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John Doe writes...

Hey Greg. I have a few questions.
1) I've read somewhere that you stopped reading comics all together in the mid 90s. Not asking why as you've already abetted that but rather did that ever stop. The abstaining from comics that is for lack of a better word. I assume that you've picked up a read a comic every now and then since you quit obviously but was there a time where you went back consistently?
2) How do you determine when you will answer questions. I tend to check this site maybe once a month and sometimes I'll be back and you've answered dozens of questions, a lot of the times in one day. Other times you'll haven't answered a question in weeks. Is it just as simple as whenever you have free time and want to our is there some uniquely complicated schedule that you follow. (The question sounded more silly as I continued.)
3) Do you consider yourself to have a dry sense of humor. I've been told I do and I find some of your replies downright hilarious that to others might seem to come off as blunt. Or on the contrary are you just more of very blunt person.
4) Can you explain the little joke you do every time someone asks you who would win what fight and you reply with that quote about the hulk and the thing.

Greg responds...

1. I started reading comics again when I started working on The Spectacular Spider-Man (around 2007, I think) after about a decade break. By the time Marvel did a soft reboot after Secret Wars in 2015, I was reading nearly everything in their line, in part because I was also writing Starbrand & Nightmask for Marvel. Plus I was reading all their Star Wars Books, in part because I was also writing Star Wars Kanan for Marvel and Lucasfilm. Both those books were cancelled, and Marvel no longer had any work for me. And then the third season of Young Justice began, right about the same time as DC did its own soft reboot with Rebirth. I started reading everything in the DC line at that point, edging out any free time I had for Marvel for the time being. I've continued to read the entire DC line (with very few exceptions) ever since. I'm about three or four months behind in my reading, but I'm still purchasing everything and reading as fast as I can manage.

2. It's just when I have time. Ideally, I try to answer five questions every weekday, but there are some days (many days, really) when even that is impossible. And then there are some (rare) days when I find myself with free time, and I just go to town on the queue.

3. I like to think I have a dry sense of humor. Certainly when I write. My verbal humor may be goofier or more sarcastic or whatever. I may also be blunt. The two things aren't mutually exclusive.

4. I think it's fairly self-explanatory. "Hulk vs. Thing, who would win?" is one of the oldest fan questions in comics. It's all situational, and the question - and those like it (including most hypotheticals) - just doesn't interest me. Fans can decide that sort of thing for themselves. They don't need me to weigh in.

Response recorded on April 30, 2019

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Anonymous writes...

Can you tell us the meaning of the colors of the index cards you use to plan your shows?

Greg responds...

It changes from show to show, even from season to season. And on YJ S3, because of index card shortages of specific colors (this happened, believe it or not), it changed more than once DURING the season.

As an example, in YJ S1:

Green - villains
Red - Justice League
Blue - The Team (hero stuff)
Purple - The Team (teen stuff)
Yellow - Stuff where a specific date matters (like holdays)
White - Stuff that we're laying pipe for but will not objectively reveal to the audience at this time

Response recorded on April 29, 2019

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Joel Wheaton writes...

Hi Greg,

Just curious, the Atlanteans in the comics worship the Greek Gods, like the Amazonians, but in Young Justice there's a lot of Neptune references and outside of Poseidonis, I can't recall anyone talking about Poseidon.

I guess what I'm asking is do the Atlanteans of Earth-16 worship the Greek Gods or the Roman Gods?

Thanks.

Greg responds...

Sea gods, generally.

Response recorded on April 29, 2019

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Stranger writes...

Hi Greg!
1. Does Sportsmaster realize he is bad (not good/perfect) father?
2. Does he care?

Greg responds...

1. I'm sure he doesn't think he was perfect.

2. I'll leave that to your interpretation.

Response recorded on April 25, 2019

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YJ Nerd writes...

How do you pronounce Ra's name?

Greg responds...

I was taught - by Denny O'Neil, who created the character - to pronounce it the way we pronounce it in Young Justice, i.e. as Raysh-ahl-gool.

Response recorded on April 24, 2019

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Jack Carpenter writes...

Thank you for answering several of my questions now, it's really great to have my curiosity rewarded!

Can Beast Boy turn into an extinct animal? If so, would he need to see/study an accurate and detailed reconstruction of it first?

Greg responds...

1. No.

2. He'd need to connect with an actual living inidividual of the species. If somehow one were cloned or something, that would make it possible. But a fossil or computer simulation wouldn't cut it.

Response recorded on April 24, 2019

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Stranger writes...

Did Artemis and Wally had sex before start to live together?

Greg responds...

Well... sure.

Response recorded on April 23, 2019

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Cassidy writes...

Was Marie Logan's death reported on the news?

Greg responds...

Yep. As a car accident.

Response recorded on April 23, 2019

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Dani writes...

Hi Greg,
In YJ at the end of season one Superboy says that he's known about Miss Martian's true form since they first mind melded.
So my question is, in the episode "Bereft" when we see the flash of memories M'gann shares with Conner and there is the flash of Megan from Hello Megan, is that the moment where Conner learns about M'gann's true form and her love of the show?
Similarly, in "Terrors" during the scene where M'gann and Conner are in the psychiatrists office and Conner says something about her' fantasy world where problems are solved in half an hour', was that a hint at him being aware of how much the show has shaped her?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on March 28, 2019

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Marvelman writes...

What is the League and the team's stance on killing?

I'm sure they have a rule about not deliberately taking a life, but how rigid is it? I'm not necessarily thinking about M'gann brain-frying someone because in her mind he had it coming. I'm talking about stuff that accidentally and inevitably happens in large scale battles. For example, let's say in that battle with the Light and the Reach in Summit, one of the League's young proteges accidentally hits a foot-soldier too hard and he dies. Is he or she going to be automatically expelled from the team? Or, what if the only way to protect innocent life is to take a life?

I guess what I'm asking is do league and team members have the same discretion of using lethal force that a police officer has?

Greg responds...

They are granted LESS discretion than a police officer because they have powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men. They hold themselves to stricter standards. The League's U.N. charter gives them authority to act, in essence, as an international SWAT/Search & Rescue Team. But the Team has no such authority.

Still, as I hope you saw in Season Three, accidental deaths - particularly those that occurred during moments of self-defense and/or while protecting others can happen. Those deaths are reviewed internally, and a decision on expulsion or other penalties will be made by the entire League. It's all on a case by case basis. Nothing's etched in stone.

Response recorded on March 28, 2019

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KarrinBlue writes...

So I managed to finish streaming YJ on Netflix with my friends, just a day before it's taken off. Hopefully it'll return someday. But in the meantime - I still really love this show, and every time I watched it I think I noticed something new. A few thoughts:

-Kaldur at one point says 'blood is thicker than seawater' as a dig at Aquaman - but the original phrase, 'blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb' meant that families of choice are stronger than families of blood, so was that line meant to be a subtle nod to Kaldur not being a traitor?
-Artemis and Dick have some very fascinating parallels (Gothamites, unpowered, trained from a young age, both Kaldur's second in command at different points in time, and they tend to pair up to attack or recon after Homefront) which I don't think could've come up in any other show. It's really interesting, and I hope we get to explore their parallels and differences more in s3.
-Speaking of character decisions that'd be unlikely in the original canon - having Jade actually care about other people, having Beast Boy as part of M'gann and J'onn's family - even bringing in Sportsmaster as a legitimate villain. I'm really excited to see what's going to happen next, especially since I'm sure that I won't see half of what you have coming.

Now, for actual questions -

-Do the Team or League members get any sort of stipend or compensation as part of their membership?
-Is the public generally aware that Blue Beetle was controlled by the Reach against his will, or do they think he did everything voluntarily?
-If Zatanna has no secret identity, does that mean that everyone she went to school with knows her dad was Zatara and that she could do magic?

Thanks!

Greg responds...

1. I'd love to say so, but I never knew the whole quotation until now.

2. I'll leave that for the audience to judge.

3. How have you liked it so far?

4. They can.

5. The former.

6. Most people think the way Wally thought in "Denial" - but yes.

Response recorded on March 28, 2019

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Alison writes...

Did Miss Martian think Garfield would reject her if he saw her true form?

Greg responds...

Back in Season One? Yes.

Response recorded on March 06, 2019

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Anonymous writes...

First of all, I would just like to say that Young Justice is one of my favorite shows, ever, and I think you and the team behind it did an amazing job. I was rewatching the other day and I noticed something in Alpha Male. M'gann talks to Superboy telepathically a handful of times, but it's never really clear as to whether she's selectively talking to him or if it's a group communication she just directed towards him, what's going on?

Greg responds...

In that episode there's some of both, so you'd have to pinpoint for me which scene (or dialogue) you're referring to for me to answer with any specificity.

Response recorded on February 27, 2019

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Cinderblue writes...

I was rewatching Young Justice the other day and I was wondering how long it took for the Bioship to fly places. Is it faster than a commercial plane? It can enter space, so it's capable of accelerating fast enough to leave the atmosphere, so does M'gann slow it down while just flying around Earth or is the Team constantly flying at that kind of speed?

Greg responds...

As we revealed in episode 313, if the Bio-Ship is traveling long distances on Earth it will fly almost straight up and straight down along the Earth's rotation, allowing it to get almost anywhere on the planet in a couple hours or less. Obviously, it doesn't travel that fast if it's going horizontally. And how it accelerates and decelerates is very important.

Response recorded on February 27, 2019

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TheRantDragon writes...

Hey, Greg! I'm so excited for season 3, I can't believe the show is coming back after so long. I've never been so invested for so long in a cartoon series, and for that, I have to say thanks for providing this awesome series!

I'm a HUGE Spitfire fan, it's one of my main hooks to the series, that and Artemis is like my favorite female character ever. I just have a couple of questions regarding Spitfire.

1. In one of your responses about the pairing some time back, I recall that you gave a few reasons for why Artemis finds Wally attractive, such as his scientific brain and how he never gives up. Can you tell us some of the traits/aspects about Artemis that make her so attractive to Wally? (I'm not questioning WHY Wally would like her, but rather, from Wally's point of view, just what is it about her that fuels his crush/deeper feelings?)

2. During season 1, before they were together, did Wally and Artemis ever spend time together outside of missions, just the two of them?

And one question just about Artemis:

3. Out of pure curiosity, do you think Paula or Lawrence chose the name Artemis when she was born, or did they mutually choose it? How about Jade?

Thank you for your time!

Greg responds...

1. I think she also has an analytic mind that appeals to him. She's quick and smart and calls him on his bulls#!t. She's very easy on the eyes, as well. Which I'm sure sounds sexist, but I will only counter that by saying HE is also easy on the eyes to her. The fact that they are physically attracted to each other just makes sense to me.

2. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on February 27, 2019

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Leary writes...

What was Miss Martian 's age when she first began shapeshifting into Megan form on mars?

Greg responds...

Not sure. Sometime between when the show first aired in 1979 and when she came to Earth. So somewhere between the age of 17 and 48, I guess. I know that's a big range, but I don't want to be held to something that I haven't thought about yet. Closer to 17 than 48, I suppose.

Response recorded on January 24, 2019

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THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE ROOM

The following needs saying, so I'm taking time out from my very packed weekend - not to procrastinate, which would not be unusual - but to write up something that I think is important.

But first, some backstory...

I'm not particularly smart about very many things. I am in many ways a bear of very little brain. Ask anyone. I use an iPhone 4.0 because I literally believe that I don't have the brain space to deal with upgrading. I'm a slow reader. My dyslexia makes math difficult as I am constantly transposing numbers. I'm afraid of change. Etc., etc., etc.

But one thing - maybe the ONLY thing - I am smart about is STORY. Now, I've studied story for decades and decades in small ways and large. I also believe I have an innate gift for story. Like a great pianist, the gift itself would have been wasted without years of study and practice. I've had and done both.

What that means is that - when it comes to story - I have often (not always, but quite often) considered myself - with no modesty and tremendous arrogance - to be the smartest person in the room. In any room where this is a topic of conversation, but especially in any room where story was being professionally discussed. (You can see why - with an attitude like that - I'm so popular with animation executives and the like, and why I've been fired from so many jobs.)

Even on the many, many occasions when I have felt that I am among peers who understand story as well as I do, I never felt like they understood it better than I. As good, yes. Differently, sure. Stylistically, of course. But not better. I never felt anyone knew story better.

Oh, I've made mistakes, missed opportunities, slipped up, ad nauseam. I'm human and have never claimed perfection. I've collaborated with some brilliant and wonderful people. The list is nearly endless. But none of that ever shook my basic feeling that when it came to story, I was as smart or smarter than anyone in the room.

All that changed with YOUNG JUSTICE.

So let me state it for the record: when it comes to story, BRANDON VIETTI is the Smartest Human Being in the Room.

I'd love to tell you - BELIEVE ME, I'd love to tell you - that he learned all this at my ancient knee, and that if the student has surpassed the master, the master can at least take some satisfaction in that. But that, dear readers, would simply be a load of crap.

From Day One of YJ, as witness Kevin Hopps could attest, Brandon Vietti knew story, understood it deep, the way I do. And he was smarter about it than I.

The ultimate example of this dropped this past Friday.

Episode 307 of Young Justice: Outsiders, entitled "Evolution."

SPOILERS coming, so if you haven't seen the episode then please go watch it first before reading any further.

Like all YJ episodes this season, Brandon and I broke this story together. A pretty even 50-50 collaboration. There were certain things I wanted specifically to see, like the Cave Bear. Certain things I had researched such as that in (actual documented non-DC Comics) mythology, Nabu was the son of Marduk. And there were certain things that BV wanted in there, like the meta-human kid that Kalibak sacrifices. Certain things he had researched like The Art of War by Sun Tzu (a.k.a. Vandal Savage, a.k.a. Genghis Khan, a.k.a. Marduk, a.k.a. etc.)

And together, we created a pretty kick-ass story for the episode. I don't actually remember the day of the week, but for the sake of simplifying the story, let's say we finished breaking/building the story with index cards all neatly pushpinned into my office bulletin board on a Monday. Monday evening. We both felt pretty good about it, or at least I did, and we left for the day.

Tuesday morning, he comes in and says, "Something's missing."

I tell him he's crazy. There's nothing missing from 307. Nothing. It's a great damn episode. Maybe one of our best.

BV says no. Something's missing.

I say, "What? What's missing?!"

BV says, "I don't know yet. Something. Give me a day."

I roll my eyes in as pronounced a fashion as I possibly can and say, fine.

Wednesday morning he comes in and says, "I want to add a character."

I'm resistant. "It'll mess up the works, I tell him."

But he explains, and of course, he's right. Because Brandon Vietti is the Smartest Person in the Room.

The character he wants to add is Olympia. Olympia Savage. (I take credit for the first name only.) That's right. In our first version of this story, Olympia simply did not exist.

Try to picture "Evolution" without Olympia. Be honest. It's still a solid story. A few of the actual things Olympia does, we had Cassandra doing. But otherwise the plot remains almost completely unchanged.

But not the ending.

With Olympia in the story, the episode isn't merely a solid YJ episode. It's not merely a great YJ episode. To my mind, "Evolution" transcends YJ. It is a phenomenal, even revolutionary twenty-plus minutes of television.

And I tried to talk the guy out of it.

Of course, BV's contributions don't end there. He wrote the script, too, which is fantastic. And if you knew how much he contributed to every facet of production it would humble you. It humbles me, and as you can see above, I'm NOT a humble guy.

But screw all that. I'm not talking about pretty pictures, or color, or sound, or music or even dialogue.

This post is ONLY about STORY. And when it comes to STORY... BRANDON VIETTI will always be the SMARTEST HUMAN BEING IN THE ROOM.

I bow to his greatness. And trust me, I do not do that lightly.

To be honest, he's so good, it's pretty damn annoying.

But it's an honor to be his partner.


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Anonymous writes...

Are any of the league members embarrassed at having giant statues of themselves in the Hall of Justice? (I can't imagine Batman being happy about it.)

Greg responds...

I'm sure nearly everyone is to some extent. But symbols are important, and no one knows that better than the seven founding Leaguers.

Response recorded on January 09, 2019

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Rosenstein writes...

Did the boy Garfield Logan watch the news in 2010 that show Icon and other new members joining the justice league?

Greg responds...

Probably.

Response recorded on January 09, 2019

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Anonymous writes...

Given that martians can assume male or female forms, does that mean that their sexual orientations are likewise fluid? For example, would M'Gann find females attractive if she assumed the shape of a man?

Greg responds...

She wouldn't necessarily have to assume the shape of a man to find a female attractive.

But basically, I think she finds Conner attractive, irrespective of his gender.

Response recorded on May 17, 2018

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Tasha writes...

How long does a martian pregnancy last?

Greg responds...

I'm tempted to say 27 Earth months, but I don't want to be held to that.

Response recorded on May 17, 2018

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Josh writes...

Did Klarion offer Wotan, Felix Faust, Blackbriar Thorn, and Wizard anything in return for their help with his spell in "Misplaced?"

Greg responds...

Do the Light a favor and the Light does favors in return. (Witness Count Vertigo.)

Response recorded on May 17, 2018

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Anonymous writes...

Hey Greg! I have two questions.
1. Do female Martians get periods?
2. Can Superboy grow facial hair?

Greg responds...

1. I'd lean toward yes, but I have honestly not thought about this. I'd have to study on it with the help of a biologist, I think.

2. To the level of any sixteen-year-old, yes.

Response recorded on May 17, 2018

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Whitebeard writes...

Ahoy Mr. Weisman!

In yer eyes, who is the most redeemable villain in yer show, Young Justice?

I highly appreciate yer work; in fact it was ye who inspired a young scalawag like me to pick up a quill and start writing.

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!
Season 3 looks to be quite fun!

Savvy?

Greg responds...

Lots of villains are potentially redeemable. (It also depends on one's definition.) I'm not going to name names, because it could sound like I'm hinting at future plans, and, as always: NO SPOILERS.

Response recorded on May 17, 2018

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Avid Wingnut writes...

Good day Mr. Weisman
I'm a big fan of Dick Grayson, and as such I've read most of the Titans and Nightwing trades, but my interest in the character was sparked by watching Young Justice, so thanks for that. I was wondering: how would you describe him as a character? There have been varying depictions in the comics so I was wondering how you think of him. In YJ Season 2 he was very serious which reminded me of Nightwing from the Wolfman/Perez era. Anyway, I just wanted to know your thoughts. Sorry for the length of this, thanks for your time, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Greg responds...

I could probably write a dissertation on Dick, but I'm not going to do that here. For the most part, I like to let the episodes and issues speak for themselves. I don't want to sound like I'm trying to justify anything.

But basically, I think Dick was a fun-loving kid who experienced a horrible tragedy, but had two adult male role (Bruce and Alfred) models who stepped up and gave him a way to work through his anger and grief and reclaim the fun-loving kid that he was

Dick is, to my mind, extremely competent, which was born out in both the Teen Titans series of the 60s & 70s and the New Teen Titans series of the 80s. And so with that competence, and with the hard-earned knowledge of the responsibilities of leadership learned as early as "Drop-Zone" and "Failsafe", comes the serious-minded Nightwing that we often see in Season Two.

But I don't think that's his natural disposition. Instead, I look to the Robin of the 40s and 50s. Dick is the acrobat. The trapeze artist. The performer. Dick is the kid who learned to disappear like Batman but finds it so funny, he can't stop himself from laughing. That's the real Dick Grayson. A kid/teen/young adult that is so winning and naturally guileless and honest that even his ex-girlfriends still love him. (That is his super-power, after all.) He knows how to do the other thing - and he's actually scary good at it. But he kinda hates that too.

Response recorded on May 17, 2018

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C. Bakerstone writes...

During their time at Gotham Academy, were Dick and Barbara in the same grade? Or was one of them in the grade below?

Greg responds...

Same grade, though she's a year younger. (She skipped a grade.)

Response recorded on May 14, 2018

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Thomas Kroot writes...

1: Did Amanda Waller know that Superboy and Ms. Martian were replacing the Terror Twins and that the actual twins were to be swapped back in later?

2: What sort of crimes did Plastic Man commit before he became a hero? Any reason it took him 7 years to become a JL member?

3: Does Eel O Brien/Plastic Man retain his cold weaknesses from main comic world?

4: Do the villains on Earth 16 generally stick to a single city like normal continuity or are they more multi-city

5: Do any real life nations in the YJ earth not allow the Justice League in their borders the same way Biyalia doesn't.

Greg responds...

1. No.

2. No spoilers.

3. It depends how cold we're talkin'?

4. Every individual villain has his or her own M.O.

5. Yes.

Response recorded on May 14, 2018

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Marvelman writes...

How far up on the Kinsey scale would a woman have to be to be effected by Queen Bee's power? Would the extent of her homosexual attraction effect the degree to which she could resist Queen Bee's control? For example, would someone who was bi-sexual more readily resist her influence, or does her power not work that way?

Greg responds...

I don't pretend to be a biologist, so I'm willing to be corrected on this point, but it seems to me that anyone who can be affected by female human pheromones, is going to be affected. Degree doesn't matter, because they are very powerful.

Response recorded on April 16, 2018

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Marvelman writes...

A few years ago, in Geoff Johns' Justice League, Captain Cold said to Wonder Woman: "Not every super-villain wants to blow up the world." (Or words to that effect.) It got me to thinking... the Light's plans must seem like doomsday to most people who aren't on board with their agenda. It's hard for me to see how someone like Captain Cold, who we see robbing a bank in season 2, is going to benefit from the Light instigating an alien invasion. So, my question is: are there super-criminals in the YJ universe who disagree with the Light's plans or even actively oppose it?

Greg responds...

Keep in mind that very few people know the deep details. The big guns are saying, "Do this and it'll work in your favor." And a lot of them do.

Response recorded on April 16, 2018

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Jack Carpenter writes...

Would it be fair to assume that in Earth-16, most of the heroes have more or less the same archenemies as their comics counterparts? I know L'Gann called Manta "our King's greatest enemy" and someone once asked about Lex and Supes and you basically said yes, but does it more or less apply to the rest as well?

Greg responds...

I'm not going to give a blanket confirmation of this kind of thing. Part of the point of even having Earth-16 is to keep the geek audience off-balance. You can't necessarily go back and read comics to figure out how we're approaching things. Sometimes we might follow an individual story, but more often than not, we'll - at minimum - put our YJ spin on it.

For example:

Captain Cold's main opponent = Flash (as expected)

Mister Freeze's main opponent = Batman (as expected)

Killer Frost's main opponent = Aquaman (not as expected)

No guarantees.

Response recorded on April 11, 2018

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Marvelman writes...

Why did Wally attend public school? If he was such a genius, couldn't he have gotten a scholarship to a private school?

Greg responds...

You're assuming that private school is better?

Sometimes it is. Sometimes it's not. He was in a good school district.

Response recorded on April 11, 2018

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John Doe writes...

Hi Greg, I read somewhere you said that If possible you'd want to get to every young DC hero as young justice goes on. This might be a silly question but I just wanted to know if you were speaking broadly or literally. Also if what I read was wrong and you never said that feel free to ignore my question. Keep up the goof work, can't wait for season 3

Greg responds...

Mostly, I'm speaking broadly, but given enough episodes, it might perhaps become literal. No spoilers.

Response recorded on April 11, 2018

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KarrinBlue writes...

Hi Greg! Congratulations on getting season three, and hopefully many more.

1) Is the wildlife on the watchtower from the world it was originally stationed around?
2) What is Dick planning on majoring in?
3) Dick's standard override is RG-4 - RG presumably stands for 'Richard Grayson' but what does the 4 mean?
4) I noticed that Kevin Michael Richardson and Jason Marsden sang the Hello Megan and Reach commercial songs respectively. Were they picked because they had singing voices that fit the tone you were going for, for the symbolism of them also voicing J'onn and Bart, or a mixture of the two?
5) Did Marie Logan act in anything other than Hello Megan?

And, just as an aside - thank you for going to the lengths to represent different kinds of people. It really does mean a lot, even if it's in small, quiet details. I was honestly surprised at how much it meant to me to see in Face Your Fears that Kaldur would have trouble focusing with scents that the others barely noticed - I've never seen any characters that had sensory problems like mine, let alone a main character. It really does mean a lot, so thank you.

Greg responds...

1. Nope. It's from Earth.

2. No spoilers.

3. He's the fourth individual with an over-ride code.

4. Voices. Not symbolism.

5. Yes.

6. You're welcome, but honestly, my desire for diversity in my work is largely selfish. It makes for better/richer stories and a more honest depiction of the world.

Response recorded on April 11, 2018

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B_Schwaz writes...

You have said that Zeta-Beam transportation to Mars hasn't been set up yet because, until Sardath accidentally brought Adam Strange to Rann, it wasn't thought to be possible. However, you have also said that Martian Manhunter was initially brought to Earth via a Zeta-Beam accident. Shouldn't that have indicated to the League and Zeta-Beam scientists that it is, in fact, possible?

Greg responds...

Well, yes. "Possible." But the accident was not - at the time - reproducible, so it was "impossible" until Sardath figured out how.

Response recorded on April 11, 2018

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Young Archer writes...

In season 1 episode 9 "Misplaced", Robin mentioned that everyone in the world 18 years or older, "including Red Arrow" had gone missing. And I believe Red Arrow was absent from this episode as well, in both dimensions. Now that we know Red Arrow was really only 3 years old at the time of this episode, where the heck was he? Did the distraction allow the light more time to place more programming into Red's head, or did he actually disappear and that was a big plot hole?

Sorry if this has been asked before. :|

Greg responds...

Biological age and the age that each character considered him or herself to be, won out over chronological age. Otherwise, Miss Martian, who was chronologically 48 at the time, would have been on the adult world.

There's not plot hole. He was on adult world, probably in Star City, dealing with the chaos. We just didn't show it, as we didn't show where a lot of the adult heroes were.

Response recorded on April 09, 2018

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Fangirl writes...

Did Sportsmaster wanted kids? Was he happy when Artemis and Jade were born?

Greg responds...

1. He didn't not want kids. At least not theoretically.

2. In his way.

Response recorded on April 09, 2018

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Fangirl writes...

In episode "Denial" Kent Nelson tells Wally "Find your own little spitfire, one who won't let you get away with nothin'. For example, that--" but is cut off when Wally removes the Helmet.
1. So what was he going to say?

Greg responds...

1. Something like, "For example, that blonde cutie with the mouth on her..." or something. I don't want to get bogged down in what his exact words might have been. He simply would have referred Wally to Artemis.

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Eager and interested writes...

Dear Greg, I was wondering why Artemis doesn't have a superhero name to go by (e.x. superboy, kid flash, etc...).

P.s. I'm a big fan of young justice and can't wait for season 3 :)

Greg responds...

"Artemis" was her nom de guerre, just like Zatanna's is "Zatanna". Later, she took the name Tigress.

Response recorded on April 05, 2018

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Anonymous writes...

1) Was Jade holding back against Artemis in season 1? Because they are sisters and I'm sure they love each other.

2) Was Jade holding back against Artemis in season 2?

3) Was Artemis holding back against Jade in season 1?

4) Was Artemis holding back in season 2?

Greg responds...

1. Did she need to hold back, given what she was trying to accomplish?

2. When did they fight in season two? When they were faking it aboard the Manta-Ship?

3. Certainly not at the beginning of episode six, when she didn't realize Cheshire was Jade. After that, did she need to hold back, given what she was trying to accomplish?

4. When did they fight in season two? When they were faking it aboard the Manta-Ship?

Response recorded on April 05, 2018

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Big Choc Choc writes...

Would you come back for a Season 4?

Greg responds...

Of what?

(But pretty much the answer is always yes.)

Response recorded on April 05, 2018

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Xander writes...

How did Marie Logan react when she first saw Garfield's eyes had change color from blue to green ?

Greg responds...

I'll leave that to your imagination. Or, if not, I could answer: NO SPOILERS, and hope someday we get to show that reaction in a flashback. You never know.

(Although, let's be honest: I think mostly she was just glad he was alive.)

Response recorded on March 16, 2018

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Josie Hersch writes...

When the first human members of the team became adult did Miss Martian at first have trouble acting like a adult around them because she still had mind of a teenager because she ages slower than a human?

Greg responds...

Everything's kinda relative and vague. Define adult. Define exactly when we become mature enough to behave as adults. I'm fifty-four, and I'm not always sure I'm behaving as an adult. Miss Martian was fairly mature for her age. Conner was - all things considered - extremely mature for his age. Wally grew a lot between seasons. Etc. Who's to say WHO hit adulthood first?

Response recorded on March 16, 2018

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ClarkeC writes...

Hey Greg, i have a question which hopefully won't be misconstrued as a spoiler request. You mention way back when that Cartoon Network wasn't ready to display openly LGBT characters in cartoons. However with Legend of Korra and later Star vs. the forces of Evil, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe and whatnot being more open with LGBT elements in series with a young demographic:
1. Do you think that Cartoon Network would be more open to having openly LGBT characters on Young Justice.
2. And in your opinion will cartoons in general start displaying more LGBT characters/themes?
Thanks in advance..

Greg responds...

1. I honestly don't know. It's kind of a moot point vis-a-vis Young Justice, as season three won't be on Cartoon Network.

2. I think so. I hope so.

Response recorded on March 16, 2018

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Nabila writes...

In Young Justice, what specific convicted crime did Paula had to serve 6 years for? Was it a burglary, an attempted assassination, etc?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on March 14, 2018

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Anonymous writes...

How Sportsmaster couldn't find Jade after she run away? I mean I think he could if he really wanted to because he was working whit shadows and Jade was 13. How hard is to find 13 years old girl? I don't know I just think he just didn't care back then. So my questions are
1. Did he really try to find her at all? Or he just ignored the fact one of his daughters run away.

2. Was Artemis disappointed when realize her sister will not come back?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers. But I will say that all over the world, lots of thirteen-year-old girls get lost and don't get found.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on March 14, 2018

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Walid Mitchell writes...

Who help M'gann celebrate her birthday since she been living on earth?

Greg responds...

All her friends.

Response recorded on March 08, 2018

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Oakley writes...

Was the martian people already living on mars before the human race existed on earth?

Greg responds...

Haven't given it much thought, but ... probably.

Response recorded on March 05, 2018

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B_Schwaz writes...

If the Atlanteans are most closely related to Ancient Greeks linguistically, then why do they refer to Neptune (i.e. Neptune's Beard, Neptune's Trident) when Neptune is the Roman version of the Greek God Poseidon?

Greg responds...

Etruscan influence?

Or maybe Neptune was another name for Posiedon even back then.

In any case, "Neptune's Beard!" is a translation. The saying in Atlantean is "Poseidonos Pogon!"

Response recorded on March 05, 2018

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Weesiwel writes...

Of the City States of Atlantis we are aware of as it exists on Earth 16 some have clear name origins whereas others are more obscure.

Poseidonis is obviously derived from Poseidon.
Tritonis from Triton.
Neptunos from Neptune (interestingly a Roman name though we see the Roman influences elsewhere in Atlantis).
Lemuria is the name of another mythical sunken continent as you are aware.
Nanauve I would guess derives from King Nanaue Sha'ark's name.

Crastinus from a bit of research could be derived from Carcinus a mythical giant crab but it could also be from Gaius Crastinus a Roman soldier which brings in the Roman influences again. There is also the speculation of himself sacrificing himself to gods of the Underworld which while not necessarily the Sea could be interpreted as Sea Gods to ensure a victory.

Shayeris I couldn't turn up anything of and the only connection I can make is to Hawkgirl but that seems an unlikely one. I'm sure this would count as a spoiler if it was though.

So could you confirm these origins for the names or correct me where I am wrong so long as doing so does not constitute a spoiler of course.

Greg responds...

Um. See... They come from DC Comics. You'd have to ask a DC historian about their origins.

Response recorded on December 21, 2017

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Philippe writes...

Has M'gann been to Garfield's nine or ten birthday?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on December 21, 2017

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Menosky writes...

Is young justice superman's lifespan the same or longer than a human?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on December 20, 2017

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tom writes...

does Zatanna and garfield ever spend time together

Greg responds...

Ever? Sure.

Response recorded on December 20, 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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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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Chuck writes...

Did Miss Martian use the Megan Morse form when she was growing up on mars?

Greg responds...

She practiced it.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Chang writes...

IS A MARTIAN BIO SHIP'S LIFESPAN LONGER THAN A HUMAN?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on December 18, 2017

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Jacob writes...

Who was the most challenging character on Young Justice to write and why?

Greg responds...

Again, nothing comes to mind.

Response recorded on December 15, 2017

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Jacob writes...

If you could redo any episode of Young Justice that has currently aired which one would you pick and what would you change?

Greg responds...

Why would I want to redo anything?

Response recorded on December 15, 2017

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Jacob writes...

What was the hardest episode of Young Justice to write and why?

Greg responds...

None have been that hard because we plan them out so much in advance. We break the stories on the bulletin board, and then create detailed outlines, so the scripting phase is fairly easy and straightforward.

Response recorded on December 15, 2017

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Kim Lee writes...

Did you always planed to name young justice season 3 as Outsiders?

Greg responds...

Always? I guess not. When we started, we didn't even know that subsequent seasons would have subtitles like Invasion and Outsiders.

Response recorded on November 15, 2017

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Wendy Patrick writes...

When the team came back check on Garfield in episode Image did the team find out Garfield's eyes color change from blue to green? What was Marie's reaction to her son eye color change?

Greg responds...

I don't know how instantly it was noted. Obviously, Marie would have been surprised, but in the grand scheme, she preferred a living green-eyed son over a dead blue-eyed son.

Response recorded on November 15, 2017

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Tom Lange writes...

What US state is the city of Fawcett City locate in ?

Greg responds...

I'd rather not pin it down until I need to, but it's in the Central Time Zone if that helps.

Response recorded on November 14, 2017

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No one inparticular writes...

1)How irritating does it get for both you and Brandon when people don't give him the credit he deserves for YJ?
2)I can't wait to see what you both have in store for us in season 3! And so excited for it!

Greg responds...

1. It annoys me quite a bit, and I try to always correct any impression that it isn't a team effort. I can only imagine that it must grate on him even more.

2. Thanks. Can't wait for everyone to see it.

Response recorded on November 14, 2017

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NoOneSpecial writes...

I might be going down a bad road with this, but I feel strongly enough that this requires attention

1) In Young Justice, do Batman and Superman's moms have the same first name(Martha)?
2) Are Batman and Superman aware that their mothers share the same first name?
3) And most importantly.....do either of them care in the slightest? Because I think a lot of people don't....

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. By this time, yes.

3. I guess it depends how you define "care." I'm sure it's a connection between them. A coincidence that may seem significant. But that's about it.

Response recorded on November 06, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Good day.

1.) In regards to the "4 Robins" question, you forgot Duke Thomas. Biggest one you left out from your list

2.) On top of that, there're also the other Robins who head-lined "We Are Robin": Riko, Dre, Dax, and Izzy. And then there are all the other kids/teens who were apart of that movement, though so far, Duke's the only one who's mentored under Batman (unless Alfred counts in place of Batman; if so, that'd include pretty much everyone).

3.) Is it sometimes hard to think about what you like most about these characters (any, not just Robins specifically)?

Thanks for your time!

Greg responds...

1. Duke - at least in Rebirth - doesn't seem to be a Robin, at least not yet.

2. You know more than I. Congrats. Was this New 52 stuff? I'm not up to speed on that. I jumped back on when New 52 morphed into Rebirth.

3. Not really.

Response recorded on November 06, 2017

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Name writes...

Hey Greg,

I've been mildly curious about something regarding the DCAU as a whole. Do you think that the names of some of the characters are a bit archaic or out-of-date? I understand that a lot of these characters were created decades ago, but I can't imagine names like "Dick" or "Billy" or "Wally" or "Garfield" or "Barbara" being popular among teenagers in the 21st century. That's not to say I particularly dislike those names, but they've always stuck out to me, probably because I never met kids with those names throughout my schooling. Do you have any thoughts on this?

Greg responds...

Kids don't generally choose their own names. Their parents do. My wife teaches nursery school, and she hears all kinds of name, including many that sound old-fashioned to our ears.

My son is named Benjamin, legally. But as a kid, he was always Benny. Many Benny's, I'm sure, grow out of it and become Ben or Benjamin. But our Benny is still Benny. And I hope he stays that way. It's just who he is.

Meanwhile, my dad's name is Wally, short for Walter. He's always hated both, but hates Wally slightly less than he hates Walter. So he's Wally.

Garfield Logan generally goes by Gar.

Etc.

Response recorded on November 06, 2017

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Samson P. writes...

I'm a very big fan of your work, and am extremely excited about the third season of YJ. Here are my questions:

1) Was Atlantis "discovered" recently on Earth-16? Like, was Aquaman's aiding in the Appelaxion invasion what brought attention to the underwater nation or was it well-known beforehand?

2) Was Aquaman raised as Arthur Curry on the surface world or was he raised in Atlantis as the prince from the start?

3) Does Queen Mera ever work alongside the League in battles and such? It always confused me that she never appears to be associated with the League despite having (in my opinion, of course) way better powers than her husband.

4) Regarding the Wildstorm character you snuck into the first season somewhere, how old was he/she when he/she appeared?

5) Did the Team (or at least some of the Team, not including Conner and M'Gann, and potentially not including Karen and/or Mal) attend Conner and M'Gann's graduation from Happy Harbor High School?

Thank you for your time, and I hope you're having an awesome day.

Greg responds...

1. There's a story in that, so... No Spoilers.

2. No Spoilers.

3. I'll just say that not everyone is as eager to come to the surface world. But by using the word "ever," you've automatically generated a No Spoilers.

4. Did you really think I'd answer this?

5. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on November 06, 2017

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Nathan writes...

So with the sad passing of the wonderful character actor, Miguel Ferrer, I would imagine that the character of Vandal Savage will be recast, but just curious how much, if any interaction do you ever have with the myriad voice actors on your shows? Do you have any noteworthy Ferrer anecdotes to share? Just curious, Im gonna miss that guy being a regular fixture in american media

Greg responds...

I won't comment on what we are or are not doing with Vandal in Season Three.

And I'm afraid I don't have any anecdotes of Miguel, though I can recall (imperfectly) a few anecdotes that he told.

What I will say is that Miguel was always a complete pleasure to work with on both The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice. He was SO good and a lot of fun.

There are other people, including our voice director Jamie Thomason, who knew Miguel much better than I did. But he is missed.

Response recorded on October 31, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

We know that White Martians are discriminated against in Martian society. Do Red Martians face similar discrimination?

Greg responds...

No. They are the Royal Caste.

Response recorded on October 31, 2017

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nobody writes...

in image did black canary have to say that to Megan l think she made it worse

Greg responds...

Have to say what? Made what worse?

Response recorded on October 24, 2017

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FallenLegend writes...

Hey greg I got some questions about your villains

In the past you have mnetioned that your villains don't kill even heroes because they don't want to waste resources. Say Xanatos ultimately benfitted much more from having the gargoyles alive, as they eventually saved his son from Oberon.

But say, wouldn't the light from Young Justice eventually want them heroes dead?

When they finally achieve their goals, the heroes will only stand in their way wouldn't they? I can understand Klarion wanting the heroes around to cause some chaos. But say Queen Bee would eventually want to rule her country without any hero alive possibly meddling with her dictatorship or even overthrow her , right?

Second I have a question about Klarion. Most characters are weaker on earth 16 than other versions. But Klarion had the opposite as he is a lot stronger as a lord of chaos. Why did you decide to make him much more powerful?

Thank you Greg

Greg responds...

1. Why would they want them dead? Haven't they proven useful. I'm not saying they'd shy away from killing one or two, if necessary. (Cf. Ted Kord or Tula.) But if they had killed either Barry, Bart or Wally prior to the end of Season Two, then who or what would have saved the Earth?

2. He felt all chaosy to us. And we needed Doctor Fate to have some substantial competition.

Response recorded on October 09, 2017

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Regulus writes...

First off congrats on Season 3. Just piecing together what we can from the timeskip betweeen S1 and 2 before having another thrown in, thought I'd ask about a few logistical pieces.

1) Can the Zeta Network support people with the same active designation in the same authorisation tier, ie. it can have Blue Beetle 22 for Ted Kord, Blue Beetle B22 for Jaime, but would multiple Kid Flashes or Robins with a B designation cause issues (if they were not deceased, causing them to be inactive designations presumably)

2) You have given the designations for the members of the Team, giving an order for when members may have joined. Would you give the year that they joined for those missing?

B01-B09: Team Year Zero

B10-Tempest: ?

B11: Aquagirl: ?

B12: Troia: ?

B13: Robin/Jason: ?

B14: Lt. Marvel: ?

B15: Sgt. Marvel: ?

B16: Batgirl: ?

B17: Bumblebee: ?

B18: Lagoon Boy: ?

B19: Beast Boy: ?

B20-B22: Team Year Five

B23-26: Team Year Six

3) Do certain members of the Team have falsified public records such as birth certificates? Specifically I would imagine Megan Morse, Connor Kent, Bart Allen, the Roys and perhaps Donna Troy would require them to attend school, marry and become legal guardians.

Greg responds...

1. If I'm understanding your question correctly, then no. There are multiple Green Lanterns within the no-prefix-letter designation. And it gives the computer no problem.

2. No.

3. I'm not commenting on "Donna Troy." I've never confirmed or denied that "Donna Troy" exists. Troia exists. That's all you know.

3a. Megan, Conner (with an e) and Bart must have public records to go with their secret identities. I suppose you could say they're falsified.

3b. Clone Roy has been using the original Roy's paperwork. Whether that changes now that Original Roy is back, I'm not saying.

Response recorded on October 09, 2017

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Nick writes...

In Young Justice, why can Wotan, Dr. Fate, and Klarion shoot out energy blasts, fly and create shields without speaking backwards. While, Zatanna and Zatara have to speak backwards. Why can Fate, Wotan, and Klarion do this but Zatanna and Zatara can't?

Greg responds...

Fate is a Lord of Order. Klarion is a Lord of Chaos. Wotan is an immortal sorcerer, who's been using magic for centuries. Zatara and Zatanna aren't at their level. The fact that they can hold their own at all against Wotan and Klarion is impressive.

Response recorded on October 02, 2017

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Melissa Sisemore writes...

I asked a question back in February that was removed from the site. I mentioned this in the comments section of your Facebook page. So here it is again: In light of the fact that you say there are LGBTQ+ characters on Young Justice I would like to know if there are any Christian and/or homeschooled characters on the show? As I said on your Facebook page you don't have to give me a favorable response I just want a response at all.

Greg responds...

I'm not sure what "In light of the fact" is supposed to mean, but, yes, the Wests, Allens, Garricks, Zataras, Ervins, etc. are all one denomination of Christian or another, as are many - if not most - of the cast and supporting cast, in light of the fact that Christianity (in all its forms) is still the majority religion in the United States.

Actually, I seem to recall I've broken down the religious denominations of all the leads. Check the Ask Greg Young Justice archives.

Beast Boy was homeschooled.

And, just so you know, I haven't been on either of my Facebook pages in over a year. Even before I began my social media hiatus this year, I had to give up on Facebook, because it kept crashing my phone.

Response recorded on September 26, 2017

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YJ Nerd writes...

In the episode Disordered in season one of YJ, what is "Bear's" real name?

Greg responds...

Tabore-Kadan

(Not sure why I revealed that. You must have caught me in a good mood.)

Response recorded on September 26, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Does Blue Beetle have super strength? Because Black Beetle went toe to toe with Mongul who is stronger than both Superboy and Wonder Girl so I'm just wondering if Blue Beetle's scarab also gave him this super strength or not.

Also did the Justice League find out about Belle Reve being infiltrated by the light?
And how did Icicle Jr, Mammoth, Shimmer, Devastation and the Terror Twins break out?

Greg responds...

1. Not as much as Black Beetle or Mongul, but his strength is above a normal human of his size and build.

2. Yes. In the show. On screen. Didn't you see it?

3. They didn't "break" out. Otherwise, NO SPOILERS.

Response recorded on September 26, 2017

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Green Lantern's Nightlight writes...

I don't mean to ask this antagonistically, but what exactly do you have against super breath? Isn't it in the realm of possibilities with everything that the yellow sun does to Superman, it would enhance his lung capacity?

I mean, in the beginning, he never even flew, and now that's one of his essential powers. And that's one of his powers in Young Justice.

If you just disagreed with something like the super kiss, I'd understand, but I'm not sure why you don't think super breath is a plausible power?

Greg responds...

Volume.

Volume.

Volume.

I don't care how strong his lungs are, they're still - at most - only slightly larger than a normal human of that size. So he couldn't blow very much could he. Try to expel air from your lungs. All of it. Then assume your lungs are a super-muscle that is really good at this. And you still don't have that much air to work with. Cuz you don't have the volume.

Oh, and the whole SUPER-COLD thing is ridiculous. Breath isn't cold. When you blow on hot soup, you're not cooling the soup with your breath. You are blowing hot particles away. And, sure, you could argue, "BUT HE'S KRYPTONIAN!" And maybe Kryptonians have cold breath. But for a guy powered by the sun, I don't buy it.

I think the over-powering of heroes over time is dangerous to the needs of a storyteller. And some things are just damn silly. Super-Cold-Breath is one of those things.

Response recorded on September 25, 2017

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Michael writes...

1a. How old is Deadshot
1b. Is Floyd Lawton his real name?

2. How is the standard living in Bialya compare to Qurac? Do the citizens live in poverty? Do they even have rights?

3. You said that 9/11 happened in Young Justice, and I was wondering if Hurricane Katrina, The 2008 Financial Crisis, and the BP Oil Spill happened as well.

Greg responds...

Floyd Lawton was born in 1975.

2. Qurac has a higher standard of living.

2a. Some do in both countries.

2b. Plenty of rights in Qurac. It's a mixed bag in Bialya.

3. Yes.

Response recorded on September 25, 2017

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B_Schwaz writes...

Regarding Young Justice:

Is there any significance to the order in which the Justice League members are sitting at the League meeting in the episode "Agendas"? Even if there isn't a larger reason for the seating order in general, are there any smaller decisions you made beyond the Hawks or the Green Lanterns sitting together?

Greg responds...

I don't recall. Sorry. If I had to guess, I'd say storyboarding defined most of it. Who was talking with whom to make shots, i.e. camera angles, easy to manage.

Response recorded on September 25, 2017

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FallenLegend writes...

Hey Greg, theres something I would like to ask your opinion about.

You see comics have been notorious for being hard on average people to get into. You should know that your cartoons have been much more influential than whatever it's publised on printed form.

For millions of people when they think Young Justice they think of earth 16 and when they think of spiderman they think of spectacular.

Say Teen Titans Tv show' has Starfire as a cute alien and naive girl wich is among the best female characters ever in my opinion. While on comics she is a dumb bimbo with hardly more personalitybthan a brick

Comics on the other hand are harder to get into and well you might jot agree but the quality is much better in cartoons such as yours. I would rather watch young justice that get into the continuity mess that comics are.

It would seem that every continiuity reboot that tries to make things simpler just makes things worse.

In your experience what would you do to make comics as approachable as tv shows are?

Greg responds...

Well, I'm going to start - without going point by point - by NOT agreeing with everything you've stated above. Some comics have issues. Some are both accessible and very well-done. In general, I'm really liking DC's REBIRTH, for example. I'm reading all of it - trying to keep up. I don't love every series, let alone every issue, but generally, I think they're doing a pretty darn good job. I'd particularly recommend Wonder Woman.

And I think there are plenty of crap television series, as well.

It's all about execution. Plenty of good comics series. Plenty of good television series. Plenty of lousy examples of both. But I'm glad you like YJ and Spectacular.

Response recorded on September 25, 2017

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FallenLegend writes...

I have questions regarding adapting DC comics.

You see there is certain fan adaptation running around on the net( I won't mention it for obvious reasons) , and to be honest all the changes seem silly, cringe inducing and fanfic like.

Yet all your changes seem logical. I mean replacing Aqualad with Kalduram or Cassie as Wondergirl would be controversial but it's logical and I like it. You even improved on many characters like from the source material like Artemis and Sportsmaster.

Most of the changes you have done are like apple products they just work.

So my question is How do you make earth 17 feel so cohesive and faithful despite doing some heavy changes to the source material?

Greg responds...

Well, for starters, it's Earth-16.

But otherwise the goal is to get down to the core of every character that you're adapting and be true to that. Not all the details matter, proven out by the fact that over 75 years of comics history, a lot of the details about any given character keep changing. But who the character is at her or his core does matter.

All this is influenced by what we've already done in a universe that we're trying to keep cohesive and coherent, so we think about how any new character would fit into that schema. Or if they'll fit. Things like scope effect us too. For example, we talked about including Supergirl in both Season One and Season Two, but her story was too big to fit in either season without derailing our main overall plot or skimping on her story. We'll get to her eventually - no promises as to when - but it'll have to be when we could do justice (YOUNG justice) to her story.

Response recorded on September 21, 2017

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Ivana writes...

Look Greg I am a huge YJ fan more than you could know I live in abq USA I am a 12 year old girl.i thought every day how would it be like to bust and see you ask you in person some questions.i always thought what it would be like to play on young justice meeting all the voices and being one of them that always comes up in my mind I watched young justice over and over making sure I know everything they say and my best friend marlee she hated young justice until she watched it we now love it we talk all the time we always say stay whelmed to each other if you do get this please text me back iflores081@tanm.us

Greg responds...

I'm sorry, Ivana, but it wouldn't be responsible for me to text a twelve-year-old girl, specifically, or for me to break precedent and begin texting individual fans. I don't have time to have that kind of personal communication with everyone, and it wouldn't be fair for me to play favorites.

On top of that, I'm very nervous about you posting your information here. I wouldn't recommend anyone do that - especially a twelve-year-old. Please know that if anyone texts you and claims to be me, IT IS NOT ME.

If you have questions, you can always reach me here at ASK GREG. I know there's a delay to my responding - I'm currently four and half months behind. But most things can keep that long.

You can also follow me on TWITTER @Greg_Weisman

I'm currently taking a break from social media, but I tweet on rare occasions, and I'll probably come back eventually.

Response recorded on September 21, 2017

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nobody writes...

did wally get rid of the tracer after artemis told her secret

Greg responds...

I'm sure it was dealt with.

Response recorded on September 21, 2017

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Traught writes...

How did the Light get inside Cadmus in episode 126? Did they walk through the front door or teleported?

Greg responds...

They came in through the kitchen. ;)

Response recorded on September 21, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

I was wondering about the Light's goals. You had us believe that every member is on the same page in regards to their objective: the betterment of mankind. You've also stated that like "real life villains", the members of the Light don't see themselves as such. And in truth, they don't want to "destroy the world" like most cliched villains. They want to elevate it and have THEIR WORLD rule the cosmos. (Surely they want to be at the top of that leather) So, their goal seems well-intentioned (if you overlook the whole "by every means necessary" thing. However, they're not the most scrupulous and noble of people on the planet. Individually, they are power hungry and petty. Ocean Master, for one, is envious of his brother and judging by the two-parter issue, he wants to grab power to himself.

So I guess my question is: are the members of the Light truly working towards the betterment of mankind or do some of them only play along because the Light itself is a means to an end (to gain more power and/or squash their rivals)?

Greg responds...

I'll leave that to your interpretation. But - just to cite an example you've already cited - one could argue that Ocean-Master only wants power for himself. EXCEPT, it would suit the Light (and their overall goals) to have Orm as King of Atlantis, wouldn't it?

Response recorded on September 20, 2017

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steven Kurtz writes...

how did queen bee enthralled garfield did she stroke his hair

Greg responds...

She uses pheromones.

Response recorded on September 19, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

I got a 100% wbu *eye emoji*
http://screenrant.com/quiz/name-every-member-of-young-justice/

Greg responds...

So did I. Of course, they got some of the details wrong...

Response recorded on September 19, 2017

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B.W. Morris writes...

Hi Greg,

I wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man and the first two books of the Rain of the Ghosts series. Your writing helped inspire me to try my hand at fiction writing and, after a couple of years, I now have my first novel published. So I wanted to thank you for being one of those people who inspired me to try my hand at it.

Looking forward to Young Justice 3 and best of luck with it!

Greg responds...

Thank you. And thanks for posting this. It's very gratifying!

Response recorded on September 18, 2017

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Diamondstar writes...

I looked and I couldn't find this question so I thought I ask: Why are you interested writing about secret societies like the Light or the Illuminati?

Greg responds...

I'm interested in writing about most everything.

Response recorded on September 11, 2017

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Peter writes...

Been reading through quite a bit of answers you give on here about YJ for quite some time and finally worked up the nerve to ask something! However its kinda a meta thing.

So I notice that some of the times when people ask you something kinda random, you answer with "No Spoilers" because i assume you might want to cover it in the future on the show.

Personally, whenever someone asks something like that, and you reply with "No Spoilers" it gives me hope. I truly wonder if that's what you mean to do when you answer it that way? Truly admire you Mr. Weisman and we miss you on Twitter!

Greg responds...

Um. Anything that we might tell a story with down the road is going to get No Spoilers.

Thanks.

Response recorded on September 11, 2017

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Chloe Wynter writes...

Did Marie Logan homeschool her son Garfield Logan?

Greg responds...

Yep.

Response recorded on August 17, 2017

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Paul writes...

Hello, in S1 Episode 23, Red Arrow gets in a fight with Sportsmaster, and despite having his bow broken he seems to do quite well, getting Sportsmaster in a hold before Klarion teleported them away. Was Sportsmaster holding back against Roy (cause he didn't wanna hurt the mole), or is Roy actually good enough to match Sportsmaster in hand to hand? Because it always seemed like Roy wasn't even as good as Cheshire in hand to hand, and he got wrecked by Batman, so just curious. It's not super important, but I like debating who would win type battles, and any extra info helps
Thank you

Greg responds...

I'm so fine with leaving that to one's interpretation.

In any given fight, the tables may turn. Sportsmaster may not have been super-motivated for the reasons you state above. Red Arrow might have been super-motivated for reasons he himself didn't fully comprehend. Or whatever.

Response recorded on August 17, 2017

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Nardragon writes...

Each member team has at least two variations to their outfits, the dark stealth and snow stealth versions. Which version is your favourite? Classic, dark stealth or snow stealth? Are there other versions we haven't seen?

Greg responds...

1. Love 'em all. Which is your favorite?

2. No spoilers.

Response recorded on August 17, 2017

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Paul writes...

Hey, this might be more specific than you remember, but I was wondering, in S1 Episode 6, Aqualad gets snagged by Black Spider and pulled up into the tree, there's a scuffle, and Aqulaad gets sent flying from the tree into a van (a very impressive hit). Was it Black Spider who hit him like that, or was it Cheshire (who seemed to be with Black Spider, since she came out with him)? I understand if you don't remember, but I figured may as well ask

Greg responds...

I don't remember. Sorry.

Response recorded on August 08, 2017

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King_Joey writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,

I have some questions about Aquaman and the other Atlanteans of Young Justice.

I've read your previous responses to questions about Atlantean powers and you stated that Auqaman was "way stronger than your average Atlantean" and placed him in your GENERAL ranking of the Justice League by strength on the same level as Captain Atom and Martian Manhuner. You later stated that "off the top of your head" he was IN GENERAL stronger than Martian Manhuner and then, later still, that Martian Manhunter cannot lift a semi-truck but could "probably" lift a small car.

Again, as an avid reader of your site and SUPER FAN of your work I know you HATE to strength comparison questions and being asked to specify strength things. That is why I won't ask you for specifics or to compare, but it seems that, from what I've seen of your previous responses, that eventhou you don't keep weight limit SPECIFISCS in your mind, you do have a GENERAL idea of what the characters you write can lift. I won't ask for a list or anything I just want to know:

1. Can Aquaman lift a tank or semi-truck, or is he closer to small car? Maybe a pick-up truck?

I'm asking this question because you've said that your Young Justice characters of Universe-16 were back to their "original" power levels and I have read comics wherein Auqaman has thrown a tank at The Fisherman. I've also read older comics wherein he was basically the "Superboy" of the Justice League as far as strength and invulnerablity. Just looking for clarity.😀

2. While Auqagirl and Tempest were on the team did you they use a device to allow them to carry around water like Auqalad's waterbear "backpack sheeth" or was their level of scorcery and magic skill great enough that they didn't need anything?

3. Could they magically summon water to them for their spells or am I wrong in assuming that their or all Atlantean magic requires water?

I played Young Justice: Legacy and the Tempest DLC didn't seem to have any type of water apparatus. I'm asking you because you've stated that not ALL of the game was cannon.

4. In Uiverse-16 is Aquaman's super atlantean skin stronger enough to make him bulletproof or just bullet resistant?

5.This last question is about Wonder Woman. On the Young Justice website it lists invulnerability as one of her powers. I've always wondered, if she's invulnerable, why block bullets with her bracelets? Doesn't invulnerable and bulletproof go hand in hand? I mean, she can go "toe to toe" with super strong opponents like Devastation, but if someone shoots her in the head she dies? What's the deal? Any in universe explanation?

Those last three questions under number five are rhetorical.😮

Greg responds...

1. I'm thinking a small car. But clearly my opinion is somewhat changeable. I would think that Captain Atom is potentially stronger than Aquaman. And if I said something different earlier, that's not how I feel now.

2. No spoilers.

3. It doesn't all require water.

4. Resistant.

5. I'm not sure what website you're referring to, but I have never thought of Wonder Woman as invulnerable for the exact reason you state: why bother with the bracelets, if the bullets would bounce off anyway?

Response recorded on August 08, 2017

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Stranger writes...

Was Jade happy when she learned about Artemis (in the time when Paula was pregnant)? Did she was hoping to be a girl?

Greg responds...

For now, I'll leave that to your imagination.

Response recorded on August 04, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Greg Weisman,

In "Young Justice," if Atlantis is the size of a small continent, then how exactly does the placement of the capital city and city-states work? I mean, would Poseidonis be located in the center of Atlantis while each of the city-states would be located outside the borders of the capital city; thus all the city-states surround the capital city as if they from some kind of circle-like pattern...?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on August 03, 2017

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Son of Batman writes...

What was the Justice League thinking when they decided, "Oh, let's have the pretty, teenage, Martian girl share a residence with the super hot, teenage, Kryptonian boy with major parental problems who has never seen a real woman in his entire life, and put them under the supervision of a glorified smartphone. What's the worst that can happen?" For real?

Greg responds...

Um... they could fall in love?

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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I_Ship_Bluepulse writes...

My sisters and I argued about this for three hours the other day so now I must know. Is, or isn't, Young Justice an anime?

Greg responds...

It is not.

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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King_Joey writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,

As a deeply devoted fan of your work I have to say that I believe Young Justice is your best show yet! The changes you made in the D.C. comics Universe-16 that differ from the mainstream continuity of D.C. comics make sense and honestly, D.C. should let you write for them A LOT MORE OFTEN! In my humble, admittedly bias, opinion:)

I especially love the down-to-earth or, to paraphrase one of your responses, "original power level" changes to the characters various superpowers and origins. Having a Superman that can move planets with his strength or run as fast as a speedster would be boring and redundant. Having Mars still alive and well as a planet was PURE GENIUS. Also, unlike many D.C. fans I think your decisions regarding the "Speed Force" on Earth-16 was very wise. Ditto the Superman breath powers thing. Don't let ANYONE give you a hard time about the choices you made while making a universe all your own BASED on D.C. comics characters! It's your universe you can make whatever rules you want! (mostly :)) Your real fans are all behind you.

With that out of my system, my question is this...

From what you displayed to the audience in the Young Justice episode "War" and what you've stated in your previous responses, I feel that it's safe to assume that Mongul's yellow sun related increase in strength and invulnerability is a trait common among his unnamed alien species.

1. I would like to know if Despero's "super" strength, invulnerability, and third-eye based telepathy are traits common among his unnamed alien species? Or unique to him?

2. I would also like to know if Kylstar's "super" strength, invulnerability, and energy absorption/redirection abilities are common traits among his unnamed alien species? Or unique to him?

I realize that there is variation even in traits common to all members of any species. However, the reason I ask is because I cannot assume that all members of their respective species have super powers, like them, based upon only seeing one member of each species.
That would be like a group of Rannians seeing Flash, Black Lightening, or Black Canary in action and assuming all Earthlings have powers like theirs. Or me seeing only Black Beetle and assuming all Reach have Superman-level super strength.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

But thank you for all your kind words.

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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King_Joey writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,

I love Young Justice and therefore I am an avid reader of the Q&A portion of this website.

My question relates to one of your previous responses wherein you stated that Martians of Universe-16 can, in fact, INCREASE their density by DECREASING their volume.

I was wondering, why then, is it possible for a Martian to DECREASE their density without INCREASING their volume? Are they increasing their volume in a way we cannot see? Is there some sort of molecular process going on?

I just wanna know, one pseudo-scientist to another. One major D.C. comics fan to another:)

Greg responds...

They can't decrease their density without increasing their volume. But they have a technique called "Density Shifting" that enables them to push and pull (i.e. shift their density) across themselves, allowing them to pass through solid objects.

Response recorded on July 05, 2017

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YJ Nerd writes...

I've been wondering about this for quite sometime. In the episode the season 1 episode Humanity, we see Red Volcano melt and basically "die". But in the season 2 episode Runaways,Red Tornado is back and trying to take amazo. Was he rebuilt sometime during the 5 year time skip?

Greg responds...

Feels like you answered your own question.

Response recorded on June 30, 2017

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Hubert-Hyena writes...

If DC were to promote Young Justice's return with an issue of Scooby Doo Team-Up that features The Team, how would you react?

Greg responds...

Generally, with pleasure. Specifically, it would depend.

Response recorded on June 26, 2017

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erif writes...

A little curious, I remember you saying that zatanna can speak Italian. I was wondering, can she speak (and maybe say her spells) backwards in Italian?

here's hoping for more zatanna goodness in season 3! I love YJ, and you guys are awesome!

Greg responds...

I'd think so.

Response recorded on June 26, 2017

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Curiousity writes...

I've noticed this question asked a few times pertaining Gargoyles, but not Young Justice, so here I am. I don't think these count as spoilers since both Season One and Two have ended, but if they are, feel free to ignore them. Anyways:

1. Was Wally a virgin through Season One? If yes, did he lose it to Artemis between the first two seasons?
2. Was M'gann a virgin through Season One? If yes, did she lose it to Conner between the first two seasons?
3. Was Kaldur a virgin through Season One? If yes, did he lose it between the first two seasons?
4. Was Artemis a virgin through Season One? If yes, did she lose it to Wally between the first two seasons?
5. Was Dick a virgin through Season One? If yes, did he lose it to Zatanna between the first two seasons, or was Bette his first on his 19th birthday?

Greg responds...

1. Yes. I'm only answering this one, because it seems so damn obvious to me.

1a. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

2a. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

3a. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

4a. No spoilers.

5. No spoilers.

5a. No spoilers.

5b. No, Bette was not his first. (Again, that seems dead obvious to me.)

Response recorded on June 26, 2017

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RobinFan writes...

Hi, Greg. I have 2 questions.
1. Why did you decided not to give Superboy Tactile TK (not that I'm complaining)?
2. Was the original Kid Flash named Wally or Wallace?

Greg responds...

1. Why would we?

2. Am I named Gregory or Greg? Both.

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Jonathan Samuel Kent Son of Superman writes...

Hello good day
I have a question
The animated films
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
Happen in the universe of Young Justice ie are they canon for young justice? That's all greetings and sorry for my english is not my first language

Greg responds...

No. See my previous answer to your question about other films. None of the DC Animated Universe and/or the more recent DC Animated direct to DVD movies are canon for YJ. NONE.

(I'm hoping you didn't post thirty of these questions.)

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Anonim writes...

I MEAN CAT FAN! IT WAS A MISTAKE!

Greg responds...

Got it.

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Anonim writes...

Artemis was said she is not a car fan in season 1 but in season 2 she became Tigress. Did she changed her mind or it was becose she is Tigers in DC comics?

Greg responds...

I'm assuming "car" is a typo for "cat."

And don't take the banter too seriously. Artemis is clearly a dog person and not a cat person when it comes to actual pets. But mostly she was just talking smack with Cheshire, (as I recall).

But that doesn't mean she wouldn't take the name Tigress.

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Jonathan Samuel Kent Son of Superman writes...

Hello good day
I have a question

The animated films Justice League: Doom and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Happen in the universe of Young Justice ie are they canon for young justice? That's all greetings and sorry for my english is not my first language

Greg responds...

No.

Here's a list of the complete YJ Canon:

YOUNG JUSTICE (Season One) - 26 episodes (101-126)

YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION (Season Two) - 20 episodes (201-220)

YOUNG JUSTICE LEGACY video game - including Red Arrow's journal

YOUNG JUSTICE compantion comic book series - 27 issues (0-25 plus a free comic book day story)
--All of those issues (except for the free comic book day issue) have been collected in four trade paperbacks:
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME ONE (collects 0-6)
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME TWO: TRAINING DAY (collects 7-13)
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME THREE: CREATURE FEATURES (collects 14-19)
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME FOUR: INVASION (collects 20-25)

That's it. Period. Nothing else is canon to our series until Season Three (i.e. YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS) hits the air (or until we get more comics).

Response recorded on June 20, 2017

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Fallenlegend writes...

Hey Greg I saw you mentioned in to different occasions that how strong Captain Marvel was depended on whether or not we were talking about season 1 or 2. I especulate that he might have shared his powers with Mary Bromfield and/or Freddy Freeman. The fact those two have powers is something you've confirmed.

So my questions are:

1.-What made Captain Marvel stronger or weaker in those two seasons?
2.- Was he stronger/faster in season 1 or season 2.
3.-How strong and fast is he compared to superman during season 2?
4.-Is Captain Marvel more resistant to magic than Superman? I ask because traditionally he has been more resistant while superman has been more vulnerable to magic . I wonder if this applies to earth 16 too.

Thank you Greg and congrats for getting young justice back.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

3. "See, now, the Hulk is more powerful because the madder he gets, the stronger he gets. But the Thing can still beat him if he keeps his wits about him."

4. Cap aside, I've never understood this Superman is more vulnerable to magic thing. The point is that Superman isn't INvulnerable to magic. But he's no more vulnerable than you or I.

Response recorded on June 20, 2017

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Somebody writes...

Did Sportsmaster wanted a son (someone who will be next Sportsmaster if he die, retire and etc)? Does he care of gender?

Greg responds...

I doubt he cared. Doubt it would have made much of a difference to him. And that's assuming that he really wanted to have children at all.

Response recorded on June 19, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Just curious, was Garfield Logan born in Qurac on Earth-16, or did he move there sometime after his birth, before "Images"?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on June 19, 2017

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c.r writes...

hi greg! first, i'd like to say that young justice means a lot to me. it's gotten me through some hard times and often when i'm upset my mom will just put young justice on to try to calm me down. it often works!
so i have a few questions. i hope you can answer them, but if you can't, that's alright.
1) how well do you think you handled having such a larger cast in s2 (than in s1)? do you wish you'd had more time to focus on the characters or are you satisfied with how it turned out?
2) did the robins(+batgirls, possibly) go through about as much training as they did in the comics (pre-52, at least)?
3) how much inspiration do you take from each iteration of dc (rebirth, new 52, preboot, etc)?
4) how did you/your team make the changes from comic versions of the YJ characters to your own versions (in personality, backstory, etc)?
thank you! : )

Greg responds...

1. Both.

2. You're making it sound like (pre-New 52) there was a ton of consistency in the comics. There wasn't. Suffice it to say, they all received extensive (and on-going) training.

3. We take inspiration from all over the place, but in the end, we try to get down to the core truths about any given character.

4. I'm not sure what you mean by "how".

Response recorded on June 19, 2017

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Jack Carpenter writes...

1) So aside from Spider-Man and Young Justice, are there any other comic properties you'd love to adapt?

2) Which one would you like to have the chance to do most?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. I'm so not picky.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Blanchett writes...

Is Miss Martian's race an older race than the human race ?

Greg responds...

Where are you dating the start of the human race?

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Just a girl writes...

1)When Did kaldur learned to speak english?
2)Who taught him?
I'm sorry if this have been asked before

Greg responds...

1. He learned the basics in school. But until you're out of the water, it's difficult to really learn how to speak it.

2. Teachers, and then Aquaman.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

I noticed someone else asked a question about doing YJ stories that require a more mature rating. In this case, the poster wanted more brutal fight scenes. I don't have much sympathy with his desire for more violence, but it did make me wonder about something else: are there specific instances in which you would have liked to have told on YJ but couldn't because of the limitations of the target audience?

For example, I thought it was rather clever what you did in "Disordered." Personally, as a 49 year old, I wouldn't have minded an entire episode of them talking to Black Canary in therapy, but the reality is that your target audience wouldn't have much patience for that, and you probably couldn't have sold the idea to Cartoon Network either. You came up with an intelligent compromise of having the team's therapy sessions inter-cut with Superboy's adventures with the Forever People.

1) Are there other instances in which you had to come up with creative solutions to making an otherwise unpalatable story palatable to your intended audience? Can you think of some examples and what the work-arounds might have been?

2) And, are there still other stories that you wanted to tell but couldn't at all because of the network or because they wouldn't have interested your audience? For example, you probably couldn't produce an episode that was entirely a slice-of-life episode without an action element because that's your audience tunes in for. Have you ever wanted to do an episode like that on YJ?

3) Will the third season have the same content restrictions placed upon it as previous seasons? Or, will you have more liberty with your creative choices?

Greg responds...

I wouldn't say the "limitations of the target audience" but I would say the limitations of those who are nervous in seats of power.

But your example doesn't hold water for me. "Disordered" was told the way Brandon and I wanted to tell it. There was no compromise for our audience.

1. Your question is based on a faulty premise. I'm not really sure how to address it.

I suppose we hinted at Red Arrow's heroin addiction, as opposed to depicting it. Added in a metaphorical layer about his addiction to searching for the Original Roy, without negating the possibility that over that time he had also slipped into substance abuse.

On another completely different topic, we were aware that we could not depict LGBTQ relationships either. But that doesn't mean we don't have LGBTQ characters. You strive to write with consistency even toward those elements that you're not allowed to discuss.

2. 100% slice of life? No. I like the mix and the counterpoint.

3. I'm not commenting on the third season at all.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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NoOneSpecial writes...

1). How did Cheshire recognise Artemins as her sister in Infiltrator? I realise that must sound like a very redundant question, but technically Artemis was wearing a mask when they met, and you've said before in previous posts that this a universe where a pair of glasses or goggles is enough to hide ones identity, regardless of practicality. So how did Cheshire figure out that it was her sister underneath the mask?

2). Here's another thing, Artemis puts on the Glamour Charm so that no one would recognise her as Tigress, but with regards to the whole mask thing, wouldn't she still be unrecognisable to everyone, even her own team, by simply wearing her Tigress mask? In Summit, when Ra's reveals her, she wasn't wearing her mask. But say that she was to wear the mask and someone removes the charm, they still wouldn't be able to tell who she was. Not nesscessarily a question, just an observation

3). When Artemis went undercover as Tigress, did she take on a fake civilian name as well? If so, what was it? Or did everyone just know her simply by Tigress? Did they cook up a false background for her as well? Seems unlikely that Manta would allow Kaldur to appoint some unknown villain as his right hand without some assurances.

4). Since Black Canary was providing therapy for the Team and the abductees, does mean she actually has some kind of degree in counselling or psychology by the start of Season 1?

5). Do the memorials of fallen heroes include their real names, or does it just list them as their hero name? For example, does the one for Jason simply call him Robin or Jason Todd or both? Technically if Tim were to die and he's gets a memorial, they would have two Robins memorials. Do the memorials also include their date of birth and deaths as well?

Greg responds...

1. Fighting style, if you like, added to build, voice, etc.

2. I see your point. But Tigress was LIVING on Manta's ship. Plenty of people saw her without her mask. And even with Ra's, when her hair changed color, I think it would have raised suspicions that would have led to an unmasking.

3. She had all she needed.

4. She has training.

5. You saw what you saw. There's no text at all. And the two Robins (or three, if you include Dick) don't look that much alike side-by-side, especially since this is a private memorial for the benefit of people who knew the dead well.

Response recorded on June 16, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

You recently responded to another poster who sent you his review of YJ season 1. Your response made me question what the point of doing something like that might be. I mean... I understand the poster probably wants to feel that his opinion matters, but what kind of response could he or she possibly expect from you? Did he think you were going to agree with him? Was there ever a chance that you were going to say, "You have made some excellent points, and I will take them into account as I am writing season 3"?

So, my question is: does audience feedback or reviews ever effect how you YJ in even a general way?

Greg responds...

Nope. Doesn't mean they don't have the right to express them. But Brandon and I have to follow our passions and instincts. Have to. We can't let either praise or criticism effect our plans. For starters, for every person who likes something, there's bound to be someone who hates it and vice versa. All we can do is write the show we want to see - and pray that enough people like our work to make it successful.

Response recorded on June 15, 2017

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Conway writes...

I'm just curious, but would the clone of someone share the same sexuality? Just for pure example, if the Original Roy Harper was purely heterosexual, then would that automatically mean Clone Roy Harper and Clone Jim Harper are purely heterosexual? (I'm not asking for spoilers about anyone's actual sexuality, just trying to understand just how far cloning goes.)

Also, we know Jim and Roy look alike (even Superboy noticed), and since then they've discovered they're actually clones. Does this mean that Roy will eventually look exactly like Jim when he's older? Since Jim is technically just an aged-up Roy Harper.

Greg responds...

I'd think that their orientation would remain the same generally. But I haven't researched such things, and I'd want to before answering definitively. Also, clones can be manipulated in all sorts of ways. For example, Roy may or may not age to look EXACTLY like Jim, depending on things like diet, excercise and whether or not Jim's matrix was manipulated before he hatched.

Response recorded on June 15, 2017

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Just an ordinary YJ fan writes...

Dear Greg Weisman
I just want to say thank you, Young Justice is a very special show for me personally, it means more to me then anyone will ever know. You must get a lot of people asking you to incorporate their ideas into YJS3 but i just want to say, don't listen to them. i know that sounds weird, but it was you and your team that made YJ so special. Please don't give into the fans demands even if you think it might boost YJ popularity or you think it's what the people want. Go with your instincts, that's what makes YJ so unique.
I wish you the best of luck, be well and thank you again.

Greg responds...

Thanks. But I never listen to outside ideas. For starters, I'm not allowed to, legally. And Brandon and I have to always go with our gut, anyway.

Response recorded on June 14, 2017

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Risu writes...

Congratulations and big relief on Season 3 of Young Justice, Greg!
It's not really a question, but it's still important to me so I'm sending this anyway...
I'm a fresh new fan and wouldn't even know about the series if it wasn't for so many favorable opinions on the internet. When approaching the series, I must admit I was VERY sceptical since I wasn't really fond of DC as a child. And really quickly I got proven wrong, and got hooked on. The characters (and God I cherish all their designs and diversity! Plus you rarely get to see so many freckled characters in cartoons, kudos) are so lovable and charming I got legit pissed that sometimes 'threat of the day' got in the way of 'regular life' struggles.
There's just to wish for more of slice of life moments and heroes just casually hanging out, that'd be cool. Looking forward to seeing what else you got in store, good luck

Greg responds...

We'll do our best. Thanks!

Response recorded on June 14, 2017

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Kalev Tait writes...

I discovered you weren't on Twitter any more, which led me to ask a few questions on here, which led me to thinking about YJ, which led me to rewatching it all, again.

I'm on Revelation, and near the beginning of the episode Aqualad and Robin are talking about how they know the Superboy and Miss Martian are a couple. Wally and Artemis walk in, and Robin asks "Do we tell them?"

First time through I assumed he was asking 'Do we tell them that Superboy and Miss Martian are a couple', but now I'm wondering if it might have been 'Do well tell them that THEY are a couple'. Was this ambiguity intentional?

Greg responds...

I'll never tell.

Response recorded on June 12, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Are you able to give any type of production update on YJ season 3 like you did back in the day? I saw that Phil has been doing designs for the season on IG.

Greg responds...

I don't know what "IG" is...

And, no. WB has imposed an info-embargo for the time being. All I can say is that we are all happily plugging along. We've assembled a stellar team of folks from Seasons One and Two and folks who are new to the series. I'm tremendously excited about the stories we're breaking, etc. Really, it's all good. I'm so thrilled to be back working on YJ again.

Response recorded on June 02, 2017

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Anonim writes...

Hi Greg!I really love Young Justice. My favorite character is Artemis and her family is really cool. She and Wally are the best couple XD! Actually he is my favorite too. I ship them. Now the question:

1 When her family find out she and Wally are/were dating? I mean a few days or weeks after new years kiss? How they react?

2 Did Cheshire crack whit her little sister about it?

Thanks for take tame on my questions. Congrats about season 3! I can't wait to see it! 😁

Greg responds...

1. By "her family," do you mean Paula? If so, not long after. And I imagine she reacted positively. Wally and Paula got along well, generally.

2. I'll leave that to your imagination for now. I doubt Cheshire was surprised.

Response recorded on June 02, 2017

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Michael writes...

So thrilled Young Justice is finally being revived. Hopefully, this season will be a bigger success than Season One and Two combined and be renewed for a fourth season.

1. When Young Justice was still airing on Cartoon Network, you said that you got along with the people there. But why on earth did they give the show random hiatuses in both seasons with no explanation given? Were they purposely trying to kill the show? Did Warner Bros. play a role in this?

2. Khary Payton stated in an interview that the box-office bombing of the Green Lantern movie eventually led to the cancellation of Young Justice. Can you confirm this?

3. Is there going to be a trailer for Season 3 this year?

Greg responds...

1. I honestly don't know. Those were all decisions made far above my pay grade.

2. Well. No. I can't. I think it caused some problems. Green Lantern toys languished on the shelf. That effected Mattel's decisions about toys for their entire DC license. And that hurt us, certainly. But I don't want to simplify to the extent you're implying.

3. I dunno.

Response recorded on June 02, 2017

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Kalev Tait writes...

Whew, finally finished an archive crawl regarding Lex Luthor to make sure this hasn't been asked before...

Anyhow, I know this is toeing the line as far as NO SPOILERS goes, but you answered a similar question regarding Aunt May.

What is the 'core truth' of Lex Luthor, and how did you interpret this in YJ?

Greg responds...

I don't know about SPOILERS, but this definitely falls into the category of what's on screen is what you get. But I'll give it a bit of a shot.

This isn't, of course, the Lex Luthor I grew up with. I grew up with something closer to Mad Scientist Lex. But the character has undergone a real sea-change since those days. The newer version (which is at least thirty years old at this point) is a sophisticated and smooth wheeler-dealer. Our version is ALSO a brilliant scientist, but you'd never know it given what we've put on screen. He's also a captain of industry. Very unflappable. He is Man and his resources at a pinnacle as an opposite number to Superman and his powers. He's someone that Superman can't punch, which makes him more dangerous than all of Superman's other opponents put together.

Response recorded on June 02, 2017

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Honor writes...

What inspired you to create Young Justice?

Greg responds...

Okay, for starters, I didn't 'create' Young Justice.

BRANDON VIETTI and I adapted Young Justice, based on the DC UNIVERSE. The "inspiration" was our boss at Warner Bros Animation, Sam Register, telling us to do it.

Response recorded on May 25, 2017

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Connor writes...

Hey Greg, How's life?

Anyway, I'm curious to know if any of the team (from YJ) can play any musical instruments? (Any generation of the team).

Thanks for being awesome.

Greg responds...

I'm sure a few can. I haven't thought about it.

Response recorded on May 25, 2017

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M writes...

You once said that M'gann Is not close to any of her siblings.
1)not even with her white brother?
2)that means that she doesn't love them or miss them At all? Does she miss her parents?
3)Did her siblings (or her mother) ever rejected her or they respect each other because they are family?
4)Does her family knows about her status of hero on earth? Are they proud of Her?

Greg responds...

Did I say that? I mean, did I say that exactly? Or are you paraphrasing? In any case, everything's relative (pun intended).

1. She is relatively close to him.

2. It doesn't mean that. She loves her siblings - all of them, and her parents. She misses them (or most of them) too. But she feels her life is on Earth. Also, don't assume she hasn't been back to Mars.

3. No spoilers.

4. Yes.

4a. Responses vary, but most are proud of her.

Response recorded on May 25, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

I felt sorry for Billy/Captain Marvel in "Secrets." I imagine that being a superhero doesn't leave him a lot of time to have friends his own age. I'd like to know... After the team learned Captain Marvel's true identity, were they more accepting and understanding of Captain Marvel/Billy desire to "hang" with them?

Greg responds...

I'd like to think so.

But Billy does have friends of his own, too.

Response recorded on May 23, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

When the Injustice League attacked, what happened to the victims of Joker toxin? Did they die or were they cured? Does an antidote to Joker toxin exist? Who made it?

Greg responds...

I'll leave that to your imagination.

Response recorded on May 22, 2017

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Jack Carpenter writes...

In YJ, Lex referred to Mercy as his attourney, while in previous adaptations she has always been portrayed as his driver/bodyguard (and she seems to be those here as well.)

So what all does Mercy do for Lex aside from those?

Greg responds...

Lex did NOT refer to Mercy as his attorney. Look again.

I'm not saying she's not his attorney, but there is zero evidence to support that notion.

Response recorded on May 22, 2017

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Zach writes...

First, I'm beyond excited about Season Three! Congrats!

Second, while reading the comics, something very much didn't sit right with me -- Red Torpedo/Jim Lockhart. Robots don't eat, sleep (theoretically), or need to use the bathroom. So, did Jim just not do any of that? Also, whenever he changed clothes, wouldn't he have noticed something missing down there? (Unless, T.O. Morrow added that in, I guess...) It just confused me greatly and I'd really appreciate you clearing the subject up. :)

Greg responds...

He's anatomically correct. He can eat and that product goes through him. It doesn't provide anything, but it allows him to mimic being human. He's also programmed to ignore any discrepancies.

Response recorded on May 22, 2017

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Jason writes...

How old is Jason Bard? Thanks! :)

Greg responds...

I haven't calculated that.

Response recorded on May 15, 2017

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M writes...

Hi Greg!
After I watched "targets" I had some questions about Cheshire:
1)When did she started her assassin "career"?

1a)Was immediately after she ran away from her home?

And then I Was wondering
2)Isn't she afraid that the shadows will find her someday and kill her or her daughter? (After she betrayed them)

Sorry if I wrote something wrong,english is not my first language.
Anyway thank you for take the time for answer our questions.
P.D: can't wait for season 3.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

1a. No spoilers.

2. I'd think that would be a concern. At least for her life.

Response recorded on May 08, 2017

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Gray Walker writes...

Hello! Just a few questions regarding the Block Buster and it's successor Kobra-Venom in Young Justice
The Kobra-Venom was interesting in the fact that they used it on several species. Various animals, plants and humans. Are there organic species that it can't be used on, and are there different events dependent on species?
Does Block Buster still retain any of his previous intellect or has his transformation rendered him less intelligent?
Are Mammoth and Blockbuster capable of speech?
and finally
Are the areas exposed muscle on the Kobra-Venom subjects more vulnerable than the rest of their bodies?

Greg responds...

1. What you saw is all we know.

2. He seems less intelligent to me.

3. Blockbuster doesn't seem to be. But maybe he doesn't have much to say. Mammoth never spoke BEFORE the transformation, so it's unclear.

4. They don't seem to be.

Response recorded on May 08, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

I have what I think are some interesting questions about Dr. Fate/Nabu.

1) What does Dr. Fate think about a gulag state like North Korea? It is very ORDERED. Does he think a state like that is a good thing or a bad thing, or does he just not care?

2) Likewise, what does he think about chaos within the human realm. For example, wars are very chaotic, so they can't be something a lord of order would approve of. What does Nabu think about human wars? Would he see it as his role to intervene in one?

3) Does Nabu actually care about human life or just maintaining order?

4) Finally, does Nabu care about order and disorder among humans at all? Or, does he just care about supernatural threats to the natural order of the universe - like Klarion?

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond.

Greg responds...

1. He has a more sophisticated view of order than that.

2. Humans are messy. He knows that, which is why he's not impressed with them. But policing them is not his gig. His job is to hold the line magically against the forces of Chaos, like Klarion.

3. Those aren't mutually exclusive. And keep in mind, there's a human host in the mix.

4. See above. Caring about them and seeing it as his responsibility to fix are two different things.

Response recorded on May 05, 2017

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Mcclendon writes...

Has Miss Martian celebrated her birthday since living on earth with her Uncle John in Young Justice Universe?

Greg responds...

I would think so.

Response recorded on May 04, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

Are all of the premises for individual scripts generated by you and Brandon? Or, does your team of writers pitch some story ideas to you? Can you give a specific examples in regards to Young Justice how this collaboration works?

Greg responds...

On seasons one and two, all the springboards were generated by Brandon, myself and Kevin Hopps, working together to break the stories. That is, we didn't go off separately and come up with premises and then pitch them to each other. We sat in a room and worked it all out together. I then wrote all the premises, and those were handed to the writers, who wrote the outlines and the scripts.

Season three has been similar, except it's just been Brandon and myself generating the springboards and breaking the stories. I then go off and write all the beat outlines. And those are handed off to the writers to go straight to script.

Response recorded on May 04, 2017

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M writes...

Hi Greg.
I wanted to know, Who is the best singer on the team and the justice league? I know is a dumb question.
Thank you for take the time to answer our questions.

Greg responds...

I don't know. We have many actors on the series with great voices. But in any case, it's not a contest.

Response recorded on May 04, 2017

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Billy writes...

When can we expect updates with Young Justice in terms of release or which platform it will be released on?

Greg responds...

EXPECTING things is problematic. Smacks of entitlement. ;)

But you can sign up for updates at www.DCFanUpdates.com.

Meanwhile, this was announced on April 25th:

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/04/25/titans-and-young-justice-outsiders-to-debut-on-upcoming-dc-branded-digital-service

Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Announce All-New Live-Action Series "Titans," from Executive Producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, To Debut In 2018

"Young Justice: Outsiders," The Highly Anticipated Third Season Of Warner Bros. Animation's "Young Justice," Also To Bow Next Year

Series Will Air Exclusively on Upcoming DC-Branded Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service

Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are teaming up for the all-new live-action drama series "Titans," which will debut in 2018. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation's "Young Justice: Outsiders," the highly anticipated third season of the popular "Young Justice" series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year.

Both fan-driven series are in early stages of production and will air exclusively on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018. Operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, the new digital service will deliver an immersive experience designed just for DC fans.

"Titans" follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. "Titans" is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

"Titans" will be written by Akiva Goldsman ("Star Trek: Discovery," "Underground"), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; "The Flash," "Arrow") and Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl"). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl") are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

In "Young Justice: Outsiders," the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling, "Young Justice" reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.

Sam Register ("Teen Titans Go!," "Justice League Action") is executive producer of "Young Justice." Brandon Vietti ("Batman: Under the Red Hood," "Superman Doomsday") and Greg Weisman ("Star Wars Rebels," "Gargoyles") are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa ("Young Justice," "Justice League Dark," "Teen Titans: The Judas Contract") serves as the series' art director.

For updates on these exciting new series and the upcoming DC digital service, visit www.DCFanUpdates.com.

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Ian writes...

First, I adore Young Justice with a passion, and I'm beyond ecstatic about Season 3! I have a few questions I'd like to ask, if you don't mind answering.

1. As of "Image," back in Season 1, how old are Rita Farr and Paul Sloane?
2. Did either Rita and/or Paul keep in contact with Marie after 'Hello, Megan' ended?
3. Did you have a name picked out for Rita's character? If so, what was it?
4. Did either Rita and/or Paul hear about Marie's death? If so, did they attend her funeral (assuming she had one)?
5. After Queen Bee left M'gann at the end of Images, did M'gann clean Garfield's mind of her influence or does it wear off eventually?

Thank you ahead of time!

Greg responds...

1. Rita Farr was born in 1964. Paul Sloane was born in 1959. I'll let you do the math. My brain doesn't want to work this morning.

2. No spoilers.

3. Rita.

4. No spoilers.

5. Both.

Response recorded on May 04, 2017

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Christopher Kent writes...

Hi greg
My question is how is the relationship of Superman and Superboy in the animated series Young Justice? Is it a relationship, Father and Son? Or have Superman ever seen Superboy (Conner Kent) as his son?

Greg responds...

During season one, everyone kept trying to tell them they were father and son, which clearly made Superman uncomfortable. By season two, they'd settled in comfortably as brothers. That worked much better for both of them.

Response recorded on May 01, 2017

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Ben writes...

As a geography nerd, I'm curious about where things are on Earth-16 and why. So:

1. Why did you choose Connecticut as opposed to New Jersey (which is, from what I've noticed, the usual-setting for Gotham City)? Any particular reason?
2. What state is Star City located in?
3. What state is Metropolis located in?
4. What state is Fawcett City located in?
5. What state is Dakota City located in?

Thank you for your time, and I'm SO excited for Season Three! :)

Greg responds...

1. Is that what we chose?

2. California.

3. Well, I would have said New York State for both Metropolis and Gotham, but maybe my memory is foggy.

4. I don't think we got specific, but I'm gonna posit Minnesota.

5. Ditto, but I'll posit Michigan.

Response recorded on May 01, 2017

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ThatBoiZero94 writes...

Hey Greg, huge fan of everything you've done. This question is in regards to just Superman himself. In your opinion, what do you think his favorite food, movie and song would be? Thought of this while writing the other day and thought, "Hey, I wonder?" lol thanks for answering!

Greg responds...

For food, I'd guess Apple Pie. But for the rest, your guess is as good as mine.

Response recorded on May 01, 2017

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Kayden writes...

1. How old is Whisper A'Daire?
2. How old is Psycho-Pirate?
Thanks!

Greg responds...

1. Whisper was 22 at the end of Season One.

2. I don't seem to have this information on my timeline.

Response recorded on April 28, 2017

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Novianti Aliasih writes...

Hello Greg! My name is Novi and I am from Indonesia. I am a co-owner of a DC Comics Fan Community in Indonesia, the name is DC Club Indonesia. I just want to know if I can ask you about Young Justice in DC Animated Universe. Your answers would be put in an article on our website. It's like an interview thing. We, Indonesian DC Comics fans, are very curious about the concept of Young Justice from the beginning until the future. So far, DC Club Indonesia is on Instagram and LINE Messenger only. Our website has been hacked as well, but we are trying to fix it. We hope once our website is fixed, we can publish the article. Thank you.

Greg responds...

All requests for interviews on Young Justice have to go through Warner Bros publicity.

Response recorded on April 24, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Why didn't the showers at the Cave have partitions between them? It seems weird that people who wear masks to hide their identities would share an open shower area. There's no privacy in the League when it comes to personal higiene? What about the Team? Did Robin shower with his sunglasses on?

Greg responds...

Robin kept his eyes closed.

Response recorded on April 19, 2017

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Kory writes...

1. When did Aquaman and Mera get married?
2. When is Iris' due date for the twins?
3. On Earth-16, is Vandal Savage considered the first ever cannibal?
4. How old is Wally and Artemis' dog Brucely?
5. Is Wally's sacrificing of himself to save the world public knowledge, or did the League keep it under wraps?

Greg responds...

1. I haven't nailed that down.

2. The September immediately following Season Two.

3. When did you stop beating your wife?

4. He was two in season two.

5. No spoilers.

Response recorded on April 18, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

I'd like to offer an apology.

As you may recall, I was the one who asked why you are no longer working on Rebels. I wouldn't ask someone in real-life why they are no longer working at such-and-such a place, so I shouldn't ask questions like that in an online forum either. I hope that you will accept my apology and won't hold my rudeness against me if we ever meet in person. Believe it or not, I am usually considered a very polite person. I will try in the future to remember that there is an actual person responding to our questions and not a machine.

Now, how old is Zatanna? :)

Greg responds...

1. No worries. Honestly.

2. She was 14 during season one.

Response recorded on April 13, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Greg Weisman,

In "Young Justice," was "Diana Prince" the name that Wonder Woman used only as a "human" secret identity? Was Wonder Woman also ever addressed as "Diana of Themyscira" by herself or other people at any point in time?

Greg responds...

The premise of your question assumes facts not in evidence, and I'm not going to spoil stuff.

Response recorded on April 12, 2017

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Geri Szabo writes...

Hello Greg!
I recently watched the first two season of YJ and purchased the first 2 collections of the YJ comics. I really loved them, good luck on season 3, and if the sales are good enough on the continuation of YJ comic series.
But I have some questions too:
1.) One of my friends told me that he once read an issue called "Face your Fears". But I'm unable to find it anywhere, and it's not part of the collections. Is it still available somewhere? Is that a canon issue too?
2.) We know that both Jay and KF were slower than Barry.. but who is the faster one between Jay and KF? (Jay'speed in his prime, and Wally's speed as of Season 2)

Thank you for your time

Greg responds...

1. That was a giveaway. I think it was written to be canon, but I don't have a copy of it either, which makes it tough for me to include it as canon sometimes... mostly because I keep forgetting that it existed.

2. They were close to even, but I'd tend to give Wally the edge because of modern training methods.

Response recorded on April 12, 2017

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Karends writes...

Hey greg,Just a few questions.
1: What character in Young Justice do you think you're most like?
2: What is your 2 favorite episodes out of the first two seasons of YJ?(one from each)
3: What's your favorite part of being in charge/creator of the show?

Greg responds...

1. Lucas Carr. He sounds like me.

2. Misplaced. Maybe Summit. But I like 'em all.

3. CO-in charge. CO-creator. Couldn't do it without Brandon Vietti, and my favorite part is collaborating with him and the rest of our amazing cast and crew. (My favorite part of the process is the sound mix.)

Response recorded on April 11, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

In the "Young Justice" why was the name "Justice League" chosen for the team of heroes, as opposed to naming themselves the "Justice League of America"?

Greg responds...

Because not all the heroes were American, and because it was an international organization with a United Nations Charter.

Response recorded on April 10, 2017

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C. writes...

Hey, I have a few questions about the upcoming new episodes of YJ that occurred to me (logistical, not going to ask you what it's about obviously).

1. How far (if at all) did you guys get into the planning/writing of S3 before production ended? Had you gotten as far as writing scripts/breaking episodes or was it just sort of general ideas?
2. Do you still plan to move forward more or less with what you came up with during the first round of production or have things sort of morphed in the intervening years?
3. You've said before that you would sort of ideally never end a series definitively (given that life rarely has complete closure, that makes sense to me on a creative level). That being said, is there a particular number of YJ seasons you have roughly planned out, if not fully plotted/outlined (Joss Whedon for instance has said that he originally planned 5-7 seasons for Firefly)?
4. If yes, what is that number (if you're willing to reveal)?

Greg responds...

1. Just general ideas. We did NOT start season three until November of 2016.

2. Both.

3. We had about five when we started. But we keep coming up with more ideas. So we probably still have about five (over and above what we've already done).

4. See above.

Response recorded on April 10, 2017

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Henry J writes...

Hello
i was wondering how do the zeta tubes know where to transport someone because they just walk into it without saying where or entering a destination from what I've read and heard?

Greg responds...

They do enter a destination.

Response recorded on April 10, 2017

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Green Lantern's Nightlight writes...

1. Regarding Alfred's work as a butler. What are his work hours and conditions? He's obviously not a regular butler, as he's not only there whenever Bruce needs him (and all that history of his parents' death), but he's also helping Batman. So, even with all that said, does Alfred live a pretty regular life, considering?
2. How long has James Gordon been on the police force?

Greg responds...

1. No. Nothing at all like a regular life.

2. I haven't done that math.

Response recorded on April 10, 2017

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Dave Paul writes...

It's not a question but thank u for the work on young justice it's put me through hard times thank u so much I can't wait for season 3

Greg responds...

You're very welcome. We're excited for it too.

Response recorded on April 07, 2017

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C. writes...

Hey, YJ questions (so psyched that it's coming back! I really love your adaptation of the DCU)

1. In the universe of Earth-16 (or whatever earth it is now), do Kryptonians age at the same rate as humans? Like, are their life spans comparable?
2. Is the Martian civilization capable of intersteller travel? Could a bioship like Miss Martian's travel between star systems or are they pretty much just planet hoppers?
3. Can Kryptonians and humans produce offspring? It's sort of gone back and forth in the comics whether they're biologically compatible in that way and I'm curious about your thoughts on it (I won't ask if that WILL happen, so I hope it doesn't count as a spoiler).

Thanks so much!

Greg responds...

1. More or less.

2. The Bio-Ship isn't light speed capable. In theory, it could travel between star systems, but it would take a LONG time.

3. Answering the question at all amounts to a potential spoiler.

Response recorded on April 07, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Does the Team attend college? What do they study and when and where do they attend? What jobs are they pursuing if any?

Greg responds...

I've answered this already. Please check the archives. If I've left someone out that you're curious about, you can submit the question with regards to specific individuals. Although, keep in mind, I won't give spoilers.

Response recorded on April 07, 2017

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Natalie writes...

1. If for some reason young justice were to be asked for the DCEU ( in the distant future ) would you be willing to write a script, or would you pass the mantle on to someone else? 2. If you were to pass on the mantle to who would you?

Greg responds...

I don't really understand the question. You mean for a live action feature? If so, I'd want to do it if they'd let me, but I'd lay odds they wouldn't. In any case, it certainly wouldn't be up to me.

Response recorded on April 06, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Now that you implied that season 3 will have LGBT characters and some homophobic intolerant hillbillies are lashing out, are you afraid of losing fans/viewers?

Greg responds...

I haven't implied anything about YJ. In fact, I went out of my way to say I wasn't talking about YJ. But, no, I'm not worried about losing fans. On any series I'm producing or show-running, I have to make the show that my partners and I want to make, that we'd enjoy watching, that we are passionate about. Because if we're not passionate about it, how can we expect any viewer to get passionate about it. So all we can do is make our show and cross our fingers that a quantity of folks like what we're doing. There's no other option.

And, by the way, I'm no more tolerant of you using terms like "hillbillies" to denigrate the homophobic jerks, than I am of them being homophobic. (Unless, you happen to know their names are Billie and they live in hills.) I think it makes it too easy to assume that the people who disagree with you are "other." Unfortunately, that kind of intolerable intolerance exists right among us. It exists among neighbors, friends and family members. Strangers, too, of course. But don't assume an enemy to acceptance exists in places you're not or that none exist in the realms you frequent.

Either none of us are other or all of us are other in our own other ways.

Response recorded on March 28, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Does Lex Luther not like Dr. Desmond? He sounded snappy at Desmond in Episode 2. It even seems to be the only time Luthor lost his cool. And later he blamed him for Superboy's liberation.

Greg responds...

I think he's unimpressed with Desmond's managerial skills.

Response recorded on March 28, 2017

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Lloyd keh writes...

Its brought a joy to my heart seeing Young justice get renewed for a 3rd season, the fans really acknowledged this series a lot ! You also took a big part in YJ return. GgvvvvvvvvbbbbbbbYou gave 3 ways we could help The series get renewed for a 3rd series. Netflix also took part in this great return so I was Wondering How can we get spectacular spiderman to return for a 3rd season. There's been multiple petition People have created and multiple I've signed (including the one on change.org). There's also been a hashtag #MakeSpidermanSpectacularagain & people have been influencing others to buy spectacular spiderman on blu ray & I myself have bought it and been doing the same.. I just wanna know if we are taking a step in the right direction & if we are, is marvel and Disney seeing this? I mean they should be seeing all this. It's been going on for years and last thing , how do u feel about this whole spectacular Spiderman thing ?

Greg responds...

I'd love for Spectacular to come back, and stranger things have happened. But if I'm being honest, I don't see a clear path for it. Buying the BluRays definitely helps - or at any rate doesn't hurt. But Marvel has its own animation studio now (owned by Disney) and is understandably NOT inclined to PAY Sony (which controls the rights to Spectacular) to produce a cartoon based on their signature character. I'm sorry. Believe me.

Response recorded on March 28, 2017

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Adam Rhodes writes...

1. Besides Harm, Despero, Mongol, and Toyman, are there any villains that AREN'T working for the Light, either directly or indirectly?
2. Were the members of the Injustice League chosen individually by the Light, or did Vandal give Vertigo (who seemed to be in charge of IJ) leeway to choose?
3. How does the glamour charm work? For example, if Nightwing were to put on the charm that Artemis used would he have looked like undercover Tigress? Does it take appearance A and completely change it to appearance B or does it make alterations to create appearance A1? As you can tell, I've thought a lot about this.

Thanks and I love your work on Rebels and Young Justice (obviously). And I'm looking forward to reading Rain of the Ghosts!

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. It's a team effort.

3. It depends on the specifics of the spell used.

Response recorded on March 23, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

In your opinion, what countries would be the real life equivalents of Bialya and Qurac?

Greg responds...

I think in the comics they were initially supposed to be semi-fictional (mostly science fictional) versions of Libya and Iraq, respectively. But I've ignored that on Young Justice, allowing each to chart its own course.

Response recorded on March 23, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

How did Dick learn Artemis's secret identity/family history?

Greg responds...

He's a detective. He detected.

Response recorded on March 22, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Im going to test my luck and ask this question. If you think its a spoiler question you dont have to answer it.

Did Barbara learn about Dick's secret identity because she figured it out on her own, circumstances forced someone to tell her, or someone felt compelled to tell her?
Or, if you dont want to be that specific, did someone just tell her?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on March 22, 2017

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Kaley writes...

Was Snapper Carr supposed to have a larger onscreen role in young justice? In the comic book that the series was based off of he had a much larger role,why did you guys change that when you made the animated series?

Greg responds...

The series was NOT based off the 90s Young Justice comic. That was one of MANY influences, of course. But the series was based on the entire DC Universe and 75 years worth of continuity, and the 1960s and 1970s Teen Titans were easily as great an influence on us as the 90s YJ series was.

Lucas Carr's role was exactly what we wanted it to be. Believe me, since I played the part, I would have loved to have given him more screen time. But we gave him as much as fit in our series, given our limited amount of minutes and episodes.

Response recorded on March 22, 2017

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Gemma writes...

How long can a martian bio-ship live?

Greg responds...

Long enough.

Response recorded on March 21, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Did Marie Logan ever,ruffle Megan's hair before our heroes left in ''Image'' or on any later visit's to the sanctuary?

Greg responds...

Do women ruffle women's hair? Seems like something one does to guys not gals. Or is that sexist?

Response recorded on March 21, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

(Hopefully the first question of 2017!)
Anyway, what's the relationship between Wonder Woman and Batman in Young Justice. In Justice League there was a romantic attraction, but in Young Justice Wonder Woman seemed to dislike Batman.

Greg responds...

She doesn't dislike him. Revealing or not revealing anything else would be a spoiler.

Response recorded on March 21, 2017

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Cupid writes...

Pretty much all the romantic relationships on the team are not ones we have seen on the comics. Can you tell us how you guys decided on who would date who?

Greg responds...

I assume you're referring to Young Justice.

I'm not sure I agree with your assessment, as I think many of our relationships (Tula/Garth, Tim/Cassie, Ollie/Dinah, Dick/Barbara, etc) come right from the comics. But in any case, our approach was holistic. We let the characters dictate whom they would love.

Response recorded on March 20, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Do Nightwing and Red Arrow go to college? What subjects do they study? What education do they have?

Greg responds...

Red Arrow may have started college, but as of the end of Season Two, he never finished.

Nightwing did go to college. His education has been eclectic.

Response recorded on March 14, 2017

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Zack writes...

Is the captain atom in young justice as powerful as yj superman? I ask because he is my favorite leaguer.

Greg responds...

I'm not sure what you mean by powerful. They have different power sets with only some overlap.

Response recorded on March 14, 2017

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Finister2 writes...

1) As there were only 5 screens on Manta's sub, which members of the Light were absent from Black Manta's briefing at the end of "Downtime"?
2) Speaking of which, since its been answered that the Light uses multiple screens when communicating, do all members of the Light make an appearance when their operative's report on their missions?
3) If no, do they update each other or are a few of them just really doing "homework" between briefings?
4) If the Brain joined the Light before his and Humanite's 2008 operations, did he start his criminal career before becoming a disembodied brain in a mechanical dome?
5) If yes, did he still call himself "the Brain"?

Greg responds...

1. I don't remember. And I'm not sure your assessment is accurate. Even if you are right, since Manta was one of the seven members, if there were five screens, then only one member was missing.

2. Depends on availability.

3. Either. Both.

4. I'm not confirming your "if". But, yes, he started before he was just a brain in a dome.

5. Yes.

Response recorded on March 13, 2017

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Jurgan writes...

I have a bad habit of getting DVD's as presents or while they're on sale and not watching them for years. Case in point, I just finally watched my Young Justice episodes. I planned to write a review of season one, and I was a little disappointed at how anticlimactic the whole thing was. Then I realized I only had the first twelve episodes. Well, I've got a little time, so I'll write a season 1 part 1 review.

First, background: I was always more of a Marvel guy, and I know practically nothing about the DC universe. Well, I know a lot about Batman's corner thanks to various TV shows, movies, video games (Arkham City is one of the best games of all time), and a few graphic novels. Aside from that, I could tell you a handful of things about Superman and maybe the names of some other characters. So I'm mostly going in blind on this one. I've heard some descriptions of events from fans on S8, but I don't know who Vandal Savage is anyway (some sort of thousand year old caveman, I think?), so spoilers don't mean much. One funny thing, though, is that I usually watch DVD's with subtitles so I don't miss any dialogue, and in the scenes where the mysterious members of The Light talk, the subtitles gave their names. Like: "Vandal Savage: Blah blah blah. Brain: Blah blah blah." That's a pretty embarrassing slip-up.

It's hard to approach an ensemble show, because there are so many characters we have to get to know. Spectacular Spider-Man was about Peter Parker. Gargoyles was about the Manhattan Clan but almost always seen from Goliath's point of view. But there's not really one "main character" on Young Justice. As a result, the show seemed to focus on quirks as a shortcut to characterization. Things like Robin's playing with pronouns, Wally's souvenir collecting, and "Hello, Megan" are helpful to me, as I often have trouble keeping straight who's who in a large cast. On the other hand, it's not exactly depth of characterization. The only one I really connected with was Aqualad and his conflict over where he belonged and whether he should be leader. I kind of liked Superboy's trying to deal with his "father," as well, and the implied budding romance between Wally and Artemis was cute. Red Arrow/Speedy was a jerk, and Crispin Freeman did a good job making me dislike him. There's potential there, for sure, but I'm hoping we plunge a little deeper into the characters in the back half.

As for the story, it's very different depending on whose POV you have. If we only saw the heroes, it would be almost entirely episodic. Each conflict appears to be separate from the others. My favorite episode was probably whichever one where they all get amnesia. I also liked the prison riot and the bit in episode 12 where Robin and Artemis are the only ones not captured, and Artemis has to save the day. There's an old joke about why the Justice League (or the Avengers, for that matter) have "guy with arrows" in a team of the most powerful people on Earth. This episode has the character herself acknowledge that, and have to overcome the resulting feelings of insecurity. On the other hand, from the villains' perspective it's all connected. Most episodes ended with one of your patented "Xanatos Tags," where the villains muse about how they didn't get everything they wanted but still advanced their overall plan. The Light, whatever they are, are gradually taking over more and more, but they're doing it under the radar so as not to bring down the hammer on themselves. So I like the core concept that Young Justice is also a below the radar group to confront them. At this point, though, it's not really clear what they're after, and some of the tags strain plausibility. They staged a prison riot and mass escape attempt just to get Hugo Strange in charge? That seems like overkill. I guess they also wanted some of the prisoners to escape if possible, but only The Riddler did. I'm hoping he gets a moment of glory later in the show.

So far, I'd say this show is good, not great. I enjoyed it, and there was good action and humor, but the whole thing felt kind of inconsequential. I guess that's the problem with reviewing half a season- it's deliberately not a whole story, so there's no way to know what's important and what's not. Hopefully, it all builds to something bigger and more exciting by the end. I know season 2 involves a five year time skip and is called "Invasion," so that certainly has promise. I'll let you know when I've finished the first season, but for now I'd give it a B, or 3 out of 4 stars.

Greg responds...

Okey-doke.

Response recorded on March 10, 2017

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Kreack writes...

How deep is the connection between the League of Shadows and The Light? Is it like a partnership or is the League just another one of their puppets?

Greg responds...

Neither.

The League of Shadows is run by Ra's al Ghul and has been for centuries. Ra's is a member of the Light, so the Shadows are at the Light's disposal through Ra's. So it's not a partnership. But calling them "puppets" doesn't make any sense either.

Response recorded on March 10, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

How smart is Red Arrow? Did he go to college? Did he make his own equipment after going solo? How did he get his equipment after going solo?

Greg responds...

1. I don't know how to quantify this.

2. As of when?

3. Mostly.

4. Combination of making it and purchasing it.

Response recorded on March 10, 2017

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JSA Fan writes...

In Independence Day, the Team's founders were told by their mentors that they couldn't accompany the League in the Wotan mission due to them not being trained to work alongside its members as a larger unit. Does this indicate that new members are trained by the League, in roles of tactical combat, or perhaps the maneuvers used by the Team later on?

Thanks for everything!

Greg responds...

Yes.

Response recorded on March 08, 2017

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Ron writes...

Hey Greg! Before I ask my question, I simply want to give you and the whole YJ crew a bit of appreciation. The animators, writers, producers, voice actors, and anyone who worked on this show did an amazing job. I have never watched a series I have loved more than this. I thought Justice League/JLU would be my all-time favorite, but not anymore. I love the animation, the writing, the characters, the relations, and everything else. I love Wally and Artemis together, I love the idea of Blue and Impulse together (fans have convinced me haha), I love Superboy, and everything else on this show. Anyways, I have a couple questions.

1. What are your favorite episodes of Young Justice and why?
2. Some people say the time jump was a mistake. What do you think about that?

3. How excited are you to work on Young Justice again?

Best of love from me! Also, #WeLiveAgain for Gargoyles!

Greg responds...

1. I kinda like them all. I guess my single favorite is "Misplaced" because I like the numerous tonal shifts and the relatively sophisticated structure.

2. What do you think I think?

3. Very.

Response recorded on March 03, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Rocket tells Robin Wonder Woman couldn't escape her force bubble if she kept punching it. Does it mean she could escape if she did nothing? How does that work?

Greg responds...

It doesn't mean she could escape if she did nothing. Rocket was merely making the point that Wonder Woman was fueling it with the kinetic energy she was releasing.

Response recorded on March 02, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Can you give us some details about the Amulet of Aten? Who created it? What for? What can it do?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on March 02, 2017

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Esra Karacay writes...

Hi, and thank you for taking time :) why didn't air YJ in Germany? Or would be there at lesst some german subtitles within a DVD release in Germany? Pls can you do Fans from Germany a favour: DON'T FORGET US over here and bring YJ to Germany, too, please! :)

Greg responds...

I'm sorry, but all those questions and requests are way above my pay grade. They don't tell me anything about international distribution at all. And I have no control over it either. Wish I did. I'd make sure EVERYBODY in the world had it!

Response recorded on March 01, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Hi Greg Weisman there was always something that kinda bugged me when I rewatched the show. In season one Robin didn't use stealth tech which made sense because he was trained in stealth. You also mentioned Jason probably didn't in one post and i don't remember what you said about Batgirl but my question is simply this.
A. In True Colors is their a in universe reason for Robin to use stealth tech if he is already trained in stealth. Thanks man for your future reply and congrats on Season Three. :)

Greg responds...

Did he use it in True Colors? I don't recall.

Response recorded on March 01, 2017

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El Papagayo writes...

What martial arts does Batman know? (Not just how many, but if possible which specific ones) What about Nightwing, Robin (Tim) and Batgirl?
Also, while rewatching YJ, I realized that Mr. Twister was the first Teen Titans villain. Was that intentional?
Lastly, I just want to say that I liked how YJ incorporated pre-Crisis homages while also modernizing the DC universe creating something both amazing and unique. Thanks for answering!

Greg responds...

1. I don't know.

2. Yes.

3. You're welcome. Thanks for watching.

Response recorded on March 01, 2017

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Yojimbo writes...

On Young Justice, Batman was the leader of the Justice League in Team Year Zero (or YJ season 1).

1) Was the first episode of season 1 Batman's first day of his tenure as leader of the Justice League in Team Year Zero?

2) Who were the leaders of the Justice League during the time skip between season 1 and season 2/Invasion besides Captain Atom in Team Year Five (or in other words, who was the leader of the Justice League in Team Year One, Two, Three, and Four)?

3) Who were the leaders of the Justice League before the formation of the Team (or in other words - Team Year Minus One, Minus Two, Minus Three, Minus Four, Minus Five, and Minus Six)?

Greg responds...

1. No.

2. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on February 28, 2017

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Just Some Guy writes...

Hi Greg,
I have some questions regarding Young Justice.
1) I heard you changed your position on the speedforce. Just to be clear, does it actually exist in the Young Justice universe?
2) Why did you choose the same voice actor that did Robin's voice in season 1 (Jesse Mccartney) to do Nightwing's voice?

Greg responds...

1. I don't know that I changed my position as opposed to nuanced it slightly. And even that I did years ago. I'm still not a big fan of the concept. But instead of saying/claiming it doesn't exist, I took a couple steps back and said that no one on Earth-16 has heard of the Speed-Force. Whether or not it "exists" becomes a SPOILER REQUEST.

2. Cuz it's the same person, the same character, i.e. Dick Grayson. Was that not clear? That's like asking why did I chose Nolan North to play Superboy in Season One AND in Season Two. Why in the world would I change actors?

Response recorded on February 28, 2017

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ClarkeC writes...

Hey Mr.Weisman, managed to check out Starbrand and Nightmask and it was pretty good to no one's surprise. Also congrats on a season 3 of Young Justice. I just have two questions regarding that show.
1. You mentioned that there was both a timeline(that only you and Brandon are privy to) and a series bible(with details like Vandal Savage being Attila
the Hun supposedly). In the context of Young Justice, is their a difference or are they more or less the same.
2. You mentioned on this site that you used post cards and a giant billboards with different cards with different colors to establish certain dialogue or plot points. Do you also use them for events off screen such during the time skip or prior to the series?
Thanks in advance for time.

Greg responds...

1. They are two different documents. I'm constantly updating the timeline. The bible, I haven't looked at in five years.

2. Index cards, not post cards. And, yes, sometimes.

Response recorded on February 28, 2017

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Megan writes...

Would it be fair to describe Wally's relationship with Artemis on Young Justice as being an unhealthy one for him? Because as much as I loved Artemis as a character, I failed to see what Wally got out of their relationship that could have been considered beneficial for him over the course of the series. It appeared the entire basis of their relationship as it was portrayed on the show was Wally doing all the work and making all the concessions because only Artemis' wants and needs really mattered within it.

Wally was shown to take the initiative to tell her she was beautiful, tell her she was brilliant, tell her she had nothing to prove, take her hand in support, stand up for her, and show complete trust & faith in her at various points in the episodes "Bereft" & "Insecurity" during the first season to combat her insecurities and their rough beginnings while Artemis was only really shown to think he was a joke and treated him as such unless he was propping her up. Even when the show was having Kent Nelson nudge Wally in her direction in "Denial" she was only shown to think and expect the worst of him in the episode.

So where Wally was shown to like and accept Artemis for who she was by the end of the season, I thought Artemis was just going to reinforce whatever doubts and insecurities he had about himself based on her never being shown to like anything about him on a personal level and their interactions. I just didn't see how her constantly belittling, criticizing, and expecting the worst of him like she was shown to do was a solid foundation for a healthy relationship given his own apparent insecurities. The only thing Artemis was shown to accept was that he thought she was great.

The second season appeared to follow a similar strategy. Wally was once again doing the heavy lifting and making sacrifices for Artemis because she was important to him while she was off "having fun" doing the hero thing like she wanted to do. It wasn't until she began feeling sorry for herself after things had taken a turn for the worse on the mission that she started to doubt her choice if what she said was to be believed. It would have been one thing if she was shown to care about what she was putting Wally through or about what he wanted, but it appeared she only cared about what was best for her in the grand scheme of things.

That was why I thought Wally came across as being more of a tool Artemis could use or toss away depending on what was convenient for her at the time than he did as her partner since there never appeared to be anything equal about their relationship on the show. Wally ended up being an ineffective plot device since Artemis was never really shown to have any real attachment to him or their relationship beyond what he/it could do for her. I know you have said Artemis supposedly loved him, but her actions and the choices she was shown to make over the course of the series made it feel like the show forced her into a relationship her character wanted absolutely nothing to be with. I couldn't help but think Wally deserved better than that.

Greg responds...

Well, I mean I obviously disagree strenuously with nearly everything you've written above. I'm not even sure how to respond to this.

But here are a few examples to refute your arguments:
*Artemis clearly knew she liked Wally long before he realized he liked her.
*She shows her love and care for him the night he comes back from trying to talk to the clone Roy Harper.
*She feels horribly guilty for leaving Wally and risking what they had.

She's not perfect. Neither is he. But they seemed like a great couple to me. And I certainly don't see him as a "plot device" for her. He's a character in his own right. So is she. At least that's my opinion. And it seems to be the opinion of the majority of the fans, who worship at the Spitfire altar. And while that proves nothing, it does suggest that we were more successful demonstrating my take on things than you indicate.

But your mileage may vary. I can't make you change your mind if you're not feeling it. But you're hardly going to make me change my mind either.

It might have helped if we hadn't cut the dialogue in "Endgame" where he says he wants to come out of retirement and go back to the hero life. Have it all with her. We cut it because we thought it telegraphed his death too much. But maybe that was a mistake. It might have changed things a touch for you. Or not. Probably not. But <shrug>, that's all I can think of that we might have done differently. I'm pretty happy with what got on screen.

Response recorded on February 27, 2017

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Thomas writes...

Because the Y.J universe is so interesting

1: Why did Dan Garrett never join the JSA?

2: Just to confirm, the Joker fights Batman primarily right? As this universe is unique, he might be Green Arrow's problem.

3: How many superheroes are based in areas outside of the United States?

4: Did Lex and Clark know each other prior to Clark taking up the cape?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. He might be. (He's not, but he might be.) No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on February 22, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

First off I would like to say how much I enjoy the tv show Young Justice. I love DC Universe in general and the tv show Young Justice is one of my favorites out of all of them. I was very excited to hear the announcement for the third season. I can't wait to see what your team will come up with! Don't worry I wont ask for spoilers. I read the other comments. I know how you feel about them. But I do have a question. The show doesn't give much on the life of Batman and Robin but there are hints that Bruce is more of a father to Dick at least in his own way. This isn't the case in a lot of other tv shows. In most versions Robin ends up growing apart from Batman. Granted, we don't know what happened in the 5 year skip and I wont ask. But Batman does treat Nightwing as more of a partner. Is there a specific reason for this? Or and I'm going to go on a limb here and may or may not answer my own question, is it because you wanted to focus on the team?

Greg responds...

Well, of course we want to focus on the Team. But we also interpreted the Batman/Robin/Nightwing relationship as a solid one. In my opinion, Dick doesn't have to be estranged from Batman to grow up.

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Kolty writes...

So in Young Justice, you cast Bruce Greenwood as Batman, but not John DiMaggio as the Joker. Any reason on ditching that match-up? I find it amusing.

Greg responds...

I don't know why it's amusing. We weren't/aren't in continuity with the Red Hood movie. But we felt Bruce was right for our Batman, and that John's interpretation of Joker wasn't right for our version of the character. Love John's work, however, as any fan of The Spectacular Spider-Man must know.

Response recorded on February 21, 2017

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ShadowKiller2000 writes...

Hi Greg,
I recently finished watching Young Justice and loved it and I have some questions.
1) What was your favorite episode?
2)When did you start reading DC comics? Did you grow up reading them or is it just something you read before the production of the show?

Greg responds...

1. I kinda love them all. But if I had to pick just one, it would probably be "Misplaced."

2. I grew up reading DC and Marvel comics since I was a little kid.

Response recorded on February 21, 2017

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Kevin writes...

1. Did Vandal Savage have multiple children over the years to improve the human race? I am aware he had named children in the comics and I am not asking if they will appear just in general did he decide to improve the human race with his bloodline over the years?
2. Does Vandal Savage have the potential to know every single language since he was born before civilization
3. His incarnation in Young Justice is much more cerebral and more restrained then his previous portrayals what made you decide to go in this direction with the character? In my opinion it should be the standard how you portray lead antagonists.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. Potentially, all Earth languages, yes.

3. It felt right and true to the character.

Response recorded on February 16, 2017

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Kevin writes...

1. When Klarion called Zatanna spells' baby magic was he referring to her way of using magic speaking backwards or spoken magic in general?
2. Why would some magic users call themselves wizards or witches as opposed to sorcerers or sorceresses for example Wizard as a wizard and Wotan as a sorcerer?
3. How did Kent Nelson get away from Doctor Fate's control since the good doctor seems to be very strict with free will when it comes to fighting Chaos?

Greg responds...

1. Mostly neither, but maybe a little of the former.

2. I'm gonna say that you need to ask them. These may all be synonyms of a sort in the Earth-16 universe.

3. In those days, he took off the helmet after a mission. One day, he just never put it back on.

Response recorded on February 16, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

I have a question about superboy, and I'm sorry if my english is messed up, english is not my native language. I watched and readed all young justice data, and after that I couldn't help but think that superboy is too weak if we compare with the others. I mean, not in terms of power and all, but all the ex-sidekicks had their evolution in some aspects, but superboy was not that good in aspect of evolution, after all, his condition kind of prevents him to get stronger, and I think anyone who watched yj may think that way. On top of that, even wonder girl seems to be as strong as him (or almost), and has her bracelets, lasso and flight. My question is not if he will get stronger (or not) because it would be a spoiler question, but I want to know your opinion about the last superboy that was shown. Do you agree that Superboy was shown a little weak? If not, why do you think that way? i'm not asking you as a creator, but as a viewer, so please, give your opinion about it.

Greg responds...

If by "evolution" you're ONLY talking about his super-powers, than I'll just say he is what he is. He's stronger and more invulnerable than Wonder Girl. But she does have other abilities. He's had extensive martial arts training and can still leap tall buildings in a single bound (more or less). But we're not looking to power him up or over-power him.

As to him being weak: no. I don't think he's weak at all. I don't know why you'd think that.

And, of course, I do think he's evolved a TON as a character. Probably more than anyone else.

Response recorded on February 15, 2017

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Bat-Mite writes...

How smart is Batman? What college degrees does he have? Which subjects does he have degrees in?

Greg responds...

He's smart.

I'm guessing, Bruce Wayne has a B.A. of some kind. And I'm guessing that's all he has, officially. But that doesn't mean he hasn't studied up on a number of subjects that he has no college degree for.

And, by the way, I assume we're talking about YJ's version of Batman. Because otherwise, I'm no more qualified to make pronouncements about him than you or anyone is.

Response recorded on February 14, 2017

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Paul writes...

Hi Greg,
I've heard somewhere (I don't remember where) that Sportsmaster was supposed to have the ability to copy people's fighting styles after watching them (or something along those lines), but I haven't been able to find any source about that. Can you confirm or deny this?

Greg responds...

Nope. Can't confirm or deny. Which doesn't mean it didn't appear in some comic or other. Doesn't mean it did, either.

Response recorded on February 14, 2017

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KOBreezy521 writes...

Hello Greg!

Thank you for all the great work you have supplied to my childhood and young adult life! YJ was a Saturday tradition with my cousins at my great-grandmother's house (even after some of us graduated high school).

Ok I apologize in advance if this has been asked and answered, but..during their encounter in "Infiltrators" was this the first time Artemis has seen Jade since Jade left?

I love their dynamic throughout the series, and look forward to seeing their developments going into Season 3.

And with that: Congratulations on Season 3! Thank you to you and your team for working with the Fandom to be able to see these guys back in action!!!
(Keeping my fingers crossed for more Spitfire, but no Spoiler request here)

Greg responds...

I'm not going to reveal whether or not it was the first time they had laid eyes on each other, but clearly Artemis didn't know about Jade's Cheshire identity.

Response recorded on February 14, 2017

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Paul writes...

1) Hi Greg, now that season 3 is a go, can I just ask: is Troia off-limits again (like she was when you started work on Young Justice), or is she still a character that you can use (should you choose to)?

2) In theory, would DC's insistence on calling Captain Marvel Shazam impact on your use of him or the Marvel Family in future episodes? To put it another way, would the Marvel Family still be called the Marvel Family?

Greg responds...

1. I'll reiterate what I've already revealed. Troia was off limits only at the very beginning of Season One. So we never considered using her in that season. Partway through the season, we were told she was now available, but by that time all our plans for Season One had solidified and it was too late to include her. We had planned on including her in Season Two, at both Raquel's wedding shower and in the final mission against the Reach MFDs. But production concerns - not enough hours in the day - made that impossible. I won't address whether we plan to use her in Season Three, but I will say that as far as I know, there are no off limits characters. At any rate, no one we've asked to use has been vetoed.

2. Have we EVER called them the Marvel Family?

Response recorded on February 14, 2017

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Thomas the Liberal writes...

So thrilled that the show is back. Between the Pokemon spoilers and the election results this is a nice glimmer of hope.

Okay, let's see if I can set up non-spoiler ridden questions.

1: Does the Flash Museum exist in Earth 16? Do any other heroes have museums other than perhaps the justice league's public base?

2: So how did Jay's semi retirement work? Did he not actively patrol the city like a active hero, but would react if he hears about a fire or something?

3: Did any other Society members semi-retire like Jay did?

4: Have the Kent parents ever met other Justice League members?

5: Whose the best dancer in the Justice League?

Greg responds...

1. I'm thinking no.

2. More or less. Or come out when he felt needed.

3. No spoilers.

4. Ever? Probably.

5. Snapper Carr, of course.

Response recorded on February 13, 2017

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Paul writes...

First, I'm very excited that Young Justice is getting a third season!
Second, I've been wondering about this for a while, but the third season prompted me to ask. As Tigress, Artemis uses different weapons (like a sword) and more close quarters combat than she did before-she's more like Cheshire in that sense. Was Artemis trained the same way as Cheshire, or did they have different specialties from the beginning

And this might be a spoiler, but is it safe to say that Artemis is on Cheshire's level now? She wasn't in Season 1, but with age and more experience, are they pretty comparable?

Thanks

Greg responds...

1. So are we.

2. Artemis and Jade were both trained similarly by their father, at least initially, but they had different specialties. Artemis (relative) lack of physical strength as a pre-teen and teenager, made archery a good choice for her.

3. We'll have to see if they ever have reason to test your theory...

Response recorded on February 13, 2017

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Steven writes...

1. Hey Greg, I've heard you ask what makes the Speed Force a special case, and why is there a speed force but not a strength force, etc. This is because the Speed Force isn't the force behind all speed and momentum in the universe. It is an extra-dimensional energy field that grants some people a connection to it's energy, giving them speed based powers. This is why people like superman are not connected to the speed force even though they have super speed. The Speed Force selects certain individuals. Not sure if this will help you understand the concept of the Speed Force any more than you already do, but I hope it did.

2. Does Deathstroke have any form of enhanced strength, speed, durability, agility, etc, like he does in the comics?

Greg responds...

1. It STILL seems arbitrary. Why not a STRENGTH FORCE that chooses specific folks to have strength? An ACCURACY FORCE that chooses specific people to be great archers? It doesn't change any of my arguments against. But, hell, what do I know? When the concept of the meta-gene was first introduced to DC Comics, I had a similar negative reaction to the creation of something that explained something that required no explanation. And now the meta-gene is ALL OVER YJ. Does that make me a hyprocrite or someone who's opinion is constantly evolving... if slowly?

2. No spoilers.

Response recorded on January 30, 2017

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Kira writes...

Why did JUSTICE League let BILLY stay a member after they found out he was ten years old?

Greg responds...

Presumably, because enough of the members were sympathetic enough to his desire to stay in the League that their votes won out over them being responsible.

Response recorded on January 30, 2017

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Todd Jensen writes...

I thought I'd tell you that I enjoyed your recent response to the question about how the Martians in "Young Justice" feel about depictions of Martians in human pop culture as invaders (whether H. G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" and its movie adaptations or Marvin the Martian in "Looney Tunes") - especially the bit about Martian Manhunter being bewildered by the title of "Life on Mars". It reminded me of my occasional musings over how Goliath and his clan must have responded to the way that gargoyles are depicted in pop culture - generally the bad guys (particularly in "Dungeons and Dragons"-type fantasy role-playing games) - with more sympathetic portrayals being much rarer (though I've seen a few outside the series, such as the Ultima computer games or the children's picture book "God Bless the Gargoyles"). (Though I won't ask you about the details of the Manhattan clan's response, since those probably fall in the "no spoilers" category.)

Greg responds...

Yeah, it's always interesting (if somewhat dicey) to start playing those meta-fictional games. How does Dr. Watson's published accounts of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes effect his life and methods, etc.

Response recorded on January 30, 2017

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Bat-Mite writes...

Did the Joker kill Jason Todd?

Greg responds...

I assume you're asking about YJ. In which case... No spoilers.

Response recorded on January 25, 2017

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Phil Anderson writes...

Grand Rapids Comic-Con Journal
October 21-23, 2016

This past weekend I spent three days at the Grand Rapids Comic Con where I finally got my chance to meet Greg Weisman. I've been following him at Station 8 for almost twenty years, but I never made it to any of the Gatherings so I had never met him in person before.

After weeks of anticipation Friday came. I took the afternoon off work and set out for the convention center, ten minutes from my house. Comic Con is a different world; there were a lot of people wearing costumes, some quite impressive and others not so much. Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad version) is the most popular this year.

I grabbed a program, checked the map, and made a beeline for Greg's table. I arrived to find him talking to a Penguin. (Not the flightless Antarctic bird, but a man in a tuxedo wearing a pointy rubber nose and carrying an umbrella.) I circled around a few times, watching for my opportunity while trying to remain inconspicuous. The Penguin and his friend finally walked away and I stepped up to the table.

"Hi, I'm Phil," I said.

"Hi Phil," he replied. He pointed out the scripts, books, and posters he had for sale. "Let me know if you have any questions." (Do I have questions?!)

He was responding to an important text on his phone, so I hesitated for a moment. "I'm a big fan. I've been following you on Ask Greg at Station 8 for almost twenty years."

He looked up at me. "Oh, you're *that* Phil." He shook my hand.

I don't remember what I said next. Something fanboy-ish, I'm sure. He smiled. I didn't know what to say next. He didn't seem to know what to say. It was awkward. Very awkward.

I told him I would see him again soon, since I had a lot of stuff for him to sign, and walked away. Then I remembered that I wanted a picture to send my daughters (who were driving home from college to meet Greg on Saturday) so I went back. He came out from behind his table and we took a selfie. He looks a little uncertain in the picture.

After walking around a little more, I left to pick up my teenage son, Henry, from school and bring him back to the Con with me. We explored together, commenting on the interesting and the weird. He seemed a little overwhelmed.

We passed by Greg's table again and met Mara, who was there with Greg. She was easier to talk to than Greg. I introduced Henry, and mentioned that he was a fan of Young Justice. Greg told us about the Young Justice presentation he was doing that evening. Henry looked over the scripts and art prints Greg was selling and determined how much money he would need to bring the next day. Then we continued on our way. It was less awkward this time.

Henry and I went to the Young Justice presentation. To be honest, Young Justice never grabbed me, despite Greg's involvement. (I'm more of a Marvel fan.) But it was enjoyable nonetheless. Greg is much more personable and engaging in front of a group. He talked about the strategy for getting Season 3: binge watch Netflix and buy the comics online (so WB sees the money).

After that, the Con was winding down for the night, so we drove home. Henry asked to watch Young Justice again on Netflix that night, but there was homework and housework to do. He also asked how he could get the Young Justice comics in time for Greg to autograph them.

Late that night my two oldest daughters arrived home from college with five friends. Saturday morning eleven of us were ready for Comic Con (my wife and I, our four kids [three daughters and a son], and five college friends). My girls all wanted to dress up, but there was a bit of conflict over who would be what character. The older and younger ended up both going as Elisa Maza, while the middle one painted a blue fox tattoo around her eye. Henry was planning to wear a Star Wars T-shirt and carry a lightsaber, but his sisters pressured him into painting three red stripes on his face and going as Young Gillecomgain. My oldest daughter's boyfriend wore a Gargoyles T-shirt that we later realized was not official merchandise. We were ready to go.

Upon entering Comic Con on Saturday we headed straight for Greg's table. I introduced my family and Greg seemed a little overwhelmed. My daughters were all speechless and my oldest gave a fangirl squeal. My wife (who only came along so she wouldn't have to spend the day at home alone) asked Greg about his convention schedule and how many he goes to each year. They had a normal conversation, no awkwardness at all.

During the course of the day we stopped back at Greg's table several times. We bought books and scripts and art prints. We had him sign stuff we brought from home: DVDs, comics, a Gargoyles picture book, and printouts of "Three Brothers" and "Hyppolyta" (which Greg said he had never signed before). I tried to get some clarification on the Percival/Duval/Peredur relationship, but all Greg would say is "All things are true."

We went to a panel that afternoon led by Comfort Love and Adam Withers. Greg was participating and when we trooped in a few minutes before it started he pointed us out to his fellow panelists. Later in the day when we walked by Comfort and Adam's table she recognized us as "Greg's posse" which my daughter thought was the best moment of the day.

We couldn't make it Sunday morning, so I missed Greg's presentation on "TV Production from Beginning to End" but I was there in the afternoon in time for another panel with Comfort and Adam. After the panel Greg had to leave soon to catch his flight, so I hurried to his table to buy a couple more things and shake his hand one more time.

Overall it was a fun weekend. Greg Weisman is a celebrity at my house and it was great to meet him. Each time I stopped at his table it was a little less awkward, and I enjoyed talking to him. I still have a lot of questions, but none that I actually wanted him to answer in person. I don't just want to know what happens next, I want to see/read/experience it. So here's hoping for more Greg and more Gargoyles in some form, someday.

Greg responds...

From your lips...

It was great meeting you in person. I hope I wasn't QUITE so awkward or unapproachable. I am better in front of an audience than I am at making small talk. But I get by. :)

Response recorded on January 25, 2017

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Algernon writes...

I don't usually ask YJ questions but I just gotta know something...

What exactly is a Ma'alefa'ak?

Greg responds...

A rabid beast on Mars.

Response recorded on January 25, 2017

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RobinFan writes...

Hi, Mr. Weisman. I've got some questions about YJ.

1) How can Commissioner Gordon afford to have Barbara in a private academy?
2) Does Barbara have any siblings?
3) Are any of the 2 Roy Harpers the chick magnet he is in the comics?
4) Does Conner Kent have a second name?
5) Did Wally and Artemis stay together during the 5 year time jump, or did they ever "take a break"?

Greg responds...

1. Scholarship.

2. Nope.

3. Well, clone Roy seemed pretty magnetic to Cheshire.

4. You mean, like, Superboy?

5. No spoilers.

Response recorded on January 23, 2017

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R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer

Just a few words about Miguel Ferrer, who passed away yesterday. I won't pretend I knew him very well, but he was always a pleasure to have in the booth. He was the voice of Silvio "Silvermane" Manfredi on The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Bo "Bibbo" Bibbowski and Tribune #1 on Young Justice.

Did I forget anything? Oh, yes. His brilliant portrayal of Vandal Savage in Young Justice, making him one of the most interesting and complex hero/villains I've ever had the pleasure of working on.

His talent - both in material I was involved in and in the many, many things I simply watched as a fan - was immense.

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Jon Winsil writes...

Dear Mr Weisman,
I would like to thank you for all the great work you have done in past, and I look foward, as I'm sure many of us do, to seeing it being continued. I would like to, in my question, both ask, as well as show my support and desire for a continuation of the Young Justice series. I really hope that the series will be continued, as many of us do - the statistics around the reception of the show speak for themselves. My question, is as follows:
Why (and I personally belive that this is one of the many reasons why it was so good) did the team behind The Team choose to introduce a heavy emphasis on the interpersonal relationships and the back story's of each character?
Thank you for considering my question,
Kind regards, a loyal fan of Young Justice

Greg responds...

Well, as you probably know by now, we're at work on Season Three.

But I'll admit to being a bit mystified by your question. What else would we deal with INSTEAD of "the interpersonal relationships and the back story's of each character"?

Response recorded on January 17, 2017

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Dane writes...

Hey, got some more questions for this awesome show.
1. What is Icicle Jr.'s ethnicity?
2. Did it annoy Tommy when Junior hit on Tuppence?
3. Every time he hit on Tuppence (in Darkest) or Miss Martian (in Terrors) did he not realize that they weren't interested in him at all or did he just pretend not to notice? Sometimes it seemed like he was absolutely oblivious, even when Miss Martian clearly pulled a face at him in the prison bus or when Tuppence crushed his hand he didn't seem to be discouraged by that.
4. Does the Manta Flyer require at least five people to operate it, or could Kaldur and Tigress have controlled it even with fewer crew members?
5. Cameron seemed to know his way around technology. Did Senior teach him a thing or two growing up, because in the video game Cam was able to operate the machine to retrieve the artifact from the ice?

Greg responds...

1. Um... he's a white dude.

2. Not as much as it annoyed Tuppence.

3. Oblivious sounds about right.

4. It only requires one.

5. He's learned what he needs to know. I doubt Icicle Sr. taught him much about tech. My son teaches me, not the other way around.

Response recorded on January 16, 2017

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Jack writes...

Hey Greg!
1) What was Mister Twister's connection to the Light? Had the Brain not mentioned him I would have assumed T.O. Morrow was operating independently.

2) In a few of the Light's earlier appearances (where their faces are obscured) there are more screens on the wall than there are members. Was this an animation error or a deliberate choice in order to make their identities more cryptic (to both the audience and other characters)?

3) In issue 11 of the YJ comic, Ra's al Ghul's plan is to use a rocket to pretty much wipe out civilization. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Light's plan to put the human race in a high position on a galactic level, and allow humanity to evolve to its highest level? Doesn't Ra's and Talia's plan seem counterproductive, then?

Thanks for continuing to make quality cartoons! I'm always looking forward to your next projects.

Greg responds...

1. Stikk worked for Morrow. Morrow was an associate of the Light's. As you may recall, Klarion was expecting to work with Morrow on the Starro Tech, but got Ivo instead.

2. Neither.

3. Well, first off, it was never Talia's plan. Second off, Vandal's mandate is survival of the fittest. If Ra's successfully killed off much of the population, all the fittest of who remained would survive and be stronger for it, right? (Keep in mind, I'm not actually advocating this approach, but...)

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Could the characters in Young Justice swear in a foreign language? i.e. Could Dorado have said "boludo"?

Greg responds...

You mean for foreign television? I doubt it.

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Greg Weisman,

In Young Justice, Atlantis is the size of a small continent that consists of a capital city and a number of city-states (6 were named, but are there more?).

A. Please show us what an underwater map of Atlantis would look like and where the capital city and the city-states would exactly be located on such a map...?

B. Also, what specific types of Atlanteans live in each city-state (considering the comics only mentioned they were divided between pure and impure; with no other specific details)...?

Greg responds...

1. I've got seven city states that I know of. Whether or not there are any more is a spoiler.

A. Assuming I had a map, which I don't, HOW am I supposed to post one here? This is a text only site.

B. If you have our YJ companion comics, you have hints of that already. (More hints in the comics than in the series.) Otherwise, I'm not going to offer up spoilers.

Response recorded on January 13, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

hi Greg i love young justice and i love what you did with certain characters and i wanted to ask you about beast boy

1) did he get his powers from miss martian? if so who does he only have the power of transforming into animals and not anything else and why doesn't he have any other powers?
2) if he did get his powers from miss martian why is he green? since she is actually a white martian?

3) and basically overall where does he get his powers from?

Greg responds...

1. What you saw is what you saw. Anything beyond that would be a spoiler.

1a. No spoilers.

1b. No spoilers.

2. She was posing as green at the time, and her shape-shifting takes place at the cellular level.

3. You saw what you saw. Beyond that, no spoilers.

Response recorded on January 10, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

Hello mr Weiseman. first of all i just wanted to say that i loved young justice and i watch it all the time on netflix, gotta keep binging am i right? anyway i wanted to ask you a few things, is superboy as strong as superman? if not how strong is superboy?

if you answer this thank you for answering

Greg responds...

1. No.

2. Very strong.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

What was the policy regarding drugs, guns and alcohol when making Young Justice? I remember Luthor and Ra's al Ghul making a toast with some liquor, but could you show an adult hero drinking beer? Could you show one of the kids in the Team using a gun?

Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

I don't know. Neither of those examples (or anything remotely like them) were things we asked to do or tried to do. Basically, however, we just did what we wanted and were offered no resistance. The glaring exception was that we were told we couldn't depict an openly homosexual relationship back then, which was extremely frustrating. This was a question I asked in a vacuum, by the way. We didn't attach the question to any two specific characters.

Response recorded on January 04, 2017

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RobinFan writes...

Hi, Mr. Weisman. Fan of YJ. Hope we get a 3th season one day.

1. Has Batman ever hit any of his protégés?
2. Who trained Sportsmaster?
3. Was Jason Todd a natural redhead?

Greg responds...

1. He's trained with them. So if you're counting them sparring together, than I guess so. But he's never hit one in anger or been abusive.

2. RecreationMaster!*

3. I'm not giving out any info on Jason or anyone that isn't obvious from what's already aired or been in the comics.

*I don't know who trained Sportsmaster. But if I knew, I wouldn't tell you. Cuz that would be a spoiler.

Response recorded on December 22, 2016

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Andres Escobar writes...

Simple question what are you currently working on as it is hard to follow sometimes and if you can talk or more specifically write about it what will you be working on that you know? Ohh and where can we watch it , or if read it when is it coming out or where can we find it I know you were writing a comic for Marvel I could never find it in several comic book stores.

Greg responds...

Right now, I am working on two things. The third season of YOUNG JUSTICE and the second novel in the WORLD OF WARCRAFT: TRAVELER series.

We don't yet know where Season Three of YJ will air, but you can view Seasons One and Two on Netflix, on iTunes or on DVD or BluRay.

The second WARCRAFT book should come out in bookstores (including online bookstores) next November.

Prior to that, I was working on the second and third seasons of SHIMMER AND SHINE. Season Two is currently airing on Nick Jr.

I also wrote the first book in the WORLD OF WARCRAFT: TRAVELER series, which is currently available at bookstores (and online bookstores).

There's also my two novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, both of which are currently available at bookstores and online bookstores.

Then there's the AudioPlay version of RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, which is currently available for download at Gumroad.com/RainoftheGhosts.

I recently co-plotted a CAPTAIN ATOM miniseries with Cary Bates, illustrated by Will Conrad. It will be available this January, 2017 from anyplace that sells comic books, including the DC Comics App, Comixology and iTunes.

Last year, I wrote the twelve issue STAR WARS KANAN series for Lucasfilm and Marvel. Those are available either as single issues, as two trades (STAR WARS KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN and STAR WARS KANAN: FIRST BLOOD) or as an omnibus, again at Bookstores, online Bookstores, comic book stores and from the Marvel Comics App, Comixology or iTunes.

Finally, I also wrote the six issue STARBRAND AND NIGHTMASK for Marvel Comics, available as single issues or as one trade (STARBRAND AND NIGHTMASK: ETERNITY'S CHILDREN [Attend University]), which AGAIN is available at bookstores, online bookstores, comic book stores, the Marvel Comics App, Comixology or iTunes.

Whew! I think that's it! Thanks for asking!

Response recorded on December 21, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

What spell did Zatara use in Failsafe?

Greg responds...

I've posted all these already. Check the archives. Or check the YJ Wiki: http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Failsafe

Response recorded on December 20, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

How do the members of The Light contact each other, aside from the conference calls? Cell phones, comlinks?

Greg responds...

Carrier pigeon. You name it.

Response recorded on December 19, 2016

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SuperMartian89 writes...

I've noticed that there seemed to be an underlying theme of issues with fathers/paternal figures: Superboy with Superman, Artemis with Sportscaster in S1. Aqualad with Black Manta and Artemis again. Is that deliberate?

Greg responds...

It comes out of character, but we don't avoid it.

Response recorded on December 19, 2016

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Why didn't SpecSpidey or YJ have "Previously On" segments? Was it a network or production decision?

Greg responds...

I'm vehemently against using them. I learned painfully from Gargoyles that they actually have the opposite effect then one would think.

Instead of acting as small reminders or hints, they convince people that they've missed too much to join the series now. They were never necessary. Everything you truly NEED to know to enjoy a given episode is spelled out in one way or another within the episode itself.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Doesn't writes is incorrect. The correct form is don't write or writes...

(Nailed it!)

How many pouches can Batman and Robin's utility belts carry?

Greg responds...

Pouches?

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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The Other GW writes...

1- You've said that Wotan's blotting out of the sun was a distraction to lure the League AWAY from Cadmus, at the Light's behest. But what was his "cover story"? That is, what was the reason he gave the League to do so, if he gave one at all.
2- Was Robin, Aqualad and KF's dna REALLY destroyed in "Fireworks"?
3- What do the Forever People shout to transform into Infinity Man and what does it mean?

Greg responds...

1. Does he really need to cooperate?

2. Why would you think otherwise?

3. "Tarru!" It's a New Genesian word that means, "It's time to change into Infinity-Man." ;) Seriously, that's from the comics. I never thought to ask what it means, so I guess I don't know.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Fiddled writes...

1. Billy Batson's Zeta-Tube override code is H-O-J. What does it stand for?
2. Can Queen Be enthral Devastation?
3. How far can the batrope extend?
4. Can you tell us what would be Icon's role in the YJ Invasion comic arc if he hadn't been pulled?

Greg responds...

1. Hall Of Justice.

2. No spoilers.

3. Not all the way to Mars.

4. He was one of Kylstar's abductees.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

On Earth 16 who founded S.T.A.R. Labs?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Marion writes...

In "Welcome to Happy Harbor", Superboy asks why the JL left the Cave for the Hall, even though he "witnessed" the incident that Aqualad mentions as the reason for the change in issues 1 and 2. Didn't he simply "make the connection", like when he didn't recognize Snapper Carr, or is this one of those "what-happens-in-the-comics-is-"cannon"-but-none-of-it-is-ever-mentioned-or-acknowledged-in-the-show-because-the-comics-were-retroactively-written-AFTER-the-episodes" cases?

Greg responds...

He didn't make the connection. There was nothing in his vision that indicated the League was going to leave the cave.

The comics are fully integrated into the series and vice versa.

Response recorded on December 16, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old was Henry Yarrow when he died?
2. How old is Major Force?
3. How old is Henchy, Vertigo's henchman?
4. How old is Sharon Vance?
5. How old is Sackett?

Greg responds...

1. Henry Yarrow was born in in 1941.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Henchy was born in 1974.

4. Sharon Vance was born in 1978.

5. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 15, 2016

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Greg writes...

1. Is it safe to assume the Brain is twice immune to Queen Bee's powers? Since he is gay and had no hair...
2. How can she enthrall Lex Luthor if he has no hair?

Greg responds...

I don't understand what hair has to do with anything.

Nor am I confirming or denying that Brain is gay in YJ.

1. I think it's safe to assume Brain is immune because he has only electrical sensory receptors. He can register her pheromones, but they can't effect what remains of his biology.

2. I'd think, knowing her power, Lex would take some precautions.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Clement Lemar?
2. How old is Burton Thompson, the guard at Taos's STAR Labs?
3. How old is Bernell Jones?
4. How old is Carlo, the Haly's Circus performer?
5. How old is Maurice Bodaway?

Greg responds...

1. Clemant Lemar is dead. But he was born in 1911.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Bernell Jones was born in 1962.

4. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

5. Maurice Bodaway was born in 1966.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is King Sha'ark?
2. How old is Madame Xanadu?
3. How old is Erin, the G-Elf?
4. How old is Benny, the G-Dwarf?
5. When was Enos Polk born?

Greg responds...

1. Nanaue Sha'ark was born in 1994.

2. Madame Xanadu was born in 1991.

3. Erin was, uh, hatched in 2004.

4. Benny was hatched in 2007.

5. Enos Polk was born in 1947.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Dragon's Breath?
2. How old is the Scientist?
3. How old is Black Beetle?
4. How old is Richard Dragon?
5. How old is Starro?

Greg responds...

1. I seem not to have made that calculation.

2. I seem not to have made that calculation.

3. During Season Two, he's about the human biological equivalent of 40. But I haven't worked out the relative length of a Reach Warrior's life, so I don't know how old he is.

4. I seem not to have made that calculation.

5. I seem not to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Congorilla?
2. How old is Djuba?
3. How old is Monsieur Mallah?
4. How old is Primat?
5. How old was Kevin Blankly when he died?

Greg responds...

1. How does one measure the age of a god?

2. Djuba was born in 2002.

3. Mallah was born in 2002.

4. Primat was born in 1998.

5. Kevin Blankly was born in 1930. I'll let you do the math.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In alpha male, how did the Brain escape so stealthily in the end? Did he use a trapdoor or a boom tube? Or Klarion teleported him out?

Also, why did he eject all those compartment and appendages? It seemed like he was about to fire a mega blast or something but all that happened was the lights going out.

Greg responds...

1. I'll leave that to your imagination.

2. Maybe he needed those things to turn out the lights.

Response recorded on December 14, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Tolifhar?
2. How old is Solovar?
3. How old is Ultra-Humanite, the ape?
4. How old is Malavar?
5. How old is Boka?

Greg responds...

1. Tolifhar was born in 1994.

2. Solovar was born in 1990.

3. Tolifhar was born in 1994.

4. Malavar was born in 1994.

5. Boka was born in 1998.

Response recorded on December 13, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Jack Haly?
2. How old is Jason Bard?
3. How old is Norman?
4. How old is Rako?
5. How old is Toyman?

Greg responds...

1. Jack Haly was born in 1944.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Norman was born in 1982.

4. Rako was born in 1958.

5. Winslow Schott was born in 1993.

Response recorded on December 13, 2016

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Sandy writes...

Did Vandal Savage invite someone to join the Light that turned him down, or are the other six the only ones he asked?

Greg responds...

Either way, that's at best a spoiler request, and at worst an idea masquerading as a question.

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Want more YJ sooner?

Brandon Vietti and I are hard at work on Season Three of the Young Justice television series. But (a) we just got started and (2) making animated episodes takes a LONG time. (Ten months minimum. MINIMUM.)

So, if you want more new YJ stories sooner, the answer is pretty simple. Artist Christopher Jones and I are chomping at the bit to make more YOUNG JUSTICE stories in comic book form. Producing a comic book takes considerably less time than producing television episodes,so if we got a green light on a comic book series now, you could theoretically have new stories in a matter of months.

So the question is how do we get the green light for more YJ comic?. And the answer to that is pretty simple too. We just need to convince DC Comics that there's a market for YJ comics even before the third season premieres.

Which begs the next question: How do we convince DC of that?

And the answer is again simple. BUY THE COMICS THAT ALREADY EXIST!

Issues #0 - #25 of our companion YJ comic have been collected into four trade paperbacks. (And ALL of these stories are canon to the series, with time stamps and everything. In fact, stuff in Season Three will play off of stuff from Seasons One and Two AND from the comics.) The best way to show DC that you want more comics is to purchase these stories electronically on the DC APP, on COMIXOLOGY, or on iTUNES.

Now, I'm an old school guy, and I love having actual hard copies to hold in my hand. Unfortunately, the books are all out of print. So if you do find hard copies online or in a store, those are secondary sales, and DC won't know about them. So you need to buy them electronically. Put money in DC's pocket and they'll want more of that green. Buy a lot of YJ comics and it just follows that they'll order up more YJ comics.

If you already have those issues, give them as holiday gifts. And in any case, help us SPREAD THE WORD!

It's just logic. The more the existing comics sell, the more DC will want to make more. And if more sell fast enough, you'll be getting more YJ stories sooner!


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Marvelwoman writes...

1. How old is Jonathan Kent?
2. How old is Lobo?
3. How old is Wotan?
4. How old is Psycho-Pirate?
5. How old is Helena Sandsmark?

Greg responds...

1. Jonathan was born in 1938.

2. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

3. Wotan was born sometime around 1100 C.E., give or take a century.

4. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

5. I don't seem to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Marvelwoman writes...

1. How old is Dr. David Wilcox?
2. How old is M'Chiste?
3. How old is Ida Berkowitz?
4. How old is Duk Trang?
5. How old is Gorilla Grodd?

Greg responds...

1. David Wilcox was born in 1967.

2. M'chiste was born in 1991.

3. Ida was born in 1953.

4. Trang was born in 1940.

5. Grodd was born in 1998.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Marvelman writes...

Are you sick of answering all these questions about characters ages yet?

Greg responds...

Eh. There are worse things.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Ronal?
2. How old is Coral?
3. How old is Danuuth?
4. How old is Chian?
5. How old is Blubber?

Greg responds...

1. Ronal was born in 1993.

2. Coral was born in 1998.

3. Daanuth was born in 1985.

4. Chian was born in 1992.

5. Blubber was born in 1996.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is G. Gordon Godfrey?
2. How old is Wyynde?
3. How old is Two-Face?
4. How old is Blackbriar Thorn?
5. How old is Wizard?

Greg responds...

1. I seem not to have made that calculation.

2. Wyynde was born in 1994.

3. What makes you think Two-Face exists?

4. . I seem not to have made that calculation.

5. I seem not to have made that calculation.

Response recorded on December 08, 2016

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Billy writes...

1. What kind of research went into making Young Justice?

Greg responds...

Lots of research of all kinds. Lots of comic books read and reread. The occasional scene or entire movie rewatched. Information on tech, on time zones, on languages and linguistics. On countries, real and imagined. And more, I'm sure.

Response recorded on December 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Icon?
2. How old is Felix Faust?
3. How old is Parasite?
4. How old is Perry White?
5. How old is Stephanie Brown?

Greg responds...

1. Arnus emerged on Earth as an infant in 1810. How old he was before arrival, I won't comment on at this time.

2. It seems I haven't calculated that.

3. Ray Jensen was born in 1977.

4. Perry White was born in 1967.

5. Stephanie Brown was born in 2003.

Response recorded on December 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. How old is Ali?
2. How old is the Ambassador?
3. How old is Black Adam?
4. How old is Deadshot?
5. How old is Otis?

Greg responds...

1. I haven't calculated that, it seems.

2. I haven't set chronological ages for any of the Reach.

3. Well, Teth-Adam was born @1,300 BCE. I'll leave you to do the math, give or take a century.

4. I haven't calculated that, it seems.

5. He was born in 1980.

Response recorded on December 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Anonymous writes...

Out of universe explanation for

Why was Hal used as one of the original seven members of the Justice League instead of John?

Greg responds...

Because, not counting Alan Scott, he was the first Green Lantern.

1. Is Earth 16 based on pre crisis, post crisis, or a mixture of both?

2. If a mixture of both, is the mixture more than, less than, or equal to a fifty fifty split?

According to DC wiki the first Green Lantern was Jong Li, a monk from 660 AD. He debuted in Green Lantern: Dragon Lord #1-3 in 2001, which is not listed among the Elseworld titles.

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Jong_Li_(New_Earth)

http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Elseworlds

3. Out of universe who is considered the first Green Lantern and why?

Greg responds...

1. It's a mixture of 78 years of continuity, plus some original material.

2. I'm not interested in percentages.

3. What are we talking about here when you say "Out of Universe"? Out of Universe, Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern because Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern created at DC Comics.

Response recorded on December 02, 2016

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Louissa writes...

I've asked a couple of questions here over the course of years, well I've lost track of some because I dont't check this site very often so ya know, but I just wanted to chime in and say that I discovered Young Justice when I was 14, so 5 years ago, and going through my first episode of depression. I'd always been a fan of dc comics and shows but watching yj, to me, was something completely different. For the first time i was able to actually connect with characters, to feel what they feel because I mean we were about the same age, and Artemis oh my god she means the world to me. Now, 3 years later, at 17 and a half i went through my worst episode ever, lost 5 kg in 4 days, lost sleep, lost myself and i just thought id give yj a try because maybe what worked once will work again and while it didnt take away the pain instantly it definitely helped me, it was like revisiting old friends in a time when i felt incredibly alone. The reason im writing this is the fact that i just cleared out my old laptop and found old fanfiction of young justice(i know you dont like hearing about it but 14 year old me was very fond of saying "Artemis glared art Wally") and i remembered that this site exists and all.
I guess..I just want to say thank you, because YJ got me through some rough times, really, and it helped me, in many ways, to find an identity and to accept myself, flaws and all, secrets and all. I just, I dont think I would have been the same without it, certainly not as wise. Thank you, I'm incredibly grateful for your work.
Also, thank you for the episode Coldhearted, it's definitely the best in the series and to be completely honest, that episode changed something in me, it really did.

Greg responds...

Wow. I don't know what to say. Thank you so much for telling me this. And take care of yourself!

Response recorded on November 30, 2016

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fallenlegend writes...

Hey Greg I have two questions rearguing sportscaster.

1.- During the show it was ambiguous if he actually cared about Artemis and used the reputation thing as an excuse or he just cared about himself . If it's the later he might be a psychopath.

So my question is: Will we get a definite answer about whether or nor Sportscasters loves Artemis and Chesire or was it meant to be ambiguous?

2.- Before your show I along many people consider him to be very ... lame. How did you manage to make him so badass?

3.- Now that he isn't working with the light and is on the sights of the villains, does he still have any way to keep being a "top dog"?

Congrats on your great work. Hopefully you will get a new season on netflix.

Greg responds...

By "rearguing sportscaster," I assume you mean "regarding Sportsmaster."

PEOPLE, PLEASE PROOFREAD BEFORE YOU HIT SUBMIT!!! I'm guessing the villain in this piece is your spellcheck automatically "correcting" what you wrote. And I know I'm not perfect either. But it would really help me out if you did NOT trust your spellcheck and CHECKED YOURSELF before submitting a question.

1. What you see is what you get. If you want to define all that as love (twisted or not) that's up to you. If you don't, that's fine too.

2. Mostly, I'd credit Phil Bourassa's design. But we also treated the character with respect.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on November 21, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Greg I love youngo justice

Greg responds...

I'm glado!

Response recorded on November 18, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

So are the Illuminati to blame for Donald Trump being the presidential nominee for a major political party? Or, like the media and the other politicians, did they not take him seriously when he started running?

Greg responds...

We're not going there. When you wrote it, this might have sounded funny, I don't know.

But it is NOT funny now. My line used to be, "Trump is a cut-rate Lex Luthor. Only Luthor has better hair."

I still like the line, but it's no longer amusing.

So before I go on a rant--

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Green Lantern's Nightlight writes...

1). You say to fans a good way of showing they want Young Justice to return, is to buy the comics, DVDs, and the game (and the toys still?), but how much would fans have to buy for this to happen? Is there a goal to reach maybe or perhaps just enough to get noticed by DC/WB that it's still something that people want more of?

I would think they'd be more interested in what was selling when the show was still on the air, because that's obviously what Mattel was looking at for it to pull its funding.

2). If by miracle, YJ does get brought back by Netflix, where would the funding come from? Having Mattel as a backer makes it look like it couldn't be made without it. Not every Warner Bros. Animation show has a backer (unless there's a silent contributer), and most of the Netflix shows have a backer (helped by broadcasters who air it around the world), so what would happen with YJ? Would it just be supported by Warner (and DC), itself? And I guess, Netflix.

Greg responds...

Well, this is all largely moot now, but...

1. I never had a NUMBER or AMOUNT. It takes more to get a company's attention after a show is off the air, then it takes to keep a show on the air. The other thing to keep in mind is that buying toys (or whatever) second-hand does nothing to get a company's attention. So, for example, I was not advocating buying YJ toys this year, because those toys were off the market. Any purchases were second sales and does nothing for Mattel or WB or DC's bottom line.

2. So YJ's coming back, but I don't know where it will air. The term "backer" doesn't really fit, either. It's about MONEY. Money to produce the first two seasons of YJ came from Mattel and Cartoon Network. (Mostly from Mattel.) When Mattel pulled out, the money from CN wasn't enough to produce the series. Period. For season three, Warner Bros itself is paying for it, for now. They have confidence, I guess, that wherever it winds up and whatever merchandise they may or may not eventually release or license, they'll still make a profit. That's based on what the fans proved over the last few years.

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Roseeee writes...

How do you feel about fans becoming so passionate to the point of maybe even possessive of your work? The writers of Arrow are introducing the code name Artemis while toting the character as the same Artemis from Young Justice. She;s not, and is actually another character all together, but fans are spitting fire over it.

Greg responds...

I have to shrug to some degree.

I live, so to speak, in a glass house. With Young Justice, Brandon Vietti and I had to (GOT TO) recreate the DC Universe from scratch. We tried to be very true to the core of nearly every character and concept. But who are we kidding? We changed a ton!

The Arrowverse folks have a similar task for themselves.

In some very narrow way, I'd love if their Artemis was closer to ours. But our Artemis wasn't all THAT close to the comic book Artemis, so who am I to complain?

Now, if they adapted the Terror Twins... ;)

As for the fans, the notion that they'd be more upset about something like this than I am is odd to me. But if you do a creative job, you put stuff out into the world, knowing - even hoping - that you'll find fans to adopt it as their own. So whachagonnado?

Response recorded on November 16, 2016

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FallenLegend writes...

Show young justice
character: Superman

Eliot S margins said the following in quora about superman.

"1.-Every attempt to "de-power" him in an effort to make his stories easier to tell has been wrongheaded and ultimately damaging to the character in the short term."
"2.- He's Superman when he wakes up in the morning. Tarantino was right and Byrne was wrong."

a) Given how Superman along with everyone else has been greatly depowered ( A choice i have to applaud you as the danger and takes feel much real). Do you agree on that sentiment?
b) You mentioned in another question that Superman hides a part of himself even though it isn't as radical as him not liking pie in his different identities.

Regarding earth 16's superman, do you agree in Elliot S Maggin's interpretation in that he is superman all the time?

Link to elliot's post so you can see it's legit.

https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-common-misconceptions-about-Superman

Thank you for reading Greg.

Greg responds...

a. It depends what you mean. If you started taking away his flight or super senses or heat vision or strength or invulnerability, I'd have issues with that. But he doesn't need to be capable of moving planets or flying faster than the speed of light, etc. His powers can be stunning without making him omnipotent. He still needs to be able to be knocked unconscious. He needs to be capable of feeling physical pain. And I hate super-cold-breath and some of the other add-on powers he's acquired over the decades. (Like super-ventriloquism or super-hypnosis.)

b. I don't think he's colloquially "schizo". (I don't think Batman is either.) The Clark Kent he presents to the world is more than an act, and less the whole truth of who he is. The Superman he presents to the world, isn't an act AT ALL, but it also doesn't represent his full truth. I believe - on Earth-16, at least - that the general public does not think Superman has a secret identity. (After all, he doesn't wear a mask.) They assume he's always Superman. And, of course, that's not the case.

I'm consciously NOT going to check out Elliot's statement. I don't know him, but I respect his work tremendously, and it definitely influenced me. But at this point, I have a pretty clear take in my head of who I believe Superman/Clark Kent is. I don't need to muddy it.

Response recorded on November 16, 2016

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FallenLegend writes...

Show: young justice

Question. I love the fact that you have kept the name Captain Marvel. However due to the fact hat Marvel owns the trademark it seems that DC is keen on changing it to "SHAZAM" instead.

1.-How do you feel about this name change?
2.- Do you think the name "captain marvel" will be retired for good in the public's mind? (besides earth16)
3.- Do you prefer "Captain marvel" or Shazam?

Thank you Greg.

Greg responds...

1. To be fair, I haven't read any of the New 52 books where the change is shown. But I don't understand it. How can his name be Shazam if that's still his magic word.

2. No clue.

3. I'm old school. See above. But it's #NotUpToMe.

Response recorded on November 16, 2016

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FallenLegend writes...

Shows:Young Justice+Gargoyles

I recall you mentioned that the villains (the light) and David Xanatos didn't kill the heroes because they considered that would be a waste.

1.-What could they possible gain gain from keeping them alive? I mean in their reasoning.

Thank you Greg.

Greg responds...

It's all right on the screen. Look at all the times that they've USED the heroes. If what you saw in the episodes doesn't convince you, I don't know what I could say here that would.

Response recorded on November 09, 2016

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Sal writes...

Hey Greg, in the Young Justice DC Universe, is there an in-universe explanation as to why the humanoid form is a very prevalent anatomical structure in many known sentient alien races? From the Rannians to Kryptonians, Thanagarians, The Reach, Kroloteans, Kylstar, Maxima, and the New Gods. Even the Tribune of Rimbor and Despero's build suggest humanoid appearance.
I hope I don't come off as critical of the show's character designs. Obviously animators and designers can only do so much in artistic license (it'd be a very tedious process to sort through the plethora of different xenobiology suggestions only to animate them for a few minutes). As well as the fact that these alien species have already been designed from the comic source material.
But I'm mainly asking if there happens to be an in-universe speculation/explanation to this humanoid build being common amongst alien species.

Greg responds...

Convergent Evolution.

Response recorded on November 09, 2016

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YOUNG JUSTICE, SEASON THREE!!!!

So the big news:

YOUNG JUSTICE is coming back for a third season! Yes, that's right! Warner Bros. announced it today! It's official. Here are some links to some articles on the subject:

http://comicbook.com/dc/2016/11/07/young-justice-season-3-officially-announced/
http://io9.gizmodo.com/its-official-young-justice-is-coming-back-1788676249
http://deadline.com/2016/11/young-justice-warner-bros-animation-productions-season-3-1201850391/

Not too much more to tell. I start back at Warner Bros. on Monday, 11/14/16. Brandon Vietti and I, of course, had plans for Season Three way back when. Now, we'll get the chance to make those plans a reality!!

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Paxton writes...

Was there any actors you considered for Young Justice or any actors that auditioned for main roles that didn't get it?

Greg responds...

You want me to embarrass actors who didn't get cast?

No thanks.

Response recorded on November 02, 2016

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JSA Fan writes...

I've always wondered, in Young Justice is Plastic Man able to speak, or do his powers leave him mute like Beast Boy's? I love that you don't have Mr. Tawney, Grodd, Wolf, or the Ultra-Humanite speak, by the way!

Greg responds...

Plastic Man can speak. If you've read our companion (in-continuity) comics, you've seen him speak. Ultra-Humanite speaks too, through an electronic box, much like the Brain. Grodd speaks telepathically in the comics. (And hasn't yet appeared in the series.) Tawney and Wolf cannot speak.

Response recorded on November 02, 2016

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Hayley B writes...

I'm not sure if this interferes with rule 7, but how do you feel about fanmade characters/plots for YJ in general? Do you enjoy the creativity?

Greg responds...

I don't ever look at it. EVER.

I have mixed feelings, which I've expressed here before, about fanfic.

A part of me finds it very gratifying that people love our show so much that they want to create their own stories in that world with those characters. But another part of me is very territorial and resents the idea that other people are playing in my sandbox. (I'm NOT saying that part of me is rational or even fair, but I am trying to be honest about my feelings here.)

A third part of me is pragmatic and would recommend that any writer use their inspiration to create something original that they could own.

NONE OF WHICH is why I don't read or look at fanfiction: I don't look at it to protect myself legally from a potential lawsuit.

Response recorded on October 31, 2016

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Asker writes...

Hello Greg! DC's Rebirth event recently brought back Kaldur'ahm/Jackson Hyde back into the main DC universe. He's also revealed to be attracted to men and he even has a boyfriend.

Considering your previous tweet about not assuming YJ Kaldur to be straight, does the recent DC reveal have any bearing on his animated counterpart's sexual or romantic orientation?

Greg responds...

It has no bearing. Beyond that, NO SPOILERS.

Response recorded on October 28, 2016

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Jackson writes...

I'm sure you're aware, but Marvel has been churning out plenty of content with the MCU.
1. Have you kept up with the movies and shows? Or do you not go out of your way to do so?
2. Whatever the previous answer is, would you say that it's too much content?
3. What are your thoughts on the franchise as a whole, especially as another interpretation of the Marvel Universe?
4. Do you think doing a direct adaptation of a comic book universe like with Young Justice has its advantages, or is this string of movies (and shows) the way to go?

Greg responds...

1. I've seen all the movies. I'm about a year behind on SHIELD, though I've DVR'd all the episodes and hope to get through a bunch of them when my son comes home from college for winter break. I've seen both seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and am about halfway through Luke Cage. I haven't seen any of the animated content.

2. No.

3. Generally, I love it. I'm not saying it's perfect, but their track record in movies is astounding. Some I think are truly great films. Some I just enjoy. But every single one, starting with the first Iron Man movie entertained. SHIELD has been a mixed bag, but I enjoy watching it with my wife and son. (My daughter's not into it.) I've enjoyed Daredevil, loved Jessica Jones, and I've been enjoying Luke Cage, so far.

4. Young Justice is no more (and no less) a "direct" adaptation than the MCU is. I'm not sure what the contrast is in your mind.

Response recorded on October 28, 2016

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Stiller writes...

Did Garfield Logan get the poster of the Young Justice Team before or after he started living at Mount Justice?

Greg responds...

What poster is this? What episode did you see it in?

Response recorded on October 27, 2016

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Jon writes...

So currently rewatching YJ Season One on Netflix. I'm up to "Secrets," and I can't help but wonder... do Martians consider "War of the Worlds" and similar alien-invasion movies and literature to be derogatory and/or racist? If the Martian population hasn't been sufficiently exposed to human culture at the point where the story left off to have an opinion, *would* they eventually take offense to said works? (I have to wonder if they'd wind up seeing Marvin the Martian -- the form Megan takes in this episode, presumably showing that Looney Tunes exist on Earth-16 -- as a sort of Chief Wahoo sort of figure...)

Greg responds...

I think that when J'onn sent broadcasts to Mars, he would have definitely sent anything that depicted "Martians," (including what must have been a perplexing "Life on Mars"). Because, after all, wouldn't Martians be very curious about "Martians"?

Way back when he started, I'm sure he would have prefaced his transmissions by reminding his Martian audience that Earthlings have no idea that Martians actually exist. That this was fantasy, much like the way Martians tell stories of evil sentient ma'alefa'aks, knowing that they're really just animals (like the way we talk about the Great Apes in Tarzan).

Given that, I think the Martians would be able to regard the "Martians" of Earth as kitsch.

Of course, as time passes on Earth-16 and Mars-16 (and Martians become aware that Earthlings are aware of the truth and nature of Martian existence), if the depiction of "Martians" didn't change, then the Martians would begin to have issues with those depictions.

But specifically, "War of the Worlds" - having been written over a hundred years before Earthlings knew that Martians did in fact exist - would still fall into the category of quaint.

Also, keep in mind, given the fact that at least three alien races - the Appellaxians, the Kroloteans and the Reach -DID, in fact, attempt invasion, the Martians wouldn't be upset about fictional depictions of OTHER races being demonized. Only if the "demons" were labeled as "Martians".

Fun question, by the way.

Response recorded on October 25, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

It seems like Vandal Savage is the leader of the Light, but I would imagine Klarion is significantly more powerful. As a Lord of Chaos, why does Klarion even bother submitting to Savage's plan, rather than wrecking havoc on his own?

Greg responds...

You don't think he's having fun?

Response recorded on October 24, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Did Jay Garrick when was in his prime did most of his solo crime fighting in Central City or Keystone City?

Greg responds...

Are you sure there is a Keystone City?

Response recorded on October 24, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

When did Barry Allen first fought Vandal Savage?

Greg responds...

Sometime previously. I haven't bothered to nail it down.

Response recorded on October 19, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Question about Artemis' outfit:
i noticed in one earlier question how you said the writers wanted to make the costumes for the Teams outfits as realistic as they should be - thus why none if the girls had heels or anything. i was wondering why they chose to give artemis a cropped top, or was it just an aesthetic thing? its something ive noticed with a lot of other female superheros and i dont really get it; i would assume it would be colder and make that region slightly more vulnerable.
side note: i think its cool how the team behind young justice to make artemis half asian; its nice to seem more minority representation in superhero shoes, especially as a half asian myself :)

Greg responds...

1. You'd have to ask Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa. Maybe in-universe it's a freedom of movement thing. But most likely it's an aesthetic choice. Artemis' and/or Brandon's and/or Phil's.

2. It's a priority for us, and for me particularly, to get more diversity in there.

Response recorded on October 19, 2016

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Ciera writes...

For the love of all that is mighty please do a season 3 of Young Justice, my 3 year old son and I love that show.

Greg responds...

Ciera, why in the world would you think that decision is at all up to me?

Believe me, if it were up to me, we would never have stopped making it. (After all, why would I want to put myself out of work?) If it were up to me, we'd be premiering season seven this month.

Unfortunately, I don't get to make those calls.

Response recorded on October 18, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Was Ra's Al Ghul intially hostile to the idea of working with lex luthor?

2. How long has Belle Revee existed since season 2?

3. What happened to Amanda Waller after she was fired from Belle Revee?

Greg responds...

1. No. Why?

2. Huh? It was built before Season One.

3. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on October 18, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. What are Black Spider's webs made out of?

2. In universe how did the webs come to be red?

3. In universe who created Black Spider's webs?

Greg responds...

1. Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails.

2. Easter egg food coloring.

3. The Easter Spider.

Okay, sorry for the joke answers. But the truth is I don't know.

Response recorded on October 18, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

On Earth 16 are both of Katar Hol's parents Thanagarians?

Greg responds...

Yes.

Response recorded on October 17, 2016

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CloudOfKings Ace writes...

HI Greg,

Is it true that is we binje-watch Young justice that it may bring back a season 3 .

Greg responds...

It's possible, yes.

Response recorded on October 17, 2016

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Jenneration writes...

In Young Justice: Invasion, why does the Team use the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.) instead of the NATO alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc.) for squad distribution?

Greg responds...

Think about who the leader of the Team might have been when the system was installed.

Response recorded on October 17, 2016

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Kat writes...

Why is Shayera 11 years old younger than hakwman?
Im just curious behind the decision

Greg responds...

"old younger"? I'm not sure what you're asking here.

Response recorded on October 17, 2016

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YJ fan forevahhhh writes...

Hi! I've finsihed YJ and it was so awesome! (Without that Wally died)
But how can I help to make a third season when Netflix don't have the episodes in my country?
Thanks again for the awesome series and #KeepBingingYJ !

Greg responds...

I don't know for sure. You can always ask Netflix customer service in your country if they would start carrying it.

If the BluRays are available, purchase those. Or you could purchase the episodes individually on iTunes.

You can also purchase our companion Young Justice comic on iTunes or Comixology.

Response recorded on October 17, 2016

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Christopher Chance writes...

Earlier you had said the reason Batman told Nightwing and Robin (Tim Drake) to keep their identities a secret from the Team is so that a plausible deduction of his identity would not be made.

If that's the case, would the original members of the Team (plus Kid Flash/Bart Allen and Beast Boy) outside of the "Bat-Family"-16 be able to make a guess at Batman's identity if they haven't already since they know who Nightwing and Robin (Tim Drake) are?

--Christopher Chance

Greg responds...

Certain individuals have been let in on the identities of Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne. No deductions necessary.

Response recorded on October 17, 2016

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Kshitij writes...

Hey Greg big fan of young justice. in season 1 wally cannot vibrate his molecules did he learn to do so by season 2.

Greg responds...

No. It's not a question of learning. He's just not that fast.

Response recorded on October 12, 2016

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cabes writes...

hi greg!! first i just wanna say, i love young justice and i really hope it can come back one day! i kind of cried when i heard about the netflix thing.
soo, a few questions?!

1. does dick still have romani heritage in earth sixteen canon? I apologize if that's already been asked.
2. how did arsenal stay fifteen (i believe) for eight years? was there some
kind of anti-aging technology in play when he was on ice?
3. i don't actually have a third question. wait, yes i do. is there a chance the yj original trio will make some sort of appearence, since they're all on the team now? that's a spoiler, though isn't it..

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. He was frozen.

3. I honestly don't know what you're asking here. But in any case, it would clearly be a spoiler.

Response recorded on October 12, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Did the guardians of universe knew of Alan Scott's power ring?

3. Did Alan Scott ever found out about the guardians of the universe?

4. When did the malfunctioning power ring landed on earth?

5. Did the guardians of the universe ever consider taking away Alan Scott's power ring?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. There is no question 2.

3. Yes.

4. No Spoilers.

5. No Spoilers. (By the way, this is the DEFINITION of an idea masquerading as a question. Please, EVERYONE, do not post ideas masquerading as questions. In the future, they will be deleted, along with any legit questions on the same post. I only let this one stand to make this point.)

Response recorded on October 12, 2016

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Marvelman writes...

Hi. A little while ago I requested a character oriented slant for a hypothetical third season of Young Justice. I want to rescind my request. As I sit here working on my YA novel, I realized that no writer can work that way. He/she can only tell the story she wants to tell and hope other people like it.

Greg responds...

Yep.

Response recorded on October 10, 2016

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Blue diamond writes...

What is joker's real name and when did he became Red hood

Greg responds...

1. I don't know. And in any case, NO SPOILERS.

2. You're assuming facts not in evidence. And in any case, NO SPOILERS.

Response recorded on October 10, 2016

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Dane writes...

1. In "Misplaced" was Icicle Jr. still seventeen or had he already become an adult?
2. What did Icicle Jr. do during the time that the adults and children were separated into two dimensions?

Greg responds...

1. Is Icicle Jr. in Misplaced? But in any case, throughout season one, he's 16 or 17.

2. No spoilers.

Response recorded on October 10, 2016

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Victor writes...

Hello Mr Weissman,

So first of all I would like to congratulate you and thank you for Young Justice. Whilst I am saddened you weren't able to do more with the series, I think what you produced was a great run and a rich, fascinating world which I am sure we would all have loved to see more of. I'll try to avoid ranting against the Powers That Be here, and just say thanks for giving it to us.

Now I have some extremely dorky questions about the background;

1: How much do Kryptonians weigh? You've said their strength and toughness comes from their density, but the fact Superboy can be shot by a tank with no result but to make him angrier seems to suggest he ought to weigh several tons, which would have caused him a few problems. It's possible he's made of some supertough material, but he also pins down an enormous monster in season 2 just by lying on top of its arm, so it looks like it's just his weight that's holding it down, which again would indicate he's REALLY heavy and Flash is presumably tailing him and putting reinforced chairs down whenever he has to sit somewhere :)

2: What kind of working relationship does the League have with mortal law enforcement/intelligence agencies? Have they told Interpol, Europol, the CIA and so forth about the Light (even if they don't want to start accusing Lex Luthor because it might get them sued if they don't have enough proof)?

3: Atlantis isn't part of the UN as per 'Usual Suspects' and even in season 2 little enough is known about it by air-breathers that Godfrey can ask if they're actually aliens. What kind of contact DOES Atlantis have with the surface world besides Aquaman and his sidekicks?

4: Does the Justice League own the rights to its logos and does it get royalties from all the superhero logos people presumably put on t-shirts, lunchboxes and so on on Earth 16?

5: Batman describes Bialya as a 'rogue state', but it seems to have some pretty high end military hardware (predator drones which are far more manouvrable than the real ones) and, frankly, I'd question the decision to let Queen Bee on the Light's board of directors if she ran a pariah state. So what is Bialya's standing in the international community, and specifically its relationship with the USA?

Greg responds...

1. I'd ask them, but it seems indelicate.

2. I'm sure they've got reciprocal intelligence sharing.

3. Little, at this point.

4. There's a lot of pirating, but yes.

5. It's standing varies from state to state. It's standing with the U.S. is not good.

Response recorded on October 10, 2016

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Jacob writes...

Recently you implied that if people binge Young Justice it could get revived. While I want that is it possible? A lot of the writers and animators have broken up and are doing other things ex. Kevin is a writer for Star Wars Rebels. I'm not trying to be a cynic its just a huge hurdle that no one seems to be discussing.

Greg responds...

Not every single person who EVER worked on the series would be back, certainly, but we'd get the cast back. And Brandon Vietti, Phil Bourassa and myself have all made it clear we'd come back, and I believe we're the three individuals who are truly essential to the show beyond the cast. Kevin isn't on Rebels anymore, but he does have other work. I don't know whether we'd get him back specifically, though I would hope so. But I can guarantee you that the writing would still be top-notch.

To be clear, this is all theoretical. The show isn't back. We simply are hopeful and optimistic.

Response recorded on October 07, 2016

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Justin writes...

In your opinion what makes Superman such a great character?

Greg responds...

Truth, Justice and the American Way. (Though what I consider the American Way and what others consider the American Way may differ.)

Response recorded on October 07, 2016

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Thomas writes...

1: Have any of the Justice League gotten into a scuffle: As in the general hero meet and great of fighting with fists and blasts?

2: Do any of the Justice League have statues or museums in honor of them

3: Can Superboy vote?

4: Are the Justice League involved in politics (Do they endorse political candidates or take sides in issues like LGBT marriage or guns?)

Greg responds...

1. If I'm understanding you right, then no.

2. Besides the Hall of Justice?

3. Which season are we talking about?

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on October 07, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Did Dick ever have romantic feelings for Artemis?

Greg responds...

Not particularly.

Response recorded on October 06, 2016

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SuperMartian89 writes...

I've seen a running theme of father issues: Superboy & Superman (although they resolved that as brothers instead), Artemis & Sportscaster, Aqualad & Black Manta, a little bit of Zatanna & Zatara.
Was it accidental or intentional?

Greg responds...

I dunno, honestly.

Many of these issues were built into the comics we were adapting.

Or some of it may come from my own fears as a father.

But there are mother issues too. Artemis & Paula. M'gann & Marie. Etc.

Response recorded on October 03, 2016

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JDalCanton writes...

Hello, thank you for your time:

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?

Greg responds...

1. We've never designed it, so I don't know.

2. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on September 30, 2016

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NoOneSpecial writes...

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"?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

5. No spoilers.

Response recorded on September 30, 2016

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Paul writes...

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?

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 29, 2016

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Toni writes...

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?

Greg responds...

I won't give you a yes, no or a maybe. Just a NO SPOILERS.

Response recorded on September 29, 2016

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Miss Mack writes...

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?

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 29, 2016

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Chris Adams writes...

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?

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 29, 2016

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El Garrote writes...

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#)?

Greg responds...

Yes, "RG" stands for Richard Grayson. Other codes for other individuals logically exist, though I won't go into specifics.

Response recorded on September 28, 2016

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Valerie Sullivan writes...

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!

Greg responds...

That doesn't sound right.

Response recorded on September 28, 2016

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Andres writes...

On YA was it someone specific or collaboration to use or create a new Aqualad and make him the team leader?

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 28, 2016

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Becca writes...

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!

Greg responds...

1. It's part of her hyphenated last name.

2. No. Long ago, she went by Jade Crock. But not in years.

Response recorded on September 27, 2016

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anom writes...

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?

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 22, 2016

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B writes...

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?

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 22, 2016

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Rodrigo writes...

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?.

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 22, 2016

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Quasim writes...

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.

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 22, 2016

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Rodrigo writes...

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?.

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 22, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In Young Justice/Earth 16, when specifically, did Wonder Woman come back to Themyscira after World War 2?

Greg responds...

1946.

Response recorded on September 22, 2016

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Howl writes...

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?

Greg responds...

Nope. I think Roy Thomas created the character a year or two after I submitted my G.A. proposal.

Response recorded on September 21, 2016

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Julie writes...

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! :)

Greg responds...

Thanks, Julie. I do think there's a decent chance of it coming back.

Response recorded on September 21, 2016

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Jason R. Carter writes...

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?

Greg responds...

Uh... sure. If that makes you happy.

Response recorded on September 21, 2016

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TJ BarneyBoy writes...

Biologically speaking, how old are Ra's and Savage.

Greg responds...

51 and 44.

Response recorded on September 20, 2016

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Jackie writes...

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?

Greg responds...

I think there's a lot of hope for YJ, but not on CN.

I could be wrong, however.

Response recorded on September 16, 2016

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LONG BEACH COMIC CON

Hey gang,

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!


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Oakley writes...

Why did Miss Martian show Garfield her true form?

Greg responds...

When?

Response recorded on September 15, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

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?

Greg responds...

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?

Response recorded on September 15, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Do atlanteans wear underwear?

Greg responds...

Let's let them have their privacy, shall we?

Response recorded on September 14, 2016

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Harlan of Ash and Foam writes...

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.

Greg responds...

No one in Season One knew that Abra actually CAME from the future. Except Abra, of course.

Response recorded on September 14, 2016

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Dragomir writes...

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

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on September 13, 2016

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infernap writes...

Hey, Greg.

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.

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 12, 2016

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Jade writes...

Hello,
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.

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 09, 2016

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Joel Walker writes...

Hello Greg.
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.

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 09, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

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?
Thanks again!

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on September 08, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

As of Revelations was Rocket attending high school in Dakota City?

Greg responds...

Yes.

Response recorded on August 31, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Does the Green Lantern Corps know about the existence of New Genesisians and Apokoliptans?

2. Do the Guardians of the Universe?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on August 31, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Out of universe, why was Paul Sloane chosen for the role of Conner in Hello Megan?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on August 30, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. On Earth 16 is Guy Gardner Irish?

2. Were his parents Irish immigrants?

Greg responds...

I haven't studied this.

Response recorded on August 30, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. As of Young Justice issue #10 who is the owner of the Daily Planet?

2. As of Young Justice issue #10 is Perry White the editor of the Daily Planet?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on August 29, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Has Orin ever had sex with anyone besides Mera?

Greg responds...

Why would I answer that?

Response recorded on August 29, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Miss Martian posed as Marvin the Martian to scare Marvin in Secrets.

1. Does the Looney Tunes show exist on Earth 16?

2. If so, is it the original or 2011 version?

Greg responds...

1. Of course.

2. Why not both?

Response recorded on August 29, 2016

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Nehuen writes...

Mister Weisman , I am a boy of 15 years of Argentina,from now excuse me if my English is very low expectation,I wanted to tell you about your tv series called "Young Justice",You and your team did a wonderful job, i love dc universe and everything that includes superheroes but you changed my life, I was a rebellious boy to my task not spend much time in the streets, when I saw the TV series left shocked after I saw his first season change radically thanks to you now consider myself a better person. Thank you so much for doing that, but now I am really sad because the third season of Young Justice will not occur and the truth that can make a lot of money had a very open-ended and all your fans, fans of the series want to Somehow or another they finish making the third season and more seasons if you can, if not enough money to do the show through the internet that much encerio love that series, cried with the death of Wally, cry with death sagebrush and I blame you for that because there was dead lol, I appreciate you have made this series and brother want puedieras continue to produce more this season, and if not well at least answer me. I admire command you health and peace for you and the whole team of "Young Justice"

Greg responds...

Hi Nehuen,

I'm very gratified that the series meant so much to you. And, if it helps, I think there is a decent chance of getting the series back. We're asking all the fans to binge-watch YOUNG JUSTICE on Netflix. I don't know if you have Netflix in Argentina or if YJ is on it, if you do. But if so, please watch the show over and over. It will really help us get it back.

Response recorded on August 24, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Out of universe was anyone else considered for the position of the enforcer for the Light besides Deathstroke?

2. If so, who?

3. At what point did you know that you wanted to use Deathstroke as the enforcer for the Light in Season 2?

Greg responds...

1. You mean besides Sportsmaster? No.

2. See above.

3. 2010, I think.

Response recorded on August 24, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

There is a poster of Aqualad in Gar's room during Image.

1. Since Rocket had debuted in May, was Gar aware that there was a public figure called Rocket before Image?

2. Out of the public figures, Robin, Speedy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Rocket, was Aqualad Gar's favorite before Image?

Greg responds...

1. I don't know.

2. It seems so. But honestly, I don't even remember the Aqualad poster. I can't confirm it's existence.

Response recorded on August 23, 2016

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NietzscheIsDead writes...

Greg,

I noticed while watching Young Justice that Roy shoots his bow right-handed but keeps his armguard on his right arm, as if to shoot left-handed. I had originally meant to ask you why that was, but I think I have figured it out: is it because he is skilled enough to not need an armguard for shooting right-handed but has one on his right arm in case circumstances force him to change hands? This presumes that he has less practice overall shooting left-handed, or at least feels less comfortable in his ability to do so safely.

Greg responds...

I like your reasoning!

Response recorded on August 23, 2016

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GoliathFan223 writes...

Hello, Mr. Weisman. Hope this post finds you happy and well. I love and admire all your work (Gargoyles was a huge part of my childhood and still inspires me to this day).

My question is related to Young Justice:

Would you or have you ever considered doing episode rambles on Young Justice one day?

Thank you for your time (:

Greg responds...

It's been brought up before. But I don't seem to have the time these days. But someday, maybe...

Response recorded on August 08, 2016

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Eric Assenmacher writes...

Hey Greg,

I was a huge fan of Young Justice when it was on air, and would even manage to wake up for it on Saturdays (Specifically for season 2) despite being a college student who loved to sleep in.

I especially loved Wally's character, and felt that he was the best character (With Robin/Nightwing being not too far behind with his constant prefix questioning)

My question is, which do you think caused the most people to react to Wally's sacrifice at the end of Season 2? The attachment to this specific Wally that you guys built up over two seasons, the fact that your Wally was the only remaining Wally in media at the time (As it would be a while before he was added back into comics), or the end of the show meaning that we might not know if he could ever return.

And heck, I'll add in another question. What was the inspiration for Dick's obsession with prefixes, and why he chose to use the non-prefixed words? Specifically Whelmed because that was always my favorite.

Greg responds...

1. I can't speak for the fans. It sounds like all three of your suggestions played a role.

2. As I've stated many times before, Robin's "unwords" were inspired by actual conversations I had with my kids.

Response recorded on August 05, 2016

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Jane writes...

This might be a totally silly thing to ask, but it occurred to me today and has been bothering me...

If Nabu refuses to let Zatara remove the helmet of fate because he's afraid that neither Zatara nor anyone else would put it back on again, then how in the world does Zatara eat? There's no way to access his mouth with that helmet on 24/7. Does the host of Nabu no longer need to eat? And I'm not trying to be facetious, I'm 100% serious with this question. Like, in season two, Zatara has been Doctor Fate for over five years. Surely he's eaten something in that time? Or is his body sustained through magical means? Thanks for taking the time to answer all these questions!

Greg responds...

Is Zatara still Doctor Fate in Season Two? What's your evidence for this?

In any case, I'm sure magic is useful for eating, bathing, etc.

Response recorded on August 05, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Out of universe explanation for

1. Why was Hal used as one of the original seven members of the Justice League instead of John?

2. Why was Ray Palmer used as the Atom instead of Ryan Choi?

Beth Chapel is a skilled surgeon.

3. Why was Pieter Cross used instead of Beth Chapel?

Greg responds...

1. Because, not counting Alan Scott, he was the first Green Lantern.

2. Because, not counting Al Pratt, he was the first Atom.

3. I honestly don't remember.

Response recorded on August 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Does John Stewart have a mentor within the Green Lantern Corps?

Greg responds...

Probably more than one.

Response recorded on August 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Does Dr. Mattie Harcourt live in Boston?

2. What type of medical doctor is she?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. I'm guessing thorasic surgeon, but I'd have to do research to confirm that.

Response recorded on August 03, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In Young Justice #14 Wyynde wears a golden diadem. A diadem is a crown worn by a king or queen as a symbol of royalty.

1. Is Wyynde royalty?

2. What Polis is he from?

Greg responds...

Sorry, but no spoilers.

Response recorded on August 03, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Did Carlo and his brother join Haley's Circus before the deaths of the Flying Graysons?

2. Did Dragon's Breath?

Greg responds...

I haven't thought about the answer to either. I'm tempted to say, "no spoilers," but the truth is I just haven't needed to decide that yet.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. What is Melisande's ethnicity?

2. Sensei?

3. Dragon King?

4. Black Adam?

5. Rako?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. Japanese.

3. No spoilers.

4. Egyptian.

5. Cambodian.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In Misplaced Cat Grant mentions Sabbac.

Is Sabbac Timothy Karnes or Ishmael Gregor?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg!
About the League's leadership:
1) When Canary becomes leader, was it because Captain Atom's lenght was over or because he stepped down?
2) Can a member be leader two years in a row if he is elected?
3) In Legacy, Batman was acting as Team supervisor (or liason with the League), which is a duty of the League's leader. Almost at the end, he says "I've sent the League out to help quell the panic". So during early 2015, was he the leader?
4) If so, when did Batman's lenght as leader (during 2015) start and finish? And during 2010?
5) After Aqualad leaves, the task of recruiting new members falls into Nightwing. Does that mean he always recruits the freshmen or, like in season 1, the mentors bring them into the Cave?

Thanks

Greg responds...

1. The former. In my head, I had a vague notion that it had been up for some weeks, but Cap stayed on to finish out the Reach crisis. But that's just a notion.

2. Yes.

3. Team liaison is not by definition a duty of the League leader. The leader can delegate that to someone else if he or she choses. But, it does seem that he's the leader from that quotation. On the other hand, he may simply have had monitor duty and was being a bit loose (and paternalistic) in his word choice.

4. It's a one-year term. I'm not going to be any more specific than that, at this time.

5. A little from column A; a little from column B.

Response recorded on July 27, 2016

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Josh writes...

Hi Greg. Why does Wonder Woman take Batman to task in "Agendas" for training Robin to fight crime at the age of 9 when she was trained to be a warrior when she was a child? Don't Amazonians start training young?

Greg responds...

Sure. But training and going into action are two different things.

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg!

About Zatanna's Glamour Charm:
1) Is the Glamour Charm an ancient magical object or just a gem Zatanna made a spell on?

2) If so, in "Depths", when Wally asks, Dick says something like "Glamour Charm, Courtesy of Zatanna. Physio-morphic spell, I think. She said it backwards." So is it safe to say that Nightwing was there when Zatanna performed the spell?
3) Do all Glamour Charm look the same? I ask this one because Ra's recognized it in Summit
4) Is it too hard to make a Glamour Charm? Could Zee have done it back in season 1?
5) Has Zatanna worked with Doctor Fate after she joined the League?

Greg responds...

1. I'd lean toward the latter.

2. Yes.

3. They all have something in common, certainly.

4. Probably not.

5. No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 25, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg, I've been reading the archives and I have a question about Aquaman:
1) Here (http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=18518), you said Aquaman and Black Manta have been fighting for at least 16 years, but 16 years before season 1, Aquaman was 13. So have they been fighting since they are kids or it's just a continuity error?

Greg responds...

Well, Manta was in his early twenties. Orin was a kid. But I think my point was that Manta has been at odds with Atlantis that long.

Response recorded on July 25, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hey Greg

1) What year was Dan Garrett and how old was he when he died?

2) This will probably be answered with a SPOILER REQUEST NO COMMENT, but I'll ask anyway. Is the original Black Canary alive? If no, can you tell me how did she died? I mean, natural causes, a disease, death by supervillain?

3) How do superheroes who don't wear mask conceal their identities? In some versions, John Stewart and Guy Gardner are public heroes and Black Canary wears a wig.

4) Black Lightning and Plastic Man wear goggles, do those work as masks?

5) Where do the Hawks live? The Watchtower, maybe?

Thank you for your time

Greg responds...

1. Dan Garrett was born in 1915 (which I assume is what you were asking).

1a. He died in 2005. I'll let you do the math.

2. NO SPOILERS.

3. I think in a universe where Clark Kent disguises his face with eyeglasses, it takes very little to keep your identity secret from strangers.

4. I think i n a universe where Clark Kent disguises his face with eyeglasses, goggles work just fine.

5. NO SPOILERS.

5a. No.

Response recorded on July 22, 2016

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Tyler writes...

Greg,

Why did y'all decide to make Artemis be a good guy as opposed to being a villain as she is in the comics?

Thanks!

Greg responds...

Simply put, we liked the dynamic of a child of villains trying to forge her own way, but lying about it.

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Bringing YJ Back

Here's a short primer on how fans can help to bring Young Justice back for a third season:

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Tyler writes...

Greg, I would like to inform you that I have been making several recommendations to Netflix to bring the show back through them. I do not know how much it will help but I feel like it is at least worth a shot.

Thank you for creating such a great show!

Greg responds...

Thank you for being a fan.

Those requests do help, I believe. But binge-watching Seasons One and Two of Young Justice on Netflix helps even more.

Response recorded on July 20, 2016

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Tyler writes...

Do you think the newer live action movies based off of the DC comics will have any impact on the chances of Young Justice returning? Could it possibly make some new fans interested?

Greg responds...

Anything's possible. But the best ways to get a third season of Young Justice are:

1. #KeepBingingYJ on Netflix

2. Purchase and binge the episodes from iTunes or other LEGIT sources

3. #BuyYJBluRaysDVDs

4. #BuyYJComicsonComixology or iTunes

Response recorded on July 20, 2016

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Anna writes...

When was Match created? How long was the gap between him and Superboy?

Greg responds...

The year before Superboy was cloned.

Response recorded on July 14, 2016

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Kelly Drew writes...

How many miles a person have to be away where superman and superboy cannot hear with their super hearing in the earth 16 universe?

Greg responds...

I dunno. Whatever seems reasonable in terms of sound waves not being interrupted by intervening stuff and/or spreading out so thin that sense cannot be made of the sound. It's a question for a physicist, not me.

Response recorded on July 13, 2016

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sakura writes...

i looked at genomorphs and after seeing M'gann true form I just have this on my mind.

1: Are genomorph made with White Martian DNA? Because they look a lot like M'gann.

2: Is Superboy a genomorph since he was created in Cadmus?

Greg responds...

1. Not to me.

2. Yes.

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Anonymous fan writes...

I am a big fan of Young Justice and the Young justice comics related to the show. I was among the fans thats was crushed when it was cancled and even though its unlikely i still hope for more seasons. Anyway, on to the questions:
1.) in the comics i have noticed Artemis has blue eyes but in the show she has brown eyes. I was wondering if there is a reason.
2.) did Artemis character come off of DC Mia Dearden the 2nd speedy?
They both have the same arrow mark on their chest.

Greg responds...

1. Production inconsistencies.

2. No. She came off Artemis, the daughter of Sportsmaster and the Huntress. As for her costume, it's an amalgam of different characters, but the biggest influences were probably Arrowette and Green Arrow himself.

Response recorded on July 13, 2016

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ND writes...

Hello,

why does the Brain sound so stupid? I'm a native french-speaker and I would never do something as ridiculous as suddenly adding words in french when I speak english! (well, maybe once, as a joke, but doing it all the time makes no sense at all). I love your show but this I really don't understand.

Have a great day! :)

Greg responds...

He's unhappy speaking English at all.

Response recorded on July 11, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg.
I just rewatched Alienated and I googled Malina Island to see it was real. The only thing I found was a privately owned island in New York called Rat Island, whose owner is considerating renaming Malina Island.
1) Did you know about this?
2) If yes, did you predict that the island named was going to be changed by 2016 (Season 2 "year")?
3) Did Tornado moved out of the Cave after Legacy?
4) Did Black Canary stopped training the Team after Legacy?
5) Thank you for your time

Greg responds...

1. Nope.

2. Nope.

3. He moved out. When would be a Spoiler.

4. No.

5. You're welcome.

Response recorded on July 08, 2016

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Keith writes...

1. Does the League's style of operations change much depending on who's leading? Or is there a fairly set bunch of rules and the leader simply acts as an coordinator?

2. Are there some Leaguers who don't put themselves up for leadership positions? For example, I can't imagine Captain Marvel gets considered because of his age, and the Green Lanterns might be too busy.

Greg responds...

1. There are actually very few "rules". And certainly, each leader has his or her own style. But in the end, nothing changes too much, because the goals are pretty straightforward.

2. There's a request for those who feel up to the job to submit their own names. Then there's a vote.

Response recorded on July 07, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

Have you read the DC Comics event "Convergence" yet? The final issue (#8) indirectly suggests that the "Young Justice" animated TV series, which is your version of the Earth-16 universe, can now come back and now your stories set in that universe can still continue...

Greg responds...

I never read it.

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CONvergence 2016

I leave tomorrow for CONvergence 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Okay, really Bloomington, MN, but close enough.) CONvergence is one of my favorite cons. And I have the honor of being their first fan-funded guest. Here's my schedule for the long weekend:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
GUEST RECEPTION 07:00pm - 09:00pm
Atrium 4

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016
"Why Gargoyles is Still Relevant" 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Atrium 6 w/Christopher Jones, Patrick Fisher, Alana Profit, Chandra Reyer.

RADIO PLAY AUDITIONS 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Plaza 3 w/Christopher Jones.

"Physics of Time Travel" 03:30pm - 04:30pm
Edina w/Renate Fiora (m), Dan Berliner, Melanie Galloway, Jim Kakalios.

"Fancy Bastard Pie Competition" 08:30pm - 09:30pm
Garden Court - Southwest w/GPS.

FRIDAY, JULY 01, 2016
SIGNING 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table B.

RADIO PLAY AUDITIONS 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Plaza 3 w/Christopher Jones, Khary Payton.

"Writing by Ear" 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Bloomington w/Patrick Marsh (m), Emma Bull, Aimee Kuzenski, Jim McDoniel.

"Don't Call Them Sidekicks: The Enduring Power of Teenage Superheroes" 03:30pm - 04:30pm
Bloomington w/ Christopher Jones, Jessa Markert, Khary Payton, Sylus Rademacher.

"Drawing with the Masters" 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Plaza 2 w/Christopher Jones, Ruth Thompson.

"Why Diversity Needs to be Deeper than Marketing" 08:30pm - 09:30pm
Edina w/ Trisha Lynn (m), Kate Norlander, Jonathan Palmer, Dirk Ykema.

"Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome Live Podcast" 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Edina w/Windy Bowlsby, Melissa Kaercher.

SATURDAY, JULY 02, 2016
"Building Worlds for Fiction" 09:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 1 w/Michael Carus (m), J.M. Lee, Melissa Olson, Lynne M. Thomas.

"Why We Need Representation in Superheroes" 11:00am - 12:00pm
Edina w/ Christopher Jones, Bri Lopez Donovan, Khary Payton, Lynne M. Thomas.

RADIO PLAY REHEARSAL 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Atrium 6 w/ Christopher Jones, Jim Kakalios, Khary Payton and a cast of tens.

RADIO PLAY PERFORMANCE 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Atrium 6 w/ Christopher Jones, Jim Kakalios, Khary Payton and a cast of tens.

"Superficially Strong Female Characters" 05:00pm - 06:00pm
Edina w/ Crystal Huff (m), Kathryn Sullivan, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Joan Marie Verba.

"One on One with Christopher Jones" 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Edina (m) w/Christopher Jones.

ANIMATION BLUE 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Atrium 6 w/Christopher Jones, Lyda Morehouse, Khary Payton, Jenna Powers, Edmund Tsabard.

SUNDAY, JULY 03, 2016
YOUNG JUSTICE 09:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 6 w/Christopher Jones, Khary Payton.

SIGNING 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table B.

RAIN OF THE GHOSTS 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Edina.

READING 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Rm 2201.

ONE ON ONE 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Atrium 6 w/Melissa Kaercher.


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Podcast

Here's a podcast and a half I did...

Here's the interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXwsojrctzM

...aaand here's the separate chunk of the interview all about how people can support YJ Season 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBvQTrBRAvI


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Jerry writes...

Hi Greg,

Thank you so much for the most wonderful show ever, I'm a huge fan of Young Justice.
Maybe it's kind of weird to ask or even to answer but I'd like to know if Wally and Artemis were the first for each other?

Greg responds...

First what?

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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Rayne writes...

In "Terrors" we learn that Mr. Freeze petitioned to be declared legally sane so that he would be sent o Belle Reve. Did the Light have something to do with that petition being granted?

Greg responds...

Maybe. Not necessarily. It doesn't matter much to me.

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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Stannis the Grammar Nazi writes...

The word "wrought" is used on YJ quite a few times. More than I've heard on other media. Is there any reason why you like it? I thought it was a bit archaic. Especially when it is used to mean "created by means other than manually".

Greg responds...

I like a little archaic and arcane language on occasion. Still, I'd have to see which episodes it appeared in to even know if it was me who put it in.

Response recorded on June 27, 2016

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Annonymus writes...

Hi Greg, I was just wondering, how do you react to negative criticism on a show you worked on before like all those people who heavily criticized something you that you and your team liked, like the Joker in Young Justice for example? Would you stick to the creative choice despite how the majority of the audience did not approve or would you make changes to that criticism even if you thought it was fine the way it was.

I know I'm not obligated to advice the creator what to change or not not to change, I am merely asking how the creative team would react in this situation, because I too am learning in production management and how to plan construction for a form of entertainment media.

It would really help,

Greg responds...

I have to stick to my guns. In part because of the long lagtime between production and airing. And in part because I need to maintain my passion for a project. If I'm taking notes from everyone who can make a suggestion on the internet, I'll (a) never get anything done and (b) quickly lose my passion for the project.

If I had listened to all the YJ criticism that came down the pike early on, I would have, for example, cut Miss Martian, Superboy and Kid Flash from the series. I would have made the season one Robin Tim Drake and not Dick Grayson, which means we would never have gotten Nightwing in Season Two. I would have lost Dick's laughter and his wordplay. Aqualad would be another white guy and not the son of Black Manta. Etc. Etc. Etc.

People don't know what we have planned, and they react. Often negatively - especially on the internet - to things that they will eventually love if we and they are patient.

Response recorded on June 24, 2016

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Garrett writes...

If you had all the time in the world to work on the second seasons of your TV Series such as:

Gargoyles

Max Steel

Young Justice

and The Spectacular Spiderman,

What exactly (from the specifics to not-so-specific) would you change/alter them?

Greg responds...

Change or alter? Nothing. Even errors and missed opportunities are errors and missed opportunities I can live with.

Response recorded on June 23, 2016

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Dragomir writes...

1) How strong and invulnerable is Vandal Savage compared to other super powered characters in Young Justice? Is he on Mammoth's/Superboy's/Blockbuster's level or weaker, like Bane's? His displays of strength during his attempts to delay Kid Flash's heart delivery mission were pretty impressive.

2) Did Vandal Savage know Mongul personally and that's why he listened to him on Rimbor? Or was he just a random stranger to him who knew what to say to set him off?

Greg responds...

1. He is pretty impressive. But his main ability is constant healing and repair. He can push his considerable muscles beyond the breaking point, because they will heal up.

2. For the time being, I'll let you judge that for yourself. Beyond that: No Spoilers.

Response recorded on June 23, 2016

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Allaine writes...

Why is Speedy "Speedy" and not something more obviously archery-related?

Greg responds...

Why is Robin "Robin" and not something more obviously bat-related?

Back in the day, things weren't quite so rigid.

Response recorded on June 22, 2016

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therewithasmile writes...

Hi there, big fan of your show. I'd been hearing so much praise but I was never big on the superhero scene. Finally got roped in when my boyfriend sat me down to watch it, and I marathoned it in two nights. Fantastic work and completely enthralling.
Before I ask my questions I must add in that I am big on the shipping side of things, so I have "shipping goggles" on, so to speak. I really like Conner and M'gann's relationship: it's grown to something wonderfully complex in season 2, and a pretty realistic one at that. I'm interested in knowing your thoughts on creating this relationship, both as a study and as a learning experience as someone who aspires to be a writer one day. And so here are my questions.
1. As I noticed, their relationship always seemed pretty integral to the plot (as opposed to, say, Wally and Artemis) both in season 1, and definitely in season 2. Was the show conceived to portray such a relationship, or did it grow to fruition after deciding on their character arcs?
2. In that same vein, was the subplot of season 2 concerning M'gann and her continuous (ab)use of her powers there from the beginning of development and, by extension, act as a means to develop their relationship?
3. Was it always planned for M'gann and Conner to split? What I mean is, as soon as you knew you were getting a second season, were they already doomed to fail?
4. At the end of the events in episode 11, if it weren't for Conner being there would M'gann be compromised and still be frozen in the ice?
5. I know Superboy and Wondergirl are a couple in the comicverse. As Cassie is obviously an item with Tim, it may be moot now. But during development, was it ever considered that Conner and Cassie would follow their comicbook selves and move toward a relationship?
Thank you again, for both creating the show and entertaining my heavy "shipping" questions. I'm always interested to hear what you think / your process was when developing this relationship.

Greg responds...

1. The whole thing is pretty organic in its creation. It's a chicken and the egg thing. We built it all together.

2. Maybe not all the specifics, but we knew we were going to demonstrate how powerful she was in Season One (in "Bereft" and "Failsafe," for example) and that it would become a problem down the road.

3. Well, doomed to have already failed, I suppose. Long term, who knows? (Well, Brandon and I know, but we're not telling.)

4. It depends what you mean by compromised. I think Conner gave Megan the jolt she needed to free herself, but she might have managed it on her own.

5. No. Keep in mind that initially, Cassie was one of the few characters who were off-limits to us. So when we started there was literally no way she could be paired with Conner. By the time we received permission to use her it was too late to put her into Season One. We wanted her in Season Two, but that made her considerably younger than where Conner's headspace would be in Season Two.

Response recorded on June 22, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In "Misplaced" the being called Sabbac was mentioned. Was this Timothy Karnes (or Barnes) or Ishmael Gregor?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on June 22, 2016

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rudlak07 writes...

Thanks for reading my question, Mr Weisman I'm a HUGE fan of Young Justice! It shouldn't be of any trouble.
If Aquaman knew that Kaldur's biological father was Black Manta and had kept this a secret,
1) How did Aquaman know?
2) How did Kaldur find out and use this to go undercover? Surely Manta would've thought this suspicious
3) Also, did Manta know Kaldur was his son?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. No Spoilers.

3. Yes.

Response recorded on June 21, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. What is the name of the school that Billy Batson attended during Team Year 0?

2. What is the name of the school that Billy Batson attended during Team Year 2?

3. What is the name of the school that Billy Batson attendees during Team Year 6?

Greg responds...

1. Don't know.

2. Don't know.

3. Don't know.

Response recorded on June 03, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Why was Catherine Cobert specifically chosen to be the Justice League's public affairs officer?

2. If Icon is of extraterrestrial origin, then what is the name of the species that he specifically hails from?

3. What specific reason did the Justice League decide not to go public with their alliance at first?

4. Considering Vandal Savage said it was simply "business as usual," how many years has the partnership between The Light and Darkseid really been going on?

5. When Aquaman was finally brought into the loop about Aqualad's true loyalties (assuming it happened off-screen), how did he feel about Aqualad going through such a dangerous undercover assignment?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. Can't remember off the top of my head, and I don't have that info here at my Nickelodeon office.

3. They thought the League would be more effective if people didn't know about it and couldn't anticipate having more than one hero show up to address a problem.

4. No spoilers.

5. Mixed.

Response recorded on May 26, 2016

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ND writes...

Can Paula Crock leave her home alone? There are apparently steps in front, which is not practical for someone in a wheelchair. So is there an access ramp somewhere?

Have a great day!

Greg responds...

Yes. But it was a pain to get the landlord to install it.

Response recorded on May 26, 2016

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Mat Boot writes...

What is population size on mars? Is Mars population size same size or smaller than the human population size on earth?

Greg responds...

Smaller.

Response recorded on May 26, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Is Dick the only Robin to have (use) a signature laugh?

Greg responds...

Robin/Tim doesn't. Anything else would be a spoiler.

Response recorded on May 25, 2016

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Batman'sNewSidekick writes...

Does young justice crimes only happen on the weekends. Lol or is just when they get to save the world on weekendweaned holidays lol. Love ya show I want it back.

Greg responds...

Track the calendar and see for yourself: http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline

Response recorded on May 25, 2016

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Kyle Kenyatta writes...

Hey Mr. Weisman

If I heard correctly, I understand that when you and your collaborators first broke the story for Young Justice, you had a "two-year" plan for the series, though you also had plans for as many as five seasons, in total. Considering that, I have two questions. First, did you ever expect to get a pickup for season 3? It seems to me that, if not, you went through an awful amount of trouble (I.e. Purposefully and masterfully introducing elements evocative of an eventual Apokolips storyline, among other things) to tease storylines that you were fairly certain would never be explored on the show. Of course, given your propensity for thorough world building, I could definitely see how you would make such a creative choice. Second, if you had gotten a season three pickup, would you have liked to continue the concurrent comic line (there were definitely more stories that could've been told in comic format, including what went on during the five year gap, how Ocean Master became disgraced, the Marvel family story that you had planned, etc.)?

Greg responds...

Your assumptions are off.

We didn't ever specifically have a "two-year plan" or a "five-year plan" in quotation marks. We had a long term plan for multiple seasons. However, it makes obvious sense that during Season One we had a better idea what we wanted to do for Season Two then, say, Season Nine. The closer you are to what you're actually doing, the more clarity you have.

We never knew if we'd get a pick-up for Season Two until we got it. We didn't know we weren't going to get a pick-up for Season Three until we were eventually told it wasn't coming. The plan was always to end each season with open-ended closure and hope for the best. That's what we did at the end of both seasons. It worked out for Season Two. Hasn't worked out yet for Season Three. But we haven't given up hope. (#KeepBingingYJ!)

And, yes, we would have liked to have been allowed to continue the companion comic with or without a Season Three. We haven't given up hope on that either. (#BuyYJcomicsonComixology or iTunes!)

Response recorded on May 23, 2016

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Jack Johnson writes...

Hey Mr. Weisman

I consider your and your collaborators' take on Young Justice to be a masterpiece, not just in terms of action but in terms of planning and structure. And that leads me to ask the question of how, exactly, did you go about mounting that type of beautifully complex operation? I mean how were you able to develop all of those intertwining stories for literally hundreds of characters and feed them all into the larger agenda? Did you start by breaking a general story for where you wanted the series to go and which characters you wanted to take it there? Or did you start with the main characters and work your way out from there?

Greg responds...

I suppose we did start with general story. And characters, including general directions for each major character.

Then it's about index cards on a bulletin board. You move them around until you've got a cohesive set of stories, creating an arc or tapestry for the entire season.

Response recorded on May 23, 2016

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Corey Cusack writes...

The USA has child in danger laws? So why does US Government and the American police not stop the Justice League use of children as sidekicks in the Universe of Young Justice?

Greg responds...

Awareness? They are a covert team, after all.

Look, the simple fact is that these kids would be and/or were doing this anyway. At least with League support they stand a better chance. Or so the thinking goes.

Beyond that... well, THAT'S the concept/conceit of the series. If you don't buy into it - which is fine - I can't help you much.

Response recorded on May 18, 2016

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Cheech Arias writes...

Is the international space station in earth orbit in the young justice universe?

Greg responds...

<shrug> I guess. Maybe.

Response recorded on May 18, 2016

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Madonna writes...

Can the young justice Vandal Savage be killed?

Greg responds...

I would think so. But the question is academic. He hasn't been killed. At least not yet.

Response recorded on May 17, 2016

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Adam Daemon Frankenstein writes...

Hi Greg. Big fan. So, I was just wondering, how exactly did Earth-16 Black Canary get her Canary Cry? They didn't know about the Meta-Gene until season 2.

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

But I will say that not knowing about the gene didn't mean it didn't exist.

Response recorded on May 17, 2016

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Maddie writes...

Hello there, I'm a big YJ fan, and I have a couple of uestions.

1) When you first thought about Artemis and Wally's relationship, did you always knew they were in for the long run? I think what I'm actualy trying to ask is if you developed their relationship beliving they were meant for each other, and if they would be still together after season 2 if Wally hadn't died.

2)My second question is about Nightwing-Dick. In the comics specially, it's clear that he has a hsitory with several girls (Including Zatanna, who by the way I love how you portraited) but none as strong and deep as the one he has with Barbara. We know he's a "dog" and not quite ready for her, but do you believe that he (I mean the Dick you developed) would ever be?

Thank you so much for reading this.

Greg responds...

1. I'll say that we knew they'd still be together in Season Two. Beyond that, I'm not talking.

2. No spoilers.

Response recorded on May 16, 2016

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Lori Messner writes...

Was the Young Justice Garfield Logan always homeschool?

Greg responds...

"Always" is a long time.

Response recorded on May 11, 2016

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Liz writes...

Mammoth never had a voice actor, so I was wondering if the cobra venom that was injected into him also took away his ability to speak? He never actually spoke words, just growls and grunts.

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on May 11, 2016

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Lynnl writes...

Hi Greg.
1) Once, somebody asked if Wildcat was still active, and said that sometimes he goes into action.(http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=14582). Also, you said he is 91. I can't really imagine a 91 year old person fighting crime, so is there an explanation for Ted's physical condition?
2) What did the League said to the media about Zatara disappearing?
3) Since Zatara was a stage magician too, was his secret identity really a secret? If yes, how did he kept it that way?
4) Same question with Zatanna.
5) Has Zee ever visited Wayne Manor?

Greg responds...

1. I didn't say he sometimes goes into action, I said, "not to say he NEVER goes into action." Which is me saying, "I'm not committing." I'm also not going to spoil his physical condition one way or another.

2. Who said the media asked?

3. No one said it was a secret.

4. What season are we talking about?

5. No spoilers.

Response recorded on May 11, 2016

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JCF writes...

I did go to see someone; I started soon after Young Justice started. But the early days weren't easy. Knowing that I'd miss the rest of the show if I killed myself gave me something concrete to hang onto. So. Thank you.

Greg responds...

You're welcome. Please take care of yourself.

Response recorded on May 10, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Greg,
I loved your work on Young Justice. The show really shows the hard work and time you and the rest of the creative team put into it. I really loved the character design, plots, and how your were able to take the characters of such a huge and overwhelmingly popular univers and depict them in your own ways, but still stick to their origins. A character that I love in pretty much every adaptation he had a appeared in is Wally West and that includes the way you have made his character out to be in this series. I don't know if you have previously answered this or not but my question involves just this character.

What exactly inspired you to go in the direction you did with Wally West/Kid Flash? And why? (As far as his utterly tragic yet brilliant send off in the episode "endgame"). Which by the way I thought was excellent. There's no better way to send off and honor such an amazing hero in this kind of show. My question is manly out of curiosity and wonderment, because I'm sure there were many ideas contemplated with the role and direction this character and many others that you all had in mind. I don't know if it really fits in the regulations given and can be answered, if not I'm sorry. Once again, thank you all for the effort you put in to the show and giving us such a great piece of art and entertainment. Every episode was outstanding.

Greg responds...

We're glad you liked the series and Wally.

But honestly, I'm not sure I understand the question. We looked at Wally West stories from many different eras and put together what we felt was a classic and iconic yet contemporary version of the character, one that fit into the coherent, cohesive continuity that we were trying to create for the show. Much credit should be shared with my partner Brandon Vietti, character designer Phil Bourassa and voice actor Jason Spisak.

Response recorded on May 10, 2016

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Kyle K. writes...

In Young Justice, who are designated as League Member 27 and 28, A08 and A09?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on May 06, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

If the Light's ultimate goal is to make humanity more advanced and evolved, then why would a Lord of Choas like Klarion be one of the main members? I understand him wanting to cause chaos for fun like he did in the episode Misplaced, but in the end does he really care what happens to Earth?

Greg responds...

If he believes Earth brings the Chaos...

Response recorded on May 06, 2016

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Burton writes...

Marie Logon was forty seven in episode Image. But she not look a day older than thirty right?

Greg responds...

Marie Logan was indeed 47 in Image. How she looked is, I suppose, a matter of personal opinion.

Response recorded on May 05, 2016

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Paul writes...

Oops, I meant to say that there's 5 years' age difference between Artemis and Mary, not 6. Artemis obviously was 15 in Team Year Zero and you confirmed elsewhere on Ask Greg that Mary and Freddy were the same age as Billy, so sorry, my mistake. :)

Greg responds...

'Sokay.

Response recorded on May 05, 2016

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b_bee430 writes...

1. What/Who were the aliens from "Failsafe"? Their ships bare resemblance to M'gann's bio-ship, though I doubt they were Martians.

CAUTION: This is a question for Greg Vietti.
2. What is Grany Smith's recipe from episode 17 of "Hello Megan!"?

3. Why was Hello Megan! cancelled?

4. Why did Artemis, M'gann and Kaldur cut their hair before Team year 5?

5. Can Kaldur close his gills so he seems human?

Greg responds...

1. J'onn made them up, interpolating things from many sources.

2. You'll have to ask Brandon Weisman.

3. Mediocre ratings.

4. Artemis for practicality. M'gann for a change of pace. Kaldur - I'm thinking he wanted to look badass.

5. You've seen them closed. They're still visible if his neck is bare.

Response recorded on May 04, 2016

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Bumbleboy92 writes...

Well it's been nearly a year (I think more) since YJ stopped airing. I recently just re-watched the entire series except for the last two episodes mainly because I really despise the feeling that after those two it'll be over again and all that there is to do is watch from the beginning.

Not really a question, just wanted to let you know that even with two seasons it was amazing (ik you've written that the show just isn't picked up and not cancelled)

Greg responds...

Thanks.

Response recorded on May 04, 2016

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Veronique writes...

Did Superboy ever know that he was Artemis' "White Rabbit" and do they ever have some sort of friendship because I noticed in the show that they hardly spoken to one another.
In fact can you just define the whole Team's friendship/relationships to each other. Especially Rocket I wanted more airtime for her and see her with the Team.
Besides that I love your show! I wish it would come on again.
P.S. I'm starting to get addicted to Gargoyles.

Greg responds...

Conner and Artemis are definitely friends. I wouldn't say they're the closest on the Team, but that should not be mistaken as distanced.

I doubt, however, that she revealed the whole White Rabbit thing. Unless maybe it came up after she and Wally were firmly locked in as a couple.

But, no, I'm not going to create some kind of relationship chart that lays out how every character feels about every other character. Mostly, I think that can be left to your imagination.

Response recorded on May 02, 2016

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LynnL writes...

Hi Mr. Weisman.

1) How do you feel about fans putting names to the pairings?

2) Usually pairing names are a mix of the two characters' names. But Spitfire (Wally / Artemis) and Chalant (Dick / Zatanna) aren't, what do you think about that?

Thank you for your time

Greg responds...

1. I'm fine with it.

2. I'm fine with it.

Response recorded on May 02, 2016

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ShadZ writes...

Have you been reading the Gotham Academy comic book (since Gotham Academy first appeared in Young Justice)? It's good...

Greg responds...

Nope.

Response recorded on April 29, 2016

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Dule Hill writes...

How does Beast Boy fell about Miss Martian having his mother Marie Logan's face?

Greg responds...

Good.

Response recorded on April 29, 2016

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Anjali Vaid writes...

1. Why did Robin/Nightwing and Zatanna break up?

2. In Bereft, a scene was shown from Hello, Megan! when M'gann was trying to help Superboy. But Superboy didn't know about it being a TV show until Image with the rest of the Team. Why was the scene in there?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. I'm certain you've misinterpreted what you saw.

Response recorded on April 29, 2016

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Marvelman writes...

Maybe it's because they were in a few episodes together, but for some reason I imagine a sibling relationship between Billy (Captain Marvel) and Zatanna - similar to the one between Beast Boy and Ms. Martian. What say you?

(I may be projecting a little here. Zatanna is so cool. Who wouldn't want her as a big sister?)

Greg responds...

I wouldn't go that far. They're not as close as Beast Boy and Miss Martian. But there's clearly a connection there.

Response recorded on April 29, 2016

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ND writes...

In the tie-in comic "hot case", Kaldur keeps a photo of Tula in his mobile phone. How did he take this photo? Does his mobile phone work in Atlantis? Shouldn't the image be dark and/or blurred? And if the photo was taken on the surface, what were Kaldur and Tula doing together at that time?

Greg responds...

He sent the photo - taken with Atlantean tech - to his surface smartphone. Yeah. That's the ticket.

Response recorded on April 28, 2016

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Nancy writes...

Why did Superboy and Miss Martian visit Garfield and his mom on December first of 2010?

Greg responds...

A. They were in the neighborhood, so to speak. B. Since "Image," M'gann feels very close to Marie and Garfield.

Response recorded on April 27, 2016

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Chris writes...

Is a Martian's lifespan longer than Superman and Superboy's lifespans?

Greg responds...

I would think so but the answer is probably a Spoiler.

Response recorded on April 27, 2016

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Todd Jensen writes...

I've read the synopsis of the radio play crossover you made for "Gargoyles", "The Spectacular Spider-Man", and "Young Justice" (it'd be neat if you could put up the script for it at "Ask Greg" as you did for "Religious Studies 101", and noted that, near the end, you had Batman asking Goliath to join the Justice League. Now, the obvious reason why you had Batman be the one approaching Goliath was for the joke about Xanatos trying to get both Batman and Iron Man to join his club for rich guys with fancy equipment. But I remember how, back when you were making "Gargoyles", you were concerned that people might see it as a rip-off of "Batman: TAS" (to the point where you even drew up a list of differences between the two series); did you choose Batman for that role as a sort of callback to that?

Greg responds...

Not consciously.

Response recorded on April 22, 2016

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Colin writes...

Mongul and Black Beetle were trading blows on the War world, and seemed to be evenly matched. But then we Green giving Black some assistance towards the end. Who would have won had it "stayed" strictly a 1 v 1

Does Klarion like being a pawn in Vandal's schemes. Is there a genuine mutual- respect between them.

Why does Nabo use the Helmet as medium to materialise in the physical plane? It just seems like Klarion's method "The familiar" is far more practical since he does not have to rely on a human vessel. Additionally, what are Lords of Chaos and Order.

Greg responds...

1. I don't know. Mongul is stronger, but strength is his only power. Black Beetle was using a number of powers. It might have gone either way.

2. Klarion doesn't see himself that way. Neither do I.

3. I'm not sure Klarion understands "respect". But, yeah, each in their own way.

4. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. Klarion has to rely on his familiar, which often creates a vulnerability.

5. They are creatures of pure magic from a different plane that serve those two conceptions.

Response recorded on April 22, 2016

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Edwards4509 writes...

1. How powerful is Earth-16's Wonder Woman. Could she trade blows with Superman.

2. Ive always been intrigued by this; why is it that Kid Flash has to accelerate and decelerate when running, whereas Impulse and Flash can stop and start almost instantly

3. I know it has been established that Supernoy would never have full krptonian powers due only being half human-but in theory, would he get stronger(even if a little bit) if were closer to Earth's yellow sun.

4. Whats Superman's top flight speed in terms of "Mach"? Is it anywhere near as fast as Kid Flash.

5. What would it take to kill Superman on Earth-16, in terms of conventional weaponry. Could he survive a nuke as powerful as the Tzar Bomb?

Greg responds...

1. Sure. So could you. As long as you got to go first. Anyway, she's strong, but not AS strong as Superman.

2. I feel like I've answered this before, but once again...
*Jay Garrick became the first Flash due to a laboratory accident which gave him his speed.
*Barry Allen became the second Flash by intentionally recreating Jay's accident under laboratory conditions. It infused every molecule of his being, down to the genetic level and gave him much more advanced speed and molecular control over his powers than Jay had.
*Wally West (at age 14) attempted to recreate Barry's experiment in his family garage. He blew up the garage and nearly died. His powers are equivalent to Jay's.
*Bart Allen's powers are a result of a genetic inheritance from his father Don Allen, which came from Don's father Barry. His powers are equivalent to Barry's.

3. Eh. Maybe.

4. I dunno. Maybe he could build to that.

5. I don't know what the Tzar Bomb is, but he survived the Reach Bomb.

Response recorded on April 22, 2016

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Giorgio writes...

Why did Conner not hear Queen Bee in Garfield's room?

Greg responds...

He wasn't listening?

Response recorded on April 20, 2016

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Zion1244 writes...

In regards to strength, how does Icon compare to the other league heavy hitters, such as Superman, Captain Marvel, Cpt Atom & Green Lantern?

Greg responds...

Green Lantern's not particularly strong. Not physically. As for Captain Marvel, it depends whether we're talking season one or season two.

I'm not too interested in ranking generally, so I won't be held to this, but I guess I'd rank it Superman, Icon, Captain Atom. The latter's strength is augmented by energy from the quantum field reinforced by his alien metal exo-shell. The energy is virtually unlimited, but there's only so much augmentation his muscles - even with his exo-shell - can manage.

But they're all very strong. And often, strength is situational. No one's interested in how much they can bench press in a gym under controlled conditions. (Or at any rate, I'M not interested in that.) So in one situation, I could see Superman being stronger; in another, Icon, etc.

Response recorded on April 20, 2016

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Tupka writes...

No question, just something I observed.

The very first time I asked a question here, one of mine was about the change from Nathaniel Adam to Adams. You explained in always felt more natural to you, even in the 80s.

Did you know that, during the Silver Age, Captain Allen Adam was frequently, erroneously, identified as Allen Adams? In early appearances in Space Adventures, he would often be called Adams instead. See this one:

http://i.imgur.com/pT8dKKi.jpg

Like I said, no question, but vindication, perhaps?

Greg responds...

I did know... as I read all that stuff in the eighties when Cary Bates and I did Captain Atom. The Adam/Atom pun was always more annoying than fun for me. And at least Adams felt like a real surname. So real, that letterers of the day naturally made the mistake.

Response recorded on April 20, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Does Nightwing like Wally in the series Young Justice? To go behind Batman's back and reveal his identity knowing it was against the rules seems pretty extreme.

Greg responds...

Yes, of course. They're best friends. Which is indicated by the fact that Dick revealed HIS OWN identity to Wally. (Wally figured out Batman's identity from that.)

Response recorded on April 19, 2016

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Yasmin writes...

hi Greg! I love you show young justice! I'm currently rewatching the show for I think the 3rd time now? sounds lame but what can I say, the show never gets old! anyway I have to ask some questions, they're stupid questions but it's bothering me.
1) when is Artemis's birthday? I don't know if this counts as a spoiler (if it is I apologize)
2) is Atemis younger or older than Wally? I know that they were both the same age, but I'm confused because there was an episode where Wally turned 16 and I don't really know if she was 16 or still 15 turning 16 or...?
thank you and keep up the good work with your projects. I have hope that young justice will one day come back(:

Greg responds...

1. Haven't set it yet.

2. Younger - though by less than a year.

Response recorded on April 18, 2016

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Lorisa214 writes...

1) Would you agree that Artemis, Dick & Wally are the closest on The Team as far as being real life friends.
2) would this hold true for all 5 years?
3) Who signed as witness(es) at Jade & Roy's wedding?
4) Would Clark & Bruce hang out if it wasn't work related.
5) You said Lois Lane exist. Do they have any romantic feelings towards each other? Are they dating? -ish?

Greg responds...

1. Uh. Well. Artemis and Wally are obviously very close. And Wally and Dick are best friends. Kaldur and Roy are close. So is Kaldur and Conner. Obviously Conner and M'gann. M'gann and Artemis are pretty close. And so are Artemis and Zatanna. Zatanna and Dick are pretty close. Billy and Zatanna are friendly. And toward the end there Raquel and Kaldur seemed intrigued with each other. I don't know. They're all friends.

2. Uh. Sure.

3. I don't know. But if I did, the answer would be No Spoilers.

4. I think so. They're pretty close friends. Always have been, right?

5. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on April 18, 2016

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Harrison writes...

Why did Miss Martian change her hairstyle between season one and season two?

Greg responds...

For variety?

Response recorded on April 18, 2016

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Jacob Kilner writes...

As a fan of Spectacular Spider-Man (I pretty much hold it as THE gold standard for Spider-Man and indeed, adaptations in general) and Young Justice, I like many others were crushingly disappointed by their cancellation.

My question is; as well as focusing on current projects, do you still, if occasionally, look for ways to continue or even complete the stories you started in the past series cancelled?

Even if it has been years since cancellation, do you still hold out hope or even consider options for revival?

Greg responds...

Yes.

Yes.

Response recorded on April 13, 2016

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Margaret writes...

What is youngest age person can be to become part of the team?

Greg responds...

Well, Conner was 16 weeks. Can't see us going much younger than that. But you never know.

Response recorded on April 13, 2016

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Stevie Velasquez writes...

Hi I was wondering why you chose who you chose for the Light on Young Justice?

Greg responds...

ASKED AND ANSWERED. Look at the ASK GREG archives for Young Justice.

Response recorded on April 06, 2016

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Doug writes...

Was Queen Bee's order for Garfield to hurt himself remove from Garfield's brain by Miss Martian and her uncle?

Greg responds...

The effect of her power doesn't last beyond her presence/influence.

Response recorded on April 06, 2016

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Daniel writes...

How does Uncle John feel about Miss Martian and Garfield treating each other as brother and sister? Has Garfield been to Uncle John's apartment?

Greg responds...

I'm sure he's good with it. He seems the sympathetic type.

And probably.

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Andres writes...

Dear Greg

After so many years what is your opinion of the current status of Animation in America?

Second with how animation in motion pictures is telling more diverse type of stories than before with DC having great success with there direct to video animated films having success directed at a more general audience the success of anime as a genre and animation widely accepted as a medium for adult comedy why don't great series of drama action and adventure, intelligent well told stories such YJ fet taken more serious?Why are they seen as directed ot young boys who buy toys?

Greg responds...

Let me answer your second question first and work my way through the others from there.

I don't know.

I don't know why animation isn't taken more seriously by the general audience of adults. But the fact is: it isn't. Wish it wasn't so, but it is so. Even Pixar movies are largely viewed by MOST adults only if they are parents taking their children. There are a ton of exceptions, of course. And, of course, parents would rather see a movie that works on multiple levels, so that there's something for their kids, but also something for themselves, i.e. for adults. So parents/adults have learned to expect more from the animated movies of Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks/etc. because they've seen good movies from those companies and have started to learn the difference between a good animated move and a bad animated movie. And what is that difference? Well, your mileage may vary, but it's basically the same difference between a good movie and a bad movie, period.

As for a series like Young Justice, your thinking is backwards. Young boys don't buy toys. How could they? Where would they get the money? Parents buy toys for kids (boys AND girls) based on (a) what they think their kids like and (b) what their kids tell them they like.

A show like Young Justice is PAID FOR by the money that toys bring in. If there weren't toys, there wouldn't be any money to make the show. So, frankly, bitching about the shows being directed to kids for the purposes of selling toys is basically bitching about the show being made at all. Because, again, without the toy component, there is no show. NO SHOW.

That's why YJ didn't get a third season. The toyline failed. (We can spend hours discussing why, but that's another topic.) So no more money was coming in from the toy company. No money. NO SHOW. (Or no third season under that financial model, anyway.)

And I am 100% fine with that. Because I WANT kids watching Young Justice. Like a good Pixar movie, YJ is written on levels. There's plenty of eye candy for younger kids. Explosions, young heroes in costumes, etc. And plenty for tweens, teens, college students, adults and geeks of all ages to enjoy as well. That's the game plan. We have a target audience, we MUST hit, i.e. boys 6-11 years old. As long as we are successful in that demographic, everyone is happy. And everyone is HAPPIER if we also get girls 6-11 and boys 11-13, and girls 11-13 and teens and adults of all genders, etc., etc.,etc.

As for anime, and/or the DC animated movies, they are doing well - or better, at least. But let's not kid ourselves. They are still only serving niche audiences in the United States. They serve geeks of various flavors (myself included). On a grand scale - say, compared to LION KING or SHREK - they're not doing big numbers. They're just not. Fanbases on the internet fool themselves into thinking things are more popular and money-generating than they really are. "I like it and my friends like it and a bunch of strangers on the internet like it, therefore nearly EVERYONE must like it!' But that's a fallacy.

Which finally brings us to your first question: what is [my] opinion of the current status of Animation in America?

I don't know.

Response recorded on April 04, 2016

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Young Justice Interview

If you're interested in seeing Young Justice come back for a third season, check out this interview here:

https://www.inverse.com/article/13681-young-justice-needs-a-hero-says-creator-greg-weisman


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Liz writes...

Absolutely loved Young Justice. And I think your work is awesome! First time asking here.

1. I was looking up Klarion the Witch Boy on the Young Justice Wikipedia and it said that his age was ageless. I compared Klarion's age to Doctor Fate/Nabu's, and it said Nabu's age was eternal. What's the difference?

2. Does their age difference have anything to do with them being opposite species, for instance, are all lords of order's ages eternal, and all lords of chaos ageless?

3. Is either Klarion or Nabu older than the other? If so, which one was born first?

4. What were the other reasons Klarion joined the Light?

5. At what point did he join the Light?

Greg responds...

1. Semantics.

2. You're quibbling over synonyms. I'm not sure how to respond.

3. SPOILERS.

4. Chaos.

5. SPOILERS.

Response recorded on March 31, 2016

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Joseph Winfield writes...

1. In Young Justice, what are Superman's religious beliefs? Does he follow Rao, the Abrahamic god, or another Terran/Kryptonian faith?
2. The wiki mentioned Martian reverence of sorcerer priests. Does this mean that magic was/is commonplace in their society?
3. What was first contact like between Earth and Mars?

Thank you for your consideration.

Greg responds...

1. I haven't thought about it. He probably conflated Rao in with the Christian Trinity.

2. Not commonplace. But, it clearly exists. Anything beyond that is a spoiler.

3. Ask J'onn J'onzz and Professor Erdel. Beyond that, SPOILER!

Response recorded on March 31, 2016

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Abbott writes...

Did league and the team know that the blood tranfusion was canging Garfield's dna before he get his power?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on March 28, 2016

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b_bee430 writes...

Greg, have you seen The Flash on The CW? If you have, what are your thoughts on it? Also, last year there was a rumor that the CW were planning a Young Justice live action teen drama for 2015. Have you heard about it at all? And do you think a live action adaption of YJ would be good? I was just wondering and thanks for answering!

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. I really liked Season One. I'm way behind watching Season Two. Been busy.

3. The rumors are complete bologna.

4. A live-action adaptation of YJ COULD be good. It's all about execution.

Response recorded on March 28, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Hey, I just started watching Young Justice and I absolutely LOVED it. Thank you so much for that. I just have one question.

1. My question regards one of the minor villains named Klarion. If he was the all-powerful lord of chaos, why does he need the light? Couldn't he easily obliterate the Justice League if he's immortal?

Thank you!

Greg responds...

Who said a Lord of Chaos is all-powerful? Is Doctor Fate/Nabu, who is a Lord of Order, all-powerful?

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Anonymous writes...

In Secrets three freshman attempt to leave the Halloween party, only to be told to go back inside by Marvin. The freashman are dressed as Captain Atom, Aquaman, and Wonder Girl. As seen here

http://namtab.com/aquablog/yjsecrets13.gif

1. Is the Wonder Girl costume a tribute or shout out to Donna Troy?

2. Is that costume what Donna would have worn at some point?

Greg responds...

1. That's a Wonder WOMAN costume. Not Wonder Girl.

2. No Spoilers. But no. Donna was never Wonder Girl. She was Troia.

Response recorded on March 24, 2016

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Kaitlyn (again!) writes...

Hi again,

I read in the guidelines to submit different posts involving different subjects, so I have another question, one that isn't as, for lack of better terms, serious as the other!

Throughout the Young Justice series, I was always wondering why you had the Kid Flash and Artemis pairing as opposed to the Kid Flash and Linda Park one. I honestly enjoy the 'Spitfire' pairing more (actually, I LOVE this pairing. I'm going down with this ship, Mr. Weisman xD), so I'm definitely not complaining that Linda wasn't added to the cast. I was just curious as to why you chose to add a Wally and Artemis pairing.

Greg responds...

We worked with the group we had. Linda didn't fit our plans.

Response recorded on March 03, 2016

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hmmaster writes...

Hey Greg! I want to thank you gain for your awesome career. Basically every single show that you have ever worked on in some capacity has been awesome, which is a track record that should get you plenty of work in the future.

My question is sort of a roundabout one. You did a Google hangout talk with a few of the popular YouTube reviewers of Young Justice over the summer, and something came up that piqued my interest. One of the topics was going to be what a potential season 3 might look like, what kinds of storylines that we could expect to see (or want to see). You stopped the discussions before it could start because of legal reasons, so I was wondering what that entails.

Is it the same rule that makes you incapable of reading fanfiction if you wanted? Like, if I or someone else were to ask a question regarding a list of what storylines we wanted to see, would you be incapable of even acknowledging said list? Would you just give a usual response of a spoiler request if you did acknowledge it? Would that list then make you incapable of using any of those storylines if you answered the question? Does it all fall under the same legal umbrella?

(I apologize if that isn't very clear)

Greg responds...

Were they asking me what we had planned or TELLING me what they'd like to see? (I can't remember.)

In any case, I always try to discourage folks from telling me their ideas. It does put me at a legal risk, in that if we used an idea - that we came up with on our own - that is in anyway similar to an idea that I was exposed to, that person might decide to sue.

Beyond that... I DON'T TAKE REQUESTS. And I don't give out spoilers.

Response recorded on March 03, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In Young Justice #15 Ronal creates a fish when battling Ocean Master. During the battle his tattoos, or skin icons are visible. As shown here

http://namtab.com/aquablog/youngjustice15pg16.gif

Kaldur's tattoos, or skin icons are eels.

What type of tattoos, or skin icons does Ronal have?

Greg responds...

I think it's a barracuda, but my memory is not reliable, and I don't have the materials here to double check.

Response recorded on March 03, 2016

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Food writes...

All these questions are related to food.

1. In comics it said that superman dosent require food as he can live off entirely on solar energy. Is this same case for Earth 16 Superman and to an extent Superboy?

2. Do Maritians need food? I'd imagine that on mars, their diets would probaley be different than humans, but do their shapeshifting powers allow to them compensate for lack of nutrition?

3. In the series, Wally's suit had a pocket where he kept emergency food. Now first I have to say that's a pretty clever way to deal with Wally's speedy metabolism weakness. I also assume that Flash and Impulse have a food rations on them as well in case of emergencies, so what exactly is the food they eat? I can't imagine it being anything gourmet or something that could easily get destroyed or cause a mess. I (personally) would probably think of it as similar to the rations they give in the military.

4. Do other heroes like Batman or Green arrow keep emergency food rations as well? I mean in most versions, Batman tends to keep himself pretty busy with both his hero and wayne industry work, so he dosnet get that much sleep. So I suppose if he's on some long mission, he probaley would need stop and eat something at one point. The thought occurs to me when I think of the Batman Arkham game series, where Batman is trapped inside Arkham Asylum for at least 10 hours and dosnet eat anything. Now obviously that's just a game dynamic so its not a big deal, but considering how well written Young Justice is I would wonder when and how the heros get a chance to eat and basically recover some energy.

5. I lied. This last question isn't about food. After the events of Misplaced, was the Zeta Tube computer updated to recognise Billy Baston?

Greg responds...

1. No. Not for either of them. They could probably go longer without food than a human. But they still have digestive tracks, etc., and if they didn't eat and take in nutrients, those systems would atrophy, and long-term, they'd die.

2. No. Again, I'm not saying they need to eat on the same schedule humans do, but they must eat.

3. Barry and Bart don't have the same metabolism issues that Wally has. Which is not to say they don't eat a lot. But they don't need to keep food on them.

4. I haven't thought about this. But Batman seems like the kind of guy who's prepared for everything. And Green Arrow seems like the kind of guy who isn't prepared for much.

5. Yes.

Response recorded on February 25, 2016

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Raphael writes...

Hi Greg, I wrote many months ago about the correct episode order for Gargoyles. I actually live in Australia so getting Gargoyles Season 2 Vol. 2 is hard and because I know I won't be able to finish it, I haven't watched all of what I have of Gargoyles yet. That information wasn't really needed but I figured I would put it there as a precursor to saying I'm practically obsessive about The Spectacular Spider-Man, (as a Spider-Man fan like yourself, albeit a much narrower breadth of knowledge as I am only a teenager) love Young Justice, particularly the second season, and am enjoying Gargoyles (I think I'm only just past City of Stone, which was epic in the literal sense) and Star Wars Rebels, that twist in 'Rise of the Old Masters' in particular was really well crafted, which as I write this is six episodes or seven episodes in, I'm slightly behind.
Before I get started, I want to make it clear that whatever I say in my first question, I have no intention to argue with you about what you put in the show as others have been about Wally West at the time I write this. I actually have a few different questions on Young Justice, one on The Spectacular Spider-Man and one about you which are split up and these two paragraphs sort of serve as an introduction to all of it.
1. I'm fairly certain there's an undeniable change of pacing and generally a slight tinkering in the type of storytelling from the first season of Young Justice to the second. In the first season the episodes were relatively self contained episodes that contributed to larger character arcs but in the second season almost every episode, if not every episode, contributed to a constant driving narrative. I've noticed something like this in all of your shows, between their first and second seasons before they all were sadly cancelled. Gargoyles felt like its first season set up the character dynamics and world before the second season expanded its universe, probably due to such a large episode order. And The Spectacular Spider-Man felt like it just grew more confident and ambitious. If you don't think these assessments are correct I'd be very different to hear why your shows evolved. I believe Young Justice evolved the most though. Was that planned from the start or was the show readjusted due to what direction you and the rest thought the show could best move in? Or was it some external factor like a change in writing staff, or a smaller amount of episode? In conclusion, why was the show's overall pacing changed? And if you think I've answered my own question can you elaborate?
2. Was there any break in production? I know there wasn't much space between the airing of Young Justice's first season and its second, but did you have any break between seasons?
3. I'm not sure if this has been asked before, and it seems like a fairly obvious question so I apologize if it has been, but how far into production of season 2 of Young Justice, if at all, did you know it was your last season and how sure were you? When I say you I mean everyone who worked on the show.

Greg responds...

1. I think much of what you says feels right. But that's a key distinction. It "feels" right. It isn't objectively correct. I do think that on YJ, the second season was without a doubt more driven by narrative than by character, as the first season was. This was in part intentional. We didn't need to intro concepts. But you may be overstating it a bit as well, since every episode was still designed to stand alone and tell a great story that could hook new viewers. One other factor, as you noted, that definitely contributed to this sense of momentum was the fact that we only got 20 episodes for the second season. That forced us to dedicate more episodes (and storylines within episodes) to the main "novel" we were crafting. With a larger order, we'd have had more plotlines that weren't directly tied to the main throughline, and the feel would have been more like Season One.

2. A short break. Nothing significant.

3. I don't remember exactly, but it was before we completed production. I think maybe even before we had completed the final script.

Response recorded on February 23, 2016

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Cameron02 writes...

1.How physically strong are martians in the earth-16 universe?
2.Can they pick up cars or trucks?
3.Can they reverse their density-shifting to make them stronger and more durable?
-Great show by the way :D

Greg responds...

1. It depends on their density.

2. Trucks, no. A small car, perhaps, depending on his or her density.

3. Yes. But they'd get physically smaller in volume. You see this in our companion comics when Miss Martian visits Atlantis.

Response recorded on February 23, 2016

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Long Beach Comic Expo - 2016

Here's my schedule for this weekend's Long Beach Comic Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016

11:30am - 12:30pm
DOWN TO NERD: INVADER ZIM AND GARGOYLES: CONQUEROR VS PROTECTOR
Thunderdome (Seaside Pre-Function) w/RuthAnn Thompson (moderator), Dave Crosland, Greg Weisman.
Description: Some come from another time to protect, another from a different planet to conquer- but both hold a special place in our hearts! Gargoyles VS Invader Zim. We will focus on the first 5 episodes of the TV series Gargoyles with writer/creator Greg Weisman and the first 5 issues of the Invader Zim comic books with Dave Crosland. What are the differences and similarities do these creatures out of space and time have? How will they fit in on modern day earth? Casual Fans and Hard Core Nerds alike join host RuthAnn Thompson and be "Down To Nerd"!

01:00pm - 02:00pm
THE ART OF STAR WARS & THE FANDOM BEHIND IT
Danger Room (S1) w/Ben Paddon (moderator), Terry Dodson, Craig Miller, Cat Staggs, Greg Weisman.
Description: Cat Staggs has been working for the Star Wars / LUCASFILM family since 2004, for which she has illustrated short fiction for starwars.com, produced sketch and trading cards, exclusive prints for Star Wars Celebrations III, IV, Europe, Celebration V, and Celebration VI. Terry Dodson is an American comic book artist who penciled the Dark Force Rising comic series in 1997. He has also provided art for Mark Waid's Princess Leia limited series. Moreover, Dodson has drawn the Books-A-Million variant cover to the first issue of the Shattered Empire miniseries, and the CBLDF variant to Star Wars: Vader Down, Part I. Greg Weisman is the writer for Star Wars Rebels - "The Machine in the Ghost", "Art Attack", "Droids in Distress", "Breaking Ranks", "Gathering Forces" and Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan. Craig Miller was Director of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm from 1977-1980. He created and oversaw the Official Star Wars Fan Club as well as having edited and written virtually all of the first two years of Bantha Tracks. He was the producer of the Star Wars Sesame Street episodes in addition to operating R2-D2's head in the episodes, as well as being Producer for Lucasfilm on commercials such as the ones for licensee Underoos.. He was also responsible for creating the 800-number telephone hotline for The Empire Strikes Back that allowed fans to call up to receive more information about the movies and characters.

02:30pm - 03:30pm
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE AWARDS
Creator's Lab (S5)
Description: Long Beach Comic Con is proud to announce the commencement of the Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award. This one of a kind award will be granted on February 20, 2016 to an American comics work, published in print or digitally in 2015, deemed by the Selection Committee to promote diversity. In the spirit of Dwayne McDuffie, "promoting diversity" can be judged as either broadening the range of characters portrayed in comics, or adding to the variety of creators contributing to the medium.

04:00pm - 05:00pm
THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN PANEL
Danger Room (S1) w/Greg Weisman (moderator), Victor Cook, Kevin Hopps, Kelly Hu, Josh Keaton, Pamela Long.
Description: In 2008, a new version of everybody's favorite friendly neighborhood Web-Slinger - dedicated to recreating the feel of the original Stan Lee & Steve Ditko and Stan Lee & John Romita, Sr. comics - hit the air. Come hear the creative talents behind The Spectacular Spider-Man talk about what went in to making this classic take on a classic character. Panelists include Victor Cook (Director-Producer), Kevin Hopps (Writer), Kelly Hu (voice of Sha Shan Nguyen), Josh Keaton (voice of Peter Parker/The Spectacular Spider-Man), Pamela Long (Color Stylist) and Greg Weisman (Writer-Producer)!

06:00pm - 07:00pm
GETTING ANIMATED WITH TOP ANIMATION EXPERTS
Rumble Room (S4B) w/Ray-Anthony Height (moderator), Chris Copeland, Greg Weisman, Dean Yeagle.
Description: Top animation experts Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-Man), Dean Yeagle (Caged Beagle Productions), and Chris Copeland (Marvel/Disney Animation) discuss how they broke into animation, their work and a Q&A with the audience!

I'll also have a table a on the show floor, specifically table AN-11 in "ANIMATION ISLAND" between Ellen Jin Over and Amy Mebberson, and near Dino Andrade, Michael Bell, Keith Coogan, Chris Copeland, Matt Doherty, Loren Lester, Tiffanie Mang, Joey McCormick, Chuck Patton, Peter Paul, Sara Richards and Aaron Sparrow. I'll be there between panels on Saturday and all Sunday morning until noon. (Not as sure about Sunday afternoon. We'll have to see.)

I'll sign and personalize anything you put in front of me, but I will also be selling copies of my two novels, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM ($10 each), CD sets of the RAIN OF THE GHOSTS AudioPlay ($30 each) and RAIN OF THE GHOSTS prints, drawn by artist Christopher Jones ($10 each, but free with a purchase of the AudioPlay and/or both RAIN and SPIRITS). In addition, I'll be selling animation scripts from series including GARGOYLES, W.I.T.C.H., THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, STAR WARS REBELS and others, ($20 each). Finally, I'll be selling script copies of a couple of the special one-off convention radio plays we did, i.e. THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN MEETS GARGOYLES and GARGOYLES MEETS THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN MEETS YOUNG JUSTICE ($20 each). All purchases are cash only.

I hope to see you there!


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Arden Rose writes...

Hello Greg,big fan of your work. My question is; Robin (Dick Grayson) seemed to me to have a slight stutter sometimes when he spoke in the series. I was wondering if it was because if you were going the comic book route that English was his second language and Romani his first. If it was the intention to have Jesse McCartney sometimes struggle through the lines or if it was a different intention entirely? Thank you so much for an awesome series. I hope you can answer my question.

Greg responds...

I think you're imagining the stutter. It was not intentional, and although I was at literally every record and heard the vocal tracks multiple, multiple times both before and after the episodes were completed, I have never noticed any stutter, slight or otherwise. Nor do I believe that Jesse struggled through anything. Nor do I believe that Dick struggled either.

Response recorded on February 17, 2016

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haters gonna hate. writes...

sir,
I think that you'll find that you have been answering SPOILER to many Young Justice questions. I thought the show had finished. technically you cannot spoil that which is over. in saying SPOILERS, you are implying that Young Justice is in fact not over. thank you. also. how much more protesting/ buying of merchandise will it take to bring back Young Justice?

Greg responds...

I think I've made it very clear that Young Justice is not finished in my mind. I still hold out hope that it will come back. Always have.

Protesting accomplishes pretty much nothing. Buying merchandise does help if it's merchandise that pays back to Warner Bros or DC Comics.

That means, at this point, the following:

BUY THE DVDS and/or BLURAYS from a legit source (i.e. don't pirate them or buy them second-hand/used).

BUY THE COMPANION COMICS on COMIXOLOGY.

VIEW Season One and Season Two OVER AND OVER on NETFLIX.

Response recorded on February 16, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. In "The Multiversity: The Just #1", your "Young Justice" universe apparently only exists as a video game series on Grant Morrison's Earth-16.

How screwed up is that?! I would have to assume that if you plan to come back to "Young Justice," you'd probably reboot the series on yet another parallel Earth (perhaps one of the seven intentionally unknown parallel Earths in the new 52 DC multiverse)?

Greg responds...

We were given Earth-16. Not sure why DC/Morrison chose to do what they did in Multiversity. I wasn't privy to that decision. It's disappointing, but I'm sure they had their reasons.

If we come back, we're still Earth-16. It's too late for us to change.

If that screws things up, well... c'est la vie.

And if all we are is a video game on someone's world, well - we're a hell of a game!

Response recorded on February 16, 2016

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Cameron02 writes...

Are the earth-16 martian power set telekinesis,telepathy,shape-shifting,camouflage,super-strength, flight,Density-shifting, and durability?

Greg responds...

Sorta.

They really only have two powers: mental and physical.

The mental includes telepathy and telekinesis, and the latter is what allows them to fly. It also allows them to control their organic clothing (and the Bio-Ship).

The physical is all about shape-shifting. Because they are generally shape-shifting into something smaller than their true form, they have a relatively high mass for their volume, i.e. a higher density, which gives them super-strength and durability. They can shift their density to allow them to pass through solid objects, and they can shape-shift their color, allowing them to camouflage their skin. (As for, camouflaging their clothes, see above.)

I think that covers it.

Response recorded on February 16, 2016

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Claude writes...

1) If someone were to use the zeta tube to go out and at the same time someone is trying to go in (let's say that the others are busy ) what happens? Who gets priority?
2) Do atlateans eat sea food ? Or is that like taboo?
3) How do atlateans ummm... "take care of their business"? I mean being under water would be a great medium for bacteria (enteric bacteria) or especially trematodes. Is it done by ~magic~
4)So why did the blue scarab used "cease" and when Jaime asked what it meant by that we get no response? Was that suppose to be a tease?
5) how are you ? :) and thank you!

Greg responds...

1. You mean if LITERALLY they hit the button at the same exact second...? I don't know.

2. Of course they eat seafood? As opposed to what?

3. No. It's biological. But let's offer them their privacy, shall we?

4.

5. Pretty good. Thanks for asking.

Response recorded on February 12, 2016

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Just a Nerd writes...

Not so much a question as something interesting for anyone who feels up to it. Quizzes of EVERY character in YJ and Gargoyles. Go nuts.

http://www.sporcle.com/games/Clever_Username/every-young-justice-character

http://www.sporcle.com/games/Masterdramon/gargoyles_characters

Greg responds...

Well, I got 50% on YJ and 86% on Gargoyles. (Though I think I've done the latter before.)

I consider both scores pathetic. My memory sure ain't what it used to be.

Response recorded on February 11, 2016

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Gabriel writes...

Hey, I just wanted to ask if you've seen the first two episodes of The Flash and what you thought of it? I really enjoyed Young Justice and just finished it and it's such a shame it was cancelled I hope you get to continue the story soon because I could see it being just as good or even better than The Justice league.

Greg responds...

I saw all of season one of Flash. And I'm just a couple episodes behind on Season Two.

Generally, I like Flash. It's probably my favorite of the Berlanti DC shows.

Response recorded on February 11, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

Have you read "The Multiversity: The Just" yet? If so, then what are your thoughts about this issue, considering it uses the same designation (Earth-16) as the setting of the "Young Justice" TV series? Do you feel this could create any problems for you if you ever decide to go back to "Young Justice" someday?

Greg responds...

I haven't read it and thus have no thoughts about it.

Response recorded on February 10, 2016

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Dale writes...

Did Garfield ever meet Rita Farr before Marie's death by Queen Bee?

Greg responds...

NO SPOILERS. But yes. Rita and Marie were good friends.

Response recorded on February 10, 2016

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Andres writes...

I love YJ awesome work between YJ and Geoff Johns work on Aquaman in new 52 I have renewed interest in the character and has become my favorite of the New 52 comics. Aqualad is the best created tv superhero character ever is my opinion. Watched a few episodes recently and I have just one question. In season is established that Aqualad is one of the more experienced and powerful members of YJ but in season 1 he is defeated soundly by Chester but by season 2 Kaldur is taking on half of YJ and holding his own and taking out Superboy with a couple of blows even after Superboy advancing in fight technique with instruction by Black Canary. Is this simple progression of fighting ability or increase in power?

Greg responds...

Mostly the former, but I also don't agree with the premise of your question. I think you are (a) underestimating CHESHIRE and (b) not taking into account that the first time one fights any new opponent, it's going to be more difficult then fighting someone you know well, and (c) missing the fact that Aqualad intentionally threw the fight with Cheshire at least once.

Plus, you're skipping all the other season one battles he had.

It's just an odd question.

But if what you're asking is whether or not he got more powerful between seasons, the answer is basically no.

Response recorded on February 10, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Hi Greg. I have a question about female heroes in the YJ universe, I hope it doesn't venture into spoiler territory.

The Team had a solid male-female ratio. The League considerably less, with 3/16 and later 5/25. Wonder Woman even mentions this inbalance in "Agendas".

My question is: what was the ratio in the JSA/A-SS? Wonder Woman was a member, as was "Firebrand", but were there any female heroes operating at the time? Obviously, there was no Black Canary yet in this timeline, but were there any other women? Or was it mainly a boys' club?

Greg responds...

There were other women, but both the JSA and the A-SS were primarily boys' clubs.

Progress, I'm afraid, is slow. But as you noted, the Team was considerably better balanced. So progress has been made.

Response recorded on February 09, 2016

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Kane writes...

Why did the rest of the world let count Vertigo escape justice when he threatened them all?

Greg responds...

Diplomatic Immunity.

Response recorded on February 08, 2016

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Cameron02 writes...

How strong are martians in Earth-16

Greg responds...

Depends on what form they take and how dense that form is.

Response recorded on February 08, 2016

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Dave writes...

Couple questions regarding Wonder Woman in Young Justice:
1.) You said previously that you can't age while on Themyscara, but if Diana was sculpted from clay as a baby how did she age to being 16 by the time she left the island in 1941?
2.) Was Hippolyta the only one that was involved in Diana's sculpting from clay or were others involved?
3.) Were all the amazons sculpted from clay or just Diana?
4.) Did the gods bestow Diana with her powers at birth, or did she receive them later in her life?
5.) Why did she decide to return to mans world again in 2001?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. No Spoilers.

3. For the most part, the other Amazons were other Amazons. Otherwise, I won't confirm or deny whether or not Diana was the only one sculpted.

4. At birth.

5. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on February 05, 2016

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ND writes...

Hello,

this it to clarify. According to some fans, Tula was a b*** because she betrayed Kaldur for his best friend, and Garth betrayed his best friend because he started dating Tula even though he knew Kaldur was in love with her.

According to some other fans, Tula had never been Kaldur's girlfriend so she didn't cheat, and neither Garth, nor Tula knew Kaldur had feelings for her so no one did anything really horrible.

Please, what really happened?

Greg responds...

Tula was NEVER Kaldur's girlfriend. EVER. He never approached her, never revealed his feelings as being more than platonic until "Downtime". Tula and Garth were not cheating on Kaldur. PERIOD.

However, I'll leave it to each viewer's interpretation as to whether or not either Tula, Garth or both KNEW that Kaldur had feelings for Tula. Maybe one or both did know that, maybe they didn't. But Tula never had romantic feelings for Kaldur. I don't see - even if she was aware of his crush - how she could be expected not to date the boy she did have feelings for when the boy she didn't have feelings for never even expressed those feelings.

Response recorded on February 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. As of Season One which Leaguers civilian identities were known to the entire Team?

2. At what point in time did Green Arrow tell Artemis his secret identity?

Greg responds...

1. I feel like I've answered this already. Did you check the archives?

2. Pretty much immediately.

Response recorded on February 04, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Were Aqualad and Rocket still dating when Jason joined the Team?

2. Did they break up sometime after Jason's death?

3. Were Dick and Zatanna still dating when Jason joined the Team?

4. Did they break up sometime after Jason's death?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. No Spoilers.

3. No Spoilers.

4. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on February 04, 2016

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ND writes...

Hello,

How long can Atlanteans survive out of water?

Have a great day!

Greg responds...

Depends on a ton of factors.

Response recorded on February 04, 2016


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Yojimbo writes...

1) In "Happy New Year," when was Adam Strange's first trip to Rann relative to when Martian Manhunter introduced him at the Watchtower (i.e. 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days)?

2) How long was Tseng replaced by a Krolotean or was the switch done at the same time as the events of the "Players" arc in the last issues of the comic?

3) In "War", who was the other tyrant that replaced Mongul from as ruler of his planet or was that in the plans to reveal who he/she was given enough episodes/comics/games?

4) In "Usual Suspects", were Lex Luthor, Queen Bee, and Sportsmaster going to take Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis to the start work on the Atabey's Shrine project on Santa Prisca (later visited in "Legacy")?

5) In "Insecurity", what did Bernell Jones do to be up for assassination by the League of Shadows?

Greg responds...

1. I don't have that nailed down on my timeline, but it was sometime between January of Team Year Five and January 3rd of Team Year Six.

2. More or less the same time.

3. NO SPOILERS.

4. No. There were more immediate concerns.

5. He wrote a story after being warned.

Response recorded on January 22, 2016

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Gillian writes...

When Garfield became totally green did from Miss Martian's blood transfusion did Garfield start to age slower? He looks younger than 13 to 14 year old in season two?

Greg responds...

Not particularly. He looked the right age to us. Maybe on the short side, but some boys have growth spurts at different times, and some are just short.

Response recorded on January 22, 2016

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Nicholas Griel writes...

Where is Belle Rev penitentiary located? Geographically.

Greg responds...

Louisiana.

Response recorded on January 21, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

1. Do the Guardians of Oa approve of romantic relationships between Green Lanterns?

2. Is being romantically involved with another Green Lantern forbidden?

3. Have romantic relationships between two Green Lanterns ever happened in the history of the Green Lantern Corps?

Greg responds...

I assume you're asking about Green Lanterns in the YJ-16 universe.

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers. But no.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on January 21, 2016

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Algernon writes...

You've often said that a good villain should serve as a dark reflection/contrast to the hero. Is that one of the reasons you choose Vandal Savage as one of Young Justices's Big Bads? Pitting the young heroes of the DC Universe against a character who is literally the World's Oldest Supervillain?

Greg responds...

Yep.

Response recorded on January 19, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

Do magic potions exist in the young justice universe?

Greg responds...

Uh... sure.

Response recorded on January 13, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

If Lex was willing to reprogram SB from Queen Bee's comment that they were going to give him a few adjustments why didn't he just kidnap him when he used red sun the first time? Was he that confident that he could convince Superboy to work for him willingly?

Greg responds...

Confidence may have been part of it, but also there was a need on THANKSGIVING for Superboy not to be absent too long, thus arousing the suspicions of his Teammates.

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Flynn writes...

If Queen Bee's pheromones only work on humans who are attracted to women, do they work on Superboy because he's half-human, or do they not because he's half-kryptonian?

Greg responds...

As of the end of Season One, Superboy hasn't been tested. In episode 25, no one wanted to take the chance that they MIGHT effect him. So the Team used subterfuge so that Queen Bee wouldn't bother trying to control him, because in theory he was (a) already subject to Lex's keyword and (b) he seemed to have been co-opted along with Artemis and Miss Martian. Before they revealed that neither (a) nor (b) was true, the girls made sure that Queen Bee had been taken out.

I realize that doesn't answer your question, but it does serve to explain why my real answer is NO SPOILERS.

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CONVERGENCE 2014 CON REPORT

DAY 5 AND DAY 6

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SUNDAY, JULY 6
11:00 AM CDT

A few things happened in this hour, all of which I tried to get done as quickly as possible to make it in time for most of Greg's first panel of the day: "Protofeminists in Shakespeare."

The main thing was picking up my one successful acquisition from the charity auction: a coffee cup that Chris Jones had used at CONvergence 2013, with the caption…well, I'll just let the image speak for itself:

https://twitter.com/ChrisJonesArt/status/485468921923788800

I had, naturally, bid on the thing as a lark - more or less solely for the reason of being able to say I did. But apparently nobody else at the con shared my particular sens d'humour, because I was the only one who bid. So while I lost out on all the posters and plushies and whatnot that I actually WANTED…Chris Jones' residual DNA was mine.

Which should make the reason for my hurrying clear, I think. Because Chris was doing his final signing of the weekend right at that moment…and if I was gonna be known as the guy who paid $5 for his coffee cup, then I figured I might as well MILK it.

So in addition to getting my "Recruits" print signed, I asked Chris to go ahead and personalize the cup; perhaps, with something that'd commemorate just how crazy I was to pay ANY amount of money for a used coffee cup.

And that is how the cup signed to "Krazy Kevin" that can be seen in the Flickr photos I linked in my first post came to be.

Anyway, with all that out of the way and my farewells said to Chris, I headed back into the Edina room for the aforementioned panel. I'd caught the first ten minutes or so while I was waiting for Chris' line to shorten, and overall I managed not to miss more than about 5-6 minutes, thankfully.

The conversation itself was really quite fascinating - an intelligent, scintillating discussion on some of my favorite of the Bard's plays and characters. It reminded me of being back in college, actually…y'know, in a good way.

This was also where I first learned, through Greg's discussion of the strong women in Will's life and the influence that might've had in how he wrote female characters, what the premise of "Doc Shakespeare" would've been. I'd heard the name bandied about on Ask Greg for years, but I never knew what it was ABOUT.

But now I do. And I want it to exist so very badly. Damn you, Greg Weisman.

I asked one question myself, though as it was at the tail-end of the panel there wasn't much time to really go into depth with it. My question was whether the backlash that "The Merchant of Venice" receives - rightfully - in the modern day over issues of race diminishes Portia's status as a "protofeminist" character (seriously, she spends pretty much the entirety of the final act making everyone else in the play her bitch). The answer Greg gave was that being a feminist character is not mutually exclusive with being a terrible person…and considering he's written for Demona, Nerissa, and Queen Bee, he certainly can say he knows what he's talking about.

A fun discussion, overall, that gave me a lot to think about - something that's been increasingly rare for me since I graduated last May, unfortunately.

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SUNDAY, JULY 6
12:30 PM CDT

The last of the numerous, numerous events dedicated to Gargoyles that weekend was this "Gargoyles Fan Panel," composed of a mix of creators, long-time fans, and newer ones.

This one felt a lot more like the Harry Potter "panel" that'd started my weekend than anything else: an intensely, unabashedly geeky outpouring of gushing about how awesome the show was and still is, except with Greg Weisman happening to also be there.

I mean, Jennifer and Karine were up on the panel as well, but it was clearly in more of the capacity of "promoted fans" than as industry professionals. As Karine's epic Hunter cosplay made evident. :)

Favorite moments, episodes, characters; moments that made us laugh, and moments that made us cry; two decades' worth of stories of people discovering, falling in love with, and continuing to enjoy the series, even years after the last piece of canon material was published. All of it was shared, compared, and squeed upon in short order, in a space that felt perfectly safe to fans of all stripes.

Nothing new really came up, but it didn't have to. After a full weekend of bombshells and revelations, it felt good to kick back with the rest of the fandom and just CELEBRATE this show that has meant so much to all of us.

It's been a fantastic 20 years. And this mini-gathering was a great way to welcome many more to come.

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SUNDAY, JULY 6
2:00 PM CDT

This was the last space open for walking around that was really available before the end of the con, and I took advantage of it for one final walk around Artist's Alley and the Dealer's Room. And for the first time since Thursday, I did indeed find some art I felt was worth spending my money on: a couple of prints based on Vinyl Scratch from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," and a collage of various villains from the same.

Heading back upstairs, I wandered over for the final Gargoyles-themed signing to make my last rounds. Ironically, despite getting over a dozen items signed across the course of the con by him, I had nothing left for Greg Weisman (indeed, all I ended up getting at that time were Greg Guler's and Frank Paur's autographs to complete my radio play script).

But I said goodbye to all of them, and wished them well on their flights back home. Though ironically, it actually WOULDN'T end up being my last time speaking with one of them that weekend (but I'll leave that little nugget until the end).

Anyway, most of the rest of this time was spent waiting in line for the next panel, as it was taking place on the Main Stage and we wanted to be sure to grab good seats. Which we definitely did.

I spent most of it chatting with Brainiac, Chip, and Bookwyrm on numerous topics, from Yu-Gi-Oh! to classic video games to various anime.

But eventually, it was time for one last chance to grill the Wise Man for details. And oh, did we take advantage it.

……………

SUNDAY, JULY 6
3:30 PM CDT

This was the last actual "panel" of the day, but was certainly a great one to go out on: "Young Justice Q&A," with Greg, Chris, and Marina.

There were lots of details big and small dropped here, though there were just as many spoiler requests denied with the now memetic line. This naturally came full-circle when someone asked if Stephanie Brown would be showing up again; I mean c'mon, dude, what'd you EXPECT in response to that question? ;)

Of course, I got largely the same response when asking about the circumstances of Ocean-Master's disgrace, banking - obviously unsuccessfully - that he might be willing to share more about events that occurred during the timeskip by this point.

Still, he did at least share one little tidbit: that the reason Orm never got an episode to himself to be the Big Bad was because the "Under the Surface…Here There Be Monsters" two-parter from the tie-in comics was originally meant to be the A-plot of "Downtime," but the executives nixed it for some reason.

It worked out well enough, since subbing in Black Manta allowed them to build on that appearance in Season 2. But I still would've loved to hear Roger Craig Smith belting out Ocean-Master's great lines from those issues, which remain my favorite story from the comics run.

Other "SPOILER REQUEST; NO COMMENT" earners included Shining Knight (considering that one version in the original comics was married to Firebrand, AKA Red Inferno) and the aforementioned Steph. After a few of these, Chris was quick to re-term the panel "Young Justice Q, no A."

All kidding aside, though, there were a number of interesting details presented. When asked about the process of selecting the members of the Light, for example, Greg noted that he was tired of villain team-ups that essentially "defeated themselves" through infighting. As such, he wanted the Light's leaders to be characters whose temperaments would allow them to genuinely collude and work together toward a singular vision, without the constant mistrust and backstabbing previous comics/adaptations have taught us to expect.

Well…maybe except Klarion. But he can at least be kept in line with shiny new toys, LOL.

Speaking of Klarion, Greg also mentioned - in response to a very nice cosplayer of the Witch-Boy, stuffed Teekl included - that the reason he chose Klarion as a member of the Light was because he felt the main villains of "Young" Justice really should be composed of at least one kid (in appearance and disposition, if not literally.

Greg also dropped the bomb that he'd slipped a rather major YJ spoiler into the radio play, which he was EXTREMELY surprised nobody had asked him about to that point. Cue us all jumping to our scripts and flipping through without success…proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am selectively blind.

It wasn't until a few days after I'd returned home and reread the script that it became insanely, excruciatingly obvious; the spoiler was clearly in Tigress' line, "I left Roy at home alone watching Lian and J.W." Which I'd noted as a little odd every single time I read it, and then somehow promptly forgot about (several times in a row!) in the midst of all the action.

Not that it would've helped me much, of course, had I figured it out while I was still there. Because if my theory about the identity of "J.W." is accurate, then there is NO WAY IN HELL Greg would ever comment one way or the other on it.

At least, not without some serious pie-making skillz that I, unfortunately, sorely lack. ;)

Marina was (as always) an enormous hoot at this panel, butting into various topics to note that we were "the quietest and best behaved" audience of fans she'd ever seen…as well as that we tended to ask much more intelligent questions than she is used to. As she put it:

"If I get asked 'What's it like to work with Sir Patrick?' one more time…"

She also mentioned, when asked about her thought process in approaching the character of Queen Bee, that when she was initially cast she looked up the wrong reference image and actually thought she'd be playing a…well, a bee-person. So she asked during recording whether they wanted her to add a buzzing sound to her voice. XD

And finally, at one point she ended up going off on a random tangent involving comparing David Xanatos to Donald Trump (context has long since eluded me, though it didn't take much for Marina to go off-topic in the most delightful way). Greg took mock-offense to that, and she quickly noted:

"Of course not. Xanatos is much smarter. And he has better hair."

Since the topic we'd started at was the Light, I then couldn't help but shout from the crowd:

"SO DOES LEX LUTHOR!"

That got a lot of laughs. It was definitely one of my favorite exchanges of the con, and a great way to move toward finally wrapping it up.

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SUNDAY, JULY 6
5:00 PM CDT

This was it. The final hurrah. One last celebration of everything this weekend had meant to us, with a chance for the "actors" to take their bows before the "curtains" came down.

After we filtered out of the Main Stage, Chip and his brothers elected to return to the hotel room, while Brainiac and I got back in line to await the Closing Ceremonies.

There really wasn't any more reason to walk around - the artists and dealers were packing up, the panels were over and done with, and we'd run all the errands we needed to (such as grabbing a couple items we'd picked up for Station 8's Algernon, who lives in Ireland and as such couldn't be with us that weekend). So we mostly just stood around and continued to chatter on about video games.

Brainiac was the only one of us who'd attended the Opening Ceremonies (I was busy watching Madoka at the time), so he had a bit more of an idea what to expect than I did.

The festivities started with a sort of elaborate skit involving superheroes, hobbits, and Time Lords…little of which I understood, and almost none of which I found particularly interesting. But there were some good lines here and there, and I certainly didn't begrudge the con's organizers the chance to take a victory lap and enjoy the fruits of their hard work.

The guests would each be individually presented and celebrated at a later point, but as Marina had to catch an early flight she came on shortly after the skit to say her goodbyes. And to my surprise, after seeing her in all her frankness and bluntness (meant only in the best possible way, I assure you!) all throughout that weekend, she was…overwhelmed.

With not even the slightest trace of snark, she thanked us from the bottom of her heart for making her feel so welcome. And she made it clear that, while she wouldn't have considered coming to CONvergence without Greg recommending it, she was extremely glad that she did.

Okay…so there was a LITTLE snark. Namely that when saying goodbye to Connie, she actually started to tear up, and blamed our favorite robotic mascot for making her makeup run. But it was all in good humor, and I won't lie - it warmed my own heart to see it unfold.

Speaking of Connie, I really came to fall in love with that cute little gynoid as the Ceremonies unfolded, as she interrupted the ongoing presentation repeatedly to complain about traffic laws and the DMV; it WAS her Sweet Sixteen, after all. Her material was pretty much all pure gold, and it made me kind of regret not attending Opening Ceremonies, if only to see what she might've come up with.

Anyway, while every Guest of Honor got thanked and applauded by name - complete with Chris Jones-created logos for each one - Greg's was a bit more…involved.

One of the con organizers mentioned that Greg had shattered their record for total numbers of panels sat at a single con, with a whopping 26! A clearly exhausted but excited Greg then took the stage to give a great speech about how grateful he was that CONvergence had so graciously opened itself up to the Gargoyles fandom for our little "con within a con"…going so far as to say that, with the Gatherings retired for the foreseeable future, CONvergence was without question his favorite con to attend.

Then, in what can only be described as a grand exercise in good-natured humiliation, said organizer had Greg play a very weird game to guess the total attendance number for the weekend. Various people were holding up signs with various digits, and Greg had to determine which four to use and what order to put them in.

Obviously, the odds were pretty strongly against him getting it with only one shot, and indeed he did not. But it was certainly entertaining - if more than a little bit strange - to watch him make his best attempt.

And for the most part, that was it. There was lots more applause, both for the guests and for the numerous, wonderful volunteers. There were slide shows and videos from the con, including both the rather unfortunate picture of "the role of Lexington will henceforth be played by PILLAR" and the much nicer one of me "on stage" with Marina. There was more Connie, interviewing various congoers in her uniquely cheerful style.

And finally, there was the announcement of CONvergence 2015's theme, which will apparently be run by Connie's totally trustworthy "little sister" Connie Mk. II on account of good behavior. The maniacal laughter and crowd-chanting of "All hail Mk. II!" that followed were only mildly disconcerting.

I haven't yet made up my mind about whether I'm going to try to attend again; I had an unbelievably amazing time, and 2015's "dystopia" theme is right up my alley ("1984" is my favorite book of all time). But scrounging the money for even this year was difficult enough, so I'm not counting anything as a guarantee yet.

Still…I'm thinking about it. And that definitely means they did SOMETHING right.

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SUNDAY, JULY 6
6:00 PM CDT

We were informed during Closing Ceremonies that free pizza would be coming shortly, so Brainiac elected to stick around and wait for that. I, on the other hand, was absolutely starving after four days of eating basically only one meal of substance each, and so decided to return to TGI Friday's and splurge a bit.

This was a mistake.

I'll spare the gory details and just say that I had a wonderful ribeye steak that just so happened to give me severe food poisoning, which took me nearly two weeks to fully recover from.

Not that I realized it at the time, of course. After my dinner, I returned to the con to meet up with the rest of the gang - Chip and Dragonlord having returned due to the promise of pizza. We had a last round of chatting with other congoers and saying goodbye to the Doubletree as we waited, before finally driving back to spend our final evening together.

With all the action over with, we occupied ourselves with more Yu-Gi-Oh!, a few rounds of "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" (all of which I won handily, suck it Brainiac), and general geeking out about our various hauls.

Those still hungry ended up ordering in calzones for delivery, while I headed to the Crowne Plaza's business center so I could check my e-mail and Skype one time before takeoff.

I got most of my packing done once the games were over with - not that I really had all that much to pack - since I would be the one leaving first in the morning. Then at around 1:00 AM, we finally all turned in.

Not that I could fall asleep, myself, given what was beginning to happen with my stomach. Yeah, I'll leave out the details, but…let's just say I didn't end up getting to sleep until a couple hours later.

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MONDAY, JULY 7
6:00 AM CDT

Unfortunately, since my flight was at 8:48 AM, I needed to get up fairly early to be sure the hotel shuttle would get me there in time to board. Skimping on sleep didn't exactly do wonders for my already precarious health, and by the end I was pretty much limping out of there, hoping my stomach would hold for the journey ahead.

The trip held no surprises - good or bad - until I finally made it to the gate, where I was extremely shocked to run into Susan and Karine. Both proceeded to point out the Wise Man himself, whom they were dropping off there and whom I had somehow utterly failed to notice, despite sitting only a few meters away.

For in the strange but happy coincidence to end all strange but happy coincidences, we were going to be heading back on the same flight to Los Angeles; only a couple rows apart, in fact.

Despite feeling utterly like death by that point, this one last chance to speak one-on-one with the man gave me the energy to keep going. It was, to be sure, utterly surreal - only a few years ago, meeting Greg Weisman was this mystical, unattainable thing. And now we were just holding a friendly chat as we awaited our (naturally, delayed) plane.

It was, I suppose, one last opportunity to wrangle answers to the countless questions that I hadn't gotten a chance to ask that weekend…though I didn't really take advantage of it. Mostly because I was WAY too out of it to remember any of the questions I still had burning within me, but also because that really wasn't how the encounter "felt."

Instead, we talked about his kids. About his rather grueling con-schedule that summer. About how Rain was doing, with encouragement that I was excited as all hell for Spirits. About "Young Justice: Legacy," Scooby-Doo, and our impressions of how the radio play had gone.

Not nearly for the first time that weekend, I also reiterated my interest in having him as a guest at Kawaii Kon 2015, and he reiterated his interest in coming. So far, not much has come of my attempts to push the organizers I know on the issue, but it's an ongoing process and I hope to have something more concrete to report soon.

It was an extremely low-key conversation, not the least because we were both pretty exhausted (he, Chris, and co. had made a run on Denny's at 3:00 AM the previous night, which "seemed like a good idea at the time, not so much now"). But it was exactly what I needed at the time.

The entire exchange truly underscored what I loved most about that weekend: that Greg and the rest of the Gathering alums had seen fit to really make me feel like one of their own, rewarding all the effort I've tried to put into Ask Greg with kindness and acknowledgement.

I initially volunteered to help out when Todd reached out in the Comment Room because I so appreciated everything that Greg's work, and Ask Greg itself, had done for me over the years. But no matter how grueling dealing with the umpteenth "Where is Season 3?" or angry rant about Wally can be, I absolutely feel that I've gotten ten times more out of it than I've ever put in.

And that means the world to me.

I said as much to Greg, at least to the degree that I had the energy to articulate it. But all good things must come to an end, and eventually the plane arrived and it was time to board.

We wished each other safe travels, and said our farewells.

And with that…CONvergence 2014 truly came to a close.

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MONDAY, JULY 7
9:00 AM CDT

I'll be brief here, just to give an idea of what the aftermath of the con was like.

I flew to LA feeling like hell. I had an hour layover there, in which I felt like hell. I had another, longer flight back to Honolulu, if anything feeling worse than hell (since I hadn't eaten anything I'd kept down for well over 24 hours).

Eventually, though, I made it back home and was able to get the long rest and digestible foods I needed. I managed to make it back to work by Wednesday, though I'd be at least mildly off my game for the next couple weeks.

I called the Friday's in question to let them know about my situation, and calmly requested a full or partial refund; they called back at 6:00 AM two days later to tell me their investigation into the matter showed that they "did everything right that night" and so they wouldn't be able to accommodate my request.

I was too sick to really be willing to argue the point, but rest assured that I won't be visiting that particular restaurant again, should I ever return to CONvergence. And I urge any fellow attendees to do the same.

On a more positive note, Spirits arrived just a couple days after I got back, so once I was sufficiently recovered I got to reading. Once again, I'll be putting together a detailed review for Amazon/Ask Greg as soon as this report is finished and edited….but suffice to say, I dug the hell out of it.

Algernon got his package soon after as well, and was very happy with what we'd managed to find (a figure of Irish deity Brigid, a signed "Recruits" print, and a cuddly pink plushie of Cthulhu). And everyone else managed to get home with their own hauls without too much issue, thankfully.

Overall, despite the rather crappy end, I have little but positive things to say about the whole experience. I'm very proud of what I got to do, who I got to meet, and what I got to bring home…and it's definitely something I'd love the chance to do again.

It was my first "Gathering," such as it was, and it exceeded each and every one of my expectations.

Here's hoping it won't be anywhere close to the last.

NEVER THE END!

Greg responds...

For the record: It was Brandon Vietti who wanted Klarion in the Light. Not that I disagreed, but my initial choice had been Wotan. But Brandon pointed out we needed a "kid" on our villain team, and as usual, Brandon was right.

Md - Thanks for this. And for all the work you do, here, at ASK GREG!

Response recorded on January 13, 2016

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Sam writes...

Can any of the Justice League members twerk?
I guess that Batman can do it best, or flash because he probably can do it with high speed. The answer to this question means the world to me.

Thanks.

Greg responds...

I'm going to leave this to your imagination, Sam. Cuz the answer means considerably less than the world to me.

Response recorded on January 11, 2016

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Anonymous writes...

In the interests of settling the shipping debates in your fandom, since they already met in the new Radio Play, would Queen Bee's powers work on Demona?

Greg responds...

No. But that's because they're different species. I have no comment on sexual orientation, if that's what you're getting at.

Response recorded on November 11, 2015

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SM writes...

What was the full roster of the All-Star Squadron?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on October 27, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. How rare a sight are Atlanteans that look like Lagoon Boy?

2. Has Lagoon Boy ever met other Atlanteans that look like him?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

Response recorded on October 27, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Megan shape shifted into a female version of Lagoon Boy in Chapter 4 of Young Justice Invasion.

1. Is the girl Megan shape shifted into actually (physically) exist on Earth-16?

2. Are Lagoon Boy's parents alive?

3. Do they look like him?

Greg responds...

1. Exactly that girl? No. Is there a similar one out there? No spoilers.

2. No Spoilers.

3. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on October 26, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Concerning Kaldur's tattoo

1. What is the in universe explanation for why it's an eel?

2. Was Kaldur born with the it?

3. Or did he acquire it after he passed a certain level of skill set at the Conservatory?

Greg responds...

1. Magic.

2. No.

3. Yes.

Response recorded on October 26, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. When the Joker was the Red Hood did he wear a suit and tie and a dome shaped (covered his head and neck, and had no eye holes) hood like in the comics?

2. When wearing the hood did he use a red tinted two way mirror (inside the hood) to see?

3. Did the hood double as a rebreather and gas mask?

Greg responds...

1. Who said the Joker was Red Hood? If he wasn't, how can I answer this question? And if he was, then no spoilers. So NO SPOILERS.

2. See above.

3. See above.

Response recorded on October 23, 2015

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John writes...

Does superboy have a longer lifespan than full human?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on October 23, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Are Lieutenant and Sergeant Marvel older in costume then in their civilian identities?

2. Does Kit Freeman know Lieutenant Marvel's secret identity?

3. Are Freddy and Kit's parents still alive?

4. Are Mary's parents still alive?

5. Would Sergeant Marvel's costume have been red, white, or black?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

5. No spoilers.

Sensing a trend?

I mean, seriously, if you've read Ask Greg at all in the last decade, you had to have known I wouldn't answer these.

Response recorded on October 23, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Would Lieutenant Marvel's costume have been a blue version of Captain Marvel's?

2. How old is Shazam?

Greg responds...

1. No Spoilers.

2. I'm not confirming or denying that Shazam exists.

Response recorded on October 23, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

You have stated that to do Dr. Fate's voice Kevin Michel Richardson (the voice of Nabu) and whomever is playing the host (Jason Spisak/Kid Flash, Khary Payton/Aqualad, Lacey Chabert/Zatanna, or Nolan North/Zatara) are recorded saying the same lines. Then in post production, the voices are double-tracked, so the audience hears two voices.

1. What is the process step by step in order to be able to double-track?

2. Is double-tracking something that requires a studio in order to be able to do or could it be done from a smart phone?

Greg responds...

1. Um, it's pretty much what you listed above. It didn't really matter who we recorded first, so that was based on scheduling. If Kevin was in the recording booth first, we'd record Nabu first. If the host body actor was there first, we'd record him or her first. If they were both there, it was sort of Voice Director's choice. We then played the take from whomever recorded first for the second actor, who attempted to match the basic cadence and tempo. But we consciously chose NOT to have the second actor try to match the first exactly. We like those moments when they aren't perfectly aligned. Then during my attended edit of the dialogue, we'd lay those tracks over each other for storyboarding and animation purposes. (It helps that the Helmet of Fate doesn't reveal any lip movements, that might cause confusion between which track to animate.) Finally, in post-production, specifically at the mix session, we'd mix the tracks so that you can hear at least a taste of both flavors.

2. Uh... I don't know enough about smartphones to answer that question. I wouldn't know how to record one track on my smartphone, let alone two, let alone know whether or not I could double track 'em onto a single track.

Response recorded on October 22, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

On Feb. 13th 2013 you stated that Dick probably had multiple parties since he had multiple identities.

We know Dick as Dick Grayson, Robin, Dan Danger, and Nightwing.

What other identities does Dick have?

Greg responds...

I can't find anything on that date in the archives. But if Dick does have any identities beyond the three you've listed, then they are spoilers. No spoilers.

Response recorded on October 21, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

You have stated that Batman and Superman have discussed their mutual origins and the tragedies behind them. You stated that you weren't sure how deep the discussions went for either of them for very different reasons.

What are those reasons?

Greg responds...

I'll leave those to your imagination.

Response recorded on October 21, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

why aren't zatanna and rocket in the intro?

Greg responds...

I assume you're talking about the season one main titles, in which case those were created long before either Zatanna or Rocket joined the Team. Including either would have been a massive spoiler. I'm not big on spoilers.

Response recorded on October 21, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. After their kiss on New Years, did Aqualad and Rocket ever date?

2. If so, why did they brake up (call it off)?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers (but yes).

2. No spoilers (for real this time).

Response recorded on October 20, 2015

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D. R. McLeod writes...

Hello, I'd just like to say that I absolutely love Young Justice, I think it's one of the most mature and thoughtful shows I've ever seen, of any genre, and I hope that you get to come back to it someday. Anyway, I have two questions... well, two with a lot of subquestions, all about Doctor Fate and the events of "Misplaced."

1: In an earlier question, you mentioned that putting on the helmet of fate ages the body of the host. Did that happen to Zatanna when she wore the helmet in Misplaced, and if so, how come she wasn't sent to the adult universe like Captain Marvel was when he transformed?

2: What would have happened if both Zatanna and Zatarra had each put on the Helmet of Fate in their own universe? Would that even be possible? Would there be a separate Nabu entity in each universe with its own host, or would he have awareness of both universes? Would the hosts have awareness of each other? What would happen to Nabu and the hosts when the universes merged?

I apologize for throwing so many metaphysical questions at you at once, this just seems to be one of those scenarios that's full of story hooks. Thank you!

Greg responds...

1. Did I say that? Even if I did, I didn't mean it ages a person instantly. I merely meant it takes a toll.

2. The split Nabu would probably have possessed each, and would probably have been even less effective than he was. Nabu would probably be fine once he merged. But all his is a big hypothetical. It didn't happen, so we'll never know for sure.

Response recorded on October 02, 2015

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Nate Elias writes...

1. Most of the time Batman Villains in general are shown being incarcerated at Arkham regardless of their mental state. Which Villains do you consider to not be criminally insane?

2. What drove the decision to use the Matt Hagen Clayface or Raymond Maxwell Jensen Parasite as opposed to the more Known & Widely used Basil Karloff and Rudy Jones Versions? This isn't a criticism by the way.

3. You've said that at the time of season 1 Batman & Bane hadn't encountered each other yet. Would you say that the events of Knightfall, or events similar to it, had taken place by The time of Season 2?

Anyways, hope you get around to Answering me. I'm a Lifelong fan of your work, especially Gargoyles! ;)

Greg responds...

1. It pretty much depends on HOW a given set of creators are portraying those villains. But if we're talking YJ, Joker belongs there. But Riddler, Bane and Clayface do not. Have we done any other strictly Batman villains?

2. We used the versions we thought would be the most fun/dangerous, which incidentally were also the versions that I was most familiar with.

3. No Spoilers.

Response recorded on October 02, 2015

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ND writes...

First of all, I apologize for the mistakes: English is not my mother language.

Then I'd like to tell you that I really like the animated Young Justice for many reasons. I love the variety of genders and ethnicities and the lack of stereotypes. There was a Japanese girl who didn't do Kung Fu or computers, blondes who weren't stupid or shallow, Black characters who didn't die in the first episode, and so on.

Now, there's something I don't like about Young Justice (and many animated shows, by the way): there's a variety of body types among boys yet all girls have the same impossibly tiny waist. It's very guilt-inducing for the girls who watch the show and don't have a "perfect body", that is 99.99% of them.

I know some male characters like Kaldur or Conner have incredibly huge muscles but all male characters were not like that: Billy Batson was skinny throughout the two seasons and the fans LOVED him the way he was. Moreover, Dick's evolution may have been explained by his training while there was not such explanation for the girls: in real life, most high-level female athletes have "ruler" body shapes, not impossible hourglasses. Also, some male characters like La'gaan or Garfield (I apologize for mentioning Garfield) look like "monsters" while all female characters look human (I don't count Miss Martian because she looks human most of the time). Why?

I know you probably didn't mean it but this is quite disturbing. I don't mind hourglass women but every woman cannot have an impossible hourglass figure. Personally, I exercise regularly, I eat healthy food, I'm thinner than average and I don't have an impossible hourglass figure because 1) I have intestines and 2) I inherited my granny's "pear" body shape. I've been heavier on bottom since puberty and I'm ok with it but some teenagers are not THAT ok because they hear all the time that every woman should look like Zatanna!

I apologize if I sound rude. I'd just like to tell you that a female character doesn't need a "perfect" body to be endearing, interesting or a good role model. Just after the episode "Secrets", I read from some fans on forums and some said "Hey, I like Greta, I hope we'll see more of her later". None of them said "I hope we won't see her again unless she grows some huge boobs, flat-chested girls are repulsive". In real life, people shouldn't grant less value to women who are skinny or plus-size so why should they in fiction?

I hope you don't take this badly. This is not an attack against you, I'm just wondering about teenagers' body images. Have a nice day. :)

Greg responds...

I think you raise some very valid points. And I think its an area that comics and cartoons have traditionally been less than great at, though that's no excuse for continuing those traditions blindly.

We did have Devastation and Tuppence Terror (in Season 2) and Shimmer, none of whom have the hour-glass figure - but all of whom are villains.

We were also guilty of that in Gargoyles, and it was something I tried to address (years later) in the comics with the addition of Constance/Coco - a badass, kickass gargoyle of larger proportions. I think she was quite popular with the fans. So it's something I'm working on. But there's often resistance. And, to be honest, some of that resistance is purely internal and unconscious on my part. So it's something I'm working on within myself, as well.

But please don't stop reminding me.

Response recorded on September 30, 2015

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AhhGoodTimes writes...

How involved were you or will you be in the upcoming Young Justice/Teen Titans Go crossover? Which btw I'm very excited for. It sounds fun!

Greg responds...

Not involved at all. Calling it a crossover is pushing it. It was more like a YJ cameo in TTG. I enjoyed it. It was fun.

Response recorded on September 30, 2015

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ND writes...

Hello,

We all know that Queen Bee's powers work on most men and some women, so would they work on a romantic asexual?

I love your show, by the way.

Greg responds...

I don't know enough about "romantic asexuals" to answer the question, I'm afraid.

Response recorded on September 30, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

I recently watched the first season of Young Justice and I loved nearly everything about it. But there was two things that I didn't quite understand.

1. The first being Red Arrow's logic in determining there was no mole in "Performance". He claimed that since he now saw them in action that there was no way they (Artemis/M'gann/Conner) would betray the team. Yet Artemis did just that on the previous mission (Red Arrow was there) in "Insecurity", and that mission even involved the person that leaked there was a mole in Sporstmaster.

Not to mention it was clear that Superboy and the others knew about Red Arrow's distrust of them. So why would they do something when they knew he was watching them closely? Plus, if him theorizing that his programming was part of the reason he casted suspicion on them is correct, then how did he overcome it with such little evidence?

2. The second thing I didn't understand was Artemis' sudden romantic interest in Wally at the end. I get that he was shown to be crazy about her, but nothing from when she showed up in "Infiltrator" to "Performance" gave me the impression that she reciprocated those feelings. She was only show to care about Wally to the extent that they were teammates and sort of friends. She treated him the same way she did all the others aside from getting annoyed by him occasionally.

The only guy she was shown to have any romantic feelings for was Conner. So her agreeing that Wally should have kissed her "a long time ago" felt really out of place. It's not that I don't think she could have liked Wally, but there was nothing there that made me believe she did before it came out of the blue at the end.

Greg responds...

1. I think, given the fact that he knew that he was already in the League, there was less of a subconscious NEED for him to feel there was a mole. And so, for once, camaraderie won out over suspicion. OR - you could believe he was lulling them into a false sense of security. Pick your poison.

2. If you don't see she was interested in Wally, I doubt I can convince you. But from our point of view, her attraction was there (though intentionally somewhat subtle) from "Denial" at least, and probably from moment one. Certainly, in "Bereft," it's clear that they have a connection - no matter how hard both try to deny it. Many fans agree, so I feel like we succeeded.

3. She was, without a doubt, superficially interested in Conner. But that was a pretty shallow attraction.

Response recorded on August 07, 2015

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Greg Bishansky writes...

This is a question about Bialya and Qurac. These are both Middle Eastern countries (and according to wikipedia, both are located near Saudi Arabia and Iraq), and I am wondering about their conflict.

How long has this been going on? Since before Queen Bee took power in Bialya? After? Is there a Sunni vs Shi'ite element at work here, too?

Queen Bee's powers provide an explanation for how she is able to keep such absolute power in Bialya, given her gender in a Middle Eastern state... but her power only works in close range, so I wonder how much loyalty she has from her military and police force. Either way, it seems like a pretty liberal country by the standards of that region... which makes me think Bialya is, at least on paper, a Shi'ite state... at the very least, it doesn't appear that wahhabism has taken root in either state.

So, I guess what I'm asking is, in your mind, what are the religious politics of these two countries?

Greg responds...

These are all fair questions, but I haven't invested the time to work the answers out.

I think Queen Bee's powers combine with her intelligence to make her military feel pretty good about serving her. It probably helps that the male half of the royal family is non-existent. Some military men may rationalize their service by thinking she's a figurehead - until they're around her. They might on occasion question her decisions except for this - she's keeping them in power too.

As for the Sunni vs. Shi'ite thing, I don't feel comfortable locking down an answer.

Response recorded on August 06, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Has Bruce Wayne ever dated Lois Lane?

2. Does Batman keep files on how to defeat every member of the Justice League?

3. Was Alfred Pennyworth ever a member of M16?

4. Is Alfred's policy on guns, NO GUNS like Batman, or is he not above using a gun for self defense?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. Does he need to keep files? Like how limited is his memory?

3. He was a member of something. But I'd have to research it. (I was about to write OSS, which is how I always think of him, but he's obviously too young for that now.)

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on August 03, 2015

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Reiena Grayson writes...

I've been trying to ask this for some time, but for some reason the question just would not post. In Young Justice season one episode eight, with Kaldur's visit to Atlantis, did it start out in Atlantean and switch to english, or was the english just so people didn't have to keep reading the translations?

Greg responds...

It was always in Atlantean. But Lori cast a translation spell over the audience.

Response recorded on August 03, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. How did Roy's parents amass their fortune?

2. How did Oliver's parents?

3. Or was Oliver a self made millionaire?

Greg responds...

I assume we're talking Young Justice, here.

1. I'd have to research this.

2. They inherited.

3. He inherited.

Response recorded on August 03, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Can Martian Manhunter read Hawkman or Hawkwoman's mind?

2. Have Hawkman and Hawkwoman been reincarnated previously?

Greg responds...

1. I'd think so, but I haven't thought about it.

2. No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 31, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

You've said that you and the production team created a bible of sorts for future story lines and character arcs of Young Justice.

1. Would it be legal to publish it?

2. Would you consider publishing it?

Greg responds...

1. Never been too clear on that. But it would probably require permission from Warner Bros.

2. No. No spoilers, don't you know.

Response recorded on July 31, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

I wanted to let you know that I was just looking over the DC Comics solicitations for October 2014 on the Internet on this link here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54050

Do you see where it says "The Multiversity: The Just #1"?

Unless my eyes were deceiving me, the description about this title is suggesting that this is EARTH-16 in the NEW 52 DC multiverse.

Does that mean the "Young Justice" universe that you set up in 2011 is no longer Earth-16 and is that why the show ended prematurely when it did? Did Grant Morrison NOT know that Earth-16 was already handpicked and used by you as you saw fit or is something else going on here?! If this is fate's way of saying that "Young Justice' is pretty much gone, I can imagine that a lot "Young Justice" fans are probably going to be REALLY angry!

Greg responds...

1. I have no inside info, but reading that release, it does seem like they've wiped out our Earth-16 for this one.

2. This had nothing at all to do with Young Justice not being picked up for a third season. Nothing. Trust me.

3. I have no clue if Grant knew about our Earth-16 or not. You'd have to ask him. (I admire his work, but I've never met the guy.)

4. To be honest, this is just a technicality. If DC and/or WB and/or CN decide to bring YJ back in some form or another, this won't make much of a difference. If not, this still won't make much of a difference. Our stories still exist, are still out there. Whatever they do with their "Earth-16" won't change that.

It's also worth noting that - although we asked for an unused Earth and DC said, "Take Earth-16." - it turned out that Earth-16 was NOT unused prior to us. So we had to ignore prior Earth-16 continuity. For all I know this version of Earth-16 is the original, and we were the usurpers.

Response recorded on July 30, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Does Batman keep trophies inside the Batcave?

Greg responds...

Which series we talking about? I've done at least five with Batman in it.

Response recorded on July 30, 2015

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Algernon writes...

Hey Greg,

I've always been a big fan of Babylonian Mythology so I got a big kick out of all the references in Young Justice Legacy, Marduk, Tiamat, the Tablet of Destiny ect...

1) On Earth-16, is Nabu also the Babylonian God of Wisdom of the same name?

2) If so, what was his relationship to Marduk?

Greg responds...

1. I'd have to do more research to answer that. (You clearly know more about the Babylonian pantheon than I do.)

2. See the answer to Question 1.

Response recorded on July 30, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Does Gotham Academy have a football team?

2. What are they called?

3. Does Keystone High School have a football team?

4. What are they called?

5. What are Keystone High School's school colors?

Greg responds...

1. Probably.

2. I feel like we did come up with the mascot name, but I honestly cannot remember.

3. I'm sure they do.

4. I don't think we ever came up with that.

5. No memory of this at all, which may mean we didn't come up with this either.

Response recorded on July 29, 2015

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Just a Nerd writes...

Wow. I was going to preface this with other questions, but upon searching the unanswered queue, all of the other questions had been asked, one by myself. So, I'm just gonna dive in.
2. Would you please, please, oh great and powerful and wise man (sorry for the terrible pun (wise man, Weisman)) tell us one, some or all of the owners of designations 27, 28, A06, A07, A08, and A09?

... Yeah, I didn't think you would. Thanks anyway. Can't wait to read Spirits of Ash and Foam!

Greg responds...

Honestly, I don't remember. And I don't have my YJ files here at Nickelodeon. And, in any case, if I haven't already revealed this, I'm unlikely to now.

But I hope by now, you've read and enjoyed Spirits of Ash and Foam!

Response recorded on July 29, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. How did Hal Jordan get his ring?

2. Why did Martian Manhunter chose to stay on Earth?

3. Before becoming Green Arrow did Oliver Queen ever wash up (shore) on the island?

4. Under what circumstances did Black Canary's mother die?

Greg responds...

1. His origin is basically the same. Details differ into spoilerish territory.

2. At what point? (Different reasons at different times in his life.)

3. "wash up (shore) on the island"??? Not sure what this means. But as with Hal, his basic origin is unchanged. Details differ.

4. No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 27, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Where does Hal Jordan live?

2. Where does John Stewart live?

3. Where does Guy Gardener live?

Greg responds...

1. Coast City.

2. I honestly don't remember. I'd have to do a little research. First into YJ materials to see if we ever made that decision. And if not, I'd have to do some research.

3. Ditto.

Response recorded on July 27, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. On Earth-16 what hero had a sidekick during the 40's?

2. What was the sidekicks name?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 27, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Did Bruce begin an investigation into Superman's secret ID as soon as Superman first appeared on the scene in 1998?

2. In Independence Day what or who was Robin referring to when he said that the Batcave was already crowded enough?

3. Is any member of the Bat Family trained in judo, ninjutsu, parkour, scuba, or sword fighting?

4. Dick had circular birdarangs, Tim uses a different type of birdarang. Do all Robins have their own type (style) of birdarangs?

5. On Earth-16 is Bruce Wayne a playboy?

Greg responds...

1. I'll leave that to your imagination for now.

2. He was just being flip.

3. I'm going to say... yes.

4. I'm going to say... yes. (Although Dick had at least two styles that we used.)

5. In theory.

Response recorded on July 27, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Were false documents made to provide an explanation for the fact that there are two Roy Harpers, and the existence of Bart Allen eventhough Barry Allen does not yet have children?

Greg responds...

I suppose. Though they might not have been false. It's the DC Universe after all. S--t like that must happen all the time. They've probably got a bureaucracy all set up.

Response recorded on July 24, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. Does Commissioner Gordon know that Nightwing was the first Robin, and that the second is deceased?

2. On Earth 16 do all Robin's go through 6 months of training prior to taking up the mantle of Robin?

3. Do Commissioner Gordon, and the people of Gotham, know that there is a Batgirl?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. I'm not going to put a fixed amount of time on the training. But they all go through training. On an ongoing basis, too.

3. Yes.

Response recorded on July 23, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

1. How does Black Canary protect her secret identity without wearing a mask?
2. Miss Martian addressed Nightwing as Dick in The Hunt, and Aqualad did the same in Endgame. Did Miss Martian learn Nightwing's secret ID during a psychic link on a mission?
3. Do Red Arrow, Artemis, Zatanna, or Rocket know that Dick Grayson is Nightwing?

Greg responds...

1. With a wig, maybe? I never really decided to be perfectly honest.

2. No.

3. Artemis, Zatanna and Rocket do. As for Red Arrow, no spoilers.

Response recorded on July 23, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

What were all of the magic/psyhic superheroes during golden age of superheroes in young justice?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 22, 2015

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Jordan Wade writes...

1. Did Vandal Savage seeked the other members of the light or was it the other way around?

2. How did villains have access to the power shutdown collars?

3. Did superheroes of the 40's have their own radio show?

4. Did world war 2 happened 1939-1945 and were fictional nations like rhelasia involved in world war 2?

5. If the main seven of the justice league and other superheroes were actived by the year 2000 and superheroes were actived in the 40's. How did events like 9/11 and pearl harbor happened on earth 16?

Greg responds...

1. Vandal started the Light with Ra's, if that's what you mean.

2. It helped that the Belle Reve prison warden was their mole.

3. Haven't thought about it.

4a. Yes.

4b. Probably.

5. There's some odd notion that the existence of super-heroes would mean tragedy would cease. But no one - not even Superman and the Flash - can be everywhere at one time. Nor is all evil predictable.

Response recorded on July 22, 2015

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Jordan Wade writes...

1. Were they supervillians in Gotham during the 90's before batman appearance?

2. Is Heaven for real on earth 16?

3. Was Alan Scott the most powerful superheroes of the 40's if not who was?

4. What magical creatures are more powerful than an lord of chaos?

5. Did the U.S government enforce the superhero ban from 50's to 90's?

Greg responds...

1. Not going to give a blanket answer to this.

2. No spoilers.

3. Depends on how you define powerful.

4. <Shrug>.

5. Not exactly a ban.

Response recorded on July 22, 2015

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Peridottie writes...

Hi Greg. I have some questions about Rocket/Raquel if you don't mind me asking. Forgive me if any are "spoiler-ish"

1) Did you ever have plans to explore Rocket and Icon's differing economic/social beliefs in future seasons/comics? I understand that it would've probably been difficult since those are potentially controversial topics for a children's network, but I feel like you're savvy enough to have explored it discretely.
2)What team member would you say Raquel was closest to after joining the team? I always subconsciously imagined Artemis since to me they seem to have similar personalities and economic backgrounds. But then she's also in the "new girl" boat with Zatanna
3)When first joining the team, did Raquel have trouble adjusting? Seeing as she joined at the height of activity with the Light and dynamics within the team were already established, it seems like it would be easy to feel a little like the odd man out if I were her.
4)I try not to assume that everything canon in DC comics is automatically canon in the show, so I was wondering if Virgil and Raquel actually knew each other before his abduction? Did you ever have plans for them to interact in season 2 before the episodes got cut to 20?

Thanks loads for answering our questions and creating Young Justice in the first place. I'm rewatching it on Netflix for the millionth time and buying comics and dvds when I can, just 'cause I like it that much. And good luck with your books!

Greg responds...

1. Given enough issues and/or episodes, sure. But it wasn't a priority. (Though it interests me a lot.)

2. I'll leave that to your imagination, based on the little bits of evidence you have. But I think its clear that she and Zatanna wound up being close. And she was clearly interested in Aqualad.

3. Again, you saw how she was adjusting. She was definitely playing catch-up, but she seemed to fit in pretty well and integrated pretty darn quickly.

4. They're both from Dakota City. I'm not going to reveal whether they knew each other. There were no specific plans to have them interact in season two.

Response recorded on July 21, 2015

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Sal writes...

Hi, Greg
The Justice League seems to have much political association with various global and international organizations in order to operate and abide by the law as they do. Given that much, if not all, of their members hail from or have ties/connections to the United States, has this caused tension between other countries? I understand that perhaps they don't view the American government directly responsible or even maintaining these superheroes, but has it ever raised paranoia or suspicion across other nations? Are there some governments that are not very accepting of the League, such as Biala(Though that nation was operating under Queen Bee)?

Greg responds...

Yes, the Justice League operates under a U.N. charter. Yes, many if not most of the characters are U.S. Citizens. Yes, that makes some nations suspicious of them. Yes, certain nations, including Bialya have declared the League unwelcome.

Response recorded on July 21, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Hi thank you so much for answering questions and I am sorry if these are spoilers

1.What is Blue Devils Civilian name?
2.Is Blue Devil A Member Of The Justice League?

Greg responds...

1. Dan Cassidy.

2. Not during our series. Whether he'd eventually join is a spoiler request.

Response recorded on July 21, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

I just recently watched all of Young Justice on a friend's recommendation and I am so enamoured with the world and the characters you and the rest of the YJ team developed, so thank you for that. I especially loved Artemis and her family, so I wanted to ask you a few questions about them:

1. What kind of mother is Paula? Obviously, after serving her sentence she's retired from crime and is a good parent to Artemis, but before her jail time, was she much the same or more like Sportsmaster? Did she also train Artemis and Jade to fight or do crime, or did she try to leave them out of it?

2. Were Artemis and Jade close before the year their mother was arrested and Jade left?

3. While she was in prison, did Paula keep in contact with Artemis or anyone else (through letters or visits)?

4. Did she already know any of the Leaguers when they approached her about Artemis from her villain days?

5. After season 2, does she see Artemis and Jade (and Roy) regularly? What about Sportsmaster?

Thanks for answering fan questions like this. It's a really cool thing to do.

Greg responds...

1. Mostly, I want to answer this with a NO SPOILERS statement. But I'm in the mood, so I will say that Paula was less emotionally abusive but had no problem with Crusher's desire to train the girls for combat, and in fact participated in that training.

2. Yes and no. Artemis was close to Jade. Jade pretended she wasn't close to Artemis, which meant to a large degree, she wasn't.

3. Yes.

4. Those she had fought, yes.

5. NO SPOILERS.

Response recorded on July 13, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Assuming they were in a place where they were both at full power, were both not holding back, and there was no chance of peace, who do you think would win between Oberon and Earth-16 Dr. Fate?

Greg responds...

See, now, the Hulk is more powerful because the madder he gets, the stronger he gets. But the Thing can still beat him if he keeps his wits about him.

Response recorded on July 13, 2015

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memi writes...

1) Just to be clear, what is Bart Allen's hair oclor? I keep seeing in fanfiction and youtube comments that he's a red head or a ginger, but his hair looks brown to me? I'd appreciate clarification.
2) I think it's great that there are LGBT characters in YJ. Are there any other LGBT intended characters besides Marie Logan? If this counts as a spoiler, just answering 'yes' or 'no' would mean a lot!

Thanks! P.S. loved your book

Greg responds...

1. Since I'm red-green color deficient, I'm afraid I'm not the person to confirm anything. But I thought it was brown.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on July 10, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

Did nightwing have feelings for artemis

Greg responds...

Depends on what you mean by "feelings."

Response recorded on July 09, 2015

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BR writes...

1.Did Bruce Greenwood's casting of Batman have anything to do with Brandon Vietti Working with him on Batman Under the Red Hood?

Greg responds...

Yes, of course.

Response recorded on July 09, 2015

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Insert Cool Name Here writes...

Okay, this isn't a question, but I think it's important so I'm posting it.

I'm apologizing for several of my questions which were repetitive and asking for spoilers (not at the same time usually). It probably doesn't actually matter, but whatever.

I love your Young Justice work. Hopefully they will let you guys make another something.

Thanks for reading!
--Insert Cool Name Here

Greg responds...

You're welcome!

Response recorded on July 09, 2015

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Pattroclos writes...

Hello Greg,

I've recently discovered Young Justice season 1 on Netflix so, of course, I've been binging it. It's been over two years now and I'm still upset YJ got canceled. You created such a in-depth and complex plot with such interesting characters. It is a crime it got cancelled so soon (especially in favour of Teen Titans Go which is just . . . just no). So many great animated shows don't get the attention they deserve simply because of their medium and I think YJ is a prime example. I have so very many questions but most would be spoiler requests so I'l keep it short as I am sure you have much more important things to consider.

1. With the advent of Netflix is there a greater hope for renewal for a third season or should I give up waiting and just be happy with what we got?

2. Would you know when season 2 is expected to come on Netflix?

3. Were there any characters we saw as civilians in the first two seasons that you had plans to introduce as heroes/villains later like you did with Mal and Karen from season one to two? (I know this is a spoiler request, I'm just hoping it's vague enough to get a simple 'yes' or 'no')

Thank you for creating Young Justice for us all to enjoy and thank you doubly for taking the time to answer your fans' questions like this.

Greg responds...

Okay, first off YJ was not cancelled "in favour of Teen Titans Go". One thing had NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH ANOTHER. That's like saying Angel was cancelled in favor of The Vampire Diaries. One show ended. Another show began. The only connection is an imaginary one in your head based on timing and a superficial similarity in subject manner.

1. Netflix is moot unless Warner Bros and DC decide they want to make more YJ and take it there. There are no near-term plans for more YJ, but both Brandon and I hope that someday we might get another shot at it.

2. I have no idea. I'm not at Warners anymore, and even when I was, no one consulted me on those decisions.

3. No spoilers.

Response recorded on July 06, 2015

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Chris Adams writes...

I am most familiar with Jim Harper from Roger Stern's novelisation of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF SUPERMAN, which includes some musing from Jim on his original career as the Guardian back in the Forties, his Newsboy Legion buddies who grew up to found Cadmus Laboratories, and their gift of a new cloned body for him so he could be a young, healthy Guardian again.

Given that the modern-day Guardian believed himself to be the original Jim Harper's grandson, and Roy Harper's uncle, that's obviously not his story!

Separately, you have confirmed that the Light founded the Cadmus Project, rather than taking over an existing institution.

Does any remnant of the idea that the Newsboy Legion grew up to work at Cadmus remain in Earth-16, even if they didn't found it?

I would guess not, given that it's unlikely the Light would have been organised long enough ago to have founded Cadmus when a group of men born in the Thirties would have still been active in the sciences.

(Plus, maybe it's a touch unbelievable that all of the Newsboy Legion kids would grow up to pursue the specific scientific interests necessary to be useful in a genetics company!)

Greg responds...

There might be a vestige left. But no spoilers.

Response recorded on July 06, 2015

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Hmmaster writes...

Is Themiscyra public or a member of the UN? There's a mention during Usual Suspects that Atlantis isn't part of the UN at that time, but I was curious how much they generally know about the Amazons. Godfrey mentions the Amazons in Happy New Year as a possible alien species during his xenophobic spiel, so it's clear that the public knows that Wonder Woman (and possibly Troia if she has broken away from the Team to become a public solo hero like Red Arrow was in Season 1) isn't the only one of her kind. I just wanted to know how much interaction Themiscyra has with "Man's World" or if they are as isolated as they are in previous incarnations. Thanks for the fantastic series.

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on July 01, 2015

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Peter writes...

How long does a hero have to be on the team that they are no longer a freshman on the team?

Greg responds...

The "Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior" thing is not an official IN-SHOW notion. It was a convenient way for us OUTSIDE the show to talk about these distinctions. But if you want to push the idea, then I guess that after a year on the Team, you move from being a Freshman to a Sophomore (basically).

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LynnL writes...

Hi Greg,
I just rewatched the YJ first season finale , great episode and the New Year kisses and Tornado comment always makes me smile.
Anyway, regarding Zatanna and Nightwing:

1) Did they love each other when they were dating? If yes, did they get to say it?
2) When someone asked if they still have feeling for each other you said "Depends how you're defining 'feelings'". And other tim eyou said the same but you added a "yes" at the end. So, do they still love each other? (I'm not asking in a romantical or platonical way, but if could clarify that you would make me the happiest men in the planet)
3) Did the last part sound like a marriage proposal?
4) I just brought YJ: Legacy, great story (Tula's death almost made me cry) and voice acting, the graphics and the gameplay weren't great but they still satisfy me. And I loved when in the middle of a fight you can hear Dick say "Guys, I'm whelmed"
5) Was Mal in the team by the time Tula died (YJ:L)?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. I stick by my original answer(s).

3. Not to me.

4. :)

5. You saw what you saw.

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Thomas writes...

I absolutely loved Young Justice; it was probably my favor take on the DC universe. Your take on the world and the characters was absolutely perfect. My only "criticism" is that their weren't more episodes or comics expand on earth 16. I especially loved Artemis's character and the fact that DC hasn't incorporated her into the New 52 in a significant way leaves me completely bewildered. I loved the buildup to Darkseid, my favorite comic book villain, because based on the effectiveness of the other villain I really felt like he was going to be a huge threat and finally be portrayed as the brilliant strategist, manipulator, and powerhouse that utterly dwarf the Justice League that Jack Kirby wrote. Hopefully we'll see some of the plans you had for Darkseid in the future.

Was it true John DiMaggio was set to voice Darkseid or was that just BS internet rumors?

I'm really looking forward to Star Wars Rebels.

Greg responds...

We had not cast or even thought about casting Darkseid. Love John, by the way, but I've never even heard his name mentioned for the part as a rumor.

Response recorded on June 29, 2015

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Adaptation

Bruce Timm and I (and others) were interviewed for a cool little article on adaptation, here:

http://on.mtv.com/1dz9OM9


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MomoCon 2015

I leave tomorrow for MomoCon 2015. More information on it can be found at their website: http://www.momocon.com/

But here's MY schedule for the weekend:

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
BREAKING INTO ANIM 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Main "Villains" Room Omni-International
w/Floyd County Productions

SIGNING 03:30pm - 05:30pm
Autograph Area

YOUNG JUSTICE 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Main "Villains" Omni-International
w/Crispin Freeman

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
SIGNING 11:00am - 12:30pm
Autograph Area

ANIM CREATORS 02:00pm - 03:00pm
"Underdog" A-313
w/Ben Mangum, Mike Reiss

SIGNING 05:30pm - 07:00pm
Autograph Area

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
SIGNING 11:30am - 01:00pm
Autograph Area

GARGOYLES 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Main "Villains" Omni-International
w/Keith David

That's right! Both Keith "Goliath" David and Crispin "Red Arrow" Freeman will also be at MomoCon!

As usual, at my autograph sessions, I will happily sign anything you bring along with you 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 art surprise. 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 and KIM POSSIBLE). Each signed and personalized script is $20 cash. I'll also be giving away #RainoftheGhosts AudioPlay postcards for free!

So please stop by and say hello!


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Anonymous writes...

1. Did you ever worry that you would be approached to start working on shows you've done in the past while you were already working on one? (Ex: Let's say you were working on Young Justice, but Disney approached you to work on Gargoyles again.)
2. What would you do if situations like that ever came up?

Greg responds...

1. No, I should have such problems. I'm usually lucky to find one job. Having two I wanted that badly has literally NEVER come up.

2. I don't really deal in hypotheticals. The realities in front of me are confusifying enough.

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Clark Cradic writes...

When Conner and Superman are together in public do they say that they're related (like how Superman said that he was Kara's cousin in the comics) or are their civilian covers not related?

Greg responds...

Which season are you asking about?

Response recorded on May 07, 2015

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ND writes...

Hello,

Maybe this will sound silly but the episode "Downtime" sometimes made me think of the Andersen story, "the little mermaid" (not the Disney version). OK, I know this sounds silly but here's what I noticed:

- The mermaid lives underwater;
- She's young (15)
- She has her head in the clouds (all the time);
- She has a crush on someone and wants to give up everything to be with him;
- He's nice with her, yet he loves someone else;
- She's heartbroken and she gives up because she wants him to be happy;
- She has sisters who actually try to help her;
- She sacrifices herself (by dying) and evolves into a "creature of the air".

Now look at the episode:

- Kaldur lives underwater;
- He's young (16)
- He has his head in the clouds (just now)
- He has a crush on someone and wants to give up everything to be with her;
- She's nice with him, yet she loves someone else;
- He's heartbroken and he gives up because he wants her to be happy;
- He has friends (the team) who actually care for him;
- He sacrifices herself (by leaving) and evolves into a leader who actually concentrate all the time.

Now, was all this intentional or am I imagining things?

I wish Cartoon Network had let you carried on with more seasons. It was really a great show. I apologise for the mistakes: English is not my mother language. Mes amitiés.

Greg responds...

Well, I certainly wasn't conscious of any of that, but I'm familiar with the tale, so maybe it was part of the background radiation, so to speak.

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Darksuperboy writes...

The youtube channel watchmojo has just put up a video for its 3.8 million subscribers of ''Top 10 Best Cartoons That Got Cancelled''. it placed your works of art Gargoyles at #5 and Young Justice #4.

How do you feel about that?

Also how would you respond to their comment that young justice fans felt ''cheated and abandoned'' due to it unresolved plot points?

also since its seems young justice is still in the media scope after a year are the chances of a season on Netflix or any form of story completion still being looked into?

Greg responds...

1. Well, I'd prefer the shows were still going, but I'm happy we got the recognition and that folks still seem to miss those shows. No love for SpecSpidey, huh?

2. I think that's unreasonable, frankly. Believe me, I'd love to have done more episodes, more issues of our companion comic series, etc. But nothing is guaranteed to last forever, and certainly no one was "cheated". The fact is, the series didn't have the ratings or the merchandising support to continue. Our fans are wonderful and intense, but unfortunately not quite as numerous as I think everyone believes. It's still a business. And if we don't have the numbers to pay for the series, then that's a damn shame, but that's all it is. To be clear, I'm not blaming the fans; just pointing out that there weren't enough fans buying toys or sitting in front of their sets to keep us on the air.

As to unresolved plot points, would folks have preferred if, for example, Brandon and I hadn't put in that last scene with Vandal and Darkseid? We certainly could have skipped it, and one less thing would be unresolved, but I believe the show would have been less interesting if we made sure not to introduce any thread that couldn't absolutely be tied up at season's end.

3. Okay, there's no such thing as "story completion" for Young Justice. It wasn't designed to ever end. All of us who worked on the series would love to do more, but if we did do more, there would be still more concepts introduced so that whenever we ran out of "more" there would still be loose ends. And so on, and so on, and so on...

Meanwhile, I don't believe either Warner Bros, DC or Cartoon Network has any current plans to bring YJ back in any form. Netflix would be great, but if Time-Warner isn't interested in pursuing the property, then all other considerations are moot.

And "the media scope" is a relative concept. YJ was something special, but it never did Game of Thrones numbers, for example, not in terms of ratings or in terms of pop culture awareness.

Again, it doesn't give me pleasure to say all of this. But the realities are what they are.

Response recorded on May 07, 2015

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WONDERCON 2015

I am fortunate enough to have been invited to be a spotlight guest at WonderCon this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Friday April 03 - Sunday April 05. Here's my schedule for WonderCon 2015:

FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2015
SIGNING
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 11:30am - 12:30pm.

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 and KIM POSSIBLE). Each signed and personalized script is $20 cash. I'll also be giving away #RainoftheGhosts AudioPlay postcards for free!

WORKING IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE
Room 207 04:00pm - 05:00pm
I'm moderating this panel with panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Sam de La Rosa, Braden Lamb, Mike Mayhew, Rebecca Moesta & John Ostrander.

SIGNING
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 5:30pm - 07:00pm.

SATURDAY, APRIL 04, 2015
SPOTLIGHT ON GREG WEISMAN
Room 213, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Gary Mierianu interviews me about Gargoyles, Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Kanan: the Last Padawan, Rain of the Ghosts (novels and AudioPlay) and more. Plus we'll open it up to an audience Q&A at the end.

SIGNING
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 1:00pm - 02:30pm.

SIGNING
Mysterious Galaxy Booth 908, 03:00pm - 03:45pm.

MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING
Room 300AB 04:00pm - 05:00pm
I'll be talking about Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan, but other panelists will include Sam Humphries, Will Moss & Rick Remender, talking about their stuff.

SIGNING
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 5:30pm - 07:00pm.

SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2015
WARNER ARCHIVE MORE THAN SIDEKICKS!
Room 300AB 01:00pm - 02:00pm
I'll be talking Young Justice and other sidekick stuff with J.M. DeMatteis, D.W. Ferranti, Loren Lester, Gary Mierianu & Matthew Patterson.

SIGNING
ARTISTS ALLEY - Table A-31, 2:30pm - 05:00pm.

That's it. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!!!


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Jason writes...

If Guardian (Jim Harper) is a clone of the original Speedy, which I'm assuming means they are genetically identical, why is the Roy clone of speedy a good amount shorter than Jim Harper even though at start of Invasion he is 23-24 and approximately a full gown adult? Shouldn't they have ended up at the same height or does the cloning process stunt growth after it is done?

Greg responds...

Fair question that I should have - but never have - thought of before. And I honestly don't know the in-universe answer. Open to suggestions.

Response recorded on March 09, 2015

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Gallifrey One 2015

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:
http://christopherjonesart.tumblr.com/post/110749267743/so-some-of-you-know-greg-weisman-and-i-have-been

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!


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overwhelmedfanboy writes...

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)

Greg responds...

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. ;)

Response recorded on February 03, 2015

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Tasslehoff Birk writes...

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?

Thank you.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. It's not unheard of, but fairly uncommon, since their psychic abilities render any false physical form obvious.

Response recorded on February 03, 2015

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Sebastian Vota writes...

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.
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/line5-16-9.jpg

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on February 03, 2015

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Biosinned writes...

Hi Greg,

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.

Greg responds...

1. Love to tell this story.

2. They're built from nanotechnology.

Response recorded on February 02, 2015

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Harlan Phoenix writes...

Did the mythological Cadmus exist on Earth-16?

Greg responds...

Oh... probably.

Response recorded on February 02, 2015

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Anonymous writes...

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?

Greg responds...

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.

Response recorded on February 02, 2015

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Finkle writes...

What happen to the animal sanctuary after Marie Logan died?

Greg responds...

No Spoilers.

Response recorded on February 02, 2015

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LynnL writes...

Hi, Greg.
A few weeks ago I asked when did Dick and Zatanna broke up, and now i realize that you are probably not going to give me an exact date. So the question are:

1) Did they broke up before or after Legacy?
2) You said that Batman offered to reveal his secret identity to Zatanna and asked her to move to the manor. We know that she moved to the Cave but did Bruce told her his identity anyway?
3) You also said that Nightwing hides his identity from newbies. Does that mean that the original team knows? And Troia and Bumblebee?
4) Is Zatanna's birthday the same as in the original comics? (May 20th)
5) And if the answer to my second question is no, did Zatanna find out Dick's identity before the other because they were dating?

Thanks for your time and sorry if they are Asked and Answered, Spoiler Request or something

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No.

3. As of season two, yes.

3a. No spoilers.

4. I don't know.

5. That suggests an order of events that I don't want to confirm or deny.

Response recorded on January 28, 2015

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Magic City Comic Con

I'm leaving in a few minutes for Magic City Comic Con in MIAMI at the Miami Airport Convention Center!!

Here's my schedule:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015
SPOTLIGHT Q&A 02:30pm - 03:20pm
Ballroom 1.

ADAPTING MEDIA FRANCHISES FOR COMIC BOOKS 04:00pm - 05:00pm
Ballroom 2 w/Mike W. Barr, Terry Cronin, Dan Slott.

SIGNING 05:00pm - 06:00pm
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle

AUTOGRAPH SESSION 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Celebrity Autograph Area,
West Hall - Exhibition Room.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015
SIGNING 10:30am - 11:30am
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AND WRITE YOUR
FIRST NOVEL 11:45am - 12:45pm
Ballroom 2 w/Mike W. Barr, Terry Cronin, Philip Lee McCall II.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION 01:45pm - 03:00pm
Celebrity Autograph Area,
West Hall - Exhibition Room.

WRITING SPIDER-MAN 03:15pm - 04:15pm
Room 210 w/Dan Slott.

WRITING: FROM TV TO COMIC BOOKS
Room 202 05:15pm - 06:15pm
w/Mike W. Barr, Terry Cronin.

SIGNING 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015
SIGNING 10:30am - 11:20am
Booth #???? - 900 Aisle

LEGACY OF GARGOYLES 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 210

WRITING BATMAN 01:45pm - 02:45pm
Room 210 w/Mike W. Barr, Francis Manapul.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION 03:15pm - 04:30pm
Celebrity Autograph Area,
West Hall - Exhibition Room.

THE BUSINESS OF ANIMATION
Room 210 05:30pm - 06:30pm
w/Christy Karacas, Chris Prynowski, Melissa Warrenburg.

I will be selling personalized signed copies of my two novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM for $10 in cash each. If you buy both books, you get signed copies of the original development artwork by Kuni Tomita from when we attempted to sell RAIN as an animated television series back in the 90s.

I'm also selling signed copies of my animation scripts for $20 in cash each from series including GARGOYLES, THE BATMAN, BEWARE THE BATMAN, ROUGHNECKS, MEN IN BLACK, TEAM ATLANTIS, KIM POSSIBLE, DC SHOWCASE GREEN ARROW, W.I.T.C.H., THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE and more - including scripts from a couple of convention radio plays.

Autographs from me and photos of or with me are always free.

If you're in the Miami area, I urge you to stop by and check it out!


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Anonymous writes...

Hi Greg; so after reviewing some of the questions related to Artemis and Nightwing, I ran across this:

"Anyway, it's unfortunate, but all of Dick Grayson's digital photos were erased during the E.M.P. that Artemis set off in "Homefront". Plus, fans forbid us from allowing Dick to laugh anymore in Season Two. We received death threats.
I would have thought that was obvious from watching the show. I mean, dude, note the timestamp."

I wanted to ask about that particular picture that Dick trolled/snapped of himself with Artemis during her first day at hew new school. I get that the EMP pretty much eliminated all the data from Dick's stuff, presumably with this picture included but we see it appear again in "Depths" for YJ:I.

So, to recapitulate the question: Given that the EMP still knocked everything out, it seems that Dick still has that particular image. Did he ever get to laugh about it with Artemis?

Greg responds...

I can't tell from what you've quoted above, but if I had to guess, you're referring to a post I made on April Fool's Day.

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Paul writes...

In Beneath, Nightwing said that Psimon had been in a coma since his last encounter with Miss Martian. Was he referring to the events of Image, or a battle that happened sometime during the 5 year gap?

Greg responds...

Both, kinda. Check out Young Justice Legacy.

Response recorded on December 18, 2014

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Kevin writes...

Hi Greg, I just had a question about Klarion. I have read that he's supposedly the most powerful member of The Light and it seems his successes against the Team reflect this. The only person portrayed as capable enough to stop him is Dr. Fate, and so I had two questions:

1: Because the Justice League represents/maintains order, why had Klarion not made it his goal to annihilate them before the induction of Dr. Fate? It seems there was a period of time where Kent Nelson was out of the game and the mask was unused.

2: Is there anyone on the team (as far as season two) who is capable of handling Klarion? I feel like there was little potential to demonstrate this as Klarion was assumed to be overly powerful and relegated to support roles for The Light.

Thank you and I miss Young Justice!

Greg responds...

1. Klarion isn't the most... focused of villains.

2. Depends on circumstances.

Response recorded on December 18, 2014

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A Fan writes...

Hi Greg,
I'm a huge fan of Young Justice, as I'm sure you hear all the time, but really, this world that you've built truly is a masterpiece. My sort of "theme" for this post is about potential ideas that ultimately did not end up being included in the run of the show (obviously doing my very, very best to avoid requesting SPOILERS, NO COMMENT. ;))

1.) The romantic relationships you crafted for the characters are phenomenal, and showcase a wide range of feelings from true love, to teen lust. Did you ever have a thought of including a potentially gay/lesbian character or relationship? (To avoid spoilers, this is directed solely at characters that you have decided definitively are NOT gay, but could have been at one point in the creative process.)
1a. If you had had such plans for a character/relationship, do you think this would be something Cartoon Network would have been okay with?

2.) Did you know from the beginning of the show, where you wanted Wally's arc to end up, culminating in his heroic sacrifice at the end of Invasion? I ask this primarily because, what with his role in the comics, there was a glaring potential other option available that you guys chose not to explore. I found this particularly interesting at the beginning of Invasion when we learned that Rocket and Zatanna had joined the League, and at the end of Invasion, with Wally's death. With Zatanna and Wally, as the second Flash, both being members of the League in the comics, it would have been an interesting segue to have them be the two team members that moved up to the League during the 5-Year Gap. Was this ever considered? Likewise, in the comics, Barry Allen heroically sacrificed himself in a (well actually THE) crisis, leaving Wally to become Flash and Bart to eventually become his Kid Flash. Was this considered as a possibility for the ending of Invasion?

3.) What led you to choose Batman for season 1, Captain Atom for season 2, and Black Canary for the potential season 3 as the Leaders of the League? Were other members in consideration at different times for different reasons, or did you have a pretty clear idea of who you wanted in charge?
Two things I found particularly interesting about how you handled the leadership of the league:
3a. How Dick and Bruce never lead the team and the League side-by-side, with Aqualad leading the team under Batman, and Nightwing leading the team alongside Captian Atom. Was this a conscious choice/deciding factor in the selection of leaders for both teams?
3b. How Captain Atom, a generally "less-known" member of the League (compared to say Aquaman, Hal, Barry, Black Canary, or Green Arrow, of the members that did not go to Rimbor) was selected as League leader for Season 2. I'm wondering both, how you came to the decision to make Captain Atom leader of the League during Invasion, and also, what is his status with the public on Earth-16? Is he as "famous" as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the others?

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at all these fan questions and share your ideas with us, it's a really amazing thing that you do, especially with the amount of rude or negative posts I've seen crop up on here. (Also, I am very sorry for how long this ended up being...)

Greg responds...

1. Um, I'm honestly not sure I understand the question. Why would I consider gay/lesbian relationships for characters who were not gay or lesbian? If you are asking whether we considered depicting a gay or lesbian relationship, the answer is yes. But I asked, and TPTB were not ready to depict that openly on television. So the best we could do was write consistently with what we believed.

1a. I vaguely recall that our WB exec asked CN, and they said no. But it's a while ago, and I'm not sure. I do recall talking to WB about it.

2. All sorts of things were considered. But we knew early on in Season One that we wanted Artemis and Wally to retire between seasons. And very early in the development of Season Two, we decided where we were going with Wally by the end of Season Two.

3. Batman made sense for us for Season One, given what his role was going to be with the kids that season. Plus, you know, he's Batman. My initial suggestion for Season Two was Black Canary, but Brandon felt that having the military Captain Atom as leader would work better for Invasion, which made sense. And we all liked Canary taking over at the end. All three of those characters had been leaders of the League at different points in pre-New 52 continuity.

3a. Not that I recall. The Team had its own leadership issues, of course, but I believe we considered those separately.

3b. See above. Also, Captain Atom was leader of the super-heroes during DC's own INVASION comic book series, so that felt right. And, he's pretty famous. Maybe not as famous as Superman and Wonder Woman - but probably more famous to the non-Gotham general public than Batman. Captain Atom has a publicist.

Response recorded on December 18, 2014

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Giant Boy writes...

If the Earth-16 depiction of Klarion made him a Lord of Chaos, would that make him Doctor Fate's archenemy?

--Giant Boy

Greg responds...

Basically. I mean isn't that what you saw on the series?

Response recorded on December 17, 2014

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ND writes...

If Greta was intangible and had to concentrate to touch things, how could the wind blow her clothes? (sorry for the grammar mistakes, I'm not a native English-speaker).

Greg responds...

Your grammar seems fine to me.

Her clothes didn't really exist. Maybe there was no wind either. Both may have been manifestations of her ectoplasmic psychic essence.

Response recorded on December 17, 2014

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Mike writes...

How was it working with Peter MacNicol? What brought him to mind when it came to playing his characters from Young Justice & The Spectacular Spider-Man? Do you plan to work with him again when possible?

Greg responds...

I love working with Peter. He's a consummate professional, who makes constantly interesting choices. I've been a fan of his since Dragonslayer, and have loved his various T.V. work. Though I had never worked with him before, I suggested him for Doctor Octopus in Spectacular Spider-Man, because I thought he could capture both sides of the Doctor Octavius we were creating, i.e. the shy, nervous man we first meet, and the megalomaniac he becomes. That worked out so well, that I knew he'd give us a great Professor Ivo on Young Justice and a great Tseebo on Star Wars Rebels. I'd work with him again in a heartbeat. Just need a show. ;)

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Blizzard Sprite writes...

Hello, Mr. Weisman.

I had a question regarding the adaptation of original characters from television to their comic book counterparts. One of the more displayed occurrences of the comic book integrating a character from a television series was with DC comics integrating Harley Quinn from the Batman: The Animated Series. Since you had similar experience when the Aqualad character you created in conjunction with Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa became the official Aqualad of the DC comics universe, I thought you could answer a few questions on the subject.

1. What is the official process a comic book marketing company must use in order for its writers to begin using an original character? Do representatives from the comic book corporations contact writers from the television program and make negotiate to gain permission from you and other important figure heads on the television program?

2. How long does the process take for the comic book corporation to acquire all of the rights to the character and include the individual in the comic books?

3. How do these companies determine what makes an original character worthy of being integrated into the comic book continuity of these fictional universes? Since the version of the Aqualad character you created became the official one in the DC Comics universe, I imagine that the officials representing the comic book company would have explained what properties stood out the most.

4. Which party retains the copyright stemming from the creation of the character?

5. What are the chances that another one of your original characters from your Young Justice series, Green Beetle, will be adapted for the DC Comics continuity? After seeing the show, I was very surprised to learn everything about the character had not already been adapted from the comic books, but was an original creation on your part. Despite the limited screen time compared to some of the main characters, the character was fleshed-out and well-developed. I thought you had put enough creativity for the character to make a jump to the comic book continuity.

Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

1. I'm not too comfortable answering this generically. I'm sure every case is unique. So I can only speak to examples I've been involved with, specifically - as you mentioned - Aqualad. In that case, the thing to keep in mind is that no one employed on the production has any rights in ANY of the characters we create. It's all being done under a "Work For Hire" contract, which means that Time-Warner, the company that owns DC Comics, Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network, owns all our work product outright. So they don't need our permission to use characters they already own, including Aqualad, which (a) was based at least in part on the existing Aqualad that they already owned and (b) they owned from the moment the idea for the new version came out of our heads, pens, tablets and keyboards. Geoff Johns did contact us and talk to us about the details of our version. He then went off and did his own revision on that for DC Comics.

2. See above. They already owned it. So it took NO time.

3. I think Geoff just liked the character - and/or thought he could do something with him - but you'd really have to ask him.

4. There are no parties. There is only one big corporation with multiple divisions.

5. I think it's unlikely, because if it didn't happen back when the show was on the air, why would it happen now?

Response recorded on December 17, 2014

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Endless Strategy writes...

1: Has Red Volcano attempted to erupt a super volcano again? If not, then why not?

2: "Bio" ship implies that ships like Miss Martian's can be grown, mass-produced. Is that the case?

3: Why haven't more Martians attempted to come to earth?

4: Why has no Zeta-Tube been built on Mars?

5: Why haven't more people been administered the Blockbuster or Kobra-Blockbuster Venom?

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. Grown, yes. Mass-produced, no.

3. Not that easy to get here. Even harder to get back.

4. Until Sardath accidentally brought Adam Strange to Rann, it wasn't thought that a Zeta-Tube would work over that kind of distance. As you saw on the show, simply establishing communication between the two planets is controversial. Allowing teleportation between the worlds isn't going to be commonplace anytime soon.

5. Who says they haven't? In any case, no spoilers.

Response recorded on December 12, 2014

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Ken writes...

When you were writing the Young Justice comics, who did you imagine voicing:

A. Deadshot
B. King Sha'ark
C. Black Adam
D. Jimmy Olsen
E. Lucius Fox

Greg responds...

I've decided I'd rather not answer these questions. I feel like it hamstrings any potential future casting. Sorry.

Response recorded on December 12, 2014

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Jack Johnson writes...

Hi Greg,

I noticed that, in one of your previous posts, you answered a fan question by including a schematic of your "pie-in-the-sky" fantasy for the Spectacular Spider-Man (including how you wanted to do movies, certain numbers of seasons, etc. to tell your intended story with a specific road map) and I was wondering if you would do the same for Young Justice (I'm not asking for spoilers or specific details, just information such as how many seasons you would have done, if you would have, like with Spider-Man, done movies or spin-offs, etc.).

Greg responds...

We didn't have the same kind of "Business Plan" for YJ as we had for TSS-M. But we had definite plans for a Season Three and many, many, many story lines for either the show or the comic.

Response recorded on December 11, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

First off all I want to point out how much I love young justice and spectacular spider-man and how thankful I am to you and your teams for creating such wonderful stories that I hope will someday continue. But I have some questions about Young Justice.
1. How old is Troia?
2. Do you think how the characters fought in Young Justice Legacy is pretty close to how they would have fought in the show or comics? I ask this because I really enjoyed playing as Rocket but she could "shoot" a sort-of energy blast attack and I remember you saying from a long time ago that Rocket could only fly and create force bubbles, or did she learn this ability over the five year gap?
3. Have you talked to Brandon about Artemis, Zatanna, Miss Martian, and Wonder girl appearing in Scooby Doo Wrestlemania? Does that story take place on Earth-16
4. Did you have story arcs planned for some of the lesser established characters like Rocket and Tempest, that you would have told if you had gotten more episodes or comics?
5. One of Batgirl's alternate costumes on Young Justice Legacy is a Batwoman costume, does that mean Batwoman exists on Earth-16
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. The game took some liberties with the characters' powers.

3. Yes.

3a. Not so much. But clearly our girls have parallels on Earth-Scooby.

4. Yes.

5. No spoilers.

Response recorded on December 11, 2014

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Mike writes...

your work on young justice was spectacular it is my favorite show and i hope it will come back at some point. the characters were so great the way you wrote them. thank you for writing this

Greg responds...

You're very welcome. Of course, I had help from a number of great writers, including Kevin Hopps, Nicole Dubuc, Andrew Robinson, Tom Pugsley, Jon Weisman, Peter David, Paul Giacoppa and last but not least Brandon Vietti!

Response recorded on December 08, 2014

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J writes...

Hello,

I was just reading your latest responses and someone asked why the Justice League didn't regrow Roy's arm, to which you responded: "Is that easier than I think it is?"

I don't get it...your a fantisy writer. Everything is easy in fantasy fiction. I mean your own show has the technology for cloning, instantanious travel as far as other solar systems, shrinking to subatomic sizes, manipulating elemental forces, traveling through time, etc. Most of which break all known laws of physics.
Regenerating lost limbs really isn't that far fetched even in the real world, where we're growing ears on the backs of mice & cloning whole animals or just organs, and advancing every day.
And all that aside, couldn't Zatanna just say "Worger S'yor mar!" at any time?

I understand that Roy had to be missing an arm for the story to play out how you wanted it to, and maby he likes his cybernetic arm better anyway and doesn't want a regular one...but why act like a near-reality wouldn't be a simple task (even for an okay writer, but especially for you) in a universe where the impossible is commonplace?

Greg responds...

If Zatanna could regrow arms just like that, don't you think she'd be doing that ALL THE TIME. It seems that would take a TON of mystic energy. (Besides, I'm not sure Roy wants his "ram" regrown.)

And in essence, in fantasy and science fiction, I'm against making anything too easy. For example, yes, we do teleportation, but we make sure there is a Zeta tube at EACH end, in order to NOT make teleporting too easy.

What makes me an okay writer, I think, is that I take these things seriously, and refuse to come up with easy solves. Of course, I could. But it's a bad idea.

Response recorded on December 06, 2014

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Emily writes...

Hi Greg!
A) What are the names of M'ganns siblings? (I don't know if you gave them names but I figured I'd ask)
B) In the beginning of "Bereft" M'gann wonders why she's wearing "this costume" which makes me think her outfit is not typical martian attire. Is this true? If so what sort of clothes would she have worn on Mars?

Greg responds...

A. I know the names of some - not all - but I'm not going to reveal them at this time.

B. I think you saw that by the end of the first season, when you saw her true form.

Response recorded on December 06, 2014

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Giant Boy writes...

1. Was there any references to the works of Shakespeare in Young Justice?
2. Watched "Monsters" episode from Beware the Batman. Enjoyed the return of Metamorpho and the show's general take on him. Good work on the writing. Liked the reference to the Outsiders. Can't wait to see whether Harvey Dent takes up Anarky's offer.

--Giant Boy

Greg responds...

1. Yep. Nothing major, but I could hardly get through a series without sticking something in there.

2. Glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I missed it. Still haven't seen the finished product.

Response recorded on December 06, 2014

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Comic Fan of Many Genres writes...

Hi, Greg! This may be a little late, (or, well, very late), but I wanted to tell you that I'm a big fan of your work. (Though, you've probably heard that a lot.)

You did a great job with Young Justice, (and, I'm sure, your other works). You, Brandon, and all of the other people who put there all into collaborating and working on the show. It was one of the most well done and tasteful cartoons I've ever seen; entertaining, suspenseful, and worth watching. I was sorry to see it go, and I still have high hopes for a third season some time in the future.

Again, you, (and the others, because I don't want to sell them short), did a great job with the show. I can't imagine how hard it is to take DC comic characters, (iconic ones like 'Nightwing' and 'Kid Flash' and countless others), and to try and put them into an alternate timeline, making them similar but different, too. You all did a fantastic job with it, though.

I'm sorry that I can't say more, (but it would probably all sound the same with the general them of 'I love Young Justice). I just want you to know that you guys made me week(s) with your episodes, so, thank you for all of the time and hard work you all put into Young Justice, because it definitely showed and was truly a high caliber show.

(Also, I just found out that you wrote a book! "Rain of the Ghosts", right? I'll definitely check it out; I've heard great things about it, so I'll make sure to leave my own reviews and recommend it to my friends, too! Keep up the fantastic work, and good luck on 'Rebels' ,too!)

Greg responds...

Thank you for the kind words.

And please do check out RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and its sequel SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM. Both are now available at bookstores, on Amazon, etc. Plus, I'm told (however you purchased it) that reviews on Amazon are VERY helpful. Especially if you liked it. ;)

Response recorded on December 06, 2014

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marcus writes...

how did earth man convince the people of earth superman was not an alien

Greg responds...

Huh? I don't understand the question. Who is "earth man"?

Response recorded on November 24, 2014

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David writes...

Got a question based on a Young Justice ramble you did a year ago:
"You've seen memorial holograms for Jason Todd/Robin and Tula/Aquagirl. There are four potential scenarios for those two characters coming back:
Scenario A) Both are going to come back.
Scenario B) Jason is going to come back, but Tula is staying dead.
Scenario C) Tula is going to come back, but Jason is staying dead.
Scenario D) Both are staying dead.
Break it down like this, and it becomes clear why I won't answer any questions about either character in this regard. Assume, just as a hypothetical example, our plan was Scenario C. Then someone asks me about Jason. They say, the show is over; if he's really dead, why not tell us. This sounds logical (in the moment), so I state that Jason is staying dead. No harm, no foul. I've only confirmed something that the show itself already stated. No big deal. That is, until someone else asked me about Tula. I don't want to answer this one, of course, because I want her resurrection to be a surprise. But I also don't want to lie. So I go for my standard "SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT." But then someone realizes that I was willing to be clear about Jason, but not about Tula. Ipso facto, Tula must be coming back. And I've just spoiled my own show. Which, as I'm sure you know, I am quite LOATHE to do. Clear?"

But ressurecting characters after doing a death scene doesn't seem to be your thing based on this post:
http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=11532

"Don't you get tired of characters "dying" and then inevitably returning. To me, it cheapens the very concept of death. So I didn't want our series to try to fool you on that subject (for more than a few minutes). You'd know right up front that he was alive and well, even if the cast all thought he was gone. That way no one feels cheated, right?"

That even seems to hold true in young justice too.
-In Failsafe all the characters that "DIED" were revealed to be alive at the end because it was a training exercise gone wrong.
-In Auld Acquaintance you had us believe that the REAL Roy Harper was dead only to reveal he was cryogenically frozen by cadmus and taken by the light.
-In Depths you had us believe Artemis was dead for almost 22 minutes only to reveal that she wasn't by the end of the episode.
-In Summit you faked us out with Artemis and Aqualad again, but also showed that wasn't the case after that.

All of these characters being alive were revealed BY THE END of the episode at the latest. But for Tula and Wally, that wasn't what happened.

So is there a reason you would try and make us believe that Wally and Tula coming back is a possibility after doing a death scene in which neither are revealed to be alive by the end? Cause judging from your past work up until this point, that doesn't seem to be your thing.
(Also I'm not counting Jason Todd in this because we never saw how "the death scene" went down, nor it's aftermath. All were told is what the characters know. To me that's not the same as showing a characters death or "death" to your audience.)

Greg responds...

But for a while you hadn't seen Tula's death either, see?

I do not like to cheapen the concept of death - particularly an heroic sacrifice. That is true. But I'm not going to answer these questions for the reasons stated in the first quote. If there's ever, EVER any character that I might decide to bring back in a way I feel is legit - as with the ARCHMAGE in our Avalon three-parter of Gargoyles - then it makes no sense for me to ever, EVER confirm or deny anything.

Response recorded on November 24, 2014

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Yo writes...

Would deleted scenes from young justice ever be released?

Greg responds...

What deleted scenes?

Response recorded on November 19, 2014

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Rayven writes...

I'm not sure if this has been asked before or not but 1.what is it going to take for at least another season for young justice in comics? (I don't know if I asked that right but hopefully you understand )

Honestly, I hope you have another chance to have another season on TV ( I just really really love that version better but if comic is the only way.. Than I will buy every volume or at least try to). I just really really want to know what happens next (not a question just a statement ).

And with that being said .. 2.Why is so important that merchandise must be sold in order for you guys to have another season? Because I seen some other commits and they said y'all had good ratings but y'all just wasn't selling enough (I think). 3.What were y'all selling? I say that because I didn't even know y'all was selling anything. 4.Was it even advertise?

Also, I heard that there is a new president (or somthing like that) in Cartoon Network. 5.Do you think he would change it (I mean make another season for young justice ) if we call enough or something? Email?? Do anything??

I understand the show was canceled but that don't stop me form believing that there might be -even if there is a really small - chance that the show could one day come back.

Greg responds...

1. It's up to the good folks at DC Comics. Christopher Jones and I have pitched doing more YJ multiple times now. So far they haven't taken us up on it.

2. Our ratings were decent - but far from stellar and rather inconsistent. But our BUDGET was largely based on income from toy sales that never materialized.

3. Well, there were toys for awhile there. More recently there were DVDs and now BluRays. The soundtrack album. The video game, Young Justice Legacy. And the companion comics and the trades that collected them. Plus a t-shirt, I think.

4. A bit. But most licensees view the show as the main advertisement.

5. I honestly don't know.

And though none of the above sounds too encouraging, I also hold out hope that we'll be back in some form someday.

Response recorded on November 19, 2014

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BirdBoyB01 writes...

How did you feel when you first started working on young justice?
1.Did you feel any pressure? Or it did come naturally now that you were working again in dc ?
2. How did you start out in the whole business?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

1a. Yes.

2. I sent a new talent submission to DC Comics back in 1983.

Response recorded on November 17, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

Mr. Weisman,

I have to admit that despite Wally being my favorite DC character that I had a love/hate relationship with Young Justice's version of the character (or perhaps with the execution of his story?). And I've noticed this is a pretty common feeling within the fandom as Wally is not only one of the more popular characters from the show, but he's also near the top when it comes to the most disliked as well.

Anyway, someone brought up some of the big perceived flaws about Wally's character that I had, and you said they chose to interpret Wally in the most negative light possible, and that wasn't how you guys saw him. So would it be okay to ask how you guys viewed Wally and his story? I'm not asking you to go into great detail, but maybe some sort of general overview? I know that certain things or ideas don't always translate over onto the show as well as people would like for a number of legitimate reasons (or people like myself just miss things), so I'm curious how you viewed Wally and his story.

Greg responds...

I appreciate the reasoned tone of your request, truly. But I've written the answer to it up OVER AND OVER. (And over.) So take a look at the archives. It's all there at this point.

Response recorded on November 14, 2014

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Sophie writes...

Hi Greg!
How are you?
I've had a look at all of the archive posts concerning zeta tubes but please forgive me if this has been asked...though I did read every post, so I'm gonna be pretty embarrassed if it has.

1. How exactly do zeta tubes work? Like does the person think of the place they want to go to, and it drops them off? Or do they input something into a computer?

Also, have you heard that the big boss of Cartoon Network (stu something) left/got sacked?! Now that there is someone new in control, who actually cares about cartoons, do you think we, as fans, should push for a season 3 again?

Many thanks for your time.

Greg responds...

1. They input their destination. Of course, they can only input destinations that ALSO have a zeta tube. You need a transmitter and a receiver.

I haven't seen any shift at CN, but it's also not CN's decision alone. Don't forget WB and DC too.

Response recorded on November 14, 2014

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Yjboy writes...

What are garth's, tula's and mera's magical specialties? And how is that different from zatanna's magic?

Greg responds...

Garth's specialty is summoning the Tempest, i.e storm magic.

Tula's abilities are more or less the same as Kaldur's except she's more advanced so doesn't require the Water-Bearers that he uses.

Mera is a master sorceress, who doesn't need to specialize as much. But she can create solid forms out of water like the others, but has more flexibility, imbuing her creations with something akin to a life of their own.

Zatanna's abilities are even less specific. She can accomplish many, many things with enough preparation and energy.

Response recorded on November 14, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

How exactly was Wally shown to be insecure in Infiltrator? I've rewatched the episode multiple times, and I just don't see it. Aside from his good-natured "Kid Flash; never heard of you" line to Artemis, he was entirely civil with her after he fell and she made fun of him until Roy showed up. It wasn't until Roy started to get upset about Oliver replacing him with Artemis (and subsequently leaving because of her) that Wally showed any signs of hostility towards her.

And going by what was established about Wally's character, it makes much more sense that his hostility was in support of his friend (Roy) than due to some sort of insecurity. Everything even seemed to play out that way. Wally finally accepts her "taking Roy's spot" after he begrudgingly shakes her hand at the end, and by the next episode, he appears to be completely over it as he's trying to joke around with Artemis about magic. It didn't appear to have anything to do with him being insecure at all from what I can see.

Greg responds...

Well, you may have watched it multiple times, but so have I. In fact, I lived with it for months and months before and after the episode was completed. And I think from the moment he tripped and she made a little joke about it, he reacted badly. For example, asking over and over WHO ARE YOU?

There are other little clues too. I think the Roy thing was just an excuse, frankly, which is why he's so easily OVER that, as you point out. It was never about that. But it doesn't change how he feels a bit off his game with Artemis, which had more to do with her making fun of him (out of her own insecurities) and with his very real attraction to her exacerbating that embarrassment. I'm not saying it's not subtle. It was supposed to be subtle. But it's absolutely there - because those of us who made it put it there - whether you chose to believe or acknowledge or see or whatever it or not.

But I am done arguing over this. CAN WE PLEASE AGREE TO DISAGREE?! Neither of us is convincing the other. You will NEVER convince me that the things I intentionally put in the show aren't there nor will you convince me that things we didn't intend to put in motivated our choices. NEVER.

And it seems equally clear that I'm not going to convince you either. That makes this discussion a somewhat frustrating endeavor, at least for me.

Response recorded on November 13, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

When I try to picture how Troia might have looked in YJ, the image in my head is close to how Zatanna looked in this show. Do you think Donna would have looked quite different to Zatanna, had she appeared in the show?

Greg responds...

Well, other than the dark hair, I don't see that Zatanna and Donna have much in common. But I wouldn't want to second guess the amazing Phil Bourassa. Brandon Vietti, Phil and I would always talk about a character before he sat down to design him or her. And Phil would always do everything we asked for. But then Phil would always surprise us, as well.

Response recorded on November 12, 2014

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Harry Potter writes...

In the episode ''schooled'' from young justice how did Artimis know to save Kid Flash

Greg responds...

Check out issues #7-8 of our companion in continuity comic book series for the answer.

Response recorded on November 10, 2014

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Jorlem writes...

A few questions regarding Martians and fire:

1. Is the Martian weakness to fire a part of/based in their physiology, or is it entirely mental?

2. Does the level of vulnerability vary from Martian to Martian (2b. Or from color to color), or is it the same across all Martians?

3. Does Beast Boy share the Martian vulnerability to fire?

Greg responds...

1. It's really about heat, not fire. But both are a legit threat to them physically.

2. I suppose.

2b. There's no significant biological difference between the various races of Martians in ANY respect.

3. Well, we're all vulnerable to fire, aren't we? I mean, I Superboy isn't. But it's not like Robin, Artemis, Aqualad and Kid Flash are somehow immune from the threat of fire. Beast Boy's no different. But he's not as vulnerable to heat as Miss Martian is.

Response recorded on November 10, 2014

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Yukiko writes...

My question is just this: worst-case-scenario, let's say five years or so from now, YJ still hasn't come back for a third season in cartoon or comic form. After all that time has passed and there's still no way to let us viewers continue the show, would you consider giving us fans some closure about certain character's deaths/revivals?

I completely understand and respect you not wanting to spoil your own show at the present, but I also don't want to be thinking "what if they're NOT really dead, what if they ARE really dead" ten years from now.

I'm not asking for spoilers, just asking whether you'll consider giving them in the future, if there's ever a long period of time with no hope of a continuation of the show.

Sorry if this question is awkward or irksome. I've tried to keep within the guidelines, and I'd just really like to know. Thank you for your time, and of course, Young Justice.

Greg responds...

The short answer is no.

First off, five years? It's been twenty on Gargoyles and I haven't given up on that.

Second off, ideas minus their execution are subject to horrendous second guessing. I don't know why I'd open myself up to that.

Besides, at that point - if it's not an authorized revival of SOME kind - I'm just writing (well-informed) fan fiction. You guys can do that yourselves and each come up with the "ending" you like the best. You don't need me for that.

Response recorded on November 10, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

I love Young Justice so much. Thanks so much to everyone part of the team who helped create such a beautiful show. I just have one question that I'm uncertain about but is pretty trivial. I was recently re-watching the first season and I noticed that Wally was wearing a jacket that was similar to Artemis's in Season Two. Was it Wally's jacket she was wearing? Thank you.

Greg responds...

I honestly don't recall. Might be a question for Brandon Vietti and/or Phil Bourassa.

Response recorded on October 14, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

Ah, I just thought of another Marvel Family question! Sorry for not including it in the submission I made a few minutes ago.

This one's just a general Marvel Family question: was Mary Bromfield active as Sergeant Marvel in July of Team Year Zero, when the Team was formed?

Greg responds...

No.

Response recorded on October 14, 2014

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Heath writes...

Why did you guys decide to use Wally West as one of the members of the original team on Young Justice? Was it because he was a vastly popular character in the comics (and therefore would be popular on the show)? Was it simply because he was one of the original sidekicks? Or was he just a placeholder speedster until Bart could be brought in?

I ask because it certainly seemed like the show never put as much effort and thought into his character and story that it did any of the other lead characters throughout the two seasons. You guys completely skipped over important parts of his story and never established things that were supposedly vital to the character on the show. Having to come here to find out that he was insecure about his speed relative to Barry (pretty important since he died because of that), or what Artemis might like about him, or why he wasn't helping out with the alien invasion after his confrontation with Dick during the second season isn't something that should be necessary. Which meant that both he and the stories he was a part of on the show suffered greatly. Also, you even mentioned that Wally was never a priority for the show like the other five members of the original team were.

So why use a valuable roster spot and screen-time on a character that you guys obviously weren't all that invested in? It's not like he was ever relevant to the plot aside from being Artemis' love interest, which any other character could have been, and being the character that died. The fact that he disappeared for a long stretch and was ultimately killed off during season two shows he wasn't important to the show like the others. That he was the one "main" character you guys felt the show could do without. And I got the feeling from how the show treated the character that you guys didn't care all that much about him, either.

And it's not that I didn't like Wally as I liked him well enough. Though I'm honestly not sure if I would have liked YJ's Wally if I didn't feel a pre-established connection to the character (thanks to the comics and Justice League/Unlimited) that allowed me to excuse his behavior/faults that the show never bothered explaining. I ask simply because he didn't bring much to the overall plot of the show in either season as he was just a support character (his relationships with Artemis, Dick, and Bart were portrayed as one-sided too) and the show never bothered examining the important aspects of his character and story like the others. It just seems strange to have a roster of six, and then treat five characters one way and Wally another. I mean, there was probably another character out there that you guys could have made relevant to the plot and/or been interested in exploring their character, right?

Greg responds...

Wow, I'm getting tired of this.

I've said this before, ad nauseum at this point, but I'll say it again. Wally West is my all-time favorite speedster. The fact that he was one of the original sidekicks didn't hurt. But he certainly was NOT just a placeholder for Bart. And I don't particularly care who is popular or not. Brandon and I chose him for a variety of reasons, that included powers, power-level, personality, background, history, dynamics with other characters - and, yes, nostalgia.

There definitely seems to be a vocal minority who seems to think we didn't do the character justice. (At least they're pretty darn vocal here at ASK GREG.) But they are the minority. The vast majority of our audience seems to have loved Wally, which suggests they loved how we handled him - except maybe his ceasing to exist at the end, which BROKE THEIR HEARTS. And you can't break a fan's heart if they don't care about the character in the first place. (I suppose you'll attribute that to the love of the character they brought with them TO the show. But I don't believe that's true for most of our audience, who loved Wally - and in particular, Jason Spisak's performance as Wally.)

And I've never said that Wally was any less of a priority in Season One than the others. All six of the original teammates had equal priority and near-equal screen time. (What I said was that his story was more straight-forward and required less explanation - something that was equally true about Dick and Kaldur.) And what I said about Wally relative to Season Two is that ALL the characters (in terms of screen time) were subservient to the arc of the story. So, yes, some got more priority because of the story. But that wasn't a knock on Wally. Anymore than Superboy's near total absence in the second half of the season was a knock against him.

I will say that if you didn't get some of the nuances of the character until you came here to ASK GREG, then I'm sorry. In that sense, we failed you. Some of it was revealed with more clarity in our companion comic, but I'll grant that you shouldn't have had to pick that up in order to appreciate what was going on in the show. But we took no different approach to Wally than to Dick or Kaldur or Artemis or anyone. If we failed, we failed. But please STOP trying to ascribe some odd motivation to it. You don't like it, fine. But stop trying to tell us how WE feel. It's reductive, presumptuous and insulting.

(And by the way, I don't agree that we failed. The truth of all those things you "discovered" here is IN THE EPISODES themselves. It may not be stated verbally, but I think all of it is there, spelled out in behavior, action and words between words. If we weren't on the head with it enough for you, fine. But it worked for us. We were happy with it. And again, I think most of our audience got it, even if some of our audience did not. And I'm okay with that.)

We were VERY invested in Wally, from his first appearance to his last. Sorry if it didn't work for you, but that's all it is. Us doing something that didn't work for you. Not us crapping it out. We worked very hard, and I believe overall we did justice to the character, as seems obvious by fan response to his death.

Now, can we please put this topic to rest? Those of you who feel this way have had your say, over and over. And I've responded, over and over. Neither side is going to convince each other. It's enough.

Response recorded on October 13, 2014

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Catherine B writes...

I just wanted to write and just give you some thanks for some of the great shows you have helped create, Greg.

Young Justice I enjoyed thoroughly, though I am more a fan of the first season than the second; I like fewer characters and more characterization as opposed to detailed plots just as a personal preference. I will also say I was not a fan of how Wally West was handled but I am sure you have heard your share of them. I will just say that the Wally of the comics and the Wally of Young Justice seemed to be entirely different characters which seemed a shame to me, given all that could have been done with him. He had such a rich comic book history that I really do not understand why more was not done with it but that is your creative decision. Just not my cup of tea.

I adored your version of Dick Grayson however. He was competent without being overly skilled; he suffered under pressure but learned from what he was exposed to. His relationship with Wally in Season 1 was one of my all time favorites. Thanks for the great run!

Secondly, I could not write you without mentioning Gargoyles. I mean, wow. I think I was in fifth or sixth grade when I first caught it on the air. I just remember being deeply enthralled with it. I thought Elisa was an awesome character, as I did not see a whole lot of strong female leads back then and she was definitely that. I also adored the interesting family background you gave her. So often, characters fall into the stereotypical white, black, etc and she brilliantly avoided those.

I also firmly owe you thanks for igniting my interest in Shakespeare. I remember that I saw "City of Stone" when we were having to pick plays and such to read/analyze for school and after seeing that awesome four parter, I went right to my English teacher and asked if I could read MacBeth. It is still my favorite of the Bard's works.

The characterization of Demona was incredible. Most villains are so one dimensional but all the villains of Gargoyles were so well fleshed out. I am a creative writer myself and working on my first work to aim towards publication and I definitely count Gargoyles among my top inspiration for how to do characterization. To this day, I will tell people if they want to see a well fleshed out villain, go watch Demona from Gargoyles. I honestly would rank her about equal to Gollum from "Lord of the Rings." She can be diabolical, sneaky, cruel and yet you can totally see why she would have turned out that way and I can switch very easily from feeling such anger at her to feeling overwhelming pity. Bravo, my good Sir!

Greg responds...

Thanks. Always nice to have the work thoughtfully appreciated.

Response recorded on October 07, 2014

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Just Asking writes...

First of all, thank you, Brandon and the rest for making Young Justice. You guys have been the reason why I've started collecting DC titles instead of being a casual follower. Even Timm's DCAU couldn't do that.

You must probably have heard about the 'cancellation' of Beware the Batman. While it may have been too offbeat with awkward CGI, it was still a good show. And more importantly, a BATMAN show. Can't believe the state of DC tv animation is right now.

Is it possible for you or someone you know to talk to the DC guys so that they can create a DC nation channel, instead of being left to the whims of CN and toy sales?

I loved how you were able to create such a detailed universe in such a short time. Now that the New 52 is upon us and probably can be expected to last for the next decade or so, before the next 'Crisis', you guys need to pitch a new DCAU!

I'm fully confident that you can be a great showrunner (or overlord, if you prefer that term) to such a combined show universe. Timm did an excellent job but he barely made a scratch on DC's potentially huge cast.

One of my main grouses with YJ Season 2 is that we didn't see the team's growth during the 5 year period. Dick going from Robin to Nightwing, Connor-Megan's rift, Aqualad's 'betrayal' and the departure of Kid Flash and Artemis - all would have been better served if Season 2 was a Season 5 thing. You guys deserved to tell the entire story.

So, my question is: could you guys handle it? Would you be able to create an entire 'DC universe' (I know you can, but hearing it would feel great!) and if DC becomes sane again, would you do it after what they and CN did to YJ?

Hearing your book Rain of the Ghosts is doing really well, so kudos!

Greg Wiesmann, you have saved this city (sounded cool in my head :))

Greg responds...

1. That's way above my pay grade. I'm sure the idea has been floated on various occasions.

2. We did already. It was called Young Justice. It was called Earth-16. Brandon and I on the television side and Chris and I on the comics side made numerous pitches to keep the show going in various forms. All were given a pass by CN, WB & DC. But if they were willing, we'd all eagerly return to the property.

3. Rain of the Ghosts is, frankly, NOT doing really well. It and Spirits of Ash and Foam could use more readers, reviewers, buyers and people helping to spread the word.

Response recorded on October 07, 2014

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Tupka writes...

Brandon, Sam Register, Dusty Abell, David Wilcox and a whole slew of others you'd be well familiar with got a new movie out, Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery, and it features four surprise guests: Cassie, Artemis, Zatanna and M'Gann, all enjoying the WWE Action.

1. Please tell me this is canon and they're WWE fans.
2. Did Brandon tell you?

Greg responds...

1. Ask Brandon.

2. Yep.

Response recorded on October 03, 2014

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Random Gal 3 writes...

Hi Greg! earlier, in a different question, you said that Mary Bromfield and Freddy Freeman have A designations like Billy Batson, Can you say what those designations would be? (Sorry if that's a spoiler!)

Greg responds...

Eh... what the heck.

A-06 Freddy Freeman
A-07 Mary Bromfield

Response recorded on October 03, 2014

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Anon With Style writes...

Greg, now that Young Justice is over, is there any chance you cold post a ramble or something with all the lines cut for time? (My apologies if that would be considered spoilers)

Greg responds...

I've done that already. Check the archives.

Response recorded on September 30, 2014

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Hi Greg! I have a question about Young Justice.
1. In "Agendas" how long was Superboy in a trance for? After Lex said "Red Sun" and he zoned out. The background changed to night time but it didn't say when.

Greg responds...

Off the top of my head, I can't remember exactly. But it was long enough for the sun to fully set.

Response recorded on September 30, 2014

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Paul writes...

How did the parallel universe/Earth-16 approach come about in the development of Young Justice? Was the decision to set the show in an alternate timeline influenced by the discovery that you couldn't use Donna Troy as one of the Team's founding members? Obviously there was no way you'd have followed the comics to the letter even if you had used Donna and Garth, but maybe not being able to use all the founding Titans was what prompted you to 'embrace' the series as a parallel universe show - since that was one of the first big statements made about the show when it was announced back in 2010?

Greg responds...

No, it had nothing to do with any specific characters.

We knew that we'd be doing some stuff different; we knew we wanted to surprise our audience. We could have just done that without labeling it. But since (at the time) DC had 52 Earths, we figured we could - in our way - be IN continuity with their multiverse by choosing an unclaimed Earth (which is what we thought Earth-16 was).

Response recorded on September 30, 2014

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13th Dimension Interview

In anticipation of my FIVE panels at Long Beach Comic Con, here's a nice little article/interview on 13th Dimension:

http://13thdimension.com/greg-weisman-from-gargoyles-to-young-justice-to-novels-and-more/


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Todd Jensen writes...

In your ramble on "Future Tense", you commented that nowadays you wouldn't be allowed to do such a story, where almost everyone gets seemingly killed, even if (as happened in "Future Tense") it was revealed to be an illusion at the end.

In the "Failsafe" episode of "Young Justice", you got to use such a concept - almost all of the main and supporting cast is killed, and again it turns out to be an illusion. Did you have any difficulties with Standards & Practices over the numerous deaths (and deaths which, as I recall, showed the characters even being reduced to skeletons before being completely disintegrated), even when those deaths were revealed to be an illusion at the end? (I wonder if it helped, not only that it *did* turn out to be an illusion, that: a) the characters hypothesized for a while that the disintegration victims were really being teleported on board the aliens' spaceship and b) "Young Justice" airs on cable rather than on regular broadcast television.)

Greg responds...

You're more or less answering your own question here.

We definitely were questioned about it.

It definitely helped that for a good chunk of time, the cast (and maybe the audience) think that the "deaths" were actually teleportations.

By the time they figure out otherwise, we were then very close to the reveal that it was all just a psychic conceit.

And, yes, it at least helps a little that the series is on cable. Most kids cable networks abide by FCC guidelines voluntarily. But they have more discretion.

Response recorded on September 24, 2014

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John Blake writes...

Is/was Young Justice in the same timeline as Batman: Under The Red Hood. There are so many similarities and the little glimpses of Jason todd resembled the one in BAtman: Under The Red Hood.

Greg responds...

No.

Response recorded on September 23, 2014

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Yojimbo writes...

1)So far, you've said this Wildstorm character was included in a 'stealth way' and appeared in Young Justice season one. While it's been fun rewatching season one, it's been a challenge looking for this character. Could you please offer up another clue and who or where this character is?

3)In Young Justice, who designed and built the Hall of Justice?

3)Did the Light extract Red Volcano from Yellowstone after he was defeated by his siblings or did he escape himself?

4)In "Happy New Year," when was Adam Strange's first trip to Rann relative to when Martian Manhunter introduced him at the Watchtower (i.e. 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days)?

Greg responds...

1. Yes, I could.

2. The architect was probably John Stewart. I'd lay odds, Wayne Construction won the bid to build the place, with some (top secret) work done personally by the Lanterns, Superman and other Leaguers.

3. NO SPOILERS.

4. I'm afraid I don't have my YJ timeline handy at this office. You can try to ask this again.

(Okay, so one for four isn't TOO bad, is it?)

Response recorded on September 23, 2014

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My Long Beach Comic Con Schedule

Stop #6 on the Gargoyles Twentieth Anniversary Tour is LONG BEACH COMIC CON: http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

The full schedule can be found here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55700

But here's MY schedule. I'll only be there the one day - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - but as you can see, I'm certainly keeping busy, with five panels and three signings!

LONG BEACH COMIC CON
Saturday, September 27, 2014

11:30am - 12:20pm - Room 102B/C
GARGOYLES TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY
Moderator: Greg Weisman (Creator, Producer, Writer)
1. Thom Adcox-Hernandez (Voice of Lexington, Brentwood)
2. Vic Cook (Storyboard Artist)
3. Elisa Gabrielli (Voice of Obsidiana & Maria Chavez)
4. Frank Paur (Producer, Director)
5. Dave Schwartz (Development Art Director)

12:30pm - 01:30pm - Signing Area
GARGOYLES SIGNING
I won't be attending this signing (because I have to rush off to another panel), but the rest of the Gargoyles panelists will probably be there.

12:30pm - 01:50pm - Hero Complex Theater, Room 104A
WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION PRESENTS YOUNG JUSTICE
Moderator: Jevon Phillips (Los Angeles Times)
1. Phil Bourassa (Emmy Winning Character Designer)
2. Cameron Bowen (Voice of Robin/Tim Drake)
3. Kris Carter (Composer)
4. Nicole Dubuc (Writer, Voice of Iris West-Allen)
5. Oded Fehr (Voice of Ra's al Ghul)
6. Kevin Grevioux (Voice of Black Beetle)
7. Kevin Hopps (Writer)
8. Bryton James (Voice of Virgil Hawkins/Static)
9. Josh Keaton (Voice of Black Spider)
10. Curtis Koller (Talent Coordinator)
11. Eric Lopez (Voice of Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes, Scarab)
12. Michael McCuistion (Composer)
13. Jay Oliva (Director)
14. Mark Rolston (Voice of Lex Luthor, Jonathan Kent)
15. Jason Spisak (Voice of Kid Flash/Wally West)
16. James Arnold Taylor (Voice of Flash, Neutron, Topo, Burton Thompson)
17. Brandon Vietti (Producer, Writer)
18. Greg Weisman (Producer, Writer, Voice of Lucas Carr)
19. David Wilcox (Line Producer)

02:00pm - 03:00pm - Signing Area
YOUNG JUSTICE SIGNING
I plan on being here for only the first twenty minutes or so - before I have to run off to yet another panel. But for as long as I can stay, I will sign for free, anything you put in front of me. I will also be signing and selling copies of my animation teleplays for $20 cash. Among the series you'll have to choose from are Gargoyles, Men In Black, Team Atlantis, W.I.T.C.H., The Batman, The Spectacular Spider-Man, DC Showcase/Green Arrow, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Young Justice, Beware the Batman and two radio-plays: The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Gargoyles and Gargoyles Meets The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Young Justice. All while supplies last, and for as long as I can stay. So show up promptly at 2pm.

02:30pm - 03:20pm - Room 102B/C
THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN
Moderator: Greg Weisman (Supervising Producer, Writer, Voice of Donald Menken)
1. Kevin Altieri (Director)
2. Kris Carter (Composer)
3. Victor Cook (Supervising Producer, Supervising Director)
4. Nicole Dubuc (Writer)
5. Elisa Gabrielli (Voice of Ashley Kafka)
6. Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (Lead Character Designer)
7. Kevin Hopps (Writer)
8. Josh Keaton (Voice of Peter Parker/The Spectacular Spider-Man)
9. Andrew Kishino (Voice of Kenny Kong, Ned Lee)
10. Phil LaMarr (Voice of Fancy Dan/Ricochet, Joe "Robbie" Robertson, Rand Robertson, Homunculus)
11. Joshua LeBar (Voice of Flash Thompson)
12. Eric Lopez (Voice of Mark Allen/Molten Man)
13. Michael McCuistion (Composer)
14. Daran Norris (Voice of J. Jonah Jameson, John Jameson/Colonel Jupiter)
15. Deborah Strang (Voice of Aunt May Parker)
16. James Arnold Taylor (Voice of Harry Osborn, Frederick Foswell/Patch, Alan O'Neil, Homunculus)
17. Wade Wisinski (Line Producer)

03:30pm - 04:20pm - Room 102B/C
DISNEY AFTERNOON: THE CONTINUING LEGACY
Moderator: Aaron Sparrow (Writer of Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns)
1. Jim Cummings (Voice of Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, etc.)
2. Jymn Magon (Creator/Producer Talespin)
3. Greg Weisman (Creator/Producer Gargoyles)
4. Mark Zaslove (Story Editor/Producer Talespin)

04:00pm - 05:00pm - Signing Area
SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN SIGNING
I'll have to miss this one too, as I'll be in the Disney Afternoon Panel, followed by the Disney Afternoon signing.

04:30pm - 05:20pm - Disney Afternoon Reunion Booth/Signing Area
DISNEY AFTERNOON SIGNING
I'll be at this one for the entire signing. Again, I'll sign anything you bring along for free. And I'll also be signing and selling my teleplays.

05:30pm - 06:20pm - Room 102B/C
RAIN OF THE GHOSTS
Greg Weisman (Author)

06:30pm - 7:30pm - Booth 104 on Show Floor
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY SIGNING
I'll be selling and signing copies of my two novels, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM.

(Whew!)


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LONG BEACH COMIC CON - The Full Schedule

The Full Schedule for Long Beach Comic Con can be found here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55700

Note the Gargoyles, Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man, Disney Afternoon and Rain of the Ghost panels. More details coming soon. Because as many panelists are already listed at the above CBR website, that's NOT everyone!


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More LBCC NEWS!!

I'll put up a big master-ramble on Long Beach Comic Con soon. (Monday at the latest.) But there's more information on the FIVE panels I'm doing on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at the convention here:

http://13thdimension.com/animation-maven-greg-weisman-talks-young-justice-spidey-more-at-lbcc/

and here:

http://longbeachcomiccon.com


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YOUNG JUSTICE at LONG BEACH COMIC CON

The GARGOYLES TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR continues at Long Beach Comic Con on September 27th. I'll have more info on that and on many other special events at the convention over the next few days.

But right now, we have a special announcement regarding another panel: WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION PRESENTS YOUNG JUSTICE. In cooperation with the Los Angeles Times "HERO COMPLEX," we've gathered a truly stellar lineup of SIXTEEN panelists.

12:30pm - 01:50pm - Hero Complex Theater 104A
WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION PRESENTS YOUNG JUSTICE
Moderator: Jevon Phillips (Los Angeles Times)
1. Phil Bourassa (Emmy Winning Character Designer)
2. Cameron Bowen (Voice of Robin/Tim Drake)
3. Nicole Dubuc (Writer/Voice of Iris West-Allen)
4. Oded Fehr (Voice of Ra's al Ghul)
5. Kevin Grevioux (Voice of Black Beetle)
6. Kevin Hopps (Writer)
7. Bryton James (Voice of Virgil Hawkins/Static)
8. Josh Keaton (Voice of Black Spider)
9. Curtis Koller (Talent Coordinator)
10. Eric Lopez (Voice of Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes & Scarab)
11. Jay Oliva (Director)
12. Jason Spisak (Voice of Kid Flash/Wally West)
13. James Arnold Taylor (Voice of Flash, Neutron, Topo, Burton Thompson)
14. Brandon Vietti (Producer/Writer)
15. Greg Weisman (Producer/Writer/Voice of Lucas Carr)
16. David Wilcox (Line Producer)

More info here: http://herocomplex.latimes.com/comics/long-beach-comic-con-lineup-mignola-man-of-action-among-highlights/

and here: http://longbeachcomiccon.com

If you're a YJ fan in the Southern California area, you won't want to miss this panel!!

On a semi-related note, I've found I will have space and time to sell copies of my animation teleplays at LBCC. If you're interested in buying a signed copy for $20 cash, let me know on twitter @Greg_Weisman. Because I DO take requests.


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Anonymous writes...

was tim drake ever showen prior to the second season of young justice.

Greg responds...

Not that I can recall.

Response recorded on September 17, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

1. Are microscopic vision and telescopic vision too advanced for Superboy?
2. Does Rocket's belt have any powers besides flight and force fields?
3. Do Lagoon Boy's tattoos give any other power besides super strength?
4. Do Wonder Girl's lasso and bracelets have any special powers?

Greg responds...

1. Advanced? Not sure what you mean. He has both, and we've seen him use both.

2. Do you count energy absorption, which fuels flight and force fields?

3. No.

4. Not beyond the obvious.

Response recorded on September 17, 2014

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Just a Nerd writes...

And I'm sorry for flooding the queue. But this is the single most important question in the history of YJ

At what point during the 8 years while Roy was on ice did Ollie grow the 'dopey goatee'?

Greg responds...

Honestly, haven't nailed that down.

Response recorded on September 17, 2014

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Animation Fascination Podcast

Did another podcast with Mark and Tom at Animation Fascination. We talk Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice, Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam. Here's the link:

http://animationfascination.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/animation-fascination-episode-75-the-spectacular-greg-weisman/


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Sal Gutierrez writes...

Before I get into my questions, I would like to say I appreciate the effort you and the creative team put in for your sensory and background details on Young Justice. Personally, what keeps me coming back to Earth 16's universe is how you and the creative team have a well thought out timeline and detailed analysis to make sure where and how things occur in your show. From Justice League political relations to the structure of galactic communication to mystical dealings, these little sensory details were honestly what made the show seem more grounded to me than say any live-action superhero movie I've seen(with the exception of The Dark Knight). Of course it still requires to hold some suspension of disbelief, but rather than creating situations from coincidence with no consequence was very effective way of handling how superheroes affect their world. Of course superheroes and extraordinary crises are the forefront of any superhero media interpretation, but what engulfs me completely is realizing the writers know how their world works from inside and out. Your answering fan questions and creating a personal timeline for your DC universe is something I wish to aspire to if ever I can head stories either of my own or retell a version of someday.
And since I'm very fond of the occult and all things mystical, I would like to ask you a few questions on how pantheons affect their domains.
1. Are the various pantheons of Gods on Earth brought into being through faith, worship, and prayer, or are they born through other unspecified means?
2. Is sorcery not an earth-bound phenomenon and can be practiced on other planets? I assume that is the case, given L-Ron's recognition of Zatana's powers.
3. Do other planets with civilizations have their own Gods that are corporeal? As in their existence is proven, similar in vein to Wonder Woman's Greek pantheon and other biblical-based figures on Earth.
4. To what extent are the ramifications of pantheon crises? Their effects wouldn't extend outside of the planet, would they? I am usually confused with the way DC cosmology is structured. In the Sandman, everything seems pretty much simple as everything in existence seems to have its own system. In Lucifer and various other comics dealing with Judeo-Christian religion, it is implied their actions put the fate of the entire universe at risk. Not to insinuate that your universe follows any similar guidelines in regards to other media representations, but I would just like to know some form of clarification on this front given your exceptional talent at making almost every element from DC Comics fit.
Thank you and please take care!

Greg responds...

1. Spoiler request.

2. You pretty much answered your own question.

3. Odds are, yes.

4. I honestly don't think I understand the question. Or if I do, it just seems to depend on so many factors, I don't see how I could ever give a specific answer to it.

Response recorded on September 03, 2014

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EXALT writes...

OK, I know that usually this question would count as SPOILER REQUEST, but...
What happened between Black Manta and Sha'lain'a that brought to Kaldur's conception(because you said that it wasn't rape)?
I ask you this because, even if YJ was to come back, I seriously doubt you'd be allowed to talk about it.

Greg responds...

Spoiler Request. No comment.

Response recorded on September 02, 2014

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LINKS

I'm back (briefly) after a great trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Saw eight plays (Comedy of Errors, Richard III, Tempest, Into the Woods, Great Society, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Wrinkle in Time, Family Album) in four days, and though I didn't love every play, I have to say that every production was stellar.

Then last night I saw a very cool production of King Lear at the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, starring Ellen Geer as Lear.

Anyway, I'm in town for just a few days, then I leave again to drop my daughter off for her junior year at Tulane and take my son (starting his senior year of high school next month) to look at a number of schools, including Tulane, Emory, Duke, UVA and Georgetown. ROAD TRIP!!

Starting in September, I'll be in town for the foreseeable future, and I promise to get back to answering questions here. Meanwhile, here are some cool links:

Warner Archive Podcast interview, regarding Young Justice:
http://bit.ly/wacyjpod

In case you need to know where to find the Young Justice Blu-ray:
http://bit.ly/yngjs1

And another podcast:

http://www.goldenspiralmedia.com/as-09-arrow-squad-episode-09-interview-with-greg-weisman-of-young-justice (specific episode for Arrow Squad)

http://www.goldenspiralmedia.com/ccu-02-central-city-underground-episode-03-interview-with-greg-weisman-of-young-justice (specific episode for Central City Underground)

http://www.goldenspiralmedia.com/ (general website)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/arrow-squad/id891769883?uo=8&at=1l3v5ck (iTunes link for Arrow Squad)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/central-city-underground-flash/id904991850?uo=8&at=1l3v5ck (iTunes link for Central City Underground)

And some sights promoting Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam:

Plain Talk Book Marketing http://www.plaintalkbm.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gillianfx
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00EAUDZM6
Book Information: http://www.plaintalkbm.com/family-portrait-novel/
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPortraitNovels


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My MechaCon 2014 Schedule

The Gargoyles Twentieth Anniversary U.S. Tour continues. Stop #5 is MechaCon in New Orleans, LA: http://www.mechacon.com

Here's my schedule for the weekend:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014
04:00pm - 05:00pm: VOICE DIRECTING PANEL
Panel Room 1. With Jonathan Klein and Andrea Romano.

06:00pm - 07:00pm: OPENING CEREMONIES
Main Events.

08:00pm - 09:00pm: GOLDPASS MEET-N-GREET
Tertiary Events.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014
11:00am - 12:00pm: SIGNING
Signing Room, Secondary Events. I'll be selling and signing copies of my new novels RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM. $10 cash for each book, which includes the book and a personalized signature. But if you buy both books for $20 cash, you also get free signed copies of the original development character designs by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was. In addition - and by popular demand - I am selling and signing an array of my animation teleplays for $20 cash from such series as Gargoyles, Team Atlantis, DC Showcase (Green Arrow), Men in Black: The Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, W.I.T.C.H., Young Justice and even the 2009 Radio Play "The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Gargoyles". I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for FREE - especially if you buy my book. ;).

02:00pm - 03:00pm: STATE OF THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY PANEL
Panel Room 1. With Jonathan Klein, Andrea Romano and Steve Yun.

03:00pm - 04:00pm: SIGNING
Signing Room, Secondary Events.

05:00pm - 06:00pm: GARGOYLES TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY PANEL
Panel Room 1.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014
10:00am - 11:00am: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN PANEL
Panel Room 1.

11:00am - 12:00pm: SIGNING
Signing Room, Secondary Events.

12:00pm - 01:00pm: RAIN OF THE GHOSTS PANEL
Panel Room 1.

02:00pm - 03:00pm: YOUNG JUSTICE PANEL
Panel Room 1. With Khary Payton (voice of Aqualad, Black Manta, Brick, Black Lightning).

03:00pm - 04:00pm: SIGNING
Signing Room, Secondary Events.

If you're anywhere near NOLA, stop by and say hello!


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SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014

Well, I'm gearing up to head down to San Diego for Comic-Con International, a.k.a. Stop #4 on the Gargoyles 20th Anniversary Tour:

http://www.comic-con.org/cci

Here's my schedule for the weekend:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
ST. MARTIN'S PRESS GIVE AWAY
Booth 1019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
I'll be on hand as St. Martin's Press gives away copies of many of their titles, including RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM.

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014
SLG SIGNING
Booth 1815 - 10:00am - 11:30am
I'll be selling and signing copies of RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM in addition to the GARGOYLES Trade Paperbacks, all while supplies last. I'll also happily sign for free anything you bring along with you and place in front of me.

SLG SIGNING
Booth 1815 - 02:30pm - 04:00pm

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
SLG SIGNING
Booth 1815 - 10:00am - 11:30am

SLG SIGNING
Booth 1815 - 02:30pm - 04:00pm

YOUNG JUSTICE MEET-UP
Behind Convention Center - 04:00pm
Vanessa Marshall (Black Canary), Brandon Vietti and myself (plus more to be announced) will be getting together informally to chat about Young Justice and admire Young Justice Cosplayers! I will also sell and sign animation scripts (Young Justice, Gargoyles, Team Atlantis, etc.) here for $20 cash while supplies last. To find a map for the location, follow me on Twitter @Greg_Weisman

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
DIVERSITY IN GENRE LITERATURE PANEL
Room 7AB - 10:00am - 11:00am
In the literary world, there are mystical beings, futuristic landscapes, magic and mayhem, heroes and villains, and slowly but surely, more diversity in our heroes. Panel participants are the creators that have made a more diverse world with their novels. Join authors Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire),Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel), and Lydia Kang (Control), as moderator David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy leads the discussion of what is "diversity" in genre writing, what it looks like, and why it is important.

MYSTERIOUS GALAXY SIGNING
Sails Pavilion - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Again, I'll be signing RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM or whatever you place in front of me.

SLG SIGNING
Booth 1815 - 02:30pm - 04:00pm

GARGOYLES 20TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL
Room 25ABC - 05:00pm - 06:00pm
"Twenty years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age...of Gargoyles!" Help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney Animation television series Gargoyles with members of the cast and crew, featuring series creator Greg Weisman, supervising producer Frank Paur, President Emeritus of Walt Disney Television Animation Gary Krisel, and voice and casting director Jamie Thomason.

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
SLG SIGNING
Booth 1815 - 10:00am - 11:30am

WARNER ARCHIVE/BATMAN FOR ALL SEASONS
Room 7AB - 12:00pm - 01:00pm
As Bat Mite so eloquently stated to the extra-dimensional Comic-Con bat-fans, "There is no one correct kind of Batman." Join respected producer/author Michael Uslan (The Boy Who Loved Batman), producer James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), producer/director Brandon Vietti (Young Justice), producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels), WAC Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti, and some surprise guests as they examine those "other" Batman iterations and oddities throughout history - from early films like "Public Defender" and the filmation Batman cartoons to new versions of the character (Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Beware the Batman) the off-kilter takes (like the cult favorite "roast" of Legends of the SuperHeroes) and new media (motion comics like Batman: Black and White, Batgirl: Year One & Batman Adventures: Mad Love). And stick around - there might just be a special WAC announcement that will excite fans both "Young" and old.

SLG SIGNING
Booth 1815 - 02:30pm - 04:00pm

For up-to-the-minute updates, follow me on Twitter at @Greg_Weisman


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RADIO PLAY

Alex Bishansky recorded and posted the 2014 CONvergence Radio Play ("Gargoyles Meets The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Young Justice: Recruits") on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggu7lSMXOnM

Hope you like it!


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J.J. writes...

Hey Greg, have a few questions on the business side of things:
You've said that Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. insist that Young Justice is NOT cancelled, just not picked up. Even if they do pick it up how would that work?
1. You've obviously moved on to work on Star Wars: Rebels along writing Your Rain of Ghost series. If they were to approach you on continuing the show would you be able to? I mean you've said that you and the production team created a bible of sorts for future story lines and character arcs, so you wouldn't have to start from scratch… but that is a lot of work.
2.Would you continue on doing Star Wars Rebels while someone else worked on the show?(The Goliath Chronicles) Or would you still be allowed to juggle both shows? (As unrealistic as that sounds)
I ask this because unlike Spec-Spidey, which was cancelled for legal reason, YJ had no real reason to end. I'm sure most of us would have been more than content with a continuation of the comics set during season 3.
Lighter stuff:
3. Now that you've finished Spirits of Ash and Foam, are you planning out and writing book 3 currently or are you waiting on the sales numbers on the first two books to get the go ahead and get seriously started?
Thanks for the time. Don't have Disney XD so I'll have to wait to catch Star Wars: Rebels online.

Greg responds...

1. It is a lot of work, so it would all depend on timing. I often have windows of availability, and when these windows open, I'm usually at one or more places trying to get something going on Young Justice or Gargoyles, etc.

2. This is all too hypothetical to answer. I can generally do a comic or two while working on a series, if the schedule isn't too brutal on one or the other (or both). But I can't answer these questions in a vacuum.

3. I probably should wait, since the third book has not been ordered. But I have begun doing the research for Book Three of Rain, i.e. Masque of Bones.

Response recorded on July 15, 2014

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beck writes...

if you had a choice what superhero show would you like to do

Greg responds...

Honestly, I'm not too picky. But my preference would be to return to a series I did before, whether Gargoyles, W.I.T.C.H., The Spectacular Spider-Man or Young Justice.

Response recorded on July 15, 2014

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Mike writes...

This is something that I have been wondering since the reveal of Lex Luthor's involvement in the creation of Superboy. I have not been able to find the answer in the show, though perhaps it has been asked before.

Does Superman know that Superboy has both his DNA and that of Lex? If so, when did he find out?

I imagine it would only futher complicate the relationship between Superman and Superboy, though they seem to be on friendly terms in season 2, which leads me to wonder if he even knows.

Greg responds...

1. He found out shortly after the last episode of the first season.

2. He knows.

Response recorded on July 15, 2014

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My CONvergence 2014 Schedule

So the #Gargoyles20 U.S. Tour continues. Stop #3 is CONvergence in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Well, actually in Bloomington, Minnesota, but close enough.) http://www.convergence-con.org

This is a big one for us. It includes a number of events that we used to do at the old Gathering of the Gargoyles Conventions, which ran from 1997-2009. And I know a bunch of Gargoyles fans will be attending, so it'll also be a reunion of sorts.

My schedule for the long weekend is quite packed - which is just how I like it!

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
2:00pm - 3:00pm GARGOYLES RADIO PLAY AUDITIONS
Ever wanted to be in a radio play? Now is your chance! We are holding auditions for a live performance at CONvergence! You don't even have to be a fan of Gargoyles to enter. You just have to know how to read! Casting: Myself and Jennifer Anderson (Talent Coordinator on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice). Casting decisions will be posted by 7:00pm on Friday, July 4th. ATRIUM 7.

3:30pm - 4:30pm BUFFYVERSE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Okay, so Gargoyles ISN'T the only show celebrating an anniversary. The Buffy/Angel universe has been off the air for ten years. Let's reminisce and talk about the impact these shows have had on TV fantasy since their cancellation. Panelists: Myself, Tim Lieder, Cetius d'Raven, Madeleine Rowe, Mark Goldberg. EDINA.

7:00pm - 8:00pm OPENING CEREMONY
If it's not exactly a magical invocation, it is nonetheless our official kick-off for the convention! Join CONvergence mascot Connie as we welcome our Guests of Honor, give out some awards (including the Mark Time and Ogle winners), and get this party started. Panelists: Myself, Amy Berg, Emma Bull, C. Robert Cargill, Sarah Clemens, Scott Lynch, Marina Sirtis, Frank Paur, Matthew Ebel, Dawn Krosnowski, Greg Guler, Rob Callahan, Windy Bowlsby, Michael Lee. MAIN STAGE.

9:00pm - 10:00pm GREG WEISMAN'S FANCY BASTARD PIE COMPETITION
Geek Partnership Society is excited to host the Greg Weisman Fancy Bastard Pie Competition at CONvergence 2014! It is open to all CONvergence members who wish to participate. The goal is to make a pie that Greg Weisman, herein to be known as "Fancy Bastard", likes best. The winner will be told super-secret Young Justice spoilers. Find out [some of] what would have happened in Season 3! (But winner must swear to secrecy to claim prize.) See below for some helpful hints.* CABANA 110.

FRIDAY, JULY 4th, 2014
11:00am - 12:00pm GARGOYLES RADIO PLAY AUDITIONS
Ever wanted to be in a radio play? Now is your chance! We are holding auditions for a live performance at CONvergence! You don't even have to be a fan of Gargoyles to enter. You just have to know how to read! Last chance to audition! Casting: Myself and Jennifer Anderson (Talent Coordinator on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice). Casting decisions will be posted by 7:00pm on Friday, July 4th. ATRIUM 7.

12:30pm - 1:30pm FROM TV TO COMICS
We'll discuss the TV shows that expanded into the comicverse, such as Buffy, Smallville, Young Justice and Gargoyles. Did they succeed? Were any of the comics improvements on the shows? How did canon change during the transition? Panelists: Myself (Gargoyles, Young Justice), Shawn van Briesen, Jonathan Palmer, Greg Guler (Gargoyles), Karine Charlebois (Gargoyles, Bad Guys), Christopher Jones (Batman Strikes, Young Justice, Bad Guys). PLAZA 2.

2:00pm - 3:00pm SIGNING
Myself, Christopher Jones (Young Justice, The Batman Strikes, Parallel Man) and Greg Guler (Gargoyles, Phineas and Ferb) will be holding a signing session. Both Chris and Greg always have an array of stuff (books, prints, etc.) to sell and sign. But this time I'm pretty darn prepared as well. First off, I'll be selling and signing copies of my first novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS for $10 cash, which includes the book, a personalized signature and signed copies of the original development character designs by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was. In addition - and by popular demand - I am selling and signing an array of my animation teleplays for $20 cash from such series as Gargoyles, Team Atlantis, DC Showcase (Green Arrow), Men in Black: The Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, W.I.T.C.H., Young Justice and even the 2009 Radio Play "The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Gargoyles". I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for FREE - especially if you buy my book. ;) CONVERGENCE CENTRAL.

3:30pm - 4:30pm CREATING GARGOYLES
This is what we used to call (at the Gathering) the Rocky Horror Gargoyles Show. The creators of Gargoyles show clips and tell stories of how the show came to be. Lots of visual aids. Panelists: Myself (Creator, Supervising Producer/Story Editor, Writer), Frank Paur ( (Supervising Producer/Director), Greg Guler (Lead Character Designer). ATRIUM 6.

7:00pm - 8:00pm TIME TRAVEL THEORY
Let's assume for a moment that Time Travel is possible. This panel will explore the theories behind such technology. We'll explore quantum realities, temporal anomalies and all other challenges our theoretical time travelers will be face! [Now, I suggested this panel, but then they went and put some actual scientists on the damn thing. So I may quickly be embarrassed into silence.] ;) Panelists: Myself, Nicole Gugliucci, Jim Kakalios, G. David Nordley, Amy Berg. ATRIUM 4.

8:30pm - 9:30pm GARGOYLES Q&A
Join the cast and creators of the "Gargoyles" series and SLG companion comic books to ask and talk about the property. And, as always, Cosplayers are welcome! Panelists: Myself (Creator, Supervising Producer/Story Editor, Writer), Christopher Jones (Bad Guys guest artist), Marina Sirtis (voice of Demona and Margot Yale), Frank Paur (Supervising Producer/Director), Karine Charlebois (Gargoyles Guest Artist, Bad Guys Artist), Greg Guler (Lead Character Designer, Gargoyles Guest Artist). MAIN STAGE.

SATURDAY, JULY 5th, 2014
9:30am - 10:30am GARGOYLES SIGNING
Myself, Marina Sirtis (voice of Demona and Margot Yale) and Frank Paur (Supervising Producer/Director) will be holding a signing session. Again, I'll be selling and signing copies of my first novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS for $10 cash, which includes the book, a personalized signature and signed copies of the original development character designs by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was. In addition - and by popular demand - I am selling and signing an array of my animation teleplays for $20 cash from such series as Gargoyles, Team Atlantis, DC Showcase (Green Arrow), Men in Black: The Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, W.I.T.C.H., The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Young Justice and even the 2009 Radio Play "The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Gargoyles". I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for FREE. CONVERGENCE CENTRAL.

11:00am - 12:25pm GARGOYLES RADIO PLAY REHEARSAL
This is a closed session - for those who were cast in the Radio Play - led by Myself, Jennifer Anderson (Talent Coordinator on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice) & Marina Sirtis (voice of Demona, Margot Yale and Queen Bee). ATRIUM 6.

12:30pm - 1:30pm GARGOYLES RADIO PLAY PERFORMANCE
Fans and professionals - including Myself (voice of Donald Menken and Lucas "Snapper" Carr), Jennifer Anderson (Talent Coordinator on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice), and of course, Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi from Star Trek TNG and the voice of Demona, Margot Yale and Queen Bee) - perform a LIVE, ORIGINAL Gargoyles radio play! ATRIUM 6.

2:00pm - 3:00pm GARGOYLES BIOLOGY AND CULTURE
A "what if" panel about the biology and culture of the Gargoyles universe. Creators and performers speculate about anything and everything going on outside the frames of the TV series. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth moderates Myself (Creator, Producer) and Greg Guler (Lead Character Designer). ATRIUM 7.

3:30pm - 4:30pm RAIN OF THE GHOSTS
I'll be reading from and talking about the world and characters of my novel "Rain of the Ghosts" and its sequel, "Spirits of Ash and Foam," which comes out July 8th, 2014, one week after the convention! ATRIUM 3.

7:00pm - 8:00pm ONE ON ONE WITH GREG WEISMAN
Hal Bichel will moderate a one-on-one panel with Myself. PLAZA 2.

8:30pm - 9:30pm SIGNING
Once again, I'll be selling and signing copies of my first novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS for $10 cash, which includes the book, a personalized signature and signed copies of the original development character designs by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was. In addition - and by popular demand - I am selling and signing an array of my animation teleplays for $20 cash from such series as Gargoyles, Team Atlantis, DC Showcase (Green Arrow), Men in Black: The Series, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, W.I.T.C.H., Young Justice and even the 2009 Radio Play "The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Gargoyles". I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for FREE. CONVERGENCE CENTRAL.

10:00pm - 11:00pm BLUE MUG
Ever wonder about the sexual habits of Gargoyles? Ever wonder who was sleeping with whom among the Young Justice Team or the cast of Spectacular Spider-Man? Join us for for a late night peek at your favorite animated series. This panel will get blue! (So attendees will be carded!) Panelists: Myself, Christopher Jones, Mara Cordova (Last Tengu in Paris Artist). It is also rumored that Edmund Tsabard (an unfancy bastard and Last Tengu in Paris Writer) may make an appearance. EDINA.

SUNDAY, JULY 6th, 2014
11:00am - 12:00pm PROTOFEMINISTS IN SHAKESPEARE
Shakespeare portrayed several intelligent, independent, and self-aware women--Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Katharine, Beatrice, Viola, Rosalind. We'll discuss the problematic and the remarkably (for the era) fleshed-out aspects of their representation. Panelists: Myself, Elizabeth Bear, Ashley F. Miller, Joseph Erickson, Alexandra Howes. EDINA.

12:30pm - 1:30pm GARGOYLES FAN PANEL
It's the 20th Anniversary of Gargoyles. Come share your favorite moments from the show. As always, Cosplayers are welcome! Panelists: Daniel Mohr moderates Myself, Ryan Alexander, Robert Wagner, Maggie Schultz, Jennifer Anderson, Karine Charlebois. ATRIUM 6.

2:00pm - 3:00pm SIGNING
Myself and Greg Guler (Gargoyles, Phineas and Ferb) will be holding one last signing session. Greg G. always has an array of stuff (books, prints, etc.) to sell and sign. And I'll be selling and signing copies of my first novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS for $10 cash, which includes the book, a personalized signature and signed copies of the original development character designs by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was. In addition - and by popular demand - I am selling and signing an array of my animation teleplays for $20 cash from such series as Gargoyles, Team Atlantis, DC Showcase (Green Arrow), Men in Black: The Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, W.I.T.C.H., Young Justice and even the 2009 Radio Play "The Spectacular Spider-Man Meets Gargoyles". I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for FREE - especially if you buy my book. CONVERGENCE CENTRAL.

3:30pm - 4:30pm YOUNG JUSTICE
Creative minds behind the Young Justice TV and comic book series will talk about this fan favorite. We're planning some special surprises as well. And, as always, Cosplayers are welcome! Panelists: Myself, Marina Sirtis (voice of Queen Bee), Christopher Jones (Artist YJ Comic). MAIN STAGE.

5:00pm - 6:00pm CLOSING CEREMONY
It's not over 'til the gynoid sings - or something like that. Join CONvergence mascot Connie and our Guests of Honor as we say farewell to another convention. Shenanigans may ensue. Panelists: Myself, Amy Berg, Emma Bull, C. Robert Cargill, Sarah Clemens, Scott Lynch, Marina Sirtis, Matthew Ebel, Frank Paur, Dawn Krosnowski, Greg Guler, Windy Bowlsby, Rob Callahan, Michael Lee. MAIN STAGE

SEE?!! I told you there was a lot. And that's only the stuff that I'm doing. CONvergence is jam-packed with all sorts of pop culture nutritional goodness. So stop by and say hello!!

*In the interest of Full Disclosure, Fancy Bastard would like all to know that he especially likes the following pies:
APPLE
BERRY (pretty much any kind of berry or a mix of same)
PEACH
APRICOT
PUMPKIN
BANANA CREAM (herein to be known as the funniest pie)
Combinations of some of the fruit pies can be great. Contestants are welcome to try other pies at their own risk.

Fancy Bastard does NOT especially like the following pies:
PECAN
Anything with Chocolate or Lemon or Meringue
Raisins in Apple Pie
Almost never Cherry, though he has tasted the rare exception...


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X writes...

A lot of your shows seem to have real life implications on certain....organizations. Is that coincidence, or are you trying to tell us something. Maybe that's why young justice got cancelled.

Greg responds...

Honestly, I don't know what you're referring to. This isn't me trying to be cagey or funny. I'm at a loss.

Response recorded on June 18, 2014

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DENVER COMIC CON REVISED & UPDATED #3

ONE MORE TIME!! This looks to be as final a revision as it's going to get for Denver Comic Con website (http://denvercomiccon.com/), before I head for the airport in a couple minutes. But, again, follow me on TWITTER @Greg_Weisman to stay up-to-the-minute on when and where I'll be.

DENVER COMIC CON LATEST PANEL, INTERVIEW & SIGNING SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JUNE 13th, 2014

10:30am - 11:20am - ART OF THE PITCH in ROOM 110/112.
Victor Cook, Greg Guler and myself will be talking about pitching and selling animated telvision series to the Powers That Be.

11:30am - 12:30pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.
I'll be signing my novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS throughout the weekend for $10 cash. (That $10 includes the book, a personalized signature and copies of the original development art by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was.) I also have a half-dozen copies of Young Justice teleplays, which I'll sell (and sign) for $20 cash. I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for free - especially if you buy my book. ;)

12:50pm - 1:20pm - INTERVIEW with Tim Beyers of MOTLEY FOOL in the MEDIA LOUNGE.

1:30pm - 2:20pm - CARTOON VOICES I in the MAIN EVENTS ROOM.
I'll be moderating this panel, which features Kevin Conroy, Jim Cummings, Michael Dorn, Jennifer Hale & Veronica Taylor.

3:30pm - 4:30pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

4:45pm - 5:35pm - YOUNG JUSTICE in the MINI-MAIN ROOM.
This one includes myself (writer-producer, voice actor) & Christopher Jones (YJ companion comic book artist).

5:35pm - 6:05pm - OPENING CEREMONIES in the MAIN EVENTS ROOM.

7:00pm - 10:00pm - FOUR COLOR MIXER at Breckinridge Brewery/Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14th, 2014

9:35am - 10:00am - INTERVIEW with BEYOND THE TROPE at my table at Booth 122.

10:00am - 10:20am - INTERVIEW with WESTWORD at my table at Booth 122.

10:30am - 11:20am - RAIN OF THE GHOSTS in ROOM 201.
I'll be reading from and discussing my new novels, Rain of the Ghosts & Spirits of Ash and Foam.

11:45am - 12:35pm - ANIMATION PROFESSIONALS in ROOM 201
I'm moderating this panel, which features Chris Beaver, Victor Cook, Greg Guler, Derek Hunter, Christy Marx, & Jan Scott-Frasier.

3:00pm - 3:50pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

4:00pm - 4:50pm - GARGOYLES 20th ANNIVERSARY in the MAIN EVENTS ROOM.
This is a big one, with me (writer-producer-creator), Victor Cook (storyboard artist), Jim Cummings (voice of Dingo), Jonathan Frakes (voice of David Xanatos), Greg Guler (character designer), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (voice of Elisa Maza) and Marina Sirtis (voice of Demona) .

5:00pm - 6:00pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15th, 2014

9:30am - 10:20am - INTERVIEW with EXAMINER.COM at my BOOTH 122.

10:30am - 11:20am - THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN in the MINI-MAIN ROOM.
Includes myself (writer-producer-voice actor), Victor Cook (director-producer), Jim Cummings (voice of Crusher Hogan) & Greg Guler (artist).

1:30pm - 2:30pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

2:45pm - 3:35pm - CARTOON VOICES II in the MAIN EVENTS ROOM.
Again, I'm moderating for Robert Axelrod, Kimberly Brooks, Jennifer Hale & April Stewart.

4:00pm - 5:00pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

In addition to the times listed above, I'll often just be hanging out at my table, so stop by. Attend a panel, buy a book, say hello!


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DENVER COMIC CON REVISED & UPDATED #2

Okay, so I just took a look at the Denver Comic Con website (http://denvercomiccon.com/), and the schedule there doesn't always match up with the schedule I was sent. I'll make adjustments below, but what this really means is that I'm not 100% sure where I'll be at any given moment. I will be tweeting throughout the weekend though, so follow me @Greg_Weisman to stay up-to-the-minute on when and where I'll be.

DENVER COMIC CON LATEST PANEL, INTERVIEW & SIGNING SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JUNE 13th, 2014

10:30am - 11:20am - RAIN OF THE GHOSTS in ROOM 201
I'll be reading from and discussing my new novels, Rain of the Ghosts & Spirits of Ash and Foam.

11:30am - 12:30pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.
I'll be signing my novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS throughout the weekend for $10 cash. (That $10 includes the book, a personalized signature and copies of the original development art by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was.) I also have a half-dozen copies of Young Justice teleplays, which I'll sell (and sign) for $20 cash. I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for free - especially if you buy my book. ;)

12:50pm - 1:20pm - INTERVIEW with Tim Beyers of MOTLEY FOOL in the MEDIA LOUNGE

1:30pm - 2:20pm - CARTOON VOICES I in the MAIN EVENTS ROOM
I'll be moderating this panel, which features Kevin Conroy, Jim Cummings, Michael Dorn, Jennifer Hale & Veronica Taylor.

3:30pm - 4:30pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

4:45pm - 5:35pm - YOUNG JUSTICE in the MINI-MAIN ROOM
This one includes myself (writer-producer, voice actor) & Christopher Jones (YJ companion comic book artist).

7:00pm - 10:00pm - FOUR COLOR MIXER at Breckinridge Brewery/Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

SATURDAY, JUNE 14th, 2014

9:35am - 10:00am - INTERVIEW with BEYOND THE TROPE at my table at Booth 122.

10:00am - 10:50am - INTERVIEW with WESTWORD at my table at Booth 122.

11:45am - 12:35pm - ANIMATION PROFESSIONALS in ROOM 201
I'm moderating this panel, which features Chris Beaver, Victor Cook, Greg Guler, Derek Hunter, Christy Marx, & Jan Scott-Frasier.

3:00pm - 3:50pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

4:00pm - 4:50pm - GARGOYLES 20th ANNIVERSARY in the MAIN EVENTS ROOM
This is a big one, with me (writer-producer-creator), Victor Cook (storyboard artist), Jim Cummings (voice of Dingo), Jonathan Frakes (voice of David Xanatos), Greg Guler (character designer), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (voice of Elisa Maza) and Marina Sirtis (voice of Demona) .

5:00pm - 6:00pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15th, 2014
9:30am - 10:20am - INTERVIEW with EXAMINER.COM at my BOOTH 122.

10:30am - 11:20am - THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN in the MINI-MAIN ROOM
Includes myself (writer-producer-voice actor), Victor Cook (director-producer), Jim Cummings (voice of Crusher Hogan) & Greg Guler (artist).

1:30pm - 2:30pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

2:45pm - 3:35pm - CARTOON VOICES II in the MAIN EVENTS ROOM
Again, I'm moderating for Robert Axelrod, Kimberly Brooks, Jennifer Hale & April Stewart.

4:00pm - 5:00pm - SIGNING at my BOOTH 122 on the main floor.

In addition to the times listed above - and especially since I'm no longer 100% sure of my schedule - I'll often just be hanging out at my table, so stop by. Attend a panel, buy a book, say hello!


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DENVER COMIC CON UPDATE

I've got an update on the #GARGOYLES20 tour, stop #2: DENVER COMIC CON (http://denvercomiccon.com/). Here's my schedule, which now include all my panels, plus the times I'll be at my table on the main floor, signing:

FRIDAY, JUNE 13th, 2014
11:30am - 12:30pm - SIGNING at my table on the main floor.

1:30pm - 2:20pm - CARTOON VOICES in the MAIN ROOM
I'll be moderating this panel, which features Michael Dorn, Kevin Conroy, Jim Cummings, Jennifer Hale & Veronica Taylor.

3:30pm - 4:30pm - SIGNING at my table on the main floor.

4:45pm - 5:35pm - YOUNG JUSTICE in the MINI-MAIN ROOM
This one includes myself (writer-producer, voice actor), Andrew Robinson (writer) & Christopher Jones (YJ companion comic book artist).

SATURDAY, JUNE 14th, 2014
11:00am - 11:50am - RAIN OF THE GHOSTS in ROOM 201
I'll be reading from and discussing my new novels, Rain of the Ghosts & Spirits of Ash and Foam.

12:15pm - 1:05pm - ANIMATION ARTISTS in ROOM 201
I'm moderating this panel, which features Jan Scott-Frasier, Derek Hunter, Christy Marx, Greg Guler, Victor Cook & Chris Beaver.

2:45pm - 3:35pm - GARGOYLES 20th ANNIVERSARY in the MAIN ROOM
This is a big one, with me (writer-producer-creator), Jonathan Frakes (voice of David Xanatos), Marina Sirtis (voice of Demona), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (voice of Elisa Maza), Jim Cummings (voice of Dingo), Greg Guler (character designer) and Victor Cook (storyboard artist).

4:00pm - 5:00pm - SIGNING at my table on the main floor.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15th, 2014
10:30am - 11:20am - THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN in the MINI-MAIN ROOM
Includes myself (writer-producer-voice actor), Victor Cook (director-producer), Jim Cummings (voice of Crusher Hogan), Greg Guler (artist) & Andrew Robinson (writer).

12:00pm - 1:20pm - SIGNING at my table on the main floor.

1:30pm - 2:20pm - CARTOON VOICES in the MAIN ROOM
Again, I'm moderating for Jennifer Hale, Robert Axelrod, Kimberly Brooks & April Stewart.

2:30pm - 3:30pm - SIGNING at my table on the main floor.

In addition to the times listed above, I'll often just be hanging out at my table, signing my novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS throughout the weekend for $10 cash. (That $10 includes the book, a personalized signature and copies of the original development art by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was.) I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for free.

So stop by. Attend a panel, buy a book, say hello!


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Anonymous writes...

Will you tell me who Roy Harper's biological parents were? Also when they die?

Greg responds...

No. Sorry. But he's the great-grandson of the original Guardian, Jim Harper, if that helps. (Note: that's not the Jim Harper/Guardian you saw on our show. THAT Jim Harper was a clone of the original Roy Harper, who had been told that he was Roy's uncle (and thus the Grandson of the original Jim/Guardian.)

Response recorded on June 05, 2014

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Sentel writes...

In the earth 16 universe, is it safe to assume that Greta Hayes "crossed over" after the capture of her brother in the episode Secrets. Or does she still haunt the earth?

Greg responds...

Nothing is safe to assume. But I'll leave the ending of "Secrets" to your interpretation.

Response recorded on June 03, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

Was Artemis considered or voted on for League membership in Agendas? Red Arrow, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Robin, Superboy, Miss Martian, Zatanna and Rocket all came up during the conversation, but not Artemis, and I couldn't find her hologram in the voting scene.

Greg responds...

Nope. Not at that time.

Response recorded on June 03, 2014

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Marcus writes...

Hi, Greg! I have a few YJ questions.
1 - How does Mr. freeze sleep at night? Does he put a pillow in his dome? Does he freeze one in out of ice? Does he have a special freezer cell?
2 - When did Killer Frost become a villain?
3 - Did the Kroloteans Miss Martian blanked ever get better? The one Martian Manhunter was interrogating seemed decent enough.
4 - What is the nature of the Greek gods on Earth-16? Its been established they exist, but are they actual gods or 'just' powerful entities, like the New Gods?
5 - How did Doctor Fate react to Wally's death? Kent Nelson stuck around.

Greg responds...

1. Answer C.

2. June of Team Year Negative One

3. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

5. The good Doctor holds his cards pretty close to the amulet.

Response recorded on June 03, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

If wally did not believe in magic prior to his experience with Fate's helmet, thant what did he think of Zatara, a well known magic-based hero and teamate of his mentor? Did he assume Zatara was a fake and a liar?
Did he and Barry never have a conversation about magic, and how Barry saw it with his own eyes being a teamate of Zatara's? And if Barry did tell him it was real, why wouldnt Wally believe him?

Greg responds...

I think Wally initially assumed the same thing about Zatara as he assumed about Doctor Fate, i.e. that he was using skills to come across as using magic. And I think Wally respected that. I mean, after all, if villains are a superstitious and cowardly lot, than why not fool 'em with a little showbiz. The fact that Zatara also performs as a stage magician probably lent credence to Wally's assumptions.

As for what Barry might have told him, even if Barry said something like, "Today's science was yesterday's magic," it would only reinforce Wally's perspective, even if Barry was simply pointing out that just because we don't understand it, doesn't mean it isn't real.

Response recorded on June 03, 2014

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Up Next: DENVER COMIC CON

Frank Paur and I had a great time at the GARGOYLES 20th ANNIVERSARY Panel at Califur this past Sunday. Saw a couple old friends, and talked for TWO HOURS on the creation, development and production of Gargoyles.

Up next on the #GARGOYLES20 tour, stop #2: DENVER COMIC CON. http://denvercomiccon.com/

Here's my schedule (which pretty much includes all my favorite things):

FRIDAY, JUNE 13th, 2014
1:30pm - 2:20pm - CARTOON VOICES in the MAIN ROOM
I'll be moderating this panel, which features Michael Dorn, Kevin Conroy, Jim Cummings, Jennifer Hale & Veronica Taylor.

4:45pm - 5:35pm - YOUNG JUSTICE in the MINI-MAIN ROOM
This one includes myself (writer-producer, voice actor), Andrew Robinson (writer) & Christopher Jones (YJ companion comic book artist).

SATURDAY, JUNE 14th, 2014
11:00am - 11:50am - RAIN OF THE GHOSTS in ROOM 201
I'll be reading from and discussing my new novels, Rain of the Ghosts & Spirits of Ash and Foam.

12:15pm - 1:05pm - ANIMATION ARTISTS in ROOM 201
I'm moderating this panel, which features Jan Scott-Frasier, Derek Hunter, Christy Marx, Greg Guler, Victor Cook & Chris Beaver.

2:45pm - 3:35pm - GARGOYLES 20th ANNIVERSARY in the MAIN ROOM
This is a big one, with me (writer-producer-creator), Jonathan Frakes (voice of David Xanatos), Marina Sirtis (voice of Demona), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (voice of Elisa Maza), Jim Cummings (voice of Dingo), Greg Guler (character designer) and Victor Cook (storyboard artist).

SUNDAY, JUNE 15th, 2014
10:30am - 11:20am - THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN in the MINI-MAIN ROOM
Includes myself (writer-producer-voice actor), Victor Cook (director-producer), Jim Cummings (voice of Crusher Hogan), Greg Guler (artist) & Andrew Robinson (writer).

1:30pm - 2:20pm - CARTOON VOICES in the MAIN ROOM
Again, I'm moderating for Jennifer Hale, Robert Axelrod, Kimberly Brooks & April Stewart.

In addition, I'll be signing my novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS at my booth throughout the weekend for $10 cash. (That $10 includes the book, a personalized signature and copies of the original development art by Kuni Tomita for the television version of Rain that never was.) I'll also sign anything else you bring and put in front of me for free.

So stop by. Attend a panel, buy a book, say hello!


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Alexia writes...

1. Can Atlanteans perspire underwater?
2. How do Atlanteans keep themselves clean underwater if it's hard to take a shower when you're essentially... already in the water? Do they use seaweed scrubs or other special grooming products?
3. Did Aqualad take showers when he was on the surface or was he not used to it? I imagine the Team doing team building exercises in the cave during their spare time and then breaking off to take showers after their work out before re-grouping in the kitchen area for snacks.

Greg responds...

1. I don't know.

2. Uh... sure.

3. I'm sure he showered.

Response recorded on May 22, 2014

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hmmaster writes...

Hey, Greg, what an amazing show in Young Justice. I have a couple of questions for you.

1) I was hoping you could comment on this, because you've answered variations of this question at different times, but never this specific one. I thought of an idea that would make a lot of sense for where a certain character's situation would go after the events of Summit and Endgame, but I won't share it with you to avoid getting a spoiler. You've talked in interviews/answers before about Roy and Jade having to get married off-screen in order for CN to approve Lian being born. Were there any story-lines of similar controversial topics that you and Brandon had planned that could have created tensions between you and the network?

2) I recently rewatched JLU, specifically JLU's season 1, and I noticed a striking similarity in the way the format works there and the masterfully-crafted interwoven network of plot-lines of YJ. It seemed like you may have been inspired by that format where there were several stories being told all at the same time, as opposed to other shows that have a more episodic nature (like the first JL cartoon, before JLU). Was it a conscious decision to draw heavily from that idea, or was it something that just happened independently?

Thank you for a wonderful show.

Greg responds...

1. None spring to mind at the moment. We didn't have a lot of fights with S&P.

2. I haven't seen all that much of JLU. (Started to when we were in the development phase, but ran out of time once pre-production got started. [I'm really not much of a binge watcher. The most of any show I can stand to watch in any one sitting - no matter how good it is - is two episodes, and for me, even that's pushing it.]) The way we plotted YJ is really more in line with the way I've done other series in the past, such as The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles. And all of that goes back to lessons learned from reading and writing comic books, and, of course, from Hill Street Blues.

Response recorded on May 13, 2014

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Agent P writes...

Have any of the heroes fall into depression because of how great of a threat their enemies seem to be for him, becoming too much from them to handle, asking themselves if they could ever truly "beat" them?

Or what if they ever pondered whether or not a villain deserved to be killed for doing such unspeakably horrible acts, some which they've failed to prevent, and the villain will likely never reform?

For example, the Light has been around for a long time, has the League or the Team ever worried or dwelled on the possibility that they may not live to see The Light stopped for good?

Greg responds...

There are two ways to look at all this: 1. As a spoiler request. 2. As something that for the time being I'm best off leaving to your imagination.

In essence, there's no way for me to answer these questions outside the confines of a story, other than to more or less state the obvious:

1. Yes, sometimes they get down.

2. Thoughts may occur, but as heroes they've drawn certain ethical lines.

3. Yes, they've worried about it.

Anything beyond that, would only bear telling as part of a story.

Response recorded on May 13, 2014

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B writes...

I was watching the Justice League Unlimited episode "Fearful Symmetry aka Galatea" recently, and Martian Manhunter told Supergirl that he doesn't dream, which made me wonder: do Martians dream in Earth-16? I know they do in at least some versions of the comics continuity, since Morpheus appears to Martian Manhunter as the Martian god of dreams in The Sandman, and J'onn discusses weird dreams with Batman and Superman at Morpheus's wake.

Greg responds...

I'd say they do on Earth-16 (and on Mars-16).

Response recorded on May 12, 2014

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Mysterious Galaxy Signing

Once again, I'm hoping people in the Southern California area - especially those who live in and around San Diego - might come to my signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

I'll be reading, answering questions and signing copies of RAIN OF THE GHOSTS at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego on May 10th, 2014 at 11am.

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore is at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302, San Diego, CA 92111

If you buy a book, I'm also happy to sign whatever other memorabilia (Gargoyles, SpecSpidey, Young Justice, whatever) that you feel like dragging into the store.

It's a big birthday bash for the bookstore, so there are other events all day long, and I'm told they're serving cake at 3pm.

Info here: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/MG-SD-21st-Birhday-Bash-051014

Please stop by - check out RAIN - and say hello!


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Ben writes...

I just have a quick question about Rain of the Ghosts. I was wondering if there are currently any plans to release it in a hardbound version or if that is currently not an option? I for one would really like to have it in that format. While we're at it getting the Gargoyles and Young Justice graphic novels released in hardbound form would be great too, but I understand that would probably be a bit more problematic. At any rate thanks for the entertaining stories and please keep up the good work.

Greg responds...

Much as I'd like it too, there are no plans to release Rain of the Ghosts in hardback. Ditto the Gargoyles and YJ graphic novels.

Response recorded on May 09, 2014

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A Flash Fan writes...

Hi Greg,

On a slightly different note...

1. Do you watch/like the TV series "The Big Bang Theory"?

2. As you may know (if you've seen or heard about the show) some scenes in some episodes take place in a comic book store. Now I am not that much of a regular viewer but one time in an episode in the comic book store in the background on the racks was a copy of one of the Young Justice comic books! It must have been from a while back because I believe it was either issue #0 or #2. So I'm sorry I don't know the exactness but if I find out I'd let you know (or do you already know?)

3. I ask because I wonder if you are in some entitled to something because your comic book appeared on a TV show. Do you know if there should be some sort of payment or recognition for people whose work appears in such a manner due to copyright material?

4. Do you know or would you know someplace I could be directed about copyright issues? Like say I want to use the Flash in a comic strip; some people would say it's fine, but does credit need to be given to DC Comics or do I have to get permission from DC to use him? Or say I want to take a clip of the Flash from one of the YJ episodes; again should DC be consulted? Do you think the same thing would go for stores?

5. What's been your experience with issues like these? Say you might have wanted in one of your shows for characters to enter a Starbucks; do you have to ask permission from said company first?

Thanks a lot Greg!

Greg responds...

1. Yes and yes.

2. I'd heard, but I hadn't noticed it myself. So I missed seeing the issue/episode.

3. DC owns all that. They don't have to pay me for using it as a prop.

4. Personally, I'd avoid using someone else's property in your work, period. But I'm no lawyer. And, no, I don't know where to direct you to research this.

5. I would pretty much NEVER do that. At most, I'd do a pastiche, like the FOREVER 16 SUBURBAN OUTFITTERS (instead of FOREVER 21 and URBAN OUTFITTERS) that appeared in Young Justice #0.

Response recorded on May 09, 2014

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Singlesynapsetheory writes...

Greg,

Hello from Australia. I have been eagerly waiting for questions to open again.

I'm a 26 year old female, who has been an avid fan of DC comics for a long time now. I've read all of Teen Titans, The Flash (Wally west run), Justice league, and basically any tie in I could find that included Wally West.

I was really saddened when finding out West was no longer part of DC (although, looks like I don't have to suffer any longer). Your show was the perfect way for me to revisit the reasons I love DC so much.

I think my favourite part of the show is it's incredible maturity. I have read people complain about the way Wally and Dick have dealt with things (particularly, their argument) but, honestly, I saw it as a very adult conversation. Adult, obviously doesn't mean mature (what adults can say they are always logical and mature?), but what I mean is, I could see this as a real conversation that people would have. I love the complexity of the characters and just how real everything is. This was a show I could watch, analyse and really enjoy.

I also think it was so great that you didn't follow the pairings of the comics. Again, people have complained about this, but honestly, who wants to watch something, knowing already what's going to happen? Why would I bother reading a novel, watching a movie, or a tv show, if I already knew half of what was going to eventuate? I also thought the pairings made sense, and the complexities of them brought real issues of identity and what a relationship means, to the table.

I think kids these days need shows like this that are real and mature and don't treat kids as stupid.

Anyway, no questions for you this time! I really see nothing from the show that needs questioning! Just praise!

Hope you had a nice start to the new year.

Kind Regards,
Jessica from Australia

Greg responds...

Thanks, Jessica. I'll take praise anytime. :)

Response recorded on May 09, 2014

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simone writes...

Do you think if I call cartoon network on a regular and complain about how unfair they are for taking down YJ before we was able to have a 3rd/4th/5th season but yet they have all these other shows like bakugan still coming on.? Im not trying to down play them but seriously. ?! Why that play all the time but yet there is never a rerun of YJ .?? It came on on Saturday and Sunday morning. ..that's it.! I wouldn't blame the ratings if its so low.. who really wakes up at 8 or 9 to watch that show (could have came on at 10, not sure since it been so long) unless they know it was going to play that time.?

And that's another thing.. how is anybody suppose to know is there was gonna be another season if y'all don't advertise it.? I realized that y'all didn't do that for the 2nd season or if you was gonna have one (unless I looked it up on Google or something). There was times were I didn't know if a show was coming on that Saturday morning and I would have woke up for nothing ... just upset and sad.. I think that's another reason why y'all did not have that many ratings... we never really knew when it would come on unless we look it up. Please answer ... I really wanna know

Greg responds...

I've lost track of exactly what question you "really wanna know" the answer for. So I'll try to comment on what I can.

I think we can all agree that the series didn't receive as much promotion as we might have liked. Frankly, no show I've ever worked on has ever received as much promotion as I would have liked. None. (Although Star Wars Rebels may be the exception. Lucasfilm has quite the machine up and running to create buzz.) That's just the way things go in a business where promoting an animated series is an additional expense that most networks have decided they can't afford.

Whether you like Bakugan or not, keep in mind it's an acquisition, not an original series. It's considerably cheaper because the U.S. network doesn't have to pay for production, only for a license fee to air it in America.

Calling CN to complain daily does NOT sound like a good plan. Imagine if someone did that to you?

Response recorded on May 09, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

hi greg quick question ive just watched justice league war and I noticed some of the characters (T.O. Morrow Dr. Serling Roquette) have a striking resemblance to your own in young justice designs, his has also happened in the past in flashpoint paradox with kaldur, garath and tula.

so my question is

1) Do Dc just take your staffs work/designs since they own the characters or is it stored on some archive other projects can have access to.

2) also do you get some say in the matter? or compensation for the use of your work?

3) since dc seems to like copying your work so much why are they so reluctant to do a direct to dvd film to finish of young justice?

I hope you are allowed to answer and thank you in advance if you do

Greg responds...

1. I really don't know the answer, but I have a question: isn't Phil Bourassa the character designer on all these projects? If so, maybe it's Phil himself who is borrowing from himself or simply that what he's doing is similar for both.

2. It's not MY work. I can't draw stick figures with any competency. And, no, no say. Not that I need say.

3. Apples and oranges. One thing has nothing to do with another.

Response recorded on May 07, 2014

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fallenlegend writes...

Hello Greg!

Just a quick question this time. The other time I asked you something about gargoyles and you said that you wouldn't write it for free... wich came as a bit of a shock to me as you have said before that it is your baby proyect.

It's understandable as this is your job and main source of income... But I have to wonder if you would ever have or if you have a personal proyect wich you would do for free.

You deserve every cent you get paid but.. Many (amateur/fanfic) writters write stories for fun and I wonder if this is the case with you. thank you!

Greg responds...

I don't write for fun anymore. To be honest, it's too much like work.

I don't write for free, though I do (occasionally) write "on spec". That is, I'll write something that has the chance of paying off later, even if no one is paying me for it immediately. For example, my first novel, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, was written on spec. (And took over a decade to pay off - minimally.) The second book in the series, SPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM, was not written on spec. My publisher, St. Martin's Press, ordered it. The third, MASQUE OF BONES, which I've barely begun researching, will also be written on spec, unless St. Martin's Press decides to pick it up.

But the big difference with those books, over something like GARGOYLES, for example, is that I OWN the RAIN property. I don't own GARGOYLES or YOUNG JUSTICE or WITCH or THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. It would, frankly, just be foolish for me to invest my time (which is money to me) in something that isn't mine.

GARGOYLES is without a doubt my baby. I feel that strongly. But it doesn't change the hard, cruel fact that I hold no ownership in it at all.

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Anonymous writes...

Hey, there! Big "Young Justice" fan here, but there are some things that I would like to better understand about it.

1. You mentioned out of all of M'gann's siblings, she had one brother who was a White Martian. Just out of curiosity, is he her older brother, younger brother, or her twin brother?

2. One question that has bugged me for a while is what exactly motivated Superman to start talking to Superboy at the end of "Auld Acquaintance"? Now I understand that he had begun to at least try to get to know Conner at least since the events of "Players" (in Team Year Zero), but "Auld Acquaintance" was the first time we really saw him open up to him and it kind of seemed out of nowhere. So what I would like to know is what exactly gave him that push to finally start reaching out to Conner?

Greg responds...

1. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't decided if M'gann's brother is older or younger. We wanted to get to the Martian plotline either in Season Three or in the comics, but we never got around to it, so I never had to mentally pin that down. I think I'd lean toward the brother being younger, but I'd want to discuss that with Brandon Vietti before saying for sure. (Not a twin, though, for sure. Just feels like it's been done.)

2. I think the fact that he himself had been used by the Light against his will made him understand a bit more how Superboy must feel ALL the time. Superman is, of course, a decent man. Not perfect, but decent. He was always going to come around eventually. And as I've mentioned before, I think one of the biggest roadblocks for him was that everyone kept saying that he was Conner's 'father'. That notion troubled him greatly. But when he began to think of Conner as a younger brother, he not only felt more comfortable with the idea, but he actively liked the notion of having a blood relation. Some of that may have been crystalizing in his head at around the same time.

Response recorded on April 30, 2014

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Jack Johnson writes...

Hi Greg,

I actually have two questions. First, since Wally and Artemis were living together at the start of season 2, can it be implied that they were in a sexual relationship or were they just saving money by doing something that, in the 21st century, makes a fairly good deal of economic sense for two intimate friends to do? Second, when Dick and Zatanna broke up, was it a consensual decision that they just didn't romantically like each other anymore, or was it more serious?

Greg responds...

1. I think it's fair to say... BOTH. But if Cartoon Network asks, it was a two-bedroom apartment.

2. I don't want to go into too much detail, as it amounts to a spoiler. But since it's clear they remained friends, I think it's also clear that it was a more-or-less mutual decision. ("Consensual" seems like an odd choice of words in this context.)

Response recorded on April 30, 2014

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Uehara writes...

Have you watched Neon Genesis Evangelion? I was just struck by a lot of similarities Superboy had to the Clone Rei Ayanami, the white outfit, the alien/human hybrid, labeled inferior by others because of his clone status, the manipulation by a equivalent of a father figure to further his goals and the moon motif. But I'm pretty sure Lex still is a better father figure than Gendo Ikari.

Greg responds...

I think I saw the first episode back in the late nineties when I was working at DreamWorks. My memories are extremely vague. If it had any influence on Young Justice and/or Superboy, it would have to be entirely subconscious on my end. Can't speak for other members of the YJ crew, of course.

Response recorded on April 30, 2014

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A writes...

Hey Greg! I was wondering:

1) How does parental consent work with underage members of the Team/League (I know it was briefly mentioned in the tie-in comics)?

2) Now that the Team is lead by its senior members, is it their job to recruit new members (and do things like getting parental consent, doing background checks, ect...), or is that the league's responsibility? Or is it kind of a mutual consent thing between the Team leader and League leader?

Thanks for taking your time to answer these questions, really appriciate it!

Greg responds...

1. It's pretty straighforward. A parent (or legal guardian) need to approve the inclusion of any new member.

2. It became one of Nightwing's responsibilities - said responsibility falling to Aqualad and Batgirl as of the end of Season Two. Which is not to say that Leaguers might not get involved. Depends how much reassurance a parent or legal guardian requires.

Response recorded on April 29, 2014

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Lorisa214 writes...

Hello Greg!
1) Does the light still have Roy's arm?
2) Why can't the JL grow Roy a new arm?
3) Why did the light keep Original Roy alive after 5+ years? I mean, why not dispose of him?
4) Was Roy taken because opportunity presented itself, so The Light took him? Could it have just as easily been Wally, or Dick?
5) Which Roy had to gets a new SIN?

Greg responds...

1. Not all of it.

2. Is that easier than I think it is?

3. Why be wasteful?

4. Yes.

4a. Yes.

5. SIN?

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Abby writes...

Thanks for taking questions! Young Justice is great.
1. Given that Wally knows Dick's secret identity, does the Flash know? How many members of the League know who Batman is?
2. Who else on the team knows the dynamic duo's identities?
3. Did Dick have permission to tell Wally his secret identity?

Greg responds...

1. Not during Season One.

1a. No longer remember an exact number. Some. Not all.

2. On the Team? No one during Season One.

3. No.

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My WONDERCON 2014 Schedule

I'll be attending WONDERCON 2014 in Anaheim, California for one day only: Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

http://www.comic-con.org/wca

I've got no official panels this year - though, STAR WARS fans should definitely check out the STAR WARS REBELS panel on Saturday from 2-3pm in Room 300AB. Executive Producer Dave Filoni and Vanessa Marshall (the voice of Hera Syndulla) will be taking your questions.

But I do have a couple of events scheduled:

1. 11:30am - @1pm: ASK GREG LIVE, a.k.a. YOUNG JUSTICE MEET-UP, a.k.a. GARGOYLES 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, a.k.a. SPEC SPIDEY BLU-RAY CHEERFEST, a.k.a. RAIN OF THE GHOSTS ISLAND TOUR, a.k.a. whatever geeky thing you like...
This is a casual fan get together where I'll be answering questions. Vanessa Marshall (voice of Mary Jane Watson, Black Canary and many more) and Nicole Dubuc (writer/producer of Transformers: RescueBots, writer on W.I.T.C.H., SpecSpidey & YJ, voice of Iris West-Allen) have both said they'll stop by too. And we may have a few other surprise special guests, as well. Note: that although I'm notoriously anti-spoiler, I'm way more likely to drop a few hints in person than on-line. We'll be meeting in Lobby B of the convention hall, behind the escalators, more or less opposite of where DC Comics and Graphitti Designs have their booths if you were going to walk into the hall. (I've posted a map on my twitter account @Greg_Weisman) If the weather permits, we will probably head outside around 11:45am and continue the meet-up there. We'll also be posing for photos, so I encourage cosplayers to attend, etc. I will also be bringing copies of RAIN OF THE GHOSTS to autograph and sell. For a mere $10 in cash, you get a signed copy of the book and signed copies of the original inspirational character designs (drawn by Kuni Tomita) for the animated series version of Rain that we never made back at DreamWorks in 1997-98. (While supplies last.) I'm in no real hurry, so I can pretty much hang out as long as folks want.

2. @1pm - 3pm SIGNING
After the Meet Up, I'll be heading over to Artist's Alley, specifically Table 186, where Thom Zahler of the amazing Love & Capes series has graciously allowed me a place to sit. Once again, I'll be selling and signing RAIN OF THE GHOSTS. Still $10 (CASH ONLY) for a signed copy of the book and signed copies of the Kuni Tomita inspirational designs. (Again, while supplies last.)

So please, stop by and say hello!


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Anonymous writes...

Hi Greg! Just finished YJ:L and collected all the Roy Journal entries. Very heartfelt. It's so much easier to read, though, knowing how thing turned out for him. Anyway, just have a few questions regarding him and/or Cheshire. Sorry if some of these are better left up to interpretation, but I'd really like an answer if you can.
1. Did Cheshire immediately accept Roy after he decided to "throw the fight"? Roy mentions working together in the next entry, but I was just wondering if he had to do much to gain her trust, or if she was already able to trust him.
2. Did Cheshire plan to betray the League of Shadows, or did she have to decide on the spur of the moment?
3. Were they officially dating before they "tied the knot" or did they rush into marriage?
4. Do you regret not showing any of their adventures, or do you think they're better left up to the imagination?
5. Do you regret not giving the two a reciprocated on-screen kiss?

Greg responds...

1. Nothing's simple.

2. SPOILER REQUEST.

3. Matter of interpretation.

4. I'm disappointed that I don't have a venue to show their adventures, but I haven't given up on someday having that opportunity. I don't regret the choices we made with the limited number of episodes and issues we had.

5. See above.

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Darksuperboy writes...

Hi greg big fan of the show

did you know YOUNG JUSTICE just placed 5th in tvs.com Best "Kid" Animated Series of 2013. if yes how do you feel about it? if not then congratulations you and your team managed to beat star wars clone wars and legend of korra. and if it wasn't for some hacking from MLP fans you might of placed higher. How do you feel about that?

I hope this helps with getting support for season 3 or at least a dvd film to finish the story, since it was such an amazing show.

keep up the great work

Greg responds...

It's great news. I'm not big on cartoons competing in this way. I understand the desire to make lists, but ranking has never really been my thing. Still, it's wonderful and gratifying to be included.

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Anon writes...

Were there any Young Justice scenes that were ever cut out for time?

Greg responds...

ASKED AND ANSWERED.

Response recorded on April 08, 2014

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Zer0C00l writes...

Greg! What's going on, man? Happy New Year and all that good stuff. Before I say what I say... please let it be known that I'm not trying to offend you or anyone in any kind of way.

Cool?

So I hear you got a new gig. Congrats! I knew you would. Now here's the thing, bro. I'm a bit worried about Rebels and I need you to set my fears aside. Can you do that? Can you promise the same Weisman QUALITY? Will YOU be leading the ship of Rebels? I know you have partners. You always had team mates from past shows. But YOU were always the head writer. The one with the series bible. The million index cards all over. That was YOU. Everyone else worked under you.

I ask this mainly because of a recent show that totally turned me OFF in a big way. The show was HORRIBLE. What show? That would be "Ultimate Spider-Man". Have you seen this? Greg, I tell ya, I was looking forward to this. I was. Why? Because of the name Paul Dini. Paul Dini! OK?.

Dini is an incredible writer. A huge force that most of his credibility came from working on the DCAU aka the Timmverse. Namely... "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker". Just incredible stuff all around. So when I heard he was apart of this show, I was like, wow, I need to check this out. I knew he had partners but why would that matter when he's writing tons of scripts and is part of the writers room?

Yeahhhh. Basically, Greg, it's clear as day that he's not in charge of anything there. He's there in name only. His partners (Man of Action) are obviously running things. Every episode that I watched (stopped after episode 7 or so) was so over the top and ridiculous. A true insult to even little kids who watch it. The show is SO dumbed down and tries too hard to be funny. There's nothing worse than forced "humor".

My point? IF the talented writer isn't leading the pack then the show will never be what it could be. I just want to make sure that's not going to be the case for "Star Wars: Rebels". I'm about to invest a whole bunch of money to get into the Star Wars universe. Believe it or not, growing up, I never really got into the Star Wars craze. I didn't. I've seen the movies when I was little but don't really remember much. I went to the movies to see Episode One and that was all right. I just never really gave it a proper chance. I feel I can get a better enjoyment out of it today, though. I'm actually looking forward to it.

Just know, I'm mainly doing this for YOU. To fully get myself well versed in the Star Wars universe and prepared for Rebels. I'm going to buy the complete saga of Star Wars on Blu-ray and then I will pick up the CGI Clone Wars animated series as well. I want to be ready for this.

That's why I need to know, Greg, will Rebels be another "Ultimate Spider-Man"? or will it be the QUALITY of a "Young Justice"? Who's truly in charge? Who's the head booker? I hope it's you and I hope Rebels will be everything it can be and should be.

May the force be with you, man.

-ZC

Greg responds...

Okay, let's start here: EVERYONE ELSE DID NOT WORK UNDER ME.

I had PARTNERS, not minions.

Frank Paur was a full partner on Gargoyles. I was NOT his boss.

Vic Cook was a full partner on Spectacular Spider-Man. I was NOT his boss.

Brandon Vietti was a full partner on Young Justice. I was NOT his boss.

I have two partners on Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg. I am NOT their bosses. I'm flattered that you think so highly of me, truly. But by overstating my contribution/authority, you're being misleading and unintentionally dishonest. It's a collaborative medium. And THANK GOD for that.

I haven't seen "Ultimate Spider-Man". That's not a value judgement. I just haven't watched it. So I have no comment on it at all.

And, yes, I get that you're not trying to insult us here. But then please just think about what you're asking for just a moment. Do you really think we'd set out to make a BAD show? What exactly do you expect me to say to that?

"Why, yes, actually. We were hoping it would suck."

I mean, seriously.

EVERYONE involved in it, myself included, is doing his or her absolute best to bring you a terrific Star Wars series. If that's not enough, I don't know what to tell you. Because I'm NOT the "head booker" (whatever the heck that means). As with every series I've ever produced, I'm simply part of the team.

Response recorded on April 07, 2014

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Anon writes...

I just noticed it seems like every team member has a really friend on the team besides Superboy. Wonder Girl and Batgirl, Artemis and M'gann, Roy and Kaldur, Dick and KidFlash, Impulse and Blue B.

How come Superboy doesn't seem to have anyone in this role?

Greg responds...

Superboy has M'gann. Not to mention both Wolf and Sphere. And, frankly, I think you're stretching things to make your point. I think Wonder Girl and Batgirl are friends, for example, but there's nothing you've seen that would indicate that they are best friends. (Not saying they're not, just stating the realities of what we presented on screen.) Likewise, you've left out a number of characters that one could argue have less to show best friend wise than Superboy does.

Response recorded on April 02, 2014

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Soraya writes...

Hi! Hope all is well and that Rain of Ghosts is selling well (I'm reading it on my tablet and it's awesome so far!) anyways a question I've wanted to ask for a while now was is the title for The Usual Suspects in season one of Young Justice in reference to the movie?

Thank you!

Greg responds...

If you mean Casablanca, yes. If you mean The Usual Suspects, not really, though of course THAT is also a reference to Casablanca.

Glad you're enjoying Rain. Hopefully now, you're done and have written a review on Amazon? Huh? Huh? ;)

Response recorded on April 02, 2014

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btgr writes...

Something I just want to let you know:

Ever since I've watched the Disney movie Frozen, I can never take any DC Comics ice villains seriously anymore. It's all because of the constant use of ice puns.

Greg responds...

Careful, an Ice Pun can knock you out at twenty paces.

CTD

Response recorded on April 01, 2014

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GoldenAgeTeen writes...

Hello! I have a question about Earth-16
1. What is the time difference between Qurac and America?
Thanks again!

Greg responds...

Since all of America is in the same timezone, the answer is 42.

CTD

Response recorded on April 01, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

In "Beneath", Nightwing said that Psimon had been in a coma since his last encounter with Miss Martian. Was he referring to the events of "Image", or a battle that happened sometime during the 5 year gap?

Greg responds...

That was a reference to Miss Martian's reading of the Martian Chronicles at the Bialyan Barnes & Noble. She was a little monotone.

CTD

Response recorded on April 01, 2014

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Podcasts...

Well, I'm about to head out of town to tour colleges with my wife Beth and my son Benny...

But before I go, here are a couple of podcasts to keep you entertained...

On the first, I discuss everything from Gargoyles to Rain of the Ghosts.

http://www.funnyrobotgames.com/podcast/?name=2014-03-22_episode_2___greg_weisman.mp3

On the second, the focus is on the development and first episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man:

http://www.spidey-dude.com/?p=1326

Had fun doing both! Hope you like 'em!

I'll be back at ASK GREG on April Fools Day!


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Gray Dickson writes...

What was your reason for having Dicks character be such a womanizer?

Greg responds...

I don't think he is a womanizer, at least not in the traditional sense that most people use that word. He doesn't lie about who he's with. He's been exclusive for periods of time. He's never cheated on any girl. He always calls the next day. Etc.

Dick has tremendous respect for women, in my opinion. And that respect makes him interested in many women for each one's very different qualities. And that fundamental respect (alongside his other attributes) makes him extremely attractive to a diverse group of powerful women, who know he's secure enough not to require them to be 'less powerful' when dating him.

Also keep in mind, he's still pretty darn young. Should he really be settled down by age 19? I just don't think he's quite ready to settle down, and obviously Barbara agrees.

As for why we made that creative choice, given his history, it just seemed right for the character.

Response recorded on March 20, 2014

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Ryan writes...

1.) What part of Europe was Vandal Savage born in (Cave bears were largely confined to Europe (more specially romania hungary and croatia, as well as northern italy, southern german and north spain although there were cases when they were in the caucuses as well, and even iran)? I'm not asking specific coordinates, just general region.

2.) Does the Light have a central HQ akin to the Watchtower?

3.) Which historical figures has Vandal been throughout history?

4.) Are the members of the Light planning to double cross each other?

Greg responds...

1. I knew this. Once. But I don't remember. I'd have to research it again. Sorry.

2. Yes. You saw it in the episode where Deathstroke was introduced.

3. Well, in our series bible, I wrote that he was Genghis Khan, Atilla the Hun and Blackbeard the Pirate. Don't know if I'd stick to that, but it sounds right.

4. No.

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Writes writes...

1).So here something I have been wondering. What exactly was Secret? I mean I do take she was a ghost, so maybe I should rephrase the question. How exactly did she come to be as she was? Was it her meta gene? If so how come it activated upon her death? Or was it some form of magic related to harm or the sword?
2). Black manta was under the assumption that kaldur and tigress were lovers. Did he come to this assumption by himself or did kaldur and/or artemis deliberately imply that they were in order to help their cover?
3). Does anyone in the light hold black manta responbile for kaldur's actions?

Greg responds...

1. She was an unquiet soul. Period.

2. I'll leave that to your imagination, I think.

3. Spoiler Request. No comment.

Response recorded on March 20, 2014

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Kwesi Brako writes...

Hi, Greg, just following up from what you said on twitter. Did you hear the comments Paul Dini made about why shows like Young Justice were not renewed?

Here's a link to the specific clip
http://helpsaveourheroes.tumblr.com/post/69925938596/i-thought-id-post-the-part-of-the-kevin

And a link to the full podcast in case anyone else wants it
http://smodcast.com/episodes/paul-dini-shadow-of-the-shadow-of-the-bat/

What are your thoughts on this?

Greg responds...

For the record, I listened to the clip but not the entire podcast. So if I missed out on some important context, I apologize.

I agree with a lot of what was said, but I don't agree that the executives didn't want girls to watch. (And I'm not really sure that's exactly what was being said, though that's the way it's been reported on that internet thing.) The target audience for Young Justice was ALWAYS Boys 6-11. If we ALSO got girls that was fine. If we got older kids, tweens, teens and adults, that was fine. If we got younger kids, that was fine.

But we had to hit the target: Boys 6-11. And we did to some extent, but not enough to compensate for the loss of our toy line. Anyone who says the show was cancelled because too many people (of any specific demographic) were watching us, is, I think, grasping at straws. It's not that too many were watching, it's that NOT ENOUGH were watching in our target demographic. Even then, if the toys had sold, we would have been fine. But the toy line was cancelled, which took away our financing for the series. And that was that.

Response recorded on March 20, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

Shortly after Ask Greg Live, you revealed that Donna Troy had been a leading candidate for Team membership at a very early stage in the development of the show - I was wondering if you could please list a few others who were serious contenders for a spot on the season 1 main cast but didn't make the cut?

Greg responds...

As I've stated before, there was a list of over fifty teen DC heroes, all of whom were considered, at least briefly.

We then cut that list down considerably to more or less the folks that became members of the Team that you saw in Season One: i.e. Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, Speedy/Red Arrow, Artemis, Zatanna and Rocket.

Others that were briefly considered for the final cut include, as I recall, Donna, Garth, Mary and Cissie. But Donna was declared off-limits (at that time). Kaldur replaced Garth. Artemis' backstory offered us more interesting secrets than Cissie's might have, and three archers (Artemis, Roy and Oliver) seemed like plenty to start with in one series. Finally, our developing plans for Captain Marvel in Season One worked better if Mary was not yet part of the equation.

As planned, Garth guest-starred (and had a nice role in Legacy). And we managed to slip a Cissie cameo in, with bigger plans for her later, if we had gotten more seasons/episodes/issues. We had planned to include Mary and Donna in Season Two, but as I've already discussed, Phil Bourassa just didn't have time to design them both for the sake of a couple cameo appearances. We had more plans for both of those characters, as well, but never got the opportunity.

Heck, we had eventual plans for nearly everyone on the original list of fifty-plus.

Response recorded on March 19, 2014

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Coffee With Kenobi Podcast

I'm a guest on the Coffee With Kenobi Podcast. It was a fun interview, covering Star Wars Rebels, Gargoyles 20th Anniversary, Young Justice, Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam. You can find it here:

http://www.coffeewithkenobi.com/coffee-with-kenobi-presents-rebels-reactions-exclusive-interview-with-executive-producer-greg-weisman/


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Diversity

Diversity in pop culture has always been an issue that concerns me greatly. I've tried to do my share to increase diversity on series like Gargoyles, W.I.T.C.H., The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice.

Now, that I've entered the world of publishing, my sister Robyn brought this article to my attention:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/where-are-the-people-of-color-in-childrens-books.html?referrer=

The article asks valid questions, and - yes, to toot my own horn - I'm going to provide at least a piece of the answer with my new books, Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam. Both feature protagonists of color. Rain Cacique is Native American, as is her grandfather Sebastian Bohique. Her best friends are Charlie Dauphin, who's African American and Miranda Guerrero, who is Hispanic-American. Many - if not most - of the other characters are also of color. This reflects the Caribbean setting of the novels, i.e. the fictional Ghost Keys and the actual mythology of that region.

The books are available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Ghosts-Greg-Weisman/dp/1250029791

and here:

http://www.amazon.com/Spirits-Ash-Foam-Ghosts-Novel/dp/1250029821/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379977280&sr=8-1&keywords=spirits+of+ash+and+foam+a+rain+of+the+ghosts+novel+by+greg+weisman

I urge you to check them out, and to suggest them at schools and libraries.


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Paul writes...

I liked the use of snapshots from the episode to come in the opening titles for season 1, with a different flurry of shots from each episode right before the Team's pose and the title coming onscreen. I was just wondering what the source of your inspiration was when you made the decision to incorporate clips from the episode during the opening theme. Did JLU (I know it used episode-specific clips in the opening theme for the early episodes) inspire you to do this? Or did you get the idea from somewhere else?

Greg responds...

It was Brandon's idea. Ask him on Twitter (@BrandonVietti) what his inspiration was.

Response recorded on March 14, 2014

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Kevin writes...

I was wondering why the White Martians are treated so badly on Mars? If they have telepathy Green and Red Martians must be aware of White Martians feelings to a degree how can beings with telepathy be cruel to one another when they can literally feel their pain? Maybe telepathy does not create empathy but it is hard to believe that the majority of them would enjoy feeling how others are suffering, indifference perhaps but I do not think you can rationalize lets discriminate against others when again you can read their thoughts. I obviously do not know their history, culture, or if their telepathy works differently on each other so if it is not a massive spoiler and this writing does not seem imposing could you provide some context?

Greg responds...

I don't think it's hard for us as human beings without telepathy to know that others are in pain over our behavior. And yet...

So I don't see why telepathy would change anything. If you truly believe that another is "Less than," then you can teach yourself to disregard. Not defending the practice of course, but it makes sense to me that it would happen.

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Lorisa214 writes...

Where Artemis's parents married? I know I saw a wedding pic at the house when Paula got out from jail, but it looked too happy to be them (Vol 2, couple pages in)...Did they kill the original occupants and take their house or something?

Greg responds...

They were married. And they were once VERY happy being assassins together. But six years in prison and in a wheelchair can offer a new perspective.

Response recorded on March 14, 2014

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Lorisa214 writes...

Hey Greg! Love this show so hard! :)
K, after Kent Nelson's death, the JL, got a call saying there was a 'death in the family' I'm guessing family means someone from the hero club since Dr. Fate/Kent wasn't on the JL yet(at all?) . I was just wondering out of everyone at the funeral beside Wally, Kaldur'ahm, & Zatanna, has any of them actually met Kent? I understand they would all show up out of respect regardless though.
2) Would Flash (Jay) have ever worked with Dr.Fate/Kent?
3) Why wasn't Superman at the funeral?
4) Did Red Tornado & Flash/Jay work together originally/at all?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. Busy.

4. Yes.

Response recorded on March 14, 2014

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Louise writes...

Hello Greg!
I am a huge fan of Young Justice and as everybody, the cancellation of the show left me a bitter taste. Recently, a petition appeared on change.org and I really want you to see that people support you into making another season of Young Justice. That show was one of the best things I ever watched and definitely the best DC show ever made. I really wish the CN decided to start producing a new season of YJ.
Thank you for creating the show!
https://www.change.org/petitions/cartoon-network-stop-marginalizing-female-viewers this is the petition

Greg responds...

You're welcome.

Response recorded on March 12, 2014

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Devin writes...

Are the number designations of the Light based on when they joined(ex. did Ra's al Ghul join second)?

Greg responds...

There aren't an in-show designations for the Light. Those were pretty much just for the credits.

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Devin writes...

Was the parallel between there being seven founding members of the Justice League and Light having seven members intentional?

Greg responds...

Not unintentional.

Response recorded on March 12, 2014

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JCF (TW: SUICIDE) writes...

If it hadn't been for Young Justice, I would have committed suicide before I left high school.

I'm in community college now. Thank you for creating this.

Greg responds...

Whoa... uh, you're welcome. But if you're even vaguely serious then PLEASE make sure you talk to someone. Even now. Please.

Response recorded on March 11, 2014

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J writes...

I once asked:
"Does your version of  Despro  have telepathic powers like in the comics, or can he do anything other than paralize with his third-eye? If he does have telepathic powers, why didn't he "hear" the conversation between Miss Martian and Guardian? Was it because he didn't have his third-eye open at the time?"

And you responded:
"You're assuming that his paralytic power isn't telepathic in nature. You're assuming that all telepaths operate on the exact same frequency. Neither of those are safe assumptions."

Actually I did assume his paralizing others was a mental ability...maby I should have stated my question more clearly.
What I meant to ask is:
Does he have any mental powers other than paralization, specifically communicating telepathically?

I guess I was kind of assuming that all telepathy would opperatin on the same "frequency."
Can you elaborate on this?

1) Psimon has no problem knowing when Ms. Martian is using her powers or getting into her mind. Do they operate on the same frequency, then?

2) Can telepaths change frequencies?

3) Do all martians operate on the same frequency?

4) Is the frequency the telepath operates on related to how powerful they are? (ie do more powerful telepaths operate on higher frequencies?)

Greg responds...

1. Psimon is adept at altering his frequency to match others. Despero can too, but he considers himself above the need to listen most of the time.

2. Some can. Some can't.

3. No.

4. No.

Response recorded on March 11, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

In the scene where Dudley disappeared before Billy's eyes at the start of "Misplaced", was the girl playing on the street outside (the girl whose mother disappeared) Mary Bromfield?

Greg responds...

Honestly, that never crossed my mind. I'd have to look at the model again to see if that made sense.

Response recorded on March 05, 2014

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Paul writes...

1) When exactly were the founding members of the Team given their designations? The first time we heard the computer announce any Team designations was at the beginning of "Welcome to Happy Harbour", but all 5 founding members were seen in the Cave at the end of "Fireworks" - had designations B01-05 already been programmed into the computer at that stage (I'm assuming so, otherwise surely the Cave's security system would detect intruders)?

2) Were designations B01-05 ranked in the order that the character in question became active as a superhero (so Robin first, Miss Martian last)?

Greg responds...

1. Yes. They would've heard their designations announced when they entered - without necessarily (with the exception of Robin) known the significance.

2. Yes.

Response recorded on March 05, 2014

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DanM writes...

Hey Greg... DanM again...
No stories just questions now.
1 - In Rebels is the Producer title of yours a Glorified Title once more or are this the real deal?
2 - In developing characters. Do YOU ever consider how a character name would sound in another lenguage, when you are in the process of naming them? (I ask this because of Count Dooku. Here in Brasil he was renamed Count Dookan, 'cause phonetically speaking it sounds to us as "From a**h*le").
3 - About the toyline. Do the show producers have any say in the development of the toy line? (Like approve or not the design, number of articulations, etc.. That kinda stuff...)
4 - Have you ever considered making a podcast about the show production, while producin it (now, that would be Rebels)?
Thats it for now.. Thanks again for your time
Later

Greg responds...

1. I'm an Executive Producer on Star Wars Rebels. I'm not sure I know what you mean by "once more". I don't think any of my producer titles were "glorified" from my point of view. I did the work; I earned the credit. Sony and Warner Bros may not have needed me to truly produce either SPEC SPIDEY or YJ, but that doesn't mean I didn't produce them.

2. No.

3. No.

4. That's beyond my technical capacity. And I doubt that Lucasfilm would approve anyway.

Response recorded on March 04, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

What's your opinion on the allegation that CN cancelled YJ because too many girls watched it?

Greg responds...

I don't buy it.

Response recorded on March 04, 2014

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Erebus1994 writes...

1. How physically strong/durable are the New Gods on Earth-16 compared to other races? Are they around the range of normal humans or in the range of say, kryptonians and martians?

Greg responds...

1. Beyond the range of normal humans. But there's a lot of variety over that way.

Response recorded on February 28, 2014

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Marvelman writes...

Let's say I suddenly come into a fortune. Could I fund the production of a third season of Young Justice, or is life just not that simple?

Greg responds...

Life is not that simple. You could approach the three divisions of TimeWarner that co-control the series, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers Television Animation and DC Comics, and see if each division would grant you the license. Then you'd have to contract with the key players to come back, which at minimum includes myself, Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa.

Etc. Etc.

Response recorded on February 24, 2014

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J writes...

First I'd like to say that I love Wolf in Young Justice, but I'm curious as to why it was nesissary to create him in the first place. I read somewhere that he was loosly based on Rex the Wonder Dog...and their origions seem to parrallel as much as, or even closer to than, any other character in the show...so my question is, why not just name him Rex?
Was it a lisencing issue? You just didnt like the name?

Greg responds...

Rex was only one of Wolf's antecedents. The other main ones were Krypto and, from Enemy Ace, Wolf. Brandon and I talked about it, and given who Superboy was, the name "Wolf" seemed like the one he would pick.

Response recorded on February 24, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

I think the problem that quite a few people have, myself included, with Wally's character/story on Young Justice might stem from the fact that he was the 'normal' one amongst the members of the original team. And on a show that at it's core is built around angst and drama, the normal characters tend to get lost in the shuffle since they don't come with built-in storylines like a character with a criminal family/background (Artemis and Kaldur), leadership issues (Kaldur and Dick), an inferior clone made by the enemy (Superboy), or a Martian used to discrimination living on Earth. They're just harder to fit into the story of the show. So it's much more important to their characters for the show to create an emotional connection to the audience and develop some meaningful relationships for that character to make them relevant to the show at large. And that's where I think the show failed as far as Wally was concerned.

For instance, you've said that Wally was a very insecure person during the first season and one of the big reasons why you paired him with Artemis. But out of all the members of the team, he always struck me as being the only one that wasn't insecure about who he was, or his role on the team. He was never shown to be bothered by his inferiority to Barry in season one, and even a good portion of the fandom didn't even know Barry was faster until BLOODLINES in season two. In fact, it was Conner who got the inferiority to the mentor storyline fleshed out in season one. And it was never said that Barry didn't originally want him to be his sidekick on the show. Plus the only insecurity he showed with girls was with Artemis. But that was more of a by product of him thinking she hated him because he was a jerk to her when she joined the team, not because he was insecure about who he was. So the show never really established him as an insecure character during the first season. He just came across as an idiot and an occasional selfish jerk simply because he was an idiot and an occasional selfish jerk; not because he was trying to overcompensate for his insecurity because of that.

And it's more of the same in the second season. Wally had became a completely different character between seasons and the only explanation the show gives is basically time-skip happened. I mean, Wally nearly killed himself just to become a hero and absolutely loved being one throughout the first season despite everything that happened. He also was pretty much supportive of his friends no matter what during that season, too. But during season two, Wally wanted absolutely nothing to do with being a hero and was accusing friends of being traitors and blaming them for trying to stop an alien invasion that he couldn't care less about for the majority of the season. It's like the show tossed away whatever previous characterization he had to justify his retirement and get him out of the way before reverting him back to something much closer to his previous characterization in the final two episodes. Which is why I found it a little hard to use Wally's previous characterization during the first season to defend his character in season two when he's not even close to being the same character. And I don't mean to say it's impossible that he could change that much over the gap, but it's such a drastic change that I think it deserved some sort of in-universe explanation.

Another thing I'd like to mention is that you said that Wally's 'humanity' was what you liked most about his character, but I'd say that that was the biggest flaw that this version of Wally West had. I mean, one of the things I've always loved about Wally in the comics and on other shows is that he would normally do the right thing simply because it was the right thing to do. That was missing with the Wally on Young Justice to me. Everything was always about him and what he wanted. Sure, he'd say some nice things to his friends on occasion, but he was the guy that would basically throw an inner-fit at the thought of saving a little girl's life instead of working on another mission with the League. And whatever development he was suppose to get from COLDHEARTED didn't seem to stick or didn't happen as he was practically thrilled that someone got kidnapped simply because he was bored at the beginning of the Young Justice video game. And Wally sitting out the majority of an alien invasion where things get worse and worse goes against everything I've ever loved about him over the years, and the scene at the end of DARKEST pretty much destroyed the character for me. The only times he was shown to help out was when the situation suited his interest, such as retrieving Artemis in SUMMIT, or helping out his family in BLOODLINES and ENDGAME. If the situation didn't have something directly to do with him, he couldn't be bothered to help and that's just not Wally West in my opinion.

As for his relationships, I think the issue for me was how unbalanced they seemed to be. I mean, I can appreciate the slow build and subtlety the show did with building up Artemis' side of their relationship; though I did think the show relied a little too heavily on telling us that they were going to get together in an effort to make her small moments such as asking about his parents in MISPLACED or making the sling for his arm to mean more than they really did. The problem is that the show basically punched me in the face with Wally's side of the relationship in contrast. The show pretty much shouted that he should get together with Artemis in DENIAL, he had an entire episode in FAILSAFE where she's almost all he could think about, was basically her number one fan for the majority of INSECURITY, and was shown to do nothing but worry about her in season two. Artemis never had anything remotely close to those type of things during the two seasons while he was alive. That's because Artemis had a lot going on besides Wally, as she had her family/trust issues, being a mole suspect, and the undercover mission. Where as with Wally being the normal one, the show made Artemis his thing and smashed us over the head with it. That's why I always preferred the M'gann/Conner relationship despite never being big fans of their characters since neither side dominated their relationship. It was balanced. It never felt like one of them was way more committed to the other like it did with Wally and Artemis. And like a previous poster before me mentioned, I think his friendship with Dick was handled in a similar way. It's why their reactions to his death fell completely flat and contrived to me because Wally wasn't really ever shown to be as important to them as they made him out to be after he died. And as a character, Wally got very little out of those relationships himself.

And like most of the 'normal' characters, Wally was killed off because there's only so much a show feels they can do with them. You guys milked about as much drama/angst you could get out of his relationship with Artemis over the two seasons and because of that, Wally was no longer useful to the show because he didn't bring any drama/angst as his own character. In essence, as a standalone character he had no real story of his own and that made him an expendable character.

Unfortunately, it just seemed like the majority of the things that made Wally tick and were important to his character would seem to have been left out of the show for the most part. And I'd say that he's the only one out of the main cast of either season that was handled that way. It's why while I normally enjoy Wally in the comics and other shows (I loved him and Jay/Barry in the episode "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!" that you wrote for Batman: The Brave and the Bold, by the way), I had a hard time getting invested into his character on Young Justice. And the Wally you talk about here and the Wally that was on the show just seem like two completely different characters to me.

Greg responds...

Well, to some extent, I'll grant that there were things about Wally we didn't spell out as clearly as we might have in the series, though if you were also reading our companion comics, Wally's insecurity about his relationship to Barry would be hard to miss. But I'll also grant that you shouldn't have to read the comics to enjoy the series.

But I think we painted Wally consistently. His insecurity is there to see, certainly in "Infiltrator" and other episodes. We might not have stated it, hammered the nail on the head, so to speak, but I'm confident it's there. If you chose to see him as an idiot and selfish jerk, I can't stop you. But Brandon and I thought the insecurity was pretty clear. Clear enough that we were afraid we overdid it. Perhaps we were wrong. But I still don't think so, and the fact that a handful of fans disagree with me isn't exactly changing my mind. That's neither meant as a criticism of you or any other fans. Nor am I simply being defensive. In the end, all I can do is trust my own creative judgement (and that of my partners in crime - in this case Brandon Vietti), for better or for worse. If that judgement is faulty - and again, I'll grant that it could very well be - that doesn't change anything. Because if I start second-guessing myself all the time, the work, I'm sure, would suffer. In general, I think my instincts are decent, and the proof of that, I believe, is that most fans seem to respond positively - both to Wally and to the show in general. Doesn't make me right, of course, but what other recourse do I have?

As for some of your analysis, I believe you are choosing to interpret Wally in the most negative light possible, and that's certainly not how we saw him, and given the extremely vocal love for our version of the character expressed by a vast majority of fans, I will once again suggest that we simply agree to disagree. I'm not going to convince you. You're not going to convince me.

Having said all of the above, I still appreciate your post and your point of view. And who knows? Everything I read gets absorbed into my brain and tossed around into the mix. Maybe a Star Wars Rebels character will benefit from your words.

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Anonymous writes...

The last time i asked this question, i was one of the unlucky ones to happen to get their questions mocked and ridiculed on April foos day...i hope this reaches you on a better day, as i realy think it is a valid question, so here goes:

if Shayara were to have a child, would she give live birth or lay an egg?

Greg responds...

I doubt it would be an egg. But I guess I'd have to do research.

Response recorded on February 20, 2014

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SBlueMonkey writes...

Hello Mr. Weisman,

You've shared some of the pitches for Gargoyles spin offs such as Dark Ages and 2198 without potentially spoiling anything if they ever get a shot at being made. Would you ever do the same with the bibles for Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice? That would make for fun reading, but if they contain anything you wouldn't want judged out of context it's understandable why not.

Greg responds...

I'm not ruling out the possibility.

Response recorded on February 20, 2014

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Greg's Gallifrey One Schedule

Greg's Gallifrey One Schedule

Hey, gang. As some of you know, I'll be at Gallifrey One this Saturday, February 15, 2014.

http://www.gallifreyone.com/

The convention is located at:

Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5855 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

I'm told convention membership is sold out, but even if you don't have a badge/ticket, we've got an event for you (see below).

Here's my schedule for the day:

2pm - 3pm - I'll be doing a signing at Christopher Jones' table. I'll pretty much sign anything you put in front of me for free. However, I'll also be bringing multiple copies of my new novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS. For a mere $10 in cash, you get a signed copy of the book and signed copies of the original inspirational character designs (drawn by Kuni Tomita) for the animated series version of Rain that we never made back at DreamWorks in 1997-98. (While supplies last.)

3pm - 4pm - Christopher Jones and I will be doing a KaffeeKlatsche with a small group of fans. You need to sign up for this in advance, I believe, as space is limited.

5pm - 6pm - The big YOUNG JUSTICE event!! I'll be moderating a Q&A panel of THIRTEEN GUESTS who worked on the series in Program Room B. In alphabetical order, the guests are:

1. Cameron Bowen - Voice Actor: Robin/Tim Drake, Toyman
2. Kris Carter - Composer: Dynamic Music Partners
3. Christopher Jones - Comic Book Artist
4. Stephanie Lemelin - Voice Actor: Artemis/Artemis Crock/Tigress, Catherine Cobert/Computer
5. Eric Lopez - Voice Actor: Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes, Scarab
6. Vanessa Marshall - Voice Actor: Black Canary/Dinah Lance, Amanda Spence, Ida Berkowitz, Noor Harjavti, Red Inferno/Firebrand
7. Michael McCuistion - Composer: Dynamic Music Partners
8. Masasa Moyo - Voice Actor: Bumblebee/Karen Beecher, Reach Scientist, Amber Joyce, Cat Grant, Secret/Greta Hayes, Sharon Vance, Wendy Harris
9. Lolita Ritmanis - Composer: Dynamic Music Partners
10. Andrew Robinson - Writer: "Drop-Zone," "Targets," "Disordered"
11. Brent Spiner - Voice Actor: Joker
12. Jason Spisak - Voice Actor: Kid Flash/Wally West
13. Greg Weisman - Producer; Writer: "Independence Day," "Fireworks," "Terror," "Humanity," "Misplaced," "Auld Acquaintance," "Happy New Year," "Salvage," "Satisfaction," "The Fix," "Summit"; Voice Actor: Lucas "Snapper" Carr

6pm - 6:30pm - Immediately following the panel, we'll conduct a signing right there in Program Room B. Not all the guests may be able to stay, but I know, for example, that Kris, Michael & Lolita will be there, signing and selling copies of the Young Justice Soundtrack CD. And once again, I'll be signing and selling RAIN OF THE GHOSTS ($10 in cash, for the signed novel and the signed character designs, while supplies last).

6:30pm (more or less) - ??? - And then right after the signing, we'll move out to the lobby of the Marriott for a Young Justice Fan Meet-Up. This is the part that does NOT require you to have paid for the convention. Just show up and hang out, as we chat with fans, take pictures with Cos-Players, sign and sell stuff (say, for example, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS) in a more informal setting. Chris Jones and I will stay for the duration, frankly until it begins to wane of its own accord. I'm sure some of the other guests will hang out for at least a little while (though that's not guaranteed).

So stop by #gally1 for the big #YoungJustice multi-event!!!!!


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YJFan writes...

I'm sure you've heard of the rumors that CW is developing a Young Justice live action show. I have to admit, I had been hoping for a season 3, but I think this (if it's true) could have potential. So of course, I have a few questions.
1. What do you think about this possibility? Is there anything you'd like to see?
2. Since it's only a rumor of development so far, would you like to have a hand in the production of this show?
3. Any advice for CW should this rumor be true?

Greg responds...

Well, let me preface this by saying, I cannot confirm this rumor at all. I'm highly skeptical. But...

1. It'd be great. What I'd most like to see is Brandon and myself working on it.

2. See above.

3. See above.

Response recorded on February 13, 2014

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Nate Elias writes...

Hey Greg, longtime Fan here. I watched "Gargoyles" as a Kid. And me and my Brother loved both "Spectacular Spider-Man" & "Young Justice"! I'm so pissed that they both got cancelled before they could get Third Seasons, I have no doubt they would've gotten even better. Nevertheless my most sincere thanks goes out to you and all the very talented people that brought us these shows. Here are a few "Young Justice" Related things that I wanted to bring up.

1. Deathstroke was AWESOME!!! His Design and Wentworth Miller's Performance were both Great.

2. Have you checked out the Game "Injustice: Gods Among Us"? I applaud their decision to hire several Actors from "YJ" to reprise their Roles. Hearing Alan Tudyk and Mark Rolston as Green Arrow & Luthor again, and in a Fighting Game no less, is just great.

3. Keith David as Mongul? Total WIN! I knew you would work him in somehow.

4. I just noticed that "Denial" is a partial "Gargoyles" Reunion! It had Ed Asner(Kent Nelson/Hudson), Jeff Bennett(Brooklyn/Abra Kadabra) & Thom Adcox-Hernandez(Lexington/Klarion)!!! It reminded me I should watch Gargoyles more often nowadays.

5. Last one. Me & my Brother LOVED Guy Gardner's Design in the Show. As usual yall guys tried something new and different and it turned out "Spectacular"!!!(I know, I forced that joke)

P.S. Loved Josh Keaton's Cameo as "Black Spider", brought back great memories!

Greg responds...

1. Agreed.

2. I haven't. I'm really not much of a gamer. (No hand-eye coordination to speak of.) But I'm thrilled they used Alan and Mark.

3. Don't make it sound like I'm doing him a favor. He's doing me one.

4. We all should.

5. Credit Phil Bourassa for nearly all of our fantastic character designs. (Props also to Jerome Moore and in the comics, Chris Jones.)

Response recorded on February 10, 2014

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IF writes...

In "Schooled":
1.When was Amazo created?
In "Denial":
2. How old was Inza Nelson when she dead?
3. How old is Teekl? Is he ageless as Klarion?

Greg responds...

1. Amazo was completed just prior to the beginning of the episode.

2. Eighty-two (give or take 11 months)

3. N.A.

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J writes...

Hello,
a while ago I asked how Superman kept his identity as Clark Kent a secret if the only "disguise" is a pair of glasses, to which you conceeded did in fact provide the minor disguise of subduing his eye color, but your main reasoning was that few people know both Superman and Clark Kent, so that there was little chance of the general public realizing they look identical...but, to me, and maby I am way over-thinking this, there seems to be a flaw in this logic.
Ill explain...youve said before that superheroes were Earth-16's version of super-star celebrities...now, im not a fan of Tom Cruise in thr least, but ive seen his face enough to recognize him at the local store if the only thing he did to disguse himself was put on glasses and slick his hair back. Addionaly, since Clark Kent is (im assuming) well known journalist, whose pictures regularly appear next to articals, at least in a lot of newspapers ive read, it seems to me there is a HUGE portion of Metropolis, if not all America, that could put 2 & 2 together at any time without ever having met either Superman or Clark Kent.
I appologize if Im being nit-pickey, but this has always kind of bugged me about Superman (and I hate explainations like "super hypnotism") so sinve you tend to write stories with a sence of realism, I was just wondering if you have any further thoughts on this.

Thank you for your time.

Greg responds...

Four points:

1. I'll grant that Superman's face is famous, but not Clark's. (Not all papers use pictures of their reporters.) I don't know where you live or what the policies of your local newspaper are, but I'd still lay odds you wouldn't recognize 98% of its reporters, even if you saw them face to face.

2. Plus, you're assuming anyone thinks Superman HAS a secret identity. Everyone knows Batman has one, because, well, he wears a mask. But Superman is an alien from another world who seems to fly all over the place, saving space shuttles and kittens, etc. And he wears no mask. So no one thinks he has another identity. Thus it's not like folks are walking around trying to figure out who Superman REALLY is. If it doesn't occur to you that Superman has another identity, your mind isn't even going to go there when you see Clark.

3. I think Christopher Reeve proved that Clark and Superman can look dramatically different in one specific scene of the 1978 film Superman. Watch it (again or for the first time). You can't miss it. Clark is about to reveal his identity to Lois but chickens out. I clearly remember seeing that scene for the first time - and for the first time truly believing that folks wouldn't realize that Clark and Superman were the same person.

4. Finally, you need to suspend some disbelief here, my friend. I like some realism injected into my stories too. But ultimately, I'm not sure if I met Spider-Man in real life, full mask and all that I wouldn't recognize him as Peter Parker, if I already knew Pete. I REALLY doubt Batman would fool anyone who truly knew Bruce Wayne. But the fictional conceit is that a mask works. If you buy that. Then it's not that large a leap, given all the above, that Clark's identity is largely under the radar.

5. No Super-Hypnotism on Earth-16.

Response recorded on February 07, 2014

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J.J. writes...

Hey Greg Got a few Young Justice questions:

1. When Beast Boy transforms into an animal, say an exact replica of Wolf(except green of course), is he able to communicate with the animal?

2. Basing it off that out of ALL the characters, especially in the Team, Superboy has had the most interactions and seems to have taken the most interest in Apokolipse tech throughout season 1 and 2, is it safe assume that he would have had a considerable role in season 3? just going by that logic.

3.Since Superboy is pretty darn indestructible is it safe to say that the best and simplest way to kill him is by drowning him?

4.Same with Superman?

5.In your continuity is it possible for a Green Lantern, whether Hal, John, or even Guy, to take down Superman if the situation called for it.

Much thanks for the opportunity and buying your book and planning to pre-order the second as soon as possible.

Greg responds...

1. To a degree, perhaps...

2. SPOILER REQUEST.

3. I suppose. Although I don't know how "simple" that would be.

4. Shrug.

5. It's possible for Bumblebee to take down Superman given the correct circumstances.

Response recorded on February 05, 2014

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JSA Fan writes...

Hi Greg. In one of your rambles, you mentioned that you updated the Earth-16 timeline, which included some Golden Age information.
You have mentioned in past answers some of the characters that made up the JSA and All-Star Squadron, including when they joined and how long they remained in these groups.
Are the complete rosters included in your timeline, as well as all of the members' length of service and their final fates (who died in battle, who retired, and who is still living)?
Some characters that I remember from old issues are relatively obscure, like Tarantula and Johnny Thunder. How closely do the Earth-16 rosters match with the ones seen in the comics, and do they include such characters that are not as well-known?

Greg responds...

I'm not going to outline here the closeness or not-closeness of Earth-16's JSA and A-SS with the old comics. Figure it's about as close or not as our JL was to the comics.

I have a complete roster for the JSA in the timeline. I intentionally left things a bit more open for the A-SS, so that we could add characters to that group if Brandon or I chose to at a later date. But I have a pretty good idea of who the core members of the A-SS were.

As for final fates, I definitely know some, and definitely made a conscious decision NOT to make a decision about others. If I didn't have a specific story in mind for one character or another, I left his or her fate undefined - until I came up with something that justified making a choice.

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Todd Jensen writes...

I kept forgetting to submit this one, but I've read the second and third trade paperback volumes of the "Young Justice" comic book, and it's time I posted my reviews of them.

TRAINING DAY: We start off with Artemis' perspective on the adventure involving Professor Ivo and Amazo. I particularly liked the "Alice in Wonderland" comparison (and it strengthened my suspicion that Professor Ivo's robot monkeys were indeed a hommage to the winged monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz".

The main thing that struck me about the Captain Atom story which came next: I recall that you said once that you worked on "Captain Atom" before you created "Gargoyles" for Disney and that General Eiling was a sort of forerunner to Xanatos. If his depiction in this story was anything like the way that he was portrayed in your old "Captain Atom" stories, I can readily believe that; the scene at the end in Eiling's office definitely felt like one of those Xanatos tag scenes in "Gargoyles".

I have to admit that in the Ra's Al Ghul story that came next, I kept hearing David Warner delivering Ra's Al Ghul's lines - no disrespect to Oded Fehr, who did a good job, but it was the "Batman: TAS" take that introduced me to this character, and Warner's performance has lodged itself inextricably in my consciousness. (And hearing him do Ra's helps me understand indeed why you brought the Archmage back in Season Two of "Gargoyles".) And I enjoyed the scene where Batman and Alfred are talking at the Batcave; Alfred's one of my favorite characters in the Batman mythos, as I mentioned here before.

I also liked the touch of showing more "off-stage" scenes from the cartoon (pity that you weren't able to do that all the way to the end of Season One) - such as Kent Nelson's funeral. (By the way, I recognized everyone else at the funeral, but who were: a) the guy in the blue suit between Zatara and the original Flash, and b) the blond person in red and black clothing standing between the original Flash and the current Flash?)

CREATURE FEATURES: I knew nothing about Prince Orm except what I'd seen of him in "Downtime", had never heard of him or Ocean Master before "Young Justice" came out, but I felt suspicious about him when I saw "Downtime". I'd seen enough cases of the younger brother of a king no longer next line in succession because the king now has a child who will be heir to the throne, who decides to deal with that by skullduggery and usurpation (ranging from Shakespeare's Richard III and Claudius to Miraz in "Prince Caspian" to Scar in "The Lion King") to wonder if Orm would take that same path. And he does indeed, even exploiting racial tensions in Atlantis to his own ends.

Orm/Ocean-Master echoes Castaway in his words "anonymity is the Purists' greatest weapon". Not surprising, since it's a natural strategy for a hate group; it can become all the more dangerous if you don't know who's in it and who's not.

And I liked the use of the Greek alphabet for Atlantean language. And the background scenes for the Red Tornado arc.

Kid Flash naturally would call the serpentized Kobra leader "Kobramort".

We end with the gorilla adventure - complete with Superboy once again thinking "I hate monkeys", and being corrected on that, since gorillas are apes, not monkeys.

I understand that there's a fourth volume (set during Season Two), but I haven't found a copy yet. When I do, I'll submit my review of it. All in all, I found these two trade paperbacks fun reading.

Greg responds...

I'd love to answer your questions, but I don't have the issues with me here at my Disney/Lucasfilm office. You can resubmit or ask in the comment room.

But I'm glad you liked the stuff. They were very fun to write.

Response recorded on February 04, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

I know you said before that the New 52 has no effect on what goes on with "Young Justice," and to be honest confuses me still. I mean if the events of "Flashpoint" changes the entire history of the mainstream DC universe, then wouldn't that create some kind of domino effect that affects all other parallel Earths (including Earth-16) in some way or another, no matter how big or small that change could be? I mean, isn't the DC multiverse considered to be like a pyramid or a tree and the mainstream DC universe (Prime Earth) is the one that hold it all together in place?

Greg responds...

Oh, I see what you're asking. But I don't know how to answer THAT. Previously, I was asked whether the New 52 altered the production of YJ and/or influenced the creative choices we made, and it did not - because we were way too far along in production by the time we even knew the New 52 was coming, let alone by the time we had potential access to any of its creative content.

What it means IN-MULTIVERSE is a question that I guess you'd have to ask the folks at DC.

In my mind, it changed nothing. I would think that Earth-16 is still Earth-16, as Brandon and I envisioned it. But then again, I haven't had the chance to read Flashpoint, and the only New 52 issue I've read is the first issue of Justice League, so I'm very far from being an expert on the subject.

Response recorded on January 31, 2014

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Lexiana writes...

Hi Greg!! Ok I am dying to know what is Artemis's eye colour?? Because in comics its blue but in the series its dark grey (almost black) so which one??

Greg responds...

ASKED AND ANSWERED.

Response recorded on January 30, 2014

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A fan from far away writes...

Hi Greg!
I'm a huge fan girl of YJ from Singapore. I really love your show and hope to see more seasons if possible.
My favorite character in the show is Artemis, she really struck me in season 1 and her tenure as Tigress in Season 2 was really impressive. So I would like to ask a few questions about her.
1) What served as your inspiration for creating her?
2) Are any of her character traits inspired by strong female characters from other sources? Cos I noticed that she was rather similar to some of my other favorite ladies, such as Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games, Eponine from Les Miserables, Mulan, Ravager (Deathstroke's daughter), to name a few.
3) How abusive was Sportsmaster? Cos I figured he had to be pretty bad to his girls for Jade to pack up and abandon her younger sister.
4) Unrelated but... Will YJ be translated into Chinese? I'm ethnic Chinese and I would love to know their Chinese names.
Thanks for looking through my queries, though they may have been answered. Thank you for giving us fans a really wonderful show while it lasted!

Greg responds...

1. The DC Comics character.

2. Well, I'm not familiar with Katniss. I mean, obviously, I've heard of her, but I haven't read the books or seen the movies. I'm only passingly familiar with Ravager, though we had plans for her in YJ, given enough seasons. I would have done more research on her before bringing her in, of course. I don't really see much Mulan in Artemis, other than the fairly generic notion of a woman in combat. So that just leaves Eponine. And I can indeed see a bit of Eponine in Artemis. But if so, I wasn't conscious of the influence at the time.

3. He was emotionally and verbally abusive. He was not sexually abusive. It's debatable whether or not you'd consider him physically abusive. He didn't beat them. But he did endless combat drills with them, and they took punishment from him. Given that he was a full-grown man and they were young girls, it's absolutely fair to say he was physically abusive.

4. No idea.

Response recorded on January 30, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

1) While Troia was on the Team, was her personality at all similar to season 1 Miss Martian or season 1 Artemis?

2) While Sergeant Marvel was on the Team, was her personality at all similar to season 1 Miss Martian?

Greg responds...

1. SPOILER REQUEST.

2. SPOILER REQUEST.

Response recorded on January 30, 2014

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Paul writes...

1) Out of curiosity, if you could have included Troia and Sergeant Marvel in the crowd shot in "Endgame", who would you have paired each of them with in the subsequent scramble for the MFDs? I know that this would likely necessitate a 'reshuffle' of the pairings you came up with for the final episode, since say pairing Troia with Superboy would leave Wolf wanting a partner, but ignoring that, who would you have ideally paired with Donna and who would you have ideally paired with Mary for the team-ups?

2) When you and Brandon Vietti were developing Young Justice, were you 'for' the possibility of having an even number of male and female leads in season 1 or did you set out to have slightly more male leads than female leads? Basically, what I'm asking is whether you were at all interested in the prospect of having 3 male leads and 3 female leads instead of 4 male leads and 2 female leads.

3) Why did Nightwing and company allow Mal to join the Team as Guardian? I guess one could argue that it was because he proved his worth by helping against Despero, but since his sole contribution in that fight was to stall for time, I'm wondering why Nightwing and company felt he was Team material?

4) What was the in-universe reason for Donna not being available/ready to join the Team at the end of "Fireworks"? We know why Garth and Roy couldn't (since Kaldur took Garth's place as Aqualad and Roy was replaced by a certain angsty clone), but what about Donna?

5) I noticed Tempest in the crowd shot in "Endgame". What has he been up to since leaving the Team i.e. what's his occupation now?

Greg responds...

1. I'm sorry, but I have no idea. As you noted, it would have meant a complete reshuffling. And I'm just not inclined to do that now.

2. We knew by the end of the season we'd have four and four. But we weren't really thinking in terms of male vs. female. We wanted balance overall, but we had other priorities as well.

3. Don't you think he was Team material?

4. Donna hadn't yet debuted as a hero.

5. Um... He's teaching combat sorcery in Atlantis.

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NoOneSpecial writes...

1. In Bereft, was it phsimons intention to erase the teams memorays or was it purely by accident?
2.At what point did the light become aware of miss martians introduction into the team? They knew it already consisted of robin, speedy, conner and aqaulad after the events of Fireworks, so when did they learn about miss martian?
3.During the Reach/Light summit, why ra's give an excuse for klarion's absence?
4.How was wally meant to act during the whole artemis death story? I know he would pretend to be in mourning but would he really have been convincing for everyone else? In Darkest he seemed pretty angry at the idea that aretmis or the others could have been really killed. Would that have been a more geninue reaction for him to have? Did any one from the team talk to wally when aretmis died or did he intentionally avoid everyone?
5. Is devastation a clone of someone else?

Greg responds...

1. It was his intention.

2. At some point after Aqualad, Robin and Kid Flash told Roy about it and/or after Santa Prisca, whichever came first.

3. I don't think he did.

4. Others expressed sympathy, of course. He did steer clear to some degree. As for whether it was convincing, we thought so. Some did not, obviously.

5. Nope.

Response recorded on January 28, 2014

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Jarrod writes...

Hi Greg!

Thank you for all your amazing work on YJ, Gargoyles, SSM, and the many other series you have been a part of. All of them were beautifully animated and fantastically written.

I was excited that Season 2 part 2 of Gargoyles was finally released. I was hoping that we would get some more episode intros from you. They were a great boost to the season 2 part 1 dvds. I suppose Disney wasn't interested/didn't contact you about the possibility?

Anyways, My Boyfriend and I both loved YJ, he even went to NY Comic Con as your YJ Nightwing! He got many compliments and it was fun to Attend the informal YJ meet-up with Christopher Jones.

I recently heard that Cartoon Network has cancelled Beware the Batman, and that in order to keep the DC block going, they might bring back YJ? I know you probably don't have a say in such things, but we all hope for it.

Thank you again!

Greg responds...

We had some - minimal - contact about the DVDs, but they clearly weren't interested in putting any extras on there.

As for your YJ rumor - that's all it is. YJ is not back in production.

Response recorded on January 27, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

What are the ages of the following Marvel Family members?
1.)Christopher "Kit" Freeman
2.)Freddy Freeman
3.) I'm assuming that Mary Bromfield is the same age as Billy Batson, am I right?

Greg responds...

All three of these characters were born the same year as Billy.

Response recorded on January 27, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

I know you said you wouldn't confirm whether Alan Scott was alive or not, but at the very least can you tell us what his age was when he first put the ring on his finger and became a hero?

Greg responds...

Twenty-three.

Response recorded on January 24, 2014

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nygma619 writes...

Who'd you mentally cast as the following characters in the YJ comic:
-Alec Rois
-Rako
-Talia Al Ghul
-Solovar
-Gorilla Grodd

Greg responds...

1. Keith Szaribajka.

2. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.

3. Alexandra Adi.

4. Morgan Sheppard.

5. Phil Morris.

Response recorded on January 24, 2014

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Anonymous writes...

Are Martians capable of reproducing with other species on Earth 16, like humans or any other species? Until I saw the episode Image my 1st instinct would've been to say no. But after seeing M'gann shapeshift her blood specifically to the point that it would match Gar's blood type (not without after effects of course, as Beast Boy shows us), I'm left feeling that it's a possibility.

Greg responds...

It might be possible, though not easily. They can always adopt.

Response recorded on January 24, 2014

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Mags writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,

Thanks for a wonderful show; I'm a big time travel nut, and one of the things I look forward to if there's a third season of some kind is seeing how that's wrapped up! :) The show is really amazing in the steps that it's taken to include people of all walks of life, and I don't think any of us can thank you enough for that.

1) First of all, I really want to thank you for M'gann: she's had a very strong impact on my life. I've been involved in the fandom for a really long time, and I'm sure you remember fan reaction to her and her "Hello, Megan," among other things. =P I also wasn't a fan of that phrase or even her in general, at first, but she /really/ made me think. I consider(ed) myself very media savvy and well-educated (we actually share an alma mater! I am a fellow fuzzy Stanford alum. My freshman-year RA got elected Tree by covering himself in baking soda and jumping into a kiddie pool of vinegar, haha) at the time. However, M'gann and the fan reaction to her made me take a step back, and I realized that some rather misogynistic ideas (girls definitely have them, too!) had seeped into my preconceptions about what "(strong) girls should be like." I think I've become a better person by reevaluating my ideas around "perky, feminine" girls and "strength/power" thanks to M'gann. Also, of course, the dynamic between "who M'gann knew she was" and what Martian /society/ expected her to be was /fantastic/. Really brilliant, and thank you so much for that. Female-fandom's relationship with women and media is super, super interesting (and occasionally scary. But mostly interesting).

2) As a sort of side note, looking at some of the previous questions about Wally, wow, I would have /never/ called my views on Wally West (good and bad) "middling," but it looks like they actually might be, and /I/--and maybe this isn't a good thing to admit, but whatever--I've run a blog for the last three years dedicated to Dick and Wally called Birdflash (don't ask, haha). All you need now is an essay from a Spitfire fan and a (different kind of) M'gann fan, and you'll have collected the entire rainbow of post-series Wally West "feels."

Anyway, here it goes. I've come in before: while Wally's /initial/ quitting didn't bother me that much, I invaded the comments a while ago to ask why Wally was staying away (I'm "Mags," the one with family in St. Louis--and I'm also sorry if I overstepped my bounds there). I was lucky enough to catch you that day, and while I thought that your response that Dick had ordered him away said some really sad things about the state of their "friendship," if that's what happened, that's what happened.

However, when one answer to a related question explained that Dick did it so that Wally would look like a "grieving boyfriend," someone else pointed out that Wally had reacted to what he thought was Artemis's real, /actual/ death in the exact opposite way in FAILSAFE, and I'm lost again.

Thinking about it, I'm a little surprised that M'gann and Conner didn't find his reaction /suspicious/, given FAILSAFE, and if Wally actually wanted to help out, I can't see any strategic, tactical, or (theoretically) personal reason for Dick to lock out one of the most experienced and powerful Team members. That Dick and Wally thought that the Team would think that "if Wally /did/ step out to help, it would somehow mean that Artemis was alive" (as if he would only bother to save the world if she were in it? I'm not sure) in the first place is also pretty confusing.

The Hall of Justice was leveled; the Earth got a second /moon/; the Reach /still/ had an (smaller-ish) armada (by the way, what an extremely clever way to get rid of most of the ships! That was really cool.), and these people had /nuked/ his /hometown/. All of this was on the news or in the sky.

Would the Team really have found it so shocking if Dick had asked for his help, that Wally would help? Even when Dick was completely alone, without League help, with a REAL rogue Team member, or even it was him and M'gann against the War World, he didn't want to "risk" telling Wally this and asking him to come to help save his kidnapped cousin? Wally wouldn't have even had to "pretend" to be furious with Dick but willing to help out anyway.

That Dick (and even Wally) would think that the Team thought that about Wally--or that he'd just be too broken to get out of bed for anyone else after three months--is heart-breaking, especially when it wasn't even /true/.

It's just so sad that Wally couldn't even get Dick to /let/ him help over a period of six weeks, or maybe stopped trying even though things were so crazy after DARKEST. Even that fight in DARKEST felt like it came to nothing: Dick didn't even /LISTEN/ to him. Nothing changed in the "extreme" plan, and as far as the /plan/ went it "worked out"--(I /also/ think that Conner bore some serious responsibility for his secret-keeping, maybe even more so than Dick, in the disaster that was M'gann's willingness to brainwipe Kaldur)--and the things that Wally said about Kaldur were proven false fifteen minutes into the next episode.

Wally was never the most observant person when it came to M'gann, but I like to think that he'd matured beyond that, and that if there had been another pair of eyes who knew her and Conner for the last five years, a pair of eyes that wasn't also running a Team without a safety net of the League and dealing with clones and kids from the future and disaster after disaster, he might have noticed something was wrong.

I know this is just a story, and that if TPTB wanted Wally dead, he would have died, no matter what.

It just … it feels like in the end, Dick didn't ask Wally for help--even given Wally's reaction in FAILSAFE and the fact that he /was/ willing to help--ignored what advice Wally DID show up to give, and then ... nothing. That says some really sad things about their "closeness" and "friendship," to me (particularly since they didn't even bother to say "hi" to each other in the game). That Dick didn't think it was safe to rely on Wally, to let him in on their problems--not even for /advice/--when he was completely and totally alone--

--that that's the legacy of PERFORMANCE is crushing.

And if Wally just changed so much that /no one/ even questioned that he'd react to a s1 defining moment in the exact opposite way, I'm not really sure why /we'd/ know what--if anything--still applied to him from s1, much less "everything." :(

Man, I didn't mean to end on such a depressing note; please know that--if the ~2500 people who follow the blog are any indication--the two of them are dearly loved and dearly missed, and that's what's really important.

Thank you for an engaging and--perhaps even more than is healthy for me (haha)--life-changing show. I've learned so much about so many things watching it, met incredible people, and I really appreciate it.

It seems that the game sold out in several places (including Best Buy /online/ and I think Amazon), and I hope that there's a third season or sequel! Best of luck on your book; I have my copy pre-ordered!

Sincerely,
Maggie

P.S. Thank you that when Wally finally found out about M'gann and Conner, he at least dropped it and was perfectly nice to her. All too often, guys complain about being "friendzoned" and mock girls or call them names because the guys were nice to/came onto a girl and she had the gall not to sleep with them. Some of us were worried it would go that route, and how truly nice it was that it didn't.

Greg responds...

1. If anything we did could make you step back and consider these issues, that's extremely gratifying. Of course, we were ALWAYS big fans of M'gann. But I'm glad you came to appreciate her too.

2. Look, we can argue over the details of Dick's plan endlessly. I'm absolutely willing to accept the idea that he made a mistake by not utilizing Wally/Kid Flash more. Maybe things would have gone better if he had. But he made a call. It may have been wrong-headed. It may have been a selfish desire on Dick's part to keep his friend safe - or at least to respect Wally's desire to walk away and have a life even as (paradoxically) he felt he had no choice but to totally mess up said life. I'll happily leave those interpretations to you.

But it is what it is. I don't think the plan itself was "sad". What it was, ultimately, was SUCCESSFUL. Artemis' death and her new identity as Tigress stayed a secret from the Light and their allies until Ra's noticed the Glamour Charm in "Summit". That's what the plan should be judged against (i.e. did the Light buy the cover story?). Not whether we wanted more screen time for Wally and/or Kid Flash.

And the notion that Dick didn't "listen" to Wally is just ridiculous. Dick was defensive in the moment, but they heard each other. Kaldur made a dangerous move, that put a number of people at risk. It was not a move that Wally would have approved of - and I believe he had legit reasons for reacting badly to it - but it was done. Dick convinced himself that he approved of it after the fact, because in essence (a) he had no choice in the matter and (b) it ended up working out (marginally) well in the end. Ultimately, Wally got on board with Kaldur's plan too, for the same reasons. You don't see any lingering bitterness between Wally, Dick or Kaldur in either "Summit" or "Endgame". These guys are friends to the core. Doesn't mean they always agree. Doesn't mean they can't argue (especially in private). But they will always back each others' play. Always.

And no "TPTB" wanted Wally dead. (I'm SO tired of that rumor. Hopefully, now that Wally is returning in the New 52, we can finally put that idea to bed once and for all.) Wally's death was a decision that Brandon and I made that we felt was best for the series as a whole.

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Young Justice at Gallifrey One

Young Justice is coming to Gallifrey One!

Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles, will be hosting a pretty impressive Young Justice panel followed by a casual Young Justice meet-up afterward.

On Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5pm is the YJ panel, featuring (in alphabetical order) an even dozen members from cast and crew:

1. Cameron Bowen - Voice of Robin (Tim Drake)

2. Kris Carter - Composer

3. Christopher Jones - Comic Book Artist

4. Stephanie Lemelin - Voice of Artemis

5. Eric Lopez - Voice of Blue Beetle

6. Vanessa Marshall - Voice of Black Canary

7. Michael McQuistion - Composer

8. Lolita Ritmanis - Composer

9. Andrew Robinson - Writer

10. Brent Spiner - Voice of the Joker

11. Jason Spisak - Voice of Kid Flash

12. Greg Weisman - Producer

I think we can all agree that's a pretty impressive list.

After the panel, at approximately 6pm, we'll be having a casual YJ meet-up for photos and autographs in the lobby. I'm told that Gallifrey One is already sold out, but you don't need a badge for this informal post-panel get together. Not all the guests will be able to stay for it, but I guarantee a bunch of us will. (Chris Jones and myself, at a minimum.)

For more info on the convention, check out:

http://www.gallifreyone.com/


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Anonymous writes...

Helo,

recently I posted a question about the powers of Wonder Woman's lasso (it was actually seperated into 2 posts) & they were deleted. I was just wondering, why?
Are the powers of her lasso a spoiler? I did not include any story ideas, or otherwise break any of the rules (unless they are in fact spoiler requests, in the case of which I apologize, but I honestly dont see how).
It seems that a lot of questions get past your moderators that clearly break the rules...especially asking questons that have been asked & answered about a billion times, or blatantly asking for spoilers, & even a few that clearly try to pass story ideas as questions.
So I wont ask my question again, but I was just wondering, why Wonder Woman's lasso is such a sensitive topic?
Do you have plans for it that would spoil a revilation in a story if people knew what it could do?

An Ask Greg Helper responds...

[NOTE FROM MODERATOR]

The reason your question on Wonder Woman's lasso was deleted was because it broke Guideline #6.

The maximum number of questions allowed per-post is 5. You asked, if I am remembering correctly, 8.

You are welcome to resubmit those questions at any time, so long as they are separated into multiple posts and each contains no more than 5 questions. Then the ASK GREG moderators will be happy to approve them and pass them along to Greg.

Thanks!

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Riyan writes...

Hi Greg,
I'm happy the question block is open again.
Congratulations on YJ:Legacy.
I bought the PS3 version game and completed it.
It's quite hurt to learn the story when Aqualad know who his father is and then Tula's death. Though we know what happened already, but when seeing the details, still heart breaking and it almost make me cry.
Do you know, I just can't help thinking that you may be too cruel to Kaldur.
Since the end of season 1, it seems only terrible things happened to him. Especially on the screen time. and we cannot see the off screen time so we don't know if he had met anything happy and smiled. (Maybe I should watch through season 2 again to say this, but as far as I remember, I never saw him smile in season 2.)
And without season 3, we don't know if he would became happy again, but with defeating his father and with great loss in the team, I doubt.
It's good to see your answer about he sure would re-new his friend ship with Red Arrow. I think this is one thing may give him a relief.
And I'd like to ask if there is anything good and happy happened to Kaldur. But I'm quite sure I'd got a "SPOILER REQUEST" answer. So, I'm just hoping YJ came back and you can treat him well.
The above is not complaining, or maybe kind of...
But what I really want to say is: it's a great ability to create and develop characters to let people love them and cry for them. I love Kaldur even more in season2, because he sacrificed a lot of himself and go through miseries to do justice. This makes him a greater hero.
It feels sad and hurt to see what he suffered, but it's also the reason I love this character, not for his appearance or powers or ability, just the greatness in his spirit.
I just want to thank you for creating such a great character.
And here I got some questions about the Young justice after the ask section is closed. And also some for YJ:Legacy.
1. I saw several times you said among the first 4 sidekicks, Aqualad is close to Speedy, and Robin is close to Kid Flash. Is there some reasons like:
a) Aqualad met Speedy first and Robin met Kid Flash first so they are close to the one they met first.
b) Aqualad and Speedy spend more time with each other in their mentors' missions, so did Robin and Kid Flash.
c) Personality. Speedy is the oldest and Aqualad is more mature than the other two, so their personality get along easier and better than with Robin and Kid Flash?
d) Maybe all above?
2. This is one question I got when I re-watch the end of S1. When Ra's said that the real Roy Harper "might still prove useful,as well".
So... was he 'useful' to the Lights in S2?
Or he wasn't because Red Arrow and Cheshire rescued him before Ra's can plan anything?
If Ra's already made a plan, and the rescue was also a part of the plan, what exactly did he want?
I didn't see anything like plan happened on Arsenal. Though he messed up a mission in Lex Farm, and also messed up Reach's plan to abduct all the young heroes. But both looks like accidents, not like a plan.
And League and Team surely would do a thoroughly check on Arsenal before he join the Team, so the Lights couldn't plant any program in his brain.
I guess the question "what exactly did Ra's want" would get an "Spoiler" answer.
So I just want to know, is his plan worked in S2 or not because Red Arrow and Cheshire's rescue.
Or... did Ra's totally forgot he had frozen a young hero in one of his base?
3. This question is for YJ: Legacy.
I looking forward to this game so much before it came. But as a game player and also a YJ fans, honestly, the game is terrible.
Not criticize the plot. I think the plot is good.
But the game system and cut scenes performance is far away from good. No need to mention so many bugs.
It's like some half developed project. Many improvement can be made and it would be a better game. We all know it's been delayed once, and now still lot's of problem remain in the game.
Do you know if there are some issues in the developing period?
Is it because the budget is limited or Little Orbit hasn't developed this kind of game before?
If the budget is not enough to make a good performance game, would it be enough to make an one episode or 2 to tell the same story? I think the plot of this game could be tell in one or two episode.
I would rather see a short animation of YJ rather than a terrible game. I don't know if you played this game or not, but as a normal gamer, it's not a game I'd willing to play. Not like LEGO Batman or Batman Arkham, even my friend who don't know batman, she also enjoyed the game itself.
4. Still for YJ: Legacy. No more criticism. Let's talk about some other things.
It's great for the idea of Red Arrow Journal. I think this is one great motive to play the game.
I haven't collect all the Red Arrow Journals yet but I've saw other's collection. so I read them all.
That's the 2nd heartbreaking things in this game other than Kaldur's suffering.
And then I got a question, when Jade leave Roy, she's already pregnant. And later in the mission, we met her and fight with her.
Is that okay to fight a pregnant woman? I mean, wouldn't we accidentally kill Lian? I think I would never go play this fight again.ad
And also, did Jade know she's pregnant when she left Roy?
5. Have you watch the "Justice League Flash Point Paradox"? Did you see Kaldur's cameo in it? Though no one said it's Kaldur but we all know it's Kaldur and Tula and Garth. Cheers for them!
Do you know the team of Paradox would use Kaldur as a cameo?
What do you think of it?
I mean, Kaldur is an original character you created in Young Justice, right? It's like your own child.
When he is used in other DC works, would it make you proud or a bit complicated?
I think I'd be most happy to see him in YJ season3, but if not, it's also happy to see him in some other animation works. But I'm not sure if I would be happy to see him became not Kaldur in other works. I love what he is in YJ, but in other works without your writing? I'm not sure.
okay. I think that's all I got now.
I'm looking forward to your novels and Star Wars Rebels.

Greg responds...

1. D. All of the above.

2. I'd say he was useful, yes. But I'm not going into any details of plans or no plans.

3. I really don't know anything about game production in general. And in terms of YJL, my involvement was limited to story and voice.

4. Yes, Jade knew she was pregnant when she left Roy. It was one of the main reasons she left.

5. I have not seen it, though I heard about Kaldur's cameo and saw a screencap. And I was thrilled when Phil Bourassa told me that he and Garth and Tula were appearing.

Response recorded on January 21, 2014

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Kelsey writes...

1. You said you pitched the idea of direct to dvd YJ movies and it was turned down. If you had the opportunity to produce a movie(s) do you already have plots in mind? Not asking for specifics, just wondering how seriously you've thought about it.

2. At the risk of crossing spoiler territory, does Tim know how Jason died?

3. Does the rest of the team?

Greg responds...

1. Brandon and I have a number of different stories in mind that could work as movies. We've thought a LOT about it.

2. SPOILER REQUEST.

3. Ditto.

Response recorded on January 21, 2014

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GoldenAgeTeen writes...

Hi greg! First off , Young justice and W.I.T.C.H are some of my favorite tv shows ever. While watching young justice i couldn't help but notice that Rocket had the same voice as taranee! my questions are:
1. Was Asami's concept at all inspired by Hay Lin?
2. Was the Tye/Asami pairing inspired by Eric/hay lin?
3. How old is Rumaan Harjavti?
4. How old is Sumaan Harjavti?
And I wanted to say thanks for having this forum where fans can ask questions, Happy holidays!

Greg responds...

1. Nope.

2. Nope.

3. At the end of Team Year Zero, Rumaan Harjavti is 52.

4. At the end of Team Year Zero, Sumaan Harjavti is 50.

Response recorded on January 16, 2014

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Laura 'as astra' Sack writes...

And now for something completely different...
You mentioned you wrote a few episodes of Octonauts. My daughter loves that show. (Catchy tune… and who would have thought there was such a thing as a blob fish?) As far as I noticed the credits only list the head writer.

1. Which episodes did you pen?
2. Did they by chance explain what exactly Turnip and kitchen crew are?
3. On a less frivolous note-
I was thinking about shows like Octonauts or Doc McStuffins or Dora or Little Einsteins or etc, the shows aimed young, as opposed to the shows my kids think are on screen for them but are really for Mommy, like the action plot shows, or the crazy clever ones like Phinias and Ferb. Ironically, a lot of the little kid shows are in a way more realistic because they center on smaller things- "3 simple steps to tying your shoe" or being worried how your old and new friends will get along at your first big sleepover party. The fact that a panda is teaching you to tie that shoe, or you are now a princess in a castle and that's why you have old and new friends to invite to the castle is not something that needs particular explanation. And without having to explain those things you can leave the world gentle.

As you get older you require a setting to make the fantastic events explainable. You can cling to a wall? Radioactive spider! You put on a suit and fight crime from the shadows? You're a rich orphan with a mission to protect the world from suffering as you did! You're a giant scary looking flying 'monster' with the soul of a poet wandering around Manhattan? You a magically time lost nearly lone survivor of a horrible betrayal of a near extinct species! (And you can only glide, not fly!) In order to explain why your heroes act as they do, whole worlds are dreamt up in which the hero's action is logical. The fantastical setting makes the actions in them realistic or at least self-consistent. A side effect of that is to introduce a dark element into the world- parental units are murdered, crime or war is at the door, etc

Which leads me to the dilemma: When, in your opinion, do you begin to transition a small child from the world of Octonauts to the world of Young Justice? (Transition isn't the best word, since you can go on watching the old stuff.) It's not a question of comprehension. Kids can understand an awful lot. The question is; when do you make your child's world less gentle? When my eldest saw the TiVo grabbed an episode of Batman she wanted to watch it. With my luck it's the episode with the amnesia girl who turns out to have started out as a piece of Clayface. Great episode. It ends when she rescues Robin and gets reabsorbed. The show explicitly calls it a murder. Then I got to explain how it is murder, what is murder, to a 3 or 4 year old. What fun! I look forward to watching Gargoyles with her, but not it being her introduction to what a massacre is. ("Well it's just like what happened to your great grandparents...") It's not that you plan on sheltering forever, but small children deserve to be sheltered, and sometimes parents are better as the zone of shelter rather than source of disturbing imagery.

Yes, there is another set of cartoons that avoid the dilemma- she loves Tom & Jerry. But frankly, I can say- 'Wow you could really hurt someone if you did that in real life- but isn't it funny when it's fake? Isn't it funny how everyone overreacts!" And then I'm done. Watching Tom getting hit in the face by a rake doesn't make her life less gentle. Explaining why Tye Longfeather left home would.

There are parallels as kids get older. Harry Potter is age appropriate to whatever age Harry is in the book. So you give an 11 year old book 1. If your 11 year old is a reader he or she will want to tear through the series and might be at the last book before turning 12. The last book is appropriate for a 17 year old. Or as my friend complained that it is frustrating to have so many comics she can't share with her 13 year old - it's not that he isn't going to be reading things with mild sexual imagery, (or not so mild; she was considering starting reading Saga), but maybe it's best he not get it directly from mom. She knows he'd love Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but he doesn't want to start the series only to stop before the 4th book with the aerial sex scene.

At least I only have to worry about it once : The younger one will see everything too early over her sister's shoulder :}

I guess this isn't so much a question as a ramble, but I was wondering your thoughts on the matter.

Greg responds...

1. My episodes haven't aired yet.

2. They seem to go out of their way NOT to explain. ;)

3. I may not be the right guy to ask. My kids grew up on Simpsons in utero. I remember watching Dexter with my 15-year-old daughter and realizing what a bad parent I must be. (And yet, I have great, great kids despite this.)

My kids learned at an early age how to figure out murder mysteries on television (hint: casting plays a major role), how to expect and anticipate surprises, etc. (We've evolved a system of high-fives when one of us correctly guesses a surprise revelation in advance.) They're fairly sophisticated television watchers. But that doesn't mean they didn't have their time with Barney and Friends. They did. But they probably graduated earlier than most. And there was a ton of overlap.

I myself had a television in my room literally from infancy - as my mother placed televisions in nearly every room of the house for her sake - with no restrictions on what I could watch. So I've always let my kids tell me (mostly) what was appropriate and inappropriate. NOTE: I'm NOT recommending this approach. Just explaining why I'm unqualified to judge.

But I have always believed that kids can handle/fathom more than is traditionally believed. If YOU feel good about (for example) Young Justice's moral center - than I personally don't think there's anything particularly problematic in the series, and that includes the reason Tye ran away from home. Teachable moments are worthwhile - even necessary (though perhaps that's unfortunate) - at even the youngest age, particularly in the world we live in today.

So I don't think it's too soon for your kids to watch Gargs or SpecSpidey or WITCH or YJ assuming it holds their attention and assuming you watch WITH them. But again, I'm no expert on parenting. So follow my lead at your children's peril.

Response recorded on January 10, 2014

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Laura 'as astra' Sack writes...

Now that I've posted all my episode thoughts...(in theory I still plan on doing the same on the comics, but...) I want to say thank you for the series in general. (I'd go into details, but it seems redundant after posting all those responses.) I've thoroughly enjoyed it in all its parts. Well, by the time you read this the video game will be out. [Yep!] I probably will have to sit it out. Pathetic as it is, I have to admit to some motion sickness from a lot of video games. I'm assuming I'll be able to get some pretty detailed descriptions from the good folks here. I hope that there will be other continuations as well. (Also good luck on your new Star Wars series.)

I have to admit to more than a little annoyance that another show I enjoy is canceled, but also some confusion. If I understand correctly one of the major factors, if not the major factor in the cancellation is that the merchandise didn't sell as well as they companies had hoped. Good viewership numbers are almost inconsequential. If this is true, (big if, I admit), I don't understand the business model. Why continue making cartoons targeting the older demographic at all? I know the show aimed for a broad audience, but it aimed for each part directly. A lot of cartoons aim themselves at kids directly, and place bonus references and jokes for the older viewers. I've loved many shows like that. But the complexity of characters and plots in shows like Young Justice is not a bonus for older viewers, it is integral. (IMHO) A relationship like, for example, Guardian and Bumblebee is more relateable to a college or adult viewer than a kid. (I would have gone to Babs and Dick, but that was mainly expanded upon in the comics.) A kid would gravitate to the first season romances, or the M'gan/L'gan/Conner triangle. All the relationships were interesting and important to the show, and none were simple, it's just different parts resonant (from experience or at least plot type familiarity) better to different age sets. (Or for out of YJ examples- In Green Lantern- the complexity of Razor and Ia's relationship- given his past lost love, her resemblance, his survivor guilt and rage issues and her ultimate sacrifice is not something that targets the younger viewers of the show. They'll just accept the two are a couple and enjoy the fight scenes. It was perhaps more integral to the show than any Hal based plot. In Tron the entire looks of the show was aimed older, high teens and 20s would be my guess, and not particularly conducive to action figures to my eye.)

Older fans are less likely to buy toys, (or have toys bought for them), but they also have control over their own finances to buy what is actually advertised during broadcast. Between the 24 hour cable tv cycle and dvrs, grown ups will be watching when kids can't, allowing for targeted ads of the none happy meal/stompies/pillow pet variety. (For the record, my 4.5 year old adores her stompies. ~she's 5 now~) I get that a franchise like DC or Marvel or Star Wars can expect some cross product sales, and even a show not squarely aimed at a small kid can have a cool iconic action figure that sells well. But no one expects Smallville or Arrow to survive on toy and apparel sales, they stays on air based on the number and demographics of viewers, just like Birds of Prey did not last for the same reason. Have cartoons, or at least the beautifully animated ones, become loss leaders for merchandise like comics have become loss leaders for movies? And is that a reasonable burden to place on a show that does not squarely target the audience that will buy those toys? Is a high level video game an attempt to tap into an action figure equivalent of older viewers?

I don't want to turn this into a rant about how annoyed I am that YJ was canceled....er, not renewed. I will admit to being mightily confused why DC Nation isn't aiming to expand into more than an hour of programming. I just assumed it was planned to become a 2 or 3 hour block like the old Disney Afternoon, with perhaps a rotating stable of shows. But I am interested on your more insider insight on what the none creative aims are when a new cartoon is unleashed upon the world nowadays and whether they are reasonable. Thanks,

Greg responds...

I think one thing to keep in mind is ratings these days are NOT what they used to be.

Ducktales was a ratings smash. It made it's money by itself. Any merchandising was gravy.

Our numbers on Gargoyles, back in the day, puts the ratings of many of today's quote-unquote top-rated animated series to shame. (And Gargoyles was a hit, but never a home run, ratings-wise. Just a single or double.)

So with lower numbers overall, that means less income is coming in from advertising. Meanwhile, the costs of production have either held steady or gone up. That's pretty simple math, isn't it?

So to pay for the production of these shows, you're counting on other streams of revenue to balance the books - and for an action show that mostly means TOYS.

So if the toys don't sell - for whatever reason - how do you pay for the series?

Whether that's reasonable or not is somewhat immaterial. It's just the cold, hard truth of the situation.

So EVERY show I've ever been asked to produce has a core target that it's trying to reach, and usually that's BOYS 6-11, because the belief is (whether you agree or not) that Boys 6-11 drive toy sales for action figures. Doesn't mean the networks object to other demographics (girls or younger kids or older kids, tweens, teens and adults) ALSO watching. But you still have to hit the target.

Picture it like a bullseye. Concentric circles. You MUST hit the center. But hopefully in hitting that sweet spot, you are also reaching the other demos. Back on Gargoyles, I was farely successful at hitting that target audience AND reaching other demos too. And that has always been my goal on these shows. We didn't quite manage it on W.I.T.C.H. We did on Spectacular Spider-Man. And our success was mixed on Young Justice. Ratings were decent overall (by today's standards though not by any absolute standard at all), but our ratings in our target demo were inconsistent at best. (We could go on forever about why, but it doesn't change the FACT of the numbers.)

Throw in Mattel's decision to abandon their YJ line (again, without going into the reasons behind it), and frankly it's no surprise we weren't renewed.

Because how could Warner Bros afford to make it?

After experimenting for two seasons and 46 episodes of YJ, why wouldn't they take the chance on something new that might bring in more money? Or at least pay its own way?

Frankly, we need a new business model. But the studios haven't landed on one that works yet. So they still chase hits.

Response recorded on January 10, 2014

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Reiena writes...

I am curious about something with young Justice Legacy.

I was wondering how the Team Years went, is it from July 4th to July 4th each year, or is it from january 1st to january 1st each year.

Got young Justice Legacy for the 3DS and I have to say, was not seeing this storyline coming. The trailers did not give anything away, and I'm happy with the story so far.

Greg responds...

January 1st to December 31st, just to preserve my sanity.

Glad you like it!

Response recorded on January 08, 2014

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Alexia writes...

When The Team heads to other countries for missions, do they leave their passports behind and skip customs as they Zeta straightaway to a location inside the country? So that would mean they cannot get caught by the authorities since they'll be technically illegal immigrants, right? The thought of that is really cool.

Greg responds...

Um… I honestly haven't thought about it. I'd need to, I guess, to truly answer the question, but in the meantime, if you like your interpretation: run with it! ;)

Response recorded on January 07, 2014

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meksters writes...

Hi Greg! I'm such a huge fan of the show! I have a few questions that I hope you can answer.

1) In an early interview you and Brandon did before the show's release there were a few posters of the characters saying things like "Sweet Sixteen" and "First Date". Who was Wally carrying in the "first date" poster?
2) Will the unaired pilot episode ever be released?
3)If Brandon hadn't suggested Wally and Artemis being together, would Wally have had a different love interest or not at all? Perhaps the one in the poster?

Thank you for answering my questions and again, I'm a huge fan of the show!

Greg responds...

1. No one specific.

2. What are you talking about? The pilot definitely aired, and it's available on DVD.

3. There's no way of knowing...

Response recorded on January 07, 2014

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Todd Jensen writes...

This is a sort of late review of the latter fourteen episodes of the first season of "Young Justice" (which I saw several months ago, but had to wait until now to comment on). Since you've already read lots of reviews, I'll stick to the moments that most won my attention, rather than overall comments.

ALPHA MALE: The opening reminded me of an English teacher I had in college who used to joke that he believed in "the right to arm bears" - give the animals the opportunity to shoot back at the hunters.

I liked Captain Marvel's depiction of a ten-year-old boy in an adult super-powered body (and it explained so beautifully why he was so eager to hang out with the Team).

Among my favorite moments: "One word - souvenir." "Two words - gorilla lice." And Brain telling Captain Marvel that he'd have been better off with the invulnerability of Achilles than his courage. (Good point - you'd have a hard time extracting his brain through a hole in his heel.)

REVELATION: One of the highlights, Joker saying "Retributionable! That last one might not be a word, so sue me!" (Both Batman's protege and his arch-enemy engage in word coining.)

HUMANITY: I understand that the Red Tornado arc in this season was based on a mini-series comic you were going to write, but which DC Comics cancelled - and I'm glad that you were able to salvage it for "Young Justice". I thought it was effective, with Red Tornado persuading his two fellow robots to help.

FAILSAFE: I knew already (coming to this part of the series late) that this one was an illusion - sort of the "Young Justice" counterpart to "Future Tense", but still found it good watching. I spotted a monument in Central City getting blown up by the aliens that looked a lot like the Gateway Arch here in St. Louis. (More on that when I get to "Young Justice: Invasion".)

DISORDERED: The team's sessions with Black Canary were great, but my favorite was Wally's - eating popcorn, apparently undisturbed until she mentioned Artemis's "death" in the scenario.

And I shared Superboy's astonishment that Sphere was a she. (I never even thought of it having a gender.)

SECRETS: I'm tempted to wonder what particular sword the Sword of Beowulf was. The best candidate in the poem was the ancient sword, forged by giants, that he found in Grendel's lair, except the blade dissolved when he used it to behead Grendel. Of course, I'm probably overthinking it. I liked the notion of its scabbard being (apparently) Grendel's arm - and the notion that "pure of heart" didn't have to mean "pure good".

Marvin tries pulling a Martian landing prank on Halloween, around 75 years after Orson Welles - and Miss Martian gives him a dose of his own medicine (complete with an impersonation of the Martian from "Loony Tunes").

MISPLACED: Another of my favorite parts: the allusions to the Pied Piper and Roanoke in the spell that splits the world in two.

Artemis mangling all those nursery rhymes was hilarious (though I read a comment that it might suggest, underneath, some dark hints about the kind of childhood she'd had).

Captain Marvel's alter ego being a small boy comes in handy (I liked the bit about Billy Batson having the courage of Billy Batson - though he quickly showed that that could be impressive).

I know it's from the source material, but still - when I heard Captain Marvel cry "Speed of Mercury! Power of Zeus!", I thought "Shouldn't that be 'Speed of Hermes! Power of Zeus!' or 'Speed of Mercury! Power of Jupiter!'" (This must say a lot about me - I'm reviewing a cartoon based on DC Comics, and I focus more on the mythological references than on the DC elements. Stems from growing up reading a lot more Greek and Norse mythology than super-hero comics. I remember also thinking that Wotan's name ought to be pronounced with a v rather than a w, like his Wagnerian namesake - but of course, I don't know if the character actually was named after the Wotan of the Ring Cycle and Germanic myth.)

And some ingenious scheming by the Light - splitting the two worlds to create the perfect diversion by which to steal that starfish piece (with Commissioner Gordon even calling the mob protest a distraction, without realizing how right he was). And with Zatara paying the permanent price to become Doctor Fate for good.

COLDHEARTED: One of Wally's finest moments (and I was delighted to see him choose the pouch he carried Perdita's heart in for the souvenir, over the swordstick, at the end).

I did wonder whether the schools would have been closed anyway on November 11, even without the continent-wide blizzard, because of Veterans' Day.

I was amused to notice the Space Needle in the background in the "establishing shot" for the hospital in Seattle - following the unwritten rule in television that if you're setting part of the story in a city with a famous landmark, to get a shot of the landmark somewhere (as in a few shots of the Statue of Liberty in New York in "Gargoyles" - not to mention the Houses of Parliament in the visits to London, the Eiffel Tower in the visits to Paris, the Sydney Opera House in the Sydney scene in "Bad Guys", etc.).

IMAGE: Got a big smile over the names of the producers of "Hello, Megan" (which does indeed sound like a likely sit-com for the 1980's).

AGENDAS: When you had Aquaman coming to fetch Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to start the meeting, was that intended as a "Superfriends" allusion?

I got a kick out of Captain Marvel's nervousness once the Justice League started talking about the questionability of children as members.

And the Thanksgiving scene at Mount Justice. I enjoyed the shift through the year in the two seasons, from Fourth of July to the New Year - and vice versa in the second season. I hope that you'll get to do more such seasonal cycles in future projects (though, in light of the setting, I doubt we'll see much of that in the "Star Wars" project coming up - "Rain of the Ghosts" is more likely, though I doubt we'll see too many seasonal changes in *its* setting).

INSECURITY: For me, the big highlight of this episode was the police box serving as a Zeta-tube entrance. (Kind of funny this was in the same episode as the revelation that Red Tornado's civilian identity is named "John Smith", the alias most often used by the Doctor in "Doctor Who" when he needs something more than "the Doctor" - though I suspect that was just a coincidence.)

I laughed at Wolf curling up and taking a nap instead of staying on sentry duty.

PERFORMANCE: Made a good "calm before the storm" story. I liked Robin's reference to "The War of the Worlds".

USUAL SUSPECTS and AULD ACQUAINTANCE: A good two-parter season finale. The Light were certainly ingenious in handling their mole - who better than the person most zealously searching for the mole?

I'd suspected from the portrayal of the Light that its goals had an ideological slant, and Vandal Savage didn't disappoint me, in his belief that super-heroes were a bad thing for the human race since they made things too easy for everyone else, prevented humanity from moving forward properly and growing up. I liked the touch that he had to call Klarion off because he was too powerful, and might have wiped out the Justice League prematurely if he'd exerted his full strength.

And I smiled again at Red Tornado's response to the team members' New Year's kisses.

The "Young Justice: Invasion" commentary/review will come later this week.

Greg responds...

Superfriends allusion: absolutely.

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Jordan Wade writes...

1. Did members of the All-Star Squadron have actual military ranks?

2. Did Ra's Al Ghul or Klarion faced the J.S.A or All Star Squadron?

3. Did the All-Star Squadron ever fight in Europe or Asia during World War 2?

4. Who were all the members of the All Star Squadron?

Greg responds...

1. Some did and some didn't. (Simply being in the Squadron didn't grant them a military position, if that's what you're asking.)

2. SPOILER REQUEST.

3. SPOILER REQUEST.

4. SPOILER REQUEST.

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Donna writes...

Hey Greg,

I was, and still am, a huge fan of Gargoyles, the Spectacular Spider-man, and numerous other shows you've worked on in the past. So to say that I was excited beyond belief when I found out you were not only going to be involved in a DC animated series, but that my favorite DC character, Wally West, was going to be on it as well would have been an understatement. But unfortunately for me, Wally's inclusion on Young Justice actually lessened my enjoyment of the show quite a bit. And I know it's almost impossible to juggle all the characters on team shows like Young Justice, so I didn't really have much expectations outside of Wally being portrayed in a respectable manner with whatever role he was given. And I'm sure it wasn't your intentions and that I'm probably in the minority, but I don't feel that was the case. There honestly wasn't one aspect of his involvement on this show that I took away as a positive when it came to his character as it felt his role in everything he was involved in centered around how bad he was.

First off, the main storyline line he had throughout the two seasons was his relationship with Artemis and the majority of that seemed to revolve around how much of a burden Wally was for her in both seasons. In Season One, it was him making her life harder than it had to be and being the biggest reason she wouldn't tell the team about her family ("DISORDERED") because he was a complete jerk to her for no reason when she showed up in "INFILTRATOR" and she didn't want to listen to him run his mouth again. That would have been okay if Wally would have played a significant role in her overcoming that, but he only ended up making things even worse after his one attempt to make things better in "INSECURITY". It also didn't help that I never got the feeling Artemis liked Wally all that much during that first season. She showed no romantic interest in Wally, outside of the show flat-out saying they were going to get together, that led me to believe that her constant belittling and hitting of him was anything more than her genuinely thinking he's a complete idiot and was constantly annoyed by his antics (which falls in line with all the other characters perceptions of him as they thought Wally was a complete idiot outside of situations that required science knowledge, too). The only time she was shown to even be able to tolerate him was when he was propping her up ("BEREFT" and most of "INSECURITY"), and that had more to do with her own insecurity than her actually liking Wally for Wally (while the show was clear there's quite a bit about him that she didn't like). She just liked having the attention and a glorified cheerleader. And she was shown to like/respect the other male members of the team more than Wally and they were supportive of her from the get go, so why would Wally's words matter more than theirs? I also assume Artemis crushing on Conner was suppose to mirror Wally's crush on M'gann, but the big difference is that the show was clear where Wally's real feelings lied ("FAILSAFE" and he admitted attraction in "BEREFT") before he found out about Conner & M'gann. Where as I mentioned earlier, Artemis didn't show much interest in Wally before finding out about them (Artemis giving him her spare breather so he doesn't drown ,the only other member in danger of that at that moment, and making a sling for his arm is no different than how she interacted with any of her other teammates). So I took it as Wally being her consolation prize after missing out on the guy she actually liked and was attracted to