USA Today loves DAYBREAK

“I love this book: 'Daybreak'” / USA Today / Whitney Matheson / October 27, 2011

We're discussing the zombie apocalypse so much these days that I'd like to bring up one recent zombie book I truly love: Brian Ralph's Daybreak (Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95).

I may have mentioned the title a few years ago, back when it was a harder-to-find series of mini-comics. Now, D&Q has issued a fancy hardcover that collects Ralph's entire story of a world overrun by zombies.

Mind you, Daybreak isn't your typical undead tale, and that's what makes it so fantastic. The story pulls the reader into the action by addressing him/her directly. ("You look exhausted," the young, one-armed narrator tells the reader. "Please, get some rest.")

There are no scenes of horrible gore -- the book is illustrated in brown ink -- and yet Daybreak is one of the most unsettling books you'll read this year.

Ralph, who teaches sequential art at the Savannah Collecge of Art and Design, is a talent to watch. To see more of his work and buy original art, head to

For a sneak preview of Daybreak, head over to D&Q's website, which has posted six pages. It just might become your annual Halloween read.

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