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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: Updates from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/26/1997 6:40:00 PM  

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A number of items, from fairly important to not at all.

If you are anywhere in the Atlanta area, I suggest -- fairly
strongly -- that you exert every effort to be present at the B5
Presentation on Sunday afternoon (I think it's 1 or 2 p.m.) featuring
B5 producer George Johnsen. He will have the usual assortment of
bloopers, clips from the two movies now in production, and other
stuff...and the "other stuff" is something folks should be around for.

You may possibly also want to tune in to Entertainment Tonight
tomorrow (Friday) night.

And definitely buy a copy of the TV Guide issue that hits the
stands Monday on the West Coast, and Saturday on the East Coast. In
fact, I suggest you buy two.

All of this will make sense in the fullness of time.

Also...on a wholly different note...we're continuing our updates
on the B5 Fan Club. The new edition of the newsletter is in its final
stages, and will likely hit the printers next week. We're going to be
releasing some new items from, including the new set of
B5 trading cards from Fleer at a very competitive price, with another
bunch of them for sale with the box autographed by some guy named
jms...and next week we should be putting up our first in a series of
B5-special ball caps, this one the exact same cap, made by the same
people, used in "Knives": Sheridan's Agamemnon cap, which has
a silhouette of the Aggy and its ship construction ID number below.
It's *very* spiffy. More caps will be forthcoming. (The cards are now
available via, and the caps will be available there next

We're also totally redesigning the membership kits for those
joining in the next few months, and are planning a massive facelift for as well. We'll be announcing more improvements over the
next 4-5 weeks.

Keep watching the skies....

    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: Updates from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/27/1997 5:27:00 AM  

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Darran Williams <> asks:
> can you show any?

I will definitely be bringing clips to Blackpool.

    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: Updates from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/29/1997 9:02:00 PM  

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Batman <> asks:
> Makes sense?
> Other than it's about damn time those pin-heads at TV Guide woke
> up and realized there's more to Sc-Fi TV than Star Trek? Is this a
> hint that there will possibly be two different covers???? How
> about the B5 ball cap worn by Sheridan during batting practice
> (or is this what you were talkng about)????? Was that KNIVES?
> The one where he gets "possessed"????
> How about T-Shirts, or long-sleeve T's printed up to look like
> the "Army Of Light" Uniforms? Or how about T-Shirts with the B5
> Sword logo on them? And when may we expect the line of action
> figures?????

Yes, the ball cap is the same one he wore at batting practice.
(Wore it today, in fact, meeting Neil Gaiman and Harlan for dinner.)

    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: Updates from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 7/6/1997 8:03:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

"Basically, Warner Bros. was not willnig to fund a fifth season of B5
for syndication."

Incorrect. Not just incorrect but *massively* incorrect.

In the past, the PTEN deal had WB and the indie stations putting
up the money for B5.

For year 5, TNT *and* WB are both footing the bill for the fifth
season. WB *wanted* to do the show, but was finding trouble in the
current syndicated marketplace with more and more stations, and
timeslots, being committed to other programs and networks like UPN.
TNT provided a window, and WB went through it.

    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: Updates from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 7/16/1997 2:50:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> How can I sign up to the fan club?
> Also, how can I get one of these boxes signed by someone going by
> the handle "jms?"

You can get info on the boxes, and the fan club, at


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