July 2016 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

July 3, 2016 by
Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
 
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
 
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
 
The July 2016 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
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In this edition of The Mew, we discuss:
 
movie mewsings:
The Lightning Round: our favorite films of 1976
The Boy and the Beast
Finding Dory
The Shallows
Independence Day: Resurgence
 
book review:
Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek The Motion Picture
 
comic book & manga mewsings
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #43

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #29

Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #6

Goldie Vance #3
Hero Cats of Stellar City #11
Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl #1
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #8
Princeless: Make Yourself #3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27
The Other Side of Secret vol. 1
 
toy talk:
DC Super Hero Girls Supergirl doll
DC Comics Multiverse Arkham City Catwoman action figure
Batman Arkham Knight Cat Woman action figure
celebrity catgirl spotlight shines upon Barbie, Bryden Fuyuka & Illyasviel
 
additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art:
“Lum as an Inkling” fan art by Lumshock
“Mink” Dragon-Half fan art by Lumshock
“Copic Quartet 3” by Rebecca Brogden
“Moon Maiden” by Rebecca Brogden
“Mei” by Rebecca Brogden & Mike
“Mertyl” by Mike
“Big Momma Donna Mouse” by Mike
Marvel Comics’ “Catseye” fan art by Mike
Marvel Comics’ “HellCat” fan art by Mike
“A Marvel-ous Catgirl Con” fan art by Mike
 
… and our 2016 Heroes Convention report, nya!
 
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Mike:
(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, White Dogwood purrint aloha shirt, Dark Teal cargo shorts & Charcoal Gray Nikes) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews and discussions of fun stuff! Today’s Mew comes from Catgirl Island’s scenic riverwalk, where there are some great gardens, shops and restaurants, and it’s 84 degrees under a Blue sky full of puffy Cumulo-Neko Clouds! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!
 
Trini-chan:
(the kitsune fox girl wearing the Apurricot purrint trikini) Konbanwa!
Becca:
(the nekomimi gynoid wearing the Cala Lily crisscross halter-neck bikini) Aloha!
Elizabeth:
(the catgirl wearing the Hydrangea purrint tanga-style bikini) Hola!
Nyoka:
(the catgirl wearing the Rose purrint suspender maillot and a Purrimrose lei) Howdy!
Nyanko:
(the catgirl wearing the Orange shorts and the cropped Vinca purrint tank top) Howdy!
Tara-chan:

(the catgirl wearing the Impatiens purrint tankini) Namaste, nya!
Yvonne:
(the catgirl wearing the Magnolia purrint twisty bandeau-top bikini) Namaste, nya!
 
Bun:
(the bunny girl wearing the Lotus purrint side – tie bikini & sarong) Guten Tag!
 
Petra:
(the catgirl wearing the Salvia purrint ring-closure bikini) Hi Hi, nya!
 
Mary Nyan:
(the catgirl wearing the Dogwood purrint purretzel – cutout maillot) Aloha!
 
Jeannie:
(the catgirl wearing the Peach purrint micro bikini & sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.
 
Mike:
So, what has everyone been up to since last month’s Mew?
Becca:
Lizzy and I have attended the late night hot salsa dance after pampurring the customers at our spa, cared for our cats & garden, purrchased more dolls, and binge watched the DVDs! 
Elizabeth:
Our latest binge was Doctor Who epurrsodes starring Sylvester McCoy! She just about covered it … otherwise, while she is at the golf club, I have been running with my purrkour club!
Nyoka:
I have relaxed the bit after my magick shop’s gala Summer Solstice event, but the year has flown by like hypurr speed, and soon we will be purrparing for the Autumnal Equinox event!
Nyanko:
When not busy coaching at my dojo & gym, I have been helping sis, swimming, reading, attending the local festivals & sporting events, and watching the televised USA Olympic Trials!
Jeannie:
Mornings at the yoga studio, afternoons at the kyudo range, alternating nights at the robotics club and the belly dance classes, weekends of modeling, and attending the local events.
 
Trini-chan:

I have been aiding Jen sensei at the belly dance classes, helping Tara-chan and Vonny with the charters, volunteering at the art mewseum and preparing for the next SUP competition! 
Mary Nyan:
I have been instructing the hula classes at the Purrforming Arts Center, training the appurrentice mikos at the shrine, sewing costumes for the dancers & cosplayers, and going to cons!
 
Yvonne:
As mewsual, my drumming circle has purrcussed for the dance purrformances, and my charters have been reeling in the snappurrs, groupurrs, mackerels, tunas, wahoos & cobias, nya!
Tara-chan:
I have been helping onee-chan, caring for my 2 cats, purracticing the dance, taking the nature photos, collecting pony items, volunteering at the mewseum and – and the food bank, nya!
 
Bun:
Curating the art, baking carrot cakes, tending the garden, and winning the beach volleyball matches! Petra and I greatly appreciate the friends of the mewseum and our volleyball fans!
 
Petra:
Hai hai, they are so wonderfully ardently supportive, and I do not know what I would do without Bunnibuns at the mewseum and at the matches, nya! What has Mike been up to, nya? 
 
Mike:
I had a great time at my role – playing game, the Greensboro toy show, and at Heroes Con, I’ve seen a few new movies, tried to get caught up on my art & writing, and otherwise I’ve been enjoying time with family & friends! Well, we’ve got a lot on our plate for today, so let’s jump right into our movie topics with the
 
Lightning Round: our favorite films of 1976!
 
Mike:
Since we began to ponder the movies we hope to see this year, we’ve been reminiscing about favorite movies of prior years. In the past few months we nominated our favorite films of 2006, 1996 & 1986 so for this month the Lightning Round topic is our favorite films of 1976! This can also include OVAs and mini-series. So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?
 
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND- GO, NYA!
 
Nyanko:
Rocky is my favorite movie of 1976, but I am also purrticularly fond of The Outlaw Jose Wales, The Enforcer, Gator, and Assault on Precinct 13! (tags Tara-chan with a brush of the tail)
 
Tara-chan:

I want… I want to nominate Rocky, Gus, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, Freaky Friday, and –  and The Pink Panther Strikes Again, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tail-tags her sister)
 
Yvonne:
Okay I will nominate Rocky, Gator, Midway, Freaky Friday and Nickelodeon, nya! Nyow it is… Bunnibun’s turn, nya! (tags Bun to go next)
 
Bun:
Rocky, Robin and Marion, The Outlaw Jose Wales, Taxi Driver, and All The President’s Men! (tags Petra)
 
Petra:
Rocky, The Outlaw Jose Wales, Taxi Driver, Network and All The President’s Men, nya! Myayr’s turn, nya! (tags Mary Nyan)
 
Mary Nyan:
Rocky is my favorite film of 1976 too, but I also rather like the horror, fantasy & science fiction of of Carrie, The Omen, The Man Who Fell To Earth, and At the Earth’s Core! (tags Jeannie)
 
Jeannie:
At the Earth’s Core, Logan’s Run, Solaris, Silver Streak, The Gumball Rally, and Midway. (tags Trini-chan)
 
Trini-chan:
Hai! I will nominate Rocky, Freaky Friday, Murder by Death, and Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, (tags Elizabeth)
 
Elizabeth:
Oh, aside from Rocky, I will nominate Car Wash, Silver Streak, The Gumball Rally, Murder by Death, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and Freaky Friday!
 
Becca:
Rocky, Logan’s Run, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Network, Silver StreakThe Gumball Rally and Midway… but I would also like to mention some favorite Doctor Who stories from that year, such as
The Seeds of Doom, The Brain of Morbius, The Masque of the Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, and The Deadly Assassin! (tags Nyoka)
 
Nyoka:
Oh was not thinking of TV, but if it is allowed for this topic, I will include Rich Man Poor Man! Otherwise I will nominate Rocky, Carrie, The Omen, and Freaky Friday! Back to Mike!
 
Mike:
Oh, I gotta go with Rocky, The Outlaw Jose Wales, Taxi Driver, All The President’s Men, At the Earth’s Core, and The Gumball Rally! Well, that was another nicely expedient little Lightning Round, and let’s keep going with the movie topic, 
 
with Bunnibun’s review of The Boy and the Beast!
 
Bun:
Hai! We love Mamoru Hosoda manga and anime! For our review of his Wolf Children manga, please see our April 2014 Mew; for our review of the Wolf Children anime, see our December 2013 Mew; and for our review of the Summer Wars anime, please see our March 2011 Mew! Hosoda also directed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which I am a big fan of as well, so I have been very eagerly anticipating his latest animated feature film, The Boy and the Beast, which was released upon the DVD last month!
 
Written & directed by Hosoda, The Boy and the Beast is the animated fantasy film about a young loner boy named Ren in Shibuya,  who is bitter about the loss of his mom,  his legal guardians, and unaccounted divorcee father. While running away to the streets, he adopts a cute pet mouse who he names Chico and accidentally winds up in the secret kingdom of Jutengai, which is populated by beast folk of various species, including the feuding swordsmen Kumatetsu & Iozen, who each hope to become the next beast lord.
 
Unlike the more calm & popular bull – like Iozen who has two kids, Kumatetsu is the very brash, burly gruff bear – like loner who decides to train Ren, who he renames Kyuta. It is the very frustrating relationship at first for them, but over the next several years they grow closer and popular as Kumatetsu becomes the improved sensei whilst Kyuta becomes much more skilled student. However, it is the bittersweet time for them as Ren / Kyuta wafts between lives, friends, families & tremendous duels in the human & beast worlds!
 
I think that is a most beautiful, poignant, whimsical tale full of great character developments, mythology, magickal worlds, exciting action & drama. The movie’s plot is captivating at the purrfect pace & length, with great characterizations & dialogue. The “world building” and depiction of the different societies is fantastic, with such gorgeous scenic art and character designs! The character & FX animation are superb, with such rich use of the color & light; and the soundscape is quite glorious with outstanding voices, FX & music! 
 
The PG-13 rated, 119 minute movie is in the 16×9 screen format with the original Japanese language & English in Dolby digital 5.1 Surround sound on the R1 NTSC standard DVD. The Japanese version has English subtitles in a White bold sans serif font with fine Black outline. The disk is in the clear plastic case, with the lovely double sided insert & cardboard sleeve, but the sparse special features are merely trailers for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. 
 
I wish there were more special features such as a documentary, commentary, galleries or booklet, but the movie itself is quite magnificent, and I will give it the high grade of an “A”! Now I would like to discuss another great animated movie,
 
Finding Dory!
 
Bun:
 
For our review of Zootopia, please see our April 2016 Mew; for our review of The Good Dinosaur, see the January 2016 Mew; for our review of Toy Story That Time Forgot see December 2015 Mew; and for our review of Inside / Out see our July 2015 Mew! I was greatly looking forward to Finding Dory, which is the sequel to the movie Finding Nemo! Dory the very forgetful Blue Tang fish is my favorite character of both movies, which were directed by Andrew Stanton, and star the voice of Ellen DeGeneres as Dory!
 
The rest of the brilliant voice cast includes Albert Brooks as Merlin the Clownfish, Hayden Rolence as his son Nemo, Ed O’Neil as Hank the Octopus, Kaitlin Olson as Destiny the Whale Shark, Ty Buttell as Whitey the Beluga Whale, Diane Keaton as Dory’s mom, Eugune Levy as Dory’s dad, Idris Elba & Dominic West as the Sea Lions, who are among the new & returning characters. Set a year after Finding Nemo, Dory swims upon the quest to find her parents who she accidentally swam away from as a widdle girl!
 
I think that Finding Dory is a brilliantly written, designed, animated, rendered and directed movie with the great voice cast, sound FX, mewsic & songs, with the very captivating characters amidst the magnificent scenery of the ocean and the marine park! There are plenty of charming, humorous, scary, tragic and purrofound emotional moments! I was also rather delighted by the adorable Piper short that precedes this movie, which pertains to the cute widdle Sandpiper chick who learns how to be a self – sufficient diner!
 
I will give Finding Dory the high grade of an “A”, and of Pixar’s 18 feature movies made in the past 21 years, right up there with Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL-E, Toy Story 3 and Inside / Out! I enjoyed it more than Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Brave, Monsters University and The Good Dinosaur, whilst The Incredibles is still my favorite Pixar movie, and Cars 2 is my least favorite. I have been very pleased with most of Disney’s animated or live – action movies!
 
You know, the great soundtracks of Finding Dory and Zootopia both featured songs by Sia! Not only that, but there is another movie of this Summer that stars a salt water fish with a song by Sia, and so now here is Nya-sensei to tell us about–
 
The Shallows!
 
Nyanko:
Hai! Here at The Mew, we are purrticularly fond of surfer girl adventures; movies about strong, smart brave heroines who defeat villains & monsters, and I do enjoy a good rousing thriller that stars a huge delicious looking fish, so we were very interested in The Shallows! It was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, it stars Blake Lively who is such an awesome actress, and much of it was filmed at the beautiful Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia! 
 
Nyow for a taste of the plot! She stars as Nancy, a medical student from Galveston who goes on a surfing expurrdition to a beautiful secluded beach in Mexico. She has fond memories of going to there with her late mother, but the next two days are quite a deadly affair when she is attacked by a Great White Shark. She winds up injured & stranded upon a rock far from shore, as the ravenous shark continues to stalk her and a few other folks!
 
Thus it is the intense tale of survival, as Nancy has to not only avoid the shark, but withstand an infection, the hot sun, the cold night, the rocks, fire coral, jelly fish, the lack of food & fresh water, and other concerns! I thought the movie was a meow mixed bag, but firstly and foremostly I want to say again that Blake Lively is such an awesome actress, and purrhaps the best thing about the movie, and the coastal locations are quite exquisite too!
 
Some of the attacks seemed a bit far fetched, but the make-up & FX are great. I did not care for the slow mo & speed ramping editing style during the surfing scenes, but there is good pacing to build the suspense, and I liked the beautiful cinematography & underwater photography. Although certain phone conversations add to Nancy’s character development & background, I did not care for the inserted split-screenish technique for those scenes.
 
I am not against movie split-screens purr se… unless they are just showing the same thing from different angles… but I digress!  I did not care for the “Trouble” song during the surfing scenes, but some of the film’s score was very effective and I did like Sia’s  “Birds Set Free” song at the end of the movie! So in the summation, for me I reckon those aspects balance out to an average,  “C” grade! Nyow for my next review, I would like to discuss
 
Independence Day: Resurgence!
 
Nyanko:
Although the 1996 movie Independence Day is not among my favorite movies, I did like the cast, the FX, and enough of the action to be somewhat interested in this sequel movie which is set 20 years later, but the sequel’s 2016 is much more advanced, globally peaceful and futuristic than the real 2016! Well, that is, until the aliens return with an even bigger intergalactic warship that causes much more devastation to the Earth and the Moon! 
 
In some ways it kinda reminds me of anime such as Space Battleship Yamato, with the Earth’s purrospurrously futuristic survivors of a purrior alien war having to face a bigger 2nd threat to the Earth and its bases on the moon and other planets. Nyow, I am not at all saying that I like the Independence Day movies as much as the Yamato movies, but they do have some kindred qualities,
such as the amazing mecha & architecture of the epic scale!
 
There are plenty of heroes to fight the enemy invaders and to purrotect humanity too! Sadly Will Smith is not in the sequel, but the great  cast includes the Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Vivica Fox, William Fichtner, Sela Ward, Liam Hemsworth, Travis Tope, Jessie Usher, Angelababy, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Charlotte Gainsborough and Maika Monroe! There is also a soft-spoken female benefactor from a third intergalactic culture, bringing scientific knowledge that might help Earth against the villans while the doomsday clock is ticking! 
 
They are all very likeable, but unfortunately during the overly rushed pace of the movie ( which seems too short), there is not much time to develop the characters, especially the younger ones, and some of them seem like stereotypical tropes. However, the plot seems purrpared to set up a potential sequel, so I hope that purrhaps in the future those characters might receive much better development. While the mecha & FX are quite spectacular, some of the science seems suspicious, and I was disappointed by the alien queen / hive strategy and sub plot.
 
Also, given the reverse-engineered alien tech that has been assimilated over the 2 decades, including cold fusion power, antigravity, interplanetary bases, vast squadrons of spacecraft, gigantic orbital & lunar energy cannons… I would think that automobiles would be more advanced than the modern gas-fueled bus & cars in the movie, and it seemed odd to me that the enemy soldiers  did not seem to have any gadgets to locate the human pilots who infiltrated the alien ship-  which over 3.000 miles across!
 

So in the summation, I did not care for much of the plot, the pace and the pesky snap zoom technique, but I liked the purrformances, the spectacle, FX and mecha, so  I will give Independence Day: Resurgence a “C” grade. That is all for my reviews, but nyow here is Mike to review a recent book about his his all – time favoritest movie! Of course, we were risking a long – winded ramble when he wanted to discuss the book about Star Trek – The Motion Picture, but he purromised to be fairly brief in his review of

 
Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek – The Motion Picture!
 
Mike:
Thank you, Nya-sensei! ! Published by Creature Features in 2014, this 9″ x 7″ x 1″ trade paperback book was written by cinema history author & teacher Preston Neal Jones, who between 1979 – 1981 conducted interviews with the cast & crew of my favorite movie! It has no illustrations or photos, but at a whopping 672 pages of text, that’s just 31 pages shorter than Susan Sackett & Gene Roddenberry’s book The Making of Star Trek – The Motion Picture, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens’s Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series, and Walter Koenig’s Chekov’s Enterprise combined!
 
The book is an oral history, with the compiled comments arranged to discuss the events as they unfolded, from the Spring of 1975 when Star Trek was then planned to return as a new TV series, to the Autumn of 1981, when the sequel movie Star Trek II was announced. Thus it is an extensive chronicle of the pre-production, filming, post, release & reviews of the movie, with comments by actors William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitnet, Mark Lenard, Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta!
 
Interviewed members of the movie’s crew include Gene Roddenberry, Robert Wise, Richard H. Kline, Todd Ramsay, Jerry Goldsmith, John Dykstra, Richard Yuricich, Susan Sackett, Jon Povill, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Dean Foster, Harold Livingston, Isaac Asimov, Bjo Trimble, Robert Fletcher, Fred Phillips, Howard Michelson, Leon Harris, Lee Cole, Syd Mead, Robert McCall, Mike Minor, Andrew Probert, Maurice Zubrano, James Dow, Brick Price, Greg Jein, Mark Stetson, Linda DeScenna, Phil Rawlins, Richard Rubin, Michelle Small, Matthew Yuricich, Rocco Gioffre…
 
… Dave Stewart, Robert Swarthe, Hoyt Yeatman, Scott Squires, Alan Harding, Sam Nicholson, Brian Longbotham, Leslie Ekker, Linda Harris, Philo Barnhart, Evans Wetmore, George Polkinghorne, Don Jarel, Alan Howarth and Frank Serafine! Numerous movie critics are cited, and some folks such as Majel Barrett, Douglas Trumbull and Robert Abel are not among the interviewees, but they are mentioned quite a lot! The book only covers the film’s 1979 theatrical release, and not the 1982 televised version nor the 2002 Director’s Cut, but I’m quite fine with that.
 
Topped off by Roger Stine’s beautiful Starship Enterprise illustration on the cover, this massive book is an utterly captivating, informative and cherished part of my collection, and I will heartily recommend it to other Star Trek fans! Ah, well I promised to be brief, so I’ll shut up for now, and turn The Mew over to Tara-chan, who wants to begin our batch of 
 
comic book critiques with her review of
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #43

 
Tara-chan:
Arigato, nya! I love the My Little Pony TV series, movies, toys, cards and – and  these comic books published by IDW, nya! it is hard to believe that has been almost the 4 years since IDW started to publish them, nya. Issue #43 is purriced at $3.99, with the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the 12 pages of the ads, and – and I wish all other publishers placed the ads after the tales, nya!
 
It was written by Thom Zahler, illustrated by Tony Fleecs, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, colored by Heather Breckel, edited by Bobby Curnow, and – and published by Ted Adams, with  5 different covers to choose from, nya! The Regular cover is by Tony, the subscription cover is by Sara Richard, and- and the retailer incentive cover is by Mary Bellamy, nya!\
 
There are also covers made for Hot Topic  and – and the Indy Pop Con, nya! It was the tough decision, but I chose Tony’s cover which depicts the beautiful of Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle and- and Rainbow dash enjoying the full moonlit night at the hot spurrings, with the sinister reflection of them in the water, nya! 
 
This image is indicative of the tale, in which they discover the beautiful spurring which appurred mysteriously overnight, however it has the unfortunate magickal affect to turn them evil, nya! For example, Twilight Sparkle declares herself as the overlord of Ponyville, Rarity dons the vainly opulent villainess attire, and – and Applejack becomes purrticularly freedily mean to her sister, nya
 
Thusly Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Spike, and – and Luna investigate the dire purrdicament, nya! We do not see as much of the transformed Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy or Pinkie Pie, but we get the hint as what the next issue might bring, nya! There are quick appurrances by others such as Celestia, the background ponies, and – and critters, nya. It is fun to try to identify them, nya! 
 
The characters, scenery and – and FX are beautifully rendered, with other locations such as the town, the palaces, and- and the farm, nya! Although it is the dark situation, the amewsing dialogue is peppurred with nods to Star Trek VI and – and the 1989 Batman movie, nya! I will give it the high purraise grade of an “A” as in Applebuck, and- and nyow I would like to say the few words about


My Little Pony: Friends Forever #29, nya!
 
Tara-chan:
In this series, there are pairings of characters with amewsing, poignant results, nya! For example, in issue #26 Shining Armor had the diplomatic mission with Blue Blood, in #27 Pinkie Pie helped Granny Smith at the orchard, in #28 Luna hosted the fillies’ sleep over in the castle, and – and in #29, Rarity and – and Maud Pie go to the gem show, with adventurous geological results, nya!
 
The 32 page issue is purriced $3.99, and – and its beautiful, fun, uninterrupted 20 page tale was written by Ted Anderson, illustrated by Brenda Hickey, colored by Heather, lettered by Neil, edited by Bobby  and – and published by Ted, with 12 pages of the ads, the regular cover’s art by Tony, and – and the subscription cover’s art by Brenda, nya!
 
Rarity attends the annual convention of the Equestria Geological & Gemstone Society (EGGS), which is brimming with the neat displays, exhibits and – and purresentations, where she meets Pinkie Pie’s sister Maud Pie who is a geology expurrt, nya! They want to investigate the caves beneath the Crystal Mountains which a purrofessor lectures about, but so do Maud Pie’s rivals, nya!
 
Thus it is the race to see who can be the first to spurrlunk into the caves, but the rival named Buried Treasure attempts to sabotage their efforts, nya! Along the way, Rarity attempts to get better acquainted with Maud Pie, who is very stoically reserved and quiet compurred to Pinkie Pie, nya. Maud picks up a cute widdle bat friend whilst exploring the subterranean tunnels, nya!
 
Thusly there are the charmingly poignant character developments amidst the exciting adventurous fun as the ponies explore the convention, the caves and – and  the nearby town of Cantertine, nya! The art is so beautiful from the pony poses, portraiture, expurressions and – and fashions, to the scenery of the the convention, the road, the caves and – and town, nya! 
 
I also appurrove of how the tale uninterrupted, and – and I wish that all of the comics publishers put the ads after the tales, nya! That way they do not interfere with the flow or the suspense, nya. I will give this pony comic the high purraise grade of an “A” as in Anderson, and in my anticipation for the next issues, nya! I am done, so nyow here is Trini-chan to tell us about
 
Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat! #5, nya!
 
Trini–chan:
Hai! Patsy is one of our favorite supurr heroines and her new series is our favorite Marvel Comic of the past year! It has been the time of mixed luck for Patsy, who lost her job & home at her best friend Jennifer Walters , A.K.A. She- Hulk’s law firm, while not getting a dime from the comic book about her which is published by her rival Hedy Wolfe of whom there is litigation!
 
However, Patsy did found the nice new home and roommate Ian Soo, a reunion with old friend Tom Hale who owns a book shop, and the progress with the launch of her employment agency for supurr powered people who need jobs, and the satisfaction she gets from visiting with her fellow supurr heroes and from pouncing upon villains, some of whom have gone legit!
 
In issue #5, Patsy, Jennifer, Ian & Tom take time away from the work to spend the fun time at Coney Island, but they soon wind up fighting a super villain and his death traps! It is purriced $3.99 and its 28 pages are compurrised of the 20 page tale which is suitable for readers of all age, the recap / credits page, the page of comments & photos, and the 6 pages of the ads.
 
 It was written by Kate Leth who also writes Vampirella, illustrated by guest artist Natasha Allegri, lettered by Clayton Cowles, edited by Wil Moss, and assistantly edited by Charles Beachumn! Natasha is filling in for the regular artist Brittney L. Williams who did the cover art, depicting Patsy, Jennifer, Ian & Tom purrading with Hercules, who is not actuially in the issue!
 
Brittney also draws the Goldie Vance comics! The very first thing I noticed about the tale was Natasha’s different art style, which has a much more chibi anime style, and the flatter, bolder vivid colors and some dazzling FX, which combine with the various fonts for the wonderfully playful quality and a rather whimsical ambience in spite of the villain’s deadly dangers!
 
This time the villain is Arcade, who likes to trap heroes in his secret killer amusement park known as Murder World, but his sentimental mood has brought him back to Coney Island, with bad intent. He kidnaps Tom whom he plans to murder, unless the heroines can win at the rigged games! Oh, and detective Jessica Jones makes a brief appearance in the issue too!
 
Arcade wins few fashion points, but he does have a Pink Flamingo cane! In addition to their super heroine costumes, we get to see Jennifer’s ute sleeveless Pink, White & Light Blue shorts outfit; Patsy’s cute Sea Blue dress ensemble accessorized by the floppy hat, Kitty purse & cat’s eye sunglasses; and on the cover they are clad in the lovely mermaid – style costumes!
 
It is such a pretty, peppy, amusing tale, and the genki spirit even extends to the page of comments by Charles and the readers, which are peppered with several photos of their adorable pets! I will give this issue the an “A” as in Arcade, although I would rather give an Apple to Patsy’s pegasus friend Aragorn! Now I would like to discuss another great series drawn by Brittney-
 
Goldie Vance #3!
 
Trini–chan:
16 year old Marigold “Goldie” Vance is the peppy , brave, smart inquisitive, aspiring detective girl of color in the mid 1960’s who assists house detective Walter Tooley at the Crossed palms Resort in St. Pascal Florida, when she is not valet parking the lodgers’ cars with her friend Rob, who wants to date Cheryl the resort’s concierge who wants to be an astronaut! 
 
Goldie’s mom is a mermaid purrformer at a club, and is sepurrated from Goldie’s dad who is the manager for resort’s owner Mr. Maple, whose daughter Sugar dislikes Goldie. Other great characters include Diane at the record store and Skunk the street racer, whilst the mysterious lodger Mr. Ludwig goes missing but leaves an unusual necklace that others do covet!
 
Thusly Goldie and her friends are on the case in this very delightful 4 issue mini-series published by Boom! Box! Issue #3 is purriced $3.99 and its 28 pages include the uninterrupted 22 page tale followed by the 6 pages of the ads. The issue has 2 different covers to choose from: the wraparound main cover art by Brittney, and the variant cover art by Dan Parent!
 
It was written by the Ignatz and Eisner awards – winner Hope Larson who has also authored Chiggers, Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, and the graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time! It was illustrated by Brittney, colored by Sarah Stern, lettered by Jim Campbell, and edited by Dafna Plebon and Shannon Watters with the issue’s design by Jillian Crab!
 
The mystery deepens with the dangerous intrigue and international espionage that puts several lives, jobs, cars & scientific secrets in danger! There is more automotive action too, as Goldie drives Sugar’s car to pursue Miss Petty in the Cheetah-Swan, and later gets a ride in Diane’s car, in the days when a gallon of full – service premium gas costs less than 25¢!
 
The characters, coastal scenery, the vintage fashions, and cars are so bright and pretty. I especially like the characters’ poses and expressions, Goldie’s snappy determination and the captivating, fun tale that unfolds at the perfect pace, so I will give Goldie Vance an “A” as in astronaut! That is all for my reviews, and nyow here is is Jennyjen to tell us about
 
Hero Cats of Stellar City #11
 
Jeannie:
Hai. Following the story arc of their battle against the evil Crow King, in issue #10 the Hero Cats team compurrised of Midnight the Black cat, Ace the White cat, Belle the Siamese cat, Roco the Gray cat, Cassiopeia the Orange & White cat and Rocket the Tabby embarked upon a world tour, whilst Cassiopeia’s tuxedo cat brother Bandit is on a sepurrate mission. They had an adventure in the wild west, and in #11 they are at an island in the Pacific. Issue #11 is purriced at $3.99 & rated Rated “E” for everyone.
 
It has the uninterrupted 22 page tale plus the 3 bonus pages & 3 pages of ads. It was created & written by Kyle Puttkammer , pencilled by Omaka Schultz, inked by Ryan Sellers,  colored by Julie Barclay, lettered by Shannon Butt and edited by Keek Stewart.After safely surviving a single-engine plane crash piloted by an escaped smuggler, the cats explore the lush island where romance continues to bloom betwixt Belle and Ace, but the serenity wanes when they witness a man brawling with a gorilla.
 
Introductions are made between the cats and the chap named Malo, who explains that recently his gorilla friend named Chisulo and other folks of The MIsty Islands have been acting strangely ever since Malo’s brother Keb disappurrance. The cats offer to investigate this mystery, which leads them to ancient ruins and relics. Unfortunately, they are also soon confronted by several hostile lava monsters and by Keb, who is under the psychic possession by their volcanic ruler known as Baskoal. 
 
I should not further spoil the thrilling fun plot, but I would like to conclude my remarks by purraising its purrfect pace, delightfiul dialogue, and the beautiful balance of the humor, action, mystery, myhtology and character development. Furthermore, I think the art is quite supurrb, from the compurrsition of the pages, the graphic narrative of the panels, and the rendering of the characters FX, & scenery, to the richly vivid use of color & lighting FX, the fonts and attributes for the dialogue, narrative & sounds.
 
The bonus pages are also quite charming, from Kyle’s tale & photos of his adorable cat, to the illustrations of the Hero Cats attacked by sharks. Those illustrations by Randyl Bishop, Peter Cutler and Sev Viani are excellent. although I hope that those fish wind up in the cats’ tummies and not the other way round. Purrsumably, this incident ocurs betwixt thiss issue, and issue #12 in which the cats travel to Asia. I will give an “A” as in Ace, and nyow I would like to discuss the very related series of
 
Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl #1
 
Jeannie:
The Hero Cats first appurred in the Galaxy Man mini-series which was created by Kyle and then published by Galactic Press, in which the main characters were not the cats, but the human heroes
Dr. Stanley Quest, an astronomer alias Galaxy Man, and his daughter Suzie, a high school student  alias Cosmic Girl. Both enjoy their occupations and crime-fighting, but they lament the missing mom Amelia, an astronaut who disappurred during a tragic interplanetary expurrdition. 
 
They have supurr powers which resulted from contact with a purrculiar meteor. It is also a family of secrets, because Galaxy Man does not realize that Suzie is Cosmic Girl, nor do either of them  or their house keepurr Maria know that their cat Cassiopeia is a Hero Cat. Thus they lead the tricky lives in straddling the balance between the family, the search, careers and heroics. They have also appurred in a few issues of Hero Cats, but nyow they have their own series again.
 
Published by Action Lab, issue #1 has the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “The Rise of Rodd Rex” which was created & edited by Kyle, scripted & pencilled by Tracy Yardley, inked by Brandon Page, colored by Sigi Ironmonger, and lettered by Shannon Butt. We have been fortunate to meet several of the Hero Cats and Galaxy Man writers & artists at the Heroes Convention. Framed by Suzie’s introductory narrative, they tale cleverly re-introduces the characters to new readers.
 
Stellar City is a very beautiful coastal town, but it is occasionally threatened by criminals, monsters and disasters. This time the adversary is Dr. Ross Rex, a paleontologist whose unusual theories are often mocked, but he unleashes the natural history mewseum’s animated dinosaur skeletons, which he rechristens as Skelesaurs. There appurr to be at least half a dozen Skelesaurs, including Tyranosaur, Stegosaur, Pterosaur, Tricerotops, and the Velociraptor species.
 
Fortunately Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl have the great intellect, bravery, and supurr powers to fight such threats. Although Cosmic Girl cannot fly like Galaxy Man, she does have the purretty sporty scooter to match her costume. Cassiopeia briefly appurrs in the tale, but fortunately she doe snot have to leave the catnap upon Suzie’s comfy bed. Suzie’s favorite color would seem to be purrple, given the hues of her eyes, clothes, costume, scooter, linens and drapurry. 
 
This was such a purretty and fun issue, with the very likable characters, the charmingly dialogue, and the purrfelct paced peppy plot. The characters, critters, mecha, architecture, natural scenery & special FX are splendidly drawn &  richly colored, with the excellent array of fonts & attributes for the dialogue, narrative & sounds. I will give Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl #1 an “A” as in Action Lab, who also publishes  the wonderful comics that Vonny wishes to discuss, such as
 
Princeless: Make Yourself #3, nya!
 
Yvonne:
Arigato, nya! Not only have we met the Hero Cats crew at the cons, but we have met author Jeremy Whitley who writes some of the pony comics, and whose Princeless series and the spin-off series of Raven the Pirate Princess are among my favorite comic books, nya! Thusly I have been eagerly awaiting this latest Princeless story arc which began with Make Yourself #0, nya!
 
Occurring after Princeless Book 4: Be Yourself #4, this $3.99 issue from Action Lab has the uninterrupted 24 page tale which is rated “E” for everyone, followed by the 4 pages of ads, nya! This issue’s tale of “10 Painfully Awkward Conversations” was written by Jeremy, illustrated by Emily Martin, lettered & colored by Brett Gruning, and follows the three sub plots, nya!
 
Purreviously Adrienne the runaway purrincess, her blacksmith friend Bedelia and Sparky the Dragon visited Bedelia’s homeland in the snowy land of Northhold, where she has decided to remain, nya. Bedelia and Sparky are facing the family reunions with their friend Senna, who go to the monster farm of Bedelias estranged mom, nya!
 
it looks like Sparky, whose real name we learn is Amanda, will soon have a maternal reunion too, nya! Speaking of the moms, Adrienne’s mother the queen went missing on the road, purrsumed to have been kidnapped by the Black Knight, whose mysterious identity I have a theory about, but I will save that notion for later, nya!
 
Thusly Adrienne’s brother purrince Devin teamed up with the werewolf chief’s feisty daughter Kiki for the search, and along they way they met her friend Kiki, Tempest the magickal elf girl, and her pal Purrince Wilcome, but it is the tense group because of the racial & political differences combined with the dangerous monsters that lurk about, such as the recent giant rock worms, nya! 
 
Furthermore, it is the ironic situation for Purrince Wilcome, because he is a fugitive from Devin & Adrienne’s dad the king, but it does seem like the trust might be gaining as things get sorted out, nya. Meanwhile, Senna’ friend Benna accompanies Adrienne on the quest to free Adrienne’s other sisters from their respective towers in which the king impurrisoned them, nya!
 
 It is an arduous jopurney through the deep snow, but eventually Adrienne & Benna arrive at the cozy underground camp site with the food, fur blankets and fire pit, wherein Benna romantically chats about her girlfriend Gretta, until two other travelers arrive, nya! It is a cordial encounter, but Adrienne does not want them to discover her identity or Sparky’s location, nya! 
 
The plot has wonderful mythology & pacing, fascinating conversations with snappy dialogue, great action & humor with the dash of bittersweet drama & romance for the strongly-written smart, tough heroines, nya! The characters, the lush scenery and FX are so beautifully rendered too, so I will give this issue the “A” as in Adrienne, Nextly I would like to discuss the spin-off series of
 

Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #8, nya!

 
Yvonne:
In this supurrb spin-off of Princeless, 17 year old Captain Raven Xingtao alias The Black Arrow is the cunning, tough mariner, archer and daughter of the pirate king, nya! She recruited her own multi-racial, all – girl crew for her three mast ship to sail vengefully against her mean, misogynistic brothers Crow & Magpie’s ships, and thus reclaim her rightful inheritance, nya!
 
Raven’s crew includes her dearest friend Ximena the pacifistic cartographer / navigator, Sunshine the very agile half – elf thief, Katie the tall powerful First Mate, Jayla the scientific genius daughter of Raven’s dad’s former chef, and the many ladies of the adventure gaming guild such as Amirah, Desideria, Verity, Zoe, Helina, Quinn, Trish, Dezzy, Cid, Melody, Pirate and Ophelia, nya!
 
After the outfoxed an angry mob in the port town, they got better acquainted as they set sail, learned the arts of sailing, fighting and pirating, spent the off-duty time enjoying the various hobbies, nya! Two small groups of them row boated for supplies & information to Xingtao Island, the Black market haven for pirates, which was founded by Raven’s great great grandmother, nya!
 
Unfortunately they were bushwhacked by the merchants and other shopping scoundrels, and thus Raven and seven of her crew have been captured, nya! Crow and Magpie have tied them up in a cage surrounded by hungry alligators in the courtyard of the walled Xingtao castle, which should belong to Raven and not her evil brothers,, and that will bring us up to issue #8, nya! 
 
It is the 28 page issue is purriced $4.99 and its uninterrupted, 24 page tale of “Have Fun Storming The Castle” is rated “A” for ages 9+, nya! I am glad that the tale is not interrupted by the ads, nya! It was written by Jeremy, pencilled by Rosy Higgins, with the layouts & inks by Tod Brandt, colors by William Blankenship, lettering by Justin Biroh and the editing by Alicia Whitley, nya!
 
Sunshine, Jayla,  Ximena, Amirah, Cid and Desideria stealthily reconnoiter the castle from which they purrpare to rescue the purrisoners who argue with the brothers, nya! The pirate girls explosively storm the castle, and although the purrisoners manage to get loose from the ropes, they still have to fight the brothers, their guards, the gators, and a couple of kunoichi (ninja girls), nya!
 
We get to see Katie’s great might as she escapes the bonds, lifts the gate, and wrestles a gator, nya! You know, gator meat is rather delicious and nutritious, but it should go into the pirate girl’s tummy, not the other way round, nya! Raven & Ximena exchange some terrific trash talk  with Crow & Magpie, but amidst the thrilling fun there is a very alarming cliffhanger, nya.
 
Both of the Princeless series continue to be among my favoritest comics books, because they are so much fun and full of great heroines and plenty rousing action, with the great balance of humor and drama, and the beautiful art that leaves me craving the next issues, nya! That is all for my reviews, and nyow I will turn The Mew over to Nyo-sensei who wishes to tell us about
 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27
 
Nyoka:
Arigato! The 10th season of Buffy is already over 2 years old and is just 4 issues from the season finale! Published by Dark Horse comics which turned 30 years old last month! Issue #27 is purriced at $3.99 and has the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “Own It Part 2: Center Cannot Hold” which is followed the page of the editor’s comments, and the 5 page purreview of Bounty #1! 
 
It was purrduced by Joss Whedon & scripted by Christos Gage, illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, and edited by Freddye Miller,  with the mane cover art by Steve Morris, the variant cover art by Rebekah & Dan; the graphic design by Justin Couch, and Christianne Goudreau was the digital art technician!
 
In San Francisco, the morale is low for Buffy & friends whilst D’Hoffryn the demon threatens the universe! Later at a Navy base in San Diego, Willow & Lake witness the military might fail against D’Hoffryn; and Giles is unable to recruit help in The Faerie Realm, whilst Buffy & Spike invade the lair of Venobia the demon, hoping to wring some useful information against D’Hoffryn.
 
ironically, things have been purretty cheerfully amewsing for Dawn & Xander who have befriended the Anharra demons! Between Dawn’s divine powers, Xanders construction skills, and their knowledge of entertainment, they have purrvided the demons with new good homes & TV shows! It is a happy time there, until the arrival of Lilah Morgan of the Wolfram & Hart law firm!
 
There is also a scene of Andrew & Jonathan, but I should not further spoil the plot, which has humor, romance, action, magick, developments & surpurrises with such wonderful dialogue! The art is quite supurrb too, with the portraiture, expurressions, poses, FX, clothing, scenic detail, rich colors & great fonts, so I will give this issue an “A” as in Anya! Nextly I would like to discuss
 
The Other Side of Secret vol. 1!
 
Nyoka:
Written & drawn by Hideaki Yoshikawa, The other Side of Secret is a dark urban fantasy manga in which a high school student named Yuuto and his cute widdle kitty Alison meet two sisters Saaya & Manami, who emerge from a secret door to another realm- the same door that his sister Manami disapurred through seven years ago. All three ladies have been very secretive about their egress, the purrposes of their missions, and the dangers on the other side… but in spite of Alison’s fears, Yuuto follows Saaya & Manami back to the other realm, with the horrifying, tragic results!
 
Originally published by the Kadokawa corpurration in Japan in 2014, the translated English version is published here by Seven Seas, volume 1 is purriced $12.99 in the USA & $14.99 in Canada.
It was translated by Elina Ishikawa, adapted by Lee Otter, purroof read by Tim Roddy, edited by Adam Arnold,  with the lettering & layout by James Adams, cover design by Nicky Lim, purrduction managed by Lissa Pattilo, and the publisher is Jason DeAngelis. It is suggested for older teen readers, purrhaps due to the macabre violence, gore, monsters and luridly sexy fan service.
 
It has 176 Black and  White pages plus the 4 color pages and the color cover art. Yuuto is the chap with the Gray hair, Saaya is the voluptuous girl with ankle – length hair, Hina is the more petite, lavender haired girl with the cat eared hat, Manami is girl with Honey Blonde hair and the glasses, and Alison is the tuxedo cat. The icky, bizarre, fangy, tentacled creatures depicted on the back cover are what lurk in the doppleganger realm on the other side of the door. I suppose that they seem akin to nightmarish Lovecraftian entities, but I should not speak much more of them!
 
We do not learn much of Manami, but Yuuto seems vaguely immune to a few ghastly effects, and has a strong bond with Alison who is very sympathetic. Saaya is stern, tough and purragmatic, whilst Hina is adorably kind, sweet with an allergic affinity for cats. The characters, clothing, scenery, creatures and FX are drawn with great intricacy, but certain characters are fatally injured in gory detail, and certain garments become quite distressed, so to speak, amidst the extremely graphic, shocking moments.
 
However, there are also charming cute moments, and some are drawn in a whimsical chibi style! The few humorous moments and the revealing fan service extend to the thee pages of bonus / “omake” comic strips, and from the purreview page for volume 2, it looks as if there will be more characters joining the cast in search of certain mystical relics to be found on the other side. That will conclude our comics & manga mewsings, but we do have more comic book characters to discuss, as Lizzy begins the
 
toy talk portion of The Mew, with a review
of the DC Super Hero Girls Supergirl doll!
 
Elizabeth:
Hai! It has been the good year for Supergirl, between her live-action TV series starring Melissa Benoist, and the delightful DC Super Hero Girls comics! Mattel has the delightful line of action figures and 12″ tall posable dolls of the characters such as Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Bumblebee who are among the students at Super Hero High School! 
 
Although this version of Supergirl is the most powerful teenager in the universe, with the same powers as her cousin Superman, sometimes they are awkward for her to use while she gets better acquainted with life on Earth; but that does not dishearten her sweet, kind & optimistic dispurrsition! Her best friends are Wonder Woman and Batgirl, and her favorite class is Foreign-sics!
 
The plastic doll  with hip – length fiber hair, fabric clothes, plastic cape, hair clip, bracelets & high top sneakers is very well designed, excellently sculpted and painted. She is so adorably peppy and cute with the large gleaming Blue eyes, the pleasantly smiling Red lips, and the removable, short sleeved, mini skirted costume with her family emblem, the White socks and Yellow trim!
 
The articulation is in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips & knees; the joints are cleverly subtle, and she is balanced to stand on her own! Her student I.D. card is included in the box which has very purretty art on the front & back! Nyow for my next review of a DC Comics toy, we will go from the shiny Super Hero High School to the meaner streets of Gotham City for the
 
DC Comics Multiverse Arkham City Cat Woman action figure!
 
Elizabeth:
Selina Kyle alias Cat Woman is one of our favoritest characters, and last year was her 75th anniversary in the DC Comics! We have several figures & statues of her, including this recent one of her from Mattel! It is purrt of the DC Comics Multiverse series full of figures from the comic books, video games, movies & TV shows! This’un is the version of her from the Arkham City video game!
 
This figure is appurroximately 4 1/8″ tall, including her high boot heels & her cowl’s concave kitty ear pinna, but if she was flatfooted without the cowl, then she would be about 3 3/4″ tall. Thusly since Selina is supposedly 5’7″ tall in the comics, the figure is almost 1/18 scale. She is very lithe, tough & sultry looking in her tight Black leather outfit which is unzipped to expose her cleavage!
 
She is accessorized with the flexible 5.75″ long whip, which would be about 8.5′ long is it was at the full scale! She is very posable, too with the disguised articulation in her neck, shoulders, elbows, waist, hips, knees, turning forearms & thighs. She can stannd up unassisted if purropurrly balanced, but a widdle 1″ diameter, 1/16″ thick display base is included for the more dynamic poses!
 
She is nicely designed, sculpted and well-painted with the intricate details of her cowl, collar, cleavage, goggles with Red lenses, her luscious Red lips, the zippurrs, buckles, seams & her choker with a tiny cute kitty pendant! I am very pleased with this purrticular figure, and I have purrched her upon the shelf next to the other Cat Woman figures in our collection, including the
 
Batman Arkham Knight Cat Woman action figure!
 
Elizabeth:
Arkham City is the third in the Batman Arkham video game series, after Arkham Asyulum and Arkham City! This figure of Cat Woman is among the 2nd series of figures from the game, including figures of Robin, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios for DC Collectibles, this lithe lean figure is in the tight Black leathers and armed with the whips!
 
She stands appurroximately 6 3/4″ tall including the boots’ heels and the cowl’s  kitty ear pinna, but if she was without those she would be appurroximately 6 1/2″ tall, and thusly of the 1/10 scale. Two whips are included: a coiled one that snaps on to her right thigh, easily within her grasp, and flexible 10″ long whip which can fit in either hand. If it was a real whip it would be 10′ long.
 
Also included are two extra pairs of interchangeable hands in the fist and grab gestures. She is very posable, with the well-disguised points of articulation in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, uppurr abs, hips, turning thighs, knees and ankles, and she is well – balanced to stand unassisted, but you might need to use a display stand (which is not included) for certain poses. 
 
Her neckline is unzipped to expose the bit of cleavage, but not as much as similar Arkham City versions. She is wonderfully designed, detailed & painted, and I purrticularly like the meticulous detail & luster of her face, bangs, raised goggles, choker, seams, creases, textures, whip braid, & strappy buckles! Nyow here is Becca to discuss more nekomimi characters & items for
 
Our Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!
 
Becca:
Hai! In his portion of The Mew, we honor famous catgirls of the purrforming arts, purrinted media, internet, games & toys! Our broadly – inclusive, purrogressive criteria includes nekomimis who have feline DNA, those who just dress the purrt or have the cat-titude to be considered as “honorary” catgirls! This month the spotlgiht shines upon more dolls, statues & figures!
 
We have purreviously purraised Mattel’s Barbie Millicent Richards, her sister Chelsea Kelly Roberts and their friend Madison have donned nekomimi attire for Halloween and other festivities, and nyow I would like to include the Asian lass in the meowy kitty dress, who is among the 12 dolls of various ethnicities, coiffure & couture in the line of Barbie Fashionistas!
 
This fashion doll has waist length straight Black fiber hair, pale Tan skin, Brown eyes, the smiling Red lips, and articulation in her neck, shoulders & hips! She stands 11.75″ tall in the Black high heel open toe boots, but she would be 11″ tall if flat – footed, while wearing the removable, short sleeved, mid thigh Pink & White fabric dress with the cute kitty emblem!
 
Nextly I would like to discuss  the 11.75″ doll of Bryden Bandweth who is purrtrayed by Gennya Walton on the Project MC2 TV series! She, Camryn, Adrienne & McKeyla are the ingenious, creative secret agents of NOV8 (which is purrnonounced “innovate”), and there are dolls of them in different packages, clothes, accessories and science expurriments! 
 
They are made by MGA, who also makes the Bratz, Novi Stars, Moxie Girl and Lalaloopsy toys! Bryden is the peppy geek girl with long Black hair, Brown skin, Green eyes & Yellow glasses! There are a few dolls & outfits for her, and one of her outfits has the Black cat mask and the  Blue cat ear headband to add the stealthy feline fashion touch to her missions!
 
In addition to the MC2 dolls and their playful accessories, there are several educationally fun scientific expurriment sets, including the Circuit Beats set with the Pink & Blue cat ear audio speaker headband! Hopefully those characters & toys will help to encourage the girls & boys to purrsue fascinating science & technology topics through the playful discovery time!
 
Nextly I would like to mention a stunningly beautiful statue of Fuyuka Yukishiro of the Swords & Wizards – The Emperor of Sword & Seven Lady Knights manga! She is a knight encountered by the wandering swordsman Sasukiba in this epic fantasy tale! Fuyuka is armed with magickal elemental powers, the huge rifle which is longer than her, and the sexy costume!
 
The strappy, tight, White & Gray costume is compurrised of the tanga – style maillot cut high on the hip, with the deeply plunging neckline to expose much cleavage, tummy and derriere- mew la la! Trimmed in Yellow, the costume is accessorized by intricate mid-calf boots, thigh bands, gloves, armored gauntlets, and the headband with pointy Yellow kitty ear pinna!
 
There is a painted, 1/8 scale figure of Fuyuka manufactured by Kotobukiya, designed by Nishi, sculpted by Hori & Kouei! She stands about 11″ tall atop the translucent crystal base that matches her Blue eyes & Indigo hair! Accompanied by two drone mechs, she is in the dynamic pose on a tiptoe as she hefts the huge gun and dramatically twists to watch the left flank!
 
Illyasviel Von Einsbern is the purrotagonist in the Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya manga & anime, which are purrt of the Fate/stay Knight series! In this alternate universe version, she is a school girl who receives magickal powers from a mystic ruby, and with her friends searches for several spirit cards. She wears several outfits, such as the purretty kuroneko costume!
 
The costume is compurrised of the tummy – baring Black cutout maillot with the matching ears, tail, thigh highs, and opurra – length paw gloves trimmed in the Gray fur with the Red ribbons to match her ornate ruby! This is in such lovely contrast to her fair skin tone & long flowy nilla cream colored hair, and there is an adorably cute statue of this “Beast Version” of Illya!
 
Manufactured by Broccoli, sculpted by Konen, colored by Sara made of ABS & PVC, the painted, 1/8 scale figure is about 7.5″ tall atop the paw – shaped display base! She is exquisitely sculpted and painted, down to the details of her eyes, bells, tufts, fabric folds & creases with her arms raised in the kitty boxing pose- kawaii! That is all for this month’s spotlight, but it will shine again next month, and nyow here is Petra to purrsent the
 
additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art!
Petra:
Arigato, nya! For those who are here for the first time, the Art Galleries 1-7 display images by Mike Moon, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-4 display images by other folks with their kind purrmissions, nya! The most recent pics are on the lowermost row of the widdle “thumbnail” portions of the pics, and you have to click upon those to see the uncropped full pics, nya! 
 
In Guest Gallery 4 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest4.html we purroudly purrsent “Lum as an Inkling” by Lumshock http://lumshock.deviantart.com, nya! Created by Rumiko Takahashi, Lum is the alien oni in the tiger striped bikini of the Urusei Yatsura manga & anime, nya! Here she is imagined as an Inkling / squid girl of the Splatoon video game, nya!
 
After that in Guest Gallery 4 is Lumshock’s fan art of “Mink”, nya! Created by Ryusuke Mita, Mink is the teenage half human / half dragon girl wearing the ornate bikini armor of the Dragon Half manga & anime, which is a purrody of sword & sorcery games & tales, nya! Lumshock used the Japanese 3DS tools to render that fan art of Lum and Mink, nya!
 

Then In Guest Gallery 4 we are purroud to purrsent “Copic Quartet 3”  which is compurrised of 4 pics by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com, who was our September 2009 guest, nya! She used pens and Copic markers to render the beautiful “Beach Catgirl”, delightful “Dryad”, adorable “Angel Dawn”, and the playful widdle “Snow Elf”, nya!

 
Nextly in Guest Gallery 4 is Rebecca’s illustration of the “Moon Maiden”, nya! Rebecca used pens & Copic markers to render this illustration of her character Llimuira Floxsongs the winsome flaxen – haired elfin purrincess who clutches the robe that slides off her shoulders, whilst her supple ears keenly hear something go bump in the moonlit night, nya!
 
Then we will go to Gallery 7 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery7.html for Rebecca & Mike’s collaborative illustration of “Mei” who is an NPC in Mike’s RPG, nya! Mei is a half fae / half goblin were-kitty, artist and otaku wearing a bikini in her room full of books, dolls and art supplies, nya! Mike pencilled & inked the image which Rebecca colored, nya!
 
Then in Gallery 7 Mike’s illustration of “Mertyl”, who is another NPC in the same RPG, nya! Mertyl Kristacean is a voluptuous half human / half mermaid, beatnik, poet and yogini wearing the open White shirt and the wrapped Pink purreo while relaxing with the books and the beverage upon the beachy veranda outside of her employer’s office, nya!
 
After that n Gallery 7 is Mike’s illustration of “Big Momma Donna Mouse” who is yet another NPC in his RPG, nya! She is a very tall, powerful, muscular mouse girl and the purropurrietor of the gym on Avalon Island where she trains the bodybuilders, nya! In this scene she is flex posing in the Pink bikini that matches her short surf board on the beach, nya!
 
Nextly in Gallery 7 is Mike’s fan art of Marvel Comics’s “Catseye”, nya! She was an abandoned were-cat until she found a home at Emma Frost’s purrivate school, nya. Her mewtant supurr powers included the purrehensile tail, sharp claws and feline transformation, nya! In this illustration she is wearing a bikini of her Hellion team colors at the pool, nya!
 
That is followed by Mike’s fan art of Marvel’s Patsy Walker, A.K.A. “HellCat”, nya! Patsy purremiered in the comics in 1944, but in 1976 she inherited the costume from her friend Greer Nelson, A.K.A. Tigra (formerly The Cat), nya! To commemorate HellCat’s 40th anniversary, this art depicts her savoring a bottle of milk and the first 10 of 40 pieces of sushi, nya!
 
Finally for this month is Mike’s fan art of more Marvel catgirls gathered at a “Marvel-ous Catgirl Con” to sell their comic books and greet their fans, nya! From left to right are Ava The White Tiger, Tigra, Catseye, The Black Cat, HellCat, Purrincess Shuri, and Shadow Cat (who was a catgirl in the 1983 Magik mini – series) with her widdle dragon friend Lockheed, nya! 
 
Mike used the the pencils pens, Photoshop CS2 and the mouse to render the illustrations of Mertyl, Donna, Catseye, HellCat and the Catgirl Con, nya! So, what do y’all think of the art. nya?
 
Jeannie:
The Lum / Inkling cross-over is very clever, whimsical and purretty, with excellent details such as the Green tentacular hair, the striped horns and bikini, and her annoyed expurression.
 
Mary Nyan:
I think that the fan art of Mink is so sexy, cute and opulent, from her gleaming ruby-like eyes and that lush voluminous mane of hair to her ornate bikini armor and her lovely dragon tail!
 
Becca:
Rebecca’s pic of the Angel is so purretty & joyful in the Blue gown with the detached sleeves, and that Snow Elf is so adorable & happy in her  Sugar Almond Pink & Mint Green outfit!
 
Elizabeth:
Hai hai, and I think the Platinum Blonde Catgirl, is so gorgeously serene in her fringe bikini on the beach, and the topless Green haired Dryad is so alluring amongst the tree branches!
 
Yvonne:
The petal purrint of the robe, the Crocus floral head lei, the widdle crescent moon pendant, and her alerted expurression are among tmy favorite aspects of the Moon Maiden pic, nya!
 
Tara-chan:

Mei has such peppy translucent wings, and – and she looks so gleefully cute in thatruffled Blue bikini that her favorite idol band gave her,  whilst in her room full of treasured items, nya!
 

Nyoka:

Donna’s loose shirt and purreo seem like the purrfect attire to easily shed for the swim, and I like the details such as the books on the wooden deck and the olive in her martini glass!
 
Nyanko:
Mertyl has such a magnificently ripped musculature & bronzed skin tone, I like the details such as the decals on her twin-finned short board, and the rich colors of the sand, sea & sky!
 
Trini-chan:
It is quite appropriate for HellCat to star in such superb comics for her 40th anniversary, and she seems all set, sprawl upon the comfy mats with the fresh milk, and the yummy sushi!
 
Bun:
Catseye seems so contentedly relaxed in her hybrid furry form upon the inflated raft in the pool, but I hope that her mean sensei Emma Frost will not be bothering her any time soon!
 
Petra:
They sure are having the fun time at the convention, but it looks like Patsy’s luck taking the bad turn, as Felicia sneaks out from under the table to steal the HellCat comic books, nya!
 
Mike:
Those were a lot of fun to create, and I am delighted by those beautiful illustrations by our friends! Thank y’all for the kind words, and thank you Petra for presenting the new art!
 
Petra:
Doitashimaste, nya! That is all for the art portion of The Mew,  and nyow here is Myayr with her report on
 
The 34th annual Heroes Convention, nya!
 
Mary Nyan:
Hai! Heroes Convention http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon is North Carolina’s biggest convention! It is directed by Shelton Drum, the owner of  the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comics shop on the mainland in Charlotte! This was the 34th year of the convention which occurred on June 17-19 at the Charlotte Convention Center, with a few activities at other nearby locations! It is the joyful tradition full of  friendly for families of all flavors, along with hundreds of guests, artists, publishers, exhibitors & vendors, with the purresentations, discussion panels, workshops & compurrtitions!
 
The weather was lovely and the con was even bigger this year, with over 600 artists, authors & editors, almost 200 venders & exhibitors and maybe over 20.000 fans! In addition to certain activities in 10 upstairs meeting rooms near the ticket booths & food court, it extended into Hall C, which included the cosplay activities, more discussion panels, arcade games to play for free, vehicle replicas & kids’ activities!  Buffalo Wild Wings hosted the Friday night Drink & Draw event for Charity, whilst Saturday night’s art auction & Inkwell awards purresentation at the Westin Hotel. 
 
So, on the Thursday morning of June 16th, several of us caravanned from the island to the mainland, where we rendezvoused with Mike, and past guests of Thew Mew such as ob1, Sparky, Mr. Brightside Pacozord & Chef Ron for breakfast, then purroceeded onward to Charlotte. At the convention center we unloaded the toys, comics & Chef Ron’s hand-sewn items from ob1’s truck, and to help set up his vendor booth! After the afternoon’s purre-con set-up, we parked the vehicles, checked into the hotel rooms, went out for suppurr with more friends, and  retired for the catnaps!
 
After Friday’s breakfast we returned to the convention center for the first day of the con purropurr, We each had the different objectives such as mingling with friends & fellow fans, shopping, cosplay, getting autographs, minding the booth, and purrtaking of the various activities! From 2 pm until 7 pm on Friday there were about 2 dozen activities including the purresentation, panels, workshops and contests! We were reunited with other past guests of The Mew, such as Andrew Pepoy, Jim Amash, Cheralyn Lambeth, Nikki Lemonade, Captain Keela and Eric-Nolen Weathington!
 
Eric’s wife Donna makes such beautiful jewelry! Also among the many famous folks we visited with were Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, William Stout, Paty Cockrum, Mike Grell, Bob McLeod, Karl Story, June Brigman, Joseph Michael Linsner, Evan Dorkin, Tom Hientjes, Mako Fufu, Brooke Allen, Mark Sparacio, Jeremy Whitley, Jeremy Bastian, Micah Harris, and The Hero Cats crew! I think the longest line there was maybe for author Kelly Sue DeConnick! The many exhibitors included various schools, services, charities, fan organizations, and venders who had stuff for sale!
 
That included comics, books, art, DVDs, games, action figures, statues, plushies, shirts, jewelry, costumes, purrops, tasty treats, art & collecting supplies! Friday’s suppurr was at our friend Kevin’s restaurant Iron Grill! After Saturday’s breakfast buffet at the hotel, at 11 am began the busiest day of the con, with about 30 events until 6 pm. After Saturday’s suppurr at Amelie’s, we attended the art auction, which opened with a rap by special guest Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC! Some of us stayed up late to either carouse at the lounge or to watch Star Trek movies in the hotel room!
 
After Sunday’s breakfast buffet we checked out of the hotel before the con resumed at noon, with almost 20 panels, purresentations, workshops & contests until 6 pm. Mike entered the fun Quick Draw contest again! I could not begin to count the hundreds of cosplayers of all ages, genders & expurrtise who repurrsented characters from Marvel, DC, Star Trek, Star Wars, Disney, Doctor Who, Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, Studio Ghibli, Pokemon, Dragon Age, Mad Max, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Homestuck and many other subjects. There was even a Bob Ross cosplayer! 
 
Some of the most popular cosplayed characters included Rey of Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Carol Danvers and other Avengers! Nikki cosplayed as Hawkeye, and our friend Came11e wore her Attack on Titan uniform! The Carolina Garrison of the 501st was there, so there were many stormtroopurrs along with R2-KT the Pink & White droid. DJ Spider cosplayed as HellCat to emcee the costume contest, at which a huge Hulkbuster Iron Man won the Best in Show award! Then at 6 pm we said goodbye to the–
 
Tara-chan:

NORTHERN PINK – STRIPED OAKWORM MOTH, NYA!
 
(The distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the passing moth with the 2.5″ wingspan)
 
The Cat Lady Sings…
 
Yvonne:
TARA-CHAN, NYA! There she goes again, nya!
 
Jeannie:
The nature photography must be served, and the Anisota virginiensis is a rather lovely lepidoptera.
 
Trini-chan:
I want to take a picture  of it too! (scampurrs after Tara-chan and the insect)
 
Elizabeth:
Well… I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
 
Bun:
We wish to thank Rebecca and Lumshock for those beautiful additions to our mewseum!
 
Becca:
We also wish to thank the many other talented folks whose works we have discussed…
 
Mary Nyan:
… our friend Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
 
Petra:
… our other friends, relatives and our audience whom we greatly appurreciate, nya!
 
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 the August edition of The Mew! Be there… aloha!
 
The Ladies of The Mew:
Happy Tails to Mew – until we eat again! BAIBAI, NYA!

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