It has reached the point where the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is itchingly close yet still forever way; the 25th can’t come soon enough. I’ve got seven activities for you to do to pass the time as appropriately as possible.
1. Read the Books
This is a pretty obvious step but a pretty important one. The books are great, reasonably priced and it’s always good to support an independent comic. And if you don’t live near a comic book shop then Amazon will be more than happy to deliver them to your door.
2. Watch the Video Blogs
During the filming of Scott Pilgrim 12 video blogs were released following production from initial training through to filming, and the down time too. Watch and try to glean some extra Pilgrim info.
3. Scour Edgar Wright’s Photo Blog
Last year writer/director Edgar Wright took a photo every day in a year which spanned pre-production and the editing process, giving many more tidbits than the official stills and videos have so far. Thanks to the wonder of Flickr you can get full on obsessive on a rainy afternoon.
4. Watch Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
The only way to prepare yourself for Wright’s signature frenetic editing and sudden whip-pans is to watch the only other films he’s made. As luck would have it the Ritzy in Brixton is showing both in a double bill this coming Sunday. Two films for just £10 and they promise some giveaways too! If Brixton isn’t an easy get on a Sunday afternoon then DVDs will suffice.
5. Try To Get into a Preview Screening
The best way to make the film come sooner is to not wait for the 25th. This thread is the best place to find a code but you’ll have to be quick, I have failed this far to get there quick enough to get myself a ticket. Boo!
6. Meet Bryan Lee O’Malley
Because without him there would be no books and nothing to adapt O’Malley is getting fully involved in the promotion activities. Sure Edgar Wright will be around sometime but we don’t have definite dates for him. To meet the original artist and writer you have three opportunities:
Monday August 16th, 5-7 pm, Nottingham, England: Signing at Page 45
Tuesday August 17th, 6 pm, London, England: Signing at the Forbidden Planet
Wednesday August 18th, 4:30-6:30 pm, London, England: Signing at GOSH
7. Take Your Sharpie to the Premiere
On the 18th August at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square Scott Pilgrim will be having it’s UK premiere complete with cast, Wright and O’Malley. It will probably be chaotic but if they put half the effort in that they did at SDCC it may be worth a look.