The comic book that gave us Scott Pilgrim.

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Aug. 11 2010 3:15 PM

Scott Pilgrim's Progress

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World started with a brilliant indie-rock comic book.

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This week, Michael Cera stars as the hapless Scott Pilgrim in a big-screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's original comic book series. In 2006, Dan Kois paid tribute to the indie comic with a slide show. The original article is reprinted below.

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 and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

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