FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Today CafePress released
volume 7 of the Babylon 5 Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski. Babylon 5, the
Emmy-award winning science fiction television series that ran from
1994-1998, was created, produced, and written almost entirely by J. Michael
Straczynski, who penned 92 out of the 110 produced scripts.
The release of volume 7 marks the halfway point of what is potentially
the most ambitious and successful publishing-on-demand endeavor ever
attempted. Each of the 14 volumes in the series contains seven scripts,
brand new and extensive introductions and commentaries; production memos
and some of Straczynski's own behind-the-scenes photos...roughly 450 pages
of content per volume. Released on a schedule of roughly one per month, the
series will run over 6,300 pages published over a period of approximately
14 months. It is believed that no other publisher, on-demand or otherwise,
has ever attempted anything on this scale or schedule before. Paperback
volumes normally sell for $39.99, but for the first seven days of each
release, they are discounted $10.00 to $29.99.
The first six volumes of the series have shattered every publishing
record of CafePress to date. Sales of volume 7 are expected to match or
exceed previous volumes. For 48-hours following the release of each volume
of the Babylon 5 scripts of J. Michael Straczynski waiting fans snap them
up at an average rate of one book every 12 seconds. Based on sales figures
to date the series is projected to generate in excess of $1.5 million in
The success of this series, like the success of the Babylon 5 TV series
itself, is a planetary phenomenon. From the very beginning, orders have
come in from more than 40 countries around the world, including Serbia,
Mainland China and the United Arab Emirates.
As a thank you to fans at this midway point, CafePress is shipping
volume 7 with a free postcard bearing a special, printed, handwritten
greeting from J. Michael Straczynski. The postcards, which will be included
with all volume 7 books sold through August 31, 2006, are not available for
When the series is complete, the roughly 6,300 page set, of which
800-plus pages are insider commentary, will provide the most intimate
recounting of a television series from birth through last the episode ever
committed to paper. Asked about the comprehensive nature of these books
Straczynski has said, "This series is the closest I will come to going to
everyone's house, one at a time, and saying 'this is what happened, once
upon a time.'"
Fans must act quickly. This is a limited edition series. Shortly after
volume 14 is released, all volumes will cease publication. Volumes 1-6 are
still currently available at www.babylon5scripts.com.
This is the first time that Straczynski's Babylon 5 scripts have been
officially published. This is eventful to fans since script stores are
prohibited from selling bootlegged copies and downloading sites have been
shut down. "For years, fans have come up to me with photocopied scripts
they'd purchased for $20 a pop, with missing pages that are hard to read,"
Straczynski explains. "I thought, there has to be a better way for fans to
get these scripts without paying that much for copies that are usually
According to Straczynski, major publishers were daunted by the prospect
publishing the massive Babylon 5 script project as envisioned. They wanted
to cherry-pick the most popular scripts and release only a couple volumes.
Knowing fans of the television series would want the entire collection of
scripts, Straczynski -- who is known for his devotion to his fans --
partnered with Publishing 180. Together they chose CafePress'
publishing-on-demand engine for the series' printing and distribution
because of their capacity to produce such an extensive project, and their
previous positive experiences with CafePress.
Straczynski's instinct was accurate. Fans are especially appreciative
of the near real-time aspects of publishing-on-demand. It is approximately
16 days from the time a new introduction leaves Straczynski's keyboard
until it is in the hands of fans. This prompted a fan to post a note to
Straczynski on the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated that read
"Because the delay between completion and delivery is so small, it really
is like getting a letter from you once a month."
The script book series is available exclusively online via
www.babylon5scripts.com. To learn more about CafePress Publishing-on-demand
About J. Michael Straczynski
In addition to creating and executive producing Babylon 5,
Straczynski's other credits include The Twilight Zone, Murder She Wrote,
Walker Texas Ranger, Crusade and Jeremiah. The author of over 500 published
articles, dozens of short stories, three novels and two anthologies, he
also currently writes The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Supreme
Power and The Book of Lost Souls for Marvel Comics. In 1992 an asteroid was
designated 8379 STRACZYNSKI by the International Astronomer's Union.
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