Official Press Release
New York Comic Con (NYCC) today revealed that Mike “Gabe” Krahulik and Jerry “Tycho” Holkins will both appear at the 2009 New York Comic Con as Guests of Honor. Gabe and Tycho are the creators of the popular video game-themed webcomic Penny Arcade, and they will appear at New York Comic Con to take part in panels and signings. The 2009 New York Comic Con takes place February 6-8 in the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. Gabe and Tycho join Guests of Honor including Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, J. George Perez, Michael Straczynski, and Michael Uslan.
Since founding Penny Arcade in 1998, creators Gabe and Tycho have fostered their online comic about video games into a pillar of gamer culture. The webcomic, updated thrice weekly, currently runs over 1,500 strips and is read by over 3.5 million fans every month. And beyond the comic, Penny Arcade manages a children’s charity — Child’s Play — and hosts a gaming festival — Penny Arcade Expo — held in Seattle each year.
“New York Comic Con welcomes Gabe and Tycho to its 2009 event as the capstone of its gamer program, a program which features names including 2K Games, Activision, Codemasters, EA Mythic, Epic, Hudson, Konami, Sony Online Entertainment, and Ubisoft on our show floor or featured in our panel rooms,” Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. “We’re highlighting some of the biggest companies and most-anticipated games of 2009, and we’re very, very happy to welcome the creators of Penny Arcade — the zeitgeist of the gamer community — to sit at the center of these festivities.”
More information about Gabe and Tycho’s events at New York Comic Con along with gamer programming in general will appear throughout December at www.newyorkcomiccon.com and www.mediumatlarge.net. Tickets are on sale now.
ABOUT PENNY ARCADE:
Equal parts online comic and commentary, Penny Arcade (www.penny-arcade.com) keeps its finger on the pulse of the gaming industry, prompting conversation and controversy alike from community members and industry experts. What started as a hobby in 1998 for Jerry “Tycho” Holkins and Mike “Gabe” Krahulik has grown into an online phenomenon serving 70 million page views a month to millions of readers worldwide. In addition to the comic strip and PAX gaming festival (www.pennyarcadeexpo.com), Penny Arcade has expanded its reach to include a growing line of merchandise, a video game and management of Child’s Play (www.childsplaycharity.org), a gamer-driven charity for children that spans the globe.
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. Further information can be found at newyorkcomiccon.com.
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