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MIKE KRAHULIK
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February 25, 2015

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Mike Krahulik

Mike Krahulik (/krəˈhuː.lɪk/; born September 25, 1977) is the artist for the popular webcomic Penny Arcade and co-founder with Jerry Holkins of Child's Play, a multimillion dollar charity that organizes toy drives for children's hospitals. He goes by the online moniker "Jonathan Gabriel" or "Gabe". He does not physically resemble his comic strip counterpart, as the character was not originally meant to represent him.

Work

Krahulik credits cartoonist Stephen Silver as a major influence on his drawing style. His style has dramatically changed since he began drawing Penny Arcade in 1998.[1]

Krahulik has done promotional comics for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six and many other video games. He also provided the illustrations for the cover of Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.[2] In his early career he contributed artwork to the Daily Victim, a regular feature that used to run on GameSpy, totaling more than 300 illustrations.

Publicity

Krahulik has been in press online, thanks to hostile phone calls from Jack Thompson regarding an email Krahulik had sent. The email was in response to an offer Thompson had made ("A Modest Video Game Proposal") to video game creators about creating an ultra-violent game based on a man whose son was murdered by a supposedly video game-influenced teen. Thompson claimed he would donate $10,000 towards a charity of former Take-Two Interactive chairman Paul Eibeler's choosing if the game was made (which it eventually was). Krahulik, in the email, said he and fellow gamers had raised about half a million dollars toward charity. According to Krahulik, "Jack actually just called and screamed at me for a couple minutes. He said if I email him again I will 'regret it'. What a violent man."[3]

Mike Krahulik, along with the rest of the Penny Arcade staff, later opted to "step in" for Jack Thompson. Thompson refused to donate $10,000 to charity because he considered the game put forth to meet his challenge subpar. He also claimed that his proposal was satirical and not a serious offer. Penny Arcade donated the money in his stead to the Entertainment Software Association with the note, "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson won't".[4][5]

Mike is also featured in the Dungeons & Dragons podcast, playing the infamous "Jim Darkmagic (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics)".[6] He and Penny Arcade writer Jerry Holkins had the opportunity to play the new release of Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition in Seattle for a day with Chris Perkins from Wizards of the Coast, Scott Kurtz of PvP, and Wil Wheaton.[7]

Along with Holkins, Krahulik was included on the 2010 Time 100[8] for their work on Penny Arcade.

He was also tasked with designing and drawing advertisements, promotional artwork, and pre-order bonuses of several video games, including Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and others, mostly from Ubisoft. He and Holkins have archived these projects and keep them within their web page.[9]

In 2011, Krahulik provided a foreword for the book The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic, which was about the production of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic.[10]

Controversy



Krahulik has been sometimes noted by marginalised groups for his controversial opinions involving topics of transgenderism and rape,[11][12][6] which has often resulted in polarized responses within and outside the PAX community with the majority of people not finding harm in Krahulik's satire comic strips. Often absorbed by the community in the form of social references, members of the Penny Arcade community have even turned to producing complex timelines illustrating these events to explain the social dilemmas and resultant memes.[13] In 2013, Krahulik apologized and donated $20,000 to LGBTQ youth suicide prevention group The Trevor Project.[14]

References

1. Maragos, Nich (November 7, 2005). "Penny Arcade". 1up.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
2. "2005 Cover Art Gallery". Locus. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
3. "Jack Thompson is blasted by pro-family group". Gamesindustry.biz. October 14, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
4. Miller, Ross (2005-10-17). "Penny Arcade donates $10,000 in Jack's name to charity". Joystiq. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
5. Reimer, Jeremy (October 19, 2005). "Anti-game activist Jack Thompson under investigation". Ars Technica. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
6. Kaszor, Daniel (June 21, 2013). "Download Code: Penny Arcade needs to fix its Krahulik problem". Financial Post. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
7. Pascale, Anthony (January 21, 2009). "Wil Wheaton Talks Geeking Out At Phoenix Comic Con w/TNG Co-stars + more". TrekMovie.com. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
8. Grossman, Lev (April 29, 2010). "The 2010 Time 100: Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik". Time. Retrieved 05-10-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
9. "Penny Arcade Presents". Penny-Arcade.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
10. "Book Review - The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic". TORCAST.com. 2011-11-15. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
11. Myers, Maddy (August 16, 2010). "Penny Arcade surprised to find that rape jokes offend people". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
12. Myers, Maddy (February 3, 2011). "Gaming, rape culture, and how I stopped reading Penny Arcade: When Dickwolves attack". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
13. Hern, Alex (September 3, 2013). "Penny Arcade reopens the "dickwolves" controversy". New Statesman. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
14. Edidin, Rachel (June 26, 2013). "Why Penny Arcade’s Foot-in-Mouth Problem Is Bigger Than Penny Arcade". Wired.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
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Child's Play (charity)
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Child's Play 2009 logo

Child's Play is a charitable organization that donates toys and games to children's hospitals worldwide. It was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, authors of the popular computer and video games-based webcomic Penny Arcade. The charity is also seen as a way to refute mainstream media's perception of gamers as violent and antisocial.[1]

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Inman on Children, by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal
Inman on Shit, by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal
Inman on Women, by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal

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KRAB 5 News: Breaking!

Insanely overweight demon bunny eats bus full of schoolkids!

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I like you so much, I'd dragon kick a baby for you.

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Without a smiley face: imma dragon kick a baby.

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Oops! Hit a pocket of babies!

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What your life will really be like after having kids

[Father] I haven't slept in three fucking years.

[Baby 1] WAA WAAAA! BLOOOORRRRRRCH!!!

[Baby 2] WAAAAA! THRRPPPPPTT!

Congrats on the new baby!

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[Baby] THRRPPPPPPTT!!

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[Baby] POOOOOOOOOP! THRRPTT!

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Happy you-exploded-out-of-a-vagina day!

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[Uterus-Dragon] You will never escape this cave! Horhorhor hahahaaa!

[Baby] That's what you think, Uterus-Dragon.

THPBT!

Happy you-escaped-from-a-vagina day!

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Heyyyyyy kids, who wants a big ol' dildo?!

by Matt Inman of The Oatmeal


As of 2014, Child's Play had processed $33.6 million of donations since its inception.[2]

Logistics

With the help of hospital staff, Child's Play sets up gift wishlists on Amazon.com, full of video games, books, toys, and movies. These wishlists send items directly to the facilities as in-kind donations. Instead of buying items off the wishlists users can donate money through PayPal or check. This money is used to make annual wholesale purchases to provide technology like iPads and Xbox 360 systems as well as games and movies.

The charity also has a space for corporate sponsors who have donated. The sponsors also earn a corporate sponsorship level (Silver, Gold and Platinum) and get linked back on Childsplaycharity.org. These sponsors include several video game marathons such as the Mario Marathon and Desert Bus for Hope,[3][4] as well as YouTube series such as Far Lands or Bust by Kurtjmac.[5]

History

Child's Play was announced on November 24, 2003 by the authors of Penny Arcade as a challenge to their readership, and as a response to the often negative portrayal of video gamers in the media, most notably a HeraldNet article by Bill France entitled "Violent video games are training children to kill."[6]

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[Penny Arcade Punk] Gamers are in trouble! Dear God. It's MAVAV! She's making kids go to bed before their favorite shows!

[Boy] It had a skirt.

{Penny Arcade Punk] How come you aren't wearing the suit I got you?

-- Here We Come to Save the Day, by Penny Arcade


(He later made an apology in the same column and praised the effort.[7]) It received positive press on many popular weblogs, including Slashdot and received direct endorsement from Wil Wheaton. In less than one month of publicity and operation, the charity raised over $250,000 in cash and toys for the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.[8]

In 2004, the charity was expanded and partnered with children's hospitals in Seattle; Oakland, California; San Diego, California; Houston, Texas and Washington, D.C.[9]

By January 5, 2005, when the final numbers for 2004 were tabulated, the charity had raised over $310,000 ($60,000 more than the previous year), and gained forty corporate sponsors in the process. Among these sponsors were Nintendo, Midway Games, Cerulean Studios, and THQ.

In 2005, the charity was again expanded to partner with an additional seven children's hospitals across the United States, as well as children's hospitals in Toronto and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is also partnered with Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England. At the time when they stopped accepting donations, the community had raised $605,000.[10] There was an auction to appear in a Penny Arcade comic strip at the 2005 Child's Play Charity Dinner. The winning bid of $20,000 was placed by Christian Boggs.[11][12] Mr. Boggs also placed the winning bid on an original pencil sketch of the PAX 2005 program cover on eBay. 100% of the profits went to the American Red Cross.

In 2006, the charity was further expanded, adding four hospitals in the United States, two in Australia, and one in Egypt. In addition to this, on December 13, 2006 there was a charity dinner and auction, where items participants were able to bid on included a gaming day for four in the Penny Arcade office, an appearance in a Penny Arcade strip, a tour of Bungie and recording session for the voice of a character in Halo 3, and a two year subscription to World of Warcraft and the Burning Crusade special edition signed by all the developers. The year 2006 also became the first time that the 1 million dollar mark was reached.

In 2007, the charity added a hospital each in Hawaii and New Zealand.

During the 2008 Penny Arcade Expo, Harmonix announced that three songs from the Expo will be made available for download for the Rock Band video game. The proceeds of these three songs will go to the charity.[13]

On November 13, 2009, Mike Krahulik announced that after one week, the Child’s Play 2009 total had already reached $455,863.80.[14]

In 2010, Epic Games held a vote-by-purchase event between July 29 and September 6 to determine the fate of a character, Clayton Carmine, in their upcoming game Gears of War 3. Gamers voted by purchasing Xbox avatar T-shirts through Xbox live, or real life T-shirts at the San Diego Comic-Con, with all purchases counting towards the vote.[15] The voting campaign raised over $150,000, all of which was donated to Child's Play.[16]

In 2011, Mike Krahulik announced the first annual Child's Play Invitational Golf Tournament to be held at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California on June 5, 2011. All proceeds from the event go to the partner hospitals & facilities in the Child's Play network.[17] The Golf Tournament was subsequently held at Angeles National Golf Course in Sunland, CA on June 8, 2012.[18] and Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, WA on May 20, 2013.[19]

In November 2013, Program Coordinator Jamie Dillion announced the first ever expansion of Child's Play to benefit children in domestic violence facilities.[20] The program was announced as a pilot and is scheduled to expand to open applications in Spring 2014. The shelter program will provide a pre-built game cart with game system, television, and games and will serve emergency shelters, long term shelters, advocacy centers and more.[20]

Annual totals

2003: $250,000
2004: $310,000
2005: $605,000
2006: $1,024,000
2007: $1,300,000
2008: $1,434,377
2009: $1,780,870
2010: $2,294,317
2011: $3,512,345
2012: $5,085,761
2013: $7,600,000
2014: $8,430,000
Running Total: $33,626,670

References

1. Krahulik, Mike (November 24, 2003). "Child's Play". Penny Arcade. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
2. http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2015/ ... pplemental
3. De Vere, Kathleen (18 November 2011). "Sponsor Showcase: Penny Arcade & Child’s Play". LoadingReadyRun. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
4. Johnson, Stephen (19 November 2010). "Desert Bus For Hope Ready For Fourth Ride". G4TV. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
5. http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/ ... -minecraft
6. France, Bill (November 18, 2003). "Violent video games are training children to kill". HeraldNet. Archived from the original on 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
7. France, Bill (January 14, 2004). "Video gamers go out of their way for ill children". HeraldNet. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
8. "Giving to Charity This Year Is 'Child's Play' - Successful Video Game Charity Launches 2004 Effort". PR Newswire. October 20, 2004. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
9. Holkins, Jerry (October 18, 2004). "Child's Play 2004". Penny Arcade. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
10. Krahulik, Mike (November 7, 2005). "Child's Play 2005". Penny Arcade. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
11. Krahulik, Mike (December 14, 2005). "Charity Dinner!". Penny Arcade. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
12. Holkins, Jerry (February 6, 2006). "In The House Of Boggs". Penny Arcade. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
13. "PAX Pack DLC". Harmonix. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02.[dead link]
14. "Penny Arcade Child’s Play 2009 Update". Penny Arcade. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
15. var authorId = "48841511" (2010-07-21). "Epic Puts Gears 3 Story In Your Hands". Xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
16. Sliwinski, Alexander (6 September 2010). "Gears of War 3's 'Fate of Carmine' campaign raises $150K for Child's Play". Joystiq. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
17. "Child's Play Invitational Golf Tournament"
18. http://childsplaycharity.org/news/the-2 ... tournament
19. http://childsplaycharity.org/news/post/ ... ional-2013
20. http://www.childsplaycharity.org/news/p ... -expanding
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