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First Second relaunches Derek Kirk Kim’s webcomic Tune

The webcomic Tune, by Derek Kirk Kim (The Eternal Smile, Same Difference and Other Stories), has been out there for a while, but now First Second is taking it under their wing and relaunching it with a new artist, Les McClaine, a new website, and new content. The comic tells the story of art school dropout Andy Go, who somehow ends up doomed to a life of incarceration in a parallel universe and has to figure a way out. It’s a classic sort of story but very nicely handled by Kim, who illustrated the first ten chapters. Although the comic is being relaunched this week, there are already quite a few chapters up from its earlier incarnation, so settle in for a good read. The comic will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and although the press release doesn’t say so, I’m guessing that if First Second is taking it over, they will eventually publish a print edition.

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Louis Mastorakos

June 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

Tune has always been intended to be a First Second book. Kim’s first announcement about the project on his blog from two years ago says as much. (http://derekkirkkim.blogspot.com/2009/08/tune-book-1-sneak-peak.html)

Also, it’s always been on the web in conjunction with First Second. It’s been a part of their “To Be Continued” webcomics lineup along with Zahra’s Paradise, Sailor Twain and Save Apathea from the beginning, IIRC. The change in artist just gave them an opportunity to revamp the website and distribution model (three pages a week with multiple panels on each page instead of one or two panels daily).

I’ve really enjoyed Tune so far and recommend that anyone that has been reading from the beginning go back and reread from the start again with the new site. On the old site, all the panels were just displayed in one long continuous column, with one webpage for each chapter. The new website actually puts the panels in context with each other by placing them on pages in the layout that will presumably be used in the published book. Rereading the story like this gives them a different pace than the monotony of the extremely tall columns.

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