Maki: Well done, good sir and madam.
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
Abby “#TeamTangent” Howard, getting her Sherlock on.
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
When the door opens, the gang all instantly realizes that a)eliminated contestants are not nearly as eliminated as they thought and b)Monica makes the greatest couch ninja.
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
Stuck judging an episode of your favorite web-reality series and start feeling just a mite peckish? Roast marshmallows over a space heater, like the pros at Penny Arcade!
This episode, the fourth elimination, had a surprise, cliffhanger-ish ending that divided the fandom. More important for our purposes here, I tried to draw my own comic strip based on the elimination challenge and thoroughly embarrassed myself, but hopefully in a funny way? Continue reading Strip Search #13: Marshmallow Surprise
While I can see why the WoTC people went with the design they did, I really liked Katie’s “sexy” design. It really took the character in a different direction, which was something I think a lot of the artists were afraid to do.
While Graham disappointed me by not donning his gas mask at any point, this was a great 20 minutes of art-entertainment. The “Design a Skateboard Based on this Character” challenge was fun, and it even featured that watching-people-draw-over-the-shoulder stuff viewers have been clamoring for (no seriously, apparently they have.) Personally, I only just learned how to play Magic:The Gathering a few months ago, so I wasn’t over the moon with excitement about the Wizards of The Coast cross-promotion, but dedicated Magic fans probably had to retire to their fainting couches about three minutes into this episode. Continue reading Strip Search 12: Magic Skateboards
I hope Graham occasionally dons the gas mask when he introduces challenges throughout the rest of the show. I mean, they already bought the things, may as well get their money’s worth.
In Strip Search 11, the kids get to spray paint the walls of someone’s garage, and for a minute there I thought someone was definitely going to end up going to the hospital for inhaling paint fumes, but the team wisely provided gas masks for all.
That’s totally something that would have happened on America’s Greatest Otaku, though. Continue reading Strip Search #11: Paint Fumes And Pineapples