Debacle Timeline

Cataloguing the Catastrophe

Posts tagged penny arcade

120 notes

The Pratfall of Penny Arcade - A Timeline, Part 2

It finally happened. The original timeline became too big to edit in Tumblr. If you are just joining us, please read Part 1 first. If you have questions, please see the FAQ. Thank you!

Welcome to Part 2 of the dickwolves debacle timeline.

September 2, 2013

September 3, 2013

September 4, 2013

September 5, 2013

September 6, 2013

September 7, 2013

September 8, 2013

September 9, 2013

September 10, 2013

September 11, 2013

September 12, 2013

September 13, 2013

September 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

September 17, 2013

September 18, 2013

September 19, 2013

September 22, 2013

September 23, 2013

September 26, 2013

September 27, 2013

Questions? Want to suggest a link? Please see the FAQ. Thanks!

Filed under penny arcade dickwolf dickwolves

3,389 notes

The Pratfall of Penny Arcade - A Timeline

Help me fill this in.  I’m trying to keep the language dry.  If you have questions, here is a FAQ.

NOTE:  To those of you just joining us, please don’t just read the first three links and then decide you’ve got the full story.  The full story is complex and contains multiple points of view, not just two “sides.”  The timeline is long, but it’s worth at least a skim down the whole thing.  Cheers.  —DT

August 11, 2010 - “The Sixth Slave" comic

August 12, 2010 - A guest blogger on Shakesville objects.

August 13, 2010

August 14, 2010 - Geek Feminism Blog objects.

August 15, 2010 - Amanda Marcotte objects.

August 16, 2010

August 17, 2011 - The Webcomic Overlook comments.

August 18, 2010

August 19, 2010 - Carnal Nation objects

September 3, 2010


September 10, 2010 - Mike draws a dickwolf for the audience

September 30, 2010 - The Sunken Library comments.

October 6, 2010

October 7, 2010 - Border House comments.

October 19, 2010 - Courtney Stanton objects and announces a Dickwolves Survivors Guild t-shirt, profits to be donated to a survivor charity.

October 22, 2010 - Maddy Myers comments.

November 8,2010 - FangedFaerie comments.

December 1, 2010 - On the Penny Arcade blog, Mike announces the availability of “Penny Arcade Dickwolves” pennants and ladies’ t-shirts.

January 11, 2011 - Shawn Struck writes about the issue on Associated Content.

January 24, 2011 - Courtney Stanton announces she was asked to, but will not be speaking at Penny Arcade Expo East (PAX East), citing Penny Arcade’s lack of apology/correction over the dickwolf controversy.

January 26, 2011

  • Dickwolf merchandise removed from Penny Arcade store
  • Courtney Stanton thanks Penny Arcade for removing the merch.

January 27, 2011

January 29, 2011

  • Mike comments on the merchandise removal on the Penny Arcade forums after a fan notes their absence.
  • On the Penny Arcade blog, Mike explains why the merchandise was removed.
  • HoodedMiracle twitter account contacts Courtney Stanton, demanding proof that she is a rape survivor.  When none is forthcoming, HoodedMiracle begins telling others that she lied about it, and that she’s only causing a ruckus to make money on the Dickwolves Survivors Guild t-shirt. 
  • DickWolvington twitter account engages in same.
  • Teamrape twitter account supports Penny Arcade, begins harassing those who object.
  • When asked on Twitter whether dickwolf shirts will be allowed at PAX conventions, Mike replies:


January 30, 2011


  • Courtney Stanton gives her thoughts on Mike’s January 29 posts.
  • Expertologist objects to Penny Arcade’s handling of the situation.
  • Finesse & Accuracy objects.
  • Lucas Stonehouse objects.
  • The Zombie Rights Campaign takes issue with Penny Arcade’s decision to pull the dickwolf merchandise.


January 31, 2011

  • When asked on Twitter by @bloodparade “How does it feel to be actively encouraging rape culture, pal?” Mike responds:



  • Leigh Alexander loves Penny Arcade, but objects to Penny Arcade’s handling of the situation.
  • Deirdra Kiai objects
  • Danny from InfoWire’s remarks on the dickwolf saga


February 1, 2011

  • Semionaut objects
  • A Penny Arcade fan wonders whether being a man at PAX will be “awkward.”  Mike replies:


  • Mike comments to his wife on Twitter:


  • DickWolvington twitter account disappears, cause unknown
  • AdFreak reports on the issue
  • 50% More Trash objects to the removal of the dickwolf shirt.
  • Mike draws a comic on UStream.  His music selection during broadcast includes Tori Amos (a rape survivor) and “Tiny Little Mustache" by Stephen Lynch, about a woman who is a Nazi.
  • Brett Douville objects
  • Twitpic of an analysis of some of the threatening and abusive comments Courtney Stanton received on her blog posts.  More here, here, here, and here.
  • Mike links to this page.  Please note that the music selection was mentioned, but without color commentary.


  • The Sunken Library comments.
  • Scott Jennings recaps and comments on his blog, Broken Toys.
  • Dennis Scimeca details the Dickwolf Debacle so far and asks those planning to wear dickwolf t-shirts to PAX East to reconsider.
  • Nick Cummings, Brandon Greenstreet, and others discuss the controversy over Buzz.
  • Josh Benton comments.
  • GreyWeirdo comments.


February 2, 2011


(The above tweet is included because Mike mentions threats against his family the next day.  I *think* this is the one he’s referring to.  See below.)

February 3, 2011



  • Mike of Penny Arcade comments, asking for the harassment and threats to stop on all sides.
  • A summary of the situation, and interviews with speakers who pulled out of PAX, from Joystick Division.



(Relevant due to the userpic’s purple glans in place of paws, making it a dickwolf.)

  • I Feel Fantastic weighs in.
  • VidHero finds it counterproductive to pull out of PAX.
  • The thoughts of Girl Gamer, Esq., a lawyer.
  • The controversy has caused Halloween Blues to mull the power of words.
  • An analysis of the dickwolf controversy and the communication (or failure thereof) between gamers and feminists, by someone who identifies as both.
  • 3SMOV’s podcast discusses whether “The Sixth Slave” was funny.
  • Paul Constant of The Stranger comments.
  • Ferdinand Bardamu comments.
  • Double Cluepon comments.
  • The Industrious Sinner comments.
  • GameTaco comments.

February 4, 2011

  • A Google Trends graph on the term “dickwolves.”  NOTE:  If you’re reading this after August, 2012, you’ll need to adjust the timeframe on that graph.
  • A Google Trends graph on the terms “dickwolves” and “penny arcade.”  Same caveat as above.



  • Channing Kennedy, a guest blogger at American Prospect, uses the dickwolf controversy and its fallout as an example of the state of discourse on the internet.
  • Stupid Evil Bastard takes a stand.
  • Jet Wolf on life after dickwolves.
  • Angry Robot’s take.
  • Another Joystick Division column on dickwolves.
  • Erron Kelly is displeased with this timeline.
  • Zak Hubbard comments.
  • The Gameroom Blitz comments.  (See February 4 entry.  I couldn’t find a permalink to the exact entry.)
  • Gamers With Jobs discussion thread.
  • Garland Grey comments (cached version—original deleted).

February 5, 2011

  • Seeing the Other Side creates its own dickwolf timeline (with much of its wording and many links pulled directly from this one).
  • Paste Magazine’s “The Week in Gaming News” item mentions the dickwolf issue.
  • Erik Pukinskis’s thoughts.
  • Owen Grieve chimes in.
  • Andrew Vanden Bossche opines.
  • Flufflogic comments.
  • Two posts on the dickwolf controversy from Geek Girls Rule:  one and two.
  • Hoyden About Town comments.
  • This timeline now has a FAQ.  It is also available as a link in the sidebar.
  • @moronwolves has taken to trying to poll twitter accounts with public ties or relationships to Penny Arcade on their view of the dickwolf controversy.  Accounts include @feliciaday, @wilw, @jephjaques, @wizards_dnd.  The moniker “Dunce Wolvington” is a takeoff of the now-defunct @DickWolvington account.


  • Dan Rodgers comments.
  • Postmortem Studios releases D&D stats for “lupus phallus,” commonly known as the dickwolf.
  • Crimitism dissects Mike’s and Jerry’s February 3rd posts on the dickwolf matter.
  • What Men Dare Do comments.

February 6, 2011

February 7, 2011

February 8, 2011 

  • Joé McKen comments.
  • Grayson Davis comments.
  • Courtney Stanton posts an analysis of one week’s worth of troll comments received on her blog during the dickwolf furor.
  • The Emperor’s Court comments in a podcast.

February 9, 2011 

February 10, 2011


February 11, 2011

February 12, 2011

  • Prettygirlhats, Inc. addresses the matter in a podcast (around 14:20).
  • Sometime in the past 24 hours, @janesong deleted the tweet pictured above in February 10.
  • A thread on the xkcd forums.

February 13, 2011

February 14, 2011

  • Dark Legacy Comics, without having read “The Sixth Slave,” addresses the same topic.  (See author’s comments further down in the thread.)

February 15, 2011


(Tweet located here.  For some reason it doesn’t come up in search, and only sporadically appears in the account’s stream.)

February 16, 2011

February 18, 2011


February 20, 2011

February 21, 2011

February 22, 2011


February 23, 2011

  • Nicholas Bell follows up on his February 16 comment.

March 2, 2011

  • Boston Phoenix runs an article on the dickwolf controversy.
  • The Portland Mercury runs a response to the Boston Phoenix article.

March 4, 2011


March 5, 2011

March 6, 2011

  • The topic of dickwolves makes Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s “Sunday Papers” again.
  • Haley and Kyle comment.
  • Jane McGonigal, the keynote speaker at the upcoming PAX East, is asked about the dickwolves controversy, and responds:


March 7, 2011

March 8, 2011

March 10, 2011

March 11, 2011 - PAX East Day 1

  • Ezra Riemer of Thought Catalog comments.

March 12, 2011 - PAX East Day 2

  • Seven Deadly Divas comments.
  • Anita Sarkeesian comments in this interview.
  • Bad Fish of Gamer Grrlz comments, but deletes the post at some point later, leaving a message for those who show up looking for the post.
  • During the Create-a-Strip session at PAX East, Mike draws a vaginawolf.



March 13, 2011 - PAX East Day 3

  • Maddy Myers comments on her PAX East experience in light of the dickwolf controversy.
  • On Gamasutra, Andrew Vanden Bossche comments.
  • Angelica Simone comments.

March 14, 2011

March 15, 2011

March 16, 2011

  • Matthew Hawkins comments.  (See section entitled “A Line Has Been Drawn.”)
  • Inspired by Courtney Stanton’s troll data analysis (see Feb. 8, 2011), Wundergeek analyzes misogynist language on popular gaming sites for The Border House.

March 18, 2011

March 19, 2011

March 31, 2011

April 1, 2011

April 6, 2011

April 9, 2011

  • The dickwolf controversy is discussed by Anastasia Salter on the “Sex, Sexuality, and Social Media” panel at the Theorizing the Web conference.  (Scroll down to see her abstract; there’s no permalink.)
  • Neubronner Eugene comments.

April 17, 2011

  • Whitney Phillips discusses the blog comments received by Courtney Stanton.  (See February 8, 2011 for Stanton’s post on those comments.)

April 18, 2011

April 19, 2011

April 22, 2011

  • Oh No! Video Games! discuss dickwolves in Episode 3 of their podcast.
  • Whitney Phillips is writing a paper on the dickwolf controversy.

April 28, 2011

May 2, 2011

May 25, 2011

May 28, 2011

May 30, 2011

  • Whitney Phillips clarifies the intent of the “Dickwolves MEGAPAPER.”

June 17, 2011


July 1, 2011


July 17, 2011

  • Michael O’Reilly revisits the topic in light of the fallout from another internet controversy.

July 22, 2011

  • Stabbing Contest podcast discusses the continuing fallout of the dickwolves controversy.  (The guest caller interrupts a lot, but the podcast itself is interesting.)

July 24, 2011

  • Todd VanDerWerff mentions that the subject of dickwolves arose at the Penny Arcade panel at San Diego Comic Con.

July 27, 2011


July 28, 2011

July 31, 2011

  • @dickwolves Twitter account still active.


August 21, 2011

  • Lucas Stonehouse adds an update to the end of his post of January 30, 2011.
  • The subject of dickwolves and PAX comes up on 4chan:


It went on for pages, straying into discussion of DC Comics, Law & Order SVU, etc.  There was this, though:


For the record:  not depressed, but definitely still interested.  A bit amused, too, if you look at the date of 4chan’s discussion, and then go back and look at Mike/Gabe’s tweet of February 1 to @JohnnyRoyalC.

August 29, 2011

September 18, 2011

  • After switching hosting from The Escapist to Penny Arcade, James Portnow of Extra Creditz comments on Twitter, starting here.











This goes on for a while—there’s some back and forth with commenters and some retweets, which you can find for yourself in the timeline. 



And later:




November 24, 2011

  • Matthew Jay of Snackbar Games comments.

December 11, 2011

December 14, 2011

December 16, 2011


December 27, 2012

  • SilentSlade comments in light of some other Penny Arcade activities.

January 24, 2012

April 10, 2012

May 14, 2012

May 16, 2012

The dickwolves controversy is referenced after Gabe tweets his support for the game Tentacle Bento, which got booted from Kickstarter when it was found to be in violation of their Terms of Service.

July 1, 2012

September 11, 2012

November 28, 2012

  • Krahulik cites “The Sixth Slave,” the comic that started this whole things rolling, as one of his favorite WoW-related Penny Arcade strips.

March 18, 2013

April 4, 2013

 June 8, 2013

June 11, 2013

June 21, 2013

June 22, 2013

September 2, 2013

Please continue to Part 2. This post is now too large to edit; the Tumblr editor crashes.

Questions?  See the FAQ.  Thanks!

Filed under penny arcade dickwolves dickwolf