Apr 22, 2010

DAYTRIPPER what an asian girl thinks of it. holla.

2:58 PM

Yellow from philly! Just giving a holla to all the readers of comics and dakine. I’m happy to be part of this posse, courtesy of Big O.

Before we start, let me introduce myself. key things about me: I’m asian. I’m a girl. I dig comics. I rule at any fighting game. Tekken, Soul Calibre and Street Fighter are my jawn. The Hulk is my least favorite super hero. To this day, I am still a Batman kind of girl. I love Nintendo and Sega Dreamcast. I also look good in hoodies. Just remember: little. yellow. different. pearl. Any questions? Send a holla and I’ll answer.

Every Wednesday, I go to my local comic book store and pick up issues, trades, magic cards and with my newly bought treasures, grab some frozen yogurt and sit under a tree to read.

Here is one of the series I follow: Vertigo’s Daytripper by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. The brazilian twin dynamic duo who made their presence known with "De:Tales - Stories from Urban Brazil" and Ba working with Gerard Way on “The Umbrella Academy” ( a personal favorite of mine), these twins are an artistic force.

Picking up Daytripper, I had no idea what to expect. The artwork is beautiful. But that is to be expected. The storyline is different from their past works, but not different in a bad way. The story takes place in Brazil and my friend Marc, a fellow Brazilian native tells me that the brothers capture the city, its locals, the sights, the flavor so to speak perfectly. It makes me want to visit Brazil and learn Portugeuse. I am not sure if this work is translated or not. Anyways, the story focuses on a Brazilian man, Bras: his life, his loves, his family, his job. Bras is the main character, but it is the energetic city, the locals and the dynamic Sao Paulo that is second and enhances the authenticity of Bras as a real person. Bras’ life is unfolded with each issue. Each issue is a reminder that life is not about the length of moments, but the journey to the moments themselves.

The narration of Bras life is told in a nonlinear manner. His story is narrated out of order. Picture a diary and all the pages loose and someone throwing all the entries in the air. As the pages land, gather them into stacks of 20 pages and those would be your issues. Time in this storyline is flexible. It moves forward and backwards, to the past, to the present. Bras isn’t a time traveler. He’s no doctor, mind you. There is no talk about a wrinkle in time. This isn’t really a sci fi comic series. Instead it is a comic that plays around with the notion of time by focusing on an ordinary man. This is more a character development driven comic. The pace of Daytripper is deliberate. Some may say slow. It doesn’t punch you in the face with violence and crazy action scenes. Instead, it coyly invites you in for hot tea and scones and once you are comfortable and friends, proceeds to divulge to you all its family secrets. It is a story that slowly unveils itself and takes you on a cool trip, if you are patient and willing to swallow that red pill. My advice? Swallow.

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2 Responses to “DAYTRIPPER what an asian girl thinks of it. holla.”

mrcsh said...
April 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

First before flood of comments! :)

This is a great series, btw.

big O said...
June 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

yep, this punk got me hooked on daytripper shoots!