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Between 2000 and 2005, I actively ran a comic anthology site called BorderWalker, which focused on fantasy adventure serials, and branched off into a few other genres, as well. I often refer to this as my “past life” in webcomics. It’s where I cut my teeth creatively and as an entrepreneur.

Through BW, I posted the odd one-off short comic here and there, and two regular series: Legacy Dawning–an epic fantasy that was intended to bend some genre lines as it carried forward–and Electric Spirit–a sci-fi comedy told in an interactive format that allowed it to teach Japanese. I wound up spending most of my time with BorderWalker, though, acting as publisher for the comics and articles of some other really wonderful creators, like Jack Pendleton, Craig Schaffer, Ray Kim, Neal VonFlue, and Peter Delgado Jr. That, plus editing pieces, writing articles and news posts, and coming up with marketing ideas left me with very little time for actual comic-making. In the end, the lack of focus was a big part of what put BorderWalker into the cooler of indefinite hiatuses.

I have future plans for BorderWalker, and the ideas I explored under its banner, but for now, they have to stay back-burnered while I focus elsewhere. Up ’til now, I’d been content to leave the site to its own devices, letting folks who stumble across it enjoy the archives there. But earlier this month I received the inevitable email from BW’s web host who wanted to know, in essence, how the heck it got on their server.

See, when BW went online, its hosting was provided free of charge via the kindness of my then boss at the start-up Internet company where I worked. That was in 2000. Over time, his company grew, I left, they grew some more, and eventually, the hosting business was sold. And through it all–for over a decade–BW got a free ride. I knew it was only a matter of time before the files changed enough hands that real cash money would be requested to keep it live. Rather than pay hosting fees on a site that’s on hiatus, then, I’ve decided to finally pull BorderWalker from the web–for now, and in its current incarnation, at least.

This seemed like the perfect opportunity to let you guys see some of that old work. A walk down memory lane. Bear in mind, though, that I consider most of this stuff to be pretty…rough around the edges. So enjoy the peek at the past–and feel free to ruminate on what I might do with it in the future–but please be gentle with me ;)

Click here for the BorderWalker archive hub.

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