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Thank you very much for answering my last question. But I did actually mean the Eyrie Building. Sorry I didn't make that clear before. Don't worry if you don't have the answer though. I know it is a hard one. Thanks very much again.
I don't remember the question.
1) Have you read much from the old DC Vertigo imprint? If so, what were among your favorites?
2) Do you see a realistic path towards animation becoming acceptable among the general adult population in the near future?
1. I read everything prior to 1996. Almost nothing that came after. Sandman and Swamp Thing were obvious favorites, back in the day.
2. Depends what you mean by "acceptable."
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!
2. It's a team effort.
3. It depends on the specifics of the spell used.
In your opinion, what countries would be the real life equivalents of Bialya and Qurac?
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.
Out of curiosity, are you aware that, in the original comics, the initial intent for the Venom symbiote was that, instead of going to Eddie Brock, it would go from Peter Parker to a WOMAN who had a grudge of her own against our friendly neighborhood web-slinger?
From what I've heard, the initial idea was that the woman would be pregnant and in labor. Then, her husband would try to wave down a taxi, and the taxi driver, who is paying more attention to Spider-Man in action instead of the road, accidentally hit and killed the woman's husband. The woman would then give birth on the spot, but the child would be a stillborn, and she'd lose her sanity because of the sudden loss of both her husband and her child, sending her to the Ravencroft Institute. She'd eventually regain her sanity and be released, but would still blame Spider-Man for the loss of her family. The symbiote would be nearby and sense her mutual hatred of the web-slinger, and bond with her to form Venom.
The reason Marvel didn't go this route, from what I hear, was that they felt their readers wouldn't consider a woman to be a physical-enough threat to Spidey. (Never mind the fact that a woman with the Venom symbiote would be, by definition, physically STRONGER than Spidey). Thus, they went with Eddie Brock, whose grudge was based on things that happened because of his own stupidity.
Here's the article describing it, just scroll down the page and you'll find it:
Not to mention, as a result, it came to be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Spidey doesn't have a lot of MEMORABLE female villains. In fact, the only one I can think of is Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat, who is very on/off when it comes to villainy, and is TECHNICALLY a clone of Catwoman when you think about it.
Still, imagine how things might've been had they gone with the female Venom route.
It's interesting, but I'm not too enamored of the scenario you described. Again, her hatred of Spider-Man is largely irrational. She could hate the cab driver. God. Whatever. I prefer things being more personal. On the other hand, the goal of having more and more powerful female villains is one I'm whole-heartedly behind.
How did Dick learn Artemis's secret identity/family history?
He's a detective. He detected.
Not so much a question as an attempt to clear some things up. You said that you didn't remember our first exchange, so, here's a link:
The follow-up exchange:
I do hope this clears things up. I checked the links on my end and they appear to work. If they don't work for you then I'll just have to copy and paste, which will probably take up more space than I wanted to use.
Okay, yeah, reread it all. (You've got the links switched, but they're both there.)
As I suspected, I wasn't upset the first time. I don't even seem to be annoyed. I was just giving you my honest response to your question, which was that I thought to some extent it was the wrong question for a writer to ask.
As for the second post, as I noted, you seemed to have a better handle on things.
So no worries on my end.
Good luck with your stories.
What is the difference between the squads? For example, in s02e01 Lagoon Boy is pretty anxious to be on Alpha Squad. Is Alpha Squad somehow better than Beta or Gamma Squad? If so, why? Does Alpha Squad get the best or most dangerous missions? If so, what kind of missions do Beta and Gamma get?
Mostly, I'm inclined to refer you to the show. What missions did you see Alpha get across multiple episodes? What missions did you see Beta get? Or Gamma? Etc.
My guess is you saw no real difference.
But La'gaan clearly felt that Alpha was always getting the priority missions, and that the further down the Greek Alphabet you traveled the further away from what was important you were getting. Whether that was real, subtly real, or all in his head, I'll leave up to you.
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?
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?
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.
Did Marie Logan ever,ruffle Megan's hair before our heroes left in ''Image'' or on any later visit's to the sanctuary?
Do women ruffle women's hair? Seems like something one does to guys not gals. Or is that sexist?
(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.
She doesn't dislike him. Revealing or not revealing anything else would be a spoiler.
Is there question nobody has asked you yet that you wished somebody would?
I'll begin by saying I loved Shimmer and Shine's Season 2 episode 1. Namely because I already took a fancy to Season 1 and so enjoyed how this episode played on the norms of the previous Season while also establishing its own, like for example how it acknowledges Shimmer and Shine's mistake making tendencies while also establishing that they don't make as many as they did before. Zac getting to be "in the know" about the genies for real (and with no take-backsies) was also pretty cool.
Kaz, a boy genie, the first since that one older genie merchant in a Season 1 episode's opener, if I recall correctly, was also a great addition a few episodes later, as were Zeta and Nazboo (how I have lived my like without Nazboo up until that point, I'll never know; everyone needs a Nazboo in their lives) and Princess Samira in that same Season premiere.
Though things on that front are likely set in stone, I will say that the only things I wish that Season had more of (from what I've seen; I need to watch the episodes that have aired since they came back from their last break) is Zac. Zac was a unique kind of starlight in the Season 1 episodes, whether it be in a secondary plot of his, like with that crab early on, or in a primary one, and it is this spark, shown clearly in the first episode of Season 2, that makes it so gratifying for him to finally be let in on the secret, and gain a genie and lamp of his very own (and boy has Zac earned it!). With that in mind, the fact that he's almost never around anymore (from the episodes I've seen thus far, at least) really kind of dims some of the show's starlight, at least from my outside-of-target-audience perspective.
The general lack of Kaz (clever naming scheme by the way) has similar issues for me, since when he is around, he makes for a wonderful contrast to the more extroverted Shimmer and Shine.
Lastly, I don't think Rocket has shown up at all. That is down right "criminal", namely 'cause I like him, he's cute, his interactions with everybody is always some form of awesome, and everyone else, bar Kaz, having a pet, particularly the new Samira and Zeta, makes the lack of Rocket almost feels like it was purposeful. It definitely makes it more noticeable for me.
With that said, here are a few questions for you:
1.) Was it taken into account that Zac already met Shimmer and Shine in the previous Season's Halloween episode (A Very Genie Halloweenie) when he meets them again in Season 2's first episode, or was that just an oversight?
2.) Who came up with the idea of Zeta's, Nazboo's, Kaz's, and Samira's characters, especially Nazboo and Kaz's?
3.) Similarly, who came up with the general change in story direction? Actually getting to see Zahramay Falls was a simple stroke of genius, and I've read from a production website that talked about upcoming and current cartoons under its name that Season 3 will go even beyond Zahramay Falls. Just wondering who's to thank for that?
4.) Will we ever see the "real" world again in the episodes and Season to come?
5.) More personal opinion, but do you agree/disagree that we, generally speaking, need more Nazboo in our lives? :D
Well, thank you for your time. A lot of folks love you for some of everything else you've worked on, and here I am talking to you about Shimmer and Shine. I hope you don't mind too much.
And now, for the long wait for a hopeful answer, with the additional hope that I won't end up overlooking it when/if it does come. It has just dawned on me that, as of the time of this writing, you're still on late August...
I don't want to claim for an instant to be the final word on Shimmer and Shine. That was not my role on the show.
Zac and Kaz, I believe have plenty of appearances over the course of the two seasons I worked on (i.e. Seasons Two and Three). I also fought to bring Rocket back, and... well, NO SPOILERS.
1. I'm sorry, I can't remember. I'm so immersed in YJ right now, it's pushed other things out of my head. And I came on staff after the season two premiere of S&S was written.
2. Again, I came aboard after they were already a part of the show, but I'd guess it was some combination of second season story editor Stephanie Simpson and series creator Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz.
3. Stephanie, I believe made the initial suggestion. Then she and Farnaz worked it out with staff writer Dustin Ferrer and others on the series. Again, all just before my time.
3a. The direction for Season Three sounds like spoiler territory, so I'm not going to spoil.
4. No spoilers.
5. I do. Yes. Indeed, I do.
Well, I'm answering December questions in March. That's some improvement, anyway.
As a general rule of thumb, how far do you like to plan ahead with stuff you write?
All the way. At least to the end of each season, with at least some clear sense of where we'd go next.
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?
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.
I am getting ready to write my first professional scripts for animation. At the risk of asking a really broad question, what is the number one thing from your experience you would tell a starting out writer in the medium to keep in mind?
Here's hoping you're in a sharing mood... and to add something to GargWiki's timeline. ;)
From your timeline, you have revealed vague events that line up with a Gathering date and a character played by one of the special guests... so I was wondering if you now had one for ConVergence as it is the Gathering Reunion in 2014, and if so, if you would mind sharing it?
Gargoyle sympathizers gather for the first time in five years. Vinnie and Demona attend. (Just canon-in-training.)
So, how is season 3 going? Any teases?
1. Very well.
2. Nope. That's not my thing.
Hello Greg! I hope you are doing well and I want to congratulate you for Young Justice season 3 being commissioned. I cannot wait to see it. Here are my questions:
1. How long was your timeline for Spec Spidey, if you had one? I know you had eventual plans to go into Peter's college years and beyond if you had the chance, so I was curious if you had stories, characters, and events such as deaths, graduations, etc. planned out? I'm not asking what stories you wanted to tell but I am curious if you had a long outline, similar to Garg and YJ.
2. Why did you make MJ and Gwen friends in the series? It was a change I loved and considering where Pete and Gwen end up in the comics and where Pete and MJ end up, I thought it was a brilliant idea.
3. For YJ and Spec, was Jamie Thomasson a comic book fan? I ask because I wonder if him being a possible comic book fan helped him cast parts in the show easier. Did he only rely on your scripts or also on other source material?
Can't wait for YJ season 3 and hoping for Garg comics! And I still hold out hope you can write Spider-Man again in another form! Take care Greg and good luck.
1. I did have one. But I don't remember how long it was, and I don't have access to it here at my Warner Bros office.
2. I didn't come up with it. They were on and off friends in the comics.
3. You'd have to ask him, but I don't recall him being a hardcore geek like me.
Queen Bee has the ability to control most men so the first mission to Bialya this season was made of all girls. In this episode, the main squad to capture and transport Blue Beetle to Bialya is made of 3 girls and Impulse...
Why is that? Did you tried to... tell us something about Bart's preferences?!
No. Robin was there too, which says nothing about the preferences of the boys, the girls or anyone.
Happy belated holidays. This is more of a ramble of sorts in regards to Gargoyles. Now me personally I'm more of a superhero fan which is why I like Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice better but Gargoyles is still a blast to watch. Going through the archive and watching a couple episodes of Gargoyles, it's easy to see that you put a LOT of thought and passion into it in regards to crafting the Gargoyles mythos. I'm assuming that since it is more or less an original work out of your head and other writers of the show, you probably had a real blast in writing it. The rambles you wrote on how the episodes came together and whatnot were really entertaining to read. Probably my two favorite parts of the show were the Third Race and the Gargoyles interpretation of Arthurian lore. Weaving so many mythologies and folklore under one umbrella was a pretty neat idea. And I had no idea that the island of Avalon came from the legends of Arthur. I know Disney is in control of the property but if they ever give SLG (I think that's the company) the license again I would read it in a heartbeat. You both implied in the show and outright stated so many interesting things about the future of where you going to take the stories that my interest is beyond piqued. Thanks for reading this and hope it didn't waste your time or anything.
Thanks for the kind words. We always thought we were working firmly in the super-hero genre - bastard genre though it is - in our storytelling, just minus the trappings (capes, tights, etc.). Glad the show's working for you. Obviously, I'd recommend watching all 65 episodes of the first two seasons in order, followed by the eighteen existing issues of the SLG comic book series.
And, yes, we're all hopeful that the comic will come back sooner than later.
How much thought do you put into the kind of details you talked about at the Blue Mug 2014 panel?
WAY TOO MUCH. (Although I have no specific memories of what I said in 2014.)
I've noticed certain common threads in your shows, and I have to ask...what's the deal with your characters using giant staple guns?
I think they're cool. And different.
Do Nightwing and Red Arrow go to college? What subjects do they study? What education do they have?
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.