How much is too much? That's my constant question while telling a story. There's a delicate balance between words and pictures in a comic book story, and it's easy to get carried away in one direction or the other and flood the reader with too much.
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DAYTRIPPER, by the fabulous Brazilian twins Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, is on sale everywhere books are sold today. If you haven’t picked it up yet, it should be on the top of your list. If you don’t believe me, check out some of this fantastic praise. BOING BOING posted a review & exclusively revealed the gorgeous Introduction by comic creator Craig Thompson (Blankets).
Sometimes, you use real life elements to create fiction. The opposite's also true, as fiction can make us want to do something, travel somewhere, meet someone. Hopefully, we're always inspired, be it by life or fiction, to do something more, to live life to its fullest and to be always open to new discoveries.
Seven, they say, is a magic number. And this morning, we can't disagree. Because DC and Vertigo have put on an impressive showing, combining to win seven, yes seven of IGN's thirteen awards for the Best of 2010. Here's the rundown... Best New Series: Vertigo's AMERICAN VAMPIRE
It was Saturday night and we were having a great time at this bar in London called Peter Parker's Rock'n'Roll Club. As if the name of the bar didn't scream "comics are everywhere" loudly enough, the DJ decided to get everybody on the very small dance floor putting on a very upbeat Beatles song. A song called Daytripper. It was a great night.
A great writer once said that we have to die to prove that we've lived. For nine beautiful issues, Bá and Moon have chronicled the different deaths of Brás de Oliva Domingos, so what's left to say? Now, with the final chapter, there's no turning back – for them or Brás. How brave must you be to keep going when you know death is the final outcome? This amazing mini series, which on the surface seems to be about death, but at its heart, explores the wonder and emotion of life, concludes with DAYTRIPPER issue #10 this Wednesday.
I can’t say it enough, this miniseries is absolutely phenomenal. It is so poetic and stunningly illustrated. Though the brothers Moon are Brazilian, and the story is set there--the themes are completely universal, poignant, and spot on about life. I’m sad that it’s coming to an end next month, but in the Spring I’ll get to read it all over again in a beautiful hardcover trade. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am!
DAYTRIPPER is a highly emotional and relatable mini-series and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a simple concept about everyday life--family and friends--and the small moments that can have a huge impact on us. That concept, combined with the gorgeous art and storytelling of the brothers Moon, make this an extraordinary reading experience. Issue #7 is no different.
If you didn’t see the announcements last week, Vertigo will be publishing DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A Little Endless Storybook by Jill Thompson, and for Vertigo Crime, RAT CATCHER by Andy Diggle and artist Victor Ibanez, and NOCHE ROJA by Simon Oliver and artist Jason Latour.