Since the late 1990s Mladina has encouraged the production of comics in Slovenia under the editorship of Ivo Štandeker (1961–1992). A strong generation of comic artists has emerged with Tomaž Lavrič, Zoran Smiljanić, and Dušan Kastelic as representatives. Lavrič's Diareja became the magazine's mascot and has been reflecting the daily politics for over 20 years. In 2010, Ljubljana's Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova featured an exhibition of his comics. In 2017 Lavrič received Prešeren Foundation Award for his work.
In April 2017, the Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova featured an exhibition of Mladina cover art and notable articles from the 1980s period.
In October 2017, a Mladina cover page illustration on the topic of the Catalan independence conflict was refashioned as a graffiti mural in the Catalan city of Olot.