Mafalda

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I know I recommend a lot of books and movies in this blog, after all it’s about Things I Like, but if you had to follow my advice just on one thing then make it this. These comic strips are the best I have ever read and I am not exaggerating (also I don’t really like comics, but still).

Mafalda is a little girl with very insightful views of the world. She hates soup and makes very difficult questions who are usually left speechless by them. She is funny but also exposes some of the ugliest truths of our world and all of its incoherences. Together with her friends she can make you laugh but also reflect. Felipe, is one of my favorite characters, is always dreamy and dreading school. Susanita, really full of herself, represents all the stereotypes applied to women. Manolito, whose parents own a little grocery store, is a symbol for capitalism. They are all lovely characters that will put a smile on your face and question your beliefs.

Mafalda’s comic strips were published between 1964 and 1973 but the beauty of it is that everything still applies today. Quino, its creator, is an Argentinian cartoonist and this is his most famous work. Mafalda was first written in Spanish but has been translated into more than 30 languages, including English, so you have no excuse not to read it. Here I leave you one so that you can see for yourselves.

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