Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley with Jason Fischer, drawing assistant ; Dustin Harbin, lettering ; Nathan Fairbairn, color.
Available in Print.
Write down your mistake, eat a mushroom, go to sleep, wake up anew with your mistake erased. If it only it were that easy. First, the mushrooms are special. Second, the mistake must have taken place on the premises (in this case, the Seconds restaurant).
Katie is a talented young chef trying to open a second restaurant while not quite able to step aside at the first one – in other words, the staff thinks she’s bossy and wishes she would go away. The construction on her new restaurant is not going smoothly, causing her much stress. In the middle of this, she starts seeing a strange girl sitting on her dresser in the room where she lives above the Seconds restaurant.
In the dresser, she finds a mushroom and the instructions to erase mistakes. An accident in the kitchen that burns one of the servers causes Katie to follow the instructions for a ‘revision’. A run-in with her ex-boyfriend prompts her to do it again. The mysterious girl on the dresser warns her that she is only entitled to use the power once, but life is full of mistakes so if you have a chance to correct them…
Needless to say, things get out of hand for Katie. What life does she really want for herself? Does she want her ex-boyfriend back? Does she want to renovate the old building for her new restaurant or should she have chosen the other one at better location?
The author/artist (who also gave us the Scott Pilgrim series) has created vibrant graphics to tell this intriguing story. The manga inspired characters inhabit wonderfully detailed panels that only add to the enjoyment of this story.
~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.
Alright nerds, as if we haven’t gushed enough praise on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s truly original series of books, our patience is finally rewarded with the upcoming release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (link to the movie’s website) coming out on August 13!
I, for one, am incredibly excited to see what exactly masterful film director Edgar Wright (check him out on the Internet Movie Database) has decided to present to the thousands of rabid Scott Pilgrim fans all over the world. The high-spirited trailer alone proves that Wright plans to stay as loyal to O’Malley’s vision as the limits of film will allow.
In the meantime, however, spend your days catching up on Scott, Ramona, Kim, Stephen, Knives, Young Neil and the rest as you dive head-first back into the six volume set in anticipation of what is surely to be a great time at the movies!
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life By Bryan Lee O’Malley
TEEN 741.5 OMA
Also, be sure to check out Edgar Wright’s collection of cool stuff!
Shaun of the Dead
Spaced: The Complete Series
DVD 791.4572 SPA
The new teaser poster for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World has just been released!
Don’t know about the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels? What are you waiting for?! Check out volume 1, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley (TEEN 741.5 OMA v.1):
Scott Pilgrim’s life is fantastic. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, between jobs, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s awesome until a seriously mind-blowing delivery girl named Ramona Flowers enters his life.
Excited about the movie but can’t wait until August 13th? Check out the official site here.
Want to read more about Scott? Check out:
Scott Pilgrim vs The World (TEEN 741.5 OMA v.2)
Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness (TEEN 741.5 OMA v.3)
Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (TEEN 741.5 OMA v.4)
Scott Pilgrim vs the Universe (TEEN 741.5 OMA v.5)
This is book one in the chronicles of young slacker Scott Pilgrim as he navigates his way through the perils and pitfalls of life when you’re 23 years old. Unsure, ambivalent and in a band, Scott seems to coast by on his awkward charm. That is, however, until he meets the beautiful and mysterious Ramona Flowers. Now, Scott must deal with the uncertainty of a peculiar new relationship as well as defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends who come seeking revenge. With the recent release of book five, the Scott Pilgrim collection is quickly becoming the coolest, weirdest, and funniest series around. Soon to become a major motion picture, be the first on your block to say you discovered Scott Pilgrim!