Or at least that’s what it seems like, with its latest blitz of marketing.
The publisher of Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe has released its schedule from now till New York Comic Con, and it looks massive. So what’s going on with Oni?
Perhaps we should start with the event that the publisher seems to be circling around: February 4th, also known as the release date for Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe Vol. 5. For those not in the know, here’s the solicit for the new book:
SCOTT PILGRIM VOLUME 5: SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE UNIVERSE
by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim is at the top of his game: he just turned 24, he moved in with the girl of his dreams, and he defeated at least half of The League of Ramona’s Evil Exes. But life at the top is treacherous and if things can’t possibly get any better for Scott, it means they can only get infinitely worse! Scott’s band is in total turmoil, his own exes have all boarded the train to crazy town, and Ramona’s evil exes have started appearing in pairs! And what’s up with Ramona, anyway? She’s been acting kinda weird ever since she and Scott moved in together. It’s the second-to-last volume of the Scott Pilgrim series and it looks like Scott’s precious little life has come back around to bite him in the butt!
On Tuesday, February 3rd, Pilgrim writer Bryan Lee O’Malley will be hitting the People’s Improv Theatre in NYC from 8-10pm to join the Comic Book Club! He will be discussing the release of Pilgrim Vol. 5 and, knowing the classy boys of the Comic Book Club, any number of hilariously weird sexual neuroses. (I kid because I love.)
Following that, he’ll be travelling to Jim Hanley’s Universe off 34th Street to promote the book at its Midnight Release Party. The next day, meanwhile, at 7pm, O’Malley will hit Brooklyn’s Rocketship Comics for an additional signing.
Apparently, the first printing has a foil cover, and if you hit any of the New York events, you can get a limited edition Obi wrap as well as a “I Scott NY” t-shirt. (They don’t know what that statement means, either.)
But wait! What about the Comic Con itself? Well, the Oni people have given us a schedule for that, as well. Here’s the skinny for the publisher’s panels:
Saturday, 11:00-12:00 in room 1A21: How Not to Break into Comics
There have been countless articles and panels on how to break into comics, but very few on how not to. Come join Randal C. Jarrell (Managing Editor at Oni Press) and other industry insiders as they discuss the common and often hilarious mistakes people make when trying to break into the industry.
Sunday, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM in Kids Zone 3: Pillaging History For Story Ideas
Pirates, ninjas, gunslingers, and knights – history is packed with events, characters, and settings that you can use to make your own original stories! All you need is to know whereto look. Chris Schweizer (The Crogan Adventures) will help you will help you learn how to take real history and use it to make the types of stories that you want to tell.
Sunday, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM in room 1A14: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Panel!
Bryan Lee O’Malley (winner of the Doug Wright, Joe Shuster, and Harvey Awards) sits down with NYCC to discuss his ground-breaking, slice-of-life series Scott Pilgrim. From its genesis to the NYCC release of volume five, O’Malley speaks frankly about where Scott Pilgrim came from and where the series is going from here. With moderation by Douglas Wolk and a fan Q&A to close the discussion, this is a must see event of NYCC 2009!
In addition, at Oni’s booth, the following creators will be in attendance for signing: Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), J. Torres (Love as a Foreign Language, Scandalous), Eric Kim (Love as a Foreign Language), John Layman (Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen), Matt Loux (Salt Water Taffy, Sidescrollers), Philip Gelatt (Labor Days), Rick Lacy (Labor Days), Ray Fawkes (The Apocalipstix), Cameron Stewart (The Apocalipstix), Rick Spears (Black Metal), Ross Campbell (Wet Moon), TJ Kirsch (Uncle Slam Fights Back), Vasilis Lolos (The Last Call), Chris Schweizer (The Crogan Adventures), Cullen Bunn (The Damned), Ryan Kelly (Local), and Greg Rucka (Queen & Country, Whiteout).
Finally — what better way to end a post than with Scott Pilgrim Cubees? If you like ‘em, check out Oni Press or Cubeecraft.