Mar 25 2013
On p.224 panel 4 of Epileptic, David is explaining his brother’s recent exorcism to his ghost pals while wandering the forest behind his house (which also doubles as the “forest” of his mind). He explains that his mother, whose idea the exorcism was, did not actually believe his brother was possessed by the devil but that he was “rather inhabited by something undefinable.” One of the ghosts qualifies this something as “Something far beyond our level of awareness,” and the other two laugh uncontrollably. They find the notion that something exists outside the realm of everyday reality–something whose shadow alone we can see–absurd.
At the same time, they themselves are mere figments of David’s imagination. They exist exclusively in David’s mind, and I am not sure where exactly, and to what extent, they are “real.” This ironic panel just goes to show how complicated David’s consciousness is: he is capable not only of imagining these ghosts, but of making them disagree with him about abstract notions of reality–all within his mind.