Scooted over to Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles last night for their Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour midnight release party — one of many such events toasting the sixth and final volume of Oni Press’s popular series and inspiration for the Edgar Wright-directed, Michael Cera-starred film coming out next month that you’re probably well aware of.
Look who else was there!
There were a few other cosplayers besides this rather well put together Scott and Ramona, including another Ramona a few spots ahead in line. (Can you spot her? Hint: she’s wielding a giant hammer.)
The line looked a little daunting, but moved quickly, I got there around 12:20 and I got in and got out at around a half hour. It was also the ideal Comic-Con warm-up — waiting in line with a bunch of other comic geeks, many in costume, and some loudly making obscure, nerdy jokes. All it needed was a few hundred thousand or so more people crammed into the space. Ah, mere hours away!
Plus, the TastyMeat! Truck was there to offer rather strong smelling edible morsels.
Both the outside and inside of the store were suitably decked-out, ready to rock ultimate.
Made it inside!
Musically comedic/comically musical act Rhune Kincaid played a few tunes about bad dates and iPhones (and the intersection of the two).
The store ordered a lot, like, a lot, of copies of the book. They were all over the place in displays as well as behind the counter. When I got up to the register, I asked how many, but they were only able to tell me “a lot.” Even though the release event attracted a lot of folks, it was clear they had plenty on hand. Also at the register, I tried to think of another funny thing to buy or ask for along with Vol. 6 — like say, a Wolverine window cling — but thought better of it.
Obviously awesome to see this many people excited about the release of a comic — and even though Scott Pilgrim has come to an end, here’s hoping plenty of more books merit midnight releases in the future. For more on Scott, check out our Best Shots Extra review. (It’s not overly spoiler-heavy, but you really should read the book first.)