It was the best of episodes, it was the worst of episodes. On the side of the angels, we get to hear everyone’s thoughts on both the last elimination and what to expect during the final leg of the competition, and it’s a nice change. On the minus side, this game they play should not be played in a house with so much furniture, and it’s darn lucky that everyone escaped sans concussion. Continue reading Strip Search #23: It Was The Best of Times
For Elimination #7 in the Comic Battle Dome, it’s the epic battle of The Great Lexxy Conspiracy Versus The Great Monica Conspiracy. For those that don’t already know, The Great Lexxy Conspiracy is the idea that the entire competition is rigged in favor of Lexxy, because Penny Arcade would totally stage an entire reality show competition to invent an excuse to hire someone they could hire any time they felt like it. The Great Monica Conspiracy is the idea that everything is rigged in favor of giving Monica the opportunity to counter-troll the internet’s most accomplished trolls like a tiny, trash-talking steamroller, and get free Sour Patch Kids at the same time
I think it’s safe to say that of the two, the Monica Conspiracy is the one with real merit, because at least we have video evidence of Monica downing some Sour Patch Kids. Oh, and some comics were drawn. Continue reading Strip Search #22: Dino Skates Smackdown
Lexxy: I respectfully acknowledge your ping pong skills, but never forget that I can draw circles around you. CIRCLES.
Monica: Elimination. Tonight. FUCK.
Graham: Well, that was …respectable?
Abby: I pull off a great upset and you make me play SPORTS? FUCK.
The inevitable Ping-Pong Challenge finally happens, and the dirty secret of Strip Search is revealed: Robert Khoo has just been using this whole competition as a ruse to recruit another talented table tennis player to his team, in order to continue Penny Arcade’s dominance of the sport(?) in the greater Seattle area. Unfortunately for him, none of the Strippers are all that great at it: Katie is the best, and even she calls topspin a “spinny-thingy.” Continue reading Strip Search #20: Show Me Your Spinny-Thing
During the sixth elimination, Mike and Jerry realize that despite the simplistic style she used for her cartoon self-portrait, Abby is actually a rockin’ cartoonist. It’s really satisfying to watch– kind of like that episode of Britain’s Got Talent where Simon Cowell was acting like his usual insufferable self, then Susan Boyle came on and sang I Dreamed A Dream like a total boss and you could see his eyebrows try to forcibly escape from the rest of his body. “OMG she’s really good, HOW COULD I HAVE KNOWN? She looks like she would be so NOT-GOOD!”
Well, it’s like that, except we don’t hate Mike and Jerry like we do Simon Cowell– well, most people don’t. Some people are big into the hate. Continue reading Strip Search #19: Naughty Mysteries
At the inaugural StripCon, our plucky webtoonists have to sketch for tips and make conversation with fans while Penny Arcade employees try their hardest to play the role of obnoxious, shoplifting trolls– which, for some of them, doesn’t require trying very hard at all.
Recap title courtesy of Monica, who has won the entire internet for reverse-trolling Robert Khoo. Seriously, whether you use the ‘net to post on boards, read political commentary or just watch hours of cat videos on Youtube, you do so at the pleasure of one Monica Ray: It all belongs to her now. Continue reading Strip Search #18: Of COURSE I’ll Draw On Your Abs
In episode 17 of Strip Search, the internet reality art show sensation, PA tries to get me to stop recapping this show by making the episode center around motorsports, one of my least favorite things. Fortunately, our favorite smoothie-fueled webtoonists seem to have much more interest in kicking the living shit out of the race track than actually “racing,” per se, so it all works out in the end. Continue reading Strip Search #17: Topple Gear
In this episode of Strip Search, Mike has his first Golden Oreo in two months and it’s practically a religious experience, while Jerry makes a smoothie out of the losing artist’s comic and downs it in one go, toxic inks and all. And to think there are people on earth who aren’t watching this show. Continue reading Strip Search #16: Jerry Ate My Comic
I didn’t quite get this episode, honestly. I understand that setting up a merch table properly at a con is important for an artist, but I had no idea there were so many little nuances, and I’m still not sure I understood what the judges were talking about. Whenever they started going on about “verticality” or certain combinations of books vs. prints looking “inviting,” I kind of lost the plot a little there. I guess this is why I am not Penny Arcade Mastermind Robert Khoo. Continue reading Strip Search #15: MEEEEEEEERCHHHH
In this episode Amy gets real, Lexxy gets reestablished, Maki gets re-pineappled, and Katie kicks ass in the most quiet, unassuming way possible. Meanwhile, Erika continues to impress with the sheer number of clothing items she owns in the exact same shade of pink as her hair. Continue reading Strip Search #14: Blitzkrieg Sculpey