Scott Kurtz, the man behind the webcomic phenomenon known as PVP had a new years surprise for his readers. Yesterday, with the help of Kristofer Straub the creator of Checkerboard Nightmare and Starslip Crisis, Kurtz posted the first “PVP Alive” an animated short featuring the PVP gang.
According to the announcement, Kurtz is planning on this being a continuing project.
Unlike the animated version of guest strip by Chris Giarrusso I mentioned a few weeks ago, PVP Alive is not an animated version of an existing strip, but rather all new material. It’s also not animation in the sense that you normally think of it, but rather consists of voice dubbing over a sequence of images, which Struab refers to as Blamimation.
I’m sure some people are going to compare Blamimation to more traditional animation available on the web like Homestar Runner or the forthcoming CAD animated series. Since I don’t PVP Alive is meant to be taken on that level (I could be wrong though), I don’t think such comparisons should be made.
The pilot episode shows Skull the troll, voiced by Kurtz himself, calling Brent, as done my Straub, for help getting to sleep.
One concerned raised on Kurtz’s forum was that hearing voices the voices of the characters conflicting with the voices that readers have in their head for the characters. I’ll admit, Kurtz sounds nothing like I imagine Skull does, but as far as I’m concerned that’s okay. The kid who plays Ron in the Harry Potter movies doesn’t look like I imagine him when I read the books. I can still enjoy both versions of the story.
I’m excited about this new project. I’ve always loved PVP and like to see Kurtz, or any webcomic creator, trying something different. I’m sure the kinks will be worked out in time.