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Daytripper Paperback – February 8, 2011
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Starred Review. A stunning, moving story about one man's life and all the possibilities to be realized or lost along the way. Brothers Bá and Moon take readers through the life of a man named Brás de Oliva Domingos, selecting a series of individual events of great significance to Brás, showing each as if it could be the day Brás dies, and in so doing creating an examination of family, friendship, love, art, life, and death that urges the reader to turn the same careful inspection on their own life. Central is the relationship between Brás, who is first seen as a disgruntled writer stuck in a job writing obituaries, and his father, Benedito de Oliva Domingos, a famous author. Although each section can be years apart, themes all beautifully tie in throughout the work; characters develop as more is learned about them as the story jumps back and forth in time; and moments of Brás' life take on entirely new meanings as events from his possible pasts or futures cast them into new lights. Moon and Bá's artwork is as impressive as their writing, and aided by colorist Dave Stewart the artists/writers render gorgeous cities and landscapes from Brazil across several decades, adding in touches of the surreal when the story calls for it. This is an intense work that promises to bring the reader along on a personal and rewarding journey. (Feb.)
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About the Author
Twin brothers and multiple Eisner Award winners Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon were born in Sao Paulo on June 5th, 1976 and have, in one way or another, been telling stories ever since. Gabriel is the artist for the bestselling comics series The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse), written by My Chemical Romance front-man Gerard Way.
Twin brothers and multiple Eisner Award winners Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba were born in Sao Paulo on June 5th, 1976 and have, in one way or another, been telling stories ever since. Fabio is an artist for the popular Hellboy spin-off series B.P.R.D (Dark Horse).
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I never read it again, until yesterday. I thought it wouldn't get to me as much as the first time i read it. Nope, it struck just as hard. This is one of those books that depending on where you are in life will affect you differently.
So in my opinion if you want a graphic novel with fantastic art and an amazing story that will tug at your heartstrings and make you take stock of your life. Then read this. If you made it this far thanks for reading my first in depth review. Have a good one
Bras is the central character. He is the son of a world-famous writer. Each chapter of this story takes places at a different time in his life - early working career, college, first love, childhood weekends on the family farm, the day his son his born, etc... They are all handled deftly and accurately - so much so that many readers can universally identify.
The twist on the story is that at the end of every issue, Bras dies. Then the next issue he's back. The whole book is a reflection on what life really means, and what's important in it, so these 'deaths' serve as a good way to reinforce how it could all end any second. However, I have to admit, some of the deaths come off as forced, and take away from the quality of the book. Still, this was an enjoyable read.
Daytripper is the story about one man's life living in the shadow of his father (a world famous author). He struggles to free himself from the shadow of his father, make a name for himself, experience love and loss, all while dying on each of the most important days of his life. His death always revealing something about how we evaluate our own lives, success and failures. It makes us examine our own situation to rethink our values and what we consider to be important or hinge our happiness on. By the end I was in tears (in a good way).
I enjoyed that the pages of the book felt more like a newspaper than a glossy photograph like some graphic novels. I think it added to the experience as a whole. Made it feel more real in some way. I know, a weird thing to take into consideration but it made a difference to me.
I had a really hard time putting this down and didn't want it to end. But when it was over I felt very satisfied with the path it had taken me and the way it delivered me to that ending....or beginning. I look forward to more material from these two very talented people in the future.