Julio's Day
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Julio's Day

It begins in the year 1900, with the scream of a newborn. It ends, 100 pages later, in the year 2000, with the death rattle of a 100-year-old man. The infant and the old man are both Julio, and Gilbert Hernandez's Julio's Day (originally serialized in Love and Rockets Vol. II but never completed until now) is his latest graphic novel, a masterpiece of elliptical, emotional storytelling that traces one life -- indeed, one century in a human life -- through a series of carefully crafted, consistently surprising and enthralling vignettes.

There is hope and joy, there is bullying and grief, there is war (so much war -- this is after all the 20th century), there is love, there is heartbreak. While Julio's Day has some settings and elements in common with Hernandez's Palomar cycle (the Central American protagonists and milieu, the vivid characters, the strong familial and social ties), this is a very much a singular, standalone story that will help cement his position as one of the strongest and most original cartoonists of this, or any other, century.

Title:Julio's Day
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:100 pages

    Julio's Day Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    Dec 04, 2013

    Gilbert Hernandez’s latest comic, Julio’s Day, tells the story of Julio, a Mexican gay man born in 1900 and who dies in 2000, and takes the format of telling the 100 year life of Julio in 100 page...

  • Lily Kauffman
    Apr 28, 2013

    The blue worms parts really freaked me out. If you want to save yourself time-and personal embarrassment-don't bother googling blue worms. It's not a real thing-according to my extensive internet rese...

  • Kris Marley Patrick
    Dec 21, 2013

    Nice reminder that I never would have lasted a week in Art School. Not that I can't appreciate Julio's design merit, but I have no idea why critics call the artistic storytelling perfection.If a famil...

  • David Schaafsma
    Nov 30, 2015

    Junot Diaz says this is a masterpiece, and I figure he, the writer of masterpieces, would know, so I picked it up just as it came brand new into our library and read it yesterday. The concept is a kin...

  • Norman Kim
    Feb 13, 2016

    Got much much better as the story unfolded. Predicted I was going to hate it the first twentyish pages. Turned around completely once Sofia has her Julio child. So many intricate details weaving in an...

  • James Schneider
    Aug 15, 2013

    A beautiful and perfect masterpiece. I've always admired and respected Gilbert Hernandez, but this is the first work of his that engaged me on a deep emotional level. Sparse and vast, wise and humble,...

  • Sonic
    Aug 20, 2015

    Did not care for this one as much as most of this genius's other works. The super-choppy editing style made the story-line seem fragmented and almost incoherent....

  • Andy Zell
    Oct 01, 2016

    Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez is a fascinating look at one man’s life and the life of a century in a graphic novel that is exactly 100 pages long. Julio himself lives to be 100, born in 1900 an...

  • Ademption
    Sep 10, 2016

    Gilbert Hernandez is back! Julio's Day is written in Palomar mode: multi-generational southwestern family epics, characters with variations of the same name (i.e. Julio, Juan, Julio Juan, etc), brutal...

  • Maria Ella
    Apr 01, 2015

    So quiet and so subtle but very captivating. The premise of presenting a Saga - a story spanning a hundred years - is so amusing especially if it is only via 100 pages. The culture and the history is ...