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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.


November 9, 2001 4:06am

What's New

LEGEND OF THE RANGERS: If you haven't been over to the Ranger website in a bit, be sure to drop over. SCIFI is graduallyl updating the site with new material -- including new photos of the cast! One photo there would make a terrific wallpaper for Windows!

MACKENZIE GRAY: The first installment of an interview with Mackenzie Gray is now available at B5LR.com.

JMS: IGN Insider's "10 Questions" segment features JMS. Too bad you'll have to not only register with IGN to get to the page -- but pay to read the segment!.

Terry Jones has sent along two new segments of the Babylon 5 Chronology. Check out 2256-2258 and "Signs and Portents" along with the other portions of the B5 History Index.

BABYLON 5 was in SCIFI's Top 10 as #5 with a .06 rating the week of 10/15/01 - 10/21/01.

FYI: A Ranger in the UK has written to say that it appears that SCIFI has no intention of showing "Legend of the Rangers". I hope they will reconsider once the telemovie airs in the US.

MADAME PRESIDENT! Here is the announcement from The Hollywood Reporter. "Melissa Gilbert has been elected the 23rd president of the Screen Actors Guild. Gilbert, who garnered 12,280 votes (45.3%) defeated Valerie Harper, who mustered 10,692 votes (39.4%) in what was a hard fought and at times contentious election. The other two candidates vying for the presidency Eugene Boggs and AngelTompkins pulled in 2,553 votes (9.4%) and 1,613 votes (5.9%) respectively. The results were announced late Friday night. "I'm really amazed that it came down this way, It's been a nerve wracking evening, and I wasn't expecting to win by such a large margin. It was a nail-biter," said Gilbert.

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.


November 9:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: Smallville 5.5; Enterprise 5.2; Charmed 3.6; Buffy 3.5; Angel 3.1; Special Unit 2 2.7, and Roswell 2.0. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/15/01 - 10/21/01.

STAR TREK: Wired magazine reports that some fantastic personal collections of historic Trek props and memorabilia will be auctioned on eBay next month. A few of the featured items in the Dec. 12 auction will be: the only remaining production model of the U.S.S. Enterprise (estimated value $30,000 to $50,000), Capt. Kirk's familiar yellow tunic ($12,000 to $15,000), Spock's bed, Spock's tricorder and the original, handwritten Star Trek fanfare by Alexander Courage. There will be over 300 premium items, including a complete set of scripts, models of spaceships and phasers and blind dates with some of the show's creators and actors, including James Doohan (Scotty). Wired indicates that these items come from the personal collections of art director Matt Jeffries, production executive Herbert Solow, writer Harlan Ellison and others.

LORD OF THE RINGS: More and more items are popping up at the Lord of the Rings website. There is a tidbit of the soundtrack now available, giving a snip from one of Enya's original songs. There are photos, screensavers, interviews and a lot more.

Speaking of the upcoming movie, the LA Times reports that the first of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Rang, clocks in at nearly three hours in length. It opens at theaters on December 19.

X-FILES: The long-awaited ninth season begins on Sunday. However, the review posted at Cinescape.com indicates that the episode title, “Nothing Important Happened Today”, may be all too appropriate.

HARRY POTTER: As store shelves fill with Potter pencils, notebooks, etc., critics are voicing their opinion of the upcoming film, to hit theaters on November 16. Over on E!Online, critics have a LOT of very good things to say about the film. J.K. Rowling said at a private showing, "Admittedly I had been given a lot of input on how things looked. But they really do look as I'd imagined they would inside my head," Rowling said. "From my point of view it is obviously wonderful."

MOVIE POSTERS: A new batch of movie posters are available at Hoyts.com, including the latest from Star Wars and Harry Potter.

HEROES: I found a fantastic segement on CNN about the comic book efforts related to the tragedies of September 11. Joe Quesada of Marvel talks about upcoming Heroes comic and other how all the artists came together for the project. Over at MileHigh Comics, you can read about both Heroes and Amazing Spiderman #36 written by JMS.

TIDBIT: I grew up with Perry Mason protecting the accused every week and found this recent item on E!Online interesting. It appears Perry still reigns as the legal counsel most wanted to have representing you. He received 38 percent of the votes, followed by Ben Matlock (29 percent), Bobby Donnell of The Practice (16 percent) and Ally McBeal (9 percent).

November 8:
HARRY POTTER: As the premiere date of the first Harry Potter movie approaches, director Chris Columbus told SCI FI Wire that his dream is to see all seven films through and to see the same cast in all seven. It would be interesting to see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grow up on the screen, but the investment -- in both time and money -- would be significant.

X-FILES: With the season premiere on Sunday night, executive producer Frank Spotnitz says this year's X-Files will feature more gruesome murders, impossible events, thousands of bugs, a possible reunion with Mulder and "some of the comedy that the show did not have last year."

Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz are talking about the next X-Files movie! Variety indicates that both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have expressed interest in doing the movie, but no director has been named as yet. Carter and Spotnitz are expected to begin writing the screenplay within the next few months and production could begin in late 2002 with a possible Christmas 2003 release date.

SPIDERMAN: A new poster is up and available for viewing at http://www.spiderman.sonypictures.com/images/goblin_onesheet.jpg. The Green Goblin was a challenge for Daniel Dafoe. He told USA Today that it wasn't easy being green. Getting into the Goblin's form-fitting body costume was like "putting toothpaste back into the tube."

UPN: Thanks to Buffy and Enterprise, UPN has grown in the first six weeks of the season to the largest year-to-year ratings growth of any broadcast network. UPN has seen its prime-time ratings grow in all key demographics, including a 19 percent hike among persons aged 12-34, 26 percent among adults 18-34 and 21 percent among adults 18-49.

November 7:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: Andromeda 3.0; Mutant X 3.0; Stargate SG-1 2.6; The X-Files 2.5; Earth: Final Conflict 2.1; 3rd Rock 2.0; John Edward 2.0; Buffy 1.9; Invisible Man 1.8, and Sheena 1.6. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/15/01 - 10/21/01.

MUTANT X: Victoria Pratt who portrays Shalimar Fox on Mutant X will be over at SCIFI.COM for a chat tomorrow night at 9pm ET. If you haven't caught Victoria on Mutant X yet, you may remember her as Sarge on Cleopatra 2525. Go to www.scifi.com/chat to join in the conversation tomorrow night.

LORD OF THE RINGS: On Decemeber 9 at 8pm ET, SCIFI will air a marvelous behind-the-scenes view of MIddle-Earth, the making of the Lord of the Rings. Hosted by director Peter Jackson, this one-hour Scinema Beyond special will include behind-the-scenes footage, video production diaries and interviews with cast and crew. The special looks at the creation of Hobbiton, Rivendell, Lothlorien and the mines of Moria; development of the Elvish language; and the prosthetics that transformed humans into hobbits, elves and Ringwraiths, among other things. Passage to Middle-Earth will also feature interviews with stars Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and John Rhys-Davies. SCIFI.COM will also have supplemental materials on-line.

MONSTERS, INC: John Goodman provides the voice for Sulley in the newly released Monsters, Inc. Why did he choose this role? He told SCIFI Wire that, "[Monsters, Inc.] was a pretty good script, and God knows good scripts around me are pretty few and far between," Goodman said with a laugh. "I grew up on Bambi--the one that scared the hell out of you--and Fantasia, the one that put you under your bed for a year and a half."

SPACE STATION: E!Online reports that Tom Cruise has signed on to narrate the first-ever IMAX 3D space film, Space Station. The time is set to open in theaters in the spring of 2002 and will document NASA's construction of the International Space Station.

November 6:
INVISIBLE MAN: The Invisible Man season finale will air during the first quarter of 2002, bringing the two-year-old show to a close. Reruns of the series will be airing through the end of the year.

SPIDERMAN: With the new movie coming out in May, MTV is developing a computer-animated Spider-Man series, based on the Marvel Comics series and upcoming film. According to Coming Attractions, the show will follow the current Ultimate Spider-Man comic.

THE VOLUNTEER: Variety reports that Nicolas Cage will star in and produce The Volunteer, a science fiction thriller movie for New Line Cinema. Cage plays an Iowa state trooper who attempts to gain retribution for the death of his daughter, but becomes a pawn between two alien races. TV writer Sam Egan (The Outer Limits) makes his feature-film debut with this script, based on an idea by Richard B. Lewis and Egan.

BUFFY: Tonight is the night of music on Buffy. Cinescape.com reviews the episode -- which comes away with an A rating.

SMALLVILLE: Want to see ahead in the schedule a bit? Cinescape.com has a glimpse of the November 20 episode of Smallville. The WB will repeat the pilot and first episode on November 21. So if you missed it, you'll have another chance to view it.

SHREK: While everyone was watching Monsters, Inc. rack up $63.48 million at the box office this weekend, "Shrek" was being released on DVD and VHS tape. Consumers bought a record-setting 2.5 million double-disc "Shrek" DVDs priced at about $20 and 4.5 million VHS units priced at $15.95 each during the first three days of release, breaking all records for the past six years.

November 5:
RATINGS: Top 10 SciFi Channel Shows: Meteor 0.9; Spiders 0.8; Freaked 0.7; No Escape 0.7; Babylon 5 0.6; Farscape 0.6; Invisible Man 0.6; John Edward 0.6; Into the Badlands 0.6, and Return of Swamp Thing 0.6. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/15/01 - 10/21/01.

HARRY POTTER: For those who missed the webcast broadcast yesterday of the premiere of the new Harry Potter movie, the webcast is still up and available at the WB site.

STARGATE: Ranger Roxie received the following information as a member of the Stargate SG-1 Fan Club: Michael Shanks is leaving Stargate SG-1 after the current 5th season. He will appear in a few episodes of the 6th season. After the 6th season is completed, a feature film will be done. Shanks will appear in this. Once the film is released, there will be a spin-off series based on it. This was confirmed by Brad Wright at Gatecon in September. Thanks Roxie for the information.

EMMY AWARDS: West Wing walked away with 8 Emmy awards last night, including Best Drama. Congratulations to all who make this an absolutely marvelous series.

MONSTERS, INC> This animated film owned the box office this weekend. The film brought in a frightening $63.48 million, according to studio estimates. That's the sixth best opening ever and also the biggest ever 'toon debut, biggest November opening and best ever Disney opening.

LORD OF THE RINGS: Over at Soundtrack.net you can listen to 30 seconds of each track from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" soundtrack by composer Howard Shore, and featuring the music of Enya. If you are having troubles, it may be due to very heavy access, so check back at a later time. The soundtrack will be released this November 20th and can already be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.

There is a new poster available at http://www.theonering.net/movie/scrapbook/large/2281.

STAR WARS: The first trailer for the movie was to be shown in movie houses along with Monster, Inc. this weekend. Bootlegged copies of the trailer are out and about already.

November 4:
TIM ALLEN: Tim was recently talking about a third installment in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story. Everyone wants to do it, but getting everyone together makes it difficult. Tim plays Buzz Lightyear and co-stars with Tom Hanks. Tim is reported progress on The Santa Clause II. This is a sequel to his 1994 holiday film and it is slated to begin filming in January or February 2002.

CANCELLATIONS: The new season isn't all that old, yet networks have begun cancelling programs left and right. Already on the skids are "Patterson", "Wolf Lake", "Citizen Baines" and others. This goes to show how absolutely critical ratings numbers are.

THE ONE: Jack Ruby has an interview with star of "The One" - Jet Li over at 13th Street. If you are at all interested in Jet Li, I think you'll enjoy the interview.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Amid rumors to the contrary, progress is being made in production of the new Battlestar Galactic. Bryan Singer has had to leave the production because of commitments to X-MEN 2, but sets are being built in Vancouver and storyboards and scripts have been completed. 13th Street indicates that the production is looking for a new director, but the production is going forward.


911 Comic Book This project is coming along nicely. It is up to 196 pages and the list of contributors looks like a Who's Who of comic books. Over at www.indyworld.com/relief you can see the book and those who have been involved with it's creation.

"Cartoonists have been contacting each other regularly since the tragedy and have come up with this project," said editor Jeff Mason, "The cartoonists wanted to create a collection of thoughtful, introspective stories."

You can now order the comic book at www.amazon.com. I did -- since I think (I hope) this will be an issue that will fly off the comic book store shelves.


Here is a portion of a news release from Dynamic Forces & Top Cow related to a new trading card series being developed to benefit the NYC Police and Firefighters Widow's and Orphans Fund. Read more about this project at http://www.topcow.com.

"Dynamic Forces teams up with Top Cow and Joe Michael Straczynski to raise money to aid New York City's Police and Firefighters Widow's and Orphans Fund! The upcoming Top Cow Universe trading card series will have a limited number of boxes featuring 5 inserted box toppers featuring Patriot from Rising Stars! These box toppers will be the first rare card that fans see when they open a Top Cow Universe box and will placed in specially ordered boxes of the Top Cow Universe Trading Card Series. From this limited edition run Joe Michael Straczynski will be donating his royalty to the New York Policemen's Widow's and Orphans fund. Dynamic Forces is matching the royalty to donate even more money to the charities!


The Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers trailer will be shown at the following conventions:

- United Fan Con Nov. 9-11, Springfield, MA
- ArmadilloCon - Nov. 16-18, Cedar Park, Texas
- EveCon - Dec. 28-30, Fort Washington, Md.
- Arisia - Jan. 18-19, Cambridge, Mass.
- Confusion - Jan. 18-20, Ann Arbor, Mich.

** If you have more information on these conventions, please pass it along.


SCIFI has begun scheduling chats with "Legend of the Ranger" cast members. Alex Zahara (Dulann) will be in to chat on November 15 at 9pm ET; Dylan Neil (David Martel) will chat on November 29 at 9pm EST. Mark these dates on your calendar. There are two very talented actors and I'm sure they will be fun to talk with.


Edward The Less EDWARD THE LESS: Episode 4 is now available for this SCIFI.COM original animated adventure story about Edward and his somewhat loyal companions on their unlikely quest to destroy a legendary Token and save the world from the forces of the Dark Person. Episode 5 of "Edward the Less" will be available on November 6. Catch up with all the episodes at http://www.scifi.com/edwardtheless/.

REFLECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Below is a list of familiar authors and poets. They share their thoughts surrounding the events of September 11 in a collection of material to be found at http://www.scifi.com/tribute/. Contributors are: Essays - Kit Reed; Bruce Sterling; Lisa DuMond; Gardner Dozois; Richard Bowes; Terry Bisson; Jack McDevitt; Kristine K. Rusch; Steven E. Altman; David Brin; Stories - James Morrow and J. Aaron Bellamy, Poems - Neil Gaiman; Joe Haldeman, and Patrick O'Leary.


Many of you will know Mike Helba from his About Babylon 5 site. Unfortunately, that site has disappeared due to cuts at About. However, fear not. Mike has moved his content from the site out to Worlds of JMS. He will be covering not only Babylon 5 at the site, but follow other projects by JMS, like jeremiah and Amazing Spiderman. Mike has a forum at the site as well, http://forums.delphi.com so drop over and join the conversation.


B5 Calendar 2002 The folks at CalendarMart have a 2002 Babylon 5 Calendar available. Go to http://secure.venus.co.uk/bluemask/calendar_babylon_5.html to place your orders. Slow Dazzle hasn't come up with any new photos to use in this version of the calendar -- but it is Babylon 5 and will look terrific on your wall.


Many of us are "B5 collectors". We have signed copies of scripts, trading cards, comic books, jackets, etc. What is your "favorite" Babylon 5 collectible? Is there a story that goes with your favorite? Please, share what makes this item special to you. I know I'd like to hear about it -- and I'm sure others will as well.

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!

I have put some addresses in the section below -- for Warner Home Video. Take pen in hand and write. Your letter do count.

A few rangers have suggested that ONLY sales of the initial DVD will translate into something WB can understand. Why not purchase the first DVD -- for you and a friend. The holidays are quickly approaching and I'm sure that the new B5 DVD would be a welcome addition to anyone's collection. AND it's reasonably priced as well.


MIRA FURLAN: Mira appears as a villan on "Sheena" THIS WEEK. If you get a chance to watch the episode, you'll see a preview of Pat Tallman's episode which airs next week.

PAT TALLMAN: Pat Tallman will be making an apperance on "Sheena" soon - NEXT WEEK. Steven L. Sears, creator and co-executive producer of Sheena, said "She's an interesting villian."

BILL MUMY: Bill Mumy's band, The Jenerators, will be presenting their final show of the year, Saturday - 9:00 pm - November 10th 2001 at Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier. RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. CALL 310-393-7437. (Members of the band are: Bill Mumy, Miguel Ferrer, David Jolliffe, Gary Stockdale & Tom Hebenstreit.)


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.

Terry has just made two new segments of the Babylon 5 Chronology are now available. They are 2256 and Signs and Portents.


Cult Times #74 Cult Times #74: Lexx fans will find interviews with Michael McManus, Xenia Seeberg and Brian Downey. New fans of Mutant X will learn more about John Shea, Adam in the new series. Richard Manning and David Kemper (producer and writer) talk about changes afoot for Farscape!.

Xpose #61 Expose #61: Alyson Hanningan, Buffy's Willow is featured in this month's issue. You'll also find articles on Andromeda, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Roswell, The One and Wolf Lake.

Writing SciFi for TV WRITING SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY TELEVISION: Here's a new book that sounds interesting -- regardless of whether you are interested in writing or not! Joe Nazzarro has pulled together interviews with the biggest names in sci-fi and fantasy television, including Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape) and J. Michael Stracynski (Babylon 5), and behind-the-scene secrets direct from the writers and producers of such top ten shows as Star Trek, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and The X-Files. (Diamond Comic Distributors — England) (1-84023-383-4) (CAUT: 4) TP, 6x9, 256pg, b&w..........$23.99

TV Zone #144 TV Zone #144: Enterprise is dominating nearly every magazine cover these days. TZ grabs an interview with the new doctor, John Billingsley as Doctor Phlox. Also in the issue, James Marsters talks about Buffy's new season.

Starburst #279 STARBURST #279: The new Harry Potter movie has indeed created a stir. Have you seen all the merchandise already? Starburst talks with producer David Heyman, Director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steve Kloves. And, they also sit with young star David Radcliffe who talks about being Harry! Farscape producer David Kemper looks back on season three and drops a few hints about this season's finale!


BABYLON 5's Schedule: 7pm each evening:

Air Date Title

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 In the front of Jeanne's latest novel is a brief paragraph that seems SO appropriate for today:

There is a greater darkness than the one we fight
It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way.
The war we fight is not against powers and principalities;
it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of
flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams.
Against this peril we can never surrender.


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.”

**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: Adam Clark
State: Missouri
E-mail address: aclark@ims-1.com
Birthday: November 19

Name: Garibaldis_Uniform
State: Ohio (formerly Hawaii)
e-mail: Babylon_5Fan@yahoo.com
B-Day: November 12


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.


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 akalel@hotmail.com.

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.


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.


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.


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 .


United Fan Con
November 9-11, 2001; Springfield, MA
Guest: Jason Carter, Richard Biggs

More information, visit their website at http://www.unitedfancon.com.

Vulkon Orlando
November 16-18, 2001; Orlando, FL
Guests: Kate Mulgrew, James Doohan, Virginia Hey, Bill Blair

More information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com.

Slanted Fedora
November 16-18, 2001, Philadelphia, PA
Guest: Walter Koenig

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

Armadillocon 23
November 16-18, 2001, Austin, TX
Guest: J. Gregory Keyes

For more information, visit their website at http://www.fact.org/dillo/d23/index.php.

Slanted Fedora
November 23-25, 2001; Indianapolis, IN
Guest: Walter Koenig

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

31st Annual Creation Thanksgiving Convention
November 24-25, 2001
Hotel Pennsylvania
33rd and 7th Avenue, Manhattan, New York
Guests: Virginia Hey, Manu Intiraymi, Grace Lee Whitney

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


Robert Foxworth - November 1
John Vickery - November 4
Damian London - November 12
Tracy Scoggins - November 13
Dwight Schultz - November 24
Wortham Krimmer - November 24
Louis Turenne - November 26
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - November 30

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

Warner Home Video:

Mike Finnegan, Vice President
Editorial and Programming Services

Paul Hemstreet, Vice President
Special Features/DVD

Michael Radiloff, Vice President
DVD Marketing

Kristin Grossnandler, Manager
DVD Special Features

Warner Home Video
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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