Scott Kurtz decided that PvP would go to a Monday through Friday comic in order for him to do justice to the title and keep it on time.
It is now 10:15PM central time and still no Monday PvP.
Look, I’m not some Scott Kurtz hater. (And I’m amazed how many haters there are. Mention his name in any crowd and someone will call him a donkey opening.) I mean, anyone who works so hard to keep his comic going for ten years, who develops a gargantuan following and is supportive of his friends deserves some respect.
Time for the inevitable “however”. If I have one criticism of Scott, it’s that he never, ever has managed to work one day ahead of schedule. He’s got a comic book, TPBs, a book about webcomics, a cartoon, an upcoming DVD of that cartoon, shirts, skull plushes, other merchandise, podcasts, MMORPG guilds, Blank Label Comics, HalfPixel, convention appearances, comic store appearances and who knows how many other ventures. It’s a FULL SCHEDULE. I understand that. I’m amazed he can get anything done, frankly. All of it, however, is based on one thing: his daily web comic. And ever since he started doing more than just drawing the web comic, it has meant that that day’s comic gets launched in the afternoon, the evening, that night, or retroactively the next day.
I know, it’s that whole “how dare we demand something he gives away free” thing. But it’s not free! Look, his web site makes an exorbitant amount of money in advertising based on our checking the web site for that day’s comic. We’re stopping by in order to see one thing: the webcomic. It would be nice if that comic was actually there.
Now, I could follow the conspiracy rule established by leftists ever since Bush took office (“Any possible conspiracy theory that would result in profit automatically means that theory is the truth.”) and conclude that Scott has realized that if a cartoon was on his web site in the morning we wouldn’t return to his web site five more times looking to see if it’s up yet, and thus his hit count would plummet and he’d lose money.
I said that just to see how easily some people will now tout that theory as the absolutely true reason that Scott Kurtz posts comics late. It couldn’t possibly be that he’s a well-meaning guy who has a bad habit of never getting caught up on his comic and working a day or two ahead of time.
So, Scott, should you ever see this, here is my advice. Take a week off and have another week of guest strips. Not because you need to go to a big con. Not because you’re sick, or your dog is sick. No…use it just to draw and get a week ahead of yourself. We’re your fans, and if you took some time to fix the biggest flaw in your strip, we’d love you for it. Besides, if all the guest strips were as funny as this one, it would be well worth it.
Signed… the guy who never worked ahead of schedule on anything.