Guest Comics are as much a part of Webcomic Culture as missed deadlines and hiatuses (but often intended to prevent the other two)*. But occasionally there's a special reason to drag other creators into your webspace. Semi-infamous Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik has been featuring his young son (actually named Gabriel after his comic alter-ego) as a plot device, but when the real Little Gabe started asking about "where babies come from", he did what any successful media creator would do: "have a carousel of strangers explain 'the penis' to you while I hide in the basement"
. And it's an All-Star Carousel of Strangers (by webcomic standards), obviously kinda NSFW, but with NO rapewolves, thankyouverymuch. [more inside]
On Penny Arcade, Exploitation, and the Myth of the Do-Everything Rock Star.
"We want someone who can code well in multiple front-end and back-end languages, maintain servers and other hardware including load balancing and database admin, do general office IT, manage your own projects, deal with the fact that one of our co-founders is a rampaging trans-phobic asshole, and be on call 24/7 though we hope not to bug you too much in the middle of the night." Also comes with other benefits
No stranger to controversy, Mike Krahulik, gabe of Penny Arcade, has found himself embroiled
in yet another debacle
over a series of transphobic tweets he's made
, coming right off the heels of public criticism and outrage
over an apparently racist/misogynistic panel
that was to be held at the upcoming PAX Aus convention
this and past controversies, The Fullbright Company
, the indie developer of "Gone Home
", has pulled out
of PAX's coveted Indie Megabooth
. gabe has issued a pair of apologies
for his tweets, swearing off
ever talking about topics other than comics or video games again. [Previously
is a reality web show from PATV that's now 30 episodes deep. The twelve indie webcomic artists
who arrived at the Strip Search house in February have now been whittled down to three. The final three artists
(spoilers) were sent home for two months to each create six strips of a brand new comic, on which they would then be judged. The final episode (Finale, Part 2) goes live tonight at 7:30 PM PST. Better hurry if you're going to catch up. [more inside]
Video game character design is frequently questionable
, but some designers don't like being questioned
. Penny Arcade imagines equal opportunity questionability
, while their reporter Ben Kuchera examines the broader issue
Denver Post cartoonist Mike Keefe took a buyout after 35 years.
On the way out the door, he's asked about digital media. He says, "Someone has to crack the code concerning online profits. Till that time, it will be a forum for the dedicated and passionate cartoonist who also works at Starbucks." Which may come as a surprise to an online cartoonist that's been profitable for more than 10 years,
and those other profitable guys
with the charity that just broke $1 million in donations earlier than ever.
"What kind of a**hole enters his game in the IGF
before it’s done and then decides to delay release for 2 years?" The creator of Monaco discusses the philosophy of one or two buttons in gaming
. His answer: None.
(NSF People who don't like Penny Arcade.)
PAX Primer in The Morning News.
Matthew Baldwin of Defective Yeti
fame offers up a thoughtful review of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX)
in The Morning News.
, the business whiz who took a chance on the web comic Penny Arcade
and turned it into a media empire for its creators, Mike Krahulik
and Jerry Holkins
, has now extended his reach to Hollywood. Paramount has announced
that its next animated film is in the works and will be based on Penny Arcade's single-page concept comic, "The New Kid
mastermind Markus "Notch" Persson has officially announced
his company's next project: a hybrid online board game/trading card system
. Spearheaded by Mojang co-founder Jakob Porser (interview
) and with backstory penned by Penny Arcade wordsmith Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, the game will consist of turn-based battles between collectible "scrolls," illustrated character cards
strategically deployed on an abstract gaming grid. In an interesting inversion of the Minecraft
model, the game itself will be free, while updates in the form of additional scroll packs will cost a nominal fee -- a business model gaming analyst Sean Maelstrom decries as "snake oil."
Mojang, for their part, is unafraid and even eager to target an untested slice of the gaming market, and is angling to get their playable prototype of Scrolls
ready for a possible Alpha release this summer.
August 2010: Popular gamer web comic makes ill-considered joke
. People are offended
. October 2010: Joke becomes shirt. More people are offended
. January 2011: Shirts are pulled. Apology, at best, goes badly. Debacle results
. Moral: always respect Wheaton's Law
THQ's Cory Ledesma opened the flood gates in his interview
about used games. Penny Arcade
sides with publishers on the issue, citing issues with the used game market. [more inside]
is a program that lets you know when a webcomic you read has been updated and allows you to download the newest strip. It's great for people who (like me) follow a ton of different webcomics. It currently supports Over five
-hundred different web comics
. It even supports Newspaper Comics
, and Hidden Panels
. If Comical is missing a comic you like, the program comes with the ability to add new comics manually or feel free to post a request for someone else to do it for you on the forums
! [more inside]
Gabe and Tycho
from Penny Arcade discuss the impact of drugs
(both prescribed and recreational) on their lives.
The stereotype of people who play a lot of videogames is that they're mostly guys who can't get a good-looking woman to talk to them unless they're paid to do so. GameCrush
is not assisting in the refutation of that stereotype. [more inside]
Penny Arcade TV did an episode on game testing
recently. It followed their thought process on coming up with a comic
about Sony's reality show The Tester
. [more inside]
Zoltar breakdancing! Everybody rumba, rumba rumba.
Zoltar, that fortune-telling guy you thought was stuck in his booth, went mobile
and won the Motorized Float prize in the 2009 Coney Island Mermaid Parade
last summer. [more inside]
Mike Krahulik (Gabe) and Jerry Holkins (Tycho) of Penny Arcade
now have their own reality TV show
. The first episode of PATV explores the unlikely rise of their video game media empire and covers the recent Penny Arcade Expo
and the birth of Jerry's daughter. [more inside]
The Microsoft Surface was the subject of much ridicule.
When Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade
had the chance to sit down with one at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, known colloquially as the ETC
, they saw potential for the Surface to become an amazing tool for Dungeons and Dragons
tabletop gaming. They offered some suggestions to the team, and months later, SurfaceScapes
is the result. Video. [more inside]
The guys at Penny Arcade often refer to their sequential comics as "dreaded continuity
," but some of their storylines
have created their own microcosms apart from the usual commentary on things in the broad world video games. Prime examples of these storylines include Cardboard Tube Samurai
and Song of the Sorcelator
, the latter has spun into a world made by its fans
. The newest sequential work started from one of three short "treatments,"
set in a nineteen-twenties crime fiction
which unfolds in a time where "machine intellect" has been outlawed. The first page of Automata
was set to music
that was composed and performed by Christoph Hermiteer
. The second fan creation is a short radio program
, based on a script written by the Penny Arcade folks
As we were talking about Joke Theft
, here's an interesting case. It appears that the Daily Show may have stolen
a joke from Penny Arcade. [more inside]
The only thing cooler than playing D&D is listening to recordings of people playing D&D!
Tycho and Gabe from Penny Arcade
and Scott Kurtz of PvP
got together with a couple of Wizards of the Coast guys for an episodic D&D romp to promote the upcoming release of D&D 4th edition. The first episode (and pictures!) is available online
The first video game
based on the internet's most prominent gaming comic, Penny Arcade
is released today. [more inside]
"We need to make a comic so I can eat lunch."
You're in your office sitting at your desk. There's a hot mic in the room. It's 45 minutes 'till lunch, your tummy's grumbling and you still have to write a comic. Fortunately your best friend -- who is also the co-founder of your decade-old business empire -- is sitting at his desk a few feet away. You are "Gabe" or "Tycho" of Penny Arcade, and the next 45 minutes will be captured on tape and published for all the world to hear as a podcast. But only if it's good. "Downloadable Content, The Penny Arcade Podcast
" is practically a documentary on collaboratively authoring webcomics. The most recent episode is a particularly good example of that. [more inside]
A CNN scare piece on the rise of teen "sport killings"
lead off with the story of a group of teenagers who brutally murdered a homeless man and then blamed it on violent video games. Penny Arcade's Gabe responded with an equally inflammatory, though tongue-in-cheek, post blaming the parents.
It seemed like just another case of the media rushing to blame video games
while the truth lay somewhere else.
It turns out that the stepmother of one of the murderers is an avid reader of Penny Arcade and she emailed them with the real, unreported story. (you'll need to scroll down for both Penny Arcade posts)
"Tell me more of Elemenstoring, Dogus."
From the tiny seed of a news post
, a new world has taken form. Too bad it never existed
, well-known anti-videogame violence crusader, recently submitted a modest proposal
to the game industry: Make an ultraviolet game of his creation featuring, but not limited to, urinating on the brain stems of slain fictional game industry members, and he will donate $10,000 dollars to charity. Of course people leapt
at the chance, and of course, Thompson backed out
. So then Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade
donated the $10,000 dollars to charity
themselves in Thompson's name. Thompson's response? Call the cops!
No wonder the National Institute on Media and the Family distanced themselves from him
A tour with WotC, a session to play D&D with them. Lifetime subscription to Steam.
Ok, some items are better than others. But for Child's Play
, the folks at PA are pulling one heckuva dream auction for geeks. More auction items are detailed, go to the the second news post.
Penny Arcade remixes Penny Arcade remixes.
A Japanese high-school English teacher assigns his students to fill in the captions of Penny Arcade
comics. The results, predictably, are often really funny
Wil Wheaton sums it up best
-- Penny Arcade's Child's Play
, as posted previously
, has been completely ignored by the media, despite donating over US$200,000 worth or toys and cash to a local children's hospital. 11,100 news items on violence in video games, 3 news items on video gamers opening their hearts and wallets.
- Penny Arcade, the popular gaming web comic, is looking to reverse some of the stigma that comes with playing games, by asking the community to send games to children at the Seattle Children’s Hospital
Before there were videogames
... an archive of old penny arcade machines.
everyone's favorite gamegeek comic strip(well, not everyone's
, but mine) is facing legal action over a recent strip they did, parodying Strawberry Shortcake. It seems American Greetings
owner of such 80s icons as Popples and the aforementioned Shortcake, don't take too kindly to folks using their precious nostalgia.
the offending cartoon.
From your local K-mart comes this exercise in futility.