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The Zocalo Today

Welcome and thank you for dropping 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.

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The Zocalo Today is a newsletter for Babylon 5 and science fiction fans everywhere. It is as much YOUR newsletter as it is mine! I'm just pulling together things for you!

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Saturday, December 11, 2004:

At the CineAsia movie convention in Bangkok, Thailand, director Peter Jackson took the wraps off some of the models and sketches he's using for the giant-ape movie and spoke passionately about his motivation for remaking the classic. Variety reported, "It's not a love story; it's a story about love." KING KONG is currently being shot at his studios in Wellington, New Zealand. Jackson aims to portray the 25-foot gorilla as an "absolutely believable creature" who bears the scars of many battles. As for the romantic angle, Jackson said he will show King Kong as a brutal creature who for the first time in his life feels empathy for another creature (the character played by Naomi Watts). Jackson said, "We will play on the similarities between the jungle of the New York skyscrapers and the jungle where King Kong lives."

According to Variety, Matthew Vaughn is negotiating to direct the feature-film version of the classic TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Brothers. John Davis will produce, with Warners-based producer Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road Productions. The series, which ran on NBC from 1964-68, featured the espionage adventures of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who fight the forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity). The show was produced by MGM Television and starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Warners inherited the rights from Turner Broadcasting, which acquired them from MGM. Lynn Harris will oversee for Warners. Matthew Vaughn, who produced the Guy Ritchie films "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch," directed the Brit gangster film "Layer Cake."

Fantastic Four FANTASTIC FOUR:
More news from the set of the FANTASTIC FOUR movie. Special effects supervisor, Kurt Williams, said that the Human Torch is "one of the most challenging characters I've ever done" to bring to life. "We have to bring a flaming man onto the screen that doesn't look animated," Williams said. "It has to feel like he's really on fire. "In order to do that, we've had to create different stages of his development, where, in the very beginning of the movie, he snaps his fingers and flame shoots up. It starts very small, and that's going to feel like an actual flame element that doesn't necessarily take over his body." "When he goes super nova, it's going to be very white hot. What happens is the heat will come off his hands, for instance, and like a solar flare off of the sun, as it lives off the hot surface, in the case of Johnny, that heat will be exposed to oxygen and then will create flame, just out from the surface of his hand."

To see what has been happening this week in science fiction, go to News Page.



8:30 on HBO
Mystic River
Childhood friends find themselves thrust back together by the murder of one of their children. Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn) is assigned to the case along with his partner (Laurence Fishburne). In the wake of the sudden and terrible loss of his daughter, Jimmy's mind becomes consumed with revenge and his own plans to find the killer even though the journey may cause him to do harm to his friend Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins).

10:00 on CBS
Without a Trace
Hawks and Handsaws
Malone theorizes that a missing defense attorney is delusional.


Jurassic Park
Experts and others are invited to a theme-park site featuring dinosaurs man-made from DNA.

Mission: Impossible
Treachery in Prague puts lone agent on the run.

Part 2 of 2: The Weight
Dylan and Rhade pick up a distress signal from Beka only to find her scheming with a trade mogul.

Mutant X
Nothing to Fear
Henry Voight practices mind control on the members of Mutant X to punish them for his wife's death.

Stargate SG-1
Part 2 of 2: Homecoming
Anubis threatens to tear apart Jonas' home planet and enslave its people.

The Twilight Zone
Eye of the Beholder; Developing
A woman undergoes plastic surgery, but when she recovers she makes a horrific discovery.


Peter Woodward - Galen Finally -- news is popping up all over the internet about this project JMS has been hinting at for about a year. According to Production Weekly, the movie will begin filming next April in the United Kingdom under the direction of Steven Beck. Here is how the project is described:

"The technology of the ancient and extinct Shadow race is being unleashed upon the galaxy by an unknown force, and Earthforce intelligence officer Diane Baker, whose brother was recently killed in a mysterious explosion, is out to find out who is behind the intergalactic conspiracy. Joining her in her investigation is Galen, a techno-mage who has been charged with keeping the technology out of the hands of those who would abuse it."

No word on whether we'll see Peter Woodward back as Galen -- but that would be awesome! In October, JMS wrote: "...Oh, and for the first time in five years, there is an office somewhere in England with the words Babylon 5 on the door..." So we'll have to wait to see if JMS will give us more information on this soon. I sure hope so.


From the B5 moderated newsgroup, here is an update from JMS on his various projects:

The latest issues of Supreme Power and Amazing Spider-Man came out this past week, and I'm very happy with them, especially Supreme Power. The next issue coming out has probably the most brutal and realistic fight I've ever done in this area, it really shows what would happen in this kind of situation, with these sorts of individuals. The first two trade paperback collections of Supreme Power have also come out, availble at for those who'd like to catch up on the story.

I've turned in the first issues of two books that Marvel has asked me to write, which I'll have to wait for them to announce publicly -- one's a regular ongoing title and the other is a six issue mini -- and we're about halfway through the art on Dream Police, which Mike Deodato is drawing. (It looks gorgeous, by the way.) And I'm three issues in on The Book of Lost Souls, also for Marvel.

"But in Purple..."?
Slight delay due to a shift in publishers, but I should have some info soon about when that will be coming out.

TV (if any)?
Not at the moment. There are two times a year when show-runner types get hired: in March and April to produce pilots when the scripts have come in, and in July/August to pitch new series. So that window will open next in the spring.

Since it's no longer an issue, because the show was not picked up, the series I'd mentioned that had come to me to talk about coming aboard as an EP was Warren Ellis' Global Frequency. I'd met with the people involved, been approved by the network, went by to meet Warren during filming in Vancouver, who seemed like a very nice sort, and was waiting for the next round of serious conversations...but the show has not been picked up by WB. I know they're shopping it elsewhere, so we'll see, but for now, at least, that's that. (I have to say, by the way, that the pilot script is probably the smartest script I've ever read. It could really be one hell of a series.)

One last aside, on a long term project...a certain known film writer/director was recently asked by a particular studio to do a series using an established character. This person is a big fan of B5 as well as a friend, so a call came to me to ask if I wanted in on this. I said hell yes. I can't say much else about it, because a) it wouldn't be appropriate and b) things can still fall out, though that's doubtful at this stage (negotiations have formally begun with the studio), but if it does go ahead, the plan is to write the whole first season over the course of 2005, shoot in the spring of 2006 for a fall 2006 debut. There are reasons why we'd have to write the whole thing first that will become clear once I can explain what the character is. Again, I dont want folks to get too excited about this, because this is a weird business and this is the one town where hope can kill you, but if it goes ahead as discussed, it could be massively cool.

Animation (just covering all bases)?
Warners came to me last year about a possible B5 animated series, but I don't think it's going to go anywhere. This happens every couple of years.

Shared Universe?
They've picked the first writer for the Distant Stars series of books, but I don't know where things stand yet on the first novel. That reminds me, I have to check in and see how that's going.

The preliminary copies of Tribulation (the last of my original novels bring reprinted by iBooks/Simon and Schuster) came in last week, so it should be coming out soon. That puts all of my novels now back in print: Demon Night, OtherSyde, and Tribulations, with Straczynski Unplugged also available, all on

and....whatever it is that you're not able to tell us about this week?
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (the Canadian equivalent of the BBC) will be producing my radio drama series The Adventures of Apocalypse Al. I'll be co-directing with their people up in Toronto. It's a series of 5 five-minute dramas per day, for four weeks, recapped in half-hour installments on the weekends, for a total of two hours. It's comedy/action, very noir, with a supernatural bent. The script is all done, so now we just get to have fun. (Like all CBC productions, it'll be syndicated worldwide, to the BBC and elsewhere, as well as released on CD down the road, for those not living in Canada.) I'm *really* looking forward to this because I love the radio drama form, and this could be a lot of fun.

Finally, because there is a lot of stuff that's going to be popping this coming year, I've decided to end my hermit period and barnstorm a number of conventions in 2005. I didn't do any this year, not counting the NJ fund-raiser, and only one or two the last few years before. I opted out because I'm much more comfortable talking about the work and what's going on than just appearing as myself, and because I view the cult of personality thing pretty much the way G'Kar did, with a jaundiced eye at best. Because of B5 and everything else, it all just kind of got too big, and I had to withdraw for a while or risk losing perspective.

So there will be FedCon in Bonn, Germany, the Comics Expo in Bristol England, and a bucket of comics conventions here in the US. I may also do a few non-comics cons, depending on what comes along, before ducking back into my shell for another couple of years.

And that's that for now.


There is so little on these days to watch, I wonder how people are filling their spare time. What do you enjoy watching – and why? Do you like the range of CSI series? They are very well written – or do you go more for SMALLVILLE or LOST?

Send in your thoughts and comments to and I will post them on the Discussion Page for everyone to share and enjoy. See what has come in so far. If you see an old topic you want to respond to, go right ahead. We enjoy hearing from you.


ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES: Robin and his lady love, Michelle, tied the knot on November 6. If you would like to leave a note of congratulations for Robin and Michelle, drop over to The Galactic Gateway and drop a note in the forum.

STEPHEN AUSTIN: Stephen Austin Stephen Austin, the wonderful Pak'Ma'Ra Ambassador of Babylon 5 has safely returned from his tour of the Middle East to entertain troops there.

Here is a link where you can see more of Stephen's tour of Afghanistan and other ports of call in the Middle East.

Stephen Austin Photo Album

Stephen is taking his stand-up comedy routine on the road. Here is his schedule for December.

Wed., December 15, 8:00pm
The HaHa Cafe
5010 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Tel: (818) 508-4995

Fri., Dec. 17th, 2004, 8pm
The WestEnd Theatre
Los Alamitos,CA
Call: 559-224-9800

December 18-19, 2004
Lightspeed Fine Art The Sun and Sail Club
Lake Fortest, CA

Tues., Dec. 21st, 2004 -8pm
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Call: 760-729-6951

December 31, 2004
Lancaster, CA

JEFFREY WILLERTH: Jeffrey's show on UFO Files: Cattle Mutilation aired last night on the History Channel. For more information, look at the listing for 11/29 on . Hopefully this will be rebroadcast.

BILL MUMY: Bill's band, The Jenerators will ROCK IN THE NEW YEAR with Special Surprise Guest Stars
SATURDAY - December 31, 2004
RUSTY'S SURF RANCH on the Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California
CALL 310-393-7437
The Jenators are: Bill Mumy, Gary Stockdale, David Jolliffe, Chris Ross

BEATA POZNIAK: Beata portrayed President Susanna Luchenko on Babylon 5. She is now featured in the award winning "Freedom From Despair", a shocking documentary that reveals the true stories of the Croatian People's struggle to overcome oppression from communist Yugoslavia and the 1990's fight to save their war ravaged homeland. Narrated by John Savage (Summer of Sam) with voice-overs by Michael York (The Omega Code) and edgy Polish actress Beata Pozniak (The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service). More info:

MIRA FURLAN ON LOST: Mira Furlan (Delenn) has been cast as a recurring character on LOST named Danielle Rousseau. Her first episode will be "Solitary" which will probably air on November 17th. She joins DANIEL DAE KIM (Lt. Matheson from Crusade) on LOST.
"Disi duboko" ("Take a Deep Breath") the film that Mira Furlan shot in Belgrade during the summer of 2003 is going to be aired at the Serbian Film Festival in Sydney, Melbourne & Perth, Australia. For more information, go to

SPECIAL CAST ACTIVITIES: To learn more about what cast members are doing away from the tube, go to CAST ACTIVITIES page.


Be A Santa-Pat Each year, Pat Tallman tries to bring a little laughter and hope to children at the PENNY LANE facility. Patty's BE A SANTA program gathers games, gifts and money to make this happen.Pat wants to again make sure that every child at the PENNY LANE receives a Christmas gift. Please go to The Galactic Gateway for more details. You can help Pat make the holiday very special for these kids in need.


Richard Biggs For those of you just coming to the site for the first time, this may be a shock, but Richard Biggs, the wonderful Dr. Stephen Franklin on Babylon 5, died on May 22 of an brain anyerism. There are many efforts underway to help with his two small children. Be sure to go to the Richard Biggs Memorial Page for more information.
A memorial fund has been set up for Richard's two small sons. Donations can be sent to:
For the benefit of the sons of Richard James Biggs II
Washington Mutual Bank
840 N. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502


Tim Choate Tim Choate, the wonderful Zathras on Babylon 5, was killed when he was struck by a car while going to a play rehearsal on his motorcycle. A memorial fund has been set up in lieu of flowers for Tim. The address for the memorial fund is:

The Tim Choate Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 861355
Los Angeles, CA 90086

Proceeds will be placed in an educational trust for Flynn, who is 4 years old.


Mary Woronov (Kka'Dath) - December 8
Sarah Douglas (Jha'Dur) - December 12
Kim Holly - December 25
Dark Hoffman - December 28
John C. Flinn III - December 28

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.



Crusade Warner Bros Home Video has announced that the Babylon 5 spinoff, Crusade will hit DVD on December 7. The series stars Peter Woodward, Gary Cole, Marjean Holden, Tracy Scoggins, Daniel Dae Kim, David Allen Brooks and Carrie Dobro. This 13 episode series (576 mins) will be released in a 4 disc set, and carries a suggested price of $59.98 US. It'll contain an English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The video will be presented in the original aspect ratio: 1.33:1. We have little information on the special features, just that there will be audio commentaries and a documentary.

For those of you not familiar with CRUSADE, here is a synopsis of the plot:
In 2267 the Earth is quarantined, having been infected with a deadly plague by an attacking alien force. Scientists estimate that it will kill every inhabitant within 5 years, not nearly enough time for a cure to be developed. So the planet's only hope lies with the Excalibur, an advanced prototype starship sent out to search ancient alien ruins for their former inhabitant's secrets, hoping that somewhere out there a cure can be found.

For more information on the BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE DVDs, go to Babylon 5 DVDs Page.


Carnivale Winner of Five Emmy Awards
Carnivàle: The Complete First Season
Arrives Exclusively on DVD from HBO Video, December 7, 2004

Additional DVD Content Includes “Making of Carnivàle” Featurette and Audio Commentary Featuring Creator Dan Knauf, Executive Producer Howard Klein and Directors Rodrigo Garcia and Jeremy Podeswa

For more information about this wonderful series, go to Season two begins on January 9 at 9:00pm

For more information and trailers from The WB to watch, go to the Carnivale Page.


MATRIX lovers! Your perfect Christmas gift will arrive on December 7.
With Over 35 Hours of Extras Highlighted by Five All-New DVDs Featuring Never-Before-Seen Bonus Materials Including Over 100 New Featurettes, New Commentaries, Enter The Matrix Videogame Footage and More!

For video clips from Warner Bros, go to The Matrix


On September 14, Warner Bros released to DVD - THX-1138. Made in 1971, THX 1138 marked the stunning debut of one of the screen's most innovative filmmakers and was produced by Francis Ford Coppola and his revolutionary American Zoetrope studios. Produced at the height of the American independent movement, THX 1138 stars Robert Duvall in a thought-provoking and visually rich exploration of a theme that would repeat itself throughout Lucas's career: One man's quest to realize his own potential amid an oppressive society.

For more information about the film, click on THX-1138 Press Release. Warner Bros has provided a number of video clips for your enjoyment -- in a variety of formats to suit whatever connection you have to the internet.


Stargate Season 7 Some of the DVD Features:
22 episodes on five discs: Fallen, Homecoming, Fragile Balance, Orpheus, Revisions, Lifeboat, Enemy Mine, Space Race, Avenger 2.0, Birthright, Evolution Part 1, Evolution Part 2, Grace, Heroes Part 1, Heroes Part 2, Fallout, Death Knell, Resurrection, Chimera, Inauguration, Lost City Part 1, Lost City Part 2

Commentaries for each episode by the directors, cast, and crew
SG-1 Director's Series featurettes: Fragile Balance, Space Race, Avenger 2.0, Death Knell, Lost City
SG-1 Beyond the Gate featurettes: Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping
Photo galleries
Fan club spot
Limited-time offer: bonus disc with two featurettes related to the new series Stargate Atlantis


Ranger Mark was Dragon-Con's OFFICIAL videographer for 1998 and 1999. He has pulled together a series of interviews from various conventions over the past 10 years available and they are now available on e-bay. This includes footage from Dragon-Con with Peter Jurasik hosting the Dawn Look a Like Contest , and 2 panels of the B5ers, one all women the other the men. There is now a 2-hour tape devoted to BABYLON 5 cast members, including two interviews with the late Richard Biggs.

Mark's Ebay page is and his text page is If you are interested, drop over and give this a look-see.

For those of us who have enjoyed going to DragonCon over the last few years, these tapes will be especially enjoyable. They will bring back memories -- that can be shared.


Cult Times Special #32 Cult Times Special #32: Looking back on 2004, and forward to 2005! This issue includes previews of Andromeda, Boston Legal, Charmed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Dead Like Me, Desperate Housewives, Joan of Arcadia, Las Vegas, Lost, Scrubs, Smallville, Star Trek: Enterprise and Without a Trace.

Expose Special #27 Expose Special #27: This 100-page yearbook takes a look back at the past year of science fiction and fantasy. LORD OF THE RINGS, ANGEL, LOST, CHARMED -- all this and more in this issue.

Cult Times #111 Cult Times #111: STARGATE SG-1 - Amanda Tapping (Col. Carter) gives us the scoop on the remainder of season eight. STARGATE Executive producer Brad Wright talks about handling both SG-1 and ATLANTIS. CHARMED executive producer, Brad Kern, discusses the ups and downs of the new, seventh, season of the mystical show

Starburst #318 Starburst #318: BLADE: TRINITY - The man behind the Blade movies, David Goyer, talks about the challenges involved in writing and directing the unholy Vampire trinity. Sir Sean Connery talks about the role of the greatest secret agent ever, as well as taking a look back at his recent work in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. ANDROMEDA's Kevin Sorbo gives a tour of the show’s new set and you'll find out how he feels about being a man of action.

TV Zone #183 TV Zone #183: With BATTLESTAR GALACTICA coming to SCIFI in January, this issue has an interview with Jamie Bamber, the new Captain Apollo. Bamber talks about his approach to keeping the fleet safe from the Cylons, and how his off-screen relationship with lead Edward James Olmos is a little happier than his character’s strained relations with his father. You'll also find articles on FARSCAPE, ANDROMEDA and SPACE ODYSSEY.

Expose #90 Expose #90: JOAN OF ARCADIA: JOAN's Amber Tamblyn lets everyone in on her views on religion, success and politics… and how they can combine to make life an obstacle course. Also featured in this issue, articles on LOST, DEAD LIKE ME and CHARMED.

Starlog Magazine StarLog: The current issue of STARLOG has a great feature about the latest FARSCAPE: PEACEKEEPER WARS. You'll also find a wonderful article on Richard Biggs -- our beloved Dr. Stephen Franklin. There are some great pictures as well.

TV Zone Special #60 TV Zone Special #60: Claudia Black talks about returning to FARSCAPE -- and her guest role in Season 8 of STARGATE SG-1. The Year in TV Zone -- Extensive 12-page review of the highs and lows from the world of Cult Television, looking back on the past year of TV Zone…

Starburst Special #66 Starburst Special #66: In this issue, Mandy Patinkin talks about his role as Rube, the leader of the somewhat- less-than-grim band of Reapers from DEAD LIKE ME. Neil Gaiman, author of the SANDMAN stories turns director and talks about bringing his newest project, Death – The High Cost of Living to the big screen. And more from the land of the living, Atlantis star Rachel Luttrell tells us about developing her role as a feisty freedom fighter battling vampiric creatures in the new series.

DreamWatch #4 Dreamwatch USA #4: The U.S. edition: This month you will find interviews with Tru Calling star Eliza Dushku, taking a look at the sequel to The Mask, Son of The Mask, and stepping aboard the final Stargate SG-1 mission of season eight! Plus, all the latest from your favorite TV shows!

Smallville #3 Smallville Issue #3: In Smallville Magazine this month we are joined by everyone's favorite girl next door, Lana Lang! Actress Kristin Kreuk will be telling us all about life, love, and Smallville. In the latest edition of The Torch we'll be keeping you up-to-date with the most up-to-the-minute Smallville news. We'll be unearthing the dark secrets of LuthorCorp and John Glover reveals how Lionel Luthor is coping with life behind bars! Plus there's a free, gorgeous Lana Lang poster! (Titan) (CAUT: 4)

NEWSSTAND COVER..........$5.99

Stargate Issue #1 Stargate Issue #1: This is the launch of Stargate SG-1 the official magazine! Follow the missions, exploits, and adventures of the U.S. Air Force special operations team SG-1. In the first issue we'll have exclusive interviews with cast and crew, tour the set, and learn the secrets behind the special effects! Plus, get the inside story on Season 8 and meet the Stargate: Atlantis team! (Titan) (CAUT: 4)

Magazine, 68pgs, FC..........$6.99



Packed with exclusive interviews with Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) and Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), plus unseen photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, a complete episode guide, and insights into the world of Smallville, with excerpts from the town newspaper and even a look at the mysterious LexCorp, this authorized companion reveals everything fans need to know about the hit WB television series, Smallville.


Are you looking for Babylon 5 merchandise? Would you like to possess some of the wonderful patches or pins sold by the B5 Fan Club? Do you want to put in an order for the latest DVD? Bruce at Uncomyn Gifts still has one of the best collections around. Check out You may just find the magazine or t-shirt or patch you are looking for.


To Dream In the City of Sorrows DelRey is reprinting the original Babylon 5 novels. They started with #7 - Jeanne Cavelos' THE SHADOW WITHIN. Here's one I've been waiting for -- Kathryn Drennan's TO DREAM IN THE CITY OF SORROWS. The release date is scheduled for July 29, 2003. I love the new cover art! It can be pre-ordered from For those of you who love Babylon 5, this one reads just like an episode from the series. You just can't put it down.


Stargate SG-1 Trading Cards STARGATE SG-1 SEASON 7 CARDS
This 72-card base set features three cards per episode for each of the 22 Season 7 episodes. Signers include Christopher Judge, Teryl Rothery, Don Davis, Jolene Blalock, Anna Louise Plowman, William Devane, Robert Picardo, and more! Also available is the official album, custom-designed to store the entire collection, including plastic pages, bonus promo card, and an exclusive autograph card. 5 cards per pack. 40 packs per box.


Inkworks announces the first ever Buffy/Angel cross-over trading card series: Spike: The Complete Story. For the first time, we'll be able to tell the complete story of how “William the Bloody” evolved into fan-favorite Spike! The 72-card series features “Becoming Spike,” the sequential story as told throughout the seasons of Buffy and Angel; “Ladies' Man,” “Bloody Pains,” and “Spike Speak.” Autograph cards by James Marsters and others to be announced, nine-card puzzle “Heart & Soul” featuring original painted artwork by renowned fantasy artist Boris Vallejo, six-card “Spike + Buffy” - the love/hate/love story fans crave! Plus two special Pieceworks cards featuring the infamous leather coat Spike wore throughout the Buffy and Angel series - one card commemorating the Buffy series, and one card commemorating the Angel series! A special card featuring the original painting and individually autographed by Boris Vallejo is randomly inserted into the packs. Also available is the collector's album and the "Heart & Soul" uncut mini-press sheet! 6 cards per pack. 36 packs per box.


CSI: Secret Identity, a five-issue mini-series by writer Steven Grant and artsts Gabriel Rodgriguez and Steven Perkins, launches in February from IDW Publishing.
Here's how IDW describes the series:
"There is nothing routine about murder and death. Each body leaves its own fingerprint and trail of clues. That's why the CSI team treats every one like it was the first murder they investigated.
"When a tourist is murdered in a cheap off-strip motel, the investigation seems surprisingly routine‹but there's nothing routine about any murder, especially when things get complicated by a missing videotape and an imploded Vegas casino.
"The trail of evidence points to a man who died twice and left two different corpses, immersing Gil Grissom and the CSI team in a quagmire of deceit and treachery that stretches back 20 years--and still threatens them today."
"This is the first chance I've had to write about Las Vegas since I moved here, and so much more goes on here than most people realize," Grant said. "It's the most unique city in the world, a place where dreams and passions collide daily, a place where chance rules, and I really wanted to get that aspect across. Though I'm no stranger to crime fiction, it's an exciting challenge to measure up to the best crime show on network TV. So I've tried to amp things up a notch or two. The story will keep readers guessing, just like it keeps the CSI team guessing."

STARGATE Daniel's Song Daniel's Song Daniel's Song Daniel's Song STARGATE SG-1: DANIEL'S SONG #1

Written by James Anthony, art by Jorge Correa, cover by Lucio Rubira.
The SG1 team discovers an ancient alien device that promises to bring "peace to the past." While attempting to decipher its glyphs a sudden electrical discharge engulfs and throws Daniel unconscious to the ground. He wakes on Abydos to find Skaa'ra and Sha're are still alive and free of Goa'uld possession. Somehow he has been transported into the past before the arrival of Apophis and has been given another chance to save his wife and the people of Abydos. Determined not to make the same mistakes again Daniel prepares an ambush for the System Lord in an attempt to change the outcome of this pivotal moment in his life. When the Goa'uld arrive he springs the trap but is not prepared for the unexpected consequences. Is this a chance for Daniel to right a wrong in his past or will his interference cause of series of events that will shake the very fabric of time? Available in regular, photo, wraparound, and a special Glow-in-the-Dark cover that is limited to 1000 copies.


Written by James Anthony, art by Jorge Correa.
The whole team is here for this special new photo cover! SG1 comes face to face with the banished System Lord Mars and discovers an incredible buried secret. Lost for over 2000 years without a suitable host, the Goa'uld exiles created an entire race of cybernetic creatures to do their bidding. Now this scorned god plans to lead an army of robotic Centurions through the rediscovered Stargate and lay ruin to Rome and beyond. Limited to 1,000 copies.


Written by James Anthony, art and cover by Jorge Correa.
Jorge Correa unleashes this deadly new cover featuring the dreaded Serpent Guard! The SG1 team stumbles upon the aftermath of a firefight between rival System Lords and the self proclaimed greatest bounty hunter in the universe, Aris Boch. Wounded and in need of assistance the sarcastic mercenary returns to the SGC with the team and offers them an intriguing trade proposition. If they will ambush the envoy of Cronus and obtain the drug he needs to stay alive, he will give them a DNA sample of his Goa¹uld resistant blood. With the prospect of eliminating human Goa'uld host possession forever, the team undertakes the risky mission. Will Boch keep his end of the bargain or is he plotting to cash in on the hefty bounty for SG1¹s lives? Limited to 1,000 copies.


Written by James Anthony, art by Jorge Correa.
Avatar's latest super-premium royal blue! The SG1 team finds a vo'cume device that reveals the story of an ancient Roman Goa'uld that assumed the guise of Mars, god of war. When activated, the team learns the treachery laden fate of one of the most powerful and ambitious System Lords ever. Join Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, and Teal'c as they discover that Rome wasn't built in a day, but it could be destroyed in one. This ultra-rare edition is limited to just 100 copies. Each copy ships with a certificate of authenticity and in a special protective holder.

Amazing Spiderman #514 AMAZING SPIDERMAN #514
Amazing Spider-Man #514 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by Mike Deodaot.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"'Sins Past,' part 6 of 6. All is revealed in the pulse-pounding conclusion to 'Sins Past.'"

Amazing Spiderman #517 AMAZING SPIDERMAN #517
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Mike Deodato and Mark Brooks, cover by Gary Frank.
"Skin Deep," part 3 of 4. When a former classmate of Peter Parker's is caught in a horrific experiment, he blames Peter for the resulting transformation...But is Peter to blame? And how will Peter react when someone targets his personal life instead of Spider-Man's life, for a change?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Feb. 23.

Strange #4 STRANGE
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Sara (Samm) Barnes, pencils and cover by Brandon Peterson.
The Master of the Mystic Arts is back -- as only J. Michael Straczynski and artist Brandon Peterson could envision him. In this issue, Stephen Strange at last learns what the Ancient One has planned for him.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 16.

Supreme Power #15 SUPREME POWER #15
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Gary Frank.
What does the most powerful being on the planet do when he finds out he's been manipulated and that his whole life is practically a lie? How will Hyperion react -- and what does that mean for the rest of humanity--and the government that's organized these deceitful machinations? Another pulse-pounding issue from the architects of the Supremeverse!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 2.

JMS COMIC BOOKS: For a listing of current comic books written by J. Michael Straczynski, go to COMIC BOOK page. There is a brief synopsis of the book and a date when publication is expected.



12/15/2004 06:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 2010


12/12/2004 01:00 AM FARSCAPE BEWARE OF DOG
12/16/2004 05:00 AM FARSCAPE BONE TO BE WILD
12/23/2004 03:00 AM FARSCAPE FAMILY TIES
12/23/2004 04:00 AM FARSCAPE MIND THE BABY
12/26/2004 01:00 AM FARSCAPE THE LOCKET
01/06/2005 12:00 PM FARSCAPE PK TEK GIRL
01/06/2005 02:00 PM FARSCAPE I, E.T.


Crusade Poster - TNT Stephen & Bill Mumy 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.


John Cook has a wonderful collection of cartoons -- many are take-offs from Babylon 5. Here's just one of them.

Rebulding Stations?
He has a cartoon caption contest going on as well. Try your hand at a punch line.

Go to


Pinky & B5 Brain While catching up on my e-mail yesterday morning, I got an instant message from LFMOA along with a nice goodie that I can share with readers. Thanks for sending along your version of Pinky and the B5 Brain.

Stargate Long Distance Call Tye Bourdony's latest Lighter Side of Sci-Fi satire can be seen here and at Tye's website



Richard Biggs Show Here's a date to put on your calendar -- Saturday, March 19, 2005. A few of Rick's friends are getting together for a day of remembering their friend. The guest list for the day is:
Guests attending Breakfast & Afternoon:
Matthew Ashford (Days of Our Lives)
Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, TRON)
Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Desperate Housewives)
Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5)
Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost)
Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie)
Lisa Howard (Earth Final Conflict, Highlander)
Michael T. Weiss (The Pretender)

Afternoon Only:
Andreas Katsulas (Babylon 5, Star Trek)

Place: The event will be held at the Beverly Garland Hotel, 4222 Vineland Ave., N. Hollywood, CA 91602. The schedule is as follows:
10am to 12pm
Celebrity - Buffet Breakfast
(Including made-to-order omelets)

1pm to 4pm
Autograph* Signings

All Proceeds to the family of Richard Biggs. To purchase tickets: Pay $100 for each breakfast ticket; $25 for each afternoon autograph session. If both events are purchased the total cost is reduced to $115, a $10 savings. Visit PayPal and enter email address Blkcat1067@ When paying be sure to enter email address so that we can send the ticket back.

For mailing checks, make checks payable to: Richard Biggs Memorial Show
1052 W. Alameda Avenue #350; Burbank, CA 91506

* Celebrities appear subject to work commitments. A charge will be made for autographs. ALL proceeds to the family of Richard Biggs.


January 14-16, 2005
Presented in association with
City: Pasadena, CA
Place: Pasadena Center, 300 E. Green St.
Guests: Tons of stars from Lord of the Rings
For more information, visit the website at

January 21-23, 2005
Place: Burbank Airport Hilton and Towers, 2500 Hollywood Way
City: Burbank, CA
Guests: LUCY LAWLESS (Xena) Saturday; RENEE O'CONNOR(Gabrielle) Saturday; HUDSON LEICK (Callisto) Saturday; CLAIRE STANSFIELD (Alti) Sunday and many, many more
For more information, visit the website at

February 2-4, 2005
Place: Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme St.
City: Arlington, VA
Guests: Michael Shanks, Christoper Judge, Don Davis, Teryl Rothery, Peter Williams
For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at

February 11-13, 2005
Place: Hunt Valley, MD (near Baltimore)
Guests include: Jeffrey Combs, Kathy Garver, Bob Bergen, Tony Amendola, David Franklin, Wayne Pygram
For more information, visit their website at

February 18-20, 2005
VisionCon 2005
Place: Springfield, Missouri
B5 Guest: Mira Furlan
For more information, visit their website at

February 25-27, 2005
Place: Hilton DFW Lakes, 1800 Hwy. 26 E.
City: Grapevine, TX. (near Dallas)
Guests: Michael Shanks, Christoper Judge, Don Davis, Teryl Rothery, Peter Williams
For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at

March 11-13, 2005
Grand Slam XIII - The Sci-Fi Summit
Place: Pasadena Center, 300 E. Green St.
Guests: Stars from Star Trek, Stargate, Firefly and more
For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at

March 19, 2005
Richard Biggs Memorial Show
Place: Beverly Garland Hotel, 4222 Vineland Ave., N. Hollywood, CA 91602
Guests: Matthew Ashford (Days of Our Lives); Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, TRON); Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Desperate Housewives); Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5); Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost); Melissa Gilbert (Babylon 5, Little House on the Prairie), Lisa Howard (Earth Final Conflict, Highlander), Michael T. Weiss (The Pretender); Afternoon Only: Andreas Katsulas (Babylon 5, Star Trek)

For more information, visit the website at

Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions.


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 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.


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


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