Derek Kirk Kim: YARN’s First Video Essay!

Pablo Picasso once proclaimed, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Graphic novels not only dust off our souls but give them–us–new ways to see the world and our ourselves.

Derek Kirk Kim is one of these soul cleansers. His lively artwork and his poignant writing in “Good as Lily,” “Same Difference,” “The Eternal Smile,” and his latest “Tune: Vanishing Point” (just out in libraries/bookstores!!) leave the soul demanding more up-keep. 

We are thrilled to present our first ever multi-media YARN, a video essay in which Derek Kirk Kim shares the process behind the making of “Tune: Vanishing Point” with a behind the scenes look at his outlining, paneling, and the awesome tools his uses to make his stories come to life.

If you are in need of more soul cleansing you can find Derek Kirk Kim on his site, Twitter, and YouTube (Yes, he is a filmmaker too!).

Here is our exclusive video!

Derek also generously shared this sketch with us–it’s the thumbnail he shows us during the video, so you can look more carefully at it (and, like we did, admire his talent)–click on it and it will appear larger in your screen.

DEREK KIRK KIM is the award-winning author and filmmaker behind the TUNE series, “Mythomania,” “Same Difference,” “Good As Lily” (with Jesse Hamm), and “The Eternal Smile” (with Gene Luen Yang.) He has also contributed stories and artwork to numerous anthologies including “Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall,” “Flight, Volume 1,” and “Bizarro World.” For more information, please visit

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