Greg Weisman

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Greg Weisman
Greg Weisman.jpg
Born (1963-09-28) September 28, 1963 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
OccupationNovelist, writer, producer
Years active1987–present
Known forGargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice

Greg Weisman (born September 28, 1963) is an American novelist and comic book and animation writer and producer. He is best known as the co-creator and producer of Young Justice, co-creator of Gargoyles, and supervising producer of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Weisman wrote the script for DC Showcase: Green Arrow, an animated short feature that is included on the DVD for the film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

Weisman was executive producer on the Star Wars Rebels animated series, alongside Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg, but left the show after season one had been produced.[1]

His first novel, Rain of the Ghosts, was released on December 3, 2013. Its sequel, Spirits of Ash and Foam, was released on July 8, 2014. In 2015, Weisman launched a KickStarter campaign to crowdfund $43,000 for a full-cast unabridged AudioPlay based on Rain of the Ghosts.[2] The project reached 100% of funding in less than a month,[3] raising $54,022 (25% more than its intended goal) backed by 512 pledges, making it the most funded Young Adult project on KickStarter.[4]

Early career[edit]

Weisman is a former English composition and writing teacher. He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's from USC. Between college and graduate school, he worked on staff in the editorial department of DC Comics, while also co-writing Captain Atom with Cary Bates.

In an interview at Comic-Con International 2010, Weisman revealed that when 22 years old, he wrote a four-issue mini-series for DC Comics starring the superheroine Black Canary. The first issue of the series was penciled, but the project was ultimately shelved due to the character being used in writer/artist Mike Grell's high-profile Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters series. Elements from the ill-fated project were used for his DC Showcase: Green Arrow short film.[5][6]

Animation[edit]

After graduate school, Weisman worked as a development executive at Disney. There, in conjunction with others, he pitched an early comedy-adventure version of the TV series Gargoyles to Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Eventually, the idea underwent a transformation from Weisman's initial conception as a largely comedic cartoon, to an episodic but sequential animated action-drama, and the series was produced for syndication. Though Gargoyles itself bears no on-air creator credit, Weisman describes himself on his website as "one of the creators" of the show.[7] Aired as a syndicated show for 65 episodes, Gargoyles was later picked up for a further 13 episodes by ABC. Weisman was credited as a co-producer of Gargoyles from episode 6, and as a supervising producer for much of the show's second season. However, he has disassociated himself from its third-season episodes.

Weisman's other television credits include overseeing the first season of Max Steel, the second season of W.I.T.C.H., and both seasons of The Spectacular Spider-Man and two of Young Justice. Weisman has written episodes for numerous animated series, including Men in Black: The Series, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, and Kim Possible. He also voice directs and voice acts on occasion; he played the role of Donald Menken on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Lucas "Snapper" Carr on Young Justice.

He also used voice talents who had previously worked with him on Gargoyles and other series. Homages to Gargoyles in the OVA series include a homeless man humming the Gargoyles theme song and a character who says "What could make claw marks in solid stone?"[8]

Weisman is notable for the question and answer forum he participates in with Gargoyles fans online.

On November 7, 2016, it was reported that he would return in the upcoming revival season of Young Justice,[9] alongside Brandon Vietti. A trailer for the new season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders, aired at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2018. It is scheduled to begin streaming on DC Universe in early 2019.[10]

Comic book work[edit]

Weisman also continues to write for comics, including in continuity continuations of the storylines from the television series Gargoyles and Young Justice. (On the latter, Weisman, along with Kevin Hopps, became full-time writers of the tie-in comic as of issue #7 (as well as issue #0.)[11]). Weisman also wrote a parody of Gargoyles and Captain Atom in JLA Showcase #1.

During his time with the Star Wars franchise, Weisman wrote the miniseries Star Wars: Kanan for Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics. From 2015 to 2016, he wrote the superhero series Starbrand & Nightmask, which lasted six issues.[12]

Novels[edit]

After leaving Disney in 1996, Weisman spent two years at DreamWorks, where he created and developed a new television series called Rain of the Ghosts. When the series was not picked up, Weisman bought the property back to turn it into a series of novels. The first book, also titled Rain of the Ghosts, came out in 2013. The second book, Spirits of Ash and Foam, followed in 2014. Weisman has announced that the third book will be titled Masque of Bones, and in 2015, he released a full-cast unabridged AudioPlay based on Rain of the Ghosts after successfully crowdfunding the project through Kickstarter.

In 2016, Weisman released a children's novel in the World of Warcraft universe entitled World of Warcraft: Traveler, with a sequel in the works.[13]

Bibliography[edit]

Comic books[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Year Title Issue(s) Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
1986 All-Star Squadron 63–64 Editor
1986–87 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe 16–26 Writer
1987–88 Secret Origins 17–23 Editor
1987–91 Captain Atom 10–50 Writer
1988 Young All-Stars 8–9 Editor
2011–13 Young Justice 0, 7–25 Writer (0, 7–10, and 14–17 with Kevin Hopps)
2017 The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom 1–6 Writer (with Cary Bates)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Year Title Issue(s) Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2015-16 Star Wars: Kanan 1–12 Writer
2016 Starbrand & Nightmask 1-6 Writer

Novels[edit]

Year Title Publisher Series Identifier(s) Notes Ref(s)
2013 Rain of the Ghosts St. Martin's Griffin Rain of the Ghosts ISBN 978-1250029799
LCCN 2013-25225
OCLC 861358411
Rain of the Ghosts focuses on a teenage girl named Rain Cacique who lives in the fictional Caribbean island chain known as the Prospero Keys, referred to by locals as "the Ghost Keys". Following her grandfather's death, she receives an armband he used to wear as an heirloom, which allows her to see ghosts.
2014 Spirits of Ash and Foam St. Martin's Griffin Rain of the Ghosts ISBN 978-1250029829
LCCN 2014-8059
OCLC 881444430
2016 World of Warcraft: Traveller Scholastic Inc. Warcraft ISBN 978-0545906678
LCCN 2017-296008
OCLC 1001310567
2018 World of Warcraft: Traveller – The Spiral Path Scholastic Inc. Warcraft ISBN 978-1338029376
OCLC 1027992652
2019 Ravnica Del Ray Magic: The Gathering ISBN 978-1984817457

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
2003 Atlantis: Milo's Return N/A Victor Cook
Toby Shelton
Tad Stones
Direct-to-video release
Voice director
[14]
2003 Bionicle: Mask of Light N/A Terry Shakespeare
David Molina
Direct-to-video release
Story writer
[15]
2010 DC Showcase: Green Arrow N/A Joaquim Dos Santos Direct-to-video release
Writer
[16]
2011 Ikki Tousen: Shūgaku Tōshi Keppu-roku Moutoku Sousou Rion Kujo Original video animation (OVA)
Voice only (English dub)
[citation needed]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1988 Jem N/A Writer: "Video Wars"
1994–97 Gargoyles Commando #1 (voice) Also creator, writer and supervising producer
1998–99 Men in Black: The Series N/A Writer
1999–2000 Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles N/A Story editor
1999 Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot N/A Writer: "Out of Whack"
2000 Max Steel N/A Producer
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command N/A Writer
2003, 2007 Kim Possible N/A Writer
2003–10 Ikki Tousen Moutoku Sousou (voice) English dub
2004–05 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! N/A Writer
2004–07 The Batman N/A Writer
2006 W.I.T.C.H. N/A Executive producer
2006–07 Ben 10 N/A Writer
2007 Legion of Super Heroes N/A Writer
2008–09 The Spectacular Spider-Man Donald Menken (voice) Also developer, writer and supervising producer
2010–13;
2018–present
Young Justice Lucas Carr (voice) Also developer, writer and producer
2013 Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters N/A Writer
2013 Transformers: Prime N/A Writer
2014–15 Transformers: Rescue Bots N/A Writer
2014 Beware the Batman N/A Writer: "Monsters"
2014–15 Star Wars Rebels Stormtroopers (voices) Also writer and executive producer
2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles N/A Writer: "Eyes of the Chimera"
2016–17 Shimmer and Shine N/A Writer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2008 The Last Remnant Additional Voices
2013 Young Justice: Legacy N/A Story writer and creative consultant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greg Weisman Leaves Star Wars Rebels". IGN.com. 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  2. ^ "Rain of the Ghosts Full Cast AudioPlay". KickStarter. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  3. ^ "Tweet". Twitter. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  4. ^ "Young Adult Most Funded — Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  5. ^ ComicHeroNews (July 30, 2010). "DC Animated Showcase: Greg Weisman Interview, Part 1" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Wells, John (February 2011). "Failure to Launch: The Black Canary Miniseries That Never Took Flight". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (46): 45–52.
  7. ^ "Greg's Introduction : Gargoyles : Station Eight". S8.org. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  8. ^ "Ask Greg Archives : Gargoyles : Station Eight".
  9. ^ "Young Justice Archives - The World's Finest".
  10. ^ "YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS Creators Talk a Darker Season Full of Metahuman Trafficking | Nerdist". Nerdist. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  11. ^ "Search Ask Greg : Gargoyles : Station Eight".
  12. ^ "Starbrand and Nightmask". Comic Book Round Up. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  13. ^ Scholastic Press Release for Traveler
  14. ^ "Greg Weisman List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  15. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2003). "Interview with Henry Gilroy". Absolute Write. Archived from the original on April 7, 2006. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  16. ^ Collura, Scott (July 25, 2010). "SDCC 10: DC Shorts Showcase". IGN. j2 Global. Archived from the original on August 11, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.

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