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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.


What's New Today

April 12:

JMS: JMS has responded to a few questions in the B5 moderated newsgroup -- including why SCIFI did not pick up "Legend of the Rangers". Check out the whole thing over at the JMS Speaks page.

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: The X-Files 4.8; Smallville 3.9; Dark Angel 3.5; Futurama 3.5; Buffy 3.3; Charmed 3.1; Enterprise 2.5; Sabrina 2.4; Touched by an Angel 1.3, and Mysterious Ways 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 3/11/02 - 3/17/02.

LIVING WITH THE DEAD: Ted Danson stars in an upcoming mini-series entitled "Living with the Dead". From the trailers I saw last night on TV, this will be a fascinating look at paranormal events. This CBS miniseries is a biographical look at television psychic James Van Praagh. Van Praagh told SCI FI Wire that he had a close connection with Ted Danson, who plays Van Praagh. "Ted knew me before he was even signed on for the movie," Van Praagh said. "I had done [psychic] readings for him, and he knew how I worked, so he really gleaned from me to portray me. He also has a very strong spiritual sense, so he used that as well to help the part." Living with the Dead premieres April 28.

STAR TREK: On April 20, there will be 35 different covers for the weekly TV Guide. Why 35? It will celebrate the 35 years of Star Trek. Each cover will represent one of the episodes chosen as the "best" of Trek. When placed beside one another, the covers will produce a mosaic of all the stars from STAR TREK, THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER and ENTERPRISE. Which are the top 3 episodes? According to TV GUIDE, number three is Picard getting Borgafied in “Best of Both Worlds Part 1.” Number two is Kirk reacting to Edith Keeler’s death in “City on the Edge of Forever,” while the top spot is taken with Picard getting into the running crew poker game at the and of “All Good Things…”

STAR WARS: Fox Network is ramping up for the release of EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES on May 16. Fox Network (a sister company of 20th Century Fox) will air THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK on April 25; RETURN OF THE JEDI on May 2 and PHANTOM MENACE on May 9.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Fans of the original Battlestar are NOT happy to hear about SCIFI's plans for a new production of the show. In fact, they have set up two petitions to voice their option. The first at http://www.petitiononline.com/bsg1/petition.html asks SCIFI to incorporate the original cast of orignal series cast into the new production. The second petition, at http://www.petitiononline.com/bsgffs/petition.html insists that fans will not support a new production that changes the original premise of the series.


April 11:
ICON 21 ICON: Tye Bourdony from The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi has created a terrific piece that will be used at ICON 21 this year. With guests like Andreas Katsulas, Julie Caitlin Brown, Rick Biggs, and Jason Carter, B5 fans have a lot to look forward to. Tye will be auctioning off signed copies of his satire for charity at the convention. Dates are April 19-21, 2002. For more information, visit their website at http://www.iconsf.org/index.html.

ROSWELL: UPN made the cancellation of the series official yesterday. The series finale will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT on May 14. "I would like to thank 20th Century Fox Television, UPN and especially our fans, whose combined efforts helped get us a third season for Roswell," series co-creator Jason Katims said in a statement. "[Executive producer] Ronald D. Moore and I had the fans very much on our minds when we were writing this final episode. We felt they deserved a great ending."

If you missed this series while it was on UPN, you can catch, from the beginning, as SCI FI Channel airs reruns of all three seasons starting this fall.

FREE COMIC DAY: SCI FI will celebrate FREE COMIC DAY on May 4 by distributing free postcards designed by comic artist Neal Adams featuring artwork of the SCI FI original series Farscape and Stargate SG-1. About 250,000 postcards with Adams' artwork will go to fans at comic retailers around North America. Limited-edition posters designed by Adams for SCI FI, featuring Farscape and Stargate SG-1 casts side by side and entitled The Far-Gate Experience will also be displayed. Free Comic Book Day will be followed by Superhero Saturday, an 18-hour movie marathon featuring superhero-themed films, including the uncut, widescreen version of Superman: The Movie, which has never before been seen on broadcast television. SCIFI.COM will feature a special Free Comic Book Day Web page, from April 27 to May 11, offering visitors a chance to win the original color-finished piece of art signed by Adams or one of 15 limited-edition Adams-autographed posters. Free Comic Book Day is an industry promotion to generate more interest in comics.

X-FILES 2: The series may be ending soon, but creator Chris Carter has already started talking about the next big screen X-FILES feature. According to Carter, everyone has expressed interest in doing it, including the studio. “I hope to write it over the summer, prep it over the fall and spring, and shoot it late spring and next summer. I think you would end up seeing it in 2004… I have rough ideas and I’m sort of deciding what to do.”

WOLF LAKE: With a move from oblivion at CBS to the light at UPN, Wolf Lake did quite well in it's first outing last week. In fact, they made the Top 10 List for Genre Series.

SPIDERMAN: Over at www.darkhorizons.com you will find two great interviews: Producer Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad from Marvel Comics.

JEREMIAH: For a preview of this week's episode, "City of Roses", go to http://www.sho.com/jeremiah/.

April 10, 2002

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: Andromeda 3.1; The X-Files 2.9; Stargate SG-1 2.8; Buffy 2.6; Mutant X 2.6; Beastmaster 2.4; 3rd Rock 2.2; John Edward 2.1; Earth: Final Conflict 1.8, and The Lost World 1.8. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 3/4/02 - 3/10/02.

DEAD ZONE: While the USA upcoming series is based on Stephen King's novel and 1983 movie, Anthony Michael Hall told SCI FI Wire that. The series is "very different," he added. Less emphasis is being placed on the political elements of the story and more has been done to concentrate on the characters. They have taken the Maine setting and expanded upon it, giving you characters from the movie and novel, but expanding on it from there. Hall's co-stars is former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Nicole de Boer as Sarah and Chris Bruno as Bannerman. The series, currently in production in Vancouver, B.C., premieres in June.

BIGGER IS BETTER!!!! Michael Clarke Duncan is already a pretty BIG guy! But to play the role of Kingpin in the upcoming Daredevil movie, producers wanted even more weight put on the actor. "They told me I was too small," Duncan said in an interview while promoting his latest film, The Scorpion King. "I've got to get up to 340 [pounds]. I'm at 325 right now, so I have to gain weight." Production begins on June 17 for the movie, so Duncan has a little time to put on a few more pounds. However, he says that it will not inhibit his action scenes in the movie. "Kingpin is a big guy, but he's very agile." Daredevil is scheduled to open in early 2003.

STAR WARS: With the premiere of Episode II approaching, some extreme fans are already waiting in line! Some of the cast is already out promoting the project. Ewan McGregor, who takes on the role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in ATTACK OF THE CLONES thought THE PHANTOM MENACE kind of flat. ''I think there is much more humor and there is much more color in EPISODE II,” he said. We will soon be able to see for ourselves.

24: I don't know if it's official, but with talk about changing the format for next year, it looks as if "24" will be back! With a number of awards on the shelf and ratings on the rise, the Fox Network is bringing back 24 -- at least that’s the word from co-executive producer Joel Surnow. "We all love the format, but there are problems with it," Surnow said. "It asks a lot of the viewer. It asks them to tune in every week to follow a story. And that is not typically what research says are the viewing habits of the American public." So some changes are afoot. Season two will have each episode center on one 24 hour period, with each new entry relating the thrills of a new day. The climatic final episode begins shooting April 18. Great lengths to keep the finale a secret. Said Surnow to VARIETY, “some great, great surprises and twists that would be ruined if they leaked out. It's like the ending of THE SIXTH SENSE. You don't want to blow it for fans."

X-FILE FANS: The series may be coming to an end -- but the fans of X-Files want to make it a very special event for everyone. On May 10, a group of highly organized supporters will take out six full-page ads in the Hollywood Reporter's final special issue for the show, thanking some of the key individuals who have made the series appointment viewing for millions. Each black-and-white ad costs $2,485 and will pay tribute to one of the five main leads over the years (Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Annabeth Gish, Robert Patrick and Mitch Pileggi), as well as a general cast and crew kudos. Extra funds collected will be donated to a charity that is close to the actor associated with the contributions. So far, over $20,600 has been collectively raised. Donations are still being accepted. You can read more about the individual charities and get links to specific pages for the actors at http://tv.zap2it.com/news/tvnewsdaily.html?25123.

ANDROMEDA: Kevin Sorbo is talking about the explosive conclusion of this season of Andromeda. Check out http://www.syfyportal.com/article/?id=661 for a hint of what lies ahead.

SPIDERMAN: Entertainment Tonight will have an exclusive clip from the upcoming movie TONIGHT! Get more information over at the http://www.etonline.com/movie/a9968.htm page.

DAVID DUCHOVNY: X-Filer David Duchovny has signed on to portray crime novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) in the upcoming adaptation of the author's memoir, My Dark Places. The film follows Ellroy's search to resolve the unsolved murder of his mother in 1958. Places plans to start production this June in Los Angeles.

April 9, 2002

X-MEN 2: Will Senator Kelly be returning along with all the other X-Men in the sequel movie scheduled for 2003? Bruce Bruce Davison, who brought this character to the screen, told SCI FI Wire that there is a possibility he could be back. Senator Kelly was turned into a mutant and liquefied in X-Men. Whether or not Kelly would be solid or liquid in X2, Davison could not specify. "That's debatable," he joked. Even whether Kelly would remain a senator, Davison could only say, "Possibly."

WITCHBLADE: The second season of this TNT series is set to begin on June 10. The series star, Yancy Butler , told the Comics Continuum Web site that the upcoming second season goes back to the beginning of things. "The first episode is just amazing. We come out of the gate with quite a bang. We actually pick it up prior to Pezzini having the Witchblade. So she has to acquire it all over again."

ENTERPRISE: Everyone has been waiting for the Enterprise episode that will bring Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula together again. They were wonderful on Quantum Leap -- so you would expect sparks as they encounter each other again -- at opposing ends of the spectrum on April 24. In the episode entitled "Detained", Archer and Mayweather are detained in an internment prison by an alien race. Stockwell's character is Col. Grat, a Tandaran military commander who clashes with Bakula's Archer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Though spring is just about upon us, people went to theaters this weekend in fair numbers. Here's the ratings for the weekend: 1. PANIC ROOM, $18.2 million this weekend, $58.5 since opening; 2. HIGH CRIMES, $14.0 million this weekend, $14.0 since opening; 3. ICE AGE, $16.5 million this weekend, $140.6 since opening; 4. THE ROOKIE, $11.7 million this weekend, $34.9 million since opening; 5. BLADE 2, $7.4 million this weekend, $67.4 since opening; 6. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VAN WILDER, $7.3 million this weekend, $7.3 million since opening; 7. CLOCKSTOPPERS, $7.3 million this weekend, $22.4 since opening; 8. E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, $3.6 million this weekend, $30.7 since opening; 9. BIG TROUBLE, $3.5 million this weekend, $3.5 since opening, and 10. A BEAUTIFUL MIND, $2.6 million this weekend, $165.0 million since opening.

JAMES BOND: John Cleese had BIG shoes to fill as he now takes over the role of Q in the latest James Bond film, DIE ANOTHER DAY. In his first Bond outing, he was beside legendary Bond gadgeteer Desmond Llewelyn. With his passing, Cleese is now Q. How is he liking the latest adventure? Cleese told the CALGARY SUN. “It was terrific fun. I like the new director and I always got on with Pierce [Brosnan]. He's a very clever actor. He's fascinating because when you're working with him he seems to be doing nothing at all, but then you see him on-screen and he's fantastic." DIE ANOTHER DAY, the 20th Bond film, hits theaters November 22.

Catch some new photos from the movie over at http://www.commanderbond.net/?action=Story&SID=1000 .

SPIDERMAN 2: According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Smallville" executive producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough have been chosen to write the script for the sequel to the upcoming Spiderman film by Sony-owned Columbia Pictures. Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the sequel and production on the film is scheduled to begin in the first couple months of 2003.

24: For those of you have been able to keep up with the fast-paced show, 24, there's a review of the final episodes at http://www.usatoday.com/life/lphoto.htm. The ratings for the show have been climbing, just like the suspense of the show itself!

SPIDERMAN AND PETER DAVID: Star Trek and B5 fans all know Peter David! According to Palm Digital Media, his adaptation of the Spider-Man movie is the #2 best-selling fiction eBook for March of 2002. The novelization (published by Ballentine Books) trailed only Steven King's new book Everything's Eventual and edged out Anne McCaffrey's latest Pern book among others.

BIRDS OF PREY: For months, people have been talking about WB's upcoming live-action adaptation of DC Comics' Birds of Prey. Over at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0204/09/index.htm you can catch the first cast photo. From left to right in the photo, are Ashley Scott, who plays Helena Kyle, the Huntress; Dina Meyer, who plays Barbara Gordon, Oracle; and Rachel Skarsten, who plays Dinah Lance, the Black Canary. Sherilyn Fenn plays Dr. Harleen Quinzel in the pilot.

April 8:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: Firestarter Pt. 1 2.2; Indy Last Crusade 1.9; Star Trek: Generations 1.4; Willow 1.0; Star Trek VI 1.0; Back to the Future III 0.9; The Chronicle 0.8; Rawhead Rex 0.8; Blade Runner 0.8, and Strange World 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 3/4/02 - 3/10/02.

SMALLVILLE: The pilot for Smallville will hit DVD on June 4th with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound; Audio Commentary by Producers Alfred Gough & Miles Milla and Pilot Director David Nutter; Interactive Map of Smallville; Storyboard to Screen and Trailer.

SCORPION KING: You may remember her face from Martial Law, but that ends the connection. Kelly Hu and Michael Clarke Duncan join Duane “The Rock” Johnson in The Scorpion King. Prevue magazinecaught up with the Hawaiian-born actress on the set of The Scorpion King. Find out what it's like working with The Rock.

TRACKER: The fate of Adrian Paul’s new sci-fi series Tracker is still up in the air. Fans are rallying around the show in order to ensure that it comes back for a second season. Join their online petition at www.petitiononline.com/tracfan1/. So far they have over 1,584 signatures...

April 6:
SCIFI CHANNEL: Bonnie Hammer made a ton of announcements yesterday regarding new projects for the network. Some of the more interesting ones include new mini-series for Battlestar Galactica, Myst (from the video game), The Forever War (based on Joe Haldeman's classic), The Chronicles of Amber (based on Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, Creatures of Light and Darkness, Home of the Hangman, A Rose For Esslesiastes), and On the Seventh Day (a 7-hour limited series set in 2850AD). SCIFI's recent "Firestarter" movie did quite well in the ratings and may be developed into a continuing series. Sci Fi has ordered 13 episodes of an animated series called "Tripping the Rift," set to debut early next year, and is looking to create a block of what it calls "alternative reality" programming, also for 2003. There were also a number of original movies announced -- but not a peep about anything Babylon 5 related. For a look at all of the upcoming projects, go to http://tv.zap2it.com/news/tvnewsdaily.html?24969.

STAR TREK: Robert Picardo, the holographic Doctor of Star Trek: Voyager, has a new book out! Picardo recently told SCI FI Wire that Voyager guest star Jeff Yagher inspired him to write his new book, Star Trek: Voyager--The Hologram's Handbook. "Jeff made a crack about my writing a book, and a light bulb went off in my head," Picardo said in an interview. Armed with the character he had portrayed for years firmly planted in his head, The Hologram's Handbook is a how-to guide aimed at teaching "incredibly bright sorts the ways in which to get along with lesser beings." Picardo hopes that the Star Trek fans who have missed the Doctor will read the book, "because it's the only new dose of the Doctor to be had. I've also recorded a large section of the book on compact disk, along with a bonus song called ‘The Song of Holograms.' The compact disk benefits the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation." The Hologram's Handbook is available in bookstores now as a trade paperback original from Pocket Books.

COMIC BOOK CALL: Platinum Studio founder and executive producer of Jeremiah, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, told SCI FI Wire that his company is looking for pitches from comic-book creators for potential television or film properties. Rosenberg said, “One of the things I love is that typically when a comic book creator is coming up with a project, he's developing a bible for the world on how that comic works that may not even show up in those pages. Screenwriters are good at creating a world that ends two hours later. With a comic book, you really create for the future." Men in Black is a prime example of what Platinum has done to bring a comic-book proposal to the big screen.


With the hopes of having Babylon 5 grace the airwaves all but dashed by SCIFI, I'll be cutting back a bit on updates for The Zocalo Today. The focus will be moving more to general Science Fiction -- but I'll be sure to post information about Babylon 5 whenever I get some. The weekly e-mail messages will become bi-monthly or monthly, depending on the amount of information available. If you want more focus on a TV series, books, comics, etc., let me know. Write an article. I'll be glad to post it. Thanks again for all your support. I really do appreciate it.


Here is a note from JMS on the future of "Legend of the Rangers":

The SciFi Channel has indicated that it's moving away from space shows, with all the hardware/alien stuff that goes with it. (This as per its recent announcement about upcoming shows.)

So it looks like Rangers isn't going to go ahead. They haven't said it directly, but networks never do.


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.


CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Ranger Margaret in the UK reports that an episode of TJ Hooker that features Claudia in one of her (very) early TV appearances is scheduled to be shown on Channel 5 at 11am on Tuesday 9 April. The episode is called The Lipstick Killer.

PAT TALLMAN: Pat Tallman has been selected as the Guest of Honor at the upcoming World Horror 2002 convention. Dates are April 11-14 in Chicago, Illinois. She will appear with such folks as Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and a ton of other novels – and the "Day of the Dead" Babylon 5 episode! For more information, visit their website at http://www.whc2002.org.

BILL MUMY: Bill's band, The Jenators (Bill, Miguel Ferrer, David Jolliffe, Gary Stockdale & Tom Hebenstreit), will be performing for the next couple of weekends. Here's the remaining schedule:
Saturday - 9:00 pm - April 13th 2002
RUSTY'S SURF RANCH on the Santa Monica Pier
CALL 310-393-7437

Here's an update on Bill's daughter , Liliana. She recently appeared in NBC's "Scrubs" and FOX's "That 70's Show" and has done a number of "MacDonald's", "Sears" , "Hasbro" or "Novell" commercial. Liliana is co-starring with Tim Allen in the upcoming Disney film "The Santa Clause 2" which is due out in November of this year.

CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Claudia has a number of projects under consideration. Over at her website, you can link to her latest -- Genesis Wars. The character they've asked her to play is Captain Elizabeth Brooks.


What has Babylon 5 meant to you? Has it been just a wonderful story with characters that you have identified with? Has it been more?

Send in your ideas to TheZocalo@aol.com or B5web@aol.com.


A number of items of memorablia (many belonging to various Precedence employees) have been listed at our website for auction beginning today. Please go to www.eternity.com and select the Auction Link at the top of the page for details and to view items.

Ranger Paul reports that the Farscape Illustrated Season 3 Companion by Paul Simpson and Ruth Thomas is now available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk. This edition focuses on the third season, including an eight page colour section of never previously seen photos...


Ranger Graham sent along a note about JMS material available at Amazon.com:

Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home - Graphic Novel Now shipping
Delicate Creatures - Now shipping
Rising Stars Vol 1 - Graphic Novel Now shipping
Rising Stars Vol 2 - Graphic Novel Shipping soon


Expose #19 Expose Special #19: As the title indicates, this issue focuses on characters who have lead or lead dual lives -- like Lexa Doig on Andromeda or Sydney Bristow of Alias or John Shea from Mutant X who was Lex Luthor in the earlier Lois & Clark series. Michael Rosenbaum looks at the new Lex Luthor in Smallville.

TV Zone #149 TV Zone #149: Included in this issue is a look at the "Legend of the Rangers" from J. Michael Straczynski. Also you'll find an interview with Andromeda's Executive Producer Allan Eastman where he talks about the changes ahead for the series.

Starburst #284 Starburst #284: Buffy is hot this month! Inside you'll find an interview with James Marsters, Spike from the series. Also inside find Amanda Tapping from Stargate SG-1 talking about the departure of Michael Shanks and more!

Xpose #66 Expose #66: The departure of Michael Shanks has been big news -- and you'll be able to read more about it here in Expose. (Check out www.savedanieljackson.com as well.) Also inside read about Jeremiah -- JMS' new series over at Showtime.

Starburst Special #51 Starburst Special Issue #51: This issue covers a LOT of territory -- from the upcoming Star Trek movie, Nemesis to Buffy, Farscape, Smallville and more!

Cult Times 79 Cult Times #79: Smallville gets a lot of attention in this issue. Chloe Sullivan taps into the home town of Clark Kent with The Torch -- now you can learn more about Allison Mack, the actress. Also featured: Joel Feigenbaum, Director of Charmed talks about changes ahead, Keith Hamilton Cobb talks about Tyr Anasazi from Andromeda and Linda Park and Anthony Montgomery give you information about their experience on Enterprise.

Cult Times Special #20 Cult Times Special #20: This looks like a great special issue with fan pleasers like Angel's David Boreanez, Tom Welling from Smallville, Anthony SImco from Farscape and Julian McMahon from charmed.


BABYLON 5's Schedule: Airing at 5pm ET on SCIFI

16-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
17-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
18-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
22-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
23-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
24-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
25-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
29-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)
30-APR-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX)


Ranger Stephen reports that Babylon 5 has moved to Bravo (Sky Digital channel 124, selected cable companies), where I think they'll be showing it at 8pm.


Marjean Holden Peter & Edward Woodward

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.



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.


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.


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


Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July of 2000 and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. 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.



World Horror 2002
April 11-14, Chicago, IL
B5 Guests: Patricia Tallman, Neil Gaiman (author)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.whc2002.org.

Armageddon Pulp Expo
April 12-14, 2002
Place: Aotea Centre
Auckland, New Zealand
B5 Guests: Richard Biggs, Jason Carter
For more information, visit their website at http://www.pulpexpo.com.

SupaNova Expo 2002
April 12-14, 2002
Place: Sydney Showground
Sydney, Australia
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.supanova.com.au.

April 19-21, 2002
Place: SUNY, Stoneybrook, NY
B5 Guests: Andreas Katsulas, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Julie Caitlin Brown
For more information, visit their website at http://www.iconsf.org/index.html.

London Expo
May 18-19, 2002, London, England
Place: ExCeL Convention Centre Royal Victoria Dock
B5 Guest: Walter Koenig
For more information, visit their website at http://scifishows.com/londonexpo/.

Motor City Comic Con
May 17-19, 2002, Detroit, Michigan
Place: Novi Expo Center
B5 Guests: Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Carrie Dobro, Marjorie Monaghan, Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.motorcityconventions.com/motor_city_comic_con/index.html.

May 18-19, 2002, Bellaria (Rimini) - Italy
Place: Centro Congressi Europeo
B5 Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown, Peter David (B5 author)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.stic.it/sticcon/.

Vulkon, Atlanta
May 24-26, 2002
Place: Marriot Century Center
Atlanta, GA
Guests: Bruce Boxleitner (James Doohan, Bruce Campbell, John Billingsley, Barry Morse
For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com/atlanta/a-hotel.html.


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.


Christopher Franke - April 6
Tony Dow - April 13
Peter Jurasik - April 25

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:

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
VP for Marketing and Special Features
Warner Bros.
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, 2002

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