In a land not quite so far from here sore lacking in etiquette, many did wander from poor behavior to poor behavior, wandering until they had worn out three pairs of iron-bound shoes, wandering until their eyes grew dim with none to instruct them in the ways of interpersonal interactions. In this land was a prophecy, hidden in a gem, the gem hidden in a duck, the duck locked away in a great wooden chest, a prophecy that contained all the secrets of Please and Thanks-You.
A pair of wise queens proposed to find the chest and in the chest the duck and in the duck the gem, and to share the knowledge with all the land, and the wise queens found among the people those willing to aid them in their quest, and they set out to let people know to Stop Doing That Were You Raised In A Barn Or Something¹. They cast their knowings to all who were smart enough to desire them, and that is how Nerddom became just a bit less rude and more considerate.
Okay, that’s harder than it looks. How about something a little less grandiloquent for the rest of today’s news?
- Appearing tomorrow, live and in person, the Ryan ‘n’ Joey Occasional Roadshow² hits Trinity College at UToronto from 7:00 to 10:00pm with fun and excitement and really wild things. Those of you in the GTA, do drop in.
- Jeff Zugale takes a break from both shouting Woo! in inappropriate circumstances and painting Wil Wheaton in awesome circumstances to draw some webcomics for Bill Barnes & Paul Southworth featuring Desmond in pantless circumstances. Smart move making this the first strip of Zugale’s stint on Not Invented Here, as poor Desmond is so freaked out by this memento mori that he doesn’t even notice that he looks different now.
- I recall a conversation with Robert Khoo wherein he denied that Penny Arcade was a webcomic endeavour at all; rather, it was a content-creating company focused on the videogame industry, with the webcomic just one part of it. Granted, the comic is the dominant part, but he didn’t commit to that always being true. Today, PA takes another step towards the comic being just another item in the content portfolio, as Ben Kuchera (formerly of Ars Technica) makes the jump to Penny Arcade with a publicly-described brief of:
[W]riting about the gaming industry for Penny Arcade
So that’s multiple comics, publishing, tie-in games, a charity, multiple internet TV series, a merch-design house, exposition services, custom branded content service, a scholarship, and now generalized editorial content. While we’ll never see PA challenging, say, Disney for pan-media dominance, I fully believe that’s only because Khoo wouldn’t be able to keep his hands in all aspects of such a broad enterprise. I also fully believe we’re within two years of PA going fully international, most likely with PAXEurope and/or PAXAsia, but I wouldn’t count out satellite offices creating original content in other languages for local consumption.
¹ This was a somewhat unusual land for such tales, as it turned out that none of the people had, in fact, been raised in a barn and thus had no excuse.
² Occasional in the sense that they occasionally put on a show, not that they are occasionally Ryan and Joey, which they are pretty much all of the time.