In case you weren’t aware, Greg Weisman, Victor Cook who was a storyboard artist on Gargoyles & Greg Gular, a character designer on Gargoyles and the Art director for the SLG Gargoyles/Bad Guys comics) are connected to the Spectacular Spider-Man series (formerly on Kids WB, now on Disney).
Well, Season 2 of the series has just started airing on Disney, so Greg is making his rounds on the internet talking about the show and answering questions. (He even has been answering questions right here on Ask Greg!)
Interviews with a Spectacular Spider-Man fan site at Marvel Toonzone:
As a special guest spot on IGN.com, Greg is sitting down and answering fan submitted questions on each of the newly aired shows. If Gargoyles fans are interested in adding their own input on the newly aired episodes each week, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your question just might be featured (and possibly answered!)
Warning, the following interviews DO CONTAIN SPOILERS! Click on the links with caution!
Overall thoughts on the first interview.
I think for me, my most favorite (non spoilerish) parts of the interview were the production aspects and Stan Lee’s insertion into the first episode of the new season.
You never really think about how characters react to the seasons changing and weather getting colder Gargoyles did address this in the epsiode where Elisa is freezing and asks why the Goliath and the others
do not seem to be bothered by it. Gargoyles are not effected by cold weather…or at least have a greater resistance to it.. awesome, wish I had that ability personally.
Anyways, back to Spidey, Greg Weisman addresses how production/budget wise for normal animated shows redesigning all the characters with new outfits for winter, not to mention the background and scenery with snow, is a lot more work, time and money then you would originally think. But I’m glad that the series did this, as it seems to make the story more real as if time is passing.
And of course, a Stan Lee cameo! Nowadays, it seems like you can’t have a Marvel related property without having a Stan Lee cameo! Greg goes into detail on how that was accomplished, what it was like working with him, and just a little cool insight into the process.
Overall thoughts on the second interview.
(Again, I am trying to keep spoilers OUT of these blogs as much as possible, so I figured I would focus on the more developmental aspects of the show that Greg mentions in these interviews. For what characters are revealed and what happens new with Spidey, check out the inside interviews yourself!)
In this interview, Greg mentions how he and the other writers plan out fighting scenes and the actual thought process that goes into developing them. It’s really intriguing to read about the planning and teamwork that goes into something as simple as a 3-4 minute fight scene in an animated cartoon. Greg mentions about finding areas specific to Manhattan that fit the visual and realistic needs required, and the challenges that present themselves. For example, honestly, how many times CAN Spidey get into a fight in a construction area? The teamwork mentioned between the storyboard artists and the writers is pretty neat, so it’s not just a “WRITERS ONLY!” or “ARTISTS ONLY” type project. In this show, everyone is being given their own space to truly create something…well spectacular, when it comes to the show and bringing all these ideas and concepts together when putting together and polishing the ultimate product.
Another interesting aspect is how Greg talks about how he writes stories for the shows. How he wants the show to be amusing for both children and the parents watching it making sure the lines are suitable for all ages, but entertaining as well. He says the writers try to avoid double entrendes and not raise issues amongst children and parents with such dialogue that it is none of their business to be raising. With Spidey’s quirky dialogue, the temptation is definitely there, which makes it all the more challenging to write a character in a child friendly medium. (This especially for a show being aired on Disney!)
PS. Special thanks to Landen Thomas and Gargoyles Twitter Feed for linkage/bringing my attention to the Season 2 Spectacular Spider-Man interviews!