Bryan Lee O’ Malley: Seconds

August 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of the six-volume Scott Pilgrim series. If you haven’t read it, well, it’s a pretty amazing manga-like graphic novel about the titular hero who must defeat Ramona Flowers legion (OK, not exactly an entire legion) of evil Exes in order to date her. Oh, and it’s set in Toronto

But that ended in 2010, the same year that a really enjoyable film version was released. Sooo….what do you do next?

The answer is Seconds. It’s the story of Katie, the chef at a successful  restaurant, but who dreams of owning her own restaurant. In the course of the beautifully drawn and wonderfully funny story, Katie comes across several spirits, magic mushrooms (no, no…), time travel and learns to deal with her own success and failure. It’s a great story.

A couple of a nights ago, the Beguiling sponsored a book launch with O’Malley at the Bloor Cinema. There was a reading, an on-stage discussion and a Q and A session, followed by a signing. (Yeah, yeah, got my book signed). I always like those kind of creator centred events because the discussion tends to be quite free-ranging and you pick up little bits of trivia along the way (O’Malley got the idea for Seconds after the publication of the first Scott Pilgrim book while he was working at College street restaurant Kalendar (No, Seconds is not based on it)

Go read now.








  1. Morgan said,

    Just read on son’s recommendation. wonderful.

    • fischerzed said,

      Seconds is quite different, but very enjoyable.

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