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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  28,985 ratings  ·  2,769 reviews
What are the most important days of your life?

Meet Brás de Oliva Domingos. The miracle child of a world-famous Brazilian writer, Brás spends his days penning other people's obituaries and his nights dreaming of becoming a successful author himself—writing the end of other people's stories, while his own has barely begun.

But on the day that life begins, would he even notice
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Vertigo (DC Comics)
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Rollin K You can never fully embrace that which you fear. To live is to die. Therefore, to fully embrace life, you first have to accept the inevitability of de…moreYou can never fully embrace that which you fear. To live is to die. Therefore, to fully embrace life, you first have to accept the inevitability of death.(less)

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Damn. This is probably the most profound story I've read in at least a couple of years. Comic or otherwise.

Keep in mind that this is a story about stories. About beginnings and endings. These things are close to my heart.
Seth T.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Let's get this out of the way up front: Daytripper may be the best graphic novel I've ever had the pleasure to read. Consider yourselves warned.

Perhaps Daytripper's biggest success is that it saves itself from being cliche. All the things that people want to say about it (e.g. "The book is life-affirming" or "The book shows that death is just another part of life") are exactly the kinds of things that could be said about that new movie that you don't want to see, the one that is bound to be an o
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix, favorites
Life turns on little moments. Moments that you dwell on and play over and over again in your mind in the infinite ways that they could have resolved themselves.

What do you do next? Do you go talk to the girl? Do you walk out of the shop? Could this be one of those pivotal moments?

Twin brothers, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, have crafted a wonderful graphic novel that centers on the life of one man, Bras de Olivias Dominguez. Each issue contains a key segment in Bras’ life and each one ends in his d
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Not to be mean (or hell, you know, yeah, kind of pretty much to be mean), but I'm not really sure that all these people falling all over themselves over Daytripper have really read enough comics, or enough books, or have lived enough, or have gone outside enough in general.

Wait! Come back! I'm sorry. I didn't mean it.

I mean, I know you've read enough stuff. I know you're a totally great human being. Really, I do; everyone says so.

And it's totally absolutely fine if you like this comic. Or if yo
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daytripper is an honest meditation on mortality.

"Do something with your life,
Something that matters."

Brilliant. Beautiful artwork. So real. So alive. So human. Deep, soulful, so much of heart.

Life is like a book, son
And every book has an end.
No matter how much you like that book... will get to the last page...
And it will end.

No book is complete without it's end.

Once you get there...
...only when you read the last words...
...will you see how good the book is...
It feels real.

"And so
Great story. A writer meditates on the important points in life, family and living a life up until death. The book is part dream, part story and part memoir of his life. We see him die several times throughout the story. Is it a chapter in his life death, a metaphorical death, or just dreams of his life. We don't really know.

I love the childhood scene where he is a kid at his grandparents home with all the family around. Those are good memories of mine too. I had felt in this life, one of the g
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

A recommendation from Craig Thompson was good enough for me to make me order this 'hidden' gem. Hidden might seem a bit of a stretch, given that the album was on the New York Times bestseller list, but it makes me wonder sometimes why we don't turn into movies these kind of gentle, ordinary people discovering the wonder and the pain of the world we live in, instead of CGI-heavy Batmans and Avengers. Thompson is the author of "Habibi" and "Blankets", two of my all time favorites adult sequential
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♫♪♫♪♫♪She was a day tripper, a one way ticket yeah ♫♪♫♪♫♪

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If I finally get off my duff and write this review will I stop singing this song???? Please????????????

Some may say Daytripper was “a story about death.” But in actuality, it was “really about life . . . but death has a big part in it.”

It was about searching for “the moment that won’t fade. The moment we all search for.”

It was about realizing that “in order to
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: death, graphic-novel
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Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: the obit writer wanna be author in death and the penguin wasn't even this douchey
Recommended to Mariel by: I was foolishly intrigued that the authors were identical twins like me
Brás de Oliva Domingos' life began 28 years ago and it ended on a Friday morning as he was hit by a truck on his way for his morning coffee. He was always there when his friends needed him, was close to his family, and he, like everyone else, was trying to find his way in the desert, looking for that oasis we like to call... "love."

Someone stop Brás de Oliva Domingos. He's the obituary writer and he is writing about only himself on a fierce ego trip.

I would rather that was the story. It might
Dave Schaafsma
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brazilian twin brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba created this beautiful meditation on life and death and love and art and fathers and sons and friendship.... There's some magical realism in it, just enough, and is gorgeously and romantically conceived and executed... Fundamentally allegorical, philosophical, and yet hard to put down. Not primarily chronological.... more of a meditation on meaning than a focus on plot. Lovely, powerful and (for me, at least), often pretty moving.

On second read,
Nicholas Talty
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who's looking for a story about embracing life.
Disclaimer: Even if you don’t read graphic novels, pause to read this.

Here’s the deal. I spoilered quotations (once again) just in case people don’t want me to steal the joy of reading them for the first time on the actual pages they originate from.

I want you to read this book and in order to convince you, I want you to read the quotations (obviously, that’s why they’re included.) So I advise you randomly select two, read just those, and let the rest swoop in from the beautiful pages of thi
Sam Quixote
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the life of Bras de Oliva Domingos, told in chapters which single out a memorable year in his life, jumping from his life at age 32 to his life age 11 to his life age 76. And at the end of each chapter, Bras dies (it's a nuance that sounds strange here but makes sense in the book).

Bras is an obituary writer aching to become a respected novelist like his father, a world famous writer, who casts a long shadow across his son. Meanwhile we see Bras' life filled with characters like an ex-gir
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, hoopla
Twin brothers, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, craft a story of life and death, love and loss, family and friends, success and failure. It's centered around Bras de Olivias Dominguez who writes obituaries but is struggling to be a writer. Each chapter is a snapshot into his life at a different age. It's about the little moments that affect our lives so profoundly. Fabio Moon's and Dave Stewart's art is stunning The dialogue feels so effortlessly put together, the way it flows like a melody in your he ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**3rd time read. If I've read it this many times, this is a 5 star book. I keep being haunted and moved by this book. Still as beautiful and affecting as the past two times.

End of review for 3rd read.**

1st time read review: (I guess when you add more than one date read it messes with the other dates included. Just for note this first read was started May 11, 2015 and finished May 12, 2015.)

Wow! I’m not sure how to put into words what I just finished reading. I’m not even quite sure why I’m feeli
James DeSantis
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow...Anybody seeing this review please do yourself a favor and buy this right away or download it on E-reader. It NEEDS to be read.

While I sit here I'm still trying to gather all my thoughts of this title in one review. I mean the emotions this Graphic Novel gave me is...just...I don't even have words. It made me sad, made me think, almost made me cry, made me smile, made me laugh...I mean it hit it all. It's truly an amazing title that I had no clue what I was getting when I opened it and I a
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was going to give this a 3 Star to being with...

...mainly because it just didn't make any sense and the puzzle wasn't coming together for me. Alas once again my impatience was over come by an emotional ending similar to the film 'Big Fish' by Tim burton. It's a beautiful ending and it put the story into perspective and it also put my own thoughts into perspective.

It's not a long story by any means. It's full of lots of long stories about a man named bras. Different events through out his life
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
rating: 5 stars

“Each day, we feel more distant from each other, more alone, all while being surrounded by millions. Each day we watch as our city turns into a desert, one in which we are all lost, looking for that oasis we like to call “love”. The more we wait, the more everything and everyone looks like a grain of sand escaping between our fingers before vanishing into the wind. How do we find something or someone we can no longer see, but which is right there before us? And how do we h
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
A lot of people seem to be REALLY inspired by this graphic novel. Maybe because it tells a kind of story that graphic novels usually don't - a story about everyday life and the special moments like the first kiss or meeting your soul mate for the first time, or loosing your parent... That formula really hasn't been used in many graphic novels, true. But have been used time and time again in movies and books and more movies and more books and more movies and more books...
I don't know, maybe I ju
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Teresa by: rhea
While reading this, I was reminded of the title So Many Ways to Begin, though this is So Many Ways to End. Beautiful story, beautifully rendered, and with a perfect ending. I'd love to quote the ending, but it should be experienced in its own time and setting. ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Char by: Viv JM
An absolutely GORGEOUS volume, with a beautiful story to go along with it.

Uniquely told, this poignant tale will affect you. Don't miss out!
Jeffrey May
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I am absolutely sure that loads of readers will love this graphic novel and that it deserves better than what I could say about it. The weaving of well-worn story lines into one whole is done “artfully” with some good moments, text and art matching nicely, and with some clever presentation. However, I found the writing itself laden with superficial self-importance that can only come when a writer writes about being a troubled writer, sort of Latino Indie Film existential bombast (if that’s possi ...more
Jesse A
A sad, well-written book. A little deeper than you might expect from a GN but well done.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"My name is Brás de Oliva Domingos, and I'm a dreamer...What my dreams really show me is what my life can be once I open my eyes...My dreams tell me who I am."

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This Eisner award winning graphic novel was my latest vehicle used to explore this genre, and it took me on quite a trip. At first, I wasn't sure what was happening in the story or where it would lead, which was nothing new for me. I'm often clueless at the start of a book and can only ho
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Daytripper [2010/11] – ★★★★★

Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá are twin brothers from Brazil who are the creators of Daytripper, an ambitious comic book about Bras de Oliva Domingos, an obituaries’ writer living in Sao Paulo. We follow and experience his life in a non-chronological order and witness everything from Bras’s “unusual” birth, his first kiss, his major break-up, his career change, to the birth of his child and the death of his parent. Bras learns important life-lessons along the way, and it i
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chloe by: Caitlin
Shelves: comics
I never picked up this book and bought it because of the cover art and the description; for some reason, it seemed like it wouldn't interest me. However, a good friend gave it to me to read, and has consistently recommended good books to me, so I gave it a chance, and I am so glad that I did. The art was incredibly gorgeous, and the story was touching--honestly, this is the first graphic novel that ever made me tear up. It's rare for me these days to find a book that I wish hadn't ended when I f ...more
Alexander Peterhans
I don't have this problem often, but now and then I too get stung by the hype-wasp - a book gets so overhyped, chances are it'll disappoint in some way. And here we are.

Life is fleeting, it can be over in a second. Make the most of the time you have. Life is other people, the people you love.

Mighty fine themes, absolutely, but I don't see the book adding much to them.

I liked two chapters - the Bras-less one (although the barrage of Bras' love notes seemed more suffocating than romantic to me), a
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Daytripper moved me so much, I was not moved at all, I was reminded. I was reminded how magical the smell of a hand-rolled cohiba, the bitter taste of cachaca, and a dimly lit bar makes my brain feel so loose and heavenly inside my head. A poignant story, with illustrations so fluid and seamless they fill the tiny spaces between thoughts to make the whole experience just, BEAUTIFUL.

I was left with the feeling of hanging on, ever so carefully, balanced safely, precisely, but defiantly on the edg
Elegant, both in words and drawing. This story examines the value of a life, told through time bending the date of death of a newspaper obituary writer. Emotional on many levels, the piece that strikes me the hardest is how obituaries are for the living, as if we put a stationery seal on the envelope at the end of a loved one's life.

Last summer, someone I once loved very much died. Here is his obituary:

"*** was born on April 5, 1970 and passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2011.
*** was a resident o
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
"I gotta tell you… I really liked today's obits. They're different, somehow. Deeper. You're really pouring your heart into them."

"It's all crap. I'm a fraud." (p. 145)

"… nothing in my life is extraordinary. Nothing in my life really matters."( p. 149)

There in the words of its characters lies my critique of this well-intentioned graphic novel.

This is a book of lofty ambition; the authors intending to point up the fragile beauty evoked through milestone, quotidian days in the life of an obituary
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