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Looks like April/May/June are going to be a banner months. Peter's next novel, the CINEFANTASTIQUE issue on Babylon 5, the last Official Babylon 5 magazine, and JMS' last story in "Amazing Stories"!
Maybe putting a call out to Babylon 5 fans to ask that they "front" Babylon 5 books in their local bookstores, and ask that they be featured more prominently. By "fronting", I mean to turn them from spine-on view to face-on view, to increase their visibility. Spine-on, all paperbacks look the same. This only works for books that they have a few of, since four paperbacks makes a cube shape, and therefore takes up the same amount of space spine-on vs. face-on.
It would certainly help if Del Rey would send along some book displays to bookstores -- especially the larger ones. Doing a little advertising certainly wouldn't hurt the cause!
Rising Stars has done *extremely* well for Top Cow, to the point where they asked me if I'd like my own imprint. I said I'd be flattered. They wanted to know what we should call it. I looked around at all the other heightened titles -- Chaos, Awesome, Megadeathtech kinds of titles designed to be impressive and massive -- and said, "How about just...Joe's Comics?" As in, "I'd like some of Joe's Comics," or "Read at Joe's," with a big 1950s diner clock logo. They thought it was a great idea.
So the imprint starts this fall: mini-series, maxi-series, one shots and the like, which I'll write and TC will print. The basic deal is: I write whatever I want, and they publish it. It's a terrific deal, and the TC folks are amazing to work with.
For more in depth info, see the Wizard issue.
(More announcements to come soon, including prose stuff, web stuff, and the reason I was on a soundstage today watching my words being filmed.)
"In 1987 and 1988, I had two novels published consecutively, DEMON NIGHT and OTHERSYDE. Subsequent to that, I fell down the TV hole and never had time to even try to write another novel, though I did do the occasional article and short story, including one mystery novelette in the anthology Blowout in Little Man Flats.
Knowing that the TV season is going to start gearing up soon (June-October is prime hiring season for show runners), I decided I may not have another chance anytime soon...and have just completed my first new novel in 12 years.
It's now gone off to my NY agent (the LA agency loves it as a possible feature), and we will see what we will see. It's a contemporary mystery/noire thriller with supernatural overtones, set in LA, and weighs in at just under 100,000 words. With luck, we can get this thing out by the Fall, assuming the planned auction goes well."
"In an auction, the book goes out to X number of publishers, who have until Y date to respond with an offer. Best offer gets it."
"Just a note in response to those who've asked about what's coming up next for me that's non-B5 in nature...along with the just completed novel, there are a number of things that I've signed to do that I haven't been able to talk about, but will be able to start releasing some of that information here over the next few weeks, so stay tuned...."
So far, we have clubs listed from France, Germany and Italy! That's fantastic. Let's hear from others -- even those in the U.S.!!!
A word of caution on autographs! Be careful where you purchase your photos! There are some unethical types out there who will sell you a photo with an autograph already on it! The signature is part of the photo -- it has NOT been individually signed by a cast member! That is NOT an autographed photo!
When purchasing a photo, be sure to either get a certificate of authenticity or ask the person where the photo was signed. You might also make sure that it was NOT personalized! Otherwise you'll wind up with a photo that says Dear Bill -- when your name is Sally! It's still a good picture, but ....
If you are having a problem finding the magazine, let me know. I can usually come up with copies of current issues.
Rising Stars #0 issue will ship with an all new cover by artist Keu Cha.
Rising Stars #7
Sides are being taken, lines drawn, alliances formed. Now that the identity of the one responsible for killing the Specials is known, the close family unit that was their life until now begins to shatter into mistrust, suspicion and violence.
JMS gives us a snapshot of how he writes "Rising Stars" in the JMS Speaks section. It's an interesting read, so don't miss it.
NEED HELP IN GETTING RISING STARS?
I am very fortunate to have 2 comic stores that order a lot of issues of "Rising Stars". Since I am
picking up a couple of copies for friends already, I was wondering if there are others I can send the
comic book to -- setting up a sort of mailing list for "Rising Stars". If you are interested, drop me
a note at email@example.com.
This section has a lot of information, directly from JMS. Read about working with WB in the early days of the show; his upcoming "Amazing Stories" short story and production of "Rising Stars". What does he think of Jerry's upcoming campaign? Check out the latest in the JMS Speaks section.
Daniel Kim is working on a Murder, She Wrote movie of the week. Guess who the writer is? Yes, none other than J. Michael Straczynski.
According to The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Gary Cole (Crusade, American Gothic, The Brady Bunch Movie) will play Clark Griswold in the FOX pilot NATIONAL LAMPOON'S FAMILY VACATION.
From a Dr. Who newsletter:
* PETER JURASIK, who starred for five years on television's "Babylon 5" as Ambassador Londo Mollari, will provisionally feature as a guest star in the forthcoming "Winter for the Adept" playing the role of Lieutenant Sandoz. (This is an audio tape episode of the Dr. Who series.) Also featured in the story is Sally Faulkner, who portrayed Isobel Watkins in the Doctor Who serial "The Invasion". Additional cast members include Liz Sutherland, India Fisher, Hannah Dickinson and Chris Webber, joining Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton as the Doctor and Nyssa. (Incidentally, no other "B5" actors have been approached, contrary to reports elsewhere on the Internet.)
Stephen Furst will provide one of the voices for one of the Space Rangers in the upcoming "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command'' coming to ABC and UPN in October. Walt Disney Television Animation is producing 65 episodes of ``Buzz'' -- 52 for UPN's ``Disney's One Too'' and 13 for ABC's Saturday morning lineup. Read all about it at http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000303/en/television-lightyear_1.html.
Peter Woodward has won a part in an upcoming pilot entitled "MK3", a contempory version of "The Three Musketeers". Peter will play the 'Richelieu' role. It is being produced by Warner Brothers for Fox, hopefully for the fall season.
Anyway, if you would like to support Jerry in his bid for Congress, send in a donation to his campaign before May 15.
a. No corporate checks are allowed
b. No donations greater than $1000 are allowed
c. You must be a US citizen to contribute
d. You must provide your name, address, occupation and employer for FEC reporting purposes.
Send your contributions to:
DOYLE FOR CONGRESS
22227 Mulholland Hwy.
Calabasas, CA 91302
Jerry's website www.doyleforcongress.com will be up on March 31.
Jeffrey is setting up some chats (5pm PST; 8pm EST) you might be interested in:
Sunday, April 9, Claudia Christian, Patricia Tallman and Larry Weiner talk about their new audio movie "Lives of the Cat"
Sunday, April 23, Tim Earls (designer for Star Trek Voyager -- and artist for Babylon 5) and Mojo (Star Trek/ Foundation Imaging).
There are a couple of regular chats that you might want to take advantage. One is over at About.com. Mike Helba has organized a weekly chat on Wednesdays at 10pm EST. http://babylon5.about.com/entertainment/babylon5/mpchat.htm.
This Sunday, there will be a chat at Groucho's Babylon 5 Calvalcade beginning at 5:30pm ET on Sunday. Groucho's is a good place to drop over and chat anytime.
The Official Babylon 5 Magazine is indexed here as well. With the closure of the magazine in May, you'll want to see which magazines you have -- and which ones you will want to collect. The index may help you make a decision on which ones to choose. The Fan Club has many of the issues at thestation.com , making it very easy to complete your collection.
If you have magazines that have featured Babylon 5 or Crusade that are not listed, send along their issue number and a note to indicate what the article was about. It would be nice to have a fairly comprehensive listing of Babylon 5 publications here.
OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #20 . The theme of this issue is "Time Travel". Stephen C. Smith examines the nature of time travel and looks at the science behinnd the time travel events in Babylon 5. The special Babylon 5 timeline continues in this issue. War Without End - Part 2 is featured in the Station Log and Zathras takes center stage in a number of features. I have to admit, the feature on The Zocalo Today is really, really nice!
** NEED COPIES! Drop me a line and I'll see what I can do!
Christopher Franke, April 6
Events in B5 History:
April 7, 2155 - The Centauri contact the Earth Alliance, claiming Earth to be a lost Centauri Colony
Michael Ansara, April 15
April 8, 2260 - President William Morgan Clark declairs Martial Law in Earth Central
April 9, 2260 - Lady Morella arrives on Babylon 5. Nightwatch assumes control of Babylon 5 security
April 10, 2260 - Narn assist in overthrowing Nightwatch. the Alexander is ambushed by the Clarkstown - General Hague is killed
April 12, 2061 - Lunar Colony is established
April 12, 2161 - Psi Corps is established
April 13, 2260 - President Clark orders the bombing of civilian targets on the Mars Colony. Babylon 5 declares independence from the Earth Alliance
April 14, 2260 - The Mars provisional government refuses to implement Martial Law. Earthforce bombs Marsdome One in retaliation and appoints a military governor
April 22, 1998 - Principal photography is completed on THE RIVER OF SOULS
April 25, 1995 - The first Babylon 5 soundtrack album is released
Christopher Franke, April 6
Events in B5 History:
April 7, 2155 - The Centauri contact the Earth Alliance, claiming Earth to be a lost Centauri Colony
The Antioch Calendar for 1999 is awesome. Yes, we know that it’s a 1999 calendar, but it carries a serial number – making it a collectible! The pictures are perfect for framing once you have the autograph in place! You can use this link for the Antioch Calendar or go the 'collectibles' portion of the Emporium.
Order any of the four sets of Autoghraphed Magazines and receive the calendar FREE!
Second – Season 5 Cast Poster. The Club made available to members a wonderful poster for season 5. The poster , signed by the cast members, would make a wonderful remembrance of the show – not to mention a fantastic collector’s item. It is located in the 'merchandise' portion of the Emporium.
Third – Season 5 Fan Club Photo & "Season 4 Fan Club Photo – These marvelous photos created for members of the Club are available for your enjoyment. They are $4.99 each with the purchase of $10.00 or more. Available in the 'merchandise' portion on the Emporium.
Babylon 5 Bible -- The original Season One Babylon 5 Writer's Bible. This massive tome weighs in at over 60 pages with comprehensive backgrounds on all characters and story arc; as well as guidelines for writing SF for TV. This document is peppered with original (color and B&W) illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to place an order Babylon 5 Writer's Bible.
Babylon 5 Series Treatment -- This beautifully bound original Babylon 5 Series Treatment written in September 1988, was used to sell the series. It contains different characters than were ever seen in the show. This treatment was ONLY given to Network/Studio heads. This document is peppered with original color illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to order your copy from the Emporium Babylon 5 Series Treatment.
Ordering Information: There are a number of ways to order merchandise from the Club:
Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, or by fax. The Fax number is 1-818-771-1677.
FOR PHONE ORDERS: Here are the numbers to use: 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 . Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 10-6pm PST. If no one answers the phone, please leave your credit card information on the voicemail. Val and Tony do process orders based on the time-stamped voicemail messages. Be sure to leave your phone number as well, just in case they have any questions.
You can send a check or money order for merchandise -- made payable to Babylon 5 Fan Club -- to Official Babylon 5 Fan Club, P.O. Box 856, North Hollywood, CA 91603.
** For all orders done by mail, it's best to send in an order form with your check or money order. Use this link to get a copy of the Order Form. There is a new reference list as well, so that you can check to see what merchandise is still available. Ref List.
I'm moving some cartoons from Todd and Tye over to a new page so that you can enjoy them longer than just a week. Check out the new Toons Page!
There's an interesting competition going on right now over at ToonZone. It's asking people to submit a "punch line" for a B5 cartoon. Pop over and try your hand at filling in the bubble!
Got toons? Want to share them? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's chat!
Peter Woodward will join Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Jerry Doyle, Jeff Conaway, and Stephen Austin at the Star Trek Grand Slam Convention in Pasadena this weekend. Details are on the calendar.
Peter Jurasik has been added to the Trek Expo 2000 roster in Tulsa, OK, June 24-25, 2000.
JMS will be attending World Horror Convention 2000, May 11-14, 2000; Denver, CO with Harlan Ellison. For more information, visit their website at http://www.whc2000.org .
I received some great photos from the StarFury convention that occurred in the UK last weekend. They are now out in the Photo Gallery!
Sonny Whitelaw has sent in a detailed report of the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS convention from Sydney, Australia. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time! Drop over to the Reports Page for all the details.
Ranger Kailin has sent in the first part of her report on JMS' panel discussion at Gallifrey last weekend. Drop over to the Reports Page and have a look!
I've added a couple of photos from VisionCon - including a look at Jamie Murray (Myhr)! Good artist! Francesca has sent in a convention report to add to my photos of Visioncon. Along with the photos are a couple of works by Jamie Murray, a fantastic artist who also attended the convention. Jamie is not only a super individual -- he's a great talent as well. Love his pictures of Michael, Claudia, Mira and the others. Have a peek. Here is a site that display's more of Jamie's fantastic artwork http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/suehaley/myhr.htm . I think he is AWESOME!
If you have experiences you'd like to share -- or photos -- send them along. We'd love to see/read them.
Are you attending one of the conventions on the calendar? Or another one perhaps? Do you want to see who else might be there? Drop your e-mail address to The Zocalo. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .
8th Annual Star Trek Grand Slam Convention
March 31-April 2, 2000, Pasadena, CA
Guest: Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Jerry Doyle, Jeff Conaway, Stephen Austin, Peter Woodward
For more information, visit their website at Creation Entertainment or call CREATION at (818) 409-0960 ext. 225** , 9am - 3pm Pacific Time. Or, write to: Creation Tickets, The Galleria Tower, 100 W Broadway #1200, Glendale, CA 91210.
I've received some new photos from John Upton, Paul and Marti Baltrunas and Nancy & Grieg Pederson of conventions to share. They are now in the Photo Gallery Thanks for sending them along. They are wonderful!
If you have photos to add to the convention gallery, let me know. If you'd like to start a reader's gallery, that's possible as well. Just send along your photo and I'll begin a rogue's gallery for everyone to enjoy!
If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know what conventions are ahead for the Babylon 5 and/or Crusade cast and crew? Use this link
People thought a Pen Pal page was a good idea. If you would like to meet people who you could chat with or share your opinions of the show with, send along your e-mail or snail-mail address The Zocalo. It will be incorporated on the new Pen Page Page.
7 am ET/PT "And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder"
7 am ET/PT "Movements of Fire and Shadow"
7 am ET/PT "The Fall of Centauri Prime"
7 am ET/PT "The Wheel of Fire"
Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (email@example.com)
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