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The New Kid News: Penny Arcade Hits The Big Time

By TK | Trade News | June 6, 2011 | Comments ()


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If you're one of the legion of comic book/video game nerds that reads this site, it's likely that you've at least heard of the webcomic "Penny Arcade," which chronicles the adventures in geekdom by the intrepid Gabe and Tycho, who are pseudo avatars for the writers, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Their comics run the gamut from poignant to clever to sophisticated ... to puerile, obnoxious, and occasionally flat-out offensive. For every comic like this, a comic that caused a substantial uproar in some corners of the internet:

"The Sixth Slave"

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... there's one like this, one that speaks honestly to a good portion of their readership, and anyone who's been bullied in general:

"Instruction"

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Regardless, they've built their little comic into a minor media empire, with a full store of gear, annual expos, a web TV series, and even video games. Somewhere along the way, they hit the big time. And now, they're about to get a little bigger.

News broke recently that Paramount has optioned their comic idea, "The New Kid," and will be making it into a CGI-animated film. It's in the early stages of development -- no director or actors attached, and Holkins and Krahulik have a plot, but it's in Paramount's camp now, and it'll be a while before we see it in a theater, if that happens at all -- as we all know, stuff gets optioned frequently and much of it never sees the inside of a theater, let alone actually get a camera rolling. But it's still interesting news, and this one little capture of the comic's idea is pretty fun (click to enlarge, or just go to the site):

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(source: Penny Arcade)


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