Friday, 3 February 2017
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga Review
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: Jason Shiga is a genius cartoonist. Meanwhile is a choose your own adventure puzzle comic that took years to make and he literally needed to write a computer algorithm to put it all together in book form!
It starts with his regular character Jimmy Yee going to get ice cream but must decide: vanilla or chocolate? The choice sends the reader on a complex journey where you’ll be flicking back and forth between pages guiding Jimmy hopefully through his adventure alive but more likely than not end up getting him - and the rest of the world - killed!
It’s a great concept, amazingly executed and hugely creative but after several playthroughs - I died every time - I got tired of the novelty and just wanted to read a regular Jason Shiga comic. Full marks for the invention and it’s a cool idea for a book but Meanwhile gets tiresome quickly and was a bit too repetitive for my taste.