Daytripper

Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, is an award-winning 10-issue comic book, collected into a trade paperback, by Vertigo.

Daytripper takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the life of the main character, Bras de Oliva Domingos.

Bras, a newspaper obituaries writer is a struggling writer, trying to step out of the shadows of his successful novelist father, to make a name for himself in the literary world.

Each issue of Daytripper focuses on a specific time in Bras’ life – his innocent adolescence when he was 11; his carefree post-college days in his early 20′s, when he thought anything was possible; his more cautious, career-oriented life during his mid 30′s; his elderly years as a successful writer, in his 70′s.

Each issue presents a different defining moment in Bras’ life and shows readers how it would have ended up had Bras done things differently or taken a different path.

"this is the story of my life. Take a deep breath, open your eyes and close the book."

Through its beautiful, subtle but meaningful illustrations, Daytripper tries to define life through death, and reality through dreams.  It’s a story about friendship, love, mortality, and the difficult choices people make to make their lives more meaningful.

"Only when you accept that one day you'll die can you let go and make the best out of life."

Daytripper is a very moving story that will make readers re-assess their own lives, and dreams, and hopefully, to wake up in order to live.

…what my dreams really show me is what my life can be once I open my eyes.

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Daytripper is my first selection for the Graphic Novels Reading Challenge 2012.

Daytripper (2011)- Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Vertigo – 256 pages; Color

Personal rating:  5/5

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