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.
If you have ever felt like a perpetual square peg in a world of round holes, you have found a kindred spirit.
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.
"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