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The Zocalo Today

Welcome! I am glad that you found The Zocalo Today and dropped by. Take your shoes off, get comfortable and stay a while. There is a LOT of information here and you won't want to miss any of it.

The Zocalo Today is an interactive newsletter, encouraging interaction with readers through a discussion topic each week. If you have suggestions as to how The Zocalo can be improved -- or be more responsive -- send them along. The Zocalo Today is as much YOUR newsletter as it is mine! I'm just pulling together things for you!

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What's New Today

Friday, November 22:

EBAY AUCTION: Don't forget to check out the e-bay auction items by PsiFiMogul. There are season three scripts, a CSI gift set and more. The auction ends on Sunday.

FIREFLY: With the additional order of two episodes, credtor Joss Whedon hopes that FIREFLY will be given a chance by Fox. "Fox is getting a good response to the episodes we're putting out, and so they're looking to see, well, if they do give us a bit of a push, can we build some and get a base that's big enough for them to justify keeping us around. So ... we all feel like we're on Serenity. We're looking ahead to that next job. We're still flying. The future's uncertain, but we're still flying." Fox won't air episodes this week or next, but will return with original episodes starting Dec. 6, with "War Stories." The series' two-hour pilot, "Serenity," which hasn't aired yet, will finally get special treatment in a full broadcast on Dec. 20.

JOHN DOE: Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile) will guest star in two upcoming episodes of JOHN DOE. Brandon Camp, co-creator and co-executive producer said in an interview, "We have a character that turns out to be John Doe's nemesis. I think those episodes will be two of the most compelling episodes thus far." In these action-packed episodes, Doe comes up against is potentially another John Doe. He is as smart as Doe, and yet he might be the yang of the yin. The first episode, "The Mourner," will air Dec. 13 on Fox. The second as-yet-untitled episode will air in January 2003.

SMALLVILLE COMICS: In March of 2003, DC Comics will release a new series of comics based on SMALLVILLE. According to Comics Continuum Web site, the first issue will include features on the TV show, set visits and interview with series star Tom Welling and an episode guide for the first season.

DIE ANOTHER DAY: The latest Bond movie had the biggest British opening ever! ANANOVA notes that the one-day U. K. opening Wednesday for the new James Bond film, DIE ANOTHER DAY, topped all previous openers. The film is reported with a one-day B. O. of just £1.1m , or pounds, or about $1,752,852 in U. S. dollars. The film opens here in the US today!

LORD OF THE RINGS: Christmas specials are coming. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, RETURN TO MIDDLE EARTH is set to air on December 4 at 8:30 pm. The half-hour special is described by the network as "a uniquely detailed behind-the-scenes look at THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS."

TWILIGHT ZONE CONTEST: You can win a walk-on role for THE TWILIGHT ZONE! Go to http://www.newline.com/COPPA/twilightzone_sweeps.html for more information.


Thursday, November 21:
BRUCE BOXLEITNER: While this should go in the Keeping Up with Cast column, I just couldn't chance your missing this one! A ranger reported that while at a convention last weekend in Orlando, Bruce Boxleitner mentioned that he would be adding commentary to the Babylon 5 Second Season DVD set. This is terrific news!

NEMESIS: Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for STAR TREK: NEMESIS will be released on CD by Varèse Sarabande on Nov. 26. You will have to wait until Dec. 13 to see the movie!

POTTER PREVIEW: On December 12, J.K. Rowling will auction off a written preview of her upcoming fifth Harry Potter book, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX to benefit Book Aid International. Reuters reported that Sotheby's in London will auction a card with 93 random words of plot summary from the book and Rowling's autograph to benefit the charity, which provides books for developing countries. The card is expected to fetch up to £6,000 ($9,461). In part, the card reads, "Thirty-eight chapters ... might change ... longest volume ... Ron ... broom ... sacked ... house-elf ... new teacher ... dies ... sorry." Rowling is still writing the fifth volume, and no publication date has been set.

DANGER GIRL: The Hollywood Reporter indicates that a live-action version of the Danger Girl comic book character is on the horizon. UPN and Paramount have struck a deal with producers Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh to develop a drama series based on character created by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnel. Writer Analisa LaBianco has been enlisted to pen the small-screen adaptation, which she describes as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "Raiders of the Lost Ark." The comic books revolve around the adventures of the members of an underground network of female spies that grew out of the government's success in recruiting women for espionage duty during World War II.

ALIEN LEGION More comic book characters on the small screen! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Comics' "Alien Legion" are gearing up for their first animated TV series outing under a 26-episode production deal with Canadian animation house Mainframe Entertainment. The comic book series, created by Carl Potts with Alan Zelenetz and Frank Cirocco for the Marvel-owned Epic Comics division, will be developed by Mainframe and produced at its studios in Vancouver.

SPEED: ABC has ordered a pilot script from producer Mark Gordon based on the 1994 feature, "SPEED". The series will take place five years before Speed (the movie) and deal with the relationship between the characters played by Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels. Graham Yost wrote the script for the first film and will now executive produce along with Gordon.

Wednesday, November 20:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: Mutant X 2.5; Stargate SG-1 2.4; Andromeda 2.2; Buffy 2.0; The X-Files 1.9; Beastmaster 1.7; 3rd Rock 1.5; John Edward 1.4; The Outer Limits 1.3, and The Lost World 1.2. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/21/02 - 10/27/02.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: On December 3, the ORIGINAL Twilight Zone will be available on DVD. All five seasons will be available in chronological order. These five seasons are being offered as a complete box set, The Twilight Zone: Gold Collection. Go to http://anotheruniverse.com/tzdvd/ for more details.

Tuesday, November 19:
ANDROMEDA: ANDROMEDA has been undergoing change since it's beginnings. Kevin Sorbo talks to SciFi Weekly about changes ahead for this new season over at http://www.scifi.com/sfw/advance/18_interview.html.

TREMORS: When Sci-Fi Friday returns on January 10, TREMORS will join FARSCAPE AND STARGATE SG-1. This SCIFI original series, based on the popular SF movies, will star Michael Gross, who reprises the role of survivalist Burt Gummer. The story is set in the tiny town of Perfection, Nev., which is beset by El Blanco and his fellow monsters: Graboids, Shriekers and AssBlasters. Tremors: The Series is produced for SCI FI by USA Cable Entertainment, in association with Big Productions Inc., and co-stars Victor Browne, Marcia Strassman, Lela Lee, Gladise Jimenez and Dean Norris. David Israel, Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson and Nancy Roberts serve as executive producers. SCIFI.COM has launched a new TREMORS Web site, which allows visitors to tour Perfection, meet some of the residents, spot El Blanco and take on Gummer's role in a Shriek & Destroy first-person shooter game.

JAMES COBURN DIES: Many of us will remember James Coburn from his more famous movies -- like AFFLICTION, which won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor or THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN or THE GREAT ESCAPE and the OUR MAN FLINT series. In more recent years, his voice has turned up on movies like MONSTERS, INC. and you will probably hear him on commercials for years to come. For more information on his career, go to http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Movies/11/18/obit.coburn.ap/index.html.

BIRDS OF PREY CANCELLED: After pulling great premiere numbers, The WB has decided to pull the plug on BIRDS OF PREY. Besides declining rating numbers, according to The Hollywood Reporter, there have also been behind-the-scenes shuffle among the creative team for the series. It's unclear when production will stop on the initial 13-episode "Birds of Prey" order, but Cinescape indicates that the network will run the show though the end of the month.

FIREFLY: FOX has ordered two more episodes of FIREFLY, keeping the series before the cameras through December. Joss Whedon is currently directing an episode of FIREFLY entitled "Objects in Space" and the long-awaited pilot may be seen by the public on December 20. FYI: I found a great FIREFLY fan site this morning -- over at http://www.fireflyfans.net/. Drop over. You'll see some familiar names there. For those who would love to voice their support for the show, go to http://www.fireflysupport.com/pr.html. You should find what you need there.

Monday, November 18:
RATINGS: Top 10 SCIFI Channel Shows: Stargate SG-1 1.4; Saint Sinner 1.4; Ninth Gate 1.2; Demon Knight 1.0; The X-Files 0.9; Children of Corn 0.9; Stigmata 0.8; Child of Darkness 0.8; Sometimes They Come 0.8, and Langoliers, Pt. 2 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/21/02 - 10/27/02.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: As anticipated, HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS took away the #1 spot from Eminem this weekend, bringing in $87.7m. That may land the film in third place for opening weekend earnings of all time. Topping it are last years' SPIDER-MAN with $114.8m and the first POTTER flick, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE with $90m. Here are the numbers: 1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, $87.7 million; 2. 8 MILE, $21.3 million this weekend, $86.4 million since opening; 3. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2, $15.1 million this weekend, $82.5 million since opening; 4. THE RING, $11.0 million this weekend, $101.1 million since opening; 5. HALF PAST DEAD, $8.2 million in this opening weekend, and 6. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, $4.7 million this weekend, $199.6 million since opening.

FIREFLY PRE-EMPTED: Firefly will be pre-empted Nov 22nd with Happy Gilmore, and again during Thanksgiving weekend Nov 29th. It is slated to return to the Friday night line-up the following week. A decision is expected this week from Fox on the fate of Firefly.

Sunday, November 17:
BUFFY: The fate of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER has been up in the air for some time. Ratings this year have not been as good as last year and with many contracts expiring this year, one would naturally wonder if there would be a next season or whether Joss Whedon would pack it in. Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Giles on the series, told SCI FI Wire that he believes the show will end at the end of the current seventh season. "It's not winding down. It's coming to an end," Head said in a telephone interview. "It's gone its full [course]. ...." Head was back in Los Angeles shooting several episodes in which his character returns to Sunnydale. He wasn't sure how many episodes he would be in, but he believed he was committed to at least 10 this season.

PAW OF FAME: According to TV Guide Online, Kermit the Frog was honored Nov. 14 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mickey Mouse MICKEY MOUSE? You thought Mickey Mouse was a creation of Walt Disney, right? Well Ananova reports that Austrian art historian Eduard Mahlknecht has discovered a Hidden Mickey in a 700-year old fresco of St. Christopher on the island of Malta. While the scholar believes it's a coincidence and that the image "is most likely to be a drawing of a beaver or a weasel," Siggi Neuschitzer, manager of the Malta Tourism Association, said, "Our Mickey Mouse is 700 years older than Disney's and we will get it legally examined."

Saturday, November 16:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Programs: Alias 5.9; Touched by an Angel 5.3; Smallville 5.0; John Doe 4.0; Enterprise 3.8; Birds of Prey 3.4; Charmed 3.2; Buffy 3.0; Angel 2.8, and Firefly 2.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/14/02 - 10/20/02.

STARGATE: There is joy in Muddville! STARGATE SG-1 has not only been renewed for a full 22-episodes but ALL of the cast members are returning as well. The SCI FI Channel confirmed that Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and Don S. Davis will return as regular cast members and Corin Nemec returns as Jonas Quinn in a recurring role. Production on the new season is slated to begin in Vancouver, B.C., early next year, for a summer 2003 launch. The remaining original sixth-season episodes will resume on SCI FI on Jan. 10, 2003.

Ben Affleck PAYCHECK: Paramount Pictures has a new sci-fi thriller on the launch pad -- PAYCHECK. This futuristic tale is based on a Philip K. Dick story about an amnesiac whose trying to piece together his last paycheck. Ben Affleck is in negotiations to star and John Woo will direct.

A SOUND OF THUNDER: Production has been completed on this film based on a short story by Ray Bradbury. The story follows Charles Hatton (SIR BEN KINGSLEY), the owner of Time Safari Inc., a travel agency that specializes in escorting wealthy clients on exclusive hunting trips back to the Prehistoric Age. Under the leadership of seasoned scout Dr. Travis Ryer (EDWARD BURNS), participants are permitted to hunt and kill dinosaurs provided they follow a set of strenuous rules. These guidelines are intended to protect the creatures' natural habitats and prevent time travelers from impacting the course of evolution. Of course, something goes wrong and the future is compromised. The film is directed by PETER HYAMS ("Time Cop", "End of Days") and produced by MOSHE DIAMANT ("The Musketeer", "Double Team") from a screenplay by CLEMENT ENLATARNE, based on the short story by RAY BRADBURY. Release is set for 2004.

B5 Season One DVC


The long awaited Season One of BABYLON 5 is now available on DVD. The 6-disc set is loaded with extras, including commentaries by series creator, J. Michael Straczynski. You can pre-order the DVD over at www.babylon5.com for $79.95. Warner Home Video has extended their "Free Shipping" deadline thru November 30th.

For a preview of a few of the extras available on this wonderful DVD set, WB has given me permission to post a number of trailer streams (they are in Windows Media, Real Media and Quicktime formats). Go to Extras to hear Joe, Rick Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Stephen Furst and others talk about their time on Babylon 5. Use this link to read the Press Release from WB.

Apparently sales are doing very well. JMS recently commented that WB was "amazed". When asked about moving up the release date for Season 2, JMS responded:

I don't know if they'll be able to move up the date, which last I heard was about April, but I did hear the other day that they want to get the next set up and running asap. It's suddenly become a priority item.


On SCIFI tonight:

6:00 PM Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction?
The Wreath; Terror Night
A hit-and-run victim exacts revenge from the grave; a hairdresser's scheme involving diamonds backfires.

7:00 PM Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction?
Caitlin's Candle; Old Bike
Stories include a curse on two escape-artist brothers who worked during the time of Houdini.

8:00 PM Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence
The controversy and mystery surrounding the 1947 incident in which aliens are alleged to have crash-landed in New Mexico are recalled. Included: interviews with eyewitnesses; a report on a disk recovered in the desert that could shed light on the mystery.


Terry Jones has updated the tremendous Babylon 5 chronology and we will post it here in segments, beginning with the INTRODUCTION TO THE BABYLON 5 CHRONOLOGY. New segments will be added over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Another section of the wonderful Babylon 5 Chronology is available for your enjoyment. Go to In TheBeginning for Section 1.1 The Distant Past.

A BIG THANK YOU and note appreciation goes to Terry for taking the time (and considerable effort) to pull the chronology together -- and for updating it to include CRUSADE, the novels and other relevant Babylon 5 material. THANKS TERRY!


There are a few new shows on this year that are really pretty good. Do you have a favorite? If so, share your choice with your fellow Z readers. Mine is JOHN DOE; I love that show and am very happy that it has gotten a full 22-episode order from FOX. I have enjoyed FIREFLY as well, but the quality has been a bit uneven. It has potential, but the ratings have been terrible.

Send in your favorites to thezocalo@aol.com. I am posting them on the Discussion Page as they come in.


Ranger Janet was the first to report seeing Richard Biggs in last week's episode of JAG. Rick shouldn't have had a hard time portraying life in the military. His father was in the service.


Jeremiah: Things Left Unsaid (Part 1)

Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed By: Mike Vejar
Kurdy brings Elizabeth, who is seriously wounded, to Theo's nightclub hoping someone can save her. Meanwhile, Jeremiah is walking, alone, toward Millhaven where he hopes to find his father. Ezekiel warns him that he must not go there but remains with him, keeping guard.

** Note: Alex Zahara is Ezekiel in JEREMIAH. You remember him from "Legend of the Rangers?"

Jeremiah: Things Left Unsaid (Part 2)

Jeremiah: The Long Road

Jeremiah: Man of Iron, Woman Under Glass

For more information about this episode and the entire series, be sure to visit www.sho.com/jeremiah.

For those of you who want to keep up on what is going on with Jeremiah, Ranger Monica has started up a Jeremiah newsletter. Please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeremiah-news/ and subscribe. Monica also has a very nice Jeremiah site so don't forget to bookmark that as well.


JASON CARTER: Behind the Red Door (with Jason Carter, Kiefer Sutherland, Stockard Channing, and Kyra Sedgwick) will air on Showtime in January 2003. The plan is to release it with the parent company's AIDS awareness and education event. Thanks Ranger Jo-el for the update.

STEPHEN FURST: If you have been wondering what Stephen Furst has been up to since the end of Babylon 5, catch the interview Done by IGN at FilmForce.IGN.com.

GARY COLE: Everyone knows that Gary is currently appearing in FAMILY AFFAIR, but you'll see him in the I SPY movie that is opening this weekend as well. The film is based upon the 1960s TV series of the same name, and Cole plays a character named Carlos.

MELISSA GILBERT: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Melissa Gilbert is returning to the old frontier with ABC's midseason one-hour project "Then Came Jones." Gilbert will play the female lead opposite Sean Patrick Flanery in the period Western drama from writer-producers Chris Brancato and Bert Salke and Touchstone Television, which has a commitment for a pilot plus three scripts from the network. Kim Manners ("The X-Files") has come aboard to direct the pilot, which is scheduled to begin production next month in Los Angeles. Set at the turn of the 20th century, Gilbert will play the sister of Ben Jones (Flanery), who, in a series of strange plot twists, becomes the sheriff of the border town of El Paso, Texas.

PETER WOODWARD: We all know Peter has done some wonderful work at the History Channel on the Egyptian series. Now Peter's series has been officially picked up. CONQUEST will air on The History Channel during their 2002-2003 schedule. Peter is writer, co-producer and host of this look at martial competition throughout history.


Robert Foxworth - November 1
John Vickery - November 4
Damian London - November 12
Tracy Scoggins - November 13
Mackenzie Gray - November 22
Dwight Schultz - November 24
Louise 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.


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.


Here are some of our readers who are having birthdays this month:

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

Don't see YOUR birthday here? That's easy to remedy. Send your birthdate along to me and I'll post it with others in our directory.


For years, Pat Tallman has worked with the wonderful people at PENNY LANE, a home for abused children, making their lives a bit brighter -- and probably helping the kids make some better life choices! Christmas time is special for everyone -- and you can help make it special for the kids at PENNY LANE. Drop over to http://www.thegalacticgateway.com/pl/ and see what items are needed. Like all kids, they want music, clothes, books. Help make this year a special one! Share your blessings with someone this year -- BE A SANTA.


Cast Picture Ten popular science fiction actors have donated their time, images and autographs for an exclusive photograph, the proceeds of which will go to charity. For sale through the actors themselves and at , the limited-edition photo is in color, edged in white and ready to place in an 11X14 frame, and handsigned. Each of the 1,000 limited edition photos comes embossed with a seal of authenticity and numbered. The photograph is now available for a pre-sale price of $100. After Sept 11, 2002, the price will go up to at least $125.00. Among the charities to benefit will be the Penny Lane home for abused children in Los Angeles, and various September 11 funds. The actors hope to raise more than $100,000 through the charity project. The Penny Lane Home is a residential facility for children who have been severely abused, physically, emotionally and sexually. Many have "fallen through the cracks" of the social service outreach programs, and Penny Lane is their last chance at escaping the abuse.

Actors in the photo include: Patricia Tallman, known best for her roles as Lyta Alexander in Babylon 5 and Barbara in Night of the Living Dead (1990) Vaughn Armstrong, who has portrayed more guest star aliens on Star Trek:TNG, DS9 and Voyager than any other actor in Star Trek history. Currently, he holds the recurring role of Admiral Maxwell Forrest on Enterprise, as well as at least eight other Guest Starring roles on board the new Trek series to date. Stephen Austin portrayed many bizarre alien creatures on Babylon 5. His most notable was the lovable Pak'ma'ra Ambassador. David Brooks is an accomplished artist as well as actor. He is best known to the sci fi community as Max Eilerson on the Babylon 5 spin off, Crusade. Jeffrey Willerth portrayed Ambassador Kosh and was Associate Producer of Babylon 5 Robin Atkin Downes, best known for his role of Byron in Babylon 5 Carrie Dobro, Dureena Nafeel in Crusade. Tim Choate was extremely popular on B5 as Zathras (and his brothers, all named Zathras). He also portrayed Pollack on Crusade. Beata Pozniak appeared as Babylon 5's Earth Alliance President Luchenko. Ed Wasser, the evil Mr. Morden on Babylon 5.

As a special promotion, the first 100 orders will receive a special gift: former Star Trek stunt coordinator, Dennis Madalone, has donated 100 copies of his single, "America, We Stand As One," to say thank you to the science fiction fans who purchase the charity photograph. To order the photo online, go to http://www.thegalacticgateway.com, click on shop, and search on the word charity.


Amazing Spiderman #46 AMAZING SPIDERMAN: Amazing Spider-Man #46 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art by John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna and a cover by Frank Cho. Amazing Spider-Man #46 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.


Smallville Comic From early reviews, this new comic book version of the WB's hit series SMALLVILLE should have been out last year as a way of introducing the series. However, if you like the series, this 64-page one shot out this week from DC might be enough to pull you in.


Coming November 20 -- The 90-card set includes Episodic Coverage, Character Cards, Welcome to Smallville Cards, Smallville Torch Cards, Heir to LuthorCorp Cards, Amazing Abilities Cards, and Destiny Cards.

Bonus cards include:

Autograph Cards: Six different cards: Jonathan Kent (John Schneider), Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson), Victoria Hardwick (Kelly Brook), Principal Kwan (Hiro Kanagawa), Dr. Steven Hamilton (Joe Morton).

Pieceworks Cards: Four different cards each featuring an embedded piece of costumes worn during Season One. The costumes are: Clark's t-shirt, Lana's jeans, Pete's t-shirt and Jonathan's plaid shirt.

Smallville High: A nine-card foil puzzle featuring Clark, Lex, Lana and the gang. (9 cards, inserted approximately 1:11 packs). 250 uncut mini-press sheets of this puzzle have been sequentially numbered and are available for collectors at a suggested retail price of $69.95.

Spring Formal: Six cards featuring characters in their formal dance attire. (6 cards, Appx. 1:17 packs).


CSI-Comic The first issue of IDW Publishing's CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION mini-series – based on the CBS television series -- will hit stands in January with two covers. Each of the five issues will ship with two covers: a regular edition by Ashley Wood and a "secret rare" photo cover that will showcase one actor per issue. IDW Publishing has not announced the number of "secret rare" covers they will produce but the covers will be distributed randomly throughout the entire print run. The first issue also features an exclusive interview with William Petersen discussing his role as Gil Grissom. The CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION mini-series will be written by Max Allan Collins, with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. Wood draw flashback and forensic sequences of the story.


Rising Stars Visitations Rising Stars TPB: Visitations will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Image Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Gary Frank, Christian Zanier and Keu Cha, inked by Jason Gorder and Livesay and colored by Liquid!, Matt Nelson, John Starr and Brett Evans. The issue is described as:

"Collected together for the first time are some of J. Michael Straczynski's most sought after Rising Stars stories. Including the rare zero issue with an additional 6-page story illustrated by Gary Frank, the limited 1/2 issue, and the very first Rising Stars Preview issue. Plus, added sketches and an all-new cover by Brent Anderson."

Rising Stars #20 RISING STARS: #20 The latest issue is on stands now.

Speaking of RISING STARS, Volume #1 of the series has been out for a while. Volume #2 is now available. If you missed any of the single issues of the series, you'll want to pick up the graphic novels that include 8 issues in a single bound copy.


Cult Times #86 Cult Times #86: David Boreanaz and Alexis Denisof talk about their lives on and off the set of ANGEL. With the prospects of STARGATE SG-1 coming to an end, Amanda Topping talks about her travels over the past six years. While Johnny Smith has been the focus of attention on DEAD ZONE, Sheriff Bannerman (Chris Bruno) has been there to keep things in line. Chris talks about the somewhat confused relationship he has on the series.

Starburst #292 Starburst #292: Starburst is 25! To celebrate, the magazine has two different covers - and a number of interesting interviews, including Brent Spiner, Joss Whedon, Anthony Montgomery and a look back on the world of 007! Spiner, who co-wrote the upcoming Star Trek movie, NEMESIS, takes a look at Data and his many interesting facets.

TV Zone Special #48 TV Zone Special #48: In this special issue, TV Zone looks about at 2002. Kevin Sorbo talks about moving from Hercules to Dylan Hunt on Andromeda. Dominic Keating plays Malcolm Reed, the weapons officer in ENTERPRISE. He talks about what this role has done for him. Malcolm-Jamal Warner talks about JEREMIAH and Luke Perry and Peter Stebbings put in their 2 cents as well.

Expose Special #21 Expose Special #21: There are a lot of new shows on the tube this year and this issue looks at a number of them -- including Firefly, Birds of Prey, Dinotopia, John Doe and Haunted. There are also articles about Charmed and 24, so don't miss this special issue.


For all those who submitted quotes and experiences to the Babylon 5 Book of Quotes, word from JMS is that the book, plus emails and suggestions, is being compiled now, and they're targeting February, the 10th anniversary of B5, for the publication date.














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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.


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

Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest header
Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



After B5 Ranger Bill created this toon for his website www.wondertemp.com, but wanted to share it with readers here at the Zocalo. Thanks Bill.


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.



Ranger Renee reports that she has a Babylon 5 chat group (for those of you over 30) at http://groups.msn.com/Babtrek30. It covers Babylon 5 and all of Star Trek. Drop on over and give it a peek.


REDEMPTION: Ranger Steve reports that a new discussion group has been created for the upcoming REDEMPTION convention. Redemption 03, 21-23 February 2003, Ashford, Kent, Celebrating 25 years of Blake's 7 and 10 years of Babylon 5. www.smof.com/redemption.


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 "Legend of the Rangers". Most of the cast was in attendance -- a great group of individuals.


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, Bill Mumy and Carrie Dobro 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.


There are a number of fabulous Babylon 5/Crusade Clubs around the world. Visit the B5 Fan Club page to see if there is a club near you. If you have a club that you would like to have listed, 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.

Massimo has sent an update for the B5 Fan Club in Italy. Founded in 1995, the club now has 230 members! In Italy, they have just seen the last two episodes from season five! Membership in the club includes: the club card, a poster, a personalized pen and four number of ISN Network the fanzine published by the club. The cost is Euro 20 for an year in Italy. Interested? Contact Massimo at mmartini@italway.it.


Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July of 2000 and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. The B5 Fan Club site, Thestation.com and it's store, 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.



November 23-30, 2002
Event : a week-long cruise to the Western Caribbean with at least 4 events designed especially for fans. There will be two seminars, a 90 minute private concert by Julie and an exclusive cocktail party. Cruise Line : Holland America Cruise Lines
B5 Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown
For more information, visit their website at http://www.swainworldcruises.com/.

Slanted Fedora, Indianapolis Area
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2002
Place: Indianapolis Marriott
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.

February 28-March 2, 2003
Place: Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
B5 Guests: Richard Biggs and Walter Koenig
Other Guests: Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Dina Meyer (Birds of Prey), Anthony Cistaro (Witchblade), Ted Raimi (Spider-Man, Xena: Warrior Princess), Robert Trebor (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Lani Tupu (Farscape), Xenia Seeburg (Lexx), Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers), Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H), and Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek). For more information, visit their website at http://www.megaconvention.com/.

Be sure to visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions featuring Babylon 5, Crusade and Legend of the Rangers cast members as guests.

If you would like to share your convention experience with your other Zocalo readers, send along a convention report. I will gladly post it for all to read. Got pictures? I'll post those as well.


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.


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:

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
VP for Marketing and Special Features
Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Bonnie Hammer, President
Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY. 10020-1513

Mr. Thomas Vitale
Senior VP of Acquisitions, Scheduling & Program-Planning


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, 2002

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