I suppose I am a casual fan of Penny Arcade, in that I did not read their material regularly until a few years ago. I am not a member of the press or anything like that, so I have never been to any of their conventions…or to a video game, anime, or comic book convention in general. Watching most of their fans was a pretty surreal experience, in that most of the people lining up looked like they were in their thirties, and then there was me feeling like I was a kindergartner entering a junior high, which is also partially due to the fact I’m pretty short in stature.
The Q&A session was pretty amusing. Holkins hinted that there will be some news of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 3 at PAX East. While on the subject of PAX, one person in the audience asked if there were going to be any new diseases spread at PAX East (you may recall that some people contracted the swine flu at PAX 2009). Most of the questions and comments are what you would expect, such as “Did you ever feel that your web comic was going to get as big as it did?” “What games are you looking forward to?” “What is your personal favorite strip that you made?” “Are there any other web comics that you enjoy?” For the last two questions ‘A Trick of Retrospective’ was mentioned, and for the latter question, a fan shouted “Ctrl+Alt+Del!”, which produced a few ironic chuckles.
Now, did I ask a question? No, I couldn't really think of anything clever to say when they were signing books and all. That and with the long lines I was kinda dozing off, since I had a long day.
Overall I really like the look of the Penny Arcade Hardcover, but unfortunately the thing does not fit vertically on my bookshelf. o_O
If you’re a fan of Penny Arcade, or you are new to them but want to find out why they are so popular, I definitely recommend picking up the book. I paid about $24 for it at the Barnes and Noble, but you’ll find it for a much lower price on Amazon if you’re on a budget. From what I have read, there are a lot of memorable moments covered in the book, such as their feud with Jack Thompson, and you see the evolution of Krahulik's art as a whole.
So that’s all for now, I might continue posting these blogs in the hopes my literary skills will improve. Anyway, thank you for reading.