Sep 30, 2009

I've been a fan of PvP off-and-on for a while, but it was only recently when I was made aware of its new Facebook group that I took it upon myself to re-read the entire series from start (1998) to today. Considering that for most of that time the author was doing 5 to 7 strips per week, it was quite an undertaking; approximately 3000 strips!

After reading through the PVP archives and seeing the amazing quality and consistency Mr Kurtz develops over the years, it really inspired me to try to do the same. There's only one problem with that: I'm definitely no artist :P

Anyway, it got me thinking. I figured I would try the next best thing and become an enabler. If you can't draw comics, use the talents you have to help someone who can! I can build and manage a webcomic website, that's no problem for me. But who do I know who can draw?

I've been good friends with the guy who drew the Presto the Puffin cartoons a few years ago, and since then he's been an off-and-on cartoonist. He and his wife are expecting their second child, so life has been a little busy for him to commit to a webcomic and manage it himself. Because of that he's tried to sell a few strips to local newspapers in hope of landing a secure outlet which was managed by someone else, meanwhile toiling away at the day job.

He can draw, certainly. So I sent some email off to him and pitched the idea. Wouldn't you know it, he informed me, not 24hrs earlier he had mentioned to his brother that he wanted to start drawing comics again after a lengthy slump. And here I was, ready to help him out. Later on we talked shop about comics and got the ball rolling. Nothing is set in stone yet, not even the title, but I'm really looking forward to this for some reason.

Yeah, there is the personal prestige I might gain if the comic becomes popular, but even then I won't be the main focus at all. I'm just really psyched about being able to help someone realize their full potential. :D

So anyway, he'll be making a few test strips, using different characters, different settings, deciding on what's the best fit, and eventually a title ;) Who knows? In a couple months or so it will have begun, and maybe in a few years... anything is possible.

More info to come soon. Wish us the best of luck!

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