On September 30, 2020, the Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, better known as Quino and, especially, for giving life to the famous Mafalda strip, that revolutionary girl, feminist, environmentalist and humanist who conquered the hearts of several generations.
Quino's departure 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, artists and public figures.
The Mafalda strip became one of the most international cartoons in the Spanish language, translated into more than thirty languages, including an original language, Guaraní. And it is that his messages on politics, society, environment and feminism are universal and still very valid.
Mafalda was not the only caricature of the cartoonist, but it was the most endearing. Like many of Quino's works, winner of several international awards, Mafalda was highly controversial for her time. With his subtle humor, he managed to circumvent the censorship of the Argentine dictatorship, although it was banned by the dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
In addition to the printed medium (cartoons, magazines and books), Mafalda and her friends starred in their own television series. In just nine years (between 1964 and 1973), it conquered the entire world and became a “universal symbol of rebellion and faith in a better world”.
As soon as the news of Quino's death was known, social networks were flooded with his strips and tributes from other graphic artists from Argentina and the world. At Global Voices we collect and share some of them.
This piece is by Liniers, an Argentine cartoonist now living in the United States:
– Liniers (@porliniers) September 30, 2020
Luly, another illustrator from Buenos Aires, also expresses her thanks and condolences:
Children's cartoon illustrator Nik emphasizes how Mafalda was “orphaned”:
He was the greatest of all. 😓 pic.twitter.com/T26JhtlLW4
– Nik (@Nikgaturro) September 30, 2020
Cordovan artist Horacio Altuna also joined the duel:
– Horacio Altuna (@HoracioAltuna) September 30, 2020
And the well-known graphic humorist Tute, who is also the son of Caloi (another famous deceased cartoonist), says goodbye to Quino while working on a drawing for him:
Today Quino, whom I loved so much, left us. Teacher of teachers, unforgettable. Thank you so much, Quinito ♥ ️
(Now I'm drawing a picture to fire him). pic.twitter.com/4B351C4thE
– Tute (@Tutehumor) September 30, 2020
Several 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, dismisses him with regret:
I had the honor of meeting Quino, he was an exceptional, simple, close and loving being. That is why the greatness of his work, Magola is inspired by Mafalda, he was always my teacher, I admit that it did not even reach his ankles, now both of us, the three of us mourn his absence pic.twitter.com/81JjIY6RJP
– Magola comic strip (@naniopina) September 30, 2020
From Brazil, Carlos Ruas expresses:
Quino vai fazer is missing for the world. Agora, this is not panteão two deuses two quadrinhos, and his legacy is simply unequal. He is critical of my work, and why he teaches me of his books. pic.twitter.com/RtBffCquvf
– Carlos Ruas (@sabadoqualquer) September 30, 2020
The world will miss Quino. Now he's in the pantheon of comic strip gods, and his legacy is simply unmatched. If today I am so critical in my work, it is because I learned it from his books.
For her part, the Chilean cartoonist Nagú thanks Quino's legacy:
Thanks for so much Quino. pic.twitter.com/4pI79VJCDg
– Nagú (@nagu_cl) September 30, 2020
The Frenchman Fred Sochard praises the rebellion of little Mafalda, where he also refers to a recent debate about the clothing of high school students:
In guise d'hommage à Quino… avec Mafalda, une jeune fille qui n'a pas sa langue dans sa poche! pic.twitter.com/rNYHQowuCh
– Fred Sochard (@FredSochard) September 30, 2020
To honor Quino … Mafalda, a young woman who does not remain silent.
In the image: “Girls dress how we want.”
Venezuelan cartoonist EDO Ilustrado shares the impact Mafalda had on generations of children:
– EDO (@edoilustrado) September 30, 2020
And the Honduran illustrator Allan McDonald conveys his pain in the figure of Mafalda:
This is the tribute of the Italian cartoonist Mauro Biani:
– Mauro Biani (@maurobiani) September 30, 2020
In the image: “The world says it already misses you. Returns”.
There is no doubt that Quino's extensive legacy and his teachings will live forever in hearts through his work and will continue to delight generations to come.