The son of the remembered humorist recalled anecdotes that reveal that his father and the Argentine genius had maintained a cordial relationship and mutual admiration
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Chespirito and Quino did not have a personal relationship, however they communicated through intermediaries (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
This Wednesday morning, a news story shook the world of culture and entertainment in Latin America, as Joaquín Salvador Lavado, known as Quino and famous for being the creative genius behind Mafalda among many other graphic projects , passed away.
Originally from Argentina, the humorist and cartoonist died at the age of 88 and was announced by the official Mafalda social media account : “Family and friends, we inform that this morning our beloved teacher Quino passed away; likewise his former editor, Daniel Divinsky He announced his death thus: “Quino died. All the good people in the country and in the world will mourn him.”
The one born on July 17, 1932, arrived in Buenos Aires at age 18 with the firm intention of becoming a professional draftsman after passing through the School of Fine Arts in Mendoza. After a successful career and the publication of his work in multiple countries, the author had moved in 2017 from Mendoza to Buenos Aires, where lately he suffered from health problems, however he had continued to attend the tributes that followed. yielding to his work, fundamental for the Argentine and Latin American comic strip.
Buenos Aires: File photo of 09/29/2014 of Joaquín “Quino” Lavado, who died today at the age of 88. (Photo: Télam / cbri)
Mainly the adventures of Mafalda and her friends were known throughout the region , including Mexico, the country of origin of another popular figure in the popular imagination: Chespirito. Beyond portraying the experiences of a group of children, according to Roberto Gómez Fernández, son of the humorist who died in 2015, the parallels between the work of Quino and Chespirito have to do with the human condition of their characters .
“I have always said that if Mafalda and El chavo met, they would make a great friendship,” said the comedian's heir to the newspaper El Universal . “Mafalda much more intelligent and profound than El Chavo, but always recognizing the human condition, and the one that El Chavo had was fabulous,” said the television producer.
Gómez Fernández recalled the admiration that existed between Chespirito and Quino and narrated how, despite the distances and the reserved nature of both characters, there was cordiality and mutual recognition between them:
“They had a certain similarity in some things, such as being reserved, shy, and not wanting to be too public. In my father it was inevitable because it appeared on the screen, but it was identified, “he said .
In addition to his most popular work “Mafalda”, Quino was the author of graphic works such as “Ni arte ni parte” and “A me no me grite” (Photo: Reuters)
The heir to the Chespirito emporium recalled how his father approached him from a very young age to the work of the acclaimed cartoonist, winner of awards such as the Prince of Asturias for Communication and Humanities .
“My father began to introduce Quino's work to the family very early and with certainty I can say that he was a great, great admirer of him and his work, he recognized in him a fantastic talent from the conception of humanity from the point of view of humor, being so deep and yet so effective in comedy, which is always a complicated combination. I admired and respected him, ”the current president of Grupo Chespirito told the Mexican newspaper .
Roberto Gómez Fernández recently announced his separation from the Televisa company, chaired by Emilio Azcárraga Jean (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
On the day that Roberto Gómez Bolaños was honored for having completed 30 years of his program on the air, Quino was invited, and although he did not attend, he did send a gift that surprised and made the creator of El Chavo del 8 . This is what his son said:
“A tribute was made to my father –who among other things he didn't like having- in the year 2000, when his Chespirito program turned 30, and I looked for Quino. I think he was in Madrid and it was difficult for him to come, but he sent a small drawing of Mafalda where he is greeting and congratulating Chespirito on his 30 years and that event filled my father with happiness. It was one of the most emotional moments for him ”, recalled the melodrama producer.