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Sunny Side Down: A Collection of Tales of Mere Existence

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Publisher Comments:

Lev is just like any other young, urban sub-professional who sees the world through inch-thick goggles of self-consciousness. Armed only with insecurity, doubt, and a seemingly inadvisable tenacity, Lev trudges through his days furiously analyzing himself and the world around him, desperately trying to figure out where he fits in. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; If you have ever felt like a perpetual square peg in a world of round holes, you have found a kindred spirit.

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"YouTube-hit Yilmaz made a name for himself through charming animations of his daily life. Shorts such as 'A Conversation with My Mother' and 'How I Learned About Girls' remain hits. Now, Yilmaz turns his sensibility to the printed page, adapting some of his video tales to print and writing original comics on various phases of life: childhood, high school, college and that miserable period after college when nothing seems quite right and we have to find our own direction. In this volume, Yilmaz shows off his excellent drawing skills and a quirky worldview, but the print version of his autobiography isn't as successful without his wry narration and the fascination of watching a drawing come to life in an animation. Still, sections like 'Psychoanalysis of Playtime' and 'Some Childhood Fears' combine a great memory for one's past with clear, crisp art. In the last section, Yilmaz struggles for the detachment that makes his online videos both sympathetic and insightful. It's a brave thing for a young artist to do and bodes well for Yilmaz's future work, even if something is lost to the reader of this book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Lev Yilmaz is a demented and troubled young man. But he's demented and troubled in the same ways as the rest of us, which is what makes this book so funny, captivating, and identifiable. I'm a fan." Davy Rothbart, creator of Found magazine, and author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas

Review:

"Sunny Side Down is either a really happy book about misery...or a miserable book about happiness. Either way, Lev Yilmaz is among my favorite depressed authors who is not dead." David Nadelberg, author of Mortified

Review:

"Hilariously insightful comics for the modern bachelor, and the women who dump him." Keith Knight, author of K Chronicles

Synopsis:

YouTube sensation Yilmaz delivers a thought-provoking cartoon book that explores the mundane, neurotic, and hilarious moments of life — in the bestselling tradition of Matt Groenig and Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416591184
Subtitle:
A Collection of Tales of Mere Existence
Author:
Yilmaz, Lev
Author:
Yilmaz, Levni
Publisher:
Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Subject:
Form - Comic Strips & Cartoons
Subject:
General
Subject:
Topic - Relationships
Subject:
Cartoons
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
cartoon book
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.12 x 7.38 in 16.31 oz

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Product details 224 pages Simon Spotlight Entertainment - English 9781416591184 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "YouTube-hit Yilmaz made a name for himself through charming animations of his daily life. Shorts such as 'A Conversation with My Mother' and 'How I Learned About Girls' remain hits. Now, Yilmaz turns his sensibility to the printed page, adapting some of his video tales to print and writing original comics on various phases of life: childhood, high school, college and that miserable period after college when nothing seems quite right and we have to find our own direction. In this volume, Yilmaz shows off his excellent drawing skills and a quirky worldview, but the print version of his autobiography isn't as successful without his wry narration and the fascination of watching a drawing come to life in an animation. Still, sections like 'Psychoanalysis of Playtime' and 'Some Childhood Fears' combine a great memory for one's past with clear, crisp art. In the last section, Yilmaz struggles for the detachment that makes his online videos both sympathetic and insightful. It's a brave thing for a young artist to do and bodes well for Yilmaz's future work, even if something is lost to the reader of this book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Lev Yilmaz is a demented and troubled young man. But he's demented and troubled in the same ways as the rest of us, which is what makes this book so funny, captivating, and identifiable. I'm a fan."
"Review" by , "Sunny Side Down is either a really happy book about misery...or a miserable book about happiness. Either way, Lev Yilmaz is among my favorite depressed authors who is not dead."
"Review" by , "Hilariously insightful comics for the modern bachelor, and the women who dump him."
"Synopsis" by , YouTube sensation Yilmaz delivers a thought-provoking cartoon book that explores the mundane, neurotic, and hilarious moments of life — in the bestselling tradition of Matt Groenig and Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
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