…there is a strong sense that the book may be autobiographical.
Author, Avin Ratzin, delivers a graphic novel (or a collection of shorts as I see it) that is both funny and interesting. Dreams and Everyday Life starts off by telling the reader in plain writing that his work as an animator is just for income and so he won’t bother chatting about that anymore. From this point on the book focuses on the moments in life that are between the big ones: shopping, driving, being bored on a weekend, washing up etc.
It’s these gentler everyday occurrences that most of us pass as life that Ratzin weaves into a visual storyline that develops the main character from a 2D drawing to a believable person. The situations are relatable and there is a strong sense that the book may be autobiographical.
…its charm lies in its fresh and crisp animation that leaps off the page…
The character is accompanied by a smaller animation below each strip that has a small conversation between three stick men. The philosophical debates and humour created through these occurrences and storylines make you appreciate the small things in life and whether or not that was Ratzin’s plan it makes the book hard to put down.
This isn’t a Marvel, Miller or DC looking comic, but its charm lies in its fresh and crisp animation that leaps off the page. It’s a nice looking book that in plain black and white doesn’t confuse the reader with anything but the main message of the stories.
If you want to try something different and lighthearted then grab Dreams and Everyday Life, sit down and let someone else show you all the funny things you may be overlooking in your usual day.