Tune: Vanishing Point

Tune: Vanishing Point

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by Derek Kirk Kim
     
 

Andy's life is going nowhere, fast. He left art school with his career all worked out ahead of time, but ...to say it didn't work out is the understatement of the century. Unemployed and living with his overbearing parents, Andy struggles to keep sight of the lofty goals that once drove him. But it's hard, even when he reconnects with his old art school crush, Yumi

Overview

Andy's life is going nowhere, fast. He left art school with his career all worked out ahead of time, but ...to say it didn't work out is the understatement of the century. Unemployed and living with his overbearing parents, Andy struggles to keep sight of the lofty goals that once drove him. But it's hard, even when he reconnects with his old art school crush, Yumi.

Things look better, briefly, with Yumi back in the picture and an actual job offer on the table. But then Andy takes the job offer--to work at a zoo--and finds himself in an alternate dimension. The zoo? Is run by aliens. The exhibit? Is him.

Derek Kirk Kim is back with an offbeat, poignant new graphic novel. The first volume of a comics series, Tune is a science fiction comedy, but it's also a smart and affectionate examination of human nature.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This latest effort from Kim (Same Difference, Good as Lily) has all of the trademarks of a good 19th-century novel —coming-of-age, generational conflict, unrequited love, even a tortured artist—but it’s set in the present, speaks to a 21st-century reader, and has, well, aliens and stuff. Hero Andy Go is getting nowhere fast: he’s dropped out of his final year of art school and finds himself living with parents who tell him that he needs a job or else. Then there’s his hopeless crush on Yumi, a fellow art student. Things start to look up when he gets an illicit peek at her diary, but they take a bizarre turn when he shows up to an interview for a job at a zoo—in another dimension. Whether in Kim’s insights into everyday relationships or his examination of the difference between what we long for and what we live with, he blends his own brand of sweetness, wry humor, realism, and caricature to give readers a story that consistently suspends our disbelief. Readers new to Kim’s work will come away with a genuine appreciation of his talent—and they’ll never again be able to look at a manhole cover in quite the same way. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Chapter one gives us a flash forward into Andy Go's life. Any movement forward is a positive one for our go-nowhere art student. His life is uneventful, and his friends are typical fellow art students in their third year at the College of Visual Arts in San Francisco. Andy is a procrastinator with no interest in changing his ways. Flash backwards five months, and we find nights spent at the Thirsty Boar, days spent in classes, in-between time spent putting off art projects and mooning over Yumi Kwon—one of those rare art student illustrator girls who actually talks to Andy. Andy fell for Yumi the first time he saw her. Since then, he has spent a lot of time hoping that she will make the first move while feeling scared to death that she will make the first move. Yep, typical guy. Andy decides that school just is not for him. He wants to start on his career path pronto. A dropout, he lives at home with his strict Korean parents; they insist that he find a "real" job, or he is out on his own. Unfortunately, "real" jobs are not so easy to find and they are so boring. When Andy applies to work at a zoo, he seems perfect for the job...but is the job really all that is seems? The black-and-white illustrations perfectly depict the behind-the-scenes life of an illustrator illustrating his illustrious life. This book is a good-lead in for the "Tune" series, hinting at the unbelievable adventures Andy will be encountering in future books. I may not be a twenty-something guy, but the day-to-day minutiae is well played out so that anyone can relate to the woe of Go. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596435162
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Series:
Tune Series , #1
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,338,937
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet 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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