“Daytripper” by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá (2011) comic review – graphic novel recommendations

[Book cover of graphic novel “Daytripper” by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (2011) – comic review from comics recommendation list]Now, the next comic I’d like to recommend isDaytripper, which is by the Brazilian twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.Daytripperis a comic about a young man who writes the obituary columns for his city’s newspaper. But beyond that, he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a great writer in his own right. Mortality is the theme running through this slightly surreal 250-page comic. In each chapter of the comic, we join the main character for a day in his life. The chronology keeps on jumping around throughout each of the 10 chapters of the book: in the first chapter he’s aged 32, then in the next chapter he’s aged 21. We also see him as a 47-year old, and 11-year old, and finally as a 76 year-old man. So, in other words, we’re following this guy for ten days of his life, but the ten days are scattered all throughout his life. As you can see, the artwork is incredibly imaginative. I especially like the illustrations of the character swimming underwater beneath a harbour full of anchored boats. It sort of looks like that they are blimps floating above him, tethered to the ground by anchors. The scenery keeps on changing throughout the comic, as we move throughout time, and move to various locations around Brazil. So, we see everything from the city, to the beach, to the desert, to the countryside. Anyway, it’s really nice stuff. And it comes with a one-page illustrated introduction by Craig Thompson. Bargain, right!? So, check outDaytripperby Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.[title music: “Bunny” by Screamfeeder]

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