Sunny Side Down

Sunny Side Down : A Collection of Tales of Mere Existence

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Sunny Side Down: Tales of Mere Existenceis an illustrated cartoon book that explores the mundane, neurotic, and hilarious moments of life, and focuses on feelings of alienation, social confusion and perpetual self-doubt.

Meet Lev: Call him a Psychology 101 action figure. He's just like any other young, urban sub-professional seeing the world through inch-thick goggles of self-consciousness. With occasionally inadvisable optimism, he's a super-hero whose only power is the ability to cope.

The book's format will alternate between the narrative and the 'instructional'. The narrative will be straightforward stories with the Lev character (See "3 AM" and "Brand New Love"). The instructional will be ones of deeply cynical advice and social analysis (see "Ask Dr. Lev").
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 187 x 232 x 18mm | 394g
  • Gallery
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • cartoon book
  • 1416591184
  • 9781416591184
  • 304,492

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

Lev Yilmaz began building a viral following for his "Tales of Mere Existence" in 2002. His films have appeared in Davy Rothbart's Found, on Comedy Central, at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, in the 2007 Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors showcase, and have won several Audience Choice awards including the one at the 2006 World of Comedy festival, and one at the Florida Film Festival in both 2006 and 2007.
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322 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 37% (120)
4 39% (126)
3 19% (60)
2 4% (13)
1 1% (3)
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