Thanks for the reaction to the announcement of our X-MEN:TAS book, due out next year. Ten times the usual number of people checked out this site over the past 24 hours. Well, if you’re looking forward to the book, please know that you can BE PART OF IT. There is going to be a chapter made up of testimonials. We’ve published two already on this blog — memories of what watching X-MEN:TAS has meant to you. Some people gained courage from the mutants’ struggles. Some gratified viewers became animators or cartoonists or philosophy majors (Beast fans). Others simply felt a connection to a group of characters that they had experienced nowhere else in their lives. A number of authors have mentioned being inspired by the storytelling (humbling praise indeed). Attached is a quote from the biography of Stephanie Meyer, the author of the much-loved “Twilight” series of books. Artists and craftsmen hope their work can reach people. Animation writers and artists tend to work alone or with a couple of friends and rarely do we experience that “connection,” with those who are affected by our efforts, that all creative workers strive for. So, if X-MEN:TAS has meant something to you, please write us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will publish a variety of them, short or long, in the book.
Welcome to xmentas.com.
Today marks the beginning of what we hope will be a long, shared adventure.
On February 17th, 1992, we were assigned the job of creating and managing X-MEN: The Animated Series. Few had faith that it would succeed. Other Marvel TV series hadn’t. Time and money were short. But thanks to luck and Fox Kids Network president MARGARET LOESCH, the right people were thrown together and supported and a new vision for an animated TV series was preserved. Veteran artist-producers WILL MEUGNIOT and LARRY HOUSTON knew how an X-Men show needed to look, move, and sound. Head writer MARK EDENS and I knew what kind of stories we needed to tell. Supervising executive SIDNEY IWANTER wouldn’t let us slack off.
We six, and the dozens of gifted cast and crew who made X-MEN: TAS what it is, will contribute memories and images from our personal collections to try to share with you, the fans, what it was like to make a show that has earned so much of your affection. Though new work continues to occupy all of us, most of us will be able to try to respond to questions if you have them.
My wife, X-MEN: TAS writer Julia Roberts Lewald is the driving force behind this site. Helping us will be our niece Rev Wiederspahn and friend Taylor Faust.
For the next few days we will be renewing friendships at the San Diego Comic Con, where many of us first discussed X-MEN: TAS in a 1993 panel. After we return, we will commit to a more consistent daily posting of new material. For today, I would like to start near the beginning, with an image or two from the first episode and the note that I wrote the prospective writers about what kind of show we needed X-MEN: TAS to be. This material is from my personal archive. Please enjoy.