First off, congratulations to the webcomic-slash-cultural-powerhouse that is "Penny Arcade."
In recent days, "Penny Arcade" has had twin victories to celebrate ("power to the PAX!"). First, after nearly a half-million votes, "PA" (mobilizing that mighty-mighty fanbase) led with 36 percent of the vote in the semifinals of Comic Riffs's Official Best Webcomic Poll when polling closed last Wednesday.
Then, just this week, it was announced that "PA" writer Jerry Holkins and artist Mike Krahulik (along with biz partner Robert Khoo) will receive the Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards on March 11. (According to the literature, the award recognises [with lofty British spellings, no less] those who have "helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art.")
We are not certain which of these two honors that Holkins & Krahulik hold more dear. (Okay, okay, we could take a wild guess, but we don't want to overly glamourise [is that even a British spelling?] the powerful sheen of Comic Riffs.)
Today, though, comes the true test: The finals of Comic Riffs's Best Webcomic of the Past Decade Poll begin. The seven top-polling webcomics from last week are in the running. They are: "Girl Genius"; "Hark! A Vagrant"; "Least I Could Do"; "Penny Arcade"; "Perry Bible Fellowship"; "Schlock Mercenary"; and "xkcd."
This is The Big Ballot. Polling will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 10.
So support your favorite webcomic below. As we like to say: It's fast, it's free -- and it helps drive more eyes to some of the best cartoonists working today.
THE BIG BALLOT:
The direct links to the seven finalists are:
(Note: Just because Comic Riffs is conducting this unscientific and nonbinding poll does not mean we or The Post automatically endorse or share the views of any of these webcomics. Consider this our official disclaimer, O barristers and the readily offended.)