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YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: EPISODE 202 "Earthlings" Premieres this Saturday morning on Cartoon Network with a repeat Sunday morning. Check local listings for times.
*Our first offworld adventure sends Zeta Squad (Miss Martian, Superboy, Beast Boy) to the planet Rann alongside Adam Strange.
*New friends are made. New foes encountered.
*Questions (some not all) about the five-year-gap, the missing 16 hours and the alien infiltration will be answered.
*Plus a green gorilla!
You don't want to miss it!
1. What was the gem in Misplaced called?
2. Where did Ultra Humanite get his scar across his mouth?
3. Do you know why Young Justice Invasion only has 20 episodes instead of 26?
1. Ambre Jeune Perdu.
2. It came with the body. (For more on this, see issue #19 of our companion comic book.)
3. That's how many Cartoon Network ordered.
I recently saw this line from an interview with Steven Bochco in the early 80's, talking about Hill Street Blues (which currently has its first two-and-a-half seasons on Hulu Plus, by the way):
"Maybe the biggest problem with Hill Street, in terms of popular success, is that it is a show that demands to be watched. And most people do not watch television. They simply are in its presence."
I love that quote. What an insightful way to encapsulate about what was essential and great about Hill Street Blues, without going into all the details of what made it so outstanding. Just leave at this: unlike nearly anything before it, in many ways it was a show that demanded to be watched. I think that characteristic also applies to Gargoyles as well, no doubt due to the major influence Hill Street Blues had on the show (as you've often mentioned).
Nowadays, that quality, of being a show that "demands to be watched," is characteristic of so many excellent shows that appear on HBO, Showtime or AMC (before hitting DVD boxsets and iTunes), places where popular success isn't the one and only yardstick. And again and again, we've seen how this kind of series can flourish in the atmosphere of creative freedom offered by these outlets.
Can viewers hope that someday soon, that kind of environment will produce an animated serial drama that has the same level of quality, complexity and acclaim as these channels' current headline series? If so, what might it take for that to happen?
Hey, Zach. Long time no see. I'd heard that quotation about Hill Street before, and couldn't agree more.
I appreciate you think Gargoyles falls in the same category. It's flattering and certainly what we strived for. I don't pretend that we were as good as Hill Street Blues, but no one can accuse us of not going for it.
As to your question, I like to think that W.I.T.C.H., Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice and Young Justice: Invasion also qualify. At least at Gargoyles' level. So I think it's already possible. But that's just my - apparently not so - humble opinion.
1. In Misplaced I noticed that Wotan's magic was red when it was orange in Revelation. Not to nitpick but was he harnessing the power of chaos instead of the magic he normally uses?
2. When Martian Manhunter uses telekinesis to enhance his strength is he the same level as some of the heavy hitters of the league or is he closer to Aquaman's strength level? I don't like to ask who is stronger then who I am just trying to find out what is Aquaman's combat prowess in the league is.
3. What were the Pentagram symbols in Misplaced based on?
1. Don't ask the color deficient guy.
2. Combat prowess and raw strength are two different things. Superman's the strongest of the Leaguers. Icon, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman are up there. Aquaman and a telekinetically enhanced Martian Manhunter and a Quantum-energized Captain Atom are close. I'd put Red Tornado, Hawkman and Hawkwoman just behind them. Neither Flash nor Plastic Man nor Zatanna nor Atom have super-strength, but their powers can sometimes give them more oomph. At the "bottom" are folks like Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Black Lightning, Rocket, though of course, they're all way stronger because of their training than the average human being. And of course, you have the Green Lanterns, who can use willpower and rings to mimic strength too - and maybe even top Superman when they're on their game. Same - in his own way - with Doctor Fate. I think that covers the whole League.
3. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Hey Greg! Can I ask the age of:
2. Blue Devil?
As of the end of Season One:
Wildcat is 91.
Blue Devil is 25.
SIGNING ON FCBD
This Saturday, May 5th, 2012 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. (It's also the premiere of YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION's second episode, "Earthlings", on Cartoon Network.) Victor Cook and I will be signing copies of issue #1 of MECHA-NATION (and whatever else gets stuck in front of us) at MELTDOWN COMICS from 12 noon to 2 pm.
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90046
So if you're in the neighborhood of Los Angeles, come on down. Check out the Mecha-Nation. We've completely finished the final issues of the mini-series, which will see print in time for ComicCon this summer in San Diego. (Mecha-Nation was created by Vic, developed by Vic, Greg Guler and myself, written by me, illustrated by Antonio Campo and published by Ape/Kizoic.) We're very excited to finally get this great project out to everyone. So stop by and take a peek. You can harass me about the time-skip (but please keep the language clean). Or you can just say hi. Plus, hey, Vic Cook!! The SpecSpidey partners together again!
Hope to see you there!
Mr. Weisman, you've explained your rationale about Zatanna, but why is Barbara Gordon so young? In the original comics, she was in her twenties while Dick was a teenager. She was old enough to work as a librarian, a job which usually requires a college degree, and she was living independently. If nothing else, the fact that she was eventually elected to Congress demonstrates that she was at least twenty-five, since that's the Constitutional requirement for members of the House of Representatives. Is there a reason why she's so young in Earth-16?
In the ORIGINAL COMICS, Dick was Robin for decades before Barbara Gordon came on the scene. DECADES. Putting her ahead of him, age-wise, never made much sense to me. They feel like contemporaries. (Even the original Bat-Girl, Betty Kane, was Robin's contemporary.) Brandon and the folks at DC agreed, so that's what we did. The age disparity is preserved a bit in her relationship to Tim in YJ:I. And that feels more natural to me.
As for her being a congresswoman when she gets older - nothing precludes that. If we ever get that far. (Maybe we'll do a time skip.) :)
Hello, Greg, I would first like to say you are doing a fantastic job on Young Justice, but I have a couple questions:
1) You have stated before that the Riddler is not in Arkham Asylum as he is not insane, is this your opinion on the character in general, or just the Earth-16 incarnation?
2) Why did you decide to start with such an enormous threat as The Light for the first season of YJ, where a single one if the leaders could easily be the big threat of the season on their own? This isn't a critque, just curiousity.
1. I can only speak for the Earth-16 version, but obviously the opinions that Brandon and I held about the characters walking in, influenced how we chose to depict them.
2. We have a story to tell.
could you tell me a little more about the young justice video game? (without spoilers)
I CAN reassure folks that we're working with the makers of the game to assure it's in continuity. That it tells an important story from during the five-year gap, but that everything you need to know to enjoy the television series will be within the series itself. But if you ENJOY the world we're building, then I encourage you to pick up the game (when the time comes), as well as our companion comic book. Both media will help to fill out the world and tell more exciting stories with the great characters from the television series.
YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION Episode #201 ("Happy New Year") Credits:
Young Justice Theme and Music By
Casting & Voice Direction
Starring The Voices Of
Cameron Bowen as Robin
Lacey Chabert as Zatanna
Tim Curry as G. Gordon Godfrey
Bruce Greenwood as Batman
Logan Grove as Beast Boy
Stephanie Lemelin as Catherine Cobert
Eric Lopez as Blue Beetle
Yuri Lowenthal as Lagoon Boy
Jesse McCartney as Nightwing
Danica McKellar as Miss Martian
Masasa Moyo as Bumblebee, Cat Grant
Nolan North as Superboy, Clayface
Yuji Okumoto as Tseng
Kevin Michael Richardson as Mal Duncan, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter
David Sobolov as Lobo
Alyson Stoner as Batgirl
Michael Trucco as Adam Strange
Michael T. Weiss as Captain Atom
Mae Whitman as Wonder Girl
Based On DC Comics Characters
Batman Created By
Martian Manhunter Created By
Joseph Samachson and Joe Certa
Miss Martian Created By
Geoff Johns and Tony Daniel
Zatanna Created By
Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson
G. Gordon Godfrey created by
Beast Boy created by
Cat Grant created by
Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway
Lobo created by
Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen
Nightwing created by
Marv Wolfman and George Perez
Mal Duncan created by
Bob Rozakis and Jose Delbo
Adam Strange created by
Assistant Production Manager
Lead Character Design
Jerome K. Moore
BG Key Design
Animation Timing Director
James Tim Walker
R. Michel Lyman
Ink & Paint
Supervising Dialogue/ADR Editor
Mark A. Keatts
Post Production Manager
Dialogue Recording Studio Recording
Jeff O. Collins
Post Production Sound Services
Audio Circus, Inc.
MOI Animation, Inc.
Young-Soo Yoo (Director)
Byoung-Ryul Kim (Director)
Gyu-Han Yoo (Director)
Executive In Charge Of Music
Business And Legal Affairs
John Michael Beach
Joulene St. Catherine
Executive in Charge of Production
Executives In Charge Of Production For Cartoon Network
Brian E. S. Jones
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There are, as always, a bunch of people who ALSO helped out but don't receive credits on screen for various (legal and precedent) reasons.
A handful (in no particular order) include...
Curtis Koller - Talent Coordinator
Eric Lewis, CAS - Dialogue Sound Mixer
Chris Eaton - Ryan Johnston
Otis Van Osten - Sound Supervisor
Ron Salaises - Sound Effects editor
Carlos Sanches - Re-Recording Mixer
Stacy Michaels - Foley Mixer
Alex Ulrich - Foley Walker
John Wells - Research
Aris Katsaris - Atlantean Translator
I know I'm probably forgetting some folks, and I REALLY apologize! If you send me a reminder, I'll pimp you in another post!