Some things about it are so good it hurts. Particularly, the way he takes videogame concepts and logic and uses them to enhance the emotional truth of the dating experience is incredible. The main idea behind the series is that Scott Pilgrim must defeat the seven evil ex-boyfriends of the girl he likes. When he defeats them coins appear, or other prizes. It’s great to see what are basically emotional conflicts depicted as action-packed fight scenes. The emotional manifested as something physical is something manga does very well (and very often) and it’s one of things I’ve tried to internalize in my own work.
The MODESTY BLAISE comic strip, written and created by Peter O’Donnell and lavishly illustrated by Jim Holdaway, debuted in the pages of Britain’s The Evening Standard on May 13th, 1963 and introduced readers to the globe-hopping exploits of the stunning Modesty Blaise and her ultra-badass of a right hand man Willie Garvin, a pair of retired criminals with hearts of gold who once ran a crime syndicate called the Network. Having accrued considerable fortunes and desiring lives that didn’t entail potentially getting their asses shot off on a daily basis, the two take up well-heeled lives of leisure, but it seems that no matter where they go the fates conspire to involve them in all manner of hard-hitting adventure and intrigue. Keen-minded highly trained strategists, fiercely loyal friends to those in need, and just plain downright deadly, Modesty and Willie are a match for anyone misguided enough to rouse their ire.
All of those shows draw a different crowd. The Hobby-Star show is just a big experiment in charging fans for exposure to their favorite “personalities”. I’m not into “hero-worship”, but for those that are, this show offers an opportunity to learn why such behaviour is degrading to all involved. The Paradise shows have a much friendlier feel, but lacks adequate promotion. I can’t help thinking that if someone could harness the mercenary energy of a Hobby-Star show and temper it with a genuine love of the people and products in our industry, as per a Paradise show, we’d have a real winner in Toronto.