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NBCBC #20 Epileptic by David B.

Epileptic by David B.

Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe’s most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work.

David B. was born Pierre-François Beauchard in a small town near Orléans, France. He spent an idyllic early childhood playing with the neighborhood kids and, along with his older brother, Jean-Christophe, ganging up on his little sister, Florence. But their lives changed abruptly when Jean-Christophe was struck with epilepsy at age eleven. In search of a cure, their parents dragged the family to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes. But every new cure ended in disappointment as Jean-Christophe, after brief periods of remission, would only get worse.

Angry at his brother for abandoning him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, Pierre-François learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a fascinating window into his interior life. An honest and horrifying portrait of the disease and of the pain and fear it sowed in the family, Epileptic is also a moving depiction of one family’s intricate history. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to the stories of Pierre-François’s grandparents and we relive his grandfathers’ experiences in both World Wars. We follow Pierre-François through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, all the while charting his complicated relationship with his brother and Jean-Christophe”s losing battle with epilepsy. Illustrated with beautiful and striking black-and-white images, Epileptic is as astonishing, intimate, and heartbreaking as the best literary memoir.

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  • Declan

    Dear Meetup: I agree to the refund policy but I don't agree with having to check a box every time I RSVP. Love, Declan.

    November 12, 2013

    • Declan

      I didn't think it was your doing. I figured it was probably Meetup lawyers.

      November 12, 2013

    • Bill V.

      Thanks for a fun night. You were all very smart, kind and welcoming.

      December 20, 2013

  • Tristan

    Darn, sorry, last minute schoolwork prevents me from going. I was looking forward to it, too!

    December 19, 2013

  • nycjeanne

    As Jeff waits with a book on his head and you all drink beer, I will be reading bedtime stories; sorry, nothing we've read in NBCBC...

    December 18, 2013

  • Declan

    Dang it, not going to make this one, too much else going on at the moment. But I am catching up on Swamp Thing so see y'all at the next Serial Sunday!

    December 17, 2013

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