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  • The Its! wonder boy Eric Quinlan, with his trusty Moog 
    synthesizer.
  • Rock steady
  • The Its! wonder boy Eric Quinlan, with his...
  • Kara Luger
  • Sep 15, 2005
  • NYCs The Apostles kick it, Fairplay-style.
  • Rock steady
  • NYCs The Apostles kick it, Fairplay-style.
  • Kara Luger
  • Sep 15, 2005
  • The Happy Bullets rock merrily along
  • Rock steady
  • The Happy Bullets rock merrily along
  • Kara Luger
  • Sep 15, 2005
  • <font size="+1"><b><i>Epileptic </i> </b></font>
    <br><b>by David B.  </b>
    <br>(Pantheon)  
    <p>
    
    $25/hardcover <p>
    <p>
    
    Years ago, <b><i>Epileptic</i></b> was 
    considered a breakthrough graphic novel in Europe. It's 
    finally washed onto our shores, and it's about damn 
    time.  
    <p>
    
    Author David B. tells of his older brother, at age 11, 
    becoming severely epileptic. In search of a cure, their 
    parents lead the family on an exhausting tour, visiting 
    doctors, shamans, macrobiotic communities and quacks 
    of all sorts "practicing" during the early 1970s.  
    <p>
    
    As a form of escape, 7-year-old B. begins to draw, 
    depicting vast battle scenes. His boyish scribblings 
    appear throughout the book, and the detailed warriors 
    become metaphors for his brother's epilepsy -- an 
    invading beast that causes intense convulsions. Because 
    he can't truly comprehend what his brother is going 
    through, <i>Epileptic</i> is really about B.'s experience 
    as he tries to understand his family and surroundings.  
    <p>
    
    The illustrations are substantially complex, strong black-
    and-white images that at times resemble old woodcuts 
    and tribal art. <i>Epileptic</i> eventually becomes the 
    portrait of an artist, as B.'s obsession with juvenile battle 
    scenes grows into a deep need to draw.  
    <p>
    
    The novel can be almost as dense as it is fascinating. But 
    digging through the emotion is well worth the struggle.
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