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“PvP: Dork Ages” sells out

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“PvP: Dork Ages” sells out

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA — 19 July, 2004 — Image Comics has announced that Diamond is
completely sold out of the PvP: THE DORK AGES trade paperback, the first
collection of Scott Kurtz’s popular PvP webstrip/Image comic. The book
reprints the first six issue of the original series, which was published by
Dork Storm before moving to Image Comics. A second printing of the trade
with an all new cover is scheduled to hit shelves in November.

With over 100,000 daily visitors, Kurtz’s webstrip is one of the most
popular on the internet (www.pvponline.com), and that popularity is
reflected in the strength of PvP’s sales.

“Dork Ages is the first trade I published through Image” says Kurtz. “It’s
my older self-published work, but the book sold out in less than five
months. I think it’s safe to say that Image has brought some new readers to
PvP.”

Kurtz will be at the San Diego Comic-Con this week, with a booth located in
the Image Pavilion (booth #1229). On Sunday Kurtz will be featured on a
panel called “Is Newspaper Syndication Dead? The Future of the American
Comic Strip.” The panel runs from 3:00 to 4:00, and features web cartoonists
Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins (Penny-Arcade), along with syndicated
cartoonist Michael Jantze (The Norm), and Kristopher Straub (Checkerboard
Nightmare).

“The newspapers and the syndicates have demonstrated a complete lack of
respect for the American comic strip and as a result, the entire artform has
almost been killed off. Newspaper strips are already dead as far as quality
and newspapers are already getting sick of paying for them. The web may be
the only future this medium has left.”

Kurtz’s popular online comic strip revolves around the staff of a gaming
magazine (including a big blue troll intern named Skull) and their
day-to-day adventures. Each issue of PvP collects 22 pages of strips in the
same “sideways” landscape format as Frank Cho’s LIBERTY MEADOWS.

Although the first printing of PvP: THE DORK AGES is sold out at Diamond,
it’s possible copies still remain with your local retail comic shop. If you
don’t know where a comic shop is in your area, call 1-888-COMIC BOOK to
access the Comic Book Shop Locator Service.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a
collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to
become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are
currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc
Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three
major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image
Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre,
sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,
crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and
writers working in the medium today.

Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.

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