Parallel realities, Quantum Leap, and whitewashing the past. Hazlitt audio producer Anshuman Iddamsetty speaks with Bryan Lee O’Malley, the cartoonist behind the hugely popular Scott Pilgrim series, about his reality-bending new graphic novel, Seconds.
Hi! I just wanted to say that I LOVE your work! I bought "Lost At Sea" today and finished it all. This is my favorite book of all times so far. Thank you for your hardwork! I'll definitely be reading more of your comics. :)
I'm curious about race and Scott Pilgrim. "Knives" is a crazy, fun name for a character, but also doesn't feel as FOB-y and naive as I got the impression Knives and her parents are. Also, her dad wields a katana, which is a Japanese weapon. Not really a question here, just curious how much thought went into authenticity or accuracy or whatever in backstory vs. just fun story stuff.
i meant it to be funny, weird, dumb and thought-provoking that Mr Chau, a Chinese man, would own prized antique Japanese samurai swords.
The name Knives has nothing to do with ethnicity. It’s just not a human’s name. It’s just something that stuck in my head. “Knives Chau.”
I thought it was funny, weird, dumb and thought-provoking
How long were you in the plotting stages for Scott Pilgrim and Lost at Sea? When you first started working on Lost at Sea what was the thought process? Was the process for getting the actual comic out there difficult in terms of getting a publisher? I'm working on a comic myself, still in the plotting stages, and I'd love to hear a little advice/word from you on the matter. Thanks!
I seriously hope this isn't a dumb question I'm about to ask >.<. Every since Scott Pilgrim Vol.5, many people I know have debated on what color Kyle's hair was, on whether it was white, blonde, or even light brown. It even went so far that it escalated to a pointless argument on some website I forgot about. So, I thought I could ask you what color it was....?
i pictured it that burnt orange color that asian hair turns when you bleach it, ie, my own hair, when I used to bleach it.
I think in the new color edition we colored it more blonde-ish, though, because it just looks good that way. It’s a cartoon world.
If I may ask a follow-up question, did you MAKE drawing and writing inseparable, i.e. did you start with one, or was it always both? I like writing, and I have problems with motivation/feelings with drawing.
i did not MAKE drawing and writing inseparable
comics are drawing AND writing. comics are one thing.
if you have problems with getting motivated to drawing………… i don’t care. so do i. that doesn’t make drawing less important.
how do you feel about the fact that people who haven't read the books reduce Ramona to the posterchild for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope? (even though there's much more to her character than that) Was she supposed to be parodying/deconstructing it?
i don’t really care what people who haven’t read my books think about my characters…….
My son is almost 11, and is really excited by what he's seen of SECONDS. I was wondering,content-wise, if you think he would be too young to read it. Is the language and adult situations about the same as Scott Pilgrim, less/more? Thanks.
'Seconds' is adult fiction. The language and situations aren't any “harder” than Scott Pilgrim, but I think it's a little more serious and at times potentially frightening. If I were a parent I'd definitely read it first before letting an 11 year old at it.
How Do you deal with bad days as an artist -- the days where you hate everything you end up producing? I have those days every so often, but I can't help fearing I have to never have those days if I go professional. Am I wrong?
Yeah, at some point you just have to power through, but on days like that i still spend hours lying on the floor thinking about how bad i suck