Labor Day Weekend's Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is the biggest event all year for Seattle's video game culture. The expansive show allows gamers to get a first look at exciting new offerings from some of the industry's biggest companies and upstart indie studios. While PAX 2013 attendees had the chance to play the new Microsoft's XBox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 for the first time, the main story coming out of the expo was the controversial statements made by one of the event's founders. You can read all about it here, but essentially, the creators of the Penny Arcade comic strip made a video game-based rape joke about "Dickwolves" back in 2010. When some fans raised an issue with this, the Penny Arcade creators went on the offensive, going so far as to create "Team Dickwolves" merchandise, which they eventually pulled. During this year's Penny Arcade panel, PAX and Penny Arcade co-creator Mike Kraluhik called the decision to stop selling the merch a "mistake," which led to an Internet firestorm from gamers who are trying to stop what many believe to be an underlying misogyny in the video games industry.
We sent local comic artist Maré Odomo, who has has done extensive work in the field of video game -related art, to PAX to check out the scene. He shares his feelings of unease about PAX in comic I Don't Feel Safe Here.