July 2014 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

July 5, 2014 by

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

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

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

Our Favorite Cinema & TV of 1974

More Mega Monster Mewsings

Our Semi – Annual DVD Wish List


Our Comic Book & Manga Mewsings:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #19

Girls & Panzer Vol. 1

Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us

The Wake #9

Angel & Faith Season 10 #3

Elfquest: The Final Quest #3

Red Sonja Vol.2 #10

Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #86

Cyclops #1

Archie #655

Gold Digger #210


plus our Heroes Con 2014 report

Raleigh Toy, Hobby & Sports Card Show report

The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight…


and Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art

by Megan Porch, Marcus Williams, Crissy Teverini,

Rebecca Brogden, her husband, and Mike, nya!

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Mike:

(wearing a Heroes Con tee shirt, Khaki cargo shorts, Nike Air trainers & 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 Catgirl Island’s Emily Grace Coin Stadium! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!

(each wearing flip flops & soccer kit’s Light Blue shorts & White jersey)

Elizabeth:

(aka Lizzy, the catgirl in the #06 jersey) Hola!


Jeannie:

(aka Jenjen, the catgirl in the #07 jersey) Nihao.


Mary Nyan:

(aka Myayr, the catgirl in the #08 jersey) Konnitiwa!


Petra:

(the catgirl in the #10 jersey) Hi Hi, nya!


Becca:

(the nekomimi gynoid in the #11 jersey) Aloha!


Bun:

(the bunny girl in the #14 jersey) Guten Tag!


Nyoka:

(aka Nyo-sensei, the catgirl in the #13 jersey) Howdy!


Nyanko:

(aka Nya-sensei, her twin sister in the #17 jersey) Howdy!


Trini-chan:

(the kitsune in the #16 jersey) Aloha!


Tara-chan:

(the catgirl in the #19 jersey) Namaste, and-and here is onee-chan, nya!


Yvonne:

(her older sister in the #18 jersey) Namaste, and Ilyana is here too, nya!


Ilyana:

(the catgirl in the #20 jersey) Whassup? We are wearing our kits here at EGC stadium which is named after our island’s soccer star Emily, whose #9 jersey was retired and we hope she can revisit us again soon! It has been the very sporty month or so between the NBA Finals, WNBA, French Open, World Cup, Stanley Cup, Belmont Stakes, NCAA baseball tournaments & women’s softball world series, and the Tour de France!

Trini-chan:

Hai and of course last month there was the Women’s & Men’s US Open at Pinehurst, which is not too far from here, plus our own local golf, surfing, purrkour, fishing, the  kyudo club and the other martial arts at Nya-sensei’s dojo! We had the front row seats to cheer for Petra & Bun who won the island rec league beach volleyball tournyament!

The Ladies of The Mew:

BANZAI BANZAI BANZAI NYA!

Petra:

Arigato, nya! We are grateful for the supportive fans, the friends of Team Mewseum, and the rec league staff and the dear compurrtition, nya! We were also thrilled to hear about Vonny’s fishing charters that has lately reeled in the bumpurr crop of the Bluefish, Croakers, Flounders, Groupurrs, Mackerels, Mullets, Snappurrs and the Wahoos, nya!

Yvonne:

Arigato, nya! We are blessed to have the good job that is the labour of love that purrvides the thrilling angling action & the big yummy catch, with plenty to donate to the food bank, nya! Otherwise my drum circle has been purrviding the purrcussion for jenjen’s belly dance troupe & Myayr’s hula dance students, nya! Tara-chan has been very busy too, nya!


Tara-chan:

Hai in addition to the charters, the dance class, taking care of my cats and – and helping at the mewseum, I have taken the many photos for my nature album,such as the Blue Marlin, Deer, Raccoon, Groundhog, Tuxedo Cat, Rabbit, Chipmunk, Crane, Turkey, Cardinal, Canadian Geese, Lightning Bugs, the Pandora Sphinx Moth and – and the Cabbage White, nya!


Bun:

Tara-chan & Trini-chan have been the big help as the mewseum volunteers! We have also been assisting with the various holiday & cultural events of July, such as Independence Day, Eid al-fitr, Canada Day, Bastille Day, Ocean Day, O-Bon, Tanabata Matsuri, our local Iris, Lotus & Water Lily festivities, and our annual Summer Art, Literature And Mewsic Inspurration (SALAMI) project!

Elizabeth:

Hai between the matsuri at the shrine, the customers at the spa, and those other events, Becca and I have stayed purretty busy but we have still managed to relax with the gardening, the hot salsa dance, and the DVDs. Since July 18th is birthday of the legendary, inspurrational, visionary designer Syd Mead, we will go to Mike’s for the movie marathon & meal!

Becca:

Hai we will each bring the delicious, nutritious appurrtizers, apurritifs, entrees, beverages or the dessert treats as gather to lookit the art books and watch the DVDs, such as Tron, Blade Runner, 2010, and Mike’s all-time favoritest movie Star Trek – The Motion Picture, which he has purromised not to ramble about today, heehee!

Mike:

Yep I’m looking forward to it! Man, it seems like there’s been something every weekend since Animazement (which we reviewed last month) between all of those sports & festivities; I had a most wonderful family reunion picnic, a great time at Heroes Con and the toy shows which we’ll report on later in the show, and I got a lot of art, writing & gardening done!

Nyanko

For the Summer Purroject I admired some of Syd Mead’s beautiful books such as Oblagon, Kronoteko, Techno Fantasy Art, Mead Gundam, the Sentinel, Sentury and Studio Image books! Otherwise, when I have not been at the dojo, the gym, the other athletic compurrtitions & festivities, I have been swimming and helping sis and her two cats at the magick shop!


Nyoka:

The season seems to have flown by at the hypurr speed, because it seems like only yesterday it was the Vernal Equinox but we just celebrated the Summer Solstice, and at this rate the Autumnal Equinox will be here before I know it!  We had the great crowd at the shop for the Solstice event, with the workshops, the discussions, the Ruby sale, and the tea time with the fish cake!

Mary Nyan:

I have been sewing the costumes for the cosplayers, and recently finished the Agent May, Dido Belle, Mystique, Malificent, Gamora, Sailor Moon & Tauriel costumes! We have been busy at the shrine and at the Purrforming Arts Center, where it is already time to enroll the Fall semester for my Hula classes, Palathyna’s Aerial Dance classes and Jen’s Belly Dance classes!

Jeannie:

I am purrticularly purroud of how the students of all ages have advanced and further refined their tummy roll, hip shimmy & serpentine tail technique. All is serene at the yoga studio, and the 2nd  half of the Robotics Club’s Summer Mech camp is in purrogress with the innovative, educational fun. Speaking of the education, I believe that Ilyana is poised to receive her Doctorate degree.


The Ladies of The Mew:

KAMPAI, NYA!

Ilyana:

 

(blush) Hai it is the wonderful dream about to come true after the many years, and I could not have done it without the support of my friends, and I will still be in the vicinity to study the shipwrecks and the sunken relics of the Mid-Atlantic! It is the good region for the research, between the universities on the mainland and the nearby expurrt merfolk!


Mike:

That is so good to hear! Well, moving right along, from the maritime to the cinema history it’s time for this month’s Lightning Round Topic of

Our Favorite Cinema & TV of 1974!


The Lightning Round topics for April, May & June pertained to our favorite movies & TV shows of 2004, 1994 and 1984, so this month we will nominate our favorites of 1974! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

The Ladies of The Mew:

LIGHTNING ROUND GO! NYA!

Petra:

(tagged to go first) The Godfather Part 2, Chinatown and Murder on the Orient Express, nya! (tags Becca with a swish of the tail)

Becca:

The Godfather Part 2, The Sugarland Express, and The Towering Inferno! (tail-tags Bun to go next)

Bun:

The Godfather Part 2, The Sugarland Express, and The Man with the Golden Gun! (tags Trini-chan)

Trini-chan:

I will nominate The Sugarland Express, The Man with the Golden Gun, and The Odessa File! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:

The Man with the Golden Gun, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:

The Man with the Golden Gun, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, and Dark Star. (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:

Hmm I would have to say… The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The Man with the Golden Gun, and The Godfather part 2 ! (tags Tara-chan)

Tara-chan:

Young Frankenstein, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and – and Benji, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:

It is seconded, and nyow it is… Lizzy’s turn, nya! (tags Elizabeth)


Elizabeth:

 

I will nominate Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and Dark Star! Myayr’s turn! (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

Young Frankenstein, Phantom of the Paradise, and Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla! (tags Nyoka)

Nyoka:

Young Frankenstein, The Man with the Golden Gun, and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad! Back to Mike!

Mike:

The Godfather Part 2, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Young Frankenstein! Well that was a nicely expedited Lightnign Round, so let’s go ’round again with our favorite TV shows of 1974, whether they debuted that year or a prior year!

The Ladies of The Mew:

HAI! LIGHTNING 2ND STRIKE GO! NYA!

Petra:

The Star Trek animated series, Space Battleship Yamato, and Fat Albert, nya! (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:

I will nominate The Star Trek animated series, Space Battleship Yamato, and Doctor Who! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:

The Star Trek animated series, Yamato, Doctor Who, and The Six Million Dollar Man. (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

I will nominate Doctor Who, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:

It is the touch call but I will pick Yamato, Trek, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Kung Fu! (tags Becca)

Becca:

Trek, Columbo, Hawaii 5-0… and Emergency… and it is Nyo-sensei’s turn! (tags Nyoka)

Nyoka:

Trek, Kolchak, Little House on the Prairie, Happy Days, and M*A*S*H! (tags Tara-chan)

Tara-chan:

Animated Star Trek, M*A*S*H, Dad’s Army, and Are You Being Served, nya? (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:

Animated Star Trek, M*A*S*H, Good Times, and All in the Family, nya! (tags Trini-chan)

Trini-chan:

Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bob Newhart Show, and Carol Burnett Show! (tags Bun)

Bun:

The Young and the Restless, The Guiding Light, and As the World Turns! (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:

Doctor Who, Trek, Yamato and Kolchak! Back to Mike again!

Mike:

Gotta go with the animated Trek, Yamato, Doctor Who, Kolchak, Six Mill and M*A*S*H (especially the first three seasons)! Last month we discussed our favorite Godzilla, Mothera & other Toho giant monster movies, so this month we will continue the topic with other favorite giant monsters in

more mega monster mewsings!

Mike:

I’d like to start the list off with some recent ones, such as Smaug of The Hobbit series , the frost monsters of the Thor series, the Chitauri Leviathans of The Avengers, the fire demon of Soloman Kane, and the numerous kaiju of Pacific Rim!

Mary Nyan:

I would have to start with Gamera the heroic giant turtle, and I think his best movies were the late 90′s trilogy which co-starred his enemies Gyaos, Legion & Iris, and I will also recommend the Daimajin trilogy and the Yokai Monsters trilogy!

Jeannie:

At the top of my monster list would Kong, plus the other giant apes such as the Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young, and Ray Harryhausen’s dinosaurs & monsters of One Million Years BC, The Valley of Gwangi, and The Mysterious island.

Ilyana:

Hai, I especially like Ray Harryhausen’s mythical creatures of the nautical sword & sorcery and the mariner adventures such as Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, the 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger!

Becca:

I was impurressed by that Ymir of 20 Million Miles to Earth, the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and those tentacles of It Came from Beneath The Sea! It is sad that Ray Harryhausen passed away a year ago but we are fortunate that his creations will purrsist forever!

Yvonne:

So desu, The giant squid of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and the giant ray in Captain Nemo and the Underwater City were both scary and yet delicious looking, but the calamari and the tako sushi are supposed to go in my tummy, not the other way ’round, nya!

Nyoka:

The Penguin’s Giant Exploding Octopus was not seen but it made the impact! There were sea monsters in Star Wars Episode One, and other giant monsters of Star Wars include the space slug, the sarlaac, the arena beasts, and the Zillobeast in the Clone Wars!

Tara-chan:

Well of the dinosaur movies, my favorites are the Jurassic Park movies but I am also purrticularly fond of The Water Horse, and- and Maleficent (which we reviewed last month) had the impurressive dragon, the forest giants and – and the giant vine monsters, nya!


Petra:

I will nominate the creatures of Forbidden Planet, Quatermass 2, Gorgo, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, At The Earth’s Core, The Land That Time Forgot, The People That Time Forgot, Warlords of Atlantis, Star Crash, and Ringo Starr’s Cave Man movie, nya!


Bun:

I will nominate Ghostbusters’s Marshmallow Man, Aliens’s Queen, Deep Rising’s sea monster, Tremors, Cloverfield, Super 8′s alien, The Call of Cthulu (2005)’s Cthulu, Hellboy’s Ogdru Jahad, John Carter’s White Apes. and Sakuya Yokaidan’s Spider Queen!


Elizabeth:

I guess my favorite movies that star the dragons are in Dragon Slayer, Willow, Dragonheart, Orochi, Enchanted, Harry Potter and The Hobbit! Oh and don’t forget Fluffy and the Basilisk of the Harry Potter movies, the spiders & stone giants of the Hobbit movies, nya!


Trini-chan

I think the scariest spiders were in The Hobbit and Curse of the Black Widow! I will also recommend the giant ants of Them, the Black Scorpion, the cult’s snake of Conan the Barbarian, the sand worms of Dune & those icky bugs of Peter Jackson’s Kong remake!


Nyanko:

The Kong & dinosaur FX were great too! You know, of the giant monsters on TV, there are so many that fought Ultra Man or the Power Rangers, but I think Mighty Morphin’s Pudgy Pig was the most amewsing!

Yvonne:

I will nominate Daenerys’s three dragons in Game of Thrones, and the various huge critters of The Land of the Lost and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, nya!

Jeannie:

Monty Python’s cat that ate the killer cars, Doctor Who’s Daemons, Drashigs, Nessie, Kroll, Cyberking, the giant vampire of State of Decay, and Torchwood’s Abaddon.

Ilyana:

There was Echidna, the monster birds, sand sharks, various hydras & serpents of the Xena & Hercules TV shows!

Petra

Oh I will also nominate The Sunnydale Mayor’s final serpent form in Buffy, and the dragon in the final episode of Angel, nya!

Becca:

The Lost In Space cyclops, The Bermuda Depths turtle, Star Trek’s giant space ameba, and Sylvia in her giant kuroneko form!

Tara-chan:

Don’t forget the animated Star Trek’s two-headed dragon, the aquatic sur-snake, and – and those two mountain monsters, nya!

Nyoka:

Lt. M’Ress was in that animated “Mudd’s Passion” epurrsode with the mountain monsters! She got frisky and snippy with Scotty!

Mike:

In “The Phantom from the Depths of Time” episode of the 1967 Spiderman animated series, Spidey fought a mountain monster.

Ilyana:

What happened?


Mike:

Ah, Spidey rescued the slaves from the alien villain’s mines, and crashed an exploding space ship into the mountain monster.

Mary Nyan:

That is good! There were also neat giant monsters in Space Ghost, Herculoids, Johnny Quest, Transformers, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, and Justice League Unlimited!

Elizabeth:

Oh how about the Orochi in the Ranma OVA, the tree monster in Digimon, the Ayakashi in Ushio and Tora, Bahamut in Final Fantasy, and Esmeraude in Sailor Moon!


Trini-chan:

I will also recommend Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, Tales of Earthsea, Blue Seed, Ghost Sweeper Mikami and Record of the Lodoss War which have giant creatures.

Bun:

Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Jafar as the cobra in Aladdin, Maleficent as the dragon in Sleeping Beauty, and I think the scariest is Monstro the Whale of Pinnochio!

Tara-chan:

I cannot think of any more favorites at the moment, nya!

Becca:

Purrhaps we are done!

Mike:

Well, if there are no more nominees, let’s keep the movie & TV topic rolling with

Our Semi – Annual DVD Wish List for late 2014!

 


Bun:

Hai! Last year more of the DVDs we wished for were finally released, and here is our updated semi-annual list for the titles that we hope will soon be commercially released in the USA on Region 1, NTSC Standard DVD! We would like these movies & TV shows to be intact with the original music & songs, and the movies in anamorphic widescreen where applicable! We prefer foreign titles to be in their native language with English subtitles, but an English dubbed audio track would be OK as an additional option!

Trini-chan:

It would also be nice if the standard DVDs had plenty of the extra features, and are not scrimped upon compared to the Blu Ray editions! This wish list does not tend to include recent TV shows or theatrical releases that suspect will be released on DVD in a few months, but it does include TV shows & movies that we have awaiting for the long time! In addition to animated & live – action TV shows & theatrical films, we have expanded our wish list to include the shorts, internet webisodes, amateur & fan films too!

The Ladies of The Mew:

DVD WISH LIST GO, NYA!

Jeannie:

the original Space Battleship Yamato TV series seasons 1-3 (in Japanese), Queen Millennia, Ideon: Space Runaway, and Flying Ghost Ship.

Ilyana:

The Anne of Green Gables and Heidi anime, 3000 Leagues In Search of Mother, Future Boy Conan, and Hayao Miyazaki’s episodes of Lupin!

Becca:

Only Yesterday, I Can Hear the Ocean, The Wind Rises, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, On Your Mark, and the various Ghibli Museum shorts!

Yvonne:

Bagi the Monster of Mighty Nature, Campus Guardress, Turn A Gundam, Winter Days, Stratos Four Advance, and Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko!

Tara-chan:

I want Gen 13, Omamori Himari, Magical Pokan, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Sea Story, Moyashimon, Sketchbook and – and Aim for the Ace, nya!

Nyoka:

We also wish for re-issues of Robot Carnival, the Ghost Sweeper Mikami movie, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and Kimagure Orange Road!


Mary Nyan:

Raggedy Anne & Andy: A Musical Adventure, Metamorphosis, and Godzilla Returns (the ’84 Japanese version, not the ’85 American version)!


Nyanko:

Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre, The Questor Tapes, the lost Doctor Who serials of the 60′s, and re-issues of The Time Monster and Ghost Light!

Elizabeth:

Steven Speilberg’s Amblin’, James’ Cameron’s Xenogenesis, Neal Adams’s Nannaz, Mark Sullivan’s Nightspeed, and John Dod’s Forest Story!

Petra:

T.A.G. The Assassination Game starring Linda Hamilton, Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon, and the Australian Ocean Girl TV series, nya!


Bun:

The Giilligan’s Island reunion movies, the I Dream of Jeannie reunion movies, the Bionic reunion movies, and The Star Wars Holiday Special!


Mike:

The Star Wars Pink Five fan films, the Star Trek New Voyages / Phase II fan series, and Joe Cosentino’s Star Trek fan film “Paragon’s Paragon”! That’s all for the movie TV & DVD topics,  so now we’ll proceed to our print media topics, as Tara-chan starts our

Comic Book & Manga Mewsings with

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #19!


Tara-chan:

Arigato, nya! I love the My Little Pony cartoons, -and I like to collect the pony toys and – and the comics, nya! The current story arc which began in issue #17, when Luna summoned the mane six ponies and – and Spike to the Canterlot Castle because Celestia has been gone too long through the mirror gateway to the other worlds in the purrallel dimensions, nya. However, Celestia made too many visits to there because she fell in love with the mirror universe’s version of King Sombra, who is the benevolent ruler there, whilst their versions of the heroes are the villains, nya!

It is the grim place, and – and the  situation has worsened to create the dimensional rift, so the mane six ponies and – and Spike have to take the Elements of Harmony to the other world to set things right, nya! The 32 page issue includes the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “Reflections Part 3″ which was written by Katie Cook, illustrated by Andy Price, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and – and edited by Bobby Curnow; and there is the cute 2 page Star Swirl wizard pony tale by Katie, the 8 pages of the ads, and – and the choice of the 7 different covers, nya!

Cover A is by Price, cover B is by Amy Mebberson, the retailer incentive cover is by Tony Fleecs, and – and the other 7 covers were purrduced for certain stores or events such as Hot Topic,Zombie leader, and – and Wizard World Atlanta, nya! I got cover 19A which depicts the other world’s counterpurrt ponies, to form the opther half of the scene with cover 18A, nya! This issue stars Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Spike, Star Swirl, the other world’s Sombra, Celestia, and- and Luna, plus the brief appurrances by other characters, nya!

It is fun to try to identify the background characters, such as the other world’s versions of Granny Smith, Big McIntosh, Dischord, Phoenix, and Luna’s pet possum Tiberius who are in the tale, and – and Angel bunny, Trixie, Derpy, and – and Dr. Whooves who are on the cover, nya! He is wearing the Tom Baker scarf, nya! Nyow for the taste of issue #19′s plot, as we see more of the grim gothy version of Equestria, where the scheming evil purrincesses spy upon the hero ponies, who hear Sombra’s tale of romance with the good Celestia, with the amewsing flashback scenes, nya!

Those include the coffee scene and the chili dance scene, whilst back in the normal Equestria the good Celestia tells the good Luna more of the bittersweet romance with Sombra, including the glorious two-page spurread of the Wish Garden scene, nya! Twilight Sparkle hopes the Elements of Harmony can remedy the situation, while Pinkie Pie hopes for pastries, but there might be no pastries because the villains learn of the heroes’ plans, nya! As mewsual the plot, pace, dialogue, humor, purrodies, the art style, and – and the spurrit are so faithful to the TV series,  nya!

The 2 page bonus tale fo “How Star Swirl Got Hi Hat”  is so adorably cute as it shows the widdle younger unicorn with the beloved plushy doll, until it is sadly taken away, nya. I will give issue #19 the “A” as in Alicorn, and – and the purreview ad for issue #20 depicts the battle between the purrincesses, so I am quite eager to read that, nya! The 4 page purreview for the Littlest Pet Shop comic  book seems peppy, whimsical and – and purretty, as it depicts the concerns when the box full of the pet rocks arrives at the pet shop, nya! I am done, so nyow it is Jenjen’s turn to discuss

Girls & Panzer Vol. 1, nya!

Jeannie:

Arigato. Girls & Panzer is the purretty, charming, fun tale of the Ooarai Girls Academy military tank club, which maintains the restored & modified World War Two vintage tanks to compete against the other school teams in international Sensha-do war games. This purromotes the graceful martial art of tankery which they say helps to make the young girls into the confident, strong, healthy, elegant, women. For our review of the Girls & Panzer Complete TV Series Collection DVD please see the February 2013 Mew, for our purrofile of the character Nekonya see the March spotlight, and for our review of the Girls & Panzer Complete OVA Collection DVD see the Apurril Mew.

The manga story is by the Girls Und Panzer Projekt and the beautiful art is by Ryohichi Saitaniya. It was originally published in in 2012 in Japan by the Kodakawa Corpuration and the translated North American version is published Seven Seas Entertainment, whose editions of Monster Musume, A Centaur’s Life, Strike Witches, Senran Kagura and Kanokon we have also enjoyed. The main characters of Girls & Panzer are the team of Yukari, Miho, Saori, Mako & Hana who are the crew of the club’s German Panzer IV tank. Miho is the reluctant main character in the anime version, whereas Yukari seems to be the eager main character thus far in the manga.

The club also consists of club president Kadoya, the girls of the History Club in the German Stug III, the student council in the Czechoslovakian Panzer 38t, the volleyball team in the Japanese Type 89 I-Go, the freshmen members in the US M3 Lee tank, and their new coach Captain Chono of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. They have the cute uniforms and the very peppy, enthused outlook. Compurred to the anime, the brisker manga plot skips much of the character backgrounds, recruitments, and how the club finds the tanks, but their first scrimmage battle is similar to the anime, and leads to the start of their first match against St. Gloriana’s Academy.

St. Gloriana’s has one of the more famous tankery clubs with the Churchill & Matilda tanks which the Ooarai girls are excited to see, and St. Gloriana’s members Darjeeling, Assam & Orange Pekoe are quite the honorable, admired celebrities. The tanks & crews are quite idolized, although some of the other schools have the more ruthless reputations & questionable tactics. I will not spoil how that battle concludes in the anime version, but in the manga we will have to wait for volume 2 to find out. Rated for the teen readers, vol. 1 is purriced $12.99 USA & $14.99 Canada, and has the 180 pages which include the 148 Black & White pages of manga chapters 1-4.

There are also the informative tank notes, the artist’s greeting, the credits page, an ad for the anime, a Black & White repurrint of the color wraparound cover art, the 16 page preview of the Sacred Blacksmith manga, and the 4 color pages of the miku maidens’ tankery introduction. The manga was translated by Anastasia Moreno, adapted by Janet Houck, lettered & laid out by Alexandra Gunawon, edited by Adam Arnold, proof read by Katherine Bell & Conner Crooks with the cover design by Nicky Lim. The technical consultant was Dan Kanemitsu, Seven Seas’ publisher is Jason DeAngelis. Panzer Vor! Nyow I will turn The Mew over to Myayr who will tell us about

Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us


Mary Nyan:

Arigato! Strike Witches  is the manga & anime purrtaining to the heroic squadron of international magickal kemonomimi who fight the extraterrestrial invaders in the alternate World War II history of the 1940′s! For our review of the anime TV series, please see the May 2010 Mew & November 2012 Mew, and for our reviews of the Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky manga, see the March & May 2014 Mews! Those volumes are the slightly different retelling of the anime version, whereas The Sky That Connects Us is an anthology set betwixt seasons 1 & 2 of the anime!

The Sky That Connects Us manga tales are by Huminkane Shimada & Projekt Kagonish, and the art is by Shin Kyogoku, whereas Maidens in the Sky was drawn by drawn by Yuuki Tanaka! It was first plublished  as Kimi to Tsunagaru Sora in Japan by Kodakawa in 2010 and the translated North American version is published Seven Seas Entertainment. The tale was translated by Adrienne Beck, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, edited Adam Arnold, purroofread Janet Houck & Conner Crooks, with the cover design by Nicky Lim, the lettering & layout by Alexandra Gunawan!

It is purriced $12.95 in the USA, $14.99 in Canada, and it is rated for the older teen readers of ages 16+ due to the nudity, whimsical sex comedy, and the military combat! The book’s 178 pages are compurrised of the 8 chapters of the Black & White manga, which is peppurrred by the widdle extra sketches, plus the 4 pages of the character & world notes and the 2 color pages. Each chapter focuses upon a different widdle group of the Strike Witches, who have gone the sepurrate ways since completing their first victorious mission against the destructive Neurois aliens!

Ch. 1 stars Lt. Perrine H Clostermann, Sgt. Lynette Bishop, her sister Sgt. Wilma Bishop & Sgt Amelie Blanchard who enjoy the delicious lunch as they ponder the reconstruction of the country of Gallia. Ch. 2 follows Lt. Charlotte Yeager & Ens. Francesca Lucchini who drive across Africa to meet Lt. Hanna-Justina Marseille, Sgt. Keiko Kato & Sgt. Mami Inagaki, but frisky Francesca causes trouble in Ch. 3! Then we go from the desert heat to snowy arctic Suomus in Ch. 4 as Lt. Sanya Litvyak & Ens. Eila Ilmater Juutilainen meet Eila’s friend Sgt. Maj.Nikia Edvardine Katajainen!

It is the more poignant, serene chapter compurred to the purrior zany chapter, but things purrk up in Ch. 5 & 6 in the Germanic nation of Karlsand as Cmdr. Mina-Deitlinde Wilke, Capt. Gertrude Barkhorn, Lt. Erica Hartman, Lt. Heidemarie W. Schnaufer & Sgt. Maj. Helma Lennartz encounter the mysterious aerial enemy! There is more combat in Ch. 7 as Maj. Mio Sakamoto & Lt. Ayaka Kuroe have the aerial sparring duel, in the Japan-like nation of Fuso; and later Mio joins Lynette, Perrine & Sgt. Yoshika Miyafuji in the soothing outdoor hot spurring at the ryokan inn!

There is the brief appurrance by Suwa Amaki & Yoshika’s friend Yamakawa Michiko at the end of Ch. 8, which bridges seasons 1 & 2;  and to top off the manga are the two bonus 4 koma (4 panel) gag cartoon strips starring Wilma & Lynn, plus the artist’s parting note! It was so nice to revisit the delightful characters, and I thought the art was great, with the beautifully drawn characters, mecha & scenery! I thought this manga was quite charming and fun, that captured the wonderful style & spirit of the anime! Nyow we will go from the past to the future tale as Trini-chan tells us about

The Wake #9!

Trini-chan:

Arigato! The Wake is the 10 issue, oceanic horror/ science fiction mini-series from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint! Issues 1-5 told Part 1 of the tale, in which Cetologist Dr! Archer’s team investigated the deadly intelligent aquatic creature at the secret undersea facility, until many more creatures arrived to cause the global catastrophe! Issue #6 began Part Two which is set 200 years into the post-apocalyptic future, when Leeward the feisty heroine of a seaside town is stalked by enemy government thugs after she discovers secrets about the past and a radio message from Archer!

Issue #9 is priced $2.99, it is suggested for the mature readers, and has the 20 page tale plus the 12 pages of the ads! It was written by co-creator Scott Snyder, drawn by co-creator Sean Murphy, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Jared K! Fletcher, edited by Mark Doyle and assistantly edited by Sara Miller, with the front cover art by Andrew Robinson! Previously, Leeward & her dolphin friend Dash escaped the slaver thugs and joined a rebel group of submariners! Still purrsued by the enemy warships, the rebels decided to search for the source of Archer’s signal!

Issue #9 begins 3 months and about 12,000 miles later as a few full-page montages give the bit of travelogue of the journey! Leeward’s group has arrived at the arctic destination of the signal, but instead of any sign of salvation against the oppressors or the sea monsters, they find a mysterious tomb in a mountain full of puzzling glyphs! As the group morale falters and bickering ensues, the armada of the evil governess attacks, but in an impressive two-page spread, a fleet & squadron of rebel allies counter-attacks, whilst a school of the deadly mer creatures also arrives!

With this next to last issue, the pace seems a bit too rushed, and now I am wishing the series was much longer than 10 issues, but the cliffhanger certainly leaves be quite eager to see what happens next! The many advertisements that interrupt the tale are a distracting hindrance to the flow of the tale and the suspense, and I wish the ads were all after the tale, as is the case of some other publishers’ comics! The cinematic, graphic narrative is excellently conveyed in the variety of panels, particularly the many wide, panoramic panels, full page pics and two-page spreads!

The coloring is of the interesting limited color pallet, with deep shadowy areas & negative space that nicely convey the mysterious sense of mystery and enormity; and the lettering is very clever in its use of fonts of all sizes and even symbols for the dialogue & sound FX, which at times has the cute playful quality! Perhaps my favorite aspects of the tale are the great heroines, the sense of scientific research done for the tale, the world building, the costume, creature & mech designs! OK I am all done, and now I will turn The Mew over to Becca who wishes to tell us about

Angel & Faith Season 10 #3!

Becca:

Hai!  We are big fans of the canonical Buffy, Angel, Willow, Spike & Fray comics published by Dark Horse and executively purroduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon! They are fun & beautiful with the good balance of action, humor, drama & mythology, with the pace, continuity, portraitures & spurrit that are faithful to the TV shows! Angel is still in London, purrtrolling the supurrnatural Magic Town district in search of Corky the pixie thug, whilst Faith is back in the USA starting to work for Kennedy’s Deepscan security agency, but both paths are not going so well for Angel or Faith!

The $3.50 issue has the 28 pages compurrised of the 22 page tale of “”Where The River Meets The Ocean Part Three” plus the  2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s interesting comments and the 4 pages of the ads. The tale was scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Scott Allie, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, with the issue’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the main cover art by Scott Fischer, and the variant cover by Chris Samnee & Jordie Bellaire!

The tale picks up right where issue #2 left off, as the BIlly the rock star that Faith was assigned to purrotect has transformed into his red rooster demon form after a young groupie girl’s irate dad arrived back stage! While Faith brawls with the demon, her purrtner Mai calls Kennedy in to resolve the conflict. Things calm down somewhat, but the jerk rock star fires Deepscan as his security team. Mai and the other girls do not have the favorable opinion of Faith, and Faith is not used to so many rules & papurrwork, but Kennedy points out that Buffy had the rough start too!

Meanwhile Angel has another meeting with former slayer Nadira, who has been transformed into the exotic mystic who tries to help the unfortunate folks of Magic Town. Her cryptic suggestions lead him to a violent encounter with a demonic glass blower, which in turn does bring him closer to Corky, who has hired Angel’s enemy Pearl as the bodyguard, but I should not spoil much more of the exciting plot! We do see the bit more of police inspector Brandt, although unfortunately GIles’s aunts Sophronia & Lavina are not in this issue. I hope we will see more of them soon!

I am enjoying Angel & Faith Season 10 thus far, and I think the character art has the great purrtraiture, expurressions, gestures, poses, clothing details, fabric folds and purrspectives! I especially like Nadira’s lovely altered appurrance! There are plenty of neat creature designs, and the scenic art has the great architectural detail, ambience color & lighting effects, and there is the good effective variety of the fonts for the various dialogue and sound FX! I will give this issue the high grade of an “A” as in Angel! Nyow for our next Dark Horse, here is Lizzy to tell us about


Elfquest: The Final Quest #3!


Elizabeth:

Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest is such a beautifully illustrated, great tale full of the wonderful characters, so we have been purrticularly excited about this latest portion of the saga!  This $3.50 issue includes the uninterrupted 20 page story, plus the 2 pages of the reader mail, and the 6 bonus pages that repurrint some Elfquest images from 1979 – 1982! It was written by Wendy & Richard, illustrated by Wendy, colored by Sonny Strait, lettered by Nate Piekos, edited by Sierra Hahn, and assistantly edited by Spencer Cushing, with the issue’s graphic design by Tina Alessi!

I suppose that technically issue #3 is the 4th issue, if you include the Elfquest Final Quest Special, which we reviewed in the November 2013 Mew! This far we have seen what the various elf tribes and their friends have been up to of late, until the evil human warlord Angrif Junn began his brutal conquest! His raiding army has burned the village & slaughtered lots of humans, but the evil thugs have also suffered the casualties when elf chieftess Ember’s tribe retaliated & rescued some of the refugees! It was the inoppurrrtune time for the romance to bloom for Ember, who got caught!

Sadly there were some elf casualties too, and Ember is nyow the purrisoner of Junn, who tries to intimidate her while recovering from his own combat injuries! Let’s just say he was damaged below the waist, heehee! Meanwhile in the forest, Ember’s boyfriend Teir has the empathic link with her, while he & Khorbasi try to help the refugees, but the purrsuing army is getting closer! Meanwhile at the elves’ far away crystalline palace, there are some beautiful scenes as more elves begin to sense the Ember’s fear, and some purrticularly poignant moments for Moonshade & Strongbow!

Also appurring are Leetah, Cutter, Skywise, Nightfall, Redlance, Dewshine, Scouter, Pike, Savah, Timmain, Shenshen, Ahdri, Sunstream, Dart, Freetouch, Tyleet, Windkin, Mender, Yun, Sust, Pool, several other elves, humans, wolves & purrsurrvers! The characters & scenery are so beautifully drawn, I am purrticularly fond of the lovely forest & palace elf couture, and the exquisite coloring of the lush forest, the villain’s candle lit lair, the shimmering iridescent palace! You know, Wendy Pini was purrhaps the most famous Red Sonja cosplayer too, and nyow here is Mike to discuss


Red Sonja vol. 2 #9!

Mike:

Thanks Lizzy! Red Sonja is one of our  all-time favorite characters, and we’ve been enjoying the current story arc which began in vol. 2 #7 of her series from Dynamite Entertainment! She was hired by a dying Emperor to find 6 legendary masters of various trades to attend his farewell party, and if she accomplishes this task, he’ll free thousands of slaves! Previously she was able to round up the chef, the beast lord, Aneva the courtesan, and now she hopes to persuading Osric The Untouched to tag along, but the legendary swordsman won’t join unless Sonja can best him at fencing!

The 32 page issue is priced $3.99, rated “T+” due to the dueling violence and some terse language, and has the 20 page tale plus the 10 pages of the ads. The story was written by Gail Simone, drawn by Walter Geovani, colored by Adriano Lucas, lettered by Simon Bowland, edited by Joseph Rybandt, and it’s available in the choice of 7 variant covers, some which are much scarcer than others by Jenny Frison, Allison Sohn and Stephanie Buscema. Stephanie was amongst the hundreds of great guests and artists at this year’s Heroes Con, which we’ll report on later in the show!

On most of the covers and in one flashback panel Sonja wears her iconic scale-mail bikini, but mostly in the story she wears her scale-mail shirt and leather shorts. She and Avena have had several wardrobe changes in the past few issues! This time Avena wears the lovely Green and White dress with the hooded cloak, although Osric’s fancy attire and ornate sword might rival the opulence! Unfortunately the road-weary Sonja winds up covered in embarrassing mud too, as her opponent wins round one, but this only makes her madder and more cunning for the rematch!

Meanwhile Sonja’s wealthy royal client seems to have changed his mind about their arrangement, which seems to be a frequent risk for mercenaries, although I suspect that when she finds out, the funeral will be sooner than he’d like! The plot is brisk with Sonja’s sarcastic disposition, an interesting insight into her character, and plenty of melee amidst the intricately rendered, ancient scenery; with several nice large panels and a full-page pic to show off the great art! Now we’ll go from the ancient Redheaded she-devil to the modern Redheaded warrior witch in Nyo-sensei’s review of

Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #86!

Nyoka:

Hai! Tarot is the occult adventure tale from Broadsword Comics, starring Tarot the warrior witch! It is the thrilling, sexy, beautifully series of lavish ornate detail, but not for the widdle kitties due to the nudity, sexuality, violence & language! Jim Balent is the creator, writer, artist, publisher & purresident of Broadsword, his wife Holly G is the vice purresident, colorist, letterer, purrduction purriestess & occasional cover model who also creates the delightful web comic School Bites, and also on the team are color flatter Randi Leeann & edotor Neil Morris!

This 32 page, $2.95 issue is compurrised of the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “Love / Hate Triangle” which is followed by10 pages of photos, extras & ads! While Tarot thanks the gods for saving the live of her winged kitty Pooka, things are less grateful betwixt Boo Cat the werecat girl and her vampire girlfriend Licorice Dust! Boo Cat is in the frisky mood, selfishly craving a lurid threesome with Licorice & Tarot, but Licorice is jealous, possessive & angry, and her purrior deadly battles with Tarot do not help the purrospects of Boo Cat’s ribald desires!

Unfortunately, while Tarot tends to be the more purragmatic, level-headed heroine, on this purrticular night she does not help matters with her shoot first / ask questions later attitude, and strikes first just as Licorice arrives to talk! The fierce duel ensues full of luminous energy, summoned critters, sharp fangs, weapons & words, until Boo Cat intervenes! She has such cute kitty fangs! Things seem to calm down the bit for the stern talking session, until a very powerful, dramatic tragic surpurrise occurs to result in the unexpected, emotional plot twist!

The characters are gorgeous & sexy with skimpy but fabulous, intricate, ornate designs, markings & costumes! The scenery is lushly rendered, the coloring is so sumptuous, and many of the panels are quite large, to nicely display the supurrb artistry! While much of this issue’s plot is either brimming with the supurrnatural combat, the dramatic arguments or the lurid cravings, there are also the serenity of the alter scene and the whimsy of Boo Cat’s fantasizing scene! It also helps the captivating immersion that the tale was not interrupted by the ads!

The extra bits after the tale are purrticularly interesting such as Jessi Knikowski Lacey’s Beltane love spell instructions, this issue’s Broadsword girl Foxy Foxy, the 1.5 pages of readers’ comments, the photos of Holly & Jim, the variant cover art gallery, and more of Holly & Jim’s art in the ads for issues, purrints & purroducts! The back cover offers the peek at the next issue which I am looking forward to, with Boo Cat, Licorice, Pooka, Tarot & her boyfriend Jon amidst the purrehistoric creatures! OK I am all done, and nyow here is sis to tell us about

Cyclops #1!

Nyanko:

Hai! Scott Summers alias Cyclops is one of the top leader heroes of The X-Men team, and it is about the time he got his own series from Marvel Comics! In this tale, In this tale, the younger 16 year old Scott from the past has traveled through time and space to be reunited with his dad is known as Corsair, the leader of the intergalactic space pirates known as The Starjammers! The crew of the various species is compurrised of Raza, Korvus, Cr’reee, Ch’od, Sikorsky & Hepzibah! Some of them first appurred in Uncanny X-Men #104, although Hepzibah did not show up until #107.

She is the frisky skunk breed cat girl with the lovely lush tail of the Mephitisoid race from the planet Tryl’sart in the Shi’ar Empire, who we purrofiled in our November 2011 spotlight! She is Corsair’s girlfriend, and although she has been helping Scott to get acquainted with the thrilling outer space adventure, he misses his girl friend Jean Grey alias Marvel Girl (later known as Phoenix) who is back on The Earth with the other X-Men. However, soon the playtime is over when the ship is attacked by the enemy Badoon ship, and then it is time for some space fighting & pirating, ahrr!

Cyclops #1 has the $3.99 purrice, with the 28 pages compurrised of the 7 ads, the credits page, and the 20 page tale delightfully written by Greg Rucka & beautifully drawn by Russell Dauterman! It was brilliantly colored by Chris Sotomayor & lettered by Joe Caramanga who both worked on the Avengers Academy series which we highly purraised! It was excellently edited by Nicke Lowe, Jeanine Schaefer, Tom Brennan & assistantly edited by Frankie Johnson, with the different covers to choose from, one by Greg Land & Skottie Young, and the other by Alexander Lozano!

I was impurressed by the graphic design, with the montage of flashbacks reflected across Scott’s visor, followed by the  two-page spurread of the purretty nebula! The colors are so richly vibrant, from the luminous FX & space phenomenon to the characters & costumes such as Hepzibah’s space suit that accommodates her ears & tail! The dialogue is very distinctive with the various dialects & languages, and the plot has the brisk pace with the sense of fun adventure, which is just what Scott needed to be cheered up! Nyow for more space catgirl fun, here is Vonny to tell us about

Archie #655!

Yvonne:

Arigato, nya! We love the Archie Comics which feature the great characters such as Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veroica, Sabrina, Katy Keene, Jinx, The Pussycats and The Crusaders, nya! Not only do they have the great art & tales, but there is also the variety of artistic styles, genres, crossovers, purrodies, and the tales of all flavors from the romantic & dramatic to the horrific & comedic, nya! For our review of Archie #654, please see the May Mew, nya! Issue #655 is purriced $2.99, and its 32 pages have the 20 page tale of “The Good Guys of the Galaxy”, plus the 12 pages of ads, nya!

The whimsical science fiction adventure tale was written by Tom DeFalco, pencilled by Fernando Ruiz, inked by Rich Koslowski, lettered by Jack Morelli and colored by Digikore Studios, with the front cover art by Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith & Rosario Pena, nya! It is the not just the amewsing purrody of Marvel Comics’ Guardians of the Galaxy, but it also has the clever homages to the Legion of Super – Heroes and the Hitch – Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, nya! I enjoyed the purrody of The Little Mermaid in Betty & Veronica #267, so I have been looking forward to this’un, nya!

Archie & Jughead help to repair Cosmo’s spaceship, so he takes them to the Diner at the Center of the Universe to meet his fellow Good Guys of the Galaxy team compurrised of Captain Sprocket, Captain Pumpernik, Super Duck & Cat Girl, nya! While the group ponders how to thwart the fiery villainess Ha’cha who has the army of warrior women & the Miracle Mitten weapon, Cat Girl gets affectionate towards Archie, whilst Jughead ponders the diner’s menu, nya! The frisky Cat Girl is the agile, athletic, barefoot blonde with the cute ears, fangs and the martial arts purrowess, nya!

Later, Archie, Cosmo & Captain Pumpernik get caught at Ha’cha’s castle, where she has the hots for Archie, nya! Ha’cha is sexy & powerful but mean with the hot tempurr to match her flaming coiffure, and once again Archie is caught betwixt two amorous girls, when Cat Girl & Jughead try to rescue them from Ha’cha and the mitten, nya! Things get  wilder & stranger when the mitten is used and when the other guys burst into the castle, but I should not spoil the plot much further, nya! It is the fun tale with the great art, peppurred by the space action, humor & romance, nya!

The tale is brimming with the neat alien character, creature, food & mecha designs of the whimsical quality, with many species & breeds in the sexy outfits, nya! I think the characters’ poses & expurressions are quite amewsing, including the various diners’ & warriors reaction to the situations, and the mitten scenes are purrticularly interesting, nya! I will give this issue the high purraise, and I hope we will see more of cat Girl although this means that nyow Valerie is not the only pussycat who aims for Archie, nya! Nyow for more of the comics catgirls, here is Ilyana to discuss


Gold Digger #210, nya!

 

Ilyana:

Arigato! We greatly admire Fred Perry’s Gold Digger http://fredgdperry.deviantart.com series which are published by Antarctic Press, due to the delightful “ameri-manga” style of the beautiful art, the sumptuous coloring, and the amewsing adventures of the sexy, vivacious fun Diggers sisters Gina, Brianna, Brittany and the fellow members of the Explorers Society in search of the many fabulous treasures & archaeological secrets! The treasures & secrets are not very easily acquired, as there are mewsually elaborate traps & powerful opponents in the way!

Fortunately, Gina is the very well-equipped, nimble, savvy explorer, and Brittany is the tough, strong, voluptuous were-cheetah who put the spots in our August 2011 spotlight, and for their latest expurrdition they are assisted by GIna’s talented & tough but inexpurrienced student Ayane Anno, who bravely purrotected Brit’s daughter Tiffany in the purrior issue! However, nyow they might need purrotection from the sharp pointy dangers that lurk in the deep depths of the desert Millennium Crypt, which was built by the legendary Death Trap Architect!

The $3.99 issue has the 32 pages which include the uninterrupted 24 page tale written & illustrated by Fred Perry, edited by Doug Dlin & Robby Bevard! The characters are beautifully drawn and Purrofessor Digger’s dialogue is peppurred with movie quotes in the briskly paced plot, which mostly occurs in the vault which is rendered with a sense of vast enormity & mystery! This is helped by the great big panels, a full page pic and the two-page spurreads, and the use of the color & light  is supurrb, especially the style of the cel-shading on the characters!

The mecha designs have a very futuristic, luminous quality, from Gina’s equipment to the instruments of The Ancient One seen in the framing sequence! She looks a lot like Gina, because she is the relative from the far future who wound up in the distant past, so she is trying to catch up. She is assisted by Subtracto who is the adorably cute widdle artificial purrson, who wants to hear the tales of the Diggers, and speaking of cute, Tiffany Diggers is briefly seen in a flashback too! That will conclude our comic book reports, but the catgirl topic will continue in

The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!

Petra:

Since the October 2009 edition of The Mew, the Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight has shined upon the famous catgirl, nekomimi, anthropurrmorphic feline & werekitty characters of the media such as toys, games, internet, novels, comics & manga, animated & live-action cinema & TV, nya! Our broadly inclusive criteria includes those who actually have feline DNA, those who just dress the purrt, nya!

Bun:

Hai, it also commemorates those who might lack the feline ear pinna or swishy tail, but have the cat-titude or style for us to consider them as the “honorary catgirls”! This month we will shine the spotlight upon a clowder of catgirl clubs & groups at Deviant art, where you will see many beautiful works of original & fan art in the diverse media & styles by many artists from around the world!


Ilyana:

This might include the catgirl, kemonomimi, furry & neko art tutorials, cosplay photos, web comics & works of prose fiction, but please be advised that some of the galleries just might include images that are very sexy, depict nudity, rated Mature or are NSFW (Not Safe For viewing at Work), and not for widdle kitties!

Tara-chan:

Nyow for y’all’s consideration, in alphabetical order we wish to shine the spotlight upon Adorable Neko Club http://adoreable-neko-club.deviantart.com, Aqua Neko Club (catgirl fun in the water) http://aqua-neko-club.deviantart.com and – and the Catgirl Dojo http://catgirl-dojo.deviantart.com, nya!

Nyanko:

Catgirls Anime http://catgirls-anime.deviantart.com, Catgirl Zone http://catgirl-zone.deviantart.com, The Cats Lair http://thecatslair.deviantart.com, CatWoman FanClub (devoted to DC Comics’ Cat Woman) http://catwoman-fanclub.deviantart.com and CatWoman Rules http://thecatwomanrules.deviantart.com!

Nyoka:

Felicia Club (fan art devoted to Darkstalkers’s Felicia) http://feliciaclub.deviantart.com, Feline Characters http://felinecharacters.deviantart.com, Hot Kitty Club http://hot-kitty-club.deviantart.com and the Katbox group (dedicated to the web comics at Katbox) http://thekatbox.deviantart.com!

Mary Nyan:

Kemonomimi Lovers http://kemonomimilovers.deviantart.com, Kitty Cat World http://kitty-cat-world.deviantart.com, Naughty Nekos http://naughty-nekos.deviantart.com, Neko Cosplay Club http://neko-cosplay-club.deviantart.com and the Neko Kitsune Group http://neko-kitsune-group.deviantart.com!

Trini-chan:

The Neko Kitsune Group which has cat & fox girls http://neko-kitsune-group.deviantart.com, Neko Koneko Group http://neko-koneko-group.deviantart.com, NekoLurv http://nekolurv.deviantart.com Neko Obsession http://neko-obsession.deviantart.com and Neko Kitty Club http://neko-kitty-club.deviantart.com!

Jeannie:

Neko Life http://neko-life.deviantart.com, Neko OC Club (original characters) http://neko-oc-club.deviantart.com, Neko Time http://neko-time.deviantart.com, Nekos Unleashed http://nekosunleashed.deviantart.com and Pink Hair Catgirl Club http://pinkhaircatgirlclub.deviantart.com.

Yvonne:

Team M’Ress (which is dedicated to fan art of Star Trek’s Lt. M’Ress) http://team-mress.deviantart.com, We Love Kemonomimi http://welovekemonomimi.deviantart.com, and World of Catgirls http://world-of-catgirls.deviantart.com, nya! That is just 30 of the many groups at Deviantart which are full of wonderful art by artists of all ages, expurrtise, media & styles, nya!


Elizabeth:

Nyow it is time for the spotlight update! In the our March 2011 Mew, we shined the spotlight upon the heroic Navi purrincess Ney’tiri te Tskaha Mo’at’ite (or just Ney’tiri) for short of the Omaticaya Clan of the planet Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar, in which she was purrtrayed by actress Zoe Saldana! She is one of our favoritest actresses who is also known for her purrtrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek reboot movies, and addition to the movies such as the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, she has also appurred upon the many magazine covers too!

Becca:

Hai, She appurrs as The Guardians’ Gamora with the gorgeous Green skin, along with Gillian as Nebula with the beautiful Blue skin upon the August ccver of Sci-Fi magazine! Of course, Karen Gillian is no stranger to the science fiction either, as we loved her on TV as Doctor Who’s companion Amy Pond! Recently Zoe also graced the front cover photo by Perou for Moves magazine #59, with 6 more photos and the 6 page intermew with her by Chesley Turner! That is all for this month’s spotlight, but nyow here are Bun and Petra to tell us about the latest additions to the

Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Bun:

Hai! We have 8 more pics this month! For those here for the first time, the mewseum’s galleries 1-6 display illustrations & photos by Mike, whilst Guest Galleries 1-3 display images by other folks and some of  Mike’s collaborations with other artists, which are all displayed with their perrrmissions! On the web site, the most recent pics are on the bottom rows of the small, cropped “thumbnail” portions of the pics, and you have to click on those to see the full pics.

For the start, now on display in Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html, we are proud to present a Black & White pen & ink pic of an adorably cute “White Seal Pup” by Megan Porch who was among the many brilliant artists at the annual fun Heroes Convention in Charlotte last month! To see more of her illustrations, concept designs, story boards & comics, please visit her web site at http://megan-porch.squarespace.com, nya!

Then in Guest Gallery 3 is the Black & White pen & pencil sketch of “Cassiopeia” by Marcus Williams, who was another artist at the con! Cassiopeia is among the titular Hero Cats of Stellar City http://www.herocatscomics.com written & lettered by Kyle Puttkammer, drawn & colored by Marcus, inked by Ryan Sellers, and published by Galactic Quest http://www.galacticquest.com, who also publish Galaxy Man comics http://www.galaxymancomics.com!

Thirdly in Guest Gallery 3 is the Sailor Moon fan art of “Proclamation of Accession” by Crissy Teverini http://www.crimsonskycreations.com and Mike! Crissy was also among our March 2008 guests! Sailor Moon whose real name is Usagi was created in 1992 by Naoko Takeuchi, and is one of the most famous heroines of Japanese manga & anime! Crissy pencilled the pic, inked it with Sakura Micron pens, and Mike colored it with Photoshop CS2 and the mouse!

Petra:

Nextly is the image of “Crissy as Rogue at School”, nya! This photo manipulation stars Crissy as the supurr heroine Rogue, who is a member of Marvel Comics’ X-Men team, nya! Crissy did her own hair & make-up, wears the costume made by SetsunaKou & Harukachan http://setsunakou.com, and was originally photographed by an uncredited friend at the New York Comic Con in 2010, nya. For this CG’d version, Mike changed the original photo’s background to the stone wall that he and a friend photographed, and then digitally rendered the Xavier School sign, nya!


Also in Guest Gallery 3 is “Rebecca as Shadowcat”, nya! This is another photo manip by Mike, starring our friend Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com, who was our guest in September 2009′s Mew, nya! Shadowcat’s real name is Katherine “Kitty” Pryde, she is also a member of the X-Men, and her dragon friend is Lockheed, nya! Shadowcat has the power to pass through walls & other solid objects like a ghost, whilst Lockheed can fly & breathe fire, nya!

For this image, Rebecca’s husband took the photo of her posing at home in the regular clothes, and then Mike used Photoshop CS2 & the mouse to digitally render the X-Men costume, Lockheed, and some scenery alterations, nya! They are literally sneaking through her purrents’ house with the secretive purrpose, nya! Purrhaps they are craving the yummy homemade treats, nya! Rogue, Shadowcat and Lockheed are TM & © by Marvel Characters, Inc., nya!

Nyow on display in Gallery 6 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery6.html is Mike’s illustration of “Le Chat Purrowls!”, nya! It depicts Ilyana’s rival Le Chat, the cunning, tough, sexy, agile cat burglar who craves the fines things to purrloin, and in this pic she enjoys the shrimp cocktail at the bar, looking quite captivating in the knotted White shirt with the Black pants & sandals, mew la la, nya!

She got caught after her last capurr, so we hope that she has reformed, nya!

Lastly but not leastly in Gallery 6 is the surpurrise treat for Ilyana as we unveil Mike’s illustration of “Doctor Ilyana, We Pursume?”, which is the Purrple bikini purrtrait of her, nya! We are so purroud of her because she has overcome the hardships to attend the graduate school, where she studies martime history & underwater archaeology, and soon she will receive her doctorate degree, so we have commemorated the achievement with the art, nya! Whatcha think, nya?


Ilyana:

(cries) I am so happy! Waah!

Tara-chan

It is purrpared for, nya! (gives Ilyana the tissue)


Mike:

Ah, well, I’m glad she likes it!

Becca:

She seems overwhelmed by the illustration which certainly captures her purrtraiture & expurression!

Trini-chan:

I also like the appurropurriate touches, such as the flower & bikini that convey her school colors!

Elizabeth:

She did seem to bristle at the Le Chat pic, which captured her elegant yet mischievous dispurrsition!

Nyanko:

If we see Le Chat again I hope she is repentant and not looking to cause any trouble!

Nyoka:

You know, Rogue was a villain who later became a hero!

Jeannie:

So desu.

Yvonne:

Crissy is quite the supurrb Rogue cosplayer, with the beautiful resemblance and the avid spirit, nya!

Mary Nyan:

Crissy is a great artist, cosplayer, model, singer & Sailor Moon fan who writes the delightful con reports!


Bun:

The vivid Green & Yellow spandex costume with the short jacket looks flawlessly faithful to the comics, too!

Jeannie:

The pic of Sailor Moon is bright & colorful, with her mighty, majestic elegance high upon the marble steps.

Petra:

Crissy has the good touch at rendering the shoujo-style characters with the flowy coiffure and couture, nya!

Bun:

The twin tails of hair forming the inverted heart is the cute touch amidst the cosmic radiance! ambience!

Mike:

It was a lot of fun to collaborate on those images, and I think Rebecca is quite stealthy cute in the pic as Kitty!

Yvonne:

I am curious as to what she & Lockheed are up to… and I just noticed her younger purrtrait on the wall, nya!

Mary Nyan:

Rebecca is the great multi-talented artist, cosplayer, pianist, and fiction writer who bakes the yummy treats!

Elizabeth:

Hopefully Kitty & Lockheed will find the treats! I wonder how well he could roast the food with his fire breath?

Becca:

I would not mind the raw treats, especially the sushi platter! Oh I bet that seal pup would like a fish too!


Nyoka:

That is such the adorable widdle White seal pup, nya! Megan is the great versatile artist & designer!

Tara-chan:

Kawaii, nya! I want… I want to have the pet seal, nya!

Trini-chan:

I have seen the sociable seals & sea lions around the piers & the rocks, but they are still the wildlife!

Ilyana:

(sniff) Although, Dessy trained Ruru-chan to be the top search & rescue manatee of the surf purrtrol!

Jeannie:

That is the good point, however, the different factor is that Dessy has the mermaid’s advantage.


Nyanko:

It would be the big responsibility, even if Purrk Ranger B.B would purrmit the Seal pet!

Yvonne:

It is tough enough to keep our cats away from the fishing bait, nya!

Nyanko:

Oh oh, we have stray-catted off the topic!

Trini-chan:

Back to the arts!

Nyoka:

Speaking of the cats, Marcus so awesomely draws the people, mecha, scenery and the critters!

Becca:

I love that pic of Cassiopeia reading the books! She is such the smart, charming, heroic kitty!

Mary Nyan:

I was glad to hear the good mews that there will be more issues of the Hero Cats of Stellar City!

Elizabeth:

Hai, we gave the high purraise to Hero Cats #0, and hope that it will be the huge success!


Petra:

We are fortunate to have such art in the mewseum and glad that Ilyana likes her purrtrait, nya!


Ilyana:

(cries) Waah!

Tara-chan:

The tissues, nya!

Mike:

Thank y’all for presenting the new art!

Petra:

Doitashimaste, nya!

Bun:

Nyow it is time for

Our reports on Heroes Convention 2014 and

the Raleigh Toy, Hobby & SportsCard Show!


Ilyana:

Heroes Convention http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon is North Carolina’s biggest convention, which is directed by Shelton Drum, the owner of  the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comics shop on the mainland in Charlotte! That is several hours away from here, but we had the fun carpools  with the snacks as we met several friends along the way for the caravan! This was the 32nd year of the convention which occurred on June 20-21st at the Charlotte Convention Center and at the purrticipating hotels, but this time we only attended on that Friday.

Jeannie:

It is the joyful tradition for the thousands of fans there for the family – friendly fun along with the hundreds of guests, artists, publishers, exhibitors & dealers, with the purresentations, discussion panels, workshops & compurrtitions. When we arrived into the Piedmont area of the mainland, which includes cities such as Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, High Point & Winston Salem, we rendezvoused with several friends such as ob1, Pacozord, Chef Ron, Winter Wolf, George & “Boston” John,  and later met other friends at the con.

Becca:

After the 2nd breakfast stop for the bacon and the sausages, we pleasantly purroceeded on to Charlotte at the good clip with the light traffic & clear skies. We found the parking spots in the nearby pay lot, and once inside the Convention Center the long line moved rather expurrditiously! There was a huge line to get in, but they have lots of booths to quickly sell tickets! The convention center staff & Shelton’s team are always quite cordial, brisk & helpful! We descended from the lobby to the main bay and spurread out to our purrioritized destinations!

Bun:

Hai, we each had the different objectives such as the autographs, mingling & shopping, but I spent most of my time at the con visiting with the artists & authors  such as Mark Schultz, Charles Vess, Wayne Vansant, Richard Case, Randy Green, Bob McLeod, Clay & Susan Griffith, Lauren Sparks, Kerry Ann Thompson, Sarah Dill, Georges Jeanty, Tom Heintjes, Megan Porch, Marcus Williams & Kyle Puttkammer, and it was good to see our past guests such as Jim Amash & Eric Nolen-Weathington! Ob1 got to meet Berni Wrightson, too!


Yvonne:

Arthur Adams had the long line of fans, nya! There were  several hundred authors, artists, editors & publishers along half of the big bay, with the many exhibitors on the other half, nya! Those included the schools, services, charities, organizations, podcasters and the dealers, who sold the comics, original art, purrints, posters, DVDs, toys, shirts, fashion accessories, costume parts, art supplies & collecting supplies, nya! There were especially good bargains on hardcover & trade papurrback graphic novels, art books & repurrints, nya!

Elizabeth:

By the stage for demonstrations and Sunday’s costume contest was displayed much of the art destined for the big art auction, which is one of the biggest main events held at the Westin Hotel across the street, but that was on Saturday night so we missed it this year. Since we were only there  for the Friday fun, it was the hypurr fast hours as we all had so much to cram into it the time, including the lunch time at the food court on the 2nd floor, where there were also the ballrooms for the many discussions, workshops & presentations!


Mary Nyan:

Among the cosplay groups were the Carolina Garrison of 501st Stormtroopers, the Carolina Ghostbusters, and the Klingon Assault Group! They had the neat displays for the photo ops, and there were also the fan made replicas of the Speeder Bike, the droids, the Ghostbusters Ecto car, and the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine van! The Friday at the con does not tend to be as crowded as the Saturday, but there were still thousands of folks of all ages, genders, orientations & ethnicities, including the hundreds of cosplayers!

Nyanko:

Some of my favorite male costumes included Batman, Captain America, Deadpool, Doctor Fate, Indiana Jones, Kraven, The Rag Doll, The Riddler, Scooby Doo’s Freddy, Shazam, Spider-Man, Superman & Wolverine! There was also the great group of The Flash’s villains, the several types of Star Wars troopurrs, the numerous Doctor Who costumes, Mass Effect’s Tali’Zorah & Krogan, Attack on Titan; and one of my favoritest costumes was the very authentic – looking Jun the Swan of the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman group!

Nyoka:

Among my favorite female costumes were Barbara Gordon, Black Canary, Black Cat, Black Widow, Carol Danvers, Velma Dinkley, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, The Huntress, Storm, Super Girl, Wonder Woman… and I think I saw Rachel from Ninja Gaiden as we were leaving! It would have been nice to stay there longer, but there was much on our plate for the weekend, and we are grateful that we are able to attend such festivities! The return trip was smooth and well-timed without any drama, traffic delays, or long waiting for the suppurrs!

Petra:

That same weekend of June 21 & 22 some of the friends had tables at the Toy, Hobby & Sports Card Show sponsored by Inside Pitch http://www.insidepitchpromotions.com at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, nya! That purrticular show is not nearly as big as the con, but it is the pleasant event with free parking at the fairgrounds where the weekly flea market was also going on, nya! Although there were no cosplayers, there food trucks & carts, and lots of folks walking their dogs of various breeds on the lovely weekend of the Summer Solstice, nya!

Trini-chan:

This particular toy show itself had maybe 200 tables, comprised of perhaps 1/2 toys & 1/2 sports collectibles. These included the many action figures, cars, trains, dolls, plushies, ornaments, games, comic books, antique metal toys, cards, autographed items & NASCAR items! Among the toys there were were plenty of the Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, WWE, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Master of the Universe, Power Rangers, Hot Wheels and Barbie, plus the bit of My Little Pony, Beanie Babies, Japanese anime & British sci fiction toys!


Mike:

There’s usually a good variety of old & new toys, from the pricier vintage & scarce items that are still in the original box or mint on the card, to the bins of less expensive items that have been clearly  played with a lot! Sunday was not as busy as Saturday, but most of the dealers knew each other, and even when there was a lull in the crowd, it was fun to hang out and chat about hobby stuff!

Tara-chan:

Hai there is always something interesting going on there, between the weekend flea market, the concerts at Dorton Arena, the shows in the various other exhibition buildings, the Horse Complex, and – and the outdoor activities at the wooded end of the fair grounds by the pond, nya! I am hoping that we can go back to there in the Autumn for the North Carolina State Fair, the Greek Festival, the Pagan Pride event, more of the toy shows, and – and the EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL, NYA!

(the distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the butterfly)

The Cat Lady Sings…

Yvonne:

TARA-CHAN— NYA!

Trini-chan:

Heehee there she goes again! Oh I wanna view the insect too!


Becca:

 

A least her hobby serves the photographic arts and the natural sciences!

Elizabeth:

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

Bun:

We wish to thank Megan, Marcus, Crissy, SetsunaKou, Rebecca & her husband for the artistry!


Ilyana:

Pacozord, Chef Ron & ob1 for leading the caravans to the cons & shows on the mainland!

Tara-chan:

(returns) I am back, and – and I want… I want to thank John for the pony toy, nya!


Nyoka:

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

Nyanko

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

Petra:

… the rest of our friends, families & our kind audience for all of their support, nya!

Jeannie:

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

Mary Nyan:

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

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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