Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
The internet is a strange, wonderful thing. I was in high school when I first heard of Bryan O’Malley–or Mal, as he’s most popularly known as. He was active online: he helped run various anime art communities like the now-defunct FAHQ and internet comic forrays like Impromanga, while continually honing his skills as a comic book artist and illustrator.
Back then, pursuing a career in comics seemed like a faraway fantasy–something you strive for, always hoping, but never thinking it would actually come true. I put down my pencil long ago and settled in the world of graphic and web design and never looked back.
But Bryan kept on drawing and making stories. Now, it’s finally paying off.
Scott Pilgrim‘s Precious Little Life is the follow-up to O’Malley’s debut graphic novel, Lost at Sea. Veering away from contemplative teenage angst, O’Malley touches on the awesome life of 23-year-old Scott Pilgrim. He’s unemployed and carefree, dating a high school girl, and plays bass in a band called The Sex Bob-Omb.
But, as any story worth their salt is wont to do, a new woman shows up on the scene to scramble Scott’s precious little life. The woman? Ramona Flowers, an Amazon.ca delivery girl that seemed to just pop out of Scott’s dreams–literally. The twist? In order to get to his dream girl, he has to defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends.
While O’Malley’s great manga-inspired artwork, nifty pacing, and cool action scenes are definite draws, the real stars of Scott Pilgrim are O’Malley’s twenty-something characters. Unlike some media portrayals, Scott and his band of ruffian friends and acquiantances, are almost painfully realistic. The characters’ speech patterns and behaviours, while meant for humour, can be related to by anyone in their twenties. And I absolutely loved the little nerdy pop-culture references (look for Scott’s jacket)!
To add to the graphic novel’s uniqueness, Scott Pilgrim is also set in Toronto, Ontario, Canada–and makes no mistake about it. Though Ramona happens to be American, so fear-not my neighbours to the south!
I’m looking forward to Volume 2!