Like Elizabeth, our Graphic Novel Librarian, as a child, reading comic books was one of my favourite hobbies (read Elizabeth’s posts here, and here). I used to have a complete collection (still have it) and, each time I received a new one, used to instantly devour it. I really enjoyed diving and sharing my favourite characters’ lives and adventures. They were always kids like me who taught me great lessons of strenght and courage.
As I grew up and started to learn Spanish at school, I met this little girl:
Mafalda is a comic strip that was written and drawn between 1964 and 1973 by the Argentine cartoonist Quino. The main character, Mafalda, is a 6-year-old girl who reflects the Argentinian middle class and progressive youth and, with her characteristic restless mind and irony, is always concerned by the future of humanity and peace and expresses her point of view in a very innocent though poignant way. Mafalda’s content is usually close to reality and still as relevant and sharp as when it was created. As an idealist and utopian, she would like to study languages and work in the United Nations to contribute to world peace (and she kind of achieved it as the comic was translated in more than 30 languages and has already inspired several generations around the world).
Mafalda, her family and friends (and even her turtle pet that is called Bureaucracy because it moves in slow motion) deal at their own scale with some of the world’s problems like greed, ambition, repression, and poverty, but with a light-hearted twist that will keep you thinking. And for the experience to be complete, here is is where you can meet Mafalda almost in person: