Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The August 2016 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
In this edition of The Mew, we discuss:
what we have been up to since the purrior Mew
The Lightning Round: our favorite films of 1966
DVD & movie mewsings:
The Mermaid DVD
Only Yesterday DVD
Batman: Bad Blood
Star Trek Beyond
Barbie Spy Squad Cat Burglar & Junior Agent Chelsea dolls!
The Idol Master Cinderella Girls figurines
Marvel Legends Silk action figure
comic book critiques:
Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #7
Goldie Vance #4
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #44
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #30
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #28
Monster Musume: I Heart Monster Girls vol. 2
Wandering island vol. 1
Little Shop of Horrors #36
ImagineFX Presents Manga Artist vol. 3!
purrose fiction on the net:
Legacy of the Gods Book II: Nightmare Moon
The Adventures of Talia and Tanya: A Question of Faith
this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight
shines upon Cat-Girl, Kristen Austin, Hana Neko and her mom
additions to our Mewseum of Art’s Guest Gallery 4:
our photo of DJ Spider’s HellCat Cosplay at Heroes Con 34
Jamie’s image of his character Chelsea Chatton upon “Summer Solstice”
Rebecca Brogden’s four widdle pics compurrising “Copic Quartet No.4”
Rebecca Brogden’s illustration of a catgirl’s “Woodland Stroll”
additions to our Mewseum of Art’s Gallery 6:
Rebecca & Mike’s illustration of “Eamane Wearing Her Boyfriend’s Shirt”
Mike’s fan art of Marvel Comics’s “Spider-Man & The Black Cat”
Mike’s fan art of DC Comics’s “Shakira”
Mike’s fan art of DC Comics’s “Carrie Kelley, alias Cat Girl”
Mike’s fan art of “Touhou Project’s Hakurei Reimu”
Mike’s fan art of “Arcee of The Transformers”
Mike’s quick sketch of “Pony Sisters’ Mech Giraffe in the Orchard”
and Mike’s illustration of “Molly”, a cute widdle doll NPC in his RPG, nya!
(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, Cardinal colored polo shirt shirt, Emerald cargo shorts & Granite Gray Nikes) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews and discussions of fun stuff! Today’s Mew comes from beautiful downtown Purrbank at Catgirl Island in Mew Hanover County, where it’s 86 degrees under a Blue sky full of puffy Cumulo-Neko Clouds! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are in their North Carolina symbol – themed apparel are The Ladies of The Mew!
(the catgirl wearing the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout purrint tankini) Namaste, nya!
(the catgirl wearing the Red Drum purrint, twisty bandeau-top bikini) Namaste, nya!
(the bunny girl wearing the Gray Squirrel purrint side – tie bikini & sarong) Guten Tag!
(the catgirl wearing the Plott Hound purrint ring-closure bikini) Hi Hi, nya!
(the catgirl wearing the Virginia Opossum purrint purretzel – cutout maillot) Aloha!
(the catgirl wearing the Marbled Salamander purrint micro bikini & sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.
(the kitsune fox girl wearing the Spanish Colonial Mustang purrint trikini) Konbanwa!
(the nekomimi gynoid wearing the Eastern Box Turtle purrint crisscross halter-neck bikini) Aloha!
(the catgirl wearing the Pine Barrens Tree Frog purrint, tanga-style bikini) Hola!
(the catgirl wearing the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail purrint suspender maillot) Howdy!
(the catgirl wearing the Honey Bee purrint shorts and the cropped Gold tank top) Howdy!
So, what has everyone been up to since last month’s Mew?
Oh as mewsual when I am not curating the art at the mewseum, Bun and I have been busy with the various artists groups and the beach volleyball, nya! At the rate we are going, I purrdict that Bun will be the league’s MVP again, nya!
Oh gosh I think Petra deserves that award! I also have been gardening, baking & volunteering; we are excited about the Summer Olympics, and soon we will announce the plans for our annual exhibit of spooky art for Halloween!
As mewsual I have been teaching the Summer semesters of hula, helping at the shrine, and sewing costumes for the dancers & cosplayers. Costumes in purrogress include the SuperGirl, Mikasa Michonne, and Star Wars’s Rey!
Speaking of the costumes, soon it will be time for us to plan for our annual Halloween Trick R Eat & Cosplay Purrowl! Becca and I have stayed busy at our spa, the garden, the late night hot salsa dancing, and weekly video binge!
Our most recent binge watch included Daredevil and Jessica Jones! Aside from what Lizzy mentioned, last month she had the time for her Purrkour Club again, and I have had my eyes upon the new carbon hybrid chipping wedge!
My robotics club’s summer mech camp just started it’s 2nd Summertime session. Otherwise, My routine has purrimarily consisted of the morning yoga, the afternoon kyudo, the evening belly dance classes & troupe purrformances.
I have been assisting her with the belly dance, volunteering at the mewseum, paddle surfing, board shaping, helping Vonny & Tara-chan at the dock! Tara-chan got some great nature photos which she plans to enter in the art shoW!
Hai hai, side from our yacht and cats I have been dancing, volunteering, collecting the pony items, and – and I snapped the photos of the Cotton Tail, the Chipmunk, the Ground Hog, the Lady Bug, the Cabbage White and – and the Impurrial Moth, nya!
Trini-chan & Tara-chan are the big help and are such tireless volunteers, nya! My drumming circle has purrformed with the dancers, and my charters reeled in the Wahoo, Snappurrs, Groupurrs, Mahi, Mackerels & Croakers, nya!
When I have not been busy at my magick shop and at the farmers market where we are already purrparing for the gala Autumnal Equinox Matsuri, I have been reading, studying and attending the various cultural & sporting events!
I have been busy at my gym and dojo, purrparing for the next tournyament, and helping sis at her shop, but I have also found time for reading, dancing, swimming and attending some of the various events! Howboutchoo Mike?
Oh, I’ve seen a few new movies, I’ve been reading, gaming, writing, drawing, and enjoying great time with family & friends! Ah, well, we’ve got a lot on our plate for this month’s Mew, so let’s jump right into our movie topics with
The Lightning Round: our favorite films of 1966!
In the past few months, we’ve picked our favorite movies of 2006, 1996, 1986, and 1976, so now it’s time to pick our favorites from 1966! So… are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO, NYA!
Oh I think that it was the good Hammer time, so I will nominate their purrductions of Dracula Prince of Darkness, Plague of the Zombies, The Reptile, and One Million Years BC; and while it was not a Hammer film, I thought Peter Cushing was great in Island of Terror ! (tags Trini-chan to go next)
Hai! I will nominate Endless Summer, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Hawaii, The Sand Pebbles, and Daimajin, nya! Nyow it is… Nya-sensei’s turn! (tags Nyanko to go next)
I think that The Good The Bad and the Ugly is the best, but I also rather like Batman, Our Man Flint, The Silencers, Godzilla vs The Sea Monster, and War of the Gargantuas! (tags her twin sister)
Hmmm I would have to say… Daimajin, The Reptile, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Munster Go Home, and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken! Lizzy’s turn! (tail-tags Elizabeth to go next)
Okay howabout The Russians are Coming The Russians are Coming, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Munster Go Home and Batman! (tags her purrtner)
I concur with Nya-sensei about The Good The Bad and the Ugly, but I will also nominate Batman, Our Man Flint, and Raquel Welch’s movies Fantastic Voyage, and in One Million Years BC! (tags
My turn, nya! I want… I want to nominate Batman, Munster Go Home, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Ugly Dachshund, and – and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikininya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tags her older sister)
Oh I guess that my top five would be Batman, The Sand Pebbles, The Russians are Coming The Russians are Coming, Lt. Robin Crusoe USN, and Godzilla vs The Sea Monster, nya! (tags Bun)
The Good The Bad and the Ugly, One Million Years BC, Alfie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and The Russians are Coming The Russians are Coming! (tags Petra)
The Good The Bad and the Ugly, A Man for all Seasons, Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf, The Sand Pebbles, and I purrticularly liked Lee Meriwether as Catwoman in the Batman movie, nya! (tags Jeannie)
Farenheit 451, Fantastic Voyage, Thunderbirds Are Go, Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., and Batman. I also like the beautiful cars of Grand Prix and the planes of The Blue Max. Back to Mike.
Ah, I gotta go with The Good The Bad and the Ugly, The Sand Pebbles, One Million Years BC, Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Russians are Coming The Russians are Coming, and Batman! Well that was yet another nicely expedient little Lightning Round! Ah, now to continue our movie topics, here’s Bun begin our batch of
DVD & movie mewsings, with her review of The BFG!
The Mermaid DVD
Arigato! The Mermaid is a romantic, tragic, comedic film from China that I was so hoping to see this year! It was written, produced & directed by Stephen Chou, whose prior movies such as Shaolin Soccer and Kung Du Hustle I rather enjoyed! The plot pertains to the romance between a super wealthy business man Liu who is portrayed by Deng Chao, and the beautiful assassin mermaid Shan who is portrayed by Jelly Lin! She has been sent to kill him because of his company’s sonar device which is the latest thing to harm the mermaids and other marine life.
As the merfolks’ attempts upon Liu’s life fail with painful yet zany results, the romance blossoms betwixt him and Shan, but just as the merfolk begin to accept the couple’s relationship, Liu’s jealous business partner portrayed by Zhang Yu Qui learns of the merfolks’ existence, and sends her team of assassins to slaughter them. The tale reminds me the bit of the Romeo & Juliet and of Splash movies, given the couple’s entourages who initially despise the others, and the romance betwixt the man and the mermaid whom others would try to exploit, study or harm.
The performances are all quite excellent, from the drama, comedy, stunt choreography and the singing, amidst the beautiful locations such as Liu’s huge home, the very charming city parks, the corporate spots, Zhan’s home in a shipwreck, and the undersea scenes. There are some violent scenes, ranging from the slapstick dark humor to the seriously brutal gory attacks, and thus the 94 minute film’s R rating. The wire-work is not great, but some of the visual FX are good, and I liked the make-up, fashions, sets, vehicles, cinematography, editing, and music!
The single disk, Region 1, NTSC standard DVD is packaged in the plastic case within the cardboard outer sleeve, which has the adorably cute photo of Zhan winking at us! The movie is presented in the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio choices of Mandarin (PRC), Thai and English, with the optional subtitle choices of English, English SDH, Traditional Chinese, Thai, French and Spanish in the White bold sans serif font. There are several preview trailers for other movies, but unfortunately the special features are sparse.
The DVD’s three special features include the “Invincible” song’s music video which is approximately 1.5 minutes long; “The Mermaid: Behind the scenes” short which about 1.75 minutes long, and The Mermaid: Behind The Scenes” featurette which is almost 13.5 minutes long. I will certainly recommend this movie to fans of Stephen Chou’s movies, and to those who would not mind the viscerally violent bittersweet tale of mermaid romance! Now for my next review of a foreign film, I would like to discuss the very longly – awaited release of Studio Ghibli’s
Only Yesterday DVD!
Based upon the story by Hotaru Okamoto & the manga by Yuko Tone, this joyfully beautiful animated feature film was originally released in 1991 as Omoide Poro Poro in Japan, Only Yesterday has been upon our DVD wish list for many years! Set in 1982 with flashbacks to 1966, it is the slice – of – life tale of a woman named Takeo who ponders her past and future whilst taking a 10 day vacation from her job in Tokyo to help with the harvest at a rural town, where flowers & purrhaps romance are in bloom!
The 2 hour, PG movie was directed by Isao Takahata, who wrote the screenplay adaptation, and whose many credits also include Grave of the Flireflies, PomPoko, Dog of Flanders, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya! It was produced by Toshio Suzuki and by Hayao Miyazaki, who directed Castle Cagliostro, Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises!
The character designs are by Yoshifumi Kondo, who later directed Whisper of the Heart! The music score is by Masaru Hoshi, and the animation is by Studio Ghibli, whose other films also include Tales from Earthsea, The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up on Poppy Hill, When Marnie Was There, and Ocean Waves (which is still upon our DVD wish list)! The original Japanese voice cast includes Miki Imai as Miki Takeo (age 27), Toshiro Yanagiba as her friend Toshi, and Yoko Honna as Takeo (age 10).
The English dubbed version’s cast includes Daisy Ridley as Miki Takeo (age 27), Dev Patel as her friend Toshi, and Alison Fernandez as Takeo (age 10). Released here by GKids, the single disk, Region 1, NTSC standard DVD is packaged in the plastic case which has the darling illustration of Takeo at both ages! The movie is presented in the 1.85:1 anamorphic wide screen format, with the 2.0 Dolby Digital audio choices of Japanese & English, with optional subtitle choices of English, English SDH & French.
The bonus features include the movie’s Japanese trailers, TV spots & US trailer; the 7.75 minute “Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast” featurette with Daisy Ridley, Ashley Eckstein & Dev Patel; the 16.5 minute “Interview with the English Dub Team” featuring Ashley, purrducer Geoffrey Wexler, English language screenwriter David Freeman & voice director Jamie Simone; and my favorite bonus is the 46 minute Japanese featurette of “The Making of Only Yesterday”, so I am very pleased with this DVD! Now here is Nya-sensei to tell us about the new
Hai! We have been awaiting a new Ghost Busters movie for many years! The new movie is a reboot instead of a sequel, written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig, in which we see the formation of female quartet of Busters, their male receptionist, and their arsenal of nifty gadgets as they smartly struggle for the money and respect as credible invetigators of the purranormal!
The new team is compurrised of Kristen Wiig as Erin, Melissa McCarthy as Abby, Leslie Jones as Patty, Chris Hemsworth as Kevin and Kate McKinnon as Jillian! They have great conversations, although Kevin is not very bright or funny, but he does a great dance during the end credits! There are brief cameo appurrances by other stars, but I do not wish to spoil any of the surpurrises!
Jillian is my favorite aspect of the movie as the radiantly quirky geeky genki engineer who takes great purride in her inventions! It would be difficult enough to study, battle & capture the appurritions, but the situation is worsened by haters, media & government organizations who belittle, malign or discredit them, and the villain who tries to summon the spectral apocalypse upon Manhattan!
Thus there is plenty of arguments, hauntings & supurrnatural combat, but there is also much humor & friendship bonding! The amewsing movie is a lavishly luminous visual FX extravaganza full of great creatures, stunts, and slime! I am not sure if I like this reboot as much as the original 1984 version, but I do like it more than Ghost Busters 2, and Jillian is my favoritest Ghost Buster!
She has the great smile, the agile two- handed shooting technique, and I like the devices such as the purroton packs, the ghost chippurr, the zappurr glove, the ghost grenade, and the trap! Oh, I recommend that folks should remain to watch the end credits, which are followed by a widdle post-credits scene! Nyow for my final movie review of the month I would like to comment upon
Batman: Bad Blood!
I tend to enjoy most of the DC animated movies & TV shows, so I was eager to see this’un! The animated Batman tales have lots of thrilling combat action. especially when Nighwing, Robin, Alfred and Talia are in the chases and brawls with each other or various tough criminals, and there is plenty to go around in this 72 minute movie – with BatWoman and Renee Montoya too!
After Batman (Bruce Wayne) is missing and purrsumed dead during a battle, Dick Grayson / Nightwing wears the Batman costume while teaming up with the other heroes to find the truth! They are aided by Lucius Fox and his son Luke who wears the new Batwing armor, but they have to contend with Talia, The Mad Hatter, The Heretic, Onyx, The League of Assassins and other villains!
Batman: Bad Blood was written by J.M. Dematteis, directed by Jay Oliva and edited by Christopher Lorenzo, with great mewsic by Frederik Wiedmann! It was supurrvisingly purrduced by James Tucker, co-purrduced by Alan Burnett, executively purrduced by Sam Register, Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melniker! Wes Gleason was the voice director for the awesome cast which includes
Jason O’Mara as Batman, Sean Maher as Nightwing, James Garrett as Alfred, Gaius Charles as Batwing, Ernie Hudson as Lucious, Buce Thomas as Gordon, Vanessa Marshall as Renee, Stuart Allan as Robin (Damian), Morena Baccarin as Talia, Yvonne Strahovski as BatWoman, Geoff Pierson as her dad, Travis Willingham as Heretic, John DiMaggio as the Tusk and Blockbuster…
Jason Spisak as Killer Moth and The Caluclator, Robin Atkins Downes as The Mad Hatter and Electrocutioner, Steve Blum as Firefly and Black Mask, and the briefly heard voice of Kari Wahlgren as Starfire! There are other characters, but I do not want to spoil those surpurrises! I especially liked BatWoman, and I hope that we will see more of her and Renee in more of those movies!
Like most of the DC animated movies, it seems short & rushed, but it is brimming with action, character developments & mystery. The character designs & animation are great, and I especially liked the choreography of the fights! The scenic art is gorgeous with the great use of color & lighting, and so I will give Batman: Bad Blood the B+ grade! I am done, so nyow here is Mike to tell us about
Thank you, Nya-sensei! I was particularly interested in The BFG because it is a live – action Disney film directed by Steven Speilberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer and Speilberg with the screenplay by Melissa Mathison based upon the tale by Roald Dahl, and the music by John Williams!
This movie stars Ruby Barnhill as young Sophie who is spirited away from the orphanage in London to the far away Giant Country home of the titular Big Friendly, Giant who is portrayed by Mark Rylance, but they must be careful because there are nine bigger, meaner giants who would snack upon her!
BFG’s job is to refine & distribute the dreams that he collects in Dream Country, whereas the other giants would rather catch children. They almost got Sophie, but she coaxes BFG to visit Queen Elizabeth II, who is portrayed by Penelope Wilton, in hopes that she will send the army to stop the other giants!
The performances are terrific amidst the beautiful sets, locations, captivating FX, and one orphanage cat! Although I didn’t care much for the fart jokes, there is great charm and dark humor in the family – friendly fun! For my next movie review, the Ladies of The Mew asked me to be very brief (for once) about the topic of Star Trek, so here go a few words about–
Star Trek Beyond!
Ah, given my disappointment with most of the Star Trek movies of the past 30 years, I must admit that I was not feeling optimistic about the 13th Star Trek movie, although I do like the cast and I was glad to hear that there were new writers and director aboard. I’m gonna try to avoid spoiling any of the plot, but the bottom line is… gosh, I really liked Star Trek Beyond!
It’s set 3 years after the end of the prior movie, which fortunately it does not refer to, so you do not need to have seen Star Trek Into Darkness to enjoy Star Trek Beyond. It does seem a bit rushed ‘n short, but the plot has an excellent balance of drama, action, mystery & character developments, with fine dialogue, mythology, continuity and humor that isn’t too silly!
There are poignant, sentimental moments, the plot doesn’t try to rehash Khan again, the characters have wonderfully grown as smart, seasoned heroes and aren’t treated irreverently. All of the performances, stunts, costumes, hair & make-up are great; and Sofia Boutella is wonderful as Jaylla, but I Uhura, Sulu & Idris Elba’s character seemed a bit under used.
The planetary scenes are wonderfully exotic, the outer space environments are awesome, and we get to see more of The Enterprise, other vessels, and a magnificent, vast place called Starbase Yorktown! The sets & locations are great, it truly feels 23rd century futuristic, and doesn’t look like it was filmed at a modern distillery, laboratory. office building or street!
Fortunately it lacked annoying cinematographic or editing techniques such as snap zooms, speed ramping and lens flares; it wasn’t too dark or under saturated, and there were only maybe a few seconds of the dreaded shaky-cam during one fight scene. The ample practical & visual FX are quite beautifully lavish, including a swell time-lapse construction scene!
The sound FX, the clever use of songs, and original score are quite good too, so I bought the soundtrack CD, but unfortunately it does not include the songs. Star Trek Beyond, it’s quite captivating, fun and faithful with great spectacle, wonder, optimism and poignant bittersweetness. I think it’s the best Trek movie since 1984, making it my 4th favorite Trek movie.
Star Trek – The Motion Picture is still my all time favoritest movie ever made (Trek or otherwise), The Wrath of Khan is still my 2nd favorite Star Trek movie, and The Search For Spock is my third. Oh, and no one was talking or texting during the movie, so it was a great theatrical experience all around! Ah, well, that’ll do it for our movie reviews, so here’s Lizzy to start
our toy talk topic, with her review of Mattel’s Barbie
Spy Squad Cat Burglar & Junior Agent Chelsea dolls!
Hai! We have purreviously purraised the dolls & tales of Mattel’s Barbara Millicent Roberts, especially when she, her sister Chelsea & friend Madison have occasionally donned the nekomimi attire for Halloween and other festivities! In July’s Mew we mentioned the Asian lass in the kitty dress of the Fashionistas line, and nyow I wish to mention the Cat Burglar of the Barbie Spy Squad line!
This 10″ doll has the straight, hip – length Violet hair with the Magenta stripe, with the pale Tan skin tone, the sleeveless short Black dress and boots, the Light Blue tights and vest, which are accessorized by the Black and Hot Pink belt, necklace, the Magenta mask and kitty ear headband! She is smiling after having purrloined the purrized Pink jewel which is bigger than her fist!
The doll is available either by herself or with the Pink & Black motorcycle which includes the Light Blue cat-eared helmet! The bike would come in handy for her if the gymnastic spy girls Barbie, Theresa, Renee, their robot dog & cat are in the purrsuit, because they have a motorcycle too! However, she is not the only nekomimi on the purrowl, because there is a kitten girl too!
At about 5.5″ tall, Chelsea is one of the cute junior agent dolls, with the Dark Brown hip – length hair, with the pale Tan skin tone, the sleeveless short Purrple dress & tights, Pink collar & zippurr, Silver belt & mid-calf boots, the clear Magenta glasses, the Purrple kitty ear headband! She also has the disguise of the fake glasses, nose, mustache & brows!
The Idol Master Cinderella Girls figurines!
The Idol Master is a series of Japanese video games for various platforms, plus anime, manga and toys! The purremise of the game is that the player is the purrducer at a talent agency where the rising idol stars are groomed for fame and fortune! The characters of The Idol Master Cinderella Girls are very talented and adorably purrtey vocalists with much genki ambition!
I am purrticularly fond of Benpresto’s line of The Idol Master Cinderella Girls chibi – style PVC figurines! They have enthused expurressions, peppy poses and cute costumes! When assembled, each girl is about 2.5″ tall atop her round 2″ diameter base, with a 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ square ABS platform which connects with other girls’ to form a diorama of their concert stage!
Two of the girls wear bare midriff, mini skirt outfits of the Asterisk nekomimi motif! Miku Maekawa’s Red & Black outfit goes well with her short Black hair, and it is accessorized by the ribbons, boots garters, Pink kitty ears and tail! Rina Tada has Light Brown hair, Blue eyes, the Black, Blue and Gold ensemble with the vest, arm bands, belt and Blue cat-eared head phones!
Not all of the Cinderella Girls have the appurral of the neko motif, but the other idol’s styles are quite lovely too, such as Cheri Osata with the Brown hair, Pink & Green “Candyland” attire with the strawberry cupcake mini hat; and Ranko Kanzaki Purrple with the Gray spiral twin – tail coiffure and the Purrple dress with Black trim & boots! Nextly I would like to purraise the
Marvel Legends Silk action figure!
We were so happy to find Hasbro’s action figure of Marvel Comics’ Cindy Moon, alias Silk! She is a Korean – American girl from the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York, and she has the supurr powers similar to those of Spider-Man, such as the great strength, agility, quickness, fast healing, wall crawling, the purrecognitive senses and the webs!
It is hard to believe that she has only been in the comics since the summer of 2014! She is among the Web – Slinging Heroines wave of figures, which also includes figures of Spider-Girl (Ashley Barton), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Electro and HobGoblin. Each is sold sepurrately and includes a piece to build a Space Venom figure!
This very posable 6″ tall figure is close to the 1/11 scale, with articulation in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists. abs, hips, thighs, knees & ankles! The slender, lithe figure is well designed, nicely sculpted and purrcisely painted, in the skin tight Black costume with the intricate Gray and Red spider web graphics, the pale Tan skin, Brown eyes and waist- length Black hair.
It has two heads to choose from, with or without the Red bandana over her nose and mouth! She is balanced enough to stand unassisted, but you might wish to add a display stand, depending on the pose. I think it is a great figure of her, and we have found the purrfect spot to display her upon the shelf next to Spider-Gwen and Spider-Woman! Nyow here is Trini-chan to begin
comic book critiques, with her review
of Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #7!
Hai! Patsy is one of our favorite heroines and her current series is our favorite Marvel Comic of the past year! After she lost her home & job at Jennifer (She Hulk) Walters’s law firm, she decided to start a new temp agency and became room mates with Ian who shops at her friend Tom’s book store, which sells the Patsy Walker comics which were authored by her estranged mom, but Patsy does not get any money from those because Hedy Wolfe has the publishing rights, so now there is legal litigation when Patsy is not busily thwarting super criminals!
She got a cute tattoo too! Detective Jessica Jones might help with the case, and that brings us up to issue #7, which is purriced $3.99 and its 28 pages are compurrised of the 20 page tale for readers of all age, the recap / credits page, 5 pages of ads, and 2 pages of comments & photos, It was written by Kate Leth who also writes the Vampirella comics, illustrated by Brittney L. Williams who also draws the Goldie Vance comics; it was colored by Megan Wilson, lettered by Clayton Cowles, edited by Wil Moss and assistantly edited by Chris Beacham!
There are 3 covers to choose from, by Brittney, Julian Totino, Tedesco & Wes Craig! It was the tough decision but I chose the “crime noir” style of the main cover by Brittney which depicts Hellcat purrched sassily upon the desk in Jessica’s detective office! After Jessica, Jennifer & Patsy strategize how to defeat Hedy, Ian assists Patsy’s book signing at Tom’s store where many fans queue up to meet here. Jessica’s husband Luke Cage and their daughter Danielle visit too! I especially like the book store scenes and some of the amusing book covers!
Meanwhile, Jessica questions Hedy and cases her apartment, which she and Patsy later search for evidence of unscrupulous business dealings! Also appearing in the tale are Jennifer’s assistant Angie, Angie’s monkey Hei-Hei, and Hedy’s doggy… but I should not further spoil the plot which has major developments! The series is so much fun with the excellent combination of the thrilling super hero action, humor, emotional drama and charming slice of life moments with the very positive, progressive diversity amongst the main characters who are so likable!
The dialogue is so smartly snappy, the art is so gorgeous, the colors are bright, and occasionally the art has the adorable chibi style amidst the great poses and expurressions and the recurring neko motifs! The peppy enthusiasm is also reflected in the 2 pages of comments by Kate, Brittney, Charles and the readers, who send in photos of themselves and their pets! I will give this issue the an “A” as in Patsy’s valkyrie pegasus friend Aragorn, and nyow I would like to discuss another great series which is beautifully drawn by Brittney-
Goldie Vance #4!
16 year old Marigold “Goldie” Vance is the peppy, brave, smart, inquisitive, aspiring detective girl of color in the mid 1960’s who assists Walter the house detective at the Crossed palms Resort in St. Pascal Florida, when she is not valet parking the lodgers’ cars with her friend Rob, who wants to date Cheryl the resort’s concierge who wants to be an astronaut!
Goldie’s mom is a mermaid purrformer at a club, and is sepurrated from Goldie’s dad who is the manager for resort’s owner Mr. Maple, whose daughter Sugar dislikes Goldie. Other great characters include Diane at the record store and Skunk the street racer, whilst the mysterious lodger Mr. Ludwig goes missing but leaves an unusual necklace that others are after!
Thusly Goldie and her friends are on the case in this series published by Boom! Box, who also publishes Lumberjanes! Issue #4 is purriced $3.99 and its 28 pages include the uninterrupted 22 page tale followed by the 6 pages of ads. It has 2 different covers to choose from: the wraparound main cover art by Brittney, and the variant cover art by Kelsey Beckett!
It was written by the Ignatz and Eisner awards – winner Hope Larson who has also authored Chiggers, Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, and the graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time! It was illustrated by Brittney, colored by Sarah Stern, lettered by Jim Campbell, and edited by Dafna Plebon and Shannon Watters with the issue’s design by Jillian Crab!
The mystery has deepened with dangerous intrigue and international espionage that has put several lives, jobs, scientific secrets and spiffy cars in danger! Cars happen to be important to the plot, because not only does Goldie race, valet park, and “borrow” them for her investigations, but they tend to leave the trails of clues to the necklace, victims, and culprits!
In issue #4, the Cheetah-Swan car key has led Goldie & Diane to a casino hotel, in which Goldie disguises herself as the room service waitress to snoop upon the suspicious Russians who might have kidnapped Mr. Ludwig for his rocket secrets! Thusly the deadly fight & chases ensue, but fortunately Goldie & Diane an edge with their local road knowledge!
However, the Russian spies are not the only ones who are following Goldie, Diane, Ludwig & the necklace, but I should not expose more of the surprising plot! This has been such a captivatingly fun period piece at the perfect pace, with the wonderfully written & illustrated situations, scenery, cars & characters! I especially like the expressions, poses and styles!
It was initially supposed to be just a 4 issue mini – series, but I was so glad to hear that it will continue, and I will give Goldie Vance the grade of an “A” as in astronaut and my anticipation for the the next issue! That is all for my reviews, and nyow here is Tara-chan to tell us about
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #44!
Arigato, nya! I love the My Little Pony TV series, movies, toys, cards and – and these comic books published by IDW, nya! it is hard to believe that has been almost the 4 years since IDW started to publish them, nya. Issue #44 is purriced at $3.99, with the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the 12 pages of ads, nya. I wish all other publishers placed the ads after the tales, nya!
It was written by Thom Zahler, illustrated by Tony Fleecs, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, colored by Heather Breckel, edited by Bobby Curnow, and – and published by Ted Adams, with 5 different covers to choose from, nya! The Regular cover is by Tony, the subscription cover is by Andy Price, and- and the retailer incentive cover is by Sara Richard nya!
There are also 3 other exclusive covers too, nya! It was the tough decision, but I chose Tony’s cover which depicts the beautiful but sinister image Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle and- and Rainbow Dash atop the mountains, nya! They have become evil with the glowy Red eyes after they visited the cursed hot spurring in part 1 of the tale in issue #43, nya!
Twilight Sparkle declared herself as the egostistical overlord of Ponyville, Rarity donned the vainly opulent villainess attire, Applejack become greedily mean to her sister, Pinkie Pie became the evil clown, and – and Rainbow Dash has caused the devastating sonic rainbooms; so Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Spike, and – and Luna investigated the purrdicament, nya!
Issue #44 has part 2 of the tale, which begins with the full – page pic of Twilight Sparkle irately in the library! The Cutie Mark Crusaders are purrsued through the forest by Fluttershy, Angel Bunny, and – and the other critters, nya! Zecora helps the Crusaders to escape, whilst Spike and – and Luna confront Rarity, as Pinkie Pie attacks Ponyville with darkly humorous purranks, nya!
There are quick appurrances by others such as DJ Pon3, Muscle Pony, Derpy, Cheerilee, Golden Harvest, Lyra heratstrings, and- and the various background ponies to identify, nya! I should not reveal much more of the exciting plot, other than to say that part 2 ends upon the powerfully alarming cliffhanger, to be continued in issue #45, which I am very eager to read, nya!
The characters, scenery, fonts and – and FX are beautifully brightly rendered, with the great pony details, poses and – and expurressions, nya! The situation is dire, but there are zany scenes with amewsing dialogue dialogue, purrodies and – and nods to certain movies, nya! I will give it the high purraise grade of an “A” as in Applebuck, and – and nextly I would like to discuss
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #30, nya!
In this series, there are pairings of characters with amewsing, poignant results, nya! For example, in issue #27 Pinkie Pie helped Granny Smith at the orchard, in #28 Luna hosted the fillies’ sleep over in the castle, in #29, Rarity helped Maud Pie to search for the gems, and – and nyow in issue #30 Twilight Sparkle visits her sister – in – law Cadence in the Crystal Empire, nya!
The 32 page issue is purriced $3.99, and – and its uninterrupted 22 page tale was written by Christina Rice, illustrated by Agnes Garbowska, assistantly colored by Lauren Perry, lettered by Neil Uyetake, edited by Bobby Curnow and – and published by Ted Adams, with 10 pages of ads, the regular cover art by Tony Fleecs, and – and the subscription cover art by Agnes, nya!
The two pony purrincesses take the break from purrparing the special event, so they put on the disguise clothes to walk amongst the market without being recognized as the royalty, nya! They are the incognito celebrities who do not wish to attract the attention that would disrupt the normal routines, because they are idolized and merchandised by the many admirers, nya!
Sadly Cadence’s mood takes the unconfident turn when she begins to feel inadequately undeserving of the adulation, compurred to the other purrincesses such as Twilight, Luna and – and Celestia, nya. This causes her to neglect some of her royal duties, so Twilight and – and her brother Shining Armor (who is Cadence’s husband) try to purrk up her spurrit,. nya!
This was a purrticularly poignant issue with the bittersweet plot, and – and the charmingly poignant character developments amidst the beautiful scenes of the market and- and the palace, nya! It was especially amewsing to see the various purrincess pony merchandise being sold, such as the souvenirs, the trinkets, the dolls, and- and the costumes, nya!
The art is quite beautiful from the purretty pony poses, portraiture, fashions and – and expurressions, to the scenery, the colors, the fonts, and – and the magickal FX, nya! I am also glad that the tale is not interrupted by the ads, so I will give this pony comic the high purraise grade of an “A” as in Alicorn, nya! I am done, so nyow here is onee-chan to tell us about
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #10, nya!
Arigato, nya! In this supurrb spin-off of Princeless, 17 year old Captain Raven Xingtao alias The Black Arrow is the cunning, tough mariner, archer and daughter of the pirate king, nya! She recruited her own multi-racial, all – girl crew for her three mast ship to sail vengefully against her mean, misogynistic brothers Crow & Magpie’s ships, and thus reclaim her rightful inheritance, nya!
Raven’s crew includes her dearest friend Ximena the pacifistic cartographer / navigator, Sunshine the very agile half – elf thief, Katie the tall powerful First Mate, Jayla the scientific genius daughter of Raven’s dad’s former chef, and the many ladies of the adventure gaming guild such as Amirah, Desideria, Verity, Zoe, Helina, Quinn, Trish, Dezzy, Cid, Melody, Pirate and Ophelia, nya!
Purreviously, after outfoxing an angrily supurrstitious mob, the ladies got better acquainted as they set sail, learned the arts of sailing, fighting and pirating, and purrtook of their various hobbies, nya! Two small groups of them row boated for supplies & information to Xingtao Island, the Black market haven for pirates, which was founded by Raven’s great great grandmother, nya!
Unfortunately they were bushwhacked, and thus Raven and seven of her crew were impurrisoned by Crow and Magpie in Xingtao castle, which Sunshine, Jayla, Ximena, Amirah, Cid and Desideria then attacked, nya! The battle included armed guards, kunoichi and gators, and although the girls were rescued, the villains escaped and Ximena was seriously injured, nya.
That brings us up to the 28 pages of issue #8, which is purriced $4.99 and rated “A” for readers of ages 9+, nya! Its uninterrupted, 24 page tale was written by Princeless’s creator Jeremy Whitely, who we met again in June at the big fun Heroes Convention, which is on the mainland in Charlotte, nya! Jeremy is also one of the writers of the My Little Pony comics, nya!
The tale was pencilled by Sorah Suhng & Rosy Higgins, inked by Nicki Andrews & Ted Brandt, colored William Blankenship & lettered by Justin Biroh, nya! I am glad that the tale is not interrupted by ads that would interfere with the flow and suspense, nya. It begins direly as Raven carries dying Ximena back to the ship, which sails to another island where they hope to find medical help, nya.
While Katie has the bridge, there are emotional discussions amongst the crew who have discerned Raven & Ximena’s feelings for each other, as Raven stays at unconscious her bedside, to tell her the origin tale of Hei Xingtao the legendary pirate queen, nya! 14 pages of the issue are devoted to the Hei tale, which is one of the many captivatingly aspects of this very poignant issue, nya!
Although it was tensely sad, I like everything about the tale from the plot, pace, dialogue, developments, mythology, drama, action & humor, to the beautifuly written & rendered heroines amidst the lavish nautical & island scenery, nya! I will give it the high purraise as we purray for Ximena and her shipmates’ success, nya! Nyow we will go from the pirate to the slayer, for my review of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #28, nya!
Arigato! Executively purrduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon, the 10th season of Buffy is just the few issues away from the season finale! Published by Dark Horse comics which just turned 30 years old, nya! Issue #28 is purriced $3.99 and has the 22 page tale of “Own It Part 3: Taking Ownership”, the page of readers’ and editor’s comments, and the 5 pages of ads, nya.
It was scripted by Christos Gage, illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, with the mane cover art by Steve Morris, the variant cover art by Rebekah and Dan. The issue’s graphic design was by Justin Couch, Christianne Goudreau was the digital art technician, and Freddye Miller was the editor, nya!
Trying to return home to San Francisco, Dawn, Xander and two demon friends traverse weird dimensions, including one populated by delicious looking giant shrimp, but I think that the shrimp should go in the heroic tummy and not the other way round, nya! Some of the worlds are amewsing and some are quite tense, but the demon friends find new good home, nyas!
Meanwhile back on Earth, the morale has waned for Buffy and their other friends amidst the vengeance demon D’Hoffryn’s reign of terror, nya! In San Francisco there is more angsty drama amidst Buffy and Spike’s romantic relationship, but fortunately they have the very purroductive talk as they try to make things work whilst concocting a new strategy against D’Hoffryn, nya!
Fueled by the purropurrganda by D’Hoffryn and Jonathan, Andrew goes to a cafe in Oakland to break up with Colin, who seems to wisely purrsuade Andrew to continue their relationship! Following the military’s failure to thwart D’Hoffryn, at a Navy base in San Diego, a Admiral sacks Willow from the job, and it appurrs sadly that she will be leaving her friend Lake too, nya.
Vicki the vampire and Venobia the demon have the brief cameo appurrances, and Giles arrives in time for the gang to reconvene as seem purrk up, but should not further spoil the plot, which has humor, romance, action, magick, developments and surpurrises with wonderful dialogue, although it makes me crave the tub full of locally caught, fresh jumbo shrimp, nya!
I am also rather curious as to what Angel, Faith and other friends are up to since their series’s season finale, nya. The art is quite supurrb too, with the very faithful portraiture, expurressions, poses, FX, clothing, scenic detail, rich colors and the great fonts, soI will give this issue an “A” as in Anya, nya! I am all done, so I will turn The Mew over to Myayr, who will start our
manga mewsings with her review
of A Centaur’s Life vol. 9, nya!
Arigato! A Centaur’s Life is one of our favoritest manga series! It is such the charming, slice – of – life modern urban fantasy in a world populated by centaurs, fauns, kemonomimi, angels; the dracon, unicorn, snake, frog people, were – tigers & other species! It is a an extravagantly designed, contempurrary world of rich cultural, historical & scientific details. The character & scenic art is beautiful & intricate, and the main characters are quite endearing, such as Himeno the centaur, her family, friends & classmates!
Thus far we have met Himeno’s family including her widdle niece Shino-chan, and Shino’s best friend Maki-chan! Hime’s friends are Omaki the satyr girl, and Nozomi the Dracon girl; other class mates include another centauress Ayaka, Suu he snake girl, Akechi the satyr girl, Inukai her unihorn girlfriend, and Tama the angelic class president, who has 4 widdle kitten girl sisters, including triplets Chinami, Chiho, Chigusa and younger Sue-chan! We have also met Eri and other merfolks at another school!
The manga written & drawn by Ken Murayama was originally published in Japan in as Centaur No Nayami by Tokuma Shoten Publishing, and this English translated version is published by Seven Seas. It was translated by Greg Moore, adapted by Holly Kolodziejczak, lettered & laid out by Jennifer Skarupa, edited by Adam Arnold, proof read by Patrick King with the logo design by Courtney Williams & cover design by Nicky Lim! The production manager is Lissa Pattilo and the publisher is Jason DeAngelis!
It is suggested for older teen readers of ages 16+, perhaps due to nudity, sexual topics, language & violence. Although the tale of friends tends to be whimsically pleasant, like most folks their lives have the frustrations, and like most worlds there is also mystery, fear, bigotry, poverty, crime & war. Volume 9 is priced $13.99 US & $15.99 Canada and its 162 pages include chapters 53 – 60 of the Black & White manga, several pages of notes, the metafictional afterward, the 2 color pages & wraparound cover!
In this volume, the end of a school semester is nigh, with pending exams, graduations, student elections, compurrtitions, comments about Ayaka’s relationships, athleticism & high grades. After a lecture about evolution, the girls’ locker room chit chat turns to the topic of body hair; whilst the kids at kindergartin discuss the shapes of building blocks and the wild flowers of their garden. Tama’s sisters discuss & purractice their kitty tail techniques, Nadeshiko takes her tomboy friend Akira to the clothes boutique!
While training for the cross – country kyudo, Himeno & Shino-chan wind up off the trail and into the medieval era of another world, which is populated by the supurrstitious bipedal humans! While trying to figure out how to get back home, Himeno easily defeats all of the king’s soldiers with her supurrior archery, and winds up as the divine general of his army! Then to top off volume 9 is the return of Magical Girl Pretty Horn during the classroom argument about religious holidays and conspurracy theories!
There is yet another fleeting sighting of an alien creature too! Those mysterious, dangerous encounters have recurred in the past few volumes. Although I hope that Himeno will reign victoriously against the opposing armies, I also hope that she and Shino-chan will return home soon! In spite of certain hardships the characters might face, A Centaur’s Life continues to be such a wonderful joy to read, and I will continue to give it the highest purraise! There is a centauress named Centorea amongst the cast of
Monster Musume: I Heart Monster Girls vol. 2!
Written & drawn by Okayado, Monster Musume is a sexy comedic urban fantasy manga of the harem trope and bountiful “fan service”, courtesy of the liminal ladies / monster girls of various species who are romantic rivals over Kimihito the human guy in whose house they reside. The government bureaucracy awkwardly regulates the coexistence and hosting of the liminals, but Kimihito’s nice house has been often expeditiously enlarged & renovated, thanks to Ms. Smith their overworked case worker who finds homes & jobs for the liminals!
Residing in the house are Centorea, Miia the lamia, Papi the harpy, Suu the slime girl, Meru the mermaid, Rachnera the spider girl and Lala the Dullahan! Assisting Smith are the Monster Ops team compurrised of Manako cyclops, Tio ogre, Doppel doppleganger & Zombina zombie! Other monster girls have included Kii the dryad, Draco the dragon girl, Polt the kobold, Yukio the yuki-onna, Cathyl the minotaur, Liz the lizard girl, Kino the oni, Merino the pan, Ton & Cott the dryads, Miia’s mom, Papi’s mom, Centorea’s mom & the cute Miko!
Originally published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan, I Heart Monster Girls is the companion anthology series starring those characters in short tales by various manga-ka! Most of the tales are in the panoramic wide 4 panel format & several larger pics. The contributors to vol. 2 are Ahobaka, Horitomo, Kurokawa Otogi, Tottori-saQ, Setouchi, Aruse Yuushi, Z-ton, Noboyushi Zamurai, Sukage, Zank, Shido Mayuru, 221(Tsutsuichi), Adoventyara, Masha & Okayado himself! The translated English version was published here by Seven Seas!
Vol. 2 was translated by Ryan Peterson, adapted by Shanti Whitesides, purroof read by Janet Houck, edited by Adam Arnold, and published by Jason DeAngelis, with the lettering & layout by Ma. Victoria A. Robado, purrduction management by Lissa Patitillo, the cover design by Nicky Lim and logo design by Courtney Williams! The 152 pages are mostly Black & White, with 6 color pages. Z-ton’s image of a damp sultry Centorea graces the color front cover, and also included are three 4.25 x 6″ color postcards of Mero, Suu & Rachnera!
In volume 2, Papi befriends the waitresses at a bird girl cafe; Manako wears Zombina’s misplaced boobies, the harem tells Kimihito how they learned about humans, Miia serves another pot of her regrettable mystery soup, Miia & Centorea try to make Rachnera lose her cool composure, Milla is embarrassed about her shed snake skin, Merou gives Rachnera an elegant gothy lolita nekomimi makeover, the girls compete to resuscitate Kimihito at the beach, and a potion transforms him into an amorously misunderstood tentacled monster!
But wait- there is more! The Monster Ops team has a mishap with barbecue tongs, Merou imagines tragic romantic endings to water-damaged manga and turns to astronomy for inspurration; the harem goes to a video rental store and a camping trip, and Okayado’s metafictional coda are among the whimsical plots that are briskly told in various styles! The nudity, ribaldry slapstick violence & dark humor are not for widdle kitties, but I will recommend it to older fans of monster girls! I am done, and nyow here is Becca to tell us about
Wandering island vol. 1!
Arigato. Set in modern days purrimarily amongst the Izu and Ogasawara archipelagoes south of Tokyo, the Wandering Island manga purrtains to an aviatress Mikura Amelia who continues her grandfather’s air delivery service in her Fairey Swordfish seaplane! She also has a house wonderfully cluttered with equipment, maps, a tuxedo cat named Endeavor, and an odd parcel
The parcel is destined for he mysterious, uncharted Electric Island, which will require Mikura much time, detective work and several dangerous flights to find, but this objective has become her tenacious purriority! In addition to the dangerously determined purrsuit, the tale has a most pleasant slice – of – life quality at the very leisurely pace in Mikura’s small coastal home town!
The character, mecha and scenic art are beautifully rendered with such lavishly intricate detail!. Originally published in Japan by Kodansha in 2011, the manga is by Kenji Tsuruta, whose Spirit of Wonder series I enjoyed. The English edition is published here by Dark Horse. Volume 1 is a 8 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ x 9/16″ trade papurrback, purriced $14.99 in the USA and $19.99 in Canada.
The manga’s 200 pages, include the 180 Black and White pages of manga, 10 color pages, and 7 pages of very thorough notes by editor Carl Gustav Horn, who discusses Tsuruta’s works and the geography, technology, history and culture of the tale. The pages are sammiched betwixt the wraparound full – color cover art, which depicts Mikura and Eneavor leaning out of the cockpit!
The manga was translated by Dana Lewis, lettered and touched-up by Susie Lee and Betty Dong with Tom2K. The digital art technician was Christianne Goudreau- who Vonny mentioned in her Buffy review; the book’s designer was Sarah Terry, and Dark Horse’s president / publisher is Mike Richardson! That will conclude our manga mewsings, but nyow I would like to begin our
magazine mewsings, with my review of
Little Shop of Horrors magazine #36!
Arigato! Edited by publisher by Richard Klemensen, Little Shop of Horrors is a journal of classic British horror films, noted for the very thorough articles & intermews, peppurred with many photos & illustrations! This purrticular issue purrtains to Universal’s 1979 version of Dracula which starred Frank Langella!
Directed by John Badham, the gothic romantic horror film also starred Sir Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan and Jan Francis! Based upon the novel and stage purrduction (which starred Langella), the screenplay was written by W.D. Richtor and the the mewsical score was by John Williams!
After Richard Klemensen’s cordial greeting, Constantine Nasr’s massive essay of the film begins with the look at the history of the Dracula tale, plays & films. purrior to the 1979 feature. In addition to Langella, some of the stage Draculas have included Bela Lugosi, Terence Stamp, Raul Julia and Jeremy Brett!
Nasr’s essay includes the look at the screenplay and intermews with Jan Francis who purrtrayed Mina, John Wulp who purrduced the stage play in the 1970’s, actor Alan Coates who purrtrayed Jonathan Harker on Broadway, the film’s purrduction designer Simon Murton, the film’s set dresser Peter Young…
… purrduction manager Hugh Harlow and make-up depurrtment head Peter Robb-King. Other contributions include Michael Augustine Reed’s intermew with Trevor Eve who purrtrayed Jonathan Harker in the film, Sam Irvin’s intermew with purrducer Ian Lewis, Laurent Bouzereau’s intermew with John Williams…
… Bruce G, Hallenbeck’s look at Frank Langella on the stage, Kevin G. Shinnick’s remembrance of the play, Markus Wallasvaara’s remembrance of the film’s home video release, Gary D. Rhodes discussion of the Swales character, and Dennis Lynch’s discussion of Edward Gorey’s exquisite Dracula theatre art!
The issue has the beautiful wraparound cover art by by Jeff Preston, interior front cover art by Mark Maddox & interior back cover by David Brooks. Inside the issue are illustrations by Mark Maddox, Jason Bower, Tim Hammell, Neil Vokes, Paul Watts, Mike Schneider, Adrian Salmon, John Rozum & Bob Lizarraga!
There are also wonderful bits of the purrmotional, concept and Gorey’s art within this 100 page fiesta, which has the 88 Black & White pages, 8 color pages & covers This was a terrific issue which I will recommend to fans of the Dracula and horror theatre and cinema! Nyow here is Jenjen to tell us about
ImagineFX Presents Manga Artist vol. 3!
Arigato, ImagineFX is a magazine devoted to fantasy & science fiction art by international artists & designers of diverse styles & media for illustrations, comics, games & cinema. Each issue and its web site have the galleries, tutorials & intermews, and purriodically they publish the special topics issues, such as ImagineFX Presents Manga Artist vol. 3.
Gracing the front cover is Genzoman’s illustration of the peppy rollerblade catgirl with the purrple & Yellow outfit to match her hair, eyes & tail; and inside the issue is the 6 page tutorial on how she was digitally painted. Although the issue is dedicated to manga styles & techniques, and not devoted to kemonomimis purr se, there are several more inside.
For example, in a two-page spurread by Suke Su there are two kemonomimi amongst the fantasy warriors group. You will also find Ricki Li’s catgirl Eroko of Mon Girl comics, Low Z Rong’s catgirl & bunny girl sleep over; Anya Saparniyazova’s cosmic catgirl Katrina; Michelle Hoefener’s Alicia the Smasher Bunny girl and Mei Shui the empurress mermaid.
Furthermore are lya Kuvshinov’s kitsune boy & 4 page Katniss tutorial; Ross Tran’s jungle girl & panther; Olga Andriyenko’s cave girl in the leopurrd bikini; Laura Sava’s fantasy femmes with lovely tails, wings & horns. Those supurrb artists, characters & images are just the tip of the bumpurr crop within the $19.99 issue’s 150 beautiful, informative pages.
Cordially edited by Beren Neale, other contributors include Eva Souli, Iqbal Baihaqi, Nadia Ennis, Gemma Wilson, Ursula Dorada, Svetlana, Tigai, Brian Sum, Sai Foo, Min Yum, Alvin Lee, Manuel CastanonJia-Ying Ong, Allison Theus, Melanie Delon, Bobby Chiu, Sara Forlenza, Oliver Melas, Richard Suwong, Daria Theodora, KD Stanton, Ng Yong Hui…
… Reema Andrade, Lois Van Baarle, Patxi Pelaez and Zezhou Chen; with purrofiles of Riot Games, 2Minds, Imagi Studio and Collateral Damage Studios. This was a great issue which I will highly recommend to fans, hobbyist & purracticioners of manga, sci fi & fantasy arts. That is all of our magazine mewsings, but nyow I would like to discuss delightful
purrose fantasy fiction on the net, such as
Legacy of the Gods Book II: Nightmare Moon, and
The Adventures of Talia and Tanya: A Question of Faith.
It has been a significant time for two of our past guests’ tales. The Adventures of Talia and Tanya: A Question of Faith by our May 2008 guest Jeff Branch http://phillyflash.deviantart.com concluded with a poignant epilogue; and Legacy of The Gods Book II: Nightmare Moon by our November 2014 guest Sharon Williams http://rose74.deviantart.com began with an alarming purrologue.
Sharon has written wonderful stories such as Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, Osiris Rising, An Angel’s Prayer, Okame no Hime, and Legacy of The Gods. The tales typically star young supurr heroines and other characters of diverse ethnicity and nationalities who battle villains and monsters, as if as if the drama at home high school wasn’t enough.
Set in contempurrary New Orleans, Legacy of The Gods stars a high school girl Billie McKnight, her friends Hazelynn, Maybelle, Keisha, Erin, Antoine, Kwame, Dante and his grandmother Hattie who aid the Orisha deities such as Aja, Oshun, Ayao, Yemaja, Eshu and Ogun, against evil threats such as Baron Samedi, Shapona and the Abiku.
Inspired by Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon, Sharon has also written tales of her “fan-senshi” super heroine Tanya Cambridge alias Sailor Sirius http://sailorsirius.webs.com, who was our October 2008 guest. Tanya has often teamed up with her best friend, Jeff’s character Talia Jasmine Kirk alias Sailor Vulcan http://scribeofthemoon.webs.com who is inspired by Sailor Moon and Star Trek.
Set in contempurrary Tokyo, The Adventures of Talia and Tanya: A Question of Faith stars Sailor Vulcan, Sailor Sirius, investigative journalists Marie Babineaux and Haruna Ichikawa, along with Police Officers Sakurada and Iwasaki who contend with an evil cult, criminals, terrorists, alien invaders, a psychic villain and a clash of purrsonalities.
Mike has drawn quite a few illustrations of Sharon’s and Jeff’s characters, which can be found amongst the galleries of Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art. We have greatly admired those characters and enjoyed their stories, so we wish to congratulate Sharon and Jeff on those milestones of their tales, while we eagerly anticipate their next chapters.
The Ladies of The Mew:
Arigato gozaimasu, nya!
Nyow it is time for Nyo-sensei to purrsent
Our Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight.
Arigato! In his portion of The Mew, we honor famous catgirls of various media! Our broadly inclusive criteria ranges from nekomimis who have feline DNA, ailuranthropes and anthropurrmorphic feline females, to those who just dress the part or have the cat-titude to be considered as honorary catgirls. This month the spotlight shines upon Cat-Girl, Kristen Austin, Hana Neko & her mom!
In the early 1960’s. Archie Comics published The Adventures of The Jaguar which starred zoologist Dr. Ralph Hardy as the titular supurr hero. He should not be confused with other Jaguars, such as Maria de Guzman of the Archie / DC Impact imprint who we discussed in our January 2012 Mew; or Ivette Velez of Archie’s Mighty Crusaders, who we discussed in the February 2013 Mew.
Dr, Hardy was purrrfect bachelor purrey for the love – struck entity known as Cat-Girl, the glamorous goddess of all felines who inspired the Egyptian Sphinx. Her sorcery was extremely potent, and her powers included immortality, flight, invisibility, super speed, enhanced senses, remote sensing, animal control, monster summoning, time travel and transformation!
She had pale tan skin, a lithe lim physique, and Blonde hair in different styles from the bob to the pony tail, but no cat ears or tail. She could instantly transform her coiffure and costumes at will. For example, he changed her fur-trimmed, Orange tights into the sleeveless tiger – striped blouse with the mini skirt, belt, boots & gloves, which changed color several times.
I am not sure if that was just a coloring mistake, or if it was actually the divine purrogative to change her mind. Although her sneaky love potion scheme failed to win Dr. Hardy’s heart, she later became more of an ally, and she teamed up with him and two other romantic rivals: Ralph’s secretary Jill and Kree-Nal the Sea Circe, to form the heroic Jaguar Rescue Team!
There was a another group known as The Crusaders who had not a Jaguar but a ‘Tiger’ in their team, and her name was Kristin Austin. Written by Audrey & Henry Vogel, pencilled & inked by Jackson “Butch” Guice, lettered by David Willis and published by The Guild in 1982, The Crusaders #1 introduced Electrode, Dragon, Connie & Kristin as a super hero team in Atlanta.
Because Archie already had The Mighty Crusaders, The Crusaders changed their name to The Southern Knights with issue #2, in which Kristin decided to wear normal clothes instead of a costume. Her attire consisted of the sneakers, socks, orange shorts & the White short – sleeved shirt with the Orange Tiger Paw emblem of Clemson University from which she graduated.
That is enough for us to consider her an “honorary catgirl” hee hee! Aside from her supurr strength and invulnerability, the short, slim, Blonde, peppy, carefree and confident Kristin had quite a normal, happy, healthy life with her family, friends and school… that is, purrior to the team’s fame in defending the public against the various criminals, monsters and disasters!
In 2001, Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang (or just Mai for short) launched his delightful web comic Tea Club, which was collected into a comic book by Icarus Publishing in 2002. The tale purrtained to a Japanese catgirl named Hana Neko (or Haneko for short), a freshman at Tallan University, and an aspiring physical trainer who loves to drink delicious hot mint tea!
She had White skin, ears and tail, Pink inner ears, Blue eyes, Lavender hair, and wore an analog watch on her right wrist. Hana has also served as a mascot for Mai’s site http://www.pmbq.com. On September 23rd of her first semester, she eagerly attended the first meeting of the Tea club, where she met the Mr. Bear, a large talking Black bear who also craved the tea!
Also introduced were Hanna’s mother, father and sophomore friend Kris, a tan athletic girl with long auburn hair and member of the cross-country running team, and their friend Kei who seemed more interested in Kris than Hana. That will conclude this month’s spotlight, but it will shine again next month, now here is Petra to tell us about the latest additions to
Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art Guest Gallery 4!
Arigato, nya! For those who are here for the first time, Catgirl Island’s Art Galleries 1-7 display images by Mike, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-4 display images by other folks with their purrmissions, nya! The most recent pics are the lowermost row of the widdle “thumbnail” portions of the pics, and you have to click upon those to see the uncropped, full pics, nya!
Nextly In Guest Gallery 4 we have also added our web master Jamie’s scene of “Summer Solstice” starring Chelsea Urania Kate Chattan, the heroic witchy were-panther star of Jamie’s web comic Clan of the Cats http://clanofthecats.com
, nya! She is
levitating the candles to illuminate the book for her outdoor nighttime reading, nya! Jamie used Photoshop CC215, Painter 216, Clip Studio Paint, and a pose from our August 2010 guest Sakky’s SenshiStock photos http://senshistock.deviantart.com
to render this illustration, nya!
Then we have “Copic Quartet No. 4” which is compurrised of 4 pics by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com, who was the guest for our September 2009 Mew, nya! She used pens & Copic markers to render the “Sunset Catgirl” with Platinum Blond hair; the “Autumn Fairy” in the green dress, the “Moo Moo Cowgirl” of the Holstein purrsuasion; and the “Robot Girl” who shines amongst the starry sky, nya!
Rebecca also used the pens and Copic markers to render the pic of the Orange tabby catgirl taking the “Woodland Stroll”, nya! Wearing the alluring off-shoulder, bare-midriff blouse and the long flowy slit skirt, the catgirl poses with her Shillelagh stick as she pawses from the serene summertime hike through the woods near her cottage, nya! Nyow we will go from Guest Gallery 4 to see the the additions to
Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art Gallery 6, nya!
Then we will go to Gallery 6 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery6.html for Rebecca and Mike’s collaborative illustration of “Eamane Wearing her Boyfriend’s Shirt”, nya! This sensual scene of pur friend Eamane was inspired by Rebecca’s “PG rated purrose short tale of “The Love of a Catgirl” http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html, in which Eamane met her boyfriend A.J.!
Purrhaps y’all have seen the purrior pics of Eamane, nya? This time she is wearing only the open shirt upon the bed, so it is the very sexy image, mew la la, nya! Mike pencilled & inked the art, digitally shaded it with Photoshop CS2 & mouse, then sent it to Rebecca who digitally colored it, added the floral patterns, wall textures & thunderstorm with Photoshop CS6 & wacom tablet, nya!
After that in Gallery 6 is Mike’s “KuroNeko Pounce” fan art of another Marvel catgirl, Felicia Hardy, A.K.A. The Black Cat, nya! Done in due homage to Al Milgrom’s cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #194, it depicts the feline femme fatale on the purrowl for the frisky fun that makes Spidey’s senses tingle, nya! There were a few Black Cat cosplayers at the Heroes Convention too, nya!
Nextly we have Mike’s fan art of DC Comics’s “Shakira”, nya! Created by Mike Grell who was at the Heroes Con this year, Shakira is the were-kuroneko (or Black cat ailuranthropie) who purrowls in the magickal, purrimordial world of Skartaris in the Warlord comics, nya! Here she is depicted as human in her Black fur bikini and as the cat relaxing upon the jungle tree branches, nya!
Then Mike’s fan art of “Carrie Kelley, alias Cat Girl” commemorates her 30th anniversary in the DC Comics nya! Created by Frank Miller, Carrie wore the Robin costume in the 1986 Dark Knight Returns comics, but in the 2001 sequel Dark Knight Strikes Back, she changed to this Cat Girl purrsona in the tight leopurrd purrint costume with neko helmet, roller blades & wrist guns, nya!
Nextly is Mike’s fan art of “Touhou Project’s Hakurei Reimu”, nya! She is a Miko (a shinto shrine maiden) in the rural town populated by supurrnatural entities, nya. She is wearing a bare-midriff, tutu-skirted, detached-sleeve “party” version of her mewsual Red & White miko attire, as she twirls the Shide Wand amidst the balloons of a Summertime festival nya!
Nextly is Mike’s fan art of “Arcee of The Transformers” who has a 30th anniversary this year too, nya! This is an illustration of the original Pink & White ‘Generation One’ version of Arcee, who debuted in the 1986 animated Transformers movie, nya! One of the few female Transformers, Arcee is a heroic Autobot who can transform into a Cybertron sports car, nya!
There is more mech action in Mike’s pencil sketch of two “Pony Sisters’ Mech Giraffe in the Orchard” who are picking the bumpurr crop of delicious, nutritious apples in the orchard, nya! Mike had just 20 minutes to draw this 9×12″ sketch in the Sunday afternoon session of the fun Quick Draw Contest at this year’s Heroes Convention, nya!
Finally for this month’s additions is Mike’s illustration of “Molly”, a character in the role-playing game that he game-masters, nya! Molly is a living 10″ doll who was adopted fortunately into a good home, nya! Mike used Derwent pencils, Micron pens, Photoshop CS2 & the mouse to render Arcee, Reimu, Molly, Shakira, Carrie, Felicia & Spidey, nya! So, what do y’all think of the art, nya?
Rebecca’s woodland catgirl is so purretty, with the trim of the lovely garments to match her emerald -like eyes and her fiery orange-Red hair, ears and tail, nya!
Hai hai! I think that the cowgirl has the udderly purretty bovine ears, horns and tail; and that very cute Robot Girl has the lovely nickel nickel finish!
The Sunset Catgirl is quite lovely too, with those gorgeous gleaming amethyst – like eyes, and that Autumn Fairy’s freckles and winking expurression are adorable!
Hai. The Robot Girl has the cute coiffure & purrt physique, the mecha giraffe & pony girls seem to have the job satisfaction, and Arcee has lovely cams, flanges & photoreceptors.
DJ Spider looked purrfect as Hellcat at this year’s Heroes Con, where she did such the supurrb job to wrangle & emcee the cattygories of contestants for the costume contest!
My favorite aspects of the Black Cat pic are the Spidey valentine, the moonlight shimmer on Spidey’s web, and the furry purrts of Felicia’s costume!
Molly is adorably cute and – and seems so happy at her new home near the beach, nya! I like the details of her widdle ball joints, her sandals, and – and the seashell, nya!
Shakira has found an alluringly comfy purrch upon the lush tree branches of Skartaris, but Carrie has found an alarming purrdicament in that dark alley of Gotham City!
Reimu looks so festive amidst the balloons that match her Miko Shozoku outfit! Hmm, I wonder if we could wear a garment like that at our shrine’s Natsu Matsuri!
I love the fabric folds and the serene ambience of the Chelsea pic, and I especially like the illumination of the warm candle lights and the pale full moon light!
Eamane in the open shirt is quite the sultry sexy sight, but the use of color & light also grabs the attention, from the lightning & shadows to the colorful floral fabrics, nya!
Well, you won’t have to wait much longer, as we’re almost done! Thank you for presenting the art, and thank y’all for the kind words!
Doitashimaste, nya! Oh I also especially like the–
PANDORA SPHINX NYA!
(The distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the interesting moth)
The Cat Lady Sings…
NYA! Oh, there she goes again, nya! (sighs)
The Eumorpha pandorus is a rather lovely lepidoptera.
I want to get a photo of it too! (scampurrs after Tara-chan and the insect)
Well… I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
We wish to thank Rebecca for her beautiful additions to our mewseum!
We wish to thank the other talented folks whose works we discussed…
… Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
… our other friends, relatives & audience whom we appurreciate, nya!
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