THE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT VOLUME 5
I alluded to this the other day. There was an early draft of volume 5, Scott Pilgrim Vs The Universe, that was very different. It had the same basic structure but it revolved around the fictional “Toronto International Battle of the Bands” — which, obviously, ended up being used as part of the structure for the movie.
Which means, yes, I made up the battle of the bands stuff, I just didn’t use it in the book in the end. There was a two-stage setup — amp vs amp and all that. It would have been really really really hard to draw all this stuff.
Skimming over the old script now, it just tonally didn’t feel right, and I think that’s because at this point (late 2007 through mid 2008) I was spending a lot of time working with Edgar Wright and Michael Bacall on the movie, looking at casting tapes, etc. My original ‘voice’ for Scott & friends kind of got submerged for a minute and it took me several drafts to find it again.
So anyway, the plot of it was that Sex Bob-omb got signed up for the battle of the bands without their knowledge, and it was an obvious trap set by the Katayanagi Twins. The twins are musicians in this version, and also they wear Super Sentai-style masks when they perform, like Daft Punk or something. Sex Bob-omb goes in to the tournament completely unprepared, and they’re terrible, but they keep winning every round anyway (because it’s all a sham). All the other bands in Toronto start hating them.
The rest of the story was pretty much the same — the book was always about the band kinda falling apart and about Scott and Ramona kinda falling apart. It was just a lot bigger and sillier. There was a LOT going on and it would have been really hard to draw and I felt the need to simplify, so it turned into what you all know as volume 5.
Anyway, here are some unused excerpts I thought were amusing!
“I didn’t grow up reading comic books. I didn’t have too much interest in them. It’s been kinda coincidental that I’ve made so many comic book films.” -Chris Evans
#ALTRAMONACONTEST GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!
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This entry is so cool and funny and looks great. It stood out to me. I looked at all the entries again and again and kept coming back to this one. I just love it!
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This was one of my favorite of the alt-Ramonas so I’m very happy it won. Love her yellow fishnets and that perfect afro.
Occasionally i look at the Scott Pilgrim tv tropes page.
what bugs me is: When do the books ever say that Kim Pine is unattractive?
all you get is SHE thinks she’s less attractive than some of the other characters.
That just indicates that Kim is insecure and/or uncomfortable with her…
Q. How do you feel about the presence and portrayal of women in comics? As an aspiring comicist (Is that a word?) I cant help but notice how heavily slanted towards men the comic industry is when compared to films and literature, and its kinda bugging me. I liked how Scott Pilgrim and Lost at Sea had a lot for both genders to appreciate and relate to, so I figured you’d have something interesting to say on gender in comics.
A. gender in comics: Sucks. I don’t like to argue about it or point out what sucks about it, because it is self-evident to anyone with a brain, and a lot of people without brains will scream all day that everything is fine. What i’d like to do is try to make comics that are better about gender portrayal and change things in my own small way.