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''Kiwis by Beat!'' is the collective title of webcomics and art created by Ryan Armand, and the name of the website in which his webcomics were hosted. Armand’s webcomics were often of the black comedy and drama genres. His most popular work was the webcomic ''minus'', which ran from 2006 to 2008 and was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20120210212331/http://comixtalk.com/a_big_plus_for_minus_creator_ryan_armand_gets_an_eisner_nomination Article about minus getting nominated for an Eisner award.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. The original Kiwis by Beat! website expired in early 2016, and nobody has discovered Armand’s whereabouts since (online or otherwise). Thanks to the work of a handful of dedicated fans, however, most of his comics are available for viewing on “mirror” websites, though there is still some material of his that has yet to be recovered.
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'''''Kiwis by Beat!''''' is the collective title of webcomics and art created by Ryan Armand, and the name of the website in which most of his webcomics were hosted. Armand’s webcomics were often of the black comedy and drama genres. His most popular work was the webcomic ''minus'', which ran from 2006 to 2008 and was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20120210212331/http://comixtalk.com/a_big_plus_for_minus_creator_ryan_armand_gets_an_eisner_nomination Article about minus getting nominated for an Eisner award.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> The original ''Kiwis by Beat!'' website expired in early 2016, and nobody has discovered Armand’s whereabouts since (online or otherwise). Thanks to the work of a handful of dedicated fans, however, most of his comics are available for viewing on “mirror” websites, though there is still some material of his that has yet to be recovered.
  
 
===Ribald Youth (2003-2005)===
 
===Ribald Youth (2003-2005)===
This comic is primarily about a Japanese elementary school girl named Mayo coping with the aftermath of her mother’s death. Armand’s original website<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20061102081820/http://www.ribaldyouth.com/index.shtml The Ribald Youth website (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref> was named after this comic and hosted it, and the comic itself has been fully preserved. The original website did, however, have other content that has now been lost. Evidence of their existence now comes only in the form of faulty links in the website’s blog posts<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20061102081931/http://www.ribaldyouth.com/news.shtml The Ribald Youth website's blog posts (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref> and “Extra” page<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20061102081844/http://www.ribaldyouth.com/extra.shtml The Ribald Youth website's "Extra" page (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>.
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This comic is primarily about a Japanese elementary school girl named Mayo coping with the aftermath of her mother’s death. Armand’s original website<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20061102081820/http://www.ribaldyouth.com/index.shtml The Ribald Youth website (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> was named after this comic and hosted it, and the comic itself has been fully preserved. The original website did, however, have other content that has now been lost. Evidence of their existence now comes only in the form of faulty links in the website’s blog posts<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20061102081931/http://www.ribaldyouth.com/news.shtml The Ribald Youth website's blog posts (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> and "Extra" page.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20061102081844/http://www.ribaldyouth.com/extra.shtml The Ribald Youth website's "Extra" page (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref>  
*In June 2003, Armand made three animated shorts about Ribald Youth. He wrote about them in some detail on the “Extra” page:
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*In June 2003, Armand made three animated shorts about Ribald Youth. He wrote about them in some detail on the "Extra" page:
 
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One short cartoon featuring Jibushi and his gang split into 3 parts. Each is about a minute or so long. They get in fights and eat in the middle.
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"One short cartoon featuring Jibushi and his gang split into 3 parts. Each is about a minute or so long. They get in fights and eat in the middle."
 
</blockquote>
 
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Although all three of the shorts can be downloaded, none of them are functional.
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All of them have been found and can easily be viewed on the Archive.org under the account essdeecard.
*In June 2003, Armand made a, “character quiz”, with the Ribald Youth characters. Although the page with the actual quiz on it was archived, the result pages of the quiz were not. It is unknown whether or not the result pages included unique art or other content that was not preserved.
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*In June 2003, Armand made a, "character quiz", with the Ribald Youth characters. Although the page with the actual quiz on it was archived, the result pages of the quiz were not. It is unknown whether or not the result pages included unique art or other content that was not preserved.
  
 
[[File: KBB Lost Photo Album.jpg|right|thumb|250px|The only archived picture from the Ribald Youth "Photo Album".]]
 
[[File: KBB Lost Photo Album.jpg|right|thumb|250px|The only archived picture from the Ribald Youth "Photo Album".]]
  
*In the 11/10/2003 blog post, Armand included a link to a page with, “Photo Album”, art that he made of the Ribald Youth characters. There were nine images included, but only the first one was archived<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20070513200341/http://ribaldyouth.com/photos.shtml The Ribald Youth website's, "Photo Album" (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>.
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*In the 11/10/2003 blog post, Armand included a link to a page with, “Photo Album”, art that he made of the Ribald Youth characters. There were nine images included, but only the first one was archived.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20070513200341/http://ribaldyouth.com/photos.shtml The Ribald Youth website's, "Photo Album" (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref>  
*In the 12/22/2003 blog post, Armand included a link to a guest comic that he made for a webcomic named, “Bill the Magician”. The comic was not archived.
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*On the "Extra" page and in a blog post, there is a link to a forum page from March 2004 which is for the website of a webcomic named, ''Over Under Tokyo''.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20040402050609/http://www.overundertokyo.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=245 The forum page that hosted the, ''Ribald Tokyo'' comic (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> This forum page originally included an eight-page comic written by Armand that was named, “Ribald Tokyo”. None of this comic’s pages were archived.
*On the “Extra” page and in a blog post, there is a link to a forum page from March 2004 which is for the website of a webcomic named, “Over Under Tokyo”<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20040402050609/http://www.overundertokyo.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=245 The forum page that hosted the, "Ribald Tokyo" comic (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. This forum page originally included an eight-page comic written by Armand that was named, “Ribald Tokyo”. None of this comic’s pages were archived.
 
 
*In the 07/26/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to an update of a webcomic named, “God Hates Us”, that he contributed to. It was not archived.
 
*In the 07/26/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to an update of a webcomic named, “God Hates Us”, that he contributed to. It was not archived.
 
*In the 08/02/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to a guest comic that he made for a webcomic named, “Oh the Humanity!”. The comic was not archived.
 
*In the 08/02/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to a guest comic that he made for a webcomic named, “Oh the Humanity!”. The comic was not archived.
*In the 10/04/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to a cameo appearance that the Mayo character made in the, “Over Under Tokyo”, webcomic<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20040911145023/http://www.overundertokyo.com/comics.php?id=273_0_3_0_C The webpage that hosted the page with Mayo's appearance in, "Over Under Tokyo" (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>; the webcomic page was not archived.  
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*In the 10/04/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to a cameo appearance that the Mayo character made in the, "Over Under Tokyo", webcomic;<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20040911145023/http://www.overundertokyo.com/comics.php?id=273_0_3_0_C The webpage that hosted the page with Mayo's appearance in, "Over Under Tokyo" (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> the webcomic page was not archived.  
*In the 01/17/2005 blog post, Armand included a link to a guest comic that he made for a web comic named, “Jesus and the Man”. The comic was not archived.
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*In the 01/17/2005 blog post, Armand included a link to a guest comic that he made for a webcomic named, "Jesus and the Man". The comic was not archived.
*What appears to be a list of lost file names related to the Ribald Youth website has also been compiled<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the Kiwis by Beat! website.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>.
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*What appears to be a list of lost file names related to the Ribald Youth website has also been compiled.<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref>
  
 
===Socks (2006-2009)===
 
===Socks (2006-2009)===
Armand described this comic as being, “A story about boredom”<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20100528142802/http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/socks.html "Socks" main page (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. It appears to be about a Japanese high school girl, but very little of it has been recovered. Of 39 parts comprising twelve chapters<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20100517084957/http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/socksarchive.html "Socks" contents page (archived).] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>, the only parts of this webcomic that were archived were part 1 of chapter 1, and the second part (part 12) of chapter 5. Other than this, a few other pages have been recovered, and all of them are currently hosted on the .net mirror website for Kiwis by Beat!<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/socks/part-1 All that has been found of "Socks".] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>, which seems to be the most current mirror website for Armand's works. This comic was never published.  
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Armand described this comic as being, "A story about boredom".<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20100528142802/http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/socks.html "Socks" main page (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> It appears to be about a Japanese high school girl, but very little of it has been recovered. Of 39 parts comprising twelve chapters,<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20100517084957/http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/socksarchive.html "Socks" contents page (archived).] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> the only parts of this webcomic that were archived were part 1 of chapter 1, and the second part (part 12) of chapter 5. Other than this, a few other pages have been recovered, and all of them are currently hosted on the .net mirror website for Kiwis by Beat!,<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/socks/part-1 All that has been found of "Socks".] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> which seems to be the most current mirror website for Armand's works. This comic was never published.  
  
 
===The Thing in the Water (2012-2014)===
 
===The Thing in the Water (2012-2014)===
The content of this comic that has been recovered is mostly about a kind of monster that abducts small children and turns them into string puppets. Three parts of this comic are currently hosted on the .net mirror website<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/the-thing-in-the-water/part-1 "The Thing in the Water", Part 1.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. The total length of this comic is apparently unknown, and it was never published.
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The content of this comic that has been recovered is mostly about a kind of monster that abducts small children and turns them into string puppets. Three parts of this comic are currently hosted on the .net mirror website.<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/the-thing-in-the-water/part-1 "The Thing in the Water", Part 1.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> The total length of this comic is apparently unknown, and it was never published.
  
[[File: KBB Jul 2014.png|left|thumb|200px|A banner that was on the KBB website in July 2014; showing a picture from an otherwise lost page of "Fist!"]]
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[[File: KBB Jul 2014.png|left|thumb|200px|A banner that was on the KBB website in July 2014; showing a picture from an otherwise lost page of "Fist!".]]
  
 
===Fist! (aka Georgie the Fist) (2014-2015)===
 
===Fist! (aka Georgie the Fist) (2014-2015)===
This comic is about a dangerous school bully named Georgie who becomes popular by doing extravagant favours for the school in return for receiving an endless stream of money from the other students. Only two parts of this webcomic currently exist online; comprising a total of 32 pages<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/fist/part-1 "Fist", Part 1.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. The total number of pages is 89<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the Kiwis by Beat! website.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>, meaning that most of the comic is lost. This comic was never published.  
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This comic is about a dangerous school bully named Georgie who becomes popular by doing extravagant favours for the school in return for receiving an endless stream of money from the other students. Only two parts of this webcomic currently exist online; comprising a total of 32 pages.<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/fist/part-1 "Fist", Part 1.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> The total number of pages is 89,<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> meaning that most of the comic is lost. This comic was never published.  
  
[[File: KBB Oct 2014.png|right|thumb|200px|A banner that was on the KBB website in October 2014; showing a picture from an otherwise lost page of "Fist!"]]
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[[File: KBB Oct 2014.png|right|thumb|200px|A banner that was on the KBB website in October 2014; showing a picture from an otherwise lost page of "Fist!".]]
  
 
===The Mildly Inconvenient Journey of Pelen Purul (2014-2015)===
 
===The Mildly Inconvenient Journey of Pelen Purul (2014-2015)===
This webcomic is in colour. It is about Pelen Purul; a girl who is a member of a race of extremely small humans, and her journey to return to her family, who she is separated from at the beginning of the story. This webcomic comprises eleven parts, and none of it is truly lost, but part 8 has only been recovered in a low resolution so far<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/pelen-purul/part-8 "The Mildly Inconvenient Journey of Pelen Purul", Part 8.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. This comic was never published.
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This webcomic is in colour. It is about Pelen Purul; a girl who is a member of a race of extremely small humans, and her journey to return to her family, who she is separated from at the beginning of the story. This webcomic comprises eleven parts, and none of it is truly lost, but part 8 has only been recovered in a low resolution so far.<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/pelen-purul/part-8 "The Mildly Inconvenient Journey of Pelen Purul", Part 8.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> This comic was never published.
  
 
===Modern Fried Snake (2010-2015; unfinished)===
 
===Modern Fried Snake (2010-2015; unfinished)===
This long webcomic is about a girl named Rag who hunts birds for a living in a fictional setting inspired by ancient East Asia. It was preserved well, and it appears that the only pages from this webcomic that are missing are page 920 from chapter 9<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the Kiwis by Beat! website.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>, and pages 1103-1111 from chapter 10<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/modern-fried-snake/part-14 "Modern Fried Snake", Chapter 10.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. Only the first six chapters of this webcomic were published; in the format of two books<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.netlify.app/store.html "Store" page listing Armand's published webcomics.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>, and it was probably unfinished at the time of the original website’s expiration.
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This long webcomic is about a girl named Rag who hunts birds for a living in a fictional setting inspired by ancient East Asia. It was preserved well, and it appears that the only pages from this webcomic that are missing are page 920 from chapter 9,<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> and pages 1103-1111 from chapter 10.<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.net/modern-fried-snake/part-14 "Modern Fried Snake", Chapter 10.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> Only the first six chapters of this webcomic were published; in the format of two books,<ref>[https://kiwisbybeat.netlify.app/store.html "Store" page listing Armand's published webcomics.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> and it was probably unfinished at the time of the original Kiwis by Beat! website’s expiration.
  
===Other lost media===
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===Other Lost Media===
Lists of file names of other lost media from the Kiwis by Beat! website have been compiled<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the Kiwis by Beat! website.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref><ref>[https://github.com/mispy/kiwisbybeat-archive Page including another list of lost files from the Kiwis by Beat! website.] Retrieved 28 June '20</ref>. Unless the identity of all of this other lost media is clarified, nothing more can be written about it.  
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Lists of file names of other lost media from the Kiwis by Beat! website have been compiled.<ref>[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/404VILLE.html A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref><ref>[https://github.com/mispy/kiwisbybeat-archive Page including a list of lost files from the Kiwis by Beat! website.] Retrieved 28 Jun '20</ref> Unless the identity of all of this other lost media is clarified, nothing more can be written about it.  
  
 
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|1||Socks (2006-2009)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found''' </span>
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|1||Socks (2006-2009)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
 
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|2||The Thing in the Water (2012-2014)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost/Found''' </span>
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|2||The Thing in the Water (2012-2014)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
 
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|3||Fist! (2014-2015)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found''' </span>
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|3||Fist! (2014-2015)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
 
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|4||Modern Fried Snake (2010-2015)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
 
|4||Modern Fried Snake (2010-2015)||<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
 
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There is probably some hope of the lost webcomic pages being recovered, but less so for the more obscure material. Unless Ryan Armand himself returns and makes all of his lost content available again, the search for lost ''Kiwis by Beat!'' media will continue.
 
There is probably some hope of the lost webcomic pages being recovered, but less so for the more obscure material. Unless Ryan Armand himself returns and makes all of his lost content available again, the search for lost ''Kiwis by Beat!'' media will continue.
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*[https://kiwisbybeat.tumblr.com/ Ryan Armand’s tumblr (inactive since 2015)] Retrieved 28 June '20
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*[https://kiwisbybeat.tumblr.com/ Ryan Armand’s tumblr (inactive since 2015)] Retrieved 28 Jun '20
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20151114213601/http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/ Original "Kiwis by Beat!" website (archived)] Retrieved 28 June '20
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20151114213601/http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/ Original "Kiwis by Beat!" website (archived)] Retrieved 28 Jun '20
*[https://kiwisbybeat.net/ Kiwis by Beat! .net home page] Retrieved 28 June '20
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*[https://kiwisbybeat.net/ Kiwis by Beat! .net home page] Retrieved 28 Jun '20
*[https://kiwisbybeat.netlify.app/ Kiwis by Beat! fan archive home page] Retrieved 28 June '20
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*[https://kiwisbybeat.netlify.app/ Kiwis by Beat! fan archive home page] Retrieved 28 Jun '20
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*[http://www.kiwisbymirror.rf.gd/news.html Mirror of the Ribald Youth blog posts] Retrieved 28 Jun '20
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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Latest revision as of 23:02, 6 December 2021

KBB Socks.jpg

Recovered page from an unidentified chapter of "Socks".

Status: Partially Lost

Kiwis by Beat! is the collective title of webcomics and art created by Ryan Armand, and the name of the website in which most of his webcomics were hosted. Armand’s webcomics were often of the black comedy and drama genres. His most popular work was the webcomic minus, which ran from 2006 to 2008 and was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007.[1] The original Kiwis by Beat! website expired in early 2016, and nobody has discovered Armand’s whereabouts since (online or otherwise). Thanks to the work of a handful of dedicated fans, however, most of his comics are available for viewing on “mirror” websites, though there is still some material of his that has yet to be recovered.

Ribald Youth (2003-2005)[edit | edit source]

This comic is primarily about a Japanese elementary school girl named Mayo coping with the aftermath of her mother’s death. Armand’s original website[2] was named after this comic and hosted it, and the comic itself has been fully preserved. The original website did, however, have other content that has now been lost. Evidence of their existence now comes only in the form of faulty links in the website’s blog posts[3] and "Extra" page.[4]

  • In June 2003, Armand made three animated shorts about Ribald Youth. He wrote about them in some detail on the "Extra" page:

"One short cartoon featuring Jibushi and his gang split into 3 parts. Each is about a minute or so long. They get in fights and eat in the middle."

All of them have been found and can easily be viewed on the Archive.org under the account essdeecard.

  • In June 2003, Armand made a, "character quiz", with the Ribald Youth characters. Although the page with the actual quiz on it was archived, the result pages of the quiz were not. It is unknown whether or not the result pages included unique art or other content that was not preserved.
The only archived picture from the Ribald Youth "Photo Album".
  • In the 11/10/2003 blog post, Armand included a link to a page with, “Photo Album”, art that he made of the Ribald Youth characters. There were nine images included, but only the first one was archived.[5]
  • On the "Extra" page and in a blog post, there is a link to a forum page from March 2004 which is for the website of a webcomic named, Over Under Tokyo.[6] This forum page originally included an eight-page comic written by Armand that was named, “Ribald Tokyo”. None of this comic’s pages were archived.
  • In the 07/26/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to an update of a webcomic named, “God Hates Us”, that he contributed to. It was not archived.
  • In the 08/02/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to a guest comic that he made for a webcomic named, “Oh the Humanity!”. The comic was not archived.
  • In the 10/04/2004 blog post, Armand included a link to a cameo appearance that the Mayo character made in the, "Over Under Tokyo", webcomic;[7] the webcomic page was not archived.
  • In the 01/17/2005 blog post, Armand included a link to a guest comic that he made for a webcomic named, "Jesus and the Man". The comic was not archived.
  • What appears to be a list of lost file names related to the Ribald Youth website has also been compiled.[8]

Socks (2006-2009)[edit | edit source]

Armand described this comic as being, "A story about boredom".[9] It appears to be about a Japanese high school girl, but very little of it has been recovered. Of 39 parts comprising twelve chapters,[10] the only parts of this webcomic that were archived were part 1 of chapter 1, and the second part (part 12) of chapter 5. Other than this, a few other pages have been recovered, and all of them are currently hosted on the .net mirror website for Kiwis by Beat!,[11] which seems to be the most current mirror website for Armand's works. This comic was never published.

The Thing in the Water (2012-2014)[edit | edit source]

The content of this comic that has been recovered is mostly about a kind of monster that abducts small children and turns them into string puppets. Three parts of this comic are currently hosted on the .net mirror website.[12] The total length of this comic is apparently unknown, and it was never published.

A banner that was on the KBB website in July 2014; showing a picture from an otherwise lost page of "Fist!".

Fist! (aka Georgie the Fist) (2014-2015)[edit | edit source]

This comic is about a dangerous school bully named Georgie who becomes popular by doing extravagant favours for the school in return for receiving an endless stream of money from the other students. Only two parts of this webcomic currently exist online; comprising a total of 32 pages.[13] The total number of pages is 89,[14] meaning that most of the comic is lost. This comic was never published.

A banner that was on the KBB website in October 2014; showing a picture from an otherwise lost page of "Fist!".

The Mildly Inconvenient Journey of Pelen Purul (2014-2015)[edit | edit source]

This webcomic is in colour. It is about Pelen Purul; a girl who is a member of a race of extremely small humans, and her journey to return to her family, who she is separated from at the beginning of the story. This webcomic comprises eleven parts, and none of it is truly lost, but part 8 has only been recovered in a low resolution so far.[15] This comic was never published.

Modern Fried Snake (2010-2015; unfinished)[edit | edit source]

This long webcomic is about a girl named Rag who hunts birds for a living in a fictional setting inspired by ancient East Asia. It was preserved well, and it appears that the only pages from this webcomic that are missing are page 920 from chapter 9,[16] and pages 1103-1111 from chapter 10.[17] Only the first six chapters of this webcomic were published; in the format of two books,[18] and it was probably unfinished at the time of the original Kiwis by Beat! website’s expiration.

Other Lost Media[edit | edit source]

Lists of file names of other lost media from the Kiwis by Beat! website have been compiled.[19][20] Unless the identity of all of this other lost media is clarified, nothing more can be written about it.

# Webcomic Title Status
1 Socks (2006-2009) Partially Found
2 The Thing in the Water (2012-2014) Partially Lost
3 Fist! (2014-2015) Partially Found
4 Modern Fried Snake (2010-2015) Partially Lost

There is probably some hope of the lost webcomic pages being recovered, but less so for the more obscure material. Unless Ryan Armand himself returns and makes all of his lost content available again, the search for lost Kiwis by Beat! media will continue.

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  1. Article about minus getting nominated for an Eisner award. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  2. The Ribald Youth website (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  3. The Ribald Youth website's blog posts (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  4. The Ribald Youth website's "Extra" page (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  5. The Ribald Youth website's, "Photo Album" (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  6. The forum page that hosted the, Ribald Tokyo comic (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  7. The webpage that hosted the page with Mayo's appearance in, "Over Under Tokyo" (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  8. A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  9. "Socks" main page (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  10. "Socks" contents page (archived). Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  11. All that has been found of "Socks". Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  12. "The Thing in the Water", Part 1. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  13. "Fist", Part 1. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  14. A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  15. "The Mildly Inconvenient Journey of Pelen Purul", Part 8. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  16. A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  17. "Modern Fried Snake", Chapter 10. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  18. "Store" page listing Armand's published webcomics. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  19. A list of lost files from the KBB & Ribald Youth websites. Retrieved 28 Jun '20
  20. Page including a list of lost files from the Kiwis by Beat! website. Retrieved 28 Jun '20