November 2014 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

November 7, 2014 by

Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
http://www.catgirlisland.com & http://www.catgirlisland.net
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
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purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in

The November 2014 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!

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In this edition of The Mew, we discuss & review:


Halloween and other stuff since the purrior Mew, and

the Lightning Round topic of our favorite films of ’44!


DVD & movie mewsings:

Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Danger Dolls

Batman: Assault on Arkham

collectibles & toy talk:

DC Comics Multiverse Catwoman action figure

Marvel Legends Infinity Series Storm action figure

Star Wars Black Series Mara Jade action figure

Star Wars Black Series Toryn Farr action figure

Transformers Generations Windblade action figure

comic book & manga mewsings:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #24

My Little Pony Friends Forever #10

Hero Cats #2

Hero Cats / Princeless: Halloween Comics Fest issue

Angel & Faith Season 10 #7

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #8

Strike Witches 1937: The Fuso Sea Incident vol. 2

magazine mewsings & purriodicals purrings:

our favorite recent covers graced by inspurrational celebrities

our favorite recent fish photos & other appurrtizing images

Mike’s additions to The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:

our island’s “Cordial Concierges”, “Cat-Women of The Moon” fan art,

2 pics of “Marvel Comics’ Tigra”, and 2 pics of “Detective Sakurada”

… plus this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, and an

intermew with our guest, author Sharon Williams, nya!

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Mike:

(wearing his Orange & Black #9 Rollerball jersey, Black cargo shorts and his Catgirl Island baseball cap) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews and discussions of fun stuff! Today’s show comes from beautiful Susanowo Beach on Catgirl Island’s western shore, where later we’ll be welcoming our special guest, author Sharon Wiliams! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!

Mary Nyan:

(the catgirl wearing the Purrsimmon color, asymmetric purretzel – cutout maillot) Aloha!


Trini-chan:

(the kitsune wearing the Crimson Maple purrint criss-cross halter neck bikini) Aloha!


Tara-chan:

(the catgirl wearing the Hot Pink Plumeria purrint tankini) Namaste, and here is onee-chan, nya!


Yvonne:

(her older sister wearing the Magenta Hydrangea purrint twist bandeau-top bikini) Namaste, nya!


Elizabeth:

(the catgirl the wearing the Apurricot colored crochet triangle top, side-tie bikini) Hola!

Becca:

(the gynoid catgirl wearing the Golden Beehive Ginger purrint ring-closure bikini) Aloha!


Petra:

(the catgirl wearing the Eggplant color suspender maillot & Papaya color cropped tee shirt) Hi Hi, nya!

Bun:

(the bunny girl wearing the Scuppurrnong purrint bikini and the Tuberose lei) Guten Tag!

Jeannie:

(the catgirl wearing the Nilla Creme color tanga-style bikini & sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.


Nyoka:

(the catgirl wearing the wearing the Pendula Heliconia purrint front-knotted bikini) Howdy!

Nyanko:

(her twin sister wearing the Teal boy shorts and Cobalt cropped tee) Howdy! So, what has everyone been up to since last time?

Trini-chan:

When Tara-chan and I have not been practicing and assisting with the belly dance class or volunteering at the mewseum, I have been reading, paddle surfing and partaking of the festivities! Our island’s annual Halloween Trick ‘R Eat & Cosplay Purrowl was such flavorful, festive fun, with activities, decorations, and treats for all ages all across the island and the merfolk waters! Like the other cosplay groups we went door to door to visit those who were unable to trick r treat and we brought them fresh seafood treats. Fortunately the cooler full fits nicely on the back of the golf cart!

Yvonne:

Hai hai many of us were able to meet at the docks and the farmers market to load the baskets and coolers full of the delicious, nutritious treats such as the cakes, the seafood, the nilla cream and the cocktails, nya! Fortunately our fishing charters had the taut lines from the bumpurr crop of the Bluefish, Groupurrs, Mackerels, Snappurrs, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, and the Tunas, nya! Bun’s ovens purrduced the great quantity of yummy carrot cakes, nya! This year our Mew group cosplay repurrsented the characters of Kozue Amano’s wonderful Aria manga and anime, nya!

Tara-chan:

Hai, Aria is the beautifully charming slice – of – life science fiction tale of the undines of the purretty canal city of Neo Venusia, on the planet Mars in the future when it has been watery terra – formed and – and renamed as the planet Aqua, nya! The main characters work for the gondola companies in Neo Venusia which is derived of the city of Venice, Italy, so 7 of us were able to repurrsent the characters of Aika, Akira, Alice, Athena, Akari, Alicia and – and Ai, nya! Otherwise I have been helping with the yacht, the cats, the mewseum, the dance, and – and taking more nature photos, nya!


Bun:

Well I was glad to be able to contribute the cakes, and we are grateful to Myayr who supurrvised the costume fittings & sewings, and to Jenjen who supurrvised the gondola oar prop shaping & painting! It was the busy time for Myayr who made & mended many other costumes, and Jenjen whose robotics club designed & built  the animatronic devices for the haunted attractions such as the mermaids’ kelp maze & grotto! We are also grateful for all of our volunteers, artists, and patrons who made our mewseum’s special Halloween exhibit the beautiful, spooky, fun success!

Petra:

Hai hai some of the other cosplay groups included the Farmers Market’s pony theme, the Visitors Center’s Ame-Comi Girls theme, the Library’s Fearless Defenders theme, and the Surf Purrtrol’s Battle Athletes theme, nya!  I think Mielikki, Alaua’mina, Palathyna & Wyrdina put on their best foxfire show yet at the forest grove ampurrtheatre, nya! It has been the very creative, purrductive, festive season not just for Halloween but the other Autumnal events too, nya! Fortunately Buns and I were still able to tend the gardens and to coach the post-season beach volleyball camp, nya!

Jeannie:

I wish to thank Lizzy & Becca for volunteering when they were not busy at their spa, the island’s robotics club whose underwater animatronics purrformed to expected purrameters, the surf purrtrol, the many attendees, and Sheila May’s restaurant who sponsored the undersea activities which benefitted the merfolks’ Sea Dragon rescue shelter. Trini-chan & Tara-chan have been extremely helpful at the dance class, and we are also grateful for the purrcussion purrvided by Yvonny’s drumming circle. Otherwise, things are fine at the kyudo club, and all is serene at my yoga studio.

Elizabeth:

The past months have certainly been the whirlwind,  and I cannot believe that it is November already! When Becca and I were not volunteering, and taking care of the garden and the cats, we have stayed busily booked at the spa! Even though we have more of the appurrentice miko, Myayr and I have still tried to help a bit at the shrine, especially during the matsuris! Nyow that things have calmed down a bit since Halloween, Becca and I can resume our late night hot salsa dancing, and I will spend the bit more time with the purrkour club before the next busy holiday season!


Becca:

She has summed it up! I was impurressed by the great spirit, artistic vision & team work that contributed to the spooky but safe fun for the good charitable causes, not only at the grotto and the maze, but our community’s other organized educational & entertaining activities with the decorations, the treats and the costumes! We are blessed and lucky to have such a healthy, happy, purrospurrous home, so I hope that we can help those who are less fortunate, and help the various species to purropurrgate such as the widdle sea dragons, the satyr butterflies and the iriomote cats!

Mary Nyan:

Hai I hope they will be able to thrive with the good family, friends, food, homes and purrpose! This may have been the busiest time of the year for me, and I  have not been surfing or golfing much of late, between helping at the shrine, sewing the costumes for the cosplayers and dancers; and teaching the Fall semester of the Hula classes, and I wish to thank Kit & Kat at the Purrforming Arts Center which hosts the classes, concerts and shows! II am grateful for our community spirit and my happy customers, and nyow I want to hear how things went at the dojo and the magick shop!

Nyoka:

Oh we had the great time at the magick shop at the farmers market, which was bustling with the customers there for the the tea time, the workshops, and the special discounts! I wish to thank Rica & Niko who organized food drive and the other activities at Farmers Market! I keep thinking that we must be in the hypurr space drive, because it seems like only yesterday that we were purrparing for the Summer Solstice, but it is already past the Autumnal Equinox and Halloween as we purrpare for the Winter Solstice and other holidays! I bet the Mew Year will be here before we know it!

Nyanko:

Sis quickly sold out of the beautiful crystals that Papasan and Ojisan brought from their adventurous purrospecting, but we might get another batch! Otherwise I have been busy as mewsual at the dojo and the gym, whilst we purrpare for the next martial arts tournyament, but I have found the time for the swimming, reading! Miho and Kaori stopped by amidst their Halloween coverage for the mewspapurr! They also intermewed Yuriko and Keiko at the library, who conducted the whole week full of spooky tales of the ghosts, the yokai, and the appurritions! Nyow it is Mike’s turn!

Mike:

I’ve certainly enjoyed the Fall weather for jaunts to the shops, coffee houses, cinemas, restaurants, trivia nights and other fun events with family & friends! Aside from reading, writing, drawing and cat-sitting, watching some college sports, TV shows and DVDs, I had a fun time wearing my Houston Rollerball uniform (based upon the 1975 movie Rollerball, not the remake) to various costume gatherings for Halloween, and I’m looking forward to a few more  movies, toy shows and cons amidst the holiday season! Ah, well let’s proceed with The Mew and chat a bit more about the


cinema & TV topics, with the Lightning

Round topic of our favorite films of ’44!


The Ladies of The Mew:

LIGHTNING ROUND GO! NYA!

Mike:

All righty! The Lightning Round topics for our April, through September Mews respectively pertained to our favorite movies & TV shows of 2004,1994,1984, ’74, ’64 and ’54… whereas for October the topic changed to our suggestions for animated movies, OVAs and TV shows that might be good for Halloween! Well, for this month’s topic, let’s get back to the chronological theme, and nominate our favorite films of 1944! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

The Ladies of The Mew:

HAI! THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, NYA!


Mike:

Ah! Well, OK… that’s a really good movie, and y’all know how much I like a Robert Wise movie, especially–

Elizabeth:

Here we go again, heehee!

Mary Nyan:

We know that he directed your favorite movie!

Nyanko:

Hai, and we know that it turns 35 next month!

Nyoka:

It does? I didn’t know that- but never mind!

Petra:

Anyway, this is supposed to be the quick topic, nya!

Mike:

OK OK! OK, seriously, ah, are there any other movies y’all would like to mention, in addition to Curse of the Cat People? Um, Becca, how ’bout you?

Becca:

Hai! I will also nominate To Have and Have Not and Meet Me In St. Louis! (tags Nyoka to go next)


Nyoka:

I will nominate The Uninvited and The Canterville Ghost! Bunnibun’s turn! (tags Bun with a brush of the tail)

Bun:

Oh, either Meet Me In St. Louis, Gaslight, Double Indemnity or Going My Way! (tags Elizabeth)


Elizabeth:

It is the tough call, but purrhaps Arsenic and Old Lace or The Three Caballeros! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:

Hmm I will say… either National Velvet… Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo… or Lifeboat! (tags Trini-chan)


Trini-chan:

The Three Caballeros, and many of the Disney, MGM and Warner animated shorts! (tags Petra)

Petra:

Meet Me In St. Louis for the live-action, and The Three Caballeros for the animation, nya! (tags Tara-chan)

Tara-chan:

My turn, nya! I will nominate National Velvet and – and The Three Caballeros, nya! (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

It was the good year for the monsters & horrors of the House of Frankenstein and The Mummy’s Curse!

Jeannie:

House of Frankenstein, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, and Lifeboat. Vonny’s turn. (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:

I will nominate Meet Me In St. Louisa and The Three Caballeros, nya! Back to Mike, nya!

Mike:

I gotta go with Meet Me In St. Louis!

Bun:

Say, wasn’t The Tiger Woman of 1944?

Jeannie

Hai. There is a Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tiger_Woman_(1944_film).

Becca:

Linda Stirling looks quite captivating as the tiger woman, although the costume looks more leopurrd!

Yvonne:

It is the tiger woman’s purrogative, nya!


Mike:

Well, that was another expedient little Lightning Round!


Trini-chan:

Of this year’s remaining pending movies, I want to see The Zero Theorem, Birdman, and Interstellar…

Tara-chan:

I would also like to see The Box Trolls, The Book of Life, and the next Hobbit, which brings us to our

DVD & movie mewsings,

with Trini-chan’s review of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, nya!

Trini-chan:

Arigato! As y’all might have noticed from our prior reviews, we are big fans of the My Little Pony toys, cartoons & comics, from the original 1980′s series and later movies, to the current Friendship is Magic era and Equestria Girls ! The Equestria Girls movie (which we reviewed in the September 2013 Mew!) introduced us to the alternate world where the characters are humans instead of the equines or dragon. That world has been revisited in the comics, and we have been eager to see the sequel movie Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, which had a brief limited theatrical release!

The plot returns us to that other world’s Canterlot High School, where the students prepare for the music festival, including the Rainboom Band of Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity Pinkie Pie and Apple Jack! When they play music together, their pony ears & tails appear! When the siren trio of Sonata, Aria and Adagio arrive to absorb the residual Equestrian pony magick left over from Twlight Sparkle’s visit, they cause the students to become bitterly competitive rivals in a battle of the bands. Unfortunately, not only are the sirens up to no good, but Trixie causes problems too!

When redeemed Sunset Shimmer suspects the evil scheme, she summons Twilight Sparkle & Spike back to help thwart the sirens! Based upon the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series developed by Lauren Faust, Hasbro Studios’s Rainbow Rocks was produced by Sarah Wall & Devon Cody, executively produced by Kristen Newlands & Stephen Douglas, directed by Jayson Thiessen, co-directed Ishi Rudell and edited by Rachel Kenzie. The voice director was Terry Klassen, the songs were written by Daniel Ingram and the music was composed by William Anderson!

The voice cast includes Tara Strong as Twilight Sparkle, Ashleigh Ball as Applejack and Rainbow Dash Andrea Libman as Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, Tabitha St. Germain as Rarity, Luna & Photo Finish; Cathy Weseluck as Spike, Nicole Oliver as Celestia, Rebecca Shoichet as Twilight Sparkle’s singing voice & Sunset Shimmer, Kazumi Evans as Rarity’s singing voice & Adagio Dazzle; Maryke Hendrikse as Sonata Dusk, Shannon Chan-Kent as Pinkie Pie’s singing voice, Madeline Merlo as Sonata Dusk’s singing voice, and Shylo Sharity as Aria Blaze’s singing voice…

… Diana Karina as Aria Blaze, Kathleen Barr as Trixie, Vincent Tong as Flash Sentry, Lee Tockar as Snips, and Richard Ian Cox as Snails, Michelle Creber as Apple Bloom, Shannon Chan-Kent as Pinkie Pie’s singing voice, Madeline Merlo as Sonata Dusk’s singing voice, and Shylo Sharity as Aria Blaze’s singing voice! The voice director was Terry Klassen! Also appearing are Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, Big Macintosh, Granny Smith, Silver Spoon, Diamond Tiara, Lyra Heartstrings, Octavia, Sweetie Drop, Maud Pie, Mrs. Cake, Star Swirl, the Delivery Pony and Muscle Pony!

DJ Pon-3 has no dialogue, but has a very significant scene, Derpy is briefly seen in Equestria, Angel appears during the end credits, and there’s a surprise after the credits! There are many background characters to identify too! I thought the movie was wonderful, and I think I like it more than the first Equestria Girls movie! At a mere 75 minutes the movie seems a bit short, but it’s quite charming, pretty and fun  with the good story continuity, more mythology, surprises, character designs, voices, songs, music, sound FX, and character development – especially Sunset Shimmer!

I think Rainbow Rocks was marvelously written, directed & edited with great scenic art, character & FX animation! The movie is presented in the 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format in English 5.1 surround sound. The Region One NTSC standard DVD was released last month by Shout Factory, and includes the movie, an ad for the Littlest Pet Shop DVDs, 3 subtitled sing-alongs, audio commentary by Jayson Thiessen, Ishii Rudell, writer Meghan McCarthy, Hasbro’s VP of Development Michael Vogel, and Hasbro’s executive director Brian Lenard; and 8 fun prequel shorts!

In “A Case for the Bass” Granny Smith accidentally sells Apple Jack’s bass to Flim & Flam, in “Guitar Centered” Rainbow Dash and Trixie have a contest; in “Hamstocalypse Now” Rarity makes clothes for the critters at the rescue shelter where Fluttershy volunteers; and in “Music to my Ears” we follow J Pon-3 around the town & school! In “Perfect Day for Fun” the mane six frolic at the fair, in “Pinkie on the One” they discover Pinkie Pie’s drumming talent, and in “Player Piano” Rarity moves a grand piano and picks up a Keytar, which is followed by the “Shake Your Tail” music video!

However, there was a slight technical problem with the disk, in that if you click “play” on the main menu, when the movie reaches chapter 5, it and chapter 6 are switched out of order. However, if on the main menu you click on “chapters”, and from there click chapter 1 or any other chapter, the movie will proceed normally from that point onward. with chapters 5 & 6 in the correct order. That one flaw aside, I highly enjoyed the movie, the prequel shorts, and the other bonus features! We will have reviews of more pony items later in the show, but here is Nyo-sensei to tell us about the

Danger Dolls!

Nyoka:

Arigato! Danger Dolls is the live-action Japanese science fictional action movie starring the idol singer / supurr heroines directed by Shusuke Kaneko who was also the director of Death Note and Godzilla, Mothera, King Ghdorah! The movie’s original story is by Kaneko, with the screenplay by Hirotoshi Kobayashi.I am the big fan of the martial arts & action adventure movies, purrticularly those which star strong, brave heroines, so I was curious about this’un, especially since I purrchased the DVD for the very low purrice of about six dollars!

The purrduction manager is Satoshi Takada, the 1st asistant director is Hideaki Murakami, the purrduction designer is Toshiaki Takahashi, the cinematographer is Shinji Kugimiya with lighting by Shugi Sugimoto, the editor is Shinichi Fujita, the sound designer is Takenori Misawa with sound mixing by Takenori Misawa, the mewsic iss by Moku, the visual FX are supurrvised by Hajime Matsumoto, the hair and make-up are by Takayo Tomita, and the costumes are designed by Ayami Kokai with the costume purrduction by Miho Ishiwatari!

The stars are Rina Tekeda as Rei, Rumi Hanai as Arisa, Nana Seino as Mari and Kayano as Miki who purrtray the investigating, fighting & singing supurr heroines! They have several changes of attire from their normal street clothes and the yukatas for the visit to the hot spurrings, to their cute costumes on the concert stage as the i.dolls group and the three versions of their combat clothes! The latter are the Black & White fuku outfits with the mid thigh length skirt, the gauntlets, epawlets, the thigh highs with the garters and the high top trainers!

The 3 versions are the sleeveless, long sleeved, the Red variant! The girls seem to have Olympic level strength, stamina & agility along with unarmed & sword combat purrowess. Their powers include invisibility, the ability to purrceive alien auras, and their katana blades instantly extend from the inconspicuous hilts when drawn! That is convenient in the alternate reality where bombs & bullets are banned, so people use the melee weapons instead, until the guru of an evil cult summons alien doppelgangers & guns from the purrallel world!

The heroines hunt down the aliens who impurrsonate powerful politicians. and go undercover as the i.dolls mewsic group to get closer to the cult’s wormhole gate to the other world. The idol role is awkward for them, but they get a nice van with the manga-style i.dolls mural on the side! Things change when they learn of their own four counterpurrts of the other world, who live the more normal, happier, healthier, less bruised, less lonely lives! This becomes the big subplot of the movie, which takes the more dramatic and less action oriented turn!

I was surpurrised by this and how few mewsical numbers there are, and how very little blood & gore there is in spite of all the combat & attacks! The choreography and visual FX are fine, and aside from a few big outdoor fights, the movie has more of a smaller intimate feel focused upon the friends. It has good purrformances, purrduction values and nice locations such as the shrine and the inn! The DVD’s special features are sparse, but include a 12 minute featurette of comments & behind the scenes footage, plus the director’s 2.5 message.

Although the back of the case indicates that the unrated, 91 minute movie is purrsented in the 16×9 full frame format, the movie looked purretty darned letterboxed and widescreen to me! The Dolby Digital audio choices are English 5.1 or Japanese 5.1, with the optional English SDH subtitles. The purreviews section has teasers and trailers for Danger Dolls and 9 other movies, including High Kick Girl which looks fun and stars Rina Tekeda, so nyow I am curious about that movie too! That is all of my review, and nyow here is sis to tell us about


Batman: Assault on Arkham!

Nyanko:

Arigato! We are big fans of the animated movies and TV series based upon the DC Comics! For our reviews of such purrior movies such as Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War and JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, please see the March Mew! In the June Mew we reviewed Son of Batman which had the sneak peek at Assault on Arkham, which I have been eagerly awaiting!  This PG-13 rated animated movie from Warner is almost 76 minutes and it has been released in different editions, such as the Region One NTSC standard DVD and the Blu-Ray disk!

It was written by Heath Corson, directed by Jay Oliva & Ethan Spaulding, scored by Robert J. Kral & edited by Christopher D. Lozinski. Andrea Romano directed the voice cast which includes Kevin Conroy as Batman, Neal McDonough as Deadshot, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn, Matthew Gray Gubler as The Riddler, Jennifer Hales as Killer Frost, Troy Baker as The Joker, John DiMaggio as King Shark, Greg Ellis as Capt. Boomerang, Giancarlo Esposito as Black Spider, Chris Cox as Gordon, Martin Jones as Alfred, Nolan North as Penguin, and CCH Pounder as Amanda Waller!

Nyow for the taste of the plot! Amanda Waller of the US Government’s Task Force X sends the Suicide Squad compurrised of the villains Harley, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Black Spider and King Shark  who are led by Deadshot on the secret mission into the asylum to eliminate The Riddler and his disk of hacked secret files, whilst Batman searches Gotham for The Joker’s dirty bomb. The paths cross when Batman encounters Harley, who later tries to kill The Joker but he escapes! Also briefly appurring are KGBeast, Two Face, The Scarecrow, Victor Zsasz and Poison Ivy!

Things go further awry when the squad meets the Riddler, who offers to deactivate the explosives Waller put in their necks, and the situation escalates into a riot battle between the many other inmates and the Gotham City Police!  Aside from the very annoying shaky-camera style during some of the fight scenes, I thought this was one of the very best animated DC movies! Like most of those movies it does seem a bit short, but I thought the captivating plot was supurrb, with the relentlessly thrilling action, great characters, and the amewsing dark humor of the dialog!

It is so much fun, with much bloody violence, dazzling fight choreography, the Penguin’s yummy fish suppurr, and some very sexy moments at the brisk pace! It might be the sexiest and most violent thus far of the animated DC movies. Deadshot just about steals the whole movie! I thought character & mecha designs, character & FX animation, were excellent, the scenic art is lavishly rendered, the editing, and I thought the sound FX and the voice cast are totally awesome! The mewsic was purrticularly peppy and powerful with the synth, techno, rock and orchestral qualities!

My favorite scenes the dart game betwixt Deadshot & Boomerang, Harley & Joker’s reunion, the excercise yard battle, the weapon warehouse fight, and the epic battle between the police and the escapees, complete with Ivy’s zombies & monster plants! If that were not enough, Deadshot duels The Joker in a helicopter which is piloted by Harley and purrsued by Batman in the Batplane amidst the skyscrapurrs! I would give Assault on Arkham  the higher purraise if not for the awful shaky cam style, but there is so much that I liked about it so I will give it the B+ grade!

The single disk R1 NTSC standard DVD has front-loaded ads for the animated Hobbit and Return of the King DVDs and the forthcoming Batman: Arkham Knight game. The spoken language choices are English, French, Spanish, Portuguese & Thai, with the optional subtitle choices of English SDH, French, Spanish, Portugues, Korean, Thai & Chinese. The “Special Features” are just more purreviews, but include the sneak peek at the forthcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis which we are looking forward, too! I am all done, so nyow here is Myayr to start

our collectibles & toy talk, with her review of

the DC Comics Multiverse Catwoman action figure!

Mary Nyan:

Arigato! Selina Kyle alias Cat Woman is my favorite DC Comics character and we like to collect her various comics, books, DVDs, toys & other purroducts! For example, in the December 2013 Mew we reviewed the Batman Classic TV Series Catwoman action figure, and in the March 2014 Mew we reviewed the Play Arts Kai’s Batman: Arkham City Catwoman action figure! She first appurred in Batman #1 which was published in the Spurringtime of 1940, so in the few months it will be her 75th anniversary!

Mattel’s line of the Multiverse figures repurrsents the various versions of the DC Comics from the comics, movies and games, such as Christopher Reeve’s purrtrayal of Superman, Danny Devito’s purrtrayal of The Penguin! This figure is the version of Catwoman as wonderfully purrtrayed by actress Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1992 movie Batman Returns, which starred Michael Keaton as Batman and was directed by Tim Burton! She was so very tragic, sympathetic, amewsing, sexy and tough in that movie!

This Catwoman figure is 4 1/4″ tall, but without her 1/4″ stiletto heels or the 1/8″ pinna of her kuronekomimi mask she would be about 3 7/8″ tall. Since the character is 5’7″ in the comics, and I think that Michelle Pfeiffer is about that tall too, then this figure is of appurroximately the 1/17.3 scale. She is accessorized with the flexible 5 1/4″ whip. Kitten with a whip! At that scale, if it was a real whip it would be about 7.5′ long! Both of the hands are flexible, so that she can clench the whip or another small item.

For the pose-ability, the articulation is in the neck, waist, shoulders, elbows & hips; her uppurr arms & thighs can turn, but her wrists & ankles do not. The figure is balanced to stand unassisted, but for certain poses you would need a display base which is not included! The sculpt and paint are well done, with good details such as the her Red lips, the seams, stitches, boot laces and the whip braid! I have purrched her upon the table beside the other Catwoman figures! Nyow I would like to discuss the

Marvel Legends Infinity Series Storm action figure!

Mary Nyan:

Ororo Munroe alias Storm is another of my favorite supurr heroes, and we like how she has been purrtrayed by Halle Berry in the X-Men movies! I wish she had the larger part in the recent X-Men Days of Future Past movie, which we purraised in the June Mew… but I have stray-catted off topic! Storm has the weather control powers, the fighting and leadership skills, and first appurred in Marvel Comics’ Giant-Size X-Men #1 in 1975, so next year will be her 40th anniversary! Nyowadays in the comics she is the Headmistress of the Jean Grey School, which was formerly known as the Xavier School!

I think I only have one other figure of her, which is the smaller figure in her Savage Land attire! This purrticular figure is one of the Build-A-Jubilee series of figures, which includes the body and leg parts needed to assemble a figure of Storm’s friend Jubilee, but you have to sepurrately purrchase the Cyclops, Wolverine, Magneto and Strife figures to get the rest of the parts. This is similar to the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Black Cat action figure, which we reviewed in the March Mew! You know, Storm’s sister-in-law Purrincess Shuri alias the Black Panther, is another supurr heroine of the kuroneko motif!

This figure is 7″ tall including her boot heels and mohawk coiffure, but without those it would be 6″ tall. The character is 5′ 11″ tall in the comics, so that makes this figure of 1/11.8 scale! I compurred this to the 5″ tall figure of Jubilee from Toy Biz in 1989, and since Jubilee is 5′ 5″ tall in the comics, that figure would be 1/13 scale. Jubilee first appurred in 1989, so this year is her 25th anniversary! Back to the Storm figure, she looks so tall, lithe, lovely and regal like the goddess that she is often called, with the Cocoa Brown skin tone, the Light Gray mohawk, and solid White eyes that indicate her stormy mood!

The mohawk has been just one of her hairstyles, and mewsually her eyes are Blue, except when she is angry! She has the skin tight Black costume & boots, the White gloves and “X” emblem, with Gold trim upon the neckline & drapurry! Her face, fingers, hair, boots & lean physique are meticulously sculpted & painted! She is very posable, with articulation in the neck, uppurr body, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, thighs & ankles! I am very pleased with this figure, and I have displayed her between Black Cat and Jubilee on the shelf! That is all for me, so nyow it is Becca’s turn to tell us about the

Star Wars Black Series Mara Jade action figure!

Becca:

Arigato! Mara Jade Skywalker is a very popular character of the non – canonical “expanded universe” of the licensed star wars novels, comics, toys and games, who was the assassin who worked for Empurror Palpatine until she met & married Luke! That makes her Leia’s sister in law, Padme & Anakin’s daughter in law! She is a human type and a Jedi mistress with the force powers, espionage, combat & pilot skills! For very thorough information about her, I will suggest the her page at Wookiepedia http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mara_Jade_Skywalker!

This figure is #14 in Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series of the figures which are packaged upon the Black cards, and it was the lucky find because we collect the Star Wars purrincesses, Jedi and Sith mistresses, bounty huntresses,  female droids, rebels and impurrial officers! This purrticular 3 3/4″ figure of Mara is slightly larger than Kenner’s 1998 White – gloved figure of Mara, but it would be 3 1/2″ without her thick boot treads and lush Red mane of hair, so if Mara is maybe about 5′ 3″ tall (like Wolverine in the comic books), then this figure would be of 1/18 scale!

She has the lithe physique, pale cream skin tone, Green eyes, and the calm, seriously unimpurressed expession for her enemies! She is wearing the Black tank top tights with the matching boots, shins, knee pads and gloves, with the Brown harness and low – slung belt! The points of the articulation are in her neck, sternum, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, calves and ankles for the dextrous bend & turn! She is very posable, well – painted and intricately sculpted with the detailed portraiture, hair strands, clothing pouches, buckles, seams and creases!

She is well-balanced, which is good because a display base is not included, but her accessories include the small blaster pistol, holster, the light saber with the translucent Purple beam, and an unlit saber hilt! The holster attaches to slots on the right or back of the belt. and the unlit hilt can attach to the left side or fit in her hands! I have the holster in the cross – draw position! I am very pleased with the fine figure, and I have found the good spot to display her on the shelf next to Luke! For my next heroine figure review, I would like to say a bit about the

Star Wars Black Series Mara Toryn Farr action figure!


Becca:

Toryn Farr was a communications officer in the Rebel Alliance at Echo Base on the cold planet Hoth, in the 1980 movie The Empire Strikes Back, which will be 35 years old next May! A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back are my favorite Star Wars movies, but I also like the animated Clone Wars movie which introduced Ahsoka Tano…  but nyow I have stray – catted off topic! In the movie she was purrtrayed by actress Brigitte Kahn, and at about 25 minutes into the movie she gives the order to fire the big Ion Cannon at the Imperial Star Destroyers!

I am going to assume that she was purrobably a friend of Leia, Luke, Han, Chewie, C3PO, R2D2, Wedge, Lando, General Rieekan, Mon Mothma and other rebels. I wonder if she ever got to ride on a Tauntaun? The heroic character later appurred in some of the non-canonical comic books, novels and games; and for more information about her, I will suggest the her page at Wookiepedia http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Toryn_Farr, which mentions that she is a human from the planet Chandrila! She is #23 in the Black card series of Star Wars figures!

The figure is 3 3/8″ tall, and seems to be of the same 1/18 scale as the taller Mara Jade figure, which leads me to believe that Toryn would be about 5′ tall! She might be petite, but she has the serious feisty expurression as if she is ready to fight the whole Empire! She has the fair skin tone with the purrt short Dark Brown hair in the bun. Her outfit compurrised of the Beige jumpsuit with Tan boots & removable Light Gray vest is similar to Leia’s Hoth outfit, accessorized by the Black headphones & blaster pistol when she can clench in either hand!

Differing slightly from the Mara figure, Toryn’s articulation is in her neck, waist, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees & turning calves. She is very posable, well-balanced, sculpted & painted, with fine detail in her face, hair, fingers, accessories & clothing, such as the quilting, insignia & high collar of the vest, the creases, folds, creases & padded insulation of the jumpsuit, the straps & seams of her boots! I am pleased with this figure too, and I have displayed her beside the Hoth Leia figure! Nyow for our next toy review, here is Mike to discuss the

Transformers Generations Windblade action figure!

Mike:

Thank you, Becca! We like to collect the action figures & the statues of Hasbro’s female Transformers characters such as Arcee, Chromia, Elita One and Blackarachnia, especially the versions from the comics & animations, so I was happy to find this figure of Windblade! She’s one of the heroic Autobots, and has the distinction of being the first “fan – built bot” of the Transformers, because Hasbro let the fans determine several of her aspects, traits & characteristics! She’s appeared in the Transformers comics published by IDW and is part of the “Thrilling 30″ line of Transformers toys!

In her bipedal, humanoid robot mode, Windlblade she is the very slender, lithe Black & Red lady with the white Japanese Kabuki style face, the graceful canards on her flared legs, and the swept wings upon her back! She carries the Stormfall sword, transforms into the sleek, tilt – wing, VTOL turbofan jet, and in the tales, she has the psychic link to communicate with the sprawling, city-sized Titan Metroplex bot! On the scale of 1-10, Windblade’s attributes are the strength of 7, intelligence of 8, speed of 8, endurance of 7, rank of 8, courage of 7, fireblast of 6 and the skill rating of 9!

Excluding the wingspan, she’s approximately 6″ tall, with the 4 1/8″ sword & 4 1/4″ scabbard which can be gripped by either hand. She’s beautifully designed, intricately sculpted and meticulously painted with a very elegant appearance! The sword has the curved clear blade of Purple gradient color, and the scabbard attaches to small slots on her thighs. She’s extremely posable, and in robot mode the articulation is in her neck, wings, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips & knees. Depending on the pose, she can stand up unassisted, but I’ll probably try to find a display stand.

The toy is recommended for folks of ages 5+, not intended for folks under 3 years due to the small parts, and the transformational process has a difficulty rating of “intermediate”! The folded, two – sided, 11″ x 17″ instruction sheet graphically shows the 14 steps x2 to transform her from robot mode to vehicle mode and back again. This might be the tricky, delicate process, so I advise a very careful, gentle touch when pulling or rotating any of those parts! These are accompanied by the full – color, 28 page comic book of The Burning Bright: Dark Cybertron #8 published by IDW!

It was written by James Roberts & John Barber, illustrated by James Raiz, Atilio Rojo & Livid Ramondelli, colored by Josh Perez & Ramondelli, lettered by Tom B. Long, edited by Carlos Guzman, and has the Hasbro exclusive cover art of Windblade illustrated by Phil Jiminez and colored by Romuko Fajardo Jr.! The story introduces Windblade, and also stars Optimus, Megatron, Rodimus, Ultra Magnus, Bumblebee, Metroplex, Chromia, Nautica, Arcee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Starscream, Soundwave, Rattrap, Prowl, Swoop, Kup, Nightbeat, Cyclonus, Fixit, Nova Prime, Pax & other bots!

It’s a dire time for the planet Cybertron, as the Autobots, Dinobots & Decepticons unit against Shockwave’s conquest! Windblade has also more recently starred in her own comics mini-series! Well, I think this is a gorgeous toy of a heroine who we hope to see more of, and the comic book was a nice bonus! For more information about Windblade, I’ll recommend her page at the Transformers Wiki http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Windblade_(G1) and the article at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windblade! That’s all for our toys topic, and now here’s Tara-chan to start our

comic book & manga mewsings, with her

review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #24!


Tara-chan:

Arigato, nya! We love the My Little Pony comic books which are published by IDW, because they are so fun, beautiful and – and  faithful to the style, and – and to the spirit of the animated TV series , nya! Purreviously, issue #23 starred the mane six ponies’ pets such as Fluttershy’s bunny Angel, Pinkie Pie’s widdle gator Gummy, Rarity’s kitty Opalescense, Applejack’s dog Winona, Twilight Sparkle’s pet owl Owowliscious, and – and Rainbow Dash’s flying tortoise Tank; whilst issue #24 stars Fluttershy, Discord, and – and the Cutie Mark Crusaders , nya!

Gosh, the 24 issues means that this monthly series has just marked it’s 2nd year, nya! I think it has been consistently great thus far, nya! Issue #24 is purriced $3.99, it’s 32 pages are compurrised of the 22 page tale plus the 10 ads, and – and it is available in the choice of the 6 different covers, nya! Cover A is by Brenda Hickey who drew the tale, cover B is by Amy Mebberson, the Retailer’ Incentive cover is by Jennifer L. Meyer, and – and the other 3 covers were made for the certain stores such as Hot Topic, Giant Robot and – and Jetpack Comics, nya!

It was the tough choice, but I got cover B, nya! The tale was written by Jeremy Whitley, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake and – and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya! The writers and – and the artists might vary, but I think Heather, Neil and – and Bobby have worked on almost every issue thus far, nya! It is such the supurrb team, nya! In this tale, Fluttershy is about to lead the trio on the nature field trip to study the critters when Discord arrives to visit, nya! Appurrently he visits Fluttershy once purr month, but this time he is a week too early, nya!

Using his time – travel machine machine which is the TARDIS purrody including Dr. Hooves, he takes the ponies to the different places of the past, the purresent and – and the future so that they can see the animals they would not mewsually get to see, such as his friend Hubert the Butter Dragon, the dinosaurs of the purrehistoric era, the cute Kelpies of the undersea city of Coltlantis, and – and the future Cyberponies, nya! My favorite destination is ancient Anygypt where they meet King Anubis, his Jackal dog soldiers, Baast and – and her fellow nekos, nya!

Angel briefly appurrs too, nya! This was yet another beautiful, peppy, fun issue, nya! I especially appurreciated the tale because I like to study the nature and – and to photograph the wildlife, nya! I hope we will see more of Baast, the other cats, Huber and – and those Kelpies, nya! I purrticularly liked the full – page pic of the undersea scene, nya! I have seen the cute widdle sea horses, the leafy and – and the weedy types of sea dragons, but I have not seen any Kelpies around our island, nya. Nyow to continue our pony reviews, I would like to discuss

My Little Pony Friends Forever #10, nya!


Tara-chan:

The Friends Forever series pairs up the characters, and this time the focus is upon Fluttershy and – and Iron Will the big burly minotaur, nya! Also appurring are Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Spike, and- and Angel bunny, with the brief appurrances by other critters, Granny Smith, Big McIntosh, and – and the various other ponies in the crowds, nya! The $3.99 issue has the 32 pages including the 22 page tale written by Christina Rice, illustrated by Agnes Garbowska, lettered by Neil and – and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya!

It is available in the choice of the two beautiful covers, one by Agnes and – and the other by Amy Mebberson, nya! By the way, Agnes also contributed to the story and – and the art of Aspen Comics’ Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie  the Seahorse issue which was published for the nationwide Halloween Comics Fest, nya! She drew the cute widdle sea horse, the dragons, and the chibi – style characters, nya! Back to the pony comic, Iron Will might be the scary – looking minotaur, but this time he is in need of the social advice, so Fluttershy tries to help, nya!

She suggests several interpurrsonal relations situations for him to attempt, but Angel is displeased with the gourmet salad he purrpares for the ill-mannered bunny, nya! Then they attempt the customer service at Sugarcube Corners, but his gruff dispurrsition is not very congenial, nya. After that they try the soothing treatments at the ponyville health spa and – and then orchard farming therapy at Sweet Apple Acres, but those do not go well either, nya! Finally, the trials move to the Everfree Forest, but I should not reveal too much more of the plot, nya!

This was yet another very impurressive issue which has the charmingly amusing tale with the great art, including the delightful critter feeding scene, the full-page taur pic and – and the wonderful two-page spurread of the forest supper scene, nya! The colors are so richly vibrant with the soft shading technique, nya! It is also fun to try to identify the other ponies, and – and I was able to spot Lotus Blossom, Lyra Heartstrings, Dr. Whooves, Rose, and – and Lilly, nya! That is all of our pony reports, but nyow here is Bun who is nicer than Angel to tell us about

Hero Cats #2, nya!


Bun:

Arigato!  In June 2013 at the annual Heroes Convention in Charlotte, we met the folks of Galactic Quest who published their comic book Hero Cats of Stellar City #0 http://www.herocatscomics.com,

which introduced us to Cassiopeia the Orange & White cat, her brother Bandit the tuxedo cat, Midnight the Black cat, Belle the Siamese cat, Roco the Gray cat, Ace the White cat, and Rocket the Tabby! They are the group of heroic nekos who help to purrotect Stellar City from monsters, criminals & disasters!

Cassiopeia is the sweet, smart, brave pet of astronomer Stanley Quest and his daughter Suzy, who are the supurr heroes Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl in the Galaxy Man comics, and at this year’s Heroes Convention we got a lovely original sketch of Cassiopeia by the comic book’s artist Marcus Williams, which y’all can see it in Guest Gallery 3 of our island’s Mewseum of Art! A few months ago, the ssue was slightly revised, re-lettered & relaunched by Action Lab Comics as Hero Cats of Stellar City #1!

Last month we were happy to see issue #2 which is priced $3.99 and has the 22 page tale of the cats fighting “The Menace of Johnny Arcado”, which was created & written by Kyle Puttkammer, pencilled by Marcus Williams, inked by Ryan Sellers, lettered by Briana Higgens and colored by Omaka Schultz and, plus the bonus pic annotated by Bandit, and the 2 page tale of “The Final Quarter” which stars Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl, written by Kyle Puttkammer and illustrated by Tracy Yardley!

This time the cats are pondering the human heroes and villains, the outer space threats, and their own readiness as heroes. They are not sure what to make of the human heroes, or if Cassiopeia is ready for the tougher battles. Meanwhile a gamer kid gets the super powers from an alien satellite and goes upon the evil rampage! He hopes to gain power & prestige by defeating Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl, but first his digital monsters will have to defeat the cats, as Cassiopeia proves just how ready she is!

It is a beautiful, thrilling fun tale with beautifully designed, rendered & colored characters, scenery & FX! I especially liked the the cats meeting in the aerospace mewseum, and the fight scenes as the cats pounce and bite upon the enemies, however there is also the very sad, dramatic flashback of Midnight’s younger kitten days and the poor family who tried to care for him. It is the tear jerker and I hope things perked up for the family later on! Also last month, we were treated to more of those nekos in the

Hero Cats / Princeless: Halloween Comics Fest Issue!


Bun:

Similar to Free Comic Book Day in May, Halloween Comics Fest is the annual national event in October at participating comics shops, who give away the special free issues by various publishers, and perhaps host other activities such as the sales, treats, entertainment & cosplay! Some of the comics might contain reprinted tales, and some might contain the new tales, such as that Fathom comic which Tara-chan mentioned, and this lovely, delightful Hero Cats / Princess double feature!

This free, full-color comic book includes the 10 page Hero Cats tale, the 10 page Princeless tale and 8 pages of ads! in “Monster Movie Night”, after the cats go to the drive-in theatre on Halloween night, they ponder what sort of characters they would most likely be in a movie, and then help a scared lost widdle girl reunite with the rest her family! It was written by Kyle Puttkammer, pencilled by Marcus Williams, inked by Ryan Sellers, lettered by Briana Higgens, and colored by Matt Herms!

Princeless was created & written by Jeremy Whitley, and it is another wonderful, pretty, whimsical series of the fantasy genre published by Action Lab! It stars the runaway girls of various races & species in the medieval era who rebel against the society’s stereotypes & sexism! The girls are smart, brave, tough and peppy friends who tend to outwit and outfight the boys! There have been a few Princeless mini-series, one-shot issues, and the trade paperbacks which collect those tales!

Adrienne does not want to be a helpless princess to be rescued, her dragon Sparky does not wish to be the stereotypical monster to be slain, and Bedelia the blacksmith does not intend to be the victim of the misogyny! In “First Strike”, Adrienne & Bedelia meet Raven, the feisty daughter of the Pirate King. She is the highly skilled fighter and archer known as The Black Arrow! The trio tries to get better acquainted over the the steak dinner at the restaurant, but it is interrupted by the brawl!

It was written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Rosy Higgins & Ted Brandt, with gorgeous character designs, animation style color & shading! The front cover art depicts the costumed cats upon the roof of the car from which Adrienne & Bedelia watch the scary movie! Sparky is hovering nearby too! This was one of my favoritest Halloween Comics Fest issues, and I will give both of the comics I have reviewed an “A” as in Ace and Adrienne! A is also for Angel, and here is Lizzy to tell us about

Angel & Faith Season 10 #7!


Elizabeth:

Hai! We are big fans of these canonical Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and the Angel & Faith comics which are published by Dark Horse and executively purroduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon!

They have the supurrb mix of humor, drama, action & mythology! In Season 10, Angel is still purrtrolling the Magic Town district of London, whilst Faith is still working for Kennedy’s security agency. Their paths have just recently become entangled with some other old familiar Buffy characters, as Angel encounters Amy Madison, whilst Faith investigates the disappurrance of Riley Finn!

Amy’s evil boyfriend Warren is back too, but he is purresently a jar of goo! Issue #6 is purriced $3.50 and its 28 pages include the 22 page tale of “Lost And Found Part Two”, plus the 6 pages of ads sammiched betwixt the choice of 2 covers! The tale was scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Scott Allie and assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, with the comic book’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the mane cover art by Scott Fischer, and the variant cover by Conrad & Madsen!

Purreviously, Amy showed up at the pub that Angel frequents in the Magic Town district of London, wanting to know how Angel resurrected Giles,  so that she can resurrect Warren. Meanwhile in South America, Faith joined the rescue expurrdition into the jungle along with more of the Deepscan girls, some soldiers and their client Ms. Reese Zane of a pharmaceutical company. They started to search for Riley, his wife Samantha, and Reese’s missing father, but the mission turned deadly when the tribe of purrimative vampires attacked, causing some fatalities amongst the team!

Chapter 2 begin back at the pub, but Angel is not keen on disclosing the resurrection spell to Amy, because it is extremely dangerous, he does not trust her, and he does not like Warren! She tries to purrsuade him, and Angel reluctantly says that he will at least consider it further. Later he finds Nadira (the former slayer turned mystic) waiting for him back at his home! She is very mysterious and cryptic, but seems much more helpful and pleasant than Amy, which is quite ironic because back in Season 9 (before her serene mystical transformation) she only wanted to kill Angel!

Back in the jungle the sun is setting, which is not good because that tribe of vampires are still lurking about, waiting to chomp Faith’s team again! Faith’s team finds the deserted base camp, with no sign of Riley, Sam or Mr. Zane. As they purrpare to defend it against the imminent vampurric seige, Faith tells Mai all about how she swapped bodies with Buffy to seduce Riley, which happened back when Faith was still the bad girl, in “Who Are You”, which was the 16th epurrsode of Buffy’s 4th season… but soon there is a big night battle when the many vampires attack the camp!

The chapter ends with surpurrises & cliffhangers, but I will not furtther spoil the plot! I liked the gorgeously rendered characters’ portraiture, poses, expurressions, clothing, objects & the lighting amidst the lush landscape, architectural details! The battle was impurressive with the flame thrower, guns, explosives & stakes for the vampires that burst into dust when slain! I was glad to see more of Nadira, I hope that Kennedy, Sophie & Lovina will return soon too, and I hope that we will learn more about Mai who is part of Faith’s team!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #8!

Elizabeth:

Buffy Season 10 #6 started the 2 – part “I Wish” story arc in which Buffy and her friends had to move into the haunted apartment building while they have also been busily, carefully re-writing the magickal rule book, and in issue #8 the “Return to Sunnydale” story arc begins! The issue is purriced $3.50, and its 28 pages compurrised of the 22 page tale, the 4 pages of the ads, and the 2 pages of poignant comments by the comics’ editor Scott Allie! The tale was co-written by Christos Gage, who also wrote Angel & Faith Season 9 and the magnificent Willow mini-series!

It was lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, with the comic book’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the mane wraparound cover art by Steve Morris and the variant cover by Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson! Rebekah & Dan also worked on Angel & Faith Season 9! She illustrated and he colored all but the pages 6-8 of “Return to Sunnydale Part One”, which were the ancient demon & slayer scenes illustrated by Richard Corben, which were colored by Richard and by Beth Corben Reed!

The whimsical tale for Halloween stars Buffy, Willow, Spike, Xander, Dawn, Giles, Andrew, the ancient demon, and the special appurrance by Andrew’s deceased former partner Jonathan! Andrew has purrloined the magickal book and taken it back to his old underground lair in the crater formerly known as Sunnydale, where lots of demons are celebrating Halloween! Andrew might be under the magickal influence because he is interested in Warren too, so purrhaps this is connected to Amy! I should not spoil more of the plot, but there is also the cryptic reference to Tara!

Nyow I am wondering if it is possible that we might eventually see other familiar faces such as Kendra or Jenny! I am not sure if the ancient layer we see is the very First Slayer, although she is the very pale, buxom, powerful heroine wearing just the boots and scabbard! The legendary Richard Corben is no stranger to drawing such voluptuous, savage femme fatales, such as those in the Heavy Metal comics! Buffy has the outfit with the cute top, and Willow wears the lovely dress as she wonderfully floats and glides across the ruins in search of Andrew and the book!

Some of my other favorite bits are the fun plot full of the witty banter, the character surpurrises, the dark humor, the demon battle, and more glimpses at Xander’s collection! This was another great issue, and I especially purraise the supurrbly drawn portraiture expurressions, poses, gestures and fashion details of the characters amidst the excellently rendered scenery FX and fonts! I will give both of those of these Season 10 issues the grade of an “A” as in Angel! I am all done, but nyow for more of the heroic witchy combat, Jennyjen will take us from Sunnydale to the

Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident vol. 2!

Jeannie:

Arigato. Strike Witches is the manga & anime purrtaining to the multinational squadron of heroic magickal girls who fight the extraterrestrial invaders known as the Neuroi in the alternate World War II history. The witches use various firearms, wear the boot-like devices known as Striker Units for flight, and have kemonomimi ears & tails of various breeds & species when using their magick.  For our reviews of the Strike Witches anime series, see the May 2010 & November 2012 Mews, and for our reviews of the Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky manga, see the March & May 2014 Mews.

In May we also reviewed the Kotobukiya’s 1/8 scale figure of Lt. Col. Minna-Dietland Wilcke, in July we reviewed The Sky That Connects Us manga. and in September we reviewed Strike Witches 1937: Fuso Sea Incident vol.1. The Fuso Sea Incident is the purrequel tale beginning in 1937, as the 2nd world war against the Neurois has begun appurroximately 20 years after the 1st world war. The story was written by Humikane Shinad & Projekt Kagonish, and the art is by Ningen. It was originally published as Strike Witches Zero: 1937 Fuso Jaiji Hen in Japan in 2011 by Kadokawa;

This North American version is published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment,  translated by Adrienne Beck, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, edited Adam Arnold, purroofread by Janet Houck andConner Crooks, with the cover design by Nicky Lim, lettering and layout by Alexandra Gunawan. It is purriced $12.95 in the USA, $14.99 in Canada, and intended for readers of ages 16+ due to the military combat and the bit of “fan service”. The 154 pages are compurrised of manga chapters 7-13, the 4 pages of battleship notes, the author’s message, and the lovely 2 color pages.

In vol. 1, the 2nd world war against the Neuroi has already begun in Europe and has just started to involve the nation of Fuso, which is analogous to Japan. Imperial Fuso Navy Petty Officers Mio Sakamoto, Wakamoto Tetsuko and Takei Junko had just begun their training under kendo sensei / Major Kitago Fumika, but soon they saw the aerial combat and became idolized heroines, especially Anabuki who starred in a movie. Eventually, Mio attains the rank of Major by 1944 at the start of the anime series, and Katou is a Sergeant by the time of The Sky That Connects Us.

Also appurring are Pilot Officers Kuroe Ayaka, Katou Keiko & Anabuki Tomoko of the Fuso Army 1st Airborne Division, with Wing Commander Eto Toshiko & Capt Adolfine Gallard of the Karlsland Luftwaffe 88th Squadron. When vol. 2 begins, it is the spurringtime of 1928, but the war is not going well for the Earth forces, with many casualties as the witches grow exhausted, whilst the Neuroi unleash more devastating weapons such as Albatross and Mountain. The morale is quite low as army generals & naval admirals argue strategy, and some of them doubt the witches efficacy,

IN spite of the desperate time for humanity, Mio purrseveres despite her fatigue, Waka continues her goal to be the best, and there is hope for victory when they may have discovered a weakness in the Neuroi in a turning point of the war, which would be  known as The Fuso Sea Incident. Vol. 2 depicts more of the naval opurrations of the war, whereas vol. 1 purrimarily focused upon the air corp. aspects. Vol. 2 has the more despurrate, serious, dire mood than vol. 1, which purrhaps had more slice of life moments, although in voi. 2 we do see more of Mio & Waka’s rivalry at kendo,

There is a brief appurrance of very young Yoshika who would later become one of the starring witches. I purrsume that she is about 9 or 10 years old at the end of Vol, 2, as she is 14 and Mio is 19 in 1945 at the start of the anime. Like The Sky That Connects Us manga, the Fuso Sea Incident seems to fit into the anime TV series continuity, with the similar tone and style compurred to the Maidens in the Sky manga, which seems to have the lighter, comedic alternate version of the saga. Strike Witches continues to be one of my favorite series of anime or manga of the past few years.

Some of my favorite aspects of Strike Witches are the very endearing heroines, the thrilling action & many charming moments, beautiful art & designs, the fascinating mythology & world building of the alternate reality WWII vintage, and I will give volume 2 the grade of an “A” as in Mio’s A6M3A-style striker unit. I will eagerly await the next volume of Strike Witches manga, and I hope that the original 2007 OVA, the 2012 movie and this year’s Victory Arrow OVA might be released here too. That will conclude my manga review, and nyow the purrint media topic will continue with our


magazine mewsings & purriodicals purrings.


Nyoka:

Hai! We wish to mention a few of our favorite recent beautiful images of the inspurrational celebrities upon the covers of magazines, comics, calendars and other purriodicals, such as Joan Lunden on the October 6th cover of People magazine, and Queen Latifah on the November cover of Essence!

Nyanko:

TNA wrestling supurrstar Gail Kim was one of the inspurrational stars upon the October cover of Flex, whilst IBFF champion Candice Keen graces the September / October cover of Strong and the September / October cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers! Banzai!


Jeannie:

Yogini Tara Stiles serenely graces the cover of Prevention Magazine’s Yoga Now issue, and there is a beautiful photo of the late Aaliyah upon the cover of Wax Poetics #59.

Mary Nyan:

Supurr model Joan Smalls was the October cover of Self, actress Sofia Vergara is on the November cover of Shape, and actress Zoe Saldana is on the November cover of Elle!


Yvonne:

Jennifer Garner is on the October cover of In Style magazine’s American edition, whilst Nicol Scherzinger is on the October cover of the UK edition, nya!

Tara-chan:

Kitty flies the airplane across the front of her Hello Kitty 2015 calendar; whilst Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and – and Pinkie Pie are on the front of the My Little Pony 2015 calendar, nya!


Trini-chan:

It was great to see surfer Carissa Moore on the cover of Salted’s 2014 annual, and actress Eve Hewison on the October cover of Foam!


Elizabeth:

Kara Goucher is on the November cover of Runner’s World, and Liz Blatchford is on the October / November cover of Lava!


Becca:

It was so nice to see LPGA star Michelle Wie on the October cover of Golf Digest, and the PNB’s ballerina Leta Biasucci on the October / November cover of Pointe!


Bun:

One of my favorite super heroines Usagi alias Sailor Moon is on the October cover of Otaku USA, and Sarina Nash looks like a wonderful water nymph on the cover of Faerie Magazine #27!


Petra:

I will nominate the beautiful wraparound cover art of the Girls & Panzer manga vol. 2, which depicts the Ooari Girls Academy’s Tankery Teams A & B, nya! The A Team in the Panzer IV is compurrised of Yukari, Saori, Miho, Mako and Hanna, whilst the B team in the Type 89 tank are Noriko, Taeko, Shinobu and Akebi, nya!

Mike:

Well, I was delighted to see Kate Bush featured on the October cover of Mojo, and there is such a gorgeous close-up photo of Beyonce on the front of her new calendar! Now to continue the magazine topic, here are our recent favorite

fish photos & other appetizing images!

Mike:

These are our favorite recent photos or illustrations of fish and other delicacies from the deep, which have graced the front covers of angling, diving, aquarium, science or food magazines, such as that pic of the huge Mako Shark on the cover of Sport Fishing vol. 29 #8!

Nyanko:

Mmm I like the looks of the supurrb Salmon on the November – December cover of American Angler, and another one on the cover of The Flyfish Journal Vol. 6 #1!


Nyoka:

There is a succulent Steelie on the October- November cover of Salmon & Steelheader Journal, and the numcious Chinook on the Fall cover of Flyfishing & Tyling Journal!

Mary Nyan:

There is a tasty Trout to tempt my tummy on the Fall cover of Fly Fusion, and on the cover of Fly Fisherman vol. 46 #4! Yum yum!

Yvonne:

There is a wonderful White Marlin on the October cover of Marlin magazine, and Gaff Girl Mandy has caught the big billfish on the October – November cover of GAFF magazine, nya!

Tara-chan:

I like… I like the Stripurr on the October cover of Saltwater Sportsman, and – and the Redfish on the October cover of Florida Sportsman, nya! Oh this is making me hungry again, but I will wait until the AfterMew luau, nya!

Jeannie:

I will nominate the Bass caught from Lake Norman (which is here in North Carolina) on the cover of Bass Angler vol. 23 #3, and the other big Bass on the November cover of North Carolina Game & Fish.

Bun:

KC Scott’s illustration of the Grouper is on the September – October cover of Florida Sport Fishing, and Larry Tople’s painting of the Crappies is on the October-November cover of In-Fisherman!


Trini-chan:

The Oscar and the Killifish are on the Autumn cover of Popular Fishkeeping, whilst the Barb and the Foxtail are on the October cover of Practical Fishkeeping, but I wish they were on my plate!

Elizabeth:

I would not mind a taste of the Maroon Clownfish on the September / October cover of Coral,  or the Pink Clownfish on the November cover of Tropical Fish Hobbyist!

Becca:

Hai hai, and nyow I am craving the Red Laser on the November  / December cover of Amazonas, the Platy, Black Moore and the Crayfish on the cover of Aquarium USA’s 2015 Annual!

Petra:

There are beautiful, yummy illustrations of the Trout of North America 2015 Calendar by Jospeh R. Tomelleri, and the 12 Months of Fishing 2015Calendar by Ford Flick and Tomelleri, nya! That is for the periodicals portion of The Mew, and nyow it is time to purrsent the latest additions to

The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, nya!

Petra:

For those who are here for the first time, galleries 1-6 display illustrations & photos by Mike, whilst guest galleries 1-3 display images by other folks with their purrrrmissions, nya! Mike’s collaborations with other artists are displayed throughout the galleries too, nya! On the web site, a gallery’s most recent pics will be in the lowermost row of the small cropped “thumbnail” portions, and you have to click on the “thumbnails” to see the full pics, nya!

Nyow in Gallery 6 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery6.html is Mike’s pic of the “Cordial Concierges” at the Catgirl Island Visitors Center, nya! From left to right in the indoor atrium brook of the amphibiously accessible visitors center are Nao the faerie purrched upon the plant, Angi the mermaid with the Angel Fish tail, Jesi the catgirl in the Green bikini, Gina the faerie with the Imperial Moth-like wings, Eiko the faerie with the clear wings, Kai the catgirl in the cropped tank top, Ciana the mermaid with the Red Drum tail, and Tia the faerie with the Luna Moth-like wings, nya!

They are the senior concierges, who are referred to as “Senpai” by their purrt-time appurrentices who are referred to as “Kohai”, nya! The Kohai are not pictured here, but eventually they will pose for a group pic too, nya! All of the concierges are very informative, friendly, multilingual, local folks who purroject much southern hospurrtality and aloha spurrit, and are often among the first repurrsentatives of the island who many new visitors might meet, nya! The illustration’s medium was an inked, pencil drawing that was digitally colored with Photoshop CS2 and a mouse, nya!

Nextly in Gallery 6 is “Cat-Women of the Moon: 1953!” which is Mike’s Black & White fan art in homage to the 1953 science fiction film Cat-Women of the Moon, nya! The movie was written by Roy Hamilton, directed by Arthur Hilton, purrduced by Jack Rabin & Al Zimbalist, and the plot purrtains to the 5 astronauts in the atomic rocket who meet the huge, horned spiders and the 7 supurr Cat-Women who despurrately need to escape to The Earth, because their ancient city in the hollow Moon is losing air, nya! Mike used Photoshop CS2 and the mouse to create the illustration, nya!

Nextly are the Black & White pencil sketch and the color Photoshop CS2 & mouse rendering of Mike’s fan art of Marvel Comics’ Tigra  to commemorate her 40th Anniversary, nya! She first appurred in Giant-Size Creatures #1, which was published in 1974, the year of the Tiger, nya! Purrior to that, she was an ordinary human named Greer Grant Nelson, who became the costumed crime fighter known as The Cat in her 1972 comic book The Claws of the Cat, but that changed just two years later when she and her friend Dr. Joanne Turmolo got captured by the evil Hydra group, nya!

That tale also starred Jack Russlle the Werewolf, nya! Dr. Turmolo used her own secret ancestral magickal cat people ritual to transform Greer into Tigra the were- tiger woman, who then escaped to sink her claws into those Hydra agents, nya! Since then, Tigra has appurred in many comic books, in her solo purrowls, team ups with other heroes, as a member of The Avengers and other groups, a purrofessor at the Avengers Academy, the girlfriend of Dr. Henry Pym, and mommy of William the cute widdle kitten boy, nya! We hope that y’all will enjoy Mike’s illustrations of her, nya!

Jeff Branch http://phillyflash.deviantart.com was among our guests for the May 2008 Mew, nya! We have quite the few illustrations of  characters in our mewseum such as Alexandra, Talia, Marie & Haruna, and nyow we are pleased to include Mike’s two illustrations of “Detective Sakurada”, nya! In Jeff’s online tale of “A Question of Faith”, which was inspired by Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon series, Detective Junko Sakurada of the Keishicho (Tokyo Metropolitan Police) was among the heroines who investigated the suspicious cult, the criminals, the terrorists, and the youma, nya!

She is a smart, tough, strong and attractive detective, but she has suffered the sad purrsonal losses such as her late fiance, and she is not fond of the vigilante types, including the Sailor Scouts, nya! If Junko’s name sounds familiar, that is because she was named after the legendary Japanese singer / actress, because Jeff is the huge fan of Japanese female vocalists, nya! By the way, Jeff’s great fan site Pink Lady America http://www.pinkladyamerica.com is dedicated to the pop mewsic duo of Mie & Kei who are known as Pink Lady, nya! So what do y’all think of the art, nya?

Trini-chan:

I think the expurressions and portraitures are well repurrsented in the pic, even amongst the faeries who have shrunk to the tiny pixy size! The brook must seem like the big lagoon to them! We are so purroud of our Visitors Center, which is bright, cheerful and accessible to visitors of many species who wish to walk, roll, swim or fly in for the information or to meet friends!


Yvonne:

Jesi is so purretty in the Green bandeau top bikini accessorized by the Pink Carnation tail lei, and Kai’s side-tie bikini with the cropped tank top nicely frames her toned, tanned tummy, nya! I think that Gina’s cute widdle Dandelion bikini purrfectly accents her Yellow & Red wings, and this is one of the few times when Eiko’s lovely wings were not at the speedy blur, nya!

Mary Nyan:

The illustration faithfully captures Nao’s Oak Besma Moth-like wings, Tia’s Green Luna Moth-like wings, and their criss-cross halter-neck bikinis that do not ride up on the wings! Ciana is wearing the sexy Jellycups, mew la la! For those who might be unfamiliar, the Jellycups are the translucent type of bikini top locally made of hollowed (naturally deceased) jellyfish bells!

Bun:

Hai, the Fall styles have been selling briskly at the boutiques along the riverwalk, especially in the larger cups! That is the second image we have of Ciana in Gallery 6! Gosh I can’t believe that Tigra has been around for 40 years! I think the most recent comic book i have seen her in was… maybe The Fearless Defenders #5 which we reviewed in the July 2013 Mew!


Elizabeth:

 

Oh I remember that we purrofiled Tigra way back in the 4th installment of our Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, in the January 2010 Mew! That was maybe 6 months before she appurred in the Avengers Academy comics, which were written by Christos Gage who currently writes the Buffy comics, but sadly Avengers Academy and The Fearless Defenders were both cancelled.

Becca:

I wish that Tigra would appurr in the movies or TV shows with her fellow Avengers! To return to the art, Tigra looks savagely alluring in the Black bikini accessorized by the claw jewelry and the mystic neko amulet! It is the good fashionable accent for her lovely striped pelage, and she has found the comfy purrch upon the high branch in the jungle in Mike’s color pic!

Jeannie:

The bikini is the purractical garment for the furry tiger girl, as it would not get too hot, impede her graceful agility, get caught on the branches, nor confine her toned taut tummy after she has gorged upon her purrey. I recall in Giant-Size Creatures #1 that she clawed several of her captors, but I could not help but wonder if she and Jack ate fresh Hydra meat for suppurr.

Nyanko:

You know, in addition to the crime fighting, Greer and Junko have a sadder common aspect, in that Greer’s husband and Junko’s fiance were both cops who were murdered by the criminals. The Gold engagement ring upon Junko’s left ring finger is the tragic memento of the hard – boiled Detective’s happier times.

Nyoka:

“A Question Of Faith” was great when Tanya / alias Sailor Sirius and Talia / alias Sailor Vulcan fought the villains, it purrked up further when Marie and Haruna arrived, and it got wilder when Talia’s purrsonality split to become Jasmine’s purrsonality, and then Junko debuted, so I am anxious to read the next chapter!

Tara-chan:

Hai, I am eager for the next longly-awaited chapter, nya! My favorite parts of Cat – Women of the Moon are the moonscape paintings by Chesley Bonestall, the dinner-table sized spider puppet built by Wah Chang, the mewsic by Elmer Bernstien, and – and the actresses including dance choreographer Betty Arlen, nya!


Petra:

You know, the Cat-Women of the Moon do not seem very catlike, but I suppose they are the honorary catgirls with the telepathy, the telepurrtation, and the centuries – long life – spans, nya!

Mike:

 

Yeah, I took a few artistic liberties with my fan art. Instead of the ladies’ hair & make-up styles of the movie, I gave the seven moon maidens and Helen the astronaut the nekomimi caps to match their Black leotards! Ah, well Petra, thank you very much for presenting the new art!

Petra:

Doistashimaste, nya! That will conclude the art portion, and nyow it is the time for

The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya!


Mike:

Yep! In this portion of The Mew, we commemorate famous catgirl, nekomimi and were-kitty characters of various media, such as novels. comics, cinema, TV, games, toys, and internet! Our broadly inclusive criteria includes those who actually have feline female DNA, those who just dress the part, or those who might have the cat-titude or style to be considered as “honorary catgirls, such as the aforementioned titular Cat-Women of the Moon!

They include Carol Brewster as their leader Alpha, Suzanne Alexander as her deputy Beta, Susan Morrow as poor Lambda who falls in love with Doug the astronaut / communications officer, and Marie Windsor as Helen astronaut / navigator who is telepathically inducted into their sisterhood! The rest of the unnamed, tragic lunar ladies are portrayed by “Hollywood Cover-Girls” Bette Arlen, Roxann Delman, Ellye Marshall and Judy Walsh!


Tara-chan:

Hai, I will mention Catrina, who was one of the early villains in the original 1980′s My Little Pony nya! In the tale of “”Escape from Catrina”, she enslaved the bushwoolies in her subterranean lair to brew the witchweed potion which gave her the supurr powers, including the giant size, nya! When the purrisoners escaped, she went to nearby Paradise Estates to capture the ponies to serve as her replacement slaves, but later she ironically needed the ponies to rescue her from her own distillery purrocess, nya!

Elizabeth:

I wish to shine the spotlight upon Fatina of the Tower of Druaga anime & video games of the sword & sorcery genre! It is the dungeon crawl type of adventure  for the group who dares to explore the legendary dangerous for the treasure! She is the magickal Blonde girl in the group, wearing the nekomimi headband, her attire resemble the Tuxedo cat motif, and for further information purrtaining to Fatima I will recommend her purrofile page at the Tower of Druaga wiki http://towerofdruaga.wikia.com/wiki/Fatina!

Yvonne:

I will shine the spotlight upon the Firran race of cat people in the Arche Age, nya! It is a recent Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game in which players from around the world purrtray the characters of the different species in the vast fantasy environment to explore, nya! Those include the Elves, Harani, Nuian and the Firran who are the quick, nimble, felinoid nomads with the sharp claws and lions, nya! For more information I will suggest th Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArcheAge, nya!

Mary Nyan:

In the November 2013 Mew we mentioned Koneko and Kuroka of the High School DXD manga and anime, which purrtains to the relationships and compurrtions at the high school populated by the devils, angels and other supurrnatural types! The main characters include the love triangle of Riser, Rias and Issei, and nyow I wish to mention catgirl twins Ni (Red hair) and Li (Blue hair) who are among Riser’s devil’s! For more information, I will recommend the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_School_DxD and the High School DXD Wiki http://highschooldxd.wikia.com!

Nyoka:

The Goddess Hathhalla appurrs in Artesia, the beautiful epic fantasy comic book, graphic novel & game by author / artist Mark Smylie http://swordandbarrow.com! The tale stars the smart, powerful, charismatic Artesia the military captain & purriestess in the ancient world at war! The cultural aspects are very intricate, including the deities such as Hathhalla, who first appurrs to Artesia in chapter 5! Resembling the lion – headed, naked woman carrying two battle axes, she is the goddess of battle & vengeance, who also known as the Sun Lioness, The Avenger, and The Devouring Fire!

Nyanko:

Hook-Ups are a brand of skateboard, clothes & merchandise of the Japanese anime imagery started in 1994, so they are celebrating the 20th anniversary! I still have my first Hook-Ups decal of the smiling Brown-eyed, Black haired catgirl with cute fang! Since then, there have been images of many other girls of various species & purrofessions such as Akiko, Alison, Jasmine, Krissy, Mariko, Natsuki, Sakura, Suzi, Trixie, Kitana the jungle girl, Nikita the kunoichi, the school girl, devil girl, nurse, pilot, police, scout, fire fighter and Cheshire Katgirl! Whatchoo got there, Becca?

Becca:

I have the art book for Angel Graffiti, a Japanese dating sim video game which was made by Coconuts for the Playstation in 1996, so it is almost as old as the Hook-Ups! The game is graced by the character designs by Izumi Matsumoto, who is famous as the author of Kimagure Orange Road, which is one of my favorite anime Angel Graffiti purrtains to the two angels who get involved  with the students & faculty of a High School! Flaire Angel has some sexy tiger striped outfits, and Reiko has a catgirl costume among her various clothes! Kawaii! Howboutchoo, Jennyjen?

Jeannie:

Catherine Bell alias Kitty, is star of the Bad Kitty comic books which were created by Brian Pulido. Bad Kitty was originally published in 2001 by Chaos Comics, which was also known for sexy occult characters such as Lady Death, Purgatori, Chastiy and Jade. Kitty was formerly of the New Orleans Police Department, and with the help of her Black cat she fought  he crooked cops and purranormal enemies. She wore the tight, strappy, Black outfit of the cropped tank top, thong, leather pants, boots, gloves, belt, detached sleeves and ample weaponry.

Bad Kitty was relaunched last month in a one-shot issue by Dynamite Comics. This seemed to reboot the series in which we see her initially as the cute girl wearing the Pink nekomimi ears, as her violent alter-ego known as Kitty surfaces to violently confront the abusive people. 15 years later as a police woman injured by a criminal’s explosive murder attempt, her Kitty purrsona resurfaces as a heavily-armed, rogue officer in shorts, Pink & White trainers, a matching cat shirt, a half-shaven new coiffure, and the furious vengeance to stalk the evil purrpetrators.

Trini-chan:

There have been brief catgirl appearances in recent TV commercials, such as the catgirl purrincess pawing at the glass booth brought home by the mom’s children in that TV commercial for the virtual wallet; and the two Bast girls beside the Egyptian Queen’s throne, amongst the many quick images in the commercial for Google Play! There is a leopard – print catgirl in the crowd of dancing Halloween cosplayers in the Party City stores’ commercial; and the catgirl with cosmetic whiskers amongst the trick r treater kids, appurropurriately in the Halloween commercial for KitKat candy!

Bun:

Emily Winfield Martin is an amazing illustrator & author from Portland, Oregon whose artistry is so beautiful, playful and charming The delightful subjects of her Black Apple art shop include the dragons, sea creatures, mermaids, bears, and kids masquerading as kemonomimi! The cover of Tin House magazine vol. 16 #1 is graced by her purretty painting of Bess, Maude, Frances, Matilda & Maryanne gathered in the glen, wearing their pretty dresses and the darling bear girl, fox, cat, elephant and bunny masks! She is the author of story books such as Day Dreamer, Dream Animals, and The Black Apple’s Paper Doll primer; she has a web site http://www.emilywinfieldmartin.com and the blog http://www.theblackapple.typepad.com, too!

Petra:

Lastly but certainly not leastly, I will shine the spotlight upon Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox https://nekonekomovielitterbox.wordpress.com, nya! It is the informative and entertaining site of Miyuki the catgirl, who has the worldly cultural insights and the charming panache, not only in her sparkling reviews of international cinema, but in other topics such as the delicious recipes too, nya! I ahve the cravings just thinking about the cuisine, nya! That will conclude this month’s spotlight, but next month we will shine it upon more of the folks who have illustrated, written or purrformed as the catgirl characters among their purrolific work, and now it is time for our mane event as we welcome

our special guest, author Sharon Williams!


Tara-chan:

We are big fans of our friend Sharon Williams’s serialized purrose fantasy tales such as Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, Osiris Rising, An Angel’s Prayer, and – and her most recent tale of Okami No Hime which just concluded in July, nya! We reviewed it in the August Mew, nya. Sharon’s thrilling, emotional tales star the wonderful young heroines who bravely fight the monsters, the disasters and – and the villains, with the great dialogue, vivid descriptions, and – and the bit of romance along the way, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen Mike’s illustrations of those heroines in our mewseum, nya?

Some of her characters have visited us, including her character Tari of Osiris Rising was a guest who we intermewed in the October 2008 Mew, nya! Gosh, the time has flown by like the hypurr drive, nya! We learned a lot about how to fight against giant supurrnatural monster snakes from her, nya! Nyow we will reveal the bit more about Sharon, who is a very worldly, multicultural purrson of the Caribbean ancestry, although she spent much of her life in The Bronx, and – and in recent years she has resided in Pennsylvania, nya! (tail-tags Trini-chan to continue he introduction)

Trini-chan:

In addition to her travels, college education and wonderful fiction writing, she has been the assistant teacher, worked at the day care, and trained to be a registered nurse, too! She likes to read, swim and go to the beach; her favorite types of mewsic are Reggae, Calypso, and some of the hip hop; she likes to watch movies and TV shows, and she is a big fan of Japanese anime & manga! Sharon is particularly fond of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon manga & anime, which is what inspired her Sailor Sirius fan-fiction tales starring her “fan senshi” heroine Tanya, alias Sailor Sirius!

Sharon’s Sirius site http://sailorsirius.webs.com purrtains to her Sailor Sirius, Dark Fires of Cyphyrus and Osiris Rising tales, information and images; and y’all can read her tales of An Angel’s Prayer and Okami No Hime at her DeviantArt Gallery http://rose74.deviantart.com! There are wonderful images of her characters by various artists there too, and about the time whem Okami No Hime was to conclude, Sharon announced that she was working on her next pending tale titled Legacy of the Gods! So no without the further delay, aloha Sharon and welcome to The Mew!

Trini-chan:

May we get you a tasty beverage?

Sharon:

(wearing a tank top, kahki shorts and sandals) I’d love a Peach Mango Iced tea!

Tara-chan

Coming right up, nya! (She and Trini-chan scampurr to get the delicious tea)


Yvonne:

You recently celebrated your birthday last month, nya! How did you celebrate the occasion, nya?


Sharon:

I just spent it quietly at home and part of the day with my mom. It was fun and I like quiet time when I can get it.


Yvonne:

I understand that your astrological sign is Libra on the Scorpio cusp, nya. How might that reflect your purrsonality, nya?

Sharon:

Well, from what I understand about it, being a Libra gave me the ability and personality to see situations and things from boths sides, not just one, and because of that, I do tend to take a long time to make decisions and judgements. That’s very true for me. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. ^^; I’m also very communicative because I’m ruled by the elemenet of Air, which rings true too. Because I’m on the cusp of Scorpio, depending on certain years to do tend to have more of a Scorpio personality in my sign, such as intensity and emotional at times.


Trini-chan:

(brings the beverage) The tea!


Tara-chan:

Kampai, nya! (they scampurr back to their seats, vigilant if a drink refill is desired)


Sharon:

Thanks! ^_____^


Yvonne:

Nyow we are all set, nya! So, could you please tell us about your younger years, especially in the big family with 6 brothers & sisters, nya?


Sharon:

Gosh, I’ll try. ^^; For me it was kind of a blur because I was trying so very hard to learn a new language, make friends, and understand a new culture and neighborhood. At times I remember being so very sad and not understanding what was going on, and it did worry my parents. My brothers adjusted a bit more, but I was really missing home. My older 2 half-sisters were here in America much longer that I have but I didn’t see them much.

But I do remember one of them helping me as much as she could. Sometimes we had a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles visiting and we would visit them, so it was nice to have familiar faces and family around. It helped my anxiety a lot. We celebrated a lot of American holidays and traditions, but we kept our own and mixed in ours as well.


Yvonne:

That is the poignant immigrant background, nya! What did the widdle Sharon want to do when she first began to ponder her grown up life & purrofession, nya?


Sharon:

I remember wanting to be an actress and singer when I was little because I loved watching television and movies. Today I’m more into movies than television, but yeah, it was an influence. ^^ Over the years it’s changed to nurse, ballerina, and a photographer. *giggles*


Yvonne:

Oh then purrhaps you can purrtake of local dance scene and photo exhibits, nya! I take it you are a Yankees baseball fan too, nya?

Sharon:

Oh definitely, I used to watch them during their Spring training not to far from where I grew up.

Yvonne:

Have you been to any of those games, nya?

Sharon:

Yes, I remember my dad taking me and my brothers to see a game a couple of times. It was exciting and it was amazing to see and hear all those people cheering. I was even on camera one time as I was waving.

Yvonne:

That must have been so exciting to be in the legendary stadium, nya! So were you excited about Derek Jeter’s year, nya?


Sharon:

Yeah, I remember hearing about when he was first signed. I was very proud for him. He really represented my adopted home city in such a wonderful, exciting way. I do wish him all the best of luck. ^___^

Yvonne:

When did you first realize your talent for writing. nya?


Sharon:

I would think sometime 3rd grade or so when my teacher said I was very good with my handwriting and telling how my weekend went, as well as writing current events. I was proud of myself and I knew I wanted to continue writing.


Yvonne:

Who are some of your favorite authors & books, nya?


Sharon:

My favorite authors were C.L. Lewis, the author of the Narnia series, Tolkein, author of the Lord Of The Rings series, and more recently I’ve been reading the Familiars series, which is hopefully being considered for a movie, The Pegasus series, and The Ether series, which is about a boy who learns he is an angel and trains to be a guardian.


Yvonne:

We are looking forward to the next Hobbit movie, nya! What are some of your favorite movies & TV shows, nya?


Sharon:

I really enjoy the CSI shows, even though I haven’t seen them in a while, Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion, and sometimes if I’m in the mood, Once Upon A Time, even though I’m not that big of a fan. The movies I liked were Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Star Wars movies.


Yvonne:

That is the fun batch, nya! Speaking of the comics heroes, how did you become a fan of Sailor Moon, nya?


Sharon:

I guess it was not too long after I came to Pennsylvania. I was really down one day and I happened to come across the English dub of it. I immediately thought it was awesome and looked it up to find out more about it


Yvonne:

It is good that it purrked your spirits, nyaI I read that your favorite Sailors are Moon, Venus & Pluto, nya?


Sharon:

For Moon, I liked the fact that she knews she’s quirky, not the smartest, and a clutz. That’s kind of like me as well. For Venus, I love how despite how her past hurt, she can still move on and put a smile on her face and make others as well as herself happy. I definitely admire that. For Pluto, I love her maturity, her devotion, and her understanding to the younger girls.


Yvonne:

Do you have an opinion about that current Sailor Moon Crystal animated TV series, nya?


Sharon:

I don’t, I haven’t seen any of the Crystal episodes. It’s just something I don’t have an immediate rush to see right now.


Yvonne:

So how did Sailor Sirius & Sailor Polaris originate, nya?


Sharon:

When I was a Sailor Moon fan, I stumbled across some fanfiction when I thought was pretty cool. ^^ I figured I’d come up with a new character like the authors, but….they all looked the same, almost had the same powers, and related to Sailor Moon in some strange way. So I figured I’d come up with a character I noticed no one thought to create…an ethnic senshi. Up to this day, it’s kind of hard whether it’s taken off or not, but I had fun.


Yvonne:

We have had much fun reading those tales, nya! How did Sailor Sirius meet Sailor Vulcan http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery2/51.html, nya?


Sharon:

It was actually [Jeff] the creator of Sailor Vulcan that suggested a meeting and he wrote the story himself. I was completely flattered and it was fun reading their story. That was quite a few years ago!


Yvonne:

What can you tell us about their guardian dogs, nya?

Sharon:

Well, they can be just as loyal, rambunctious, and a bit of a handful like any other dogs, but they have an intelligence that saved Sirius’s and Polaris’s lives more than once. ^^; They would defend the girls to the death. They are also a link to the past of the girls as well, as they often told about life in the past during the Silver Millennium.


Yvonne:

Did you & Jeff co-wrote or write sepurrate tales, and how would you compurr your writing styles, nya?


Sharon:

I’ve never co-written with Jeff, he’s usually the one that wrote up the exciting adventures of Talia and Tanya. I don’t think I would have had the time even if I wanted. I actually admire his writing style and I think it’s much higher than mine.


Yvonne:

So, how did your first original tale Dark Fires of Cyphyrus originate, nya?


Sharon:

It originated not too long after I finished my last Sailor Sirius fanfiction. I thought since I had so much fun writing fanfiction, it would even be more fun and challenging to come up with a story and characters myself, that no one has thought of or used before. It was kind of hard at first, but I enjoyed the end result and the process.


Yvonne:

We greatly enjoyed it, nya! What were the challenges of writing the original fic compurred to the fan fic, nya?


Sharon:

One of the biggest challenges is just coming up with the personalities of the characters, as well as their background and coming up with plots and storylines. Dialog was pretty challenging too, because you have to come up with those things all on your own


Yvonne:

We purrticularly like the dialogue, especially when the feisty heroines trash-talk the villains, nya! Is the dialogue an easier or harder aspect for you to write. nya?


Sharon:

It’s easier because the girls would says things I would never say in real life. I’d be too shy and scared! Today would be a little different, but years ago…no. ^.^ They would just say what I would be thinking.


Yvonne:

Was Dark Fires more complex to write, in that it was about an entire team of heroes, nya?


Sharon:

In a way, yes, it was more complex because I had to establish a whole new world with cultures and languages. I don’t know if I’ll do that again, but I think I could challenge myself again. ^.~ My others were a bit easier as it dealt with cultures from Earth


Yvonne:

What inspired the Dark Fires heroines Priya http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery1/12.html, Angeni http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery2/56.html, Ling http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery2/57.html, Janeta http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery2/58.html and Heather http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery2/59.html, nya?


Sharon:

For Prya, I’ve always admired the Hindu culture from India and I met an Indian girl when I lived in New York, going to school. She was very fascinating and I’m glad I remembered her. Angeni was from my love of the Native American culture and the struggles they went through. There were very little characters from the Native American culture in literature…at least from my perspective, and I wanted to change that.

Ling was from a rumor that on my mother’s side of the family, we’re supposed to have a distant Chinese ancestor. I’ve always found that awesome. For Jeneta, again, I’ve noticed there were very little ethnic characters in literature and fiction of the past and even today, so I figured she would be a wonderful addition. Heather is slightly based on a good friend of mine I’ve known for about 12 years over the internet, living in the Netherlands. She’s been such a good friend and inspiration to me.


Yvonne:

What inspired your Osiris Rising tale and its heroine Tari http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery3/80.html, nya?


Sharon:

I am a big lover of mythology and history, and Egyptian mythology is one of my favorite. I love the interaction of the gods, what they did to help the people, as well as what they did to punish them. ^^; It was a bit like a soap opera, if you think about it! *laughs* Tari came from my love of the stories and the connection of Egyptian and African cultures


Yvonne:

Was it easier to write Osiris Rising, after you had accomplished Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, nya?


Sharon:

Yes, it actually was. With Osiris Rising, I was able to use the mythology that was already established and research what I would use and not use.


Yvonne:

How did your Biblical research for An Angel’s Prayer compurr to the Egyptian research for Osiris Rising, nya?


Sharon:

It was actually a bit easier as I’ve learned so much from the bible and reading books about the bible and ancient times growing up and going to church. It was almost second nature. I also learned that there was just as much or more soap opera drama in the bible as in mythology.


Yvonne:

Do you have notes or an outline for the entire tale, and already know how the plot will end when you start writing the first chapter nya?


Sharon:

Mostly would just scribble notes on paper for my stories. I don’t really use an outline. I would change it too much. ^^ I have an idea what the ending would be, but sometimes I would have to change it because of how I would change a scene or character.


Yvonne:

How about the design purroces for your characters, and are any of them based upon real people, nya?


Sharon:

The design process wasn’t too difficult. Mostly I would look up photographs of girls from a region I’m thinking of, like China or India and such, and based on what I saw and read, I would use that. It definitely helped. The only one that I slightly based on a real person would be Heather.


Yvonne:

What inspired An Angel’s Prayer and its heroine Aiko http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery4/251.html, nya?


Sharon:

During the time I first thought of An Angel’s Prayer, I was going through a tough time with attending college and working full time, both at the same time. It was very stressful, frustrating, and I felt very alone as I didn’t have any advice or guidance. My parents never attended college, so I couldn’t go to them. I just needed an outlet for my feelings and writing that story helped a lot to try and hold on to my faith and hope


Yvonne:

Your tales have very vividly described, travelogue-ish qualities, nya! Is it easier or harder for you to write about fictional, mythical, or real locations, nya?


Sharon:

It’s much easier with real locations. For me, I use Google map and books for locations I used in my stories, such as Israel, Cairo, and Japan. Fictional is harder because it’s all you, there’s no research.


Yvonne:

You write very vivid action too, nya! How do you “choreograph” the fight & chase scenes, nya?


Sharon:

I used to watch old 1960′s, 70′s and 80′s Chinese and Japanese martial arts movies with my brothers. *chuckles* They had very intense fight scenes and I even look up some of them on Youtube. Bruce Lee was absolutely amazing.


Yvonne:

Nya-sensei is purrticularly fond of those movies, nya! There have been very sad, fearful scenes in your tales too, especially for tormented Aiko and Luna nya! Is it emotionally difficult to write the sad or scary drama, nya?


Sharon:

Yes, because many of those emotional scene I would derive from tough times in my life, past and present. I remember just feeling so lost, so alone and filled with fear because of situations growing up. It’s hard recalling them, but in a way, it was good to deal with them.


Yvonne:

We hope that such situations will be fewer in your future, nya! Are the cute, comedic, and romantic scenes easier or harder to write, nya?


Sharon:

Well, a bit easier because I used my own imagination of what crushes and romance would be like. And of course I remember romantic crushes of my older girl cousins. XD I used to love comedies growing up as well so I used that too. I liked the older ones like The Honeymooners, I love Lucy, and such!


Yvonne:

Most of your villains have been male, but there have been the few villanesses such as Valeria, Sabanti & Lilith, nya. Will you be writing more villainess characters, nya?


Sharon:

Yes, hopefully there will be a female main villain in an upcoming story in the future. I’m definitely open to that.


Yvonne:

Were some of the villain more fun to write than others, and how would you compurr / contrast Kumraa, Set, Asmodius &  Nightshadow, nya?


Sharon:

I would have to say Asmodeus was the most fun, because he was based on biblical mythology and lore. I used a lot of what I read for serious as well as comedic scenes. You can say he was sort of like the “popular” guy in folklore. For Kumraa, I kind of used a bit of European and Native American mythology mixed together, which was fun. For Set, I basically didn’t do much with him. I liked him the way he was described in Egyptian mythology. I have to say he was the easiest. ^.^ For Nightshadow, it was mostly due to me reading about wolves in folklore in different European cultures.


Yvonne:

Speaking of the wolves, how did Okami No Hime and Luna / Moonsinger http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery6/15.html originate, nya?


Sharon:

I can’t really say exactly when it originated, but I always did love reading about wolves and learning what a bad rap they got due to stories and rumors. I actually admire and respect wolves, they are very resilient. I figured I’d write a story and sort of give them a better light.


Yvonne:

Did you do a lot of wolf study, nya?


Sharon:

Not really, just a bit of reading here and there. I wanted to come up with my own take on what they would be like, but still kind of similar to wolves here. It was actually fun and I loved the pics I looked up.


Yvonne:

How would you compurr your current writing purrocess to your earlier works, nya?


Sharon:

Well, compared to before, I do a bit more research and I actually do more notetaking and thought-process. Before I would just write whatever came to mind, but I’ve learned to have a bit of research in your stories because readers will notice. Even I notice when I read books if certain mythologies or such are correct in what I’m reading.


Yvonne:

So how did it feel when you realized that you had just finished writing  chapter 34 of Okami, nya?


Sharon:

I was very proud of myself because I honestly didn’t know if I would finish. ^^; I was in college and working from the beginning to about the middle of the story, and there were times I wanted to give up. But I didn’t, and I’m glad I didn’t either.

Yvonne:

We are so glad of that too, nya! What is the interaction with your readers & fans like, nya?


Sharon:

I don’t really have a lot of feedback and comments, but those few I do have, I appreciate and I definitely like them know that. ^________^ All of the comments have been very nice and positive so far and I’ve gotten some helpful critic. That definitely helped.

Yvonne:

Some of our favorite supporting characters of your tales have been Fantu, Bast, Jason and Blue Cloud  http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery6/29.html, nya! Who are your other fans’ favorites, nya?

Sharon:

Well, some readers have said they liked Nkosi from Osiris Rising, as well as Djoser and Danji from Dark Fires. I was very, very flattered.

Yvonne:

Are there certain characters you have received the most art of, nya?


Sharon:

Hmmmm…well, the most so far have been Aiko from An Angel’s Prayer. I think it’s because many people can relate to wanting to fulfill your dreams. The other would be Tari from Osiris Rising.


Yvonne:

We appurreciate how your characters, especially the ladies, are of the diverse cultures, colors, breeds & species nya! Do you think there has been much purrogress in novels, comics, movies, TV, games etc for strong, inspurrational, heroic characters who are female, somehow a minority or of different ethnicities, nya?


Sharon:

Oh yes, there has been progress for ethnic characters! Even in comics nowadays, there are more Native American, Black American, and even Hispanic super heroes, which I think is fantastic. It’s such an inspiration to young children of different skin colors and cultures to see how they are represented in comics, books and even shows, especially girls. I hope it continues.


Yvonne:

Could you enlighten us a bit about the Yoruba, which figure purrominently in your next tale of Legacy of the Gods, nya?


Sharon:

From what I’ve read before, the Yoruba has been acknowledged worshipped for close to 8,000 years, even more, and many of the gods and goddesses in mythology were based on them. That includes Egyptian, Greek, and Roman…. even Norse. I used to be a fan of the Percy Jackson series, and one day, I suddenly realized that while they were Young Adult fictions based on Greek and Egyptian gods, there was nothing on African mythology. I jumped on that chance and so far, it’s been such a fantastic ride.


Yvonne:

Could you tell us a bit about the characters, plot & setting, nya?


Sharon:

Basically it’ll be about a group of young teens who learn they are descendants of ancient Nigerian Yoruba kings and queens, thought to have been wiped out during the horrible African Slave Trade. The Yoruba gods are awakened when a prominent Loa god is released….which I’m sure many people of the South and New Orleans would recognize. ^_~ The only way the gods can fight and save New Orleans is to inhabit the bodies of these young teens, as they cannot come into the physical world without a body that carries the blood of the ancient kings and queens. That’s all I’m saying for now.


Yvonne:

We are eagerly anticipating it, nya! Could you tell us what inspired Legacy of the Gods, and how it compurr or contrast it with your purrior tales. nya?


Sharon:

Like I said before, I used to be a fan of series such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, and I just realized that they were based on European folklore and barely non based on African folklore… other than Anansi based on the Ashanti tribe. I’m not sure how well that did, but I figured it would be a wonderful story to write and something many people have not known or understood before.


Yvonne:

We enjoyed the purreview chapter of the tale at your DeviantArt Gallery, nya! When do you think the next chapter will purremier, nya?


Sharon:

Hopefully Winter 2015, after New Year’s.


Yvonne:

Do you have any other purrojects in development, nya?


Sharon:

Yes, I do have a story idea that will deal with unicorns and their folklore. After that, I hope to do something with Aztec influence.


Yvonne:

We are almost done, nya! What are your hopes for your career and writing, nya?


Sharon:

Oh gosh, I hope to be the next J.K. Rowling and help bring many children to the joys of reading and using their imagination. I also hope to use that skill to write screenplays that would turn into movies! :D


Yvonne:

Oh hat would be supurrb, nya! Do you have any advise for the aspiring authors or other creative folks, nya?


Sharon:

If you even get writer’s block… don’t panic. Just take some time off and give your brain some time to recharge. Inspiration will come. Also, never give up on your story. From what I’ve read on Deviant Art, many writers often do regret becoming too lazy to continue their story. Also, don’t write stories to be “popular”. You can’t control what people will read and what will become popular. Write your stories because it’s fun, it helps with your stress, and it’s something you want to do, not for the popularity. Never give up on your dreams and hopes, because they will do their best not to give up on you!


Yvonne:

Thank you so much for chatting with us, nya! We will see you at the AfterMew Luau, and we hope you will enjoy the rest of your island visit, nya!

Sharon:

Thank YOU so much, it was a blast!

The Cat Lady Sings…


Tara-chan:

Yay I am so glad she could visit , and I am looking forward to the– BLACK WITCH MOTH, NYA!

(the distracted catgirl with her camera scampurrs after the interesting insect)

Yvonne:

TARA-CHAN— NYA!


Jeannie:

There she =goes again, although, the Ascalapha odorata is quite the distinctive, large Lepidoptera.


Elizabeth:

Hai! I guess that will wrap it up for yet another edition of The Mew!


Trini-chan:

We wish to thank our friend Sharon for visiting as our special guest!

Becca:

We also wish to thank the other talented, industrious & inspurrational folks whose works we have discussed…

Nyoka:

… and of course our friend Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island!

Nyanko:

Hai, his web comic Clan of the Cats returned on Halloween, after the long hiatus! Yattahh!

Mary Nyan:

We also thank the rest of our friends, families and our kind audience for all of their support! Arigato gozaimasu!

Bun:

Y’all may post brief, polite, sincere, non-snarky responses to our discussion…

Petra:

… purrvided that such comments are spam-free, G-rated and purrtain to our topic, nya!

Mike:

next month my favorite movie turns 35 on December 7th! Be there… aloha!

The Ladies of The Mew:

BAIBAI, NYA!


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