Bryan Lee O’Malley is now best known for, of course, the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, as well as the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie. When he drew this sketch for me, though, it was pre-SP. People probably knew him best at the time for drawing the majority of the second Hopeless Savages mini-series (of which Christine Norrie from the previous Wine-Book Wednesdays post drew the first mini-series!), and that’s what this drawing is from.
I love how he used some spot color here, and more importantly Mal is a real treat to talk to. I got to see him most recently when he came to SPX 2008, and he was as smart and nice and interesting as I’d remembered. So many people become a comic superstar and the old version of them goes away, but Mal has continued to be awesome from start to finish.