Posted in Art & Animation

Scott Pilgrim to be published in colour!

Scott Pilgrim was a series consisting of 6 black and white graphic novels by  Bryan Lee O’Malley (a half Korean Canadian, who grew up and lived in Toronto but now resides in the US). It also became a movie (where the character Knives Chau was played by Asian Canadian actress Emily Wong) and a video game.

Now the original graphic novels will be republished in colour! Volume 1 will be released August 8th! Scott Pilgrim will be reintroduced with the release of volume 1 as a full-color hardcover.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Scott Pilgrim has a manga inspired style and it’s about a lazy 20 something year old who has to fight seven evil exes in a sort of “video game enhanced” version of Toronto if we wants to continue dating roller blading Ramona Flowers who is literally the girl of his dreams. It’s a very funny series with jokes references video games, music and Toronto. I haven’t seen the movie but years before the movie came out I had purchased the graphic novels mainly because the characters talked like people I knew and the video game jokes (mainly 8-bit and 16-bit eras) were a riot to me. The mystery of the mastermind behind the evil-exes was also intriguing.

I still enjoy the series for its humour and entertainment value but upon further analysis, the plot has some inconsistencies and some “mysteries” that are introduced like Ramona’s past and the “glow” are poorly or not explained at all by series end. The romance between Scott and Ramona starts in a rather unconvincing fashion (ie: way too easy or maybe that’s just me). Scott is portrayed as being a pretty dumb loser who’s unemployed and yet Ramona and almost every other major female character is attracted to him (with no explanation implied or otherwise as to why). There is an offhand comment that he is the best fighter in the province (although he gets trounced pretty thoroughly by some of the exes only to win by some random outside occurrence). After writing the above, that sounds like a fair amount of negative criticism but I would still recommend it for the humour and dialogue.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Occasional guest "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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