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meganbaxter

I'm a grad student, an avid reader, a huge nerd, fervent roleplayer, wife, cat lover, tea snob, and obsessive keeper of lists.
Penny Arcade Volume 1: Attack of the Bacon Robots - Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik There is swearing in this review. I'm sure most of you don't care, but I normally avoid it. So it's hidden, not for spoilers, but for language:

In this case, however, given that I'm reviewing a Penny Arcade book, I'm going to claim it's a fucking homage, or some such shit.

This book is not David Copperfield.

This assertion may seem fairly plain to most people, but I'm making the comparison for a reason. See, I always have a book I'm rereading in the bathroom. For the last several months, and for the foreseeable future, it has been and will continue to be David Copperfield. I'm making my way through it at a snail's pace. (And loving it.)

My husband, on the other hands, prefers graphic novels to huge weighty tomes for his bathroom reading. He is, perhaps, the more sensible one. Mostly, I skim through the graphic novels, but stick with David Copperfield. Then he brought this book into the bathroom, and even though I've read it half a dozen times before, its siren song lured me away.

For one thing, David Copperfield is fucking heavy. Not in terms of content. The book itself is almost a thousand pages long, and some mornings, the prospect of breaking my arm picking it up just to read a few pages didn't seem the most appealing prospect in the world.

And there Attack of the Bacon Robots sat, with its jokes about video games, which I mostly only get from context, but find funny anyway, and jokes about bloody mayhem, and that shit is frequently hilarious. Now, this is early Penny Arcade, so it's not quite as funny as some of their later comic strips, but there is still some funny stuff in there.

And some days, it beats David Copperfield all to hell.