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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.



Please get comfortable -- take your shoes off and stay a while.

There's a lot of information here and it changes pretty often. This is an interactive newsletter -- so if you have suggestions, please send me a note. Our weekly discussion topic is just one way you can interact with other Z readers. Send along letters, sightings of B5 cast & 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 or


What's New


Mira Ivanova

These photos -- and more -- can belong to you at a fraction of the price you'd pay on some of the auction sites around the net! Photo Shop. Check out details! Ordering is easy! If you would like to see more cast members added to the PhotoShop, drop me a note and I'll see what I can do.

The Gang


The second order for the Babylon 5 Season Three jacket will be placed on May 30, whether there are 100 pre-orders or not. The Club does not want to have everyone wait much longer for this fantastic jacket. Those who have already completed the pre-order in The Emporium will be part of this second order for the jacket. If you have NOT placed an order in The Emporium or over the phone with Val or Rae, please do so soon. This will probably be the last time the jacket is ordered, so don't miss your opportunity for a genuine Babylon 5 jacket.

Description of the jacket: 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. If you have questions about sizes, not to worry. Val or Rae can answer those questions for you.


Sciography, the upcoming SCI FI Channel series that looks at SF entertainment, is seeking footage, photos, memorabilia, anecdotes and other material about the TV series Babylon 5 for a future show. Sciography is a new, monthly biography-style series that focuses on TV programs instead of people. It will debut on SCI FI in July.

The Babylon 5 show will look at the background of the series, how it came to the air and the phenomenon that has evolved around it. Producers have lined up appearances from producer and director John Copeland, actress Patricia Tallman, Claudia Christian and others. Producers hope to shoot the show between May 29 and June 10.

Anyone with material connected with the show can e-mail the producers at

In a recent posting, JMS has indicated that these folks have already been in touch and are discussing an interview or two!


As many of you know, Jerry Doyle is running for the US Congress to represent the 24th District of California. He strongly supports issues important to all of us -- education for our children and protection of the environment. His website at has information about his views on a variety of issues and will grow over the next few weeks.

If you would like to keep up with Jerry's activities, receive press releases and information regarding special events and personal appearances, subscribe to Jerry's mailing list. Simply send an e-mail message to That is all that is necessary. If you have trouble subscribing to the group, drop a note to and you can be added directly to the listing.


Fiona Avery (who wrote Patterns of the Soul and the Well of Forever for Crusade) will be signing at Dangerous Visions Bookstore in Sherman Oaks on Saturday, May 20. She will have 100 advance copies of Babylon 5 magazine Issue #23 to sign. She will be selling (and autographing) them through DV at cover price ($6.50). Issue #23 contains the second of three Babylon 5 stories, written by her exclusively for the magazine -- entitled "True Seeker".

Times for the session haven't been set yet, so you may want to call DV for specifics the day before. The number for Dangerous Visions is 818-986-6963.


If you love to do cross-stitch, here's a new place for you to visit. Harriet Blocker, the creator of the B5 stitch kits, is now open for business with more wonderful designs.

The Station Stitchery has patterns of the station and some of your favorite characters (Garibaldi, Lennier, G'Kar). More will be arriving soon. The patterns have been approved by Jms and WB for sale.

Rising Stars #7


Picked up Issue #7 of Rising Stars last night! According to Joe:

"The new issue hit newsstands today, and it's a really good one, definitely kicks both ass and the arc into high gear."

"They've slotted September for the first issue of Midnight Nation under the Joe's Comics imprint. (I've turned in the first script, and Gary Frank is doing the pencils even as we speak)."

My local comic book shop still has some of the back issues of Rising Stars. If you need any, let me know and I can pick them up for you. He has #3, #5, #6 especially, but may have others.

Centauri Book #2


Peter David's "Armies of Light and Dark" -- The second in the Centauri trilogy is out on shelves around the country. If you are going out the pick up a copy, be sure to have the cover facing OUT -- to make it easier for other B5 fans to find!

** If you don't have any luck finding a copy, drop me a note and I'll pick up a copy for you.


Just got the latest schedule from Dirk at DragonCon. They have a great schedule lined up for the convention. For those who are attending, or who are thinking about it, you might want to check out the schedule at Looks Great.

I have found the perfect pastime for a rainy Saturday and Sunday. I'm looking through old photographs of conventions and visits to the B5 studio. I'll be incorporating some of these into my presentations at DragonCon.


I would like to open up an art gallery here at The Zocalo Today. There are a tremendous number of talented people out there who participate in art shows at conventions, etc. I would love to display your work here. 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.

We have our first submissions. Check out Art Gallery.


The second Thank You note to SFC is coming along nicely. It has been wonderful collecting names of readers -- and their friends and family -- to include in the next letter. Want to be included? Know of others who would like to be counted as well? Send your name, city/state/country to Another letter can go out June 1!

The original listing can be found at Thanks to SFC! A line break shows where the original listing stopped and the new one starts.


The Summer 2000 issue (#602) of Amazing Stories will feature a story by J. Michael Straczynski entitled "Space, Time, and the Incurable Romantic". This is the third story done by JMS for the magazine and features Marcus Cole! According to their website, the issue goes on sale June 26. The URL is

If you want me to pick up a copy for you, let me know now!

Crusade video


The fourth Crusade video has been released. It features "Patterns of the Soul" and "Appearances and Other Deceits."



Ranger Catherine has informed us that the second volume of Rising Stars has been translated into French from Semic Comics. This 52-page volume includes:
Rising Stars #3 (Whatever Happened to Lee Jackson?)
Rising Stars #4 (Masques)


Ranger Lance reports that the B5 game may be saved!!!!! The original programmers have joined with some new individuals to form a company called, Sector 14. Their goal is to finish the game. Check out for more information.



"Yes, I'm going to be at the Wizard Chicago Comic Convention (formerly Chicago Comic Con) to talk about Rising Stars, Joe's Comics, and any other projects that I can talk about at that time."

JMS will also be at GenCon (information on the conventions can be found on the convention calendar.)

Fiona Avery has been asked to write a Babylon 5 story for the Amazing Stories Spring 2001 issue.

Claudia Christian will be doing a special signing at JumpGate, a science fiction store in Portsmouth, NH July 6-7. For more information, visit Jumpgate's website at Hector Diaz is the owner and a great guy.

Carrie Dobro is appearing in "Communicating Doors" at the American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grant Avenue, Kansas City, MO. Call 816-842-9999 for details.

Evan Chen has his own MP3 site at

Bruce Boxleitner's episode of "Outer Limits" will air on June 30.


The Babylon 5 Fan Club has tried to keep mail going out to the cast and crew, but it is becoming increasingly hard, since people have pretty much scattered and the Club is not always in touch. Rather than sending mail to the Fan Club to be forwarded to the cast member, please begin using any regular fan clubs for the cast.

Here's a recent not from JMS on the subject:

As an aside to folks in general...mail to the cast should these days be sent via their respective fan clubs. As folks have scattered to the four winds, it's become increasingly difficult for the B5 fan club to track people down and get mail to them, and there are often long delays. And we don't really have the staff to handle a lot of this stuff.

JMS' mail can be sent to:

14431 Ventura Boulevard, PMB 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Coming Struggle


The Babylon 5 Fan Club has Hugo-winner "The Coming of the Shadows" and "The Long Twilight Struggle" available this month. "The Coming of the Shadows" comes in both an autographed and non-autographed version. The scripts are listed in The Emporium at


With the publication coming to an end with issue #24, you'll want to make sure that you have the issues you most care about -- or the entire set. The Fan Club has most of the issues in quantity, so check out The Emporium and pick out the issues you need. Don't know which ones you are missing, let the reference page here at The Zocalo help you out. It has a full index of the magazine so that you can see who was featured and what stories were covered. If you have any other questions about the magazine, just drop me a line.

The Fan Club has most of the back issues of the magazine over at in The Emporium. Issues #22 and #23 have been added to the listing of available issues. They also have the much sought after Issue #1, Volume #1. So be sure to check out ISN and see what magazines you still need to complete your set.



The magazine is MARVELOUS!!! If you get any magazine this year, it should be this one! It is one of the most complete treatments of the series I've ever seen. It not only has some great interviews with cast and crew, but it takes every episode of the series, has a brief synopsis and memorable quote. This combination of narrative about the show and comments from the individuals directly involved with it provides you with nice background of the series. While it can be considered a bit pricey at $11.95, I think it's worth every cent -- and then some!

I still have an issue or two. If you would like to have one of your very own, drop me a note at


Here are the latest action figures from N2Toys. This set of four action figures includes Captain Elizabeth Lochley of the Earth Alliance, the Drazi Freehold Ambassador, The Gaim Intelligence Ambassador and, of course, Psi Cop Alfred Bester. You can see the figures at Store.


Pat Tallman and Jeffrey Willerth have a chat room at their site Starglaziers. You can also get there through Pat Tallman's site.

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.

On the first Sunday of each month, there will be a chat at Groucho's Babylon 5 Calvalcade beginning at 5:30pm ET. Groucho's is a good place to drop over and chat anytime.


I've updated the B5 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.

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 , making it very easy to complete your collection.

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.


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.


OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #23 . Claudia Christian talks about her current projects and her life as Susan Ivanova. Fiona Avery has an original short story entitled "True Seeker" and Joe Nazzaro continues his "Making of Babylon 5" -- looking at season four! Endgame is the episode included in this month's Station Log and Lou Anders finishes up the JPL Connection. Don't forget the wonderful Babylon 5 Chronology. There are another 15 pages in this issue!

OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #22 Jason Carter talks about his character Marcus Cole and some upcoming projects. The B5 Chronology continues; as does "The Making of Babylon 5". The long-awaited new B5 short story by JMS entitled "Hidden Agendas".


What have you seen/heard lately that has reminded you of Babylon 5 or Crusade? Is it your boss with their Kosh-like answers? Yes, no, perhaps?

This always a good one to get in responses -- since just about anything can remind you of Babylon 5 or Crusade! Garibaldi's Pizza Shop is wonderful! Send in your responses to either The Zocalo or You can also post your comments on the message board at Follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page.


May Birthdays:

Theodore Bikel - May 2
Michael O'Hare - May 6
Stephen Furst - May 8
Melissa Gilbert-Boxleitner - May 8
Bruce Boxleitner - May 12
Andreas Katsulas - May 18
Doug Wise - May 21
Douglas Netter - May 23
Paul Winfield (Gen. Franklin) - May 22
Roy Dotrice (Frederick Lantze) - May 26
Harlan Ellison - May 27

For significant dates in Babylon 5/Crusade history, visit the new History Page to get all the information on what happened during May! This is an extract from Terry Jones' wonderful Babylon 5 Chronology.


Just in time for conventions -- the perfect take-along items! I'm always looking for something to take to conventions for people to autograph. The Fan Club has some PERFECT items for you – and they are reasonably priced as well!

The Antioch Calendar for 1999 is awesome. Yes, we know that it’s a 1999 calendar, but it carries a serial number – making it a collectible! The pictures are perfect for framing once you have the autograph in place! You can use this link for the Antioch Calendar or go the 'collectibles' portion of the Emporium.

Order any of the four sets of Autoghraphed Magazines and receive the calendar FREE!

Second – Season 5 Cast Poster. The Club made available to members a wonderful poster for season 5. The poster , signed by the cast members, would make a wonderful remembrance of the show – not to mention a fantastic collector’s item. It is located in the 'merchandise' portion of the Emporium.

Third – Season 5 Fan Club Photo & "Season 4 Fan Club Photo – These marvelous photos created for members of the Club are available for your enjoyment. They are $4.99 each with the purchase of $10.00 or more. Available in the 'merchandise' portion on the Emporium.

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 May 6.

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.


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!


cartoon Another toon from Todd Brugman.

Todd is soon off to England to be with his lovely wife Sarah. We wish them all the happiness in the world!

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!

Toon Zone Toon Zone ToonZone has some interesting toons, many for Babylon 5. Pop over and have a look!

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


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.

So far, we have clubs listed from France, Germany and Italy! That's fantastic. Let's hear from others -- even those in the U.S.!!!


Have you read the Babylon 5 books? Do you want to share a review? Want to voice an opinion? Here's the place to do it! Send along your review or opinion about any of the Babylon 5 books. It will be posted on the Review Page for others to read -- and comment about!


Convention Alert -- WARNING!!!

Northeast SuperCon - Here's an update on this convention.

Michael O'Hare, Stephen Austin, Peter David and I have been removed from the guest list. Majel Roddenberry, Richard Arnold and Mojo's names have been taken off as well. I've gotten a couple of notes explaining what happened at the website -- too easy to point fingers! Bottom line is that no guest should be listed at a convention site unless there is clear negotiations underway or a contract is in hand!


Stephen Furst has been added to the guest roster at Motor City Con.

Robin Atkin Downes, Patricia Tallman and Jeffrey Willerth have been added to the roster of guests at this year's Toronto Trek.

Marjean Holden has been added to the Shore Leave roster of guests. She will join Claudia Christian at this year's convention near Baltimore in early July!



Going to the convention and have an extra day or so to spend in the area? Jeff Miller (Agamemcon programming & webmaster) is wondering who would like to go out to Disney in a group!!! If you are interested, contact Jeff at

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 .


There are some great shots of Jerry Doyle and Jeff Conaway at the Star Trek Grand Slam convention in Pasadena, March 31-April 2 on the Creation Entertainment web site.

New photos of Peter Woodward at the Pittsburgh ComiCon! Thanks Ranger Mac for sending them along.

Ranger Teri has sent along some photos of Claudia at the Vulkon convention in Florida. Pop over to the Photo Gallery and have a look-see.

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


Motor City Comic Con
May 19-21, 2000, Novi, Michigan
Place: Novi Expo Center
Guest: Jason Carter, Stephen Furst

For more information, visit their website at

Hollywood Memorabilia & Celebrities Show
May 20-21, 2000, Chicago, IL
Place: Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare
Guest: Maggie Egan

For more information, visit their website at

FedCon 8
May 19-21, 2000, Bonn, Germany
Guests: Jerry Doyle, Richard Biggs, Robin Atkin Downes

For more information, visit their website at FedCon.

Tachycon 11
May 26-28, 2000, Orlando, FL
Guest: Tracy Scoggins, Wortham (Bob) Krimmer

For more information, visit their website at

May 26-28, 2000, Seattle, Washington
Guest: Robin Atkin Downes, Stephen Austin

For more information, visit their website at Anglicon.

May 26-28, 2000, Missoula, MT
Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown

For more information, visit their website at

Marcon 2000
May 26-28, 2000, Columbus, Ohio
Guest: Jason Carter

For more information, visit their website at Marcon 2000.

Vulkon - Tampa
May 26-28, 2000, Tampa, Florida
Guest: Jeffrey Willerth

For more information, visit their website at


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

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.

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.


Saturday, May 20, 2000
6 am ET/PT "Midnight on the Firing Line"
7 am ET/PT "Soul Hunter"
8 am ET/PT "Born to the Purple"

Beginning Monday, May 22, Babylon 5 will be broadcast five days a week, Monday through Friday at 6 am ET/PT. The new lineup will begin with a special showing of the first three episodes from season one and continue in chronological order through the end of the series. Check out site for the rest of the summer for weekly contests and fantastic prize giveaways.


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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