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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 24, 2001 4:19am

What's New

If you haven't visited B5LR lately, you may want to drop over and see what's going on there. It seems that a number of the "Legend" cast members are having a great time interacting with fans on the message boards. Dylan Neil (Capt. Martel), Warren T.Takeuchi (Kitaro Sasaki), Enid-Raye Adams (Firell) and Dean Marshall (Malcolm Bridges) have all signed onto the site and are answering questions and talking about their characters. This is very cool.

Dylan Neal's interview at prevue magazine is also getting play over at Cinescape.com. That's terrific.

ZOCALO NEWS: We have topped 500,000 hits at the site! This is fantastic. Thanks everyone for your support. It is really appreciated.

Peter Woodward's special "Egypt Beyond The Pyramids" has been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of OUTSTANDING NON-FICTION SPECIAL! This is absolutely terrific. The award ceremony is on September 16.

Dylan Neal talks about his role as Captain David Martel in the "Legend of the Rangers" at http://www.prevuemagazine.com/Articles/Flash.

JMS talked about bringing the Crusade tale to an end with Cinescape and the Rising Stars movie. Details below.

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]."

Terry Jones has sent along the next installment of the B5 chronology -- The Earth-Minbari War .
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.

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 24:
RATINGS: The Top 10 SF Network Programs are: Dark Angel 2.8; Night Visions 2.8; Futurama 2.7; Charmed 1.8; Voyager 1.5; Angel 1.3; 7 Days 1.0; All Souls 1.0, and Buffy 0.9. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/30/01 - 8/5/01

MICHALE CRAWFORD: According to Variety, Michael Crawford, star of Phantom of the Opera returns to Broadway this season in Dance of the Vampires, a musical based on Roman Polanski's 1967 movie spoof The Fearless Vampire Killers. The show opens April 11, 2002, at the Minskoff Theater in New York.

PLANET OF THE APES: With the popularity of the Tim Burton new movie, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that on November 20, it will release Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series on DVD. All 14 episodes of the short-lived 1974 series will be included on the four-disc set, with a suggested retail price of $49.95.

TARZAN: According to The Hollywood Reporter, The WB has ordered a new Tarzan pilot. WB TV will produce the pilot, from producer Laura Ziskin and feature-film writers Mike Werb and Michael Colleary. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' books about Lord Greystoke, the pilot will tell the story of a 17-year-old Tarzan who is sent to live with his aunt in New York after being seriously injured by poachers in the African jungle. The teen Tarzan "becomes the protector of the ultimate urban jungle."

BOND: One of the trademarks of James Bond in the early years was the stunning Aston Martin driven by the super agent. For the upcoming 20th film, Bond will drive a new V12 Vanquish. Sean Connery's Bond drove the legendary Aston Martin DB5 in 1964's Goldfinger. In recent films, Bond has driven BMWs.

MUTANT X: Curious about the upcoming TV series? Pop over to http://www.mutantx.net/. You'll find cast photos and a promo video.

August 23:
WITCHBLADE: TNT has ordered an additional 13 episodes of Witchblade! This is terrific news. The series has been getting better and better. There will be a marathon on TNT August 26, so if you have missed episodes, now is the time to catch up!

AUSTIN POWERS: Mike Myers has finished the script for the third installation of the Austin Powers spy spoof. Tom Cruise will reportedly appear, poking fun at his Ethan Hunt character in the Mission: Impossible movie. Myers is wooing Sean Connery to portray his father in the movie!

X-FILES: The Zap2It website reports that executive producer Frank Spotnitz has assured fans that Gillian Anderson (Scully) will be a full participant as the series begins it's ninth season on November 4. There will be many new story arcs, including one centering on former Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless, who appears in the first four episodes. You can read more over at Cinescape.com

BOND 20: Over at Bond 20 website, you'll find some very interesting tidbits regarding the upcoming Bond movie. The script you'll find there, however, has been pronounced a fake by Eon Productions. Too bad. The premise sounded very interesting.

MATRIX: The Matrix Revisited, a new DVD of supplementary material for Warner Bros. 1999 movie will be released on Nov. 20. Warner has compiled more behind-the-scenes footage and commentary and will release the new material by itself, freeing consumers of the need to buy a new edition of the film. The new DVD will also feature a look at the sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, which is now in production; a first glance at the upcoming Animatrix anime; a preview of the new Web site; interviews with fans; a featurette showcasing the fight choreography of Wu Ping; scene studies; a music montage with never-before-seen footage; DVD-ROM content; and four Easter eggs: "Chase in the Alley," "The Woman in Red," "Gun Training" and "Juke Box." The Matrix Revisited will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98.

MUTANT X: According to Variety, Fox has filed new motions to prevent Tribune Entertainment from using Mutant X as the title of an upcoming syndicated SF series. Fox holds rights to Marvel Comics' X-Men series and feels the series is too similar to X-Men. Mutant X is slated to premiere the week of Oct. 1.

MARK HAMILL: Mark talks about his role in the spoof movie JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK over at Cinescape.com. ENTERPRISE: Over at Trek Today you'll find more information about upcoming episodes of the new Enterprise series.

August 22:

AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: A special edition DVD is coming out on Sept. 18 for the 20th-anniversary of this classic horror film. David Naughton and co-star Griffin Dunne contributed new audio commentary. The DVD also features a digitally remastered version of the film, interviews with makeup artist Rick Baker and director John Landis, storyboards, a making-of featurette and never-before- seen footage. Naughton said, "They have a 16mm [film] at the first makeup meeting with Rick Baker, when we were getting some preliminary makeup done," he added. "So there's all kinds of neat stuff on it. [It's] new and improved."

HARRY POTTER: The first Harry Potter movie is scheduled to open on November 18. Entertainment Weekly reports that the start date for the second movie based on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of children's novels is Nov. 18. They are definitely not wasting any time. I guess they can't afford to -- the kids are getting older!

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: 3rd Rock 3.3; The X-Files 2.8; Stargate SG-1 2.7; Andromeda 2.3; Xena 2.2; Earth: Final Conflict 2.0; Profiler 2.0; Invisible Man 1.9; Early Edition 1.5, and Outer Limits 1.5.

THE OTHERS: While The Others opened a short while ago, the box office is still going strong. Last week the film was #4 in sales, with $10.9 this weekend, $32.2M since opening . Nicole Kidman, star of the film The Others, told TV Guide Online that she had nightmares while filming the haunted-mansion movie. "I didn't sleep well. I would have nightmares sometimes and strange dreams." Kidman added, "What I like about The Others is that it's not a slasher movie that's full of gore. It sort of gets under your skin in an unsettling way, which I think is more interesting."

LORD OF THE RINGS: DarkHorizons.com has two sets of designs that will be used for the upcoming first film in the trilogy. Both images will be used on promotional items such as posters, T-Shirts, lobby cards, billboards, postcards, etc. later in the year. However, they'll only be used internationally, domestic promo items will have entirely different graphics.

August 21:
ENTERPRISE: The TV Guide Online has a three page article on the upcoming series. Anthony Montgomery, who portrays Travis Mayweather on the upcoming series, has a long interview available at Trek Today. The next issue of TV Guide will have multiple covers for Enterprise.

SPIDERMAN: You've read comments by Sam Raimi about his upcoming Spiderman movie. If you are interest in special effects, you really need to read what John Dykstra, visual effects supervisor for the Spider-Man movie has to say. While at Wizard World Chicago, John talked about animating a character played by an actor in a costume,filming the Green Goblin and a lot more at Comics2Film.

KATE MULGREW: Kate's husband, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, has become the first Democrat to announce plans to challenge Ohio's Republican Gov. Bob Taft for the office next year. AP reported that Hagan said he hopes Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway) will aid in his fund-raising for next year's race.

TOMB RAIDER SEQUEL: Angelina Jolie, talking to the UK's Daily Record, said, "It looks like it's going to happen. They are writing another one. I am going to be Lara Croft again." No additional information was available on who was writing the script.

SAG PRESIDENCY: The Hollywood Reporter indicates that the Screen Actors Guild nominating committee on Monday selected the candidates it believes are best qualified for the October election, including Valerie Harper for president and just-announced candidate Elliott Gould for recording secretary. Kent McCord was selected for treasurer, the third top office, after he and the others submitted their candidacy to the National Nominating Committee and were interviewed. A number of others, including Melissa Gilbert, are on the ballot as well. They submitted a petition with the signatures of 35 members. Richard Dreyfuss has taken out a petition to run for a national board seat for the Hollywood area.

August 20:
RATINGS: The Top 10 SF Channel Shows: Farscape 1.4; Stargate SG-1 1.2; Raiders of Lost Ark 1.2; Indy and Temple of Doom 1.2; Interceptor Force 1.1; The Chronicle 1.0; Invisible Man 1.0; John Edward 1.0; Blade Runner 1.0, and First Wave 0.9.

GHOST RIDER: Nicholas Cage has been geared up for this role for a long time, but it may not happen. Director Stephen Norrington has signed on to do another film, Tick Tock with Jennifer Lopez. The timing of that movie now conflicts with the director’s planned involvement in GHOST RIDER. GHOST RIDER’s producers (including actor Jon Voight) now must decide on whether or find another director or further delaying the production, either of which could lead to Cage’s departure. Cage is a huge comic book fan and has been interested in this project for a very long time. “The comic book idea for me was very dear to my heart because I grew up learning how to read through comic books, and I’ve always been interested in comic book art and illustration,” Cage said. “Figuring out a way to do that in a movie would be exciting, but that’s a very hard thing to pull off.

STAR TREK X: There has been some apprehension raised about the next Star Trek movie as well. With Patrick Stewart's involvement in the next installation of X-Men, it makes timing of the movie very critical. The sooner the film is committed, the sooner contracts can be signed and pre-production started.

August 19:
BATMAN: Rumor has it that David Boreanez, Angel, is up for consideration as Bruce Wayne/Batman for an upcoming movie. Now that could be interesting!

AUSTIN POWERS: Though the script has not yet been finished, Michael York has been asked to reprise his role in the third "Austin Powers" movie. York plays Basil Exposition, the off-beat high-tech scientist to Mike Myers' Powers. York was in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997) and the popular sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999) in the role which is a spoof on the James Bond character Q. B5 fans will remember Michael from his "Late Delivery from Avalon" episode!

STAR TREK NEXT GEN: With the cost of DVD players coming down dramatically, everyone is looking for their favorite show or movie on DVD. The latest rumor indicates that Paramount may be releasing Star Trek Next Gen on DVD early in 2002.


SCIFI will conduct a marathon showing of Crusade beginning at 7am on October 8 and running until 8pm -- showing all 13 episodes of the series.


Along with Crusade, JMS talked to Cinescape about his RISING STARS feature film adaptation. “I turned in the fourth draft on the screenplay,” said Straczynski. “MGM, oddly enough, in a press conference to vendors for upcoming licensing mentioned RISING STARS as being on the slate for 2002. So I was surprised; I didn’t know that.” “[The film adapts] the first eight books. It’s 24 issues and each eight issue section is one act of a story covering 64 years. If this does well, we want to do a trilogy of films. If the first movie does well, they can reach into the second two acts of the books and shoot them concurrently.”


Ring of Minotour The sequel to Lives Of The Cat is now available, drawing you into a web of intrigue swirling around an ancient temple, a mysterious ring - and a legend that offers the chance for someone to actually become a god. Listen to Claudia Christian and Pat Tallman in this new audio drama as Jean Richmond's murderous lunge for ultimate power forces Anne Manx to risk her own soul for revenge. Larry Weiner's brilliant new script, the intense reality of the sound production, and a superb original score by Angelo Panetta, combine to bring you whole new worlds of adventure on the biggest screen of all -- your imagination. For more information, go to www.rrca.com


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.


The "Legend of the Rangers" telemovie will not air until January. Since SCIFI has stated that the rating numbers for the movie will be MOST important when deciding on moving forward with a series, what do you think SCIFI should be doing to promote the movie? Let's be practical. B5 fans will watch – that's a given. What do we need to do to bring new people in to watch? I've had daydreams on this one. Let's see what you come up with!

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.


FIONA AVERY: At Chicago's comic con, Fiona announced some of her latest projects, including No Honor: Makyo (set two) a 6-issue continuing mini-series in November. A 12-issue maxi-series titled Tomb Raider: Journeys coming out this December. A 4-issue mini-series of Witchblade coming out next year. A new project co-authored with Tippi N. Blevins (www.realtippi.com) titled Falcon & Prince, which will debut next year and is another 4-issue mini-series. For Marvel Comics, Fiona is writing the Rogue mini-series out this week and the Peter Parker Annual 2001 which is due in stores in December.

STEPHEN AUSTIN will be appearing at the Canyon Theatre with Vic Dunlop on Tuesday, August 28. For more information, you can call 818-879-5016 or visit Canyon Club website.

PAT TALMAN AND MIRA FURLAN Both Pat & Mira have appeared in upcoming Sheena episodes. In addition, Mira's husband Goran Gajic has directed two episodes. Mira's episode "Treasure of Sienna Mende" will air the week of November 10; Pat's episode "The Darkness" will air the week of November 17. Goran's episodes "Sienna Mende" and "Return of the Native" will air the week of January 26.

Bruce Boxleitner Bruce will portray General Andrew Couch in the upcoming prequel to "Gettysburg". Production is set to begin on August 28, 2001 and will follow events leading to the Battle of Bull Run..

Bruce has recorded commentary that has been included on the 30th anniversary edition of "Tron".


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.


Farscape #4 Farscape #4: Thought Farscape #1 just began appearing here in the US, issue #4 is out in the UK. In thei first all-female issue, Gigi Edgely discusses her role as Chiana and Virginia Hey, who played everyone’s favorite plant-life, Zhaan, gets the spotlight in this issue’s Q&A. Plus: Meet Scorpius’s lady friend, Natira! There are four brand new Farscape postcards featuring Crichton, Chiana and the whole Farscape crew!

DC Pencelling Comics DC Pencilling Comics: Since I know there are a lot of cartoonists out there, here's a new publication that might be of some interest. This book is packed with a wealth of tested techniques, practical advice, and professional secrets for the aspiring artist. It’s a valuable resource for comic book, graphic novel, and storyboard artists everywhere. Klaus Janson, a 30-year veteran, demonstrates strategies for penciling that are informative and exciting. This book covers everything from anatomy, to composition, to page design. Includes 100 black-and-white illustrations. (Watson Guptill Publications) (0-8230-1028-7) $19.95

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. 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

Sept. 4 Mind War
Sept. 5 War Prayer
Sept. 6 And The Sky Full of Stars
Sept. 7 Deathwalker

Sept. 10 Believers
Sept. 11 Survivors
Sept. 12 By Any Means Necessary
Sept. 13 Signs and Portents
Sept. 14 TKO

Sept. 17 Grail
Sept. 18 Eyes
Sept. 19 Legacies
Sept. 20 A Voice in the Wilderness (part 1)

Sept. 24 A Voice in the Wilderness (part 2)
Sept. 25 Babylon Squared
Sept. 26 The Quality of Mercy
Sept. 27 Chrysalis

BABYLON 5'S SCHEDULE IN THE UK Someone was kind enough to list the B5 schedule for the UK in the newsgroup. Thought it might be of interest here as well:

Wed 22 Aug Secrets of the Soul
Thu 23 Aug Day of the Dead
Fri 24 Aug In the Kingdom of the Blind

Tue 28 Aug A Tragedy of Telepaths
Wed 29 Aug Phoenix Rising
Thu 30 Aug The Ragged Edge
Fri 31 Aug The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father

September's schedule (hopefully):

Mon 3 Sep Meditations on the Abyss
Tue 4 Sep Darkness Ascending
Wed 5 Sep And All my Dreams, Torn Asunder
Thu 6 Sep Movements of Fire and Shadow
Fri 7 Sep ... Centauri Prime

Mon 10 Sep The Wheel of Fire
Tue 11 Sep Objects in Motion
Wed 12 Sep Objects at Rest
Thu 13 Sep Sleeping in Light


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


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



Amazing Spiderman #34 Issue #34 has just hit the stands and it's terrific. Over at Cinescape.com you'll find a review of the issue -- and as you can see, it's a keeper!


Rising Stars #16 Rising Stars #162 is on your local comic book shelf now. There is a review at IGN.COM at http://scifi.ign.com/comics/3226.html.

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.

**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.


Pat Tallman will join Robin Atkin Downes and Claudia Christian at the Slanted Fedora convention in Las Vegas, September 6-9.


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 .


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.

Slanted Fedora
September 6-9, 2001; Las Vegas
Guests: Claudia Christian, Wortham (Bob) Krimmer, Walter Koenig, Mary Kay Adams, Stephen Austin, Pat Tallman, Robin Atkin Downes

For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com/ or call (913)327-8735.

Friends of Science Fiction
September 9, 2001; Sydney, Australia
Place: Lidcombe Catholic Club, John St, Lidcombe

Guest: Marjean Holden

Tickets available only at the door on the day of the event. Cost $20 for members of FSF; $25 for non-members.


Star Trek, Xena, Sci-Fi Multi Media Convention
August 25-26, 2001
Minneapolis Convention Center
Guests: Michael Hurst, Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie, Virginia Hey, Keith Hamilton, Manu Intiraymi, Majel Barrett Roddenberry

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

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.

35th Anniversary of Star Trek
September 9, 2001
The Plano Center, Plano, Texas
Guests: William Shatner, Virginia Hey

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

Warner Bros. Address:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522


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

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

Copyright - SBruckner, 2001

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