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What Happened to

Nick Percival started the first online comic subscription site (I haven't found anything earlier) Cool Beans (url was but it's long since become a spam site) back in 2001 (2000?) but I can find almost nothing on how and when it went away. There's a review of the site on BorderWalker (ed. - URL updated) from 2002, but really doesn't seem to be anything on the web.


I think you want this

Neal Von Flue's picture

I think you want this Borderwalker link.

And as the guy who wrote that ancient review (Review? I've learned a bit since then) I can say that CoolBeansWorld was pretty amazing on the inside. Fantastic art from big names at a time when most people thought a few print comics people could really raise webcomic visibility. I never heard how or why it ended. It was a bit ahead of it's time.

And I've seen a few Borderwalker links from you lately Xerexes, Nice to see some resurrection of the place. There's a few things that were fairly ahead of their time over there, too!


Thanks Neal!

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

I was going to email you tomorrow about it since you wrote one of the few pieces on it. I saw lots of press release stuff on its launch but its too bad no one wrote anything on its end.

I really missed digging into BorderWalker back then and recently yeah, I did go back through the whole site to see what I had missed.

Probably inspired a bit by cleaning up formatting on T Campbell's history series (still lots of archived articles to "clean" a bit - things got jumbled a bit when we moved to Drupal at the beginning of 2006.)


Xaviar Xerexes

On second thought, let's not go to Comixpedia. It is a silly place.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

There wasn't a lot of

Joey Manley's picture

There wasn't a lot of conversation about when it ended because ... it just sort of disappeared. I guess they didn't send out any press releases or anything when they decided to shut down, and there wasn't a network of webcomics conversations and bloggers back then, the way there is now. I had a subscription myself, but I didn't check it very often. My sub was more for research purposes. One day I went there, and it was just gone. I didn't know how long it had been gone, though.

Same thing happened to me with Crossgen's subscription service, too, come to think of it.

Didn't it hit financial

Didn't it hit financial problems and get swallowed up in a heap of recriminations? I may be thinking of something else (my memory's far from perfect!) in which case, apologies to anyone concerned, but that does seem to ring a few bells ...

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