Monday, November 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Dare to Disappoint by Ozge Samanci + Giveaway

Tour organized by Fierce Reads
Find the full schedule HERE

As a newbie to graphic novels in general, I never thought about the fact that that they could be made with anything other than ink on paper. But Ozge Samanci uses a lot of unconventional materials – like tumeric, bread, and burned paper, all things that are also part of her story of growing up in Turkey. How is that for layers?  

Each stop of this blog tour for Dare to Disappoint highlights one of her materials and how it relates to her graphic novel memoir.

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey
by Ozge Samanci
Date Published: November 17th 2015
Published by: Macmillan - Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

About the Book: Growing up on the Aegean Coast, Ozge loved the sea and imagined a life of adventure while her parents and society demanded predictability. Her dad expected Ozge, like her sister, to become an engineer. She tried to hear her own voice over his and the religious and militaristic tensions of Turkey and the conflicts between secularism and fundamentalism. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Cousteau? A stage actress?  Would it be possible to please everyone including herself?

In her unpredictable and funny graphic memoir, Ozge recounts her story using inventive collages, weaving together images of the sea, politics, science, and friendship.

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon | B&NBook Depository | IndieBound


Today I'm highlighting...

Fishing Materials

"My childhood was full of fishing anecdotes. In Chapter 7 of Dare to Disappoint, , I narrated a fishing adventure. Each chapter opens with a full-page collage and I was thinking what to use for a full-page collage that is about Istanbul, my father, and fishing. I decided to make a collage by using real fishing materials: hooks, sinkers, fishing line, and that metal loop preventing the fishing line from tangling. Real fishers will know the name of it."

I don't do much fishing, but my grandfather loved to fly fish and tie flies, which is its own art form. I love seeing how those materials were used as collage in this story.

Thanks for visiting, Ozge Samanci! 


About the Author

Ozge Samanci is an artist and an associate professor. She was born in Izmir, Turkey, and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Dare to Disappoint is her debut graphic novel.  

Find: Website | Twitter


Blog Tour Schedule:

Find out more about Ozge Samanci's creative process as she highlights one of her art materials on each stop along the way.

11/16 – Supernatural Snark 
11/17 – Forever YA 
11/18 – Teen Lit Rocks 
11/19 – Kid Lit Frenzy 
11/20 – The Book Wars 
11/24 – Fly to Fiction 
11/25 – Watch Connect Read 
11/26 – Stacked 


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  1. Stunning blog tour post Lauren :D Thank you so much for sharing about this book. <3 It looks so awesome. Ack. You have made me curious about it :) I hope you are doing okay sweet girl. <3 Haven't seen any new reviews by you lately.. hope you are still reading lots, hih :)

  2. Like you I haven't had much experience with graphic novels, but this one looks really good!

  3. I have only recently started reading graphic novels but I REALLY like the sound of this one! It sounds so unique with the author using all sorts of materials to make collages.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! :)

  4. This looks great. I love memoirs told in unique ways-collages, comics etc.


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