September 2014 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

September 5, 2014 by

Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
http://www.catgirlisland.com & http://www.catgirlisland.net
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
http://jamiecotc.deviantart.comhttp://clanofthecats.com

purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in

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

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

Cinema & TV Topics:

The Lightning Round Topic of Our Favorite Films Of ’54

A 40th anniversary appurreciation of Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Toy Talk:

Barbie Happy Halloween Chelsea Fashion Doll

My Little Pony Pop Style Zecora Kit Figure

Comic Book Reports:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #22

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #8

Red Sonja #0
Angel and Faith Season 10 #5

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6

Manga Mewsings:

Strike Witches 1937: The Fuso Sea Incident vol.1

Monster Musume vol. 4

More Purrint Media Purraise:

Don Heck A Work of Art

2015 Art Calendar by Rebecca Brogden

Additions To The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:

an “Eamane” sketch by Rebecca,

“Naiibu & Formality” illustrated by Misty Hopkins & Mike

a pic of “Luna, Linda & Blue Cloud” by Mike

Librari-Con 2014 Report

Magazine Mewsings:

Faerie Magazine #27

Surfgirl #47

ImagineFX Presents Manga Artist

plus a few more miscellaneous magazine mewsings

… and the Monthly Catgirl Spotlight, nya!

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Mike:

(wearing his Orange Rollerball jersey, Black cargo shorts, Nike Air trainers and his Catgirl Island baseball cap) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews & discussions of fun stuff! Today’s show comes from Mary Nyan’s house, where the group has been planning their group cosplay for the island’s annual Halloween Trick ‘R Eat & Cosplay Purrowl! ! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here in their Fall colors are The Ladies of The Mew!

Jeannie:

(the catgirl wearing the Apurricot color twist bandeau-topped, tanga-style bikini and sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.

Elizabeth:

(the catgirl wearing the Amber color criss-cross halter-neck bikini and Tiger Lilly tail corsage) Hola!

Becca:

(the gynoid catgirl wearing the Purrsimmon color suspender maillot and a knotted White shirt) Aloha!

Petra:

(the catgirl wearing the Amaranth colored crochet triangle-top bikini and an Anthurium tucked by an ear) Hi Hi, nya!

Bun:

(the bunny girl wearing the Goldenrod color ring-closure bikini and a Yellow Kahili Ginger lei) Guten Tag!

Yvonne:

(the catgirl wearing the Maraschino color front-knotted bikini top with matching side-tie panty) Namaste, nya!

Tara-chan:

(her younger sister wearing the Hot Pink tankini and a Plumeria tail corsage) Namaste, nya!

Nyanko:

(the catgirl wearing the Black shorts, Crimson color cropped tank top and a Red Heliconia lei) Howdy!

Mary Nyan:

(the catgirl wearing a Saffron color asymmetric purretzel-cutout maillot and Yellow Carnation tail corsage) Aloha!

Ilyana:

(the catgirl wearing the Tangerine color halter-neck bikini and a Torch Ginger tail corsage) Whassup?

Nyanko:

I cannot believe that it is September already! It is like hypurr drive when I stay busy at the dojo, the gym, the festivals, swimming, and helping sis at her magick shop! It seems like the Summer Solstice was only yesterday, but she is busy purrparing the Equinox sale & activities, and will join us later for the AfterMew Luau!

Yvonne:

Trini-chan & Mie-sensei are still busy in the forest at the theatre tending to the foxfire, but they will join us for the luau too, nya!  My drumming circle has been purrviding the purrcussion for the dances, and my charters have reeled in the Groupurrs, Snappurrs, Speckled Trout, Stripurrs, Mackerels, Tunas & Wahoos, nya!

Tara-chan:

We brought fish for the luau, nya! In addition to the fishing, the yacht, the dancing, pony card game and – and the volunteering, I have snapped photos of the Wren, the Crow, the Hawk, the Dragonfly, the Mantis, the Monarch, the Clouded Sulphur, the Catalpa, the Luna Moth, and – and the Rosy Maple Moth, nya!

Jeannie:

Tara-chan & Trini-chan are quite purroficient in the serpentine tail, hip shimmy & tummy undulations to inspire my new students. Aside from the Fall semester of the belly dance class, things are fine at the kyudo club, all is serene at yoga studio, and the robotics club has some interesting animatronics planned for Halloween.

Petra:

Hai, and we have been purrparing yet another spooky art exhibit at the mewseum for Halloween, nya! There will be plenty of macabre illustrations, photos, sculptures, decor, ornaments, mewsic and treats, nya! When we have not been curating the exhibits, Bun & ! have been busy with the post-season beach volleyball, nya!

Bun:

Hai we are fortunate to have fans cheering for the banzai on the beach, and the dedicated volunteers such as Tara-chan & Trini-chan at the mewseum! I have also been attending the festivals, tending to the harvest &  blooms of my garden, and baking the carrot cakes & pumpkin pie! I have brought some for the luau too!

Becca:

I brought the Chocolate, Nilla & Salmon ice cream for the luau a la mode, and Lizzy brought the sushi platters! Lately I got a mew hybrid chipping wedge, I have been listening to the Janelle Monae CDs, and when Lizzy & I have not been busy at the spa, we have been hot salsa dancing, going to the festivals and watching DVDs!

Elizabeth:

Hai there is plenty of the anago, maki & tako sushi! For our recent DVD binge we watched the 70’s TV movies such as Genesis II, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, The Bermuda Depths, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Night Stalker! Other than that and the spa, salsa & festivals I have been running the purrkour and in the garden!

Mary Nyan:

This is one of the busiest times of the year for me, between teaching the Hula classes, training the appurrentice mikos at the shrine, and sewing the costumes for the dancers & cosplayers! I have not been surfing or golfing much of late, but I have been able to attend some of the events and grateful for the costume customers!

Ilyana:

Well, we are grateful that you are hosting the gathering for the costume fittings, The Mew and the luau! Since I received my PHD, I am not enrolled in the Fall semester, so nyow I have the more free time to purrticipate in the cosplay and to help with the festivities when I am not researching & exploring the shipwrecks! Mike’s turn!

Mike:

Oh just more of the pleasant same for me- reading, writing, drawing, spending time with family & friends, and we had another great time at LIbrari-Con, which I’ll discuss in more detail later in the show! Well, let’s move along and start this month’s

Cinema & TV Topics, with the

Lightning Round Topic of Our Favorite Films of ’54!

The Ladies of The Mew:

LIGHTNING ROUND GO! NYA!

Mike:

The Lightning Round topics for April, May June & July pertained to our favorite movies & TV shows of 2004,1994,1984, ’74 and ’64 so this month we’ll continue the theme as we nominate our favorite films of 1954! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

The Ladies of The Mew:

HAI!

Nyanko:

(tagged to start) Oh, definitely Seven Samurai! (tags Ilyana with a brush of the tail)

Ilyana:

On the Waterfront, or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! (tail-tags Bun to go next)

Bun:

Either Dial M for Murder, Gojira, or Seven Samurai! (tags Tara-chan)

Tara-chan:

I will nominate 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, nya! Nya-sensei’s turn, nya! (tags her sister)

Yvonne:

Creature from the Black Lagoon and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea nya! (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

It was the good year for the monsters from the deep, such as the creature, the giant squid of 20,000 Leagues and Gojira! (tags Petra)

Petra:

You know, our collection has the Creature from the Black Lagoon poster by Wendy Pini, nya! However, I would pick either Seven Samurai or On the Waterfront, nya! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Lizzy’s turn. (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:

It is the tough call, but purrhaps Seven Samurai or Sabrina. I liked the remake too! (tags Becca)

Becca:

I will nominate Sabrina, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! Back to Mike!

Mike:

Gotta go with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Gojira and The Seven Samurai! Hey Jamie- how ’bout you?

Jamie:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Godzilla, The Caine Mutiny, On the Waterfront. Rear Window and Dial M for Murder.

Mike:

Well, that was another expedient little Lightning Round, and next we have a surprise from Jamie, who has a

40th anniversary appreciation of Kolchak: The Night Stalker!

Jamie:

Sherman Duffy of the New York Herald once said, “A newspaperman is the loneliest guy on earth. Socially he ranks somewhere between a hooker and a bartender. Spiritually he stands with Galileo, because he knows the world is round.” Not that it matters much, when his editor knows its flat.

- Carl Kolchak The Night Stalker

Kolchak: The Night Stalker debuted in September of 1974 and lasted only one season. Created after two successful telefilms, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, both written by Richard Matheson and produced by Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows), were surprise hits in the early 1970s. The first film, The Night Stalker, based on creator Jeff Rice’s novel, was at the time the highest rated television of all time for many years after its initial release. A third TV movie was to be made, but ABC wanted a series instead and so the Kolchak: The Night Stalker was born.

Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin, was a seasoned reporter who lived by his wits alone. Often running away from the monsters while butting heads with his editor, Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland) as well as the local Chicago police force, Kolchak had one saving grace that enabled him to rise above it all. He just wanted to know the truth. Kolchak battled vampires, werewolves, zombies, UFOs and even Jack the Ripper as the system around him always seemed to get the upper hand. His stories were always canceled or scrapped. He was ridiculed, barked at, and thrown in jail numerous times, but he persisted with humor and an over abundance of cynicism and that’s what made the show work.

McGavin’s portrayal of Kolchak is what carried the show. The monster of the week was formulaic and while there are several gems in the series, The Vampire, Horror in the Heights and Mr. Ring, there were quite a few bad ones especially toward the end. The original concept of the show was to have Kolchak following the vampire, Jonas Skorzeny from the first telefilm around the country in a Fugitive type scenario, but ABC wanted a regular cast and a central location people could identify with. Kolchak was planted in Chicago working for his longtime friend and editor, Vincenzo.

Had the series gotten another season or two perhaps the supporting cast would have gotten their due and Kolchak would have reached near Star Trek status. As it was, McGavin was getting tired of the network system, just as the reporter he portrayed. The scripts were mediocre at best, and finally McGavin pulled the plug. The Night Stalker series, like Kolchak himself, was buried by higher-ups who wanted to control what the people saw. Though the series was cancelled, that was not the end of Kolchak. The series gained a wider audience when it went into syndication as the CBS Late Movie.

In the 1990s, X-Files creator Christ Carter credited the Night Stalker as a large influence in the making of his supernatural series. Carter had asked McGavin to reprise Kolchak on the X-Files, but the actor was unwilling to do the part. He instead portrayed retired FBI agent Arthur Dales, a special agent from the 1950s and the founder of the X-Files. Also in the 1990s the fledgling network the WB was shopping for a new television series that would recapture the combination of horror and comedy that was instilled in Kolchak.

This lead to the decision to take on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Intentional or not Kolchak: The Night Stalker has its DNA spread across decades of television. 40 years ago the horror genre was scorned by the networks as unsuitable and for the TV viewing audience. Today with shows like Supernatural, True Blood, The Walking Dead and Sleepy Hollow the genre is almost common place. Outside of television, like Star Trek influenced NASA astronauts, a reporter or columnist will site Carl Kolchak as one of the reasons they are in their profession.

Writer Mark Dawidziak, who wrote the Night Stalking: A 20th Anniversary “Night Stalker” Companion, credits Carl as a major inspiration. Bloggist Alex Bledsoe of TOR.com recently posted how Kolchak was responsible for his desire to become a writer http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/07/kolchak-the-night-stalker-appreciation. Though it seems to be in development hell, Disney seems to be interested in a  Kolchak: The Night Stalker film with Johnny Depp as a possible lead. Moonstone comics revived the Kolchak in 2003 and continues to publish comics and novels based on the character.

An ill-fated remake with Stuart Townsend as Kolchak was made in 2005. It lasted only six episodes. The two original telefilms and the 1974 series are available on DVD and can be found both on youtube and Netflix. It’s hard to believe that after 40 years, a one – season wonder TV show with practically no budget still has an impact, but it does. Kolchak doesn’t have a rapid following like Star Trek or Buffy, but what it does have is a persistence. Like Kolchak himself, it endures through the years, bucking the odds and the system with wit and charm.

Mike:

Thanks pal! That’ll do it for our Cinema & TV topics, but now here’s Vonny to start our

Toy Talk, with her review of the 

Barbie Happy Halloween Chelsea Fashion Doll!

Yvonne:

Hai, nya! Between the Monster High & Barbie purroducts, there have been several fashion dolls of the nekomimi style from Mattel in recent years, nya! We have purreviously shown the spotlight upon Monster High’s Toralei Stripe, Catrine DeMew, Purrsephone, Meowlody and Kitty Noir; the Lounge Kitties’ Panther, Leopurrd & Tiger girls; Barbie Millicent Roberts and Chelsea Kelly Roberts costumed as the catgirls for Halloween and their friend Madison wearing the cat ears to the amewsment park, nya! Nyow Chelsea has resumed the ears & tail for a Happy Halloween, nya!

She is a cute widdle Blue – eyed, Blonde – haired sister to Barbie, Skipper & Stacie, and the plastic posable widdle fashion doll is appurroximately 5.5″ tall, with the knee – length straight fiber hair and the cloth dress, with the plastic & cardboard accessories, nya! The doll is available in the three variants of the witch, pumpkin & Black cat themed outfits and intended for the folks of ages 3+ due to the small parts, nya! The 5 posable points of the articulation are her neck, shoulders & hips, and she is balanced well enough to stand up unassisted without any display stand, nya!

A display stand is not included, by the way, but she is so cute with the whiskers & Black nose painted upon her face, and the removable Pink & Black clip-on kitty ear pinna– kawaii, nya! This is matched by her knee-length Black dress with the cat & paw purrints, the Pink trim, the attached Pink belt, Pink furry collar, and the 3″ Black tail, nya! The dress has the velcro closure in the back so she can easily change the wardrobe, and it is rather in-obvious under her long lustrous hair, nya! The Pink plastic shoes have the bow detail and are removable for the style change. nya!

Strapped to her Left hand is the small cardboard Pink cat-face treat bag, which is easily removed too, should you which to further alternate the accessories, nya! This doll would be a cute part of the fun play, and she is purrched upon our coffee table as our first bit of decorating for Halloween, nya! Beside her on the table is the Barbie Hooray for Halloween storybook published by Random House, written by Diane Wright Landolf & illustrated by Karen Wolcott, with the plot of the neko costumed sisters’ party purrepurrations, nya! Nyow we will go from the kitty to the pony of the

My Little Pony Pop Style  Zecora Kit Figure, nya!

Yvonne:

These recent cute widdle kits each include an accessorized, snap-together pony from Hasbro’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, such as Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Fluttershy, Rarity and Zecora, nya! She is the very wise, cordial rhyming Zebra who lives in the cottage in the Everfree Forest, where she purractices the magick, the healing arts, and brews the potions, nya! We were especially happy to find the Zecora figure because she is one of our favorite characters of the series and we did not have a figure of her in any size, nya!

When assembled, she measures appurroximately 1.5″ at the withers or just over 2.5″  atop her head or 3.5″ atop of her lovely two tone, flexible mohawk mane, nya! She is about similar in the size to the McDonald’s Happy Meal pony figures which we reviewed in the May Mew, nya! Due to the small pieces, the kit is intended for folks of ages 4+, but it is of the simple quick snappy assembly, nya! The kit includes the 2 piece body, 3 manes, 2 tails, 2 clip-on hoop earrings, the dzilla-style neck ring, the matching bracelet and the sheet of stickers to trick out the pony, nya!

The body halves easily snapped off of the frame with the clean break, although you can still tell that the figure is hollow from inside the legs, nya. It includes Zecora’s normal mane & tail plus the wilder multicolorful ones, and the parts are interchangeable with other pony kits to mix and build the hybrid ponies such as “Apple Dash”, “Rainbow Jack”, “Flutter Pie” and several other combinations, nya! Nyow I wonder what a “Zecorashy”, “Zecora Sparkle” or a “ZecoRarity” might look like… although, that seems like something Discord might ponder too, nya!

She is molded in the Light Gray with the cutie mark on her left flank, and she has the colorful eyes, but her body is not striped, so I might paint those on, nya! In addition to the basic kits, there are the Fluttershy cottage pack & Pinkie Pie bakery pack, and according to the brochure there are the Sparkle / Cadance 2 pack, Rarity / Luna 2 pack & the Sweet Shoppe, nya! Zecora is a dandy addition to our collection, and I have found the good spot on the shelf for her to mingle with the other figures, nya! I am done, but our pony report will continue as  Tara-chan begins our

comic book reports, with her review of

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #22, nya!

Tara-chan:

Arigato, nya! I love the My Little Pony comic books which are published by IDW, nya! I think they are so fun, beautiful and – and faithful to the pace, the style and – and the spirit of the TV series, nya! In issue #21, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Apple Bloom and – and cousin Babs Seed attended Trixie’s magic show in the big city of Manhatten, but they got framed for stealing the diamond, so nyow they are on the gallop from the police while they try to purrove their innocence, find the diamond, and – and catch the true culpurrit who is the cat burglar known as Rough Diamond!

This 2 part tale is concluded in issue #22, which is purriced $3.99, and – and it is compurrised of the 22 page tale, plus the 9 pages of the ads, the fun puzzle page, and – and the choice of the 7 covers, nya! The tale was written by Ted Anderson, illustrated by Agnes Garbowska with the coloring assistance by Lauren Perry, the lettering by Neil Uyetake, editing by Bobby Curnow, cover A by Agnes, cover B by Zander Cannon, and – and cover R! by Alison Blackwell, nya! The other 4 covers were purrduced for Hot Topic, Phantom, Core games and – and Fan Expo, nya!

It was the tough decision because all of the covers are beautiful but I got cover A which depicts Trixie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Apple Jack, Apple Bloom and – and Babs Seed caught in the spotlight, nya! When the tale resumes, they are sneaking around the city, wearing the disguises as they search for the clues whilst trying to avoid the police as they make the plans to catch Rough Diamond at the mewseum, nya! Fortunately they have Trixie’s magic to help, but Rough Diamond has plenty of tricks up her neko-like sleeve, nya! She is the very stealthy, stylish cat burglar, nya!

Trixie seems genuinely of the redemption and – and has the poignant bonding moments with Babs who is the reformed bully, nya! I thought the tale was fun with much charm, the bittersweet bits, good dialogue, good fonts, beautiful character art and – and scenic art, nya! I purrticularly liked the cute poses, expurressions, the rich colors, and – and the soft shading technique, so I will give this two – part tale the high grade of the “A” as in Apple Buck, and – and as in my anticipation for the next issue, nya! Nyow I would like to continue the pony report with my review of

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #8

Tara-chan:

Friends Forever is the series which pairs up the characters, and – and in this issue Applejack goes on the road trip with Rarity, nya! They have the very different clashing purrsonalities, which was evidenced in the TV series epurrsode 108 “Look Before You Sleep” in which they conflicted at Twilight Sparkle’s sleepover, nya! Nyow they are trying to go by rail from Ponyville, Equestria to Applewood, Coltifornia, with the different purriorities, but they will have to find other transportation when there are numerous encounters and – and the mishaps along the way, nya!

The issue is purriced $3.99, and – and it is compurrised of the 22 page tale, plus the 2 page bonus tale Winona the dog, the 7 pages of the ads, the fun puzzle page, and – and the choice of the 3 covers, nya! The tale was written by Katie Cook, illustrated by Andy Price colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, edited by Bobby Curnow, the 1st cover by Amy Mebberson, the 2nd cover by Andy Price,, and – and the 3rd cover purrduced especially for Hastings, nya! It was the other tough decision but I got the 1st cover which depicts the ponies in the train, nya!

Also appurring in the issue are Granny Smith. Big Macintosh, Winona, Opal, Derpy, Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweeetiebelle, the conductor, The Stranger, The Orange Family, and – and the Cattle Ruslter Gang, nya! The cross country  trip full of the adventurous detours takes Applejack and- and Rarity through Salt Lick City, Seaddle, San Franciscolt, Whinny Land, Mount Monument, and Chicoltco, as they use the trains, the plane & the stage coach, nya! During the coach ride through the desert they are attacked by bovines, but the ponies clobber those steers, nya!

I purrticularly liked the full page pic and – and the sight of Applejack leaping around, nya! The tale is full of zany comedy, exciting action, different locations, and – and the character developments during the journey, nya! This was another fun tale with the greatly drawn characters, scenery, and – and the coloring, nya! The bonus tale by Katie Cook and – and colorist Kate Carleton shows the playful morning routine of Winona, nya! I will conclude by giving the issue the “A” as in Appleloosa, and – and here is Nya-sensei to continue the comic book reports with her review of

Red Sonja vol.2 #0, nya!

Nyanko:

Arigato, Tara-chan! It has been the purrolific season for the She-Devil of the Hyrkanian Steppes, betwixt Sonja’s regular series, the Sanctuary tale, the other one-shots, the upcoming Black Tower mini-series and this vol.2 #0 which was published by Dynamite Entertainment, which has a knack for comics purrtaining to famous femme fatales such as Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, Vampirella and Ms. Fury! This issue was written by Gail Simone, illustrated by Noah Salonga, colored by Elmer Santos, lettered by Simon Bowland and edited by Joseph Rybandt, with front cover art illustrated by Gabriel Hardman & colored by Jordan Boyd!

There is also the rarer variant cover which is the uncolored Black & White version of the art. Sammiched betwixt the covers of the $3.99 purriced issue are the 22 page tale and the 20 pages of the ads. The tale is rated T+ due to the bloody melee violence, harsh language and some sexuality, so it is not for the widdle kitties! I wish those ads did not interrupted the tale, and I think it would have been nicer if they were all afterwards! Nyow for the taste of the plot, which occurs in a village in Stygia, where the villagers such as the bear-sized chap named Malak mourn their loss of Sonja, who they mistakenly believe has purrished!

To further complicate this, Malak thinks that Sonja was his wife, as we see in his very rosy – colored flashback, in which she is imagined as the dainty lady in the Pink gown! You know, in Red Sonja vol. 2 #9 she actually wore a fancy dress, coiffure & make-up thanks to her purrsuasive friend Avena! Sonja is neither demised nor of the demure style when we see her dueling against the pirates aboard the flaming ship in an impurressive full-page pic! She wears the plunging leather crop top with the matching short skirt accessorized by the belt, buccaneer boots, and the two swords which have already slashed a few pirates!

Back at the village tavern, Malak has also drawn the enemy blood, with his skull-crushing hands! Sometime later, Sonja returns to there much to everyone’s surpurrise, but it is not the most cordial reunion, because there is no booze or a room for her, and expect her to pay for Malak’s huge debts! This does not go well, especially for the thugs who she clobbers, skewers &  burns! At this stage, she wears a hooded cloak & tankini variant of her iconic scale-mail outfit! In another flashback which explains the booze-influenced misunderstandings, she wears a scale-mail loin cloth & garters with the boots & off-shoulder midriff top!

She goes to chat with Malak, but so do several vengeful debt collectors armed with swords & arrows! I will not spoil the plot much further, but the briskly-paced tale’s body count will rise amidst the dark humor, amewsing visions & serious hand-to-hand combat! Sonja is her mewsual cranky, sarcastic self, and her thoughts are conveyed in the Red boxes! Some of my favorite parts are when the lightning strikes as she pounces upon an archer, the ship scene, her chat with Malak, how they actually met, when he confronts the ambush, and the final page! Nyow for our next Dark Horse comic review, here is Becca to discuss

Angel & Faith Season 10 #5!

Becca:

Arigato! We are big fans of the canonical Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the Angel & Faith comics which a re published by Dark Horse and executively purroduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon! In Season 10,  Angel is still in purrtrolling the supurrnatural Magic Town district of London, whilst Faith is back in California working for Kennedy’s security agency.  Angel & Faith Season 10 #5 is the $3.50 issue of the 28 pages which are compurrised of the 22 page tale, the 2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s comments, and the 4 pages of ads.

“Old Habits” was scripted by Victor Gischler, pencilled by Derlis Santacruz, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Scott Allie, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, with the graphic design by Justin Couch, with the main cover art by Scott Fischer, and the variant cover by Chris Samnee & Jordie Bellaire! This issue stars Angel, Giles’s cool aunts Sophronia & Lavina, with the appurrance by Inspector Brandt, and one of the revised magickal vampires named Parnell!

Faith does not appurr in this issue, and I purrsume she is still busy at Kennedy’s agency. Nadira, Pearl & Amy are not in it either, although we do see Angel’s evil Angelus purrsonality in the cryptic, violent  dream! Unfortunately the bloody violence & fiery destruction is not limited to the dream, when a real fire claims lives at the convent, and Parnell purrowls the streets during the daytime for victims! While Angel broods and ponders the disturbing, coincidental dream, Brandt meets him at the pub to discuss the recent vampurric murders.

Angel has not yet found out about the revised magick rules & vampires which Buffy & her gang have been busy, so he is surprised at the daylight attacks. When Giles’s aunts Sophie & Lovina agree to be the bait to trap Parnell, they and Angel are furthermore purrplexed when the villain can transform into the bat or the mist, during the great fight scene with the fangs, fists & fire, sword, stakes & skillet! The convent scene was quite tragic but I was glad to see the aunts’ significant role, with the amewsing banter & the quick witted confidence!

They have cute outfits too! I thought the characters were very well drawn, with the great detail in the clothes, and the scenery such as the house, convent, streets, tunnels, and the pub full of creature customers! The use of the color and light is very effective in creating the ambience, especially during the fire scenes, the bright street & house scenes, the dark parking deck & underground scenes! It is another excellent issue which I will give the grade of an “A” as in Angel! Nyow here is Lizzy to tell us about the new story arc that has started in

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6

Elizabeth

Hai! Buffy Season 10 #6 starts the “I Wish” arc! The issue is purriced $3.50, and its 28 pages compurrised of the 22 page tale, the 2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s interesting comments, and the 4 pages of the ads. The tale was written by Christos Gage, who also wrote Angel & Faith Season 9 and the Willow mini-series! It was drawn by Karl Moline and Cliff Richards, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Scott Allie, and assistantly edited by Freddye Lins!

It was executively purrduced by Joss Whedon, designed by Justin Couch & published by Michael Richardson! There are 2 covers to choose from, one by Steve Morris and the other by Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson! They were part of the Angel & Faith Season 9 team too! Michelle Madsen, Joss Whedon, Karl Moline & Andy Owens were part of the team of the Fray spin-off series! While Buffy and her gang try to find a new places to reside in San Francisco, this leads them to a haunted apurrtment building in “I Wish Part One”!

The tale stars Buffy, Willow, Dawn, Xander, Giles, Spike & Andrew, with brief appurrances by Detective Dowling, Buffy’s friend Tumble, D’Hoffryn the demon, and another demon at the building. There are also illusionary appurrances of certain kin, such as Buffy & Dawn’s purrents, Willow’s purrents, Xander’s purrents, and Spike’s mom! Mentioned but unseen are Giles’s dad, Cordelia, Riley and Annaheed. There are some amewsing references too, such as when Spike mentions Andrew’s vintage 12″ Boba Fett action figure!

Andrew wears the Captain America shirt, Dawn wears the Totoro shirt, Willow has a very bare midriff cute outfit, and we see an illusion of Buffy in the cute high School skirt outfit! The demon which causes the haunts and illusions is definitely not cute, which resembles the mass of eyeballs with the Purrple tentacles and the Mustard-like goo, but I should not further spoil the plot! This was yet another great issue with the fun plot at the good pace, the good mix of the humor, drama and action with the developments and the great art!

The characters have the great portraiture to resemble the actors, and are wonderfully expurressive, posed & clothed! The scenery, creatures & FX are also very well rendered, with the splendid color & fonts! The readers’ & editor’s comments were very interesting to read too, and I will give this issue the “A” as in Allie! I am looking forward to the next issues of Season 10, and from the small ad for Angel & Faith #6, it looks like we will get to see what Faith is up to! That is all of our comic book reports, but here is Jenjen to begin our

manga mewsings, with her review of the

Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident vol. 1!

Jeannie:

Arigato. Strike Witches is the manga & anime purrtaining to the mutl-national squadron of heroic magickal girls who fight the extraterrestrial invaders known as the Neuroi in the alternate World War II history. The witches use various firearms, wear the boot-like devices known as Striker Units for flight, and have kemonomimi ears & tails of various breeds & species when using their magick. For our reviews of the Strike Witches anime TV series seasons 1 & 2 on DVD, please see the May 2010 & November 2012 Mews, and for our reviews of the Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky manga, see the March & May 2014 Mews. In May we also reviewed the Kotobukiya’s 1/8 scale figure of Lt. Col. Minna-Dietland Wilcke, and in July we reviewed The Sky That Connects Us manga.

Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident vol. 1 begins the purrequel tale set in 1937, as the 2nd world war against the Neurois has begun  appurroximately 20 years after the 1st world war. The story was written by Humikane Shinad & Projekt Kagonish, and the art is by Ningen. It was originally published as Strike Witches Zero: 1937 Fuso Jaiji Hen in Japan in 2011 by Kadokawa; and this North American version was published in English last month by Seven Seas Entertainment. It was translated by Adrienne Beck, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, edited Adam Arnold, purroofread by Janet Houck & Conner Crooks, with the cover design by Nicky Lim, lettering & layout by Alexandra Gunawan, and the publisher at Seven Seas Entertainment is Jason DeAngelis.

It is purriced $12.95 in the USA, $14.99 in Canada, and rated for readers of ages 16+ due to the language, military combat, bath nudity & “fan service”. The 154 pages are compurrised of manga chapters 00 & 1-6, 2 pages of bonus 4 panel gag comic strips, the 2 pages of ads, the artist’s afterward, 2 pages of character purrofiles, 5 pages of mechs notes and 2 color images. The tale begins as the 2nd war against the Neuroi has begun in Europe and is just starting to involve Fuso (which is analogous to Japan). In chapter 1, Imperial Fuso Navy Petty Officers Mio Sakamoto Wakamoto Tetsuko & Takei Junko have just begun their training under kendo sensei / Major Kitago Fumika, but very soon the younger rookie witches will see the combat and become the famous heroines.

Also appurring in volume 1 are Pilot Officers Kuroe Ayaka, Katou Keiko & Anabuki Tomoko of the Fuso Army 1st Airborne Division, their Wing Commander Eto Toshiko and Capt. Adolfine Gallard of the Karlsland Luftwaffe 88th Squadron. (Eventually, Mio will be a Major by 1944 at the start of the anime series, and Katou is a Sergeant in The Sky That Connects Us). Anabuki is famous as both the war heroine & movie star, with scenes from her 1938 movie “Flash in the Fuso Sea” which are glimpsed in the 8 pages of chapter 00. Things move quickly for the witches as war comes to Fuso; Mio’s magic eye purrceives the enemy at long range and she winds up in combat sooner than she expected in chapter 1, in which we see an older biplane type of Striker Unit from the purrior war.

In chapter 2 the navy rookies train against the army rookies in the mock aerial battle. In chapter 3 Kuroe, Katou & Anabuki achieve more victories with their advanced Nagashima KI-27 units, to be known as The Three Crows who inspire the other nations’ squadrons. However, the Neuroi have made the advances too, and the squadron must adapt to different units, tactics & more international coopurrations in chapter 4. By chapter 5, over 6 months have passed since chapter 1, but it has not been all combat for the girls. Mio, Wakamoto, Junko go shopping at the bustling market where Mio drinks too much cider, and later Kitago takes them to the hot spurring for the brief holiday. Finally in chapter 6, things take the bittersweet turn for Junko, but I should not further reveal the plot.

1937 Fuso Sea Incident seems more like the style & continuity of the anime series and The Sky That Connects Us, compurred to the Maidens in the Sky version. Strike Witches continues to be one of my favorite series of anime or manga of the past few years, with its good balanced mix of the whimsical humor, the bittersweet drama, thrilling action, and the charming slice of life moments all told at the purrfect pace. I think all of the characters are very likable and heroic, amidst the excellent mythology, world building. The character, scenic & FX art is quite intricate, expurressive and beautifully rendered, including the witches’ cute outfits and splendid mecha of the WWII vintage. I will eagerly await volume 2. That will conclude my review, so nyow here is Myayr to discuss

Monster Musume vol. 4

Mary Nyan:

Arigato! Monster Musume by artist/author Okayado is a sexy comedic manga of the urban fantasy genre & harem trope, purrtaining to the liminal ladies of various species who cohabitate in a house to become romantic rivals over their human male home owner! It is in a modern world amidst the interpecies cultural exchange purrogram intended to purrpare for the coexistence, but the unwise laws of the bureaucracy are not helping any! It was originally published in Japan by Tokuma Shoten, and the English version is published by Seven Seas! It is wacky fun with delightful characters and some poignant moments, intended for readers aged 16+ due to the nudity, sexuality, violence & “fan service”!

The main cast includes Kimihito who shares his big refitted home with Miia the lamia, Papi the harpy, Centorea the centaur, Suu the slime girl, Meru the mermaid… and Rachnera the spider girl who moves into the house in vol. 4, which is compurrised of chapters 15-18, two short side stories, and the few pages of more character information! Rachnera was actually first seen in chapter 14 of vol.

3, but she is more formally introduced in this volume! They are often visited by Ms. Smith the underpaid, overworked government case worker; and the crime-fighting Monster Ops: Neutralization team of Meranko the snipurr cyclops, Tio the powerful ogre, Doppel the doppleganger, and the undead Zombina!

Volume 4 has the 160 pages of the Black & White manga, the 4 color pages and covers; and it is purriced $12.99 in the USA and $14.99 in Canada. It starts with the 4 page full – color side story of the bra – fitting mishaps purrior to Chapter 15’s hostage situation, in which Rachnera catches Kimihito in her webs! This frisky spider girl liminal angrily mistrusts the humans because she has been treated very unkindly by them in the past, but Kimihito purrsuades her to move into his good home! This arrangement is off to the rough start in chapter 16, due to some arachnaphobic purrejudices, the lustful rivalries and her naughty mischief! Centorea is especially wary, but Papi and Suu are more welcoming!

In chapter 17 the group eagerly goes to the big fitness club designed for liminals, where they meet Port the purrky canine-like kobold girl who is the trainer! It starts out all fun, especially for Meru in the bigger pool, but soon things become competitive between her and Miia in the water! Then In chapter 18 the girls suspiciously spy upon Kimihito and Ms. Smith who seem to be on a date at the maid cafe, the arcade and other locations! To top off the volume are the amewsing 6 page side story of Papi’s panty mishap, plus the Kobold information page and Rachnera’s purrofile page!

In spite of the rivalries, the group has thus far purrogressed into the sense of purrotective family with the better communication & understanding, and hopefully the trend will continue for not only that house but for the other monster girls who hope for good homes too! Of course that should be hoped for all people regardless of genders or species! I like the recurring ensemble and I think they are beautifully drawn, with the clever anatomical designs! The Black & White line & tone technique is quite nice, with the great detail of the characters, clothes, food, architecture and landscapes; and the color art is sumptuously gorgeous! That is all of our manga mewsings for nyow, but here is Ilyana with

more purrint media purraise,

and her review of Don Heck: A Work of Art!

Ilyana:

Hai! TwoMorrows http://www.twomorrows.com publishes the great books & purriodicals about the comics and art, such as Modern Masters, Kirby Collector, Back issue and Alter Ego! Not only that, but Twomorrows is here in North Carolina, on the mainland in Raleigh! We reviewed the Modern Masters Vol. 29: Cliff Chiang book in the March Mew, and we have been eagerly anticipating this very handsome, full color 192 page hardcover book about the legendary inspurrational comics artist Don Heck (2 January, 1929 – 23 February, 1995)!

The book is purriced $39.95 in the US, it was authored by John Coates, edited by Eric Nolen-Weathington (who was our September 2010 guest) and by publisher John Morrow! It was purroof read by Bob Smentek, with the design by Mark McNabb, with the introduction by Coates, the forward by Stan Lee, the afterward by Beau Smith, and the comments by many of Don Heck’s friends, family, fans & fellow purrofessionals! The 14 chapters have the very thorough intermews & biographical information about Heck’s life & 40 year artistic career!

The extensive text includes intermews with Heck by Will Murray from 1990, Richard Howell from 1992, Lou Mougin from 1991, and Gavin Roth from 1968! It is peppurred with the excerpts from other journalists’ intermews, many quotes by Heck and the remembrances by the dozens of artists writers, editors, executives, historians & friends! The book has the bumpurr crop of over 300 images that include the photos, sketches, pencilled and inked pages, and cover art! Many of the pics are quite large, including the terrific 12 page gallery section!

The chapters start with his early family life, his military & art schooling years, and his earliest western, war, adventure, romance & horror comics work starting in 1949 for various publishers. After that his initial years at DC, Atlas & Marvel Comics in the 50’s & 60’s are chronicled! He was purrticularly famous for Iron Man, Ant Man, The Avengers and the X-Men! Some of his DC comics in the 70’s & 80’s included the Teen Titans, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Justice League, Steel, Adventure and Detective Comics!

Heck is also quite purraised for drawing the romantic & purretty women, who are quite evident in the book The illustrations & discussions also include advertising & merchandising art, his artistic purrocess & technique, with some compurrisions of the rough layout drawings to the final published renderings! It is also interesting to compurr his drawings that are inked by the different artists! This was such an enlightening, informative, entertaining & beautiful book and I will give it the “A” as in Ant Man! Nyow here is Bun to tell us about the

2015 Art Calendar by Rebecca Brogden!

Bun :

Hai! Rebecca Brogden was our guest in the September 2009 Mew, she has the illustrative, photographic, cosplay, musical & culinary talents, and has collaborated with Mike on a few pics! Perhaps y’all have seen some of her lovely illustrations, photos and collaborations with Mike in our mewseum? In addition to her site Rebecca Brogden Art http://www.rbrogdenart.com she also has galleries at DeviantArt http://rebeccabrogden.deviantart.com and at Elfwood http://www.elfwood.com/~rbrogden too!

We reviewed her Whimsical Fancies Coloring Book last month, and now it is the pleasure to discuss her new 2015 calendar full of beautiful images of the faeries, other fantasy girls & critters! It is her 5th calendar, as she made the calendars for 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014 but there was not one for 2013. Available at DeviantArt, It is coil bound with the 12 full – bleed, full color 8.5″ x 11″ images above the months’ 6″ x 9″ date grids, and when it is opened, it measures 11″ x 17″ to hang upon the wall!

Rebecca used SAI, Photoshop CS6 and the Intuos5 tablet to render the exquisite art, starting with the happy angel penguin ice skates in January’s image of “Winter Joy”! The “Roses Are Red” to match the faerie’s wings & strapless dress for February, and a “Fae Dancer” in Pink pirouettes amongst the mushrooms of March! April’s “Bubble Maker” is the fae in the cute outfit accessorized by the floral leis, and May’s “Blushing Angel” is adorned with flowers too! That pic is also the front cover pic!

We meet a “Southern Fae” wearing the Blue dress, Pink hat & boots for June, a serenely submerged “Shy Mermaid” wearing the ruffled halter top for July, and a “Lady of the Forest” with adorable antlers, ear pinna, and the outfit with the capelet for August”! Then September is the time for the “Innocent Thoughts” of the cute catgirl perched upon the tree stump, in October the perky vampire tells you to “Give Me Your Hand”, and for November we are greeted by a winged “Fairy Mouse”! Kawaii!

Finally in the image for December, the pretty widdle pixie brews the cup of “Seasonal Tea”! Her adorable outfit has the detached sleeves and the striped thigh highs! At her tiny size, the cup would seem like a hot tub! The richly colored images depict the wonderfully charming ambience, with the exquisite array of wings, tails, and supple tapered ears, the flounces, ruffles, ornaments & flowers! Speaking of Rebecca’s beautiful art, I believe there is more to see amongst our latest additions to

The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Petra:

Hai, it is among the three latest additions, nya! For those who are here for the first time, galleries 1-6 display the illustrations & photos by Mike, whilst guest galleries 1-3 display images by other folks, which are all displayed with their purrrrmissions, nya! Mike’s collaborations with the other artists are displayed throughout the galleries too, nya! On the web site, you have to click on the small cropped “thumbnail” portions of the pics in order to see the full pics, nya!

In Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html we are purroud to purrsent the purretty pencil pic of our catgirl friend “Eamane” by Rebecca Brogden, nya! Our friend Eamane is the free spirit who resides in the tranquil cottage with the rosy garden & critters not far from here, nya! Her hobbies include the gardening, hiking, dancing, fishing, getting pampurred at the spa, watching anime, playing D&D games, spending time with her boyfriend A.J. and with her niece Hannah, nya!

By the way, Rebecca wrote “The Love of a Catgirl” tale which stars Eamane, Hannah & A.J, and y’all can read it at the Tales of Catgirl Island http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, nya! In this sketch, Eamane is whipping off the purreo to reveal her ruffled bikini at the beach, mew la la, nya! It was  purreliminarily done for Rebecca’s color rendering titled “What Dreams May Come”, which y’all can see at her site, nya! It is the 6th pic that we have of Eamane in our mewseum, plus the pics of Hannha & A.J. too, nya!

Nyow on display in Gallery 6 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery6.html is Mike’s Photoshop illustration of “Luna, Linda & Blue Cloud” who are among the characters of Sharon Williams’s serialized purrose urban fantasy tale of Okami No Hime http://rose74.deviantart.com which recently concluded, nya! We are big fans of her other original tales too, such as Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, Osiris Rising, and An Angel’s Prayer, as well as her Sailor Sirius fan-senshi fiction based upon Sailor Moon, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen Mike’s other illustrations of her heroines, nya?

Luna is the petite Blonde girl in the middle, and her true name is Moonsinger when she is in her original alien wolf form, but here she and Blue Cloud (right) are in their human forms as they join Linda (left) for the ladies’ night out, nya! Linda does not have an alien wolf form because she is a regular human from Long island, and the mom of Luna’s boyfriend Connor, nya. Blue Cloud is a mom too, and while these ladies are out purrowling for suppurr, shopping and fun, Connor and friends Jason, Strong Claw and Drake are minding Blue Cloud’s cute widdle pups, nya!

Also in Gallery 6 is the happy underwater scene of “Naiibu and Formality”, which is a collaborative illustration by Mike and our friend Misty Hopkins http://bunnychai.blogspot.com, who was among our our guests of the March 2008 Mew, nya! She is also a cosplayer who makes the costumes, garments, plushies, and writes reviews too! Purrhaps y’all have seen some of her purrior illustrations and cosplay photos in the mewseum, nya? Misty’s original character Naiibu is the pirate girl and Mike’s original character Formality is the Orca girl, nya!

In this scene they have purrocured the purrized purrl from the clam, nya! It might not be appurrent from the purrspective, but petite Naiibu is almost half as tall as Formality, who is over 10′ tall, nya! For the collaborative purrocess, Misty pencil sketched Formality, the clam, the fishies, the sea anemone and the background scenery which Mike inked, colored, added bubbles and FX to, whilst Misty inked and colored his pencil sketch of Naiibu, nya! The digital coloring was done with Photoshop CS2, nya! So, what do y’all think of the art, nya?

Bun:

So that makes the 1st pics of Linda & Blue Cloud, the 3rd pic of Luna, the 3rd of Formality, the 2nd of Naiibu, and the 6th pic of Eamane in our mewseum!

Mary Nyan:

Luna, Linda & Blue Cloud have such purretty outfits & sandals for their night out! Linda & Blue cloud have the light skirt outfits for the summer stroll!

Nyanko:

Luna is wearing another Stonybrook Sea Wolves tee shirt! Hmm, I wonder what is in their shopping bags… purrhaps it is some treats for the pups!

Elizabeth:

Okami No Hime was so thrilling & dramatic, and I am looking forward to Sharon’s tale “The Light Of The Gods” purrtaining to the Yoruba mythology!

Becca:

Speaking of the purretty outfits, that is another alluring bikini for Eamane, who is lovely & stylish! Rebecca draws such gorgeous ladies & appurral!

Ilyana:

Hai hai, it is has been the great Summertime for Rebecca’s art, between the calendar, the coloring book, and her more recent illustrations!

Yvonne:

Naiibu’s stripes, twin-tailed hair & bare midriff asymmetric outfit are cute, and Formality’s natural B&W tuxedo-like skin always looks quite dappurr, nya!

Jeannie:

The Angel Fish, Clown Fish,Yellow Tang & Royal Dottyback look quite appurrtizing, and that Tridacna gigasis the giant clam of the impurressive size.

Tara-chan:

I wonder how valuable the purrl would be, and – and nyow I am craving the clam strips and – and the himejako sushi, nya! I might need the snack, nya!

Mike:

I think that can be arranged! Well, we are so fortunate to have such good friends, food and art! Ah, Petra, thank you for presenting all of the new art!

Petra:

Doistashimaste, nya! That concludes the tour of the art, so nyow it is time for Mike’s

Librari-Con 2014 Report!

Mike:

Thank you Petra! Librari-Con http://www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/ccplsite/content/librari-con is a delightful, free annual, one – day mini convention at the Cumberland County Public Library’s lovely Headquarters Library in Fayetteville, which is near Fort Bragg! This year’s Librari-Con occurred on Saturday August 30th from 10 am to 5 pm, and while not as huge as Atlanta’s Dragon Con which was the weekend, it has such a joyful ambience, it has steadily grown, and it is one of our favorite events every year!

After breakfast early that Saturday morning, the caravan rendezvoused with several friends on the mainland, including Chef Ron (a guest of the January 2009 Mew) and Pacozord (a guest of the October 2007 Mew) and our friend Sean. It looked like some rain was headed that way too, but soon the weather became a sunny, clear, 95 degrees! It tends to be sunny there that weekend, so there are usually lots of cosplayers having fun in front of the library, by the food trucks & carts, and a K.I.T.T. car replica!

By the main entrance were the weapons prop check table, and registration table in the lobby, where it was much cooler! This year’s program booklet and staff / volunteers’ tee shirts had the cute mascot art by Sherry-Ann Panelo, who we’ve met at the Librari-Con and Animazement, and we have several beautiful  illustrations by her in our mewseum! There were plenty of cordial, attentive,  identifiable staff & volunteers at the desks or on patrol, and signs to announce the schedule & locations of day’s activities.

Next to the lobby was the room containing the artists alley & Friends of the Library book sale, with maybe about 2 dozen tables where the very friendly, talented artists sold their original art, prints, books, trinkets, plushies & fashion accessories! It was good to see the Lopes family there again! Sisters Thais & Natalia were among our guests of the October 2010 Mew! Sean had a good time chatting with their dad Joe about opera, and Pacozord bought several novels, graphic novels & manga from the book sale!

The library was cheerfully bustling with bingo, giant chess, storm the castle, the manga lounge, a table of free comics & other items, and the chibi corner’s various creative activities for little kids!  In one room there were anime screenings of Penguindrum, The Familiar of Zero, and Busou Shinki, followed by a couple hours of karaoke! After a break for a big lunch at Pacozord’s mom’s house, we returned to the con, and fortunately there was plenty of free parking because there were many more people at the con!

There were around 1.000 people there, including hundreds of costumes, elegant lolita dresses & traditional Japanese attire. The costumes mostly represented anime, manga & game characters, but also Doctor Who, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Homestuck, My Little Pony, catgirls & furries. That included Darth Maul, Obi Wan, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, a Death Star gunner & other members of the Rebel Alliance and the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers!

Their presentation was topped off by a bit of Star Wars trivia! From 11 am to 3 pm there were discussions, demonstrations, workshops & other presentations, such as Natalia’s chibi drawing class, Robin Deffendall’s tips for aspiring artists & authors, Berry Chan’s lolita fashion primer, Sanshiko quilting by Julianne Dunn & Sana Moulder, Sarah Rothman’s Japan travel tips, David Rothman’s anime & manga guide for parents, and Dr. Samuel Whatley’s discussion of anime, manga & other aspects of Japanese culture!

The programming included The Zombie Squad’s make-up tips, The Rogue Rollergirls’ introduction to roller derby, Joker & Harley’s improv comedy, Bryson Kopf’s Batman & Doctor Who panels, and the Orphan Black discussion by Missy Lang, the library’s assistant youth services coordinator! We had yet another wonderful time at Librari-Con and wish to thank Missy, the staff & volunteers, the artists, guests, sponsors, fellow fans & friends who made it such a festively fun day! Ah, that’s all of my report, and now it’s time for

The Catgirl Spotlight!

Mike:

This is the portion of The Mew in which we commemorate famous catgirls, nekomimis, werekitties, anthropurrmorphic felines & females of the feline motif of various media, whether they are actually part cat, just dress the part, or have that certain “cattitude”! This month we’re shining the spotlight upon a captivating clowder of more alien, mythic & supernatural catgirls, including several sphinxes for our September selections!

Jeannie:

Legendary science fiction artist Frank Kelly Freas might be most famous for sparkling visions of other worlds and deep space on many book & magazine covers, and the giant robot on Queen’s News of the World album cover, but he also envisioned a few lovely alien catgirls too. There is  Black & White pic of an elegant, sophisticated “Cat Girl” on his site,  Black & White pic of an alluring ornate catgirl having a martini with alien friends in his art book A Separate Star; and the beautiful painting of the Golden-eyed, Blue-furred Princess Margil for the cover of The Bodelan Way novel by Louis Trimble. According to the annotation in the art book, Margil is almost 6′ tall, nearly 300 lbs, and is purrticularly fond of the Terran male companions.

Mary Nyan:

I wish to mention that Boris Vallejo and his wife Julie Bell are among my favorite artists who paint such beautiful, powerful, lush scenes of the heroes & creatures! One of my favorite feline femme fatales by Boris is the sexy Redhead titular Sphinx of a 6 page tale in the 1984 book Mirage, which is a collection of 15 erotic fantasy tales illustrated by Boris and wonderfully written by his purrior wife Doris! In Boris’s 1992 calendar is the “Sphinx II” scene of the buff chap Oedipus questioning with the giant Sphinx girl of Thebes who is at least twice his height! She has the supple reclined human body with the lioness paws & tail, glowing Red eyes, and the majestic Eagle wings, but she would purrobably rather have him for suppurr!

Nyanko:

Hai hai! You know, another of my favorite paintings of depicts Hebat the graceful goddess catgirl and her two demi-goddess daughters of the Hurrian mythology! They have the lovely tails, stripes and neko eyes that are hungrily watching us from atop the lush mossy tree branches, on the March page of Boris Vallejo’s 1991 Mythology Calendar! Boris also painted the cover art for Cynthia Felice’s 1978 science friction novel Godsfire, in which the alien felinoids rule, but Heao is the more purrogressive catgirl who might purrsuade the social change.

Petra:

The purretty 1864 oil on canvas painting of “Oedipus and the Sphinx” by Gustave Moreau  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Moreau depicts the encounter betwixt Oedepus and the Thebes Sphinx, nya! In this scene, she is the sphinx of the smaller Caracal size upon the chest of Oedipus, although it seems the more playful than dangerous moment, nya! Furthermore, the 1896 oil on canvas painting of “The Caress” by Fernand Khnopf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernand_Khnopff depicts the sphinx girl with the Cheetah body nuzzling against the shirtless chap with the ornate staff, nya! It seems to be the more romantic embrace, instead of the pounce upon the suppurrtime purrey, nya!

Bun:

One of my favorite images of a Sphinx girl is the gouache painting by Emily Fiegensshuhart in her book The Explorers Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures, which was published by Impact! It has the step by step process for drawing various characters & critters, including the 6 page sphinx chapter. She is the taur – type of archer with ornate Egyptian attire on her human torso atop the winged lioness body! Speaking of the sphinx art instructions, there is the 4 page chapter in Bob Perry’s book of How to Draw Magical, Monstrous & Mythological Creatures, published by Walter Foster! It includes the horror subjects, and his Sphinx is the scarier quadrupedal predator atop the bones of devoured warriors!

Elizabeth:

I seem to recall that the rare Gynosphix in the 1st edition AD&D Monster Manual was of the neutral alignment, genius intellect, -1 armor class, and the 8 hit dice She is the smart, tough sphinx who knows several languages & magick spells! I think her picture was drawn by Tom Wham! There is the lovely color pic of the Gynosphinx in the 3rd edition Monster Manual, although I was unsure of the artist’s signature! She is the winged leonine type with the humanoid head & torso, who likes the purrecious gems and the intellectual challenges! She ha the very keen abilities, senses & attacks, and the purreference for the warmer climates!

Becca:

Fables author Bill Willingham used to be an artist for TSR’s AD&D purroducts, and we have a beautiful sketch by him of The Elementals’ Rebecca “Fathom” Golden in our Mewseum, nya! He wrote the 2002 DC / Vertigo Comics mini-series The Thessaliad, in which Thessy the witch meets the Sphinx at the train depot in issue #2! She is about twice Thessy’s size, with the Blond hair, Brown pelage, Gray wings! She had the fierce fangs that were bared when riled up, and I felt sorry for that sphinx who seemed to be in the confuzzled, weary rut. The mini-series was drawn by Shawn McManus and inked by our friend Andrew Pepoy, who was our guest for the December 2008 Mew!

Tara-chan:

We are so fortunate to have some of his art in our mewseum too, nya! Speaking of the games, I want to mention the Sphinx, the Sphinx Empress and – and Cait Sith of Square Enix’s Guardian Cross card game, nya! They are so exquisitely illustrated, nya! I would also like to mention the Sphinxs of the Harry Potter tales, nya! According to J.K. Rowlings book of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, that breed of Egyptian Sphinx looks like the lion with the human head, nya. They are hired to purrotect the valuable secret stuff, and – and are rated 4 out of 5 on the Ministry of Magic’s danger scale, nya! Nyow it is onee-chan’s turn to shine the spotlight, nya!

Yvonne:

I wish to shine the spotlight upon Tsukiko of the tale of The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat! It was the light novel written by Son Sagara, which was adapted into the manga and the anime TV series, in which the strange things occur when the high school students make the life-changing wishes upon the supurrnatural cat statue, nya! This has affected the emotions of Tsukiko, the very petite cute & shy teen girl with the short Brown hair, the expurression purroblems, the catlike aura & the mannerisms, nya! There is some great anime merchandise too, such as the adorable figures & statues of her as the nekomimi with the ears & tail, nya!

Ilyana:

Finally I would like to mention the Sphinx article at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx, which includes the photos of historic sphinx statues, monuments & archaeological treasures from around the world! That might be all of the spotlight for this month’s Mew, although, when the others arrive for the luau, purrhaps they will bring the amendments! Oh oh, while I was researching the sphinxy topic, I learned of the 1978 horror novel “The Sphinx” by Graham Masterton http://www.grahammasterton.co.uk, which purrtains to the mysterious, alluring part Egyptian girl named Lorie, who has the dark, dangerous secret! It sounds like the very interesting novel that I want to find! I wish there were a lot more sphinx girl books & movies!

Nyanko:

Sadly the unrelated 1981 Sphinx movie did not star any supurrnatural sphinx girls, but it did star Lesley-Anne Down!

Mike:

It also had the great movie poster art by Bon Peak! You know, he did the “Style A” poster art for Star Trek The Mo–

Elizabeth:

Don’t let him ramble about his favoritest movie again, heehee!

Mike:

Ah–! OK!

Petra:

Although, that is a very purretty poster  image of Kirk, Spock, Ilia & Enterprise in the space rainbow, nya!

Bun:

I also like Bob Peak’s Rollerball, Excalibur, Apocalypse Now, The Spy Who Loved Me, and his Olympics art!

Tara-chan:

Where were we before we stray-catted off topic, nya? Oh, we were discussing Lesley-Anne Down, nya!

Jeannie:

She is such a great actress who starred in Upstairs, Downstairs, among her purrolific TV & Movie roles.

Becca:

She was in the Hammer Studios film Countess Dracula, which is on the same DVD with The Vampire Lovers!

Mary Nyan:

For Halloween we could watch those, and I will also recommend Twins of Evil and Vampire Circus!

Yvonne:

Yay Vampire Circus has Serena the dancing tiger girl, who we mentioned in our March 2011 Spotlight, nya!

Ilyana:

Since we have– oh oh someone is at the door! That must be Mielikki, Nyoka & Trini-chan!

Mary Nyan:

Come on in! Oh look at the treats they brought! Num num num!

Nyoka:

(Nyanko’s twin sister catgirl in the Scarlet bikini under her HIbiscus purrint yukata, bringing the container of curry for the luau) Howdy!

Mielikki:

(the winged faerie in the honey bikini under her Mum purrint yukata, carrying the basket of extra special baked yams) Mellow Greetings!

Trini-chan:

(the kitsune wearing the foxy Red bikini under her Maple purrint yukata, carrying the basket full of crabcakes) Konban wa!

Yvonne:

Tara-chan. let’s take the baskets to the kitchen with the rest of the food, and bring them the cocktails, nya!

Tara-chan:

Coming right up, nya!

Mielikki, Nyoka & Trini-chan:

Arigato gozaimasu!

Becca:

Lizzy and I will bring the rest of y’all the refills!

Elizabeth:

Hai! Nyow that everyone is here, they can purrvide the

Bonus Mewsings!

Nyanko:

So, what have y’all been up to since last month’s Mew?

Mielikki:

I have been like totally busy between the golf tour, teaching the magick classes, and the purrductions at the theater! Since we wrapped our summertime Shakespeare, we have been in production for our spooky Halloween extravaganza & Fall foxfire works shows, fur shur!

Trini-chan:

Oh gosh, I have been reading, playing the pony card games, paddle surfing, going to the dance class, volunteering at the mewseum, helping Vonny & Tara-chan on the dock, and attending some of the festivities & the sporting events! Howboutchoo, Nyo-sensei?

Nyoka:

Sis has been helping me, the cats & the other clerks at the store; and Papasan & Ojisan sent us some more beautiful crystals from their adventurous purrospecting! I am so blessed to have the help from family & friends for hopefully an entertaining & enlightening equinox!

Ilyana:

The spotlight is still warm, so would y’all like to top it off?

Mielikki:

We were discussing that on the way here! I would like to mention the wonderful illustrations of the “Sexy Sphinx”, “Luna” and “Meow Purrrrrr!” by Melanie Cohen http://www.elfwood.com/u/melz42; “Sphinx´s Gate” by Michelle Hansen http://www.elfwood.com/u/tomsnukie,the “Sphinx”, “Cat Priestesess Kisa” and ImagineFx “Cat Girl” by Genzoman http://genzoman.deviantart.com; and the adorable leonine kitty taurs by Mary Hanson Roberts, fur shur! Oh, thank you for the beverage, Tara-chan!

Tara-chan:

(serving the cran-apple nummy berry cocktails) Doitashimaste, nya!

Elizabeth:

(bringing more drinks) The refills!

The Ladies of The Mew:

Kampai, nya!

Bun:

Back to the spotlight!

Trini-chan

Hai! Some of the charmingly beautiful images that I wish to shine the spotlight upon are the “Sphinx in Her Lair” by Gloria Kang http://goldfishkang.deviantart.com, the “Sphinx’s Day Off” by Sandara http://sandara.deviantart.com; Bya’s http://byagane319.deviantart.com character Neffy the “Sphynx” illustrated by Rebornedphoenix http://khallix.deviantart.com, and the numerous Sphinx, Bastet and Septet illustrations by Lolli LaVonne Moore http://lavonne.deviantart.com! Howboutchoo, Nyo-sensei?

Nyoka:

There are several types of catgirls amongst the many species of monster girls within Kenkou Cross’s beautifully illustrated Monster Girl Encyclopedia, such as the Were Cat, The Cheshire, The Nekomata and The Sphinx! They are the bipedal type of catgirls of the anime-inspired style with the large paws, the exotic markings and the sexy clothes! For more information, I will suggest the Monster Girl Encyclopedia Wiki http://monstergirlencyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Monster_Girl_Encyclopedia!

Jeannie

(sip) Do y’all have nominations for the Lightning Round?

The Ladies of The Mew:

MINI LIGHTNING ROUND GO! NYA!

Mielikki:

Hmm, my favorite film of 1954 would be Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, fur shur! (tags Trini-chan with a flit of the wing)

Trini-chan:

Heehee I will nominate Gojira! (tags Nyoka)

Nyoka:

Oh… either Gojira or Seven Samurai!

Petra:

I understand that y’all wish to contribute the few

Magazine Mewsings, such as 

Mie-sensei’s review of Faerie Magazine #27, nya!

Mielikki:

Hai! So like, Faerie Magazine is such a totally awesome periodical dedicated to all things fae, plus the kindred topics of the nature, history, decor and treats! 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, Shelagh Culley is the senior designer, and the ornate image of Sarina Nash graces the front cover of issue #27, which is priced $10.95 in the USA & $12.95 in Canada! She was styled by Susan Lafica and photographed by Emily Soto, as we further see in four more pages, fur shur!

The 96 full color pages are the treasure trove of the photos, illustrations, fiction, poetry, essays, travelogue, articles & recipes, fur shur! Many of the magazine’s photos are the full page pics and the two- page spreads! Some of the other features include the interview with author Eowyn Ivy, the gallery of Andreas Franke’s ethereal artistry, and Laren Stover’s guide to the enchanting Scottish faery destinations photographed by Jason Dempster! There’s also the endearing shelter dog art, the White Shepard Dogs article, the charming Cordwood buildings, and lovely floral theme couture!

There is a gorgeous guide for how to host the outdoor faerie theme garden party with the splendid decor & table settings, and also in the issue are the delicious juice & cake recipes that you could serve at the party, fur shur! There’s Lord Whimsey’s column about the road trip, Wendy Froud’s musings of her delightful fae friend Catbell, a tale by Sarah Addison Allen, a visit to an ancient palace in Portugal, the fashion tips, lifestyle advice, the poetry by Theodora Goss and other joy joyfully beautiful contents! That’s all for moi, but I believe that Trini-chan has a few kind things to say about

Surfgirl #47!

Trini-chan:

Hai! I love to surf, and Surfgirl is one of my favorite magazines! It is such a informative, lovely, sporty magazine published in the UK, pertaining to the female athletes who ride the waves! It has the contributions by the surfers, with the interviews, travelogue, news, recipes, and the health, beauty, fashion, fitness, surfing & travel tips! Cordially edited by Louis Searle, issue #47 has 164 pages in the new smaller size. There are interviews with Amy Kotch, Jo Dennison, Celine Gehret, Rosy Hodge, Easkey Britton and the article about Hannah Harding & Corrine Evans in the Maldives!

There is advice from Meagan Jones, Laura Crane, Anasthasia Ashley and Corrine; Steph Gilmore offers the surfing tips; and there are some good yoga, workout & styling tips too! The recipes for the Frittata, the muffins, the yogurt, the salads and chocolate covered coconut treats sure look good! One of my favorite aspects of the issue are the many amazing photos, which include the full page pics and the two-page spreads of the thrilling fun action, exotic locations, the inspirational athletes, and the pretty clothes!

This includes the galleries of pics by Luccia Griggi and by Kate Czuczman! There are many great photos by many great photographers, including the summer swim wear guide, and even most of the advertisements are quite nice with the photos of the famous surfers  having the fashionable fun under the sun on the sand and the surf! I was quite pleased with this wonderful issue and I will give it the grade of an A as in Anasthasia! I am done, but now here is Nyo-sensei to discuss another fine publication from the UK,

ImagineFX Presents Manga Artist!

Nyoka:

My turn!  ImagineFX is a great purriodical purrtaining to the science fiction & fantasy genre techniques, with the expurrt advice from the purrofessionals, the intermews with the famous artists, and the step-by- step tutorials! There are also the videos on the ImagineFX web site! In addition to the regular magazine they occasionally publish the special issues such as the digital painting, the comics, and this 116 page full color manga art issue which is is purriced at $17.95

After the all-star panel’s section full of the valuable tips, there is the intermew with the famous comic book artist Joe Madureira, the mech design topic, the manga discussion, and the 16 workshops! Those mostly involve Photoshop, but there are also the drawing, Manga Studio & SketchUp workshops, and the topics include the cover art, masking, motorbike & robot design, mixed media, game character, character sheets, comics pages, the female faerie, fight scene & faces!

The expurrts who conduct those 16 workshops include Sakimi Chan, Jason Chan, Krenz Cushart, Brolo, DCWJ, Cris Delara, Doo, Genzoman, PJ Holden, Munashichi, Sookyung Oh, Sunil Pant, Steven Tung, Emma Vieceli and Han-Yuan Yu! I thought this issue was very entertaining, informative and beautiful, and I will certainly recommend it to the artists who want to learn more techniques or enhance their designing & rendering skills to use for their manga inspired art!

More Miscellaneous Magazine Mewsings

Nyoka:

Speaking of the magazines, One of our favorite actresses Zoe Saldana has not only starred as Gamora in The Guardians of the Galaxy movie which we reviewed last month, but she also appurred upon the cover of Moves magazine #59, the August cover of Marie Claire, the September cover of Cosmo for Latinas, and with the other Guardians actors on the August covers of Empire magazine and Sci-Fi magazine!

Mielikki:

Jessica Alba who stars movie Sin City 2 is on the August cover of Self and the September cover of Maxim! Last month one of my favorite mewsicians Kate Bush just went on her first concert tour in over 35 years, and she graced the cover of Prog magazine #46! It was also good to see Vastra, Jenny & Strax upon the cover of Doctor Who Magazine #475! They were in the TV series’s season premier last month!

Trini-chan:

Another of my favorite super heroines Sailor Moon is on the October cover of Otaku USA, one of my favorite surfers Carrissa More is on the cover of Salted #3, and speaking of the inspirational athletes, it was great to see Mo’ne Davis of the Taney Dragons on the August 25th cover of Sports Illustrated! She and Toms River’s Kayla Roncin were the two girls who played in the Little League Baseball World Series!

Mike:

Thanks for those reviews, y’all! I’m definitely hoping to read the–

Tara-chan:

BLACK-DOTTED BROWN MOTH, NYA! (the distracted catgirl with her camera scampurrs after the Cissusa spadix)

The Cat Lady Sings…

Yvonne:

TARA-CHAN— NYA! Oh, There she goes again, nya!

Becca:

Well… it is almost time for the luau anyway. Call it , Lizzy!

Elizabeth:

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

Ilyana:

I am so glad that Mie-sensei and I could be here to purrticipate again!

Mielikki:

Fur shur! We are so blessed to have the fun times with dear friends!

Bun:

We are grateful for that, and also wish to thank Rebecca and Misty for the art!

Nyoka:

We also wish to thank Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…

Nyanko:

the library staff, volunteers, guests, artists, sponsors and fellow fans at Librari-Con…

Mary Nyan

our friends Sean, Chef Ron, Pacozord & his mom who made the trip to there such a fun & well-fed time…

Trini-chan:

the other talented, industrious & inspurrational folks whose works we have discussed…

Petra

…and we wish to thank the rest of our friends, families and our kind audience for all of their support, nya!

Jeannie:

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

Tara-chan:

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

Mike:

We’ll be back next month for another edition of The Mew! Be there… Aloha!

The Ladies of The Mew:

BAIBAI, NYA!


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