Posted 2003-06-08 03:24:39 by
This weekend I was introduced by an Argentinian friend to the work of one “Quino,” a wonderful cartoonist whose sense of humor bears a striking resemblance to that of Gary Larson, though without the focus on Biology.
He doesn't seem to have gotten much exposure in the United States, because he writes in Spanish. However, I enjoyed “Dejenme Inventar” and “Bien, Gracias. Y Usted?” immensely without knowing much Spanish at all, because most of the material in those two books is wordless. I would recommend them to non-Spanish-speakers without reservations, especially those who are fans of The Far Side.
Quino also used to draw a serial comic strip called “Mafalda,” which I've heard compared with Charles Schulz's “Peanuts.” Most of these strips are text-heavy, though, and unfortunately I haven't been able to find any official translations into English. There are some unofficial translations available in a few places. It seems surprisingly political for a strip apparently aimed at children, though perhaps not so surprising when you consider that it was written in Argentina during the 60s and 70s. I could see myself learning Spanish from this.