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Hello, Young and Just Ones!

I hope everyone is continuing to enjoy the show.  If you aren't, I hope you will be remain patient, and open-minded about the changes in direction, the member line-up, and the broadcast schedule.  YOUNG JUSTICE is a unique show.  It's really like nothing that has ever been done before, produced by a team that cares very deeply about the property, the characters, and the fans (After all, we are fans!).  Greg, and Brandon have done a phenomenal job, along with the rest of the YJ crew (both here, and at the overseas animation studios).  

It's very rare that I step up to speak out on anything here.  In my minor role as an assistant character designer on the YJ show, I've felt that any voices that should be heard in an official capacity belong to the senior officers steering the ship (Register, Bastian, Weisman, Vietti, Wilcox, and Bourassa).  And here among the members of the DA chapter of the fan club, I've felt that the voices heard should be yours.  But, in line with this, someone over on facebook asked me a question that I thought others here might also have wondered about.  As artists, is it possible for us to ever have any impact on a company project on which we're working, beyond the art?

Here is the brief exchange of our conversation, and I hope it may be of interest to you.

Cheers!
~JKMoore

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J. Winnik:  "With what you do with the animation, do you ever get to contribute to the story or is it only the visual artistry?"

JKMoore: "In a collaborative effort, each member of the team fills a specific role, and any cross-connection can sometimes be considered interference. However, under the proper circumstances, with the right people, any member of a team can offer ass...istance to another. I believe a good idea is a good idea, no matter where it comes from. Yes, I have made limited contributions to some of the YJ stories, but always as a suggestion based on my years of experience, or from my objective perspective. I've been mindful to keep these suggestions minor, since the producers have a definite direction, and they're a lot closer to the project than I am. One such suggestion that I felt would add some small measure of realism to the show, was inspired by my youthful reading of Spider-Man comics. Spidey was so identifiable due to his vulnerability (As I've said before, among the advantages Marvel's characters have had over their DC counterparts is the effective employment of vulnerabilities, and Spider-Man has been chief among these well-rounded characters.). Several issues featured Spider-Man going into battle despite being injured. I recall him fighting and losing against a supervillain, his arm in a web-sling the whole time. I thought this was brilliantly realistic, and tremendously heroic. And so I mentioned this to writer Kevin Hopps, a very nice guy. I suggested that we allow Kid Flash to get his arm broken in a fight, and to carry this injury over into the next episode or more, adding to the realistic tone. Kevin really liked this idea. He took it to producer Greg Weisman, and this idea made it into a couple episodes of Season One of the show."
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racerabbit Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
That is so cool! Indeed, it did add realism, way to go! Keep it up :)
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DCFanGirl Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thats so cool I love that you suggested that idea! I provided for good moment between Wally and Artemis too. :D
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XFloortje Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student
Really nice. I really like the show. I started my animation study last year so I've got a lot respect for you guys at the studio's. The character designs are awesome and I do like how the episodes are written. I must admit I was shocked when there was a timeskip of five years in the new season, but that's also why I like the show; it's not standard and really well constructed. I live in the Netherlands, where American comics and superheroes aren't that big, so I really like to get to know all these wonderful characters, because there are some I never heard of, so please continue the great work, I really enjoy watching it!
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MidnightsDeath Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awsomw to know I love that you actually work on the staff I didn't know that
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BlackRoseWicth Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
That is sooo cool! I can't believe Moore contributed to the idea of KF's broken arm is super cool and does add realism to the show which is why i love this show! I'm a YJ fan 4 life! You guys are awesome! BTW does anyone know if there's gonna be some sort of YJ panel at Comic Con New York this year?
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yong-rein Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
the series is progressing in one way very dark, their are alot of surprises but i don't really hate it. i would wish to know what happens to KF soon though
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
This is very much appreciated Mr. Moore. While I admit that the jump ahead has left me...less then thrilled with how much was, essentially, skipped over in favor of introducing new characters and a new major plot (I had looked forward to growing with the characters that were initially introduced, i.e. the core team and the last additions in the previous season, as opposed to having them suddenly seemingly Insta-Aged and jam packed with new issues) I do recognize that Greg and Brandon are good at what they do, namely telling stories.

Much like Chris Nolan's Batman film I've learned to, at this point, (for the most part) just give them the benefit of the doubt because they've proved they've got the right stuff. The art/animation for the show (character designs, set pieces, etc) remain nothing short of spectacular, and that was never a doubt in my mind.

I don't intend to abandon the series, and while my disappointment will not likely fade I am interested to see where the YJ Production Team takes things from here and hope that the show has an incredibly positive impact on future DC Animated series, i.e. proving that a deep, complex, character/dialogue driven animated series can work long term.
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ZeroPillar Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You know, even with all the big changes, the creators just put so much effort into the show that it's impossible not to like the new characters. I applaud all the effort put into creating such a captivating and unique storyline. The show is just epic. And I know many viewers were very impressed to see Kid Flash's injury carried over several episodes instead of just magically healing in one day. That's some kick-ass animation right there.
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Astricon Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol so wait you broke kid flash's arm?! i bet you're the one who kidnapped him in season 2! XD
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