Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik, aka Gabe or @CWGabriel, was among the first widely-read Internet artists to sing the praises of the Surface Pro.

To show its gratitude, Microsoft hosted Krahulik and other artists in New York for Monday's Surface 2 event and presented the creatives to the tech media for interviews.

Krahulik has just posted another great read with his impressions of the event and many enhancements found in the Surface Pro 2. It contains lots of juicy nuggets like this one:

The big question seemed to be why I don’t just use an IPad. I had to explain the concept of pressure sensitivity, my need to run programs like Photoshop, Manga Studio and also the power of a real Stylus...It has literally changed how and where I work. I’m an honest to God fanboy when it comes to the Surface and I was happy to share that passion.

Check out the full post here

Beautiful image from Gabe's web comic The Tithe, which the artist writes was mostly produced on the Surface Pro.

AuthorRick Rodriguez

Penny Arcade is back with another Surface tablet plug. I won't spoil the punchline, but it's worth a click

AuthorRick Rodriguez

Jonathan Case, creator of the graphic novel Dear Creature and the artist of many works for Dark Horse Comics, including Green River Killer, The Guild, House of Night, The Creep, and Eerie knows a thing or two about his art tools.

Last month he posted a great write-up detailing his experience on the Surface Pro and his new-found tool of choice Manga Studio 5.


Thanks to a compatibility question from Twitter follower Troy Church (@tchurch), I was persuaded to upgrade an older copy of Manga Studio just last week and I was delighted to discover that it's the first desktop program I've tested that supports pinch and zoom while sketching.

The interface of Manga Studio is still a little too cluttered for the Surface Pro's screen, but it clearly is a tool that pro users like Case and Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik are using to full effect.

Case also has a newer post celebrating the release of Wacom's pen driver update.


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Penny Arcade web comic artist Mike Krahulik (Gabe, @CWGabriel) has already done some great pr for the Surface Pro, but this morning he was at it again--while dissing Microsoft's latest toy, the XBox One. 

The bulk of his blog post is about his favorite Windows 8 games, but he goes into a lengthy list of why the Surface Pro is a great addition to an artist's toolkit:

(The Surface Pro is) also my mobile drawing studio. It runs Manga Studio beautifully, and with the latest Wacom drivers Photoshop finally supports the pressure sensitivity although i still prefer drawing in Manga Studio or Sketchbook Pro. I’ve drawn comic strips on it while on airplanes, sitting on my deck, on stage at PAX and on the couch watching TV. No question, it is the perfect mobile digital drawing hardware.

Couldn't agree more. Check out the full post here.

AuthorRick Rodriguez

Penny Arcade web comic artist Mike Krahulik (Gabe, @CWGabriel) recently got a chance to take the Surface Pro for a test drive and wrote this exhaustive post about his experiences.

It's a great read and filled with useful nuggets for artists hoping to produce professional quality results with their new tablet.

Check it out here. He also posted a YouTube clip demonstrating his inking with Sketchbook Pro.

The artist's write-up is so good that it prompted Apple defender John Gruber at Daring Fireball to write the following: "How ironic would it be if the iPad becomes the dominant mass market computer and the Surface becomes the one for artists?"

Ironic indeed!