Sergio Cariello is a Christian comic book artist who has drawn Batman, Spiderman, the Lone Ranger, and other characters. He attended a school to help him improve his drawing skills, and he has also attended schools where he studied the Bible. Recently The Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton interviewed him on VOMRadio.net.
Read parts of the interview below. (Edited and paraphrased from the original interview for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)
Todd: You knew that you wanted to draw comic books when you were 5 years old.
Sergio: I grew up in Brazil, and we had comics like kids in America did. As soon as we could hold a pencil in our hands, my brother and I were drawing every day. I remember telling my parents, “When I grow up, I want to be a cartoonist. I want to draw comic books.”
Todd: Sergio Cariello is the artist behind the The Action Bible. VOM is working on The Action Bible project with the publisher. The publisher and VOM are working together to translate and distribute The Action Bible into hostile and restricted nations all over the world.
Sergio: I have dealt with Jesus from a very young age, not only drawing Him, but talking to Him and reading about Him. At times I have to stop drawing and talk to God, and even while I’m drawing. I stop and say, “Lord, fill me now. Lord, thank You. Touch my heart; I need that.”
Todd: You have said, “My Jesus is not a wimp.” Tell us about that.
Sergio: Jesus was a carpenter. Have you ever seen a carpenter’s hands? They are not weak. Have you seen the legs of people who walk miles and miles on foot? They have strong legs. Jesus didn’t have a subway system or a horse to travel.
Todd: What are some stories you have heard about how people around the world are reacting to The Action Bible?
Sergio: I hear stories such as the Indian kid who hid the book under his bed. When he finally decided to show it to his Muslim father, the father got saved by reading the book. When he looked at the picture of Jesus, he asked his son, “Where did you get this? I have been dreaming of this man. I have seen Him in my dreams.” The father witnessed to his neighbor, and the neighbors got saved. They started a church among Muslims in India.
It is my privilege to be alive and to see this happening as I live. And I praise God for everything He is doing for me and through me.