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Penny Arcade - Comic - Retromancy

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Penny Arcade - Comic - Retromancy

Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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    ArmsForPeace84ArmsForPeace84 Your Partner In Freedom Registered User regular
    This strip made its debut before Napster and Futurama.

    Nothing personal. It's just business.
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    v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    I've been loving X-men '97. But, at times I'm thinking it should be called X-men the 80's. So far they have adapted the Trial of Magneto story (originally published in December of '85) The Inferno Storyline (Originally ran in Fall of '88) and Storm's famous Lifedeath Love story with Forge ( Originally ran in '84).

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    v2micca wrote: »
    I've been loving X-men '97. But, at times I'm thinking it should be called X-men the 80's. So far they have adapted the Trial of Magneto story (originally published in December of '85) The Inferno Storyline (Originally ran in Fall of '88) and Storm's famous Lifedeath Love story with Forge ( Originally ran in '84).

    The original 1992 cartoon was constantly adapting stories from the 70s and 80s. Days of Future Past, The Phoenix Saga, The Four Horseman of Apocalypse. Even the first episode with Magneto was a loose adaptation of the first issue of The X-Men from the 60s.

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    v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    Dirty wrote: »
    v2micca wrote: »
    I've been loving X-men '97. But, at times I'm thinking it should be called X-men the 80's. So far they have adapted the Trial of Magneto story (originally published in December of '85) The Inferno Storyline (Originally ran in Fall of '88) and Storm's famous Lifedeath Love story with Forge ( Originally ran in '84).

    The original 1992 cartoon was constantly adapting stories from the 70s and 80s. Days of Future Past, The Phoenix Saga, The Four Horseman of Apocalypse. Even the first episode with Magneto was a loose adaptation of the first issue of The X-Men from the 60s.

    I guess I am also surprised (pleasantly surprised) that they have allowed their cash cow in Wolverine to play a supporting role in the series to this point.

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    Anon von ZilchAnon von Zilch Registered User regular
    I like how Mike seems genuinely unable to replicate what the strip actually looked like in '98 anymore.

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    FireballDragonFireballDragon Registered User regular
    Never forget what they took from us.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    "Being able to watch a kids TV show while also feeling like a pervert."

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    I like how Mike seems genuinely unable to replicate what the strip actually looked like in '98 anymore.
    It could just be true to the theme of X-Men 97, where they're going for the same style, but it's not an exact match.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    Dirty wrote: »
    I like how Mike seems genuinely unable to replicate what the strip actually looked like in '98 anymore.
    It could just be true to the theme of X-Men 97, where they're going for the same style, but it's not an exact match.

    They're going for nostylgia.

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    palidine40palidine40 Registered User regular
    Get that original Law & Order author in to do some writing, or multiples of him! It'll be great for the old days :D

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    Oh god. I only joined this forum in '07, but I really have been reading the comic for this long.
    Stop reminding me how ancient I am! *turns to dust*.

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    MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Hey Google, define "anime"
    dennis wrote: »
    "Being able to watch a kids TV show while also feeling like a pervert."

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    Feel that this strip could really benefit from one or more pointy s-shaped symbols.
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    Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The sunny beaches of CanadaRegistered User regular
    I love Tycho in the second panel. Without the line 'despite our best efforts' is sounds like hubris, but with it it sounds more like he's cursing a terrible fate.

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited April 6
    Dirty wrote: »
    I like how Mike seems genuinely unable to replicate what the strip actually looked like in '98 anymore.
    It could just be true to the theme of X-Men 97, where they're going for the same style, but it's not an exact match.

    That's what it feels like, because when Duke Nukem Forever finally came out, Mike drew a panel that actually really looked like the old style.

    Djiem on
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    Anon von ZilchAnon von Zilch Registered User regular
    Djiem wrote: »
    Dirty wrote: »
    I like how Mike seems genuinely unable to replicate what the strip actually looked like in '98 anymore.
    It could just be true to the theme of X-Men 97, where they're going for the same style, but it's not an exact match.

    That's what it feels like, because when Duke Nukem Forever finally came out, Mike drew a panel that actually really looked like the old style.

    I'd actually argue that was another case of Mike not quite being able to recreate what the comic used to look like.

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    LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
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    Emperor MegamanEmperor Megaman Registered User regular
    edited April 8
    Djiem wrote: »
    Dirty wrote: »
    I like how Mike seems genuinely unable to replicate what the strip actually looked like in '98 anymore.
    It could just be true to the theme of X-Men 97, where they're going for the same style, but it's not an exact match.

    That's what it feels like, because when Duke Nukem Forever finally came out, Mike drew a panel that actually really looked like the old style.

    I'd actually argue that was another case of Mike not quite being able to recreate what the comic used to look like.

    It's not a perfect 1 to 1, but still looks close enough. the head and hair shape, the expressions. the general idea of 1999 PA is here. that one is just something else.
    There was another strip circa 2018 that tried it as well and fell somewhere in the middle, but i can't find it right now.
    Then again, I don't think it's possible to deliberately recreate how you worked 10 years ago, less so 20 years.
    edit: found the 2017 one https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2017/04/21/evolution

    partially related, but i have a preference for the late 2000's artstyle.

    Emperor Megaman on
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    v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    v2micca wrote: »
    I've been loving X-men '97. But, at times I'm thinking it should be called X-men the 80's. So far they have adapted the Trial of Magneto story (originally published in December of '85) The Inferno Storyline (Originally ran in Fall of '88) and Storm's famous Lifedeath Love story with Forge ( Originally ran in '84).

    Well, I stand corrected. With the most recent episode they went hard into the Grant Morrison era while taking elements from the recent Krakoa era storyline.

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