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Man Mountain writes...

I looked through the archives and could not find this question, but if it has been asked, then I apologize.

Can, in the Garg universe, Gargoyles become vampires? If so, does it manifest itself differently than it does in humans? How about Fae?

Greg responds...

Sorry. I'm not yet willing to answer these questions. Try again some other time.

Response recorded on June 26, 2000

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Lexy writes...

Hey Greg,

I looked up 'The Scream' for ya and it says that Edvard left most of his paintings in a museum in Oslo. He grew up there and after he died they build a museum in his honor. *shrugs* just incase you were still wondering.

Gee..I should have checked to see if anyone else wrote this..ah well *is lazy* *posts*

Greg responds...

Right, got it covered. Still feel like I saw it in Amsterdam in 1980 though.

Response recorded on June 23, 2000

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Abigail Thorne writes...

You know that helicopter Lexington fixed up in "Her Brother's Keeper?" What happened to it? It might have come in handy if the clan needed to do some speedy flying. Did they leave it somewhere for the police to find it, or what?

Greg responds...

The honest truth is that we were embarrassed by that helicopter. We let Kenner talk us into putting it into the series. And then Kenner wound up not even making a helicopter toy. So we let it fade from memory.....

Response recorded on June 21, 2000

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WereFox writes...

Greg

Even though her lycanthropy was induced by the eye of Oden, would Fox have been subject to the normal limitations associated with werewolves/foxes? Would she have had a vulnerabilty to silver? Also could she, and did she pass on her lycanthropy by bightring someone. I realize that we already have Wolf, our favorite mutate
Werewolf. What possible reason would we need another.

Greg responds...

I don't think so. Neither Wolf or Fox fit the traditional lycanthropic mode. Fara Maku and Tea are better examples.

Response recorded on June 21, 2000

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ExoLex writes...

Hi again. This is a question about Christianity. Would you have ever even considered making an episode dedicated to Lucifer, and or the Angel race? I bring this up because in the episode "Her Brother's Keeper", Derek Maza makes reference to the title "Prince of Darkness". Thanks.

Greg responds...

I might have dealt with Lucifer or angels at some point (if I could get it past S&P -- the former would be more difficult for obvious reasons), which doesn't necessarily mean that I'd be dealing with Christianity. Both concepts pre-date Christianity, after all.

Response recorded on April 07, 2000

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Todd Jensen writes...

This question seems to have gotten lost during the February "No questions in queue" glitch, so I'm sending it again.

The series took the attitude that most humans were a danger to gargoyles, and that it was mainly because of the humans that there were so few gargoyles left. But how much is humanity in general to blame? While most humans did indeed seem to fear gargoyles, the ordinary citizenry confined themselves to running away from them (like the yuppie couple) or socially snubbing them (like Princess Katharine and the Magus before their conversion). It was Hakon and his Viking raiders, barbarian invaders from outside, who destroyed the Wyvern clan, not Princess Katharine and her subjects. The gargoyles of 11th century Scotland under Demona were hunted down not by the regular Scots, but by a couple of tyrants (Duncan and Canmore) and a hired assassin (Gillecomgain). The Guatemalan gargoyles were slaughtered, not by the local farmers, but by a band of looters from outside. In fact, in general, the people who actually took up arms against the gargoyles (with one or two exceptions) seemed to be outside the norm of settled society, being outside enemies, tyrants, and criminals. (Admittedly, the Quarrymen in your vision would probably have been more representative of the community).

So, does the responsibility for the near-extinction of the gargoyle race rest on the majority of the human race, or is it more the work simply of the "black sheep" of the species, no more the "human norm" than Demona and Thailog are the "gargoyle norm"?

Greg responds...

Is there a middle ground?

Yes, it's the bad guys. But not necessarily only the BIG bad guys. It's the mob. The banality of evil contributes, and probably more than we showed on camera.

But of course, one of the points we tried to make with the show was that evil comes in all forms. "Human and Gargoyle alike."

Response recorded on April 04, 2000

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A Fan writes...

How would you say that the concept of Gargoyles and Oberon's Children and such fits into the Judeo-Christian bible? Were there certain things missing from the creation myth, deliberately or otherwise)?

As someone else asked, it does make you wonder if there were Gargoyles on Noah's Ark(you are lucky you got it as a portion, I got to read about Nazarites), and why Noah didn't send them out to find land, as they would more efficiently be able to tell him.

Greg responds...

Haven't mentally covered the Flood (Noah's or anyone's) yet.

But I think eventually everything fits. Just cuz so far it has. But I don't pretend to have it all worked out yet.

Response recorded on March 22, 2000

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Puck40 writes...

May... yeah. I bet you'll answer this by May. Just over three months. =)

Okay, you mentioned that you planned to use every legend etc etc etc. I have to know...
1) Would you have done a story about how evil was released into the world?
2) If you did, which form would you have taken? Adam and Eve? Pandora's box?

Greg responds...

Hah. March.

Evil was released? Hmmmm...

Response recorded on March 21, 2000

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Ambrosia writes...

Hi, again, Greg!
How long do you suppose it would be (in years or whatever) before the ridiculous humans put away their predjudices and, worldwide, it was cosidered perfectly normal for gagoyles, New Olympians, humans, and Oberon's Children to be seen wandering down a street or in a dance club? I'm not saying all humans, or every member of the other races for that matter, will ever completely accept the members of the others (Margot, for example. That woman...!), but do you forsee basic equality for all the races in the future?

BTW, I have to put this in... I was reading through the archives and I came accross Celano's post. S/he's right! That gargoyle mother in The Mirror really did have a beard! I've always wondered about that too...
thanks for your time, Greg! You're my hero!

Greg responds...

I don't remember any beard, and I've seen the episode about 50 times.

As to your real question, I like to think that as a species humans take two steps forward and 1.9 steps back. Meaning that eventually, we get where we should be going. But I'm not going to attempt to set a date on the end of universal prejudice. I'm not in the Utopia business.

Response recorded on March 19, 2000

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jenna writes...

Greg- I saw in your rambles that you wanted to see what fans thought of the clock tower being blown up, the "enter macbeth" ep, and the world tour--

How does the word awesome sound?

Seriously though, I must say that Gargoyles' strength is that the characters grow and change. It dared to be real because the "good guys" don't always win. This show had me on the edge of my seat many many times. Thanks for creating a show that dared to actually tell a story; that dared to go someplace; and where the world's problems were not solved within thirty minutes. This show was not afraid of change, and that's what made it awesome.

Greg responds...

Man, this is gratifying.

You are all too good to me.

Now someone tell me what archive I put this in.

Response recorded on March 17, 2000

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Aaron writes...

One of the great things about Gargoyles was that little things that seemed insignificant at the time could have major effects somewhere down the line. Someone asked a similar question about the mercenary from Double Jeopardy, and it made me wonder about another minor character. Anyway, would we have seen the weaponsmith/inventor who created Mr. Carter again?

And the idea about simply ignoring TGC and using the first season to bring the show from Hunter's Moon to the present sounds plausible, although subjects like the Stone of Destiny returning to Scotland and Y2K hype would show the true timeframe. (Assuming you chose to pursue either of those stories)

Greg responds...

Re: Mr. Acme. Maybe, occasionally. The problem is the name. Warner Bros thinks they own the Acme name. (It's been debated.) To use it briefly once made a good joke. A diminimous reference. To make him an on-going character though... I'd never be able to use his name.

Re: The Stone of Destiny. I'd still do that one. An informed audience would know about the date. But most wouldn't. So it works for everyone.

Re: Y2K. That one doesn't play. Everyone would know that I was cheating on the time. Plus, Y2K was a dud. As I figured. (Being Jewish, perhaps, gave me a different perspective on the calendar.) I had no Y2K story planned. So it's no great loss.

Response recorded on March 17, 2000

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Todd Jensen writes...

One thing that I'm going to confess here, and it's that I'm still feeling somewhat taken aback at the discovery that the mythological gods in the Gargoyles Universe are subject to Oberon, a "mere" faerie king (though don't tell him that I called him that :) In traditional legend, Oberon wasn't a divinity, so seeing him have authority over gods like Odin feels a little strange to me still. It's like seeing an earl giving orders to a king. I know that in the Gargoyles Universe, Oberon does outrank the gods of mythology and that they were really "just" powerful faerie-folk, but it does feel a little odd to me all the same.

Greg responds...

That is... an absolutely SHOCKING confession.

Or not.

Look, I knew it was going to be controversial (relatively speaking). Frank Paur wasn't particularly comfortable with the idea, but I'm a fast talker.

The main motivation was that I wanted the Garg Universe to have a certain cohesion. I wanted it to be rich and expansive, but not completely arbitrary. So after a bit of tease and mystery, we reveal a feudal system.

And Oberon's lack of shall we say, press, didn't bother me. He was the big man behind the scenes. And although he's not exactly Mr. Maturity, I don't think that bothered him.

And of course, he did have at least one spectacular press agent. Guy named Will.

Response recorded on March 17, 2000

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Aris Katsaris writes...

Has Macbeth or any other of your immortal/unaging characters (fays and the like) ever assumed a name we would recognize from the history books (as opposed to mythology)? And if so (though I don't expect you to reveal what that famous disguise would be :-), would you tell us which ones of your characters has indeed done so?

Greg responds...

Yes. And good guess. And no, not now.

Response recorded on March 09, 2000

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Todd Jensen writes...

Una and Griff, as we know, look very much like a unicorn and a griffon. In your opinion, are there actual unicorns and griffons out there in the Gargoyles Universe, or were the legends about them founded on sightings of London gargoyles of that sort?

Greg responds...

Probably the latter, unless some fae were goofin' on folk.

Response recorded on March 09, 2000

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Kalara of the Land of Athiria writes...

Mr. Weisman,

In your mind do you think dragons are evil or good? In the course of the show there are several references to these fantasy creatures. In the Gargoyles world are there any good dragons or only evil ones. Because in the episode "Pendragon" the stone dragon seems to be bad. It was only a stone dragon. However, is there a race of dragons like gargoyle or are they only a species of fantasty creatures?

Greg responds...

The stone dragon in "Pendragon" was a magical construct. Or at any rate it was brought to a semblance of life by magic. It wasn't truly alive. And I don't consider it a true dragon. Nor do I consider it evil. It was "programmed" to perform a specific function. To test for the one true king.

I'm not going to confirm or deny the existance of real dragons in the gargoyles universe, but if you've watched the series, you'll know thematically that I would never define an entire species, gargoyle, fae, human or dragons (if there are dragons) as either good or evil. To quote Goliath, "There is good and evil in all of us, human and gargoyle alike."

Nothing is one thing. Let alone an entire species.

Response recorded on March 08, 2000

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Greg "Xanatos" Bishansky writes...

How close is the world of "Gargoyles" to the real world? When I ask this I mean in the "Gargoyles" universe is Clinton the President. Is Giuliani (sp?) the mayor of NYC? Or would you create your own characters to fill the rolls of important well-known officials?

Greg responds...

I don't know for sure. I avoided that kind of thing so I wouldn't have to decide. I'd tend to lean toward keeping it more real. But if I had a really great story...

Response recorded on March 03, 2000

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Aris Katsaris writes...

When you included vampires in the series, would we have seen
any of the literary vampire figures, like the famous Count
Dracula or (the not-so-famous) Lord Ruthven?

Greg responds...

Dracula certainly in one form or another. I'm not familiar with Ruthven. But as I've said ad nauseum, given enough time and episodes, we'd have covered everything.

Response recorded on March 03, 2000

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LSZ writes...

Dear Greg, some questions on the First First Race:

1) What was the nature of this ancient, pre-Gargoyle race? Organic like humanity? also organic but symbiotic with nature like the Gargates? MAgical like the fae?
2) Could you hint on why this race died out? Just roughly..war, disease, etc?
3) Does the arrival of the Gargoyles or Fae have anything to do with the passing of this race?
4) Is this race actually dead or gone away?

Greg responds...

1. I'm not sure how to answer this without giving too much away. Which probably gives too much away right there.

2. No.

3. No.

4. Dead.

Response recorded on March 03, 2000

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Aris Katsaris writes...

In "Hunter's Moon" one of the requirement for Demona's spell to work was that it should be cast in "holy ground". For that reason she uses an abandoned church... The question I'm going to ask is a bit vague, but hopefully you'll understand it: what does this place's "holiness" as pertaining to the spell, derive from? Is it something all places of worship would have, even "pagan" ones? Does it derive from people considering it 'holy' or is an objective "gift" (so to speak) from the deity in question and thus unrelated to belief?

It's almost certainly something which you couldn't answer within the series (I think), but perhaps you could answer it here... :-)

Greg responds...

I want to posit that some ground just is holy. Or perhaps more clinically, these locations act as a nexus of mystic energy. The fact that churches temples, etc. are often built on such spots is no coincidence. There may be a guiding force. A sense that this is a place of prayer. Of connection to God, or the Great Spirit or the Earth or WHATEVER.

Anyway, that's how I see the Gargoyles' Universe working.

Response recorded on February 25, 2000

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Greg "Xanatos" Bishansky writes...

Here's yet another question.

Did you ever plan to bring the Headless Horseman into "Gargoyles"? Sleep Hollow isn't too far from Manhattan.

Greg responds...

Is the Headless Horseman in the public domain?

If so, we would have gotten to it eventually.

Response recorded on February 23, 2000

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Todd Jensen writes...

Did you really mean it about having a story planned for "Gargoyles" involving Santa Claus? I must confess that old St. Nick seems easier to fit into a comedy-adventure series like "Duck Tales" than something on a more serious epic level like "Gargoyles" - and I assume that you weren't going to have that story be the stereotypical "bad guys hijack Santa's sleigh and our heroes have to rescue Santa and save Christmas" one - at least, I HOPE that that wasn't the sort of story you'd planned :)

Greg responds...

Yes, I meant it. But have a little faith. It would have fit our tone and our general handling of mythic figures from Macbeth to Anansi to Oberon. Admittedly, if the series tone could run the gammut from "Future Tense" to "Vendettas", it would have been closer to the latter than the former, I suppose. But it still, first and foremost, would have been something that worked within our universe.

Response recorded on February 23, 2000

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LSZ writes...

Greg, what were the Fomorians in the Gargoyles Universe?

Greg responds...

What?

Response recorded on February 17, 2000

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Aris Katsaris writes...

In the gargoyles bible for the first season you had made mention of the existence of a 'very wise man' who first made an alliance with gargoyles building his castle of a gargoyle rookery and who ushered in the golden age of gargoyle-human relations...

Is this still how you picture it happening? The existence of a specific 'very wise man' was intriguing to me - is he just a generic figure, or someone whose name we would recognize? (I have my own idea on the subject ofcourse but I refrain from suggesting it in case it's considered a story-idea)

Greg responds...

I was being generic in the bible on purpose to simplify things. Honestly, I don't think I ever really thought there was just one person who did that. The world was too big a place and there wasn't any internet back then to facilitate communication. So that "wise man" was a place holder in my mind for a number of intelligent humans and gargoyles who made multiple alliances over multiple centuries in multiple places.

One such alliance of "wise men" was the alliance formed between Hudson and Malcolm, which was brokered by Robbie.

Another alliance was that formed between Xanatos and Demona, brokered by Owen, with a little help from Brooklyn, Mary and Finella behind the scenes.

Response recorded on February 09, 2000

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Michael Norton writes...

Mr. Weisman,

Were there any plans to deal with Beowulf in the Gargoyles series? I looked through the archives and didn't see any mention of it.

Greg responds...

I know I've answered this, but maybe it was since you asked the question. Anyway, yes. Eventually.

Response recorded on February 03, 2000

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Michael Norton writes...

Mr Weisman,
1) Did biblical events such as Noah's flood occur in the Gargoyles'Universe?
2) If the Noah's flood did occur, did the Gargoyle race survive on the Ark, or in some other way?

Greg responds...

I haven't given any specific thought to Noah. (Which is surprising, since my Torah portion at my Bar Mitzvah was on the guy, and those early influences usually stick with me.) There was definitely some flood, some basis for the legend in the Garg Universe, but I haven't worked out the details.

But now it's swimming around in my head, so ask me again in a few months.

Response recorded on February 01, 2000


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