A comic without any words is a difficult duty which an artist has to perform the non-verbal language through the facial expressions of the characters as well as the storyboard needs to be cohesive. Not many artists like this Brazilian visual storyteller can melt the Internet’s heart just by looking at his comic strips.
Ademar Vieira is not only an artist, he is also a journalist and screenwriter. The interesting point is despite his other professions which need a lot of words to tell and to depict, in the comic called “The cat”, he didn’t attempt to put a single word. The viral comic is based on his true story when he saw a poor little kitten who was abandoned. He fed and cuddle the furball but didn’t have any intention to adopt since he already had a pooch who was also in the same situation as the cat. But his life has been changing from time to time. Let’s find out what made him rescue this little critter!
“When I lived alone, one day a kitten appeared at the door of my apartment. I started to feed her, but I didn’t want to adopt her. I was waiting for one of the neighbors to adopt her, but that didn’t happen. Every time I got home, she was in the front, waiting for a little milk and a cuddle. Until one day, I arrived and she was not in her usual place. Several days went by without seeing her. I was afraid that something terrible had happened to her, so when she reappeared, I adopted her. It was a relief and a joy.” – Here we go the inspiration of drawing the heartwarming story and the kitty finally found her forever home!
Everything happens for a reason, even though didn’t think of anything that could possibly happen to us. Vieira is like us too, he never thought about owning a kitty, specifically, a rescued kitten!
“When I was younger, I just couldn’t imagine having a cat as a pet. I was living alone and thought that my lifestyle would not allow me to have a cat. Turns out that she chose me anyway,” he says.
However, after some time, he probably can’t imagine not having a cat by his side.
“We played a lot and I had fun watching how she used the spaces in the house and tried to have fun alone. Over time, I realized how much I cared about her as if she was a member of the family.”
Mentioning the main star of the comic strips, the little feline, he said:
“‘Gata-fera,’ which can be translated into English as ‘Wild Cat,’ has a very strong personality. She only receives affection when she wants to and she’s able to bite or scratch anyone who tries to cuddle her when she doesn’t want to be cuddled. She spends most of her time looking for unusual places to sleep and she loves to hunt and chase the dogs in the house. On the other hand, she can also be very sweet when she wants to.”
Having a brilliant point of view, he thinks deeply about what the comic is about.
“My comic strips are not conventional like most, with three pictures and balloons. They are more like short films that tell stories about life, loaded with emotion, criticism, and some twists and turns.”
“My native language is Portuguese and my intention was to make strips in Portuguese, but trying to use as little dialogue as possible. I managed to do some without dialogue and one of them went viral in several countries. From then on, I realized that it was a path of no return and I started using the no-dialogue format as a signature of my style on the comic strips.” – the Brazilian artist revealed where his non-verbal came from.