Author: David B.
The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the last ten years is finally published in English. The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the 1990s, Epileptic is author David B.’s story of his brother’s battle with epilepsy—but it turns into a penetrating and sometimes lacerating self-examination on the author’s part, as he delves into his own complex emotions and his family’s troubled history, as well as his own youthful fantasy life. Particularly pointed is his description of the family’s journey from one attempted cure to another (including acupuncture, spiritualism, and macrobiotic diet), the book is drawn in David B.’s spare but detailed, straightforward but elegant style. We would have called this A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius if it hadn’t been taken already.
One of the most extraordinarily well-received graphic novels in France and the winner of the French national cartooning award “Alph’Art,” Epileptic will intrigue American readers with its sharp yet (mostly) sympathetic treatment of the ‘70s alternative-health milieu and its often harrowing depiction of a family under siege by this singular and devastating malady. Co-published with France’s L’Association.