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OMG! OMG! OMG! A choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel! The best mash-up ever! Who could do this? Only mathematician/graphic-novelist Jason Shiga. If you haven't heard of him, you should not only check out Meanwhile, but also Bookhunter. Shiga's humor and brilliance shine in Meanwhile, and the book is endlessly entertaining. It will fill that emptiness you feel inside.
Recommended by Burnside Genre Team, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 scientists lab, where hes 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. Its 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!

Review:

"A mathematician/cartoonist whose best works (Bookhunter; Fleep) play with form and logic, Shiga has created both an enchanting graphic novel and a delightful physical object. Building on the concept of the Choose Your Own Adventure books, Shiga allows readers to select among thousands of story lines. The first question is simple: 'Chocolate or vanilla?' From there, readers follow thin tubes and tabs in circuitous paths throughout the book, dictated by their choices. Sometimes the story takes a reader right to left through panels on the page, sometimes up or down, and readers' decisions may have them skip forward or backward throughout the text. Plots include time machines, doomsday devices, quantum physics, and a giant squid. The charming, cartoony illustrations, bursting with color and energy, lend a wry counterpoint to the often disastrous outcomes of the many possible plots. In the electronic media era, it's refreshing to encounter a work that makes such unique use of the physical nature of the book. Young readers will likely spend hours finding new ways to wend a path through the pages of this innovative book. Ages 8 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Crazy + Genius = Shiga." Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics

Review:

"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

Review:

"A creator of comix that can be at once funny, disturbing, thoughtful, deconstructed, and cleverly put together." Time online

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

In this completely original graphic-novel take on a choose-your-own-adventure, a boy stumbles upon the lab of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine. Readers follow the tabs to create their own story.

Synopsis:

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 scientists lab, where hes 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. Its 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, dont 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 won the Eisner award in 2003 for "talent deserving of wider recognition." In 2008, his graphic novel Bookhunter was also nominated for an Eisner. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Nate Duke, August 17, 2012 (view all comments by Nate Duke)
Holy cow! The most amazing book ever made. Seriously. It's a choose your own adventure graphic novel with time travel, death machines, and mind reading devices. And if you make some wrong choices, you can just use the tie machine to go back and try again. You also collect clues along the way to complete some crazy puzzles....it's incredible. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. I can't way it enough.....BUY THIS BOOK!
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Rachel Knox, December 15, 2010 (view all comments by Rachel Knox)
If you've got a 7-12 year-old boy in your household, don't pass this book up. I bought it for my 7-year-old son in September, and he took it to school to read during Silent Reading time. I haven't seen it since. He says he has been reading and rereading it the whole time and sharing it with his best friend. We just gave a copy to his best friend for his birthday and his mother said it was her son's favorite gift--above all the toys. Wow! Can you get higher praise for a book for this age group?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810984233
Author:
Shiga, Jason
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Tabbed pages; full-color illustrations t
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9 x 7.5 x 0.75 in
Age Level:
08-UP

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"Staff Pick" by ,

OMG! OMG! OMG! A choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel! The best mash-up ever! Who could do this? Only mathematician/graphic-novelist Jason Shiga. If you haven't heard of him, you should not only check out Meanwhile, but also Bookhunter. Shiga's humor and brilliance shine in Meanwhile, and the book is endlessly entertaining. It will fill that emptiness you feel inside.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A mathematician/cartoonist whose best works (Bookhunter; Fleep) play with form and logic, Shiga has created both an enchanting graphic novel and a delightful physical object. Building on the concept of the Choose Your Own Adventure books, Shiga allows readers to select among thousands of story lines. The first question is simple: 'Chocolate or vanilla?' From there, readers follow thin tubes and tabs in circuitous paths throughout the book, dictated by their choices. Sometimes the story takes a reader right to left through panels on the page, sometimes up or down, and readers' decisions may have them skip forward or backward throughout the text. Plots include time machines, doomsday devices, quantum physics, and a giant squid. The charming, cartoony illustrations, bursting with color and energy, lend a wry counterpoint to the often disastrous outcomes of the many possible plots. In the electronic media era, it's refreshing to encounter a work that makes such unique use of the physical nature of the book. Young readers will likely spend hours finding new ways to wend a path through the pages of this innovative book. Ages 8 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Crazy + Genius = Shiga."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A creator of comix that can be at once funny, disturbing, thoughtful, deconstructed, and cleverly put together."
"Review" by , "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!"
"Synopsis" by , In this completely original graphic-novel take on a choose-your-own-adventure, a boy stumbles upon the lab of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine. Readers follow the tabs to create their own story.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 scientists lab, where hes 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. Its 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, dont 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

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