Daytripper

Daytripper

Book - 2011
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Twin brothers Fábio and Gabriel tell a haunting story about death and lifes most important moments.
Publisher: New York, NY : Vertigo/DC Comics, c2011.
ISBN: 9781401229696
1401229697
Characteristics: 247 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,26 cm.

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KCLSCarrie Aug 03, 2017

If you died today, what would your obituary say about your life? In a series of vignettes about Bras de Oliva Domingos life, we see exactly that. Each story tells about an important event in Bras’ life – his first kiss, the birth of his child, his search for his missing best friend. Each vignette ends with Bras’ death and what his obituary would have said if he died when he was eleven, or thirty-four, or twenty-one.

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nparrish
Sep 13, 2016

I don't agree with the story's end message at all...I'll leave it to you to decide if you see things that way or not...But I did like the art & storytelling style, & it made me think more than the typical fodder.

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mclarjh
May 14, 2016

Reminded me of a teenage superhero comic.

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basmoyed
Sep 28, 2015

A nice thought provoking "what if" book.

forbesrachel Apr 27, 2015

"Live every moment as if it is your last." As a warning, and later on as a piece of friendly advice, Bras de Oliva Domingos' life shows us why we must heed this saying. In each chapter Bras, an obituary writer, reaches a significant moment in his life, then dies. He dies from various circumstances, at different ages, and in various states of mind. An obituary gives a sad bit of closure for us before moving onto another part of his life, as if he had never died. The first few sections have him in fairly solitary conditions, but as we progress, he experiences more moments surrounded by loved ones, and because of them he enjoys life more and more. Under the book's calm, pensive surface are a variety of complicated human emotions created by handsomely drawn faces and expressive colours. There are good and bad moments, but Bras finds some peace with himself in his old age, for the most important moment of all may be the culmination of our lives at the end.

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vheizzu
Feb 08, 2015

I suggested to order this! I'm so happy they did!

This is a fantastic, touching, beautifully illustrated story that anybody can relate to.

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gendeg
Nov 08, 2014

Brás de Oliva Domingos has many lives and many deaths. Told in a series of well-paced, flowing vignettes, Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá chronicles all these lives and deaths to show how precious life is. It's a story with strong existential hues, asking the eternal question about what's really important in life. What are the moments that matter? The answer is obvious of course, but it takes not just a lifetime but many lifetimes for Brás to get to the right answer. Each replay or turn of the wheel of Brás's life is another chance for him to mull over and figure out those questions. There is no linear time here and the narrative jumps around so that we see Brás at different ages throughout. In chapter one, Brás is turning thirty-two-years-old; and then in the next chapter, he is twenty-one. At his oldest, he is seventy-six; the youngest we see him at is eleven or so. Each life focuses on some life-turning event—a budding romance; a failed relationship; the birth of a child; a life-changing trip with a friend—and is also filled with quiet moments, the moments we usually don't remember. Each chapter ends in a finite way, though the authors disrupt the pattern tellingly in the last chapter.

I think this graphic novel would have worked better for me if it weren't so mawkishly sentimental and focused so obsessively on this one, single character. Each inevitable death that comes feels more and more diminished and the repetition becomes tiresome, decreasing rather than increasing the tragedy and melancholy for me.

Still, Daytripper is a lofty idea conceptually and an even better story executed in visual form. The dreamy watercolor panels are beautifully drawn and filled in. I found myself thinking, yes, life as a watercolor painting is pitch-perfect here, the way memories and events seem to soak, deepen, bleed, and fade.

theorbys Sep 24, 2013

ALmost all of the interwoven short stories ends with the same gimmick, it's not very well executed as narrative, and gets tired. The art is ok and if you are looking for more serious alternative story telling in comics you might like this more than I did. 40 years ago it would have been groundbreaking. Today it need more work.

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Vylotte
Jul 18, 2011

Poignant and powerful, this is the story of a life, told through vignettes of some of our most important days: the birth of a child, meeting loves, and facing death. More importantly, it's about living your life even though death surrounds us. I picked this up because of Gabriel Ba's work on The Umbrella Academy ... this makes him a force in his own right.

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Feb 24, 2015

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