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I, Scott Pilgrim, will be the best side-scrolling video game … EVER!

Scott Pilgrim’s quest for universal dominance this summer continues, as the book’s creator Bryan Lee O’Malley shares the trailer for the “old-school, side-scrolling beat-‘em-up” video game. Imagine if gaming technology had never moved past the side scroller, but the ideas of what to do with that technology continued to advance.

Its release is set to coincide with the August premiere of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Softness

Scott Pilgrim Clip-ons

Scott Pilgrim Clip-ons

From the latest issue of Previews Plus, a supplemental catalog that Diamond puts out from retailers, come a couple of Scott Pilgrim-related items — just in time for the big movie, as they say.

Above are 4″ “plush clip-ons” of Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers, which you can attach to your backpack, belt loop, key chain or anywhere else you desire. After the jump are some 8″ plushes you may have already seen, as they’ve been making the rounds since Bryan Lee O’Malley tweeted about them last week. Per the catalog, they’re scheduled to ship in July and manufactured by Mezco Toys.

Now where are my Scott Pilgrim action figures?

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This obsession with movie Easter eggs has finally gone too far

The first clue to Wright's plans, from February 2009

The first clue to Wright's plans, from February 2009

This morning on Twitter, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World director Edgar Wright revealed the real reason the production is returning to Toronto for reshoots:

New scene…INT. TIM HORTONS. DAY. Scott Pilgrim walks in to get coffee. In the middle of the floor he is shocked to see Thor’s Hammer. END.

The adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Oni Press series opens on Aug. 13, most likely without the Mjolnir cameo.

‘Trailer effect’ gives Scott Pilgrim series an Amazon sales boost

Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 6

Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 6

We saw last week how the release of the movie trailer led Scott Pilgrim to overtake Justin Bieber (if only briefly) on Twitter, but are we now getting the first indications of what effect Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World might have on sales of the graphic novels?

Just four days after the trailer’s online debut, all six volumes of the Bryan Lee O’Malley series — including the final installment, which won’t be released for another four months — rest comfortably in Amazon.com’s Top 20 Bestsellers in Graphic Novels.

The first volume, 2004’s Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, checks in at No. 8, just behind five books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Twilight: The Graphic Novel and Kick-Ass. Yes, they all share something in common: They’re titles with movie ties.

Subsequent volumes of Scott Pilgrim hold slots No. 9 through 12 and No. 14 on the Amazon chart, a chain interrupted only by the sixth volume of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, which checks in at No. 13.

I have no idea what this means in terms of hard numbers for the Oni Press series (my chart-fu isn’t that strong). Obviously, no one expects a Watchmen-sized “trailer effect,” but if this early chart climb is any indication, could the publisher see impressive sales spikes along the lines of those experienced by Dark Horse with Hellboy and Sin City?

Heck, when O’Malley’s fifth volume was released in February 2009, many retailers sold out quickly, leaving fans scrambling for copies. Now imagine the demand come July 20, when the sixth, and final, book debuts just weeks ahead of the movie.

A closer look at the trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

This may be what Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley was looking for: a not-quite frame-by-frame analysis of the first trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, comparing it with the source material (courtesy of Gamervision).

Get a first look at art from Scott Pilgrim the Video Game!

From "Scott Pilgrim the Video Game"

From "Scott Pilgrim the Video Game!"

On the heels of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World comes a first look at art from Ubisoft’s much-anticipated video game based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels.

From "Scott Pilgrim the Video Game"

From "Scott Pilgrim the Video Game!"

The art was revealed last night in Boston at PAX East at the concert by chiptune punk band Anamanaguchi, who’s writing the game’s soundtrack. Attract Mode reports that during the performance of one of the tracks from the game, on-stage visuals featured animation and art by “pixel master” Paul Robertson, creator of Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle.

Announced last year during Comic-Con, Scott Pilgrim the Video Game! is described as an old-school, side-scrolling beat-‘em-up game. Its release is set to coincide with the August premiere of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

You can see more screen grabs from the Anamanaguchi concert at Attract Mode.

(via Bryan Lee O’Malley)

Scott Pilgrim defeats Justin Bieber (on Twitter, at least)

Twitter worldwide trending topics

Twitter worldwide trending topics

In what can only be a good sign for the movie, and perhaps the universe, “Scott Pilgrim” leaped ahead of “Justin Bieber” this morning on Twitter’s list of worldwide trending topics within minutes of the release of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

Yes, that’s worldwide.

For those readers who don’t use Twitter, it’s important to know that on any given day, no matter what manner of war, policy debate or natural disaster is occurring, the teen pop sensation will appear as a trending topic. That’s because his fans apparently enjoy few things more than tweeting messages like “Yeahh Justin Bieber is a little cutie!” and “RT IF YOU WANNA KISS JUSTIN BIEBER!” (Note: Those are actual comments from this morning.)

Now add to that daily low-grade Bieber Fever the release earlier this week of his second album My World 2.0 and — brace yourselves — a video clip showing him blow-drying his trademark hair. It’s a wonder that Twitter, if not the Internet itself, didn’t explode.

Yet here we are this morning, with “Scott Pilgrim” climbing above “Justin Bieber,” above “#ItsReallyAnnoying” and, hell, even above “#omgfacts.”

Curiously, though, our evil ex-boyfriend-fighting protagonist has yet to crack the U.S. trending topics list, where South Park, with “Scrotie McBoogerballs,” reigns supreme.

Some day, Scott Pilgrim. Some day.


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