Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tune Book 1: Vanishing Point Book Review

Title: Tune Book 1: Vanishing Point
Author: Derek Kirk Kim
Publisher: FirstSecond
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1596435162

160 pp.

ARC via Netgalley

Another graphic novel book review for graphic novel fans! Derek Kirk Kim's Tune is a webcomic about Andy Go, an art school drop-out whose life gets considerably worse and wacky after he meets a couple of aliens. Tune Book 1: Vanishing Point is the print version of the first ten chapters of Andy's adventure.

Chances are you know at least one person who is like Andy, a pop culture geek who thinks he's talented enough to drop out of school and become successful overnight.

When that doesn't happen, Andy is pressured to find a job, any job, by his parents. Having realized that he is qualified for absolutely nothing, Andy decides to apply for a job at a zoo. Except he doesn't know that this zoo is in another dimension and he's the exhibit.

And, oh yeah, he finds his long-time crush Yumi's diary and discovers that she loves him. But now he's stuck as the main attraction at an alien zoo.

Tune is an absolutely fun read, although I would recommend it to older teens and adults. Derek Kirk Kim has a cool manga style that brings plenty of humor to the black and white illustrations. Book 1 sets up Andy's world and explains how he comes to be a zoo exhibit. Book 2 of Tune comes out in print later this year, but you can read it now online.

If you want a Book 3, check out this video from Derek.

Bonus Video: Derek Kirk Kim explains the situation about Book 3

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