It's Kind of a Funny Story Tie-In Edition, Reader Art, and Facebook Graffiti Art Contest

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the It's Kind of a Funny Story movie. The movie will be released on September 24, 2010 in New York and Los Angeles. It has been accepted to the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival and will screen there in early September.

In conjunction with the movie release, Hyperion Books is publishing a new edition of It's Kind of a Funny Story, which was first published in 2006. They came up with some fantastic cover and back cover art from the movie and here it is:

It's Kind of a Funny Story movie tie-in cover (large)
It's Kind of a Funny Story movie tie-in cover & back cover
It's Kind of a Funny Story movie tie-in back cover

Also, since the trailer debuted, I have been getting lots of messages from new readers who are checking the book out in anticipation of the movie. Thank you very much for your support. One thing that people who are new to the book might not realize is that, since It's Kind of a Funny Story was first published in 2006, I have received lots of amazing reader art that I have collected on my Flickr account:

IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY Reader Art by 'andrew' IKOAFS3 by Maddie Smith
It's Kind Of A Funny Story Artwork by Mao. O'Connor Brain Map by Rebelliousmunchkin
IKOAFS Mask by Holly 1 It's Kind of a Funny Story Interpretation by Ross Kahn
IKOAFS Art by farewell_dear It's Kind of a Funny Story (and other books) by Holly Kelly
It's Kind of a Funny Story art by Kelsey Nornberg IKOAFS Lego Brain Map by Billy Galant

Focus Features has seen this art and in a similar vein has come up with an It's Kind of a Funny Story "What's Your Story?" Contest on Facebook:

It's Kind of a Funny Story "What's Your Story" Contest
Serious Story by Elysia Carter
Scary Story by Matthew Jomo Thomas
Intense Story by Jackie Bayer

The contest is pretty simple:

  1. Use Facebook's Graffiti app to draw your own story keyed off a certain emotion ("happy", "serious", "romantic", "wild", or "dramatic"...) before Sept. 19, 5pm PST.

  2. On Sept. 20th, Focus Features will open up public voting. 150 finalists (narrowed down by public voting) will make the cut for a chance to win some serious prizes.
    • 10 runners-up, selected by the judges and by It's Kind of a Funny Story directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will win a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet and a first edition hardcover of It's Kind of a Funny Story signed and personalized by me. In addition, the 10 runners-up will get their art featured on the official film website and on the official film Facebook page.

    • 1 grand prize winner, selected by the judges and by directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will receive $1,000 in cash to help them get started in a future career in arts, as well as a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet and a signed and personalized first edition hardcover of It's Kind of a Funny Story.

I just entered myself. (I don't think that I'm eligible for prizes.) Here is my "intense story":

Intense Story by Ned Vizzini
Intense Story by Ned Vizzini, on Facebook

It was actually really fun to do. I'm also seeing other entries as they come in and they're very inventive and cool. So please, enter the It's Kind of a Funny Story "What's Your Story?" Contest!


  1. Mental Health Supplements from My Mom

    My mother has sent me an article from The Mind Health Report about four alternatives to anti-depressants. Mom looks out for my mental health on a regular basis, as repeat visitors to the blog might know; this piece talks about four substances with which I was only partly familiar:

    1. St. John's Wort
      "St. John’s wort is Germany’s top antidepressant prescription today..."

    2. SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine)
      "Pronounced “sam-EE,” this nutrient occurs naturally in every cell in our bodies. Rather than targeting one specific neurotransmitter, it supports our internal production of several of them."

    3. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)
      "5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin.... Our bodies can make 5-HTP from the amino acid tryptophan, found in meats, dairy products, and other foods, but we don’t convert enough of it from food to experience therapeutic benefits."

    4. DLPA (DL-Phenylalanine)
      "DLPA is a natural painkiller and a precursor to certain neurotransmitters, including dopamine and noradrenaline. These neurotransmitters are the targets of some antidepressants, such as Wellbutrin."

    Thank you as always, Mom. The Mind Health Report article is five pages long and I have it linked here.

  2. It's Kind of a Funny Story in the All-Time Favorites Picks at Barnes & Noble

    I linked this on my Facebook earlier in the month, but it's such an honor that I'm re-posting here. Thanks to Maria and all the staff at Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC who made this possible:

    It's Kind of a Funny Story is an "All-Time Favorite" at Barnes & Noble Union Square, NYC 3
    It's Kind of a Funny Story is an "All-Time Favorite" at Barnes & Noble Union Square, NYC 1
    It's Kind of a Funny Story is an "All-Time Favorite" at Barnes & Noble Union Square, NYC 2

  3. Pound of Flesh Movie Coming Soon...

    At a conference in Los Angeles earlier this year I met Tamar Simon Hoffs, whose new film POUND OF FLESH starring Malcolm McDowell is coming to theaters later this year. McDowell's narration on this teaser teaser trailer is priceless. You can also hear it on the official movie website.

    Pound of Flesh movie

  4. Do Dragons Burn Their Tongues?

    I was recently emailed by Jake Daniels, who asked me for a quote for his site Tips for Teen Writers. I gave him a quote (basically I cribbed from Orwell) and he told me that he's got a book out on Amazon through Lulu:

    Check it out, and thanks Jake (who signs his emails "Jake Daniels (Aardwolf)").

  5. "Lost" 2007 German Interview with Michael Kleff

    In 2007 I was interview by Michael Kleff for German radio. I lost the interview for a few years but I just found it and posted it. It's separated into 12 questions and answers. Michael and I talked about It's Kind of a Funny Story and politics and I'm proud of how it came out:

    Ned Vizzini 2007 "Lost" Interview with Michael Kleff

    Thank you for the great questions, Michael!

  6. TV Interview coming: FREAK IT WIT DA FELLAZ with GeeQue

    I will be on TV on Friday, August 13th @ 11pm EST in Manhattan, on Time Warner 67 or Fios 36 (watch live). I will be on GeeQue's (MySpace / Twitter) long-running hip-hop show FREAK IT WIT DA FELLAZ. GeeQue contacted me a few months ago about It's Kind of a Funny Story and, although he usually interviews hip-hop artists like Big Pun (R.I.P.), he decided to change it up and talk to an author for a segment.

    Ned with GeeQue

    I'm very excited to see how this turns out and I will provide a link to the video as soon as I get it. Thank you GeeQue!

  7. Skype Interview with Graguigleadhair

    In the final bit of interview news, Graguigleadhair (aka Molly Horan) interviewed me via Skype as part of a series of interviews she is doing with young adult authors on her YouTube channel. The interview ended up in two parts, a 6-minute segment and an 8-minute segment. Molly asked good questions and I had fun; enjoy!

    Ned Vizzini interview with Molly Horan, pt. 1



Congrats on TIFF selection/new edition - one question

Fantastic news (& an honor, IMO) about being selected for the Toronto Intl. Film Festival; congrats too on the new book edition + the contest looks cool.

One Q about book's cover art - no Viola Davis (maybe Aasif isn't big enough)? I think Ramirez is Latino, but just looking @ him it isn't obvious; maybe the background guy in the back cover photo of Keir/Emma hugging is a person of color, I don't know.

My point is that judging by the cover art, either only white people exist in the universe, only white people are crazy or all white people are crazy - which is it?

Bottom line, I know the publishers are going for what's going to sell the most: Zach, Emma & once this movie comes out - Keir.

I know you didn't have creative control over the cover art, at least that's what I assume. Authors don't usually have that unless they're at the stratosphere level.

But people of color have mental health issues too. People of color read & buy books. People of color go to the movies. The time when we accepted books & movies in which all the characters were white as the default is gone (see Tyler Perry's middling/mediocre movies' success). I wouldn't buy your new edition book, based on its cover art - I wouldn't even borrow it from the library because I'd assume it wasn't for me. Just sayin'.

April 2013

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