New Meetup: J. Michael Straczynski -- Babylon 5 creator @ MIT's Julius Schwartz Lecture

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:29 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: J. Michael Straczynski -- Babylon 5 creator @ MIT's Julius Schwartz Lecture

When: May 22,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Friday, May 22, 2009
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Price: $10.00 [ Purchase tickets: http://cms.mit.edu/juliusschwartz/tickets.html ]

Seating is limited. Let's head in at 6:30 pm for seats. Thank you Jerry for finding this!

J. Michael Straczynski, Creator of Babylon 5, at MIT's Julius Schwartz Lecture:
http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=182729

"The Julius Schwartz Lecture is an annual event held to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the culture, creativity and community of comics and popular entertainment.

"This year's speaker is transmedia creator J. Michael Straczynski, who has most recently entered the motion picture arena, writing the period drama Changeling for Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie. He has also begun work on Last Words, a pilot for a new TV series for the TNT network.

"Previously known best for his role as the creator of the cult science fiction series Babylon 5 and its various spin-off films and series, Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through all of the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season.

"He was one of the first television producers to actively engage his fan community online and has consistently explored the interface between digital media and other storytelling platforms".

Where to Meet:

T.J. needs to scope out the area to find some type of sandwich shop we all drop in on randomly and grab a bite to eat. He will be there starting at 5:45 pm. We can all walk over at 6:20 pm. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7 with short brown hair, spiked in the front, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

About The MIT Comparative Media Studies program:
http://cms.mit.edu/

"The MIT Comparative Media Studies (CMS) program is committed to the art of thinking across media forms, theoretical domains, cultural contexts, and historical periods. Both our graduate and undergraduate programs encourage the bridging of theory and practice, as much through course work as through participation in faculty and independent research projects.

"The goal of our program is not to replicate existing paradigms, but as an early CMS backer said, to prepare students for jobs that don't yet exist. We consult regularly with leaders in industry, the arts, public policy, journalism, education, and the nonprofit sector, trying to understand contemporary developments, identify job and internship opportunities, and pinpoint skills and knowledge which will help prepare our students for new opportunities.

About The Julius Schwartz Lecture:

"The Julius Schwartz Lecture is an annual event held to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the culture, creativity and community of comics and popular entertainment..

"The lecture is hosted by the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT and was founded to honor the memory of longtime DC Comics editor Julius 'Julie' Schwartz, whose contributions to our culture include co-founding the first science fiction fanzine in 1932, the first science fiction literary agency in 1934, and the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Schwartz went on to launch a career in comics that would last for well over 42 years, during which time he helped launch the Silver Age of Comics, introduced the idea of parallel universes, and had a hand in the reinvention of such characters as Batman, Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and the Atom.

"The event is typically structured as a short lecture presented by the honored speaker, followed by a question-and-answer discussion between the speaker and the head of the Comparative Media Studies program, media scholar Henry Jenkins III. This will be followed by an open question-and-answer session between the lecturer and the audience".

About Babylon 5:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon_5

"Babylon 5 is an American science fiction television series created, produced and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. The show centers on the Babylon 5 space station: a focal point for politics, diplomacy, and conflict during the years 2257-2262. With its prominent use of pre-planned story arcs, the series was often described as a "novel for television."

"The pilot film premiered on February 22, 1993. The regular series aired from January 26, 1994 and ran for five full seasons, winning two Hugos for Best Dramatic Presentation and two Emmy awards - for makeup and visual effects. The show spawned six television films and a spin-off series, Crusade, which aired in 1999 and ran for thirteen episodes".

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/10342929/

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