The Wednesday Run – February 2, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

Written and Illustrated by:
Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
Vertigo Comics

If you’re living anywhere in Canada or the United States of America that is in close proximity to Great Lakes Erie and Ontario, don’t make this week’s Wednesday run.


Stay safely at home, insulated with a hot cup of cocoa and a well-read copy of Watchmen or Dark Knight, against the onslaught that is being called Snowmageddon 2011. (Take a gander at a satellite weather report or a quick gaze out of your frosted window if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)

Still, if you do feel like hitting your local comic book shop and living out a Luke Skywalker-esque Hoth adventure, be sure to pick up Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon’s trade paperback collection, Daytripper.

Daytripper was first released to much critical acclaim last year as a ten-issue, monthly series, published by Vertigo Comics. The “mature” imprint of DC Comics is a ripe home for the artistic machinations of the Brazilian twin brothers who share storytelling duties on the series. Both can write, you see, and both can draw. In recent years, they’ve been making quite a name for themselves earning awards and accolades throughout the comic book industry.

If you’re a fan of the short story, specifically the fantastical folkloric tales of Italo Calvino or, perhaps, the humanist spirituality of Paulo Coelho, you’ll be sure to enjoy the very literary Daytripper, the story of aspiring writer, Bras de Oliva Domingos. Each chapter in the 256-page collection is a study on different, sometimes innocuous, moments in the protagonist’s life – the reminder being, of course, that all moments in life are, indeed, important moments in life.

Sounds both whimsical and moving, doesn’t it? Sounds like something that might be nice to read on a snow-filled day.

You won’t have to run out to get Daytripper – it’s not going to sell out. But if you want to brave the weather on this week’s Wednesday run, make sure you do yourself a favour and bring Han Solo along.

And a spare Tauntaun.

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