Reclusive math genius Jason Shiga vanished from world attention on the verge of his most amazing breakthrough in June 1967. Twenty years later he resurfaced, having abandoned his scientific background for, of all things, comic books. Shiga has managed to create the most thoughtfully beautiful comics since 1997, including the fish-out-of-water story Double Happiness and the critically praised Meanwhile. His newest book Fleep is a complex and subtle yarn about young man trapped in a phone booth. The Comics Journal says “His drawing, and his wit, makes his projects not just an exercise in the amazing untapped technical aspects of comic but a uniquely satisfying reading experience.” Nominated for a 2003 Eisner Award.
“Shiga’s “Fleep”, mixes his love of puzzles with the more straightforward kind of story. A man wakes up inside a phone booth encased in concrete. With no memory of how he got there and slowly losing oxygen, he utilizes scientific principles and the contents of his pockets to discover where he is and how he got there. “By my calculations, the rate of torsion on my pendulum indicates my latitude to be roughly 37 degrees – 49 degrees North,” is a typical insight. One setback after another must be overcome with ingenuity. Naturally, as a Jason Shiga book, the man’s story proves to be far from predictable. “Fleep” has the kind of ingenious plot that would be worthy of Arthur Conan Doyle.” — Andrew Arnold, Time Magazine
44 page black and white 9″ x 6″ comic book
Sparkplug, Second Printing, 2008