A few things in sequence:
The year is 1973. A priceless book has been stolen from the Oakland Public Library. A crack team of Bookhunters (a.k.a. library police) have less than three days to recover the stolen item…
As you’ll see, Shiga is one of those artists who takes simple forms—his people all look like potatoes, basically—and makes them come alive. But I’ll take Shiga’s super-kinetic ovoids over the static muscle-men of superhero comics any day. He’s like the Alice Waters of comic books: simple ingredients done exactly right.
Okay, now: Shiga’s terrific Choose Your Own Adventure-style comic Meanwhile has just been ported to the iPhone and iPad. I haven’t tried the iPad version yet, but the book is a brain-bending delight. It makes a great (unique) gift for someone who likes comic books and/or storytelling and/or, I don’t know, combinatorics.
Finally: Meanwhile has a crazy branching/looping narrative (with time travel, natch) but it’s still a comic book, so the panels all have to be laid out continuously in 2D space. I’m not even going to try to explain how this works in the physical book—it’s ingenious—but apparently, to figure it all out, Shiga drew… THIS:
Guys: this photograph is my new spirit animal.
I am not joking, not exaggerating, and definitely not being snarky. This is my new portrait of success: the creator standing smiling next to the map of his made-up world.
I can’t pile enough superlatives on Shiga. Do go check him out.