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November 1, 2016

Born November 22, 1946

Crossed To the Other Side October 26, 2016

You will be greatly missed, Mom.

--Fritz V. Baugh

September 20, 2016

Extreme Ghostbusters: Coda and Terchi's Extreme Adventure, Part One
March 1998--Timeline Year Sixteen
A routine day at Ghostbusters Central; Janine is looking at wedding dresses; Ray is welcoming his wife and son to New York City; and the Extreme Ghostbusters get a call about hairy-footed kids materializing in Queens. Okay, maybe it's not so routine.

This story is a follow-up to Hearts In Eclipse; EGBFan requested I do more with Coda and Terchi from Enlightenment, and I thought of an idea; I'd always meant to get back to some of the ideas I'd left dangling in "Hearts In Eclipse", combine that with an idea for a couple of cute scenes (one of which I expect to play very well with my audience) and, well, it just seemed to fall together.

Hope everyone enjoys it.

Now in the Ectozone gallery: The Ghostbusters from 2016's Ghostbusters: Answer The Call. These characters do exist in Ectozone continuity, but are not Ghostbusters--they exist as staff of the Spengler Institute For Metaphysical Examination, and Patty is the niece of Winston Zeddemore (because Ernie Hudson played Patty's uncle in GBATC).

--Fritz V. Baugh

August 23, 2016
In The News
August 2016--Timeline Year Thirty-Four
Announcing the establishment of the Spengler Institute, a partnership of GBI with some surprising collaborators. Plus a familiar face enters the 2017 New York Mayoral race.

This is one half set-up for the status quo as seen in the Ghostbusters 2021 origin story Eye of Aretpo, and the other half a suggested use in the Ectozone/GBOT fanon of some characters that have appeared on the Ghostbusters scene recently. I don't know if it's a compromise that will satisfy anybody, but I had to try!

--Fritz V. Baugh

August 9, 2016
GenCon 2016 just wrapped up.

As you might expect, there were Pokemon in the Convention Center...

Something strange, who ya gonna call?

"Lock and load, Ladies!"

"Wait for it...wait for it..."


And here's the part where I show off the crap I bought. Surprising amount of Doctor Who...

The comic was an exclusive from WhoNA, and the non-Who comic was written by WhoNA's co-owner, Keith Bradbury. They're actually based right here in Indy, and I've visited their warehouse a number of times.

Some 13th Age stuff..

The coins were an impulse buy, but they're neat.

And miscellaneous:

An official GenCon badge holder (I figure after seven of them, six in a row, I'm no longer a Casual at this), a couple of Ars Magica books, and I finally, after two years, broke down and bought the DnD 5th Edition Player's Handbook. I'm not really interested in the Robotech minis game, but I decided I wanted the Veritech minis themselves, and there was a 30% off coupon I could use.

I know, I know, you don't care about any of that. What's Cryptozoic up to with their GB2 game?

The demo game wasn't as "finished" as the one last year--they didn't have the minis and used paper stand-ins instead. The Equipment Cards (a new feature in the GB2 game) are loaded with RGB and EGB references such as The Codex of Saint Theophilus. It looks fun, but I'm a little worried that they may have started to add complications which will bloat the game. I hope not; we'll see I guess.

I'm a little jealous of the "Yeti Level" Kickstarter backers, I admit. I won't name any names, but I know one of them, and the character he's getting based on himself is freakin' broken!!!

And next year...GenCon 50!!!

--Fritz V. Baugh

July 15, 2016
For the first time in twenty-seven years, a new Ghostbusters movie will be appearing in theatres today. It's been a long, strange journey to get to this day--full of setbacks, reversals, joy and dispair. The movie we're getting is, to borrow a phrase, not the one a lot of Ghostheads wanted, but we'll see if it's the one we needed. We've seen the best and worst of the fan community in action the last couple of years, and today we find out whether our hopes or our fears are borne out.

Whatever the end result, it's been quite a ride.

--Fritz V. Baugh

June 28, 2016
Announced on Bleeding Cool (who link to Variety)

Ghosbusters: Ecto Force Announced As Sony Updates Animation Offerings

With the immanent arrival of a new Ghostbusters movie, Sony has announced a new animated series to go with it. Well, sort of. Variety reports the studio has announced it will release Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, a series about a “new generation” of Ghostbusters set in the far off year of 2050. It could be set in either film series or even follow up Extreme Ghostbusters, though the latter is unlikely. The program, however, will likely debut in 2018 with original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman “shepherding” the project.

That's pretty much all we know at present.

--Fritz V. Baugh

June 8, 2016
As a little movie called Ghostbusters celebrates its 32nd birthday, the release of the reboot is drawing ever closer.

And also this:

Ghostbusters: Love Songs--Believe
December, 1994--Timeline Year Twelve
Homecoming in Truro. Ray's a bit nervous; maybe he should be.

--Fritz V. Baugh

May 13, 2016
The Ectozone's birthday is lucky #13!

Not that worrying about the 13th of something has ever worried me--having been born on the 13th I'm immune.

I'd hoped to have another installment of "Love Songs" out today, but I got preoccupied by having my hosting revamped. It wasn't something I chose--the company I host with discontinued the service I was using and I had to move to another one--but it still meant some work copying files and making sure the message board kept working took some time, effort, and worry.

Check out my Deviantart page to see me drawing the 2016 Ghostbusters for the first time! The power of Patty compels you!!!

--Fritz V. Baugh

March 8, 2016

On March 3rd, the trailer for Ghostbusters (2016) dropped, and...

Well, to be honest, I got a silly grin on my face watching this thing.

I think I have reason to dare hope that this movie...might actually be good.

Also take a look at the new website Sony put up to promote the movie:

Paranormal Studies Lab, with some pictures and schematics of the new equipment.

--Fritz V. Baugh

February 14, 2016

Illustration by John Tobias, Rich Rankin, and Suzanne Dechnik

Valentine's Day 2016 has had a bit of a mystique in Ghosthead circles since 1989's Ghostbusters 2, when a guest on Venkman's public access show "World of the Psychic" pegged that date as "The End of the World" (in contrast to another guest, who'd basically had a semi-accurate guess of New Year's Eve that year. Because Vigo sure did his best on that one.) there anything to it?

Turns out, in the Ectozone/GBOT universe anyway, yes...

Extreme Ghostbusters: The End Of The World!
February 14, 2016--Timeline Year Thirty-Four
In a dark room, an old prophesy is about to come to pass.

But wait, that's not all!

In last year's conclusion to "Enlightenment" we saw Ray Stantz and Liz Hawthorne becoming a couple. But there's still a lot to be told on the way to GB202x member Eric Stantz's origin story, so here's the next step...

Ghostbusters: Love Songs--Please
October, 1994--Timeline Year Twelve
Dragonsfall is safe. Liz is back on Earth. Where do she and Ray go from here?

More to come, assuming we really don't have the End of the World today...

--Fritz V. Baugh

January 1, 2016
So...anything big on tap for 2016?

Oh yeah...

But that's not all--remember that IDW's awesome comic book continues in its third ongoing series, Ghostbusters International. The same creative team--Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening--bring their thirty-seventh issue to the stands this month.

Other than listening to Donald Trump and stupid people who want to vote for Donald Trump, it's gonna be a fun year!

--Fritz V. Baugh

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