September 2015 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

September 1, 2015 by
Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
http://www.catgirlisland.com & http://www.catgirlisland.net
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
http://jamiecotc.deviantart.comhttp://clanofthecats.com 
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The September 2015 Edition of The Mew: 
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
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In this edition of The Mew, we review & discuss:
what we have been up to since the purrior Mew
the lightning round discussion topic:
our semi-annual DVD wish list
movie review:
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
toy & pony reports:
Marvel Legends Infinite Series WhiteTiger action figure
Monster High Fright-Mares Bay Tidechaser doll 
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Sweet Apple Acres toys
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #19
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #33
more comic book reports:
Transformers Combiner Hunt Special #1
Hero Cats #7
Princeless: Be Yourself #2
Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess #2
Red Sonja / Conan #1
Angel and Faith Season 10 #17
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #18
manga mewsings:
Oreimo: Kuroneko vol. 2
Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn vol. 1
Monster Musume vol. 7
The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight:
Adventures of Mia
book reports:
Storms at Sea
Hamster Princess vol. 1: Harriet the Invincible
these additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art:
“Daisy & Violet” by Rebecca Brogden
“Dr. Jewel Fire-Shower” by Rebecca Brogden
“Ms. Tharesha Alopia”, by Mike
“Nekomimi no Yarn Ball” by Mike
… and our Oak City Comic Show 2 Report, nya!
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Mike:
(wearing the Lemon Shark tee shirt, Teal cargo shorts, New Balance trainers and the Catgirl island baseball cap)  Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews & discussions of fun stuff! Today’s show comes from the garden full of azaleas, irises, lilies, wisteria, mums, and cats of Lizzy and Becca’s cottage on the East side of Catgirl Island! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer” and here are The Ladies of The Mew!
Becca:
(the gynoid catgirl wearing the Cobia purrint suspender maillot and a knotted White shirt) Aloha!
Elizabeth:
(her fiance catgirl wearing the Wahoo purrint criss-cross halter-neck bikini and Purrple Orchid tail corsage) Hola!
Mary Nyan:
(the catgirl wearing the Mahi purrint asymmetric purretzel-cutout maillot and White Carnation tail corsage) Aloha!
Jeannie:
(the catgirl wearing the Sailfish purrint twist bandeau-topped, tanga-style bikini and sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.
Nyanko:
(the catgirl wearing White Marlin purrint tank top, the boy shorts and the  Tuberose lei) Howdy!
Nyoka:
(her twin sister wearing the Blue Marlin purrint Trikini and the Puka shell tail bracelet) Howdy!
Petra:
(the catgirl wearing the Striped Bass purrint  triangle-top bikini and an Anthurium tucked by an ear) Hi Hi, nya!
Bun:
(the bunny girl wearing the King Mackerel purrint ring-closure Brazil-cut bikini and matching sarong) Guten Tag!
Mielikki:
(the winged faerie wearing the crisscross halter neck bikini made of kelp) Mellow Greetings!
Ilyana:
(the catgirl wearing the Croaker purrint bikini, Purrple Amethyst earrings and a Gold tail bracelet) Whassup?
 
Trini-chan:
(the kitsune girl wearing the Yellowfin Tuna purrint trianglular-top bikini) Aloha! 
Yvonne:
(the catgirl wearing Red Drum purrint front-knotted bikini top with matching side-tie panty) Namaste, nya!
Tara-chan:
(her younger sister wearing the Red Snappurr purrint tankini and a Pink Plumeria tail corsage) Namaste, nya! Our cats are here in the garden too! nya!
Mike:
Yep, there are Becca’s cats Obsidian and Onyx, Nyoka’s cats Tanzy and Amethyst, and Tara-chan’s cats Emerald and Lazuli! So, what has everyone been up to since last month’s Mew.. especially Lizzy & Becca?
 
Elizabeth:
(Holds up a hand to show off her engagement ring) Hee well it has been the hypurr whirlwind while we have started planning our wedding when we are not pampurring the customers at our spa, so I had to tell the shrine and at Purrkour Club that I might be much busier for the while, although we have still managed to go to the hot salsa dance after work!
Becca:
(Holds up a hand to show off her engagement ring) Hai hai, I told the same mews to the golf club! We have also watched some of the Batman epurrsodes starring the late Yvonne Craig as Batgirl; we have been tending to the flower garden, and feeding our cats who are– hey! Y’all better hop off of that table! Your suppurrtime is not until the AfterMew luau!
the cats:
(scampurring away from the table laden with tempting sushi platters) Nya!
Ilyana:
I can’t blame them for craving the food we brought! Oh. we are so happy for you two and we hope to help with any of the wedding arrangements! There has not been much new with me, as I have been writing about the Spanish gold and nautical artifact discoveries, tending to my garden, and reading the comic books which I will review later in the show!
Nyoka:
Thank you for bringing more of the delicious Anago! l I have been reading, studying and working at my magick shop, and I am grateful for my customers, cats, clerks and family for their support! We have been purrticularly busy purrparing for the store’s autumnal equinox activities such as the treats, the seminars, the guests the crystals and the special sale!
Nyanko:
She is hoping to outdo herself for this year’s equinox celebration! As mewsual I have been busy at my gym and dojo to welcome the mew students and purrparing for the next tournyament, helping sis at her shop, finding the spare time for the reading, dancing, swimming… and watching Bunnibuns and Petra win another beach volleyball championship!
The Ladies of The Mew:
BANZAI! BANZAI BANZAI! NYA!
Bun & Petra:
Arigato gosaimasu, nya! 
Bun:
I have the bestest partner and we are so grateful for our supportive families, fans, the friendly competition, the officials and the rest our island’s rec league personnel! When we are not busy curating the art mewseum, I have been gardening, baking more cakes for the luau, cafe, food bank… and we will be cheering for Nyanko’s dojo to win the tournament!
The Ladies of The Mew:
BANZAI! BANZAI BANZAI! NYA!
Petra:
Bunnibuns is also the rec league MVP, nya! The season might be over but we will still heat up the sand as we coach the fall volleyball camp when we are not curating the mewseum or attending the cultural activities, nya. We are also very grateful for our staff, volunteers and artists, and have the special spooky art show planned for Halloween, nya!
Trini-chan:
We certainly appreciate the mewseum and the volleyball! I have been volunteering, helping Vonny & Tara-chan at the dock, paddle surfing, board shaping, collecting the new pony items, and assisting Jeannie-sensei with the belly dance class at the Arts Center, where I have been purracticing my advanced tummy undulation and the hip shimmy!
Tara-chan:
I have been helping onee-chan, volunteering at the mewseum, purracticing the dance, cheering for the victory, caring for my cats, viewing the Purrseid Meteor shower, and – and I have snapped the nature photos of the Dragonfly, the Clouded Sulphur, the Luna Moth, the Harness Tiger Moth, and – and the Sphinx Moth, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya!
Yvonne:
They have been the big help as mewsual, nya! Our charters have reeled in the Bluefish, Spanish Mackerels, Bluefins, Mullets, Snappurrs and Groupurrs, and we have brought some of the catch for tonight’s AfterMew, nya! As mewsual my drumming circle has purrvided the purrcussion for the dance troupes, and I have been reading books  to review, nya!
Jeannie:
Since our Robotics Club’s Summer Mech Camp ended, I have been busy with the belly dance classes and purrformances, the yoga studio in the mornings, and the kyudo club in the afternoons. After I return from modeling the swim wear at Lopes Mendes, the Robotics Club will purrpare the spooky animatronics for the county’s Halloween attractions.
Mary Nyan:
I have been teaching the hula, helping at the shrine, sewing the costumes, and we have to decide on the theme of our group’s cosplay for our annual Halloween Trick ‘R Eat & Cosplay Purrowl!
The nominated themes are Strike Witches and Equestria Girls! We had also considered Young Justice and Monster High, but other groups have chosen those!
Mielikki:
Some groups have already chosen Pixie Hollow, 7th Kingdom, and Kancolle for their cosplays! So like, when I have not been busy with our theatre’s Summer Shakespeare or planning our Fall foxfire extravaganza, I have been helping Nyo-sensei, attending the events, instructing the golfers, and watching the women’s softball! Back to Mike!
Mike:
Oh, since last time I’ve been up to my usual reading, writing, drawing, enjoying the radio, movies TV shows… and we had a fun time at the Oak City Comic Show, which we’ll be reporting on later in the show! Well, ah, speaking of movies & TV shows, let’s jump right into our
cinema, TV & DVD discussion, starting with the
Lightning Round Topic of our DVD wish list!
Mike:
Last year more of the DVDs we wished for were finally released, perhaps most notably the 1966 Batman TV series which was a ‘holy grail’ for many fans! Every year more and more classic anime of decades past are released on DVD too, so this continues to give us hope for others we have longly awaited! For this month’s Lightning Round, here’s our semi-annual list for the titles that we hope could be commercially released here on Region 1, NTSC DVD! 
This list doesn’t include recent movies or TV shows that we suspect will soon be available, but it does include animated & live-action TV shows & movies that we’ve wait a long time for, plus shorts, webisodes and fan films too! We’d like the original music & songs to be intact, foreign productions to  be in their native language with English subtitles, and DVDs should not scrimp on the special features compared to the Blu-Ray disks. So are y’all ready to conduct the lightning?
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! DVD WISH LIST GO, NYA!
the cats:
Nya!
Yvonne:
(tagged to start) OK I will wish for Bagi the Monster of Mighty Nature, Aim for the Ace, Winter Days, Show By Rock, and the Aria The Avvenire OVAs, nya! (tags her younger sister to go next)
Tara-chan:
I want the Aria too, nya! I also wish that Only Yesterday, I Can Hear the Ocean, On Your Mark, and – and the Ghibli Museum shorts would be released here upon the DVDs, nya! (tags Trini-chan)
Trini-chan:
I will nominate the Anne of Green Gables anime, Heidi of the Alps anime, 3000 Leagues In Search of Mother, Future Boy Conan, and Hayao Miyazaki’s episodes of Lupin! (tail-tags Jeannie)
Jeannie:
The original Space Battleship Yamato TV series seasons 1-3 (in Japanese), Yamato 2520, Queen Millennia, Ideon: Space Runaway, and Flying Ghost Ship. (tags Ilyana to go next)
Ilyana:
My anime DVD wish list includes more recent anime series such as Omamori Himari, Magical Pokan, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Monster Musume, Sea Story, and Sketchbook! (tags Petra)
Petra:
I will second those, and I will also wish for reissues of Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Kimagure Orange Road, and the Ghost Sweeper Mikami movie, nya! It is Bunnibun’s turn, nya! (tags Bun)
Bun:
The You’re Under Arrest OVAs, Campus Guardress, Stratos Four Advance, the Strike Witches movie and OVAs, Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko and Moyashimon! Mie-sensei’s turn! (tags Mielikki)
Mielikki:
Metamorphosis (also known as Winds of Change), Raggedy Anne & Andy: A Musical Adventure, the animated Gen 13, and Filmation’s Flash Gordon movie! (tags Elizabeth with a flit of the wing)
Elizabeth:
I will wish for Steven Speilberg’s Amblin’, James’ Cameron’s Xenogenesis, Neal Adams’s Nannaz, Mark Sullivan’s Nightspeed, and John Dod’s Forest Story! (tags Becca with a brush of the tail)
Becca:
I will nominate The three Giilligan’s Island TV reunion movies, the three Bionic reunion TV movies, and the two I Dream of Jeannie reunion TV movies! Nyo-sensei’s turn! (tags Nyoka)
Nyoka
I will nominate The Sixth Sense TV series, the Ocean Girl TV series from Australia, Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre TV movie and The Questor Tapes TV Movie! You’re up, sis! (tags Nyanko)
Nyanko:
The Green Hornet TV series, T.A.G. The Assassination Game, Pumping Iron 2: The Women, and Godzilla Returns (the 1984 Japanese version, not the 1985 American version)! (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
I will wish for DVDs of Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon, Hammer Films’ 1957 Cat Girl movie, Doctor Who: The Time Monster, and Doctor Who: Ghost Light! Back to Mike!
Mike:
I wish there could be a proper arrangement arrangement for the DVD release of fan films such as Star Wars: Pink Five, Joe Cosentino’s “Paragon’s Paragon”, and the Star Trek New Voyages / Phase II series! Oh, um Jamie mentioned Island of Terror and Moon of the Wolf! That’ll conclude the Lightning Round, but I’d like to continue the movie topic with a few words about
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation!
Mike:
I’m a fan of the 1960’s Mission: Impossible TV series, which some of my all – time favorite theme music! I did not care much for the first two MI movies, but I liked the 3rd one and I have not yet seen the 4th one, but Rogue Nation is definitely my favorite! Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the 5th movie in the Mission: Impossible series stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin as the American spies, with Sean Harris as the villain, and Rebecca Ferguson as British MI6 double-agent Ilsa Faust!
After a mission to stop a plane full of chemical weapons, while the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) is disbanded by congress and its agents are transferred into the CIA, agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is captured by the leader of an international criminal syndicate, but Faust helps him to escape. Considered a rogue agent by the CIA’s director Hunley (Baldwin), Hunt tries to find the leader Lane (Harris), with the help friends Benji (Pegg), Luthor (Rhames) and Brandt (Renner) in a trail from London and Vienna, to Morocco and back to London.
There are lots of hackings, surveillance, disguises, infiltrations, traps, shoot outs, chases, swimming, deals and betrayals along the way, as Lane’s ultimate goal is discovered and Faust delightfully helps and hinders both sides! I thought the movie was thrilling, fun and faithful to the TV series, with excellent performances, dialogue, and a good balance of humor, drama, action and suspense. I think it feels a bit rushed and short, but it has great stunts, choreography, gadgets, make-up music, sound, sets, locations, cinematography and FX!
Fortunately there was very little shaky cam, and I did see any annoying snap zooms! Some of my favorite scenes include Hunt aboard the Russian cargo plane, Luthor using facial recognition software, a motorcycle and car chase, a wonderful opera hall sequence, Faust and Hunt brawling with Lane’s thugs, Faust and Hunt underwater, and Faust in a knife fight, but I probably shouldn’t spoil too much more of the plot! Ah, that’ll do it for our movie topics, and now here’s Mie-sensei to begin our toy & pony reports with her review of the
Marvel Legends White Tiger action figure
Mielikki:
We were like so happy to find Hasbro’s 5.5″ tall action figure of Marvel Comics’ Angela Del Toro, alias White Tiger! She is part of the wave including Misty Knight, Scarlet Spider, Superior Venom, Kraven, The Chameleon and Ghost Rider. Each figure is sold sepurrately and includes a piece needed to build a big burly Rhino figure! he White Tiger figure is similar to The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Hell Cat, Black Cat, Storm, Spider-Woman and the taller Thundra and Valkyrie figures that we have previously reviewed. 
FBI agent Del Toro first appeared in Daredevil vol. 2 #58 in 2004, She is a from New York and the niece of the late Puerto Rican hero Hector Ayala who was the first White Tiger. After Hector, there were a couple of other characters who called themselves The White Tiger, including  a vigilante named Kasper Cole and a tigress who was transformed by the High Evolutionary. Angela inherited her uncle’s mystical Jade Tiger amulet of K’un Lun, which grants her the super strength, stamina, agility and martial arts prowess!
Later she was mysteriously succeeded in the role by her Hector’s younger teenage sister Ava Ayala as the 5th White Tiger, who first appeared in the wonderful Avengers Academy comics in late 2011 and in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. So like, that means that Ava is Angela’s aunt, even though Angela is older, but sometimes the family trees grow with unexpected branches, fur shur! In the comics, Angela is 5 ‘ 8″ tall and weighs 125 lbs, which would theoretically make the figure of  just over 1/12 scale.
The figure is like SO meticulously designed, sculpted and painted, with the lithe figure in the sexy tight White costume with the hip and shoulder stripes, the Green amulet to match her eyes, and the waist – length Black ponytail protruding from the back of her kitty-eared mask! She is very posable, with the  points of articulation in the neck, sternum, shoulders, elbows, wrists. hips, thighs, knees calves and ankles! A display base is not included, but this lithe feline femme fatale is balanced well enough to stand unassisted!
I think it is a great figure of her, and we have found the purr-fect spot to display her, upon the shelf next to Tigra, Hell Cat and the Black Cat! For more information about Angela, I will recommend the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Tiger_(Angela_Del_Toro) and her page at the official Marvel Universe wiki http://marvel.com/universe/White_Tiger_(Angela_Del_Toro)! I think it would be nice if there were figures of those other White Tigers, too! That is all for my review, but here is Trini-chan to tell us about

 

Monster High Fright-Mares Bay Tidechaser doll!
Trini-chan:
Hai! We enjoy Mattel’s Monster High dolls, toys, books and cartoons and I was happy to see them offer more centaur characters! The Fright-Mares are lovely, fashionable, colorful centauress dolls which are about half the size of the other dolls, although I am not sure if they are of smaller scale or if these quadrupal cuties are supposedly much smaller than their bipedal friends! Nevertheless, they are destined to be a welcomed part of my doll collection! Each doll is sold separately and packaged in the 8″ x 6.25″ x 2.25″ window box with the beautiful artwork on the card!
Some of the Fright-Mares include Aery Evenfall who is the skeleton mare, Pyxis Prepstockings the pegasus mare, Frets Quartzmane the gargoyle mare, and Bay Tidechaser the aquatic mare! Bay is 5.75″ tall from the bottom of her hooves to the top of her head, plus the .75″ fin atop her head for the overall 6.6″ height. She has the supple slim physique, her upper body and tail fin are pale Blue, whilst her lower equine body has the shiny Blue coat! She has Blue eyes, the perky mischievous expression, and soft wavy Green fiber hair that hangs down below her hips!
She has widdle Pink & Blue wings, cute Pink marks on her left rear flank, and dots above her nose!  She wears the Hot Pink tank top with the Seahorse emblem, accessorized by the Gold chain belt & front leg bracelets! The points of articulation are in her neck, shoulders, waist, hips, front & back legs! I think she is beautifully designed, sculpted & painted! According to her quote on the box, she loves the sunrise gallop upon the beach with the wind and the waves! Fortunately we have plenty such opportunities here at our island! Nextly I would like to say the bit about the
My Little Pony: Sweet Apple Acres toys!
Trini-chan:
We are big fans of Hasbro’s My Little Pony figures, assortments, cards, books, comics and cartoons, so I was delighted to see the many new toys! There are exclusive ComiCon collectibles, more Equestria Girls items, figures of different sizes of the Power Ponies, and the beautiful Sweet Apple Acres line of figures, accessories and play sets! I am especially pleased by Sweet Apple Acres because it is one of my favorite locations for the pony tales!  It is the apple tree farm home of Applejack, Applebloom, Granny Smith, Big McIntosh and their dog Winona!
The mini-figure sized line includes the barn play set with Grany Smith, the Super Speedy Squeezy 6000 contraption, and the Sweet Apple Juice stand! The juice stand has over the dozen pieces that would make the delightful diorama to assemble with the table sign, keg, mugs, apple buckets, and Applejack posed to kick the removable apples from the tree! The mini-figure packs include Applejack asleep in her bed, Big McIntosh pulling the cart, Apple Bloom & Sweetie babs twirling the plates, Apple Flora & Candy Caramel Tooth with the apple bucket!
Apple Flora has the Light blue mane & tail with the cherry blossom cutie mark on her Yellow coat; whilst Candy Caramel Tooth has the Light Green mane & tail with the candy apple cutie mark on her Pink coat! Other new mini-figures include Apple Munchies, Apple Strudle, Apple Cobbler, Apple Pumpkin, Apple Cinamon, Apple Split, Apple Fritter, Lavender Fritter, Candy Apples, Jonagold, Uncle Orange, Peachy Sweet, Golden Delicious, Florina Tart, Perfect Pie, Flim & Flam! That is all for the toy talk, but our pony reports will continue with Tara-chan’s review of
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #33!
Tara-chan:
Arigato, nya! I love the My Little Pony cartoons, toys, cards and – and IDW’s pony comics which have the pony spirit and – and style, nya! This issue has the conclusion of the tale of the invasion of Ponyville by the army of the bad sentient apples, in which was Fluttershy transformed into her vampurric Flutterbat purrsona again, nya! The uninterrupted 22 page tale is followed the 10 pages of the ads; it was written by Thom Zhaler, illustrated by Tony Fleecs,  colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil, edited by Bobby Curnow and – and it is available in the 4 different covers, nya!
One cover is by Tony, another is by Thom, another is by Andy Price, and – and the fourth was purrduced for the Hot Topic stores, nya! Whilst Ponyville is still under the siege, Fluttershy as Flutterbat is tied up and guarded by Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and – and Sweetie Belle whilst the other ponies use Twilight’s magickal spell to tempurrarily become the vampires to take the bite out of the apples, nya! So thusly debut Twilight Sparkle as Twilight Sparkling, Rainbow Dash as Rainbow Bite, Pinkie Pie as Drinkie Pie, Rarity, Nosfu-Rarity, and – and Applejack as Apple Drac, nya!
It is quite macabrely amewsing as they ounce upon the succulent purrey, nya! They also coax the vampire fruit bats at the Sweet Apple Acres’ orchard to help in the battle, but the tricky evil apples still have one giant dai-kaiju sized trick up their peels, nya! Also appurring in the tale are Spike, Mayor Mare, Celestia, and – and Luna, nya! I thought it was yet another greatly plotted, scripted, drawn, colored, lettered and – and edited issue, with the clever joke references to several movies, and – and the pony purrodies of the various famous vampires, nya! Nyow I would discuss
My Little Pony Friends Forever  #19, nya!
Tara-chan:
The Friends Forever series focuses upon characters who are not mewsually paired together; for example, issue #17 paired Twilight Sparkle with Big McIntosh, issue #18 paired Rainbow Dash with Fluttershy,  and –  and in issue #19 Rarity collaborates with Mr. and – and Mrs. Cake, nya! They start the full service wedding couture, decor and – and catering business, but Rarity’s plans are too ambitious, nya! The uninterrupted 22 page tale followed the 10 pages of the ads, plus the choice of the regular cover art by Amy Mebberson or the subscription cover art by Brenda Hickey, nya!
Brenda illustrated the tale which was written by Christina Rice,colored by Heather, lettered by Neil, edited by Bobby, nya! I am glad that the pony tales are not interrupted by the ads, which is how I wish that all other publishers did it, nya! Also appurring are the cute widdle twins Pound Cake and – and Pumpkin Cake, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Applejack, Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, Spike, Ginger Gold and – and her fiance Apple Crisp, whose wedding they are planning, but there might not be enough time to achieve Rarity’s grand plans, nya!
Rarity hopes to impuress Touring Wind the famous fashion critic and – and her assistant Bright Bridle with the opulent wedding gowns, decorations, and – and treats, but in the hasty short time, too many accidents affect the tower of cupcakes and – and the seven tier chocolate waterfall, nya! It is the fun beautiful issue, but those desserts are causing the cravings in my tummy, nya! I will give both of those pony comic books the high purraise grade of the “A” as in Apple Buck, nya! That is all for our pony report, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Jeannie-sensei who will continue our
more comic book reports, with her review of the
Transformers Combiner Hunters Special #1, nya!
Jeannie:
Arigato, It is a splendid time for the Transformers fan, with the animated Rescue Bots and Robots in Disguise series;  the many magnificent toys such as the Generations Arcee and Chromia action figures which we reviewed in February, and the Strong Arm figure which we reviewed in Apurril; IDW’s Windblade, Combiner Hunters, More Than Meets The Eye, and the Transformers vs. G.I. Joe comic books. The Combiner Hunters Special is a 28 page one-shot issue compurrised of the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by editor John Barber’s comments page and the 7 pages of ads.
It was written by Mairghread Scott, illustrated by Sara Pitre-Durocher, lettered by Tom B. Long and colored by Yamaishi with coordination by Phase6. It is available in the choice of the regular cover art by Casey W. Coller & Joana Lafuente, the subscription cover  by Livid Ramondelli, the retailer incentive cover by James Biggie, and the convention exclusive cover by Sara. I chose the regular cover which depicts my favorite autobots Arcee, Chromia and Windblade leaping with their luminous swords upon Victorion, an enemy Combiner Bot who is appurroximately 8 times their size.
The tale of “An Uneventful Night” begins with Chromia in the beautifully decorated but grumpy mood amidst the holiday to celebrate the recent treaty betwixt the planets Cybertron and Caminus, Her mood sours further when Arcee arrives to purrloin the artifact known as the Enigma of Combination which she has been guarding. It is a device which can cause bots to non – consensually merge to form a distinct new entity. This occurs to the team of Torchbearer Bots who become Victorion when the device is activated after Chromia and Windblade purrsue Arcee into the rust desert.
The trio is outmatched during the brief skirmish, but fortunately Windblade is able to reason with the confuzzled new entity. The briskly fun tale features the beautifully, faithfully illustrated heroines in robot and vehicle modes amidst intricately rendered, futuristic scenery with color and light that is as vibrant as the bots’ sparkling banter, so I will give the issue an “A” as in Arcee. I also look forward to more of Chromia’s friend Nautica in the More Than Meets The Eye comics, and I hope that there will be a figure of her soon too. For my next comic book report, I would like to discuss
Hero Cats #7.
Jeannie:
Introduced in the Galaxy Man mini-series which was published by Galactic Press, the team of Hero Cats are Midnight the Black cat, Belle the Siamese cat, Roco the Gray cat, Ace the White cat, Rocket the Tabby, Cassiopeia the Orange & White cat, and her older brother Bandit the tuxedo cat who purrotect Stellar City from the criminals, monsters and disasters. Created by author Kyle Puttkammer, the cats later appurred in Hero Cats #0 http://www.herocatscomics.com in 2013, which was slightly revised and relaunched by Action Lab Comics as Hero Cats #1 in 2014.
At last year’s Heroes Convention, we got a purretty sketch of Cassiopeia http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest3/6.html by the series’s penciller Marcus Williams who chatted with again this year. Hero Cats #7 contains the uninterrupted 22 page tale, plus the 3 bonus pages and the 3 pages of ads. This issue’s tale of “The Crow King Saga Chapter 1” was written by Kyle, pencilled Marcus, inked Ryan Sellers, lettered Briana Higgens and colored Omaka Schultz. I suppose that technically it is the 8th tale, including last year’s Hero Cats / Princeless: Halloween Comics Fest issue. 
Following Belle’s purrecognitive dream that  Ace’s late supurrior officer has summoned an ally to help against the pending attack of the Crow King, Bandit uses gadgets to infiltrate a corpurration and purrloin an enemy’s secret computer files. He escapes in time to assist the other cats against a monster plant at the city’s botanical research institute purrior to a happy reunion with his younger sister. After the files reveal that the corpurration possesses technology such as a portal to the Crow King’s dimension, the cats battle the enemy humans and a flock of evil supurr crows.
Unfortunately, the portal is activated just long enough for something bad to happen, which results in the cliffhanger ending of chapter 1. Among my favorite moments are Bandit’s cute flirtation with Belle, Rocket using his rocket purropulson pack to purrsue the crows, Rocco tangling with the plant, the cats pouncing upon the crows’ Red laser dots. and the bonus pages which describe Bandit’s gadgets, purreview Hero Cats #8, and Midnight’s forthcoming spin-off series.
Hero cats continues to be a great joy to read, with its great world – building and mythos, the wonderful characters with sparkling dialogue, and an overall sense of charming fun. The character, FX, typographic and scenic art are quite supurrb with the beautifully posed, expurressive cats and the very richly vibrant color. I quite eagerly await the next issue and the Midnight spin-off, and will give this issue an “A” as in Ace and as in Action Lab Comics, which also publishes
Princeless Book 4: Be Yourself #2.
Elizabeth:
Hai! In this story arc, Bedelia the blacksmith and Sparky the dragon help Adrienne the runaway purrincess to free her sister from the tower in the swamp full of dangerous critters and goblins who have captured the girls! Elsewhere, her brother Devin and their king dad are helped by the werewolves’ leader and his daughter Kira to rescue the kidnapped Queen mom! This brings us to issue #2’s 24 page chapter which was created & written by Jeremy Whitely who also writes some of the pony comics, illustrated by Emily Martin, colored by Brett Grunig, and lettered by Emily Spura! 
The good mews for Adrienne and Bedelia is that the goblins intend to feed and pampurr them at their masquerade ball, where they are treated to the pedicure, the hot soak, food, beverages, and the dance party… but the bad mews is that Sparky is missing, and they have to defend the goblins from the huge Grimmorax monster! Meanwhile at the werewolves’ village, the pack leader and the king have made arrangements, as Devin and Kira purrpare for the rescue quest, but Kira’s attempt to purrocure a horse is amewsing until she finds one who is not spooked by her lupine nature!
Back at the swamp, Adrienne and Bedelia have trouble with the Grimmorax, until they are reunited with Sparky who discourages the monster in the nick of time, and they meet Deloris the adventure guide who will lead them to the tower! Meanwhile, if Devin and Kira are successful, Adrienne might soon have a feisty lycanthropic sister-in-law, due to the fathers’ arrangements! The uninterrupted tale is is full of peppy, charming, rousing, stereotype – busting fun with humorous action and dialogue amidst the gorgeously posed, expurressive and  rendered characters, critters and scenery! 
I also like the ladies’ appurral, such as Adrienne’s armor, Bedelia’s leathers & earrings, Sparky’s jewelry, and Kira’s sleeveless furry outfit! Some of my favorite scenes are the girls’ pampurring, their fight with the monster, Deloris’s introduction, and Kira’s equestrian attempts! The image of the spooked herd is purrticularly funny, and I also liked he delightful page of Adrienne fan art by Caroline David! I will give this issue an “A” as in Adrienne and as in my anticipation for the next issue! Meanwhile, Adrienne’s pirate friend Raven Xingtao is elsewhere meeting more acquaintances in
Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess #2!
Elizabeth:
About half the year ago in Princeless volume 4, Adrienne. Bedelia and Sparky met Raven who is known as The Black Arrow because she is a cunning, agile, tough expurrt mariner, archer and 17 year old daughter of the pirate king! However, she has been mistreated by her jealous misogynistic brothers who did not think she deserves to inherit any ships or island purropurrties! Thus she managed to hijack a sailing ship to reflag as her own to vengefully sail against her awful siblings, but unfortunately t in her spin-off series he ship needs the repairs and the new loyal crew!
In issue #1 she went into the port town for lunch, but got robbed by Sunshine Alexander the very spurry and agile half elf girl! This resulted in the merry chase and brawls  until Raven got knocked out in an old friend’s tavern! Issue #2 of has the uninterrupted 24 page tale of the “Scumbag Job Fair” followed by the 4 pages of the ads, and  it was written by Jeremy Whitely who we met again at the Oak City Comics Show which we will discuss later in The Mew!  It was edited by Alicia Whitley, pencilled and colored by Rosy Higgins, with the layouts, inking and lettering by Ted Brandt!
After dream about pirating with her dad, Raven awakens in a bedroom above the tavern where she and Sunshine make the more formal, peaceful introductions, whilst downstairs in the kitchen her friend Cookie purrpares the yummy salmon & eggs breakfast, but his smart but sassy 16 year old daughter Jayla is in the antisocial mood, purrfurring to read alone in her room than dine with pirate folks! Thus she misses Raven’s tale of her family’s great matriarchal pirating history, until her mean brothers conspired against her, and Cookie’s sage advice for how to recruit her own crew!
Raven & Sunshine recruit Katie as the 1st mate, but when they decide to hire only the ladies from Katie’s adventure guild, the unruly men start the brawl until Jayla dispurrses them with her potion grenades, but I should not spoil more of the plot! This was a wonderfully charming issue with the great characters, plot, dialogue, mythology and exquisitely rendered art including fashions such as Raven’s tricorner hat and frock coat, Sunshine’s strapless flouncey dress, Katie’s double – breasted tail coat, and Jayla’s shoulder bag o’ tricks! I am done, so nyow here is Ilyana-sensei to discuss
Red Sonja / Conan #1!
Ilyana:
Oh just call me Ilyana! Well, It has been the good year for the Sonja tales, between her regular series, the various mini-series and the special one – shot issues! Red Sonja the she-devil of Hyrkania in the iconic scale-mail bikini and Conan the savage barbarian of Cimmeria are reunited again in this latest 4 issue sequel mini – series which is published by Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment! Sonja and Conan used to team up quite often back when both were published by Marvel in the 1970’s & 1980’s, but these days they are published by the sepurrate companies.
For our review of the purrior Conan / Red Sonja mini-series, in which they fought the evil sorcerer Thoth-Amon,  please see our February, March, Apurril and June 2015 Mews! Issue #1 of this latest 4 issue mini-series is purriced at $3.99 and has the 22 page tale plus the 8 pages of the ads and the 2 page gallery of the 16 variant covers! Gosh that is the lot! Those covers include art by Alex Ross, Ed Benes & Dinei Ribiero, Roberto Castro & Dinei Ribiero, Michael Booth, Ariel Olivetto, Fabio Neves, Dawn McTigue & Nei Ruffino, Brent Peeples, Sean Chen & Ivan Nunes! Whew! 
The tale was written by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Roberto Castro, colored by Alex Guimares, and lettered by Simon Bowland, The purrologue is in the city of Enshophur in the land of Koth, where the wizard Kal’ang gets hold of the vile magickal Blood Root Seeds that Thoth-Amon used in the purrior mini-series! Years later in the land of Kush, several mercenary captains duel  to th death for the right to command the king’s troops, but the duel ends quickly after Sonja and Conan team up to defeat the six other captains all at once, and thusly become the king’s generals!
Before they lead the army into the war with the neighboring country of Stygia, Sonja & Conan spend the gold and the night in a tavern where they strategize over the drinks followed by the frisky time at the inn, mew la la, nya! However, their frisky time is interrupted by two huge Blood Root fueled assassin monsters who serve Kal’ang, who nyow leads the Stygian army! I should not spoil too much more of the plot, but then the score is 8 to 0! There is plenty of dark humor. bloody and macabre sword & sorcery action betwixt the blades, brawn, brew, the magick and the monsters!
I was very pleased with the beautiful art, including the detailed scenery, the character designs, expurressions and poses, purrticularly the friends’ glances, Sonja’s lithe nimble agility and Conan’s powerfully ripped musculature! I like the great fonts for the dialogue, narrative & sound FX; and the splendid use of the color & light from the torch-lit tower, tavern & inn to the luminous glow of the magick, the bright daylight for the duel, and the moonlit scene of Sonja & Conan riding to the battle! That is all for me, so nyow here is Becca to discuss another great Dark Horse comic book-
Angel and Faith Season 10 #17!
Becca:
Hai! Purreviously in “Those Who Can’t Teach, Teach Gym, Part One”, While Angel was away in Buffy’s comic book helping her, Willow, Spike, Xander, Dawn, Giles and Andrew fight a demon in San Francisco, Faith was still in London, moving into her new apurrtment when police detective Brandt asked her to investigate a supurrnatural murder at a school. She and Fred went undercover there and fought a vampire at a nearby pub, but that is just the tip of the stake! The tale is scripted by Victor Grischler, who wrote that Sonja / Conan tale!
The 22 page tale of “Those Who Can’t Teach, Teach Gym, Part Two” was executively purrduced by Joss Whedon, published by Mike Richardson, illustrated by Cliff Richards, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Sierra Hahn and Jim Gibbons, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins and Spencer Cushing, with the mane cover art by Scott Fischer, the variant cover art by Mike Norton and Michelle, the issue’s graphic design by Justin Couch, and the digital art tech by Christianne Goudreau!
While Faith is undercover as the gym teacher and Fred is undercover as the school lunch server, a nervous student named Mary is harassed by a trio of mean girls. She knows about the murder, but the trio attacks Faith before she can chat with her. Mewsually Faith could easily clobber three students, but they are vampires! Fortunately, two of them see the point of Faith’s stake and Fred’s crossbow, but the job is not finished, and Mary gets caught by more vampires and their surpurrising leader… but I should not spoil the plot any further! 
It has been the mysterious and captivating tale this far, with the great dialogue and the leisurely pace that builds to the exciting melee and the startling cliffhanger! It is neat to see Faith as the gym teacher and I am so glad that Fred recently returned! I purrticularly liked the art, with the great poses, expurressions, portraitures, clothing, scenery details, fonts, moody lighting and luminous FX! Nadira, Koh, Sophronia and Lavinia are not in this issue, but Faith has the brief chat with Brandt and the brief video chat with Angel, who is busy in
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #18!
Becca:
Ever since the romance betwixt Buffy and Spike rekindled, they found out that his mind and Angel’s mind were being manipulated by an demon lord named Archaeus, so Angel returned to San Francisco to help them fight that demon! Buffy issue #18 is set right after Angel & Faith #17, it is purriced $3.50 and has the 22 page tale of “Old Demons, Conclusion”, plus 2 pages of the editor’s and readers’ comments, and the 4 pages of ads. I wish the ads did not interrupt the tale, but that is purrobably my only quibble with these wonderfully canonical tales!
It was executively purrduced by Joss Whedon, scripted by Christos Gage, illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard and Jimmy, designed by Justin, edited by Jim GIbbons and Sierra, assistantly edited by Freddye with the mane cover art by Steve Morris and the variant cover art by Rebekah and Dan! The tale stars Buffy, Willow, Dawn, Giles, Xander, Spike and Andrew who are are still fighting against Archaeus and his vampire minions, which purresently include the Angel, whose mind has been controlled by Archaeus! 
While Angel brawls with Spike, Buffy uses her slayer scythe and Willow uses her magick spells against Archaeus, as Giles, Xander & Dawn use magick, stakes and crossbows against the minions, whilst Andrew uses his gadgets to analyze the ancient box that might contain Archaeus’s weakness! It is another fun issue with the good mix of humor, drama & action, with about 2/3 of the chapter brimming with thrilling combat, and the other 1/3 with the interesting calmer character developments, plus the brief appurrance by D’Hoffryn who is no fan of Archaeus!
It is great to see those folks reunited like old times, although there are still awkward moments for Buffy, Angel and Spike with the interesting discussion betwixt Angel and Willow! The art is beautiful with the excellent expurressions, poses, purrtraitures and attire along with the great scenic art, magickal FX, creature designs, and great fonts for the dialogue, narrative and sound FX! The readers’ & editor’s comments are interesting too, so I will give both of those comic books an “A” as in Angel! That is all for my comic book reports, so here is Myayr to to begin
our manga mewsings, with her 
review of Oreimo: Kuroneko vol. 1!
Mary Nyan:
Hai! Kuroneko means “Black Cat” in japanese, and that is the nickname of Ruri Gouku, who is one of the characters in author Tsukasa Fushimi’s “Ore No Imoto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai” – or just “Oreimo” for short, a series of light novels, the manga series and its televised anime adaptation! The title translates as “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute”! KuroNeko is a teenage high school student of the “tsundere” purrsonality, overly dramatic flare and the dark fashion style to match her long straight Black hair, with the occasional costume cat ears and tail!
In the 4 volume Oreimo manga, she was a supporting character friend of siblings Kirino & Kyosuke Kousaka. She is a smart, cute, petite fan girl who likes anime, video games, and aspires to be a manga-ka. Nyow she stars in the 6 volume sequel written by Fushimi and illustrated by Sakura Ikeda, with character designs by Hiro Kanzaki. It was translated by Dinky Spatz and assitantly edited by Jeremiah Jefferson, with the lettering and touch – up by Susan Daigle-Leach. The book’s designer was Brennan Thome, and the digital art technician was Chris Horn.
It was originally published by Kadokawa in Japan in 2012, and the english edition is published here by Dark Horse. Volume 2 is purriced $10.99 in the US and $13.99 in Canada. and its168 pages include the 148 pages of manga chapters 8-14, the 10 page bonus tale, the 3 page essay by Carl Gustav Horn, Ikeda’s afterward page, the contents page, the color pic of Sena Akagi, 2 pages ads & 2 pages of publisher’s information. Due to several risque, scantily-clad fan-servicey images, sexual topics and some terse, lurid language, it is not for the widdle kitties!
Purreviously, Kuroneko transferred to her sempai / friend Kyousuki’s school in Chiba whilst his otaku / sister Kirino left to study in the USA. Although adored by her younger sisters Tamaki & Hinata, Kuroneko has few friends aside from the Kousaka family,  fellow fan girl Saori, and Setsuna who introduced her to a manga editor Noriko. Kuroneko was upset by Noriko’s scathing critique of her art samples, but then Kuroneko was in turn harshly critical of the video game made by the school’s Gaming Club, which Saori convinces her and Kyosuke to join in volume 2.
Unfortunately for gaming club members Makabe and Miura, there is much bickering betwixt Kurneko and new rival Sena Akagi, the sister of one of Kyouske’s friends. Sena is also a fan of naughty “hentai” video games, and admits to some purrvy thoughts which startle the rest of the club! Nevertheless, everyone must work together to create a game to enter into a purrestigious contest, which leads to a debate abut the game, and hopefully the verdict will be tendered in volume 3! Then in the cute bonus tale Tamaki and Hinata purrpare a meal all by themselves!
I think the characters effects & scenery are quite splendidly drawn, including the garments! The front cover illustration depicts Kuroneko and Sena wearing their school uniforms compurrised of the White shirt, the Tan ribbon tie, the Dark Brown Blazer, the pleated short Dark Gray skirt with the matching socks and the Mary Jane shoes. The interior color page depicts Sena in her PE uniform compurrised of the White short sleeved tee shirt with the Dark Blue trim and collar to match the Dark Blue shorts with the White side stripes, the White socks and the trainers.
There are whimsical fantasy pics of Kuroneko & Kirino as catgirls, and ribald images of Kuroneko & Sena semi-undressed. Occasionally characters are drawn in chibi style for comedic effect, and Kuroneko is often depicted as a nekomimi for cute impact! The feline motifs occur throughout, from her lunch bag and pet cat, to kitty silhouettes & paw purrint graphics that peppurr the pages! it is an amewsing tale full of monologues, internal dialogues and footnotes to explain gaming and cultural references! I am all done, and nyow here is Nyo-sensei to tell us about
Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn vol. 1!
Nyoka:
Hai! I eagerly anticipated this manga written by Masamune Shirow (Dominion Tank Police, Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell) and illustrated by Koushi Rikudou (Excel Saga), which was originally published as Koukaku No Pandora in 2013 Japan by Kadokawa, with the art, purrduction & compurrsition by Masahito Watari, Rin Hirotose & Rikudou, art assistance by Takepon G & Unamu Kibayashida, editing by Koichiro Ochiai, and design by Noriyuki Jinguji! Vol. 1 has 196 pages which include chapters 1-4 of the Black & White manga, the map of the island, and 4 color pages!
The English version is published here by Seven Seas, translated by Jocelyne Allen, adapted by Ysabet Reinhardt Macfarlane, lettered by Rolan Amago, laid out by Bambi Eloriaga-Amago, purroof read by Shanti Whitesides, edited by Adam Arnold and assistantly edited by Lissa Pattillo with the cover design by Niky Lim!  The tale is set in the future aboard the luxurious cruise ship and the gleaming affluent coastal city of the island, where a cheerful cyborg girl Nana is going to meet her Aunt, when she meets tsundere cyborg girl Clarian who works for deceitful inventor Delilah!
Nana has the Light Brown hair with the cute ornaments and wants to befriend Clarion, who has the Pink hair with the cute costume cat ears! Both girls are “full body cyborgs” in that except for their brains, their bodies are made of the artificial parts. Upon the island, Nana and a gung-ho journalist witness a skyscrapurr explosion, unaware that disingenuous Delilah, her minion girls and robots are responsible. Clarion has to combat the robots, and Delilah surreptitiously installs combat purrograms into Nana, who hopes to achieve world peace, but the current situation is far from it!
The explosion was caused by Delilah’s giant mech which has run amok, and she claims that only Nana & Clarion can stop it by using Clarion’s internal device that can upgrade Nana. However, the moments of lurid “fan service result when Nana has to reach into Clarion’s panty to activate the device, and there are further panty scenes when the cyborg and minion girls are upgraded, repaired, or bowing before their mistress. Speaking of the ladies’ garments, there are lovely fashions such as Delilah’s leopurrd purrint bikini, Nana’s black bikini, Clarion’s frilly elegant gothic dress!
The minions also wear the sexy attire, such as the maillot, the cheongsam and bunny girl outfit! The tale is also full of the violent combat, the zany moments, the cute expurressions and beautifully drawn figures amidst the intricately detailed weapons, mecha, graphic FX and architectural scenery as the tale purrogresses at the brisk pace towards the suspenseful cliffhanger! I hope that Nana and Clarion will purrospurr to become good friends, to learn Delilah’s true intentions, meet Aunt Takumi, and eventually learn the journalist’s name! Nyow here is my sister to tell us about
 
Monster Musume manga vol. 7!
Nyanko:
Arigato! Written & drawn by Okayado who is also the author of the 12Beast manga, Monster Musume is a sexy comedic urban fantasy manga of the harem trope, purrtaining to the liminal ladies of various species who are romantic rivals over Kimihito their human male whose house they all reside in! The strict laws of the bureaucracy awkwardly regulate the coexistence and hosting of the liminals, but the house has been frequently enlarged, repaired & renovated, thanks to Ms. Smith their case worker who tries to house and purrotect the liminals!
Residing with Kimihito are Miia the lamia, Papi the harpy, Centorea the centaur, Suu the slime girl, Meru the mermaid and Rachnera the spider girl. Assisting Ms. Smith are the tough women of the Monster Ops: Neutralization team compurrised of Meranko the cyclops, Tio the ogre, Doppel the doppleganger and Zombina the zombie!  Other recurring characters have included Kii the dryad, Draco the dragon girl, Lala the reapurr – like Dullahan fae girl, Polt the kobold girl, and nyow in volume 7 we meet Miia’s mom, Papi’s mom and Centorea’s mom!
The manga was originally published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan as Monster Musume: No Iru Nichijo, which translates as the Daily Life With a Monster Girl, and the English version is published here by Seven Seas! Volume 7 was translated by Ryan Peterson, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, purroof read by Janet Houck, edited by Adam Arnold, assistantly edited by Lissa Pattillo and published by Jason DeAngelis, with the lettering and the layout by Ma. Victoria A. Robado, cover design by Nicky Lim and the logo design by Courtney Williams!
It has the 150 Black & White pages compurrised of chapters 27 – 30, the bonus 5 page coda and the moms’ bust sizes chart, plus the 4 color pages & cover art with Lala on the front and Meranko on the back! The manga is suggested for older teen readers of ages 16+ due to the ample nudity, sexual topics, wacky violence and purrvy fan service! The color pages alone might depict more bared boobies than the purrior volumes, as Miia has the erotic nightmare of Kimihito being seduced by over two dozen fellow lamia ladies before her mom arrives!
Her sexy mom has such exotic ornate attire, but she wants to get Kimihito out of his clothes for the tribal breeding purrposes, which results in the amewsing lurid potions and purrsuit!  In chapter 28 there is more nudity and the fan-service amidst the humorous aerial mother-daughter squabble when Papi’s almost identical mom visits! Then in chapter 29 the mother-daughter conflict is buxomly betwixt the centauresses, who have the jousting duel in Kobold Stadium, with Ms. Smith and Polt as the commentators and the other ladies in the audience!
Centora’s mom has one of the largest cup sizes and Kimihito has numerous near-death expurriences, purropurrty damages and marriage purroposals in chapter 30! This was another volume full of the very brisk, frisky, zany misadventure with amewsing dialogue and graphic FX to accompany the beautifully drawn characters, furniture, architecture & landscapes! I am looking forward to the next volume and I hope that the anime will be released here on the DVD! That is all for our manga mewsings, and nyow here is Vonny to shine this month’s
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!
Yvonne:
Arigato! For those who are here for the first time, this is the portion of The Mew in which we honor the famous catgirl characters of various media such as the movies, TV shows, comics, literature, internet, games and toys, nya! We are broadly and purrogressively inclusive in including those nekomimis, anthropurmorphic feline females, lycanthropes, those who just just dress the part, and those who have the cat-titude or style as “honorary” catgirls, nya! This month our spotlight shines upon the Mia the cute widdle kitten girl who wants to be a ballerina like her older sister Ava, nya!
Charmingly written by Robin Farley, beautifully illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov, and splendidly published by HarperCollins, the Mia story books are I Can Read Books for readers of ages 4-8, although they are loved by us older readers too, including my drumming circle, Myayr’s hula students, Jenjen’s belly dance troupe, Lizzy and Becca’s fellow hot salsa dancers, Kyra’s ballet class, and Ceresatami’s mermaid dance studio, nya! Mia Cat has the dark gray fur, White mizzle and tail tip, whereas Ava and their mommy are the lighter gray and their daddy has the Goldeen fur, nya!
Mia enrolls in Miss Bird’s school of dance in the 2010 book Mia and the Too Big Tutu, in which she dons the Pink leotard, tutu, ribbon and shoes, but accidentally wears her taller sister’s tutu which keeps sliding, nya! She is sadly embarrassed but soon it is remedied, nya! Miss Bird is the tall graceful flamingo sensei, and the school is in the purretty 3 story house with the columns and big willows, nya! Mia’s house is purretty too, with the nice brick patio, nya! Each student has their sad, awkward or fearful moments, but they all sincerely care and help each other to impurrove, nya!
In Mia and the Dance for Two, Mia’s best friend Ruby the giraffe girl is too sick to attend that day, but Bella hedgehog and Ali elephant offer to be Mia’s dance purrtner, nya! In Mia and the Daisy Dance, Anna hippo has trouble learning how to twirl, but Mia helps her with the purractice, nya! In Mia and the Big Sister Ballet, Ava helps at the studio, but Mia fears that she is not getting as much attention as the others, although Ava has the good reason, and in Mia and the Tiny Toe Shoes when Mia gets to teach the widdler girls such as Liz bear, Kate mouse, and Jane ostrich, nya!
There are other anthropurrmorphic girls of the various species at the school, such as the kangaroo, panda, ostrich, leopard, monkey, gopher, bunny, gator, pig and sheep, nya! In Mia Jazzes It Up the girls try the jazz dance; in Mia and the Girl with a Twirl she admires the lovely leopurrd girl’s unique style, in The Easter Egg Chase she helps her cute widdle cousin Sophie find the eggs, and in Mia: The Snow Day Ballet the weather hinders the trip to the venue, but they have fun dancing outdoors, nya! That snowy tale and the Time to Trick or Treat are 8×8″ books with stickers, nya!
Other Mia tales include Mia Sets the Stage, Mia Dances Back to School, Mia’s Nutcracker Ballet, and The Sweetest Valentine, nya! The friends and families of all species are all in it together and help each other to find the happy solutions to the purrdicaments, nya! I will heartily recommend these beautiful, uplifting and delightful tales to the fans of the dance and the anthropurrmorphic kids, That is all for this month’s spotlight, but next month it will shine upon yet another famous catgirl, nya! OK I am all done, so I will turn The Mew over to Bunnibuns, who will begin the batch of
book reports, with her review of
Mark Schultz’s Storms at Sea, nya!
Bun:
Hai! Storms at Sea is the magnificently illustrated science fiction novella by Mark Schultz who is one of my favoritest artists & authors! He is perhaps most famous for his superb Xenozoic Tales comics, their animated adaptation known as Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, and his lavish fantasy, adventure and paleontological illustrations! He also  illustrated a Conan collection, wrote the Subhuman mini-series, and writes the Prince Valiant newspaper strip! He also contributed to the final issue of Fables which we reviewed last month!
This gorgeous 80 page, 8.75″ x 11.25″ hardcover was published last month by Flesk, who published Mark’s prior art books! It was edited by John Fleskes and has the sheet music score composed by John Christensen prior to over 3 dozen lavish illustrations that accompany the prose! Set sometime in the early 21st century, the first person narrative of a hard-boiled chap named Griff pertains to the astounding manuscript of a deceased scientist, which is secretly translated and read to Griff by the corpse’s alluring niece Asha!
It tells of the past and future history of mysterious uncharted island in the pacific known as Pushkara and other fabled names, and the conspiracies of a secret society of international masterminds known as The First Order who intend to exploit its powerful resources! Pushkara is the gateway to other worlds of the hollow earth and the key to interstellar conquest, but Asha belongs to the rebel  sect known as the Carbonari who oppose The First Order, and amongst the creatures of the depths there are the other powerful entities!
It has a fantastic mythology that spans the ancient and future millennias of the Earth, the Moon, Mars & beyond, but she is anxious to escape from with the papers before the enemies find her & Griff! The sumptuous illustrations of the characters, creatures, environments, architecture & technologies are gloriously rendered, including the images of rugged guys, sexy gals, critters, monsters vehicles & cataclysms, and I will give the book the grade of an A+ as in Asha! For my review of a beautiful, fun book I would like to discuss
Hamster Princess vol. 1: Harriet The Invincible
Bun:
Hugo Award-winning artist / author Ursula Vernon http://www.ursulavernon.com was our our guest for the May 2009 Mew, and she is known her very beautiful wildlife, anthropomorphic and fantasy art, including her Digger comics, her Nurk storybook, and delightful Dragonbreath series! She and her husband reside in the town of Pittsboro, which is a few hours from here on the mainland, and we have a beautiful drawing of an archer centauress by Ursula in our art mewseum!
In April we reviewed Dragonbreath vol. 10, and in May we reviewed her novel Castle Hangnail! Similar to a Dragonbreath book, this 250 page hardcover book is 5 3/4 x 7 1/4″, it was published by Penguin Books’ Dial imprint, and it is priced $12.99 US & $16.99 Canada. The book was designed by Jennifer Kelly with Minister Std Light font, and has over 175 two – color illustrations by Ursula, including the small pics, half – page pics, 14 full – page pics and 8 two-page spreads!
Nyow for a taste of the plot! Harriet Hamsterbone is the smart, brave tomboy who craves the adventures in spite of her parents’ wishes for her to be the stereotype princess of the assigned gender roles. Worse, the evil faerie Ratshade cursed her to fall eternally asleep upon her 12th birthday unless kissed by a prince. However, the fortunate side effect of the curse is that she is invulnerable until then, so she can enjoy the ruggedly dangerous adventurous outdoor activities!
Thusly with her with her quail steed Mumford, Harrtiet has been slaying the monsters, cliff diving and other extreme sports, although along the way she realizes that some other folks and monsters also defy the stereotypes, such as the guinea pig crone, the ogre cat, Queen Hazel, Prince Wilbur and his hydra friend Heady! However, upon her 12th birthday, the curse is activated, but with the unexpected results which still require a smoochful remedy, but not how as predicted!
It is a very charming, pretty and fun fantasy tale full of humorous, thrilling & descriptive moments at the good pace! Harriet is a great heroine, her parents are amusing, Mumford and Heady are as delightful as delightful can be, there are nice developments for Wilbur, and the interesting bit of magickal mythology for the villainess and the fairy mice, and so I will give this book the high hamster princess praise! That will conclude my book reports, and now here is Petra to present
the latest additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Petra:
Arigato, nya! In Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html we are purroud to purrsent a pic of our nieces “Daisy & Violet” by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was our guest for the September 2009 Mew, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her purrior illustrations & photos in our mewseum, or read her amewsing romantic purrose tale of “The Love of a Catgirl” http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, nya? Daisy (on the left ) & Violet (on the right) are bunny girl twins who were born into a big family on 24 July 1999, nya!
Both girls are juniors in the high school with part – time pet and baby sitter jobs, nya! They are loyal, patient, courteous, charming, athletic, industrious and like to help us at the art mewseum and at the volleyball, but they also like to sleep a lot, nya! They are twins but have the differences; Daisy is the more cautious one whilst Violet is slightly more adventurous, which purrhaps explains why she was born a few moments first, nya! Their favorite foods are the clovers, collards, cobblers and the carrot cakes that their Aunt Bunnibuns bakes, nya!
Nextly In Guest Gallery 3 is Rebecca’s illustration of “Dr. Jewel Fire-Shower” who is a teacher & vice purrincipal at our island’s school grades K-12, nya! She is a faerie with the speckled Plum and Gold colored wings that remind me of autumn leaves, nya! She was born on 31 July 1947 and recently celebrated her 68th birthday, although she looks to be in her 30’s, nya! She has the 2 sisters, 1 husband and 3 daughters; she is a volunteer fire fighter and an inspurrational, wise, charitable, charismatic teacher who makes the learning fun, nya!
In this illustration, she is so lovely in the sleeveless short Red dress with the clingy tight bodice and matching thigh – high hose, the tight Green vest and the matching frilly garters, the Purrple gloves and the slouched, pointy hat that goes so well with her wings, nya! The outfit splendidly accents her Green eyes and her short, purrt honey blonde coiffure as she magickally conjures the widdle spirit flame amongst the mystical clouds in the starry sky, nya! Rebecca rendered both illustrations using Sai, Photoshop CS6 and an Intuos5 tablet, nya!
Just added to Gallery 7 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery7.html is Mike’s pic of “Ms. Tharesha Alopia”, who is the wise, vivacious supurrintendent of the Mew Hanover County schools, nya! She is a Thresher shark – finned mermaid whose birthday was 16 August 1962, which makes her of the Leo Tiger sign, nya!  She has Blue eyes, long straight Blue hair and Light Blue skin with an Indigo dorsal fin tip; she is 9 feet long from head to tail, she weighs 175 lbs, and the other measurements of her muscular physique are 38D-30-38, nya!
Her hobbies include the work outs, swimming marathons, reading and movies, nya! Her favorite foods are tuna, mackerel, cuttlefish, shrimp and Chocolate cake, nya! She is a popular administrator and dear friend of purrincipal Apurracida and vice-purrincipal Fire-Shower, nya! In this underwater scene, Tharesha is wearing the purretty jewelry and the JellyCups bra made of the hollowed out, naturally-deceased jellyfish bells, mew la la, nya! The media of the art are the pencil, Micron pens, Copic markers, Photoshop CS2 and the mouse, nya!
Nextly in Gallery 7 is Mike’s widdle pic of the “Nekomimi no Yarn Ball”, nya! Wearing the cute bell collar, Hot Pink cropped tank top and shorts, the playfully petite Dark tan catgirl is so happy with the supurr sized ball of Purrple yarn which seems to be about 3 feet in diameter, nya! It is very tempting, nya! The image is a re-creation of a pic that Mike drew at the fun Oak City Comic Show 2, on the mainland in Raleigh last month, nya! The media are the pencil, pens, Photoshop CS2 and mouse, nya! So, what do y’all think of the new art, nya?
Bun:
Oh, Rebecca so beautifully faithfully rendered the image and spirit of of Daisy-chan and Violet-chan! Kawaii!
Trini-chan:
Hai hai, the details are rather perfect, such as Daisy’s soft flaxxen hair, and Violet’s gleaming Emerald eyes!
Tara-chan:
They are such cutely helpful mewseum helpurrs, and – and I cannot wait to see their reaction to the art, nya!
Yvonne:
Rebecca also supurrbly captured Jewel’s purrtraiture, physique and magickally charming dispurrsition, nya!
Mielikki:
Jewel’s splendiferous wings are like totally bio-luminously hot with the radiant Autumnal energy, fur shur!
Ilyana:
I am impurressed with the subtle variance of her clothes’ color, saturation, drapurry and the fit, mew la la!
Nyoka:
Speaking of the couture, I think those indigo – colored JellyCups go well with Tharesha’s Blue skin tone!
Nyanko:
Hai, the color matches the tip of her fin, and the curves add to the curvilinear symmetry of her jewelry too!
Jeannie:
The talon – shaped earrings and the sharp arc of her mascara nicely accent her majestic scimitar-like tail fin.
Mary Nyan:
If I had the ball of yarn that big, I could not resist, and it would be unraveled throughout the house, heehee!
Elizabeth:
The ball of yarn would distract me from the work, but work does not seem to be upon that catgirl’s agenda!
Becca:
She has such the  gleeful expurression, dainty ear tufts, and the healthy sheen upon her silky hair and tail!
Mike:
The catgirl and the mermaid were fun to draw, and it’s great to have more of Rebecca’s art in our mewseum! Thanks for the presentation, Petra!
the cats:
Nya!
Petra:
Doitashimaste, nya! Nyow it is the time for our
Oak City Comic Show 2 report, nya!
Nyanko:
The Oak City Comic Show http://oakcitycomicshow.com is a one – day mini – con held twice a year on the mainland at the North Raleigh Hilton hotel in our state’s capital city of Raleigh! The show is sponsored & staffed by the folks of Ultimate Comics http://www.ultimatecomics.com a great comics shop with stores in Raleigh and Chapel Hill! They also put on an impurressive shindig for Free Comic Book Day in May, and also purroduce the much bigger NC Comicon http://www.nccomicon.com at the Durham Convention Center in November! 
Nyoka:
For our review of NC Comicon 6, please see our December 2014 Mew, and for our review of the first Oak City Comic Show, please see our Apurril 2015 Mew! The 1st Oak City show was on the drizzly, nippy day of Sunday March 1s, and the 2nd show had the very different weather on the hot, humid day of Sunday August 16th. The set  – up time for guests, artists, organizations & vendors was from 7 am until 10 am, the tickets went on sale at the door at 9 am, the con opened at 10 am, and it ended at 5 pm, with the pack – up time until 7 pm.
Mary Nyan:
So several of us took the ferry from the island to the mainland where we carpool caravanned to Raleigh, with the stops along the way to pick up friends and stuff We packed the snacks for the day, such as the sammiches, cookies and beverages; and we stopped at a Hardees restaurant for the hearty breakfast. Some past guests of The Mew such as Meesha, ob1,Pacozord, Chef Ron, and Sparky were at the show, setting up their tables, and Mike shared the artist alley table with our friend Lumshock who had a table for the very first time!
Jeannie:
Although the 3 hour window is the hurried time for tables and booths to be set up, it was also the very enthused, cordial time to see the friends and acquaintances. The North Raleigh Hilton is also the sentimental location, as it is where the first Animazement convened 18 years ago, before it later relocated to larger facilities. It is interesting to see the diverse logistics and appurratuses that folks use for their tables and booths, ranging from flat art and boxes simply arranged upon the tables, to bins, racks shelves full of the merchandise.
Elizabeth:
There was all sorts of great stuff for sale, such as the original art, the art purrints, posters, art supplies, comic books, manga, graphic novels, magazines, cards, stickers, games, collectibles, statues, action figures, vehicle toys, tee shirts, jewelry, plushies, pillows, knitted crafts and yummy treats! The exhibitors & vendors ranged from the individuals such as our friends Boston John and Charles, to the 501st Stormtroopers group, and stores such as Jerry’s Art-O-Rama, Salefish, Acme Comics, Chapel Hill Comics, and Fight or Flight Comics! 
Becca:
The selection of the comic books ranged from the recent titles to the older Bronze, Silver and Golden age comics! The toys ranged from Marvel, DC, G.I. Joe, Transformers, He-Man, My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, Hot Wheels, Monster High and Micronauts to Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, Disney, Doctor Who, Power Rangers, Godzilla, Pokemon, Sailor Moon and other anime items! Oh, speaking of Doctor Who, the Saxapahaw TARDIS group brought their fan – built TARDIS replica which wonderfully contributed to the festively fanciful ambience! 
Bun:
It was so nice to see artist Tommy Lee Edwards and pony writer / Princeless creator Jeremy Whitley there again too! There were dozens of artists and authors, and everyone was very friendly and amazingly talented! You know, in our mewseum’s guest art galleries we have beautiful art by some of them, such as the steam punk catgirl and the chain mail catgirl pics by Meesha, the sketch of Kiki and Jiji by Richard Case, the catgirl and pony paintings by Tommy’s daughter Scarlett, and the numerous digital illustrations by Lumshock!
Petra:
This time I was pleased to get a mermaid purrint and a Storm card from Meesha, and some anime and video game fan art from Lumshock, nya! It is interesting to see what people shop for at the conventions, nya. Our friend Mr. Brightside found some back issues and purrchased the DC Bombshells statues of Lois Lane and Mera, nya! There were discussion panels & other activities which started at 10:30 am with the “Conventions & Cosplay with Disabilities” topic which was hosted by Chris Shrewsbury and moderated by RJ Marchese, nya!
Ilyana:
Then at 11:15 am Matt Connor moderated the Hugo & Nebula award – winning author Michael Swanwick’s discussion at noon Matt moderated Brian Clevinger’s Atomic Robo comics topic; at 1 pm Matt moderated the “Cosplay: Secret Origins” topic; at 2 pm Ben Bolling moderated the “Writing as an Artist” panel with Tommy Lee Edwards and Spider-Gwen author Jason Latour; and at 3 pm Wild Tarney and Jatovi McDuffie moderated Jeremy Tarney’s “Ultimate Showdown” contests and games at which folks could win some wonderful prizes!
Mielikki
So like, at 4 pm there was the costume contest which was moderated by Chris, Wild and Jatovi! There were not as many cosplayers as there were at the show in March, but some of my favorite adult and child costumes were Queen Mera, Wonder Woman, White Canary, Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl, Agent Carter, Lady Deadpool, Deadpoolicorn, Captain America, Rocket Racoon, Charlie Brown in the Halloween ghost sheet, The 4th Doctor with the scarf, BB Hood, Princess Peach, Zelda, and a Pokemon Umbron gijinka girl, fur shur!
Trini-chan:
Hai hai, and some of my favorite costumes there were the Teen Titans’ Starfrire & Raven, Scooby Doo’s Velma & Shaggy, the Star Wars Stormtrooper, the Halo Master Chief, the Mass Effect N-7 commander, the catgirl faerie in the tutu, the cute widdle kitten girl, and Mike’s table neighbor who wore the knitted neko ear pinna! Our friends Casey and Meesha wore very pretty dresses too! It was such the fun time, but before we knew it is was the 5 pm closing time, and time for folks to pack up their stuff.
Yvonne:
We lingered there to help our friends pack up their stuff and load the vehicles purrior to rendezvousing at Ted’s Grill for the delicious suppertime, nya! I am purrticularly fond of the appurtizers, the mushroom and swiss burger, the knife and fork burger, and the chocolate brownie a la mode, nya! By the time we finished the meal it was dark and time for us to caravan back to home, where it was time for the catnap after the long fun day, and we had to rise early the next morning to catch lots of fish, nya!
Mike:
We had real good time at the show, and look forward to the national Halloween Comics Fest at participating stores  in October, and the NC Comicon in November! We wish to thank Alan Gill, Tommy Lee Edwards, the rest of the gang at Ultimate Comics, all of the very friendly, industrious con staff & volunteers, the hotel staff, the guests, artists, vendors and fellow fans who contributed to the–
Tara-chan:
OAK BESMA MOTH, NYA! (The distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the purretty Golden Brown insect.)
The Cat Lady Sings…
Yvonne:
(sigh) There she goes again, nya!
Ilyana:
Another minute, and she would have made it ’til the end of the show, heehee!
Trini-chan:
I want to take a picture of it too! (scampurrs with her camera after the moth)
Jeannie:
Art and science must be served.
Elizabeth:
It is almost time for our Aftermew Luau anyway! Itadakimasu!
the cats:
Nyan nyan!
Becca:
They are ready for suppurr! That will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
Petra:
We wish to thank Rebecca for the beautiful illustrations, nya!
Bun:
We also thank Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
Mary Nyan:
…and we wish to thank the other talented folks whose works we have discussed!
Mielikki:
Fur Shur!
Nyoka:
Y’all may post your brief, polite, sincere, non-snarky responses to our discussion…
Nyanko:
… purrvided that such comments are spam-free, G-rated and purrtain to our topics!
Mike:
We’ll be back next month with another edition of The Mew! Be there… aloha!
The Ladies Of The Mew:
Happy Tails to you – until we eat again! BAIBAI, NYA!

 


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