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RAIN OF THE GHOSTS BOOK TWO: SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM Progress Report
And here's another of my shameless attempts to maintain buzz about my new novel, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, due out in stores and on-line on December 3rd, 2013 (but available for pre-order NOW on Amazon, etc.):
There's not too much to report about the first book right now - though as stated in an earlier ramble, you can now see the book's front and back covers up on the above website.
And in the meantime, I'm happy to announce that earlier today, I e-mailed off the SECOND BOOK in the RAIN OF THE GHOST series, SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, to Michael Homler, my editor at St. Martin's Press. As you can imagine, hitting send was a pretty momentous moment for me. It took me just two weeks shy of a year to research, outline, write and proofread the entire novel. Fifty weeks. Of course, if I had stayed unemployed, I would have been done sooner, but I can't say I'm unhappy that I got the job on STAR WARS REBELS. I'm thrilled about that. But it did make finishing the book more of a challenge.
But it's done. They'll be some editing and maybe a bit of tinkering, but we're on track for SPIRITS to come out on May 13th, 2014. It can also be pre-ordered at:
Of course, I'm really hoping that you guys not only buy copies of these books, but that you help me SPREAD THE WORD about them. It's a nine book series, but if these first two don't sell, you won't see the other seven any time soon. And even if everyone who ever stops by ASK GREG bought two copies, I'm not sure that'd be enough. So, please, if you've ever liked my animation work, trust that you'll like this book, and in any case, again, help SPREAD THE WORD!
What name was LexCorp using to re-release the Reach soft drink?
Was the development of Dick and Barbara's relationship not shown on screen due to time constraints? I know you said a lot of the time that what was shown and who was shown was done so because they were crucial/relevant to the plot, and I can see why a romantic relationship would not be. Or was it something that was always supposed to solely be developed in the tie-in comic?
With unlimited screen time, I'm sure we would have dealt with it on screen. But given that we went into development and production of the season knowing we had what we had, there was never any real intent to delve into it on screen. Though I like to think our characterization was consistent with what we knew about them - which was given more space in the comics.
Sorry I repeated the number 3 on my last post...
I had a few other questions regarding the 21st MFD...
1. The location was the Arctic. Was this in some way to mirror the events of Failsafe and how there Artemis "died" but in Endgame Wally "ceased"?
2. How close or far was Superman's Fortress of Solitude from the location of the chrysalis?
3. There are no Zeta in the Arctic so where did Wally Zeta to and how long did it take him to reach Barry and Bart?
4. Has the Light always looking for the death of a Flash? I ask because I think it seemed it was their goal with Neutron and Lex probably knew his theory to destroy the MFD would kill a Flash.
1. It was Earth's magnetic north pole specifically. If you see parallels, well... who am I to say they aren't there?
2. Further than the human eye can see. But it was really close to Santa's Village. ;)
3. He zeta'd to the farthest north tube on Earth that the League has and ran straight from there.
4. The Light wasn't behind Neutron. The Reach was. I do think the Reach viewed Flash as a particular threat, relative to the Leaguers who were still on Earth at that time.
So what and how long did M'gann and Conner talk about that night he visited her apartment?
They talked about what had occurred on the Reach Ship.
Hey, Greg! Love Gargoyles, excited for Rain of the Ghosts, and I just reread the comics and have a question about the clones.
We know that if gargoyles A and B are cloned, the clones, C and D, will have photo-negative coloration. Now, let's say A and C are female, and B and D are male. Let's also say that A and B do not become mates, but C and D do. The egg, E, is not artificially sped up, but develops over the ten year period. When E hatches, will its coloring resemble that of A/B or C/D?
Just curious about the practical application of the clones. Also, I think a Gargoyles Kickstarter would be a great idea! Have a nice day!
Oy, that made my head hurt.
Well, first - you need to remember that the color change was a result of the accelerated aging, not of the cloning process.
So the assumption that C and D are photo-negative assumes that they were accelerated. Not a safe assumption, but for the sake of argument...
Would E's colors resemble A/B or C/D?
I do not know. I'd have to consult my Garg-science buddies.
I know lots of people are asking about Wally and what happened, but I was wondering if the reason it happened was because that so many people expected for something to happen to Barry and you wanted to throw a curve-ball or if it was a shout out to the Justice League cartoon?
Neither. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
And for those people who thought/think it had something to do with the New 52 - you need to remember that we were already WAY down our chosen path by the time the New 52 premiered. We couldn't have made changes to reflect it, even if we had wanted to.
I have to say I was quite disappointed with the season 2 finale and season 2 in general. I thought season 1 was outstanding. But season 2 was far too up and down to be particularly good. Also, I must say, as a major Wally fan I was extremely disappointed. You gave us so little of the character throughout season 2 and when you brought him back, you promptly killed him off. And that too because of the fact that he was too slow. Its almost as if you were saying that the character wasn't a good enough Flash and so you removed him from the show. Worst, we didn't even see the team members grieve. Not even some of his oldest friends. I thought it was poorly handled. A character like Wally deserved better. So what was the point of it? I know you say that you don't follow the new 52 but this seemed like you were trying to get to the new 52 Flash and Kid Flash with Barry and Bart. In my heart I hope that there would be a possibility of a Wally return because I find it hard to believe that Artemis, Wally's parents, and Barry would ever be able to move on from Wally's death. Anyways, even beside that I felt the finale was rushed. Black Beetle was defeated too easily for someone who was shown to be so powerful throughout the season. And his plot for destroying the earth came out of nowhere. I think a two episode finale would have handled both the Wally death and the final threat in a better manner.
Rant aside, I would like to like to congratulate you for your two seasons on this show. This is the only animated show that I have watched from the first episode to its current last episode live. Hopefully, somewhere down the line you will be able to make a season 3. If not, I hope you can share details on what you planned for season 3 because I know YJ buffs would love to know what you had in mind.
I don't think we ever even implied that Wally/Kid Flash wasn't good enough. QUITE the reverse. Nightwing doesn't have super-strength, but that doesn't make him any less of a hero than Superboy. In fact, one could argue it makes him MORE of a hero. So the fact that Kid Flash isn't as fast as Barry or Bart hardly makes him any less the hero.
Having said that, if you didn't like the season or the season finale, then I'm sorry about that. You wanted a two-part finale, but where would that second part have come from? Which episode would you cut for that? (Maybe you could name one, but not one that Brandon and I would agree to cut.)
There's no doubt that we'd have ALL liked more screen time for the finale, for Wally, for grieving, for everything. But we did the best we could with what we had. And I don't have any regrets. Wouldn't do anything different.
So, now that you released the double ups, I'm very curious. At the end of season two are Zatanna and Barbara friends? Or are they just tolerant of each other?
The "double ups"?
How is it possible that Impulse is still present in the 2016 timeline? he time-travelled to achieve an objective (i.e. stop the reach apocalypse) and with that objective achieved there wouldn't have been a reason for him to time-travel in the first place, thereby creating a paradox which would have erased impulse from the 2016 time line and placed him back in his own 'altered' timeline (where the reach apocalypse was prevented). Time travelling gives me a headache :(
Me too sometimes. But this is basically ASKED AND ANSWERED already. Check the archives under Young Justice Invasion or Time Travel.
Batgirl and Aqualad joined in the justice league?
given the Veronica Mars movie has nearly double the estimate budget needed to make the movie a reality (which means even with unexpected hiccups they have good odds of financing it)
So....If the movie successfully debuts (which will probably take a bit of a while since producing a stellar film takes time) and it turns out to be a great success (which givcn the creative team behind it, grants good odds)
Well, I seem to have gotten a little side tracked, but I just wanted to say that I would be one of the people happy to pledge some money in the support of one of your amazing creations and im certain the many many fans you have would quickly pledge for such a cause!
Thanks. But as it's turned out - at least so far - no one seems to interested at the major studios in following the VM model.
Hi Greg, I was wondering, was the apocalyptic setting shown in the final moments of "Bloodlines" (when Nathaniel Tryon was saying, "The mode should have crashed, should have all crashed...") averted?
The so-called Reach Apocalypse was averted.
First of all thanks for giving us such a great and unique DC series after such a long time. Even though I was devastated by the finale, there is no doubt YJ was a great series and I really hope you get to make more of it(and hopefully Wally West gets to return from the dead). Actually YJ got me back into reading comics and watching cartoons after quite a along time and thanks for that.
Anyway I would like to ask you a different question. Do you have any plans of reusing the spitfire pairing in any of your foreseeable future projects. I hope you do because growing up Wally was my favorite dc character but his relation with Linda never intrigued me(plus it was the reporter superhero combo once again). The spitfire pairing was rather unique and I think the fans really loved it. I really hope you get to use it again given that the DC higher ups gets over their current Wallyphoebia.
Anyway best of luck for all your future endeavors.
It's not up to me. I don't control the DC characters. Be happy to, though.
First off thank you for having brought such an amazing series to life. After having endured the aftermath of Endgame, I believe there's still a question on everyone's mind, if matter can't be created nor destroyed then how was it there were no ashes left after Wally "ceased"? Also the scarabs words used were "ceased" instead of say dead, why? Finally as you've mentioned before there is no speed-force in Earth-16, so could there be other parallel Earth's?
ASKED AND ANSWERED.
Hi again! Sorry for annoying you with my questions but I just remembered the ones I've been meaning to ask/find for a while now.
1) When exactly did Red Arrow and Jade get married?
2) What happened to the real Jim Harper? Did her die or just hasn't been found yet?
1. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2. Which real Jim Harper?
First of all, a big thank you for making this show. Outside of the Batmanverse, I have always ignored the other mainline DC comics like Superman and Flash. This show has introduced me to the entire DC Multiverse. And I'm heartbroken that it got cancelled when you were about to delve into one of the most intriguing events of the DC World. Hoping for a return to this world in animated form, either as a TV series or as a Movie series.
I would like to get some clarity on some points.
1.Did Luthor admit to being the member of the Light on camera in front of an UN member? Given the information obtained by Kaldur, won't that make him look like a traitor to the Earth?
2.With Guy Gardner(my favourite GL!)finally getting some airtime again, I would like to know who is the assigned GL of the Earth sector and what are the designations of the other two in the Corps?
3.Why was Jay not included in the final race to stop the 21st MFD?
And finally, I see the rationale behind why Wally had to be the one to *die*, and while Wally's absence in the major portion of the season did dampen it a little, I wholly support it. But actually, who took the call to *kill* Wally in the planning stages for this episode?
1. Luthor didn't "admit" to anything. He deflected. Watch the scene again.
2. I'm not sure what you mean by "designations". And I'm not going to get into the rules of the Universe-16 GLC, as that would be a SPOILER REQUEST for something specific we have planned.
3. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
4. "took the call"?
Just saw the stuff cut for time for Endgame.
So many potential plot and content in there! It's fun to read. and a pity we cannot see them on the screen.
Is there stuff cut for every Episode? I guess yes, the time is too limited and the plot is just too many to handle.
So, would it be possible to post the stuff cut of every episode in Greg's Ramblings? Like one week for one episode? it would be interesting to see them and review the episode again.
Not every episode, no. In fact, not for most of them. I think I've posted all the significant cuts here already.
Hi Greg! Amazing finale, even if I'm crying a little. I'm curious though, why did you allude to Lex becoming Secretary General, when it's not possible? Anyone coming from one of the five nations holding a permanent seat on the security council, US, Great Britain, France, Russia, and China, is automatically ineligible for the position.
Also loved the moment with Apokolips at the end, wish it was longer! I also wish we could've seen G Gordon Godfrey working for Apokolips a bit more :/
Maybe G. Gordon didn't know that. Or maybe he thought the rules can and should be changed.
Dear Mr. Weisman,
You have been responsible for two of my favorite shows--Gargoyles and Young Justice. They have brought me much enjoyment and I thank you greatly for that. You a writer of the highest caliber, able to write deeply intrinsic plots and characters who are both philosophically intelligent and comically amusing. Your talents are recognized not only by your fans, but also through organized bodies with highly publicized awards, such as the Emmy.
So quite objectively, your work is very good and many people enjoy the shows you produce. Why is it then, and I ask this with as minimal offense as possible, that your shows always seem cut tragically short?
Gargoyles and Young Justice both deserved additional seasons, yet the cries from fans seem to fall on deaf ears. Are network producers really so blind?
I'm not sure the Emmys have recognized my talents... but I'm glad the fans have.
The thing to keep in mind is that MOST shows don't go on forever, and few even go as long as their creators would like. My situation is not unusual at all.
Since virtually every wardrobe change in a cartoon requires a new character model turn sheet, what did your character designers draw for scenes like when Fox was naked on the rooftop in Eye of the Beholder or Elisa was naked under a blanket in Heritage?
It was a long time ago. But if you're asking if I have naked production pictures of them, I'm sure the answer is no.
Hey Greg, Congrats on a completed second season. I'm on a friends computer and I'm running short on time so I'll get straight to the questions.
1. at the end of "end game" when impulse asks artemis if she will be tigress as a hero she responds she will be tigress as a blonde, Was there any deep meaning behind that? or was it more of a half hearted joke type remark? if that is a question that would warrant a "SPOILER REQUEST"
2. What made you choose Wally? Was it just on a whim? or was there a greater underlying theme?
3. what is Wally and artemis's puppys name?
1. Just a joke. (What other meaning did you have in mind?)
2. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
3. Bruce, I think.
Thank you so much for Young Justice. It is and always will be one of my favorite superhero series. Heck, it got me into superheroes again. So, thank you for the wonderful series. I just have two questions I had about Asami.
1) Was Asami from Japan originally or had she recently moved to America before she was kidnapped?
2) What was Asami's motive for running away from home?
I don't mind if this gets a "Spoiler Request, No Comment", I just wanted to let you know how much I love the series.
1. She was kidnapped from Japan.
2. SPOILER REQUEST.
Hey Greg, thanks so much for Young Justice, it is a great show and like you I don't feel like it's over yet. I love how in season 2 you introduced one of my favorite heroes Virgil Hawkins AKA. Static. Could you describe how he would appear in this universe in costume, I was really hoping he would have suited up at the end of 'ENDGAME'.
He was suited up.
I have loved Young Justice from the beginning and I really hope we get to see more seasons or more of earth 16 soon. I really like the way there are so many twist but Im really mad about what happened to Wally and it didn't seem right that he would be the one to die and I hope that if given more episodes in the future we would get to see more of him because Im really sad right now.
1. You posted extra lines that were not in the episode recently I was wondering if they got cut just from what aired or if they were cut from the script and never recorded?
2. Are there any extra scenes from other episodes that were animated and recorded but were just not in the aired episodes? if so is there a way to see them?
3. When Artemis and Kaldur were undercover Black Manta mentioned to Artemis that he knew Kaldur "cared" for her, did he have the impression that Kaldur was was in love with her?
I feel like this show has so much left to offer and hope that DC and CN will see that too eventually. Im not ready to let go of this show.
1. It's been a while now, but I think they were recorded but cut at the storyboard stage because either (a) the episode was too long or (b) we thought it would telegraph Wally's death or (c) both.
2. I don't think so. Maybe little snippets of scenes, but not entire scenes.
2a. Not that I know of.