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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. There is a LOT of information here for you to share.

The Zocalo Today is an interactive newsletter. We encourage interaction with our readers and like suggestions. So 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. As I said, there is a LOT of information contained there and you'll not want to miss anything.

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What's New Today

Saturday, July 6:

Tribulations TRIBULATIONS: Dark Tales is going out of business. If you haven't yet gotten a copy of JMS' book TRIBULATIONS, now is the time to do so. It's $7.50 instead of the original $24.99 cover price. Here's a synopsis of the novel: Susan Randall, a crime reporter with the Los Angeles News-Tribune, encounters Raymond Weil, a man with a questionable past, who believes that the series of murders she is investigating has a supernatural origin which only he truly understands. And with each new victim, Susan wonders just how Raymond knows so much...

MEN IN BLACK II: The weekend has just begun, but MEN IN BLACK II already has amassed over $34.6 million in revenues. Sony Pictures Entertainment must be very happy with this year's movies. MEN IN BLACK opened at 3,557 North American movie houses on Wednesday.

DEAD ZONE: DEAD ZONE lifted USA to the top of the weekly cable rankings, with 5.17 million viewers tuning in to watch the Sunday 10:00 p.m. episode. "The Dead Zone" was the most-watched cable network in primetime for the week, averaging 2.46 million viewers.


Friday, July 5:
PETER PAN: Producer Lucy Fisher is working on a new Peter Pan movie. It will be the first faithful live-action adaptation of J.M. Barrie's original book and play. Fisher said, "It's to return to the original, which is incredibly interesting, kind of dark and inspirational also. Because of special-effects capabilities now, we can actually do the flying, and we can do Tinkerbell and do Neverland in ways that nobody has ever seen before." Peter Pan is a separate project from Neverland, a Miramax film in which Johnny Depp is playing J.M. Barrie.

SLANTED FEDORA INVESTIGATION: Conventions are wonderful intermediaries, bringing the cast and crew of our favorite shows into our towns. However, we know that all of them aren't successful, and over the last few years, the number of conventions has dwindled dramatically. Over at SyFyPortal.com there is an interesting article on Slanted Fedora and their convention practices. If you have ever attended one of their conventions and been dissatisfied, you may want to read the article and send in your comments.

MUTANT X: With the second season of Mutant X beginning production, ComicsContinuiuum talked to John Shea who portrays Adam in the series about his earlier Lex Luthor role in "Lois and Clark" and his new challenge as part of Mutant X.

Thursday, July 4:
JMS: Joe has dropped a general catch-up note and I've posted it all below. Mark your calendars for July 12 so we can see what WB's announcement will be all about! Sounds terrific.

DOCTOR WHO: The BBC says that the report of a new Doctor Who project is false! Anthony Head is not up for the part and David Fury has not been brought in as a screenwriter!

SPIDERMAN: This weekend, Stan Lee, Spider-Man co-creator, is putting part of his personal collection of comic books up for auction. AP reported that Lee is selling items from his collection of original art from the Spider-Man newspaper strip and personal reference copies of key Marvel Comics issues at the Wizard World comic book collectors convention July 4-7 in Chicago.

Wednesday, July 3:

JEREMIAH: JMS has posted a note regarding the last three episodes of Jeremiah. Check it out in the Jeremiah section below.

AMAZING SPIDERMAN: Issue #42 is on the stands now. If you are keeping up with JMS' webslinger, you'll want to pick up a copy.

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: Stargate SG-1 2.5; 3rd Rock 2.4; Mutant X 2.2; The X-Files 2.1; Andromeda 2.0; Beastmaster 2.0; John Edward 2.0; Buffy 1.8; Sabrina 1.4, and Earth: Final Conflict 1.3. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 6/3/02 - 6/9/02.

FULL MOON FRIGHT NIGHT: SCI FI has moved the premiere of William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night to 11 p.m. ET/PT Aug. 3 from July 20.

MEN IN BLACK II: Wondering if you should go see this movie this weekend? MEN IN BLACK II is certainly getting the hype -- and there's a review over at www.cinescape.com -- "MEN IN BLACK II is highly entertaining while it’s running, but there’s almost nothing about it that sticks in the memory. Five minutes after leaving the theatre, it’s almost as though viewers have been neuralized, recalling that we’ve had a good time but not much about how or why – unless notes are taken." For some great pics of the movie, go to www.comicscontinuiuum.com.

DEAD ZONE: SCIFI announced that it will run DEAD ZONE starting July 12 as part of Sci Fi Friday. DEAD ZONE will lead off episodes of STARGATE: SG-1 and FARSCAPE. If you missed the series on USA, you'll be able to catch up on SCIFI.

HALLOWEEN: The latest version of the HALLOWEEN saga, HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION, is scheduled to open on Friday, July 12. For a look at the movie and some background, go to http://www.halloweenmovies.com/site/resurrection.htm.

DOCTOR WHO: An old favorite may soon have a familiar "new" face. PeopleNews reports that Anthony Head, the beloved Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is the favourite to play Doctor Who in a new BBC series of the sci-fi classic. Ironically, Head was considered for 1995 movie, but lost out to Paul McGann. This time, the BBC may feel a familiar face will be just the ticket. The BBC is serious about this and have brought in David Fury, script-writer for Buffy. He said, 'They want to do what we do on Buffy – produce 22 episodes a year and sell them internationally. I'm helping to take Doctor Who into a whole new universe.'

REIGN OF FIRE: Another film coming out on July 12 is REIGN OF FIRE. This one is really special effects HEAVY. Over at http://bventertainment.go.com/movies/reignoffire/index.html you can learn more about the movie and catch a glimpse of dinosaurs in a modern day world. Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Isabella Scorupco are out promoting the movie -- talking about the physical challenges of the film (see www.scifi.com). All trained very hard so that they would be able to cope with the stunts required on this production.

MUTANT X: With all the reruns on this time of year, you'll not want to miss this last NEW episode of MUTANT X airing this weekend. For a peek, go to http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0207/03/mutantx.htm.

BIRDS OF PREY: Over at Comics2Film you can catch up on what's happening with BIRDS OF PREY. There are a couple of clips from the upcoming series to whett your appetite.

WITCHBLADE: Today is star Yancy Butler's birthday! To send along your wishes for good luck and continued success, drop a note to YancyButler@earthlink.net.

Tuesday, July 2:
STAR WARS: Over at theforce.net, it is reported that ATTACK OF THE CLONES will be coming to IMAX theaters in 15 countries during August and September. While there are rumors that the IMAX version will be a special edition have not been confirmed, Fox has stated that it will be "worth the wait".

ENTERPRISE: We were left hanging with the season finale of ENTERPRISE in “Shockwave Part 1.” "Shockwave Part 2” will premiere on UPN at 8 p.m. on September 18.

STAR TREK: NEMESIS: Patrick Stewart recently revealed to Empire magazine that he nearly didn't come back for the 10th Star Trek movie. Stewart said, "I was a breath away from saying this is not worth the time. An absolute breath away." He added, "They were negotiating so uncompromisingly that it had reached the point where humiliation was the only way of settling this and I wasn't prepared to do that. But luckily the nice thing for actors is that you don't actually have to walk into those rooms yourself, and you don't have to answer the phone when they call. It's a very curious place, Hollywood, in that in the space of the day, someone's attitude can shift from downright brutality to treating you as a member of the family." The entire interview can be found in the August 2002 (#158) issue.

24: Fans of this show may have hoped that Teri Bauer wasn't killed in the final episode -- but it looks like producers are looking for a romantic match for Keifer Sutherland. The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER indicates that the casting sheet is searching for a woman whose sister is married to creepy guy with an shifty past… but not exactly in those words.

SMALLVILLE: If you haven't had a chance to catch SMALLVILLE (perhaps you were watching 24), you can catch some of the first episodes soon! Beginning next week, the series will air on Monday AND Tuesday at 9pm ET.

Monday, July 1:
RATINGS: Top 10 SCIFI Channel Shows: Stargate SG-1 1.8; Farscape 1.6; Event Horizon 1.1; Screamers 0.9; Alien 0.9; Chameleon 0.8; Spiders 0.8; Alligator 2 0.7; Roswell: Aliens 0.7, and Reptilian 0.6. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 6/3/02 - 6/9/02.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ada, Sandler's MR. DEEDS opened this weekend and out distanced both LILO AND STITCH and THE MINORITY REPORT. Here are the numbers: 1. MR. DEEDS , $37.6 million this weekend, $37.6 million since opening; 2. LILO AND STITCH, $22.2 million this weekend, $77.8 million since opening; 3. MINORITY REPORT, $21.6 million this weekend, $73.4 million since opening; 4. SCOOBY-DOO, $12.2 million this weekend, $123.8 million since opening, and 5. THE BOURNE IDENTITY , $10.8 million this weekend, $72.5 million since opening.

BIRDS OF PREY: Another Joker will be introduced during the pilot of BIRDS OF PREY as it comes to the TV screen this fall. Roger Stoneburner, a stuntman by trade, delivers the clown prince of crime's physical performance in the upcoming Birds of Prey pilot, while veteran actor Mark Hamill provides the character's voice. You can see some screen captures from the pilot and also read an interview with Stoneburner over at http://www.comics2film.com/StoryFrame.php?f_id=1240.

WITCHBLADE: Coming Soon.net recently talked to David Chokachi, who portrays Jake McCartey on WITCHBLADE. Here's an audio interview in which David talks about last season and what we can expect of his character the second season.

Sunday, June 30:

LAS VEGAS EXPERIENCE: Ranger Dave is going to Las Vegas in November/December and was wondering if anyone who has taken in the Star Trek Experience would pass along any do's and don'ts for taking in the town. His e-mail address is kalel@scififan.com, so drop him a line if you have any information on what he just MUST see.

TODAY ON SCIFI: SCIFI has a number of movies that were spin-offs from TV series: 11:00 AM HERE COME THE MUNSTERS

TWILIGHT ZONE: SCIFI has a marathon of Twilight Zone episodes scheduled for Thursday (July 4) and Friday (July 5). Unfortunately, this means that we'll miss the regular Friday night line-up of Stargate and Farscape!

FULL MOON FRIGHT NIGHT: William Shatner will host FULL MOON FRIGHT NIGHT beginning July 20 on SCIFI at 11pm ET/PT. A total of 13 movies have been chosen from the archives of B horror-meister Charles Band and his company, Full Moon Pictures. During the movie, Shatner will chat each week with special guests who are in some bizarre way related to the horror genre. He will also pay his own unique homage to campiness by personally re-enacting some gruesome moment from that night's movie. Some of the movies included are: Killjoy, Ragdoll, Shrunken Heads, Horrorvision, Oblivion and Stuart Gordon's Castle Freak for SCI FI's late night loyalists.

Saturday, June 29:

REIGN OF FIRE: This new dragon movie opens July 12 and stars Matthew McConaughey. Director Rob Bowman talked to SCI FI Wire about the challenge of coming up with a dragon that audiences would respond to instinctively. "The last good dragon movie was Dragonslayer," Bowman said. "I made the dragons as small as I possibly could, so that it could still be intimidating. And what I found was that, based on the way I wanted them to fly, which was gliding, that they had to have huge wingspans. Three hundred feet for the big one at the end, which I thought was huge. Well, if I make them any smaller, they'll fall out of the sky." Read more of the interview at http://www.scifi.com.

SPIDERMAN: Though not a lot of information is available about extras to be included on the SPIDERMAN DVD, the release date appears to be November 12.

NEVERLAND: Johnny Depp is set to portray J.M. Barrie in the upcoming movie "Neverland." Dustin Hoffman is also in talks about a role as production nears. Allan Knee and David Magee wrote the script on the experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie (Depp), which lead him to write the children's classic. He got to know four children who have no fathers. Drawing from his time with the kids, he writes a story about children who don't want to grow up. Julie Christie, Kate Winslet and Radha Mitchell also star in "Neverland" with "Monsters Ball" director Marc Forster on to helm.


Today we finished mixing the last of the Jeremiah two-parter. It's killer. Year one is finished; now we await word on year two.

For those who might want to take a look...I did a small piece for the San Diego Comic Convention website about, well, SDCC. It's a short but fun piece that should be up in the next day or so at www.comic-con.org

Also did an introduction to Fiona Avery's newest graphic novel, WITCHBLADE: OBAKEMONO, which hits comics stores soon. The novel is some of her best work to date, and the intro "Of Samurai, Bulldogs and Applied Mathematics" is just for fun.

If you haven't gotten in your story/email/message/whatever on a favorite B5 quote (what it is, why it resonated, what it or the show in general meant, what meaning can be derived from it) for the upcoming quote book -- "But In Purple I'm Stunning, Quotations from Babylon 5," the door on submissions will be closing soon. Notes can be sent to b5quotes@yahoo.ca

Finally, I'm writing an intro for the B5 DVDs, which are proceeding along well and this should prove to be a very nice little package.

(Okay, I lied, one last-last thing...after the 12th of July or so there will likely be a small announcement from WB that's B5 related. Can't comment more than that, and it isn't anything major a la a new series or a movie or the like, but I suspect a certain sub-set of B5 fandom will be most pleased by the information.)

As of this coming February 22nd, it'll be ten years since "The Gathering" aired. Boy, that damned tempus just keeps on fugiting, doesn't it?



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Here's a note from JMS on the upcoming DVDs for Babylon 5:

I was holding off saying anything until WB or someone else could announce it, but since it's come up here (newsgroup) via the captioning institute...yeah, as noted, it's real.

Season One will be out in a boxed set this Fall, and they're going to be including at minimum two commentaries from me, probably on Signs and Portents and Chrysalis (it's a matter of how much time and energy I can give to it given that there's no fees involved and I'm in the midst of Jeremiah), and if possible, Babylon Squared, maybe Sky Full of Stars. They'd also like to film an on-camera intro by me (but I guess folks will buy it anyway, even with that particular horror included).

They're pulling together a lot of stuff on this release so that there are plenty of extras this time around, now that the value of the DVDs has been shown by the first release..

Reports are now out that the first boxed set will be available in the UK on October 14.


Last night, I was looking through some old photos taken at conventions and during my B5 studio visits. It was great seeing some old friends again and I thought this might be a terrific summer project for everyone to participate in. How about sending in your favorite photo that we can post for everyone to share. If there's a story behind the photo, send that along as well. If you don't have the photo in electronic format to attach to your story, send that to me and I'll scan it for you -- and return your photo for safe keeping. If you have any questions, drop me a line at sgbruckner@aol.com. I'll start pulling together some of my own favorites and hope that others will follow soon. A new page should be up soon.


What are you reading, now that summer is upon us and there may be a tad more free time to sit and enjoy some of the new novels hitting the bookshelves? Has anything come out that you particulary enjoyed?

How about the new TV series? What do you think of Odyssey 5, Dead Zone?

Send in your comments to thezocalo@aol.com or b5web@aol.com. I'll post them on the Discussion Page so that everyone can share what they are reading & watching this summer.


Here's a note from JMS regarding Jeremiah:

Okay, so here's the deal. There are now three episodes remaining of Jeremiah's first season, "A Means to an End," by Sara Barnes, and the two part "Things Left Unsaid" by yr obdnt srvnt.

The first is a quieter, more personal story but also sets up what's going to happen in the two-parter, and the latter (directed by Mike Vejar, our good luck charm on B5 who did our best episodes) is pretty much nonstop intensity and action and character stuff end to end.

Though we're already doing well, it would be great to go out on a real bang ratings wise, so I'm going to try an experiement. If every B5 viewer who sees this can get the word to every other viewer who gets Showtime normally (I wouldn't sign up just for this, that's fiscally imprudent) to watch the next three episodes, that would be terrific. I think that would be sufficient to kick us over the edge into a sure renewal for year two.

And they're fun episodes on their own rights, even if you haven't seen the show before. Though "Means" is, again, a quieter episode, there's one scene in it that will have just about any SF fan worth his/her salt rolling on the floor. I can pretty much guarantee you it's something you haven't seen before.

As for "Things Left Unsaid," of all the things I've written and produced, this may be the best thing I've ever been involved with, from a production standpoint and much of the writing. We kind of got pulled back a bit after the events of 9/11 put a damper on the television business in terms of the kinds of stories one can tell, but we really got this puppy back up on the rails again with the two parter, which is emblematic of what we'll do in a second year.

Anyway...just a call out from here to B5 fandom, to see if it's still there, so we can get together one more time on a biggie.



"Means to an End," was the latest new episode of Jeremiah, airing on Showtime, Friday at 10:45 p.m.

Here's a brief description:
The ordered world of Thunder Mountain is threatened when two brothers challenge Markus over his decision to make contact with outsiders. One of them has a very personal motive for his actions.

Clips for the episode are available at www.sho.com/jeremiah.

According to JMS, the remaining episodes of Jeremiah are:
"Out of the Ashes," "A Means to an End," and the two-part season finale, "Things Left Unsaid," the last of which airs July 19th.

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

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.


Arliss ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES: Robin has a guest starring spot on the July 21 episode of ARLISS, the new show on HBO. Here's a postcard-type advertisement for the show. For more information about the show, visit their website at http://www.hbo.com/arliss/.


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

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

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


TV Zone Special #46 TV Zone Special #46: It's about time Stargate SG-1 started getting some respect and the press it has deserved for quite some time! In this special issue, the magazine talks to all the cast members, looks at production design, make-up and stunts. There is also interviews with Tony Amendola, Carmen argenziano and Peter Stebbings (yes you know him from Jeremiah now!).

Starburst #288 Starburst #288: Movies take center stage in this issue. With the success of Minority Report, this issue talks to both Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg about the movie based on Philip K. Dick's short story. Men in Black just opened at the theater. The magazine talked to both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones about the sequel.

Cult Times Special #82 Cult Times #82: Stargate is the focus of this issue -- taking a look at the sixth and "final" season of the series. Robert Cooper, writer/producer, talks about what we can look for this year. Witchblade made it's second season debut and star Yancy Butler talks about portraying Sarah Pezzini.

TV Zone #152 TV Zone #152: Michael Rosenbaum from Smallville is featured this month in his role as Lex Luthor. Chloe Sullivan (allison Mack) also talks about her role as the school paper's investigative reporter. Also of interest in this issue, director Martin Wood talks about Stargate SG-1 and this upcoming season.

Expose 69 Expose #69: Scooby Doo hit theaters last week and you can hear what Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze have to say about their roles in the movie. Also there's a look at Dead Zone, Witchblade and Odyssey 5.

Starburst Special #52 Starburst Special #52: This Summer Movie Special focuses on all the movies available for viewing pleasure this summer. Star Wars gets considerable attention, but you'll also find Spiderman, Men in Black II, Minority Report, Signs, Star Trek Nemesis, Scooby-Doo and others.


Ranger Dave reports that Bruce Boxletner's books (FRONTIER EARTH and THE SEARCHERS) are still avaible at www.bookcloseouts.com . The site is awesome, with several titles by William Shater and heaps of SciFi and Fantasy books.


Here's a note from JMS regarding an upcoming project:

It had to happen sooner or later...with so many message boards and posts asking "What's your favorite B5 quote?" a book of Babylon 5 quotes was inevitable.

So "But In Purple I'm Stunning: Quotations from Babylon 5" is coming out from an independent publisher later this year. The book will also contain sections dedicated to fan choices for best/favorite quote. Fans of Babylon 5 are invited to send in their favorite quote, and why it's a favorite. The best of these emails will be culled for the book, and along the way this will determine the #1 favorite quote.

In particular, the book will be looking for anecdotes/stories from fans about what a given quote, or what the show, meant to them in particular. There are a lot of people who have found comfort or meaning in the show, or found it helped them get through some of life's problems. (An example I sometimes cite at conventions was the young man dying of aids who asked his sister to put all of G'Kar's speeches about hope and never giving up on tape so he could listen to them at his bedside.)

It needn't be a heavy story, just one that has meaning for the person involved, can be a funny story, whatever. Basically the goal is to find the intersection where the show and its message and its words touched people.

All contributions will be considered free to use by virtue of being submitted for this project.

So if you have such an anecdote/story/message about a favorite quote or the show in general, send it to the following address (rather than replying to this, since I'll just have to forward it on in any event):



BABYLON 5's Schedule:


16-JUL-02 5:00 PM BABYLON 5 (LBX) Z'HA'DUM




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.


Zathras Max Eilerson

You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.


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

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



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


Sometimes you just can't find the e-mail address for someone you know you have -- it's someone who responded to a discussion topic or you met in one of the chat rooms. You'd like to send a personal note, but .... No address!!!!

We've started a White Pages of Zocalo Readers! It's a handy way of keeping track of people -- and putting together a birthday/greeting card list as well. If you would like to be part of the listing, just send me your name, state, e-mail address and (if you'd like to have it listed) birthday (without year) to sgbruckner@aol.com. Check out the Directory of Readers.


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

Name: Peter Dougherty
State: New York
E-mail: ve3thx@canada.com
Birthday: July 5

Name: Christopher Moore
State: Florida
E-mail address: psycho_pcb@yahoo.com
Birthday: July 21


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. Visit the B5 Fan Club page to see if there is a club near you. If you have a club that you would like to have listed, drop the information about your Club to me at sgbruckner@aol.com or bruckner@isnnews.net. That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.

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


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


If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along. It will be posted on the B5 Fan Club/Newsletter page.

Ranger Shane in North Carolina sent in the following note about their "Jumpgate" newsletter.

Hey Sandy! Just wanted to give you an update on the NC B5 group's newsletter, Jumpgate. There's now a dedicated EMail address for submissions - jumpgatemag@bellsouth.net - and any submissions, solicited or un-, can be sent to this address. Also, issues are available for free download at the URL at the bottom of this message.

Jumpgate - The Newsletter of the North Carolina Babylon 5 Fan Club
Shane Killian, Editor


A new HELP WANTED section has been added to the Z. If you need help finding a comic book, getting a special item, etc. here's the place to post a note. Just send whatever help you need to thezocalo@aol.com.



July 4-7, 2002
Place: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
B5 Guest: Carrie Dobro, Bill Blair, Rick Biggs, Jason Carter
For more information, visit their website at http://www.originsgames.com.

Toronto Trek
July 5-7, 2002
Place: Regal Constellation Hotel
Toronto, CA
B5 Guest: Peter Woodward
For more information, visit their website at http://www.tcon.icomm.ca/tt16.

Shore Leave 24
July 12-14, 2002
Place: Hunt Valley Marriott Inn (410) 785-7000
Baltimore, MD
B5 Guest: Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Julie Caitlin Brown
For more information, visit their website at http://www.shore-leave.com.

New Worlds Con
July 13-14, 2002, Leipzig, Germany
Place: Treff Hotel Leipzig
B5 Guest: Ed Wasser
For more information, visit their website at http://www.newworldscon.de.

Vulkon Tampa
July 19-21, 2002
Place: Tampa Airport Hilton Westshore
Tampa, FL
B5 Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown
For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com.

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


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.


Jerry Doyle - July 16
J. Michael Straczynski - July 17
David Warner - July 29

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

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

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


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (sgbruckner@aol.com)
The Zocalo Today

Copyright - SBruckner, 2002

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