In a recent interview with Random House of Canada, the somewhat reclusive creator of Scott Pilgrim talks about the decision to revisit and color the series. Along the way he drops some tasty tidbits about his next project, Seconds.
I came up with the general idea for Seconds right after completing the first volume of Scott Pilgrim. 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.
When asked about the tone of the book, Pilgrim kind of hedges his bets.
People always ask whether the new book will be more like Lost at Sea orPilgrim. Is this what they mean? Seconds is grounded in the reality of this restaurant environment, and I did do plenty of research, so there’s that. It takes place in a town that is like a kinder, gentler fairy tale version of reality. Then it takes off into a story that is very strange, very mental. So it’s a little of both, I guess.
The protagonist, Katie, is a loveable spaz, and she’s in practically every panel; her personality drives the story in a way that’s basically identical to my other work. They’re all very subjective worlds. But this is a new subject, so it’s got its own feeling.
The other interesting piece of information in the article is that the book, which comes out in 2013, will not be released by Oni. This will be the first book by O’Malley which is not published by the Portland comic company.