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Someone writes...

I feel like this question is more headed towards other people who want young justice back instead of Greg but I will put it here anyway.
Those of you who want YJ back we really have start a big push if we really want it to happen. We actually want it to come back so not doing anything won't help. We cannot just let this show go this is one of the very few opportunities we can save a show. Keep binging it on netflix, buy the products, and get the comics from comicology.com. Come on we half to make this happen guys so do whatever you can!

Greg responds...

It's COMIXOLOGY with an X, but otherwise - back in September - I'd have totally agreed with you. And it worked! Brandon Vietti and I are working on the arc for the third season now!

Response recorded on January 16, 2017

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Todd Jensen writes...

This question (more a comment) is over a year late, unfortunately, but....

Last year, I bought a copy of "Darkwing Duck: the Definitely Dangerous Edition". I began reading the foreword, which I initally assumed was written by one of the big names in the "Darkwing Duck" animated series - until I got to "<cough> Gargoyles <cough>". I looked down at that point, saw your name at the bottom, and then looked at the front cover and spotted "Foreword by Greg Weisman", which I had somehow failed to notice until that point. Talk about embarrassing! But it was still neat that you got to write the foreword for it.

And I had a lot of fun spotting the various Disney references throughout the book (which was entertaining even without them, and brought back some memories). Most of the people submitting questions here would undoubtedly be drawn to a certain stone perch of Negaduck's, but I also enjoyed the cameos by Scrooge McDuck, Gyro Gearloose, and the rest (including Magica de Spell's team-up with Negaduck) - certainly logical in light of "Darkwing Duck" existing in the same universe as "Duck Tales" - and Launchpad's failed attempt to join the Rescue Rangers. And, at the end, the revelation that the mystery schemer in the final arc was the Phantom Blot - all the more startling because he's traditionally Mickey Mouse's opponent (making his role here seem almost like Lex Luthor masterminding schemes in Gotham City).

Sorry again for the late comment on it, but at least you'll still get to read it.

Greg responds...

I've been reading Darkwing lately. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that book!!!

Response recorded on January 16, 2017

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Dane writes...

Hey, got some more questions for this awesome show.
1. What is Icicle Jr.'s ethnicity?
2. Did it annoy Tommy when Junior hit on Tuppence?
3. Every time he hit on Tuppence (in Darkest) or Miss Martian (in Terrors) did he not realize that they weren't interested in him at all or did he just pretend not to notice? Sometimes it seemed like he was absolutely oblivious, even when Miss Martian clearly pulled a face at him in the prison bus or when Tuppence crushed his hand he didn't seem to be discouraged by that.
4. Does the Manta Flyer require at least five people to operate it, or could Kaldur and Tigress have controlled it even with fewer crew members?
5. Cameron seemed to know his way around technology. Did Senior teach him a thing or two growing up, because in the video game Cam was able to operate the machine to retrieve the artifact from the ice?

Greg responds...

1. Um... he's a white dude.

2. Not as much as it annoyed Tuppence.

3. Oblivious sounds about right.

4. It only requires one.

5. He's learned what he needs to know. I doubt Icicle Sr. taught him much about tech. My son teaches me, not the other way around.

Response recorded on January 16, 2017

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Brandon writes...

Dear Greg,
I greatly admire your work on Young Justice for which I am eagerly waiting a third season (should it ever come to fruition). It gave me new appreciation for characters from the DC pantheon, such as Blue Beetle and Impulse. I also enjoyed Spectacular Spider-Man but I was already a Spider-Man fan before the series, so in a way, Young Justice is more impressive to me because of how much it made me care for characters I knew nothing about beforehand. With that out of the way, a few questions:

1. Do the Justice League/Team have a "No Kill Rule", or some kind of policy on killing? M'gann's "mind crush" seems to be as far as they'll go.

2. When the Reach were experimenting on Jaime Reyes, they mentioned that the only way to reboot the scarab would be to kill him. We later learn that Green Beetle, an agent of the Reach, can reboot the scarab without killing him. What is the purpose of this deception?

3. When Luthor sent the Runaways onto the Warworld, was he expecting them to succeed in their mission, or was he thinking they would be captured? Obviously it benefits the Light to have the heroes freed and working against the Reach, but I'm thinking Luthor was more concerned with stealing the crystal key.

Thank you for reading my questions and I sincerely hope Young Justice comes back.

#KeepBingingYJ

Greg responds...

1. I don't know if they need to bother making that a RULE. Killing is illegal in most every culture. But... sure.

2. Green Beetle's Martian physiology allowed for a number of unusual possibilities. There was no deception in the Scientist's earlier statement. She was talking about normal procedures. And Green Beetle wasn't on Earth yet.

3. The key was the priority. But I think he thought they had a chance.

Response recorded on January 16, 2017

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NoOneSpecial writes...

1.This is something that has always bugged me about the first episode of Rebels. When Kanan catches Ezra with the lightsabre in his room, he tells him to give it back, yet for some reason he doesn't check to see if Ezra had taken anything else, even though Kanan clearly left the Holocron in same drawer as his lightsabre and Ezra ended up taking it anyway, so why didn't he check to see if the Holocron was still safe? I mean, if you leave a gun and some money in a drawer and you catch someone with your gun, you're not going to check your money is all there?

2.In Idiot's Array, what was the point of losing Chopper in a bet to Lando? I mean, I don't see how its extra incentive to make the Ghost crew do Lando's job, since they needed money and Kanan was planning to speak to Lando about his offer. And Lando was going to pay them the money anyway (we find out later he didn't have it, but he still ended up giving them some fuel). Just feels like the episode could have been done without the bet even happening, since it wasn't necessary to start the plot, the risk of actually losing Chopper never feels that high and it doesn't seem to speak as a lesson about the crew learning to appreciate Chopper(well expect for Zeb maybe)

3.You've said before that you really liked Ahsoka's character (as do many). Do you regret the fact that you left Rebels after Season 1 before having the chance to work with her character? One of my biggest gripes with Season 2 is Ahsoka's minimal appearances. She doesn't really do anything major until the end. I personally would have loved to have seen Ahsoka go on a mission with the Ghost crew, but for the most part, her role feels like nothing more than a background character

4.What're your thoughts on Darth Maul? In Episode 1, he was pretty much a blank slate, with no real depth, backstory, or even dialogue in general, making him feel totally wasted, which says something about the prequels in general, since he still somehow ended up being one of the BEST parts of it. Obviously, Lucas felt the same way seeing as how they ended up reviving Maul in Clone Wars. Though his survival is a huge, HUGE, cop-out, it certainly feels worth it, as his character was fleshed out into one of the best in Star Wars, while he and Opress have some the best storylines that Clone Wars had to offer. His return in Rebels made the finale ten times better and he's already making Season 3 look promising

5.Was the Grand Inquisitor's backstory something that had been decided on in Season 1? During the final battle between him and Kanan, the Inquisitor gives Kanan a salute (the Makashi salute, I think it's called?) which Kanan returns with some surprise. It feels almost like an intentional show of respect on his part. Later we learn that the Inquisitor was a former Jedi. Was this something you always knew about the character when he was created?

Greg responds...

1. He knew Ezra had taken it. It was part of the test.

2. Well, you're entitled to your opinion, but I think it raised the stakes considerably. Plus, you know, COMEDY.

3. She was NEVER supposed to be a lead. She was a lead in Clone Wars. Not in Rebels. I loved that we brought her in, but if she had taken precedence over the crew of the Ghost, I would have been disappointed. But again, your mileage may vary.

4. I haven't seen season three yet, and of course, I didn't work on the character in Season One or Two. So I have no personal affinity for him. But he's got a cool look, and I like what they did with him in Season Two.

5. No.

Response recorded on January 16, 2017

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Jack writes...

Hey Greg!
1) What was Mister Twister's connection to the Light? Had the Brain not mentioned him I would have assumed T.O. Morrow was operating independently.

2) In a few of the Light's earlier appearances (where their faces are obscured) there are more screens on the wall than there are members. Was this an animation error or a deliberate choice in order to make their identities more cryptic (to both the audience and other characters)?

3) In issue 11 of the YJ comic, Ra's al Ghul's plan is to use a rocket to pretty much wipe out civilization. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Light's plan to put the human race in a high position on a galactic level, and allow humanity to evolve to its highest level? Doesn't Ra's and Talia's plan seem counterproductive, then?

Thanks for continuing to make quality cartoons! I'm always looking forward to your next projects.

Greg responds...

1. Stikk worked for Morrow. Morrow was an associate of the Light's. As you may recall, Klarion was expecting to work with Morrow on the Starro Tech, but got Ivo instead.

2. Neither.

3. Well, first off, it was never Talia's plan. Second off, Vandal's mandate is survival of the fittest. If Ra's successfully killed off much of the population, all the fittest of who remained would survive and be stronger for it, right? (Keep in mind, I'm not actually advocating this approach, but...)

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Could the characters in Young Justice swear in a foreign language? i.e. Could Dorado have said "boludo"?

Greg responds...

You mean for foreign television? I doubt it.

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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Hobbiton writes...

If Disney/Marvel came up to you and told you that you would be the sole writer for the upcoming live action Gargoyles movie that would take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, no exceptions, how would you write it and what would it be about?

Greg responds...

A. I'd advise against setting Gargoyles in the MCU. Strongly against.

B. Given my answer to A, I've got absolutely no thoughts on B.

C. If they told me that it was that or nothing, I'd like to think I'd say nothing.

D. If they told me they're doing it with or without me, I'd almost definitely say with.

E. I'd have to come up with something for B.

F. But given that this entire scenario is ridiculously unlikely, I'm not going to start thinking about it now.

G. If you do want to see a NON-canon Gargoyles/Spider-Man crossover, check out the various radio plays we've done just for silly fun on YouTube, including Gargoyles Meets The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Young Justice.

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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EXALT writes...

I've been thinking about Timedancer lately, and I have suddenly realised the fact that some main characters (Katana and Nashville at the very least, and possibly other part-time travelers) wouldn't show up in it for years or even decades. So my question is this: was the plan to showcase Brooklyn's 40-years dance in a linear manner (1997-997-1970's-all the way until 1997 again), or did you plan to jump around time a bit as well (so maybe episode one is at Year 1 with Mary and Finella, episode two is at Year 5 when Brook is with Fu-Dog, episode three in Year 38 alongside Katana and Nashville, etc)?

Greg responds...

I don't know. Honestly. It's never a decision I've had to make. I have a ton of stories set on Brooklyn's timeline. But what order I'd reveal them will depend on if and when a TimeDancer series is ordered in some medium or another, and what the parameters of that series are.

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Greg Weisman,

In Young Justice, Atlantis is the size of a small continent that consists of a capital city and a number of city-states (6 were named, but are there more?).

A. Please show us what an underwater map of Atlantis would look like and where the capital city and the city-states would exactly be located on such a map...?

B. Also, what specific types of Atlanteans live in each city-state (considering the comics only mentioned they were divided between pure and impure; with no other specific details)...?

Greg responds...

1. I've got seven city states that I know of. Whether or not there are any more is a spoiler.

A. Assuming I had a map, which I don't, HOW am I supposed to post one here? This is a text only site.

B. If you have our YJ companion comics, you have hints of that already. (More hints in the comics than in the series.) Otherwise, I'm not going to offer up spoilers.

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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Jean writes...

Hello Again Mr. Weisman!

One more short series of questions:

1.What styles/genres of music do the main cast like? (I'm assuming Hudson doesn't like Heavy Metal, considering how he was spooked out of his chair that one time :-P)

2. Are there certain artists/songs they like?

3. Does anyone (or any gargoyle) play a musical instrument, or have some type of music talent?

- as an aside, I think Elisa is an 80s hard rock/hair metal fan- her leather-N-corset look in Protection just SCREAMS "Billy Idol backup dancer" :-) Just a thought.

Again, thanks so much for being awesome,

Jean

Greg responds...

1. I don't know. I'd have to think about it. Do some research, probably.

2. See above.

3. Any gargoyle ever? I'm sure the answer is yes, but our leads don't seem to play.

Response recorded on January 12, 2017

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Jean writes...

Hello Mr. Weisman!

I, like many others on this website, am a HUGE fan of Gargoyles- caught me when I was a nine yr old and never let go. I've been binge watching the show recently, and a few questions came to mind. I searched the archives but didn't find any answers. I hope I'm staying within the guidelines. If I'm not, I sincerely apologize.

Without further ado, my questions are:

1.What sports does Elisa like? (outside of Football or Baseball that is- she briefly mentioned going to a Giants game at the end of "Awakening" pt 5, and you stated in the archives that she is a Mets fan.)

2. Is she a causal fan of sports, or a serious fan?

3. Are there any particular teams/players she likes? (outside of the Home team, that is)

Thank You!

Greg responds...

1. She likes football and baseball and basketball.

2. Casual.

3. She's a New Yorker. Take it from there.

Response recorded on January 12, 2017

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Todd Jensen writes...

In one of your most recent questions, you mentioned, among the characters that Keith David had voiced, somebody named Hades in something called "Kidd/Hero". I was curious about it, googled it, but couldn't find anything about it. Is this a series that hasn't come out yet (at least, at the time that I submitted this question)?

Greg responds...

It's a series that was never made. We tried to sell it. Even created what is called a "Sizzle Reel" for it, with the voices of Keith David and James Arnold Taylor as Hades and Kidd respectively. I think I showed it once at one of the Gatherings. But legal issues and other factors stopped it from ever happening, unfortunately. Too bad, too. It was fun.

Response recorded on January 12, 2017

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Chris writes...

After re-watching "Spectacular Spider-Man" episode "Gangland", I was left wondering... Where did Silvermane get that impressive armour.

Greg responds...

Sears.

Response recorded on January 12, 2017

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C. Ackles writes...

if you were in the position of malcolm, is it good to exalt vengeance to anyone who offended you,why?

Greg responds...

I'm not sure I understand the question. But I don't think it's ever good to "exalt vengeance".

Response recorded on January 12, 2017

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Kapur Choksi writes...

Do you have any news regarding Young Justice? Also, please give us an alternative for Netflix in India. We don't use Netflix here. Would really like to contribute.

Greg responds...

The news - which by now is probably old news - is that we have begun work on Season Three of Young Justice.

I don't know what to tell you about Netflix in India. Can you buy them on iTunes? Are the BluRays or DVDs on sale in India? Can you get the YJ companion comics on Comixology, the DC App or iTunes?

Response recorded on January 10, 2017

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John Harmon writes...

I have read that outside of the mating season, it was incredibly rare for a couple to conceive a gargoyle child, my question is this, is there any stigma that the clans put on such a unlikely birth? Or would the clan accept such an occurrence?

Greg responds...

I'm sorry, WHERE did you read this? Cuz I don't think I EVER said rare. Never is the word I'd use. Or as close to never as you can get.

Response recorded on January 10, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Ever thought of creating a snapchat profile? It would make me very happy

Greg responds...

Nope. Sorry. I'm already overwhelmed just with twitter. Plus I don't take pictures with my phone.

Response recorded on January 10, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

hi Greg i love young justice and i love what you did with certain characters and i wanted to ask you about beast boy

1) did he get his powers from miss martian? if so who does he only have the power of transforming into animals and not anything else and why doesn't he have any other powers?
2) if he did get his powers from miss martian why is he green? since she is actually a white martian?

3) and basically overall where does he get his powers from?

Greg responds...

1. What you saw is what you saw. Anything beyond that would be a spoiler.

1a. No spoilers.

1b. No spoilers.

2. She was posing as green at the time, and her shape-shifting takes place at the cellular level.

3. You saw what you saw. Beyond that, no spoilers.

Response recorded on January 10, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Hello mr Weiseman. first of all i just wanted to say that i loved young justice and i watch it all the time on netflix, gotta keep binging am i right? anyway i wanted to ask you a few things, is superboy as strong as superman? if not how strong is superboy?

if you answer this thank you for answering

Greg responds...

1. No.

2. Very strong.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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Mb writes...

Hello Mr. Weisman!
Thank you so much for taking your time and giving us Fans the opportunity to ask questions:

Since rain of the Ghosts and Gargoyles include Supernatural Elements, I wondered: are YOU a believer of the Supernatural?

Greg responds...

Yes and no.

I do believe in it, but I also believe its better to live and behave in this world as if none of that exists.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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Todd Jensen writes...

This is more an observation than a question, but I decided it was time to share it with you.

We've discussed before the truth of Goliath's saying in "M. I. A." how "human problems become gargoyle problems" - which certainly showed itself several times in the series, such as the struggles over the Scottish throne in the 10th and 11th century affecting the Scottish gargoyles. But more recently, it occurred to me that human conflicts and their consequences, even when they didn't directly involve gargoyles, could impact them.

The example I noted was the struggle over the Roman world between Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 B.C. and the fall of Egypt in 30 B.C., ending with Caesar Augustus firmly in control of Rome. Its outcome definitely affected the gargoyles; I can't imagine Mark Antony and Cleopatra being as shocked by gargoyles waking up from their stone sleep without clothes as Augustus was, certainly not enough to order the Roman Magus to cast the Spell of Humility over them.

Greg responds...

Yep.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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RexBlazer1 writes...

Hello Greg,

I appreciate your answer to my first question posted here regarding my thoughts toward the nature of antagonists in stories. However, bear in mind that it had been months since I asked that question, and my thoughts and feelings on the subject had already changed by the time you answered. I realize that I could've thought it out better, as well as have applied better wording regarding how I asked the question. What I SHOULD'VE said in describing the types was this:

1. The kind who are selfish and just in it for themselves, not caring who gets hurt in the process.
2. The kind who believe they fight for a great cause and the betterment of others, but more often than not create a lot of damage and destruction to those around them, believing that it's for the greater good.

However, I can see why you would consider this type of thinking reductive, as it doesn't allow much room for complexity, and characters and people are not that simple. I do realize that everyone think's that they are justified in some capacity or another in their actions, and that they can still do bad things and not care as well. There are multiple kinds of villains, and they can have varying shades of the two kinds I mentioned.

The thing is, when I asked, I was still trying to get an idea of how to go about doing things, and I'd previously asked some writer friends what they thought on the matter, and they went along with the same line of thinking, leaning towards one type or the other.

Not to mention, because of a lot of things, including, but not limited to, my 900-MPH autistic brain, I end up having to rethink ideas over and over again in terms of what I'd like to do and what I don't want to do with the story. And as a result, I'm stuck working and reworking on a story that keeps changing. Regardless, my autism is not an excuse, but I hope it helps to explain things.

Anyway, I only wanted to apologize for upsetting you with the way my question was worded, and my line of thinking at the time. I didn't think it through fully, and you delivered some deserved-flack my way for it. It wasn't my intent to upset you the way I did, and I wholeheartedly regret doing so. My words were short-sighted and not well-thought out.

I'm trying to do better about the way characters should be, and I'm aware of what to keep my mind open about.

Greg responds...

Hey RexBlazer1...

Here's the ugly truth. I don't remember our previous exchange. I can't search user names here, so I tried searching "antagonist," but nothing came up for that under RexBlazer1.

So I have no memory of what you suggested. And no memory of how I responded. I kinda doubt I was "upset". I rarely get upset here. I do get annoyed fairly often, so maybe I was annoyed. But I can't say for sure.

Everything you wrote this time sounds pretty good to me, however.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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Dan writes...

Why did Diane react to the gargoyles the way she did in Nigeria? ("Elisa you know these monsters?!?!") By this time she had already learned what happened to Derek/Talon. Wouldn't she just assume the gargoyles were other innocent victims of Sevarius's experiments?

Greg responds...

If you say so. But obviously, we didn't see it that way.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

What was the policy regarding drugs, guns and alcohol when making Young Justice? I remember Luthor and Ra's al Ghul making a toast with some liquor, but could you show an adult hero drinking beer? Could you show one of the kids in the Team using a gun?

Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

I don't know. Neither of those examples (or anything remotely like them) were things we asked to do or tried to do. Basically, however, we just did what we wanted and were offered no resistance. The glaring exception was that we were told we couldn't depict an openly homosexual relationship back then, which was extremely frustrating. This was a question I asked in a vacuum, by the way. We didn't attach the question to any two specific characters.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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Elliot Valente writes...

Huge Fan of YJ.
1. Now that Red Arrow has his issues (Speedy) resolved, will he and Cheshire patch thing up?
2. Does Sportsmaster know that Red Arrow is his son-in-law and if so what's his opinion on their relationship?
3. What does Sportsmaster think about his granddaughter Lian? Would his relationship with her be similar or different than how he treats his daughters?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. I think you can assume he knows Red Arrow fathered his granddaughter. As for his reaction/opinion, unless or until we address it, I'll leave that to your imagination.

3. See the answer to #2.

Response recorded on December 23, 2016

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Sahil writes...

This is going to sound like an odd question. What New York congressional district would the Manhattan Clan live in??? I know this is an odd question but I was just wondering. After having done research on it, I still don't have the answer. Thank you

Greg responds...

Well, I guess it depends if you were talking about the Clock Tower or the Eyrie Building.

Or maybe it doesn't. I'd have to do research, and I haven't.

Response recorded on December 23, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

What is the limit of constructs that a scarab's armor can generate? Is is as far as imagination can go, vis-à-vis a GL Power ring?

Greg responds...

No.

Response recorded on December 23, 2016

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Lemon writes...

In Young Justice how long has Megan Morse been Garfield Logon's guardian?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on December 23, 2016

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Lando the Mando writes...

How different was writing Young Justice: Legacy compared to writing for animation/comics?

Greg responds...

I didn't write YJL. I made suggestions on the story, a few course corrections and edited the dialogue.

Response recorded on December 23, 2016

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RobinFan writes...

Hi, Mr. Weisman. Fan of YJ. Hope we get a 3th season one day.

1. Has Batman ever hit any of his protégés?
2. Who trained Sportsmaster?
3. Was Jason Todd a natural redhead?

Greg responds...

1. He's trained with them. So if you're counting them sparring together, than I guess so. But he's never hit one in anger or been abusive.

2. RecreationMaster!*

3. I'm not giving out any info on Jason or anyone that isn't obvious from what's already aired or been in the comics.

*I don't know who trained Sportsmaster. But if I knew, I wouldn't tell you. Cuz that would be a spoiler.

Response recorded on December 22, 2016

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Zeke writes...

Since Goliath and Demona are the same age roughly in 994 what would happen when Goliath became to old to lead the clan and stepped down? Wouldn't Demona also be too old?

Greg responds...

Yes, it would have been a concern eventually. But they were both young at that stage, and the bigger concern at that time was death by violence, not by old age.

Response recorded on December 22, 2016

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GoliathFan223 writes...

Hello, Weisman. Me again. Hope you're doing well and all of your projects are successful.

I was re-watching Gargoyles again and I was watching the "Hunter's Moon" three-parter and I was curious about something about Jason Canmore:

I noticed something in Part Two, when Robyn is talking to Jason and John about Demona being able to walk around in daylight and how the siblings were debating about whether she'd "share this sorcery with the others," and Jason says, "we'd never know" if she had.

My question is, did he suspect (albeit fleetingly) that Elisa might be a gargoyle in disguise (who was able to use magic to shape-shift at will) thanks to Demona or was he just overthinking the discussion, on top of suspecting that she was hiding something in general? That's the vibe I was getting from the exchange, at least.

Thank you for your time and for answering my question (:

Greg responds...

I don't think he ever thought Elisa was a gargoyle.

Response recorded on December 22, 2016

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Windona writes...

Hey Mr. Weisman, a few random questions about Spectacular Spider-Man (even though it's been a while)

1) Did Gwen ever meet Harry's parents? (I ask because she has a way different reaction than Peter about them in Final Curtain, leading me to wonder)

2) I noticed when watching that Norman Osborn's treatment of Harry has multiple signs of emotional abuse (and of course, was revealed to have physically hurt his son in the s2 finale). Was this something intentional/clear, or just 'let's make Norman Osborn's relationship with his son like this' without thinking 'we want to make Norman explicitly emotionally abusive'?

I just want to say, thank you for creating a lot of wonderful characters, and doing them justice. Harry Osborn has always been one of my favorite, and I feel like not everyone appreciates the complexity of his characterization/does it well. (Though this is probably true of many characters that pass from writer to writer)

Also, since I know you like to include a level of real science (a level since sci-fi and fantasy inherently require breaks from science), 3) Did you ever read up on epi-genetics? It's really cool!

Greg responds...

1. Yeah, she's met them.

2. Like somehow we didn't NOTICE that he was abusive? No.

3. I haven't. At least not yet.

Response recorded on December 22, 2016

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Andres Escobar writes...

Simple question what are you currently working on as it is hard to follow sometimes and if you can talk or more specifically write about it what will you be working on that you know? Ohh and where can we watch it , or if read it when is it coming out or where can we find it I know you were writing a comic for Marvel I could never find it in several comic book stores.

Greg responds...

Right now, I am working on two things. The third season of YOUNG JUSTICE and the second novel in the WORLD OF WARCRAFT: TRAVELER series.

We don't yet know where Season Three of YJ will air, but you can view Seasons One and Two on Netflix, on iTunes or on DVD or BluRay.

The second WARCRAFT book should come out in bookstores (including online bookstores) next November.

Prior to that, I was working on the second and third seasons of SHIMMER AND SHINE. Season Two is currently airing on Nick Jr.

I also wrote the first book in the WORLD OF WARCRAFT: TRAVELER series, which is currently available at bookstores (and online bookstores).

There's also my two novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, both of which are currently available at bookstores and online bookstores.

Then there's the AudioPlay version of RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, which is currently available for download at Gumroad.com/RainoftheGhosts.

I recently co-plotted a CAPTAIN ATOM miniseries with Cary Bates, illustrated by Will Conrad. It will be available this January, 2017 from anyplace that sells comic books, including the DC Comics App, Comixology and iTunes.

Last year, I wrote the twelve issue STAR WARS KANAN series for Lucasfilm and Marvel. Those are available either as single issues, as two trades (STAR WARS KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN and STAR WARS KANAN: FIRST BLOOD) or as an omnibus, again at Bookstores, online Bookstores, comic book stores and from the Marvel Comics App, Comixology or iTunes.

Finally, I also wrote the six issue STARBRAND AND NIGHTMASK for Marvel Comics, available as single issues or as one trade (STARBRAND AND NIGHTMASK: ETERNITY'S CHILDREN [Attend University]), which AGAIN is available at bookstores, online bookstores, comic book stores, the Marvel Comics App, Comixology or iTunes.

Whew! I think that's it! Thanks for asking!

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Letey writes...

Why was Jaime's cellphone volume all maxed out in Runaways?

Greg responds...

I remember there was a reason, but I forget what it was. I'd have to watch the episode again.

Response recorded on December 20, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

What spell did Zatara use in Failsafe?

Greg responds...

I've posted all these already. Check the archives. Or check the YJ Wiki: http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Failsafe

Response recorded on December 20, 2016

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Ian writes...

I have really enjoyed the Rain of the Ghosts series and I anxiously await for Book 3 to come out. My question for you though is this: As you write the Rain of the Ghosts series, do you already have an idea of how you want the series to ultimately end, or is the story more fluid with ideas coming to you as you write?

Greg responds...

I try to keep myself open to ideas that come to me or to characters who assert themselves, like Renée and Cash did in SPIRITS. But I know pretty much exactly where the story is going.

Response recorded on December 20, 2016

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Balrog writes...

Mr.Greg do you know Kolchak: The Night Stalker tv show

Greg responds...

Yep. Haven't seen it since it aired first run, but I saw all the episodes way back when.

Response recorded on December 20, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

How does Nepture's beard translate into Atlantian? I understand Lagoon Boy says Poseidon something...

Greg responds...

Poseidonos Pogon!

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Hannu Grén writes...

Hello Greg, and greetings from Finland! :-)

I have noticed recently that I have started to get VERY interested in "Gargoyles". Haven't seen much of the series yet, but from what I have seen and heard, it looks awesome.

There is a problem though. I have no idea if the DVD's have ever been released outside US. If there was an European release, I would probably had already got it. I would import if it was a possibility; however, I strongly suspect that the DVD's are region locked and won't work on European DVD players.

Who could be an appropriate person to ask about this? I know you aren't directly working as a Disney representative, but I thought you could possibly know some contact to ask about this.

Also, do you know if the series is watchable on some video-on-demand service? I would really love to see more about the series.

Thank you already for your time.

Greg responds...

I'd love to be able to help you, but I don't know who to contact specifically, aside from just reaching out to Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

And I don't know of any streaming service, etc., that has the series. Wish I did.

Response recorded on December 19, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

How do the members of The Light contact each other, aside from the conference calls? Cell phones, comlinks?

Greg responds...

Carrier pigeon. You name it.

Response recorded on December 19, 2016

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SuperMartian89 writes...

I've noticed that there seemed to be an underlying theme of issues with fathers/paternal figures: Superboy with Superman, Artemis with Sportscaster in S1. Aqualad with Black Manta and Artemis again. Is that deliberate?

Greg responds...

It comes out of character, but we don't avoid it.

Response recorded on December 19, 2016

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Why didn't SpecSpidey or YJ have "Previously On" segments? Was it a network or production decision?

Greg responds...

I'm vehemently against using them. I learned painfully from Gargoyles that they actually have the opposite effect then one would think.

Instead of acting as small reminders or hints, they convince people that they've missed too much to join the series now. They were never necessary. Everything you truly NEED to know to enjoy a given episode is spelled out in one way or another within the episode itself.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Doesn't writes is incorrect. The correct form is don't write or writes...

(Nailed it!)

How many pouches can Batman and Robin's utility belts carry?

Greg responds...

Pouches?

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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The Other GW writes...

1- You've said that Wotan's blotting out of the sun was a distraction to lure the League AWAY from Cadmus, at the Light's behest. But what was his "cover story"? That is, what was the reason he gave the League to do so, if he gave one at all.
2- Was Robin, Aqualad and KF's dna REALLY destroyed in "Fireworks"?
3- What do the Forever People shout to transform into Infinity Man and what does it mean?

Greg responds...

1. Does he really need to cooperate?

2. Why would you think otherwise?

3. "Tarru!" It's a New Genesian word that means, "It's time to change into Infinity-Man." ;) Seriously, that's from the comics. I never thought to ask what it means, so I guess I don't know.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Fiddled writes...

1. Billy Batson's Zeta-Tube override code is H-O-J. What does it stand for?
2. Can Queen Be enthral Devastation?
3. How far can the batrope extend?
4. Can you tell us what would be Icon's role in the YJ Invasion comic arc if he hadn't been pulled?

Greg responds...

1. Hall Of Justice.

2. No spoilers.

3. Not all the way to Mars.

4. He was one of Kylstar's abductees.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Marvelman writes...

Hi Greg. I asked this question before but you never really answered it. In "Alienated", M'gann tears information from a krolotean prisoner's brain and leaves him in a catatonic state. She does this in front of Martian Manhunter and Batman. I am just wondering why there wasn't some kind of a response from them. Didn't they realize what happened? And, if not, why not? Or, if they did, why didn't they confront M'gann about it? Batman and Martian Manhunter's acting like nothing unusual had happened seems odd to me. What am I missing?

The reason I am bringing this up again is that someone I was talking to pointed this scene as an instance of the "idiot ball" trope. So, I thought I would try to get to the bottom of this. Thanks.

Greg responds...

I don't know what the "idiot ball" trope means, so I have no idea if it's an instance of it or not. Nor do I recall what I did or did not answer before. It would seem to me that I'm hardly likely to give more information now than I was then.

But the short answer is that they did not fully understand what she had done to the Krolotean, keeping in mind that the Krolotean's mind was SO alien, that J'onn was having trouble reading it at all.

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Anonymous writes...

On Earth 16 who founded S.T.A.R. Labs?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

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Marion writes...

In "Welcome to Happy Harbor", Superboy asks why the JL left the Cave for the Hall, even though he "witnessed" the incident that Aqualad mentions as the reason for the change in issues 1 and 2. Didn't he simply "make the connection", like when he didn't recognize Snapper Carr, or is this one of those "what-happens-in-the-comics-is-"cannon"-but-none-of-it-is-ever-mentioned-or-acknowledged-in-the-show-because-the-comics-were-retroactively-written-AFTER-the-episodes" cases?

Greg responds...

He didn't make the connection. There was nothing in his vision that indicated the League was going to leave the cave.

The comics are fully integrated into the series and vice versa.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Despero?
2. How old is Draaga?
3. How old is Kylstar?
4. How old is Maxima?
5. How old is Mongul?

Greg responds...

1. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

4. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

5. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old was Henry Yarrow when he died?
2. How old is Major Force?
3. How old is Henchy, Vertigo's henchman?
4. How old is Sharon Vance?
5. How old is Sackett?

Greg responds...

1. Henry Yarrow was born in in 1941.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Henchy was born in 1974.

4. Sharon Vance was born in 1978.

5. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 15, 2016

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Greg writes...

1. Is it safe to assume the Brain is twice immune to Queen Bee's powers? Since he is gay and had no hair...
2. How can she enthrall Lex Luthor if he has no hair?

Greg responds...

I don't understand what hair has to do with anything.

Nor am I confirming or denying that Brain is gay in YJ.

1. I think it's safe to assume Brain is immune because he has only electrical sensory receptors. He can register her pheromones, but they can't effect what remains of his biology.

2. I'd think, knowing her power, Lex would take some precautions.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Clement Lemar?
2. How old is Burton Thompson, the guard at Taos's STAR Labs?
3. How old is Bernell Jones?
4. How old is Carlo, the Haly's Circus performer?
5. How old is Maurice Bodaway?

Greg responds...

1. Clemant Lemar is dead. But he was born in 1911.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Bernell Jones was born in 1962.

4. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

5. Maurice Bodaway was born in 1966.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is King Sha'ark?
2. How old is Madame Xanadu?
3. How old is Erin, the G-Elf?
4. How old is Benny, the G-Dwarf?
5. When was Enos Polk born?

Greg responds...

1. Nanaue Sha'ark was born in 1994.

2. Madame Xanadu was born in 1991.

3. Erin was, uh, hatched in 2004.

4. Benny was hatched in 2007.

5. Enos Polk was born in 1947.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Bob writes...

Did it ever get annoying having to make almost every single character in Gargoyles you wanted to kill fall off something?

Greg responds...

Eh. More amusing than annoying.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Dragon's Breath?
2. How old is the Scientist?
3. How old is Black Beetle?
4. How old is Richard Dragon?
5. How old is Starro?

Greg responds...

1. I seem not to have made that calculation.

2. I seem not to have made that calculation.

3. During Season Two, he's about the human biological equivalent of 40. But I haven't worked out the relative length of a Reach Warrior's life, so I don't know how old he is.

4. I seem not to have made that calculation.

5. I seem not to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Congorilla?
2. How old is Djuba?
3. How old is Monsieur Mallah?
4. How old is Primat?
5. How old was Kevin Blankly when he died?

Greg responds...

1. How does one measure the age of a god?

2. Djuba was born in 2002.

3. Mallah was born in 2002.

4. Primat was born in 1998.

5. Kevin Blankly was born in 1930. I'll let you do the math.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In alpha male, how did the Brain escape so stealthily in the end? Did he use a trapdoor or a boom tube? Or Klarion teleported him out?

Also, why did he eject all those compartment and appendages? It seemed like he was about to fire a mega blast or something but all that happened was the lights going out.

Greg responds...

1. I'll leave that to your imagination.

2. Maybe he needed those things to turn out the lights.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Tolifhar?
2. How old is Solovar?
3. How old is Ultra-Humanite, the ape?
4. How old is Malavar?
5. How old is Boka?

Greg responds...

1. Tolifhar was born in 1994.

2. Solovar was born in 1990.

3. Tolifhar was born in 1994.

4. Malavar was born in 1994.

5. Boka was born in 1998.

Response recorded on December 13, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Jack Haly?
2. How old is Jason Bard?
3. How old is Norman?
4. How old is Rako?
5. How old is Toyman?

Greg responds...

1. Jack Haly was born in 1944.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Norman was born in 1982.

4. Rako was born in 1958.

5. Winslow Schott was born in 1993.

Response recorded on December 13, 2016

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Marvelman writes...

Hi Greg. Just want you to know I'm doing all that I can to help bring Young Justice back. I stream YJ every chance I have. I bought dvds for myself and my little nephews. I also got them the YJ trades.

Greg responds...

That's great! I'm sure it helped!

Response recorded on December 13, 2016

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Sandy writes...

Did Vandal Savage invite someone to join the Light that turned him down, or are the other six the only ones he asked?

Greg responds...

Either way, that's at best a spoiler request, and at worst an idea masquerading as a question.

Response recorded on December 13, 2016

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TRAVELER SIGNING

I'll be doing a reading, signing and Q&A of my new novel, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: TRAVELER at Chevalier's Books on Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm.

More info here: https://chevaliersbooks.com/2016/12/07/author-gargoyles-creator-greg-weisman-reads-signs-world-of-warcraft-traveler-a-new-book-series-for-middle-readers/

Please help spread the word!


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Want more YJ sooner?

Brandon Vietti and I are hard at work on Season Three of the Young Justice television series. But (a) we just got started and (2) making animated episodes takes a LONG time. (Ten months minimum. MINIMUM.)

So, if you want more new YJ stories sooner, the answer is pretty simple. Artist Christopher Jones and I are chomping at the bit to make more YOUNG JUSTICE stories in comic book form. Producing a comic book takes considerably less time than producing television episodes,so if we got a green light on a comic book series now, you could theoretically have new stories in a matter of months.

So the question is how do we get the green light for more YJ comic?. And the answer to that is pretty simple too. We just need to convince DC Comics that there's a market for YJ comics even before the third season premieres.

Which begs the next question: How do we convince DC of that?

And the answer is again simple. BUY THE COMICS THAT ALREADY EXIST!

Issues #0 - #25 of our companion YJ comic have been collected into four trade paperbacks. (And ALL of these stories are canon to the series, with time stamps and everything. In fact, stuff in Season Three will play off of stuff from Seasons One and Two AND from the comics.) The best way to show DC that you want more comics is to purchase these stories electronically on the DC APP, on COMIXOLOGY, or on iTUNES.

Now, I'm an old school guy, and I love having actual hard copies to hold in my hand. Unfortunately, the books are all out of print. So if you do find hard copies online or in a store, those are secondary sales, and DC won't know about them. So you need to buy them electronically. Put money in DC's pocket and they'll want more of that green. Buy a lot of YJ comics and it just follows that they'll order up more YJ comics.

If you already have those issues, give them as holiday gifts. And in any case, help us SPREAD THE WORD!

It's just logic. The more the existing comics sell, the more DC will want to make more. And if more sell fast enough, you'll be getting more YJ stories sooner!


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Marvelwoman writes...

1. How old is Jonathan Kent?
2. How old is Lobo?
3. How old is Wotan?
4. How old is Psycho-Pirate?
5. How old is Helena Sandsmark?

Greg responds...

1. Jonathan was born in 1938.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Wotan was born sometime around 1100 C.E., give or take a century.

4. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

5. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Marvelwoman writes...

1. How old is Dr. David Wilcox?
2. How old is M'Chiste?
3. How old is Ida Berkowitz?
4. How old is Duk Trang?
5. How old is Gorilla Grodd?

Greg responds...

1. David Wilcox was born in 1967.

2. M'chiste was born in 1991.

3. Ida was born in 1953.

4. Trang was born in 1940.

5. Grodd was born in 1998.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Marvelman writes...

Are you sick of answering all these questions about characters ages yet?

Greg responds...

Eh. There are worse things.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Ronal?
2. How old is Coral?
3. How old is Danuuth?
4. How old is Chian?
5. How old is Blubber?

Greg responds...

1. Ronal was born in 1993.

2. Coral was born in 1998.

3. Daanuth was born in 1985.

4. Chian was born in 1992.

5. Blubber was born in 1996.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is G. Gordon Godfrey?
2. How old is Wyynde?
3. How old is Two-Face?
4. How old is Blackbriar Thorn?
5. How old is Wizard?

Greg responds...

1. I seem not to have made that calculation.

2. Wyynde was born in 1994.

3. What makes you think Two-Face exists?

4. . I seem not to have made that calculation.

5. I seem not to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Billy writes...

1. What kind of research went into making Young Justice?

Greg responds...

Lots of research of all kinds. Lots of comic books read and reread. The occasional scene or entire movie rewatched. Information on tech, on time zones, on languages and linguistics. On countries, real and imagined. And more, I'm sure.

Response recorded on December 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Icon?
2. How old is Felix Faust?
3. How old is Parasite?
4. How old is Perry White?
5. How old is Stephanie Brown?

Greg responds...

1. Arnus emerged on Earth as an infant in 1810. How old he was before arrival, I won't comment on at this time.

2. It seems I haven't calculated that.

3. Ray Jensen was born in 1977.

4. Perry White was born in 1967.

5. Stephanie Brown was born in 2003.

Response recorded on December 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Ali?
2. How old is the Ambassador?
3. How old is Black Adam?
4. How old is Deadshot?
5. How old is Otis?

Greg responds...

1. I haven't calculated that, it seems.

2. I haven't set chronological ages for any of the Reach.

3. Well, Teth-Adam was born @1,300 BCE. I'll leave you to do the math, give or take a century.

4. I haven't calculated that, it seems.

5. He was born in 1980.

Response recorded on December 05, 2016

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Zergrinch writes...

Hypothetical question.

ALL of your past and present projects have been renewed, and you have been asked to help them all. Which one would you prioritize, and why?

Greg responds...

Well, as many regular readers of this site know, I'm not big on hypotheticals. Reality is so much more complicated, but I'll give it a shot:

GARGOYLES first, always. We're trying to get another comic book version now. Tweet the hashtag #WeLiveAgain!

YOUNG JUSTICE, second. Season Three is real. It's here. I'm working on it.

I'm also working on the second book in the WORLD OF WARCRAFT: TRAVELER series, THE SPIRAL PATH, and recently completed co-plotting work on THE FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM, w/my old Captain Atom partner Cary Bates.

The third book in the RAIN OF THE GHOSTS series, MASQUE OF BONES, which I still plan to get back to as soon as I possibly can.

Everything else falls into the category of it's just too hypothetical to differentiate. But I'm very fond of THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, W.I.T.C.H., ROUGHNECKS: THE STARSHIP TROOPER CHRONICLES, STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK, anything with the STAR WARS REBELS characters [especially STAR WARS KANAN], 3X3 EYES, DISNEY'S VILLAINS and many others.

And I'm sure Edmund Tsabard would love to finish Last Tengu in Paris.

Response recorded on December 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Out of universe explanation for

Why was Hal used as one of the original seven members of the Justice League instead of John?

Greg responds...

Because, not counting Alan Scott, he was the first Green Lantern.

1. Is Earth 16 based on pre crisis, post crisis, or a mixture of both?

2. If a mixture of both, is the mixture more than, less than, or equal to a fifty fifty split?

According to DC wiki the first Green Lantern was Jong Li, a monk from 660 AD. He debuted in Green Lantern: Dragon Lord #1-3 in 2001, which is not listed among the Elseworld titles.

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Jong_Li_(New_Earth)

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Elseworlds

3. Out of universe who is considered the first Green Lantern and why?

Greg responds...

1. It's a mixture of 78 years of continuity, plus some original material.

2. I'm not interested in percentages.

3. What are we talking about here when you say "Out of Universe"? Out of Universe, Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern because Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern created at DC Comics.

Response recorded on December 02, 2016

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Ian M Tracy writes...

Hello Greg, I just want to start with, I love your work. Moving on, I really love Young Justice. I've read all the possibilities that have been said about new episodes. And I'm working for it. I've watched seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix probably 6-7 times now since I found it and will likely watch it many more. I'm rather poor so Netflix is what I can afford entertainment wise, so no DVD buying unfortunately. But it's the hashtag I don't understand. #KeepBingingYJ. What does that mean and how does it help? Is it about searching for it on Bing? I don't get the binging. I think the hashtag should say #BringBackYoungJustice or something like that. I want to help influence the decision makers, so I'm trying to help. Gonna try and start a movement on WB and DC's FB pages. I don't really Twitter. Anyway, I wish you the best in all your endeavors, and I look forward to any and all of your work. Thank you.

Greg responds...

Binge it. (The g has a j sound.) Not bing it. Binge it. I was asking fans to binge-watch the series over and over again on Netflix. (And it worked!)

For the record, your hashtag would have been far less useful, because it was not a call to action. It's vague. Who is it addressed to? Mine was an instruction to the fans. As were my other hashtags, i.e. #BuyYJBluRaysDVDs and #BuyYJComicsonComixology. Each of these give fans a pragmatic and specific thing to do. I'm sorry you didn't understand the #KeepBingingYJ hashtag, but you did it anyway, and we got the show back. So it's all good.

Response recorded on December 01, 2016

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Algernon writes...

Hey, Greg!

So I remember back in the day, you mentioned plans to eventually incorporate Dracula into the GU. Since Stoker's novel is like my favorite book ever I thought I'd pick your brains a little, nothing spoilerly hopefully.

1) Presuming you've read the novel, what did ya think of it?

2) Is there anything specific about the character of the not so good Count that you think makes him a particularly good fit for the GU?

3) Fav cinematic Dracula?

Greg responds...

1. I have read it. It's not my favorite novel, but I like it a lot. (Just to be clear, I'm not saying the GargUniverse Dracula would be based on Stoker's version. Not saying it wouldn't be either. Just not saying. #NoSpoilers).

2. He's an irresistible fictional concept. How could we skip him?

3. I honestly don't have one. I've yet to see one that really felt like how I imagine Dracula.

Response recorded on December 01, 2016

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B writes...

How much, if anything, would you be willing to share about the plot and characters of your proposed series "The Trickster"?

Greg responds...

Zero.

Response recorded on December 01, 2016

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brandon writes...

Hi big fan of the series gargoyles thank you so much for your part in creating the show. My question is during the creation of the gargoyles were did the ideas of there look come form for instance London clans animal features wyvern clans beaks horns human faces and so on also Hm which were your favorite clan artwork my personal favorite wyven/avalon clan

Greg responds...

I don't really play favorites. They're all my children.

The idea that the London clan would be modeled (loosely) after heraldic animals was mine. Not the execution, of course. Credit for that goes mostly to our lead character designer Greg Guler.

The idea for Zafiro being serpentine was also mine. We just looked to Aztec, Olmec & Mayan art for inspiration.

Response recorded on December 01, 2016

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Balrog writes...

How bad is the reputation of the Daily Tattler?
Yellow journalism low ?

Greg responds...

At least.

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Louissa writes...

I've asked a couple of questions here over the course of years, well I've lost track of some because I dont't check this site very often so ya know, but I just wanted to chime in and say that I discovered Young Justice when I was 14, so 5 years ago, and going through my first episode of depression. I'd always been a fan of dc comics and shows but watching yj, to me, was something completely different. For the first time i was able to actually connect with characters, to feel what they feel because I mean we were about the same age, and Artemis oh my god she means the world to me. Now, 3 years later, at 17 and a half i went through my worst episode ever, lost 5 kg in 4 days, lost sleep, lost myself and i just thought id give yj a try because maybe what worked once will work again and while it didnt take away the pain instantly it definitely helped me, it was like revisiting old friends in a time when i felt incredibly alone. The reason im writing this is the fact that i just cleared out my old laptop and found old fanfiction of young justice(i know you dont like hearing about it but 14 year old me was very fond of saying "Artemis glared art Wally") and i remembered that this site exists and all.
I guess..I just want to say thank you, because YJ got me through some rough times, really, and it helped me, in many ways, to find an identity and to accept myself, flaws and all, secrets and all. I just, I dont think I would have been the same without it, certainly not as wise. Thank you, I'm incredibly grateful for your work.
Also, thank you for the episode Coldhearted, it's definitely the best in the series and to be completely honest, that episode changed something in me, it really did.

Greg responds...

Wow. I don't know what to say. Thank you so much for telling me this. And take care of yourself!

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BebeH writes...

Hi Greg,HUGE fan of your work,especially of shows like Young Justice and Gargoyles
My question is how painful are Karen's (bumblebee) stings? I ask this because many people seem to underestimate Karen's powers.
2.) Also how strong is she? from what I remember she was pretty strong on the Teen Titans show even in shrunken form, did she posses the same strength in Young Justice?

Greg responds...

I don't know how to measure these things for you. Observe what's on the show and make your own decisions.

Response recorded on November 30, 2016

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Aaron writes...

1 what do you think of the marvel and Sony Spider-Man agreement and do you think this could help spectacular spider man get season 3

Greg responds...

Anything's possible, but it doesn't seem likely.

Response recorded on November 30, 2016

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Ana writes...

Hi! I know it's been a long time since W.I.T.C.H season 2 but is there are any possibilities of new seasons? Just in love with the cartoon from the childhood

Greg responds...

I doubt it. But I'd love to do more.

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Robert Misirian writes...

Hi Mr. Weisman. I remember we met in WonderCon last year and I asked you questions about writing spec scripts for cartoons. I remember you said that I should write three scripts, then go over them, and only submit one of them if you're absolutely sure it's good.

Knowing what you and your crew got away with in Young Justice, how do how people like you and Gennedy Tartakovsky on Sym-Bionic Titan get away with the TV-PG content and make your show with teens in mind? And since I plan to make TV-14 shows for the main Cartoon Network channel, would the channel accept them?

Greg responds...

You'd have to ask them. The needs of ANY given channel are constantly changing.

And I don't write for an older audience. I write on levels so it works for the widest possible audience.

Response recorded on November 30, 2016

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Convention Appearances 2017 - Update #1

Reminder: convention arrangements are often in flux, so the following may change.

But here's what I have scheduled so far in 2017:

February 17-19: Gallifrey-One in Los Angeles. I'll only be there for one day - probably Saturday, February 18th. http://www.gallifreyone.com

May 5-7: Wizard World Minneapolis. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/minneapolis

June 16-18: Wizard World Sacramento. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/sacramento

October 20-22: Grand Rapids Comic-Con http://www.grcomiccon.com

That's it, so far. I'm sure there will be others, particularly if Warner Bros decides to start sending Brandon Vietti and I "on tour" to talk about Young Justice. I'll try to update as I know more. BUT - ALL OF THIS IS TENTATIVE!!! ALL OF IT!!


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Kelli writes...

Hi Mr. Greg! Firstly I'd like to say how much I truly enjoy your shows and shows you've written for, you've been an inspiration to myself as a writer for a long time. You're one of the greats!

I have some questions about writing, if that's okay.

1. As stated previously, I admire your writing greatly and wanted to know if there are some tips you could give me in writing a series focused on a team and writing for multiple characters? I'm currently working on my original ideas, and I'm a little embarrassed to admit that a lot of my writing pace and story planning/arcing is influenced by watching shows such as Spectacular Spider-Man, YJ, TMNT and many others including comics like Kanan: The Last Padawan (I own every issue)that you've written for. But writing for multiple characters can become difficult since I write in third person.

2. Have you ever gotten "bogged down" so to speak in writing a series planned on spanning over a period of time?

3. Lastly, do you find it hard to focus on what's happening in the series currently instead of jumping to the conclusion because of exciment for the end? If so, how do you stay focused?

Just for fun question: When not writing for tv, what's your prefered voice for writing, first or third?

Thank you for your time, and I can't wait to read/watch what you write next!

Greg responds...

1. I've answered questions like this before, so check the WRITING and WRITING TIPS archives here at ASK GREG for more details. But it's hard to answer your question, because I'm not clear what you're trying to accomplish. When you say you're "writing a series," what does that mean? Television? Movies? Books? Comics? Short stories? A proposal for one or the other or all? Are you asking me about choreographing action or about juggling storylines or something else?

2. Sure.

3. Sometimes. DEADLINES help me focus.

4. I don't have a preference. It depends on the needs of the specific story.

Response recorded on November 21, 2016

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fallenlegend writes...

Hey Greg I have two questions rearguing sportscaster.

1.- During the show it was ambiguous if he actually cared about Artemis and used the reputation thing as an excuse or he just cared about himself . If it's the later he might be a psychopath.

So my question is: Will we get a definite answer about whether or nor Sportscasters loves Artemis and Chesire or was it meant to be ambiguous?

2.- Before your show I along many people consider him to be very ... lame. How did you manage to make him so badass?

3.- Now that he isn't working with the light and is on the sights of the villains, does he still have any way to keep being a "top dog"?

Congrats on your great work. Hopefully you will get a new season on netflix.

Greg responds...

By "rearguing sportscaster," I assume you mean "regarding Sportsmaster."

PEOPLE, PLEASE PROOFREAD BEFORE YOU HIT SUBMIT!!! I'm guessing the villain in this piece is your spellcheck automatically "correcting" what you wrote. And I know I'm not perfect either. But it would really help me out if you did NOT trust your spellcheck and CHECKED YOURSELF before submitting a question.

1. What you see is what you get. If you want to define all that as love (twisted or not) that's up to you. If you don't, that's fine too.

2. Mostly, I'd credit Phil Bourassa's design. But we also treated the character with respect.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on November 21, 2016

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brucethegirl writes...

I notice its been a while since an answer on ask greg, but I recently started rewatching Young Justice after begging my boyfriend to start watching (he loves it by the way... even though he says season 1 wally is one second from calling people toots)
One thing that really struck me in this THIRD full rewatch is that there is a lot of.... I don't want to say unnecessary dialogue. But just strangely placed lines that are usually longer than general throw aways. They tend to be more in season 2, and are usually abruptly interrupted. One example is when M'gann rescues Beast Boy and Impulse. Beast Boy says how she's short, and she starts to go into a full explanation about the water pressure. These lines tend to actually seem more like clues or red herrings than quick exposition.
I was wondering if I'm missing something? And these actually are clues to something bigger or future plots for future seasons (fingers crossed)

Greg responds...

The one you named isn't. I'm guessing you're probably reading into things. Or maybe you just don't like our dialogue. It all seems pretty much of a piece to me.

Response recorded on November 21, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In light of there respective majors in college, have Wally, and Artemis ever both worn glasses (not shades like Robin or Night wing) when studying or in class?

Greg responds...

If you're asking if either are or were near- or far-sighted, then no.

Response recorded on November 21, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In Endgame, were Eduardo Dorado Jr, Tye Longshadow, Virgil Hawkins, Asami Koizumi, B'arzz O'oomm, and Blue Devil given Zeta designations to transport them to the MFD locations?

(I know that Virgil got a B-class designation when he joined the Team, but did he have an A-class before that?)

Thanks.

Greg responds...

Yes. Good catch.

Blue Devil was A-15.
B'arzz O'oomm was A-16.
Eduardo Dorado, Jr. was A-17.
Virgil Hawkins was A-18.
Asami Koizumi was A-19.
Tye Longshadow was A-20.

Response recorded on November 21, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Greg I love youngo justice

Greg responds...

I'm glado!

Response recorded on November 18, 2016

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Ice writes...

Why didn't Stuart Canmore chase after Demona after she escaped the net in the flashback at the start of Hunter's Moon Part 2? She was just a couple feet away when she got out of the water.

Greg responds...

I'd have to look again, I suppose, since it's been awhile, but as I recall, she was behind him, and he didn't spot her.

Response recorded on November 18, 2016

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Convergence 2016

I've seen other con journals in the past, so I thought I could take the time to write my own. This summarizes my experience at Convergence 2016 and meeting Greg Weisman, Christopher Jones and Khary Payton.

June 30th

I caught a 6am flight from Oklahoma, changed planes in St. Louis and arrived in Minneapolis around 1pm. I unfortunately missed the "Why Gargoyles is Still Relevant" panel, but my plane ticket and hotel had been reserved months beforehand, so that's life…

My friend picked me up from the airport and we had lunch and checked into the hotel. I made my way to the con and got my bearings. I attended one panel and then attended the opening ceremony. It was so funny. The emcee was Paul Cornell, a novelist/comic book writer/screenwriter. The mascots of the ceremony were Connie the Convergence Robot and Connie Mark II, her evil younger sister. You had to be there, but there was something enduring and hilarious about the way Connie Mark II kept calling Paul by his last name, "Corrnnneelllll." The guests of honor were also introduced, Greg Weisman and Christopher Jones being among them. Khary Payton hadn't arrived yet, but they played a pre-recorded message of him.

After the ceremony, there was the Fancy Bastard Pie Competition. It was my chance to finally meet Greg. Greg arrived and stood behind a table and sampled the pies. He was very thorough and made his decision. The prize was that he would give someone an exclusive spoiler. Wish I had contributed a pie…. I waited around and I finally got to meet Greg, which was awesome. I also got some pie as well.

July 1st

For Greg to come to Convergence, there was a crowdfunder on Genorosity and those who contributed were rewarded with prizes. In my case, I contributed enough to have breakfast with Greg and Christopher Jones. The breakfast was nice. I got to chat with two men I admire and they were gracious enough to sign my stuff and take a picture with me. Towards the end of breakfast Greg had to take a call and Paul Cornell walked up and asked if he could join us for breakfast. Chris told him regretfully that we had just asked for the checks. Oh drat, if Paul had come just a little earlier, I could have had a bonus breakfast mate.

I went to the Mall of America with my Minnesota friend (I'm such a tourist!) and returned in the early afternoon to attend several panels. A panel on teenage superheroes with Greg, Chris and Khary was the highlight. After the panel, I was able to get Khary to confirm that he was on General Hospital as Dr. Terrell Jackson. He seemed to be flattered I knew that. Several other panels later, I returned to the hotel.

July 2nd

Saturday was a long day. I arrived at the Double Tree Hotel area around 8:30am and didn't go home till about 1am that night. The day pretty much consisted of attending panels and being a Greg-head.

I attended "Building Worlds for Fiction" panel with Greg as one of the panelists. Then I attended "Why We Need Representation in Superheroes" with Greg, Chris and Khary as panelists. Then the Radio Play, "The Cosmos" with Greg, Chris and Khary as actors along with 20 other fans who had auditioned. The play was the thing. It totally pandered to Greg's fans and was so funny. A rich, rewarding experience.

Later I attended a panel "Superficially Strong Female Characters" with Greg as one of the panelists. Then I attended a one on one with Christopher Jones and Greg Weisman, with Greg interviewing Chris about his career. Something I noticed that Greg and Chris have in common is that they were good at anticipating things when they wanted to break into the comics business. After seeing a Marvel talent search, Greg prepared a packet for DC, knowing that they would have a similar talent search and was one of the first ones to apply. In Chris' case, he knew that when The Batman and Young Justice premiered, there would undoubtedly be a tie-in comic and threw his hat into the ring early on.

Late, at 11:30, I attended the "Animation Blue" panel, with Greg, Chris and Khary as panelists. It was based on the Gargoyles Blue Mug which I have read about where the panelists and audience get into the sex lives of cartoon characters. It was interesting.

July 3rd

I got up and attended a "Young Justice" panel with Greg, Chris and Khary as the panelists. Then I went to a signing that Greg, Chris and Khary were having. I left the con with many signed art prints of Chris Jones. I bought a Young Justice script and Spirits of Ash and Foam from Greg. I also got a signed picture of Aqualad from Khary. Then I decided it was time to get back to my hotel and get to the airport. It was sad that I had to miss Greg's Rain of the Ghosts panel, a one on one panel in which Greg would have been interviewed about his career, and the closing ceremonies.

This was my first real vacation in over two years and it was a blast. Convergence was such a nice event, emphasizing the stereotype of "Minnesota nice." Most of the people at the con seemed to be local fans. Many were surprised that I had come all the way from Oklahoma. It was as if I had journeyed halfway around the world for them. Although I mainly attended because of Greg, Chris, and Khary, I got the chance to encounter many other talented and intelligent individuals, such as Paul Cornell, Ytasha Womack, Max Gladstone, Mark Oshiro, "Duck" Washington and many more. I definitely want to come back to Convergence and make it a yearly vacation if possible.

Greg responds...

I'm glad you have fun. CONvergence is pretty much my favorite convention. I always have a blast there. Love the people. Do a lot of panels. It's great!

It was also great meeting you! Hope to see you again sometime soon.

Response recorded on November 18, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

What do I need to write in character biographies? As I'm making my project, the way I do my character bios, I write a lot of backstor, the characters' personality, birthday and age, and a bit of present, etc. Is that all necessary or do I need to do them in a better order?

Greg responds...

There aren't any rules. You do what you need.

Response recorded on November 18, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

So are the Illuminati to blame for Donald Trump being the presidential nominee for a major political party? Or, like the media and the other politicians, did they not take him seriously when he started running?

Greg responds...

We're not going there. When you wrote it, this might have sounded funny, I don't know.

But it is NOT funny now. My line used to be, "Trump is a cut-rate Lex Luthor. Only Luthor has better hair."

I still like the line, but it's no longer amusing.

So before I go on a rant--

Response recorded on November 18, 2016

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Nathaniel R. writes...

I think someone asked a question similar to this, but I just wanted to ask about something specific in case it doesn't get answered there:
1) You've recommended buying Young Justice DVDs and comics to help show continued fan interest, so will buying the Young Justice: Legacy video game help as well?
2) If yes, where would you recommend purchasing it? I assume it would be best to buy digitally, but is there a place where the royalties would go to WB?

Greg responds...

1. It would have way back when. I honestly don't know if it would still help now. It can't hurt. And it's got a great canon story.

2. I don't know enough about video games to answer. Just be sure you're not buying it second hand, I guess.

Response recorded on November 18, 2016

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Green Lantern's Nightlight writes...

1). You say to fans a good way of showing they want Young Justice to return, is to buy the comics, DVDs, and the game (and the toys still?), but how much would fans have to buy for this to happen? Is there a goal to reach maybe or perhaps just enough to get noticed by DC/WB that it's still something that people want more of?

I would think they'd be more interested in what was selling when the show was still on the air, because that's obviously what Mattel was looking at for it to pull its funding.

2). If by miracle, YJ does get brought back by Netflix, where would the funding come from? Having Mattel as a backer makes it look like it couldn't be made without it. Not every Warner Bros. Animation show has a backer (unless there's a silent contributer), and most of the Netflix shows have a backer (helped by broadcasters who air it around the world), so what would happen with YJ? Would it just be supported by Warner (and DC), itself? And I guess, Netflix.

Greg responds...

Well, this is all largely moot now, but...

1. I never had a NUMBER or AMOUNT. It takes more to get a company's attention after a show is off the air, then it takes to keep a show on the air. The other thing to keep in mind is that buying toys (or whatever) second-hand does nothing to get a company's attention. So, for example, I was not advocating buying YJ toys this year, because those toys were off the market. Any purchases were second sales and does nothing for Mattel or WB or DC's bottom line.

2. So YJ's coming back, but I don't know where it will air. The term "backer" doesn't really fit, either. It's about MONEY. Money to produce the first two seasons of YJ came from Mattel and Cartoon Network. (Mostly from Mattel.) When Mattel pulled out, the money from CN wasn't enough to produce the series. Period. For season three, Warner Bros itself is paying for it, for now. They have confidence, I guess, that wherever it winds up and whatever merchandise they may or may not eventually release or license, they'll still make a profit. That's based on what the fans proved over the last few years.

Response recorded on November 17, 2016

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Just a Nerd writes...

So I should have waited a bit longer to post that last question.

Also in Happy New Year, Mal tells Robin that all Team squads and Justice League units are in position.

1. We know the three Team squads that Nightwing assigned, but do you have an idea how the JL units might have been organized?

Thanks again.

Greg responds...

If I did, I no longer remember.

Response recorded on November 17, 2016

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Just a Nerd writes...

Hey Greg.

I'm #StillBingingYJ. At the beginning of Happy New Year, Wonder Girl and Batgirl were within a few blocks of the UN building when Lobo attacked Secretary General Tseng.

1. Were they the only two members of Beta Squad at that time? Or did other Team members head back to the Cave? (Don't know why they would, but hey. No assumptions.)
2. Okay, one assumption: I assume they were on mission, not just hanging out in costume in New York. Is this assumption accurate?
3. If you don't mind giving out a slight spoiler... what was that mission?

Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

1. Just them.

2. Yep.

3. I ALWAYS mind giving out a spoiler. ALWAYS.

Response recorded on November 17, 2016