go seconds go seconds pic.twitter.com/dOQju928Xf
— Bryan Lee O'Malley (@radiomaru) December 8, 2013
When I'm done lettering Seconds I'll probably not take any more lettering jobs because none will be as good as Seconds
— Dustin Harbin (@dustinharbin) December 9, 2013
— Nathan Fairbairn (@nathanfairbairn) December 6, 2013
Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel SECONDS was delayed when the Scott Pilgrim creator injured his arm, but now he and the rest of the production team have been racing to finish it, if their Twitter feeds are any indication. And while they are biased, of course, reading letterer Dustin Harbin’s tweets, you have to be a little curious. (The rest of the team includes art assistant Jason Fischer and colorist Nathan Fairbairn.)
O’Malley has been pretty tight-lippied about the story, but it’s set in a restaurant.
I worked in a restaurant in Toronto for a little while to pay the bills while writing the second volume and planning the rest of the series, and I had a few ideas for this other story, a story about a restaurant. So, Seconds is about a restaurant, and the restaurant is called Seconds, and 90 percent of the story takes place within it. Beyond that it’s really hard for me to explain and I’m going to have to work on that so I can talk about it properly when it comes out. But it’s funny and weird and kind of big and crazy despite the mundane setting.
SECONDS is slated for release on July 1st by Random House. Until then just make do by dressing up as Ramona Flowers and following along on O’Malley’s tumblr.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.