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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.


August 10, 2001 4:15am

What's New

SCIFI.COM continues it's coverage of the new "Legend of the Rangers" with an article on J. Michael Straczynski. In talking with SciFi Weekly, JMS fixes the timeframe for the events outlined in the movie as just a few years after "Objects at Rest" -- shortly after the Interstellar Alliance was formed. He likens the Alliance to King Arthur and his knights, because it was about empire building. "The thing about the Rangers is that they go everywhere, and therefore the entire B5 universe is open to us, and will definitely be involved [in the stories]."

Pat Tallman will be a presenter at this weekend's 2001 Science Fiction Writers of the Future Contest. This is the 17th annual event held in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.writersofthefuture.com.

Terry Jones has sent along the next installment of the B5 chronology -- The Earth-Minbari War .
There is a good interview of JMS by Melissa Perenson over at http://www.scifi.com/sfw/advance/06_interview.html. The interview was done while filming was underway in Vancouver for the telemovie "Legend of the Rangers".

Babylon 5 was in the Top Ten SCIFI Channel programs during the week July 16-22.

CNN launched a new look today. Their goal is to bring a newscast that's faster, with more news, and focused on what people need to know. New anchors, Miles O'Brien and Andrea Thompson will participate in an AOL Live (AOL keyword: AOL Live) chat tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET.

We have a number of special people who read the Zocalo -- and they share a great deal of information -- and interest in the show. One reader, a teacher in Texas, has developed an entire class around Babylon 5! Now that would have made going to school more interesting -- for sure. Pam has written an article describing what she hopes to accomplish this year in bringing Babylon 5 to her students. She is more than willing to share lesson plans she has developed with any other teachers who would like to set up a similar class in their school. Drop over to Special Feature and she how she is planning to create a unique learning environment for her children.

COMIC NEWS: Midnight Nation #8 is out on the stands. I also found the latest combined issue of Amazing Spiderman, featuring #30, #31 and #32 under a single cover. This is great for those who missed JMS' first editions of the book -- and they have sold out quickly.
The e-mail version of The Zocalo Today goes out on Saturdays. If you would like to be included on the mailing list, just send a blank note to thezocalo-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. If that doesn't work for you, drop me a note at sgbruckner@aol.com. I can add you manually.


August 10:
RATINGS: Top 10 Rated Network Shows: The X-Files 3.5; Night Visions 2.8; Futurama 2.6; Dark Angel 2.3; Charmed 1.9; Angel 1.6; Voyager 1.5; 7 Days 1.2, and Buffy 1.2.

STAR WARS: Del Rey has a new Star Wars book coming out this week. Ben Burtt, who created some of the signature sounds in the Star Wars films, has authored The Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide. The book, illustrated by Mad magazine artist Sergio AragonÚs, contains hundreds of phrases in alien languages, including Huttese, Ewokese, Neimoidian, Jawa, Droidspeak and more. Additional segments contained in the book include a "Behind the Sound" segment that offers insight into the movie sound creation process and an appendix of Star Wars scenes with full translation. Burtt reveals where he got the sound for lightsabers: the hum from an old movie projector motor combined with the buzz from a TV picture tube.

STUART LITTLE 2: Stuart Little director Rob Minkoff is in charge of the sequel, which is due in theaters July 19, 2002. The original cast of Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane and Steve Zahn, as well as Melanie Griffith, join Christopher Walken in the follow-up movie about a mouse adopted by a human family. Christopher Walken voices the villain character Falcon in the upcoming sequel.

SHREK DVD: We are used to extras on the DVD version of movies, but when SHREK hits the shelves on November 2, there will be an additional 15 minutes of new animation and 11 hours of other material to enhance the DVD release of the film. According to Variety, the movie makers have conceived, developed and produced a new three-minute scene that will be incorporated into the VHS version of the film. Along with some bloopers, there will be a first-of-its-kind DVD-ROM technology that allows users to dub their own voices in place of any of the characters in "Shrek's Revoice Studio." It's one of 12 DVD-ROM games included.

August 9:
WB FALL SCHEDULE: The WB announced a number of premiere dates for it's fall schedule. The new teen-age Superman series, Smallville, will begin on Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. From the clip I saw the other day on the network, it looks pretty good -- but I have to admit, I would have rather seen Bruce Boxleitner (he tried out for the role) as the father of Clark Kent than John Schneider. Guess I still have the Dukes of Hazard in my head!

A show we haven't heard a lot about -- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, premieres Sept. 14 and will air at 8 p.m. Fridays. Angel begins its third season on Sept. 24 and continues in it's new timeslot, Mondays at 9 p.m. Charmed premieres Sept. 27, with a two-hour episode that introduces Rose McGowan as a new character to replace Shannen Doherty. The show will air Thursdays at 9 p.m.

DYNAMIC DUO: We have seen them together in DC Comics! We may see them together on the big screen as well. WB is developing a movie that will pair Superman and Batman, according to Variety. Andrew Kevin Walker (Sleepy Hollow) will write the script for the as-yet-untitled project, and Wolfgang Petersen will direct. There are a number of projects in various stages featuring Superman and Batman. Time will tell as to which ones actually make it to the theatres.

EARTHSEA: The SCIFI Channel is working with Philippa Boyens (the Lord of the Rings film trilogy) to adapt Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea books into a six-hour miniseries. Kevin Brown, executive producer for television at Lawrence Bender's A Band Apart company, will produce the miniseries with SCI FI senior vice president of original programming Ian Valentine.

MUTANT X: If you live in Toronto and are interested in seeing what this new series is all about, you'll have a unique opportunity on August 25. The Canadian National Comic Book Expo will host a special event, showing footage from the coming series, possibly even the whole pilot episode. In attendance will be the program's entire cast, who will be signing autographs. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m.

TWIN PEAKS: Now that we have finally gotten word that Babylon 5 will be available on DVD beginning December 4, other old favorites are coming out as well. TWIN PEAKS - will hit DVD on December 4th from Artisan Home Entertainment. The first season, minus the pilot episode, will be released as one complete set. It will feature Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks, along with a Lynch commentary, making-of features, TV spots, and more.

SIGNS: Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam Mercer are all reteaming with director M. Night Shyamalan for SIGNS. Marshall and Mercer will handle producer duties; Kennedy is set as executive producer. Mel Gibson will star in the film and Mark Ruffalo will tell the supernatural story of mysterious crop circles appearing in the fields of a farm family living in rural Pennsylvania.

August 8:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: 3rd Rock 3.3; The X-Files 3.2; Stargate SG-1 2.7; Andromeda 2.2; Invisible Man 2.2; Xena 2.1; Early Edition 1.7; Sheena 1.7; Earth: Final Conflict 1.5, and Outer Limits 1.4.

EPISODE II: Not everyone is pleased at the selection of "Attack of the Clones" as the title for Episode II of Star Wars. Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi told the Popcorn UK website that he was not impressed with the movie's just-announced subtitle. "It's a terrible, terrible title," McGregor said, but did not give an explanation of why.

ANDROMEDA: James Marsters from Buffy appeared in an early second season episode, "Into the Labyrinth", of Andromeda. It should air sometime in November, but you can catch a glimpse now at James' website. The episode is written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, and James plays the Nietzschean Archduke Charlemagne Bolivar.

ENTERPRISE: According to the PsiPhi website, Diane Carey will write the novelization of the pilot episode, "Broken Bow", for the upcoming Enterprise series. The show premieres Sept. 26; the book is due out in October.

Enterprise is pulling in more writers for the series. Already named to the writing staff are Antoinette Stella, Fred Dekker and Andre Bormanis. Voyager's writing team of Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong have jumped on board as have Maria and Andre Jacquemetton, Stephen Beck and Tim Finch.

August 7:
EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT: There are a number of changes occurring in this series for the coming season. However, the official website posted information about first-season lead actor Kevin Kilner returning in a guest star role in two episodes to air in November. A number of notabale guest stars will turn up on the show this season, including Superman co-star Margot Kidder and Anita La Selva (Zo'or), who left her position as a regular cast member at the end of last season. Kilner's character William Boone, supposedly died at the end of first season one. In the new episodes, we find that he has actually been kept in a state of suspended animation aboard the mothership for several years, and reawakens to find that the Taelons and Jaridians have merged to become a new alien species posing an even greater threat to humanity.

MUTANT X: Over at http://www.mutantx.net/ you'll find information about the new series coming out this fall. There is a trailer and some photos. You'll recognize John Shea, who plays Adam, as Lex Luthor in the TV series Lois and Clark.

STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Yes, this is the title of the new film. The Star Wars website made the announcement yesterday.

ANGEL: Variety reports that Amy Acher will indeed join the cast of Angel for the third season. Creator Joss Whedon said that her character, Winifred Burkle, "She is the final piece of the puzzle in how we make ANGEL work."

ELEKTRA: There's a new trailer out at http://scifimedia.ign.com/media/flash/elektra.swf for the new Elektra comic series. This is something new Marvel is trying to promote upcoming projects.

August 6:
EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT: Did you miss the first episodes of this show? You will have a chance to watch it from the beginning starting tonight on SCIFI at 10pm -- with a replay at 2am ET/PT. You can read more about it at http://www.scifi.com/efc/.

RATINGS: The Top Ten SCIFI Programs: Farscape 1.2; The Chronicle 1.1; John Edward 1.1; The Outer Limits 1.1; Psycho 1.0; Lexx 0.8; Knight Rider 2000 0.8; Children of Corn 0.8; RoboCop Pt. 1 0.8, and Babylon 5 0.7.

HALLOWEEN 8: Lots of speculation about what the latest installation of the Halloween series might include. If you want to read more, go to Cinescape.com and learn more.

DAWN OF THE DEAD: Producer Richard P. Rubenstein, who owned the rights to the 1978 film, has received a number of offers to remake the classic, but until now, has resisted. James Gunn (SCOOBY DOO) has been hired to write a script for a remake of George Romero's classic cult film. Beacon Communications will make the film, because of their "strong commitment to giving the remake competitive production values."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: "Rush Hour 2" easily won the weekend box office with an estimated $66.8 million -- more than double the opening for 1998's original film. "Planet of the Apes" took the second spot with an estimated $28.5 million in receipts, moving its estimated 10-day total to a stellar $124.7 million. Garry Marshall's "The Princess Diaries" debuted in the third place with an estimated $23.2 million.

LUKE PERRY: With Luke Perry set to star in "Jeremiah", you may want to take a look at the interview with Olivia D'Abo as she promotes her (with Perry) new project "The Triangle". In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she talks about this project and "The Enemy" -- a film they completed recently in Luxembourg.


Jeremiah Crew details for "Jeremiah" were released by the B.C. Film Commission.

Jeremiah Productions Inc.
Exec. Prod: Joe Straczynski, Sam Egan
Prod: George Horie
DOP: Henry Chan
PM: Brendan Ferguson
PC: Sheenah Main
LM: Costa Vassos, Doug Brons
ALM: James Thompson
PD: Steve Geaghan
Casting: Corinne Clark
Extras: TBA Cast: TBA
Sched: Sept. 6 - Apr. 24/02

With Henry Chan and Steve Geaghan, JMS will begin working with familiar faces. Both worked on the "Legend of the Rangers" telemovie.

A longer press release from Entertainment Wire can be found over on the "Jeremiah" page.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of Jeremiah, an SF series from Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, based on the comic book series of the same name by Belgian writer Hermann Huppen. Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will star in the series, produced by MGM and Lions Gate Television.

JEREMIAH is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where, nearly a decade before, a deadly virus wiped out the world's adult population sparing only those who haven't reached puberty. Now in their 20s, the oldest survivors of the pandemic include Jeremiah (Perry) and the colorful but cynical Kurdy (Warner). Jeremiah is on a personal quest to relocate a mysterious place called Valhalla, which his father claimed might hold some hope for the survivors. As Jeremiah falls into a reluctant partnership with Kurdy, both explore new areas and encounter other groups of young adults who are divided into rival social groups. In the course of the season opener, Jeremiah's smaller personal quest is redirected when he discovers a group of highly organized survivors who want to enlist him to orchestrate peace among the warring factions and to try and prevent the killer virus from returning.

Straczynski will serve as executive producer alongside Sam Egan (The Outer Limits). Perry, Sam Egan, Joe Dante, Michael Finnell, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Ervin Rustemagic and Gregory Noveck will also executive produce. Production is set to begin Sept. 4 in Vancouver, B.C.


Ranger reports indicate that Amazon.com has Babylon 5's first DVD scheduled for delivery on December 4. You can pre-order The Gathering and In The Beginning for $14.95 at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005NTNP/qid%3D997091817/103-3287098-6470254. No further details are available, but perhaps the number of pre-orders will show the powers that be that there IS interest in B5 on DVD.

A little more information is available at http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents regarding the release of B5 on DVD: The first Babylon 5 DVD release is expected on December 4th (SRP $19.98). It will be a double feature disc, and will include the complete TV movies In the Beginning and The Gathering. The latter will reportedly be a special edition version that was shown on TNT (a different edit than the original, with new music). More B5 product will follow on DVD in 2002.


Summoning Light Jeanne Cavelos' next installation of the Technomage series is out! DelRey has a brief synopsis available of this -- and the next novel -- "Invoking Darkness", which is scheduled for a November release.

Here is the blurb from the DelRey website on the novel:

The explosive space epic continues, as the techno-mages come face-to-face with the devastating evil of the Shadows . . .

War against the Shadows is inevitable, and the ruling Circle has ordered the techno-mages into hiding. Many are unhappy with this decision--none more so than Galen, the only mage who has faced the Shadows and lived. But the Shadows aren't Galen's only enemy--he is driven to hunt and kill Elizar, the traitor who murdered the beautiful mage Isabelle while Galen stood by helplessly, his hands tied by the Circle's sacred code he had sworn to follow.

Now a new mission awaits as the Circle contrives a plan that may enable the five hundred mages to escape without leaving a trace. Dispatched to the Shadow's ancient capitol to uncover the enemy's plans, Galen will find everything he so desperately seeks--including a shocking legacy that threatens to consume his very soul.

You can place your order for both of the novels NOW on the website and they will be sent out as soon as they are available.

To learn more about Jeanne, visit her website at www.sff.net/people/jcavelos. Jeanne is a scientist, mathametician and author! She's worked with NASA and Harlan Ellison on a writing series! I'm sure you will find her an interesting person to chat with.


Ranger Alexander has sent along the schedule for Crusade in Slovakia:


08/13/2001 Patterns of the Soul
08/20/2001 Ruling from the Tomb
08/27/2001 The Rules of the Game
09/03/2001 Appearance and Other Deceits
09/10/2001 Racing the Night
09/17/2001 The Memory of War
09/24/2001 The Needs of Earth
10/01/2001 Visitors from Down the Street
10/08/2001 Each Night I Dream of Home


Lancaster, INTERACTING WITH BABYLON 5. This pioneering book uses the insights of performance theory to explore how fans of the television show Babylon 5 actively immerse themselves in its imaginary environment by role-playing games and fan fiction. http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/lanint.html

Morawetz, MAKING FACES, PLAYING GOD: Identity and the Art of Transformational Makeup. In this extensively illustrated book, Morawetz examines the work of professional makeup artists and how they turn ordinary people into aliens, demons, and historical figures. He includes examples from shows such as Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and many others. http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/mormak.html


How would you compare Babylon 5 to some of the science fiction shows on TV today -- i.e. Stargate, Andromeda? Has B5's story arc format influenced other programs? Is that good or bad?

Send in your views to either TheZocalo@aol.com or b5web@aol.com.. You can also post your comments on the message board at www.isnnews.net/board. To see what other readers have posted on this and other topics, follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page.


Peter/Edward Woodward Crusade Poster

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.


PAT TALLMAN recently completed a guest starring role in Sheena. Would you believe that Pat plays a baddie???? Pat has some wonderful photos from the shoot out at her website.

Bruce Boxleitner will be back in the DC area in a few months to work on the upcoming TNT movie "They Died With Their Boots On". This is a prequel movie to "Gettysburg" and Bruce will be portraying General Couch from the Union Army. Bruce also mentioned that he'd just finished an introductory interview to be included on the new DVD version of "Tron".

Jerry Doyle begins filming soon on a new movie entitled "The Long Road Home" starring Randy Travis and Eric Roberts.


A number of you have written to ask about having an index of the chronology published thusfar. Terry has given permission for this so I'm working on it. You can now find the index to the timeline published thusfar at B5 Chronology Index .

Terry Jones created a FANTASTIC Babylon 5/Crusade Chronology that was published in the Official Babylon 5 magazine. He has not stopped with the end of the series though. He has included items from the latest novels as well as things from the Crusade series. Here's a note from Terry to tell you all about it.

To look at the timeline in a different way, I have been working with Terry Jones on personal chronologies for the Babylon 5 universe. At The Galactic Gateway you will fine Parts 1-4 of the chronology for John Sheridan along with Part 1 for KOSH. Others will follow. I hope you will visit GG and give the chronologies a look.

The latest segment of the B5 chronology features the Earth-Minbari War.


Star Trek Cards While there are a ton of Star Trek cards already on the market, here's a new on that brings back the Original Series for their 35th anniversary. This base set of 72 cards is printed on super glossy, holofoil card stock with gold foil stamping and multiple photography on every card front! There are more than 25 new signers, plus bonus dual signature cards, including one signed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy! Several artists will be lending their talents to create the first-ever hand-drawn sketch card series based on the classic Star Trek! 6 cards per pack. 12 packs per box. MSRP: $4.00 per pack. Also available is the collector album, custom designed to store the entire collection, complete with 12 plastic sheets, and a bonus autograph card!


Cult Times #71 Cult Times #71: Featured in this month's issue are: Voyager, Andromeda, LEXX, Earth: Final Conflict, Dune and Buffy. Kevin Sorbo talks about the upcoming second season of Andromeda; E:FC is set to bring Boone back for the coming season and they take a look at the seven years of Voyager -- memorable moments..

TV Zone #42 TV Zone #42: Hot Dog! A special issue devoted to Stargate! This show has begun it's fifth season and is looking at a sixth ahead. In this issue, each of the main characters look at their roles. This issue also includes interviews with Director Martin Wood, location manager Lynn Smith, visual FX producer James tichenor -- and brings us some golden moments from three of it's favorite episodes. Sounds like a keeper issue to me!

TVZone 141 TV ZONE 141: Ben Browder and Claudia Black are featured in this month's issue. Peter DeLuise, creative consultant/director/writer from Stargate SG-1 talks about season 5 -- and there's Invisible Man, Andromeda and Buffy!

Starburst #276 Starburst #276: You new the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park had to be on covers this month! Starburst talks with director Joe Johnston, Tea Leoni and FX guru Stan Winston! Also in this issue: Final Fantasy director Hironobu Sakaguci; A.I.'s Haley Joel Osment and Robert Beltran from Voyager!

Xpose #58 Expose #58: Christopher Judge's character Teal'c is undergoing some changes this year on Stargate SG-1. In this issue, Chris talks about what's coming up for him this season. Robert Patrick, John Doggett from X-Files, looks back over his first 21 episodes of the show and tells us what it is like working with David Duchovny! There's more: Ben Browder talks Farscape; Michael Praed looks back on Jules Verne.


BABYLON 5's Schedule: 7pm each evening:

Air Date Title

Aug. 10 Meditations on the Abyss

Aug. 13 Darkness Ascending
Aug. 14 And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
Aug. 15 Movements of Fie and Shadow
Aug. 16 The Fall of Centauri Prime
Aug. 17 The Wheel of Fire

Aug. 20 Objects in Motion
Aug. 21 Objects at Rest
Aug. 22 Sleeping in Light
Aug. 23 The Gathering (part 1)
Aug. 24 The Gathering (part 2)

Aug. 27 Midnight on the Firing Line
Aug. 28 Soul Hunter
Aug. 29 Born to the Purple
Aug. 30 Infection
Aug. 31 The Parliament of Dreams


Midnight Nation #8 Midnight Nation #8 is on on shelves now. There is a review -- and a recommendation to "BUY IT" -- out at IGN.COM.

Midnight Nation #9 Midnight Nation #9 is on the Top Cow distribution list for July, so hopefully it will be on shelves soon. #10 is scheduled for August, along with the next issue of Rising Stars.


Rising Stars #1/2 Rising Stars #1/2 is not a new issue, but provides more background on the series. Here's a review by IGN.COM at http://scifi.ign.com/comics/3226.html.


Amazing Spiderman #33 The latest issue of JMS' Amazing Spiderman is out! IGN.COM has a review of the issue at http://scifi.ign.com/comics/2724.html

**If you are having trouble finding the comic issues, drop me a line. My comic guy seems to be a HUGE JMS fan and has ordered more Marvel comics than anyone in the area!


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

 Cartoon Contest header
 Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



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

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


Name: Michael Antol
State: Georgia
email: michaeljohn338@yahoo.com
Birthday: August 7

Name: Captain Average
E-mail address: captain.average@home.com
Birthday: August 18

Name: Tammy Smith
State: California
E-Mail: gkarfan@webtv.net
Birthday: Aug. 30

Name: Colin White
State: North Carolina
E-mail: colinwhite@mymailstation.com
Birthday: Aug. 20


The Official Babylon 5 Magazine is indexed here as well. With the closure of the magazine in May, you'll want to see which magazines you have -- and which ones you will want to collect. The index may help you make a decision on which ones to choose. The Fan Club has many of the issues at thestation.com , making it very easy to complete your collection.

Universe Today -- the Babylon 5 Fan Club quarterly can also be found here. The index gives you a rundown of what articles were presented, what interviews published.

If you have magazines that have featured Babylon 5 or Crusade that are not listed, send along their issue number and a note to indicate what the article was about. It would be nice to have a fairly comprehensive listing of Babylon 5 publications here.

I have added a listing of all the Babylon 5 novels and now the B5 comic books to the reference page. If there are other items that you feel should be included, let me know.



NW-B5 is a mailing list devoted to bringing critical information to the Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, and Northern Washington areas. More specifically, anyone north of Seattle. B5 is broadcast on SPACE:TIS in Canada, and Sci-Fi channel in the US. By subscribing to nw-b5, you'll be able to know info bringing you up to date on the current scheduling and events happening in the community related to B5. You'll also be subscribed to the list itself, which means that you'll receive email when there is a scheduling change or critical information needs to go out to you (for example, if we need to start another mailing campaign).

For further information, see http://www.nw-b5.com
John Francis
Webmaster, Listowner, and Co-Moderator

Reports of "The Gathering" are beginning to turn up on the list. John posted a mini-report, with photos, over at http://www.geocities.com/jnf.geo/nw-b5/gathered.htm#0501. You may want to check it out. It was a terrific event in which JMS showed clips from the new "Legend of the Rangers".


The Babylon 5 discussion mailing list is for any and all discussions and/or news pertaining to or related to Babylon 5 and/or Crusade. The list has been in existence for the past three years now, and has recently moved. The new location is http://lists.apparition.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl, and you can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail message to join-babylon_5-l@lists.apparition.org.


Here's a unique site for you! Jeffrey Willerth, Patricia Tallman, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Robin Atkin Downes, Rick Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Bruce Boxleitner, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Jurasik and Bill Mumy are under it's umbrella. Actors from other shows have joined the Gateway. Ted Raimi and Robert Trebor from Xena and Hercules are now at GG. To subscribe to a mailing list for GG, send a blank note to thegalacticgateway-subscribe@egroups.com.


There is never enough time to keep in touch with friends! To help out, a mailing list has been started for chatters over at the Galactic Gateway. If you are interested in joining, send a blank note to gateway-chatter-subscribe@egroups.com.


Are you looking for a particular Babylon 5 collectible? Do you have some items you'd like to trade? Then this is the list for you. To join, send a blank note to gateway-trader-subscribe@egroups.com.


The Art Gallery at The Zocalo Today is open. There are SO MANY talented people in our Babylon 5 community. We have enjoyed works by Todd Brugman and Tye Bourdony on our toons page, but there are a host of others who enjoy drawing, painting, sketching their favorite characters. Here are a few works that have been received. I have some others that will be added soon.

If you would like to share your work with us at The Zocalo Today, please send along a digital photo of your work and I'll begin putting the gallery together. If you do not have your work in digital format, drop me a note and we'll see what we can work out.


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

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


Sad news. I don't know what the fate of the B5 Fan Club will be. Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. Thestation.com is back on-line, however 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.



Lots of updates to the calendar. I hope you will check it out and see if there are any Babylon 5 conventions in YOUR future! Use this link Convention Calendar. Have a convention you would like to have listed here? Pass along the information.

CONVENTION ALERT The roster of DragonCon continues to build. The latest additions, Mira Furlan, Jason Carter and Robin Atkin Downes.


Are you attending one of the conventions on the calendar? Or another one perhaps? Do you want to see who else might be there? Drop your e-mail address to TheZocalo@aol.com. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .


Trek Happening 9
August 11, 2001; Hollywood/Pembroke Pines, Florida
Guest: Robin Curtis

More information, visit their website at http://vulkon.com/upcoming.htm.

Ra-Con 2k.1
August 17-19, 2001; Wichita, Kansas
Guest: Bill Blair

More information, visit their website at http://www.ra-con.com.

August 24-27, 2001; Manchester, England
Guest: Bill Blair

More information, visit their website at http://www.ncc-cons.co.uk.

Cybercon 2001
August 25-26, 2001; Belfast, Ireland
Guest: Claudia Christian

More information, visit their website at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/dawn.marks or e-mail cybercon.ni@ntlworld.com.

DragonCon 2001
August 31-Sept. 3, 2001; Atlanta, GA
Guest: Jerry Doyle, Claudia Christian, Julie Caitlin Brown, Harlan Ellison, Marjorie Monaghan, Stephen Austin, Peter David, Carrie Dobro, Peter Woodward, Mira Furlan, Jason Carter, Robin Atkin Downes

More information, visit their website at http://www.dragoncon.org or e-mail dragoncon@dragoncon.org. Phone: (770)909-0115; fax: (770) 909-0112.


September 1-3, 2001
Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center
Guests: BEN BROWDER: Commander Crichton (Monday)
CLAUDIA BLACK: Aeryn Sun (Monday)
WAYNE PYGRAM Scorpius (Sunday)
GIGI EDGLEY Chiana (Saturday)
TAMMY McINTOSH Joolushko (Saturday)
LANI TUPU Crais and voice of Pilot (Sunday)
DAVID KEMPER (Executive Producer)

For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://http://www.creationent.com.

September 8, 2001
Hotel Pennsylvania
33rd and 7th Avenue, Manhattan
Guests: WILLIAM SHATNER, live and in person!
MICHAEL FOREST (Apollo from "Who Mourns for Adonais")
BARBARA LUNA (Lt. Marlena Moreau in "Mirror, Mirror")
NATALIJA NOGULICH (Admiral Necheyev from TNG and DS9)
MARTIN RAYNER (Dr. Chaotica from Star Trek Voyager)

For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://www.creationent.com.

September 9, 2001
Hotel Pennsylvania
33rd and 7th Avenue, Manhattan
Guests: BEN BROWDER: Commander Crichton
DAVID KEMPER (Executive Producer)
Also joining the fun is KEITH R.A. DeCANDIDO, author of the Farscape novel "House of Cards"

For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://www.creationent.com.

Gatecon 2001
September 20-23, 2001
Best Western Richmond
Vancouver, Canada
Guests: (Not all confirmed) Teryl Rothery, Jay Acovone, Alexis Cruz, Dan Shea, Don Davis, Peter Williams, Tony Amendola, Jay Brazeau, Bill Nikolai, JR Bourne, Gary Jones, Joesph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.

For more information, visit their website at http:www.gatecon.com.

September 28-30, 2001; Seattle, WA
Guests: Gardner Dozois, Roger MacBride Allen, Brenda Clough, Alexis Gilliland, Peter Heck, Jane Jewell, Mindy Klasky, Nancy Kress, Charles Sheffield, Michael Swanwick and Lawrence Watt-Evans

For more information, visit their website at http://www.wsfa.org.

October 13-14, 2001
Ford Community Performing Arts Center
Dearborn, Michigan
Guests: KATE MULGREW (Captain Janeway)
KEITH HAMILTON COBB (Tyr of Andromeda)
VIRGINIA HEY (Zhaan of Farscape)
MANU INTIRAYMI (Icheb of Voyager)
HUDSON LEICK and KEVIN SMITH from Xena: Callisto and Ares
For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://www.creationent.com.


There are some new and interesting items in the Trading Post. Take a look. If you have items you'd like to trade, post a note here. If you need a particular item, the Trading Post or Message Board could help you find it. Use this link to see what is listed. 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.


Claudia Christian - August 10
Stephen Austin - August 11
Tim Earls - August 15
Nancy Tarczynski - August 16
Skip Beaudine - August 26

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


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

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

Copyright - SBruckner, 2001

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