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Penny Arcade 6: The Halls Below Paperback – July 20, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Penny Arcade (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345512278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345512277
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JERRY HOLKINS is the writer of the webcomic Penny Arcade. Holkins also writes the majority of the news posts or rants that accompany each comic. His other exploits include being a lead singer/guitarist in a band called The Fine Print, whose works are freely available over the internet. In the webcomic, his alter ego is known as Tycho Brahe. Holkins lives in the Seattle, Washington area.
 


Mike Krahulik is the artist for the webcomic Penny Arcade. Krahulik credits cartoonist Stephen Silver as a major influence on his drawing style, which has continued to evolve since he began drawing Penny Arcade in 1998. He also provided the illustrations for the cover of the book Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi, and artwork for the Daily Victim, a regular feature that used to run on GameSpy.com. In the webcomic, his alter ego is Jonathan Gabriel, or simply Gabe. Krahulik lives in the Seattle, Washington area.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Malone on July 21, 2010
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This book contains every PA comic from 2005. That wasn't a bad year for PA, so you're getting good comics... all of which are still perfectly available online. To me, the only point of these volumes is to have a physical copy to read while "dropping the Cosby kids off at the pool." Here's the thing: The first five PA volumes were published by Dark Horse. This sixth volume was published by Del Rey/Ballantine, and some changes have been made... and not for the better.

Until now, I never really gave too much thought to the books themselves; they're just typical comic paperbacks. But now that they've changed publishers, the drop in quality is instantly noticeable. The paper stock is lighter/cheaper than previous volumes, particularly the cover. Volumes 1-5 all had printed inner covers, they were covered by gray-scale patterns in keeping with the theme of each volume (e.g. the inner cover of Birds Are Weird was printed with a pattern of pigeons.) I never even noticed that before, but I notice now that I'm looking at vol. 6, which has blank white inner covers. They've used a weird new font for the titles of the strips, which is mildly annoying. In previous volumes, Holkins' commentary for each strip was always, ALWAYS directly beneath the strip he was commenting on. In this volume, sometimes the page layouts are such that there's no room for the commentary below, so they put it on the opposite page instead; seems kinda sloppy. (Though the commentary is as fun to read as ever, usually... a few of them do seem a bit "phoned in".) Moreover, vols. 1-5 all shared a common graphic design philosophy whereby at a glance it was obvious that they all belonged to the same series. Vol. 6 has a completely new design style, so if you put them all on the shelf together, suddenly there's an odd man out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Donat on July 23, 2010
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The comics are excellent as always, but the printing of the comics is awful!

They're so blurry they're often hard to read. I could print better versions of them from their site with my Ink Jet Printer.

Also where volume 1-5 are printed pristine, and each comic has thoughtful, modern, commentary on it, this one often has either ramblings nothing to do with the comics, or Jerry explains that he has no idea what was going on here, its like they got lazy.

I am *very* disappointed with this. The other books were an awesome part of my collection. This one soils the series.

I LOVE Penny Arcade, and I wanted and expected the beautiful versions I got from Volumes 1-5, but this is bad, really bad.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blore 07 on August 8, 2010
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The first 5 penny arcade collections, published by Dark Horse, were great quality, heavy paper stock with great quality printing.
This is the exact opposite of that. Thin paper, blurry prints, Lazy commentary.

2005 was a good year for PA comics, but do yourself a favour, read them online, this collection really isnt worth paying out for.
Its obvious someones saved a bundle choosing to print these at sub par quality, but we as the consumer arent seeing any of these savings.

Dont bother with this collection, the only good factor is the rather classy front cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josef Komenda on October 15, 2010
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The editing, layout, paper, and binding are a step down from the Dark Horse editions. The content remains compelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian R. Unger on September 3, 2010
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Let's face it:
1) Penny Arcade is available for free online;
2) The book doesn't feel very sturdy, compared to the previous prints it is quite floppy.

The strips are highly topical and generally require at least SOME awareness of what is going on in the games industry, often times quite a bit of awareness. The humor is not for everyone and if you aren't a gamer, this isn't for you anyway.

So, if you like Penny Arcade enough to have a hardcopy and can live with the paper being floppy odds are you've already clicked "add to cart". If you're sitting on the fence, read the strips online.

Two of the other reviews (as I write this) mentioned poor print quality and I'm not sure there wasn't just a bad run. My copy is fine.

The make up of the book is the standard: strips + explanation/commentary, plus some extra content (which I haven't yet read), so much like a DVD: what you're buying and bits to set it apart from the free to air (or cinema) experience. The commentaries rekindle memories for me and I don't feel they are a core of the experience, though other reviewers are complaining ... I honestly don't understand the upset here. They didn't feel different to previous iterations.

I don't think the floppy feel of the book (three mentions, must be an issue?) is something I would ding the score on normally, but it does make the product feel cheap... not fragile so much as ... not holding anything in your hand ... but this is obviously subjective. Judging by the other reviews though, this is an issue to many people ...

One bonus point about this book is that it contains my all time favorite strip: [...]
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The printing on this book is so inferior to its predecessors and follow-ups, it's no wonder they decided to find another publisher. Flimsy cover, lower-quality pages, interior art and supplemental pages unimpressive.
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