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What's New

9:00am ET, 21-June-00

Straczynski Dreams On SCIFI.COM

Babylon 5's "great maker" J. Michael Straczynski has created a new online audio series, City of Dreams, for SCIFI.COM's Seeing Ear Theatre. Steve Buscemi (Fargo) stars in the first episode, "The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight," which will premiere on July 10.

The second installment of the 13-episode weekly drama will feature Frequency star Andre Braugher and Braugher's real-life wife, Ami Brabson, in an episode called "Rolling Thunder." Kevin Conway, the voice of the storyteller in The Outer Limits and the star of the PBS television movie The Lathe of Heaven, will narrate the entire series.

City of Dreams comprises new audio stories written for SCIFI.COM, ranging from the dark and ominous to the supernatural and hopeful.


"It's 13 half-hour audio episodes, first on starting July 10th, then afterward on Dove audio. I'm writing all 13 installments of The City of Dreams, and it's kind of a Twilight Zone approach, but made modern and given some new teeth.

The first one, "The Damned Are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight" stars Steve Buscemi, with Andre Braugher set for the next one."

For Wallace and Gromit fans (including JMS) -- according to Cinescape, the popular pair may indeed have their own feature film soon.

For FarScape fans: the Rittenhouse folks have moved the release date for Farscape Season One trading cards back to 7/5. You can order them at

I've moved information about new JMS Crusade scripts and Rising Stars updates over to a separate page -- JMS Works.



Date/Time: Wednesday, June 22, at 9:00PM ET

Bonnie Hammer, Executive VP and General Manager of the Sci-Fi Channel, held a chat last night with a few hundred fans of Sliders, Quantum Leap, The Sentinel, Babylon 5, Crusade -- and other shows I've forgetten. SFC seems to be going in a lot of new directions and they are looking at doing new things -- like the DUNE mini-series. I can't wait to read the transcript, since I wasn't available for the entire chat.

She did say, however, that they will be watching Babylon 5 very closely to see how well it does come September 25! That could be translated into a -- CALL TO WATCH!


Regent The Regent of Centauri Prime truly was here last night, in a marvelous chat with fans on Yahoo. Damian London, the marvelous actor who brought this character to life, spent 60 minutes answering questions about the Regent and the acting profession. His mix of humor and insight was delightful. Visit his website at Damian London Site. The chat transcript is available at


JMS JMS did indeed come to chat with fans last night over on the Sci-Fi Channel. I don't know how many people actually attended, but the questions covered the gamit of subjects. Hopefully SFC will have a transcript of the chat up soon.



Jerry Doyle spent about 70 minutes on Yahoo last night answering questions from fans. Thanks Jerry for taking the time from your busy schedule to talk about issues that are most important to you and others in California. Your answers on NASA funding and the importance of education to our society should give people something to think about as they go to the polls this fall. The 24th District isn't too unlike much of America today.


Marjean I hope you had a chance to drop over to Yahoo Saturday night and chat with Marjean Holden, live from Australia! She spent about 90 minutes with us, answering questions about her new show, Beastmaster, as well as talking about her experience as an actress and Crusade. The transcript should be up at the TNT site soon.

Marjean will be chatting over at Pat Tallman and Jeffrey Willerth's site on Friday, June 23 at 6pm PT; 9pm ET.

The transcripts of chats with Jerry and Marjean are now up at the TNT site. You should drop over and read what was said.


Dureena Claudia

These photos 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 new "Save Crusade" mailing list is now nearly 200 names strong. Not bad for a couple of days! The purpose is to gather together people interested in saving Crusade. If you would like to join the mailing list, just drop a note to If you have a problem getting on, drop me a note and I'll add your e-mail address manually.


Columbia House and Warner Home Video have ceased distribution of Babylon 5 on video. This decision stranded a number of B5 Fans with incomplete sets of their favorite series. Below is a petition that will be sent to WB to show that we indeed WANT OUR VIDEOS!

Even if you are not collecting the entire set, I hope you'll add your name to the petition, since I it would be wonderful to have the whole set available -- just in case you want the very one that is NOT in the collection, so far. Can you imagine NOT having a copy of SLEEPING IN LIGHT!!!!

To add your name to the petition, drop me your name and city/state to The petition can be found at Video Petition.

In order to get the petition on it's way, I will end collection of names on June 30. So if you have not yet signed up, do so now.


For those who have been curious about "Andromeda" -- the new Gene Roddenberry series that will air this fall, there is a good clip available at Kevin Sorbo gives you a tour of the bridge, "medical bay", and other parts of the Andromeda. The ship looks great -- we'll have to wait to see what the writing is like.

Over on the crew of Andromeda talks about the show and the characters they portray. The ship sounds interesting!


V Zones An old friend, John Freeman, yes, the guy who was the Editor of the Official B5 Magazine, has put together a great new site called Virtual Zones. It is one of the first avatar-based websites around and it has a host of services available. With his vast experience in science fiction, John is bringing together some wonderful people to chat -- Yvonna Navarro was in last night to talk about her new novel, "That's Not My Name". Fiona Avery and J. Michael Straczynski will also be along to chat down the road. The URL is It is a membership based system, so if you join, it will cost you a little money. But there are a LOT of things incorporated in the site. Wander over and check it out.


Jerry Doyle has a great website at It is full of information, including issue papers, special events, and endorsements. A new feature was added this week. You can hear Jerry (and other candidates) talk about issues on The Freedom Channel.

There is a special mailing list to keep individuals abreast of Jerry's activities. It carries information regarding press releases upcoming personal appearances. To 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.


DragonCon's latest schedule for Babylon 5 panels and presentations is out at Dirk's website Looks Great. There are a lot of Babylon 5 and Crusade panels!

I'm giving two or three presentations plus showing the bloopers. Those are always very enjoyable. My behind-the-scenes presentation is starting to look like some old home movies! Should be fun!


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.


Fiona Avery has received many requests from fans regarding her Crusade scripts. She is discusssing options with Bookface about putting her Crusade scripts on their site. Look for news on when her scripts will finally be available for fans all over the world to view (at!

From the LA Times: David Boreanaz, who stars in the series "Angel" on the WB network, has bought a Sunset Strip-area home from actress Claudia Christian, who played Cmdr. Susan Ivanova in the syndicated sci-fi series "Babylon 5."

Marjean Holden is currently in Australia filming the second season of "Beastmaster". She won the role of Atrina, a new character added to the cast for this second season. Marjean has completed a movie that will air on UPO in September. More details to follow.

Peter Woodward is in Egypt where he is hosting a documentary for a cable network.

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

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

BPark Pat Tallman, Wayne Alexander, Robin Atkin Downes and Maggie Egan star in: BABYLON PARK: GRUDGEMATCH.

The animated parody makes it's US Premier at DragonCon in Atlanta on June 30 and the Canadian Premier at TorontoTrek in Toronto on July 15.

GRUDGEMATCH is the second in a series of hysterical spoofs on some of the great science fiction shows of our time.

For more information, check out or


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


Comes the Inquisitor Fall of Night


The Babylon 5 Fan Club has two fantastic season two scripts for you this month. They are: "Comes the Inquisitor" and "The Fall of Night". The scripts are available in The Emporium at There is a special page over at for the scripts -- with some graphics. June Scripts.


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.


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 the month, there is 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.


AS602 Amazing Stories Issue #602 -- My subscription copy of the magazine arrived last night. This contains another original Babylon 5 story by J. Michael Straczynski entitled "Space, Time and the Incurable Romantic". There is also a piece inside about the B5 game, entitled "Babylon 5: Crucible of War". The issue should be on newsstands very soon.

Issue #24 OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #24 A truly SAD day has arrived. The very last issue of the Official Babylon 5 magazine has hit the streets in the UK. Yes, Issue #24 is out. My hat is off to Nick Landau, Brian Robb, John Freeman, and others like Lou Anders who brought us this wonderful publication. It has been THE ABSOLUTE BEST!

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!


There has been a lot of debate over the format of TV series. Should each episode be individual? Should there be a continuing story arc? Should there be smaller arc stories within a larger arc, similar to what JMSs did with Babylon 5? Does this format confuse new viewers?

Send in your responses to either or You can also post your comments on the message board at To see what other readers have posted on this and other topics, follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page.


June Birthdays:

Jeffrey Willerth - June 5
Donovan Brown (Optic Nerve) - June 6
Ann Bruice Aling - June 8
Mark Walters - June 10
Susan Norkin (Post) - June 10
June 11 - Adrienne Barbeau (Amanda Carter)

Mike Vejar - June 25

To follow Babylon 5/Crusade history, visit the new History Page for all significant dates in June! This is an extract from Terry Jones' wonderful Babylon 5 Chronology.


Here are the perfect take-along items for a convention! The Fan Club has some PERFECT items for you – and they are reasonably priced, and waiting to be autographed!

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.


cartoon Another toon from Todd Brugman.

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 Cartagia Toon Artist John Cook has some interesting toons at ToonZone . Do you have a punchline for the Cartagia toon? Visit Toon Zone and submit your ideas.

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!


There are a number of Babylon 5 newsletters active around the country. Dan Johnson has sent me a copy of Jumpgate, published in North Carolina. If you or anyone you know is interested in contributing, they would be happy to hear from them. Right now we're in the market to accept and consider any B5/Crusade articles, editorials, poems, con reviews, photos and artwork. Dan can be reached via e-mail at His snail-mail address is:

Dan Johnson
4200 Highway 29 North #332
Greensboro, NC 27405

If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along.



A new convention has been added to the calendar -- HiSeas 2000 - A Cruise Convention. Guests include: Claudia Christian, Tracy Scoggins, Wortham Krimmer and Bill Blair.



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


Robin Atkin Downes sent along a couple of photos from FedCon.

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.


AgamemCon IV
June 23-25, 2000; Burbank CA
Place: Hilton Burbank Airport
Guest: Tracy Scoggins, Stephen Furst, Jeff, Conaway, Maggie Egan, Bear Burge, Alan Kobayashi, Chris Nagle, Lisa Getto, Jerry Doyle, Peter Woodward, Evan Chen, Tim Earls, Michael Colbert, Scott MacDonald, J. Gregory Keyes, Bill Blair

For more information, visit their web site at:

Trek Expo 2000
June 24-25, 2000; Tulsa, OK
Place: Exposition Center on Expo Square
Guest: Peter Jurasik (Sunday only), Stephen Austin

For more information, write to or visit their web site at:

Hollywood Expo & Toy Show
June 24-25, 2000; Plano, TX
Place: Plano Convention Center
Guest: Claudia Christian (Sunday only), Walter Koenig, Bob Krimmer

For more information, visit their web site at:

June 29-July 2, 2000; Atlanta, GA
Guests: Tim Choate, David Allen Brooks, Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy, Peter David, Rick Biggs, Jason Carter, Stephen Austin, Walter Koenig, Brad Dourif, J. Gregory Keyes

For more information, visit their web site 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.


Friday 6/23/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - The Coming of Shadows

Saturday 6/24/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Gropos

Monday 6/26/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - All Alone in the Night

Tuesday 6/27/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Acts of Sacrifice

Wednesday 6/28/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Hunter Prey

Thursday 6/29/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - There All the Honor Lies

Friday 6/30/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - And Now for a Word

Saturday 7/1/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - In the Shadow of Z'Ha'Dum

Monday 7/3/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Knives

Tuesday 7/4/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Confessions and Lamentations

Wednesday 7/5/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Divided Loyalties

Thursday 7/6/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - The Long Twilight Struggle

Friday 7/7/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Comes the Inquisitor

Saturday 7/8/00
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - The Fall of Night


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!

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The Zocalo Today


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