Where we reach the third installment of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim saga and grapple with such issues as: When something is so good – what is there to say? How much does fame change things? And is black and white the vinyl of the comic world?
One, two, three, four!
Here’s a taste of the seven sins!
Driven to distraction, waiting on your call
I am getting trigger happy but it doesn’t help at all
No, and I can’t even think with you still in my head
No, and I cannot do anything, I want you in my head
EN! EN! ENVY!
Because yeah: the one thing I’m kinda reticent to write about (along with talking about past relationships and exs: which LOL – I kinda feel would be appropriate seeing how you know: we’re talking about Scott Pilgrim so let’s get stuff out in the open: but also – oh my god – no one really wants to be airing their love lives out in public right?): but yeah – the whole famous thing which along with Lucas Lee in the last volume seems to be a Scott Pilgrim motif and the way it affects you and the feelings of… ha… Envy (omg: I only just got that).
I think it was an Alan Moore quote where he said that back in the old days the one thing that kids wanted to do was go off to sea and nowadays it’s wanting to be famous: because well yeah: kids are stupid and their values come from the flying brain parasites that is society and ideology and etc. But then also: I mean – it would also be cool to be famous right? (And man: wanting to be in a famous band – ha – I can totally relate). And altho I’m not sure there’s much real intellectual insight into famousness in Scott Pilgrim: I think it actually goes one better – as it kinda gives you an insight or a way into the feeling of it: of being on the outside and only being able to look in (or look up even).
Because the brain is overrated and the heart is where it’s at (broken or otherwise).
Barbican Comic Forum
I think I might have mentioned this on the last Scott Pilgrim discussion…
I know I said quickly and am so aware this is a discussion, but….welll… Skip ahead if you like? But if you’re here, look at the picture! Goddamn. So stark, so clean, so clear. A big strength of OMYs (easier) art has always how he’s so good with lines. The man turns line work and the use of black into tactical expression. There’s a thick line here to sell cuteness, a thin line there to keep attention on something else. It works. Hell look at the blacks, those inky pools, look at that sweet shading approach, your attention stays hard and fast on the characters expressions. And in Scott Pilgrim, a series whose appeal is dependant on it’s self-aware hilarity – that’s important. Thinking to Scott Pilgrim 4 onwards and how the art changed a bit, took less use of big inky pools and just the way OMY shapes characters and details I can see it working better (the covers unanimously look grand) but in early Scott Pilgrim. Blech. Someone in the Barbican should totally get those b&w versions back in there, they’re like 2 quid used off Amazon each. (I don’t know how library procurement works. I still have an image of a 50 year old in a yellow cardie turning up to Harper Collins with a gun.)