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Penny Arcade Volume 4: Birds Are Weird (Penny Arcade #4)

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So, anyway, I'm sure you stopped by to find out what kinds of Penny Arcade goodness we will be lavishing upon you with this latest collection. Oh, and you came for the cinnamon almond biscotti, of course. But mostly you came because you can't get enough of the smash-hit web-comic Penny Arcade. Well, my friend, do we have the goods for you! All the P
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Dark Horse Books (first published June 20th 2007)
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I pulled this off the shelf because I was going to bed and needing something to read before I fell asleep.

I've been reading PA since back in the day. WAY back in the day. That means I read these strips when they were originally posted. Or during one of my occasional trawls back through their archive.

I own these books primarily out of loyalty to the Mike and Jerry. I like their art, so I bought their book to support them. Plus I just like owning books.

This means that I've flipped through the P
Mike Krahulik/John Gabriel is probably my favorite artist in webcomics. His drawings are both funny and weirdly realistic as far as facial expressions/mannerisms go. (here are some of my favorite examples: and The dialog is great as always, but in these cases I think the drawings are actually funnier.) So I especially enjoyed the newest Penny Arcade book for showcasing Gabe's early efforts in comics and super hero ...more
Unless you are a major geek like me, you have no idea what Penny Arcade is. If you do know what Penny Arcade is, you will have probably already read these four books. Penny Arcade is one of the most-read online comics, especially for video game enthusiasts. If you play videogames or even create videogames or work in an industry related to videogames, you read Penny Arcade as a matter of course. Where ESPN is the daily stop for sports fans, Penny Arcade is the daily stop for video game enthusiast ...more
Jeremy Brown
“Birds are Weird” is their fourth book and contains all of their comics from 2003. In addition to having all of their comics, they provide a little commentary about the purpose of each comic. Having read the previous three volumes I can honestly say that Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik really start to show their talent as artists in this volume. Some of the comics go beyond the typical off the wall video game news and can start to provide a real artistic story. For example, ...more
Despite the fact that all of these strips are free online, the commentary makes these volumes worthwhile.

I'm not immersed into the culture that Penny Arcade writes about. I dabble. I stick my toe in. Enough so that I get most of the jokes, but they don't resonate the same way for me, I suppose.

That's why it always pains me a little when I read that Gabe gave up his new art style because the readers didn't like it, or that they keep the Cardboard Tube Samurai or Catsby stories limited to once a y
These collections are a total guilty pleasure. The wit of the writing, and the crisp simplicity of the artwork bring out my inner geek, making me snort unabashedly through my nose. From the recurring cast of fornicating juicers, surly, bigoted electronics equipment, and Mac-loving frienemies, the laughs are fast and furious. At the same time, the judiciously sprinkled social commentary is as sharp as a cut from the "Cardboard Tube Samurai"
I love Penny Arcade. This is a collection of the strips from 2003, along with commentary from Jerry Holkins ("Tycho"). I bought it to pass the time on the plane when I couldn't read my Kindle. Even though I've probably read most of these strips before, I had a good time re-visiting them.
This volume includes Mike's brief but impressive sketch-line art switch, which is neat; the extras (past sketches) are funny in a "Dang, you did not like school much, huh?" way.
Feb 06, 2009 Schnaucl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Penny Arcade or video games
Once again I was highly amused. The commentaries are at least as amusing as the comics, if not more so. I particularly appreciated the European travelogue portion.
I love this strip, and this collection includes some of my favorites they've done. The commentary for each strip is worth the asking price by itself.
Great webcomic about the big inside joke that is the world of video games. Each book in this series is better than the last.
Nov 23, 2007 Monk rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PA Fans, Gamers
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More shammy gear. Read the review for The Attack of the Bacon Robots (which ironically contains no bacon - the bacon is a lie).
Dale Furutani
I find book 4 is where they really begin to find their stride and become the Penny Arcade I know and love!
Hilarity aplenty from the interwebs' finest critics of gaming and nerd culture.
Aug 20, 2009 Amy added it
Penny Arcade Volume 4: Birds Are Weird by Jerry Holkins (2007)
Another great collection of books to read on the john.
The travelogue is my favorite part.
more penny arcade goodness :)
PA is awesome!
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Keith Gerald "Jerry" Holkins is the writer of the webcomic Penny Arcade. Holkins goes by the pseudonym "Tycho Brahe." This is also the name of one of the two main characters of Penny Arcade, who is a cartoonized self-insertion of Holkins. However, as the character of Tycho was not originally meant to represent Holkins, the two have few physical similarities; for example Holkins is bald, unlike Tyc ...more
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