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Penny Arcade, Volume 1: Attack of the Bacon Robots

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Get your geek on! Penny Arcade, the comic strip for gamers, by gamers is now available in comic shops and bookstores everywhere. Not familiar with Penny Arcade? What? It's only the most popular comic strip on the web. It's the funniest, most twisted comic that ever lampooned gamer culture, and takes shots at everything from Star Wars to Steve Jobs. Experience the joy of being a hardcore gamer as expressed in vignettes of random vulgarity and mindless violence! Get online and direct your browser to ...

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Overview

Get your geek on! Penny Arcade, the comic strip for gamers, by gamers is now available in comic shops and bookstores everywhere. Not familiar with Penny Arcade? What? It's only the most popular comic strip on the web. It's the funniest, most twisted comic that ever lampooned gamer culture, and takes shots at everything from Star Wars to Steve Jobs. Experience the joy of being a hardcore gamer as expressed in vignettes of random vulgarity and mindless violence! Get online and direct your browser to penny-arcade.com, check out the latest strips, then, to read Penny Arcade from the very beginning, get the first collection, Attack of the Bacon Robots, which includes strips, sketches, and creator commentary not available anywhere else!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Penny Arcade is an immensely popular Web comic and, in book form, a perfect example of why Web comics are, well, on the Web. The seven-year-old comic strip revolves around gaming, science fiction and computer humor. The two protagonists, Tycho and Gabe (also the code names for the creators), obsess over video games, new technology and the minutiae of their lives and fantasies. Displaying not a trace of self-consciousness or self-deprecation, the strip's premise is that the creators are the funniest guys in the room. Nearly every joke is told with a wink to the audience and swift elbow in the ribs. The drawing is repetitive, and the strips use none of the graphic effects available online. Instead, they are simple panel sequences. In book form, there are two strips per page, with commentary from the creators. along the bottom. Oddly, Holkins and Krahulik have chosen to print their comics at exactly the same resolution as online, making the actual images grainy, unfocused and simply not up to normal print standards. For a technology-obsessed strip, this is an odd mistake. The humor in Penny Arcade will definitely appeal to its core audience of webheads and gaming addicts. For the rest of us, it is all too disposable. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The hugely popular full-color webcomic Penny Arcade stars the argumentative, superavid computer and console gamers Tycho and Gabe (alter egos of the authors). This volume reprints every strip from the beginning in late 1998 to the end of 2000 (all of which are still available for free on the web site). Though the strip's wicked humor occasionally encompasses more everyday topics, 99 percent of it involves geekly preoccupations. Therefore, it is packed with pokes (generally snide and presumably knowledgeable) at a variety of then-current games, gaming platforms, and gaming world personalities; ridicule at the idea that violent video games beget actual violence; and satirical accounts of our heroes encountering the "real world." But commentary on every strip by the quite articulate Holkins is a great help in deciphering many of the more arcane references. There's a good deal of comedic violence (usually perpetrated on Tycho by Gabe), along with sexual innuendo and obscenites (some of the latter spoken by occasional bit character Jesus Christ). This is for older teen and adult geeks of all stripes. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593074449
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Series: Penny Arcade Series , #1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 974,002
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

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    The awesome origins of Penny Arcade

    What is there to say about Penny Arcade that hasn't been said before? This book collects the first year of Penny Arcade comics. They look great and it's nice to be able to reread them all outside of my web browser. In addition, there are amusing little anecdotes or historical references about each and every comic by Tycho (Jerry). These are definitely added value if you like the Penny Arcade comics and want to just know a little more about what was running through the authors' heads while they were creating these. Since this is the first book in their collection, you can also read about the start of Penny Arcade before it was Jerry and Mike's full time job.

    If that was too much, just know that if you like Penny Arcade, you'll like having the comics in a non digital, book format.

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