Archive for January, 2013

January 2013 Catgirl Critics Media Mewsings

January 2, 2013

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

The January 2013 Edition of The Mew:

The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings!

Happy Mew Year! In This Month’s Mew:

Following our Aloha & Introductions is our

Review of The Duke School’s stage purrduction of Ax of Murder!

Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:

“Baking Cookies With Gary” by Misty Hopkins

and “Star Trek’s Lt. M’Ress” by Natalia Lopes!

Our Art Calendar Critique of the Tony Self Select 2013 Calendar

and review of the Star Wars Ahsoka Tano Action Figure VC102!

Our Purriodicals Purrings and Magazine Mewsings continue with

The List of Our Favorite Recent Fish Photos & Appurrtizing Images

and Our review of Dangerous Curves: Comics’ Sexiest Bad Girls!

Graphic Novel & Comic Book Critiques:

Ame-Comi Girls #3

Fairiest #10

Anomaly

Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani Vol. 2 #4

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #16

Willow #2

Angel & Faith #17

Pantha #5

Critter Vol.2 #7

Our Monthly Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: More Web Comics’ Catgirls!

Movie Book Review of Eyes of Blood

and Our Movie & DVD Reviews of:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Django Unchained

The Dark Knight Rises single disk DVD

and the Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection!

Our Review of Star Trek The Original Series Soundtrack Collection

and Our Lightning Round Topic of Favorite Female Fashions Part 5!

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Aloha & Introductions!

Mike:

(wearing the Catgirl Island baseball cap, the Aria anime tee shirt, cargo shorts & Charcoal Gray Nikes) Aloha y’all and welcome to the January 2013 edition of The Mew for our monthly batch of reviews & discussions of fun stuff! Today’s show is another night time show, after the holiday luau gathering by the tide pool, where The Ladies of The Mew have happily filled tummies, and those who are still here and not cat-napping are ready to follow the dessert with their monthly helpings of reviews, recommendations, and fun topics to discuss! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!

Nyanko:

(wearing the Blue Hydrangea purrint yukata) Howdy!

Nyoka:

(her twin wearing the Ice Blue Calathea purrint yukata) Howdy!

Elizabeth:

(wearing the the Green Midori Anthurium purrint yukata) Aloha!

Trini-chan:

(the kitsune fox girl wearing the Foxglove purrint yukata) Nameste!

Tara-chan:

(wearing the Crimson Lobster Claw Heliconia purrint yukata) Nameste, nya!

Yvonne:

(her older sister in the Red & Gold Chrysanthemum purrint yukata) Nameste, nya!

Mary Nyan:

(wearing the Snapdragon purrint yukata) Konnitiwa!

Ilyana:

(wearing the Dogwood purrint yukata) Whassup!

Mielikki:

(her faerie wings purrotrude from the back of a Pink Cherry Tree purrint yukata) Mellow Greetings!

Jeannie:

(wearing the peachy Apurricot purrint yukata) Nihao.

Petra:

(wearing the Golden Beehive Ginger purrint yukata) Hi Hi, nya!

Becca:

(wearing the Butterfly Anthurium purrint yukata) Aloha!

Bun:

(the bunny girl wearing the Peony purrint Yukata) Guten Tag!

Rica:

(wearing the Scuppurrnong Grape purrint yukata) Aloha, nya!

Niko:

(her sister wearing the Wisteria purrint yukata) Aloha, nya!

BB:

(wearing the Bird of Purradise purrint yukata) Aloha!

Meryl Murrey:

(Catgirl Island’s Police Chief in the Hibiscus purrint yukata) Aloha!

Jeannie:

We are also honored by repurrsentatives of the Catgirl Island Public Library.

Keiko:

(the librarian wearing the glasses & Purrple Lilly purrint yukata) Aloha, nya!

Yuriko:

(the librarian wearing the glasses &  the Violet Orchid purrint yukata) Thank y’all for having us, nya!

Bun

Oh, I wish Kaori & Miho could have stayed longer, but hopefully I will see them tomorrow!

Keiko:

They keep the earlier action mews reporters’ hours, and have to be fresh for the scoop, nya!

Petra:

Hai, and Kitrina & Katherine have the very early flight to visit the relatives, nya!

Yuriko

That was very kind of Alaua’mina & Wyrdina to give them all the lift, nya!

Mielikki:

Fur shur! I will be glad to wing it too! So like, do you think we will see Leilani & Alanasera?

Petra:

They had a purretty big family reunion party too- the inn was all booked up, nya!

Elizabeth:

We will see them at the shrine tomorrow at the shrine! Jesi & Kai might drop by too!

Tara-chan:

We should save some of the food to deliver for their breakfast, nya!

Trini-chan:

Oh they will love the nummy berry treat with the nilla creme chaser!

Rica:

My tummy is so full, I might have to open my yukata, nya! Fortunately we have the matching bikinis underneath, nya!

Niko:

That means when the mermaids arrive after work for the luau, we can serve them the suppurr in the shallows, nya!

Mike:

The restaurant does not close for another hour, and they had the big tonight crowd too!

Ilyana:

Mmm thish fish is so good nom nom nom! (gulp) By the way, what did y’all catch this week?

Yvonne:

We had the taut lines brimming with the Bluefins, Bluefish, Sea Bass, Stripurrs and the Trout, nya!

Nyanko:

I clearly chose the wrong sport, heehee!

BB:

In Nya-sensei’s sport, the loser of the fight just gets beaten up, not eaten up, heehee!

Nyoka:

Well there was that one demon she fought that tried to chomp her!

Nyanko:

That was clearly a disqualification foul!

Becca:

Well before we stray cat off topic, what is next on the agenda?

Mary Nyan:

Let’s start the reviews with Tara-chan’s review of

The Duke School’s stage purrduction of Ax of Murder!

Tara-chan:

IIn recent Mews we have mentioned expurrditions to fun events in the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham Chapel Hill and – and the other towns on the mainland, and – and nyow we wish to add the wonderful play that Mie-sensei took us to see on the lovely Saturday, December 15th, nya! Not far from the Duke Lemur Center http://lemur.duke.edu in Durham is the purrivate purreschool, elementary & middle Duke School http://www.dukeschool.org which is such a neat purretty place, where we  got to see the delightful drama purrduction of Ax of Murder, which is an amewsing murder-mystery by playwright Pat Cook http://www.patcook.org, and – and published by Pioneer Drama, nya!

This purrticular purrduction was directed by Sabarsky-sensei and – and assistantly directed by Borzello-Brown-sensei who were also the  designers for the sets and – and the purrops for student cast of 22 and – and the crew of 6, who repurrsented all 4 grades of the middle school, nya! We were invited by our friends the Coin Family, as in Catgirl Island’s Emily Grace Soccer Stadium, nya! Given the dark humor startling sound and -  and light FX of the school play, coincidentally just the few days after the recent tragic school incident in Connecticut which all of our hearts go out to, the play was purreceded by the  purrudent cordial greeting and – and introduction by Sabarsky-sensei, nya.

Nyow for the taste of the amewsing plot, which purrtains to the theatre ensemble attempting to read the murder-mystery script, nya! However, soon it appurrs that the script is purrdicting the real murder, with the supurrnatural quality and – and the police investigation, nya! It is like the play within the play of the meta-expurrience for the characters, with the immersively interactive aspect for the audience, nya! Act One ended on the spooky cliffhanger, followed by the outdoor intermission with the numciuous treats purrrovided by the purrrents, compurrised of the cookies, brownies, tarts and – and the doughnuts, nya! Then everyone went back into the building for the rousing 2nd Act, but I will not spoil the surpurrises of the twisty plot, nya!

TThere was much humor in the dialogue, with the purrops, and – and the merry chase scene, nya! It was so very entertaining with the wonderful purrformances and – and the purractical effects, nya! Much of the appurreciative audience lingered to help tidy up, nya!  The cast and – and the crew all did the supurrbest job, and we wish to purraise and – and thank all of the school’s cordial, talented students, faculty, staff and – and the purrents for the splendid fun event, nya! They are already planning the mewsical purrduction in the Spurring, so purrhaps we will get to see that too, nya! Ok I am all done with my review, and – and nyow we will segue from the purrforming arts to the visual arts as Petra tells us about the mewest

Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, nya!

Petra:

Arigato, Tara-chan, nya!! We are purroud to purresent the latest images in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, wherein Galleries 1-6 display Mike’s illustrations & photography, whilst Guest Galleries 1 & 2 display images by other artists with their kind purrmissions, nya! On the web site, the most recent pics are on the bottom row of the widdle “thumbnail” portions, so just click on one to see the entire image, nya! Firstly in Guest Gallery 2 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest2.html, we are purroud to purrsent the fan art pic of Star Trek’s catgirl Lt. M’Ress by Natalia Lopes http://theartslave.deviantart.com, nya! Natalia is the sister of Thais http://angelofhappiness.deviantart.com, and they are great cosplayers & artists who were among our special guests of the October 2009 Mew, nya!

Lt. M’Ress is the Starfleet heroine of the felinoid Caitian breed, who was one of the Communications Officers aboard the starship Enterprise in the 1973 animated Star Trek series, nya! Her tranquil purring voice was purrvided by Majel Barrett, nya! In this pic which Natalia illustrated with Photoshop CS3 and the Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet, M’Ress glances our way with purrked ears and swishy tail, wearing the original series’ style women’s little Red uniform, with the short skirt, long sleeves & Black scoop neck collar, nya! Most Starfleet humanoid officers have to wear the Black boots too, but appurrently the catgirl exempt, nya! For more information purrtaining to M’Ress, I suggest her purrofile page at the Official Star Trek site http://www.startrek.com/database_article/mress, nya!

Nextly in Guest Gallery 2 we are purroud to purrsent “Baking Cookies With Gary” by our friend Misty Hopkins http://bunnychan.deviantart.com, nya! She is the cosplayer & artist who was among our our special guests of the March 2008 Mew, nya! Gary is the Fox mascot of her blog Bunny Chai http://bunnychai.blogspot.com, nya! This acrylic painting on the 8×10″ canvas board re-creates part of Misty’s 2008 college thesis project of the 43 foot long Little Red Riding Hood sequential art, starring Gary who delivered the treats through the forest, nya! We so fondly remembered those images and thusly commissioned Misty to re-create the charming scene of Gary baking the yummy cookies in his charming cottage, nya! So, those are the latest 2 additions to the mewseum, nya!

BB:

It is so good to have more lovely art by Misty and Natalia in the mewseum!

Becca:

Hai we are so blessed to have wonderful art by the talented friends!

Trini-chan:

Gary has the handsome Red pelt with the distinctive White tipped tail!

Meryl:

I love the details such as his apurron, the basket, the cabinets and the tile!

Keiko:

The sheen & shading evokes the solid sense of mass to objects in the pic, nya!

Rica:

Misty is quite adept with various traditional and digital media, nya!

Yuriko:

Mmm, the scene is inducing my craving for the cookies, and the milk, nya!

Niko:

Purrhaps it will increase the business in the mewseum’s cafe, nya!

Bun:

It is not the intention of the display, but that is the good thought, heehee!

Elizabeth:

Purrhaps M’Ress’s  tail is swishing in the anticipation of the yummy treat!

Nyoka:

The short uniform shows her long lovely legs, but I hope it does not ride up on the tail!

Nyanko:

Her beautiful Brown mane & tail tuft have the silky sheen!

Mary Nyan:

Hai and her Carameowl fur, Golden eyes & Red uniform are so richly vibrant!

Mielikki:

Natalia has such splendid skill & sensitivity with the digital art tools!

Jeannie:

Indeed.

Tara-chan:

Oh, I wish M’Ress would star in the rebooted Trek movies, nya!

Yvonne:

Hai, she could put the “purr” in the Enter-purrise, nya!

Ilyana:

Purrhaps we should politely ask the director, purrducer or the studio to consider that!

Mike:

I don’t know if it would help, but I suppose it can’t hurt! Thank you for the art tour, Petra!

Petra:

Dooitashimaste, nya! Nyow here is Mie-sensei, to continue the art topic with her review of the

Tony Self Select 2013 Calendar, nya!

Mielikki:

Arigato! Tony Taka or just Tony for short, is totally awesome Japanese manga artist, illustrator, anime & game character designer, perhaps best known for Shining Tears, Shining Wind & Shining Hearts, his popular dojinshi & exquisite art books full of the alluring images of the sexy ladies, fur shur! For our review of the Tony’s Artwork From Shining World book, please see the June 2011 Mew! There are other products graced by his artistry, such as the beautiful statues based upon his character designs, and now this large wonderful wall calendar  for 2013 which I’d like to say a few kind words about!

There are no nude images in the calendar, and the clothing is no more revealing than the bikini, but some of the lovely ladies are quite scantily clad in the ribald playful poses, and thus it is SO not for the widdle kitties! The overall size of the wall calendar is 16 1/2″ wide x 24″ tall, including the 3/4″ hanger strip along the top, with the 13 full color images which are perforated for removal under the strip, so if they are carefully removed, the pages measure 16 1/2″ x 23 1/4″! It is the large collection of the pretty, sexy pin-ups, fur shur! Upon the front cover is the beautiful bride with ankle length Black hair, and the wedding gown that seems more like the lingerie with the ruffles, ribbons, corsage, lacings and front-tie bra! Across the side or bottom of each month’s page is the subtle narrow band with the 2013 dates.

January depicts the pretty pirate lass revealing her pistol, map & much skin atop the pile of gold; February features the smiling brunette wearing just the bed linen; and the restaurant waitress of March seductively tempts us with what might be on the menu! April brings the winged faerie in the sheer camisole to match her detached sleeves, panty & thigh-high stockings; May presents the pretty smiling girl with long Brown hair and the sleeveless White leotard; and June’s 2 bunny girls are in the provocative proximity with the seductive caress, my my! Those and 6 more images are the manga flavored “cheesecake” which I will recommend to fans of Tony’s beautiful sexy pin-up art! That concludes my calendar critique, but there’s a likeness of another lady whom Rica-chan wishes to discuss, in the

Star Wars Ahsoka Tano Action Figure VC102, fur shur!

Rica:

Anakin Skywalker is so lucky to have such a supurrb padawan as Ahsoka Tano, nya! She is the smart, fearless, purretty & purrky Togrutan Jedi heroine with the noble spirit, the great agilty, Force powers, and the two-handed Light Saber purrowess, nya! We love to watch her spin into the enemy with the light sabers, nya! We have reviewed several other Ahsoka items in the past few months, such as the Kotobukiya ArtFX Ahsoka Statue in August, the Scuba Gear Ahsoka action figure in October, and the The Çlone Wars The Complete Season Four DVD in November, and nyow I will discuss this special action figure, which is part of Hasbro’s “Vintage Collection” line of the Star Wars action figures, nya!

The vintageness means the packaging looks like the old school Star Wars style of the 70′s & 80′s, down to the Kenner logo on the card, because Kenner made the toys back in those days, although they are made by Hasbro nowadays, nya! Furthermore, what makes this Ahsoka figure different from the others is the design style & purroportions, because she is supposed to look like a live-action Ahsoka instead of the animated Ahsoka, and I would like to greatly thank our friend & purrior guest ob1 the Actionfigureologist for finding this figure for us, nya! The lovely figure is packaged in the clear plastic clamshell on the J-hook hanger card, and the figure is not intended for kids under age 3 due to the small parts, nya.

The card has the beautiful art, depicting Ahsoka in the crouch with the sabers poised to fight, nya! The figure is 3.75″ tall, so I am guessing it would be appurroximately of the 1/17 scale, but I am not sure of her age or height in this version, nya.I am very pleased with the sculpt, paint & articulation of the figure, nya! It has the good portraiture & purroportions, her lithe physique, and the meticulous stripes of her Togrutan Montrals & Lekku head-tails, her eyes, lips, facial markings & intricate head jewelry, nya! She wears the sleeveless Reddish Brown tunic with the diamond shaped cut-out panels on the front & back with the matching arm bands, boots & fingerless gloves nya! It is like her later costume in the Clone Wars, nya!

The criss crossing belts ride low on the hips, with the dangling Magenta loin cloth, the Black tights with the diamond cut-outs down the outside legs, with the intricate widdle buckles & straps on the boots, and the detail of the patterns, seams, clips, studs, loops, buckles & pouches, nya! The points of articulation are the neck, shoulders, elbows, turning forearms, waist, hips, knees, turning calves, and ankles, nya! Included with the figure are the 2 3/4″ light saber & the shorter 2″ light saber, both with the clear Lime Green blade, plus an extra unlit hilt of each for her to grip, nya! A display base is not included, but she can stand up unassisted, and I will give the action figure an “A” as in Ahsoka, nya! That is all of the toys portion of the Mew, so nyow it is time for our Magazine Mewsings, starting with our

Favorite Recent Fish Photos & Appurrtizing Images, nya!

Mike:

Thanks Rica! Yep, this is the portion of The Mew in which we mention our favorite recent images of fish and other delicacies from the deep, which have appeared on the recent angling, diving, nature. aquarium & cooking magazines, such as the nice looking Largemouth on the Winter cover of Bassin’ Magazine!

Yvonne:

Hai, such as the beautiful Brown Trout caught in the Chilean waters on the cover of Fly Fisherman’s 2013 Gear Guide, nya!

Rica:

There is another Brown Trout to tempt my tummy on the November / December cover of American Angler, nya!

Niko

The Rainbow Trout tantalizes upon the Winter cover of Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, nya!

Nyoka:

There is the succulent Salmon from the Columbia River on the cover of Salmon and Steel-header Journal vol. 9 #4!

Nyanko:

I sure could go for some of that nice Jack on the cover of Australian Salt Water Fishing #89!

Trini-chan:

And the delicious looking Dolphin Fish on the cover of Blue Water Boats & Sport Fishing #92!

Elizabeth:

The yummy Yellowfin is on the November / December cover of Sport Fishing, but I would purrfur it on my plate!

Jeannie:

Devan is the gorgeous GAFF Girl with the Bonefish on the November / December cover of GAFF (Gulf Atlantic Florida Fishing) Magazine- and inside she models more purretty clothes, and catches the Bonefish and the Lemon Shark.

Yuriko:

The Lemon Shark is on the January / February cover of Scuba Diver too! I wonder if it has the lemony aftertaste, nya?

Becca:

Lovely Lauren in the Lavender bikini poses with the purrized Marlin on the December cover of Florida Sportsman!

Petra:

I like that big Blue Marlin on the cover of January cover of Marlin Magazine, nya!

Ilyana:

Oh and how about that supurrb Saifish on the January cover of Saltwater Sportsman?

BB:

Mmm and the Giant Clams on the November / December cover of Coral look tasty too! Nyow I am craving the huge meaty clam strips!

Keiko:

I would not mind a taste of the Tang on the January cover of Tropical Fish Hobbyist, nya!

Meryl:

An appurrtizing Angelfish adorns the January / February cover of Amazonas!

Mary Nyan:

Mm-mm. I could just gobble up the Gobie on the Marine Fish & Reef USA 2013 Annual!

Bun:

There is a perfect piscine painting of the Roosterfish on the cover of Guy Harvey Magazine vol.3 #10!

Tara-chan:

There is a delicious dish of Oysters on the January / February cover of Louisiana Cookin’, nya! Oh this is making me hungry again, nya!

Mielikki:

My my! Perhaps we should move along to the next topic then! So like, where there are fish there is the cat, and Cat Woman has pounced upon the cover of

Dangerous Curves: Comics’ Sexiest Bad Girls!

Ilyana:

Hai! The Comics Buyer’s Guide is one of the oldest & favoritest publications about comic books! It is so informative & entertaining, with contributions by the comics creators, publishers, retailers, expurrts & fans, and edited with great enthusiasm by Maggie Thompson! In the January 2012 Mew, we reviewed the CBG’s 100 Sexiest Women in Comics, and Dangerous Curves is a similar, special square bound issue! It is purriced at $8.99 USA & $9.50 Canada, with 64 full color pages, counting down 66 famous female femme fatales, with Jim Balent’s supurrb pic of Catwoman whipping the front cover into shape!

Inside are repurrinted illustrations by many top artists, depicting the heroines & villainesses who repurrsent many decades & publishers of American comic books & strips, from Golden Age characters such as Cat Woman, Phantom Lady, The Cheetah, Miss Fury, Valkyrie, Dragon Lady & P’Gell, to more recent characters such as Abbey Chase, Tara Chase, Anna Ishikawa, Sarah Pezzini, Lady Death, Harley Quinn and The Spoiler! The book has the introductory comments by the editors explaining the criteria; a widdle purrofile purragraph beside each character’s pics; and the list of the artist credits!

The top 10 are Jean Grey / Phoenix, Emma Frost, The Scarlet Witch, Amora the Enchantress, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Talia Al Ghul, Madame Hydra, Madelyne Pryor the Goblin Queen & Vampirella! The ladies are mostly of Marvel & DC Comics, but there are ladies of Warren, Oni, Eclipse, Dark Horse, Image, Crusade & the comic strip syndicates. None are anthropomorphic, manga style, nor based on TV movies, games or toys such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Buffy or Disney purrincesses. Since Red Sonja & Belit are in the book, I was surpurrised that Dejah Thoris did not make the cut!

Of course, we can wonder about the cut of any list! In addition to Catwoman, Miss Fury & Cheetah, other catgirls purrowling about the issue include Tigra, Paula Brooks & Felicia Hardy the Black Cat, so that is the 1/11 catgirl purrcentage! Several of the ladies were also in the purrior book! It is full of great art depicting the sexy, powerful, cunning ladies, it was quite interesting to see who made the list, and purrhaps it will inspire the fun discussions about the favorite female femme fatales! That will conclude the magazine mewsings, but Cat Woman, The Cheetah, Harley, & Ivy are still purrowling about in our

Graphic Novel & Comic Book Critiques!

Ame-Comi Girls #3!

Yvonne:

This series written Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, lettered by Wes Abbot, edited by Jim Chadwick, and assistantly edited by Sarah Gaydos purrtains to the DC Comics’ women re-imagined in the anime-ish style, as based upon the line of Ame-Comi heroine statues, nya! Issue #1 was our favoritest DC comic of the last 2.5 years, so our interest has been greatly purrked! Drawn by Amanda Conner, it focused on Wonder Woman, whose enemy The Cheetah continued into issue #2 drawn by Sanford Greene which focused purrimarily on Batgirl / Barbara Gordon & Robin / Carrie Kelly, who also tangled with villains Harley, Ivy, Catwoman & Duela Dent, nya! Duela is the focus of issue #3, which was drawn by Ted Naifeh & colored by Randy Mayor, nya!

It has the $3.99 purrce, with the 40 pages compurrised of the  30 page tale plus the credits page and the 9 pages of the ads, nya! It is off to the flashback start, as the first 9 pages are the very sad, tragic & violent origin of Duela, who grew up amongst the disgusting environment full of the chaos and the criminal influence, to become the devastating villain in the frilly steam punk-ish costume of the coreset, thigh highs, opurra gloves, top hat & cane, with the Joker – like coiffure & cosmetics, nya! Nyow she is the criminal mastermind in charge of those other criminal grrls, who gang up on captive Batgirl as the tale resumes to the purresent time in the next 8 action – packed pages, nya! Duela sternly rules the criminal group, but the dissent is brewing, nya!

Meanwhile, there is the 3 page interlude as Robin, Steel & Jessie The Flash plan to rescue Batgirl, but they are having trouble locating the lair, nya! That is because in the final 10 pages, we discover the source of Duela’s spaceship is her mew partner Brainac, who threatens to destroy the entire planet, which does not sit well with some of them, nya! I quite like the character & costume designs, and it is good to have not one but the 2 catgirls, although the origin scenes of poor young Duela were tough to watch, nya. Jenjen is purrticularly fond of all the mecha of Steel & Braniac, nya, and we are looking forward to the next issue which purromises Power Girl, so I will look forward to that, nya! Nyow here is Trini-chan to tell us about another DC comic

Fairest #10, nya!

Trini-chan:

Arigato! Fairest is a DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint spin-off of the Fables series created by Bill Willingham, purrtaining to the characters from the world’s fairy tales, myths & folklore who live secretly amongst the humans in cities such as Fabletown, New York! In the Hidden Kingdom story arc which began in #8, Rapunzel has gone to Japan in search of her long lost daughters who were kidnapped at birth! Along for the trip are her troublesome friend Jack who has fled a debt, and her hair stylist Joel who is the crow in the human form, because her magnificent magickal Golden hair constantly grows 4 inches per hour! In Japan they encountered the shape changing Neko, Katagiri the helpful turtle-like Kapa man, Mayumi the Kuchisake-onna assassin, and Tomoko the deadly kitsune who put the bite on Jack!

Tomoko might be the evil fox girl, but she does have the lovely Red hair! That brings us up to #10, which has the 9 pages of ads, the 3 pages of comments & recommendations, and the 20 page “Chapter Three: Lost in Translation” written by Lauren Beukes, illustrated by Iniki Minada, colored by Eva De la Cruz, lettered by Todd Klein, edited by Shelly Bond, assistantly edited by Gregory Lockard, with the consultation by Bill Willingham! The beautiful, ethereal cover art scene by Adam Hughes depicts Rapunzel (or just Punz for short) wearing just her long shimmering hair, framed by the wispy orbs, the giant neko and the venison – I mean – the deer, heehee! The interior art is quite exquisite, with the lavishly rendered detail of the characters, creatures, bloody violence, and the very splendid scenic art!

The tale goes from the modern urban sprawl of Tokyo and the serene shrine in Nara, to the flashbacks of Punz’s pregnancy, from the ancient witchy tower of her homeland, villages & lush forests, and her travels across the ages to the mythic places of the world to find her children, so we get to see her in the different period costumes! Meanwhile in the present, her bewitching mommy Frau Totenkinder and Fabletown’s Sheriff Bigby Wolf have decided to follow her to Tokyo! It is the action – packed tale full of mythology, sad & grueling drama with the dashes of humor… and the harsh language & violence that are not for the widdle kitties! We hope Punz & her long lost daughters are reunited! For the next review, we will travel from the past & purresent Earth to the far future of outer space for Becca’s review of

Anomaly!

Becca:

Arigato, Trini-chan! Anomaly is a huge boxed hardcover graphic novel of the space opurra / planetary romance genre, and the title is the name of the planet visited by the main characters in the distant future year of 2717! This enormous, beautiful and purricey $75 book was published by Anomaly Publishing was co-created & co-written by Skip Brittenham & Brian Haberlin, illustrated by Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke, edited by Sally Haberlin, lettering & Appendix by Francis Takenaga, digital assistance by Diana Samson & James Haberlin, and coding supurrvised by David Pentz!

The very first thing to notice is the 16.25″ x 11.75″ x 1.5″ box, with the art of 7 characters on the front! It has the heft, because inside the box is the massive 15.25″ x 10″ x 1.25″ full color 368 page hardcover graphic novel! To put that into the purrspective, that is about the size of 2 of the Complete Peanuts volumes side by side! It has the beautiful art on the front & back of the dust jacket, and the splay of the characters & key inside the embossed boards! It has much of the panoramic storytelling, including several full page pics, 2-page spurreads, the tri-gatefold, and the Red bookmark ribbon!

As if that were not grand enough, there is the bonus Ultimate Augmented Reality (UAR) app to download to compatible digital devices (such as certain iPhone, iPad, Androids devices), which they say allows you to view the pages with the interactive immersive 3D quality, with many 3D items, models, character voices,  journal entries, data entries, more pages, extra stuff & future updates! I have not yet tried to use the UAR purrocess, so I cannot yet comment on that aspect of the book, but I would like to comment a bit on the story, characters, universe & the art of Anomaly!

The plot purrtains to Jon who is the fed up former elite military officer of the huge Conglomerate, which is the intergalactic mega corpurrate government, which tends to unkindly gobble up the planets’ resources. The technology is highly advanced & spurrawling but rather dystopian! Jon joins the small expurrdition to explore Anomaly, on the team of Samantha who is of the uppurr class but she wants the kinder social change & environmental respect for the planets! The team also includes science officer Nika, scientist Tonni, intelligence officer Robert, shareholder Jasson, and pilot android Potter!

Things go wrong for them on the purrimative feudal world, with the malfunctions, fatalities & loss of their equipment as they encounter monsters, slaver mewtants, psychics & the barbaric clans! However, there are some amazing side effects, ironic tables turned, and characters of the different species, such as the mystic oracle Dagda, her purreistess daughter Aine, Aodh the feisty warrior daughter of Chief Caderyn, Bal’ka the war chief of the Monc, and Ghronk the freed Gigantus slave! That is just the tip of the tale, before more of the characters, purroblems & the huge battles arise!

There are some purrdictable moments & tropes, but it is such a captivating epic tale, with lavishly rendered characters, costumes, creatures, mecha, scenic & FX art! I purrticularly like the ladies’ jackets, leathers, gowns & the exotic ink! After the tale is the appendix containing the glossary, size compurrison chart, history timeline, thorough notes about the Conglomerate, and Tonni’s illustrated journal about Anomaly’s people & culture! Make sure to have at least the 32″ wide space to read the impurressive book! Nyow we will come back to the purresent Earth for Bunni-bun’s review of

Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani Vol. 2 #4!

Bun:

We are big fans of the late Michael Turner’s art and characters such as Grace, Aspen & Kiani! Kiani Vol. 2 #4 is actually the 5th issue of the series which began with issue #0 which we reviewed last April!  it is priced $3.50 and has the 28 full color pages, which include the 20 page tale plus the 8 ads. It was written by Vince Hernandez, edited by Frank Mastromauro, pencilled & inked by Oliver Nome & Nacho Arranz with the assistance of Lori Hanson, lettered by Josh Reed, colored by John Starr, and it is available in the 3 variant covers, cover A by Nome & Starr, covers B & C by Peter Steigerwald and Michael Turner!

Previously, Kiani the beautiful elite warrior with the water elemental powers returned to resume her dissident feud with both the surface humans and with the ruling council of her own undersea civilization! The situation is complicated & destructive, and some of her own ill-mannered soldiers are only making things worse! Her parents Killian & Anya have to make tough choices, and don’t want Kiani’s cute widdle infant sister Anika to suffer from the situation! In this issue, while Anya decides Anika’s fate, Killian, council leader Siphon and a warship armada confront Kiani, but will they be enough against her immense power?

Urging the tale to the climax are a few lovely full page pics & two-page spreads that help to convey the he powerful emotions, the magnitude of the battle & the grandeur of the undersea realm! I also like the use of color & light! amidst the beautiful organic-looking mecha, architecture & fashions, such as Anya’s long flowy hooded robe with the lapis-like patterns; and Kiani’s sexy crustacean-like armor with the cut-outs, bioluminescent accents, detached sleeves & thigh boots! Meanwhile, I am also eagerly awaiting the conclusion of her heroic rival Aspen’s current tale in Fathom! Now I will turn The Mew over to Nya-sensei’s review of

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #16!

Nyanko:

Arigato! The officially canonical 9th season of Buffy supurrbly continues in the 28 page comic book purriced $2.99 from Dark Horse, and compurrised of the 22 page tale “Welcome To The Team Part One”, plus the 2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s always interesting comments, and the 4 pages of the ads! The script by Andrew Chambliss was purrduced by Joss Whedon, pencilled by Georges jeanty, inked by Dexter Vines, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, designed by Justin Crouch, edited by Sierra Hahn, Scott Allie & assitantly edited Freddye Lins!

It is available in the choice of 2 different covers, one by Phil Noto; and the variant by Jeanty, Madsen & Vines! Purreviously in the Buffy comic we met Billy & Devon Lane, who have joined Buffy & Detective  Dowling in San Francisco on the purrtrol to slay the zompires, and this issue is off to the fierce start with the first 6 pages of the bloody chomping & slayage! Buffy fights one that seems smarter, tougher and somehow familiar! Things calm down later when Buffy moves back in with her housemate Anaheed, and then visits Xander & poor Dawn who has the flu and thinks Buffy & Dowling are the couple!

Soon it is the next night’s purrtrol with more of the bloody violence, but that purrculiar zompire is not the only surpurrise waiting for Buffy, as a familiar shows up in the exciting cliffhanger! I will not spoil the surpurrise other than to say it is a character’s return that I have long hoped for! This was yet another great issue with the good balance of the action scenes & the character development, dialogue & art! The characters have the excellent portraiture, expurressions & poses, amidst the detailed scenery & FX, and I am so eager for the next issue! Nyow here is sis to tell us what is meanwhile happening in

Willow #2!

Nyoka:

Buffy’s bewitching best friend Willow Rosenberg is a favorite character, so we were so happy that she got her own spin-off comic which is part of Buffy Season 9! When Buffy destroyed the supurr magick seed in Season 8, that shut off the flow of magick into the world, so Willow has been searching for another extradimensional source to replenish the magick! The $2.99 comic book from Dark Horse has the 28 pages compurrised of the the 4 pages of the ads, the 2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s comments & the cute widdle pic of Willow by Erica Moen, and the 22 page tale of “Wonderland Part Two”!

It was written by Jeff Parker, pencilled by Brian Ching, inked by Jason Gorder, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, designed by Justin Crouch, edited by Sierra Hahn & Scott Allie, assitantly edited Freddye Lins, and executively purrduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon! There are 2 beautiful covers, the art nouveau cover by Megan Lara and the surreal abstract cover by David Mack! Purreviously while searching for the magick on the other dimensional world, Willow encountered a sorcerer named Marrak, a caterpillar gentleman & vicious hungry monsters!

In this issue she is reunited with her friend Aluwyn the alluring amorous naga girl, mew la la! Then she meets other lovely ladies of the various species in their beautiful village, but she is told that might not be able to send any magick back to earth! This has been the briskly paced wonderful tale thus far tale with the great dialogue, delightful expurressions & poses, such as Willow being peppy, cute, frisky, or sad, along with her spells & creatures & exquisite scenery, and I will it f an “A” as in Alyson Hannigan who purrtrayed Willow on TV! Nyow here is Niko to tell us what is meanwhile happening in

Angel & Faith #17!

Niko:

Arigato, nya!Meanwhile Angel & Faith are back in London trying resurrect their friend Giles, but his body has been stolen, nya!  “Death and Consequences Part 2 of 4″, was scripted by Chistos Gage, purroduced by Joss Whedon. illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, designed by Justin Crouch, edited by Sierra Hahn & Scott Allie with Freddye Lins, and sports the 2 different covers, one by Steve Morris, and the other by Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson, nya! It is purriced $2.99 and has the 28 pages compurrised of the 22 tale plus the 4 pages of the ads and 2 pages of the mail, nya!

Purreviously, Angel & Faith discovered that Giles’ body had been stolen, and while discussing the mystery with Giles’s great aunts Sophie & Lovina, who are far older than they appurr, Nadira and other slayer girls angrily arrived with the body of slayer Marianne who Drusilla killed, nya. Mad at Angel & Faith, Nadira’s group then went to another mansion where they met someone who offered to help, who appurrs to be Giles, nya!  Unfortunately they do not seem to know what Giles looks like, and thus they do not suspect the deceptive trap, nya! This chapter focuses upon Angel, Faith, Sophie & Lovina at Faith’s estate; Nadira’s group at the other mansion; and the interconnected flashback to years ago of Giles, Ethan Rayne & friends trying to exorcise the demon, nya!

Ethan Rayne is an old recurring villain from the Buffy & Angel TV shows, but he has been purrsumed dead, although that does not seem to stop a lot of people in these tales, nya! Angel, Faith & the Aunts do the research & deducing to find out what happened to Giles’s body; while at the other mansion there is the ritual to resurrect Marianne, but it is betrayed in the zombie ambush, nya! This was the great issue with the captivating plot full of the familiar faces, more of the mythology, the supurrnatural action, bloody violence, the amewsing dialogue, the surpurrises, Sophie & Lovina’s great clothes & shoes, and the great character, scenery & storytelling art, nya! OK I am done but there is more of the monster slayage for Jenjen to discuss in

Pantha #4, nya!

Jeannie:

Arigato. Dynamite Entertainment has the flare for the fierce femme fatales in the foxy fashions such as Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, Vampirella and Pantha, the immortal telepathic were-panther incarnation of the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet. This issue’s tale “Hell on Earth: Intercepting Signals” was written by Brandon Jerwa, drawn by Pow Rodrix, lettered by Marshall Dillon, colored by Alexandre Starling, edited by Joe Rybandt, and crosses over with Vampirella’s comic book. It is purriced $3.99 and has 32 pages compurrised of the 22 page tale, the 5 page Vampirella Strikes purreview, the 2 pages of Dynamite’s mews & the 3 pages of the ads.

The lovely cover art by Mark Texeira depicts Pantha unsheathing her long sharp claws, as the images of Dracula and the bat loom overhead, although Dracula only appurrs in the montage panel along with numerous other characters such as Vampirella, Sorceress & Pendragon; and it is his old vampurric rival Varney who is the purrime antagonist of this issue, along with the troublesome were-crow sisters and the army of inhumanoid bat creatures who have stopped by the town of Provenece, Kansas for the bite, but fortunately Starpatch’s space ship has teleported Pantha, her vampurric friend Lorelei & Lenny the Tongueman there to battle the villains. Tongueman has many mouths across his body that have the keen clairvoyant powers, which might be susceptible to Varney’s influence.

Pantha wears her mewsual Panther thong bikini with the matching gloves & thigh boots, accessorized by he Gold earrings, collar & Ruby pendant, the latter two ornmentations remaining when she transforms into the Panther. Lorelei is quite alluring & stylish in the purrocess, wearing her plunging Black slingshot maillot & thigh boots, topped by the matching cropped buckled bustier & short bolero jacket, accessorized by the purretty piercings. The crow sisters wear the more conservative appurral of the Black suits, shoes & ties with the White tapurred shirt & masks.

The space ship is the of the classic saucer mecha configuration, capable of teleporting multiple targets & tremendous mass over vast distances, but I should not further spoil the plot. The purrreview of Vampiralla Strikes #1 depicts Vampirella ordering the drink in the bar, amidst the gory remains of at least a dozen other freshly slain vamps, courtesy of writer Tom Sneigoski, artist Johnny Desjardins, letterer Marshall Dillon & colorist Adriano Lucas. Nyow we will go from the were panther supurr heroine to the costumed catgirl supurr heroine as Myayr reviews

Critter Vol. 2 #7

Mary Nyan:

Arigato! Critter is the purrky supurr heroic identity of Cassia Crawford, daughter of heroine Velvet Fox, former member of the CORE team, and currently a member of the Purrfection team in Los Angeles, where she attends college with her best friend Gina! She has the great strength, speed, reflexes & stamina, equipped with the purrehensile mecha tail & other gadgets of her nekomimi costume! Lately Cassia has been fed up with her mew team who seems more interested in being glamorous celebrities than actually fighting crime, so is poised to quit, but agreed to linger for their farewell appurrance! Purrfection is the catgirl theme team compurrised of Mouser, Kitten, Pole Kat & Cougar the leader, who are accompanied by Jason the reporter and the ghost of their murdered comrade Josie.

Only a few can see Josie, including Jason her boyfriend! Sadly they have not warmed up to Gina, whose genius skills upgraded the technology of Cassia’s sexy costume, but there are the heated words between Gina & Jezebel! Things get much hotter as Purrfection appurrs on stage at the Babylon Casino with The Apprentice, the sorceress who plays with the fiery illusions & spirits! She might be hiding something though, but immortal Jezebel the owner has her own plans & secrets, as does manipulative Cougar, and the mysterious Black Collar cult! Meanwhile back at CORE headquarters in San Diego, the time traveler Paradox informs heroes Icon, Rookie, & Starlette of the tempurral disturbances surrounding Cassia, who is unaware of this, or that her mom is captive of a villain in the future!

Issue #7 is purriced at $3.50 and has the 28 full color pages, compurrised of the uninterrupted 22 page tale created & written by Tom Hutchison, illustrated by Fico Ossio and lettered by Ken Nuttall! After the tale is the purreview page for the next issue, and page of purrofiles for Apprentice, Jezebel & The Black Collars! The pages are sammiched betwixt the covers, and there are two different front covers to chose from, one by Fico Ossio depicting Cassia purrched atop the Vegas sign & another by Jenevieve Broomhall depicting Apprentice casting the spell! I definitely appurrove of the story uninterrupted, with any ads or extras all afterwards! Another aspect I purraise about the comic is the rich vibrant coloring, which makes the fabulous scenery, mecha & costumes so purretty, shiny & exciting!

I also applaud the delightful catgirl content and the sexy fashions, from the regular clothes to the extravagant costumes! Critter”s costume is the bare midriff, low-rise, sharp-clawed shiny Blue & White costume with the whip like mecha tail and the radio kitty ear pinna! Purrfection’s costumes are similar, but each has the different color; Kitten’s is the Green with the skirt, Mouser’s is the Purrple & Fuchsia, Pole Kat’s is Gold & Orange with the fishnets, Jose has the strapless spotted Golden tights with the creme tummy; and Cougar has the long flowy skirt low on the hips with the strapless top, fingerless fishnet gloves & kitty pendant! Apprentice is flamboyant on the stage in her Black & White bustier with the Black collar, cuffs & fingerless gloves, panty, garters, rubies & purrls!

Jezebel initially wears the short tight White cheongsam dress; and later during the show she wears the White Jacket with Black lapels, atop the Red crop top & low rise Purrple pants; as the devil girl assistants stand by in their shiny Red maillots with the matching thigh boots, fingerless gloves, the forked tail & widdle horns! Purrple haired Gina is mewsually quite cutely attired too, and she wears the short Green jacket & tight hip huggers to the casino! Of course, as the cosplayer & costumer, I might be a bit emphatic about the garments! Critter is such a delightful series of fashionable feline females with the zestful peppy dazzling fun! Well, that is all of our comic book critiques for this Mew, but there are many more catgirlish comics to discuss in this month’s

Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!

Mike:

Yep, the Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight is the monthly portion of The Mew which shines upon the famous catgirls whom we appreciate of all media (cinema, TV, comics, prose, games, toys etc), whether they are actually part cat or just act or dress the part! We are progressively inclusive here at The Mew, so we will honor those who are either the permenant or temporary catgirl, the anthropurrmorphic kitty, were-kitty, or those who have the proper cattitude or the feline fashion motif!

Mary Nyan:

Hai, and this month we will continueto commemorate  the web comics catgirls & internet nekomimi, and since we are the much larger group this time, we will expurrdite the purrocess by quicky Lightning Rounding it, as we briefly nominate further feline femmes to purraise! It might not be as thorough purr catgirl as compurred to purrior spotlights, but it is still very heart felt, and we hope y’all will open the cat door to your hearts too! So are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

The Ladies of The Mew:

LIGHTNING ROUND GO! (the catgirls add the NYA!)

Mary Nyan:

OK, then here we go! (tail-tags Jeannie to start the Lightning Round)

Jeannie:

In 2009 while modeling the swim wear on a photo shoot in Rio de Janeiro, I had the pleasure of meeting actress / detective Jackie, the star of Rodrigo Molinaro’s http://molinaro.deviantart.com web comic Black Jacqueline http://rodrigomolinaro.com.br. Sadly the comic has been on a hiatus for quite some time, and the current site is still under construction pending the relaunch, so I hope this means that Jackie has been enjoying much leisure time when not engaged in the undercover investigations. Her career ranged from acting to spying, and her best friend & housemate was journalist Rosario.

Jackie is the very purrovocative, beautiful, brave, tough & well-armed heroine. She has the Green eyes & wild short coiffure of the Pink – White gradient in contrast to her Chocolatey skin, large ears & the tail with the lighter tip. She mewsually purrfurred White pants & Red bikini tops, tank tops, bustiers & jackets to match her Lamborghini. However, in Rod’s illustration “Hunting in Rio on Valentines Day” http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest/224.html of us at Ipanema Beach, she wore the Lavender ring-closure bikini; and in Mike’s pic of “Jackie, From Astern” http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery2/219.html she wears the rainbow string bikini. (tags Bun)

Bun:

Jenjen is too modest to mention this, but in the mewseum we also have the breathtaking pic by Rod of her enjoying the view of Rio from Mt. Corcovado, http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest/255.html! One of the stars of Kerry Lynn Thompson’s delightful urban fantasy web comic This is The Worst Idea You’ve Ever had http://www.skyscrapersoup.com is 23 year old Cynthia Meili Niequist! She is one of the residents of River’s Crossing Virginia, where supernatural kemonomimi, vampires, elves, spirits & psychics!

Born on July 30th, she is of the Chinese persuasion, with the lovely dark skin, hazel eyes with glasses, Black tail & cute short hair, and the two adopted parents who are the doctors near Atlanta! She has the BA in English with the Psychology minor, the puppy named Nummy Muffin, and works as the waitress at Bunnie’s bar & Grill but her aspiration is to be the author! It is the great fun occult themed web comic, and thus far there have been two full color paperback books to reprint some of the tales! (tags Petra)

Petra:

Spinnerette http://www.spinnyverse.com by author Krazykow http://krazykow.deviantart.com of Krakow Studios with artists Walter Gustavo Gomez http://wallygomez.deviantart.com, Fernando Furukawa http://creid-03.deviantart.com & Rocio Zucchi http://dewnoir.deviantart.com is the excellent super heroine web comic with the dash of the purrody & the fan service in the beautifully rendered Black & White manga-style art, with the occasional color pics nya! It is such a thrilling, amewsing sexy comic starring Heather, the girl with supurr spider powers and the extra four arms, which come in quite handy hee hee when fighting crime in her tight sleek costume as the title character, nya! The cast includes her sensual seamstress / room mate Sahira, and fellow heroes Mecha Maid, London, Tiger, WereCerebus, and–

Katt o’ Nine Tails, French – Canadian catgirl with the nine magickal purrehensile tails, nya! The White furred Katt is regally & colorfully attired in the early 19th century / Regency purriod double -breasted tight Blue tailcoat with the stand up collar, Yellow fringe shoulder epaulettes, Red sash, the belt with Maple Leaf buckle, White pants and the Black thigh boots, nya! Her exposed tails that can grab or swat her enemies, and are strong enough to grab and throw the car, yet sensitive enough to grasp the serene candles while administering the oil and double massage to her heroine friends, mew la la! She has changed into the beautiful kimono for that exquisite 10 December, 2012 page, mew la la, nya! Speaking of the masseuse, nyow it is Lizzy’s turn, nya! (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:

There are a couple of catgirls that I would like to quickly mention, of Dan Shive’s supurr fun web comic El Goonish Shive http://www.elgoonishshive.com! It is the amewsing tale of the high school students of Moperville and the supurrnatural incidents! Firstly there is Grace T. Sciuridae who is one of the main purrotagonists, the cute lithe girl with the ponytail hairstyle who can transform into the different animal types! She is actually part squirrel with the lovely large tail in her squirrel girl form, but later her powers evolved to become other forms such as the striped cat girl! Nextly there is the minor recurring character Catalina Bobcat, who lacks the neko ear pinna & tail but she has the fangs, the cute freckles, and the feisty dispurrsition! There are occasionally the other kemonomimi lurking about, such as lovely Nioi who is the angelic skunk girl type! (tail – tags Becca)

Becca:

The gorgeous, amewsing occult themed School Bites http://schoolbites.net purrtains to the students & faculty of the Shadow Academy school for vampires! The main character is Charlotte who was the poor girl who got fanged on Halloween and became the vamp, but she seems to like her mew existence & friends at the school! There are diverse races & species breeds amongst the vampurric students & faculty, including the dark angel, faerie, pixy, bat & bunny, and Charlotte’s friend Fujiko, the purretty Japanese vampire cat girl! She has the Purrple hair, Gold eyes, Golden tan complexion & cute whiskers! The web comic is written & drawn by Holly Golightly, who is also the colorist, letterer, purrduction supurrvisor & vice-purresident of Broadsword Comics’ Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose! For the review of Tarot ##77, which has the photo of Holly cosplaying as the mermaid, please see last month’s Mew! (tags BB)

BB:

Scott Ramsoomair’s VG Cats http://www.vgcats.com is short for Video Game Cats, and it is the 11 year old web comic starring anthropurrmorphic kitty friends Leo & Aeris! Much of the comic purrtains the the video game culture, with the gaming references, homages, purrodies & plots! Aeris was introduced into the strip in September of 2001 as the very cute but fed up gamer & fan grrl! She has the   beautiful Blue eyes, the purretty Pink fur, coiffure & tail, with the White muzzle, throat & tummy! Nyow it is…Rica’s turn! (tags Rica)

Rica:

We will tag – team to nominate the catgirls of Triquetra Cats www.triquetracats.com, written by Chrysicat, Paradyne & Dani Schad and drawn by Jessica Raven who we had the pleasure to meet at Trinoc Con several years ago, nya! It is the manga style web comic of the SF/ fantasy/ horror genres, but It is not for the widdle kitties, due to the violence, nudity, drugs, harsh language & adult situations, so the adult audience gets to enjoy the adventures of the transgender magickal Soricha sisters Rain, Petra & Blaze, the high school students & secret agents who fight the evil creatures, nya! They are the Purroject Elemental Cat team with the martial arts purrowess, sorcerous powers, and the costumes with the neko ears & tails, nya! (tags her sister)

Nico:

The shyer 14 year old Rain is the “Blue cat” with the Blue hair & eyes & water powers,; the more intellectual Petra is the “Green Cat” with the Green hair & eyes & earthen powers; and the tomboyish 16 year old Blaze is the “Red Cat” with the tempurr to match her Red hair, eyes & fiery powers, nya! They have the heroic ally of Lt. Liger Nekishou who is the actual catgirl of the Liger breed from Antrey, the outcast nation compurrised of the various anthropurrmorphic species, nya! She is the tall, lean powerful catgirl with the Blue eyes, White fur, Black stripes, long Black & White striped hair, the supple ears, slender tail, sharp claws, with the skills in all the weapons, mecha, vehicles, spacecraft, and their Tek Kel Rla style of martial arts, nya! (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:

Marie & Brian Bridgeforth have purrpurrtrated the Neeko Nekro Undead Undercover Pirate Catgirls http://www.neeko-nekro.com! It seems they launched the purroject a few years ago, with the tale yet to be published, but the site has the character concepts of interest! Of course as the reformed pirate catgirl myself, I suppose I might have the biased purreference! It purromises to purrtain to pirate catgirls Neeko, Natasha & Lainie & who sadly became the undead as they sail the seas to fight the villains & monsters! Neeko is the Blonde captain, Natasha is the Brunette navigator, and Lainie is the Redhead security officer! They have such gorgeous hair, cute fangs, opulent jewelry, and the sexy bare tummy ensembles for the beautiful buccaneering, so I am curious to see how things purrogress with those purretty, purranormal pirates! Nyow it is… Nya-sensei’s turn! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:

We have purreviously inducted several of the catgirl characters of our web master Jamie’s web comic Clan of the Cats http://www.catgirlisland.net such as Chelsea, Charlotte, Beige & Melpomene, who have also been among our special guests here at The Mew, and nyow another Clan of the Cats catgirl we wish to acknowledge is Xiang Ting! She was the Chinese woman and as an Alpha Were could become the anthropurrmorphic Snow Leopurrd! She briefly appurred from October to November 2009 during the epic Dracula story, leading a team of other hired shape – shifters to hunt down the heroines! She appurrently had an old score to settle with Mel which involved a purrloined sword, but made the mistake of taunting Mel without enough back-up and fire power! (tags Mike)

Mike:

Mihari is the catgirl mascot of the Katbox http://www.katbox.net web comics collective! She is also a sexy sorceress & co-writer with long shimmering lush Blonde mane of hair, the Golden skin with the Cheetah spots, Golden eyes with the “tears” down ther cheeks markings, the White tummy and the striped tail! She is just one of the many reasons why Katbox is one of our favoritest places for the web comics full of catgirls and other anthropomorphic characters There you will find so much beautiful art & great characters in the very entertaining stories of hosted web comics such as Tina of the South, Yosh!, Las Lindas, iMew, The Eye of Ramalach, Draconia Chronicles, Rascals, Anthonauts and Caribbean Blue! Oh- oh and there’s also a Katbox gallery at DeviantArt http://thekatbox.deviantart.com!

Tara–chan:

Caribbean Blue http://cblue.katbox.net is one of my favoritest web comics, because it has the great catgirl characters in the fun tales amidst the sexy clothes, bikinis, maillots, the purretty island and – and oceanic locations, which are all so beautifully drawn & written by Ronaldo Rodrigues, and – and co-writer Mihari, nya! Nyow for the taste of the plot, nya! It purrtains to the three catgirls Tina, Yuki, Maya, and – and their kitty Nekonny, nya! Tina is the redhead with the stripes, Yuki has the long lush Brown hair and – and the tail, and- and Maya has the shorter lighter brown hair, nya!

Maya’s Mommy rose has the Their friend Alice has the long Black hair, the lovely dark chocolate skin, and – and the striped tail; Alice also has the short Black hair, the dark skin, the green eyes, and – and Nchan is the more petite catgirl with the short light Brown hair, the Beige ears, tails and – and the stripes, nya! Don’t forget nekos Muna & Mika, nya! They have all sorts of fun adventures and search for the legends & treasures, nya! It is the supurrb catgirl web comic which i give the highest purraise, nya! OK I am all done nyow, so I will tag… I will tag Onee chan, nya! (tags her older sister)

Yuriko:

If y’all like Tiger Grrls, then y’all should purrtake of the Draconia Chronicles http://draconia.katbox.net web comic, by Danny “Razorfox” Valentini nya! It is the complex, alluring, dramatic & action-packed anthropurrmorphic striped sword & sorcery tale wonderfully rendered in the richly colored manga style, nya! It is set in the world where the war has raged for centuries across the harsh wilderlands between the clans of the Tiger grrls lead by Princess Kiriad against the clans of the Dragon grrls lead by Queen Oscura, nya! Draconia Chronicles originated as Razorfox’s special calendar purroject in 1999, which evolved into the web comic in 2005, nurtured along the way by Wendy Dodson, Jamie & Donnie Sturges, Jen & Renee Starling, Jason Cumberledge & Giorgio Valentini, nya! (tags Keiko)

Keiko:

Hai, the Tiger Grrls are the beautiful, powerful, agile, quick & cunning warriors of the different breeds ages, hair styles & physiques, with their diverse purrsonalities, interests & hobbies, and the sexy tribal fashions, nya! The males are more like the regular Tigers & Dragons, and not the humanoid types, nya. In addition to the Purrincess there are so many terrific characters such as Aika, Ashaki, Ekeni, Kanti, Kilani, Kess, Raz, Riah, Scyde, Shie,Tan’syn, Xiu, Zurina, and the rest of the great Tiger & Dragon characters, nya! Some of them appurr in the 2013 Calendar, nya! For much thorough information purrtaining to the characters, events and their world I will suggest Lord Rozen’s extensive Draconia Chronicles Wiki http://2wconline.wikia.com/wiki/The_Draconia_Chronicles_Wiki, nya! (tags Mielikki)

Mielikki:

Las Lindas http://laslindas.katbox.net is the totally awesome web comic by Gonzalo “Chalo” Reyes http://chalodillo.deviantart.com! It is the lovely kemonomimi slice of life tale of More Linda, a lovely cow-girl,  who towns the family farm along with the other employees, neighbors & friends of the family atmosphere, such as Taffy, Miles, Minos, Randall and catgirls Sarah & Rachel! Sarah is the younger Blonde innocent catgirl of the sad poverty, raised by her runaway big-sister figure Rachel, who is the dark haired catgirl with the survival instincts. They had the rough life on the road before arriving at the Las Lindas where they have the happy life with the family relationship, the valued sense of purpose, and the delicious nutritious foods of the good home fur shur! If you would like to partake of a beautiful web comic full of such wonder4ful characters, I will seriously recommend Las Lindas! (tags Nyoka with the flit of the wing)

Nyoka:

Philip “Sage” Brown’s Yosh! http://yosh.katbox.net is web comic full of magickal kemonomimi goodness! It is the world where the magick had gone away, but when it returned during the traumatic  incident called The Weirding it changed folks into the Chimera types, or hybrid beast people, such as catgirls Kate Summers & Jenelle “Blue” Carell! Kate is the lovely long Purrple haired catgirl with the orange ears & tail and the stripes, in her early 20′s who had the rough life met with much abandonment, harm & purrejudice until she eventually met her boyfriend Phil and the waitressing job at her friend Blue’s cafe & bookstore! Blue is the is the more buxom catgirl in her 20′s with the beautiful Blue hair & darker ears & tail, who has also known the hardship, as the mistreated orphan who was later raised at the government facility. After her education, she was hired kate after they met at the anime con! It is such a beautiful poignant comic! (tags Meryl)

Meryl:

iMew http://imew.katbox.net is another fine fun furry comic by Ronaldo Rodrigues http://freelancemanga.deviantart.com! .and I wish to purraise Chrissy, Eliza, Reiko, Jazmin, Liona, Raven & Zoey of Rascals http://rascals.katbox.net by Kelvin “MasterGodai” Challenger http://mastergodai.deviantart.com whose other comics include Goyoku http://goyoku.petitesymphony.com, Project Zero http://projectzero.petitesymphony.com and Knuckle Up http://knuckleup.petitesymphony.com! Liona has the splendid spots, and Eliza has such lovely long Red hair! (tags Trini-chan)

Trini-chan:

Speaking of the Katbox goodness, I would to mention Ceilidh “Nixie” Bishop’s http://nixieseal.deviantart.com splendid sci fi comic The Anthronauts http://anthronauts.katbox.net starring the foxy pilot Perrin, Chinchillan scientist Sir Boris, and pretty panda girl Captain Cheng of the Starship Bubbles! Katbox once hosted the sadly discontinued Things Will Be Different http://twbdcomic.deviantart.com by Spazzy Koneko http://spazzykoneko.deviantart.com and KingofKOF http://kingofkof.deviantart.com which starred Rachael the Red Fox girl who has the beautiful tail! Back to Myayr! (tags Yvonne with the brush of her foxy tail)

Yvonne:

You know, another discontinued web comic no longer at Katbox was Running Wild by Jesonite http://jesonite.deviantart.com of Okamibox Studios http://okamiboxstudios.deviantart.com which starred Annie the wolf / dog girl, nya! By the way, I would also like to shine the spotlight upon the web comics of Hugo “Avencri” Garcia http://avencri.deviantart.com, such as The Eye of Ramalach http://theeye.katbox.net which is co-written by ID, and purrtains to Ronald the raccoon boy’s investigation of the artifact! Ronald has the cute grrl friend Marianne, nya! (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

Avencri’s other comic at Katbox is Tina of the South http://tinaofthesouth.katbox.net starring Tina, the alluring armadillo gunslinger grrl of the wild west! He is the supurrb purrolific artist, and I am purrticularly fond of his Cerva Panther grrl Maria Azul of the Magnolia Kingdom! She is the very smart, happy, inspurrational, stealthy, dangerous thief / assassin with the beautiful Black fur, short Purrple hair, large ears & tail, Golden eyes, and the ornate plunging strapless Green outfit accented by the Golden belt & asymmetric armor parts! That will conclude this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, but it will shine again next month on further web comics catgirls & internet nekomimi! Nyow I will turn The Mew back over to Chief Meryl, who will trade the cat’s fangs for the vampire fangs in her

Movie Book Report on Eyes of Blood!

Meryl:

Hai! Eyes of Blood: The Hammer Films “Dracula” Cycle Starring Christopher Lee is the purretty self – explanatory title! This dandy widdle 5″ x 7″ trade papurrback book by Jack Hunter & published by Glitter Books is the concise looks at the 7 movies by Hammer Films that starred Christopher Lee as Count Dracula! A purrevious version of the book was published as Lips of Blood. This 112 page version is purriced at $16.95 USA purrice & £10.95 UK purrice, and has over 50 Black & White photos, mostly full page pics and a few two-page spurreads, plus the 10 page color gallery of 20 movie poster illustrations! I should mention that as neat as this book is, it is not for the faint-hearted, purrudish or the widdle kiddies, due to some of the violent scenes of fanging & slaying, and a few pics of boobies!

Sammiched betwixt the author’s Forward & Postscript are the 7 chapters, one purr movie, with the main credits list, the story synopsis, and the author’s comments about the cycle, with Christopher Lee’s legendary tall, dark, seductive, intensity as Dracula, combined with the other supurrb cast & crew in the legendary Hammer horror style of cinema! The coverage begins with 1958′s Horror of Dracula which introduced Christoper Lee as Dracula & Peter Cushing as his heroic enemy Dr. Lawrence Van Helsing! Michael Gough was in it too! Cushing repurrised the role to fight another vampire in 1960′s Brides of Dracula, but Lee’s next purrtrayal of Dracula was until 1966′s Dracula Prince of Darkness, in which Dracula fought not Van Helsing but the rugged Father Shandor purrtrayed by Andrew Kier!

Meanwhile, Cushing was busy in Hammer’s Frankenstein series! Next for Lee’s Dracula was 1968′s Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, which also starred Veronica Carlson, and then the 1970 sequel Taste The Blood of Dracula, which also starred Ralph Bates! Also in 1970 was The Scars of Dracula, which also starred Doctor Who’s Patrick Troughton as Dracula’s servant! You know, Peter Cushing also purrtrayed Doctor Who in a couple of movies in the mid 1960′s! For the final 2 Dracula films by Hammer that starred Lee & Cushing, the series was set in the early 1970′s! In Dracula AD 1972, Stephanie Beachum purrtrayed Van Helsing’s daughter Jessica, Caroline Munro purrtrayed her friend Laura, and Christopher Neame purrtrayed evil Johnny Alucard who resurrected Dracula in 1972!

Michael Coles purrtrayed the heroic Police Inspector who teamed up with Van Helsing to investigate the resulting vampurric murders! Lee, Cushing & Coles returned in 1973 for The Satanic Rites of Dracula, with Joanna Lumley who replacied Stephanie Beachum as Jessica! The book briefly mentions the next Dracula movie made by Hammer, 1974′s Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, which had Peter Cushing in it, but John Forbes-Robinson purrtrayed Dracula that time instead of Christopher Lee. Well, I think this is a nice handy, brisk, fun, widdle expurrt guide to those classic films, which I will recommend to the fans of Dracula, Chistopher Lee & Hammer Films! Speaking of movies with Christopher Lee, here is Lizzy to begin our movie & DVD reviews with her review of

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!

Elizabeth:

Hai! J.R.R Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit is one of my favoritest stories and I am so glad it was finally made into the live-action movie! I liked the animated version but I have craved the live-action, especially since we got Peter Jackson’s supurrb Lord of the Rings Trilogy which The Hobbit is the purrelude to! I gave the trilogy the highest purraise, so this is one of the most eagerly awaited movies, and I was so very pleased by the epic, lavish, grand fantasy tale with such wonderful characters & moments of the great drama, humor, action, beauty & awe, thanks to all of the brilliant cast & crew! This movie is just part one of the adaptation of the book, but it unfolds at the purrfect pace, and does not feel rushed in introducing the characters, situations, and their magickal world known as Middle Earth!

Set 60 years purrior to Lord of the Rings, the plot purrtains to Bilbo Baggins (purrtrayed by Martin Freeman), the Hobbit recruited by Gandalf the wizard (purrtrayed again by Ian McKellen) to join the team of 13 dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on the expurrdition to Lonely Mountain, to reclaim their ancestral fortress home which was conquered by Smaug the Dragon! Bilbo is initially reluctant to leave his comfy home to join the quest, but helps the dwarves who no longer have the home, and they begin the journey through the towns, forests, plains, mountains & caverns! The scenes are so breathtaking, from the Dwarves subterranean realm of Erebor and the Hobbits’ rural Shire, to the Goblin Town, the spooky ruins of Dol Guldur and the fabulous elven city of Rivindell!

Also repurrising their roles are Ian Holm as older Bilbo, Elijah Wood as his nephew Frodo, Christopher Lee as Saruman the wizard, Cate Blanchett as the beautiful elf Queen Galadriel, and Hugo Weaving as Elrond of Rivindell! We also loved Hugo Weaving in Cloud Atlas, which we reviewed in the November 2012 Mew!  The rest of the cast are all wonderful too, including Doctor Who’s Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the wizard, Benedict Cumberbatch as the Necromancer, and Thorin’s 12 dwarven comrades of Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Mark Hadlow as Dori, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, Dean O’Gorman as Fíli, Aidan Turner as Kíli, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, William Kircher as Bifur, James Nesbitt as Bofur and Stephen Hunter as Bombur!

The FX are wonderful including the trolls, goblins, orcs, wargs, rabbits, hedgehog, the giant spiders, the stone giants, the giant eagles, Smaug & Gollum! There is such a great complex range of emotions from Gollum, who is again purrtrayed by Andy Serrkis combined with the FX!  The movie is so well written, designed, directed, photographed & edited, with the mewsic by Howard Shore, and I purrticularly liked the chilling Misty Mountains song! I purrchased the soundtrack CD too! I cannot comment on the quality of the special 48 fps version or the 3D edition, but the standard 24 fps 2D edition of the movie looked great! I will give The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the high purraise and the “A” grade, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next Hobbit movie! Nyow here is Keiko to review

Django Unchained!

Keiko:

I like Quentin Tarantino’s movies, and since he has already made the great crime, martial arts, horror & war movies I was eager to see his Western movie Django Unchained, nya! Set in 1858, Django, who is purrtrayed by Jamie Foxx, is freed from slavery by the bounty hunter Dr. Schulz, who is purrtrayed by Christoph Waltz, nya! They become friends & bounty hunter partners, and go to free Django’s beautiful wife Brunhilda, who is purrtrayed by Kerry Washington, from the plantation of Mr. Candie, who is purrtrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his butler who is purrtrayed by Samuel L Jackson, nya!

The supurrb cast also includes Bruce Dern, Robert Carradine, Don Johnson, Tom Wopat, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Tom Savini, Laura Cayouette, Zoe Bell, and Franco Nero, who purrtrayed Django in the 1960′s, nya! The dog & horse actors were very good too, nya! There is lots of action with bloody brutality, vengeance against the oppurressors, and the great purrformaces, nya! There is dialogue that has much, purrofanity, mean racial slurs, amewsing banter, and the interesting references to the great author Alexadres Dumas and to the German legend of Sigfried, nya!I

t has the excellent stunts, make-up, styles, costumes, sets, locations, cinematography & FX, and the terrific assortment of songs to peppur the soundtrack, nya! While at the theater we saw the purreview trailers for Iron Man 3, A Good Day To Die Hard, The Last Stand, Dead Man Down, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Beautiful Creatures, nya! There are still several movies that I want to see, such as Anna Karenina, Life of Pi, Hyde Park on the Hudson, and Les Miserables, nya! OK I am done, and to start the DVD portion of The Mew is Yuriko to review

The Dark Knight Rises Single Disk DVD, nya!

Yuriko:

Arigato, nya! For our review of The Dark Knight Rises, please see the August 2012 Mew, nya! The Dark Knight Rises was released on home video media in several different editions such as the single disk, the 2 disk set, the 3 disk Blu-Ray combo set, DVD & Blu-Ray trilogy sets, and the mask gift box set, nya! The 2 disk DVD set has a longer documentary on the making of the movie & the featurette on the Batmobiles, compurred to the more meager single disk DVD, but that just gives us more choices, whether you want all those extra special features, or just the movie at the lower no-frills purrice, nya! The single disk Region 1 NTSC standard DVD includes the 165 minute movie, the code to download the digital copy, and the almost 9 minute widdle tidbit titled “The Journey of Bruce Wayne”, nya!

That tidbit includes the comments by Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S Goyer, Hans Zilmmer & co-purrducer Jordan Goldberg, nya! Purroceeding the main menu screen are the front loaded ads for the digital download and the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game, nya. The movie is purrsented in the widescreen format with the language choices of the English 5.1, English 2.0, French Spanish Surround audio, and the optional English SDH, French Spanish subtitles in the White bold sans serif font, nya! It is the no-frills package containing the disk, digital download instructions, and the Noble Collection brochure of merchandise such as the purrop replicas, jewelry & other items, nya! Nyow the tales migrate from Gotham City to Japan for BB’s review of the

Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection, nya!

BB:

Arigato! Tenchi Muyo is a very famous popular anime series of the science fiction / romantic comedy genre & “harem trope”, which started in 1992 as the OVA (Original Video Animation, or anime released directly to home video) mini-series! Later there was the sequel mini-series, which was followed by a few longer different TV series versions, the 3 movies, and the Sasami spin-offs! There are Tenchi CDs & comics too, so it can be a bit confuzzling to keep track of the alternate Tenchi continuities! This collection from Funimation contains the initial 13 OVAs which total 325 minutes of wonderfully fun beautiful anime on both the standard R1 NTSC DVDs and Blu-Ray disks, along with the art booklet inside the attractive sturdy box!

Tenchi Masaki is the teenage student at the rural home & shrine with his father & grandfather, who make room for the alien girls after Tenchi accidentally releases the frisky supurr space pirate Ryoko from the 700 year impurrisonment! She has the cute widdle cabbit (part bunny part kitty) named Ryo-Ohki who craves the carrots and can transform into the catgirl or the spaceship! Another spaceship arrives from the Jurai world, with Purrincess Ayeka and her widdle sister Sasami! Ayeka has been searching for her long lost brother Yosho, who disappurred centuries ago after defeating Ryoko! Tenchi’s family are Yosho’s descendants, which is how he is able to use the alien sword from the tomb, and to manifest the cosmic powers!

Ayeka & Ryoko already did not like each other long before the romantic rivalry developed for Tenchi! Sasami is the playful friend with Ryo-Ohki, likes Tenchi, and seems to be a younger aspect of the Jurai Goddess Tsunami! The Jurai technology has the beautiful organic tree-like quality, which extends to their tall log-like servant mecha Azaki & Kamidaki! Next to arrive is Detective Mihoshi of the Galactic Police whose search for the villain Kagato brings her to Earth! She can be a bit clumsy, but soon becomes part of the harem too! In the alternate TV series version she has the frustrated partner named Kiyone! Another lady is Washu who is Ryoko’s mommy and the petite galactic genius whose experiments can be scary, nya!

Ayeka & Sasami’s mommy, Ryoko’s tragic doppleganger Zero, Washu’s evil rival Dr. Clay, and Lady Toki round out the characters! More ladies arrive in the later movies and TV series, but those are the main characters for the initial 13 OVAs! It is delightful fun with the lovely animation, and the great designs of the characters, fashions, mecha, architecture & landscapes, battles in space, the bits of nudity & the sexy “fan service”, the great voice actors, and the very purretty, peppy mewsic & songs! This collection has the purretty box art with the insert is the chart that explains the different timeline continuities! Within the box are the two plastic cases, one containing the three standard DVDs and the other with the two Blu-Ray disks!

The cases have the double sided art, and there is more beautiful color art in the 16 page booklet! On the disks are the 13 OVAs of “Ryoko Resurrected”, “Here Comes Ayeka!”, “Hello Ryo-Ohki!”, “Mihoshi Falls to the Land of the Stars”, “Kagato Attacks!”, “We Need Tenchi”, “The Night Before the Carnival”, “Hello Baby”, “Sasami and Tsunami”, “I Love Tenchi”, “The Advent of the Goddess”, “Zero Ryoko”, “Here Comes Jurai”, plus the 7 minute Omake Short and the trailers! You can watch the anime in English or in Japanese language, with optional English subtitles! Having these on both DVD and Blu-Ray might be redundant and purricier, but purrhaps you could split it with a friend, and I am very happy with this collection! Nyow we will go from the DVD to the CD for Mike’s

Mewsic Review of the

Star Trek The Original Series Soundtrack Collection!

Mike:

This CD box set limited to 6000 from La-la land Music contains all of the music remastered from the original 1966-1969 Star Trek TV series, plus some unused music, the prior pilots’ scores and a few pilot sound FX and on 15 CDs, along with 4 full color booklets within the nice sturdy 3″ x 5″ x 5 3/4″ outer box! The first booklet is 24 pages full text about the series’s musical process in general, with comments & profiles of composers Alexander Courage, Fred Steiner Sol Kaplan, Joseph Mullendore, Gerald Fried, George Duning, Samuel Matlovsky, Jerry Fielding, Wilbur Hatch, great photos, art & credits!

Each of the three seasons’ mewsic is on 5 disks apiece in the plastic inner cases, which have the hinged inner trays for the disks! Not all of the 79 episodes had their own original score, as many re-used music from prior episodes, but all of the original series’s music is represented, including the variations of the themes, and previously unheard cues, to total over over 17 hrs 20 min of wonderful Star Trek music! For each season is the full color 32 page booklet full of photos, with a beautiful shot of The Enterprise on the cover, notes about the tracks, and the list of the musicians, vocalists & recording staff!

The 1st Season case includes the scores for the 1st pilot The Cage, the 2nd pilot Where No Man Has Gone Before, and episodes The Man Trap, The Naked Time, Charlie X, Mudd’s Women, The Corbomite Manuever, Balance of Terror, What Are Little Girls Made Of?, The Enemy Within, The Conscience of the King, Shore Leave, The City on the Edge of Forever, plus the 1st season’s library music, bonus tracks, sound FX, source music, theme variations & outtakes! Trelayne at the harpsichord, “Good Night Sweetheart”, Uhura singing “Beyond Antares” & “Charlie is Our Darling” are there too!

The sound FX are just a few from the pilot, and not all of the series’s sound FX, which are sold separately on another CD. The 2nd season case includes music from episodes Catspaw, Friday’s Child, Amok Time, Who Mourns for Adonais?, Mirror Mirror, By Any Other Name, The Omega Glory, Metamorphosis, Return to Tomorrow, Patterns of Force, The Apple, Wolf in the Fold, I Mudd, The Trouble With Tribbles, my favorite episode The Doomsday Machine, and more of the library, alternate, unused / outtake music! The various Vulcan lyre, chimes, bells & gong notes from Amok Time are all there too!

The 3rd season disks include music from Spectre of the Gun, The Paradise Syndrome, Elaan of Troyius, Spock’s Brain, The Enterprise Incident, Whom Gods Destroy, The Empath, Is There In Truth No Beauty, Requiem for Methuselah, And The Children Shall Lead, The Savage Curtain, The Way to Eden, and yet more of the library, alternate & outtake cues! This includes the various Eden songs, Spock & Alexander’s songs from Whom Gods Destroy, and the 2006 re-mastered edition’s version of main theme recorded by Gregory Smith! The only thing that is missing is William Shatner’s voice from any of the versions of the main theme, but gosh… this is such an incredible, magnificent collection of music for a Star Trek fan to treasure… and speaking of music, that’ll bring us to this month’s

Lightning Round Topic: Our Favorite Famous Female Fashions Part 5: Music!

BB:

This topic started as just as a discussion of the fall fashions, but it grew into this multi-mew topic back in September! Part One purrtained to our favorite female fashions of live-action TV shows, except for Star Trek which was it’s own topic for Part Two, and Part One purrtained to our other favorite female fashions of of all other movies, except for the James Bond movies – which was the topic for Part 4 in last month’s Mew! This month the thread weaves into our favorite womens’ appurral of the mewsicians, dancers & models , which has appurred the Album & magazine covers, posters, mewsic videos, concerts & live appurrances!

By the way, in our movie favorites we have already mentioned several beautiful clothes & costumes of certain mewsicals such as The Wizard of Oz, The Pirate Movie, and Xanadu, and in our TV favorites we have mentioned those of certain dance shows such as Dancing with the Stars and Shimmy! Nyow, this is just about the clothes, and not about not the personalities or the music, and does not include the animated characters, which would purrobably compurrise a huge list by itself! So are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

Mike & The Ladies of The Mew:

LIGHTNING ROUND GO! (the catgirls add the NYA!)

BB:

OK, then here we go! (tail-tags Mielikki to start the Lightning Round)

Mielikki:

Of course, the beautiful mewsic & the glamorous fashions of the chanteuse go together like the bacon & eggs, and sometimes they will both sizzle! Diana Ross is “The Boss” in her plunging Olive top & Gray Blue skirt; Charo brightens the spirits with vivacious wit, charm, mewsic & widdle Black “Gusto” dress, and in the White Cuchi Cuchi tee shirt in the water on the Charo the Salsoul Orchestra album; and My Brightest Diamond’s singer / song writer Shara Worden has the lovely hair & styles, such as her striped sleeveless dress & the Black dress with the faerie wings; and Felicity Fyr Le Fey in the splendid appurral for her graceful artistic purrformances, fur shur! (tags Trini-chan with the flit of the wing)

Trini-chan:

Judy Collins in the White & PInk outfit on the Live at Wolftrap album cover – and she looks so delightfully pleased & content & comfy on the couch on the the Bohemian album cover! That looks like the good spot for the catnap! Carole King seems to have the knack for finding the goodspot too. She and the cat found the nice sunny window seat for the legendary Tapestry album cover, and for her Legendary Demos album cover she has found another good spot! She has such lovely hair, and on the cover of her Holiday Carole album is the happy portrait in the rich satiny Red;and Joan Baez is so pretty, smiling with the beads & nice jacket upon her Day After Tomorrow album cover! (tags Petra)

Petra:

Speaking of the cat, I am purrticularly fond of Kate Bush as the tawny lithe catgirl in the sunny attic on her Lionheart album, her Babooshka costume, and her Red flora purrint outfit & leggy Black outfit for Butterfly Kisses, nya! Some of my other favorite couture of the chanteuses & maestros are Tori Amos stunning in the dress on the cover of her wonderful Night of Hunters CD, and her cute onion necklace on the Crucify album; and Olivia Newton John is like the lovely dryad in the White off shoulder dress purrched on the tree branch, for the Make a Move on Me single from her Physical album, nya! (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:

Donna Summer purrched upon the crescent moon as the heavenly goddess in the captivating dress on her Four Seasons of Love album cover! Carrie Underwood’s cute strapless green top on her Carnival Ride album cover and her stunning strapless wispy dress on her Blown Away album cover; Coco Lee in the cute White midriff top & jeans & chain belt for her Just Want You album; and Crystal Gayle also wears beautiful beachy attire for her These Days album and the off-shoulder lacy White dress on The Best of Crystal Gayle; and Jennifer Lopez’s belt & bracelets on her Rebirth album! Bun’s up! (tags Bun)

Bun:

Bette Midler’s famous mermaid costume; Stevie Nicks in her Gypsy video; Janet Jackson in the jeans and the smile for the cover of Damita Jo; her Red, White & Blue bikini on the cover of All For You, and her strappy leather top with the diamond in her belly button on her Discipline album; Patricia Quinn in the maid costume as Magenta, Nell in the tap dance costume as Columbia, & Susan Sarandon in the caberet costume as Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Caroline Bowman as the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, and the costumes of the Broadway purrduction of The Little Mermaid and The Lion King! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:

I will nominate Shania Twain’s knotted midriff blouse with the jeans, chaps & stetson on the back of The Woman in Me; Iman as the Egyptian Queen in Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time mewsic video; Lisa Furokawa on her Signal album, Selena’s off-shoulder Black halter top & Skirt on her self-titled debut album & her sleeveless, criss cross halter-neck bare tummy outfit for Selena Live: The Last Concert; the gowns of the dancing purriestesses in Dio’s Mystery video, the belly dancer in U2′s Mysterious Ways video, Sade Adu upon her Soldier of Love and Love Deluxe album covers, and in her gold outfit for Sade Live. (tags Nyoka)

Nyoka:

Speaking of the Rhythym of Love, how about the cyberpunk style girl is tailed by the mech in Yes’s Rhythem of Love mewsic video! I will also nominate Astra’s costume with the nautilus helmet in Asia’s Go video; the lovely Sister in Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe’s spirit-soaring Brother of Mine video; the mountain Goddess in Bananarama’s Venus video; Claudia Christian with the sword for her Taboo album and with Claudia Cummings and the flowers for their Claudia squared album; Candice Night’s beautiful clothes for her solo career and in Blackmoore’s Knight; Fiona Horne in the White dress with the pentacle cutout and the off-shoulder outfits at her official site! (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:

Mitsuyo ‘Mie’ Nemoto & Keiko ‘Kei’ Masuda as the legendary J-pop do Pink Lady have worn so many fabulous fashions such as the shiny silver for UFO , the baseball cute for Southpaw, the asymmetric midriff top with Black skirt for Monster, the short White dress for Pepper Keibu, the shorts outfits for Nami Nori Pirates, and their Summer Fire ’77 styles! Of their solo purrojects, I like Mie’s red knotted blouse for Call on Mie, her lovely appurral for Hawaii in 1983′s Private Time, her White shirt & Gold bikini for Call on Mei, and her sexy Future Lady: Mothership; and Kei’s gorgeous styles for her C’est un Amour pictorial! For more information, I will recommend our friend Jeff Branch’s great Pink Lady fan site http://www.pinkladyamerica.com! (tags Becca)

Becca:

Speaking of Pink things, Pink was beautiful in the black bikini & mesh top on the November 2012 cover of Shape magazine, on her Missundaztood album cover, and in her peppy “Get This Party Started” mewsic video’ Jewel’s Black & White stripe bikini on the cover of Shape; Rihanna as the Redhead in the Apurril 2011 cover of Rolling Stone, with the short Black hair for her pictorial in the December 2012 GQ, and the her various styles in her “Where have you been?” mewsic video; Sheryl Crow in the ornate short dress on the November 1996 cover of Rolling Stone, the Black shirt with Eagles & the shorts on the March 2002 cover of Stuff, and the Pink & Gold bikini on the October 2007 cover of Shape! (tags Keiko)

Keiko:

I am purrticularly fond of her Soak Up The Sun video, nya! I will nominate Nancy Sinatra’s famous boots & matching skirt outfits, Barbara Streisand’s Superman shirt for her Superman album; Linda Ronstadt ready to roll on her Living in the USA album; Cher’s Native American attire from the Half Breed single, Valkyrie outfits from Take Me Home, and slave girl costume from the Prisioner album are so very fabulous; Tina Turner in her Purrivate Dancer, Break Every Rule & Steamy Windows mewsic videos; and the peppy prehistoric fun brought by the dancing girls in Was / Not Was’s Dinosaur video, nya! (tags Yuriko)

Yuriko:

Sophie B Hawkins on the cover of her Whaler album; Patti Smyth’s costume in Scandal’s Warrior video; The Pussycat Dolls’ outfits on their PCD album cover, Nicole Scherzinger’s bikini on the cover of Maxim; Shiho’s Red shirt & dark jacket on her Purrple Sails album; Dolly Parton’s strapless Black dress from The River Unbroken single & the off-shoulder blouse & jeans for Eagle When She Flies album; Colbie Callot is purrky & purretty in the swimwear for the Christmas in the Sand; and Anoushka Shankar is so beautiful with her sitar in the supurr poignant Concert for George Harrison, and on her Live at Carnagie Hall album and her Traveller album, nya!

Meryl:

Sarah Brightman’s White hair & gold body paint for the cover of Classics; Beyonce’s sparkly chain web top on her Dangerously in Love album; Nichelle Nichols in the White gown on her Dark Side of the Moon EP; Sabine Edelsbacher’s White dress for Edenbridge’s Grand Design album; Sarah McLachlan’s dress on her Wintersong album, Lisa Stansfield in the White Blouse & pants on her Biography album; Faith Hill’s large shirt on the back cover of Cry; Toni Braxton’s bikini on her More than a Woman album, and The Spice Girls on the July 1997 cover of Rolling Stone! (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan:

I will salute Joan Jett in her Pink jacket on the I Love Rock n Roll album and the bikini in her Do You Wanna Touch Me video; Lita Ford’s Black outfit in the web on Out for Blood & shiny strapless outfit on her Lita album; Wendy O. Williams’s cropped tank top & armor on her WOW album; the metal queen couture of Doro Peschi on her Calling the Wild, Fear No Evil, and Warrior Soul albums; the alien queen in The Scorpions’ Rhythym of Love mewsic video; the fire elemental girl in Dokken’s Into the Fire video; and KB the Boo Bonic’s lovely ink, ruffled off-shoulder Black midriff top & skirt on her Scars Are Sexy album, although her poor scraped knuckles look kinda painful! (tags Niko)

Niko:

The delightful outfits & make-up worn by the beachy frolickers of Elton John’s I’m Still Standing video; Amy Lee’s long Black sleeveless slit skirt & the White gown with earthy stripes amidst the canyon for Evanescence’s Wind Up album; International Contemporary Ensemble’s (ICE) Founder, Artistic Director & Flutist Claire Chase has the elegant sleeveless & asymmetric Black outfits to accent her purrky cute coiffure; Keiko Matsui’s Night Waltz ensemble and her asymmetric single strap dress for The Ring album’s booklet, nya!  (tags her sister)

Rica:

I will nominate Enya’s White dress on her Winter Came album; he colorful eight magnificent Goddessly costumes depicted in the booklet of Mediavel Baebes’ Mirabilis album; Chloe Lowery and Leslie Mills in the elegant dresses & strappy sandals from Yanni: Voices – Live from the Forum in Acapulco; Trans Siberian Orchestra’s violist Anna Phoebe who brought the sizzle to the fiddle amidst the spectacular light show & purrotechnics; and our May 2008 guests Rivka Levin & Becky Cormier who are the very beautiful Renaissance ladies along with the very dappurr Dolph Amick as the trio Three Quarter Ale, nya! (tags Nyanko)

Nyanko:

I will purraise Sheena Easton’s cute sleeveless white toga outfit on the A Purrivate Heaven album, the black bare midriff outfit in The Lover In Me mewsic video & more of her firm abs bared for her 7 Minute Stomach workout video! Don’t forget Deborah Harry’s cute strapless Black top, skirt & matching shoes on Blondie’s Autoamerican album, her purretty Pink dress on their Plastic Letters album, and her leopurrd purrint style on their Hunter album; Next is Kylie Minogue’s Blue & White ensemble on her Rhythm of Love album cover, the maillot on Light years, the sheer floral dress on the Please Stay, the stripe top & Black hose on the Body Language, and her Cammie costume in the Streetfighter movie! (tags Tara-chan

Tara-chan:

My turn, nya! I will nominate Kylie’s Aphrodite outfit, Madonna’s strapless Material Girl dress Lykke Li’s tribal look for her Wounded Rhymes album; Gwen Steffanie on the October 2012 cover of Marie Claire and in the L’Oreal commercial, Britney Spears in her Toxic mewsic video; Christina Aguilera’s Genie in a Bottle and – and her beachy July 2000 Rolling Stone outfits, nya! Gloria Estefan in The Rhythm is Gonna You video and – and in the Get on Your Feet video; Paula Abdul in the Cold Hearted video and – and in the Purromise of a New Day video, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tail – tags her sister)

Yvonne:

Melody Prochet’s sleeveless Red dress; Megumi Hayashibara’s numerous lovely outfits to the coast for her Sphere album; Milla Jovovich in the photos of her Divine Comedy album; Dale Bozzio’s strappy Pink, White & Yellow bikini topped off by her beautiful Blond hair to grace Missing Persons’ 1980 EP; Jane Child in her Don’t Wanna Fall in Love mewsic video, Grace Jones’s Orangey tube top on her Island Life album; Annie Lennox’s widdle Black mask upon The Eurythmics’ Touch album; and Tawney Kitaen’s White neglige atop the Jaguar in Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again video; nya! (tags Mike

Mike:

Lynda Carter in the jeans & Blue knotted blouse on the back cover of her debut album, Toni Tennlile’s Purrple beach dress for The Captain & Tennille’s Dream album, and her Pink sauna towel for their Keeping Our Love Warm album; Reema Ruspoli in the body paint & frisky fashion aboard the yacht as Rio in Duran Duran’s Rio music video; Katrina Leskanich in the jeans & knotted Black midriff blouse amidst the chains & rain in Katrina and the Waves’ That’s the Way video; and Caroline Munro as the curious beautiful reporter in Adam Ant’s Goody Too Shoes video! Back to you, BB!

BB:

Lucia Hwong in the kimono for her House of Sleeping Beauties album, her translucent attire for her Secret Luminesence album, and the gold outfit for Celestial Realm; and model Pat Evans on the Ohio Players’ Pain, Pleasure, Ecstasy & Climax album covers, nya! They definitely had the sexy album covers, such as the female fire fighter on the Fire album, and the snake charmer on the Rattlesnake album, and the one with the jar of yummy honey! Oh oh and speaking of the sexy album covers, La Sonora Dinamita’s album covers have featured the many bikinis & maillots, Well I guess we are just about done, but finally there were the costumes from the mewsical which we were all unanimous for-

The Ladies of The Mew:

CATS! (the catgirls add the NYA!)

The Cat Lady Sings…

Jeannie:

I just got a text from Sheila May’s, mermaids are on the way.

Trini-chan:

Yattah!

Ilyana:

Oh oh purrhaps we should move the luau for them, given the tide!

Elizabeth:

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

BB:

It was good to be back!

Kiko, Yuriko, Rica & Nico:

Thank you for inviting us again, nya!

Petra:

We are so glad y’all could attend, and thank y’all for bringing much delicious nutritious food, nya!

Bun:

We wish to thank Misty and Natalia again for the beautiful art, too!

Meryl:

We also thank all of the talented, industrious & inspurrational folks whose works we have discussed…

Becca:

…and Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew & Catgirl Island…

Nyoka:

…and the rest of  our friends & families for their love & support…

Tara-chan:

… and all of our kind viewers for being the great audience, nya!

Mielikki:

Fur shur!

Nyanko:

Y’all may post the brief, polite, sincere responses to our discussion–

Yvonne:

– purrvided that such remarks are spam-free, not purrofane & stay on topic, nya!

Mary Nyan:

Next month is our annual Mew Awards Ceremony, in which we will pick our favorite stuff of 2012!

Mike:

Be there… aloha!

The Catgirls:

BAIBAI, NYA!


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