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  • New Joe Store

    FYI - Store opens in less than an hour.

    J. Michael Straczynski--creator of Babylon 5 and Sense8, writer for such movies as Clint Eastwood's Changeling and over a dozen comic book titles from The Amazing Spider-Man and Silver Surfer Requiem to Thor, Rising Stars to Dream Police--has teamed with Jason Davis--of HarlanEllisonBooks.com and long-time editor at B5Books.com--to offer hitherto unimagined treasures from his own private vault via TheJoeStore.com.

    "For years I've had all these near-mint-condition artifacts from Babylon 5 and elsewhere under wraps," Straczynski said, "thinking I might eventually donate them to a museum, but after thirty years of thought - I'm very deliberate that way - it seems to me that the best destination would be the hands of fellow fans who could appreciate them. This is particularly important since Amazon and Comet have brought along a lot of new fans who never had the chance to buy any of these now-unavailable treats. That these fans weren't around In The Beginning shouldn't preclude them from owning the cool stuff that was created for viewers at the height of the show's original run.

    "However, as a fan myself, I didn't want to go through eBay or other high-priced auction sites because the whole point is to get these items, many of which have been unavailable for years, into the hands of fans in a way that's affordable. So Jason came along with this solution.

    "All of these items are from my own private collection, from TV series and other projects I've done, preserved as I first got them. Most of these items can't be found at all online, or would be in poor condition. These are mostly mint, still in the box mementos, paraphernalia, collectibles, toys, books and other rarities. In most cases there are only a few of each item, so when they're gone, they're gone, and the final chance to get these long-lost treasures will come to an end."

    The online shop goes live at 11am Pacific Time on 9 October 2018 offering virtual shelves stocked with artifacts from the last 30 years of Straczynski's career: Joe's short stories (including the paperback adaptations of his Twilight Zone episodes and the elusive, highly-sought-after but never-reprinted B5 tales from Amazing Stories), novels (Demon Night and OtherSyde), and some of his best known comics, most of which are now sold out (Rising Stars, The Book of Lost Souls, Ten Grand, Sidekick, Dream Police and more--as well as convention exclusives, individual copies and entire 12 issue runs bundled together).

    TheJoeStore.com has Babylon 5 DVDs, CDs, magazines, novels, bookmarks, and even the long-forgotten promotional buttons, T-shirts and pamphlets that Joe personally commissioned to promote "our last, best hope for peace" in the days before the pilot was filmed and broadcast. (B5 adjacent, there are T-shirts from Joe's tenure as host of LA's sf radio show, Hour 25, designed by the late Peter Ledger, who also created the earliest concept art for B5.)

    Don't see what you're after? Feel free to inquire. We have very limited supplies--often just one or two--of Babylon 5 standees, Laserdiscs, and various action figures and games that we haven't yet put online, but we'll brave a journey to the Rim in an effort to fulfill your requests.

    Best of all, Joe will sign selected items for a nominal fee.

    Every order will be packed with a Joe's Comics bookmark or sticker, and a photocopy of Joe's "Sleeping in Light" teleplay will be packed with every order over $100 until our stock of those bonus items has been depleted.

    The Joe Store opens at 11am Pacific Time, 9 October 2018. Remember, many items are in (very) short supply, so don't be late.

    Items range in price from $5-100.

    P.S. Since this new enterprise is all things "Straczynski" and not exclusively Babylon 5 Books, if you would like to remain on The Joe Store mailing list please reply with a YES to this mailing. This is the only Joe Store mailing you will get from B5books.com.
    "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

  • #2
    I just got the mail this evening (my time).
    Will have to look if I can find something I do not have - and there is a lot more of that than you would think

    Update : The store should be up, but I get various server errors. I hope they fix it soon.
    - or maybe there is just a server overload.
    Last edited by babylonlurker; 10-09-2018, 12:06 PM.
    Jan from Denmark

    My blog :

    http://www.babylonlurker.dk

    "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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    • #3
      I am also getting server errors, so at least it's not just you!

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      • #4
        Same here.
        Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, their side and the truth.
        John Sheridan

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        • #5
          It's the amount of traffic that is causing the problem now, dixit lt Brandon.
          Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, their side and the truth.
          John Sheridan

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          • #6
            I know, server overload.

            The server could not survive the avalanche, that has already started.

            Will continue trying for a while though.

            Was just in, then next click ... poof !
            As Jan said :
            "You'd've thought of all people he'd know better than to underestimate "Joe's People Are Coming". "
            Last edited by babylonlurker; 10-09-2018, 01:04 PM.
            Jan from Denmark

            My blog :

            http://www.babylonlurker.dk

            "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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            • #7
              Jason posted that the software seems to have been designed by Shadows. That would explain it...
              "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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              • #8
                Having same problem with database errors... few things i would like and can afford. Will just have to see how this shakes out.
                Milkman
                www.mhoc.net

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jan View Post
                  Jason posted that the software seems to have been designed by Shadows. That would explain it...
                  Indeed ! </Teal'C Voice>
                  Jan from Denmark

                  My blog :

                  http://www.babylonlurker.dk

                  "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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                  • #10
                    Made it to the home page, but nothing further. No idea if this is practical or not, but if someone who does get further could take some screen snaps of just what is there that would be useful.

                    Or if there is even a text list of items that might be nice.

                    Neil

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                    • #11
                      I saw a lot of stuff, books, t-shirts, caps, ranger-pin, comics,cd's, magnets, bookmarks, ... Can't manage to put anything in the cart though.
                      Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, their side and the truth.
                      John Sheridan

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                      • #12
                        Finally in the store - 109 items. So, not practical for screen shots, etc. When I tried to sort by price got a database error. Another time.
                        Last edited by nottenst; 10-09-2018, 02:51 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Message from Jason:


                          ‎Jason Davis‎ to Babylon 5
                          12 mins

                          We are moving The Joe Store to another server. I'm not yet sure how long the transition will take, but in the meantime, I'm going to be doing damage control.

                          This was ENTIRELY my fault, and I will fix it.

                          I apologize to everyone for the frustration.|

                          JASON DAVIS
                          And JMS:

                          J. Michael Straczynski

                          @straczynski
                          47m47 minutes ago

                          For those who heard about the once-in-a-lifetime chance to pick up some rare B5 collectibles, books and such from http://thejoestore.com -- there's a slight delay. The IT guys didn't anticipate how many folks would show up and it crashed. They're fixing it but will be a bit.
                          "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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                          • #14
                            I got as far as the checkout screen. But my order selection, less shipping cost, and being able to pay are greyed out with spinning white inside black balls. I am not able to complete an order.

                            This message is what I got after I confirmed my email address:

                            My sincere apologies to those of you who've been trying to access The Joe Store since 11am this morning.

                            I am working to move the site to another server, but, for the moment, I'm taking the store offline to fulfill the orders that made it through and to secure the orders that couldn't make it through checkout.

                            My thanks to the folks at B5 Books, who kindly amplified my signal (perhaps too much, it seems). This was not their fault; it was mine, so please direct all inquiries to jason (at) thejoestore (dot) com and I'll answer them as quickly as I'm able.

                            Once again, I'm sorry for the frustration.

                            Jason Davis
                            The Joe Store

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kraig View Post
                              I got as far as the checkout screen. But my order selection, less shipping cost, and being able to pay are greyed out with spinning white inside black balls. I am not able to complete an order.

                              This message is what I got after I confirmed my email address:

                              My sincere apologies to those of you who've been trying to access The Joe Store since 11am this morning.

                              I am working to move the site to another server, but, for the moment, I'm taking the store offline to fulfill the orders that made it through and to secure the orders that couldn't make it through checkout.

                              My thanks to the folks at B5 Books, who kindly amplified my signal (perhaps too much, it seems). This was not their fault; it was mine, so please direct all inquiries to jason (at) thejoestore (dot) com and I'll answer them as quickly as I'm able.

                              Once again, I'm sorry for the frustration.

                              Jason Davis
                              The Joe Store
                              I got the same, sent Jason a mail with a pic of my cart, so hoping he can assist at some time.
                              Jan from Denmark

                              My blog :

                              http://www.babylonlurker.dk

                              "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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