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Vanishing Point. (Tune: Book 1)

by Derek Kirk Kim

Published by First Second, 2012
155 pages
ISBN: 978𢴓96435162

Age 16 and older

Andy Go is a dropout. He exits school after his third year in the Illustration Department at the College of Visual Arts in San Francisco, sure that his career is about to take off and further education is unnecessary. Andy gets a rude awakening: No one wants to hire him. His Korean American parents are dismayed by his failure to finish school or stay employed, and his father finally issues an ultimatum: Get a job, any job, or don抰 come home. His last-gasp job interview comes after responding to a vague ad for a position at a zoo. He assumes it抯 for an animal caretaker, but he couldn抰 be more wrong. It turns out he抯 up for the position of human exhibit at an alien zoo, and the father-daughter extraterrestrials conducting the interview are desperate. In fact, they keep sweetening the benefit pot (Medical coverage! Retirement package! Three weeks paid vacation!) until the offer is too good to pass up梐t least that抯 what Andy抯 mother says. Derek Kirk Kim抯 hilarious graphic novel ends with Andy traveling by spaceship to start his new job in a story to be continued, and featuring a subplot about Andy抯 sweet, somewhat lust-filled crush on a fellow art school student.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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