Illustration by Brian McLachlan/Torontoist.
At this point, you’ve got no excuse for not knowing who Scott Pilgrim is. But in case you live under a rock (or in Scarborough or something), here’s a quick rundown. Scott Pilgrim is the twenty-three-year-old star of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s digest-sized comics, released between 2004 and 2010. He’s plucky, likable, and clumsy around girls. His band plays at Lee’s Palace and he digs into plates of nachos at Sneaky Dee’s. And, scheduled to star in Edgar Wright’s film adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (in theatres August 13), he is on his way to becoming the most famous fictional Torontonian since Al Waxman’s King of Kensington.
If you’re even a casual reader of
Pilgrimist Torontoist, then you probably know we make a point to stay on top of all things Pilgrim, from an early half-peek at the film’s crew shooting on Queen West last summer, to a breakdown of the theatrical trailer, to news that a Brampton comic shop is trying to lure in hometown hero and Pilgrim star Michael Cera for a celebration in his honour. Well a bunch of Scotty P. (as we call him, ‘cos we’re totally best friends with him) news has come down the pike lately, and we know all about it.
First off, as we previously reported, Ubisoft has developed a video game based on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. A trailer recently hit the interweb, and if you’re the kind of geek that the whole Pilgrim franchise nods to, it’ll probably give you chills. Rendered in classic 16-bit style, Ubisoft’s game is a throwback to old-school 2D beat-’em-ups like Double Dragon, Streets of Rage, and that awesome X-Men arcade game that used to be a standby in any bowling alley across Southern Ontario.
The game allows as many as four players to scroll through a handful of Toronto backdrops, unleashing chain combos on enemies across the checkered floors of Lee’s Palace, the roofs of TTC streetcars, and any number of the city’s distinctive back alleys. Both the gameplay and style suit those of O’Malley’s comics, and all-in-all the game looks like a hoot for anyone eager for some classic arcade brawler action. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is available for download on the Playstation Network as of August 10 and via Xbox Live Arcade at a date still TBA.
To hold you over until then, there are always the comics themselves. The sixth and final entry in the series, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, hits shelves July 20. But at midnight on July 19, The Beguiling on Markham Street will host a late-night launch party, featuring guest-of-honour (and former Beguiling employee) Bryan Lee O’Malley himself. The folks at The Beguiling are trying to remain pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing, but last year they had a blowout like this for Marvel Comics’ 70th Anniversary, and they gave away free apple juice and fruit pies at that one. Will Scott win the heart of pixie dream girl Ramona Flowers? Will he be able to defeat Gideon, the last of her evil exes? Will The Beguiling serve punch and pie? You’ll have to turn up to find out!
Image of these adorable Scott Pilgrim plush dolls courtesy Mezco Toyz.
Further stoking the fires of Pilgrim fever, The Beguiling will also be getting in a whole mess of Pilgrim-related goodies. There’s about a half-dozen Scott Pilgrim T-shirt and hoodie designs coming in, including one that plays off the famous (well, at least to Pilgrim’s target demographic) cover of Sonic Youth’s Goo album. But best of all, Mezco Toyz has designed cuddly little Scott Pilgrim plush dolls. By proxy, this is likely the closest we’ll ever get to an actual Michael Cera teddy bear, so make sure to catch ‘em all.
Oh, and also, one more thing. On Monday, Pitchfork reported that the soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is set to drop August 10, courtesy of ABKCO records. As speculated, the soundtrack will feature music from Beck, performing as Scott’s fictional band SEX BOB-OMB, and local boys ‘n’ gals Broken Social Scene, playing the fictional Pilgrim Universe megastars Crash and the Boys. Tracks by the Rolling Stones, T. Rex, Frank Black, and Metric are rounded out by ’90s Halifax rockers Plumtree, whose song “Scott Pilgrim” gave O’Malley the name for his hero.
Anyways, we think that’s it for now. But we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as Scott Pilgrim’s smiling kisser starts popping up on skateboard decks, potato chip bags, toothbrushes, non-narcotic cough syrup, and home pregnancy tests.