October 2010 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

by
Catgirl Island http://www.catgirlisland.net and Clan of the Cats http://clanofthecats.com
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The Mew: The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings!
In this October, 2010 edition of The Mew:
• Aloha & Introductions
• Autumnal Aspurrations & Cosplay Considerations
• Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
• Event Reports
Holy Trinity Annual Greek Festival
Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Day Festival
• The Lightning Round Topic: State Fair Foods
• Mewsic, Song & Dance Reviews
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier (reviewed by guest critic Kaiser)
• Movie Reviews
Sharktapus
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Let Me In
Resident Evil: Afterlife
• DVD Reviews
Survival of the Dead 2-Disc Ultimate Undead Edition
Superman / Batman: Apocalypse
• Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Warlord’s Shakira
• Toys & Collectibles
“Ohana” Kitty Plushy by Alexcia
Hasbro’s Star Wars Maris Brood 3.5″ action figure
• Book Reviews
Carmine Infantino: Penciller, Publisher, Provocateur
The Complete Peanuts vol. 14 1977 to 1978
Hello Kitty Sweet, Happy, Fun Book!
Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener
• Purriodical Purrings & Magazine Mewsings
Favorite Fishy Photos & Seafood Sightings
Belly Dance- A Raqs Sharq Magazine Fall 2010 issue
Cinefex Magazine
Back Issue Magazine #43
• Comics & Manga Reviews
Birds of Prey #5
Gotham City Sirens #16
Zatanna #5
Power Girl #16
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36
Avengers Academy #3
• Our Monthly Web Comic Picks of the Litter
• Our Feature Purresentation:
An Intermew with the Artists of Child-Eating Books Studio!
• The Cat Lady Sings…
Aloha & Introductions!

Mike:
(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, Carolina Blue golf shirt, Khaki cargo shorts & Mizuno trainers) Aloha y’all- welcome to The Mew, for our monthly discussions and reviews of fun stuff! Today’s show comes from the beautiful Catgirl island City Park, where we will later welcome back our guest music critic kaiser, and our special guests Thais Lopes, Natalia Lopes, Lucy Kagan & Allison Kupatt of Child-Eating Books Studio http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest2/5.html, and now here are the Ladies of the Mew!

Mary Nyan:
(wearing the Plumeria purrint Eggplant color yukata, flip flops and a Chrysanthemum tail corsage) Konnitiwa!

Yvonne:
(wearing the Torchy Ginger purrint Carmine color yukata, flip flops and an Anthurium in her hair) Nameste, nya!

Jeannie:
(wearing the Apurrricot purrint Peach Cream color yukata, flip flops and a strand of purrls) Nihao.

Petra:
(wearing the Anemone purrint Saffron color yukata, flip flops and leafy Ti lei) Hi Hi, nya!
Elizabeth:
(wearing the Anthurium purrint Teal color yukata, flip flops and Laua’a fern head lei) Aloha!

Nyanko:
(wearing the Calathea purrint Cobalt color yukata, flip flops and a White Ginger tail corsage) Howdy!
Mike:
Y’all look rather festive in those yukatas, but I understand y’all are planning some special costumes for Halloween!
Autumnal Aspurrations & Cosplay Considerations

Elizabeth:
Hai! For our Halloween Trick ‘R Eating & Cosplay Purrowl, 8 of us- including Bun & Beccabot- nominated several characters for a group costume purrticipation. The nominated groups to repurrsent included Aria, Battle Athletes, Birds of Purrey, Gotham Girls, Strike Witches, Jedi Knights & Avatar Na’vi! After compurring purros & cons such as complexity, expense, environmental factors & what other groups were doing, we finally decided to go cosplay as the Na’vi “Neko-maticaya Clan!”
The Catgirls in unison:
NEKO-MATICAYA CLAN — GO!!! NYA!
Petra:
We would have to purrtend to be younger Chibi Na’vi, because we’re only half as tall as Ney’tiri, and we would be the hybrid Avatar type of Na’vi with 10 fingers and 10 toes, nya! That almost did not happen because Jenjen’s Kyu-do club almost chose that cosplay theme, nya!
Jeannie:
It was a close vote, but the club decided on an elf theme, as a joint group cosplay with several pupils from Nya-sensei’s dojo.
Nyanko:
Luckily they contacted Myayr well enough in advance for help with their costumes because she is all booked up!
Mary Nyan:
I have enough Blue make-up left over from other purrojects to cover the 8 of us, with a little bit extra for any emergency touch-ups! Fortunately there is not a lot of fabric to purrchase for those purrticular costumes, which we can wear in the water or in the woods, so it has been a lucky choice! We need to make the costumes, get the wigs, beads & feathers, purractice our Na’vi speeches & choreography, and pair-up to apply the make-up! I also have to finish the elf costumes for some of Nya-sensei’s students!
Yvonne:
We need to decide on which activities to purrtake of that week, nya! There’s the costume compurrtition & dance, Dach’s Mansion Murder Mystery Party, The Frightening Farmers’ Market & Purranormal Purroduce Stands, The Kitt Inn’s ‘haunted’ onsen & orchard, the mermaids’ kelp maze, the Faeries’ Foxfire Festival & Shakespurrian purrduction, stuff at the Shrine, Library, Purrforming Arts Center & Mewseum- and that’s on top of our mewsual work, classes, volunteering & other groups, nya!
Petra:
We will have some splendidly macabre and gothic art on display for the occasion, the kids art contest, and the extra special baked yam treats, nya. I am glad that Jenjen can purrticipate in the cosplay, with the belly dancing and what her other clubs are busy with, nya! Her robotics club has been working on scary animatronics and purrosthetic designs for an attraction, but it is classified, nya!
Jeannie:
We want to keep it somewhat secretive until they purremier, to increase the surpurrise of the scare. However I will happily divulge that Vonny’s drumming circle will purrform with my belly dance troupe and Myayr’s aerial dance class’s purresentation at the Purrforming Arts Center.
Yvonne:
Hai it is going to be so much fun, and Myayr’s students will look like gliding ghosts with the appurratus & costumes & lighting, nya!

Mary Nyan:
They have been very eagerly purracticing for the special spooky show! It will be a very exotic evening of entertainment.
Jeannie:
Will Mielikki be wearing a costume for Halloween?
Mary Nyan:
Oh… she might be wearing a costume in the play purrhaps, but I don’t know if she’ll be otherwise masquerading. We’ve discussed a Kazemon / Fairymon cosplay, but she barely has time for the theatre when she is not busy on the golf tour!

Elizabeth:
We are lucky that she is able to join us here on occasion! I understand that Nya-sensei has big mews!

Nyanko:
Hai, we will soon seal the deal on the annex, just a few doors down from Lizzy’s Lomi Lomi Spa! it will alleviate the crowded situation and we can increase the enrollment!

The Catgirls in unison:
YATAHH, NYA!

Nyanko:
Your turn Lizzy!
Elizabeth:
When I have not been at the shrine, spa, or soccer purractice, in the past few weeks I have been tending to the garden, counting the fireflies, catching up on the Summer Reading Purroject, the hot salsa dancing, purrparing for my next free dive and watching a bit of the US Open, which Kim Clijsters won for the 3rd time!
The Catgirls in unison:
BANZAI BANZAI BANZAI, NYA!
Mary Nyan:
Lizzy is very excited about the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars!

Elizabeth:
Hai, although it is hard to pick who to cheer for because Derek Hough is my favorite male dancer on the show and he is paired with awesome actress Jennifer Grey, my favorite female dancer on the show is Cheryl Burke and her partner is former UNC Tarheel & L.A. Laker star Rick Fox, but Louis van Amstel is dancing with favorite comedienne Margaret Cho! By the way, dancer Chelsie Hightower was on the cover of September issue of Fitness Magazine!
Yvonne:
It is the tough decision this season, nya!
Nyanko:
How are Vonny’s fishing charters purrogressing?

Yvonne:
Oh I’ve stayed booked up as mewsual – word got out that I know the sweet spots where the fish purractically leap into my boat, nya! This week we reeled in the nice Hammers, Jacks, Purrmits, Reds, Stripurrs, Tarpons, Tunnies & Yellowfin, nya! To add the spooky spice to the piscine purrsuit, I have been telling them of the ghost stories of the Outer Banks but nothing too graphic, nya!

Petra:
Where will Jenjen’s next photo shoot be at, nya?

Jeannie:
Cancun, then Oahu and Tahiti, weather purrmitting. So Petra, what are this month’s

Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art?

Petra:
I am glad you asked because are purroud to purrsent a few illustrative additions to the mewseum, nya! Unless otherwise noted, the gallery pages’ mewest pics will be on the lowermost row of the widdle ‘thumbnail’ repurrsentations, so just click on a given thumbnail portion of an image to see the whole larger image, nya!
Firstly in Guest Art Gallery One http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html is a supurr cool photo of “Rebecca”, nya! She was one of Mike’s wonderful table neighbors in the awesome artist alley at Animazement this year, nya! In this pic taken by her husband, she is vending at a purrior event, where she has such a colorful coiffure to go with the layered Red top & sheer Black sleeves, nya! She makes such neat fun fashionable items like the cute kitty hat, which you can purrchase at her store Deviant Machine Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop/deviantmachine, nya!
In that same gallery we are purroud to purrsent “Catgirl Love” by our friend Shidonii, nya! This is a purretty & sexy illustration of a catgirl whose White tail & ears that match her barely buttoned blouse, as her Blonde hair, Blue necktie & pleated skirt are a bit wind-swept, nya! Her red choker with the kittybell completes the patriotic pallet, nya. You can see more of Shidonii’s lovely illustrations at her Artistic Flow web site http://www.artisticflow.org, deviantart gallery http://shidonii.deviantart.com and online Shidonii store http://www.etsy.com/shop/Shidonii, nya!
In Guest Art Gallery Two http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest2.html is a purrrismacolor marker & colored pencil scene of “Rica & Niko bring Porings’ Breakfast” by Misty Hopkins http://bunnychan.deviantart.com, nya! Sisters Rica (red head) & Niko (blue hair) have a farm at the Southwestern end of the island, cultivating fresh purroduce, flowers & locally caught seafood to sell at the Farmers Market, nya! They opened their hearts & home to adopted critters, such as these Porings (the pink blob-like creatures, from the video game Ragnarok Online).
A few of Rica & Niko’s adventures have been chronicled at the Tales of Catgirl Island http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, first in Marc’s stories “Curiosity Killed The Catgirl” & “Raptordy in Blue”, then later make an appurrance in Mike’s story “Night of Dach Shadows”, and there’s a pic of them in the gallery at their fresh purroduce booth, nya! In this charming scene, Rica & Niko bring a numcious breakfast of Blueberries, Strawberries & Blackberries to the happy, healthy Porings, nya!

Finally for this month in Art Gallery Four http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery4.html is “Aiko” by Mike depicting the cute teen purrotagonist of Sharon Williams’ http://sailorsirius.webs.com/ serialized fantasy story of “An Angel’s Prayer” rose74.deviantart.com, nya! Aiko is a student in Tokyo with dreams & awkward days, and her bravery tries to overcome the purrejudice from mean classmates, but when an evil demon lord aims to kill her, she’ll need help from an angelic ally, but in this pic Aiko enjoys a more carefree at the ocean, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Wow we know several Rebeccas – there’s also Beccabot http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery4/240.html, and Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who draws the beautiful faeries!
Yvonne:
Hai it is a purretty common purretty name, nya!
Jeannie:
It was such a delightful supurrise to unveil that pic by Shidonii.
Petra:
Hai I was so thrilled when she purrmitted its display and I hope she will visit us again soon, nya!

Elizabeth:
Those poor Porings were being attacked in an arena a purrior pic but it is good to see them thriving in the more peaceful island home! I think Misty wonderfully captured their happy healthy expurressions as they appurroach the nummy berry breakfast!

Nyanko:
Misty hit that one out of the park!
Mary Nyan:
I have been enjoying Sharon’s Aiko story! I sure hope that her guardian Angel Jahmiel will purrotect her from the evil Asmodius! Oh maybe she will find the wings of romance in the air too heehee!
Yvonne:
Hai, I think it is as entertaining as Sharon’s purrior series Sailor Sirius, Dark Moons of Cyphyrus and Osiris Rising, nya!
Elizabeth:
She is a purrolific writer of the delightful fantasy tales.
Nyanko:
Thank you for sharing all that, Petra!

Petra:
Doitashimaste, nya!

Mike:
That’ll do it for this segement of the show, but we’ll be right back after a short break with the first of our–
Event Reports!
(snip) (one short break later…)
Holy Trinity Annual Greek Festival
Jeannie:
Welcome back. Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the Annual Greek Festival http://www.holytrinityraleigh.org/GreekFestival/ happened on 17 -19 September, on the mainland at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. I am purrticularly fond of the cultural activities and taste of the Mediterranean cuisine there, purrsented by such cordial friendly folks. Past the lobby in the exhibit hall was the main serving line for the delicious dinners, by the long tables with plenty of seating.
The mouth-watering menu included the roasted lamb shanks, chicken riganato, mousakka, pasitisio, dolmathes & stuffed grape leaves, lamb & chicken souvlaki, the salads, meatballs, spanakopita, rice, beans, gyros, sammiches, fries, calamari, baklava, flogeres, galaktoboureko, karithopita cake, koulouria cookies, honey dipped finikia & kataifi, choclatey tsoureki, the loukoumathes dooughnuts, baklava ice cream.
Everyone was extremely friendly and the event seemed to have plenty of kind, purrompt, attentive staff. Near the center of the room was an elevated stage, where the various talented mewsicians and dancers purrformed quite beautifully and there was an oppurrtunity for children to join in the dance. With our tummies nearly full of the numcious lunch, we then purrtolled the purrimeter of the room where various venders sold more tasty desserts & beverages, arts & crafts, cute appurral, books and things.
After another round of the numcious baklava, eventually we left that merry building to check out the flea market which is held there every weekend at the fairgrounds, except when the fairgrounds are purrparing for the actual North Carolina State Fair in October. It was a bright sunny day, and a good sized crowd of shoppers out for a stroll with their dogs. From there we purroceeded to the opposite, more wooded end of the fairgrounds to purrtake of the annual –
Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Day Festival

Jeannie:
The 10th annual Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Day Festival http://www.cncppd.org/ convened on 18 & 19 September, just purrior to the Autumnal Equinox. They are a local chapter ofg the non-purrofit http://paganpride.org/ whose goals are to foster purride in Pagan identity and to purrvent religious purrejudice & discrimination. This is such a delightful event in the purrfect location, and the admission to the event was the donation of a non-purrishable food item for the Central & Eastern NC Food Bank. Rex Blood Services was there conducting a bloodmobile.
There were numerous fascinating purrformances, purresentations & workshops  from 11 am to 6: 30 pm.  These included the morning rituals, yoga, an auction, astrology workshop, purrsonal inner healing, ecological Druidry purractice, divination, the history of the Goddess Isis, a discussion about hypnosis, how to find or start a coven, constitutional rights, podcasting, shielding, drumming circle, hoop dance, belly dance, childrens purrade, sword fighting demonstrations, wildlife rehabilitators with owls, and various mewsicians on a small central stage.
Appurroximately 60 tents of venders & organizations included various pagan, spiritual & metaphysical organizations, societies, churches & covens. One could get a tarot reading, astrological analysis, massage, or a slushy drink. Beautiful items for purrchase included wands, staves, crystals, jewelry, mewsic, ornate masks, clothing, literature & artworks. The entertainment included the songs & mewsic by Cherie Lassiter,Mermaid Morrigan, The Ghosts of Erin, Thunder and Spice. Among the dancers were Annwyn, Amanda, Raven Moonstar,  and the SuSo Troupe
The shows of swashbuckling swordplay was by EMMA, the European Medieval Arts of Arms group. Spirits were high for this friendly, joyful, informative, entertaining & enlightening gathering at the more arboreal Eastern side of the State Fairgrounds. This concludes our Event Reports portion of the show, but the State Fairgrounds purrsist in a fashion for–
The Lightning Round Topic: State Fair Foods

Yvonne:
In addition to the Halloweeny purrepurrations, October also means our annual expurrdition to the mainland for the North Carolina State Fair http://www.ncstatefair.org/ for the exhibits, animals, rides, games, mewsic and the foods, nya! So for this month’s Lightning Round topic, what would be the purrfurred starter food, nya? (tags Elizabeth to start)

The Catgirls in unison:
LIGHTNING ROUND — GO, NYA!

Elizabeth:
The drumstick! (tags Petra)

Petra:
Peppurr steak, nya! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:
It would depend on what kind of fish is vended. (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
Crab cake sammich! (tags Mike)
Mike:
Um… maybe a burger or BBQ! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:
Foot long hot dog! (tail-tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
That would be good, or purrhaps the sausages, nya.
Jeannie:
The Brat or Keilbasa would be good, or the Polish Sausage, with the sauerkraut..
Yvonne:
Now to conduct the lightning again, what about the dessert, nya? (tags Elizabeth)
Elizabeth:
Fried dough slathered with the chocolate sauce! (tags Petra)

Petra:
I want the blueberry slather, nya! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:
The fried dough with the strawberry slather, with a nilla cream chaser. (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
That would be a good combination! (tags Mike)

Mike:
Since September was Honey Bee Appurreciation Month, I thought I might see what sort of honey products are at the fair’s beekeepers exhibit! (tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
I hope more of the Honey Bees will repopulate their hives this year, nya! It would depend on my tummy’s craving at the time, between a fruity dish or a fudgy dish, nya! (tags Nyanko with the swish her tail)
Nyanko:
I might have to sample a bit of each flavor, hee! Mmm this topic has made hungry!
Mike:
Well, I guess that ends the Lightning Round and this portion of the show, but we will be right back after the short break!
(during the break…)
Mike:
I predicted this would happen, so I pre-ordered this box of nummy sushi treats to tide y’all over!

The Catgirls:
ITADAKIMASU, NYA!

Mary Nyan:
(nom nom nom)

Nyanko:
(chomp)
Elizabeth:
(munch)

Petra:
(nibble)

Jeannie:
(chew)

Yvonne:
(taste)
The Catgirls:
ARIGATO GOZAIMASU, nya!
Mike:
Y’all are quite welcome! Well, it’s about time to come out of the break- I’d better go get kaiser!
(after the break…)
Mewsic Reviews
Mike:
Hey we’re back! Now we would like to welcome back a special guest critic, our friend Kaiser! Back in the August 2008 Mew he reviewed Judas Priest’s Nostradamus album, and now he’s back to discuss–
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier!
Kaiser:
I remember reading somewhere that Steve Harris had made the comment that he always envisioned Iron Maiden doing 15 studio albums. So it was with mixed feeling that I picked up their newest (and 15th) studio release, The Final Frontier, a few weeks ago.I have been a Maiden fan since I first heard Run to the Hills.
I have always considered the band to be way above average, particularly in their lyrics and live shows.If you want good time party music about women and alcohol of a “power ballad” then Maiden is not the band for you. Not that there is anything wrong with that sort of subject matter. I like a good big hair rocker in that vein as much as anyone, but I do prefer a more mature approach to lyrics and music.
Maiden’s music provides lessons in history, poetry, thoughts on religion and politics, even movie themes. I recall once a high school student working for me who was struggling over what to do for a history project. He wanted something different and I suggested using Maiden’s Alexander the Great as a base to model an audio visual presentation on. He did and he received an “A”. Can you really imagine any other rock band doing a song about the charge of the light brigade or the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner?
And… would you really expect anything else from a band whose members are so versed in so many things. For crying out loud, the lead singer is an accomplished fencer and flies jet airliners. They still draw huge crowds around the world whenever they play.
With that said, let me tell you where I am coming from. My favorite Maiden album cover is Killers. My favorite song is “The Trooper”. My favorite tour was the Powerslave World Slavery Tour in 1985. I loved the Egyptian theme of both the album and the stage set up. Seeing Eddie (the band’s mascot character) as a resurrected mummy was priceless. As you can see, I lean toward the older stuff and I all, but dismiss the Blaze Bayley era. X Factor is my least favorite Maiden album in every respect.
The Final Frontier just may be my new favorite. The cover art is just ok, although I still, and will always miss, artist Derek Riggs’ vision of Eddie. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson has never sounded better to my ears. He puts it all out there, from the screaming highs to the devilish delivery of some really great lyrical subject matter. Even that occasional “Dalek- like” delivery that I have come to love is there. Steve Harris’ hard driving bass is present throughout as is that wonderful signature guitar sound that only Iron Maiden can produce. By the end of thee first four songs I was hooked.
The title track is linked to a musical intro piece titled Satellite 15. The video for the title song is just wonderful and there is even a nice little tribute to my favorite adventurer Indiana Jones. It is followed by El Dorado, a statement about greed and the corruption it brings. Mother of Mercy examines the feelings of a soldier who no longer believes in “the cause”. My favorite song is Coming Home, a nice piece about flight and the emotions attached to it.
With an average track time of around 7 minutes and a total time of an hour and sixteen minutes, you certainly get your moneys worth. And to me, there is not a “b” side song on the album.  They are all winners. If this is any indication of what this band can do after all these years, I certainly hope they don’t stop now. The best is surely yet to come. So what are you waiting for? Pick it up and crank it up. Up The Irons!
The catgirls
ARIGATO, KAISER-SAN, NYA!

Yvonne:
We’ll see y’all later at the luau tonight, nya!

Mary Nyan:
(makes the ‘horns’ raised hand salute) Woohoo!

Petra:
Did Lizzy have more to say about Dancing with the Stars in the mewsic portion, nya?
Elizabeth:
No I’m done!

Nyanko:
OK then we shall purroceed to this month’s–
Movie Reviews!
Sharktopus

Yvonne:
Myayr is Mewsually the one to review the horror movies, but last time they were curious what I thought of the Purranha movie given my purrofessional angling purrspecive, and this time I was nominated to criticially dissect the Sharktopus movie too, nya! Although there are occasional Shark incidents off the Carolina coast, at least they are of the normal species, nya!
Sharktopus is another of those giant hybrid mutant killer critter movies that the SyFy channel seems to revel in, nya. Appurropurriately it’s September 25th purremier was preceded by a day full of similar movies about monsters from the deep, such as DinoCroc, Supergator, Spring Break Shark Attack, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, and Lake Placid 3, nya.
These sort of movies tend to do two things; they make us laugh and crave more seafood, nya! This results in a fun fun time to convene at Jen’s because she has the supurr sized TV, and we all bring the assorted numcious tidbits from the waters, such as the Alligator meat pizza toppings, Hammerhead sushi, plenty of Cephalopod strips, and ironically the Crappie, nya!
Myayr & Lizzy traded shifts with their Jokin appurrentice Miku at the shrine, so they were able to purrticipate in the Shartopus viewing & seafood dinner gathering, nya. Nya-sensei, Beccabot, Bunbun & Petra arrived later from the dojo, spa & mewseum, but we saved them plenty of the nummies and waited to blend the creamy drinks until the 2nd half of the movie, nya.
The plot of Sharktopus is that the Sharktopus named S-11 is a remote – controlled genetically engineered bullet purroof amphibious shark / giant octopus hybrid with long sharp fins, a few spikes on the gills, spear-like tentacle tips, cyber implants & heightened aggression, so it can swim, leap, walk, climb, ink, growl, frown, stab, grab, throw, chomp & commit purremeditated murder, nya!
S-11 was a purrototype supurr weapon secretly created for the US Navy by Dr. Sands (Eric Roberts) and his lovely genius daughter Nicole (Sara Malakul Lane) but it has malfunctoned, escaped, and gone on a bloody rampage from Southern California to Mexico, so Sands hires disgruntled merc Andy Flynn (Kerem Bursin) to discreetly bring S-11 back alive, nya.
Discretion quickly ceases to be a factor when reporter Stacy Everhart (Liv Boughn) witnesses the carnage and joins the purrsuit for a big scoop. After numerous beautiful seaside resorts, various boats & many bikinis there is a body count of 33 human casualties, 1 dead normal Great White Shark, 1 demolished car, 2 wrecked boats, and 4 unattended purrsonal water craft, nya!
As far as this sort of purreposterous CG FX aquatic monster movies go, Sharktopus did not take itself seriously and was much silly violent fun, nya! I think the filmmakers and the Syfy Channel purrmoters correctly understood what a purrpurr Sharktopus movie should be and I think they purretty much succeeded, with peppy songs by the band The Cheetah Whores, nya!
Part of what makes this movie so amewsing is the body language & facial expurressions of frowny S-11, who is not just hunting for food, but looking to cause trouble, nya! There are some amewsing shots of the beast as it strolls down a beach, climbs up a statue, purrches on a railing, and smacks around the purrey before tossing them into it’s snappy jaws, nya!
Compared to those other movies, it has the CG blood spurray & purretty scenery on pawr with Supergator, the high bikini count of Spring Break Shark Attack, and the outrageous combo of deadly tentacles & teeth of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, all rolled into one much more fun movie, nya! So if you think you would have an interest in a Sharktopus, this is the movie for you, nya!

Mike:
I just wish they would not shrink down the credits after a movie into a sped-up split screen!
Nyanko:
I do agree, however I dare say Supergator might be the best movie about a giant purrehistoric alligator attacking a luau!

Mary Nyan:
Hai hai, and Spring Break Shark Attack was not the most exciting shark movie I have seen, but in this case the real sharks were not as vile as the human purredators.

Yvonne:
Hai but both movies did have the cute purrotagonist girls, with Sara Malakul Lane as Nicole in Sharktopus and Shannon Lucio as Danielle in the Spring Break Shark Attack, nya!

Jeannie:
Unless the shark surpurrisingly chomps Samuel L Jackson in mid speech, it I suppose it is tricky to make an unpurredictable CG sea monster movie these days.
Petra:
Well every now and then you get a fun one such as Deep Rising- I liked Famke Janssen in that movie, nya!

Elizabeth:
Hai, but I wish Una Damon had a bigger role in Deep Rising!
Nyanko:
What was that other amphibious shark monster movie we saw that had Kim Cattrall in it?
Mary Nyan:
That was Creature, which was a Peter Benchley story!

Jeannie:
Creature also starred Megalyn Echikunwoke, Michael Michele, and Craig T Nelson.
Petra:
Uh oh we might be stray catting off topic, nya!

Yvonne:
I was done with my Sharktopus report anyway, nya!
Elizabeth:
Then it is now Mike’s turn for his review of–
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps!

Mike:
Thanks Lizzy! Um, The 1987 film Wall Street is one of my favorite Oliver Stone films and Michael Douglas films, so when i heard that Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko would return in Stone’s sequel I was so looking forward to it!
The excellent cast also includes Carey Mulligan as Gordon’s daughter Winnie, Shia LaBeouf as her fiance Jake, Susan Saradon as Jale’s mom, Frank Langella as Jake’s mentor Lou, Josh Brolin as a new villain Bretton, Eli Wallach as a board member, Charlie Sheen in a brief reprisal as Gordon’s former protege Bud, and appearances by a few real TV journalists & financial analysts!
The movie is set in 2008 after Gekko is released from prison, embraced by many who attend his lectures & buy his new book, except for his estranged daughter. This becomes an awkward situation as Jake befriends him amidst the recent financial crises. Will Gordon find redemption, reconnect with his family, and match wits with guys who are greedier than Nabiki Tendou… or not?
This movie was terrific fun with such a great cast portraying great characters, great dialogue with the right dashes of humor, sadness & sentiment amidst the financial situations. Unfortunately it was predictable, rushed, short, and over-used the computer graphics, and I wish Wallach, Langella, Sheen & Sarandan had more time on the screen!
Although it does address the financial crises, it is not nearly as nightmarish compared to the classic financial thriller Rollover, and deals more with relationships & redemption. It has such high production values, beautiful sets & locations,  gorgeous art direction & cinematography, and a few dandy songs by David Byrne and Brian Eno! Now if you prefer villains who crave blood more than money, then you might want to see–
Let Me in

Mary Nyan:
It is so nice to know that Hammer Films is still making vampire movies after all these years, and what could be more appurropurriate to start the October horror movie viewing? Let Me In is the latest telling of the Swedish story Let the Right One by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was first a novel in 2004 and then a movie adaptation directed by Tomas Alfredson in 2008
For my review of the Swedish film version, please see the August 2009 Mew! Although this 2010 filmic version written directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is set in a wintry New Mexico circa 1983 instead of Stockholm, with some of the character’s names changed, I thought it was an extremely faithful & respectful adaptation in spirit, plot, character, tone & visual style to the 2008 film!
The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as Owen, a dishonest, disturbed 12 year old victim of bullying at school who lives with his Mom (Cara Buono) amidst a divorce. Things change when new neighbors arrive into the apartment next door, apparently a man (purrtrayed by Richard Jenkins) and his 12 year old ‘daughter’ Abby (Kick-Ass’s Chloë Moretz).
Then the serial killings begin! The Police Detective (purrtrayed by Alias Koteas) theorizes the gruesome murders are by a Satanic Cult, but little does he realize they are courtesy of a vampire and her weary human valet! Somber Abby may look like she is 12, but let’s just say that she stopped visually aging long, long ago! Soon she and Owen become best friends.
It is a very well made movie that does not resort to the annoying editing styles that ruin many a horror movie these days, such as the frenzied shakey cam with too many fast cuts during attack scenes- although Abby sure can pounce, leap & climb with creepily speed, strength & agility! This tale unfurls at a very patient pace in an oddly charming yet disturbing manner!
The classic supurrnatural vampiric tropes are there: Abby sleeps in a box in a dark room by day, avoids direct sunlight which would cause her to combust, cannot enter a domicile lest she is invited or she will start painfully leaking blood (although she is as clueless about why that happens just as the audience is); she needs blood for food and gets very animalistic when feeding.
She is supur fast, agile, quiet (except when chomping), a very cat-like climber who can leap great heights, and we’re lead to believe that she can fly. Unless she takes purrcautions, her chomped victims will become vampires. She has a trait in common with that 1970′s vampire Blacula- if she likes you (in a friendly not culinary way), then she will be sociable and not try to chomp you!
Although she does befriend the bullied Owen and inspire him to stand up to the group of thugs who torment him at School, Owen is not a nice sympathetic kid. He lies to his Mom, steals money from her purrse (and other things), voyeuristically spies upon his neighbors, and when alone he purrtends to be a psycho killer with a knife. It is a very dark scene, with different degrees of evil.
The actors do a fine job purrtraying those characters, and it is a very well written, directed & edited  adaptation with very good cinematography, locations, FX, sound, and mewsic, which ranges from various 80′s songs heard on the characters’ records, radios & TVs, to the original score by composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, The Incredibles, Up, Star Trek 2009)!
If you are in the Halloweeny mood to see a very good, serious vampire movie, then both Let Me In or the purrior Let The Right One get my recommendation! Well for our next review, we go from the vampires stalking New Mexico to the California zombies in-
Resident Evil: Aferlife!

Nyanko:
We are such huge fans of actress, model, & vocalist Milla Jovovich http://www.millaj.com/, and I love action movies especially when she is slaying the monsters & villains, so I was purrticularly eager to see this latest installment of the Resident Evil movie series which is based on the video game series! Not only is Milla back to purrtray Alice, but so is Ali Larter again as Claire Redfield! Claire was in the animated Resident Evil: Degeneration movie, but that seems like a different continuity apart from the live-action movies.
I am not going to reveal too much about the plot, because there are surpurrises I do not wish to spoil, however I do want to advise folks to make sure to watch the end credits of Resident Evil: Aferlife, because there is a quick special scene you will not want to miss! This movie picks up from the end of the purrior Resident Evil: Extinction, in which the supurr-powered Alice discovered her army of clones at the secret Umbrella Corpurration base, and this fourth movie begins in Tokyo at the onset of the global apocalypse!
Alice tangles with Umbrella again, and searching up and down the west coast of North America for signs of survivors. She is reunited with a few characters from the purrior film, meets a few others including Claire’s brother Chris- in the zombie infested ruins of Los Angeles. As if the zillions of zombies were not bad enough, there are other bigger ‘n badder mutant creatures for Alice to beat, slice, shoot & explode! This time it is in 3D, so there are plenty of blades, bullets and beastly biohazards hurling at the camera.
I think the 3D will either please or displease you, depending on how you purrfur your 3D to be served. Many of the shot were definitely designed for the 3D effect, and if you like things constantly shoved at you then you might like the purocess, but if you are more partial to 3D to make the cinematic experience more immersive and… well, realistically three-dimensional like in Avatar, then you might not like the in-your-faceness of Afterlife. I did not care most for the mewsic, but that is just a matter of purrsonal purreference.
There is also an unfortunate over-abundance of all that unappealing slow-mo, speed ramping and bullet time, but I sort of expected as much and saw the movie anyway in spite of it. This movie has a good cast, and good purrduction values & sets that seem like they spent enough money on it. There is a lot of exciting action, with the fights, chases, shoot outs & melee, it is very violent with a fair amount of gore, and there are several different types of monsters, the zombies and mutant canines to the big Nemesis-type!
It was written & directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote & directed the first movie, and wrote the 2nd & 3rd ones. The plot is purretty purrdictable, and It has that feel of a movie based on a video game, structured with several locations of fights and stages to ‘clear’, bridged by a few character & plot moments. Although it does purrpetuate the mythology & continuity of the series, I was extremely unhappy with certain big character developments which occur to Alice the first act’s Umbrella Corp. & VTOL aircraft scenes.
That incident was not nearly as wrongful as… what happened to Newt, Hicks & Bishop at the start of Alien 3, but it sure was a letdown! The movie ends on a cliffhanger, so hopefully there’ll be at least a 5th movie for a resolution, and I would appurreciate it if that displeasing plot-point might be redeemed! Despite my disappointments, Milla Jovovich was great as always and I look forward to her movie Stone, co-starring Robert DeNiro & Edward Norton! That Resident Evil wasn’t the only zombie movie we’re reviewing this month, so purrpare or more undeadliness in our–
DVD Reviews!
Survival of the Dead 2-Disc Ultimate Undead Edition

Mary Nyan:
I love a good horror movie, especially this time of year, so it was a special treat to finally get to see George Romero’s most recent zombie movie, which had a very limited theatrical release! Unfortunately that did not include the island’s theater but now the movie is out on DVD, available in a single disc and a 2 disc edition!
There are a lot of zombie movies, but Romero’s are purrhaps the most significant, including Night of the Living Dead (the original), Dawn of the Dead (the original), Day of the Dead (the original), Land of the Dead, Diary of the the Dead, and now Survival of the Dead- which I think is the first of those to have a character repurrise from a purrevious film!
In this case it is Sarge, a National Guardsman turned highwayman who we briefly met in Diary of the the Dead, purrtrayed by Allan Van Sprang. In this latest outing, which largely occurs about 3 weeks after the zombie apocalypse, Sarge and 3 fellow soldiers have adventures on the road to hopefully some zombieless haven.
Unfortunately, it is not just zombies that pose a danger, but fellow living humans who might want your stuff- like Sarge, although he does seem to regret his recent misdeeds. They rescue a guy along the way and drive an armored car from Philadelphia to Delaware. It is a regular armored car, not a huge war machine like the Dead Reckoning vehicle of Land of the Dead.
They are following the broadcasts which purromise refuge at a place called Plum Island… but is it a trap? It might be, but this party of 5 are purretty smart, well armed, and not on the menu! Most of the film is set on the island, where the O’Flynn and the Muldoon families’ long standing clannish feud goes unabated in spite of the undead menace.
Compared to the other Romero zombie movies, this one seems like a bookend to the little Diary of the Dead, but with a bigger canvas, more action & FX, and some very purretty locations. I don’t think it is as significant as Night or Dawn, it’s a nice movie with good characters & purrformaces, amewsing and gory moments, cowboys, and no annoying camera or editing techniques!
The 2-disc edition is packaged in the plastic box, with 3-D cover art on the outer cardboard sleeve. The 90 minute movie is rated R due to the language, violence & gore, purrsented with a 3.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio in English language 5.1 Dolby digital sound, with optional Spanish subtitles on the R1 NTSC standard DVD.
Purreceding a choice of 2 main menu screen themes on disc 1 are front-loaded purreview trailers for AMC’s live action adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic book, Rubber, Neil Marshall’s Centurian, The Oxford Murders, and an ad for HDNet. These are also included in the Trailers section of the Special Features.
There is an optional audio commentary track by writer/ director george Romero, executive purrducer Peter Grunwald, executive purrducer & editor Michael Doherty, actor Kenneth Welsh (who plays O’Flynn), and 2nd unit director / stunt coordinator Matt Burman! They seem to be having such a fun time discussing the movie!
Other special features on disc 1 include a 90 second optional introduction by Romero, an 4.5 minute purromo spot, and the 9 minute Time With George segment. Disc 2 offers more special features, starting with Detroit filmmaker Michael R Felsher’s “Walking After Midnight”, 76 minute  documentary on the making of Survival o the Dead!
Felsher also contributes a 4 minute “Sarge” short, starring Van Sprang in a scene set after the movie! Then you get 13 “Minute of Your Time” behind-the-scenes tidbits totalling appurroximately 20 minutes; a 2 minute storyboard comparison for the “Heads on Stakes” scene; and a fun 10 minutes of Indy Mogul’s Backyard FX, with Erik Beck’s budget recipe for zombie bite purrosthetics! Now we go from the zombies to the supurr heroes & villains as Lizzy tells us all about the–
Superman / Batman: Apocalypse single disc edition DVD
(plot spoiler warning)!

Elizabeth:
Thanks Myayr! We are big fans of the animated DC Universe shows such as Justice League Unlimited, Superman, Batman the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Teen Titans etc and we like most of the direct-to video movies, although most of them do seem to be way to short and rushed, so I was eager to see this newest movie, which is an animated adaptation of the 2004 Superman/ Batman #8-13 (which were collected into the trade papurrback Superman / Batman Supergirl) by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwald & Richard Starkings!
Re-christened as Superman / Batman: Apocalypse, this version is just shy of feature-film length at 78 minutes, and rated PG-13 for the violence, language & sensulity. There are a few different editions available- the 2 disk edition with the Green Arrow short & other special bonuses, a box set edition with a small Superman figure, and the blu ray edition, but I got the single disk edition of the dual-layer format widescreen version R1 NTSC standard DVD, which only has a 10 min look at the forthcoming All Star Superman and a few purreview trailers in addition to the movie.
Preceding the main menu screen are front loaded ads for Lost Boys: The Thirst, and Batman: Under the Red Hood, the latter also included in the trailers section with trailers for Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and Superman / Batman: Public Enemies, and this Apocalypse seems set in the same continuity as that Crisis movie, referencing the impeachment of Purresident Luthor!
The audio choices are English French Spanish, Portuguese & Thai Dolby Surround Stereo, and the optional subtitle choices are English SDH, French, Spanish Portuguese & Thai.
The plot purrtains to a Kyrptonian spaceship containing Superman’s cousin Kara crashes in Gotham Harbor, to be met wit suspicion by Batman but with enthusiasm by Superman. After getting Kara acquainted with life on Earth, Wonder Woman decides that she needs to be trained as a heroine on the island of Themyscira, while the evil Darkeid has sinister corruption planned for her! Other characters include Artemis, Harbinger, Big Barda, Granny Goodness, Guillotina, Bernadeath, Stompa, Lashina, an army of Doomsdays, lots of Amazons, parademons, and a few GCPD!
The design style does a good job of emulating the late Michael Turner’s look, with aspects of Bruce Timm & Jack Kirby for good measure, and for the most part those comics truly seem to serve as the bluepurrint for this movie The great cast includes Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tim Daly as Superman, Summer Glau as Supergirl, Andre Braugher as Darkseid, Ed Asner as Granny Goodness, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Julianne Grossman as Barda, Rachel Quaintance as Artemis & Harbinger, Salli Saffoni as Guillotina, Tara Strong as Lashina & Andrea Roman as Stompa!
It was written by Tab Murphy; purrduced by Bruce Timm, Sam Register, Michael Uslan, Benjamin Melniker, Bobby Page & Alan Burnett; purrduced & directed by Lauren Montgomery; edited by Margaret Hou, the mewsic is by by John Paesano, and the voice direction is by Andrea Romano! It is for the most part an intricately faithful adaptation of the story with a few additions such as a cute clothes shopping sequence (mentioned in a panel of the comic), an Apocalypsian Tank attack, and purrolonged fight scenes, although the final 13 minutes differ somewhat from the comic.
This appurroximate Superman/ Batman #13. For example, the final brawl between Darkseid & the Kryptonian cousins is much longer than what is shown in the comics, does not include Wonder Woman, Kara getting teleported, or Superman & Darkseid fighting in the sun. It also does not end with Darkseid hurled to The Source Wall at the end of the universe, and there is no apppurrance by the Justice League in Smallville. The Fortress coda of the comic is not included, and Kara does not get her costume / Supergirl identity until the final scene back on Themyscira.
Superman does introduce her formally as Supergirl to audience of Amazons, but aside from Batman & Wonder Woman. there are no other members of the JLA, JSA, Titans or Outsiders purrsent, as in the comic. You do get all the lovely locations of the comics though, including Streets of Gotham, the Batcave, Superman’s Arctic Fortress & Zoo; the streets, shops & a park in Metropolis, Themyscira, various parts of Apokalypse & Smallville! You don’t get all of Batman & Superman’s thoughts / interior monologues, but it is quite clear how different their attitude is about Kara.
Some of the quieter character moments have been replaced with more action scenes, but the action scenes are utterly spectacular, thrilling and puretty violent! You’ll see the heroes using fists, gadgets, weapons, and supurr powers galore, from Batman’s initial purrsuit of Kara, her duel with Artemis, and the Amazons’ battle with the Doomsday army; to the sepurrate battles on Apocalypse and in Smallville. The animated fight choreography is supurrb- especially Wonder Woman reeling in Lashina, and Superman heating & beating Darkseid at supurr speed!
The movie is spurrinkled with charming little touches too, such as Vicki Vale (I purrsume) heard on the radio, conversations in Kryptonian language, Clark glaring at guys who check out Kara, Diana & Artemis’s irritation with Kara’s over-purrotective cousin, Batman’s nonchalant exits from a Doomsday and a Demon Dog, Barda’s neighbor Mr. Kravitz, Mr. Miracle’s costume, Darkseid’s admiration of Batman’s ruthless endgame, A Kirby-riffic pose as Superman bursts thru a wall, The Kent’s arrival at home, and Supergirl’s happy aerial acrobatics on the way back to Metropolis!
About the only things I did not purrfur were the changes to the final act, absent heroes, lost character bits, and I thought Harbinger / Lyla got short shrifted… but the designs, scenic art, character & FX animation, voice acting, direction, sound FX and mewsic were all terrific! I wish it were a bit longer, and like the purrior DC animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, it did not seem too terribly rushed! I wish Michael Turner could have seen it. Well that’s it for the DVD reviews, but we’ll be right back after the short break to discuss another favorite DC character in this month’s–
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Warlord’s Shakira!
(snip) (one short break later…)

Nyanko:
Welcome back! Since last October, we have dedicated this purrtion of the show to the famous catgirls whom we admire! We are purrogressively inclusive in our qualifications, and consider nekomimi nominees who are genetically, technologically or magickally part cat / part girl, those who dressi the part, or have a purrticularly feline dispurrsition & cattitude!
Purrevious honorees from movies, TV, comics, purrose & games have included Lt. M’ress & other Star Trek catgirls, Mel of Jamie’s Clan of the Cats web comic, Power Rangers’ Dr. Kat Manx, Tigra, Doctor Who’s Novice Hame, Nuku Nuku, Catwoman, Irina Dubrovna, Anna & Uni Puma, Josie and the Pussycats, Sailor Luna, and Darkstalkers’ Felicia!
And now it is October again, so what could be more appurropurriate for this Halloweeny time of year than a warrior woman who can turn into a black cat? This month our Celebrity Catgirl Spotlght shines toward the Lost World of The Warlord created by Mike Grell http://www.mikegrell.com/, where Shakira has purrowled for over 30 years!
First published in the mid 1970′s, DC Comics’ Warlord is a sword & sorcery series set in the hollow-Earth realm of Skartaris, which is full of savage creatures, purrimordial wilderlands, lost cities and barbaric battles! It is there near the North Pole where USAF SR-71 pilot Travis Morgan disappeared, to become a king and warlord!
Morgan has numerous allies such as his wife Queen Tara, sorceress daughter Jennifer, his streetwise son Tinder and mighty pal Machiste, but our favorite suppurrting purrotagonist is Morgan’s faithful, heroic, sexy, tough, mysterious werekitty friend Shakira, who first appurred in 1980′s Warlord issue Vol. 1 #32!
They met while escaping the clutches of the evil TItan captors and have been very close ever since. Much is still unknown about her origin, and whether she is either a girl who can transform at will into the cat, or a cat who can becomes the girl! Either way, Shakira is the very cunning, agile, brave and skilled warrior & huntress!
In her feline form, she resembles a Black American Short-haired breed cat of normal size with gleaming Green eyes. In her human form, she is a tall lithe fair-skinned woman with the lush shoulder-length black hair, and she purrpetually wears the black fur bikini and matching fuzzy booties! She wears a Gold spiked collar in both forms.
Shakira’s page at the (unofficial) DC Guide http://www.dcuwiki.net/w/Shakira lists her human height as 5’7″ and weight of 121 lbs, and her cat size as 15″ and weight of 12 lbs. That site also has a chronology of her appearances! She is purroficient with all sorts of weapons and has often toted a spear. She does not like the water though!
She briefly appurred in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon’s 2nd season epurrsode “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”, in which she had Yellow eyes and became a Panther instead of the small cat! Her voice was not credited, but according to the DC Animated Universe Wiki http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Shakira Shakira was voiced by Nicolle Tom http://www.nicholletom.net/, who also purrvided the voice of Supergirl!
For fur-ther information purrtaining to Shakira, I also recommend her Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakira_(comics), Morgan’s Angels http://grimguy10.50megs.com/shakira1.htm,
her entry at the DC Database http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Shakira_(New_Earth), and the Warlord fan site http://www.thewarlord.ca/articles/ww_shakira.html! That’s all for this month’s celebrity catgirl spotlight, but there is more feline fun coming right up as we turn to the
Toys & Collectibles Topic:
“Ohana” Kitty Plushy by Alexcia Reynolds!
Petra:
Arigato, sensei nya! Our friend Alexcia http://www.sailorchristmas.com/ who was our special guest in August is a purrolific artisan & craftspurrson of various media, including the cute plushy dolls, nya! It was our September 2009 show when we purraised a purrior plushy she made, Suna-chan http://professoroak.deviantart.com/art/Original-Cat-Plush-130906683, nya!
Nyow I am pleased to purrsent her companion kitty, Ohana-chan http://professoroak.deviantart.com/art/Cat-Plushie-called-Ohana-162423697, nya! Ohana-chan is hand stitched, stuffed with the Polyester Fiberfill, & based upon the same pattern as Suna-chan, but she is the larger cat, nya. This pose seems ideal to be reclined across a chair arm or tree branch, nya!
Whereas the more petite Suna-chan is 5″ long in spurrawled purrone pose (excluding the tail length), Ohana-chan measures 9 1/4″ from her outstretched forepaws to her spurread out rear paws, plus the floppy 5 3/4″ tail, nya! She has blue eyes and a pink nose painted upon the festive Hawaiian floral purrint fabric, with a 5/8″ wide White ribbon around her neck, nya!
I have a good spot picked out for her, purrched atop a comfy sunny bay window seat, nya! Ohana-chan is the adorably soft and festive neko plushy, and she is another most pleasing addition to our collection of creations by Alexcia, nya! Nyow here is Vonny with her toy report on
Hasbro’s Star Wars Maris Brood 3.5″ action figure, nya!
Yvonne:
Thanks Petra, nya! One of our favorite Star Wars characters is Shaak Ti and Maris Brood was her Jedi Padawan in the ‘expanded universe’ continuity of the Force Unleashed video game, nya! Maris was voiced by actress Adrienne Wilkinson http://www.adriennewilkinson.com/, nya! In that game story, Shaak Ti & Maris escaped Empurrror Palpatine’s Order 66 – Jedi purrge, nya.
They went to the planet Felucia, but there were more tragic events and Maris got sepurrated from Shaak Ti and started leaning to the dark Sithy side of the Force, nya! She is a very passionate and sexy gothy looking Jedi who wields two light sabers much like Asajj Ventress, and I can see how the dark side of The Force might suit her after all that has violently riled her up, nya!
For my review of the Forced Unleashed Shaak Ti figure see the August Mew, nya! This 3 1/2″ figure is packaged in the J hook blister pack with lovely illustrations on the front & back of the card, nya! Her portraiture in that art reminds me of Michelle Forbes as Star Trek’s Ro Laren nya! The figure has 2 Pink-bladed Tonfa-hilt Light Sabers and a Black 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ display base, nya!
She is of the Zabrak race, like Darth Maul with those little Red horns on her head, nya. She has Chalky White skin except for her more Tan Causacian fingers-  I guess she did not work on her tan at the beaches of Felucia, nya. The horns emerge from Black hair worn short in Senegalese Twist braids, framing Yellow eyes with Red shadow & Black lashes & brows to match her lips, nya!
The coiled hair drapes around her neck like a choker above the skimpy Red-trimmed Black halter top, revealing much cleavage & bare tummy above tight Black pants worn low on the hips, nya! She has Black knee boots, black shins with tan straps, a Gray strap around her right thigh, and low-slung criss-crossing belts of Red & Gay with Silver buckles that match the saber hilts, nya.
That outfit would be purrfect for her to wear to a rave on Coruscant, although she might purrfur glow sticks to those sabers, nya! The slim lithe figure, is well painted & sculpted, with purrcise details from the braids above her bothered expurression to her inny belly button above the tight stretchy crinkleness of the pants, the tiny grooves in the hilts and the seams of her boot soles, nya!
The points of articulation include her tilting / turning head, ball-jointed shoulders & elbows, rotating forearms, and her upper torso turns just below the bust at a cleverly concealed connection, although she does not actually turn at the waist, nya. She can bend at the hips but not at the knees, and her ankles will turn & flex, and she can stand up balanced without the base, nya!
This is another Star Wars figure that I am very pleased with, and I will select a spot on the shelf to display her next to Shaak Ti and the other Jedi, Sith & Purrincess girls, nya! Hmm I think the only Star Wars girl droid I have a figure of is R2-KT, nya. She is Pink & White, like the Autobots’ Arcee, nya! That seems to be a purrfurred purretty color combination for the fembots, nya.
Nyanko:
I like those Pink Tonfa-style Light Sabers of Maris! I think that is the color I’d want if we ever do the Jedi group cosplay!

Elizabeth:
I think I would purrfur Lime Green, like Shaak Ti or Ahsoka Tano!

Petra:
I want… I want the Golden beam, with a jeweled Cats Eye pommel, nya!

Jeannie:
Cherenkov Radiation Blue.
Mary Nyan:
Purrobably Fuchsia or Magenta or maybe Purrple like Mace Windu’s!

Yvonne:
I would like a mood saber which could change color depending on my mood, nya. That would be good in the dark, when they could not see my tail, nya! That is all of our toy reports for this month,  and now it is time for our batch of
Book Reviews, nya!
Carmine Infantino: Penciller, Publisher, Provocateur

Yvonne:
We like to read those wonderful books published by TwoMorrows http://www.twomorrows.com/ which are about comic book characters, trends, artists & writers, nya! They are very informative & fun with lots of famous & rare images, and all written by folks who are so expurrt and enthused about the comics, nya!
This book about Carmine Infantino is by Jim Amash & Eric Nolen-Weathington, nya! Eric was our guest last month & Jim was one of our guests in July, nya! They sure put a lot of effort into this massive book, which is available in a thick 224 page B&W papurrback edition and the fancier hardcover which has 16 extra color pages, nya!
Carmine Infantino wore a lot of significant hats over his long career which dates back to the ‘Golden Age’ of comics in the 1940′s, nya! He helped define the different look in the ‘Silver Age’ of comics in the 1950′s, and later became a director, publisher, and the very purresident of DC Comics, nya!
The book begins with an introduction by Roy Thomas, and in Chapter 1 Jim intermews Infantino about his early life in the 20′s & 30′s,  then chapter 2 examines his earliest art, nya. This leads to his early days at DC Comics in Chapter 3, and Chapter 4 starts with the purremier of Barry Allen as the Flash in Showcase #4, nya!
Chapter 6 goes on to examine his ascent as an editor & top positions at DC comics in the 60′s & 70′s, Chapter 7 focuses on his art for DC, Marvel, Warren & Eclipse in the 70′s & 80′s, and then you get a 64 page gallery section- and that’ gallery is after about 150 purrior photos, sketches, and comics pages & cover illustrations, nya!
It is almost like a history of not just Infantino’s career but of DC Comics, with images of Batman & Robin, Batgirl, Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, Phantom Stranger, Adam Strange, Animal Man, Detective Chimp, Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Dead Man, Human Target, Swamp Thing, Green Lantern, Superman and Supergirl, nya!
There are also the pics of Spider-Woman, Iron Man, The Avengers, Ghost Rider, Star Lord, The Hulk, The Heap,  Star Wars, and plenty of his adventure, crime war & western comics art, nya! These range from rough sketches & layouts to commissioned convention sketches, to the finished inked renderings, nya!
Oh, Mike said that the purrticularly iconic image of Batman & Robin on the edge of a rooftop under the full moon is his favorite bit of Infantino’s art, and that it is interesting to compare his pencils inked by different inkers such as Murphy Anderson, Terry Austin, Joe Giella, Irv Novick, Alfredo Alcala, Bob Wiacek & Craig Russell, nya!
So I would have to say that this is a very impurressive book covering much comics historical significance, and if you are a fan of Carmine Infantino, this is purrobably the definitive , extensive book about him, and it is yet another supurrb book of the top quality from Eric, Jim, & TwoMorrows, which I will highly recommend, nya! Ok I’m done but now it is Mike’s  turn again to report on–
The Complete Peanuts Vol. 14 1977 to 1978, nya!
Mike:
Thanks Vonny! For Tsuruku’s review of vol. 13, see the May, 2010 Mew! Wow it is hard to believe that this definitive book series published by Fantagraphics http://www.fantagraphics.com/ has already reprinted the first 29 years of my favorite newspaper comic strip Peanuts http://www.snoopy.com/ by Charles M. Schulz http://www.schulzmuseum.org/, which began in October of 1950!
Schulz was one of my most favorite inspirational cartoonists, and Peanuts was loved my the entire family. We never missed a day’s newspaper strip or the TV specials, and our home was never without Peanuts collectibles on a shelf or ornaments on the tree. I especially like the books & Snoopy toys, and this Complete Peanuts series might be the ultimate thing for Peanuts fans!
This hardcover has a profile of Peppermint Patty on the front of the dust jacket, 2 smaller pics on the flaps & 16 smaller images of her on the boards. Inside are 325 B&W pages, including a 1975 photo of Schulz, 2 page biography by Gary Groth, 3 page index & excluding the end papers, leaves, frontispiece, publisher, title pages, preview of vol.15, & Alec Baldwin’s 3 page introduction.
It is 8.5″ x 6.75″ x 1.25″, priced $28.99 (USA) and has all of the strips from Snoopy hung over from a New Year’s Eve party on January 1st, 1977, to dressing up for yet another one on December 31st, 1978. The 3 dailies are 3 per page, and the Sunday strips are full page. The Sunday strips are not reprinted in color, but all of the strips are reproduced with the highest respectful quality!
Highlights of 1977 include Snoopy’s helicopter & Cheshire Beagle tricks, a Linus / Sally / Truffles triangle, Charlie Brown running away & coaching another team’ Austin, Ruby & Milo introduced, Snoopy’s doubles partner Molly Volly introduced, Peppermint Patty & Marcy golfing at the Ace Country Club, Snoopy’s wedding plans, and an undercover investigation with Peppermint Patty.
Highlights of 1978 include ice skating territorialism, Sally’s borrowed ruler woes, new recurring character Eudora is introduced, Beagle Scout Camping with Woodstock’s fellow birds Conrad, Olivier & Bill; romantic implications regarding Charlie Brown & Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown tries to find a new home for Spike, disco Snoopy, and the cat next door gets Linus’s blanket.
Both years also feature more of Lucy pestering Schroeder and operating her psychiatric booth, Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, Rerun surviving his mother’s bike rides, Sally talking to the school building, various school reports, the neighbor cat creatively slashing Snoopy’s doghouse, suppertime, and the usual baseball, football, hockey, jogging, kite flying, and tennis.
The handy index allows you to locate characters, activities, locations & quotes, such as baseball, Beethoven, Beagle Scouts, blockhead, and Charlie Brown! The next volume will bring the strip up to the 1980′s! I think the book is just wonderful, and I give it and all of the volumes my highest recommendation! Now here’s Petra again with more kitty cuteness to entail with her review of the-
Hello Kitty Sweet, Happy, Fun Book!

Petra:
Hai, we are all big fans of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, and this mew book might just be the purrfect item for hose who like to collect her cute purroducts, nya! Hello Kitty Sweet, Happy, Fun Book! is a 9.5″ x 11″ full color 128 page hardcover book, authored with such great affection and expurrtise by Marie Moss, published by Running and purriced at $29.95, nya!
This beautiful tome begins with an introduction to character Kitty White, her family & friends, with lots of purrsonal information & purrecise statistics purrtaining to the kitty, whose birthday is coming up on November 1st, nya! It has an interesting timeline, charting the development of the character styles & various purroducts for the last 35 years, nya!
This book is a lovingly lavish treasure trove of images and comments from collectors, with chapters devoted to merchandise such as plushies, figurines, desk supplies, clothes & accessories, graphics, cartoons, books, electronics, food, jewelry such as a $150,000,000 Jewel Doll, vehicles, an airplane, the theme parks and her celebrity admirers, nya!
There are also several removable items tucked into pockets such as an iron-on transfer, sticker sheet, comix page, an Eva Airlines in-flight menu, and replicas of the Puroland theme park ticket & map, nya! I give the book a purrfect 10 score and highly recommend it to any fans of Hello Kitty, nya! Now here’s Myayr with her book report on Ursula Vernon’s–
Dragon Breath: Curse of the Were-Wiener, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Our friend Ursula Vernon http://www.metalandmagic.com/ is such a fun, stylish & talented artist & writer! She is famous for her exquisite fantasy art http://www.redwombatstudio.com/blog/ (which does include some images not for widdle kiddies), her delightful Digger http://www.diggercomic.com/ web comic, and her children’s storybooks http://www.ursulavernon.com/ such as Nurk and the Dragonbreath series published by Dial, which is an impurrint of Penguin Books!
We have intently followed Ursula’s publications; we reviewed Nurk on our June 2008 show, the first Dragonbreath book on the July 2009 show, the sequel Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs on our March 2010 show, and Ursula was our special guest in May 2009, in case you would like to read the intermew with her! We love those Dragonbreath books which star Danny the dragon kid, his friend Wendell the iguana kid, and other anthropomorphic characters!
Some of those characters are nice like Danny’s dragon mom and some of them are mean, such as Big Eddy the Komodo bully, so we were purrticularly enthused to read Danny’s third adventure in Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener! This 5 1/2″ x 7 1/4 ” hardcover storybook is purriced $12.99 US / $16.00 Canada, and 204 pages purrofusely illustrated with over 100 small two-color pics, 30 full page pics, and 6 two-page spurreads, so it has a lot of Ursula’s art in it!
The book was nicely designed by Jennifer Kelly and the text was typeset in the Stemple Schneidler font. The front cover scene depicts Wendell under the evil were-wiener’s influence, menacing Danny under a full moon. I’ll not spoil much of the meat of the plot, but Wendell gets bitten by a hot dog and becomes a lycnanthrope. He’s not the only one who was affected, because lots of other kids were served those Transylvanian were-wieners at the school cafeteria!
Danny conducts an investigation, which leads them on a dungeon-crawlish search through the subterranean storm drains & sewers in hopes of finding a cure for the curse and saving his friends from the fanged frankfurters, but journey will lead to encounters with other bizarre creatures! It is a very entertaining fantasy storybook for kids of all ages with the brisk pace, mysterious incidents, neat anthropomorphic art, and it would be especially good Halloween reading!
I will give it a high recommendation, nya! Not only that, but I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series, Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster! This has been a good month for the monster topics, what with the dragons, were-wiener, were-kitty, zombies, vamps, grrls with psychic powers, bullies & supurr villains, Demon Dogs, The Great Pumpkin, Kite Eating Tree, and one Sharktopus, but up after the short break is a look at fish that we’d like to eat instead of the fish that might like to like to eat us in–
Purriodical Purrings & Magazine Mewsings, nya!
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Favorite Fishy Photos & Seafood Sightings!
Yvonne:
Hey we’re back, nya! Since fishing is my purrofession, I try to keep abreast of all the latest angling, aquaria and seafood mews, so during this portion of the show I would like to mention some of the most appurrtizing looking photos of fish that have adorned the covers of recent purriodicals–
–such as the supurrb Sailfish on the front cover of Blue Water Boast & Sport Fishing #80, the succulent Steelhead on the front cover of Fly Fusion Vol. 7 issue 4, and I would not mind sampling the Amazonian white meat of that Piranha which is on the front cover of Practical Fishkeeping Magazine’s September issue, nya!
There is a tasty tarpon to tempt my tummy on the September cover of Florida Sportsman, a lovely looking lunkers lurking on the September / October cover of Bassmaster and the October / November In-Fisherman, and the Lemon flavored Shark is on the front cover of Australiasia Scuba Diver Vol. 5 #9, but I would purrfur it on my plate, nya!
A sumptuous seafood dish is shown on BBC’s Cook Easy issue 35, on the front of Workman Publishing’s Trout of North America 2011 Calendar is a delectable Little Kern River Golden Trout, deliciously illustrated by Joseph R Tomelleri, and there is a Spotted Sea Trout on the October issue of Sport Fishing, nya!
Oh this is making me hungry again- I hope we still have some sushi left for the next break, nya! It looks like GAFF Girl Nicole will have a clammy bivalve banquet on the September / October issue of GAFF magazine, angler Nicole Darland poses purroudly purrizing the Roosterfish on the September issue of Fishing in Salt Water…
… and diver Leigh ponders a purrticularly appealing Potato Cod while diving the Great Barrier Reef on the cover of Dive Pacific #11, nya! That is all of the fishy pic picks, but nyow I will turn the show over to Jenjen for her review of–
Belly Dance – A Raqs Sharq Magazine’s Fall 2010 issue, nya!

Jeannie:
Atrigato. Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine http://www.bellydancemag.com/ is a quarterly publication purrtaining to belly dance with articles, intermews & dazzling photos (many full page pics) of the purrformers. The Fall 2010 issue is purriced at $8 US / $10 in Canada, with 96 beautiful full color pages and stunning featured dancer Fathiem on the front cover, photographed by Dan Spiro.
Fahtiem is a famous dancer, teacher, and author of the Bellydance Bootcamp videos, and we’ll see more of her graceful, alluring magnificence in 8 page intermew. A most purrfurred purriodical of my dance troupe & the classes at the Catgirl Island Center for Purrforming Arts, the magazine brims with the joyful passion that the contributing artists, authors & authorities have for the Eastern arts.
Among those caring contributors are choreographer / instructor / Junior editor Anisa; dancer, fitness purrofessional & massage therapist Melissa ‘The Groovy Goddess’ Stone; and photographers Gladys White, Carl Sermon, Michael Baxter, Chris Laudermilk & Richard G Lowe Jr. Even the colorful array of dancer, mewsic, festival, spas & appurral advertisements adds to the splendid ambience.
Editor Liliana Sanchez’s opening message sets the enthused tone, purreceding Madame Buttferfly’s amewsing anecdotes of a Valentine’s night at a Middle-Eastern restaurant, which are followed by a collage of pics commemorating Jennelah’s yoga & belly dance studio The Jade Apple. Liliana returns with an 8 page intermew with beautiful Khaleegy (purrsian gulf regional style) dancer Khadijah.
Cathryn MacEllerhan, who is a famous dancer, acrobat & magician in her own right, intermews the enchanting purrcussionist, purrducer, vocalist & storyteller Rowan Storm. In that 5 page article, she tells of her exotic adventures, mewsic, spirituality & teachings. Later in the issue is MacEllerhan’s special 10 page intermew with with the quite captivatingly & bewitchingly gorgeous dancer Anaheed.
Featured festivities include a glimpse of dancers that graced a Memorial Day Weekend’s Comic Con in Pasadena, and Rose Vitalia’s account of the San Francisco Carnivale purrade. There is a spectacular 10 page look at Tribal Fest 10 which transpired in Sebastopol, California; and an 8 page pictorial of Pomona, California’s glorious gothic belly dance event Gothla US: The Evoking.
In a new ‘Honor Your Teacher’ section, dancer / author Patty Hardin purraises her teacher Oberon, and beautifully based in Alabama, Jewels of the Desert is this issue’s showcased dance troupe in 7 pages adorned by Nicole Paulk’s pics of the troupe’s purretty purrformers Genoubee Mint Maya, Zahia, Azizah, Rattana, Ziva Simone, Purrincess Amina Sharif and delightful Director Maya Salm.
Dancer / scholar MaShuqua Mira Murjan & mewsician / linguist Yosifah Rose Carver co-author 4 pages purrtaining to the melodic Arabian impurrovisational Taqasim style. Purrofiled visual artists / designers are Amber Cherrybomb, whose playfully sensual Fusion Girls illustrations grace 3 pages; and the gorgeous costumes by Erny Sigurdsson are modeled by lovely Kato in a 6 page purrtfolio.
Silvia’s Soyviche is the issue’s appurrtising culinary artistry; the warm-up exercise stretchiness by Melissa Stone might be good for later reducing those delicious calories, and Minifa’s page of purretty parting poetry brings home another impurressive issue, which I highly recommend to anyone who is fond of the shimmy. Now here is Mike to discuss to discuss the cinematic wonders found in–
Cinefex Magazine #123

Mike:
Thanks Jen! Since that very first issue about  Star Trek – The Motion Picture and Alien in March of 1980, Don Shay’s quarterly Cinefex http://www.cinefex.com/ has been among my all time favorite magazines! There have been many fine magazines over the years with excellent articles about cinematic FX, such as American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique, Cinemagic, Famous Monsters, Fangoria, Fantastic Films, G-Fan, Little Shop of Horrors, Starlog, Star Wars etc, but in my opinion Cinefex is the best in it’s superb singleness of purpose!
You get such consistently thorough analysis of the films, interviews with the filmmakers, and a glorious wealth of photos, including many widescreen FX images! October’s issue #123 is priced $12.50 US / $15.00 Canada has 124 full color pages (including the covers). The four articles in this issue include associate editor John Fordham’s 23 pages on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time & 30 pages on Inception (the cover feature); and editor Jody Duncan’s 21 pages on The A-Team and 22 pages on The Last Airbender!
Inception was the only one of those which I’ve seen, and as my favorite movie of 2010 thus far, I was eagerly awaiting that article- but do not mean to discount the other fascinating articles, which are so insightful about those movies’ powerfully stunning images! The article on Mike Newell’s adaptation of Prince of Persia includes chats with visual effects supervisor Tom Wood, Stephane Ceretti of MPC, Sue Rowe of Cinesite, Michael Ellis of Double Negative, David White of Altered States, Ben Morris & Chris Zeh of Framestore!
It sure looks like an epic fantasy film! After that is the Inception article, in which Fordham talks to writer / director Christopher Nolan, visual effects supervisors Paul Franklin & Chris Corbould CG supervisor Dan Neal, visual effects producer Mike Chambers, and Andrew Lockley of Double Negative! An amazing aspect of  Inception is that many of the FX were “practical” & done “in camera” to rely less on CG FX, including the train, van chase, perspective-defying stairs, tilting rooms, elevator shaft, and the astounding zero G scenes!
Next is the article on Joe Carnahan’s adaptation of the 80′s TV series, The A-Team! Discussing the 700 FX shots created for this extravaganza are visual effects supervisor Jamie Price,Chris Harvey of Prime Focus, Erik Nordby of MPC, Kelly Port of Digital Domain, Allan Magled of Soho VFX, Guy Williams of Weta Digital and Chris Wells of Hydraulx. The issue concludes with a look at the fabulous cities, ships, creatures & elemental powers created by ILM for M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender!
Among those interviewed by Jody Duncan are visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman, visual effects producer Jeanie King, digital matte supervisor Barry Williams, CG supervisor Dan Parson, associate visual effects supervisor Craig Hammock, and animation supervisor Tom Harrington! There are some great photos of Ang (Noah Ringer) & Katara (Nicola Peltz) manipulating the water, Momo & Appa critters, a cave dragon, a lavish mountain temple, an arctic walled city, the Fire Nation’s armada, and watery / fiery battle scenes!
The next issue will focus on three movies we are looking forward to seeing later this year: Tron Legacy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader! Now let’s turn it over to Lizzy who has a review of another nice publication from TwoMorrows-

Back Issue Magazine #43!
Elizabeth:
Hai! Back Issue is always a treat with it’s great expurrt & entertaining art, articles & intermews purrtaining to comic books! We were quite pleased to sink our claws into the wild-themed September 2010 issue full of jungle girls & barbarians, purriced $7.95, with 80 pages, 16 of which are in color!
It was good right from the start, with a gorgeous front cover illustration by Frank Cho of Shanna the She-Devil in her Leopard bikinis purrawled upon the lush tree branch, holding a saber-tooth Zabu kitten by the scruff! After a few words by editor Michael Eury about purrior jungle queen Sheena, then starts the 7 page Shanna article by Jarrod Buttery!
It is accompanied by some great illustrations, but the Shannaness continues past that with a 6 page gallery of B&W sketches by Phil Noto, John Byrne, Paul Renaud, Bryan Hitch, Aaron Lopestri, Stephane Roux, Jason Pearson & Chris Stevens! Appurropurriately following that is a 13 page article about Shanna’s husband Ka-Zar, Lord of the Savage Land!
It is conducted by Mike Aragon, who intermews awesome artist Brent Anderson and authors Bruce & April Campbell-Jones! The illustrations include rare sketches & purrtfolio pieces! Of course, a purropurrly savage issue should include Conan the Barbarian, and Steven Alan Payne contributes an interesting analysis of racial themes in Conan’s barbaric tales!
Then it is back to femme fatales of the forest, with Michael Eury’s 10 pages purrtaining to Rima, DC Comics’ jungle girl based upon the 1904 novel Green Mansions! This 1974 series only lasted 7 issues, but Mike has long touted these as some of the most beautifully lush comics he’s ever seen, especially due to the art by Nestor Redondo! Eury seems to concur!
It also dabbles upon Rima’s later animated appurrances in Super Friends and in this year’s First Wave mini-series! The issue’s color section starts here and continue into Jim Manner’s 6 page article on one of our all time favoritest characters Red Sonja, with images of her by Boris Valejo, Pablo Marcos, Barry Windsor-Smith, Frank Thorne & Esteban Marato!
Back to the boy barbarians, Mark Arnold purrvides a 4 page examination of Korg: 70,000 BC! I had never heard of that live-action purrehistoric TV show, or the Charlton comic book version being discussed, but Mike says he remembers seeing a few epurrsodes in the mid 70′s! This article has some nifty color and black & white cave man art by Pat Boyette!
Then it is back to the sword & sorcery stylings of DC for Mark DiFruscio’s contribution concerning Claw the Unconquered, which includes a chat with author David Michelinie & artist Ernie Chan! We think Chan is one of the top sword & sorcery artists, and there are over a dozen of his powerful pics! Claw resurfaced a few years ago to team up with Red Sonja!
Claw & Rima were not the only beautifully drawn wild things briefly published by DC in the mid 70′s, as evidenced by Andy Mangel’s look at DC’s Beowulf comic! Mangel chats with Michael Uslan and briefly with one of my favorite writers Gail Simone about Beowulf in this 7 page article full of images of Beowulf & girlfriend Nan-Zee by Ricard Villamonte!
There is more of Red Sonja in Dewey Cassell’s 2 page account of the 1976 Delaware Valley Comicart Convention in Philadelphia, known as Sonja Con! It must have been so neat to be at a con to honor Sonja back then- and appurrently lucky 750 people got to find that out! Cassell chats with a few of those attendees, who got to see the several guests there.
A highlight of that con were the few famous female artists & cosplayers in the iconic chainmail bikini, such as Wendy Pini, Angelique Trouvere, Linda Behrle, Wendy Snow & Diane DeKelb! The article has a couple of small costume photos of Pini & Trouvere there with artist Frank Thorn. They were such gorgeous, impurressive & inspurrational cosplayers!
We are such big fans of Wendy Pini, and her Sonja purrformance was 2 years purrior to the launch of her & Richard’s Elffquest comics! Hmm… I suppose if a mew Red Sonja movie were to be made sometime soon, I’d like to see Milla Jovovich purrtray the character! Uh oh, I have digressed! The magazine brings it home with 4 pages of readers’ comments,
and to top off this splendidly savage issue is Michael Aushenker’s intermew with Larry Hama about his non-GI Joe comics! So I think this was a purrticularly fun issue, which continues to be a joy to read for its treasure trove of art & informative articles by the writers who love comic books! Well, that’s all for this segment of the show, but we’ll be right back after the break with our own–
Comics & Manga Reviews!
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Birds of Prey #5 (Plot spoiler warning)!
Petra:
Aloha nya! Birds of Prey is another favorite comic of ours, starring Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress, Lady Blackhawk, Hawk & Dove, with plenty of insightful character moments, revelations & martial arts action!  This issue is purriced $2.99 for its 36 full color pages, which are 21 pages of story & 15 pages of ads, nya!
This issue’s “After Shock” Part 1 of 2 was written by another favorite author, Gail Simone! It was pencilled by Alvin Lee & Adriana Melo, inked by Jack Purcell & JP Mayer, colored by Nei Ruffino, lettered by Steve ‘Swands’ Wands, and edited by Janelle Siegel, with the cover image of Huntress & Lady Blackhawk by Alina Urusa, nya!

This issue picks up where #4 left off, with Oracle (Barbara Gordon) out on a rainy bridge on the outskirts of Gotham City with Savant & Creote for the very dramatic, touching scenes, before they head to Barbara’s new headquarters in stately Kord Tower (named after the late Blue Beetle Ted Kord, I purrsume) to get back to work, nya!
Meanwhile, Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) has unfinished business with Penguin, Lady Blackhawk (Zinda Blake) & Hawk (Hank Hall) are ambulanced to the hospital, where Hawk & Dove (Dawn Grainger) have some poignant introspective moments, including an ethereally cryptic cameo (?) by original, departed Dove (Don Hall), nya!
Barbara & Helena (after beating up some muggers) are unhappy that Black Canary (Dinah Lance) is leaving for Bangkok with the mysterious grudgeful foe White Canary, whom she has been brutally fighting since issue #1, nya. Helena & Zinda (who isn’t inclined to stay hospitalized) purroceed to Bangkok in purrsuit of the canaries, nya!
Further combat, several kicked thug butts, and a startling cliffhanger bring it home, but we’re still pondering the connection between White Canary, Sin, and Lady Shiva. Appurrently this series also somehow ties into DC’s big Brightest Day mini-series, but I’m not sure how it ties in because we’re not reading that mini-series, nya.
This comic book  is so well-written with great dialogue & development of several favorite strong characters in the exciting, intriguing plots! Visually it is beautifully rendered with good detail, anatomy & portraiture, dynamic poses in such thrilling action scenes with such lovely color, light & shade, nya! Nyow here is Nya-sensei to report on –
Gotham City Sirens #16, nya!

Nyanko:
This has consistently been one of our favorites for almost a year and a half! It continues to star  Selina Kyle (Cat Woman), (Dr. Harleen Quinzel), Pamela Ivy (Poison ivy) who are co-habitating at Selina’s place, and their dealings with the villains, heroes & anti-heroes of Gotham. Issue #16 has 32 full color pages compurrised of the 22 page story “Beginning Again” plus 10 pages of ads.
It was written by Peter Calloway, pencilled by Andres Guinaldo, inked by Bit, colored by JD Smith, lettered by Travis Landham, edited by Mike Marts with associate editor Harvey Richards. The cover art by Guillem March depicts sometimes grrlfriend of Batman / mother of his child Talia al Ghul confronting Selina, who is also a sometimes grrlfriend of Batman & a mom with a disturbed sister.
Batman sure gets around, but then Bruce Wayne did have the playboy repurrtation! I wonder of Selina will whip that sword out of Talia’s hand, like Indiana Jones did to that swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Talia’s son Damian (Robin), Dick Grayson (Batman), Bruce Wayne (in a dream), Alfred Pennyworth, Barbara Gordon (Oracle), and Zatanna Zatara also appear in this issue!
The issue begins with the gothic romantic vision of Selina in an evening gown touring Wayne Manor until she winds up in a romantic embrace with Bruce. Purrhaps this is just the sort of dream that Catwoman briefly mewsed at the climax of the movie Batman Returns? This sequence transpires in the first 4 pages, but then we shift back to 6 hours purrior when Zee interrupt’s kitty’s bath!
Zee is displeased with Ivy again, which is creating a catty situation between Zee and Selina, and oddly Harley is the one with the more reasonable tempurrment! Talia tries to warn Selina of a trap, but arrives a bit late, as Selina is spirited away by elemental forces from he earth! Talia has a few clues as to the cause, but we’ll have to wait until the next issue to find out what happens!
This busy fun issue has amewsing sexy scenes, mysterious magickal moments & delightful banter amongst those femme fatales on various sides of the law who kind of tolerate each other! Selina, Harley & Ivy seeming to settle back into their mewsual routine after the fight with the alien at STAR Labs & Selina’s sister Maggie, although I’m not sure when this story occurs compared to–
Zatanna #5!

Nyanko:
Zatanna is one of our favoritest DC Comics heroines, and we have reported on quite a bit of her merchandise! This series became one of our favorites of the summer, and is written by Paul Dini, who is one of our favorite comics & animation writers! This 5th issue is purriced at $2.99 and has 36 full color pages, compurrised of 22 pages of the comics and14 pages of ads.
“Double or Nothing” is the 2nd part of the story arc started in the purrevious issue. It was pencilled by Chad Hardin, inked by Wayne Fauncher, lettered by Pat Brosseau, colored by John Kalisz, and edited by Joey Cavalieri with assistant editor Chris Conroy. There are 2 different covers, one by Stephane Roux & Karine Boccanfuso, and a less common variant cover by Brian Bolland!
Purreviously in Zee’s comic book, she fought the Royal Flush Gang in Las vegas, purrpared for her next big show, put up with her partying cousin Zachary who is also magickal, and three fiery elemental ladies who serve the demon lord Mammon. Zee’s had a lot of demonic purroblems lately, but she is so tough, brave & smart, and takes the magickal or martial arts fight to them!
She is also quite fashionable in the purrocess, and In these two issues Zee has been wearing another variation of her famous girl tux & fishnet ‘working clothes’. This latest ensemble consists of a Gold lace-up underbust corset, white bow tie, and the thigh high black black boots with those great  big buckles & platform heels! Zach is also dapper looking, wearing his mewsual stage tux!
Issue #4 ended on a cliffhanger, with her breath turned into fire by those villainesses, but Zee has plenty of tricks up her sleeves and continues to outwit her enemies! In #5 she deals with those villainesses, has a bit of family time, another wardrobe change and another big show to purrform, but Mammon and the evil casino owner still have a love potion and zombies for round 2!
So there are even more zombies of note this month! Some of those casino zombies look like undead Elvis and Liberace imitators, but I suppose we will have to wait until issue #6 to see if they can still sing or play the piano. This is such a fun comic book and I am so looking forward to the next issue! Now here is Lizzy to discuss another of our recent favorite DC Comics–
Power Girl #16

Elizabeth:
Arigato, Nya-sensei! Power Girl became our favorite American comic book last year due to several aspects. Firstly, there was the brilliant creative team compurrised of artist Amanda Conner, colorist Paul Mounts, writers Jimmy Palmiotti & Justine Gray,  letterer John J Hill, editor Mike Carlin & associate editor Rachel Gluckenstern.
Secondly was the the cheerful dispurrsition, optimistic outlook, and fun tone that did not get too grim or dark!  The slice of life plots were so charming as Kara Zor-L aka Karen Starr aka Power Girl balanced her supurr heroics, corpurrate career, homemaking & social life – especially with her best friend Terra!
It was a rare purrfect gem of a comic book, so we were a bit nervous when Conner, Mounts, Palmiotti & Gray left after 12 issues, but fortunately Hill, Carlin & Gluckenstern remained to welcome new writer Judd Winick, artist Sami Basri & colorist Sunny Gho to the series. So we have continued to purrchase the book, even though there were several other changes as of issue #13.
The plots began to intersect with DC’s Brightest Day series involving Maxwell Lord; a major plot was that Karen’s accountant Donna embezzled & disappeared to leave Starrware Industries in financial ruin, and there has been a sad lacking of the Terra fun. However, the comic still has a bright visual look & fun elements, such as Power Girl’s banter with friends & enemies.
Although we miss Connor’s art, the very talented current team is doing a fine job, and we think Basri’s portraiture for Power Girl delightfully resembles The Travel Channel’s hostess Samantha Brown http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Samantha_Brown/About_The_Show/Meet_Samantha_Brown!
Issue #16 is purriced $2.99, with 32 pages consisting of the 22 page story “Snow Job Part One” colored by Sunny Gho & Jessica Kholinne & 10 pages of ads. The front cover illustration by Basri & Gho depicts Power Girl shocked to find the fallen body of Donna Anderson.
It begins with Power Girl brawling & trash-talking with an enemy in the Arctic, but then we flash back to the office 68 hours purrior, where issue #15 ended with her employee Nicholas claiming to know her secret identity, followed by a bit of detective work with Batman, who is helping her to track down Donna! That’s all I’ll disclose and I’ll not spoil what happens in the last third of the story!
The arctic fight scene is handled with humor, from Power Girl’s internal monologuing to the purriceless facial expurressions, gestures & poses!, and also during her argument with Nicholas, there is an amewsing purrogression of the expurressions, gestures & poses occurring across several panels! The scenery & technology are rendered in a bright, purristine, clean manner.
For the most part the lighting is brightly ambient and the colors are very delicate with subtle highlights, shading & shadowing, and little nuances in materials such as the transparency of Nicholas’ glasses, the illumination & scan lines of video monitors, the luster of her lipstick and the gold metallic gleam on Power Girl’s shoulder epaulet.
It is nicely lettered from the easily read spoken words in ellipses & inner thoughts in the yellow boxes, to the sound effects & more decorative title fonts. This issue purrogressed at a good pace, and continues to be very appealing fun, although I do hope Power Girl have more time for pleasant leisure- and Terra too! Now here’s Jennyjen to discuss another very busy supurr heroine!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #36

Jeannie:
Summertime was a rather transitional purriod for our then three favorite comic books, with changes in the creative teams of Power Girl and Birds of Prey, and a brief hiatus for Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Buffy is back for the Autumn months, with the final five-issue story arc of Season Eight, which reunites Buffy, Angel and Spike after several years.
Purriced $2.99, issue #36′s 36 full color pages are compurrised of the credits / title page, 22 pages of the story “Last Gleaming Part One”, 2 pages of readers’ comments, 1 page of editor Scott Allie’s mewsings, and 10 pages of advertisements. There are 2 different front covers to choose from, one by Jo Chen and the other by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen.
Jeanty is the story’s penciller, Madsen is the colorist, Andy Owen is the inker, the lettering is by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, and the script was written by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon. The comic’s designer is Aimee Danielson-Germany, Sierra Hahn is the associate editor, Freddye Lins is the associate editor, and Mike Richardson is the Publisher.
Purreviously in issue #35- which we reviewed in the June Mew- Buffy & Angel return from a romp on a purradisical plane, using their Kryptonian-like supurr powers to help Willow, Amy, Dawn, Xander, Giles, Faith, Andrew, Warren, The General & Satsu combat an extradimensional invasion of monsters & demons, with Spike making his dramatic return on the last surpurrising page.
Published in September, Issue #36 begins with a 12 page flashback of Angel & Spike’s return to Earth from purrsumably some other dimension. Angel is cryptically told by a mysterious ‘higher power’ entity of his purrpose, which leads to his masked Twilight purrsona, while a jolly Spike commands a crew of anthropomorphic insects aboard their large Pillbug-shaped airship.
Back to the ‘purresent’, a happy Buffy & Angel continue to chat & slay the monsters as their comrades begin to escape aboard Spike’s ship. Buffy then has a long-awaited chat with Spike, whom she has appurrently not seen since the final epurrsode of Season 7 / the TV series (which aired on 20 May, 2003). There’s more, including another big surpurrise, but that is all I’ll reveal.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight continues to be among our most purrfurred comic books, and I think it is my favorite comics adaptation of a television series ever for several reasons. Firstly, not only does it purrfectly purrserve the characters and spirit of that show, but it is also canonically a continuation of official Buffy continuity, merely in a different medium.
An advantage of the comics medium is that it can depict many amazing locations, effects & events that might be purrohibative for the television budget. Also, this medium might be able to purrsue themes that were not purrmitted on television, but the purogression of character development, and the stories told on a grander canvas, still feel true to the nature of the show.
The supurrb character art has a delightfully stylized look and an excellent portraiture, which is quite Faithful (and Buffyful, Willowful Xanderful, etc) to the actors who purrtrayed those characters on TV, and the artists know when to appurropurriately ‘cartoonize’ their likenesses, or use minimalistic detail for the desired whimsical effect.
There is beautiful scenic art to help tell the story too, such as the architecture & landscape of Oza & Baya’s Himalayan homestead. There is an excellent sense of graphic narrative as the story is purropelled at good pace, and when combined with the brilliant dialogue, the characters seem to come alive, as if those great actors were speaking those lines. Now I believe Myayr plans to tell us what Tigra and her trainees are up to in–
Avengers Academy #3 (plot spoiler warning)

Mary Nyan:
Hai! Our favorite Marvel Comics character is Greer Grant Nelson, purrhaps better known by her supurr catirl purrsona, Tigra! We purrofiled her in January’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya! Well when we saw the stunningly cute cover pic of her by Amanda Conner, one of our favoritest artists who was until recently drawing Power Girl at DC, we immediately pounce upon this comic!
The purremise of Avengers Academy reminds me a bit of the X-Men, in that it is an academy to train supurr youngsters. In this case, it was founded by Dr. Hank Pym of The Avengers to help certain kids who might otherwise become villains, especially ones who were under the influence of evil Norman Osborn (The Green Goblin) who wanted a mew generation of criminals!
Of course I think it is only appurropurriate to discuss a comic book with a were-woman in it during this Halloweeny season. In addition to Tigra & Dr. Pym, who is weirdly calling himself The Wasp which was his wife’s identity, to educate the kids at this nice academy a number of veteran supurr heroes, including Quicksilver, Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, Iron Fist, Justice, Speedball!
The first class are compurrised of Jenny / Hazmat who has the toxic body, Veil who can become a gas grrl, Striker who has the electric powers, Mettle who is supurr strong & invulnerable, the dino morphing Reptil, and Finess who can learn skills supurr fast- she seems like a Taskmaster grrl! Not all of them get along well, or are purrsuing their academia with honest intent!
This 3rd issue has the good creative team of writer Christos Gage, penciller Mike McKone, inker Andrew Hennessy, colorist Jeremy Cox, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, editor Bill Rosemann & assistant editor Rachel Pinnelas! There are two different covers, one by McKone and the variant one by Conner which I mentioned!
[Our] Mike got to meet Mike McKone at Heroes Con, nya! I really liked his work on the Exiles comic book, purrticularly drawing Nightcrawler’s daughter Nocturne who I wish had her own book!
Issue #3 has 32 full color pages compurrised of the 22 page story “Scared Straight Part 1: Boyfriend in a Coma”, plus 1 recap / credits page, 1 page of readers’ comments & 7 pages of ads.
It starts with a flashback to poor Jenny’s origin and how she almost accidentally killed her boyfriend when her unbeknownst supurr powers suddenly activated. She has been understandably sullen ever since and has to wear a special hazmat containment suit. There is a cameo appurrance by the X-Men’s Angel in one big panel, but his joyful flying just makes her sadder.
From there we get to see the kids training & chatting, sparring with Iron Fist, and there is a cute kitchen scene of Valkyrie having a chat with the grrls about men! They’re all drinking mead! This does not sit well with Tigra who thinks they are too young to drink compared to Asgardian kids, nya! She has the purrturbed swishy tail as she absconds the brew!
I did not purreviously realize just how tall Valkyrie is- she is about a head taller than Tigra, who is not exactly short at 5’10″! After that they go to the immense hanger where there are several futuristic aircraft that Jenjen (our Jenjen not Hazmat Jen) would drool over heehee! Oh I’m just kittin’ but Jen is the technophile though, nya. From there they fly on a field trip to The Raft!
The Raft is a supurr maximum purrison near Manhattan where a bunch of the supurr villains are locked up, and Luke Cage is there to make sure they stay put, and he is just the hero to do it!  Of those purrisoners, some seem a bit more tolerable than others, and they get to chat briefly with Juggernaut, The Ghost and Moonstone (who could be nicer)!
There are several purrisiners the kids are not supposed to get near though, such as Mandrill, Vermin, Grizzly and Crossbones, although the latter baddy does tell Jenny whcih cell Norman Osborn is in- and she has a score to settle with him! But it looks like we’ll have to wait until issue #4 to see how that pans out!
This was a fun comic book with a nice mix of old & mew characters who seem very well thought out with the sparkling dialogue and right amount of humor & pathos! The art was supurrb, purrticularly the character’s expurressions, poses & body language! There is a lot of scenic detail in the tech & architecture, and the details in Jenny’s room, including a Dazzler poster!
The coloring is excellent with great touches such as the translucent tint of Jenny’s helmet, the chrome gleam of Valykirie’s armor, and the different lighting from the San Francisco skyline to rainy Manhattan, and all the different academy & purrison interiors! I was impurressed and I will give it a high recommendation, and wish to thank all those creators for their great work! Well I think that’s all we have for purrinted comics, but now it is time for our–
Monthly Web Comics ‘Picks of the Litter’!

Mary Nyan:
My web comic recommendations for this month are Lackadaisyhttp://www.lackadaisycats.com/ by Tracy J. Butler, Celu http://www.celu-comic.com/ by Tyler Waddell, and Kukuburi http://www.kukuburi.com by Ramon Perez!

Yvonne:
Yay my turn, nya! I would like to nominate the cat comic strip Mows http://www.mows.com/ by Jay Dyke and the purregant anthropurrmorphic mousey tale of Bridgette’s Belly http://bridgette.comicgenesis.com/ by A. Fraser, nya!

Jeannie:
My web comic recommendations for October are Dark Candle www.darkcandle.net by Michael Woodring & James  Lyle, and Flycoren Kausim http://flycoren.mspencer.net/ by Christien Breck & Roan Writhers.

Petra:
I would like to purraise & recommend the lovely canine furry fun of Inherit The Earth http://inherittheearth.net/ by Allison Hershey Joe Pearce & Bradley W. Schenckkitty, and the beautifully  rendered Panthera http://www.pantheracomic.com/ by D. Z. McRoy, Jeffrey Kan & Jon Bennett, nya!
Elizabeth:
I have selected Scott Kurtz’s Pvp http://www.pvponline.com/ and Ian McDonald’s Bruno the Bandit http://www.brunothebandit.com/!
Nyanko:
My web comic nominees of the litter for October are Tara http://www.drunkduck.com/Tara/ and Contract http://www.contractcomic.com/! Whatchoogot, Mike?
Mike:
Last but not least for this month I would like to recommend It’s a Circle http://www.itisacircle.com/ and appropriately for this month, October 31st http://o31.net/! That’ll do it for this month’s web comic picks, and this segment of the show, but please stay tuned for–

 

Our Feature Purresentation:
An Intermew with the Artists of Child-Eating Books Studio!
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Mary Nyan:
Founded in 2007, Child-Eating Books Studio http://childeatingbooks.wordpress.com/ is a quartet of artistic friends who banded together to sell their creations in the Artist Alley at Animazement http://www.animazement.org/, North Carolina’s wonderful anime convention.
They’ve had a purresence at Animazement for the last four years and look forward to next year’s con, but in the mean time they stay busy throughout the year making 2D & 3D works of art & crafts, such as delightful purrints, cards, trinkets, dolls, costumes, manga and commissioned illustrations!
C.E.B.S is compurrised of Lucy Kagan http://keropi.deviantart.com, Allison Kupatt http://nerdvampire257.deviantart.com, and sisters Natalia Lopes http://theartslave.deviantart.com and Thais Lopes http://angelofhappiness.deviantart.com. Lucy is a sophomore at SCAD and you can see her costumes at http://www.cosplay.com/member/111182.
Nyanko:
Thais is the eldest member of the studio, and a senior at NCSU, and you can view more of her purrtfolio at her web site Angelical Designshttp://www4.ncsu.edu/~talopes/. Allison is a sophomore at UNC in Chapel Hill. She writes a web comic The Red String of Fate, which is illustrated by Natalia!
Natalia is a junior at Meredith College whose costumes you can see at http://www.cosplay.com/member/218260/. It is our honor to greet the four of them here at the park’s Wisteria Purrvillion for Part One of today’s supurr six-part  intermew Thais, Natalia, Lucy, Allison – aloha and welcome to Catgirl Island and The Mew! Would you like a tasty beverage?
Thais:
(wearing a brown cat eared hat with a blue floral print short sleeved dress and tan sandals)
Yes thank you, could I possibly have some pink lemonade?
Natalia:
(wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, chain necklaces, grey shorts, 80s neon-striped socks, and brightly colored Converse shoes)
Why, thank you! I think I will go with some ice-cold orange juice.
Lucy:
(wearing a blue knee-length cotton skirt and a t-shirt with a pic of a winged bear on it)
A Grapefruit or Blood Orange Italian Soda?
Allison:
(wearing a nice, sky blue sun dress with comfortable sandals and a white, wide-brimmed hat)
Shirley Temple. On the rocks.
Mike:
Coming right up! (goes for the beverages)

Mary Nyan:
So how did y’all meet each other?
Thais:
Let’s see, well Natalia is my sister so I knew her first!
Lucy:
I met Thais on my bus when I was in middle school and she was in high school, and I later met Natalia when she, too, began to ride my bus about a year later, I think. I met Allison through my other friend Greyson, in high school.
Natalia:
I knew Allison since middle school, Lucy when I started going to the same high school as everybody, and she, Thais and I rode the same bus.
Allison:
We hung out at our school’s Japanese Club a lot and became fast friends.
Mary Nyan:
How often, and where do y’all meet as the full group?
Allison:
We don’t get to meet in person that much, but when we can it’s usually at one of our houses.
Natalia:
Now that we each go to separate colleges, we have a harder time getting together as a group. But, when it’s time to discuss all things studio-related in preparation for the next Animazement, we tend to get together during winter break and/or spring break, usually at one of our houses, to plan and organize early for con.
Thais:
And then sometimes for cosplay photoshoots as well as skit rehearsals. All of the members of C.E.B.S. are also a part of the Whoosh cosplay group which performs at the Animazement cosplay contest.
Lucy:
We just talk a whole lot online, so it’s not like we’re out of touch. We email and comment on each other’s dAs a whole lot.
Mary Nyan:
Are there group purrojects that all four of you collaborate upon?
Allison:
We collaborate on costumes for the cosplay contest and the decorations for the artist alley table.
Thais:
We and some other friends do collaborate on the Animazement skit.
Natalia:
Those tend to be much work, but a lot of fun!
Lucy :
Last year, we won first place in the novice category at Animazement, thanks to everyone’s hard work!
Mary Nyan:
Wow, congratulations! What are your purrfurred tools & techniques?
Lucy:
Well, we all work on different things, but we all tend to lean towards Copic markers for 2D art, or just pencils and pens. I really like ballpoint pens, and for digital, I like openCanvas, but I’ve recently had to give it up for various reasons and go with Photoshop. As for 3D things, Allison and I both use felt for plushies, but I like fleece the best. It’s just expensive, comparatively.
Thais:
I use many tools and I’m always trying different techniques out. I do enjoy the standard pencil on paper, I feel that that is my strongest media. Although I do use Photoshop a great deal for my digital work.  I also use both Prismacolor and Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, acrylic paint, a variety of different papers etc.
Natalia:
I’m more of a mixed-media artist when I’m not working on commissions or pieces to sell at our Artist Alley table at Animazement. So, I’ll work with practically anything! From highlighters and whiteout, to gel pens, to India ink…it’s all good :) When I work on my cosplays, though, I tend to go for the cheapest stuff possible! I’m usually more of a closet cosplayer, but recently I’ve been creating more and more outfits from scratch, which proved to be a lot of fun too!
Allison:
Felt!  It’s inexpensive and flexible for creating plushies, to the point where it can work for clothing as well as for accessories. I use a mixture of sewing and hot glue to make plushies.
Nyanko:
How would you compare / contrast each other’s techniques, methods or work space?
Lucy:
We almost never work in the same spaces, since it’s too much trouble and not enough space for all of us. I know that I tend to work rather quickly, and that instead of doing work in short bursts, I’ll opt for one full day of non-stop working. I know Natalia’s a little similar in that she and I used to say that we can’t finish something if we stop working on it part way through. Either it gets finished then and there, or it doesn’t at all. This is no longer true for me, though, especially with school projects that get done over a period of multiple class times.
Natalia:
We all have our own individualized way of creating our artwork, so it’s hard to compare them per se. And we’re all at different levels, and have our own particular styles, but I think in the end everything looks great and works out for everyone! But as far as work space, I am certain that each of us wouldn’t complain if we had a larger space to work in instead of our bedrooms, hehe.
Thais:
My sister and I have similar work spaces as we live in the same house. Generally we tend to use either our own laps or the desk to draw in and then the computer for our digital art. Allison mostly does plushies so I assume she’s on the sewing machine or using glue or the old thread and needle. Lucy also does a bunch of costumes so she uses her cute old sewing machine. As for her drawings she does a lot of water color and markers as well as the computer.
As far as style goes, I would say Allison’s plushies are very unique as they use felt and are very colorful and playful. They make excellent companions. Lucy’s style reminds me of the type of manga that deals with middle school or high school dilemmas. Her style seems to be a crowd pleaser. Speaking of crowd pleaser, Natalia’s magnets have always been a hit.
Her style is also unique with a lot of emotion in her characters. Her prints are diverse and range from dark themes to very care free and adorable themes. My own work I’d like to think of as original and I’m always thinking of different ways to entice customers. This year I went with greeting cards, although in the past I’ve done puzzles, paper dolls, prints etc.
Allison:
I think Lucy and I have messy work spaces, especially compared to Thais. I’m always jealous when I see how organized her art desk is. For proper designs, I think we all sketch out an idea before we commit to making the project, although it’s like comparing apples to oranges since our group has a diverse amount of art types.

Nyanko:
So, like who are yall’s favorite artists & designers?
Allison:
Lots of love for less contemporary artists—I adore Van Gogh and Monet.  I also really love Dave McKean, Svetlana Chmakova, and Chika Umino.
Natalia:
I absolutely love the styles of Tim Burton, Camille Rose Garcia, Dave McKean, and Jhonen Vasquez. They are definitely inspirations in my own art.
Lucy:
I love the Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha and have several posters, postcards and a whole book of his work. I also love a lot of manga artists like Sumomo Yumeka (The Day I Become a Butterfly, Same-Cell Organism), Setona Mizushiro (After School Nightmare), Arina Tanemura (Full Moon wo Sagashite)… and of course CLAMP and Yuu Watase hold a special place in my heart, even if they have a few works that I wouldn’t consider great.
Thais:
I am very fond of the work by Ai Yazawa, her drawing style is something I’ve tried to emulate in my own way and I adore the amount of detail she puts into her drawings. I enjoy drawing clothing with a lot of detail. The manga group Clamp’s art style is also appealing to me. More so their earlier work, such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Card Captor Sakura again for the amount of detail and expressiveness of the characters. I also love the work of Mucha, his posters and graphic elements for his backgrounds are truly beautiful.

Nyanko:
Who are y’all’s favorite authors, books or comics?
Lucy:
Oh, I just named a few authors and books I’m fond of, I guess. I also love Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I’m pretty fond of Scott Pilgrim these days!
Allison:
Neil Gaiman, John Green, Markus Zusak, Chika Umino, Dorothy Parker, and Tom Stoppard are all great, great writers. I’m also getting into the works of John Barnes and Michael Chabon, who are splendid. My favorite books are “Paper Towns” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”, but I love so many others. My favorite comics are “The Sandman,” “Honey & Clover,” “XXXholic,” “Fables,” “Scott Pilgrim,” and “Tales from Outer Suburbia.” They’re all sort of surreal in their own ways.
Thais:
I enjoy reading a lot so to pick my favorite book or author is very difficult. I love fantasy and science fiction novels the best. They are like an escape from reality and the setting is always breath taking. Let’s see, as a high schooler I really enjoyed Tamora Pierce’s books as well as D.J. MacHale’s book series. Of course I was also into Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings etc. I also enjoy a good comic, such as Bone, or V for Vendetta. Recently Scott Pilgrim has been pretty high on my favorites list.
Natalia:
My favorite authors are Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, and Neil Gaiman, all of which have worked on comics, ironically. But that is not to say I don’t enjoy reading book books, hehe. My favorite comics are Watchmen by Alan Moore and Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison. His shorter work, WE3, is also wonderful! And to be honest, I’ll enjoy practically any and all manga :)
Nyanko:
What are your favorite movies or TV shows (live action or animated)?
Allison:
Oh, movies are my thing! It’s pretty hard to pick my favorites, but I love “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Interstate 60,” “The Legend of 1900,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Kamikaze Girls,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Sleepy Hollow,” oh god, so many!  I’ll just cut it off there.  And I love “Doctor Who,” “Law & Order,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Torchwood” for live action TV shows.  All of my favorite animated TV shows are things from my past that I’m nostalgic for, like “Beetlejuice,” “Hey Arnold,” “Codename: Kids Next Door,” and “Ed Edd n Eddy.”
Thais:
Oh I love both live action and animated movies. I think animation can still do things that live action can’t but seeing a well done live action movie, with a great story is still fulfilling. Again I see a lot of movies so it’s hard to pick just one. I don’t really watch TV all that much. I love all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films and the Pixar movies. I think Lord of the Rings was a well done movie, The Fall was a gorgeous film, and the newer Star Trek film as well. But again there are so many films out there, some older films that I think were great are Lady Hawk, The Third Man… any Hitchcock film really!
Lucy:
For movies, I love The Prestige, Chocolat, Nana, and Pan’s Labyrinth, and Laputa: Castle in the Sky, UP, and The Princess and the Frog to name a few. Oh! And Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! In terms of TV shows, I love 30 Rock, Community, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, and all those shows on Discovery about “exploring the universe” and whatnot. Pushing Daisies, though, is one of the most underrated shows by far! It’s really charming.
Natalia:
I am a huge movie fan, so it’s almost impossible to list my absolute favorites! But, if I had to choose, my favorite films are The Fifth Element, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The City of Lost Children, The Iron Giant, The Dark Knight, Metropolis (Rintaro version), and every other Tim Burton movie. I certainly watch much less TV than movies, so my favorite shows are…
Invader Zim, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, older Cartoon Network shows like Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, Batman: The Animated Series, and Sonic Adventures. And as far as my favorite anime (again, it’d be hard to list them all!!!), I absolutely love Outlaw Star, Photon the Idiot Menace, Tenchi Muyo, Trinity Blood, Jibaku-Kun (also known as Bucky), and Trigun.
Nyanko:
What is your favorite type of mewsic, or favorite mewsicians?
Natalia:
I am also a big ‘mewsic’ lover. I believe that with my art, music goes with it much like bread and butter. My favorite ‘mewsic’? Probably just the weirdest, randomest stuff I can find. I also am pretty eclectic, in that I can enjoy progressive rock, death metal, ambient, electronic, dance, industrial, j-rock, and techno music, all with the same love for music. it’d be just as impossible to name all my favorite ‘mewsicians’, but to name a few–
I love Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Kevin Oglevie (Skinny Puppy, Ohgr), Richard D. James (Aphex Twin, AFX), Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer), Royksopp, Burial (the ambient ‘mewsician’, not the metal band Burial hehe), and Brian Transeau (BT). I also find new bands and ‘mewsicians’ to love and enjoy, almost every other week!
Lucy:
I like a lot of types of music, but Maaya Sakamoto is someone I just have to promote, since she is an amazing musician, but not commonly known, despite singing songs used for TONS of anime. Emilie Simon, The Gypsy Kings, Persephone’s Bees, and Yoko Kanno are a few other favorites of mine, but I also like a lot of oldies like Lovin’ Spoonful and The Beatles, but also super oldies, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
Thais:
I took a long time to warm up to music. I wasn’t that teenager who worshipped her radio or CD player. But now I tend to like alternative rock, I listen to NC State’s radio station a lot. But I also grew up with smooth jazz, some famous Brazilian musicians, because my family is from Brazil, and other musicians such as Sting, Eric Clapton, The Beatles. Currently I like Snow Patrol, Flaming Lips, Dreamtheater a lot of eclectic stuff. I like Celtic music as well.
Allison:
Far too many “types” for me to get into, although I have a fondness for indie music.  Usually, I get my music from bands I’ve never heard of until a friend introduces me to them. I love Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rosebuds, The Love Language, The Very Sexuals, and RaRaRiot.

Nyanko:
This concludes part one of our supurr special intermew with the ladies of Child-Eating Books Studio as a group, but after the short break we’ll be right back to chat with them individually so please stay tuned!
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An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 2: Allison Kupatt!
Yvonne:
Aloha we’re back to continue the intermew with the ladies of Child-Eating Books Studio one on one, nya! I have the purrivilege of intermewing Allison here under the Scuppernong Arbor, nya! So Allison, could you tell us what is your writing purrocess like, nya?
Allison:
It usually comes with a group of words that sounds good, and I’ll write that down and come back to it later. If it still sounds good, I’ll see if I can make a story out of it.  With the Red String of Fate, it helped that I had a writing class that gave me blank space to come up with ideas for various plot-lines. Especially with a collaboration, it’s good to know where the story is going, so I mapped out how I want the plot to progress and how I want the characters to develop.
Yvonne:
Could you please tell us a bit about your web comics The Red String of Fate, nya?
Allison:
The Red String of Fate is about Ambros, a teenager who can see the Strings of Fate, which connect one person to their destined partner. He grew up ignoring them, but he’s forced into helping couples when a new student, Quincy, can also see him. Quincy uses Ambros’s determined nature to draw him out of his previous cynicism over the Red Strings. I want the comic to seem sometimes like a Romance Comedy and other times like a Coming-of-Age story.
Yvonne:
Oh I like those genres, nya! What sorts of things do you  like to sew, nya?
Allison:
Mostly the plushies, which I sell at Animazement. I also make my costumes for the Whoosh! Cosplay group, although sometimes I need help from the other members.
Yvonne:
What are your purrfurred fabrics & materials, and where do you like to purrocure those, nya?
Allison:
I love using felt for the plushies. It’s really versatile. For costumes, I like using broadcloth, although I would like to branch out into Jersey fabric and fleece.
Yvonne:
I heard that you’re a fan of director Tim Burton- what are your favorite films by him, nya?
Allison:
I love Tim Burton!  He’s been my favorite director since I was thirteen.  My favorite films by him are “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” (although he was only a writer/producer for that) “Big Fish,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Ed Wood”, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Yvonne:
Oh I like all of those movie too nya! I read on your DA sites that you are a fan of stop-motion animation, and that you and Natalia are fans of Neil Gaiman, nya! What did you think of Coraline?, nya?
Allison:
I thought it was a great adaptation. Henry Selick is our best stop-motion animation director, and he brought the story to life in a marvelous way.  I was rooting for it at the Oscars.
Yvonne:
What are your favorite stories by Neil Gaiman, nya?
Allison:
I love all of “The Sandman” and the novel he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, “Good Omens” is a very good read. Of his short stories, I adore “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire.” That was the first thing of his that I read, and I loved it immediately. I also like “Closing Time”, “Other People,” “Harlequin Valentine,” “The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories,” and his poems “Instructions” and “Vampire Sestina.” I can’t wait to see what he does with Doctor Who!
Yvonne:
Now, Edward Gorey and Edgar Allan Poe were listed among your favorite artists and authors, nya. Are dark fantasy tales a purrticularly favorite genre, nya?
Allison:
Most definitely. I feel like having a dark edge to fantasy makes it more vivid, although I see the appeal in other fantasy types. They have a level of reality in them that anchors them well as stories.
Yvonne:
What do you like to do for Halloween? Do you join the crowd on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, nya?
Allison:
I did last year! I think my favorite parts of Halloween are still seeing costumes and looking at carved pumpkins. Something about seeing those little lights outside of houses really warms my heart and makes me feel like autumn is here.
Yvonne:
It tends to stay purretty much the bikini weather here on the island but we do like the Autumn fashion colors and the festivities, nya! Do you attend meetings of UNC’s anime club Coup (Carolina Otaku UPrising), nya?
Allison:
I did during my first semester at college, but work got in the way during the second semester, unfortunately.
Yvonne:
It is a good club, nya! Since UNC is about half an hour’s drive from NCSU and Meredith College, how often do Natalia, Thai and you get to visit, and how often do y’all get to reunite with Lucy, nya?
Allison:
Since Lucy has a slightly different schedule from ours, where there’s about a month’s difference in starting times, she can still visit me in Chapel Hill early in the year. I can usually plan a meeting with Natalia and Thais during breaks, but we have some complicated transportation issues. Luckily, the Triangle Transit System is easy to figure out, especially with a bus going from Chapel Hill to Apex or Raleigh.
Yvonne:
How about Tarheels sporting events, nya?
Allison:
Somehow, I managed not to go to any sporting events last year. Not sure how that happened. This year, at least, I’m determined to go to a football game!
Yvonne:
Yay Go Tarheels, nya! But we like those other fine colleges too, nya! Allison, that is all of my questions and thank you so very much for the intermew! And now we will transfer to Jenjen who is meeting with Natalia, nya!
An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 3: Natalia Lopes!
Jeannie:
And now for part three of the intermew, I have the honor of chatting with Natalia here in the park’s Muscadine Grove. Natalia, what is the state of anime, comics, science fiction & fantasy fandom at Meredith College?
Natalia:
Unfortunately, anime is not exactly a very big thing over at Meredith College. But you do meet some underground fans of it, as well as comic book fans, and science fiction/fantasy folk, but only on occasion. I wish there was a sort of anime or comics club over there, but I guess since their community isn’t as large as some other colleges, it’s hard to rally enough people who are interested. Who knows, maybe someday!

Jeannie:
I gathered that you and Lucy like Portal- what are our favorite things about that game?
Oh yes, I certainly like Portal! I can’t wait for the second one to come out. It’s really easy to play, the levels are challenging but rewarding when you solve the problems needed to get to the next level, the main player character is female, GLADOS is really creepy, the twist ending…and you kind of feel sorry for all those poor robots when you shoot them, hehe. In conclusion, it’s a really great game. Sadly, I don’t get enough time to play video games, but I do enjoy it when I do!
Jeannie:
In your DA purrofiles, you and Thais mentioned Super Smash Brothers Brawl as a favorite game. What are its funnest aspects?
Natalia:
I like that you can choose the different colors for each character. I actually did a spoof picture where all the different Toon Link colors are scared of the Dark Toon Link when he appears. Here’s a link to it from my Deviantart http://theartslave.deviantart.com/art/Dark-Toon-Link-is-scary-82768933 I mean, look at him. He has beaming red eyes. I’d be scared too, haha.
But It’s just a really fun game all around, you can play as teams or individually on the various levels (I love the Warioware level!) and it’s so much fun to play at parties! My favorite character to play is Meta Knight. Especially Pink Meta Knight.
Jeannie:
What is the collaborative purrocess like on your web comic, The Red String of Fate?
Natalia:
She writes out the story, and I illustrate each of the pages, as well as the cover artwork. Allison gives me the panel-by-panel description of how she wants the pages to look like, along with the story line, and through that I interpret how the pages should look. I try to keep the page layouts as close to what Allison writes as I can, although on some occasions I’ve had to add extra panels in to make a page flow better.
I will usually ask a few questions before I begin to make the pages, just to clarify a couple of small details so I know I have the most accurate idea of what the page needs to look like. I send her the penciled version first for approval. Then if there is something that needs to be fixed, I will go ahead and fix it before coloring, and then she sees the finished page up on my Deviantart account, along with everyone else who is interested in our little comic!
It is available to view on my Deviantart account. Though, for those interested, I will provide specific links to our first 2 chapters here Chapter 1 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/art/The-Red-String-Of-Fate-Ch-1-65323773 and Chapter 2 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/art/The-Red-String-of-Fate-Ch-2-130641914?q=gallery%3Atheartslave%2F8832546&qo=20. Through those links you can get to the individual pages of each chapter!
Jeannie:
Do y’all have any neat intuitive ‘short hand’ terms for expurressing ideas to each other?
Natalia:
Well, whenever Allison sends me the descriptions for the pages of a chapter, I immediately print it out and write notes all over it, whether it’s just little thumbnails of what a particular panel should look like, or questions I have about certain ideas that she wrote. I’ll also send her a copy of this ‘noted up’ version of the script so she knows which questions to anticipate once we reach the respective page that I work on. It’s also kind of fun to see her reactions to some of my notes! I do tend to make funny doodles on the margins sometimes…:)
Jeannie:
Do y’all make badges too? What are some of the top selling items at the cons?
Natalia:
No, we don’t make badges. Although that is a good idea! I’ve seen many of those around Artist Alley recently. The trend I’ve seen as far as top-selling items at Animazement, and maybe this is true for other cons as well, is smaller stuff. And by smaller stuff I mean items or pieces that aren’t as big as prints or poster-sized artworks (which I have bought several of those from many great Artist Alley artists!). What I’ve noticed with recent customers is a greater interest in smaller things like stickers, keychains, postcards, and magnets.
I picked up on this a few years ago, and in addition to prints, I do sell magnets and bookmarks, and other members of my table sell keychains, stickers and postcards. I believe these items are selling a lot because they’re more practical items, but still decorative and creative. And many people are buying even smaller things like handmade cellphone charms, so there is a wide variety of small items you can make that people will be interested in buying, maybe more so than prints. And since most artist don’t usually sell these items, they’ll be unique to your table, too!
Jeannie:
What did you think of Mirror Mask?
Natalia:

It reminded me a lot of Pan’s Labyrinth, but it had more of the fantasy world incorporated into its story than Pan did, which I liked that aspect. And since I love Dave McKean’s art direction, I felt the film benefited a lot from it, especially all those drawings the main character does in her room. Unfortunately I haven’t read the original short story by Neil Gaiman in which the movie was based on, but I’d love to. It definitely captured my interest, I liked it a lot :)

Jeannie:
You’ve ‘crossplayed’ as Captain James T Kirk and The Joker. How are your William Shatner and Heath Ledger imitations?
Natalia:
Oh wow, those costumes were lots of fun! Well, my Shatner impression probably needs a little work, but a lot of people thought I looked almost exactly like Heath Ledger in the Joker outfit! I’d like to think my Joker voice is a little better than my Shatner one :)
Jeannie:
Is there much crossplay (girls costumed as male characters or guys costumed as female characters) at Animazement? What do you think is the purrcentage of Female to Male  compared to Male to Female?
Natalia:
I believe there is a large audience for crossplay at Animazement, but I think that females cosplaying as male characters is the more common form of crossplay, not just at Animazement but in general. In my opinion, I think a lot of females opt to crossplay because their favorite characters happen to be mostly male (I know that’s my case!) but also because a lot of female characters have outfits that females may feel uncomfortable wearing.
And when they opt to cosplay as those characters they may end up getting some unwanted attention. I’ve seen it before. I usually tend to go for male character cosplays not only because many of them are really fun to do, but because I also feel more comfortable in those cosplays. And even though my Nurse Joker costume had a dress, it didn’t feel as uncomfortable to wear at con!
Many people even thought I was a guy cosplaying as the Joker in a nurse dress! So there’s also that kind of illusion that many females can enjoy when crossplaying, like once I saw a female Solid Snake that looked good enough that some people didn’t think it was actually a girl! I think this can also be said for guys who choose to cosplay as female characters, either for laughs or because they can really pull it off too.
Jeannie:
You mentioned liking metal, dance, techno, industrial, rap… I’m guessing there’s not much soft country or light jazz on your iPod? Are the louder ‘n edgier types of mewsic what you like to draw by?
Natalia:
Well, it’s funny you mention that! Hehe. I’m not a fan of country, but I do like some jazz. In fact, I grew up with a lot of smooth jazz and artists like Sting, who incorporate jazz into their music. However, I prefer it when it’s incorporated into other musical styles, such as with more modern music by Gorillaz. They have some jazz in their songs but it’s mixed in with other genres like rock, electronic, soul, rap, etc.
Same thing with music by Brian Transeau, Pink Floyd definitely, and even Dream Theater. It’s all part of music that I like, where you can almost pick out the different styles but it all sounds really great together. Actually, it depends on my mood. Sometimes when I feel epic or frustrated, I’ll definitely listen to some death metal to be inspired to draw something heroic.
As a matter of fact, metal calms me down, which is something that most people wouldn’t think metal could possibly do! Hehehe. But sometimes I’ll choose something weird sounding to get me feeling more creative, such as stuff by Kevin Oglevie. I love his music, because it sounds like nothing else I’ve ever heard of!
Other times, I’ll even opt for really quiet music, such as Brian Transeau’s album “This Binary Universe” or works by Burial, stuff that’s really quiet and ambient, and sets a mood for anything to happen in my art. So it all really depends, since my artwork is almost as eclectic as I am in my musical tastes. And a lot of the time, when I post a picture, I’ll let people know what kind of songs I listened to while making it so that they can get a better feel for the mood of that picture.
Jeannie:
Dream Theater was mentioned more than once on your respective sites as a favorite. What do y’all like most about their mewsic?
Natalia:
I absolutely love their music. The band members play so incredibly well, and their music may be somewhat long-winded for some people (they’ve had songs last over 20 minutes long!) but sometimes that sort of helps paint a fuller picture to me.
They have great stories to tell in their music, especially their album “Scenes from a Memory,” which is almost like an underrated rock opera. And when their keyboardist plays, it’s something out of this world! Sometimes you don’t know if it’s him or the guitarist playing, they both play equally as fast and equally as well :) They’re definitely a band that also plays wonderfully live, and I’d love to see them someday in concert.
Jeannie:
Do you dance, purrform mewsically or go to many concerts?
Natalia:
I love to dance, but I’m definitely not a professional or anything, haha. Nor am I a professional singer! And I do love dance music, most notably from groups like Daft Punk, Justice, Hot Chip, Deadmau5 and The Black Ghosts. I also go to a lot of raves, hosted by a few friends of mine, where we just go to dance, glow-string, and have a good time.
Glowstringing is also another hobby of mine, so we tend to practice and trade some moves when we’re all together. I also have attended the Animazement rave for the past 4 years, and they’ve all been much fun! As far as concerts go, I’ve been to a few really good ones. I mostly encounter the problem of not being able to see musicians I like because they tend not to come to North Carolina a whole lot. Which, if any of you bands are out there reading this, come to Raleigh! :)
Jeannie:
Hopefully they will hear your request. Natalia:, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our island and grant the intermew. We now go the Lotus Pond where Lizzy will be chatting with Natalia’s sister Thais.
An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 4: Thais Lopes!
Elizabeth:
Thanks Jen! Thais, I must ask , does artistic talent tend to run in the Lopes family?
Thais:
I would say the talent definitely runs in the family, my dad used to draw a lot in his youth and he was always into art, opera, and now writing. Mom grew up in Brazil so she learned to be resourceful. She is very adept at a sewing machine and loves to make headbands. She works at a school as an assistant second grade teacher so she’s always using her creativity with the kids.
Elizabeth:
What is your major at North Carolina State University?
Thais:
I am an Art and Design major! One more year to go!
Elizabeth:
That is where Mike went to Design School too! Do you purrticipate in any of the Wolfpack athletic purrograms or student organizations?
Thais:
I’m not really the athletic type but I do participate in an improv comedy group called the CIA at State.
Elizabeth:
Really? Wow maybe we could book y’all at the island’s Purrforming Arts Center! NCSU was also once home to North Carolina’s oldest anime club TAAS (Triangle Area Anime Society). What is the current state of anime fandom at NCSU these days?
Thais:
Well I still bump into anime and manga fans even in my General Ed classes, so it seems that the fandom hasn’t died down at all. I know that there is still a Japanese cultural club going strong but I haven’t heard of any anime clubs springing up.
Elizabeth:
How many Animazements have you attended, and what do you think of how it has grown & changed?
Thais:
I was a freshman in high school the first time I went to Animazement so that’s… 7 years straight I’m proud to say. I went with the Japanese club of my high school. Oh I love the new location, for us it’s a lot closer to where we live and it’s so much bigger and less cramped. The last few years were getting really hectic at our table because people would block incoming traffic and we’d lose customers that way. Now although there are still a ton of awesome people, it feels so much better.
Elizabeth:
It sure has grown! Aside from anime, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings are listed favorites in your DA purrofile. What do you think of other popular series such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Buffy, Harry Potter, etc…?
Thais:
I grew up with Star Wars, dad had all of the movies and Harry Potter I was addicted to in middle school and high school. Doctor Who is a classic that goes back a really long time, and I’ve watched an episode or two. Buffy I never really got into, same goes for Twilight. I think as long as there is a good story, interesting, thought out, and relatable characters you’re set.
Elizabeth:
Please tell us about your papurr crafts, such as the purrints, papurr dolls, and hand-made sketchbooks?
Thais:
Ah those. I took a book making studio at State and learned how to make my own books so that’s where the sketchbooks and paper crafts were learned. The prints were the first things I sold at Animazement and I learned so much from that experience. It was really hard knowing what people would buy and I still find that a challenge so every year I’ve tried something different such as the paper dolls.
Not all of my ideas work out selling wise, but I just keep trying new things until I find something that does. With the paperdolls and puzzles I tend to do fan art of popular anime and manga characters. I buy pre-made puzzles that are blank and then with water color and pens I draw the characters on them directly.
Elizabeth:
Could you tell us about your special original greeting card collection?
Thais:
I am very excited about them. For the first time I sold my original designs instead of fanart. They didn’t sell quite as well as I’d hoped but I’m very proud of the way they came out. I decided to base my collection on Japanese lolita fashion as well as Steam punk designs. I drew all of the images using Photoshop CS3 and then decorated them with 3D elements such as ribbon, buttons, stickers, fake jewels etc!
Elizabeth:
What kind of camera(s) and photographic equipment do you use?
Thais:
For my photos I use a Canon Rebel XS which is a digital camera that can take RAW images, which means that they come out a lot sharper because no information is lost when I take my shot! I  don’t own a tripod so I use the tripods available at State, as well as the photo room. I got interested in photography in high school and took a class then. I learned about the dark room and used an old film camera then. I developed my own film using the dark room. In college I made my own pin hole camera that really works!

Elizabeth:
What are your photography subjects or style? Do you photograph Lucy’s cosplay & plushies?
Thais:
I really enjoy taking pictures of people the most. My sister is very photogenic so I mostly have pictures of her. XD I have not yet taken pictures of Lucy or Allison’s cosplays and artwork. That’s something to think about. But I have taken photos and video of my sister and her friends glowstringing and glowstiking before. Also, in college I have done a few animations, made my own illustrations for books, and have taken classes in digital art. Right now I’m working on my website, updating it and making it presentable.

Elizabeth:
What do you like most about Super Smash Brothers Brawl?
Thais:
I think it’s a pretty fun game, since there are so many characters you can choose from, and playing against your friends is always amusing! But also the different attacks and stages are diverse and each one presents a different challenge. I prefer using Pit, but I also enjoy playing as Sonic and Link!

Elizabeth:
Well Thais thank you so much, this has been a pleasure to meet you!
An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 5: Lucy Kagan!
Petra:
Aloha, nya! I am here in the in the park’s puretty Morning Glory Gazebo, where I have the good oppurrtunity to meet artist Lucy Kagan, nya! Lucy, you have such splendid costumes- I purrticularly liked your Sakura, Rachel, Chell and costumes! Which costumes were most challenging costumes to make, nya?
Lucy:
Thank you! I like those ones, too. The most challenging, hmm… Well, at the time I made them, each one posed a different challenge that I hadn’t really faced before. For instance, with the Chobits one, I had to make the overdress open in a certain shape, and it was really a bizarre and interesting dress in general.
With the Kamichama Karin one, I had to make it gather up in places and the design didn’t make all that much sense. With the Portal one, I’d never made a jumpsuit before, and it was very challenging not using a pattern and still having it fit my body decently. I don’t really use patterns any more, so that’s where a big part of the challenge comes from.
In the end, the Haine outfit from The Gentlemen’s Alliance may have been the most challenging, just because it had the most going on with it, even though it may not look that way. I’m not too happy with how it turned out, and would redo it, given the money.
Petra:
Do you just wear / model the costumes, or actually purrform on the stage, nya?
Lucy:
My friends and I have been performing/ competing in the cosplay contest at Animazement every year since, well, the second year Allison and I were there! We have been in four skits total, and we finally won this past year with our Pokemon skit. It was so much fun! I absolutely love it. You get really really nervous going into it, though, and when I walk on stage, I forget my lines until the moment I have to say them!
Petra:
Do you make costumes for others, nya?
Lucy:
I do take commissions, and I also end up making a lot of the costumes for WHOOSH! Cosplay, which is the group we have for the skits at Animazement. This past year, I made our two boys’ costumes as well as my own. So far, I’ve done about 5 or 6 commissions, and everyone seems to have enjoyed their costumes, except this one boy, who I totally just failed on his belt, because it was Sunday, and I was really sleepy, and I completely apologize. I would fix it right now for him if I could.
Petra:
You are photogenic to the camera, but what of your interest as the photographer, nya?
Lucy:
Haha, I don’t know if I’m exactly very photogenic, but I also love to take photos. Being an artist, I have at least somewhat of a good eye for composition, and I looove playing with the details to get it just right. Anyone who has been in a photo-shoot that I’ve conducted knows that I will move you around, repose you, and absolutely make sure that there are no cars or extraneous people in the shot. It can take a little while, but the results are usually very good.
On my cosplay.com account, you can find in my photo-shoots a set that I did for a Katekyo Hitman REBORN group at Momocon, and I’m really proud of some of the photos we got. I would do all my own photoshoots if I could, since I get so picky, but I can totally relax if I’m confident that I’m in the hands of a great photographer, or at least someone who’s taking it seriously. I still like goofy shots, as long as they turn out looking good!
Petra:
Is cosplay just a fun hobby for you, or might fashion design, modeling, purrforming, or selling costumes be potential purrofessional paths for you, nya?
Lucy:
I’d definitely be interested in those things! I’ve taken acting classes since I was young, but it’s not a dream of mine to be an actor or anything. I’m too short for modeling, and not confident enough in my looks to do that, but fashion design and costume design have always been big interests for me. I’m very interested in maybe designing costumes for movies or TV shows one day!
Petra:
Did you ever work on any theatrical plays, nya?
Lucy:
The only plays I can say I’ve worked on have been in middle school, but I’ll be working with a local costume designer on a play coming up soon!
Petra:
Yay good luck with that nya! Say, don’t you also make plushy toys, nya?
Lucy:
I hardly make plushies any more, but whenever I do, they’re just my favorite characters from movies, video games, manga or something. Sometimes, they’re really weird and random monsters, though. I have Ritsuka from Loveless, Ridley from Radiata Stories, and Lucia from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, but in the past, I’ve also had Sailor Saturn, Jack Sparrow, and a whole ton of onigiri.
Petra:
Do you dance, sing or play mewsical instruments, nya?
Lucy:
I have never really been a person who likes dancing or feels confident dancing, but I’d always loved the idea of social dancing, something much more fun and romantic than grinding or just swaying like an awkward middle schooler. I’m really out of place at raves, for instance, but I love swing dancing. I started going to swing club at school, and I’ve been having a great time with it and really learning. Plus, I get some exercise for a change. I also want to learn more of the waltz and some salsa.
I do sing, but I’m not as good as my sister. She takes voice lessons and everything, and she’ll probably be a star one day or something, and I’ll mooch off of her. I used to play piano when I was younger, but then I stopped, and… forgot how to read sheet music. This is really bad, since I can basically play by ear, so there’s really no hope of me learning to read again.
It takes a bit of lengthy explanation to connect these two things, so I won’t go into detail, but my dad can play so many instruments, it seems like he knows them all. Violin, viola, cello, mandolin, wood flute, recorder, penny-whistle, piano, banjo, bagpipes… It’s crazy. You’d think coming from such a musical upbringing that I’d know how to play something but… I just love to sing.
Petra:
Your worldly cultural tastes include the Japanese, French, Spanish & UK arts. Have you visited those or other countries, nya?
Lucy:
Well, when I was in 3rd grade, I went to visit my cousins who live in Mallorca (pronounced “Ma-YOR-ka”), an island off the coast of Spain, but that’s the only time I’ve been to anywhere in Europe. It’s so beautiful, though, and I really hope to go back and visit more of Europe someday.
I went to Japan when I was in 7th grade with my Japanese class, and it was amazing, but I was a difficult teenager back then, and I’d really like to go back now that I’m just a little bit wiser. Allison and I have a deal that she, a French-speaker, will help travel around France with me, and I, a Japanese-speaker, will help travel around Japan with her.
Petra:
What about your culinary tastes- what are your favorite foods, nya?
Lucy:
Okonomiyaki, chicken parmesan, homemade pie (apple, blueberry, or cherry are the best), shrimp, and mushrooms. I give a different answer every time, though, so I think I really just need to sit down and seriously think about this some time.
Petra:
SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) is a purrestigious place. Do you have any famous purrofessors there, nya?
Lucy:
I probably do, but… I really don’t know. It’s pretty ridiculous that I go to the school and don’t know any of the professors, but I just finished my first year there, and I only took foundation classes so far. What I do know is that nearly all the teachers are people who have worked in the fields in which they teach, and though I can name a few people who teach classes in the Sequential Art department, I don’t know who they are or what they’ve done… I need to do my research!
Petra:
What advise might you have for someone wishing to attend SCAD, nya?
Lucy:
Just keep trying your best in high school. Don’t worry about getting the best grades in the whole wide world, but just focus on actually learning. Grades and standardized tests aren’t going to help you at all, but the things you actually learn and take in will be what matter. Oh, also, it’s really expensive, so a lot of people just get their general education credits done at a community college, and then transfer here. Either do that, or get a few AP credits if you want to save money.
Petra:
Thank you for the sage advice and for this intermew oppurrtunity, nya! That’s all for this portion, but right after the short break, we will re-unite Lucy, Thais, Natalia & Allison for the last group bit, so please don’t go away, nya!
(snip) (one short break later…)

An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio, Part 6!

Mike:
Welcome back to The Mew, where we have re-grouped in the park’s Wisteria Purrvillion for the final segment of  our special intermew with artists of Child-Eating Books Studio!

Nyanko:
What are y’all’s career aspurrations, and hopes for the future of C.E.B.S?
Natalia:
I would love to someday be an animator, and make my own independent feature-length animated films. But if that can’t be possible, then I would want to find something artistic that I would equally enjoy doing. For CEBS, I would only hope that we continue working together at Animazement every year, and have a load of fun in the process!
Lucy:
I really just want a career that I can enjoy, as I’m sure anyone else would, but anything creative would be good for me. Ideally, a concept artist, character designer, storyboard artist, manga author/ artist, or a costume designer. Quite a long list, I know. My hopes for Child-Eating Books is just that we can continue to work together at Animazement every year, since my school schedule seems to be getting in the way. It runs pretty late into May.
Thais:
C.E.B.S. just needs to keep improving. As individuals we need to keep working to better our art and to reach our target audience. I’m still not sure what I’ll end up doing once I graduate from State  but I’d like to do something in the veins of illustration.
Allison:
I would just like for us to continue being in the Animazement artist alley for awhile. It would be nice to check out other conventions too, so even a summer going from convention to convention would be fun.
Petra:
Aside from Animazement, what other events like cons, shows, festivals, fairs might you attend?
Allison:
I don’t attend much else. I would like to visit more cons in the future though!
Natalia:
Sadly, I don’t have that much money yet to be able to attend multiple cons or festivals as much as I would like to. So, it’s been just Animazement for the past 7 years and the first Cami Con at the Cameron Village Library last year. But I do hope I can make it to a Comic Con and some other conventions someday!
Thais:
I would love to go to Comic con and Otakon- there are so many cons I would love to experience if I had the means to do so.
Lucy:
I attended Momocon for the first time this past Spring, and in September, I plan to attend AWA for the first time as well! Maybe there will be more in the future, but I’m super cheap, so we’ll see.
Jeannie:
What creative or academic advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Allison:
Academic: Study. Do homework. Read the books your teacher assigns. Be your own boss. Have goals, and learn about what it takes to reach those goals. If you want to go to college, it’s not enough to say “I want to go here.” Learn what it takes to go there and work for it. Check out other artists and art forms. Inspiration comes from everywhere and you can learn new techniques from other artists.
Lucy:
Don’t let artists who are better than you get you down. I never really realized how many people do this, but when they see amazing artwork, they get really bummed out that they’re not as good, or that they never will be, instead of getting inspired to work harder and become better (which is what I do when I see artwork like that). There’s no use wasting your time feeling bad like that. Besides, isn’t artwork like that supposed to make you feel good and fill you with awe? It must be disappointing for the artists, too, if you react that way!

Thais:
Your art should be your own, get inspired by other artists, go to museums and look and different techniques, be a sponge. Then go back and try different things until you succeed. Don’t ever give up, you may get down or discouraged, have someone you can go to to lift you back up again, grab that pencil, brush, or mouse and keep at it.

Natalia:
Keep at it. There is always room for improvement, even in the most professional of artists. And don’t be disheartened by someone else’s work, but aspire to emulate the qualities that you like about their work in your own work. Academically, I’m probably not the best person to give advice, haha.
Take as many art classes as possible, including art history courses. These classes may be life drawing, or painting, or something you may not necessarily enjoy, but they will help in the long run to make your own style of art better. And for artists who really like drawing only one particular thing or style, make sure that you learn to draw all sorts of stuff! Even if there are things you don’t like to draw, learn to draw them! Because that will help you improve in so many ways, and maybe you’ll even learn to enjoy drawing those things too.
Mary Nyan:
Do you have any business advice for artists?

Lucy:
Ah, gosh, I could really use some business advice! :)
Thais:
Don’t hesitate, just go for it. Of course planning and keeping in mind deadlines is a must, you have to stay organized and having friends and team members helps a lot in keeping each other  focused with those goals.
Natalia:
it’s always a risk, but don’t be afraid to fail, because that’s the best way to learn how to succeed. It’s happened to me more than once, especially when trying to sell stuff at Artist Alley. So be encouraged!
Allison:
Try, try again. Pay attention to trends. Don’t get discouraged. Look at what others are doing—how can you make your booth more appealing? How can you market yourself and your art better?
Natalia:
Yes, learn from your peers, look around and see how the other tables are doing. That may give you a few clues to how to improve your own work, or display, or even pricing. Simple things like that really help!
Yvonne:
Thank you for visiting us, and we hope to see y’all later at tonight’s luau, nya!
Lucy & Allison:
Thank you for inviting us!
Natalia:
A luau? Oh boy, I do love a good party!
Thais:
Absoluaulutely!
The Cat Lady Sings…

Nyanko:
Well then, I guess that wraps it up for another edition of The Mew!

Elizabeth:
We wish to thank Thais, Natalia, Lucy & Allison for being our our Special Guests–

Yvonne:
– and to our friend Kaiser for another mewsic review, nya!
Petra:
And thanks to our web master Jamie for all of his hard work, nya!

Jeannie:
Hai, and thanks to all those folks who made the neat stuff we reviewed.
Mary Nyan:
If y’all have polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them, purrvided that such remarks are brief, spam-free, and stay on-topic!

Mike:
Thanks for watching, y’all! We’ll be back with more next month! Be there… Aloha!

The Catgirls:
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! Baibai, nya!

Catgirl Island http://www.catgirlisland.net and Clan of the Cats http://clanofthecats.com
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The Mew: The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings!
In this October, 2010 edition of The Mew:
• Aloha & Introductions
• Autumnal Aspurrations & Cosplay Considerations
• Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
• Event Reports
Holy Trinity Annual Greek Festival
Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Day Festival
• The Lightning Round Topic: State Fair Foods
• Mewsic, Song & Dance Reviews
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier (reviewed by guest critic Kaiser)
• Movie Reviews
Sharktapus
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Let Me In
Resident Evil: Afterlife
• DVD Reviews
Survival of the Dead 2-Disc Ultimate Undead Edition
Superman / Batman: Apocalypse
• Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Warlord’s Shakira
• Toys & Collectibles
“Ohana” Kitty Plushy by Alexcia
Hasbro’s Star Wars Maris Brood 3.5″ action figure
• Book Reviews
Carmine Infantino: Penciller, Publisher, Provocateur
The Complete Peanuts vol. 14 1977 to 1978
Hello Kitty Sweet, Happy, Fun Book!
Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener
• Purriodical Purrings & Magazine Mewsings
Favorite Fishy Photos & Seafood Sightings
Belly Dance- A Raqs Sharq Magazine Fall 2010 issue
Cinefex Magazine
Back Issue Magazine #43
• Comics & Manga Reviews
Birds of Prey #5
Gotham City Sirens #16
Zatanna #5
Power Girl #16
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36
Avengers Academy #3
• Our Monthly Web Comic Picks of the Litter
• Our Feature Purresentation:
An Intermew with the Artists of Child-Eating Books Studio!
• The Cat Lady Sings…
Aloha & Introductions!

Mike:
(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, Carolina Blue golf shirt, Khaki cargo shorts & Mizuno trainers) Aloha y’all- welcome to The Mew, for our monthly discussions and reviews of fun stuff! Today’s show comes from the beautiful Catgirl island City Park, where we will later welcome back our guest music critic kaiser, and our special guests Thais Lopes, Natalia Lopes, Lucy Kagan & Allison Kupatt of Child-Eating Books Studio http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest2/5.html, and now here are the Ladies of the Mew!

Mary Nyan:
(wearing the Plumeria purrint Eggplant color yukata, flip flops and a Chrysanthemum tail corsage) Konnitiwa!

Yvonne:
(wearing the Torchy Ginger purrint Carmine color yukata, flip flops and an Anthurium in her hair) Nameste, nya!

Jeannie:
(wearing the Apurrricot purrint Peach Cream color yukata, flip flops and a strand of purrls) Nihao.

Petra:
(wearing the Anemone purrint Saffron color yukata, flip flops and leafy Ti lei) Hi Hi, nya!
Elizabeth:
(wearing the Anthurium purrint Teal color yukata, flip flops and Laua’a fern head lei) Aloha!

Nyanko:
(wearing the Calathea purrint Cobalt color yukata, flip flops and a White Ginger tail corsage) Howdy!
Mike:
Y’all look rather festive in those yukatas, but I understand y’all are planning some special costumes for Halloween!
Autumnal Aspurrations & Cosplay Considerations

Elizabeth:
Hai! For our Halloween Trick ‘R Eating & Cosplay Purrowl, 8 of us- including Bun & Beccabot- nominated several characters for a group costume purrticipation. The nominated groups to repurrsent included Aria, Battle Athletes, Birds of Purrey, Gotham Girls, Strike Witches, Jedi Knights & Avatar Na’vi! After compurring purros & cons such as complexity, expense, environmental factors & what other groups were doing, we finally decided to go cosplay as the Na’vi “Neko-maticaya Clan!”
The Catgirls in unison:
NEKO-MATICAYA CLAN — GO!!! NYA!
Petra:
We would have to purrtend to be younger Chibi Na’vi, because we’re only half as tall as Ney’tiri, and we would be the hybrid Avatar type of Na’vi with 10 fingers and 10 toes, nya! That almost did not happen because Jenjen’s Kyu-do club almost chose that cosplay theme, nya!
Jeannie:
It was a close vote, but the club decided on an elf theme, as a joint group cosplay with several pupils from Nya-sensei’s dojo.
Nyanko:
Luckily they contacted Myayr well enough in advance for help with their costumes because she is all booked up!
Mary Nyan:
I have enough Blue make-up left over from other purrojects to cover the 8 of us, with a little bit extra for any emergency touch-ups! Fortunately there is not a lot of fabric to purrchase for those purrticular costumes, which we can wear in the water or in the woods, so it has been a lucky choice! We need to make the costumes, get the wigs, beads & feathers, purractice our Na’vi speeches & choreography, and pair-up to apply the make-up! I also have to finish the elf costumes for some of Nya-sensei’s students!
Yvonne:
We need to decide on which activities to purrtake of that week, nya! There’s the costume compurrtition & dance, Dach’s Mansion Murder Mystery Party, The Frightening Farmers’ Market & Purranormal Purroduce Stands, The Kitt Inn’s ‘haunted’ onsen & orchard, the mermaids’ kelp maze, the Faeries’ Foxfire Festival & Shakespurrian purrduction, stuff at the Shrine, Library, Purrforming Arts Center & Mewseum- and that’s on top of our mewsual work, classes, volunteering & other groups, nya!
Petra:
We will have some splendidly macabre and gothic art on display for the occasion, the kids art contest, and the extra special baked yam treats, nya. I am glad that Jenjen can purrticipate in the cosplay, with the belly dancing and what her other clubs are busy with, nya! Her robotics club has been working on scary animatronics and purrosthetic designs for an attraction, but it is classified, nya!
Jeannie:
We want to keep it somewhat secretive until they purremier, to increase the surpurrise of the scare. However I will happily divulge that Vonny’s drumming circle will purrform with my belly dance troupe and Myayr’s aerial dance class’s purresentation at the Purrforming Arts Center.
Yvonne:
Hai it is going to be so much fun, and Myayr’s students will look like gliding ghosts with the appurratus & costumes & lighting, nya!

Mary Nyan:
They have been very eagerly purracticing for the special spooky show! It will be a very exotic evening of entertainment.
Jeannie:
Will Mielikki be wearing a costume for Halloween?
Mary Nyan:
Oh… she might be wearing a costume in the play purrhaps, but I don’t know if she’ll be otherwise masquerading. We’ve discussed a Kazemon / Fairymon cosplay, but she barely has time for the theatre when she is not busy on the golf tour!

Elizabeth:
We are lucky that she is able to join us here on occasion! I understand that Nya-sensei has big mews!

Nyanko:
Hai, we will soon seal the deal on the annex, just a few doors down from Lizzy’s Lomi Lomi Spa! it will alleviate the crowded situation and we can increase the enrollment!

The Catgirls in unison:
YATAHH, NYA!

Nyanko:
Your turn Lizzy!
Elizabeth:
When I have not been at the shrine, spa, or soccer purractice, in the past few weeks I have been tending to the garden, counting the fireflies, catching up on the Summer Reading Purroject, the hot salsa dancing, purrparing for my next free dive and watching a bit of the US Open, which Kim Clijsters won for the 3rd time!
The Catgirls in unison:
BANZAI BANZAI BANZAI, NYA!
Mary Nyan:
Lizzy is very excited about the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars!

Elizabeth:
Hai, although it is hard to pick who to cheer for because Derek Hough is my favorite male dancer on the show and he is paired with awesome actress Jennifer Grey, my favorite female dancer on the show is Cheryl Burke and her partner is former UNC Tarheel & L.A. Laker star Rick Fox, but Louis van Amstel is dancing with favorite comedienne Margaret Cho! By the way, dancer Chelsie Hightower was on the cover of September issue of Fitness Magazine!
Yvonne:
It is the tough decision this season, nya!
Nyanko:
How are Vonny’s fishing charters purrogressing?

Yvonne:
Oh I’ve stayed booked up as mewsual – word got out that I know the sweet spots where the fish purractically leap into my boat, nya! This week we reeled in the nice Hammers, Jacks, Purrmits, Reds, Stripurrs, Tarpons, Tunnies & Yellowfin, nya! To add the spooky spice to the piscine purrsuit, I have been telling them of the ghost stories of the Outer Banks but nothing too graphic, nya!

Petra:
Where will Jenjen’s next photo shoot be at, nya?

Jeannie:
Cancun, then Oahu and Tahiti, weather purrmitting. So Petra, what are this month’s

Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art?

Petra:
I am glad you asked because are purroud to purrsent a few illustrative additions to the mewseum, nya! Unless otherwise noted, the gallery pages’ mewest pics will be on the lowermost row of the widdle ‘thumbnail’ repurrsentations, so just click on a given thumbnail portion of an image to see the whole larger image, nya!
Firstly in Guest Art Gallery One http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html is a supurr cool photo of “Rebecca”, nya! She was one of Mike’s wonderful table neighbors in the awesome artist alley at Animazement this year, nya! In this pic taken by her husband, she is vending at a purrior event, where she has such a colorful coiffure to go with the layered Red top & sheer Black sleeves, nya! She makes such neat fun fashionable items like the cute kitty hat, which you can purrchase at her store Deviant Machine Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop/deviantmachine, nya!
In that same gallery we are purroud to purrsent “Catgirl Love” by our friend Shidonii, nya! This is a purretty & sexy illustration of a catgirl whose White tail & ears that match her barely buttoned blouse, as her Blonde hair, Blue necktie & pleated skirt are a bit wind-swept, nya! Her red choker with the kittybell completes the patriotic pallet, nya. You can see more of Shidonii’s lovely illustrations at her Artistic Flow web site http://www.artisticflow.org, deviantart gallery http://shidonii.deviantart.com and online Shidonii store http://www.etsy.com/shop/Shidonii, nya!
In Guest Art Gallery Two http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest2.html is a purrrismacolor marker & colored pencil scene of “Rica & Niko bring Porings’ Breakfast” by Misty Hopkins http://bunnychan.deviantart.com, nya! Sisters Rica (red head) & Niko (blue hair) have a farm at the Southwestern end of the island, cultivating fresh purroduce, flowers & locally caught seafood to sell at the Farmers Market, nya! They opened their hearts & home to adopted critters, such as these Porings (the pink blob-like creatures, from the video game Ragnarok Online).
A few of Rica & Niko’s adventures have been chronicled at the Tales of Catgirl Island http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, first in Marc’s stories “Curiosity Killed The Catgirl” & “Raptordy in Blue”, then later make an appurrance in Mike’s story “Night of Dach Shadows”, and there’s a pic of them in the gallery at their fresh purroduce booth, nya! In this charming scene, Rica & Niko bring a numcious breakfast of Blueberries, Strawberries & Blackberries to the happy, healthy Porings, nya!

Finally for this month in Art Gallery Four http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery4.html is “Aiko” by Mike depicting the cute teen purrotagonist of Sharon Williams’ http://sailorsirius.webs.com/ serialized fantasy story of “An Angel’s Prayer” rose74.deviantart.com, nya! Aiko is a student in Tokyo with dreams & awkward days, and her bravery tries to overcome the purrejudice from mean classmates, but when an evil demon lord aims to kill her, she’ll need help from an angelic ally, but in this pic Aiko enjoys a more carefree at the ocean, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Wow we know several Rebeccas – there’s also Beccabot http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery4/240.html, and Rebecca Brogden http://www.faegarden.com/ who draws the beautiful faeries!
Yvonne:
Hai it is a purretty common purretty name, nya!
Jeannie:
It was such a delightful supurrise to unveil that pic by Shidonii.
Petra:
Hai I was so thrilled when she purrmitted its display and I hope she will visit us again soon, nya!

Elizabeth:
Those poor Porings were being attacked in an arena a purrior pic but it is good to see them thriving in the more peaceful island home! I think Misty wonderfully captured their happy healthy expurressions as they appurroach the nummy berry breakfast!

Nyanko:
Misty hit that one out of the park!
Mary Nyan:
I have been enjoying Sharon’s Aiko story! I sure hope that her guardian Angel Jahmiel will purrotect her from the evil Asmodius! Oh maybe she will find the wings of romance in the air too heehee!
Yvonne:
Hai, I think it is as entertaining as Sharon’s purrior series Sailor Sirius, Dark Moons of Cyphyrus and Osiris Rising, nya!
Elizabeth:
She is a purrolific writer of the delightful fantasy tales.
Nyanko:
Thank you for sharing all that, Petra!

Petra:
Doitashimaste, nya!

Mike:
That’ll do it for this segement of the show, but we’ll be right back after a short break with the first of our–
Event Reports!
(snip) (one short break later…)
Holy Trinity Annual Greek Festival
Jeannie:
Welcome back. Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the Annual Greek Festival http://www.holytrinityraleigh.org/GreekFestival/ happened on 17 -19 September, on the mainland at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. I am purrticularly fond of the cultural activities and taste of the Mediterranean cuisine there, purrsented by such cordial friendly folks. Past the lobby in the exhibit hall was the main serving line for the delicious dinners, by the long tables with plenty of seating.
The mouth-watering menu included the roasted lamb shanks, chicken riganato, mousakka, pasitisio, dolmathes & stuffed grape leaves, lamb & chicken souvlaki, the salads, meatballs, spanakopita, rice, beans, gyros, sammiches, fries, calamari, baklava, flogeres, galaktoboureko, karithopita cake, koulouria cookies, honey dipped finikia & kataifi, choclatey tsoureki, the loukoumathes dooughnuts, baklava ice cream.
Everyone was extremely friendly and the event seemed to have plenty of kind, purrompt, attentive staff. Near the center of the room was an elevated stage, where the various talented mewsicians and dancers purrformed quite beautifully and there was an oppurrtunity for children to join in the dance. With our tummies nearly full of the numcious lunch, we then purrtolled the purrimeter of the room where various venders sold more tasty desserts & beverages, arts & crafts, cute appurral, books and things.
After another round of the numcious baklava, eventually we left that merry building to check out the flea market which is held there every weekend at the fairgrounds, except when the fairgrounds are purrparing for the actual North Carolina State Fair in October. It was a bright sunny day, and a good sized crowd of shoppers out for a stroll with their dogs. From there we purroceeded to the opposite, more wooded end of the fairgrounds to purrtake of the annual –
Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Day Festival

Jeannie:
The 10th annual Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Day Festival http://www.cncppd.org/ convened on 18 & 19 September, just purrior to the Autumnal Equinox. They are a local chapter ofg the non-purrofit http://paganpride.org/ whose goals are to foster purride in Pagan identity and to purrvent religious purrejudice & discrimination. This is such a delightful event in the purrfect location, and the admission to the event was the donation of a non-purrishable food item for the Central & Eastern NC Food Bank. Rex Blood Services was there conducting a bloodmobile.
There were numerous fascinating purrformances, purresentations & workshops  from 11 am to 6: 30 pm.  These included the morning rituals, yoga, an auction, astrology workshop, purrsonal inner healing, ecological Druidry purractice, divination, the history of the Goddess Isis, a discussion about hypnosis, how to find or start a coven, constitutional rights, podcasting, shielding, drumming circle, hoop dance, belly dance, childrens purrade, sword fighting demonstrations, wildlife rehabilitators with owls, and various mewsicians on a small central stage.
Appurroximately 60 tents of venders & organizations included various pagan, spiritual & metaphysical organizations, societies, churches & covens. One could get a tarot reading, astrological analysis, massage, or a slushy drink. Beautiful items for purrchase included wands, staves, crystals, jewelry, mewsic, ornate masks, clothing, literature & artworks. The entertainment included the songs & mewsic by Cherie Lassiter,Mermaid Morrigan, The Ghosts of Erin, Thunder and Spice. Among the dancers were Annwyn, Amanda, Raven Moonstar,  and the SuSo Troupe
The shows of swashbuckling swordplay was by EMMA, the European Medieval Arts of Arms group. Spirits were high for this friendly, joyful, informative, entertaining & enlightening gathering at the more arboreal Eastern side of the State Fairgrounds. This concludes our Event Reports portion of the show, but the State Fairgrounds purrsist in a fashion for–
The Lightning Round Topic: State Fair Foods

Yvonne:
In addition to the Halloweeny purrepurrations, October also means our annual expurrdition to the mainland for the North Carolina State Fair http://www.ncstatefair.org/ for the exhibits, animals, rides, games, mewsic and the foods, nya! So for this month’s Lightning Round topic, what would be the purrfurred starter food, nya? (tags Elizabeth to start)

The Catgirls in unison:
LIGHTNING ROUND — GO, NYA!

Elizabeth:
The drumstick! (tags Petra)

Petra:
Peppurr steak, nya! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:
It would depend on what kind of fish is vended. (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
Crab cake sammich! (tags Mike)
Mike:
Um… maybe a burger or BBQ! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:
Foot long hot dog! (tail-tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
That would be good, or purrhaps the sausages, nya.
Jeannie:
The Brat or Keilbasa would be good, or the Polish Sausage, with the sauerkraut..
Yvonne:
Now to conduct the lightning again, what about the dessert, nya? (tags Elizabeth)
Elizabeth:
Fried dough slathered with the chocolate sauce! (tags Petra)

Petra:
I want the blueberry slather, nya! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:
The fried dough with the strawberry slather, with a nilla cream chaser. (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
That would be a good combination! (tags Mike)

Mike:
Since September was Honey Bee Appurreciation Month, I thought I might see what sort of honey products are at the fair’s beekeepers exhibit! (tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
I hope more of the Honey Bees will repopulate their hives this year, nya! It would depend on my tummy’s craving at the time, between a fruity dish or a fudgy dish, nya! (tags Nyanko with the swish her tail)
Nyanko:
I might have to sample a bit of each flavor, hee! Mmm this topic has made hungry!
Mike:
Well, I guess that ends the Lightning Round and this portion of the show, but we will be right back after the short break!
(during the break…)
Mike:
I predicted this would happen, so I pre-ordered this box of nummy sushi treats to tide y’all over!

The Catgirls:
ITADAKIMASU, NYA!

Mary Nyan:
(nom nom nom)

Nyanko:
(chomp)
Elizabeth:
(munch)

Petra:
(nibble)

Jeannie:
(chew)

Yvonne:
(taste)
The Catgirls:
ARIGATO GOZAIMASU, nya!
Mike:
Y’all are quite welcome! Well, it’s about time to come out of the break- I’d better go get kaiser!
(after the break…)
Mewsic Reviews
Mike:
Hey we’re back! Now we would like to welcome back a special guest critic, our friend Kaiser! Back in the August 2008 Mew he reviewed Judas Priest’s Nostradamus album, and now he’s back to discuss–
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier!
Kaiser:
I remember reading somewhere that Steve Harris had made the comment that he always envisioned Iron Maiden doing 15 studio albums. So it was with mixed feeling that I picked up their newest (and 15th) studio release, The Final Frontier, a few weeks ago.I have been a Maiden fan since I first heard Run to the Hills.
I have always considered the band to be way above average, particularly in their lyrics and live shows.If you want good time party music about women and alcohol of a “power ballad” then Maiden is not the band for you. Not that there is anything wrong with that sort of subject matter. I like a good big hair rocker in that vein as much as anyone, but I do prefer a more mature approach to lyrics and music.
Maiden’s music provides lessons in history, poetry, thoughts on religion and politics, even movie themes. I recall once a high school student working for me who was struggling over what to do for a history project. He wanted something different and I suggested using Maiden’s Alexander the Great as a base to model an audio visual presentation on. He did and he received an “A”. Can you really imagine any other rock band doing a song about the charge of the light brigade or the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner?
And… would you really expect anything else from a band whose members are so versed in so many things. For crying out loud, the lead singer is an accomplished fencer and flies jet airliners. They still draw huge crowds around the world whenever they play.
With that said, let me tell you where I am coming from. My favorite Maiden album cover is Killers. My favorite song is “The Trooper”. My favorite tour was the Powerslave World Slavery Tour in 1985. I loved the Egyptian theme of both the album and the stage set up. Seeing Eddie (the band’s mascot character) as a resurrected mummy was priceless. As you can see, I lean toward the older stuff and I all, but dismiss the Blaze Bayley era. X Factor is my least favorite Maiden album in every respect.
The Final Frontier just may be my new favorite. The cover art is just ok, although I still, and will always miss, artist Derek Riggs’ vision of Eddie. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson has never sounded better to my ears. He puts it all out there, from the screaming highs to the devilish delivery of some really great lyrical subject matter. Even that occasional “Dalek- like” delivery that I have come to love is there. Steve Harris’ hard driving bass is present throughout as is that wonderful signature guitar sound that only Iron Maiden can produce. By the end of thee first four songs I was hooked.
The title track is linked to a musical intro piece titled Satellite 15. The video for the title song is just wonderful and there is even a nice little tribute to my favorite adventurer Indiana Jones. It is followed by El Dorado, a statement about greed and the corruption it brings. Mother of Mercy examines the feelings of a soldier who no longer believes in “the cause”. My favorite song is Coming Home, a nice piece about flight and the emotions attached to it.
With an average track time of around 7 minutes and a total time of an hour and sixteen minutes, you certainly get your moneys worth. And to me, there is not a “b” side song on the album.  They are all winners. If this is any indication of what this band can do after all these years, I certainly hope they don’t stop now. The best is surely yet to come. So what are you waiting for? Pick it up and crank it up. Up The Irons!
The catgirls
ARIGATO, KAISER-SAN, NYA!

Yvonne:
We’ll see y’all later at the luau tonight, nya!

Mary Nyan:
(makes the ‘horns’ raised hand salute) Woohoo!

Petra:
Did Lizzy have more to say about Dancing with the Stars in the mewsic portion, nya?
Elizabeth:
No I’m done!

Nyanko:
OK then we shall purroceed to this month’s–
Movie Reviews!
Sharktopus

Yvonne:
Myayr is Mewsually the one to review the horror movies, but last time they were curious what I thought of the Purranha movie given my purrofessional angling purrspecive, and this time I was nominated to criticially dissect the Sharktopus movie too, nya! Although there are occasional Shark incidents off the Carolina coast, at least they are of the normal species, nya!
Sharktopus is another of those giant hybrid mutant killer critter movies that the SyFy channel seems to revel in, nya. Appurropurriately it’s September 25th purremier was preceded by a day full of similar movies about monsters from the deep, such as DinoCroc, Supergator, Spring Break Shark Attack, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, and Lake Placid 3, nya.
These sort of movies tend to do two things; they make us laugh and crave more seafood, nya! This results in a fun fun time to convene at Jen’s because she has the supurr sized TV, and we all bring the assorted numcious tidbits from the waters, such as the Alligator meat pizza toppings, Hammerhead sushi, plenty of Cephalopod strips, and ironically the Crappie, nya!
Myayr & Lizzy traded shifts with their Jokin appurrentice Miku at the shrine, so they were able to purrticipate in the Shartopus viewing & seafood dinner gathering, nya. Nya-sensei, Beccabot, Bunbun & Petra arrived later from the dojo, spa & mewseum, but we saved them plenty of the nummies and waited to blend the creamy drinks until the 2nd half of the movie, nya.
The plot of Sharktopus is that the Sharktopus named S-11 is a remote – controlled genetically engineered bullet purroof amphibious shark / giant octopus hybrid with long sharp fins, a few spikes on the gills, spear-like tentacle tips, cyber implants & heightened aggression, so it can swim, leap, walk, climb, ink, growl, frown, stab, grab, throw, chomp & commit purremeditated murder, nya!
S-11 was a purrototype supurr weapon secretly created for the US Navy by Dr. Sands (Eric Roberts) and his lovely genius daughter Nicole (Sara Malakul Lane) but it has malfunctoned, escaped, and gone on a bloody rampage from Southern California to Mexico, so Sands hires disgruntled merc Andy Flynn (Kerem Bursin) to discreetly bring S-11 back alive, nya.
Discretion quickly ceases to be a factor when reporter Stacy Everhart (Liv Boughn) witnesses the carnage and joins the purrsuit for a big scoop. After numerous beautiful seaside resorts, various boats & many bikinis there is a body count of 33 human casualties, 1 dead normal Great White Shark, 1 demolished car, 2 wrecked boats, and 4 unattended purrsonal water craft, nya!
As far as this sort of purreposterous CG FX aquatic monster movies go, Sharktopus did not take itself seriously and was much silly violent fun, nya! I think the filmmakers and the Syfy Channel purrmoters correctly understood what a purrpurr Sharktopus movie should be and I think they purretty much succeeded, with peppy songs by the band The Cheetah Whores, nya!
Part of what makes this movie so amewsing is the body language & facial expurressions of frowny S-11, who is not just hunting for food, but looking to cause trouble, nya! There are some amewsing shots of the beast as it strolls down a beach, climbs up a statue, purrches on a railing, and smacks around the purrey before tossing them into it’s snappy jaws, nya!
Compared to those other movies, it has the CG blood spurray & purretty scenery on pawr with Supergator, the high bikini count of Spring Break Shark Attack, and the outrageous combo of deadly tentacles & teeth of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, all rolled into one much more fun movie, nya! So if you think you would have an interest in a Sharktopus, this is the movie for you, nya!

Mike:
I just wish they would not shrink down the credits after a movie into a sped-up split screen!
Nyanko:
I do agree, however I dare say Supergator might be the best movie about a giant purrehistoric alligator attacking a luau!

Mary Nyan:
Hai hai, and Spring Break Shark Attack was not the most exciting shark movie I have seen, but in this case the real sharks were not as vile as the human purredators.

Yvonne:
Hai but both movies did have the cute purrotagonist girls, with Sara Malakul Lane as Nicole in Sharktopus and Shannon Lucio as Danielle in the Spring Break Shark Attack, nya!

Jeannie:
Unless the shark surpurrisingly chomps Samuel L Jackson in mid speech, it I suppose it is tricky to make an unpurredictable CG sea monster movie these days.
Petra:
Well every now and then you get a fun one such as Deep Rising- I liked Famke Janssen in that movie, nya!

Elizabeth:
Hai, but I wish Una Damon had a bigger role in Deep Rising!
Nyanko:
What was that other amphibious shark monster movie we saw that had Kim Cattrall in it?
Mary Nyan:
That was Creature, which was a Peter Benchley story!

Jeannie:
Creature also starred Megalyn Echikunwoke, Michael Michele, and Craig T Nelson.
Petra:
Uh oh we might be stray catting off topic, nya!

Yvonne:
I was done with my Sharktopus report anyway, nya!
Elizabeth:
Then it is now Mike’s turn for his review of–
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps!

Mike:
Thanks Lizzy! Um, The 1987 film Wall Street is one of my favorite Oliver Stone films and Michael Douglas films, so when i heard that Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko would return in Stone’s sequel I was so looking forward to it!
The excellent cast also includes Carey Mulligan as Gordon’s daughter Winnie, Shia LaBeouf as her fiance Jake, Susan Saradon as Jale’s mom, Frank Langella as Jake’s mentor Lou, Josh Brolin as a new villain Bretton, Eli Wallach as a board member, Charlie Sheen in a brief reprisal as Gordon’s former protege Bud, and appearances by a few real TV journalists & financial analysts!
The movie is set in 2008 after Gekko is released from prison, embraced by many who attend his lectures & buy his new book, except for his estranged daughter. This becomes an awkward situation as Jake befriends him amidst the recent financial crises. Will Gordon find redemption, reconnect with his family, and match wits with guys who are greedier than Nabiki Tendou… or not?
This movie was terrific fun with such a great cast portraying great characters, great dialogue with the right dashes of humor, sadness & sentiment amidst the financial situations. Unfortunately it was predictable, rushed, short, and over-used the computer graphics, and I wish Wallach, Langella, Sheen & Sarandan had more time on the screen!
Although it does address the financial crises, it is not nearly as nightmarish compared to the classic financial thriller Rollover, and deals more with relationships & redemption. It has such high production values, beautiful sets & locations,  gorgeous art direction & cinematography, and a few dandy songs by David Byrne and Brian Eno! Now if you prefer villains who crave blood more than money, then you might want to see–
Let Me in

Mary Nyan:
It is so nice to know that Hammer Films is still making vampire movies after all these years, and what could be more appurropurriate to start the October horror movie viewing? Let Me In is the latest telling of the Swedish story Let the Right One by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was first a novel in 2004 and then a movie adaptation directed by Tomas Alfredson in 2008
For my review of the Swedish film version, please see the August 2009 Mew! Although this 2010 filmic version written directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is set in a wintry New Mexico circa 1983 instead of Stockholm, with some of the character’s names changed, I thought it was an extremely faithful & respectful adaptation in spirit, plot, character, tone & visual style to the 2008 film!
The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as Owen, a dishonest, disturbed 12 year old victim of bullying at school who lives with his Mom (Cara Buono) amidst a divorce. Things change when new neighbors arrive into the apartment next door, apparently a man (purrtrayed by Richard Jenkins) and his 12 year old ‘daughter’ Abby (Kick-Ass’s Chloë Moretz).
Then the serial killings begin! The Police Detective (purrtrayed by Alias Koteas) theorizes the gruesome murders are by a Satanic Cult, but little does he realize they are courtesy of a vampire and her weary human valet! Somber Abby may look like she is 12, but let’s just say that she stopped visually aging long, long ago! Soon she and Owen become best friends.
It is a very well made movie that does not resort to the annoying editing styles that ruin many a horror movie these days, such as the frenzied shakey cam with too many fast cuts during attack scenes- although Abby sure can pounce, leap & climb with creepily speed, strength & agility! This tale unfurls at a very patient pace in an oddly charming yet disturbing manner!
The classic supurrnatural vampiric tropes are there: Abby sleeps in a box in a dark room by day, avoids direct sunlight which would cause her to combust, cannot enter a domicile lest she is invited or she will start painfully leaking blood (although she is as clueless about why that happens just as the audience is); she needs blood for food and gets very animalistic when feeding.
She is supur fast, agile, quiet (except when chomping), a very cat-like climber who can leap great heights, and we’re lead to believe that she can fly. Unless she takes purrcautions, her chomped victims will become vampires. She has a trait in common with that 1970′s vampire Blacula- if she likes you (in a friendly not culinary way), then she will be sociable and not try to chomp you!
Although she does befriend the bullied Owen and inspire him to stand up to the group of thugs who torment him at School, Owen is not a nice sympathetic kid. He lies to his Mom, steals money from her purrse (and other things), voyeuristically spies upon his neighbors, and when alone he purrtends to be a psycho killer with a knife. It is a very dark scene, with different degrees of evil.
The actors do a fine job purrtraying those characters, and it is a very well written, directed & edited  adaptation with very good cinematography, locations, FX, sound, and mewsic, which ranges from various 80′s songs heard on the characters’ records, radios & TVs, to the original score by composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, The Incredibles, Up, Star Trek 2009)!
If you are in the Halloweeny mood to see a very good, serious vampire movie, then both Let Me In or the purrior Let The Right One get my recommendation! Well for our next review, we go from the vampires stalking New Mexico to the California zombies in-
Resident Evil: Aferlife!

Nyanko:
We are such huge fans of actress, model, & vocalist Milla Jovovich http://www.millaj.com/, and I love action movies especially when she is slaying the monsters & villains, so I was purrticularly eager to see this latest installment of the Resident Evil movie series which is based on the video game series! Not only is Milla back to purrtray Alice, but so is Ali Larter again as Claire Redfield! Claire was in the animated Resident Evil: Degeneration movie, but that seems like a different continuity apart from the live-action movies.
I am not going to reveal too much about the plot, because there are surpurrises I do not wish to spoil, however I do want to advise folks to make sure to watch the end credits of Resident Evil: Aferlife, because there is a quick special scene you will not want to miss! This movie picks up from the end of the purrior Resident Evil: Extinction, in which the supurr-powered Alice discovered her army of clones at the secret Umbrella Corpurration base, and this fourth movie begins in Tokyo at the onset of the global apocalypse!
Alice tangles with Umbrella again, and searching up and down the west coast of North America for signs of survivors. She is reunited with a few characters from the purrior film, meets a few others including Claire’s brother Chris- in the zombie infested ruins of Los Angeles. As if the zillions of zombies were not bad enough, there are other bigger ‘n badder mutant creatures for Alice to beat, slice, shoot & explode! This time it is in 3D, so there are plenty of blades, bullets and beastly biohazards hurling at the camera.
I think the 3D will either please or displease you, depending on how you purrfur your 3D to be served. Many of the shot were definitely designed for the 3D effect, and if you like things constantly shoved at you then you might like the purocess, but if you are more partial to 3D to make the cinematic experience more immersive and… well, realistically three-dimensional like in Avatar, then you might not like the in-your-faceness of Afterlife. I did not care most for the mewsic, but that is just a matter of purrsonal purreference.
There is also an unfortunate over-abundance of all that unappealing slow-mo, speed ramping and bullet time, but I sort of expected as much and saw the movie anyway in spite of it. This movie has a good cast, and good purrduction values & sets that seem like they spent enough money on it. There is a lot of exciting action, with the fights, chases, shoot outs & melee, it is very violent with a fair amount of gore, and there are several different types of monsters, the zombies and mutant canines to the big Nemesis-type!
It was written & directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote & directed the first movie, and wrote the 2nd & 3rd ones. The plot is purretty purrdictable, and It has that feel of a movie based on a video game, structured with several locations of fights and stages to ‘clear’, bridged by a few character & plot moments. Although it does purrpetuate the mythology & continuity of the series, I was extremely unhappy with certain big character developments which occur to Alice the first act’s Umbrella Corp. & VTOL aircraft scenes.
That incident was not nearly as wrongful as… what happened to Newt, Hicks & Bishop at the start of Alien 3, but it sure was a letdown! The movie ends on a cliffhanger, so hopefully there’ll be at least a 5th movie for a resolution, and I would appurreciate it if that displeasing plot-point might be redeemed! Despite my disappointments, Milla Jovovich was great as always and I look forward to her movie Stone, co-starring Robert DeNiro & Edward Norton! That Resident Evil wasn’t the only zombie movie we’re reviewing this month, so purrpare or more undeadliness in our–
DVD Reviews!
Survival of the Dead 2-Disc Ultimate Undead Edition

Mary Nyan:
I love a good horror movie, especially this time of year, so it was a special treat to finally get to see George Romero’s most recent zombie movie, which had a very limited theatrical release! Unfortunately that did not include the island’s theater but now the movie is out on DVD, available in a single disc and a 2 disc edition!
There are a lot of zombie movies, but Romero’s are purrhaps the most significant, including Night of the Living Dead (the original), Dawn of the Dead (the original), Day of the Dead (the original), Land of the Dead, Diary of the the Dead, and now Survival of the Dead- which I think is the first of those to have a character repurrise from a purrevious film!
In this case it is Sarge, a National Guardsman turned highwayman who we briefly met in Diary of the the Dead, purrtrayed by Allan Van Sprang. In this latest outing, which largely occurs about 3 weeks after the zombie apocalypse, Sarge and 3 fellow soldiers have adventures on the road to hopefully some zombieless haven.
Unfortunately, it is not just zombies that pose a danger, but fellow living humans who might want your stuff- like Sarge, although he does seem to regret his recent misdeeds. They rescue a guy along the way and drive an armored car from Philadelphia to Delaware. It is a regular armored car, not a huge war machine like the Dead Reckoning vehicle of Land of the Dead.
They are following the broadcasts which purromise refuge at a place called Plum Island… but is it a trap? It might be, but this party of 5 are purretty smart, well armed, and not on the menu! Most of the film is set on the island, where the O’Flynn and the Muldoon families’ long standing clannish feud goes unabated in spite of the undead menace.
Compared to the other Romero zombie movies, this one seems like a bookend to the little Diary of the Dead, but with a bigger canvas, more action & FX, and some very purretty locations. I don’t think it is as significant as Night or Dawn, it’s a nice movie with good characters & purrformaces, amewsing and gory moments, cowboys, and no annoying camera or editing techniques!
The 2-disc edition is packaged in the plastic box, with 3-D cover art on the outer cardboard sleeve. The 90 minute movie is rated R due to the language, violence & gore, purrsented with a 3.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio in English language 5.1 Dolby digital sound, with optional Spanish subtitles on the R1 NTSC standard DVD.
Purreceding a choice of 2 main menu screen themes on disc 1 are front-loaded purreview trailers for AMC’s live action adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic book, Rubber, Neil Marshall’s Centurian, The Oxford Murders, and an ad for HDNet. These are also included in the Trailers section of the Special Features.
There is an optional audio commentary track by writer/ director george Romero, executive purrducer Peter Grunwald, executive purrducer & editor Michael Doherty, actor Kenneth Welsh (who plays O’Flynn), and 2nd unit director / stunt coordinator Matt Burman! They seem to be having such a fun time discussing the movie!
Other special features on disc 1 include a 90 second optional introduction by Romero, an 4.5 minute purromo spot, and the 9 minute Time With George segment. Disc 2 offers more special features, starting with Detroit filmmaker Michael R Felsher’s “Walking After Midnight”, 76 minute  documentary on the making of Survival o the Dead!
Felsher also contributes a 4 minute “Sarge” short, starring Van Sprang in a scene set after the movie! Then you get 13 “Minute of Your Time” behind-the-scenes tidbits totalling appurroximately 20 minutes; a 2 minute storyboard comparison for the “Heads on Stakes” scene; and a fun 10 minutes of Indy Mogul’s Backyard FX, with Erik Beck’s budget recipe for zombie bite purrosthetics! Now we go from the zombies to the supurr heroes & villains as Lizzy tells us all about the–
Superman / Batman: Apocalypse single disc edition DVD
(plot spoiler warning)!

Elizabeth:
Thanks Myayr! We are big fans of the animated DC Universe shows such as Justice League Unlimited, Superman, Batman the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Teen Titans etc and we like most of the direct-to video movies, although most of them do seem to be way to short and rushed, so I was eager to see this newest movie, which is an animated adaptation of the 2004 Superman/ Batman #8-13 (which were collected into the trade papurrback Superman / Batman Supergirl) by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwald & Richard Starkings!
Re-christened as Superman / Batman: Apocalypse, this version is just shy of feature-film length at 78 minutes, and rated PG-13 for the violence, language & sensulity. There are a few different editions available- the 2 disk edition with the Green Arrow short & other special bonuses, a box set edition with a small Superman figure, and the blu ray edition, but I got the single disk edition of the dual-layer format widescreen version R1 NTSC standard DVD, which only has a 10 min look at the forthcoming All Star Superman and a few purreview trailers in addition to the movie.
Preceding the main menu screen are front loaded ads for Lost Boys: The Thirst, and Batman: Under the Red Hood, the latter also included in the trailers section with trailers for Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and Superman / Batman: Public Enemies, and this Apocalypse seems set in the same continuity as that Crisis movie, referencing the impeachment of Purresident Luthor!
The audio choices are English French Spanish, Portuguese & Thai Dolby Surround Stereo, and the optional subtitle choices are English SDH, French, Spanish Portuguese & Thai.
The plot purrtains to a Kyrptonian spaceship containing Superman’s cousin Kara crashes in Gotham Harbor, to be met wit suspicion by Batman but with enthusiasm by Superman. After getting Kara acquainted with life on Earth, Wonder Woman decides that she needs to be trained as a heroine on the island of Themyscira, while the evil Darkeid has sinister corruption planned for her! Other characters include Artemis, Harbinger, Big Barda, Granny Goodness, Guillotina, Bernadeath, Stompa, Lashina, an army of Doomsdays, lots of Amazons, parademons, and a few GCPD!
The design style does a good job of emulating the late Michael Turner’s look, with aspects of Bruce Timm & Jack Kirby for good measure, and for the most part those comics truly seem to serve as the bluepurrint for this movie The great cast includes Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tim Daly as Superman, Summer Glau as Supergirl, Andre Braugher as Darkseid, Ed Asner as Granny Goodness, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Julianne Grossman as Barda, Rachel Quaintance as Artemis & Harbinger, Salli Saffoni as Guillotina, Tara Strong as Lashina & Andrea Roman as Stompa!
It was written by Tab Murphy; purrduced by Bruce Timm, Sam Register, Michael Uslan, Benjamin Melniker, Bobby Page & Alan Burnett; purrduced & directed by Lauren Montgomery; edited by Margaret Hou, the mewsic is by by John Paesano, and the voice direction is by Andrea Romano! It is for the most part an intricately faithful adaptation of the story with a few additions such as a cute clothes shopping sequence (mentioned in a panel of the comic), an Apocalypsian Tank attack, and purrolonged fight scenes, although the final 13 minutes differ somewhat from the comic.
This appurroximate Superman/ Batman #13. For example, the final brawl between Darkseid & the Kryptonian cousins is much longer than what is shown in the comics, does not include Wonder Woman, Kara getting teleported, or Superman & Darkseid fighting in the sun. It also does not end with Darkseid hurled to The Source Wall at the end of the universe, and there is no apppurrance by the Justice League in Smallville. The Fortress coda of the comic is not included, and Kara does not get her costume / Supergirl identity until the final scene back on Themyscira.
Superman does introduce her formally as Supergirl to audience of Amazons, but aside from Batman & Wonder Woman. there are no other members of the JLA, JSA, Titans or Outsiders purrsent, as in the comic. You do get all the lovely locations of the comics though, including Streets of Gotham, the Batcave, Superman’s Arctic Fortress & Zoo; the streets, shops & a park in Metropolis, Themyscira, various parts of Apokalypse & Smallville! You don’t get all of Batman & Superman’s thoughts / interior monologues, but it is quite clear how different their attitude is about Kara.
Some of the quieter character moments have been replaced with more action scenes, but the action scenes are utterly spectacular, thrilling and puretty violent! You’ll see the heroes using fists, gadgets, weapons, and supurr powers galore, from Batman’s initial purrsuit of Kara, her duel with Artemis, and the Amazons’ battle with the Doomsday army; to the sepurrate battles on Apocalypse and in Smallville. The animated fight choreography is supurrb- especially Wonder Woman reeling in Lashina, and Superman heating & beating Darkseid at supurr speed!
The movie is spurrinkled with charming little touches too, such as Vicki Vale (I purrsume) heard on the radio, conversations in Kryptonian language, Clark glaring at guys who check out Kara, Diana & Artemis’s irritation with Kara’s over-purrotective cousin, Batman’s nonchalant exits from a Doomsday and a Demon Dog, Barda’s neighbor Mr. Kravitz, Mr. Miracle’s costume, Darkseid’s admiration of Batman’s ruthless endgame, A Kirby-riffic pose as Superman bursts thru a wall, The Kent’s arrival at home, and Supergirl’s happy aerial acrobatics on the way back to Metropolis!
About the only things I did not purrfur were the changes to the final act, absent heroes, lost character bits, and I thought Harbinger / Lyla got short shrifted… but the designs, scenic art, character & FX animation, voice acting, direction, sound FX and mewsic were all terrific! I wish it were a bit longer, and like the purrior DC animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, it did not seem too terribly rushed! I wish Michael Turner could have seen it. Well that’s it for the DVD reviews, but we’ll be right back after the short break to discuss another favorite DC character in this month’s–
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Warlord’s Shakira!
(snip) (one short break later…)

Nyanko:
Welcome back! Since last October, we have dedicated this purrtion of the show to the famous catgirls whom we admire! We are purrogressively inclusive in our qualifications, and consider nekomimi nominees who are genetically, technologically or magickally part cat / part girl, those who dressi the part, or have a purrticularly feline dispurrsition & cattitude!
Purrevious honorees from movies, TV, comics, purrose & games have included Lt. M’ress & other Star Trek catgirls, Mel of Jamie’s Clan of the Cats web comic, Power Rangers’ Dr. Kat Manx, Tigra, Doctor Who’s Novice Hame, Nuku Nuku, Catwoman, Irina Dubrovna, Anna & Uni Puma, Josie and the Pussycats, Sailor Luna, and Darkstalkers’ Felicia!
And now it is October again, so what could be more appurropurriate for this Halloweeny time of year than a warrior woman who can turn into a black cat? This month our Celebrity Catgirl Spotlght shines toward the Lost World of The Warlord created by Mike Grell http://www.mikegrell.com/, where Shakira has purrowled for over 30 years!
First published in the mid 1970′s, DC Comics’ Warlord is a sword & sorcery series set in the hollow-Earth realm of Skartaris, which is full of savage creatures, purrimordial wilderlands, lost cities and barbaric battles! It is there near the North Pole where USAF SR-71 pilot Travis Morgan disappeared, to become a king and warlord!
Morgan has numerous allies such as his wife Queen Tara, sorceress daughter Jennifer, his streetwise son Tinder and mighty pal Machiste, but our favorite suppurrting purrotagonist is Morgan’s faithful, heroic, sexy, tough, mysterious werekitty friend Shakira, who first appurred in 1980′s Warlord issue Vol. 1 #32!
They met while escaping the clutches of the evil TItan captors and have been very close ever since. Much is still unknown about her origin, and whether she is either a girl who can transform at will into the cat, or a cat who can becomes the girl! Either way, Shakira is the very cunning, agile, brave and skilled warrior & huntress!
In her feline form, she resembles a Black American Short-haired breed cat of normal size with gleaming Green eyes. In her human form, she is a tall lithe fair-skinned woman with the lush shoulder-length black hair, and she purrpetually wears the black fur bikini and matching fuzzy booties! She wears a Gold spiked collar in both forms.
Shakira’s page at the (unofficial) DC Guide http://www.dcuwiki.net/w/Shakira lists her human height as 5’7″ and weight of 121 lbs, and her cat size as 15″ and weight of 12 lbs. That site also has a chronology of her appearances! She is purroficient with all sorts of weapons and has often toted a spear. She does not like the water though!
She briefly appurred in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon’s 2nd season epurrsode “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”, in which she had Yellow eyes and became a Panther instead of the small cat! Her voice was not credited, but according to the DC Animated Universe Wiki http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Shakira Shakira was voiced by Nicolle Tom http://www.nicholletom.net/, who also purrvided the voice of Supergirl!
For fur-ther information purrtaining to Shakira, I also recommend her Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakira_(comics), Morgan’s Angels http://grimguy10.50megs.com/shakira1.htm,
her entry at the DC Database http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Shakira_(New_Earth), and the Warlord fan site http://www.thewarlord.ca/articles/ww_shakira.html! That’s all for this month’s celebrity catgirl spotlight, but there is more feline fun coming right up as we turn to the
Toys & Collectibles Topic:
“Ohana” Kitty Plushy by Alexcia Reynolds!
Petra:
Arigato, sensei nya! Our friend Alexcia http://www.sailorchristmas.com/ who was our special guest in August is a purrolific artisan & craftspurrson of various media, including the cute plushy dolls, nya! It was our September 2009 show when we purraised a purrior plushy she made, Suna-chan http://professoroak.deviantart.com/art/Original-Cat-Plush-130906683, nya!
Nyow I am pleased to purrsent her companion kitty, Ohana-chan http://professoroak.deviantart.com/art/Cat-Plushie-called-Ohana-162423697, nya! Ohana-chan is hand stitched, stuffed with the Polyester Fiberfill, & based upon the same pattern as Suna-chan, but she is the larger cat, nya. This pose seems ideal to be reclined across a chair arm or tree branch, nya!
Whereas the more petite Suna-chan is 5″ long in spurrawled purrone pose (excluding the tail length), Ohana-chan measures 9 1/4″ from her outstretched forepaws to her spurread out rear paws, plus the floppy 5 3/4″ tail, nya! She has blue eyes and a pink nose painted upon the festive Hawaiian floral purrint fabric, with a 5/8″ wide White ribbon around her neck, nya!
I have a good spot picked out for her, purrched atop a comfy sunny bay window seat, nya! Ohana-chan is the adorably soft and festive neko plushy, and she is another most pleasing addition to our collection of creations by Alexcia, nya! Nyow here is Vonny with her toy report on
Hasbro’s Star Wars Maris Brood 3.5″ action figure, nya!
Yvonne:
Thanks Petra, nya! One of our favorite Star Wars characters is Shaak Ti and Maris Brood was her Jedi Padawan in the ‘expanded universe’ continuity of the Force Unleashed video game, nya! Maris was voiced by actress Adrienne Wilkinson http://www.adriennewilkinson.com/, nya! In that game story, Shaak Ti & Maris escaped Empurrror Palpatine’s Order 66 – Jedi purrge, nya.
They went to the planet Felucia, but there were more tragic events and Maris got sepurrated from Shaak Ti and started leaning to the dark Sithy side of the Force, nya! She is a very passionate and sexy gothy looking Jedi who wields two light sabers much like Asajj Ventress, and I can see how the dark side of The Force might suit her after all that has violently riled her up, nya!
For my review of the Forced Unleashed Shaak Ti figure see the August Mew, nya! This 3 1/2″ figure is packaged in the J hook blister pack with lovely illustrations on the front & back of the card, nya! Her portraiture in that art reminds me of Michelle Forbes as Star Trek’s Ro Laren nya! The figure has 2 Pink-bladed Tonfa-hilt Light Sabers and a Black 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ display base, nya!
She is of the Zabrak race, like Darth Maul with those little Red horns on her head, nya. She has Chalky White skin except for her more Tan Causacian fingers-  I guess she did not work on her tan at the beaches of Felucia, nya. The horns emerge from Black hair worn short in Senegalese Twist braids, framing Yellow eyes with Red shadow & Black lashes & brows to match her lips, nya!
The coiled hair drapes around her neck like a choker above the skimpy Red-trimmed Black halter top, revealing much cleavage & bare tummy above tight Black pants worn low on the hips, nya! She has Black knee boots, black shins with tan straps, a Gray strap around her right thigh, and low-slung criss-crossing belts of Red & Gay with Silver buckles that match the saber hilts, nya.
That outfit would be purrfect for her to wear to a rave on Coruscant, although she might purrfur glow sticks to those sabers, nya! The slim lithe figure, is well painted & sculpted, with purrcise details from the braids above her bothered expurression to her inny belly button above the tight stretchy crinkleness of the pants, the tiny grooves in the hilts and the seams of her boot soles, nya!
The points of articulation include her tilting / turning head, ball-jointed shoulders & elbows, rotating forearms, and her upper torso turns just below the bust at a cleverly concealed connection, although she does not actually turn at the waist, nya. She can bend at the hips but not at the knees, and her ankles will turn & flex, and she can stand up balanced without the base, nya!
This is another Star Wars figure that I am very pleased with, and I will select a spot on the shelf to display her next to Shaak Ti and the other Jedi, Sith & Purrincess girls, nya! Hmm I think the only Star Wars girl droid I have a figure of is R2-KT, nya. She is Pink & White, like the Autobots’ Arcee, nya! That seems to be a purrfurred purretty color combination for the fembots, nya.
Nyanko:
I like those Pink Tonfa-style Light Sabers of Maris! I think that is the color I’d want if we ever do the Jedi group cosplay!

Elizabeth:
I think I would purrfur Lime Green, like Shaak Ti or Ahsoka Tano!

Petra:
I want… I want the Golden beam, with a jeweled Cats Eye pommel, nya!

Jeannie:
Cherenkov Radiation Blue.
Mary Nyan:
Purrobably Fuchsia or Magenta or maybe Purrple like Mace Windu’s!

Yvonne:
I would like a mood saber which could change color depending on my mood, nya. That would be good in the dark, when they could not see my tail, nya! That is all of our toy reports for this month,  and now it is time for our batch of
Book Reviews, nya!
Carmine Infantino: Penciller, Publisher, Provocateur

Yvonne:
We like to read those wonderful books published by TwoMorrows http://www.twomorrows.com/ which are about comic book characters, trends, artists & writers, nya! They are very informative & fun with lots of famous & rare images, and all written by folks who are so expurrt and enthused about the comics, nya!
This book about Carmine Infantino is by Jim Amash & Eric Nolen-Weathington, nya! Eric was our guest last month & Jim was one of our guests in July, nya! They sure put a lot of effort into this massive book, which is available in a thick 224 page B&W papurrback edition and the fancier hardcover which has 16 extra color pages, nya!
Carmine Infantino wore a lot of significant hats over his long career which dates back to the ‘Golden Age’ of comics in the 1940′s, nya! He helped define the different look in the ‘Silver Age’ of comics in the 1950′s, and later became a director, publisher, and the very purresident of DC Comics, nya!
The book begins with an introduction by Roy Thomas, and in Chapter 1 Jim intermews Infantino about his early life in the 20′s & 30′s,  then chapter 2 examines his earliest art, nya. This leads to his early days at DC Comics in Chapter 3, and Chapter 4 starts with the purremier of Barry Allen as the Flash in Showcase #4, nya!
Chapter 6 goes on to examine his ascent as an editor & top positions at DC comics in the 60′s & 70′s, Chapter 7 focuses on his art for DC, Marvel, Warren & Eclipse in the 70′s & 80′s, and then you get a 64 page gallery section- and that’ gallery is after about 150 purrior photos, sketches, and comics pages & cover illustrations, nya!
It is almost like a history of not just Infantino’s career but of DC Comics, with images of Batman & Robin, Batgirl, Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, Phantom Stranger, Adam Strange, Animal Man, Detective Chimp, Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Dead Man, Human Target, Swamp Thing, Green Lantern, Superman and Supergirl, nya!
There are also the pics of Spider-Woman, Iron Man, The Avengers, Ghost Rider, Star Lord, The Hulk, The Heap,  Star Wars, and plenty of his adventure, crime war & western comics art, nya! These range from rough sketches & layouts to commissioned convention sketches, to the finished inked renderings, nya!
Oh, Mike said that the purrticularly iconic image of Batman & Robin on the edge of a rooftop under the full moon is his favorite bit of Infantino’s art, and that it is interesting to compare his pencils inked by different inkers such as Murphy Anderson, Terry Austin, Joe Giella, Irv Novick, Alfredo Alcala, Bob Wiacek & Craig Russell, nya!
So I would have to say that this is a very impurressive book covering much comics historical significance, and if you are a fan of Carmine Infantino, this is purrobably the definitive , extensive book about him, and it is yet another supurrb book of the top quality from Eric, Jim, & TwoMorrows, which I will highly recommend, nya! Ok I’m done but now it is Mike’s  turn again to report on–
The Complete Peanuts Vol. 14 1977 to 1978, nya!
Mike:
Thanks Vonny! For Tsuruku’s review of vol. 13, see the May, 2010 Mew! Wow it is hard to believe that this definitive book series published by Fantagraphics http://www.fantagraphics.com/ has already reprinted the first 29 years of my favorite newspaper comic strip Peanuts http://www.snoopy.com/ by Charles M. Schulz http://www.schulzmuseum.org/, which began in October of 1950!
Schulz was one of my most favorite inspirational cartoonists, and Peanuts was loved my the entire family. We never missed a day’s newspaper strip or the TV specials, and our home was never without Peanuts collectibles on a shelf or ornaments on the tree. I especially like the books & Snoopy toys, and this Complete Peanuts series might be the ultimate thing for Peanuts fans!
This hardcover has a profile of Peppermint Patty on the front of the dust jacket, 2 smaller pics on the flaps & 16 smaller images of her on the boards. Inside are 325 B&W pages, including a 1975 photo of Schulz, 2 page biography by Gary Groth, 3 page index & excluding the end papers, leaves, frontispiece, publisher, title pages, preview of vol.15, & Alec Baldwin’s 3 page introduction.
It is 8.5″ x 6.75″ x 1.25″, priced $28.99 (USA) and has all of the strips from Snoopy hung over from a New Year’s Eve party on January 1st, 1977, to dressing up for yet another one on December 31st, 1978. The 3 dailies are 3 per page, and the Sunday strips are full page. The Sunday strips are not reprinted in color, but all of the strips are reproduced with the highest respectful quality!
Highlights of 1977 include Snoopy’s helicopter & Cheshire Beagle tricks, a Linus / Sally / Truffles triangle, Charlie Brown running away & coaching another team’ Austin, Ruby & Milo introduced, Snoopy’s doubles partner Molly Volly introduced, Peppermint Patty & Marcy golfing at the Ace Country Club, Snoopy’s wedding plans, and an undercover investigation with Peppermint Patty.
Highlights of 1978 include ice skating territorialism, Sally’s borrowed ruler woes, new recurring character Eudora is introduced, Beagle Scout Camping with Woodstock’s fellow birds Conrad, Olivier & Bill; romantic implications regarding Charlie Brown & Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown tries to find a new home for Spike, disco Snoopy, and the cat next door gets Linus’s blanket.
Both years also feature more of Lucy pestering Schroeder and operating her psychiatric booth, Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, Rerun surviving his mother’s bike rides, Sally talking to the school building, various school reports, the neighbor cat creatively slashing Snoopy’s doghouse, suppertime, and the usual baseball, football, hockey, jogging, kite flying, and tennis.
The handy index allows you to locate characters, activities, locations & quotes, such as baseball, Beethoven, Beagle Scouts, blockhead, and Charlie Brown! The next volume will bring the strip up to the 1980′s! I think the book is just wonderful, and I give it and all of the volumes my highest recommendation! Now here’s Petra again with more kitty cuteness to entail with her review of the-
Hello Kitty Sweet, Happy, Fun Book!

Petra:
Hai, we are all big fans of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, and this mew book might just be the purrfect item for hose who like to collect her cute purroducts, nya! Hello Kitty Sweet, Happy, Fun Book! is a 9.5″ x 11″ full color 128 page hardcover book, authored with such great affection and expurrtise by Marie Moss, published by Running and purriced at $29.95, nya!
This beautiful tome begins with an introduction to character Kitty White, her family & friends, with lots of purrsonal information & purrecise statistics purrtaining to the kitty, whose birthday is coming up on November 1st, nya! It has an interesting timeline, charting the development of the character styles & various purroducts for the last 35 years, nya!
This book is a lovingly lavish treasure trove of images and comments from collectors, with chapters devoted to merchandise such as plushies, figurines, desk supplies, clothes & accessories, graphics, cartoons, books, electronics, food, jewelry such as a $150,000,000 Jewel Doll, vehicles, an airplane, the theme parks and her celebrity admirers, nya!
There are also several removable items tucked into pockets such as an iron-on transfer, sticker sheet, comix page, an Eva Airlines in-flight menu, and replicas of the Puroland theme park ticket & map, nya! I give the book a purrfect 10 score and highly recommend it to any fans of Hello Kitty, nya! Now here’s Myayr with her book report on Ursula Vernon’s–
Dragon Breath: Curse of the Were-Wiener, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Our friend Ursula Vernon http://www.metalandmagic.com/ is such a fun, stylish & talented artist & writer! She is famous for her exquisite fantasy art http://www.redwombatstudio.com/blog/ (which does include some images not for widdle kiddies), her delightful Digger http://www.diggercomic.com/ web comic, and her children’s storybooks http://www.ursulavernon.com/ such as Nurk and the Dragonbreath series published by Dial, which is an impurrint of Penguin Books!
We have intently followed Ursula’s publications; we reviewed Nurk on our June 2008 show, the first Dragonbreath book on the July 2009 show, the sequel Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs on our March 2010 show, and Ursula was our special guest in May 2009, in case you would like to read the intermew with her! We love those Dragonbreath books which star Danny the dragon kid, his friend Wendell the iguana kid, and other anthropomorphic characters!
Some of those characters are nice like Danny’s dragon mom and some of them are mean, such as Big Eddy the Komodo bully, so we were purrticularly enthused to read Danny’s third adventure in Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener! This 5 1/2″ x 7 1/4 ” hardcover storybook is purriced $12.99 US / $16.00 Canada, and 204 pages purrofusely illustrated with over 100 small two-color pics, 30 full page pics, and 6 two-page spurreads, so it has a lot of Ursula’s art in it!
The book was nicely designed by Jennifer Kelly and the text was typeset in the Stemple Schneidler font. The front cover scene depicts Wendell under the evil were-wiener’s influence, menacing Danny under a full moon. I’ll not spoil much of the meat of the plot, but Wendell gets bitten by a hot dog and becomes a lycnanthrope. He’s not the only one who was affected, because lots of other kids were served those Transylvanian were-wieners at the school cafeteria!
Danny conducts an investigation, which leads them on a dungeon-crawlish search through the subterranean storm drains & sewers in hopes of finding a cure for the curse and saving his friends from the fanged frankfurters, but journey will lead to encounters with other bizarre creatures! It is a very entertaining fantasy storybook for kids of all ages with the brisk pace, mysterious incidents, neat anthropomorphic art, and it would be especially good Halloween reading!
I will give it a high recommendation, nya! Not only that, but I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series, Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster! This has been a good month for the monster topics, what with the dragons, were-wiener, were-kitty, zombies, vamps, grrls with psychic powers, bullies & supurr villains, Demon Dogs, The Great Pumpkin, Kite Eating Tree, and one Sharktopus, but up after the short break is a look at fish that we’d like to eat instead of the fish that might like to like to eat us in–
Purriodical Purrings & Magazine Mewsings, nya!
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Favorite Fishy Photos & Seafood Sightings!
Yvonne:
Hey we’re back, nya! Since fishing is my purrofession, I try to keep abreast of all the latest angling, aquaria and seafood mews, so during this portion of the show I would like to mention some of the most appurrtizing looking photos of fish that have adorned the covers of recent purriodicals–
–such as the supurrb Sailfish on the front cover of Blue Water Boast & Sport Fishing #80, the succulent Steelhead on the front cover of Fly Fusion Vol. 7 issue 4, and I would not mind sampling the Amazonian white meat of that Piranha which is on the front cover of Practical Fishkeeping Magazine’s September issue, nya!
There is a tasty tarpon to tempt my tummy on the September cover of Florida Sportsman, a lovely looking lunkers lurking on the September / October cover of Bassmaster and the October / November In-Fisherman, and the Lemon flavored Shark is on the front cover of Australiasia Scuba Diver Vol. 5 #9, but I would purrfur it on my plate, nya!
A sumptuous seafood dish is shown on BBC’s Cook Easy issue 35, on the front of Workman Publishing’s Trout of North America 2011 Calendar is a delectable Little Kern River Golden Trout, deliciously illustrated by Joseph R Tomelleri, and there is a Spotted Sea Trout on the October issue of Sport Fishing, nya!
Oh this is making me hungry again- I hope we still have some sushi left for the next break, nya! It looks like GAFF Girl Nicole will have a clammy bivalve banquet on the September / October issue of GAFF magazine, angler Nicole Darland poses purroudly purrizing the Roosterfish on the September issue of Fishing in Salt Water…
… and diver Leigh ponders a purrticularly appealing Potato Cod while diving the Great Barrier Reef on the cover of Dive Pacific #11, nya! That is all of the fishy pic picks, but nyow I will turn the show over to Jenjen for her review of–
Belly Dance – A Raqs Sharq Magazine’s Fall 2010 issue, nya!

Jeannie:
Atrigato. Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine http://www.bellydancemag.com/ is a quarterly publication purrtaining to belly dance with articles, intermews & dazzling photos (many full page pics) of the purrformers. The Fall 2010 issue is purriced at $8 US / $10 in Canada, with 96 beautiful full color pages and stunning featured dancer Fathiem on the front cover, photographed by Dan Spiro.
Fahtiem is a famous dancer, teacher, and author of the Bellydance Bootcamp videos, and we’ll see more of her graceful, alluring magnificence in 8 page intermew. A most purrfurred purriodical of my dance troupe & the classes at the Catgirl Island Center for Purrforming Arts, the magazine brims with the joyful passion that the contributing artists, authors & authorities have for the Eastern arts.
Among those caring contributors are choreographer / instructor / Junior editor Anisa; dancer, fitness purrofessional & massage therapist Melissa ‘The Groovy Goddess’ Stone; and photographers Gladys White, Carl Sermon, Michael Baxter, Chris Laudermilk & Richard G Lowe Jr. Even the colorful array of dancer, mewsic, festival, spas & appurral advertisements adds to the splendid ambience.
Editor Liliana Sanchez’s opening message sets the enthused tone, purreceding Madame Buttferfly’s amewsing anecdotes of a Valentine’s night at a Middle-Eastern restaurant, which are followed by a collage of pics commemorating Jennelah’s yoga & belly dance studio The Jade Apple. Liliana returns with an 8 page intermew with beautiful Khaleegy (purrsian gulf regional style) dancer Khadijah.
Cathryn MacEllerhan, who is a famous dancer, acrobat & magician in her own right, intermews the enchanting purrcussionist, purrducer, vocalist & storyteller Rowan Storm. In that 5 page article, she tells of her exotic adventures, mewsic, spirituality & teachings. Later in the issue is MacEllerhan’s special 10 page intermew with with the quite captivatingly & bewitchingly gorgeous dancer Anaheed.
Featured festivities include a glimpse of dancers that graced a Memorial Day Weekend’s Comic Con in Pasadena, and Rose Vitalia’s account of the San Francisco Carnivale purrade. There is a spectacular 10 page look at Tribal Fest 10 which transpired in Sebastopol, California; and an 8 page pictorial of Pomona, California’s glorious gothic belly dance event Gothla US: The Evoking.
In a new ‘Honor Your Teacher’ section, dancer / author Patty Hardin purraises her teacher Oberon, and beautifully based in Alabama, Jewels of the Desert is this issue’s showcased dance troupe in 7 pages adorned by Nicole Paulk’s pics of the troupe’s purretty purrformers Genoubee Mint Maya, Zahia, Azizah, Rattana, Ziva Simone, Purrincess Amina Sharif and delightful Director Maya Salm.
Dancer / scholar MaShuqua Mira Murjan & mewsician / linguist Yosifah Rose Carver co-author 4 pages purrtaining to the melodic Arabian impurrovisational Taqasim style. Purrofiled visual artists / designers are Amber Cherrybomb, whose playfully sensual Fusion Girls illustrations grace 3 pages; and the gorgeous costumes by Erny Sigurdsson are modeled by lovely Kato in a 6 page purrtfolio.
Silvia’s Soyviche is the issue’s appurrtising culinary artistry; the warm-up exercise stretchiness by Melissa Stone might be good for later reducing those delicious calories, and Minifa’s page of purretty parting poetry brings home another impurressive issue, which I highly recommend to anyone who is fond of the shimmy. Now here is Mike to discuss to discuss the cinematic wonders found in–
Cinefex Magazine #123

Mike:
Thanks Jen! Since that very first issue about  Star Trek – The Motion Picture and Alien in March of 1980, Don Shay’s quarterly Cinefex http://www.cinefex.com/ has been among my all time favorite magazines! There have been many fine magazines over the years with excellent articles about cinematic FX, such as American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique, Cinemagic, Famous Monsters, Fangoria, Fantastic Films, G-Fan, Little Shop of Horrors, Starlog, Star Wars etc, but in my opinion Cinefex is the best in it’s superb singleness of purpose!
You get such consistently thorough analysis of the films, interviews with the filmmakers, and a glorious wealth of photos, including many widescreen FX images! October’s issue #123 is priced $12.50 US / $15.00 Canada has 124 full color pages (including the covers). The four articles in this issue include associate editor John Fordham’s 23 pages on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time & 30 pages on Inception (the cover feature); and editor Jody Duncan’s 21 pages on The A-Team and 22 pages on The Last Airbender!
Inception was the only one of those which I’ve seen, and as my favorite movie of 2010 thus far, I was eagerly awaiting that article- but do not mean to discount the other fascinating articles, which are so insightful about those movies’ powerfully stunning images! The article on Mike Newell’s adaptation of Prince of Persia includes chats with visual effects supervisor Tom Wood, Stephane Ceretti of MPC, Sue Rowe of Cinesite, Michael Ellis of Double Negative, David White of Altered States, Ben Morris & Chris Zeh of Framestore!
It sure looks like an epic fantasy film! After that is the Inception article, in which Fordham talks to writer / director Christopher Nolan, visual effects supervisors Paul Franklin & Chris Corbould CG supervisor Dan Neal, visual effects producer Mike Chambers, and Andrew Lockley of Double Negative! An amazing aspect of  Inception is that many of the FX were “practical” & done “in camera” to rely less on CG FX, including the train, van chase, perspective-defying stairs, tilting rooms, elevator shaft, and the astounding zero G scenes!
Next is the article on Joe Carnahan’s adaptation of the 80′s TV series, The A-Team! Discussing the 700 FX shots created for this extravaganza are visual effects supervisor Jamie Price,Chris Harvey of Prime Focus, Erik Nordby of MPC, Kelly Port of Digital Domain, Allan Magled of Soho VFX, Guy Williams of Weta Digital and Chris Wells of Hydraulx. The issue concludes with a look at the fabulous cities, ships, creatures & elemental powers created by ILM for M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender!
Among those interviewed by Jody Duncan are visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman, visual effects producer Jeanie King, digital matte supervisor Barry Williams, CG supervisor Dan Parson, associate visual effects supervisor Craig Hammock, and animation supervisor Tom Harrington! There are some great photos of Ang (Noah Ringer) & Katara (Nicola Peltz) manipulating the water, Momo & Appa critters, a cave dragon, a lavish mountain temple, an arctic walled city, the Fire Nation’s armada, and watery / fiery battle scenes!
The next issue will focus on three movies we are looking forward to seeing later this year: Tron Legacy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader! Now let’s turn it over to Lizzy who has a review of another nice publication from TwoMorrows-

Back Issue Magazine #43!
Elizabeth:
Hai! Back Issue is always a treat with it’s great expurrt & entertaining art, articles & intermews purrtaining to comic books! We were quite pleased to sink our claws into the wild-themed September 2010 issue full of jungle girls & barbarians, purriced $7.95, with 80 pages, 16 of which are in color!
It was good right from the start, with a gorgeous front cover illustration by Frank Cho of Shanna the She-Devil in her Leopard bikinis purrawled upon the lush tree branch, holding a saber-tooth Zabu kitten by the scruff! After a few words by editor Michael Eury about purrior jungle queen Sheena, then starts the 7 page Shanna article by Jarrod Buttery!
It is accompanied by some great illustrations, but the Shannaness continues past that with a 6 page gallery of B&W sketches by Phil Noto, John Byrne, Paul Renaud, Bryan Hitch, Aaron Lopestri, Stephane Roux, Jason Pearson & Chris Stevens! Appurropurriately following that is a 13 page article about Shanna’s husband Ka-Zar, Lord of the Savage Land!
It is conducted by Mike Aragon, who intermews awesome artist Brent Anderson and authors Bruce & April Campbell-Jones! The illustrations include rare sketches & purrtfolio pieces! Of course, a purropurrly savage issue should include Conan the Barbarian, and Steven Alan Payne contributes an interesting analysis of racial themes in Conan’s barbaric tales!
Then it is back to femme fatales of the forest, with Michael Eury’s 10 pages purrtaining to Rima, DC Comics’ jungle girl based upon the 1904 novel Green Mansions! This 1974 series only lasted 7 issues, but Mike has long touted these as some of the most beautifully lush comics he’s ever seen, especially due to the art by Nestor Redondo! Eury seems to concur!
It also dabbles upon Rima’s later animated appurrances in Super Friends and in this year’s First Wave mini-series! The issue’s color section starts here and continue into Jim Manner’s 6 page article on one of our all time favoritest characters Red Sonja, with images of her by Boris Valejo, Pablo Marcos, Barry Windsor-Smith, Frank Thorne & Esteban Marato!
Back to the boy barbarians, Mark Arnold purrvides a 4 page examination of Korg: 70,000 BC! I had never heard of that live-action purrehistoric TV show, or the Charlton comic book version being discussed, but Mike says he remembers seeing a few epurrsodes in the mid 70′s! This article has some nifty color and black & white cave man art by Pat Boyette!
Then it is back to the sword & sorcery stylings of DC for Mark DiFruscio’s contribution concerning Claw the Unconquered, which includes a chat with author David Michelinie & artist Ernie Chan! We think Chan is one of the top sword & sorcery artists, and there are over a dozen of his powerful pics! Claw resurfaced a few years ago to team up with Red Sonja!
Claw & Rima were not the only beautifully drawn wild things briefly published by DC in the mid 70′s, as evidenced by Andy Mangel’s look at DC’s Beowulf comic! Mangel chats with Michael Uslan and briefly with one of my favorite writers Gail Simone about Beowulf in this 7 page article full of images of Beowulf & girlfriend Nan-Zee by Ricard Villamonte!
There is more of Red Sonja in Dewey Cassell’s 2 page account of the 1976 Delaware Valley Comicart Convention in Philadelphia, known as Sonja Con! It must have been so neat to be at a con to honor Sonja back then- and appurrently lucky 750 people got to find that out! Cassell chats with a few of those attendees, who got to see the several guests there.
A highlight of that con were the few famous female artists & cosplayers in the iconic chainmail bikini, such as Wendy Pini, Angelique Trouvere, Linda Behrle, Wendy Snow & Diane DeKelb! The article has a couple of small costume photos of Pini & Trouvere there with artist Frank Thorn. They were such gorgeous, impurressive & inspurrational cosplayers!
We are such big fans of Wendy Pini, and her Sonja purrformance was 2 years purrior to the launch of her & Richard’s Elffquest comics! Hmm… I suppose if a mew Red Sonja movie were to be made sometime soon, I’d like to see Milla Jovovich purrtray the character! Uh oh, I have digressed! The magazine brings it home with 4 pages of readers’ comments,
and to top off this splendidly savage issue is Michael Aushenker’s intermew with Larry Hama about his non-GI Joe comics! So I think this was a purrticularly fun issue, which continues to be a joy to read for its treasure trove of art & informative articles by the writers who love comic books! Well, that’s all for this segment of the show, but we’ll be right back after the break with our own–
Comics & Manga Reviews!
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Birds of Prey #5 (Plot spoiler warning)!
Petra:
Aloha nya! Birds of Prey is another favorite comic of ours, starring Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress, Lady Blackhawk, Hawk & Dove, with plenty of insightful character moments, revelations & martial arts action!  This issue is purriced $2.99 for its 36 full color pages, which are 21 pages of story & 15 pages of ads, nya!
This issue’s “After Shock” Part 1 of 2 was written by another favorite author, Gail Simone! It was pencilled by Alvin Lee & Adriana Melo, inked by Jack Purcell & JP Mayer, colored by Nei Ruffino, lettered by Steve ‘Swands’ Wands, and edited by Janelle Siegel, with the cover image of Huntress & Lady Blackhawk by Alina Urusa, nya!

This issue picks up where #4 left off, with Oracle (Barbara Gordon) out on a rainy bridge on the outskirts of Gotham City with Savant & Creote for the very dramatic, touching scenes, before they head to Barbara’s new headquarters in stately Kord Tower (named after the late Blue Beetle Ted Kord, I purrsume) to get back to work, nya!
Meanwhile, Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) has unfinished business with Penguin, Lady Blackhawk (Zinda Blake) & Hawk (Hank Hall) are ambulanced to the hospital, where Hawk & Dove (Dawn Grainger) have some poignant introspective moments, including an ethereally cryptic cameo (?) by original, departed Dove (Don Hall), nya!
Barbara & Helena (after beating up some muggers) are unhappy that Black Canary (Dinah Lance) is leaving for Bangkok with the mysterious grudgeful foe White Canary, whom she has been brutally fighting since issue #1, nya. Helena & Zinda (who isn’t inclined to stay hospitalized) purroceed to Bangkok in purrsuit of the canaries, nya!
Further combat, several kicked thug butts, and a startling cliffhanger bring it home, but we’re still pondering the connection between White Canary, Sin, and Lady Shiva. Appurrently this series also somehow ties into DC’s big Brightest Day mini-series, but I’m not sure how it ties in because we’re not reading that mini-series, nya.
This comic book  is so well-written with great dialogue & development of several favorite strong characters in the exciting, intriguing plots! Visually it is beautifully rendered with good detail, anatomy & portraiture, dynamic poses in such thrilling action scenes with such lovely color, light & shade, nya! Nyow here is Nya-sensei to report on –
Gotham City Sirens #16, nya!

Nyanko:
This has consistently been one of our favorites for almost a year and a half! It continues to star  Selina Kyle (Cat Woman), (Dr. Harleen Quinzel), Pamela Ivy (Poison ivy) who are co-habitating at Selina’s place, and their dealings with the villains, heroes & anti-heroes of Gotham. Issue #16 has 32 full color pages compurrised of the 22 page story “Beginning Again” plus 10 pages of ads.
It was written by Peter Calloway, pencilled by Andres Guinaldo, inked by Bit, colored by JD Smith, lettered by Travis Landham, edited by Mike Marts with associate editor Harvey Richards. The cover art by Guillem March depicts sometimes grrlfriend of Batman / mother of his child Talia al Ghul confronting Selina, who is also a sometimes grrlfriend of Batman & a mom with a disturbed sister.
Batman sure gets around, but then Bruce Wayne did have the playboy repurrtation! I wonder of Selina will whip that sword out of Talia’s hand, like Indiana Jones did to that swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Talia’s son Damian (Robin), Dick Grayson (Batman), Bruce Wayne (in a dream), Alfred Pennyworth, Barbara Gordon (Oracle), and Zatanna Zatara also appear in this issue!
The issue begins with the gothic romantic vision of Selina in an evening gown touring Wayne Manor until she winds up in a romantic embrace with Bruce. Purrhaps this is just the sort of dream that Catwoman briefly mewsed at the climax of the movie Batman Returns? This sequence transpires in the first 4 pages, but then we shift back to 6 hours purrior when Zee interrupt’s kitty’s bath!
Zee is displeased with Ivy again, which is creating a catty situation between Zee and Selina, and oddly Harley is the one with the more reasonable tempurrment! Talia tries to warn Selina of a trap, but arrives a bit late, as Selina is spirited away by elemental forces from he earth! Talia has a few clues as to the cause, but we’ll have to wait until the next issue to find out what happens!
This busy fun issue has amewsing sexy scenes, mysterious magickal moments & delightful banter amongst those femme fatales on various sides of the law who kind of tolerate each other! Selina, Harley & Ivy seeming to settle back into their mewsual routine after the fight with the alien at STAR Labs & Selina’s sister Maggie, although I’m not sure when this story occurs compared to–
Zatanna #5!

Nyanko:
Zatanna is one of our favoritest DC Comics heroines, and we have reported on quite a bit of her merchandise! This series became one of our favorites of the summer, and is written by Paul Dini, who is one of our favorite comics & animation writers! This 5th issue is purriced at $2.99 and has 36 full color pages, compurrised of 22 pages of the comics and14 pages of ads.
“Double or Nothing” is the 2nd part of the story arc started in the purrevious issue. It was pencilled by Chad Hardin, inked by Wayne Fauncher, lettered by Pat Brosseau, colored by John Kalisz, and edited by Joey Cavalieri with assistant editor Chris Conroy. There are 2 different covers, one by Stephane Roux & Karine Boccanfuso, and a less common variant cover by Brian Bolland!
Purreviously in Zee’s comic book, she fought the Royal Flush Gang in Las vegas, purrpared for her next big show, put up with her partying cousin Zachary who is also magickal, and three fiery elemental ladies who serve the demon lord Mammon. Zee’s had a lot of demonic purroblems lately, but she is so tough, brave & smart, and takes the magickal or martial arts fight to them!
She is also quite fashionable in the purrocess, and In these two issues Zee has been wearing another variation of her famous girl tux & fishnet ‘working clothes’. This latest ensemble consists of a Gold lace-up underbust corset, white bow tie, and the thigh high black black boots with those great  big buckles & platform heels! Zach is also dapper looking, wearing his mewsual stage tux!
Issue #4 ended on a cliffhanger, with her breath turned into fire by those villainesses, but Zee has plenty of tricks up her sleeves and continues to outwit her enemies! In #5 she deals with those villainesses, has a bit of family time, another wardrobe change and another big show to purrform, but Mammon and the evil casino owner still have a love potion and zombies for round 2!
So there are even more zombies of note this month! Some of those casino zombies look like undead Elvis and Liberace imitators, but I suppose we will have to wait until issue #6 to see if they can still sing or play the piano. This is such a fun comic book and I am so looking forward to the next issue! Now here is Lizzy to discuss another of our recent favorite DC Comics–
Power Girl #16

Elizabeth:
Arigato, Nya-sensei! Power Girl became our favorite American comic book last year due to several aspects. Firstly, there was the brilliant creative team compurrised of artist Amanda Conner, colorist Paul Mounts, writers Jimmy Palmiotti & Justine Gray,  letterer John J Hill, editor Mike Carlin & associate editor Rachel Gluckenstern.
Secondly was the the cheerful dispurrsition, optimistic outlook, and fun tone that did not get too grim or dark!  The slice of life plots were so charming as Kara Zor-L aka Karen Starr aka Power Girl balanced her supurr heroics, corpurrate career, homemaking & social life – especially with her best friend Terra!
It was a rare purrfect gem of a comic book, so we were a bit nervous when Conner, Mounts, Palmiotti & Gray left after 12 issues, but fortunately Hill, Carlin & Gluckenstern remained to welcome new writer Judd Winick, artist Sami Basri & colorist Sunny Gho to the series. So we have continued to purrchase the book, even though there were several other changes as of issue #13.
The plots began to intersect with DC’s Brightest Day series involving Maxwell Lord; a major plot was that Karen’s accountant Donna embezzled & disappeared to leave Starrware Industries in financial ruin, and there has been a sad lacking of the Terra fun. However, the comic still has a bright visual look & fun elements, such as Power Girl’s banter with friends & enemies.
Although we miss Connor’s art, the very talented current team is doing a fine job, and we think Basri’s portraiture for Power Girl delightfully resembles The Travel Channel’s hostess Samantha Brown http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Samantha_Brown/About_The_Show/Meet_Samantha_Brown!
Issue #16 is purriced $2.99, with 32 pages consisting of the 22 page story “Snow Job Part One” colored by Sunny Gho & Jessica Kholinne & 10 pages of ads. The front cover illustration by Basri & Gho depicts Power Girl shocked to find the fallen body of Donna Anderson.
It begins with Power Girl brawling & trash-talking with an enemy in the Arctic, but then we flash back to the office 68 hours purrior, where issue #15 ended with her employee Nicholas claiming to know her secret identity, followed by a bit of detective work with Batman, who is helping her to track down Donna! That’s all I’ll disclose and I’ll not spoil what happens in the last third of the story!
The arctic fight scene is handled with humor, from Power Girl’s internal monologuing to the purriceless facial expurressions, gestures & poses!, and also during her argument with Nicholas, there is an amewsing purrogression of the expurressions, gestures & poses occurring across several panels! The scenery & technology are rendered in a bright, purristine, clean manner.
For the most part the lighting is brightly ambient and the colors are very delicate with subtle highlights, shading & shadowing, and little nuances in materials such as the transparency of Nicholas’ glasses, the illumination & scan lines of video monitors, the luster of her lipstick and the gold metallic gleam on Power Girl’s shoulder epaulet.
It is nicely lettered from the easily read spoken words in ellipses & inner thoughts in the yellow boxes, to the sound effects & more decorative title fonts. This issue purrogressed at a good pace, and continues to be very appealing fun, although I do hope Power Girl have more time for pleasant leisure- and Terra too! Now here’s Jennyjen to discuss another very busy supurr heroine!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #36

Jeannie:
Summertime was a rather transitional purriod for our then three favorite comic books, with changes in the creative teams of Power Girl and Birds of Prey, and a brief hiatus for Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Buffy is back for the Autumn months, with the final five-issue story arc of Season Eight, which reunites Buffy, Angel and Spike after several years.
Purriced $2.99, issue #36′s 36 full color pages are compurrised of the credits / title page, 22 pages of the story “Last Gleaming Part One”, 2 pages of readers’ comments, 1 page of editor Scott Allie’s mewsings, and 10 pages of advertisements. There are 2 different front covers to choose from, one by Jo Chen and the other by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen.
Jeanty is the story’s penciller, Madsen is the colorist, Andy Owen is the inker, the lettering is by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, and the script was written by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon. The comic’s designer is Aimee Danielson-Germany, Sierra Hahn is the associate editor, Freddye Lins is the associate editor, and Mike Richardson is the Publisher.
Purreviously in issue #35- which we reviewed in the June Mew- Buffy & Angel return from a romp on a purradisical plane, using their Kryptonian-like supurr powers to help Willow, Amy, Dawn, Xander, Giles, Faith, Andrew, Warren, The General & Satsu combat an extradimensional invasion of monsters & demons, with Spike making his dramatic return on the last surpurrising page.
Published in September, Issue #36 begins with a 12 page flashback of Angel & Spike’s return to Earth from purrsumably some other dimension. Angel is cryptically told by a mysterious ‘higher power’ entity of his purrpose, which leads to his masked Twilight purrsona, while a jolly Spike commands a crew of anthropomorphic insects aboard their large Pillbug-shaped airship.
Back to the ‘purresent’, a happy Buffy & Angel continue to chat & slay the monsters as their comrades begin to escape aboard Spike’s ship. Buffy then has a long-awaited chat with Spike, whom she has appurrently not seen since the final epurrsode of Season 7 / the TV series (which aired on 20 May, 2003). There’s more, including another big surpurrise, but that is all I’ll reveal.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight continues to be among our most purrfurred comic books, and I think it is my favorite comics adaptation of a television series ever for several reasons. Firstly, not only does it purrfectly purrserve the characters and spirit of that show, but it is also canonically a continuation of official Buffy continuity, merely in a different medium.
An advantage of the comics medium is that it can depict many amazing locations, effects & events that might be purrohibative for the television budget. Also, this medium might be able to purrsue themes that were not purrmitted on television, but the purogression of character development, and the stories told on a grander canvas, still feel true to the nature of the show.
The supurrb character art has a delightfully stylized look and an excellent portraiture, which is quite Faithful (and Buffyful, Willowful Xanderful, etc) to the actors who purrtrayed those characters on TV, and the artists know when to appurropurriately ‘cartoonize’ their likenesses, or use minimalistic detail for the desired whimsical effect.
There is beautiful scenic art to help tell the story too, such as the architecture & landscape of Oza & Baya’s Himalayan homestead. There is an excellent sense of graphic narrative as the story is purropelled at good pace, and when combined with the brilliant dialogue, the characters seem to come alive, as if those great actors were speaking those lines. Now I believe Myayr plans to tell us what Tigra and her trainees are up to in–
Avengers Academy #3 (plot spoiler warning)

Mary Nyan:
Hai! Our favorite Marvel Comics character is Greer Grant Nelson, purrhaps better known by her supurr catirl purrsona, Tigra! We purrofiled her in January’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya! Well when we saw the stunningly cute cover pic of her by Amanda Conner, one of our favoritest artists who was until recently drawing Power Girl at DC, we immediately pounce upon this comic!
The purremise of Avengers Academy reminds me a bit of the X-Men, in that it is an academy to train supurr youngsters. In this case, it was founded by Dr. Hank Pym of The Avengers to help certain kids who might otherwise become villains, especially ones who were under the influence of evil Norman Osborn (The Green Goblin) who wanted a mew generation of criminals!
Of course I think it is only appurropurriate to discuss a comic book with a were-woman in it during this Halloweeny season. In addition to Tigra & Dr. Pym, who is weirdly calling himself The Wasp which was his wife’s identity, to educate the kids at this nice academy a number of veteran supurr heroes, including Quicksilver, Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, Iron Fist, Justice, Speedball!
The first class are compurrised of Jenny / Hazmat who has the toxic body, Veil who can become a gas grrl, Striker who has the electric powers, Mettle who is supurr strong & invulnerable, the dino morphing Reptil, and Finess who can learn skills supurr fast- she seems like a Taskmaster grrl! Not all of them get along well, or are purrsuing their academia with honest intent!
This 3rd issue has the good creative team of writer Christos Gage, penciller Mike McKone, inker Andrew Hennessy, colorist Jeremy Cox, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, editor Bill Rosemann & assistant editor Rachel Pinnelas! There are two different covers, one by McKone and the variant one by Conner which I mentioned!
[Our] Mike got to meet Mike McKone at Heroes Con, nya! I really liked his work on the Exiles comic book, purrticularly drawing Nightcrawler’s daughter Nocturne who I wish had her own book!
Issue #3 has 32 full color pages compurrised of the 22 page story “Scared Straight Part 1: Boyfriend in a Coma”, plus 1 recap / credits page, 1 page of readers’ comments & 7 pages of ads.
It starts with a flashback to poor Jenny’s origin and how she almost accidentally killed her boyfriend when her unbeknownst supurr powers suddenly activated. She has been understandably sullen ever since and has to wear a special hazmat containment suit. There is a cameo appurrance by the X-Men’s Angel in one big panel, but his joyful flying just makes her sadder.
From there we get to see the kids training & chatting, sparring with Iron Fist, and there is a cute kitchen scene of Valkyrie having a chat with the grrls about men! They’re all drinking mead! This does not sit well with Tigra who thinks they are too young to drink compared to Asgardian kids, nya! She has the purrturbed swishy tail as she absconds the brew!
I did not purreviously realize just how tall Valkyrie is- she is about a head taller than Tigra, who is not exactly short at 5’10″! After that they go to the immense hanger where there are several futuristic aircraft that Jenjen (our Jenjen not Hazmat Jen) would drool over heehee! Oh I’m just kittin’ but Jen is the technophile though, nya. From there they fly on a field trip to The Raft!
The Raft is a supurr maximum purrison near Manhattan where a bunch of the supurr villains are locked up, and Luke Cage is there to make sure they stay put, and he is just the hero to do it!  Of those purrisoners, some seem a bit more tolerable than others, and they get to chat briefly with Juggernaut, The Ghost and Moonstone (who could be nicer)!
There are several purrisiners the kids are not supposed to get near though, such as Mandrill, Vermin, Grizzly and Crossbones, although the latter baddy does tell Jenny whcih cell Norman Osborn is in- and she has a score to settle with him! But it looks like we’ll have to wait until issue #4 to see how that pans out!
This was a fun comic book with a nice mix of old & mew characters who seem very well thought out with the sparkling dialogue and right amount of humor & pathos! The art was supurrb, purrticularly the character’s expurressions, poses & body language! There is a lot of scenic detail in the tech & architecture, and the details in Jenny’s room, including a Dazzler poster!
The coloring is excellent with great touches such as the translucent tint of Jenny’s helmet, the chrome gleam of Valykirie’s armor, and the different lighting from the San Francisco skyline to rainy Manhattan, and all the different academy & purrison interiors! I was impurressed and I will give it a high recommendation, and wish to thank all those creators for their great work! Well I think that’s all we have for purrinted comics, but now it is time for our–
Monthly Web Comics ‘Picks of the Litter’!

Mary Nyan:
My web comic recommendations for this month are Lackadaisyhttp://www.lackadaisycats.com/ by Tracy J. Butler, Celu http://www.celu-comic.com/ by Tyler Waddell, and Kukuburi http://www.kukuburi.com by Ramon Perez!

Yvonne:
Yay my turn, nya! I would like to nominate the cat comic strip Mows http://www.mows.com/ by Jay Dyke and the purregant anthropurrmorphic mousey tale of Bridgette’s Belly http://bridgette.comicgenesis.com/ by A. Fraser, nya!

Jeannie:
My web comic recommendations for October are Dark Candle www.darkcandle.net by Michael Woodring & James  Lyle, and Flycoren Kausim http://flycoren.mspencer.net/ by Christien Breck & Roan Writhers.

Petra:
I would like to purraise & recommend the lovely canine furry fun of Inherit The Earth http://inherittheearth.net/ by Allison Hershey Joe Pearce & Bradley W. Schenckkitty, and the beautifully  rendered Panthera http://www.pantheracomic.com/ by D. Z. McRoy, Jeffrey Kan & Jon Bennett, nya!
Elizabeth:
I have selected Scott Kurtz’s Pvp http://www.pvponline.com/ and Ian McDonald’s Bruno the Bandit http://www.brunothebandit.com/!
Nyanko:
My web comic nominees of the litter for October are Tara http://www.drunkduck.com/Tara/ and Contract http://www.contractcomic.com/! Whatchoogot, Mike?
Mike:
Last but not least for this month I would like to recommend It’s a Circle http://www.itisacircle.com/ and appropriately for this month, October 31st http://o31.net/! That’ll do it for this month’s web comic picks, and this segment of the show, but please stay tuned for–

 

Our Feature Purresentation:
An Intermew with the Artists of Child-Eating Books Studio!
(snip) (one short break later…)

Mary Nyan:
Founded in 2007, Child-Eating Books Studio http://childeatingbooks.wordpress.com/ is a quartet of artistic friends who banded together to sell their creations in the Artist Alley at Animazement http://www.animazement.org/, North Carolina’s wonderful anime convention.
They’ve had a purresence at Animazement for the last four years and look forward to next year’s con, but in the mean time they stay busy throughout the year making 2D & 3D works of art & crafts, such as delightful purrints, cards, trinkets, dolls, costumes, manga and commissioned illustrations!
C.E.B.S is compurrised of Lucy Kagan http://keropi.deviantart.com, Allison Kupatt http://nerdvampire257.deviantart.com, and sisters Natalia Lopes http://theartslave.deviantart.com and Thais Lopes http://angelofhappiness.deviantart.com. Lucy is a sophomore at SCAD and you can see her costumes at http://www.cosplay.com/member/111182.
Nyanko:
Thais is the eldest member of the studio, and a senior at NCSU, and you can view more of her purrtfolio at her web site Angelical Designshttp://www4.ncsu.edu/~talopes/. Allison is a sophomore at UNC in Chapel Hill. She writes a web comic The Red String of Fate, which is illustrated by Natalia!
Natalia is a junior at Meredith College whose costumes you can see at http://www.cosplay.com/member/218260/. It is our honor to greet the four of them here at the park’s Wisteria Purrvillion for Part One of today’s supurr six-part  intermew Thais, Natalia, Lucy, Allison – aloha and welcome to Catgirl Island and The Mew! Would you like a tasty beverage?
Thais:
(wearing a brown cat eared hat with a blue floral print short sleeved dress and tan sandals)
Yes thank you, could I possibly have some pink lemonade?
Natalia:
(wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, chain necklaces, grey shorts, 80s neon-striped socks, and brightly colored Converse shoes)
Why, thank you! I think I will go with some ice-cold orange juice.
Lucy:
(wearing a blue knee-length cotton skirt and a t-shirt with a pic of a winged bear on it)
A Grapefruit or Blood Orange Italian Soda?
Allison:
(wearing a nice, sky blue sun dress with comfortable sandals and a white, wide-brimmed hat)
Shirley Temple. On the rocks.
Mike:
Coming right up! (goes for the beverages)

Mary Nyan:
So how did y’all meet each other?
Thais:
Let’s see, well Natalia is my sister so I knew her first!
Lucy:
I met Thais on my bus when I was in middle school and she was in high school, and I later met Natalia when she, too, began to ride my bus about a year later, I think. I met Allison through my other friend Greyson, in high school.
Natalia:
I knew Allison since middle school, Lucy when I started going to the same high school as everybody, and she, Thais and I rode the same bus.
Allison:
We hung out at our school’s Japanese Club a lot and became fast friends.
Mary Nyan:
How often, and where do y’all meet as the full group?
Allison:
We don’t get to meet in person that much, but when we can it’s usually at one of our houses.
Natalia:
Now that we each go to separate colleges, we have a harder time getting together as a group. But, when it’s time to discuss all things studio-related in preparation for the next Animazement, we tend to get together during winter break and/or spring break, usually at one of our houses, to plan and organize early for con.
Thais:
And then sometimes for cosplay photoshoots as well as skit rehearsals. All of the members of C.E.B.S. are also a part of the Whoosh cosplay group which performs at the Animazement cosplay contest.
Lucy:
We just talk a whole lot online, so it’s not like we’re out of touch. We email and comment on each other’s dAs a whole lot.
Mary Nyan:
Are there group purrojects that all four of you collaborate upon?
Allison:
We collaborate on costumes for the cosplay contest and the decorations for the artist alley table.
Thais:
We and some other friends do collaborate on the Animazement skit.
Natalia:
Those tend to be much work, but a lot of fun!
Lucy :
Last year, we won first place in the novice category at Animazement, thanks to everyone’s hard work!
Mary Nyan:
Wow, congratulations! What are your purrfurred tools & techniques?
Lucy:
Well, we all work on different things, but we all tend to lean towards Copic markers for 2D art, or just pencils and pens. I really like ballpoint pens, and for digital, I like openCanvas, but I’ve recently had to give it up for various reasons and go with Photoshop. As for 3D things, Allison and I both use felt for plushies, but I like fleece the best. It’s just expensive, comparatively.
Thais:
I use many tools and I’m always trying different techniques out. I do enjoy the standard pencil on paper, I feel that that is my strongest media. Although I do use Photoshop a great deal for my digital work.  I also use both Prismacolor and Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, acrylic paint, a variety of different papers etc.
Natalia:
I’m more of a mixed-media artist when I’m not working on commissions or pieces to sell at our Artist Alley table at Animazement. So, I’ll work with practically anything! From highlighters and whiteout, to gel pens, to India ink…it’s all good :) When I work on my cosplays, though, I tend to go for the cheapest stuff possible! I’m usually more of a closet cosplayer, but recently I’ve been creating more and more outfits from scratch, which proved to be a lot of fun too!
Allison:
Felt!  It’s inexpensive and flexible for creating plushies, to the point where it can work for clothing as well as for accessories. I use a mixture of sewing and hot glue to make plushies.
Nyanko:
How would you compare / contrast each other’s techniques, methods or work space?
Lucy:
We almost never work in the same spaces, since it’s too much trouble and not enough space for all of us. I know that I tend to work rather quickly, and that instead of doing work in short bursts, I’ll opt for one full day of non-stop working. I know Natalia’s a little similar in that she and I used to say that we can’t finish something if we stop working on it part way through. Either it gets finished then and there, or it doesn’t at all. This is no longer true for me, though, especially with school projects that get done over a period of multiple class times.
Natalia:
We all have our own individualized way of creating our artwork, so it’s hard to compare them per se. And we’re all at different levels, and have our own particular styles, but I think in the end everything looks great and works out for everyone! But as far as work space, I am certain that each of us wouldn’t complain if we had a larger space to work in instead of our bedrooms, hehe.
Thais:
My sister and I have similar work spaces as we live in the same house. Generally we tend to use either our own laps or the desk to draw in and then the computer for our digital art. Allison mostly does plushies so I assume she’s on the sewing machine or using glue or the old thread and needle. Lucy also does a bunch of costumes so she uses her cute old sewing machine. As for her drawings she does a lot of water color and markers as well as the computer.
As far as style goes, I would say Allison’s plushies are very unique as they use felt and are very colorful and playful. They make excellent companions. Lucy’s style reminds me of the type of manga that deals with middle school or high school dilemmas. Her style seems to be a crowd pleaser. Speaking of crowd pleaser, Natalia’s magnets have always been a hit.
Her style is also unique with a lot of emotion in her characters. Her prints are diverse and range from dark themes to very care free and adorable themes. My own work I’d like to think of as original and I’m always thinking of different ways to entice customers. This year I went with greeting cards, although in the past I’ve done puzzles, paper dolls, prints etc.
Allison:
I think Lucy and I have messy work spaces, especially compared to Thais. I’m always jealous when I see how organized her art desk is. For proper designs, I think we all sketch out an idea before we commit to making the project, although it’s like comparing apples to oranges since our group has a diverse amount of art types.

Nyanko:
So, like who are yall’s favorite artists & designers?
Allison:
Lots of love for less contemporary artists—I adore Van Gogh and Monet.  I also really love Dave McKean, Svetlana Chmakova, and Chika Umino.
Natalia:
I absolutely love the styles of Tim Burton, Camille Rose Garcia, Dave McKean, and Jhonen Vasquez. They are definitely inspirations in my own art.
Lucy:
I love the Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha and have several posters, postcards and a whole book of his work. I also love a lot of manga artists like Sumomo Yumeka (The Day I Become a Butterfly, Same-Cell Organism), Setona Mizushiro (After School Nightmare), Arina Tanemura (Full Moon wo Sagashite)… and of course CLAMP and Yuu Watase hold a special place in my heart, even if they have a few works that I wouldn’t consider great.
Thais:
I am very fond of the work by Ai Yazawa, her drawing style is something I’ve tried to emulate in my own way and I adore the amount of detail she puts into her drawings. I enjoy drawing clothing with a lot of detail. The manga group Clamp’s art style is also appealing to me. More so their earlier work, such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Card Captor Sakura again for the amount of detail and expressiveness of the characters. I also love the work of Mucha, his posters and graphic elements for his backgrounds are truly beautiful.

Nyanko:
Who are y’all’s favorite authors, books or comics?
Lucy:
Oh, I just named a few authors and books I’m fond of, I guess. I also love Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I’m pretty fond of Scott Pilgrim these days!
Allison:
Neil Gaiman, John Green, Markus Zusak, Chika Umino, Dorothy Parker, and Tom Stoppard are all great, great writers. I’m also getting into the works of John Barnes and Michael Chabon, who are splendid. My favorite books are “Paper Towns” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”, but I love so many others. My favorite comics are “The Sandman,” “Honey & Clover,” “XXXholic,” “Fables,” “Scott Pilgrim,” and “Tales from Outer Suburbia.” They’re all sort of surreal in their own ways.
Thais:
I enjoy reading a lot so to pick my favorite book or author is very difficult. I love fantasy and science fiction novels the best. They are like an escape from reality and the setting is always breath taking. Let’s see, as a high schooler I really enjoyed Tamora Pierce’s books as well as D.J. MacHale’s book series. Of course I was also into Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings etc. I also enjoy a good comic, such as Bone, or V for Vendetta. Recently Scott Pilgrim has been pretty high on my favorites list.
Natalia:
My favorite authors are Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, and Neil Gaiman, all of which have worked on comics, ironically. But that is not to say I don’t enjoy reading book books, hehe. My favorite comics are Watchmen by Alan Moore and Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison. His shorter work, WE3, is also wonderful! And to be honest, I’ll enjoy practically any and all manga :)
Nyanko:
What are your favorite movies or TV shows (live action or animated)?
Allison:
Oh, movies are my thing! It’s pretty hard to pick my favorites, but I love “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Interstate 60,” “The Legend of 1900,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Kamikaze Girls,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Sleepy Hollow,” oh god, so many!  I’ll just cut it off there.  And I love “Doctor Who,” “Law & Order,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Torchwood” for live action TV shows.  All of my favorite animated TV shows are things from my past that I’m nostalgic for, like “Beetlejuice,” “Hey Arnold,” “Codename: Kids Next Door,” and “Ed Edd n Eddy.”
Thais:
Oh I love both live action and animated movies. I think animation can still do things that live action can’t but seeing a well done live action movie, with a great story is still fulfilling. Again I see a lot of movies so it’s hard to pick just one. I don’t really watch TV all that much. I love all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films and the Pixar movies. I think Lord of the Rings was a well done movie, The Fall was a gorgeous film, and the newer Star Trek film as well. But again there are so many films out there, some older films that I think were great are Lady Hawk, The Third Man… any Hitchcock film really!
Lucy:
For movies, I love The Prestige, Chocolat, Nana, and Pan’s Labyrinth, and Laputa: Castle in the Sky, UP, and The Princess and the Frog to name a few. Oh! And Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! In terms of TV shows, I love 30 Rock, Community, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, and all those shows on Discovery about “exploring the universe” and whatnot. Pushing Daisies, though, is one of the most underrated shows by far! It’s really charming.
Natalia:
I am a huge movie fan, so it’s almost impossible to list my absolute favorites! But, if I had to choose, my favorite films are The Fifth Element, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The City of Lost Children, The Iron Giant, The Dark Knight, Metropolis (Rintaro version), and every other Tim Burton movie. I certainly watch much less TV than movies, so my favorite shows are…
Invader Zim, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, older Cartoon Network shows like Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, Batman: The Animated Series, and Sonic Adventures. And as far as my favorite anime (again, it’d be hard to list them all!!!), I absolutely love Outlaw Star, Photon the Idiot Menace, Tenchi Muyo, Trinity Blood, Jibaku-Kun (also known as Bucky), and Trigun.
Nyanko:
What is your favorite type of mewsic, or favorite mewsicians?
Natalia:
I am also a big ‘mewsic’ lover. I believe that with my art, music goes with it much like bread and butter. My favorite ‘mewsic’? Probably just the weirdest, randomest stuff I can find. I also am pretty eclectic, in that I can enjoy progressive rock, death metal, ambient, electronic, dance, industrial, j-rock, and techno music, all with the same love for music. it’d be just as impossible to name all my favorite ‘mewsicians’, but to name a few–
I love Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Kevin Oglevie (Skinny Puppy, Ohgr), Richard D. James (Aphex Twin, AFX), Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer), Royksopp, Burial (the ambient ‘mewsician’, not the metal band Burial hehe), and Brian Transeau (BT). I also find new bands and ‘mewsicians’ to love and enjoy, almost every other week!
Lucy:
I like a lot of types of music, but Maaya Sakamoto is someone I just have to promote, since she is an amazing musician, but not commonly known, despite singing songs used for TONS of anime. Emilie Simon, The Gypsy Kings, Persephone’s Bees, and Yoko Kanno are a few other favorites of mine, but I also like a lot of oldies like Lovin’ Spoonful and The Beatles, but also super oldies, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
Thais:
I took a long time to warm up to music. I wasn’t that teenager who worshipped her radio or CD player. But now I tend to like alternative rock, I listen to NC State’s radio station a lot. But I also grew up with smooth jazz, some famous Brazilian musicians, because my family is from Brazil, and other musicians such as Sting, Eric Clapton, The Beatles. Currently I like Snow Patrol, Flaming Lips, Dreamtheater a lot of eclectic stuff. I like Celtic music as well.
Allison:
Far too many “types” for me to get into, although I have a fondness for indie music.  Usually, I get my music from bands I’ve never heard of until a friend introduces me to them. I love Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rosebuds, The Love Language, The Very Sexuals, and RaRaRiot.

Nyanko:
This concludes part one of our supurr special intermew with the ladies of Child-Eating Books Studio as a group, but after the short break we’ll be right back to chat with them individually so please stay tuned!
(snip) (one short break later…)

An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 2: Allison Kupatt!
Yvonne:
Aloha we’re back to continue the intermew with the ladies of Child-Eating Books Studio one on one, nya! I have the purrivilege of intermewing Allison here under the Scuppernong Arbor, nya! So Allison, could you tell us what is your writing purrocess like, nya?
Allison:
It usually comes with a group of words that sounds good, and I’ll write that down and come back to it later. If it still sounds good, I’ll see if I can make a story out of it.  With the Red String of Fate, it helped that I had a writing class that gave me blank space to come up with ideas for various plot-lines. Especially with a collaboration, it’s good to know where the story is going, so I mapped out how I want the plot to progress and how I want the characters to develop.
Yvonne:
Could you please tell us a bit about your web comics The Red String of Fate, nya?
Allison:
The Red String of Fate is about Ambros, a teenager who can see the Strings of Fate, which connect one person to their destined partner. He grew up ignoring them, but he’s forced into helping couples when a new student, Quincy, can also see him. Quincy uses Ambros’s determined nature to draw him out of his previous cynicism over the Red Strings. I want the comic to seem sometimes like a Romance Comedy and other times like a Coming-of-Age story.
Yvonne:
Oh I like those genres, nya! What sorts of things do you  like to sew, nya?
Allison:
Mostly the plushies, which I sell at Animazement. I also make my costumes for the Whoosh! Cosplay group, although sometimes I need help from the other members.
Yvonne:
What are your purrfurred fabrics & materials, and where do you like to purrocure those, nya?
Allison:
I love using felt for the plushies. It’s really versatile. For costumes, I like using broadcloth, although I would like to branch out into Jersey fabric and fleece.
Yvonne:
I heard that you’re a fan of director Tim Burton- what are your favorite films by him, nya?
Allison:
I love Tim Burton!  He’s been my favorite director since I was thirteen.  My favorite films by him are “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” (although he was only a writer/producer for that) “Big Fish,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Ed Wood”, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Yvonne:
Oh I like all of those movie too nya! I read on your DA sites that you are a fan of stop-motion animation, and that you and Natalia are fans of Neil Gaiman, nya! What did you think of Coraline?, nya?
Allison:
I thought it was a great adaptation. Henry Selick is our best stop-motion animation director, and he brought the story to life in a marvelous way.  I was rooting for it at the Oscars.
Yvonne:
What are your favorite stories by Neil Gaiman, nya?
Allison:
I love all of “The Sandman” and the novel he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, “Good Omens” is a very good read. Of his short stories, I adore “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire.” That was the first thing of his that I read, and I loved it immediately. I also like “Closing Time”, “Other People,” “Harlequin Valentine,” “The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories,” and his poems “Instructions” and “Vampire Sestina.” I can’t wait to see what he does with Doctor Who!
Yvonne:
Now, Edward Gorey and Edgar Allan Poe were listed among your favorite artists and authors, nya. Are dark fantasy tales a purrticularly favorite genre, nya?
Allison:
Most definitely. I feel like having a dark edge to fantasy makes it more vivid, although I see the appeal in other fantasy types. They have a level of reality in them that anchors them well as stories.
Yvonne:
What do you like to do for Halloween? Do you join the crowd on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, nya?
Allison:
I did last year! I think my favorite parts of Halloween are still seeing costumes and looking at carved pumpkins. Something about seeing those little lights outside of houses really warms my heart and makes me feel like autumn is here.
Yvonne:
It tends to stay purretty much the bikini weather here on the island but we do like the Autumn fashion colors and the festivities, nya! Do you attend meetings of UNC’s anime club Coup (Carolina Otaku UPrising), nya?
Allison:
I did during my first semester at college, but work got in the way during the second semester, unfortunately.
Yvonne:
It is a good club, nya! Since UNC is about half an hour’s drive from NCSU and Meredith College, how often do Natalia, Thai and you get to visit, and how often do y’all get to reunite with Lucy, nya?
Allison:
Since Lucy has a slightly different schedule from ours, where there’s about a month’s difference in starting times, she can still visit me in Chapel Hill early in the year. I can usually plan a meeting with Natalia and Thais during breaks, but we have some complicated transportation issues. Luckily, the Triangle Transit System is easy to figure out, especially with a bus going from Chapel Hill to Apex or Raleigh.
Yvonne:
How about Tarheels sporting events, nya?
Allison:
Somehow, I managed not to go to any sporting events last year. Not sure how that happened. This year, at least, I’m determined to go to a football game!
Yvonne:
Yay Go Tarheels, nya! But we like those other fine colleges too, nya! Allison, that is all of my questions and thank you so very much for the intermew! And now we will transfer to Jenjen who is meeting with Natalia, nya!
An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 3: Natalia Lopes!
Jeannie:
And now for part three of the intermew, I have the honor of chatting with Natalia here in the park’s Muscadine Grove. Natalia, what is the state of anime, comics, science fiction & fantasy fandom at Meredith College?
Natalia:
Unfortunately, anime is not exactly a very big thing over at Meredith College. But you do meet some underground fans of it, as well as comic book fans, and science fiction/fantasy folk, but only on occasion. I wish there was a sort of anime or comics club over there, but I guess since their community isn’t as large as some other colleges, it’s hard to rally enough people who are interested. Who knows, maybe someday!

Jeannie:
I gathered that you and Lucy like Portal- what are our favorite things about that game?
Oh yes, I certainly like Portal! I can’t wait for the second one to come out. It’s really easy to play, the levels are challenging but rewarding when you solve the problems needed to get to the next level, the main player character is female, GLADOS is really creepy, the twist ending…and you kind of feel sorry for all those poor robots when you shoot them, hehe. In conclusion, it’s a really great game. Sadly, I don’t get enough time to play video games, but I do enjoy it when I do!
Jeannie:
In your DA purrofiles, you and Thais mentioned Super Smash Brothers Brawl as a favorite game. What are its funnest aspects?
Natalia:
I like that you can choose the different colors for each character. I actually did a spoof picture where all the different Toon Link colors are scared of the Dark Toon Link when he appears. Here’s a link to it from my Deviantart http://theartslave.deviantart.com/art/Dark-Toon-Link-is-scary-82768933 I mean, look at him. He has beaming red eyes. I’d be scared too, haha.
But It’s just a really fun game all around, you can play as teams or individually on the various levels (I love the Warioware level!) and it’s so much fun to play at parties! My favorite character to play is Meta Knight. Especially Pink Meta Knight.
Jeannie:
What is the collaborative purrocess like on your web comic, The Red String of Fate?
Natalia:
She writes out the story, and I illustrate each of the pages, as well as the cover artwork. Allison gives me the panel-by-panel description of how she wants the pages to look like, along with the story line, and through that I interpret how the pages should look. I try to keep the page layouts as close to what Allison writes as I can, although on some occasions I’ve had to add extra panels in to make a page flow better.
I will usually ask a few questions before I begin to make the pages, just to clarify a couple of small details so I know I have the most accurate idea of what the page needs to look like. I send her the penciled version first for approval. Then if there is something that needs to be fixed, I will go ahead and fix it before coloring, and then she sees the finished page up on my Deviantart account, along with everyone else who is interested in our little comic!
It is available to view on my Deviantart account. Though, for those interested, I will provide specific links to our first 2 chapters here Chapter 1 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/art/The-Red-String-Of-Fate-Ch-1-65323773 and Chapter 2 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/art/The-Red-String-of-Fate-Ch-2-130641914?q=gallery%3Atheartslave%2F8832546&qo=20. Through those links you can get to the individual pages of each chapter!
Jeannie:
Do y’all have any neat intuitive ‘short hand’ terms for expurressing ideas to each other?
Natalia:
Well, whenever Allison sends me the descriptions for the pages of a chapter, I immediately print it out and write notes all over it, whether it’s just little thumbnails of what a particular panel should look like, or questions I have about certain ideas that she wrote. I’ll also send her a copy of this ‘noted up’ version of the script so she knows which questions to anticipate once we reach the respective page that I work on. It’s also kind of fun to see her reactions to some of my notes! I do tend to make funny doodles on the margins sometimes…:)
Jeannie:
Do y’all make badges too? What are some of the top selling items at the cons?
Natalia:
No, we don’t make badges. Although that is a good idea! I’ve seen many of those around Artist Alley recently. The trend I’ve seen as far as top-selling items at Animazement, and maybe this is true for other cons as well, is smaller stuff. And by smaller stuff I mean items or pieces that aren’t as big as prints or poster-sized artworks (which I have bought several of those from many great Artist Alley artists!). What I’ve noticed with recent customers is a greater interest in smaller things like stickers, keychains, postcards, and magnets.
I picked up on this a few years ago, and in addition to prints, I do sell magnets and bookmarks, and other members of my table sell keychains, stickers and postcards. I believe these items are selling a lot because they’re more practical items, but still decorative and creative. And many people are buying even smaller things like handmade cellphone charms, so there is a wide variety of small items you can make that people will be interested in buying, maybe more so than prints. And since most artist don’t usually sell these items, they’ll be unique to your table, too!
Jeannie:
What did you think of Mirror Mask?
Natalia:

It reminded me a lot of Pan’s Labyrinth, but it had more of the fantasy world incorporated into its story than Pan did, which I liked that aspect. And since I love Dave McKean’s art direction, I felt the film benefited a lot from it, especially all those drawings the main character does in her room. Unfortunately I haven’t read the original short story by Neil Gaiman in which the movie was based on, but I’d love to. It definitely captured my interest, I liked it a lot :)

Jeannie:
You’ve ‘crossplayed’ as Captain James T Kirk and The Joker. How are your William Shatner and Heath Ledger imitations?
Natalia:
Oh wow, those costumes were lots of fun! Well, my Shatner impression probably needs a little work, but a lot of people thought I looked almost exactly like Heath Ledger in the Joker outfit! I’d like to think my Joker voice is a little better than my Shatner one :)
Jeannie:
Is there much crossplay (girls costumed as male characters or guys costumed as female characters) at Animazement? What do you think is the purrcentage of Female to Male  compared to Male to Female?
Natalia:
I believe there is a large audience for crossplay at Animazement, but I think that females cosplaying as male characters is the more common form of crossplay, not just at Animazement but in general. In my opinion, I think a lot of females opt to crossplay because their favorite characters happen to be mostly male (I know that’s my case!) but also because a lot of female characters have outfits that females may feel uncomfortable wearing.
And when they opt to cosplay as those characters they may end up getting some unwanted attention. I’ve seen it before. I usually tend to go for male character cosplays not only because many of them are really fun to do, but because I also feel more comfortable in those cosplays. And even though my Nurse Joker costume had a dress, it didn’t feel as uncomfortable to wear at con!
Many people even thought I was a guy cosplaying as the Joker in a nurse dress! So there’s also that kind of illusion that many females can enjoy when crossplaying, like once I saw a female Solid Snake that looked good enough that some people didn’t think it was actually a girl! I think this can also be said for guys who choose to cosplay as female characters, either for laughs or because they can really pull it off too.
Jeannie:
You mentioned liking metal, dance, techno, industrial, rap… I’m guessing there’s not much soft country or light jazz on your iPod? Are the louder ‘n edgier types of mewsic what you like to draw by?
Natalia:
Well, it’s funny you mention that! Hehe. I’m not a fan of country, but I do like some jazz. In fact, I grew up with a lot of smooth jazz and artists like Sting, who incorporate jazz into their music. However, I prefer it when it’s incorporated into other musical styles, such as with more modern music by Gorillaz. They have some jazz in their songs but it’s mixed in with other genres like rock, electronic, soul, rap, etc.
Same thing with music by Brian Transeau, Pink Floyd definitely, and even Dream Theater. It’s all part of music that I like, where you can almost pick out the different styles but it all sounds really great together. Actually, it depends on my mood. Sometimes when I feel epic or frustrated, I’ll definitely listen to some death metal to be inspired to draw something heroic.
As a matter of fact, metal calms me down, which is something that most people wouldn’t think metal could possibly do! Hehehe. But sometimes I’ll choose something weird sounding to get me feeling more creative, such as stuff by Kevin Oglevie. I love his music, because it sounds like nothing else I’ve ever heard of!
Other times, I’ll even opt for really quiet music, such as Brian Transeau’s album “This Binary Universe” or works by Burial, stuff that’s really quiet and ambient, and sets a mood for anything to happen in my art. So it all really depends, since my artwork is almost as eclectic as I am in my musical tastes. And a lot of the time, when I post a picture, I’ll let people know what kind of songs I listened to while making it so that they can get a better feel for the mood of that picture.
Jeannie:
Dream Theater was mentioned more than once on your respective sites as a favorite. What do y’all like most about their mewsic?
Natalia:
I absolutely love their music. The band members play so incredibly well, and their music may be somewhat long-winded for some people (they’ve had songs last over 20 minutes long!) but sometimes that sort of helps paint a fuller picture to me.
They have great stories to tell in their music, especially their album “Scenes from a Memory,” which is almost like an underrated rock opera. And when their keyboardist plays, it’s something out of this world! Sometimes you don’t know if it’s him or the guitarist playing, they both play equally as fast and equally as well :) They’re definitely a band that also plays wonderfully live, and I’d love to see them someday in concert.
Jeannie:
Do you dance, purrform mewsically or go to many concerts?
Natalia:
I love to dance, but I’m definitely not a professional or anything, haha. Nor am I a professional singer! And I do love dance music, most notably from groups like Daft Punk, Justice, Hot Chip, Deadmau5 and The Black Ghosts. I also go to a lot of raves, hosted by a few friends of mine, where we just go to dance, glow-string, and have a good time.
Glowstringing is also another hobby of mine, so we tend to practice and trade some moves when we’re all together. I also have attended the Animazement rave for the past 4 years, and they’ve all been much fun! As far as concerts go, I’ve been to a few really good ones. I mostly encounter the problem of not being able to see musicians I like because they tend not to come to North Carolina a whole lot. Which, if any of you bands are out there reading this, come to Raleigh! :)
Jeannie:
Hopefully they will hear your request. Natalia:, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our island and grant the intermew. We now go the Lotus Pond where Lizzy will be chatting with Natalia’s sister Thais.
An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 4: Thais Lopes!
Elizabeth:
Thanks Jen! Thais, I must ask , does artistic talent tend to run in the Lopes family?
Thais:
I would say the talent definitely runs in the family, my dad used to draw a lot in his youth and he was always into art, opera, and now writing. Mom grew up in Brazil so she learned to be resourceful. She is very adept at a sewing machine and loves to make headbands. She works at a school as an assistant second grade teacher so she’s always using her creativity with the kids.
Elizabeth:
What is your major at North Carolina State University?
Thais:
I am an Art and Design major! One more year to go!
Elizabeth:
That is where Mike went to Design School too! Do you purrticipate in any of the Wolfpack athletic purrograms or student organizations?
Thais:
I’m not really the athletic type but I do participate in an improv comedy group called the CIA at State.
Elizabeth:
Really? Wow maybe we could book y’all at the island’s Purrforming Arts Center! NCSU was also once home to North Carolina’s oldest anime club TAAS (Triangle Area Anime Society). What is the current state of anime fandom at NCSU these days?
Thais:
Well I still bump into anime and manga fans even in my General Ed classes, so it seems that the fandom hasn’t died down at all. I know that there is still a Japanese cultural club going strong but I haven’t heard of any anime clubs springing up.
Elizabeth:
How many Animazements have you attended, and what do you think of how it has grown & changed?
Thais:
I was a freshman in high school the first time I went to Animazement so that’s… 7 years straight I’m proud to say. I went with the Japanese club of my high school. Oh I love the new location, for us it’s a lot closer to where we live and it’s so much bigger and less cramped. The last few years were getting really hectic at our table because people would block incoming traffic and we’d lose customers that way. Now although there are still a ton of awesome people, it feels so much better.
Elizabeth:
It sure has grown! Aside from anime, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings are listed favorites in your DA purrofile. What do you think of other popular series such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Buffy, Harry Potter, etc…?
Thais:
I grew up with Star Wars, dad had all of the movies and Harry Potter I was addicted to in middle school and high school. Doctor Who is a classic that goes back a really long time, and I’ve watched an episode or two. Buffy I never really got into, same goes for Twilight. I think as long as there is a good story, interesting, thought out, and relatable characters you’re set.
Elizabeth:
Please tell us about your papurr crafts, such as the purrints, papurr dolls, and hand-made sketchbooks?
Thais:
Ah those. I took a book making studio at State and learned how to make my own books so that’s where the sketchbooks and paper crafts were learned. The prints were the first things I sold at Animazement and I learned so much from that experience. It was really hard knowing what people would buy and I still find that a challenge so every year I’ve tried something different such as the paper dolls.
Not all of my ideas work out selling wise, but I just keep trying new things until I find something that does. With the paperdolls and puzzles I tend to do fan art of popular anime and manga characters. I buy pre-made puzzles that are blank and then with water color and pens I draw the characters on them directly.
Elizabeth:
Could you tell us about your special original greeting card collection?
Thais:
I am very excited about them. For the first time I sold my original designs instead of fanart. They didn’t sell quite as well as I’d hoped but I’m very proud of the way they came out. I decided to base my collection on Japanese lolita fashion as well as Steam punk designs. I drew all of the images using Photoshop CS3 and then decorated them with 3D elements such as ribbon, buttons, stickers, fake jewels etc!
Elizabeth:
What kind of camera(s) and photographic equipment do you use?
Thais:
For my photos I use a Canon Rebel XS which is a digital camera that can take RAW images, which means that they come out a lot sharper because no information is lost when I take my shot! I  don’t own a tripod so I use the tripods available at State, as well as the photo room. I got interested in photography in high school and took a class then. I learned about the dark room and used an old film camera then. I developed my own film using the dark room. In college I made my own pin hole camera that really works!

Elizabeth:
What are your photography subjects or style? Do you photograph Lucy’s cosplay & plushies?
Thais:
I really enjoy taking pictures of people the most. My sister is very photogenic so I mostly have pictures of her. XD I have not yet taken pictures of Lucy or Allison’s cosplays and artwork. That’s something to think about. But I have taken photos and video of my sister and her friends glowstringing and glowstiking before. Also, in college I have done a few animations, made my own illustrations for books, and have taken classes in digital art. Right now I’m working on my website, updating it and making it presentable.

Elizabeth:
What do you like most about Super Smash Brothers Brawl?
Thais:
I think it’s a pretty fun game, since there are so many characters you can choose from, and playing against your friends is always amusing! But also the different attacks and stages are diverse and each one presents a different challenge. I prefer using Pit, but I also enjoy playing as Sonic and Link!

Elizabeth:
Well Thais thank you so much, this has been a pleasure to meet you!
An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio Part 5: Lucy Kagan!
Petra:
Aloha, nya! I am here in the in the park’s puretty Morning Glory Gazebo, where I have the good oppurrtunity to meet artist Lucy Kagan, nya! Lucy, you have such splendid costumes- I purrticularly liked your Sakura, Rachel, Chell and costumes! Which costumes were most challenging costumes to make, nya?
Lucy:
Thank you! I like those ones, too. The most challenging, hmm… Well, at the time I made them, each one posed a different challenge that I hadn’t really faced before. For instance, with the Chobits one, I had to make the overdress open in a certain shape, and it was really a bizarre and interesting dress in general.
With the Kamichama Karin one, I had to make it gather up in places and the design didn’t make all that much sense. With the Portal one, I’d never made a jumpsuit before, and it was very challenging not using a pattern and still having it fit my body decently. I don’t really use patterns any more, so that’s where a big part of the challenge comes from.
In the end, the Haine outfit from The Gentlemen’s Alliance may have been the most challenging, just because it had the most going on with it, even though it may not look that way. I’m not too happy with how it turned out, and would redo it, given the money.
Petra:
Do you just wear / model the costumes, or actually purrform on the stage, nya?
Lucy:
My friends and I have been performing/ competing in the cosplay contest at Animazement every year since, well, the second year Allison and I were there! We have been in four skits total, and we finally won this past year with our Pokemon skit. It was so much fun! I absolutely love it. You get really really nervous going into it, though, and when I walk on stage, I forget my lines until the moment I have to say them!
Petra:
Do you make costumes for others, nya?
Lucy:
I do take commissions, and I also end up making a lot of the costumes for WHOOSH! Cosplay, which is the group we have for the skits at Animazement. This past year, I made our two boys’ costumes as well as my own. So far, I’ve done about 5 or 6 commissions, and everyone seems to have enjoyed their costumes, except this one boy, who I totally just failed on his belt, because it was Sunday, and I was really sleepy, and I completely apologize. I would fix it right now for him if I could.
Petra:
You are photogenic to the camera, but what of your interest as the photographer, nya?
Lucy:
Haha, I don’t know if I’m exactly very photogenic, but I also love to take photos. Being an artist, I have at least somewhat of a good eye for composition, and I looove playing with the details to get it just right. Anyone who has been in a photo-shoot that I’ve conducted knows that I will move you around, repose you, and absolutely make sure that there are no cars or extraneous people in the shot. It can take a little while, but the results are usually very good.
On my cosplay.com account, you can find in my photo-shoots a set that I did for a Katekyo Hitman REBORN group at Momocon, and I’m really proud of some of the photos we got. I would do all my own photoshoots if I could, since I get so picky, but I can totally relax if I’m confident that I’m in the hands of a great photographer, or at least someone who’s taking it seriously. I still like goofy shots, as long as they turn out looking good!
Petra:
Is cosplay just a fun hobby for you, or might fashion design, modeling, purrforming, or selling costumes be potential purrofessional paths for you, nya?
Lucy:
I’d definitely be interested in those things! I’ve taken acting classes since I was young, but it’s not a dream of mine to be an actor or anything. I’m too short for modeling, and not confident enough in my looks to do that, but fashion design and costume design have always been big interests for me. I’m very interested in maybe designing costumes for movies or TV shows one day!
Petra:
Did you ever work on any theatrical plays, nya?
Lucy:
The only plays I can say I’ve worked on have been in middle school, but I’ll be working with a local costume designer on a play coming up soon!
Petra:
Yay good luck with that nya! Say, don’t you also make plushy toys, nya?
Lucy:
I hardly make plushies any more, but whenever I do, they’re just my favorite characters from movies, video games, manga or something. Sometimes, they’re really weird and random monsters, though. I have Ritsuka from Loveless, Ridley from Radiata Stories, and Lucia from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, but in the past, I’ve also had Sailor Saturn, Jack Sparrow, and a whole ton of onigiri.
Petra:
Do you dance, sing or play mewsical instruments, nya?
Lucy:
I have never really been a person who likes dancing or feels confident dancing, but I’d always loved the idea of social dancing, something much more fun and romantic than grinding or just swaying like an awkward middle schooler. I’m really out of place at raves, for instance, but I love swing dancing. I started going to swing club at school, and I’ve been having a great time with it and really learning. Plus, I get some exercise for a change. I also want to learn more of the waltz and some salsa.
I do sing, but I’m not as good as my sister. She takes voice lessons and everything, and she’ll probably be a star one day or something, and I’ll mooch off of her. I used to play piano when I was younger, but then I stopped, and… forgot how to read sheet music. This is really bad, since I can basically play by ear, so there’s really no hope of me learning to read again.
It takes a bit of lengthy explanation to connect these two things, so I won’t go into detail, but my dad can play so many instruments, it seems like he knows them all. Violin, viola, cello, mandolin, wood flute, recorder, penny-whistle, piano, banjo, bagpipes… It’s crazy. You’d think coming from such a musical upbringing that I’d know how to play something but… I just love to sing.
Petra:
Your worldly cultural tastes include the Japanese, French, Spanish & UK arts. Have you visited those or other countries, nya?
Lucy:
Well, when I was in 3rd grade, I went to visit my cousins who live in Mallorca (pronounced “Ma-YOR-ka”), an island off the coast of Spain, but that’s the only time I’ve been to anywhere in Europe. It’s so beautiful, though, and I really hope to go back and visit more of Europe someday.
I went to Japan when I was in 7th grade with my Japanese class, and it was amazing, but I was a difficult teenager back then, and I’d really like to go back now that I’m just a little bit wiser. Allison and I have a deal that she, a French-speaker, will help travel around France with me, and I, a Japanese-speaker, will help travel around Japan with her.
Petra:
What about your culinary tastes- what are your favorite foods, nya?
Lucy:
Okonomiyaki, chicken parmesan, homemade pie (apple, blueberry, or cherry are the best), shrimp, and mushrooms. I give a different answer every time, though, so I think I really just need to sit down and seriously think about this some time.
Petra:
SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) is a purrestigious place. Do you have any famous purrofessors there, nya?
Lucy:
I probably do, but… I really don’t know. It’s pretty ridiculous that I go to the school and don’t know any of the professors, but I just finished my first year there, and I only took foundation classes so far. What I do know is that nearly all the teachers are people who have worked in the fields in which they teach, and though I can name a few people who teach classes in the Sequential Art department, I don’t know who they are or what they’ve done… I need to do my research!
Petra:
What advise might you have for someone wishing to attend SCAD, nya?
Lucy:
Just keep trying your best in high school. Don’t worry about getting the best grades in the whole wide world, but just focus on actually learning. Grades and standardized tests aren’t going to help you at all, but the things you actually learn and take in will be what matter. Oh, also, it’s really expensive, so a lot of people just get their general education credits done at a community college, and then transfer here. Either do that, or get a few AP credits if you want to save money.
Petra:
Thank you for the sage advice and for this intermew oppurrtunity, nya! That’s all for this portion, but right after the short break, we will re-unite Lucy, Thais, Natalia & Allison for the last group bit, so please don’t go away, nya!
(snip) (one short break later…)

An Intermew with Child-Eating Books Studio, Part 6!

Mike:
Welcome back to The Mew, where we have re-grouped in the park’s Wisteria Purrvillion for the final segment of  our special intermew with artists of Child-Eating Books Studio!

Nyanko:
What are y’all’s career aspurrations, and hopes for the future of C.E.B.S?
Natalia:
I would love to someday be an animator, and make my own independent feature-length animated films. But if that can’t be possible, then I would want to find something artistic that I would equally enjoy doing. For CEBS, I would only hope that we continue working together at Animazement every year, and have a load of fun in the process!
Lucy:
I really just want a career that I can enjoy, as I’m sure anyone else would, but anything creative would be good for me. Ideally, a concept artist, character designer, storyboard artist, manga author/ artist, or a costume designer. Quite a long list, I know. My hopes for Child-Eating Books is just that we can continue to work together at Animazement every year, since my school schedule seems to be getting in the way. It runs pretty late into May.
Thais:
C.E.B.S. just needs to keep improving. As individuals we need to keep working to better our art and to reach our target audience. I’m still not sure what I’ll end up doing once I graduate from State  but I’d like to do something in the veins of illustration.
Allison:
I would just like for us to continue being in the Animazement artist alley for awhile. It would be nice to check out other conventions too, so even a summer going from convention to convention would be fun.
Petra:
Aside from Animazement, what other events like cons, shows, festivals, fairs might you attend?
Allison:
I don’t attend much else. I would like to visit more cons in the future though!
Natalia:
Sadly, I don’t have that much money yet to be able to attend multiple cons or festivals as much as I would like to. So, it’s been just Animazement for the past 7 years and the first Cami Con at the Cameron Village Library last year. But I do hope I can make it to a Comic Con and some other conventions someday!
Thais:
I would love to go to Comic con and Otakon- there are so many cons I would love to experience if I had the means to do so.
Lucy:
I attended Momocon for the first time this past Spring, and in September, I plan to attend AWA for the first time as well! Maybe there will be more in the future, but I’m super cheap, so we’ll see.
Jeannie:
What creative or academic advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Allison:
Academic: Study. Do homework. Read the books your teacher assigns. Be your own boss. Have goals, and learn about what it takes to reach those goals. If you want to go to college, it’s not enough to say “I want to go here.” Learn what it takes to go there and work for it. Check out other artists and art forms. Inspiration comes from everywhere and you can learn new techniques from other artists.
Lucy:
Don’t let artists who are better than you get you down. I never really realized how many people do this, but when they see amazing artwork, they get really bummed out that they’re not as good, or that they never will be, instead of getting inspired to work harder and become better (which is what I do when I see artwork like that). There’s no use wasting your time feeling bad like that. Besides, isn’t artwork like that supposed to make you feel good and fill you with awe? It must be disappointing for the artists, too, if you react that way!

Thais:
Your art should be your own, get inspired by other artists, go to museums and look and different techniques, be a sponge. Then go back and try different things until you succeed. Don’t ever give up, you may get down or discouraged, have someone you can go to to lift you back up again, grab that pencil, brush, or mouse and keep at it.

Natalia:
Keep at it. There is always room for improvement, even in the most professional of artists. And don’t be disheartened by someone else’s work, but aspire to emulate the qualities that you like about their work in your own work. Academically, I’m probably not the best person to give advice, haha.
Take as many art classes as possible, including art history courses. These classes may be life drawing, or painting, or something you may not necessarily enjoy, but they will help in the long run to make your own style of art better. And for artists who really like drawing only one particular thing or style, make sure that you learn to draw all sorts of stuff! Even if there are things you don’t like to draw, learn to draw them! Because that will help you improve in so many ways, and maybe you’ll even learn to enjoy drawing those things too.
Mary Nyan:
Do you have any business advice for artists?

Lucy:
Ah, gosh, I could really use some business advice! :)
Thais:
Don’t hesitate, just go for it. Of course planning and keeping in mind deadlines is a must, you have to stay organized and having friends and team members helps a lot in keeping each other  focused with those goals.
Natalia:
it’s always a risk, but don’t be afraid to fail, because that’s the best way to learn how to succeed. It’s happened to me more than once, especially when trying to sell stuff at Artist Alley. So be encouraged!
Allison:
Try, try again. Pay attention to trends. Don’t get discouraged. Look at what others are doing—how can you make your booth more appealing? How can you market yourself and your art better?
Natalia:
Yes, learn from your peers, look around and see how the other tables are doing. That may give you a few clues to how to improve your own work, or display, or even pricing. Simple things like that really help!
Yvonne:
Thank you for visiting us, and we hope to see y’all later at tonight’s luau, nya!
Lucy & Allison:
Thank you for inviting us!
Natalia:
A luau? Oh boy, I do love a good party!
Thais:
Absoluaulutely!
The Cat Lady Sings…

Nyanko:
Well then, I guess that wraps it up for another edition of The Mew!

Elizabeth:
We wish to thank Thais, Natalia, Lucy & Allison for being our our Special Guests–

Yvonne:
– and to our friend Kaiser for another mewsic review, nya!
Petra:
And thanks to our web master Jamie for all of his hard work, nya!

Jeannie:
Hai, and thanks to all those folks who made the neat stuff we reviewed.
Mary Nyan:
If y’all have polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them, purrvided that such remarks are brief, spam-free, and stay on-topic!

Mike:
Thanks for watching, y’all! We’ll be back with more next month! Be there… Aloha!

The Catgirls:
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! Baibai, nya!

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2 Responses to “October 2010 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings”

  1. Elginive Says:

    Thanks for recommending us Jeannie, that’s very cool and we appreciate it! :)

    • jamiecotc Says:

      On behalf of the cast & crew of The Mew, y’all are very welcome and we wish you continued brilliant artistry & storytelling with your web comic Flycoren Kausim!

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