Empire State

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May 2011

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“If there’s anything more fascinating and otherworldly than Jason Shiga’s mind-bending comics, it’s his life. And Empire State – Shiga’s first true stab at semi-autobiographical fiction – is all the proof you need. Like his previous works, Empire State will amuse, thrill, and most importantly, befuddle you.” – Derek Kirk Kim, author of Same Difference and Other Stories, winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards

Jimmy is a stereotypical geek who works at the library in Oakland, California, and is trapped in his own torpidity. Sara is his best friend, but she wants to get a life (translation: an apartment in Brooklyn and a publishing internship). When Sara moves to New York City, Jimmy is rattled. Then lonely. Then desperate. He screws up his courage, writes Sara a letter about his true feelings, and asks her to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building (a nod to their ongoing debate about
Sleepless in Seattle).

Jimmy's cross-country bus trip to Manhattan is as hapless and funny as Jimmy himself. When he arrives in the city he's thought of as "a festering hellhole", he's surprised by how exciting he finds New York, and how heartbreaking – he discovers Sara has a boyfriend!

Jason Shiga's bold visual storytelling, sly pokes at popular culture, and subtle text work together seamlessly in
Empire State, creating a quirky graphic novel comedy about the vagaries of love and friendship.

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Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“[Shiga] displays a wicked sense of comic timing.”

Scott McCloud

•Author of Understanding Comics

“Crazy + Genius = Shiga.”

Wired

•Culture and technology website

“Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not) is funny, sweet, geeky and affecting, and definitely worth a read.”