Original and moving, David B.'s Epileptic is a graphic memoir about the author's childhood near OrlÅ½ans, France. His older brother, Jean-Christophe, developed epilepsy at age 11, and the impact this had on the artist as a child, a teen and an adult is detailed in alternately sweet, tragic and hilarious fashion. The simple black-and-white drawings call to mind Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, as do the adolescent's-eye view of life and the author's matter-of-fact tone. It's all beautifully presented in an oversized hardcover book.
Becky Ohlsen writes from Portland, Oregon.