Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
(DC Comics, 2011, 247 pages)
This graphic novel got a lot of attention and a lot of praise so I was curious to see what it was all about. The story follows Brás de Oliva Domingos, the son of a famous writer who spends his day writing obituaries. Brás is ready for his life to “begin” – he’s just not sure how to make that happen. Moon and Bá have the book setup so that it highlights the important moments in Brás’s life, all of which have worked to make him into the man he is. It’s not a question of when life will start, but recognizing the moments in life that make you who you are.
Reading this book is inspiring in a way because the setup makes you stop and think about the moments in your own life that have and will shape you into the person you are and that you will be. It makes you want to stop and appreciate what’s around you while also realizing that life is what you make it. You can sit around wondering when your “life” is going to begin or you can embrace the here and now of life and make it all that you want it to be.
I definitely recommend this title. It was a little confusing at first, but you quickly get the gist of things. Great read.