And Then I Read: DAYTRIPPER 1 & 2

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Images © Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon.

This is the first thing I’ve read by these two creators, who despite their names are twin brothers from Brazil. They’re best known for work at Dark Horse Comics, and they were entertaining at last year’s Eisner Awards in San Diego, that’s about all I knew before opening these comics.

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DAYTRIPPER is what I would call a “slice of life” story, focused on the main character, Brás de Oliva Domingos, and taking place in Brazil, I assume. In issue 1 it’s his 32nd birthday, and he’s conflicted about many things including his job of writing obituaries, his famous writer father, and his mother. His dog, and his friend Jorge seem to be the ones he’s not conflicted about. Going to some sort of award presentation for his father, and on Brás’ own birthday? Now, that’s a big conflict. In fact, on the way to it, he turns aside into a small bar for a drink. What happens then seems like it ought to be the end of his story…but in issue 2, we’re back in the past, when Brás was 21, and he and Jorge were traveling around the country. Brás meets a girl, has an affair, and takes part in a ritual of her local seaside village. The ritual involves taking floating offerings out into the ocean and setting them adrift. And at the end of this issue, once again Brás has an apparent life-ending accident. But, how could that be? I’m intrigued. If there’s a fantasy element to this story, it’s subtle, and I want to know more. I’ll keep reading.

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By the way, the art on the book has an informal looseness that’s appealing, and so does the lettering. I didn’t know why at first, and then I realized it’s because the balloon tails are not merged with the balloons, but extend a little inside of them. A subtle but effective touch by letterer Sean Konot, who has been lettering comics since the early 1990s, lately most often for Dark Horse, though he did quite a bit of work for DC over the years, too. Well done, nice job.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes next. Recommended.

One thought on “And Then I Read: DAYTRIPPER 1 & 2

  1. Ivan Brandon

    i was lucky enough to read the first 5 issues on my last visit to brazil and as good as the first issue is, the second issue really sends the whole thing home.

    LOVE this book. for me it’s also just a very important thing that a book like this should exist, it’s very much not the kind of book vertigo typically publishes.

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