Seconds

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August 2014

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“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!” – Guillermo del Toro

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all – but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:

1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew

And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms – and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules – and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed
Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tender-hearted, whimsical and wise.

“The honesty and humanity in
Seconds will keep readers returning again and again.” – The Sunday Telegraph

“The whole book looks absolutely gorgeous to be honest. The story has bounced along, loads of fun, loads of twists and turns along the way, loads of involving, interesting, exaggerated yet believable characters doing some ridiculously bizarre yet strangely believable things.” –
Forbidden Planet

“I cannot say enough good things about this book. I put it down and immediately wanted to read it again … Take whatever money you were going to spend and drop it on
Seconds instead.” – Comic Book Resources

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Comics Alliance

•Comics website and blog

“Seconds is unmistakably the work of O’Malley’s singular voice: it’s a romantic comedy with magical elements and some witty fourth-wall breaking, drawn in a manga-derived style with big-headed chibi characters. But it’s also a very different sort of book than he’s drawn before … it’s exactly the book O’Malley needed to make at this point: one that shows off a different register of his range without abandoning his gifts.”

The Guardian

•UK national newspaper

“The bright, Manga-like art works well for both the restaurant scenes and the bleaker, more fantastical moments, and O'Malley's morality tale is well observed and full of life.”

The Sunday Telegraph

•UK newspaper

“A warm, engaging read and beautifully presented … Seconds is stunning to look at, blending his manga-indebted style with the lush colour scheme of a Wes Anderson film.”