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Jimmy's first crush/best friend Sara has moved to New York to encounter the wider world. So Jimmy, a socially awkward man-child who likes reading hard sci-fi (the kind with rocket ships) and has no idea what a latte is, embarks on a perilous bus trip from his home in Oakland to Brooklyn to profess his love to her. He soon learns that the only thing worse than sharing a small bus with random ex-cons comparing notes on their prison experiences is crashing on a couch in a small Brooklyn apartment with Sara and her new boyfriend, Mark. Sara and Mark do their best to welcome Jimmy to the grown-up world, showing him different parts of the city and trying to broaden his limited horizons, but there's a real question as to whether their gentle coaching will take. Shiga (Meanwhile, Double Happiness) walks a fine line between sappy rom-com and maudlin love-lost tale, but largely succeeds in maintaining a balanced middle. He's aided by a crude yet geometric penciling style that draws the reader very effectively into Jimmy's point of view. He also displays a wicked sense of comic timing, which is equally effective at portraying awkward pauses and slapstick physicality. (May)
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Jason Shiga is the creator of the bestselling graphic novel Meanwhile. Shiga won the 2003 Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. He lives in Oakland, California.
I loved Shiga's other works much more. Personally, nothing so far has topped Meanwhile. This book isn't a total loss, it just didn't have that intense out-of-the-box feel like his... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jordan R Colon
I was enchanted by this little tale. I thought the simple art and color scheme really went along with the story.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
The main character, an author surrogate, lives in Oakland, where he doesn't do anything. His friend moves to New York, where it is implied she does interesting things, but they all... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Thomas Eliot
it was pretty good. thats all. i read it and i was like ok. now that i think about it, it suckedPublished 21 months ago by calryon Gireach
Yes, the story is somewhat tropey, but that's intentionally by design. And yes, it is very simplistically designed compared to Shiga's other crazier works, but it's still very... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Marvin S. Choi
Jason Shiga, in this particular book comes across as Adrian Tomine 'lite' even down to such trappings as a lovelorn Oakland denizen (with crappy job) making a journey to NYC for... Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Sibelius