Penny Arcade is an online comic, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik, about gaming and gamer culture that has run twice weekly since 1998. Through its usage of very dark, offensive anti-establishment satire, it grew to become one of the most popular webcomics and the creators became figureheads of a pro-consumer, pro-independent movement. The duo have spun their success into a series of video games, a children's charity, and the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) brand of video game and geek culture conventions.
Their relation with minority groups have been problematic over the years, with multiple controversies over the content of both their comics and commentary. While they have joked about rape before, their defense of one strip with a slave saying he is "raped to sleep by the dickwolves" escalated with their attempts to justify themselves instead revealing them to have a deep misperception of what makes casual mentions of rape in humor problematic. Both of them have made public anti-transgendered statements casting them as "people in extensive drag".