The Life of the Mind common book selection for the Class of 2018 is Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.
About the Book
This Brazilian graphic narrative, winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, is a powerful examination of life, love, and storytelling, timeless themes conveyed in a modern form that exemplifies the 2014 Life of the Mind theme of creativity.
Daytripper pulls readers into the vibrant, lovingly-detailed landscapes of the authors’ home country of Brazil while depicting pivotal moments central to the human experience regardless of nationality. First kiss, first love, first heartbreak, first job, first child . . . these are the moments upon which life turns. Daytripper will resonate with UT’s newest students as they undergo some of their own lives’ biggest firsts. The protagonist’s story is a search for identity, for purpose, for happiness, and for his own legacy, his mark on his family’s continued narrative and that of his country and culture. With each chapter, his life transforms, whether by something as small as a trip to the market or as large as losing a friend.
In their words:
CBR News: What is the central concept behind “Daytripper?”
Fábio Moon: Any day can be the most important day of your life. Any given day, something can happen that will change your life. Any given day, you can meet someone and your life will never be the same. This is your life, one day at a time. Make it count.
Gabriel Bá: Also, “Daytripper” is about putting the puzzle together of what do you want to do with your life, and how exactly do you join this weird pieces life has given you to make your plans become a reality. How will your life, your friends, and your family help you or get in your way?
Praise for Daytripper
Beautifully written and utterly gorgeous, DAYTRIPPER completely blew me away.
—Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance)
Given its heady, less-than-chipper subject — the way death, whenever and however it comes, retroactively imposes a shape on a person’s life — you’d expect a comic like Daytripper to send the reader crawling back under the duvet with a fifth of scotch and a sleeve of cookies.
But by the time you reach the final chapter of this gorgeous, expressive and poignant comic book/meditation-on-mortality by Brazilian twin brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, what will linger with you is a quiet, clear-eyed sense of hopefulness.