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Tune: Vanishing Point Paperback – November 13, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Tune Series

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*Starred Review* Here’s an example of an artist trying something different from a secure spot in his own wheelhouse. First launched as a webcomic, this work chronicles an art-school dropout’s endeavors to land a paying job (with a few well-placed swipes at the comics industry), his shoot-yourself-in-the-foot attempts to kindle a romance from inside the friend zone, and his unsuccessful effort to run a blocking scheme on his success-minded Korean immigrant parents. This is all familiar territory for Kim, which readers will recognize from his breakthrough book, Same Difference and Other Stories (2004), a similar document of twentysomething urban Asian American geek life. But he’s also got a few of the tricks up his sleeve that made his collaboration with Gene Yang (The Eternal Smile, 2009) such a rug-pulling treat of skewered expectations. When the story performs a dimensional about-face, it becomes clear why the panels have been floating around on starry black pages all this time. Kim’s a great cartoonist with a keen sense of humor, and he has a light-handed touch for balancing irreverence with full-hearted emotion. Sure, things are just starting to really get moving by the end of this first volume, but you won’t find a more kookily energetic sci-fi splice-of-life crossing adult-onset uncertainty with strands of Twilight Zone DNA. --Ian Chipman

About the Author

Derek Kirk Kim is the award-winning author of Same Difference, The Eternal Smile (with Gene Luen Yang), and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm). He has also contributed to numerous anthologies including Flight (Vol. 1), Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, and Bizarro World. His web-TV series Mythomania is loosely based on Tune.

He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Details

  • Series: Tune (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159643516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435162
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wanted to like this book, I really did. Especially because I admire artists who create and complete their very own original works like this.

Overall though, it was kinda meh. I'm just tired of the "awkward nerdy guy chases the manic pixie dream girl" storyline. Especially because it's autobiographical, that made it especially cringey. When I read the summary I thought the story would be more about the alien zoo, but there's only like 5 pages of that towards the end.

The art was okay, it did what it needed to do, I wish he would push his characters to be a bit more expressive. The best part of the book by far were the Korean parents, which had me laughing heartily.
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Andy is just your average guy. He knows what he wants to do in life--a career in comics--and he has it all planned out. So he leaves art school early to set off on his journey...and quickly finds himself unemployed. His parents soon becoming dissatisfied with his inability to land a job, (and his lounging around the house in his underwear) force him to find a job, any type of job,...or they'll find one for him. And everything seems to hit rock bottom. No one will hire him, heck a crazy homeless guy gets hired ahead of him at a fast food joint. And then a magical day happens. Andy sees Yumi (his art school crush), discovers that she likes him, and finds a job to work at a zoo! There's just one problem...the zoo job is an alternate dimension and Andy is one of the exhibits.

I've been following Tune since Derek started serializing it as a webcomic and it's quickly become one of my favorites to keep up with. Although this first volume starts off a bit slow, as its setting up the world and the universe, it picks up pace in the following chapters (that can be viewed online.) In this volume though we get a good sense of the characters that we'll be following in the series, especially Andy. I like that Andy is your average guy, for the most part. I can see elements of myself in his story, which of course makes me cringe at times (especially when he realizes that Yumi might actually like him) because I've made some of the same choices, the same decisions, and my life mirrors Andy in some ways. And that's what makes this such a great story, that it is easy to relate to Andy and Yumi. We've all mapped out our life and had it veer off into different directions (hopefully no one is an exhibit in a zoo though.
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Tune is an engaging story about a Korean-American named Andy Go whose dramatic mother and unforgiving father are less than pleased when he drops out of art school to pursue a career as a comic book artist. His parents also have questions about his sexuality given his inability to find a girlfriend. Andy is straight, he's just not adept with girls ... or life. He has a crush on an art student named Yumi but lacks the self-confidence to make a move.

Andy's father, unwilling to support an art school dropout, insists that Andy find a job, and that's where the fun starts. The only job for which Andy is remotely qualified (given that jobs in the arts are nonexistent) requires him to live in a parallel universe. Of course, the job will dehumanize him and strip him of his dignity, but as Andy's mom reminds him, that's what jobs do.

Tune takes awhile to get to the meat of the story, but the payoff is worth it. Unfortunately, just when it's getting really good, we get the dreaded "To Be Continued" message. Don't you hate it when that happens? I recommend it nonetheless because I want to see what happens next.

The panels are drawn against a background of stars. The art is simple, the sort of thing you'd find in a gag strip, but surprisingly clever. When Andy reads Yumi's journal, for instance, we see Andy looking through a window at Yumi's life. I like the characters' facial expressions (except for Andy's father, whose face is always hidden behind a newspaper). The art suits the story well.
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Derek Kirk Kim's second full book (and by full, I mean a book he both wrote and illustrated) is a great follow up to 'Same Difference'. His first book was a buddy comedy of sorts, whereas 'Tune' uses the age-old structure of the semi-autobiographical comic as a canvas for a meta-fictional sci-fi comedy, complete with Kim's unique brand of adorably self-effacing wit.
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This is book one of the Tune story and a great way to start what looks to be a great series. Below is a brief review of this book but really, the best way of discovering whether you will enjoy Tune or not is to go to: [...] and just read some of it for free. I can say that when I found the site, I read through the whole first two books in one sitting. I then waited patiently until the book was published so that I could buy the thing, even though I had already read it for free online.

This being said, below is my review:

The story revolves around a main character who is a socially awkward art school drop out, who lives at home with his parents, and who falls hopelessly in love with a former classmate. This has all of the potential of falling into the overly plowed field of juvenile ultra emo romantic comedy territory. Fortunately, the book is able to avoid this trap by picking up a crazy sci fi premise and developing characters that actually have depth beyond their archetypes. This being said, the sci fi elements of this story are not super hardcore that the book will alienate those who did not grow up obsessed with space ships, wookies, sandworms, intergalatic battles or Romulans.

The art in this book is great and has a more grown up modified manga style. It has nice detail to many of the backgrounds and objects in the book's world but the choice to draw the characters in simple clean lines is a nice one. I originally thought the choice to work within small boxes was a cop out since it allows for a longer book based on fewer panels but after reading past the first few panels I realized that I actually liked the separation as it allowed more focus on each panel. Also, the art and story are rich enough that you don't feel like you are being short shrifted at all by the amount of content in the book.
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