Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
purroudly purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The October 2020 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
This year is Catgirl Island’s 20th Anniversary, nya!
in this edition of The Mew:
The Lightning Round topic:
our favorite movies of 1950
The monthly Celebrity Catgirl & Kemonmimi Spotlight
collectibles & toy talk:
D&D Icons of the Realm Female Tabaxi Rogue Premium Figure
Kitten Catfe: Purrista Girls Reveal Doll & Surprise Cup
comic book & manga mewsings:
School-Live! Manga Volume 12
A Centaur’s Life Manga Volume 18
My Little Pony and Transformers #2
comics, book & magazine mewsings:
Comicbook Creator #23
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The Art and Visual Effects
additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:
“Isabelle” Animal Crossing fan art and “Mayor Debby” by Mike
“Happy Autumn Equinox”, “Chelsea 2020”, “Rebecca Ferguson as Rose
the Hat”, “The White Queen”, “Ilsa Faust“ and “Jenny Lind” by Jamie
“Lavendar Mist”, ”Beach Brilliance”,“Autumn Sunrise”, “Winter Solitude”,
“Waters Edge” and “Wild Peaks” by Rebecca Brogden
(Catgirl Island & The Mew’s creator / purrducer, wearing White Dogwood purrint Hawaiian shirt and Loden Green shorts): Aloha y’all and welcome to The Mew, in which we review and discuss fun stuff! This month’s Mew comes from the river walk through beautiful downtown Purrbank at Catgirl island in Mew Hanover County, NC where it’s 79 degrees beneath a Blue sky full of puffy Cumulo-Neko clouds! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here The Ladies of The Mew!
seamstress, cosplayer, hula instructor and semi-retired miko
, wearing Purrple Orchid purrint asymmetric purretzel-cutout maillot): Aloha!
(the fishing boat charter captain & drumming circle purrcussionist
, wearing the
Blue Hydrangia purrint monokini with cropped tee shirt): Namaste, nya!
(the Mew Hanover College swim team coach & county purramermedic mermaid, wearing the
Pink & White Indian Lotus
purrint bandeau bikini top): Shello!
(the nekomimi gynoid & hot salsa dancer who co-owns the spa with her wife Elizabeth, wearing the
purrint suspender maillot): Hola!
(the Fire Chief & body builder / fitness enthusiest banker pony centauress, wearing the Lavender Dendrobium Orchid lei)
(the yogini, model,
belly dance instructor &
, wearing the
Salmon Plumeria purint micro bikini & sheer purrled purreo): Nihao.
(the surfer, board shapurr, beginner belly dance instructor & pony owning kitsune, wearing the Cream Foxglove
purrint ring-closure bikini): Konbanwa!
(the art guild purresident, art mewseum co-curator & beach volleyball champion, wearing the
Golden Beehive Ginger purrint bandeau-top tanga bikini): Hi Hi, nya!
the gardener, art mewseum co-curator & beach volleyball champion bunny girl, wearing the
Green Obake Anthurium
side-tie bikini): Guten tag!
twin sister of Nyanko,
magick shop proprietress & cat owning witchy catgirl, wearing the Scarlet Bird of Purradise purrint
athletic bra & boy shorts): Howdy!
So, what have y’all been up to since last month’s Mew?
As mewsual, Lizzy and I have been pampurring the customers at our spa, tending to the garden, going to the late night hot salsa dance, and watching several TV series, such as Yumeiro Patissiere, Pastel Memories, Shining Hearts, Strawberry Marshmallow, and Love Lab. She is at the meeting with her Purrkour Club but jopes to join us later for the AfterMew Luau!
Gosh I guess I have not participated in The Mew since The May Mew! Other than coaching the swim team and training the purramermedic cadets, lately I have been catching up on some of the Star Trek fan films, such as Star Trek Continues, Star Trek New Voyages, Prelude to Axanar, Star Trek Renegades, and Paragon’s Paragon! Howboutchoo, Myayr?
Carerratia, Janyczsazsa and I have been sewing busily the costumes for the groups of cosplayers. We recently finished the costumes of
Wandaba Style’s Mix Juice, and Release the Spyce’s Tsukikage; but next we have to finish tour Mew group’s costumes for the county’s annual Halloween Trick ‘R Eat & Cosplay Purrowl!
I am eager to see y’all cosplay as the goddess characters of the Smite video game! I have been training our new firefighters and the first responders, inspecting the lanterns, bonfires and fireworks, working out at Nya-sensei’s gym, and catching up on the reading! I will have the manga review later in the show! So Vonny how is Tara-chan enjoying her first semester of college?
She is so enthused about the classes, nya! She is still caring for her pony and the cats but will not have as much time to purrticipate in The Mew, nya. When my drumming circle has not been purrcussing at the purrades and purrformances, my fishing charters have reeled in the bumpurr crop of the yummy yellowfin, groupurrr, snappurrr, stripurr, bluefish, and the mackerel, nya!
As mewsual, my routine is compurrised purrimarily of the monthly weekend swimwear modeling, weekday mornings at the yoga studio, afternoons at the kyudo range, alternating evenings teaching the advance bellly dance classes at the he Purrforming Arts Center, and purrsiding over the Robotics Club, which has built the extra spooky animatronics for Halloween.
I have been paddle surfing, board shaping, caring for my pony and volunteering at the stables and at the food bank, teaching the beginner belly dance classes. Tara-chan and I are looking forward to doing te
kids’ face paints at the art mewseum’s Halloween art show, where Petra and Bunni have put together the great exhibit of the macabre paintings, photos sculptures and decorations!
We are quite appurreciative of her and the rest of the mewseum staff, volunteers, artists and visitors, nya! We are hoping the attendance will top last year’s record, nya!
Since we won the recreation league’s beach volleyball tournyament again, we are also excited about coaching at the Autumnal beach volleyball camp, nya!
We are quite grateful for the event staff, officials, the fans, the purrents and our fellow athletes! Between the mewseum, the volleyball, and the ferstivities,
somehow I have also found the time for my gardening and baking, so I have brought the carrot cale with the creamy frosting for tonight’s Aftermew!
I have been working at my magick shop,
which was rather bustling with the Autumnal Equinox activities and we are already planning for the Winter Solstice celebration! It was all paws on deck but we had lots of help from the shop cats, my sister and our purrents. Nyanko is busy at her dojo, but
but hopes to join us later for the AfterMew! Whatchoo been up to, Mike?
Oh, the usual art, writing, reading, running the virtual 5ks, watchin’ stuff, and spending time with family and friends! Ah, well, we’ve got a lot on our plate, so let’s go ahead and jump into this month’s
Lightning Round Topic: our favorite movies of 1950!
This year we’ve been looking back at our favorite entertainment from years ending with a 0, so this time we’re at 1950! Bunni’s gonna start, so are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO- NYA!
Harvey is my favorite movie of 1950, but I will also nomiane the Buggs Bunny, Looney Tunes, and Popeye animated shorts! (tags Petra to go next)
I will nominate the Disney’s Cinderella, and the animated shorts starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, nya! (tags Becca)
Harvey, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Martin and Lewis At War with the Army! Vonny’s turn! (tags Yvonne with a brush of the tail)
Father of the Bride, and Cheaper by the Dozen, nya! Nyow it is… Nyo-sensei’s turn, nya! (tail-tags Nyoka)
I will nominate Cinderella, Harvey, Orpheus, and All About Eve! Myayr’s turn! ( tags Mary Nyan)
Treasure island, Kim, King Solomon’s Mines, and
Cyrano de Bergerac! (tags Daytona)
The Jackie Robinson Story, Rashomon, Sunset Boulevard, and The Asphalt Jungle! (tags Ellie)
The movies starring Jimmy Stewart such as Harvey, Broken Arrow, Winchester ’73, and Jackpot! (tags Jeannie)
Destination Moon, Rocketship X-M. Prehistoric Women, and Atom Man vs Superman. (tags Trini-chani)
Cinderella, Annie Get Your Gun, Riding High, and Harvey, fur shur! Back to Mike!
Oh I gotta go with Harvey, Cinderella, and Destination Moon! Well, that was another expedient little Lightning Round, and now here are Nyoka and Vonny and to present this month’s
Celebrity Catgirl & Kemonmimi Spotlight!
Hai In this monthly portion of The Mew, we commeowmorate catgirls and other kemonomimi of the various species in the famous international mythologies and the popular cultures! They might include the shape – shifters, anthropurrrmorphic ladies and those who might not actually have beasty DNA, but do have the cat-titude or couture to be broadly considered by us to be “honorary” kemonomimi!
Firstly are the three fierce feline girls in the 1974 movie Flesh Gordon, which was the live-action hentai purrody of the 1936 serial, which was based upon Alex Raymond’s 1943 Flash Gordon comic strip, nya.
They are topless, fanged, fair-skinned girls with unruly blond hair who growl like wild cats and pounce upn the titular hero in the evil Emperor Wang’s gladiatorial arena! They clawed most of Flesh’s clothes off before he knocked them out and escaped.
Nextly is the kitsune who graces the cover of the 1972 album Foxtrot by Genesis! Designed by Paul Whitehead https://www.paulwhitehead.com, the image depicts the lovely vulpine in the pleated red V-neck A-Line evening gown with the detached ruffled sleeves at the beach! The band’s vocalist Peter Gabriel https://petergabriel.com
cosplayed as the character in the concerts, wearing the fox mask and the red dress with short ruffled pouf sleeves!
The Ishtarians are sentient liontaur-like natives of the wartorn planet Isthar amidst the cat-astrophic heat wave in the trinary
Anubelia system in the 1974 science fiction novel Fire Time by Poul Anderson https://www.fantasticfiction.com/a/poul-anderson! There are two pages purrtaining to Ishtarian anatomy in the 1979 book Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials by Wayne Barlow https://waynebarlowe.com
and Ian Summers!
Nextly is the magnificent 1976 painting of “Palu The Cat Goddess” https://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/product/palu-the-cat-goddess by artist Jim Fitzpatrick! Inspired by the myths of Ireland, Palu was the celtic mother-goddess worshipped across Western Europe.and known in Wales as
Cath Paluc the monster cat! She is quite divinely beautiful in the diaphanous gown in the image bordered by the intricate celtic knots!
The late artist / author Karen Kuykendall is purrhaps best known for her beautiful fantasy art and feline motif! She conceived of the purrallel universe known as The Outer Regions which is compurrised of the various kingdoms who venerate the nekos! These can be found in her 1979 book Cat People and Other Inhabitants of the Outer Regions.
The sexy, seductive Sphinx upon the Egyptian alter is surrounded by the meatless bones of her human purrey, to grace the front sleeve of the A Fatal Beauty purrtfolio by artist Richard Hescox http://www.richardhescox.com
! Published by
Schanes & Schanes in 1980, the signed & numbered edition included six 11×14” plates, each depicting another alluring fantasy femme fatale!
Developed & published by Blue Byte, Albion is the science fiction / fantasy role-playing PC game in which the players explore the lushly mysterious planet Albion, which is inhabited by the felinoid species known as the Iskai https://albionworld.fandom.com/wiki/Iskai
Speaking of games, the 11th season of CBS’s TV Game Show Let’s Make a Deal had the special “Kids Rule the World” epuursode which was broadcast on 18 May, 2020, in which costumed kids tried to win purrizes, nya! There were kemonomimi cosplayers aplenty in the audience, including the bunny girls, cow girls, mouse girls, equine girls… and several catgirls such as Nicole who won the $100 and Sophie who won the $3,000, nya!
29 year old Lauren Coogan https://www.instagram.com/laurencoogan/?hl=en
is from Oxford in England, and in the 8th epurrsode of the 2nd season of
CBS’s dating / reality TV show Love Island (which was broadcast on
September 1st, 2020), she arrived at the romantic villa in Fiji, wearing the leopurrd purrint bikini & robe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBdiaU9q8JQ
, nya! That outfit certainly does put the purretty spots in the spotlight, so for that fabulous feline fashion, we will consider her as the “honorary catgirl”, nya!
Speaking of the stores Dekai Anime https://www.dekaianime.com
is an anime store in North Lincolnshire, UK, nya! They sell all sorts of manga & anime items such as the figures, garments, wall art, accessories, and so forth, and at their web site you’ll see images of their nekomimi mascot Hoshiko, nya!
She is a magickal extraterrestrial Neko with the fair slin, the long blue twin-tailed coiffure, lovely ear pinna, the heterochromatic eyes, and the peppy dispurrsition, nya! While studying The Earth she became the otaku who is obsessed with collecting the anime & manga items, nya!
We were delighted to see the cat and other kemonomimi suits, masks, ears and tails amongst the many child and adult costumes at the Spirit Halloween store https://www.spirithalloween.com, nya
! I was purrticularly pleased with the Fierce Feline, Tiger and Cheetah Catsuit Costumes! We also got the store coupon which has the photo of the various masqueraders, including the catgirl in the corset, nya!
Moving from Halloween to Christmas, we wish to mention the forthcoming Grimm Fairy Tales 2020 Holiday Pinup Special by author Dave Franchini and the various artists, nya! It is published by Xenoscope Entertainment which publishes the comic books such as the Grimm Fairy Tales series of the darker, sexier, modern versions of the famous fairy & fantasy tales, nya.
The Pinup Special is available with the variant covers, including cover C by Josh Burns https://joshburnsart.blogspot.com,
which depicts the alluringly voluptuous shikamimi
(deer girl) in the snowy wilderness, nya! The Winter holidays and the mew year will be here before we know it, nya! That is all for this month’s spotlight, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Becca, who will begin our collectibles & toy talk portion of The Mew, with
her review of the D&D Icons of the Realms
Female Tabaxi Rogue Purremium Miniature!
This widdle figureine is purrt of Wizkid’s purremium line of purre-painted miniatures for use with the tabletop games such as Dungeons & Dragons! Purrnounced ta-BAX-ee, we have purreviously shown the spotlight upon the Tabaxi, which are one of the felinoid species in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games. They were featured in the 1979 Fiend Folio book and the 1993 Monstrous Manual book!
Sometimes referred to as leopurrd people, jaguar people, and cat people (not to be confuzzeled with the smaller Cat Folk species), they are gracefiul, agile, stealthy, slim bipedal jungle dwellers of 6-7 ft tall, with the pelage that ranges from Yellow to reddish brown, often with the stripes or the spots. Assuming this purrticular Tabaxi girl is the average height of 6.5 ft, then this 1.5 inch tall miniature is of the 1:52 scale.
In the Nitojutsu (two-sword fighting) stance with the long sword and short sword s
he is barefoot in the hooded blue shinobi shozoku outfit with the gray kyahan leg wraps and the light brown leather dou (brigandine) with the sode (shoulder paldrons), matching tateage (knee poleyns), scabbards and fingerless left glove. She has the pleasantly confident expurression, with the golden eyes and the curved striped tai!
The retail purrice is $7.99 purr figure. The design is quite nice, with the excellent sculp, and the meticulous paint, from her spots and “cheatah tear
” markings on her face, to the lockets and chapes of her scabbards!
Oh, and the box includes the sepaurrate circular black display base, which is about the size of the quarter. I am done, so I will turn The Mew over to Trini-chan who wants to discuss the
Kitten Catfe: Purrista Girls Reveal Doll & Surprise Cups!
Hai! made by Jakks Pacific, Kitten Catfe: Purrista Girls https://kittencatfe.com
is the line of adorably cute widdle toys of the catgirl & beverage theme! Packaged within the 4.5” tall plastic cup with the cat – eared lid are the 4” tall posable figure, her fashion accessories, and the widdle marble-like Meowables which could fit like beads upon a charm bracelet. It is the “blind box” package, so you do not know which you’ll get.
The packaging is so clever, because the cup looks like one you would get from the coffee shop, including the wraparound paper “obi”, and the toys inside are packaged in the condoment-like packets! In this Series 2 wave of the product line there are 12 different catgirls of the chibi / super-deformed stule with the oversized head, with the artculation in the neck, tail, shoulders and hips and the snap-on garments.
On the obi is pretty art and the photo of a sample surprise within.The first one I got was Catalina Creme with the short seaform colored hair and eyes, the Purple maillot, Pink glasses & gauze ballerina tutu, white socks and Blue sneakers. Other catgirls include Cece Mew, Cara Kitty, Jasmint Joe, Jojo Jazz, Layla Latte, Lexi Spresso, Lola Bell, Lulu Affrogato, Mocha Lisa, Pawlena Purr and Pur5sella Taylor.
Of the 25 different Meowbles I got Razz Meow and Grand Meow. One of the mewobles Hazel Meow is rarer than the others. They are enclosed in the tea bag! Added to the cleverness is the cup lid which flips upside down to be the cat bed! Also included in the cup are the simple instruction sheet and the colorful collectors guide / checklist with pics of all of series 2’s characters, whose favorite drinks are listed.
Catalina’s is the Nut Butter ’n Jelly Shake! The web site is quite neat, with profiles of the series 1-3 characters, 24 recipes, the guide to Purrista Girls series 1-3 and the Meowble Yarn Balls series 1,the FAQ page and the 30 second video commercial. Each cup is sold seperately, so it might take me a while and expense to complete the set! That is all for our toy talk portion of the show, so now here is Ellie to begin our
comic book & manga mewsings, with her
review of School-Live! manga vol. 12!
Hai! Written by Norimitsu Kaitou and illustrated by Sadooru Chiba, School-Live! (as in living) purrtains bittersweetly to the girls who have survived the zombie apocalypse. Initially the tale was set in their barricaded high school, which they left in search of other survivors. There is also the animated TV series adaptation, which faithfully captures the style, spirit & tone of the manga.
The initial club was compurrised of club purresident Yuri, delusional Yukki, athletic, tough Kurumi, who has been infected by the virus but is still hanging on; their teacher Megumi-sensei and the pup Taromaru who did not survive. They rescued another student Miki from a mall, and a teddy bear from an elementary school, who Yuri delusionally believed to be her sister Ruu-chan.
Upon traveling to a college, they encountered other survivors, some who were quite hostile, but Shiiko the scientific genius has ridden with Yuri, Yukki, Kurumi & Miki in the RV to the abandoned pharmaceutical corporation which created plague. With the help of a computer A.I. program named Bowman, they discovered the origin of the mewtated apocalyptic airborne pathogen.
The situation worsened as soldiers attacked the corporate building, forcing the girls to flee prior to the pending nuclear missile strike, which brings us to the final volume, five years after volume one was published here in English by Yen Press in North America. The 260 B&W pages include chapters 70-78, the author’s message, 8 ads, 2 color pages and wraparound cover art.
Priced at $13.00 in the USA and $17.00 in Canada, It was translated by Leighann Harvey and lettered by Alexis Eckerman; and it is suggested for the older teen readers due to the language & violence. Guided by aerial drones piloted by the surviving college student friends, Yukki, Yuri and Mikki carry Kurumi upon the stretcher, as they flee from the soldiers and zombies.
Headed back to the high school, girls put their final hope into the bit of information about a theoretical cure; but even if it does remedy the plague, time is running out before the missiles are launched- but I should not reveal much more of the plot, which is quite captivating, poignant, thrilling and startling with the urgent pace.
The characters are extremely sympathetic and likeable, whilst the art is intricate and beautiful. Although the situation is extremely tensely dire, there are the couple of cute illustrations in the book.I will give this volume- and the entire series the grade of the “A” as in apocalypse! For our next manga review, here is Myayr to tell us about
A Centaur’s Life manga vol. 18!
Arigato! A Centaur’s Life is the beautiful, charming, slice – of – life tale manga by Ken Murayama set in the world populated by centaurs, fauns, kemonomimi, angels, dracon, unicorn, snake, frog people, were – tigers and the other species in a contempurrary world, The main characters are usually Himeno Kimehara the centauress, her high school classmates and their families.
Himeno’s friends are Mitsu the satyr girl, Michi the unicorn girl, Nozomi the dragon girl, Himeno’s niece Shino-chan and Shino’s friend Maki-chan! Other classmates include Hime’s centauress kouhai Ayaka, her maid Okino, Akechi the satyr girl, Inuki the catgirl, Karasuba the dragon girl, snake girl sisters Suu and Nil, Manami the angel girl, her triplet kitten girl sisters Chinami, Chiho, Chigusa, and their younger sister Sue-chan!
The plots typically focus on activities at school, home & work, amidst the mysterious dreams, conspiracies. purranormal encounters with the aliens, cultural differences, and the war betwixt the mammalian and rebel amphibian folks. It was published as Centaur No Nayami by Tokuma Shoten in Japan, and the english edition is published in North America by Seven Seas .
Purriced at $13.99 in the USA and $17.99 in Canada, vol. 18 has the 162 pages including the covers, comprised of the chapters 140 – 150 of the Black & White manga, and several pages of the historical and culutral notes. It was translated by Elina Ishikawa, adapted by Holly Kolodziejczak, lettered and retouched by Jennifer Skarupa, edited by Shati Whitesides, managingly edited by Julie Davis, and proofread by Daniel King…
…with the purrduction management by Lissa Pattilo, logo design by Courtney Williams, and cover design by KC Fabellon. The purrepurress technician was Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein, the associate publisher is Adam Arnold and the publisher is Jason DeAngelis. It is suggested for readers who are at least older teens, purrhaps due to the nudity, sexuality, language, violence and certain adult topics.
Vol. 12 is quite sporty, with chapters purrtaining to the centaurs’ kyu-do purractice, Tama and Nozomi’s swim meet, the triplets’ grocery errand, the kids’ soccer match, and the sports day compurrtitions at Shin Kanata High School. There are also very serious, dangerous incidents, such as Karasuba fighting the bullies, the film crew’s expurrdition into the jungle, and the political intergalactic council meeting.
However, the calmer chapters include the lazy rainy day for Tama’s younger sisters, cuddly time the Kimehara house, and the flashback for Manami’s dad! It is purrdominantly the joyfully whimsical tale which is peppurred by several poignant, surreal and sometimes tragic incidents; and the art is quite intricately beautiful so I will give vol. 17 the “A” as in Akemi! I am done, so nyow here is Jennyjen to discuss
My Little Pony and Transformers #2!
Hai.There have been the clever crossovers betwixt the Transformers and other franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Macross, Mazinger, Marvel, Ghostbusters, X-Files and G.I. Joe, so it seemed only natural that the bots would eventually meet the ponies, beyond just the impurressive pairing of Soundwave and DJ Pon-3 upon the Botcon 2014 Exclusive variant cover for Transformers: More That Meets The Eye #30.
Thusly we have IDW’s My Little Pony / Transformers miniseries, the 2nd issue of which is purriced $3.99 and has the uninterruped 22 page tale followed by the 3 page cover gallery and 3 pages of advertisements. We wish that all other comics were published in this manner, with the tale uninterrupted. The first two issues are by different creative teams, with the editorial team of David Mariotte, Megan Brown & Bobby Curnow
Purreviously in issue #1, Arcee, Windblade, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Grimlck, Megatron, Starscream & Shockwave traveled from Cybertron through a space bridge / portal to Equestria where they encountered the ponies. Arcee and Rarity fought the Decepticons in Manehattan. Colored by Joana Lafuente, Issue #2 includes the 3rd & 4th chapters of the amewsing tale.
Chapter 3 was written by Ian Flynn, illustrated by Sara Pitre Durocher, lettered by Jake Wood, and teams Spike with Grimlocl against Devatsator and the Constructicons. Chapter 4 was written by Sam Maggs, illustrated by Casey W. Coller, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and teams Pinkie Pie with the Autobot Gauge against the Decepticon Shockwave during the pony’s cooking show.
The issue is availabe in the choice of the two lovely different covers; Spike & Grimlock by Tony Fleecs (who we have met at the comic book conventions), Pinkie Pie & Shockwave by Casey & Joana. In summation, I will give the series thusly far the “A” as in Arcee and Applejack. That will conclude our comic book & manga portion of the show, so nyow here is Daytona to begin our
book and magazine mewsings, with
her review of Comic Book Creator #23,
About 142 miles Northwest of here in Raleigh is the company Two Morrows http://www.twomorrows.com which publishes wonderful magazines & books about comics, art & pop culture, such as Alter Ego, Back Issue, Jack Kirby Collector, Retro fan, Brick Journal, Draw!, Comic Book Creator, and Modern Masters.
Comic Book Creator is a quarterly full-color magazine brimming with articles, interviews, photos and illustrations
by expert journalists who love comics and the people who make ‘em, so I was especially eager to get issue #23 with the cover-featured interview with Wendy and Richard Pini, the creators of Elfquest https://elfquest.com!
I love Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest tales because of the lavish mythology, the generations of many great characters, and Wendy’s magnificent art! By the way, at that official site, y’all can read every pre-2014 Elfquest tale for free! That is thousamds of pagesI For our review of the current series Elfquest: Stargazer’s Hunt #3, please see the May 2020 Mew!
Wendy did the cover art for Comic Book Creator #23, whch includes editor Jon B. Cooke’s 46 page interview with Wendy and Richard, which was transcribed by Steven Thompson! They do not discuss just Elquest which started in 1978, but their whole lives and various projects, inspirations and interests.
Priced $9.95 in the USA, this 82 page issue has lots of other delightful articles too, such as the interviews with Pablo Maros, Craig Yoe, Jimmy Palmiotti, Larry Koster, and Rose Rummel-Eury, plus the tidbits about
Robert Crumb, Todd McFarlane… some art by Tom Ziuko and Fred Hembeck, and graphic novel adaptations of classic literary worksto top off this issue which is quite the informative, entertaining and beautiful treasure trove! That’ll do it for me, and now here is Mike to tell us about the longly – awaited book about
Star Trek – The Motion Picture: The Art and Visual Effects!
Thanks ’Tona! Ah, I can get rather loquacious when it comes to the topic of my all-time favorite movie, and I was quite giddy when this big hardcover book about it finally arrived, but I’ve promised not to get too long-winded in my praise for it! I’m always excited to see any publication about Star Trek – The Motion Picture, especially when it’s an actual entire book dedicated to the making of it; and, ah, here haven’t been all that many, but there’ve been some good ones, and this’un is probably the most impressive looking one, given it’s large size and the splendiferous wealth of images within.
Published last month by Titan (who’s published a lotta great Star trek books), Star Trek – The Motion Picture: The Art and Visual Effects is a 12 1/8” x 11” x 7/8” hardcover coffee table book by Jeff Bond & Gene Kozicki, who have inteviewed many of that 1979 film’s crew who are still with us, and quoted from (with permission) Neal Preston Jones’s terrific 2014 book Return to Tomorrow: Filming Star Trek – The Motion Picture. Priced $50.00 USA / $66 Canada / £39.99 UK, the book has 192 full-color pages, and the dust jacket with Bob Peak’s iconic ST-TMP poster art on the front.
Sammiched between the book’s forward and the acknowledgements, ten chapters pertain to the unsuccessful prior (live-action) attempts at Star Trek’s televised or cinematic return since the original series was cancelled in 1969; the extent of Robert Abel and Associates’ initial FX work for the film, and the subsequent replacement FX work by maestros Doug Trumbull and John Dystra’s teams; the design and FX of Vulcan, Earth, V’ger, the Klingons, the refitted starship Enterprise; and the changes made by director Robert Wise and Foundation Imaging for the film’s 2001 director’s cut.
There are several aspects of the movie that I wish the book covered more thouroughly, such as the costumes, props, masks & make-up. graphics, publicity photos, poster art, and some of the sets such as the air tram, orbital office complex, Enterprise’s sickbay, engineering, captain’s quarters, transporter room, and the recreation deck. Nevertheless, much of the movie is well represented, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much stuff that I haven’t already read or seen elsewhere, given how many books, magazines, and memorabilia I’ve collected pertaining to The Motion Picture!
Of the hundreds of images (photos, illustrations, diagrams), oh, I’d say there are about 200 that I don’t recall seeing before, including concept art, storyboards, behind the scenes photos, and close-ups of props and models. There are a lot of large images too, including half-page pics, full-page pics and magnificent two-page spreads! I could go on and on, but I promised not too, so that’ll do it for our reviews, and now here are Petra and Bunni to present the latest
additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Hai! Galleries 1-8 of the mewseum display images by Mike, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-5 display images by other folks with their purrmissions, nya. Some of the images are sexy, and some might depict artistic nudity, but most are tame and none are porn, nya! On Catgirl Island’s official web site, the most recent pics will be the lowermost row of the cropped widdle “thumbnail” sized portions of the pics in a gallery, and you have to click upon those to see the uncropped full pics, nya.
We are pleased to purrsent Mike’s fan art of “Isabelle” the Shih Tzu girl of the Animal Crossing video game, nya! Mike used Photoshop CC on the Mac with the mouse for this 8×10” illustration of her strolling down the path between the dunes to the beach, nya! She is wearing the short-sleeve white blouse with the green plaid vest and the pleated dark blue skirt, nya!
Nextly, Mike used Photoshop CC on the Mac with the mouse for the illustration of his character “Mayor Debby” who is an NPC (non – player character) in Mike’s monthly tabletop fantasy RPG, nya! Debby is a cynanthrope (weredog) of the Black and Tan Doberman Pinscher / Great Dane mix, depicted in her inu musume human form sitting at her office desk, nya!
We are delighted to display “Happy Autumn Equinox” and “Chelsea 2020” by our webmaster Jamie Robertson http://jamiecotc.com
, who used Photoshop, Painter and Clip Studio Paint for these latest pisc of
Chelsea Urania Kate Chattan, the heroic witchy were-panther star of his wonderful urban fantasy web comic Clan of the Cats http://clanofthecats.com
, who was one of the guests for the August 2007 Mew!
Then we have the collage of more of Jamie’s fan art of actress Rebecca Ferguson! He used Photoshop, Painter and Clip Studio Paint for these four illustrations of the actress as Elizabeth Woodville of The White Queen, Ilsa Faust of the Mission: Impossible movies, Jenny Lind of The Greatest Showman, and Rose the Hat of Dr. Sleep! We look forward to her as Lady Jessica of Atreides in the forthcoming Dune movie!
Then we are elated to exhibit the illustration of the mermaid at the “Waters Edge” by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com, who was the guest for our September 2009 Mew!
She used pencil, Micron Pen, White Posca Pen, Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils and Davinci Watercolors upon the Arches Watercolor Hot Press Pad for this illustration, and y’all can see the time-lapse video of the art process at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whHy5SR7llc&feature=youtu.be
Nextly is Rebecca’s illustration of the the pretty puma catgirl amongst the “Wild Peaks”! Rebecca used the Davinci watercolors, salt, Micron pens and White Posca pen on the Arches Coldpress Watercolor Pad for this illustration, of which y’all can see the art process video at Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7hjUnsGLpw&feature=youtu.be!
The cat lady sings…
We are so blessed with so much beautiful art by many talented friends!
Hai hai I will second that! Thank y’all for inviting us to The Mew again!
Doitashimaste, nya! We are glad tat y’all could purrticipate again, nya!
It is almost the time for our Aftermew luau too,
I guess that will do it for this edition of The Mew!
We wish to thank Jamie for the art and web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
Rebecca and the many other talented folks whose works we have discussed…
… our other friends, family, acquaintances and audience whom we greatly appurreciate, nya!
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We’ll be back next month, with the October edition of The Mew! Be there… aloha.
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! Baibai, nya!