Stick it to the Man

Francis Ottoman, PVPOnline cartoonist Scott Kurtz, creator of PVP, has this crazy idea of sticking it to the syndicates and giving power back to the artist. The idea is that syndicates control virtually every aspect of the comics you know and love. This is pretty much the reason Calvin & Hobbes is gone.

But Kurtz realized that the economics of newspapers have changed and syndicates don’t have to have all the power anymore. So rather than sell his work out to a syndicate (selling out in this case means giving up all creative and licensing control and rights), Kurtz is offering one year’s worth of his PVP comics to newspapers for free. Newspapers get a free comic and Kurtz gets national publicity while maintaining creative rights and control. He’ll make money off books, T-shirts, toys, etc.

It’s really an ingenius idea. It reminds me a lot of Hugh MacLeod, the business card cartoonist I blogged about the other day, and his ideas about being creative. More fuel for the fire that I can never seem to spark.

2 thoughts on “Stick it to the Man”

  1. I’ve been a PvP fan for about two years now. I read his stuff almost daily, and I really enjoy it. I hope Scott succeeds in getting his strip into a paper! That would rock. There are a few strips/sections that probably aren’t the stuff a regular newspaper would want, but it’s not as foul as Penny Arcade.

    (Having called Penny Arcade foul, I should probably point out that I like Penny Arcade even more than I like PvP. But I don’t recommend them to anyone.)

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