The Umpteen Millionaire Club: Discussion Questions for Julio’s Day

1. How does the blue worm function symbolically or metaphorically? What is the relationship of the blue worm with the rain and the mud?

2. What do you make of the dismembered soldier and the overall treatment of war?

3. The introduction to the book, by Brian Evenson, opens with the aforementioned Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett quotation. Do you detect literary allusions and/or influences in the graphic novel itself, and, if so, which ones?

4. How are the cycles of birth/death treated in the story? How does the Beckett line that starts off the introduction resonate throughout the book?

5. How are gender roles and sexuality portrayed in Julio's Day? What comparisons can be drawn between the static characters and those that evolve?

6. Julio and Julio Juan are homosexual. How are their sexual identities shaped by the times they live in, respectively?

7. How do the splash panels of weather and landscapes serve as a contrast to the human interaction in the story? What other purposes does it serve? How do they function as transitions?

8. What narrative or artistic techniques does the cartoonist use to convey the passage of time, and how does that impact your reading of the story?

9. What is the significance of Julio's name being passed on through the generations?

 Julio's Day family tree

10. Why is this graphic novel titled Julio's Day? What is, in fact, Julio's day?