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I've recently discovered Young Justice season 1 on Netflix so, of course, I've been binging it. It's been over two years now and I'm still upset YJ got canceled. You created such a in-depth and complex plot with such interesting characters. It is a crime it got cancelled so soon (especially in favour of Teen Titans Go which is just . . . just no). So many great animated shows don't get the attention they deserve simply because of their medium and I think YJ is a prime example. I have so very many questions but most would be spoiler requests so I'l keep it short as I am sure you have much more important things to consider.
1. With the advent of Netflix is there a greater hope for renewal for a third season or should I give up waiting and just be happy with what we got?
2. Would you know when season 2 is expected to come on Netflix?
3. Were there any characters we saw as civilians in the first two seasons that you had plans to introduce as heroes/villains later like you did with Mal and Karen from season one to two? (I know this is a spoiler request, I'm just hoping it's vague enough to get a simple 'yes' or 'no')
Thank you for creating Young Justice for us all to enjoy and thank you doubly for taking the time to answer your fans' questions like this.
Okay, first off YJ was not cancelled "in favour of Teen Titans Go". One thing had NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH ANOTHER. That's like saying Angel was cancelled in favor of The Vampire Diaries. One show ended. Another show began. The only connection is an imaginary one in your head based on timing and a superficial similarity in subject manner.
1. Netflix is moot unless Warner Bros and DC decide they want to make more YJ and take it there. There are no near-term plans for more YJ, but both Brandon and I hope that someday we might get another shot at it.
2. I have no idea. I'm not at Warners anymore, and even when I was, no one consulted me on those decisions.
3. No spoilers.
Since Artemis and Wally were attending college, did Artemis have to sacrifice Stanford to go through with Nightwing's plan since she "died"?
For the time being, yes.
I am most familiar with Jim Harper from Roger Stern's novelisation of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF SUPERMAN, which includes some musing from Jim on his original career as the Guardian back in the Forties, his Newsboy Legion buddies who grew up to found Cadmus Laboratories, and their gift of a new cloned body for him so he could be a young, healthy Guardian again.
Given that the modern-day Guardian believed himself to be the original Jim Harper's grandson, and Roy Harper's uncle, that's obviously not his story!
Separately, you have confirmed that the Light founded the Cadmus Project, rather than taking over an existing institution.
Does any remnant of the idea that the Newsboy Legion grew up to work at Cadmus remain in Earth-16, even if they didn't found it?
I would guess not, given that it's unlikely the Light would have been organised long enough ago to have founded Cadmus when a group of men born in the Thirties would have still been active in the sciences.
(Plus, maybe it's a touch unbelievable that all of the Newsboy Legion kids would grow up to pursue the specific scientific interests necessary to be useful in a genetics company!)
There might be a vestige left. But no spoilers.
Big fan here (I reply to you on Twitter sometimes!) and I thought I'd make use of this site to get some help with my intention to write for television in the future!
First off, I'd like to say how much I love Young Justice. From the moment I finished the first episode, I was hooked. I'm quite a seasoned animation fan but I must say Young Justice is probably one of the best things I have ever watched; particularly it was the animation and writing that drew me in the most. I wasn't really into comic books too much before with the exception of adaptions from TV like Adventure Time, and manga; but Young Justice awakened a part of me that just had to look further into the characters, and now I'm completely taken in by the DC universe, it's so wonderful and for that I thank you for helping to bring Young Justice to light!
The show is truly an inspiration for me; I intend to become a writer for television, animation being my ultimate goal, in the near future. In September 2014 I will be starting a screenwriting course at university. I live in the UK, but hope to move to America in future to have a better chance of landing a writing job in animation.
1) What would you recommend I seek to do when I finish university? Would becoming an assistant at a TV studio help as a start?
2) Do you draw storyboards? I am not very confident in my drawing abilities and I'm worried this might affect pitching and demonstrating my ideas.
3) What are some key terms or quotes that have stuck in your head during your writing career? Things that people have told you and you have remembered and applied to your work?
4) Who are your inspirations? What programmes did you enjoy when you were a kid/teenager?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and answer my questions!
1. It wouldn't hurt. Get in there. See first hand how things are done. The main thing I recommend, you already plan to do, which is to move to where the work is. Second, WRITE. Third, REwrite. Fourth, PROOFREAD RELIGIOUSLY.
2. No, I can't draw stick figures well. I team up with very, very talented artists.
3. "Less is more."
4. Space Ghost. Speed Racer. Jonny Quest. Herculoids. Anything with Marvel or DC heroes in them. Hill Street Blues. Cheers.
Hello, Mr. Weisman! I'm a long-time fan and started watching Gargoyles almost as soon as it came on air. Now that I'm in my twenties, I still go back and rewatch it every now and again. I've spread it to my boyfriend and our very close friend and they have both become immense fans like myself. I'm not a very wealthy person but I am trying to save up my money to buy not only the DVDs but the comics as well.
So...a few questions, if you don't mind and I'm sorry if I offend you with any (keeping in mind that I haven't been fortunate enough to read the comics).
1) Will the gargoyles ever be able to integrate themselves into human society successfully?
2) With such a low population (compared to humans, I mean), will the Gargoyles ever be acceptable as human companions (as its widely recognized that Elisa and Goliath have a "thing")?
3) Is the TimeDancer series featuring Brooklyn canonical? I'm a huge Brooklyn fangirl and while it makes me sad that he is, ahem, now "off the market", if you will. (I'm sorry, he was a cartoon crush as a kid)
Whether this gets to you or not, I'm sincerely happy that you worked on the Gargoyles series and that you've opened up this "ask a question". It really warms my heart to know that you care about your fans that much!
And I wish could give you and Brooklyn both hugs! Thank you again!
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
3. All that's been published is canonical.
And thanks for the metaphorical hugs!
I'm a huge fan of your creations, your espetcially The Spectacular Spider Man, thanks to this show I'm right faith in you found!
I do a huge fan of Marvel, especially I love spider man! And your the spectacular Spider Man was just manna from heaven, even when it began to show on the Disney XD, it was at that time the highest rating in the history channel!
But when your show is canceled, all dedicated fans mourned as I.Ultimate Spider Man did not meet my expectations and hopes. Show was not bad, but not for a modicum of revolutionary as yours. It does not matter watched it or not, A true insult to even little kids who watch it. The show is SO dumbed down and tries too hard to be funny. There's nothing worse than forced "humor".
We understand you do not want to because it was all over with your TV series, we remember that you told us that Sony returned the television rights "The Spectacular Spider Man'' Marvel back. But why sony retained ownership and all production elements, making for a show: the character designs, story lines????? They that film rights about Spidey was a little???? MR.Weisman What do you think?? - I do not see any sense!Disney's not guilty and Marvel, too, I think that Sony, even if they would have given all that is connected with a the spectacular man on film rights had no effect (and it is on the film rights they totally focused right now, and even threw a television and did not touch )! Disney and Sony are no longer competitors. I think you will not knowingly repeat your show on the Vortexx,and the ratings-your show does not become obsolete, and I think and believe that the show has a chance to be reborn. Well, I believe in your upcoming series of Star Wars Rebels and will definitely be watching!
And May the Force be with you and your chance to revive the animated series about Spidey!!!
(I'm from Russia, and sorry if what I have written is not so!)
Larin, I'm honestly not clear what you're asking.
But as I've said over and over, Sony can't do Spectacular Spider-Man, since they no longer have the animation rights. And Marvel/Disney can't do Spectacular Spider-Man without paying Sony for the rights to do THAT version of the property. And that's NOT going to happen, because they can do their own version without paying anyone.
Is Themiscyra public or a member of the UN? There's a mention during Usual Suspects that Atlantis isn't part of the UN at that time, but I was curious how much they generally know about the Amazons. Godfrey mentions the Amazons in Happy New Year as a possible alien species during his xenophobic spiel, so it's clear that the public knows that Wonder Woman (and possibly Troia if she has broken away from the Team to become a public solo hero like Red Arrow was in Season 1) isn't the only one of her kind. I just wanted to know how much interaction Themiscyra has with "Man's World" or if they are as isolated as they are in previous incarnations. Thanks for the fantastic series.
Would permission be required from you, if Seth Green and Michael Senreich wanted to use Chopper, Kanan, Ezra, Zeb, Sabine and Hera in their animated comedy series "Star Wars Detours"?
Not from me, no. I have NO control whatsoever. Heck, they wouldn't even need permission from me if they wanted to use Goliath, Elisa and Xanatos in Star Wars Detours. I DON'T OWN THIS STUFF.
Hey Greg, me again. I got curious over something.
Sense Jade wanted to take revenge for Artemis' "death" by killing Kaldur I'm going to assume that Roy had no idea about that right? Considering they were (or still are, not sure) best friends Jade probably didn't want him knowing. Am I wrong on this or did Roy know? If he did, why did he go along with it? If he didn't, how did he react? (Sorry if some are spoilers.)
Assume for now that he didn't know.
How long does a hero have to be on the team that they are no longer a freshman on the team?
The "Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior" thing is not an official IN-SHOW notion. It was a convenient way for us OUTSIDE the show to talk about these distinctions. But if you want to push the idea, then I guess that after a year on the Team, you move from being a Freshman to a Sophomore (basically).
I just rewatched the YJ first season finale , great episode and the New Year kisses and Tornado comment always makes me smile.
Anyway, regarding Zatanna and Nightwing:
1) Did they love each other when they were dating? If yes, did they get to say it?
2) When someone asked if they still have feeling for each other you said "Depends how you're defining 'feelings'". And other tim eyou said the same but you added a "yes" at the end. So, do they still love each other? (I'm not asking in a romantical or platonical way, but if could clarify that you would make me the happiest men in the planet)
3) Did the last part sound like a marriage proposal?
4) I just brought YJ: Legacy, great story (Tula's death almost made me cry) and voice acting, the graphics and the gameplay weren't great but they still satisfy me. And I loved when in the middle of a fight you can hear Dick say "Guys, I'm whelmed"
5) Was Mal in the team by the time Tula died (YJ:L)?
1. No spoilers.
2. I stick by my original answer(s).
3. Not to me.
5. You saw what you saw.
Hi Greg. I am a big fan and I have a copyright question for you . The characters you use in Gargoyles are besides the main cast are mythological. So that would put them in the public domain, but your spin on them is that protected by copyright. Such as Oberon and Titania's connection to Avalon and their devours.
Thanks and Cant wait for Rebels and whatever else you do.
Oberon and Titania, to use your examples, are public domain. But our designs of them are not. And it one began to hew too closely to the backstories we created for them, Disney could, in theory, sue.
Hello, what is the weirdest thing you have been asked to sign at a convention?
Can't think of anything VERY weird. But I was once asked to sign a wool sweater, which is a challenge.
Hey Greg, Long time no see. Anyway are you still being booked for convention appearances? If so is there any process to this. I hope this still works and is active
I still do convention appearances. In fact, I do them more often now that I have novels to promote. Best way to reach me for this sort of thing is on Twitter @Greg_Weisman.
I absolutely loved Young Justice; it was probably my favor take on the DC universe. Your take on the world and the characters was absolutely perfect. My only "criticism" is that their weren't more episodes or comics expand on earth 16. I especially loved Artemis's character and the fact that DC hasn't incorporated her into the New 52 in a significant way leaves me completely bewildered. I loved the buildup to Darkseid, my favorite comic book villain, because based on the effectiveness of the other villain I really felt like he was going to be a huge threat and finally be portrayed as the brilliant strategist, manipulator, and powerhouse that utterly dwarf the Justice League that Jack Kirby wrote. Hopefully we'll see some of the plans you had for Darkseid in the future.
Was it true John DiMaggio was set to voice Darkseid or was that just BS internet rumors?
I'm really looking forward to Star Wars Rebels.
We had not cast or even thought about casting Darkseid. Love John, by the way, but I've never even heard his name mentioned for the part as a rumor.
Have you read this analysis of Eddie Brock?
If so, any thoughts?
I hadn't. I have now. I'm not sure about the terminology, but I agree with the gist of the post.
What happen to Monkey? He is not at the cave. Did Garfield go to Happy Harbor School for a time before being homeschool at the cave after Marie died ?
Titania has clearly gone out of her way to help Goliath and his clan on more than one occasion (i.e. helping him in Ill Met By Moonlight, and then getting his clan reinstated to their home in The Gathering). The only reason she has given so far is to repay a favor rendered, that is, to repay Goliath for his assistance in stopping the Matrix in Walkabout. But this seems a bit much to do to repay a favor. But it seems to me that her motivation is a bit more.
1. Would you say Titania likes Goliath/has a lot of respect for him?
2. If yes, would you say the reason is more because of what she has witnessed of his character firsthand, or because of what Fox has told her about him?
3. Is Titania trying to make up for some of the things Fox and David have done to Goliath and his clan?
4. Would you say Titania's motivations for reinstating Goliath's clan to their ancestral home are more to repay a favor, more because she genuinely likes/respects Goliath, more to make up for what Fox and David have done to his clan, more to establish a good protector for Fox and Alexander, or some combination of the above?
5. You've said that you don't plan to reveal what Titania whispered to Fox because the fan community has built it up so much, that what you had planned would be, in your words, anticlimatic. But wouldn't the fact that you have no plans to use it be a reason to reveal it, since you have no use for it in future stories anyway? I kind of get the impression that the reason you're so steadfast in not revealing it is because you still have plans to use it in some way. Care to give any input?
Thanks for your time.
1. Likes him, yes. Has respect for him, yes. A LOT of respect for him... well...
2. Neither, really.
4. You're leaving out a major factor.
5. No Spoilers.
Did Red Arrow comfort Cheshire after Artemis died? Also, will you tell me if Red Arrow and Cheshire decided to live together after they found Roy, but before the end of the series? I've read that they are now trying to make things work, but I am really curious as to their relationship during the events of the Invasion season after Bloodlines. Thank you for whatever you can tell me!
They were making a go of it. And, of course, Roy attempted to comfort Jade. You can see how well he succeeded.
Bruce Timm and I (and others) were interviewed for a cool little article on adaptation, here:
I leave tomorrow for MomoCon 2015. More information on it can be found at their website: http://www.momocon.com/
But here's MY schedule for the weekend:
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
BREAKING INTO ANIM 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Main "Villains" Room Omni-International
w/Floyd County Productions
SIGNING 03:30pm - 05:30pm
YOUNG JUSTICE 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Main "Villains" Omni-International
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
SIGNING 11:00am - 12:30pm
ANIM CREATORS 02:00pm - 03:00pm
w/Ben Mangum, Mike Reiss
SIGNING 05:30pm - 07:00pm
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
SIGNING 11:30am - 01:00pm
GARGOYLES 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Main "Villains" Omni-International
That's right! Both Keith "Goliath" David and Crispin "Red Arrow" Freeman will also be at MomoCon!
As usual, at my autograph sessions, I will happily sign anything you bring along with you 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 art surprise. 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 and KIM POSSIBLE). Each signed and personalized script is $20 cash. I'll also be giving away #RainoftheGhosts AudioPlay postcards for free!
So please stop by and say hello!
Brittany Uomoleale, the voice of Rain Cacique in the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay is interviewed here:
Did it take years for Garfield Logan to get power under control?
1. Did you ever worry that you would be approached to start working on shows you've done in the past while you were already working on one? (Ex: Let's say you were working on Young Justice, but Disney approached you to work on Gargoyles again.)
2. What would you do if situations like that ever came up?
1. No, I should have such problems. I'm usually lucky to find one job. Having two I wanted that badly has literally NEVER come up.
2. I don't really deal in hypotheticals. The realities in front of me are confusifying enough.
When Conner and Superman are together in public do they say that they're related (like how Superman said that he was Kara's cousin in the comics) or are their civilian covers not related?
Which season are you asking about?
Maybe this will sound silly but the episode "Downtime" sometimes made me think of the Andersen story, "the little mermaid" (not the Disney version). OK, I know this sounds silly but here's what I noticed:
- The mermaid lives underwater;
- She's young (15)
- She has her head in the clouds (all the time);
- She has a crush on someone and wants to give up everything to be with him;
- He's nice with her, yet he loves someone else;
- She's heartbroken and she gives up because she wants him to be happy;
- She has sisters who actually try to help her;
- She sacrifices herself (by dying) and evolves into a "creature of the air".
Now look at the episode:
- Kaldur lives underwater;
- He's young (16)
- He has his head in the clouds (just now)
- He has a crush on someone and wants to give up everything to be with her;
- She's nice with him, yet she loves someone else;
- He's heartbroken and he gives up because he wants her to be happy;
- He has friends (the team) who actually care for him;
- He sacrifices herself (by leaving) and evolves into a leader who actually concentrate all the time.
Now, was all this intentional or am I imagining things?
I wish Cartoon Network had let you carried on with more seasons. It was really a great show. I apologise for the mistakes: English is not my mother language. Mes amitiés.
Well, I certainly wasn't conscious of any of that, but I'm familiar with the tale, so maybe it was part of the background radiation, so to speak.
The youtube channel watchmojo has just put up a video for its 3.8 million subscribers of ''Top 10 Best Cartoons That Got Cancelled''. it placed your works of art Gargoyles at #5 and Young Justice #4.
How do you feel about that?
Also how would you respond to their comment that young justice fans felt ''cheated and abandoned'' due to it unresolved plot points?
also since its seems young justice is still in the media scope after a year are the chances of a season on Netflix or any form of story completion still being looked into?
1. Well, I'd prefer the shows were still going, but I'm happy we got the recognition and that folks still seem to miss those shows. No love for SpecSpidey, huh?
2. I think that's unreasonable, frankly. Believe me, I'd love to have done more episodes, more issues of our companion comic series, etc. But nothing is guaranteed to last forever, and certainly no one was "cheated". The fact is, the series didn't have the ratings or the merchandising support to continue. Our fans are wonderful and intense, but unfortunately not quite as numerous as I think everyone believes. It's still a business. And if we don't have the numbers to pay for the series, then that's a damn shame, but that's all it is. To be clear, I'm not blaming the fans; just pointing out that there weren't enough fans buying toys or sitting in front of their sets to keep us on the air.
As to unresolved plot points, would folks have preferred if, for example, Brandon and I hadn't put in that last scene with Vandal and Darkseid? We certainly could have skipped it, and one less thing would be unresolved, but I believe the show would have been less interesting if we made sure not to introduce any thread that couldn't absolutely be tied up at season's end.
3. Okay, there's no such thing as "story completion" for Young Justice. It wasn't designed to ever end. All of us who worked on the series would love to do more, but if we did do more, there would be still more concepts introduced so that whenever we ran out of "more" there would still be loose ends. And so on, and so on, and so on...
Meanwhile, I don't believe either Warner Bros, DC or Cartoon Network has any current plans to bring YJ back in any form. Netflix would be great, but if Time-Warner isn't interested in pursuing the property, then all other considerations are moot.
And "the media scope" is a relative concept. YJ was something special, but it never did Game of Thrones numbers, for example, not in terms of ratings or in terms of pop culture awareness.
Again, it doesn't give me pleasure to say all of this. But the realities are what they are.
I'm on the Geek Cave Podcast, talking RainoftheGhosts.com AudioPlay here:
Check it out!
Eric Lopez (the voice of Blue Beetle) and I, were guests on the Nerdy Show to talk about - surprise, surprise - the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay:
Check it out!
I know it must seem like all I'm doing these days is more press. And that's mostly because it's kinda true.
Between the release of Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 and our Kickstarter for the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay, I'm frankly doing as much press as I can possibly manage.
So here's another link to another interview. I really like this one. I get to talk about pie.
I'm on the Great Big Beautiful Podcast. Check it out here:http://geekdad.com/2015/04/gbbp-5-greg-weisman/
A short Interview on the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay can be found here: http://www.house-of-books.com/?p=34.
I am fortunate enough to have been invited to be a spotlight guest at WonderCon this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Friday April 03 - Sunday April 05. Here's my schedule for WonderCon 2015:
FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2015
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 11:30am - 12:30pm.
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 and KIM POSSIBLE). Each signed and personalized script is $20 cash. I'll also be giving away #RainoftheGhosts AudioPlay postcards for free!
WORKING IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE
Room 207 04:00pm - 05:00pm
I'm moderating this panel with panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Sam de La Rosa, Braden Lamb, Mike Mayhew, Rebecca Moesta & John Ostrander.
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 5:30pm - 07:00pm.
SATURDAY, APRIL 04, 2015
SPOTLIGHT ON GREG WEISMAN
Room 213, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Gary Mierianu interviews me about Gargoyles, Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Kanan: the Last Padawan, Rain of the Ghosts (novels and AudioPlay) and more. Plus we'll open it up to an audience Q&A at the end.
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 1:00pm - 02:30pm.
Mysterious Galaxy Booth 908, 03:00pm - 03:45pm.
MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING
Room 300AB 04:00pm - 05:00pm
I'll be talking about Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan, but other panelists will include Sam Humphries, Will Moss & Rick Remender, talking about their stuff.
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 5:30pm - 07:00pm.
SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2015
WARNER ARCHIVE MORE THAN SIDEKICKS!
Room 300AB 01:00pm - 02:00pm
I'll be talking Young Justice and other sidekick stuff with J.M. DeMatteis, D.W. Ferranti, Loren Lester, Gary Mierianu & Matthew Patterson.
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 2:30pm - 05:00pm.
That's it. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!!!
Did an interview on the #RainoftheGhosts AudioPlay with Amy Ratcliffe of the Nerdist here:
New interview on Cinepresto, where I talk about my background, the biz, Gargoyles, Star Wars Kanan and the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay!
As you may know, a few years ago I started writing a series of Young Adult novels, starting with Rain of the Ghosts and followed by its sequel, Spirits of Ash and Foam. I've enjoyed the process and I've enjoyed working on a franchise whose course I can steer myself.
More recently, I launched an ambitious project, adapting Rain of the Ghosts into an unabridged full-cast AudioPlay with an all-star list of voice talent, a musical score and sound effects. (It's definitely not your standard single-narrator audiobook.)
The voice tracks are already recorded and paid for, but projects like this are expensive, and to finance the post-production (editing, scoring, sound effects and mixing), I've launched a KickStarter campaign* here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1693681637/rain-of-the-ghosts-full-cast-audioplay.
I hope you'll consider pre-ordering a copy of the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay on KickStarter.
Now with this sort of thing, getting early momentum is very important, so if you are going to contribute to the campaign, the sooner you do the more it helps us out. It would also be very helpful if you could help us spread the word about the campaign. Forward this email to your friends. And if its something you do, mention the project on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. The campaign's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rain-of-the-Ghosts/414679108692632 and the KickStarter page can also be reached by clicking on http://www.rainoftheghosts.com. For those of you who are on Twitter, my handle is @Greg_Weisman and we're using the hashtag #RainoftheGhosts. I'm also more than willing to do interviews and press, so if you are connected to any kind of press outlet, please don't hesitate to contact me. Every little bit helps!
*For those of you, who - like me - choose to live largely in the technological past, KickStarter allows individuals to contribute funds toward worthy projects, receiving "rewards" in exchange for their donations, with a guarantee that no money is delivered unless the project fully funds, thus insuring its completion. If you'd like to contribute but are having trouble negotiating the KickStarter website, please contact me for help.
Find my latest YouTube interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UStxXDBFL7Y&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z12vybmi4xr0ehbd023dspr4embnhjqun
Did a podcast: http://comicreliefpodcast.com/archives/319 !
Check it out!
Do you have a favourite Ben 10 episode and favourite Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode?
Well, I won't pretend I've seen all episodes of either series. I haven't even seen all of my episodes. But I liked Ben Ten Thousand a lot, and likewise Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster.
First off Hi and I just wanted to say in love young justice and am hoping for its return, but I have a few questions
1. Did Aquagirl use stealth tech during her time with the team?
2. Did Tempest?
3. Did Jason Todd?
Thank you for taking the time to answer
3. Probably not.
We know that Oberon sent the Fae out from Avalon in order to teach them some humility... Was there a singular inciting incidentthat caused this ruling, or was it just from the sheer number of small incidents of individual Fae?
Okay, first. I try not to use the word "Fae" to refer to all of Oberon's Children. That's a fan term, which I have - through not paying attention - occasionally found myself using by accident or out of laziness. But I'm trying to break myself of that habit.
Anyway, the answer is BOTH, i.e. there was a cumulative effect of multiple incidents that started Oberon thinking along certain lines. But there was also a singular incident that ultimately triggered his decision.
If Guardian (Jim Harper) is a clone of the original Speedy, which I'm assuming means they are genetically identical, why is the Roy clone of speedy a good amount shorter than Jim Harper even though at start of Invasion he is 23-24 and approximately a full gown adult? Shouldn't they have ended up at the same height or does the cloning process stunt growth after it is done?
Fair question that I should have - but never have - thought of before. And I honestly don't know the in-universe answer. Open to suggestions.
Dose Brooklyn have a younger sibling I read gargoyles couples each normally have three eggs/ three children so I know he has a brother dose he have a younger sibling.
For all we know, Brooklyn is the youngest of the three biological siblings. If he did have a younger sibling, he or she would be the same age as True.
But, of course, I'm not going to confirm or deny anything. No Spoilers.
Keep in mind that Brooklyn considers his siblings all to be the same age, give or take a day or two. The biology matters less than the Rookery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?