Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. (Hardcover)
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Chocolate or Vanilla? This simple choice is all it takes to get started with "Meanwhile," the wildly inventive creation of comics mastermind Jason Shiga, of whom Scott McCloud said Crazy + Genius = Shiga. Jimmy, whose every move is under your control, finds himself in a mad scientist's lab, where he's given a choice between three amazing objects: a mind-reading device, a time-travel machine, or the Killitron 3000 (which is as ominous as it sounds). Down each of these paths there are puzzles, mysterious clues, and shocking revelations. It's up to the reader to lead Jimmy to success or disaster.
"Meanwhile" is a wholly original story of invention, discovery, and saving the world, told through a system of tabs that take you forward, backward, upside down, and right side up again. Each read creates a new adventure
Awards and praise for Jason Shiga
2004 Eisner Award
2003 Ignatz Award
2007 Stumpton Trophy Award
1999 Xeric Grant Recipient
Crazy + Genius = Shiga Scott McCloud, author of "Understanding Comics"
If humankind ever finds itself at the brink of its own destruction and I am given the task to fill a small, space-bound time capsule with a collection of ten graphic novels that would present to alien eyes the best that the cartoonists of Earth had to offer the universe, Jason Shiga's "Meanwhile" would surely be among my picks. Gene Luen Yang, author of "American Born Chinese"
A creator of comix that can be at once funny, disturbing, thoughtful, deconstructed, and cleverly put together. "Time" online
"Meanwhile "is a wallop of a book/graphic novel It delivers action, choices, problem solving, and engagement. And it reminds me of my own efforts in writing Choose Your Own Adventure, which I take as a great compliment coming from Jason Shiga. I wish I had written this book Run, don t walk, to your favorite bookseller and pick up a copy R. A. Montgomery, Choose Your Own Adventure author
Ingenious Edward Packard, Choose Your Own Adventure author
About the Author
Jason Shiga was born and raised in Oakland, California. He is the author of "Meanwhile, Empire State, Fleep, Boohunter" and over 20 other comic books and graphic novels. He is also the creator of the world's second largest interactive comic. His comics have a geeky side, and often feature exciting uses of mathematics and unusual structural forms. "Demon" is his most ambitious project to date.