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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.

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What's New Today

Saturday, August 3:

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: Paul Anderson, the Resident Evil director will soon begin work on the screenplay for the Alien vs. Predator movie. Anderson, in an interview with JoBlo.com said, "I've been waiting to do a movie with aliens in it since I was at school, since the first Alien movie came out, since I fell in love with Sigourney Weaver and since the alien scared the hell out of me. I've been obsessed with Aliens for a while. It's the coolest cinema franchise out there, and Predator is the baddest hunter in the universe. " To read the entire interview, go to http://joblo.com/arrow/interview62.htm.

ALIAS: Alias will make it's second season premiere on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Variety reported that ABC will promote the premiere in 60-second theatrical trailers that will play on several thousand screens nationwide via NCN and Screenvision.

FIRST WAVE: Fans of First Wave will be glad to see series star Sebastian Spence join the cast of DAWSON'S CREEK playing Matt Freeman, one of Jennifer (Michelle Williams) and Jack's (Kerr Smith) professors. He's described as "good-looking, charismatic and entertaining," and apparently also has a dark secret (who doesn't in TV land?). The two-hour premiere is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2.

24: A number of new faces will be showing up this year on 24. The show recently began production on season two and Reiko Aylesworth, Tracy Middendorf and John Terry have joined the cast. Aylesworth, who some may remember from UPN's "All Souls" will play a new member of the CTU team; Middendorf ("Beverly Hills, 90210") will play a single mom who hires as a nanny. Terry, who played Dr. Div Cvetic on the first season of "ER," will play the father of Jack Bauer's (Kiefer Sutherland) new love interest (Sarah Wynter).

MANCHILD: Buffy's Anthony Stewart Head is talking his new BBC America series, "Manchild," which follows four 49-year-old men living out their mid-life fantasies in London. Head recently talked to Entertainment Tonight about the show, projects ahead and Buffy.


Friday, August 2:
CRUSADE PETITION: Ranger Mac has posted a petition to the SCIFI channel to resurrect CRUSADE. If you would like to join in signing the petition, go to http://www.petitiononline.com/B5CSFC02/petition.html.

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: Touched by an Angel 3.1; Alias 2.5; Futurama 2.2; Smallville 2.1; Enterprise 1.5; Buffy 1.4; Sabrina 1.2; Charmed 1.1; Angel 0.9, and Mysterious Ways 0.5. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/1/02 - 7/7/02.

WITCHBLADE: On an upcoming episode of WITCHBLADE, Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts guest-stars as Lupo, an international hate-clan leader. The episode, "Parabolic," is set to air Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

LORD OF THE RINGS: Peter Jackson has been dropping a few hints about the upcoming LORD OF THE RINGS sequels. In a recent interview with Cinescape, he said, “What basically happens is [the films] become darker and they emotionally go places, which is very interesting. As Frodo’s journey with the Ring continues, the Ring starts to affect him more. It will be very interesting to see the three films together because there’s going to be this switch as each film becomes more intense.”

Buffy Cast BUFFY: With the new season approaching, here's a cast picture for a new season. Speculation is that this will be the last season for the show because Sarah Michelle Gellar's contract expires this year, but creator Joss Whedon has publicly mused on the possibility of a BUFFY-less SLAYER. We’ll see. The show returns September 24 at 8 p.m.

Thursday, August 1:

BIRTHDAYS: It's a new month and there are a LOT of birthday wishes to send out! Check out the birthday greetings for both the B5 Cast and Crew -- and Zocalo Readers! HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVERYONE.

COMICON: JMS will be hosting a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon at ComiCon. Here's the clip from the con program: 4:30 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski–The mega-popular creator of Babylon 5 and Jeremia, is also the writer of Marvel’s flagship title, The Amazing Spider-Man. J. Michael Straczynski will talk about his TV projects, his upcoming plans for comics in general, and Spidey in particular and answer questions from the audience. Room 6BCDEF . For the complete schedule, go to http://www.comic-con.org/pages/2002Prog.html.

WITCHBLADE: Even though the second season of WITCHBLADE isn't even half over, fans have started a petition for renewal! More than 1,500 fans have signed the online petition. Want to add your name? Go to http://www.petitiononline.com/Legion11/petition.html.

LORD OF THE RINGS: Over at www.theonering.net you'll find some new pictures from LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS. THE TWO TOWERS comes out December 18.

CSI: Looks like CBS is trying to cash in on the popularity of some of it's series! CSI will be coming out as a five issue mini in December. The series will be penned by Max Allan Collins, the man who gave us ROAD TO PERDITION. VARIETY reports the series will come out from IDW Publishing. Gabriel Rodriguez is doing the pictures, while Ashley Wood is slated for the covers.

U.S. MARSHALS: ABC has ordered a pilot for U.S. MARSHALS. If you'll remember back, U.S. Marshals was a sequel big screen feature with Tommy Lee Jones as the dogged law enforcement officer from The Fugitive. This show will be produced by the same folks who brought us the movies -- producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson. No writer has yet been signed, but producers are hopeful Larry Ferguson (HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER) will pen a script that’ll set the show apart.

Forest Whitaker TWILIGHT ZONE: UPN has released the first picture of Forest Whitaker as the host of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Whitaker assumes the role once held by writer/creator Rod Serling, and acts as the first host of a TWILIGHT ZONE since Serling signed off on the original version. The first show will be directed by Jonathan Frakes and airs on UPN September 18 at 9 p.m.

STAR WARS: Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" to North American retailers on special-edition DVD ($29.98) and VHS ($24.98) on Nov. 12. "We set the bar pretty high with the 'Episode I' DVD, and we want to carry the momentum that we've built with this second DVD release, which marks the first time that a live-action feature shot digitally will be transferred to the digital medium," Lucasfilm vp marketing Jim Ward said. "With the compression and authoring that it has undergone, the film looks amazing on DVD." The two-disc "Episode II" DVD, which will be available in both full-screen and anamorphic widescreen versions, will incorporate more than six hours of additional materials.

SMALLVILLE/BIRDS OF PREY: There should be a TON of goodies available at ComiCon this weekend. Over at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0208/01/index.htm you'll see posters for BIRDS OF PREY and SMALLVILLE. Also at the convention will be the first action figures for SMALLVILLE.

Wednesday, July 31:
JMS SCREENWRITING BOOK: Have you seen the new soft cover edition of JMS' book on screenwriting. It is SHARP. The hardcover had some screen graphics on it; this edition has photos from West Wing! Terrific.

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: Stargate SG-1 2.3; 3rd Rock 2.2; The X-Files 2.2; Andromeda 2.0; Buffy 1.9; John Edward 1.9; Mutant X 1.8; Beastmaster 1.7; Earth: Final Conflict 1.4, and Pretender 1.4. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/1/02 - 7/7/02.

DEAD LIKE ME: Production has begun at MGM on a series pilot entitled DEAD LIKE ME. The series is expected to air on Showtime in 2003. Ellen Muth portrays a disaffected young woman (George), who is killed when a piece of the Mir space station hits her. She awakes to find herself assigned to a job in the afterlife, working for a "reaper" named Rube (Mandy Patinkin). Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: Voyager) wrote the script and serves as executive producer of the pilot.

BIRDS OF PREY: Over at Cinescape.com you'll find some new photos from the series BIRDS OF PREY. Set to premiere on October 9 on the WB, this drama is based on the DC comic book set in the BATMAN-mythos, and stars Ashley Scott (as Helena Kyle, a.k.a. Huntress,), Rachel Skarsten (as Dinah Lance a.k.a. Black Canary) and Dina Meyer (as Oracle, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon).

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: Kurt Russell is getting into the comic book business! Yes, soon Snake Plissken, the anti-hero of MGM's "Escape From New York" and Paramount's "Escape From L.A.," will be in your local comic book shop. An anime feature film is in the works for a 2004 release, and Hurricane Entertainment has partnered with director John Carpenter, producer Debra Hill and actor Kurt Russell to produce a comic book series, "John Carpenter's Snake Plissken Chronicles." The series will debut with MGM Home Entertainment's special edition DVD of "Escape from New York." A preview issue of the magazine is to be unveiled at this week's ComiCon in San Diego. In the anime movie, Russell will give voice to Snake. Carpenter, Russell and Debra Hill will executive produce in conjunction with a Japanese anime studio.

SIGNS: The movie opens this weekend and at a sneek preview in New York, it got RAVE reviews. Read what people had to say about this upcoming thriller at http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2002-07-31-signs_x.htm.

STARGATE INFINITY: We've been hearing about the upcoming animated series. Now MGM has put out a press release giving more information:
The animated action/adventure Stargate Infinity continues the saga of the men and women of Stargate Command as they travel the universe using the extraordinary powers of the mysterious Stargate portals. Stargate Infinity is the story of veteran Stargate explorer Major Gus Bonner and a group of young Air Force Academy cadets. Wrongly accused of treason, they must flee across the universe, pursued by a ferocious new alien enemy. The team must find a way to clear their names and to protect the mysterious Draga -- a strange alien being who may be the key to unlocking the ultimate secrets of the Stargate and of the Ancients who built them.

For a look at the character profiles, go to http://www.gateworld.net/news/spinoffnews.html#newsitem1026790701,73972.

Tuesday, July 30:
SPY KIDS: The entire SPY KIDS venture has been quite profitable -- and with the second installation (Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams) due out on August 7, Robert Rodriguez, creator of the Spy Kids film franchise, indicated to SCI FI Wire that's he's already writing the script for #3. While Rodriguez declined to offer any details about the third movie, he did say, "This is such a different movie. It's such a different movie. It's not Spy Kids go to Vegas. Even people who have no interest in Spy Kids would go see it."

NEW SERIES PREMIERES: Networks have announced the premiere dates for many of their new and old genre series. Among those of particular interest are:

Wednesday, Sept. 18
8 p.m., Enterprise (UPN)
9 p.m., The Twilight Zone (UPN)

Thursday, Sept. 19
8:30 p.m., Do Over (The WB)

Friday, Sept. 20
8 p.m., Firefly (FOX)
8:30 p.m., Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (The WB, new timeslot)
9 p.m., John Doe (FOX)

Tuesday, Sept. 24
8 p.m., Buffy the Vampire Slayer (UPN)
9 p.m., Smallville (The WB)
9 p.m., Haunted (UPN)

Sunday, Sept. 29
8 p.m., Charmed (The WB, new timeslot, two hours)
9 p.m., Alias (ABC)

Sunday, Oct. 6
9 p.m., Angel (The WB, new timeslot)

Wednesday, Oct. 9
9 p.m., Birds of Prey (The WB)

Thursday, Oct. 10
8 p.m., Dinotopia (ABC).

SOLARIS: SOLARIS, a new space thriller from Steven Soderbergh has been moved up to November 27. George Clooney plays a scientist sent to investigate odd probe readings on a station orbiting the planet Solaris.

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: 20th Century Fox has announced that the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has been scheduled for a June 6, 2003 release. Based on the comics series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, the film is currently in production in Prague under the direction of Stephen Norrington. The cast includes Sean Connery as Allan Quartermain, Peta Wilson as Mina Harker, Tony Curran as the Invisible Man, Jason Flemyng as Dr. Jeykll/Mr. Hyde, Shane West as Tom Sawyer, Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo and Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray.

Monday, July 29:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Channel Shows: Beast, Part 2 1.6; Shark Attack 2 1.5; Blood Surf 1.3; Beast, Part 1 1.3; Crocodile 1.2; Twilight Zone 'Thon 1.0; What Dreams May 0.8; Reptilicus 0.8; Hackers 0.8, and John Edward 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/1/02 - 7/7/02.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The new Austin Powers movie shagged the #1 spot for the weekend, pulling in $75 million. Here’s the rundows: 1. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER, $75.0 million this weekend, $75.0 million since opening; 2. ROAD TO PERDITION, $11.0 million this weekend, $65.6 million since opening; 3. STUART LITTLE 2, $10.7 million this weekend, $34.8 million since opening; 4. MEN IN BLACK II, $8.7 million this weekend, $173.6 million since opening; 5. K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER, $7.3 million this weekend, $25.0 million since opening; 6. THE COUNTRY BEARS, $5.2 million this weekend, $5.2 million since opening; 7. MR. DEEDS , $4.2 million this weekend, $116.1 million since opening; 8. REIGN OF FIRE, $3.3 million this weekend, $36.3 million since opening; 9. MINORITY REPORT, $3.1 million this weekend, $123.3 million since opening, and 10. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING , $2.5 million this weekend, $35.4 million since opening.
PREY: With such novels as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park to his credit, Michael Crichton has been in talks with 20th Century Fox regarding his latest thriller. PREY. Variety reports that Fox nabbed the rights in a preemptive move that shut out the other studios from getting a chance to bid…


OK, TV Guide just did their selection of the best cartoons in history. Some we can agree with -- some well, guess it is an aquired taste! How about comic book characters? Do you have a favorite? Why?

Send in your responses to thezocalo@aol.com or b5@aol.com. I'll post them on the Discussion Page later this week.


B5 Season One DVC AWESOME! This is the cover artwork for the first season DVD for Babylon 5. I think it is outstanding and can't wait to see it distributed in the US. Word is that the UK will get it first -- as usual -- on October 14.

You can pre-order the Season 1 DVD over at www.amazon.com for $74.99. The release date for North America is November 5.

JMS has said that "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).


JEREMIAH has begun showing the first episodes again on Showtime. If you missed them the first time around, you'll not want to miss them again. This week's episode is "AND THE GROUND....SOWN WITH SALT," Friday at 10:45pm.

Over at Comics2Film, there is a good review of the first seson of JEREMIAH. It is pretty thorough and will give you a flavor of the show and how JMS has meshed his talents for TV showtelling and comic books story telling. Go to http://www.comics2film.com/StoryFrame.php?f_id=1360&f_sec=6 to read more.

Jeremiah: And The Ground ... Sown With Salt

Jeremiah: To Sail Beyond the Stars

Jeremiah: The Bag

Jeremiah: City Of Roses

Jeremiah: Firewall

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

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.


STEPHEN FURST: While driving into the office yesterday, I heard a commercial by STEPHEN FURST. Stephen, as you know, is a diabetic. He is trying to raise awareness of the disease and it's link to cardiovascular disease. It's a very important message.

JEFFREY WILLERTH: Jeffrey will be a writer/producer for a new HGTV series entitled GROUND RULES set to air in 2003. The series pits neighbors against each other in an eight-hour challenge to out-landscape their respective properties with $1000 worth of supplies, plants and decorations. Jeffrey has also signed on with former B5 First Assistant Director John Radulovic as visual effects coordinator on X-MEN 2. Work on this feature film will begin as soon as the HGTV show wraps.

GARY COLE: While Tim Curry is getting a lot more play for his role as Mr. French on the upcoming remake of FAMILY AFFAIR, Gary Cole has the part of Uncle Bill -- not easy to fill the shoes of Brian Keith on this family show.

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Caught a preview the other day on Animal Planet. Bruce is starring in a new movie entitled HOPE RANCH, co-starring Barry Corbin and Gail O'Grady. It is scheduled to air on the Animal Planet on Aug. 10, 2002.


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.


RISING STARS: The next issue is designated for the week of August 21.
SPOILER INFORMATION BELOW: The government's come up with a Special weapon that eliminates our heroes' powers, forcing most of them into hiding. But as there's another three issues before this series concludes, it's doubtful they'll stay in hiding for long.

Speaking of RISING STARS, Volume #1 of the series has been out for a while. Volume #2 is now available. If you missed any of the single issues of the series, you'll want to pick up the graphic novels that include 8 issues in a single bound copy.

AMAZING SPIDERMAN: Issue #43 is on news stands this week.


Expose #70 Expose #70: The cover of this month's issue is pretty gruesome -- with a picture of a spider from EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS starring Kari Wuhrer and David Arquette. Dean Devlin talks about some of the other titles they considered using for the film. Stephen Spielberg & Tom Cruise talk about MINORITY REPORT.

Cult Times Special #83 Cult Times #83: Majandra Delfino, Maria from ROSWELL, talks about her time on the show. Farscape's newcomer, Raelee Hill, joins the Moya crew as technical genius Sikozu and Gordon Michael Woolvett foreshadows what will be happening to Harper this year on ANDROMEDA.

TV Zone #153 TV Zone #153: FARSCAPE fans are happy to see Claudia Black return to the series as Aeryn Sun. In this issue, we'll get a preview of season four plus chat with Claudia. Stargate SG-1 has started season six on SCIFI with a bang. Why is it so good? This issue has a discussion -- looking at the series from the beginning..

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.

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.


Lord of the Rings THE MAKING OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS by Brian Sibley follows the movie from conceptual design and filming, includes insightful interviews with all the principle cast and crew and has extensive commentary by director Peter Jackson. This fully authorized guide offers hundreds of stunning behind-the-scenes images from The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers feature films, as well as a glimpse into the third and final installment, The Return of the King. Hardcover : $29.95; Softcover $17.95.

Stargate Compendium The Stargate Illustrated Compendium for Seasons Three and Four is now available in the U.K.! The volume can be ordered at Amazon.co.uk.

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:






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.


David Brooks Galen

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: 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: gkarfan (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.


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.



August 8-11, 2002
Place: Milwaukee, WI
B5 Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown
For more information, visit their website at http://www.wizards.com/gencon/ .

Slanted Fedora, Washington, DC Area
August 16-18, 2002
Place: The Doubletree Hotel-Crystal City
Arlington, VA
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.

Slanted Fedora, Philadelphia Area
August 23-25, 2002
Place: Philadelphia Adam's Mark Hotel
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.

August 30-Sept. 2, 2002
Place: Atlanta, GA
B5 Guests: Pat Tallman, Jeffrey Willerth, Julie Caitlin Brown, Tim Choate, David Brooks, Andreas Katsulas, Julia Nickson, Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.dragoncon.org/.

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.


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

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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