If you've ever missed an opportunity to get the autograph of noted comics writer/artist Bryan Lee O'Malley, you'll get another chance when he visits Strange Adventures in Halifax on August 2 as part of the tour for Seconds, his new book about restaurant meals, house spirits and magical, mushroom-induced do-overs.
Similar to the good fortune that befalls Seconds' protagonist Katie throughout her story, there's a catch: a ticket to the event is attainable only by purchasing a copy of the book from Strange Adventures.
Two days prior to the signing, Strange Adventures and Cineplex Park Lane will be holding a screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, director Edgar Wright's 2010 adaptation of O'Malley's immensely popular seven-volume Scott Pilgrim series. "It seemed like a group rewatching of the movie would get people in the right mood for the book," says Strange Adventures' owner Calum Johnston.
Screening attendees will be able to partake in a costume contest that could net them a replica of the "subspace suitcase" carried by Scott's love interest Ramona in both the comic and the movie.
Seconds is O'Malley's third graphic novel, after Scott Pilgrim and the self-discovery road-trip saga Lost at Sea. The story revolves around Katie, a flame-haired chef and budding restauranteur who tries desperately to right the wrongs in her life while struggling with romantic failures, invisible houseguests and her own mixed feelings about getting older. Like Scott Pilgrim, it's drawn in a cartoonish, manga-y way and written with a blend of comedy and pathos.
It'll be a bit of a homecoming, as well: the character Scott Pilgrim was named after a song by Halifax band Plumtree, and O'Malley wrote a substantial portion of the series while living in the city in the mid-to-late aughts. This isn't the first time O'Malley has autographed his books in Johnston's store either. "He did a few signings with us," Johnston says. "He even put a former staffer, Mike Drake, in one of the party scenes in Scott Pilgrim."
Bryan Lee O’Malley Seconds signing
Saturday, August 2 at 5-7:30pm
Strange Adventures, 5110 Prince Street