Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. by Jason ShigaMeanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. by Jason Shiga

Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities.

byJason Shiga

Hardcover | March 1, 2010

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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
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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Title:Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities.Format:HardcoverDimensions:80 pages, 9.38 × 7.88 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 2010Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810984237

ISBN - 13:9780810984233

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a month ago and I loved it.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More of a Game Than a Book. What Fun! Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist. Well, this *is* a book but a very unique one. You've never seen anything like this before: plastic pages with tabs all along the edges and tubes that run up, down, right, left and all over the place. In fact, this is more like playing a game than reading a book. You start out with the choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream and from there on every choice you make changes the story and the possible outcome. Certain places you need access codes but if you haven't found the code yet you have to keep going hoping you will find it later and be able to find your way back again. This is very much like the old Choose Your Own Adventure books, well it *is* like them but on a graphic level and a much more complicated (mathematical) level in which it has been made. There really and truly is no way to back track, make the wrong choice and try to cheat by going back and picking differently? Hah! I tried it; it's a wicked maze and just can't be done. You find yourself going in circles, going through parts you've been through over and over but this is good because now is when you can change your choices or try to find that access code. I played three times. Vanilla is my favourite ice cream; I know, boring, so I choose vanilla first and well boring is as boring does. The vanilla route is a boring little story that takes you home. You have to choose chocolate to get into the story! So the next time I played I chose chocolate and played for a long time going around in circles trying to find that access code, playing with the inventions, having fun, but eventually started getting tired of the continuous circles and suddenly found myself at the ice cream store again and chose vanilla. Hah! A way out of the game, I got sent home. OK, third try, chocolate, must find access code, going in circles, going to the bathroom, yes found the code! more circles, lots of going in circles, met myself twice in the past, played with the inventions over and over and over, circles anyone? and then in the end I killed everybody on earth but me! Fun! This would be a great book to have in the back seat of the car, to put in the silent reading area for reluctant readers and should be in every doctor and dentist's office in the world!
Date published: 2010-12-17