The most acclaimed European graphic novel of the last ten years, Epileptic is 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 journey from one attempted cure to another, including acupuncture, spiritualism and macrobiotics.
David B.'s drawing is utterly extraordinary, balancing literal representation and expressionist psychological distortion.
David B. is a founding member of L'Association, a group of French cartoonists who banded together as publishers in 1990 and have revolutionised European comics with their groundbreaking approach to format, subject matter and style. He has received many awards, including the French Alph'art award for comics excellence in 2000, and he was cited as European Cartoonist of the Year in 1998 by The Comics Journal. He lives in France.
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