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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.
I was just wondering since the show is done can you fill in the blanks on the designations. I can safely guess that B26 is Static?
01 - Superman
02 - Batman
03 - Wonder Woman
04 - Flash
05 - Green Lantern
06 - Aquaman
07 - Martian Manhunter
08 - Green Arrow
09 - Hawkman
10 - Hawkwoman
11 - Zatara
12 - Captain Atom
13 - Black Canary
14 - Green Lantern
15 - Captain Marvel
16 - Red Tornado
17 - Doctor Fate
18 - Atom
19 - Plastic Man
20 - Icon
21 - Red Arrow
22 - Blue Beetle
23 - Black Lightning
24 - Green Lantern
25 - Zatanna
26 - Rocket
27 - SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
28 - SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
A01 - Lucas Carr
A02 - Catherine Cobert
A03 - Zatanna Zatara
A04 - John Smith
A05 - Billy Batson
A06 - SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
A07 - SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
A08 - SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
A09 - SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
A10 - Malcolm Duncan
A11 - Adam Strange
A12 - Blue Beetle
A13 - Jay Garrick
B01 - Robin/Nightwing
B02 - Aqualad
B03 - Kid Flash
B04 - Superboy
B05 - Miss Martian
B06 - Speedy/Red Arrow
B07 - Artemis
B08 - Zatanna
B09 - Rocket
B10 - Tempest
B11 - Aquagirl
B12 - Troia
B13 - Robin
B14 - Lieutenant Marvel
B15 - Sergeant Marvel
B16 - Batgirl
B17 - Bumblebee
B18 - Lagoon Boy
B19 - Beast Boy
B20 - Robin
B21 - Wonder Girl
B22 - Blue Beetle
B23 - Impulse
B24 - Guardian
B25 - Arsenal
B26 - SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
C01 - Sphere
C02 - Wolf
You're right about B26. The rest are still Spoiler Requests.
What was your favorite line you said when you voiced Snapper Carr?
Compliments on Endgame. The mixture of victory and happiness, regret and loss, and a hope for a better future, wrapped up Invasion, in my opinion, the perfect way.
Good to see the Reach, especially Black Beetle, get their comeuppance. But, of course, I was saddened by Wally's death. The passing of the Kid Flash torch from Wally to Bart really emphasized what I believe Young Justice is all about.
As Artemis said, there will always be a world to save in Earth-16. The responsibility will continue to be passed from one generation of heroes to the next, with sacrifices along the way. Not all heroes on Earth-16 will be lucky enough to leave the hero "gig" (as Black Lightning described it) alive; or without serious injury; or without losing a comrade, friend or family member. The current generation can only move ahead to do what must be done.
With your mention of a time skip for a third season, I am curious about the 10-30 years post Endgame. As a fan of Batman Beyond, the concept of an aging Bruce Wayne physically unable to continue with his mission interested me. I thought about how the DC heroes would deal with their gradual loss of strength and endurance, and their realization that their active role in the "gig" is nearing its end. That version of Bruce virtually isolated himself for decades. Whether or not you planned to tell stories this far in the future, did you ever consider what the current League and Team members' abilities would be like down the line? And how that would impact their personalities?
Thanks again to you, Brandon and everyone who brought this show to us. I look forward to Legacy and hope more Young Justice stories can be told.
Brandon and I have a LOT of ideas for down the line. A LOT.
Thank you Greg and team for making the most joyous show in entertainment. It speaks volumes about the kind of artist you are, and the kind of people you are. I'm talking about The young Justice show.
What you achieved with the show touches the core of every true artist out there. The kind of artist that wants to evoke all kinds of emotions in people without resorting to gimmicks in order to keep his/her audience engaged. he/she wants people to get emotionally attached to his/her work.
(To avoid confusion, I'm going to pretend that the artist i'm referring to here is a man while still maintaining a fair stance that involves both genders. Therefore I'll use 'he' and all the adjectives that are associated with it as a pronoun that stands for both 'he' and 'she'.)
he does this because he wants to feel like he has a complete connection with his audience. It's almost like he forces his audience to share his fantasy with him, and he achieves this by creating grand visuals of his imagination. You achieved this with your show. No award, no matter how grand it is, can be used to capture the grandness of what you archived.
Thank very much for the sacrifices you had to make to bring this to us. We will always be indebted to you. You've gained fans for life with your work. I wish you the very best going forward.
Hey Greg. First off, I want to thank you, the cast and crew for giving a great quality superhero show that hasn't been seen for the longest time and I hope Cartoon Network makes the right decision in renewing the series as well as Green Lantern. Now for the question:
Obviously during season 2, Dick & Wally's friendship had suffered during the invasion. Mostly with the latter not approving Nightwing's methods of obtaining information about the Light & the Reach. So between the time of Intervention & Endgame, were Dick & Wally able to reconcile their differences and renew their friendship? It wasn't stated within the show; even though both of them congratulated Aqualad for ending the Light-Reach alliance, there never seemed to be a moment where there was a heart-to-heart conversation between them with Wally reuniting with Artemis, which was great, and Nightwing giving leadership back to Kaldur.
As I've stated - at this point - many times before, I don't actually think their friendship "suffered" as much as some people did. There's no doubt the ENTIRE situation was tense, and they argued. But they were NEVER NOT friends, and no reconciliation was necessary in my mind. No "renewal" was necessary. That's why we didn't dedicate any (precious, precious) screentime to it. It didn't seem necessary. Best friends fight sometimes. But they get over it fairly quickly, in my experience.
Loved the series finale of Young Justice, though as a fan of Wally West his apparent death was a stab to the heart. I did like how there was enough ambiguity in the nature of his death to pull off bringing him back in season 3 if you had desired to(which we sadly will not likely get).
Anyway, my questions are:
1. Who did Rocket get married to?
2. When I see people dicuss your role with Young Justice, it makes it seem like you're the one with the final say when it comes to storyboard matters, which I'm sure you can attest is not true. Were there any elements from the first two seasons that you didn't initially like but were outvoted on by other producers/staff members?
1. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2. Um... Well, for starters, you're right that I didn't have final say on anything in a vacuum. Brandon and I together had final say. Scripts were more my domain, and storyboards, his. But we both had to agree on everything. And mostly we did. Since there's only two of us, no one was ever outvoted. On the rare occasions where we disagreed, we had to work together to find a solution that worked for both of us.
The ONLY exception that comes to mind is on Deathstroke's ponytail. I didn't like it. Brandon and Phil Bourassa, our character designer, did. So I let the two of them outvote me. (Even though I still think I was right.)
Hi again Greg. Apologies....I see most of my designation questions were asked before. So let me ask a couple of new ones.
As Team members have continued to join, have they all received (and in Static's case, will receive) hand-to-hand combat training? If so, is Black Canary still in charge of the training?
Though they are not Team members, will Tye, Asami and Eduardo continue to be trained in their abilities?
Does Arsenal keep in contact with Virgil, Tye, Asami, and Eduardo? Though he was kicked out of the Team, does Arsenal keep in touch with Artemis or other members? With Roy and Ollie?
1. They have or will.
1a. She's still in charge, but much of the training is now handled by members of the Team, especially, believe it or not, Superboy.
2. SPOILER REQUEST.
Thank you for Young Justice. It was just such an amazing, brilliantly written show. I just a question.
Were Dick and Jason close before Jason died?
I also wanted to ask just three more questions:
1) Approximately how old is Lian?
2) Do Red Arrow and Arsenal hang out or talk to each other at all?
3) How does Jade feel about Arsenal? (Does she think he is stubborn or something like that?)
Thanks again for your time!
1. Lian was born in September of Team Year Five.
2. I'm tempted to say "Spoiler Request". But what the heck? Yes. Some, at least.
3. They're not close.
I know this is not a question but I would just like to thank you. To everyone who worked on Young Justice, from the writers, the composers to the voice actors and to you and Brandon. Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful story to follow, and making it an experience of a lifetime.
Never before has a show captured my imagination, nor the characters seemed so real as Young Justice has. The experience of watching these characters grow, coupled with the amazing acting and art design (as well as suffering through the hiatus to see them all again) was one of the best times i have ever had watching a show. And I never felt anything was dumbed down for understanding, easy enough if you have watched the episodes leading up to the current but with an extra layer of depth for those who could read into the dialogue and scenes to find parallels drawn throughout the series, or understood some subtle hints to character's stories in the comics. I for one thought the scene where The Team came down to meet the Justice League after they had arrived back on Earth was immensely powerful because of the fact the opposite had happened in the pilot episode of both season 1 and season 2. Fantastic job.
The characters in themselves felt real, and I could see many of the social situations the teens went through happening in real life (and in some cases I have seen said situation happen.) Before I had watched this show, sure I had always loved the DC universe, and yes i had watched previous DC shows (Batman:TAS, Justice League, the list goes on)but I had never been struck by a character in a way that I said, you know what I am going to look up more about Artemis, or T.O. Morrow, or Sportsmaster. Even previous characters that I have seen done on animated shows never felt old, each character in Young Justice felt like a fresh take, one I could like.
Props on you and everyone that worked on this show. You have created a world in which my favorite super heroes live, and in doing so have become my hero. Thank you.
Thank YOU. It was a great experience, and we're glad the show reached you in those ways!
RAIN OF THE GHOSTS: NEW FRONT AND BACK COVERS!
Back with another shameless attempt 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.):
Even if you've already pre-ordered, go check out the above website to get a gander at the newly recolored updated front cover AND the never before seen BACK cover of my first novel.
And if you haven't pre-ordered, please think about doing it now. Hey, you can even save a little money by purchasing both the first and second books in the RAIN series. That's right. The SECOND BOOK in the RAIN OF THE GHOST series, SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, which is due out on May 13th, 2014 and can also be pre-ordered both at the above website and here:
If you've liked any of my previous work, with influences from mythology and Shakespeare, an exciting story full of surprises and characters that matter, I think you'll like Rain.
Hi Greg. I read your Endgame interview on The World's Finest website. Thanks for your designation list. A few questions related to the A designations:
1. With Static officially joining the Team in Endgame as B-26, I was curious about Tye, Asami, and Eduardo. Even though your guest list stops at A13/Jay Garrick, have they gained Authorized Guest status?
2. Does B'arzz O'oomm now have an A designation?
3. If Blue Devil is not a League member, has he received an A designation? If so is he considered A6,7,8, or 9?
1 & 2. I think it's clear from the numbers that the answer is - for the time being at least - no.
3. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
First of all I really need to just say how impressed I was and still am with Young Justice. Everything about it was incredible. Cartoon Network, DC, and Warner Bros. should really consider reviving it, especially since in my opinion it was the best program on Cartoon Network and they are steadily losing many great shows.
I just have a couple of questions about the status of the Light at the end of Invasion.
The characters often refer to breaking the Light in half. I'm just wondering if you could explain what that means. We know that 2 members were captured and such, but is the Light still functioning as an organization?
When watching Endgame I got the impression that the remaining members were still working together based on both Vandal's message to Rimbor, G. Gordon nominating Lex for U.N. Secretary General, and the meeting on Apokolips at the end of the episode.
So I'm sorry for my ramble. But I guess my question is this. Is the Light still working together and functioning or did the Team suceed in completely breaking apart their alliance?
Thanks again for all you've done, I hope that eventually my favorite show will return.
The Team and the League may have overestimated the damage they did to the Light, but that doesn't mean the damage wasn't substantial. Ra's was killed - at least for the time being. Black Manta and the Brain were captured. And the Light's plans were exposed.
Hey, Greg. I would just like some clarification on something. Impulse repeatedly hinted that stopping Blue Beetle from becoming a villain wasn't the only reason for his travelling to the past. What were the other reasons? Was it just to help Neutron?
That. And saving Flash's life, and generally stopping the Reach Apocalypse.
Also, he wanted to try Chicken Whizees.
First off, thank you for making my Saturday mornings something to look forward to and meaningful to me.
1. In Endgame, after Wally gave his life to help Barry and Bart, the Team shows up to greet the remaining leaguers, with Aqualad standing on the front of the super cycle. Were they informed of Aqualad being a traitor before returning the Earth off screen, did Nightwing tell Batman before he left for Rimbor, or were they all surprised to see him there?
2. Did Batman want Captain Atom to be take over as the leader of the League before that title was given to Black Canary or was it decided that each leaguer could only be the leader for a set amount of years?
3. After production on Young Justice ended and the show was not renewed, were the crew members of the show moved to different projects or left out of work?
4. Was there an official reason for why Young Justice wasn't renewed for a season 3?
1. I'm sure there was all sorts of surprise to go around.
2. I'm not clear on your question, but I think it's ASKED AND ANSWERED.
3. Some of each.
4. Not a single one, no.
In Bart's timeline, did Wally die?
SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
I do have a few questions, but before I ask them, I just want to thank you and everyone who worked on the show.
The entire run of Young Justice was flat-out amazing, and had everything from humour to sad moments to great action. The story hooked me and the characters were likable but flawed, making them relatable...there are so many more things I could say about how great the show was. I have to go buy the DVDs soon, so I can always have the show and the memories it has given me.
As for the questions I had, they are:
1. When you look back on making Young Justice, is there anything you are most proud of?
2. This sounds a bit odd, but if the original members of The Team could break the fourth wall and tell their viewers one last thing; what do you think would each say after the finale? (Though I really hope the series can continue with another season, movie, comic or something...)
Thank you for your time and creating such an emotional and great series!
1. There's a TON I'm proud of. I don't know if anything specifically qualifies for "most proud".
2. I'll leave such hypotheticals to your imagination.
I see that the queue is very cluttered with fan rambles that are either pissed off about his fate or begging you to tell them that he isn't dead/will be brought back in season 3.
Personally, I will choose not to ask anything pertaining to Wally. I have faith that you, Brandon and the rest of your crew had your reasons for doing what you did and that you guys know where you're headed with this. So instead, I'll focus my efforts on trying to get to that Season 3 so we can see for ourseleves what happens next. :)
Moving on, you had given a list of the designations in your interview with World's Finest Online right before the finale and there were seven "SPOILER REQUESTS" which I figured meant that we would been seeing these characters in "Endgame."
Based on who we saw in the episode, I'd wager that as of the 20th of June, Tempest and Blue Devil were the unknown Leaguers, and Virge, Ed, Sam and Tye were the four unknown guest designations. Then by the 4th of July, Virgil gained a Team designation upon becoming Static.
Could you either confirm or correct this?
And last but certainly not least, thanks to all of you guys for writing all of these characters and stories that matter so much. I really hope that we can get not just a third season, but a fourth and a fifth, too, while we're at it.
I could confirm or correct, but I won't.
What was Zatanna's reaction to finding out it was her glamour charm that disguised Artemis and led her to believe that her best friend was dead?
I'll leave that to your imagination for now.
First off, I love Young Justice. Thanks for making such a great show!
My question is about the Light, Reach and Bart's future. It was made pretty clear in Summit and Endgame that the Light planned to betray the Reach. They seem to have planned out all contingencies and have an even bigger masterplan involving Darkseid - basically they knew what they were getting into. So what happened in Bart's future? Bart always referred to it as the "Reach Apocalypse" and the Reach/Blue Beetle were obviously in charge - it seemed as though the Light didn't intend for the Reach to actually conquer Earth in their masterplan, so what went wrong? It just seems weird to me that the big baddies who seem to have endless schemes, tricks and Xanatos gambits could have got it so wrong.
1: Is Kylstar and the others who stayed with him conquering other planets while YJ:I is going on?
2: Can Shimmer's power affect flesh or just materials?
3: Does Tim have living parents or does he stay at the Wayne Manor?
4: How strong is Vandal Savage? (Considering he took down Black Lightning,Captain Marvel, and Black Canary like nothing) If answered, why is he that strong and was he ever that strong in other continuities?
1. In theory.
2. Anything, I'd think.
3. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
4. He's pretty strong. Plus he has a healing factor that in essence augments his strength, allowing him to push to the far limits of it without sustaining injury.
Lots of fans are sad that YJ is over even though we still have Legacy that has canon storyline. I am super excited for it so my questions will strictly relate to that.
1: How much input did you and your team have on the game? Heard it was more then most games get.
2: If the game sells really well will that help to continue YJ ether through a squeal game, direct-to-video movie, etc.?
3: Without giving spoilers of course, is there anything special you want to tell us about the game to hype it more?
Thank you for your time. I think it is super cool that you take your personal free time to interact with the fans like this and it really upsets me whenever I see a question from someone being rude or ungrateful.
Young Justice is my favorite TV show ever! I think you and everybody that worked to make it perfect is a genius! I could probably rant for days about everything I love about the series but I don't want to waste your time and it is better to keep this message short.
1. I can't speak for other games, but Brandon and I broke the story with them, and I edited all the dialogue. I also attended all the voice sessions.
2. Good sales are our best bet to get any further material.
3. Not at the moment.
First of all, I would like to say thank you for such a quality show! It's given me new hope for this age of television, though its cancellation has dampered that a bit. But I still have faith that it will be renewed someday, hopefully sooner than later. Anyway, here are a few questions on my mind.
1. I know you don't want me asking how long the planned time skip for season three was, but I am curious if there's any hope for a shorter time skip than before. So instead, my question is, is there any hope that the time skip this time around could be a matter of months? Or is it more your style to plan longer time skips? I felt the first time skip was natural, as I already knew the characters well (aside from maybe Rocket) and I welcomed a mostly new cast. However, I now feel that with the time constraints and more plot-based story, I'm still just getting to know these characters, and would like to keep getting to know them as they are. All the same, I trust your decision-making and would look forward to whatever you and Brandon cook up.
2. If you were to get another season, would it be like season two, a more plot-driven season, or would it return to being a character-driven story? Would a character-driven season even work, given the amount of characters now on the Team? And also, would the amount of episodes given make a difference in your decision in this matter?
3. What scene do you most regret not being able to include in/before the finale? (Un-moded Jaime reuniting with Tye/his family, Artemis reuniting with Paula, more of Red Arrow and/or Cheshire and Lian, more of the runaways, just to give a few possible examples)
Thank you for your time, and just know that I'm so honored to be a fan of your brillant show! May things go well with your future endeavors.
1. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2. The amount of episodes ordered would indeed make a difference in what and how much we would attempt cover, among many other decisions.
3. Too many to count.
Well, since Young Justice just finished its run, I thought I might as well say a huge thank you.
I've been a fan of your work ever since I caught a WITCH episode, and unfortunately around the time Spectacular Spiderman was airing I was at that "I'm too old for cartoons" stage of life. Thank God I got over that, and with a little internet magic I was able to watch Gargoyles, Spec, and learn about Young Justice. I enjoyed the characters, plotlines, art, fight scenes, acting,basically everything (aside from few complaints here and there, but nothing too major).
Most of all, I enjoyed that it remembered it was a cartoon and not a comic. When Wally died, I was able to actually feel sad rather than groan and think "oh great, now I have to wait until he's retconned back into existence". If you get a lot of hate mail for that, don't worry. He's a popular character who recently got poorly handled in the comicverse, so people tend to be overprotective. Personally, I think him going to speedster Valhalla or the like is way more fitting than wiping out the whole of his heroic career.
So thanks to you and the entire Young Justice team for putting some serious effort into this show. It was much appreciated.
And since I feel obligated to ask a question, the finale aired on March 16th. How did you manage that?
Heh heh heh.
Wow This season was great! You and the team should be proud of you hard work it really paid off! I will dearly miss YJ it would always cheer me up when I had a bad day, I would pretend the team was there and they'd cheer me up, or they would come to school with me and help me through. I am not the only one that does this many people do, I even pretend I am on the team and we did missions together, to me the characters are real. I cried so much when reality hit me that the show is over, I cried a lot when Wally died too, but I know a lot of people asked you if he is dead and if there will be a third season so I wont ask that, instead I will thank you for this Wonderfully Amazing show, watching the team grow, listening to Dick say silly things like Aster and Whelmed, or Megan say Hello Megan, Gar say Noted or Bart say Mode and Crash etc. I know one day the show will come back because with fans like this nothing can keep us from a show like this!!! I will be waiting for the day this show comes back and I will one day show my kids this show. Thank you for taking the time to read this and create the BEST SHOW EVER!! We will keep fighting for the show to come back one day!!! The fans will never forget Young Justice!
Thank you very much!!