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

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Published online in 2003, this is a smorgasbord of commentary courtesy of Gabe and Tycho.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Dark Horse
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Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
Jan 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mycollection
“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
Dec 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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"
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Dale Furutani
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, gaming
I find book 4 is where they really begin to find their stride and become the Penny Arcade I know and love!
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hilarity aplenty from the interwebs' finest critics of gaming and nerd culture.
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Penny Arcade or video games
Shelves: compilation
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.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
more penny arcade goodness :)
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The travelogue is my favorite part.
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PA Fans, Gamers
Shelves: graphicnovel, humor
More shammy gear. Read the review for The Attack of the Bacon Robots (which ironically contains no bacon - the bacon is a lie).
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
PA is awesome!
Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, webcomics, humor
Another great collection of books to read on the john.
Oct 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, comics
Great webcomic about the big inside joke that is the world of video games. Each book in this series is better than the last.
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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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