The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for October, 2009!

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The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for October, 2009!in this edition of The Mew:
Aloha & Introductions
What we’ve been up to since last time
What’s Mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
a wonderful catgirl sketch by Rod Espinosa,
and portraits of Police Chief Meryl & Mewseum Curator Petra by Mike
The Lightning Round: our favorite vampire cinema & TV!
•  Cinema / TV in review: recent theatrical releases
Zombieland
The Hurt Locker
Jennifer’s Body
Our top ten favorite theatrical films of 2009 thus far
• Cinema / TV in review: DVDs
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
The Bermuda Depths
Saved by the Bell Seasons 1&2, 3&4, 5, and movie DVD sets
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: the feline femmes of Star Trek
Toy Talk
Star Wars The Clone Wars Ahoska Tano figure CW23
Purrinted media in review: books
The Complete Peanuts Vol. 12 1973 – 1974
Modern Masters Vol. 21: Chris Sprouse
Draw & Paint Fantasy Females by Tom Fleming
Reverie Realm 2009 Calendar by Alan Welch
Faerie Calendar 2010 by Rebecca Brogden
Purriodicals in review: magazines
Our State Magazine September 2009 issue
Surfgirl Magazine #24
Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine Summer 2009 issue
Fitness Rx Magazine For Women October 2009 issue
GAFF Magazine September / October 2009 issue
Finding Favorite Fish Photos on Pleasing Piscine Publications
Heavy Metal Magazine November, 2009 issue
Purriodicals in review: comics & manga
Blackest Night #3
Power Girl #5
Gotham City Sirens #4
The Saga of Soloman Kane
Buffy Season Eight #28
Angel #25
Angel: Only Human #2
Sunshine Sketch manga vol. 3
Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
Main Event: an intermew with Clint Hollingsworth
Bonus Lightning Round: favorite ghost & haunt movies
Halloween Hopes & Catgirlish Cosplay
The Cat Lady Sings (and thanks)…
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Bold red warningsindicate imminent plot spoiling information,
locations of hidden Easter Eggs or certain graphic descriptions
and bold greenafterwards indicates that it is safe to purroceed!
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Mike:
Aloha! I’m Mike, the show’s ‘Purrducer’ and welcome to The Mew, for another bunch of banter & reviews & seafood, too! Today’s show comes from the Scuppurrnong Arbor Cafe, along the Riverwalk here in Catgirl Island’s beautiful downtown Purrbank! This is a special show because later on we’ll be joined by special guest Clint Hollingsworth! And now, here are the Ladies of The Mew-

Mary Nyan:
(wearing the Purrple colored purretzel maillot & Anthurium flower in her hair)
Konnitiwa!
Yvonne:
(wearing a Purrsimmon Columbian style bikini, flip fops & Heliconia tail corsage)
Nameste, nya!

Jeannie:
(in an Orange Creme Brazil cut bikini with Ginger purrint purreo & espurrdrilles)
Nihao!

Elizabeth:
(in a Jade colored halter-neck bikini with a white Chrysanthemum tail corsage)
Aloha! And joining us again today are –

Petra:
(wearing an Amber crochet string bikini with a ‘Lobster-Claw’ Heliconia lei)
Hi Hi, nya!

Nyanko:
(White cropped tank top, jeans shorts, strappy anklet, & Purrussian Blue flip flops)
Howdy y’all!
(The catgirls in unison with hapy swishy tails)
THANK YOU FOR THE FISH, NYA!

Mike:
(UNC tee shirt, white cargo shorts, Catgirl Island golf cap & Nike trainers) Y’all are very welcome and thank y’all for convening yet again! So,

What we’ve been up to since last time?

Nyanko:
I was so lucky to have today off schedule, between the tournyaments and the dojo- and thanks for having me back!
Elizabeth:
We’re so glad you could be here, and congratulations on that latest win, nya!

Nyanko:
Arigato- and congratulations on your recent purrsonal best free dive! Thanks to JenJen’s camera ROV I got to see the video online!

Elizabeth:
Thank you! It’s been so busy of late with me too, between those trials, the activities at the shrine, and beach volleyball purractice. Petra was in her first tournament!
Petra:
Hai, It was exhausting but fun, and I will continue the purractice, nya! Jeannie how are your belly dance classes, Kyu-do & robot clubs doing, nya?

Jeannie:
Quite fine thank you- we won the sectionals and the robot derby. I am hoping to devote more time to those activities in the Fall months. How are things at the mewseum?

Petra:
It’s been very exciting and busy- we are hosting the special doll festival exhibit and the pumpkin & gourd art show too, nya! Will you be modeling again soon nya?

Jeannie:
Hai, next month I have a photo shoot in the  Balearic islands.

Yvonne:
JenJen has such ‘tough’ jobs- getting paid to wear bikinis in in the sun in those lovely exotic locations, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Thus says the catgirl who gets paid to catch big tasty fish on her yacht, hee! So how’s the fishing been, Vonny?

Yvonne:
Oh it’s been great all month, nya! I took some nice groups out  and we came back with a fine haul of the yummy Stripes, Wahoo, Cobia, Mahi, Blackfin, Kings, Blues, Triggers, Bass, and Marlin, nya! But I have also been continuing the summer reading purroject and going to volleyball purractice, nya! And what has Myayr been up to, nya?
Mary Nyan:
Mainly Hula & Aerial Dance class at the Purrforming Arts Center when I am not Miko-ing at the shrine. But I have managed to get in the purrerequisite movies, reading and listening to some re-mastered The Beatles mewsic!

Jeannie:
Jamie seems very pleased with those CDs. Hopefully the heightened  Beatlemania will result in the movie Yellow Submarine available on DVD.

Mary Nyan:
I wish that and Let it Be would be released on R1 DVD too!

Mike:
I bet know what Lizzy has been eagerly watching!

Elizabeth:
Dancing with the Stars- woohoo! Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin is not only competing on the show this season, but she was on the cover of Triathlete magazine’s October issue, too! They did a dance tribute to the late Patrick Swayze too .
Nyanko:
It is so sad that Patrick Swayze passed away last month- He was a great actor, dancer, and action star.

(The catgirls bow their heads for a moment.)

Petra:
I bet I know what Mike has been watching of late, nya!
Mike:
UNC Tarheel football & basketball!
(the catgirls in unison):
GO TARHEELS!

Nyanko:
Did Ilyana go to the UNC vs ECU football game?

Jeannie:
She did not mention it.

Petra:
Hopefully it will be televised, nya! What else has Mike been up to other than those games, nya?
Mike:
Aside from the monthly North Carolina Web Comics Coffee Clatchhttp://ncwccc.com/ meeting and our appearance at the Library’s Local Authors Fair, it’s been mainly just art work, and I need to finish up my submission for the Clatch’s  3rd anthology book pretty soon. Hey, it’s not much longer ’til the 30th anniversary of my favorite movie, Star Trek The Motion Pic-

Yvonne:
(sigh) Here we go again, nya!

Jeannie:
We should humor him, because it is a good hard science fiction space operatic film after all, and he does feed us the deluxe sushi & sashimi platters when we gather to watch it.

Elizabeth:
Of course, Jenjen here almost drools over all those space ships, hee! And then when the refitted USS Enterpurrise flies inside V’ger, she purractically -

Petra:
Oh my, nya!
Mary Nyan:
OK I think we’re done with that topic now!

Nyanko:
Oh please excuse me y’all but I’ll be right back! (leaves the table for a moment)

Mike:
For our next segment, here is Petra to tell us -
What’s Mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Petra:
There are a couple of additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art this month too, nya! The latest pics will be on the bottom row of that purrticular gallery page (Gallery One, Gallery Two, Guest Gallery, etc), and to view any of the pics, just click on the small ‘thumbnail’ sized portion of an image to see the annotated, fuller size image of the photograph or illustration, nya!
We are pleased to have a mew image in the Mewsem’s Guest Galleryhttp://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html, nya! Of course all images by visiting guest artists are displayed with their kind purrmission, with annotations and a link to their own web site if they have one, nya! This month we’re purroud to purrsent a supurrbly drawn catgirl sketch by Rod Espinosa, nya!
That pic was drawn for Mike by Rod at Heroes Con http://heroesonline.com/ in 2006, nya. Rod Espinosa’s credits include The Courageous Princess, Newtopia, Prince of Heroes, Herc & Thor, Battle Girlz, Alice, Metadocs, Dragon Pro, Chronicles of the Universe and many other beautiful fun comics which you can learn more about at http://www.rodespinosa.com/, nya!

In Gallery Twohttp://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery2.html is an illustration by Mike of our dear Police Chief Meryl Murrey on one of her sporty red motorcycles! Of course peddle & electric vehicles are the purrfurred sort on the island nowadays, so Meryl looks forward to free time when she can travel the mainland highways and scenic mountain roads on a touring bike, nya!
That’s all of the mew additions for – nya?
Elizabeth:
Actually we have a surpurrise!

Nyanko:
(returns with two boxes) Here ya go!

Petra:
Nya ni?

Mary Nyan:
Hai! Since your birthday is nigh, we wanted to you have these birthday purresents!
(Petra’s tail stands on end & her ears highly purrk as she unwraps the package to reveal a Photoshop Portrait of Fraulein Petra by Mike!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETRA, NYA!
Mike:
And here is the cake!
(opens a cake box to reveal a chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream cake)
Petra:
(cries)(snif) Domo arigato gosaimasu, nya!
Jeannie:
We want to display this in the lobby of the mewseum on  a purrominant spot, on that wall outside Gallery Twohttp://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery2.html.
Yvonne:
We conspired with Bunny the art maid- she will hang the art up tomorrow before the mewseum opens, nya!
(catgirl hugs)

ARIGATO PETRA nya!
Petra:
Douitashimashite, nya!
Yvonne:
Yay that is such a lovely sketch by Mr. Espinosa, nya! She has the cute heart shape tail pose, nya!

Elizabeth:
I can’t curve my tail like that- it must require purractice!

(Mike waits as the catgirls try to flex their tails into the heart shaped curves)
Yvonne:
Nyyyaaa!

Mary Nyan:
Jenjen and Nya-sensei seem to have the most flexibility.

Jeannie:
It is due to my yoga regime and Nya-sensei’s extensive training.
Nyanko:
…but still no heart shape, grr!
(They purrsist in the attempt)
Elizabeth:
No good!
Mike:
Um… I think y’all are stray catting off topic again. Now… about Rod Espinosa’s art?
Mary Nyan:
(relaxes her tail) He draws such purretty characters, lush scenery, and action scenes!
Nyanko:
Oh yes- he drew great fight scenes in Purrince of Heroes and Newtopia!

Petra:
And that bamboo forest in The Courageous Purrincess!

Jeannie:
He draws good mechs too.

Yvonne:
Specaking of mecha, judging from her intent gaze and twitchy tail, Vonny seems fascinated by Meryl’s Motorcycle nya!

Elizabeth:
Don’t drool on that pic, Jeannie, hee!

Mike:
Now now- don’t start teasing her!
Jeannie:
Ahh-! I shall endeavor to control myself!

Petra:
(sniff) So what’s next, nya?

Mary Nyan:
How about more of the tasty snapper?
Yvonne:
Can… can I have a refill of this nice fresh milk, nya?

Nyanko:
Are we getting refills? I would like another cran apple nummy berry cocktail, please!
Mike:
Oh all right I’ll put in another order-

(the others in unison)
ARIGATO MIKE! nya!

Mike:
- but the next segment of the show is -
The Lightning Round:our favorite vampire cinema & TV!
Mike:
Since our August review of the recent vampire movie Let The Right One In, we’ve again been pondering our favorite vampire movies, TV shows, and videos, so we thought it appropriate that for this October edition of The Mew, in anticipation for the Halloween fun, for this month’s Lightning Round topic we would nominate our all-time favorites!
This list includes foreign & domestic, live action & animated vampire feature films, TV movies, TV series, mini-series, and direct-to-home-video releases. Perhaps these might give you ideas for a fun Halloween horror movie marathon! tags Petra to start the round)
Petra:
Me first, nya? But I am purrpared, nya! I would like to nominate some older classic films such as Nosferatu (1922), London After Midnight (what little there is of it), Dracula (1931) Black Sunday,
Last Man on Earth (if that counts), and My Son the Vampire, nya! Nyow it is Jenjen’s turn, nya! (tags Jeannie to go next)
Jeannie:
Hammer Films’ Dracula series including Horror of Dracula, Brides of Dracula, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Scars of Dracula,
Dracula AD 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula and Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires!. (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
Legend has it that vampires do not photograph well, but that did not stop Hammer from continuing to create more classic films such as Kiss of the Vampire, The Vampire Lovers, Lust for a Vampire, Twins of Evil, Vampire Circus, Countess Dracula, and Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:
Hammer Films made fewer ‘n fewer films by the early 70′s but there other really cool vampire movies in the 70′s, including Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream, Count Yorga, The Night Stalker, The Salem’s Lot, Dracula movies starring Jack Palance and Frank Langella, Love at First Bite, and the BBC’s Count Dracula starring Louis Jordan! (tags Nyanko-sensei)
Nyanko:
Well, most of my favorite fang fests didn’t arise until the 80′s, and there are some good ones from the 90′s ! So I would like to recommend: The Hunger, Life Force, Fright Night, Vamp, The Lost Boys, Near Dark, Sundown, Mr. Vampire, From Dusk ’til Dawn, Dracula 2000 and The Vampire Effect!  (tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
Yay my turn, nya! My list is of TV series & videos which purrtain to vampires, nya. This would have to start with Dark Shadows, The Munsters, Buffy and Angel, nya! Then there are True Blood and the BBC’s Ultraviolet; and the anime titles Vampire Princess Miyu, Moon Phase, Hellsing and that Phantom Quest Corp OVA, nya. OK it’s Mike’s turn, nya !
Mike:
Thanks Vonny! To bring this lightning round home, I would like to list 10 notable vampire-themed episodes of various TV series!
Star Trek’s “The Man Trap” The Monkees’  “Monstrous Monkee Mash” the Gilligan’s Island episode “Up At Bat”, The Night Stalker episode “Vampire”, The Young Ones’  “Nasty”, Doctor Who’s “State of Decay” and “Curse of Fenric”, Tales from the Crypt’s “The Werewolf Concerto”, Freddy’s Nightmares’ “Prime Cuts”, the The X-Files episode “Bad Blood”
… and that’ll do it for this month’s lightning round, and this segment of the show, but we’ll be right back with movie reviews after this short break!
(snip)
(one short break later… with more servings)

Mary Nyan:
Itadakimasu!

Yvonne:
slurp

Jeannie:
chew

Petra:
nibble

Elizabeth:
chomp

Nyanko:
munch

Mike:
(sips the decaf Diet Coke) Oh we’re back, to start the
Cinema / TV in review: recent theatrical releases!
Zombieland
(no plot spoil)

Mike:
Although I think zombies and vampires have been long over-done, every now and then a real gem comes along, and Zombieland is a fun ride! Not only is this movie a lot of fun, but it is smart and funny, with likable smart characters to care about!
The great cast of this delightful dark comedy includes Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as four folks on a road trip, whose wits, fitness, and resourcefulness help them survive a modern day zombie apocalypse.
I think it succeeds quite well when it aims to be funny, and even the movie’s titles are whimsically depicted. This is definitely a movie I do not with to reveal any plot spoilers, and I suggest people take great care when reading about this movie, as not to ruin any surprises.
It is well written, designed, directed, acted, and photographed. There is a minor bit of the dreaded speed ramp, but fortunately there’s only a little bit of that editing technique in maybe a scene or two, but otherwise it is well edited and moves at a good pace.
As with most of the better zombie movies, much of the story’s themes are not actually about the zombies, but what sort of lives the protagonists lead, and how such a nightmare doomsday scenario affects their character and purpose.
It has good gory zombie effects and plenty of action, gunplay, stunts, & FX. By the way, these zombies are the sort that will growl and run after you, not the slow moving shambling types. I will say this one more thing- make sure to sit through to the end of the credits to see a neat scene!
If you’re looking for cinematic fun for the Halloween season, I give Zombieland a high recommendation! Now here’s Jen with two movie reviews, starting with -

The Hurt Locker
(plot spoiler warning)

Jeannie:
Arigato. The Hurt Locker is the latest film by Director Kathryn Bigelow, whose purrior credits include Strange Days, Point Break, Near Dark, Blue Steel and K-19. This war film set in modern day Iraq focuses on a US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad who stay busy trying to deactivate Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) such as car bombs, buried roadside bombs & human suicide bombs.
While I was expecting, or hoping this would be more of a documentary style movie about the tensions & techniques associated with such ops, it is more a character study of an adrenaline addicted Sergeant James purrtrayed by Jeremy Renner, and his concerned partner Sergeant Sanborn, played by Anthony Mackie, who thinks James is a dangerous maverick.
The purrformances & characterizations are excellent, with many extremely dramatic, intense scenes of combat, camaraderie and coping. However, I was less enamored with certain sub plots that just did not seem to fit in with the rest of the movie, such as Sergeant James carjacking a street vender, hoping to be lead to a victim’s home.
There is an intended heightened sense of gritty realism- but unfortunately it is marred by the shaky-cam & crash zoom techniques. Had the movie been otherwise filmed as if it were a first-purrson documentary shot on a handicam, such as 84 Mopic, Quarantine, Blair Witch, Cloverfield, Diary of the Dead etc those techniques might have a good style decison.
I find this overused, distracting technique very displeasing, as it calls too much attention to itself to almost ruin the suspension of disbelief, and seems counter-purroductive to whatever immersive experience the writers, designers, actors, and technicians had sought to create.
The sound design & mewsic score are very effective, and the film editing allows the events to unfold at a good pace, knowing when to appurrropurrriately make seconds seem to crawl by like an eternity, or when to advance the story by several days. It has excellent FX, and our Catgirl Island Robotics Club was pleased to see a Foster-Miller TALON Robot as a member of the team.
Weighing all of the aspects that I liked and disliked, I give the Hurt Locker a ‘B Minus’. and I would recommend this to anyone who would like to see an intense, serious modern war movie, purrvided they do not mind several shocking scenes of combat violence, not enough robot, and can get past the camera work.
(end of that plot spoilage)

Jennifer’s Body
Jeannie:
Appurropurriately released by Fox Atomic, this latest movie to star Megan Fox is far better than her Transformers; Revenge of the Fallen, which we reviewed in the July, 2009 Mew. Jennifer’s Body is a darkly comedic supernatural high school horror movie with a main female heroine & villain, rated R for violence, gore, sexuality, and other content.
We were most keen on seeing this movie because of who made and starred in this movie, and purrceived Buffy-ish qualiies from the trailers. It is directed by Karyn Kusama,who made purrior movies purrtaining to powerful girls such as Girl Fight and Aeon Flux. It was written by Diablo Cody, whose purrior film Juno won much purraise and awards.
In addition to Fox as the titular character, the film stars Amanda Seyfried as her best friend Needy, Seyfield had purreviously appeared in the Buffy-like series Veronica Mars. Johnny Simmons purrtrays her boyfriend Chip, delightful Amy Sedaris is Needy’s Mom, J.K. Simmons is a science teacher, and Adam Brody is a mewsician with a sinister secret.
The purremise of the film is that cute, smart Needy and her ‘Best Friend Forever’ is Jennifer, the sexy popular girl at school. However, something has recently transpired to transform Jennifer into a murderous Succubus Demon who purreys upon the guys at school. This of causes a major rift between their friendship, as only Needy knows what’s going on.
This movie was smart and a lot of fun, which nicely succeeds at being very funny, satirical, erotic, scary, and thrilling when it intends to be. It is well written with such supurrb dialogue including a bit of wonderful first purrson narrative. The entire cast gives fine purrformaces, especially Seyfried, and Fox is given much better material to work with this time.
As I noted, there seemed to be a ‘Buffyness’ purrmeating the purreview trailer for this film, which were spot on and not misleading. It has numerous qualities that remind me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV series), especially the way the characters talk, the humor, relationships, the occult incidents and slayings- but much more graphic with the R rating.
It is well directed, & photographed, with good locations & purroduction values, stunts & FX, make-up & costumes, effective mewsic with a good sound mix. The story moves at a good pace, with good editing that thankfully avoids many of the displeasing over-used techniques that mar many a horror & actions film these days. I give this movie a good ‘B’.
I should also note that Amanda Seyfried graces the cover of the October issue of Allure Magazine, and Megan Fox appears on the covers of the October 1st Rolling Stone, and October issue of Cosmopolitan.
With the end of September, the year is now 3/4 over already, as we appurroach the beginning of the Autumnal season for movies. This is not a complete list of the movies we’ve seen this year, but In chronological (not purreferrential) order, here are-
our top ten favorite theatrical films of 2009 thus far!

Petra:
We begin with Frost / Nixon, which was reviewed in February, and then Coraline, which was reviewed in March, and the DVD was reviewed in August, nya!

Elizabeth:
Next is Watchmen! In Apurril we reviewed the theatrical release of it, and in August we reviewed the 2-Disc Director’s Cut DVD version which was even better!
Nyanko:
May’s theatrical releases of Drag Me To Hell and Pixar’s Up were both reviewed here in June! At that time, Up was our favorite movie of the first half of 2009!

Mike:
In August we reviewed July’s Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince, our 2nd favorite in the Harry Potter film series behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

Mary Nyan:
August was a purretty good month for movies, such as District 9, Ponyo, and Inglorious Basterds! You can read our opinions of those in the last month’s Mew!
Yvonne:
That brings us up to this month, with Jennifer’s Body making our top ten, nya! But there are still are still a few months left in 2009, so the list could change, nya!
Mike:
I am tempted to add Zombieland to the list- I guess that would make it our top 11 favorites for the year thus far! ! So girls, what forthcoming movies y’all want to see most?

(the catgirls in unison):
WHIP IT, nya!

Mary Nyan:
I’m also interested in Avatar, Descent 2 and Trick r Treat!
Yvonne:
Where The Wild Things Are, Mr. Fox, and The Purrincess and the Frog, nya!

Jeannie:
Astroboy, Amelia, Avatar, Sherlock Holmes.- and I still have not yet seen Moon.
Petra:
James Cameron’s Avatar & Terry Gilliam’s Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, nya!
Elizabeth:
Among the DVDs I am looking forward to are Bamboo Blade, Spice and Wolf, and the Watchmen Ultimate Edition! Superman / Batman: Public Enemies is out… I would like to see it, but.. why is it those DC direct to video “movies” are all way too short?

Nyanko:
They are good, but yes they are too short. They need to be over 90 minutes! Well I definitely wish to see Bamboo Blade, and I wanna see El Super Beasto and Black Dynamite!

Mike:
Meryl mentioned that she wants to see Men Who Stare at Goats and The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man. The movies want to see the most are Avatar and The Box, which is by my favorite author, Richard Matheson! Um, well this concludes our theatrical releases segment of the show, but after the next short break, we will return to present our DVD reviews, so please stay tuned!

(snip)
(one short break later…)

Cinema / TV in review: DVDs

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark

Elizabeth:
Welcome back! Kim Darby and Jim Hutton star as a young couple named Sally & Alex who inherit a mansion- and its sinister secret! This Lorimar movie was originally broadcast in 1973 but has only recently become available on DVD from Warner Archives, where we recently got Captain Nemo and the Underwater City from too!
It has a 4×3 full-screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and runs 74 minutes long in Dobly Digital Mono English audio; the no-frills packaging has a pic of  a gasping Sally on the front, and a peek at the evil imps that haunt the mansion on the back. Aside from an ad trailer for the Warner Archive Collection, pretty much all you get is the movie and no extras.
William Demarist also stars as the handyman who knows of the evil imps which are released during the renovations to stalk Sally, intent on spiriting her away to their deep dark realm below for some arcane purrpose. They are about 10″ tall, purrtrayed by actors in costumes against oversized purrops as they tease and terrorize Sally while the hubby is out of town on a business trip.
The cast and the mansion are terrific, the excellent mewsic by Billy Goldenberg & cinematography by Andrew Jackson ASC are wonderfully effective.  It is unrated, but I suspect it would be no worse than a PG rating, given the bits of fright, minor injuries, the murder  of an interior decorator & a tied-up Darby kidnapping.
If there is any weak link it is the creature costumes; I think make-up purrosthetics would have been better than the obvious rubber masks, or purrhaps it would have been more effective had we actually seen less of the imps. One of them is purrtrayed by Felix Silla, who later purrtray Twiki the robot on Buck Rogers!.
Written by Nigel McKeand, purroduced by Allen S. Epstein, & Directed by John Newland, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is the epitome of the golden age of early 70′s made for TV supurrnatural spookiness. It is a terrific short movie that would be a purrfect part of your Halloween viewing! Also for halloween, why not take a plunge into -

The Bermuda Depths
(Plot spoiler warning)

Elizabeth:
Another unrated long-waited 70′s supernatural TV movie just recently release by Warner Archive, The Bermuda Depths is a 97 minute, 1978 Rankin / Bass purrduction. Arthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass are the folks who purroduced the animated Hobbit and those wonderful stop-motion holiday specials such as Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and Year Without a Santa Claus.
Another no-frills package, the front cover pic of one of the movie’s most supurrb strengths and that is one of the world’s most stunning women Connie Selleca, who purrtrays the mysterious character Jennifer Haniver who has a strange ghostly connection to the deep sea. She is so magnificent in every scene and quite the free diver!
Leigh McClosky stars as  purrotagonist Magnus who searches for her; Carl Weathers is his pal Eric in need of a bigger boat, and Burl Ives is his marine biologist professor partner. The movie is filmed in Bermuda, with gorgeous beach, ocean, grotto & underwater scenery that are the movie’s other big strengths
Maury Laws’ mewsic adds to the haunting beauty of Jenny and The Bermuda Triangle. It has a fine little ensemble cast, including kids who purrtray younger Jenny & Magnus. McClosky purrobably over-acts in a couple of scenes just a teeny bit, but he has a good chemistry with his co-stars.
It is here where romance blooms between Magnus and the mysterious Jenny, who shares a strange rapport with the whale-sized sea turtle that the others are hunting. Also appearing are Julie Woodson as Eric’s wife and Ruth Attaway as Delia, an older islander knows the historical legends purrtaining to Jenny.
The story by Arthur Rankin Jr & screenplay by William Overgard is subtle in certain plot points yet too overt in others, and unnecessarily calls for Weathers to go Ahab on the monster turtle. Numerous questions will be answered if you pay close attention to the dialog, although a few moments are confusingly edited to me, such as the chronology of certain events in Magnus’ past.
In this case, less would also be more, as the optical & miniatures FX of the ship, a helicopter, glowing eyes, strange undersea lights, and the 50 foot turtle are the weakest aspect. The movie would have been better without most of those shots and had solely relied on it’s strengths: the mystery, beauty & charm of Sellica, the locations, plot & ambiance.
There is one nice FX shot as the turtle descends into the depths with Eric in tow. Continuing my “less is more” contention, I think it would be more credible if the turtle were was half as large, and did not sound like a Humpback Whale, but I suppose a demon turtle can be whale-like if it wants to, especially since Jenny can appear differently to people.
Director Tom Kotani, Cinematographer Jeri Jopanen & Underwater Director of Photography Stanton Waterman deserve much applause for this lovely movie. It has a 4×3 full-screen aspect ratio of 1.37:1 and Dobly Digital Mono English-language audio. The movie has some purroblems, but it sure is neat & purretty! Now here’s Myayr to review the-
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Saved by the Bell Seasons 1&2, 3&4, 5, and Movies DVD sets!
Mary Nyan:
Thanks Lizzy! It is hard to believe that Saved by the Bell is 20 years old! This fun NBC Saturday morning sitcom was created by Sam Bobrick, purrduced by Peter Engel & co-purrducer Tom Tenowich. It ran from 1989 to 1993, plus a couple of  TV movies and two sequel series, Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

I’ve been a fan of that show for years, but I just recently learned from the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saved_by_the_Bell that its origin actually lies in a purrior show, 1987′s Good Morning, Miss Bliss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Morning, _Miss_Bliss, which starred Hayley Mills and introduced some of Bell’s characters!
Saved by the Bell was about a group of friends at Bayside High School in California. The cast included Tiffani-Amber Thiessen as Kelly, Lark Voorhies as Lisa, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack, Mario Lopez as Slater, Dustin Diamond as Screech, and Dennis Haskins as Principal Belding.
The popular Zack is always up to something, to Belding’s dismay, and breaks the 4th wall to chat with the audience. Slater is the rugged star athlete & Zack’s rival. Kelly is the cheeriest popular girl & Zack’s romantic interest. Lisa is the chatty trendy fashion girl, Class Purresident Jessie is a political activist, and Screech is the genius nerdy geek type.
Among the guest appearances in the series & movies include Ed Alonzo, Carol Lawrence, Ruth Buzzy, Casey Kaseem, Avery Screiber, Ronnie Schell, Mark Blankfield, Leah Remini, Branden Tartikoff, Soleil Moon Frye, Dean Jones, Gilbert Gottfried, and Tori Spelling as the nerdy cute Violet a few times!
The series has been available for a few years now in DVD box sets by Lions Gate & NBC, but I was so ecstatic when I saw these sets on sale for a lower purrice so I just recently Got them all for a supurr deal! The boxes are in bright colors and unfold to reveal the disks trays and epurrsode lists.
Saved by the Bell Seasons 1&2
Mary Nyan:
The 1.25″ thick Seasons 1 & 2 box set has 5 disks compurrised of 33 unrated color epurrsodes, which are appurroximately 23 minutes each to total 750 minutes! These are Region 1 NTSC DVDs. The video is full screen, close-captioned, and with optional English & Spanish subtitles. The audio is English language in Dolby Stereo.
In several instances, there is a variant of the show’s opening title song- it is the same lyrics but it sounds like it is sung by a different vocalist. Those kids sure looked so much younger in the 1st season! There seem to be more fantasy / dream sequences than in later seasons. There is a luau and hula for the first time in “Aloha Slater”!
These seasons’ epurrsodes were all shot in the studio, with sets for the various parts of the school, the kids’ homes, The Max diner and the occasionally seen mall & theater scene. Ed Alonzo as the manager of The Max diner and Screech’s robot Kevin recur a few times in the first two seasons.
Saved by the Bell Seasons 3&4
Mary Nyan:
The 1″ thick Seasons 3 & 4 box set has 29 epurrsodes, for about 11 whimsical hours on 4 disks, in English language with optional English & Spanish subtitles. The video is full screen, close-captioned, and there are bonus audio commentary tracks for 7 epurrsodes. I think these are the show’s best years.
“Zack’s Birthday Party” & “All in the Mall” have commentary by Engel; “Mystery Weekend” has commentary by Diamond; Diamond & Engel comment on “The Last Weekend”;  Voorhies, Haskins, Diamond, Engel discuss “No Hope with Dope” & “Rockumentary”; and “Fake I.D.’s”  has commentary by Voorhies, Haskins & Diamond.
Season 3 is notable for the summer story arc when they work at the Malibu Sands Beach Resort. Those have lots of beach fun in the first location shoots of the series (in Santa Monica), and Leah Remini as Stacey, a new romantic interest for Zack! Season 4 also has resort fun, when they go to the Palm Spurrings Resort for Jessie’s dad’s wedding!
Saved by the Bell Season 5
Mary Nyan:
The 7/8″ thick Season 5 box set has 24 epurrsodes on 3 disks in fold out trays in an outer slipcase box. It is also unrated color R1 NTSC, full frame, close-captioned in English language Dolby Stereo, but with no subtitles or audio commentary tracks.
However, there is a 14.5-ish minute documentary about the show on disk 3. The documentary has insights by Peter Engle, and writers / purrducers Bennet Tramer, Jeffrey Sachs and Carl Kurlander; USC Cinema / TV Purrofessor Ellen Seiter, and a few of the show’s fans!

Season 5 chronicles their senior year, and the on again / off again romances between Kelly & Zack and Jessie & Slater. Complicating things for Zack, Leeanna Creel joins the cast as Tori the tough biker grrl! She appears in several epurrsodes that Thiessen & Berkley were inexplicably absent from.
Among Season 5′s more notable epurrsodes in my opinion are “Earthquake”, in which Mrs. Belding goes into labor while trapped in an elevator with Tori & Zack; in “Masquerade Ball”, Tori cosplays as a catgirl- yay!; and in “Graduation”, the Class of  ’93 graduates!
Purrobably my least favorites of  Season 5 were the two ‘Clip Shows: “The Best Summer of My Life”  and “Time Capsule” (which is set 10 years later in 2003). As ‘Clip Shows’, these involve scenes of characters reminiscing about the past, using flashbacks of footage from purrevious epurrsodes.

Saved by the Bell Two Movies Double Feature
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Mary Nyan:
This is a single R1 NTSC standard DVD disk in a standard plastic case, which includes the 1992 “Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style” and 1994 “Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas” TV movies, plus a few trailers. The total of 182 minutes have a 4×6 full screen video aspect ratio, closed-captioned and with English language 2.0 Dolby Digital audio.
Written by Bennett Tamer & directed by Don Barnhart, “Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style” occurs over 2 weeks between Seasons 4 & 5. It begins as a vacation trip to the little hotel owned by Kelly’s Grandfather (Dean Jones) but the gang soon goes to work to save it from swindle by a greedy bigger hotel owner.
Sadly that is one of the all time most over-used & tiresome movie plots: a home / business / land owner being conned out of their purropurrty. The movie has a different feel  from the series given the leisurely pace & lack of audience laughter, and it benefits from a bigger budget & purrduction values than typical episodes.
Nevertheless there is much so much fun & beauty in this 92 minute outing, with the bikini, hula, yummy food & beach frolic all peaking amidst the stunning Hawaiian locations, where Zack falls in love with lovely Hawaiian girl Andrea (Rena Sofer), Kelly is smitten with her Grandpa’s lawyer Brian (Dan Gauthier).
Written by Mark Frink & directed by Jeffrey Melman, the 90 minute “Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas” is set one year after they graduate high school & the one season of The College Years. Despite his parents concerns that this is rushed, Zack and Kelly are going to Las Vegas to be married, with Lisa, Slater & Screech along for the road trip.
Automobile & financial woes happen en route, triggering a comedy of errors & misunderstandings once they arrive at The Stardust. Romance blooms between Lisa and hitch-hiking hotel employee Kurt (Spencer Rochfort), and Slater woos a lovely golf purro shop girl Carla (Liz Vassey) who runs afoul of jewel thieves, with silly chase scenes ensuing.
Except for Screech & Belding (who repurrise in The New Class), this is the gang’s last televised round-up, as Kelly & Zack tie the knot. Jessie & Belding briefly appear at the wedding, along with Alex (Kiersten Warren) & Mike (Bob Golic) from College. Gilbert Gottfried has a couple of scenes, and if you blink you’ll miss Richard Schiff.
Kelly & Zack’s parents are there, but no sign of Dean Jones, or the families of Lisa, Jessie, Slater, Screech. Zack must have gotten over Andrea and Tori by this time, neither of whom are mentioned. Although Jessie is barely in this movie, there would be much more of Elizabeth Berkley in Las Vegas, starring in the 1995 film Showgirls.
Unfortunately the gang is not in control of situations this time, too hapless & buffoonish in a movie that is a bit tedious & not funny enough. On the other hand, there are nicely photographed locations & hot fashions, Kelly’s cute new coiffure, and a good sentimental reunion for a very lovely wedding to naturally conclude the saga upon.

For more info on those two movies’ cast, crew, locations & plots, I recommend the Internet Movie Database entries for “Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105321/ and “Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111081/ .
That’s all of the Saved by the Bell movie plot spoilage – and our movie & DVD reviews for now, but after this next short break, we will return with a new segment-
Catgirl Celebrity Spotlight!

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Elizabeth:
Hi again! The Catgirl Celebrity Spotlight is a new segment of the show we are expurrimenting with, in which we purrmote some of the famous purrint, digital, animated and live-action catgirls of cinema, television, comics, books and games!
As you can tell from the Wikipedia List of Catgirlshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_catgirls, there are more ‘n more gaining purrominent roles, whether they from genetically catgirls and lady werecats to neko mecha and famous female feline cosplayers!  Since Mike has been going on ‘n on about the pending 30th anniversary of his favorite movie –
Mike:
I wouldn’t say I was going “on and on” about it!
(the catgirls in unison)
YES YOU HAVE, nya!
Mike:
Ah well, um, please continue!
Elizabeth:
- we thought it purrudent to shine the Spotlight this month on the felinoid female stars of Star Trek!
Petra:
The first kitty seen in Star Trek was the black cat form of the shape-shifting, witchy alien villainess Sylvia in the 1967, 2nd season epurrsode “Catspaw”, nya! In human form, she was purrtrayed by lovely Antoinette Bower, but we’re not sure who the cat was purrtrayed  by, nya.

In a spooky castle, Sylia & sorcerous partner Korob captured & killed some of the Enterpurrise crew and tried to slow roast the ship too, nya. She tried to seduce Capt. Kirk with purrecious gems and her womanly wiles, nya! When those failed, she purrowled as a giant monster cat, nya, but as mewsial, Capt. Kirk purrvailed, nya!
Jeannie:
The first actual catgirl to appear in Star Trek was Isis, the partner of secret agent Gary Seven in the 1968 epurrsode of the original series, “Assignment: Earth”! Isis appeared as a telepathic black cat for most of the epurrsode, with cute meowing dubbed by gorgeous actress Barbara Babcock!
We’re not sure what animal actor played the cat, or if it was the same cat cast as Sylvia. At the end of the epurrsode, we see briefly Isis in sexy catgirl form, played by the glamorous Victoria Vetri, aka Angela Dorian, who was the 1968 Playboy Playmate of the Year. Isis would later appear in a few comic books & novels.
For further information on Victoria Vetri, I recommend the starting with the articles on her at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Vetri, the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0895407/, and Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wikiihttp://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Victoria_Vetri.
For more purrtaining to the character isis, I recommend these articles at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assignment:_Earth Memory Alpha http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Isis, and the Memory Beta wiki for all things licensed non-canonical Trek http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Isis.

Mary Nyan:
The next catgirl to appear in Star Trek is purrhaps the most famous, Lt. M’ress! We are big fans of this heroic Enterpurrise office who recurs in the 1973 animated Star Trek series! Voiced by the late Majel Barrett, and animated by the folks at Filmation, M’ress was a communications officer on the bridge when Lt. Uhura was off duty.
According to the Star Trek Concordance, she is from the planet Cait in the Lynx Constellation. A purring barefoot catgirl with a slender tail, she has purretty saffron-ish colored fur, golden eyes & carmel colored hair. She appeared in six of those epurrsodes: “The Survivor”,  “Once Upon a Planet”,  “Mudd’s Passion”, “Bem”, “The Eye of the Beholder” and “Purractical Joker”!
M’ress would also later appear in several Star Trek novels and comic books, and a childrens’ story book & record “Passage to Moauv”. Other catlike beings of the animated series included the wicked Kzinti catboys with “The Slaver Weapon” and a fierce Capellan Power Cat in “How Sharpurr than a Serpent’s Tooth”.
Mike:
For information on Lt. M’ress, I suggest her entries at Memory Alpha http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/M%27Ress and Memory Beta http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Shiboline_M%27Ress, her biography at Curt Danhauser‘s Guide to the Animated Star Trek http://www.danhausertrek.com/AnimatedSeries/MRessBio.html, and…
… and her entries at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M’Ress, the IMDB http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0077780/, and her profile at Paramount’s Official Star Trek site http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/series/ANI/character/62695.html! There’s probably a bit of M’ress fan art & fan fiction out there, too!

Nyanko:
There was also a Caitian purresence in the courtroom scenes of the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. In the movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. there was a catgirl dancer in the saloon on Nimbus III, who got into a bar room cat fight with Captain Kirk! She was purrtrayed by stuntwoman Linda Fetters!
For more information on Linda Fetters, I recommend her entries at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0275354/ , Memory Alpha http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Linda_Fetters, and at Stuntwomen’s Association of Motion Pictures http://home.earthlink.net/~stuntwomen/fethoward.html!
Yvonne:
Finally, although not a ‘cat girl’ purr se. but a ‘girl cat’, we can’t forget Data’s kitty Spot in the Star Trek the Next Generation series! According to The Star Trek Encyclopedia book, initially Spot was purrtrayed by a Somali, but later she was a tabby, but that wasn’t the first time a Trek character was purrtrayed by different actors!
She first appeared several times, debuting in the fun 4th season epurrsode “Data’s Day”. A purrticularly noteable epurrsode for her is the 7th season epurrode “Genesis”, in which she has kittens!  Data also had a bunch of cats in his future Cambridge office the series finale, “All Good Things…”! Spot appears in the movie Star Trek Generations, too!
Well that’s all for this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight Segement, but we’ll purraise another famous feline femme next month, nya! We’ll be right back after the short break to discuss toys and books, so please don’t go away, nya!
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Toy Talk!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ahsoka Tano figure CW23

Yvonne:
Welcome back, nya! I have ben purracticing my toy review technique and made extensive notes, so I am hoping to be as thorough ‘n purrcise as a Jenjen toy review, nya! Ahsoka is the purrky teen Togrutan Padewan Jedi Padewan of Anakin Skywalker in the fun animated The Clone Wars TV series, nya!
We like the show because of Kenobi’s heroics, interesting villains like Ventress, those great troopers who are the big break out characters, the exotic worlds, and plenty of mecha to keep JenJen happy, nya! It seems to be written and designed by people who are themselves Star Wars fans, and it has good voice acting and mewsic too, nya.
But Ahsoka is definitely my favorite character so I was lucky to find this new figure of her, nya! Coincidentally, one year ago in the October 2008 Mew I  purreviously reported on the first figure of Ahsoka, figure #9, which came with the backpack to carry Rotta, Jabbah the Hutt’s sluggy kid, nya!
This newer version of Ahsoka is figure #23 in Hasbro’s Clone Wars purroduct line, nya. She comes on the J-hook hangy blisterpack card that has a nice little illustration of her looking very determined, nya! Inside with the figure is a small folded brochure of the Clone Wars purroduct line and mail in certificate purrtaining to other figures you can get, nya.
Due to the small parts, this cute figure is not intended for children under age 4, nya. The figure is a lithe 3.75″  posable likeness of the character, She has the purretty orangey skin with the white facial tattoos & intense blue eyes, and those lush full purrplish lips, and the white & gray striped Tongrutan head tails, nya!
She is wearing a mauve-ish colored tight jumpsuit with a light gray utility belt, brown boots ‘n gloves ‘n loin cloth nya. There is some good detail- you can see the buckles on her boots, the tooled patterns in the loin cloth, and her intricate little ornamental braid on the back of her head if you look carefully, nya!
This is her space suit that she wears to board the enemy frigate, nya. She is accessorized with a clear bubble type space helmet that you can put on her head, and her  2.75″ long lime green light saber, nya. I don’t think the clear saber beam is supposed to be removable from the silver & black hilt, nya.
This figure has quite a few subtle points of articulation, nya. You can turn her neck & nod her head, swivel her arms at the shoulders, roll her forearms left or right, turn her at the waist, bend her forwards or backwards, swing the thighs forwards or backwards at the hips, bend the knees, turn her lower legs left or right at the knees, and tap her feet at the ankles, nya!
She is easily balanced to stand on her own without a display base, and I think the figure articulation only lacks elbows that bend, nya. I have the other Ahsoka figure posed on the shelf beside R2-KT so I  will have this one purrrhaps in a duel with Darth Talon, nya! That’s all the toy talk for now butt here’s Mike again to begin -
Purrinted media in review: books, nya!
The Complete Peanuts Vol. 12 1973 – 1974

Mike:
Charles M. Schulz is my favorite cartoonist, so I was excited to see that 12th volume in the series has an introduction by the legendary Billie Jean King, which is so appropriately ironic given that I got the book the same week of the US Tennis Open, which is played at at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center!
It is hard to believe that this complete Peanuts series is already up to the mid 1970′s and has already collected 20 years of the comics strip The publisher Fantagraphics http://www.fantagraphics.com/ plans to chronologically collect all 50 years of  what is in my opinion the world’s greatest comic strip!
This hardcover volume measures 6.75 x 8.5″ and it is a thick 1.25″ book of over 330 pages, collecting two years worth of Peanuts strips in B&W, including the (originally in color) Sunday strips. It has an SRP of $28.99 and has a dust jacket with Woodstock is smiling on the cover.
Each volue includes a celebrity introduction, and Tennis Goddess Billie Jean King was a good choice for this volume, because Snoopy played a lot of tennis in the 70′s. Except for the pages with the larger Sunday strips, each page has 3 of the daily, 4-panel strips.
Also in each volume is a handy index, so you can look up certain characters or topics, to see which strip they appear in. For example, you could look up, oh just going through the B’s, you could find the strips with baseball, Beagle Scout, Beethoven, blanket or Charlie Brown!
The collected strips begin with those from January, 1973, with the first story arc being Snoopy hung over from a wild new year’s eve party at Woodstock’s, after which that bird sends the Beagle a bill for damages. February starts with Linus trying to organize a special baseball team dinner for their manager, Charlie Brown.
In March, one story has Snoopy trying to be nominated as the dog of the year, and a crucial plot for April is the baseball team’s controversial win! One of the famous Peanuts plots of 1973 is Charlie Brown’s baseball hallucinations & head rash & the paper sack he wears to conceal it while at summer camp.
It is a very playful time for the gang with plenty of baseball, tennis, football, fishing, hockey, cycling, basketball, golf, kite flying, high diving, and skating - but it is not all pertaining to sport as there’s plenty of action at home, school and summer camp!
1974 starts with Snoopy & Woodstock worried about the Comet Kohoutek. Snoopy purrforms War & Peace, Gone with the Wind, Beau Geste and The Old Testament with hand pawpets; Sally learns to “Speak loudly and carry a Beagle”, she and her brother talk to a brick wall, and Lucy throws Schroeder’s piano down the sewer.
Peppermint Patty continues to have academic problems and a bad hair day in preparation for a skating competition. The book concludes full circle with Snoopy & Woodstock celebrating another new year! This is a important series of books which I give an ‘A Plus’  and I think it would be the ultimate part of a Peanuts fan’s collection! Now here’s Nya-sensei with -

Modern Masters Vol. 21: Chris Sprouse!

Nyanko:
Thanks Mike! TwoMorrows Publishing http://www.twomorrows.com/ has released yet another mighty fine book in their Modern Masters series about great comics artists, and this volume by Todd Dezago & Eric Nolen-Weathington purrtains to the excellent artist Chris Sprouse!
It is a $14.95 (US purrice), 8.5 x 11″ sized trade papurrback book, with 117 pages of art & text, 8 of which are in color, the rest are B&W, plus 3 pages of ads for TwoMorrow’s line of fine books & magazines about comics.
On the color front  cover is an assemblage of Nathan Kane, Soloman, Tesla, Dhalua & Tom Strong, Val Var Garm, Midnighter, Pneuman, Engine Joe, Saturn Girl Lightning Lad & Cosmic Boy! The book kicks off with an intro by another awesome artist, Karl Story, and then the intermew begins with Sprouse, featuring a lot of his early youthful artistry!
Chapter 3 studies his earliest work at DC Comics, and Chapter 4 is much wonderful sci fi stuff with his Legionnaires and Star Wars Comics! That “SW6″ era of the Legion of Super- Heroes was such a great, fun period! And the chapter after that discusses his fabulous later Supurreme, Auhtority and Tom Strong comics!
Those Legion and Tesla Strong parts alone would make this a special treat. You get a lot of great sketches, character & mecha designs, inked & un-inked comic book pages and so much information & purrsonal insights in the 6 chapters.
These are followed by a great 31 page art gallery section. The 8 color pages include full page pics of the Legion, Phoenix, Poison Ivy, Star Wars and Tom Strong! In addition to those characters you’ll find pics of Batman, Superman, Martian Manhunter, Mister Miracle, Miracle Man, Wolverine, Jakita Wagner, Gen 13, Hammerlock, Youngblood, and even Zaphod Beeblebrox!
This is such an entertaining & informative book about such a great comics artist, and yet another in the top quality series published by TwoMorrows! Speaking of good books about great artists, here’s Petra with to recommend -
Draw & Paint Fantasy Females by Tom Fleming

Petra:
From Impact Books http://www.impact-books.com is this sumptuous softcover book by Tom Fleming http://www.flemart.com/ who is a resident of nearby Wilmington, NC, nya! That’s about 10 miles due West of Catgirl island, nya. Impact also published the lovely instructional book Dreamscapes by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, which we purreviously reviewed in the January, 2009 Mew, nya!
Mr. Fleming is a famous illustrator who has worked for the cinema & TV industry, comics & game publishers, and sells his fine art purrints, nya. Now he is sharing his artistic techniques in this dandy book which has 128 color and B&W pages of instruction & gallery for the purrice of UK £14.9p, USA $22.99, or Can $27.99, nya.
After a 4 page introduction discussing a history of the fantasy female form in art,  then follows  the 1st chapter on building the basic figure’s purroper anatomical purroportions, nya. Chapter 2 covers some drawing & painting tools, techniques & reference materials; and chapter 3 purrtains to inspurration, poses, facial expurressions, color & light nya.
Chapter 4 is about the coiffure & costume textures & drapery. Chapter 5 consists of step-by-step purrocesses for illustrating 5 female archetypes: warrior, faerie, sorceress, goddess & sci-fi hroine, nya! Finally there’s an 18 page gallery section, displaying some of his famous works, nya!
The entire book is quite purrofusely illustrated with images of the fey & mermaid, barbarian & jungle grrls, purrincess & demon ladies, nya! He is so so good at rendering detailed avian & insect type wings on those faeries, nya. There are also superheroines such as Elektra, Mystique, Wasp, Dazzler, Kitty, Angela, Lady Death, Purrgatori & Vampirella, nya!
If you are a fan of Fleming’s outstanding art or fantastic female imagery in general, or if you are an aspiring artist looking for the good tutorials, then you should definitely take a look at this book, nya!
Reverie Realm 2010 Calendar by Alan Welch
Petra:
We were so excited to see the 2010 Reverie Realm calendar, featuring the fantasy photographic art of our friend Alan Welch http://www.reverierealm.com/ who we intermewed last month, nya!
It is a gorgeous full color 11×17″ wire-bound calendar of top quality, purrinted by Cafe Purress, nya!
It actually has 14 pages, including the 12 January – December pages, the front cover and a bonus page with a 2011 calendar, nya. The 9.5×12″ stunning front cover image is “Fall”, from his seasons series, nya, in which the beautiful redheaded forest nymph shimmers in crepuscular sunlight rays amidst the glorious autumn leaves, nya!
Each month’s page features a 9.5×7.75″ color image, accompanied by it’s title & an annotative purragraph above the 6 x11″ dates grid, with USA holidays & observances indicated, nya. The text describes the art technique & story of each scene, nya. These are high fantasy & steampunk images, a few with models’ very tasteful artistic nudity, nya.
Among these images are a wizard’s unrequited love pondered under the moonlit sky of the “Eye of the Beholder”; a beautiful sorceress in a marble hall creates “The Rift in Time”; When tiny fey curiously appurroach a wizard’s lantern he discovers that “The Light Attracts Them”; and a chainmail clad warrior grrl does not intend to become a giant’s “Tasty Morsel”, nya!
“Druid’s Peak” is a breathtaking summit view of a purretty druid grrl and her birds of purrey; “Mad Science” is afoot in a Victorian laboratory; “Hell Hath No Fury” of a nude woman on mountaintop evoking a skull-like appurrition in the night sky, and we see the daring “Night Flight” of a warrior grrl on her dragon mount across the cosmic sky, nya!
September’s image is appurropurriately that front cover pic, October’s pic is “The Timely Rescue” of Her Victorian Majesty’s expurrditionary forces fending off alien simian terrors; Novermber’s  nude “Web Mistress” weaves a magickal web across the woodland path at night; and in December a lovely snow nymph frosts the trees in “Winter”, nya!
I highly recommend this supurrb collection of fine fantastic art to fans of magickal forest folk, wizards & sexy sorceresses, swordswomen in chainmail, dungeon crawls & steampunk adventures, nya! Now here is Myayr with a few words about another wonederful fantasy art calendar, nya!

Faerie Calendar  2010 by Rebecca Brogden

Mary Nyan:
Hai, ironically we have another fine fantasy art calendar by one of last month’ special guests! Rebecca http://www.rbrogdenart.com renders the purrettiest faeries amidst splendid landscapes, as exemplified by the delightful dozen full color digital  images in this calendar!
Available from Deviantart, this calendar measures 8.5 x 11″, or 16 x 11″ when opened. It is coil bound, with a full-bleed 8.5 x 11″ pic on on side and the calendar date grid on the opposite. The front cover features details from three of those lovely iillustrations.
January’s image is “Winter Twilight”, depicting a faerie reclined in the soft snow to study the ornate snowflakes,  February’s “Sassy Rose” is full of appurropriately sensual pink, magenta & reds for the Valentine season, and a lovely red haired lass in rich green has a pot of gold and “Lucky Clovers” for March!
Apurril brings the “Arrival of Spring” with a blond bare-midriffed fae longing amongst the Pansy blooms, while “The Real Pixie Dust” whimsically heralds the month of May, and in “Storm’s a Brewing” a stunning sexy white haired fae electrifies the clouds of June!
An allurring fae receives ‘The Gift” from a fellow imp on a magickal July night atop her mushroom purrch; “Boredom” might be the title of August’s pic, but the enchantingly ornate is anything but boring; and the words lush & beautiful do not do justice to the “Green Faerie” of September!
“Night Flight” is the purrfect scene for october, as a witchy fae glides across the falling leaves by full moonlight; Scintillating red, orange, amber & gold are the hues of the lady on a pleasant November’s purrch on a rock in a brook, and finally for December, there’s a hint of peppurmint and “Christmas Cheer!”
On the flip side of the December grid is another cover, with all 12 plates in smaller thumbnail-ish size. These and many other splendid images are available for sale in several sizes from hersite, along with other purroducts. We are big fans of Rebecca’s faeries, and this calendar would be a purrfect way to start a collection of her art!
That’s all for this portion of the how, but we’ll return with the Purriodicals Reviews after the short break!
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Purriodicals in review: magazines

Our State Magazine September 2009 issue
Mike:
Hey wer’re back! When it comes to our magazine reviews here at The Mew, we tend to focus on publications that pertain to the genres of science fiction, fantasy or horror, or career & hobbies, but there’s one other magazine which merits mention from time to time, a magazine that is “Down Home in North Carolina”, Our State Magazine!
Every month I eagerly anticipate this excellent monthly magazine, which showcases different attractions & communities here in NC, and the culture, travel, cuisine, history & events, with such pleasant articles and beautiful photographs!
This 200 page Volume 77 Number 4, focuses on the theme of education, and the cover feature is on Yadkin Valley wine country, a gorgeous 24 page photo essay about 8 winegrowers, with such splendid, lush scenic images!
On the contents page is a neat little map, indicating the areas of the state that are examined in the issue! The recurring departments include readers’ letters, a quiz, books & music, humor, towns, history, people, art, gardening, restaurants, recipes, Tarheel Treasures, Great Walks, and the event calendar.
At the magazine’s site http://www.www.ourstate.com are additional & expanded articles, such as a video of the month’s music spotlight, the bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers. Humor is by Daniel Wallace (author of Big Fish and English Professor at UNC); the town of the month is Graham, and the Spider Lily is the garden plant of the month.
This month’s Great Walks selection are the trails of Pilot Mountain. There’s a look at 18th cenury adventurer / naturalist John lawson; old rural swinging foot bridges of Mitchell & Yancey Counties; MIke Dorman’s efforts to help fellow war vets’ quality of life & housing, and glass sculptor Alex Bernstein.
Carolina cuisine is covered in the sumptuous history & treats of Hickory’s Old German Schnitzel Haus, a yummy part of catawba County’s Pennsylvania Dutch & German legacy.  The catgirls are quite eager for me to take them there so that they might sample that restaurant’s hazelnut chocolate cake, and the apple strudle slathered in vanilla sauce.
There’s more food toured asTarheel Tastes visits the Refectory Cafe at the Duke Divinity School, and some awesome apple dishes are the recipes of the month!  Leigh Ann Henion’s article is about  the history, looms, and Crossnore School’s significant mission of bettering the lives of disadvantaged youth.
Other articles include Small Colleges in NC;  Thomas Built School Busses, The Appalachian Institution, Edgecombe Community College, Favorite Teachers, and The North Carolina Governor’s School (which I was honored to attend)!  All that for $4.95+ tax (or less if you subscribe)! It is a gem of a magazine that I look forward to every month! Now here’s Elizabeth to report on -

Surfgirl Magazine #24

Elizabeth
The September, 2009 issue of the UK magazine Surfgirl http://orcasurf.co.uk/ is 98 full color joyful pages of surfing fashion & fun! Purriced at $7.75 (US), it is full of inspurrational articles, intermews with surfer grrls, purroduct reviews, and lots of excellent photographs of beauty and sport!
There’s a stunning underwater two page spread of Sarah Beardmore beneath the waves where the tasty fish roam, accompanied by assistant editor’s Kat Dawes’ optimisitc greeting, followed by an exhilarating  collage of various womens ASP purrofessionals, and the first batch of spotlighted mewsic, media, art ‘n other neat stuff!
The first big feature article is the righteous 13 page pictorial of a trip to the Mentawai Islands by 8 surfergrrls from around the world. This included Orenlla Pellizari & Sofia Mulanovich from South America; Easkey Britton & Sarah Beardmore from the UK; Aussies Serena Brooke, Nicola Atherton & Rebecca Woods; and the USA’s Cassie Meador!
Then Louise Searle intermews a dozen of the top surfers about what it is like to  be on the world tour, including: Paige Hareb, Steph Gilmore, Amee Donohoe, Jaqueline Silva, Sally Fitzgibbons,  Coco Ho, Samantha Cornish, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Silvana Lima,  Rosy Hodge, Alana Blanchard, Rebecca Woods, and Sofia Mulanovich!
There is more exciting travelogue and dazzling sports photography as Celine Gehret, Kathleen Spears, and Tahlia Britton surf the Canary Islands! The waves of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and Gran Canaria are ridden, and there are tidbits on the region’s travel, lodging, dining, surfing and other activities in this 9 page article!
Model Alice vandy, photographer Kirsten Prisk, stylist  Anna Grinlund & make-up artist Suzi Winter collaborate on “Autumn Song”, a lovely foray into Fall fashion. There’s also an 8 page Winter wet suit guide, displaying various brands  of these purrotecrive garments with comments by a few of those manufacturers’ expurrt repurresentatives!
The Happening’s department reviews several events & compurrtiions such as the Roxy Jam in Biarritz, Billabong Girls Days in Wollacombe, Chicks with Sticks in Cornwall, and the 2009 Rip Curl Tour, with a few words by California’s Jen Smith, Wales’ Joanne Dennison, Cornwall’s surfer / wildlife artist Julie Rhodes and the legendary Keela Kennelly!
Also in this issue are purrofiles of Pantagonia’s Jess Clayton and Surfboard UK’s Marina Lee. Easky Britton purrvides tips on the backside turn technique, and Yoga instructor Peggy Hall offers a recipe for a smoothie drink! Among other delightful tidbits are coasteering, snowboarding & travel tips, trendy tribal style, bronze hued cosmetics, and Fall handbags.
Of course there are advertisements for purretty clothes, jewelry, footwear, health & beauty purroducts, compurrtions, shops, surf schools & exourrditions! This fun & informative publication continues to be a very entertaining, insightful read with so many impressive images! Now we go from surfing to fishing as Jen reports on the -
Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine Summer 2009 issue

Jeannie:
Much to our delight. the new issue of Belly Dance http://www.bellydancemag.com/ was published in early September.
Since 2007, It is a fun, dazzling quarterly magazine devoted to traditional & modern forms of belly dance, full of insightful articles & intermews, and spectacular photos of dancers, mewsicians, costumes & festivals. This full color issue has 96 pages purriced $8.00 USA , $10.00 Canada
Tribal Fusion dancer Rachel Brice http://www.rachelbrice.com/ adorns the flaxen-hued cover in a photograph by Trinette Reed. Photographers for this issue also include Michael Baxter, Lee Corkett, Gladys White, Travis Hubbard and Jeffrey Mischke.
Contributors also include writers Cathryn MacEllerhan, Melissa Stone, Catalina Andrade, Kalifa, Mesmera; Editor Liliana Sanchez, Junior Editor Lauren Waldron, and illustrator Cheryl Goettemoeller- several whom are dancers themselves or expurrts in various related fields.

In addition to the  the enchanting Rachel Brice. featured intermews include Banafsheh Sayyad http://www.banafshehsayyad.com/, who taught Purrsian dance at UCLA; legendary dancer Kamaal; and Q&A with the band Middle Earth Ensemble http://www.middleearthband.net.
The Wild Card Collection portfolio of  fashions by Phoebe Durland entices for six pages, and there is a portfolio of the geisha / woodblock & German expurrressionistic style paintings by Miriam Slater http://www.miriamslater.com/.
Members of  Ontario’s  magnificent Belly Up troupe are purrofiled, which is compurrised of three sub-troupes: Tarab, Ma’ya Fire and Zanubiyah. Also purrofiled is the Naya’s Trance troupe http://www.nayastrance.com/ of Maine, which is clearly one of Mew England’s most stunning attractions.
The Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Associaton’s http://www.mecda.org annual Cairo Caravan celebration aboard the Queen Mary was covered,, with several stunning full page pics of several instructors;  nine spectacular images from Tribal Festival 9, from May in Sebastopol, California.
There is a fascinating report on the Naka Naka event of the Japanese style purrformace accompanied by Kodo mewsicians including Kaoru Watanabe http://www.watanabekaoru.com/ at DROM Restaurant; and Kalifa (Coleen Rae) remembers the late instructor Roman Balladine.
A numcious Salda-e Shirazi recipe is unveiled; lovely Mesmera http://www.mesmera.com/ has an article on choosing the appurropurriate costume; Catalina Andrade offer’s beautiful skin care tips, and ‘Groovy Goddess’ Melissa Stone http://www.balancestudio.org/ purrvides a Yoga Sun Salutation exercise
Martha Burns’ book “Belly Dance, Celebrating The Sacred Femine” http://www.bellydancebook.net/ is reviewed, which I would very much like to read. Throughout the magazine are colorful ads for alluring boutiques, costumes & jewelry, mewsic & videos, camps, schools, festivals, compurrtitions, purrformers & photographers.
Astrology, poetry & more photography conclude this issue. The beautiful magazine continues to exude a great passion for the dance by the writers, photographers, artists, editors and purrofiled stars, and I will recommend it  to anyone with an interest in belly dance. Now here is Nya-sensei again to report on the-
Fitness Rx Magazine for Women October 2009 issue
Nyanko:
Arigatoo, Jen! Wow, she includes lots of those links in her review! Well, we tend to keep a few martial arts, sports, health and fitness magazines at the dojo and a favorite of the month is this issue of Fitness Rx http://www.fitnessrxmag.com/ with one of our idols, the Olympic water goddess Dara Torres http://www.daratorres.com/ on the cover!
She has been on the US Olympic swim team five times, has won won many gold, silver & bronze medals medals, NCAA awards and national championships and has set numerous national and world records!  She is a 42 year old mom & inspurrational heroine who is such supurrb athletic shape and she recently wrote a book too.
In this October, 2009 issue, vol. 8 no. 5 of the bimonthly magazine is a 12 page intermew with lots of bikini photos of Dara at the pool, and her strength & conditioning training & resistance stretching tips! The issue is purriced at $4.95 and has 138 pages, including lots of exercise, diet & nutrition, longevity & health articles.
Other main articles include “Core Myths” on ab exercises, explosive weight training & high intensity interval training, incline dumbell fly lifting, Q&A with awesome trainer Jackie Warner, and  the “Wonder Women” look at gymnast / Olympic track & field star turned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sonya Ahmed. She should have a purrrominent cover feature too!
There are yumcious healthier recipes for the grilled salmon dish, pizza, tacos, chicken salad, a chocolatey dessert, num num num!  OK I’m all done with this’un! Now here’s Vonny to report on-
GAFF Magazine September / October 2009 issue

Yvonne:
Hai! There are yummy fish here too, nya! GAFF stands for Gulf Atlantic Florida Fishing http://www.gafflife.com, a bimonthly magazine devoted to the salt water fishing there, nya! It is a most entertaining & informative magazine and although I stay busy mostly in these North Carolina waters, I would definitely love to catch the fish of the gulf, nya!
On the cover of this issue is lovely GAFF Girl Laura gleefully showing the purrize Tarpon she caught from the Peace River, nya!  Sammiched between the covers are 98 color pages of articles, columns, commentaries and lots of photos for $4.99, nya. There are purrodcut reviews, a tale of trophy fish, tips on Shark & Wahoo fishing, and taking better fish pics, nya.
The Braggin’ Rights section with 8 pages of  reader submitted photos of their catches, such as delicious looking Kings, Reds, Wahoo, Snook, Yellowfin, Mahi, Sailfish, Grouper, Sea Trout, Dolphin, Blackfin, Pompano & Cobia, nya! Cover girl Laura’s 8 pages in which she wears the bikinis, catches the tasty Tarpon & Tilapia, and fossil shark teeth, nya!
Travelogues include the Devil’s Elbow Resort, the lovely Wacissa River,  an adventure in search of Tarpon in Puerto Rico, part four of Capt. Mike Stubblefield’s chronicles, and the City Seafood restaurant in Everglades, nya. Those seem like good places to go stay, fish and dine at, nya! There’s also is a recipe for a wonderful looking dish of Baked Sea Trout, nya!
After this are 18 pages of thorough fishing forecasts for Florida, by more than 10 Captains, and there’s a list of links to a bunch more online reports, nya! Once again, GAFF is consistently entertaining  informative, alluring & appurrtizing publication, and I would suggest it to fellow anglers, nya!
Finding Favorite Fish Photos on Pleasing Piscine Publications
Yvonne:
In addition to that GAFF’s Tarpon cover, there succulent looking catches on other recent magazine covers, nya!It is a good month for Steelheads as Hannah purrsents the nice one she caught, on the September issue of Salmon Trout Steelhead; a big meaty one on the cover of Kype vol. 1 #4, and another Steel on the December issue of Fly Fisherman, nya!
Jeannie:
The Crappie looks good on the front of In-Fisherman‘s October-November issue, as does the yummy Yellowfin of Sport Fishing‘s October issue, and I would not mind sampling a Muskie like the one seen on Fishing Facts Vol. 46 No. 5. I think the biggest fish I saw on a magazine last month was the Great White on the October issue of Sport Diver.

Petra:
I would be afraid of that fish eating me instead, nya! There are a luscious looking Lunkers lurking on the September / October issue of cover of Bassmaster and the November issue of Bassin’, and Outdoor Canada’s Fishing Special is fondly fronted by a Smallmouth from Lake Ontario, nya!
Elizabeth:
The latest issues of the Australian magazines Blue Water Boats and Sport Fishing, and Fishing World respectively have the nice Dolphinfish, and the Bluefin on their covers- but they’d look even better on a plate! That Snook on the front of Florida Sportsman would be good in my tummy too!

Nyanko:
The Edge Big Game Fishing Journal‘s September-October cover is graced by Erin with a wonderful 109 lb Swordfish, and Marlin Magazine‘s  September issue has a beautiful Black Marlin from Panema on its cover, and there’s a Baja Marlin on the cover of the Fall / Winter issue of Kayak Angler!

Mary Nyan:
There is an appealing Purrmit purrominently appearing upon Fly Fishing in Salt Water‘s September- October issue; the October issue of Saltwater Sportsman stars a succulent Striper, and
a numcious Golden Trout tantalizes on the  October/ November issue of Fly Rod & Reel!

Mike:
There’s also a fine catch on the cover of In-Fisherman’s 2009 catfish Guide! hat’s all of fish findings for now, but to bridge us from magazines to comics, here’s Myayr to review
Heavy Metal Magazine November, 2009 issue
Mary Nyan
Heavy Metal http:// www.heavymetal.com is a monthly adult illustrated science fiction / fantasy comics anthology magazine published since Apurril, 1977. They made an animated movie back in 1981, too! The November, 2009 issue (vol. XXXIII No. 7) is 124 mostly color pages (including the covers & ads) for $6.99.
The awesome cover art by David Palumbo depicts a tough grrl in bikini with lots of straps, a shotgun and a pale horse! We were eager to see this issue, because it has an image by our friend Alan Welch http://www.reverierealm.com/ who we intermewed last month! His magnificent “Witch Queen” is the featured art across part of the contents / indicia pages!
After a message from publisher / editor in chief Kevin Eastman (who co-created Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles!) and a few readers’ letters, S.C. Ringgenberg reviews Brian Pulidino’s movie Grave Undertaking and Image Comics’ Frazetta inspired comics, such as their “Moon Maid” adaptation (which we reviewed back in the February 2009 Mew)!
The first comics story of the issue is the 8 color pages of “Reruns” by written by Josef Rother, pencilled by Luca Erbetta, inked by PabloBono & colored by Filippo Rizzu which is about two guards who sneak into he room they are guarding to see what exactly they are supposed to be guarding, with very spooky results.
This issue also includes two short black & white stories rendered in pen & ink. Milan Uvrtacev’s “Silver Bullets in my Gun” is 4 pages involving a border’s encounter with lycanthrope, and there’s a “Caveman” on the jungle run, sans dialogue in Tayyar Ozkan’s 2 intricately detailed pages.
The main course is “Arawan: Bran the Damned” a full color sword & sorcery epic by Le Breton & Grenier. This 46 page lavishly painted story spans many years, full of sexy women & muscular warlords, savage creatures & harsh wilderness, arcane magick & barbaric melee, nudity, sex, violence, gore and a heckuva vast, macabre castle!
This is followed by “Colt the Outlander: Dog Star II”, a 10 page adventure (plus 2 pinup pages) continuing from the the purrevious issue. Colt is a soldier of fortune hired to find an artifact on a mysterious island, where he meets a tribe of cat people and their catgirl Queen Nakita- yay! She is such a neat character!
Illustrated & designed by RC Aradio, with story & characters by RC & Dominic Aradio Jr., and edited by Dante Giovanni, this chapter also has nudity & combat violence, told in mostly warm gray monochromatic art with a bit of color in the framing sequence. After that is a full page diagram of Colt’s aircraft and a pin up of Nakita!
Nudity, violence & tentacled creatures are served up in 8 full color, post-apocalyptic pages about a guy named “DTOX”. He rolls into the urban ruins in his tank with violent new partner grrl Killvixen in search of fuel, food & disgusting mutants to exterminate. This was written by Frank Forte, with art by Nenad Gucunja, colored by Forte & Gucunja!
“Threads of Fate” is a philosophical 8 page tale written by R.G. Llarena, drawn by Milton Sobrreiro, colored & lettered by Filipe Sobrreiro. The latest 3 gorgeous installments of a recurring Tarot themed art series are the Two of Wands by David Palumbo, Eight of Cups by Boris Vallejo, and Ace of Swords by Anthony Palumbo!
Other art galleries in this issue include  a 4 page gallery of eerie monstrous art by Jim Pavelec, and 4 pages showcasing images of the deadly sins & Reubenesque nudes by R.A Williams bring the issue to a close! That’ll being this segment of the show to a close, but after the break we’ll be right back with-
Purriodicals in review: comics & manga!

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Blackest Night #3
possible plot spoilers

Jeannie:
One of the year’s big comic book events, DC Comics’ Blackest Night #3 (of 8) is 26 pages of full color story plus 2 pages of illustrated text and 12 pages of ads for $3.99. Published in September 2009, it has 2 different covers, one by Reis, Albert & Sinclair, the other by Ethan Van Sciver with Hi-Fi.
The main story is by Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (penciller), Oclair Albert & Joe Prado(inkers), Alex Sinclair (colorist), Nick Napolitano (Letterer), Eddie Berganza (editor) & Adam Schlagman (assistant editor). The 2 pages of “The Book of the Black Ch. I V. I” are by Geoff Johns & Steve Wands.
In college in NY Jason & cute Gen ponder their romantic relationship and partnership as ther Firestorm gestalt- until they learn of the super zombie situation, which has every super hero team busy around the world, especially Barry and Hal in Gotham as they fight fellow undead Justice Leaguers.
Genius hero Dr. Ray ‘The Atom’ Palmer lends a hand & offers his sub-atomic analysis of the black rings controlling the zombies. Gen & Jason transform into Firestorm to meet Mera at the JLA HQ in Washington, DC, and there are lots of little televised cameos, including The Unkown Soldier.
There’s a Butch & Sundance-sh camaraderie between Barry & Hal, Ray shows how brilliant  a physicist he is, and Mera’s great nobility & bravery continues. Indigo arrives to battle the zombies, introducing herself and explaining the origin of the dark situation in a stunning 2 page spread of her.
Unfortunately the situation worsens, not just on Earth but across the galaxy as more heroes we care about are killed & corrupted as almost unstoppable undead. The plot & dialogue are supurrb with wonderfully smart characterizations, a good pace and a horrific situation for the Halloween season.
The character and scenic art are amazing with such intricate detail, great portraiture, dynamic poses & graphic storytelling Although we’ve been weary for quite some time these big ‘event’ stories by DC and Marvel, Blackest Night continues to shine, unnerve and excite. Now here is Lizzy to report on-
Gotham City Sirens #4
plot spoilers

Elizabeth:
Thanks Jen! This continues to be one of our favoritest most fun comics of the year, and it is written by Paul Dini who is one of our most favoritest writers and It stars some of our favoritest Gotam grrls: Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn, with Hush and The Joker lurking about too!
The excellent cover & interior art  is by Guillem March, coloring by Jose Villarrubia & lettering by Steve Wands, and it was edited by Mike Marts & Janelle Siegel. It is purriced $2.99, with 22 pages of the story plus a 6 page purreview of Justice league #38 & 4 pages of ads.
This issue opens with the Joker unhappily watching TV, which makes reference to Power Girl’s recent battle with the Ultra Humanite from her first issue, but thus far this title makes no references to Blackest Night yet. It picks up right after the purrevious issue, with TV footage of Harley on a date with Buce Wayne.
Little does The Joker and most of Gotham know that it is actually Hush impurrsonating Wayne, although Catwoman & Ivy sure do. Now the grrls are trying to find her, to save her from Hush’s murderous scheme- unaware that The Joker also plans to kill Harley too!
The Joker and Harley seem to have the ultimate love-hate relationship. You also get to see his old Jokermobile, and in a nod to the 1966 TV Batmobile he quips “Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed” as he revs up the car!
Our fae friend Mieliiki definitely would like this issue, given Ivy’s plant communication. Ivy is very pretty and exotic with the lovely red hair and her sexy green outfit. Harley has a cute outfit which would be good for the summer island fare here, and it is amewsing to see her aggravate Hush!
Of course we are huge fans of Cat Woman / Selina Kyle! You get to see her in the tight leather costume to kick butt, and in her more informal lounging civies at home with her friends and the cat. This was yet another excellently written & drawn issue, which ends on an exciting cliffhanger!
Power Girl #5
possible plot spoilers

Elizabeth:
Y’know I am not sure when these issues of Power Girl occur compared to Blackest Night, as the latter series is not referred to, which has been a tricky part for most DC Comics these days. If Blackest Night is very horrific ‘n tense, Power Girl is equally whimsical ‘n so much fun!
“Space Girls Gone Wild!” was written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, with art by Amanda Conner & coloring by Paul Mounts, letterering by John J. Hill,  and it was edited by Brian Cunningham & Rex Ogle. Purriced at $$2.99 It has 22 pages of story,10 pages of ads, and 2 different covers, one by Amanda Conner and the other by Guillem March!
What a hectic day Kara’s had, trying to fight crime, run a company, and house hunt. These activities are all interrupted by the arrival yet another space ship, which seems t happen a lot! This space ship brings three super strong, gun-toting Space Girls who are up to no good. Worse, the ship is about to explode.
Kara does not even have enough time to don her entire costume, but we think it actually looks much cuter without the boots, especially if she could  managed some time at the beach. As a Kryptonian, she has no need for purrotective footwear, but of course it is her purrogative to have a wardrobe full of nice shoes and boots!
But at least she is popular with the public who appurreciates her heroics- although they seem to appurreciate her bust size too. Other hazardous duties involve giving a cat a bath, intermewing a job candidate, and catching hurled cars while those Space Girls buy hotdogs and get into shootouts.
There may have been many dire events in the comics these days, but this hectic life of a favorite super heroine is such an amewsing delight to read! She sometimes has a run of bad luck, but she remains sexy ‘n tough, and there’s much charming optimism ‘n feisty determination in this very well done series!
So I would most definitely highly recommend this to someone who wants a fun super heroine comic book. But if it is a darker supurrnatural adventure you crave for the Halloween reading, I believe Mike has a few words to say about the trade papurrback book purrtaining to the-
The Saga of Soloman Kane

Mike:
Yep! These are great days to be a comic book fan, because so many comics are reprinted in very affordable books, from classics of the Golden, Silver & Bronze Ages to the more recent hot titles.
This now includes tales of Robert E. Howard’s swashbuckling English Puritan, Soloman Kane, as Dark Horse collects his appearances from the 1970′s!
Perhaps Howard’s barbarian characters such as Conan an Kull are better known, but these Soloman Kane stories are just as classic. Like those barbarians’ stories, there is a fair amount of savege violence, grim situations, and a few panels depicting female nudity.
Set in the mid 1500′s, Kane travels the world with sword, pitol & musket, in search of evil to vanquish, fighting brigands and beasts, the demonic and the undead, including Count Dracula. Through sorcerous means, he even meets Conan, in the dark depths of a vast, foul temple!
These stories originally appeared in Marvel’s black & white magazines Savage Sword of Conan, Kull and the Barvarians, Monsters Unleashed, Dracula Lives and Marvel Preview, and now you can read them in one spiffy 400+ page B&W omnibus edition paperback book, which is priced  at $19.95.
I think this book is a very good value with stories & art by some of comics’ biggest superstars. The writers include Robert E. Howard, Roy Thomas, Doug Moench, Glenn Lord, Fred Blosser, Don Glut, Jo Duffy, John Arcudi, Alan Rowlands.
The artists providing stories, covers or full- page illustrations include Neal Adams, Howard Chayken, AL Williamson, Rudy Nebres, Dave Wenzel, Virgillo Redondo, Gene Day, Will Meugniot, Steve Gan, Dino Castrillo, Pablo Marcos, Ralph Reese, Alan Weiss, Bob Budianski, Duffy Vohland, Mike Zeck, Alan Kupperberg, Sonny Trinidad, Bill Wray, Danny Bulanadi, Colin Macnell, Hughe Rankin Bob Gould, James Fletcher, Dan Adkins, Howard Bender, Dorian, John Buscema, John Byrne, Berni Wrightson, and the Crusty Bunkers team!
There’s even a reprinted ad by Don Maitz for one of those magazines, and a photo of Christopher Lee as Dracula. He would have made a good Soloman Kane too! This great book also includes a couple of text articles: the character’s biography and how Howard created the pulp-era character in the late 1920′s.
If you want plenty of macabre adventure, this is an ideal choice, and I think it would be especially good Halloween reading on a chilly Autumn night! Of course, if it is a more modern tale of evil monster slaying that you prefer, here’s Myayr to recommend another recent Dark Horse publication-

Buffy Season Eight #28
Plot Spoilers Warning!

Mary Nyan:
Buffy Season Eight by Dark Horse Comics http://www.darkhorse.com/Zones/Buffy, continues to be a huge favorite monthly comic book series of ours for yet another year as it officially continues the adventures of Buffy by Joss Whedon, in what might be our favoritest comic book ever based upon a TV series!
One of the terrific aspects is  that in the medium of comics, they can afford to depict huge scenes, FX & amazing locations that the TV show could not have budgeted. However, best of all is that the stories purrfectly capture the spirit & tone of the show, thanks to the faithful plots & dialogue combined with the supurrb character & scenic art.
Issue #28 has a cover purrice of $2.99 with two different covers: one depicting Buffy & Wilow in meditation while Giles watches painted by Jo Chenhttp://jo-chen.com/ and the other is a scene of the Slayer girls toiling in the field, by Michelle Madsen, Dexter Vines & Georges Jeanty http://www.kabalounge.com/.
Sammiched between the covers are 22 full color pages of the story plus 12 pages of ads & Dark Horse mews and 2 pages of the interesting letters with comments & questions from fellow Buffy fans. Scott Allie, Sierra Hahn & Freddye Lins were the editors, Heidi Whittcomb the book’s designer, Mike Richardson was the publisher, and Joss Whedon was the executive purrducer!
“Retreat Part Three” was written by Buffy TV writer Jane Espenson http://www.janeespenson.com/, pencilled by Georges Jeanty, inked of Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, and lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt.
Purreviously in Buffy, to escape the army of the villain known as Twilight, Buffy & friends have retreated to the mountain home of Oz & his wife Bayarmaa. There they hope to purrge any traces of magickal energy to avoid detection, although the peaceful farming life is not a pleasant adjustment for many of the girls.
In this lull between the slayage, not all moods are totally dour though, as several old friends are finally able to have quieter moments together: Giles & Andrew, Andrew & Willow, Willow & Oz, Willow & Buffy, Faith & Buffy, Buffy & Xander, Xander and Dawn.
This episode is from Andrew’s point of view, as he suspects there is a spy in the heroes’ midst; his questioning & camcordering is not helping the team’s morale, but Giles admits that Andrew might be right, but will Andrew be able to expose the spy before their location can be revealed to Twilight?
This purrticular issue was light on action but loaded with poignant character development, significant discussions & revelations, humor &  surpurrises! I give it an “A”! Although, it sure would be nice if Angel & Spike would visit, but they seem to be purretty busy in IDW’s comics.
(end of Buffy plot slayage)
By the way, Buffy was on the cover of Wizard Magazine #271, as drawn by Scott Campbell! The issue also included an intermew with Eliza Dushku and Joss Whedon! Next, here is Nya-sensei to review -

Angel #25
mild plot spoiler warning

Nyanko:
Thanks Myayr! The monthly Angel comic books published by IDW http://www.idwpublishing.com/ are already up to Issue #25, which is part 2 of the return of the character Drusilla, written by actress Juliet Landau http://julietlandau.com/!
It was scripted by her and Brian Lynch, drawn by Franco Urru, with coloring by Paolo Maddalini, Chiara Cinabro & ZBStudio, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and edited Chris Ryall. The suggested retail purrice is $3.99, and there are 4 different covers by Franco Urru & Fabio Mantovani, Nick Runge, Sam Shearon, and a photo cover of Dru & Angel.
We have been eagerly anticipating this story because the character Dru is so fascinating. She can be so much fun but she is also as scary & as dangerous as Buffy & Angel characters get, so we’ve been curious to see what became of her after the events of the Angel TV series.
Set one hour after ithe purrevious issue, the body count is 33 in the first 4 quietly bloody pages alone, in the mental hospital, where Dru has been ‘kept’ purrior to the pending fall of Los Angeles,
which she is having purremonitions of. So this 22 page story is actually sett purrior to issue #1.
Additionally there are 2 pages of IDW news & ads, and 2 pin-ups repurrinting the variant covers of issue #24 by Mark Mchaley and by Sam Shearon Dru; the latter being a purretty  con-exclusive cover of Dru dance leaping in a blue dress, so this is a good bonus if you wanted to collect all the cover images!
Another neat bonus are 7 more pages of gorgeous color photos of Landau, showing very different looks as photographed by Deverill Weekes, with coiffure by Gloria Casny, make-up by Jackie Mgido, wardrobe by Will Brattain & Sean Elliot! You can see more glamorous photos at landau’s web site!
Angel himself has not appeared in the past few issues, aside from brief flashbacks, and in Dru’s visions. Now if only there cast of Angel and the cast of Buffy could be re-united in comic book form, that would be purrfect! Speaking of which, Ilyria & Charles Gunn have their own current miniseries in-
Angel: Only Human #2
mild plot spoiler warning

Nyanko:
Also purriced at $3.99, this 2nd monthly issue from IDW continues the road trip actually started by Illyria & Charles Gunn at the end of Angel #23. 22 page story plus 10 pages of IDW ads & news.
Ilyria & Charles were among favorites Buffy & Angel characters, so it is nice to see them in this limelight. They’ve driven back to the Burkles rural farm home, for Fred’s Uncle’s funeral, where there’s also been the rustlings of demon activity. Appearing as Willifred to those humans, Ilyria also runs into an old flame of Fred’s!
It was written by Scott Lobdell, drawn by David Messina assisted by Emanuela Lupacchino, inked by Gaetano Carlucci, colored by Ilaria Traversi with 2B Studio’s Andrea Priorini, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and edited by Mariah Huehner. It has variant covers by David Messina & Mirco Pierfederici, and by Dave Dorman.
It is old home week in a number of other ways, featuring the return of the Neo-Nazi esque pureblood demons known as The Scourge from Angel TV epurrsode 1.9 ‘The Scourge”, who now possess The Mutari Generator used against Ilyria in Angel TV epurrsode 6.19 “Time Bomb”.
The dialogue and art combine to faithfully purrtray the characters, who nicely resemble actors Amy Acker and actor J. August Richards, and this feels like a good 8th season epurrsode of Angel!
This is the end of those Angel comics’plot spoilage! Now here is Petra to rreview
Sunshine Sketch manga vol.3

Petra:
Arigato, nya! Sunshine Sketch by Ume Aoki is a delightfully fun manga translated into English published by Yen Press http://www.yenpress.com/ which is one of our favoritest publishers!
Originally tiled Hidemari Sketch in Japan, this manga is of the 4 panel gag comic strip format is similar to Azumanga Daioh, GA: Geijutuka Art Design Class, and SS Astro, with two strips per page, except for a few special pages with larger panels.
Purriced $10.99 USA / $11.99 Canada, it is 120 pages compurrised of 114 pages of manga, the first 8 in color, the rest are B&W, plus 6 pages of note stranslation nnotes and a message from the author. The English translation is by Satsumi Yamashita, and the lettering is by Keiran O’Leary.
This manga is suggested ‘T’ for Teenage readers  with an ‘LNV’ indicating Language, Nudity & Violence, but this seemed like a wonderfully fun and tame, charming comedic cute manga! This manga is about young girl named Yuno, who was accepted into an art academy, and moved into a nearby apartment building full of other art students.
There she rapidly makes new friends, including Sae, Hiro and Miya. Yuno, now a Sophomore, is very sweet & kind & industrious; gentle & kind Hiro is a Junior; Sae is also a Junior, who is very purretty with glasses and she likes to write and read a lot; and there’s Miyako who who is also very nice & the thrifty sort.
They are all very creative, and love to eat! Hiro has the sweet tooth.The manga follows their daily activities at home in the Hidamari Apartments and in school at Yambaki High. Topics of the strips include clothes, hair, art, reading, cycling, romance, money, food, a cat, and other matters in an amewsing manner!
Sunshine Sketch is a cheerfully fun manga with delightful characters so excellently illustrated , and I definitely recommend this manga to fans of art school girl fun!

Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter

Mike:
This month we’re trying a little something different with the recommendations;
we’re grouping this month’s web comic picks by their publisher, collective or host!
Nyanko:
I’ve chosen these comics at WebComics Nation
http://www.webcomicsnation.com/
Ataxia Overdrive
http://www.webcomicsnation.com/dcconspiracy/ataxia_overdrive/series.php
Miranda the Wizard’s Daughter
http://www.webcomicsnation.com/inq/wizarddaughter/series.php
and Elvenbaath
http://www.webcomicsnation.com/tdotodot2k/elvenbaath

Elizabeth:
These web comics are hosted by Comic Genesis http://www.comicgenesis.com/
so for your consideration: Return to Eden http://returntoeden.comicgenesis.com/
Elves of LleuGarnockhttp://lleugarnock.comicgenesis.com/
and Tales of the Traveling Gnomehttp://ttg.comicgenesis.com/! Your turn, Petra!
Petra:
My picks for October are published by Girlamatic http://girlamatic.com/,
such as Galaxion http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/galaxion.php
Chasing Rainbows http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/svetlanaseries.php
and Faery Underground http://girlamatic.com/faeryunderground/, nya!
Jeannie:
My choices repurresent Drunk Duck http://www.drunkduck.com/:
Wei Lei & Anise Shaw’s Anatta http://www.drunkduck.com/Anatta/index.php
Holly’s Terra http://www.drunkduck.com/Terra_online_comic/
and Kai’s Nahim http://www.drunkduck.com/Nahim/index.php
Yvonne:
My picks are affiliated with Smack Jeeves http://www.smackjeeves.com/,
nya, such as A Tear of Blood, http://tearofblood.smackjeeves.com/
Of Snakes and Appleshttp://snakesnapples.smackjeeves.com/comics/
and Dreadnight http://dreadnight.smackjeeves.com/, nya! Myayr’s turn, nya!
Mary Nyan:
I would like to recommend these three web comics from the
Keenspot comics collective http://www.keenspot.com/:
Sarah Ellerton & Bobby Crosby’s Dreamless http://dreamless.keenspot.com/
Kel McDnald’s Strange Someone http://veiledtruths.com/strangesomeone/
and Jenny Breeden’s Geebas on Paradehttp://www.geebasonparade.com/
We intermewed Jenny in the November 2009 Mew!
Mike:
That’s all of our picks for October, but I’m sure we’ll be recommending more
great web comics by those publishers, collectives and hosts in future Mews!
Next month, we’ll mention a few of our favorites from Graphic Smash, Snafu,
Blank Label, Palace in the Sky, Spider Forest, UpDown Studio, and Zuda!
Speaking of web comics, when we return from the break, we’ll be joined by
special Guest comics artist/ author Clint Hollingsworth, so please stay tuned!

(snip)
(one short break later…)
Main event: an intermew with Clint Hollingsworth!

Yvonne:
This month’s special guest is Clint Hollingsworth, author & artist of several web comics such as the high adventure of the Wandering Oneshttp://www.wanderingones.com, Shin Kagehttp://www.shinkage.com/, and illustrator of Melpomenehttp://clanofthecats.keenspot.com/Melpomene, which was written by our friend & web master Jamie Robertson, http://clanofthecats. nya!
Clint is not only very talented & purrolific with the comics but he is also an avid wilderness explorer, and we’ll be discussing all of those things and more as we welcome him to The Mew, nya! Aloha Clint- would you like a tasty beverage or a yummy snack, nya?
Clint:
Thank you Ms. Vonny, I’d like to try one of those Lava Flow drinks… Oh wait, is that a frou frou drink?
Yvonne:
Purrsonally, I don’t care if it is a frou frou drink as long as it is a yummy drink, nya! (gets Clint the beverage) So could you please tell us a bit about yourself – where are you from, nya?
Clint:
II grew up in a very rural area in North Central Washington State, a little town called Leavenworth. It’s now quite the tourist destination and retirement community, but back when I was a kid, my nearest kid friend to play with was a mile away. I grew up in the shadow of the forests of the East side of the Cascade Mountains.
Yvonne:
What were the early signs that you had such artistic & storytelling talent, nya?
Clint:
My dad, a WW2 vet, instead of reading fairy tales to me, would read Sgt. Rock and Haunted Tank comics to me. He was n’t watching me to closely while reading, and didn’t notice (at first) that I was drawing the story on my bedroom wall in ball point pen.
Yvonne:
What sort of formal art or writing training have you had?
Clint:
For all the art training I’ve had, you’d think I’d be a better artist, but I have a BFA from Washington State University and an AAA in Visual Communications from The Art Intstitute of Seattle. I’ve worked as a graphic artist as my day job for many a moon
Yvonne:
I read that you are a Hal Foster fan, nya! Who are some of your other favorite artists & authors, nya?
Clint:
Heh. I’m so old school, that most of the webcomic audience will wonder who I’ve talking about. My influences are guys like Russ Heath (DC War Comics), Neal Adams, John Buscema (Conan), Frank Miller (Ronin, The Dark knight) and John Byrne. But it’s Foster who I usually pull out and study line for line.
I also got a great artistic boost from Frank Frazetta. These days I also like to just study the illustrators of the early part of the last century. Lately though, I really enjoy looking at the more cartoonish work of Adam Warren (Empowered) and I’m just blown away by the art in Vagabond, by Takehiko Inoue. His work is easily some of the most gorgeous I have ever seen in comics.
Yvonne:
Those are all great artists, nya! Are you a fan of Mark Schultz, who created Xenozoic Tales and who currently writes Purrince Valiant, nya?
Clint:
I love his work. I have the original trades of his Xenozoic Tales, and I’ve always regretted that more didn’t come out.
Yvonne:
What are your purrfurred media & tools, nya?
Clint:
I have all the old school tools, the crow quills, brushes, rapidograph tech pens… all sitting in a drawer now. A lot of my drawing is done during lunch at my day job, so I have switched to a combo of non repro-blue pencil, Pentel pocket brush pen, and Pilot Vision roller ball pens (archival ink).

For grays, I have a few prismacolors, or I will simply add grays in Photoshop. I hope, someday, to get a Cintiq drawing tablet, and try my hand at going all digital (I’m drowning in Wandering Ones pages), but finances say “wait on that….”
Yvonne:
Wandering Ones is gorgeous & exciting favorite web comic of ours- how did it originate, nya?
Clint:
I had been taking classes at The Tom Brown Tracker School, Earthwalk Northwest and The Wilderness Awareness School, and with all this knowledge bouncing around my head, the idea for a comic on these lines was percolating in various forms.
I pitched a “proto-Wandering Ones” comic to some of the mid range comic book publishers, to no avail, and then, in late 1999, Chris Crosby, whom I had done some work  for, asked if I wanted to be part of this new-fangled Keenspot thingy on the internet.

Ideas for Ravenwing and the crew just seemed to blossom (explode more like) and I said yes. I promptly stole the basic html code from Darren GAV Bluell’s NUKEE’s home page and designed my first Wandering Ones page around it. On April 8, 2000, it was show time
Yvonne:
You draw such sexy, rugged characters, ancient and modern technology, and lush landscapes, with excellent line work, shading, color, and graphic narrative to tell the story that has a great plot, pace, characterizations and dialog- and with such frequency too, nya! What is the most challenging part of all that work, nya?
Clint::
I’m always a little envious of some of the well known web cartoonists who have a month or more buffer of strips. I’m usually finishing a Wandering Ones page just a few hours before it updates *sigh*. On the other hand, many of these prolific rascals are gag-a-day cartoonists who can do 3 strips or more in a day once they get the writing finalized. It takes me 4-6 hours to pencil and ink a page, more if there’s a lot of technology.
Yvonne:
Could you please describe your art & writing process from the initial ideas to when  it appears online, nya?
Clint:
This is a little embarassing. I violate all the rules of scripting. Wandering Ones is very stream of conciousness, in that while I have a general outline of the story in my head, I usually am writing the dialog as I letter the page on my Mac. I have a rough idea for dialog going in, and sometimes I will rough it out in a sketch book around a thumbnail of the page, but often, it’s write and re-write in the actual word balloons.

As for the art, nothing special there… after drawing each page in blue pencil, I will tighten certain spots in regular pencil and then begin inking. I scan each page with an old Mustek A3 scanner, clean up in Photoshop on my old Mac G4 733 and letter in Illustrator CS. Web ready images are generated in ImageReady and uploaded to my FTP site on Keenspot. I used to take 8 or more hours to do a page and pencil a lot tighter, but now, half the drawing is in the inking stage, since I’m  a one-man show.
Yvonne:
Your enthusiasm for the wilderness, and outdoor survival is evidenced in the comics and all the neat bonus parts of the web site. How did you get interested in hiking, camping, and tracking, nya?
Clint:
My grandparents were horse packers into the Cascades, and my mom, Father and stepdad were all avid outdoors people. I was playing in mountain lakes from the time I was a toddler.
Yvonne:
I have been wanting to get a Banker Pony, nya. How often do you take such trips and what are some of your favorite places, nya?
Clint:
I sleep out in the mountains or the nearby sagebrush desert maybe 10 nights a year. the time I spend out there is the time that I completely own, with no liens from anyone else. My favorite place is the Icicle River Drainage, which starts just south of Stevens Pass in the Cascades and goes 30 miles all the way down to the Leavenworth  area. I have several “stealth camps” off the trails in that area. (I always draw a map of my destination to leave with my wife, just in case I get myself in trouble and she needs to send in the SAR people)
Yvonne:
That sounds like lots of fun, nya! I don’t go hiking much but I do take boat trips, nya! What are the some of the more interesting animal tracks you’ve found, nya?
Clint:
I’ve found tracks of just about every mammal and a lot of the reptiles in the Pacific Northwest at one time or another. Animals are a lot closer than people think, most people just aren’t looking
Yvonne:
Have they ever led you right up to the animal, nya?
Clint:
A few times… I’ve tracked  a doe back to her bed. I only saw her though because the mosquitos were making her as miserable and fidgety as they were making me.The wildest experience I had was going across the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, sneaking up to some moving brush, only to find out it wasn’t  a deer I was getting close to, It was a cougar. She hissed at me mightily, and I backed away slowly, apologizing for my bad manners all the way.
Yvonne:
Mosquitos and cougars and deer- oh my, nya! What are your favorite animals, nya?
Clint:
The Red Tailed Hawks and I seem to have some sort of affinity. When I’m out in sagebrush country, they always seem to circle above me. Probably in the hope that the big clumsy human  will scare up something tasty. When I was a teen, I got to hold one and help release her into the wild. My Karate instructor at that time was a raptor rehabilitator.
Yvonne:
How are you at tracking humans, nya? Have you ever helped search for missing people, nya?
Clint:
I don’t have lot of experience tracking people and the only one I’ve ever tracked to “rescue” was my wife Suzie. We were hiking with my mom, and Suzie got out of sight ahead of us.

When we got to the car she wasn’t there and I knew where she had turned wrong. Once I got on the other trail she had turned onto, her tracks led me to her. She was pretty freaked out, as the side trail she was on kept going on into the mountains.
Yvonne:
What is your opinion about crypto-zoological mysteries such as Bigfoot, nya?
Clint:
I would never be so arrogant as to say that I know for a fact they don’t exist. Humans have a tendency to not see what they don’t want to see but I have never seen any evidence of Sasquatch myself. I’d like to though…
Yvonne:
I was just curious since you are into tracking in the Pacific North West, nya! Let’s move on to your other awesome web comic Shin Kage, nya! It is amazing that you create this comic book as well as Wandering ones too, nya! How did you get the idea for Shin kage and find the time to so lavishly write & render it too, nya?
Clint:
Shin kagé is one of my oldest comics, and I started it back in 1983 for APA 5. I remember getting feedback from guys like Mike Richardson (Publisher of Dark Horse comics), Chris Warner, and Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Gallactica). Many of the early pages were drawn long before it became a web comic, and now since it’s done “Prince Valiant” style, I only seem to be able to get one page up a week, if I’m lucky.
Yvonne:
Wandering Ones has a more native American ambience while Shin Kage seems to have roots in feudal Japanese culture, but am I right in that both seem recur the theme of the purrimal spirit and old ways pitted against the incursions of more advanced, but not necessarily suppurrior technology, nya?
Clint:
Let’s face it. I may exist in the modern world, but my heart is… out there, somewhere by a secluded waterfall. I’ve always worn that heart, not on my sleeve, but in my comic stories.
Yvonne:
While you are visiting the island, you should tour the maritime forest and see the waterfalls, nya! Fortunately for your fans, you are not too much of a Luddite, or we would not get to admire your web comics, nya!
Clint:
I owe Apple Computer and Adobe Inc. a world of thanks. If you ever saw my hand lettering, you’d thank them too.
Yvonne:
You are also good at drawing fantasy faeries, sword & sorcery, and mecha & starships too, based on the Star Trek sample pages in your site’s gallery, that you drew to submit to DC, nya! Not only did the ships look accurate but interiors, gadgets and the portraiture of the characters too, nya. Was that style of clean high tech space opera a more refreshing change, or was it a tougher different challenge. nya?
Clint:
it’s definitely a tough challenge. It’s no coincidence that  much of the Wandering Ones is set in places with little modern architecture. When I start getting into spaceships or high tech settings, my drawing time expands greatly, as I’m needing perspective lines and convincing details for all the tech stuff. I did three fantasy illustrations for Kenzer and Co.’s book “The Elves and Bugbears of Telene” and they took me days to do
Yvonne:
By the way, what are some of your favorite other web or purrint comics, nya?
Clint:
Well, Clan of the Cats, obviously. For a while there, it felt like Jamie and I were the only drama webcomics out there in a sea of humor strips. Thankfully that has changed a bit. I like Templar Arizona, The Dreamer… I love just about anything Gisele LaGace does, including Menage a Three, Evil Inc by Brad Guigar and Schlock Mercenary. In print, I haven’t picked up a Marvel of DC in ages, but I really enjoy Viz’s VAGABOND and one of my favorite books of the decade would be Alan Moore’s PROMETHEA.
Yvonne:
Yay Purromethea, nya! That is a good comic, nya. Do you attend any conventions, nya?
Clint:
I’ve been to the San Diego Comicon with Keenspot a few times, and what a wild ride that is. These days, I mostly do the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. I’ve been thinking about doing some cons in Portland, but if you look up inertia in the dictionary, you’ll find my name as one of the definitions. Every time I go though, I meet soooo many great people!
Yvonne:
How is your Mountainworld purroject purrogressing. nya? Or Scorn, nya?
Clint:
I want to finish Mountainworld, even have it all plotted out, but working at a day job severely curtails how many projects I can deal with at once. As for Scorn, she’s owned by Chris Crosby. There are thirty something pages of Scorn that never have seen print in any medium and probably never will unless he decides to do something with them. All I own are the original pages, which are sitting in a drawer somewhere. This is why I really like owning the projects I work on. I worked my ass off on those Scorn pages, and it’s a shame not to show them.
Yvonne:
Speaking of other people’s characters that you’ve drawn, Corrine / Mel is our favorite Clan of the Cats character (although we love Chelsea & Jubal & Cynthia & Paul & Sebo too), nya! So we were very eager to get the Melepomone book, nya! Could you tell us how that collaboration with Jamie came about, nya?
Clint:
Jamie Robertson contacted me when Keenspot decided to have “Keenspot Premium” content (pay to view) and we, thinking that this might finally be a money maker for us, were eager to do something. I had wanted to do a collaboration with him for a long time, since Clan of the Cats was one of the first web comics I followed. He gave me the general idea, and even though I was doing two webcomics at the time, I wanted to work with him.
Yvonne:
Given all the wolves, bears, landscapes of various terrains, and of course the sexy savage grrls who turn into leopards you were a good choice to draw a Mel comic, nya! Was that an easier for comic to do since it was a collaboration, or was it more challenging to interpurret & visualize what someone else was writing, nya?
Clint:
First let me say that I enjoyed every second of working on Melpomene, but it was a bit of a strain. I was stretched pretty thin with what I was drawing and a full time Graphic Production job at AAA Washington’s corporate HQ. Couple that, with the first 20 pages being done in Watercolor, and I was sweatin’.

Once Jamie took over coloring and I was able to just produce line art, it became a lot easier. It was also thrilling to see my pages colored by someone who knew what they were doing. And yes, it was kind of a relief to just be in charge of the art and let Jamie do all the heavy lifting in the writing department.
Yvonne:
He sure is good at those, nya! How might you compare / contrast your script writing purrocess to Jamie’s, nya?
Clint:
Hmmm. Well, let’s see,.. Jamie Robertson is organized, meticulous and plans ahead. and I…. wildly throw my story ideas on paper á la Jackson Pollock.
Yvonne:
Meleopomone: The Chaos Orb was not for widdle kiddies given the nudity and graphic violence, which is a tad bit more than one tends to mewsually see in Clan of the Cats, nya. Was this ever a tricky concern, and how did the COTC fans react, nya?
Clint:
It was a little weird for me in that I try to keep Wandering Ones within a Pg13 to mild R rating. In some cases, Jamie specified the nudity and in other cases I just put it in where it seemed logical. A were wolf / leopard / panther is probably not going to be too concerned with staying clothed.

As for the gore, we were originally behind a subscription screen, so I decided to show it as it would be when were creatures fight. Messy. As for fan reaction, maybe Jamie heard a lot more, but as for me, it was pretty much crickets chirping. But they’re his characters and his fans, so that’s not surprising.
Yvonne:
Well we here at The Mew sure liked it, nya! What are some of your other collaborations, nya?
Clint:
Pretty much just Scorn with Chris. I did some Battletech comics back in the Dark Ages, but Blackthorne publishing went out of business before they could see print. (More pages sitting in drawers). I tend to shy away from collaborations more these days in that I like owning what I work on. It would need to be a VERY special collaboration with someone I REALLY respect to do much more work like that. That was the reason Melpomene came into being, since I held Jamie in very high esteem.
Yvonne:
Can you tell us about some of your future purrojects, nya?
Clint:
I’m currently working on a stand alone print comic featuring one of Ravenwing’s  apprentices, as he takes his tracker scout trial. I’m trying to do it in full color and I admit it’s been slow going, as I’m only about 11 pages in. I’m hoping to do this in both the direct market and web sales.
Yvonne:
Good luck with that, nya! You have Wandering Ones merchandise such as shirts, cards, mugs & stuff for sale at your online store http://www.cafepress.com/wanderingone/ and books collecting Wandering Ones and Shin Kage at http://www.wanderingones.com/stuff/WanderingOnesBook.html, nya! What if a fan wanted to commission a lovely sketch of Ravenwing- do you have time to do those. nya?
Clint:
If you got the money, honey, I got the time…. Just let me check my mini skirt and fishnet stockings…. I’m always open to commissions, I like money. Wait. Was that too honest?
Yvonne:
Hmm, I will have to ask our purrducer Mike if we could budget a Ravenwing sketch, nya. Speaking of money, there are different notions of how to hopefully purrofit from web comics, such as ads, subscriptions, purrinted books & merchandise, etc nya. What is your opinion on that, nya?
Clint:
I’m going to go with the Half Pixel.com crew. Free content along paying ads and CAREFULLY CHOSEN merchandise that people actually want to buy. I’m a little shaky on that last one.
Yvonne:
Do you have any creative or business advice for aspiring artists & writers, nya?
Clint:
For web cartoonists, I would say that the internet is so huge that you could have thousands of readers, and barely scratch the surface. Advertise in a variety of places with ProjectWonderful.com, especially if you have a niche comic like I do. Read the site webcomicweekly.com and buy their book “How To Make Webcomics”. I’ve almost been at this ten years, and I learned a lot from these guys. So much information…
Yvonne:
Do you have any advice for hikers, campers & trackers, nya?
Clint:
Hikers, go through you gear and weed, weed, weed. Most people carry far more for overnight backpacking than they need. ALWAYS tell someone where you are going and when you should be back. Check out Cody Lundin’s book “98.6 Degrees, The Art of Keeping your Ass Alive, and Ray Jardine’s book “Trail Life” to lighten your load.

Trackers: Get out, get your nose in the dirt, and track. Tracking knowledge can be learned in books, but tracking skill doesn’t come through the front door of your mind. You HAVE to get on your knees and follow the trail…
Yvonne:
Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit us! We hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your visit to the island and we will see you later at tonight’s luau, nya!
Clint:
Oh! Luau! Woo hoo!
Yvonne:
Hai, it is a fun festivity with numcious food, nya! That’s all for this segment, but we’ll be right back after this short break, nya!
(snip)
(one short break later…)
Mike:
Welcome back! it’s time for a surprise
Bonus Lightning Round:
our favorite ghost & haunt movies!

Nyanko:
Wait wait- what are we qualifying as ghost or haunt movies?
Elizabeth:
Yeah- The Star Wars, Lord of the Rings Harry Potter movies have ghosts in ‘em- would those count?
Petra:
Johann Krauss in Hellboy 2, nya!
Jeannie:
There were some spirits in Conan the Barbarian too.

Mike:
Ah well yes they do have ghosts but… ah  I was really thinking more like movies where the main focus of the whole movie is the ghost or the haunting!
Mary Nyan
TV shows?
Mike:
Sure, but I am timing this lightning round to go very fast. Jeannie, you’re the starter this time!
(the catgirls in unison)
LIGHTNING ROUND – GO!!!

Jeannie:
I will nominate Kwaidan, The Shining (1980), Ghost Story, The 1988 version of A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart, and any good purrformaces of Hamlet or MacBeth. (tags Petra to go next)

Petra:
Um, um… I like Topper, and 13 Ghosts (1960), The Haunting (1963) of course, and, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, oh and and Blackbeard’s Ghost, nya! Um… Lizzy’s turn, nya!(tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:
Definitely Poltergeist and Ghostbusters… Beetlejuice…The Frighteners, and Patrick Swayze’s Ghost movie. (tags Nyanko)

(The catgirls bow their heads for a moment.)

Nyanko:
OK my picks are A Chinese Ghost Story, um… oh yeah- Curse of the Undead Yoma, and… Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, One Hundred Monsters, and Along With Ghosts. (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:
Mine are all anime titles, nya! Spirited Away, Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Haunted Junction, Phantom Quest Corp, and the epurrsodes of Urusei Yatsura with the ghost cat, nya! (tags mary nyan)

Mary Nyan:
Okay… Sleepy Hollow, The House Where Evil Dwells… The Keep… The Forgotten One, A Stir of Echoes, and The Sixth Sense! Back to you, Mike!

Mike:
Spirited Away, A Chinese Ghost Story, Poltergeist, The Haunting (1963), The Legend of Hell House, and High Plains Drifter! Well that was a fast–
Elizabeth:
Wait wait- I want to amend my list, to include the episodes of Angel with Phantom Dennis!

Petra:
There are cute epurrsodes of Bewitched with castle ghosts, such as Season 5′s  “McTavish” and Season 8′s “The Ghost Who Made a Spectre of Himself”, nya!

Jeannie:
The 2nd season epurrsode of Gilligan’s Island “Ghost a Go-Go” guest starred Richard Kiel as a fake Russian Ghost.

Nyanko:
Oh, well now a buncha Scooby Doo ghosts come to mind!

Yvonne:
Vampire Purrincess Miyu OVA 3 “Fragile Armor” had a ghost antagonist, nya.

Mike:
Well while we’re at it I should also mention two great episodes of The Wild Wild West: “The Night of the Man-Eating House”, and “The Night of the Returning Dead”! Well Myayr, how ’bout you- any more you’d like to add before we proceed to the next topic?

Mary Nyan:
You mean, aside from several outstanding ‘spirited’ Twilight Zones such as “Death’s Head Revisited”,A Game of Pool”, The Hunt”, “Death Ship” and others?
Here is a link to the good article on the more ghostly epurrsodes of The Twilight Zone at http://www.tabula-rasa.info/Horror/SixteenGhosts.html, which is just one of the many neat articles at Kyla Ward & David Carroll’s fascinating site, Tabula Rasa http://www.tabula-rasa.info/! But I suppose we should not tarry further and purroceed to the next seasonal topic of-
Halloween Hopes & Catgirlish Cosplay

Mary Nyan:
This is a most exciting month for the island matsuri! There’s the Doll Festival,
he Pumpkin and Gourd Festival, Trick ‘r Eats, the cosplay compurrtitions…
Nyanko:
The steampunk murder mystery larp in Dach’s mansion, the torchlight cavern
tour of Angora Kat, ghost story time at The Kitt Inn and the haunted orchard…
Elizabeth:
…the faerie foxfire show, the haunted maritime forest, the mermaid kelp mazes…
Petra:
Unfortunately I don’t Scuba dive, so I will miss the kelp maze experience, nya!
Jeannie:
I could send down an ROV which you could remote pilot thru the mazes.
Yvonne:
They are impurressive and deep, nya!
Nyanko:
It is a big honor to win the purrize for best maze!
Mike:
What is the cosplay plan for this year?

Petra:
Thank you for including me in this year’s group cosplay, nya!
Yvonne:
We’re glad you could join, nya! So what is the plan Myayr, nya?
Mary Nyan:
Last year our group cosplay repurresented the characters from the anime
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue so unless we wish to repurrise those costumes
we need to select another theme!
Jeannie:
How many of us will purrticipate in this group?
Elizabeth:
I think it is just us six plus Ilyana unless Mike wishes to join!
Yvonne:
Yay Ilyana’s gonna purrticipate, nya!
Mike:
That’s OK- I’ll leave the Halloween night scampering  and purrowling for treats
to y’all, but I might attend some of the other festivities with y’all!
Nyanko:
So we need to vote on the costumes! What were last year’s other candidates?
Mary Nyan:
Besides Daphne, we narrowed the list to Aria, Ah My Goddess, Battle Athletes,
Burst Angel, Bubblegum Crisis, Sailor Moon, Silent Mobius and Sol Bianca;
and Tenchi and Ranma 1/2 have also been suggested for this year!
Jeannie:
There are purrose and cons with each, such as the expense and complexity,
or purrhaps being either too cumbersome or delicate for the night’s purrposes.
Yvonne:
There will be seven of us, and we’ll be running around outdoors & splashing,
so the costumes should be sturdy & not easily snagged by a spooky tree, nya!

(everyone glances at Elizabeth)
Elizabeth:
Quit reminding me!

Jeannie
So that is 10. We need to choose one with at least 7 characters to cosplay as,
that will not be too expensive and will not malfunction during the active night.
Nyanko:
That might rule out the delicate goddess robes and undine uniforms.
Yvonne:
There are only the four Knight Sabres in Bubblegum Crisis, four heroines
in Burst Angel and just five in Sol Bianca so those are also ruled out, nya.
Jeannie:
As I recall, Myayr did not wish to do another Sailor Moon cosplay because she’d
already done that at some cons and hopes to do new costumes each Halloween.
Mary Nyan:
It’s OK with me if y’all want the Sailor Mooni costumes, and there are definitely
enough senshi from that show to masquerade as - but be careful with the skirts!
Petra:
Would there be enough roles in those other series, nya?
I hope my purresence will not make this more difficult nya!

Jeannie:
Not at all you are are the most welcome addition and there are more choices.
Mike
Silent Mobius: Katsumi, Rally, Kiddy, Nami, Yuki, Lebia, Lum Cheng = 7!
Nyanko:
Battle Athletes: Akari, Anna, Kris, Ichino, Tanya, Jessie, Ayla, Mylanndah, Lahrri
… wow that makes nine already, so that would be a plentiful cosplay candidate!
Elizabeth:
Between the Tenchi OVAs, TV series & movies there’s: Ryoko, Ayeka, Mihoshi,
Sasami, Kiyone, Washu, Ryo-Ohki, Mayuka, Ahika… so there are enough roles!
Petra:
The girls of Ranma 1/2 include Ranma-chan, Akane, Nabiki, Kasume, Shampoo,
Ukyo, Kodachi, Cologn, Nodoka…  so there are enough, nya!
Jeannie:
Thus the field is further reduced to: Battle Athletes, Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon,
Silent Mobius and Tenchi. With seven of us voting, there will not be a tie vote.
Petra:
When will we vote, nya?
Mary Nyan:
Jen & I need to make some estimations on materials and we need to confer with
Ilyana, but we should decide soon, to have enough time to make the costumes!
Nyanko:
We will need to rehearse ‘n choreograph our group purresentation too!

Petra:
Oh so we don’t have to decide right now during the show, nya!
Elizabeth:
No, but in a few days!

Yvonne:
JenJen got Myayr interested in the yoga and Mayr got Jenjen into cosplay, nya!
Jeannie:
Myayr purrfurs to sew them by hand, but I can make purrcise body scans for the
costume fittings with the laser scanner, and build the purrops in my workshop.
Petra:
Please let me know what to contribute, nya!
Elizabeth:
I suppose that is at rest for the moment- what is the next topic?
Mike:
That was our last topic!

The Cat Lady Sings (and thanks)…

Mary Nyan:
Well guess this wraps it up for yet another edition of The Mew, and we all
thank our friend & web master Jamie Robertson for all his hard work, nya!

(the catgirls in unison)
DOMO ARIGATOO GOSAIMASU, NYA!

Yvonne:
It was so nice to meet our special guest Clint whose purresence here was
greatly appurreciated, and we hope to see him later at tonight’s luau, nya!

Jeannie:
It was good that our busy friends Petra & Nay-sensei could join us again too.

Nyanko:
We wish to also thank Rod Espinosa for the catgirl sketch!
Petra:
Thank y’all for having me back and fr the birthday purresent,
and I look forward to the Halloween night group fun too, nya!

Elizabeth:
If y’all have polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them -
purrvided that such brief non-snarky remarks are spam-free and stay on-topic.

Mike:
Thanks for watching The Mew everybody! We’ll be back with more next month!
Be there… aloha!

(the girls in unison):
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! BaiBai! nya!


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