Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

The lyrics of The Wailers’ song “Get Up, Stand Up” goes something like this (depending on the version), “Most people think / Great God will come from the sky / Take away everything / Make everybody feel high / But if you know what life is worth / You will look for yours on earth / And now you see the light / You stand up for your right.”

The song claims that you should not wait for justice until the afterlife. Life is right here, right now, created by the Most High and thus holy, and therefore social injustice should be fought wherever it is encountered (as injustice is a violation of life and hence a violation of God). In short: this life is what you have – use it wisely.

Which is easier said than done. Contemporary postmodern life can be a mind-numbing whirlwind and life and its precious moments may pass us by if we are not living the present moment, if we are instead living in an imagined future, a place and time where everything will be just right, where everything will fall into place. A sense of fulfillment is hardly possible if we are constantly looking ahead, planning for the next stage of the journey – fulfillment can perhaps only be experienced when we realize that this, the here and now, is all we have, and that it is all we will every have as the past is gone, the future hasn’t even occurred yet.

Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s graphic novel Daytripper is a ingenious contemplation on life and the preciousness of every day that we receive. The art work may remind the audience of Jean-Pierre Autheman, it’s as vivid as his graphic novels but not as raw; instead the art of Daytripper is rather tender and gentle.

And the tale of Moon and Bá is compassionate. The duo basically asks, What is important? And they suggest that every moment, every encounter, every social initiative is significant; they claim that it is important to dream, to follow dreams and visions, and to love whatever the world offers – its magic and its profanities. As in many tales about life, death plays a major role in Daytripper. For death is the price we pay for being alive – without death there would be no life.

To face death can be hard, but it can also be liberating. In the words of Steven P. Jobs: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”  This is what Daytripper is saying, too.

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