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Daytripper is an Eisner Award winning ten-issue miniseries written by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, with art by Fabio Moon, published by Vertigo Comics.

Bras de Oliva Domingos is the miracle child of a world-famous Brazilian writer and spends his days penning other people's obituaries and his nights dreaming of becoming a successful author. Over the course of the series, Bras grows up, finds his voice as a writer, and reaches significant milestones in his life, and dies in almost every issue. The series is ultimately about love, loss, and the importance of making every moment in life count.


The series contains examples of:

  • Anachronic Order
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Benedito dies as Bras' son, Miguel, is born in Chapter 4.
  • Death Is Cheap / They Killed Kenny Again: Kind of. Each issue ends with the Bras' death though they seem to be symbolic - as he reaches a new milestone in his life, his old self "dies". That said, anyone else who dies is Killed Off for Real.
  • Dream Sequence: Chapter 9, titled "Dream," probably is one. Alternately, it could be symbolic for Bras passing into the afterlife.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Jorge, who had a Freak Out! after a near-death experience and believed he realized nothing in his life wasn't really noteworthy. He runs to a desert town, becomes homeless after refusing a job from the hotel owner, and when Bras comes to help him, stabs Bras seemingly to his death and kills himself.
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  • Happy Ending: Bras has several masses on his brain and will die as a result, but accepts his impending death as he's lived a very full and very rewarding life. It's very heartwarming in context.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bras is called "Little Miracle" by his mother
  • Killed Off for Real: Benedito, Bras' father, dies in Chapter 4. Jorge, his best friend, commits suicide in Chapter 7.
  • Love at First Sight: Both of Bras' loves come to him nearly this way, but especially his last and truest love.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Bras follows his father's footsteps into becoming a writer, and like him, becomes very successful.
  • Meet Cute: With Ana in Chapter 3. They meet at a grocery.
  • Mind Screw: Bras dies in every issue. It's difficult to reconcile all of the events of the series if every death is to be taken literally. Note that the deaths (save, possibly, Bras' vicious stabbing at the hands of Jorge), aren't explicit, and the obituaries seem to be written by Bras himself, turning near-death experiences into actual ones.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Bras.
  • Posthumous Character: Benedito gets developed further after he dies.
  • Slice of Life


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