For "PvP" in multiplayer computer role-playing games
, see player versus player
. An author is defined both as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Events 1256 - The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV A computer role-playing game ( CRPG) is a broad Video game genre originally developed for personal computers and other home computers Player vs player, PvP, or Player Killing is competitive interaction within a game between two or more live participants
PvP, also known as Player vs Player, is a webcomic, written and drawn by Scott Kurtz, with around 100,000 unique visitors per day (as of August 2005). Webcomics, online comics, or Internet comics are Comics Published on a Website, often exclusively providing easy access to an PortalCurrent events News collections and sources WikipediaNews collections and sources.  On February 1, 2007, it became the subject of its own animated series. Events 1327 - Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. An animated cartoon is a short hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn Film for the cinema, Television or computer
The comic chronicles the adventures of a fictional video game magazine company and its employees. A video game is a Game that involves interaction with a User interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. A popular but often controversial figure in the field of online comics, Kurtz is usually willing to share his opinions about comics and gaming culture in his blog, which is hosted on the same website as his comic strips. A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages
Originally, PvP focused on video gaming and the larger "nerd culture" including comics and RPGs. Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or Stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues Intellectual activities Esoteric A role-playing game ( RPG; often roleplaying game) is a Game in which the participants assume the roles of Fictional characters. 1UP.com described it as one of the first game-based comics, but not the original, saying, ". 1UPcom is a video-game site owned and operated by Ziff Davis Media, publisher of the popular video game magazine EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly. . . neither Scott Kurtz's PvP nor Jerry Holkins and Michael Krahulik's Penny Arcade were the first gaming-themed webcomic on the Internet. Penny Arcade is a Webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. " Over the years, the humor has broadened to include technology jokes, relationship humor, in-jokes about and mocking of the generation gaps between the different characters, with gaming increasingly taking a back seat. A generation gap is a popular term used to describe big differences between people of a younger generation and their elders Kurtz occasionally comes under fire for his satire. Sometimes Kurtz will speak of his father's open disdain with the strip. 
The first online strip was posted on Monday, May 4, 1998 . Events 1256 - The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Kurtz normally updates the strip every day but has often missed updates since the comic's inception. In April 2005, Kurtz changed to a Monday through Friday schedule, with Friday's strip in color and sketches on Saturday and Sunday, in response to the mounting work he had taken on as a monthly comic at Image and associated side projects. On June 4, 2005, Scott Kurtz posted on his blog that he was returning to the daily schedule. On May 6th 2008, Kurtz reaffirmed the strip to a Monday through Friday schedule . Although the strip was initially formatted 2x2 to fit on 800x600 resolution screens, it switched to "widescreen" on February 3, 2003.  The strip celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday, May 4, 2008 with the wedding of two of PvP's main characters, Brent Sienna and Jade Fontaine. Events 1256 - The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 
The PVP hosting company Speakeasy.net has been criticized for their site being frequently down. Speakeasy Inc is a Broadband Internet service provider and Voice over IP carrier based in Seattle Washington.  In May 2007 Kurtz released a statement taking the blame himself, and asking readers not to blame Speakeasy. 
Previously, Dork Storm Press printed 6 issues of original content as well as a trade paperback of online strips. Dork Tower is an online comic created written and drawn by John Kovalic. The Dork Storm issues were collected into a trade paperback entitled "The Dork Ages. "
In March 2003, Image Comics began publishing a monthly print comic book collection of the strip that combines old strips with new material. March 2003: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September Image Comics is an American Comic book publisher It was founded in 1992 by seven high-profile illustrators as a venue where creators could publish their A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative As of April 2006 25 issues have been released, as well as a 16-page primer (numbered as #0), and four trade paperbacks (each collecting 6 issues) - "PvP: At Large" (#1-6), "PvP: Reloaded" (#7-12), "PvP Rides Again" (#13-18), and now "PVP Goes Bananas" (#19-25). Stories without links will be removed'. News stories must be in English
At the 2004 San Diego Comicon, Kurtz announced that he would offer to newspapers the entire PvP series to reprint for free , but only if the strips were reprinted without any changes made. Kurtz said he made this offer because of his dissatisfaction with the terms offered to cartoonists by syndicates. Print syndication is a form of syndication in which News articles columns, or Comic strips are made available to Newspapers, Magazines As of yet no major American newspaper has agreed to regularly pick up his strip, even though it is free. One newspaper, The Kansas City Star, briefly ran one PvP comic per week in the fall of 2004. The Kansas City Star is a McClatchy Newspaper based in Kansas City Missouri, in the United States.
A special edition of PvP was included with the purchase of the City of Heroes collector's edition, featuring Cole, Brent, Francis, and Skull and their misadventures in the game, depicted as the actual characters they were playing, which, appropriately enough, resembled their 'real world' appearances. City of Heroes (CoH is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on the Superhero Comic book Genre, developed by
Kurtz's work for Image Comics was nominated for a 2005 Eisner Award for "Best Writer/Artist—Humor. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award is a prize given for creative achievement in American Comic books It is named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner "
PVP won the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic July 21, 2006. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award is a prize given for creative achievement in American Comic books It is named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner Events 356 BC - Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
PvP: The Series
Kurtz announced on November 27 2006 that from February 2007, a traditionally animated cartoon series would be available over the internet via a subscription service, produced in conjunction with Blind Ferret Entertainment. Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Traditional animation, also referred to as classical animation, cel animation, or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular See also disambiguation for Frog King. Least I Could Do ( LICD) is a Humor Webcomic by Ryan Sohmer and Lar deSouza Episodes will be 4-6 minutes in length and released on a monthly schedule, co-written and co-produced by webcartoonist Kristofer Straub. Kristofer Straub is the creator of Webcomics Checkerboard Nightmare, Starslip Crisis, Time Friends, Origin Story  Eight episodes are available to subscribers at this time.
The announcement of the series was marked with some interest on video game forums due to Kurtz's previous criticism of Tim Buckley when he announced CAD Premium, an animated series based on his own web comic. Ctrl+Alt+Del (CAD is a gaming -related Webcomic and animated series written by Tim Buckley Particularly when both Buckley and Kurtz used the same animation studio for their respective ventures. 
Francis (Left) and Brent (Right)
- Cole Richards - The boss. A committed family man, he has a rather loose grasp of new technology and is often nostalgic for 1980s pop culture. Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Cole is (relatively speaking) the straight man of the group and the one most likely to insist on actually making the magazine. Straight Man (New York Random House, 1997 is a Novel by Richard Russo set at the fictional West Central Pennsylvania State University in Railton When that's not an issue, off to join the silliness he goes.
In a newer running gag, he and Brent often jump a bridge in a forest area in a 1969 Dodge Charger a la The Dukes of Hazzard. The Dodge Charger was a model of Car produced by Dodge. The 1966 to 1974 Chargers were sporty models based on the Chrysler B platform The Dukes of Hazzard is an American Television series that originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. He is also in possession of the De Lorean from Back to the Future which he acquired in medieval England after accidentally travelling back in time. Back to the Future is a 1985 science fiction Comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg. Cole has a longstanding 'rivalry' of some sort with Max Powers, who runs Powerplay Magazine in the offices one floor above the PvP offices. For a brief time, Cole was forced to allow a merger between the two magazine companies, but as of the strips from November 30th to December 2, which concluded a storyline called 'pandamonium', that had been running for several days in the strip, this changed, as Cole came into a large sum of money from the World Wildlife Fund, which he will receive annually because of a giant panda that is more or less living somewhere in the PvP offices. (This is the same Panda that repeatedly attacks Brent Sienna on a regular basis, and whom Brent brought to the office as an attempted replacement for Skull when he went missing. ) Due to the large amount of money Cole has received (though the official amount has yet to be disclosed), he has since bought out Max's side of the partnership and once again runs PvP on his own terms. In a more recent story arc, it's revealed that Cole has been having problems with his marriage with Donna, although apparently he's now in counseling for it.
- Brently Irving Sienna - Master cynic, creative director of the magazine, coffee addict/snob, married to Jade, and Apple Computer (and recovering Amiga) fanatic. Apple Inc, ( formerly Apple Computer Inc, is an American Multinational corporation with a focus on designing and manufacturing Consumer electronics The Amiga is a family of Personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. His apathetic attitude towards everything frustrates his co-workers. At one time, Brent was an elementary school art teacher. He is also the master of insults (he temporarily lost the power to insult others when he cut off his ponytail ) and drives a Mini Cooper as a "statement". A running gag in the strip is that whenever the words "Panda", "Panda Attack" or "Giant Panda" are mentioned, Brent is immediately mauled by one. Brent got revenge in the August 6 2005 edition of the strip as he mauled a panda in a parallel universe. Brent's name was originally inspired by the Crayola crayon color "Burnt sienna". Crayola is a brand of marking utensils such as markers chalk crayons and colored pencils manufactured by Crayola LLC (formerly Binney & Smith A crayon is a stick of colored Wax, Charcoal, Chalk, or other materials used for writing and Drawing. Burnt sienna is an Iron oxide Pigment: a warm mid brown color Brent also bears a resemblance to Sketch Turner, the protagonist of the game Comix Zone for SEGA Genesis. is a arcade -style Action game. The game's most remarkable feature is that it is set within the "panels" of a Comic book.
- Jade Evelyn Fontaine Sienna - A columnist, and Brent's wife. She plays MMORPG-style games such as EverQuest and World of Warcraft, and also chats online with friends she's made in the series. A massively multiplayer online role-playing game ( MMORPG) is a genre of Computer role-playing games (CRPGs in which a large number of players interact with EverQuest, often called EQ, is a 3D fantasy -themed Massively multiplayer online role-playing game ( MMORPG) that was released World of Warcraft (commonly acronymed as WoW) is a Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG She is often criticized for being "unrealistic", although Kurtz states that she is somewhat modeled after his wife.  In her first posting to the PvP blog, Angela Kurtz stated, "90% of the time, when you’re reading Jade, you’re reading about Scott’s feminine side, not about me. "
It's also been revealed that Jade was not always the good, moral figure that she appears to be. In high school, she and her friend Sam were caught stealing the answers to their chemistry final. Jade also took her stepfather's car without permission, and was subsequently charged with robbery by her stepfather in order to teach her a lesson.  Needless to say, this has delighted Brent and Francis, since they tend to be the ones Jade rolls her eyes at in disgust when they're engaged in their antics.
- Francis Ray Ottoman - the youngest member of the staff. Technical support for the office (and also known to write the occasional review), he is currently working on a "he said she said" column with his girlfriend Marcy. Immature, easily excitable and always eager to be on the cutting edge of fads and technology, Francis represents every 'annoying gamerkid' stereotype. He loves his PC to an almost scary degree and routinely gets into arguments with Brent over Macs. Rarely does he show interest in anything besides computers or video games, though it has been stated that he owns a prominent collection of pony figurines.  He could be considered a young genius because he works for a gaming magazine at the tender age of 16, but he claims he only took the job so he could play video games all day long. Also, Cole mentions that he knew Francis' mother from high school, so Francis' continued employment may be a favor on Cole's part. Francis' appearance in the comic has gone through the most changes. His first artwork was choppy and caused reader confusion due to readers mistaking a zit for his mouth and his mouth for a "jagged chin" or part of his hair,  so his design was drastically changed later. He now sports a T-shirt depicting a human skull, and messed-up moussed hair (the mousse was originally, and may still be, Skull's phlegm). A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a Shirt which is pulled on over the head to cover most of a person's Torso. In humans the adult skull is normally made up of 22 bones Except for the Mandible, all of the bones of the Skull are joined together by sutures, Phlegm ( is sticky Fluid secreted by the Mucous membranes of Humans and other Animals.  He is rumored to be a "total Gaylord" (who collects pony statuettes) in the internet community due to a leakage on a Wiki article ostensibly by a close source (Marcy).  Due to his recent consummation of his relationship with Marcie, he "leveled up", aging three years and developing chin scruff.
- Skull Theodore Troll - a lovable troll who is assigned to be a mythological animal friend to Brent a lá Pete's Dragon, although the cast currently believes he is assigned to Francis. A troll is a fearsome member of a race of creatures from Norse mythology. Pete's Dragon (first released on November 3, 1977) is a live-action/animated musical Feature film from Walt Disney Nervous and childlike, he has an occasional girlfriend named Sonya, although Skull was exposed to be female in an early comic. This was in fact revealed to be a joke.  He is now typically portrayed as genderless. Skull debuted in another of Kurtz's web cartoons called Tales by Tavernlight, which focused on the world of Ultima Online. Ultima Online ( UO) is a graphical Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG released on September 25 1997 As of Though he seems to be an utterly harmless, rather clueless and childish creature who doesn't even seem to understand the nature of violence, Skull has dark underside that the other characters sometimes see but blame on outside forces.  He has actually threatened to eat Francis, and doesn't always take Brent's abuse—not to mention his epic battle with the crazed Emperor Blue.  His carefree, clueless and therefore very un-monsterish nature could be a side-effect of the numerous blows and shocks he's received over the run of the comic. The comic's cast page states that, as a mythological creature, Skull's only real need is attention, something not in short supply around the office. The middle name "Theodore" was recently revealed to be the long form for "the" (as "Skull The Troll"). Skull was reassigned when Brent finally got married, much to Brent's dissatisfaction.
- Robbie and Jase - Originally, these two fat, beer swilling drop-outs sat in the break room on an old sofa and played sports video games endlessly. Old friends of Cole's, they were kept employed mostly out of pity and were only occasionally seen. After Robbie won the lottery, he bought a mansion and employed a butler named "Butler". He also quit the magazine so he and Jase could play video games together without being hassled to actually produce anything. For a short period of time Max Powers took away their sofa, games and beer, causing them to sober up, lose weight, and produce game reviews. Following the lottery win, Robbie and Jase had a falling out when Jase started dating Robbie's gardener and had less time for him.
- Max Powers - arch-enemy and rival publisher of Cole, Max Powers runs Powerplay magazine. While seemingly jovial and outgoing, for some reason Max is generally despised by the PvP crew. While perhaps not as truly evil as Brent and Cole claim, he can doubtlessly be quite annoying. Eric Burns of the webcomic review site Websnark wrote an interesting analysis of Max. Eric Burns is an American media critic and Journalist. Burns was born and raised in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, a town approximately 20 Websnark is a website and a Webcomic review on the site The site is a critical and popular culture commentary website and Blog, and the reviews are  Powerplay recently merged with PvP to prevent PvP's certain financial ruin. Because of his narcissistic attitude, Max was unable to see Skull, and was unaware of the troll's existence. However, Shecky punched Max as an 'incentive to see the world beyond [his] nose', changing Max's perceptions. Unfortunately, Max now thinks Cole is letting the staff keep a pair of 'dogs' on the premises and says the 'yappy one' (Shecky) snapped at his face. (See March 13, 2006 blog entry. ) As of December second in the strip, PvP and Powerplay have gone their separate ways, as Cole has come into a large sum of money which he will receive annually from the World Wildlife Fund, thanks to the near-constant attacks on Brent by a giant panda, and the fact that it appears said panda is now more or less living somewhere in the PvP offices.
- Marcy Wisniewsky - another intern, Francis' long time FPS opponent and romantic interest. A first-person shooter ( FPS) is an action Video game from the Shooter game The initial development of Maze War She was originally referred to as "Devilfish," as Francis only knew her as an online rival, and in fact he didn't even know she was a girl until Skull caused them to meet in person after substituting for Francis in an online fps tournament. A first-person shooter ( FPS) is an action Video game from the Shooter game The initial development of Maze War She is an avid fan of anime, especially Sailor Moon. (anime in Japanese, is the title of a Japanese Media franchise created by Naoko Takeuchi. Marcy has had two artwork changes. She started out geeky and tomboyish, then changed to an average 16-year-old girl,  and then returned to geeky and tomboyish, much to Francis' displeasure. Due to her recent consummation of her relationship with Frances, she "leveled up", aging three years and developing a more voluptous physique.
- Gwen Dawson - acquaintance of Sonya's and a radio producer. Gwen had a crush on Jade and kissed her once at party. Brent had a crush on Gwen before he knew she was a lesbian. A lesbian is a Woman who is romantically or sexually attracted only to other women
- Miranda Fontaine - Jade's younger sister. She is a sly coquette who aims to seduce most of the men on the PvP staff just to irritate Jade, not necessarily because she wants male attention. She has attempted to seduce the "handsome, young, powerful, and rich" Max Powers.  She has a mutual crush on Reggie and the two are now secretly dating one another.
- Scratch Fury: Destroyer of Worlds - Skull's cat. Francis attempted to give it to Brent to make the latter feel some Christmas spirit, but the ploy failed and Skull decided to take the cat in. Skull accidentally zapped him with his "genius machine" , granting him superhuman intelligence. Scratch is bent on global domination, but his evil plans for attaining it have so far been foiled by his feline foibles and proclivities . He is Pinky and the Brain in the same body, and they're fighting for dominance. Pinky and the Brain are Cartoon characters who have starred in the American Animated television series Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs
- Kirby - Cole's pet basset hound. Scratch, feeling that he needed an archenemy of his own stature, used Skull's "genius machine"  to grant him ten times the intelligence of a normal basset hound. As it happens, "ten times as smart as a basset hound" is still pretty stupid, but at least now he can talk (when he remembers it). Kirby also recently had a seizure . Scratch blamed himself and decided to make Kirby his minion and friend instead of his enemy. In a rare moment of affection for the slow-witted dog, Scratch actually hugged Kirby. Named after Kurtz's own basset hound.
- Sonya Powers - Skull's girlfriend. She does not seem to mind that Skull is apparently genderless. Sonya is also the little sister of Max Powers, Cole's nemesis; both share a dislike of Max Powers.
- Reggie Dixon - Reggie is a blind, black friend of Brent's. He is very assertive, and is very forthcoming about his disability. He was later hired by Max Powers when he started Powerplay. After the merger he began working at PvP. He is immune to Miranda's sexual advances because he is blind, but would remark that she smelled good whenever she would pass by him. He and Miranda have decided to start dating, but Miranda posed the question of keeping it a secret from Jade and Brent since Reggie works with them. He says that it won't be too difficult since he is a "third string character", an allusion to the fact that he doesn't appear in the comics on a regular basis, and breaks the 4th wall. Based on a friend of Kurtz's.
- Donna Richards - Cole's wife. Seldom seen in the more recent strips. She was married to Cole on February 24, 1996, which is the same date as Angie and Scott's wedding. Recently, Donna and Cole were attempting to divorce. It is not stated if they reconciled.
- Kurtz's Dad - Although not a part of the official PvP Universe and therefore not normally seen with the other characters, Kurtz's dad, a German immigrant, occasionally appears in the comic to share his views on profanity, modern American culture, or whatever else happens to strike his fancy. According to Kurtz, everything the character says is transcribed from his real father's words. Kurtz's dad usually says something quirkily funny () or talks about things which he does not know much about, which is followed by Kurtz himself saying "This is so going in the strip!". He often complains about his son not being in the newspapers and wants him to be more like his vision of perfect cartooning, Charles Schulz. Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26 1922 &ndash February 12 2000 was an American Cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts Comic strip Additionally, he represents the community of older PC users and gamers (at least in the comic, Kurtz and his dad play World of Warcraft together , with Kurtz's dad as a pink-haired gnome, an example of his lovable crankiness). World of Warcraft (commonly acronymed as WoW) is a Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG
- Francis Robot - Also known as the Ottobot. This list of fictional robots and androids is a Chronological list categorised by medium Originally a robotic girlfriend built by Francis, the Robot was rebuilt and reprogrammed into a robotic clone of Francis, which took his place in front of a theater camping out for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 Space opera Film written and directed by George Lucas. However, at some point between the time the robot was placed at the theater and the release date for Episode III (Francis tried to make national news by camping out for Episode III before Episode II came out), the theater was turned into an antique store. Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones is a 2002 Film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales When Francis returned for the robot, it handcuffed him to a chair and took his place at the office. It was discovered that the robot was not really Francis when it shorted out while making out with Marcy. A French kiss is a Kiss, usually romantic or sexual in nature in which one participant's Tongue touches the other's tongue and usually enters his or her Scratch Fury has now turned the robot into a machine to disguise himself as a human and attempted to take over the town at by attacking the Mayor. The plan failed and the robot was taken as evidence after Scratch Fury escaped.
- The Panda - In a long-running gag, Brent is occasionally, suddenly and inexplicably attacked by a giant panda (example). The Giant Panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca, "black-and-white cat-foot" is a Mammal classified in the Bear family ( Ursidae) native to Brent brought The Panda in as a replacement for Skull after the troll ran away, but Brent quickly discovered that the Panda wouldn't take the kind of abuse Brent usually heaped on Skull. . At one point, Brent was temporarily blinded  and the panda refrained from attacking him , suggesting either that it prefers to maul Brent through surprise attacks, which Brent had foiled this one time unknowingly due to improved senses from losing his vision, or that it figured he had suffered enough and refrained from attacking due to sympathy. Once, the tables were turned . The panda has been a topic for multiple guest strips:  or .
- Ricky "Turtle" Tuttle was formerly a student at Francis's school. Tuttle hero-worshipped Francis, and annoyed Francis by following him around and imitating him. It turned out that by imitating Francis, Turtle became one of the most popular kids at Francis's school . His imitations ultimately resulted in Tuttle's death in a bungee jumping accident. . Tuttle has since returned as a ghost; Francis finds him no less annoying .
- Sheckles Montgomery Troll - Skull's "baby cousin".  He is in fact an adult con artist by the name of Shekels Montgomery Troll. Soon after his appearance he attempted to steal Brent's wallet with a hug and farewell advice but was caught. Based loosely on W. C. Fields. W C Fields ( January 29, 1880 &ndash December 25, 1946) was an American Juggler, Comedian, and Actor
- Samantha "Sam" Woods - Jade's High School best friend , with whom Jade rebelled and spent some time in Juvenile Hall.
- Butler - Butler (his real name) is the butler for Robbie and Jase, two millionaire ex-jocks. He often uses Robbie and Jase's slang terms, although in a much more sophisticated manner. He is typically capable of solving any problem in the other characters' lives and has skills ranging from massage to ordained ministry.
Cole and Brent in one of several Dukes of Hazzard scenes
Many of the running gags in PVP are actually references to running gags from other media (television programs, films, games, cartoons, etc. ).
- When any character expresses (intentionally or otherwise) a habit or taste that Francis considers effeminate, Francis appears from off-panel to quip, "Gaaayy. . . " . (Note: This statement initially was made by Moe the Ogre, a friend of Skull's from his Ultima Online days )
- The panda attacking Brent (or others like him) whenever anyone says the word "panda" or a variation of it.
- Brent always wears sunglasses, even while wearing a mask or in bandages. There are very few (less than 10) comics featuring him without glasses, one of which is in a guest comic. In his words, they are "For your protection" because any woman that looks into his deep blue eyes immediately falls in love with Brent. Lesbians are immune (as seen in a strip where he takes the glasses off for Gwen). The first time he took off his glasses with his face fully in frame was during his wedding .
- Cole hearing things out of context, causing him to think 'hanky-panky' is going on; a reference to Don Knotts' character, Mr. Furley, on Three's Company. Three's Company is an American Sitcom that aired from 1977 to 1984 on ABC. Alternately, Cole assuming he's hearing things out of context, causing him to not realize he's actually jumped to the correct conclusion.
- Brent often becomes the subject of ridicule because of his exclusive use of a Macintosh computer. During one storyline, he actually convinces Francis to use an iPod in an attempt to be featured in an Apple commercial.
- Skull guarding a door for Brent, Francis or Scratch and finding different ways, with varying degrees of success, for keeping Cole away.
- Brent and Cole appearing as 70s detectives Bulldog and Cooch, invariably ending in an explosion. 
- Cole sporting a wizard's hat signifying that the next few strips will involve Dungeons & Dragons. Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a Fantasy Role-playing game (RPG originally designed by 
- The first three panels showing actions, with the fourth panel showing a character saying, "And that's when [outrageous action occurred]. "
- The "Gaming Fez", which grants godlike gaming ability to the wearer. 
- Small strips about what Scott Kurtz's basset hound has done. 
- Breaking the "Fourth Wall" which inevitably leads to a character, usually Brent, being beheaded. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan is the second feature film based on the Star Trek Science fiction Television series, following An archenemy, archfoe, archvillain or archnemesis (sometimes spelled arch-enemy, arch-foe, arch-villain or The fourth wall is the imaginary wall at the front of the stage in a Proscenium Theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play  Although referred to as breaking the fourth wall, the act is more like breaking continuity, as aside from the characters saying "we are breaking the fourth wall", there is rarely any actual fourth wall-breaking going on.
- The fictional PVP Magazine has appeared many times as a prop in Real Life Comics, but has never appeared in PVP itself, with the exception of an April 19, 2006, guest comic by Kristofer Straub. Real Life is a Webcomic drawn and authored by Greg Dean Begun on November 15 1999 and published on weekdays the comic is loosely based around A guest comic (or guest strip) is an issue of a Comic strip that is created by a different person (or people than usual Kristofer Straub is the creator of Webcomics Checkerboard Nightmare, Starslip Crisis, Time Friends, Origin Story 
- Scott's dad calling to complain or ask questions about the strips. 
- A running "fight" with the Penny Arcade guys. Penny Arcade is a Webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. 
- Brent's hatred for Christmas spirit. 
- Jade's planning of Halloween parties and Brent dreading them. 
- Occasional references to popular MMORPG's, beginning first with Ultima Online, then Jade playing EverQuest, and more recently World Of Warcraft. The WoW jokes are usually inside jokes that only WoW players would understand.
- The first three panels showing actions, with the fourth panel showing an ambulance after one of the characters unknowingly puts themself in a dangerous situation. 
- Skull doing something on the phone (listening on someone else's conversation or making prank calls) then getting caught doing it and literally saying "click" and "dial toooone" in a feeble attempt to fool the person who caught him. 
- ^ PvPonline » Moving forward
- ^ eXTReMe Tracking - Art and Culture
- ^ Will Strip for Games, 1UP.com
- ^ http://www.pvponline.com/2008/05/13/state-of-the-union-post-seattle/
- ^ http://www.pvponline.com/2008/05/06/moving-forward/
- ^ 
- ^ 
- ^ PvPOnline Site Down : Halfpixel.com
- ^ Don’t blame Speakeasy : Halfpixel.com
- ^ Announcement of animated series, including preview of first episode
- ^ http://www.pvponline.com/newspro/archives/arc7-2006.html
- ^ http://www.pvponline.com/blog/2877/she-said
External links 1UPcom is a video-game site owned and operated by Ziff Davis Media, publisher of the popular video game magazine EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly. World of Warcraft (commonly acronymed as WoW) is a Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG
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