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Five Years

That is all.

Comings and Goings?

I hope Mitch Clem isn’t messing around when he said on his LiveJournal that he’ll be going pro pretty soon. That man is way too talented to be working in a Starbucks of all God damned places. Anyway, pre-congrats to Mitch from Fleen, but he needs to know that if he goes pro we shall be much harsher on him, since he’s making money and we’re not.

Just kidding, Mitch. We aren’t that bitter and/or haggard yet, are we ladies (and Gary)?

Actually, maybe I am. But only when it comes to Mac Hall. I used to love Mac Hall. Well, I still do, but they just never call anymore. It was almost a month between the last two comics and I’m starting to loose hope. Ian has his new job and everything so even if it keeps going, it won’t be a college comic anymore anyway. Maybe it’s time to wrap it up and work on something else? It would be a shame to see Ian and Matt drop off the scene altogether, but what do we think;

Is Mac Hall dead?

RIP Steve

As we all now know, the crocodile hunter is no longer with us. To pay my respects, I plan to go back and read every Steve Irwin related Irrlegular Webcomic strip.

Join me. It helps ease the pain.

Plot Please

For anyone who’s keeping score (probably just me…) Rob and Elliot has failed to deliver a plot related strip since the seventh of August, or the fourth of August if you don’t put much faith in a strip labelled “The comic we would have done if only we had the balls.”

I love the random gags, I do, but I don’t like a comic that dangles a little plot infront of me and then sort of ignores it for almost a month. That’s just mean.

Following Up

Following up on the news about the Penny Arcade game, (can you tell I’m excited?) there is an interview with Joel DeYoung  of Hothead Games over on Firing Squad that answers a few preliminary questions, these answers being mostly “it’s too early to say” or “ask those Penny Arcade guys”. Two of the more interesting nougats:

FiringSquad: Will the game be a satrical look at the games industry or will it take a different direction?

Joel DeYoung: I think it’s fair to say that the game will deliver the kind of content that people have come to expect from the Penny Arcade strip. We’re definitely making this game to please the Penny Arcade fan.


FiringSquad: On the surface, it sounds like the game will be influenced by the classic LucasArts comical adventure games. Is that a fair assumption?

Joel DeYoung: At this time we’re not discussing any details of the gameplay.

Personally, I still have my fingers crossed for a LucasArts style adventure, but apperently we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ll talk about something else tomorrow, I promise.

Holy Fucking Shit

As of me posting this, there is nothing about this on the Penny Arcade front page, so here it is incase you haven’t heard:

Penny Arcade and Hothead Games Join Forces to Create Video Games Based on the Penny Arcade Characters and Universe

Bellevue, Washington (August 25, 2006) — The creators of online ultracomic Penny Arcade have joined forces with Hothead Games, an independent and experienced video game developer, to collaboratively create video games based on the Penny Arcade comic.

“We’re really excited to be working with Hothead Games on our first electronic adventure,” said writer Jerry Holkins, his clawed feet resting atop a huge slab of granite. “From the moment we laid eyes on them, it was clear they had the technical and creative chops to execute our grim vision. Now that we have pooled our strengths, our dark work may truly begin.” Holkins then paused to eat a rat whole.

The first game, entitled Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, will be a comic adventure game initially available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, followed by a version for next-generation consoles. The game will be available by digital download, delivered in episodic format with new installments of the adventure coming out several times a year.

Vlad Ceraldi, President of Hothead Games, says this new venture feels very comfortable for the team Hothead has assembled for the project: “All our developers are industry veterans with years of experience translating characters from other media into video games, having been involved with such hits as The Simpsons Hit & Run and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. So working with Penny Arcade to create their first game is a natural fit, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with them.� Ceraldi added, “I’ve promised this with past games, and I stand by it: if the game sucks, I’ll eat my shirt.�

A release date for the first episode of Penny Arcade Adventures is to be announced. 

So yeah… holy crap. Awesome.

So Umm… What?

Gregory pointed us Wordbeasts in the direction of the 9/11 report comic recently, and let me just say this: What the crap? As Greg put it in his email to us;

The idea that someone’s reaction to such a significant document is to (a) put it in comic form and (b) put the comic form on the web, strikes me as being a very positive point about webcomics as a medium.  

I think I agree, in theory. The only problem is that the 9/11 comic well, sucks. The writing sucks. The art is serivcable at best. The wooden dialog and expressionless faces remind me of a Chick tract. Already the good folks over at Wonkette are making fun of it and I think that that is the only way people are going to hear about, from people who are laughing at it. Unfortunately that isn’t going to do the status of web comics as a credible medium any good.

Hell yeah!

Let me be the first to give a big “Shit yes!” to the return of Oasis in Sluggy Freelance. I know a lot of people dip in and out of Sluggy since it gets so convoluted at times, but if you never enjoyed an Oasis storyline then you probably shouldn’t even bother reading this comic in the first place.

Anyway, she’s back! Check it out!

Aren’t We Lucky?

Yes. Yes we are. Jeffery has been good enough to expose to us the secret never before seen ending to Snakes On A Plane! Personally, I never saw it coming – but then again, I haven’t seen the movie yet so for all I know Jeffery has drawn the true ending and completely ruined the film for me. If this is the case, I hope Jeph and Christi continue to abuse everyone he knows and loves.

Site Seeing

So there’s a new site design in beta over at PvP. So far, I think I like it. There’s more colour and the layout is similar enough to be familiar but different enough to make a difference. If that makes sense. The whole page has a sort of “comicy” feel to it, probably due in no small part to Kurtz’s forays into the printed media. The new navigation tabs make a difference and seems like the searchable archive that we were promised has also been delivered.

So if you havent swung by the site lately, go take a look.