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5 Minor Things from Scott Pilgrim Comic That I Hope Make the Movie Verison

With the announcement coming today about the release date of the final Scott Pilgrim book and the release earlier this week of the movie teaser poster I’ve never been more psyched for trips to the comic shop and cinema this summer. So I thought I’d go down a short list of minor things that I hope will make it into the final movie, things so small that if they didn’t make it in it wouldn’t even matter, but damn, it’d be rad to see them!

Ramona’s College
It’s mentioned once, in passing, with a small graphic that Ramona’s alma mater was University of Carolina in the Sky. It’s a rad concept that really fits with the rest of the tone of the book. It’s a college, on a huge rock that floats in the air & is chained to the mountains! It’s great because it is so mundane that this natural wonder just plays host to a university and not some kind of them park or something. Then again, we are talking about a world where there’s 2 holes in the moon, and it seems like not that many people have taken the time to figure out why.

Scott’s “Pee Meter”
Scott’s “Pee Metter” is full. Scott goes to the bathroom. Scott’s “Pee Meter” empties. I found this more hilarious that I should. This has the most chance of anything on this list making the movie as director Edgar Wright seems found this as funny as I did. At least that’s what I’ve heard in interviews.

Michael Comeau’s Ring
It is a ring, that has a skull in it. When Michael shows it off to Scott it says “Ssscotttt…” When Scott asks Michael where he got it the response is “From the future.” And then the conversation goes on as if that’s a totally and perfectly logical place to get something. It is said so a-matter-of-factly, and responded to in the same way as “From a gumball machine” that it makes the whole story around the ring even more interesting. Just how did Comeau get to the furture to snag it? It doesn’t matter, Scott’s friends just want to know if his band is going to show up his ex-girlfriend’s band that night.

Scott’s Girly Poster
Scott shares a studio apartment (and mattress on the floor) with his gay roommate Wallace. Through out the comic we find that Scott own virtually nothing in said apartment except for a toothbrush, some clothes and a poster of 2 skimpily dresses girls kissing. It’s beyond tacky, and what gets me even more is that its the only thing Scott owns that purely decorative. It is his only “thing,” everything else he owns can be used to clothe and clean himself, but the poster is just “stuff.” Totally ridiculous too! The fact that Bryan Lee O’Malley doesn’t even draw it, but pastes in a scan of the actual poster makes me laugh even more, as it even LOOKS like it doesn’t belong.

A Jealous Young Neil Calling Steven Stills “Captain Homo”
I don’t know why I love this exchange where when Young Neil is discussing why Knives isn’t with him anymore it’s because she’s obsessed with “Captain Homo” AKA Stephen Stills AKA his roommate. It is just such a dumb insult, but it just plays perfect in context, which would take even longer to fully set up. There’s something about insulting someone or something as “gay” when what you’re making fun of is some that’s completely heterosexual that will always make me laugh.

My 5 Favorite Comics… EVER!

Back when I was about 14 my friend Jeremy Glass took me to a local bookstore during an open campus lunch, for the express purpose of picking up comic books. This was back in 1993 when things were going crazy, what with Image just starting up and all. For that first year I was reading pretty normal mainstream stuff from Marvel (Infinity War & other assorted Adam Warlock books), DC (Reign of the Supermen) and Image (WildCATs, Gen 13 other Homage studios books). Which was all well and good, but if I hadn’t eventually found some of the books I’m about to list after that first year I doubt I’d’ve been reading comics at all by the time I was 16.

Scud: the Disposable Assassin
He’s a robot, that’s an assassin, living in a messed up crazy future and his main rivals are a monster of the apocalypse and Ben Franklin as a voo doo priest. At the time I first read this I only knew half of that, the first issue of this I bought was #6, when Scud was down in Kansas with his werewolf arm and it was just so hilarious. I couldn’t get over how crazy everything was in the book or how great it looked! I was seriously hooked. Scud really helped form what my idea of humor was, the strange and wonderful with a sarcastic edge that was also full of childlike glee. This book continued to come out on into my early 20s when I was working ACME Comics and I pushed it as much as I could, I really was all about this book. Then it stopped being made just short of its to be last issue, and to tell the truth, even if Rob didn’t come back 10 years later and wrap it all up this would still be one of my favorite books ever.

Mister Blank
Sam Smith is your everyday kinda guy working a crappy job and who can’t even ask out the girl he has a crush on. The comic follows the day he unwittingly goes up against some robots and gets mixed up with clones, evil scientists and a conspiracy as old as the Bible. I don’t think anyone ever read this book except for me and Rabbi and that’s a shame. The art had a slick style and the dialog was snappy. It is also one of the few comics out there that deals with an actual adult characters, and not just a bunch of older stuck-in-neutral teens and for that reason it makes the giant robots that much more fun. It’s an even bigger shame that we haven’t seen far more work from Christopher Hicks!

Scott Pilgrim
Scott is a normal 23 yr old boy in a band who meets a new girl. To win her love he must defeat her 7 evil ex-boyfriends. While I started reading all the rest of the books on this list in my late teens and early 20s, this is the only one I started with in my late 20s and I think that makes me appreciate it more. It reminds me of me and my friends in our mid 20s and all the stupid things we did, going to shows, dressing up for no reason, drinks, house parties, playing in bands, that kind of stuff. Plus it has this 80s/90s video game vibe and references that just sends it over the top. This book makes me giddy and I can’t wait for the last book to come out, or the movie.

the Invisibles
The book follows 5 members of a secret organization battling against physical and psychic oppression using time travel, magic, meditation, and physical violence. I took that description from wikipedia because I just couldn’t think of how to sum it up. Its about everything, its about nothing. This book opened my eyes, accept life as it come and to stop being so hard on myself. This book made me a fan of Grant Morrison’s writing and directed me towards the novels of Phillip K. Dick who then became one of my favorite authors. It’s lame to say, but this comic changed my life.

Hectic Planet
In the far flung future there’s space ships, aliens, and robots, yet, everything is still pretty much the same. Hockey, ska music, drunken ranting and being stupid in your 20s are all still there. I could never get enough of this book, and even when he isn’t working on it, creator Evan Dorkin does put out plenty of other quatlity work, but this is the book that touched me the most. I can identify with Halby & Blue! I want to go see the Trombone Girls open up for the Mad Planets! I want to pin a Jersey Devil’s badge on my plaid jacket!

In the end I can honestly say all these books created distinct worlds that felt lived in and awesome, and just slightly different than our own. That’s the closest thing to a common thread that these books have going on. Maybe that’s something I like, stuff that’s pretty regular but at the same time a little more heightened, a little bit of irreality to go along with the everyday.

Comics I love that didn’t quite make the list “Madman”, “Bone”, “Dork”, “NextWave”, James Robinson’s “Starman”, “Planetary”, “Seaguy”, “Doom Patrol” (Drake and Premiani’s run, Grant Morrison’s run & John Arcudi’s run especially) and at various times “Deadpool”.