AUTHOR BIO: Bryan Lee O’Malley (Part 2)

***This is part 1 of a bio that wrote about Bryan Lee O’Malley (who is one my favorite artist/author) for a YA literature course. I share this because despite his fame, there is not too much info about him out there.*** 

Part 2: O’Malley vs. the World O’Malley describes his very creative occupation in in three simple words: “makes shit up” (O’Malley’s Google+ page). His first published comic was Jen Van Meter’s Hopeless Savages: Ground Zero, which he only illustrated, but did not write. He is one of the four illustrators that have worked on the series, as it uses a different illustrator per issue. His first original work that he both wrote and illustrated is the graphic novel, Lost at Sea in 2003. Lost at Sea tells the story of an 18 year old, Raleigh, who “like a lot of people her age, is facing adulthood in the eye. She feels lost and confused. But, unlike most, she doesn’t have a soul. Or at least that’s what she believes…Her mother sold it the devil in exchange for a successful career and subsequently, the devil placed it in a cat” (McCabe). Next came his magnum opus (at least so far), the Scott Pilgrim series, which follows the adventures of 23-year-old titular character “as he attempts to win the heart of Ramona Flowers. There’s a catch: before they can live happily ever after, he must defeat all seven of her evil exes” (Medley). The comics uniquely blend video games, manga influences, music and other aspects of modern pop culture. “The series, with an estimated half million copies in print, is now Oni’s biggest seller. So far, it has been translated into 13 languages, proving jokes about Super Mario  Bros. 2 and The Legend of Zelda are universal”(ibid). Along with the graphic novels, O’Malley writes short graphic stories. Almost year after Lost at Sea was completed, he wrote “Baby Food” as a side story to the graphic novel (McAlpin). While writing the second volume of the Scott Pilgrim series, created “Monica Beetle” for Project Superior (ibid). “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” (Reid)


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