Jason Shiga (born: 1976) is an asian cartoonist who has created numerous comics, many of which were interactive but designed for paper, before he brought them online onto his website. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jason Shiga moved when he attended UC Berkeley to major in he majored mathematics. Jason Shiga currently lives in Oakland once more.
Jason Shiga has published comics in a variety of places, including Modern Tales and Nickelodeon Magazine. Jason Shiga began working for Nickelodeon Magazine in 2003, who he mostly did two-page interactive comics for. Many of the comics feature Infinite Canvas in a print format which have been brought online onto his website.
 The Adventures of Doorknob Bob
The Adventures of Doorknob Bob is a semi-autobiographical tale told in comic book fromat about a man who is afraid of doorknobs.
 April Fooled
Created for Nickelodeon Magazine, April Fooled is a non-linear comic that allows the reader to select which path they will take. The comic begins at the top-left hand corner with many divergent paths offered. Many of the paths in the comic lead to an April Fool practical joke being played, however not all of the paths include such a joke.
Bookhunter is a fictionalised tale of a true story told in comic book format. It is about a priceless book that has been stolen and it is up to a crackteam of people called "Bookhunters" to recover the book in three days. Set in 1973 in a fictional library called Oakland Public Library that is a combination of Oakland Main and Berkeley Central library.
 Broken Crayon
Broken Crayon is a comic book anthology printed in 1995, featuring comics from Jason Shiga and two of his friends. Included in the anthology are the comics The Adventures of Doorknob Bob, FTP, Naked Little Elf Girl as well as 7 pin-ups of women and a comic that all three artists did together. Unlike the other comics by Jason Shiga, none of the stories in the anthology are available online. Of the 19 books printed, only 1 was sold.
 The Bum's Rush
The Bum's Rush is a non-linear story with a definite beginning. A young boy is given some money and told not to give it to a beggar. When he meets a beggar on the street, the reader can begin making choices. The comic was meant to appear in a youth magazine, Yo!, so Jason Shiga made it about a youth issue, mostly alcoholism.
The print version was a 23 inch by 28 inch canvas while the online version has been split into single panels, with buttons for the reader to choose what they wish to do. The Bum's Rush was inspired by Jackie Chan's early films. The element in particular from his films, was the fact that the storylines revolved around a young innocent and a cagey old master.
 Bus Stop
Bus Stop was Jason Shiga's first comic published as a newspaper strip with a story instead of weekly jokes. It was a detective story that was to be told on a weekly basis over a year, however the SF Examiner which was publishing the strip changed ownership three months into the run and decided to cancel the strip. It was later published completed on his website.
 Double Happiness
Double Happiness is about a Chinese boy called Tom who has always felt out of place growing up in a suburb of Boston populated entirely with caucasians. When Tom moves to San Fransisco to stay with a distant cousin, he finds he doesn't fit in there either.
Jason Shiga wrote Double Happiness after he returned from a semester spent in Singapore. It won the Xeric Foundation Grant in September of 1999, which was spent on printing 2,500 copies of Double Happiness.
 The Family Circus
The Family Circus is a parody of the comic Family Circus told in comic book format. It features an insane gunman stalking the children of the comic.
Fleep is about a boy who awakens in a telephone booth that has been sealed in concrete and must escape with only the contents in his pocket before his air runs out. Deubting in the weekly newspaper Asian Week in February, 2001, it was eventually cancelled two thirds of the way through because of the prominence of math problems in the strip. With it's cancellation in Asian Week, Fleep was picked up by Modern Tales.
 Grave of the Crickets
Grave of the Crickets spans across 2 days, when a boy called Jimmy has a bad first day of junior high school. When he visits a dentist after school, he finds his body has become numb to pain, so the next day Jimmy goes back to school in order to get revenge on the bullies who teased him the day before.
Jason Shiga spent five months creating Grave of the Crickets which he started in order to take advantage of his friend being able to bind books for free. There were five issues of Grave of the Crickets, with the sixth unprinted because his friend had lost his job just prior to it's release. Unlike his other comics, Grave of the Crickets is currently unavailable online.
Meanwhile is a non-linear story that allows the reader to select the path they wish to follow. A path is followed by following the tubes which connect panels and sometimes offer a choice in which direction to go. The tubes eventually lead off the page onto a tab, which in the print version leads to a particular page that the person is to go to, while in the online version it leads to a tab that when clicked changes the image shown.
The story of Meanwhile followes a young boy who desperately needs to go to the toilet when he knocks on the door of a mysterious hermit. The hermit's mansion is in fact a laboratiry filled with various inventions such as a mind reading helmet, a doomsday machine and a time travel machine, which is limited in that it can only travel back ten minutes.
The format was originally inspired by Scott McCloud.
 Mortimer Mouse
Mortimer Mouse is a tale in comic book format, about a mouse who wants to each some cheese which is located outside of his mouse hole. However waiting outside the mouse hole, is a cat who wants to eat Mortimer.
 Phillip's Head
Phillip's Head was Jason Shiga's first comic book created as well as his first comic to be sold in stores. It was created for his final project for a class called "The Graphic Novel as Literature."
Jason Shiga created three comics for the Power Students Network website, which have collected under the title Powerstudents on his website. The webcomic followed the a gag-a-day model with no continuity, but ran on a semi-monthly schedule. The strips was the first work Jason Shiga had done in color. None of the comics feature speech.
The comics were:
- Theft - A man finds his car has had a tyre stolen and goes to replace it, only to have a tyre from his bike stolen before his lower-leg is also stolen.
- Mystery Hole - It's about a car which travels to a mystery hole, which it falls in as the punchline.
- Y2k Compliant - An old man worried about the Y2k bug buys supplies, only to have his body transformed into a babies at the stroke of midnight.
 Youth Outlook
After he had completed college, Jason Shiga began working for the magazine "Youth Outlook." He did many illustrations for the magazine, with three of his comics for the magazine published online collected under the title Youth Outlook.
Three of the comics Jason Shiga did for the magazine Youth Outlook were:
- Elopment - Elopment features a couple who have difficulties with the girlfriend's father so they elope. After many years together, their daughter brings home a boyfriend who the father doesn't approve of, mirroring the second panel.
- A Closer Look
- School Reform: Before and After
 Other Comics
Other comics created by Jason Shiga include:
- Hello World
- Theater Eroika
- The Date
- Every Dog Has His Day
- It Could Happen
- The Last Supper
 External Links
- Shigabooks - Jason Shiga's official website.
- Jason Shiga's Journal
- SFist interview
- Article on the book theft that Bookhunters was based on