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Scott R. Kurtz (born March 15, 1971)[1] is an American webcomic artist. Known for creating daily online comic-strip PvP (sometimes referred to as Player vs. Player), Kurtz is among the first professional webcomic creators.

Scott Kurtz
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BornScott R. Kurtz
(1971-03-15) March 15, 1971 (age 48)
Watsonville, California
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller, Artist, Inker, Editor, Publisher
Notable works



Kurtz was born to a Catholic household in Watsonville, California. He attended the University of North Texas where he created and published a daily comic strip Captain Amazing in the North Texas Daily, the student newspaper. It ran for four semesters. His first work on the Internet was Tales from the Tavern, Wedlock, and Samwise, which he began in 1998. Kurtz also co-wrote the comic Truth, Justin and the American way with Aaron Williams.

Kurtz lived in Kenmore, Washington until his move to Seattle, where he worked from the Penny Arcade offices for over a year. He now works from home.[2]

He launched PvP May 4, 1998, for a gaming company. In June 1999, Kurtz retooled the strip, and re-launched it as version 2.0. The online version currently has a readership of 150,000. In March 2000, he launched a print version as a bi-monthly for Dork Storm Press.[3] After publishing the print version of PvP for 8 years through Image Comics, began self-publishing, citing a natural readership decline of the print version and an increase of the online version. His self-publishing company, Toonhound Studios LLC, is a Texas entity with operations in Seattle.

Kurtz started creating a spin-off webcomic of PvP in 2013, titled Table Titans. He also co-writes The Trenches, with Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.[4] Kurtz played the character Dwarven Fighter Binwin Bronzebottom in Acquisitions Incorporated, a Dungeons & Dragons-related podcast and live show.[5] In 2013, Kurtz collaborated with Kris Straub to write and produce an animated series for ShiftyLook based on the video game Mappy, titled Mappy: The Beat, with Kurtz also voicing several characters.[6]

Nominations & awardsEdit

Selected publicationsEdit

  • How to Make Web Comics, by Brad J. Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, Kris Straub, Image Comics (2008) OCLC 173719846 ISBN 9781582408705

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kurtz, Scott. "DOB Confirmed". Twitter. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  2. ^ Kurtz, Scott. "". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ Jayme Lynn Blaschke, Voices of Vision: Creators Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Speak, University of Nebraska (2005) OCLC 56894438 ISBN 0803262396
  4. ^ Cavna, Michael (2011-08-12). "Hot New Webcomic: 'Penny Arcade' & 'PvP' creators tap readers' 'horror stories' with 'The Trenches'". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Hiller, Ryan (2015-09-14). "Acquisitions Incorporated From PAX Prime 2015 Available to View!".
  6. ^ Johnston, Rich (2012-07-14). "ShiftyLook Moves Into Cartoons – Bravoman, Jim Zub, Scott Kurtz And More". Bleeding Cool.

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