Thursday, October 27, 2011

Scott Pilgrim Read-a-Likes

Still on a rush from the Technicolor, Nintendo-loving sensation that is Scott Pilgrim? First, if you’ve only seen the movie: do yourself a favor and read the graphic novel series. While the movie was lots of fun, there’s always brilliant tidbits in the books that didn’t make it onscreen. There are 6 titles in all; just search for “Scott Pilgrim,” under the Series heading in vision.gnb.ca  and you’ll see them all listed!

If you have read the series and are craving some fun & hilarious graphic novels, here are a few suggestions:

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Sidescrollers by Doug Sherwood- Brian, Brad and Matt are good guys with no direction and zero motivation. They play video games, eat junk food and kick around town without a care in the world. But their serene laziness disappears when Matt's crush, Amber, announces her intention to accompany Matt's nemesis, Richard the jock, to the big rock show. Determined to steer her away from the jerk, the boys must overcome an irate football team, a vengeful troop of Girl Scouts and a seriously evil cat, in a giant rock 'n' roll videogame adventure! 

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The Return of King Doug by Greg Erb- Twenty-five years ago the Kingdom of Valdonia was under siege by an army of darkness. The magical forces of good only had one hope: a chosen one destined to lead them to victory. Douglas Peterson was that hero. Only he wasn't. He was an 8-year-old boy from Earth scared out of his mind! The frightened boy turned tail and skedaddled, hoping to never see his childhood wonderland again. Now as an adult, Doug is about to learn that his adventure in Valdonia was only beginning and that there are some things you can never run away from.

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Penny Arcade series by Jerry Holkins- Penny Arcade is the book form of an immensely popular Web comic, revolving around gaming, science fiction and computer humor. The two protagonists, Tycho and Gabe, obsess over video games, new technology and the minutiae of their lives and fantasies.

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I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly- As stated by the author: It's a story about a girl who’s a bit of an outsider – she's funny, but totally in our geekland: she's obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons, she doesn't have a lot of friends, she’s a bit of a social misfit. She's taken her fantasy life a little far, and really only talks about giants to people. This weird little fantasy life that she's going has started seeping into her real life, and as we see things from her point of view, we see that she sees pixies and she sees signs in the clouds and other things that might be telling her that bad things might be coming. 
Also, check out this fun Scott Pilgrim wiki: http://scottpilgrim.wikia.com/wiki/Scott_Pilgrim_Wiki

Catherine

3 comments:

  1. I love Scott Pilgrim! I would definitely recommend checking out another graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley "Lost At Sea". It's about a girl on a road trip trying to find her soul that she's convince has been stolen by a cat.

    Oh and O'Malley is pretty amusing on Twitter too. Follow him @radiomaru

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  2. I would also like to add Level Up to that list!

    http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/06/level-up-graphic-novel-excerpt

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  3. Thanks for the suggestions! Both of those titles are available through our library system :)

    I loved American Born Chinese; can't wait to read Level Up!

    Catherine

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