Known for his work with illustrations and graphic novels, Rafael Sica rises as one of the Brazilian underground new revelations. His career started in 2001 and he takes internet as a great publicizing tool for artistical works. He already has a notorious bunch of readers who access his homepage periodically searching for his recent works. By the way, using the term "reader" sounds curious, as one of his characteristics is using few or none textual content.
The most recurrent thematic is the issue about the urban being contemporary lifestyle. At his comic stories we can find horror side by side with purely existential issues put into the routine and dreams (or the lack of these) of his characters. There are also critics about the exaggerated pragmatism of the post-modern world and the endless mass effect at the people, which lead to an outbreak for a poetic surrealism. Pure eccentricity!
The implicit content, at most part of the time, and the perceivable richness of details let us take more than the usual time to the (nor always) assimilation of his cartoons' messages. His characters have a huge tenor of frustration, fear, melancholia and loneliness, demonstrated at the most usual and trivial stuff of daily life. Although this, there are also who finds a very peculiar humor, and many people even classify the comics on a tragicomedy genre.
Characteristics and references to the works of Kafka, Bukowski, Crumb and Dostoevsky are easily identified. When asked about the veracity of this information, Sica not only admitted it, as much as listed other influences "(...) Leminski, Manoel de Barros, Raul Seixas, Cortázar, Orson Welles, Tom Zé and that guy who just passed through the sidewalk."
The universe of themes broached by the comics is so wide that at least in one of them the reader can see himself reflected at. And the most direct repercussion comes from the caused impact. It's perceivable at his homepage that every comic strip promotes an endless discussion among the visitors: there are those who acclaim enthusiastically his work as much as those who just see it as a simples speculation in order to puzzle the readers' mind. But that's not too bad. Maybe it's even the aim of the cartoonist.
Presently, Sica also collaborates with the ideafixa website and with the Soma and Picabu magazines. He had his comics published at newspapers and promoted expositions. He also communicated the (soon) release of his first book. Let's wait for it.
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