Rodan's Roost was first conceived in the mind of C. L. Werner in the latter part of 1997. He envisioned a Kaiju website that could cater to all things Kaiju, not just another Godzilla focused website, like those that already fill the Internet. After much thought and planning he approached his good friend, Brandon Waggle, who happened to know a good amount about computers, but not so much about web page creation.
After a few months of learning and planning, Rodan's Roost: A Kaiju Site debuted in its first iteration in April 1998. While not spectacular in design or content, this early form of the site still had a good deal of information and could hold its own against the other Godzilla/Kaiju sites out there. The site grew larger weekly and things were flowing smoothly.
Disaster struck Rodan's Roost on August 11, 1998. Early that morning, the computer housing all of Rodan's Roost's files, information, and graphics, had a major meltdown. A power surge effectively wiped out all of Rodan's Roost on that computer. The information all still resided on the host AT&T server however, and there was still hope.
All hope was lost a few weeks after the computer meltdown, when AT&T for no reason deleted all of Rodan's Roost off its web server. Despite paying a monthly fee, AT&T felt compelled to delete the files without warning or reason - scum and villainy at its purest. With all hope lost, the AT&T account was promptly cancelled and Rodan's Roost: A Kaiju Site was put to rest.
While remaining in the hearts of its creators, the passion for creation had been erased, and Rodan's Roost would lay dormant for two and a half years. During a domain name purchasing binge in late 1999, co-creator Brandon Waggle purchased rodansroost.com amongst other site names such as jodokast.com. The first glimmer of Rodan's Roost's return appeared. However, the two creators were now living far apart from each other and lack of communication, and varying work schedules kept Rodan's Roost from returning.
In August 2000, Brandon Waggle moved within minutes of the dwelling place of C. L. Werner, and the two creative forces behind the site were reunited once again. In February 2001 the rebirth of Rodan's Roost: A Kaiju Site kicked into full swing and by April 26th, 2001 the site had re-launched in a very bare bones form.
The site grew at an alarming rate, adding content and features near daily. The addition of the Kaiju Forums in July 2001 would forever change the face of the Roost by changing it from a static website to an online community.
All was good for nearly two years. The Forums were swelling and switched to a brand new program to accommodate: Ikonboard. The site was still adding content at a good pace, and Rodan's Roost had become a common name in the world of Kaiju Fandom.
However, problems arose for the site once more. The Forum program suffered near daily errors, and would remain down for periods of hours until Sauron (now Brandon Waggle's adopted screen name) could tend to them. The company that was hosting the site offered only limited storage space, and it was near running out. With Forum growth out of control, the space limit was broken and the site shut down in November 2003. The site remained down for nearly one and a half months, a period known to regulars of the site as 'Black November'.
Rodan's Roost reopened its doors in late December of 2003. This was achieved by deleting several sections of the main site, to make room for Forum needs, and was only temporary while Sauron went on the hunt for a new host.
A new host was found in February 2004, and it was decided to expand the scope of the site when the switch was made. A new name would be adopted to preempt any legal actions from having a copyrighted name in the URL of the site. After much brainstorming, the name Kaijuphile.com was decided on, and the transition began.
After a month of intense work, Kaijuphile.com launched complete with a new Forum program to further improve the quality of the site. Rodan's Roost became a sub-site of this new larger venture and would remain the main place for Kaiju reference material.
All fan created material and activities were broken off into their own spin off site: Kaijuphile.com: Fan Nest, which launched later that month. The Fan Nest also offered to play host to two popular Forum creations: 'Roost Fighter', created by Bruce Parker and 'Roostville', the creation of Forum member GamingBoy.
In late May 2004, Sauron was stunned by some new fan art he had received from an artist by the name of Todd Tennant. After many e-mails exchanges it was agreed upon that Kaijuphile would take over hosting and web mastering duties on Mr. Tennant's American Kaiju website, which was co-created by the talented Mike Bogue.
American Kaiju launched at its new Kaijuphile home on June 19th, 2004 and featured a host of original monsters and art pieces along with articles and reviews written by the much published Mike Bogue. American Kaiju became the 3rd Kaijuphile sub-site. and fast became a favorite.
American Kaiju now plays home to a new and exciting Godzilla graphic novel based on the original script for the American Godzilla movie. Another must visit is the American Kaiju Store, home to original high-quality artwork prints by Todd Tennant.
The next big thing to hit Kaijuphile came in the form of a 2-ton chicken from space...
Guidolon.com launched on June 24th, 2006 and plays home to a group of giant size monsters from the mind of Frank Wu. Guidolon The Giant Space Chicken And Friends Half-Power Half-Hour is a cartoon made possible by many talented people and will hopefully hit the air sometime in the near future.
All fans of giant monsters and off kilter humor should keep an eye out on Guidolon.com for news updates and make sure to give their feedback to the creators!
At nearly 7 years old, Kaijuphile continues on stronger than ever. The remodel of Rodan's Roost is in full swing and will be completed in the near future. Kaijuphile continues to expand with some big suprises coming soon, and there is no telling what the future will bring...