I’m so glad, Matt convinced me to pop into Gosh Comics before heading back up home, when I was in London the other week, as I picked up two cracking graphic novels. The first one, was the very enjoyable Cairo, which I reviewed a week or so ago, and this stunning one, by Brazilian brothers, Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá.
Daytripper, is not one I’d likely have come across without popping into Gosh.
What are the most important days of your life? Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá answer that question in the critical and commercial hit series that took the industry by storm, winning praise from such comics veterans as Terry Moore, Craig Thompson and Jeff Smith. Follow aspiring writer Brás de Oliva Domingos as each chapter of DAYTRIPPER peers in at a completely different moment in his life. Moon and Bá tell a beautifully lyrical tale chronicling Domingos’s entire existence – from his loves to his deaths and all the possibilities in between.
– Cover Blurb
While I don’t believe it would in any way spoil your enjoyment of the story, it’s impossible to actually talk about this book, without giving away a fairly major plot detail, so if you truly want to remain unspoiled, then stop reading now and just know that this is a fantastic graphic novel you should read as soon as you can!
Brás de Oliva Domingos, makes his living writing about other people’s deaths, with his job as a newspaper obituary writer. Son, of a highly successful and famous author, he’s inherited a way with words, and is well-respected for his skillful and tender writing. But despite this, he aspires to more, and aims to be a novelist himself.
Each segment of the story looks at a different part of Brás’ life, we meet his friends, lovers, colleagues and family; all those who have shaped and informed his life. But, each ends in his death. (Hey… I did warn you about the spoilers!) While, he sometimes dies young, sometimes old, the strands that make up who he is, weave throughout them all, looking back on what we’ve seen already and forward to what we’ve yet to see. It might be a different death each time, but it is ‘one’ life.
While, the book is centered around death both his own, and those he write about in his job, it’s so much more about embracing life and all it has to offer. I’ll repeat what I said with the disclaimer, this is a fantastic graphic novel, and one that deserves to be read as soon as you can get your hands on a copy!