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PVP to IMAGE COMICS

Online-only strip in publication deal

By Rob Allstetter     November 18, 2002
Source: Image Comics


PvP leaps from web and self-published to IMAGE
© Image Comics
Scott Kurtz's series PVP is moving to Image Comics in March with an all-new first issue featuring a cover by Frank Cho.

PVP follows the staff of "Player Versus Player Magazine" on their daily routine of covering the world of pop-culture, but Kurtz is quick to point out that it's not a comic book about socially inept geeks.

"PVP is about people like me who were raised as much by popular culture as we were our parents," Kurtz said. "We eventually grew up, but a part of us is still playing Atari somewhere."

Kurtz distinguished himself as a cartoonist early by choosing to bypass the traditional route of syndication by taking his comic strip, PVP to the Internet instead. Since its debut on the Web in 1998, PvP has grown to a daily readership of more than 70,000 and with Internet traffic of around 8 million page views a month. He began collecting his cartoons and publishing them in comic book format through Dork Storm Press in 2001.

With issue six and a recent trade paperback, PVP STRIPTEASE (collecting selected strips originally published online between 1999 and 2001), available in shops now, Kurtz will re-launch series with an all-new PVP #1, on sale in March.

"It was important to self-publish and learn about the industry first-hand," Kurtz said. "My time with Dork Storm Press was invaluable, but PVP is growing to a point where the limitations of self-publishing are holding me back. Image came along to save me from all that."

Image director of marketing Eric Stephenson said, "This time last year, Image Comics was publishing a grand total of zero humor comics, but with the addition of PVP we've got two of the best on the market. We're incredibly pleased that Scott has chosen to bring PVP to Image to join LIBERTY MEADOWS in broadening the perception of what an Image comic is."

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