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Tune, Book 1: Vanishing Pointby Derek Kirk Kim
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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.
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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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