Artwork inspired by Atari and Ectofiend
When I got into the Ghostbusters online fandom fourteen years ago, the thing that got me noticed--that made the fan fic and everything else seem like something worth doing, that made Ludicris and SpecterHarness decide to invite me into the Ghostbusters West Coast--was the Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline. At the time, before Youtube and the DVD set, it was about as comprehensively researched as I could manage...and encompassed virtually all of the entire GB lore at the time, this being before the "revival" which made the (to me) dumb decision to jettison 97% of the lore of the franchise to that point.
Anyway, that's all over and done and re-litigating it is a waste of time. That being said, over time as Youtube and the DVD set and the GBWiki came into prominence, a few things started to need revisions as more information came to light. Remember the flap about Charlie/Jim Venkman a few years ago?
But I think more than anything the thing that really started to bug me was a problem with Extreme Ghostbusters...I'd somehow written myself into the position of having all forty episodes occur in the space of about three months (September through December 1997). That seemed a bit crowded. And more, there were references in the show itself that indicated events that took place throughout the year.
So just fix it, right?
Not quite that easy, as the characters' birthdates were based on an assumption of age 18 in September 1997 (except Roland, who I set as 19). Numerous references in the Timeline and in Ectozone fan fic were based on those dates.
Well, recently I decided I really needed to take that plunge. More than anyone, it was the work of Rosey "EGBFan" Collins (a longtime collaborator, beta reader, and moderator at the Ectozone message board) and her brother Jake at their web site that prompted it. She'd done a lot of the work of "spreading" the events of all forty episodes over the course of 1997. I didn't follow Rosey's list 100%--I interpreted, for example, the contradictory dating cues from "Home Is Where The Horror Is" differently than she did--but a lot of it's her work and I credit her appropriately.
Along with that, all of the Extreme Ghostbusters are one year older. I carried the changes over onto the Ectozone Fanon Timelne, which means that there will inevitably be some in-story references I will have to revise, but I think this is a change that, in the long run, it made sense to make.
While I was at it, I ran both Timelines through a spellcheck--so there's a lower number of dumb spelling errors than before.
--Fritz V. Baugh
My own take on the Ghostbusters. Some of my own creations aren't this much fun to write! Click HERE to see the stuff...
Five newest stories (newest on top)
Ghostbusters: Love Songs--Magic
January 1995--Timeline Year Thirteen
Ray and Liz arrive in England, where Liz was trained as a wizard. What if her Aunt Tegan doesn't approve? And why is there a skunk in Ray's room?
(First Posted May 13, 2017)
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.
(First Posted September 20, 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.
(First Posted August 23, 2016)
Ghostbusters: Love Songs--Believe
December, 1994--Timeline Year Twelve
Homecoming in Truro. Ray's a bit nervous; maybe he should be.
(First Posted June 8, 2016)
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.
(First Posted February 14, 2016)
"Oh, God, he draws too..." A gallery of profile pictures of numerous teams comprising Ghostbusters International...Click HERE if you dare...
There are other great Ghostbuster sites on the web!!! Click HERE to check out some of them!!!
Remember when there were lots of Ghostbusters message boards? Not anymore. Now it's pretty much just GBFans and this
Ghostbusters is ©1984 Columbia Pictures. Ghostbusters 2 is ©1989 Columbia Pictures The Real Ghostbusters is ©1986 Columbia Pictures Television and DiC Productions. Extreme Ghostbusters is ©1997 Columbia Pictures Television and Adelaide Productions. The 88MPH comic book is © 2004 Sony and 88MPH Studios. Ghostbusters: The Return is © 2004 Sony and iBooks. Ghostbusters by IDW ©2008-Present Sony and IDW. Ghostbusters: Ghost Busted ©2008 Sony and TokyoPop. Ghostbusters: The Video Game ©2009-2011 Sony and Atari. Ghostbusters (2016) © 2016 Sony. No use of characters and images associated with the above is intended for profit, or to challenge the copyrights of the above holders. Characters and ideas not appearing in the above copyrighted works are to be considered © Fritz V. Baugh and/or their respective creators