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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.

If you have questions, drop me a line at sgbruckner@aol.com or b5web@aol.com.


October 19, 2001 4:19apm

What's New

HELP PROMOTE "LEGEND OF THE RANGERS" Yes, you can send in ideas to help promote the upcoming telemovie. See Help Promote details below.

CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: CinemaConfidential has an interview with Claudia Christian. Catch up with Claudia and see what life has been like after Babylon 5.

SPECIAL E-BAY ITEM: Here is a special item, the Babylon 5 station photo with 14 signatures on it, including JMS, Steven Furst, Julie Caitlin Brown, Mira Furlan, Jeff Willeth, Pat Tallman, Jason Carter, Tim Choate, Jerry Doyle, Richard Biggs, Ed Wasser, and Michael O’Hare. This photo has been taken to cons to be signed by the actors. I am told that the photo is being auctioned off to cover medical expenses for someone. I will try to get more information, but the current bid is at $71.00.

GOOD NEWS: Despite Babylon 5 being in it's 4-5th run through at SCIFI, it made the Top 10 Programs at SCIFI -- holding down the 10th slot with a .7 rating during the week of 9/24/01 - 9/30/01. That's great news.

I've added a couple of new items to the Special Efforts page. Soap Opera actors are getting together on October 20 for a benefit to assist victims of September 11's tragedies. Check it out -- and send along others that you would like to make sure people know about.

The B5 Cast on TV has been updated. Don't miss the cast in other roles.

Ribbon 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 thezocalo-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. If that doesn't work for you, drop me a note at sgbruckner@aol.com. I can add you manually.


October 19:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows (9/24/01 - 9/30/01): Enterprise 7.3; Wolf Lake 5.1; Dark Angel 4.7, and Angel 3.2.

FROM HELL: Johnny Depp has been fascinated by the Jack the Ripper case since he was a child. To research his role in "From Hell", he walked the streets of Whitechapel with a Ripperologist and explained to SciFi Wire that, it's an absolutely fascinating case for him. "It's the first type of serial killer we ever had. I mean, nothing like that had ever happened before on such a grand scale before the world's eyes." Depp added, "I think primarily the most fascinating thing is that it's unsolved. And it seems pretty guaranteed that it will always be unsolved." What does he think of the conclusion for his movie? "It's definitely one I would consider, " Depp acknowledged. "I mean, I would say it's one of the top three or four theories. That certainly makes a lot of sense. It's very possible." "From Hell" opens today! For some background and a few great photos, go to Prevue Magazine.

LORD OF THE RINGS: Here's your chance to see your name in the DVD credits for the movie! Yes, if you join the official fan club, for $39.95 will see your name in the DVD credits for the first Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring; fans who sign up for two years ($69.95) will get listed in the DVD credits of the first two films; and fans who sign up for three years will get listed on all three. Charter members also receive an annual subscription to a bimonthly movie magazine; special-edition, widescreen-format collector's lithographs featuring scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring; a 10 percent discount at the fan club's online store and catalog; preference (two weeks before the general public) in purchasing exclusive, limited-edition collectibles; a fan-mail service to link fans directly to the stars of the trilogy; and more.

Heroes HEROES: Comic Continuium reports that the first printing of Heroes, Marvel's poster book benefiting the Twin Towers Fund, has sold out. Marvel's Bill Rosemann said, "Thanks to everyone's efforts, Diamond is now entirely sold out of the first printing of Heroes - of which more than 20,000 were ordered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today." Joe Quesada and Adam Kubert were recently on the Today Show, and after their appearance, orders skyrocketed. You can read the transcript of their Today Show visit at http://www.comicscontinuum.com:8080/stories/0110/17/todayindex.htm. Along with the conversation are some fantastic artwork from the comic book.

MILITARY SF: I-Publish, a Time Warner Books' e-book division, is looking for "gripping and thoughtful" military SF stories, in the tradition of Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Submissions should be up to 10,000 words for the e-book edition of its anthology Dogs of War. Aspect will publish Dogs of War, edited by David Drake (author of the Hammer's Slammers series, as well as Queen of Demons and Fireships) and featuring stories by Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison and Drake, in January 2002. The iPublish.com edition will be available later in 2002. Submissions are due by Jan. 31, 2002. You can get more details in the science fiction section of iPublish.com.

October 18:
ANDROMEDA: SciFi recently visited the set of Andromeda. In between takes of the show, Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Keith Hamilton Cobb and Lexa Doig talked about what changes to expect for the second season! Check it out at http://www.scifi.com/scifistream/.

EMMYS: After two postponements, the Emmy Awards have now been scheduled for November 4 from Shubert Theatre in Century City, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting.

SMALLVILLE: The premiere of the new Superman series, Smallville, last Tuesday night drew the best numbers for a series debut in the seven-year history of the WB. "Smallville" brought in an average of 8.4 million viewers, topping Fox and ABC in the time slot. The show had the best-ever numbers in adults 18-34 (4.5 rating/12 share), men 18-34 (5.0/14) and men 18-49 (3.9/10). "Smallville" ranked No. 1 in the hour in the WB's target demos of teens, female teens and persons 12-34.

SPEED RACER: Remember the Japanese anime series about a dashing Speed Racer, whose Mach 5 could jump, go underwater or clear a path of trees? When not winning races, Speed and girlfriend Trixie, kid brother Spritle and pet monkey Chim-Chim did battle with various bad guys. Well, you may be seeing Speed on the big screen soon. Warner Bros. Pictures has entered a $1.2 million deal with Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring to write a new script for ``Speed Racer,'' a feature adaptation of the series. Hype Williams is attached to direct the picture.

THE DREAMCATCHER: ``The Dreamcatcher'' has been given a green light by Castle Rock begin casting its latest adaptation of a Stephen King work. Lawrence Kasdan has spent the past year working on a rewrite which he plans to produce and direct. The film is the story four kids who bond while performing a heroic act and then reteam to tackle a much larger adversary. Production starts in January.

October 17:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows (9/24/01 - 9/30/01): The X-Files 3.1; Stargate SG-1 3.0; Buffy 2.7; 3rd Rock 2.4; Andromeda 2.4; Xena 2.3; The Invisible Man 2.0; Sheena 1.9; Voyager 1.9, and John Edward 1.7.

STAR WARS: With the new movie coming out next year, Dark Horse will decided to re-release the classic 1970s and '80s Marvel Star Wars comics in large-sized collections. The official Star Wars Web site reported that Dark Horse will gather the original Marvel issues into a series of four black-and-white trade paperbacks. No release dates have been set. The reprints will cover the entire series run, plus Star Wars Annual numbers 1-3, in the four paperbacks. The Marvel series covered 107 issues from 1977-86 and filled in the story between the films of the classic trilogy. The series features art and writing by Archie Goodwin, David Michelinie, Chris Claremont, Jo Duffy, Carmine Infantino, Al Williamson, Walt Simonson, Michael Golden, Ron Frenz, Tom Palmer and Cynthia Martin.

WITCHBLADE: Good news! Director-writer Ralph Hemecker has signed on for a second season of WITCHBLADE as an executive producer. WBTV prez Peter Roth spoke of the deal, saying, "Ralph's creative vision, outstanding execution and direction are an integral part of the success of WITCHBLADE. We are delighted that he will serve as executive producer on our second season." Production for season two is scheduled to begin in January in Toronto. These new episodes will be aired on TNT in spring or summer 2002.

X-FILES: There is talk about a ninth season of the series! Yes, it continues with new characters taking the show in new directions. Creator Chris Carter says, "I never imagined telling these stories without David to a point, and now I have to imagine telling them without Gillian, but I think that it's possible." Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz adds, "Strictly creatively, we all feel like (the show) has new life and could go on indefinitely."

October 16:
LORD OF THE RINGS: Everyone will agree that music plays a huge part of any production. Just look at the discussion currently ongoing about the Enterprise theme! Irish New Age artist Enya and singer Elisabeth Fraser will be contributing music to the upcoming soundtrack to the first Lord of the Rings movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, which opens December 19. According to Billboard.com, the soundtrack will be released on Nov. 20. Enya provides two tracks, May It Be and Airon (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen). Fraser contributes Gandalf's Lament. The soundtrack will also feature score music by Howard Shore. A companion music video featuring Enya and footage from the film will be released to video outlets.

THE HULK: Filming for the Ang Lee adaptation of Marvel's The Incredible Hulk begins in March. Australian actor Eric Bana has signed to play the title role of Bruce Banner. Variety reports that Bana started out as a comedian and television host, and is best known for his role as murderer Mark "Chopper" Reid in Chopper. Bana reportedly has option deals on two Hulk sequels.

TRACKER: For most, it will be hard to think of Adrian Paul as anything other than Duncan MacLeod from Highlander. However, this season he has a new series, Tracker, in which is portrays a bounty hunter from the future. Cinescape.com has a two-part interview with the actor.

You can chat with Adrian about his role and how he views his alien character who develops a romantic human side. Executive Producer Gil Grant will be on hand to discuss the creation and behind-the-scenes' production behind Tracker. Friday, October 19th at 8pET/5pPT at Yahoo.

HARRY POTTER: There are so many actors attached to the upcoming HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE that you can easily loose track. However, Robbie Coltrane was talking about his involvement and why he took on the role of Hagrid the giant. The UK's Daily Record reported that Coltrane couldn't imagine telling his children, he was not going to accept the role. He says, "It's funny, when you have kids you watch all the children's movies and I thought 'God, if they get HARRY POTTER right, it'll be the best children's film ever.' And I really think it might well be that."

BIRDS OF PREY: Here's another DC Comics superhero being revisited. This time, Warner Bros. Television and WBTV-based Tollin/Robbins Prods. have given a put pilot commitment to "Birds of Prey," a drama based on DC Comics' offshoot of the Batman comics of the same name. The story centers on a trio of female crime fighters. Laeta Kalogridis ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") is attached to write the script of the project, which will be executive produced by Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola.

MORE WB PROJECTS: According to the Hollywood Reporter, along with Birds of Prey, WB issued pilot commitments for two one-hours from WBTV: a young Tarzan project from producer Laura Ziskin and a drama about the land of Oz based on the books of L. Frank Baum.

October 15:
SMALLVILLE: The premiere of the new Superman series, Smallville, is tomorrow night. There has been a lot of advertising for it -- hope it is worth watching. SCIFI has a review on http://www.scifi.com/sfw/advance/12_screen.html.

MUTANT X: SciFi Wire recently visited the set of Mutant X and came away with some exclusive interviews (John Shea, Victoria Pratt & Forbes March) and a tour of "The Sanctuary". Visit http://www.scifi.com/scifistream/ to learn more.

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Channel Shows (9/24/01 - 9/30/01): Virus 1.6; Firestarter 1.0; Dragonheart: New 1.0; Farscape 0.9; The Invisible Man 0.8; John Edward 0.8; Lexx 0.8; Roswell: Aliens Attack 0.8; Mimic 0.8, and Babylon 5 0.7.

October 14:
ROSWELL: Recently, Ronald D. Moore, co-executive producer of Roswell, talked about the upcoming second episode of the series. The episode, titled "Michael, the Guys, and the Great Snapple Caper," will be a comedy. If you would like more "spoiler" information, go to www.cinescape.com for more of Moore!

ENTERPRISE: Scott Bakula has a number of projects going right now, including a movie that premiere's on Showtime on October 14 which he produced entitled What Girls Learn. E!Online talked with Scott recently about Enterprise, upcoming projects and a lot more.

FANTASTIC FOUR: There are a ton of rumors floating around the industry each day -- but some are more delicious than others. Here's one for you. Richard Dean Anderson as Reed Richards in a Fantastic Four movie! Yes, only a rumor that he's interested/in negotiations/NOT involved at all. Pick one of the above and you'll be correct! But it is a nice thought! The Filk Spot got the rumor going, but already there have been a number of reports discounting it! Too bad!

X-MEN 2: With a number of schedules conflicting, it looks as if X-MEN 2 won't be released until December 2002. Rumor has the plot following the Phoenix Saga, with the introduction of the Sentinals. We may also see new X-Men, The Beast, and Gambit.


Legend of the Rangers Babylon 5 Fans,

The SCI FI Channel has teamed up with J. Michael Straczynski to create a new BABYLON 5 movie, THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS. The movie will air on SCI FI in January 2002, and you can find more information about it on our newly relaunched RANGERS Web site at http://www.scifi.com/b5rangers.

As most of you know, RANGERS is both a stand-alone movie and a pilot for a potential series. That means the better the movie does in the ratings, the better chance there will be for an ongoing RANGERS show. SCI FI will be launching a traditional marketing campaign in the coming months to support the movie, but we’d also like to try something that’s never been done before: we’d like to add you to the RANGERS support team.

We know BABYLON 5 fans are among the most passionate fans on the planet, and we also know that you want what we want: to see more BABYLON 5 on the air. So we’d like to enlist BABYLON 5 fans who want to help us with a grassroots effort aimed at attracting new viewers to Rangers. Here is how you can help:


->Send us your ideas about how fans could best help promote/support the movie, keeping in mind that the goal is to reach sci-fi fans who would not ordinarily tune into a BABYLON 5 movie.


->Let us now if you think invitations, T-shirts and downloadable flyers (that can be printed and handed out and/or posted) with tune-in information would be useful for B5 fans to give out and/or wear in order to get other people to watch the movie.


->If you are a fan who owns a car and frequently drives in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Washington, Detroit or Atlanta metropolitan areas, and you would be willing to have your car “wrapped” in advertising for RANGERS, please let us know. The types of cars most suited for wrapping are:

Plymouth - P.T. Cruiser
Volkswagen - Beetles, Jettas
Lincoln – Navigator
Ford - Explorer, Expeditions, Excursions, F-150, Dulies, All Vans
GMC - Jimmy, All Vans
Chevy - Astro Vans, Conversion Vans, All commercial Vans
Dodge - Durango, Ram Trucks
Nissan - Pathfinder, Extera, Maxima
Honda - Civic
BMW - M-3

Please send your ideas to b5rangers@www.scifi.com and/or indicate your interest in having your car wrapped by Wednesday, Oct. 24.

And please visit http://www.scifi.com/b5rangers for the latest news and updates on the series.


With the Crusade Chain Reaciton on Monday, SCIFI also put out a second trailer for "Legend of the Rangers". Did you like it? Why? Did it give you the flavor of what the series might become? Let's talk about it.

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.


It appears that Warner Bros. may release ONLY "In the Beginning" and "The Gathering" in December. They feel that VHS sales were not terrific and are apprehensive about DVD sales.

Ranger Adam has put a petition up on-line that people can sign to show their support for more Babylon 5 on DVD. The URL is http://www.petitionpetition.com/cgi/petition.cgi?id=2625. Add your name to the list. Send the URL to your friends and have them sign up. You never know that might happen!


Tye Bourdony and The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi have teamed up to create two brand new Celebrity Satires with Classic Star Trek guest stars France Nuyen (Elaan of Troyius) and Paul Carr (Lt. Lee Kelso "Where No Man Has Gone Beore") to benefit the Gene Roddenberry Memorial Society and the Red Cross disaster relief effort in support of our nation's recent tradegy.

The Celebrity Charity auction will be held on the GlobeList Auction web site beginning on the 8th of this month and lasting until the 25th of October. Bidding for both satires signed by both Paul Carr and France Nuyen will begin at $25.00. You can view the satires at The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi.


BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Bruce has been doing a number of audio books lately. "The Holy Road" by Michael Blake is the sequel to "Dances With Wolves" and the audio cassette version (with Bruce narrating) is now available at www.amazon.com.

BRAD DOURIF: Brad Dourif, who all of you will remember from "Passing Through Gethsamene", has landed a role in the new PAX series, Ponderosa, playing "Frenchy".

MELISSA GILBERT: Melissa continues with her campaign to become the next President of SAG. Her campaign mantra has become "Restore Respect"; her main opponent, actress Valery Harper, who has been endorsed by incumbent President William Daniels.

BRUCE MC GILL: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bruce McGill has joined Cliff DeYoung, Tom Skerritt, Frederic F. Forrest, Felicity Huffman, James Frain, Christopher Eigeman, John Aylward and Patricia Kalember for the HBO original movie about President Johnson's administration, "Path to War." Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland and Michael Gambon headline the movie. McGill (HBO's "61*") will portray Undersecretary of State George Ball -- a powerful voice inside the Kennedy and Johnson administrations against America's deepening entanglement in Vietnam.

DEAN MARSHALL: Dean Marshall, who plays Malcolm Bridges in the upcoming Legend of the Rangers, will be performing in Riff Raff, a play by The Matrix's Laurence Fishburne. Dean will be in the production at Havana Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, from September 19 to October 6 2001.


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.

Three new installments to the Babylon 5 Chronology are now available. They are 2249-2255; In The Beginning, and The Great War.


Cult Times #73 Cult Times #73: The striking Virginia Hey adorns the cover this month as Zhaan from Farscape. She has left the series, but still feels very strongly about the series. Also in this issue: Brad Wright talks about the fifth season of Stargate and we learn about changes ahead for Roswell.

TV Zone #143 TV Zone #143: Buffy died on the final episode of last season. I'm sure that's not the last we'll see of her -- at least not with a new season approaching on UPN! In this issue you'll find interviews with Alyson Harrigan (Willow) and Michaelle Tracktenberg. John Savage talks about Dark Angel and Lexa Doig looks ahead as Andromeda begins it's second season. LEGEND OF THE RANGERS is also featured in an article that takes a peek at the upcoming telemovie..

Starburst #278 STARBURST #278: Starburst LOVES Farscape! At least that's what's on the cover. Also inside, you'll find articles and interviews for Lord of the Rings, Angel, Buffyand more.

Xpose #60 Expose #60: Smallville hopes to break new ground in the Superman saga, including showing Clark Kent as both boy of steel and teenager. Bill Sadler provides some insight into Roswell -- talking about the past two seasons and looking ahead to #3. Other features: X-Files, Special Unit 2; Invisible Man and Witchblade!


BABYLON 5's Schedule: 7pm each evening:

Air Date Title

Oct. 22 Acts of Sacrifice
Oct. 23 Hunter, Prey
Oct. 24 There All the Honor Lies
Oct. 25 And Now for a Work

Oct. 29 In the Shadows of Z'Ha'Dum
Oct. 30 Knives
Nov. 1 Confessions and Lamentations

Nov. 5 Divided Loyalties
Nov. 6 The Long, Twilight Struggle
Nov. 7 Comes the Inquisitor
Nov. 8 The Fall of Night

Nov. 12 Matters of Honor
Nov. 13 Convictions
Nov. 14 A Day in the Strife
Nov. 15 Passing Through Gethsemane

Nov. 19 Voices of Authority
Nov. 20 Dust to Dust
Nov. 21 Exogenesis

Nov. 26 Message from Earth
Nov. 27 Point of No Return
Nov. 28 Severed Dreams
Nov. 29 Ceremonies of Light and Dark


Invoking Darkness The third book of the Technomage trilogy is scheduled for released on November 27, 2001. You may order it now at amazon.com.

Book #7 "Shadow Within" by Jeanne Cavelos has been very hard to find over the past year. However, the author has a few copies she will let fans purchase. If you are interested, let me know and I'll get details.

DelRey has a few Babylon 5 projects in the works. DelRey's Steve Staffel is trying to acquire the rights to the Babylon 5 novels published by Dell. His plan is to begin with the two favorites--by Jeanne Cavelos and Kathryn Drennan--and see what kind of response they get from the Babylon 5 fans. In addition, DelRey is considering publishing the short story collection, if they can pick up the license.


Crusade Cast David Brooks

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.



Amazing Spiderman #35 Amazing Spiderman is on shelves now. It's a great issue and according to IGN.COM, it's one that you'll want to buy. The ending is terrific -- making you want to lay your hands on #36 very quickly.

Here's a portion of a quote from JMS regarding upcoming Spiderman issues:
Date: 22 Sep 2001 09:17:32 GMT

Ever since the events surrounding the WTC, I have said little because, as noted in response to another note, I simply didn't have the words and didn't know where to look for them. And consequently declined invitations to make a statement, on the further grounds that I'm not qualified.

Here's where life just nails you.

I got an email from Marvel, who felt that in at least one of their books they needed to really address the issue of what happened at the WTC. Their feeling was that the one character best suited to this was Spider-Man because after all, he's a native New Yorker.

So they asked me to write it. Unsure if I had the wherewithal necessary to pull it off without embarrassing myself or trivializing the situation through any inadequacies on my part, I asked for 24 hours to think it over. Figured I'd probably pass, since I just didn't know how I could handle it in a comic book format.

Somewhere along the way that night, I found the words...and 24 hours after my email, I sent in the script

. I think it says what needs to be said.


TOP COW: For those of us anticipating the next Midnight Nation and Rising Stars issue from JMS, it looks like we'll have a while to wait! I picked up this note today:

In a press release, Top Cow Productions announced it has made some adjustments to its editorial schedule in the interest of “its continuing mission to publish the absolute highest quality level in comics while maintaining scheduled ship dates.”

Top Cow announced Fathom #13 and #14 and Tomb Raider: Greatest Treasure of All are all being cancelled pending resolicitation once these issues are complete. Midnight Nation #9 and Rising Stars #17 are both being resolicited for December 2001.

“Ultimately our goal is very simple, we want to publish the best written, best drawn comics in the industry and put them out in the month we solicit them in,” said Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. “The changes we’re making in the editorial schedule are being made to help ensure both aspects of this goal. There are a couple other scheduling changes we’ll be making, but we’ll announce those once we have them confirmed.”

Buffy Haunted #1 BUFFY - HAUNTED #1: A new Buffy comic is ready to hit the stands. Here's the blurb from Diamond Previews:

It seems that the ghost of one of Buffy’s recently deceased enemies has a bone to pick with her. But how can she kill something that’s already dead?

**If you are having trouble finding the comic issues, drop me a line. My comic guy seems to be a HUGE JMS fan and has ordered more Marvel comics than anyone in the area!


John Cook has a new cartoon contest going. Try your hand at a punch line.

 Cartoon Contest header
 Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



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 address!!!!

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 sgbruckner@aol.com. Check out the Directory of Readers.


Name: James Green
State: Massachusetts
E-mail address: jrgreenmd@yahoo.com
Birthday: October 29

Name: Mike Tuck
State: Tennessee
E-mail address: tuckbros@crunet.com
Birthday: October 24


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
John Francis
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 the Rangers".


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 join-babylon_5-l@lists.apparition.org.


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 thegalacticgateway-subscribe@egroups.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 gateway-chatter-subscribe@egroups.com.


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 gateway-trader-subscribe@egroups.com.


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.


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 sgbruckner@aol.com or bruckner@isnnews.net. That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.


Sad news. I don't know what the fate of the B5 Fan Club will be. Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. Thestation.com is back on-line, however the Emporium has been closed.


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 - jumpgatemag@bellsouth.net - 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 thezocalo@aol.com.



With the events of September 11, many changes have been made to conventions around the country. If you are planning to go to a convention, please check with the organizers to see if there are any changes -- like guest cancellations, etc.

Use this link Convention Calendar. to see if there is a convention happening near you. Have a convention you would like to have listed here? Pass along the information.


Andreas Katsulas and David Allen Brooks have been added to the guest roster for Chiller Theatre in East Rutherford, NJ in November.


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 TheZocalo@aol.com. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .


Utopia II
October 20-21, 2001, Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown, Ted Raimi, Max Grodenchik

For more information, you can e-mail utopia@club.tip.nl or visit their website at http://www.starfall.net/utopia.

Star Trek, Xena, Sci-Fi TV & Film Convention
October 20-21, 2001
Civic Plaza
Phoenix, Arizona
Guests: Kevin Smith, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Roxann Dawson, Virginia Hey, Manu Intiraymi, Grace Lee Whitney

For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://www.creationent.com.

Chiller Theatre
October 26-28, 2001; E. Rutherford, NJ
Guests: Claudia Christian, Peter Jurasik, Bill Mumy, David Allen Brooks, Julia Nickson, Andreas Katsulas

For more information, visit their website at http://www.chillertheatre.com/.


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.

Pen Pals

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.


Dylan Neal - October 5
Jeff Conaway - October 5
John Vulich - October 10
Tim Choate - October 11
John Copeland - October 13
Linda Huse - October 16

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.


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 to actors....

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 timely fashion.

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


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 (sgbruckner@aol.com)
The Zocalo Today

Copyright - SBruckner, 2001

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