Published Jan 26, 2008Scott Pilgrim, hero of the ongoing music-obsessed tale of literally fighting through a girlfriends past in order to win her heart, is the ultimate slacker, unable to hold a job, reliant on his roommate to pay the rent, and too unfocused to get a gig together for his band. The opposite is true of Pilgrims creator, London-born, Toronto-raised Halifax resident Bryan Lee OMalley, who writes, storyboards, draws and inks Scott Pilgrim; he even gathers press clippings for back-of-the-book quotes. Theres been no shortage to choose from in recent years: the graphic novel series has won awards and acclaim from within the comics world (Harvey Awards, Wizard Magazines 2006 indie book of the year) and outside it (Entertainment Weeklys 2007 indie comic of the year).
OMalleys just-completed fourth volume, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, features Pilgrims latest battle against the seven evil exes of girlfriend Ramona Flowers; in it, Pilgrim learns of Ramonas "experimental college phase, which arrives in the form of "evil ex Roxanne, a new twist on the ninja-trained combatants of earlier books. "I apologise to all the real lesbians out there, writes OMalley in an email interview. With the added reveal that there are also twins in Ramonas dating past (who will feature in book five), Scott Pilgrim will wrap up after two more instalments, a plan thats been in place since its inception.
"There were always going to be six books, OMalley explains, "because I always knew there would be twins. I planned out the basic ideas for each ex-boyfriend after finishing the first book, which was published by Oni Press in 2004. Only six months have passed in story-time, which helps OMalley keep the accuracy of the books Toronto setting, without having to worry about location changes since he moved to the East coast a couple of years ago. "I just fudge the details outside of that, he says. "I think with my fourth-wall nudging approach, I can have fun with the fact that time is kind of wonky.