Greg Weisman

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Greg Weisman
Greg Weisman.jpg
Born (1963-09-28) September 28, 1963 (age 57)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationNovelist, writer, producer, voice actor
Years active1983–present
Known forGargoyles
The Spectacular Spider-Man
Young Justice

Greg Weisman (born September 28, 1963) is an American novelist, writer, producer and voice actor. He is best known as the creator of the animated series Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice.

Early life and 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. When he was 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 later used for his DC Showcase: Green Arrow short film.[1][2]

Animation[edit]

After graduating 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.[3] 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, but he has disassociated himself from the third season (The Goliath Chronicles). Weisman is notable for the question and answer forum he participates in with Gargoyles fans online.

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 four 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. Weisman was also executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, alongside Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg, but left the series after the first season.[4] In 2016, it was reported that he would return in the upcoming revival season of Young Justice,[5] alongside Brandon Vietti; the new season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders, began streaming on DC Universe in January 2019.[6]

Comic books[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).[7] 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.[8]

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. His debut novel, also titled Rain of the Ghosts, was released in 2013. Its sequel, 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.[9][10] It was the most funded young adult project on Kickstarter.[11] In 2016, Weisman released a children's novel in the World of Warcraft universe entitled World of Warcraft: Traveler, followed by a sequel, World of Warcraft: Traveler - The Spiral Path.[12]

Weisman's next novels were set in the Magic: The Gathering universe. War of the Spark: Ravnica was released on April 23, 2019 and made the New York Times Best Sellers List.[13] Its sequel, War of the Spark: Forsaken, was released in November 2019. Alexander Sowa, for CBR, highlighted that "Greg Weissman's War of the Spark: Ravnica [was] infamous among fans for its misrepresentation of existing characters".[14] Sowa commented that its sequel, War of the Spark: Forsaken, "was greeted with a lukewarm response after it infamously attempted to retcon the sexuality of one of the book's protagonists, Chandra. As a result, the game's publisher, Wizards of the Coast, released an official apology for the novel's poor handling of the subject and canceled plans for the book that was intended for the game's next set, Theros: Beyond Death".[15] Reactions to the sequel[16][17] were "overwhelmingly negative"[18] and it was "lambasted for its disappointing prose, lack of understanding of character voice, and failure to provide any emotional payoff for the relationships that have been set up in the world of Magic. One aspect that has been called out, in particular, is the biphobic language and erasure around the relationship between the Planeswalkers Chandra Nalaar and Nissa Revane".[19] Weisman issued an apology highlighting the "mutual creative/editorial process with WotC and Del Rey" for Chandra's characterization.[16] Wizards of the Coast made a further announcement that they would no longer censor the content in Magic: The Gathering novels to "accommodate foreign content restrictions".[20]

Bibliography[edit]

Comic books[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Year Title Issue(s) Role(s) 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 (with Kevin Hopps)
2017 The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom 1–6 Co-Plotter (with Cary Bates)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Year Title Issue(s) Role(s) Ref(s)
2010 Amazing Spider-Man 622 Writer
2015–16 Star Wars: Kanan 1–12 Writer
2016 Starbrand & Nightmask 1–6 Writer

SLG Comics[edit]

Year Title Issue(s) Role(s) Ref(s)
2006–09 Gargoyles 1–12 Writer
2007-09 Gargoyles: Bad Guys 1–6 Writer

Novels[edit]

Year Title Publisher Series Identifier(s) Ref(s)
2013 Rain of the Ghosts St. Martin's Press Rain of the Ghosts ISBN 978-1250029799
LCCN 2013-25225
OCLC 861358411
2014 Spirits of Ash and Foam St. Martin's Press Rain of the Ghosts ISBN 978-1250029829
LCCN 2014-8059
OCLC 881444430
2016 World of Warcraft: Traveler Scholastic Corporation Warcraft ISBN 978-0545906678
LCCN 2017-296008
OCLC 1001310567
2018 World of Warcraft: Traveler – The Spiral Path Scholastic Corporation Warcraft ISBN 978-1338029376
OCLC 1027992652
2019 War of the Spark: Ravnica Del Ray Books Magic: The Gathering ISBN 978-1984817457 [14]
2019 War of the Spark: Forsaken Del Ray Books Magic: The Gathering ISBN 978-1984817945 [15][16]

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
Voice director
Direct-to-video
[21]
2003 Bionicle: Mask of Light N/A Terry Shakespeare
David Molina
Writer
Direct-to-video
[22]
2010 DC Showcase: Green Arrow N/A Joaquim Dos Santos Writer
Direct-to-video
[23]
2011 Ikki Tousen: Shūgaku Tōshi Keppu-roku Moutoku Sousou (voice) Rion Kujo Story Editor, Voice Director OVA
English dub

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1988 Jem N/A Writer: "Video Wars"
1993-94 Bonkers N/A Also creator, and Writer and supervising producer
1994–97 Gargoyles Commando #1 (voice) Also creator, writer and supervising producer
1998–99 Men in Black: The Series N/A Writer
1999 Hercules (1998 TV series) N/A Writer
1999–2000 Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles N/A Story editor, Writer
1999 Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot N/A Writer: "Out of Whack"
2000 Max Steel (2000 TV series) N/A Producer, Writer
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command N/A Writer
2003 The Mummy (TV series) N/A Writer
2003, 2007 Kim Possible N/A Writer
2004–11 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 Supervisory producer, Writer
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 [24]
2009–11 Batman: The Brave and the Bold N/A Writer
2010–13,
2019–present
Young Justice Lucas Carr, Ultra-Humanite (voices) Also developer, writer and producer [24]
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 Staff Writer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2008 The Last Remnant Additional Voices [25]
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Tourist, Undead Soldier Also writer and creative consultant

AudioBooks[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Rain of the Ghosts Opie/Narrator

References[edit]

  1. ^ ComicHeroNews (July 30, 2010). "DC Animated Showcase: Greg Weisman Interview, Part 1" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Wells, John (February 2011). "Failure to Launch: The Black Canary Miniseries That Never Took Flight". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (46): 45–52.
  3. ^ "Greg's Introduction : Gargoyles : Station Eight". S8.org. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Greg Weisman Leaves Star Wars Rebels". IGN.com. February 10, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Young Justice Archives - The World's Finest".
  6. ^ "YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS Creators Talk a Darker Season Full of Metahuman Trafficking | Nerdist". Nerdist. July 26, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Search Ask Greg : Gargoyles : Station Eight".
  8. ^ "Starbrand and Nightmask". Comic Book Round Up. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Rain of the Ghosts Full Cast AudioPlay". KickStarter. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Tweet". Twitter. April 23, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Young Adult Most Funded — Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Scholastic Press Release for Traveler
  13. ^ Edwards, Gavin (July 29, 2020). "Strange Magic". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 31, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Magic: The Gathering - In the Heart of the Skyclave, Explained". CBR. September 8, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Magic: The Gathering Novel Introduces a New World of Monsters". CBR. April 8, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  16. ^ a b c "Queer Erasure in 'Magic: The Gathering' Book Infuriated Fans, Drew Apology". www.vice.com. November 26, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  17. ^ "Magic: The Gathering Fans Are Not Pleased With The New War of The Spark: Forsaken Novel". epicstream.com. November 13, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  18. ^ "Magic: The Gathering Retcons Iconic Planeswalker, And Fans Aren't Happy". Game Rant. November 15, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  19. ^ "'Magic: The Gathering' Fans Calling Out The Biphobic Writing In Latest Book". The Mary Sue. November 19, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  20. ^ "Wizards Won't Censor Magic's Story to Accommodate Foreign Content Restrictions". Hipsters of the Coast. December 8, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  21. ^ "Greg Weisman List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  22. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2003). "Interview with Henry Gilroy". Absolute Write. Archived from the original on April 7, 2006. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ a b https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Greg-Weisman/
  25. ^ Square Enix. The Last Remnant. Square Enix. Scene: Ending credits, 2:15 in, English Voice Recording, Cast.

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