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Here's my schedule for Long Beach Comic Expo this coming Saturday and Sunday:
LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015
DISNEY AFTERNOON PANEL 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ocean Room #S7 w/Jim Cummings, Katie Leigh, Jymn Magon, Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley, Jesse Snider, Aaron Sparrow, Greg Weisman, Mark Zaslove.
GARGOYLES PANEL 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Lighthouse Room #S1.
Thom Adcox (Lexington, Brentwood);
Brigitte Bako (Angela);
Keith David (Goliath, Thailog, Morgan Morgan);
Elisa Gabrielli (Obsidiana, Maria Chavez);
Carl Johnson (Composer);
Frank Paur (Producer-Director);
Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Elisa Maza, Delilah);
Cree Summer (Hyena);
Jamie Thomason (Voice/Casting Director);
Greg Weisman (Creator-Producer).
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE AWARD FOR DIVERSITY 02:00pm - 3:30pm
Lighthouse Room #S1.
This is a cause near and dear to my heart. Wouldn't miss it.
YOUNG JUSTICE PANEL 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Lighthouse Room #S1.
Cameron Bowen (Robin/Tim Drake, Toyman);
Kristopher Carter (Composer);
Kevin Grevioux (Black Beetle);
Kevin Hopps (Writer);
Phil LaMarr (Green Beetle/B'arzz O'oomm, Reach Ambassador, Aquaman, Dubbilex, L-Ron);
Eric Lopez (Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes, Scarab);
Vanessa Marshall (Black Canary/Dinah Lance, Red Inferno, Amanda Spence, Noor Harjavti, Ida Berkowitz);
Michael McCuistion (Composer);
Masasa Moyo (Bumblebee/Karen Beecher, Reach Scientist, Secret/Greta Hayes, Cat Grant, Wendy Harris, Amber Joyce, Sharon Vance);
Andrew Robinson (Writer);
Jason Spisak (Kid Flash/Wally West);
Jamie Thomason (Voice/Casting Director)
Greg Weisman (Writer-Producer).
SIGNING 05:30pm - 06:30pm
All-Stars of Animation Booth #310.
As usual, I will sign anything you bring for free. But I will also be signing and selling copies of my two novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM. ($10 per book, cash only.) If you purchase both books (signed and personalized for $20 cash total), you get a FREE copy of Kuni Tomita's original development artwork designs from when we developed RAIN as an animated series back at DreamWorks in the '90s. I will also be signing and selling copies of my animation and radio play scripts (from GARGOYLES, MEN IN BLACK, STARSHIP TROOPERS, TEAM ATLANTIS, W.I.T.C.H., THE BATMAN, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, DC SHOWCASE: GREEN ARROW, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN MEETS GARGOYLES, YOUNG JUSTICE, BEWARE THE BATMAN, GARGOYLES MEETS THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN MEETS YOUNG JUSTICE). Each signed and personalized script is $20 cash.
SUNDAY, MARCH 01, 2015
YA RIOT: STORIES FOR A YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lighthouse Rm #S1 w/Cecil Catellucci, Lisa Freeman, Mary McCoy, Greg Weisman.
STAR WARS REBELS: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Lighthouse Rm #S1 w/Aaron Couch and Greg Weisman.
SIGNING 02:30pm - 03:30pm
All-Stars of Animation Booth #310. See above.
Should be a fun convention. If you're going to be in the Southern California area, please stop by and say hello.
Today you answered my questions about the beasts of the Xanadu clan & weather the Lach Ness clan were amphibious, & that those would be good questions to ask the biology panel at the Con.
Unfortunatley, due to financial constraints I will not be able to attend...but by the time you recieve this question the Con will probably be over.
Were those topics discussed at all? And if so, did you come to a conclusion?
You also said in your post that you were leaning toward the Xanadu clan having incorporated all types of beasts. If you have since made a final decision, and that is what you've concluded, does that mean there is still hope for the London clan beasts, or did they die out before the Xanadu clan had a chance to save some?
I can't remember if that was discussed. And if we came to any conclusions, I can't remember that either.
I haven't reached a firm conclusion yet, but even if I did, that would fall into Spoiler territory.
A. Does Owen Burnett live in the Eyrie Building with the Family Xanatos, or does he live somewhere else and travel to work everyday?
B. If he lives somewhere else, where, and does he live in an apartment or a house?
A. He lives in the Eyrie.
B. See above.
Do you watch anime? If so, have you watched death note?
A little bit. But no.
From where did you get the idea for Electro's origin in The Spectacular Spider-Man? Was it the story team's original idea?
I ask because in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Max Dillon turns into Electro almost the exact same way (gets electrocuted and falls into a vat of special electric eels). I'm interested if the movie blatantly ripped off from the show or if there is some comic book/other source material that you would have gotten this origin idea from.
Thanks - I'm a big fan of your shows, and Star Wars: Rebels seems like it will be pretty great.
We came up with it - probably inspired to some degree from the origin of the mutates in Gargoyles - to fit our Biology 101 theme for that particular arc. But I don't consider what they did in the movie to be a rip-off. Marvel and Sony own everything that was done in The Spectacular Spider-Man, so they can't rip-off themselves. Frankly, I'm glad they liked it. Though I do wish that if they liked it that much, they would have hired me to write the movie. ;)
Hey there. I'm a huge fan of The Spectacular Spiderman and I've spent time trying to find out how I can contact one of the writers about a question I have for the show. For the Daily Bugle newspapers on the show, I've noticed they are are the same message but have parts cut off. I've spent my evening trying to figure out the full article but it seems I have hit a dead end.
This is what I have:
"In the opinion of this unassuming and civic-minded publisher and humanitarian, the question is not whether the so-called Spider-man is a hero or vigilante. The question is whether he is a THREAT or a MENACE! How a civilized society can allow a glory-seeking, masked scofflaw to swing through our city - littering it with his sticky leavings - with no fear of the repercussions is beyond the intellect or your humble servant, J. Jonah Jameson. Is it not a fact that criminals like the Vulture, Electro, the Lizard, Shocker, Sandman, Rhino, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom did not exist until the presence of the Web-Head created a void that summoned them forth like a plague into our fair town, striking terror into the hearts of our citizenry? Does Spider-man make our city safer? Balderdash. Humbug. Nonsense. Spider-man creates the danger threatening our lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. Banish the Web-Slinger, and with him you banish those who seek to knock him from his web - making us all quantitatively safer. As for heroes, we have plenty to inspire us, if only we are willing to seek beyond the showy primary colored carnival suit of the Spider."
I can't figure out the rest from here and I was wondering if you wrote this or know who did and can give me a lead on the full thing. Anything would be appreciated, thankyou.
I wrote it, and I think you got most of it:
In the opinion of this unassuming and civic-minded publisher and humanitarian, the question is not whether the so-called Spider-Man is a hero or a vigilante. The question is whether he's a THREAT or a MENACE! How a civilized society can allow a glory-seeking, masked scofflaw to swing through our city - littering it with his sticky leavings - with no fear of repercussions is beyond the intellect of your humble servant, J. Jonah Jameson. Is it not a fact that criminals like the Vulture, Electro, the Lizard, Shocker, Sandman, Rhino, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom did not exist until the presence of the Web-Head created a void that summoned them forth like a plague upon our fair town, striking terror into the hearts of our beloved citizenry? Does Spider-Man make our city safer? Balderdash. Humbug. Nonsense. Spider-Man creates the danger threatening our lives, liberties and pursuits of happiness. Banish the Web-Slinger, and with him you banish those who seek to knock him from his web - making us all quantitatively safer. As for heroes, we have plenty to inspire us, if only we are willing to seek beyond the showy primary colored carnival suit of the Spider. One need but cast a glance toward the policeman, the fireman, the soldier overseas. The astronaut and the crusading publisher-journalist provide legitimate role models for our children and ourselves. What need have we of the cursed arachnid? A deadline should be set - sixteen seconds seems appropriate - for the Web-Head to end all activity in New York. After that, he must be apprehended and placed in Ryker's alongside the "villains" he claims to have defeated. On this point, I'm sure we all agree. The Spider-Man must go!
My next convention appearance is at GALLIFREY ONE 2015, a Doctor Who Convention in Los Angeles.
What does Greg Weisman have to do with Doctor Who, you ask?
Well, nothing really, unless you count being a fan myself as having something to do with it, but I will be doing a number of things while I'm there that aren't Doctor Who related, because, well, because as my friend Chris Jones says, "They keep letting us."
Here's my schedule for Valentine's Day, i.e. Saturday, February 14, 2015:
Autographs - Saturday, February 15, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Autograph Alley
Kaffeeklatsch - Saturday, February 15, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Board Room
A Day in the Life of a TV Writer/Producer - Saturday, February 15, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Program D
Women of Young Justice - Saturday, February 15, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Program D
Young Justice Meet-Up - Saturday, February 15, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Program D
The Women of Young Justice is likely to be a real treat. There's more info (and a terrific graphic) on Chris' Tumbler here:
But to sum up, we've got:
Stephanie Lemelin - Voice of Artemis
Kelly Hu - Voice of Cheshire
Vanessa Marshall - Voice of Black Canary
Masasa Moyo - Voice of Bumblebee
Lolita Ritmanis - Composer
Greg Weisman - Writer/Producer
Christopher Jones - Comic Book Artist
After the panel, we'll have a more informal meet-up where folks can get a picture taken, an autograph or just chat with Chris and myself (and maybe a couple of the other guests).
As you can see, earlier in the day (and maybe at the Meet-Up), I'll be signing (for free) and selling signed copies of my novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM and copies of selected animations teleplays (including GARGOYLES and YOUNG JUSTICE). Scripts are $20 cash. The novels are $10 each, but if you purchase both, I'll throw in signed copies of the original RAIN OF THE GHOSTS development artwork by artist Kuni Tomita for free, as well.
Hope to see a few of you there!
was superman the first leader of the justice league? i mean his designation is 01 and in all incarnations of the league i've seen he's always considered the first among equals.
if true when and how long was he the leader? (all only if you feel comfortable answering however)
I don't consider him first among equals nor, I would think, does he. He was the first to arrive at the battle against the Appelaxians. That's where the 01 designation comes from. As for whether or not he was the first leader: NO SPOILERS. ;)
1. How bad does it feel for a show to get canceled? Like, does it affect your day-to-day life? Do you want to just lock yourself in your house for a week or are you immune to the depressing effects of it by now?
2. A lot of people comment that your shows are cursed, but it's obvious that 90% of children's shows are canceled ahead of time. Would you consider children's animation is the least safe gig on TV?
3. So why did you decide to focus your writing career on children's animation? Did it just end up happening that way?
4. Do you ever see yourself working on a network or cable live-action show? And if you did, would your resumé help you or hinder you if you were looking for a job at, say, USA?
5. Have you ever thought about pitching a show to any of the networks? Now that superheroes are invading TV media (Arrow, The Flash, Agents of Shield, Gotham, Constantine, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc.), wouldn't your resumé of Spider-Man and Young Justice actually help you if you were to pitch a comic book show at TheCW, FOX or ABC? Have you thought about doing so?
1. I'm not at all immune. But I also know I can't lock myself away for even a week. I have to go out and start looking for work. But it's a huge bummer, and I do get depressed. When I was younger, it was tougher. But now I have a bit more perspective. My family is healthy, and the world isn't ending because my cartoon show is no longer on the air. So...
2. No. I don't see that it's any different (in the aggregate) for prime time or live action or so-called adult shows.
3. Mostly the latter. I started in comics. Got a job in animation. By the time I tried to get into live-action, I was typecast as an animation writer and had no luck breaking in. And I do love writing for animation, but live action is WAY more lucrative, and I'd love to have the financial security that comes with words like "lucrative."
4. See the answer to question 3.
5. I have pitched shows to many networks, over and over. Pitching and even selling isn't the same as getting to make something.
Hi Greg. I've been a big fan since the first episode of Gargoyles. :)
I have a couple of questions regarding your wonderful version of the Martians.
1) Do your Martians lay eggs? I remember they did in the Barsoom stories,and their rather reptilian appearance and large families makes me wonder.
2) My second question about identity politics and cultural norms on Mars-16. How common is it for denizens of Mars-16 to adopt a single non-default form as the primary expression of their identity, as M'gann has?
J'onn and B'arzz O'oomm seemed nonplussed by M'gann's choice of form (aside from B'arzz's comment about her passing as Green), so I got the impression that it isn't something that's violating some great taboo. But is such individual self-determination considered odd?
1. No spoilers.
2. It's not unheard of, but fairly uncommon, since their psychic abilities render any false physical form obvious.
You've stated you used to be jealous of the MTV Spider-Man series. Why exactly were you jealous of it?
Did I? Where and when did I say that? I'm not denying it, but I don't recall saying that, which makes answering your question without context somewhat difficult.
Did you happen to see the reinterpration of famous comic covers on CBR today? There is one that was just amazing which you may appreciate.
I did, yeah. It's flattering... and a little ominous.
Of course, the reason listed for YJ's demise isn't quite right. If I had to (oversimplify and) pick only one cause, it was the failure of the toy line.
I loved your work on Young Justice and I would love to see more of your work (especially if it involves DC).
1. I wanted to ask if DC or any higher ups would approve it, would you ever consider writing about the formation of the Justice League on Earth-16? I would love to hear about the formation of the Justice League and their battle with the seven Appelaxian invaders.
2. I also wanted to ask where Blue Beetle's physical constructs came from? Are they organic materials produced by the bettle?
Thank you for keeping up with your questions! I raelly appreciate all of the answers you provided to flesh out Earth-16 and I hope to keep up with your future work.
1. Love to tell this story.
2. They're built from nanotechnology.
Did the mythological Cadmus exist on Earth-16?
1. For each member of the Team that knew Jason, and considering Jason's personality, what were their opinions about Jason BEFORE and AFTER his unfortunate end?
2. You explained how the Reach was able to cause the Apocalypse by using multiple tools of manipulation to reach their goals; that probably includes Blue Beetle being put "on mode" if Impulse did not intervene. Aside from that, were there other possible factors (such as the high secrecy of Aqualad's mission, the troubled relationship between Team members such as Superboy and Miss Martian or Mal and Bumblebee, or perhaps the Justice League being found guilty in the original timeline without evidence to prove their innocence) that could have resulted in the Apocalypse too?
3. If you were to return to the Earth-16 universe, but not returning directly back to Young Justice, what kind of things would you try to explore?
1. No spoilers.
2. Yes, but I'll leave that to your imagination. It didn't happen.
3. Tons. Like to do some stuff set in the forties in particular. But the whole timeline is worth exploring, and, of course, I'd like to do a lot more with the cast of YJ.
Why did the team and league take Garfield in after his mother died?
Who said they did?
What happen to the animal sanctuary after Marie Logan died?