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      CommentAuthormister86
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
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    I was torn, but went with the charm of Lookouts over the intrigue of Automata. Surprisingly hard decision, it was.
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    The results so far.

    And this is how the voting is going. Interesting, as there was such a public outpouring of love for Lookouts.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
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    I'm glad Automata is winning! Let's hope it keeps up!
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    Yeah, I voted Automata. I actually like "Lookouts" a bit more in terms of design, but the colors and style on Automata? Too nice. Plus, Robots and Noir. WIN.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
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    Voted Lookouts, as I mentioned I would. Not surprised to see the vote going this way. I'll be happy either way, and I have a feeling they'll bring Lookouts back at some point. Judging from the podcast, they kind of fell in love with the idea a bit themselves.
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
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    Voted Automata.

    Also, no matter what you picked, you can't actually lose: we'll try to come back to all of these eventually. We aren't foolish enough to commit to a timeline, but there's a reason we put them in front of you. Eventually, we won't be able to resist.


    This is heartening. While I'd prefer to see Automata first and foremost, I'd very much like to see Lookouts expanded as well, and I have no doubt that they'd be able to wring a great amount of fun out of Jim D-to-the-Magic. (Haaaaaaste!)
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
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    Voted for Automata. The other two I was kinda "meh" on--not into fantasy and Jim Darkmagic felt really one-note for me.
    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
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    I's voted for Automata, as well. When I first read the first one, I didn't know what to make of it. Didn't know if it was an esoteric videogame joke I wasn't grasping (as tends to happen every now and again) or what. I reread it around the time they put Automata up and found it to be pretty solid, though. Still, Automata gets my vote. Very nice, interesting premise.
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    I really hope that Automata makes it. The artwork surprised me. Would be nifty if it had some of the humour they spent on Jim Darkmagic
    • CommentAuthorCompy
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
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    You know, I like Automata but in the writing and art style in Lookouts was sooooo cool so I went against the local trend and voted for that instead. It's such a simple, neat concept, i'd love to see a whole book! Jim Darkmagic was funny but basically seemed like a different version of their usual style - don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the DnD podcast (especially the second one with Wil Wheaton... "Rudy, the undead hound..." :) ).
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
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    Not to follow the Whitechapel bandwagon, but I really, really dug Automata.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
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    @looney:
    Good. That strip just did not work for me. I strongly prefer to see Automata & that's how I voted.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
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    Darkmagic worked very well for me, but not in any other way than Penny Arcade's usual fare, so I'm glad to see the back of it in this particular vote. Voted Lookouts yet again.
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    I think both the runoff choices show something really interesting about their fanbase. They want the guys to play, not just more of the same. That's...heartening.
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      CommentAuthorzoem
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
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    I agree with the comment about PA being evidence of "draw every day" in practice - so, so true. Looking back at their first strips compared to what they're doing today - it's really inspiring. I am certain many, many artists and comics teams go through this kind of evolution, but I've never seen it so clearly documented.

    Listening to their podcasts has also been really illustrative of their comedy writing process - how the funny evolves, when it's a daily job.

    Lookouts has my heart - the art and writing are just stellar. The expressions and personalities of the boys are really sophisticated. But I want the story of Automata - and so it looks to be, based on the votes. I also badly want a Twisp and Catsby book...
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2009
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    Automata, Lookouts, Catsby and Twisp, CTS, Jim Darkmagic, plus On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness...wtf, for real, put out an ongoing series already, these guys are genius. I voted Automata, but it was a close call...hell I'd even read a Baby vs. Rhino serial. One can dream.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
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    Voted Automata, I cannot say no to robot noir, especially not from these guys.
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      CommentAuthorJeffZero
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
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    hahaha, looks like Jim Darkmagic made an earlier appearance:

    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/4/20/
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
     (6103.60)
    Jim Darkmagic (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics) is Gabe's D&D character. He, Scott Kurtz of PvP, and Wil Wheaton podcasted a couple of gaming sessions for Wizards of the Coast and have started to work their characters into comics sometimes. I expect we'll be seeing more of them regardless of this contest.

    The podcasts are actually pretty good, in a tabletop gaming geek sort of way. My inner 14 year old was highly entertained.