is an Asian American
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who incorporates puzzles, mysteries and unconventional narrative techniques into his work.
Jason Shiga is from Oakland, California
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. His father, Seiji Shiga, was an animator who worked on the 1964 Rankin-Bass production Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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. Shiga was a pure mathematics
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major at the University of California at Berkeley, from which he graduated in 1998.
Shiga is credited as the "Maze Specialist" for Issue #18 (Winter 2005/2006) of the literary journal McSweeney's Quarterly
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, which features a solved maze on the front cover and a (slightly different) unsolved maze on the back. The title page of each story in the journal is headed by a maze segment labeled with numbers leading to the first pages of other stories.
Shiga has also drawn and written several comics and illustrated features for Nickelodeon Magazine
, some of which feature his original creations, and some starring Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants
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and the Fairly OddParents
Shiga makes a cameo appearance in the Derek Kirk Kim
comic, Ungrateful Appreciation
as a Rubik's Cube
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Techniques and materials
According to the rear credits page of Empire State: A Love Story
, Shiga, who was inspired by an actual Greyhound Bus trip from Oakland to New York to create that story, pencilled it with a yellow No. 2 pencil on copy paper. He then inked it with a lightbox
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and a 222 size Winsor & Newton
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brush, and lettered it with a Micron 08 felt-tip pen. The colors were applied digitally by John Pham.
- 2007 Eisner Comic Industry Award nominee: Best Graphic Album, Bookhunter.
- 2007 Ignatz Award nominee: Outstanding Graphic Novel, Bookhunter.
- 2007 Stumptown Comics Award winner: Best Writing, Bookhunter.
- 2004 Eisner Comic Industry Award nominee: Best Single Issue or One-Shot, Fleep.
- 2004 Ignatz Award winner: Outstanding Story, Fleep.
- 2003 Eisner Comic Industry Award
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winner: Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition.
- 1999 Xeric Award winner: Double Happiness.
- Double Happiness, 2000 Shigabooks
- Fleep, 2002 Sparkplug Comics
- Bookhunter, 2007 Sparkplug Comics (French translation, éditions Cambourakis, 2008)
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, 2010 Amulet Books
- Empire State - A Love Story (or Not), 2011 Abrams
- Phillip's Head, 1997
- The Adventures of Doorknob Bob, 1997
- Mortimer Mouse, 1997
- The Family Circus (parody), 1997
- The Last Supper, 1997
- Grave of the Crickets, 1998
- The Bum's Rush, 1998
- The Date, 1999
- Meanwhile..., 2001
- Hello World, 2003
- Bus Stop, 2004