Top 5 Scott Pilgrim Comic Nods In ‘Scott Pilgrim VS The World’

9 Jun

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HONOURABLE MENTION – THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD NOW MAGAZINE COVER
This is one of my personal favourites. A copy of Now magazine that has The Clash At Demonhead on its cover is glimpsed during the film. The cover (top left corner in the picture above) is a posed copy of the back cover to book two, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. The only difference? Envy’s hair colour (red in the book, blonde in the film)!

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5) SANDRA, MONIQUE, HOLLY & LISA MILLER
When you’re adapting a book into a film, there will always be aspects of it missing because you simply can’t fit everything on the screen. The same goes for a book series, but director Edgar Wright still managed to keep a few minor characters in his film that otherwise would have probably been left on the cutting room floor. The most significant are Sandra and Monique (above), friends and housemates of Julie Powers who appear in the book most of the time at parties, gigs and, well, with Julie. Wright kept them in, including them in the party at the beginning of the film and kept their look very similar to their design in the book. Two other female characters that get the name drop treatment are Hollie and Lisa. In the film their names are thrown back in Scott’s face by Julie as girls he’s messed around with in the past. In the book, Hollie is Kim Pine’s co-worker and housemate and Lisa is an old school friend and band member of Scott’s and Kim’s who makes a significant appearance in the second half of the book series.

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4) SCOTT & ENVY’S PHOTOBOOTH PHOTOS
In book two, Scott receives a phone call from Envy, his ex-girlfriend who he hadn’t quite gotten over yet. Interspaced between panels showing them talking ‘now’ were photobooth photographs of them taken when they were a happy couple. These were recreated (above) and glimpsed in the film.

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3) LUCAS LEE FILM POSTERS
Ramona’s second evil-ex Lucas Lee is a pro-skateboarder turned actor, whose films Scott and his roommate Wallace rent from the video store so they can learn how Scott can defeat him. Wright made up some fake film posters and bus adverts for the film using some of the titles of Lee’s films that are mentioned in the book. Chris Evans was the perfect choice to play Lee and played him brilliantly, which makes part of me really want to see these films get made for real in some Scott Pilgrim universe spin-off.

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2) T-SHIRTS
There are a lot of cool t-shirts worn in the entire Scott Pilgrim book series, some of which were the real deal. Some of these came back for the film (the Smashing Pumpkins heart tee, the Plumtree one) and those that were designed by author O’Malley were re-created for the film. Seems like the fans like them so much that copies of lots of them are now available from various sites. If you’re after one, this website lists every t-shirt worn in the film…

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1) GIDEON THE CAT
Personally, the one thing missing from Scott Pilgrim Vs The World was Ramona’s cat Gideon. Yes, it’s just a cat, but it’s Ramona’s cat and at one point in the book series his existence provides Scott with the closet tangible thing he has to her. But he does make an appearance! In one of the books, Scott wears a t-shirt with the above picture on it, which makes its way onto a mug that Michael Cera drinks out of at the start of the feature.

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