Who is this guy, Quino? I collect original comic art, and would love to get hold of this guy and talk turkey!
There are lots of funny folks around, but no one walks that tendentious tightrope between the truely funny and the all-too-painfully-true like Quino does. Whether he's crafting one of his one- or two-page comic vignettes or dashing off a gag, his stuff is urbanely harrowing, poignant, jocular, profound, lighthearted, scintillating, insightful, melancholic, piercing, or some new and exciting combination of the above.
The greatest pity of Quino relates to the fact that his work is virtually unknown in the U.S. This is particularly odd as he long ago made an aesthetic decision which should have served as a concession to the U.S.'s largely monolingual culture; most of his comics are wordless. To appreciate Quino requires only a handful of things; to be human, to have eyes that work, to have been subject to the griefs and glories of Western Civ, and to have not totally lost your sense of humor.
I note with some asperity that the best U.S. publishers seems to have done is to keep up on his character Mafalda. Although there is no doubt a monumental wealth of great work from his pen, the only other work available is this long out-of-print collection of short strips and gags. Why do no U.S. publishers see the obvious intrinsic value in hearalding Quino's mightly oevre in a bright, new, thick, glossy edition? Were the pertinence of this question not so self-evident, one might mistake it for the brayings of a mere infatuated fanboy!
Must I go offshore to get my Quino fix?
Author: Ron A. Zajac