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. was born in France in 1959. In 1990 he was one of the founders of the alternative comics publisher L'Association. He began his masterpiece, titled L'Ascension du Haut-Mal, in 1996 and it was published in six volumes in France. In 1998 he was cited as the Cartoonist of the Year by Comics Journal and in 2000 he won the French Alph'Art award for comics excellence.