Webcomic Wednesday – Penny Arcade

This week’s featured webcomic is Penny Arcade, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik.

What’s the Deal?: Penny Arcade is quite possibly the most famous webcomic on the Internet. It has spawned its own convention (PAX) and has a serious following amongst gamers, comic nerds, etc. The comic features Krahulik and Holkins’ cartoon personas, John “Gabe” Gabriel and Tycho Brahe in a host of situations pertaining to the gaming world. It is topical and there’s not much of a continuing story line. It’s witty and funny and Penny Arcade has defined the much of the webcomic genre.

The Characters: Gabe and Tycho are not direct counterparts for Kahulik and Holkins – they are their own characters with their own lives. Typically Gabe is the central character and Tycho serves as the comedic foil. The humor the two share is snappy and delightful – their personalities are pretty endearing and distinct. 

The Art: If you start in the backlogs of the comic, you see definite improvement of line and style as time progresses. It features a crisp comic stylization and overall is visually appealing. 

Safe for Work?: Yes

Frequency of Updates: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

– E.B.


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