"PvP: Dork Ages" sells out

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 19 July, 2004 -- Image Comics has announced that Diamond iscompletely sold out of the PvP: THE DORK AGES trade paperback, the firstcollection of Scott Kurtz's popular PvP webstrip/Image comic. The bookreprints the first six issue of the original series, which was published byDork Storm before moving to Image Comics. A second printing of the tradewith an all new cover is scheduled to hit shelves in November.

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

"Dork Ages is the first trade I published through Image" says Kurtz. "It'smy older self-published work, but the book sold out in less than fivemonths. I think it's safe to say that Image has brought some new readers toPvP."

Kurtz will be at the San Diego Comic-Con this week, with a booth located inthe Image Pavilion (booth #1229). On Sunday Kurtz will be featured on apanel called "Is Newspaper Syndication Dead? The Future of the AmericanComic Strip." The panel runs from 3:00 to 4:00, and features web cartoonistsMike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins (Penny-Arcade), along with syndicatedcartoonist Michael Jantze (The Norm), and Kristopher Straub (CheckerboardNightmare).

"The newspapers and the syndicates have demonstrated a complete lack ofrespect for the American comic strip and as a result, the entire artform hasalmost been killed off. Newspaper strips are already dead as far as qualityand newspapers are already getting sick of paying for them. The web may bethe only future this medium has left."

Kurtz's popular online comic strip revolves around the staff of a gamingmagazine (including a big blue troll intern named Skull) and theirday-to-day adventures. Each issue of PvP collects 22 pages of strips in thesame "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 youdon't know where a comic shop is in your area, call 1-888-COMIC BOOK toaccess the Comic Book Shop Locator Service.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by acollective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on tobecome one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There arecurrently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, MarcSilvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into threemajor houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and ImageCentral). 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 andwriters working in the medium today.

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