'Dickwolves' scandal rattles a comic empire

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To understand the drama of the Dickwolves, you must first understand that Penny Arcade is not just a Web comic. It is a two-man multimedia empire that has cranked out video games, podcasts, a major charity and annual gaming conferences that draw more than 60,000 people. Now, these diverse pursuits have come into conflict around an unexpected flashpoint: a T-shirt. Comic creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik made the "Penny Arcade Dickwolves" shirt as a response to critics who were insulted when the strip joked about characters being "raped to sleep by dickwolves."

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