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It’s Prince of Asturias for Argentina’s Quino

Prestigious award delights Quino. Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known as Quino and creator of the comic character Mafalda, talks during a press conference in Buenos Aires yesterday. The Mafalda cartoonist was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities yesterday. Quino said that he was amazed, but delighted with the prize.
The popular cartoonist receives new accolades on Mafalda’s 50th anniversary

Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, known as Quino, was awarded yesterday the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. In an official statement, the jury said that “in the 50th anniversary of the birth of Mafalda, Quino’s lucid messages are still prevailing, due to the wise combination of the drawing’s simplicity with the depth of his thoughts.”

Shortly after receiving the news of the award, Quino issued a statement saying: “It’s a great honour to receive the Prince of Asturias Award... I’m very excited and grateful to Spain, a country that I feel very close to, due to the blood bond passed onto me by my parents.” Later on, he told reporters that “I didn’t expect it, it’s been a surprise and like every surprise when I was told about it I was speechless. Also, in this kind of occasions you tend to always repeat commonplaces, it’s inevitable, and you feel a little idiotic too.”

In a press conference held yesterday, Quino spoke about today’s humour and the impact this award may have on certain attitudes toward cartoonists’ work. “Today’s humour — for what I see in Liniers’ work among other young cartoonists — is based on something that has nothing to do with reality, or at least with today’s Argentine reality. Not counting Bife Angosto (by Gustavo Sala), there’s a guy who gets really close to what’s happening. The other cartoonists are doing much more poetic works, even intelligent works, but I notice that they have nothing to do with reality... I’m not sold on today’s humour.”

Referring to the cartoonist line of work, he said that “comics may be a minor art form, but they’re also a very appropriate medium to spread humour or ideas… There are people who don’t take the cartoonist job as a true profession. My idea is that, with a prize like this one, (those people) will get a little more enthusiastic.”

Famed Argentine cartoonist Miguel Repiso, known as Rep, jokingly told the press that “I think we should ask Quino if he’s happy (with the award), for he is a solid republican with anti-monarchic views.” He also said that “every time Quino gets recognition outside of the country I’m happy because he is my friend, a great worker and a person who shouldn’t be ‘prince’, but ‘little prince’.”

Cabinet chief for BA City government Horacio Rodríguez Larreta celebrated the award via Twitter by saying “Quino, you’re a genius! Such pride growing up with your characters. The Prince of Asturias Award is the cherry-on-top for this 50 year anniversary of Mafalda.”

The Communication and Humanities award is the third out of the total eight Prince of Asturias awards that will be given this year, on the 34th edition of the prestigious prizes. Architect Frank Gehry was distinguished in the Art category, while French historian Joseph Pérez won the award for Social Sciences. Over the next few weeks, votes will be cast by the juries of the remaining areas: Scientific and Technical Investigation, Letters, International Cooperation, Sports and Concordance.

Created in 1981, each award consists on 50,000 euros and a sculpture by the celebrated Catalonian artist Joan Miró.

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