Scott Pilgrim, a brilliant indie-rock cartoon.

Scott Pilgrim, a brilliant indie-rock cartoon.

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Oct. 10 2006 12:55 PM

Scott Pilgrim's Progress

A brilliant indie-rock cartoon.

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Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley is beloved by comics aficionados: The first two volumes of his indie-rock romantic comedy Scott Pilgrim generated plenty of insider love —and a movie deal with comics geek Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead). But the books only managed the dinky sales typical of small-press graphic novels. When Volume 3, Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness, arrived this summer, though, it received glowing attention from big-time outlets like Entertainment Weekly and the Washington Post. According to O'Malley, his publisher, Oni Press, printed 10 times as many copies as it had of the first volume.

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Dan Kois is Slate’s culture editor, co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

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