Wow – I can’t believe it has been five years already. I have to say running this site has been a truly rewarding experience – I’ve been blessed to make some really good friends and meet some wonderfully interesting people. I’m glad that you all take the time to visit on a regular basis and enjoy the comradery here at DTF.
I believe this site has grown far beyond a simple GDT fansite – it has taken on a life of its own with people engaging their similar interests, sharing their artwork, and taking part in discussions that go beyond just Guillermo’s work. This has become a community of like-minded souls.
For those of you who are curious – this site started in 2004 with a simple email. I would read the official Sony Hellboy message boards daily, but I never posted. One day Guillermo posted his fan email address, and I shot him a quick email telling him how much I enjoyed HELLBOY. To my surprise (a month later), he wrote me back, thanking me for my support. I later sent him another email with an idea – to build DelToroFilms.com. I would often scour the internet for news on GDT, having become a fan since THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE and BLADE II, but I could never find good information in one place. A little bit here, a little bit there. I proposed to GDT a fansite that would have all the news in one place. He was kind enough to endorse my efforts, sight unseen.
The first version of DTF was a little clunky, but it has gotten better over the years. I yearn for the time to make it better – because frankly, you all deserve the best.
At the Hellebration in 2008, Guillermo was impressed with how “civilized” the message board was. For that, you can all pat yourself on the back. I told Guillermo that, simply, I think his work attracts good people. Mutual respect, intelligent debate, and good natured fun has made this site what it is today.
I thank you all for your continued support – it has been a pleasure for me to be your host.