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Interview: Scott Pilgrim Creator Bryan Lee O'Malley Talks Manga and Movies

By August 4, 2010

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Bryan Lee O'Malley and Ramona Flowers In late July, before all the San Diego Comic-Con madness hit, I was in Toronto to experience something very special: the midnight release party / street party celebrating the release of Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, the long-awaited sixth and final volume of the super popular Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series from Oni Press. While over 150 stores across North America held midnight bashes for this book, only The Beguiling had the man of the hour in the house: Bryan Lee O'Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrim.

Over 2,000 fans came out to the book release party at The Beguiling, but that was just the start of what would be a whirlwind week for O'Malley. A few days later, he was in the middle of a full-court press media blitz at Comic-Con to promote the upcoming release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the feature film adaptation of his story directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shawn of the Dead) that's due for an August 13 theatrical release from Universal Studios.

Scott Pilgrim's Finest HourSo in the calm before the storm, before the party at The Beguiling and Comic-Con, I got a chance to chat with O'Malley. We talked about the manga, anime and video game influences in his comics creation, his brushes with Hollywood and the question he's sick of hearing and answering. Check out my interview with Bryan Lee O'Malley and find out which manga offered a spark of inspiration for Scott Pilgrim, plus his advice for other up-and-coming comics creators.

You can experience the world of Scott Pilgrim for yourself! Visit ScottPilgrim.com and check out all six volumes of the series, see some of the video clips from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the official movie website, or for more updates on Scott Pilgrim-related events and happenings, visit Radiomaru.com, Bryan Lee O'Malley's official website.

Image credit: Deb Aoki, Bryan Lee O'Malley

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