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1. What does Icicle Sr's costume look like?
2. Is Killer Frost a scientist or a person in the wrong place and wrong time?
3. Who is Icicle Jr's mother?
1. We've never designed it, so I don't know.
2. No spoilers.
3. No spoilers.
How old was Thom Adcox-Hernandez when you asked him to do the voice of Lexington for Walt Disney's Gargoyles in 1994?
That would depend on how old he was in 1994.
1) Who originally designed the inhibitors collars? Star labs? Wayne Industry? Lex corp?
2)Are the collars used in other prisons aside from Belle Reve, like say Arkham?
3 What year were they first invented?
4) Is there a limit to how many powers the collars can inhibit? With Megan we see her collar took her three main powers. Shapeshifting, telepathy and telekinesis. For someone like Superman, who, as far as I'm aware, has at least four non related abilities( Strength, speed, flight and heat visions) can the collar inhibit all abilities or can someone just have too many powers for it to be able to cover?
5) The collars are set to negate the wearers specific power. How does this work? Is there a list of say standard powers like strength, speed, heat vision etc, and the collars are merely configured to whatever one is needed? I have to imagine that there must be at least some cases where an individual has a power unique enough that it hasn't been commonly seen or categorized. For the ice villains, they're mostly vague enough that you can just say "negate cryokinesis" but for someone with a more obscure ability, like say "can turn there body into smoke", do they have to look for some kind of common classification in order for it to work, e.g. "negate molecule manipulation"?
1. No spoilers.
2. No spoilers.
3. No spoilers.
4. No spoilers.
5. No spoilers.
What are your thoughts on The Incredibles, and the fact that a sequel is in the works?
I loved The Incredibles, and I have high hopes of loving any sequel.
Have you locked down in your own mind the reason for Troia's departure from the Team? And Tempest's and Sergeant Marvel's?
1) I remember reading ages ago that you had a Zatanna arc, a Marvel Family arc and a Red Tornado arc planned for season 2, all of which had to be shelved because there wasn't enough room for them. Am I right in thinking that you wanted to include these stories - and would have included them - had season 2 been 26 episodes rather than 20?
2) Why didn't you have the Team meet Sgt. Marvel and Lt. Marvel in season 1? They weren't off-limits to you like Troia was (unless they were and you haven't said) and it strikes me that having the Team meet Mary and Freddy might have been a fitting climax to Captain Marvel's season 1 arc. Obviously you had a story in mind since you were going to do a Marvel Family adventure in the comic before you were asked to bring the comic into the season 2 era. So yeah, just wondering why you opted to leave Mary and Freddy out of season 1?
1. Most likely, yes. Either there or in our companion comic series.
2. We opted to leave a TON of characters out of Season One. What would you have taken out of that season to make room for them? (Don't answer that. I don't actually want to know.) We made the season (in both seasons) that we wanted to make, taking our best shot, given the number of episodes in the order. As I've said before, we wanted to put both Troia and Sgt. Marvel in Season Two, but there wasn't time to get them designed.
Hi Greg, a simple yes, no, or maybe would suffice for this question. Is there a closeted (or possibly outed) gay/lesbian couple in the Young Justice team?
I won't give you a yes, no or a maybe. Just a NO SPOILERS.
Hello there Greg!
1. I just wanted to know if the young justice team in the show ever came up with a team name for themselves? The show itself Is called young Justice but Dick, kaldur etc refer to it only as the team. So did they just call it a team or give themselves the NAME young justice?
2. It has come to my knowledge that the YJ comic and tv show are drastically different. Is there any kind of reason you didn't want to follow the comics specifically or just had a better story?
3. Not sure if this counts as a spoiler but did Bart KNOW and had met anyone if his timeline that was apaprt of the old yj team or the justice league itself or did he just hear stories from civilians? How did he come to know his family heritage and who his grandfather was?
1. They're the Team. Honestly, I'm surprised people keep asking this question. (Not just you. I get this all the time. Especially on Twitter.) There are 46 episodes and 26 comic book issues out there and in NONE of them do the characters ever refer to the Team by any other name. Why would one think there's any other name? And why would you need any other name for a COVERT unit?
2. It depends WHICH YJ comic you're referring to. The 90s YJ comic was part of the continuity of that day. We weren't adapting any one comic or any one continuity. We were doing an adaptation of the ENTIRE DC Universe's 75 years of continuity through the prism of its young heroes. On the other hand, if you're referring to the Young Justice companion comic that we did while the show was on the air, then ALL the stories in that book are in continuity and canon to the series.
3. No spoilers. Though clearly, he knew Nathaniel Tryon, at minimum.
1) When did G Gordon first arrive on Earth, assuming of course he is indeed from Apokolips?
2) What year did he begin his talk show?
3) Does Gordon have any actual super powers in any shape or form? Is his ability to sway the public just simply showmanship tactics, or does he posses some limited hypnosis or mind control abilities similar to Queen Bee
1. I'm not going to confirm or deny or explain or spoil anything.
2. I haven't broken that down.
3. No spoilers.
Hi, Greg! Back in 2012, in response to a question about Queen Bee's real name, you asked: "What makes you think her name isn't Bee?"
From what I can tell by poking around with Arabic phonology and Google Translate, it wouldn't make much sense for her personal name to be "Bee" - that sound in Arabic, usually Romanised as "bi", means "my" in English, apparently. I am, of course, assuming that Bialyans on Earth-16 speak Arabic, given the country's geographical location and some of the established placenames.
But of course, she could easily be named something like Nihla, which means "bee". "Malikat Alnnahl" is "Queen Bee" in Arabic, and you can (I think) see where "nihla" becomes "nahl" in that phrase, with the "al" prefix meaning "of" that should be familiar to all of us from Ra's al Ghul, "Demon's Head" or "Head of the Demon", as well as lots and lots of placenames. I assume the extra N comes from how you conjoin syllables in Arabic, but that's purely a guess.
Hopefully you found that interesting. Anyway: without asking you to confirm or deny anything specific, like "Yes, her name is Nihla", would you say it's fair to assume that "Bee" is more of an English *translation* of her personal name, rather than a transliteration of the sound of her personal name into Roman characters?
I found it very interesting. And your explanation seems likely. But I couldn't commit to anything one way or another, without doing my own research.
In the episode "Homefront" and "Infiltrated" Robin/Dick Grayson uses a WayneTech override code "RG4". Does the RG stand for Richard Grayson? Also do the other members of the Bat Family have similar override codes (e.g. AP# BW# TD#)?
Yes, "RG" stands for Richard Grayson. Other codes for other individuals logically exist, though I won't go into specifics.
Hello! I was just wondering, in the episode Revelation (season 1 episode 14) of Young Justice, why did Batman wait nearly eleven hours before combating the giant plant?
Thank you for your time, and I hope you have a lovely day!
That doesn't sound right.
On YA was it someone specific or collaboration to use or create a new Aqualad and make him the team leader?
By "YA," I assume you mean YJ.
In any case, the creation of Kaldur'ahm was a team effort between Phil Bourassa, Brandon Vietti and myself. As for making him the leader of the Team, it just felt right.
Rewatching Salvage in season 2 of Young Justice. Question came to me.
How did the League figure out the crystal Appellaxian could redirect sonic attacks? Among the original seven (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan, Flash, Aquaman, and Manhunter) there is no one with sound-based powers. If Black Canary had been part of the original team, maybe, but how else?
Not trying to be confrontational, just curious. Thank you for your time.
Batman tried to shatter it with his bat-horn (which is like a bullhorn, but bat-themed). Boy, was he sorry he tried that. Could be why we haven't seen him use it since!
Alex Hirsch used to respond when people asked him about Gravity Falls merchandise that Disney actually kept track of every time someone went into a Disney store and asked for merch from a specific brand. Do you think it would be worth a shot to try asking for Gargoyles merch this way to show Disney that there's still interest in the brand?
Hi, Greg! It's been several years since I've posted, but these questions came to me while I was getting ready for work this morning and I wasn't sure if you'd ever commented on them before. In Eye of the Beholder, Goliath says that he has no love for Fox. Does this feeling change at all upon him learning that Fox is Halcyon Rendard's daughter? I'm not saying that I think this would make Goliath start liking her more, but I would think there might be a change of feeling/heart since Goliath regards Renard as a close friend (so instead of seeing Fox as someone he doesn't care about at all, he might see her in a different light due to Renard being her father). So this leads me to the following two questions:
1) If there was a change of feeling, what was that change? (How does he feel about her once he learns she is Rendard's daughter?)
2) If his new feelings were more positive towards Fox (if his feelings did change), then did those positive feelings have anything to do with Goliath's decision to stay at the Eyrie Building? Of course when Xanatos offered Goliath and his clan a ride back to the Eyrie Building to get away from the police, he took the ride to save the clan. But when they got to the Eyrie Building he had to make the decision of whether to stay there or not. I'm sure there were several reasons for them to stay, but was Fox having Renard as her father one of those reasons?
Thank you for your answer and your time, I know it's precious.
I think you're overthinking Goliath's statement about Fox in Eye of the Beholder. Taking it too literally. But...
1. More than anything, it's probably just a reminder to him that life is full of nuances. There's very little black and white.
1. Is Nguyen Lian's middle name or is it a part of her last name? (Nguyen-Harper).
2. Does Jade ever go by Jade Harper?
As always, thank you for doing this!
1. It's part of her hyphenated last name.
2. No. Long ago, she went by Jade Crock. But not in years.
Hey Greg! I'm a huge fan of your work and hope to see what you'll do in the future
Here's my question: If you were given the chance to revamp or handle writing an anime which one would it be?
1. Can Jaime's scarab translate non-verbal languages, like American Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, etc?
2. And what about village sign languages, like Inuit and Hausa sign language?
3. Can the scarab translate ancient and dead languages too?
Thanks for answering!
1. Once the scarab's learned them.
2. Again, not without learning them, but once he has, then translation's fairly instantaneous.
3. See above.
I know you've said on multiple occasions that your favorite stand-alone episode of "Gargoyles" is "The Mirror" and that you are also fond of the multi-parters. Was there a particular multi-parter arc that you have as a favorite or are they all about even? Thanks in advance.
They're all pretty close to even. Of course, there's no show without "Awakening," so...
For fans of THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, I've been doing a podcast where we go through the series, episode by episode, with guest starts including Josh Keaton (Peter/Spidey), Ben Diskin (Eddie/Venom), Supervising Director Vic Cook and others. The entire first season of "SPECTACULAR RADIO" is up now, here:
Plus, check out Spidey-Dude.com, which also does the podcasts Mayday Mondays (based on Spider-Girl) and Clone Saga Chronicles!
I've been wondering for some time: how do yo feel about the new direction that DC Animated Movies have taken (that is, releasing two movies a year that are a part of a shared continuity and releasing one that isn't)? I know that your style of storytelling seems to be telling incredibly intricately done and well-researched, linear stories. And I also know that, given your status as a hungry writer and sometimes employee of DC Animation, even if you didn't care for the new movies, you'd probably be obligated to find at least something positive to say about them. But I'm speaking from more of a storytelling perspective (i.e. execution of ideas) versus whether or not you like the movies, in and of themselves.
In general, I tend to think that they've released some good offerings, with some (Justice League: War, Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood), of course, being better than others (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Son of Batman). I also, however, think that the crew behind those movies often fall prey to two problems.
The first problem is the short runtime. I feel like many of those movies start out with or build up to excellent premises or ideas, but because they're only 72 minutes long, an amazing plot will be shoehorned to conclusion in ten to fifteen minutes and the resolution will feel rushed or forced. Characters, both on the side of good and evil, will make major, nonsensical, life altering or, indeed, life ending decisions with next to zero provocation, next to zero buildup, next to zero forethought, and, thus, next to zero payoff in terms of emotional reactions from the audience.
The second problem is that, in my estimation, the producers and writers don't seem to be crafting a linear narrative or working from a single, coherent production bible. The goal seems to be more about putting out two movies while only having a broad idea of what they should include, with no real fine-tuning. I think that that's a problem when addressing what's supposed to be a single continuity of films and it leads to unnecessary and (eventually) gaping plot holes, etc. I digress. I understand that Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, etc. supposedly doesn't like linear stories, right now. (Even Paul Dini once said something to that effect, arguing that executives feel that linear stories draw in too many girl viewers, versus boys who will purchase toys.) So, perhaps, that's why even with in-continuity movies, there isn't a heavy amount of connective tissue.
I haven't seen them.
Hey Mr Greg, just recently discovered gargoyles, great show.
Ok pointless question, but how do you think the Manhattan Clan is doing now after living in, Well Manhattan for 22 years?
Hey Mr.Weisman just have a few comments. First off you're one of the greatest creative producers/showrunners in animation and I don't mean to kiss up or anything; but your shows have consistently been quality work. Spectacular Spider-Man in particular is perhaps my favorite comic adaption.And speaking of Marvel I heard that you was writing some comic book series for their All New Marvel lineup but I can't pinpoint what it is but anyways keep up the good work!
It was STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK. I'm very proud of it, but unfortunately, the book was cancelled before the first issue ever hit the stands. We did produce six issues, which are available as individual issues and as a trade paperback on Comixology.
hey greg :)
i wanted to know:
if Miss Martian did have a cloak to make her invisible, why did she get seen in so many episodes?
She doesn't have a cloak to make her invisible; she's using her natural camouflage power (and psychically controlling her bio-suit so that it will also use its camouflage power). And it's CAMOUFLAGE, not invisibility. So she's hard but not impossible to see, especially when she's moving.
This is the Farano Enterprises that ND was asking what they specialize in and you thought he or she might be talking about Xanatos Enterprises: http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Farano_Enterprises
What does Farano specialize in?
I don't know. Since I didn't write that issue of the comic, I don't know where Art & Franco got the idea for Farano. It IS in continuity. But I've never given it any thought.
Thanks for clearing up my confusion.
How does martian's camouflage works.
Camouflage: Is a power that Martians can master, a specific usage of their shape-shifting abilities. It allows them to blend into the background by bending thelight around them. That's how martian's Camouflage it works?.
They are NOT bending the light around them. They are matching the colors of their bodies to the colors of the background. It's difficult and imperfect. But it's fairly effective if they are standing still. Less effective while they are in motion.
Hello, Greg! I love Young Justice, and I have done everything that I could think of to support and promote it. It is an understatement to say that I really want a third season, and I know so many other fans who want the same. I know you need funding in order to make another season, so may I suggest that the fans of Young Justice send their receipts to you? The receipts showing that they have bought the Young Justice seasons, merchandise, video games, etc? It would persuade more fans to buy Young Justice merchandise and will hopefully put the amazing show more in demand. Maybe you or I could make a website where we show/post all our receipts? Or an email you have access to? If you answer yes I will share this over social media websites in the hopes to get Young Justice more marketing. Please consider my request, thank you Greg.
I appreciate your enthusiasm, but there's literally no point in sending me receipts.
You see, I'm not the one to whom fans need to prove their purchasing power. That would be Time-Warner. And Time-Warner doesn't need the receipts either, because they'll get the actual money from the purchases.
And I REALLY don't see how posting other people's receipts (which, btw, often contain confidential info) would get other fans to buy more. I just don't see the connection there at all.
Hi greg :)
1.In young justice Martians have density shifting so they can move through solid objects but, can they increase their density to become more durable and difficult the damage?.
2.You said than Martians are stronger than humans but how much.is their strength similar or equal to Captain marvel's strength or aquaman's strength?.
1. In theory, by reducing their volume. It's an advanced technique.
2. I'm not big on these kinds of comparisons. So much is situational.
In Young Justice, when are Don and Dawn Allen born?
Team Year Six.
In Young Justice/Earth 16, when specifically, did Wonder Woman come back to Themyscira after World War 2?
Did you ever have any plans for Artemis Crock for your planned run on Green Arrow back in the 80s when you were at DC?
Nope. I think Roy Thomas created the character a year or two after I submitted my G.A. proposal.
I have a comment, and a question.
1. I hope you never have trouble finding work, your writing is quite inspiring. I just rewatched and, with great difficulty, reread the comics (hard to find them without paying a month's rent). It's nice to remember why I loved it so much as a kid, and find a lot more to fall in love with, like how I -never- even noticed 'David and Goliath' before.
2. Would you ever consider Kickstarter or Fig in order to get fundage to be able to work on Gargoyles more in some way?
1. Thank you. I have had trouble finding work at times, but that's the business I chose.
2. I can't crowd-fund something I don't own. And I don't own Gargoyles.
Since from what you've said it sounds like Banshee wouldn't have been the villain of the piece in Heroes of Ulster, would you please shed some light on who or what the antagonists/challenges would have been?
No spoilers. Sorry.
Hi Greg! This isn't so much a question as it is a statement (I don't have any questions that don't fall into "spoiler" territory and I live in eternal hope that there will be more Young Justice to come, so I wouldn't dream of bothering you with spoilery-questions).
I just wanted to say -- I watched Young Justice devotedly from it's premiere through second season finale, and -- although almost three years have passed since "Endgame" premiered, YJ is still one of my utmost favorite shows. Your characterization and inclusion of some of my most-loved DC characters excited me then, and still excites me now. YJ-canon is, actually, my favorite (and IMO the most logical) canon for the DC Universe.
No matter how many times I rewatch it (repeatedly and often, as I own the bluray), it still captivates and draws in new viewers. Just this previous month I got my boss and his daughter hooked! I'm hoping Cartoon Network (or, well, any network or streaming service with the ability to produce new seasons) notices that after nearly three years without new episodes, the fandom is still devoted and growing. Here's to hoping they get their act together and let you make a third season (sooner, rather than later).
Anywhos, that became a bit long-winded, but I wanted to thank you for gifting us with this wonderful series and wish you well. I hope you had a fantastic holiday! :)
Thanks, Julie. I do think there's a decent chance of it coming back.
Did Earth-16 Robin ever think that the opposite of deterred should be "terred", then change his mind as soon as he heard himself say it?
Uh... sure. If that makes you happy.
Biologically speaking, how old are Ra's and Savage.
51 and 44.
I've asked before about a matter concerning storytelling in a general sense, and now I'd like to ask about a more specific one. Namely about the symbiote in "Spectacular Spider-Man." What I'm going to ask is not really spoiler-ish, I think, but is more of an issue that I didn't think about until recent months. And, to be honest, it's one that I don't see a lot of people noticing.
Simply put, why does the Symbiote costume look the way it does when Spidey first dons it in the show? The audience recognizes it because of how iconic it is, but what's the in-universe reason for its overall appearance? Admittedly, I may've missed something when I first watched the show, and it could be that I'm not thinking of any reason due to not having seen the full show in a while, but it's a question that I think needs answering. Plus, it's something that wasn't addressed in the 90s animated series either.
In the original comics where the Symbiote first appeared, the "Secret Wars" miniseries, the story did give an in-universe reason for the way Spidey's black costume appeared. The heroes had an alien machine that would repair their outfits or give them new ones. When it was Spidey's turn, he was subconsciously thinking about Spider-Woman's (Julia Carpenter's) outfit, which was mostly black and had the classic white spider symbol. There, it made sense.
Now, obviously, you guys couldn't do the Secret Wars stuff within "Spectacular Spider-Man," but in doing the Symbiote storyline, I respectfully don't think you explained its appearance. It just appears and almost instantly becomes a black suit not long after. Sure, the characters acknowledge the different outfit on Spidey, but, again, there wasn't any apparent reason for the costume's design to look the way it did, aside from it just being iconic to the audience.
So, again, I ask you; was there an in-universe reason within the "Spectacular Spider-Man" show for the Symbiote's costume look to appear the way it did?
It was a black symbiotic, so it was a black costume. I think maybe you're overthinking it. Also, notice how it evolved over the four episodes it appeared in.
Sorry if this is not the right place for the question but i would like to ask if you are able to come on the podcast that i co host it's the glen and dean show. If you are interested please email me at glenlongwell@Gmail.com
By now, of course, I've already been on the podcast. But if other podcasts are interested in contacting me - and getting a faster-than-nine-months response, find me on Twitter @Greg_Weisman.
My name is Mexi Gremillion and I am going to be writing for film and television when I finish college in May. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions possibly about your experience as a creator and writer of fantastic television series like Gargoyles and Young Justice via email if possible, but it is totally fine if I ask you publicly on this sort of forum. I love your work and it's totally fine if you don't answer this, but I hope you do. Thank you so much for your time.
I'd prefer to keep things in this forum. I know you asked this question nine months ago, so if you're still checking this, I'd recommend that you look at the Ask Greg archives under WRITING and/or WRITING TIPS. See if your questions were asked and answered already. If you still have more questions, post them here.
Long time fan, occasional asker here. I've loved all your work on Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice, Gargoyles, and now Star Wars Rebels. (Hearing that you were going to be working on Rebels about a year and a half ago is actually what got me to start looking at the greater Star Wars universe and become a huge fan, so I also have to thank you for getting me into a wonderful fandom!)
I am curious though about your work on the Kanan comic.
1) Was it something you asked to do or were asked to do? (I guess I'm curious if you went and said 'I have a great idea for a comic' or if someone came up to you and said 'So we have a comic idea we want you for...')
2) Kanan's traits of curiosity; I find it interesting that the fact he asks questions a lot was something prominent as a child, but seems very muted as an adult. Did he stop asking questions a lot due to trauma, or was it a natural result of growing up on the run?
I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions, and have a wonderful day!
1. I was asked and jumped at the chance.
2. All of the above.
You know, I've thinking/remembering about something lately. Back in 2014, there was an April Fools' joke where can article spring up about a Gargoyles movie in the works. A lot of people believed it. In 2012, Cartoon. Network played a practical joke where it revived the Toonami block for that single night. The feedback it received, after it's cancellation in 2008, were amazing! Anyone looking it up on Wikipedia and who helped with it's revival knew what an impact it made with CN.
So, I thought, "Hey, if something that can happen on CN, where they continue to show really old animes and other cartoons, then why can't Disney stop being such money-grubbers for a single day and do something similar? Like in 2014, pull an "April Fools' joke with Gargoyles and air a few episodes. See what happens, can't hurt, right?"
What do you think? Think something like that could ever happen?
I don't see any need to tie this to April Fools Day. If they want to test it they can. It's their show to test or not to test. At the moment, they don't seem interested.
And I don't have a clue as to what any of this has to do with Disney being or not being "money-grubbers." That seems beside the point. Like you just want to use every opportunity to take a shot at Disney wanting to turn a profit, which is - frankly - silly. If Disney didn't want to turn a profit, you'd have NEVER gotten Gargoyles in the first place. Do you think they put that show on the air thinking, "Well, we'll lose money on this one..."? Cuz, NO. They thought the show would earn money for the company. And it did. And then they thought they'd have a better chance to earn more money with something else. And we were off the air. It's ALWAYS been that way. Sometimes, that helps us. Sometimes, it doesn't.
Hi, Greg. Gotta question for you: Since Disney cancelled the release of season 2 part 2 due to low sales back in day, and as fans, we openly support the release of the DVD when it finally came out in 2013 to show how popular and profitable Gargoyles is and can be, I'm curious to know know how the sales went.
As Disney only cares for profit nowadays, then it stands to reason that they be considering Gargs for a reboot or SOMETHING is the sales are a bit hit, right? Do you think it's possible for you learn how the sales went, just to see the level of interest for your own show, financially-wise? I got my copies as soon it wasn't in the $100s after its release.
I don't know how the sales went. I don't work at Disney, and that's not information they share with me. You're as likely to be able to obtain that info, as I am.
When you say, "As Disney only cares for profit NOWADAYS...", I balk. Disney the company only EVER cared about profits, at least since they became a publicly held company (before I was born). But various talented people at Disney - then and now - have always cared about more than that. It's no different now then it has been for DECADES.
And, to be clear, I don't want a reboot. I want to do more of what we were doing. I don't want to start it over, which is what a reboot would be.
Hello! Big Gargoyles fan here! I want to ask about Katana, Nashville, and Fu-Dog! This is probably be too spoiler-y, but I'm gonna give it a shot.
1.) We don't much about Katana as a character. Are there details you can give to the fans about her personality, her interests, her quirks, etc.? You described Brooklyn and Katana's relationship as a Sam-Diane, Bertrand-Beatrice thing, so I imagine Katana being a lot of more serious than the wise-cracking Brooklyn, which probably why the had conflict. Being raised in the way of Bushido, I also imagine she's honorable and from what we've seen from her appearance in the comics, she's very protective over Egwardo (Taichi).
2.) Nashville is about 10 in human years, and 20 in gargoyle years, right? He's really young, though, no matter how you look at it. I find it a little hard to imagine Brooklyn and Katana allowing him on dangerous missions. I think he is quite skilled, but are there any limitations they set for their son?
3.) Katana and Gnash are both bilingual. What's their speech pattern like? Gnash seems more like Brooklyn in personality, so his way of speaking is probably similar to his father. I imagine Katana being more formal with her words. When they speak, do they string English and Japanese words in a sentence? Does Katana speak solely in Japanese sometimes when speaking to Gnash?
3.) Fu-Dog is Brooklyn's first companion in his TimeDancer adventures. What kind of personality does he have, besides being fiercely loyal to Brooklyn? Is he similar to Bronx or dissimilar?
1. I think you mean Beatrice-Benedick. But beyond that, I'm not saying anything. You'll have to wait to see her in execution, hopefully in future comics.
2. When we first meet Nashville, he's 19-years-old chronologically. Ten-years old biologically. I'm sure B&K set limitations for their son, but by necessity, since they didn't want to risk leaving him behind while TimeDancing, they kept him close, even if close meant he was occasionally in danger.
3. Again, this is about execution. I'm not going to preempt myself.
4. No spoilers.
Hello! Will you be posting the script for the 2014 CONvergence Radio Play, "Recruits", here on the site like you did with the previous one? :)
No. Or at any rate, not now.
But you can watch it on YouTube, I believe.
What do you think about the Genesis Gargoyles game
I'm not a gamer, so I've never played it.
Around the 2nd season of Gargoyles when The Pack was in Egypt, were Hyena and Jackal spies for Preston Vogel?
It's such an honor to be able to write to you through this site. Thank you so much for replying to your fans questions. Not many cartoon creators do that and I think is a big shame... Then again, I understand it can be hard to deal with unwanted questions too. Anyways; I'm a huge fan of Young Justice and its second season. I can't say enough how much I love everything about this show. From the characters, to the action, to the plots, to the drama, to the voice cast, to the comedy, to the animation and effects, etc. Everything about YJ says awesomeness. Needless to say I am one more of those fans who would die to have a third season :'( I really miss this series and in just the past four days I have rewatched the whole show again. I love this show and I really miss it on the air D:
Ok, to the questions (hope you'll be helpful, please) Regarding the so devastating Endgame episode and my #1 couple on the show, Artemis and Wally. When everything was over and Barry and Bart stopped running, Artemis was obviously sad and worried searching and asking for Wally. She doesn't start crying until Barry let her know that Wally loved her:
1) Were Wally's words a surprise to Artemis?
2) In all those years together. Did Wally ever told Artemis to her face that he loved her?
3) The same for Artemis. Did she ever told Wally to his face that she loved him?
I think is pretty obvious these two really loved each other, is just that Artemis' loss of Wally felt so deep... Wally's death was a huge sacrifice to save the world, and it really showed what a great hero and man he was. And Artemis breaking down in tears and when her and the Wests are comforting each other are scene that break my heart whenever I see them. I am sad for everyone who lost Wally. And I am sad that Wally can't be with his family, friends, and love of his life anymore. But that doesn't take away what a well done and dramatic finale Endgame is. Thank you for creating this show, which is one of the best shows I have ever watched (I grew up watching Gargoyles and Justice League, just so you can imagine how old I am) and though it might sound crazy, I don't lose hope it might get a new season some day.
Thank you for your time.
1. I think she knew that Wally loved her. I also think she knew that if Barry was leading with that, it meant Wally was dead.
Thanks for the kind words, and I wouldn't lose hope. I think there's a better than decent chance that YJ might come back.
Do you think Keith David could voice any other of your characters? If so, which ones?
I am still a fan of the show and totally used jump off of an ironing board trying to fly when I watched Gargoyles as a kid.
I don't understand what you mean. Keith is amazing, and has done a voice for me on nearly every series I've produced. The list includes Goliath (Gargoyles), Officer Morgan (Gargoyles), Thailog (Gargoyles), Mama (3x3 Eyes), Hades (Kidd/Hero), The Big Man (The Spectacular Spider-Man) and Mongul (Young Justice: Invasion).
So it was recently announced that Samurai Jack is getting new episodes after more than ten years. Does this signal a general interest on the part of CN in reviving shows that were popular with older viewers? Is there hope for Young Justice?
I think there's a lot of hope for YJ, but not on CN.
I could be wrong, however.
Heading off to yet another convention. This time it's...
LONG BEACH COMIC CON
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
I'm there this Saturday and Sunday. Here's my schedule:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
09:30am - 03:00pm - I'll be at my table, which is "ANIMATION ISLAND 13". (Well, the con opens at 9:30am, but I'll be driving down that morning to Long Beach from Los Angeles, so I'll get there as close to 9:30am as I can manage it.) I'll be signing and selling copies of my novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM for $10 each. If you buy both, you get a free RAIN OF THE GHOSTS art print, illustrated by Christopher Jones. I'll also be selling CD sets of the RAIN OF THE GHOSTS AudioPlay for $30 This is an unabridged four hour production with 20 actors (including Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Ed Asner, Vanessa Marshall, Jim Cummings, Steve Blum, Thom Adcox and more), a full original musical score (by the composers of YOUNG JUSTICE and THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) and sound effects. It's like a four hour movie in your head! Buy the CD set and you also receive a free print. If you ONLY want the print, it's $20. Plus I'll also be selling original Christopher Jones art prints of YOUNG JUSTICE and GARGOYLES for $20 each. Finally, I'll be selling copies of my animation scripts (from series including GARGOYLES, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, STAR WARS REBELS and many others) for $20 each. All transactions are cash only. Signatures - if you bring something of your own for me to sign - are FREE!
03:00pm - 04:00pm - The Star Wars Perspectives
Join Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels), Craig Miller (Director of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm from 1977-1980), Brian Miller (Star Wars artist), and Mike Mayhew (Star Wars comic book artist) as they discuss the different aspects of Star Wars that they have been involved in. Unique perspectives and experiences are brought to the table in this can't-miss panel! Moderated by Blair Marnell, Q&A to follow.
04:00pm - 07:00pm - I'll be back, signing & selling, at my ANIMATION ISLAND 13 table.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
10:00am - 01:00pm - Signing & Selling at ANIMATION ISLAND 13.
01:00pm - 02:00pm - Young Justice: Panels to Pixels
Greg Weisman, Peter David, Todd Nauck and Kevin Hopps discuss everything Young Justice from the comics to the animation. Moderated by Ken Rolow, Q&A to follow!
02:00pm - 05:00pm - Signing & Selling at ANIMATION ISLAND 13.
Hope to see you there!
How long did it take to write and make an episode for Young Justice?
By the way, you are THE BEST writer on TV ever!!!
Um... well, it takes a minimum of nine or ten months to go from an episodic springboard to a final complete episode in the can, ready to air. Often more like a year.
Hey Greg-- just making you aware of this so you can throw it out to the fandom. Hot Topic currently has a Gargoyles shirt for sale that is officially licensed by Disney. I purchased one myself as anything Disney sees fit to market the property with at this point should be taken advantage of. I came across it by chance doing some holiday shopping and am not sure if it is available in stores or not:
Joshua P. Christie
Yep. I got that too. I think I've passed this on already, but just in case, fans, here it is again!
Why did Miss Martian show Garfield her true form?
Is Happy Harbor in ruins in 2056 at the end of Young Justice Invasion episode Bloodlines?
At the VERY end? No. But Mount Justice is.
So, okay, here's one for you.
Most of the Light's plans make sense. They follow a consistent pattern: one or two surface ruses to draw attention, and one lower-level plan to advance Vandal Savage's philosophy that humans need to evolve and take their place on the cosmic stage. Even the entire season 1 plot seemed engineered to put Earth in the galactic crosshairs, so as to give humanity the chance to grow from overcoming the Reach. And THAT seemed engineered to make Earth interesting to Darkseid.
The one thing that I DON'T get, however, was one tiny little plan.
How on earth did the Light, humanity, or indeed ANYONE but Count Vertigo benefit from killing Queen Perdita?
If Savage's plans had been successful, Vertigo would become King. ... What good does that do Savage? Or the Light? How is that worth using four ice villains to freeze the planet?
So, basically, if it's not a spoiler to answer... Why would Vandal Savage get involved in that one?
This seems obvious to me. If Vertigo is king of and works for the light, then Vlatava, like Bialya, becomes a Light proxy. Why wouldn't Savage and the rest want complete control of another entire country?
Do atlanteans wear underwear?
Let's let them have their privacy, shall we?
Rewatched the beginnings of Young Justice season one and I had a question about Denial.
Given how much time travel factored into the second season's overarching story, was there ever any point where Abra Kadabra was significant in some fashion? Considering how important the future became, it is a little odd that Abra Kadabra has futuristic technology so casually.
No one in Season One knew that Abra actually CAME from the future. Except Abra, of course.
I have a question about the proposed Disney Villains series that you developed but never quite managed to sell.
Who would have been the protagonists of this series? Who, or what would actually have prevented the Disney Villains from accomplishing their goals?
I appreciate the desire to know, but I'm loathe to offer spoilers even on projects that never went. In the first place, I haven't given up hope of doing the series some day in some form. And in the second place, I have learned painfully that ideas stated minus their execution are ripe for tremendous second guessing. Particularly on that internet thing.
Hello, Greg!It's me again. How are you? Well, I hope.
I was re-watching one of my favorite Gargoyles episodes, "Long Way to Morning" and I had a thought, particularly about Demona: How exactly did Demona know where Elisa's home was? I don't recall her knowing before this episode and i was curious. Was she somehow keeping tabs on her or spying?
Thank you for your time and answering my question. (:
Maybe she checked the phone book.
I'm told it magically gives out addresses.
Why did Martian Manhunter not stop Miss Martian from abusing her powers in season two of Young Justice?
He wasn't fully aware of it. Keep in mind, she's way more powerful, telepathically, than he is.
Hello Greg! First of all, thank you for making my childhood awesome.
I have about billion question I'd like to ask, but the one I keep coming back to over and is this. What was life after the Reach Apocalypse like for the average human civilian? Was all of humanity made into slave laborers and the entire Earth rendered barren, or is that just the bits we got to see? All of what have been shown of that time is from Impulse's point of view, so I wasn't sure if those scenes were to be taken as a world wide example or specific to metahumans in the vicinity of Mount Justice.
Basically, what you see is what you get. Or what the human race got.
And thanks for the kind words.
In regards to issue #7 of Kanan(great so far by the way) we see Depa Bilaba going through retraining by the council after going through a war campaign with casualties. Firstly, does this mean that all the events of the novel Shatterpoint are null and void? And also, Pong Krell still got to serve in the clone wars despite having massive casualties(according to Fives). Does this make the Jedi council inconsistent? Thank you.
Shatterpoint is part of Star Wars Legends. How much or how little of it happened in reality is not my call to make. Ask the Lucasfilm Story Group. But I know what was presented in Star Wars Kanan IS canon.
I can't answer the Pong Krell question either, except to say that each situation is specific and individual. Depa - who, by the way, wasn't undergoing "retraining" at all, but was getting herself back up on her feet while being tested - may have needed something different from what Pong Krell needed. It's not inconsistency to tailor an approach to the needs of the individual.
I'm way behind reading Ask Greg so I can't comment on anything current except this: Just showed my 7 year old her first episode of Gargoyles. (Also her almost 4 year old sister: My big one was willing to wait till seven, but not until we found a time my little one wasn't watching too, so she agreed to let her sister come into her bed if she woke up scared. I'm not being overprotective; she's crawled into my lap on Sofia the First episodes.) No big surprise, but they loved it. They begged to watch the second episode past bedtime because of the cliffhanger. (I would have caved had Awakenings been just a two parter.) It was pretty fascinating to keep my mouth shut and see them guess who was a good guy and who was a bad one.
You have made my day!
Greetings Greg, what are the origins of Psimon's psychic powers? As well as his awesomely bizarre appearance what with his transparent skull and creepy visage? I'm honestly curious as to whether he's Metahuman, an experiment gone wrong, alien, or supernatural in nature etc
Thanks for your time :D
Are you watching DC's live action shows? What do you think about them? Do you like the new characters like Felicity?
I was. I stopped last year. They're not for me. Generally, though, I'm open to new characters. I liked Felicity.
Greetings Greg, what are the true names of the Reach Scientist, Ambassador, & Black Beetle? I really liked how you provided all three alien invasion leaders with distinct personalities, which made them feel like actual people rather than stock villains, but was curious as to whether or not they had actual personal given names beyond their ranks & titles within the Reach hierarchy, or in Black Beetle's case his codename as a scarab bearer. Thanks for your time & for Young Justice & its entertaining baddies :D
P.S. poor Reach Scientist, Beetle & Ambassador TOTALLY should have listened to her, no respect I tell ya, no respect XD
We never named them, and to be honest, I'm not sure they have names. They have functions.
1. I know you've seen the Justice League animated series, and hopefully it hasn't been too long since then when you get to this, but what did you think of its first season?
2. Have you seen Spongebob Squarepants, particularly episodes of its earlier seasons? If so, what did you think of them?
1. I liked it.
2. I've seen only a handful of Spongebobs. And I have no idea which season they were from.
I'm sure that you've heard of the new JLA show that was confirmed recently by Cartoon Network Canada for next year. My questions are:
1. How crash would you be if they asked you to work on the show (like as an adviser)?
2. How crash would you be if they decided to set it on Earth-16?
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
1. Eh. I always like getting paid. But I'm invested in the YJ version of the DCU. I'm not unwilling to explore another continuity. Could be fun. But I'm not dying for it.
2. It wouldn't. Brandon and I would like to maintain control of Earth-16.
1) Chelsey here. Just wanted to congratulate you on Star Wars Rebels, huge fan of it. Were you a fan of the Clone Wars prior to Rebels?
2) I am disappointed to here your thoughts on ROTJ. Haha, I think you're a bit crazy for it(I kid). I get your critique on the Ewoks but the scenes in the Emperor's Throne Room....I am not sure how you could have done that any better. The Emperor is using the second death star as a trap to lure the Rebels to zap them one by one, not sure what's so bad about that. Also, the reason why Darth Vader is character he is who he is today is because of Return of the Jedi.
3) Were you a fan of the Kevin Conroy Batman animated series in the 90's?
1. I wasn't actually. Hadn't seen it or not much of it, really. When I got the gig, I began watching it and became a fan, particularly of Asohka.
2. I believe the scene with the Emperor is poorly edited and written. If the Emperor just keeps his mouth shut for five minutes, Luke turns to the dark side and the Empire wins. But the Emperor insists on gloating out loud, and it's that very gloating that keeps Luke from turning. Not once. Not twice. But three times. I don't mind the ewoks, by the way. Don't love everything about how they were used in the movie. But they're not my issue with that lukewarm film. I also really hate that Luke and Leia are siblings. I will go to my grave thinking that was not the original plan, and that it was an unnecessary and wrongheaded addition to the canon.
3. Of course. Huge fan. Still am.
I absolutely love Young Justice! !! But I was curious if Artemis is supposed to look asian? Because both Jade and Artemis look American to me.
I don't know what "look American" means. Did you mean "caucasian"?
In any case, Jade and Artemis are both the daughters of a caucasian father and a Caucasian/Vietnamese mix mother.
Hi Greg! It`s me again, Austrias biggest Gargoyles and Rain of the ghosts fan! I`m still hoping for more Comics and/or a continuation of the series.
I am deeply fascinated with the subplot about Demona and Macbeth. They are by far my favorites.
There is one thing I don`t understand. According to Gargoyles Timeline Gruoch was about 27-28 when she had to marry Gilcomghain. Judging by medieval standards she was a very old maid. Why wasn`t she married at "the right age" like 15 or so as it was the custom for a gentle woman?
Why didn`t Macbeth and Gruoch marry years before? They grew up in the same castle, were fond of each other, Macbeth was evidently wealthy and of noble birth so why did`t they just get engaged around the age of 18-22 or so when they were of age? What was the problem?
Best wishes for your current projects! Can`t wait to see "Masque of Bones" (P.S. Any news about its publication yet?)
Historically, what happened, happened. We were only able to guess at the reasons.
So, in universe, Macbeth was without a father and had his inheritance ripped away. (So he was no longer wealthy, and he was virtually homeless.) That gave Gruoch's father pause about allowing Gruoch & Macbeth to marry. Gruoch wouldn't marry anyone else, until Macbeth was convinced by Bodhe to reject her.
And they didn't grow up in the same castle. Bodhe and Gruoch were VISITING the night Findlaech was killed. And that was the first time Macbeth and Gruoch met. They fell in love then and thereafter, but by that time Macbeth was S.O.L.
As for Masque of Bones, I haven't written it yet, because I've been writing World of Warcraft: Traveler novels for Blizzard and Scholastic.
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I am not asking for information that is to come on a show...as there is no show anymore.
I come as a Dad--I have a lasso in hand, and the moon in sight...my task: impossible; my course--but to try.
My six year old daughter, on a day when the TV went out, found my (now grown and moved away) son's collection of 'Roughneck: Starship Troopers Chronicles' DVD's. I said if she was interested she could watch them, but warned that the series was canceled before it was finished; so there would be no ending.
Okay, so maybe you can see where this is going, I was aware they had scripted the concluding episodes (my son was always sure they would get made), but I never realized that, after all these years, some transcripted form of the teleplay wasn't readily available on the Internet. Until now.
So...I have a daughter who is only a few weeks out from finishing the produced show, who has that dreamy attachment that I've seen before with Pokémon, and My Little Pony--and, as I continually try to ease her towards the fact that there will be no ending, I have to listen to her reassure me that, "Don't worry, dada, we will just have to read what happens in the ending; no big deal. We'll find the story in a book, or on the Internet." But I've looked, and I haven't found it.
MY QUESTION: Is it out there somewhere...?
Being a Dad is tough, but when you're on the line and you've got your orders, you charge the bugs. Moon or not, my lasso is up and away...live forever, apes!
I sympathize. Honestly. But I don't think I'm going to be able to provide those for you.
The main reason is that I don't own them.
But a secondary reason is that ASK GREG is not a good forum for posting teleplays. The formatting goes to hell, and it takes me a long time to go through them to make them even legible. And they're still badly formatted.
Finally, I don't have them here at my Nickelodeon office. So even if I was so inclined, I don't have them to post.
In summary, the Hawaiian battle continues. There's a big pit. A lot of bugs. Humanity triumphs.
I don't know if you'll ever get around to reading this but i just want you to know that i highly respect your work in animation. Young Justice was amazing and got me through some tough weeks at high school. whenever i was down in the dumps i'd just smash on a episode of the old YJ and it would give me a nice "Homey" feeling. i especially enjoyed the Wally/Artemis spitfire.
I think i type in "Young Justice" into google once a day to see if any news has come up about it, and i try as much as i can to help the show out. buying DVD and following on Facebook etc.
Do you think that WB studios or Cartoon Network studios even mention young justice anymore in their meetings, as to bring it back for season 3. or do you think it's in the past and they are not interested anymore.
it was an amazing 2 years with the show and i try and watch both season at least once a year. thank you very much for the show.
yours sincerely, a humble fan.
I think there's a decent chance of the show coming back. Not a guarantee, mind you, but a solid decent chance. I don't say that lightly either.
In "Rock of Ages" the Stone of Destiny is seen talking to David Xanatos in Leith and King Arthur in the Lantern of the Abbey at the exact same time November 15, 1:06 PM GMT. Then on the next page, the time it's talking to Arthur changes to 1:07 AM GMT, twelve hours earlier. Was the first one a mistake or was it meant to drive home the point that the spirit of destiny can inhabit any vessel, even a supposedly fake one?
I'm looking at the issue now.
It appears there is a typo for Arthur. He should be A.M. on both pages. It's very frustrating that I missed correcting that.
But there were no fake vessels. A rock is a rock. So that is part of the point - not of the error - but of the story.
In Gargoyles, did you have any other Disney characters make any cameos?
Well, there was Donald Duck. And of course, Elisa likes to dress as Disney Princess's on Halloween. She was Belle one year on the show, and Jasmine in the comics.
Nothing else pops to mind.
which person you would like to talk too, for one day what would you talk about with that person?
As frequent readers of this site know, I'm not big on hypotheticals or on lists that rank things. It's just not how my brain works. So picking out my number one hypothetical person to talk to, and then figuring out what we'd talk about is (a) not too interesting to me and (b) incredibly difficult for me to get my head around. Sorry.
I wondered this a while ago but only remembered to ask just now.
Being what seems like one of the few fans who enjoys both Gargoyles and Power Rangers (it's never seemed too contradictory to me to enjoy both a fun, Shakespearean adventure romp and a serialized MST3K movie), it's always felt rather bittersweet that one of my childhood loves contributed to the downfall of another. I can't blame your, heavily implied if not often directly stated, reservations about the show.
But I don't really want to confront you about that as much as I wanted to ask: given the history, it really stuck out to me that Aicaya was directly described in Spirits of Ash and Foam as a "Mighty Morphin' manatee." It's not jarring in the book's isolated context, but does seem odd coming from you. Not bad, exactly, quite the opposite: I thought it was amusing that Opie would adopt something like Power Rangers into his shorthand and was a really fun instance of characterization.
But because I feel like asking questions only I could reasonably care about,
1. Does Opie like Power Rangers, or was his word choice based more on the influence that might come from reading the thoughts of Rain, Charlie, et al.?
2. If he does, what about it do you think appealed to Opie?
3. Was Maq's Batman joke an intentional correlation to Opie's reference, them sharing some shared affection for superheroes as some characterization point, or were they both just coincidental larks?
1. I think it would amuse him.
2. The goofiness.
3. Two separate references.
Hey Greg. First off, thanks for answering my Oberon and Dr. Fate question (And for using a superhero analogy, to).
I just had a few questions regarding magic in Young Justice (Sorry for any spoiler-questions):
1. Do supernatural creatures (Like vampires)exist, or is what we see what we get in regards to magical beings?
2. Do you regard Young Justice's magic as following the same "rules" as Gargoyles's, or did you right it differently?
3. Is magic known to the public or government, or is its knowledge restricted to practitioners and associates?
1. What you see is what you get until or unless you see something more. Which is a fancy way of saying: NO SPOILERS.
2. More or less.
3. Everyone knows about magic. Whether they believe is another story.
I'll try and keep this short, as I'm sure your busy and having things to do, but basically I would like your honest opinion on something. And no, don't worry, it's not about ideas for any of the things you've worked on, nor anything that I or others have written.
Anyway, I'm an aspiring writer who wants to make his own series, and there's an aspect of storytelling that I can't seem to decide on. You see, I have always felt that there are, primarily, two types of villains:
1. The kind who do bad things and don't care
2. The kind who believe that their actions are justified
Summarily, I can't seem to decide which one is worse, as it could really be argued either way. I've asked some friends what they think, and have gotten back different answers.
Admittedly, the self-justifying villain tends to fall under a trope that I have a disliking towards:
Knight Templar - a villain who is convinced that he/she is the hero.
And, after thinking about it, there is at least one thing to appreciate about the "bad and don't care" villains; at least they have no illusions about what they want or what they're doing. Plus, we've seen a lot of the self-justifying villains in recent years, to the point where I think it might be overused. Which is why I think a balance between the two needs to be met, as too much of one can get old fast.
But anyway, I mainly just wanted to ask which type of villain you think is worse; the "bad and don't care" kind, or the self-justifying kind?
I take some issue with the reductive nature of your question. And so I think you're going about things the wrong way. It's not about which is worse. It's about what fits your character. Take, as an obvious example for this website, GARGOYLES.
We have two rather unique and memorable lead villains, DEMONA and XANATOS. I suppose you could reduce Xanatos to your definition of a type one villain. And I suppose you could reduce Demona to your type two. But there are moments when Xanatos thinks what he does is justified, and moments when Demona does a bad thing and just doesn't care. There are also moments when each has done truly heroic things.
The point I'm making is that a great villain is nothing more or less than a great CHARACTER. Write a character with consistency, backed by consistent motivation and history and I don't really care if he or she is type one, type two or type three. (Because, among other things, I doubt that there are truly only two types.)