A Guest Post by Ozge Samanci

My Aunty Nuran is very stylish and she has drawers full of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, tasteful but not expensive jewelry. When I was a child digging her drawers and trying her jewelry was our favorite game. Eight years ago my Aunty Nuran was getting rid of her jewelry from 80s, which included big fancy and bold pieces. She thought of my collages and kept them for me. On one of my visits to Turkey she handed them to me and I used them in many of collages through years. Even though I have not have a chance to tell stories about my Aunty Nuran in Dare to Disappoint you will see a couple of my aunt’s jewelry in 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.

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