Jumped the Shark

Scott Kurtz is a cartoonist who has an online comic strip called [PVP](http://www.pvponline.com/) that I’ve been reading for a few years. PVP stands for Player vs. Player, and it involves a magazine about video games. So we have video games *and* a comic strip. How could you go wrong? Well, Kurtz found a way: [insult your reader’s religious convictions](http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20050628). Pretty brainy. Everyone knows the key to market success is to offend the greatest possible number of people with your product.

So Kurtz has [jumped the shark](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark) and gone to that happy land where self-expression is more important than entertaining readers. I’m happy for him, to be so secure that he can ignore the conformist pressures of the world. May he know the best of life’s successes, and come to a saving knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. But, since I’m no longer entertained by him, I won’t be reading his comic anymore.

Ironically, I’m not offended. Just kind of sad. I like reading the same comics every morning. But I’ve had to drop 2-3 in the last six months. Obviously, PVP is one of them. Looks like I’ll have to branch out and find some comics to read online. (Suggestions?)

Of course, [Howard Taylor](http://www.schlockmercenary.com) remains my standard of a great comic writer who also leads an exemplary life (i.e., he’s a [religious nutcase](http://www.livejournal.com/users/howardtayler/104717.html)).

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