Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

Sign O' The Times

Keep in mind, I don't read PvP anymore.  I used to love the strip, but the focus changed from goofiness and comedy about a video game magazine to the lives of a bunch of people I really wasn't that interested in.  Still, I like Scott Kurtz.  He's a funny guy, he's great with fans (whether or not he responds to e-mails), he blazed a trail alongside Illiad for web comics, and anyone who can not only troll Megatokyo but put them in their place automatically gets my respect.

The comic book industry is abuzz with news that Kurtz is pulling PvP prints from Diamond Image.  Everyone is saying Kurtz is crazy, because he'll be printing the collection books and selling them through his web site.  Image and Diamond give him exposure he would never have on the web site.  Is he nuts?

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.
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