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Tune: Vanishing Point (Tune #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  500 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Andy's life is going nowhere, fast. He left art school with his career all worked out ahead of time, but 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.Thingsl ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by First Second
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Sam Quixote
Andy Go drops out of art school believing his obvious talent will instantly land him lucrative illustration jobs at The New Yorker and similar high profile magazines. Except nothing happens after he drops out - who’da thunk it? Sat on his couch for weeks, Andy’s parents eventually push him out into the big wide world to get a job. But the job hunting doesn’t go well – until a peculiar opportunity at a zoo appears…

Derek Kirk Kim’s Tune, Volume 1 is a slice-of-life comic that, like most slice-of-l
The Holy Terror
Completely missed that this was a volume 1 and not a stand alone, and it ends on a cliffhanger right when the story gets interesting. Figures! (You guys can thank me, I just added the series info and "Book 1" to the title so you're not duped like I was.)

Not bad but kind of annoying that this is going to be one of those "boy finds out girl's true feelings through reading something he was told not to" which of course is going to piss her off when she finds out and then there will be that conflict
I was so bored by this book that it took me over a week to come up with a decent review. The thing is, it's so short (and so full of blank space, including entirely blank pages) that there's no reason to publish book one separately from book two, except to try and make twice as much money on the series. Worse, the entire premise (a slacker gets a job in an alien zoo) doesn't even kick in until the last few pages. The rest is just watching Andy slack off, convinced of his own artistic greatness, ...more
I've been reading this as a online comic for some time now. It has a very compelling story and interesting characters. As an online comic I had one major gripe and that was how slow the story was told from page to page. As a collected graphic novel I suspect this problem will not exist, except perhaps from volume to volume, which would be another testament to how engaging the story is.

For the purposes of a synopsis, Tune: Vanishing Point collects the first eleven chapters of the graphic novel Tu
Ottery StCatchpole
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Totally engaging story about a slacker who gets abducted by aliens. :P

I really like Kim's storytelling style. His art is fun and easy, and his characters are relatable. Just as our hero discovers his longtime crush may actually reciprocate his affections, he leaves earth.

This is really just the beginning of a much longer saga, so it didn't totally pull me in. But this is candy for me.

I particularly like the way Kim plays with panel placement here - we can see the influence that being friends w
I HAAAAAAATE that I have to wait goodness knows how long until Volume 2 comes out! This story is terrific, and hilarious. As I was reading it I kept thinking Derek Kirk Kim had been stalking my younger brother, wrote the story of his life, but made him Korean instead of Mexican. The only negative I have is that for me, the sci-fi element introduced in the final few chapters actually took AWAY from the story and made me enjoy it slightly less that I had been up to that point, where it was simply ...more
First Second Books
Dec 12, 2012 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
The first thing to say here (so we can get it out of the way at the beginning) is that Derek Kirk Kim's art is wonderful. I'm not sure how he draws with as clean of a line as he does -- maybe he's magical? Or a robot? Either of these things may be possible -- we may have to perform a magical!Turing test.

The premise of this book is the kind of thing that ends up in, 'and then we all went crazy and ended up in outer space without a towel' type of age-old drama -- boy likes girl (secretly); girl li
There are a number of significant problems with this book.

1) The formatting is perhaps the most amateurish I have ever seen in a published graphic novel.

The book lists 155 pages. If you eliminate the 20 pages that are either blank or new chapters (yes 1 out of every 8 pages has no content) you're left with 135 pages. Which would be fine if those pages featured full sized drawings or a panel layout not done by what seems to have been a drunk monkey.

I am not sure who thought "let's arrange every
Andy Shuping
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Andy is just your average guy. He knows what he wants to do in life, a career in comics, and has it all planned out. So he leaves art school early to set off on his journey...and quickly finds himself unemployed. His parents becoming dissatisfied with his inability to land a job (and lounging around the house) and force him to find one, 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
When I first started reading TUNE, I didn't think I'd like it. The beginning is a bit slow at getting to the main plot, but in hindsight, it was the perfect lead up to Andy's current location. Like many other great books, one has to get through the intro to get into a fascinating plot.

What I love the most about TUNE is the characters. Andy Go is one of the most well rounded characters I've ever seen; he's very realistic. Although we haven't seen as much of them as we have Andy, Dash and Yumi are
B.A.  Wilson
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. I read it straight through and immediately grabbed the 2nd one.

Andy Go is an Art Major. He could be best described as a nerd in college. I can also describe him as ridiculously similar to my brother and his friends but you don't know them now do you? So basically the illustrator guys and one girl who like comics and know almost everything about them. They are super smart usually but can be super lazy. They go to Comic Cons and aspire to be one of the greats or maybe not. Not all nerds can draw. They can also be inappr
In good faith I attempted to read a second graphic novel by Derek Kirk Kim, but am again met with disappointment. Now that I've been exposed to more of his material, I can better articulate what annoys me about his work. Believe me, I want to like his work--he's Asian American. Solidarity, and all of that. Nope. Can. not. support.

It seems that Mr. Kim relies on autobiographical details to inform his characterization. Well, his leading males just aggravate me! They're self-pitying, self-deprecati
Tune: Vanishing Point is a bit of an odd book. It begins with the main character, Andy Go, waking up as an exhibit in a zoo and flashes back to the events leading up to it. Andy's story is a mundane one with demanding parents and struggles to make it as an illustrator, but Derek Kirk Kim makes the mundane enjoyable with likable characters and great illustration. The last few chapters flip drastically to the extreme fantastic and I'm not quite sure where the book is going. The ending is listed as ...more
I love Kim's illustrations here, but I think this volume spent far too much time setting up the characters before introducing the biggest plot element. This was a little aggravating because the consequences of his later decision are teased in the first pages of the title, but it takes nearly the entire book for him to get around to making that choice. That being said, I think this will work better if the whole series-to-be is collected in one volume. I really felt for the sad sack Korean son and ...more
Tune is a delight in part due to the creative, unusual and entertaining formatting. White panels on a dark page that = strong readability and the slow unwinding of the story, strong character development & arch, and protagonist Andy's hyperbolic parents are both satisfying and a hoot! I especially enjoyed how Kim plays with convention & archetype (see: those mysterious folk on the back jacket of the novel). After reading many recent graphic novels by Asian American authors that have been ...more
A.C.E. Bauer
This is the introduction to a series with enormous potential. Kim's artistry is impressive. His use of humor turns something that feels like it might have been scripted for The Twilight Zone (if the The Twilight Zone ever had an episode about an artist-nerd from a Korean family), into a story about a realistic character--flaws and all. I was particularly drawn in by the art: each page's panels are carefully placed on a black, star-filled background, giving an ominous feel even to the most lighth ...more
On a bit of a graphic novel kick lately after finding that my local library has a surprisingly decent selection of them...

After stumbling onto Kim's fantastic Same Difference, I absolutely had to seek out more. This is different, yet the same (see what I did there? Sorry....). It's a little jarring as it starts off as your typical slice-of-life story, but just as you're getting attached to a possible resolution between characters, it becomes something else.

The problem is that it becomes somethin
Tune was a story I originally read as a Webcomic a couple of years ago. For some reason, I stumbled across this story a couple of weeks ago and decided I wanted to catch up with what was going on in that story. A quick search on later, and I was just waiting to get the books so I could catch up.

The bad news is that the two volumes already available comprise exactly what's available freely on the Web. I'm not disappointed about that (I have all of the Penny Arcade collections, and severa
Evan Jensen
The flawed and everyday characters of Kim's work have always been the great foundation to his weird and quirky situations. TUNE is no different in that respect, but here I feel like his storytelling really shines. I can't wait for book 3 to be drawn and published.

The art for TUNE is wonderful without being derivative or trite. I think the character designs of the whole thing are a pleasure to look at and the panels flow smoothly.
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The idea behind this is actually a really cool, cute Sci-Fi-meets-slice-of-life kind of thing. And I'd be interested to see where this was going... except... I kind of wanted to slap the main character's face through most of it. Can we, as a society, PLEASE get over "the friend zone" already? I like the story, I just wish it had a different narrator.

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Michaela Keil
Ok, I read this as a webcomic, which is always a bit tough. Updates always move pretty slowly. Now, as a book, there won't be any trouble. The story is really different and the art is hilarious. I love the characters, especially the mum, and I am super excited about where this could go. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something light and quirky.
Stewart Tame
Nice! This is only volume one, so don't expect a complete story. This is good stuff, though. It starts with a teaser chapter: our hero, Andy, finds himself in an unusual situation. The rest of the book leads up to an explanation of how he got there. The middle chapters feature some wonderful slice-of-life writing as Andy drops out of art school and looks for a job. There's some nice banter between him and his friends. This is a very warm and charming book. Fantasy elements begin to creep in towa ...more
Lots of fun! I liked that Kim spends plenty of time introducing readers to Andy. It means that book 1 is mostly a set up for the next volume, but Andy was such a likeable guy (even with the slacker tendencies) that I did mind the cliff-hanger ending. And it was all topped off with adorable art and a beautifully produced book. Great work all around!
Books with bad endings just ruin it for me. I didn't realize this was going to be the first of a series, but I'm not annoyed by that. I'm annoyed by where the story leaves off. The book is all set up and no pay off. Too bad, because I was just starting to enjoy it.
Nicola Mansfield
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. Starting off as a college student romantic comedy slice of life tale, an illustration student drops out to the dismay of his traditional Korean parents. He spends time with his art school friends, daydreams about the girl he likes and goes out for job interviews. This part is all a fun realistic story with a main character who ...more
Ms. Schutte
Andy is an art school drop out. Convinced that he's already an amazing artist, he decides to try his luck out of the classroom and on the job market, but top-notch illustration jobs prove hard to find. When his parents threaten to kick him out of the house if he doesn't find gainful employment, Andy gets desperate and signs a contract to be a new exhibit at a zoo on a far-away planet. Yes, that's right. This books jumps right from being a story about a kid in art school who thinks he's awesome a ...more
Josh Heusinkveld
I haven't brought book yet but soon. I discover this graphic novel on online read as webcomic and really enjoy it. Looking forward to see next chapter down the road...
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Derek Kirk Kim is an award-winning Korean-American cartoonist. He won both major industry awards in 2004, the Eisner and the Harvey, for his debut graphic novel Same Difference and Other Stories, which was originally serialized on his website Lowbright (formerly known as "Small Stories"). He also won the Ignatz Award for promising new talent, in 2003, for the same graphic novel (which was original ...more
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