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Tune: Vanishing Point Paperback – November 13, 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
The paper version I'm reviewing here is excellent. It comes in pulp paper, but crisply and beautifully printed, and the story flows very fluidly when you compare it to reading it on the website. This series deserves attention --buy it and you won't regret it!
"Tune, Volume One: Vanishing Point"
Written and illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim
(First Second, 2012)
This is an engaging manga-esque graphic novel about a young art student named Andy Go who drops out of school to try and get a "real" art job but finds the market a little tougher than he'd anticipated. He moves in with his humorless Korean-American parents (affectionate stereotypes worthy of a Margaret Cho monologue) who push him to get a job -- any job -- or get booted out of their house. This leads him to take a job unlike any other -- indeed, it's in another dimension -- and although this first volume is just a prelude to the rest of the story (what happens to Andy away from Earth) it's an enjoyable journey. Although this is a straightforward fantasy, it's geared more towards teens and college students, and while not wildly inappropriate, not quite suitable for younger children. Moderately "mature" fans will get a kick out of it. Another winner from First Second Books! (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great sci-fi, slice o'life, intergalactic nerdist romp! (Yes, you read that right)Published 1 month ago by B. Kirk
This was a funny, realistic, slightly adventurous and intergalactic novel about a man who is has dropped out of school with the desire to have his art in TIME magazine, but it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Keanna Lewis
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. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rachel J Corey
Oh my God! I love this! Tune really reminds me of Scott Pilgrim but sci-fi instead of fantasy and way better. What an amazing read; it has a bit of something for everyone. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
I adored this book. This novel is so funny. All the characters are quirky and hilarious. The art is excellent. The pacing is good, and the dialogue is clever. Read morePublished 16 months ago by B.A. Wilson
This book cracked me up, I look forward to the upcoming sequel. Suffers from a cookie cutter story line, but survives through its near believability.Published on August 19, 2013 by Kawika
This book was on my son's wish list. I gave this to him as a gift, so I am not the one to review it.Published on March 3, 2013 by cpjensen
really nice storyline, original and cliffhanging just enough.
great drawing that's really creating an atmosphere !!
this is definitely a must read
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'. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Ethan