Özge Samanci, a media scholar and artist, is an associate professor in Northwestern University’s School of Communication. She studied in Istanbul, at the universities of Bogazici and Bilgi, at O...
Not Here but Everywhere: A Graphic Novel between the Middle East and Midwest
Özge Samanci’s graphic novel Not Here but Everywhere uniquely follows two characters in parallel: on the odd pages of the book, it tells the story of Helen, a 40-year-old American professor of art history currently teaching in Istanbul. On the even pages, it tells the story of Deniz, a 25-year-old Turkish graduate student in biochemistry at a small college in Athens, Ohio. With each turn of the page, the characters’ stories progress, in two different cities, side-by- side, each in relation to the other. Their seemingly disparate worlds are ultimately unified via common themes and common characters.