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Is Janice really fluent in Japanese and what other shows is she in now?
1. So I'm told. I'm not, so it's not like I could test her.
2. I don't know.
There has been a lot of talk over the years about why Demona told Goliath about the Praying Gargoyle during her gloating in "Hunter's Moon Part Three".
1. The gloating was exactly that, gloating. Like most villains, she had to have a "my brilliant plan" speech.
2. Subconsciously, she wants to be defeated because without humanity around, she'll lose her scapegoat and because she subconsciously knows she needs to be stopped, so she subconsciously handed Goliath the tools to stop her master plan.
3. And this is my interpretation, she actually believed Goliath would let her. After what happened on board the Hunter's airship in "Hunter's Moon Part Two", saying Goliath is thinking like a true gargoyle as he openly demands vengeance, seemingly killing two Hunters with Goliath, and Goliath himself not disagreeing when she says that perhaps they're not so different; she believed he was finally, finally seeing the light, finally coming over to her way of thinking, and... well, since gargoyles mate for life, thinking she might finally have her man back and a human free Earth.
Or maybe it was all of the above or none of the above.
All of the above. And more. She's a bit of a complicated mess, huh?
Where do babies come from?
So Greg, today I was privileged enough to get to see the Star Wars Rebels premier at Fan Expo in Toronto. This was actually a pleasant surprise for me as just before I left for the convention I checked the website and saw that they were advertising the premier. Obviously, as a fan of pretty much every show you've ever done I was excited.
So at 1:30 today I got lined up for the premier. Fan Expo is actually fairly well organized so I managed to get in the theater in a timely manner. Immediately I noticed Steve Blum chatting with some people in the front. I knew I was in the right place right away. The way they were seating people, I got a nice seat in the third row very close to the front.
After about 10-20 minutes Mary Franklin came up and introduced herself, handed out some prizes to some people in the audience and then Steve Blum came up. He told us about going to see the first Star Wars film in 1977 and despite how he'd been involved in a lot of Star Wars projects, this was the first one that really struck him in the same way Star Wars did back in the 70's. Afterwards there was a quick pre-recorded message from Dave Filoni, which was cool.
As the premier began I was pretty struck myself. There was no opening and the show jumped straight into the action. I actually knew nothing about the show prior to this except that Vanessa Marshall was in it (due more to lack of time, not lack of interest).
Everything just felt so fresh really. The show's focus on a good ensemble cast was nice, and I liked that pretty much all of them were... well, rogues. None of the characters are exceptionally soft or generous or kind. They have good ends, but the means they achieve those ends at this point at least seems to be a little shady.
I also enjoyed the action. The empire felt very threatening and callous (calus? not sure on the spelling) was a cool bad guy. And the main cast were a good unit. The audience FREAKED THE HELL OUT when Kanan pulled out his lightsaber. And laughed really hard at the 'hairless wookie' bit. (So much so I couldn't hear any of the dialogue for about 30 seconds afterward)
Voice acting was really cool. I liked Ezra a lot. I thought Vanessa Marshall was great. Steve Blum was great. Everyone really fit their characters, it was awesome. Looking forward to seeing more.
Had a lot of fun at the convention and seeing such a great premier was just the cherry on top.
Ah, I'm jealous. Never got to see it with a crowd. That would have been cool.
And, just for the record, it's Kallus.
Can you play a musical instrument? What instrument would you love to master (in addition)?
Thanks for your time and patience
I don't. Long ago, I tried to learn the guitar, but I never, ever got very good at it. I don't really have an ambition to be a musician, but I like listening.
In the Spectacular Spider-Man episode "The Invisible Hand", when Tombstone makes his offer to Spider-Man... did he have a prior engagement with that briefcase full of money, or do you think he just likes to have a briefcase full of money handy?
I think he had an inkling of what/who was coming.
In the interests of settling the shipping debates in your fandom, since they already met in the new Radio Play, would Queen Bee's powers work on Demona?
No. But that's because they're different species. I have no comment on sexual orientation, if that's what you're getting at.
Hello, Mister Weisman!
Big Fan from RD Congo here! (So, in case you have any difficulties to understand my post, I'm truly sorry).
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to ask you questions, and I'm even more thankful for the amazing work of yours. You are an Inspiration! Especially Gargoyles is outstanding.
But this question is about Young Justice:
Are ALL of Dick's former girlfriends aware of his double life in the Young Justice comics? And if the answer is no, who doesn't know it? If the answer is yes, isn't he scared that it might come out? Sorry if it's a dumb and obvious question to you, but I was just wondering.
Scared isn't the right word, but he's cautious.
1. Why is Rand so much nicer than Flash and Kenny? He never picks on anybody, and helps stop Flash from throwing water balloons at Peter. It also seems to be why he's still Sally's boyfriens. What is the reasoning for this?
2. Why is Liz interested in Peter, and how far dod she want the relationship to go?
3. Why does Roderick Kingsley work at a perfume company? This was very clearly pointed out, but I'm not sure why this is significant.
4. Why was Harry such a jerk in Final Curtain? He is manipulating Gwen into staying in the relationship with him, keeping Peter and Gwen apart, but he has never acted like this in previous episodes.
5. Do Peter and Gwen ever get together? Gwen is extremely intelligent, and will probably realize what Harry is doing soon, giving them a happy ending, but this seems too simple for at least three more seasons of subplots.
1. I'm not sure I understand the question. That's his character.
2. I'll let you evaluate this from the episodes.
3. It would have been clearer if we had had more episodes, and I'm not one for spoilers. But if you want more info read the original old Spidey comics with Kingsley.
4. I believe what we did with Harry was perfectly in character.
5. No spoilers.
What was the need for Gwen's redesign in Spectacular Spider-Man? I loved the original appearance and thought it captured the essence of the charachter perfectly. If the show had continued, would you keep the new look of Gwen, switch back to the old one, create an entirely different design, or switched between them?
Gwen and all the characters would continue to evolve. (Keep in mind that most of the high school characters were only 15 or 16 when the series premiered.) I'm not going to speak to specific design decisions that we never had to make.
Did Demona remember, when she saw the Magus, Katharine, and Tom taking the eggs out of the rookery, that she had laid one of those eggs?
Of course. But she also regarded ALL of those eggs as her rookery children. She could not have singled out the one egg she personally laid from all the others if she tried.
Why are you so awesome?
What's your secret?
1. I'm not. I just play someone awesome on podcasts and at conventions.
Thank you for answering questions, I really appreciate it.
I loved EVERYTHING about Young Justice.
But I have 2 questions:
1. Did Dick Grayson date Raquel after or before she gave birth to Amistad?
2. How old was Raquel when she got pregnant?
-A big fan from Austria
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
This question's been bugging me for years. How did norman osborn survive at the end of 'final curtain'? I'd hate for that cliffhanger to be left unresolved!
Does the HOW really matter? If it does, make something up. That's all I'd be doing. Cuz the how doesn't really interest me too much.
In any case, I'm not sure what the how has to do with resolving the "cliffhanger". And that's on top of the fact THAT THERE WAS NO CLIFFHANGER.
It's become one of my pet peeves, but the definition of a cliffhanger has been stretched beyond recognition to include any plot thread left unresolved or any little mystery left unexplained. But that is NOT the meaning of cliffhanger.
At the end of Season Two of The Spectacular Spider-Man, no hero was left in jeopardy so there was no cliffhanger. Period.
But again, I don't see how knowing how he survived would resolve anything about the threads we intentionally left hanging. The one thing has nothing at all to do with the other.
Would you be able and willing to post your script for the pilot of Roswell Conspiracies? Every now and then, I give the bible a read and marvel at what a great show we missed out on. I'd understand if not, but given the years that've passed and the fact the full bible's still on the site, it seemed worth asking about.
Um... I'd have to think about it. I often use it as a writing sample, which is neither an argument for or against posting it.
We did it as a RadioPlay at one of the Gatherings once, which again isn't an argument pro or con.
In any case, I don't have it here at my Nickelodeon office. But I'll give it serious thought.
What was the full roster of the All-Star Squadron?
Dear Mr. Weisman I have a question about the Awakening episodes. Did you and your team want the audience to figure out Xanatos and Demona were the bad guys before Goliath found out? In the third part there is a scene where Xanatos says that everything is going just as planned which gives it away. And in the fourth episode there is that extreme close up on Demona's face when she and Goliath meet again and she smiles like a villain. If you did not wish for the audience to figure it out then why were these shots not cut? You could have kept the pretense going until the fifth part.
Obviously, we wanted to let the audience know something was up, without letting them know exactly what.
I know W.I.T.C.H must feel like forever ago for you now, but I want to say I really loved watching that show over and over again. It's really wonderful. I especially loved the whole Elyon story.
That being said, do you ever think W.I.T.C.H will see the light of day with a nice dvd release? Maybe you could nudge someone at Disney with a nice email asking about your other (less known) baby?
I don't know. It'd be great. I no longer even have a contact at Disney Home Entertainment, I'm afraid. But fans can make requests as easily as I can.
Hi, Greg, hope the tour's going well. Hope you have fun!
I've got a question about gargoyle eggs and customs. Does rookery parentage apply to every gargoyle in a generation of the right age to reproduce? For example, would Iago/Coldsteel be considered one of Angela's rookery fathers despite the fact that he never mated or had any involvement with producing eggs?
To some extent, it's up to the individual. One doesn't have to be a biological parent within an appropriate generation to participate in the raising of hatchlings. (It takes a clan, afterall.) But if one in essence opts out of the responsibility, that's considered a bit odd, but allowed.
1. How rare a sight are Atlanteans that look like Lagoon Boy?
2. Has Lagoon Boy ever met other Atlanteans that look like him?
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
Megan shape shifted into a female version of Lagoon Boy in Chapter 4 of Young Justice Invasion.
1. Is the girl Megan shape shifted into actually (physically) exist on Earth-16?
2. Are Lagoon Boy's parents alive?
3. Do they look like him?
1. Exactly that girl? No. Is there a similar one out there? No spoilers.
2. No Spoilers.
3. No Spoilers.
I saw you at Denver Comic Con on June 13-15 this year, and would like to thank you for answering the questions I asked you concerning Spectacular Spider-Man. I didn't go to your Gargoyles panel, since I hadn't seen the show for ages, but have recently gotten into it. Hopefully you and the crew will be back for the 21st anniversary ;).
Anyhow, after searching the archives, I saw you comment that you didn't want to give your opinion on Spider-Man 3, because you were working with Sony. However, since you are not working with Sony, would you be willing to let us know what you think of the Sam Raimi Spider-man films, both as Spider-Man adaptations and as films on their own? I noticed that in Spectacular Spider-Man there were many references and homages to Spider-man 1, 2, & 3.
Your opinion on the reboot series would also be appreciated, although I haven't seen Amazing Spider-Man 2 due to the bad reviews and being unimpressed by Amazing Spider-Man 1. Plus I'm disappointed that Sony is trying to copy Marvel by making an expanded universe with a Sinister Six and Black Cat movie instead of focusing on Spidey.
There was tons to admire in Spider-Man 1 and 2. They got a lot right, as far as I'm concerned and even improved things here and there. I didn't love every single creative decision made, but they were both thumbs up movies to me.
I wasn't as enamored of Spider-Man 3.
I was okay with Amazing Spider-Man, but I thought it was a mistake to do his origin over yet again and so soon.
I haven't seen Amazing Spider-Man 2.
What are your thoughts about JJ Abrams taking over the Mission Impossible film series since Number 3?
I have no thoughts. I haven't seen those films.
Concerning Kaldur's tattoo
1. What is the in universe explanation for why it's an eel?
2. Was Kaldur born with the it?
3. Or did he acquire it after he passed a certain level of skill set at the Conservatory?
1. For Season 2, did you consider changing Kaldur's code name?
2. Did you consider changing his code name for a future season?
3. What would you have considered changing his name to? (had you changed it for Season 2 or changed it for a future season)
4. What is Kaldur's reasoning for still going by the name Aqualad eventhough he is 21?
5. What is your reasoning for still having Kaldur go by the name Aqualad eventhough he is 21?
1. He didn't really need a code name at all in Season Two, so... no.
2. No Spoilers.
3. No Spoilers.
4. There hasn't been any impetus to change it up to this point.
5. See above.
1. When the Joker was the Red Hood did he wear a suit and tie and a dome shaped (covered his head and neck, and had no eye holes) hood like in the comics?
2. When wearing the hood did he use a red tinted two way mirror (inside the hood) to see?
3. Did the hood double as a rebreather and gas mask?
1. Who said the Joker was Red Hood? If he wasn't, how can I answer this question? And if he was, then no spoilers. So NO SPOILERS.
2. See above.
3. See above.
Does superboy have a longer lifespan than full human?
1. Are Lieutenant and Sergeant Marvel older in costume then in their civilian identities?
2. Does Kit Freeman know Lieutenant Marvel's secret identity?
3. Are Freddy and Kit's parents still alive?
4. Are Mary's parents still alive?
5. Would Sergeant Marvel's costume have been red, white, or black?
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
3. No spoilers.
4. No spoilers.
5. No spoilers.
Sensing a trend?
I mean, seriously, if you've read Ask Greg at all in the last decade, you had to have known I wouldn't answer these.
In the Mirror Episode, When the humans (including Elisa Maza) turned into gargoyles, did that include Elisa's Family Xanotos, Fox, the cops, and the parents of Xanotos and fox? Or is it just the minor characters and Elisa?
Everyone on the island.
1. Would Lieutenant Marvel's costume have been a blue version of Captain Marvel's?
2. How old is Shazam?
1. No Spoilers.
2. I'm not confirming or denying that Shazam exists.
I loved season 1 of Young Justice, and was looking forward to watching season 2, until I saw that Artemis and Wally, my two favorite characters, lived together in season 2.
I hope I don't come across as rude, I'm not trying to be. I'm concerned and curious.
1.Why did you have Wally and Artemis live together in season 2 of Young Justice? (I didn't expect something like that in a PG-rated superhero cartoon, that attracts a young audience.).
I am honestly concerned. Kids shouldn't be shown this as something to be handled lightly. Scientific studies have confirmed that cohabitation is not a good idea, it has negative affects on a couple's relationship, and on society. Young kids are not experienced or aware of the consequences of some actions. They learn and distinguish what is right and wrong from what they see others do(And, who doesn't look up to superheroes?).
2. When you decided to make this a part of the story, did you consider the affect it could have on young kids?
3. Are you concerned about the influence it has on them?
1. Okay, I'm going to start by challenging your statement that "Scientific studies have confirmed that cohabitation is not a good idea, it has negative affects on a couple's relationship, and on society." I don't believe that for a second.
This is anecdotal and happily reveals my own bias, but I "cohabited" with my current wife for years before we got married, and I don't think it harmed our relationship, our eventual marriage, our children (or any one's children) or (for God's sake) society. So, if that makes me biased, fine. But we've been together since 1988 and happily married since 1991, and I resent the hell out of anyone who tries to tell me that was a mistake.
But beyond my own personal experience, I truly don't believe that scientific studies have demonstrated what you claim. My guess is that if you actually have read those studies - and I'm not sure I believe that either, because it's an easy thing to say to justify pre-existing opinions - then I'd lay odds that when I looked at who performed and/or commissioned those studies that I'd find a CLEAR bias in one or both of them. And/or that the studies you're referring to are so ancient that the bias was pre-existing.
As for us handling Wally and Artemis' cohabitation lightly, I don't think we did that at all. For starters, all you KNOW is that they were sharing an apartment as many college students do. You have no idea how many bedrooms that apartment had. Personally, I think it was a two bedroom apartment and they each had their own bedroom. And there's nothing in the show that would indicate anything else. All you ever saw was the living room/kitchen. If you're also saying that college age boys and girls can't share housing, I'd respond by saying there's hardly a university in this country that agrees with that assessment.
Now, I'm not trying to be coy. I ALSO think they had sexual relations. (Though that's merely my interpretation; your mileage may vary.) But I don't think there's anything wrong with that either. This was clearly a committed relationship. They'd been a couple for five years. They had a dog together. Long term, I believe the clear plan was to marry and have kids.
So I'm absolutely 100% fine with viewing Wally and Artemis as roll models in this scenario. If you don't agree, that's okay too. Don't let your kids watch the show.
3. Sure. But I think it's a positive influence.
Question 1 What did Garfied do at the cave and happy harbor before he got his power? Question 2 the members of the team take Garfield on missions after before offically join the team ather he got his power?
1. I'm not going to confirm or deny that he did anything at the cave before getting his power.
2. You're making a lot of assumptions here. In any case, the basic answer to your questions is probably just NO SPOILERS, anyway.
You have stated that to do Dr. Fate's voice Kevin Michel Richardson (the voice of Nabu) and whomever is playing the host (Jason Spisak/Kid Flash, Khary Payton/Aqualad, Lacey Chabert/Zatanna, or Nolan North/Zatara) are recorded saying the same lines. Then in post production, the voices are double-tracked, so the audience hears two voices.
1. What is the process step by step in order to be able to double-track?
2. Is double-tracking something that requires a studio in order to be able to do or could it be done from a smart phone?
1. Um, it's pretty much what you listed above. It didn't really matter who we recorded first, so that was based on scheduling. If Kevin was in the recording booth first, we'd record Nabu first. If the host body actor was there first, we'd record him or her first. If they were both there, it was sort of Voice Director's choice. We then played the take from whomever recorded first for the second actor, who attempted to match the basic cadence and tempo. But we consciously chose NOT to have the second actor try to match the first exactly. We like those moments when they aren't perfectly aligned. Then during my attended edit of the dialogue, we'd lay those tracks over each other for storyboarding and animation purposes. (It helps that the Helmet of Fate doesn't reveal any lip movements, that might cause confusion between which track to animate.) Finally, in post-production, specifically at the mix session, we'd mix the tracks so that you can hear at least a taste of both flavors.
2. Uh... I don't know enough about smartphones to answer that question. I wouldn't know how to record one track on my smartphone, let alone two, let alone know whether or not I could double track 'em onto a single track.
Hello I have a few questions.
1. Has wonder girls birthday pass yet in young justice invasion making her 15? I know you stated before the second season on December 31st (2015) she was 14 which would mean that she would be aging another year 2016 making her going on 15.
2. Is tim drake the same age as wonder girl, making him also going on 15, and if so when?
3. What grade is wonder girl in? 9th going to 10th or already 10th?
1. I haven't set a specific birthDATE for her as yet. And I'm afraid my memory isn't sufficient to even confirm what you've written here, since I don't have my YJ timeline here at my Nick office.
2. Ditto. But I believe they are the same basic age.
3. Haven't thought about it.
You might also check the YJ Wiki: http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Young_Justice_Wiki
I can't give a blanket confirmation that everything on it at any given moment is correct, but generally it gets things right.
When talking to Megan about how long Robin and Wonder Girl have been a couple in Endgame Connor called Robin Tim.
1. How long has he known that Tim Drake is Robin?
2. Who told him that Tim Drake is Robin?
This a question about the Weird Sisters. In "City of Stone", they appeared differently to whomever was looking at them. Macbeth saw three crones, Demona saw three gargoyles, Goliath saw three children, Xanatos saw three fashion models, etc...
Was this the case in later episodes. Come "Avalon" and "Ill Met By Moonlight", was Goliath still seeing three children even if we in the audience were not?
Probably. Although at that point it might not have been necessary.
On Feb. 13th 2013 you stated that Dick probably had multiple parties since he had multiple identities.
We know Dick as Dick Grayson, Robin, Dan Danger, and Nightwing.
What other identities does Dick have?
I can't find anything on that date in the archives. But if Dick does have any identities beyond the three you've listed, then they are spoilers. No spoilers.
You have stated that Batman and Superman have discussed their mutual origins and the tragedies behind them. You stated that you weren't sure how deep the discussions went for either of them for very different reasons.
What are those reasons?
I'll leave those to your imagination.
1. Oberon comes off as a slightly arrogant, did he really not consider it beneath him to be intimate and procreate with mortals?
Only slightly arrogant?
Anyway, your question strikes me as a non-sequitor. I don't understand where the premise of it comes from, so I don't know how to answer it.
why aren't zatanna and rocket in the intro?
I assume you're talking about the season one main titles, in which case those were created long before either Zatanna or Rocket joined the Team. Including either would have been a massive spoiler. I'm not big on spoilers.
In what episode was the scene with Cadmus guards cut for time from?
I assume you're referring to "Agendas".
1. Did Jason have two funerals, one for Jason Todd and the other for Robin?
2. Who gave the eulogy for Robin's funeral?
3. Who attended Robin's funeral?
4. Was Robin's funeral held at the Watchtower?
1. Two memorials, at least.
2. No spoilers.
3. No spoilers, but obviously the Team and a good chunk of the Justice League.
4. Okay, again, not a funeral. But, no, the memorial would have been held in the grotto of the Cave, i.e. Mount Justice.
1. Was the Team and League being told that Artemis was not dead and Aqualad was not a traitor part of dialogue that was cut for time from Summit?
2. What was the dialogue?
1. It happened off screen. We didn't see any need to show it, so that scene was never written.
2. See above.
1. After their kiss on New Years, did Aqualad and Rocket ever date?
2. If so, why did they brake up (call it off)?
1. No spoilers (but yes).
2. No spoilers (for real this time).
Why did Miss Martian make her look and sound older in season twon than she was in season one if she is aging three time slower than a human?
She felt more mature, and her look tends to reflect how she feels inside.
Isn't Delilah the progeny of Demona and Elisa, genetically speaking?
Basically, yes. Was that in question?
Hello, I'd just like to say that I absolutely love Young Justice, I think it's one of the most mature and thoughtful shows I've ever seen, of any genre, and I hope that you get to come back to it someday. Anyway, I have two questions... well, two with a lot of subquestions, all about Doctor Fate and the events of "Misplaced."
1: In an earlier question, you mentioned that putting on the helmet of fate ages the body of the host. Did that happen to Zatanna when she wore the helmet in Misplaced, and if so, how come she wasn't sent to the adult universe like Captain Marvel was when he transformed?
2: What would have happened if both Zatanna and Zatarra had each put on the Helmet of Fate in their own universe? Would that even be possible? Would there be a separate Nabu entity in each universe with its own host, or would he have awareness of both universes? Would the hosts have awareness of each other? What would happen to Nabu and the hosts when the universes merged?
I apologize for throwing so many metaphysical questions at you at once, this just seems to be one of those scenarios that's full of story hooks. Thank you!
1. Did I say that? Even if I did, I didn't mean it ages a person instantly. I merely meant it takes a toll.
2. The split Nabu would probably have possessed each, and would probably have been even less effective than he was. Nabu would probably be fine once he merged. But all his is a big hypothetical. It didn't happen, so we'll never know for sure.
In Star Wars Rebels, what other actors did you considered casting for the role of Kanan? Freddie Prinze Jr. recently claims that back in 2010 he almost gave up on acting because he had a bad experience working with Kiefer Sutherland on 24.
Um, is that a non-sequitor? Or... oh, I see. If Freddie had given up on acting in a parallel universe, who would we have used, right?
But that's just a big hypothetical, and as readers of this site know, those don't interest me much. In THIS universe, Freddie auditioned and secured the role.
Which brings us back to your original question. The honest truth is, I can't off the top of my head remember who else auditioned. But even if I did remember, I wouldn't say. I think it's uncivil to reveal who lost a given role. It's uncivil to that person, because few people like to see their failures enumerated. And it's uncivil to Freddie who then has to live with internet speculation about what it might have been like Comparisons that exist only in the imagination and cannot be tested.
1. Most of the time Batman Villains in general are shown being incarcerated at Arkham regardless of their mental state. Which Villains do you consider to not be criminally insane?
2. What drove the decision to use the Matt Hagen Clayface or Raymond Maxwell Jensen Parasite as opposed to the more Known & Widely used Basil Karloff and Rudy Jones Versions? This isn't a criticism by the way.
3. You've said that at the time of season 1 Batman & Bane hadn't encountered each other yet. Would you say that the events of Knightfall, or events similar to it, had taken place by The time of Season 2?
Anyways, hope you get around to Answering me. I'm a Lifelong fan of your work, especially Gargoyles! ;)
1. It pretty much depends on HOW a given set of creators are portraying those villains. But if we're talking YJ, Joker belongs there. But Riddler, Bane and Clayface do not. Have we done any other strictly Batman villains?
2. We used the versions we thought would be the most fun/dangerous, which incidentally were also the versions that I was most familiar with.
3. No Spoilers.
Is Little Orbit still interested in using their existing license to make a sequel to Young Justice Legacy set during Season 3?
It doesn't seem like it.
First of all, I apologize for the mistakes: English is not my mother language.
Then I'd like to tell you that I really like the animated Young Justice for many reasons. I love the variety of genders and ethnicities and the lack of stereotypes. There was a Japanese girl who didn't do Kung Fu or computers, blondes who weren't stupid or shallow, Black characters who didn't die in the first episode, and so on.
Now, there's something I don't like about Young Justice (and many animated shows, by the way): there's a variety of body types among boys yet all girls have the same impossibly tiny waist. It's very guilt-inducing for the girls who watch the show and don't have a "perfect body", that is 99.99% of them.
I know some male characters like Kaldur or Conner have incredibly huge muscles but all male characters were not like that: Billy Batson was skinny throughout the two seasons and the fans LOVED him the way he was. Moreover, Dick's evolution may have been explained by his training while there was not such explanation for the girls: in real life, most high-level female athletes have "ruler" body shapes, not impossible hourglasses. Also, some male characters like La'gaan or Garfield (I apologize for mentioning Garfield) look like "monsters" while all female characters look human (I don't count Miss Martian because she looks human most of the time). Why?
I know you probably didn't mean it but this is quite disturbing. I don't mind hourglass women but every woman cannot have an impossible hourglass figure. Personally, I exercise regularly, I eat healthy food, I'm thinner than average and I don't have an impossible hourglass figure because 1) I have intestines and 2) I inherited my granny's "pear" body shape. I've been heavier on bottom since puberty and I'm ok with it but some teenagers are not THAT ok because they hear all the time that every woman should look like Zatanna!
I apologize if I sound rude. I'd just like to tell you that a female character doesn't need a "perfect" body to be endearing, interesting or a good role model. Just after the episode "Secrets", I read from some fans on forums and some said "Hey, I like Greta, I hope we'll see more of her later". None of them said "I hope we won't see her again unless she grows some huge boobs, flat-chested girls are repulsive". In real life, people shouldn't grant less value to women who are skinny or plus-size so why should they in fiction?
I hope you don't take this badly. This is not an attack against you, I'm just wondering about teenagers' body images. Have a nice day. :)
I think you raise some very valid points. And I think its an area that comics and cartoons have traditionally been less than great at, though that's no excuse for continuing those traditions blindly.
We did have Devastation and Tuppence Terror (in Season 2) and Shimmer, none of whom have the hour-glass figure - but all of whom are villains.
We were also guilty of that in Gargoyles, and it was something I tried to address (years later) in the comics with the addition of Constance/Coco - a badass, kickass gargoyle of larger proportions. I think she was quite popular with the fans. So it's something I'm working on. But there's often resistance. And, to be honest, some of that resistance is purely internal and unconscious on my part. So it's something I'm working on within myself, as well.
But please don't stop reminding me.
How involved were you or will you be in the upcoming Young Justice/Teen Titans Go crossover? Which btw I'm very excited for. It sounds fun!
Not involved at all. Calling it a crossover is pushing it. It was more like a YJ cameo in TTG. I enjoyed it. It was fun.
We all know that Queen Bee's powers work on most men and some women, so would they work on a romantic asexual?
I love your show, by the way.
I don't know enough about "romantic asexuals" to answer the question, I'm afraid.
I have a question about the Avalon Clan and their biological relationships to the Manhattan Clan. I am going to use the "placeholder names" for those Gargs that don't have given names in cannon.
Can we assume that Hudson does not have any biological children there because Hyppolyta, Broadway, and True are his only three offspring?
You've mentioned before that Angela is the only biological child of Goliath's, and she is no longer there, so none for him either.
Brooklyn had at least one brother, Brooksbro...was he and older or younger brother? If older, then there is a potential for him to have a biological sibling on Avelon...is that the case?
Does Lexington have a younger biological sibling on Avelon?
3. Brooksbro is older. (But Brooklyn had MANY brothers and sisters. Stop thinking like a human.)
4. No comment on whether or not Brooklyn has a younger biological sibling among the Avalon clan.
5. No comment.
6. No comment.
I thought up a Star Wars Rebels drinking game in order to celebrate the famous Han Solo line "Don't get cocky":
1. Take a drink everytime someone acts cocky (Two drinks for Ezra Bridger)
2. Take a drink everytime someone smirks (Two drinks for Sabine Wren) &
Someone told me this one:
3. Take a drink everytime someone fails due to overconfidence (Two drinks if they are a darksider)
Seems very subjective. But then again, I don't drink.
And here's two questions about the Magus. I read one of your answers stating that you have considered giving him a name.
1. If you have chosen a name for him, any chance you can tell us?
2a. Was the Magus born at Castle Wyvern or did he travel there to become the Archmage's apprentice.
2b. If he wasn't born there, where was he born?
1. If I have, I don't recall.
2a. No Spoilers.
2b. No Spoilers.
Greetings! I have a few questions concerning Owen/Puck. I'm really hoping I didn't miss this in the archives/question queue. If so, my apologies. As for the questions:
1. Does he live at the castle or does he have his own place?
2. Does his work for Xanatos come with set hours or does it alternate between days and nights? Seeing him working both days and nights has made me wonder. Poor man has to have some personal time / sleep sometime hehe
Thank you for your time~
1. He lives in the castle.
2. He's forever on call, I suppose. But he gets as much free time as he'd like.
Hi Greg! I was wondering is Black Beetle just strong ( Goes toe to toe with Mongul) or does the scarab grant him his strength? If the scarab does, then how strong is Blue Beetle? Also who is stronger, Black Beetle or Superman?
Black Beetle is strong. The scarab makes him stronger. As to who is stronger, I'll stick with my standard response to such questions: "See, now, the Hulk is more powerful because the madder he gets, the stronger he gets. But the Thing can still beat him if he keeps his wits about him."
From the responses youve given in the past as to why you named Brooklyn's son Nashville, I get the impression he wasnt named for the city like mant people assume.
Was he named after the USS Nashville, a Brooklyn Class light cruiser in service from 1938 to 1946?
I recently watched the first season of Young Justice and I loved nearly everything about it. But there was two things that I didn't quite understand.
1. The first being Red Arrow's logic in determining there was no mole in "Performance". He claimed that since he now saw them in action that there was no way they (Artemis/M'gann/Conner) would betray the team. Yet Artemis did just that on the previous mission (Red Arrow was there) in "Insecurity", and that mission even involved the person that leaked there was a mole in Sporstmaster.
Not to mention it was clear that Superboy and the others knew about Red Arrow's distrust of them. So why would they do something when they knew he was watching them closely? Plus, if him theorizing that his programming was part of the reason he casted suspicion on them is correct, then how did he overcome it with such little evidence?
2. The second thing I didn't understand was Artemis' sudden romantic interest in Wally at the end. I get that he was shown to be crazy about her, but nothing from when she showed up in "Infiltrator" to "Performance" gave me the impression that she reciprocated those feelings. She was only show to care about Wally to the extent that they were teammates and sort of friends. She treated him the same way she did all the others aside from getting annoyed by him occasionally.
The only guy she was shown to have any romantic feelings for was Conner. So her agreeing that Wally should have kissed her "a long time ago" felt really out of place. It's not that I don't think she could have liked Wally, but there was nothing there that made me believe she did before it came out of the blue at the end.
1. I think, given the fact that he knew that he was already in the League, there was less of a subconscious NEED for him to feel there was a mole. And so, for once, camaraderie won out over suspicion. OR - you could believe he was lulling them into a false sense of security. Pick your poison.
2. If you don't see she was interested in Wally, I doubt I can convince you. But from our point of view, her attraction was there (though intentionally somewhat subtle) from "Denial" at least, and probably from moment one. Certainly, in "Bereft," it's clear that they have a connection - no matter how hard both try to deny it. Many fans agree, so I feel like we succeeded.
3. She was, without a doubt, superficially interested in Conner. But that was a pretty shallow attraction.
You've said before that Disney is unwilling to sell the property of Gargoyles because they don't want to risk it making money money for somebody else...but that implies that they do in fact think it has the potential to make money. So what is their rationel for not doing something with it for all these years if they think it is potentially profitable?
Have you or anybody else ever offered to fund a project independantly and share profits? Would they even go for that if you did?
Do you see Disney ever letting Gargoyles fall into "public domain"?
It just seems greedy for Disney to hold on to the property with an iron grip so nobody else can use it, even though they have essentially forgotten about it - dispite the fact there remains interest for it by both it's creator and thousands of fans. If you don't think it will make money, then sell it. If you do think it will make money, then for god's sake do something with it. What is their problem...do they just not want to be proven wrong?
1. Opportunity cost. No one at Disney (that I know of currently) believes they can make more money with Gargoyles than they could by spending money on other properties they own or might develop.
2. I have offered to fund and share profits. They've said no.
3. No. Disney resists letting anything they own fall into the public domain. In fact, they are at the forefront of the corporate movement to allow copywrites to renew indefinitely.
4. Calling Disney 'greedy' is both redundant and unfair. They're a publicly held corporation with obligations to their stockholders. Of course, they are focused on profits.
5. Yes, indeed, they do not want to be proven wrong. If an executive is proven wrong, he's at risk of being fired.
I should note that you sound outraged, and I'm not even a little outraged, even though I'm the creator of Gargoyles. I KNEW what I was doing. I was paid a salary to create something for Disney. And I knew they would own it when all was done. But without Disney, there is no Gargoyles. Or at least not the Gargoyles we all now know and love. And I still have hope that as time passes and executives change over, we might get another bite at the apple. It's not impossible. After all, for years we didn't have the comics or DVDs. And then we did.
So here's my entry into the Rain of the Ghosts typo contest -- In Chapter 12 "The Storm," on page 114, in the first full paragraph, we have Rain studying the familiar faces of the Eight. In the middle of the paragraph we read the sentence, "She looked at young Joey C. Wounded but smiling--and now so obviously good Old Joe."
But what I think happened was that period was taken as the end of a sentence and not part of an initial of a last name. So there after the 'Joey C.' I think was supposed to be a dash with a lower-case 'wounded' instead of just the upper-case 'Wounded.'
For example: "She looked at young Joey C.--wounded but smiling--and now so obviously good Old Joe."
Whether it's an actual typo or not, know that I only noticed it while I was rereading the first book in anticipation for Spirits of Ash and Foam! :)
I see what you're saying, but no. That was intentional. The period after Joey C doubles as both the period after the initial and the end of the sentence.
Nice try though!
This is definitely overdue, but better late than never!
I picked up Rain of the Ghosts the day it came out with the simple struggle in figuring out just how fast I wanted to turn the page to know what happened next when I quickly realized that I would eventually have to wait a fair heap of time for the next installment, thanks to the knowledge previously revealed on AskGreg that Rain was intended to be a series. In short, I wanted to cherish the ride that I had been waiting to get on. But now that the ride has finally started, I can finally say I don't ever want to get off!
Without getting into the details that makes most of these reviews sound all too similar (and to minimize any spoilers), let me just take the time to point out some of the strongest (and/or favorite) aspects of the story that stood out to me. As someone who has enjoyed a lifetime of reading books (and well aware I've not read enough) and watching more than a few shows with Greg Weisman at the helm, this book almost felt like the long awaited cosmic alignment that I've only just realized I should have been anticipating, lol.
Moments I liked (***POTENTIAL SPOILERS!!!***):
-- This was brought up at CONvergence for Gargoyles and Young Justice (ConJournals on the way I promise!), but I LOVE that Rain of the Ghosts is also dedicated to the realism so as to make the fantastic pop . . . from the Spanish to the slow track of time, it really does flesh it out. Such attention to detail - detail that's far more engaging than encyclopedic - makes the first novel feel like a diary for the entire Ghost Keys (at the least, the personal diary of the native omniscient narrator).
-- 'Bastian's nickname for Rain, and happy we'll be hearing it for at least a little longer :)
-- I enjoyed the magicked-scenes where Rain and Charlie (and whoever else) sees and hears different things. Especially since we actually get a lot of detail on what the folks who don't see *are* in fact seeing. If it played on television, I'd imagine it'd feel very familiar to the Weird Sisters in "City of Stone."
-- I was actually lulled into a false sense of security when Rain had snuck out of Callahan's window . . . not so much that I didn't think Callahan was clever enough to put two and two together (I do think I give him a touch more credit than Rain currently does), but I guess I didn't anticipate them having a row with each other so soon.
-- Appreciate the subtle and conscious effort to demonstrate how Rain's parents handled raising a kid with guests. Even when things got heated, there was a delicate approach to show how Alonso and Iris needed to check Rain's antics, taking her skeleton key but giving her a break. Tough - but fair.
-- I enjoyed the notable paces set by the various uses of commas, ands, and ellipses (among other tools in the syntax) in the exposition . . . whenever I noticed a pattern, or even a notable pause, it got me visualizing not only the scene but also the theoretical direction and use of the camera (transitions and cuts and everything), which, now that I'm thinking about it, would be (more often than not) from the point of view from Opie, right?
-- On that note, I remembered reading a line when a character paused for nine seconds (it even emphasizes that it was exactly nine seconds). Lines like those had me going back and trying to read the sentence in the allotted time. With the nine seconds line, I do remember its length and beat actually made it quite feasible. :)
-- Oddly enough, all the mouth wordplay . . . Alonso pushing his tongue against his cheeks, Charlie biting his cheeks, Old Joe licking his lips, Rain sticking her tongue out at Charlie . . . the visuals just seem like signatures for each character, lol.
-- And of course, finally meeting our native omniscient narrator, Opie, lol.
Overall, it's a great story with a ton of heart (Rain's experience with a death in the family is so relatable that you absolutely feel for her the minute she realizes she's pushed away the ghost she most desperately wants to see), with probably a ton more other stories to tease out. Needless to say I'm looking forward to each and every one of them!
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Thanks! All the things you mentioned were quite intentional, so I'm glad they registered - as long as they didn't interfere with experiencing the story.
Hope by now you've also read SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM and are looking forward to the AudioPlay version of RAIN.
And I'm told positive reviews on Amazon help a lot!
This is a question about Bialya and Qurac. These are both Middle Eastern countries (and according to wikipedia, both are located near Saudi Arabia and Iraq), and I am wondering about their conflict.
How long has this been going on? Since before Queen Bee took power in Bialya? After? Is there a Sunni vs Shi'ite element at work here, too?
Queen Bee's powers provide an explanation for how she is able to keep such absolute power in Bialya, given her gender in a Middle Eastern state... but her power only works in close range, so I wonder how much loyalty she has from her military and police force. Either way, it seems like a pretty liberal country by the standards of that region... which makes me think Bialya is, at least on paper, a Shi'ite state... at the very least, it doesn't appear that wahhabism has taken root in either state.
So, I guess what I'm asking is, in your mind, what are the religious politics of these two countries?
These are all fair questions, but I haven't invested the time to work the answers out.
I think Queen Bee's powers combine with her intelligence to make her military feel pretty good about serving her. It probably helps that the male half of the royal family is non-existent. Some military men may rationalize their service by thinking she's a figurehead - until they're around her. They might on occasion question her decisions except for this - she's keeping them in power too.
As for the Sunni vs. Shi'ite thing, I don't feel comfortable locking down an answer.
Who (in universe) suggested that the holographic effigies of the Team and League members be placed on the Grotto?
Uh... Greg Vietti? Brandon Weisman?
Honestly, I hadn't given any thought to that question. Out of universe, that was my idea.
Maybe Wonder Woman suggested the effigies, and Nightwing suggested they be holographic? I'm not confirming that until I've had a chance to sit with it, but it feels likely.
1. Has Bruce Wayne ever dated Lois Lane?
2. Does Batman keep files on how to defeat every member of the Justice League?
3. Was Alfred Pennyworth ever a member of M16?
4. Is Alfred's policy on guns, NO GUNS like Batman, or is he not above using a gun for self defense?
1. No spoilers.
2. Does he need to keep files? Like how limited is his memory?
3. He was a member of something. But I'd have to research it. (I was about to write OSS, which is how I always think of him, but he's obviously too young for that now.)
4. No spoilers.
I've been trying to ask this for some time, but for some reason the question just would not post. In Young Justice season one episode eight, with Kaldur's visit to Atlantis, did it start out in Atlantean and switch to english, or was the english just so people didn't have to keep reading the translations?
It was always in Atlantean. But Lori cast a translation spell over the audience.
Now that the Team is operating out of the Watchtower, do those that were living at the Cave now live in the Watchtower?
1. How did Roy's parents amass their fortune?
2. How did Oliver's parents?
3. Or was Oliver a self made millionaire?
I assume we're talking Young Justice, here.
1. I'd have to research this.
2. They inherited.
3. He inherited.
1. Can Martian Manhunter read Hawkman or Hawkwoman's mind?
2. Have Hawkman and Hawkwoman been reincarnated previously?
1. I'd think so, but I haven't thought about it.
2. No spoilers.
A few questions about Spirits of Ash and Foam (which I loved, by the way).
1. Who were the two characters who demanded a bigger presence as you were writing Spirits of Ash and Foam?
2. Ghosts have a similar affinity for the night that gargoyles do (in that day is pretty much a no go for them). Do you have your own affinity for the night, or do you see a bit of thematic overlap between ghosts and gargoyles?
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Renée and Cash. (Did you guess this? Was it who you thought?)
2. I am nocturnal, but otherwise, I think this is mostly coincidental. The gargoyles night/day thing came from us extrapolating on the (very limited) legends associated with gargoyles, and in any case we came up with it years before Rain was even a glimmer in my eye. The ghost night/day thing in Rain and Spirits comes directly from Taino mythology, which had very specific rules for ghosts that I'm trying to honor in these stories.
When I visited Puerto Rico last fall (October of 2013) we went on a tour of the cave system in Camuy- which is awesome. On the tour, our guide commented that normally, human settlements only exist in caves that have a clear entrance and exit that face east and west- so that there is light in the cave during the day. For that reason, caves with north/south facings would be avoided.
Anyway, my question is- did pre-bronze age gargoyles tend to have settlements in cave systems over other areas- since their eggs need thermal energy access anyway?
Rookeries tended to be in underground caves.
Do gargoyles, as a race, have an common origin myth?
Generally, yes. But the clans over time became so spread out and isolated, variations abound.
You've said that you and the production team created a bible of sorts for future story lines and character arcs of Young Justice.
1. Would it be legal to publish it?
2. Would you consider publishing it?
1. Never been too clear on that. But it would probably require permission from Warner Bros.
2. No. No spoilers, don't you know.
I read "Spirits of Ash and Foam" over the weekend. Here are my thoughts on it.
*BEWARE! SPOILERS FOLLOW *
I really enjoyed it. You continued the story of Rain's quest, had her seek out the second zumi, but added some variety by having the quest revolve as much around rescuing the Kimlets and learning the sad story of Aycayia the Cursed as around the second zumi itself - but with Aycayia's story being linked to the second zumi - and the subplot of Miranda becoming part of the group.
I don't know much about the Taino myths and legends, but your book certainly encouraged me to find out more about them, if I can (just as the quest within the story has encouraged Rain to learn more - complete with surprising her teacher in a good way with her report on them). I liked the touch of the Taino vampire being linked to mosquitos rather than bats (and it certainly makes sense, when you think about it), and also Rain's discovery of the true story of Aycayia as a grieving mother rather than a temptress - not to mention the revelation that the true villain of the story is also the hurricane Julia (which was a good way, I thought, of tying things in together). we also got references to legends I was more familiar with, such as the notion of manatees being the origin of mermaid myths and about selkies.
The style of the legends themselves reminded me of the "Panther Queen" story in "Mark of the Panther" - more in the general atmosphere than in the details - I could even imagine that, if this was animation, the legends would have had their own animation style, different from that of the main story, just as the "Panther Queen" story did. I especially liked the touch of everything in the legends being "First [insert noun here]", emphasizing how they're set at the world's beginning.
A few other parts I particularly enjoyed were Rain, Charlie, and Miranda discussing the Kimlets' first names (and I could see why you named them after characters from "Peter Pan" as the story progressed), Rain's reading list for English class including "The Tempest" (how appropriate) and "To Kill a Mockingbird" (that one brought back memories; it was the first book on my 8th grade English class's reading list as well), and this bit from page 122: "[Rain] put [the book] back on the shelf. (And Charlie moved it back to where it *belonged* on the shelf.)" I work as a shelver at the library, and those two sentences rang true to me after so many times I'd found a book in the wrong place on the shelf and restored it to its rightful position.
Thanks for sharing this second book with us. I hope you get to have the other seven books published. (This time, the local bookstore had "Spirits of Ash and Foam" on the shelf; I didn't have to specially order it as I had to last time. That may be a good sign.)
Zemi not zumi. And, yes, I think there's definitely some Panther Queen influence in there.
Glad you liked it!
I wanted to let you know that I was just looking over the DC Comics solicitations for October 2014 on the Internet on this link here:
Do you see where it says "The Multiversity: The Just #1"?
Unless my eyes were deceiving me, the description about this title is suggesting that this is EARTH-16 in the NEW 52 DC multiverse.
Does that mean the "Young Justice" universe that you set up in 2011 is no longer Earth-16 and is that why the show ended prematurely when it did? Did Grant Morrison NOT know that Earth-16 was already handpicked and used by you as you saw fit or is something else going on here?! If this is fate's way of saying that "Young Justice' is pretty much gone, I can imagine that a lot "Young Justice" fans are probably going to be REALLY angry!
1. I have no inside info, but reading that release, it does seem like they've wiped out our Earth-16 for this one.
2. This had nothing at all to do with Young Justice not being picked up for a third season. Nothing. Trust me.
3. I have no clue if Grant knew about our Earth-16 or not. You'd have to ask him. (I admire his work, but I've never met the guy.)
4. To be honest, this is just a technicality. If DC and/or WB and/or CN decide to bring YJ back in some form or another, this won't make much of a difference. If not, this still won't make much of a difference. Our stories still exist, are still out there. Whatever they do with their "Earth-16" won't change that.
It's also worth noting that - although we asked for an unused Earth and DC said, "Take Earth-16." - it turned out that Earth-16 was NOT unused prior to us. So we had to ignore prior Earth-16 continuity. For all I know this version of Earth-16 is the original, and we were the usurpers.
I know the show didn't explore Rocket's character much, but was she a teen mom like she was in the comics? I noticed in S2, they mentioned a pic of Amistad.
Was her boyfriend Noble and the robbery was how she met Icon?
Did the Team find out?
So, we didn't mention Amistad in Season 2. But we did mention him in the companion comics.
Beyond that, NO SPOILERS.
Does Batman keep trophies inside the Batcave?
Which series we talking about? I've done at least five with Batman in it.
I've always been a big fan of Babylonian Mythology so I got a big kick out of all the references in Young Justice Legacy, Marduk, Tiamat, the Tablet of Destiny ect...
1) On Earth-16, is Nabu also the Babylonian God of Wisdom of the same name?
2) If so, what was his relationship to Marduk?
1. I'd have to do more research to answer that. (You clearly know more about the Babylonian pantheon than I do.)
2. See the answer to Question 1.
Hi Greg. I've got a question about Spec Spidey.
In a few different responses, you've acknowledged that your Eddie Brock is partly an original creation, with some influence from the Ultimate version. You've said that the show's Eddie Brock is "a little more revisionist" compared to the adaptations of other characters, and when asked if you like Venom, you've said that you "like [Spec Spidey's] Venom."
I find the great difference in the show's Venom is the complete posing of him as a dark mirror to Peter/Spider-Man - as you've put it, Venom has a "dark reaction to the [same] tragedies that Peter faced." Spec Spidey's characterization of Eddie Brock/Venom was the first time Venom worked for me.
Naturally I'm very curious about the show's Venom, as the characterization was unprecedented in some ways. So here comes my question, and I don't mean to ask for spoilers here: Do you see Eddie as a redemptive figure? By that, I'm not hoping to learn whether or not Eddie would have gotten some kind of happy ending. I just wonder if your vision of Eddie is a vision of someone who could have been saved from the darkness. If you'd prefer leaving that to interpretation, that's cool, of course.
Mostly, I'll leave it to your interpretation, but the short answer is that, yes, redemption is at least possible. Doesn't mean it'll happen.
1. Does Gotham Academy have a football team?
2. What are they called?
3. Does Keystone High School have a football team?
4. What are they called?
5. What are Keystone High School's school colors?
2. I feel like we did come up with the mascot name, but I honestly cannot remember.
3. I'm sure they do.
4. I don't think we ever came up with that.
5. No memory of this at all, which may mean we didn't come up with this either.
Wow. I was going to preface this with other questions, but upon searching the unanswered queue, all of the other questions had been asked, one by myself. So, I'm just gonna dive in.
2. Would you please, please, oh great and powerful and wise man (sorry for the terrible pun (wise man, Weisman)) tell us one, some or all of the owners of designations 27, 28, A06, A07, A08, and A09?
... Yeah, I didn't think you would. Thanks anyway. Can't wait to read Spirits of Ash and Foam!
Honestly, I don't remember. And I don't have my YJ files here at Nickelodeon. And, in any case, if I haven't already revealed this, I'm unlikely to now.
But I hope by now, you've read and enjoyed Spirits of Ash and Foam!
At the Blue Mug Convergence 2014 Panel, you have stated that Mac and Demona had lots of sex while they were engaged. Didn't you previously state that "Dominique" had presented herself as a good catholic french girl, presumably to avoid having sex with him?
One of the two was a mistake, you changed your mind, or what?
(By the way, I must admit that, if you did change your mind, I liked the original version more.)
All things are true. Few things are accurate.
Or put another way, don't take a Blue Mug TOO seriously.
I think the original answer is better too.
At CONvergence, you mentioned that you have a written list of things to keep in mind while writing scenes for Rain of the Ghosts: what music Rain is hearing, what's the light source, what's the weather, etc. Would you mind posting the complete list?
The "Cheat Sheet" for Rain of the Ghosts wound up being about 27 pages long, by the time I was done.
In contrast, the "Cheat Sheet" for the third novel in the series, "Masque of Bones" is already 98 pages long, and I've barely scratched the surface in terms of research and planning.
I don't have the Cheat Sheet for Spirits of Ash and Foam handy, but I have a vague memory it was about 180+ pages.
Anyway, I'm not going to post a 27 page document here. But I will cut and paste the first page, which (in extra large font) I kept right in front of me to keep things in mind as I wrote:
What all characters look like:
--Hair length, style and color.
--eye color, eye shape?
--Build, height, weight. Etc.
--CLOTHES -- LOCAL COLOR t-shirt
--Weather or PENDING weather. MOON status.
Plant Life Animal Life
Why were Artemis and M'gann so much more effective in hurting Black Beetle in any manner in Summit than Wonder Girl and Superboy who both have super strength in Before the Dawn when all they did was hit him with a sword a few times?
Honestly, I'd have to watch the episodes again. But I'm not sure they were effective. They just had more experience by that time and knew how to keep him at bay more effectively.
What year did Aquagirl join the team?
So from a strictly nerd stance, does spidey in your show rely on spider sense to web swing? I ask this because your spider sense abilities were so clearly defined.
I'm not sure I know what you mean by "rely". I'm sure it helps.
Was there ever a Wind Ceremony for the gargoyles at Castle Wyvern?
If you mean the gargoyles massacred there by Hakon, then, no. Sad, right?
Greetings, Mr. Weisman!
I hope you've been having a good day. I just have a few questions regarding the three main members of the Reach that have been bugging me for a while. I really hope you will answer these.
1. What is the average Reach (the original species) lifespan?
2. What is the height and age of the Reach Ambassador?
3. What is the height and age of the Reach Scientist?
4. What is the height and age of Black Beetle?
Have a good day, sir!
1. I don't know. Haven't worked that out.
Sorry. But better to admit my ignorance than to pretend otherwise.
hey Greg, i've been a fan of Gargoyles since i was 11 yrs old, i was wondering, how did you come up with the distinct roars, growls and snarls for each clan member? (you can include Demona if you want)
We worked them out on two levels. First with the various actors and voice director Jamie Thomason. Then with our sound effects editor Paca Thomas at Advantage Audio.
FYI - Advantage Audio is also where we did The Spectacular Spider-Man and where we are currently posting the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay.
1. How did Hal Jordan get his ring?
2. Why did Martian Manhunter chose to stay on Earth?
3. Before becoming Green Arrow did Oliver Queen ever wash up (shore) on the island?
4. Under what circumstances did Black Canary's mother die?
1. His origin is basically the same. Details differ into spoilerish territory.
2. At what point? (Different reasons at different times in his life.)
3. "wash up (shore) on the island"??? Not sure what this means. But as with Hal, his basic origin is unchanged. Details differ.
4. No spoilers.
1. Where does Hal Jordan live?
2. Where does John Stewart live?
3. Where does Guy Gardener live?
1. Coast City.
2. I honestly don't remember. I'd have to do a little research. First into YJ materials to see if we ever made that decision. And if not, I'd have to do some research.
1. On Earth-16 what hero had a sidekick during the 40's?
2. What was the sidekicks name?
1. Did Bruce begin an investigation into Superman's secret ID as soon as Superman first appeared on the scene in 1998?
2. In Independence Day what or who was Robin referring to when he said that the Batcave was already crowded enough?
3. Is any member of the Bat Family trained in judo, ninjutsu, parkour, scuba, or sword fighting?
4. Dick had circular birdarangs, Tim uses a different type of birdarang. Do all Robins have their own type (style) of birdarangs?
5. On Earth-16 is Bruce Wayne a playboy?
1. I'll leave that to your imagination for now.
2. He was just being flip.
3. I'm going to say... yes.
4. I'm going to say... yes. (Although Dick had at least two styles that we used.)
5. In theory.
Were false documents made to provide an explanation for the fact that there are two Roy Harpers, and the existence of Bart Allen eventhough Barry Allen does not yet have children?
I suppose. Though they might not have been false. It's the DC Universe after all. S--t like that must happen all the time. They've probably got a bureaucracy all set up.
Hey Greg! I just got home from CONvergence, but I wanted to say thank you for inviting us (the fans) to a watch all those great promotional videos and pitches last night/early this morning. It was an honor and a privilege to have that opportunity to see those videos, including "The Last". The fact that you took the time to share that with us (and hang put with us till 2am) was the icing on the cake for me. Many thanks to you and Frank for helping to make my first convention so very awesome.
Glad you had fun! I really did too! Hope to do it again some time...
How is eveything Greg? I am currently in an X-Men mood, with the new movie out so I felt like asking a few X-Men questions.
1. What is your opinion on X-Men First Class? It's one of my favorite comic book films so I wanted to ask.
1A. I remember you saying in your X-Men movie ramble you would rather the black leather suits over the comic book costumes translated to the big screen. In First Class, we got yellow and blue costumes that worked, for me at least. In a post-Avengers world, do you think the X-Men costumes can be adapted on the big screen? Or at least a variation of them, ala First Class?
2. What is your opinion on X-Men Days of Future Past (The film)?
3. Do you like Joss Whedon's X-Men run?
4. What is the X-Men story or run that you enjoyed the most?
5. Since your dropped the X-Men comic book long before dropping comics in general, has that tainted your love of the X-Men? What I mean is, if offered by Marvel and Disney, would you like to be involved in the making of an X-Men series?
Oh and, Long live Gargoyles! It's the best animated series I have ever watched. I'm on Pendragon. I got out of it because of school work but I'm gonna definitely get back into it. Thanks for your amazing work! Hope everything is "crash"!
1. I love the milieu, the ambience, and the acting of the leads. But I thought the story was borderline nonsensical. And I wasn't wild about some of the character choices.
1a. A variation. Depending on the variation.
2. I liked it, in general. They pulled off telling one of the most significant comic book stories of my life. There are plenty of little things I could object to, but overall, great work.
4. Probably the Claremont stuff from the 80s before things got out of control. Ironically, though I loved "Days of Future Past," it led to exactly the kind of stuff that made me give up reading the X-titles.
5. I still love those characters. If any company wanted me aboard an X-project, I'd leap at the chance.
Hey Greg, I just wanted to say right off the bat that I really appreciate your inclusion of a homosexual character (Lexington) in Gargoyles. I really appreciate that as a viewer and fan of your show.
Secondly, I really appreciate the work you did over in Spectacular Spider-Man. Definitely my favorite Spider-Man adaptation. I just wanted to ask you if there were any characters in Spectacular Spider-Man that you particularly viewed as being homosexual or bisexual.
Wonder Woman called into question Batman's motives for training Robin in Agendas.
1. Did she question Batman's motives for training Jason as well?
2. Did Wonder Woman object to the training of Tim because of what happened to Jason?
3. Did Alfred?
4. Did Kid Flash ever refuse to call Jason Robin because Dick had been Robin and his closest friend?
5. Do the members of the Team that knew (fought beside) Jason treat Tim differently because of what happened to Jason?
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
3. No spoilers.
5. No spoilers.
1. Is Batgirl Batman's second protégée?
2. Who taught Batgirl to fly a plane, and is she a licensed pilot?
3. It's been stated in a previous post that a parent or legal guardian must give consent for inclusion of a new member. Does Commissioner Gordon know Barbara is Batgirl, is she the exception to the rule, or was the rule put in place after she joined the Team?
1. No spoilers.
2a. Haven't thought about that yet.
3. She's not the exception to the rule. But I'm not answering your Commissioner Gordon question one way or another. Don't take anything for granted that you didn't actually see in the show or our companion comic.