Last week I mentioned that the Penny Arcade gentlemen, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, launched a Kickstarter project to raise $1 million to replace all advertising on their website. In four days, they raised over $250,000. At various milestones of fundraising, the duo will be “unlocking” certain features are opened. One of which is a webcomic strip contest that will be held in reality tv fashion if fans raise $450,000. On their blog, they have offered a few more details on the contest.
We would start off by asking for submissions. Any webcomic artist could send us a sample of their work and a quick video of themselves stating why they would like to be on the show. Then we take all these submissions and narrow it down to our cast of 10 artists. They are flown out here to Seattle and live together in a house rigged with cameras. We will then put them through a series of challenges based on the skills needed to run a successful web comic. We will test their artistic skills as well as their business smarts. Tycho and I will knock them off one by one over the course of the show until we are left with one winner.
The last artist standing will win a sizable cash prize along with getting plugged into the Penny Arcade machine for one year. That means they will have access to our merchandising, graphic designers, and business brains as well as a studio in our office. This is a massive undertaking for us and it’s sitting at the 450k level of our Kickstarter. If we manage to hit this goal we will release more details about how and when you can apply to be on the show.