Mis(h)adra is a story that aims to spread awareness about epilepsy by vividly depicting the daily life of a young Arab-American epileptic named Isaac. 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 finds that nothing -- not even his medication -- seems to work. The doctors won't listen, the schoolwork keeps piling up, his family is in denial about his condition, and his social life falls apart as he feels more and more isolated by his illness. Even with an unexpected new friend by his side, so much is up against him that Isaac is starting to think his epilepsy may be unbeatable. Based on my own experience as an epileptic, Mis(h)adra is a boldly visual depiction of the daily struggles of living with a misunderstood condition in today's hectic and uninformed world.

Mis(h)adra is now available from Simon & Schuster/Gallery 13.
You can order the book
here, or through other outlets here.

Be safe: this comic is possibly triggering for severe anxiety, depression,
physical trauma, emotional trauma, PTSD, gore, graphic imagery, and body horror.


“The power of Ata’s work lies in its luminous art … Ata avoids lecturing and instead focuses on illuminating the difficulties of living with a misunderstood illness.”
-- Booklist

"Mis(h)adra is unlike any other comic. It has its own danger and its own light. It cut me to my core."
-- Laura Knetzger