Carlos Ruas is a young designer from the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who created the blog “Um Sábado Qualquer” in 2009, at the age of 23.
*Um Sábado Qualquer is the original Portuguese language blog which now boasts an English language site “Once Upon a Saturday” and a French language site “Un Samedi Quelconque“.
Ruas uses irreverence with a big dose of humor to approach one of the most controversial topics in the world: religion. With his intelligent and unprejudiced charm, Ruas has been captivating more and more readers in Brazil. Today, his comics blog is one of the most widely read in Brazil, with more than 40k daily visitors and over 2.6 Million readers on Facebook. He has published two books, and in 2012 he was awarded the HQmix, the Oscar of Brazilian comics, in the category of web comics.
Who’s right? Christians, Atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Hare Krishnas, Greeks, Egyptians, Mormons, and all the other 10 thousand religions that exist and have existed on this planet. The author, Carlos Ruas, refuses to take sides to defend or offend any of them. His intention is to encourage dialogue, debate, and free philosophical thought. Setting aside dogmas and sins, Ruas manages to transform the entire existential question into something comedic. After all, where do we come from, and where are we going? Could the answer lie with the gods? It follows then, that the best approach would be to put them all together in a bar to discuss the topic.
Have fun reading “Once upon a Saturday,” a blog of comic strips that shows God walking hand-in-hand with humor.
In case you’re not familiar with the comic strips, let’s introduce some of the characters and series.
The most human God you’ll ever meet. Just like you, he also suffers, cries, smiles, gets pissed off and floods everything, regrets, fights with his wife, comes back, screws everything up, fixes it… Through unusual bible interpretations, Ruas creates new versions of the facts that marked the holy world.
LOU (LUCIFER, AKA “LUCIRALDO” OR “LUCI”)
Our charismatic little devil is not evil at all; in all actuality, it’s humans who demonize him. Luci governs the infernal world, but that does not make him infernal. After all, someone would have to do the job anyway. He feels unjustly targeted as the excuse for all humankind’s atrocities. He and God have had their disagreements, but now it’s all in the past. All he wants is to live a peaceful life; that is of course, if humans let him.
The favorite among men! If men were sexist back in the day, imagine the first one. Adam doesn’t know how to deal with women; he hasn’t had anyone to show him how, and consequently he is extremely sincere. If a woman asks “Do I look fat?” his answer will be “Yes”. He feels wronged by God for being forced to live 900 years with the same woman, which only increases his asshole-ness. Naive, fun, womanizer, sexist. Adam is always good for a laugh despite the feminist outcry.
The Lisa Simpson of our blog, always having to put up with two childish guys, God and Adam, who have very archaic views on women. They always misunderstand her, despite her being an intelligent and proper lady.
The psychopathic baby, even from the cradle Cain already shows his killer instincts. He and God don’t get along; God simply can’t stand the idea of having a psycho grandson. Cain, never hesitant in his cruelty, insists that he “takes after his grandfather.”
BAR OF THE GODS
The series that finds humor in all religions. We put all the gods together in a bar to observe their behavior, arguments, and thoughts.
Of course we can’t forget about all the great personalities who have participated in “Once Upon a Saturday.” In these comics you’ll find Einstein, Freud, Darwin, Nietzsche, Niemeyer, Socrates, Voltaire… all talking about their theories and thoughts.
A religion created by Carlos Ruas, through the psychic possession of the prophet Joe Potatoman. Potatoism claims to be the great and absolute truth, the religion of the new age, ousting the main religions on the market that are out-of-date. The plan is that, within 2,000 years, Potatoism will be the world’s main religion.