Scott Pilgrim: genius comic about a slacker who has to fight his love's seven evil ex-boyfriends: sweet, funny and great!

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19 Responses to “Scott Pilgrim: genius comic about a slacker who has to fight his love's seven evil ex-boyfriends: sweet, funny and great!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Better late than never! The SP series is sooo great and I was particularly please with the last volume. Now it’s going to be years before O’Malley releases Volume 6. All for me to finish the entire thing on a 25 minute train ride.

  2. drscience says:

    Scott Pilgrim was the first thing my comics-obsessed friend handed me a couple of months ago when I asked him for some reading material. Great stuff.

  3. Davin says:

    I can’t recommend this enough. The nerd-humor runs deep, but isn’t done in a “HA HA GET IT REMEMBER THAT THING?” cheap nostalgia style. Very good stuff.

  4. croppold says:

    Thanks to some friends, I just started reading comic books. Scott Pilgrim was the first I’ve bought on my own vs. borrowing.

  5. Cory Doctorow says:

    @1: It’s called a simile.

    @6: It’s called homage.

  6. dculberson says:

    “Yeah, ‘Canada’s Tank Girl’… except the protagonist is male. Fail. Well, it still looks fun, I’m gonna check it out…”

    Still gender obsessed?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone else think Michael Cera seems really wrong for this?

    After 3 volumes, Scott’s kindof a bad boy. I think maybe Cera was chosen for local authenticity.

  8. Boba Fett Diop says:

    I actually think it’s a good role for Michael Cera- he’s played the “sweet, quiet underachiever” in so many movies, it will be interesting to see him playing a character who is extremely narcissistic and frankly kind of a dick.

    This is one of the compelling things about the comic: O’Malley’s writing is so good that he can make a character as deeply flawed as Scott still likable. Combine that with having a incredibly intuitive sense of the social dynamics of “being in a band” and you have a very powerful comic masquerading as a bunch of jokes about video games and anime references.

    That being said, if Edgar Wright screws this up the wrath of Knives Chau will seem like a pleasant Spring afternoon by comparison.

  9. tomservojr says:

    @6: If you have a problem with Knives, your head will explode when you get to Stephen Stills and Young Neil.

  10. voivoed says:

    They are indeed great comics. My wife also loves them, but she does share them so I didn’t have to buy 2 of each. :-)

  11. snej says:

    “Scott Pilgrim” is the best comic I’ve read in ages, and one of the funniest sustained works I’ve ever read; I can’t count how many times it’s made me literally LOL.

    Part of what makes it great is the thick stew of video-game / indie-rock / manga / superhero references. (If anyone’s still reading it 50 years from now, it’s going to require as dense a thicket of annotations as “Ulysses”.)

    But beyond that, O’Malley is brilliant at creating characters who are simultaneously clichés and also real live breathing people. The interactions between the characters really remind me of the early Love & Rockets comix (back before the Bros expunged the humor and superhero references.) Simply making Scott himself a likeable character is an achievement, since his overwhelming levels of clueless selfishness could easily make him insufferable. (Michael Cera is a perfect casting choice.)

    Speaking of the movie, I’m really excited about it. Everything that’s been shown in the photos and video-blogs so far makes it clear that these are people who love and understand the comic, bringing it to life. It’s amazing to watch. My only concern is how they can cram all six books into a single film; I would have gone with two per film at most and made it a trilogy :-)

  12. Miguel S. says:

    I recommend people check out his earlier work ‘Lost at Sea’. It has a different feel from Pilgrim, a bit more melancholy a little less funny but still a great read.

    @BOBA FETT DIOP
    ‘ a incredibly intuitive sense of the social dynamics of “being in a band” ‘
    I’m pretty sure Mal used to be in a band. I know he still occasionally releases music on the internet under the name “kupek”.

  13. Stefan Jones says:

    How kid friendly is SP?

    I’m trying to find comix to smuggle into the hands of my nieces.

  14. Anonymous says:

    @ STEFAN JONES:

    The book is rated 13+; there’s a couple of swears, cartoony violence and some sexy scenes, but nothing serious.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, ‘Canada’s Tank Girl’… except the protagonist is male. Fail. Well, it still looks fun, I’m gonna check it out…

  16. jetfx says:

    I love this series, and it’s being turned into a movie starring Micheal Cera in the title role.

  17. soylent_grey says:

    Buy them all, read ‘em at once! The film’s going to be amazing, but the books really should come first and foremost.

    And if you want to see a masterclass in how to build hype for a film, just follow director Edgar (he of Shaun of the Dead) Wright’s dripfeed flickr page.

  18. Lobster says:

    “Knives,” huh? Pretty unusual name. Wonder Mr. O’Malley ever saw an anime called Trigun.

    Just sayin’.

  19. The Real Mary Sue says:

    Oh, thank God. I thought I was the last person on Earth to read them when I picked them up last month. If I read them before Cory, that means I’m that much more awesome than him. :D

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