Poster for J. Michael Straczynski's lectureBabylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski will deliver the second annual Julius Schwartz Lecture on campus May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public so buy your tickets ($10) early either online or at Hub Comics in Somerville or Comicopia in Kenmore Square.

Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, contributes to the established comic books The Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, and Thor, and writes his own comic book series: Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, The Twelve, and The Book of Lost Souls. He was also one of the first television producers to actively engage his fan community online.

J. Michael Straczynski

You might also be happy to know that in addition to writing both original and adapted screenplays, he’s working on Last Words, a pilot for a new TV series for TNT and Dreamworks. It’s supposedly an hour-long drama with a paranormal thrust.

The event is sponsored by MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program with Professor Henry Jenkins as host. He will engage in a Q&A with Straczynski following the lecture and then Straczynski will field questions from the audience.