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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.
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.
Several new trailers for video games debuted during the Spike Video Game Awards last night, including Batman: Arkham City (above) and Thor: God of Thunder. The Batman one in particular is interesting, as it reveals not only the villainous Hugo Strange, but also a piece of knowledge that he has about the Caped Crusader. Maybe he went to the Batman Inc. press conference and put two and two together.
In terms of last night’s winners, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game took the best adapted video game category, beating out Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and games featuring Harry Potter, Star Wars and Transformers. But Spider-Man didn’t go home empty-handed, as the voice talents of awards host Neil Patrick Harris won best performance by a human male for his work in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. You can find the list of winners on Spike’s VGA site.
In case you missed the midnight premiere, Adult Swim is streaming Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation, a four-minute short based on the flashback sequence from the second volume of Scott Pilgrim, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Actors from Edgar Wright’s film adaptation — Michael Cera, Allison Pill, Mae Whitman and Jason Schwartzman — provide the voices of Scott, Kim, Lisa and Simon Lee.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World opens today nationwide.
Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, arguably the coolest movie theater in the world, teamed up with Universal to create the above poster that they’ll be selling at a special screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World tonight. A small quantity of the poster will also be available online Friday on the Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique website, Mondo.
Tonight’s event, a special Fantastic Fest/Ain’t It Cool News screening, will feature director Edgar Wright and members of the cast. I’m told there will also be “a special menu themed to the film and legendary post-screening activities with epic surprises.” Which may sound like hype, but the Drafthouse rarely lets you down. For instance, back before the new Star Trek film came out, they invited folks to a special screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, and after the first 5 minutes, the print broke down. A man in a trench coat walked out in front of the theater with print cans. He revealed himself to be Leonard Nimoy and asked the theater if they’d like to be the first audience in the world to see J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau also made a surprise visit to the Alamo Drafthouse for the first public screening of Iron Man 2 (which, incidentally, they also created some cool posters for).
If you’re interested in getting the above poster, keep an eye on the Mondo website — they will likely sell out fast.
This is pretty clever … YouTube user theMrblonde2010 has taken one of the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World movie trailers and replaced the scenes in it with panels from the graphic novels.
“This is a recreation of the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Theatrical Trailer. I used images from the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel and matched the trailer as best I could. Also you may see things here that differ from the trailer and that is because there are things in the movie that arent in the graphic novel and vice versa,” he writes. But judging just by what’s seen here, there aren’t that many difference in the dialogue.
Just in time for his big-screen debut, all six volumes of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim are now available for purchase digitally via a new application on the iPhone and iPad.
The app is free, along with the first 37 pages of the first volume and the Free Comic Book Day comic that’s set between volumes 3 and 4. The first five volumes can be downloaded for $6.99 each, while the sixth and last one costs $11.99. Created by Comixology, the app hits on the same day that the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World video game arrives on the PlayStation Network and, of course, just a few days before Scott Pilgrim vs. the World arrives in theaters.
Update: I’ve added the official press release after the jump … also, if you’re in the UK, Scott Pilgrim is published by Fourth Estate over there, and they’ve got their own iPhone app for it: http://www.scottpilgrimtheapp.com/.
I always find it difficult to critique a film when I’m a fan of the source material. Playing the continual game of compare and contrast in my head tends to leave me a bit muddled. Am I appreciating the film on its own merits or do I just like it because it’s a spin-off of something I’ve really, really like a whole lot? Am I griping about it because it’s legitimately flawed or because it doesn’t match up with the perfect movie version I’ve been playing in my head for months on end? Are my criticisms fair and balanced or sloppily biased? Am I just playing yet another round of “Well, it’s not how I would have done it”? Obviously any review is subjective, but am I being subjective in a totally objective way? ‘Tis a puzzlement.
So I’m not sure what to say about the new Scott Pilgrim Vs the World film, which I happened to catch a preview of at my local cinema center last week. I liked it; it’s peppy and entertaining and, at least on a surface level, extremely faithful to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s work. Yet I’d be lying if I didn’t say it didn’t have flaws — flaws that, depending upon what drew you to the graphic novels, may sink the movie for you.
Spoilers await after the jump.
The first official day of Comic-Con International in San Diego was dominated by excitement over Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, confirmation (at last) that Joss Whedon is directing The Avengers, and nerd response to the feeble Westboro Baptist Church protest. Yet still there was plenty of comics news.
• At its “Mondo Marvel” panel, the publisher revealed the October debut of a sequel to its acclaimed Strange Tales anthology, this time featuring an impressive roster of indie/alternative creators that includes Harvey Pekar, Alex Robinson, Dash Shaw, Dean Haspiel, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Lemire, Jeffrey Brown, Jhonen Vasquez, Jillian Tamaki, Kate Beaton, Nick Gurewitch and many more.
Is Scott Pilgrim the king of all media? Consider the launch of the character’s sixth and final comic from Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, which drew literally thousands of fans to midnight release parties Monday night. Consider the San Diego Comic-Conslaught of publicity for Edgar Wright’s Michael Cera-starring movie adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, hitting theaters in just a few short weeks. And finally, consider the multiple albums on the way containing all the music recorded for the movie. The much-ballyhooed soundtrack contains songs from alt-rock heroes Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric, performing in-character as bands from the story, plus tracks from T.Rex, the Rolling Stones, Frank Black, and of course Plumtree, whose song “Scott Pilgrim” gave our hero his name.
Now comes word via The Playlist that an extended edition of the soundtrack will feature alternate versions of Beck’s contributions, with the Loser himself on vocals this time around. Also headed our way is the original score album, featuring music by Beck and Radiohead superproducer Nigel Godrich, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Gorillaz knob-twiddler Dan the Automator, Japanese art-pop weirdo Cornelius, longtime Wright collaborator Osymyso and more. Rock out with your Scott out, people.
Scott Pilgrim‘s conquest of Comic-Con International will expand Friday night to the Eisner Awards ceremony, where the film’s cast will be on hand to announce the winners in the first three categories.
According to an announcement made this afternoon, the cast members expected to appear include Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Webber, Ellen Wong, Jason Schwartzman, Alison Pill, Satya Bhabha, Brandon Routh and Mae Whitman. They will join such other presenters as actors Ben Garant, Thomas Jane and Phil LaMarr, and creators Peter Bagge, Berkeley Breathed, Chris Claremont, Dave Gibbons and C. Tyler.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which opens on Aug. 13, is (of course) based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s acclaimed series of graphic novels. The fifth volume is nominated for an Eisner Award for best humor publication.
The Eisner Awards ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Indigo Room of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Universal Pictures and Ubisoft have released an all-new Comic-Con trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, the highly anticipated side-scrolling beat-‘em-up set for release in August.
Loosely following the plot of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels, the game allows up to four people to play as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Kim Pine or Stephen Stills, who must battle through several levels in to defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes.
Watch the Comic-Con trailer after the break:
Fresh from midnight release parties at more than 150 comics stores across North America, the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series climbed as high as No. 12 this morning on Amazon’s bestseller list. It’s ranked ahead of Stephenie Meyer’s latest novel and the Sookie Stackhouse boxed set.
It’s a good beginning to what’s destined to be a stellar week for O’Malley, Oni Press — the publisher released a 100,000-copy first printing for Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour — and Universal Pictures as they head to San Diego.
Edgar Wright’s adaptation of the graphic-novel series, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, is receiving the lion’s share of the attention at Comic-Con, of course, with the Thursday movie panel, the colossal “Scott Pilgrim vs. Comic-Con” banner and takeover of the Hilton Gaslamp Courtyard — see those details below — and more.
Here’s a roundup of news involving the release of Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, and the big push at Comic-Con for the graphic novel and the movie:
• The National Post and Comics Alliance spotlight O’Malley, looking at the evolution, and end, of the Scott Pilgrim series. “In the sixth one, I kind of had to start back from zero,” O’Malley says. “It was difficult to figure out where the hell the story was supposed to go. I wanted to be very conclusive. Even minor characters, I at least tried to say hello to them one more time.”
I post this new international poster for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (via Heidi MacDonald via Empire) mostly to ask our illustrious readers the following question. I understand how SP‘s origin as an independent comic, its use of music by indie/alt-rock icons Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric, and the presence of Quirkmeisters General Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman is the collective lens through which a lot of people are viewing the thing. But am I the only person who’s got it on a “movies to see this summer” list that includes Predators, Neil Marshall’s Centurion, and Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables — seeing it first and foremost as an action movie rather than a whimsical hipster romantic comedy, in other words? I’m always excited for movies that introduce a new way to shoot action and combat to Western audiences, from Saving Private Ryan to The Matrix to 300 to Speed Racer, and I think what Wright (and of course the source, Bryan Lee O’Malley) are up to in Scott Pilgrim might do exactly that. What say you?
If you only watch one trailer for Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series, make it this one. If the previous trailers had a face, this one would punch it. It would punch the previous trailers in the face.
(Via Bryan Lee O’Malley)