Mis(h)adra is a comic in fifteen parts that aims to spread awareness about epilepsy by vividly depicting the daily life of a young Arab-American epileptic named Isaac, who struggles to maintain a balancing act between his normal life and his abnormal condition. The title, formed from the Arabic words for "seizure," and "cannot," refers to the horrifying paralysis, both physical and emotional, caused by seizures. The comic is based on my own experience as an epileptic; nearly all of the characters, scenarios, and dialogue draw word-for-word from actual events during the five years since my diagnosis. Mis(h)adra has been reviewed by The Comics Journal, has been featured by multiple websites and advocates of epilepsy and mental health awareness, and has been included in school curriculums. The first chapter of the original,
web version of the comic is available to read for free below.
Mis(h)adra ran as a webcomic from 2013-2015, and is now scheduled
to be released in print through Gallery 13 in Fall 2017.
Be safe: this comic is possibly triggering for severe anxiety, depression,
physical trauma, emotional trauma, PTSD, gore, graphic imagery, and body horror.