The Insight to Comics
Fàbio Moon and Gabriel Bà illustrated a story through comics that represent different moods and feelings in a series titled Daytripper. Comic books are a form of art, and they provide the reader with a broad spectrum of topics. Artist express the world through colors, symbols, and themes to show feelings, thoughts, and ideas and this can be done through various forms of art, which includes comic books. The illustrations in comic books help to convey the meaning of the story. In Daytripper, Moon and Bà describe Bràs de Oliva Domingo’s life and how choices produce outcomes both good and bad. At a young age Bràs believes that anything is possible, and one never knows what is in store for him at the end. His philosophy in life are the same principles as in fishing as one casts a line the excitement builds because one never knows what is on the end of the line. Water is reoccurring in the story, and it symbolizes Bràs de Oliva Domingo’s struggles to stay above water through his sea of memories of his life. In the beginning, Bràs feels there are no boundaries and one can explore as many opportunities life has to offer. Life’s daily decisions shape the outcomes both good and bad. The purpose is to learn from one's past decisions and make changes improve our relationships and to be content with our lives in the end. The main character has ample opportunity to make changes along his journey for he experiences death at each phase of his life. Bràs discovers endless possibilities from the seas from Iemanja, the spirit of the waters, in a dream they are riding in a boat through rough seas being tossed around with baskets that represent wishes and desires. Moon and Bà illustrate how in Bràs dreams his life's goals are laid out as he wishes. Just as water flows in and out, Bràs dreams come in and out each night in his sleep. Bràs flows through life just like water flows in and out never knowing where it will end up. Rougher waves represent new...
Cited: Moon, Fàbio and Gabriel Bà. Daytripper. New York: DC Comics, 2011.
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