This part of the story came from overhearing a conversation at a convention between two other (now well known) webcomic creators who complained that (i’m going to paraphrase) “Scott Kurtz just copy and pasted his comics , very cookie cutter black and white art and that he just gets his gags from super nerds.”

I always thought that was a pretty harsh judgement. I never read his comic, just glanced at it… and it seemed the art would get better and better through seasons. Looks like he’s tried to mix it up so it’s not the same boring talking heads to look at.