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Is Dick the only Robin to have (use) a signature laugh?
Robin/Tim doesn't. Anything else would be a spoiler.
As of Season 2, is Black Canary still training Team members?
Yes, though not as frequently, as senior Team members have taken on some of that responsibility.
During an interview with World's Finest, Christopher Jones stated that in Young Justice #22 '"Match mutates into the Young Justice Bizarro (my design)"' and that in Young Justice #24 it's '"Batgirl vs Match/Bizarro'".
Is this true?
Check out the comic and see for yourself.
Hey, did you take note that in a recent episode of Once Upon A Time, the Chernabog appeared, and actually looked quite a bit like Goliath?
No, I missed that. I assume he looked more like Chernabog than Goliath, since Goliath looks a bit like Chernabog (who was one of Goliath's visual inspirations).
Given that there was discussion on here (admittedly some time ago) about the "three" gesture Elisa made in Awakenings (if I recall correctly) being the American Sign Language sign for 3, I would like to ask - Does Elisa know American Sign Language?
I don't know.
Does young justice crimes only happen on the weekends. Lol or is just when they get to save the world on weekendweaned holidays lol. Love ya show I want it back.
Track the calendar and see for yourself: http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline
Have you read Austin Grossman's 'Soon I Will Be Invincible'?
Hi Greg, I was wondering if anyone has taken and posted any video to your panels at Gallifrey One and Long Beach Comic Expo ? I live on the east coast so I look forward to videos of your panels
Thanks for your time.
I think so. I seem to recall that one or two were on YouTube. I don't keep track of that stuff, but you might ask fellow fans in the Station 8 Comment Room.
So how does the orinigal members of the young justice know Dick's really name. Well I know how Wally knows but not the others.
I assume you mean in Season Two.
I've been a fan of yours since Spectacular Spider-Man, then to YJ, and then to watch Rebels. (And the fact that hearing you were working on Rebels got me to watch the Star Wars movies again and TCW series which led to me becoming a major Star Wars fan means I have something else to thank you for!) After watching the Rebels finale, I have a few questions.
1) Now, Rebels was destined to be different from TCW; different eras in the Star Wars universe, the Ghost crew debuting in Rebels versus TCW having a few main characters like Padme Amidala from the movies. However, is there anything in particular that you directly influenced?
2) What research did you do for your job on Rebels? Like DC and Marvel comics, there's obviously a lot of material on Star Wars out there that can be drawn from, but there's also a much more official level of 'this is canon' versus 'this isn't' due to the movies and the Disney reboot, so I'm curious if you chose to draw from the Legends continuity at all.
3) Maketh Tua- she seems really into the Empire, willing to do under the table things for it, and makes a casual reference to the Lasat genocide. Yet she seems extremely horrified when the Inquisitor executes Aresko and Grint, and appears to be the most shocked of them all. Is that the first time she witnessed the violence of the Empire versus just hearing about it?
4) And the most controversial question of all: what was your opinion on the Star Wars prequels?
Thank you for answering! I can't wait to read the first issue of the Kanan comic; he's become one of my favorite characters fairly quickly, and I doubt that feeling will lessen any time soon!
1. There's a lot I influenced in Season One. Not in a vacuum or by myself. But as part of the team of producers and writers.
2. I rewatched all six movies and started to work my way through Clone Wars - though the difficult schedule on Rebels interrupted that process.
4. I'm a big, BIG fan of episodes IV and V. The rest don't thrill me quite as much, which is not to say I didn't like them.
Hey. I've searched through your archives about W.I.T.C.H related questions, initially I wanted to ask you about a timeline related question that seems to be a continuity error but I've seen you don't have a timeline for W.I.T.C.H and don't remember a whole lot of it. But in searching the archives I have thought up another question. You claim credit for the "X is for Xword" format of the Episode Titles. This was sometimes worked very well, sometimes forced but always fun and a great way of remembering what happened in each episode. My question is, had a third season been made and you were involved, would you have continued this trend or replaced it with something similar, and if so, what would it be?
It's embarrassing to admit, but I don't remember. I know I had a plan for Season Three titles, but I've got no memory of what that plan was. It wouldn't have been exactly the same, i.e. I wouldn't have just started over with the letter A. But beyond that....
If you haven't seen it there was a spoof trailer made as to what could go wrong if the wrong people made a Gargoyles movie;
Thought you might like too see it, assuming no one else has linked you already.
Anyway, keep up the good work, and look forward to all future projects!
Yeah, I'd seen it. Probably not quite as funny for me as for some folks. But thanks.
Hey Mr. Weisman
I recall that you, once upon a time, collected Legion of Superheroes (LOSH) comic books and that you used to be a fan of the property. So, considering that you did work (Young Justice) in the same universe as the LOSH property, my question is this: do you, in your professional opinion, think that someone could effectively do a LOSH show that carried on indefinitely? (I know that there used to be such a show, but it was cancelled fairly early on and, ever since then, there has been much vitriol spewed out against the property. Even now, the critics are whining about how a LOSH movie, in the current DC comics cinematic universe could never work.) If you were ever given the chance, do you think that you would be willing to write for and/or spearhead such a show?
I'd be happy to do a Legion show. Wrote one episode of the previous Legion show. But this notion of ANY show "that carried on indefinitely" is just wishful thinking. The Simpsons. 60 Minutes. Maybe they can go on forever. Maybe. But even Law & Order ended its run.
Hey Mr. Weisman
Given your experiences in animated media, do you think that animated shows have it harder (in terms of having to prove themselves as viable for gaining additional seasons) than live-action shows? I ask because it seems to me that you have, alongside collaborators, spearheaded numerous projects (such as WITCH, Spec Spidey, Young Justice) that have, critically and in terms of viewership, been very successful (I can't speak for Spec Spidey or WITCH, but I know that Young Justice consistently maintained numbers that even some live-action shows do not get or maintain), yet they have all been cancelled for various reasons. Meanwhile, there is no shortage of live-action shows that have been looked upon with far less critical or viewer approval and have been renewed for more than three seasons (of 16 to 21 episodes). If your answer is 'yes,' do you think that one reason for this increased difficulty on the part of animated shows is that most of them are forced into, in addition to maintaining constant viewer numbers, maintaining a toy line?
I dunno. It's easy to complain, but the truth is MANY shows don't make it to a full season, let alone two or more.
Budget plays a role in any series, but a kids series - particularly a kids' action series - seems particularly prone to the need for an alternative revenue stream beyond ratings.
Hey Mr. Weisman
If I heard correctly, I understand that when you and your collaborators first broke the story for Young Justice, you had a "two-year" plan for the series, though you also had plans for as many as five seasons, in total. Considering that, I have two questions. First, did you ever expect to get a pickup for season 3? It seems to me that, if not, you went through an awful amount of trouble (I.e. Purposefully and masterfully introducing elements evocative of an eventual Apokolips storyline, among other things) to tease storylines that you were fairly certain would never be explored on the show. Of course, given your propensity for thorough world building, I could definitely see how you would make such a creative choice. Second, if you had gotten a season three pickup, would you have liked to continue the concurrent comic line (there were definitely more stories that could've been told in comic format, including what went on during the five year gap, how Ocean Master became disgraced, the Marvel family story that you had planned, etc.)?
Your assumptions are off.
We didn't ever specifically have a "two-year plan" or a "five-year plan" in quotation marks. We had a long term plan for multiple seasons. However, it makes obvious sense that during Season One we had a better idea what we wanted to do for Season Two then, say, Season Nine. The closer you are to what you're actually doing, the more clarity you have.
We never knew if we'd get a pick-up for Season Two until we got it. We didn't know we weren't going to get a pick-up for Season Three until we were eventually told it wasn't coming. The plan was always to end each season with open-ended closure and hope for the best. That's what we did at the end of both seasons. It worked out for Season Two. Hasn't worked out yet for Season Three. But we haven't given up hope. (#KeepBingingYJ!)
And, yes, we would have liked to have been allowed to continue the companion comic with or without a Season Three. We haven't given up hope on that either. (#BuyYJcomicsonComixology or iTunes!)
Hey Mr. Weisman
I consider your and your collaborators' take on Young Justice to be a masterpiece, not just in terms of action but in terms of planning and structure. And that leads me to ask the question of how, exactly, did you go about mounting that type of beautifully complex operation? I mean how were you able to develop all of those intertwining stories for literally hundreds of characters and feed them all into the larger agenda? Did you start by breaking a general story for where you wanted the series to go and which characters you wanted to take it there? Or did you start with the main characters and work your way out from there?
I suppose we did start with general story. And characters, including general directions for each major character.
Then it's about index cards on a bulletin board. You move them around until you've got a cohesive set of stories, creating an arc or tapestry for the entire season.
To Mr. Greg Weisman,
Thank you for bringing Ahsoka Tano back in Star Wars Rebels! She has been deeply missed since her departure in Star Wars: Clone Wars Season Five. Here's to hoping to seeing more of her in action as well as anticipating what her reaction to Darth Vader might be. Also, let's hope that other past characters will pop up and surprise us!
You're welcome, but the lion share of credit for that should really go to Dave Filoni.
Would you be open to writing an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man?
I would have been.
Wondering how you broke into the comic book industry? I know you were an editor at DC at one time. What was that process like?
Thanks for your time!
I think my story is probably a bit atypical...
In 1983, Marvel announced a search for new talent. I calculated that they'd be inundated with submissions. But I also calculated that DC would soon initiate their own talent search. So instead of prepping a Marvel submission, I prepped one for DC.
Sure enough, a month later, DC announced its own search for new talent. I immediately sent in my submission. Years later, I found the log book for these submissions, and mine was literally the second one they received. They logged the submission into the book with my name and address - and then lost the actual submission, which I also found years later at the bottom of a file cabinet where it had clearly slipped down between two hanging folders.
Because 75% of the submissions they received were from artists, they gambled that mine was an artist submission as well. They sent me a packet for new artists. But of course, I was one of the 25% who had made a writing submission. And I was outraged, OUTRAGED! Outraged in a way that only a know-nothing 19-year-old can be.
So I wrote DC Executive Editor Dick Giordano an OUTRAGED Letter. And then I figured that would be the end of it.
But for whatever reason, Dick was impressed with (or more likely amused by) my letter. He called me. On the phone. He invited me to come to the DC offices at 666 5th Avenue.
After I graduated from college, Dick hired me as an Editorial Assistant (i.e. as a Xerox Boy), and later promoted me to Assistant Editor and then Associate Editor. He was a true mentor to me. A great guy.
The USA has child in danger laws? So why does US Government and the American police not stop the Justice League use of children as sidekicks in the Universe of Young Justice?
Awareness? They are a covert team, after all.
Look, the simple fact is that these kids would be and/or were doing this anyway. At least with League support they stand a better chance. Or so the thinking goes.
Beyond that... well, THAT'S the concept/conceit of the series. If you don't buy into it - which is fine - I can't help you much.
Is the international space station in earth orbit in the young justice universe?
<shrug> I guess. Maybe.
Can the young justice Vandal Savage be killed?
I would think so. But the question is academic. He hasn't been killed. At least not yet.
Hello! I know that you're going to be working on the upcoming Kanan comic series and I can't wait for it! We all know Kanan as this sort of space cowboy who offers up plenty of quips to his foes as well as the guy who's in the lead and who knows what he's doing most of the time, so I'd like to ask:
Did you find it challenging to go backward in Kanan's timeline and explore his Padawan years after seeing what all he's done and how he's acted in Rebels, or was it relatively easy to work backwards from who Kanan is now to who he was in that period of time?
I'm not sure 'easy' is the word I'd use, but it was a joy. And it wasn't a problem. We had most of this stuff worked out as we developed the series.
What was your favorite arc in star wars the clonewars?Also who was your favorite charcter?
My brain doesn't really work that way.
I don't have a favorite arc, per se. And I still haven't seen all of clone wars. But Ahsoka popped for me.
Hi Greg. Big fan. So, I was just wondering, how exactly did Earth-16 Black Canary get her Canary Cry? They didn't know about the Meta-Gene until season 2.
But I will say that not knowing about the gene didn't mean it didn't exist.
What you think of Teen Titans Go?
I like it. I think it's funny.
You mentioned in a previous post that the reason Barbara wasn't doing much to hide her identity was because nobody really knew who she was. So what is Tim's status on Earth-16? I've heard of some adaptations where he is adopted by Bruce and some where he is Robin but still lives with his very much alive parents. Is he known as Bruce's adopted son? Or is it because his parents are rich?
Hello there, I'm a big YJ fan, and I have a couple of uestions.
1) When you first thought about Artemis and Wally's relationship, did you always knew they were in for the long run? I think what I'm actualy trying to ask is if you developed their relationship beliving they were meant for each other, and if they would be still together after season 2 if Wally hadn't died.
2)My second question is about Nightwing-Dick. In the comics specially, it's clear that he has a hsitory with several girls (Including Zatanna, who by the way I love how you portraited) but none as strong and deep as the one he has with Barbara. We know he's a "dog" and not quite ready for her, but do you believe that he (I mean the Dick you developed) would ever be?
Thank you so much for reading this.
1. I'll say that we knew they'd still be together in Season Two. Beyond that, I'm not talking.
2. No spoilers.
I just had a few questions concerning Series Bibles if that's alright.
1. How are Series Bibles typically constructed? Is it divided into sections like characters, locations, and story events usually or does it depend on the show?
2. Do they contain much in the way of art or concepts? If so, are there perhaps unused versions or is it typically the finalized designs?
3. Given how much the passage of time is a factor in your shows, do you typically have a series timeline that gets added to as you progress? Do events tend to stay where they are or can things be moved around if need be?
Thank you for your time.
1. It depends on the needs of the show. But generally, there's an introductory section. Then characters. Major settings. Perhaps gear. Stories. Conclusion.
2. Most don't include art because no art has been done yet. (I'm not sure what you mean by "concepts".) By the time there is art, generally no one bothers to update the bible with it. But there are tons of exceptions.
2a. Could be either or neither.
3. I do, yes.
3a. Nothing is canon until it's appeared on the air or in some other canon source, for example the YJ companion comic. So things can change until then. But we tend to stay on track most of the time.
I heard you got work a new project. Hope to enjoy in the three years' time when you answer these questions
1. When Puck went about creating his persona for Owen, how smart did he want Owen to be? Now Owen strikes me as the kind of guy who'd be very intelligent. I would be willing to hazard that he's almost as smart as his own boss. Was Puck just going by his observation of Preston Vogul when he set up Owen's intelligence?
I understand if this sounds muddled, but I'm not necessarily asking if Puck literally made himself smarter or dumber through magic. I'd assume that everything Puck knows, Owen also knows and vice versa. My question is how did Puck decide on Owen's intelligence?
2. Now I'm asking if Puck literally can make himself smarter or dumber through magic. We see Fae change their forms, so can they change their mentality to the same degree and just "give" themselves more knowledge? I mean, could Puck make himself a "super genius" if wanted or did he have to educate himself a little as Owen?
3. Why didn't Xanatos take Puck's original offer? I mean he was offering Xanatos a chance at immortally and he instead he chose Owen's service. Now I consider two reason.
The first is kinda obviously. Xanatos wouldn't trust Puck since he's a "trickster" and he would suspect some horrible twist to Puck's wish. On the other hand, Xanatos was willing to get Coyote, another trickster, to do the same thing. But then again, Xanatos had captured Coyote so maybe he thought he had better leverage.
I wouldn't have put it past Puck to have some kind of trick in mind if he gave Xanatos immortally. Of course maybe the real trick was in fact that Puck would have been true to his word and granted Xanatos immortally, no strings attached. Meaning Xanatos had in fact blown he's one perfect chance to be immortal. But that's just a theory
The second reason I have, is also part of my question. Does Xanatos consider Owen's service to be invaluable?
4. When did Xanatos become aware of the existence of magic and the supernatural? Was when he first met Demona or when he met Puck? Was he sceptical of it at first?
5. Puck once said that he could make Goliath love Demona again. "Piece of cake" as he said. So could he have actually made Goliath fall in love with Demona or would it just be a spell more akin to the one Demona used to put Goliath under mind control?
Just a year plus, thank you very much.
1. Probably, but he cheated. Went with his own intelligence, for the most part. Harnessed.
2. I dunno.
4. No Spoilers.
5. Closer to the latter but less obvious.
Was the Young Justice Garfield Logan always homeschool?
"Always" is a long time.
Mammoth never had a voice actor, so I was wondering if the cobra venom that was injected into him also took away his ability to speak? He never actually spoke words, just growls and grunts.
1) Once, somebody asked if Wildcat was still active, and said that sometimes he goes into action.(http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=14582). Also, you said he is 91. I can't really imagine a 91 year old person fighting crime, so is there an explanation for Ted's physical condition?
2) What did the League said to the media about Zatara disappearing?
3) Since Zatara was a stage magician too, was his secret identity really a secret? If yes, how did he kept it that way?
4) Same question with Zatanna.
5) Has Zee ever visited Wayne Manor?
1. I didn't say he sometimes goes into action, I said, "not to say he NEVER goes into action." Which is me saying, "I'm not committing." I'm also not going to spoil his physical condition one way or another.
2. Who said the media asked?
3. No one said it was a secret.
4. What season are we talking about?
5. No spoilers.
((So I can search this easier in 3-6 months I'm going to post my name in the question Wonderfulakari ))
Okay now to the question. How in the hell is Margot Yale and Brendon Quarters still alive? Are they cursed? Are they part of Team Rockets immortality club? Did they have friends with super-glue who reassembled them after Demona blasted them in city of stone? Are they a fixed point in time? Has David tried to learn their secrets?
I've answered this before. Margot and Brendan were not killed by Demona in City of Stone. The statues that looked vaguely like them, were not them. Check the archives for a fuller explanation.
Hey, long time Gargoyles fans and I got a bit of an odd question, and I don't think it's been asked before (at least from my searches).
Since in the gargoyles world fairies, god/goddess, and other mythical creatures exist a thought strikes me...do Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy actually exist in the Gargoyles world or at least some kind of version of them?
I know it's a bit of a silly question, but they do come from old stories just like all other mythological beings do. So, I couldn't help, but wonder.
As I've said before, there's a version of Santa Claus, for sure. In fact, there's an entire Santa Claus archive here at ASK GREG, so you didn't search very hard.
As for the others, no spoilers.
I did go to see someone; I started soon after Young Justice started. But the early days weren't easy. Knowing that I'd miss the rest of the show if I killed myself gave me something concrete to hang onto. So. Thank you.
You're welcome. Please take care of yourself.
Name five of your favorite animated shows not run by you in no particular order.
Counting live action as well what TV show gets you most excited for the next episode?
I dunno. I may have to turn in my geek card, because my brain doesn't rank things. In times past, I've loved the Simpsons, Futurama, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, the Herculoids and many more.
I still watch a ton of television. I'm about four weeks behind, and there's a lot I like, but nothing that makes me want to jump things ahead in the queue. There's nothing I binge. I generally don't like binging stuff. I'd rather watch one episode at a time.
I loved your work on Young Justice. The show really shows the hard work and time you and the rest of the creative team put into it. I really loved the character design, plots, and how your were able to take the characters of such a huge and overwhelmingly popular univers and depict them in your own ways, but still stick to their origins. A character that I love in pretty much every adaptation he had a appeared in is Wally West and that includes the way you have made his character out to be in this series. I don't know if you have previously answered this or not but my question involves just this character.
What exactly inspired you to go in the direction you did with Wally West/Kid Flash? And why? (As far as his utterly tragic yet brilliant send off in the episode "endgame"). Which by the way I thought was excellent. There's no better way to send off and honor such an amazing hero in this kind of show. My question is manly out of curiosity and wonderment, because I'm sure there were many ideas contemplated with the role and direction this character and many others that you all had in mind. I don't know if it really fits in the regulations given and can be answered, if not I'm sorry. Once again, thank you all for the effort you put in to the show and giving us such a great piece of art and entertainment. Every episode was outstanding.
We're glad you liked the series and Wally.
But honestly, I'm not sure I understand the question. We looked at Wally West stories from many different eras and put together what we felt was a classic and iconic yet contemporary version of the character, one that fit into the coherent, cohesive continuity that we were trying to create for the show. Much credit should be shared with my partner Brandon Vietti, character designer Phil Bourassa and voice actor Jason Spisak.
I wanted to ask...
That Timeline of the Gargoyles Universe you said you wanted to publish is still likely to come out one day?
Thanks for your patience.
Anything's possible, but it seems less likely. I wouldn't want to publish spoilers in this format (i.e. outside the context of a well-told story), and most of the non-spoiler info is fairly accessible on the internet.
In Young Justice, who are designated as League Member 27 and 28, A08 and A09?
I was re watching young Justice invasion and wondered why the guardians didn't have Hal or guy go back to earth if john wasn't there?They told him to go to Rimbor and that sector is unmanned for that entire time. Also the green lantern knowledge of the reach could have stopped the invasion.
By the time they figured out what was going on, Tseng had welcomed the Reach and they COULDN'T go back.
If the Light's ultimate goal is to make humanity more advanced and evolved, then why would a Lord of Choas like Klarion be one of the main members? I understand him wanting to cause chaos for fun like he did in the episode Misplaced, but in the end does he really care what happens to Earth?
If he believes Earth brings the Chaos...
If Disney ever wanted to reboot Gargoyles instead of picking up where it was left off, would you resist it or try to get on board with it?
Both, probably. But I'm not big on hypothetical questions. There are too many variables to answer it with any meaning.
Hey Greg! My question is in regards to the letters sent by Xanatos in Vows:
1. What details were included in the first letter? Did he just say "here is a coin" or were stock tips or other future knowledge included?
2. Who did young David think sent the letter? Could someone as intelligent as X really leave that alone for 20 years?
3. Are the letters constructs of the time stream or out of David's head? Did he read (or copy) the originals before traveling back in time?
1. Just the coin, basically, as I recall. It's been a while since I've rewatched the episode.
2. He never knew. He may have searched on and off for an answer, but didn't find one until the second letter came.
3. He probably had them memorized. So the content may in fact have been born with the time stream.
Is Superboy aging at the rate of a human on the inside?
Wondering if that Tsabard guy ( ;) ) has notified you of when blue mug productions might make a return?
There are no current plans. Though Tsabard's minions seem to be plotting...
Marie Logon was forty seven in episode Image. But she not look a day older than thirty right?
Marie Logan was indeed 47 in Image. How she looked is, I suppose, a matter of personal opinion.
Oops, I meant to say that there's 5 years' age difference between Artemis and Mary, not 6. Artemis obviously was 15 in Team Year Zero and you confirmed elsewhere on Ask Greg that Mary and Freddy were the same age as Billy, so sorry, my mistake. :)
It's interesting that you went with Sergeant Marvel for Mary instead of Mary Marvel, and likewise with Lieutenant Marvel for Captain Marvel Jr. In Mary's case, was this change made to protect her secret identity? I know that Artemis had no qualms with going by her own name, but with Mary we're talking about a kid who's six years younger than Artemis... So maybe it was thought best to go the extra mile not to announce her name to villains, especially since she wouldn't have been wearing a mask (if the Young Justice Mary takes after Earth-16 Captain Marvel and/or her comic book counterpart in not wearing a mask)?
It has nothing to do with secret identity and everything to do with internal consistency.
I recently got Spirits of Ash and Foam and ALL of the Gargoyles DVDs. All of it was perfection. Thank you for being awesome.
While combing through the archives, I discovered the names of some of the gargoyles of the Avalon Clan: Archangel, Azrael, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel. What I could not find was a reference as to what name went with which gargoyle. So my question is this: are any of the names assigned to a particular garg from Avalon? Or were these just names chosen without a face?
PS. It hits me now that I'm proofreading that it sounds like I'm trying to get on your good side before I asked my question. Not my intent. But whatever.
But I'm glad you liked the stuff, especially Spirits.
Did Miss Martian not know how Marie die before she read Garfield's mine in episode Earthlings?
1. What/Who were the aliens from "Failsafe"? Their ships bare resemblance to M'gann's bio-ship, though I doubt they were Martians.
CAUTION: This is a question for Greg Vietti.
2. What is Grany Smith's recipe from episode 17 of "Hello Megan!"?
3. Why was Hello Megan! cancelled?
4. Why did Artemis, M'gann and Kaldur cut their hair before Team year 5?
5. Can Kaldur close his gills so he seems human?
1. J'onn made them up, interpolating things from many sources.
2. You'll have to ask Brandon Weisman.
3. Mediocre ratings.
4. Artemis for practicality. M'gann for a change of pace. Kaldur - I'm thinking he wanted to look badass.
5. You've seen them closed. They're still visible if his neck is bare.
Well it's been nearly a year (I think more) since YJ stopped airing. I recently just re-watched the entire series except for the last two episodes mainly because I really despise the feeling that after those two it'll be over again and all that there is to do is watch from the beginning.
Not really a question, just wanted to let you know that even with two seasons it was amazing (ik you've written that the show just isn't picked up and not cancelled)
What country did Kraven and Calypso live in before they came to New York?
I don't remember.
I just wanted to say thanks so much for taking your time to give me some writing advice at Magic City Comic Con and that I really enjoyed the Batman Writer's panel. Just started Rain of the Ghosts! Best wishes,
Thanks! Let me know what you think!
Did Superboy ever know that he was Artemis' "White Rabbit" and do they ever have some sort of friendship because I noticed in the show that they hardly spoken to one another.
In fact can you just define the whole Team's friendship/relationships to each other. Especially Rocket I wanted more airtime for her and see her with the Team.
Besides that I love your show! I wish it would come on again.
P.S. I'm starting to get addicted to Gargoyles.
Conner and Artemis are definitely friends. I wouldn't say they're the closest on the Team, but that should not be mistaken as distanced.
I doubt, however, that she revealed the whole White Rabbit thing. Unless maybe it came up after she and Wally were firmly locked in as a couple.
But, no, I'm not going to create some kind of relationship chart that lays out how every character feels about every other character. Mostly, I think that can be left to your imagination.
Since Conner does not like monkey. How did Conner fell about Garfield start using that half monkey form?
Not a question, so I apologize.
I recently purchased Gargoyles Season 2 Volume 2 from Amazon and all I can say is "thank you" to your former crew and cast for these episodes...for this series.
My family contains many different races; most predominant are Piscataway Native American and African American. To see my family…to see ME represented in animation was more than just enjoyable. It felt like a statement that we mattered…that we were worth watching as fictional characters…that we were more than just a series of catch phrases and racial quotas.
And as for the Gargoyles themselves…well…my parents and grandparents would tell me stories of their lives pre-civil rights movement and it was horrifying to hear that just because they may have been good people, did not mean others would still not vilify and dehumanize them. And, although you exhibited racial injustice in your program, you did not take the easy way out and show that all the characters were unaffected by this. You displayed that some characters harbored deep resentment, others carried life-long suspicion and the rest, had an ever-present optimism.
I watched the series on their original airdates as a tween and honestly thought it would lose some emotional impact as a thirty-something, but it definitely has not. So, again, thank you. Some may dismiss your work as just another silly cartoon, but you are showing kids across the country that just because someone does not look like you, does not mean that he or she does not have the same dreams, aspirations and desires for love like you.
Wow. Thank YOU! This really made my day. We strove on Gargoyles to do all the things you cite above. I'm glad we succeeded.
Hi Mr. Weisman.
1) How do you feel about fans putting names to the pairings?
2) Usually pairing names are a mix of the two characters' names. But Spitfire (Wally / Artemis) and Chalant (Dick / Zatanna) aren't, what do you think about that?
Thank you for your time
1. I'm fine with it.
2. I'm fine with it.
Have you been reading the Gotham Academy comic book (since Gotham Academy first appeared in Young Justice)? It's good...
Can Wonder Girl live forever as long she does not get killed?
How does Beast Boy fell about Miss Martian having his mother Marie Logan's face?
1. Why did Robin/Nightwing and Zatanna break up?
2. In Bereft, a scene was shown from Hello, Megan! when M'gann was trying to help Superboy. But Superboy didn't know about it being a TV show until Image with the rest of the Team. Why was the scene in there?
1. No spoilers.
2. I'm certain you've misinterpreted what you saw.
Maybe it's because they were in a few episodes together, but for some reason I imagine a sibling relationship between Billy (Captain Marvel) and Zatanna - similar to the one between Beast Boy and Ms. Martian. What say you?
(I may be projecting a little here. Zatanna is so cool. Who wouldn't want her as a big sister?)
I wouldn't go that far. They're not as close as Beast Boy and Miss Martian. But there's clearly a connection there.
Why was Garfield not with Miss Martian to say goodbye to Uncle John when he and other members of the league when to answer for what they did in the missing sixteen hours?
I could come up with a dozen reasons. So you might as well chose one that works for you. Nothing nefarious, though.
In the tie-in comic "hot case", Kaldur keeps a photo of Tula in his mobile phone. How did he take this photo? Does his mobile phone work in Atlantis? Shouldn't the image be dark and/or blurred? And if the photo was taken on the surface, what were Kaldur and Tula doing together at that time?
He sent the photo - taken with Atlantean tech - to his surface smartphone. Yeah. That's the ticket.
So these questions are related to Star Wars Rebels, which is great series by the way. Now I'm aware that you are no longer working on the show, so I'll try and keep things to Season 1
1. When you were working on the series, did you have to verse yourself a bit more into the whole Star Wars lore, than what you already knew?
2. When working on season 1, did you meet or work with anyone who had previously worked on the Clone wars series?
3. Why does Darth Sidious allow the Inquisitor to exist? From what I understand, the Rule of Two means that there can only be two Siths at a time, until the student destroys his master or vice versa, so why does Sidious allow Vader to have an appritence?
4. Are the Stormtroopers that the Lothal Rebels fight in show, the same Clone troopers from the Clone Wars? I'm not an expert and I'm not sure if this has been retconed , but from what I've heard, when the Empire was formed, Sidious stopped the production of clone troopers and all the remaining clones were reorganised into the Strom troopers. Any new troopers that came after that were just regular recruits, so is this still the same case in Star Wars Rebels?
5. Now this is probaley the greatest mystery in all of Star Wars. The fandom has debated and speculated this for years, decades even and even today it still baffles them to no, but I would be interested in hearing your answer to this great and terrible question.................Why do the Stormtroopers have such bad aim?
Sorry but I really have to ask, especially after watching Droids in Distress. During the fight in hanger, the trooper could not hit Zeb once, even though he was quite literally three fight in front of them. I mean their aim seemed incredibly awful as they were missing by a wide margin. So in regards to the context of Star Wars Rebels, why are they such bad shots?
1. Yes. Although (a) some of it was just refreshing myself and (b) I also relied on Pablo Hidalgo and Leland Chee at Lucasfilm a LOT.
2. Almost everyone, starting with fellow executive producer Dave Filoni, who was supervising director of Clone Wars.
3. The premise of your question is incorrect. The Inquisitor isn't Vader's apprentice.
4. No, they're not clones. Did you see the episode where Ezra went undercover?
5. Um... helmets offer poor visibility?
After the orphan Garfield was move to Happy Harbor. Was Garfield list as missing or dead by the Qurac authorities?
Going through the archives, I find the point by point summaries you give of the production process behind your various shows very interesting. It isn't necessarily obvious how much work goes into animated shows so I appreciate that you provide these brief insights.
Have you made a lot of changes to your approach or has it remained largely the same over the years? To put it another way, was your day to day work on Gargoyles significantly different to that of the work you did on WITCH, Spectacular Spider-Man or Young Justice?
Are any changes more to do with your own personal preferences, or are they largely determined by shifts occurring in the industry in general, with improvements to technology and so on?
Day to day, little has changed of substance. But my process of breaking both arcs and stories continues to be refined with every new series. And there are technological changes that influence things too. I used to review timing sheets. Now, I almost never do. In fact, on Star Wars Rebels, I never even saw storyboards - just animatics.
But every series is slightly different. A lot depends on who you're partnered with, and the processes at any given studio, etc.
And yet, at the end of the day, the process is still basically the same.
I estimate Macbeth is, or at least was, a fan of theater given that he knew Shakespeare well, liked the Macbeth play, and borrows his aliases from it.
1. What are some other plays he was particularly fond of? Of any genre or time period. The idea of Macbeth attending Broadway musicals makes me smile.
2. Did he ever try his hand at acting or play-writing? Especially in the more modern times, the stage seems like the last vestige for an immortal to physically revisit some of those olden days. Can't say if it would be nostalgic or not for him though.
1. I'll leave that to your imagination.
2. I think so.
Hi Greg. Hope you're well. I'm working through my to-read pile, but I have both Rain of Ghost novels on my desk waiting. I'm glad you decided to put books out. Xanatos, Macbeth, & Puck/Owen are my favorite characters from any medium, and I recently found out my dad loves the Star Wars Rebels series. He never watches cartoons. I haven't seen it yet, but he said he enjoys it because the characters were written really well. I wasn't surprised to hear that.
Had some more domestic, trivia-type question regarding Macbeth during his retirement from the world around 2198 & earlier (pre-Invasion). Couldn't find anything in the Archives.
1. How is Macbeth occupying his time by this point? Activities, interests, etc. I'm very interested in this sort of thing because I feel it adds dimensions to characters.
2. Secondly, was there something specific that caused him to want to withdraw from the world?
3. What was it, if you're willing to share?
Respect & Appreciation,
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
3. No spoilers.
1) if submitting a demo-reel how long should it be?
2) how much would it cost?
3) could you recommend top chooses of animation companies.
1. I don't know. I've never done that.
2. See above.
3. I don't understand.
If you're interested in voice acting, I'd recommend consulting an expert (i.e. NOT me): https://iwanttobeavoiceactor.com
Why did Superboy and Miss Martian visit Garfield and his mom on December first of 2010?
A. They were in the neighborhood, so to speak. B. Since "Image," M'gann feels very close to Marie and Garfield.
Is a Martian's lifespan longer than Superman and Superboy's lifespans?
I would think so but the answer is probably a Spoiler.
I am a writer for a popular nerd culture website and I am interested in writing a feature about Gargoyles. What would be the best way to contact Mr. Weisman directly?
stewshearer at gmail dot com
I've read the synopsis of the radio play crossover you made for "Gargoyles", "The Spectacular Spider-Man", and "Young Justice" (it'd be neat if you could put up the script for it at "Ask Greg" as you did for "Religious Studies 101", and noted that, near the end, you had Batman asking Goliath to join the Justice League. Now, the obvious reason why you had Batman be the one approaching Goliath was for the joke about Xanatos trying to get both Batman and Iron Man to join his club for rich guys with fancy equipment. But I remember how, back when you were making "Gargoyles", you were concerned that people might see it as a rip-off of "Batman: TAS" (to the point where you even drew up a list of differences between the two series); did you choose Batman for that role as a sort of callback to that?
Mongul and Black Beetle were trading blows on the War world, and seemed to be evenly matched. But then we Green giving Black some assistance towards the end. Who would have won had it "stayed" strictly a 1 v 1
Does Klarion like being a pawn in Vandal's schemes. Is there a genuine mutual- respect between them.
Why does Nabo use the Helmet as medium to materialise in the physical plane? It just seems like Klarion's method "The familiar" is far more practical since he does not have to rely on a human vessel. Additionally, what are Lords of Chaos and Order.
1. I don't know. Mongul is stronger, but strength is his only power. Black Beetle was using a number of powers. It might have gone either way.
2. Klarion doesn't see himself that way. Neither do I.
3. I'm not sure Klarion understands "respect". But, yeah, each in their own way.
4. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. Klarion has to rely on his familiar, which often creates a vulnerability.
5. They are creatures of pure magic from a different plane that serve those two conceptions.
How does Martian shape shifting work, exactly? For instance, when Miss Martian shapes shifts into a male, does she actually replicate all the physical characteristics of a male? Can she also shape shift into animals?
Is Cassie/Wonder Girl as strong/invulnerable as Superboy. If not, is she far off?
2. With practice, I suppose she could.
4. <shrug> She's close enough.
1. How powerful is Earth-16's Wonder Woman. Could she trade blows with Superman.
2. Ive always been intrigued by this; why is it that Kid Flash has to accelerate and decelerate when running, whereas Impulse and Flash can stop and start almost instantly
3. I know it has been established that Supernoy would never have full krptonian powers due only being half human-but in theory, would he get stronger(even if a little bit) if were closer to Earth's yellow sun.
4. Whats Superman's top flight speed in terms of "Mach"? Is it anywhere near as fast as Kid Flash.
5. What would it take to kill Superman on Earth-16, in terms of conventional weaponry. Could he survive a nuke as powerful as the Tzar Bomb?
1. Sure. So could you. As long as you got to go first. Anyway, she's strong, but not AS strong as Superman.
2. I feel like I've answered this before, but once again...
*Jay Garrick became the first Flash due to a laboratory accident which gave him his speed.
*Barry Allen became the second Flash by intentionally recreating Jay's accident under laboratory conditions. It infused every molecule of his being, down to the genetic level and gave him much more advanced speed and molecular control over his powers than Jay had.
*Wally West (at age 14) attempted to recreate Barry's experiment in his family garage. He blew up the garage and nearly died. His powers are equivalent to Jay's.
*Bart Allen's powers are a result of a genetic inheritance from his father Don Allen, which came from Don's father Barry. His powers are equivalent to Barry's.
3. Eh. Maybe.
4. I dunno. Maybe he could build to that.
5. I don't know what the Tzar Bomb is, but he survived the Reach Bomb.
I was recently watching the Gargoyles episode "Eye of the Beholder" (which is one of my favorite episodes) and I was curious about one aspect of that episode's production. Was the Werefox's roars, snarls, growls etc. performed by Frank Welker? Some of the effects sound quite similar to other large beasts that Frank has performed. Thanks in advance.
I don't recall. Was Bronx in that episode? If not, then probably not - as we're not allowed to use Frank's voice without paying him. And I don't think we'd have brought him in ONLY to roar for a guest werefox.
In any case, I'd think most were done with sound effects.
But it was so long ago.
Why did Conner not hear Queen Bee in Garfield's room?
He wasn't listening?
In regards to strength, how does Icon compare to the other league heavy hitters, such as Superman, Captain Marvel, Cpt Atom & Green Lantern?
Green Lantern's not particularly strong. Not physically. As for Captain Marvel, it depends whether we're talking season one or season two.
I'm not too interested in ranking generally, so I won't be held to this, but I guess I'd rank it Superman, Icon, Captain Atom. The latter's strength is augmented by energy from the quantum field reinforced by his alien metal exo-shell. The energy is virtually unlimited, but there's only so much augmentation his muscles - even with his exo-shell - can manage.
But they're all very strong. And often, strength is situational. No one's interested in how much they can bench press in a gym under controlled conditions. (Or at any rate, I'M not interested in that.) So in one situation, I could see Superman being stronger; in another, Icon, etc.
No question, just something I observed.
The very first time I asked a question here, one of mine was about the change from Nathaniel Adam to Adams. You explained in always felt more natural to you, even in the 80s.
Did you know that, during the Silver Age, Captain Allen Adam was frequently, erroneously, identified as Allen Adams? In early appearances in Space Adventures, he would often be called Adams instead. See this one:
Like I said, no question, but vindication, perhaps?
I did know... as I read all that stuff in the eighties when Cary Bates and I did Captain Atom. The Adam/Atom pun was always more annoying than fun for me. And at least Adams felt like a real surname. So real, that letterers of the day naturally made the mistake.
Hi Greg, I'm a lifelong fan of your work since I watched Gargoyles all those years ago, and I couldn't help but notice
Throughout Gargoyles, (and even your other works such as Young Justice (such as the inclusion of Tye Longshadow) there is an Indigenous American influence in the way that Elisa Maza has Hopi ancestry, and there's other episodes that follow other Native American tribes such as Heritage, the Green, and Cloud Fathers...(which I enjoy because of the lack of representation of Native Americans within media).
I suppose the question to ask is,
1. Is it mere coincidence that you enjoy Native American characters in your work?
2. If not, where do you believe your interest in representing Native Americans on screen came from?
I apologize if this question is convoluted.
1. I enjoy (and believe it's important) presenting a diverse set of characters and voices in my work. Not only Native American, but also African, Asian, and etc. This isn't some politically correct position (though it's nice that it works out that way). Rather it's completely selfish. Because otherwise... HOW BORING! Believe me, I like so-called Western Culture too, as anyone who looks at my work can see. But it's way more interesting to also include diverse points of view, diverse mythologies, etc. Plus, as a storyteller, I like my stories - no matter how fantastic - to be grounded in the real world. And the real world is a diverse place.
2. All cultures fascinate me. The great variety of Native American cultures, included.
Hello Greg! I've read your statement that all members of the Third Race choose their own appearances and do not have "true forms." So in that case, I'm curious as to what they look like when they are born/come into being for the first time? Do they manifest as clouds of magic energy until they get an idea for their personal looks or what? Thanks in advance!
1) The character Coldstone, originally being made from the pieces of three different Gargoyles, was shown to have contained the souls of those three Gargoyles. Did the ritual/experiment that brought life to Coldstone summon their three souls from the after-life, or does being shattered as stone trap Gargoyles in their shattered remains so long as a Wind Ceremony is not performed?
It's a fair question. And an open one.
1) The spell the Weird Sisters cast on Demona and Macbeth ensures that the two of them are unaging and immortal, only able to be killed by one another. However, in "The Mirror", Demona expresses her wish to no longer turn to stone during the day, stating it makes her "vulnerable".
If Demona were to be shattered by someone other than Macbeth when stone during the day, would it bypass the Weird Sister's enchantment and kill both her and Macbeth permanently, or would the enchantment be powerful enough to simply piece her back together?
1. Vulnerable to Macbeth, at least. The rest of your question is hypothetical and moot.
I can't believe it's been 20 years since Gargoyles have aired on television! Hard to believe! Thanks for the great memories and storytelling, Mr. Weisman! I want to know if there is going to be a Gathering of the Gargoyles for this year? I never knew that has been one in Los Angeles in the past.
No, sadly, the Gathering of the Gargoyles is a thing of the past. We did have a kind of Gathering Reunion (with new fans always welcome) at CONvergence 2014. And we'd like to do that sort of thing again sometime. Maybe for the 25th anniversary in 2019. Can't say what city it will be in. (The Gathering was in many different cities over the years.) But we'll be back somewhere someday in one form or another.
Does Nightwing like Wally in the series Young Justice? To go behind Batman's back and reveal his identity knowing it was against the rules seems pretty extreme.
Yes, of course. They're best friends. Which is indicated by the fact that Dick revealed HIS OWN identity to Wally. (Wally figured out Batman's identity from that.)
Does Garfield like or dislike Miss Martian's true form?
Is "like or dislike" really a thing? He's fine with it.
hi Greg! I love you show young justice! I'm currently rewatching the show for I think the 3rd time now? sounds lame but what can I say, the show never gets old! anyway I have to ask some questions, they're stupid questions but it's bothering me.
1) when is Artemis's birthday? I don't know if this counts as a spoiler (if it is I apologize)
2) is Atemis younger or older than Wally? I know that they were both the same age, but I'm confused because there was an episode where Wally turned 16 and I don't really know if she was 16 or still 15 turning 16 or...?
thank you and keep up the good work with your projects. I have hope that young justice will one day come back(:
1. Haven't set it yet.
2. Younger - though by less than a year.
1) Would you agree that Artemis, Dick & Wally are the closest on The Team as far as being real life friends.
2) would this hold true for all 5 years?
3) Who signed as witness(es) at Jade & Roy's wedding?
4) Would Clark & Bruce hang out if it wasn't work related.
5) You said Lois Lane exist. Do they have any romantic feelings towards each other? Are they dating? -ish?
1. Uh. Well. Artemis and Wally are obviously very close. And Wally and Dick are best friends. Kaldur and Roy are close. So is Kaldur and Conner. Obviously Conner and M'gann. M'gann and Artemis are pretty close. And so are Artemis and Zatanna. Zatanna and Dick are pretty close. Billy and Zatanna are friendly. And toward the end there Raquel and Kaldur seemed intrigued with each other. I don't know. They're all friends.
2. Uh. Sure.
3. I don't know. But if I did, the answer would be No Spoilers.
4. I think so. They're pretty close friends. Always have been, right?
5. No Spoilers.
Why did Miss Martian change her hairstyle between season one and season two?
1)Why do you think that Irma from W.I.T.C.H. is a lesbian? Even after watching the series twice, I must admit I don't see it.
2)We know that Nerissa is bisexual, but is Cassidy a lesbian or bisexual?
1. Then you don't see it. For me it has to do with her only truly being interested in guys that are obviously out of reach. She's fighting to be straight, which I think is not uncommon in our culture. But by choosing unattainable choices, she's guaranteeing that she won't have to actually wind up with a guy. (And when she actually comes close to landing one of them, she bolts.) None of this makes it impossible for her to be straight or bisexual or whatever. But in my gut, that's what I sense is going on.
2. I think she's a lesbian.
But I should say, this is all just my opinion.
Hello Grreg! :)
1) What Roy Harper had to get a new SIN?
- (Social Insurance Number. I'm not sure what it's called in the States. But everyone gets one and it identifies you & only you)
2) Can we agree that Artemis' Birthday would be in December.
3) Would she we 21 at the end of Season Two?
4) What kind of funeral did Artemis have? Did her whole family show up? Was it formal?
5) What kind of funeral did Wally have? Did he /Artemis have two funerals, one dealing with the JL, & one for the public/friends and family.
1. Which Roy are we talking about?
2. No. I'm quite sure I haven't decided when in the year her actual birthday is, so why would I "agree" to December?
3. Not necessarily. She would be 21 by the end of the year in which Season Two is set. But not necessarily by the end of the season, which ended on July 4th.
4. I'll leave that to your imagination for the time being.
As a fan of Spectacular Spider-Man (I pretty much hold it as THE gold standard for Spider-Man and indeed, adaptations in general) and Young Justice, I like many others were crushingly disappointed by their cancellation.
My question is; as well as focusing on current projects, do you still, if occasionally, look for ways to continue or even complete the stories you started in the past series cancelled?
Even if it has been years since cancellation, do you still hold out hope or even consider options for revival?
Hi Greg :-)
Would you elaborate more on the concept of "all things are true" but yet "few things are accurate" in the Gargoyles universe? It Seems a contradiction--how can all things be true yet most things inaccurate? I apologize if I'm missing a simple concept but I was never good at logic or philosophy. If you could help me get this idea I would greatly appreciate it, thank you. :-)
The devil's in the details.
Did Noor Harjavti know Queen Bee kill Marie Logan? Does Noor know the team adopted the orphan Garfield Logan?
But the Team didn't adopt anyone.
What is youngest age person can be to become part of the team?
Well, Conner was 16 weeks. Can't see us going much younger than that. But you never know.
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