Penny Arcade’s story is pretty much the definition of the American Gamer Dream. Two guys playing games and writing comic strips about them and making a fuck load of cash for doing it. They’ve been so successful that their annual gaming convention has grown to rival that of E3 and expanded to the east side of America PAX East, I guess in that way it is bigger than E3. Their annual collection of strips have always been a must buy for me even though the jokes no longer relevant in this day in age and the art style was very rough in the past.
For their eighth volume covering the year 2007 will feature a forward by Epic’s Cliffy B and the drawing process of the cover by the Penny Arcade artist Gabe (Mike Krahulik). The eighth volume called Magical Kids in Danger an obvious homage to Harry Potter, marks the first time they have changed publisher from Dark Horse to Oni Press. While I doubt this would change anything regarding the contents of the book, I am glad to see Oni Press getting some more love. Their other stand out hit that I know of was Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim but they also published Sixth Gun and a Jay and Silent Bob mini series called Chasing Dogma.
Penny Arcade Volume 8: Magical Kids in Danger will be released August 19th for $14.99
Anthony is an Editor at Default Prime along with being the Manager and Engineer of their weekly podcast the Primecast. A Fighting Game fanatic, he could talk your ear off about Back to the Future, One Piece and Scott Pilgrim.
Currently he is a British bound Pharmacy Undergraduate.
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