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

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Ademar Vieira might be a familiar name to you already since Bored Panda has featured quite a few of his sensitive and heartfelt illustrations telling stories about the wrongs of our society.

Today, we want to share Ademar’s 7 new silent narratives that touch on topics of concern, such as refugees, homelessness, destruction of nature and the most recent event that has shocked and thrilled the hearts of many people around the world—the full-scale war in Ukraine. All of that is told with almost no words because an image is a universal language understood by all.

This is the fifth article showcasing Ademar’s artwork. If you haven’t seen his previous illustrations, we highly recommend you take a look at the earlier posts by clicking here, here, here and here.

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Nightmare

“Today, the world is witnessing what seems like the return of a nightmare from the past, but which for many people in poor countries is a very current reality. For the victims of war, there is no right or wrong side, there is nothing that justifies barbarity, that’s why this strip is called ‘Nightmare’.”

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According to the artist, the war in Ukraine, although horrible, is just one of the dozens of conflicts that have taken place in recent years or are still taking place. “Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan are some examples of this, but the biggest commotion comes from the fact that it is a country located in Europe. The West recognizes itself in the images that reach the news and I wanted to take advantage of that to talk about the horror of war and how ordinary people are affected by the decisions of politicians.”

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“So far the war has affected the price of fuel and that affects our entire economy, but if the war continues, in addition to people’s lives and all this suffering, we could have other political and economic consequences or worse, more conflicts. For me, it was important to mobilize the public for an end to the war in the hope of a ceasefire and a peace agreement.”

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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.”

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The most difficult part of the creative process for the artist is to be able to fit a whole thought or a complex idea into the space that Instagram gives him. “I’ve given up on several stories because of this, but somehow, I always get new ones that fit the format.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Global warming and the destruction of nature is a constant concern of Ademar’s because, according to the artist, humanity has not yet reached a point of balance with nature.

“Every year we are losing more species and advancing our activities into ecosystems and destroying what nature took millions of years to establish. So, thinking about the future of the planet is something that still worries me a lot.”

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The Queue

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

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Fascinated by music, movies and sitcoms, I'm passionate about social media and can't live without the internet, especially for all the cute dog and cat pictures out there. I wish the day had about 40 hours to be able to do everything I want.

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Hi there! I'm Gabrielė, but you can also catch me responding to Gab, Gabi, Gabert, or Gabe – take your pick. Professionally, I'm the senior community manager over at Bored Panda, helping people share their awesome work and connecting artists with a worldwide audience. Beyond work, you'll catch me traveling, listening to vinyl and diving into movies, art exhibitions, and concerts. I'm a culture buff at heart, always eager to explore and embrace the richness of the human experience.

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Gabrielė Malukaitė

Gabrielė Malukaitė

Moderator, BoredPanda staff

Hi there! I'm Gabrielė, but you can also catch me responding to Gab, Gabi, Gabert, or Gabe – take your pick. Professionally, I'm the senior community manager over at Bored Panda, helping people share their awesome work and connecting artists with a worldwide audience. Beyond work, you'll catch me traveling, listening to vinyl and diving into movies, art exhibitions, and concerts. I'm a culture buff at heart, always eager to explore and embrace the richness of the human experience.

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Sonia Bailey
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

F**k that first comic was a gut punch. My heart goes out to all who suffer because of war :(

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Caro Caro
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are very powerful and heartbreaking. Thank you for posting. The message is clear and the drawings made me emotional.

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Sonia Bailey
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

F**k that first comic was a gut punch. My heart goes out to all who suffer because of war :(

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Caro Caro
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are very powerful and heartbreaking. Thank you for posting. The message is clear and the drawings made me emotional.

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