their respects to Quino. The Greek cartoonist Panos Zacharis created this illustration:

Colombian artist Nani, who had the opportunity to meet Quino personally, expresses her farewells with regret:

I had the honor of meeting Quino, he was an exceptional, straightforward, approachable and affectionate human being. That is why his great work (Magola is inspired by Mafalda) was always my teacher, but I admit that I am not at his level; now, the two of us, the three of us, mourn his absence.

From Brazil, Carlos Ruas said:

The world will miss Quino. Now he's in the pantheon of the comic strip gods, and his legacy is simply unmatched. If I am so critical of my work today, it is because I learned from him.

The Chilean cartoonist Nagú showed her appreciation for Quino's legacy:

Thank you so much, Quino.

Frenchman Fred Sochard praises the rebellion of the little girl Mafalda, while also referring to a recent debate about the dress of high school students:

Honoring Quino … with a drawing of Mafalda, a young woman who does not remain silent.
In the image: “We, girls, dress how we want.”

The Venezuelan cartoonist EDO Ilustrado shares the impact Mafalda had on generations of children:

Good bye, Quino. Mafalda and all the children live in a better world thanks to you.

And Honduran illustrator Allan McDonald conveys his pain in the image of Mafalda:

Do not go! I promise to eat the soup.

This is the tribute by Italian cartoonist Mauro Biani:

En la imagen: “Dice el mundo que ya te extraña. Vuelve”.

In the image: “The world says it already misses you. Come back!”.

There is no doubt that Quino's legacy and his teachings will live on forever in people's hearts, and his work will continue to delight generations to come.

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