Every week, I post a quick review of a webcomic I enjoy reading. I’m going to give you a quick breakdown of what the strip is about, what I like about it, and why you should be reading it. I Will not post any webcomics I don’t like; it’s a waste of my time and a waste of yours.
Comic’s name: Penny Arcade
Creators: Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.
What is the comic about: See the world through the twisted eyes of two Gaming geeks.
How is comic drawn: full-color, four panel strip, stylishly cartoony.
How often updated: about three times a week
What else does the website offer: EVERYTHING: cartoons, game reviews, blog, gaming conventions, merchandise, charities, collected editions: you name it, chances are it’s on this site.
What do I think of the site’s overall design: sensory overload! There’s a lot of stuff on this site, and I really don’t like that the first thing you see at the site is the blog, and you have to find the comics link. The design is about as clean as you can get for an enterprise as massive as Penny Arcade. The ads at least don’t get in the way.
What do I like about the strip: This strip is fall-on-the-floor funny, and if you’re part of the gaming and geek community, a lot of the humor rings almost uncomfortably true. The art is well done, but doesn’t get in the way of the strip’s real strength, which is its humor. I get a little miffed, however, when they deviate from their main strip and get into some more highbrow comic strips. I understand the need to sometimes experiment, but it’s a bit disjointed and a lot of it really doesn’t make much sense.
Why should YOU read it: The granddaddy of them all. Penny Arcade is the standard all other webcomics aspire to (including this one). It is a ridiculously hilarious comic which at times tackles lots of relevant and pertinent topics…in its own, game-geeky way. Even if you can’t stand video games or RPGs, these guys will crack you up.
ESRB rating: ages 14 and up. There’s a bit of bathroom humor used from time to time that you probably wouldn’t want your 7-year old kid repeating, but for the most part, it’s tame.