also: goliath


Another fanbaby question! lol Well… I know that the creator stated that they’d eventually raise an adopted human child down the line. But if they actually could have children? Like through magical means maybe? They’d probably look like this?

Twins-maybe?! Elisa’s coloring with a dash of Goliath’s purple. I imagine them to be thick as thieves, constantly getting into trouble and causing all sorts of havoc for the clan. They get along fairly well, but when they fight, it’s an all out brawl and then after they’ve taken it out on each other they’d bond over how many bloody bruises and broken ribs they’d given each other cuz man, that punch to the gut was awesome, amirite? Their parents usually get mad over their tendency to solve problems with their fists instead of diplomacy but they don’t see what the big deal is cuz their wounds will just heal at sunrise, Geez calm down Dad.

For now I’m calling them Kitty and Mags.

Kitty’s actual name is Katherine Maza, named after Princess Katherine. She also goes by Kat, Kitty, or KitKat. Don’t call her Princess or she’ll punch you in the face. If she had a choice, she’d never have to brush her hair. She also has a tendency to try to adopt every stray dog and cat that she finds while on patrol (what do you mean she can’t? They live in a frickin’ castle there’s plenty of room). Kitty is also randomly good at playing the piano which is impressive since she doesn’t have the usual 5 digits of a human. She really wanted to play Violin, but her talons kept severing the strings.

Mags Maza is named after the Magus (because thinking about the Magus still HURTS and I need someone to honor him, OK?!). A lot of fanbabies I’ve seen of Goliath and Elisa are usually female so decided to shoot for a male design. I wanted him to look like a more boyish version of Goliath. His wings are more reminiscent of Elisa’s Wing design (in comparison, Kitty has her Dad’s wings). Of the two, Mags is actually the more level-headed one. When he’s with his sister though, they tend to goad each other on, so they usually have to be separated while on patrol. He loves watching Kung Fu movies–especially ones with Jackie Chan–even the really terrible gems like “The Tuxedo.” Mags is a surprisingly good cook, and can give Broadway a run for his money. He looks up to his Mom a great deal, and one day aspires to be the first official Gargoyle Cop.

As you can see, I had way too much fun with this. why can’t I just draw a picture of fanbabies and be like “here’s how they look” and just walk away?

Disney's Gargoyles Still Epic After All These Years

Ah yes, Disney’s Gargoyles. This show was my childhood. It’s like very good American anime. Plus, I wanted to be David Xanatos so badly!

I recently put my Amazon Prime account to good use and picked up the DVD set. I also acquired the Goliath Chronicles, but through another route. I hadn’t watched the series in, oh, 15-16 years, so I was enthused about reveling in the nostalgia.

For the Awakening 5-parter, I grabbed a friend and fellow childhood fan of the show. We had a blast! I was overjoyed to find the show just as good as I remembered it. Some shows I loved when I was a kid now make me wonder why I liked them. No Gargoyles!

Being a rabid David Xanatos and Owen Burnett/Puck fan, I proceeded to blast through all the eps where they appeared. As I watched, something new struck me: the fantastic writing of the show. The details, the pacing, the characters - they blew me away. Not to mention that legends, folklore, and cultural references weave through the series to form a complex world for the equally complex characters to explore and conquer.

Now, as a kid I could recognize good writing on a rudimentary level, but until you’re an adult and gotten some life experience, some of which should be writing your own stories, you can’t appreciate good writing fully. Mr. Greg and Mr. Micheal are masters at their craft, just as good as Chris Carter or Joss Whedon IMO.

I also read through some of the Ask Greg archives and fan episode write-ups. My appreciation for the writing deepened even more. A few more re-watches and I was alternately laughing aloud at inside jokes and jabs characters made, and gaping at the deeper meaning of apparently “simple” scenes.

There are few show that are as good now as you remember them being. Gargoyles breaks the mold - in yet another area! - and proves itself to have aged like a fine wine. Still relevant, still powerful, still inspiring. Cheers for Gargoyles!