The comic book industry is abuzz with news that Kurtz is pulling PvP prints from
No. He's a realist.
It was a year or more between issue #40 of the comic (or "floppy", as people are calling them now) and #41. Kurtz said on his web site that, while the collection books are selling in great numbers, the actual floppy is not. That is the reason his output with Image has been spotty, despite simply being repackaging of strips he's already drawn. He described the regular comics as providing "beer money" and that's about it. In fact, he had already stated on his web site that #50 of the floppy would be the last regular issue.
I'm not convinced that Kurtz has a problem with Diamond. He's outspoken enough, if there was something there, he'd talk about it. But one thing for sure is that, when it comes to making a living with a web comic, Kurtz knows what he's doing. The strip is popular enough, he could just be seeing an audience that doesn't go to comic shops and buys his books from him online anyway, so selling through comic shops is just losing money. Image will still reprint the collections they have, but after this, it's all Kurtz.
Good luck, Kurtz. I really hope this works out. After all, if it's a hit, you can keep doing your own thing instead of hoping for crumbs from Diamond.