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How to romance a Scott Pilgrim Fan
September 25, 2012 1:28 PM   Subscribe

A Scott Pilgrim themed trip to Toronto, followed by a surprise (single-link photo album).
posted by jb (27 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
That is awesome. For so many reasons.
posted by grubi at 1:31 PM on September 25, 2012


guy named Scott getting married pilgrim style
posted by Ad hominem at 1:41 PM on September 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


BUT IT WAS HORRIBLE WONDERFUL

FOR EVERYONE

AND THAT INCLUDES YOU
posted by The Whelk at 1:45 PM on September 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Apparently he can stand to see her that way.
posted by zamboni at 1:46 PM on September 25, 2012


Needs more Kim Pine
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:47 PM on September 25, 2012 [4 favorites]


d'awwwwwwww.
posted by Kpele at 1:48 PM on September 25, 2012


Also, fights with former boyfriends.

Otherwise very cute and inspired.
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:51 PM on September 25, 2012


ONE TWO THREE FOUR
posted by grubi at 1:53 PM on September 25, 2012


True fact: Sneaky Dee's used to be on Bloor, right across from Honest Ed's.

True fact: I was once thrown out of Sneaky Dee's.
posted by clvrmnky at 2:08 PM on September 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Awww. They're in Lesbians.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:13 PM on September 25, 2012 [5 favorites]


Also, fights with former boyfriends.

Or maybe former girlfriends. She is the one proposing.
posted by figurant at 2:30 PM on September 25, 2012


I was in Toronto for a few days, and the dim sum place I tried to go to was closed. I wandered for half an hour looking for brunch and eventually settled for some bleh diner.

Half an hour later, I lurched back outside, and right across the street was Sneaky Dee's, which apparently has brunch. Grar.
posted by gurple at 2:39 PM on September 25, 2012


Also, fights with former boyfriends.

Or maybe former girlfriends. She is the one proposing.


Clearly it should be six former girlfriends and one former boyfriend.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 2:49 PM on September 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


"Hey, coins! Cool."
posted by grubi at 2:55 PM on September 25, 2012


THE STUPID PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS TERRIBLE HOURS IT IS ALWAYS STRANDING PEOPLE OUTSIDE
this made me cry
posted by bicyclefish at 3:01 PM on September 25, 2012


This was very sweet. level up
posted by arcticseal at 5:39 PM on September 25, 2012


I wish I could take a Scott Pilgrimage, even just to stay at Casa Loma...
posted by vaghjar at 6:55 PM on September 25, 2012


huh, I'd never really been aware that it featured real places in Toronto. Also, I liked his ring!
posted by jacalata at 11:29 PM on September 25, 2012


Scott Pilgrim was notable not only for featuring real Toronto places, but for featuring real Toronto attitudes. It's like I knew all the characters in real life.
posted by sixohsix at 6:23 AM on September 26, 2012


This was originally posted to reddit. The poster said she tried to get his friends to come and be fake ex-boyfriends for him to fight, but it didn't work out.
posted by nooneyouknow at 7:24 AM on September 26, 2012


Scott Pilgrim was notable not only for featuring real Toronto places, but for featuring real Toronto attitudes. It's like I knew all the characters in real life.

I haven't read the comic, but my SO says that in the comic there is a minor character with my first name, who looks like I did c2000. I've never met the artist/author, to my knowledge, but I know people who know him and it's possible we met at some large event. So, I have to wonder...and I'd be flattered if the character were a nicer character.

But yeah, the character types and attitudes totally are true to a certain Toronto sub-culture c2000-2002. My SO loves the books partly because they're the closest thing that he's ever read to literature about a place and time we (or people we know) have lived.
posted by jb at 9:08 AM on September 26, 2012


jb, if you're talking about Julie Powers, O'Malley claims that she was based on someone he knew at the time, but the character's awful-bitch personality was entirely imagined. So I'm just going to assume that he might've just thought you had hair and glasses that would be fun to draw.
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:02 AM on September 26, 2012


I feel weird saying it online, but yeah, she does have hair and glasses like the ones I did at the time. BUT I don't think that I have ever met O'Malley -- he got to know some friends of mine after I moved out of Toronto for several years (and I only recently moved back). So I'm thinking maybe I just had common hair/glasses.
posted by jb at 10:06 AM on September 26, 2012


I'm sure, sure that the Julie Powers thing is just a coincidence. I just looked it up, and according to O'Malley's own website, Powers was originally drawn without glasses.

But it made reading the books a little eerie, especially as her personality (a prickly, poisonously sycophantic social butterfly) is pretty much the opposite of jb's. She really does look like a caricature of a young jb.

Caption: "Dreadnought, you were supposed to leave three hours ago!!"
posted by Dreadnought at 11:10 AM on September 26, 2012


I don't actually think any of the Torontonians I knew circa 2000-2002 were direct inspirations on the books, but there are specific people I know/knew in Toronto around that time who seemed to fit each character. As I turned the pages and new characters were introduced, I mentally connected them to these people. At some point I was like "hey, if this character is this person, and that one is that person, then logically the love interest must be this other person." Then Ramona Flowers showed up in the book, and I had to put it down for a while because she looked and acted exactly like who I expected her to be.

It's not just that Scott Pilgrim crystallizes a time and place, it's that it crystallizes such a specific time and a specific place that I thought very few people were ever a part of. Yet it has a universality of emotion. Maybe that's the trick to the recognition.

Incidentally, the movie, while not the greatest thing ever, manages to keep the Toronto vibe far better than would be expected.
posted by sixohsix at 12:35 PM on September 26, 2012


Those rings are incredible!
posted by Theta States at 8:34 AM on October 4, 2012


Oh hi sixohsix.
posted by 256 at 1:33 PM on October 9, 2012


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