Dare to Disappoint

Autobiographical graphic novel, published by Farrar Straux Giroux.


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.



2016, 12 October, William Armstrong, Hurriyet Daily News, INTERVIEW: Özge Samanc? on ‘Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey

2016, 5 October, Ceyda Nurthsch, Qantara.de, Pressure on artists in Turkey is Increasing

2016, 09 June, William Armstrong, Hurriyet Daily News, ‘Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up In Turkey’ by Ozge Samanci

2016, Summer, Elizabeth Canning Blackwell, Northwestern Magazine, Drawing Outside the Box

2016, 27 March, Grand Forks Herald, Book Notes

2016, 08 March, Ozge Samanci, Huffington Post, How I Became and Artist: Tips to Changing Careers

2016, 29 February, David Lepeska, The National, Book review: Dare to Disappoint, A Bold Tale about Coming of Age in Turkey

2016, 28 February, Kori Kunz, The Register-Guard, Memoir from Turkey, “Dare to Disappoint,” Delivers

2016, 10 February, Kathryn Bromwich, The Guardian, On my radar: China Miéville’s cultural highlights The writer on a moving comic about life in 80s Turkey, disquieting composer Carolyn O’Brien and poet Caitlin Doherty’s tribute to the first dog in space

2016, 19 February, Terry Hong, Smithsonian APA / Book Dragon, Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Özge Samanci

2016, 10 February, Charlotte Mcpherson, Today's Zaman, Cultural Transitions and Foreign Devils

2016, 8 February, Gwen Tarbox and Andy Kunka, The Comics Alternative, Podcast Review

2016, 31 January, Ozge Samanci, The Daily Beast, Being an Immigrant Is Now Even Harder

2016, 29 January, Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle, Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

2016, 19 January, Michael Berry, Sun-Sentinel, Book review: Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

2016, 08 January, Dan Kois, Slate, Dare to Disappoint

2016, 04 January, Phil Ponce, Chicago Tonight, WTTW (Chicago PBS), Northwestern Professor Tells Turkish Coming-of-Age Story

2015, 29 December, Karin Snelson, Shelf Awareness, Dare to Disappoint

2015, 22 December, Tim O'Neil, A.V. Club, Dare to Disappoint

2015, 17 December, Kaya Genc, New Republic, The Graphic Memoir Comes to Turkey,

2015, 9 December, Maria Russo, The New York Times, A Different World

2015, 10 December, Julie Danielson, Kirkus, Reliving Childhood with Özge Samanci

2015, 9 December, Charles Whitney, Los Angeles Review of Books, Coming of Age in Turkey

2015, 6 December, Jean Westmoore, The Buffalo News, Books in Brief: Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey

2015, 3 December, Jeremy Mikula, The Chicago Tribune Chicago Book News

2015, 1 December, Cal Cleary, The Beat, Interview: Özge Samanci on Art, Family, and a Love of Learning

2015, 1 December, Tracy Mumford, MPRNews, Best books to give (and get): Young adult picks

2015, 26 November, Handan Kazanci, Anadolu Agency, Artist’s comic book revives ‘80s Turkey

2015, 16 November, Boing Boing, At least Turkey's tragic politics gives material to comics artists

2015, 16 November, Sean Edgar, The Paste Magazine, Exclusive Preview: Ozge Samanci Grows Alongside Her Country in Dare to Disappoint

2015, 16 November, Kyle Pinion, The Beat, Exclusive Preview: ‘Dare to Disappoint’ paints a vivid portrait of growing up in Turkey

2015, 15 November, Snow Wildsmith, Booklist, (Accessible via submission, 112.6 (Nov. 15, 2015): p35.) Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

2015, 10 November, Chuck Sambuchino, Writer’s Digest, How I Write My Graphic Novels: A Breakdown from Ozge Samanci

2015, 9 November Publishers Weekly, Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

2015, 6 October Starred Review, Kirkus


2016, September Issue, Kaya Genc, Milliyet Sanat, Dünyayi Gezip Simdi Ulkesine Dönen bir Kitabin Hikayesi

2016, 29 February, Burkem Cevher, Agos, Growing up in Turkey in the 80s

2016, 24 January, Gulenay Borekci, Haber Turk, To Be Happy Ourselves, Sometimes We must Make People We Love Unhappy

2016, January, Kaya Genc, Milliyet Kitap, Being a Child in the 80s

2016, January, Ekin Sanac, Bant Magazin, Most Important Treasure of Mine: Memory

2016, January, Merve Arkunlar, Vogue Turkey, Black Box of Our Childhood

2015, 29 December, Kiraz Akin, Bes Harfliler, Özge Samanci’s Graphic Novel: Growing up in Turkey

2015, 21 December, Mahir Yavuz, Onur Akmehmet Adaptasyon 04 023, Ozge Samanci

2015, 13 December, Meltem Gurle, BirGun, Chasing the past: Ozge Samanci

2015, 16 November, Isil Oz, T24, Turning Students into Jelly: The Story of the Disfuntional Turkish Education System


2016, 06 October, Ceyda Nurthsch, Deutsche Welle, Kunst - zum Trotz! Kultur zwischen Widerstand und Zensur in der Türkei

2016, 05 October, Ceyda Nurthsch, Qantana.de, Der Druck auf türkische Künstler wächst


2016, 14 February, George Lialios Kathimerini, As A Child, I Thought Greece was Blue, Like Its Mountains.


2016, 31 January, Elisa Pierandrei, Linkieasta, Dare to Disappoint


2016, 17 June, Jeroen Michiel, Cutting Edge, Özge Samanci, ‘Teleurstellen vergt lef’

2016, 21 June, Koen Driessens, Hebban, Graphic memoir stelt niet teleur


2016, 12 August, De Standaard, Özge Samanci, Duran Duran en de islam

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TV Interview Chicago PBS

Pick of the Week Publishers Weekly

A Sample Chapter The Paste Magazine

Interview Kirkus

Translation to Dutch Soul Food Comics

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Translation to Turkish Iletisim Yayinlari

200 page autobiographical graphic novel, published by Farrar Straux Giroux.

Chicago, Everybodys Coffee, Publishing the Graphic Novel, 13 October 2016, 7pm.



Berlin, Germany 16th International Literature Festival Berlin, 13-16 September 2016

Chicago, Printers Row Festival, 12 June 2016, 2:30-3:15pm

Chicago, CAKE 2016 , 11-12 June 2016, 11PM-6PM

Evanston, MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, 9 May 2016, 12:00PM, Northwestern University

Evanston, Evanston Literary Festival, 7 May 2016, 4:00PM, Evanston Public Library

St Paul, Subtext Books , 30 April 2016, 3PM

Chicago, DePaul University, Writing the City Class, 27 April, 3:30PM

Los Angeles, The Last Bookstore , 13 April 2016, 7:00PM

Atlanta, Charis Bookstore , 5 April 2016, 7:30PM

New York, Bluestockings, 1 April 2016, 7PM

Chicago, C2E2 Chicago Comic Expo, 20 March 2016, 1:15PM

Chicago, The Book Cellar, 19 March 2016, 7PM

Chicago, Women and Children First, 15 January 2016

Chicago, Bookends and Beginnings, 19 November 2015