Epiléptico, is the work of french comic book writer and artist, Pierre- Francois “David” Beauchard, originally published as 6 separate comics called La ascensión del gran mal, telling the story of his older brother’s epilepsy. He says epilepsy is not the main subject of his stories, as his brother’s epilepsy was caused by a tumor in his brain.
David is considered to be one of Europe’s most important and innovating comic artists (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39916.Epileptic). Winning multiple prizes, Beauchard reflects on this incurable condition, how it affects his brother, his family, and his own childhood.
This sounds like a very interesting piece of work because, unlike other books about epilepsy, it is not in first person. Here, it is not the patient talking about his own epilepsy, but his family, his brother is talking. I have seen a lot of books about epilepsy but they are all about the condition or the condition from the patient’s point of view, not from the caretakers’, family members’, or friends’ point of view.
I have also heard what everybody present when I have a seizure says; how they rush over to me, keep me from hitting my head or falling down on the floor, but I don’t really know how they feel about this. What are they thinking? How this affects them? I know every time my brother has been present when I’ve had a seizure he has been quick to respond and to be by my side, but I don’t know anything else. I know my mom is scared, but how have they been affected by this? How does this make them feel afterwards?
I want to read these comics, when I do, I will write some more about them, giving them a much better review.
Epileptic (L’Ascension du Haut Mal #1-6 omnibus) by David B.