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Fan Art Friday: Gargoyles

Fri Apr 10, 2015, 11:25 AM
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One thousand years ago…

Well more like 20 years ago Disney’s animated series Gargoyles hit the airwaves and captivated the hearts and minds of youngsters across the globe. Created by Greg Weismen, the show followed a clan of gargoyles lead by Goliath after they awaken in New York from a thousand-year-old spell-induced slumber. They meet and befriend NYPD detective Elisa Maza who helps them adapt to the new world they find themselves in. The Gargoyles ultimately become the city’s guardians and together with Elisa help keep the streets of New York safe even though humans are the ones who betrayed them and locked them in their spell bound stone prison all those centuries ago.

While Gargoyles aired on weekday afternoons in the 90’s it was far from a “kid’s show,” with complex storylines that weaved in bits of history, legends, and classical literature. How many animated shows do you know that feature Shakespearean plot structures and characters? Full of drama, betrayal, family feuds, time travel, and romance, the plots played out like a primetime drama for adults. You had Goliath and clan who felt lost in this new world and were seen as monsters by the humans. Who didn’t feel lost and like they didn’t fit in during their teen years? The characters’ personalities were layered. It wasn’t as straightforward as good guys vs. bad guys. You understood why characters were driven to make the choices they did based on the circumstances in their lives. Hmm, sounds a lot like real life, doesn’t it? They also faced consequences for their actions unlike other cartoon shows in which the characters never seem to get hurt. Here choices made lead to some characters losing their lives. And let’s not forget one of the major subplots, the “Beauty and the Beast” romance between Goliath and Elisa.

Another reason Gargoyles stood out was for its diversity and themes of acceptance.

The characters’ racial backgrounds were the most varied in animated television at the time and included white, half-black and half-Native American, Scottish, Japanese, and of course the ‘race’ of Gargoyle. In an interview Weismen commented on diversity in animation by saying, “I’m a big proponent of diversity in cartoons, especially. I think there’s been a dearth of diversity, often... I try and create a world that reflects the world that I see, not the world that’s on television, which largely is white and male.”

The lessons in Gargoyles echo back to the X-Men, with the mutants’ struggle for understanding and acceptance in a world fueled by fear and hate of the unknown and all things different. Like the mutants, the Gargoyles are torn between forgiving the humans’ earlier betrayal and finding a way to coexist or destroying the human race and claiming the world as their own.

It’s not hard to see why Gargoyles gained a cult following differentiating itself from other shows airing during that time such as TaleSpin, Rescue Rangers or DuckTales by having relatable characters and tackling tough issues. Fans of the show hold their breath every time they hear another rumor of a possible live action Gargoyles movie, but so far all those rumors have been false.

Just know Weismen continues to fight the good fight to bring our beloved Gargoyles to the big screen. During a Q&A at the 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo in March he said there are still ongoing talks about a feature film with Disney, but for now all we can look forward to is the new Gargoyles comic book series he is currently developing which has yet to be officially announced.

It may not be the 1000 years our Gargoyle friends spent sleeping, but it will be a while before we can enjoy anything new from the franchise. For now let the spell be broken as Gargoyles fan art lives again!

It is the nature of humankind to fear what they do not understand.”

— Goliath

Maybe we shouldn’t believe everything we see on television.”

— Hudson

I’ll never get the hang of jumping off rooftops.”

— Elisa

We’ve dreamed for a thousand years, Goliath. It’s time for our dreams to come true.”

— Demona

Why stare at marks on a page when you can rent the video?”

— Broadway

Revenge, as they say, is a sucker’s game.”

— Xanatos

Your Thoughts

  1. Who is your favorite Gargoyles character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Fan Art Friday?

One thousand years ago… well more like 20 years ago Disney’s animated series “Gargoyles” hit the airwaves and captivated the hearts and minds of youngsters across the globe. Created by Greg Weismen, the show followed a clan of gargoyles lead by Goliath after they awaken in New York from a thousand-year-old spell-induced slumber. They meet and befriend NYPD detective Elisa Maza who helps them adapt to the new world they find themselves in.

Author/Curator: spotted
Designer: seoul-child

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Wolf-Signs Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2019
I have a Question.
How can I submit an artwork to this gallery?
<y friend made an awesome Goliath.
Lockheed32 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018
This is so damn ill! Wicked as hell. My god the artwork. I'm....just!
Marco-the-Scorpion Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I met Greg Weisman ;)
Maewigiwig Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
My fav chara is Lexington :heart: :heart:
Devilgirl007 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
I really hope they come back one day. I really miss that show so much.
vampirelover1819 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I loved Goliath scenes I first saw this show. He was my first real crush and still holds a special place in my heart and life.
SelenaParthenopaeus Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Brooklyn is my fave, but he wasn't always, you can see why. I like him cause he is brave and caring.

I would like to see Once Upon a Time if it hasn't been done or Jane the Virgin.
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much for featuring my art! it's an honor to be included, especially in something honoring my favorite tv show ever. :)
Wishingpole Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
I really got to watch this.
I want to but.... To much anime.
OmniGemerl Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Oh god did I love this show. The interesting characters, the charismatic villains, the myths and lore.  What wasn't there to like/
Khasym Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
1: Who is your favorite Gargoyles character and why?

Xanatos. :-) I know, I know, evil and all, but a SMART evil. He was the first villain in a kids show, that could WIN, even when he lost. That was pragmatic and intelligent enough to know when to flip sides and play the hero. He played a long game of conquest, and didn't mind the occasional setback in that game. So it made him that much more unpredictable and cagey an opponent to face.

What would you like to see in future editions of Fan Art Friday?

I'd like to see a mecha one. Maybe showcasing the artwork of Mechwarrior or Robotech, or go smaller like BGC or Appleseed. :-)
hansemist Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I think, i've seen that show before?
IchiVo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This show had so many good characters...i really can't decide...
What i really love about it is that it had soooo many badass women in it who kicked ass as much as the male characters did.
DarkGirlsHope Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
LOVE LOVE this show.
Bifauxnen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
1. Reallyyy hard question, but I guess I'm going to cheat and go for Owen/Puck. I get two different characters in one person xD

2. The Last Unicorn is on tour right now. It'd make a good article and there's decades worth of beautiful fanart.
headphonehome Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
My favorite Gargoyle? Brooklyn 
kimmylia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mine Is also Brooklyn! He Is just so cool hehe :D
headphonehome Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Best Show Love This Clan
gunther1077 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist
watch someone draw Galio
GalaxyCreations Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It remains a fave show of mine.
Kl4pp5tuhl Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2015
1. Goliath, duh

2. Bionic Six? Silverhawks? Biker Mice from Mars? More talk about animated shows! If only for the memories.

BTW seen some of those toy castles last year...
gentaldragon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Luvin' it!
yorusihitori Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
oh shit this was a thing a very old thing but still a thing...damn  that was a good show
digifuzzy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
I had forgotten about this show and how much I loved it.
The fan art is impressive.
twDarkflame Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Fantastic art for a truly fantastic show.
Fans should know Greg Weismen currently has a kickstarter going;…
He is trying to raise money for a full voice acting audiobook of his young adult novel series "Rain of Ghosts". The voice talent his has assembled for it is impressive, and Gargoyles fans should recognise many of them.

Aioras Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I really loved this show, Goliath was an amazing character and I really like him because of his design. Thanks a lot for sharing my artwork, I feel honored!
Ps: for future Fan Art Friday I really would like to see some Futurama pieces, I love this series!
weliveagain102494 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
that was amazing!! =) i grew up watching it, it was one of the greatest 90's cartoons in the world,
krazii1331 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this show when I was a kid. I used to stay up late in high school or record just to watch before school or work in attempt to start my day of in a good mood. I hope they don't try to remake this show later because I seriously doubt they will do a good job at it. Disney is currently trying to redo several things just to make money off of it.
DogmaTide Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Loved this show. Wonderful art.
Fallen-Sock Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never heard of this before but I'm glad I came to this page. Can anyone point me in the direction of the series though??
Kordyne Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
GAAAHHH all the fanart in this is so awesome!! I love Gargoyles! My only beef is that the dvds aren't available to anyone outside of America :( I'll never understand why.

Lexington is my favourite gargoyle (as you can probably tell from my avatar :P) I love how he has a different wing design from the other gargoyles, and I like his voice.
Sephiroth12285 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
A hard decision, but I lean towards Xanatos as among the villains of the series he was unique among some of the Disney animated villains at the time especially when he didn't seem like a full-blown ruthless villain at times.

Can't say much other than Code Geass, Sailor Moon or Madoka perhaps since it was a deconstruction of the magical girl genre in a sad way depending on how you look at it.
kimmylia Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow amazing art! Im so happy I've spotted this! I totally forgot this cool serie! I remember a bit seeing It on the tv yeaaaaaars ago. Been watching It again! Thanks to all who made this gorgeous and badass art!
zaknafein77 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for tagg, and very nice compilation! Gargoyles is one of my favorite chilldhood series :)
Tigershark06 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh this is so awesome of you to feature one of my all time favorite cartoons (like EVER).  I was already an adult (and my daughter had just been born) so I can speak to the "not necessarily a kids' show" aspect of the series.  It was a smart, well scripted show and it played and catered to many different viewers.

My two favorites gargoyles are Goliath and Brooklyn.  I loved the DEPTH of Goliath's character, the way he burdened himself with so much responsibility and pain.  He was a flawed character and that is such a big part of why he was relateable. Sure he hated what Demona had done, but still loved her and wanted to find redemption for her despite all the wrong she'd done....

Brooklyn I felt in many cases ended up being underused.  He was smart, but not always confident about his abilities. He would let his emotions run away with him on occasions especailly where Demona was involved.

My absolute favorite episodes were "Hunter's Moon"  Oh MAN the animation was amazing, the storyline a culmination of all the prejudice and tension that had been building up over the seasons....  It was a perfect mix... and a truly perfect ending to the original run.

I was rather disappointed to return from Japan to find they had put out the less than spectacular "Goliath Chronicles"  There were some gems in that series, but the animation took a downhill turn and some of the stories were just plain hokey...

All in all I will always cherish that this show was produced... I hope he realizes a live action show... I would be tickled pink.  So long as Keith David does Goliath's voice that is! :P
JenosydesWhisperMatr Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Goliath was my favorite because he was so sexy, even to this day my mind hasn't changed. I was so sad when they just up and canceled the show BOOO! It could have go on for such a long time. Course all of the good cartoons are dead and gone...have you seen the crap for kids now...pure shit...BRING BACK THE GOODIES. The ones that actually have story lines and yes violence. I don't mean blatant in or face gore just not all this cute lions lay with lambs crap. I MISS GARGOYLES!!!
ikazon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015   Writer
Goliath was, is, and always will be the best. Rob-Joseph's art is great, good find!
JohnfuckingSnow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Found the show just recently thanks to these post. Currently on s01ep10 and I cannot be more hooked!
Thank you!
Tilebus7 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Can't believe I 'missed' this one.
Where do I start?
To be brief, I used to watch this show with my mom, religiously. Heh. You know you're watching something good when your mother tags along to watch it with ya (no doubt that even today she would). LoL
I can't call it a cartoon, I'd prefer the term "animated series" for this one because of the amazing story it displayed. To THIS day, such profound character development is a rarity in the animation society. And I agree that the whole "single sex/single race" thing gets old and is so cliché (a meaningless bias, if you ask me). 
I find it funny how people don't realize (or simply can't comprehend) what was exposed throughout this series...but I digress. 
Brooklyn was my favorite character, so laid back, hardcore yet cool (perfect for such a name), with Hudson's wisdom and Goliath's honor, he'd surely make a great second in command, but Lexington's intellect made it hard to choose between the two (knew a helicopter was a machine, off buck, while the others said it was a dragon). lol And who could forget about Bronx, a perfect name for such a dog, he was no joke yet so awesome. Goliath was the ultimate leader; never have I seen such leadership in a character since the days of Lionel. Yeah, he had his flaws, but who doesn't? And what kid didn't have a crush on Elisa? Haha
There's just too many. They all have a great thing about them (even the ones that I didn't mention). 
The animation was simplistic yet complex and detailed, a very interesting style and the voice cast...oh the voice cast...they had actors from movies and shows like Start Trek, for crying out loud, they were flawless in their game (put 'them' in an English dub for an anime and maybe then I'll watch...for now, subtitles). 
Gargoyles was an epic saga with many learned lessons, uniquely displayed romance, in depth character development, tolerable action scenes (it's Disney, so they couldn't go too hard in those days), was very comedic (gotta love Broadway), historical background (myths and legends included), ancient knowledge, spiritual wisdom, modern intelligence, and multiversal perceptions in duality that STILL stands firm to THIS day. I would LOVE to see a movie on this (always wanted to) but it has to be done correctly. It wasn't for everybody but everybody that loved it was hip enough to get why. It is a legend in my eyes and will never be forgotten (damn, I wish I had my old fan art)...and just as Goliath once stated "Every legend has a seed of truth" which is why I love this series so much, cause it wasn't afraid to express it. 
Greg Weismen was a genius that prevents me from allowing plot holes to manifest in my own novels (which is one reason why they're taking forever to finish (he's just that good)) and DA is awesome for such a great throwback article that brought back memories of the good old days. Well done, guys. 
They seriously need a movie (I Frankenstein proved that it can be done) - let Greg write the 'script', and nothing can go wrong. That's the truth!
FrancisJeremyXavyer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Writer
Tilebus7 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Writers put in allot more time and dedication to their work in those days (but don't worry, I'm sure those who were inspired by them have something to show for it when their time comes). ;)
FrancisJeremyXavyer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Writer
If they weren't pressed to make quantity over quality, there would be a LOT less garbage out there.
Post-Movie Spongebob... WHEN WILL THEY LEARN!?
Tilebus7 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well said (especially with music).
They won't, until their pockets start to bleed.
People forget that art (an all forms) existed long before money did, yet put money first as if it is the predecessor of creation. Once they realize that it is the other way around, maybe then they'll  be able to create some real hits (plural). Greed is wicked though (in more ways than one).
FrancisJeremyXavyer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Writer
There is a reason that Greed is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Tilebus7 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
SaturnDawn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1.  My favorite character at first was Brooklyn, but over the course of the series, I actually liked Broadway's development, and he became my overall favorite due to his sweet-natured personality.  I also liked the sibling-like relationship he developed with Elisa outside of his rookery bretheren.  And Bronx just because I like dogs, even though he's not a dog per se.
GIANELLA12 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Best show ever (I wish I could have watched it when it came out). Wish they bought it back on t.v. 
FamousAndUnique Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
FirefallFurry Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
I haven't actually watched it, but my favorite character is Demona based on her? design.

For future fan art fridays i'd like to see Evolve, LoL, Vampire Knight, Code Geass (i think Code Geass was done already, but i don't remember looking at it >.<(season 3 confirmed :D japanese version starts animation in May), Chrome Shelled Regios, and several other anime or games that aren't noticed a lot for Fanart.
Mysterious-Color Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, techgnotic, spotted, and seoul-child! When I was a kid, I loved watching Gargoyles! I really appreciated the story, the diverse cast of characters, and the mature themes and situations.

1. I know I had a favorite character, but I can't remember since it's been so long...
2. There are many... Final Fantasy X, Star Trek Voyager, Star Craft, and War Craft III to name but a few. Thanks in advance! :)
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