Greg's Latest Responses : Ask Greg The latest rambles and responses to questions asked by fans of Greg Weisman, co-creator of the Disney animated television show Gargoyles. Question from Marvelman <p><strong>Marvelman asks:</strong></p> <p> "I not only won't confirm or deny that Wally is coming back, I won't even confirm or deny that he's appearing in flashback, or confirm or deny that Jason Spisak is in any way involved with Season Three." </p> <p> You do realize that there is a video of Jason in the studio with the rest of the season 3 cast, right? I guess he could just be stopping by to say hello to some of his old friends on the cast? </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> You do realize that voice actors are in recording studios for all sorts of different series and projects, right? </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 21, 2017</em></p> Question from Eustace <p><strong>Eustace asks:</strong></p> <p> Why is it only years after Marie's death that Garfield starts living at the cave and not soon after Marie's death? </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> No spoilers. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 21, 2017</em></p> Question from Rafael Motamayor <p><strong>Rafael Motamayor asks:</strong></p> <p> Hi Greg! I'm a journalist and a huge fan from Norway. I'm wondering if you are attending this year's SDCC? If so, can I contact you regarding a possible interview or at least buying you a drink at some poing? </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> Hi Rafael, </p> <p> I did - briefly - attend SDCC this past summer. Sorry I'm only seeing this now. For short term questions, you're better off trying to reach me on Twitter @Greg_Weisman </p> <p> Now, the truth is that I don't check Twitter that often either, but I tend to close to an event like a convention. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 21, 2017</em></p> Question from Lyla <p><strong>Lyla asks:</strong></p> <p> I genuinely hope the age difference is not a legitimate concern you have for Jaime and Bart's relationship. While yes, it can trigger an onset of issues for some people, plenty of couples receive copious amounts of support regardless of their gaps. (Sokka and Toph of Avatar: The Last Airbender as well as Katara and Aang, who happened to be 16 and 12 years old!) The self-internalized homophobic ones are mainly the belittlers of their relationship. I'm aware it's not a guarantee that you'll incorporate the ship into the show, but by the chances that you do, please do not let the age factor be a variable in your decision. I trust you'll develop them wonderfully since you've done so in the past. </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> I've written and rewritten this response over and over. It feels like nearly ANYTHING I might say would act as a SPOILER. </p> <p> So, I want to be clear that I'm NOT talking about Bart and Jaime. </p> <p> Three years is an insignificant age gap if you're, say 26 and 23. </p> <p> But I don't agree that it's insignificant when you're 16 and 13. I think it's very significant. I would not have allowed my kids (one boy and one girl) to date sixteen-year-olds when they were thirteen. (Not that it ever came up.) </p> <p> Doesn't mean a relationship couldn't happen, but there would be repercussions with regard to that age gap. Of course, I've never had a problem dealing with repercussions in the series I've worked on. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 21, 2017</em></p> Question from Weesiwel <p><strong>Weesiwel asks:</strong></p> <p> Of the City States of Atlantis we are aware of as it exists on Earth 16 some have clear name origins whereas others are more obscure. </p> <p> Poseidonis is obviously derived from Poseidon.<br> Tritonis from Triton.<br> Neptunos from Neptune (interestingly a Roman name though we see the Roman influences elsewhere in Atlantis).<br> Lemuria is the name of another mythical sunken continent as you are aware.<br> Nanauve I would guess derives from King Nanaue Sha'ark's name. </p> <p> Crastinus from a bit of research could be derived from Carcinus a mythical giant crab but it could also be from Gaius Crastinus a Roman soldier which brings in the Roman influences again. There is also the speculation of himself sacrificing himself to gods of the Underworld which while not necessarily the Sea could be interpreted as Sea Gods to ensure a victory. </p> <p> Shayeris I couldn't turn up anything of and the only connection I can make is to Hawkgirl but that seems an unlikely one. I'm sure this would count as a spoiler if it was though. </p> <p> So could you confirm these origins for the names or correct me where I am wrong so long as doing so does not constitute a spoiler of course. </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> Um. See... They come from DC Comics. You'd have to ask a DC historian about their origins. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 21, 2017</em></p> Question from Philippe <p><strong>Philippe asks:</strong></p> <p> Has M'gann been to Garfield's nine or ten birthday? </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> No Spoilers. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 21, 2017</em></p> Question from Menosky <p><strong>Menosky asks:</strong></p> <p> Is young justice superman's lifespan the same or longer than a human? </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> No spoilers. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 20, 2017</em></p> Question from tom <p><strong>tom asks:</strong></p> <p> does Zatanna and garfield ever spend time together </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> Ever? Sure. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 20, 2017</em></p> Question from Alex Costa <p><strong>Alex Costa asks:</strong></p> <p> Hi Greg, hope you're doing good. </p> <p> How old would Johnny Storm, Cyclops and Beast have been in the SpecSpidey universe relative to Peter (if you could have used them)? Would they have been 16 too? </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> I didn't fix ages for characters I was not allowed to use, i.e. it never got that far. But they definitely would have been on the young side. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 20, 2017</em></p> Question from Todd <p><strong>Todd asks:</strong></p> <p> Why did Miss Martian didn't want to join the justice league at the beginning of young justice invasion? </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> As she said, she was happy where she was. </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 20, 2017</em></p> Question from Matt <p><strong>Matt asks:</strong></p> <p> Hi Greg. </p> <p> Been a long while since I've asked you anything here. I hope things are well with you. Sounds like you're busy these days and I'm glad to hear it. </p> <p> I'm writing to ask you about Gargoyles. It's crazy to think that the property is approaching its 25th year. And very cool to think that "in-universe" Artus and other gargoyles around the world are less than a year away from hatching! </p> <p> But what I'm writing about is the future of Gargoyles on television, in comics, novels, etc. It feels like the last few years have been very quiet for Gargoyles. The last Gathering is nearly a decade behind us. We've had no new material in even longer. Revisions on GargWiki only trickle in these days. Gargoyles fan sites are steadily being abandoned or dying. Even Ask Greg is far more of a Young Justice site these days. The Comment Room is pretty quiet, a shadow of what it was when I first discovered it over 17 years ago. And we fans are slowly growing older. And with all of these disheartening facts, I'm beginning to lose hope in new Gargoyles material from here on out. </p> <p> It's hard for me to even admit that. I can remember getting very fired up and launching into pep talks when others would express similar thoughts over the years. Maybe I'm writing this in hopes of getting a pep talk myself. I don't know. Really, I just want to know what your thoughts on the future of Gargoyles is. Good or bad, I'd just like to hear it from the man himself. </p> <p> Let me be clear: I'm not asking if you've given up on the property. I know that you have never failed to look for an outlet to tell your stories and I know that if you were given a chance you'd happily tell those stories in any medium. I'm just curious about your personal and professional opinion on any future Gargoyles products. </p> <p> I will always be a fan. I will always love the stories you've told us. I will always have some hope that more stories will be told and I'll be quick to support the property if/when that happens. I'm just feeling like Gargoyles is all in the past. Honestly, am I right? Or am I just being dramatic? And if Gargoyles does have a chance in the future, what can we do to help it along after all these years? </p> <p> Thanks, Greg. You rock. Thanks for everything! </p> <p><strong>Greg responds:</strong></p> <p> Hey Matt, </p> <p> You're just being dramatic. Which doesn't mean you aren't also right. Which doesn't mean there isn't hope. Confused yet? </p> <p> Here's a hard truth: Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm. Why take a chance on a 25-year-old action property that (to their mind) has an aging/shrinking fanbase when you can exploit sure things like Star Wars and Spider-Man? </p> <p> That's the big hump right now. </p> <p> In addition, comic book publishing of Disney's licensed properties has been in disarray. As I'm sure you've noticed, we made some progress with Joe Books... and then it all fell apart. We're now waiting for Joe's license to lapse and are hopeful -actually hopeful - that we can make new comics happen with a new publisher. [Name of new publisher being withheld for now until a deal is made.] </p> <p> So, no, of course I haven't given up. Gargoyles is my baby, and I'll never give up on it. I hope the fans won't either, but I understand there isn't much new to talk about these days, so it's natural that interest wanes. But I hope if and when there is something new to talk about, the fans will help me launch a campaign to get that new stuff noticed. </p> <p> I truly believe that our best bet right now is, in fact, comic books. I can tell original canon stories (with little or no interference), and then we can use the comics to demonstrate that the property is still viable, just as we used Netflix to prove that Young Justice was still viable. </p> <p> I'm also hopeful that once Disney has its own version of Netflix up and running in 2019 (just in time for our 25th Anniversary), that they'll put Gargoyles up there for streaming. Then we can begin a #KeepBingingGargoyles campaign, and who knows what might happen?! </p> <p> Meanwhile, though it's true we haven't had an official Gathering since 2009, we did have a Gargoyles-convention-within-a-convention that was VERY successful at CONvergence in 2014 in Minneapolis, honoring the show's 20th anniversary. We did all the old Gathering stuff: showed the videos, multiple panels on the subject (including the biology/cultural panel), an original Gargoyles Radio Play, and we had Marina Sirtis, Frank Paur &amp; Greg Guler there, as well. Many old Gargoyles fans showed up, and we had a blast. </p> <p> I'll be back at CONvergence in July of 2018, and although it won't be a full-on Gargoyles convention-within-a-convention again, we will do a Radio Play, and I always do at least one Gargoyles panel. </p> <p> Plus, I've been talking with a venue to do another Garg-con-within-a-con to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2019. I'll keep you posted here, but you should think about attending. It'll get the juices flowing. </p> <p> So, no, don't despair. I'm always pretty upfront about the likelihood of anything happening, and right now it's a bit slim. But down the road, I still see a lot of potential. Stick with us! </p> <p><em>Response recorded on December 20, 2017</em></p>