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Alex Costa writes...

Hi Greg, hope you're doing good.

How old would Johnny Storm, Cyclops and Beast have been in the SpecSpidey universe relative to Peter (if you could have used them)? Would they have been 16 too?

Greg responds...

I didn't fix ages for characters I was not allowed to use, i.e. it never got that far. But they definitely would have been on the young side.

Response recorded on December 20, 2017

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Todd writes...

Why did Miss Martian didn't want to join the justice league at the beginning of young justice invasion?

Greg responds...

As she said, she was happy where she was.

Response recorded on December 20, 2017

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Matt writes...

Hi Greg.

Been a long while since I've asked you anything here. I hope things are well with you. Sounds like you're busy these days and I'm glad to hear it.

I'm writing to ask you about Gargoyles. It's crazy to think that the property is approaching its 25th year. And very cool to think that "in-universe" Artus and other gargoyles around the world are less than a year away from hatching!

But what I'm writing about is the future of Gargoyles on television, in comics, novels, etc. It feels like the last few years have been very quiet for Gargoyles. The last Gathering is nearly a decade behind us. We've had no new material in even longer. Revisions on GargWiki only trickle in these days. Gargoyles fan sites are steadily being abandoned or dying. Even Ask Greg is far more of a Young Justice site these days. The Comment Room is pretty quiet, a shadow of what it was when I first discovered it over 17 years ago. And we fans are slowly growing older. And with all of these disheartening facts, I'm beginning to lose hope in new Gargoyles material from here on out.

It's hard for me to even admit that. I can remember getting very fired up and launching into pep talks when others would express similar thoughts over the years. Maybe I'm writing this in hopes of getting a pep talk myself. I don't know. Really, I just want to know what your thoughts on the future of Gargoyles is. Good or bad, I'd just like to hear it from the man himself.

Let me be clear: I'm not asking if you've given up on the property. I know that you have never failed to look for an outlet to tell your stories and I know that if you were given a chance you'd happily tell those stories in any medium. I'm just curious about your personal and professional opinion on any future Gargoyles products.

I will always be a fan. I will always love the stories you've told us. I will always have some hope that more stories will be told and I'll be quick to support the property if/when that happens. I'm just feeling like Gargoyles is all in the past. Honestly, am I right? Or am I just being dramatic? And if Gargoyles does have a chance in the future, what can we do to help it along after all these years?

Thanks, Greg. You rock. Thanks for everything!

Greg responds...

Hey Matt,

You're just being dramatic. Which doesn't mean you aren't also right. Which doesn't mean there isn't hope. Confused yet?

Here's a hard truth: Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm. Why take a chance on a 25-year-old action property that (to their mind) has an aging/shrinking fanbase when you can exploit sure things like Star Wars and Spider-Man?

That's the big hump right now.

In addition, comic book publishing of Disney's licensed properties has been in disarray. As I'm sure you've noticed, we made some progress with Joe Books... and then it all fell apart. We're now waiting for Joe's license to lapse and are hopeful -actually hopeful - that we can make new comics happen with a new publisher. [Name of new publisher being withheld for now until a deal is made.]

So, no, of course I haven't given up. Gargoyles is my baby, and I'll never give up on it. I hope the fans won't either, but I understand there isn't much new to talk about these days, so it's natural that interest wanes. But I hope if and when there is something new to talk about, the fans will help me launch a campaign to get that new stuff noticed.

I truly believe that our best bet right now is, in fact, comic books. I can tell original canon stories (with little or no interference), and then we can use the comics to demonstrate that the property is still viable, just as we used Netflix to prove that Young Justice was still viable.

I'm also hopeful that once Disney has its own version of Netflix up and running in 2019 (just in time for our 25th Anniversary), that they'll put Gargoyles up there for streaming. Then we can begin a #KeepBingingGargoyles campaign, and who knows what might happen?!

Meanwhile, though it's true we haven't had an official Gathering since 2009, we did have a Gargoyles-convention-within-a-convention that was VERY successful at CONvergence in 2014 in Minneapolis, honoring the show's 20th anniversary. We did all the old Gathering stuff: showed the videos, multiple panels on the subject (including the biology/cultural panel), an original Gargoyles Radio Play, and we had Marina Sirtis, Frank Paur & Greg Guler there, as well. Many old Gargoyles fans showed up, and we had a blast. http://www.convergence-con.org/about/archive/2014-convention/

I'll be back at CONvergence in July of 2018, and although it won't be a full-on Gargoyles convention-within-a-convention again, we will do a Radio Play, and I always do at least one Gargoyles panel.

Plus, I've been talking with a venue to do another Garg-con-within-a-con to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2019. I'll keep you posted here, but you should think about attending. It'll get the juices flowing.

So, no, don't despair. I'm always pretty upfront about the likelihood of anything happening, and right now it's a bit slim. But down the road, I still see a lot of potential. Stick with us!

Response recorded on December 20, 2017

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Stranger writes...

How many bedrooms are in Artemis and Wally's apartment in Palo Alto? Please be hones I'm not gonna tell Cartoon network.
And did they slept together?

Greg responds...

1. One bedroom.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Bronson Baer writes...

Mr. Greg, even though the Goliath Chronicle episodes wasn't your idea, do you still support them? They're very believable even so.

Greg responds...

No. I think nearly every character behaves way out of character. And I don't like most of the story ideas, some of which don't fit our plans for the series. I don't consider them canon.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

1) Have you read Marvel's Power Pack by Louise Simonson and June Brigman? What did you think of it?

2) Don't you think someone should make a movie or tv series based on it? To me, it's a no-brainer.

Greg responds...

1. Long ago. I remember liking it.

2. Um, sure.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Ferris writes...

Why dos Garfield have his mom's last name and not his dad's last name?

Greg responds...

Garfield's biological father was never in the picture.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Mathan writes...

Did Garfield tell his sister M'gann that Queen Bee killed mom before the YOUNG JUSTICE INASION EPISODE EARTHLINGS?

Greg responds...

I'm not saying who told whom, but both knew before that episode.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Connor Lambert writes...

Also in Young Justice I'm wondering if a regular hero without speed would have run by the speedsters while Wally was siphoning off the energy would the non speedster hero die instead?

Greg responds...

I doubt he or she could have summoned up enough kinetic energy to siphon off any of the energy.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Mike P. writes...

Hi Greg,

Extremely excited to watch Young Justice Season 3 in the near future! I have a couple of Aquaman-centric questions

1. How old was Aquaman when he began his career?

2. How old was Black Manta when he assumed his mantle?

3. At what point in Aquaman's career did Manta and Aquaman first encounter one another?

I ask these questions due to Aqualad's age. Aqualad was 16 in 2010 and Black Manta was 37 that same year. That means Black Manta was only 21 years old when Aqualad was conceived with Sha'lain'a. With Aquaman only being 29 in 2010 that means he was only 13 when Black Manta did the deed.

With that logic Black Manta must have traveled to Atlantis before he even encountered Aquaman, right?

Greg responds...

1. If you mean "How old was Orin when he first surfaced publicly (on the surface world) as Aquaman?" then the answer is 20.

2. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017


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