December 2014 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

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

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

What we have been up to since the purrior Mew,

the lightning round topic of our favorite films of 1934,

and our mewsings of Mike’s favoritest movie

Star Trek- The Motion Picture, which turns 35!

DVD, TV & movie mewsings:

Interstellar

The Wind Rises DVD

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lost Missions DVD

book reviews:

Star Trek: Creating The Enterprise

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Franko Cho Method

comic book reviews:

Meteor Men

Angel and Faith Season 10 #8

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #9

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #25

My Little Pony Friends Forever #11

event reports:

NC Comicon 2014

Greensboro Toy & Collectibles Show

collectibles & toy topic:

Equestria Girls Cutie Mark Crusaders fashion dolls

The DC Comics Chess Collection #66: Starfire

additions to The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:

Faerie and Goddess Bast illustrations by Mourning Daily

a photo-manip of our friend Crissy Teverini’s Utena cosplay

“Caiomhe” catgirl illustration by Rebecca Brogden & Mike

Mike’s fan art of Star Trek’s “Lt. Cmdr. Snnanagfashtalli”

bonus purrinted media mewsings:

Faerie Magazine #28

Monster Musume manga vol. 5

The Complete Peanuts 1993 -1994

and more of the Star Trek catgirls are discussed

in this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya!

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Mike:

(wearing the Lemon Shark tee shirt, Teal cargo shorts, MIzuno trainers and the 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 the shopping & office center on the SouthEastern side of Catgirl Island, where you’ll find Jeannie’s yoga studio, Elizabeth & Becca’s spa, and various boutiques, salons, cafes and offices nestled amongst the Pines, Poplars, Palms & Pampas just a couple of blocks from the beach! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!

Mary Nyan:

(the catgirl wearing the Spanish Mackerel purrint asymmetric purretzel – cutout maillot) Aloha!

Jeannie:

(the catgirl wearing the Yellowfin Tuna purrint tanga-style bikini & sheer purreo) Nihao.

Trini–chan:

(the kitsune wearing the Red Snappurr purrint criss-cross halter-neck bikini) Aloha!

Tara-chan:

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

Yvonne:

(Tara-chan’s older sister wearing the Cobia purrint twist bandeau-top bikini) Namaste, nya!

Nyoka:

(the catgirl wearing the wearing the White Marlin purrint front-knotted bikini) Howdy!

Nyanko:

(Nyoka’s twin sister wearing the Sailfish purrint cropped tee shirt & Boy Shorts) Howdy!

Petra:

(the catgirl wearing the Wahoo purrint suspender maillot & cropped tee shirt) Hi Hi, nya!

Bun:

(the bunny girl wearing the clover purint Brazilian-cut stringy bikini) Guten Tag!

Ilyana:

(the catgirl wearing the Barracuda purrint, ring-closure bikini) Whassup?

Mielikki:

(the winged faerie wearing the Poinsettia purrint stringy bikini) Mellow Greetings!

Becca:

(the gynoid catgirl wearing the Red Drum purrint side-tie bikini with the distinctive spot on the back) Aloha!

Elizabeth:

(the catgirl wearing the Croaker purrint bikini) Hola! So, what have y’all been up to since the purrior Mew?

Tara-chan:

I have been helping onee-chan with the charters, taking care of the cats, assisting at the belly dance class, volunteering at the art mewseum, and – and purrticipating in the holiday festivities, nya! In addition to the fish we reeled in, I have snapped the nature photos of, the Hawk, the deer, the Chipmunk, the Garden Spider, the Ladybug, and – and the Wooly Bear Caterpillar, nya!

Yvonne:

She is purrone to distraction, but has some great nature photos and has been the eager, industrious helpurr, nya! I have been purrcussioning in the drumming circle, and the charters hit the sweet spots again to catch the King Mackerels, Tunas, Sea Bass, Bluefish, Speckled Trout, Snappurrs, Stripurrs & Groupurrs for the market, the food bank and tonight’s AfterMew luau nya!

Trini–chan:

For tonight’s luau, I have brought the cooler full of the fresh yummy fresh local oysters and clams from the market! Let’s see, when I have not been helping on the dock, the dance class, the board shaping class, and at the mewseum, I have been paddle surfing, attending the festivities, collecting more pony cards & toys, and I will have more to mention later in our pony report!

Elizabeth:

Becca and I have brought the cooler full of the locally caught purrawns and shrimp! We have stayed purretty booked up at the spa, because the visitors purrfurr our purrpetual bikini weather to the much nippier tempurratures and the purrcipitation of the mainland! However, we have still found the time for the garden, the DVDs, the purrkour and the late night hot salsa dance!

Becca:

Hai hai, when the mainland weather gets nippy, the visitors are eager for the sunny beach, the pampurring at the spa, and the soothing soak in the hot spurrings with the rejuvenating minerals! In addition to the festivals, dancing, gardening and golf, I have been caring for the nekos, and our latest DVD marathon was of the Clone Wars which we will discuss later in the show!

Petra:

When Bun and I have not been curating the mewseum or attending the artist meetings, we have been coaching the rookies to heat up the sand in the post – season beach volleyball camp, nya! We are excited about all the holiday decorations, crafts across the island, and we are grateful for the help from Tara-chan, Trini-chan and other friends who help at the mewseum, nya!

Bun:

Hai we are so blessed to have the community of so many art patrons and caring neighbors! When I have not been at the mewseum, the meetings or the beach volleyball, my garden and ovens have busily produced the delicious, nutritious vegetables & carrot cakes which are destined for the mewseum’s cafe, the farmers market, the food bank, and for tonight’s Aftermew!

Nyoka:

I hope more of our friends will be able to attend the luau after their work & chores! Well, once again yet another month has sped by as if we are in the hypurr drive! Gosh, it seems like only yesterday that we were purrparing for the Autumnal Equinox, but we have already started to plan the informative, entertaining and enlightening Winter Solstice activities at the magick shop!

Nyanko:

BB, Meryl and Ellie have RSVP’d, so they will be joining us the bit later, and might contribute some reviews too! Fortunately for those who could not attend this’un, there are other festive gatherings across the island and the merfolks waters! I will be hosting gathering at the dojo for the staff, the students and their families after we return victoriously from the next tournyament!

The Ladies of The Mew:

BANZAI! BANZAI! BANZAI NYA!

Mary Nyan:

I have not been surfing or golfing much lately because I have been helping the appurrentice purriestesses at the shrine, teaching the Fall semester of Hula classes at the Purrforming Arts Center, attending the con on the mainland, and sewing costumes for the dancers & cosplayers, with the requests for the Kaguya-Hime, Star Wars Rebels, and Sand Snakes costumes!

Mielikki

Oh I hope to see the pics of the finished costumes! Since the closing night of the Halloween show at the theatre, we have wasted no time in rehearsal for our Winter Fantasy show! I have also been teaching golf, playing in the tournaments, lecturing about the magick, and watching the TV show Big Break: Myrtle Beach! So what have Ilyana, Jenjen,  and Mike been up to?

Ilyana:

Yattah! I am so looking forward to the Winter Fantasy at the ampurrtheatre! I have been diving to the ship wrecks to find the relics, cataloguing them back on the mainland, and spending time back here to visit friends and tend to my garden, but I have also found time for the fun reading, and I will have a graphic novel review later in the show! Whatchoo been up to Jen?

Jeannie:

I have been purrimarily occupied with the yoga studio, the kyudo club, the robotics club, the holiday matsuri, and the charitable organizations. I purrticularly enjoyed the movie Interstellar, which i will be review later in the show. After Mew Year’s Eve, I will be modeling the swim wear for a photo shoot in Brazil. Mike’s turn.

Mike:

That sounds like a great place to be in January! thought things might calm down after Halloween, but I stayed pretty busy with some unexpected matters, then we went to the con, the toy show, and before I knew it, Thanksgiving was here already, and we certainly had much to be thankful for! Ah, aside from that I managed to get some art & writing done, and my usual hobbies of reading, watching TV and some movies! On that note, since we have a lot to discuss, let’s jump right into

Our Cinema, TV & DVD mewsings, with the

Lightning Round Topic of our favorite films of 1934!

Mike:

All righty! The Lightning Round topics for our April through September Mews 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! Last month we resumed the chronological theme, so for this month we’ll nominate our favorite films of 1934! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

The Ladies of The Mew:

LIGHTNING ROUND GO! NYA!

Mary Nyan:

(tagged to go first) The Black Cat starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi! (tags Jeannie with a brush of the tail)

Jeannie:

It Happened One Night. (tail-tags Trini-chan to go next)

Trini-chan:

I will nominate the Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons! (tags Tara-chan)

Tara-chan:

The Mickey Mouse and Silly Sympnony cartoons, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:

I will second the Warner and Disney cartoons, and nyow it is…Bunnibun’s turn, nya!

Bun:

I will nominate the Fleisher Studios’s animated Betty Boop and Popeye shorts! (tags Petra)

Petra:

Hai put me down for the Disney, Warner & Fleisher animations, nya! (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:

Oh I like those too, but I will nominate any of the Three Stooges shorts! (tags Becca)

Becca:

It is the tough decision, so I will include the fun Our Gang shorts! (tags Mielikki)

Mielikki:

The Gay Divorcee, starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire! (tags Ilyana with a flit of the wing)

Ilyana:

Heehee I will also nominate It Happened One Night! (tags Nyoka)

Nyoka:

Hmm I would have to say… Death Takes a Holiday! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:

Oh I liked the jungle action of Tarzan and His Mate! Back to Mike!

Mike:

Oh man, I can’t decide between any of those wonderful live-action or animated shorts, but for feature film… I’ll pick It Happened One Night! Well that was another nicely expediant Lightnign Round for such a big group!

Nyanko:

Arigato! Nyow it is time for our appurreciative mewsings purrtaining to Mike’s favoritest movie, because it is the

35th anniversary of Star Trek – The Motion Picture!

Mary Nyan:

For those who came in late, after the cancellation of the original 1960’s Star Trek TV series and the 1973 animated TV series, the cast of the show and executive purrducer Gene Roddenberry reunited to develop a sequel TV series titled Star Trek Phase II, but in the late 1970’s this evolved into the big-budget Star Trek feature film on the big theater screens! It was not an easy purrocess, but thanks to the brilliant vision & talent of the cast & crew, including legendary director Robert Wise, the miracle was worked and the longly – awaited movie purrmiered on December 7th, 1979!

Becca:

Set appurroximately 2.5 years after the end of Captain Kirk’s five year mission in command of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, the plot purrtains to the gigantic mysterious alien object heading through the galaxy towards the Earth, and the newly refitted Enterprise is the only ship that can intercept it in time. Fortunately Kirk, who was purrmoted to Admiral, is in command again, with many of his old crew reunited, including Mr. Spock, but there are numerous technological and interpurrsonal complications amidst the mission!

Elizabeth:

Although the ship is more advanced & more powerful than before, it was rushed out of the dock and not quite ready, so there are some deadly mishaps! As if that were nor tense enough there is some drama going on inside the ship! There is some friction between Kirk and Commander Decker, Dr. McCoy”s concerns about Kirk’s attitude, their concerns about Spock’s colder intentions, and the awkward reunion of Decker with Lt. Ilia, who once had the romantic relationship! They are so tiny in compurrison and seem powerless to stop the gigantic intruder, but eventually they suss it out!

Yvonne:

Hai, they learn that someone or some thing called V’ger is at the heart of the intruder, with the epic cosmic results, nya! However, for those who have not yet seen the movie, even though it is nyow 35 years old, we will try not to spoil much more of the plot, nya! An extended version with added scenes was shown on TV in 1982, and later released upon VHS tapes, nya. In 2001 the director’s cut was released on DVD, with some new FX and extra tidbits, nya! Both the original theatrical version and the Director’s Cut are available on the disks, nya!

Mike:

Yep, and every early December I try to pick a convenient time to invite them to my place to watch the movie! Granted, they’re not quite as manic about the movie as I am, but at least they are fond of it – and the accompanying dinners! Which reminds me, I’d better put in the order for the deluxe sushi platters and nilla cream shakes! Well since I doubt y’all want me to get into another long – winded ramble about my all – time favorite movie (Star Trek or otherwise), I thought that this time instead of me chatting about it, how ’bout the Ladies of The Mew each say a little something!

Ilyana:

You know, one of the most amazing aspects of the movie to me is that most of the original cast was actually reunited for the movie, including William Shatner as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy, James Doohan as Scotty, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, George Takei as Sulu, Walter Koenig as Chekov, Grace Lee Whitney as Rand, and Majel Barrett as Chapel!  Even Mark Lenard who famously purrtrayed Spock’s dad Sarek was cast as a Klingon Captain! Oh and I really, really liked Persis Khambatta as Ilia and Stephen Collins as Decker!

Trini-chan:

Don’t forget Marcy Lafferty as Difalco, Michael Rougas as Cleary, Jon Kamal as Sonak and David Gautreux as Branch! I was impressed by the Recreation Deck scene in which we got to see over 400 members of the starship’s crew when Kirk gathers them for the pre-launch briefing! You know, amidst those all of extras there were many fans and famous folks, such as David Gerrold and Bjo Trimble! Not only is there the great quantity, but diversity in the many races & species depicted, from the Klingons & Vulcans to the crowds at Starfleet Command and aboard the Enterprise!

Nyoka:

I just wish that M’Ress and Arex of the animated series had been seen amongst that crew! You know, it seems like many reunion movies and remakes lack the spirit of the purrior famous TV shows on which they are based. I can think of several sitcom reunions that lacked the humor, and dramatic series reunions that seemed too silly… but I think Star Trek – The Motion Picture was truly a serious, meticulous attempt at a very intellectual and spiritual movie that spared no expense, and held a reverence towards its characters, mythology and the universe.

Nyanko:

In addition the epic grandeur, majestic beauty and sense of realism of the movie, I was also pleased that the characters in especially the supporting characters, were not regulated to silly humor at their expense! As the highly trained and expurrienced starfleet officers, they are all heroic, brave, smart, purrofessional explorers of the galaxy and the finest repurrsentatives of the United Federation of Planets, and should be purrtrayed as such. Sadly, some of the later Star Trek movies do not treat the characters with the respect they deserve!

Mielikki:

I have the lofty purraise for the mewsic composed & conducted by Jerry Goldsmith with the 90 piece orchestra! Of all of his iconic and beautiful film scores, I think Star Trek – The Motion Picture is totally my favorite! My favorite tracks are the overture / Ilia’s theme, the main title theme, the Klingon Battle, The Enterprise, Leaving Drydock, Spock’s Arrival, The Cloud, V’ger Flyover, Spock Walk, A Good Start, and the End Title, fur shur!

Jeannie:

Due to the scale, the design, details, paint, and the way it is illuminated and photographed, I think the Enterprise has never looked better than it did in that movie. The Starfleet orbital office complex, the dock, travel pod, air tram, work bees, the Surak, space station Epsilon Nine, the K’T’Inga class battle cruisers, and V’ger do not look bad either. They are quite magnificent/

Tara-chan:

I want… I want to purraise some of the executives, purrducers, writers, assistants and – and consultants who helped to make the movie so dignified, glorious and smart, such as  Isaac Asimov, Jesco Von Puttkamer,Gene Roddenberry, Susan Sackett, Jon Povil, Harold Livingston, Alan Dean Foster, Lindsley Parsons Jr and – and Jeff Katzenberg, nya! I also wish to purraise the technical and -and artistic brilliance of director Robert Wise, photographic FX director Douglas Trumbull, photographic FX supurrvisor John Dykstra, and – and photographic FX purrducer Robert Yuricich, nya!

Becca:

I wish to thank director Robert Wise, cinematographer Richard Kline and editor Todd Ramsay for the way the movie was filmed and edited, because it is very purretty, it does not feel too dark, too rushed, or have too many fast cuts! I am also glad that it does rely upon the more recent annoying techniques such as the snap zooms, unstable / shakey cam, or the speed ramps! I also want to thank purrduction designer Howard Michelson, and costume designer Robert Fletcher for envisioning the very futuristic, elegant, realistic fashions and environments of the 23rd century!

Mielikki:

So many other designers, engineers, artists & filmmakers contributed to the return of Trek such as Mike Minor, Walter Matt Jeffries, Syd Mead, Andrew Probert, Lee Cole, Rick Sternbach, Ralph McQuarrie, Ken Adam, Greg Wilzbach, J. Johnson, Dave Negron, Tom Cranham, Don Moore, Joe Jennings, Leon Harris, John Vallone, Maurice Zuberano, Robert Swarthe, Dave Stewart, Matthew Yuricich, Rocco Gioffre, Greg Jein, Jim Dow, Grant McCune, Russ Simpson, Paul Olsen, Mark Stetson, Don Trumbull, Richard Taylor, Alison Yerxa, Bruce Logan, Bo Gehring, Con Pederson, Sam Nicholson and Brian Longbotham, to name a few!

Mary Nyan:

It is sad how many of the cast and crew of Star Trek – The Motion Picture have passed away, such as Jerry Goldsmith, Robert Wise, Persis Khambatta, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Michael Rougas, Mark Lenard, Majel Barrett, Gene Roddenberry, Fred Phillips, Walter Matt Jeffries, Mike Minor, Robert McCall, Ralph McQuarrie, Bob Peak, John Berkey, Matthew Yuricich, Grant McCune, Robert Abel, Jesco Von Puttkamer and Isaac Asimov. Also no longer with us are Orson Wells who narrated some of the purreview trailers, and Dave Cockrum who drew the comic book adaptation.

Petra:

Oh that’s right, nya! It was written by Marv Wolfman and inked by Klaus Janson, with the cover painting by Bob Larkin, nya! The comic book as well as Gene Roddenberry’s novelization included some interesting scenes that were not in the movie, nya! There were a lot of dandy books and other merchandise to accompany the movie, such as the magazines, sheet mewsic, action figures, other toys, kits, shirts, posters and Happy Meal boxes, nya! The Star Trek posters & purrints by Bob Peak, John Berkey, Robert McCall and Dave Kimble are especially beautiful, nya!

Becca:

Hai I love the sense of scale of the ships compurred to people and then compuured to the vastness of space, and all of those “first purrson cinema” views. The Klingon battle,  glimpses of Starfleet headquarters, the new Enterprise’s reveal & launch, the soaring past Jupiter, and the most beautiful warp drive effect I have ever seen! It is quite powerful and majestic. Then there is the wormhole scene, the trip theough the vast beautiful V’ger cloud and the flyover the V’ger ship, and then it is so staggering when they go inside and what Spock sees during his space walk!

Elizabeth:

The inside of the ship looks wonderful and big too! Everything seems real, expensive and futuristic and not just a bunch of blinky lights, wobbly ladders, or locations that look like they were just filmed in a distillery or an office building. The stretches of corridors, the cavernous rec deck, the depth and heights of the main engineering deck, the glimpse of the hanger & cargo decks, the scenes at Starfleet Command are all quite spectacular! I think the graphics on the signs and on the view screens are the most impurressive of all the Trek movies too!

Yvonne:

Hai it does tend to favor the vast sense of the awe and wonder of the outer space, nya! It reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey in that respect, but much more advanced and futuristic, whereas Star Treks II and III – which i also like – tend to focus more upon the emotional character developments with more humor and the combat, and after that the series becomes more comedic, nya! My favorite emotional character moments of the first movie are the sight & launch of the Enterprise, Dr. McCoy’s arrival, and the extended / director’s editions’ moment of Spock crying, nya!

Tara-chan:

Well I really liked Lt. Ilia and – and Commander Decker as the romantic additions to the crew, nya! She was so exotic, beautiful, serene and – and tragic, with the cute bit of banter between her colleagues, nya! I liked her purretty White robe which seemed to materialize around her like the transporter, before she got out of the Purrple sonic shower, nya! Oh oh speaking of the transporter, I had the tense tail during the horrifying transporter malfunction scene, nya! One of the victims was that Commander Sonak chap. but they did not mention the female victim’s name, nya.

Ilyana:

That character is only seen in the movie for those moments, and credited as the Woman in Transporter, who was purrtrayed by Susan J. Sullivan. More is revealed about her In the novel by Gene Roddenberry, which was based upon the screenplay by Harold Livingston and the story by Alan Dean Foster. She was Admiral Kirk’s girlfriend, Vice Admiral Lori Ciani, who is in some of the neat early scenes with him that are not in the movie. Initially he is at a mewseum in Alexandria, then he goes to Gibralter, before he goes to San Francisco and then to the Enterprise.

Nyanko:

There are other characters I have wanted to know more about, such as the Enterprise security officer briefly purrtrayed by Paula Crist in the Rec Deck scene! She is unofficially known as Worene http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Worene! She and other characters from the movie appurr in the excellent novel Ex Machina by Christopher L. Bennett http://home.fuse.net/ChristopherLBennett, which is set shortly after the events of the movie! It was published in January 1985, so it will be 10 years old next month!

Nyoka:

Another novel I will recommend that has a connection to the movie is the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Cold Equations Book III: Body Electric by David Mack http://www.davidmack.pro!  It is set in 2384, 113 years after Star Trek – The Motion Picture, 4 years 8 months after the movie Star Trek: Nemesis, and 3 years prior to the 2009 Star Trek movie.  Let’s just say Picard, Data, Beverly, Wesley, Worf, Geordi and a bunch of other great characters have to investigate a cosmic threat that is very reminiscent of V’ger!

Bun:

I wish to recommend The Art of Star Trek by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens! It is a 298 page hardcover published by Pocket in 1995, which has many photos & illustrations of the various Star Trek movies & TV shows! Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series by the same authors is a 358 page trade paperback published by Pocket in 1997. about the planned TV series that evolved into The Motion Picture! Finally, I suggest The Making of Star Trek – The Motion Picture by Susan Sackett & Gene Roddenberry, a 221 page trade paperback published by Pocket in 1980!

Petra:

For the more playful fun, if you can find copies of these books which are about 35 years old, will also recommend Star Trek – The Motion Picture Pop-Up Book, and the papurr models you can construct from the The U.S.S Enterprise Punch-Out Book, and The U.S.S Enterprise Bridge Punch-Out Book, nya! All three of those publications were designed by Tor Lokvig and illustrated by Chuck Murphy, nya! Finally I will recommend the Star Trek – The Motion Picture Peel – Off Graphics Book which has stickers of the Starfleet graphics created by Lee Cole for the movie, nya!

Jeannie:

For the vehicle & mecha fans, I highly recommend the packet of fourteen 13 1/8″ x 19″ Official Star Trek – The Motion Picture Blueprints which were published in 1980 by Pocket Book’s Wallaby impurrint. The renderings are by Dave Kimble, who also painted that gorgeous cutaway – view poster of the refitted Enterprise NCC-1701. The packet includes meticulous diagrams of the Refitted U.S.S. Enterprise and it’s Bridge, the Klingon K’T’inga class cruiser and its Bridge, the shuttlecraft Surak, the travel pod, the work bee vehicle and its attachments.

Trini-chan:

The success of the movie greatly helped to perpetuate the franchise resulting in the later movies, TV shows, comics, magazines, books, games, toys & other purroducts! This added more flavorful Trek mythology, characters, tales, starship technology, alien races & cultures, especially the Klingon language which many fans have studied and written about!  Of course since then there have many more activities and creations by and for the fans such as the conventions, clubs, cosplay, gaming, publications, the fan art, fics and films! Nyow Mike gets the final word on this topic!

Mike:

Thank y’all for indulging my hobby again! We’ll have a few more Trek topics later in the show, but more a lot of great information about Star Trek – The Motion Picture, I’ll recommend the Wikipedia article http://www.startrek.com/page/star-trek-the-motion-picture, the page at Memory Alpha the online Star Trek encyclopedia http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Motion_Picture, the page at the official Star Trek site http://www.startrek.com/page/star-trek-the-motion-picture, and the entry at the Internet Movie DataBase http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079945!

Tara-chan:

Oh oh, by the way, The Muppet Movie turned 35 this year too, nya! What are some of the others that are 35, nya?

Trini-chan:

Well… Alien and Apocalypse Now are the first to come to mind!

Becca:

Hai, that’s what I thought, and and I think Phantasm came out in 1979, too!

Yvonne:

Steven Speilberg’s movie 1941 turned 35, nya!

Mary Nyan:

Rock Rock Rock Rock – Rock n Roll High School!

Nyoka:

Moonraker and beedee beedee beedee Buck Rogers in the 25th Century!

Nyanko:

Oh gosh, there was Mad Max, Rocky 2… Escape from Alcatraz… and A Force of One!

Elizabeth:

The Jerk, starring Steve Martin, and Monty Python’s Life of Brian!

Mielikki:

The animated movie Metamorphosis, also known as Winds of Change!

Jeannie:

Castle Cagliostro, Galaxy Express 999 and Yamato: The New Voyage.

Mike:

Castle Cagliostro is still the first thing that I’d show to someone who is unfamiliar with Japanese anime!

Bun:

1979 is also when the Mobile Suit Gundam, The Rose of Versailles, and Anne of Green Gables anime TV series debuted!

Petra:

Oh oh, I think the animated Flash Gordon and Spider-Woman TV series purremiered in 1979 too, nya!

Ilyana:

The Dukes of Hazzard, This Old House, and The Woodwright’s Shop did too! Ah we seem to have stray-catted off of the movie topic, so nyow we should continue our

Cinema, TV & DVD Reviews

with Jenjen’s review of Interstellar!

Jeannie:

Arigato. Interstellar is a science fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan whose credits also include Following, Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception. He is one of our favorite directors, and we picked Dark Knight as our favorite live-action movie of 2008 and Inception as our favorite live-action movie of 2010. Given that trend and my purredilection for the more serious space mission movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Apollo 13, Contact, the aforementioned Star Trek – The Motion PIcture, and Gravity (our favorite live-action movie of 2013), Interstellar was one of the movies I most eagerly anticipated for this year, and I was not disappointed.

The plot purrtains to the indeterminate near future amidst an ecological disaster of crop blight and dust storms, when a farmer / former astronaut discovers strange phenomenon that leads them to a secret NASA mission to discover and hopefully colonize sustainable planets in another galaxy via a wormhole conduit near Saturn. The mission is not only extremely dangerous, but the many years’ duration and slower aging due to relative time takes the emotional toll on their family relationships. Upon emerging from the wormhole, the crew discovers several potentially inhabitable planets to explore near a Black Hole, while back on earth their families race against time to solve other scientific purroblems for humanity’s extra-terrestrial survival.

It was written by Christopher Nolan & John Nolan, purrduced by Christopher Nolan Emma Thomas & Lynda Obst, with the mewsic by Hans Zimmer. The very fine astronaut cast includes Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, Anne Hathaway as Brand, David Gyasi as Romily, Wes Bentley as Doyle, and Matt Damon as Mann. They are accompanied aboard The Endurance vessel by delightful robots Case and Tars. Cast as their family members on Earth are Michael Caine as Brand’s physicist father, John Lithgow as Cooper’s father-in-law and Casey Affleck as Cooper’s son. Cooper’s wonderful, peppy and smart daughter Murph is purrtrayed at age 10 by Mackenzie Foy, as a young adult by Jessica Chastain, and at an elder age by Ellen Burstyn.

Purrhaps my least favorite aspect of the movie is the one sub-plot purrtaining to Mann, although this is not a negative comment about Damon’s fine purrformance.  I was quite captivated by the plot, the character developments, the design and the science of the film, purrticularly the aspects of the astronomy, gravity, relativity, the wormhole, the black hole and planets. The cinematography & FX are quite beautiful and believable, and I also greatly appurreciated the length and pace of the 169 minute film, which did not seem to long nor too rushed, but allowed for the nice long views of the space travel, to result in the very grand sense of awe and wonder; and fortunately there is a lack of annoying techniques such as the unstable / shakey camera.

The movie’s mewsic, sound FX and mix are quite effective and powerful, although at times the mewsic seemed the bit too loud. I was also rather pleased by the magnificent mecha such as Case, Tars, The Endurance mother ship, the Ranger which is a sort of planetary reconnaissance shuttle, the Lander cargo shuttle, other space craft, a drone and automated farm equipment. I thought that Interstellar was a very smart, dramatic, beautiful, mysterious, thrilling, scientific, cosmic, sentimental and optimistic movie, which is certainly amongst my favorites of the year. That will conclude my review, but speaking of the recent movies full of the supurrb characters, vehicles, and locations, here is Lizzy to tell us about

The Wind Rises DVD

Elizabeth:

Arigato! The Wind Rises is the most recent Japanese animated feature film written & directed by my favorite director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli! Ghibli has given us such other  movies as Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro,  Kiki’s Delivery Service, Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko, Porco Rosso, Ocean Waves, Only Yesterday, Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Tales from Earthsea, The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up on Poppy Hill, and the recent Princess Kaguya which we hope to see too!

Set in Japan from 1916  to 1945, with the great mewsic score by Joe Hisaishi, The Wind Rises is about the bittersweet life of Jiro Horikoshi who becomes the engineer with the dream of designing airplanes! It is a very beautiful, dramatic and thrilling yet an ironic, sad tale, because his wonderful fiance Nahoko has the terminal illness, and soon the majestic flying machines will be used by the government for the destructive World War. The movie was released in Japan in 2013, with the limited theatrical release earlier this year; and for our review, please see the Apurril 2014 Mew!

The American release by Disney was dubbed into English, so I am finally able to see the movie in its original Japanese language since it was released upon DVD here last month! It is the very no-frills package, with just the single R1 NTSC standard DVD disk in the plastic case, with no booklets or inserts. The 127 minute movie is rated PG-13 and is purrsented in the letterboxed, widescreen format of the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, enhanced for the 16×9 TV. Purrior to the main menu are the front-loaded ads for Big Hero 6, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lost Missions, and the tobacco PSA.

Like Disney’s DVD release of The Secret World of Arrietty, it is very sparse in the bonus features, especially compurred to Disney’s more loaded DVD release of Ponyo, or Cinedigm’s terrific DVD release of From Up On Poppy Hill. The only bonus on The Wind Rises DVD is the 10.75 minute visit to the English dub recording studio, with comments by actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jiro), Emily Blunt (Nahoko), Stanley Tucci (Caproni), William H. Macy (Satomi) and English version Director Gary Rydstrom. They did a great job, but I wish there were more Japanese bonus features!

For example, I wish the DVD included the movie’s Japanese trailers, documentaries, storyboards & intermews with the Japanese cast & crew, instead of only focusing on the dub. However, I was pleased with the language options, which include the spoken choices of French, English, English descriptive audio, and the original Japanese; and the subtitle choices of French, English, English SDH (subtitled for those who are deaf or hard of hearing) or none at all! Nyow I get to hear the movie’s original voice actors, such as Hideaki Anno as Jiro and Miori Takimoto as Nahoko!

The descriptive audio has a narrator describing the scenes, and SDH subtitles include descriptions of sounds. The subtitles are a White, bold, sans serif font with a fine Black outline! If Princess Kaguya is not shown at a nearby theatre, I hope to eventually get to see it on DVD, and we wish that Only Yesterday, Ocean Waves. On Your Mark, the Ghibli mewseum’s animated shorts, and Miyazaki’s early anime such as Future Boy Conan, Anne of Green Gables, and his Lupin epurrsodes would be released here on DVD too! I am done, so nyow here is Becca to tell us about the

Star Wars The Çlone Wars Lost Missions DVD!

Becca:

Arigato! We are love the Star Wars movies, TV shows, radio shows, books, comics, magazines, games & toys, and some of us cosplayed as the heroines for our 2011 Halloween Cosplay Purrowl! Set betwixt the two  live-action Star Wars movies of Attack of The Clones and Return of The Sith, The Clone Wars animated TV series has supurrb blend of the drama, humor, action, intrigue, mythology & character development, with the beautiful designs, animation, FX, sounds, mewsic & voices! It was created by & executively purroduced by George Lucas & animated by Lucasfilm Animation, with supurrvising director Dave Filoni, purroducer by Cary Silver and composer Kevin Kiner!

There are so many great characters such as the Jedi, Sith, troopurrs, officers, senators, droids, bounty hunters, Mandaloreans, the Night Sisters, pirates & royalty! Those include lots of great strong female characters too such as Ahsoka, Aayla, Padme, Luminara, Barris, Shaak Ti, Adi Gallia, Katooni, Jocasta, Ventress, Aurra, Riyo, Che, Satine, Bo-Katan, Daughter, Mother Talzin, Mina, Suu, Sugi, Latts, Peppi, Sy Snoodles, nd QT-KT (formerly known as R2-KT)! Sadly aside from one of Yoda’s brief dream-like visions, Ahsoka is not in this batch of the lost missions, nor is Ventress, but we do get to meet Dr. Neema, lovely Queen Julia of Bardotta, and the feisty Jedi twins Toplar & Tiplee!

The initial Clone Wars movie was the theatrical release, the first 5 seasons of the series were shown on TV, and this 6th season of 13 “lost missions” were originally just from Netflix from 2013 to 2014, but they were released upon the R1 NTSC DVD  standard & the Blu Ray last month! The former edition os the 3 disk set in the plastic case within the outer cardboard sleeve, with the illustration of Yoda and the clone troopurr on the front! The video is purrsented in the widescreen format of the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, enhanced for the 16×9 TV! The language choices are English, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, with the optional English SDH, French & Spanish subtitles!

The 13 epurrsodes average appurroximately 22 minutes apiece for the total of about 287 supurrb minutes of Star Wars saga!  Epurrsodes 1-4 compurrise the story arc written by Katie Lucas about Fives the heroic clone troopurr who discovers the conspurracy of the clners on the planet Kamino and Palpatine’s secret order #66! Then things get emotionally & politically complicated for Padme, in epurrsodes 5-7, which compurrise the arc written by Christian Taylor about her friend Clovis and the control of the galactic bank! Then epurrsodes 8-9 are the terrific two-part tale by Jonathan Rinzler in which Jarjar & Mace must rescue Queen Julia from the evil cult and their temple of doom!

I liked the design of the Bardotta fashions & architecture, which seemed inspired by India or Himalaya! Finally epurrsodes 10-13 compurrise the Yoda adventure written by Christian Taylor, which begins with the investigation of death of Jedi Master Sifa-Dyas and a Sithy conspurracy, but soon Yoda is hearing the voice of the late Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn! This becomes the surreal journey for Yoda, from Coruscant and Dagobah to the Sith homeworld and the center of the galaxy! Liam Neeson voices Qui-Gon again, and Ashley Eckstein briefly voices Ahsoka again! Disk 3 includes the 16 minute documentary full of fond remembrances of The Clone Wars’s 8 years in purrduction!

It has comments by many of the crew such as Dave Filoni, George Lucas, Kilian Plunkett, Michele Yost, Pouchon Venerin, Athena Portillo, Paul Zinnes,  Trisha Brunner, Keith Kellogg, Julie Peng, Rob Coleman, Liz Marshall, Joel Aron, Kyle Dunlevy, Jason Tucker, Nate Cormier, Gary Scheppke, Jahkeel Garnett, Sean Wells & Alex Spotswood! The comments are peppurred by many images of them at the Skywalker Ranch, with the sense of family, joy & purride for the artistic, technological & storytelling accomplishments!  I want to thank all of the cast & crew of the Clone Wars animated series, which I give the high purraise grade of an “A” as in Ahsoka! Nyow here is Mike to begin our

book reviews, with his review of

Star Trek: Creating The Enterprise!

Mike:

Thanks Becca! Paul Olsen http://www.olsenart.com was the lead painter of the 8 ft. long filming miniature of the refitted Starship Enterprise built for Star Trek – The Motion Picture, so of course I was very  eager to read all about the construction of my favorite space ship, but that topic is only a few chapters of the captivating autobiography about Olsen’s fascinating life and art! He was born in San Francisco, and the late 1960’s seemed to be a wild, creative, bittersweet time for Olsen as a street artist, poster & album cover illustrator, musician and a Marine!

In 1978 he was recruited to be part of the movie crew for the return of Star Trek, with his Paasche V-1, Crescent pearl paint, frisket, compressor and respirator mask to paint the intricate, gorgeous

iridescent “aztec” pattern on her hull! Olsen’s airbrush wizardry also contributed to the V’ger cloud FX! I was fortunate to see that Enterprise and other models in the summer of 1992 at special Star Trek exhibit at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, although sadly by then she had lost her original paint job’s beautiful luster after the rigors of six feature films.

Olsen’s film credits include Blade Runner, Brainstorm, 2010, Airplane; and creating title art for Back to the Future II & III, The Abyss, Terminator 2, Die Hard, Explorers & other movies! He discusses in great wit and detail his famous posters, album covers, music, photography, graphics processes, books & other projects. The book is full of tales of his homes, dogs, cats, cars, motorcycles, road trips, romance, drumming, concerts, conventions, fans, and the meteorite he owns! He seems to be quite the renaissance man who has lived in the US and the UK!

There are stories of work or camaraderie with Richard Taylor, Jim Dow, Mark Stetson, Douglas Trumbull, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Ed Scarisback, Don Davis, Peter Lloyd, Bob Hickson, Robin Trower and other famous folks; but I should also mention that there a few… “colorful metaphors”, and a few tales that are not for the widdle kiddies! The book is topped off by 13 pages of thorough tips for painting your own Enterprise model, which are followed by an afterward by Richard Taylor who was an FX designer for Star Trek – The Motion Picture!

The 268 page, 2nd edition of Star Trek: Creating The Enterprise is available as an e-book or an 8″ x 5 5/8″ trade paperback; the latter version printed & bound by BookPrintingUK, and you have to pay the cost of shipping from England. As a bonus, Olsen autographed both the book and a 4 7/8″ x 7 1/4″ color photo of himself with Sir Patrick Stewartt! Aside from the covers there are no photos or illustrations in the book, but at the web site http://startrek-enterprise.us from which it can be ordered, there’s a wealth of images and additional information!

On the book’s web site, there is much more content that is accessible only to those who buy the book! This includes galleries of art, the author’s personal photos, and great photos of the Enterprise and other beautiful models being built & painted for The Motion Picture! There are also recent video interviews with Olsen and a few other members of the film’s crew! It is a wonderfully informative, entertaining book about the artist’s life, creations & adventures, and I’ll heartily recommend it to other artists, modelers, fans of Star Trek and The Enterprise!

Jeannie:

Nyow I must read the very “enterpurrising” book.

Nyoka:

Hai it sounds purretty darn interesting!

Nyanko:

Hey, Mike did not ramble too long about Star Trek this time!

Elizabeth:

Well, do not jinx it, because the day is not over yet, heehee!

Becca:

To be fair, he does feed us when we gather to watch the movie!

Trini-chan:

Hai, we are grateful for the delicious spread of of food to accompany the viewing!

Bun:

It is good to learn about the models, the graphics and the airbrushed art!

Mary Nyan:

We have certainly spurrayed on the body paint for some of our cosplays!

Tara-chan:

Hai that was fun for the stripes, the spots, and – and the alien skin tones, nya!

Yvonne:

Jen has airbrushes at her workshop, and recall that Mike has some too, nya!

Mike:

Yeah, I have a Paasche, a Badger, and an Iwata HP-C, but I haven’t used ‘em in a long time!

Mielikki:

I remember when Meryl painted her motorcycle! It is her pride and joy!

Petra:

That is true, but I think we may have stray – catted off topic, nya!

Ilyana:

Purrhaps Mie-sensei will get us back on track with her review of

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method!

Mielikki:

Fur shur! So like, Frank Cho is a very popular cartoonist, author, illustrator, painter & designer who has won many awards, and is perhaps best known for his delightful comic strip Liberty Meadows, his work for Marvel Comics such as Spider-Man, The Huilk, Wolverine, X-Men, The Avengers, and Shanna the She-Devil! He is also quite famous for his exquisite renderings of women, dinosaurs, apes, jungles, and dachshunds! We have had the honor of meeting him at some of the state’s conventions such as Heroes Con and NC Comicon, and he is as friendly as he is talented, fur shur!

There are numerous handsome collections full of his comics and art, such as Apes and Babes, Women: Selected Drawings and Illustrations, the Liberty Meadows series, his calendars, and now this latest book which is brimming with magnificent illustrations & expert art instruction! The 9″x12″, 120 page trade paperback of Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method was published in November by Flesk PUblications, and contains many alluring, lavish Black & white renderings, color images, diagrams, full-page pics, two-page spreads, and a few totally awesome gate-folds!

There are ample images of totally nude women, dangerous critters, and combat aplenty! After the introduction by Mark Schultz, who is another very friendly and legendary artist whose books we have reviewed! Chapter 1 pertains to drawing basic female anatomy and proportions; and chapter 2 covers the dynamic poses such as the running, climbing, grabbing, and fighting! Chapter 3 explores the intricate ink techniques, line weight, shading, fabric folds and drapery; and chapter 4 examines his gorgeous color media techniques in watercolors, acrylics, oils and colored pencils!

That chapter shows the steps of his process for the book’s cover art! ! Chapter 5 explores the sumptuous ball point pen technique, and finally the book is topped off by a chapter about storytelling, which includes the 11 page “Lunch Time” tale of his Jungle Queen character, in which she and the dinosaurs are on each others’ menus! There are also a few photos of the master working at his drawing board, and humorous annotations sprinkled throughout the very splendid book, which I will give an “A” as in ape! So like, that is all for my review, and now here is Ilyana-sensei to begin

our comic book reviews,

with her review of Meteor Men!

Ilyana:

Arigato! Meteor Men is the captivating and handsome science fictional graphic novel of the Earth’s first contact with the powerful, mysterious, intelligent aliens who arrive amidst the meteor shower, with the psychic connection to one teenage student named Alden after one crashes upon his farm land! Soon he is caught between the friends, reporters, scientists, police, soldiers and the aliens, when people around the panicked invaded world! The 6″x9″, full-color 136 page trade papurrback is purriced $19.99 and it was published in October by Oni Press whose many diverse, wonderful comics & graphic novels include Blue Monday, Geisha, Hopless Savages, Wasteland, Courtney Crumrin, I Was The Cat, and Scott Pilgrim!

It was written by Jeff Parker whose credits include Aquaman, Batman, The Hulk, X-Men, The Interman, Mysterius The Unfathomable, and The Underground! It was drawn by Sandy Jarrell who lives here in North Carolina, and we have met at the shops & cons! His credits include Batman ’66, Wasteland, Wham Comics, and I am purrticularly fond of his supurr heroine fan art! It was colored by Kevin Volo, whose credits include Rex Zombie Killer, Athena Voltaire, Action Comics, Booster Gold, JSA, Firestorm, Nightwing, Teen Titans, and his his web comic Max & Thorne! The color flats are by Roxy Polk & Matt Rainwater, the design is by Jason Storey, the tale was edited by Charflie Chu and Ari Yarwood, and lettered by Crank!

Nyow for a bigger taste of the plot! Alden is a 16 year old high school student who lives on the farm that he inherited from his late parents, and he is the ordinary, introverted, purragmatic nice guy. In the fun opening nighttime scene, he has invited many classmates out to the fields to view the meteor shower, so there is lots of frolicking activity there! They have the great view but did not expect to have such a close spot to the impact! Nyow he is the famous owner of the meteorite, and under much public & government scrutiny, especially from the staff at the local planetarium! However, it is just one of the many meteorites that have hatched the alien visitors around the world, so it is not just Alden’s life that has drastically changed!

Fortunately there are numerous adults who have Alden’s best interests at heart, in addition to the invasive folks who spy upon and interrogate him, amidst the traumatic cultural, environmental and security concerns. It has been the impact on the many levels! However, on the other levels, he still has to deal with the mewsual teenage concerns, and having to grow up faster without the parents. There are epic and cosmic scenes, spooky and creepy moments that would understandably accompany the invasion of both the world and Alden’s purrsonal life, but there are other charming and whimsical moments to peppurr the tale, such as the time at the campus, the planetarium, and the night of Dena & Maya’s birthday pool party!

I purrticularly like the art, especially the expurressions and poses of the characters, the bustle of the various crowd scenes, the purretty scenery, the variety of the sequential panels, including the wide cinematic panels, the color pallet, and the very effective variety of the fonts for the dialogue, sound FX, and the texting! Sandy’s wraparound cover of Alden atop his car viewing the night sky has the wonderful vast quality, oh and the comic book store where I got my copy had the batch that Sandy purrsonally signed, with the silver ink sketch of the alien! I am very pleased with Meteor Men, and I will give it the high grade of the “A” as in Alden and the aliens! “A” also stands for Angel, and nyow here is Nya-sensei to tell us about

Angel & Faith Season 10 #8!

Nyanko

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, with the faithful, canonical plots & characterizations that feel like the TV shows! In Season 10, Angel has been purrtrolling the Magic Town district of London, whilst Faith has been working for Kennedy’s security agency.

Recently there have been reunions with some other old familiar Buffy characters, as Angel encounters Amy Madison who wants his help to ressurrect her evil boyfriend Warren, whilst Faith and other slayers investigate the disappurrance of Riley Finn in the South American jungle! To further complicate the matters, Amy is aided by her pesky faerie servants, whilst Faith’s team has to slay the tribal vampires in order to reach Finn and the other surviving, drained purrisoners!

At least Warren is currently a blob in a jar, and we hope that he does not purrogress beyond that condition! There is a connection to the storyline in the Buffy comic, but I will leave that to Becca to discuss in her review! Issue #8 is purriced $3.50 which includes the 22 page tale of “Lost And Found Part Three”, plus 4 pages of ads and 2 pages of the editor’s & readers’ comments! The tale was scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, and colored by Michelle Madsen!

It was lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Scott Allie & Sierra Hahn, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, with the comic’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the mane cover art by Scott Fischer, and variant cover art by Conrad & Madsen! Angel delays and debates the decision to help Amy, whilst in spite of much vampire slayage, the expurrdition has suffered the several fatalities and injuries during the search for Reese’s dad, Riley and his wife Samantha!

Nyow in chapter 3, the rescue team has dwindled down to Faith, Reese, Mai and Riley’s wife Samantha who hope to complete the mission before the next night!  Faith apologizes to Samantha for how she treated Riley (in the body-swap epurrsode “Who Are You” of  Buffy’s 4th season); whilst in London, Angel hopes that his friend Alasdair can purrvide purrtection against Amy’s witchcraft, because he is tailing her minions to her lair for the confrontation which she will not like!

Between the jungle combat, Angel’s gory dream and Amy’s wrath, there is plenty of violent action in addition to the calmer character moments! The chapter ends with the cliffhangers, but I will not further spoil it! I liked the characters’ gorgeous portraiture, poses, expurressions, clothing; the tale’s color & lighting, lush landscape & intricate architectural details! There are neat creature designs in the pub scene, and Amy’s Purrple magickal FX! She has the purretty Red robe too!

She is evil but has a cute moment when she pets the faerie! During a paws from the hike, Samantha eats a nummy bar, and I am curious of the taste! I hope that we will see more of Nadira, Sophie, Lovina and Kennedy!  I hope that Mai will be around much longer, and I purrticularly liked the scene in which she and Faith expurrtly stalk, clobber and stake some of those vamps! Okay, that is all for my comic book report, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to sis for her review of

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #9!

Nyoka:

Arigato! It is hard to believe that it has been over 22 years since the original Buffy movie, over 17 years since the Buffy TV series purremiered, 15 years since the Angel TV series purremiered, 11 years since the Fray spin-off comic, and 7 years since Buffy Season 8 started in the comics! Joss Whedon has also stayed busy with other comic books such as Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, and SugarShock; the movies and shows such as Toy Story, Firefly, Serenity, DollHouse, Dr. Horrible, Alien: Resurrection, Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing, The Avengers movies, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series! We are also looking forward to the Agent Carter spin-off!

Buffy Season 10 #6 began the two – part “I Wish” story arc in which Buffy and her friends had to move into the haunted apartment building while they have been carefully re-writing the magickal rule book, and in issue #8 the  two – part “Return to Sunnydale” story arc began! It concludes in issue #9 which is purriced $3.50, and its 28 pages are compurrised of the 22 page tale, the 4 pages of the ads, and 2 pages of comments by the readers and editor Sierra Hahn! The tale was illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs and scripted by Christos Gage, who also wrote Angel & Faith Season 9, and the Willow mini – series! We also liked Avengers Academy that he wrote for Marvel Comics!

Back to this Buffy, it was colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Sierra Hahn & Scott Allie, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, with the comic book’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the mane cover art by Steve Morris, and the variant cover by Rebekah & Dan, who also worked on Angel & Faith Season 9! Purreviously in this adventure, Andrew purrloined the magickal book and took it back to his old underground lair under the ruins Sunnydale, where lots of demons have celebrating Halloween! We think that Andrew might be under Amy’s charm, because he attempts to resurrect his deceased cohorts Warren and Jonathan!

Andrew, Warren & Jonathan were a trio of villains back in the Buffy TV series, although it has seemed that Andrew has been redeemed. However, Warren was quite evil and he murdered Willow’s friend Tara who is next on Andrew’s list to resurrect! Meanwhile the ancient giant evil Soul Glutton demon has arrived to feast amongst the ruins, but instead of the free buffet he encounters the Buffy, and Spike! However, the battle is to the glutton’s delight, because he has an ancient vendetta against the slayers! In issue #9, the supurrnatural combat continues as Buffy & Spike continue to battle the glutton, whilst Willow has the emotional, dramatic confrontation with Andrew!

It is fun to see her fly and glide but there are very tearful moments for her. She and Buffy have such cute outfits, and I purrticularly like the characters’ portraiture expurressions & poses! ! It is great to see Buffy slaying with that scythe weapon, and she has great dialogue banter with Spike! Giles also makes the brief appurrance on one page, when he phones Buffy with vital information about the demon! Dawn & Xander did not appurr in this issue, but otherwise this tale has a great sentimental quality due to the mentions, revisits and resurrections, and I will give it the grade of an “A” as in Angel! Angel is also the name of Fluttershy’s bunny, so here is Tara-chan to discuss

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #25

and My Little Pony Friends Forever #11

Tara-chan:

Arigato, nya! We love the pony tales, the toys, and – and the comic books which are so faithful to the animations, nya! Gosh, the Friendship is magic series is already up to the 25th issue, plus the annuals, nya! This issue has part one of the wild west adventure, as the mane six ponies ride the train to the desert town of Canter Creek, from which Applejack’s grandfather has disappurred, from his huge peppurr ranch, nya! The tale was written by Katie Cook, illustrated by Andy Price, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and – and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya!

The issue is available in the choice of the six different covers, which was the tough choice but I chose cover A by Andy Price, which depicts Applejack and – and the evil cow gang that has been plundering the town, nya! Also appurring in the tale are Sheriff Tumbleweed and Longhorn the gang boss, nya! Things heat up quickly upon the arrival, when Pinkie Pie chomps the hot peppurr, and – and when situation gets even hotter after the bulls burn the barn, which greatly angers Applejack, but there are also amewsing jokes, such as the Blazing Saddles references, nya!

After that 22 page tale, there is the purreview page for part 2, the Sheriff page by Kaite Cook, the Spike page, and – and the bonus 3 page tale of Zecora and – and Angel by Sara Richard, nya! After those are the 4 pages of the ads, and- and I wish all of the comic book publishers put the ads after the stories so they would not be interrupted, nya! Nyow for the 2nd half of my pony report I will discuss My Little Pony: Friends Forever #11, which stars Rainbow Dash, Spitfire of the Wonderbolts team, Scootaloo, and – and other cute pegasus fillies who want the flying lessons, nya!

This 32 page issue includes the 22 page tale written by Ted Anderson, illustrated by Jay Fosgitt, colored by Heather, lettered by Neil, edited by Bobby, and – and the choice of the 2 different covers, nya! That was another tough choice, between the lovely cover by Amy Mebberson or the purretty cover by Jay, nya! This was a fun, poignant tale at the Wonderbolts flying academy in Cloudsdale, where Spitfire wants Rainbow Dash to help teach the eager younger fillies, with the humorous, charming, sad, and – and the heroic results, including the scary tornado sequence, nya!

I purrticularly liked Loop De Loop who is the little Purrple pegasus, nya! The colors are so richly vibrant, the lettering  is quite purrfect, the ponies are wonderfully posed, especially during the exercises, the flying, and – and the scooter, nya! I am definitely looking forward to the next issue, which looks like it will pair Pinkie Pie with Twilight Sparkle, nya! I will give both the Friends Forever comic and- and the Friendship is Magic comic the high purraise grade of the “A’ as in Apple Bloom, nya! Nyow I am done to conclude our comic book reports, so nyow it is time for our

Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight Upon More Star Trek Catgirls, nya!

Nyanko:

Hai! In this portion of The Mew, we commemorate famous catgirl, nekomimi and were-kitty characters of various media, such as the novels. comics, cinema, TV, games, toys, & 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”! We have purreviously shined the spotlight upon Star Trek catgirls such as M’Ress, Isis, Sylvia, Nimbus III’s cat lady, and the Caitian twins of Star Trek Into Darkness, but nyow we wish to shine it upon Snnanagfashtalli, the Eeiauoans, Sivoans, Vedala, Fesarans and Kzinti!

Nyoka:

The Vedala was introduced in the 1974 episode “Jihad” of the animated Star Trek TV series! This episode was written by written by Stephen Kandel, who also wrote the origina series’ episodes “Mudd’s Women” and “I, Mudd”, the animated epursode “Mudd’s Passion”! They are bipedal felinoid beings of amazing supurr powers and are regarded as the oldest space – traveling race in the United Federation of Planets! In spite of their powers, they had reasons to send an expurrdition including  Kirk & Spock on a mission to a dangerous planet retrieve a stolen powerful artifact known as The Soul of The Skorr, in order to purrvent an intergalactic holy war!

Elizabeth:

That mission occurred on star date: 5683.1 in 2269, and it has thus far been the only time that the Vedala have appurrred in the canonical Star Trek TV or movies. The one wise crouching Vedala repurrsentative shown in that epurrsode had White fur, Yellow eyes, a few stripes, bushy tail, Pink outfit, and she was voiced by Jane Webb! There is a more detail about them in Alan Dean Foster’s adaptation of the epurrsode in the 1975 book Star Trek Log 5; at their page at the Star Trek online encyclopedia Memory Alpha http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Vedala and their page at the official Star trek site http://www.startrek.com/database_article/vedala!

Bun:

Snnanagfashtalli or just Fashtalli for short. was one of Captain Kirk’s security officers, who has appeared 3 Star Trek novels of The Original Series era, so she is a non-canonical character, but she is a lean, slender alien leopurrd girl of undisclosed species who we hope to see more of, nya! She first appeared in The Entropy Effect which was published by Pocket Books in 1981 and written by Nebula & Hugo award -winning author Vonda N. McIntyre http://www.vondanmcintyre.com! Although the cover art depicts Kirk, Spock, Sulu & the Enterprise of the first movie period, the tale is apparently set prior to that, late in the original five year mission.

Petra:

Some of the crew call her Snarl, but not to her face, nya! She has the Maroon, Scarlet & Cream-colored, spotted pelt, Red eyes, White whiskers, Ruby-colored fangs, swishy tail, and thin retractable claws, nya! She is bipedal, but runs on all fours, nya! As a furry officer, she wears a harness with the insignia & equipment instead of the mewsual uniform, but I guess M’Ress preferred the garment, nya! Fashtalli seemed quite feisty and genki, fluently speaks English and Vulcan, and likes to play 2D chess with her friend Ensign Jenniver Aristeides, nya! Fashtalli’s species, age & rank were not disclosed at that time, but I guess that she was an Ensign too, nya!

Becca:

Fashtalli was only briefly mentioned as having a sparring duel with Dr. Evan Wilson in the late Janet Kagan’s http://www.janetkagan.com novel Uhura’s Song which was published in 1985. It will be 30 years old next month! Fashtalli was only briefly shown as one of the security officers sent to fetch Mr. Spock from the time gateway planet  in A.C. Crispen’s http://www.accrispin.com novel Time For Yesterday which was published in 1988. Alas, very widdle information is disclosed about Fashtalli, although she has the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the latter novel which occurs betwixt Star Trek – The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!

Ilyana:

We are not sure of the purrcise dates when Fashtalli’s adventures occur, although both The Entropy Effect and Uhura’s Song seem to occur late in the original five year mission of the Enterprise under Captain Kirk. According to the chronology pages at Memory-Beta (a wiki web site dedicated to non-canonical, licensed Star Trek works such as novels, comics and games) Uhura’s Song occurs in 2268 (amidst the 2nd season of the original series), and The Entropy Effect occurs in 2270 (between the animated series and Star Trek – The Motion Picture); whilst Time For Yesterday occurs in 2285, shortly before Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!

Mary Nyan:

Hai hai, and or more information about Snnanagfashtalli we recommend her page at Memory-Beta http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Snnanagfashtalli! It is ironic that she does not play the major role in Uhura’s Song, because it is the catgirl fiesta which introduces the Eeiauoans and Sivoans! It also has the beautiful cover illustration depicting Uhura, Spock, the Enterprise and their felinoid friend painted by Boris Vallejo; and although it shows the movie’s refit version of the Enterprise, given the crew and their ranks at the time, this tale seems to be set later in the original five year mission as Ilyana just noted! The plot purrtains to the search for the cure to the deadly intergalactic plague which has spurread from the planet Eeiauo to other planets and the Enterprise!

Mielikki:

So like, Lt. Uhura thinks there are clues to the cure in the songs she learned years ago from her friend Sunfall, an Eeiauoan diplomat, dancer and singer! This is the totally touchy subject, but Nurse Chapel and others are seriously ill, and Dr. McCoy’s poor ailing Eeiauoan colleague Dr. Quickfoot eventually discloses that her ancestors were exiled from Sivoa thousands of years ago. Sunfall has the Black fur and Quickfoot has the Gray stripes! Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Chekov and feisty Dr. Evan Wilson make the first contact the primitive, nomadic, tribal Sivoans, who are reluctant to discuss the topic, until those officers and some of their new friends undertake a cross – country pilgrimage ritual!

Yvonne:

The book gives the splendid details about their descriptions, language, history, culture & relationships, nya! They have purrehensile tails, sharp claws, and the cordial curiosity about the starfleet officers, nya! They like Uhura and named her StarFreedom to-Enterprise, nya! The name suffix of “to-” refers to one’s home, such as the various villages, nya. Their leader Stiff Tail to-Srallansre is the mom of daughter Bright Spot to-Srallansre, nya! Stiff Tail has Orange & Black fur, whilst Bright Spot has White fur with the darker patches, nya! Stiff Tail’s brother is Fetch Storm to-Srallansre, and they have a male relative named Distant Smoke to-Srallansre, nya!

Trini-chan:

Catchclaw to-Ennien is the tribe’s healer and mom of daughters Too Long Tail to-Ennien, Eager Talker to-Ennien, White Whisker to-Ennien, and son Grabfoot to-Ennien. Catchclaw has Brown & Cream – colored fur. Her appurrentice Jinx to-Ennien has Silver Gray and White fur, but she later changed her name to Another Star Freedom, in honor of Lt. Uhura! Other cat ladies there include Left Ear who has the Ginger-banded fur, and Settle Sand to-Vensre who has Cream and Dark Brown – colored fur!

Other Sivoans include Silver Tail, Cloud Shape, Thunderstroke, Hotspring, Winding Path, Copper Eye,  Knots, Brave Tongue, All Loops, Rushlight, Sharp Tooth, Patterner and Threetimes! Dr. Wilson wished that she had a tail too! They gave her a sari and the name of Tail-Kinker to-Ennien, but I should not reveal more about the her part of the plot! For more information, I suggest the Memory-Beta pages of http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Sivaoan and http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Eeiauoa!

Tara-chan:

The bloodthirsty, patriarchal Kzinti were created by author Larry Niven for his Known Space series, and – and they appurr in the Man-Kzin Wars novels, but I am unfamiliar with any Kzinrrett (female Kzin) in Star Trek, nya. The animated epurrsode “The Slaver Weapon” which was written by Niven depicted the few antagonistic Kzintoshi (Kzin males) who were misogynistic towards Lt. Uhura, which is typical of their mean cattitude towards the Kzinrrett, who have been unfortunately genetically engineered to be docile and – and less sapient, nya.

Oh, I hope that there are many smart, healthy, emancipated Kzinrrett who are benevolently purropurrgating in the galaxy, poised to revoke the Kzintoshi oppurression, nya! For the more thorough information purrtaining to the Kzin, I will recommend their page at Larry Niven’s site http://www.larryniven.net/kzin/worlds.shtml, the article at Memory-Alpha http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Kzinti, the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kzin, and – and the official Star Trek database article http://www.startrek.com/database_article/kzinti, nya!

Jeannie:

The Ferasans of the clannish society of the planet Ferasa are related to the Caitians, and are part of the Klingon Empire in the non-canonical Star Trek Online MMORPG; a massive multi player online role playing game which is based upon the canonical Trek movies & TV series, occasionally graced by appurrances by some of the famous characters. The human-sized bipedal Ferasans have large eyes of good nocturnal vision, extremely keen hearing, long saber-type fangs, soft, and dark pelts of the various colors, and some of them are telepathic.

There are pages about them at Memory-Beta http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Ferasan and Star Trek Online Gamepedia http://sto.gamepedia.com/Ferasan. Both pages have images, including the unnamed female officer with the mohawk, piercings and Purrple pelt. The latter site has information about specific characters, including female duty officers such as Lt. T’Mirnaat the sensor opurrations officer with the Blue pelt, Lt. Hisow Ja’fus Anaun the flight deck officer with the Blue pelt, and Lt. M’eshau the engineering technician with the Green pelt.

Mike

I should also mention the Lyrans, who are the fierce, Lynx-like, bipedal felinoids allied with the Klingons in the non-canon Starfleet Universe series of board, role-play and computer games such as Starfleet Battles, Starfleet Command and Federation Commander, which focus more on the military strategy & tactics! That will conclude this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, spotlight, but next month we will shine it upon another batch of catgirl characters or their creators! Ah, and now Now I will turn The Mew over to Myayr  to begin our batch of

Event Reports, with her NC Comicon 2014 Report!

Mary Nyan

Arigato! The NC Comicon http://www.nccomicon.com is the comic book convention on the mainland in Durham, sponsored by Ultimate Comics http://ultimatecomics.com, a nice comics shop just the few miles from there in Chapel Hill! They are both great towns, which are also famous for the UNC vs Duke sports rivalry! However, this time the fans were all united at the Durham Convention Center, the adjoining Marriott Hotel and stately Carolina Theatre, the Armory across the street, the nearby Full Steam Brewery, Ultimate Comics, and the various nearby restaurants, cafes & food trucks for the convention fun on the Saturday & Sunday of November 15th & 16th, plus the bit of purree-con set-up and activities on that Friday!

I think this was the 6th NC Comicon, and once again we caravanned to the mainland to to meet friends there! The con continues to get bigger and bigger every year, with the many guests, artists, dealers, organizations, cosplayers, other fans of all ages, genders & races, and the very cordial, helpful staff & volunteers! Some of our friends & past guests of The Mew were there, as members of the Carolina Comic Book Club set up their  booths to sell the action figures, comics, and hand-made items! The guests, artists, dealers & organizations were in the main 2 ballrooms right beside each other, with panels, displays, and activities in the conference rooms across the hall, where guests John & Carole Barrowman met the fans!

Gosh I think there was a total of about 200 guests, artists, dealers & organizations, and I am not sure how many thousands of fans were in attendance, but it was the packed house! Just a few of the guests included Neal Adams, Scott Allie, Bib Burdon, Richard Case, Ben Caldwell, Bernard Chang, Sean Chen, MST3K’s Frank Coniff, Tommy Lee Edwards, Lee Moder, Sean Murphy, Phil Noto, Afua Richardson, Budd Root, Jeremy Whitley, and there were some long lines to meet author Fiona Staples! Other great celebrities included Lego Master Joe meno, The Jade City Pharaoh radio show, and the Triangle Youth Ballet! There were discussion panels, the charity auction, drink & draw, purrtfolio reviews, and the Lego workshop!

The Carolina Theatre’s film festival included live-action & animated movies such as Akira, Nausicaa, The Iron Giant, Conan the Barbarian (1982) Batman (1989), Flash Gordon (1980) Howard the Duck, Swamp Thing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, plus the special screenings of Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll, The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, and The Vindicator! The many items for sale by the artists and dealers included comics, graphic novels, posters, art, statues, action figures, plushies, other toys, shirts, purretty trinkets & jewelry! I was lucky to find the good bargain on the back issue I have been looking for, the copy of The Avengers #144, in which Patsy Walker became The Hell Cat heroine in 1976!

She inherited the costume which used to belong to Greer Grant Nelson, who had since become Tigra, whose 40th anniversary we commemorated last month! I did not see any Tigra or Hell Cat costumes, but there were ladies cosplaying as The Black Cat, Cat Woman, and numerous nekomimi at the con! The hundreds of cosplayers of all ages, genders & races repurrsented characters of comics, anime, games, movies & TV shows, especially the supurr heroes, villains, monsters, cute kigurimi outfits, Star Wars & Doctor Who characters! I think the biggest costume may have been the Galactus! There was the tattoo contest and costume contest, with the huge group photo oppurrtunity on Sunday in the courtyard by the fountains!

Fortunately that weekend’s weather was clear for the loading, the outdoor minglings, and the jaunts to the nearby places to dine at, although tempurrature was much nippier there than it is here at our island! Nevertheless, it was the great time amongst the thousands of friendly folks in attendance with good spirits! Our friends of Mourning Daily Publishing were there again, and we brought home more lovely art from them which Petra wants to discuss! So, we wish to thank everyone who contributed to the festive ambiance of the convention, the delicious dining and the pleasant road trip, and we hope that we can purrtake of it again next year! Nyow for our next event report, here is Tara-chan to tell us about the trip to the

Greensboro Toy & Collectibles Show!

Tara-chan

Arigato, nya! Just one week after that convention, we were back upon the mainland for the Greensboro Toy and – and Collectibles Show at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on the weekend of November 22-23, nya! Greensboro is in the Triad area which includes High Point and – and Winston-Salem, which is not to be confuzzeled with the similar – sounding Triangle area which includes Raleigh, Durham and – and Chapel Hill, nya! Both areas are in the Piedmont region of the state, which is just the few hours from here, nya!

The toy show was organized by Inside Pitch Promotions http://www.insidepitchpromotions.com who do such the good job running the fun toy, card, NASCAR, collectibles and – and the hobby shows, nya! This purrticular show was mostly compurrised of toys, although there were also cards, comic books, and – and cinema / TV memorabilia too, nya! Ob1, Pacozord, Chef Ron and – and other friends had several tables there, brimming with wonderful action figures, the comic books, and – and the dandy hand-made crafts, nya!

There were many vintage and – and recent figures, dolls, statures, ornaments, cars, other vehicles, play sets, plushies and- and games sold at the con, from the lmuchly loved toys to the ones that were practically in mint condition, still in the package, nya! There were plenty of good deals on the many My Little Pony, Barbie, Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, Transformers, GI Joe, Pokemon, Hot Wheels, the few imported items such as Doctor Who toys from the UK, plus anime, sentai and – and the dai kaiju items from Japan, nya!

We purrchased a few pony and – and Star Wars figures at the low purrices, nya! They had the door purrize raffle too, nya! Unfortunately the weather on the mainland was so much nippier and – and dampurr than it has been here at the island, so we had to bundle up, nya! The traffic and – and the parking situation was interesting due the five nights of the Garth Brooks concerts which were also at the Coliseum Complex, but the weather did not seem to dampen the spirits of those who were there for the toys or for the mewsic, nya!

I understand that Sunday’s toy show attendance was lighter than Saturday’s, but we enjoyed the leisurely time for the browsing, the snacking, and – and mingling with the friends and – and fellow collectors, nya! We ate purretty well on the trip too, with the breakfast eggs and- and sausages before the show, the trail mix snack, the hot dogs from the snack bar, and – and the pizza for suppurr, nya! It was the fun time and I would like to go to another toy show, nya! That is all for my report, but nyow here is Trini-chan to continue the

Collectibles and Toy Topic,

with her review of the Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Cutie Mark Crusaders fashion dolls, nya!

Trini-chan:

Arigato! 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 in the sequel movie Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, which we reviewed and praised last month!

The Rainbow Rocks plot returns us to that other world’s Canterlot High School, where the human students prepare for the music festival and the battle of the bands! One of the competing bands is The Crusaders trio compurrised of Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo! They are the analogous human counterparts to the young pony fillies known as The Cutie Mark Crusaders! The pony versions call themselves that because they do not yet have any Cutie Marks on their flanks, in spite of their attempts!

In their equine forms, Sweetie Belle is the White unicorn, Scootaloo is the Orange pegasus, and Apple Jack’s younger sister Apple Bloom is the Yellow Earth pony, but in the human forms Sweetie Belle is the Pink – haired girl, Scootaloo is the Magenta – haired girl, Apple Bloom is the Redhead! There is the bountiful array of Rainbow Rocks fashion dolls of the characters in various packages & assortments, including this adorably cute boxed set of the trio in their human forms! It is a Target stores exclusive!

The plastic dolls are beautifully sculpted & painted, with costume pony ears, the multi -colored, spotted streaks in their fiber hair, removable pretty fabric clothes & plastic footwear! Each doll is 7 1/4″ tall, including the 1/2″ ear pinna! The clothes are multi – colored, and Scootallo wears the short-sleeved shirt, the striped tights, and Purrple knee – high boots with widdle wings! Apple Bloom wears the scoop – neck dress with the iridescent short skirt, and the Magenta mid – calf boots with widdle apple medallions!

Sweetie Belle wears the short cocktail dress with the ruffled skirt and the strappy Violet sandals with the widdle heart accents! The dolls’ few points of articulation are the neck, the shoulders and the hips; and the dolls are balanced well enough to stand without a display base, which is good there are no because bases included. However, each girl is accompanied by a 3 3/8″ x 2 1/8″ cardboard backstage pass card! These dolls are so delightful, and I will give them the high praise! Nextly I would like to discuss

The DC Comics Chess Collection #66: Starfire!

Bun:

Starfire is one of our favorite super heroines of the DC Comics and the animated Teen Titans TV series! Her real name is Koriand’r and she is the former princess of the planet Tamaran, and the warrior who escaped the slavery and came to the Earth where she found the friends, romance, and more villains to fight as a powerful heroine who can fly and zap people! She first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 along with Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West) Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), Raven, Cyborg, and Changeling as The New Teen Titans!

That was written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by George Perez, and later they received their own series. The membership of the Titans team would change over the years, and in the very different, wackier fun TV cartoon suitable for the younger viewers, the team is compurrised of Starfire, her boyfriend Robin, Raven, Robin, Cyborg, Changeling who is also known as Beast Boy! Nowadays since in the “New 52″ era of the comics, Starfire is a member of The Outlaws team along with her newer boyfriend Arsenal (Roy Harper) and Red Hood (Jason Todd)!

She has a brother named Darkfire and an evil sister named Blackfire! She is also a rather sexy character in the comics, known for her skimpy Purple bikini costume with the strapless top, the thigh boots, gauntlets, shoulder pads and the panty which are accessorized by the Red gems! She has the very long fiery Auburn Red hair, Green eyes, golden tan skin, and the very lithe lean physique! According to DK Books’ DC Comics Encyclopedia, she is 6’4″ tall and weighs 158 lbs.! She is one of the characters represented in the DC Comics Chess Collection!

The collection is available one piece at a time, in the chess piece / magazine series published bi-weekly by Eaglemoss! This is similar to their DC and Marvel figure & magazine series! Each pack contains one painted resin chess piece and the full color magazine pertaining to that character. Starfire’s issue is #66, which is priced £7.99 in the UK and $16.00 in the US. To eventually form the entire set, you will need to get the 32 pieces & the board! Starfire is the White Pawn, whereas Superman is the White King and Wonder Woman is the White Queen!

I think the 3 3/8″ tall figure of her is nicely sculpted & painted, from the detail of her lashes, lips, supple curves & long lush hair to the inny navel of her tight abs, the gems and the fine gold trim! The scale seems to be 1/22.5; and including the 1 3/4″ diameter base, the piece is 4 1/8″ tall overall. The 16 page magazine measures 10 3/4″ x 8 5/8″, and it is full of information about Starfire, with the bunch of illustrations from the comics by various artists! Now we will go from the 3D creations to the 2D works, as Petra purrsents the latest illustrative additions to

The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Petra:

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

Last month in Gallery 6 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery6.html we purremiered Mike’s illustrations of the senior / sempai “Cordial Concierges” at the Catgirl Island Visitors Center, his fan art in homage to the 1953 science fiction film “Cat-Women of the Moon”, two pics of Marvel Comics’ supurr heroine Tigra to to commemorate her 40th Anniversary, and two pics of Jeff Branch’s character Detective Junko Sakurada of the Keishicho / Tokyo Metropolitan Police, nya! She was named after a famous singer & mewsician, nya!

Nyow for this month in Gallery 6 we are purremiering Mike’s fan art of “Lt. Cmdr. Snnanagfashtalli” who is shown pawsing from her purrtrol of the starship Enterpurrise to pose for her pic, and the medium of the illustration is Photoshop CS2 with the mouse, nya! This is a pic of Fashtalli circa 2285, when she is a Lt. Cmdr, just purrior to the events of the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, nya! Because she is the furry officer, she is allowed to wear just the armor’s outer harness & belt, without the helmet, shirt, trousers or boots, nya!

She is holding the Type 2 Phaser, which attaches to the belt; and we suspect the widdle device on her chest plate might be a Purr-Scan or a tummy warmer, nya. I think that this purrticular amount of armor is not only still somewhat purrotective, but it is less cumbersome to allow more freedom of movement for the agile, peppy catgirl, so that she can more easily run, climb, spurring, pounce, and claw with all fours, nya! It splendidly reveals her mane & pelt with the lovely spots & rosettes, but hopefully it does not ride up on the tail, nya!

In Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html we are purroud to purrsent an illustration of “Caiomhe” (purrnounced “Keeva”), which is another collaboration between Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com and Mike, nya! Rebecca was our guest in the September 2009 Mew, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen Rebecca’s other illustrations & collaborations with Mike in our mewseum, nya? She also wrote the tale of “The Love of a Catgirl”, which y’all can read at the Tales of Catgirl Island page http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, nya!

Caiomhe Caitlin Kaneko is a Hapa (mixed breed) catgirl of the Irish-Okinawan-American purrsuasion, whose name means “purrecious pure golden child”, although her eyes are Blue, her skin is pale Tan, her hair, ears & tail are the Red Auburn and not gold, nya! She was adopted into a good home here at our island, and has brought much joy to our Carolina Outer Banks abode, nya! She is a charming, smart, industrious, tenacious, sociable, purretty, athletic & multi-lingual student who aspires to be a purrfessional fitness trainer and a triathlete, nya!

Her birthday is October 25th, her zodiac sign is the Scorpio / Fire Rat, and her hobbies include cooking, nutrition, work outs, cycling, running, purrkour, and swimming, nya. In this illustration, she is standing outside the island’s Aquatic Center, wearing the short-sleeve, bare-midriff blouse and the Black & Blue ruffled short skirt, which are accessorized by the ribbon, bracelet, socks and Mary Jane shoes, nya! Rebecca illustrated her with Sai, Photoshop CS6 & the Intuos5 tablet, and Mike purrvided the background with Photoshop CS2 & the mouse, nya!

Nextly in Guest Gallery 3, we are happy to display 3 more delightful illustrations “Bast”, “Fire” and “Air” by Angela Clay Helms of Mourning Daily Publishing http://www.mourningdaily.com, nya!

It was good to see here again at the NC ComiCon where she had an artist alley table, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her other illustrations in our mewseum, nya? We are the purroud owners of her art, plushies, trinkets and comics, such as The Purrfect Adventures; Suburban Fighters, Super Zero High, The Hunted, and Mythical Magick, nya!

The pic of “Bast” is a Black & White, pen & ink scene of the Egyptian goddess catgirl Bast, happily greeting her worshipurr kitties at the moonlit oasis by the pyramid, sphinx statues & palm trees, nya! The original size is 8.5″ x 11″, and it might not be appurrant from the scan, but her gown, the pyramid, palms, moon & stars have the Silvery metalllic accents , nya! The original size of the B&W “Fire” faerie and “Air” faerie pencil sketches are both 2″ x 3.5″, and the latter fae’s eyes, outfit & breath have the Silvery metalllic accents too, nya!

Also in Guest Gallery 3 is the manipulated photographic image of cosplayers Crissy Teverini (left) & Nicole (right) as “Utena & Anthy” of the Japanese manga and anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena, nya! Utena Tenjou (with the Pink hair) & Anthy Himemiya (with the Purrple hair) are the cute couple at Ohtori Academy, where poor Anthy is known as The Rose Bride, whom Utena’s rivals want to sword duel for custody, nya! They were photographed outdoors on the lawn by PopeCerebus at the AnimeNext 2014 convention, nya!

The costumes are the characters’ school uniforms, and our friend Crissy’s costume was made by Melissa Quinn, nya!  Crissy was one of our guests for our March 2008 Mew, and purrhaps y’all have seen some of her illustrations & other photos in our mewseum, nya? With Crissy’s purrmission, Mike used Photoshop CS2 and the mouse to digitally spurruce up the imagery, by removing a few background objects & expanding the landscape, to hopefully enhance the timeless, purretty, romantic & serene ambience of the scene, nya!

Crissy’s mane site for her illustrations, information & mewsings is Crimson Sky Creations http://www.crimsonskycreations.com, with her cosplay and modeling photos, con and festival reports at her Blood, Sweat and Glitter site http://www.crimsonskycreations.com/bloodsweatandglitter, nya! There y’all can see more pics from that Utena and Anthy photo shoot in Crissy’s “Ohtori- After Class” gallery http://www.crimsonskycreations.com/bloodsweatandglitter/ohtoriafterclass.htm, nya! So, what do y’all think of the latest additions, nya?

Jeannie:

Judging from the wall panels, Fashtalli would seem to be near the turboshaft and the officers’ quarters on Deck 5 of the purrimary hull.

Becca:

I don’t know if Fashtalli and Jenniver were at the Starfleet Academy together, but I can imagine their fun antics with other cadet friends!

Elizabeth:

Think of the galactic cuisine they could savor in the 23rd century! I bet that Fashtalli would like to sink her fangs into a thick salmon steak!

Tara-chan:

Caiomhe is purrticularly fond of the fish, shellfish, pork, eggs… potatoes… the yams, berries and – and the milk, nya! Oh nyow I have the cravings,, nya!

Yvonne:

Try to stay focused upon the art, nya! The pic of Caiomhe is the purrfect likeness from the sheen of her hair to the shine of her patent leather shoes, nya!

Trini-chan:

I like the details such as the Cream-colored tufts of her ears, her Rosey cheeks, inny belly button, and the cute widdle Red bows on the White socks!

Nyoka:

Oh I think th pic of Bast is so lovely! She is so purretty and regal in the lovely sleeveless gown with the collar, earring, and the kuroneko clasp on the sash!

Nyanko:

Hai hai it seems like the very mystical majestic night as all of the cute kitties gather around her by the serenely sculpted sphinx bench!

Ilyana:

I like the Silver ink technique! The Air Faerie also has the nice curvilinear symmetry in her hair, face, blouse and the widdle whirl wind she is exhaling!

Mielikki:

Fur shur! So like the Fire Faerie is the serene sizzling sexy site with her long supple ears, her fiery coiffure and couture amidst the flames!

Mary Nyan:

Crissy & Nicole seemed to have supurrbly brought the characters of Utena & Anthy to life in their gorgeous photos by Pope Cerebus!

Bun:

It sounded like a fortunately serendipitous experience from Crissy’s con report! So Mike, what was your objective in the photo manip?

Mike:

Oh, I just tried to widen view, and removed some boards and a chain link fence from the scene! Well Petra, thank you for presenting the new art!

Petra:

Doistashimaste, nya! That will conclude the art portion, and oh look here come more of our friends, nya!

B.B.:

(the Purrk Ranger catgirl wearing the Sea Mullet purrint bikini, bringing the Soft Crab cakes to the Aftermew Luau) Aloha y’all!

Meryl:

(the Police Chief catgirl wearing the Mahi Mahi purrint bikini, bringing the dish of stuffed cheesy peppurr popurrs) Konban wa!

Ellie:

(the Fire Chief centauress wearing the Sea Oats purrint bikini top, bringing the cran-apple nummy berry cocktails) We brought food!

Becca:

Please have the seat while we put the those with the rest of the food!

B.B, Meryl & Ellie:

Arigato gozaimasu!

Elizabeth:

We are so glad that y’all could attend! So, what have y’all been up to?

B.B.:

I have been climbing, boating, reading, purrotecting the Venus Flytraps, and leading the educational, entertaining nocturnal nature hike through the maritime forest! On the way here I visited the other rangers who are purrticipating in the gathering at the lake!

Mary Nyan:

Oh it is so purretty on the moonlit mirror-like water! Howboutchoo Meryl?

Meryl:

When I have not been on the purrtrols or the papurr work, I have been reading, watching movies, and waxing the Moto Guzi for the motorcycle show; and earlier I stopped by some of tonight’s other gatherings at the library, the riverwalk, and the farmers’ market!

Nyoka:

There is festivity at the arts center and the visitors center too! Ellie’s turn!

Ellie:

Hai while I was on my earlier patrol, I noticed the preparations at the theatre, The Kitt Inn, and at Sheila May’s! Fortunately there have been no fire emergencies, so I have been able to swim, work out at the gym, and to enjoy the mewsic, manga, and anime!

Nyanko:

I thought I saw you at the gym! So, we understand that y’all wish to contribute the

Bonus Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!

B.B.:

Hai! I would like to shine the spotlight upon Whiskers Lion’s Roar and her older sister Kat Jungle Roar of the Lalaloopsy cartoon series shown on Nick Jr., and the toys made by MGA! Whiskers wears the leopurrd purrint costume and Kat wears the safari outfit with the spotted trim! They both have the cute button eyes, the brave adventurous spirit, and the widdle lion pets to accompany them upon the expurrditions and the purrowl for candy! For more thorough information I will recommend their purrofile pages at the Lalaloopsy Land Wikia http://lalaloopsyland.wikia.com!

Tara-chan

Kawaii, nya! In addition to the Lalaloopsy dolls, MGA makes the Novi Stars, Bratz & Moxie Girls toys too, nya!

Meryl:

I wish to nominate the Kristen character in the M&M’s commercial, who is not actually part cat, but she does wear the leopurrd purrint dress to accent her purredatory gaze on the purrowl for the chocolate at the fancy party! She is purrfectly purrtrayed by the beautiful, terrific actress Samantha Colburn http://samanthacolburn.com in the commercial, in which Mrs. Brown M&M (voiced by Vanessa Williams) introduces her to Mr. Red M&M! However, the introduction is not with the kinder intentions, which results in Kristen pouncing upon Red for the bite in her car, heehee!

Yvonne:

Oh, I have seen that TV commercial, nya! It is very amewsing, but nyow I am craving the chocolate too, nya!

Ellie:

Well, my nominee does not involve the food, but I wish to consider her as another “honorary catgirl!” In the November Mew when y’all mentioned the movie Cat-Women of the Moon, that reminded me of the brilliantly legendary actress Madeline Kahn, because she portrayed the character Mavis the drama teacher in a Mama’s Family comedy sketch on the Carol Burnette Show in 1976! In the sketch she mentions that she had a role in the movie Cat Women on Mars! Unfortunately we are yet to see such a movie, but we can certainly imagine how awesome she would be in it!

Mike:

Oh gosh that’s right, I remember that! ! Well then, I might have to draw some fan art of Mavis as a Martian Catgirl!

Bun:

She was great in Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, A Bug’s Life, and her appearances with The Muppets!

Jeannie:

Thank you all for that bonus spotlight. We understand that you might also grace us with the

bonus purrinted media mewsings,

such as B.B.’s review of Faerie Magazine #28.

B.B.:

Hai! Faerie Magazine is the joyfully beautiful quarterly magazine purrtaining to Fae tales, art and lore, plus the yummy foods, gorgeous fashions & decor, nature and charming locations! Kim Cross is the founder & publisher, Carol Turgeon is the editor in chief, Grace Nuth is the deputy editor, Anna Vorgul is the creative director, and Shelagh Culley is the senior designer. The purrtetty photo by Katerina Plotnikova graces the cover of the full-color, 100 page issue, which is purriced at $10.95 in the USA & $12.95 in Canada!

The featured pictorial & intermew with Katerina includes the magnificent photos of the lovely ladies with the beautiful animals in the ethereal nature! Some of the issdue’s other features include the intermew with Alan Cumming, the tour of the amazing Tlliston House, a visit to the Florence Griswold Museum’s wee faerie village, there is an intermew with the great fantasy artist / authors Brian & Wendy Froud,and Gregory Maguire’s short story of the Lost Day which is illustrated by Charles Vess who is one of my favorite artists!

There are fragrant & appurrtizing articles about the spiced drinks, the pomegranates and the purrfumes, and I purrticularly enjoyed the darling look at magnificently mossy art & decor, Stephanie Dosen’s adorable knitted creations, and the great pictorial of the Japanese Mori Girl fashions inspired by the forests! Frequent contributor Lord Whimsey discusses the faerie fragrances, and deputy editor Grace Nuh appurrs so splendidly purrched in the tree in the stunning photo to accompany her poem of the Lady in the Meads!

There is further lovely poetry by Anne Caston, author Eliza Graville’s discussion of her inspurrational heritage, and to top off the wonderful issue are the page of the readers’ comments, and back cover’s peek at the forthcoming Winter issue! One of my favorite aspects of the magazine is that not only are the many images so very beautiful, but many are full – page pics. two – page spurreads, and even the ads for the books, purroducts & stores are purretty too, so I will give this latest, impurressive issue the highest purraise!

Mielikki:

Oh, that beautiful magazine is like SO dear to my heart!

Ilyana:

Hai it is very purretty! Nyow it is Ellie’s turn to tell us about

Monster Musume manga vol. 5!

Ellie:

Hai! Written & drawn by Okayado, it is a sexy comedic manga of the urban fantasy genre & harem trope, purrtaining to the liminal ladies of various species who live in a house to become romantic rivals over Kimihito who is their human male home owner! The laws of the federal bureaucracy are awkwardly regulating the coexistence & hosting of the liminals, but at least the house has been speedily enlarged & refitted, thanks to the efforts of Ms. Smith the underpaid, overworked case worker who tries to find good homes where the liminals won’t be hurt or exploited.

Residing with Kimihito are Miia the lamia, Papi the harpy, Centorea the centaur, Suu the slime girl, Meru the mermaid & Rachnera the spider girl. Assisting Ms. Smith are the women of the Monster Ops: Neutralization team comprised of Meranko the cyclops, Tio the ogre, Doppel the doppleganger and Zombina the zombie! Each volume offers more insights into the world’s cultural changes, and introduces more of the liminal ladies, with ample nudity, sexuality, wacky violence & “fan service”, but it has charm & fun as rivals become better friends and more of a family!

It was originally published in Japan by Tokuma Shoten, and the English version is published by Seven Seas! Volume 5 was translated by Ryan Peterson, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, proofread by Janet Houck & Lee Otter, edited by Adam Arnold & published by Jason DeAngelis, with the lettering & layout by Ma. Victoria A. Robado, the cover design by Nicky Lim and the logo design by Courtney Williams! Volume 5 is priced at $12.99 in the USA and $14.99 in Canada, and it has the 160 Black & White pages, plus the the beautiful 4 color pages and the covers!

It starts with the 4 color pages depicting the ladies’ mishap in the enormously rennovated bath, and there is more adventure in the water in Chapter 19 when Kimihito, Meru & Miia visit the aquarium & lake where they encounter Drago the dragon girl! Meanwhile, Ms. Smith & the team are watching in surveillance, hoping to find the culpurrit who has been sending the threatening messages to Kimihito! In Ch. 20 we meet Papi’s sad, lonely dryad friend Kii who becomes the giant grabby plant monster at the barbecue after she absorbs the illegal toxic dump in the forest.

Suu is the big help with that incident! Then in Ch. 21 Kimihito, Centorea, Rachnera go into the town and to the park where they are attacked by Lilith the petite devil! We get to see Centorea in her full set of plate armor & barding! In Ch. 22 Kimihito goes on the speed date & clothes shopping with the Monster Ops girls, but upon discovering who sent the messages, yet another mystery arises! After the chapters are the bonus manga, notes & purrofiles of Drago, Kii, Lilith, and Polt the athletic canine-like kobold girl! She is the gym owner who was introduced in vol. 4!

In spite of some of sad origin tales involving abandonment, mistreatment & bigotry, the characters are amusing, including several initial antagonists who become friendlier, recurring characters! They are wonderfully drawn, with clever attention given to the different species’ physiology, including the boobies! They are delightful posed and expressive, with the great dialogue, humorous sound FX and those widdle side comments, amidst the intricately detailed architectural & landscapes, and I might be biased but I especially like Centorea’s exquisite kimono!

Petra:

It can be difficult for some of those ladies to find the clothes that fit, nya!

Trini-chan:

Fortunately that is not one of the problems of Peppermint Patty who is on the cover of

The Complete Peanuts 1993 -1994!

Meryl:

Hai she is upon the boards & dust jacket of this 22nd volume in the series published by Fantagraphics of books, which will ultimately collect all of the 17,897 daily & Sunday Peanuts mewspapurr strips by Charles M. Schulz in the 50 year chronological order! This hardcover has the US purrice of $29.99, with 348 pages that include the strips, end papurrs and the 3 page index, plus the 2 page forward by journalist, anchor man & author Jake Tapper; and the 2 page purrofile of Schulz by Fantagraphics’s co-founder & The Comics Journal magazine’s editor – in – chief Gary Groth!

Appurropurriately,1993’s strips begin with Peppermint Patty, who makes the unrequited romantic mew year phone call to Charlie Brown! There are actually several romantic & satisfying moments this year for Charlie Brown, including the snowball & baseball victories and the story arcs involving Royanne! Other characters appurring in these years include Sally, Lucy, Linus, Rerun, Marcie, Schroeder, Lydia, Snoopy, Spike, Woodstock, Snoopy’s brothers Olaf & Andy, and there are brief appurrances by Violet, Franklin, Pig Pen, Ethan, the sentient mail box and the school building!

Woodstock’s fellow feathered friends Conrad, Bill, Fred & Raymond appurr in several of the Beagle Scot story arcs; whilst the unseen / unheard Mrs. Van Pelt, teachers and other adults purrticipate in the plots from off-screen! Linus wants Snoopy to be nominated as a supurreme court justice, and some of the other major story arcs concern Charlie Brown stranded upon the ice, taking Snoopy to school, Snoopy’s hospitalization, and memories of Woodstock’s grandfather. There are also the many bible, literature, classical mewsic, cinema, science, sports, court & military references!

Snoopy’s guises include the author, attorney, surgeon, golfer, runner, tennis purro, hockey coach, scout leader, shepherd, Joe Grunge, World War One flying ace, G.I, Sergeant-Major of the French Foreign Legion, the fierce purredator, the Cheshire Beagle and Nessie! Activities include baseball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, hiking, camping, sledding, fishing, canoeing, swimming, raking, bed time, suppurr time, mewsic, writing, watching TV and attempted kite flying. There are clever artistic homages, and panoramic panels for several strips, such as the bus stop and football scenes!

Numerous holidays & events are observed, and the June 6th anniversaries of 1944’s D-Day are especially remembered! Peanuts ran from 1950 to 2000, so if they continue to publish 2 volumes purr year, then this series will conclude in late 2016! There is also the more recent companion series Peanuts Every Sunday, which will eventually repurrint all of the Peanuts Sunday strips in color! Well, I am extremely pleased with the delightful content and the handsome quality of The Complete Peanuts 1993 -1994, so I will give this book the very high purraise and recommendation!

Ilyana:

I am hoping to eventually get caught up and read that book too! Gosh, those strips were over 20 years ago!

Ellie:

To put that into the historical purrspective, 1993 is also when Star Trek Deep Space Nine puremiered on TV!

B.B.:

1993 was the year of movies such as Jurassic Park, The Fugitive, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Schindler’s List!

Meryl:

You know… I think the animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm movie was released in 1993 too!

Becca:

1993 was also a good year for the Japanese anime, such as Battle Angel, Dragon Half, Ninja Scroll, and Ocean Waves!

Mielikki:

Don’t forget Sailor Moon R, Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, and Please Save My Earth!

Elizabeth:

I think that was about the time that the Magic: The Gathering card game was first published!

Mary Nyan:

1994 was the year of Forrest Gump, The Lion King, True Lies, Ed Wood, Stargate, and Star Trek: Generations!

Petra:

1994 was the year for anime such as Sailor Moon S, Magic Knights Rayearth, Marmalade Boy, and Pom Poko, nya!

Bun:

Some of my favorite anime of 1994 included Ah My Goddess, You’re Under Arrest, Blue Seed, and Key the Metal Idol!

Jeannie:

I will nominate Macross Plus, Yamato 2520, Gatchaman 94 and Dirty Pair Flash.

Nyanko:

That was the action-packed year for fighting anime such as the Streetfighter II, Samurai Showdown and Fatal Fury movies!

Nyoka:

It was the sad time for the catgirl in Dragon Pink, but on the brighter side there were more Nuku Nuku OVAS that year!

Trini-chan:

Oh gosh… there was DNA2, Iria: Zeiram: The Animation, Phantom Quest Corps, 801 TTS Airbats, and Plastic Little!

Tara-chan:

Oh I have been wanting to see the– SKELETONIZER MOTH, NYA!

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

Yvonne:

TARA-CHAN— NYA!

Mike:

There she goes again- and we were so close to the end of the show, too!

The Cat Lady Sings…

B.B.:

The Clemens’ False Skeletonizer moth has such lovely Black wings!

Trini-chan:

I will keep an eye on her, and I want to see the moth too!

Becca:

Since it is almost time for the luau, purrhaps you should call it a wrap!

Elizabeth:

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

Ilyana:

I am so glad that I was able to return during the holiday season!

Ellie:

We are glad and grateful that we were able to purrticipate again too!

Petra:

We wish to thank Mourning Daily, Rebecca, Crissy & her friends for the additions to our mewseum, nya!

Bun:

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

Nyanko:

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

Nyoka:

His web comic Clan of the Cats returned on Halloween, after the long hiatus!

Tara-chan:

(returning) I am back- gomenasai, nya! I was distracted by the beauty of the nature, nya!

Meryl:

Oh that is OK, and we are quite grateful to be blessed with this healthy, happy and purrospurrous island!

Mielikki:

Fur shur!

Mary Nyan:

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

Jeannie

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

Yvonne:

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

Mike:

We’ll be back next month for another edition of The Mew, and then in February it’ll be time again for our annual Mew Awards! Be there… aloha!

The Ladies of The Mew:

BAIBAI, NYA!


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