Sometimes, you just need to walk away from the capes and the masks. Leave the superheroes behind. Leave the popular genres like science fiction and fantasy and horror and crime, and try reading something else for a change. This comic book medium offers so many great story ideas and there are so many great storytellers working within it. We owe it to ourselves, on any given day, to try something a little bit different.
I’ve been waiting for today for quite a while.
Today sees the release of the deluxe hardcover edition of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s critically acclaimed series, Daytripper. Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you what it all about!
Written and Illustrated by: Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
Published by: Vertigo Comics
Four years ago, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, twin brothers from Brazil, released the ten-issue monthly comic book series, Daytripper, via Vertigo Comics.
Interestingly, despite my long preamble about genre comics and reading something different, Moon and Ba are probably best known by North American audiences for their genre works like Casanova, The Umbrella Academy and B.P.R.D. (You know, that Hellboy spin off?)
Still, their artistic styles bring to mind great South American and European authors and illustrators such as Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, and Moebius – not to mention American legends like Will Eisner.
Daytripper, their first work for “mature and sophisticated” publisher, Vertigo Comics, told the story of aspiring writer Bras de Oliva Domingos. Each chapter of the ten-part tale detailed a completely different, but important, moment in his life. Daytripper is a lyrical narrative, both in word and art, that tells the story of one man’s life, his various loves, his potential deaths, and all the good stuff that falls between the two.
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up the absolutely beautiful Daytripper.
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!