David Bs Epileptic 1 is a comic book like no other. It provides a rare insight into the world of epilepsy and perhaps, more importantly, gives the reader a glimpse of the frustration and anxiety this illness causes for families. Outstanding drawings interspersed with a chilling commentary bring alive the story of Jean-Christophe, the authors brother.
Set in France, the tale tells of the authors childhood through the 1970s. Drawing the brothers epilepsy in the form of a snake-like monster, the disease raises its head with increasing frequency as Jean-Christophe becomes a teenager. When the dreaded neurosurgeons propose brain surgery as a cure, the family turns to less invasive options. First to be tried is zen macrobiotics, as preached by Master N. But when living in a commune turns out not to be as open minded as they expected, Jean-Christophes parents resort to a whole host of alternatives—from Swedenborgian spiritism