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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 23, 2001 4:26am

What's New

A ranger in the Philadelphia area reports that "Invoking Darkness" by Jeanne Cavelos is out! So keep your eye out for the new B5 novel. If you can't find it, let me know and I'll pick up a copy for you.

AMAZING SPIDERMAN: THANKS RANGER BILL in Florida. The extra copies of Amazing Spiderman arrived last night. I've already promised copies to people in Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. You are making a number of people very happy! Thanks for taking the time to get the extra copies of this special comic book. If you need an issue, drop me a line and let's talk.

I have gotten a few comments about JMS' "Amazing Spiderman #36" issue. It is phenominal -- so much emotion on the page. Everyone connected with this project should be SO proud of their work. This is an important book for everyone to read. I think JMS has expressed the feelings of a great number of people.

THE ZOCALO is back up and running. I'm not sure how long it was down yesterday, but it's great to have it back up and active again!

If the site goes down for a length of time, I'll try to let you all know – and go to our alternate site http://zocalo.multiservers.com/. We haven't had to use it in a while, but if the problems persist, I'll move new information out there. So stay tuned.

Ranger Randy has created a back-up forum that we can use in times of trouble here at ISN. The URL is http://www.babylon5.org.uk/bbs. We can stay in touch that way until problems are resolved.

The B5 Cast on TV page has been updated. Ranger Fredrica sends along wonderful information each week and I've added a few new people to the listing -- like Bruce McGill. He's a fantastic actor and is turning up all over!

JMS INTERVIEW: Part 3 of an interview with JMS is up at www.prevuemagazine.com. Be sure to drop over for a read when you have a chance.

I got a note yesterday from Amazon.com saying that "Delicate Creatures" had been cancelled. Bummer! I was looking forward to seeing what JMS had come up in this graphic novel.

Tye Bourdony from The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi, has sent in a report from last weekend's United Fan Con in Springfield, MA. There is a copy of a group photo and new toon on the Reports Page. Enjoy!

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.

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 23:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: Dark Angel 4.4; Enterprise 4.4; Smallville 4.1; Buffy 3.7; Charmed 3.1; Angel 2.6; Roswell 2.4, and Special Unit 2 2.3. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/29/01 - 11/4/01.

ROSWELL: Roswell has had an up-hill battle for the last couple of years. It was cancelled by the WB network but picked up by UPN for it's third season. Jason Katims, executive producer of the show, is awaiting word from the network on the order for the final nine episodes for the season. Ratings have not been good so far this year; competition has been steady from Smallville and NYPD Blue. The 10th episode is currently in production -- the first written by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, the editor and author who created the Roswell High young adult novels on which the series is based. "Parties," dealing with New Year's Eve celebrations, will air on Jan. 1.

GREEN HORNET: Variety reports that Miramax has picked up the film rights to "The Green Hornet," which was originally going to be distributed by Universal Pictures. The original radio drama was created in 1936 by Fran Striker and George Trendle. The Green Hornet told the story of Britt Reid, a newspaper mogul who was a crimefighter by night.

November 21:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: Andromeda 3.3; Mutant X 3.0; Stargate SG-1 3.0; Buffy 2.7; Earth: Final Conflict 2.2; The X-Files 2.2; 3rd Rock 2.1; John Edward 2.1; Invisible Man 1.5, and The Outer Limits 1.5. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/29/01 - 11/4/01.

EPOCH: On Saturday, November 24 at 9pm, SCIFI premieres an original drama which brings Ryan O'Neal back to the TV screen along with David Keith. O'Neal plays presidential science adviser Allen Lysander, who enlists the aid of weapons expert Mason Rand (Keith) to uncover the mystery of the structure that suddenly appears during a massive electrical storm and blankets the Earth with a huge shock wave. The film also stars James Avery, James Hong and Stephanie Niznik.

SAMARI JACK: With the success of animated films, Variety reports that the Cartoon Network's animated series Samurai Jack is headed to the big screen. Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema will develop both an animated film and a live-action feature to be directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 2). Series creator Genndy Tartakovsky will write the script and serve as animation director. Jack tells the story of a samurai warrior thrust into the future through the magic of an evil wizard.

HARRY POTTER: As predicted, Harry Potter shot past the $100 million mark yesterday and pulled in a total of $105 million in it's first five days after release. That ties Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace as the fastest trip to $100 million at the box office.

While the movie has not yet been released in China, there are reports of pirated movies already showing up in the black market. The movie was shot with a video camera.

November 20:
BOND 20: Pierce Brosnan talked to Showbiz Ireland recently as he was finishing up his current project, EVELYN. "BOND starts shooting on January 13th with a short break over Christmas." Will he do another Bond film after this one? His contract is up but he would like to continue. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

NEMESIS: The new Star Trek movie will begin production soon and as that date approaches, more information is coming out about who will be featured. Kate Mulgrew told an audience at the Philadelphia Slanted Fedora convention this last weekend that she will reprise the role of Janeway for the film, noting that she will be "ordering Picard around." Gates McFadden, also in attendance, revealed that Data (as played by Brent Spiner) may be getting a new look in the coming film.

WEST WING: You've seen the celebrity spots encouraging people to come see New York. Well, Washington, DC isn't far behind. Cast members from The West Wing are filming a 30-second public service announcement encouraging travel and tourism to Washington, D.C. Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe are expected to give personal appeals from the show's set in Los Angeles.

HARRY POTTER: Warner Bros. is predicting that Harry Potter will top the $100 million mark today -- it's fifth day after release.

STAR TREK: William Shatner is helping out with the upcoming Star Trek charity auction to aid those affected by the tragedies of September 11. Shatner has donated a DVD copy donated a copy of his new DVD, “Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime,” autographed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. “Mind Meld” is a new 75-minute documentary on the Star Trek phenomenon starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. To read more, go to http://www.syfyportal.com/article/?id=426. The auction begins December 1.

Robert Beltran hosts an annual charity ball in LA that benefits the Los Angeles Down Syndrome Association, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Half the Sky Foundation and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). This year, a lot of the Star Trek family gathered and there are some great photos available over at http://www.13thstreet.com/frame.cfm?src=http://www.13thstreet.com/scanner/contentcomm.cfm?epitaph=28FE92CE-9D22-4499-A930B9A493B1325A&C_S=D&C_T_B=TTZ&M_T=O&C_T_P=W.

November 19:
RATINGS: Top 10 SciFi Channel Shows: The Faculty 1.4; Prophecy 2 1.1; Prophecy 3 1.1; Village of the Damned 1.1; Komodo 1.0; Cherry Falls 0.9; Farscape 0.8; Nightmare 3 0.8; Alligator 2 0.7, and The Outer Limits 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/29/01 - 11/4/01.

HARRY POTTER: Everyone knew it would be BIG! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone conjured up a record $93.5 million over the weekend, surpassing the three-day $72.1 million record held by 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park. On just Friday alone, the boy wizard earned $30 million, marking the biggest one-day total ever.

BUFFY: Here's a great way to spend part of your Thanksgiving. FX is having a Buffy marathon. They will air 14 episodes selected by fans.

If you enjoyed hearing Anthony Stewart Head's voice on the musical episode of Buffy a few weeks ago, the actor is releasing a record called "Music for Elevators" with musical partner, George Sarah. The CD is currently available for pre-order on the web, although it won't officially be released by CMH Records until later this year.

STAR WARS: Rumors are afoot about George Lucas adding footage to the original Star Wars films, "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi." The E! News channel reports that anothe re-release could come in the middle of this decade, possibly after "Episode III" is released.

PHANTOM MENACE: The movie will air next Sunday night on Fox, starting at 7pm ET!


Legend of the Rangers

OK, we've gotten word that SCIFI will have trading cards and downloadable flyers available for us beginning November 26. I know there are a number of you out there who would like to help promote the movie, but don't have color printers or ways to reproduce the materials. Not to worry!

There are a number of us who can help out in this regard. Let's see who has what at their disposal and if we pull our resources, I think we can really promote the movie. If you would like to volunteer to run off some flyers or make window decals, send me your name, e-mail address and where you live. If we get enough people to volunteer, we can divide up the US so that postage to send materials out isn't too horrific.

If you want to help in spreading the word, send me your name, e-mail address and where you live, along with what you will do to spread the word about the "Legend of the Ranger" movie. We can then decide on what sort of materials to send along to you.

If you have ideas of where flyers should be posted, drop that information along to me as well. Comic book stores, libraries, and college campuses would be great, but if you have some other places where we could catch the eye of people, let's share those ideas with everyone here.

We only have a week to get organized, so send in your information now so that we can get moving as soon as materials are out at SCIFI.

More information from SCIFI on promotions:

Starting November 26, SCIFI will be launching a massive online campaign, so be sure to look for RANGERS interactive trading cards and downloadable flyers. Enjoy the cards and flyers yourself, e-mail them to fellow B5 fans, or send them to potential new B5 fans! If you're really keen to help promote RANGERS, print the flyers for distribution at your local record store, fan convention, college student forum and community center or in any other high-traffic areas.

Here is the latest press release from SCIFI about their efforts to promote the upcoming "Legend of the Rangers" movie on January 19:

The SCI FI Channel has named one Babylon 5 fan in each of the top five TV markets an honorary Ranger to promote SCI FI's upcoming original movie Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, the network announced. That fan's car will be "wrapped" with the B5 logo and an ad for the movie, and the honorary Ranger will get to spread the word. Fans were selected in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

SCI FI Channel President Bonnie Hammer will have her own personal vehicle wrapped as well, in a show of solidarity with the fans. Photographs of the drivers and their newly tricked-out B5 vehicles in front of landmarks will be posted on SCIFI.COM.

SCI FI is also sending Rangers T-shirts to B5 fans who are planning on attending screenings of the upcoming first Lord of the Rings movie on Dec. 19. SCI FI is asking the fans to wear the specially designed shirts to promote the telefilm.

The fans were all chosen based on their responses to a SCIFI.COM message and for registering on the official Rangers Web site. Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers will debut on SCI FI on Jan. 19, 2002, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The fan campaign kicks off the week of Dec. 10, and the cars will be unwrapped shortly after the film's premiere.


SCIFI has begun scheduling chats with "Legend of the Ranger" cast members.

Here is the schedule:
Thursday, November 29, 9:00 PM ET - Dylan Neal ("David Martel")
Thursday, December 6, 9:00 PM ET - Dean Marshall ("Malcolm Bridges")
Thursday, December 13, 9:00 PM ET - Warren T. Takeuchi ("Kitaro")

To join the chat, go to www.scifi.com/chat and join in the conversation. SCIFI should have a transcript of the chat in a few days for those who can not make the chat.

Mark these dates on your calendar. There are two very talented actors and I'm sure they will be fun to talk with.

A reader pulled together a transcript of Alex's chat the other night at SCIFI. You can read it at:

An HTML version of the chat is listed at:


Yes, it's that time of year again. Pat Tallman (Lyta from B5) has interviewed all the children at Penny Lane and does she have a list to fill!!!! To make it easy, this year she has opened up a new site, www.beasanta.org. Check out what the children at Penny Lane have told Pat they would like to have this year for Christmas. There are a lot of really easy items there, so pick one and let Pat know what you are taking care of for which child.

If you would like me to pick up gift certificates for you again this year, just let me know what size gift certificate you would like and I'll gladly start making my own list. Last year, we sent off Tower and Target certificates to about 20 children. This year, let's do bette! Tower Records was still hot, but there are requests for Target, Gap, JC Penneys as well. I'm willing to do the leg work for you this year, just let me know how you want to help. These kids do indeed need to know people care about them and this is a superb way of showing them that Christmas can be as special for the giver as it is for the receiver of a gift.

So put on your Santa hat and get busy!


Here is the press release from DelRey on Jeanne Cavelos' next B5 novel:

The explosive confrontation between one techno-mage and the evil power that spawned him

Invoking Darkness Babylon 5: Invoking Darkness
Book 3 of The Passing of the Techno-Mages Trilogy
By Jeanne Cavelos

In Babylon 5: Invoking Darkness (Del Rey; $6.99), third volume of the best-selling Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy, World Fantasy Award winner Jeanne Cavelos brings the mages' story to a shocking climax.

The techno-mages are a mysterious order of humans and aliens implanted with extremely advanced technology that allows them to perform acts that seem magical. In Book 2, the dark secret of the techno-mages was revealed: their implants are provided by an ancient, evil race--the Shadows. By programming the implants to further their agenda, the Shadows have made the mages into agents of chaos and destruction.

Now the Shadows have engulfed the galaxy in war. As billions die and the flames of destruction rage unchecked, the Shadows seem poised for absolute victory. The mages, determined not to aid the Shadows, have withdrawn to a hiding place. Among them is Galen, who burns for revenge against the treacherous mage Elizar, who joined the Shadows and killed Galen's love. At last Galen wins permission to leave the hiding place and kill Elizar and two other enemies. Though the galaxy is being torn apart by bloody conflict, he is not to interfere in the Shadows' war; he is not to use his great spell of destruction against the mages' creators.

As Galen re-enters a war-torn galaxy, he must hold tightly to control. As much as he wants to strike against the Shadows, who infected him with the seeds of chaos and destruction, he knows that giving into those urges will only further the Shadows' ends. But once the Shadows learn of his presence, they have their own plans for Galen. In a desperate, apocalyptic battle, there's no telling who will be the victor. Or if there will be any survivors at all.

The Babylon 5 novels of Jeanne Cavelos have been highly praised by readers and critics as the best in this series, and as "real books," not TV tie-in knock-offs. Cavelos's readers include fans of the TV show and those who have never seen the show, but who love her compelling, page-turning stories.

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.



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.


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

- 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.


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.

** Bruce at www.uncomyngifts.com also has the calendar. So you have two places where you can pick up this great calendar for 2002!


Rather than a "new" topic this week, let's expand last week's topic. Since many of you sent in stories about your favorite B5 collectible, let's see what you consider your fondest "or most memorable" B5 memory. Was it the first time you met JMS or a cast member? Your first kiss from (Pat, Mira, Claudia, Bruce, Jerry)? Was it the first time you realized how much you loved Babylon 5 and couldn't wait for the next episode to air?

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.


CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Claudia's episode of "Relic Hunter" is on this week. Check your local listings to see when it will air in your town.

GARY COLE: Ranger Spongy Bob reports that Gary Cole was in the first episode of the new Justice League show on Cartoon network. He didn't notice until the end credits. His character was an astronaut that lands on Mars, and discovers something. Then, years later he is a senator.

MIRA FURLAN: Mira appeared as a marvelous villain on "Sheena" this week. I hope you had a chance to see it.

PAT TALLMAN: Pat Tallman is on this week's episode of "Sheena". Steven L. Sears, creator and co-executive producer of Sheena, said "She's an interesting villain."


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.


StarLog #293 STARLOG #293: While Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Enterprise dominate many of the SF magazines this month, StarLog has an article for B5 fans. Frank Garcia talks with Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik, Richard Biggs, Marjorie Monaghan, Julie Caitlin Brown & Carrie Dobro in a jam interview.

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!


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.


BABYLON 5's Schedule: 7pm each evening:

Air Date Title

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

Dec. 3 Sic Transit Vir
Dec. 4 A Late Delivery from Avalon
Dec. 5 Ship of Tears
Dec. 6 Interludes and Examinations

Dec. 10 War Without End - Part 1
Dec. 11 War Without End - Part 2
Dec. 12 Walkabout
Dec. 13 Grey 17 Is Missing

Dec. 17 And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place
Dec. 18 Shadow Dancing
Dec. 19 Z'Ha'Dum
Dec. 20 The Hour of the Wolf

Dec. 26 Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?
Dec. 27 The Summoning

** January is going to be Babylon 5 month at SCIFI. Ahead on their schedule is not only the "Legend of the Rangers" telemovie, but several B5 movies as well. As the dates get closer, I'll post the schedule.


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.



Here is a comment from a reader I got this morning. I think it states very well how people will feel when they read this book:

I read the Amazing Spider-Man #36 and it is ... incredible. There are really no words to describe it and it absolutely must be read by anyone and everyone. I had to read it twice in one sitting because of the tears the first time. JMS has outdone himself and it must have been hard for everyone who was involved with making it. I really admire what JMS says and how he says it.

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!


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!


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.


OTTAWA: Ranger Dave is trying to start up a B5 group in Toronto. He has asked me to post this information to see who is in the area and interested in getting together:

I live in the area of Toronto, Ontario and am starting up a sci fi/fantasy club/group and am looking for members. I am hoping any members who join will be more than just Trek & B5 fans. Our meetings will be at least once a month in the area of downtown Toronto on Sunday afternnons. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 18th at 1:45pm. If your interested, need more info and or have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at akalel@hotmail.com.

SYDNEY: Amanda, a member of the club 'Friends of Science Fiction' in Sydney, Australia, dropped a note to say that they will host an event with Marjean Holden on September 9. More information can be found on the convention calendar. If you are in beautiful Sydney, you may want to check out the Club. It meets at: Lidcombe Catholic Club; John St; Lidcombe. If you have questions, drop Amanda a note at Amanda_Beachcroft@msn.com.au.

There are a number of fabulous Babylon 5/Crusade Clubs around the world. I'd like to begin listing them here on The Zocalo Today. Eric dropped me a note the other day providing information about a Club in France. I know there are other clubs in Brazil, Germany, Russia -- and who knows how many here in the US. Let's get a listing together. Perhaps we can share resources, even get together as we travel around. Drop the information about your Club to me at sgbruckner@aol.com or bruckner@isnnews.net. That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.


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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 .


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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