Google pays tribute to Quino with a doodle that recalls his birth 90 years ago
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of Joaquin Salvador Lavado, better known as Quinothe great Argentine cartoonist and humorist, who died on September 30, 2020. And Google pays tribute to him with a doodlethe drawing or animation that replaces the search engine logo when you want to highlight an important date.
“This is our tribute to a great Argentine artist and his enormous legacy,” said Florencia Sabatini, Director of Communications for Google Latin America. “A man of unparalleled talent, who gave life to characters that we will never forget, and who have kept his validity intact through the years. The 90th anniversary of Quino’s birth is a date that touches the soul of those of us who were born and raised in Argentina, but also to the thousands of people who were captivated by the stories of Mafalda in other parts of the world. Today, we celebrate this important date with a Doodle created by an emerging artist from Argentina, which can be seen in 25 countries.”
Cinchona he was 88 years old when he died in 2020. Recently, Quino used a wheelchair because of the circulation problems he had in his legs, in addition to suffering from a glaucoma, which seriously affected his vision. However, she was always in a good mood.
The doodle published by Google today was created by the Argentine artist wicket blue: as he explained in a statement, “his fullest form of expression was drawing, that’s why I wanted to portray him creating the memorable world we know. I studied his self-portraits and was inspired to see how he represented himself: concentrated, drawing at his desk full of sheets, pencils and his lamp. ” And he added: “From the beginning I envisioned this Doodle in black and white. It seemed to me a characteristic that quickly evokes Quino’s strips and, on the other hand, I feel that I can reflect my imprint as an artist, since austerity in color is one of my favorite resources when illustrating”.
the creator of Mafalda, one of the most recognized comics in the country and internationally, was born in Mendoza on July 17, 1932. As a child he received the nickname with which he would later become famous. His Andalusian parents invented it to differentiate him from his uncle, also called Joaquín, and from whom he inherited his passion as a cartoonist.
As an example of international appeal of Quino’s workIn addition to Argentina, the doodle can be seen in 24 countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Sweden and Venezuela.
Another proof of the University of Mafalda, Quino’s great creation, is in the sculptures around the world that commemorate this popular cartoon. In Argentina, there are statues of Mafalda, Susanita and Manolito in the Cartoon Walk in San Telmo; also in Jujuy and in mendoza (inaugurated and immediately vandalized in October 2021). Mafalda also has a dedicated statue in Oviedo (Spain) (Spain).
Beyond the doodle and the enormous amount of material available on the Web about Quino, Google highlights a documentary available on YouTube, in which Boy Olmi explores the story of the cartoonist and the impact of his work, in a talk recorded in 2019. In fact, the documentary premiered in June, four months before Quino’s death: