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Here's my schedule for Long Beach Comic Expo this coming Saturday and Sunday:
LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015
DISNEY AFTERNOON PANEL 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ocean Room #S7 w/Jim Cummings, Katie Leigh, Jymn Magon, Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley, Jesse Snider, Aaron Sparrow, Greg Weisman, Mark Zaslove.
GARGOYLES PANEL 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Lighthouse Room #S1.
Thom Adcox (Lexington, Brentwood);
Brigitte Bako (Angela);
Keith David (Goliath, Thailog, Morgan Morgan);
Elisa Gabrielli (Obsidiana, Maria Chavez);
Carl Johnson (Composer);
Frank Paur (Producer-Director);
Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Elisa Maza, Delilah);
Cree Summer (Hyena);
Jamie Thomason (Voice/Casting Director);
Greg Weisman (Creator-Producer).
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE AWARD FOR DIVERSITY 02:00pm - 3:30pm
Lighthouse Room #S1.
This is a cause near and dear to my heart. Wouldn't miss it.
YOUNG JUSTICE PANEL 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Lighthouse Room #S1.
Cameron Bowen (Robin/Tim Drake, Toyman);
Kristopher Carter (Composer);
Kevin Grevioux (Black Beetle);
Kevin Hopps (Writer);
Phil LaMarr (Green Beetle/B'arzz O'oomm, Reach Ambassador, Aquaman, Dubbilex, L-Ron);
Eric Lopez (Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes, Scarab);
Vanessa Marshall (Black Canary/Dinah Lance, Red Inferno, Amanda Spence, Noor Harjavti, Ida Berkowitz);
Michael McCuistion (Composer);
Masasa Moyo (Bumblebee/Karen Beecher, Reach Scientist, Secret/Greta Hayes, Cat Grant, Wendy Harris, Amber Joyce, Sharon Vance);
Andrew Robinson (Writer);
Jason Spisak (Kid Flash/Wally West);
Jamie Thomason (Voice/Casting Director)
Greg Weisman (Writer-Producer).
SIGNING 05:30pm - 06:30pm
All-Stars of Animation Booth #310.
As usual, I will sign anything you bring for free. But I will also be signing and selling copies of my two novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM. ($10 per book, cash only.) If you purchase both books (signed and personalized for $20 cash total), you get a FREE copy of Kuni Tomita's original development artwork designs from when we developed RAIN as an animated series back at DreamWorks in the '90s. I will also be signing and selling copies of my animation and radio play scripts (from GARGOYLES, MEN IN BLACK, STARSHIP TROOPERS, TEAM ATLANTIS, W.I.T.C.H., THE BATMAN, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, DC SHOWCASE: GREEN ARROW, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN MEETS GARGOYLES, YOUNG JUSTICE, BEWARE THE BATMAN, GARGOYLES MEETS THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN MEETS YOUNG JUSTICE). Each signed and personalized script is $20 cash.
SUNDAY, MARCH 01, 2015
YA RIOT: STORIES FOR A YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lighthouse Rm #S1 w/Cecil Catellucci, Lisa Freeman, Mary McCoy, Greg Weisman.
STAR WARS REBELS: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Lighthouse Rm #S1 w/Aaron Couch and Greg Weisman.
SIGNING 02:30pm - 03:30pm
All-Stars of Animation Booth #310. See above.
Should be a fun convention. If you're going to be in the Southern California area, please stop by and say hello.
Today you answered my questions about the beasts of the Xanadu clan & weather the Lach Ness clan were amphibious, & that those would be good questions to ask the biology panel at the Con.
Unfortunatley, due to financial constraints I will not be able to attend...but by the time you recieve this question the Con will probably be over.
Were those topics discussed at all? And if so, did you come to a conclusion?
You also said in your post that you were leaning toward the Xanadu clan having incorporated all types of beasts. If you have since made a final decision, and that is what you've concluded, does that mean there is still hope for the London clan beasts, or did they die out before the Xanadu clan had a chance to save some?
I can't remember if that was discussed. And if we came to any conclusions, I can't remember that either.
I haven't reached a firm conclusion yet, but even if I did, that would fall into Spoiler territory.
A. Does Owen Burnett live in the Eyrie Building with the Family Xanatos, or does he live somewhere else and travel to work everyday?
B. If he lives somewhere else, where, and does he live in an apartment or a house?
A. He lives in the Eyrie.
B. See above.
Do you watch anime? If so, have you watched death note?
A little bit. But no.
From where did you get the idea for Electro's origin in The Spectacular Spider-Man? Was it the story team's original idea?
I ask because in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Max Dillon turns into Electro almost the exact same way (gets electrocuted and falls into a vat of special electric eels). I'm interested if the movie blatantly ripped off from the show or if there is some comic book/other source material that you would have gotten this origin idea from.
Thanks - I'm a big fan of your shows, and Star Wars: Rebels seems like it will be pretty great.
We came up with it - probably inspired to some degree from the origin of the mutates in Gargoyles - to fit our Biology 101 theme for that particular arc. But I don't consider what they did in the movie to be a rip-off. Marvel and Sony own everything that was done in The Spectacular Spider-Man, so they can't rip-off themselves. Frankly, I'm glad they liked it. Though I do wish that if they liked it that much, they would have hired me to write the movie. ;)
Hey there. I'm a huge fan of The Spectacular Spiderman and I've spent time trying to find out how I can contact one of the writers about a question I have for the show. For the Daily Bugle newspapers on the show, I've noticed they are are the same message but have parts cut off. I've spent my evening trying to figure out the full article but it seems I have hit a dead end.
This is what I have:
"In the opinion of this unassuming and civic-minded publisher and humanitarian, the question is not whether the so-called Spider-man is a hero or vigilante. The question is whether he is a THREAT or a MENACE! How a civilized society can allow a glory-seeking, masked scofflaw to swing through our city - littering it with his sticky leavings - with no fear of the repercussions is beyond the intellect or your humble servant, J. Jonah Jameson. Is it not a fact that criminals like the Vulture, Electro, the Lizard, Shocker, Sandman, Rhino, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom did not exist until the presence of the Web-Head created a void that summoned them forth like a plague into our fair town, striking terror into the hearts of our citizenry? Does Spider-man make our city safer? Balderdash. Humbug. Nonsense. Spider-man creates the danger threatening our lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. Banish the Web-Slinger, and with him you banish those who seek to knock him from his web - making us all quantitatively safer. As for heroes, we have plenty to inspire us, if only we are willing to seek beyond the showy primary colored carnival suit of the Spider."
I can't figure out the rest from here and I was wondering if you wrote this or know who did and can give me a lead on the full thing. Anything would be appreciated, thankyou.
I wrote it, and I think you got most of it:
In the opinion of this unassuming and civic-minded publisher and humanitarian, the question is not whether the so-called Spider-Man is a hero or a vigilante. The question is whether he's a THREAT or a MENACE! How a civilized society can allow a glory-seeking, masked scofflaw to swing through our city - littering it with his sticky leavings - with no fear of repercussions is beyond the intellect of your humble servant, J. Jonah Jameson. Is it not a fact that criminals like the Vulture, Electro, the Lizard, Shocker, Sandman, Rhino, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom did not exist until the presence of the Web-Head created a void that summoned them forth like a plague upon our fair town, striking terror into the hearts of our beloved citizenry? Does Spider-Man make our city safer? Balderdash. Humbug. Nonsense. Spider-Man creates the danger threatening our lives, liberties and pursuits of happiness. Banish the Web-Slinger, and with him you banish those who seek to knock him from his web - making us all quantitatively safer. As for heroes, we have plenty to inspire us, if only we are willing to seek beyond the showy primary colored carnival suit of the Spider. One need but cast a glance toward the policeman, the fireman, the soldier overseas. The astronaut and the crusading publisher-journalist provide legitimate role models for our children and ourselves. What need have we of the cursed arachnid? A deadline should be set - sixteen seconds seems appropriate - for the Web-Head to end all activity in New York. After that, he must be apprehended and placed in Ryker's alongside the "villains" he claims to have defeated. On this point, I'm sure we all agree. The Spider-Man must go!
My next convention appearance is at GALLIFREY ONE 2015, a Doctor Who Convention in Los Angeles.
What does Greg Weisman have to do with Doctor Who, you ask?
Well, nothing really, unless you count being a fan myself as having something to do with it, but I will be doing a number of things while I'm there that aren't Doctor Who related, because, well, because as my friend Chris Jones says, "They keep letting us."
Here's my schedule for Valentine's Day, i.e. Saturday, February 14, 2015:
Autographs - Saturday, February 15, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Autograph Alley
Kaffeeklatsch - Saturday, February 15, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Board Room
A Day in the Life of a TV Writer/Producer - Saturday, February 15, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Program D
Women of Young Justice - Saturday, February 15, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Program D
Young Justice Meet-Up - Saturday, February 15, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Program D
The Women of Young Justice is likely to be a real treat. There's more info (and a terrific graphic) on Chris' Tumbler here:
But to sum up, we've got:
Stephanie Lemelin - Voice of Artemis
Kelly Hu - Voice of Cheshire
Vanessa Marshall - Voice of Black Canary
Masasa Moyo - Voice of Bumblebee
Lolita Ritmanis - Composer
Greg Weisman - Writer/Producer
Christopher Jones - Comic Book Artist
After the panel, we'll have a more informal meet-up where folks can get a picture taken, an autograph or just chat with Chris and myself (and maybe a couple of the other guests).
As you can see, earlier in the day (and maybe at the Meet-Up), I'll be signing (for free) and selling signed copies of my novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM and copies of selected animations teleplays (including GARGOYLES and YOUNG JUSTICE). Scripts are $20 cash. The novels are $10 each, but if you purchase both, I'll throw in signed copies of the original RAIN OF THE GHOSTS development artwork by artist Kuni Tomita for free, as well.
Hope to see a few of you there!
was superman the first leader of the justice league? i mean his designation is 01 and in all incarnations of the league i've seen he's always considered the first among equals.
if true when and how long was he the leader? (all only if you feel comfortable answering however)
I don't consider him first among equals nor, I would think, does he. He was the first to arrive at the battle against the Appelaxians. That's where the 01 designation comes from. As for whether or not he was the first leader: NO SPOILERS. ;)
1. How bad does it feel for a show to get canceled? Like, does it affect your day-to-day life? Do you want to just lock yourself in your house for a week or are you immune to the depressing effects of it by now?
2. A lot of people comment that your shows are cursed, but it's obvious that 90% of children's shows are canceled ahead of time. Would you consider children's animation is the least safe gig on TV?
3. So why did you decide to focus your writing career on children's animation? Did it just end up happening that way?
4. Do you ever see yourself working on a network or cable live-action show? And if you did, would your resumé help you or hinder you if you were looking for a job at, say, USA?
5. Have you ever thought about pitching a show to any of the networks? Now that superheroes are invading TV media (Arrow, The Flash, Agents of Shield, Gotham, Constantine, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc.), wouldn't your resumé of Spider-Man and Young Justice actually help you if you were to pitch a comic book show at TheCW, FOX or ABC? Have you thought about doing so?
1. I'm not at all immune. But I also know I can't lock myself away for even a week. I have to go out and start looking for work. But it's a huge bummer, and I do get depressed. When I was younger, it was tougher. But now I have a bit more perspective. My family is healthy, and the world isn't ending because my cartoon show is no longer on the air. So...
2. No. I don't see that it's any different (in the aggregate) for prime time or live action or so-called adult shows.
3. Mostly the latter. I started in comics. Got a job in animation. By the time I tried to get into live-action, I was typecast as an animation writer and had no luck breaking in. And I do love writing for animation, but live action is WAY more lucrative, and I'd love to have the financial security that comes with words like "lucrative."
4. See the answer to question 3.
5. I have pitched shows to many networks, over and over. Pitching and even selling isn't the same as getting to make something.
Hi Greg. I've been a big fan since the first episode of Gargoyles. :)
I have a couple of questions regarding your wonderful version of the Martians.
1) Do your Martians lay eggs? I remember they did in the Barsoom stories,and their rather reptilian appearance and large families makes me wonder.
2) My second question about identity politics and cultural norms on Mars-16. How common is it for denizens of Mars-16 to adopt a single non-default form as the primary expression of their identity, as M'gann has?
J'onn and B'arzz O'oomm seemed nonplussed by M'gann's choice of form (aside from B'arzz's comment about her passing as Green), so I got the impression that it isn't something that's violating some great taboo. But is such individual self-determination considered odd?
1. No spoilers.
2. It's not unheard of, but fairly uncommon, since their psychic abilities render any false physical form obvious.
You've stated you used to be jealous of the MTV Spider-Man series. Why exactly were you jealous of it?
Did I? Where and when did I say that? I'm not denying it, but I don't recall saying that, which makes answering your question without context somewhat difficult.
Did you happen to see the reinterpration of famous comic covers on CBR today? There is one that was just amazing which you may appreciate.
I did, yeah. It's flattering... and a little ominous.
Of course, the reason listed for YJ's demise isn't quite right. If I had to (oversimplify and) pick only one cause, it was the failure of the toy line.
I loved your work on Young Justice and I would love to see more of your work (especially if it involves DC).
1. I wanted to ask if DC or any higher ups would approve it, would you ever consider writing about the formation of the Justice League on Earth-16? I would love to hear about the formation of the Justice League and their battle with the seven Appelaxian invaders.
2. I also wanted to ask where Blue Beetle's physical constructs came from? Are they organic materials produced by the bettle?
Thank you for keeping up with your questions! I raelly appreciate all of the answers you provided to flesh out Earth-16 and I hope to keep up with your future work.
1. Love to tell this story.
2. They're built from nanotechnology.
Did the mythological Cadmus exist on Earth-16?
1. For each member of the Team that knew Jason, and considering Jason's personality, what were their opinions about Jason BEFORE and AFTER his unfortunate end?
2. You explained how the Reach was able to cause the Apocalypse by using multiple tools of manipulation to reach their goals; that probably includes Blue Beetle being put "on mode" if Impulse did not intervene. Aside from that, were there other possible factors (such as the high secrecy of Aqualad's mission, the troubled relationship between Team members such as Superboy and Miss Martian or Mal and Bumblebee, or perhaps the Justice League being found guilty in the original timeline without evidence to prove their innocence) that could have resulted in the Apocalypse too?
3. If you were to return to the Earth-16 universe, but not returning directly back to Young Justice, what kind of things would you try to explore?
1. No spoilers.
2. Yes, but I'll leave that to your imagination. It didn't happen.
3. Tons. Like to do some stuff set in the forties in particular. But the whole timeline is worth exploring, and, of course, I'd like to do a lot more with the cast of YJ.
Why did the team and league take Garfield in after his mother died?
Who said they did?
What happen to the animal sanctuary after Marie Logan died?
I just read that you haven't seen much of Justice League Unlimited, so I was wondering if you had seen this short scene from "This Little Piggy", which is my favorite scene in JLU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAlC4e1gbWk
I hadn't. Now I have. ;)
1) Would you be open to work on other new shows that focus on characters you've already worked on? For example, if you were approached by Disney to work on a new Spider-Man show that isn't in the same continuity as The Spectacular Spider-Man, would you accept? Or would you rather move on to different characters?
Everything is situational. I'd love to do Spider-Man again in almost any form. (I wrote one issue of Amazing Spider-Man that wasn't in continuity with Spectacular, and would be happy to write more.) But the question's almost too hypothetical to answer. Readers familiar with this site know I'm not big on hypotheticals.
Hey Greg, did you guys ever plan to give Kenny Kong a more significant role in The Spectacular Spider-Man, or was he already given one without the audience knowing? I ask this because to me he seemed considerably downplayed compared to his Ultimate counterpart.
As with all the supporting characters, we had additional plans for him. But Pete/Spidey was always the lead.
I started watching Gargoyles when I was little and still to this day it is one of my favorite shows. With that, on to the question.
I saw where it was posted in a previous comment that you said "Now that Puck is stuck as Owen for the long haul, we may see some changes in Owen's behavior." and "When Puck becomes Owen, there is a psychological transformation as well as a physical one. However, this does not mean Puck and Owen exist as distinct personalities in one form- when he's Puck, he's just Puck, and when he's Owen, he's just Owen."
I'm not sure what this means. Could you explain it a little (if you can), and also could you tell us what it means when you said Owen's behavior might change a little? I know that you don't like giving away any major information, so I'm not asking what Owen will do, but just how you mean his behavior will change?
The original post was written by JEB on July 11, 2007 and you responded on August 1, 2007 (just in case you need reference to the comment).
I greatly hope that someday you will get the opportunity to continue Gargoyles (if you still want to).
Thank you for all the time that you spend putting up with your obsessive fans!
A link would have been better than a date.
I'm afraid that it's difficult to respond to something that I wrote over seven years ago and out of context. So let me start from scratch. Owen is Owen and Owen is also Puck, just as Puck is Puck and Puck is also Owen. But Owen won't behave like Puck. And Puck, when we see him, will pretty much never behave as Owen would.
And, yes, I'd love to do Gargoyles again.
A few weeks ago I asked when did Dick and Zatanna broke up, and now i realize that you are probably not going to give me an exact date. So the question are:
1) Did they broke up before or after Legacy?
2) You said that Batman offered to reveal his secret identity to Zatanna and asked her to move to the manor. We know that she moved to the Cave but did Bruce told her his identity anyway?
3) You also said that Nightwing hides his identity from newbies. Does that mean that the original team knows? And Troia and Bumblebee?
4) Is Zatanna's birthday the same as in the original comics? (May 20th)
5) And if the answer to my second question is no, did Zatanna find out Dick's identity before the other because they were dating?
Thanks for your time and sorry if they are Asked and Answered, Spoiler Request or something
1. No spoilers.
3. As of season two, yes.
3a. No spoilers.
4. I don't know.
5. That suggests an order of events that I don't want to confirm or deny.
I'm leaving in a few minutes for Magic City Comic Con in MIAMI at the Miami Airport Convention Center!!
Here's my schedule:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015
SPOTLIGHT Q&A 02:30pm - 03:20pm
ADAPTING MEDIA FRANCHISES FOR COMIC BOOKS 04:00pm - 05:00pm
Ballroom 2 w/Mike W. Barr, Terry Cronin, Dan Slott.
SIGNING 05:00pm - 06:00pm
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle
AUTOGRAPH SESSION 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Celebrity Autograph Area,
West Hall - Exhibition Room.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015
SIGNING 10:30am - 11:30am
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle
GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AND WRITE YOUR
FIRST NOVEL 11:45am - 12:45pm
Ballroom 2 w/Mike W. Barr, Terry Cronin, Philip Lee McCall II.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION 01:45pm - 03:00pm
Celebrity Autograph Area,
West Hall - Exhibition Room.
WRITING SPIDER-MAN 03:15pm - 04:15pm
Room 210 w/Dan Slott.
WRITING: FROM TV TO COMIC BOOKS
Room 202 05:15pm - 06:15pm
w/Mike W. Barr, Terry Cronin.
SIGNING 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015
SIGNING 10:30am - 11:20am
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle
LEGACY OF GARGOYLES 11:30am - 12:30pm
WRITING BATMAN 01:45pm - 02:45pm
Room 210 w/Mike W. Barr, Francis Manapul.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION 03:15pm - 04:30pm
Celebrity Autograph Area,
West Hall - Exhibition Room.
THE BUSINESS OF ANIMATION
Room 210 05:30pm - 06:30pm
w/Christy Karacas, Chris Prynowski, Melissa Warrenburg.
I will be selling personalized signed copies of my two novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM for $10 in cash each. If you buy both books, you get signed copies of the original development artwork by Kuni Tomita from when we attempted to sell RAIN as an animated television series back in the 90s.
I'm also selling signed copies of my animation scripts for $20 in cash each from series including GARGOYLES, THE BATMAN, BEWARE THE BATMAN, ROUGHNECKS, MEN IN BLACK, TEAM ATLANTIS, KIM POSSIBLE, DC SHOWCASE GREEN ARROW, W.I.T.C.H., THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE and more - including scripts from a couple of convention radio plays.
Autographs from me and photos of or with me are always free.
If you're in the Miami area, I urge you to stop by and check it out!
Gargoyles Season Two, Volume Two is now available for one and all on Amazon:
Spread the Word!
Happy New Year, everyone!
I've taken a bit of a break from ASK GREG, but I'm back. I also started a new job this week. (Can't wait to tell you what it is!) This means my schedule is a bit more regular, so I'm hoping to get back to answering questions here on a daily basis. But it may also mean that things may get a little crazy on occasion as I get acclimated, so I may also miss a few days here and there.
So... business as usual, right?
Outside of missions when Roy(Arsenal) and Roy(Red Arrow) happen to be in a room together, are they both called Roy or did Jades nickname "Red" stick with Red Arrow? Sorry but I figured that this would be an obvious question, but I see that no one has asked so far. I also see how this could be a spoiler, so I understand if you don't want to answer.
Yeah, it's a spoiler. Sorry.
Why Garfield not given a glamour charm after turn green?
Did he want one?
I have some questions about Young Justice.
1. By year 5, the original team found out Dick was Nightwing. When did they find out? And in what order?
2. Did Barbara join the team right after she became batgirl or did she wait a year or 2?
3. When did wally and artemis move to Palo Alto together and attend standford? When did they adopt their dog Brucely?
4. Did wally and Artemis ever met the others parent(s), if so when? Because artemis seems to know Wally's parents by the end of season 2 and wally mentions how cool Artemis' mom is in YJ legacy?
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
3a. They were both in the dorms their freshman year. Wally was in Twain. Artemis was in Toyon. (How's that for references that only a Stanford alum will appreciate?)
3b. No spoilers.
4a. Yes, of course. You saw Wally with Artemis' mom, and Artemis with Wally's parents.
4b. No spoilers.
Why did Beast Boy not go on the mission to the volcano in third episode young justice invasion?
We didn't have enough characters already?
Hi Greg; so after reviewing some of the questions related to Artemis and Nightwing, I ran across this:
"Anyway, it's unfortunate, but all of Dick Grayson's digital photos were erased during the E.M.P. that Artemis set off in "Homefront". Plus, fans forbid us from allowing Dick to laugh anymore in Season Two. We received death threats.
I would have thought that was obvious from watching the show. I mean, dude, note the timestamp."
I wanted to ask about that particular picture that Dick trolled/snapped of himself with Artemis during her first day at hew new school. I get that the EMP pretty much eliminated all the data from Dick's stuff, presumably with this picture included but we see it appear again in "Depths" for YJ:I.
So, to recapitulate the question: Given that the EMP still knocked everything out, it seems that Dick still has that particular image. Did he ever get to laugh about it with Artemis?
I can't tell from what you've quoted above, but if I had to guess, you're referring to a post I made on April Fool's Day.
I've done another podcast. Talked a lot about pitching shows on this one: http://www.blakeandsalshow.com/
Check it out!
Where is Garfield going to live after the Mars mission goes on with his adopted sister and Conner?
In Rain of the Ghosts, 'Bastion died of "old age" on the same night he gave Rain the snake band...so my question is, since the band had healing properties, was it keeping him alive past his years and without it, did he know he was going to die?
1. That's likely.
It was mentioned that there was to be a Red Tornado arc in season 2 but that it was cut because there wasn't enough room for it with only 20 episodes. I was just wondering if the appearance of Red Volcano in Runaways had anything to do with the planned Red Tornado arc - as in, was Red Volcano involved in events surrounding the planned Red Tornado arc which happened 'off-screen'?
In Beneath, it was clear that Devastation had gone toe-to-toe with Wonder Woman, but had never met Wonder Girl. My question is, has Devastation ever met Troia (as of Beneath)?
I think you once hinted that you 'didn't get enough episodes' to do a musical episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Was a musical episode part of your 5 season plan? And if so, which season did you plan to include it in: 3, 4 or 5?
I don't think I ever hinted that. Coming up with a legit story excuse to do a musical episode is usually the biggest challenge. Puck would have made a great excuse on Gargoyles, but it's harder to figure out how to do that on SpecSpidey. Nevertheless, we had an index card on my board for the run of the show that said, "Spectacular Spidey - The Musical". It was mostly a joke, but if I could have figured out a solution...
In Beneath, Nightwing said that Psimon had been in a coma since his last encounter with Miss Martian. Was he referring to the events of Image, or a battle that happened sometime during the 5 year gap?
Both, kinda. Check out Young Justice Legacy.
Hey Greg, I happen to have a question for Rain of the Ghosts that got me curious.
Sense 'Bastian became a ghost does he levitate? I'm going to assume that sense he is a ghost he can go through walls, he can't have contact with humans, though you can correct me if I'm wrong. The book wasn't really specific about that and there was one part that said he ran up some stars if I remember correctly so I got a little confused.
Thanks for reading my question and I enjoyed Rain of the Ghosts, can't wait to get the sequel!
In the second book in the series, SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, all the rules of what 'Bastian can and cannot do are laid out in a chapter entitled, appropriately: GHOST RULES!
Would Macbeth or Demona have to be in complete control to kill one another? I.E. if one of them were brainwashed or possessed, would it still work?
I guess so.
Hi Greg, I just had a question about Klarion. I have read that he's supposedly the most powerful member of The Light and it seems his successes against the Team reflect this. The only person portrayed as capable enough to stop him is Dr. Fate, and so I had two questions:
1: Because the Justice League represents/maintains order, why had Klarion not made it his goal to annihilate them before the induction of Dr. Fate? It seems there was a period of time where Kent Nelson was out of the game and the mask was unused.
2: Is there anyone on the team (as far as season two) who is capable of handling Klarion? I feel like there was little potential to demonstrate this as Klarion was assumed to be overly powerful and relegated to support roles for The Light.
Thank you and I miss Young Justice!
1. Klarion isn't the most... focused of villains.
2. Depends on circumstances.
I'm a huge fan of Young Justice, as I'm sure you hear all the time, but really, this world that you've built truly is a masterpiece. My sort of "theme" for this post is about potential ideas that ultimately did not end up being included in the run of the show (obviously doing my very, very best to avoid requesting SPOILERS, NO COMMENT. ;))
1.) The romantic relationships you crafted for the characters are phenomenal, and showcase a wide range of feelings from true love, to teen lust. Did you ever have a thought of including a potentially gay/lesbian character or relationship? (To avoid spoilers, this is directed solely at characters that you have decided definitively are NOT gay, but could have been at one point in the creative process.)
1a. If you had had such plans for a character/relationship, do you think this would be something Cartoon Network would have been okay with?
2.) Did you know from the beginning of the show, where you wanted Wally's arc to end up, culminating in his heroic sacrifice at the end of Invasion? I ask this primarily because, what with his role in the comics, there was a glaring potential other option available that you guys chose not to explore. I found this particularly interesting at the beginning of Invasion when we learned that Rocket and Zatanna had joined the League, and at the end of Invasion, with Wally's death. With Zatanna and Wally, as the second Flash, both being members of the League in the comics, it would have been an interesting segue to have them be the two team members that moved up to the League during the 5-Year Gap. Was this ever considered? Likewise, in the comics, Barry Allen heroically sacrificed himself in a (well actually THE) crisis, leaving Wally to become Flash and Bart to eventually become his Kid Flash. Was this considered as a possibility for the ending of Invasion?
3.) What led you to choose Batman for season 1, Captain Atom for season 2, and Black Canary for the potential season 3 as the Leaders of the League? Were other members in consideration at different times for different reasons, or did you have a pretty clear idea of who you wanted in charge?
Two things I found particularly interesting about how you handled the leadership of the league:
3a. How Dick and Bruce never lead the team and the League side-by-side, with Aqualad leading the team under Batman, and Nightwing leading the team alongside Captian Atom. Was this a conscious choice/deciding factor in the selection of leaders for both teams?
3b. How Captain Atom, a generally "less-known" member of the League (compared to say Aquaman, Hal, Barry, Black Canary, or Green Arrow, of the members that did not go to Rimbor) was selected as League leader for Season 2. I'm wondering both, how you came to the decision to make Captain Atom leader of the League during Invasion, and also, what is his status with the public on Earth-16? Is he as "famous" as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the others?
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at all these fan questions and share your ideas with us, it's a really amazing thing that you do, especially with the amount of rude or negative posts I've seen crop up on here. (Also, I am very sorry for how long this ended up being...)
1. Um, I'm honestly not sure I understand the question. Why would I consider gay/lesbian relationships for characters who were not gay or lesbian? If you are asking whether we considered depicting a gay or lesbian relationship, the answer is yes. But I asked, and TPTB were not ready to depict that openly on television. So the best we could do was write consistently with what we believed.
1a. I vaguely recall that our WB exec asked CN, and they said no. But it's a while ago, and I'm not sure. I do recall talking to WB about it.
2. All sorts of things were considered. But we knew early on in Season One that we wanted Artemis and Wally to retire between seasons. And very early in the development of Season Two, we decided where we were going with Wally by the end of Season Two.
3. Batman made sense for us for Season One, given what his role was going to be with the kids that season. Plus, you know, he's Batman. My initial suggestion for Season Two was Black Canary, but Brandon felt that having the military Captain Atom as leader would work better for Invasion, which made sense. And we all liked Canary taking over at the end. All three of those characters had been leaders of the League at different points in pre-New 52 continuity.
3a. Not that I recall. The Team had its own leadership issues, of course, but I believe we considered those separately.
3b. See above. Also, Captain Atom was leader of the super-heroes during DC's own INVASION comic book series, so that felt right. And, he's pretty famous. Maybe not as famous as Superman and Wonder Woman - but probably more famous to the non-Gotham general public than Batman. Captain Atom has a publicist.
If the Earth-16 depiction of Klarion made him a Lord of Chaos, would that make him Doctor Fate's archenemy?
Basically. I mean isn't that what you saw on the series?
Hello Mr. Weisman, I am a student attending the college at Brockport currently enrolled in a fundamentals of media course. For my final project, I have to interview a media professional, as vague as that sounds. I have been a fan of your works for a long time now, and thought you would be a great choice for my project. I'm open to whatever is most convenient, whether it's over email or over the phone. I don't want to take up any of your time, and I would completely understand if you declined.
You can reach me at:
or over the phone at:
Thank you for your time
You posted this way back in May, and it's now December - so I'm thinking I'm at least two semesters too late to respond. Sorry. For more urgent needs, folks can reach me on Twitter @Greg_Weisman or contact the site manager Gorebash, who knows how to reach me directly.
If Greta was intangible and had to concentrate to touch things, how could the wind blow her clothes? (sorry for the grammar mistakes, I'm not a native English-speaker).
Your grammar seems fine to me.
Her clothes didn't really exist. Maybe there was no wind either. Both may have been manifestations of her ectoplasmic psychic essence.
How was it working with Peter MacNicol? What brought him to mind when it came to playing his characters from Young Justice & The Spectacular Spider-Man? Do you plan to work with him again when possible?
I love working with Peter. He's a consummate professional, who makes constantly interesting choices. I've been a fan of his since Dragonslayer, and have loved his various T.V. work. Though I had never worked with him before, I suggested him for Doctor Octopus in Spectacular Spider-Man, because I thought he could capture both sides of the Doctor Octavius we were creating, i.e. the shy, nervous man we first meet, and the megalomaniac he becomes. That worked out so well, that I knew he'd give us a great Professor Ivo on Young Justice and a great Tseebo on Star Wars Rebels. I'd work with him again in a heartbeat. Just need a show. ;)
I'm guessing you're a fan of Star Trek? Anyways, you're the man. Gargoyles kicks butt.
1. I am.
2. I like to think so.
Hello, Mr. Weisman.
I had a question regarding the adaptation of original characters from television to their comic book counterparts. One of the more displayed occurrences of the comic book integrating a character from a television series was with DC comics integrating Harley Quinn from the Batman: The Animated Series. Since you had similar experience when the Aqualad character you created in conjunction with Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa became the official Aqualad of the DC comics universe, I thought you could answer a few questions on the subject.
1. What is the official process a comic book marketing company must use in order for its writers to begin using an original character? Do representatives from the comic book corporations contact writers from the television program and make negotiate to gain permission from you and other important figure heads on the television program?
2. How long does the process take for the comic book corporation to acquire all of the rights to the character and include the individual in the comic books?
3. How do these companies determine what makes an original character worthy of being integrated into the comic book continuity of these fictional universes? Since the version of the Aqualad character you created became the official one in the DC Comics universe, I imagine that the officials representing the comic book company would have explained what properties stood out the most.
4. Which party retains the copyright stemming from the creation of the character?
5. What are the chances that another one of your original characters from your Young Justice series, Green Beetle, will be adapted for the DC Comics continuity? After seeing the show, I was very surprised to learn everything about the character had not already been adapted from the comic books, but was an original creation on your part. Despite the limited screen time compared to some of the main characters, the character was fleshed-out and well-developed. I thought you had put enough creativity for the character to make a jump to the comic book continuity.
Thank you for your time.
1. I'm not too comfortable answering this generically. I'm sure every case is unique. So I can only speak to examples I've been involved with, specifically - as you mentioned - Aqualad. In that case, the thing to keep in mind is that no one employed on the production has any rights in ANY of the characters we create. It's all being done under a "Work For Hire" contract, which means that Time-Warner, the company that owns DC Comics, Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network, owns all our work product outright. So they don't need our permission to use characters they already own, including Aqualad, which (a) was based at least in part on the existing Aqualad that they already owned and (b) they owned from the moment the idea for the new version came out of our heads, pens, tablets and keyboards. Geoff Johns did contact us and talk to us about the details of our version. He then went off and did his own revision on that for DC Comics.
2. See above. They already owned it. So it took NO time.
3. I think Geoff just liked the character - and/or thought he could do something with him - but you'd really have to ask him.
4. There are no parties. There is only one big corporation with multiple divisions.
5. I think it's unlikely, because if it didn't happen back when the show was on the air, why would it happen now?
1: Has Red Volcano attempted to erupt a super volcano again? If not, then why not?
2: "Bio" ship implies that ships like Miss Martian's can be grown, mass-produced. Is that the case?
3: Why haven't more Martians attempted to come to earth?
4: Why has no Zeta-Tube been built on Mars?
5: Why haven't more people been administered the Blockbuster or Kobra-Blockbuster Venom?
1. No spoilers.
2. Grown, yes. Mass-produced, no.
3. Not that easy to get here. Even harder to get back.
4. Until Sardath accidentally brought Adam Strange to Rann, it wasn't thought that a Zeta-Tube would work over that kind of distance. As you saw on the show, simply establishing communication between the two planets is controversial. Allowing teleportation between the worlds isn't going to be commonplace anytime soon.
5. Who says they haven't? In any case, no spoilers.
When you were writing the Young Justice comics, who did you imagine voicing:
B. King Sha'ark
C. Black Adam
D. Jimmy Olsen
E. Lucius Fox
I've decided I'd rather not answer these questions. I feel like it hamstrings any potential future casting. Sorry.
1) Do you ever grow tired or weary of writing and working on only super hero type of shows? I'm assuming working on this new star wars series must of been a breath of fresh air for you?
2)When it comes to the projects you create and produce how do you pick the correct voice director for the project? Do you have a process you go through or that type of thing out of your hands?
1. They're not that different. And I love super-heroes. It's a bastard genre born from every other type of genre fiction, which allows me to do almost anything.
2. Well, when it's up to me, I tend to go with Jamie Thomason, who's both amazingly talented and a good friend. We have our rapport down to a science, and so it makes the process both fun and phenomenal. But sometimes it's not my call. And then there are a number of other great directors I've also worked with, in particular Ginny McSwain, but also Andrea Romano, Curtis Koller, Dave Filoni, Sue Blu and others. I also enjoy voice directing myself, so if schedules permit, I'm game.
Does the Jason Todd of Earth-16 have naturally black hair, or red hair that he dyed black to be Robin?
(If you want my opinion, I think the latter makes more sense, because I find the idea that Batman conveniently met and took in 3 kids in a row who all conveniently had black hair to be just silly)
Spoiler request. No comment.
Hey Greg. I am working on setting up a podcast series and would love to have you on the show for an interview. The style would certainly be more casual than other interview shows and would just be a discussion of your thoughts on what you've worked on and their respective franchises. Shoot an e-mail to email@example.com if you would be interested in it. Thank You!
Well, it's been months since you posted this here. If you're still interested, contact me on TWITTER at @Greg_Weisman.
Hey Greg, I just saw your episode of Transformers prime and I have a few questions!
1- Always been curious about this one, what is the process for freelance writing like? Do they call you and give you a generall rundown of what needs to happen? How much freedom does the freelance have? Etc etc.
2- When Agent Fowler pepper sprays Knockout... did that REALLY work or was Knockout just being his usual dramatic self?
1. Every show is different. In fact, sometimes episodes of the same show can be different. In this specific case, story editor Duane Capizzi handed me the premise for the story. We talked about what to do with it, and I wrote up a a beatsheet/outline and then, after notes, a couple drafts of script.
2. It worked a little. Then Knockout got dramatic with it.
I noticed that, in one of your previous posts, you answered a fan question by including a schematic of your "pie-in-the-sky" fantasy for the Spectacular Spider-Man (including how you wanted to do movies, certain numbers of seasons, etc. to tell your intended story with a specific road map) and I was wondering if you would do the same for Young Justice (I'm not asking for spoilers or specific details, just information such as how many seasons you would have done, if you would have, like with Spider-Man, done movies or spin-offs, etc.).
We didn't have the same kind of "Business Plan" for YJ as we had for TSS-M. But we had definite plans for a Season Three and many, many, many story lines for either the show or the comic.
First off all I want to point out how much I love young justice and spectacular spider-man and how thankful I am to you and your teams for creating such wonderful stories that I hope will someday continue. But I have some questions about Young Justice.
1. How old is Troia?
2. Do you think how the characters fought in Young Justice Legacy is pretty close to how they would have fought in the show or comics? I ask this because I really enjoyed playing as Rocket but she could "shoot" a sort-of energy blast attack and I remember you saying from a long time ago that Rocket could only fly and create force bubbles, or did she learn this ability over the five year gap?
3. Have you talked to Brandon about Artemis, Zatanna, Miss Martian, and Wonder girl appearing in Scooby Doo Wrestlemania? Does that story take place on Earth-16
4. Did you have story arcs planned for some of the lesser established characters like Rocket and Tempest, that you would have told if you had gotten more episodes or comics?
5. One of Batgirl's alternate costumes on Young Justice Legacy is a Batwoman costume, does that mean Batwoman exists on Earth-16
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
1. No spoilers.
2. The game took some liberties with the characters' powers.
3a. Not so much. But clearly our girls have parallels on Earth-Scooby.
5. No spoilers.
What is you're favorite starwars space battle and why?
Is this a quiz?
Do you have any favorite english dubs when it comes to anime?
3x3 Eyes. ;)
Do gargoyles (specifically the Manhattan clan) recognize / notice misogyny and sexism in human societies? If so, what do they think about it? Does a similar gender hierarchy exist among gargoyles?
Thank you for your time!
1. It may sneak up on them. They'd probably think it was nuts. Especially since, from their point of view, ALL humans are so physically weak that the differences between male and female would seem negligible. Plus they certainly know that both male and female humans can be deadly and dangerous.
2. Largely no.
Do gargoyle babies ever get colic?
I ... don't know. Probably. I guess so. It's whooping cough, I'm more concerned about.
your work on young justice was spectacular it is my favorite show and i hope it will come back at some point. the characters were so great the way you wrote them. thank you for writing this
You're very welcome. Of course, I had help from a number of great writers, including Kevin Hopps, Nicole Dubuc, Andrew Robinson, Tom Pugsley, Jon Weisman, Peter David, Paul Giacoppa and last but not least Brandon Vietti!
I was just reading your latest responses and someone asked why the Justice League didn't regrow Roy's arm, to which you responded: "Is that easier than I think it is?"
I don't get it...your a fantisy writer. Everything is easy in fantasy fiction. I mean your own show has the technology for cloning, instantanious travel as far as other solar systems, shrinking to subatomic sizes, manipulating elemental forces, traveling through time, etc. Most of which break all known laws of physics.
Regenerating lost limbs really isn't that far fetched even in the real world, where we're growing ears on the backs of mice & cloning whole animals or just organs, and advancing every day.
And all that aside, couldn't Zatanna just say "Worger S'yor mar!" at any time?
I understand that Roy had to be missing an arm for the story to play out how you wanted it to, and maby he likes his cybernetic arm better anyway and doesn't want a regular one...but why act like a near-reality wouldn't be a simple task (even for an okay writer, but especially for you) in a universe where the impossible is commonplace?
If Zatanna could regrow arms just like that, don't you think she'd be doing that ALL THE TIME. It seems that would take a TON of mystic energy. (Besides, I'm not sure Roy wants his "ram" regrown.)
And in essence, in fantasy and science fiction, I'm against making anything too easy. For example, yes, we do teleportation, but we make sure there is a Zeta tube at EACH end, in order to NOT make teleporting too easy.
What makes me an okay writer, I think, is that I take these things seriously, and refuse to come up with easy solves. Of course, I could. But it's a bad idea.
I want to ask you a question in regards to Star Wars: Rebels. I've very much enjoyed previous shows you have worked on such as Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-Man and the various productions you have worked on for DC Entertainment and I'm interested in checking out Rebels later this year.
My problem is that I'm worried that not being an ardent Star Wars fan may stand me in poor stead to watch Rebels. I've watched the six big screen "episodes", the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars series and the later Clone Wars movie and the first season of that Clone Wars series. Enjoyed almost all of them but can't say I'm a massive expert on the show. I can name and identify the main characters but couldn't run off the names of all the bounty hunters beyond Boba Fett without risk of error or tell you what the bald guy who works for Lando Calrissian is called, for instance.
My question is; what am I best advised to watch or brush up on in preparation for Rebels so that I'm not TOO behind, or is it being produced as a show that new fans can step aboard with and now be too confused?
Thanks for taking the time to read my question, look forward to your answer. All the best of success to you with this show and all the projects you work on.
Rebels is absolutely being produced as a show that could easily be your first and only introduction to Star Wars. Obviously, the more you know and have seen, the more you'll appreciate certain aspects of it. But there is literally NOTHING you NEED to have seen to enjoy Rebels.
But if you're looking for recommendations, the canon six features and the Clone Wars television series are good bets. Also John Jackson Miller's novel, A NEW DAWN. Plus, keep an eye out for my STAR WARS KANAN comic book series due out in 2015.
A) What are the names of M'ganns siblings? (I don't know if you gave them names but I figured I'd ask)
B) In the beginning of "Bereft" M'gann wonders why she's wearing "this costume" which makes me think her outfit is not typical martian attire. Is this true? If so what sort of clothes would she have worn on Mars?
A. I know the names of some - not all - but I'm not going to reveal them at this time.
B. I think you saw that by the end of the first season, when you saw her true form.
1. Was there any references to the works of Shakespeare in Young Justice?
2. Watched "Monsters" episode from Beware the Batman. Enjoyed the return of Metamorpho and the show's general take on him. Good work on the writing. Liked the reference to the Outsiders. Can't wait to see whether Harvey Dent takes up Anarky's offer.
1. Yep. Nothing major, but I could hardly get through a series without sticking something in there.
2. Glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I missed it. Still haven't seen the finished product.
Hi, Greg! This may be a little late, (or, well, very late), but I wanted to tell you that I'm a big fan of your work. (Though, you've probably heard that a lot.)
You did a great job with Young Justice, (and, I'm sure, your other works). You, Brandon, and all of the other people who put there all into collaborating and working on the show. It was one of the most well done and tasteful cartoons I've ever seen; entertaining, suspenseful, and worth watching. I was sorry to see it go, and I still have high hopes for a third season some time in the future.
Again, you, (and the others, because I don't want to sell them short), did a great job with the show. I can't imagine how hard it is to take DC comic characters, (iconic ones like 'Nightwing' and 'Kid Flash' and countless others), and to try and put them into an alternate timeline, making them similar but different, too. You all did a fantastic job with it, though.
I'm sorry that I can't say more, (but it would probably all sound the same with the general them of 'I love Young Justice). I just want you to know that you guys made me week(s) with your episodes, so, thank you for all of the time and hard work you all put into Young Justice, because it definitely showed and was truly a high caliber show.
(Also, I just found out that you wrote a book! "Rain of the Ghosts", right? I'll definitely check it out; I've heard great things about it, so I'll make sure to leave my own reviews and recommend it to my friends, too! Keep up the fantastic work, and good luck on 'Rebels' ,too!)
Thank you for the kind words.
And please do check out RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and its sequel SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM. Both are now available at bookstores, on Amazon, etc. Plus, I'm told (however you purchased it) that reviews on Amazon are VERY helpful. Especially if you liked it. ;)
I know in the past you've directed a few english dubs for anime. Is this an experience you would like to repeat in the future if possible? When will we see you in the ADR Director's chair again in the future?
I'd love to, but someone has to hire me for the gig. No job offers have come in since 3x3 Eyes. Though I'm told folks like that dub, so hopefully it's not because I screwed it up.
how did earth man convince the people of earth superman was not an alien
Huh? I don't understand the question. Who is "earth man"?
Hi Greg I really need to know this, did Superboy and Miss Martian get beck together? (Please tell me they did) It looked like it to me.
They did not get back together in "Endgame". Whether they did after that episode is a Spoiler Request. No comment.
Hey Greg this is a followup question to a question I asked a year and a half ago.
Here's that post: http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=17988
I didn't mean for that to come across as mean spirited.
In my defense I did say that I would retract the criticism if it was because Dick did NOT want Wally to participate.
Also in my defense I didn't make the assumption that Wally was in the loop blindly.
I made that assumption based on a couple observations, during his arguement with Dick he mentioned how Dick almost died and that 3 more members of The Team were taken. All of those things true. So how could he have known that unless he was in the loop with Dick in some way?
Also if Wally was supposed to be playing "mourning boyfriend" and keeping his distance from the team, why would he and Dick choose to meet at a place where a League or team member could easily just walk in and see Wally interacting with a JL or Team member when they are supposed to think he is mourning, especially since there was no reason that them meeting up HAD TO happen at the Hall of Justice?
I can buy that Dick wanted Wally to play mourning boyfriend and might not have been sharing anything with Wally, but the things I mentioned above seemingly contradict that.
But none of that seems significant to me. We came in mid-conversation, didn't we? (I'll admit it's been awhile.) So the fact that some of the blanks were already filled in, seems like a non-issue.
And that was after hours at the HoJ. Yeah, sure someone with authorization might have walked in, but not without the computer shouting a warning. As for why they were meeting there, things were in ... shall we say, disarray.
But to be fair, I also may have had a chip on my shoulder about Wally. Though it's clear that the vast majority of our viewers adored the guy, ASK GREG has gotten more than it's fair share of Wally-Disparagers, and I may have reacted to the cumulative effect of that in my response to you.
In any case, let's all move on.
Got a question based on a Young Justice ramble you did a year ago:
"You've seen memorial holograms for Jason Todd/Robin and Tula/Aquagirl. There are four potential scenarios for those two characters coming back:
Scenario A) Both are going to come back.
Scenario B) Jason is going to come back, but Tula is staying dead.
Scenario C) Tula is going to come back, but Jason is staying dead.
Scenario D) Both are staying dead.
Break it down like this, and it becomes clear why I won't answer any questions about either character in this regard. Assume, just as a hypothetical example, our plan was Scenario C. Then someone asks me about Jason. They say, the show is over; if he's really dead, why not tell us. This sounds logical (in the moment), so I state that Jason is staying dead. No harm, no foul. I've only confirmed something that the show itself already stated. No big deal. That is, until someone else asked me about Tula. I don't want to answer this one, of course, because I want her resurrection to be a surprise. But I also don't want to lie. So I go for my standard "SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT." But then someone realizes that I was willing to be clear about Jason, but not about Tula. Ipso facto, Tula must be coming back. And I've just spoiled my own show. Which, as I'm sure you know, I am quite LOATHE to do. Clear?"
But ressurecting characters after doing a death scene doesn't seem to be your thing based on this post:
"Don't you get tired of characters "dying" and then inevitably returning. To me, it cheapens the very concept of death. So I didn't want our series to try to fool you on that subject (for more than a few minutes). You'd know right up front that he was alive and well, even if the cast all thought he was gone. That way no one feels cheated, right?"
That even seems to hold true in young justice too.
-In Failsafe all the characters that "DIED" were revealed to be alive at the end because it was a training exercise gone wrong.
-In Auld Acquaintance you had us believe that the REAL Roy Harper was dead only to reveal he was cryogenically frozen by cadmus and taken by the light.
-In Depths you had us believe Artemis was dead for almost 22 minutes only to reveal that she wasn't by the end of the episode.
-In Summit you faked us out with Artemis and Aqualad again, but also showed that wasn't the case after that.
All of these characters being alive were revealed BY THE END of the episode at the latest. But for Tula and Wally, that wasn't what happened.
So is there a reason you would try and make us believe that Wally and Tula coming back is a possibility after doing a death scene in which neither are revealed to be alive by the end? Cause judging from your past work up until this point, that doesn't seem to be your thing.
(Also I'm not counting Jason Todd in this because we never saw how "the death scene" went down, nor it's aftermath. All were told is what the characters know. To me that's not the same as showing a characters death or "death" to your audience.)
But for a while you hadn't seen Tula's death either, see?
I do not like to cheapen the concept of death - particularly an heroic sacrifice. That is true. But I'm not going to answer these questions for the reasons stated in the first quote. If there's ever, EVER any character that I might decide to bring back in a way I feel is legit - as with the ARCHMAGE in our Avalon three-parter of Gargoyles - then it makes no sense for me to ever, EVER confirm or deny anything.
Well, I just binge-watched all episodes of Gargoyles on Youtube to relive my glory days of when I was a kid. Thanks for giving me that show.
I know that the answer to "when are we going to get more Gargoyles?" is "Not up to me." But seriously, when are we going to get more Gargoyles! Right?!
OK so to my real questions.
1. Since it is up to Disney, do you know the process they go through to decide if a show or story is worth revising? I'm curious to know what their reasoning is for not bringing it back (I assume it has to do with the almighty dollar).
2.Related to question #1, what can we as fans do to help revive the show or a spinoff. I know it's one thing for us to ask for the show to come back, but that doesn't tell Disney anything. I know in the past you mentioned buying the DVDs. I've been telling my friends who would enjoy it to rewatch it on Youtube (and have their kids watch it too). Is there a certain # of Youtube hits they need before they will talk about reviving it? Or again, does it come back to merchandising?
3.Do you have a guess as to why it's not on Netflix? That's a way more prominent medium (in my opinion) to get people to watch a show and gauge interest. My experience with people and Youtube is that they want 3-5 minute clips, not to sit down and watch an entire episode.
Last thought, Thanks for your work. I just finished Young Justice season 1 on Netflix. Great work on that as well. I'm very much looking forward to Rebels, and as soon as I am employed again, I plan on getting your books (books if it takes me a while).
1. I assume you're right, but THAT is assuming they've given it any thought at all. I'm not sure they have - not counting the occasional knee-jerk "No Thanks" that I get every time I ask. Otherwise, I've no real idea.
2. YouTube really does NOTHING for us, as far as I can tell. Or maybe they'd help if the numbers were just through the roof relative to YouTube, but that seems unlikely. DVD sales definitely help. Since the new DVD of Season Two, Volume Two is just getting released at WalMart, it could help a ton if those sales skyrocketed.
I should clarify that YouTube helps to acquaint folks with the show if they aren't already fans. That's a good thing. But the numbers aren't close to high enough to help us get MORE material produced.
3. No idea.
I have been at Walt Disney World for a few months now and have not seen anything Gargoyles related. However, recently I came across some pictures that they can have Disney artist draw of Goliath and Demona. Its the only Gargoyles stuff I have seen and I was wondering if you know why they retired Goliath from walking around the park? Or why they don't seem to acknowledge Gargoyles at all in the park?
I don't know.
Hi Greg, I know that one of your goals on The Spectacular Spider-Man was to increase the ethnic diversity in Spidey's cast of characters.
With that in mind, why did you change Rhino from (presumably) eastern-European (since his name in the comics was Aleksei Sytsevich) to American (or Irish-American, since his surname became O'Hirn)?
I felt like it went against what you were trying to accomplish by mixing things up with characters like Liz Allen and Ned Lee(ds).
We felt we had enough Russian villains without adding Rhino. At some point you gotta wonder why all these Russian natives hate Spidey. It made sense in the Cold War context that Spidey - and much of his rogue's gallery - was created in. Made less sense in a modern context.
The O'Hirn name came from the comics; we didn't create it. I seem to recall it was an alias Rhino used at some point.
For good or ill, it had nothing to do with my desire to add diversity. Again for good or ill, all I did was trade one caucasian male for another. A wash.
Would deleted scenes from young justice ever be released?
What deleted scenes?
In the Gargoyles universe weve head about Macbeth ad nausium...but close to nothing about Lady Macbeth, who, in my opionion (as at least in the begining of Shakespear's play) was FAR more interesting.
In your view, was she a witch?
I'm leaving the term "witch" up to your own interpitation, whatever that may be, and a simple "yes or no" will suffice.
You saw Lady Macbeth on the show. Gruoch, remember?
I'm not sure if this has been asked before or not but 1.what is it going to take for at least another season for young justice in comics? (I don't know if I asked that right but hopefully you understand )
Honestly, I hope you have another chance to have another season on TV ( I just really really love that version better but if comic is the only way.. Than I will buy every volume or at least try to). I just really really want to know what happens next (not a question just a statement ).
And with that being said .. 2.Why is so important that merchandise must be sold in order for you guys to have another season? Because I seen some other commits and they said y'all had good ratings but y'all just wasn't selling enough (I think). 3.What were y'all selling? I say that because I didn't even know y'all was selling anything. 4.Was it even advertise?
Also, I heard that there is a new president (or somthing like that) in Cartoon Network. 5.Do you think he would change it (I mean make another season for young justice ) if we call enough or something? Email?? Do anything??
I understand the show was canceled but that don't stop me form believing that there might be -even if there is a really small - chance that the show could one day come back.
1. It's up to the good folks at DC Comics. Christopher Jones and I have pitched doing more YJ multiple times now. So far they haven't taken us up on it.
2. Our ratings were decent - but far from stellar and rather inconsistent. But our BUDGET was largely based on income from toy sales that never materialized.
3. Well, there were toys for awhile there. More recently there were DVDs and now BluRays. The soundtrack album. The video game, Young Justice Legacy. And the companion comics and the trades that collected them. Plus a t-shirt, I think.
4. A bit. But most licensees view the show as the main advertisement.
5. I honestly don't know.
And though none of the above sounds too encouraging, I also hold out hope that we'll be back in some form someday.
How did you feel when you first started working on young justice?
1.Did you feel any pressure? Or it did come naturally now that you were working again in dc ?
2. How did you start out in the whole business?
2. I sent a new talent submission to DC Comics back in 1983.
According to the "What Might Have Been" section of TVTropes, Disney briefly considered reviving "Gargoyles" in 2002. Do you know if this is true?
Not to my knowledge.
I dont know if it helps your sales at all, but I requested my local library carry Rain and they ordered 6 copies.
Anyway, I just finished reading it. Overall, it was pretty good...a bit slow in the begining, but being the first in a series, that's understandable.
Anyway, I've already turned it back in, but I'd like to take a stab at the typo contest, but I'm doing this from memory, so I might be a bit off, but here goes:
I believe it was the first paragraph of chapter 3 or 4 (or later, but I know it wasn't before), from the middle toward the end there was a pretty long run-on sentance and there should at least have been an "and" before the last word.
Sorry I couldn't be more specific...I forgot to write it down and didn't realize it untill I put it in the drop-box.
Can't wait for the next one.
Well, that's not one of the two typos I know of. And since you weren't specific, I can't check to see if you found a fresh one. Sorry.
And thanks for the library request. Every little bit helps. (Pay attention, folks!)
I read the gargoyles wiki on how they only have one mate for life but I couldn't find anything about how they actually chose their mates. Is it like a human and they just chose their mate by courting and falling in love with that gargoyle or does it have to do with certain things, like the horns, wing size, color, etc.?
Attraction plays into things, of course. But you saw how Angela and Broadway got together, and there are no RULES, per se.
I'm a big fan of Young Justice. As a comic book reader I was really happy with how you portrayed Cheshire and her relationship with Roy in general. This couple is really interesting and it's a shame their relationship got so little screen time. Anyway I have some questions and I'd be really happy if you could answer them
1.Can you tell me when approximately Jade and Roy became a couple? Was it before or after Jade helped Roy escape from the Shadows?
2.Approximately how long they were a couple before they got married?
3.When they were in Tibet to rescue Speedy was everything already back to normal between them as a couple?
4.Does Roy love Jade as much as she loves him? I mean, in the Journals he so casually mentioned that they tied the knot.
5.How does the relationship between Roy and his parents-in-law look like? Does Sportsmaster care for his granddaughter?
I hope that's not too much. Thank you in advance :)
1. This was all revealed in the Young Justice Legacy video game. If video games aren't your thing, I believe they've compiled all that information at the Young Justice Wiki, here: http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Young_Justice_Wiki.
2. See above.
3. "Normal" is not a word I'd EVER use for their relationship.
4. Wait, so you've read the journals? Then you already know the answers to these questions 1 and 2, right? Anyway, I think he loves her and she loves him, but neither of them are particularly optimistic about the long term prospects for their relationship.
5. Does Sportsmaster care for anyone? Roy's relationship with his mother-in-law is fine. Roy's relationship with his father-in-law is not ideal, but can you blame him?
I have to admit that despite Wally being my favorite DC character that I had a love/hate relationship with Young Justice's version of the character (or perhaps with the execution of his story?). And I've noticed this is a pretty common feeling within the fandom as Wally is not only one of the more popular characters from the show, but he's also near the top when it comes to the most disliked as well.
Anyway, someone brought up some of the big perceived flaws about Wally's character that I had, and you said they chose to interpret Wally in the most negative light possible, and that wasn't how you guys saw him. So would it be okay to ask how you guys viewed Wally and his story? I'm not asking you to go into great detail, but maybe some sort of general overview? I know that certain things or ideas don't always translate over onto the show as well as people would like for a number of legitimate reasons (or people like myself just miss things), so I'm curious how you viewed Wally and his story.
I appreciate the reasoned tone of your request, truly. But I've written the answer to it up OVER AND OVER. (And over.) So take a look at the archives. It's all there at this point.
First of all, I'd like to thank you for two great seasons of Spectacular Spiderman. I haven't loved an animation this much since BTAS; the character development, story and animation were all of a high standard.
Now onto the questions.
1. In regards to Spectacular Spiderman's cancellations due to complications, did you or anyone part of the creative team attempt to ask Sony or Marvel to reconsider their decision?
2. With the upcoming Bluray release of all 26 episodes of Spectacular Spiderman, do you think sales and new reception may be able to persuade Sony or Marvel to continue production for a Season 3, and perhaps more?
3. Did the ratings and/or toy sales for Spectacular Spiderman impact its eventual cancellation or was it purely based on specific ownership rights?
I really appreciate you and your partner's work on Spectacular Spiderman, and your contribution and willingness to interact withe community.
1. Yes. But at the time, it was almost corporately impossible.
2. I think it's unlikely. But I hope I'm wrong. And certainly if it sell poorly, that'll doom it for sure.
3. Mostly the latter. Our ratings were stellar during Season One on Kids WB. Less stellar during Season Two on Disney XD, though I believe there were extenuating circumstances to explain that. Toy sales were okay but not great, which didn't help either. But mostly it had to do with Marvel having the rights back to make an animated Spidey series, but Sony still holding the rights to the specific Spectacular version.
I read in "Ask Greg" that "Rain of the Ghosts" wasn't selling as well as you'd hoped, and was sorry to learn that.
I've noticed that the neighborhood bookstore (Left Bank Books, an independent bookstore in the Central West End in St. Louis, where I live) doesn't show "Rain of the Ghosts" on its shelves in the young adult section; I had to specifically order it at the desk to get a copy. Later, though, I visited a Barnes & Noble and noticed at least one copy of "Rain of the Ghosts" on display in the young adult section.
I don't know if there's a connection there or not, but I do think that it doesn't bode well for sales when it's not actually there on the shelves where customers can see it. I hope that Left Bank Books will find space on its shelves for "Spirits of Ash and Foam" when it comes out.
I hope so too. Plus these things are all connected. The more people who order the book (as you did) the more likely the store will take notice and put copies out.
How are you?
I've had a look at all of the archive posts concerning zeta tubes but please forgive me if this has been asked...though I did read every post, so I'm gonna be pretty embarrassed if it has.
1. How exactly do zeta tubes work? Like does the person think of the place they want to go to, and it drops them off? Or do they input something into a computer?
Also, have you heard that the big boss of Cartoon Network (stu something) left/got sacked?! Now that there is someone new in control, who actually cares about cartoons, do you think we, as fans, should push for a season 3 again?
Many thanks for your time.
1. They input their destination. Of course, they can only input destinations that ALSO have a zeta tube. You need a transmitter and a receiver.
I haven't seen any shift at CN, but it's also not CN's decision alone. Don't forget WB and DC too.
What are garth's, tula's and mera's magical specialties? And how is that different from zatanna's magic?
Garth's specialty is summoning the Tempest, i.e storm magic.
Tula's abilities are more or less the same as Kaldur's except she's more advanced so doesn't require the Water-Bearers that he uses.
Mera is a master sorceress, who doesn't need to specialize as much. But she can create solid forms out of water like the others, but has more flexibility, imbuing her creations with something akin to a life of their own.
Zatanna's abilities are even less specific. She can accomplish many, many things with enough preparation and energy.
First I would like to thank you for creating Young Justice and I love the Robin/Zatanna relationship. I just have two questions:
1) Why did they (Rob/Zee) broke up? I mean, because they weren't interested or because of a more serious reason?
2) When did that happened?
1. NO SPOILERS. Sorry.
For the time being, at least, feel free to use your imagination.
Did a little interview with James Harvey of World's Finest about the Young Justice Invasion BluRay and the Rain of the Ghosts series here:
Check it out!
Mr. Weisman , thank for your many works I am a huge fan. I was wondering what other projects you are working besides the Star Wars show.
At the moment - almost exactly seven months after you asked - I'm working on the Star Wars: Kanan comic book for Lucasfilm and Marvel.
I'm also working on two other projects that I can't talk about yet. One is definitely happening. One may or may not. Until very recently, there was a fourth project as well, but that' s been put on indefinite hold. So work on that is suspended for now.
1. In 'Double Jeopardy' Lexinton and Broadway view the tapes of Severius, detailing the creation of Thailog. (I'm being a bit specific in case some details have slipped your mind over the years) Anyway, Severious artfically aged Thailog to be the age of Goliath, but how did Severious know Goliaths age or did he just estimate?
2. Also in that tape, Severious mentioned how he managed to counter the 'slow aging process'. Goliath would later explain to Elsa that gargolyes age at 1/2 of humans, so once again, how did Severious know that?
3. If Thailog had been aged differently, say to the age of the Trio or Hudson, would that have affected his mind by much?
4. In Vows, Thailog and Macbeth meet for the first time and I do love Macbeths reaction. 'Who the blazes are you?!'. Did Macbeth react like that because he was put off by Thailog's resemblance to Golaith?
5. In that same scene, Thailog slips Macbeth a gun and allows him to escape. So I'm assuming that Macbeth was not entirely sure of Thailog's intentions, other than that it looked like he was double crossing Demona, but it has me thinking. Does Macbeth count Thailog as an alley, enemy, or just neutral?
1. He estimated, I suppose. But I also think it's possible that he had that information from Xanatos, who may have gotten in the past through Demona.
2. I don't remember this. Are you sure you heard that right? Because Thailog from this point on ages at a normal rate.
3. Too hypothetical to answer.
4. He was reacting to that, yes.
5. I think by the time Macbeth and Goliath were done comparing notes, Macbeth would regard Thailog at best as someone to be very wary of.
How exactly was Wally shown to be insecure in Infiltrator? I've rewatched the episode multiple times, and I just don't see it. Aside from his good-natured "Kid Flash; never heard of you" line to Artemis, he was entirely civil with her after he fell and she made fun of him until Roy showed up. It wasn't until Roy started to get upset about Oliver replacing him with Artemis (and subsequently leaving because of her) that Wally showed any signs of hostility towards her.
And going by what was established about Wally's character, it makes much more sense that his hostility was in support of his friend (Roy) than due to some sort of insecurity. Everything even seemed to play out that way. Wally finally accepts her "taking Roy's spot" after he begrudgingly shakes her hand at the end, and by the next episode, he appears to be completely over it as he's trying to joke around with Artemis about magic. It didn't appear to have anything to do with him being insecure at all from what I can see.
Well, you may have watched it multiple times, but so have I. In fact, I lived with it for months and months before and after the episode was completed. And I think from the moment he tripped and she made a little joke about it, he reacted badly. For example, asking over and over WHO ARE YOU?
There are other little clues too. I think the Roy thing was just an excuse, frankly, which is why he's so easily OVER that, as you point out. It was never about that. But it doesn't change how he feels a bit off his game with Artemis, which had more to do with her making fun of him (out of her own insecurities) and with his very real attraction to her exacerbating that embarrassment. I'm not saying it's not subtle. It was supposed to be subtle. But it's absolutely there - because those of us who made it put it there - whether you chose to believe or acknowledge or see or whatever it or not.
But I am done arguing over this. CAN WE PLEASE AGREE TO DISAGREE?! Neither of us is convincing the other. You will NEVER convince me that the things I intentionally put in the show aren't there nor will you convince me that things we didn't intend to put in motivated our choices. NEVER.
And it seems equally clear that I'm not going to convince you either. That makes this discussion a somewhat frustrating endeavor, at least for me.
Hi there Greg!
How are you?
I just wanted to ask a few questions that have captured my curiosity, and I have spent the last hour searching through the archives to make sure they haven't been answered already. Still, I'm so sorry if they have been asked before!
1. Did Bart really go to school in the future? He talks about 'not being a good history student' but for some reason, the state of the future he lived doesn't make it seem like he would be able to attend school.
2. Did Bart live with both of his parents in the future?
3. What was Bart's life like in the future? For some reason, and I'm not sure why, I figure human-kind would be enslaved, and Bart would be living in a crappy house somewhere in a polluted world. (Yeah, I'm pretty much thinking Dystopia). Of course, I don't think it would be a Utopia by any means, but am I over-elaborating and over-thinking how bad it could be?
4. When writing and creating characters, do you create elaborate back-stories, with even little bits of un-needed info (like fave. color, food, stuff like that)? I've heard that it is a very helpful way to get to know one's characters. If not, how do you 'create' such believable characters? Do you draw from experiences and people you've met in real life.
Wishing you all of the best!
1. He's clearly had some SCHOOLING. He knows how to read and write for example. Beyond that, I'm not committing.
2. NO SPOILERS.
3. It was very dystopic, for sure.
4. Yes, though I don't have rules as to what I do and don't have to figure out in advance. I figure out what I feel I need to. For one character, that might include his or her favorite color. For another, what they had for breakfast on their last birthday. For a third, who their biological parents REALLY are. And etc.
Where was that dam where Goliath fought the Hunters? New Jersey? Long Island? Westchester County?
I'm guessing the latter, but it's been so long, I honestly don't remember.
How soon after Marie's death did Lucas Carr start homeschooling Garfield?
When I try to picture how Troia might have looked in YJ, the image in my head is close to how Zatanna looked in this show. Do you think Donna would have looked quite different to Zatanna, had she appeared in the show?
Well, other than the dark hair, I don't see that Zatanna and Donna have much in common. But I wouldn't want to second guess the amazing Phil Bourassa. Brandon Vietti, Phil and I would always talk about a character before he sat down to design him or her. And Phil would always do everything we asked for. But then Phil would always surprise us, as well.
I have been following the updates about Star Wars: Rebels, the new television series premiering on Disney XD in November, for a long time now; and I am very excited about the release. The fact that you, Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, Steve Lee, Stewart Lee, and all the other awesome people at Lucasfilm and Disney are producing this new series is wonderful. I was hoping for the return of Star Wars after the Clone Wars was canelled!
My question for you, Mr. Wiesman, concerns one of the main characters of Rebels: Zeb Orrelios. When I heard the directing team would be using Ralph McQuarie's original design for Chewbacca, I was totally excited. But it was only after I saw Zeb's completed look that I was blown away.
So here is my question. Are you going to explore his particular species (what Wookieepedia has defined as a Lasat) even further? I have been attempting to imagine what a female of his species would look like, and I will probably be designing concept art for a female Lasat soon enough. Also, are you going to give Zeb Orrelios a love interest at some point in the season? I have been thinking, and I believe that would prove to be an interesting element in the storyline.
One final question. I read that the series was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's art. Is this true? Because, either way, I definitely can see it in the designs.
Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Weisman. I will be keeping up to date with the show!
I love Zeb too!
But there's not much about your question that I can answer. If it takes place in Season One, then, well: NO SPOILERS. And if it takes place after Season One, then, well: I'm afraid I'm not on the series anymore, and I don't know.
I will say that we all know that Zeb is a terrific character, so I can't imagine his background remaining unexplored for long.
And, yes, Dave Filoni did take some inspiration from Miyazaki.
I scoured the unanswered questions and the archives. As far as I can tell, nobody has asked this of you before:
1.)When did you know while writing Lexington that he would eventually realize that he's gay?
I'm a 25 year old gay man living in Minnesota. I loved Gargoyles as a kid. I had almost all the action figures (couldn't find the castle play set so I made my own out of cardboard boxes lol) and all the VHS tapes. Now I have all the released seasons on DVD. I grew up feeling different all the time from my peers. Your show resonated with me! It's still a viewing pleasure of mine. In retrospect, I think the clan was an allegory for how I felt in the world. In the minority, alone and isolated and misunderstood by society. I was always cheering when more Gargoyles were introduced from Avalon.
I have one more question that is about the writing of the show:
2.) Were you and the show's writers warned or advised that kids couldn't follow continuity in an animated series?
I was between 5-7 years old while Gargoyles aired and I was fascinated that the show relied on flashbacks and foreshadowing and slow builds of the storylines.
I'm so glad that the show was on when I was young. It had a profound impact on me. Lexington was ALWAYS my favorite and I just recently found out he was to be gay. Thanks for making me feel less alone growing up. I wish you continued success!
Thank you for your time!!
1. I don't remember exactly. (Twenty years ago, you know.) But it was probably some time during Season Two. Definitely before we wrote Turf.
2. No. Not then. That's come up on other shows since, but I was following a simplified version of the Hill Street Blues model on Gargoyles. One clean story per episode. Multiple storyLINES in play.
CTD? check the date?
Um, probably? Maybe?
What are we referencing?
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In the episode ''schooled'' from young justice how did Artimis know to save Kid Flash
Check out issues #7-8 of our companion in continuity comic book series for the answer.