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Women revolutionize graphic humor

Women also got into Argentine graphic humor. And Maitena is perhaps the greatest exponent of that generation of talented people.


Maitena (Buenos Aires, 1962) is one of the women, screenwriter and cartoonist who practically inventedArgentine feminine graphic humor .

Although there were predecessors in Ada Lind and Cecilia Palacio, for decades women were denied the greatest art of Argentines . In a frank and direct style, the author introduced the voice and action of women in the mass media of the country and Latin America, enabling the arrival of new generations of artists who are transforming comics, balloons and cartoons such as Caro Chinaski, Cami-Camilain, Julieta Arroquy, La Cope and Sole Otero, among others.

Her career can be divided into a before and after the women's magazine “Para Ti” hired her in 1994 to create the series of “ Women Altered ”. Until now she was a well-known comic writer of cult publications such as “Sex Humor”, “Pigs and Fish” and “Fierro”, with a dark and provocative line, openly feminist.

In its most popular stage, she renews her discourse by opting for a less revulsive aesthetic, and that lead her to the successful “Superadas” in the newspaper “La Nación” in the first 2000. She is currently more focused on her work as a screenwriter and writer, with the powerful novel “Rumble” as a representation of the troubled Argentina of the seventies from the perspective of a teenager.

Says Maitena

“ The first time I was written to a magazine was to Sex Humor: a reader asked if Maitena was the name of a woman or the surname of a man. At that time I found it funny; today, almost thirty years later, I think it was a very good question” in Lo peor de Maitena. Buenos Aires: South American. 2015

They say of Maitena

“ Her name means “the most beloved” in Basque, and for the legions of women in Latin America, the cartoonist Maitena has become a dear friend and defender. Working first through a comic strip in magazines and newspapers, and now on two series of books, which together have sold nearly a million copies worldwide, she has articulated her hopes and fears with ingenuity and compassion.”

Larry Rohter, Argentine Cartoonist Articulates Women's Hopes and Fears. In New York Times, March 23, 2004.

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Publication Date: 19/05/2020

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