Jerry Holkins, February 9, 2009
|Born||February 6, 1976|
Keith Gerald "Jerry" Holkins né Parkinson (born February 6, 1976) is the primary writer of the webcomic Penny Arcade along with its artist Mike Krahulik. He is also a co-founder of Child's Play, a multimillion dollar charity which organizes toy drives for children's hospitals. Holkins sometimes uses the pseudonym "Tycho Brahe," the name of a Penny Arcade character based on Holkins. They are similar in their interests and personalities. However, the character Tycho does not resemble Holkins in appearance (for example, Tycho has mussed hair and sideburns, while Holkins is mostly bald). Holkins, along with Krahulik, posts written updates accompanying each comic. These posts are often computer and video game commentary, but also include personal reflections or rants. It has been mutually agreed between Krahulik and Holkins that Penny Arcade would not be the same with just one of them. The two have been said to give an indication of the diversity of styles among gamers, with Krahulik representing action-oriented gamers and Holkins representing the more cerebral players.
Outside of Penny Arcade and Child's Play, Holkins also sings and plays guitar in the band The Fine Print, whose music can be downloaded for free. In the past, the Fine Print has opened for the band Anal Cunt.
Holkins and Krahulik 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. Jerry is also featured in the Dungeons and Dragons 4E podcast, playing a character named Omin Dran, a Cleric of the Goddess Avandra, and CEO of an adventuring party named Acquisitions Incorporated.
Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga
"Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga" (abbreviated as ELotH:TES) is a fan-driven parody of the generic fantasy fiction that serves as the backstory of many fantasy game franchises. It was created by Holkins as a single PBWiki page and rapidly grew in size as Penny Arcade fans joined in expanding the parody.
The tales of the Saga itself rotate around several (non-existent) bases: The original 13 'canon' books, the Japanese anime series, the American re-make of the anime, the collectible card game, and even the odd life of the author himself, and such events as his several-year long "pills and booze binge." These are only the major pieces of the story, and other fragments abound. A version of the wiki is available for purchase in the form of a reference guide to the 13 novel cycle.
- Year One: A Penny Arcade Retrospective (with Mike Krahulik) (KiwE Publishing, Ltd., 2001)
- Penny Arcade: Attack of the Bacon Robots (with Mike Krahulik) (Dark Horse, 2006)
- Penny Arcade: Epic Legends of the Magic Sword Kings (with Mike Krahulik) (Dark Horse, 2006)
- Penny Arcade: The Warsun Prophecies (with Mike Krahulik) (Dark Horse, 2007)
- Penny Arcade: Birds Are Weird (with Mike Krahulik) (Dark Horse, 2007)
- Penny Arcade: The Case of the Mummy's Gold (with Mike Krahulik) (Dark Horse, 2008)
- Penny Arcade: The Halls Below (with Mike Krahulik) (Del Rey, 2010)
- The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: The 11½th Anniversary Edition (with Mike Krahulik) (Del Rey, 2010)
- Penny Arcade: Be Good Little Puppy (with Mike Krahulik) (Del Rey, 2011)
- Holkins, Keith (2009-01-16). "Updates Of Various Kinds". Penny Arcade. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
- Searles, Brad (2006-01-19). "Penny Arcade vs MIT". Bradley's Almanac. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
- Baker, Chris (2007-07-21). "The Dorks Behind Penny Arcade, an Obscure Webcomic Turned Vidgame Empire". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
- Khoo, Robert. "I'm Robert Khoo. The guy that runs the business side of Penny Arcade.". reddit. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- Holkins, Keith (2005-10-07). "We Were Playing The Second Digital Devil Saga" (JPEG). Penny Arcade. Retrieved 2006-09-16.
- "Penny Arcade, Downloadable Content 05/04/2007, "The Broodax Imperiate." (Podcast)". 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
- 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.
- Murph, David. "Penny Arcade Expo to Head Down Under in 2013". PCMag.com. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Grossman, Lev (April 29, 2010). "The 2010 Time 100: Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik". Time. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
- Original Penny Arcade strip from 2005-11-07
- ELotH:TES Official Wiki
- The Saga of The Saga from Wired, accessed November 22, 2005
- More info on the book project