July 2015 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

July 5, 2015 by
Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
http://www.catgirlisland.com & http://www.catgirlisland.net
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
http://jamiecotc.deviantart.comhttp://clanofthecats.com 
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The July 2015 Edition of The Mew: 
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
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In this edition of The Mew, we review & discuss…
 
what we’ve been up to since the purrior Mew
 
TV talk:
The Carolina Comic Book Club’s roundtable discussion of recent TV
 
the lightning round discussion topic: 
our favorite post-apocalyptic cinema & TV
 
movie reviews
Appleseed Alpha
Inside Out
Jurassic World
 
pony reports:
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #31

My Little Pony Friends Forever #17
 
more comic book reports:
Hero Cats #6
Princeless: Be Yourself #1
Angel & Faith Season 10 #15
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #16
Elfquest The Final Quest #9
Fathom: Kiani #4
Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies #1
Catseye Comics #2
 
manga mewsings
Fun Fun Fun Shojo Manga Coloring Book
Akame Ga Kill! vol. 1 & 2
Sword Art Online: Girls Operations vol. 1
 
toy talk:
Sword Art Online High Grade ALO  6.5″ Cait Sith Silica Figure
Marvel Legends Wasp 6″ Action Figure
 

The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight:

The Tabaxi of Dungeons and Dragons
We wish a happy birthday to Syd Mead!
 
additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art
“Apurracida” by Rebecca Brogden
“Joanna Sonteja” by Rebecca Brogden
“Mad Mel: Furry Road” by Jamie Robertson
“Cosplay by Liz” photos by Chef Ron
“Puddin! Let’s Have a Harley Matsuri” photo manip of Crissy Teverini
“Lifeguard Lina” by Mike
“Sadiyah & Mu’awin” by Mike
“Who Meowrns For Bast?” by Mike
 
… and our Heroes Convention 2015 report, nya!
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Mike:
(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, a Tomorrowland pin on his Dogwood purrint aloha shirt, Dark Teal cargo shorts and Charcoal Gray Nike trainers)  Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews aand discussions of fun stuff! Today we’re at Catgirl Island’s Emily Grace Coin Stadium which is nestled amongst the Magnolias, Palms and Live Oak trees on the NorthWestern side of the island, where it’s 85 degrees under the Blue sky and puffy Cumulo-Neko Clouds! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer” and here in their soccer kits are The Ladies of The Mew!
 
Mielikki:
(the faerie wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White # #03 jersey) Mellow Greetings!
 
B.B.

(the catgirl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #05 jersey) G’day y’all!
 

Elizabeth:

(the catgirl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #06 jersey) Hola!
Jeannie:
(the catgirl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #07 jersey) Nihao.
Mary Nyan:
(the catgirl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #08 jersey) Konnitiwa!
Petra:
(the catgirl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #10 jersey) Hi Hi, nya!
 
Becca:
(the nekomimi gynoid wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #11 jersey) Aloha!
Nyoka:
(the catgirl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #13 jersey) Howdy!
Bun:
(the bunny girl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #14 jersey) Guten Tag!
 
Trini-chan:
(the kitsune girl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #16 jersey) Aloha!
 
Nyanko:
(Nyoka’s twin sister wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #17 jersey) Howdy!
Yvonne:
(the catgirl wearing the flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #18 jersey) Namaste, nya! 
 
Tara-chan:
(her younger sister wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #19 jersey) Namaste, nya!
 
Ilyana:
(the catgirl wearing flip flops & the kit’s Light Blue shorts & White #20 jersey) Whassup? 
 
B.B.

Thanks to more recruited officers, rangers & lifeguards I have been able to attend more of the festivities and the Heroes Con last month! I have also continued reading more n’ more of the graphic novels during our island’s Summer Art, Literature And Mewsic Inspurration (SALAMI) Purroject! I finished reading Barbarella, Luuna and Pixie, so next on my list are Arzach, Wake and Aquablue! 
 
Mary Nyan:

I will have a few comic books to review later in the show, along with our report on the con where there were so many fabulous costumes! Fortunately the con occurred betwixt the summer semesters of my Hula classes which are fully enrolled with the eager happy students! Otherwise, as mewsual I have been sewing more costumes for the dancers and the cosplayers!
 
Becca:

When Lizzy and I have not been pampurring the customers at the spa, we have been caring for the cats, the garden, going to the late night hot salsa dance, reading books & watching DVDs. I have been reading more of Patricia Briggs’s Mercy tales! The con was the added fun for June, this month I am looking forward to our next golf tournyament, and Lizzy has a surpurrise planned for August!
 
Elizabeth:
I will be her catty in the tournyament, and I hope that she will like the August surpurrise! The garden’s mums, irises, lilies, azaleas and buttercups are looking purretty good, and the cats have been the big help at the spa! I have been reading “The Magical Vampire” purrose tale by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was our guest for the September 2009 Mew!
 
Jeannie:

Nyow I am curious about the surpurrise. Since the convention, I have been at the yoga studio in the mornings, the kyudo club in the afternoons, then with the belly dance class and troupe at night. Phase II of the robotics club’s summer mech camp will begin soon, and we are looking forward to the new Terminator movie. So how are things with Mie-sensei?
 
Mielikki:
So like, when I have not been busy at our theatre’s Summer Fantasy & Shakespeare productions, I have been instructing the golf, and watching the televised Wimbledon, women’s soccer, softball, WNBA and LPGA events! I also have been attending some of the festivals, cons and shows, and conducted the solstice workshop at Nyo-sensei’s magick shop!
 
Nyoka:
I am so grateful for Mie-sensei’s help, and I greatly appurreciate the help from sis, papa-san, oji-san Nairi, Tanzy, Amy, Rica & Niko and my other helpurrs at the Magick Shop and at the Farmers Market! We had the enchanting time at the shop between the workshops, the seminars, the guests, the tea time and the special sale, but I bet the Vernal Equinox will be here before we know it!
 
Nyanko:
The time has flown by like the hypurr time! Oh y’all should see the purretty crystals that papa-san & oji-san brought, but I bet they will sell quickly! When I am not busy at my dojo and the gym I have been reading more of the web comics & comic books including the Tigra back issues I got at the con, and I will be cheering for my friends’ soccer, surfing, golf, kyudo and volleyball victories!
 
The Ladies of The Mew:
BANZAI! BANZAI BANZAI! NYA!
 
Ilyana:
I have been able to spend more time at home to get more writing done in between the ship wreck diving and cataloguing the nautical artifacts! When I have not been underwater or on the mainland or in the office, I have been in the garden. My hydrangeas, magnolias, lillies and irises are coming along quite nicely, and I might enter some of them in the flower show! Howbouchoo Bunnibuns?
 
Bun:
I have been tending to the flowers an the vegetables in my garden too, where the daisies, sedium, heather, flox, sweet peas and the clover are coming along quite nicely! Aside from the curating, the matsuris and the sports, I have been baking more of the carrot cakes for the cafe and the food bank. It has been busy but we did enjoy the time off to attend the Heroes Convention again!
 
Petra:
Hai, it was so thrilling to visit so many brilliant artists at con again, and I will mention some of them later in our con report, nya! Bun and I have been heating up the sands in the rec league beach volleyball, and we have several new images in the Mewseum of Art to purremier later in the show, nya! Trini-chan and Tara-chan have been the big help with the exhibits, nya!
 
Trini-chan:
Aside from the hot but fun trip to the Heroes Con, I have been paddle surfing, board shaping, volunteering at the mewseum, watching the movies, helping Vonny and Tara-chan on the dock and assistantly teaching at the belly dance class at the Purforming Arts Center, where we have continued to practice our serpentine tail and the tummy shimmy technique! Tara-chan’s turn!
 
Tara-chan:
Aside from the classes, dancing, volunteering, my cats, the convention and helping onee-chan with the charters, I have been collecting the pony items, and – and snapping more of the nature photos, nya! I got some photos of the cottontail, the sugar glider, the cabbage white and – and the lightning bugs, nya! Oh oh, just yesterday someone wanted to purrchase Onee-chan’s boat, nya!
 
Yvonne:
Hai, but I am not going to part with my ’85 Hatteras 60, nya! Aside from the trip to  con, as mewsual my daytimes are busy with the charters which have reeled in the bumpurr crop of the Groupurrs, Snappurrs, Mackerels, Wahoos, Cobias and the Dolphin Fish, and some of the nights my drumming circle is purrviding the purrcussion for the dance purrformances, nya! Nyow it is Mike’s turn, nya!
 
Mike:
Oh aside from the convention and the toy show, I’ve mainly been up to the usual, writing, art, watching movies, and spending quality time with my family and friends! Speaking of watching stuff and spending time with friends, let’s rock ‘n roll on to the TV Talk portion of The Mew, with 
 
The Carolina Comic Book Club’s discussion of recent TV!
 
Mike:
Jamie and I recently reconvened with several friends from the Carolina Comic Book Club http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Carolina-Comic-Book-Club to discuss the current live – action and animated science fiction, fantasy, horror, super-hero and adventure genre TV shows that we’ve been watching! We were joined by Pacozord and ob1 who were guests of the October 2007 Mew, Chef Ron who was the guest of the January 2009 Mew, and our pal Mr. Brightside who topped off the group!
 
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!
Mr. Brightside:
OK, for these I’ve only seen the episodes with John de Lancie (as Discord) and Weird Al. I’ve heard the producers specifically based Discord on Q, which is how they thought of getting de Lancie to play him. I still can’t name all of the ponies by name though. I did enjoy when Teen Titans Go! did their parody, by having the team go into the world of Pretty, Pretty Pegasus which Raven is obsessed with.  Good fun!
Chef Ron:
I have not really watched that since my own children were small. Did however enjoy the clip with the Ponies on Teen Titans Go.
Mike:
Y’know, back in the mid 80’s I had no idea that 30 years later I’d be such a “Brony” fan of My Little Pony! I love Friendship is Magic because it is a such a fun, smart, positive show with such likable characters for fans of all ages, races and genders by a great team of writers, designers, animators, actors, and musicians. I like the Equestria Girls spin-off movies too. Not only have I been collecting the DVDs, toys, books and comic books, but I’ve tried to watch and learn more about the prior pony series of the 80’s and 90’s.
Pacozord:
Unfortunately have not watched it, but I am fascinated!
Transformers: Rescue Bots
Brightside:
I watch Transformers:Rescue Bots as Levar Burton plays a recurring character on there (Doc Greene). I thinks it’s pretty good, especially for younger viewers, as they don’t really do much fighting. They are set up in Griffin Rock, Maine, which is like this island of crazy inventions, which are often going haywire. It’s not my favorite show, but it is well done and an enjoyable half-hour.
Chef Ron:
Ahhhh, have been introduced to this on while watching my grandson Nathan, we watch it sometimes on Netfilx.  It is very cute and entertaining. I certainly enjoy Nathan’s interest in it.
Mike:
Unfortunately I have not yet seen either Transformers: Rescue Bots or Transformers: Robots in Disguise, but I do have some of the recent toys! I did like Transformers Animated and Transformers Prime, and I think all of the Transformers cartoons are much better than the live-action movies!
Pacozord:
I have not watched but the grandkids love it!
Star Wars: Rebels
Mike:
The recent Clone Wars TV series was the most I’ve enjoyed Star Wars since The Empire Strikes Back, so I was glad that several of it’s crew were involved with Rebels. I was initially nervous about how different Rebels might be, but it’s a lot of fun, I like the characters, the style, animation, actors, the additions to the Star Wars mythology, and I was so that my favorite Star Wars character Ahsoka Tano made a surprise return! I have a few of the action figures, and Rebels is certainly fueling my enthusiasm for the forthcoming Star Wars movies!
Mr. Brightside:
I’ve only seen 4 of these, the ones that Brent Spiner was in. Turned out he was a spy for the Empire. They wrapped up his storyline, and I doubt he’ll be back. I felt no compulsion with continuing with it.
Chef Ron:
No clue!
Pacozord:
Loved the first episode and it means it probably has only gotten better!  It was great to hear the Wilhelm scream of storm troopers and “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”.  Glad to hear of the return of Ashoka!
Teen Titans Go!
Mike:
I haven’t seen every episode of Teen Titans Go, but I was glad to see Starfire, Raven, Robin, Cyborg & Changeling back for another series. It’s much sillier than the prior Titans series, but that’s fine because I think it is well done and genuinely funny. I’ve enjoyed most of the DC animated series and movies of the past 25 years, and I wish they’d bring back Young Justice!
Mr. Brightside:
This is a crazy show, which is usually worth watching although you never know where they’re going to go each episode, but it all reverts back to the norm by the next episode anyway. I have to say in the opening theme song, when they show the team dancing, never fails to bring a huge grin to my face. If I could have that playing over and over on a screen-saver or something, I would be very happy.
Pacozord:
Who would have thought the Teen Titans show would lead to this crazy show!  I love it!  Money Grandma!  Dog Hand!  Grandma Voice!  and more great episodes!  It’s like a video game restarting over every episode. I always look forward to Raven’s reactions to events in the show.
Avengers Assemble
Mr. Brightside:
I do watch this one. And it’s good, not great. They’ve brought in a LOT  of characters from the comics. I appreciate that.
Pacozord: 
Seems to be aimed for even younger viewers, with the conversations being very immature.  I enjoy some of the show, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the Avengers:  Earth’s Mightiest Heroes show!
Chef Ron:
I have caught a few episodes by chance while Pacozord was watching it!
Mike:
I haven’t watched it yet!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mr. Brightside:
It took me a good while to get into this, as it initially was a team of all new characters, none of which were from the comics. Phil Coulson had come from the movies, so he didn’t count. I didn’t know that Skye was going to turn out to be Quake. This seemed to really kick into gear after the Cap movie. Before then, it seemed to be biding its time. It also seemed to slow down before this year’s Avengers movie.  I would love it if they would introduce Black Bolt and Medusa, but I don’t see that happening.  BTW, love Mockingbird. Will watch the spinoff if it gets picked up.
Chef Ron:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., To be very honest here, I don’t read the comics, so only had a glimmer of an Idea about what this was all about. I have really gotten into the show. I love all the characters, especially bad boy Ward. I was very disappointed with him when I found out he was a traitor and what he did then to Fitz and Jenna. But in his bad boy way, he had won me back.  Since I really have no background on these characters, I’m a bit disappointed in what Sky has become. Maybe next season.
Mike:
I think the series took a while to figure out the characters and dynamics, but I’ve been so pleased with the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the Avengers, Iron Man, and Captain America movies. To a lesser extent the Hulk movies, but I like the character in the Avengers movies. I liked Phil Coulson a lot so I was glad to see him leading the TV series, and I was so glad to see Ming Na Wen as Agent May! At times the show has felt too much like a police procedural, with not enough “Marvel Universe”.
My least favorite aspect pertains to cinematic techniques, such as much speed ramping / slow mo, wobbly camera and snap zooms, and I think the show focuses too much on Skye’s character for me, although Kyle MacLachlan portraying her dad has been the MVP for me this season! The show is not too dark, it has great continuity, it’s gradually improved and they keep adding more n’ more plots, actors, characters that I like. I just wish that Coulson and his team had been in Avengers; Age of Ultron!
Pacozord:
Chef Ron has gotten me to enjoy police procedurals, so I enjoy those, but the ones entrenched in the Marvel Universe are the best.  I loved the introduction of the Inhumans and the long road for Skye’s history developing. I’m looking forward to next season!
Jamie:
The first half of the first season felt like a police procedural with super hero window dressing and not much else. The main problem is its focus on Skye, who comes off as a Disney version of Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but thanks to Ward, she turned the show around. I still have reservations about her, but I think Chloe Bennet has blossomed into a much better actress and when Skye isn’t whining she’s quite a strong member of the team and a focus for superior characters like May, Coulson and, of course, her father in the second season.
I think May has the most potential of all the characters, and Coulson grounds the show as the bedrock of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an anchor for the rest of the team. What I love about him the most is that he represents us geeks, the ones who get it and read the comics. He loves his job and like us, he loves that super heroes exist in his world both. At times, it is a must – watch show that shines when it embraces its heritage. They may not be wearing costumes, but there are super heroes in this universe and it reminds us that they are all very human… even when they aren’t!
Agent Carter
Mr. Brightside:
Thought this was a fun little series. and I liked it that they brought in Jarvis. if it does continue, I hope that Carter gets more control, as the ’50s chauvinism is getting old.
Mike:
Yeah, I’ll agree with that, and I hope they start to respect her more! I loved the character in Captain America and her one-shot short so I was enthused about her series with Carter, Jarvis and Howard Stark. I especially liked the episode with the Howling Commandos! I don’t care for how the fight scenes tend to be shot & edited, but I think it has a great cast, characters, continuity, production values and that period look of the late 40’s. I hope they make more, and it would be great to see Carter in the 50’s, 60’s, 70s and 80’s too!
Pacozord:
Loved the show!  Every episode was fun!  The only thing I did not like was the final episode where it shows they did not have any more money left to spend.  (Long airplane hangar scene would have been roasted on MST3K). Very much looking forward to the next season in Hollywood!  And they need even more Marvel Universe!
Jamie:
I like this show a lot, though I believe Carter would be better served in an ensemble cast like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the episode with the Howling Commandos. she was front and center as a respected as a pee who held the group through the mission. The rest of the series seems like an extended version of the Agent carter one shot from the Iron Man 3 blu ray disc, which I liked more, but the show is still pretty good, with a  glimpse into Marvel history much in the same vein as Captain America: The First Avenger,  with Jarvis as a side kick and Howard Stark as a recurring foil. Like much of Stark’s technology, Peggy is ahead of her time, and I hope that the second season will depict her as a more respected leader, with less chauvinism from her fellow agents.
Daredevil
Jamie:
When I first heard about Daredevil as a series, I thought it stood a good chance of being a decent show, but not only is it good, it’s probably the best super hero television series ever made. It’s part of the MCU and presents a world that mirrors our own, but with its own twist, and doesn’t apologize for its comic book roots. There are struggles  between good and evil in Hell’s Kitchen that shapes and is shaped by the characters’ actions. It’s also a fresh take on things gritty and dark visual style and tone
 
Now, I like dark myself, and although that approach may have worn out its welcome, but Daredevil approaches it in a fresh way, balanced by vibrant color, lighting, set design and the humor of Matt’s dry wit and Foggy’s light hearted, good nature. Daredevil can give and take a massive beating and his boxing style of fighting lends a fresh approach to the fight scenes and choreography.  Karen Page starts out as a damsel in distress, but even she and The Kingpin have the inner conflicts.  
 
He wants to maintain control over both the city and himself, but the rage takes over and he becomes his own worst enemy. His plan to better city better through crime seems a little wacky on the surface, but once we see the cogs at work, it does makes a little more sense. It’s not perfect- Rosario Dawson is good as The Night Nurse, but her character is not the most fleshed out; and Daredevil’s heightened senses are inconsistent and don’t always jive well, but these are minor quibbles that stand out only because the rest of the show is so good. 
Mike:
Ah, well. I’ve only seen part of that “continuous shot corridor fight scene” which was just awesome, but I hope the Daredevil TV series will be released on DVD!
Mr. Brightside:
I’ve heard outstanding things about this show, and I love Deborah Ann Woll and Rosario Dawson, so as soon as the DVD is created for this, I will be renting it, if I don’t buy it outright.
 
Chef Ron:
I’ve seen the movie, but not the TV show.
Arrow
Chef Ron:
This is an awesome show. All the characters appeal to me. On a personal note I got to speak to and shake Merlins hand at the NC Comic Con in Durham NC last Nov!!!!! Just love that guy!!! First saw him on Dr. Who as Captain Jack and later on Torchwood. This seasons ender to me was a “what the what”??????? I did enjoy the crossovers with the Flash show, it appears to be working toward a bigger grouping of heros
Pacozord:
This show’s first season touched on all of the cliche popular themes of the period:  Mysterious island (Lost), Scandal, Revenge.  I’ve been glad to see the show constantly growing from this into a full DC Universe show. I would never had thought it would launch the Flash and another show, becoming the bedrock of DC TV continuity!  It really shows how well the show’s writers, producers, and actors have done. Looking forward to a lighter season next year!  Go Speedy!
Mr. Brightside:
I think this show has been a very pleasant surprise. I’m still waiting for them to start calling him Green Arrow, but I trust them. I really like that they’ve seemingly set up Thea to be Speedy now. That being said, I miss the old Black Canary; she was very cute.
Mike:
It took me a long time to start watching Arrow because I feared it would be too dark and too much like the Birds of Prey series which I didn’t care for, but I kept hearing such praise for the show from my friends. It’s a party that I came very late too, but I like it. From what little I’ve seen, I like the mythology, the characters, and the cast, especially John Barrowman as Merlin!
Flash
Chef Ron:
Here another great show, Kept my interest to see what was going to happen week to week. I personally think Barry is immature in this show, but I guess he has to start somewhere.
Mr. Brightside:
This show really hit the ground running (sorry), but I really liked all of the actual metahumans showing up, even if they are using the particle accelerator as an excuse for almost all of them. I think next year will be very different without the Harrison Wells dynamic, so I wonder how that will go. Looking forward to Killer Frost and Vibe as well…
Mike:
In spite of the particle accelerator thingy being sort of analogous to Smallville’s Kryptonite in explaining the metahumans, I like what I’ve seen of the show, because it is more fun and less angsty than Smallville. Plus there’s a costume, a shared universe with Arrow, and an evil telepathic gorilla. I hope the heroes manage to survive their enemy Reverse Flash, but he’s scary because he’s a genius from the future with speed powers and long range plans.
Pacozord:
Tom Cavanaugh will be back next season! Maybe not as Reverse Flash though ?!?  I love this show!  It is the show I look forward to most every week!  All of the easter eggs of the DC Universe get thrown in, even a full Gorilla Grodd!  Wow! Next season we get to see alternate earths, and maybe Jay Garrick!
Jamie:
It’s full of plot holes, bad acting,poorly written female characters, and too much “Smallville”, but, who cares- the show is so much fun and the positives far outweigh the negatives. In many ways, The Flash embraces its own comic book roots in a way no other show ever has before. Though there are only few costumes, super heroes and villains abound in The Flash’s universe, and there’s no deconstruction or forcing them to be “real”, with no apologies, as if someone took the fun and excitement of the silver age comics and translated them into the modern era.
 
It’s thrilling to see Barry uses his super powers, be it tornado arms, vibrating through solid objects and running at  super speed;  and another strength is that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously, with Cisco all but winking at the audience. Though the characters are all stereotypes with Barry the nerdy science geek turned hero, Cisco the wise cracking comic relief, Detective West the loving but authoritative father figure, Iris the damsel in distress and Kaitlin Snow the … uh … girl scientist, they all have risen above the brand to become their own characters. 
 
Well, most of them anyway! It also doesn’t hurt to have actors like Jesse L. Martin and Tom Cavanagh lending their excellent acting chops to propel some of the scenes above and beyond. That’s not to say the rest of the cast can’t act, but I have to wonder if there is some kind of “CW”-ish clause that forbids any scenes dealing with romance, awkwardness or lying to actually be good. Again, these are minor quibbles that would be major quibbles on just about any other show, but that gets back to what makes the Flash succeed- it’s just so much fun!
 
Gotham
Mr. Brightside:
I think a lot of people were concerned about this one, but I’ve really enjoyed it. Almost all of the characters come from the comics (except Fish), so I think it’s been great fun seeing the origins of these characters.
Chef Ron:
Awesome!!! Love seeing all charaters develop. Penquin is a favorite and so is Fish, I sure hope she is back next season. Really like the character Gordon, this guy does a great job. We have a great Alfred, not sure what to think of Bruce yet.
Pacozord:
Lots of fun, but the show has not been as thrilling for me over the last few episodes.  I’m hoping that they add more of the DC Universe to the show, but I am looking forward to the next season.  It’s also a little dark for my taste, but I like Jim Gordon.  I am interested in the paths these characters follow on the TV show.
Mike:
Well, I’m yet to see it- Jamie, what do you think?
Jamie:
The second attempt at making a Batman show without Batman – the first being Birds of Prey – Gotham is exceedingly better, but that’s not saying much. Benjamin McKenzie’s portrayal as Jim Gordon is perfect, and although sans mustache, he looks like he just stepped out of the pages of Batman: Year One; and Donald Logue’s Harvey Bullock, while not quite a villain, does a good job at a multilayered corrupt cop, and both of those actors are the show for me.
Even if hey were not at all connected to Batman, I’d still love those two acting together. Unfortunately that’s where it kind of ends for me. While I like Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney and Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin, they both ham it up a little too much. While not channeling the Batman villains from 1966, they started out grounded, but become a little too larger than life, and eventually I quit watching the show about mid way through the season.
Constantine
Mr. Brightside:
I liked this series, but I think it’s dead. The setup for the Spectre took too long, and I think they were hoping to bring in Dr. Fate at some point. I really wished they had brought in Boston Brand at some point. Unlike the CW, it seemed that NBC never warmed up to tying this into the DC universe as much as they should have. Also, Friday at 10 is a death-trap.
Pacozord:
Didn’t have time to watch most of the season, but did enjoy it.  I hope that they would be able to bring this show back in some form on another channel or even in the other DC TV shows.
Chef Ron:
Watched the first few episodes, really liked it but wasn’t getting into it.
Jamie:
I loved the character, but hated just about everything else. It kind of felt like… a second hand X-Files.
Mike:
Haven’t watched Constantine yet either! All I can say about it is that I think he looks more like the John Constantine of the comics  than Keanue Reeves did in the movie!
The Walking Dead
Mr. Brightside:
OK, horror movies are not my thing. I know our friend Sparky loves this show. I do like it, but I wouldn’t miss it if it went away. It is VERY good at what it does, and I like reading the differences / comparisons to the comic. It’s ratings are extraordinary though, so it’s not going away any time soon. I probably won’t be watching the spinoff though.
Mike:
I think it is a fine adaptation of the comic book, and even though it goes in different directions, that’s fine because it’s got the same grueling spirit that proves that in a zombie apocalypse full of great  gore FX, it’s the human adversaries who are the most dangerous. Like Game of Thrones, it’s not afraid to kill off main, recurring characters or succeed them with some fascinating new characters. I like Rick, but Michonne is my favorite character, and I hope she’s with it ’til the end. Like the best zombie apocalypse tales that try to be serious, it makes me wonder what I’d do in that situation.
Chef Ron:
Saw the first season, OK, but other things were more of a priority for me.
Pacozord:
I don’t enjoy apocalypse stories that much or zombies.  It seemed to be a good show but it had a lot of slow slow moments.
Jamie:
I kind of have a love / hate relationship with this show. At times it is the most intense thing I’ve ever seen, but other times it just gets bogged down in its own broodiness. At its best The Walking Dead  is a microcosm of human nature, revealing all of our strengths and weaknesses. At its worst, it slows down far too much, to contemplate the hopelessness of the situation while recycling the same plot over and over again.
That said, the fifth season has been the best. Not one episode has felt like filler. Daryl and Carol really came into their own, and Rick seems to have gone from desperate to just plain crazy into actually accepting the world as it is … for now. While there have been past seasons where I had to force myself to watch certain episodes, season 5 – and to some extent season 4 – propelled the show to a much watch for me.
Lost Girl
Chef Ron:
This is an another Awesome show. Love all the main characters here, but unfortunately have only watched a couple of seasons but have the others recorded. Again just not enough time to devote to TV.
Pacozord:
Fun show!  I love the characters, but wish the writing was more consistent.  Haven’t watched this season yet.
Mike:
I’ve only seen part of one episode, so I can’t really comment!
Orphan Black
Mr. Brightside:
I enjoy this, but I wouldn’t mind if it picked up the pace a bit. Alison is my favorite clone, and right now her storyline is boring me to tears. I want her back with the others. Still, the boy clones storyline is interesting…
Jamie:
I’m still just on the first season, but so far I love it. Tatiana Maslany is the show and kills it as Sarah, Cosmia, Alison, Helena and many other clones. In many ways, it is a kind of reverse Breaking Bad. Both shows have a similar level of intensity, but where Walt’s journey was finding the monster in his soul, Sarah and the rest succeed due to their compassion, some skill, and a lot of luck. Like Breaking Bad, all the characters are three dimensional, and it’s clear that Sarah is searching for redemption amongst the chaos. I’ll be interested to see what the rest of the series is like.
Mike:
I haven’t seen it, but I hear great things about it, although I almost went to the Orphan Black panel at LibrariCon last year! They were very enthused about the show!
Pacozord:
Have not seen it but it piques my interest.
Chef Ron:
Have not seen it.
Doctor Who
Mr. Brightside:
I’m a huge, huge fan of this show. I love a good cliffhanger, and of course, in the older version of the show, just about every episode ended in a cliffhanger. Also, it’s premise is entirely malleable. It can be an adventure story, followed by a (mild) horror story, followed by a war story, followed by a crime caper, and on and on. The show has a hero lead, who is sometimes unpredictable due to his alien nature, and in the end, is just a brilliant concept. Any time, any place, can be gotten to in a blink of an eye.  And you can bring back characters and villains and monsters and concepts, or you can have completely new characters and villains and monsters and concepts. This is why the show has been on the air for 50 years (except for a gap, of course), and there is no reason that it can’t continue for another 50 years, especially as video effects have caught up to ours, and writers’, imaginations. I can’t say enough about it, but I’ll stop now to let others have their fair shake.
 
Mike:
Oh I agree! I’ve enjoyed Doctor Who since watched it in the late 70’s, back when starred Tom Baker, but I’ve liked all of the actors who have portrayed The Doctor. I was little nervous when the show was renewed in 2005 after the long hiatus, but quickly fell in love with it again, and it was nice to see Sarah Jane, K-9 and Jack Harkness get their own spin-off series! I like Peter Capaldi as the current Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his traveling companion Clara; there was some poignant sub plots involving Osgood and the Lethbridge-Stewarts in last season’s finale, and I hope we’ll see more of their friends River, Vastra, Jenny & Strax in the next season!
Power Rangers
Pacozord:
Don’t know, haven’t watched it… KIDDING!  I love this show!  Went to Morphicon last year and got to meet the Yellow Megaforce ranger at XCON World this year!  Power Rangers Samurai and Megaforce had very different feels and production compared to the previous seasons, but they are back on track with DinoCharge!  Looking forward to more Rangers being introduced and more Dino Zords!
Chef Ron:
Have watched some with Pacozord, of all that I have seen Flit the Fly was my favorite character! On a personal note I did travel to Pasadena California with Pacozord when he went for a Power Rangers Convention. I got to see some of the actors that were there and actually met the Green Ranger suit person (not sure which Green Ranger he was) Also met the guy that was the Wolf Ranger and got my picture made with him.
Mike:
I’ve seen so very little of the most recent seasons, which is a shame because it is one of those rare live-action super hero TV shows with lots of super powered heroes & villains in colorful costumes with lots of mecha, FX and fun that is not too dark or deconstructed! I do wish they’d bring back Michelle Langstone as Dr. Kat Manx, who was in Power Rangers SPD several years ago!
The Blacklist
Jamie:
While not a superhero or fantasy show, The Blacklist often introduces elements of fringe science, like baby farms, tailored viruses & DNA swapping. The premise is a bit outlandish with Redington as a fugitive who gives himself up to help the FBI catch master criminals, only dealing with agent Keen, but refusing to say why… but it works in spite of it, and the show balances and connects its mysterious mythos and “villain of the week” cliché into a entertaining drama.
 
The show’s big draw is James Spader as Reddington. In other hands the role of Red would be too cartoony, and even Spader hams it up too much at times, but more often than not, he presents a finely nuanced, complex anti-hero who seems to be looking for redemption. There’s great chemistry and snappy dialogue between him and Elizabeth Boon who portrays Keene, but without that the show would fall apart. 
 
It still suffers from a lot of the drawbacks that most procedural shows do. Many times it makes Red the hero at the expense of other characters’ intelligence, and often the special task force of agents can be so incompetent. As complex and resourceful as Keen can be, she plays victim too much, and it seems as if Boone is contractually obligated to cry to angsty music at least once a month, but  I think The Blacklist is one of the best procedural shows.
Mike:
I haven’t seen The Blacklist, although I think Spader is a great actor, and I really liked him as Ultron!
Game of Thrones
Mr. Brightside:
Love it, love it, love it. I read the books when they first came out as I am a George R. R. Martin fan, and thought they were great. I was looking forward to the show even more when Martin gave it all his approval. Since the series is not dependent on the point-of-views that the books are, it has really opened up some characters, like Renly and Margaery. Acting and writing are first-class. The main problem is that the series is passing the books now, and for some characters straying way away from the books, while others are remaining very faithful. Still, I’m enjoying the series in its own right. I will read the new Martin books when released, and I think it will be interesting to read them after the storylines have been (somewhat) portrayed on the series.
Mike:
I haven’t read the novels, so I can’t comment on the TV series as an adaptation, but I was totally hooked by the first episode. It has such awesome sets, locations, costumes props, FX, stunts, sound & music, and there is ample humor, sex and violence, but it’s the characters that captivates me most, with the great dialogue, depth and development. You could be cheering for a character who earlier you hoped would meet a horrible end- and a lot of them do! My favorite characters are probably Daenerys, Tyrian, Arya, Jaime, Brienne, and Jon… but the entire cast is as brilliant as brilliant can be. I’ve seen up to the 1st episode of current season, so I’ll be glad when the 5th season is available on DVD!
Jamie:
I think it is amazing and simply outstanding. It sits beside third season of the West Wing and fifth season Breaking Bad as some of the best television ever made. I won’t say much about the show except that Game of Thrones is the only current V series that I own on DVD!
Chef Ron:
I really like this series, but due to inconsistent HBO watching, I have not kept up with it.
Pacozord:
Loved the first two seasons!  But it is very sad as everyone dies horribly. Rough to watch over time. Maybe they can come up with a condensed happier version :)
Galavant
 
Chef Ron:
Just loved it, was able to watch it in it’s entirety. The characters were great and it was a lot of silly fun.
Mr. Brightside:
I only saw one episode of this; it was the one with Weird Al in it. It seemed fine for what it was, and it was interesting seeing Daisy from Downton Abbey sing.
Pacozord:
Lots of fun!  Hope they do another season, although it is probably unlikely.  We really enjoyed watching the show and its music!
Mike:
Oh, I didn’t see it, either!
Once Upon A Time
Chef Ron:
Started watching at the beginning and thought it was ok… but have not continued watching because of other programs and hobbies. Really just don’t have the time to watch that much television.
Pacozord:
First season was good but haven’t had time to watch afterwards.
Mike:
That’s another one I’ve missed! Well, I’m curious to hear ob1’s thoughts on–
Black Sails
Mr. Brightside:
I haven’t seen any.
Chef Ron:
Have no clue.
Pacozord:
Haven’t watched it.
ob1:
Hello all and thanks for inviting me to join this TV chat.  With a new baby at home, I have to admit that my TV viewing habits have been very limited in the last year.  I’ve enjoyed hearing everyone else’s comments and I’d at least add a few thoughts on one show that I’ve seen and enjoyed recently – Black Sails, which draws on a mix of fictional and real characters, such as not-yet-Long John Silver and Billy Bones from Treasure Island mixed with historic pirates like Charles Vane, Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny.  
 
For one, Jack Rackham served as inspiration for Johnny Depp’s truly inspired Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but Black Sails brings a much darker and real world than the high adventure, steady with and charm of those fine films. Toby Stephens as Captain Flint, who is mentioned but never seen in Treasure Island as the most-feared pirate, is the heart of the show and, even if you don’t always agree with his choices, he’ll take you on a compelling journey.
 
The show is set roughly 20 years before Treasure Island, so we know we are likely to end up with a buried treasure where X marks the spot and the fun is in not knowing how we will get there. The show is full of action and romance set in and around Nassau, along with adult fare like the bloody violence and sex that premium cable allows. Without any spoilers, I’ll add that the middle of the second season offers a twist that makes you rethink and gain a deeper understanding of everything that has come before. 
 
It’s a literary device that would make Dickens grin. I offer it a hearty and throaty recommendation to all fans of historical drama or anyone with a passing interest in piratey adventure. As a tease for season three coming early next year, we also know that Ray Stevenson will appear as Blackbeard, likely bringing more excitement and conflict to our friends in Nassau. The residents of Catgirl Island may particularly enjoy Blackbead’s appearance, since his ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge came to rest not too far from here.
 
Mike:
Oh yeah, I believe that Ilyana has some experience with that ship! I remember when you returned from ComiCon in San Diego where you saw the pilot episode of Black Sails! I like it a lot too, and think it’s to pirate shows what Game of Thrones is to medieval fantasy shows, and like Game of Thrones, it’s very gritty, violent & bloody, with sexy, nudity, harsh language, great production values, music, and a wonderful cast. Hopefully I’ll soon get to see the 2nd season! Well, I reckon that’ll wrap it up. Gentlemen, it has been a privilege chatting with you tonight!
 
(back to the purresent…)
 
Elizabeth:
That must have been a very fun meeting with the good friends of the shared hobbies!
 
Becca:
They are a very friendly club which has been around since the early 1980’s in one form or another!
 
Bun:
They discuss fun topics such as movies, TV, games, toys, comic books and conventions, just like we do!
 
Nyoka:
Well, I am still sad that Witches of East End was cancelled and I already missing True Blood too! 
 
Nyanko:
Sadly without East End’s Aunt Wendy and True Blood’s Crystal, nyow there are fewer were-cats on TV.
 
Petra:
Penny Dreadful, The Strain, Vampire Diaries and American Horror Story seem to be very spooky, nya!
 
B.B.
I still have not yet seen Teen Wolf, 12 Monkeys, Jonathan Strange, Under the Dome or iZombie!
 
Mary Nyan:
There are many other recent sci fi, fantasy & horror series such as Defiance, Fallen Skies, and Atlantis!
 
Tara-chan:
I hope that the Sailor Moon Crystal anime will be released here upon the DVD, nya!
 
Yvonne:
I am eagerly looking forward to the continuation of Aria The Animation, nya!
 
Jeannie:

I am purrticularly fond of StrongArm, who is one of the Autobots of Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
 
Trini-chan:
I am very enthused about the forthcoming Supergirl TV series which seems so joyful, bright and fun!
 
Ilyana:

Hai hai, and I am also looking forward to the Legends of Tomorrow spin-off of Arrow and Flash!
 

Mielikki:

I am rather curious about Killjoys, Fear of the Walking Dead, and the new Muppets show, fur shur!
 
Mike:
Now it’s time for
 
The Lightning Round topic of our 
favorite post-apocalyptic cinema & TV!
 
Mike:
Now I already know what y’all’s favorite post – apocalyptic movie is-
 
The Ladies of the Mew:
NAUSICAA IN THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, NYA!
 
Mike:
But other than Nausicaa, what are some of your other favorite movies & TV series which are post-apocalyptic in whole or in part? Um, is everyone ready to “conduct the lightning”?
 
The Ladies of the Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND- GO!
 
Nyoka:
(tagged to start) In addition to Nausicaa, I will nominate Galaxy Express, Battle Angel, Wizards and Weathering Continent! (tags her Nyanko)
 
Nyanko:
The Resident Evil series starring Milla Jovovich, the Dark Angel starring Jessica Alba, and Cleopatra 2525! (tags Ilyana with a brush of her tail)
 
Ilyana:
The Blood of Heroes, The Mad Max series, Logan’s Run, and the Planet of the Apes series! Nyow it is… Trini-chan’s turn! (tail – tags Trini-chan)
 
Trini-chan:
The Outer Limits “Demon with a Glass Hand”, A Boy and his Dog, Soylent Green, The Omega Man, Genesis II, and Phase IV ! (tags Tara-chan)
 
Tara-chan:
I will nominate Sound of the Sky, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Battle Angel Alita, Cowboy Bebop and – and Wall-E,  nya! (tags Yvonne)
 
Yvonne:
I will second those, and I will also nominate the Mad Max series and some of the Doctor Who epurrsodes, nya! Lizzy’s turn, nya! (tags Elizabeth)
 
Elizabeth:
Night of the Comet, Cherry 2000, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Hell Comes to Frogtown, and She starring Sandahl Bergman! (tags Becca)
 
Becca:
I will nominate The Time Machine (1960), the Doctor Who movies, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and X-Men: Days of Future Past! (tags Mielikki)
 
Mielikki:
Wizards, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Thundarr the Barbarian and the animated Planet of the Apes, fur shur! (tags Jeannie with a flit of the wings)
 
Jeannie:
SIilent Running, The Terminator, Terminator 2, Galaxy Express, Captain Power, Appleseed, Blue Submarine No. 6, Wall-E and Interstellar. (tags Bun)
 
Bun:
Battle Angel, The Third, Galaxy Express, Weathering Continent, Angel’s Egg, Vampire Hunter D, Appleseed and A Wind Named Amnesia! (tags Petra)
 
Petra:
The Twilight Zone epurrsode “Two”, On The Beach, The Quiet Earth, The Tripods, 12 Monkeys (movie) and Cloud Atlas, nya! (tags Mary Nyan)
 
Mary Nyan:
War of the Worlds (’53), Planet of The Apes (’68), Dawn of the Dead (’78), Day of the Triffids (’81) The Terminator and The Walking Dead! (tags B.B.)
 
B.B.:
Planet of the Apes, Wizards, The Road Warrior, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Big O, Sound of the Sky, 28 Days Later, and Doomsday! Back to Mike!
 
Mike:
Ah, okay, including Nausicaa, my top ten cinematic post – apocalypses would be Planet of the Apes (’68), The Omega Man, Dawn of the Dead (’78), Escape from New York, The Terminator, Wizards, Weathering Continent, Space Battleship Yamato (anime) and the Galaxy Express 999 series… but if the dial went up to 11, then I’d have to include Mad Max: Fury Road!
 
Mary Nyan:
I noticed that Lizzy’s nominees were more of the lighter or action type of post – apocalyptic fare!
 
Elizabeth:
Hai I definitely purrfur the fun type over the darker type!
 
Jeannie:
Then you purrobably would not care much for The Road.
 
Becca:
It has received much purraise, but I have not read that book or seen the movie version!
 
Tara-chan:
I have read some of the Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko manga, but I have not yet seen the anime adaptation of it, nya!
 
Yvonne:
Hai hai, that one is high upon our wish list of titles that we hope might be released here on a DVD, nya!
 
Bun:
Speaking of anime, I considered nominating Akira, but I was not sure if it was post – apocalyptic or merely dystopian!
 
Ilyana:
Y’all mentioned post – apocalyptic stories of Doctor Who, but there must be so many of those!
 
B.B.:
That is a big list, between apocalypses on Earth, Skaro, Alfava Metraxis, Cheetah World, Library World and others!
 
Petra:
That reminds me, I have been wanting to see that British mid 70’s TV series Survivors , nya!
 
Trini-chan:

I am curious about that late 90’s post – apocalyptic TV series The Tribe!
 
Nyoka:

There are so many foreign TV shows that I hope to see! 
 
Nyanko:
We might have to revise our semi – annual DVD Wish! 
 
Mike:
Well, we do have a bit more post-apocalyptic entertaiment to discuss, so now here’s Mie-sensei to start our
 
movie & DVD reviews with her review of Appleseed Alpha!
 
Mielikki:

Arigato! So like, Appleseed Alpha is the latest 3d mo-cap, CG rendered anime movie in the series based upon the Appleseed manga by Masamue Shirow, who one of my favorite artists who is also known for works such as Dominion, Orion, Ghost in the Shell, Black Magic, and his beautiful Intron Depot art books! Appleseed is the post-apocalyptic tale of special police officer Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos who protect the future city of Olympus! This is the 5th adaptation of the 1987 manga, including the 1988 anime, the 2004 movie, its 2007 sequel Appleseed: Ex Machina…

 
… and the 2011 Appleseed XIII series! Alpha is a reboot / prequel to the 2004 & 2007 movies, and depicts Deunan (voiced in English by Luci Christian) and  Briareos (voiced by David matranga) as mercenaries for the merry crime boss Two Horns (voiced by Wendel Calvert) in post World War III New York, prior to their time in Olympus. While exterminating dangerous robot drones, they meet Olson (Adam Gibbs) and Iris (Brina Palencia) who are fleeing from evil cyborgs Talos (Josh Sheltz) and Nyx (Elizabeth Bunch) who want to find the secret super weapon that Iris knows all about!
 
It is not set in the prior films’ gleaming utopia of Olympus, but in the ruins of the wastelands. However it is still a futuristic extravaganza of totally awesome vehicles & weapons such as the cyborgs, drones, hummers, the tilt rotor plane, the Landmate armor from their friend Matthews (Chris Hutchison) and the giant spider-like mech! I think the characters, mecha, FX & environments are very detailed and realistic. Based upon the story by Masamune Shirow, it was written Maryanne Krawczyk, produced by Jospeh Chou and directed by Shinji Aramaki and music by Tetsuya Takahashi!
 
The Region 1, NTSC standard single DVD has the beautiful front cover illustration Briareos & Deunan! The PG-13, 93 minute movie is presented in the anamorphic widescreen format of the 1.78:1 ratio with the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, and the spoken language choices are English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and commentary by Shinji Aramaki, Joseph Chou and Sony VP Tony Ishizuka! The optional subtitle choices are English, English SDH, English commentary, French, Spanish, Spanish commentary, Pourtuguese, Portuguese commentary, Korean and Korean commentary.
 
There are 6 ads and preview trailers for other movies and Sony products, and a splendid 52 minute documentary on the making of the movie! The documentary chapters focus on the origin, story, design, characters, modeling, CG, motion cap, face capture, animation, FX, compositing and music, with comments by 20 members of the crew of the Sola Digital Arts studio! I thought this was a very well made, thrilling, fun movie, which is very atypical of the series, but I liked it more than Appleseed: Ex Machina! Now for my next review of a recent animated movie, I wish to discuss
 
Inside Out!
 
Mielikki:
So like, Inside Out is the latest animated movie from Pixar, which is one of my favoritest animation studios! It is about the delightful girl named Riley and her parents who move from Minnesota to San Francisco due to the father’s job situation, so it is the very emotional time for her. Much of the tale takes place inside her conscious mind where we meet personified representations of her emotions such as Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear & Disgust, and we visit other mental environments such as her memories  ideas, subconscious & abstract thoughts!
 
However, things go awry when Sadness begins to affect Riley’s happier moods, which begins a worsening chain reaction as more and more happy thoughts and memories become accidentally corrupted and disposed of in a cascading collapse of her enthused outlook. With Sadness in tow, Joy races through Riley’s mind to repair the damage & restore her emotional balance before Riley abandons hope & family by running away from home. It is a totally beautiful, poignant, charming, bittersweet movie and one of my favorites of the year thus far!
 
It was brilliantly directed by Pete Doctor who also co – wrote the tale with the wonderful music score by Michael Giacchino and the supurb designs, animation & rendering by Pixar! The stellar voice cast stars Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Kaitln Dias as Riley, Diane lane as her mom and Kyle MacLachlan as her dad, Lewis Black as Anger, Bill Hader as Fear, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Richard Kind as Riley’s imaginary friend Bingbong, and there a few other famous voices amongst the cast… but I should not further spoil the surprises! 
 
They are all totally awesome, especially Kaitln Dias and oh my stars, Diane Lane is one of my all time favoritest actresses, and I think Kyle MacLachlan stole the show as another dad on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but in my opinion it is Amy Poehler as Joy who is my favoritest part of the movie, fur shur! The movie is preceded by a very pretty, pleasant widdle short titled “Lava” which depicts the romantic musical spirit of the Pacific islands! Of Pixar’s 15 feature movies made in the past 20 years, I think Inside out is definitely amongst my top 10 favorites…
 
… along with (in chronological order) Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL-E and Toy Story 3! I think I enjoyed it more than Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Brave, and Cars 2, although I cannot compare it to Monsters University, which for some reason I still have no yet seen! We have especially liked the other shorts and the Toy Story TV specials, and I am like so looking forward to Pixar’s next movie The Good DInosaur too! That is all for my reviews, so I will turn The Mew over to B.B. who wants to tell us about
 
Jurassic World!
 
B.B.:
Hai! I was like a lot of folks who were awed by the visual impact of the dinosaurs in the first Jurassic Park movie, and while I did not think the next two sequels were quite as good, I think it has been the fun series. I was impurressed by the purreview trailers for Jurassic World, which looked quite grandly immense, and hoped that it would be an entertaining, movie! It is certainly a much bigger and grander movie set  22 years after the first movie, but it does not have the astounding impact that the first movie did, but I think I like it more than Jurassic Parks 2 and 3. 
It has the similar purrdictable plot of unwise scientific tampurring and poor zookeeping combined with too many stupid or evil people exploiting and underestimating the dinosaurs which get loose, but the movie has very high purrduction values, supurrb FX and the good cast, especially Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, B.D. Wong, Irfan Khan, Omar Sy, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins! I did not care much for the helicopter crash and Pterosaur attack scenes, because of cinematic techniques such as the displeasing snap zooms & shaky cam.
 
I don’t understand why so many of those victims were just suffering in the outdoor heat instead of going inside to the air conditioned attractions, hotels, restaurants, stores and trains. I guess my favoritest part of the movie are the FX, and that we get to see much more of the park than we got to to see of the future city in the Tomorrowland movie! Mind you, we loved Tomorrowland which we reviewed last month! Jurassic World was quite thrilling with the amewsing and sentimental moments too, so in spite of the issues it is my 2nd favorite of the Jurassic series!
 
It has been an enjoyable part of a great year for movies thus far, including Wild, Birdman, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Ex Machina, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland and Inside Out! Gosh, it is hard to believe that 2015 is already halfway over! I am looking forward to many more movies in the 2nd half of this fleeting year! That will do it for our movie reviews, and I will have another review later in the show, but nyow it is time for Tara-chan to purrsent
 
our pony report, starting with a review of
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic  #31!
 
Tara-chan:
Arigato, nya! We love the pony cartoons, toys, books, and – and IDW’s pony comics which are so well – written and illustrated tales of the wonderful characters,, with the very faithful style and- and the spirit to the animated series, nya! It has been almost 3 years since this comic was launched, nya! Issue #31 is purriced $3.99 for the uninterrupted 22 page tale followed the ads, which is how I wish all other publishers would arrange their comics, nya! This is the 2nd chapter of the tale in which Ponyville is divided by bickering just as many visitors appurroach for the big festival, nya!
 
The tale was written by Christina Rice, illustrated by Agnes Garbowska, with the coloring assisted by Lauren Perry, lettered by Neil Uyetake, edited by Bobby Curnow and – and the choice of the four different covers, nya! One cover illustration is by Agness, another is by Charles Paul Wilson III, the third cover is by S-bis, and – and the forth cover was purrduced for the Hot Topic stores, nya!
In this issue, Twilight Sparkle unites the town folk who argued over which historic building should receive the special commemorative plaque, but nyow they must purrpare for the crowd, nya!
 
It is so neat to see how everyone rallies to entertain the masses, nya!  Also appurring are Spike, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Apple Bloom, Sweeetie Bell, Scootaloo, Granny Smith, Big McIntosh, Celestia, The Mayor, Silver Spoon, Diamond Tiara, her rich dad, Lotus Blossom, Aloa, Bulk Biceps, Dr. Hooves, Matilda, Cranky, The Cake Family, The Lebowski ponies, Angel bunny Tank turtle, Owlowiscious, Gummy gator, and – the many other characters to identify, amidst the many beautiful panels and – and montages of fun scenes, nya!
 
There are many purretty locations too, from Fluttershy’s lovely house, Rarity’s opulent abode,  Sugar Cube Corners full of the treats, and the soothing healthy spa, to the train depot, pet corral, concert stages, Sweet Apple Acres farm, and- and the aerial fun too, nya! There are so many cute scenes from the the train full of ponies, the bowls for the kittens, the stories for the phillies, Pound Cake and – and Pumpkin Cake climbing upon their daddy, nya! I will give this wonderful issue the grade of an “A” as in Angel, and – and nyow I will continue the pony report with my review of


My Little Pony Friends Forever #17, nya!
 
Tara-chan:
Friends Forever another pony series published by IDW, nya! Each issue focuses upon characters who are not mewsually together, for example, issue #14 paired Spike with Luna, issue #15 paired Applejack with Mayor Mare, issue #16 starred The Cutie Mark Crusaders in the compurrtition with Silver Spoon, Diamond Tiara, and – and Prancy Drew who i hope that we will see more of, and – and in issue #17 Twilight Sparkle hangs out with Big McIntosh, nya! Also briefly appurring are Spike, Applejack, Apple Bloom, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Mayor Mare and – and the Cakes, nya! 
 
It is purriced $3.99 for the uninterrupted 22 page tale followed the 10 pages of the ads, plus the choice of the regular cover art by Amy Mebberson or the subscription cover art by Brenda Hickey who illustrated the tale, which was written by Ted Anderson, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil and – and edited by Bobby, nya! You know, there have been numerous supurrb artists and authors on the many pony comics, but I think Neil and Bobby have contributed to the most issues, nya! Twilight is stressed from her busy royal duties, so she takes the break from the work, nya!
 
However, it is not the vacation time, but the visit with the other industrious ponies to observe how they handle the busy stresses, nya! This leads her to observe Big McIntosh at the orchards, but as mewsual he is the stallion of few words, nya! However, in the very unmewsual twist, we do see his very loquacious sides  of his purrsonality as Twilight magically purrojects her mind into his, nya! 
The mindscape reflects his world view with the agricultural type images, and later he purrojects his mind into Twilight’s, in which her mental imagery is arranged like the vast library, nya!
 
Spike can tell how stressed she is from the pile of quill she has gnawed, and suggests she nibble daisy muffins instead, nya! There are some impurressively large panels, including the panoramas, and Mister Fancy Pants appurrs in one panel too, nya! The characters are wonderfully posed and – and expurressive in this purrticularly comedic issue, with delightful style changes to depict her note book scribblings and – and  the books she references, nya! In concluding our pony report, I will give this issue the grade of an “A as in Apple, nya! Nyow here is Nya-sensei with


further comic book reports, starting
with her review of Hero Cats #6, nya!
 
Nyanko: 
Arigato! At the June 2013 Heroes Con we were honored to meet the folks of Galactic Press who had just launched Hero Cats #0 http://www.herocatscomics.com which was created by author Kyle Puttkammer. Set in the same shared universe as the Galaxy Man mini-series, this introduced the team of heroic cats who purrotect Stellar City from the criminals, monsters and disasters!  They include Cassiopeia the smart Orange & White neko,  her brother Bandit the tuxedo cat, Midnight the Black cat, Belle the Siamese cat, Roco the Gray cat, Ace the White cat, and Rocket the Tabby!
 
Cassiopeia lives at the home of astronomer Dr. Stanley Quest alias Galaxy Man and his teen daughter Suzie alias Cosmic Girl, who have searched for their missing astronaut mom. Last year the comic book was revised & relaunched by Action Lab Comics as Hero Cats #1, and at last year’s Heroes Con we got a purretty sketch of Cassiopeia http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest3/6.html by the series’s penciller Marcus Williams who we saw at the con again last month! ! Hero Cats #6 contains the uninterrupted 22 page tale, the 3 page art gallery introduced by Bandit, and 3 pages of ads!
 
The fun and beautiful tale was written by Kyle Puttkammer, pencilled Marcus Williams, inked Ryan Sellers, lettered Briana Higgens and colored Omaka Schultz I suppose that technically this is the 7th tale those cats, who also appurred in last year’s Hero Cats / Princeless: Halloween Comics Fest issue! The cats did not meet the purrincess, as those were two sepurrate tales in that issue. This time the cats go to the college with Suzie where they investigate a purrofessor’s device which is misused by the athletic purrogram, which accidentally results in Cindy the colossal cheerleader! 
 
Meanwhile it looks like Cassiopiea and Ace might be on a romantic date at the basketball game, with the court side view from under the bleachers where he brings her a hotdog! There are several other fun scenes, as the cats sus out the laboratory full of supurr sized plants, ride on the motorcycle with Suzie, lead the guard on the merry chase, and survive Cindy’s giant cheer in several the full page pics! The bonus gallery includes some great purreview pics, fan art and messages, and so I will give this issue an “A” as in Ace and as in Action Lab Comics, who also publishes
 
Princeless Book 4: Be Yourself #1!
 
Nyanko:
Princeless is the wonderfully series created by Jeremy Whitely which stars Adrienne the runaway purrincess who rebels against the sexist, misogynistic attitudes! We got to meet Jeremy and Hero cats’ Marcus Williams at this year’s Heroes Convention which we will discuss later! While traveling to free her sisters from tower impurrisonments, Adrienne, befriended Sparky the dragon, Bedelia the blacksmith & Raven the pirate. While Raven has left to star in her own pending spin –  off series, Bedelia & Sparky help Adrienne rescue her sister Angiosse in this latest Purrinceless story arc! 
 
It was written by Jeremy, illustrated by Emily Martin, colored by Brett Grunig, and lettered by Emily Spura! Sparky tries to land upon the tower in the swamp, but it is the unsteady purrch and they take the tumble! Bedelia gets captured by the goblins who want to eat her for suppurr, whilst Adrienne’s purrogress is slowed by the swampy environment full of the dangerous critters! She gets caught too, so I hope that Sparky can find and rescue them! Meanwhile there is another subplot involving Adrienne’s brother Devin and their mean dad the King who search for the missing Queen!
 
Devin & his dad ride  to the forest road where they have discovered the charred ruins of the Queen’s carriage, but she and her luggage are missing from the debris. Then they visit the werewolf pack leader and his feisty daughter Kira who discuss the crime scene. More unfair assigned gender roles are appurrent when the King is displeased that Devin is more interested in sewing than swordplay, but Devin is not just fashionably artistic but he is also very intellectual, and purrhaps his detective work might locate his mom, who they believe was kidnapped by The Black Knight!
 
Meanwhile, the Black Knight has been dueling Cat Hat, who has been hunting for Adrienne! This tale is off the the rousing fun start with plenty of whimsical action, humor & dialogue accented by the beautiful character & scenic art! Some of my favorite cute scenes are Adrienne’s critter encounters, Bedelia’s menu worries, Sparky’s thought purrocess, Kira pouncing upon Devin, and the references to Raven! I am so looking forward to the next issue and to Raven’s own series, and I will give it an “A” as in Adrienne! “A” is also for Angel, and here is my sister to tell us about
 
Angel & Faith #15!
 
Nyoka:
Hai! We are fans of the Buffy, Angel & Faith comics which are published by Dark Horse & executively purrduced 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, Nadira,  Reese Zane, Winifred “Fred” Burkle and Eldre Koh united against the dark goddess Illyria whose spirit still resides in Fred!
 
Fred seems currently in control of that situation, but Angel is still bothered my recurring nightmares about chomping lots of innocent victims., and meanwhile Spike currently has the same purroblem in the Buffy comic book! Angel & Faith is purriced $3.50 and has the 22 page tale of “Fight or Flight” 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 Kel McDonald who writes the web comic Sorcery 101 http://sorcery101.net, and we have a couple of sketches by her in our mewseum of art!
 
The tale was illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, edited by Sierra Hahn, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, with the comic book’s graphic design by Justin Couch, the main cover art by Scott Fischer and the variant cover art by Mike Norton and Michelle Madsen! It focuses upon Angel and Fred who go on the trip from London, England to Galway, Ireland where Angel is originally from and where scary vampire tales are told, but currently there is yet another supurrnatural threat purreying upon the tourists!
 
Faith, Nadira, Koh, Sophronia and Lavinia are not in this issue, but Spike does make the brief appurrance when he phones Angel, and it is almost like the old times of the Angel TV show for Angel and Fred, who are in a spooky hotel with the deadly mystery to investigate! It involves evil witchcraft, but I do not wish to further spoil the violent, spooky, fun plot! The characters poses, portraitures, expurressions, clothing, fonts and FX are beautifully rendered amidst the exquisitely detailed architecture, with the great color and light for the spooky ambience! Nyow I would like to discuss
 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #16!
 
Nyoka:
Purreviously just as the romance betwixt Buffy and Spike rekindled, they found out that his mind is being manipulated by an demon lord named Archaeus! This is what Spiked discussed on the phone with Angel, who has suffered the same affliction and returns to San Francisco to help them fight the demon! Buffy issue #16 is set right after Angel & Faith #15, it is purriced $3.50 and has the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “Old Demons Part One”, plus the 2 pages of the editor’s and readers’ comments, and the 4 pages of ads.
 
The 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! Sadly I read Sierra’s message that she is retiring from these comics, but we hope that she is thrilled about her next purrospects! The tale stars Buffy, Willow, Dawn, Giles, Xander, Spike, Angel and a new demon!
 
It is great to see them reunited with Angel, which is initially the whimiscally awkward situation betwixt him, Spike & Buffy, but soon it is like old times as they work as the team to fight the venomous Green Morituri Demon that invades the apartment building! Willow is injured so Giles, Xander & Dawn have to evacuate her from the fight and help her to recupurrate. Faith and Archaeus are mentioned, but neither of them are purresent. This was a purrticularly fun issue with the good mixture of the humor, drama and action!
 
I think the art is quite supurrb, with the characters wonderful poses, portraitures & expurressions amidst the lovely magickal FX & scenic details, with the richly vibrant colors and the fine fonts for th great dialogue & sound FX! I think this latest story arc is off to the good start, I will give both of those comic books the “A” as in Angel, and I hope there will be further reunions with more characters! That is all for my reviews, but we have a review of yet another great comic book from Dark Horse on tap, as Myayr tells us all about–
 
Elfquest: The Final Quest #9
 
Mary Nyan:
Arigato! We love Wendy And Richard Pini’s many Elfquest comics including this current Final Quest series published by Dark Horse Comics! Elfquest has such a lavish mythology and generations of many great characters who we have seen age over the decades, with the great balance of humor, drama, action, mystery, romance and Wendy’s magnificent art! Purreviously in this story arc, while Chief Cutter tries to united the diverse elfen tribes of the world, there are metaphysical changes & tough choices for his own tribe amidst the battles with an evil human warlord’s army! 
 
Cutter’s daughter Ember fell in love with Teir and was rescued from her evil human warlord who planned a naval assault , her Aunt Shenshen transformed into a human in hopes of bridging peace betwixt the humans & elves; Timmain changed from her wolf form to her elf form, whilst all of the elfin tribes were telepathically summoned for a reunion at the palace, to which Two-Edge the half elf / troll leads the arctic Go-Back tribe through underground tunnels! That brings us to issue #9 which has the uninterrupted 20 page tale, plus 2 pages of comments and the bonus 6 page tale!
It was written by Wendy & Richard, illustrated by Wendy, colored by Sonny Strait, lettered by Nate Piekos, edited by Sierra Hahn, and assistantly edited by Spencer Cushing with the issue’s graphic design by Tina Alessi  While the human villain Angrief Djun continues his plans conquest plans, Sunstream continues the tribal summoning, but the underground group has to fight trolls along the way! There are emotional struggles too, as families & friends such as Moonshade & Strongbow are torn whether to stay or go to the palace which will soon launch from the world to the stars.
 
Two-Edge’s feelings might be unrequited by Venka whilst Ember & Teir’s romance grows stronger; and Shenshen makes her first human since her transformation. Skywise does not understand his lovely elder’s decisions, but at least he & Cutter are able to relax with a yummy batch of berries! There are many other characters in this issue, such as Aroree, Clearbrook, Ekuar, Leetah, Rayek, Savah, Shukopek, Treestump, Windkin, other elves, humans, trolls and wolves, and that does not count a few dozen others of the purrevious 9 issues, including the 2013 Final Quest Special!
 
There are lovely fashions too, from the furry leather outfits and the enemy’s regal attire, to silky diaphanous palace couture and those who wear nothing at all! The scenery is beautiful from the vast underground depths and the Djun’s candle-lit lair, to the snowy lush forest and iridescent crystalline palace! The bonus tale is a charming, poignant meta – fictional chat between Wendy, Cutter and Skywise as they stroll through the forest, and I will give this brilliant issue an “A” as in Ahdri! who is in it too! “A” is also for Aspen Comics, and nyow I would like to say the few words about
 
Fathom: Kiani vol. 4 #4!
 
Mary Nyan:
We like Aspen Comics’ Fathom series which was created by the late Michael Turner, and its great characters with supurr water powers, sexy exotic couture and purretty coiffures, such Dr. Aspen Matthews and her former enemy Kiani who has mellowed to be the good role model since the reunion with her sister Anika! It has been hard for them to play nice when various governments have tried to exploit them, but the villains tend to regret it, sometimes quite fatally! Unfortunately the greedy villains have not learned to leave Kiani alone in the this four issue mini – series!
 
Kiani & Anika got reacquainted whilst using their water powers to help a poor innocent Somali villager, but then captured a hostile aircraft carrier after its purreemptive attack! They let it go, but evil Admiral Hoover retaliated with a supurr monster, that caused the sisters some painful trouble! Not so coincidentally, a fella named Shalla who is from their undersea city gave advanced armor & weapons to Kiani & Anika so that they could strike back! He is a treacherous double – agent who helps both sides, but he did not fool Kiani as she and Ankia vengefully hunted the Admiral!
 
They defeated him and more of his monster thugs, which brings us to the final issue, which is purriced $3.99 and has the 20 page chapter “Underscore” plus 8 pages of the ads! The tale was written by Vince Hernandez, pencilled by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman, lettered by Josh Reed, edited by Andrea Shea and Frank Mastromauro, and it has 4 different covers to choose from! Cover A is by Cafaro and Hartman, cover B is by Alex Konat and Peter Steigerwald, cover C is by Agnes Garbowska whose pony art we like, and cover D is by Turner and Steigerwald!
 
After arguing with Shalla on his yacht, Kiani & Anika discover a shocking secret at the offshore laboratory of Hoover’s pal Maylander! Anika tries to kill him as tragedy arises amidst a stand – off with his soldiers and Kiani’s startling resolution! It is a briskly – paced with the dramatic conclusion, although there is still much unfinished business! Purrhaps it will be revisited in the two spin – off series of Fathom Blue and Four Points! The art is beautifully rendered with gorgeous figures, fashions, mecha, color & luminous FX! I am done, and nyow here is  Vonny! to purrsent an enthused
 
Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #1 
(with the plot spoiler warning)!
 
Yvonne:

Hai! Greer Grant Nelson alias Tigra is my favorite Marvel Comics character, nya! After her police husband was killed, she first appurred as the supurr heroine known as The Cat in The Claws of the Cat #1 in 1972, and transformed into Tigra in Giant-Size Creatures #1 in 1974, and in 1976 her friend Patsy Walker inherited the purrior cat costume and became the Hell Cat, nya! We discussed Tigra in The Mew’s January 2009 spotlight and we commemorated her 40th anniversary with Mike’s fan art of her in the November 2014 Mew, nya!
 
Tigra has appurred in series such as Marvel Chillers, The Avengers, West Coast Avengers, her own mini-series, Avengers Infinity, Avengers Initiative, Avengers Academy and others, although we have not seen much of her or her cute widdle kittenboy William since the Avengers Academy series was unfortunately cancelled in late 2012. Later she appurred in The Fearless Defenders #6 when she and several other heroines fought against Brunhilde the Valkyrie who went berserk, but sadly that series was cancelled in late 2013, nya.
 
So, it has been the couple of years, but we glimpsed her again in the free Marvel Secret Wars purreviews issue! Yattahh! It had a 3 page peek at the forthcoming 1st issue of the Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies series which is set upon a planet named Battleworld ruled by the evil Dr. Doom after the ruin of the multiverse and the demise of many heroes. To worsen this post-apocalyptic situation,one of the borders is rules by the flesh-eating supurr zombies, and another border is ruled by Ultron and other human-hating mecha, nya!
 
Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1 was published last month, it is purriced $3.99,  rated T+, and has the 22 page tale of “A Staranger Came to Town” plus the 8 interrupting pages of ads, nya.
The tale was written by James Robinson who is one of my favorite authors, and I am purrticularly fond of his Leave it to Chance comics, nya! Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1 was illustrated by Steve Pugh, colored by James Charalampidis & lettered by Clayton Cowles, with the flashback scenes illustrated by Ron Garney & Matt Milla, nya!
 
It was seniorly edited by Mark Paniccia, assistantly edited by Chris Robinson & Emily Shaw, and there are the few different covers to choose from, nya. The mane cover art by is Carlos Pacheko, Rodolfo Taibo & Dean White; whilst a variant covers’ art is by Pat Broderick & Edgar Delgado; another variant is by Skottie Young, and another is by Rock-He Kim, nya! After the intro page, there is the 7 page sequence of Tigra vs zombies vs Ultrons, nya! She only appurrs in 4 of those pages, but she is exhilarated to hunt the evil purrey, nya!
 
I noticed that she has the Black headband to match her Black bikini, nya! She decapurrtates Boomerang as she so gleefully, agilely, savagely and vivaciously pounces upon the disgusting evil undead villains such as Sabertooth, The Vulture, The Mole man, The Kingpin, Bullseye, Stilt Man, Pyro,  Avalanche and several others who want eat her for suppurr, until an army of Ultrons arrive to further the purrdicament! After that is are the 6 flashback pages depicting the past battles betwixt the heroes & villains lead by the Ultrons, nya!
 
That is followed by the 8 pages of Henry Pym’s arrival at the Battleworld, where he chats with Janet & Morbius amongst the Ultrons & Sentinels, but he gets chased by the Owl & Rhino zombies until The Vision, Wonder Man & Jim Hammond rescue him in the cliffhanger, nya! There are lots of characters to try to identify in the panels which include many half-page pics, the full-page pic and the 3 two-page spurreads, nya! I am curious as to what will happen next, and I hope to see more of Tigra, nya! Nyow here is Ilyana to tell us about more of the catgirl heroines who are purrowling in
 
Catseye Comics #2, nya!
 
Ilyana:
Arigato! Catseye Comics http://catseyecomics.com is by a publisher here in North Carolina, on the mainland in the capital city of Raleigh! They publish comics for readers of all ages, starring several strong noble supurr heroines in the fictional town of Liaison, Louisiana which is full of supurrnatural and dangerous occurrences! The thrilling, fun tales and the lovely color CG art are by editor in chief Ai Kikuchiyo and publisher / head writer Razor Indigo with content editor Anitra Stone and office manager / public liaison Steve Stone!
 
They also hope to support the various charities that purrotect people and animals! In issue #1 we were introduced to Cheetah, her daughter Catseye, their winged friend Angela, their mech genius friend Gizmonda, Rave the bartender portal girl, Clue the A.I. purrojection girl, and the three Amazon sisters Hippolyte, Binta and Moonlight! They worked to rescue the purregnant White Tiger from the poachers and safely take her to the safe purrserve! Catseye has the psychic bond with the cat goddess Bastet who appurrs in the publisher’s logo!
 
Issue #2 is the great big 150 page, full color 8.5×11″ trade papurrback starring Catseye, her sister Rose who is a reincarnation of the cat goddess Sekhmet, Cheetah, her twin sister Aya, Angel, The soreceress Senet, her appurrentice Saeko, and Diana The Captain, plus the appurrances by Rave, Gizmonda, heroic police woman Captain Edge, and journalist Kandy Kane who reports on the giant golem monster that invades Liaison! After that monster battle, the heroines have the family reunion and have to fight villains in various countries!
 
That includes the duel with the evil demon goddess Lillian in Africa, finding clues in Japan, rescuing victims from the slavers at an ancient temple, and defending a sacred mystical grove from more demons! Clue and the amazons are not in this issue, but he tale brims with thrilling action full of martial arts, weapons, gadgets, alien mecha, supurr powers, stealthy skills, magick, and the pack of hyenas! The heroines have such attractive and purractical costumes, and Lillian has the alluring Red dress in the contrast with her huge Black wings!
 
In addition to the 136 page adventure, the delightful issue is also peppurred with purrofile pages for nine of the heroines, plus the 5 page pulp-style purrose tale starring Catseye, Capt. Edge and the villainess named Rage in the nightclub; plus the commentary page about human trafficking and some of the organizations that combat such crimes; and the purreview page for the next issue of Catseye Comics, which we are eagerly looking forward to! I will have another review slightly later in the show, but nyow B.B. is back to begin our
 
manga mewsings, with her review of
Fun Fun Fun: Shojo Manga Coloring!
 
B.B.:
Hai! Fun Fun Fun: Shojo Manga Coloring is an 8.25 x 10.75″ Black & White trade papurrback book containing lovely line-art drawings to color, nya! It was illustrated by Supittha “Annie” Bunyapen who is a professional manga & game artist from South Carolina and Bangkok! She has a BFA in sequential art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and has a gallery at DeviantArt http://ecthelian.deviantart.com! She has authored other books that were also published by Impact, which publishes many beautiful, instructional and referential books for artists! 
 
The book is purriced $9.99 in the USA and $10.50 in Canada, and its 45 purretty illustrations include individuals and groups of male and female characters and critters of various species in the various views and poses. They are all quite splendid but some of my favorite images are the catgirl with the bare tummy and big paw mitts, another catgirl accompanied by the nekomata spirit, the elf lady ornately adorned with flowers and beads, the girl in a bikini with a lei and glasses upon the tropical beach, and the cute girl gasping in surpurrise at the boy with the bouquet!
 
I am purrticularly fond of the the widdle pixy purrched atop the mushroom, the Chinese girl with the platter of yummy steamed meat buns, the romantic elf couple in the majestic flowy attire, the girl running barefoot in the muti – tiered petal dress with the umbrella, the two girl friends with arms linked, the girl on a bike with the basket full of flowers, the angel girl happily clutching the valentine,
the purrincess with the lily and the huge crown, and the pair of school girls in their uniforms compurrised of the blouse, necktie, jacket, pleated skirt, thigh highs and mary jane shoes!
 
Some of my other favorites are the pic of the dashing bunny guy with the huge pocket watch, the merfolk couple, the kitsune scene, the engineer girl with her robot friend, the pirate girl by the big globe, the peppy girl with the bunny eared hat, the jungle explorer kemonomimi withe the telescope and the bird, and the kid purrched upon the high tree branch, but that is not quite half of the delightful, detailed imagery that could keep someone artistically entertained for quite the while! OK I am done, and nyow for more manga mewsings here is Trin-chan to tell us about
 
Akame Ga Kill manga volumes 1 & 2, nya!
 
Trini-chan:
Hai! Written by Takahiro and drawn by Tetsuya Tashiro, the Akame Ga Kill! manga was originally published in Japan in 2010 by Square Enix, and the animated adaptation started in 2014! The English edition of the manga is published in the USA by Yen Press, which has thus far published the first 2 volumes. Amake Ga Kill purrtains to the missions of the Night Raid, a team of assassins armed with legendary mystic super weapons which are known as Teigu, who work for the rebellion against an oppressive government!
 
Secretly based in a stone keep secluded in the mountain forests 10 kilometers north of the capital city, the Night Raid team is compurrised of Akame who is armed with the poison demon blade sword, Mine the sniper with the soul gun, Sheele with the giant shield scissors, Lubbuck who is the master of the deadly strings, Bulat in the supurr armor, Najenda the boss, Leone whose belt buckle Tiegu named Lionel has the beast spirit power to transform into the fiece catgirl, and Tatsumi the rookie who is recruited in vol. 1. 
 
He and other friends came to the city hoping to find work so that he could fund his poor village, but they were lured into a deadly trap by a wealthy villain. His imprisoned friends did not survive the tortures, but Akame & Leone attacked the villains and whisked Tatsumi away to their lair and introduced him to the rest of the team. As the rookie, he is put to work in the kitchen, but fortunately there plenty of fish & game for their supper table! Unfortunately, soon they are under attack by enemy scouts who have discovered the lair!
 
To worsen matters, some of their powerful royal enemies are also armed with Teigu weapons, and there have been casulaties on both sides. In volumes 1 & 2 the heroic assassins go on missions to eliminate high – ranking evil scum, and we learn more about the characters’ personalities, techniques and their origins. There are some lighthearted moments as Tatumi settles in, but it is a very violent, bloody tale with some shocking scenes!  It seems to be one of those tales in which we should not get too attached to the characters!
 
That makes us nervous because the heroes are likable, and Leone is especially fun!  She is light hearted, frisky, vivacious and busty, and was born in the slum neighborhood where she is still very popular She is also an expert masseuse! In her catgirl form she has the cat’s eyes, ears, tail, cute fangs, sharp claws, enhanced strength, senses, and other abilities such as her unarmed brawling prowess! She has Blonde hair, Golden eyes, fair skin, and wears the  Black tube top bikini with the cutout pants, boots, gloves, belt & scarf!
 
According to her page at the Akami Ga Kill wiki http://akamegakill.wikia.com she is 170 cm tall and her measurements are 90-57-86 cm; which is about 5′ 7″ tall and 35-22-34″! The manga is rated “LVSN” due to the language, violence sexuality & nudity of the content, so it is not for the widdle kitties! Volumes 1 & 2 were translated by Christine Dashielle and lettered by James Dashielle! For more information I will also recommend Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akame_ga_Kill! Nyow here is Becca to tell us about
 
Sword Art Online: Girls Operations manga vol. 1!
 
Becca:
Sword Art Online is the popular anime, manga, game and light novel series purrtaining to the player characters of a massively multiplayer online virtual reality role – playing game! In the game there are many different worlds such as the faerie lands of ALfheim Online in which this adventure occurs! This latest story arc of the manga series was written by Reiki Kawahara, illustrated by Neko Keobyu with the character designs by ABEC, it was originally published  in Japan in 2014 by Kadokawa Corporation and the English edition of the manga is published in the USA by Yen Press!
 
It was translated into English by Stephen Paul, lettered by Lys & Brndn Blakslee, and has the 242 pages purriced $13.00 in the USA and $14.00 in Canada. The main characters are high school girl friends Suguha Kirogaya as Leafa with the Blonde hair, Green & White costume, Rika Shinozaki as Liz with the Pink hair, Dark Red & White costume, Keiko Ayano as Silica the catgirl with the light Brown hair, the Blue & White costume, and her cute widdle dragon Pina who is named after her real life cat, and their new friend Hiyori Kashiwazaka who purrtrays Kuro and later Lux!
 
in ALfheim Online or just ALO for short, Silica, Leafa and Liz go on the quest to rescue the faerie who was captured by the giant boss villain! If they succeed, they will receive the purrized Angel’s Whisper Rings, but to do that they will have to survive and defeat various other monsters! While fighting a huge demon they meet Kuro, the swordsman in Black who resembles their friend Kirito from the purrior game! Although not played by the same player, there might be the connection! Kuro misses his friend Rossa from the purrior game but eventually joins  Silica, Leafa and Liz!
 
After the demon battle they follow the trail to the Angel’s Rose pavilion and to the giant’s lair, but before the big boss battle they have the time limit to defeat the acid – spewing slime monsters! The tale is brimming with the magick, melee, monsters, and emotional developments plus the few lighter moments for the heroic friends, and I especially like the character, costume and critter designs! I bet they would be fun to cosplay as, although the opulent, intricate details in the coiffure, costumes & weapons might be difficult to make! Speaking of which, nyow I would like to discuss the
 
Sword Art Online High Grade ALO 6.5″ Cait Sith Silica Figure!
 
Becca:
It was the fortuitous timing because last month at the toy show we found this purretty widdle figure of Silica! The toy show was on the mainland at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, where Mike helped ob1, Pacozord & Chef Ron at their vendor tables full of toys and comic books! The show was orchestrated by Wes Starkey of Inside Pitch Promotions http://www.insidepitchpromotions.com, who does similar shows throughout the year in Greensboro, Raleigh and Hickory! For our review of the the November toys show, please see our December 2014 Mew!
 
There were plenty of sports items, cards, comics, games, cars, play sets, unopened new and older loved dolls & figures, such as the Silica figure! It is by Sega, and packaged in the clear plastic clamshell container within the purretty 5 1/8″ x 5 1/*’ x 8 1/4″ cardboard box! She is 6/5″ tall, standing upon one leg in the smiling, waving, trotting pose upon the 3/8″ tall, 3 7/8″ diameter hexagonal base! She cleverly attaches to the base by the pegs beneath her boot sole for the graceful, charming effect! She is so intricately sculpted & painted with purrcise detail!
 
Although purrhaps i should not use the word “de-tail”, because she has the lovely slender 2.5″ tail, heehee! It is swishing under the billowing dark Blue, hooded, split –  tail knee-length coat! The coat’s hood is down so you can admire her ears, hair, the Red ribbons upon the pigtail coiffure and her gleaming Red eyes! The short cuffed boots match the coat, and costume has the meticulous Yellow trim & neko emblem the, ornate White blouse & belt, the pleated short Black skirt with Red trim, the matching fingerless gloves and thigh high hose! Kawaii-desu!
 
The more I admire the Cait Sith version of Silica, the more I want to nominate Sword Art Online for our group’s theme for this year’s Island Halloween Trick ‘R Eat and Cosplay Purrowl! We might need to decide soon, because that is just 3 months away, and the busy time has flown by like the hypurr speed! For more information about Sword Art Online I will recommend the wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_Art_Online and the Sword Art Online Wiki http://swordartonline.wikia.com! Nyow for more toy talk, Ilyana is back to tell us about the
 
Marvel Legends Wasp action figure! 
 
Ilyana:
Hai! I was very pleased to find this action figures Marvel Comics’ heroine Janet van Dyne, alias The Wasp! Janet is a member of The Avengers team and she first appurred in the comics in 1963, in Tales to Astonish #44. She is mewsually 5’4″ tall and weighs the 110 lbs, but when she shrinks down to the 1/2″ size she spurrouts the lovely insect-like wings on her back, and she can sting her enemies with the biolectric zap! In our mewseum of Art, we have a beautiful cute illustration of her http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest3/42.html by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com!
 
This great action figure of Janet is made by Hasbro, and she is similar to the figures of Storm, The Black Cat, HellCat, and Spider-Woman that we have recently reviewed! It is 6″ tall with the 9.25″ wingspan, so I guess it is of the 1/10.66 scale, but that could vary depending on her supurr shrinking power! She is beautifully designed, sculpted and painted with the slime lean physique,  fair skin, Blue eyes, the purrt short Auburn hair, the peppy serious expurression, four translucent Yellow wings, and the Black tights with the Yellow wasp-ish pattern upon her palms, chest & tummy! 
 
She is very posable with articulation in her neck, sternum, shoulders, elbows, wrists. hips, thighs, knees, ankles, fore & hind wings! I am purrticularly impurressed by the unfolding wings which have the veins detail and can abduct vertically or laterally on the ball joint! Also included in the box is one of the parts to build a figure of her enemy Ultron, but you have to purrchase certain other figures to get the rest of the parts! I will give this lovely figure an “A” as in Avengers, and I will pose her on the table beside the bouquet! That will conclude our toy talk, and here is Lizzy to shine
 
The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight upon 
the Tabaxi of Dungeons and Dragons!
 
Elizabeth:
Hai! We dedicate this monthly portion of The Mew to honor the many 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, from the anthropurmorphic feline females and were-kitties to those who just dress the part, kindred spirits of jungle & purrehistoric girls, and those who have cat-titude or style to be considered as “honorary” catgirls!
 
We have included catgirl, kemonomimi & furry fantasy artists, authors, sites & publications too! We have purreviously shown the spotlight upon some of the feline femme fatales of the Dungeons & Dragons role – playing games such as the The Goddess Bast, GynoSphinxes, and the WereTigers, and nyow it is the Tabaxis’ turn!  According to the Advanced D&D Fiend Folio book edited by Don Turnbull and published by TSR in 1981, The Tabaxi are referred to as Cat-Men by humans, although there are male & female of the species!
 
In fact, the females are at least as tough as the males! Tabaxi are intelligent felinoids  of the “chaotic neutral” moral dispurrsition, in purrides of 2-8 members who reside in the tropical jungles; they speak their own language and a bit of common tongue, but they are  reclusive and rarely encountered. They are tall, lithe, fast, graceful stealthy, cunning, expurrt hunters who are not easily eluded, tricked or trapped! They do not wear clothes, and they average about 6.5′ tall with Green – Yellow eyes and Tawny fur with the Black stripes!
 
They have fangs, retractable claws, and the quick purrowess with weapons they might occasionally use! The Fiend Folio has a widdle Black & White, pen & ink drawing of a male Tabaxi, depicted squatting upon all fours with the swishy tail! In the 2nd edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monstrous Manual book edited by Doug Stewart and published by TSR in 1993, there is an entire page purrtaining to the Tabaxii, with a lovely color  illustration of the kneeling female Tabaxi with the lovely spots and rosettes upon her coat! 
 
In the Monstrous Manual, they are said to have Yellow or Green eyes, fur that ranges from the light Yellow to the Brownish Red, and spots like a leopurrd or jaguar. The leopurrd type purrnounce their breed as ta-BAX-ee whilst the jaguar purrnounce their breed as tah-BAhSH-ee! Their clans have an equal number of male & female members who reside in open huts made of poles & grassy roofs. They do not like to trade for things, but purrfur to hunt for what they need, and their favorite dinners are wild pork and capybara meat! 
 
Yum yum! The manual also mentions their much larger, evil kin known as Tabaxi Lords, who are aggressive, magickal tricksters that stand 10-12′ tall and are not very nice! Sadly, the Tabaxi are not in the 3rd, 4th or the current 5th editions’ Monster Manuals, but a clever Dungeon Master could easily figure out how to include them in a game! For more information about the Tabaxi, I will suggest their Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabaxi! That is all for this month’s spotlight, and nyow here is Jenjen to commemorate
 
legendary designer Syd Mead’s birthday!
 
Jeannie:
Hai. Syd Mead is a legendary influential, inspurrational, lindustrial designer & visual futurist who has envisioned purroducts, games, cars, yachts, planes and other vehicles, mecha, architecture and urban environments. He is revered for his cinematic work, including concepts for Star Trek – The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Tron, 2010, Short Circuit, Gundam, Yamato 2520, Time Cop, Strange Days, Johnny Mnemonic, Mission to Mars, The Core, The Jetsons,  Mission Impossible III, Elysium and Tomorrowland.
 
There have been many magazine articles, gallery  exhibitions, videos and books about his brilliant work, and other merchandise such as purrints, posters, model kits, action figures and toys. Since Syd’s birthday is this month, we wish to mention his supurrb career, works and books. He was born on 18 July, 1933 in St. Paul Minnesota, graduated from high School in Colorado Springs in 1951, and enlisted in the US Army during the tense times, so we also wish to thank him for his years of military service to our country.
 
That busy decade included also his education at the Art Center College in California and his subsequent recruitment by the Ford Motor Company. In the 1960’s he illustrated books, catalogues, brochures and  purrtfolios such as Concepts, Fashion in Steel Function in Design, Innovations, Interface, Land of Power, Perspective and Projections for corpurrations such as US Steel, Celanese and Allis Chalmers Then in 1970 he started his own design company in Detroit with many purrestigious international clients.
 
In the mid 1970’s he relocated to Los Angeles, envisioned V’Ger for Star Trek – The Motion Picture, and his magnificent book Sentinel was published in 1979. Later books published by his company or by other publishers have included Oblagon and Techno Fantasy Art in 1985, Sentinel 2 in 1987, Studio Image 1 in 1988, Studio Image 2 in 1989, Kronoteko and Kronovecta in 1991, Car Styling vol. 89.5 Future Concepts: The World of Syd Mead in 1992, Studio Image 3 in 1994, Sentury in 2001 and Sentury 2 in 2010.
 
There were Syd Mead calendars for 1989, 1991 & 1993, and he has contributed to several books purrtaining to movies & TV shows such as The Blade Runner Sketch Book, The Art of Tron, The Art of 2010, Mead Gundam, and Elysium: The Art of the Film. It has been the long wait, but the anime TV series Turn A Gundam will soon be released here on DVD. I will also recommend the Yamato 2520 Original Theme Music 1 CD in the illustrated slipcase with the booklet full his designs and illustrations for that anime.
 
There are 2 pages of his car concept renderings in Jean-Rodolphe Piccard’s book Dream Cars which was published by Crescent in 1981, there is an intermew with Syd in Omni’s Screen Flights Screen Fantasy which was edited by Danny Peary and published by Dolphin in 1984, and there is a chapter devoted to him The Guide to Fantasy Art Techniques which was edited by Martyn Dean and published by Arco in 1984, plus intermews & articles about him in magazines such as Future, Car Styling and ImagineFX.
 
I will especially mention issues that he has contributed to such as Automobile Quarterly vol. 7 no.4 and vol. 13 no.1, the June 1975 and January 2000 issues of Playboy, Future Life #10, and Print magazine vol. XLIII:II. There are videos too, such as Kronovid, Syd Mead: Visual Futurist documentary DVD, and gnomon workshop’s series of his 4 tutorial DVDs. Unfortunately some of those older books are out of purrint, expensive and hard to find, but hopefully the wonderful movie Tomorrowland is still in the theaters.
 
For more information I will recommend the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Mead, Syd Mead’s page at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0574927and especially own official site http://www.sydmead.com. In closing, we wish him a very happy birthday, and a very bright, happy, healthy and purropsurrous future. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu. Now I will turn The Mew over to Petra and Bun, who also wish to discuss some beautiful works of art, in the the latest additions to
 
The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
 
Petra:
Arigato, nya! Into Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html we are purroud to purrsent an illustration of “Apurracida” by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was our guest for the September 2009 Mew, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her purrior illustrations & photos in our mewseum, or read her tale of “The Love of a Catgirl” http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, nya? Purrnounced “ah purr ah SEED ah”, she is the Purrincipal of the Catgirl Island School (grades K – 12), which can be awkward for her younger sister who is a student there, nya!
 
Cida-sensei is 5 ft 3 in tall, she weighs the slim 105 lbs and her measurements are 32C – 23 – 32″ with the Honey Blond hair, Green eyes, and the Havana Brown neko ears and tail, nya! She is of British Brazilian American heritage, with O+ blood, 175 IQ, the Gemini Rooster sign, and fluently speaks Purrtuguese, Japanese, French, Spanish and English with our NC OBX Cat Speak dialect, nya! She is a creative, friendly, strong – willed, sentimental and family – oriented genius catgirl who excels at almost every task, but sometimes she just wants to take the catnap, nya! 
 
Next to that in Guest Gallery 3 is Rebecca’s illustration of “Joanna Sonteja”, nya! Purrnounced “YO an ah sohn TAY ah”, she is a mewsical entertainer known for her extravagant concerts with the spectacular FX, and alluring, elegant, ornate, sexy couture, nya! She is a singer, mewsician, dancer, actress, model, speaker & philanthropist Wolf Girl of the Ukrainian Spanish American heritage, nya! She is 5 ft 6 in. tall plus the Gray lupine ears & tail, 120 lbs and her measurements are 37D – 25 – 36″., with Pink Magenta hair & Blue eyes, nya!
 
She is a serene, empathic, inspiring, endearing, sexy, smart, purractical and spiritual Wolf Girl of the Gemini Dog sign, whose hobbies include yoga, tai chi, running, reading purranormal romance novels, gardening and cooking, nya. Her favorite flora are Apurricots, Cherry Trees, Azaleas, Peonies, Lotus, Maples, Cedars and Chrysanthemums; and her favorite foods are the pheasant, quail, trout, salmon and the yams, nya! Rebecca rendered the “Joanna Sonteja” and “Apurracida” pics with Sai, Photoshop CS6 and the Intuos 5 tablet, nya! 
 
Nextly in Guest Gallery 3 is “Mad Mel: Furry Road” by our web master Jamie Robertson, nya! This is another illustration of Corrine Elizabeth Melepomene Chattan or just Mel for short, who is one of the heroines of Jamie’s web comic Clan of the Cats http://clanofthecats.com nya! Mel is the sexy, dangerous, witchy were – leopurrd mercenary sister of Chelsea and Cynthia Chattan and was a guest for the November 2009 Mew, nya! She starred in her own Melpomene comic, which was written by Jamie and drawn by Clint Hollingsworth who was our guest for the October 2009 Mew, nya!
 
Mel co-starred in the Mythos and Magick comic which was written by Jamie and drawn by Dani Atkinson with Erin Zerbe, Brynn Sheridan and Todd Swain; and has occasionally appurred with her cute niece Charlotte in Jamie’s amewsing Sebo comic strip, nya! We have several purrior pics of Mel & her family in our mewseum, and this illustration is a purrody homage to the Mad Max movies, in depicting Mel as a lone warrior of the dangerous post – apocalyptic desert wastelands, nya! Jamie used the digital media of Painter 3X (pencils), Manga Studio (inks) and Photoshop (color), nya!
 
Also in Gallery 3 is “Puddin’! Let’s Have a Harley Matsuri!”, the digitally manipulated photographic image of our friend Crissy Teverini http://www.crimsonskycreations.com as DC Comics’ Harley Quinn! Crissy is a beautiful cosplayer, model and artist who was a guest of the March 2008 Mew, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen some of her illustrations and other photos in our mewseum, nya? She wore the purretty Red, White and Black kimono to the Japanese festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, where she was photographed by Paul Karpey on 28 Apurril, 2015, nya!

 
Mike has done several photo manips of Crissy with her purrmission, and because she has cosplayed as Harley whose colors match the kimono, Mike used Photoshop CS2 and the mouse to digitally transform Crissy into Harley by rendering the make – up, the mask, the hood, and that huge mallet, nya! You can see her cosplay and modeling photos, her convention and festival reports at her Blood, Sweat and Glitter site http://www.crimsonskycreations.com/bloodsweatandglitterincluding Paul Karpey’s unedited, original photos of her at the lovely garden, nya!
 
Bun:
Also added into in Guest Gallery 3 is the “Cosplay by Liz” photographed by Chef Ron! These photos were snapped by Chef Ron at Inside Pitch Promotion’s Sports, Toys, Hobby and Collectors Show, on the mainland at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on 7 June 2015! It was already the fun ambience with the fans of all ages, ethnicities, genders and orientations amongst the toys, games, comics, cards and collectibles, but Liz and the few other cosplayers added to the friendly festivity! She was so peppy and pretty cosplaying as DC Comics’ Catwoman and Supergirl!
 
Specifically, it is the shiny Black leather version of the Catwoman costume from the comic books, with the googles, gloves and the nekomimi hood! She cordially and delightfully posed, purred and meowed! The Supergirl costume is the bare tummied Blue skirt outfit with the Red cape! She further accessorized it with the long Red gloves and the Blue hair to match the costume! Mike later used Photoshop to digitally remove the few people who unexpectedly walked into the background of the photos. We hope that Liz had the fun time and will attend more of the cons and shows!
 
Now into Gallery 7 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery7.html is Mike’s pic of our friend “Lifeguard Lina”! Lina is a Lamia type of teen snake girl and a certified lifeguard at our island’s Lake Neko! From the hips up she has Hazel eyes, Dark Tan skin, the straight Dark Auburn hair that hangs below her hips; and the petite, lean build that measures 32A – 20 – 32″! Below the hips her body resembles a 17.5 ft long version of an NC OBX Kingsnake which is Brown with the lighter belly and speckles amongst the Yellow chain – stripe pattern!
 
Her Yellow towel and athletic bra match the stripe! Her zodiac sign is Cancer Dragon, and she has many siblings in a large friendly family who are of the Native American Lumbee Tribe! She is an expert swimmer and medic whose hobbies include sunning, golf, belly dancing, watching anime, reading novels, comic books and manga! She likes rock, pop and techno mewsic; and her favorite foods include omelets, grits, chocolate chess pies, grilled chicken and seafood! Mike used the the pencil, pens, paper, scanner, Photoshop CS2 and the mouse to render the pic of Lina!
 
Nextly in Gallery 7 is Mike’s illustration of “Sadiyah & Mu’awin”! Sadiyah (pronounced sa di yah) is a pretty teenage belly dancing llama girl with Mu’awin (pronounced moo ah win), her Purple Mort Bleu Butterfly friend! Sadiyah is deaf, and Mu’awin is her sign language interpreter. They most recently visited for our awards ceremony in the February 2015 Mew, and they are friends of Tash, Michi & Brian in the original prose tale of Cybernetic Showdown http://michi.byethost16.com by our friend Alexcia Reynolds http://professoroak.deviantart.com!
 
Alexcia is an artist and author who also sews cute plushy dolls and was a guest of the August 2010 Mew! She has other neat sites such as Sailor Christmas http://www.sailorchristmas.com, Sailor Tiger’s Grotto http://mau.sailorchristmas.com and Pokemon Amber http://pkmn.is-great.org! Mike has drawn some of those characters, and we have some of Alexcia’s art, too! Sadiyah has Mocha colored fur, Dark Brown hair, speckled Light Grey tail, Blue eyes and the ornately bejeweled belly dance costume in this scene from our island’s dance festival! 
 
Then we have “Who Meowrns For Bast? which was Mike’s entry into the Quick Draw contest at this year’s Heroes Convention on June 19-21st at the Charlotte Convention Center and a couple of nearby hotels! The Quick Draw is the fun activity in which kids and adults age groups have just 25 minutes to draw something on their 9×12″ sheet bristol board! It is interesting to see the artists’ styles, techniques & subjects! Mike quickly attempted to draw a comics page depicting a Star Trek tale starring Admiral M’Ress and her Caitian catgirl crew aboard the starship USS Enterpurrise!
 
It is a “purrody” homage to the 1967 episode “Who Mourns For Adonais” in which Captain Kirk’s crew met the Greek god Apollo, but this time M’Ress’s crew are caught by the giant space paw of the Egyptian Goddess Bast while orbiting the planet PawLicks IV! Mike only barely managed to pencil the first 4 panels when the time was up, and he did not win but later that night he added the final 3 panels to finish that page! After the page was scanned, the latter 3 panels were Purple tinted so that you can tell the difference, but we wish that he would script, ink, letter & color the page!
 
Trini-chan:

The mewseum is brimming with lots of new art! I think it is both pretty and informative in how Rebecca included the widdle color palette in those compurrsitions!
 

B.B.:

Rebecca purrfectly captured Apurracida’s purretty purrtraiture, spirit and the comfy cute Minty Green outfit of the halter top & flouncey skirt with the Pink ribbons! 
 

Ilyana:

Hai hai, and she suppurrbly captured Joanna’s sexy elegance in the flowy Lavender bare midriff gown with the Gold accents and the ruffled detached sleeves!
 
Mielikki:

Mel looks quite hot in every sense of the word with the fiery Golden fur and the tight Black halter top, pants & boots to match her hair, spots & rosettes in the desert heat!
 
Jeannie:
Hai. She is also quite the efficiently deadly purredator with her sharp claws, fangs and shooting in the clever post – apocalyptic movie homage that Jamie has rendered.
 

Mary Nyan:

It is the lovely nekomimi image fiesta between the pics of Apurracida, Mel and the photo of Liz as Catwoman who appurrs to gleefully pounce upon her purrey!
 
Becca:
She seems poised to happily fly up above the toy show in her Supurr Girl costume! It is also the DC Comics cosplay fiesta with those photos of Liz and Crissy!
 
Elizabeth:
Crissy as Harley in the kimono in that purrticular garden seems serendipitously appurropurriate, because if I am not mistaken I think Harley is originally from Brooklyn!
 
Tara-chan:
Oh gosh Sadiyah looks so beautiful in her ornate belly dance costume with the beds, the jewels and –  and the diaphanous Purrple skirt, nya!
 
Yvonne:
The ensemble nicely matches Mu’awin’s Blue-Violet wings as they pose for the picture by the moonlit arboretum of the Purrforming Arts Center, nya!
 
Nyanko:
I think Mike’s illustration of Lina is spot on, because that is just how she looks in her adirondack chair upon the tower as she watches over the swimmers!
 
Nyoka:
I think the image certainly conveys her pert physique with the long powerful tail and the attentive glance at someone she is gonna blow the whistle at!
 
Petra:

I noticed that purrdictably Mike could not resist drawing M’Ress and her crew in the Star Trek –  the Motion Picture style uniforms and scenery, nya!
 
Bun:

We are glad to have more M’Ress Trek art in our mewseum, but it is the shame that you did not have enough time to finish drawing it in the allotted time!
 
Mike:
Well, I wasted too much time trying to decide what to draw, and I should have tried to draw one character instead of a whole comics page, but it was so much more about the artistic fun than the competition… and the best part was seeing what everyone else had drawn! Bun, Petra, thank y’all for presenting the new art, now let’s all discuss
 
Heroes Convention 2015!
 
Becca:
Heroes Convention http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon is North Carolina’s biggest convention! It has such a nice con & event staff and it is directed by Shelton Drum, the owner of  the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comics shop on the mainland in Charlotte! That is several hours away from here, but we had the fun car caravans to there with the snacks and meals along the way! This was the 33rd year of the convention which occurred on June 19 – 21 at the Charlotte Convention Center, with other nearby indoor & outdoor activities on that Thursday, Friday & Saturday night!
 
Elizabeth:
It is the joyful tradition full of family – friendly fun along with the hundreds of guests, artists, publishers, exhibitors & dealers, with the purresentations, discussion panels, workshops & compurrtitions. I think last year there were over 20.000 people in attendance! Due to some of our jobs and the other obligations, we caravanned to there at different days and times, but some of us were there for the entire weekend! Mike & Mr. Brightside helped ob1, Pacozord & Chef Ron  at their booth there full of the toys, comic books, and Chef Ron’s hand-sewn items such as the quilts, pillows & bags!
Jeannie:
Among the fan groups were the Carolina Garrison of 501st Stormtroopers, the Carolina Ghostbusters, and the Klingon Assault Group. It was good to see our past Mew guests Cheralyn Lambeth and Captain Keela there, plus our friend Kate from WhatTheHellCon in her green Orion girl costume helping them raise donations for the charities. There were fan built replicas of the Ghostbusters Ecto car, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine van, The Blues Brothers’ Bluesmobile, plus the Artoo units and K9 who accampanied the Droid Builders club.
 
Yvonne:
That weekend’s weather on the mainland was in the humid uppurr 90’s, nya! After the Thursday afternoon set-up, that evening there were live bands & food trucks at a lot about a block away, nya! We got the fish, briskets, burgers, hot dogs, bbq & ice cream, nya! Then it was the catnap time and we arose early Friday morning to purrtake of the hotel’s breakfast buffet, with eggs, sausages, bacons, grits, oatmeal, cereals, fruits, muffins, breads, juices, yogurts & pancakes, nya! There was also the food court in the convention center and the numerous other nearby restaurants, nya!
Trini-chan:
The convention hours were Friday 11 am – 7 pm with the Drink & Draw / art auction in the Hilton lobby that night; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm with the art auction in the Westin hotel that night; and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. A one-day pass costs $20 for Friday or Saturday, $15 for Sunday only, the three-day pass is $40, and kids of ages 12 & under get in for free! There were also the other optional items, such as the oppurrtunity to meet the legendary Stan Lee! There was the long line for that, but Pacozord & Chef Ron got the autograph and the photo with him!
 
Tara-chan:
We each had the different objectives such as the autographs, the mingling, the art, the shopping, the cosplay, the vending, the discussion panels and – and the other fun activities, nya! The con schedule was brimming with so many discussions, purresentations, workshops, demonstrations and – and the contests every day there, nya! The hundreds of exhibitors, guests, artists and some mane events are all in the one huge room, with the panels and – and other activities upstairs in the ballrooms near the food court, nya!
 
Ilyana:
It would be hard to list all of the people & events, but the con’s schedule is at http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/schedule, the guest list is at http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/guests, the independent publishers, artists & authors list is at http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/indie-island, the small press publishers / artists alley list is at http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/small-press, and the dealers, venders & organizations list is at http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/exhibitors!
 
Bun:
I spent most of my time at the con visiting with some of the hundreds of artists, authors & editors there, such as Paty Cockrum, Tommy Lee Edwards, Marcus Williams, Jeremy Whitley, Sarah Dill, Keiran Thompson, Arthur Adams, Georges Jeanty, Richard Case, Sandy Jarrel, Karl Story, Billy Tucci, Bill Holbrook, Tom Fleming, Brian Shearer, Mark Sparacio, Bill Willingham, Michelle Perez, Lauren Sparks, Davey Beauchamp, and past guests of The Mew such as Jim Amash and Eric Nolen-Weathington! 
 
Petra:
It was good to see Jim’s wife and Eric’s family again there too, nya! I was especially tempted by some of the beautiful art by Berni Wrightson, Joseph Michael Linsner, Veronica Fish, Mike Maihack, and Skottie Young, but there was so much beautiful art in the Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon art auctions, nya! there were so many wonderful things to purrchase at the convention from the many artists, publishers, venders and the organizations, including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, nya!
 
Nyanko:
Oh gosh, those included the schools, services, charities, organizations, podcasters and the dealers who sold the comics, original art, purrints, posters, DVDs, action figures, statues, plushies, shirts, fashion accessories, costume parts, purrops, art supplies & collecting supplies! There were especially good bargains on hardcover & trade papurrback graphic novels, art books & compilations! Of course there was more food to savor too, and my favoritest delicious meal of that weekend was at our friend Kevin’s restaurant Iron Grill in Mooresville!
 
Nyoka:
One of my favorite aspects of the weekend were the costumes & summer fashions! Some of my favorite male costumes from the comics, games, TV & movies included in various quantities Batman, Bane, Cable, Captain America, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Doctor Fate, Doctor Who, Eternity, The Flash, Green Arrow, Groot, Hawkeye, Iron Man, The Joker, The Kingpin, Kraven, Nightcrawler, The Penguin, Popeye, Ratchet the Autobot, Reverse Flash, The Riddler, Rocket Racoon, The Scarecrow, Shazam, Spider-Man, Superman, Talon, Winter Soldier and Wolverine!
 
Mary Nyan:
My favorite female costumes included Batgirl, Black Canary, Black Cat, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Catwoman, Daenerys, Velma Dinkley, Elektra, Gambit, Harley Quinn, Hawk Woman, Hell Cat, The Huntress, Jubilee, Jun the Swan, Kiki, Kim Possible, Leeloo, Mary Marvel, Ney’tiri, Poison Ivy, Polaris, Phoenix, Psylocke, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Raven, Red Sonja, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Sabine Wren, Sailor Moon, Spider Girl, Spider Gwen, Spider Woman, Squirrel Girl, Starfire, Storm, Super Girl,Terra, The White Queen, Wonder Woman, X-23, and Zatanna!
 
Ilyana:
My favorite costumes included the “Adam West” Batman, the “Arabian Knights” Harley Quinn, the “Bombshells” Hawk Woman, Robin, Two-Face, Lex Luthor, Carol Danvers, Matt Murdock, Tony Stark, Lady Deadpool, Lady Loki, Purrincess Leia, Tali’Zorah, (female) Commander Shepard, Garrus, the 4th Doctor with K9, the TARDIS girl, Indiana Jones, John Constantine, G.I. Joe’s Stalker, Resident Evil’s Executioner, The Green Ranger, Link, Zelda, Morrigan, the kitsune, catgirls, Evee pokemons and faeries in attendance, and the kid who cosplayed as Stan Lee!
 
Mike:
That Sunday’s costume contest included the categories of kids 12 & under, teens 13 – 17, and adults 17 & older; with prizes in each category for the best male, female & group costumes! There were so many cosplayers representing Disney princesses, Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed, League of Legends, Splatoon, Super Smash Brothers, Adventure Time, Trigun, Attack on Titan, some very elaborate furry costumes, and the–
 
Tara-chan:
VIRGINIA TIGER MOTH, NYA!
(the distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the snowy white insect)
 
The Cat Lady Sings…
 
Yvonne:
Ah! TARA-CHAN— NYA!
 
Tara-chan:
(her tail swishing happily as she snaps the photos) Nya!
 
Trini-chan:
(her tail swishing eagerly in the purrsuit) Wait for me!
 
B.B.

The Spilosoma virginica is a lovely little lepidoptera!
 
Becca:

There she goes again, but it is almost time for the luau anyway!
 
Elizabeth:
Well, I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
 
Petra:
We wish to thank Rebecca, Liz, Ron, Jamie, Crissy & Paul for the beautiful images, nya!
 
Bun:

Of course, we also thank Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island too!
Ilyana:
We also wish to thank Mr. Brightside, Chef Ron, Pacozord and ob1 for their TV discussion…
 
Jeannie:
and the other talented, industrious and inspurrational folks whose works we have discussed!
Mielikki:
Fur shur!
Nyoka:
Y’all may post your brief, polite, sincere, non-snarky responses to our discussion…
Nyanko:
… purrvided that such comments are spam-free, G-rated and purrtain to our topics!
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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