“Mafalda” is a famous and witty Argentinian comic that deals with issues about the society, education, politics, family life among other topics of general interest.
Over the years, the little black haired girl who doesn’t like soup and dreams with an ideal world has reached the hearts of many people around the world.
(Translation: “Soup is to childhood, what consumerism is to democracy!”)
(Translation: “It may be sad Raquel, but in moments like this one ‘MAMÁ’ is just a pseudonym “)
But who is the master mind behind Mafalda? That is Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, better known as QUINO. He was born and raised in Mendoza Argentina and currently lives in Guaymallén (a city in the province of Mendoza). At the age of 84, he’s celebrating Mafalda’s 52nd anniversary.
September 29th, 1964. Mafalda’s first appearance.
Here we see Quino and Mafalda in San Telmo, Buenos Aires.
However, Mafalda is not alone. Her father, Quino, gave her a family and a bunch of friends to play and share her innocent and witty perspectives of the world:
-Felipe: a 7 years old boy who loves crosswords and the Lone Ranger but hates school, getting up early and doing homework.
-Manolito: a 6 years old boy who loves money and Rockerfeller and hates the Beatles, discounts, and hippies.
-Susanita: a 6 years old girl who loves marriage, the idea of having children, and maybe Felipe. She hates divorce, poor people, and uncomfortable ideas.
-LIBERTAD: (FREEDOM) is a little girl older than she looks. She loves revolution and culture, but she hates complicated people, why can’t everyone be simple and honest?
-Guille: he is a baby and Mafalda’s little brother. He loves writing on the walls and having his pacifier on the rocks.
-Miguelito: is a 5 years old boy. He loves abstract, useless speeches, and jazz.
-Mafalda’s parents: Her mother mamá or Raquel and her father papá love each other deeply and love their children. They hate cooking anything but soup and the cost of life.
I hope you enjoy Mafalda’s ideas as much as I do. She dreams with an ideal world and if we work together it is not just a utopia. Let’s be more like this curious, innocent, lively, rebellious, and highly ironic girl.
Have a nice weekend!