FAQ: What about this one joke?

about 4003130102 ppl have asked about this. I believe this is the only overt reference in the series to the books being black & white.

answer: I DONT KNOWWWW YET! heahaerahaha. I haven’t tackled vol 3 yet - its color edition won’t be out for over a year. You’ll have to pick it up in 2013 and find out what new, even meta-er jokes come out of this humorous situation.

previously: Scott Pilgrim gets color editions



  • 6” x 9” size (bigger)
  • hardcover
  • full color (colors by Nathan Fairbairn)
  • overseen and with newly ‘remastered’ art by myself
  • brand-new covers
  • brand-new ‘extras’ sections with sketchbook & development work, much of it previously unseen
  • first 3 volumes relettered with the font from the last 3 volumes
  • the ‘classic’ b&w editions will remain in print
  • color editions will come out 2 per year (1: august 2012, 2: october 2012, 3-4: 2013, 5-6: 2014)

what does ‘remastered art’ mean? in vol 1, not a lot… i adjusted things here and there to make the character designs a little more consistent. i did completely redraw a few panels (will you notice?). in vol 2, there’s a bit more redrawing but it’s almost all bg stuff… it’ll feel like you had bad vision, and suddenly you got new glasses.

will you like the color? i don’t know… tbh, you will always treasure the version you first encountered. for ‘old school fans’, that will be the b&w original book (NOT the movie, NOT the game, NOT the colorized books). the b&w books aren’t obsolete… they’re classic!!!!!!! they’re authentic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

that said, the color is going to look really good, and feel free to be all judgy based on the sample pages, but as a whole unified project it’s going to look perfect i think. and the coloring will really evolve as the series goes on… the first volume is very similar to the movie, so i decided we should stick pretty close to the ‘look’ of the movie… as the story diverges, the colors will go their own way.

FINALLY, I HAVE TO SAY: This is the Oni Press edition (serving North America). Foreign editions (INCLUDING U.K.) may take longer or may not happen, it all depends on each individual region’s publisher. I apologize in advance if this process takes longer than we’d all like.

ADDITIONAL NOTE TO COSPLAYERS: i’m sorry for rocking your world

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questions & answers IV

Q. I know that the whole Scott Pilgrim story is done and pushed out of the way, but I’m a big Lisa Miller fan, I was just wondering if you had any future plans for the character in any capacity or if you had made a slightly bigger back story to her that you just never bothered to let out?

A. i do have a fondness for Lisa Miller. I hope to do more with her one day. The back story I think is mostly taken care of, but I did find a bunch of notes on the canadian TV show that she supposedly starred in (remember, where they said she played “the town slut”). There was gonna be a scene where Scott and Kim watch the show on dvd (at Kim’s parents’ house) in vol 6, but it got scrapped. I want to do a short comic about the tv show at some point because i think it’s a funny / dumb idea.

Q. Have you talked to anyone about making “Lost at Sea” into a movie?

A. Somebody was talking about it for a bit, but I don’t know… I guess I don’t really see it as a movie, I don’t see the point. It is what it is. I would feel really weird if actors were saying some of the stuff in that book out loud, I think.

Q. What was the first piece of the Scott Pilgrim Universe that you ever doodled / sketched / dreamt up? Did a single doodle lead you to create the series or was there a solid plan from the outset? Thanks!

A. Hmm, I guess I tend to think more in “writer mode” at first. I don’t really get to doodling until I feel like i have a solid idea. With Scott, I had his name first (cause it was inspired by the song), and I spent a few months just thinking “who is Scott Pilgrim, anyway?” before I even attempted to draw him. From there I came up with Knives and Ramona and Gideon, and I realized Scott needed some friends to talk shit about his dating hijinx, and then I needed more bad guys to flesh out a longer story so the seven exes came into it. It took me a year or so to figure out the character designs for Scott and Ramona, but I was working on “Lost At Sea” at the same time.

Q. what is your favorite type of sandwich?

A. there is a deli in LA called Langer’s that makes the best pastrami sandwich i’ve ever eaten. It has coleslaw and swiss cheese and it’s on the most special bread. mmmmm yummy.

Q. Hi man, I wanted to know how does it feel to play a videogame based on something you created. Do you enjoy playing it sometimes?

The first time i played it was with my friend Jared who co-produced the SP movie. It was reeeeeally weird to play the game of our movie, especially in level 2 when you go through the movie set… it was a game of a movie of a movie where we were there on the original movie set too… so yeah. Anyway, fortunately it’s the best game ever. I played it with some of the anamanaguchi boys another time and that was super fun. I beat the whole game by myself later. I haven’t played it in a while because it’s more fun with a bunch of friends in your room and I don’t usually have a bunch of friends in my room.

Q. When you first made Scott Pilgrim, how far did you think it would make it?

A. a lot of people ask variations on this question — “when you started out, did you think you would get big?” Well, yes and no. I think we all have delusions of grandeur. My mom told me that when i was 17 i slammed the door and yelled “IM GONNA BE A FAMOUS MILLIONAIRE ONE DAY! YOU’LL SEE!” But when you get a little older and you’re just working and trying to pay the rent and keep your wife from kicking your ass out, those fantasies kinda go away. By the time I really did start making some $$$ and when the movie started becoming a real thing, it was pretty hard to believe that any of it could really be happening. So, my 17 year old self would say he knew he was going to make it big, but my 27 year old self would just shrug nervously and like hope to be able to afford a house or something.

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Chocolate-Covered “Aunt” Ice Cream (Recipe)


I spent several years draw a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which will be out through FSG this October, and it was only a matter of time before I made a Wrinkle-themed ice cream. The first flavor that popped into my head was Chocolate-Covered “Aunt”. Ants and aunts both play important parts in the book, and chocolate-covered ants are a real candy that’s always fascinated me–though not enough to try them. Chocolate-Covered “Aunt” ice cream combines chocolate-covered Rice Krispies “ants” with a rich but delicate chocolate cream which, in my opinion, tastes like a classed-up Wendy’s Frosty.

Recipe after the break!

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[2012 appearances] Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Emerald City Schedule

I’ll be at EMERALD CITY COMIC CON in SEATTLE, WA this weekend, March 30th to April 1st, 2012. All signings are at the ONI PRESS BOOTH and run about an hour. arrive early!

SIGNING - friday at 4 pm

I’m on a PANEL (LATE SHOW format, it’ll be weird, join us!) - friday at 7 pm (in ROOM 2AB)

SIGNING - saturday at 1 pm

SIGNING AGAIN - saturday at 5 pm

I’m on another PANEL (crashing the BRANDON GRAHAM & ADAM WARREN SPOTLIGHT, come see us chat about comixx) - sunday at 1 pm (in ROOM 211)

The last SIGNING - sunday at 3 pm


wow this is pretty dorky

I wrote this stuff out while working on vol 4. birthdays started coming up when i thought about the fact that i was writing a story that took place over a calendar year. Some of these may have changed in the writing and the thing about Kim’s birthday never came up in the story (but you can pretend it’s canon and shed a single tear). the Knives fact came up in vol 6. the others mostly applied to vol 4.