18 years in the making and still going strong!
On May 17, the official Star Wars website graciously added us to their Community page, which lists notible fan sites. The Boba Fett Fan Club is listed under "fan news and blog sites."
On April 1, we changed the name of the website to the Jango Fett Fan Club, complete with new logo and HTML. This April Fool's Day joke was less abrupt because, after one click or one view (thanks to a browser cookie), the temporary landing page would bring the website back the normal.
In 2013, we broke the news that Star Wars Episode 7 is being shot on film by Dan Mindel. While at an event for cinematographers, we were first to post online the news, officially from J.J. Abrams' choice cinematographer. The news made front page at Mashable, Gizmodo, AV Club, Yahoo Movies / The Wrap, JoBlo, Ain't It Cool News, IGN, Slashfilm, Latino Review, CNET, Huffington Post, TechRadar, The Verge, Collider, io9, MovieWeb, and more.
On April 1, we closed the site — but only for 12 hours. The April Fool's Day joke was believed by many of our younger regulars, but the die-hard fans didn't go for our stunt.
We make front page of the Entertainment section of The San Francisco Chronicle on 5/14, in Peter Hartlaub's article "Forget Anakin -- for die-hard 'Star Wars' fans, Boba Fett rules." Fun press for the proverbial wall.
In 2002 IG88A's Bounty Hunters Inc. joined the network at bounty-hunters.com, one of the Fan Club's original addresses, until we stopped using that address.
In 2001 The Boba Fett Fan Club joined with Eric Cromwell's Asteroid-Belt.com, Boba-Rin's Boba Fett Homepage in Japan, and MICKY's Boba Fett Museum in Poland. Boba-Rin's site became The Boba Fett Fan Club - Japan Edition, and MICKY's site The Boba Fett Fan Club - Polish Edition. Content was collaborative and the foreign sites ran for years to come.
One day the "bobafett.com" domain name became available, and for no special price, we were able to have it. The previous owner, who used the site for non-Fett interests, even had lent us extra web space for free in previous years. Unfortunately, on June 15, Lucasfilm sent a cease and desist letter regarding "bobafett.com" and stating their commercial interest. On June 23, we agreed to turn the domain over, but we never heard back from them. After months of waiting for a response, while receiving great support from visitors worldwide, we decided to use the domain again.
In May, the web site is featured on Yahoo.com.
The Vault returned to its original mission with the launching of this site at bobafettfanclub.com on April 1, 1999. In 2000, with new hosting provided for free by a local design company in San Francisco called The Parlor, the site merged with Joe Carlson's Boba Fett Internet Archive — the original home, and creative force, for expanding the fan club.
By January 1, 1997, the site joined forces with Daniel Sully's Boba Fett Homepage, who allowed the site to be hosted pro-bono with the likes of JediNet, creating fun thematic elements like a members section of the site.
On January 27, U.S. News and World Report runs a photo and article on BFFC's founder, Aaron.
We also host a Greedo web site, featuring the bounty hunter Han Solo kills in Star Wars: A New Hope.
The relationship grew to include the support of Tyler Allison, the original inspiration for developing a Boba Fett web site, since he started the first Boba Fett site, The Boba Fett Pages, on his college server in 1995.
Initially known as The Boba Fett Multimedia Vault, the site went online July 4, 1996 primarily as a monthly newsletter, reaching 200 subscribers in less than six months. With the help of publicity on Jesse's Boba Fett Page, the Fan Club was able to grow because of our "Hunter's Journal."
The Boba Fett Fan Club is the premiere web site for fans and spectators of the cult phenomenon behind the bounty hunter Boba Fett from George Lucas' Star Wars saga. This is a non-profit web site designed, written, and maintained by volunteers. Support and original content has been provided by three of Boba Fett's talents: Jeremy Bulloch, Mark Austin, and Daniel Logan. This is the longest lasting Boba Fett web site on the Internet and the most popular single Star Wars character site ever, reaching between 15k and 80k unique visitors worldwide every month.
We believe in sharing some of our analytics, both for prospective advertisers and curious readers.
Data: 2/23/2013 – 2/23/2014
Trivia: after the U.S., our next biggest set of visitors come from Great Britain (6%), Canada (4%), Germany (2%), and France (2%). BFFC is truly global!
13-17 = 9%
18-24 = 27%
25-34 = 34%
35-44 = 28%