Tune: Vanishing Point (Tune, #1)
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Tune: Vanishing Point (Tune #1)

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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.Thingsl...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by First Second
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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...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...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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Andy Shuping
ARC provided by NetGalley

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...more
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...more

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...more
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...more
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 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 Half.com 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...more
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.
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.

ARC was provided by NetGalley
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.
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.
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...
LOVED THIS!!!! I can't wait for the next installment! Kim is so funny, clever, smart, and just overall wonderful.
I guess I'm conditioned to expect a complete story when comics have spines. My bad.
Nicholas Karpuk
Derek Kirk Kim was an artist I stumbled on to in the early days of my webcomic interest. I remember reading through everything on his website, returning a few times, and forgetting about him after a while when it took too long for anything new to appear. This was long before I had a massive collection of bookmarks that I would open in one long strip every single day, so it fell through the cracks.

When I saw this book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble, the name and the fun art style filled immed...more
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars)

Andy feels uninspired and unmotivated with where his art degree will take him and decides to drop out in his final year. His parents, however, won’t let him lie around and pressures him to go out and find a job if he won’t be continuing with his education. Between figuring out his future and longing for Yumi, his art school crush, Andy feels even more lost than ever. That is until he lands a job offer...more
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
Appeal Characteristics: nerds, comic illustrators, starving artists, Korean Americans, college, alien life form, zoo, relationships, first loves, growing up

This book was hilarious. I think the farfetched ideal appeal worked. I think I'm also laughing because Eddy's (my bf) parents sound EXACTLY like the way they're described in this book. Anyway, Andy is a is a dropout college illustrator who has never had a girlfriend...and wants to be an illustrator for the high end publishing companies. He qu...more
Derek Kirk Kim is a great comic artist. I really enjoy his writing: the pacing is always great, and the dialogue is witty. And his art really fits the stories he writes (and in the future books of the Tune series, Les McClaine draws them instead, and matches Kim's style almost perfectly). My only complaint would be with the layout; it's really distracting that the panels are arranged differently on each page, against a black w/stars background.
Definitely an entertaining and enjoyable read. Derek Kirk Kim's protagonist Andy Go drops out of art school and his parents have given him a week to find a job. And if job troubles weren't enough, Andy hates himself for never being able to work up the courage to ask out his art school crush, Yumi. On day 7, after a depressing series of job interviews and rejections, Andy ends up with Yumi's sketchbook/diary and learns that his love for her may just be shared -- he just has to see her and find ou...more
Appeal Characteristics: nerds, comic illustrators, starving artists, Korean Americans, college, alien life form, zoo, relationships, first loves, growing up

This book was hilarious. I think the farfetched ideal appeal worked. I think I'm also laughing because Eddy's parents sound EXACTLY like the way they're described in this book. Anyway, Andy is a guy who has never had a girlfriend...and wants to be an illustrator for the high end publishing companies. He quits school to pursue this dream...wit...more
Sarah Rosenberger
Andy Go's an art school dropout. When he decided to leave school, he assumed he'd immediately land an awesome job illustrating the cover of Time magazine or something, but instead, he ends up living with his parents, watching a lot of tv, and harboring a hopeless crush on Yumi, a student at his former school. When his parents approach him and tell him it's time to get a job or get out, he goes on a desperate job hunt. Turns out the only job he's qualified for is a little bit weird...

I really lik...more
Jez Layman
Not a huge fan of this and I'm wondering if I should continue with Kim. I liked the interactions between the characters, but ultimately, this entire book is just a setup for the series and it took far too long to get to the point for this reader. Additionally, Kim's racial humor rubs me the wrong way (it's similar to Gene Luen Yang) and I know some readers are okay with that because Kim is poking fun at himself and stereotypes, but it just doesn't sit right for me. I will not be continuing this...more
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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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