I’ve been lazily researching my costume for Halloween, because thankfully the character I’m dressing up as is basically me but Canadian. For those who don’t know, Scott Pilgrim is an excellent flick. Hilarious. On-point. Great comedic timing. The generational relevance – comics, awkward moments, indie music, complicated relationships, video gaming, appreciation for all things pixillated – is astounding. AND THEY MAKE FUN OF VEGANS! I don’t dislike vegans, but it’s just funny, in a philosophical way, to make fun of people who are so against harming the organic parts of the world that are incapable of speaking for themselves. Anyway.
Scott’s girlfriend in the opening of the comic book series and movie is Chinese. She starts off as a Catholic schoolgirl and then she later on has this Sandy from Grease-level transformation into an Asian-Canadian badass with blue hair. She dates a White boy. She is Knives Chau.
Guess what? I, too, am Chinese and have blue hair. And I date a White boy. The resulting costume styles itself. About the only thing I need from the store is a pair of knives, and I’m pretty sure the Spirit Superstore that replaced Magnolia Home Audio on University Ave. (Such a sad sign of the times, don’t you agree?) would be able to present me with multiple options on that note.
Rio Yanez wrote A Salute to Knives Chau. In it, he makes the best use of the term “tenderoni” I have ever seen. Even more epic than “Swing My Way:”
At the moment, Knives Chau is my favorite fictional character. I’ve been reading the Scott Pilgrim books (in reverse order) and I’m totally taken with the series. As much as I identify with Scott Pilgrim (and his task of beating up his girlfriend’s evil exes) I’ve got a special place in my heart for Scott’s jilted tenderoni Knives Chau.
“Jilted Tenderoni.” It should be the name of a hipster band. Yanez also shared an absolutely awesome Cubeecraft of Knives that I have printed out and will be swiftly attending to:
As you can see from above, Knives has been interpreted with multiple hair dye colorways. I’m assuming it’s an issue of interpretation from comic book to movie. For no particular reason other than I think this is a great piece of tribute art, here’s EddiePerkins’ red-haired Knives:
And finally, here’s Knives with blue hair. (Post with my new asymmetrical bob with blue on its way.)
I am most excited to try to explain to people who don’t think comics and comic movies are cool enough to watch what I am dressed as. I also need to tip my hat to Lynn, who will be dressing up as a Knives Chau who has actually invested time and effort in her Halloween costume. Lynn has been knitting a color-blocked scarf. Meanwhile I will be picking random pieces from my closet. Good job, Lynn!
Racy pic of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Ramona Flowers) after the jump. Ow oww!
And just for kicks, here’s Ramona Flowers actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a very non-Ramona Flowers get-up. I’m just posting it because it made me go “Whoa.” It was shot for Maxim. Surprise, surprise.