Friday, May 21, 2010

Whatever Happened To Return of Jetman?

(EDITOR'S NOTE : OK, I've had at least two versions of this post up already, and had to take them down. Please note that the DNS seems to still be unstable right now, and the site has temporarily disappeared spite of the fact that it automatically updated while no one was looking. So, it's there, even if it's not showing up at the moment. Notice how I allude to plans always seeming to go awry for ROJ a few paragraphs down? This is exactly what I'm talking about. Sigh!)

Remember how I used to discuss the "Return of Jetman" project a lot on this blog in the first half of 2009? That sort of thing subsequently tapered off a lot, and the site didn't receive much attention. Despite my occasional mentions, I'll bet a lot of people assumed I had abandoned it.

I haven't acknowledged it publicly until now, but 2010 is the 15th anniversary of the launch of OWARI. That also makes it the 15th anniversary of the creation of Return of Jetman by Lewis Smith, even if ROJ didn't manage to get to the general population until 1996. In light of these milestones, it felt only right that 2010 be a year of special things for both OWARI and ROJ.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that several of the old ROJ links posted on this blog are no longer working, and the site has been removed from the "My Links" section of the sidebar. The good news is that these broken and removed links signal the return of Return of Jetman...with a vengeance.

Please join me in ringing in the ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT RETURN OF JETMAN! Yes, the ROJ site has become a blog. But there's so much more. Improvements are all over the place. If all goes to plan (and we all know how that has gone for ROJ since 2004), the overwhelming majority of the old site will be online by year's end. Maybe if we're all very good, that might include a conclusion for the long-delayed current serial.

There's more details on this news over on the ROJ site. Just click the "Important Announcement" link at the top. Oh, and if you'd like to keep up to date, the site has been moved to the blogroll on the sidebar. Now, updates will be delivered directly to you.

Here's hoping this marks a new era of greatness for Return of Jetman!


  1. The new site looks loads better! I really dig the layout and how easy everything is to navigate so far.

    You really outdid yourself on the switch! I look forward to rediscovering some ROJ jems!

  2. Thanks! I'm trying to make the site a little more user (and webmaster!) friendly, in the hopes that I'll be satisfied with the final results.

    There will be some surprises along the way, including stuff that I sometimes think got lost in the shuffle.