Teasers Released for Animated Adaptation of David B.’s ‘Epileptic’

The autobiographical graphic novel L’Ascension du Haut Mal, (released in English as Epileptic), is being adapted into an animated feature in France. The critically acclaimed series by David Beauchard (aka David B.) focuses on the creative fantasies of the artist as a child as his family unsuccessfully attempts to cure his brother’s advancing epilepsy through alternative medical treatments like magnetism and macrobiotics.

Originally published by L’Association, the French comics publisher of which Beauchard was a founder, the six-part L’Ascension du Haut Mal has been widely celebrated in both Europe and the United States, winning numerous prizes at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, and helping Beauchard win an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist in 2005.

Filmmaker and architect Christophe Gérard will direct the film, which is being animated by the French studio Tchack and produced by Atopic. The filmmakers recently posted two teasers on the film’s official website. No release date has been set at this time.


  • Matt Jones

    Great news, the graphic novel is excellent and that clip is beautiful. The French are putting out some of the best original animated features these days . I’m looking forward to the animated adaption of ‘Aya de Yopougon’ too.

  • slowtiger

    Now this is a different style at last! Looking forward to this, not only for the Escher reference in the last shot …

    • Loup Blaster

      Nice that you get this Escher reference !