Thursday, May 17, 2018

Reader's Diary #1826- Iasmin Omar Ata: Mis(h)adra

I don't mean to suggest that they are the same simply due to the fact that they're both about people with epilepsy, but while reading Iasmin Omar Ata's Mis(h)adra I found myself recalling David B.'s Epileptic. But don't worry, the comparisons are all favourable. Both have beautifully creative ways of expressing what it feels like to have a seizure and largely colour is used in this expression. In Epileptic, it's with thick black inks, and in Mis(h)adra the yellow and pinks of healthy day to day life is contrasted with shocking blacks and reds (as well as "shaken" lines and shifting angles) during seizures.

Still, the experiences of the central characters are quite different. In Epileptic, a family grasps at any potential cure they can find, while in Mis(h)adra, Isaac struggles just to get someone to even believe him. 

Besides the fascinating look at a condition I've not actually seen in person (to my knowledge), I also enjoyed the softer, slower story about finding and accepting supportive people despite at times when it feels like no one will ever understand or care.

A final note on the characters; they reminded me stylistically of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim art. No surprise, I suppose, to see that he provided a glowing blurb for the cover!

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