Brazilian Artist Creates Heartbreaking Comics Without Using A Single Word (7 New Illustrations)

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Ademar Vieira’s name may be recognisable to you already, as we’ve featured several of his delicate and passionate cartoons narrating stories about the ills of our society.

Ademar is a visual storyteller who has mastered the art of visual storytelling. He is a Brazilian illustrator, journalist, and screenwriter. Today, we’d like to present his seven new silent narratives, which address issues like migrants, homelessness, environmental degradation, and the most recent incident that has surprised and delighted many people around the world: the full-scale war in Ukraine. Because an image is a universal language understood by all, all of this is told with nearly no words.

This is the fifth post in a series featuring Ademar’s work. If you haven’t seen his past work, we strongly advise you to do so by clicking here, here, here, and here.

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Nightmare

Today, the world is experiencing what appears to be the return of a nightmare from the past, but which is a very current reality for many people in underdeveloped countries. There is no right or wrong side for war victims, and nothing excuses barbarism, which is why this strip is dubbed ‘Nightmare.'”

Image credits: ademar__vieira

According to the artist, the violence in Ukraine, however horrific, is simply one among dozens of conflicts that have occurred in recent years or are now occurring. “Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan are some instances, but the biggest uproar stems from the fact that it is a European country. The West recognises itself in the images that make the news, and I wanted to use that to talk about the horrors of war and how politicians’ decisions affect everyday people.”

Image credits: ademar__vieira

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Refugees

“Those who follow my work more closely know that I am not a Eurocentrist and those who bought my book have already seen this strip called ‘Refugees’ and it deals with the conflict in Syria and its consequences.”

Image credits: ademar__vieira

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Image credits: ademar__vieira

Aporophobia

“In Brazil, some rich people have a theory that living on the street is very attractive and that is why this type of ‘conduct’ should not be encouraged.

With this type of thinking, it is not surprising the emergence of street furniture that prevents people in this situation from being able to shelter to sleep. I believe that ‘Aporophobia’, the aversion to the poor, is the term that defines this well.

Fortunately, we have good people like Father Julio Lancellotti, who does a beautiful job against this thought and that’s why I decided to pay homage to him this Christmas.”

Image credits: ademar__vieira

Image credits: ademar__vieira

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Image credits: ademar__vieira

Image credits: ademar__vieira

Image credits: ademar__vieira

Image credits: ademar__vieira

The Rescue

“It is a tribute to firefighters, veterinarians and biologists who are at the forefront of burning in Brazil, dealing with the frustration and sadness of not being able to save all the animals. For them, all lives matter.”

The Advance

“Forests in Brazil have been under intense exploitation and destruction in the past years to attend to the demands of the international market. This ‘development’ and many environmental crimes have a higher price than the so-called progress.”

Which one do you prefer?

“Brazil needs to change its choices and redirect its bets. Continuing to invest billions in the current agricultural model that transforms forests into pastures and into green deserts of poisoned grain monoculture only aggravates the social, environmental and climate crises.

The solution? Yes, it exists! Strengthen family farming and agroecology, systems that produce real food in partnership with nature, free from poisons and generating jobs and income for people. That’s what I try to show in this strip.”

The Queue

“This strip shows a sad reality that is happening in Brazil today.”

Image credits: ademar__vieira

The End.

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Ademar Vieira’s name may be recognisable to you already, as we’ve featured several of his delicate and passionate cartoons narrating stories about the ills of our society.

Ademar is a visual storyteller who has mastered the art of visual storytelling. He is a Brazilian illustrator, journalist, and screenwriter. Today, we’d like to present his seven new silent narratives, which address issues like migrants, homelessness, environmental degradation, and the most recent incident that has surprised and delighted many people around the world: the full-scale war in Ukraine. Because an image is a universal language understood by all, all of this is told with nearly no words..