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Community Interview Number #6 with Tycho & Gabe of Penny Arcade

It's time for Community Interview #6. This time Tycho & Gabe of Penny Arcade have agreed to answer your questions. Here's how it works -- post your question to Tycho & Gabe in a comment in response to this post.

ONE QUESTION PER COMMENT, PLEASE.

If you see another question you think is interesting, moderate it up. If you see something not so useful, moderate it down. We'll take questions for two weeks, until Friday, September 12th. We'll send the top ten questions to Tycho & Gabe to answer.

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How do you feel about the forum, and the people that inhabit it? Be honest, we can take it.

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Are you ever going to publish your Over Easy or Cardboard Tube Samurai comics in a collected dead-tree format?

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I've always thought Penny Arcade has one of the best business models out there. Between Club PA, your highly specific target audience (and hence, better publicity offer), the special features you make for Gaming Companies and recently, the PA Store, it all seems very well thought out.

My question is: How did you work this all out? Did it evolve naturally? do you have people in your team with marketing/business acumen? What was the development process from being "just a webcomic" to making a profitable business venture? (take that as one question please)

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Gabe has publicly stated in the past that they have between 100,000 and 120,000 daily unique visitors. That's a lot.

Comparatively, though, Megatokyo has about 300,000 and 8-bit Theater is in the vicinity of 60,000. I think both Ctrl-Alt-Del and Machall are in the 20-25,000 daily uniques neighborhood.

Their bandwidth bills must be painful.

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Thanks for the clarification Gabe (Tycho?). I did wonder about the alexa rankings for Megatokyo.

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Paraphrase of bizarre recent assertion made by many: "Penny Arcade isn't really a webcomic; it's a blog with a cartoon adjunct to the writing."

True? False? Thing people say to feel better about themselves about reading a webcomic+rant?

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Surely Tycho is the bald guy.

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I know that, you know that; apparently a bunch of bloggers who "don't read webcomics" don't know that.

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Are you aware that stripcreator.com uses an image of you Gabe as a default optional character for their freebie strips?

How does this make you feel?

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You both seem to be very verbose and, I am assuming, well read. Now that video games have become an integral part of our generation's culture, can you see them being accepted as a form of literature in the way films and television have? Do you think your webcomic can help play a role in this?

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Tom Brazelton's picture

You once mentioned you get sued monthly.

How often does Penny Arcade REALLY get sued and how often are the charges serious?

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

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Do you feel you deserve the respect you get from your fans on the subject of the games industry? You are after all just gamers right?

Question

Just how powerful are your collective wangs?

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subquestion : how are they so sexy and married!?

CRUSH ALL HU-MANS!!!

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1)Tycho,
Ever consider prozac?

Gabe,
Ever consider prozac for tycho?
Lets face it we all saw how balistic he went on claw shrimp... Yeah..

2) The tube IS holy... and i thank you for showing the ways to me

3) Did you Guys ever go to college for PA? if so waht courses did yall take...

4) how come ive never gotten a reply in email form yall.. are you just so backed up in emails that dont have time to do so?

5) if Downtown san diego said we wanted to do a memorial park in honor of PA, how big would the Wang statue really be??

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Has the thought of an animated cartoon deal in hollywood ever crossed your minds, I my self would love to see some big screen action, if so who would voice over tycho and gabe?

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WHY ARE YOU BULLIES!!! :(

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heh.. I was just kidding really.. I only made that comic because I'm a jerk. nothing personal

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So basically what are their three favorite strips? Good question.

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Sup Guys, I really enjoy listening to The Fine Print. You should put a little more about it on penny-arcade.com. Anywho, How amazing do you think World of Warcraft will be? Any speculation on what you think system requirements will be, maybe in comparison to what Doom3 put out?

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how is it that you two boys are so darned sexy after spending all your time playing video games?

- rstevens

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Just to satisfy my morbid curiosity... how big is your audience? Can we have an unique visitors per day stat?

Love your comic. I'm not even a gamer, but I find it extremely funny.

Maritza
CRFH.net

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after the whole debacle over the strawberry shortcake thing,

any chance of updating josie and the pussycats?

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after the whole debacle over the strawberry shortcake thing,

any chance of updating josie and the pussycats?

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Do you feel you have lost anything along the way? How did your roots affect the devlopment of the great 4 years of webcomic-ing (that's not right)?

Keen

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When will you release the next book? And if one is not planned why don't you just put all the comics on a DVD viewable as photo gallerys. Then you could have commentary and a making of video, or day in the life of PA feature.

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do you ever read other webcomics out there if so witch ones do you guys enjoy the most!

BTW penny arcade rocks!

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How do you cope with the homosexual tension between you two, and yet still manage to have trophy wives?

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Gabe, could you please fill in the blank for me.
You can't _________ that!

FroznReapr

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You guys do an excellent job (I think) with game reviews. Have you ever thought about asking and interviewing someone from the U.S or Canada to do reviews on videogames regularily?

- Matt (That strange Canadian guy)

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What artists have influenced your current art style the most?

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How does a typical "work" day go for you? As in you don't have a commute, desk, or boss nagging you all day so what is "work" like?

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If you could take me on your ideal date, what would it be?

Various other webcomics

Do you think that the direction that masses of webcomics are heading is in the right direction or wrong? Do you care?

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Rumors abound and the fans want to know:

Is the Fruit Fucker 2000 in fact Div's bastard child?

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Does Kara wear underwear?

What?! It's a freaking question!

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Did you ever have sex with a horse?

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Do you think you'll ever lose interest in gaming? If so, would you quit or try to go on (while your work possibly suffered from lack of content)

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Offline, do you guys call eachother Jerry+Mike or Tycho+Gabe?

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Why the hell don't we ever see Tycho naked?

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Errr.... Penny-Arcade started as a webcomic and then they added the daily rant.

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Dear Gabe and Tycho,

How much do you guys trust each other? And, as a follow-up, how far could you throw one another?

Thanks,

opedog
Norcross, Georgia

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Do you feel like you're leading a fulfilling, satisfying life that you could continue indefinitely? Personally, I'd love to play games all day, but I think that after a time I would become bored with it all. (I know you do more than play games, as comics and rants don't write themselves, but would I be right in guessing that you spend the majority of your time playing games?)

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Have you guys ever put any serious thought into creating a cartoon version of your comic?

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So why don't you guys look anything like the cartoon counterparts you pretend to be?

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Are you feeling the change in story style IE Less visits from famous people/Jesus?

SInce I already know the answer the the cartoon question, can I ask that same question except for video games live action show/film/blockbuster extravaganza and or multimedia experiance and or Dead Tree Comic?

I like that "dead tree" phrase to describe books but I also like paper books and how they feal and smell. What are your feelings on this popic, ?
(no I do not smoke crack rock)

What kind of Cell phones do you guys sport?

Why don't you guys make more Video game in-depth reviews?

Why don't you guys get more involved in magazine articles?

Why am I half as Geki but not even as tenth as cool as you guys?

Why has has the Charles character ever met the Jesus (either in real life or the comic?

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If you could do anything else besides being kick ass funny motherfuckers for a living, what would it be?

The king of all that is good and nice, Ice

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To Tycho,

If you could be any kind of dog what kind would it be?

from a necrowombicon attendee

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I have to know Gabe.. why pac-man? Why is it everywhere?! What is your obsession with him? Would you get Kara to wear a Ms.Pac-Man shirt all the time if you could? Do you plan to have children that will have pac-man t-shirts as well? (PS my favorite episodes are the one where you kill tycho over the pac-man watch, and claw shrimp.. Ahhh claw shrimp.. I don't know how long I laughed at that) Your comic is awesome.. yada yada.. etc.. etc.. Bye.

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How do you sleep at night, knowing that any site you like to will have it's bandwidth eaten up faster than Pac-Man can clear a maze?