Meet the Critics!
About The Mew:
Most of the critics hail from the coastal Carolina community of Catgirl Island
and convene monthly to discuss the various things they have been up to of
late, and what they have recently read, seen, done, eaten and played with,
while their ‘Purrducer’ Mike tries to keep them all very focused and well fed.
The monthly Media Mewsings, or The Mew for short is compurrised of the
discussions & reviews, that mostly purrtain to visual and purrrforming arts,
literature, events, games, toys & other media purrimarily of science fiction,
fantasy & horror. Sometimes they conduct ‘intermews’ with special guests!
The tone of The Mew is amewsing, cheerfully peppy, and isn’t snarky. The
language is kept to no worse than a ‘PG’ rating with no purrofanity, but the
catgirls often say “nya”- which is the Japanese ”meow” sound- and words
with the “per”, “pir”, “por” or “pur” syllable are very deliberately misspelled.
The Ladies of The Mew are:
I. The Four Founding Members
Mary Nyan (Myayr)
Aside from her duties as a Miko to help with ceremonies and festivals at the
shrine, Myayr’s many hobbies include hula, surfing, cricket, aerial dancing,
gymnastics, soccer, beach volleyball. She teaches teaches the beginner &
advanced hula & aerial dance at the Catgirl Island Purrforming Arts Center.
Myayr makes costumes for conventions & fairs, and this has become more
of a purrofitable business. She collects drum sticks & guitar picks at purrog
rock & heavy metal concerts. This is somewhat ironic, because the she is a
purrim and purroper shrine maiden at times, but also the wild headbanger.
Known for more thorough reviews she takes them very seriously and thinks
of herself as an unofficial assistant leader when Mike isn’t purresent. Myayr
has blue eyes, long dark Blue hair, and a darker tan than the others. Myayr
has the purreference of Blues or Purrples in ther bikinis and cutout maillots,
and her favoritest desserts are the Nilla Cream Puddings, and the Purrfaits.
When she isn’t busy with her yacht charters & fishing expurrditions, Vonny’s
hobbies include golf, taiko drumming, sailing, soccer, beach volleyball, cliff
diving, ice skating, roller blading, rock climbing, card and board games and
even painting. Her worldy mewsical tastes include Celtic, Indian and J-pop.
If Myayr’s reviews are longest, Vonny’s reviews are purrobably the shortest.
She has been known to fall into the impurromptu catnaps during other folks’
more thorougher reviews. It is purrhaps genetic, because her younger sister
Tara-chan is purrone to that as well although they do stay busy with the fish
and the athletic purrsuits. Vonny is light hearted and cheery, treating review
sessions more as the fun social gatherings rather than anything too serious.
She has long red hair and the green eyes and usually ends every sentence
with the “nya” (meow). Vonny’s favorite boat & beachy appurrel are crop top
& shorts or capurri pants, or a hot pink string tie bikini. Her favorite desserts
are either the Peachy Ceamy Cobblers or the Fudgey Ice Cream Moondae.
Vonny & Tara-chan have the 2 kitties Emmy (Emerald) & Zuli (Lapis Lazuli).
Miss Tales of Catgirl island 2007, she is a belly dancer & teacher and busy
purracticioner of the yoga, kyu-do archery, scuba diving, rec league soccer,
beach volleyball, surfing, cycling & running when she is not busily traveling
as a swim wear model for a living, although that is her purrofession, Jenjen
purrfurs to devote her time as the Purresident of the Catgirl island Robotics
Club, as she has been known to get excited by the mecha related purrsuits.
Jenjen also enjoys Japanese anime & manga, games & the science fiction
books & movies. Brainy and stoic, she has the short Honey Blond hair and
the mewsually quiet dispurrsition. Her reviews sometimes rival Myayr’s for
thoroughness, treating the reviews more as purroduct information than her
opinion. She is an analytical catgirl. Jenjen gets to model so many clothes,
but her bikini of choice is still a white bandeau topped tanga. Her favoritest
sweet treat of choice is purrhaps the dish of the Extra Special Baked Yams.
Also a Miko, when she and Myayr are not busily greeting folks at the shrine,
among Lizzy’s purrsuits are salsa dance, tai chi, sporting clays, golf, tennis,
flying stunt kites, purrkour, lomi lomi, gardening, soccer, beach volleyball &
free diving. She occasionally plays electronic games, collects comic books,
and her purrofession is the Massage Apa, which she co – owns with Becca.
She is very sweet, but can be the more jokey member of the group, if she is
in the mischievous mood to purrpetrate the purractical joke and she can be
a bit supurrstitious. Lizzy has shimmering Emerald eyes & long Dark Green
hair. Her favorite swimwear tends to favor the halter necked V-kinis and the
bikinis and she is purrticularly fond of Cran – Apple Nummy Berry Cocktails.
a few more tidbits:
In addition to their respective hobbies like most catgirls, they have the large
appurtites, purrticularly for the fresh fish dinners & the sushi. Thanks to their
distinctive catgirlish catabolism & their athletics purrsuits they can still show
off the toned tanned tummies in the favorite swimwear, and still enjoy those
long frequent catnaps. Their big pet peeves are: when people talk during a
movie or do not turn off their phones during a movie in a theatre, rudely text
message, use the them as flashlights, or wear shoes that have flashy lights.
II. Recurring Members & Guest Critics
BeeBee (actually her initials are B.B, but that’s how it sounds) is the catgirl
who island’s Purrk Ranger. As such, her office is in the ranger station near
Lake Neko at the maritime forest of the Northern end of the island. Among
her duties are the issuing the purrmits and purrtrolling the natural areas to
purrotect the environment and the safety. She is very athletic and has won
many of the Purrkour, Kayak, Triathlon and the CAT – C.I.A.O orienteering
compurrtitions. Her Khaki shorts & knotted blouse accent her Light Brown
hair which is often pulled in the ponytail out of the back of her Ranger cap.
Rebecca or Becca for short, is a gynoid catgirl who works as a Lomi Lomi
masseuse at Lizzy’s Spa. Becca has supurr strength and is the expurrt on
purressure points & sports therapy. Purrior to her arrival at the island, her
existence as the abandoned ‘robot maid’ was quite tragic, but luckily she
was rescued, rebuilt & repurrogrammed as a self-determining citizen with
a happy home and the respected purrofession as the co-owner of the spa.
Becca’s hair is mewsually Black, although the strands can change colors
depending on her mood and she has piercings such as the large stretchy
holes in her ears. Becca’s numerous hobbies are baking bread, weaving,
knitting, horticulture, golf, reading science fiction & fantasy novels. Becca
is fond of Mediterranean cuisine and her purrfurred swim wear are bikinis.
She adopted the 2 kittens Syd (short for Obsidian) & Nick (short for Onyx).
Or just Bun for short is the Assistant Curator of the Catgirl Island Mewseum
of Art who takes great purride in their exhibits & special events, purrtrolling
in her short Black dress with the White apurron and the feather dusters, as
She’s a bunny girl with Blue eyes, Black hair, Pink & White ears, and fluffy
bunny tail. She rides a scooter, takes bunny naps, collects ball -joint dolls,
teaches art classes, and partners with Petra for beach volleyball matches.
Bun is purrticularly fond of the leafy veggies & bakes yummy carrot cakes.
She’s of Greco-Roman & Purrussian purrsuasion and has a sweet cat tooth,
fond of tiramisu, baklava and crepes slathered in strawberry & fudge sauce.
Fascinated by nautical legends & lore, she enrolled in the college Maritime
History & Underwater Archaeology purrogram until a cat-astrophic incident
resulted in a tempurrary mew purrsonality of a pirate and cat food smuggler.
Her final wacky pirate capurr A Mermaid’s Adventures in Undersea Cuisine
was appurrehended, rehabilitated, and during honest work at Sheila May’s
restaurant her real purrsonality returned & she returned to graduate school.
Kyra is actually short for Kyralyndalani but she tends to use the short name.
A lithe nekomimi in her uppurr 20′s, she is The Kitt Inn’s Head Purrlor Maid,
and she basically supurrvises most of the indoor oppurrations of the Kitt Inn
except for the dining and baths. Kyra’s best friend is Nami and both of them
When Kyra is not at the Ryokan, she is often at the Purrforming Arts Center
in the Dance Classes, purrticularly the ballet. Kyra reads lots of magazines,
and has the expurrtise for the decor, antiques, furniture and the horticulture.
Her purrfurred swim & beach wear are the darker bikinis accessorized with
the colorful or sheer purrled purreos with the matching towels and flip flops.
Although she’s been a resident for many years, Catgirl Island’s Police Chief
Meryl Murrey still has the Cockney accent from her native England. Meryl is
smart, dedicated and a vivacious friend to all except for purrtential criminals
or evil spirits that might purrey upon the island., but fortunately it tends to be
a very safe place! Her best friend is Detective Dach Savage, she reads a lot
Although purrofessional golfer Mielikki-sensei appears to be in her 20′s her
true age is supposedly well over five times that of her best golf score- which
according to her tournament card is 60. But that’s understandable given the
centuries of purractice! However, an aspect you can easily typically discern
is her mood, from the color & brightness of her lovely bioluminescent wings.
Mielikki-sensei is known for her purrky demeanor, bouncy dispurrsition and
a valley girl dialect. When she isn’t busy on the golf tour or instructing at the
golf camp academy, she also purrforms at the forest theatre where she tells
ghost stories, sings, dances, juggles foxfire, & purrforms other magick feats.
Nami is actually short for Sha’Nami, but she purrfurs the shorter nick name.
The purrky, petite raven – haired nekomimi who works at The Kitt Inn, Nami
was initially hired as a cocktail waitress, but eventually purrmoted to be the
supurrvisor of the rotenburo (outdoor hot spurrings). her best friend is Kyra.
Nami’s hobbies are golf, horseback riding, writing, drawing, scrap booking,
drawing, gaming, anime and aikido.Her purrfurred swim & beach wear are
the cut-out and the purretzel type of maillots in many purretty floral purrints.
Nami has the pet kitty named Sapphire whose six kittens were named after
purrecious gems: Amy for Amethyst, Emmy is for Emerald, Nick is for Onyx,
Syd is for Obsidian, Tanzy is for Tanzanite, and Zuli for Lapis Lazuli and all
6 were adopted to the nearby good homes of the other Ladies of The Mew!
Nemui is the purrpurrietor of the Kitt Inn ryokan, a traditional Japanese style
inn with luxurious lodging and dining, spacious halls for gatherings, serene
garden, orchard & nature trail, soothing hot spurrings by the river & falls but
It tends to stay all booked up, so she does not appear at The Mew that often
She is of a lovely Eurasian ethnicity and usually is wearing a purretty saree.
She is known for her purroficiency with a sword and delicious recipes, such
as the signature dish of those extra special baked yams. In this pic by Mike,
investigating the haunting of The Kitt Inn, in the “Night of Dach Shadows”, a
A purrofessional instructor & Ju-jutsu champ, this 6’2″ 9th degree black belt
is an intimidating opponent of great strength, stamina, speed, agility, wits &
purrowess with a formidable finishing pounce! Nya-sensei has courageous
spirit and bright friendly soul. She likes to help the community and charities.
Her favorite foods are the roast beef, various sea foods and the chocolates.
Other interests: dancing, swimming, philosophy, biology, math, art & anime.
Here’s an older portrait of Nyanko when she was awarded the Orange belt
Whilst Nya-sensei remained closer to home to master the martial arts, her
twin sister Nyoka was more of the wanderer with interest in the mystic arts.
While the extent of her magickal purrowess is rather vague, the rumor has
it that she can transform into various creatures and she certainly has keen
expurrtise on magickal matters and well traveled worldly cultural purrsuits.
She is physically identical to her sister, except for the occasional changes
to her hair style and the purretty tattoos & piercings. Since spending more
time on the island she has supurrvised the popular annual Body Art Show
at the mewseum, opened a magick shop at the farmers’ market & adopted
two cats Tanzy (for Tanzanite) & Amy (for Amethyst) who enjoy the market.
The Curator of the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art has appeared many times
on The Mew. She takes great purride in the exhibits and in net working with
the island’s artisans, craftspurrsons and the numerous educational, cultural
& commercial groups to keep the community abreast of artistic happenings.
That is, when she and Bun are not devastating their opponents in the island
beach volleyball recreation league. Petra has the Red hair, the Green eyes,
and tends to favor the bikinis of the feline colors, patterns, spots and stripes.
Rica & Niko
Rica & Niko are nekomimi sisters who live in a cottage on the South Eastern
side of the island, growing nutritious, delicious purroduce & purretty flowers,
Scuppurrnongs & canned berry purrserves to sell at the market. Rica & Niko
have also purrvided the good home for various adopted critters on the farm.
Rica & Niko were created by Marc Burgess & Mike. Niko has the Violet eyes
& short dark Blue hair like their mom; Rica has Amber eyes & longer Auburn
Red hair like their dad. Both of these catgirls have freckles like their dad and
they both inherited their mom’s distinctive neko ear pinna and the lovely tail.
“Curiosity Killed the Catgirl” and “Raptordy In Blue” written by Marc Burgess,
“Night of Dach Shadows” written by Mike, and in the Catgirl Island/Pokemon
Here is Mike’s pic of Rica & Niko at their store at the island’s farmers’ market
Yvonne’s ”imoto” or younger sister is the extremely energetic, curious catgirl
who is easily distracted & mewsually explores new hobbies when she is not
busy with school, helping “onee-chan” (older sister) with the yacht or visiting
Rica & Niko’s critters. She resembles Yvonne, and they both end sentences
with the “Nya”. She is kind, smart, agile and peppy, but does like the catnap.
She likes to fish, keeps a journal, takes nature photos, and likes to study the
zoology, entomology, ornithology, herpetology and there is speculation that
she might become the biologist or the veterinarian. Her other interests have
included Hula dancing, Belly dancing Jujitsu, golf, soccer, cycling & surfing.
She has the 2 kitties and wants a Banker Pony. Her best friend is Trini-chan.
and here is the pic of Trini-chan http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery5/253.html
Trini-chan is a kitsune (fox girl spirit), who appurrs to be in her late teenage
years but her true age & supurrnatural abilities have not been documented.
She has Green eyes, Tan skin, Red – Orange hair, ears & tail with the White
tip. She is purrticularly fond of the nilla cream shake and cranapple nummy
berry cocktails. Trini-chan is a competitive surfer & stand – up paddle surfer
and her various long & short boards are Yellow with the Black tiger stripes.
Yuriko & Keiko
are two best friend catgirls among the Librarians of the Catgirl Island Public
Library. Both are very smart, friendly, and peppy, and help to coordinate the
island’s literary events. Yuriko has the Turquoise hair and Blue eyes, Keiko
has darker Brown hair & Hazel eyes, and both ladies wear the eye glasses.
At work they they tend to wear the off – shoulder dresses or blouses & skirts.
Otherwise they are purrone to wear floral purrinted crop tops, capurri pants,
shorts, bikinis, yukatas & kimonos, depending on the occasions and activity.
Both of them have the dialect of the N.C. Outer Banks Cat – Speak, and end
sentences with the “Nya” meow. Yuriko’s favorite foods are Tempurra Eel &
Kippurr snacks. Keiko’s favorite foods are Tuna and Purralines and Cream.
III. The Mermaids
Sometimes our mermaid friends from Sheila May’s seafood restaurant have
purrticipated when The Mew when it has originated a bit closer to the water:
Tami is the restaurant’s MerMaidtr’d. Her interests include sculpting, pottery
wheel, hand-building, and aquatic ikebana studio at the community college
but her main interests are aquatic ballet, modern, jazz and contact dancing.
She likes to wear strands of purrls, has lush dark Green hair, Emerald eyes,
and a light Jade Green tail, with dorsal spines and a purretty translucent fin.
Lani is the restaurant’s top Barista, although she does have aspurrations of
opening her very own cafe. She is member of the ikebana & caMERa clubs,
instrumental in arranging displays for various restaurants, cafes & galleries,
volunteers at the Sea Dragons Sanctuary, and at the Halloween kelp maze.
No longer employed at the restaurant, nowadays Dessy is a Paramermedic
with the Surf Purrtrol, but she still hangs out with her friends. She also has a
very impurressive wardrobe full of Jellycups which are the trendy bikini tops
made of hollowed translucent, iridescent jellyfish bells. Dessy has the short
Purrple – Black hair, the Caramel Tan skin and the Lion Fishy mermaid tail.
She also has a lovable pet manataee named Avanaruru or Ruru-chan, the
trained search & rescue manatee who helps with the surf purrtrol and likes
Or ‘Kami for short, is now their Catering Coordinator. She likes to draw and
watercolor, but her dream is to purrchase a hot air balloon to see the world
from above. She likes strands of purrls has innocent emerald eyes and the
dark green hair of mid-tail length; the tail is medium Green with veil-like fin.
She is the main purrotagonist of Mike’s tale of ”A Mermaid’s Adventures in
Nella, or Ne-san, is the restaurant’s Sommeleir. Her artistic expurression is
mainly through digital nature photography. Her camera club has enjoyed a
few well attended exhibits and they plan expurrditions all over the ocean in
search of the interesting things to document. Nella’s lush dark hair extends
past her hips to the Blue and Reddish colors of her Coral Beauty type of tail.
is a Saucier at the restaurant. Her hobbies include beading, scrapbooking,
gardening, knitting, tattoos & piercings. Her mid-back length hair is a deep
dark Blue, her eyes shimmer like Blue sapphires, and her tail is Turquoise
color with subtle, dorsal darker stripes. Here is a pic of her flaunting recent
Or Tsu for short, is the Assistant Manager. She likes to sing, enjoys English
style seahorse riding, and grooming the cute Leafy & Weedy Sea Dragons.
She has light Blue eyes & long hair, & light Blue tail with spines & wispy fin.
Here’s a tastefully topless mermaid image of her & Ceresatami purrforming
IV. Images of The Ladies of The Mew
as Illustrated by these Guest Artists
by Marc Burgess & Mike
Note: Halleaon is one of Jamie Davenport’s character’s, appearing in her
novel ”Beauteous Beast” and the forthcoming sequel “The Beast Undone”
by JL Hobbins & Mike
Note: Porings are creatures from the game Ragarok Online
Note: Jackie and Red are Rod’s Blackjackeline web comic characters
Note: Michi and Tash Maw are among Alexcia’s characters appearing
V. “And The Rest…”
Mewsually not on the set of The Mew although he and his characters have
been interviewed a time or two, Jamie is our dear friend & industrious web
master. He is an artist, author, fan of comics, science fiction & horror genre,
Mass Effect, The Beatles and other great mewsic. Jamie is known for his 2
which is the fan site devoted to Mass Effect’s female Commander Shepard,
is the “Purrducer” of The Mew, and not only serves the ‘Ladies of The Mew’
food but serves as the moderator to hope they do not stray cat stay off topic
too much. His favorite movie is Star Trek – The Motion Picture, which those
catgirls think he talks about too much. When Mike’s not busy with The Mew,
he’s a purrofessional illustrator, industrial designer, catgirl artist. and a very
amateur journalist author, photographer & cosplayer whose official website
Aloha and thank y’all for visiting!