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Penny Arcade’s Strip Search to debut next month
Earlier last year, the Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik and Robert Kho, president of operations and business development, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to eliminate ads from their website. One of the stretch goals was to create a strip search contest to find a worthy up-and-coming cartoonist. The contest, which was already conducted late last year, was set up and filmed as a reality TV show. The show will debut on PATV next month.
You recently announced your 12 finalists – what exactly will they do in Strip Search?
Holkins: They’ll be made to suffer terribly in a fine house we rented for them, while they do battle with one another for cash and prizes. Literally.
What are the challenges and eliminations like?
Khoo: The vast majority of events are designed to stress test the different facets of a professional webcartoonist. For instance, one of the earlier challenges is to work with Penny Arcade‘s design team to create a real-world product. To put even a little more skin in the game, we’ll be offering said product for sale online, with the profits going to the winner of that specific challenge.
The winner takes home a $15,000 cash prize and is also given office “space in Penny Arcade‘s Seattle offices for a year, complete with support from the company with merchandise, marketing and infrastructure.”