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COMIC CON PALM SPRINGS

Hey gang,

I leave tomorrow for Comic Con Palm Springs: http://comicconpalmsprings.com/index.php

COMIC CON PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs Convention Center
277 North Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Here's my schedule for the weekend:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016
03:30pm - 08:00pm. I'll be at TABLE G12, where I'll be selling copies of my novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM for $10 each. If you buy both, you get a free RAIN OF THE GHOSTS print, illustrated by Christopher Jones. I'll also be selling CD sets of the RAIN OF THE GHOSTS AudioPlay for $30 This is an unabridged four hour production with 20 actors (including Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Ed Asner, Vanessa Marshall, Jim Cummings, Steve Blum, Thom Adcox and more), a full original musical score (by the composers of YOUNG JUSTICE and THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) and sound effects. It's like a four hour movie in your head! Buy the CD set and you also receive a free print. If you ONLY want the print, it's $20. Plus I'll also be selling original Christopher Jones art prints of YOUNG JUSTICE and GARGOYLES for $20 each. Finally, I'll be selling copies of my animation scripts (from series including GARGOYLES, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, STAR WARS REBELS and many others) for $20 each. All transactions are cash only. Signatures - if you bring something for me to sign - are FREE!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016
10:00am - 12:00pm. Back at TABLE G1.

12:30pm - 01:30pm. WONDER WOMAN 75th Anniversary Celebration
In Smoketree C with Amanda Deibert, Susan Eisenberg, Phil Jimenez, Yanick Paquette & Cat Staggs.
I'll be moderating, as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the most popular female super hero to grace the pages of DC Comics!

01:30pm - 02:30pm. REAWAKEN GARGOYLES
In Smoketree A with Thom Adcox (voice of Lexington).
Explore the nocturnal world of the popular animated TV series of these creatures that are stone by day and warriors at night!

02:30pm - 07:00pm. TABLE G12.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
09:30am - 12:00pm. TABLE G12.

12:00pm - 01:00pm. INSIDE YOUNG JUSTICE
In Smoketree C with Thom Adcox (voice of Klarion), Phil Bourassa (Emmy-winning lead character designer), Jason Spisak (voice of Kid Flash) and Brandon Vietti (Producer).
Revisit the lives of a group of teenaged protégés attempting to establish themselves as proven superheroes as they deal with normal adolescent issues in their personal lives.

01:00pm - 04:00pm. TABLE G12.

Hope to see you there!


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Anonymous writes...

1. In Before the Dawn who voiced the dark haired boy in the red and white shirt standing to Tigress' left?

2. What is his ethnicity?

As shown here

http://www.sneakpeek.ca/2013/01/young-justice-before-dawn-january-5-2013.html?m=1

Greg responds...

I'm sorry. I don't remember. And I don't have my recording script here at my Nickelodeon office to even attempt a guess.

Response recorded on August 24, 2016

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Nehuen writes...

Mister Weisman , I am a boy of 15 years of Argentina,from now excuse me if my English is very low expectation,I wanted to tell you about your tv series called "Young Justice",You and your team did a wonderful job, i love dc universe and everything that includes superheroes but you changed my life, I was a rebellious boy to my task not spend much time in the streets, when I saw the TV series left shocked after I saw his first season change radically thanks to you now consider myself a better person. Thank you so much for doing that, but now I am really sad because the third season of Young Justice will not occur and the truth that can make a lot of money had a very open-ended and all your fans, fans of the series want to Somehow or another they finish making the third season and more seasons if you can, if not enough money to do the show through the internet that much encerio love that series, cried with the death of Wally, cry with death sagebrush and I blame you for that because there was dead lol, I appreciate you have made this series and brother want puedieras continue to produce more this season, and if not well at least answer me. I admire command you health and peace for you and the whole team of "Young Justice"

Greg responds...

Hi Nehuen,

I'm very gratified that the series meant so much to you. And, if it helps, I think there is a decent chance of getting the series back. We're asking all the fans to binge-watch YOUNG JUSTICE on Netflix. I don't know if you have Netflix in Argentina or if YJ is on it, if you do. But if so, please watch the show over and over. It will really help us get it back.

Response recorded on August 24, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Have you read the Grimm storyline from Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #149 - 153?

Greg responds...

Nope.

Response recorded on August 24, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Out of universe was anyone else considered for the position of the enforcer for the Light besides Deathstroke?

2. If so, who?

3. At what point did you know that you wanted to use Deathstroke as the enforcer for the Light in Season 2?

Greg responds...

1. You mean besides Sportsmaster? No.

2. See above.

3. 2010, I think.

Response recorded on August 24, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

There is a poster of Aqualad in Gar's room during Image.

1. Since Rocket had debuted in May, was Gar aware that there was a public figure called Rocket before Image?

2. Out of the public figures, Robin, Speedy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Rocket, was Aqualad Gar's favorite before Image?

Greg responds...

1. I don't know.

2. It seems so. But honestly, I don't even remember the Aqualad poster. I can't confirm it's existence.

Response recorded on August 23, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Is Eduardo's grandfather his grandfather on his father's side or his mother's?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on August 23, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Is Virgil's sister older or younger then he is?

2. Is her name Sharon?

Greg responds...

Technically, these are both spoiler requests... but older and yes.

Response recorded on August 23, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Who is the second in command of the Runaways?

Greg responds...

Is there a first in command?

Response recorded on August 23, 2016

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NietzscheIsDead writes...

Greg,

I noticed while watching Young Justice that Roy shoots his bow right-handed but keeps his armguard on his right arm, as if to shoot left-handed. I had originally meant to ask you why that was, but I think I have figured it out: is it because he is skilled enough to not need an armguard for shooting right-handed but has one on his right arm in case circumstances force him to change hands? This presumes that he has less practice overall shooting left-handed, or at least feels less comfortable in his ability to do so safely.

Greg responds...

I like your reasoning!

Response recorded on August 23, 2016

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WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO COMIC CON

Hey there folks,

I'm about to depart for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago

WIZARDWORLD CHICAGO COMIC CON
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Here's my schedule:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
03:00pm - 08:00pm - I'll be at BOOTH A31, where I'll be selling copies of my novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM for $10 each. If you buy both, you get a free RAIN OF THE GHOSTS print, illustrated by Christopher Jones. I'll also be selling CD sets of the RAIN OF THE GHOSTS AudioPlay for $30 This is an unabridged four hour production with 20 actors (including Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Ed Asner, Vanessa Marshall, Jim Cummings, Steve Blum and more), a full original musical score (by the composers of YOUNG JUSTICE and THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) and sound effects. It's like a four hour movie in your head! Buy the CD set and you also receive a free print. If you ONLY want the print, it's $20. Plus I'll also be selling original Christopher Jones art prints of YOUNG JUSTICE and GARGOYLES for $20 each. Finally, I'll be selling copies of my animation scripts (from series including GARGOYLES, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, STAR WARS REBELS and many others) for $20 each. All transactions are cash only. Signatures - if you bring something for me to sign - are FREE!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016
BOOTH A31 12:00pm - 06:00pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
BOOTH A31 10:00am - 06:00pm

PANEL: WORDS INTO PICTURES: HOW TO WRITE COMICS 06:00pm - 06:45pm. ROOM 2.
Here's the description: Accomplished comics writers Greg Weisman (Gargoyles; Young Justice), Dean Haspiel (The Fox; Beef With Tomato), Jai Nitz (Dream Thief; El Diablo for Suicide Squad) and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print; Spider-Man) talk about how to put together a compelling comics story. Plus, they'll answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016
BOOTH A31 10:00am - 02:30pm

PANEL: TRIPLE DC ANNIVERSARY: FLASH, BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN 02:30pm - 03:15pm. ROOM 2.
Description: 2016 is a landmark year for three key comics characters. 75 years ago, WONDER WOMAN debuted in 1941, establishing herself as the first important female superhero! 60 years ago, in 1956, the modern FLASH first appeared, starting not only his own career, but ushering in what has come to be known as "The Silver Age of Comics!" And in 1966, 50 years ago, the BATMAN "camp" TV series debuted (starring Adam West and Burt Ward), marking what is seen as both a high and low point in the history of the character! Comics and animation writer/producer Greg Weisman (Young Justice; The Batman) and comics historian Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch; Disguised as Clark Kent) take you on a slideshow-guided tour of the histories of the heroes and the highlights of their careers in comics, on TV and in the movies! Join the celebration! .

Hope to see you there!


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rudlak07 writes...

Hello, Mr Weisman.
I was playing Lego Batman 3, and one of the story lines was based on the Blue Lantern planet Odym. During this story, the Blue Lanterns were being attacked by The Reach.
I made a connection to Young Justice Invasion, and wondered, did you get the idea of The Reach from the game? An enemy that you were interested in? Or a different reason all together? (if that is the case, could you specify?)
Thank you for your time :)

Greg responds...

We got the idea for the Reach from Blue Beetle comic books, after DC's Mike Carlin suggested them.

Response recorded on August 08, 2016

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GoliathFan223 writes...

Hello, Mr. Weisman. Hope this post finds you happy and well. I love and admire all your work (Gargoyles was a huge part of my childhood and still inspires me to this day).

My question is related to Young Justice:

Would you or have you ever considered doing episode rambles on Young Justice one day?

Thank you for your time (:

Greg responds...

It's been brought up before. But I don't seem to have the time these days. But someday, maybe...

Response recorded on August 08, 2016

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Charity writes...

May I say that your shows are amazing Mr. Greg :) My best friend got introduced to all of them :)
And my question is that in your book series would you like it to be something in the lines of a comic book?
Thanks again

Greg responds...

I'd be happy to adapt it to a comic book. But first and foremost it's a series of novels. And an AudioPlay.

Response recorded on August 08, 2016

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Felgrand writes...

1. Assuming you were able to, would you write an episode (or a comic issue) of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic if you were asked?

2. Would you also be a part of the creative team for the show if asked (again, assuming you were able to)? I'd like to think the show would be better with your input.

Greg responds...

1. Probably. I'm not particularly familiar with the property. But a paycheck is a paycheck.

2. Sure. Though I somehow doubt they need me.

Response recorded on August 08, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

On Jan. 6th, 2014 you stated that originally you had planned to show a scene where we see a "BLANK" body-suit adapt to match the person it was replacing. But there just wasn't the page space when it came down to scripting the issue.

What episode did you intend this scene to be in?

Greg responds...

I don't even know what property you're referring to. It's been two and a half years since that "statement," and it was already one and a half years when you posted your question. Context would have helped.

Oh, wait. I'm guessing you're talking about the Krolotean body-suits. In which case, I would have put it in the companion comic, I think (if I recall correctly) in issue #25. We would have seen Noor Harjavti and Bibbo Bibbowsky duplicated by blank body-suits operated by Kroloteans.

Response recorded on August 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. As of Endgame who is aware that Megan fried Kaldur's brain?

2. Is the Krolotean Megan interrogates in Alienated in a catatonic state when she finishes?

3. If so, did Martian Manhunter realize this?

Greg responds...

1. At minimum, Miss Martian, Aqualad, Superboy, Tigress, Nightwing, Vandal Savage, Psimon, Black Manta, Deathstroke, Cheshire, Sportsmaster, Queen Bee, Ra's al Ghul, Brain, Lex Luthor, the Ambassador and various Manta Troopers.

2. Pretty much.

3. Not immediately.

Response recorded on August 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Who is Black Lighting closest to in the Justice League?

2. Who initially nominated Black Lightning for League membership?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on August 05, 2016

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Eric Assenmacher writes...

Hey Greg,

I was a huge fan of Young Justice when it was on air, and would even manage to wake up for it on Saturdays (Specifically for season 2) despite being a college student who loved to sleep in.

I especially loved Wally's character, and felt that he was the best character (With Robin/Nightwing being not too far behind with his constant prefix questioning)

My question is, which do you think caused the most people to react to Wally's sacrifice at the end of Season 2? The attachment to this specific Wally that you guys built up over two seasons, the fact that your Wally was the only remaining Wally in media at the time (As it would be a while before he was added back into comics), or the end of the show meaning that we might not know if he could ever return.

And heck, I'll add in another question. What was the inspiration for Dick's obsession with prefixes, and why he chose to use the non-prefixed words? Specifically Whelmed because that was always my favorite.

Greg responds...

1. I can't speak for the fans. It sounds like all three of your suggestions played a role.

2. As I've stated many times before, Robin's "unwords" were inspired by actual conversations I had with my kids.

Response recorded on August 05, 2016

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Jane writes...

This might be a totally silly thing to ask, but it occurred to me today and has been bothering me...

If Nabu refuses to let Zatara remove the helmet of fate because he's afraid that neither Zatara nor anyone else would put it back on again, then how in the world does Zatara eat? There's no way to access his mouth with that helmet on 24/7. Does the host of Nabu no longer need to eat? And I'm not trying to be facetious, I'm 100% serious with this question. Like, in season two, Zatara has been Doctor Fate for over five years. Surely he's eaten something in that time? Or is his body sustained through magical means? Thanks for taking the time to answer all these questions!

Greg responds...

Is Zatara still Doctor Fate in Season Two? What's your evidence for this?

In any case, I'm sure magic is useful for eating, bathing, etc.

Response recorded on August 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Out of universe explanation for

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

2. Why was Ray Palmer used as the Atom instead of Ryan Choi?

Beth Chapel is a skilled surgeon.

3. Why was Pieter Cross used instead of Beth Chapel?

Greg responds...

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

2. Because, not counting Al Pratt, he was the first Atom.

3. I honestly don't remember.

Response recorded on August 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Who gets clothes and other things for Garfield when he was living at the cave? Who pays for Garfield's schooling at the cave?

Greg responds...

His guardian is Megan Morse. But I imagine the League pays for his schooling.

Response recorded on August 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Does John Stewart have a mentor within the Green Lantern Corps?

Greg responds...

Probably more than one.

Response recorded on August 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Does Cassie know what Robin's secret identity is Tim Drake?

2. If so, who told her?

3. Are Cassie Sandsmark and Tim Drake dating publicly?

4. Is the media aware?

5. Has Cassie been to a Wayne Foundation event with Tim?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. See above.

3. Define publicly.

4. No.

5. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on August 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Does Dr. Mattie Harcourt live in Boston?

2. What type of medical doctor is she?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. I'm guessing thorasic surgeon, but I'd have to do research to confirm that.

Response recorded on August 03, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Is Holling Tye's grandfather on his father's side or his mother's?

2. Is Holling's wife alive or deceased?

3. Did Tye's father die before or after he was born?

4. How long has Tye's family, on both sides, lived in El Paso?

Greg responds...

1. Father's.

2. No spoilers.

3. After.

4. I honestly haven't thought this through.

Response recorded on August 03, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In Young Justice #14 Wyynde wears a golden diadem. A diadem is a crown worn by a king or queen as a symbol of royalty.

1. Is Wyynde royalty?

2. What Polis is he from?

Greg responds...

Sorry, but no spoilers.

Response recorded on August 03, 2016

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Evil Geeks Podcast Fun!

Check out the latest podcast I did:

Website: https://evilgeeks.com/2016/08/01/ep-163-talking-toons-with-greg-weisman/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvilGeeks/posts/1059457520816588


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Anonymous writes...

1. Did Carlo and his brother join Haley's Circus before the deaths of the Flying Graysons?

2. Did Dragon's Breath?

Greg responds...

I haven't thought about the answer to either. I'm tempted to say, "no spoilers," but the truth is I just haven't needed to decide that yet.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. What is Melisande's ethnicity?

2. Sensei?

3. Dragon King?

4. Black Adam?

5. Rako?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. Japanese.

3. No spoilers.

4. Egyptian.

5. Cambodian.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In Misplaced Cat Grant mentions Sabbac.

Is Sabbac Timothy Karnes or Ishmael Gregor?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Gia writes...

Hi there!
I'm Viennas (Austria) biggest fan of Gargoyles and want to thank you first of all for all the fun and inspiration it has given me! I really love it.
Your novel series "Rain of the ghosts" is just as brilliant and I can't wait to get my hands on "Masque of bones". Is it by now possible to say when it will be approximately released?
Thank you and good luck with your projects!

Greg responds...

No, I haven't started writing Masque of Bones yet, because - to be perfectly honest - I needed to earn some money. So instead I wrote the World of Warcraft: Traveler novel, which will be out in November of 2016. And I just started working on the second Traveler novel.

I will get back to Masque eventually. But in the meantime, have you read the sequel to Rain of the Ghosts: SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, which is available at bookstores or websites like Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spirits-Ash-Foam-Ghosts-Novel/dp/1250029821 ?

And have you heard our RAIN OF THE GHOSTS AudioPlay, which is currently available for download at Gumroad.com/RainoftheGhosts ?

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Okay, first of all, I am really looking forward to Masque of Bones. I was more ambiguous on Rain of the Ghosts, but Spirits of Ash and Foam has really, really got me interested. Congratulations on your story and on the audioplay!

Second, a Star Wars Rebels question. Were there any LGBT+ characters that were slipped past the radar? Sure, general animation has been doing it since the 90s, but there's been a lot more attention to it recently and I was curious.

Greg responds...

I don't feel I can answer that, as Lucasfilm controls those characters, and I'm not even on the series anymore. Plus, I signed an N.D.A. I have my own opinions, but they may or may not be shared by Lucasfilm.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Harlan of Ash and Foam writes...

Decided to rewatch the making-of video for the Rain of the Ghosts audio play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV8Z1fX9XwA

Around the :38 seconds mark, you mention you were developing "another series" set in New Orleans prior to fully developing Rain.

1. Was this series one of the other Dreamworks projects (Madison & MON-ro, Treasure Hunters Inc., etc?) or was it developed on spec without any studio affiliation?

2. If the former, would you be willing to divulge which of these series was set in New Orleans?

Greg responds...

1. I developed this right in between my tenures at Disney and DreamWorks. So I own it. I've tried more than once to sell it over the years. But no luck, so far.

2. It was called "The Trickster".

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg!
About the League's leadership:
1) When Canary becomes leader, was it because Captain Atom's lenght was over or because he stepped down?
2) Can a member be leader two years in a row if he is elected?
3) In Legacy, Batman was acting as Team supervisor (or liason with the League), which is a duty of the League's leader. Almost at the end, he says "I've sent the League out to help quell the panic". So during early 2015, was he the leader?
4) If so, when did Batman's lenght as leader (during 2015) start and finish? And during 2010?
5) After Aqualad leaves, the task of recruiting new members falls into Nightwing. Does that mean he always recruits the freshmen or, like in season 1, the mentors bring them into the Cave?

Thanks

Greg responds...

1. The former. In my head, I had a vague notion that it had been up for some weeks, but Cap stayed on to finish out the Reach crisis. But that's just a notion.

2. Yes.

3. Team liaison is not by definition a duty of the League leader. The leader can delegate that to someone else if he or she choses. But, it does seem that he's the leader from that quotation. On the other hand, he may simply have had monitor duty and was being a bit loose (and paternalistic) in his word choice.

4. It's a one-year term. I'm not going to be any more specific than that, at this time.

5. A little from column A; a little from column B.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Josh writes...

Hi Greg. Why does Wonder Woman take Batman to task in "Agendas" for training Robin to fight crime at the age of 9 when she was trained to be a warrior when she was a child? Don't Amazonians start training young?

Greg responds...

Sure. But training and going into action are two different things.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg!

About Zatanna's Glamour Charm:
1) Is the Glamour Charm an ancient magical object or just a gem Zatanna made a spell on?

2) If so, in "Depths", when Wally asks, Dick says something like "Glamour Charm, Courtesy of Zatanna. Physio-morphic spell, I think. She said it backwards." So is it safe to say that Nightwing was there when Zatanna performed the spell?
3) Do all Glamour Charm look the same? I ask this one because Ra's recognized it in Summit
4) Is it too hard to make a Glamour Charm? Could Zee have done it back in season 1?
5) Has Zatanna worked with Doctor Fate after she joined the League?

Greg responds...

1. I'd lean toward the latter.

2. Yes.

3. They all have something in common, certainly.

4. Probably not.

5. No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 25, 2016

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Harlan of Ash and Foam writes...

You answered this question recently,

http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=20324

And I'm here to respond to your question. I actually had NOT suspected Renee, and here's why (minor Spirits spoilers, I guess?):

It's not the first time for your work to feature important, lead characters who're advertised right up front to not actually appear until later: Artemis, after all. It essentially occurs again when Miranda features heavily in the synopsis for Rain of the Ghosts but is really a small, supporting piece of worldbuilding to pay off later. So it didn't seem odd to me that Renee would be introduced in, and become important during, book two while reasonably being a lead who was planned to feature from the very beginning.

Cash makes more immediate sense, and I'd at least suspected him. But my other guess was actually a small cheat: the three Kimlets as a singular unit.

The Kimlets themselves are very episodically important, but are spoken of in a way that feels pretty thematically important to the direction the series seems to be going. I'd wondered if you, often describing them in the book as a singular unit, had given them some more thought to take them even more in line with the (speculated) importance they may have to the wider series arc.

Greg responds...

It feels like we're talking about two slightly different points.

The ORIGINAL point was that there were two characters in the book, who - when I broke the story originally - each had very minor roles. Two characters, who separately asserted themselves into more substantial supporting roles that will continue to play out as the book series progresses. The Kimlets do NOT fit this particular bill, as they pretty much played exactly the role (in the final draft) that I intended them to play when I first broke the story.

You seem to be making a separate point about what's thematically important to the book. I won't deny their thematic importance. But it wasn't a surprise to me.

Response recorded on July 25, 2016

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Richard Moore writes...

I know that Lexington is the tech gargoyle of the group, do you think Lexington ever thought of find a mate that has his science and tech mind?

Greg responds...

I think Lexington wants to keep his own mind.

Response recorded on July 25, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg, I've been reading the archives and I have a question about Aquaman:
1) Here (http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=18518), you said Aquaman and Black Manta have been fighting for at least 16 years, but 16 years before season 1, Aquaman was 13. So have they been fighting since they are kids or it's just a continuity error?

Greg responds...

Well, Manta was in his early twenties. Orin was a kid. But I think my point was that Manta has been at odds with Atlantis that long.

Response recorded on July 25, 2016

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Matt writes...

Hi Greg,

Today I was reflecting on a few instances in my life where I had to make difficult choices: the easy road or the right road. I can specifically remember thinking about integrity in those moments, thinking about Renaud's "What have I become?" versus Demona's "What have they done..." Ultimately, despite the difficulties, I tended to do the right thing and tell the truth, both to myself and to others. In one case, this resulted in me being fired from a job.

The reason I'm telling you this is that, while I had some excellent role models growing up who showed me integrity, it would be unfair to say that Gargoyles didn't have a strong influence in my youth that would lead me to become the man I am today. I am now a teacher of elementary school students and see many young people with and without strong moral role models. In either case, it is clear to me that they are very influenced by the movies, TV shows, celebrities and social media in their lives. And it is my hope that mixed into all the stimuli they are receiving the kind of moral reinforcement that I had in Gargoyles. I am very grateful to you and your peers for creating a program that I not only wanted to watch, but that made me a better person. There is a lot of red tape that goes into public school education, and I know that in your field there is a lot of that too. But I wanted to encourage you to remember the impact you can have on young people. It is not all about ratings and toy sales and demographics. You have the power to guide the adults of tomorrow. You certainly helped to guide me.

Keep up the great work! And thank you from a lifelong fan.

Greg responds...

You just made my day. Thank you.

Response recorded on July 22, 2016

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Paul writes...

What was Xanatos' contingency plan in case Goliath threw him off the edge of the Eyrie Building at the end of "Awakening, Part Five"?

Greg responds...

Don't know.

Response recorded on July 22, 2016

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Broncos fan writes...

Do you watch Arrow,Flash,or Marvel Agents Of Shield?

Greg responds...

1. I did.

2. I did.

3. I do. But I'm almost an entire season behind, because I watch it with my son, and he's been away at college.

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LynnL writes...

Hey Greg

1) What year was Dan Garrett and how old was he when he died?

2) This will probably be answered with a SPOILER REQUEST NO COMMENT, but I'll ask anyway. Is the original Black Canary alive? If no, can you tell me how did she died? I mean, natural causes, a disease, death by supervillain?

3) How do superheroes who don't wear mask conceal their identities? In some versions, John Stewart and Guy Gardner are public heroes and Black Canary wears a wig.

4) Black Lightning and Plastic Man wear goggles, do those work as masks?

5) Where do the Hawks live? The Watchtower, maybe?

Thank you for your time

Greg responds...

1. Dan Garrett was born in 1915 (which I assume is what you were asking).

1a. He died in 2005. I'll let you do the math.

2. NO SPOILERS.

3. I think in a universe where Clark Kent disguises his face with eyeglasses, it takes very little to keep your identity secret from strangers.

4. I think i n a universe where Clark Kent disguises his face with eyeglasses, goggles work just fine.

5. NO SPOILERS.

5a. No.

Response recorded on July 22, 2016

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Cam writes...

Hello,

I hope this question doesn't sound too nitpickey, but, I've been reading the archives and came accross something of aninconsistancy. I'll start off by refreshing your memory of this exchange beyween you and another poster:

"matt writes... what would happen at dawn if Demona put on a Mayan sun amulet? would she turn to a human or remain a gargoyle?"

"Greg responds... I think she'd turn human. But I don't think she'd be able to nap."

Now, you've also said before, when refering to magic, that Children of Oberon magic (ie. Puck's spell on Demona) does not mix with mortal magic (ie.the Myan Amulets)...and that both types of magic cannot be used at the same time or on the same object (ie. on Demona during the day), or the results would be disasterous.

My question is, in this specific scenario, why would both magics affect Demona (Puck's spell turning her Human & the Amulet preventing her from sleeping) without something more disasterous than a bout of insomnia?

It seems to me that, if anything, the magics would cancel each other out and she would remain a Gargoyle and turn to stone.

Greg responds...

I think it's fairly clear I was joking, when I wrote: "Greg responds... I think she'd turn human. But I don't think she'd be able to nap."

As for the actual answer to the question, my current answer is that it seems like a highly unlikely scenario, and I'm not particularly interested in hypothetical questions. But if it were to happen, I'd have to answer with NO SPOILERS.

Response recorded on July 22, 2016

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Tyler writes...

Greg,

Why did y'all decide to make Artemis be a good guy as opposed to being a villain as she is in the comics?

Thanks!

Greg responds...

Simply put, we liked the dynamic of a child of villains trying to forge her own way, but lying about it.

Response recorded on July 22, 2016

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Bringing YJ Back

Here's a short primer on how fans can help to bring Young Justice back for a third season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwoI2gSj1Sk


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Tyler writes...

Greg,

Why did y'all decide to expand the Team in season two as opposed to focusing just on the original members of the Team from season one?

Thanks!

Greg responds...

Time moves on. Life isn't static. People are born. They grow up. They join the workforce. There is turnover all the time. That's life.

Response recorded on July 20, 2016

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Tyler writes...

Correct me if I am wrong but if I am correct then you and your team were not informed that Young Justice was being cancelled until post production had started. With that being said:
1) If you have been told YJ was to be cancelled during pre production would you have changed any elements of season two?
2) If so how would you have changed those said elements?

I do not mean for the second question to be a spoilers question so if you feel comfortable answering it then you do not have to go into specifics.

Thanks!

Greg responds...

You are wrong.

1. No. We were informed in time to change the ending of Season Two. Brandon and I chose not to.

2. See above.

Response recorded on July 20, 2016

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Tyler writes...

Greg, I would like to inform you that I have been making several recommendations to Netflix to bring the show back through them. I do not know how much it will help but I feel like it is at least worth a shot.

Thank you for creating such a great show!

Greg responds...

Thank you for being a fan.

Those requests do help, I believe. But binge-watching Seasons One and Two of Young Justice on Netflix helps even more.

Response recorded on July 20, 2016

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Tyler writes...

Do you think the newer live action movies based off of the DC comics will have any impact on the chances of Young Justice returning? Could it possibly make some new fans interested?

Greg responds...

Anything's possible. But the best ways to get a third season of Young Justice are:

1. #KeepBingingYJ on Netflix

2. Purchase and binge the episodes from iTunes or other LEGIT sources

3. #BuyYJBluRaysDVDs

4. #BuyYJComicsonComixology or iTunes

Response recorded on July 20, 2016

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philalethistry writes...

Hi, Gargoyles fan here! Nothing plot-related, just curious about if Owen has as much of a sense of humour as Puck. Obviously Owen wouldn't show it for the sake of keeping up the Vogel-esque act, but do Owen and Puck share a funnybone?

Greg responds...

Owen tends toward wry and dry understated humor. Puck, obviously, is less understated generally, but has that side to him, as well. Whether Puck is simply choosing to not exercise his whackier side while Owen, or whether the transformation is magically submerging it, is a matter of interpretation.

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Kellen O'Rourke writes...

Hello again Greg,
A couple of things, I read the archives and I got a couple of answers to my previous questions. I'd like to ask your opinions on the Spider-Man film franchise, specifically the two The Amazing Spider-Man films.
1. Do you agree with the general response on those films or not. As you know none of those films were really loved much.
2. What do you think of it ending prematurly and the franchise getting a third reboot? Are you excited for that?
3. Also wondering, how did the sales go for the complete series of The Spectacular Spider-man on blu-ray? I got it as soon as it was released and let me tell you, it's one of the best investments I ever made.

Hope you're doing well and thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

1. I didn't see the second one and thus can't comment on that at all. I thought there was a lot to like about the first one, but felt I didn't really need the origin again.

2. I have no opinion on that specifically. But I did like Spidey's appearance in Civil War. So that's promising. Not sure about hot Aunt May. Seems ageist.

3. I have no idea. They don't give me that information.

Response recorded on July 19, 2016

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Just A Nerd writes...

This message comes to you in three parts.

Part the first: a story. When I heard Marvel was publishing multiple new Star Wars comics, I realized that, if I allowed them to, these new books would consume all of my income. So I resolved to only read Star Wars and Darth Vader monthly, and get the rest as trades. That is, until I heard you were writing Kanan. I thought, three a month isn't much worse than two. So I went for it. And it has been amazing, even though I haven't watched any of Rebels because my TV service doesn't include Disney XD. It has been interesting even without the context of the show, and is just as great as everything else you have been a part of.

Part the second: Names. Thank you (both personally and as part of Marvel/LucasFilms) so much for creating a pop culture character with my name. There are so few Calebs in... anything, really. There's the Israelite spy from the Bible (not really pop culture, but I'm counting it), and Tris' brother in Divergent, and now Kanan pre-Order 66. It's incredibly cool to open a comic or a movie and see/hear YOUR NAME be part of the action. This probably just makes me a massive nerd... but I'm okay with that.

Part the third: a question, NOT to do with Kanan. In the Invasion storyline of the Young Justice comics, is there a reason you did not include Troia, Sgt. Marvel, and Lt. Marvel? If the original comics are any indication, they should have been strong enough to draw Kylstar's attention. Is there some reason (in- or out-of-universe) they weren't included?

Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

Part the first: Thank you. But honestly, you should find some way to watch the Rebels. It's worth it.

Part the second: I can't take credit for using the name Caleb. My original name for him was Caine. The folks at Lucasfilm changed it to Caleb. (Not sure why, but maybe it was for you.)

Part the third: The answers would amount to spoilers.

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Kellen O'Rourke writes...

Hello Greg,
I have recently got into Gargoyles and it quickly became one of my favorite series and I think you're one of the most brillant people in the business. I saw your name in the credits and I looked up your other works and I noticed that you where one of main heads behind The Spectacular Spider-Man, which I think had the potential to be the definitive Spider-Man series. I've come across several interviews of you discussing the series, you covered most of the characters but you didn't really get into Harry Osborn. He was one of the most interesting people in the show.
1. How did you develop him from being one of Peter's best friends to ultimately passing him over for popularity?
2.If the show had continued, where did you see his character going?
3.What was the reason for having his mother being alive?
Thank you very much for your time.

Greg responds...

1. It's mostly all right there in the original Lee/Romita comics. Harry wants to win approval from his father and therefore makes a number of choices that he believes will help him achieve that.

2. No Spoilers.

3. It just seemed like we had too many single-parent families. For both Gwen and Pete, having the lone parent seemed essential. For Harry, it didn't. Plus we had long term plans for Emily.

Response recorded on July 19, 2016

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Ada writes...

I was just rewatching Season 2 of Gargoyles and I noticed something...Angela and Demona's name. Angela=Angel, Demona=Demon. The names do fit the mother and daughter duo's personalities, but I am wondering whether or not this a coinendence that their names were set up this way.

P.S. Reading through your responses regarding people's questions on the Gargoyles, you keep saying, "No Spoilers." So, are you planning in the near future to continue writing about the Gargoyles in the comics? I hope so, because I am so looking forward to it! :D

Greg responds...

Of course, it was set up that way.

P.S. I hope so.

Response recorded on July 14, 2016

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How did the Manhattan Clan survive in the 10th century without n writes...

Hey Greg, I'm a huge fan of Gargoyles, but there's something that's been bothering me for quite some time... the fact that Goliath's clan, with the exception of Goliath, didn't name themselves until they awoke from their cursed slumber.

It strikes me that, at a bare minimum, they would have had extreme difficulty formulating plans for defending the castle and assigning roles. If they didn't have names, how did a typical strategy briefing go? How did Goliath make clear which gargoyles were in charge of which task? How did people get the attention of single gargoyles in the middle of a crowd?

Could you write a hypothetical dialogue of what they would say when setting up plans to defend the castle when addressing the entire, pre-slaughter clan?

Greg responds...

I could. But I won't.

Gargoyles didn't have defined specific names, but they referred to each other by relationships, signifiers, etc. (For example, "My Angel of the Night" or the "Gargoyle of the Sword".) I'm sure they made it work.

Response recorded on July 14, 2016

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Elizabeth writes...

Hello Mr. Weisman my name is Elizabeth although being since I put my name in the name field I guess that is redundant, but I still feel it is proper to introduce oneself when asking a question.

I was just wondering if you ever thought about making a Tabletop RPG of Gargoyles?

Greg responds...

Not specifically. I don't know much about gaming. And in any case, I do not control the franchise. Disney does.

Response recorded on July 14, 2016

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Anna writes...

When was Match created? How long was the gap between him and Superboy?

Greg responds...

The year before Superboy was cloned.

Response recorded on July 14, 2016

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Marvelman writes...

Have you ever read Shakespeare's Dog by Leon Rooke? (It is the story of Shakespeare's marriage to Anne Hathaway as told from the perspective of Shakespeare's dog.) Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeares-Dog-Novel-Leon-Rooke/dp/0880010932. It's quite funny.

Greg responds...

Nope.

Response recorded on July 13, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Are people turned to stone still conscious?
If Xanatos had used the cauldron of life , would he have remained fully conscious but unable to move or speak for all eternity?

Greg responds...

Fair question. I guess we'll never know. ;)

Response recorded on July 13, 2016

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Kelly Drew writes...

How many miles a person have to be away where superman and superboy cannot hear with their super hearing in the earth 16 universe?

Greg responds...

I dunno. Whatever seems reasonable in terms of sound waves not being interrupted by intervening stuff and/or spreading out so thin that sense cannot be made of the sound. It's a question for a physicist, not me.

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Corey writes...

Hello Greg,

My question deals with the mutability of time in the Gargoyles universe. The archives and TV series indictate that time loops are part of the timestream, there are no alternate timelines, and history cannot be changed (If I am missing anything or am being inaccurate, feel free to chastise me accordingly). However, I also remember you saying that the younger Demona could have acted differently then her future self, as could the non-Enhanced Archmage.

So then my question is if history is immutable due to the free actions of the characters or the mechanics of the universe (for want of a better term)? As you said in a previous post, freewill does not give you the ability to do whatever you want in any situation but that a character can strive for greater goals and independence (Please forgive my paraphrasing and or if I misunderstood). Characters like Demona, Xanatos, and the Archmage, knew (to varying extents) their future and (directly or indirectly) chose to act in such a way as to bring these outcomes about. If that is the case then, in theory, history could have been changed but, as it never was, it never can be. However, if reality is such that certain things must always happen as they are crucial to the integrity of the timestream, then freewill is illusory. Every action one takes will always lead them to an outcome they only believed they chose as they could not chose any other option. However, the former interpretation makes it so that, ironically, predestination is the product of life choices of living beings. If I am misunderstanding or letting my own opinions skew facts I apologize and thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

Paragraph One: No, I never said that. I may have said that the younger Demona THOUGHT she could alter her timeline. But she couldn't.

Paragraph Two: No. Free will exists. Forget time travel for a moment. Yesterday you ordered eggs and bacon for breakfast. That was your choice. No one made you do it. Looking back, you wish you had ordered oatmeal. You can't change it now. Too late, right? But that doesn't mean you didn't have free will at the time. It just means you're not omnipotent. So if one-day-older you goes back in time to convince one-day-younger you to change your order, you will fail. Because you can't alter the time stream. But that doesn't mean that (a) one-day-younger you STILL didn't exercise freewill in ordering the bacon he wanted in the time, nor does it mean (b) that one-day-older you isn't exercising free will in attempting to get you to switch to oatmeal. Free will is about choices. Not success.

Response recorded on July 13, 2016

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sakura writes...

i looked at genomorphs and after seeing M'gann true form I just have this on my mind.

1: Are genomorph made with White Martian DNA? Because they look a lot like M'gann.

2: Is Superboy a genomorph since he was created in Cadmus?

Greg responds...

1. Not to me.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on July 13, 2016

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Anonymous fan writes...

I am a big fan of Young Justice and the Young justice comics related to the show. I was among the fans thats was crushed when it was cancled and even though its unlikely i still hope for more seasons. Anyway, on to the questions:
1.) in the comics i have noticed Artemis has blue eyes but in the show she has brown eyes. I was wondering if there is a reason.
2.) did Artemis character come off of DC Mia Dearden the 2nd speedy?
They both have the same arrow mark on their chest.

Greg responds...

1. Production inconsistencies.

2. No. She came off Artemis, the daughter of Sportsmaster and the Huntress. As for her costume, it's an amalgam of different characters, but the biggest influences were probably Arrowette and Green Arrow himself.

Response recorded on July 13, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

I've been re-watching Spectacular Spider-Man, and I'm now sure that it's the greatest Marvel show ever. There are a few questions I thought of while watching.

1. What inspired you to have Green Goblin be in a "rhyming mood" in "Opening Night"? I thought it was a really brilliant way to showcase how over the top he is.

2. Since Punisher, Cloak, and Dagger all first appeared in Spider-Man's comics, were you allowed to use any of them?

3. You've talked about where heroes like the Fantastic Four were during this show, even if you couldn't use them, but did you ever consider where Moon Knight, Black Widow, Hawkeye, or Dr. Strange were? Would you have considered using any of those characters if you could have?

4. When you were doing research on Spider-Man to write the show, were there any characters, especially villains, who you discovered and immediately felt like you wanted to use?

5. What made you decide to have Silver Sable be Silvermane's daughter instead of a mercenary? I really liked the change because of her chemistry with Hammerhead and because I think Silvermane is a very underrated villain, so I'm curious about what made you think of making those changes to her.

Greg responds...

1. It was to further equate him with Puck.

2. It didn't come up, but I doubt it.

3. Moon Knight was probably not Moon Knight yet. Hawkeye was probably still a circus performer; Black Widow, a Russian spy. Dr. Strange was probably still in Tibet. Over time - and given enough episodes AND PERMISSION - I'd have used anyone and everyone.

4. Yep. Vulture, the Big Man, the Enforcers, Hammerhead, Electro, Lizard, Shocker, Sandman, Rhino, Tombstone, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Chameleon, Black Cat, the Sinister Six, the Burglar, Venom, Mysterio, Tinkerer, Kraven, Calypso, Master Planner, Colonel Jupiter, Silver Sable, Ricochet, Silvermane, Molten Man, Hobgoblin, Scorpion, Hydro-Man, Carnage and Kingpin.

5. Initially, their names.

Response recorded on July 12, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

You have said there were homosexual Gargoyles, are there also transgender Gargoyles that could transition? Also, how does surgery for Gargoyles work? Is that even a possibility for them, like something as easy as adding stone or shaping stone while they were in stone sleep, or operating on them while they were flesh or would it be impossible?

Greg responds...

There has been no such thing as gender reassignment surgery for gargoyles. Frankly, there's been no such thing - for the most part - as SURGERY for gargoyles, period.

You definitely cannot operate on a sleeping gargoyle. But you could, in theory, operate on a gargoyle at night. I suppose you'd use an epidural or something. (I'm not a doctor.)

But, yes, I imagine there have been transgender gargoyles over the centuries.

Response recorded on July 11, 2016

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Cheston Bulgin writes...

Was Spectacular Spider-Man set in the same universe as Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes? I ask because when Spidey was brought in to make an appearance, Josh Keaton was suppose to voice Peter before they dubbed him with Drake Bell. I heard they changed up the animation too when Drake was voicing him.

Greg responds...

No to your question. I wasn't involved in what followed.

Response recorded on July 11, 2016

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Wonderfulakari writes...

Are fairy-human shape shifts like Owen still bound by things like "Iron hurts you" and "No stealing magical items like the phoenix gate"?

Also just to say your shows inspired me to pursue a major/career in illustration and comics. I saw your shows and others like it and decided I wanted to find a way to contribute to them somehow. Hopefully one day I'll story-board something half as good as what you produce.

Greg responds...

Thank you.

Owen can still be hurt by iron. Can't you?

Response recorded on July 11, 2016

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ND writes...

Hello,

why does the Brain sound so stupid? I'm a native french-speaker and I would never do something as ridiculous as suddenly adding words in french when I speak english! (well, maybe once, as a joke, but doing it all the time makes no sense at all). I love your show but this I really don't understand.

Have a great day! :)

Greg responds...

He's unhappy speaking English at all.

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EXALT writes...

We know that separations and affairs are quite rare among Gargoyles; what about rape? How rare it is among Gargoyles, and how much heinous it's considered as a crime?

Greg responds...

It's rare and extremely heinous.

Response recorded on July 11, 2016

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Brian writes...

How did Lance Pedros know of Cool Hand Luke? Were the Eight still aware of the world progressing around them? Were they manifestations of Bahique's guilt?

Greg responds...

You're assuming that he was quoting Cool Hand Luke. Certainly, the AUTHOR was quoting Cool Hand Luke. But Lance was just saying what he was thinking.

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg.
I just rewatched Alienated and I googled Malina Island to see it was real. The only thing I found was a privately owned island in New York called Rat Island, whose owner is considerating renaming Malina Island.
1) Did you know about this?
2) If yes, did you predict that the island named was going to be changed by 2016 (Season 2 "year")?
3) Did Tornado moved out of the Cave after Legacy?
4) Did Black Canary stopped training the Team after Legacy?
5) Thank you for your time

Greg responds...

1. Nope.

2. Nope.

3. He moved out. When would be a Spoiler.

4. No.

5. You're welcome.

Response recorded on July 08, 2016

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DJ writes...

Hi,
I noticed that you did a radio show that was basically a crossover between Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles, and I was wondering a few things:

1. I've looked all over the website for the final act, but I haven't been able to find it. Is there a way I can read it and find out what happens?

2. Did you write it as a way of considering trying to merge the Gargoyles universe with the Marvel universe, or were you doing it just for fun?

3. Would you be willing to allow the Gargoyles universe to become part of Marvel or DC if they asked you?

Thanks,
DJ

Greg responds...

1. The production itself is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95V2vAFJmKs
But you couldn't have searched ASK GREG too hard. It took me no time to find it: http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=846

2. Fun.

3. It would never be up to me. But I'd recommend AGAINST it.

Response recorded on July 08, 2016

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Lindsey writes...

I was wondering if you know if there are any planned reprintings of SLG's Gargoyles? I never got a chance to read them when they came out, and now the only copies I can find are around $100 on amazon.

Greg responds...

Sorry. No. Theyr'e out of print. Hoping to reprint all 18 issues of the Gargoyles and Gargoyles: Bad Guys runs someday. But there's nothing I can announce yet.

Response recorded on July 08, 2016

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Atelson Fitgerald writes...

By the time you answer this, I bet the movie is in quick production or you've been sworn to silence. With all the rumors of Marvel's untitled Spidey film coming up, there are tons of rumors saying that it's pulling from the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series including the title and teen dynamic. By any chance, are you involved in any way with the film?

Greg responds...

No. And that's NOT me being cagey. I'm not involved at all.

Response recorded on July 07, 2016

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Cheston writes...

What are your thoughts on David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad movie?

Greg responds...

I haven't seen it. So I have no thoughts for public consumption. I try not to pre-judge stuff I haven't seen, and I certainly wouldn't post prejudice or supposition on the internet. It's too pristine for that.

Response recorded on July 07, 2016

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EXALT writes...

We know that, when Elisa dies, she's going to receive a Wind Ceremony, despite being human, because she's a full-fledged member of the clan. With that in mind...
1)Is she going to be the first human to receive a Wind Ceremony?
2)If, back in the middle ages, the Captain of the Guard had died without betraying the clan, would he have been given a Wind Ceremony?
3)If the Magus hadn't asked specifically to stay in the Hollow Hill, would he have been given a Wind Ceremony?
4)What about Katharine and Tom? When they die, are they going to receive Wind Ceremonies?

Greg responds...

1. That seems unlikely.

2. Odds are he would have received human burial.

3. Potentially.

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 07, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Random question. If the main cast of Gargoyles was in a horror movie, like let say Friday the 13th, what order you think they die in?

Greg responds...

I don't watch horror movies.

Response recorded on July 07, 2016

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Keith writes...

1. Does the League's style of operations change much depending on who's leading? Or is there a fairly set bunch of rules and the leader simply acts as an coordinator?

2. Are there some Leaguers who don't put themselves up for leadership positions? For example, I can't imagine Captain Marvel gets considered because of his age, and the Green Lanterns might be too busy.

Greg responds...

1. There are actually very few "rules". And certainly, each leader has his or her own style. But in the end, nothing changes too much, because the goals are pretty straightforward.

2. There's a request for those who feel up to the job to submit their own names. Then there's a vote.

Response recorded on July 07, 2016

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Connor writes...

Hello,
Is asking if you are thinking of or are in the process of creating a new show count as a spoiler?
Thanks

Greg responds...

No. Not if you aren't asking for details.

Response recorded on July 07, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

Have you read the DC Comics event "Convergence" yet? The final issue (#8) indirectly suggests that the "Young Justice" animated TV series, which is your version of the Earth-16 universe, can now come back and now your stories set in that universe can still continue...

Greg responds...

I never read it.

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CONvergence 2016

I leave tomorrow for CONvergence 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Okay, really Bloomington, MN, but close enough.) CONvergence is one of my favorite cons. And I have the honor of being their first fan-funded guest. Here's my schedule for the long weekend:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
GUEST RECEPTION 07:00pm - 09:00pm
Atrium 4

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016
"Why Gargoyles is Still Relevant" 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Atrium 6 w/Christopher Jones, Patrick Fisher, Alana Profit, Chandra Reyer.

RADIO PLAY AUDITIONS 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Plaza 3 w/Christopher Jones.

"Physics of Time Travel" 03:30pm - 04:30pm
Edina w/Renate Fiora (m), Dan Berliner, Melanie Galloway, Jim Kakalios.

"Fancy Bastard Pie Competition" 08:30pm - 09:30pm
Garden Court - Southwest w/GPS.

FRIDAY, JULY 01, 2016
SIGNING 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table B.

RADIO PLAY AUDITIONS 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Plaza 3 w/Christopher Jones, Khary Payton.

"Writing by Ear" 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Bloomington w/Patrick Marsh (m), Emma Bull, Aimee Kuzenski, Jim McDoniel.

"Don't Call Them Sidekicks: The Enduring Power of Teenage Superheroes" 03:30pm - 04:30pm
Bloomington w/ Christopher Jones, Jessa Markert, Khary Payton, Sylus Rademacher.

"Drawing with the Masters" 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Plaza 2 w/Christopher Jones, Ruth Thompson.

"Why Diversity Needs to be Deeper than Marketing" 08:30pm - 09:30pm
Edina w/ Trisha Lynn (m), Kate Norlander, Jonathan Palmer, Dirk Ykema.

"Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome Live Podcast" 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Edina w/Windy Bowlsby, Melissa Kaercher.

SATURDAY, JULY 02, 2016
"Building Worlds for Fiction" 09:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 1 w/Michael Carus (m), J.M. Lee, Melissa Olson, Lynne M. Thomas.

"Why We Need Representation in Superheroes" 11:00am - 12:00pm
Edina w/ Christopher Jones, Bri Lopez Donovan, Khary Payton, Lynne M. Thomas.

RADIO PLAY REHEARSAL 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Atrium 6 w/ Christopher Jones, Jim Kakalios, Khary Payton and a cast of tens.

RADIO PLAY PERFORMANCE 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Atrium 6 w/ Christopher Jones, Jim Kakalios, Khary Payton and a cast of tens.

"Superficially Strong Female Characters" 05:00pm - 06:00pm
Edina w/ Crystal Huff (m), Kathryn Sullivan, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Joan Marie Verba.

"One on One with Christopher Jones" 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Edina (m) w/Christopher Jones.

ANIMATION BLUE 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Atrium 6 w/Christopher Jones, Lyda Morehouse, Khary Payton, Jenna Powers, Edmund Tsabard.

SUNDAY, JULY 03, 2016
YOUNG JUSTICE 09:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 6 w/Christopher Jones, Khary Payton.

SIGNING 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table B.

RAIN OF THE GHOSTS 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Edina.

READING 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Rm 2201.

ONE ON ONE 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Atrium 6 w/Melissa Kaercher.


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Podcast

Here's a podcast and a half I did...

Here's the interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXwsojrctzM

...aaand here's the separate chunk of the interview all about how people can support YJ Season 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBvQTrBRAvI


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Blather

It's that time again:

Blather
So in a tryce came the documentary depicting many a Chinese doll and also the three wise men (who may or may not have been kings) that needed sixty-two dollars between them to redeem the coupon, which offered up solace and not a little irony to anyone who hadn't yet seen the crew chewing on leaves that weren't tobacco, but might have been sage and still left horrible stains in the dirt floor of the lean-to where I left my ski poles after the overnight with the cranes that were kept on the lake domestically for the purpose of tourism but who could also speak Latin on occasion when prompted by offers of cheese or jerky -- though not just any jerky, it had to be salmon jerky -- which isn't always easy to come by when you've agreed to leave before closing on summer days in the springtime of your life, which has been known to last longer in people who aren't concerned about under-inebriation or over-intoxication or both: it's the balance which is everything when nothing else will do and no one else will participate in the extravaganza that's been created by the giant invisible flying monkey brain that is modern life in the Twenty-First Century, counting since the (approximate) birth of Christ -- as long as the lack of the number zero doesn't disturb your math sensibilities as, frankly, it does mine, though I like to think I've made peace with that and with the Skrull too, since I haven't picked up an issue of that book in about nine years, which wasn't an intentional or explicit act of cold turkey so much as a sliding away followed by a none-too-impressive epiphany -- far from the best epiphany I've ever had, say, compared to Tintagel or Lego, not to mention the birth of certain children, which couldn't get more personal than the zany antics of the semi-erotic flea circus, which used to travel the stars waiting for an invitation to land at your door, since you are the personal target of the extra-lunar probe that counted all the seahorses that Aquaman used to make the giant seahorse that he could actually ride, though no faster than he could swim himself on his own power -- and no, we're not talking Super Friends here, but something older, more primal, something that was born back when the Ptero-whatever streaked across the sky leaving behind contrails made not of smoke but of pure and unadulterated grace, a commodity in which we are sorely shy as a planet, and yet which we find in the most unlikley of places, including but not limited to contracts which dictate how we will interact with each other but do it in such a way that no normal human being could possibly wrap their heads around the language and internalize the meaning, which we declare to be progress or civilization and which is not meant as a criticism so much as a detachment of troopers marching on a hill that you wouldn't pay five ducats -- FIVE! -- to buy yourself, or so I told myself and Hamlet night after night, but now Hamlet is a Thief on FX and I haven't seen him face to face in over twenty years, which sometimes seems quite normal but sometimes blows me away, not that I want to move backwards at all, though I'm not sure that I'm truly moving forward and I'm convinced I'm not moving sideways, though the metaphor of the sidewinder is appealing, not in the cliché sense of something sinister and left-handed, though I do throw with my left hand, I can bowl just as badly with either hand, and even though I'm 42, I quite prefer to have bumpers instead of gutters, where the rain gets backed up and sometimes flows over the lip and creates leaks in the roof and drips, drips, drips down into the shiny metal bowl that's usually used for something much more pleasant like mixing cookie dough to create chewy wonderful ... well.. cookies (I mean "duh") that taste a little bit like home even when you are home and it is raining, or maybe ESPECIALLY when you are home and it is raining and the water overflows and the ocean fills and the giant seahorse peaks out and winks at the cranes, which is exactly what the documentary crew was hoping to capture when they first took out their cameras and shot the whole thing from three different angles across six different days and still never saw the giant invisible flying monkey brain, because it was, to put it mildly, invisible.


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Jerry writes...

Hi Greg,

Thank you so much for the most wonderful show ever, I'm a huge fan of Young Justice.
Maybe it's kind of weird to ask or even to answer but I'd like to know if Wally and Artemis were the first for each other?

Greg responds...

First what?

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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B writes...

I just realized that although Halcyon Renard calls Fox "Janine", Titania/Anastasia calls her Fox. Is that just because she has less of a nostalgic "our little girl" image of Fox, or is it easier for her because as a shapeshifter she's used to using multiple names herself?

Greg responds...

That's another one I'm happy to leave to fan interpretation.

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Why did Sevarius leave Gen-U-Tech for Nightstone Unlimited? Xanatos didn't want to lose him as a resource and he didn't become more ethical. Did Demona and Sevarius offer him more money? If so, isn't Xanatos rich enough to give Sevarius a raise? Did he decide to limit Sevarius' creative freedom? What happened?

Greg responds...

I'll leave the answer to that to your interpretation.

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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Rayne writes...

In "Terrors" we learn that Mr. Freeze petitioned to be declared legally sane so that he would be sent o Belle Reve. Did the Light have something to do with that petition being granted?

Greg responds...

Maybe. Not necessarily. It doesn't matter much to me.

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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Stannis the Grammar Nazi writes...

The word "wrought" is used on YJ quite a few times. More than I've heard on other media. Is there any reason why you like it? I thought it was a bit archaic. Especially when it is used to mean "created by means other than manually".

Greg responds...

I like a little archaic and arcane language on occasion. Still, I'd have to see which episodes it appeared in to even know if it was me who put it in.

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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Oz writes...

Hello, Greg. I've got a few related questions which I hope you can answer.
1. In the "Gargoyles" universe, do mortal sorcerers ever take familiars.
2. If so, what is the nature of the relationship between the sorcerer and their familiar?
3. What kind of creature or being is the familiar, typically?
Thanks!

Greg responds...

1. Ever? Sure.

2. One of familiarity.

3. Same as in traditional literature, generally.

Response recorded on June 24, 2016

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Annonymus writes...

Hi Greg, I was just wondering, how do you react to negative criticism on a show you worked on before like all those people who heavily criticized something you that you and your team liked, like the Joker in Young Justice for example? Would you stick to the creative choice despite how the majority of the audience did not approve or would you make changes to that criticism even if you thought it was fine the way it was.

I know I'm not obligated to advice the creator what to change or not not to change, I am merely asking how the creative team would react in this situation, because I too am learning in production management and how to plan construction for a form of entertainment media.

It would really help,

Greg responds...

I have to stick to my guns. In part because of the long lagtime between production and airing. And in part because I need to maintain my passion for a project. If I'm taking notes from everyone who can make a suggestion on the internet, I'll (a) never get anything done and (b) quickly lose my passion for the project.

If I had listened to all the YJ criticism that came down the pike early on, I would have, for example, cut Miss Martian, Superboy and Kid Flash from the series. I would have made the season one Robin Tim Drake and not Dick Grayson, which means we would never have gotten Nightwing in Season Two. I would have lost Dick's laughter and his wordplay. Aqualad would be another white guy and not the son of Black Manta. Etc. Etc. Etc.

People don't know what we have planned, and they react. Often negatively - especially on the internet - to things that they will eventually love if we and they are patient.

Response recorded on June 24, 2016

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New Olympians writes...

1) New Olympians hate and fear humans and they respect gargoyles. So how do they feel about the Third Race?
2) Are the New Olympians aware of their origins? By that I mean, do they know that they are a hybrid race of the Children of Mab and mortal humans/animals?
3) So Boreas decided that Elisa would have to remain on New Olympus in order to keep their secret. This seems a little short sighted on Boreas' part. I mean, no sooner had this happened did Elisa almost get lynched on the street. Did he really feel that Elisa's presence could be tolerated by the other N.O?
4) When was the last time any of the New Olympians had any contact with the N.O gargoyles clan? From I've heard, that clan might be the most isolated clan of the series. I mean do they ever in fact have any contact with anyone beyond themselves? Do they have or ever had, even one "Elisa" of their own?
5) So New Olympians can develop their own powers. Is Boreas the "most" powerful, as the "Oberon" of the new Olympians?

Greg responds...

1. Probably suspicious.

2. Up to a point.

3. Her presence in prison? Yes, he did.

4. No Spoilers.

5. He's powerful. Whether he's MOST powerful is debatable.

Response recorded on June 24, 2016

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Coby writes...

How do you feel about the next DEATH BATTLE episode with X-Men's Beast and Goliath? Who do you think would win?

Greg responds...

I can't figure out why they would fight.

Response recorded on June 24, 2016

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Dragomir writes...

1) Were Mongul's & Kylstar's home worlds conquered by the same tyrant? I ask because they both appeared to have the same idea of conquering the entire galaxy first before striking back against their enemy, they just went about it differently, implying whoever they were up against was above & beyond powerful to require that many resources to defeat...Scary stuff O_O

2) Regardless of whether Mongul & Kylstar shared a common foe, did you have an identity or identities in mind for the baddy or baddies who conquered their worlds? Or was Young Justice canceled before you could decide on the identities of the baddies who overthrew Mongul & enslaved Kylstar's people?

P,S, thanks for Gargoyles, Spectacular Spiderman, & Young Justice, sorry they were cancelled in their prime, they were all seriously amazing shows that deserved to last longer. Thanks for the wonderful storytelling & memorable characters :D

Greg responds...

1. Scary indeed. I'm afraid the answer would be a spoiler, which I have a policy against. But I will say, it wasn't a coincidence or inattention that led us to use the idea for both characters.

2. We know.

3. Thanks. #KeepBingingYJ It doesn't have to be over.

Response recorded on June 24, 2016

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Anonymoose writes...

Now that Rain of the ghosts is done, what next big/not-so-big project should we expect next? Are you looking to present a new IP to the big studio-execs or go through the hassle of kickstarter again?

Greg responds...

I'm never doing Kickstarter again.

Right now, I'm working at Nick Jr. on Shimmer and Shine, and for Scholastic and Blizzard on World of Warcraft: Traveler.

Response recorded on June 23, 2016

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Garrett writes...

If you had all the time in the world to work on the second seasons of your TV Series such as:

Gargoyles

Max Steel

Young Justice

and The Spectacular Spiderman,

What exactly (from the specifics to not-so-specific) would you change/alter them?

Greg responds...

Change or alter? Nothing. Even errors and missed opportunities are errors and missed opportunities I can live with.

Response recorded on June 23, 2016

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Dragomir writes...

1) How strong and invulnerable is Vandal Savage compared to other super powered characters in Young Justice? Is he on Mammoth's/Superboy's/Blockbuster's level or weaker, like Bane's? His displays of strength during his attempts to delay Kid Flash's heart delivery mission were pretty impressive.

2) Did Vandal Savage know Mongul personally and that's why he listened to him on Rimbor? Or was he just a random stranger to him who knew what to say to set him off?

Greg responds...

1. He is pretty impressive. But his main ability is constant healing and repair. He can push his considerable muscles beyond the breaking point, because they will heal up.

2. For the time being, I'll let you judge that for yourself. Beyond that: No Spoilers.

Response recorded on June 23, 2016

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Jamey Dean writes...

Based on how you wrote the TMNT 2012 episode "Eyes of the Chimera," I have a strange feeling you like the pairing of Leonardo and April.

Am I right?

I know it's going to take a while for a response, so I'm saying this now.

And on that subject, I might as well ask, do you like her with anyone else?

Greg responds...

I'm not sure what you mean. The pairing was generated by Leonardo's injury putting him in a position of being disabled, as she was somewhat mystically blinded.

Response recorded on June 23, 2016

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anon writes...

why does everything have to happen so terrible for the puck.. it's bad enough what happened during the gathering part 2... no more powers, and locked as owen... can not be himself except when training or protecting alex... sucks,..but now with 2158 and gargs 2198.. alex is gone and he is just locked as owen?!?! really??? .. c'mon why does it have to suck so bad for him. what is your beef with puck? he barley was in the series, he was not in the comics, you're killing me man. we all need more puck in our lives. my question is why do you make it suck so hard for puck.

Greg responds...

I tend to make things hard on ALL the characters. It's called "DRAMA".

Response recorded on June 23, 2016