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WONDERCON ANAHEIM - ASK GREG LIVE

WONDERCON ANAHEIM - Who'd like to meet up?

My daughter Erin and I will be attending WonderCon on Friday, March 29th:

http://www.comic-con.org/wca

I'm not on a panel or anything official. I'm just going to look around, hang out, etc. But ASK GREG moderator Masterdramon is also going, and we thought it might be fun to organize a semi-impromptu ASK GREG LIVE event. I assume most folks would want to talk about Young Justice, which is great. But we can also discuss Gargoyles or the weather or whatever. Chris Jones and I did something similar a few weeks ago at a Doctor Who convention, and we had fun. I think about twenty or so fans showed, which was a nice number. We might wind up with a few more or less. Or, heck, maybe it'll just be me, Erin and Masterdramon, which is okay too. EIther way, we want to try to keep the thing unofficial, informal, casual, etc.

The main question I have is exactly when and where should we meet up? Has to be Friday the 29th, and because (a) I'm driving down there from Los Angeles and (b) it's the first day of the con, it probably shouldn't be too early. Likewise, I'm not staying overnight, and I have the drive home, so not too late either. So an afternoon meet-up, I'm guessing. Or maybe lunch? An early dinner? Linner?

And where do we meet? How do we find each other? (I'm not familiar enough with the Anaheim Convention Center to know exactly where a good spot might be.)

I'm definitely open to suggestions. I'm posting this here at ASK GREG, but also in the Station 8 Comment Room, which I'll be checking periodically between now and the con. If you have any thoughts on where we could meet, please post them there:

http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/comment/index.php

It'll also help us gauge interest in how many people might actually be, well... interested in this sort of thing. So even if you have no suggestions but you plan on joining us, post anyway, so that we can begin to approximate a head count. It may influence where we meet up.

The week before the convention, I'll post the final specifics on where and when at ASK GREG and at Station 8.

Hope to see at least a few of you soon.


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Brian writes...

I know you said in a few other questions that Ms. Martian was the only member of her family who had a "white" appearance. She also mentioned that she had 12 sisters, and that Martians stay close in large families through telepathy. So:

A) How close is she with her Martian family, now she's on earth? Does she write/communicate/keep in touch?

B) Was there any difference in her relationship with her father, compared to her siblings, because she faced the same prejudices He did?

C) How well did she get along with her siblings, was she especially close with any of them?

Also, I'm not sure if you plan on answering this in the show, so if it's not a spoiler request, why did Beast Boy develop powers after being bitten by a Green Monkey? Why not right away? And, would a bite from any other animal have done the same thing, or is there something special about green monkeys?

Thank you for taking the time to read and answer this.

Greg responds...

Okay, for starters, I never said that. In fact, I specifically said she had one brother who was a White Martian. Nor did I say that Martians "stay close in large families through telepathy". So...

A. Largely, no.

B. Every relationship is unique.

C. Every relationship is unique, but she was not particularly close to any of them. Sometimes it was her fault, sometimes one of theirs.

As for your Beast Boy question... have you seen the show?

Response recorded on March 13, 2013

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Anonymous Writes writes...

Cadmas was shot down by end of Season 1?

Greg responds...

Do you mean SHUT down? (Because when I first read this, I thought that you thought that "Cadmas" was a person who was shot, like with a gun.)

Anyway, no.

Response recorded on March 13, 2013

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Tal9922 writes...

Hey there, sorry if this has been asked before, I tried searching for it but I literally got hundreds of hits, so...

1) How come Earth has so many Green Lanterns? I read a little about the reason for it in the comics, but I'm wondering of the reason for it in Universe 16?

2) Why were John and Hal originally against Guy joining the Justice League?

Greg responds...

1. Our basic theory is that qualified Green Lanterns are hard to come by in Universe-16. Entire planets, entire populations, have been searched, with a ring finding no one qualified. Earth, oddly, seems to have at least the potential for the kind of greatness that a ring is looking for. And so it may be a recruitment bed, which does NOT mean that suddenly there are going to be hundreds of Lanterns on or from Earth, or even a handful, as just being recruited from somewhere doesn't mean you're assigned to that sector.

2. Guy can be a real pain in the butt.

Response recorded on March 13, 2013

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Taylor in Missouri writes...

After reading through some of the old answers you've given concerning M'gann, I'm curious as to her family dynamic and to general Martian culture. I'm asking these under the impression that we won't see any development on this front in the current season, because invasions are rather messy and time consuming.

1a. Because there is no hiding who they are, how did the general Martian population react to M'gann's parents? I assume they were generally socially rejected, but was there ever violence?
1b. How common are families like M'gann's--would she have met other people who have a similar background to hers?
2a. How did M'gann get the "Hello, Megan!" tv series? 2b. Is Earth culture, like television and films, commonly explored on Mars? I'd hate to have the Martians watching shows like "Jersey Shore" and thinking that was what all humans are like.
3. Was there a triggering event that led to M'gann coming to Earth, or did she just see an opportunity and take it?

Thank you in advance, and I'm sorry for the ridiculous amount of questions for one ask. I look forward to more wonderful YJ work from you and the team.

Greg responds...

1a. Nothing's monolithic, but, yes, generally, there was a lot of social rejection. However, I'm not going to tell stories in this format.

1b. On occasion. But they're not common.

2a. Via broadcasts that J'onn J'onzz sent to Mars.

2b. What J'onn sends is selected by him. He can't send everything, so he sends what he thinks is of the most interest, or is instructive (in some way or another).

3. More the latter, unless you count her entire life and identity as a triggering event.

Response recorded on March 13, 2013

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Blizzard Sprite writes...

Hello, Mr. Weisman.

I had a few questions that pertain to the Nielsen's ratings system.

1. Why isn't there any public information about Nielsen's ratings for most of the animated series that have been on television? Classic cartoons and many of the modern ones have virtually no ratings tied to them. In the past few years, the figures have been released for programs that have performed well for cartoons, such as the animated series that currently air on Fox, Avatar: The Legend of Korra on Nickelodeon, Adventure Time on Cartoon Network not to mention Young Justice, as well as a few other programs on or were on the air.

2. Are networks allowed to request that the ratings for a show be withheld or simply not released to the public? In addition, why are the ratings released for some episodes of animated television programs, such as Young Justice or Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, while not being provided for others?

3. As someone who has worked on a variety of animated projects over the years, were you given the exact ratings of a program to work with? By that, I mean were the exact ratings made available to you, and if so, who provided them? Or was that information not provided? And did these particular ratings have any leverage on what would go in the animated universe?

4. What were the ratings like for your original animated series, Gargoyles? A search on Google turns up an article, http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-15899915.html, which requires a subscription to read in full, reads:

"Walt Disney Television Animation's Gargoyles new animated show delivered a strong 2.8 Nielsen metered-market rating and an 8 share average over a special stripped debut Oct. 24-28. That was up 33% in share from its,"

5. Are you even allowed to discuss the ratings of an animated program, or is there a contractual obligation that prevents you (and others) from doing so?

Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

1. As far as I know, anyone can PAY to get Nielsen results. But if you don't feel like paying, then you're reliant on getting those results from entities that have paid. Those entities tend to be news organizations (that may not think enough of the general public has an interest in cartoon ratings) or networks (who are only going to display ratings that make them look good and/or suit their current strategy). But I'm no expert.

2. You've got it backwards. Nielsen is a COMPANY that charges for its services. It's not some public forum that networks have somehow forced to withhold info from you. If you really want the info, go pay for it.

3. Very inconsistently.

3a. For example, on YJ, we occasionally got ratings reports from CN via our bosses at WB.

3b. Often, we got no info.

3c. Absolutely not, because by the time ratings came in we were way past committed to whatever creative decisions had been made. Whether those numbers effected air dates, hiatuses (hiatusi?) or pickups is a your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine thing. I haven't seen enough of the raw numbers myself to make an evaluation.

4. As I recall, during our first season on Gargoyles, when we were weekly, our ratings were very strong. Our second season, when we were on five days a week, was during the peak of the Power Rangers craze, and although our ratings were solid, we were consistently beat by that show, coming in at number two for our time slot week after week after week.

5. There's no contractual obligation, but there are political considerations. Plus, as I said above, I'm not always informed. And I'm not fond of passing on rumors or making half-assed guesses.

Response recorded on March 13, 2013

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VERONICA MARS on Kickstarter

VERONICA MARS on Kickstarter

So I've always been fairly dubious about Kickstarter. I found the websites overwhelming and off-putting.

But my brother Jon just sent me the link below, and I actually found myself pledging $50, which is WAY out of character for me.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project

In part, it's because my daughter Erin and I are both massive Veronica Mars fans. And in part, it's because if this works, it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities.

Gargoyles on Kickstarter? Spectacular Spider-Man on Kickstarter? Young Justice on Kickstarter? Today it seems just a little less nutty than it did yesterday.

So check out the link. If you love Veronica Mars like I do, pledge what you can - because, damn, I want to see that movie - but even if V is of no interest to you, check out the link anyway. It's definitely giving me... thoughts...


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Robert writes...

Hi Greg,

I was just watching "Targets" again for probably the third or fourth time (and for the first time since before the show returned last September) when I noticed something interesting. In that episode, during the conversation between Red Arrow and Lex Luthor at the Peace Summit between North and South Rhelasia, Luthor tells Red something about Lexcorp being dedicated to peace. In response, Red Arrow says, "I've got intel linking Lexcorp shell companies to the sale of weapons in both Rhelasias. You're profiting off this war."

We learned in "Satisfaction" that the original Roy Harper had been abducted while investigating a Lexcorp shell company that he and Green Arrow suspected of smuggling weapons into North Rhelasia.

My questions...

1) Are these two events in fact the same? I mean, when Red Arrow was speaking with Luthor at the Peace Summit regarding his "intel", was he referring (unknowingly, of course) to the same event that led to the original Roy's capture (and, by consequence, his own creation)?
2) If the answer to the above is no, then feel free to ignore the rest of the paragraph. However, if the answer to the above question is yes, then I'm also curious: was Red Arrow's presence at the Rhelasian Peace Summit orchestrated by the Light in advance? I mean, obviously for Sportsmaster to extract information from him and issue new programming, Red had to be there, and he had to be alone. But if he hadn't been there at all, it seems likely that Cheshire would have actually killed Luthor - it just didn't seem to me like she knew what was really going on. But wouldn't it be too great a risk for the Light to knowingly put one of its own in jeopardy - unless they KNEW beforehand that someone (and a very specific someone, at that) would be there to "save the day"? Moreover, for this whole plan to succeed without Luthor being assassinated, both Cheshire and Sportsmaster had to have been explicitly told NOT to kill Red Arrow - which they could probably have done together very easily.

I'm not trying to put forth my own ideas here or anything. I just want to know, in light of the events and revelations of "Satisfaction", if I'm reading this whole scenario correctly. Or... am I just reading too much into all this?

Thank you for your time, sir!

Greg responds...

1. More or less.

2. Cheshire did not know ALL the details, but as you saw in "Auld Acquaintance", she clearly knew some of the details.

3. You're not reading too much into anything, as far as I can see.

Response recorded on March 12, 2013

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EXALT writes...

1)Why did you choose Matth Hagen for the YJ version of Clayface?
2)What's the Parasite's true identity? Raymond Jensen (since, during Performance, he used the alias of Ray)?

Greg responds...

1. He was the Clayface we were doing. The others were very different Clayfaces. Or am I not understanding the question?

2. Yes.

Response recorded on March 12, 2013

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Triela D writes...

Hey Greg!

Since you're caught up with the questions, I thought I would ask a quick one. Or five anyway.

1. Is Klarion capable of love? As in a relationship of some kind (spouse, friend, etc).

2. Does Klarion enjoy being the Lord of Chaos? Or is it just a title to him?

3. In terms of, the Light, do any of the other members consider Klarion a nuisance due to his obvious immaturity?

4. How does Klarion feel about Doctor Fate? (as an enemy or person in general)

5. How does Doctor Fate feel about Klarion? (as an enemy or person in general)

Thank you for answering all of my former questions!! Take Care!

Greg responds...

1. Um, sure. As long as you're not looking for a long-term commitment.

2. He's A Lord of Chaos, not THE Lord of Chaos. And clearly, he does enjoy it.

3. I'm sure they've all had their moments of frustration, but overall he brings a lot to the table.

4. I'll leave that to your interpretation. If it's not already clear from the series itself, I don't know how I can make it any clearer here.

5. Ditto.

Response recorded on March 12, 2013


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