Review: Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

I just went all the way through Daytripper, and am now sitting with the intensity of emotions brought forth by reading this unbefuckinglievably brilliant graphic novel from Brazilian wonder twins Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.


It opens with a plink of a water drop – just a hint of a cloudburst to come.

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It provides a window into pivotal moments in the life of Bras de Oliva Domingos, an obituary writer for a local newspaper. He picked up the habit of smoking from his mother and inherited the passion for painting with words from his father. For years he has been struggling to discover his own voice as an author. Soon he finds himself keeping up with mundane work and writing about death, when all he wanted to do was write about life.

In many ways, his story is no different from yours or mine and therein lies its brilliance. This book is a rumination on the beauty of life and the inevitability of death. It encourages its reader to seize the day and see the beauty in the mundane without being contrived or cliche. It allows the reader to examine his or her own relationships and explore life’s biggest questions while traipsing alongside Bras, who is basically doing the same thing.

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At times surreal and so real, this book ruined me in the best of ways.

Upon opening the book, I was left in awe by the breathtaking illustrations. Upon reading it, I was rendered catatonic by the sheer poetry of it all.

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Take away the coffee and cigarettes and in many ways, I am like Bras; a dreamer, a wanderer, a daytripper.

Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba managed to convey a moving and thought-provoking story told through a series of quiet moments, unexpected surprises, and infinite possibilities.

(How could they have known? How could they have encapsulated my entire life in just ten issues?)

I’m not going to lie: by the end of this book, my ribcage was just about ready to burst open. Daytripper touched on my greatest fears and essentially opened a Pandora’s box of old wounds, terrifying monsters, and nightmares that haunt me still.

The hour after I closed the book was mostly spent bawling my eyes out while thinking and re-evaluating my life. Reading it was a cathartic experience, and it is one that I highly recommend.

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At the end of Daytripper, Fabio Moon wrote:

We wanted that feeling that life was happening right there, in front of every one of us, and we were living it. And we did. And sometimes, we die to prove that we lived.

In many ways, the story of Bras de Oliva Domingos is no different from yours or mine. I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together in the pursuit of dreams and a life worth living.

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This was a post by Hanna, who needs a pint of nightmare ice cream.

Review: Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

3 thoughts on “Review: Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

  1. […] I got most of them from rummaging through bargain bins, and the rest were purchased at full price from local bookstores. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson was bought at Kubi’s behest, and Sally Gardner’s heartbreakingly beautiful Maggot Moon was purchased at John Green’s recommendation. It was a pleasant surprise to discover Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock among dusty gems at a favorite secondhand bookshop in Baguio, and I finally managed to find my own copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders on a recent trip to Manila. I’ve also been stocking up on classics and devouring graphic novels, including the first two volumes of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and the exceptionally brilliant Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. […]

  2. […] Of my recent acquisitions, which were displayed ever so proudly on a recent book haul post, I breezed through a couple of graphic novels and read Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock while sitting for hours on a hospital hallway. Nancy Drew was still a delight, and Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes only reinforced my desire to retire under the Tuscan sun. Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon ripped my heart to shreds, while Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba ruined me in the best of ways. […]

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