The Prince of Asturias Award for
Communication and Humanities has been awarded to Joaquin Salvador Lavado, the Argentine cartoonist better known by his pen name Quino, creator of the Mafalda comic character.
Chair of the jury Victor Garcia de la Concha made the announcement: “After 50 years of Mafalda the combination of lucidity and wisdom remains valid along with the simplicity of the design and the depth of thought.”
The 82-year found an international audience with his Mafalda cartoon strip, which features a six-year-old girl, Mafalda, who reflects on the Argentine middle class, youth culture and world peace.
Translated into 30 languages Mafalda ran from 1964 to 1973.
Quino has picked up many international accolades including the French Legion of Honour and Cartoonist of the Year, chosen by fellow cartoonists from around the world.
He is also celebrated in the Argentine capital Buenos Aries with a plaza named, not surprisingly, Plaza Mafalda.