“How to be Happy” by Eleanor Davis comes off as an environmental critique …and it is. It critiques the way people interact with their environment, the affects the environment is having on the people, and visa versa.
” It will be interesting to see if Davis can add something new to this contemporary conversation besides conservation. “
What is the “high evil”? –MY HONEST OPINION–
My theory is that the real evil is avoiding death. Treating it like it’s not a normal part of life, and as a result prolonging adolescence, or using unusual means (e.g. medicine, spiritualism, etc.) in an attempt to stave off death. The real evil is not admitting that DEATH WILL HAPPEN and being willing to run-over people, lie, offer false promises, and sell frog juice for immortality–as is the case of the guru, macrobiotic community, physicians, etc..
“High evil” can rise in anyone seeking immortality, which is all of us since most everyone seeks subconscious immortality through having children. That is why I’d title this book “Raising High Evil,” since all evil people were once children. The reasons they become evil, or allow evil to overtake them is a mystery, but prolonging adolescence might just do it.
Besides, all people can “raise” evil within themselves –no matter what age–if they feed it enough.
Hope that makes sense.
The original French title of “Epileptic” is “L’Ascension du haut mal”, meaning “The RIse of High Evil.” My theory is that evil does not “rise” from some other dimension, but it is “raised” up within the individual. I think the real “rise of high evil” is in Pierre-Francois, not Jean-Christophe.
The closest [Pierre-Francois] can get to expressing his twistedness is drawing his brother’s epileptic fits.
Before losing hope,
Shoutout to the Salvidor Dali rendition on page 198!
Back to him later.
The Mother’s skepticism appears to be the healthiest thing in “Epileptic.”
♦ Page 217 and the mother’s monologue on 201 inspired this reflection ♦ Read More
Sacrifice. A truly heroic gesture…most of the time.
The thought of Pierre killing his brother is neither astonishing, shocking, nor disturbing. Read More
This graphic novel is riddled with moochers. And Unfortunately, even Jean-Christophe is, by definition, a moocher.
MOOCHER (n), a person who is supported by or seeks support from another without making an adequate return. Read More
(left to right) Florence, Death Bird, Jean-Christophe, Pierre François
Fam Art done by my friend Katrina L.
I love this girl, but this creeps me out.
Epilepsy, especially encountered in an era before “Modern Medicine”, can be seen through the lense of folklore and superstition, making it less of a disease and more of a demonic presence.
“The author finds comfort in cartooning the very real, and ultimately terrifying things happening to his brother Jean-Christophe.”
Epileptic by David B. is looking a lot like Black Hole by Charles Burns:
- Black-and-White Colour Scheme
- Odd Creatures
Both graphic novels are based on illnesses, but the nature of each illness weighs heavily on each book’s presentation. Read More