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Comic hero/slacker Scott Pilgrim comes to the silver screen

Bryan Lee O'Malley's acclaimed comic series Scott Pilgrim has been adapted for film. TechRepublic member Jerry Taylor gives you an idea of the level of sheer joyful insanity in the comic.

Published by independent comic book house Oni Press, the Scott Pilgrim series consists of six digest size black and white volumes released between 2004 and 2010. The series gathered favorable reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the author, Bryan Lee O'Malley, was awarded an Eisner (an award that is equivalent to the Oscars in the comics' world) for Best Humor Publication for Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe. If you have an interest in anime, I assure you that you'll enjoy this series immensely.

Synopsis of the series

Scott Pilgrim has relationship issues. The 23-year-old Canadian slacker just wants to jam on his bass in the band Sex Bob-omb and chat online with high school babe Knives Chau, although all they ever talk about is her school life. One night, he has a dream about a girl on rollerblades with ninja moves. Later he sees her delivering a package to the library and sets out to meet this woman of mystery.

Learning that she is a delivery girl for Amazon named Ramona Flowers, he orders a CD in order to meet her but instead receives a mysterious email challenging him to battle. Believing it to be spam, he deletes the message. After another dream about this mysterious woman, Scott awakens to find Ramona at his front door; she explains that she uses subspace portals as part of her job to cross long distances in seconds, and one of the routes happens to run right through his brain. After convincing her that he isn't a weirdo, they spend the evening together (get your mind out of the gutter — all they do is kiss!) and begin to pursue a relationship. However, they start out with a problems: Scott has a girlfriend already, and Ramona has 7 Evil Ex-Boyfriends (although one of them is a girl), who Scott must defeat in order to secure his place next to her side.

Assisted by his sarcastic gay roommate Wallace Wells, who serves as a trainer for Scott and his Sex Bob-omb band mates, Stephen Stills and Kim Pine, and the band's biggest fan, Young Neil, our hero sets out to face the League of Evil Exes. And the League is a dangerous opponent with vast and mighty powers, such as summoning Demon Hipster Chicks, vegan-based psychic powers, robots, the ability to induce emotional warfare, and ninjas. To win one's true love, one must face great dangers.

Film adaptation

The comic's film adaptation, entitled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, will be released this Friday, August 13, 2010. Watch the film's trailer to get an idea of the level of sheer joyful insanity in the comic.

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