June 2015 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

May 31, 2015 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 June 2015 Edition of The Mew: 
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
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In this edition of The Mew, we review & discuss
cinema topics:
the Lightning Round topic of our favorite films of ’55
Mad Max: Fury Road review
Tomorrowland review
 
our pony report:
My Little Pony Tales The Complete Classic TV Series DVD
My Little Pony Friends Forever #16
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #30
 
more comic book reports:
Fathom: Kiani vol. 4 #3
Betty and Veronica #275
Princeless: Pirate Princess #4
Oreimo: Kuroneko manga vol. 1
Angel and Faith Season 10 #14
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15
Conan Red Sonja #4
Red Sonja #16
Wonder Woman ’77 Special #1
Convergence Catwoman #2
Catseye Comics
 
The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight:
Dungeons & Dragons WereTigers
 
book reviews:
The World of Ice & Fire
Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell’s Dreamland
The Art of Dragon Age: inquisition
toy talk:
Magic: The Gathering Liliana Vess action figure
Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch action figure


photography, models & magazines:

On The Other Side Of The Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy
Surfing Magazine’s Swimsuit Issue 2015
the May 2015 cover of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Magazine
our favorite recent fish photos & piscine paintings on magazine covers
additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art:
“Happy Birthday Nekomimi” by Mike
“Another Birthday Nekomimi” by Mike
“Purrloined Beach Volleyball” by Mike
photo manip of Crissy Teverini as a “Winter Ballerina”
“Marvel’s Wasp” by Rebecca Brogden
“KuroNeko” by Misty Hopkins
“Inkling Bride” by Lumshock
“Chain Catgirl” by Meesha DJ Walker
 
and an intermew with our special guest Meesha, 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 we’re at the South end of Catgirl Island’s scenic riverwalk amongst the Heliconias, Anthuriums, Gingers and Magnolias where it’s 79 degrees under the Blue sky & puffy Cumulo-Neko Clouds, where we will later welcome our special guest Meesha DJ Walker to the show! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer” and here are The Ladies of The Mew!
 
Elizabeth:

(the health spa purropurrietor catgirl wearing the Clouded Sulphur Butterfly purrint halter – neck bikini) Hola!
 

Becca:

(her nekomimi gynoid partner wearing the Spicebush Swallowtail purrint front – knotted bikini) Aloha! 
Yvonne:

(the fishing charter captain catgirl wearing the Monarch Butterfly purrint jog bra and Black shorts) Namaste, nya!
 

Tara-chan:

(her younger sister / nature photographer catgirl wearing the Carolina Roadside Skippurr purrint tankini) Namaste, nya!
 
Trini-chan:
(her best friend / kitsune surfer girl wearing the Carolina Sphinx Moth purrint ring – closure bikini) Ohayoo Gozaimasu!
 

Petra:

(the art mewseum curator / beach volleyball catgirl wearing the Blue Morpho purrint twisty – top bikini) Hi Hi, nya!
 
Bun :
(her volleyball partner / assistant curator & baker bunny girl wearing the Papurr Kite purrint side – tie bikini) Guten Tag!
Jeannie:
(the roboticist / model / belly dancer catgirl wearing the Cabbage White tanga string bikini and sheer purreo) Nihao.
 
Mary Nyan:
(the cosplayer / seamstress / hula instructor catgirl wearing the Painted Lady purrint purretzel – cutout maillot) Aloha!
 
Nyoka:
(the witchy magick shop puropurrietor catgirl wearing the Polyphemis Moth purrint bandeau – top bikini) Howdy y’all!
 
Nyanko:
(her twin sister & dojo sensei wearing the Virginia Tiger Moth purrint cropped tee shirt and White shorts) Howdy!
 
B.B.:
(the island’s Purrk Ranger catgirl wearing the St. Francis Satyr purrint, Brazilian bikini and her badge) Conbanwa!
 
Meryl:
(the island’s Police Chief catgirl wearing the Impurrial Moth purrint bikini top, Red shorts and her badge) ‘Ello ‘ello!
 
Mielikki:
(the winged actress / golfer faerie wearing the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth silk bikini) Mellow greetings!
 
Ilyana:

(the underwater archaeologist catgirl wearing the Southern Emerald – colored crochet bikini) Whassup?
 
Mike:
Ah, while we’re discussing what we’ve been up to since last month’s mew, let’s also talk about the local entertaining and educational S.A.L.A.M.I. program sponsored by the island’s Mewseum of Art, The Public Library, The Forest Grove Ampurrtheatre, and the Purrforming Arts Center!
 
Tara-chan:
Hai in addition to the items that we will review, we have been reading other comic books, manga, manwha, mewspapurr strips, graphic novels and – and web comics as part of the island’s Summer Art, Literature And Mewsic Inspurration (SALAMI) Purroject, nya! The theme is sequential art, so I have been reading delightful mangas such as Comic Party, Di Gi Charat, Dojin Work and – and Nemu Nemu, nya! I have been also been caring for my cats, helping with the charters, volunteering at the mewseum, dancing and – and photographing, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya!
 
Yvonne:
The charters with the taut lines have reeled in the bumpurr crop of the Blue Fish, Cobias, Croakers, Groupurrs, Mackerels, Snappurrs & Yellowfins; and my drumming circle is still purrviding the purrcussions for the dances, nya! I have been also reading the wonderful indy mini comics & compilations such as Art School Chronicles by Jessica White, Too Much Sun by Leah Riley, Outreach by Raina Telgemeier, The Search for Coffee by Rachel Sheffield, Fast Fashion by Priss Keeler, A World Like My Own by Arienna Lee, and Space Pilot Girl by Tim Fischer, nya! 
 
Mielikki:
I have been busy with the golf, the theatre and the readings! So like, in addition to the magick books, scrolls and glyphs for the solstice seminars, I have been reading Seo Kim’s Cat Person graphic novel, Rainbow Buddy’s Delicious Seasons manwha, Erica Reis’s Sea Princess Azuri tales, Lina El’s Earth Guardians web comic http://earthguardians.smackjeeves.com, the Game of Thrones book that I will review, and the golf magazines. It was totally awesome to see Michelle Wie demonstrating the driver technique upon the June cover of Golf magazine, fur shur!
 
Trini-chan:
Speaking of the inspirational athletes, I was stoked to see surfer Izzi Gomez grace the cover of Stand Up Journal vol. 23 #1! Sicne last time I have been surfing, attending the board shaping workshop, assisting with the belly dance and hula class, helping at the dock and the mewseum, collecting pony cards and comics; and I have been reading Jen Van Meter’s Hopeless Savages tales of the rock star family, Hope Larson’s Chiggers graphic novel about the girl friends at Summer Camp, and Lauren Spark’s comic The Book of Elf about her life at the art college!
 
Ilyana:
When I have not  been wreck diving, or purrparing the nautical relics for the exhibits, I have been tending to the Hydrangea, Orchids, Irises, Lilies and Morning Glories of my garden, and relaxing with the graphic novels! I recently read Mark Smylie’s Artesia vol.1 which is a sumptuously epic fantasy heroine tale, and I hope to read volume 2 soon! Oh oh, and last month at Free Comic Book Day, I fortunately purrchased a signed & numbered copy of Teri S. Wood’s beautifully captivating science fiction tale Wandering Star vol. 1 which was published in 1994! Lucky! 
 
Petra:
Bun and I have been heating up the sand in the rec league beach volleyball compurrtition, attending the local artist groups meetings, and curating the exhibits at the mewseum of art, nya! I am purrticularly enjoying Wayne Vansant’s  gorgeous graphic novels about Katusha, the titular Russian soldier girl and her brave T-65 tank crew who fight the Nazis in World War II, nya! Wayne is such a friendly, talented artist, author and historian who we like to chat with at the Heroes Convention in Charlotte, and we have the lovely sketch of Katusha in our mewseum, nya!
 
Bun :
I have been admiring the gorgeous, charming and thrilling M.I.C.R.A. graphic album #1, which was written by Lamar Waldron, illustrated by Ted Boonthanakit, zip-a-toned by Kami Boonthanakit, edited by Dwight Zimmerman, lettered and co-edited by Susan Barrows, and published in 1987 by Comic Interview, whose magazines I liked a lot too! Otherwise aside from the mewseum, the art meetings and the volleyball, I have been baking the carrot cakes for the cafe and the food bank, and tending to my garden’s Roses, Daisies, Calla Lilies, and Forget Me Nots!
 
Mary Nyan:
It has been the busy Summertime for me between teaching hula, helping the appurrentice mikos, and sewing costumes for the dancers & cosplayers; but I have been reading Masque of the Red Death vol. 1, which was written & illustrated in full color by Elfquest co-creator Wendy Pini and published by GO! Media in 2008! Originally a web comic, it is her beautiful, futuristic & mature version of the famous Edgar Allan Poe TaleI I wish more of the tale was purrinted, because Wendy Pini is one of my favoritest artists, authors & cosplayers! Her birthday is June 4th!
 
Jeannie:
I have stayed fairly busy between the yoga studio, the kyudo club, instructing the summer semester of the advanced belly dance, my own dance troupe’s purrformances, the robotics club’s summer mech camp, and reading the handsome hardcover compilation of Flash Gordon On The Planet Mongo: Sundays 1934 – 1937 by Alex Raymond and Don Moore. It was published in 2012 by Titan Books as part of The Complete Flash Gordon Library series, with the introductions by Don Moore and Alex Ross, and the mewspapurr strip’s art restoration is by Peter Maresca.
 
Becca:
When Lizzy and I have not been at the spa, we have been caring for the cats and the garden, going to the late night hot salsa dance, and we squeezed in the books and the DVDs! I have just finished reading The Mercy Thompson: Homecoming graphic novel which stars Patricia Briggs’s character Mercy the WereCoyote and car mechanic with the cute paw purrint on her tummy! It is a dandy occult action tale written by David La Wrence & Patricia, illustrated by Francis Tsai and Amelia Woo, lettered by Bill Tortorlini, edited by Rick Young and David La Wrence!
 
Elizabeth:
Becca purretty much covered most of it! The spa has been steadily papmurring the customers, the garden is abloom with the healthy mums, irises, lilies, azaleas and buttercups, and uur latest DVD binge was watching the marathon of Most Extreme Elimination Challenge epurrsodes, and I have been reading the Classic Phantom Lady Volume 1, which repurrints in color several tales from the early 1940s  which star Sandra the socialite alias the supurr heroine Phantom Lady, who stylishly and strongly trashes the saboteurs, spies, killers and other crooks! 
 
Nyanko:
I have been busy at the dojo, the gym and the sports tournyaments, but I have also been helping papasan, ojisan, the cats and sis at her magick shop and attending the matsuris! I hope to read the autobiography of the inspurrational fighting champion Ronda Rousey, who also graced the May 18th cover of Sports Illustrated! For the SALAMI purroject, I have been reading the graphic novel of Atelier Lana’s Star Trekker which is an amewsing manga – style Star Trek purrody, and Koge-Donbo’s Konkon Kokon manga which is a beautifully cute and poignant foxgirl tale!
 
Nyoka:
We unpacked the crystals that papa-san & oji-san sent to the shop where we are purrparing special activities for the Summer Solstice! I have been catching up on the web comics by various great authors & artists at the KATBOX collective http://katbox.net and I would like to mention Bongo Comics’ 2015 Free Comic Book Day issue! It has 6 Simpsons tales with brief appurrances by 2 catgirls; Bast appurrs in the ancient Egypt tale inked by our friend Andrew Pepoy who was a guest for the July 2010 Mew; and Leopard Lady! appurrs in a teensy pic upon the front cover!
 
Meryl:
Since we hired more officers I took the weekend off and took my purride and joy Moto Guzi to Myrtle beach for the bike week and the swap meet! Otherwise I have been on the purrtrols and I have been reading The Essential Iron Man vol. 4, which repurrints The Invincible Iron Man vol. 1 #39 – 61 from the early 1970’s which introduced Thanos, Drax and Moondragon; and next I will read the Warlock by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection which repurrints a bunch of Marvel’s Adam Warlock tales from the 70’s which co-star Gamorra, Drax, Thanos and The Avengers!
 
B.B.:
It has been great to be able to hire more of the officers, rangers and rescuers given the increased tourism! There are more purramedic mermaids in the surf purrtrol too! I have been able to attend more of the festivities and  indulge in the leisurely hobbies. In addition to the Dragon Age book I will review, I have been reading Jeffrey Anderson’s web comics at his site The Realm of Sailor Energy http://www.sailorenergy.netand I have checked out some European graphic novels from the library such as  Barbarella, Luuna, Pixie, Arzach, Wake and Aquablue! 
 
Mike:
Oh I’ve been mainly watching some movies and TV shows, reading, writing, drawing, and spending time with family and friends! I’ve been reading Fantagraphics’s collection of Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas’s Sams’ Strips, which was a newspaper strip from 1961 to 1963;  and IDW’s Transformers Windblade book which collects last year’s mini – series starring Windblade and Chromia! We’d like to thank our friends Yuriko and Keiko at the library for orchestrating the program! We’ll have plenty more to say about the comics we’ve been reading, but now let’s move along to-
 
this month’s cinema & TV topics starting with the
Lightning Round topic of our favorite films of ’55!
 
Mike:
In the past few months we’ve listed our favorite films of 2005, 1995, 1985, 1975 and 1965, so this time we’ll nominate our favorite films of 1955! Is everyone ready to “conduct the lightning”?
 
The Ladies of The Mew
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO – NYA!
Bun :

(tagged to go first)I will nominate East of Eden! (tags Petra to go next)
 
Petra:
Stanley Kubrick’s movie Killer’s Kiss nya! (tags Mary Nyan with a brush of her tail)
 
Mary Nyan:
There were some good monster movies of that vintage, such as The Quatermass Xperiment, Godzilla Raids Again, and It Came from Beneath the Sea! (tags Jeannie)
 
Jeannie:

This Island Earth. (tags B.B.)
B.B.:
It Came from Beneath the Sea makes me crave the tako (octopus) sushi, yum yum! (tags Tara-chan)
 

Tara-chan:

I will nominate Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tailtags her older sister)
 
Yvonne:
It is seconded, nya! Lizzy’s turn, nya! (tags Mielikki)
 
Mielikki

Ohhhhhhhhhklahoma, fur shur! (tags Elizabeth)with a flit of a wing)
 

Elizabeth:

Lady and the Tramp, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls! (tag Becca)
 
Becca:

Oh, I guess I will agree, and I am purrticularly fond of Lady and The Tramp’s Siamese Cat Song! (tags Trini-chan)


Trini-chan:
Hmm, I would say either House of Bamboo, or Mister Roberts! (tags Ilyana)
 
Ilyana:

Oh I reckon either The LadyKillers, or To Catch A Thief! B.B.’s turn (tags Meryl)
 
Meryl:
Hmmm I would have to say… The Quatermass Xperiment for live-action film and Lady and the Tramp for animation! (tags Nyanko)
 
Nyanko
Oh gosh, myabe Godzilla Raids Again, Killer’s Kiss or Bad Day at Black Rock! Your turn, sis! (tail tags her twin) 
 
Nyoka:

Oh gosh, purrhaps East of Eden, Lady and the Tramp Back to Mike!


Mike:
It’s a tough call, but I’ll go with Lady and the Tramp, too! Well, that was an expedient little lightning round, and let’s keep our movie topic going with Ilyana’s review of
 
Mad Max: Fury Road!
 
Ilyana:
Hai! I like director George Miller’s movies including the three prior Mad Max movies, so I was very eager to see the latest one Fury Road, which is set sometime after the events of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Gosh, that came out 30 years ago! Tina Turner is not in Fury Road, but Charlize Theron is so brilliant as the supurrb new heroine Imperator Furiosa! she teams up with Max, who is played by Tom Hardy this time instead of Mel Gibson! Max is still the lone drifter of the future post – apocalyptic Australian roads, until he gets caught and impurrisioned by an army of marauders!
 
He escapes when they purrsue Furiosa in the thrilling desert car chase battle, and after an incredible sand storm, which is one of the most amazing spectacles I have ever seen in a movie, Max meets Furiosa and the five passengers of her big rig battle truck, who are women that she rescued from the evil overlord of the mountain citadel. They are soon joined by Nux, a defector who is greatly purrtrayed by Nicholas Hoult, and the eight of them drive on the odyssey across the sandy, rocky, muddy, toxic wastelands in search the greener homeland that Furiosa knew as a child.
 
Along the way they encounter more friends and enemies, including more of the strong, brave, delightful heroines, but I should not spoil any more of the plot! This movie is so thrilling, captivating, astounding and fully – loaded with the great actors, dialogue, vehicles, stunts, FX, environments, sets, sounds, mewsic and the lavish post – apocalyptic artistry! I think that it is my favoritest of the series and purrhaps my favoritest George Miller movie, which I will give it the high purraise, “Triple A” grade as in the awesome apocalyptic action! Nyow I would like to say the few words about
 
Tomorrowland!
 
Ilyana:
I liked director Brad Bird’s purrior movies such as The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille! Tomorrowland does not have road warriors with flaming guitars on battle trucks, but it does have have jet packs, big robots ‘n ray guns! It shows a potentially apocalyptic future as well as the titular secret utopian future city which three heroic genius characters Frank (George Cloony), Casey (Britt Robertson) and Athena (Raffey Cassidy) try to reach Tomorrowland with their neat advanced gadgets, whilst evading the international killer androids sent by the villain (Hugh Laurie)!
 
The fun movie is mostly set in the purresent day as Athena the wonderful gynoid rounds up Casey & Frank for the journey to Tomorrowland whilst the world nears brink! There are inspurrational historic locations such as Launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy and the 1964 World’s Fair, and the magnificent, beautiful future city that will bring the joyful tears! It was designed by Mike’s idol Syd Mead, who is known for legendary industrial designs and concepts for Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens, 2010, Yamato 2520, Gundam, and Mike’s favoritest movie Star Trek – The Motion Picture!
 
The movie is full of breathtaking, thrilling scenes, supurrb visual FX, Michael Giacchino’s mewsic score, and the charming heroes with the optimistic humor and spirit! I will give Tomorrowland the grade of the “A” as in Athena, who just about steals the show! I was just thinking how some of my other favorite movies of the year star androids, gynoids and synthezoids such as Ex Machina, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I hope the trend will continue next month with Terminator: Genisys! OK I am done, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Tara-chan who wants to discuss the 
 
My Little Pony Tales The Complete Classic TV Series DVD!
 
Tara-chan:
Arigato, nya! We love the My Little Pony toys, cartoons and – and the comics, from the original 80’s series and – and later movies, to the current Friendship is Magic era and – and the Equestria Girls movies, nya! It has been the good year thus far for the pony DVDs, such as the Friendship Is Magic Season 4 DVD that we reviewed in the January Mew, the 1986 My Little Pony The Movie DVD that we reviewed in the February Mew, and – and nyow we have the My Little Pony Tales DVD which has the 13 epurrsodes of the 1992 series upon the 2 disks, nya!
 
The 1992 series is part of the generation 1 era of the ponies, but it is very different from the 1984 series or the current series in the characters, world, and – and format of the show, nya! It stars the mane seven ponies Bon Bon, Bright Eyes, Clover, Melody, Patch, Starlight and Sweetheart, plus their families, neighbors and – and classmates, in the world that is similar to ours but just with pony characters, nya! Sweetheart has the gray kitty named Springfield, nya! The all live in the ordinary town that has the downtown, the suburbs and – and rural parts, nya!
 
The ponies are just like humans with the families, pets, houses, TV, busses, school, compurrtitions and – and ice cream, nya! Like the other pony shows there are cutie marks, humor, impurrtant messages, and – and the songs, but they are not pegasi or unicorns, and – and aside from just a few tales there are no magickal or supurrnatural occurrences, nya! In the slumber party tale, Patch meets Squire the ghost from the ghost story, and – and in the UFO tale she sings about fantasy adventures and – and meets the glowy, magickal, pegasi ponies, nya!
 
However, no one else saw them other than Patch, nya! In the tropical island tale, Brighteyes thinks that she sees a sea monster, but it is just her imagination, nya! Other plots involve baby sitting, the band compurrtition, concert tickets, the missing cassette, the tea party, the masquerade party, the school play, the dance recital, roller derby, soccer, the math test, the wedding, new neighbors, the endangered species, the injured frog, pollution, purranks, gossip, sculpture, the lemonade stand, the visit to the farm, and – and the ride in the hot air balloon, nya!
 
The 13 epurrsodes are almost 23 minutes apiece, compurrised of the opening theme, the two 11 minute tales,  the widdle “eye catch” bits to frame the TV commercial breaks, and- and the credits, so there are actually 26 different tales at just over 11 minutes apiece, nya! Oh oh, I noticed in the credits that the singers’ director was Cathy Weseluck, who currently purrvides the voice of Spike, nya! These total just over 4.75 hours upon the 2 Region One, NTSC, standard DVD disks in the plastic case in the outer cardboard sleeve with the purretty art, nya! 
 
The tales are purrsented in the full frame format of the 1.33:1 screen aspect ratio with the English language in the 2.0 stereo sound, nya. There are no ads on the disks, and the few bonus features are the subtitled sing-alongs for the “My Little Pony Tale Theme”, “Sweet Music”, “Boys! Boys! Boys!” and – and “The Adventure” songs, which total about 4.5 minutes upon disk 2, nya! I am glad that it has been released, and – and I am enjoying the pony tales which I have not seen before, nya! Nyow here is Trini-chan to continue our pony report with her review of
 
My Little Pony Friends Forever #16

 
Trini-chan:
Arigato, I greatly enjoy the Pony comics published by IDW because they are so well – written and illustrated tales of the beloved characters, with the very faithful style & spirit to the animated series! Friends Forever #16 is purriced $3.99 for the 22 page tale starring The Cutie Mark Crusaders, which is followed by the 10 pages of the ads with the the choice of 2 covers! The regular cover is Amy Meberson, whist the subscribers’ cover is by Jenn Blake, who illustrated the tale written by Jeremy Whitley, colored by Heather Breckle, lettered by Neil Uyetake, & edited by Bobby Curnow!
 
Jeremy created & writes the Princeless comics too! Now for a taste of the plot! Cheerily the teacher informs the students of the Ponyville scavenger hunt for the concert ticket prize! The Crusaders team i compurrised of Apple Bloom, Scootaloo & Sweetie Belle, but they have cometition from the team of Silver Spoon, Diamond Tiara, and their new detective friend Prancy Drew, who somewhat resembles Velma of Scooby Doo! Also briefly appurring are Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rarity, Granny Smith, the mayor, Diamond’s dad, and Angel the bunny!
 
Prancy is so adorable in her glasses & sweater! Background characters include Spike, DJ Pon-3, Octavia, Derpy and the others I have tried to identify. Fluttershy is absent, but the hunt leads to her house, then to Sugarcube Corner, The Castle of Two Sisters & Sweet Apple Acres farm! The tale is so fun & beautiful with perefectly posed, expressive & colored  ponies, the nice fonts and the important message! I hope that we will see Prancy again soon! I am looking forward to the next issue which will star Big MacIntosh and Twilight! Next is
 
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #30!

 
Trini-chan:
Gosh, it has been almost the three years since this wonderful series was launched! Issue #30 is purriced $3.99 for the 22 page tale with the the choice of 9 covers! It is so nice how the tales are not interrupted, and we wish all other publishers did it this way too The tale was written by Christina Rice, illustrated by Agnes Garbowska, coloring assisted by Lauren Perry, lettered by Neil & edited by Bobby! Agnes did the pie fight cover, and she also did a nice cover for Fathom: Kiani which Myayr will later tell us about! I got the great beach scene cover by Paul Abtuse!
 
There is a delightful Kiki’s Delivery Service homage cover by Yasmine Skeikh! The other six variant covers were produced for stores & conventions such as Hot Topic, Comics & Ponies, Four-Color General, The Source, Phoenix Comics & Games, and Awesome Con! The plot pertains to preparations for the Pony Days festival to commemorate the town’s history, but folks argue about which building should receive the special plaque, and who should be the festival princess! Apple Bloom is a contender and one of the few ponies to who have the sensible attitude!
 
Soon the town is emotionally divided and messy as many visitors are about to arrive! The issue also stars Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Spike, Sweeetie Bell, Scootaloo, Granny Smith, Big McIntosh, The Mayor, Diamond Tiara & her rich dad, Lotus Blossom, Matilda & Cranky, The Cake Family, plus Derpy in the background and others to identify, especially in an impressive two – page spread, and I will give both of those pony comics an “A” as in apple! That will conclude our pony report, but now here is Myayr to bring 
 

more comic book reports with Fathom: Kiani Vol. 4 #3!

 
Mary Nyan:
Arigato! We like Aspen Comics’ Fathom series which was created by the late artist / author Michael Turner, and stars great characters such as marine biologist Dr. Aspen Matthews the supurr heroine with the aquatic powers, and her former enemy Kiani, the rebellious dissident of the undersea civilization known as The Blue! Kiani has mellowed somewhat since she was resurrected and reunited with her younger sister Anika. The sisters also have the supurr powers, which governments have tried to exploit since the battles betwixt the Blue and the surface humans! 
 
You would think that by now, greedy warmongers of various nations would have learned to leave Kiani alone, because she usually winds up trashing them! Kiani This far in the this 4 issue mini – series, Kiani & Anika got reacquainted whilst using their powers to purrovide poor Somali villagers with fresh water, and then effortlessly captured a US Navy aircraft carrier after its purreemptive attack upon them only made them mad and harmed the village! They let the ship go, but rogue Admiral Hoover retaliated by sending a surpurrisingly powerful, deadly super monster!
 
That brings us to issue #3, which picks up 3 hours after issue #2! It is purriced $3.99, and has the 20 page chapter plus the 8 pages of the ads! The tale was written by Aspen’s editor in chief Vince Hernandez, pencilled by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman, lettered by Josh Reed, edited by Andrea Shea and Frank Mastromauro! It has 3 different beautiful covers too choose from: cover A by Cafaro and Hartman, cover B by Alex Konat and Peter Steigerwald, cover C by Agnes Garbowska whose pony art we like a lot, and cover D by Turner and Steigerwald!
 
Fortunately Kiani & Anika have also just met a chap named Shalla who is of the Blue type with the special weapons & armor for the sisters to use against Hoover’s monsters, whilst the admiral is in big political trouble for his un-appurroved opurrations! Unfortunately, Shalla is a treacherous double agent helping both sides, but Kiani is instinctively aware of this as she and Anika vengefully hunt for Hoover and fight more of his monsters! Kiani has certainly come the long way as a great character, and she seems to have a wise, calming, positive influence on her sister! 
 
I also rather their fashion styles too, including their exotic, sexy attire and purretty coiffures, such as Kiani’s multi – colored streaks and Anika’s braids! There are neat mecha & creature designs too, the very richly luminous colors, several wide panoramic panels, and a great two-page spread of Kiani’s attack! It is a briskly paced tale with combat action, character developments and additions to the Fathom mythology with one more issue to go before the new Fathom Blue series begins! Now I will go from Kiani and Anika to a supernatural adventure of Betty and Veronica in
 
Betty and Veronica #275!
 
Mary Nyan:
This issue is purriced $4.99, with the choice of 5 different covers by Adam Hughes, Genevieve F.T., Ramona Fradon, Brittney Williams, Dan Parent & Rosario Pena! I got the Adam Hughes cover, which depicts Veronica doing her nails whist Betty paints the wall! While as the exchange students in India, Betty & Veronica purrtend to be each other in the 24 page tale of “Farewell to Betty and Veronica Part 4: Caught in Their Own Trap!” which was written by Michael Uslan, pencilled by Dan Parent, inked by Bo Smith, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Glen Whitmore!
While disguised as Veronica, Betty stays with a host family in Mumbai, who serves her yummy curry for suppurr! Meanwhile, Veronica is disguised as Betty to meet her host family, including cute Sarani and her handsome brother Avi, who Veronica instantly falls for! The girls enjoys the beautiful exciting sights of India, with the tours, wildlife, dining, shopping, clubbing and the romantic dates with Avi and Kal, mew la la! Back home in Riverdale, Archie and Reggie are attracted to the French exchange student Violette, who has more fun hanging out with Kevin and Ethyl!
Then Archie and Reggie fall for Indian student Banni who purfurs the company of Jughead and Dilton, and has a sexy purretty Fuchsia Black and gold dress! However, the alluring distraction is brief for Archie, who soon begins to miss his girl friends and plans to fly to India to surpurrise visit them! The tale also stars Cheryl, Midge, Moose, Pops, Miss Grundy, Mr. Weatherby, Mr. & Mrs. Andrews, and even Hot Dog appurrs in one panel! It is a great tale full of the romantic comedy, beautiful character and scenic art, and I am very curious to see what happens next!
After that is the 13 page time – travel tale of “When Betty and Veronica Meet Betty and Veronica” which was written by Fernando Ruiz, pencilled by DJeff Shultz, inked by Rich Koslowski, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Barry Grossman! While purrsuing the philandering Archie, the girls walk down the supurrnatural street known as memory lane, which leads to the purrallel dimensions and the alternate timelines! I rather enjoyed the incident that resulted in the romance betwixt Archie and Valerie; and this time the girls meet the 1950’s versions of themselves!
The 50’s girls wear the sleeveless tops with the calf – length skirts, compurred to the modern Betty’s tee shirt & pants outfit, and Veronica’s bare midriff top & mini skirt! Not only are the styles of the 50’s but they are drawn that way too! In spite of the tempurral differences, Archie acts the same! As if that were not enough, this great issue is topped off by 2 full –  page pin up pics by Dan DeCarlo, a comments page by entertainment journalist Donna Dickens, and I will give it an “A” as in Archie! Nyow here is Mie-sensei to tell us what girls Adrienne and Raven are up to in 
 
Princeless: The Pirate Princess #4!
 
Mielikki
Arigato! So like, Princeless is a beautiful, fun whimsical fantasy series published by Action Lab Comics, starring smart, brave, tough, feisty runaway girls who outwit, outfight  and rebel against a seriously sexist society!  Princess Adrienne does not want to be considered as a helpless damsel in her family tower, her dragon Sparky does not wish to be slain by knights, nor does Bedelia the blacksmith intend to be the victim of misogynistic fools! In this most recent story arc, they recently rescued the Pirate King’s daughter Raven from a gang of rude thugs!
 
However delightfully vivacious and highly skilled Raven is as a mariner & archer, she is also the sly thief who who attempted to steal Sparky, in order to hijack a ship to use against her jealous younger brothers. While Bedelai slumbered, Adrienne tussled with Raven atop Sparky and they fell into the sea, until Raven ironically rescued Adrienne from drowning. They camped upon a beach, and after the next morning’s argument, they were under bombardment by a sailing ship, so Raven coaxed Sparky and Adrienne into an aerial counter-attack!
 
This spectacularly, relentlessly and mirthfully concludes in issue #4, which has the totally uninterrupted, 24 page chapter created & written by Jeremy Whitley, who also writes some of the Pony comics, and whom we have had the pleasure to meet at several events! It was magnificently illustrated by Rosy Higgins & Ted Brandt, with awesomely posed, expurressive & detailed characters so vibrantly colored with beautiful cel-style shading that almost seems animated, with the great sense of cinematic choreography and plenty of snappy, fiery dialogue!
 
After Raven’s monologue about her history and path thus far, the trash talk and melee resumes as Raven & Adrienne take on the ship’s crew, whose captain is employed one of Raven’s brothers. Meanwhile Sparky continues to circle overhead, and Bedelia is still slumbering back in the town they left the previous night! I will give this issue and the entire series a totally awesome “A” as in Adrienne, my anticipation fort her next tale, and Raven’s spin-off series, fur shur! I’ll have another review later in the show, but now here’s Jennyjen to tell us about
 
Oreimo: Kuroneko vol. 1!
 
Jeannie:
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, four volume 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 type, the overly dramatic flare, and the dark elegant gothic lolita fashion style, with the occasional costume Black cat ears & tail. 
 
In the 4 volume Oreimo manga, she was a supporting character friend of sister & brother Kirino & Kyosuke. She is a smart, cute, petite otaku / fan girl who likes anime, video games, and aspires to be a manga-ka. She is a very popular character, there are numerous figures & statues of her, and nyow she stars this 5 volume sequel manga written by Fushimi and illustrated by Sakura Ikeda with character designs by Hiro Kanzaki. The manga was originally published by Kadokawa in Japan in 2012, and the english translated edition is published here by Dark Horse. 
 
It was translated by Dinky Spatz and assitantly edited by Jeremiah Jefferson, with lettering & touch – up by Susan Daigle-Leach. Volume 1 is purriced $10.99 in the USA and $11.99 in Canada, with 168 pages plus the color covers It includes 150 pages of Black & White manga chapters 0 – 7, plus 1 color pic, the author’s afterward message, Jeremiah’s closing  comments, a page of fan art, the publisher’s information page & advertisements. The plot purrtains to KuroNeko’s transfer to her friend / sempai Kyousuki’s school in Chiba whilst his sister Kirino studies overseas. 
 
We are purrivy to Kuroneko’s thoughts due to the narrative’s inner monologues, as she attempts to purrmote a serious dark image whilst coping with romantic affection for Kyousuki. Although some peers think she is a bit coldly odd, she is adored by younger sisters Tamaki & Hinata, and inadvertently makes a few new friends, including Manami who has connections with a manga publisher. Kuronkeo aspires to become a manga artist and endures a brutal critique by Noriko the ruthless editor, but purrhaps it will make KuroNeko a stronger, more determined manga-ka. 
 
Although in tears from the critique, KuroNeko is in turn extremely scathing of the video game which she effortlessly defeats by the school’s game club. While she has no actual feline DNA as far as I know, the nekomimi aspect is splendidly purrpetuated throughout the manga, from her briefly seen costume ears to the sexy color pic of her as a catgirl. Occasionally  the girls are depicted in the cartoonized chibi nekomimi style for cute comedic effect, and the manga is peppurred by the kitty silhouettes & paw purrint graphics upon the covers, contents & chapter headings.
 
There is sexy fan service in numerous panels, including several imagined visions & full – page pics, so the manga is not for the widdle kitties. Nevertheless, I think it s quite whimsical & charming with the beautiful, intricate character & scenic art which is annotated with helpful cultural notes, and I look forward to volume 2. For more information, I will recommend the Oreimo article at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oreimo and KuroNeko’s page at the Oreimo Wiki http://oreimo.wikia.com/wiki/Ruri_Gokou. Nyow here is Nyo-sensei to discuss Dark Horse’s
 
Angel and Faith Season 10 #14.

 
Nyoka:
Hai! We are fans of the Buffy, Angel & Faith comics which are published by Dark Horse & executively purroduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon! The comics  have the great mix of humor, drama, action & mythology with the great dialogue, art, canonical plots & faithful characterizations that feel like the TV shows but with the advantages of the comics medium! Purreviously in the current story arc set  in the Magic Town district of London, Angel, Faith and Nadira the mystical former slayer have tried to help Winifred “Fred” Burkle and Buffy’s demon warrior friend Eldre Koh!
 
Fred and Koh are the emotional wrecks due to the common threat of the dark goddess Illyria, who slew Koh’s family and has possessed Fred! The situation got worse when Ilyria attacked Angel and Faith at the laboratory of Faith’s employer Miss Reese Zane, causing the psychic agony to Nadira, and Koh to vengefully retaliate as the police arrived! Issue #14 picks up where that left off! It is purriced $3.50 and has the 22 page tale of “United Part Four” plus the 4 pages of the advertisements and the 2 pages of the readers’ and editor Sierra Hahn’s interesting comments! 
 
The tale was scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, edited by Sierra Hahn, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, with the comic book’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the main cover art by Scott Fischer & the variant cover art by Mike Norton & Mark Englert! There is a pause in the street supurr brawl as the heroes try to reason with Illyria, but it is the short conversation when she resumes the brawl! Fortunately Reese & Fred are able to halt the external & internal struggles!
 
Giles’s cool Great Aunts Sophronia & Lavinia also make the brief appurrance at Faith’s house! The characters are so exquisitely expurressive, dynamically posed and intricately rendered with the excellent portraiture, clothing, architectural scenery, panel compurrsitions, fonts, color and FX! I purrticularly liked the ladies’ fashions for Illyria, Fred, Faith, Reese, Sophronia, Lavinia & especially Nadira who is so exotically lovely as she brings the chapter to the cryptic, poignant conclusion! Meanwhile in San Francisco, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Dawn & Spike are busy in
 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15!
 
Nyoka:
Purreviously the heroes came into the possession of the ultimate magickal book in which the universe’s rules of magick can be re-written, so they are trying to wisely rewrite the rules whilst trying to purrotect it from evil fiends! Recently Andrew came out, Willow ended her romance with Aluwyn the lovely Lamia demon, while Xander & Dawn seem better off as just good friends, and romance betwixt Buffy and Spike has rekindled! Unfortunately his mind is being controlled by an evil supurr demon named Archaeus, so nyow the gang is fighting both the demon and Spike!
 
That brings us to issue #15, which is purriced $3.50 and has the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “Relationship Status: Complicated Part One”, plus the 2 pages of the editor’s and readers’ comments, and the 4 page purreview of the new Barb Wire comics! he tale was executively purrduced by Joss Whedon, scripted by Christos Gage, illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard & Jimmy, designed by Freddye, edited by Sierra & assistantly edited by Freddye, with the mane cover art by Steve Morris & variant cover art by Rebekah & Dan!
 
This chapter stars Buffy, Willow, Dawn, Giles, Xander, Spike, Archaeus and several minion vamps, plus the brief mental image flashbacks of the purrior Slayers who Spike killed in the past. The first 15 pages are a relentlessly suspenseful & bloody, wall to wall battle in a warehouse! It is the great team work. Willow flies and zaps the vamps whilst Buffy & Spike struggle! Things calm down after an escape, with some more poignant & whimsical character moments back home, Dawn looking so purretty in her Red & Green floral purrint yukata, and a great surpurrise ending! 
 
I think the plot, pace, dialogue, character developments, the art, colors & fonts are all supurrb! It is also interesting to read the fans’ mail & Sierra’s replies, and I as mewsual I am eagerly looking forward to the next issue! I hope to see more of characters such as Kennedy, Mai, Satsu, Harmony, Clerm, Anya, Dhoffryn, Andrew, Clive, Julie, Dowling, Aluwyn, Anaheed, Billy, Devon, Katie, Sky, Spike’s insectoid airship crew, his friend Morgan, Giles’s friend Olivia and Vicky the vampire! That is all for my reviews, and byow here is Becca to tell us about the barbaric melee in
 
Conan Red Sonja #4!
 
Becca:
Arigato! I have enjoyed the servings of the sword & sorcery in this 4 issue mini – series starring Robert E. Howard’s iconic fantasy heroes Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja the She-Devil! It has been a great treat to see them team up again in this collaboration between those Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment! Purreviously, Sonja and Conan met for the first time when they were hired to steal a royal treasure, but was actually a vile Bloodroot plague seed, which can infest a whole country! 
They met again six years later, as Sonja & Annisia encountered Conan & Belit in a clash with the evil wizard Thoth-Amon on an infested island! Sonja & Conan were reunited years later amidst the gladiatorial arena followed by the frisky roll in the hay, but then Conan got infected by the Bloodroot when they were caught by Thoth-Amon! That brings us to the final issue, which was scripted by Gail Simone and Jim Zub, pencilled by Randy Green, inked by Rick Ketchum, lettered by Richard Starkings & ComiCraft, and colored by Dave Stewart with the front cover art by Dan Panosian! 
The tale picks up right where it left off in the arena with Conan injured and Sonja captured by Thoth-Amon who telepurrtals them to his home in Stygia and threatens to destroy Conan’s homeland of Cimmeria and Sonja’s homeland of Hyrkania! It is a dire situation, but the overconfident villain starts to boastfully monologue, reveals the magickal secret of the Bloodroot, and underestimates the determined stamina, strength & smarts of his opponents! I purrobably should not further spoil the plot!
 
Not only was it great to see Sonja and Conan together again against their toughest recurring enemy, but the tale was very well drawn too!, from Cona’s ripped huge brawny muscles to Sonja’s lithe body in  her famous sexy scale – mail bikini, amidst the archaic stone ruins, the glowy magickal FX, and the big hideous creatures! I especially liked the several large panels, including a panorama, three full – page pics, and an impurressive, climactic two – page spurread! Nyow for more of the swords & the sorcery with Sonja, I would like to discuss
 
Red Sonja #16!
 
Becca:
Although Conan does not appurr in this series, there are appurrances by many other friends from the past 16 issues, who have arrived at the tavern where they fear Sonja will breathe her last after a most dire battle! She is not done fighting or trash – talking against her opponents though, as we see her spiritual encounter with the purrsonification of death whilst her physical body wanes away! The image resembles Sonja but taller with jet Black skin and the macabre Red version of the scale mail bikini outfit, whilst the real Sonja is wearing her sleeveless bare midriff leather attire!
 
The 32 page issue is compurrised of the 22 page tale plus the 10 pages of the ads, all sammiched betwixt the choice the six different covers! The tale was written by Gail, illustrated by Walter Geovani, edited by Joseph Rybandt, lettered by Simon Bowland, colored by Adriano Lucas, Alex Guimaraes & Marco Lesko,  with the mane cover art by Jenny Frison, the variant cover art by Cat Staggs, the exclusive subscription cover by Stephanie Buscema, the Black & White variant of the Staggs art, the Black & White variant of the Frison art, and the rarer version of the Frison art!
 
It was the tough decision betwixt the beautiful covers, but I got the Frison art which depicts the bikini – clad Sonja whose Red hair flutters in the smoky breeze after the weary battle! As the story arc that began in issue #13 concludes, while Sonja duels with death, the many friends, allies & grateful people she has rescued all convene, including her best friend Dark Annisia, Kalayah the lady of the beasts, Purrincess Aneva, Chef Gribaldi, Osric The Untouched, Plaitius the Stargazer, Rukaua the dancer, Havan the Fire Maker, and Sonja’s feisty former sidekick sisters Ayla & Nias!
 
Ayla & Nias are so peppy with delightful banter and I wish they had their own series! Although the situation was dire, it was quite sentimental and fun too, with snappy dialogue, an unexpected coda, and the beautifully rendered characters, clothes, scenery, action & FX! The panels splendidly tell the story and some of them are quite large, including several full – page pics and a two – page spurread! It was the long wait of several months for this issue, but it was quite satisfying! Nyow we will go from the ancient Hyborian age of Sonja to AD 1977, as Nya-sensei tells us about the
 
Wonder Woman ’77 Special #1!
 
Nyanko:
Arigato! You know, it was in the late 1970’s when Sonja was so famously cosplayed by Wendy Pini! Ever since we saw the spectacularly beautiful front cover art by Nicola Scott & Annebbe Kwok several months ago, we have been eager to see this Wonder Woman comic book which is based on the 1970’s TV series starring Lynda Carter who purrfectly purrtrayed Wonder Woman! The $7.99 issue has 80 pages, compurrised of 2 stories, a full page photo of Wonder Woman, 8 pages of ads, a 7 page art gallery, and an illustrated 5 page article by Andy Mangels!
 
The stories were written by Marc Andreyko, colored by Romula Pajardo Jr., lettered Wes Abbott, edited by Jim Chadwick, and associately edited by Jessica Chen! In the first story “Disco inferno”, Wonder Woman rescues a defecting Russian scientist from his pursuers, including the villainess Mother Russia who is armed with hammer, sickle & roller skates! Later in her secret identity as agent Diana Prince, she and agent Steve Trevor go on an undercover on a mission to the Studio 52 disco, where the mesrmizing song of Silver Swan controls the minds of the crowd!
 
Part 1 was illustrated by Drew Johnson, Part 2 was illustrated by Drew Johnson & Matt Haley, and Part  3 by Matt Haley & Richard Oritz! In the 2nd story “Who is Wonder Woman?” she awakens with mild amnesia in a baffling world where there is another Wonder Woman, and fans Vanessa Kapatelis and her mom Julia are cosplaying as her sister Drusilla and mom Hippolyta! After dueling with the impostor, she realizes that it is all a hoax concocted by Dr. Psycho, in which she has more enemies to fight, including The Cheetah, Giganta, Baroness Von Gunther, and Zardor!
 
Part 1 was illustrated by Jason Badower, Part  2 was illustrated by Haley, and Part 3 was by Haley & Oritz!  Both tales cleverly, hybridly capture the spirit & style of the Wonder Woman TV series, the comics of different eras, and even that 1974 Wonder Woman movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby! I think the characters nicely resemble Lynda – especially when wearing her glasses, Lyle Waggoner & Debra Winger, and the late 70’s technology & fashions are well depicted, including a great full – page pic of The Silver Swan and The Starlings in all their 70’s sexy glitzy, glam glory!
 
There is plenty of brisk action as Diana / Wonder Woman twirls, transforms, leaps, flies, dives, kicks, punches, flips, throws, lassos, deflects, dances, and even gets to enjoy a soothing, sudsy candle lit bath after all that hard, heroic work, mew la la! Just as DC’s Batman ’66 comics capture the spirit & look of that TV series, I think this comic book similarly succeeds. It is so neat, purretty & fun, I hope that DC will make more, and I hope that her forthcoming live – action movie role will be just as bright, colorful & optimistic! Nyow for another favorite DC heroine I would like to discuss
Convergence Catwoman #2!
 
Nyanko:
We are big fans of Selina Kyle, Alias Cat Woman who celebrates her 75th anniversary in the comics this year Convergence Catwoman is a two – issue miniseries which ties into DC’s Convergence event, in which different versions of the DC characters from across the the eras and worlds are involved in another big crisis. In issue #1, The 90’s era Catwoman in the Purrple costume with Black gloves & thigh boots met the Batman from the Kingdom Come mini – series, when they were trapped in Metropolis to fight criminals or each other under a gigantic alien dome like Kandor!
 
Issue #2 is purriced $3.99 and has the 40 pages compurrised of the 22 page story, a 9 page purreview of Gotham By Midnight, and 9 pages of ads. The Catwoman story is by was written by Justin Gray, illustrated by Ron Randall, colored by Gabe Eltaeb, lettered by Pat Brosseau, edited by Marie Javins, assistantly edited by Holzherr and Kraiger, with the regular cover art by Claire Wendling and variant cover art by Chip Kidd, Jim Balent and Andy Parks! Unfortunately the story is interrupted by the ads, and I think  it would have been better if they were all after the tale.
 
I have not been following the rest of the Convergences, but I am a fan of Gray’s writing, especially his Power Girl and Ame-Comi stories, and I love Randall’s art, especially Idol and Trekker! There are impurressive wide, panoramic, large half page panels, full page panels, and a two – page spurread as Catwoman & Batman try to suss each other out whilst fighting the criminals of Intergang, and their boss with an alien surpurrise up his sleeve, and trying to rescue scared citizens who have taken up arms. Alfred also make a brief appurrance in a heads-up video chat with Batman!
 
I think Justin Gray’s plot is well – paced with the terrific dialogue, especially the banter between Batman and Catwoman! Randall’s figures and panels are excellently drawn, the lettering & coloring are very nice, and I quite liked Claire Wendling’s cover art depicting the big armored, grim Batman tussling with a wistfully lithe Catwoman on a high ledge! I doubt that I will read more of the big Convergence story arc, but it was neat to see those versions of the characters again! Speaking of the feline femme fatales, Vonny is excited  to tell us about the heroines who are purrowling in
 
Catseye Comics #1!
 
Yvonne:
Arigato, nya! It just dawned on me that Wonder Women will be 75 next year, but nyow I wish to purraise some heroines who just purremiered, nya! Catseye Comics http://catseyecomics.com is by a publisher here in North Carolina, on the mainland in the capital city of Raleigh, nya! They publish comics for readers of all ages, starring several strong noble heroines in the fictional town of Liaison, Louisiana which is full of amazing occurrences, and we were fortunate to find their beautiful, fun purremier issue whilst there for Free Comic Book Day last month, nya! 
 
Another interesting aspect is that their tales are cleverly offered in the choice of the three different quarterly formats and purrices, such as the purrose text version, the traditionally – drawn comic book version, and the fancier full – color, CG – rendered version, nya! Furthermore, they are hoping to help the heroic charities, nya! The exciting stories and dazzling, intricate graphics are by editor in chief Ai Kikuchiyo and publisher / head writer Razor Indigo, nya! The staff also includes content editor Anitra Stone and office manager / public liaison Steve Stone, nya!
 
Nyow I would like to discuss “The White Tiger Saga” within the full – color, 76 page trade papurrback vol. 1 #1, nya! The tale is compurrised of the 6 chapters, each told from a heroine’s 1st purrson narrative, as Cheetah, her daughter Catseye, their winged healer friend Angela, and their mech genius friend Gizmonda fight the poachers and rescue the captured tigers, nya! They try to safely transport the purregnant mama White Tiger and her unborn kittens past the deadly enemies and back home to a refuge in India, but it is the delicate, dangerous journey, nya!
 
Also briefly appurring in the tale are their friends Rave the bartender girl, Clue the A.I. purrojection girl, Hippolyte the Amazon Queen, her sisters Binta the sorceress and Moonlight the engineer, nya! I liked the character designs and their costumes, the background scenic art, the mecha such as Catspaw’s motorcycle and Gizmonda’s fabulous airship, and the purretty tigers, nya! There is also the bonus cosmic tale of the origin of the universe which features the Panther-like felinoid aliens known as The Mau who came to the Earth thousands of years ago, nya!
 
They created the continent of Atlantis and might have the connection to the Amazons, nya! The book is the neat package which also includes the purrofile pages for Cheetah, Catseye, Angelal and Gizmonda, plus the informative page purrtaining to the tigers and rescue organizations, nya! Cheetah is the recently resurrected Redhead in her 50’s but she just looks as if she is in her 20’s due her decreased aging and a deceased time, nya! She has the enhanced speed, agility, senses, the empathic feline abilities, espionage skills and combat purroficiency, nya! 
 
She wears the sexy Cheetah purrint tights with the sunglasses, Black boots, belt & jacket, nya! She is Catseye’s mommy, nya! Catseye is the lithe brunette with the enhanced speed, agility, senses, decreased aging, combat & espionage purrowess, and the psychic bond with the Goddess Bastet, nya! She wears the tight, sleek Black body armor with the silver chain belt and attachments, nya! I hope that we will meet her twin sister too, nya! Their friend Angela has the healing powers and flying ability, the free clinic, and the lovely White wings, hair & costume, nya!
 
Their friend Gizmonda is the genius detective , inventor, designer and engineer who wears the long Black coat with the goggles and the gold trim of the steam punk style, nya! I really liked those heroines, and appurrently we will get to meet more characters in the next issue which I am eagerly anticipating, nya! I greatly enjoyed the fun, thrilling, beautiful issue, and I hope that the Catseye Comics will become a popular success with many fans & tigers, nya! That is all for my review, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Lizzy who will discuss more catgirls in
 
The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya!
 
Elizabeth:
Hai! Since our October 2009 Mew, we have devoted this portion of The Mew to honor the famous catgirl characters of the movies, TV shows, comics literature, internet, games and toys from many decades and around the world! Our broadly – inclusive, purrogressive criteria has ranged from those nekomimis who actually have feline the DNA, including anthropurmorphic feline females & were-kitties to those who just dress the part, the kindred jungle & purrehistoric girls, and those who seem to have cat-titude or style to be considered as “honorary” catgirls! 
We have included catgirl, kemonomimi & furry fantasy artists, authors, web sites & publications too! We have purreviously shown the spotlight upon famous female WereTigers and other girls of the stripes, but this month we will shine the spotlight specifically upon the WereTigers of the Dungeons & Dragons game! Dungeons & Dragons (or just D&D for short) is purrhaps the most famous role – playing game of all time, originally published by TSR and these days it is by Wizards of the Coast! If you have the friendly group, the game can be so much fun to play!
Players purrtend to be the various characters such as the warrior, wizard, thief, cleric, monk and so forth! For example, my character Linina is the Paladin catgirl who is purrticularly good at fighting the evil undead monsters in the tunnels, caves & forests with her magickal holy avenger sword! Under the watchful eye of whoever is the game’s Dungeon Master (who serves as a sort of referee, guide, actor & storyteller) the players’ characters might interact with other characters they meet as they explore the fantasy locations search for the treasure, power and glory!
However, characters’ encounters in the game might include people, critters and monsters from air elementals to  zombIes, which are described in the game’s Monster Manual and other books. That includes lycanthropes, who people magickally cursed to shape – shift into animals such as the WereWolves, Werebears & WereTigers! In 1974, the original D&D in the small White box included the Monsters & Treasure booklet, and in 1977 the bigger 1st edition hardcover Monster Manual was published, with just 1.5 pages purrtaining to various  lycanthropes in general.
It was graced by David A. Trampier’s lovely Black & White illustration of the female WereTiger! WereTigers are most often female, they are among the more sociable species of lycanthropes, and will mingle with humans, critters or monsters, especially other cats! In January 1985, the cover of Dragon magazine #93 was graced by the lushly gorgeous painting of a WereTiger girl by Jeff Busch! Over the decades there have been further revised editions of the game, and I purrticarly liked the early 1990’s 2nd edition manual which was titled the Monstrous Manual! 
 
It had 10 pages purrtaining to the different species of lycanthropes, with a page apiece for the WereWolf, WereBear, WearBoar, WereRat WereBat, WereRaven, WereSeaWolf, the WereFox Woman, and the the cutely crouched WereTiger girl illustrated in color by Tony DiTerlizzi! The lycanthropes were elaborated upon for use as players’ characters in the D&D Creature Crucible supplement PC4: Night Howlers by Ann Dupuis; and in 2000 the 3rd edition Monster Manual was published, but it had only 3.5 pages about lycanthropes, and no WereTiger girl pic.
 
The text indicated that WereTigers could assume either the 7′ tall hybrid, bipedal anthropurrmorphic form with the 3′ tail, or change into the full tiger! The 3.5th edition was published in 2003, and the 4th edition in 2008, but it only had 2 lycanthrope pages with no mention of the WereTiger. The current, 5th edition was published last year in time for the game’s 40th anniversary, with a color image of a male WereTiger! According to that edition, the purrson can change from their original male or female human, elf, dwarf, etc form and into either the hybrid or full tiger.
 
They are fast, agile, tough & strong with the powerful pounce, keen senses, nocturnal vision, weapon skills, sharp claws & fangs, and If one bites you, you might be transformed into a WereTiger too! Hopefully it would not come to that, because they are of the “neutral” moral alignment, so purrhaps it might be the friendly encounter! For more information, I will recommend the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weretiger and the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Monster Manual! Speaking of books, here is Mie-sensei again to begin our batch of
 
book reviews, with The World of Ice & Fire!
 
Mielikki:
Arigato! So like, we have been greatly enjoying the epic Game of Thrones TV series which is currently amidst its 5th season on HBO, and for our review of its Complete Fourth Season DVD please see last month’s Mew! The World of Ice & Fire – The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones is a big thick hardcover book that was published by Bantam Books and written by George R.R. Martin, the creator and author of the novels & producer of the TV show, along with expert fans Linda Antonsson & Elio M. Garcia Jr. who are the founders of the Westeros.org site!
 
In the characters’ scholarly 1st person narrative, the 328 page, 12.25″ x 9.25″  book thoroughly and eloquently chronicles the history of the world of ice and fire, from the dawn age, age of heroes, and age of Targaryen Kings to the the reign of dragons, the reign of Robert and so forth! There are also chapters about the lands beyond Westeros, such as the Free Cities, other Summer Isles, Basilisk Isles, Sothoryos, The Grasslands, The Bones and beyond, with the many anecdotes, lists of lords, regents, castles, battles, dragons, and over 170 totally awesome illustrations! 
 
The images of various sizes include many half – page pics, full – page pics and several two – page spreads of characters, items, locations and events by Rene Aigner, Ryan Barger, Arthur Bozonnet, Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena, Jennifer Sol Cai, Thomas Denmark, Jennifer Drummons, Michael Gellatly, Tomasz Jedruszek, Michael Komarck, John McCambridge, Mogri, Ted Nasmith, Karla Oritz, Rahedie Yudha Pradito, Dhian Prasetya, Paolo Puggioni, Jonathan Roberts, Thomas Siagian, Mark Simonetti, Philip Straub, Justin Sweet, Nutchapol Thtiinunthakorn, Magali Villeneuve…
 
… Douglas Wheatley, Jordi Gonzalez Escamilla who also did the embossed front-case illustration, Chase Stone who also did the back-case illustration, and Michael Gelately who did the maps of The Known World, The North, The Riverlands, The Vale, The Iron Islands, The Westerlands, The Reach, The Stormlands, The Crownlands, Dorne and The Summer Isles! There are also heraldries, family tree charts, and I will give this splendiferously superb book an “A” as in the Aegon Targaryens, fur shur! Now for our next lavish fantasy book report here is B.B to tell us about
 
Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell’s Dreamland!

 
B.B.:
Hai! Boris and Julie are two of my favorite artists, who are especially famous and inspurrational for their beautiful science fiction & fantasy paintings of heroic, mythic men & women amidst the lush environments full of the magick & monsters! The color & light is so lush in the images of the warriors, sorcerers, goddesses, dragons, critters, that are so alluring, powerful & graceful! This hardcover book was published by Harper and has 192 pages with over 150 full color images by Julie and / or Boris, plus 10 removable purrints!
 
I am purrticularly fond of their scenes of the majestic heroines of the diverse ethnicities & species amidst the clouds, mountains, forests & water, often accompanied by the fae, equine, feline, lupine, avian, reptilian, mecha, boy & girl friends! There are many nudes, romantic, sensual, scary & battle scenes, but it is not limited to the sexy, barbaric or fantasy imagery, as there are also the spiritual, contemplative and very whimsical images, including some movie posters, celebrities, cute kids, the mystical dogs and playful ponies!
 
The text includes biographical information, helpful tips, discussion of their purrocesses & several annotations! The extra 8″ x 10 5/8″ purrints repeat images that are on the pages, including “Leap”, “Whispers”, “Forever Castle”, “Tell Me About The Cosmos”, “Last Grasp”, “The Grief of Victory”, “Welcome Party”, “Your Highness”, “Carried Away” & “The Devil”! I will give the book an “A” as in their painting of “Anyea” the winged girl in the ornate bikini & jewels soaring with her feathered friends! Nyow here is B.B. to tell us about
 

The Art of Dragon Age: inquisition!

 
B.B.:
Hai! Dragon Age is the fantasy video game series by Bioware, who also made Mass Effect! The most recent game in the series is Dragon Age: Inquisition, which Jamie reviewed in our January 2015 Mew! Dark Horse has published this massive hardcover book full of sketches, designs, storyboards & renderings, including quite a few two – page spurreads of the fantastic scenes! The 12.25″ x 9.25″ book is $39.99 in the US and $43.99 in Canada, with 264 pages including the brief forwards by art director Matthew Goldman and creative director Mike Laidlow.
It is similar to the Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Vol. 1 book which we reviewed in the May 2014 Mew, and The Art of The Mass Effect Universe book which we reviewed in the March 2012 Mew! It is a very sumptuous collection of design and illustration, including the images of characters such as Sera, Vivian, Morrigan, Dolas, Dorian, Celene, Blackwall, Samson, Calpernia, Corypheus and Iron Bull, with lots of views, portraiture studies, wardrobes, weapons & images of the many creatures such as the giants, demons, dragons & the Red Templars!
The many environments are lushly rendered, from the beautiful & spooky places to the urban & wilderness locations! There is a vast amount of architecture & furniture depicted which are realistic & intricate, down to the cornices, rugs, frescos, frames & window treatments! The front cover art of the warrior & dragon is by Bioware’s Nick Thornborow! I think The Art of Dragon Age: inquisition is a gorgeously impurressive book, which I will recommend to fans of the  game & sword & sorcery fantasy art! That is all for our book reports, but here is our Police Chief Meryl start
 
our toy talk, with the Magic: The Gathering
Legacy Collection Liliana Vess action figure!
 
Meryl:
Hai! Magic: The Gathering is the popular collectible fantasy genre card game by Wizards of the Coast & Hasbro which features many beautifully illustrations of the characters, critters, environments, items & abilities. That includes several catgirls, as mentioned In our December 2013 Spotlight, and the forest elf Nissa Revane whose figure we reviewed in the Apurril 2015 Mew! Liliana is the human planeswalker lady and nyow she is the 5th of 6 the action figures in Series One of the Magic The Gathering Legacy Collection, along with Nissa, Chandra, Ajani, Jace, and Garruk!
 
These were made in 2014 by Gentle Giant Studios & Funko., and although I have pondered purrchasing this figure for quite some time, I finally could not resist the craving when I found her at the 75% discount purrice! Lucky!!! I think Liliana’s 6.25″ tall figure looks very faithful to her game card art by Aleksi Briclot! I do not know the characters supposed height, so I am unsure of the figure’s scale, but it seems nicely designed, purropurrtioned, sculpted & painted, with the cleverly hidden articulation in her neck, sternum, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, thighs knees & ankles!
 
She looks serious, exotic, sexy, powerful & gorgeous in the Eggplant – colored off – shoulder halter top, the asymmetric skirt low on the hips, the matching capelet upon her left shoulder, the forearm gauntlets with the long tassels, and the shin greaves atop her Black boots that match her waist- length hair! She is very detailed from the fabric folds, seams, drapurry & creases to the Gold trim, tiara & earrings; and from her eyes, lips, fingers & inny belly button to the intricate spiraling tattoos upon her neck, chest, tummy, arms, hands & thighs! Nyow I would like to discuss the
 
Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch action figure!
 
Meryl:
I quite like Elizabeth Olsen’s purrtrayal of Wanda Maximoff alias The Scarlet Witch in the Age of Ultron movie, and I think this is a nice widdle figure of her! The Scarlet Witch is a Marvel Comics’ supurr heroine who first appurred in X-Men #4 in March of 1964, along with her twin brother Pietro alias Quicksilver, so so last year was their 50th anniversary! Later in the comic books they joined The Avengers team, and Wanda eventually married their friend The Vision! She is a great dancer with the supurr power to cast hexes upon her enemies!
 
I like the gracefully dextrous way that she conjurs the hexes in the movie! The character is supposedly 5’7″, which makes Hasbro’s 3.75″ figure (including the 1/8″ heels) of the 1/18 scale! The points of articulation are only in her neck, shoulders and hips, so she is not extremely posable, but I think she is nicely designed, sculpted and painted with good detail in her mid-back length curly Auburn hair, her Blue eyes, spell casting gesture, and the Black skirt outfit with the matching leggings, boots and fingerless gloves with the Scarlet bolero jacket! 
 
Wanda is accessorized with two ornate Magenta ring – shaped hexes which can clip upon her hands for the powerful effect! The figure is well balanced to stand unassisted, but for the hex – casting stance, I had to arch her back, but I think that adds to the dramatic flare of the pose! I like the character, I hope that that she will be in further movies, and the figure is purresently purrched upon my desk, to avenge my office from intruders who try to bring me more papurrwork! That will conclude the toy talk, and nyow here is Bunnubuns to begin our 
 
photography, models and magazines topic, with her review of
“On The Other Side Of The Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy”!
 
Bun:
Hai! We were very saddened by the passing of the actor Leonard Nimoy in February, but we were glad that ironically there is a retrospective of his great photography here in North Carolina, on the mainland in the lovely little town of Graham, NC! Graham is in the Piedmont region of the state, located between the Triangle area (of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) and the Triad area (area of Greensboro, High Point and Winston- Salem)! Some of us caravanned to the exhibit, which is in the Alamance County Arts Council’s Captain White House!
 
That big, pretty, Yellow house is over 140 years old! They said there were maybe a hundred people there for the grand opening of the exhibit, but aside from the very friendly staff, it was just us while we were there, so we were able to leisurely appreciation the artistry and chat with folks! I think most of the 46 Black & White photos spanning the 50 years were of the Silver Gelatin process, including several of Nimoy’s early and his most recent works, landscapes, city scenes, portraits, self – portraits, and nudes from his beautiful Shekhina series!
 
They have a nice little gift shop there too, full of ceramics, jewelry, prints, books and other pretty item! Oh oh, also while we were, in another gallery was there was a great display of paintings by Lisa Creed, who is an artist from Durham! The admission is free, the hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am  to 5 pm, and the Nimoy retrospective is there from May 1st to July 15th, 2015. For more information, I will suggest the Alamance County Arts Council’s site http://www.alamancearts.org! Nextly I would like to say the few words about the
 
Surfing Magazine’s Swimsuit Issue 2015!
 
Bun:

I wish to praise Surfing Magazine’s 2015 Swimsuit Issue which is graced by surfers Quincy Davis, Sage Erickson, Bree Klein and Alessa Quizon in Barbados! The issue also stars models Tereza Kacerova, Trew Mullen and Alexis Ren in Mexico and at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya! The lovely ladies model many the pretty beautiful bikinis and maillots amidst the beautiful land & water scenery with some underwater photos too! The many photos include lots of large pics, a bunch of full – page pics and several two – page spreads!
The pictorials were splendidly photographed by Mark Hunter who was assisted by Jason Landis, with the hair and make – up by Jeannie Jeffries who was assisted by Star Dawn Whittaker, styling by Mimi Cuttrell who was assisted by Maxe Roberts, and were produced by Kellie Cuttrall who is the magazine’s sales and marketing coordinator!  On the front cover are Tereza, Trew and Alexis in Black bikinis by Kiini, Stone Fox Swim and Anna Kosturova!
Inside the full – color, 92 page issue is other sexy swimwear by Amuse Society, Beach Riot, Bettinis, Billabong, Body Glove, B Swim, Cali Dreaming, Eidon, Indah, Kai Lani, L’Space, Lira, Lisa Lozano, Lolli Swim, Luli fama, Made By Dawn, Mikoh, O’Neill, Pacific And Driftwood, Radio Fiji, Raisens, Reef, Rip Curl, Rosa Swim, Roxy, Rusty, RVCA, San Lorenzo, Do Der Mel, Tori Praver and Volcom; which is accessorized by D’Blanc, Da Fin, Green Pacha, Gun And Swain, Nixon, Raen, Tavik, Vestal, Von Zipper, Wildfox and Wonderland Sun!
They are adorned in purretty jewelry by Jacquie Aiche, Bahgsu, By Chari, Kate Davis, Ariel Gordon, Hula Hoops Maui, Mylo, Pearl Love, Shey Jewels and VonZipper! The issue’s advertisements are impressive too, and include other surfers such as Alana Blanchard, Lea Mrassy, Quincy Davis, Monyca Eleogram & Malia Manuel! It is a gorgeous, peppy and serene issue which I will give an “A” as in Alessa, Alexis & Alana! Next I would like to discuss the


May 2015 cover of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Magazine!
 
Bun:
Last month to our Mewseum of Art we added Mike’s photo of our May 2013 guest Joe Colton https://www.facebook.com/Joe.Eternal cosplaying as Kim “Jinx” Arashikage (Green costume) at the 2015 G.I. Joe Convention! She graced the August 2012 cover of the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Magazine in her Oktober Guard Daina costume, the May 2013 cover in her (Red) Jinx costume, and we wish to congratulate her for starring upon the May 2015 cover in her Cobra Crimson Asp costume! That is all for my reports, but the photo topic continues with our
 
favorite recent fish photos & piscine paintings!
 
Mike:
Here are our favorite recent images of fresh & saltwater species on recent magazine covers!
 
Trini-chan:
The tantalizing Triggerfish and Cory upon the Spring 2015 cover of Practical Fishkeeping!
 
Mary Nyan:
The stringer full of nine nice Crappies upon the Spurring 2015 cover of Crappie World!
 
Nyanko:
The beautiful Bass upon the Spurring cover of Bass Angler…
 
Nyanko
and another big Bass upon the May cover of Bass magazine!
 
Becca:
The Peacock Bass caught upon the cover of Fly Fisherman vol. 46 #4!
 
Elizabeth:
The tasty Trout to tempt my tummy upon the cover of Fly Fusion Vol. 12 #3!
 
Mielikki
Lovely Gaff Girl Nicole poses with the Kingfish upon the April / May 2015 cover of GAFF!
 
Ilyana:
The succulent Sailfish upon the May cover of Sports Afield!
 
Jeannie
The Dolphin Fish upon the May / June cover of Florida Sport Fishing.
 
Meryl:
The delicious dish of shrimp, chicken & pork upon the May / June cover of All Recipes!
 
B.B.:
The Catfish and Bass upon the June cover of North Carolina Game & Fish!
 
Tara-chan:
The Golden Derado caught upon the May / June cover of American Angler, nya!
 
Yvonne:
That nice Chromer caught upon the cover of Salmon & Steelheader Journal vol. 11 #6, nya!
 
Petra:
Larry Tople’s painting of the mouth – watering Walleye upon the cover of In-Fisherman vol. 40 #3, nya!
 
Bun:

Nathan Turner Milliner’s illustration of the Great White Shark upon the May / June cover of Horror Hound! And now here is Petra to present the latest additions to
 
The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
 
Petra:
Arigato, nya! For those who are here for the first time, art galleries 1-7 display illustrations & photos by Mike, whilst guest art galleries 1-3 display images by other folks with their purrrrmissions, and Mike’s collaborations with other artists are displayed throughout the various galleries, nya! On the web site, in any of those galleries, the most recent images are repurrsented by the lowermost row of small, cropped “thumbnail” – size portions of the images, and you have to click on one in order to see the uncropped, full – size version of the pic, nya!
 
To Gallery 7 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery7.html we have added Mike’s illustration of the “Happy Birthday Nekomimi”, nya! This peppy cute widdle catgirl with the lush dark Purrple – Blue hair and the purrt Pink bikini is having the wonderful time, pawsing from the games on the beach to open her purresents and eat the cake a la mode, nya! Although they are not seen in the frame, her friends & family are quite nearby in this happy pic, which Mike rendered with the pencil, pens, papurr, scanner, Photoshop CS2 and the mouse, nya!
 
She is followed by yet “Another Birthday Nekomimi”, nya! This petite purrky catgirl with the Lilac – colored hair and tail, the Pink flower in her hair, the short Pale Purrcelain Blue cheongsam and the cute plushy neko doll is having the delightful time, serving the delicious big slice of nilla cream & nummy berry cheese cake a la mode, with chocolate sauce and cherry on top, num num num, nya! Nyow I have the craving in my tummy, nya! Mike illustrated that pic with the pencil, Micron pens, Copic markers, Photoshop CS2 with the mouse, nya!
 
Then in Gallery 7 we have Mike’s pic of a “Purrloined Beach Volleyball”, in which the tall, purretty and athletic but mischievous bikini – clad catgirl named Bliss has swiped a stray beach volleyball, nya! She is 6′ 4″ tall, weighs 150 lbs and has the Calico tail, but is not playing with others, nya! Mike rendered the art with with the pencil, Micron pens, Copic markers, purrismacolor pencils, and the dash of Photoshop CS2 with the mouse, nya. This was Mike’s part of an art trade with our friend Meesha DJ Walker http://meeshadj.squarespace.com, nya!
 
Meesha and Mike were the two artist guests at WhatTheHell?! Con this year, and into Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html is her illustration of a “Chain Catgirl”  nya! This marker rendering of the warrior catgirl in the chain mail bikini, nya! We are wondering if she was about to plunge that impurressive sword into an enemy or a monster, but first she has to purrune that widdle tree branch which has snagged the rear part of the bikini, nya! It is a sexy, cute pic by Meesha, who will be joining us in a few minutes, nya!
 
Nextly in Guest Gallery 3 is “Marvel’s Wasp” fan art by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was our guest for the September 2009 Mew, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her other art in our mewseum, or read her tale of “The Love of a Catgirl” http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, nya? Marvel Comics’ supurr – heroine Janet Van Dyne alias The Wasp is a member of The Avengers and is normally 5’4″ tall, but she can shrink down to half an inch, and in this purretty pic she is petitely purrched upon the succulent cherry – kawaii, nya! 
 
Also in Guest Gallery 3 is the image of a “Winter Ballerina” starring our friend Crissy Teverini http://www.crimsonskycreations.com as a purretty purrima purrouetting away to the snowy drifts, nya! She is a great cosplayer, model and artist who was a guest of our March 2008 Mew, nya! Mike used Photochop CS2 and the mouse to alter the photo that was taken by a friend of Crissy’s at a Halloween party in 2010, where Crissy wore the tutu dress from Discount Dance Supply, with her hair and make – up done by her Aunt Diane, nya!
 
Then into Guest Gallery 3 we have also just added the cute widdle pencil sketch of “KuroNeko” by Misty Hopkins http://bunnychai.blogspot.com, who was another of our March 2008 guests who is a great artist, seamstress, cosplayer and blogger, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her purrior illustrations & photos in our mewseum. nya? The sketch was the happy coincidental timing with the start of KuroNeko’s manga which Jenjen reviewed earlier, nya! KuroNeko might be the sullen cat, but I think her purresence will brighten the spirits, nya!
 
Lastly for this month to Guest Gallery 3 we have added an illustration of an “Inkling Bride” by our friend Lumshock http://lumshock.deviantart.com, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen his purrior pics of the Inkling, an ika musume (squid girl) character from Nintendo’s Splatoon video game, nya! In this image, she is dressed as the radiant bride in the ornate bare – midriff Bollywood – inspired dress and jewelry, which Lumshock rendered using the Nintendo 3DS’s Pokemon Art Academy media, nya! So, what do y’all think of the latest additions, nya?
 
Ilyana:

Oh gosh, Crissy looks so elegantly beautiful as the purrima ballerina!
 
Mary Nyan:
Hai, it is yet another gorgeous image of her to grace the art galleries!
 

Becca:

That first birthday girl is the joyful sweet sight in the pink lei and bikini!
 
Elizabeth:
I think her long Dark Blue hair and tail have the lovely lustrous sheen!
 

Yvonne:

I like the 2nd birthday girl’s purrt coiffure and darling short dress ,nya!
 

Tara-chan:

The neko plushy doll is cute and the cakes give me the craving, nya!
 
Jeannie:

The teensy Orange bikini splendidly accents Bliss’s lovely dark tone.
 
Trini-chan:
She is quite the strong and alluring sight, but she has been naughty!
 
Nyanko:
Chain Catgirl has a lithe physique with the supple ears, hips & tummy!
 
Nyoka:
It is a sexy cute whimsical pic, and I am so glad that Meesha is visiting!
 
Meryl:
The Wasp has a great pose, expurression, purropurrtions & shading!
 
Mielikki:
She has wonderful widdle wings, and those cherries look so yummy!
 
B.B.:
The Inkling is so ornately purretty in the dress, jewels, rings & ribbon!
 
Bun:

Lumshock’s illustrations have a sexy / cute style in rich vibrant color!
 

Mike:

The KuroNeko pic is another delightful addition, and I’m always glad to see more of Misty’s art! Thanks Petra!
 
Petra:

Doitashimaste, nya! Nyow it is time for our main event with
 

an intermew with our guest Meesha DJ Walker, nya!

 
Petra:
Meesha is a supurrb fantasy artist from Virginia, who we have had the delight to meet at several conventions, where she sells her beautiful sketches, purrints & crafts of various media and styles, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her illustration of the alluring Steam Punk Catgirl in our mewseum http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest2/81.html, nya? She is also a very friendly, athletic and stylish cosplayer who greatly enhances the fun ambience, so we are all happy and excited to welcome her to Catgirl Island and The Mew, nya! Aloha Meesha! 
 
Meesha:
(wearing a long blue maxi skirt with a green bikini top) Aloha!
 
Trini-cha:
May we get you a tasty beverage?
 
Meesha:
A cold mint julep. Thank you for asking!
 
Tara-chan
Coming right up, nya! (She and Trini-chan scampurr away to get the drink)
 
Jeannie:
Where are you originally from, and how are things currently in Virginia?
 
Meesha:
I’m originally from Newark, New Jersey, and things are currently stressful, as I’m planning to move soon, but it’s warm with a nice breeze. Finally!
 
Mielikki:
Oh gosh! Well we wish you the smooth movie to the new home! So like does the artistic talent tun in your family?
 
Meesha:
Mom was a fashion designer. I’m not sure about the rest of the family. *laughs*
 
B.B.:
Sugoi! Nyow we want to see some of her fashions too! So, what were the earliest indications of your art talent and how was it cultivated?
 
Meesha:
Other than not paying attention in class with doodles, I was a die hard Sailor Moon / Dragonball Z fan. I would record episodes and draw almost every frame of fight scenes and transformations. By high school and college, I was taking more art classes. 
 
Meryl
Which artists, illustrators or designers have inspired you the most?
 
Meesha:
Alphonse Mucha was an earlier artist that I initially loved in Art History, and lately the artist Jen Zee of the game, Transistor. 
 
Becca:
The Mucha art nouveau is so purretty and ornate! Who are your other favorite authors, comics & books?
 
Meesha:
Saga has been my favorite art and story lately, though I’ve been collecting Sonic comics since my early teens.
 
Elizabeth:
Yay we like Sonic too, and Fiona’s great art on Saga too! What are your favorite games, movies or TV shows?
 
Meesha:
Disgaea is my favorite game. I enjoy many many movies and TV shows, lately The Amazing World of Gumball and Chowder have been my favorite morning shows, with my usual binge watching of Fairy Tail and Deadman Wonderland. I’m waiting for Season 2 of Attack on Titan. Comon! 
 
Mary Nyan:
What sort of mewsic do you enjoy, and do you have the purrforming arts talent too?
 
Meesha:
I love any music with a nice tempo and balanced instruments, from Bluegrass to DubStep to the entire Cowboy Bebop and FLCL music soundtrack.
 
Tara-chan:
(she and Trini-chan return with the drink) The Mint Julip, nya!
 
Meesha:
Thank you very much!
 
Trini-chan:
Doitashimaste! Kampai!
 
Mary Nyan:
Meesha is a great cosplayer too! What are the favorite costumes that you have worn or hope to wear?
 
Meesha:
Storm has to be my favorite, though this year, I’m looking to cosplay as Posion Ivy with a group of other villians! I’ve been saving up to play Bayonetta. Alas, I have to get started working out too! You have to have the right body to fit in a hair-made skin tight suit.
 
Ilyana:
Oh we think you are the purrfect Storm! What were your favorite studies in college?
 
Meesha:
Art of course! Though I’ve always wanted to take a course in Psychology.
 
Bun :
We understand that you played volleyball in college! Did you consider volleyball as the professional career?
 
Meesha:
In college I had the opportunity to go pro overseas, but it never worked out. I had fun playing college though! Maybe I can move to the beach and play in a bikini. I heard it’s harder! 
 
B.B.:
I bet that could be arranged, heehee! Is your husband an artist? What is he a fan of?
 
Meesha:
No, he’s completely opposite with computers. He’s the online nerd and computer wizard. Healing and defensive though.
 
Meryl:
Well that always comes in handy for the encounters! What are your favorite genres & subjects as an artist?
 
Meesha:
I enjoy drawing people and eyes. Also digitally I love drawing other people’s OC’s (original characters). Especially when I can get it right and perfect.
 
Nyoka:
Where do you usually create your art and what is your lair or studio like?
 
Meesha:
Unfortunately I do not have a studio. I work out of my den, around the tv and games. It’s hard to focus!
 
Nyoka:
I can see how those would be distracting! What are your prefurred art media, tools & techniques?
 
Meesha:
I guess for a quick finished piece I love colored pencils and copic markers. Watercolor is also fun, but I have to have the urge to want to use it. Like Sumi-e ink or even acrylic and oils. 
 
Yvonne:
What are some of your other upcoming purrojects, nya?
 
Meesha:
Whatever comes to mind really. I have to practice more on digital works, so I’ll probably have more stuff posted on my DeviantArt gallery http://www.sanjuuishi.deviantart.com soon. 
 
Tara-chan:
We will want to go to there, nya! Will you be appurring at any upcoming galleries, shows, cons or festivals, nya?
 
Meesha:
As of right now I do not have anything lined up for the next two months to sell, but I may visit a few in the future if I can find them! 
 
Trini-chan:
What are the ambitions for your future plans?
 
Meesha:
I hope to have my own gallery someday. Maybe even a gaming restaurant! 
 
Petra:
Oh, we would want to go to there too, nya! Do you have any creative, technical, business or purromotional advice for aspiring artists, nya?
 
Meesha:
This is going to sound monotonous and boring, but practice is the key. Also references. Not to copy perfectly, but to use to build your own characters or poses. You can do it! 
 
Mike:
Meesha, thank you very much for creating such beautiful art and for visiting with us! We hope that you’ll enjoy tonight’s AfterMew Luau supper and the rest of your vacation here at the island, and wish you good luck with the move! 
 
Tara-chan:
LUNA MOTH, NYA!
(the distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the large green moth)
 

The Cat Lady Sings…

 

Yvonne:

Ah! TARA-CHAN— NYA!
 
B.B:

The Actias luna is such a beautiful insect!
 

Tara-chan:

(snapping the photos) Nya!
 

Trini-chan:

Oh i want to see it too!
 
Meryl:
Ah, sorry Meesha, this happens a lot!
 
Becca:
it is almost time for the yummy luau anyway! Itadakimasu!
 
Elizabeth:
Well, I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
 
Ilyana:

We wish to thank our special guest Meesha for visiting us! 
 
Petra:
Hai, and we wish to thank her and Misty, Rebecca, Crissy, and Lumshock for the beautiful art, nya!
 
Jeannie:
We also wish to thank the other talented, industrious & inspurrational folks whose works we have discussed…
 
Bun:
… and of course our friend Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island!
 
Mielikki:
Fur shur!
 
Nyoka:
Y’all may post brief, polite, sincere, non-snarky responses to our discussion…
 
Nyanko:
… purrvided that such comments are spam-free, G-rated and purrtain to our topics.
 
Mary Nyan:
We will be back next month with another edition of The Mew!
 
Mike:
Be there… aloha!
 
The Ladies Of The Mew:
BAIBAI, NYA!
 

 


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