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Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 02:02 am Signal Boost: B5 Pin Artist Seeks Help


Jumpgate pin by Elana Kestrel

Jumpgate pin by Elana Kestrel

“If you or anyone you know would be interested in Babylon 5 ‘jumpgate’ pins,” writes faned Linda Bushyager, “A friend of mine, Elana Kestrel, has Stage 4 cancer and is selling these high quality pins to raise funds. She really can use the money.”

When Babylon 5 was in first run Kestrel used B5 fans’ ASCII “jumpgate” symbol to create a great collector’s item. The show’s creator, J. Michael Straczynski, praised the pin design:

JMS liked my handiwork, saying in email on October 29, 1995 that, “…it’s quite nice. By all means, good luck, looks terrific.” It is great to know that this Pin had passed THE most difficult quality test possible within the B5 fan world.

Now the artist needs financial help to keep fighting cancer:

In June 2007, your pin artist was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was treated in Portland, Oregon just before I moved to Southern Nevada. Now, two years later, the cancer is back and has spread to the liver. I am at Stage 4. There is no Stage 5. The tumor is showing signs of being under control, and with your help, it can stay that way…

Times are tough. I am having trouble affording proper food, medicine, basic living expenses and get the car’s brakes fixed so that I can safely go to chemotherapy.

I have decided to turn to the B5 community for help. My goal: sell out the rest of my pin inventory before Christmas so that I can have funds to just heal without worrying about covering the basics of life, even for just a few months.

You can see the pins online and order them today via email at Kestrel’s website — http://www.jumpgatepins.com/index.html. An online shopping cart is coming.

[Thanks to Linda Bushyager for the story.] PS - I have several of her pins and they are Gorgeous. - Auntie M <*>

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Zathras in 08
Jul. 7th, 2008 @ 03:52 pm Some costumes from Czech Republic

A costume of Delenn, a centauri costume, a narn costume and an Army of Light costume can be found at the URL above. Let me know what you think. Taken at this years Czech BabCon.
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Apr. 29th, 2006 @ 09:25 pm BayCon Special Announcement!!!! New Special Guest!
Current Location: Alameda
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: The hummin' o' the 'puters...
Hello everyone!!

Calling all Centauri, Minbari, Rangers, Earth Force, and other Friendly (and possibly not so friendly or neutral) species!!!

As Vice Chair of BayCon 2006, it is my pleasure to announce that we have confirmed Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto from Babylon5) as our Special Guest this year. You may also know him as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman from Animal House and some of his many other excellent films and televison appearances.

Of particular interest is that Stephen has agreed to be a judge at the "Bablyon 5 Ambassadorial Ball" (also known as the Masquerade) on Saturday evening and there are rumors of a "Most Thematically Appropriate" award.

Here is the link to his IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0299122/

Here is the link to his official web page: http://www.stephenfurst.com/index.htm

Feel free to copy this over to whatever Babylon5 or costuming lists you feel should see it (it has already been cross-posted to my personal LJ as well as b5costumes and bayconcostumers).

We would LOVE to see all the wonderful Babylon5 costumes that have come through BayCon over the past few years come and be presented in the Masquerade this year!

We look forward to seeing you at BayCon 2006 - "Tales of Purple Space"
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Nov. 7th, 2005 @ 08:00 am Props to die for (at least for me!)
http://www.propstore.com has some nice B5 props, I wish they had more. I really want the staff.


x-posted to b5costumes
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Nov. 6th, 2005 @ 11:11 pm Babylon 5 Security uniform costume.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Hi, I'm into costuming. This pic is of me and Iamradar at SiliCon. I still have to get some patches for my uniform, and the little metal/plastic pieces that aren't on the uniform yet.


I also need to get some pants in the right color for the costume.
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Apr. 15th, 2005 @ 01:28 am Joe's Auction

From: jmsatb5@aol.com
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2005 16:11:29 +0000 (UTC)
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Okay. That's it. I give up.

Over the last few days, I've been trying to sort through the tons of
boxes that have for the most part been sitting in storage for the last
several years to try and find space for all this stuff, and there just
isn't any. The floors are wall-to-wall with boxes, crates, palletes,
you name it, the detritus of decades of making shows and writing comics
and being a pack-rack. It has literally grown to overflow two rental
storage facilities.

I have reached the point best expressed by Oscar Wilde's last words:
"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

There's just no room, and I'm going insane.

So I'm going to have a yard sale.

Now, understand, the majority of this stuff will never leaving my
hands, and for those I have set aside places here at the house...the
statue of the B5 station that sat for five years on the desk of every
commanding officer on B5...the actual prop Book of G'Kar...a number of
props and bits of memorabilia that have honored places here.

But a lot of the rest is going to go out the door, because either that
wallpaper goes, or...well, you get the idea.

It's going to be kind of a JMS retrospective in some ways, because as I
said, this stuff covers decades...from memorabilia and storyboards for
the Ghostbusters, He-Man and Captain Power series, original scripts
from Twilight Zone and Murder, She Wrote...but the bulk of it is B5

There are the actual script books I used during production, into which
I shoved the script I was working on, the breakdowns, shooting
schedules, any storyboards that were needed...the whole thing, in one
book per episode, some of which still have my original notations.

There are episodic dailies tapes, with takes and bits not previously
seen anywhere, posters, publicity material, a ton of stuff.

Props from the show, from my personal collection, where I have doubles
or just no place for them anymore.

(One of the things I'm letting go traces back to the pilot. Not sure
if the show would ever actually go, I paid the wardrobe department to
make me a B5 captain's uniform. I know, I know, I'm the ultimate geek,
but there you are. Suffice to say given the passage of time and
calories, there's no way on god's green earth that that uniform is ever
going to fit. Not that I ever wore it past the initial fitting, but
for sure it ain't gonna happen now. So that's on its way out.)

Another prime item is going to be one of two huge original art pieces
that the late Peter Ledger did for me to help sell B5 itself, big,
elaborate paintings, signed by Peter. The one I won't sell is the
first painting of the B5 station itself from the outside; the one I
just don't have room for is the very first visualization/painting of
the Garden area, with the core shuttle, folks floating around, and in
the bar, a fight breaking out between humans and aliens, with an early
version of Garibaldi in the thick of it.

There's caps, and a disco-style prototype of a B5 crew jacket, a few of
the original blue key B5 symbol t-shirts made up before we did the
pilot and given out at a couple of conventions, an assortment of
souvenirs and some truly, truly weird shit, some of which nobody's ever
heard of before, let alone seen.

I'm still holding on to about 75% of the stuff, but the other 25% has
got to go.

So starting sometime probably next week, the week of the 11th, and from
time to time over the next month or so, keep an eye on Ebay. (I'm
playing with the idea of doing this chronologically, from the earliest
stuff to the latter stuff, but I don't know if I'm disciplined enough
for that.) I likely won't put this stuff up every day, only when and
as I think of it. So you may have days pass with nothing, then a day
when four or five items go up. The Ebay user ID is babylon5auctions.
Once I've cleared out enough room to actually see the floor again, the
auctions will stop and that user ID will go away.

Let the games begin.


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Mar. 6th, 2005 @ 02:10 am Who are you? What do you want... to wear?
Current Mood: determineddetermined
I am new here. I joined quite a while back, but haven't thought of anything to post until now. I just finished watching the 3rd episode of Crusade : The Well of Forever. I am enamoured with Galen's outfit - namely his lovely coat with cloak hood, and the way the coat folds in a double-breast fashion. Now the under clothing may be easier to find, however, but the coat is a rare item even in design alone (unless I am not open to some other sources).

Are there any known design patterns and materials list that exist in this reality for crafting one of my own? Or perhaps a way to contact the designer of the costumes, or at least a name? "Names" may not have been said to mean much in the B5 universe, but to me it means a considerable amount in this circumstance :P

Any advice is welcome, and in an attempt to find more information, I will x-post this entry to the main Babylon 5 community... meaning as little offense to the creators of each community as possible ^_~

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Jan. 18th, 2005 @ 07:19 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: goodgood
Hello! I joined in search of Delenn costume help. However I'm not finished watching the series, I'm unemployed, and I don't even know how to sew yet. So it's going to be a while before I'm going to delve into anything complicated. I *do* own a sewing machine, but I need to learn how to use it.
Anyways, I think Delenn's cloths are so beautiful and she is too!
I'm in the middle of the 3rd season right now.
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Aug. 15th, 2004 @ 11:47 pm (no subject)
To make a basic Psi Cop belt:

You will need...

*2 yards (more if you're bigger/taller) of black vinyl belting material. You can find this at fabric stores.
*Sticky-back Velcro.

Step One: Measure a piece around your waist and cut to fit. (Make sure you do this while you're inhaling, otherwise the belt might come unfastened due to breathing.) Fasten it into place using the Velcro. Then slide the belt around so that the edges are almost over your left hip.

Step Two: Starting towards the left of your spine on the belt, attach the end of another piece of belting underneath the belt and fold the piece over so that you can drape it over your shoulder.

Step 3: Attach a piece of Velcro underneath the back of the waistband (as in Step Two) and make sure the end of it will cover the edges of where the two pieces meet on the waist (from Step One.) Trim off excess.

To wear the belt and take it off, use the Velcro at the waist and tug it over your head so that the strap is over your right shoulder, as the badge is worn on the left lapel of the jacket.
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Aug. 9th, 2004 @ 03:33 pm Update and question to start with.
I've finally started to get all my info together on my first B% costume.


Also had a small question. After going through all the pics that I have that are decent. I am having some trouble with a color question. Is Marcus' cosutme mainly black, brown or both? This is my cry for help!
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