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You've said gargoyles find human rascism nonsensical. Do gargoyles have their own sorts of rascisms we'd find nonsensical? If so, have we ever seen its effects? can you give examples?
I'd rather explore this in stories than out of context.
You say that Titania as Anastasia, like Puck as Owen, is completely human. Does that mean Fox being half Fae was planned choice? Does conceiving a half Fae child requiring choosing to only appear human rather than be human for a change?
Fair question. It's worth discussing. But I don't have a hard, fast answer now.
Shucks! Someone already pointed out the Gargoyles homage in Darkwing Duck. I'll just add that in a field of protest signs, someone was holding up one saying "Bring Back Bonkers"
You've always (wisely) refused name one series you've worked with a favorite over another. It'd be like choosing which child you love best. But is there any instance of one work being a favorite instance of X and another of Y?
Uh... I'm not too clear on what you're asking....? Is it a chromosome thing?
When Young Justice starts airing in January, will there be a theme song at the beginning of each episode (or a minute or so in, like in The Spectacular Spider-Man)?
I'm gonna let you wait until January to find out.
Hi, I want to say how much I enjoyed the Debut of Young Justice. I know this is going to mainly focus on the kids but will we be seeing some stuff amongst the adults too? Specifically for me Superman and Wonder Woman. I loved that little silent interaction between her and Superman at the end of Independence Day. So while I know this isn't about the adults, I would love to see some of the shared friendship /tension/chemistry that the comics have with them that DCAU always ignore. The super/wonder fans have had very little in animation to cheer about other than one awesome Ruby Spears Episode.
We've tried to (whenever they're on screen) present ALL characters honestly and reveal their relationships whenever possible.
But as you said, this is a series about six teenagers. Superman has a direct relationship to one of these six. Wonder Woman has none. Both appear in the series, but screen time is precious, of course.
Not a question but I wanted to let you know that the "Young Justice" review a couple of posts back was me. I just forgot to sign my name, sorry.
That's okay. Thanks for the kind words.
Hello Mr. Weisman,
I have a question regarding the relationship between Elisa and Goliath:
1. Did you always have in mind for them to be a couple or is this something that just came up as you kept writing?
2. Did you find it strange for a 7 ft mythological creature to fall in love with a human?
3. What does Goliath think of Elisa?
4. What does Elisa think of Goliath?
1. Uh... pretty much always, if we're talking about Elisa and Goliath and not some of the development precursors.
2. Sure. But isn't love always strange? (I'm sensing a theme tonight.)
3. If that's not clear from the source materials, I have nothing to add.
Is it pronounced gene-gnomes or g-gnomes?
G-Gnomes, which is short for Genomorph-Gnomes.
I just re-read The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw. It's a book I mentioned in a much earlier question to you, one about a changeling girl who is half human and half fae, and the weirdness and difficulty she has fitting in with either because she is different from both species. (It's even set in medieval Scotland.) It prompted me to ask you how different or similar, emotionally and psychologically, the Third Race are to humans, because the depiction in this book is of quite inhuman fae who really can't relate to humans. You have consistently answered that the Third Race are quite similar to humans, emotionally and psychologically -- that the main difference is that of great power without great responsibility, of never growing old or having to work, and of being able to look however they want on a whim. You've even said that a human could imagine what it is like to be such a being by imagining what life for one of us would be like with those benefits.
Reading The Moorchild again got me to wondering about what it is like growing up as a hybrid (in a family of non-hybrids), or as a non-hybrid changeling raised by another species, in the Gargoyles universe. The personality differences don't seem nearly as pronounced between humans and Third Race as they are between humans and fae in The Moorchild, so it seems like fewer problems should arise, although physically there seems to be quite a lot of difference between mortals and the Children even when they look human. Clearly a half-mortal child like Fox can grow up without ever figuring it out, or learning magic. But did she ever feel different from the mortal children around her? Did other humans notice anything different about her? Or was there nothing really out of the ordinary, no noticeable outward signs of her magical heritage?
And what about Morgan le Fay, who according to what you have revealed is a purely Third Race changeling. Was it strange for her to grow up among humans? I assume she looked human, but did she feel human, or did she feel different from those around her? Did she seem unusual to her human parents and siblings, or did they never really notice anything out of the ordinary, personality-wise or physically? Did she just seem like a regular human being to them?
As for Nimue, well, she can't have helped but notice she was different, not having the same nearly-effortless magical abilities and shapechanging that the Third Race have. That and not being made of pure magic, along with whatever that entails.
I imagine a slightly different dynamic for the Avalon Clan, since there was no human society around them and they actually outnumbered their foster parents 11-to-1, but I'm sure that was at least somewhat weird, especially for the humans.
I guess if the question is: "Did they feel different?" then the answer is a resounding "YES!". Because, I'm pretty sure I'm not a magical hybrid and I felt different. Doesn't everyone?
"Indepedence Day" Review
I really enjoyed this, itâs one of the tightest animated pilots Iâve seen inâ¦ well ever. Admittedly, Iâm a life long member of the Church of Weisman but Iâll try to keep the fanboyish squeals of delight down to a somewhat dignified level.
First thing Iâll note is that the animation is drop dead gorgeous, I remember when I first saw to five minute preview featuring the ice villains and thinking that is seriously high quality stuff. It looks more like a theatrical feature then the kind of thing youâd see even on a typical tv budget. I donât know if thatâs because Brandon Vietti and the rest of the visual team are just that darn good or because WB are pouring truckloads of money into the animation budget, but I suspect itâs mainly the former with a little of the latter.
Story and character wise, well itâs a Weisman show so it goes without saying that theyâre going to be top notch. I particularly enjoyed the very whedonesque banter between are four heroes. Iâm also liking the new Aqualad, he has a very eldest sibling vibe. Heâs thrust into the role of the mature responsible one trying to keep a handle on Wallyâs impulsiveness, Dickâs devil may care attitude and Superboyâs anger issues.
Fans of JLU will probably see a lot of Michael Rosenbaumâs Flash in this incarnation of Wally right down to his hokey attempts at being a ladies man. Dick gets plenty of opportunities to show off his skills, he seems to have a natural talent for tactics and strategy but doesnât quite have the maturity to take on a proper leadership roleâ¦ yet.
Of course the big stand out character is Superboy. This is his story more then anyone else and the first step on his journey from pawn of Cadmus to master of his own fate is a nice parallel with the sidekicksâ own desire to step out of their mentorsâ shadows. We also get a lot of nice tidbits from a lot of the supporting characters, from Clark and Connerâs original reactions to each other (which are magnificently portrayed purely through animation, without a single word of dialogue) to the downright icy glare Bruce gives Ollie when he finds out Roy knows about the Justice Leagueâs REAL headquarters.
Plot wise thereâs a lot of really cool twists and pipe laying for future stories. Greg and Brandon once said that the main theme for season one would be âsecrets and liesâ and boy they werenât kidding. Both Cadmus and the League are hiding behind false fronts, their respective public HQâs being little more then elaborate decoys for their real bases of operation.
Weâre also introduced to what looks to be the seriesâ main villains, a shadowy cabal calling themselves âthe Lightâ ironically enough. Iâm very intrigued by these guys and a strongly suspect weâd recognise a lot of them if their faces werenât being obscured. With Young Justice being organised as the Leagueâs covert-ops team to combat the Lightâs behind the scenes manipulations, Iâm expecting a lot of more secrets, lies and plot twists in addition to straight up super heroic punch-ups.
All in all, I was very impressed. If the pilot is anything to go by, this may end up being the best thing to come out of DC animation since Batman: The Animated Series.
For the record, "the Church of Weisman" is really more of a Burger Joint.