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    • Joe was nominated for the Writers' Guild Of America Anthology Episode/Single Program Award for "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" (1989) in 1991.

    • Joe won the Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Of America Bradbury Award for Babylon 5 in 1999.

    • Joe won 2 consecutive Hugo Awards, in 1996 and 1997, for Best Dramatic Presentation, for the Babylon 5 episodes "The Coming Of Shadows" and "Severed Dreams" respectively.

    • Joe was to have written a screenplay in 1996 for the First Comics' character, Grimjack, but scheduling conflicts from his working on Babylon 5 at the time as well as the company's bankruptcy making the character rights unavailable forced him to shelve the project altogether. According to Joe the budger for the film version was to have been set around $30 million and that he would remain faithful to the original source material.
      The character was revived by IDW Publishing in 2005 after the creators finally obtained the rights, but nothing has been stated about a screen adaptation as of this time.

    • Joe has an asteroid discovered at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in 1992, named after him: 8379 Straczynski.

    • Joe's The Complete Book of Scriptwriting is often used in introductory screenwriting courses.

    • In July 2006, Joe announced that he is working on movie versions for his comic series "Dream Police," that he did under Marvel's Icon imprint, and "Midnight Nation," which he created and wrote for Top Cow Publications.

    • Joe wrote an all-ages storybook about fairies, "Delicate Creatures," in 2004, for Top Cow Publications.

    • Joe said that at his 20-year high school reunion, that only one person recognized him, and not very well at that.

    • As an inside joke (or slam, possibly) to his alma mater of the University Of San Diego, in his series Babylon 5, Joe depicted San Diego as having been destroyed by terrorists using a nuclear weapon.

    • In 2006, Joe is releasing all of his scripts for Babylon 5 in paperback form, through Cafe Press. All 15 volumes include new introductions written by him as well as additional and alternate material that was never produced, and personal photos and background for the series. This will be a limited set that publishing will be discontinued on printing of the final volume, with the 15th volume only available to persons purchasing the first 14 -- it will not be available for general sale.

    • Joe will be doing a new direct-to-dvd Babylon 5 series starting Spring 2007, called "Babylon 5: The Lost Tales." Each episode will run 30 minutes and focus on an individual character in the Babylon 5 universe. 4 episodes per dvd release are planned, and Joe will be directing as well as writing them.

    • Joe was recently contacted by NASA about adapting the design of the StarFury vehicles from Babylon 5 into a service vehicle that would be used in maintenance of the International Space Station.

    • Joe wrote so many articles for his school newspaper at San Diego State University it was often referred to as "The Daily Joe" by students and faculty.

    • Joe has sold a 20-part radio drama series to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "The Adventures Of Apocalypse Al," which will debut in September 2006.

    • Joe told the staff of Babylon 5 he kept all notes and secrets about the show on his desk computer in a password-protected file, knowing they would try to figure it out. But unknown to them was that he kept the notes on his desk, throughout the whole run of the show.

    • Joe named a union-busting tactic after Rush Limbaugh, the talk show host, on the Babylon 5 episode "By All Means Necessary," calling it "The Rush Act."

    • Joe wrote a script for a "Green Lantern" movie based on the DC Comics character, but Warner Brothers, owners of DC, turned it down.

    • (July 2006) Joe's script for "The Changeling" is under consideration for film development by director Ron Howard.

    • Straczynski wrote 91 out of the 110 episodes of Babylon 5.

    • Straczynski is the author of three horror novels - Demon Night, Othersyde, and Tribulations - and nearly twenty short stories, many of which are collected in two compilations.

    • In B5 Londo uses the expletive "Great Maker." The term "Great Maker" is also used by fans to refer to Babylon 5 creator and writer, J. Michael Straczynski. JMS's use of the term may be a inside joke or case of self-deprecation.

    • J. Michael Straczynski is considered a "renaissance man" for his many interests behind and in front of the camera. His credits include creator, writer, staff-writer, co-writer, Executive Producer, Producer, Director of Filmography, Art Department (for title design), Director, and guest actor. Most unique is his title as composer and lyricist. For B5, he did the "Untitled Telepath Song" heard in the episodes "Strange Relations" and "Phoenix Rising." He also did lyrics for "The Real Ghost Busters" TV series.

    • J. Michael Straczynski has always been a fan and force in the world of comics and was asked to be part of a featurette "exploring the personal hardships of Peter Parker and the burden of being Spider-Man," called "Hero in Crisis." This can be found on Disc 2 of the "Spider-Man 2" 2-Disk Special Edition DVD.

    • Was in the process of creating a new Star Trek tv series that would "get back to the roots", but Paramount chose not to follow up on this project. Though JMS has said he would, when the time is right, try again to sell the series.

    • His most recent current TV project was Jeremiah.

    • J. Michael Straczynski is commonly referred to as "JMS".

    • Has his own comic imprint called "Joe's Comics" under Top Cow/Image.

  • Quotes

    • (about his work on Jake and The Fatman)
      J. Michael Straczynski: I often felt that I was a better writer than the shows I found myself working on. By that I mean...you can write the best Jake and the Fatman script in the whole world, but it's still Jake and the Fatman. It's like putting in ten years teaching a pig to sing; even if you achieve the goal, at the end of the day, what've you got for all your work? A singin' pig.

    • J. Michael Straczynski : Too many TV shows are about answers - easy answers that you get just before the last commercial. I wanted to do a TV show about questions - hard questions. Because knowing how to ask the right question is more important than getting the easy answer.

    • J. Michael Straczynski: On the Internet, inside information is currency, and there will always be counterfeiters among us.

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