Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, upon which the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is based, will publish his next graphic novel at Random House’s Villard imprint.
O’Malley’s next book will be called Seconds and will be published by Villard Books in 2013. The book will be edited by Ryan Doherty. The deal was negotiated by O’Malley’s agent Judy Hansen of Hansen Literary Agency.
While the announcement of a new title coming from O’Malley will be met by excitement in the graphic novel and comics community, the cartoonist has declined to provide any more information than title and publisher for the forthcoming graphic novel. First published by independent comics house Oni Press in 2004, Scott Pilgrim is a six volume graphic novel series that has sold more than a million copies across the series. The book started out as a quirky indie release with an almost cult following. But thanks to ever-growing critical acclaim, the book’s popularity and sales grew steadily until the final volume was released with a 100,000 copy first printing. All six volumes have spent time on the New York Times Bestsller list and the series has been translated into more than 13 languages.
In 2010 Universal released the film, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the hipster couple at the center of the book and film’s story. While the film was enthusiastically supported by critics (81% approval on Rotten Tomatoes) the film's grosses were less than expected. A DVD and Blu-Ray have been released for the film and a videogame based on the movie was also released.