The Continuing Evolution Of Gabe And Tycho

Excerpts from the book The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: The 11 1/2 Anniversary Edition. Reprinted with express permission of the author and publisher.

Publisher's Note: Chronicling the misadventures of two obsessed video gamers, Penny Arcade is hilarious, irreverent and rich with the arcana of geek life. Fans treat the strip's biting, intelligent commentary on gaming culture like scripture, and its creators are regarded as the ultimate gaming tastemakers. Their devotion has made Penny Arcade a pop culture phenom, and Penny Arcade has rewarded its fans with a gorgeous anniversary book celebrating 11-1/2 years of Penny Arcade, offering an abundance of new and never-before-seen material.

The Continuing Evolution of Gabe and Tycho

The hardcover book, on sale now for $US24, includes:

• Mike and Jerry answer fans' questions!

• Mike and Jerry comment on their favourite strips

• The history of Penny Arcade and its fan convention, PAX

• A look inside Penny Arcade's children's charity, Child's Play

• A detailed guide to Penny Arcade's many memorable characters

• A humorous history of the evolution of Penny Arcade's heroes, Gabe and Tycho

• Bonus illustrations by well-known comic artists, including Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight), Scott Kurtz (PvP), and Becky Cloonan (American Virgin).


    While I love to support these guys, and they definitely deserve all the praise they are getting for what they've done to the gaming community, the quality of their comics has been really lacking of late.

    Just like everyone else in any other field, they have gotten old(er), and lost touch with their core audience. We need a new generation of webcomics, PA and PvP won't appeal forever!

    It would be nice if they finished their game series as opposed to giving up.

      Actually, yeah. Whatever happened to that? I kinda liked the first two (not great, but still fun)

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