daytripper – graphic novel review

Review of Graphic Novel – “Daytripper,” by: Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá

“Daytripper” was my first experience with a graphic novel that isn’t superhero or thriller based.  I found it trolling along in my local library’s small graphic novel section and was surprised that there are more literary (what I often refer to as “high brow” to my “low brow” style of writing) graphic novels, and had to check it out.

“Daytripper” is about Brás de Oliva Domingos, the child of a famous author and budding writer, though he doesn’t write novels just yet.  Right now, he writes obituaries…..and strangely enough, he dies in each chapter.  The first time it happened, I was confused, after a few chapters, it was something I came to expect but didn’t really get until I came to this page, and got my big take away from the book:

end

Once you accept that you’ll die, you can let go and make the best in life.  You can cherish the time you have with the ones you love and also use your time wisely to chase your dreams.  Pretty wise words and beautiful art to bring home the point.

daytripper-comic

And you know, I like to add light-heartedness to most of my posts, so here’s my ending thought.  I liked this page too…life is like a good book, no matter how much you like the story, one day it has to end….

This is mostly true, unless you’re reading a never-ending series or like me, making a seemingly never-ending slog through editing. :p

Check out “Daytripper,” a surprisingly deep and literary graphic novel with beautiful art and a wise message.

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11 thoughts on “daytripper – graphic novel review”

  1. Oh the high-brow graphics…they can be hit or miss. There’s an awesome high-brow one I’ve read called The Fall by Ed Brubaker I thoroughly enjoy. And glad you seem to be getting into more graphic novels. They are oodles of fun.

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    1. I’ll have to check out “The Fall.” And I have been getting into graphic novels more, they’re really fun and often, surprisingly well-written. 🙂 Still have to finish Locke & Key though…can’t wait to see what happens.

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  2. I loved this comic too. It was really well written, the art is beautiful, and it came out at the right time in my life. You know I have a ton of suggestion for comics. If you ever want to good suggestion on a comic series or a singular graphic novel, just ask. 🙂

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    1. I’ve got a backlog currently – finishing Locke & Key, graphic novel version of a Wrinkle in Time, sex criminals, blankets, and tank girl. But anything you’d like to add to the list would be welcomed. 🙂

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  3. Excellent, I haven’t picked up a graphic novel in ages and really should dip my toe in again, it’s nice to have a change from superheroes and actiony type stuff. I think you would also enjoy anything by Shaun Tan and there was one called Logicomix as well which I enjoyed. I’ve read a lot of good Raymond Briggs stuff as well which is moving.

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      1. There are so many great books out there, Charlie’s War is a really emotive series of books about World War One, that is also worth a read if you fancy something a little serious.

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