Bryan Lee O'Malley

Bryan Lee O'Malley (born February 21, 1979)[1] is a Canadian cartoonist, best known for the Scott Pilgrim series. He is also a musician using the alias Kupek.

Bryan Lee O'Malley
Bryan Lee O'Malley by Gage Skidmore
O'Malley in 2010
BornFebruary 21, 1979 (age 40)
London, Ontario, Canada[1]
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
Notable works
Scott Pilgrim, Seconds, Lost At Sea
AwardsEisner Award
Doug Wright Award
Joe Shuster Award


Fez (video game) cover art
O'Malley designed the cover art for 2012 video game Fez

Bryan Lee O'Malley attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in London, Ontario, Canada.[2] He went on to start in Film Studies at the University of Western Ontario, but dropped out before completing.[1]

Prior to having his own material published, O'Malley illustrated the Oni Press miniseries Hopeless Savages: Ground Zero, written by Jen Van Meter. He also lettered many Oni comics, including the majority of Chynna Clugston's output between 2002 and 2005.

His first original graphic novel was Lost at Sea (2003). On July 20, 2010, he released the sixth and final volume for the Scott Pilgrim series (2004–2010). All have been published by Oni Press. In July 2014, his graphic novel Seconds was released by Ballantine Books.

O'Malley created the cover art work for the 2012 video game Fez.

The film adaptation of his Scott Pilgrim series, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, directed and co-written by Edgar Wright, was released by Universal Pictures on August 13, 2010.[3]

He is also a songwriter and musician (as Kupek) and formerly in several short-lived Toronto bands such as Imperial Otter and Honey Dear.[4]

In mid 2016, O'Malley revealed the title of his next major graphic novel Worst World, which currently has no release date. He is also the co-creator of the ongoing comic book Snotgirl with Leslie Hung. He is officially billed as its writer.

Personal life

O'Malley is half Korean and half French-Canadian.[5][6][7] In 2004, O'Malley married fellow cartoonist Hope Larson. They lived together in Toronto in 2004, Halifax in 2005, North Carolina from 2008 to 2010, and Los Angeles.[8] They divorced in 2014.[9]



Graphic novels

  • Lost at Sea (2003, ISBN 1-929998-71-6)
  • Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (2004, ISBN 1-932664-08-4)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2005, ISBN 1-932664-12-2)
  • Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness (2006, ISBN 1-932664-22-X)
  • Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (2007, ISBN 9781932664492)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe (2009, ISBN 1-934964-10-7)
  • Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (2010, ISBN 978-1-934964-38-5)
  • Seconds (2014, ISBN 978-0-345529-37-4)[31]
  • Worst World (TBA)[32]

Comic books

Short stories

  • "Lost At Sea", a two-page full-color comic in the Oni Press Color Special 2002
  • "Monica Beetle" in Project: Superior (ISBN 0-9721794-8-8)
  • "Smiling Is Something Other People Do", in The SPX 2003 Anthology (ISBN 0-9721794-3-7)


Credited as Kupek

  • This is Intolerable (2002)
  • Nameless, Faceless Compilation (2004)
  • Awkward Songz (2005 (split album w/ Faux Photos))
  • Before the Beginning and After the End (2006)
  • B is for Bupek: Miscellany by Kupek (2007)
  • Tries Again (2008)
  • Good Time Singles Club (2009)


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  2. ^ james-reaney. "Hail to STA grad: Scott Pilgrim's Bryan Lee O'Malley". Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  3. ^ Franich, Darren (2010-07-02). "Entertainment Weekly article about the film's release". Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  4. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (2010-08-12). "Interview With Scott Pilgrim Creator Bryan Lee O'Malley!". Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  5. ^ McAlpin, Gordon (May 24, 2006). "An Interview with Bryan Lee O'Malley". Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Why 'Scott Pilgrim' Creator Bryan Lee O'Malley's Future Protagonists Will Be Mixed Race". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  7. ^ "RADIOMARU.COM". RADIOMARU.COM. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  8. ^ "The Comics Reporter". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  9. ^ Lee, Adrian (July 18, 2014). "Scott Pilgrim grows up". Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  10. ^ 2005 Doug Wright Awards Nominees Archived July 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "2005 Harvey Award Nominees". Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  12. ^ The Eagle Awards - Results
  13. ^ "2005 Joe Shuster Award Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  14. ^ "2006 Eisner Award Nominees". Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  15. ^ "2006 Joe Shuster Award Winners". 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  16. ^ 2006 Doug Wright Awards Nominees Archived July 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ a b "2007 Harvey Award Nominees". Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  18. ^ "2007 Joe Shuster Award Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  19. ^ "NCS News". 29 June 2008. Archived from the original on 29 June 2008. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Past Winners - Doug Wright Awards". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  21. ^ a b "2008 Harvey Award Nominees". Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  22. ^ "2008 Joe Shuster Award Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  23. ^ "2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners". Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  24. ^ Archived 2010-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "2010 Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  26. ^ a b "2011 Harvey Award Nominees". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  27. ^ "2011 Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  28. ^ Heater, Brian (26 September 2015). "The 2015 Harvey Award Winners". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  29. ^ "DC, Marvel & Fantagraphics Top 2014 Eisner Award Nominations". 22 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  30. ^ "2015 Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  31. ^ "Here's your sneak peek at the Scott Pilgrim creator's new comic". Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  32. ^ "'Scott Pilgrim' creator Bryan Lee O'Malley announces his next graphic novel, 'Worst World'". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  33. ^ Vidani, Peter. "Chip Zdarsky". Chip Zdarsky. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  34. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-06-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  35. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Lee O'Malley's Cover To Sacrifice #5 - Bleeding Cool News And Rumors". 4 February 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  36. ^ "RADIOMARU.COM". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  37. ^ "Oni Press • We're excited to finally reveal the Issue #1..." Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  38. ^ "BOOM! Studios debuts exclusive variant cover for new Valentine's Day comic". Retrieved 17 April 2018.

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Lewis' work is notable for its combination of global youth culture influences, including martial arts, video games, American comic books and cartoons, Japanese anime and manga, graffiti, hip-hop, and indie rock. His work has been compared to that of Bryan Lee O'Malley, and the two artists are friends. Lewis' art tends to be stylized and make use of sound effects. So far he has worked almost exclusively in the action genre. Lewis cites Paul Pope and Masashi Kishimoto (creator of Naruto) as his primary comics influences.

Dave Lapp

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Doug Wright Award

The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning (established in December 2004) are literary awards handed out annually during the Toronto Comic Arts Festival to Canadian cartoonists honouring excellence in comics (including webcomics) and graphic novels published in English (including translated works). The awards are named in honour of Canadian cartoonist Doug Wright. Winners are selected by a jury of Canadians who have made significant contributions to national culture, based on shortlisted selections provided by a nominating committee of five experts in the comics field. The Wrights are handed out in three categories, "Best Book", "The Spotlight Award" (affectionately known as "The Nipper"), and, since 2008, the "Pigskin Peters Award" for non-narrative or experimental works. In addition to the awards, the organizers annually induct a cartoonist into the Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonist Hall Fame.

The Wright Awards are modeled after traditional book prizes, with the intention of drawing attention to the comics medium from a broad range of demographics inside and outside of its traditional fanbase. The Wrights have garnered acclaim as well as earning the support of a diverse range of participating artists and jurors including Scott Thompson, Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, Jerry Ciccoritti, Bob Rae, Andrew Coyne, Sara Quin, Greg Morrison, Chester Brown, Lorenz Peter, and Nora Young.

Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga

Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga (サルでも描けるまんが教室, Saru demo egakeru manga kyōshitsu) is a parody instructional book by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma.

Hopeless Savages

Hopeless Savages is a comic book series created and written by Jen Van Meter, and published by Oni Press. Thus far there have been three 4-issue miniseries (also released as trade paperbacks), a one-shot, and an original graphic novel, all written by van Meter but each illustrated by a different set of artists, including Christine Norrie, Chynna Clugston, Andi Watson, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Vera Brosgol, and Meredith McClaren.

The story follows the members of the Hopeless-Savage family. Parents Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage are old-school punks who were part of the 70's punk scene. They married and moved to the suburbs to raise their children. The three oldest, Rat Bastard, Arsenal Fierce, and Twitch Strummer, are grown and have moved out of the house; youngest daughter Skank Zero is in high school as the series begins.

The thread running throughout the stories is a family which superficially doesn't fit the "norm" but which can still stand together and function better than most "normal" families.

List of Korean Canadians

This is a list of notable Korean Canadians, including both Canadian citizens and residents.

List of Scott Pilgrim characters

This article is a list of fictional characters in the comic book series Scott Pilgrim and the film adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

For the film versions of the characters, O'Malley sent crib sheets that explained backstory, character motivations, and events in the book to Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright. Bacall then created a list of "ten secret things" for each character, according to O'Malley, for fun, and many of the entries were jokes: O'Malley said that the "ten secret things" documents were not intended to be taken seriously as character background.O'Malley created a height chart for the characters, printed in Volume 1, but said "it’s not really canon, and I never did one again, and the heights were always very inconsistent." With the exception of five of the characters, O'Malley said that the heights were "always kinda vague. I didn’t pay enough attention to it." O'Malley said that during the development of the book, "the hair colors in the book barely crossed my mind (I just used whatever color seemed nice at the time if I was coloring a cover or illustration). There were no “canon” hair colors in my mind."

Lost at Sea (comics)

Lost at Sea is a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of the Scott Pilgrim series. First published in 2003 by Oni Press, it tells the coming-of-age story of a shy 18-year-old girl named Raleigh, who believes her soul was stolen by a cat, and the road trip she takes across the United States with several kids from her school that she barely knows.

Michael Cho (illustrator)

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New Reliable Press

New Reliable Press was a Canadian comic book and graphic novel publishing company, owned and operated by Ed Brisson.

New Reliable Press is probably best known for publishing the anthology series You Ain't No Dancer, which has contained the work of well-known indie artists like Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carré, Nicholas Gurewitch, K. Thor Jensen, Jason Turner, Hope Larson, Mitch Clem, Liz Prince, Neil Babra, Jim Mahfood, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Dean Trippe, Kate Beaton, Lucy Knisley and Jen Wang.

New Reliable Press ceased operations as a comic publisher in 2010, changing focus to comic and publishing production for other organizations.

Oakridge Secondary School

Oakridge Secondary School is one of the government-operated high schools (as opposed to collegiate institutes) in the neighbourhood of Oakridge in London, Ontario, Canada. The school enrolls around 1000 students, and is located on Oxford Street in West London. The school's demonym is Oakridge Oaks and its colours are red, blue and gold.

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim is a Canadian series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The series is about Scott Pilgrim, a slacker and part-time musician who lives in Toronto, Ontario and plays bass guitar in a band. He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona Flowers, but must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her.

The series consists of six digest size black-and-white volumes, released between August 2004 and July 2010, by Portland-based independent comic book publisher Oni Press. It was later republished by Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins. Full-colour hardback volumes, coloured by Nathan Fairbairn, were released from August 2012 to April 2014.A film adaptation of the series titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World starring actor Michael Cera in the title role was released in August 2010. A video game adaptation developed by Ubisoft for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade was released the same month.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 action comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, a slacker musician who must battle the seven evil exes of his newest girlfriend Ramona.

A film adaptation of the comics was proposed following the release of the first volume. Wright became attached to the project, and filming began in March 2009 in Toronto. The film premiered after a panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 22, 2010, and received a wide release in North America on August 13, 2010.

Despite being a box office flop, grossing $47.7 million against its production budget of $85–90 million, the film received positive reviews from critics, who particularly noted the film's visual style and humour and later gain a cult following.

Seconds (comics)

Seconds is a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Published on July 15, 2014, by Ballantine Books, the novel tells the story of Katie Clay, head chef at a prospering restaurant named Seconds, who obtains the ability to fix her past mistakes by writing them down in a notebook, eating a mushroom, and falling asleep. Abusing the power to make her life perfect, Katie ends up creating more problems for herself.

Steve Manale

Steve Manale is a Canadian comic artist and illustrator. He is occasionally credited as Steven Charles Manale. He created the web comic Superslackers and contributed artwork to the comic book series Scott Pilgrim. He curated an exhibition in Toronto honoring professional basketball player Ron Artest.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a comic book festival held annually in Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 2003, TCAF is organized by the comic book store The Beguiling in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, which has hosted the festival since 2009.

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