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Jack Carpenter writes...

1) So aside from Spider-Man and Young Justice, are there any other comic properties you'd love to adapt?

2) Which one would you like to have the chance to do most?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. I'm so not picky.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Blanchett writes...

Is Miss Martian's race an older race than the human race ?

Greg responds...

Where are you dating the start of the human race?

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Just a girl writes...

1)When Did kaldur learned to speak english?
2)Who taught him?
I'm sorry if this have been asked before

Greg responds...

1. He learned the basics in school. But until you're out of the water, it's difficult to really learn how to speak it.

2. Teachers, and then Aquaman.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

I noticed someone else asked a question about doing YJ stories that require a more mature rating. In this case, the poster wanted more brutal fight scenes. I don't have much sympathy with his desire for more violence, but it did make me wonder about something else: are there specific instances in which you would have liked to have told on YJ but couldn't because of the limitations of the target audience?

For example, I thought it was rather clever what you did in "Disordered." Personally, as a 49 year old, I wouldn't have minded an entire episode of them talking to Black Canary in therapy, but the reality is that your target audience wouldn't have much patience for that, and you probably couldn't have sold the idea to Cartoon Network either. You came up with an intelligent compromise of having the team's therapy sessions inter-cut with Superboy's adventures with the Forever People.

1) Are there other instances in which you had to come up with creative solutions to making an otherwise unpalatable story palatable to your intended audience? Can you think of some examples and what the work-arounds might have been?

2) And, are there still other stories that you wanted to tell but couldn't at all because of the network or because they wouldn't have interested your audience? For example, you probably couldn't produce an episode that was entirely a slice-of-life episode without an action element because that's your audience tunes in for. Have you ever wanted to do an episode like that on YJ?

3) Will the third season have the same content restrictions placed upon it as previous seasons? Or, will you have more liberty with your creative choices?

Greg responds...

I wouldn't say the "limitations of the target audience" but I would say the limitations of those who are nervous in seats of power.

But your example doesn't hold water for me. "Disordered" was told the way Brandon and I wanted to tell it. There was no compromise for our audience.

1. Your question is based on a faulty premise. I'm not really sure how to address it.

I suppose we hinted at Red Arrow's heroin addiction, as opposed to depicting it. Added in a metaphorical layer about his addiction to searching for the Original Roy, without negating the possibility that over that time he had also slipped into substance abuse.

On another completely different topic, we were aware that we could not depict LGBTQ relationships either. But that doesn't mean we don't have LGBTQ characters. You strive to write with consistency even toward those elements that you're not allowed to discuss.

2. 100% slice of life? No. I like the mix and the counterpoint.

3. I'm not commenting on the third season at all.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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April writes...

Forgive the intrusion but I was directed here.

To be quick: can you offer any information about Preston Vogel? Biographical wise I mean.

Thanks

Greg responds...

No intrustion, but...

Beyond what's in the show?

Nope

I'm not offering spoilers, and I'm not going to sit here and write out a bio for you. Do you have a specific question?

Have you tried the ASK GREG archives on the character? Maybe your question or questions were already answered:

http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/archives.php?lid=560

http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/archives.php?lid=98

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Kalev Tait writes...

You've said that you are never going to do another Kickstarter.
1. Does this mean you intend to never use crowdfunding as a source of funding something personal again, or specifically just the kickstarter platform is a no-go?
2. Can you elaborate as to why you will not do Kickstarter again?
3. If someone else (a group of dedicated fans) were to manage a kickstarter on your behalf (for something you either already hold the rights to, something that does not yet exist or something whoes rights are in the public domain), would you consider working within that arrangement?

Greg responds...

1. Both.

2. A successful Kickstarter campaign is 100% dependent on one's own contacts. If I had know that my only route to success was to - in essence - beg personal friends and family for money, I never would have done it. And I'm certainly not going to do it again.

3. Managing a Kickstarter is indeed a pain in the butt. But that wasn't the issue. The issue is how something gets funded and by whom. My fans and followers, and I have a considerable amount, did not contribute enough to fund my Kickstarter. A handful of relatives put me over the top. LOTS OF PEOPLE DID CONTRIBUTE, and I'm very grateful to all of them. And I don't feel entitled to the money of those members of my fanbase who did not contribute. That's fine. But Kickstarter creates the impression that they bring investors to you. That was 95% not the case. Maybe 98%. And, then, added to that, it's been a huge hassle. And I'm still not done. Though I'm very close.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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NoOneSpecial writes...

1). How did Cheshire recognise Artemins as her sister in Infiltrator? I realise that must sound like a very redundant question, but technically Artemis was wearing a mask when they met, and you've said before in previous posts that this a universe where a pair of glasses or goggles is enough to hide ones identity, regardless of practicality. So how did Cheshire figure out that it was her sister underneath the mask?

2). Here's another thing, Artemis puts on the Glamour Charm so that no one would recognise her as Tigress, but with regards to the whole mask thing, wouldn't she still be unrecognisable to everyone, even her own team, by simply wearing her Tigress mask? In Summit, when Ra's reveals her, she wasn't wearing her mask. But say that she was to wear the mask and someone removes the charm, they still wouldn't be able to tell who she was. Not nesscessarily a question, just an observation

3). When Artemis went undercover as Tigress, did she take on a fake civilian name as well? If so, what was it? Or did everyone just know her simply by Tigress? Did they cook up a false background for her as well? Seems unlikely that Manta would allow Kaldur to appoint some unknown villain as his right hand without some assurances.

4). Since Black Canary was providing therapy for the Team and the abductees, does mean she actually has some kind of degree in counselling or psychology by the start of Season 1?

5). Do the memorials of fallen heroes include their real names, or does it just list them as their hero name? For example, does the one for Jason simply call him Robin or Jason Todd or both? Technically if Tim were to die and he's gets a memorial, they would have two Robins memorials. Do the memorials also include their date of birth and deaths as well?

Greg responds...

1. Fighting style, if you like, added to build, voice, etc.

2. I see your point. But Tigress was LIVING on Manta's ship. Plenty of people saw her without her mask. And even with Ra's, when her hair changed color, I think it would have raised suspicions that would have led to an unmasking.

3. She had all she needed.

4. She has training.

5. You saw what you saw. There's no text at all. And the two Robins (or three, if you include Dick) don't look that much alike side-by-side, especially since this is a private memorial for the benefit of people who knew the dead well.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

1) For some reason, I can't get into stage productions of Shakespeare, but if you put Shakespeare on the screen, I usually love it. I don't understand this. Could it be that film and television have made my imagination lazy? Thoughts?

2) I know King Lear is supposed to be the pinnacle of the Shakespearean oeuvre, but I just can't get into it. Lear is such a jerk that I can't get past it! It's like asking me to sympathize with Donald Trump! Thoughts?

Greg responds...

1. I have no answers for you. I love Shakespeare on stage. LOVE IT.

2. I don't know what you expect me to say. I disagree. But I can't make you love Lear. Perhaps try to imagine a backstory for him. In any case, just in terms of language alone, he's lightyears more interesting than Trump.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

Jason Spisak recently teased: "A tiny taste of Wally from the new #TTJudasContract movie for those who can't wait for #YJSeason3!"

I just wanted to say that even if this is reliable, I'm not taking anything for granted. This could mean anything, right? It doesn't mean you're resurrecting Wally. For all we know, Wally could just appear in a flashback.

Greg responds...

I not only won't confirm or deny that Wally is coming back, I won't even confirm or deny that he's appearing in flashback, or confirm or deny that Jason Spisak is in any way involved with Season Three.

Response recorded on June 15, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

You recently responded to another poster who sent you his review of YJ season 1. Your response made me question what the point of doing something like that might be. I mean... I understand the poster probably wants to feel that his opinion matters, but what kind of response could he or she possibly expect from you? Did he think you were going to agree with him? Was there ever a chance that you were going to say, "You have made some excellent points, and I will take them into account as I am writing season 3"?

So, my question is: does audience feedback or reviews ever effect how you YJ in even a general way?

Greg responds...

Nope. Doesn't mean they don't have the right to express them. But Brandon and I have to follow our passions and instincts. Have to. We can't let either praise or criticism effect our plans. For starters, for every person who likes something, there's bound to be someone who hates it and vice versa. All we can do is write the show we want to see - and pray that enough people like our work to make it successful.

Response recorded on June 15, 2017


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