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365 Reasons to Love Comics #115

Eh-pril, day three! Another brilliant Canadian comicsmith resides within this column!

4/25/07

115. Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Bryan is another writer/artist from the Great White North with a bit of a cartoony art style. The reason I love his art? Let me see… I’d say it’s because he uses an energetic style that borrows only the best from video games and anime and merges it into pure pop comics joy on the page. He does what I’d love to do, and that’s make brilliant little graphic novels you can take with you anywhere.

Scott Pilgrim is beloved around the blogosphere– it’s the story of a young man who just wants to hang out, rock out, and play video games, but who must also defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil ex-boyfriends! Let’s not forget his first work, though, which is a coming-of-age road trip story that I hear is quite good. It must be if O’Malley did it. He’s the best O’Malley around– even better than Mike O’Malley from Nickelodeon’s Guts. Take that! (Scott Pilgrim is only the second-best Pilgrim in literature, after Billy Pilgrim of Slaughterhouse-Five, of course. So it goes.)

For examples of Bryan’s art, rather than give you pin-ups, I’m going to share sequentials with you. First up is a short story called Monica Beetle from the Project: Superior anthology. It’s a perfect little short loaded with both heartfelt and outright surreal bits.

Next, we’ve got a promo for Scott Pilgrim:

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Moving on, here’s a two-page segment of Lost at Sea.

And lastly, and best of all, there’s the entire story from the Scott Pilgrim Free Comic Book Day special from last year! Thank you, Newsarama, for sharing this with the world. Hurray! Here’s a sample page to whet your appetite:

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The power-up nutrition info in the book kills me every time. Booyah.

Edgar Wright of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame is tapped to direct the Scott Pilgrim movie, and I couldn’t be more excited. He’s also supposed to direct Ant-Man, but, dude! He’s perfect for Pilgrim.

Here’s Bryan Lee O’Malley’s website. Here’s Scott Pilgrim’s website. Enjoy.

I’ve really got to run, but I hope I’ve managed to express why Bryan Lee O’Malley is an awesome cartoonist. Canada is chock full of ‘em! Luckily, we’ve got Eh-pril.

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Anything that reminds me of Super Mario Bros 3 has to be amazing.

“I love the power glove….it’s soooooooo bad!”

I mentioned this last week, too, but since the subject came up again: Is there something wrong with me, that I find Scott Pilgrim to be a wholly mediocre comic that’s virtually indistinguishable from most web strips that don’t star anthropomorphic animals or misappropriated video game sprites?

Is there something wrong with me, that I find Scott Pilgrim to be a wholly mediocre comic that’s virtually indistinguishable from most web strips that don’t star anthropomorphic animals or misappropriated video game sprites?

Yes.

Yes, there is.

Sorry!

Agreed to the max, sir! He’s also a really nice dude – he had a signing at the Beguiling a while back which I was late for and arrived when he was packing up to go, but he stayed a litter longer to sign some books for me and even make awkward chit-chat!

Scott Pilgrim is pure awesome fun from start to finish, and if you haven’t read it yet, you need to fix that.

Also, some fair warning: If Seth doesn’t get an entry this week, then I will fight you.

Is there something wrong with me, that I find Scott Pilgrim to be a wholly mediocre comic that’s virtually indistinguishable from most web strips that don’t star anthropomorphic animals or misappropriated video game sprites?

It’s not just you. I don’t know about web strips, but I wasn’t bowled over with Scott Pilgrim vol 1 (with the exception of the Mr Silly shoes). That said it was way way better than Sharknife which tends to get mentioned in the same breath.

Sharknife I found pretty unreadable, but the combination of naturalistic relationship work and post-modern surrealistic elements was very fun. It’s not the best comic evar, as some seem to feel, but it’s quite good.

Scott Pilgrim is the greatest comic ever. Well, it feels like it sometimes. Vol. 3 was my favourite so far – I think it’s even better if you’re familiar with the Toronto landmarks. (Honest Ed’s is real, and almost exactly as O’Malley describes it) It’s silly, but it’s got heart.

I am, however, fairly disappointed that Wright might make a Pilgrim film – Shaun was okay, but Hot Fuzz was awful and about an hour and a half too long.

(Incidentally: While I agree that Sharknife is flawed, Corey Lewis’ follow-up, Peng! is awesome – it fixes all the problems I had with Sharknife, and includes an totally gratuitous Scott Pilgrim cameo.)

(Er, that should be “a little longer” above.)

Also, nobody is allowed to call Hot Fuzz “awful” and get away with it. Not on my watch!

Hot Fuzz was merely fairly good for me – but that still put it a notch above Scott Pilgrim

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