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The Zocalo Today
Welcome! I am REALLY glad you dropped by. Take your shoes off, get comfortable and stay a while.
The Zocalo Today is an interactive newsletter. If you have suggestions, please
send them along. The Zocalo Today is as much YOUR newsletter as it is
mine! I'm just pulling together things for you! Join our weekly discussion
topic. It is just one way you can interact with other Z readers. Send along
letters, sightings of B5 cast and crew in other projects, convention
reports, photos, etc. Don't miss our back issues. There is a LOT of information
contained there and you'll not want to miss anything.
LEGEND OF THE RANGERS CARDS: Rittenhouse has just announced a new B5 card set -- to include "Legend of the
Rangers". Details below.
ENID-RAYE ADAMS: Did you know about the chat last night? I didn't, but SCIFI should have a transcript
up at their site soon.
TIRK: A new digital trading card is available at
www.scifi.com/b5rangers. Check it out. This one features Tirk, the Drazi member of the crew.
RANGER COSTUMES: Read about the costumes used in the new telemovie at
www.scifi.com/b5rangers.LEGEND OF THE RANGERS IN CANADA: Unfortunately, word about the CHUM Group Ltd. purchase of rights to the "Legend
of the Rangers" movie seem to be unfounded. Darn. I'll keep you informed as better information comes forward.
DAVID ALLEN BROOKS: David has opened up his own website, to feature not only the TV/screen productions has has been involved
with, but to display some of his artistic talents. Be sure to drop over to www.davidabrooks.com
and have a look-see.
LEGEND OF THE RANGERS: There is an interview with Dylan Neal, Myriam Sirois, Andreas Katsulas and Dean
Marshall over at SciFi Wire.STAR LOG: StarLog has a fairly long article on the upcoming "Legend of the Rangers"
telemovie. There are some good photographs as well. The issue just hit the stands so be
sure to look for it.
I've updated the B5 Cast on TV page and the new listings
are now available.
Crusade in the UK: Ranger Rod reports that Crusade is being shown on Channel 4, beginning with "War Zone" at
4:30am from Sunday the 6th Jan.
BLOOD DRIVES: If you are able, be sure to roll up your sleeves and give blood -- both now and in a
couple of weeks. The need for blood will be continual. Right now, the tremendous outpouring of volunteers
has filled quotas and storage space! FANTASTIC!!! But those supplies will be utilized and a new supply
will be needed soon. Check out donation drives near you. I'm signed up already.
The e-mail version of The Zocalo Today goes out on Saturdays. If you would like to be included on the mailing list,
just send a blank note to email@example.com. If that doesn't work for you, drop me a note at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I can add you manually.
NEWS AROUND THE SCI-FI GENRE
January 11: RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: The X-Files 6.2; Smallville 3.9; Dark Angel 3.3; Enterprise 2.8;
Charmed 2.8; The Tick 2.5; Buffy 2.5; Angel 2.5; Special Unit 2 1.8, and Roswell 1.4. Source: Nielsen Galaxy
Report, 12/10/01 - 12/16/01.
STAR WARS: Sometimes people do listen to what people think! N'Sync's Joey Fatone reportedly told a Florida radio show
that the group is NOT going to doing a scene in the upcoming "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones." When word leaked of the band's
possible participation in the film, fan reaction has been almost universally negative. Speaking of the new Star Wars movie, there
are some new images available at www.cinescape.comSTAR TREK: NEMESIS: If you missed the Entertainment Tonight segment on Wednesday about the new movie, there
are some photos available at http://www.mediatrek.com/ along with some media
SHREK: "Shrek" is the first animated film to be nominated for the Producers Guild Awards, presented by the Producers Guild of America. Nominees were announced Thursday and "Shrek" will go up against "A Beautiful Mind," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "Moulin Rouge" for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
24: Dennis Hopper may be joining the cast of "24" as the mastermind behind the plot to assassinate a presidential candidate.
Hopper is in final negotiations on the role that pits him against Kiefer Sutherland, who plays a CIA agent racing against the clock to foil
the assassination attempt. The story in "24," created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, unfolds in real time over 24 hours on the day
of the California presidential primary.
January 10: STAR TREK: NEMESIS: Entertainment Tonight went behind-the-scenes last night with footage from the upcoming 10th Star Trek film, Nemesis. The sequence included including shots of the opening scene and a huge spoiler -- showing the wedding of Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Troi (Marina Sirtis).
WITCHBLADE: The Comics2Film website reports that production for the second season of Witchblade begins this month in Toronto. Spike Seldin, president of production at Top Cow, which makes the series, told the site, "The entire cast is back. It all looks good. TNT is behind it with all its support. We think it's going to be bigger this year than it was last year." TNT will begin rerunning first-season episodes Mondays at 9 p.m. and Tuesdays at 11 p.m., starting Jan. 28. The two-hour pilot movie will air Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. The second season will begin in the summer.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT: The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has greenlighted a 10-part miniseries about the fourth century Macedonian king and conqueror who helped spread Greek culture from Asia Minor and Egypt to India. The project will be executive produced
by Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey for Icon Prods. and Tony To for Ensemble Prods. Based on Mary Renault's historical novels "Fire From Heaven" and "The Persian Boy," "Alexander the Great" starts production in the summer in London with a tentative second-quarter 2004 airdate. HBO will spend close to the $125 million on the .
THE TICK: Fox has decided not to pick up additional episodes of Barry Sonnenfeld's comedy "The Tick". The last episode of the Columbia TriStar TV series will air Jan. 24.
January 9: RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: Andromeda 3.1; Mutant X 3.0; The X-Files 3.0; Buffy 2.8;
Stargate SG-1 2.7; Earth: Final Conflict 2.4; 3rd Rock 2.3; John Edward 2.0; Invisible Man 1.7, and Voyager 1.7.
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 12/3/01 - 12/9/01.
LOST IN SPACE: Variety is reporting that NBC is mulling a remake of the classic Stephen King horror film Carrie and a new two-hour TV movie update of the SF series Lost in Space as pilots for possible series. MGM Television will produce the new Carrie, and 20th Century Fox TV will produce Lost in Space. According to the trade paper, NBC has ordered only scripts for both projects, they are likely to end up on the air. Bryan Fuller is to write the new Carrie, closely following the plot of the original 1976 Brian De Palma movie. The update will be set in the present and feature greatly enhanced special effects. Lost in Space will receive a complete makeover, but will include references to the original 1960s series. The 1998 movie version of Lost in Space was a disappointment at the box office.
SABRINA: A very familiar face will be seen on an upcoming Sabrina episode. Barbara Eden, who appeared on "I Dream of Jeannie" for years, will play Great Aunt Irma the Jan. 11 episode, airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT. "She's a meanie, not a genie," Eden said with a chuckle. "This witch even cackles! A nasty lady. She has no boundaries, and that's fun, because I can pull all the stops out. It was so diametrically opposed to what I had done before, and I thought that would be a good thing." This will be a recurring role for Eden, who is finding the work very theraputic. She is coping with the sudden death of her son, Matthew Michael Ansara last summer.
ANGEL: You'll soon be able to catch this vampire twice a week. Repeats from last season of Angel will soon be seen on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, starting Jan. 10 and continuing through February. Original episodes will continue to air on the WB network on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The first episodes to air on Thursdays will be the four-episode arc that concluded the series' second season, in which Angel (David Boreanaz) and his crew travel to the demon dimension of Pylea.
DEEP SPACE NINE: A number of DS9 cast members are getting together for breakfast -- and you'll be able to join them. A breakfast with cast members to benefit charity is scheduled for March 24, coinciding with the Grand Slam Trek convention in Pasadena, Calif. Nana Visitor, Andrew Robinson, Casey Biggs, Jeff Combs, Chase Masterson, Aron Eisenberg and Max Grodenchik are confirmed to attend. The breakfast will benefit Penny Lane, Save the Children and other charities. Early registration (by Jan. 21) is $25; regular registration is $30. Send registration payable to Gayle Stever, P.O. Box 11261, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85271-1261 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
January 8: DEATHWATCH: Variety reports that Warner Brothers is developing Deathwatch, a supernatural horror film that tells the story of a group of teen-agers who come across a haunted Web site that predicts their future. The producer is Joel Silver's Silver Pictures/Dark Castle Entertainment and MBST Entertainment. The film, described as a cross between Final Destination and the Japanese horror film The Ring, is based on a pitch and original idea by MBST manager Jonathan Hung, which was developed by MBST producers Larry Brezner and Walter Hamada.
LEONARD NIMOY: Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy and his wife, Susan, have donated $1 million to the renovation of Los Angeles' famed Griffith Observatory. The official Star Trek Web site reported that the massive remodel began Jan. 7 and will include construction of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, a 200-seat proscenium-arch-style auditorium for special events. This is the first remodeling done of the Observatory in it's 66-year-old history and is expected to be completed in 2004.
STAR WARS: Rumors of cameo appearances in the upcoming Star Wars movie abound. TheForce.net reported that George Lucas' son, Jett, and daughter, Katie, will appear in Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones. Jett plays a Jedi-in-training, and Katie is a dancer. There is also a rumor that Lucas' children have talked him into including N'Sync in the film as well. There's a poll over at www.scifi.com where you can voice your opinion on this one.
SAG ELECTIONS: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has ordered a rerun of their last national election. This is the first such order in
their 69-year history and cited procedural foul-ups caused by SAG staffers and Sequoia Voting Systems, the firm hired by SAG to conduct the election, in its decision. Only the offices of president, treasurer and recording secretary will be rerun. Ballots for the rerun election will be mailed on or before March 15, with an April 10 return date in Los Angeles. Candidates who originally ran for the three national officer seats will have 10 days to decide if they wish to run in the re-election.
January 7: RATINGS: Top 10 SF Channel Shows: Willow 1.5; Stephen King's It, Pt. 2 1.4; Stephen King's It, Pt. 1 1.0;
Center of the Earth, Pt. 2 0.9; Making of Rings 0.9; Center of the Earth, Pt. 1 0.8; Amityville Horror 0.8; The Shadow 0.8;
Star Trek 0.8, and John Edward 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 12/3/01 - 12/9/01.
LORD OF THE RINGS: The first annual AFI Awards were held Jan. 5 in Beverly Hills, Calif. to honor outstanding
achievements in film and television for the year 2001. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was named movie
of the year. Rings production designer Grant Major also won an award, as did the film's digital effects artist Jim Rygiel.
BOX OFFICE: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring held onto the No. 1 box-office draw for the third
weekend in a row, taking in about $23 million for the three-day period starting Jan. 4. The Rings's total so far to about $205.5
million since its Dec. 19, 2001, debut. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone dropped to No. 9, but still brought in a respectable
$6.1 million domestically for the weekend, bringing its North American total to more than $300 million and its worldwide gross
to more than $800 million. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius fell one place to No. 4, with about $9.2 million for the weekend and a
total of about $62.5 million after 17 days, according to trade papers. Genre films rounding out the top 10 included No. 8 Kate &
Leopold ($6.7 million) and No. 10 Monsters, Inc. ($4 million). Impostor failed to break into the top 10 in its premiere weekend,
opening only at No. 13, with about $3.2 million in ticket sales.
ANDROMEDA Over at SyFy Portal, Brent Stait, who played
Rev Bem on "Andromeda" talks about leaving the show for personal reasons. This excerpt is from a longer interview with the actor
as he finally speaks out in the latest issue of Starburst Magazine.
January 4: RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Series: The X-Files 5.1; The Tick 4.3; Dark Angel 4.1; Futurama 3.1; Enterprise 2.8;
Smallville 2.5; Angel 2.3; Charmed 2.2; Buffy 2.1, and Special Unit 2 2.1. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 12/3/01 - 12/9/01.
STAR WARS: Now that Lord of the Rings is out and dominating the movie screens, we can look ahead to the next installment
of Star Wars. Producer Rick McCallum recently told Empire Online that the upcoming prequel will have a villain to rival Darth Maul and Darth Vader: Jango Fett, the Mandalorian bounty hunter and father of Boba Fett. "He is the ultimate accessory dude," McCallum told the site. " He comes to it with everything." Jango will be played by New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison.
ANIMATED MOVIES: Shrek and Monsters, Inc. have proven that there is room in today's market place for good animated movies.
With their tremendous success (and Oscar nominations). Fox/Blue Sky will release Ice Age , the story of a human infant found by a trio of prehistoric animals, to theaters March 15. Universal Pictures is developing three computer-animated films--films based on the well-known children's books Curious George and Where the Wild Things Are and the original SF story Ant Bully. Sony is developing its first all-computer-animated feature film, AstroBoy, about a robot boy who uses his powers to protect Earth from an alien invasion. And DreamWorks is planning to release a Shrek sequel in 2003.
PARANORMAL TV With "Crossing Over" with John Edward already doing well for the Sci Fi network, they hope to corner cable TV's paranormal market by including "Dan Aykroyd's Out There," a late-night talk show to be hosted by "Ghostbusters" star and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Dan Aykroyd. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is billed as a late-night interactive talk show on the paranormal, the half-hour strip each night is to feature Aykroyd, celebrity guests and everyday people discussing topics of the bizarre and unexplainable. The show will have an interactive component, with viewers able to correspond with the show via the network's Web site.
NEW BABYLON 5 CARD SET
Rittenhouse Archives and www.scifihobby.com are pleased to announce several
important details about our current and upcoming products:
1. Babylon 5, The Complete (trading cards). We just got approval to include
cards from the upcoming SCI FI Channel special airing later this month
("Legend of the Rangers"). More details will be provided as we have
them, but this is very exciting news and certainly gives this comprehensive
series of cards an even more well-rounded flavor. Many thanks to Warner Bros.
for their cooperation with this one! This series in currently available on a
pre-sell basis in our online store.
COUNTDOWN TO THE PREMIERE
We have just a few more days to wait before seeing the new "Legend of the Rangers" telemovie. With the holidays now behind
us, we must concentrate on getting out the word about the movie! Be sure to send e-mail notes to friends, deliver flyers to your
local comic book stores, etc., put a decal in your car window or a magnet on anything metal!
Have you done something to promote the new movie? If so, share what you've done with us. It might spark an idea for
others -- and it will be a terrific way to show what support the new project has already -- even before it has been
seen on the tube. Send your efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll incorporate them here at The Zocalo.
LEGEND OF THE RANGERS GATHERINGS
Are you hosting a gathering of B5 fans to celebrate the "Legend of the Ranger" movie? Ranger Lisa was the first to send along a note
about their get-together. If you are having a viewing party as well, send along the information and I'll place it on the
"B5 Gathering" Page.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Here is a recent note from JMS into the B5 newsgroup. As we all know, the fans and the ratings
will decide the fate of "Legend of the Rangers". We all need to get out and make sure people know
the show will air on January 19.
Date: 12/4/2001 7:24 PM Eastern Standard Time
One thing I've always tried to do was to avoid obvious promotion; I like
talking about the writing of a show, the making of a show, what I liked (or
didn't) like about the end result...going out there and blatantly saying "Hey,
watch our show!" is something I've never been comfortable with, only because I
think people are smart enough to make up their own minds. If it's something
you want to see, you'll see it; if it ain't, you won't. ("If you like that
sort of thing, it's the sort of thing you'll like." Abraham Lincoln.)
One thing, however, is self-evident about the coming broadcast of The Legend of
the Rangers: if enough people tune it, there will be a series. If enough
don't, there won't.
At conventions, I'm asked constantly when more B5 stuff will be coming down the
pike. I've always said it's in the hands of the networks and the studios.
This time, it's the fans who have the power to make that decision. If every B5
fan tunes in, it happens. It's really that simple and straightforward.
The rest I leave happily to your own disrection.
While it is important to remind everyone to view "Legend of the Rangers" on January 19, it is even more important for
those who do not currently have SciFi on their cable network to write and call to ask that the network be added to
your cable service. In many areas, cable providers will not offer a service unless they can be assured there is an audience for
that channel. Call them and ask that SCIFI Channel be added to your basic service. Encourage your friends to do the same.
Who knows. By January 19, you might be able to watch "Legend of the Rangers" on your own TV set!
LEGEND OF THE RANGERS WEBSITE
A new article entitled "RangerWear: The Costumes of Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers" is now available at the
Legend website. Read about how the original G'Kar costume found it's way into the movie -- from the Warner Bros.
Museum in Los Angeles!
SCIFI has been doing a terrific job of refreshing the Ranger website with new material. Right now, you will find at
www.scifi.com/b5rangers trading cards for David Martel, Sarah Cantrell,
Citizen G'Kar, Malcolm Bridges and Na'feel. There are short videos and flyers as well as interviews and features. Also new is
a feature about Mark Savela, visual-effects supervisor from GVFX.
Chat transcripts for all cast members, Dylan Neal, Alex Zahara, Dean Marshall, Warren T. Takeuchi and Myriam Sirois are all
available at www.scifi.com/b5rangers.
I found a new site this morning that has the "Legend of the Rangers" trailer in a number of formats, including Quicktime, Real
and Windows Media Player. Go to
http://www.hollywood.com/multimedia/detail/media/1097976 and pick the player that best suits your connection to the
internet. The trailer is terrific -- but only if you can see it!
SCIFI PROMOTIONS: Well the cars have been wrapped! Saw a note over in the newsgroup from a fan who even
posted pictures of her now "beautifully wrapped Saturn". Check it out at
Saw a note in the newsgroup yesterday from JMS. Delicate Creatures release date has been moved
to the 16th.
Here's a note from JMS on his new hardcover book, Delicate Creatures:
For those who've been asking ever since the book was supposed to come out in
October...the Delicate Creatures hardcover graphic novel, my first, comes out
January 4th. The darned thing was finished a month ago, so it's about time.
One advisory: the initial run is only about 16,000 copies, because this is Top
Cow's first stab at a book like this, so it may be a good idea to reserve a
copy if you want to be assured of getting one.
The art is by Michael Zulli, best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
For those who'd like a preview, you can get a look at some of the art (the
preview is in b&w, but the book is in color) at
Here is an excerpt from the latest MGM newsletter:
Jeremiah, the new series from acclaimed writer/creator J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), will premiere in March of 2002 on Showtime. The series, which stars Luke Perry (Jeremiah), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Kurdy) and Peter Stebbings (Markus Alexander), is currently in production in Vancouver, BC. Jeremiah is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where, almost a decade before, a deadly virus wiped out the world's adult population, sparing only those who hadn't reached puberty. Now in their 20s, the oldest survivors of the pandemic include Jeremiah (Perry) and his good-natured but cynical pal Kurdy (Warner). Jeremiah is on a personal quest to relocate a mysterious place called Valhalla, which his father claimed might hold some hope for the survivors.
View the exclusive new images from MGM Jeremiah site. Also, keep your eyes on the MGM Sci-Fi Newsletter for up-to-the-minute news and interviews from the set of this exciting new series…
** Bruce at www.uncomyngifts.com also has the calendar. So you have two places where you
can pick up this great calendar for 2002!
THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION TOPIC:
This has been a week of New Year's Resolutions. Let's put ourselves on Babylon 5 and in the shoes of our favorite character. What would have been the resolution that character would have made?
Send in your comments to TheZocalo@aol.com or B5web@aol.com. I'll post them on the Discussion Topic page
for everyone to share.
BABYLON 5 ON DVD -- AVAILABLE NOW!!!!
The Babylon 5 DVD is OUT!!! Yes, after waiting ages, "In the Beginning" and "The Gathering" are available on DVD.
People have reported purchasing them at Best Buy, but Amazon.com has it available as well.
In a recent post to the B5 newsgroup, JMS said that WB is close to making a decision on whether or not to go forward
with additional B5 episodes. Let's hope sales of the first DVD are strong and WB will make all five seasons available
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
BILL MUMY: Bill Mumy (Lennier) will be singing live at Rusty's Surf Ranch on Santa Monica Pier, at 9pm on
Saturday January 12 2002. Reservations are recommended on 310-393-7437.
ALEX ZAHARA: Alex Zahara (Dulann) will play Salembeni, one of the lead characters in Evirati that airs on Bravo,
Saturday January 12 2002 at 8pm EST. Evirati's story focuses upon Angiola Calori, a talented soprano who dreams of being
an operatic heroine. Unfortunately, she lives in a state where only men are permitted on stage. To follow her dream Angiola
must suppress her identity and masquerade as the young castrato Bellino.
JEFFREY WILLERTH: The Koshman has been really busy. After completing his "The Most" series for the History Channel, he
began work on an hour-long special, "The Planet's BEST Animal Commercials" slated to air in early January. A second hour, "The Planet's
WILDEST Animal Commercials" should air at the end of the same month. Jeffrey reports that both shows are filled wall-to-wall with TV
ads from around the world. "We collected over 1200 commercials) and feature many pretty-damn-funny commercials that most people have
never seen." Jeffrey was recently in Michigan collecting background materials for an upcoming PBS series on Henry Ford. The show will air in
January as part of the celebration of Ford's centennial.
BABYLON 5/CRUSADE CHRONOLOGY
A number of you have written to ask about having an index of the chronology published thusfar. Terry has given
permission for this so I'm working on it. You can now find the index to the timeline published thusfar at
B5 Chronology Index .
Terry Jones created a FANTASTIC Babylon 5/Crusade Chronology that was published in the Official Babylon 5 magazine.
He has not stopped with the end of the series though. He has included items from the latest novels as well as things
from the Crusade series. Here's a note from Terry to tell you all about it.
To look at the timeline in a different way, I have been working with Terry Jones on personal chronologies for the
Babylon 5 universe. At The Galactic Gateway you will fine Parts 1-4
of the chronology for John Sheridan along with Part 1 for KOSH. Others will follow. I hope you will visit GG and give
the chronologies a look.
Cult Times #76: Scott Bakula takes center stage this month as Enterprise premieres in the UK this month. Also included in this
issue are articles on Amy Acker, Angel's latest cast addition, a look at upcoming Buffy episodes and Dark Angel.
TV Zone #146: Michael Shanks surprised a number of people with his announcement regarding his departure from Stargate SG-1
at the end of season five. He takes a look at five years of portraying Dr. Daniel Jackson. This issue also talks with Julian McMahon
from Charmed and takes a look at the workings of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and those marvelous creatures from Farscape.
Expose #63: Gillian Anderson will be leaving X-Files this year -- even if it continues. After nine years, Gillian talks about David
Duchovny's departure and why she'll miss Scully. Also in this issue, Pretender's Jamie Denton talks about becoming Mr. Lyle --
the The Centre.
Good news. SciFi magazine is back! The latest issue is out now. G'Kar is on the cover and articles provide more information about
the Liandra crew. Also in the magazine will be information about Steven Spielberg's "Taken".
Starburst #281: As expected, Lord of the Rings has dominated a great deal of the print media. That continues with more information
on the cast and crew of the movie. Also in this issue, get more information on Farscape with an exclusive interview with Ben Browder
as he looks back on the year playing two John Crichtons.
BABYLON 5/RISING STAR MERCHANDISE
Craig over at ThirdZone.com dropped a line to say Happy New Year and to say that he has some sought-
after merchandise that fans might be interested in. He has, in stock:
Pewter Babylon 5 station statue & Black Omega Starfury statue by Factory X
(Originally $169.95 each, now $84.95 each)
Limited Edition Hardcover of Rising Stars v.1 - Signed by JMS
Ranger Renae sent along a note from the Rising Stars discussion board. It indicates that the next issue of
Rising Stars (Issue #17) should be out in stores on January 9. Midnight Nation #10 is in progress and will be
Out in February. Issue #18 of Rising Stars is scheduled at the end of February.
I saw a note the other day saying that Amazing Spiderman #36 - a reprint of the original issue - is out. You may
want to pick up a copy. The original printing went very quickly. This is the issue where JMS deals with the tragedies
of September 11.
MIDNIGHT NATION: Issue #9 Midnight Nation is out! For a review of the issue, drop over to
Here is a response from JMS regarding lateness of projects -- like Midnight Nation
and Rising Stars::
Lemme put this into perspective here for a moment, okay?
I began writing and selling when I was 17 years old. Fresh outta high school.
I have been writing, and selling, for 30 years. In all those 30 years, I have
never missed a deadline...until this past summer, when I got gang-deadlined.
And, as I write this, I'm now on schedule with the scripts for Rising Stars,
and I'm 2 scripts ahead with both Midnight Nation and Spider-Man. It was a
momentary glitch. And in the course of that glitch, ASM was only delayed a few
weeks, coming out 6 weeks after the one preceding in one case, with the one
thereafter appearing 7 weeks later instead of 4-5. The main hit was to the
Joe's Comics titles, where I figure I have some latitude.
It just grinds my butt that here I meet all my deadlines for 30 years, never
missing a beat, and because of this one glitch, now regained, I've had people
bitching about how I should give up the book, how I'm alluvasudden
So may I take it that those involved have never been late for work, ever? Have
never had to say to the wife and kids, "Listen, I know I promised we'd go to
the beach this weekend, but I'm loaded up with work, we'll have to do it
They demand a perfection in others they do not require of themselves. And
that's the part that galls. I've been meeting my deadlines on time for longer
than most of these people have been *alive*.
Thirty years of punctual work and it's all dismissed because of one situation
like this, which in the case of ASM meant a difference of only 2-3 weeks
Let he who has never, ever missed a deadline or had to postpone something give
me shit about it. Otherwise, I have 29 and a half years on 'em.
BABYLON 5's Schedule: Airing at 5pm ET
January 11 Lines of Communication
January 14 Conflicts of Interest
January 15 Rumors, Bargains and Lies
January 16 Moments of Transition
January 17 No Surrender, No Retreat
January 18 The Exercise of Vital Powers
Crusade - 1:00pm ET:
January 11 Patterns of the Soul
January 14 The Path of Sorrows
January 15 Ruling from the Tomb
January 16 The Rules of the Game
January 17 War Zone
January 18 Appearances and Other Deceits
Babylon 5 Movies - 9:00pm ET:
January 14 In the Beginning
January 15 Thirdspace
January 16 River of Souls
January 17 A Call to Arms
January 20 The Gathering -- special time, 3:00pm ET
January 19 Legend of the Rangers - 9:00 pmET and 11:00pm ET
January 20 Legend of the Rangers - 5:00pm ET
BABYLON 5/CRUSADE PHOTOSHOP NEW PHOTOS
You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at
fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't
beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.
NEW BABYLON 5 TOONS
John Cook has a new cartoon contest going. Try your hand at a punch line.
Sometimes you just can't find the e-mail address for someone you know you have -- it's someone who responded
to a discussion topic or you met in one of the chat rooms. You'd like to send a personal note, but .... No
We've started a White Pages of Zocalo Readers! It's a handy way of keeping track of people -- and putting together
a birthday/greeting card list as well. If you would like to be part of the listing, just send me your name,
state, e-mail address and (if you'd like to have it listed) birthday (without year) to email@example.com.
Check out the Directory of Readers.
Name: Arwen Rosenbaum
State: New York
Birthday: Jan. 1
Name: Michael Rosenthal
Birthday: January 12
BABYLON 5 REFERENCE PAGES
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.
Universe Today -- the Babylon 5 Fan Club quarterly can also be found here. The index gives you a
rundown of what articles were presented, what interviews published.
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.
I have added a listing of all the Babylon 5 novels and now the B5 comic books to the reference page. If there
are other items that you feel should be included, let me know.
NW-B5 is a mailing list devoted to bringing critical information to the Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, and
Northern Washington areas. More specifically, anyone north of Seattle. B5 is broadcast on SPACE:TIS in Canada,
and Sci-Fi channel in the US. By subscribing to nw-b5, you'll be able to know info bringing you up to date on the
current scheduling and events happening in the community related to B5. You'll also be subscribed to the list
itself, which means that you'll receive email when there is a scheduling change or critical information needs to
go out to you (for example, if we need to start another mailing campaign).
For further information, see http://www.nw-b5.com
Webmaster, Listowner, and Co-Moderator
Reports of "The Gathering" are beginning to turn up on the list. John posted a mini-report, with photos,
over at http://www.geocities.com/jnf.geo/nw-b5/gathered.htm#0501.
You may want to check it out. It was a terrific event in which JMS showed clips from the new "Legend of
BABYLON 5 DISCUSSION LIST
The Babylon 5 discussion mailing list is for any and all discussions and/or news pertaining to or related
to Babylon 5 and/or Crusade. The list has been in existence for the past three years now, and has recently
moved. The new location is http://lists.apparition.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl,
and you can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE GALACTIC GATEWAY
Here's a unique site for you! Jeffrey Willerth, Patricia Tallman, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Robin Atkin
Downes, Rick Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Bruce Boxleitner, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Jurasik and Bill Mumy are under it's
umbrella. Actors from other shows have joined the Gateway. Ted Raimi and Robert Trebor from Xena and Hercules
are now at GG. To subscribe to a mailing list for GG, send a blank note to email@example.com.
There is never enough time to keep in touch with friends! To help out, a mailing list has been started for chatters
over at the Galactic Gateway. If you are interested in joining, send a blank note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for a particular Babylon 5 collectible? Do you have some items you'd like to trade? Then this is the
list for you. To join, send a blank note to email@example.com.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS
The Art Gallery at The Zocalo Today is open. There
are SO MANY talented people in our Babylon 5 community. We have enjoyed works by Todd Brugman and Tye Bourdony
on our toons page, but there are a host of others who enjoy drawing, painting, sketching their favorite characters.
Here are a few works that have been received. I have some others that will be added soon.
If you would like to share your work with us at The Zocalo Today, please send along a digital photo of your
work and I'll begin putting the gallery together. If you do not have your work in digital format, drop me
a note and we'll see what we can work out.
CALLING ALL CLUBS
OTTAWA: Ranger Dave is trying to start up a B5 group in Toronto. He has asked me to post this information to see who is in the area
and interested in getting together:
I live in the area of Toronto, Ontario and am starting up a sci fi/fantasy club/group and am looking for members. I am hoping
any members who join will be more than just Trek & B5 fans. Our meetings will be at least once a month in the area of
downtown Toronto on Sunday afternnons. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 18th at 1:45pm. If your interested,
need more info and or have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYDNEY: Amanda, a member of the club 'Friends of Science Fiction' in Sydney, Australia, dropped a note to say that they will
host an event with Marjean Holden on September 9. More information can be found on the convention
calendar. If you are in beautiful Sydney, you may want to check out the Club. It meets at: Lidcombe Catholic Club;
John St; Lidcombe. If you have questions, drop Amanda a note at Amanda_Beachcroft@msn.com.au.
There are a number of fabulous Babylon 5/Crusade Clubs around the world. I'd like to begin listing them here
on The Zocalo Today. Eric dropped me a note the other day providing information about a Club in France. I know
there are other clubs in Brazil, Germany, Russia -- and who knows how many here in the US. Let's get a
listing together. Perhaps we can share resources, even get together as we travel around. Drop the information
about your Club to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. That information will be added to the
new B5 Fan Club Listing.
BABYLON 5 FAN CLUB
Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July of 2000 and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7.
Thestation.comEmporium has been closed.
BABYLON 5 NEWSLETTERS
If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along. It
will be posted on the B5 Fan Club/Newsletter page.
Ranger Shane in North Carolina sent in the following note about their "Jumpgate" newsletter.
Hey Sandy! Just wanted to give you an update on the NC B5 group's
newsletter, Jumpgate. There's now a dedicated EMail address for
submissions - email@example.com - and any submissions,
solicited or un-, can be sent to this address. Also, issues are available for
free download at the URL at the bottom of this message.
Jumpgate - The Newsletter of the North Carolina Babylon 5 Fan Club
Shane Killian, Editor
A new HELP WANTED section has been added to the Z. If you need
help finding a comic book, getting a special item, etc. here's the place to post a note. Just send
whatever help you need to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BABYLON 5/CRUSADE CONVENTIONS
January 11-13, 2002, Bellevue, WA
Place: Doubletree Hotel Bellevue
Tel: 1-800-222-TREE or 1-800-222-8733
Guest: David Gerrold
February 15-18, 2002, Los Angeles, CA
Place: Airtel Plaza Hotel
Van Nuys, CA (818) 997-7676 or toll free at 1-(800) 2-AIRTEL
Guests: Judson Scott, Mira Furlan, Beata Pozniak, Marjorie Monaghan, Julie Caitlin Brown,
Carrie Dobro, Mojo, Stephen Austin, Bill Blair
Be sure to check the entire convention calendar for dates of events around
the country. If you know of a convention that will host B5 personalities, drop me a line so that I can include the event
on our calendar.
ZOCALO TRADING POST
Do you have extra copies of B5, Amazing Spiderman, Midnight Nation or Rising Stars comics you'd like to trade? How about those
extra trading cards or B5 magazines? There are a lot of fans looking for these items -- and the Trading Post can help you buy or
sell them. To see what's available, just use this link to the Trading Post.
To have items included in The Trading Post, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post
in the subject line.
If you are looking for someone to talk about Babylon 5 and Crusade with, the Pen Pal section is for you!
Check it out! Drop a note to someone who is feeling B5 withdrawal -- BIG TIME!
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.
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
January 24 - Peter Woodward
January 27 - Julie Caitlin Brown
January 27 - Tamilyn Tomita
Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5,
pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.
MAIL FOR CAST AND CREW
Here's a recent note from JMS on the subject:
Just an FYI to those who've been using the Ventura Blvd. mail drop for fan mail
As mentioned before, we're phasing out the forwarding of fan mail because we a)
don't have the resources, complicated by b) the actors have scattered to the
four winds, and it makes it very difficult to get everything to everybody in a
So, having provided prior notice...fan mail to actors coming to the Ventura
Blvd. mail drop will be sent back. Mail to actors should be sent via their
official fan clubs. I will still be taking mail there, since it's my mailbox,
but that's it.
Just so's y'all know and save a few bucks on postage and returns.
JMS' mail can be sent to:
14431 Ventura Boulevard, PMB 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Warner Bros. Address:
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Warner Home Video:
Mike Finnegan, Vice President
Editorial and Programming Services
Paul Hemstreet, Vice President
Michael Radiloff, Vice President
Kristin Grossnandler, Manager
DVD Special Features
Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
BACK ISSUES OF THE ZOCALO TODAY
The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the
back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too
long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure
to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!
Take care and I look forward to hearing from you. Sandra Bruckner (email@example.com)
The Zocalo Today
Copyright - SBruckner, 2001
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