BEST FRIDAYS: with Bryan Lee O’Malley
What’s Worst Mondays without a dark and villainous foil? That’s the kind of thinking that forced us to create Best Fridays. So, for all our weekend warrior brethren: Wooooo, T-G-I-F, right? Herein we hope to bookend your awful week by quizzing our previous Worst Mondays candidate about slightly more encouraging things. Every Friday!
I’ve never really sustained a good injury. I’m a weenie. The best/worst/whatever one I can remember is in grade 7, when this girl, whose name was possibly Mandy, slide-kicked into me on the skating rink outside school, where we were all standing around during lunch break in January, and I fell and nailed my arm and started screaming bloody murder. It turned out to be a mild sprain. Weenie.
Best historical figure
Osamu Tezuka, hands down. He’s the Japanese “God of Manga,” creator of Astro Boy and hundreds upon hundreds of other brilliant / insane / ridiculous comics and cartoons. We’re experiencing a boom in English translations of his work right now, so go to the store and purchase some “Phoenix” or “Ode to Kirihito” immediately. If you can read French, there’s a translation of his fascinating 4-volume biography from Casterman. He started his career right after World War II, and he passed away in 1989. I hope that’s historical enough.
My memory is really short, but at this moment I honestly think my all-time best shirt is the Japanese Tony the Tiger Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes t-shirt that I bought at Urban Outfitters a couple weeks ago. It’s seriously brilliant. Comfy. Second best is a Golgo 13 logo shirt I got from Uniqlo recently. It has a fuzzy black velvet skeleton Jesus.
Best thing to do with $20
See Speed Racer before it’s out of the theaters. With a drink. That’s probably 20 dollars right there, right?
Seriously, I liked it.
Best party trick
This is where the interview goes sharply downhill. I honestly can’t come up with a single party trick. I don’t really party, and I don’t like tricks, okay????
If we’re talking about classics, then the regular run-of-the-mill zombie is my first choice. They stand on solid metaphorical ground, as well as being incessantly creepy. Also, when I was a kid I really liked Snuffaluffagus. From Sesame Street.
Best question ever asked of you in an interview. Now answer it:
Can we go back to worsts? Because this is the worst question ever.