So where are the themed restaurants?
Gabe: You have no idea. We want it. So the way it works at Penny Arcade is we have ideas, like for PAX, and we go to Robert [Khoo] and we say, "Hey, we've got this idea for a convention, can you make it happen?" And then they do. We've had a lot of ideas that we go to him with where he says, "No, that's not a good idea." So this one [PAX] just happened to work.
Tycho: We did a comic as a joke, but it was our actual dream. You should look up the comics we did on Olympus where it's like an all-Marble, adults-only --
Gabe: Imagine it's like a really classy Dave and Busters, like with dark hardwood bars, glass rooms full of high-end audio and video equipment ... [Khoo] said not yet.
Tycho: He said we didn't have a million dollars. [Laughs]
Gabe, you and I talked earlier about the comic strip and the [related] article as being inseparable. Can someone not read the article and still take away everything?
Gabe: I think they could. I think they would be doing themselves a disservice. I think they are designed to go together.
Tycho: I think you can enjoy the entirety of the comic conceptually in general terms, and sometimes that's not true. I think you can enjoy each separate, but I think you get more when they're together.
This year, we've seen an increase in the number of publishers and developers scheduling interviews. Are you afraid of this becoming similar to E3?
Tycho: Are they doing that? [Scheduling appointments] That makes me angry.
Gabe: I don't have a problem with the press getting in early to the exhibition hall; if they want to cut that up and make sure you get to the right place at the right time.
Tycho: The exhibition hall has public hours. [Having appointments in the public hours] That's not okay with us. I'm not comfortable with that. It's like the parties, they can't have press-only parties, there's a bunch of rules they're supposed to follow. There's a bunch of rules they're supposed to follow. ... We weren't aware of it, because they don't pass that through us, they're just sending it to you .... That's not the intention of the exhibition floor.
Is that why you go to Comic-Con instead of E3?
Tycho: It's just a social thing. I'd be very curious, because most of this stuff, press has seen at other events.
Gabe: I guess that's why I'd be surprised if they're setting up special times for you all to come see the games again.