Hush... master at work.
Joaquín Salvador Lavado, known for his Pen Name Quino
, is an Argentinian cartoonist born in 1932.
Widely known as the creator of Mafalda
, which is considered by many as his masterpiece, however Quino has also published several cartoons and humor books. Most of these works have an intelligent and dark sense of humor, similar to The Perry Bible Fellowship
A list of books published by him (not including Mafalda
- Mundo Quino (Quino World, 1963)
- ¡A mí no me grite! (Don't you yell at me!, 1972)
- Yo que usted... (If I were you... , 1973)
- Bien, gracias, ¿y usted? (Good, thank you, and you?, 1976)
- Hombres de Bolsillo (Pocket men, 1977)
- A la buena mesa (To the fine dinning, 1980)
- Ni arte ni parte (Neither art nor part, 1981)
- Déjenme Inventar (Let me Invent, 1983)
- Quinoterapia (Quinotherapy, 1985)
- Gente en su sitio (People in their place, 1986)
- Sí, Cariño (Yes, Dear, 1987)
- Potentes, prepotentes e impotentes (Powerful, arrogant and impotent", 1989)
- Humano se nace (As a human one is born, 1991)
- ¡Yo no fui! (I didn't do it!, 1994)
- ¡Qué mala es la gente! (How bad are people!, 1996)
- ¡Cuánta bondad! (How much goodness!, 1999)
- Esto no es todo (This is not all, 2002)
- ¡Qué presente impresentable! (What unpresentable present!, 2005)
- La aventura de comer (The adventure of eating, 2007)
- ¿Quien anda ahí? (Who is there?, 2012)
General tropes present in Quino's works:
- Adult Fear: Some of his strips deal with things like economic failure, parenting problems, shattered life aspirations, relationship problems, and hopelessness in the future.
- Appeal to Worse Problems: Deconstructed. See First World Problems.
- Art Evolution: Like Mafalda, Quino's style evolved over time.
- As the Good Book Says
- A World Half Full: Most of the time.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Frequent punch-line.
- Bilingual Bonus
- Black Comedy
- Children Are Innocent
- Crapsack World: When its not A World Half Full.
- Creator Breakdown: Quino started publishing during the period the Argentinian military junta was in power, his first works had an innocent yet intelligent sense of humor to cope with the situation; however during the 90's and early 2000's he got pushed too far with the worst economic crisis Argentina had faced in its history, so many of his works became cynical and with very little hope.
- The Cameo: Mafalda sometimes makes background appearances.
- Christianity Is Catholic - Truth in Television in Argentina, so its completely justified.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom
- First World Problems: He mocks in several strips the rich and upper class' worries of having a good body, suffering stress and eating unhealthy (junk) food by contrasting them with the day-to-day struggles and fight for survival of the poor and Third World countries people. He even has addressed and deconstructed accusations of Appeal to Worse Problems in some strips, by putting them side by side in panels while mocking at the suggestion of being Not So Different, and letting the readers to draw their own conclusions.
- Food Porn: He has two books dedicated to the fine dinning, and a recognition from the Chef's League of Spain.
- Gallows Humour
- God: Recurring character.
- The Grim Reaper
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Characters in Quino's cartoons that made background or main appearances are: Superman, Batman, Pink Panther, Obelix, Tarzan, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, The Smurfs and others.
- Magic Realism
- Not So Different: Played straight in some strips and deconstructed in others (usually the ones that deal with economic inequality), see First World Problems.
- Satan: Recurring character.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism
- You No Take Candle: Cavemen and aboriginal people are portrayed speaking in this manner.
Individual cartoons provide examples of: