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sexta-feira, 29 de novembro de 2013

Daytripper

What are the most important days of somebody's life? What are the days that are never forgotten, which change everything, that care the experiences and choices, good and bad ones, that will guide and define a person? Daytripper is about these days.

Bras de Oliva Domingos, son of a worldwide famous writer, is an obituary writer in a news paper who is trying to find himself in his life to become who he was born to be and, perhaps, become a writer himself.

The story is divided in chapters telling in non chronologic order these days in the life of Bras, with the little twist that at the end of every chapter Bras dies, putting in check what is a memory, what is a dream and what is a desire of a past that never happened.

Death is a strong theme in the story, not only because Bras writes obituaries and dies in every chapter, but because death is discussed as an element capable of giving new perspectives and as a symbol of the passage of time, as the moment of changing of roles that a person must play through the course of a life. The moment one stops being a child, the moment the first true great love ends, the moment a new one begins, and so on.

The story also combines the theme of death with the relationships of father and son. The father who gives place to the son, the son who gives place to the grandson and how, between people who live together, from one to another, invisible and visible things, in the form of habits and ways to be, are carried over. It is almost as if the ones who died could remain alive in those who are still alive.

The script is very well written, at the same level of the best books. There is a balance between poetry, rhythm and simple language. The text talks about heavy themes, uses symbols and philosophical language, but it never lose itself to become pretentious or exaggerated.

The drawings and the colors are part of the story, with expressions, frames and hues, all helping to communicate emotions and silences, adding layers and expanding the script. The pages layouts and the general disposal of text, dialogue balloons, the choices of framing and all, are examples of how comic books are capable of telling stories that can go way beyond of what most people still expected of this medium.

Final thoughts

Daytripper is not the type of story that anyone will love, simply because It uses a language and talks about things that are not of the interest or the perception of everyone.

This is not a comic book about special powers, things exploding, with simplistic characters of questionable anatomy and fashion style. In fact, I’m not against those stories at all, but Daytripper is something else, it is a story about people and not about super people.

If what I wrote was enough to make you interested, I’m sure that you gonna love Daytripper.

--- Links
Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá (the authors) website