Final web cartoonists face off on Penny Arcade’s “Strip Search” reality show


Seattle, WA – June 6, 2013 – With only three artists now remaining from a talented pool of 12, Penny Arcade’s “Strip Search” will select its winner at 7:00 PM PST on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013!  Over the course of 28 episodes, the participants have drawn, riffed, and improvised their way through a series of challenges which have ranged from the intense to the bizarre.  The winner in the season finale episode will earn $15,000 cash, space at Penny Arcade’s Seattle office for one year, and support from the company’s robust business and merchandising resources. ss_cast

The “Strip Search” project was initially greenlit by a Penny Arcade Kickstarter stretch goal last year and has been airing new episodes each Tuesday and Friday at  Penny Arcade co-creators Mike “Gabe” Krahulik and Jerry “Tycho” Holkins have been presiding over the competition, ultimately serving as judges in head-to-head elimination challenges where two artists at a time face off against each other – selecting topics from the Wastebasket of Broken Dreams, and working against the clock while striving to craft a winning comic strip!

The 12 participating artists were culled from a rigorous selection process of nearly 1,000 entrants worldwide. The process spanned a wide range from younger and less experienced artists like 20-year old Abby Howard and 22-year old Alex Hobbs to webcomic veterans like Erika Moen and Katie Rice.  The artists all lived together in a lakefront mansion in Seattle, WA, where Penny Arcade is based.

In addition to the elimination webcomic creation rounds, challenges have run the gamut and have included a variety of skills that successful web cartoonists must master – trade shows, audience development, merchandising, and more.  The first 28 episodes are available at, so new viewers can catch up on all of the earlier shows.  The website also includes background information on each of the artists, as well as samples of work created over the course of the season.  The final showdown will air over three episodes at the Strip Search website: Friday, June 7; Friday, June 14; and Tuesday, June 18.

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