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Scott Kurtz teams with Wizards of the Coast for D&D comic

Games and comics, especially webcomics, have a long history of collaboration and crossover, and now the lines will be blurred even further: PvP cartoonist Scott Kurtiz is creating an officially sanctioned Dungeons & Dragons comic Table Titans as well as a D&D-based PvP storylne.

In the tradition of PvP, this comic isn’t set in the world of D&D but rather in the world of the people who play it: Table Titans follows a trio of D&D players, Andrew, Alan and Valeria, in their quest to become the greatest D&D team ever. “I’ve been writing and drawing Table Titans in the edges of my D&D character sheets for the last 30 years,”  Kurtz said in a statement. “It’s the culmination of my love for Dungeons & Dragons and the profound effect it’s had not only on my life but on the lives of so many gamers around the world.”

Val’s group first showed up in the “Mines of Madness” storyline on PvP, and when Kurtz approached D&D parent company Wizards of the Coast about incorporating the game into a comic. “We not only gave him our full blessing but started talking about what other cool things we can do together,” said Laura Tommervik, the publisher’s senior brand manager.

That turned into not only the Table Titans comic but also a game based on “Mines of Madness”: The Table Titans Mines of Madness D&D Next adventure will premiere at PAX East in March. Written by Chris Perkins and illustrated by Kurtz, it will be part of D&D‘s DM’s Challenge, which Kurtz will oversee, and will be available afterward as part of the D&D Next playtest materials.

Kurtz will write and illustrate the comic, which will launch in January and will be digital first, appearing as a free webcomic that is then collected into two print issues a year. “This isn’t going to be your normal gag-a-day strip like PvP,” Kurtz said. “Table Titans is an ongoing long-form comic book, distributed via the web, and collected in print twice a year.” A Table Titans newsletter will allow readers to suggest their own adventures and follow the development of the comic.

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“TWO COMICS ABOUT GAMERS?!” – proceeds to stock shelves with hundreds of the same identical superhero comic.

While I loath to defend Kurtz, particularly after he has made a statement that is so dickish and innately mock-able, the point Scott is utterly failing at making here is correct.

It’s not the concept but the execution that set a comic apart. Scott Kurtz and Jolly Blackburn are very different people with very different personalities. They come to D&D and story telling from very different perspective and have different goals in mind with their creative works. I think that we will find Table Titian will most defiantly be it’s own thing. There are lots of negative things you can lay at Scott Kurtz’s door, a whole lot of things, it would be a truly mammoth pile, but plagiarism is not one of them.

A quick google search will show you that there are hundred of webcomics and webseries based on this idea. Each on has their own style and flare. That should dispel any doubt you might have that this idea can be attack from unique direction. Unless Kurtz starts boasting how unique his idea is, (Something he has not done… yet) I think we have to give him a pass on the Knight of the Dinner Table comparison.

Wow, Drowemos.

Thanks?

Scott,

Dear God.

Please. Please. PLEASE write a PVP strip for Table Titian – you could do all our favorite PVP characters as 16th century portraits in the style of the Venetian school. Dante thought Titian was a big enough deal to include a shoutout in Inferno, the least you could do is include him in PVP.

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