Check Out The Splendid Magic Of Penny Arcade

by Tim Turi on Dec 03, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Today an early edition of The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade showed up on our doorstep. No it wasn't a mason jar filled with fairies, rainbows, and unicorn poop, but a book chronicling the history of Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins' brainchild. True Penny Arcade fans will drop their 12-sided die in sheer awe at the comprehensive magnitude of this book. From the webcomic's humble beginnings to its accomplished status today, no stone is left unturned or D&D joke left unmade.

Within the pages of the mystic tome are pages filled with art from the gaming-centric comic strip. Favorite entries in the series have been chosen by the creators themselves, some accompanied by such enlightening insight as "I like this one a lot." You can also learn all about the evolution of Gabe and Tycho, along with other characters in the Penny Arcade universe from the infamous Fruit F*cker to Jim the third roommate. There are also inside looks at how and where the comics are created. Speaking of "where," Penny Arcade's crew just moved into a new office last July and the pictures in the book make the place look like nerd-Valhalla.

Retrospective analysis extends beyond the comic itself, with deep looks into the further reaching impact of Penny Arcade. Insider's perspective of the Penny Arcade Expo, the hugely successful video game convention, reveals cool facts such as the "Top 10 Mistakes at the Inaugural PAX." My favorite tidbit being that Mike and Jerry chased a guy down who stole a banner down the street at 3 in the morning. The book also delves into the formation and impact of the Child's Play charity event. A hilarious fan Q&A rounds out the plethora of Penny Arcade info found in the book. You can find out the duo's "guilty pleasure" games and what they think of the comic's huge success.

The Splendid Magic Of Penny Arcade is a no-brainer for fans of the series, and acts as a perfect compliment for enjoying the dorky misadventures of Gabe and Tycho. If anything, it's awesome to enjoy Penny Arcade-related material without having your eyes glued to a computer screen. Expect the book to hit this March.