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    • CommentAuthorpoor_boy
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2009
    <blockquote>They don't do that strip for an employer.</blockquote>Well, not just <em>one</em>, anyway...
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2009
    Automata blew me the fuck away. I loved what they did there and hope that that story gets the highest votes. Reminds me of Jasen Lex's stuff, for some reason I can't place.
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2009
    well, i had a good hour and a bit read of a lot of PA strips from the last year last night, i can say that not only is it nicely polished, most of the jokes are pretty good, and it doesn't seem to repeat itself. it's nice to come back to something and find that it's quite good.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2009
    The Lookouts is amazing. Automata is amazing. What glorious masterpiece further splits our votes come Monday? (as much as Automata is pretty much right in my sweet spot, Lookouts feels more robust, and does a better job of seeding a whole world within its panels, so I lean towards it at the moment)
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2009
    Monday's is most likely to take the vote from their fans, as it's a treatment of Mike's D&D character Jim Darkmagic. If you've listened to the Dungeons and Dragons podcasts they did with Scott Kurtz and Wil Wheaton you'll already be familiar with him.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2009
    Those two are just massively talented, and have really grown since I first started reading them in the early 00's.

    I'd love to see something longform from them. Hopefully Automata. It's an absolute joy to see Mike outside of the traditional comfort zone.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2009
    So far I'm definately rooting for Automata.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009 edited
    Mike has said on his twitter that they're going to do all three eventually and that the vote is just to decide the order.
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    The last one is up. And it's damn funny.

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    Oh that last one is compelling.
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    I'm rooting for Lookouts, myself.
    Don't get me wrong, Jim Darkmagic is hilarious, but Lookouts seems like something Jerry will be exceedingly good at while challenging both their skill. Also, it's them trying something a little bit new but still familiar to some degree. I'd LOVE to see Automata AND Jim Darkmagic done at some point, but Lookouts is currently the most compelling of the three.

    If I were to rate them, I'd go Lookouts, Automata and Jim Darkmagic.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    I'd have to agree with that order as well, Lookouts and Automata being quite close, with Jim Darkmagic well behind. While quite funny, it doesn't particularly suggest a larger scope than amusing failures at wizardry, so it'd be something I'd prefer to see show up as one-offs like Twisp and Catsby.
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    I think that the order I'd like to see them in is Automata, Lookouts, and then Jim Darkmagic. This is mostly down to my preference to science fiction over fantasy.

    Jim Darkmagic has fun premise, but it's too close to their normal stuff, and I like Magnulus want to see the Penny Arcade guys push themselves.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    I was actually kind of disappointed by Jim Darkmagic. Funny, but it felt really rushed.
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    Jim Darkmagic feels like an extension of the style in which they operate already. Not to say that that's not super funny or doesn't look great, but it's not pushing their boundaries. That said, Scott Kurtz from PvP has a new strip up in which his character from the D&D podcasts, Binwin Bronzebottom, is featured. His newspost said he'd be excited to do crossovers and such, fleshing out the world of Acquisitions Incorporated.

    I really want to see more from "Lookouts," personally. I was a Boy Scout myself, so that might influence my vote, but that world seems so rich and satisfying. And that's coming from a guy who doesn't much like fantasy most of the time.
    • CommentAuthorsamishah
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    Automata! All the way! Every second webcomic is a fantasy comic. And it just seems like a genre these guys could do in their sleep. But you can tell that Automata is something they would really sink their teeth into. Just look at the colour treatments. Drool.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    I'll be voting for Automata also. That one will really push them, and it's not something you see in webcomics everyday.
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    I'm also on the Automata team. Because I love the premise, and adore the execution. Although Lookouts is almost painfully charming.

    Like several others in here, while I liked the Jim Darkmagic comic well enough, it's easily the least interesting of the three.
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    It is time to go and vote for the comic you wish to see.

    You go vote here.

    The poll will remain open for 24 hours according to the Penny Arcade website.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    I voted