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UPDATES: I know it may be hard to find the things that have been added to the page each day, so I'm going to try a couple of different methods. Today, I'll use this color for all updates. Tomorrow the update's information will revert to the color of the rest of the page. Only updates will be in this color. Hopefully this will help you identify NEW items.

Maggie Egan


Maggie Egan, the ISN Anchor from Babylon 5, will be chatting with fans on March 29 at 6pm PST (9pm EST or 1300 GMT). Drop over and ask Maggie about her roles on both Babylon 5 and Crusade. The chat will be conducted at the Yahoo chat site. Just select Live Events from the menu! For more information about Maggie, visit her website at


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 or That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.


I am in the process of pulling together a PHOTO SHOP for Babylon 5 and Crusade. The section will be up and running soon -- providing you with a single place to purchase AUTOGAPHED photographs from the cast and crew of your favorite show! I've talked to Carrie Dobro, Marjean Holden, David Allen Brooks, Peter Woodward, Stephen Austin, Maggie Egan and all have agreed to participate. Others will be on-board soon.


Warner Bros. has a Babylon 5 postcard delivery service on their site at Babylon 5 Cards. Send a note to a friend to say Happy St. Patrick's Day or just to say HI.



I interviewed Stephen Austin, that loveable Pak'Ma'Ra Ambassador in early February as we were getting ready for his on-line chat. That interview is on on the Interview Page.


Have you seen the Babylon 5 Chronology yet in the Babylon 5 magazine? If you have, you are amazed at the amount of detail packed into it. Terry describes how he developed the chronology in a brief interview. Check it out on Interview page.


There are some special autograph sessions coming up in Europe. Here are the details:

Andreas Katsulas will be at the following:

13, rue de Saintonge
75003 PARIS
Contact:01 48 04 88 71
Wednesday, March 22, 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Andreas, Peter Jurasik and Richard Biggs will be at the following:

UFA-Palast Stuttgart
Rosensteinstraße 20
70191 Stuttgart
Tel.: 0711 - 255260
Oscar's Bar at the UFA Palast
Friday, 24 March, at 5:00 pm
Saturday, 25 March, at 3:00 pm
Advance booking through the UFA Palast Stuttgart and the Movie Shop Reinheimer.
For information e-mail -


Star Trek fans have been casting their votes for the last week on the Next Trek Premises at the site. There are 7 favorites. If you'd like to cast your vote, go to

The preliminary results are available there along with the polling bar at the bottom left to make your choice and view the ongoing results.


According to the March 2000 issue of "Previews," a mail-order catalog available in comic book shops and speciality bookstores, the British Official Babylon 5 Magazine will cease publication with its Volume 2 Issue 24 issue, scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in May. The notice on page 289 of "Previews" has this to say about the issue:

"Special 100-page giant-size issue! It's a farewell to arms and a farewell to Babylon 5 Magazine with the last issue ever! As Babylon 5 Magazine draws to an exciting conclusion, Issue 24 chronicles the making of Season 5, the TV Movies and the spin-off series, Crusade. Babylon 5 Magazine has exclusive new fiction from author J. Gregory Keyes and a final epic installment in the acclaimed Official Babylon 5 Chronology. In a special feature, get to the heart of the conflict between the Shadows and the Vorlons which lies at the center of the Babylon 5 story. Also, Babylon 5 Magazine talks to series creator J. Michael Straczynski for the final time. Don't dare miss it!"

Further information from the magazine website:

Titan Magazines confirmed 2 March 2000 that Babylon 5 Magazine would cease publication with Issue 24, a double-sized issue. The closure reflects a drop in sales since the series completed its five-year run, resulting in the reluctant decision not to renew the license for the title with Warner Bros. as the licensing period reached its end.

"Since the show came off air sales have declined and this makes its continuation economically difficult," commented current editor Brian J. Robb. "We're sorry to have to wind down the magazine. However, all those who worked on the title are proud to have been associated with one of the best magazines based on a TV show. I'd like to thank all our readers and Babylon 5 fans for their support and contributions during the life of the magazine."

Titan has or will have published 34 issues of the magazine by the end of its run, beginning with a special comprising material originally published in the United States. The regular run featured completely originated material including interviews, background features, episode guides and more. Nine issues of the first volume were published in the UK and Eire alone before the second volume was given North American and Australasian distribution. In the last few months Titan has continued to publish new material within the title including the official Babylon 5 chronology -- a complete timeline to the series -- and new Babylon 5 fiction in the last three issues from J. Michael Straczynski (#22), J. Gregory Keyes and Fiona Avery.

The WB video releases:

Posted by an employee of a comic shop to the newsgroup, received from their distributor Diamond Comics:

E-mailed Diamond Comics (my supplier) and asked them about it. This is what they had to tell me:

"We carried every B5 video Warner had offered. Warner has stopped releasing them due to low sales outside of our market. (The last round we accounted for about 45% of orders) There are currently no plans to release more episodes. Should that change we will resume listing these."

Video 1.02


Ranger Dave says the first two videos did appear yesterday. The titles on Volume 1.01 are: War Zone/The Long Road. On Volume 1.02: The Well of Forever/Ruling from the Tomb.

The remaining schedule for the remaining videos is:

Vol 1.3 10th April
Vol 1.4 8th May
Vol 1.5 5th June
Vol 1.6 10th July
Vol 1.7 7th August

Volumes 1-6 will contain loyalty vouchers in them that will enable people to 'mail away' to receive volume 7 free (offer expires 31st Aug 2000)

A ranger sent in a report that you can pick up Crusade tapes at They offer free world wide shipping and a 20% discount on advance orders.


This month, the B5 Fan Club has two scripts available -- "Babylon Squared" and "Chyrsalis". These are two of the best overall episodes of the series, and as Sinclair says at the end of "Chrysalis" -- Nothing is the same anymore! After the end of the first season, things did start to crank up quite a bit.


Babylon Squared

Don't miss your chance to own copies of these two favorites. Use the links above to order today!

The Gang


The B5 Fan Club has just made available a Season 3 jacket, just like the one worn by Bruce Boxleitner and John Copeland in this photo. This black, brushed twill jacket has a blue satin lining and is pleated in the back. There is an embroidered B5 on the front, a starburst on the back, a ranger patch on the right sleeve and a B5 shield on the left sleeve. With each purchase you also get a free B5 Fan Club button and Agamemnon hat.Visit The Station for details.


Scripts From The Lot is a new site on the internet that is making a select number of scripts available to fans. JMS, Fiona Avery and Neil Gaiman have works available right now. The works of David Gerrold, Harlan Ellison and Larry Brody will be available soon. Fiona Avery's Crusade script that was to feature Bester is available here!


Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Jerry Doyle, Jeff Conaway, and Stephen Austin will be attending the Star Trek Grand Slam Convention in Pasadena at the end of the month. Details are on the calendar.

Richard Biggs has been added to the convention list of guests at FedCon in Bonn, Germany this year.

Wayne Alexander will be the media guest at Crescent City Con XV in New Orleans, LA in July.

Slanted Fedora Productions has added Mary Kay Adams (Washington, DC, Valley Forge, PA and Chicago, IL) and Richard Biggs (Chicago, IL) to some upcoming conventions. See the calendar for details.


A few of you may have heard about a double issue Cinefantastique has had in the works for quite a long time. Well it's now in it's final stages! Yes, the June 2000 issue (Vol. 31, Number 12) will be an 85-page double-issue with a spotlight on Babylon 5. It will contain:

A long Main Story, 5 essays covering each season, a full 5-season annotated episode guide, sidebar spotlights on J. Michael Straczynski, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Bill Mumy, Andrea Thompson, Patricia Tallman and sidebars devoted to Casting B5, Costuming, Music, Production Design, makeup, Foundation Imaging SFX, and "Final Days."

Here's the interviewee breakdown:


J. Michael Straczynski, John Copeland, Douglas Netter, Larry DiTillio, David Gerrold, Neil Gaiman, Christy Marx, Bruce Seth Green, Richard Compton, Adam Nimoy, Jim Johnston, David Eagle, Janet Greek, John Iacovelli, John Vulich, Ann Bruice-Aling, Ron Thornton, John Teska, Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz, John Flinn, Christopher Franke (21)


Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Michael O'Hare, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy, Mira Furlan, Andrea Thompson, Patricia Tallman, Walter Koenig, Julie Caitlin Brown, Jeffrey Willerth, Brian Carpenter, Melissa Gilbert (14)

A number of people have asked where to pick up the issue once it's out. Most of the bookstores carry the magazine. The current issue has Voyager on the cover. If you see that in the store near you, you should be able to find the B5 issue once it comes out.

Rising Stars #5


I picked up issues of the comic before I left town -- so this isn't really NEW news. But the issue looks great. There are letters to the editor in this issue as well as a number of extras. If you are having a problem with getting copies, let me know. I'll gladly send them out to you.

Ranger Jim reports that the current issue of Wizard - The Comics Magazine (#103) contains a coupon that can be used to order an exclusive issue of Rising Stars #1/2. Thanks Jim for the information!


JMS says, "Things start moving awfully fast now."

From the Top Cow website, is a short description of the coming issue:

Patriot and Matthew Bright star in the next incredible chapter of the acclaimed Rising Stars story line. Also, Poet begins to confront the man responsible for the murders, and a dark alliance starts to form between the killer and other specials interested in self-preservation. Don't miss a minute of this highly revered and fan favorite comic as J. Michael Straczynski continues to please fans with his award winning writing!

JMS gives us a snapshot of how he writes "Rising Stars" in the JMS Speaks section. It's an interesting read, so don't miss it.


Each month the Babylon 5 Fan Club has been releasing scripts from the series. Over the course of the next few months, the Fan Club wants to release your favorite scripts - from any season of the show. With over 100 to choose from, we need your help in selecting which ones to release next.

If you could choose the 20 top episodes, what would they be? Send your responses to or Deadline for voting will be March 20.

Responses have been wonderful so far. Here are some early results! I'll be updating this during the week.

And A Sky Full of Stars - 10
Babylon Squared - 15
Chrysalis - 16
Comes the Inquisitor - 12
Dust to Dust - 16
Endgame - 14
The Fall of Centauri Prime - 13
In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum - 12
Interludes & Examinations - 13
Into the Fire - 11
Messages from Earth - 13
Point of No Return - 13
Severed Dreams - 28
Shadow Dancing - 17
Sleeping in Light - 26
The Coming of Shadows - 15
The Long Twilight Struggle- 11
War Without End - Part 1 and 2 - 54
Z'ha'dum - 24


Pat Tallman and Jeffrey Willerth have a chat room at their site Starglaziers. Drop over. You never know who you might run into!

There are a couple of regular chats that you might want to take advantage. One is over at Mike Helba has organized a weekly chat on Wednesdays at 10pm EST.

Another chat at Groucho's Yahoo Club site. The chat is scheduled for the first Sunday of each month beginning at 5:30pm ET on Sunday. Groucho's is a good place to drop over and chat anytime. I've found a pretty good group of people there at lunchtime (12pm EST).


We have a new message board at Three topics have been set up for this week's discussion topic, upcoming conventions and a general Zocalo Today area where we can talk about anything, including the content of the newsletter. Topics can be expanded as needed. There are already some great topics on the board created by the ISN News staff, covering B5 and Crusade. A few brave souls have left messages already. Please give it a try and let me know what you think.


I've updated the reference index. This page covers magazines like DreamWatch, TV Zone, StarBurst and others that have covered Babylon 5 and Crusade over the last several years. This index will expand as I add more issues and new magazines.

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.


Last updated: March 16, 2000

This section has a lot of information, directly from JMS. Read about working with WB in the early days of the show; his upcoming "Amazing Stories" short story and production of "Rising Stars". What does he think of Jerry's upcoming campaign? Check out the latest in the JMS Speaks section.


Stephen Furst will provide one of the voices for one of the Space Rangers in the upcoming "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command'' coming to ABC and UPN in October. Walt Disney Television Animation is producing 65 episodes of ``Buzz'' -- 52 for UPN's ``Disney's One Too'' and 13 for ABC's Saturday morning lineup. Read all about it at

A Piece of Eden, Andreas Katsulas' newest movie, will be playing the next couple of weekends:

The Vickers Theatre
March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
6 North Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI 49128
(616) 756-3522

Next month it will start playing in Naples, FL and Chicago, IL.

Michael O'Hare will appear in an episode of "Law and Order" March 22. The episode is entitled "Black, White and Blue".

Peter Woodward has won a part in an upcoming pilot being made by Warner Bros. It's a remake of the "Three Musketeers". No, he's not Dartanian -- he's going to be playing the bad guy.

Marjean Holden will become a regular on "Beastmaster". She will be going back to Austrlia soon to begin filming.

From: (Misty Ralston)

Sandy, just to let you know that on 3/28 PAX will show the Scarecrow and Mrs King episode 'Wrong Number'. This is the episode that guest stars Peter Jurasik!!
Talk to ya soon!! Jobsie


OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #20 . The theme of this issue is "Time Travel". Stephen C. Smith examines the nature of time travel and looks at the science behinnd the time travel events in Babylon 5. The special Babylon 5 timeline continues in this issue. War Without End - Part 2 is featured in the Station Log and Zathras takes center stage in a number of features. I have to admit, the feature on The Zocalo Today is really, really nice!

TV Zone #123 - Are you interested in visual effects or fantasy art? Then here's an issue for you. Wayne Barlowe, the artist who brought the creepy creatures in "Thirdspace" to life is interviewed in this issue. The sketches showing his early perception of what was needed in this TV movie are awesome.

TV Zone Special #36 - Bruce Boxleitner talks about his new book, "Frontier Earth", his work on the B5 CD-ROM "Into the Fire", shooting the final episode of Babylon 5, "Sleeping in Light" and a lot of other topics.

Dreamwatch - Issue #65 takes a look at the Babylon 5 movies, "In the Beginning", "Thirdspace", "River of Souls" and "A Call to Arms". I'll agree with the assessment of Wayne Barlowe's graphic effects in "Thirdspace". Awesome! There is also a review "Crusade" along with some nice photos.


This week's discussion topics:
What was your least favorite episode or movie for Babylon 5? Why?

Responses can be placed on the new message board at or you can send them via e-mail and I'll post them on the Discussion Page. Follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page. Send an e-mail message response to either The Zocalo or



March Birthdays

Rick Biggs - March 18
Brad Dourif - March 18
Jesus Trevino - March 26
Ed Wasser - March 26
Michael York - March 27

Babylon 5 History

March 2, 2258 - Dr. Stephen Franklin assumes control of MedLab on Babylon 5
March 3, 2262 - EarthGov formally declares Mars independent
March 4, 2260 - Dr. Mary Kirkish is called to Ganymede to excavate a buried Shadow vessel
March 11, 2260 - David Corwin is promoted to full Lieutenant
March 18, 2260 - Dr. Mary Kirkish arrives on Babylon 5
March 20, 2260 - John Sheridan takes the White Star to Ganymede and witnesses the activation of a Shadow ship
March 23, 1994 - Filming is completed on the first season of Babylon 5

** History dates are taken from the SlowDazzle calendar!


The Fan Club has opened up Gold Channel for all Babylon 5 and Crusade fans. Be sure to drop in to see the exclusive photos and background material on the show. It was updated on March 7.

Babylon 5 Bible -- The original Season One Babylon 5 Writer's Bible. This massive tome weighs in at over 60 pages with comprehensive backgrounds on all characters and story arc; as well as guidelines for writing SF for TV. This document is peppered with original (color and B&W) illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to place an order Babylon 5 Writer's Bible.

Babylon 5 Series Treatment -- This beautifully bound original Babylon 5 Series Treatment written in September 1988, was used to sell the series. It contains different characters than were ever seen in the show. This treatment was ONLY given to Network/Studio heads. This document is peppered with original color illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to order your copy from the Emporium Babylon 5 Series Treatment.

Ordering Information: There are a number of ways to order merchandise from the Club:

Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, or by fax. The Fax number is 1-818-771-1677.

FOR PHONE ORDERS: Here are the numbers to use: 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 . Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 10-6pm PST. If no one answers the phone, please leave your credit card information on the voicemail. Val and Tony do process orders based on the time-stamped voicemail messages. Be sure to leave your phone number as well, just in case they have any questions.

You can send a check or money order for merchandise -- made payable to Babylon 5 Fan Club -- to Official Babylon 5 Fan Club, P.O. Box 856, North Hollywood, CA 91603.

** For all orders done by mail, it's best to send in an order form with your check or money order. Use this link to get a copy of the Order Form. There is a new reference list as well, so that you can check to see what merchandise is still available. Ref List.


cartoon Another toon from Tye.

I'm moving some cartoons from Todd and Tye over to a new page so that you can enjoy them longer than just a week. Check out the new Toons Page!

There's an interesting competition going on right now over at ToonZone. It's asking people to submit a "punch line" for a B5 cartoon. Pop over and try your hand at filling in the bubble!

Got toons? Want to share them? Drop me a line at and let's chat!



Sonny Whitelaw has sent in a detailed report of the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS convention from Sydney, Australia. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time! Drop over to the Reports Page for all the details.

Ranger Kailin has sent in the first part of her report on JMS' panel discussion at Gallifrey last weekend. Drop over to the Reports Page and have a look!

Francesca has sent in a convention report to add to my photos of Visioncon. Along with the photos are a couple of works by Jamie Murray, a fantastic artist who also attended the convention. Jamie is not only a super individual -- he's a great talent as well. Love his pictures of Michael, Claudia, Mira and the others. Have a peek.\ Here is a site that display's more of Jamie's fantastic artwork . I think he is AWESOME!

The Convention Reports page includes: Sci-Fi Cruise, Best of Both Worlds (Sydney), Praxis, Tropicon, Slanted Fedora (Raleigh), Vulkon (Orlando) and United Fan Con are now loaded in the Reports section. My report on Far Point, with a few photos is also there.

If you have experiences you'd like to share -- or photos -- send them along. We'd love to see/read them.


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 The Zocalo. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .


Starfury Millennium
March 17-19, 2000, London, UK
Place: Heathrow Park Hotel
Guest: Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Wortham (Bob) Krimmer

For more information, visit their website at Or send an e-mail to

AggieCon 31
March 23-26, 2000
Guest: Harlan Ellison
Place: Campus of Texas A&M University

For more information, visit their website at or send an e-mail note to

March 24-26, 2000, Orlando, FL
Guest: Claudia Christian
Place: Orlando North Hilton & Towers

For more information, visit their website at or send an e-mail note to

CoastCon XXIII
March 24-26, 2000, Biloxi, Mississippi
Guest: Jason Carter, Wortham "Bob" Krimmer, Peter Woodward
Place: Coast Coliseum & Convention Center

For more information, visit their website at

Star Trek & Sci-Fi Media Convention
March 25-26, 2000, Long Island, NY
Place: Hoftsra University
Guest: Peter Woodward

For more information, visit their website at Creation Entertainment.


I've received some new photos from John Upton, Paul and Marti Baltrunas and Nancy & Grieg Pederson of conventions to share. They are now in the Photo Gallery Thanks for sending them along. They are wonderful!

If you have photos to add to the convention gallery, let me know. If you'd like to start a reader's gallery, that's possible as well. Just send along your photo and I'll begin a rogue's gallery for everyone to enjoy!

If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at or


Want to know what conventions are ahead for the Babylon 5 and/or Crusade cast and crew? Use this link Convention Calendar.


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

Some new letters have been added. 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.

The Zocalo - Today, Issue #3

I just put out a copy of The Zocalo Today - Issue #3 in PDF format, for those of you who like to have a hard-copy version of the newsletter. The Zocalo, Issue #3. You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat to open the file. If you don't have that, please go to Adobe and download a copy of the software.


We haven't forgotten all the wonderful pages created in support of Babylon 5 or Crusade. They now have their own page! I've added a few new ones, so be sure to use the button at the top of the page or Links Page.


March 18
7 am ET/PT "Meditations on the Abyss"

March 25
7 am ET/PT "Darkness Ascending"

April 1
7 am ET/PT "And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder"


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!


If you would like to take some flyers to a convention to help spread the word that The Zocalo is Back! drop me a line. I'll be glad to send you some in the mail. I've created a PDF file that can be downloaded and printed. Flyer Thanks for helping to spread the word about The Z!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (
The Zocalo Today


BABYLON 5 Awards Your web site, "The Zocalo Today", has been chosen to receive the BABYLON 5 UK TOP FLIGHT award ! Your coverage of the J. Michael Straczynski universe of Babylon 5 and Crusade is top flight ! Late breaking news, books, merchandise, cast & crew tid bits and humor, The Zocalo Today seems to be a one stop fan resource.

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