Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez, is a moving story of Julio’s lifetime, the family that raises him, and the changing world around him. The simple black and white drawings of this graphic novel display the pure emotions that we would feel around childhood bullies, a sexually abusive relative, and the horrors of war. Having lived with this mother his entire life, an aging Julio is shocked when his young (gay) nephew tells him that it is okay to be who he is and be true to himself.
Julio loses the love of his life in Vietnam, making us wonder how he would have lived differently if he could have imagined the changes. There is quite a bit of reading between the lines in this story, but the depth in the mere 100 pages will surprise you.