Monday, November 16, 2015

Dare to Disappoint Blog Tour: A Look at the Creative Process

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Today I'm excited to kick off a fun and unique blog tour for Dare to Disappoint, a new graphic novel from Ozge Samanci. This tour is going to focus on Ozge's creative process and the unusual materials she used in the creation of her book, with each blog highlighting one material in particular. I always love getting behind the scenes information on how a novel comes to life, so I hope you guys follow the tour to see more of Ozge's work!

The first unconventional material on the tour is stamps, complete with an image of the stamps she uses as well as how they look in the context of Dare to Disappoint!


STAMPS

I combine comics and collage. Sometimes three-dimensional objects from real life become part of my images. I used ten different kinds of stamps in
Dare to Disappoint. I found some of the stamps at thrift stores, I bought some of them from a stamp store, I made some of them myself by carving an eraser-like plastic material. I repetitively stamp the paper with the stamp and create backgrounds, landscapes that contribute the atmosphere of the image.


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DARE TO DISAPPOINT


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.

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.

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33 comments:

  1. What a cool idea for the tour. This looks like an interesting book with some creative aspects to it.

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    1. I agree Christy! I'm looking forward to all the materials the other blogs are going to share:)

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    1. Makes me want to go out an buy some:)

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  3. This sounds like such a fun graphic novel. I love the use of stamps of all thing to create the comic and then it context after. Made me laugh. Thanks for the post I'll look out for this. :)

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  4. Ooooh, that's a fantastic idea to add more texture to the graphic novel, so unique indeed! Really great idea for a tour, I love seeing how things come to life and the behind the scenes work!

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    1. Me too Pili! It makes me want to read a book even more:)

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  5. Thanks for sharing Ozge's creative art process for her book. I love the use of the stamps she uses. It's great to know what goes behind the creative thought like this :)

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    1. You're welcome Kim! I can't wait to see what other things she used in this graphic novel:)

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  6. How interesting! I don't read a lot of graphic novels but this sounds like a very unique and creative take on it to include stamps.
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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    1. I now want to make things with stamps Nick:)

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  7. Ooh, those stamps are so cute! They'll definitely be another cute aspect to the book. :D The actual art is adorable as well!

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    1. I love it so much Aimee! Her characters are just the cutest. I love the hair:)

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  8. Oh my gosh, what a fun post! I love this and the process seriously is fascinating! Thanks Jenny for sharing this!!

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  9. Well this looks fun. I love the stamps. I wonder how Do Not Freeze gets worked in?

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    1. That is a good question Heidi, I guess we have to read to find out ;-)

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  10. I've been on a huge graphic novel kick this year, Jenny, and I will be adding this one to my tbr. I love learning about new countries and cultures through them.

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  11. I am such a non-creative person so I love seeing where people get their ideas from. This is such an innovative take on comics and stamps and collages--I love it! Thanks for sharing, Jenny! :)

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    1. It makes me want to buy stamps Keertana! I don't know that anything as cool as her illustrations would come from it, but I could give it a whirl ;-)

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  12. Love the creativity of this! Just how she finds things to combine them in her work has totally sold me.

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    1. I can see you being awesome with stamps Melissa:)

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  13. This is fun..clever idea for a tour. Thank for sharing Jenny!

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  14. What fun! I will definitely keep this in mind for my daughter :)

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  15. What a creative blog tour! I love getting behind the scenes too. As a scrap booker I love to work with stamps.

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