The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for October, 2007!

by

Mike (their Producer):

The catgirls have reconvened, taking time from a busy day of playing and napping on the beach to discuss more geekish purrsuits. Today they’re at the historic riverwalk district of beautiful downtown Catgirl Island, sipping tasty cran-apple nummy berry sodas and extra special baked yams amongst the Chrysanthemums. And now-


Mary Nyan:

Howdy and welcome back to ‘The Mew’!


Yvonne:

Namaste, nya!


Jeannie:

Aloha Y’all!


Elizabeth:

As mewsual, we’ll be chatting about recent science fiction, fantasy & horror movies, TV, books, toys ‘n stuff!


Mary Nyan:

This month we’ll be interviewing two special guests, ob1 and Pacozord, who are known for their impressive collections! We’ll be welcoming them a bit later. So girls, what have y’all been up to since last time?


While the Catgirls Are Away… They Will Play


Yvonne:

I went to the Jimmy V Celebrity Classic at Pinehurst- It was lovely weather and not too hot on #4, nya! Let’s see what else… we’ve been rather busy at the marina, what with those tropical storm warnings, and hoping there’s not much beach erosion to affect our volleyball matches, nya!


Mary Nyan:

Oh,I went to a neat toy show, Greek Festival, and the island’s fishing tournament- otherwise it’s been the usual hula, aerial dance, and regular miku duties!


Jeannie:

Now that fall semester has started, so have my advanced belly dancing, yoga and kyu-do classes.


Elizabeth:

Good luck Jen!


Jeannie:

Thanks Lizzy!


Elizabeth:

I am sooo looking forward to the North Carolina State Fair. I’m gonna eat! My absolute favorite thing there is the fried dough, with sauce.


Yvonne:

What kind of sauce, nya?


Elizabeth:

Purr-obably Strawberry is my favorite of the sauces. What is your favorite, Vonny?


Yvonne:

I would most like… the Philly cheese steak sammich, from a vender at the fair, nya)!


Mary Nyan:

A great big turkey drumstick!


Jeannie:

The fried dough, with the fresh cow milk.


Mary Nyan:

Moo moo moo! Well that’ll do it for this round, so MOOving right along… (hee!)


What th’ Kitties are Watchin’ on TV


Jeannie:

What sort of science fiction / fantasy & horror genre television is noteworthy of late, nya?


Mary Nyan:

There’s more currently on or coming soon than you might think; Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Cavemen, Dead Zone, Doctor Who, Eureka, Flash Gordon, Ghost Whisperer, Heroes, Jericho, Journeyman, Lost, Masters of Science Fiction, Medium, Moonlight, New Amsterdam, Painkiller Jane, Power Rangers, Pushing Daisies, Sarah Connor, Saving Grace, Smallville, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek Remastered, Tin Man, Torchwood… and that doesn’t even include any animated series!


Yvonne

I wish we still got The Travel Channel as part of our standard cable TV, but Time Warner moved it to the more expensive digital cable (sigh)- except for any Champion Window ads, we no longer get to see Samantha Brown, nya…


Elizabeth:

Now now, I’m just as disappointed as you are, but let’s stick to the science fiction / fantasy & horror genre TV! By the way, the Masters of Science Fiction episode “A Clean Escape” was written by NC author John Kessel!


Jeannie:

As for animated series, I could be a bit off, but I think the ones currently airing here, including re-runs include American Dragon, Avatar, Batman, Ben 10, Bleach, Code Lyoko, Emperor’s New School, Eureka Seven, Fairly OddParents, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Full Metal Alchemist, Inu Yasha, Kim Possible, Legion of Super Heroes, Lilo & Stitch, Naruto, One Piece, Pokemon, The Simpsons, South Park, Storm Hawks, Trinity Blood and Winx Club- assuming I did not forget any! The Spectacular Spider-Man and more of Futurama are supposed to air in 2008, I think.


Mary Nyan:

Of those current live-action shows, Doctor Who and Masters of Science Fiction are my favorites.


Yvonne:

I’m with Myar, and I like to see the new ‘n improved effects on Star Trek, nya!


Elizabeth:

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an excellent show. Batman isn’t bad, but I don’t like it as much as its 90’s predecessor. Similarly, Legion of Super Heroes is good, although I wish it was more of the Justice League Unlimited style. Lilo & Stitch and Kim Possible continue to be fine Disney products, and ‘d love to see a live-action KP movie! Foster’s is among the better original Cartoon Network productions, in my opinion.


Jeannie:

While not exactly SF / Fantasy, South Park does often stray into that genre, and I usually find it very funny. I’m definitely eager for Futurama’s return! I agree with Lizzy about Avatar and KP. Full Metal Alchemist getsa tad darker than I prefer, but it is terrific anime. Eureka Seven is okay, and I love Inu Yasha- but then, I am very biased, as I like everything by Rumiko Takahashi!


Bionic Woman Reviews – Spoiler Alert!


Mary Nyan:

So We’ve watched the first episode of the new Bionic Woman TV show. Yet another show about a woman working for a secret organization. I think it has a fine cast, and the script seemed smart enough, but it seemed way too dark and somber and depressing. I did not like the editing or music.


Yvonne:

I thought the special effects were very good, although I disliked the editing, what with the ‘flash bulb’ effect during washed-out flashbacks and that annoying shaky, jittery photography, nya. Too many cuts during the bionic cat fight too, nya. However, I was almost knocked out of my seat during the shocking car crash and sniper scenes, nya!


Elizabeth:

At first I thought the show was going to seem more like Judging Amy, but soon it became more like Alias. The show is too depressing and lacks the fun of, say, Buffy- even though ironically it has that stereotypical balefully angsty song liked you’d see on a WB show. Oh and that bionic catfight- wearing dark leather coats fighting in the rain (sigh) how many times has that been overdone? I am surprised they did not go ahead and shoot it in a foundry. Her bionic nemesis Sarah Corbisis damaged goods (much like her Starbuck character on Galactica)- but they’re no Buffy ‘n Faith.


Jeannie:

Sadly this government organization she is working for is not nearly as noble or heroic as the OSI of the original series, yet I do think Miguel Ferrer is quite good as the new ‘Oscar Goldman’. Plus this show seems all about lies… the sister lies to Jamie. Jamie lies to her. Her boyfriend lies, and get this- he has a shadowy father figure. Jamie’s ex husband is apparently no good. The organization lies to her. Too many ‘mysterious pasts’.


Mary Nyan:

I do not like those ads for other shows cluttering the bottom of the screen, or the shrinking down of the end credits while they simultaneously show a preview for next week’s episode either- but that’s a gripe with the network.


Yvonne:

Not a very attractive commercial for the movie 30 Days of Night either, but that Honda ad makes me want my own Honda Jet, nya!


Elizabeth:

Um, I think we’re starting to stray cat off topic, y’all! So let’s just sum it up then! So, we seem to like the cast, and the writing’s cleverness yet we don’t like it’s angsty darkness and so much dishonest amongst the characters. We give the stunts and effects a big thumbs up, but the editing and music were not to our personal taste… right?


Jeannie:

Yep. It needs to be more… fun, heroic, and have a sense of optimism. But it is much better than Flash Gordon.


Yvonne:

And so the new fall TV season is upon us, nya! Hopefully now that we’re nearing Halloween, purr-haps there’ll be lots more science fiction / fantasy & horror movies on TV, nya!


Mary Nyan:

Funny you should mention that…


Lightning Round #1: The Four Feline Femmes’ Five Favorite Fright Films!


Elizabeth:

Thassa a mouthful, itinit?


Mary Nyan:

This lightning round topic is the top five movies we’d select for a Halloween movie marathon. These might include horror, terror, suspense, fantasy, monster and so forth… fun movies or scary movies. Vonny- go (tags Yvonne)!


Yvonne:

Ahhh… um… Oh I can’t decide- someone else go first, nya (tags Jeannie)!


Jeannie:

OK, I’ll go with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring, The Mummy (starring Brenden Fraser), Pirates of the Caribbean- Curse of the Black Pearl, and Monsters Inc., (tags Lizzy)!


Elizabeth:

King Kong (the original, not the remakes), Psycho (the original, not the remake), The Haunting (the original, not the remake), Halloween (the original, not the remake), and Dawn of the Dead (the original, not the remake) (tags Von)!


Yvonne:

Gojira, Kwaidan Wicked City, Vampire Princess Miyu, and Ringu, nya! Hey where’d Mike go? I was gonna tag ‘im, nya…


Mary Nyan:

He’s busy over there prepping our special guests for the later toy segment.


Jeannie:

Then that just leaves you to finish this round, Myar!


Mary Nyan:

I would nominate Forbidden Planet, Quatermass and the Pit, Alien, The Keep, and Prince of Darkness!


Elizabeth:

Wait- here comes Mike- we should get his selections. Mi-ike, whatcha gonna pick for the lightning round?


Yvonne:

You’re it, nya (tags Mike)!


Mike:

Son of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, Vincent Price’s An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Wizards, and A Chinese Ghost Story!


Yvonne:

(scampers to tag our two nearby special guests) Your turn, nya!


Jeannie:

Hey I didn’t know we could do that or I would have included them in the first round!


Pacozord:

Oh gosh… Big Trouble in Little China, Buckaroo Banzai, Ghostbusters, The Frighteners, and some Dark Shadows!


ob1:

I think I would go with The Black Cat, Green Slime, Ed Wood, Dracula AD 1972, and Re-Animator!


Mike:

Hey, I’m gonna show our guests around a bit, but we’ll be back in time for their segment!


Yvonne:

Mi-ike… could you… bring us back a sausage platter pleeaassee?


Mike:

Oh OK! C’mon fellas! (exits with the guests for a bit)


Mary Nyan:

October is when we take great delight in celebrating the fun that is Halloween and the things that go bump in the night. North Carolina has plenty of legends ‘n ghost stories, from the Brown Mountain Lights and the Maco Light to the Devil’s Tramping Ground and Jamestown Bridge, from Peter Dromgoole to Blackbeard and Hattaras Jack-


There are Many a Tale of Ghost, from the Mountains to the Coast!


Yvonne:

We’re not going to attempt to tell them all, ‘specially how longwinded we are as it is… but for your consideration, we’ve found a few web sites that purrtain to tthe ghost stories and haunted legends of North Carolina, nya!


Jeannie:

Ghost Stories Of North Carolina is a wonderful site created by Stephanie Flynn, Holly Hart and Jamie Vacca, at http://www.ibiblio.org/ghosts/index.html


Elizabeth:

Haunted North Carolina is a fun fraction of the the awesome Ghosts of the Prairie site by author Troy Taylor, at http://www.prairieghosts.com/hauntnc.html


Mary Nyan:

Tales From The Coast is Coastal Guide’s collection of North Carolina’s seaside legends ‘n lore, located at

http://www.coastalguide.com/tales/


Elizabeth:

Oh we should have a scary story picnic night on the beach soon with- YAY Mike’s back with the sausage tray!


Mike:

(returns with more food) Here y’all go!


(all four catgirls in unison)

ARIGATOO GOZAIMASU!


Mary Nyan:

I’d like a brat, please!


Yvonne:

May I have a kielbasa, nya?


Jeannie:

(chomp)


Elizabeth:

So what DVDs have we seen recently?


DVD Purrchases

Warning: plot spoilage ahead for
DOA: Dead or Alive, Chosen Survivors, and The Earth Dies Screaming


Mary Nyan:

I got I Dream of Jeannie Complete Fourth Season! There are no real extra special features, but you do get all 26 episodes from the next-to-last season in rich full color for a fair price. Highlights of this season include the debut of Jeannie’s dog Jinjin, a terrific episode with SOAP’s Richard Mulligan, a guest appearance by the stars of Laugh-In, and Barbara Eden also portraying her evil twin sister and her mom. Oh and there’s a great 2 part episode in which Larry Hagman not only plays the part of Major Nelson but also a twin imposter.


Yvonne:

May I please borro that when you’re done, nya?


Mary Nyan:

Of course! So what is your DVD report?


Yvonne:

DOA: Dead or Alive! It is a humorous martial arts film based upon the video game of the same name, nya. It stars Jaimie Pressly, Holly Valance, Devon Aoki, Natassia Malthie, Sarah Carter, Kevin Nash, Eric Roberts, Brian J. White, Matthew Marsden, Steve Howie, and Derek Bowe… and It’s directed by Corey Yuen, nya! The DVD also includes a short documentary of the making of the film the preview trailer, nya! It gets a bit silly at times, and poor Lei Fang is only briefly in the movie, but it is a lot of fun action and it was filmed in very beautiful locations, nya!


Elizabeth:

I was hoping to review The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya vol. 3, but I’m not going to be able to buy it in time to make this month’s Mew… but purr-haps next month! JennyJen, your turn!


Jeannie:

I watched Chosen Survivors, which is one of a 2 disk horror movie double feature just released on R1 DVD by Fox, the other disk being The Earth Dies Screaming. Both movies are about a small group of doomsday survivors. The only extra special features are each (widescreen) film trailers and a photo gallery for the latter, but it was at a very low price.


The plot of Chosen Survivors is that a group of people have been spirited away from their homes under sedation by the army and whisked away to a secret hi-tech bunker over a thousand feet underground in the desert, because, as a recorded message greets them, nuclear wars has just erupted, and they are one of several such groups, carefully selected because of their various skills, who are the ‘chosen survivors’.


Via satellite, they watch the surface of the planet reduced to molten slag. And so there they must remain until their computer determines it is safe to return to the surface; there’s not much of a choice there, except that soon the place is swarming with deadly vampire bats that somehow got inside from a cavern. There’s a plot twist or two – but I’ll not spoil it further.


Yvonne:

So what impressed you most about it, nya?


Jeannie:

The most notable thing about this US/ Mexican production is the cast, including of Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Pedro Armendariz Jr,. Diana Muldaur, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Barbara Babcock, Christna Moreno, Nancy Rodman, Gwen Mitchell and Kelly Lange.


For some of those actors, this wasn’t their only foray apocalyptic cinema- Kilpatrick was in The Omega Man, Buck Rogers; Cord was in Genesis II; Muldaur in Planet Earth; Dillman in Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Barbara Babcock also appeared in a number of Star Trek episodes!


Aside from a brief glimpse of the desert entrance to the facility, the movie is set entirely in the sterile underground bunker which isn’t quite on par with The Andromeda Strain’s Project Wildfire base, what we see of Cheyenne Mountain in Wargames, Genesis II’s PAX, or any given Batman movie’s Batcave, it’s a neat set nevertheless.


While some of the vampire swarm effects appear to be added optically, by 1974 standards the bat effects are not bad, and some of the bats are quite real. Most of the nuclear devastation scenes seem to be volcanic eruptions and lava flows, although there is one brief neat shot of a tall (Golden Gate?) bridge in ruins amidst the atomic maelstrom.


Mary Nyan:

But did you like it or not?


Jeannie:

I do wonder about the scientific accuracy… about the depiction of an all-out nuclear war, the computers, and the bats’ behavior and how they got into such an elaborate place,, but I’m no expert in any of those fields. Production values were good, and as I mentioned, it has an impressive cast.


I suppose my biggest quibble with the film is that… some plot twists are revealed way too early in the film I think, and I wish there was more time spent showing the characters exploring their subterranean home, getting to know each other, and discussing the ramifications of their doomsday scenario. I think the film moves too quickly to the infestation and spends more time trying figure out how the bats got in and how to keep them out.


Yvonne:

So how was The Earth Dies Screaming, nya?


Jeannie:

I didn’t watch it yet but Lizzy borrowed it!


Elizabeth:

it’s a British black & white film from 1964, and I think it was well acted, scored, directed, and photographed, but I think the plot is a bit weak. The plot is that all over the world(?) or at least England, people are falling over dead except for seven survivors (that we know of) who all meet at a hotel. Their theory is that there was a gas attack, and the reason they were spared is because they were in airtight locations at the time. Then some slow walking bulletproof robots- that remind me of very early Cybermen from Doctor Who- approach and shock one of the survivors, killing her.


Later the seemingly dead woman rises as an eyeless zombie under the robots (?) control, and starts to attack one of the six remaining survivors until she is shot. Although the robots are bullet proof, one of them is destroyed when a survivors hits it with a car. Later, more of the town’s corpses rise and slowly stalk the living. Our protagonists discover a control signal being broadcast from a nearby radio tower, so they blow it up, and all the robots fall over. By the end

of the movie, 5 of the original survivors and ones’ newborn baby board an airliner, hoping that any other survivors will see the plane and head their way. The End.


Yvonne:

So where did the robots come from, nya?


Elizabeth:

Thassa good question… their origin is not revealed. I think the movie might have been more suspenseful if we hadn’t actually seen those robots. In this purr-ticular case, I think ‘less’ might have been ‘more’, even though some of the film is a bit puzzling to me. The viewer is in the same situation as the survivors- in not ever really knowing who or what caused the disaster or why.


Mary Nyan:

So who all’s in it?


Elizabeth:

The cast consists of Willard Parker, Thorley Walters, Anna Palk, Virginia Field, Vanda Godsell, Dennis Price, and David Spenser… but I think the best known person involved with the film was director Terence Fisher! He was such a good director! I know y’all have seen many of his Hammer Films! Which means it is time for–


Lightning Round #2: Our Favorite Terence Fisher Films!


(tags Jeannie) Go!


Jeannie:

Horror of Dracula (tags Yvonne)


Yvonne:

Um… ah… either that one or maybe Curse of Frankenstien! (tags Mary Nyan)


Mary Nyan:

The Hound of the Baskervilles! What’s yours, Liz?


Elizabeth:

The Mummy- the one with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee!


Jeannie:

I think all of those we named star Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee!


Yvonne:

(tags Mike) Your turn, nya!


Mike:

Probably Horror of Dracula… but y’know but I really like Terence Fisher’s Brides of Dracula, Dracula Prince of Darkness, and The Devil Rides Out a lot too!


Mary Nyan:

Do those also star Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee?


Elizabeth:

Cushing is in Brides, Lee is in the other two.


Yvonne:

We should watch all of those for Halloween too, nya!


Mike:

Our guests have returned from toy shopping, so let’s go ahead and introduce them and this month’s feature topic!


Toys: Our Feature Topic for this Month, with Two Special Guests!


Jeannie:

This year is 30th anniversary of Star Wars, as well as the 30th anniversary of super sentai shows in Japan! Not only that, but 15 years ago those super sentai took American toy stores by storm as the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers! And back in 1982, there was the re-launch of GI Joe in a smaller scale as A Real American Hero, which now celebrates its 25th anniversary!


Elizabeth:

This month we have two special guests to talk about those amazingly popular toys! Our first guest is ob1, who collects many action figures, and is here to say a few words about Star Wars and GI Joe figures!


ob1:

Well first, thanks for having me here.


Mary Nyan:

Our second guest is Pacozord, who is purr-ticularly fond of giant robots sentai shows such as Power Rangers!


Pacozord:

Thanks for welcoming me to the island! Always a pleasure!


(all four catgirls in unison)

ALOHA!


Pacozord:

Great to be here at Catgirl Island!


ob1:

And it’s always good to discuss robots with Pacozord.


Jeannie:

So, welcome to ‘The Mew!” Our producer Mike says that y’all have most impressive toys collections. How long have you been a toy collector?


ob1:

I’m not really sure when I went from being a kid with a lot of toys to a toy collector, but probably should have known around age nine. I recently found a letter I got from Kenner in fall ’78 about some suggestions I had for Star Wars toys they should make. Little did I know I’d still be collecting almost 30 years later.


Pacozord:

14 years. I started collecting with my first purchase of Power Rangers toys that hit the shelves in 1993. I’ve been buying toys much longer, of course but the Power Rangers toys really impressed me.


Jeannie:

What sorts of toys do y’all prefer to collect in general?


Pacozord:

Zords! Robots, specifically the Japanese Sentai series and USA Power Rangers.


ob1:

No real rules for what I collect, but a wide variety of action figures between 3-3/4 and 12 inches. I have a ton of figures from Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and DC Comics characters, plus characters from indie comics, and lots of TV and movie properties. I also have an older collection for Transformers, GI Joe, Thundercats and others from the ’70’s and ’80’s.


Jeannie:

What are some of your favorite toy designers or manufacturers? (then tags Elizabeth for her turn)


ob1:

Sideshow Toys makes some great figures in 12″ scale with excellent sculpts, tons of detail and accessories. They are currently doing great figures for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, and I have a bunch of figures they’ve done in recent years for Planet of the Apes, the X-Files and a great assortment of classic Universal Monsters.


Also, one of the coolest properties in the last couple of years is called Seventh Kingdom done by a team called the Four Horsemen. They have done some great work over the years for Mattel and McFarlane Toys and have now starting doing their own characters. They haven’t branched into catgirls yet, but they have done some awesome warrior bulls, elephants and other large badass mammals. They’re taking votes now for 2008 figures at fantasticexclusive.com.


Pacozord:

Bandai! But I’ve also been eyeing some of the Transformers produced by Hasbro.


ob1:

Another very cool line which recently wrapped up was by Mezco Toys for Hellboy comics. Wish they did more, but all the figures they did are dead-on sculpts for Mike Mignola’s art. Their Abe Sapien was one of the best offerings at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.


Elizabeth:

So, do you prefer toys that are posable compared to ones that are more like decor/ statues / ornaments?


ob1:

I usually draw the line at poseable figures. Statues are great, but they can’t fight, you know?


Pacozord:

Definitely prefer posable. To quote OB1, they have to fight! ϑ But seriously, in the Japanese Super Sentai series the Zords transform. The more modes the better the design!


Elizabeth:

Do you play with your toys nowadays or just display them proudly, or both?


ob1:

Wish I could say I played with them more now, but most of the time I just display them. Action figure collectors tend to fall into two distinct groups, people who open figures, and people who keep them on the card or in the package. Me, I’m an opener.


Pacozord:

Both, although I don’t have the time to play with them like I used to.


Elizabeth:

Do you buy toys as an investment/ commodity, unopened to resell later? (tags Mary Nyan to take over)


Pacozord:

No, but I do think about resell value just in case. For example, I always keep the boxes for any Japanese original Sentai robot I purchase.


ob1:

Sometimes I’ll buy spare figures which I think I can sell to fellow collectors, but I buy a lot more for myself. I’ve sold a few things in the recent years, but really just to make some space, and any money I make just goes towards more stuff for my own collection.It’s a fickle market, and a lot of people who hoarded figures which were hot properties in the mid-’90’s ended up losing money.


Mary Nyan:

What are some of the ‘ones that got away’ that you regret losing or never buying?


Pacozord:

That I did not buy the Godaikin toy series when they were sold in the USA. They included a number of Super Sentai robots.


ob1:

There’s no real holy grail for me on things I missed, and God bless eBay, but there are some lines which I wish had continued. Skeleton Warriors from Playmates in the ’90’s had some very cool stuff planned for a 2nd year. Palisades Toys also planned a 3-3/4″ Planet of the Apes line before they folded, and I’m sure those would have been great. One thing I regret not getting, mainly because I just couldn’t afford it at the time was the Super Premium Godzilla from mid-‘90’s. I think it’s about 24” long and goes for big bucks now. One oddball figure I wish I’d found in the ‘80’s was Wind Hammer from Silverhawks.


Mary Nyan:

Where do you usually buy toys?


ob1:

I buy quite a bit online. A couple of good onine retailers are amoktime.com and bigbadtoystore.com. Some companies also sell direct, like almost everything I get from Sideshow Toys I buy direct from their website. A lot of things are now only available at comics shops, and pre-orders through Diamond Distributors is a great way to cut out the hunt. Always glad for a chance to plug comics shop Foundation’s Edge in Raleigh, NC as a great place for direct market items from Diamond.


That said, mass-market toys are still a good hunt. Options are a little more limited now, with Wal-Mart and Target as clear leaders, and Toys R Us still holding a place in that market. Then, weird stuff happens like the elusive Cyborg Superman figure from Mattel which was impossible to find, then started showing up at Big Lots stores recently. I also enjoy shopping at toy shows and going to big conventions and shopping for exclusive figures.


Pacozord:

I have a hard time keeping up with current toy lines, so I buy from ToysR’Us, Walmart, Target, etc., for my Zords! Ebay or local toy shows for the hard to find toys.


Mary Nyan:

What is your oldest toy? (tags Yvonne to take over)


ob1:

I’m pretty sure the oldest action figure I still have is Geronimo from Marx Toys, same line as Johnny West. I had several figures and sets from the GI Joe Adventure Team also, but Joe saw many outdoor adventures and not a lot left from that stuff.


Pacozord:

My oldest Super Sentai toy robot is the Godaiken Sun Vulcan Robo from 1982, oldest Sentai toy is the Varitank from Goranger from 1979, and oldest toy of any sort is my 1974 diecast Dinky Space 1999 Eagle Transport!


Yvonne:

My turn- do you have a most favorite toy, nya?


ob1:

Couldn’t name a real favorite, but Kenner Alien from ’79 is an old favorite. Batman and The Incredible Hulk have always been a couple of my favorite characters, and I have many, many figures of both of them. Top on my list to pick up soon are comics-based figures of Catwoman and Clayface done for Mattel by the Four Horsemen who I mentioned earlier. Should be out in October.


Pacozord:

Dynarobo! The humorous dubbing of the original Kagaku Sentai Dynaman shown in TBS NightFlight got me interested in Tokusatsu shows.


Yvonne:

Have you ever seriously considered trying to make a career as a toy collector / dealer, nya?


ob1:

It has crossed my mind, but never really thought too seriously about it. I enjoy collecting and it’s the thrill of the hunt, right? I have fun with it and have been able to make a little money and have some fun as a dealer, but I’d rather keep it as a hobby. Might not be as much fun if it became a job.


Pacozord:

Zords, no! Too much fun to buy and play than to take it so seriously.


Yvonne:

Do you have any advice you might have for fellow toy collectors, especially beginners, nya?


ob1:

Just buy what you like, and have fun with it. I do know a lot of collectors get frustrated with price and when it’s hard to find figures to complete a set, but I don’t usually mind it. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as much fun. And don’t do it for the money. there are easier ways to make a buck.


Pacozord:

All toys are great, but if needed, try to narrow the focus of your collecting. It will help you collect the older toys you may want.


Jeannie:

Now we’re gonna go each gonna go with our guests, starting with ob1! So, when did you first see Star Wars?


ob1:

Like most of the known world at the time, I saw it in summer of ’77. I was eight years old and thought it was the greatest thing I had ever seen. This is the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, but really the 29th for Star Wars action figures, since Kenner wasn’t able to get figures out in time for ’77. The Early Bird Kit offered for Christmas ’77 was the closest thing, but they have been rolling ever since, other than the dark times from about ’85 to ’95 with no new Star Wars figures.


Jeannie:

Do you have a favorite character(s)?


ob1:

Well, since I’ve used the handle ‘ob1’ on action figure boards for a good 10 years, I guess Obi-Wan Kenobi would have to be a favorite. I’m also a sucker for monsters, and Jabba’s right-hand man Bib Fortuna headed up a lot of action figure adventures for me.


Jeannie:

Do you collect toy vehicles too?


ob1:

I don’t really now, but I have a lot of vehicles and playsets from the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, some in better shape than others.


Jeannie:

What about other items such as props, books, art, etc?


ob1:

There is some great stuff out there, and you can spend a small fortune on it. I have a few display pieces and books, but mostly I stick to action figures. A friend of mine has a wonderful collection of lightsabers, helmets and other props from Star Wars done in recent years by Master Replicas.

Jeannie:

Which Star Wars movie is your favorite and why?


ob1:

The first movie will always be the greatest to me. I do appreciate the depth that Empire Strikes Back added more as an adult, and yes, I’m a fan of all three of the much-maligned prequels. It’s interesting to hear that kids now call the prequels ‘their’ Star Wars, and I say good for them.


Jeannie:

What is your opinion of the various Star Wars TV & Radio shows?


ob1:

I thought the radio dramas were excellent. Haven’t seen the Droids or Ewoks cartoons since they aired but remember enjoying Droids. The Star Wars Holiday Special was …well … I liked it when I was 9, and I wish I had left it at that. The recent Clone Wars cartoon was marvelous, and I’m looking forward to the new animated Clone Wars show which is in production now.


Jeannie:

Which is your least favorite Star Wars movie and why?


ob1:

Return of the Jedi, which I loved at age 14, and still enjoy parts of it, but I see it now as just too much of a shortcut to wrap up the story. Empire Strikes Back added a lot to the overall story, and Return of the Jedi rushed to the end, with a lot of time spent on Ewoks to get there. Nothing against Ewoks, but I would have liked to see more time spent on the main characters and their stories. I think Lucas and team were just a little burned-out by the time Jedi started production, and the years off before the prequels were a good thing.


Jeannie:

What SW toys haven’t been made (yet) that you’d like to see?


ob1:

None really, I remember being bummed that Grand Moff Tarkin never got a figure in the vintage line, but Kenner/Hasbro took care of that around ’97 after the relaunch of the figures in ’95.


Jeannie:

Are there any ‘holy grails’ of SW toys that you’re yet to acquire?


ob1:

One thing to hunt for is a character named Vlix from the Star Wars Droids cartoon. He was only ever relesed in Brazil in the ’80’s by a company named Glasslite. Goes for about $4,000 now in the US if you find one mint-on-card.


Jeannie:

Who associated with SW would you most like to meet?


ob1:

Oh, I’d like to have a beer with George Lucas, maybe ask him what it was like running a camera at Altamont.


Jeannie:

How would you compare SW fans to other fans such as Trekkies, Whovians, anime otaku, etc.?


ob1:

That is a loaded question. I’m glad for anybody who gets their imagination fired by sci-fi or other genre stuff. I’ve been to all four of the big Star Wars Celebration conventions, and the atmosphere is great, aside from weather issues or standing in long lines. Star Wars fans are a pretty nice bunch, by and large. One difference for other fans would be the 501st – I think Star Wars is the only property where a few hundred armed, armored fans gather on a regular basis, and they do a lot of charity events. A fine bunch, that 501st.


Jeannie:

As both Star Wars fan and a comic book collector, what do you think of Star Wars comix?


ob1:

I can’t say I know a lot about the current comics, or books for that matter. I’ve only read bits and pieces in recent years and can enjoy them for what they are, but not really my thing. I’ve sorta lost interest as they moved farther and farther away from the characters and stories established in the movies, even the minor characters.


Jeannie:

Thank you very much, ob1! We’ll let you take a little break as we turn it over to Vonny!


Yvonne:

My turn, nya! I get to ask Pacozord some questions about sentai shows, nya. Could you explain the difference between Sentai, Super Sentai, Tokusatsu and dai kaiju shows, nya?


Pacorzord:

Sentai means battle team or task force. Sentai shows are the great battle-team or task force shows from Japan, such as the Toei Sentai series, where a group of heroes gather to fight evil. Taken literally, this includes Gatchaman, but traditionally this only applies to the Toei Sentai shows.


Sentai became Super Sentai with the introduction of a giant robot in 1979 Battle Fever J (J stands for Jumbo! ϑ ) I found out recently that Toei now calls all of their Sentai shows “Super Sentai” with regards to anniversaries.


Tokusatsu kind of translates into “special effects” and are any Japanese shows with extra special effects coordination, such as live action sci-fi or fantasy shows. Although many series fight giant monsters (dai kaiju) such as Sentai shows or Ultraman, I usually refer dai kaiju to Godzilla movies where they are the main focus.


Yvonne:

gosh, nya! OK, so like when did you first become a fan of such things, nya?


Pacorzord:

A friend of mine loaned me Dynaman on TBS’ Nightflight which I thought were hilarious. Then Power Rangers came out and I was confused by the similarity until I read about Sentai. I didn’t watch all of Power Rangers at first until I saw the evil Green Ranger defeated and become a good guy. I was surprised to see some plot development and started watching the show. Then I got the chance to buy the toy robots and I was hooked!


Yvonne:

Do you also collect monster toys like Godzilla or Gamera, nya?


Pacozord:

They’re great, but I do not.


Yvonne:

What about other heroes such as, oh Ultra Man or Kamen Rider, nya?


Pacozord:

I enjoy those shows, but I do not collect the toys.


Yvonne:

What about anime sentai (if so) such as Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya & Gatchaman, nya?


Pacozord:

Great shows! But I stay focused on the Bandai Sentai toys. But I wouldn’t turn down a GodPhoenix toy!


Yvonne:

Yay GodPhoenix, nya! Ok, um, what are some non-Japanese super sentai TV/ movies? Does Thunderbirds count?


Pacozord:

Sure, and I really love Gerry Anderson’s models and toys! Thunderbirds are Go! Maybe it’s just “Sentai” without the giant robot. Ghostbusters would be Super Sentai! (They ride the Statue of Liberty in the second film!)


Yvonne:

What about other Japanese giant robots & mechs like… Gundam, Voltron, Macross, and Shogun Warriors, nya?


Pacozord:

I have not followed these shows but I have bought Voltron toys and received Shogun Warriors as gifts.


Yvonne:

What are your favorite such shows?


Pacozord:

The current Sentai in Japan and Power Rangers series is always a favorite at the time. Go Sei Sentai Dairanger is one of my favorite Sentai and Power Rangers NinjaStorm and S.P.D are some of my favorite Power Rangers.


Yvonne:

Do you have a favorite character, monster or mech, nya?


Pacozord:

Bridge from S.P.D. was very cool! Also liked the 6th Wildforce Ranger, the Lunar Wolf Ranger Merrick. For monsters, Pudgey Pig really stands out for hilarity in the second aired Power Rangers episode. For serious monsters, I’m a fan of the PsychoRangers villains from Power Rangers in Space (who need their own American action figures!) and Mesogog in PR DinoThunder.


Also, Divatox from PR Turbo, Lothor in NinjaStorm, and of course Rita Repulsar! Rita was the American name for Bandora in Japan’s Zyuranger series. The actress also played Queen Hadrian in Denshi Sentai Denjiman in 1980 and later (as Rita) reforms to become the Mystic Mother in PR Mystic Force!


Yvonne:

Wow! So, what is it you like most about these shows, nya?


Pacozord:

Great super-hero action and plots with a beginning and an ending each year. And every year, cool new Zords! Zords!!


Yvonne:

Why don’t more live-action American TV/ movie super heroes wear colorful spandex and shoot laser beams, nya?


Pacozord:

I agree! For many years, Power Rangers was the only show doing significant special effects with live action. No other shows for many years even had a simple “lightning effect” or laser beam.


Yvonne:

Do you tend to collect just the character figures, or vehicles, or weapon toys, or all of them, nya?


Pacozord:

If I see them, I have to make a judgment call as to whether to buy them. Unless it is a robot toy, I generally don’t search for toys online. I pretty much only collect the Zords.


Yvonne:

Thank you for being our wonderful guest, nya!


Pacozord:

My pleasure- thank you for having me!


Yvonne:

We’ll have more for you later but now it’s Myayr’s turn, nya! OK Take it Myar, nya!


Mary Nyan:

Thanks Vonny! We’re back with ob1, to discuss GI Joe! So, what do you think of the GI Joe comic books?


Yvonne:

YO JOE, Nya!


ob1:

I was a fan of the ‘80’s Marvel series for several years. I haven’t really followed the comics done in recent years, but they look pretty good from what I’ve seen.


Mary Nyan:

What do you think of the Joes’ cartoons?


ob1:

I’ll differ from most fans of Real American Hero Joes on this one, and never much liked the cartoon. I thought it was all a little too silly, and didn’t make sense to me why I was coming up with better stories with my action figures and I was just a kid.


Mary Nyan:

Do you prefer the big Joes (America’s Fighting Man, Adventure Team) or the little Joes (Real American Hero)?


ob1:

Which version of Joe you like best seems to have a lot to do with when you were introduced to him. A friend of mine who is a few years older than me knew him as GI Joe Cold Warrior. Things had changed a little by the early ‘70’s when I started getting toys, and I first knew Joe through the Adventure Team. Will be interesting in another 15 years to see what the kids think who first knew Sigma 6. Since this is the 25th anniversary of GI Joe: A Real American Hero, I’ve been remembering how stoked I was for that line. It really was the perfect thing for me at the time.


Mary Nyan:

When did you start collecting them?


ob1:

I had some things for all the ‘70’s versions, including Super Joe, but as a real collection, it was ’82 with the RAH.


Mary Nyan:

Do you prefer more realistic military versions, or the more science- fiction type of Joes?


ob1:

I think a careful balance between the two was the best. For ’82 and a couple of years after that, Hasbro really knocked it out of the park. As the characters and vehicles become more and more outrageous and sci-fi, that’s where Joe sorta lost his way as the ‘80’s rolled on.


Mary Nyan:

Some of the later characters and vehicles did get a bit outrageous! Who’s your favorite GI Joe team member?


ob1:

Laser Rifle Trooper Flash was my favorite in ’82, but there are lots of favorites. You had to like Snake Eyes, and his friend Stalker. Flint is another I liked a lot, glad to see he has been redone in the 25th anniversary line this year. And of course, I liked Scarlett like all the older kids in the neighborhood.


Mary Nyan:

I think mine was Lady Jaye! Who is your favorite Cobra villain?


ob1:

Well, my favorite of the villains was Destro, though he was not a part of COBRA. Firefly, Zartan and the Baroness were other favorites. I thought it was great that the villains all had a distinct specialty and personality, and I had great fun with the shifting alliances between the bad guys for all my late-Cold War adventures with action figures.


Mary Nyan:

Do you have any favorite Joe vehicle, equipment, sets?


ob1:

I never got the USS Flagg but that was one impressive set. The Hovercraft probably saw the most action of all my vehicles & playsets. I still have the Sears exclusive set from ’82 that had 3 COBRA figures and a cardboard missle base. That was the closest thing to a COBRA base for a long time.


Mary Nyan:

What would you like/ not like to see if they made a live-action GI Joe movie based on the toys, cartoon, or comix?


ob1:

I don’t really have a preference right now on that, just hope they play it fairly straight but firmly tongue-in-cheek like the early Bond movies. I thought the Transformers movie was great, and hope to have as much fun seeing the Joe team on the big screen.


Mary Nyan:

Do you collect other military figures or toy soldiers?


ob1:

Not really, I’m pretty busy collecting action figures based on comics and Star Wars and other TV and movie properties. Dragon, among others, does make some terrific 1/6 scale military figures, just not my thing.


Mary Nyan:

Some people object to ‘war toys’. What do you say to that?


ob1:

They’re toys, and don’t see any reason to object to them. It’s fiction, and kids should be able to imagine whatever they want. If toys do make someone interested in military service as an adult, good for them.


Mary Nyan:

Finally, what do you think that toy line should do in the next decade?


ob1:

The 25th anniversary figures for this year are very cool, and apparently successful so far with more great stuff planned for the rest of this year. Both versions of Pimp Daddy Destro were the first sellouts at Hasbro’s booth at San Diego Comic Con this year.


Looking out over a decade? I bet we’ll see a movie and tons of related products. Other than that, I just hope they can strike a balance to keep kids and collectors interested. Joe has been through lots of changes over the years but there are lots of loyal fans for him, or them, depending on how you define GI Joe.


Mary Nyan:

Thank you so very much for taking the time to join us!


ob1:

My pleasure!


Elizabeth:

And now, it’s morphin’ time, as we continue our interview about Power Rangers with Pacozord!


Elizabeth:

When did you become a Power Rangers fan?


Pacozord:

In 1991 I saw the Dynaman dubbed show from TBS. Power Rangers debuted in 1993 and I started watching after a couple of months.


Elizabeth:

What was your first Power Rangers toy?


Pacozord:

The original Megazord and Dragonzord. Zords, zords, zords, zords!!!! ϑ


Elizabeth:

Which Power Rangers series is your favorite(s) & least favorite(s) & Why?


Pacozord:

Hard questions! When I usually decide that I like one show least, I see again and realize it wasn’t as bad as I thought! They all have great points to them. The original series, Mighty Morphin’ started it all. Zeo evolved as the rangers got older. The Machine Empire mad great villains! Turbo was a lot of fun and we finally got a new team of rangers. Divatox was a lot of fun! PR in Space searched for their original mentor Zordon and climaxed with his death! PR Lost Galaxy had an incredibly imaginative premise, starting a space colony to inhabit another world!


I could go on and on! Right now, I’m leaning towards NinjaStorm and S.P.D. as being my favorites! NinjaStorm was the first full Disney production and the characters were more developed, but fun! It did not take itself seriously. S.P.D. had great battles between teams of rangers (Alpha Squad and Beta Squad) and more rangers than any other team!


My current least favorites are LightSpeed and Wildforce, as the series did not evolve enough compared to the previous years. Lightspeed still had great ideas and villains. Wildforce had a great story with fun characters, but with what seemed to be a bad climax at the time.


Elizabeth:

How would you compare/ contrast the original Japanese version from what we see on TV in the USA?


Pacozord:

Japanese Sentai shows will vary the style of the show more, still usually keeping it for children. However, Dairanger was very bloody and the Mighty Morphin’ second season could not match the complexity of the storyline. The same is true for Wildforce not matching the darkness of it’s original Japanese GaoRanger. And there are generally a lot more deaths.


Elizabeth:

Goodness! What about the import vs domestic toys?


Pacozord:

The imports are always better for Super Sentai toys. Usually Bandai America will replace certain parts for cheaper plastic. This year, they went so far as to replace the Japanese molds with versions that were incompatible with other toys!


Elizabeth:

Does Power Rangera differ in other countries?


Pacozord:

Some editing may occur, but generally just dubbing for new dialogue. I’m not too familiar with changes outside of America and Japan.


Elizabeth:

It seems like the Red Ranger is usually the team leader. Do the other (color) Rangers have traditional functions?


Pacozord:

Red Ranger is not always the leader, but is most often. In the USA shows, they are generally the leader with only a few small exceptions. When Tommy became the White Ranger, he was made leader in the second season. In the Alien Rangers that appeared in season 3, the female alien was the White ranger and the leader.


Also in Timeforce, the Pink ranger was the leader (at least initially). There was even a villainous lady Red Alpha Squad S.P.D Ranger! In Japan, other colors can be leader like the Black ranger in Megaranger but the Red Ranger was the central figure and the most adventurous.


For the other colors, pink and usually yellow are women although there have been yellow male rangers. Blue or white can also be female. Black or Green have been second-in-commands, but not often enough to be a rule.


Elizabeth:

Is there anyone associated with PR or sentai shows that you’d most like to meet?


Pacozord:

Any of them would be great if I could hear personal stories of their experiences on the show. I’ve got to get Tommy’s (the first Green Ranger) autograph though! ϑ


Elizabeth:

Power Rangers has been in the USA for 15 years… how has it evolved?


Pacozord:

The sixth season, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy was the most expensive one providing early CGI shots of the space colony before they became even more affordable. After that, costs were cut. To make the series more affordable in the U.S., the number of episodes per season has been cut from 40 to 32.


The move from Saban productions to Disney in New Zealand was the best breath of life into the series, providing more complex and fun characters. However, the current series (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive) seems to be the exception. Not all of the characters are as likeable and the plots run together more. But I’ll have to evaluate it after the season is over.


As time has passed, much better effects! More explosions every episode! The U.S. show’s choreographed fight scenes are generally much better in than the Japanese now surprisingly. However, the Japanese fights usually have one or two moments of true style.


Elizabeth:

No kiddin’?


Pacozord:

In certain ways, the U.S. show can’t help but be an improved version of the Japanese show. For Power Rangers, they take footage from the Japanese show and incorporate it into their fight scenes, etc. At first, the only U.S. footage in the shows were the ones that showed the American actors. Now, most of the Ranger scenes are American and pretty good. However, almost 98% of all giant robot battles are taken from the Japanese show.


In Japan, the show has struggled a bit in the past to entice new viewers. They keep looking at tweaking the formula a little bit to provoke interest, such as reducing the number of rangers, adding more rangers, changing colors and generally accepted limitations for the heroes.


Elizabeth:

What is Power Rangers fandom like, compared to others such asStar Wars, Trek, Doctor Who, anime, etc?


Pacozord:

Smaller, but with the web better connected than in the old days. I’m not sure there are any other differences, to be honest. Going to the Ranger boards, it seems the same as all the other fan sites.


Elizabeth:

Are there PR comix / manga?


Pacozord:

There were American comics, but not anymore. Even Image Comics tried for awhile to do a PR comic. Then there were the sentai spoofs in Ninja High School. Other anime have spoofed sentai so I’m guessing their manga has as well. There’ve been official manga in the past for Sentai, but I haven’t followed up to see if there are any new ones.


Elizabeth:

Is there a direction/ anything you’d like to see PR do in the future?


Pacozord:

More Zords! PR in a fantastic world, beyond the future or past! Maybe on an alien world or a version of fantasy. I’d also be interested in seeing a de-powered series where the morph only provided minimal powers (and a giant robot Zord). Maybe a team that becomes human from their natural Zord form…The PR series does more continuity now so I would also like to see one series actually explain their interpretation of “The Morphing Grid”.


Elizabeth:

Finally, we’re curious about the Cat Ranger, Dr. Kat Manx? What can you tell us about her?


Pacozord:

Dr. Kat Manx was the technical guru of Power Rangers S.P.D. (Space Patrol Delta). She is an alien with cat-like features, but I don’t think they ever named her home planet. She could also hold her own in a fight and even was given the opportunity by Supreme Commander Fowler Birdie to morph once into Cat Ranger !! In the final battle with Emporer Grumm, Kat led the S.P.D. cadets (with Boom and Omega Ranger) against Troobian robots!


Yvonne:

We liked Dr. Kat Manx, nya!


And this isn’t the end for Cat Rangers! Next season is Power Rangers Jungle Fury (also known as GekiRanger in Japan) whose three rangers master the martial arts styles of Tiger, Jaguar, and Cheetah!


Jeannie:

Yay!


Mary Nyan:

Well, that’ll do it for our special guest segment- thank y’all so very much!


ob1:

You’re welcome!

Pacozord:

Thanks for having us!


(all four catgirls in unison)

baibai!


Mike:

Thanks fellas- that as great! I’ll see you out… and we’ll all rendezvous for supper after y’all have finished shopping!


Elizabeth:

That was fun! And now for our next topic-


Read or Diet

Warning: there are potential plot spoiling comments ahead for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Mary Nyan:

I believe in last month’s mewsings all of us had finished ‘n reviewed the book ‘cept for you, Vonny!

You should give us your review of the book!


Yvonne:

Ah… I liked the book although I need to let it purr-colate for a while before I compare it to its predecessors, nya. It did seem to drag a bit while they off in search of the horcruxes, but in general I was captivated and thoroughly entertained. The ‘heavenly train platform’ scene seemed a bit too esoteric for me, and I wished certain important characters’ deaths were more of a focal point and not handled ‘off screen’ so to speak, nya.


I did like the ending and epilog, nya! It’s been a rather overwhelming experience, in both reading such a massive book and knowing that after 10 years, the Harry Potter novels have concluded… but at least we still have 2 more movies to go, nya! OK, that’s all I was gonna say about it, nya! What have y’all been reading since that book, nya?


Jeannie:

That was a very good report, Vonny! I’ve just started to read The Great Adventures of the Dirty Pair, by Haruka Takachiho. Originally published in Japan in 1980, this book introduced the famous anime characters Kei & Yuri, also known as The Dirty Pair, although they prefer the code name ‘Lovely Angel’. Published this year by Dark Horse, the English translation is by by Dana Lewis & John Thomas, and the book contains some illustrations by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. The 2nd book is due out soon.


Mary Nyan:

A dear friend recently loaned me two more neat books published by McFarland-


Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan- Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television, written by Fraser A. Sherman and published by McFarland in 2000. It was an entertaining and informative book that I recommend to anyone with an interest in this topic subject, yet I did have one teeny qualm. As amazingly extensive as this book was, I was curious why the The Hobbit and Return of the King were not mentioned.


Terror Television- American Series, 1970-1999, written by John Kennith Muir, published by McFarland in 2001. Covering three decades of supernatural & macabre TV, this 675 page book give you lots of information and in some cases episode guides for more than 50 series. It covers shows from the 70’s such as Night Gallery, Kolchack, and Tales of the Unexpected… 80’s shows examined are Friday 13th, Werewolf, and Tales from the Crypt… and 90’s shows like Twin Peaks, Forever Night, X-Files, Buffy and Charmed. Furthermore, the book discusses TV shows that purr-haps only loosely or lightly approximate ‘horror’ elements on occasion, such as Amazing Stories, Munsters Today, and Sabrina. I’m only about halfway through it, but so far it is most fun and informative!


Elizabeth:

I haven’t read any new novels in the past few of weeks but I have been reading my magazines and comic books.


Yvonne:


Yay Comics! Which ones have you been reading, nya?


Elizabeth:

September was my Girl Power month for comic books. I got the Black Canary Wedding Planner, Buffy the Vampire Slayer- with Faith!, Compass #1, Countdown with Mary Marvel and Zee in it, JSA and JLA, Jungle Girl, Ms. Marvel’s cat fight with Tigra, Spider-Man Red Sonja, Supergirl and the LSH, Witchblade Takeru, Wonder Woman- I’m so looking forward to Gail Simone’s writing on that, and the delightful Katy Keene stories in Archie & Friends. Oh I’m hoping the new volume of Hyper Police manga comes out soon- I think it’s due out in early October!


Jeannie:

Speaking of Katy Keene, I believe there’s some wonderful news about her artist / writer, our friend Andrew Pepoy and his characters-


Simone & Ajax


Elizabeth:

The Adventures of Simone & Ajax is back! If by chance you’re unfamiliar with these comic book characters, you can read the series proposal by clicking on the S&A logo at Pepoy’s official site www.pepoy.com. S&A have joined the newly-announced line of comics that will be appearing at ComicMix online www.comicmix.com. They’ll be adding new comics to the site, each feature updated weekly. It’s free comics, with not even any membership or things to sign up for! By clicking on each page of Andrew’s comics you’re supporting him & and the site., so the more folks that read his pages, the better his royalties, and thus keeping a roof over Chris ‘n Andrew and their cats.


Initially there’ll be all of the classic black & white Simone & Ajax adventures, and after that there’ll be new S&A tales, in full color, with colorist Jason Millet aboard. The first of the new material will be the 2 part Simone, Queen of the Jungle, followed The Case of the Maltese Duck serialized over 10 weeks, then a novel-length pirate adventure. If enough people visit the site, ComicMix will keep Simone & Ajax going, so please visit often and spread the word! ComicMix will quickly follow the online version with printed book versions that will be available at comics & book stores. Meanwhile, Andrew will continue his work on Jack of Fables, Bongo Comics, and more Katy Keene.


Yvonne:

Simone & Ajax are honorary islanders and you can see a picture of them by Andrew in Mike’s Catgirl Island Guest Gallery, nya!


Mary Nyan:

Where is Mike? Mi-ike, we’re ready to do our monthly-


Lucky Kitty 13 Web Comics Picks of the Litter for October


Elizabeth:

This month’s theme is a kitty theme, and my three picks are Gordon McVey’s Nekomimi no Densetsu http://www.nekomiminodensetsu.com/

Young Wang & E-chan’s Neko Box http://www.nekobox.org/

and Ewen Cluney’s Cat Town http://www.neko-machi.com/


Jeannie:

I’ve selected

Phillip M Jackson’s Sequential Art http://www.collectedcurios.com/

Robbie Allen’s Impy and Aevy http://impy.aorange.com/

and Scott Ramsoomair’s VG Cats http://www.vgcats.com/


Mary Nyan:

For your consideration,

Akira Hasegawa’s Tsunami Channel http://www.tsunamichannel.com/

Ronaldo Rodrigues’  Caribbean Blue http://www.katbox.net/cblueen/

and Tom Fischbach’s Twokinds http://2kinds.com/


Yvonne:

Alex Star’s Feline High http://felinehigh.atspace.com/feline/

Steve Stamatiadis Blade Kitten http://www.bladekitten.com/

and Vaz’ Underpower http://underpower.non-essential.com/

nya! Mike, what is the 13th pick, nya?


Mike:

This month I chose Jodi’s LangLang http://langlang.comicgenesis.com/index.html I understand that next month’s picks will continue this theme of comix with a feline purr-suasion, but I guess thattabout does it for now. so let’s bring this kitty to a close. What’s on tap for next month?


Yvonne:

Oh, more of the same I suppose, so we’ll see y’all next month, nya!


Mary Nyan:

If you have any polite & sincere responses to our discussion- feel free to post them,

provided that your brief remarks are spam-free, not argumentative, and stay on-topic!


Jeannie:

Everybody out there remember to turn off your cell phone- -and not to talk or text message

during a movie in a theater!


Elizabeth:

Thanks again to our special guests ob1 and Pacozord, and to y’all for visiting!


(The catgirls in unison):

BAI BAI!


4 Responses to “The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for October, 2007!”

  1. Amber Says:

    wats up everyone i just want to check out your comics and im a big fan. i love everything about the catgirls! they are tooo fabulous.

  2. Jeannie Says:

    Dear Amber,
    Thank you for your very kind comments! I’ll be sure to relay those to Jamie, who creates Clan of the Cats, and Mike, creator of Catgirl Island! Thanks for visiting ‘The Mew! Aloha-
    Jeannie, of the Catgirl Critics

  3. ron Says:

    Hey, thanks for the review!
    Just a note, Gordon McVey is the person behind the istrip code that the comic runs on, but is not the author of the comic in itself.

  4. Vonny Says:

    Aloha Ron,

    We fixed that miscredit to your wonderful site, and thank you so much for visiting, nya!

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