Mike Krahulik, ComicCon 2009
|Birth name||Michael Krahulik|
|Born||September 25, 1977|
Mike Krahulik (//; born 25 September 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.
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.
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. 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.
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."
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 Electronic Software Association Foundation with the note, "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson won't".
Mike is also featured in the Dungeons & Dragons podcast, playing the infamous "Jim Darkmagic (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics)". 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.
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 in "Penny Arcade Presents"..
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.
Mike Krahulik has been sometimes noted for his controversial opinions involving topics of transgenderism and rape, which has often resulted in the emergence of polarised responses within and outside the PAX community. Often absorbed by the community in the form of social references, members of the Penny Arcade community have even turned to producing complex time-lines illustrating these events to explain the social dilemmas and result memes.
- Whatever: Agent to the Stars Cover Art
- "Penny Arcade! - Tangled Webs And So Forth".
- "Penny Arcade! - I'm Not Entirely Sure He Knows What That Is". 2005-10-15.
- Miller, Ross (2005-10-17). "Penny Arcade donates $10,000 in Jack's name to charity". Joystiq.
- "Penny Arcade! - One Possible Explanation".
- Pascale, Anthony (January 21, 2009). "Wil Wheaton Talks Geeking Out At Phoenix Comic Con w/TNG Co-stars + more". TrekMovie.com. Retrieved 11-25-2009.
- Grossman, Lev (April 29, 2010). "The 2010 Time 100: Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik". Time. Retrieved 05-10-2010.
- "Book Review - The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic". TORCAST.com. 2011-11-15.
- Myers, Maddy (August 16, 2010). "Penny Arcade surprised to find that rape jokes offend people". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
- 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.
- Kaszor, Daniel (21 June 2013). "Download Code: Penny Arcade needs to fix its Krahulik problem". Financial Post. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "A Timeline of the Dickwolves Incident".
- An article containing a reference to Krahulik and Thompson[dead link]
- Krahulik's DeviantArt page
- Gabeart's temporary home on Blogspot.com