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Shadow Wing writes...

Have you ever seen the play "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)"?

If you haven't, I strongly recommend it. It's a very intelligent, but extremely silly play that keeps people laughing almost constantly. As a Shakespeare enthusiast, I think you'd enjoy it.

Greg responds...

I have not seen it, but I'd like to.

Response recorded on September 30, 2009

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spidey570 writes...

Hi Greg . I have some questions about the Spectacular Spider-man . So i wanna ask if you will make Peter be with Mary Jane after being with Gwen . Aslo will you make Gwen's death happen by the Goblin like in the comics ?
I will be very pleased if you can answer me . Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

No comment.

Response recorded on September 30, 2009

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Hey gang,

Josh Keaton, the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and I did a podcast with spidermancrawlspace:


Check it out!

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Moritz writes...


I wanted to ask a question: When is the Spectaculart Spider-Man Series scheduled for release in Germany? I really want to support this show. I saw some episodes while I was out of my country and I have to say: BAM! Das ist das Beste was ich je gesehen hab! It captures EVERYTHING I like about the webslinger. It's better than the original universe, better than the Ultimate Universe and better than everything else related to Spidey. Why is that so? Well you took the best from every incarnation and made an awesome cocktail out of it. Add a ton of excellent storytelling and you have a masterpiece.
I hope and pray that you will get to make as many seasons as you think you'll need to finish what you want to tell about our favourite Wallcrawler.

Hopefully the Studios won't "Squash yer bug".

Moritz out.

Greg responds...

Thanks. I'm afraid I don't know when the series is coming to Germany.

Response recorded on September 29, 2009

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Joe I. writes...

Hey Greg,

Listen before I ask my Spidey-Question TM I just want you to know this......Spectacular Spiderman is the greatest thing that has ever happened to Spidey out of the comics.

Better then the movies.
Better then that 60's show.
WAAAAAY better then the 90's show.
And overall just......AMAZING.

Okay......now on to my questions.

1. First off: You said they found Osborn's body. Now I hate to brag about my incredible detective skills but.....I deduced that Mr. Roman is actually Norman Osborn. I KNOW I KNOW its a bit far-fetched....but I have a gut feeling. So what? Did Osborn clone himself.....*cough*clonesaga*cough* or what?

2. Which villian have you not yet used that your DYING to get on the show?

3. Which spidey-villian TM can you safeley say you will NEVER EVER EEEEEVER have on your show?


Greg responds...

1. No.

2. Hobgoblin. Scorpion. Many others.

3. There are none that fit that category.

Response recorded on September 29, 2009

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john writes...

if season 3 is confirmed by the time this question gets to you congrats and thank god, if not then i have some reasons it should.
the best animated show ever.
spiderman 4 rolls around the time season 3 will get done.
the ratings will be through the roof.
i know its all about the money and just think how much they would get.
the cliffhanger yous had just made us want it more.

these are only some, there is a lot more than this i can name, this series is amazing, hope this series gets at least 5 seasons and at most non-stop. i do have a question.

in the direct to dvd things you have planned if you get 5 seasons and you do a direct to dvd "death of captain stacy" or "death of gwen stacey" will you continue the story or just make these dvds for the thrill of it.

Greg responds...

I don't get to do much in this business just for "the thrill of it".

Response recorded on September 29, 2009

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C. Damien Belyeu writes...

Dear Greg,

I have watched Gargoyles ever since it came on back in the nineties. It was a shame to see it end with the Goliath Chronicles... Will you try to revive the show, and if you do, when?

Greg responds...

We have revived it... as comics. Please pick up the three trade paperbacks.

Response recorded on September 29, 2009

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Purplegoldfish writes...

Hi Greg,

erm, I don't know if you noticed, but I created a bit of a stir in the comment room recently about the design of Constance, and I would appreciate if I could have some of your input in the matter. It might put this annoying demon in my mind to rest.

I'm just wondering, if at any time in the design process for Coco you made the connection between her being a heavy set female that resembles an animal that is unfortunately used as a negative metaphor for large women.

I actually like Coco's design, and her personality especially. What I don't like is that she's the only full figured female we've seen and she just happens to resemble a pig.

I admit I'm a bit jaded and cynical when it comes to this stuff. Chalk that up to having to endure a lot of verbal abuse growing up. I'm just really curious if you personally made that connection while designing the character. I'm really interested to see what you have to say about it.

Greg responds...

One of the main reasons that the original Coco became Broadway (i.e. why we took a female heavy-set gargoyle and made her male) was because we were afraid of the politically correct blow-back that we thought would come by depicting her that way. It's a double standard, but it's true. You can do a heavy set guy who likes to eat. But you can't do it with a gal without risking repercussions.. Ultimately though, that's cowardice. And not that I think the series is poorer for it, because I love Broadway, but ANY series is poorer for that kind of cowardice. When you fold to that, you wind up with the same types (not bad types, but the same ones) over and over.

Having gotten over that specific brand of cowardice (though I'm sure I'm still subject to other examples of the same kind of thing), I decided to create this new Constance/Coco. Being part of the London Clan meant she should be based on a heraldic animal. And the boar was one I hadn't used yet. So let's hit it HEAD ON. She's a heavy-set female gargoyle -- and she even has a pig-snout.

So go for it. Tell me she's nothing but a bad and inappropriate joke. I dare you. (I don't mean "you", Purplegoldfish, but a more generic "you" that's out there.) If I do my job well, then there's no concern. She's strong and multi-faceted, and her size is just an aspect of who she is, not the whole story. If all anyone can see is the girth and the snout then either I've failed... or that "anyone" has failed to look beyond the surface, which is one of the MAJOR themes of the entire series.

Generally, the response to Coco has been fairly positive, so I'm feeling pretty good about the job I did. Even you seem to like her, and your reservations are based on surface qualities and old prejudices and memories that I was openly defying on purpose. I can live with that. (Since ultimately I have no choice.)

Plus, I just really like Coco's design. I think David Hedgecock did a GREAT job on her. Instantly, I forgot about any agenda and just thought she was a great looking character. Which is how it should be.

Response recorded on September 25, 2009

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SPONGEBOB writes...

Mr. Weisman, I love Spectacular Spider-Man. Best show ever!!! Thank you so much. This is how "The Batman" should have been from the start. Well, I have a question. You will probably answer it with "no comment" but I'll give it a try:
Since the theme of the show is "The Education of Peter Parker" what classes will season 3 be based on?

Greg responds...

Don't know yet.

Response recorded on September 25, 2009

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L. Thompson Lincoln writes...

Hi Mr. Weisman. First of all thanks for the best show ever. I've enjoyed every single second of it. Your show beats the 90s one by a longshot. The funny part is that not only you've created a gang war within your show (with Tombstone, Silvermane, and Doc Ock) but you've also created a gang war in real life (Spider-Man: TAS fans vs. Spectacular Spider-Man fans lol). I don't really think fans should fight on which show is better. Both your show and the 90s show are great (but yours is better lol). Anyways, here are my questions. They're not really questions on "Spectacular Spider-Man" but rather questions on the Spider-Man character. I've been asking myself (and others) these questions ever since I was a little kid but no one gave me a good answer. I want to hear your opinions.

1) Why is Chameleon's face all white and doesn't have a nose, ears, hair, etc.? Did he get a surgery and made his face like that or was he born like that?

2) Why is Spider-Man the only one to fully control the symbiote? In every single Spider-Man adaptation, when a symbiote bonds with a human, that human transforms into a Venom-like monster with a mouth and teeth and all that. Spider-Man is the only one who can "survive" a symbiote. Whenever Spider-Man bonds with a symbiote, he just gets a replica of his suit rather than turning into some Venom monster. Why do you think that is? Is it because Spider-Man's mind can control it? Why? I really want to find out the answer to that question. Even heroes and villains stronger than Spider-Man would still turn into a monster.

3) Do you think people like Mac Gargan and Angelo Fortunato are worthy to wear the Venom symbiote? I think no. The only people worthy enough to wear it are Peter, Brock, and maybe Cletus.

4) Does Debra Whitman have any connections with Morbius in the comics?

5) Even in the comics, Rhino's suit is permanent. How does he use the washroom?

Thank you, once again, for the best show ever and for answering my questions.

Greg responds...

1. I think it's a mask that allows him to put any kind of persons features over a flat surface.

2. Well, I think you're putting the cart before the horse. Spider-Man and the symbiote bond to create the dark Spidey. Later, the symbiote bonds with Eddie and the result reflects the combination of their two mindsets. Carnage is clearly influenced by Venom. And etc. It's not like the natural form of the symbiote is a bipedal guy with teeth. The natural form of the symbiote is black ooze. It's the human that influences the specific form.

3. No comment.

4. In the comics? I don't recall.

5. You mean the toilet? I think waste is expressed through tiny vents in his feet.

Response recorded on September 25, 2009

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