Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival celebrates its 10th birthday this weekend with a truly stellar lineup of guests and an amazing array of events. The list of creators who will be there is impressive in both its quality and its breadth: Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, David B., Taiyo Matsumoto, Rutu Modan, Frederik Peeters, Paul Pope, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Hope Larson, Faith Erin Hicks, Derf Backderf, Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, a roll call that goes from living legends to plucky creators making their own comics zines by hand.
Following a nearly year-long delay, Sony has finally released downloadable content for its Scott Pilgrim vs. The World game that not only adds Scott’s roommate Wallace Wells as a playable character but also introduces an online multiplayer feature.
Released in 2010 by Ubisoft in conjunction with the big-screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a side-scrolling beat-’em-up that, in its original form, allowed gamers to play as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Kim Pine or Stephen Stills, who must to battle their way through Ramona’s Evil Exes (Knives Chau was later offered as DLC).
The new content pack is available for $4.99 on the PlayStation Network. Watch the trailer below.
The release of Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2010′s Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, has been delayed until next year because of a shoulder injury the cartoonist suffered over the summer.
“I was about halfway through writing/penciling the book when I had to stop, and it was really daunting to get back to work on it,” he explained on his blog. “That’s why I’ve been doing side projects recently like the Young Avengers cover and Battle Royaleposter … it’s been helpful to work on smaller projects as I warm up from my time off. [...] I had to take a frustratingly long break in order to repair my body, and during that time off I’ve been working hard on fitness and stuff so this doesn’t happen again. When I found out the book would have to be delayed into 2014 it was maybe the saddest day of my life.”
Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and artist Kevin Tong have created a movie poster for the cult film Battle Royale in conjunction with Mondo and Tugg Inc.
Mondo is the T-shirt/limited edition print arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, which creates really awesome but also really hard-to-get prints for various films. (check some of their past ones out right here). Tugg Inc., meanwhile, is “a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters and create their own events.” Which sounds pretty cool, if you’ve got the time and energy to pursue it. They’ve recently added Battle Royale to their library, meaning you can create an event in your town and get your hands on some of these posters to give away at it. Or if you’re in Houston, there’s one scheduled for Feb. 16.
Check out the poster and the variant edition below, along with the complete press release.
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Events | Richard Pachter surveys the graphic novel scene at Miami Book Fair International, which this year will include appearances by Chris Ware, Derf Backderf, Marjorie Liu, Dan Parent and Chip Kidd, among others. [The Miami Herald]
Events | A group of Canadian creators and publishers are in Tokyo right now for the International Comics Festa, where they are selling an anthology that includes work by Darwyn Cooke, Bryan Lee O’Malley, and Seth. Manga blogger Deb Aoki is there too, and she has all the details. [About.com]
As if confirmation that Phonogram collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are reteaming for the Marvel NOW! launch of Young Avengers (followed by CBR’s exclusive first look) weren’t enough cause for celebration, Marvel has provided Newsarama with variant cover for the debut issue by none other than Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley.
“I basically dance like Loki from that young avenger cover, btw,” Gillen offered on Twitter.
The series, which premieres in January, features a lineup that mixes a little of the old with a little of the new: Hulkling, Wiccan, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Marvel Boy, Miss America and that dancing machine Loki — at least for starters.
Oni Press will debut the full-color Evil Edition and Collector’s Edition of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World on Thursday at New York Comic Con in New York City. Both versions are available only at the publisher’s booth (#1221) and then, beginning Nov. 7, on its website.
The Evil Edition, which features Lucas Lee on the cover, is available for $40 (the regular retail edition, with Knives Chau on the cover, will go on sale at retailers Nov. 7 for $24.99).
As with the first volume, the 1,000-copy Vol. 2 Collector’s Edition comes jam-paced with plenty of exclusive goodies. The $100 package gets you: the Evil Edition, a numbered book plate signed by O’Malley, five art prints (including both versions of the cover), 10 vinyl stickers featuring some of O’Malley’s favorite panels from the book, two Scout-style embroidered badges featuring Knives and Lucas Lee, a crew pass and lanyard and the set of the Lucas Lee movie You Just Don’t Exist, and a code for the digital edition of Scott Pilgrim Vol. 2 Color Edition from comiXology.
O’Malley will be signing at the Oni booth Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Publishing | Belgium, birthplace of Tintin and the Smurfs, is beginning to see its government-funded efforts to revive the country’s once-thriving comics scene pay off, with small publishing houses, self-publishers and digital comics portals springing up. [Deutsche Welle]
Creators | Habibi creator Craig Thompson posts an account of his recent trip to Jordan, which coincided with the troubles in Libya. Disconcertingly, he learned that Habibi is banned there, but his experiences in the schools and studios he visited stand in stark contrast to what the rest of us were watching—and even what he experienced while traveling from place to place. (Craig also gives a shout-out to a couple who got engaged while waiting in line to see him at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC; the groom-to-be concealed the ring in a hollowed-out copy of Blankets.) [Craig Thompson]
No matter how nerdy and cool you think you are, you’ll never be as cool and nerdy as this Scott Pilgrim fan, who proposed to her boyfriend during their trip to Toronto by sending him on a scavenger hunt involving locations depicted in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s bestselling series of graphic novels.
Instead of battling Seven Evil Exes, the lucky guy was tasked with finding such locations as Honest Ed’s and Pizza Pizza before ending up at Casa Loma, where his girlfriend popped the question, presenting a ring box (below) with “Level Up?” printed inside.
Check out more photos below, or — better yet — view the entire gallery.
Bryan Lee O’Malley has largely maintained a veil of secrecy around Seconds, his follow-up to the bestselling Scott Pilgrim series, teasing fans with panel excerpts and the above limited-edition print while waving off questions about the graphic novel. “I don’t want to tell anyone just yet,” he writes in his Tumblr FAQ. “Please enjoy the mystery for now.” But in a new interview on the Random House of Canada website, the cartoonist offers what may be the first significant details about the highly anticipated book.
“I came up with the general idea for Seconds right after completing the first volume of Scott Pilgrim,” O’Malley says. “I worked in a restaurant in Toronto for a little while to pay the bills while writing the second volume and planning the rest of the series, and I had a few ideas for this other story, a story about a restaurant. So, Seconds is about a restaurant, and the restaurant is called Seconds, and 90 percent of the story takes place within it. Beyond that it’s really hard for me to explain and I’m going to have to work on that so I can talk about it properly when it comes out. But it’s funny and weird and kind of big and crazy despite the mundane setting.”
For Scott Pilgrim fans who were unable to get their hands on the coveted Collector’s Edition last month at Comic-Con International (in either regular or Evil flavors), Oni Press is offering another (limited) shot.
Sometime on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the publisher will post a link on one of its social-media platforms — blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr — to its online store, where (utilizing a combination of speed and luck) you’ll be able to purchase one of the 500 copies available of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life Collector’s Edition. Okay, two, as that’s the limit per billing address.
The $100 package gets you: a numbered book plate signed by O’Malley; five art prints featuring both versions of the cover and three of the first volume’s biggest moments; 11 vinyl stickers, two embroidered patches featuring Scott Pilgrim and Matthew Patel; a hand-crumpled set list from Crash & the Boys drummer Trasha; a two-inch metal Scott Pilgrim 1-up coin; and a code for the digital edition of the full-color Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1, from comiXology.
You can see the visual breakdown below.
Bryan Lee O’Malley fans will have plenty to do next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego. In addition to tracking down a copy of Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life Evil Edition or Collector’s Edition at the Oni Press booth, they’ll also want to head to the Random House booth on Friday or Saturday morning to get a ticket that’s good for a print featuring the cast of O’Malley’s next project, Seconds. Random House will only have 200 copies of the print, which O’Malley will sign at their booth both afternoons. You can find more details on O’Malley’s tumblr.
Bryan Lee O’Malley, whose bestselling Scott Pilgrim series is packed with vide0-game allusions and imagery, has provided the cover art for Fez, the long-anticipated game from developer Polytron that finally arrives April 13 on Xbox Live Arcade.
In Fez, gamers play as Gomez, a 2D creature living in what he believes is a 2D world until an artifact reveals the existence of a third dimension. Players are able to change between 2D and 3D perspectives. Polytron goes a little more in-depth on its website.
Check out O’Malley’s full cover, as well as a gameplay trailer, below.
Fresh off the Emerald City Comicon floor is news that Bryan Lee O’Malley is delving back into the world of Scott Pilgrim . Oni Press will release full-color hardcover editions of the six-volume series. Speaking from the “On the Not So Late Late Show with Oni Press” panel earlier tonight, O’Malley said the coloring will be done by Nathan Fairbairn (Batman Inc., Swamp Thing) and will be published in a 6″ x 9″ “ultra swank” format.
This isn’t the first time Scott Pilgrim has appeared in color. In addition to a rare Free Comic Book Day one-shot put out years before, several pages from the final volume of the series, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, were published in color. Oni has used several colorists over the years to color O’Malley’s SP work, but the choice of Fairbairn looks to live up to the “ultra swank” promise said at the panel.
In addition to the new size and coloring, each volume will include previous unpublished bonus materials. Oni plans to release the first hardcover in August. The publisher is careful to note that the original black and white versions will remain in print as well.
Here’s several preview pages Oni has released along with the announcement: