Oh that’s OK! Ah, I had a pleasant time time on the mainland with friends in costumes for a trivia night at a restaurant and the Halloween Comics Fest at the comics shops, but I then I had to scurry to catch up on my art, writing and helping with some home renovations! Well, it looks like Tara-chan has returned with some nice photos, so lets; proceed with
the Lightning Round discussion topic:
which is our favorite movie & TV birds!
We’ve previously mentioned our favorite dinosaur, shark and giant bug movies, so in anticipation for Thanksgiving turkey dinners this month’s Lightning Round topic is of the feathered disposition, as we list our favorite avian characters of cinema and television, or our favorite movies & TV shows which feature birds in significant roles. So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO, NYA!
Ok, The Crow series, the penguins of Batman Returns, and Howard in Guardians of the Galaxy! (tags her sister to go next)
Harry Potter’s owl Hedwig and the Postal Owls, Dumbledor’s pet phoenix Fawkes, The Hobbit’s giant Great Eagles! (tail-tags Mary Nyan)
I will second the owls and the Eagles and add Hitchcock’s Birds, The Munsters’ Raven, and Bart Simpson as The Raven! (tags Mielikki)
Mary Poppins’s umbrella, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and Ladyhawke’s Isabeau, fur shur (tags Elizabeth with a flit of the wing)
Heehee! I will nominate Daffy Duck, Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, Henry Hawk and The Road Runner! (tags her fiance with a brush of the tail)
Bloom County’s Opus, Harvey Birdman’s Avenger, Monty Python’s dead parrot, and WKRP in Cincinnati’s falling turkeys! (tags Tara-chan)
I want… I want to nominate My Little Pony’s Philomena, Owowliscious and – and Gilda Griffin, nya! Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tags her sister)
I will nominate Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Darkwing Duck, Ludwig Von Drake, Daisy, Huey, Duey and Luey, nya! (tags Trini-chan)
The Muppets’ Camilla the Chicken and Sam the Eagle, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, and Mister Rogers’s X the Owl! (tags Jeannie)
Pollyphase Avatron of Doctor Who, Captain the parrot of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Aleek-om and Tchar of the animated Star Trek. (tags B.B.)
Peanuts’ Woodstock, Chicken Run’s Rocky and the hens, UP’s Kevin, and Ranma 1/2’s Legendary Phoenix, and tags Ilyana)
The penguins of Mary Poppins, Madagascar and Happy Feet; Mr. Ping of Kung Fu Panda, Blu and Jewel of Rio! (tags Patra)
Margalo in Stuart Little, Scuttle in The Little Mermaid, Iago in Aladdin, and Wilbur in The Rescuers Down Under, nya! (tags Bun)
The Three Cabalerros, Fantasia, Phoenix 2273: Space Firebird, Pixar’s For The Birds short and Finding Nemo’s seagulls! Back to Mike!
Oh, I gotta go with Woodstock! Well, that was an expedient little lightning round, and now let’s continue our cinematic topic with our
movie and DVD reviews, starting with
Nyo-sensei’s review of Bridge of Spies!
Arigato! Steven Speilberg is one of my favoritest directors due to his many movies such as Duel, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Always, Terminal, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, War Horse, and Lincoln, so when I saw the purreview trailers for this cold war thriller starring Tom Hanks, I was very eagerly anticipating this movie! The movie begins in New York of the late 1950’s when FBI agents arrest the Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, who is repurrsented in the trial by lawyer James Donovan.
Unfortunately, Donovan becomes unpopular for doing so; he and his family suffer threats and harassments, Abel is found guilty and sent to purrison. Later a US CIA U2 spy plane is shot down over Russia and its pilot Francis Gary Powers is captured while the Berlin Wall is being built. Donovan is secretly hired by the US government to go to Berlin to negotiate the swap of Abel for Powers, but things get more complicated when Donovan also wants to free an American student who has been captured by East Germany’s Stasi police.
It is such a captivating movie full of the thrilling action, suspenseful espionage, back – room deals, some humorous situations, and the very poignant messages about legal rights! The screenplay was written by The Cohen Brothers and Mark Charman, and the supurrb cast includes Tom Hanks as Donovan, Amy Ryan as his wife, Mark Rylance as Abel, Austin Stowell as Powers, and Alan Alda as Donovan’s law firm boss! I think that the movie’s plot, pace, dialogue, ambience and character developments are all quite brilliant!
There are so many fascinating scenes in the movie, from Donovan’s home and law office, to the courts and the prisons, from the U2 hanger and the aerial scenes, to all of the moments in East & West Berlin! It has such great sets, locations, period styles, cinematography, editing, art direction, purrduction design, sounds and mewsic! I will give it the high grade of an “A” as in Abel, and thus Bridge of Spies is one of my favoritest movies o the year thus far! Nyow I would like to discuss another movie by another favorite director–
Guillermo del Toro is another of my favorite directors due to movies such as Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy 2, Blade 2, The Devil’s Backbone and Mimic, so when I saw the purreview trailers for this gorgeously gothic, romantic horror / mystery movie I was quite hooked! Nyow for a taste of the plot! The movie begins in New York in the late 19th century when a young girl is scared by the appurrition of her late mother who cryptically warns her to beware of The Crimson Peak.
Years later, the adult Edith is an aspiring author whose wealthy builder father is visited by the English baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe who hopes to find investors to fund his invention. After her father’s mysterious murder, Edith marries Thomas and moves into his dilapidated mansion in England, in which his sister Lucy also resides. It is an eerie house full of the strange macabre occurrences built atop the ground’s Blood-Red clay, which colors the snow hence it is called The Crimson Peak.
Whilst Edith becomes ill, suspicious and has more ghostly encounters, back in New York, her friend Dr. McMichael is still rather fond of Edith and investigates the incidents, but I should not further spoil the plot of the tragic, sad, scary, violent, supurrnatural tale! The terrific cast includes Mia Wasikowska as the smart, brave Edith, Jim Beaver as her father, Tom Hiddleston as Thomas, Jessica Chastain as Lucy, Charlie Hunnam as Dr, McMichael, and Burn Gorman as Detective Holly!
I was purrticularly impurressed by the costumes designed by Kate Hawley, especially the ladies’ supurrb attire, and the movie’s great architecture such as the mansions and offices envisioned by the purroduction design Tom Sanders! The art direction, cinematography, make-up and FX are excellent, and the mewsical score and sound FX are also purrticularly atmospheric! That is all for my reviews, but nyow here is my sister to tell us about another movie graced by Jessica Chastain–
Arigato! With the adapted screenplay by Drew Goddard based upon the novel by Andy Weir, The Martian is one of my favoritest movies directed by Ridley Scott, whose movies include Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Duelists, Thelma & Louise, Blackhawk Down, Gladiator and others! It stars Matt Damon as the scientist astronaut Mark Watney who is marooned after his friends remorsefully purrsume that he has purrished during a storm which they had to hastily launch away from, but while they are on the long trip back to Earth, he awakens to be the only purrson on Mars!
He is so very botanically ingenious, creative, heroic and humorous as he shrewdly plans his long range survival, figures out how to grow the food crops in the purresurized habitat, and scrounges amongst the past and purresent space equipment on Mars to make contact with NASA! Then it is the unified global race to figure out how to rescue him before his air, food and supplies run out! It is the extremely captivating tale of the hard science and lone survival with the brilliant story, pace, dialogue, purrformances, direction, designs, sets, cinematography, FX, mewsic & editing!
The rest of the great cast includes Jessica Chastain as the expurrdition leader, Jeff Daniels as the NASA director, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Park, Donald GLover, Michael Pena, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig and Aksel Vogel! There are some sped up scenes, but this is for the time lapse storytelling and not the annoying speed-ramping style. There are also plenty of pop & disco songs, which Mark listens to on the digital drives during his maroonment, including the delightful ABBA song used during a key scene aboard his faithful martian rover!
There are many moments to cheer for on Mars, Earth and in space with many humorous and tense scenes. It is neat to see the smart survival. engineering, communications & astronaut techniques. I will give The Martian the grade of an “A” as in Ares as one of my favoritest movies of the year full of so many great movies, I think this is Ridley Scott’s best movie since Blade Runner, and I liked it much more than Prometheus and I will heartily recommend it to fans of other space movies such as Space Camp, Apollo 13 and Gravity! Nyow for my next review, I would like to discuss
When Marnie Was There!
This was one of the movies we have been most eagerly awaiting, because it is by Studio Ghibli whose anime includes Nausicaa, Laputa, Totoro, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Cat Returns, Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko, Princess Kaguya, The Wind Rises, From Up On Poppy Hill and other wonderful movies! Based upon the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who purreviously directed The Secret World of Arrietty!
The plot purrtains to a shy, artistic, depurressed teenage girl named Anna from Sapporo who goes to live with an aunt and uncle at a small coastal town of Kushiro, where she is strangely drawn to a lovely old mansion by the marshes, where she secretly befriends a mysterious girl named Marnie, and she later befriends another more recent resident named Sayaka. However, there are odd occurrences as their relationships take the surrealistic turns in this very beautiful, poignant, captivating, bittersweet tale! Y’all might want to have a box of tissues handy for some tearful scenes!
The 103 minute movie was purrduced by Toshio Suzuki & Yoshiaki Nishimura, the screenplay is by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Keiko Niwa, and supurrvising animator Masahi Ando; the wonderful mewsic score is by Takatsugu Murumatsu, and the hauntingly beautiful end theme song is by Priscilla Ann! The original Japanese cast of voice actors includes Sara Takatsuki as Anna, Nana Matsushima as her foster mom Yoriko, Toshie Negishi as Aunt Oiwa, Susumu Terajima as Uncle Oiwa, Hiomi Kuroki as Hisako, Hana Sugisaki as Sayaka, and Kasumi Arimura as Marnie!
I think every aspect of this movie is quite supurrb, and I will give it an “A” as in Anna! The R1 NTSC standard DVD from GKids includes the original Japanese version and the American English dubbed version which was translated by Taro Goto. The latter voice cast includes Hailee Steinfeld as Anna, Geena Davis as Yoriko, Grey Griffin as Aunt Oiwa, John C. Reilly as Uncle Oiwa, Vanessa Williams as Hisako, Ava Acres as Sayaka, Raini Rodriguez as Anna’s classmate Nobuko, Kathy Bates as her mom, and Kiernan Shipka as Marnie!
The movie is purrsented in the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen in English, French, Spanish & Japanese Dolby Digital 5.0 audio with optional subtitles. The only bonus features are the the 7 foreign purreview trailers & TV spots for the movie, the one US trailer, and 12.5 minute discussion by the English dub actors. The bonuses are purrsented in English and in Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0. We still hope that Ghibli’s Only Yesterday and I Can Hear the Ocean might be released here on the DVDs! Nyow i will turn The Mew over to Mike for his review of the
Jeff Lynn’s ELO Live in Hyde Park DVD!
Thank you, Nya-sensei! Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is one of my favorite bands and Jeff Lynne is one of my favorite song writers, singers & producers, especially for albums such as Eldorado, Face The Music, A New World Record, Discovery, Xanadu, Time, Secret Messages, and especially their 1977 double album Out of the Blue, which has some of my most favorite music to draw to! Unfortunately I’ve never actually been to one of their concerts, although I do have the Out of the Blue Live at Wimbly DVD, and now I also have the wonderful Live in Hyde Park DVD!
On 14 September 2014, ELO headlined BBC Radio 2’s Festival in a Day concert in London’s Hyde Park, where Lynne was joined by longtime ELO member Richard Tandy on piano & keyboard, Marcus Byrne & Bernie Smith also on keyboards, Chereene Allen on violin, Lee Pomeroy on bass, Donovan Hepburn on drums, Milton McDonlad on guitar & vocals, Melanie Lewis-McDonald & Mick Wilson on percussion & background vocals, Iaian Hornal on background vocals and the BBC Concert Orchestra on a stage with a dazzling light & projection show for the 50,000 fans!
At just 71 minutes it’s over too soon, but gosh it’s such a joyful, beautiful, spectacle! The 16 great songs included “All Over the World”, “Evil Woman”, “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle”, “Showdown”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Strange Magic”, “10538 Overture”, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”, “Turn to Stone”, “Steppin’ Out”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Rock ‘n Roll is King”, “Telephone Line”, “Mr. Blue Sky”, the Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care”! The musical director was Mike Stevens, the producer Stephanie McWhinnie, and the executive producer was Mark Cooper.
The video was directed by Janet Fraser Cook, released on the Region 0, NTSC standard DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment,. In addition to the concert there is an an almost 15 minute interview with Lynne, plus plus the 80 minute, 2012 documentary “Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO”. The documentary was written & directed by Martyn Atkins, produced by James Pluta, and the executive producer Craig Fruin, with some great steadicam shots of Lynne at his beautiful home, recording studio & garden along with Richard Tandy and audio engineer Steve Jay.
There are comments by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison, Dhani Harrison, Tom Petty, Barbara Orbison, Joe Walsh, and Eric Idle. Lynn discusses his parents, childhood and earliest musical instruments; bands such as the Night Riders, Idle Race, The Move, ELO, Traveling Wilburys, producing for The Beatles, George Harrison, Tom Petty & his recent solo projects. There are remembrances of Roy Orbison and Del Shannon, archival footage of recording sessions, music videos; and we get to see him singing, recording, playing guitar, ukulele, piano & drums.
I wish it more thoroughly examined the making of the ELO albums, but it is such a neat treat to see him at home and at work with such insights into his legendary artistry and career. The concert, interview & documentary total just over 166 minutes in the 16×9 widescreen format, with English language Dolby Digital Stereo; and optional English, German, French & Spanish subtitles for the interview & documentary. There’s also a nice 5 3/4″ x 3 5/8″ full color 12 page booklet! That’s all for our movie and DVD reviews, and now here’s Trini-chan to start our
pony reports, with her review of the
Equestria Girls: Friendship Games DVD
Hai! We love My Little Pony from the original 1980’s series to the current Friendship is Magic era and its Equestria Girls spin-off movies! We reviewed the first Equestria Girls movie in the September 2013 Mew, the Rainbow Rocks sequel in the November 2014 Mew, and we were excited to see this 3rd movie in which the Canterlot High School Wonder Colts compete against the Crystal Prep Academy Shadow Bolts in various academic & athletic competitions, while Sunset Shimmer and that world’s version of Twilight Sparkle investigate the magickal portals & pony-up incidents!
I am so glad that Sunset Shimmer has become one of the mane characters of the series, and I was so glad that Twilight Sparkle plays the major role since her brief cameo at the end of Rainbow Rocks! Friendship Games was written by Josh Haber, produced by Devon Cody, executively produced by Sarah WallKristen Newlands & Stephen Douglas, directed Ishi Rudell, consultingly directed by Jayson Thiessen, art directed by Rebecca Dart, with the voice direction by Terry Klassen, the songs written by Daniel Ingram and the music was composed by William Anderson!
The 72 minute movie made by Hasbro Studios and DHX Studios is presented in the 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format on the Region 1 NTSC standard DVD from Shout Kids, with the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, optional English subtitles., and the optional audio commentary by Haber, Theissen, Rudell, Ingram, Dart, and Hasbro Studio’s executive director Brian Lenard! The bonus features include sing-a-longs to 3 of the songs, 4 deleted scenes which total 9 minutes with the optional commentary, and the 5 delightful animated prequel shorts which total 12 minutes!
The superb voice cast includes Rebecca Shoichet as Twilight Sparkle’s singing voice & Sunset Shimmer, Tara Strong as Twilight Sparkle, Ashleigh Ball as Applejack and Rainbow Dash, Andrea Libman as Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Sweetie Drops, Tabitha St. Germain as Rarity, Luna and Photo Finish; Cathy Weseluck as Spike, Nicole Oliver as Celestia, Nicole Oliver as Celestial, Britt McKillip as Cadance, Iris Quinn as Crystal Prep’s Principal Abacus Cinch, Vincent Tong as Flash Sentry and the bus driver, Shannon Chan-Kent as Pinkie Pie’s singing voice and Lemon Zest…
… Kazumi Evans as Rarity’s singing voice, Kelly Sheridan as Indigo Zap, Sharon Alexander as Sour Sweet, Britt Irvin as Sunny Flare, Sienna Bohn as Sugarcoat, and Andrew Francis as Shining Armor! Also appearing are Apple Bloom Scootaloo, Sweetlie Belle, DJ Pon-3, Derpy Hooves, SIlver Spoon, Diamond Tiara, Twist, Snips, Lemon Zest, Micro Chips, Sandal Wood, and many other characters to identify in this wonderful movie which has the great story, characters, art, animation, voices, songs and music, and I will give it an “A’ as in Abacus! Next I would like to discuss–
My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria!
We have reviewed several pony publications such as the comic book, story books, activity books, guide books, calendars, and books about the pony mythology, and now I am pleased to discuss the sort of book we have longly awaited! The Art of Equestria is a beautiful, thorough look at the art and design of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series since 2010! It is chock full of the many illustrations, sketches, concept art, storyboards & notes, and it was wonderfully written by Mary Jane Begin who authored the exquisite My Little Pony Under The Sparkling Sea story book!
This handsome 9.25″ x 10.35″ hardcover was edited by Samantha Weiner and designed by Danielle Young with the production managed by Kathleen Gaffney. It was published by Abrams last month; with the 216 full color pages and the USA price of $29.95, Canadian price of $35.95 and the UK price of £18.99. There are so many lavish images, including the many panoramas, full page pics and some two-page spreads, and concept art by Lauren Faust, Matt Mattus, Paul Rudish, Tim Bennett, Martin Ansolobehere and the many other artists, designers, illustrators and colorists!
There are interviews with Lauren Faust, Matt Mattus, Beth Love, and throughout the book are expert comments by great directors, designers of Hasbro and DHX Media such as Jayson Thiessen, Rebecca Dart, Jim Miller, Timothy Packford, Phil Ceasar and Brian Lenard! After the map of Equestria, forward by Thiessen and introduction by the author, chapter 1 starts with the evolution of the designs since the 1st generation of ponies in 1983! The book goes up through the current, 5th season of the Friendship is Magic TV series, but does not include the Equestria Girls spin-off movies.
Chapter 2 is devoted to mane characters such as Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, AppleJack, Spike, Celestia, Luna, Cadance, Shining Armor, Zecora, Nightmare Moon, The Wonderbolts and The Cutie Mark Crusaders! Chapter 3 pertains to the adversaries such as Discord, King Sombra, Lord, Tirek, Queen Chrysalis, Starlite Glimmer and Ahuizotl; whilst chapter 4 examines critters & mythical beasts such as Cerebus, Orhtros, Ursa Major, Minotaur, Sea Serpent, Hydra, Manticore, Chimera, Griffons, Timberwolves, the Breezies and several others!
Chapter 5 explores environments such as Ponyville, Cloudsdale, Canterlot, Manehattan, Everfree Forest, Sweet Apple Acres, The Castle of Two Sisters, Golden Oak Library, Sugarcube Corners, Carousel Boutique and Fluttershy’s cottage! Chapter 6 looks at the process of Hasbro Studios and DHX media from the sketches & storyboards to the fully rendered images, and chapter 7 brings the book home with another gallery, final messages & acknowledgments! I will give this fabulous book an “A” as in Apple Buck! That is all for my reviews, but now here is Tara-chan to discuss
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #21
Arigato, nya! The Friends Forever series teams up various characters, such as Discord with Luna inissue #20, and – and Spike teamed up Zecora to try to cure the many sick friends in issue #21, which has the uninterrupted 22 page tale followed by the 10 pages of the ads, nya! It was written by Ted Anderson, lettered by Neil Uyetake, edited by Bobby Curnow, and – and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska with the coloring assistance by Lauren Perry, with the regular cover art by Amy Mebberson, the subscription variant cover by Agnes, and – and the variant cover art by Diana Leto, nya!
Zecora is one of my favorite characters, and – and It is the beautifully illustrated, poignantly written tale which is very sad as we see the many poor sick ponies in Ponyville, nya. Not only is there the misery of the mysterious malady, but there is the reflection upon the lonely nature of Zecore as the solitary zebra in the region and – and Spike as the rare dragon, although they are grateful for the friends, nya! Derpy, Silver Spoon Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Angel, the Cake family, the Apple family, and – and a pony in the Haz Mat suit from the Canterlot Disease Corps are in the tale, nya!
There are many other background ponies to identify, especially in the impurressive two-page spurread and – and on the montage page, nya! The characters and – and the scenery are beautifully rendered with the great expurressions, poses, and – and colors, including Zecora’s tree home which is so charmingly decorated with the candles, the trinkets and – and the colorful hanging bottles, nya! I will give the pony comic the high purraise grade of the “A’ as in Apple Buck and – and as in my anticipation for the next issue, nya! Nyow I will continue our pony reports with my review of
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #35!
Gosh I cannot believe that it has already been the three years IDW started publishing the pony comics which are wonderfully faithful to the animated series, nya! Purrviously in the current Siege of the Crystal Empire story arc, Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Cadance and – and Shining Armor were purrparing the Crystal Empire festival, villains such as the Flimflam Brothers, Iron Will the minotaur, his assistant Bertha, Lightning Dust, Queen Chrysalis and – and her herd of Night Mares ambushed them, nya!
This was the distraction that the sad poor lonely Radiant Hope needed to swipe the Crystal Heart relic in order to revive her former friend the evil King Sombra, nya! As issue #35 begins, we see the flashback tale of how they were friends in the younger filly days until he went bad and attacked Princess Amore, and why Radiant Hope tis trying to restore him at the behest of the Umbrium Shadow Ponies, nya! This issue has the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “The Siege of the Crystal Empire Part Two” which is followed by the 10 pages of the ads, nya!
We purrfur it when the publishers place all of the ads after the tales, nya! It was written by Jeremy Whitley who created the Princeless series, illustrated by Andy Price, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by GIlberto Lazcano, and- and edited by Bobby Curnow with the regular cover art by Sara Richard, he retailer’s incentive cover by Andy, the variant cover made for Hot Topic stores, and – and the blank cover which is handy for getting an artist’s sketch, nya! As if there were not enough characters, Celestia and – and Luna arrive in this issue too, nya!
It is brimming with everything from the many characters in the big battle, the humorous bits amidst the thrilling action, more of the amazing Equestria mythology, the sad tragic poignant parts, and – and the very startlingly ominous cliffhanger, nya! As mewsual it is the beautiful comic book with the purrfect pony poses, expurressions, style, tone and – and scenery, but it seems like every Sombra tale is a rough emotional incident destined for much heartbreak, nya! That is all for my reports, but nyow here is onee-chan to continue our comic book reports with
Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess #4, nya!
Arigato, nya! Well I cannot believe that it has been 8 months since Raven Xingtao alias The Black Arrow was introduced in the wonderful Princeless series, from which her own delightful comic book has spun off, nya! For those who came in late, Raven is the cunning, agile, tough expurrt mariner, archer and 17 year old daughter of the pirate king, who has been recruiting her own multi-racial, all girl crew to vengefully sail against her misogynistic brothers’ ships, and reclaim her rightful inheritance, nya!
Among Raven’s recruits are her dear friend Ximena the cartographer / navigator, Sunshine the half – elf girl, Katie the tall, powerful new first mate, several girls of the port town’s adventure gamer guild, and Jayla the scientific genius daughter of Cookie the tavern owner who was a friend of Raven’s dad, nya! They are a smart, brave, peppy crew, but unfortunately they have been hindered by an irate gang of thugs that wants to lynch Jayna whom they have accused of witchcraft and burn down the tavern, nya!
Published by Action lab, issue #4, is purriced $3.99 and its 28 pages include the uninterrupted 24 page chapter which was written by Jeremy, edited by Alicia Whitley, pencilled & colored by Rosy Higgins, with the layout, inking & lettering by Ted Brandt, nya! After the very charmingly poignant interlude of stargazing upon the deck, Raven and Ximena return to the tavern to find the mob has escalated to include some of the royal guards! Fortunately the girls devise a plan to fool and dispurrse the mob, nya!
It is a messy & disgusting yet amewsing plan which requires a big pot of blood from a friend’s butcher shop, but I should not spoil much more of the plot, which has plenty more whimsical & dramatic moments for the characters who plan to set sail soon, nya! It was was yet another brilliant issue with the great characters, plot, pace, dialogue & exquisitely rendered art, especially the layout, designs poses, expurressions & color, nya! Nyow I would like to discuss another great comic book from Action Lab–
Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #1, nya!
Midnight is one of the heroic cats who defend their city against criminals, monsters and disasters in the Hero Cats of Stellar City series which spun off of the Galaxy Man comics, nya! The team is compurrised of Midnight the Black cat, Ace the White cat, Rocket the Tabby, Belle the Siamese cat, Roco the Gray cat, Cassiopeia the Orange & White cat, and her older brother Bandit the tuxedo cat, but Bandit disappurred into another dimension whilst they were fighting the evil Crow King and his flock in Hero Cats #7, nya.
We have a very purretty sketch of Cassiopeia http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest3/6.html by the series’s penciller Marcus Williams, who we have net at Heroes Con in Charlotte, nya! In this spin-off series co-starring Ace and Rocket, Midnight stalks the purrey upon a dark and stormy night, whilst searching for clues that might help to rescue Bandit and reveal more of the Crow King’s scheme, nya! Midnight is the more serious, intimidating and fearful detective kitty of the team, and he reminds me somewhat of Batman, nya!
Set after Hero Cats #7, this 1st issue is purriced $3.99 and its 28 pages include the uninterrupted 24 page tale written by the Hero Cats’ creator / author Kyle Puttkammer, illustrated, colored and lettered by Alex Ogle, plus the 3 page recap of the Crow tale which began in Action Lab’s 2014 Halloween Comicsfest issue, nya! Occurring upon the dark stormy night, this tale has the very noir-ish style of the color and lighting, with the cats often dramatically illuminated by the flashes of the lightning and the explosions, nya!
Adding to the noir flavor is Midnight’s first purrson narration, from a visit to the jail and a meeting with Ace, to a revisit to the Crow lair and meeting with Rocket who examines the evidence, before he discovers the villains’ next opurration and fights more of the flock, nya! This leads up to the startling cliffhanger, but I should not further spoil the plot of the tale which was so captivatingly written and beautifully rendered, and we hope that they will rescue Bandit soon, nya! That is all for me, and nyow here is Becca to discuss
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #19, nya!
Arigato! Buffy issue #19 is purriced $3.50 and has the whimsical, poignant 22 page tale of “Freaky Giles Day”, plus 2 pages of the editor’s and readers’ comments, and the 4 pages of ads. I wish the ads did not interrupt the tale, but that is purrobably my only quibble with these wonderfully canonical tales! It was executively purrduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon, scripted by Christos Gage & Nicholas Brendon who purrtrayed Xander on TV! It was illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, and designed by Justin Couch!
Christianne Goodreau was the the digital art technician, it was edited by Jim GIbbons and Sierra Hahn, assistantly edited by Freddye Miller & Spencer Cushing with the mane cover art by Steve Morris and the variant “Hulk” homage cover by Rebekah & Dan! The tale stars Buffy, Dawn Willow, Xander, and Giles who Willow tempurrarily magickally returns to adulthood! A while back Giles was killed and resurrected but as a kid, so things have been emotionally awkward for him! Adding to the awkwardness is Buffy and Dawn’s reunion with their awful dad after the many years!
So one plot purrtains to what Giles does in the brief time as an adult again, including the romantic time with his former girlfriend Olivia, whilst Buffy & Dawn briefly visit with their dad who is getting remarried. Giles does some other things too, but he and Xander wind up fighting a demon, as a widdle reminder that purreviously some demons have been plotting against the heroes! Willow, Buffy, Dawn & Olivia have some very cute outfits! Angel, Spike and Andrew are not in this issue, but Giles has a brief video chat with his cool aunts Sophronia and Lavinia who are still in London.
There are some other poignant chat moments but I should not spoil much more of the plot! of the fun tale which has the excellent mix of humor, drama, character developments, magick and combat at the good pace! The art is beautiful with excellent expurressions, poses, purrtraitures and attire along with great scenic art, magickal FX, and great fonts for the dialogue, narrative and sound FX! The readers’ & editor’s comments are interesting too, so I will give this issue the “A” as in Anya’s ghost, who we hope to see again soon! The “A” is also for Angel, who has returned to London in
Angel and Faith Season 10 #19!
Purreviously in the Buffy comic, Angel left London to go to San Francisco to help Buffy, Willow, Dawn, Xander, Andrew, Giles and Spike fight the evil demon Archaeus who had been manipulating Angel and Spike’s dreams. Meanwhile in the Magic Town district of London, there were murders at a school which were investigated by Faith, Fred and Detective Brandt. Faith & Fred discovered that the culpurrits were vampires working for Drusilla who was also under Archaeus’s influence. Unfortunately Drusilla escaped the fight, and it seems that Archaeus is still lurking about!
That brings us up to issue #19, which has the 22 page tale of “A Little More Than Kin part One”” plus the 4 pages of ads and the 2 pages of comments The tale was executively purrduced by Whedon, scripted by Victor Grischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard & Jimmy, edited by Sierra Hahn & Jim, assistantly edited by Freddye & Spencer, designed by Justin with digital wizardry by Christianne, the mane cover art by Scott Fischer, the variant cover art by Mike Norton and Michelle, and the publisher is Michael Richardson!
Angel, Faith, Fred, Drusilla, Nadira, Koh, Sophronia, Lavinia, and Rory the bartender appurr in this issue which begins with a big bang as a gang of vampires make the mistake of chasing Fred into an alley, where she unleashes her inner llyria power to destroy them! Later Fred awakens at home where the gang strategizes over tea, whilst Dru is in her own lair where she and her minions plan the next attack! Faith & Koh later discover that Rory’s oub has been trashed, whilst Angel & Fred visit Nadira in her mystical sanctum, where they fight Dru’s minions who capture Nadira!
The chapter ends pon the startling cliffhanger, but I should not further reveal the plot, which is full of brawling & magickal combat! Brandt is not in this issue, but it was so nice to see the aunts again! I think it has great action choreography, dynamic poses, excellent portraitures, intricate clothing & scenery details! Sophronia, Lavinina, Nadira & Dru have rather lovely dresses, the use of color & light greatly creates the ethereally macabre atmosphere, and I will give this issue the “A” as in Archaeus! That is all for my comic book reports, and nyow here is ilyana to tell us about
Red Sonja / Conan #3!
We are rather fond of Sonja who is the slayer of the evil villains & monsters in the ancient Hyborian era, along with her friend Conan the Barbarian! This 4 issue mini-series is the sequel to the Conan / Red Sonja mini-series, in which they fought the evil sorcerer Thoth-Amon & the vile Blood Root, which we reviewed in the February, March, Apurril & June 2015 Mews! Purreviously in this tale, Sonja & Conan defeated mercenaries to become army generals, but later they were ambushed by the assassin monsters created by the evil wizard Kal’ Ang who found more of the root!
Later on the battlefield, the body count rose further as they fought enemy soldiers and giant monsters until they reached Kal’ Ang’s fortress! Sonja accessorized her sexy scale maile & leather outfit with the helmet, shield & weapons which she scrounged from the dead opponents! Issue #3 has the 32 pages which include the 22 page tale which is rated “Teen+”, purrhaps due to the bloody sword & sorcery combat. It was written by Victor Gischler who also wrote the Angel & Faith tale, it was illustrated by Roberto Castro, colored by Alex Guimaraes & lettered by Simon Bowland!
It was edited by Luke Liberman and available in the choice of 4 different covers: Cover A is by Ed Benes & Dinei Ribiero, cover B is by Castro & Ribiero, cover C is the B&W version of cover A, and cover D is the logo-less / type-less version of cover B! Kal’ Ang and his assistant Seer begin to quarrel with each other whilst Conan & Sonja kill the guards and more monsters as they infiltrate the castle! It is like the old fashioned dungeon crawl as they fight the giant three – headed rat, the giant Black spider, her icky brood, and more guards until they reach the evil wizard’s tower lair!
Fortunately it has been a rather unhappily frustrating time for the evil wizard, heehee! I like the character and scenic art with its rich use of the color and light for the very macabre mood, and the excellent fonts used for the dialogue, narrative and sound FX! I purrticularly liked the full – page pic of the icky spider fight, the full – page cliffhanger pic of Sonja & Conan confronting the villain, and the full – page pic of Sonja about to nock another arrow atop the torch – lit dungeon steps! Sonja is not the only treasure hunting heroine in the bikini, as there several more basking with the
Gold Digger Swimsuit Special #23!
Gold Digger by Fred Perry http://fredgdperry.deviantart.com
is the brilliant comic book which purrtains to the amewsing, alluring action – packed adventures of the scientist Gina Diggers, her were-cheetah sister Britanny, their clone Brianna, their friends, family & fellow explorers who crave discoveries, fortunes & relics! Of course, I must admit to the purrsonal bias towards the lovely catgirls who search for the treasures! For our Catgirl Spotlight upon the cast of Gold Digger, please see our August 2011 Mew!
It is published by Antarctic Press, which is also known for many other great manga-inspired & anthropurrmorphic comics such as Ninja High School, Albedo, Genus, Furrlough, Shanda, Twilight X and Warrior Nun Areala! The swimsuit specials are always a delightful treat, and this full color, 23rd issue is purriced $3.99, edited by Doug Dlin & Robby Bevard, and graced by Fred’s front cover illustration of Brittany who is barely contained by the teensy tight Blue bikini as she plays with her seafood on the sand!
The issue’s 32 full – color pages are compurrised of the 17 full – page pin ups, a two – page spurread, a 5 page tale and an 8 page tale! Inside the issue, we see Kelsey Shannon’s pic of Gina hitting the public showerhead whilst Brittany grooms herself, which is followed by David Hutchison’s pic of Gina, Brittany, Brianna and her rifle amidst the statues in a lush tropical cove, which is followed by the pic of Gina’s rival Penny in the Pink bikini with the beach ball drawn by Hugo Avencri and colored by Tony Galvin!
Tony also colored the Master Godai’s impurressively busty pics of Brit and Bri on the beach; Nekonny’s pic of Gina in the Green bikini with the Blue inner tube, and the tale of “Mischief in Paradise” which was written & drawn by Zachary Gray! You know, Nekonny’s Carribbean Blue and Hugo’s Eye of Ramalach are among the wonderful web comics online at the Katbox collective! The supurrb centerspurread of this swimsuit issue is by Rod Espinosa, who is the author of Neotopia and The Courageous Princess!
We have a lovely catgirl sketch by him in our mewseum! David Hutchison & Alfred Perez purrvided a purretty pic of Penny in a Fuchsia bikini; and there are 3 more peppy, sexy, zany pics and the 8 page tale by Alfred; 3 sexy, cute, fun pics by Julia Denham; and Mary Manasseh’s pic of the Redhead in a teensy Yellow stringy bikini making the big splash, although she does not notice the shark fin! I hope the fish winds up in her tummy for suppurr and not the other way ’round, heehee! Nyow here is Lizzy to discuss
Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2!
Hai! Brittany Diggers is not the only cheetah girl to grace the comic books this month, as Dr. Barbara Minerva alias The Cheetah appurrs in Wonder Woman Special #2! We liked Special #1 which we reviewed in the June Mew, so we have been very eagerly anticipating this’un! It is inspired by the 1970’s TV series which starred Lynda Carter as Diana Prince alias Wonder Woman and Lyle Waggoner as her agent friend Steve Trevor. These comics capture the style and spirit of the TV series, but include more characters from the DC Comics!
Of course, the TV series was based upon Wonder Woman comics created by William Moutlon Marston in 1941, which means next year will be the 75th anniversary! Special #2 is the full color 80 page comic book purriced $7.99, with the gorgeous front cover illustration of Wonder Woman looking just like Lynda Carter by Nicola Scott and Annette Kwok, and the beautiful three tales written by Maro Andreyko, lettered by Wes Abbot, edited by Jim Chadwick, associately edited by Jessica Chen, illustrated and colored by the various other artists!
Unfortunately the 10 pages of ads are not all after the tales. It begins with the 30 page tale of “The Cat Came Back” which was illustrated by Drew Johnson and Richard Oritz, colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr, and co-stars The Cheetah who attacks Wonder Woman and the guests at the mewseum’s Wonder Woman exhibit, and transforms the guests into more cat people. This is a special treat because we wish that The Cheetah had appurred in the TV series! We also get to see Wonder Woman befriend a lion, panther & tigers from a nearby zoo!
After that is the 30 page tale of “Celsia 451” which was illustrated by Cat Staggs, colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr, and co-stars Steve, The Atomic Knights team, and the titular anti-heroine who has the supurr fire & ice powers! She wants revenge against the crooked executives and politicians who are to blame for the nuclear power plant accident which killed her family and caused her powers. Wonder Woman has to both fight and help her, and we get to see Diana in an elegant purrple dress accessorized by a corsage at a formal event!
Finally, the 10 page tale of “Wisdom of Solomon” illustrated by Jason Badower & colored by Brett Smith co-stars Soloman Grundy & Steve at a Halloween faire which is fun until a girl is assaulted by a guy, and then her ancestor Grundy arises as a zombie to purrotect her and punish him, until Wonder Woman intervenes to bring calm swift, healing justice! This was such a delightful, purretty and optimistic issue, and we hope that there might be more of these ’77 styled tales! Then there are more of the lovely spotted nekomimi ears and tale in
Betty and Veronica vol. 2 #278!
It might be the 278th issue of volume 2, but including the purrior 347 issues of volume one, that makes this Betty & Veronica’s 625th issue! However it is also a special issue because it is the last one of volume 2, although according to editor in chief Victor Gorelick’s message, Betty & Veronica will return in a series by Adam Hughes! This 32 page issue is purriced at $3.99 and has the 20 tale of “The Last Dance” which was written & pencilled by Dan parent, inked by Bob Smith, lettered by Jack Morelli & colored by Glen Whitmore!
It is available in the 6 different covers by Parent, which form the very wide panorama depicting the girls dancing in fashion styles from the past 6 decades! This is appurropurrately sentimental, as the girls reminisce about past events when they hear that Riverdale High Shcool’s gym will be demolished in the year to be succeeded by the newer facility. However, the old gym will host this year’s Halloween Masquerade Ball, at which Betty and Veronica plan to play the trick upon Archie who always tries to date them both, heehee!
They sepurrately ask him for the date to the dance, but after agreeing he frantically realizes his social faux paws! Thusly he tries to alternate betwixt the Cosmo alien costume for the date with Betty who wears the Josie Pussycats costume, and the supurr duck costume for the simultaneous date with Veronica who wears the Elvira-sih costume! This results in the zany, sentimentally bittersweet time with appurrances by Miss Grundy, Mr. Weatherbee Jughead, Ethyl, Dilton, Kevin, Cheryl, Jason, Kevin Valerie and several other characters!
It is sad to see this longly running series end, but I think it concluded with the good balance of the reminiscing of the romantic rivalries amidst the comedic yet poignant send off, with the excellent plot, brisk pace, lovely art, colors, and fonts, purrticularly the smooch, splash and crash sound FX! We will eagerly anticipate Betty & Veronica’s forthcoming relaunch which will be written & drawn by Adam Hughes, but that is all for the comic book reports, and nyow here is Myayr to begin this month’s manga mewsings with the longly awaited
Oh My Goddess vol. 48 (plot spoiler warning)!
Arigato! We have been especially awaiting this purrticular manga, because Oh My Goddess is one of our all-time favoritest manga and anime series! It is such the fun, beautiful, epic, whimsically romantic fantasy series for over 25 years by Kosuke Fujishima, who also created You’re Under Arrest! Volume 48 is published in North American by Dark Horse; it is purriced at $12.99 US and $16.99 Canada and has the 149 pages of Black & White manga chapters 303 – 308 plus the 14 pages of the fans & editor’s comments and Fujishima’s ending message!
The volume was translated by Dana Lewis & Christopher Lewis with the lettering & touch-up by Susie Lee & Betty Dang with Tom2k, edited by Carl Gustave Horn and the book’s design is by Kat Larson! The front cover is graced by the wonderful goddess Belldandy in her spectacular Type Nine Purrple Treasure Class Ceremonial Wedding Dress, and on the back cover is her human groom Keiichi in his dappurr tail coat tux! We have been waiting for their joyful wedding for many years, and finally it is nigh, but there is the urgent deadline before it is too late!
for them to swiftly return to Earth from visiting Belldandy’s mother Ansuz and father Tyr at their her heavenly home, but there are dangerous obstacles and the short time for the vast cosmic journey before it will be too late! Belldandy’s sisters Urd and Skuld join them on the ride aboard Skuld’s A.I. mech, whilst on Earth are fellow goddesses Peorth & Lind who shred the troublesom demons and try to keep the dimensional gate open before it collapses again! Hild, Mara and the cat also appurr in the tale which frantically escalates towards the happy ending!
It is such the brisk, fun, thrilling, romantic tale with the supurrb art! The great characters, their magnificently ornate attire, and the amazing magickal FX are so gorgeously rendered, including Peorth and Lind’s Valkyrie Battle Tech attacks such as the Dual Wing Tornado Strike and the Rose Colored Whirlwind with Petals Out In Full Bloom! I was also purrticularly impurressed by the several lavish full – page pics &2 page spurreads, and I will give this very significant volume and the series’s wonderful conclusion the high purraise! Next I would like to discuss
Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn vol. 2!
This manga of the futuristic action / cyber / comedy was written by Masamune Shirow (Dominion Tank Police, Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell) and illustrated by Koushi Rikudou (Excel Saga), which was originally published as Koukaku No Pandora in Japan by Kadokawa, with the art, purrduction & compurrsition by Masahito Watari, Rin Hirotose & Rikudou, art assistance by Takepon G & Unamu Kibayashida, editing by Koichiro Ochiai, and design by Noriyuki Jinguji! Vol. 2 has chapters 5-9 of the Black & White manga, some bonus notes and concept pages, and 4 color pages!
The English version is published here by Seven Seas, translated by Jocelyne Allen, adapted by Ysabet Reinhardt Macfarlane, lettered by Rolan Amago, laid out by Bambi Eloriaga-Amago, purroof read by Shanti Whitesides, edited by Adam Arnold and assistantly edited by Lissa Pattillo with the cover design by Niky Lim! The tale is set in the future at the lovely Cennacle resort island, where a cheerful cyborg girl Nanakorbi Nene was going to meet her Aunt Takumi Korbase when she met tsundere cyborg girl Clarian & minions who work for voluptuous deceitful inventor Uzal Delilah!
Nene has the Light Brown hair with the cute ornaments and wants to befriend Clarion, who has the Pink hair with the cute costume cat ears! Both girls are “full body cyborgs” in that except for their brains, their bodies are made of the artificial parts. In volume 1, Uzal’s dangerous huge Buer mech ran amok and caused much catastrophic damage, and it seemed as if only those cyborg girls could stop it! Nyow in volume 2, the Buer is deactivated and Uzal is believed to have purrished while the others escape the incident that has been branded as an act of international terrorism!
However, the genki action journalist Vlin who survived the devastation is displeased with the news coverage, especially when her very close encounter was uncredited! After the police allow Nene and Clarion to leave, the girls eventually arrive at the Aunt Takumi’s huge palatial mansion, but it seems that she is just as disingenuous towards Nene as her associate Uzal, who is still alive after the faked death! There is much intrigue and conspurracy involving those who covet Nene and the Buer, but the cheerfully innocent Nene just wants to embrace Clarion and help the world!
The tale is full of violent combat, zany moments, potential romance, lovely fashions, cyborg nudity and somewhat purrovative “fan service”. I think that the characters are cutely drawn amidst the intricate mecha, graphic FX and architectural scenery as the tale unfolds at the brisk pace! We hope that Nene & Clarion will be able to grow closer and receive more honest, respectful treatment, and hopefully there will not be much more devastations or political schemes to jeopurrdize the world! That is all for our manga mewsings, and nyow here are B.B. and Bunnibuns to shine
this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!
Arigato! This is the monthly portion of The Mew which honors famous nekomimi characters of the movies, TV shows, comics, literature, internet, games & toys from many decades and around the world, whether they are actually part cat, shape-shifters, anthropurmorphic feline females, or those who just dress the part; and our broadly – inclusive criteria has included purrehistoric & jungle girls and characters who have a cat-titude or style to be considered as “honorary” catgirls! This month we are shining the spotlight upon Lightning Comics’ Caitlin Angela Travis, alias Catfight!
Lightning Comics was also known for comics and characters such as Hellina, Perg, Bloodfire, Judgement Day, Moxi, Sinja, Kunoichi, Dreadwolf and CreeD. Created by Steven Zyskowski, Catfight was a very lithe athletic caucasian redhead who wears a Golden cat-eared mask and shredded shorts accessorized with belts, chains, bracelets, earrings, and a magickal pendant, topped off by various bikini tops, gauntlets, occasional pouches and armor. She was tough, strong, agile, skilled in combat and usually armed with a spear, sword, dagger, a disk blade or ballistic claws.
She is quite sassy, sarcastic, and uses deadly force without hesitation against evil creatures. This often results in much violent, gory combat full of dismemberments, decapurtations, eviscerations, and maiming accompanied by her harsh language and trash talk! She is the adult alter-ego of Caitlin, or just Cat for short, a girl originally from Michigan who is in the 6th grade at Pennington Middle School. Cat’s parents Cindy & Marty are unaware of the Catfight purrsona, and only her friend Timmy is aware of Catfight, because his adult alter-ego is Catfight’s sidekick Timber!
Initially in her tales, Catfight exists only in another dimension known as the Alter-Verse, which is home to the realm of Limbo and the deamlands of Somnia. There at the request of Prince Airik Nightmare, Ruler of Somnia, she serves as warrior of Somnia to battle invading unsafe menaces such as the Odium Demons, who can murder children in their dreams. As for Catfight’s origin, Cat explained to Timmy that Prince Nightmare told her that once in every generation, one member of her family inherits the supurrnatural power to control the actions of others while they dream.
In early 1995 Lightning Comics introduced Catfight in The Fury of Hellina #1 which was written by purroduction manager Steven Zyskowski pencilled by Terral Lawrence, inked & lettered by James M. Anderson, editor by publisher / Hellina’s creator Joseph A. Zyskowski with cover colorist Greg Weed. However, this version of catfight was actually an evil demonic imposter who brawled with Hellina and Perg in Chicago. The real Catfight appurred 2 months later in Catfight #1’s tale pf “The Lolli-Pop Man Gets Licked”, which was published by Lightning’s Insomnia Press impurrint.
That Black & White tale was written by Steven Zyskowski pencilled by Terral Lawrence, inked & lettered by James M. Anderson, edited Joseph A. Zyskowski with the cover art drawn by Clarke Hawbaker and colored Greg Weed. The real Catfight makes her heroic debut whilst rescuing two kids named Kimmy & Timmy from the disgusting titular villain in the dreamlands. In the purrocess, she gives Timmy a necklace similar to hers, which can transform him Timber while they are in the Somnia dreamlands, but only when she allows it, because only she can control that power.
Her 3rd appurrance was in Catfight: Dream Warrior #1, published by Insomina Press in June 1995 and written by Steven Zyskowski pencilled by Terral Lawrence, inked by David Mowry, lettered by James M. Anderson and edited by Joseph A. Zyskowski, with the cover art drawn by Creed’s creator Trent Kaniuga and colored Greg Weed. As a new transfer student at the Pennington Middle School, Cat explains her origin and powers to Timmy before they both return to the dreamlands to rescue runaway kids from a demon’s castle, with help from Hellina and Prince Nightmare.
That issue included an art gallery and a contest! The tale continued in Helina / Catfight #1, which was published in October 1995 by Lightning, written by Steven Zyskowski, pencilled by Paul Abrams, inked by Gary Barnes, lettered by James M. Anderson, and edited by Joseph A. Zyskowski, with the regular cover art by Clarke Hawbaker & Greg Weed, and the nude variant cover by Abrams. In this issue, Catfight assists Sandra Lords alias Hellina against demons, but after the battle Hellina warns Catfight that the disingenuous prince has manipulating her. Take it Bun!
Hai! Timber and Dreadwolf briefly appeared in that story, too!. Subsequent Catfight tales were published by Lightning Comics, such as Catfight: Dream into Action #1 in March of 1996, which co-starred CreeD, his shape-shifting pal C.J., Hellina, Perg, Cindy & Marty! It was written by Joseph A. Zyskowski, edited by Joseph C. Zyskowski, pencilled by Matt Martin and inked by John Livesay, with the regular cover art by Matt Martin & James Hood, a nude “meow” variant cover by John Cleary & Greg Weed, and the nude “cat stretch” variant by Paul Abrams, Livesay & Weed!
Set a year since Caitlyn had become Catfight, this issue also debuted her revised costume with the serpentine arm bracelets, asymmetric metal bikini top and more weapons! After arguing with Timmy about their social life at school and trying to warn him about the prince’s plans, that night in her dreams she is spirited away to Somina to battle the demon Immensius who has killed Timber, and soon discovers that the prince has been using her to slay his competition, so that he could absorb all of their powers in order to transcend from Alter-verse to the corporeal reality!
The prince is eaten by the pretty potted Protectious flower which CreeD gave Caitlyn, but the incident resulted in a schism with Caitlyn and Timmy separated from their Catfight and Timber personas in Catfight: Escape into Limbo #1, which was published in November of 1996! It was written by Joseph Adams, edited by Joseph C. Zyskowski, pencilled by O’Clair Albert, and inked by David Mowry, with regular cover A and nude cover B by O’Clair Albert, Edde Wagner & Gorilla Graphix, regular cover B by Ed Benes & Greg Weed, and nude cover A by Paul Abrams.
While Timmy lies in a coma, confused Caitlyn wonders if her adventures were imagined, and Catfight slays lots of demons in the realm of Limbo until she sees Timmy alive there. In exchange for his freedom, the realm’s Queen Zoya wants her lover Prince Nightmare freed from the digestive tract of the Protectious flower. Fortunately things calm down after a nice chat, and seems well for the Queen, the Prince, Timmy, Caitlyn, Catfight, the flower, and the other residents of the Alter-verse! This issue included a pin-up gallery and a page of the readers’ & author’s comments!
Catfight received a transformative parting gift from Rehsil, the faerie-like spirit of the realm, which became evident in Catfight: Sweet Revenge #1 which helped to put the “purr” in April of 1997! It was written by Joseph Abram, pencilled by Mike O’Hare, inked by David Mowry, and edited by Jospeh C. Zyskowsli, with the regular covers by O’Clair Albert & Mike O’Hare, the nude variant covers by Rod Perry & O’Clair Albert, and all of those covers colored by Gorilla Graphix. When Caitlyn visits the awakened Timmy, she realizes that she now has the Catfight powers in reality!
Fortunately she can teleport almost instantly, which helps to hide the secret from her parents who are unaware of Catfight, but are worried about Caitlyn and Tommy’s behavior prior to his coma. Meanwhile in the Alter-verse, we learn that Prince Nightmare is still evil and his supposed rehabilitation was but a clever ruse! He resurrects the awful Lolli-Pop Man and sends him to the real world to attack Caitlyn. The villain harms Cindy, Marty and their car, but he is defeated by Caitlyn who transforms into Catfight and eventually electrocutes him in a swimming pool, heehee!
On the final page of that story, she has the widdle inter-dimensional chat with the Prince who wants her dead, but she’s no longer fooled by his evil schemes! As for what happened after that… we are not sure, as those 7 issues are the only Catfight tales that we have read, and I don’t know how many other appearances she has made! We hope that things got happier for Caitlin, Timmy, and everyone except the prince and any other villains! I would like to see more of Caitlyn at home, school, visiting with Zoya, Rehsil and Protectious, or perhaps a reunion with Kimmy!
Of course, those comics are probably not for folks who might not relish the skimpy costumes, the harsh language, the occult themes or the gory violence, but I like the heroes, and the art! Aside from the comic books, I am not sure if any Catfight merchandise was produced, although there were 6″ action figures of her friend Hellina, which were made in the late 90’s by Lightning Entertainment’s Skybolt Toyz division! That will do it for this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, but speaking of figures, now here is Mie-sensei to start the toy talk with her review of
Quantum Mechanix’s Q-Pop Catwoman figurine!
Arigato! So like, Quantum Mechanix is a company that makes some totally awesome models, replicas and toys, including the recent Q-Pop line of adorably cute widdle chibi-style figurines based upon the animated DC Universe, such as the Justice League animated series Superman, Batman: The Animated Series Batman and Catwoman! Beautifully sculpted by Mohammed F. Haque,
Catwoman stands gleefully grinning with a large, freshly stolen ruby in her right hand, beside a sack of more loot, along with three widdle kitty friends who playfully enjoy the fine haul!
She is is 3 3/4″ tall in the Gray costume with a Gold medallion belt, Black boots, gloves, and a whip coiled on her hip! Perched atop her head is a happy Tan kitty pawing at the gem, whilst a smiling Orange kitty emerges with a strand of pearls from the sack, next to a contented Dark Gray kitty! They are all poised atop a circular display base which is 3″ in diameter and 5/16″ tall. They are all so delightfully designed, meticulously sculpted and nicely painted! The details are simple yet intricate, from her large Green eyes and the whip’s braid to the cats” collars, tags and paws!
Kawaii! An optional, elliptical 2 1/4″ wide dry-erase board shaped like a comics word balloon atop a clear post is included, which currently reads “Purr-fect”, but if you peel off the protective plastic from the board, you can write other messages upon it with the dry-erase marker which is also included in the pretty window box! So like, inserting the post into the tiny slot on the top of display base is the only bit of assembly, and once it is very easily inserted, the peppy, perky crime scene’s overall height is about 5 3/4″ tall, fur shur! Now for my next review, I would like to discuss
Hasbro’s Star Wars: Rebels Ahsoka Tano & Darth Vader action figures!
So like, it has already been 7 years since we reviewed the first action figure of our favorite Star Wars character, Ahsoka Tano! That was in the October 2008 Mew when we reviewed the figure of debut in the Clone Wars theatrical movie, toting widdle Rotta the Hutt in her backpack! She sure has come the long way until her return at the end of the 1st season of the Star Wars: Rebels TV series! This 2 pack from Hasbro contains the 3 5/8″ tall figure of her from that episode, the 4 1/8″ tall figure of her former Jedi Master Darth Vader, their light sabers, the projectile and 2 disks!
Both figures are splendidly designed, sculpted, and painted with the articulation in their neck, shoulders and hips, which is good but not as posable as her prior fgures. Ahsoka is very lithe and lean with the She has the retty Orangey skin with the Blue eyes, Violet ips, White facial markings, and the elegantly tapered White Tongrutan head montrals and head tails with the beautiful Blue stripes! She is wearing the sleeveless outfit of earthy Maroon, Gray, Tan and Silver hues, with the long, fingerless gloves, the knee high boots, and 2 light sabers with Silver hilts and Ice Blue blades!
One of her sabers is 2 1/16″ long from pommel to tip, the other is 2 1/4″ long, and she also has a 1 1/4″ diameter translucent “force disk” to grip! I believe the disk represents the spinning thrown saber attack! Vader’s 2 3/4″ saber has a Red blade with the Silver and Black hilt! His costume has great fabric folds, creases and drapery details, with the flexible, separate, ankle-length cape, the helmet’s glossy finish and the smokey lenses, and the intricate detail of the instrumentation upon his chest plate and belt. He has a 2″ diameter Red disk which can be launched few feet.
I’ve averaged an aerial distance of 2 feet., or up to 4 feet. if it gets a good spin upon a smooth surface, fur shur! I am very pleased with these very nice figures, and I have displayed them on the shelf next to the figures of Rebels’ Hera and Sabine! The toys are like totally adding to our enthused anticipation for the new Star Wars movie which premiers next month! So like, that is all for our toy talk portion of The Mew, and here is Jennyjen to start our event reports, by telling us about the wonderfully fun time at
TFCon Charlotte 2015, fur shur!
Hai. As the purresident of CIRC (Catgirl Island Robotics Club) I was honored to lead the caravan from our island to the city of Concord near Charlotte on the mainland, where we linked up with Mike, our friend Sean, past guests Pacozord and Chef Ron for the sunny autumnal Saturday full of festivities, shopping and dinners. Once at the hotel for the Transformers Convention, we were greeted by the beautiful site of several bot replicas parked curbside in their vehicle modes, including Bumblebee and Optimus which we purrofusely photographed.
After purrchasing the wrist bands and tee shirts from the cordial registration desk staff, we purroceeded into the dealers’ room which was brimming with toy, art and special guest goodness. This included Dan Gilvezan who purrvided the voice of G1 Bumblee, Goldbug, Hotspot, Rollbar, Skids & Snapdragon), Gregg Berger (the voice of G1 Grimlock, Skyfire, Long Haul, Outback), Richard Newman (Beast Wars’ Rhinox, Beast machines’ Tankor, Cybertron’s Vector), comics author James Roberts and comics / animation author / story editor Flint Dille.
There were brilliant artists there, plus the wonderful displays of pending toys, fan art & dioramas. Rows and rows of dealers sold loose & still – packaged new, vintage, domestic & import toys; purredominatly Transformers but also G.I. Joe, Power Rangers, Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, and various anime items, plus lovely comics, purrints, decals, shirts, and other merchandise.There were friendly fellow fans of all ages, ethnicities and genders, including the few cosplayers, and we were purrticularly delighted to see the G1 Arcee cosplayer.
The widdle full-color program book included the nifty 6 page tale of “Not Feng Shui” written by Daniel Arseneault, illustrated by Dusty Griffin, lettered by Yik Yu, colored by Alex Yankou & Silas Zed.
In addition to the dealers, displays, and the guests’ autograph session, the activities included Q&A sessions, discussion panels, readings, screenings, podcasts, the costume contest and gatherings in the hotel’s bar. After lunch and shopping at the nearest Toys R Us store, then we purroceeded via highway 73 to “Fairhaven Village” near Huntersville for the
22nd Annual Carolina Rennaissance Festival.
Celebrating it’s 22nd year, the Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan marketplace http://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com was even bigger than ever with many added attractions, feasting, venders & purrformers such as the Edgewood theatre, Queen’s Kitchen, pony rides, the Washing Well Wenches, and The Fool Hearty Fool School in addition to the purreviously exisiting Casa Fortuna Stage, Middleshire Grive, Royal Pavilion, Rialto Stage, Sherwood Stage. The Dutch Door, Merriment Stage, Mynstrel’s Roost, Sir Reel’s Pavilion, the Palace Stage and Fairhaven Theatre.
To say that the Festival is astounding in it’s expanse, attention to detail, and merry ambience would be an understatement. After the hike from the parking fields, we expediently purrchased our tickets from the cordial sellers, and were rather amazed as we passed through the woods and into the village street which was so lavishly bustling with the many happy purrformers, venders and attendees of all ages, genders & ethnicities in beautiful costumes. One could rent a costume right at the entrance, and the lanes abounded with the wagons, kiosks, buildings & tents.
The sumptuous dining venues included the Cottage Bakery, Cappuccino Inn, Tudor Rose Pub, Waffles & Crepes Inn, King’s Kitchen & Crown Pub, The Cinnamon Almond Shoppe, The Queen’s Kitchen & Pub, The Lancer’s Pub & Joust Kitchen, Woodland Beer & Brats, and the Cottage Chocolate Shoppe. The longest lines seemed to be for the beer, and appurropurriately the purrivies. There are so many vendors of beautiful goods from the costumes, flowers, masks, shields and weapons to the blacksmiths, glassblowers, banners, sculptures, decor & other artistry.
We were greeted by a lovely cheerful maiden with a basket of long stem flowers, and was purrticularly enamored with the beautiful Ruth Thompson art gallery store. Among the many rides and activities to test one’s mettle were Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, Castle Seige, The Maze, Jacob’s Ladder, Voyage to the New World, Vegetable Justice, High Stryker, Axe & Star Throw, Catapulting Frogs, Master gamer, Silder joust, The Piccolo Pony, Queen Darts, The Dungeon Museum, Shatter & Platter, the Camel Rides, he kids’ Butterfly Ride and the Toddlers’ Swan Swings.
There were actors, jugglers, comedians, storytellers, bagpipers, jousting knights, Twig the Faerie and a naughty pirate show. My kyudo club would purrticularly enjoy the archery range; my dance troupe would like the belly dance; and I suspect that Tara-chan would embrace the pony rides which were just past a Weeping Angel. The added facilities conveniently circle back towards the entrance, where two Silurians strolled past us towards the exit, just past the petting zoo. I hope they had as much delightful fun as we did. Nyow here is Petra to present the latest
additions to Catgirl Island’s Mewseum of Art.
Hai, in Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html we purroudly purrsent a pic of our friend Eamane causing “Sexy Ripples” by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was our September 2009 guest, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her purrior pics, or read her amewsing romantic tale of “The Love of a Catgirl” http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html which stars Eamane, her boyfriend A.J. and niece Hannah, nya? In this scene, Eamane is wearing the daring Violet bikini which bares much cleavage, tummy and thighs whilst knee deep in the brook, nya!
Then in Guest Gallery 3 is Rebecca’s adorable image of faeries “Amethyst and Sapphire”, nya! On the left with Eggplant colored hair and Sea Blue wings is Sapphiregina Andreana Makoyanadi or just Sapphire for short; and on the right with Lemon Sherbet colored hair and Sugar Pink wings is Amethystia Nicolathea Aurantiacaea or just Amethyst short, nya! Both are 5 ft tall and 85 lbs with the 32B-23-33 measurements and 4.5 ft. wingspan, but can shrink to tinier sizes, nya! Sapphire is a mechanic and Amethyst is the office manager at the local golf cart dealership, nya!
Nextly in that gallery is Rebecca’s illustration of a foxy “Woodland Dweller”, which depicts the titular kitsune girl purrched upon the tree stump, nya! She has short Brown hair, Red ear pinna with Black tips, and a well – groomed tail with a White tip, nya! She is wearing a bare midriff, off shoulder Light Blue outfit with detached sleeves, thigh highs and ruffled skirt which expose her cleavage, tummy and thighs, nya! Rebecca used Sai, Photoshop CS6 and an Intuos 5 tablet to render Eamane, Amethyst and Sapphire; and Copic markers to render the fox and wolf girls, nya!
Finally in Guest Gallery 3 is our friend Pacozord’s photo of the awesome “Arcee Cosplayer” that Jenjen mentioned in her report, nya! The cosplayer is so peppy & purretty in the Pink & White costume as Arcee, who is one of the female Autobots of the Transformers series, nya! There have been several versions of Arcee, but this is the first (G1) version from when she debuted in the animated Transformers: The Movie in 1986, so next year will be her 30th anniversary, nya! Fortunately, none of her enemy Decepticons interfered with the festivities at the TFCon, nya!
Nyow in Gallery 7 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery7.html is Mike’s illustration for a “Captain Tarzeg’s Baconed Bourbon” bottle label, which depicts the Gorn lizard purrson dressed as a15th century purrivateer toting a pig and a keg, nya! Mike rendered this with Photoshop CS2, the mouse, in due homage to legendary artist Don Maitz, Captain Morgan’s Rum and Star Trek’s Gorn, nya! Tarzeg was our friend Phillip Evans’s character in a Star Trek game, and this purrody gift art was done for Phillip who requested the concept as a retirement gift for another friend, nya!
Then in Gallery 7 is the logo for our friend John Lebel’s Halos & Horns Studios https://www.facebook.com/Halos-Horns-Studios-812290108799599/timeline, nya! He is a friendly expurrt collector & dealer of toys & comics who meticulously sculpts custom action figures, accessories & environments, nya! His favorite sculpting mediums are Magic-Sculpt epoxy resin clay and Castilene wax, and he purrfers Smooth-On purroducts for casting & molding, nya. He and Mike designed the logo, and with Jamie’s consultation, Mike rendered it with Photoshop CS2 and the mouse, nya!
John’s favorite toys are the Masters of the Universe, of which the classics version of Whiplash is his favorite figure; and he is very fond of Hot Toys’s 1966 Batman & Robin figures, nya! His all-time favorite comics are of the Batman, but he also likes Saga, Locke & Key, East of West, Scott Snyder’s Wytches, and Geoff John’s Green Lantern tales, nya! John’s favorite character is Yoda, favorite movie is Jaws, favorite TV shows are NCIS, Breaking Bad, Weeds and Justified; his favorite bands are Dropkick Murphys and Volbeat; and he is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox, nya!
Nextly in Gallery 7 we are pleased to purrsent Mike’s illustration of the cute widdle “Coastal Cocktail – Craving Catgirl”, nya! Inspired by a recent visit to Virginia Beach, this started out as the 8.5″x 5.5″ ball point pen doodle of the happy brunette catgirl with the big fluffy tail, wearing the ruffled, off – shoulder halter top and the side – knotted purreo, as she orders the tasty nilla cream cocktail, purrsumably from the bartender of the rooftop lounge at a seaside hotel, nya! Then Mike scanned the pic into Photoshop, spurruced it up, added the type and gave it the sepia tint, nya!
Finally for Gallery 7 this month is Mike’s illustration of “Hazelynne and Maybelle”, who are characters in our friend Sharon Williams’s serialized, purrose, urban fantasy tale of the “Legacy of the Gods” http://rose74.deviantart.com, nya! Sharon was our November 2014 guest, who has written other delightful original tales such as The Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, Osiris Rising, An Angel’s Prayer, Okami No Hime, and her Sailor Moon inspired tales of Sailor Sirius http://sailorsirius.webs.com, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen Mike’s purrior illustrations of her great characters, nya?
Legacy of the Gods purrtains to the heroic high school students, their friends and the Yoruba deities who battle the evil Baron Samedi and his vicious horde of monsters in New Orleans; and as of November 1st, the tale was up to chapter 17, nya! Hazelynne (on the left) likes to wear trendy fashions and has the power the goddess Oshun, whilst Maybelle (on the right) is a casual Jamaican girl with the power of the goddess Ayao, and they are friends of the mane heroine Billie who Mike illustrated back in March, nya! So, what do y’all think of those latest illustrations, nya?
I think the pic of Eamane purrfectly captures her likeness and spirit from the top of her ears to the tip of her tail, and that sexy bikini will capture much attention from her admirers, mew la la!
Hai hai, she is like an irresistible siren in the water, hee hee! I love her expurression with the sideways glance amidst the lush scenery of the brook, the boulders, the foliage and the trees!
Rebecca wonderfully conveyed the look and spirit of Sapphire and Amethyst in the cute chibi style, and they have such cordially peppy expurressions with the gorgeously gleaming eyes!
Oh I think the details are like totally awesome from their twin-tailed coiffures, lapis-like wings and serpentine bracelets to their tattered, petal-like skirts and cute clingy halter tops, fur shur!
The bit of shadows, highlights, and light – spill add to the dimensional sense of layers and mass, and I think the mushrooms, leaves and branches nicely frame the kitsune compurrsition!
It was good to spend time with our friends and fellow fans at the Transformers con, and I think Pacozord’s photograph of the beautiful Arcee cosplayer is a purrfect memento of the event.
I like the details of the Gorn image, such as his disrupter pistol, collar rank pips, and stance upon the Vasquez Rocks amidst the various beverage and Star Trek homages and purrodies!
The Gorn has the very pleased, confident and triumphant expurression with the pig and the keg! I heard that the bacon adds the smokey but not overwhelming flavor to the the bourbon!
I think the bevel, stroke and subtle glow add a sense of power to the liquor label’s fonts, and the Yellow – Red gradient with the bold Black outline add an impact to the Halo & Horns logo!
Hai, and I like the logo’s spiral shapes and curvilinear symmetry of the lettering, accented by the motif of the angelic halo and wings above the devilish horns and spade – tipped tail, nya!
I think Maybelle is so pretty in the lace – up, short – sleeved shirt with the shorts and belt; and Hazelynn is so pretty in the jeans and the flouncey – sleeved light chiffon blouse!
I will second that, and hope that they and the other heroes of Sharon’s tale will have great success with the romances, the grades, the sports, and the battle against the villains!
I think that the doodle of the cocktail craver is cute, but nyow I am craving the nilla cream too! Say, purrhaps it will increase the purrchases at the mewseum’s snack bar, nya!
I guess that would be an unintended consequence, especially since the cocktail hasn’t even been made yet in the pic! Thanks for the kind words, and thank you for presenting the art!
Doitshimaste, nya! I purrticularly like the purretty colors and patterns in the wings of the–
LUNA MOTH, NYA! (The distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the large creamy Green moth)
The Cat Lady Sings…
TARA-CHAN, NYA! (sigh) There she goes again, nya!
The Actias luna is such a beautiful insect!
(snapping the photos) Nya!
Oh I want to take a picture too! (scampurrs after Tara-chan and the moth)
Oh well, it is almost time for our Aftermew Luau anyway!
Well, I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
We wish to thank Rebecca for the beautiful illustrations, nya!
We also wish to thank Pacozord for the photo of the awesome Arcee cosplayer.
We also thank Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
…and we wish to thank the other talented folks whose works we have discussed!
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The Ladies of The Mew:
Happy Tails to you – until we eat again! BAIBAI, NYA!