Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata


An Arab-American college student struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graphic novel.Isaac wants nothing more than to be a functional college student—but managing his epilepsy is an exhausting battle to survive. He attempts to maintain a balancing act between his seizure triggers and his day-to-day schedule, but he finds that nothing—not even his medication—seems to work. The doctors won’t listen, the ...

Details Mis(h)adra

Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherGallery 13
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Disability, Adult, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Mis(h)adra

  • Victoria Schwab
    Read in a single sitting. What an extraordinary graphic novel about a student living--and fighting--with epilepsy. Absolutely loved.
  • paulie
    misadra - arabic word for seizuremishadra - arabic slang for "i can't"mis(h)adra - isaac hammoudeh's daily struggle with epilepsy, which affects his sleep, his schooling, his socialising, his core of self.aside from 1986's the dark knight returns (batman/frank miller) when i was a child, this is my first graphic novel that was more of a real story. the illustrations are nicely drawn, combining moments of heavy detailing and abstract animation thr...
  • David Schaafsma
    Arab college student Isaac has epilepsy and it is ruining his life in this autobiographical fiction by Ata, who also has epilepsy. The value of this book would be endless if one were reading this as a young person with epilepsy. It is also valuable for medical and psychiatric professionals in gaining insight into the ways a disease impacts all aspects of life. Isaac isolates himself, doesn't ask for help, does badly in school, becomes suicidal.I ...
  • Shenwei
    This resonated with me a lot more than expected. I don't have epilepsy, I have depression/anxiety, but the depiction of the struggles with chronic illness mirrored my own experiences - the hopelessness, the isolation, the frustrated search for meds that work.TWs: abuse/gaslighting from medical professionals, epilepsy, dissociation, suicidal ideation, self-harm
  • Kelley
    So good. Really relatable for me, even though I don't have epilepsy (but I do have narcolepsy with cataplexy).Really enjoyed the unique illustration style and the different palette switches to convey various states of existing.
  • Krystal
    This graphic novel was an illuminating exploration of an Arab American's experience of epilepsy, while navigating graduate studies amid ableism from loved ones and professionals alike.
  • Chelsey
    Colorfully disturbing. The main character's/author's struggles are so painfully tangible, and this is what makes this so compelling.
  • Amy Nicole
    This is the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, who struggles with living his life with epilepsy which is represented in the story by a chain of knives constantly pointed at him, ready to strike at any moment. Balancing the weight of an unsupportive family, a college courses, disbelieving doctors, and day-to-day responsibilities, Isaac is constantly under stress and feels at the end of his rope. The title, Mis(h)adra, is a play on ...
  • Danielle Booey
    Ok so confession, I have epilepsy. I have had it for going on 9 years now. It is a hard disease to talk about just like so many that affect the brain. The stigma of having anything wrong with your brain, especially something that causes you to lose control of your body is terrifying for people who both have the disease and those who don't. It can be difficult to comprehend just how unnerving it is to have to constantly explain how your epilepsy w...