Releasing this week from First Second, Dare to Disappoint is Multimedia Artist and Scholar Ozge Samanci’s graphic novel debut memoir of growing up a young woman in Turkey, battling societal and parental expectations in a nation filled with tension.
First Second has been kind enough to provide the following excerpt of this stunning new release that will surely be one of the books that we’ll be talking about in many a year-end list. Samanci’s assured command of the medium is present even in this short set of pages, and brings to mind other sequential art redefining cartoonists like Emily Carroll and Jillian Tamaki. This is one to be on the look-out for.
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.