Every tale ought to be shared, but not every narrative is flashy, pleasant, or simple to tell, thus some aren’t as frequently as others. Stories concerning our society’s ills, injustice, the gutters, and the underworld are of this nature. But it doesn’t imply no one wants to read them or that we shouldn’t promote them; rather, the storytelling demands a delicate and emotional approach. Ademar Vieira is a master of this style of storytelling, and he utilizes comics to portray heartbreaking situations that are near to his heart. And he does it so discreetly that he doesn’t even have to say anything. The previous instalment of his comics was well-received, so if you missed it, check it out!

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How does Ademar do it; how does he accomplish so much in so few words? Perhaps the fact that he is a journalist, a scriptwriter, and a fantastic cartoonist will give you a hint. In retrospect, this is arguably the finest mix to have for a task like delivering a fascinating tale about life through photographs.

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When worlds collide

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Some cynical detractors may claim that Vieira’s art exploits our sympathies, but this is cynical in the worst way. On the contrary, I’d argue that his works don’t dance around their subject and are sometimes brutally honest, despite the fact that most would want to smooth the edges of the societal difficulties they’re depicting. It’s exactly how life may be at times. Isn’t life frequently tragic? Isn’t it sometimes heartbreakingly painful? It is critical not to lose sight of this idea.

A Christmas story

“Once upon a time, while I was working at a newspaper, my editor ordered me to write a piece on Santa Claus.” At first, I thought the narrative would be ridiculous, but then I realized that Santa may have some interesting things to share. I questioned some of them, and a Santa from a large shopping mall told me this anecdote, which happened a few years back in my city of Manaus…”

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The delicate socioeconomic issues that are tackled here may be merciless to a storyteller: there is a risk that these stories will come off as a little too gritty, tough, gloomy, and apparently hopeless. Vieira, on the other hand, has his own ways of handling these themes with sensitivity and a delicate touch. Perhaps it’s the water color he employs, or the way he sketches his characters and builds up the narrative, or the way he looks for a silver lining of optimism in the midst of adversity. It’s whatever it is, and it works like a charm. Let us hope he never loses this spark of potential!

Keep moving

“Our lives are always changing. Nothing lasts indefinitely. Losses are unavoidable when things change. It’s difficult, but there is no prescription for perpetual bliss, and all we can do is adjust to whatever comes our way. “Keep Moving” is the title of this comic strip, and it is dedicated to all those who have required or are now requiring to reinvent themselves in order to move forward.”

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But, like most great things, Ademar’s enthusiasm for writing these stories began as a simple pastime, “simply a method to exorcise my demons during a really terrible phase I was going through,” he explained. But he immediately realized that many people relate with his stories and see themselves in them. The artist’s reputation exploded overnight, first in Brazil, then globally, as he acquired hundreds of thousands of likes and 20,000 followers in only one week. Now, the artist has over 60k Instagram followers, which is a sizable number by any artist’s standards.

It’s not over yet

“What is occurring in my city of Manaus is mostly the product of stupidity and a lack of preparation on the part of government officials at all levels, but other reasons have also contributed to this disaster.” Ignorance, denial of science, fake news, and the mistaken belief that the worst is already over are killing hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Let us be vigilant and cautious, and keep each other’s well-being in mind.”

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The End!!