I had a weird sense of deja vu while reading this book. I'm pretty sure I haven't read it before, but the style of the art was really familiar. I picked this book up at the library on a whim, and it read like a grown up version of Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley. I could definitely relate to Jimmy, but I didn't enjoy the book that much (maybe it hit too close to home?). I did like the structure, alternating between the past and the present.
After looking Shiga up online I expected the story to be a little more complicated or have some kind of gimmick, but Empire State is fairly straightforward. Shiga's work Meanwhile sounds more like what I was expecting Empire State to be. If I can find it at my library I'll be checking that one out next.