I’m totally into comics and one of my absolute favourites is Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series. The premise of the books is the main character (Scott Pilgrim) falls in love with this cute American courier girl (Ramona Flowers) but before he can be with her, he has to defeat her seven evil exes.
In terms of style, the books manage to balance that emo hipster downtown thing with the totally crazy ridiculousness of like a superhero comic which makes for an enjoyable read. Plus, living in the city where the comics take place provides me and my friends with a bunch of laughs as we pick our favourite places out of the locations (Sneaky Dees! Dufferin Mall! The Reference Library!).
Anyway, one of my favourite characters in the series is a character called Lynette Guycott. Lynette is awesome because she plays drums in a rock band called The Clash At Demonhead and she has a bionic arm. Seriously, as an amputee*, this is totally cool to me and makes me want to dress up as her for Halloween.
(A picture of Lynette. Because my scanner is broken, I can’t scan it out of the book, but I thought this drawing by the lovely Steve Rolston would give you a good idea what she looks like.)
So because Boy is an artist and because he knows how much I love her, he made me a Lynette ornament for Christmas which totally made me squeal with delight when I opened it.
My lovely ornament!
If you’re into this kind of thing at all and if you haven’t tried them yet, there are four books in the series so far (with a fifth coming out February 19!) and a movie featuring Michael Cera (Arrested Development) and directed by Edgar Wright** (Shaun of the the Dead) is planned, so I highly recommend digging into them and seeing what you’re missing.
* I’m only missing part of a finger, but she is kind of my amputee role model. Well, her and Ash from the Evil Dead movies.
**On the extreme off-chance Edgar Wright comes across this post and is scouring Toronto for extras, please know that I would totally sit around for hours to be in this movie and that I would gladly be paid in nachos for my time.