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

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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Greyson Edwards
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.Mis(h)adra follows the story of Isaac, who has epilepsy, and his journey of friendship and personal acceptance. This was a beautiful and heart wrenching graphic novel. I don't suffer from epilepsy but I do have a chronic illness so I related with Isaac so much!I understood what it was like to want to give up because everything just hurts too much and ...
  • Jim
    Wow - love this art. Another good book with subject matter that helps me learn about living in someone else’s shoes. The art is amazing. And the story about someone learning to live with epilepsy is intense. The minimalist use of color was an excellent choice - and the color changes when he has a seizure is jarring. This is really different, and it’s really well done. A bit experimental. Definitely different than what I’m used to. Which is ...
  • Stephanie
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ---Very well done and insightful, I had a hard time putting it down.Must read, highly recommend :) Going on my favorites shelf
  • Marjolein
    3.5 StarsFull review to come!
  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    Mis(h)adra is a graphic novel telling the story of an Arab-American college student's experiences living with epilepsy. It's #OwnVoices in the way that both the author and the main character are Arab and are epileptic; it's an incredibly moving story about the importance of having support systems in the form of families and friends to trudge through difficult times. Epilepsy was, and remains, a misunderstood illness, and though it was difficult ...
  • Cherise
    This beautifully done graphic novels follows Isaac who is trying to graduate from college while suffering from epilepsy. His seizures are so bad he loses an eye after a bad one at a party at a friends place. Having to deal with his seizures and ending up in doctors offices and in the hospital where doctors don't really listen to him while trying to attend class, barely managing to get through without flunking out. He learns that him pushing away ...
  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    This is such a brilliant story and very powerful too. It depicts the author's struggle with epilepsy by telling the story of a young man named Isaac who has epilepsy and it tells his story through art. I have read a number of graphic novels which focus on health issues and I feel that the graphic novel is a very powerful medium for explaining the struggles and victories of people who live with serious health conditions. This novel is definitely w...
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    I received an advanced copy of Mis(h)andra from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Mis(h)andra tells the story of Isaac, and Arab-American whom is struggling to come to terms with his epilepsy while having essentially no support structure. Along with his condition he has an unsupportive family, college problems, and the day to day issues, many of which can trigger an epileptic fit. If this wasn’t enough for a young man on his o...
  • Katy
    Though a fictional story, this is clearly mostly a memoir of being an Arab-American with epilepsy. The first chapter was gorgeous and hooked me in. Unfortunately, I felt that the quality really started falling off from there. Though the metaphorical depictions of auras and seizures didn’t get any less eye catching, the majority of the time faces lost detail and side characters became severely under-developed. I found it hard to tell what was ha...
  • Lisa
    Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This beautifully done graphic novel depicts the struggle of Isaac, a student who lives with epilepsy. Besides the stress of epileptic attacks, which are preceded by an aura, represented by knifes ready to strike, he has to deal with his classmates', family's and doctors' ableism. He finally made his first friend in a long time, who tells him that it will ...
  • Jes
    A quick but striking read, Mis(h)adra shares the story of Isaac, an Arab American college student struggling with epilepsy. Represented by hanging knives, Isaac's epilepsy is the one constant in his life. Attending college and working are hard enough, but Isaac's epilepsy means he's also struggling with having the energy to deal with daily tasks, an unsupportive family, medical professionals who won't listen, and his own reluctance to open up to ...
  • Ana
    Because they combine visual art with a narrative, graphic novels are a great medium for conveying experiences of changed perception, literally seeing the world in a different way. Ata's art in Mis(h)adra is especially good at getting the reader to share, at least in some small part, the anguished, paralyzing, radiant, otherworldly experiences of Isaac's epilepsy.At first it seemed to me that the writing would have been more effective if communica...
  • Leah
    Mis(h)adra is a graphic novel about a college student named Isaac who has epilepsy. The comic illustrates the feelings of different kinds of epileptic seizures. Additionally, the comic shows how epilepsy effects Isaac's daily life, job, school work and friendships. Through out the comic you also see Isaac's struggle with hospitals and doctors to believe that what he is experiencing is more than just anxiety. This comic is a beautifully drawn comi...
  • Nia Wright
    This is a beautiful illustration of a condition as difficult to comprehend as epilepsy - the illustrator is able to show how epileptic aura (the horrible promise of seizures to come) follow Isaac around just waiting for the opportunity to strike.This isn't a dramatic story, it's reads more like a memoir that shows a young man coming to terms with his diagnosis. It's purpose is to give you, the reader, an insight into the life of someone suffering...
  • Bellasong
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.One of the best graphic novels I have ever had the pleasure of seeing/reading. The protagonist has epilepsy, a fact that he really doesn't want to come to light. He'd rather sweep it under the rug, but it's not that easy. He really wants his life to work out, but a part of him is destroying his chances. Faring against his illness is not ...
  • Paige The Librarian
    Oh my gosh. This book was beautiful, gritty, and heart choking. Iasmin Omar Ata certainly has the great gift of tapping into their own experience to truly bring out some very raw, very needed, understanding of what an experience with their type of seizures can feel/look like. The use of color was exquisite! I didn't know that those colors could cultivate such different feelings with every page. Absolutely gorgeous! I hope to see many more books l...
  • Maia
    Isaac is an Arab-American college student with epilepsy. He feels unable to tell people about his condition and becomes more and more isolated; doctors fail to recognize the severity of his symptoms, and he struggles to keep his prescriptions filled. This is a beautiful, but strange and scattered book- moments I wanted to see more of were cut short, while seizure sequences take up page after page. Perhaps this is the perfect depiction of the cond...
  • Patrycja
    This graphic novel talks about epilepsy. I am not that familiar with this disease and know only the basic info. This graphic novel definitely familiarized me with the illness.I received advanced copy, that is black and white. But still it is great graphic novel. The main character's story is based on the author's own experience as an epileptic. It shows the struggle of sick person, of misunderstanding and misjudging.
  • Carly
    The appeal and uniqueness of this book stems from its use of color and visual effects to convey a fraction of the author's experiences of epilepsy. The helplessness and loss of control are well conveyed and relatable, even for people who only experience mental illnesses that make it hard to function like everyone else. Because it would be depressing if that was all the story was, we also get to see the effect even one person willing to listen can...
  • Angel Hench
    A beautiful account of one person's struggle with epilepsy. If you have a chronic illness, you will identify with the author's story and you will feel understood. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, you should read this graphic novel. Nowhere will you find an easier, more delightful way to find out what your loved one is going through.(A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)
  • Victoria Peipert
    This is a very well done graphic novel with regards to the illustrations and the story that the author is trying to tell. While some parts felt choppy or abrupt I think the themes the author explored (anxiety, medical hurdles, navigating personal growth despite those two things, etc.) are fascinating and are definitely underrepresented for how relatable I think they can be.
  • Tasya Dita
    I received this book from publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest reviewMis(h)andra is the story of Isaac who struggle to live his normal live while having seizures. I love the story, it seems very realistic to me especially since this is an #ownvoices book. The way the art and the dialogues are presented make the story real and we can symphatize with Isaac.
  • Mya
    A visceral, haunting, and captivating depiction of the darkness a person can face when coping with an invisible illness and the disbelief of (some) the people around them. Gorgeous art and colouring, and a fascinating visual interpretation of the author's experience of epilepsy. A biting critique of the state of medicine and its understanding of diseases with an ultimately hopeful ending.
  • Gretchen
    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads' Giveaway.I would describe this book as interesting. I liked the artwork, although sometimes I had difficulty interpreting it. I would be interested to talk to someone with epilepsy to see how accurately this book described the disease.