Scott Pilgrim (2004)


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Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” AND dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? Short answer: yes. Long answer: Scott Pilgrim.

From: Oni Press

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2005 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Original Work - Nominee
2006 Doug Wright Award for Best Book - Nominee
2006 Eagle Award for Favourite Original Graphic Novel - Nominee
2007 Doug Wright Award for Best Book - Nominee
2008 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Original Work
2010 Eagle Award for Favourite American Black and White Comicbook - Nominee
2010 Eagle Award for Favourite Original Graphic Novel
2010 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication
2011 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Original Work


“Scott Pilgrim, a dopey but lovable 23-year-old slacker and bassist for struggling Toronto band Sex Bob-omb, was dating Knives Chau (17 years old) until he fell for Ramona Flowers, a mysterious American delivery girl. Only after breaking up with Knives (who still loves him) did he discover that he would have to defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends to earn the right to date her. Fortunately, Scott is the best fighter in the province. In the fourth manga-sized volume of this hugely winning series, nominated for three Harvey Awards and one Eisner, Scott has to get a job, decide whether to tell Ramona he loves her, and battle not only ex-boyfriend number four (who turns out to be half-ninja and not a boy at all) but also Knives’s katana-wielding father, who is belatedly protecting his daughter’s honor. Scott’s ex-girlfriends keep showing up, too, complicating things further. O’Malley’s black-and-white artwork combines manga storytelling devices with cartoony American alt-comic character designs. It’s part relationship drama, part comedy, part martial-arts parody, and even part video game, with large doses of rock ‘n’ roll, science fiction, anime references, and fourth-wall breaking. Ranma 1/2 fans and most anyone else will have a blast. Highly recommended for mid-teens and up.” (Source: Library Journal. 133.1 (Jan. 1, 2008): p72)

“Scott Pilgrim is 23 years old, lives in a cold, unnamed Canadian town, plays bass in a band called Sex Bob-Omb and has a very cute 17-year-old Chinese-Canadian girlfriend, Knives Chau. His “precious little life” is amiably unstructured, and he drifts, happily unemployed, between band practice and time spent with Knives. His relationship with Knives is chaste—walks, chats and hugs—although Knives is getting bigger ideas. “We haven’t even held hands,” Scott explains. “It’s just nice, you know.” But then he starts having dreams about Ramona Flowers, a mysterious, equally cute and perfectly legal hipster chick on Rollerblades who delivers books for Ramona is anything but simple, and O’Malley’s tale of adorable slackers in love is transformed into a wildly magically manga–kung fu fantasy adventure. We meet the first of Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends, Matthew Patel, who challenges Scott and his band to a supernatural martial arts duel right out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . O’Malley has crafted a delightfully hybrid comics love story. It’s an alt-lit, rock ‘n’ roll graphic novel with wonderful manga-influenced drawing and a comically mystical plot that manages to capture both the genuine intimacies and serial dishonesties of young love.” (Source: Publisher’s Weekly)


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