Monday, June 03, 2013

Ask Me Anything #29

After being on hiatus for the past two months, "Ask Me Anything" is back. This is a regular feature which appears here on the first Monday of every month.

You can ask me any questions you'd like, whether it's about my work, opinions, influences, favorites, least favorites, or anything else you think I might have an answer for. Questions can be posted in the comments section below, and I'll either answer them there, or in a separate post sometime later in the month.

Please take the time to view the previous questions so that we don't wind up with a lot of repetition. I've been asked a lot of good, thought provoking questions in the past as well as some really banal ones, all of which I tried to answer. You can see the previous questions by visiting Ask Me Anything  #1#2 ,  #3#4#5#6 , #7 , #8#9,  #10,  #11,  #12 , #13#14,  #15 , #16#17 , #18 , #19,  #20,  #21#22,  #23#24#25#26#27 and #28.  Answers not found following the questions can be found in the archives section for each associated month under Ask Me Anything.

Now ask away. 


RocketSunner said...

I have a Scooby-Doo question for you.

What is your take on the high school history of the gang (in the original continuity)? In your story "High School Ghoul" it appears they all attended the same school (probably Coolsville High). But other cartoons and stories have Velma elsewhere ("A Spirit-Spooked Sports Show") for example.

Thank you.

John Rozum said...

I chose to assume that they all went to school together. Since they're all meant to be teenagers, but don't attend school on the cartoons, I figured that they were recent graduates, and all seem to have known each other for some time, which would have meant going through school together.

My experience with kids that went to public schools and kids that went to private schools is that unless they lived in the same neighborhood or shared an after school job, there was not really any way for them to have known each other.

I actually pitched a story that took place before Fred got the Mystery Machine which would have shown the gang riding their bikes, or catching a ride from one of their parents in order to solve mysteries, but it was rejected because they didn't want an origin story type of thing.

RocketSunner said...

Speaking of origins, the series "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated" has now given a magical origin for how the gang got together, why Scooby can talk, and why so many rubber-masked monster cases come their way. (The Evil Entity made them do it).

It's a bit of a destruction, because now that they have forced the questions and explanations it's harder to accept the old series where these things were just taken without any question.

Anyway, do you think any of the SDMI explanations are going to come into the regular comic book line, movies, or next TV series, if any?

John Rozum said...

I think this was a mistake. I think Scooby-Doo should always have a rational, non-supernatural, explanation for the mysteries they investigate.

I don't know if these creative decisions will spread into other media, but I think not. The Comic book was always meant to emulate the original series, even when introducing "upgrades" such as new clothing styles and cell phones and laptops.

I haven't been involved with the Scooby-Doo comics in years, nor have I seen any in the past couple of years. I know stories by me still appear in them, but these are all reprints of stories I wrote many years ago, which had been published in earlier issues of the comic. I'd be happy to write some new ones, but no one has asked me in some time. If I did, I'd stick with writing Scooby-Doo the way I always have, which is using the original tv series as my template.

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