The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for September, 2008!

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Aloha Y’all!

Catgirl Island www.catgirlisland.net & Clan of the Cats www.clanofthecats.com
purr-sent a Mike Moon purr-duction of The Mew-


The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for September, 2008!

In this month’s mer-ry mew, Mike ‘n the catgirls are joined by
the merfolk at Sheila May’s seafood restaurant* to discusss:
A 4 part Lightning Round discussion on  super hero movies & TV shows
•  DVD: Star Trek Original Series Re-Mastered 2nd season , Nim’s Island,
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Beginning, Silent Mobius The Motion Picture,
Catgirl Kiki, and Doomsday- plus Jenjen’s anime DVD shopping report
and the Catgirls’ Fall 2008 DVD Wish List
•  Comics: X-Men Odd Men Out, Fathom #1, Buffy #17, Angel #11, Spike #2,
Final Crisis # 1-3, Legion of Three Worlds Book One
•  Other Purriodicals: Bellydance Summer 2008 issue, Star Wars Insider
September 2008 issue, and Faerie Magazine Summer 2008 issue
Books: Warriors – Cats of the Clans, Katy Keene Model Behavior Vol. 1
•  Games: of the Olympic sort, that is!
•  TV: Doctor Who Season Finale of “The Stolen Earth” & “Journey’s End”
Toys: DC Direct’s Justice series 8 Supergirl & Batgirl action figures
•  Movies in Theaters: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
•  Web Comics: A report on August’s NCWCCC meeting & cook out,
Monthly 13 Lucky Kitty Web Comic Picks of the Litter, and other tidbits.

*Sheila May’s is the underwater restaurant with the best seafood in town.
For its location not far from the shore of Susanowa Beach where this Mew
comes from, see the Catgirl Island map at http://catgirlisland.net/about.html

Bold Red Warnings indicate potential plot spoilers ahead!

Bold Green text indicates when spoilers are done and it’s safe to purrceed!

But first, The Apurritif
of cran apple nummy berry juice cocktails and-

to purroperly purrpare and immerse you in this month’s culinary location and latest
trends in mermaid fashion, here is brief travelogue excerpt from Mike Moon’s story
A Mermaid’s Adventures in Undersea Cuisine  illustrated by JL Hobbins & Mike,
which you can read at the Tales of Catgirl Island http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html

Sheila May’s is quite easy to locate- there are no outdoor signs to detract from Catgirl island’s natural beauty, but any local chap can tell visitors how to get there. On the Northeast shore of Catgirl Island at Akikiku point, swim out 3/8 of a mile due east, then dive twelve fathoms down. Even with a current to throw one off a bit, the undersea entrance is hard to miss due to the landmarks. It’s across the sea trench, with the bow of the sunken German U-Boat (a popular diving attraction & historical marker) pointing right at the entrance. The glowing, neon-like purple-pink lights on a spire before the entrance make it hard to miss.

The entrance portal was a large cave mouth with imbedded points of soft light, as if swimming into the maw of an abyssal lanternfish, which then becomes a polished, smooth tunnel farther inside… curving upward like a massive spiral staircase inside a giant nautilus shell. This ancient, aquatic ‘architecture’ seems as if a gigantic shell was indeed once lodged in the fossil gullet of an immense abyssal fish, whose bioluminesence still glows. Ascending the spiral, the lighting hue changes from purple to blue and much brighter, for the lwide connecting tunnel led up to a lagoon within an atmosphere dome.

Breaking the surface, one enjoys the clean fresh air and an awesome sight, as if one were back on the surface realm. The interior perimeter of the dome about a hundred yards in diameter is a cliff wall twith cascading waterfalls splashing down to lush moss covered rocks and radiant tropical flower beds. Diners may sit picnic-style upon the lush green banks around water’s edge, or upon smooth rocks projecting from the water, seperated by small tidepools. Deeper pools within the lagoon offer the option of actual underwater dining for merfolk, amongst meticulously grown, prize-winning anemone & coral.

As the Amews course of scallop tidbits is served,
we now return to the regularly scheduled Mew,
already in purrogress!

Yvonne:
(chomp) These are the very tasty scallops, nya!

Elizabeth:
Mmm! So those weren’t Japanese Hornets in your yard after all?

Mary Nyan:
(chew) No, fortunately they were just Cicada Killers!

Jeannie:
The Eastern Cicada Killer has the handsome abdominal tiger stripe pattern.

Mary Nyan:
They are almost 2 inches long!

Yvonne:
I saw the purrettiest big Polyphemus moth on the breezeway yesterday, nya!

Jeannie:
Oh, on September 20th, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is having their BugFest 2008 http://www.bugfest.org/

Elizabeth:
That would be  a- oh gosh- we’re on!

(startled kitty tails go rigid)

Mike:
Aloha and welcome to another edition of The Mew, the monthly discussions, reviews, recommendations and occasional interviews  that purrtain to recent visual & purrrforming arts, literature, events, things that catgirls like to play with, and other mediums in which the genres of science fiction, fantasy & horror are enjoyed! This month we’re coming from Sheila May’s Undersea Restaurant, where the local merfolk serve the best seafood off the Carolina coast!

Here are The Ladies of The Mew!

Elizabeth:
(tiger stripe halter necked V-kini) Hi Hi!

Jeannie:
(white bandeau topped tanga) Nihao!

Yvonne:
(pink string tie bikini & thong) Nameste, nya!

Mary Nyan:
(fuscha tummy-baring cutout maillot) Konnitiwa! Chief Yakizaka, the purrprietor of Sheila May’s was most kind to let us meet here over cocktails after hours!

(everyone in unison)
Arigatoo Gozaimasu, Yakizaka-sensei!

Chief Yakizaka:
(wearing a toque blanche) Hey I love to watch The Mew before work! And thank you for the lovely gifts!

(catgirls in unison, with happily flittering tails)
Doitasimaste, nya!

Jeannie:
We hope you will purticipate.

Chief Yakizaka:
Aww…! I’ll just watch while the girls help!

Mary Nyan:
Our MEET THE CRITICS page has been revised! It is now spiffier and more informative!

Yvonne:
W

Elizabeth:
Let’s introduce our special guest discussioners! Please introduce yourselves and tell us a little something about yourselves!

Mike:
(Hawaiian shirt and khaki board shorts) Discussioners?

Yvonne:
Wow everybodes wearing ‘jellies’- I want some jellies too, nya!*

The Way We Mer: Meet the Merfolk

Chief Yakizaka:
The restaurant managed to get a wholesale order before they took off!

*Whereas Vonny is quite fruit spread topping, here ‘jellies’ rather
refer to jellycups, the latest mermaid fashion trend to make a big
splash. Bikini tops made from specially purrpared jellyfish bells,
stores can’t keep enough of them in stock as they sell out quickly.
The bioluminescent ones in large sizes are the hardest to come by
and some go for top dollar in auctions- but beware the knock-offs!

Ceresatami:
(Aqua jellycups) I’m Ceresatami, the Mer-Madtr’d here at  Sheila May’s, but you can call me Tami! I’m also taking some sculpting, handbuilding and pottery wheel courses this fall! And this is our Assistant Manager Tsuruku!

Tsuruku:
(Turquoise jellycups) Hi hi! Call me Tsu! I like to sing and English style seahorse riding. This is our Sommeleir, Neelkaliomi!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
(Azure  jellycups) Charmed to meetcha- Nell for short! And this is our Bariste, Kianalani! We’ve both signed up to take a digital nature photography, Photoshop and Illustrator!

Kianalani:
(Cobalt jellycups) Ohayo gozaimasu! My friends call me Lani’! I also want to take a low light photo class so I can take pics in the abyssal areas. Oh I believe you already know our Courier, Kami-chan?

Melanakeami:
(Cherenkov Radiation Blue jellycups) Hi guys! I like to draw and watercolor, ballet, and ‘m still saving up for that custom hot air balloon. Of course, this is our new Saucier, Nyssa!

Nyssa:
(indigo jellycups) Shello! Um, lessea… I’m on the dance squad, and I like to  write and I’m into beading, scrapbooking, gardening and knitting… and y’all know Dessy!

Lourdessaluorno:
(blue violet jellycups) Hi hi! Ah, for those watching at home, I’m a part-time waitress here while I work on my EMT-P certification!

Nyssa:
She’s gonna be a Paramermedic!

Yvonne:
What’s Avana-ruru* up to, nya?

Lourdessaluorno:
Ilyana is out back feeding Ru-ru chan his sea grass!

**Avana-ruru is Dessy’s pet manatee pup and trained surf search & rescue animal. Ilyana is a catgirl working at the restaurant, and a hopefully reformed pirate!

Mary Nyan:
Purrhaps they will join us later? Wow, we’ve got a huge group for this month’s Mew!

Jeannie:
The Mew After Dark.

Elizabeth:
We’re having a party!

Mike:
For those who came in late, usually it’s just Jenjen, Lizzy, Vonny and Myayr, but this is a special edition with our merfriends at the famous Sheila May’s Restaurant!

(all nine merfolk in unison)
YATTA!

Ilyana:
(purrple jellycups) I heard cheering…

Lourdessaluorno:
(pats’ the seat beside her for Ilyana to sit) We’re about to start with a Mew Lightning Round!

Ilyana:

Lightning Round?

Mike:
Well, let’s get this party started with a nice quick lightning round, shall we? For those new to this segment of the show, in the lightning round(s), you give a brief answer to the topic, hopefully no more than a sentence or two, and then tag another person to go next, until everyone has gone, so it goes quickly! Especially today, since we have such a larger group! Ready?

(all four catgirls in unison)
LIGHTNING ROUND- GO!

Baskets of Hot Nummy Butter Rolls
accompany Lightning Round Topic #1:
Favorite Live-Action Super Hero Movies

(happy kitty & mermaid tails swish as the savory food arrives)

Chief Yakizaka:
Here ya go!

(thankful for the food, they begin the lightning round)

Mary Nyan:
Dark Knight, and Batman Begins! (Tags Vonny)

Yvonne:
Spider-Man 1&2 and X-Men 1&2, nya! (tags Jen)

Jeannie:
Iron Man, The Rocketeer, and Robocop. (tags The Chief)

Chief Yakizaka:
I’m partial to those ancient fantasy heroes like in Conan the Barbarian, and the Sinbad movies!  (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:
I like those swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean movies too. (tags Lizzy)

Elizabeth:
Mine are Forbidden Kingdom, Zu Warriors, Swordsman Trilogy, King Fu Hustle, and Infra Man! (tags Tami)

Ceresatami:
The Hellboy movies! (tags Tsu)

Tsuruku:
Any with Milla Jovovich, like Fifth Element, Ultraviolet and Resident Evil! Yeah! (tags Nell)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
If you would count Jedi as super heroes, then I’d say the Star Wars movies! (tags Lani)

Kianalani:
The Harry Potter films! I mean, he’s like a hero with super powers, right? Ok I’ll tag… Keami! (tags Melanakeami)

Melanakeami:
Do they have to have powers? If you define it literally a sheroes with super powers then Batman does not, but he has extraordinary skills and tools. What about Indiana Jones? if that’s allowed then I say Raiders of the Lost Ark! Your turn Nyssy! (tags Nyssa)

Nyssa:
In that case, what about Buckaroo Banzai, Laura Croft, Snake Plissken, Aeon Flux, Flash Gordon, or Barbarella? But if those do not count then I’ll go with Sky High. (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:
Um… I really liked Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns… (tags Dessy)

Lourdessaluorno:
Oh she was awesome! Well if they count then I would have to nominate several James Bond movies, although I am not sure if that would count, but it is hard to pick my favorite! (tags Mike)

Mike:
Mine is still Superman-The Movie. Well gosh, that was quick for so many of us participating!

Tsuruku:
I thought Helen Slater was a good Supergirl!

Yvonne:
I’m gonna talk about the new Supergirl figure  in the toy talk segment, nya! And Batgirl too, nya.

Ne’ellakaliomi:
I think there is a gray area between normal human heroes such as most police, firefighters, soldiers etc and super heroes with actual magic or scientific powers… where heroes with peerless skills or gadgets like Batman, Punisher, Lupin and James Bond would fit.

Ilyana:
I suppose it depends on your point of view whether those Pirates were heroes.

Chief Yakizaka:
Well they were the good guys in those movies!

Yvonne:
Han Solo is a heroic smuggler type, nya!

Ilyana:
And so… scruffy looking (sigh)!

Ceresatami:
How many lightning rounds will there be?

Tsuruku:
It varies, but he did say that was round #1 so there’ll be more!

Mary Nyan:

Indeed- and sooner than you think cause now it’s time for

A Cold Appurrtizer and Lightning Round Topic
#2: Favorite Animated Super Hero Movies- Go!

(Myayr tags Vonny)

Yvonne:
The Incredibles, nya! (tags Jen)

Jeannie:
If we are being liberal with the term ‘super hero’ then Cagliostro’s Castle, Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke,
but if you feel those are invalid then I will also nominate The Incredibles. (tags The Chief)

Chief Yakizaka:
Heavy Metal- I love that movie! With Den and Tarna! (tags Lizzy)

Elizabeth:
The Sailor Moon and Project A-Ko movies! (tags Tami)

Ceresatami:
The animated Hellboy movies, hee ! (tags Tsu)

Tsuruku:
I would have to say… Akira, Lensman and Harmageddon! (tags Nell)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Clone Wars, hee! (tags Lani)

Kianalani:
Definitely The Incredibles! (tags Melanakeami)

Melanakeami:
Justice League New Frontier! (tags Nyssa)

Nyssa:
Kim Possible A Stitch in Time and So The Drama! Oh, oh and The Power Puff Girls Movie! (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:
Um… animated super hero movie… oh… I dunno if I have one! Dessy, you go ahead…(tags Dessy)

Lourdessaluorno:
Oh that’s OK! Transformers The Movie! (tags Myayr)

(everyone in unison)
YOU GOT THE TOUCH! Hee!

Mike:
I was gonna say the Incredibles, but if we’ll allow those Ghibli films, then I concur with Jen and include those Ghibli films too!


Mary Nyan:

Batman Mask of Phantasm, and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
This is fun!

Kianalani:
Hai! I bet I know what the next round will be, hee!

Elizabeth:
Ready Chief? Go!

Chief Yakizaka:
That’ll do it for those warm up rounds- but after the break, we’ll be back with our first reviews of this month’s Mew!

(snip)
(one break later)

Catgirl critics cordially crunch crabcakes,
definitely delicious during discerning DVD
discussions

Chief Yakizaka:
Welcome back! Hey- that was easy!
Elizabeth:
See- you’re ready for your own show!

Chief Yakizaka:
Next, Yvonne presents the first review of today’s Mew, in-

The Secret (Island) of Nim:
Vonny reviews the Nim’s Island
DVD and Book Gift set
Yvonne:
Arigatoo, nya! I already reviewed this great movie in the June 2008 Mew, so these comments will purrimarily purrtain to the DVD aspects, nya! Based on Wendy Orr’s young readers’ story, the movie adaptation of  Nim’s Island was released by Walden in April and stars Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler, nya. Little girl Nim lives alone with her scientist dad and her pets on an island but when he goes missing at sea she sends email pleas to her favorite adventure writer Alex Rover to help save him, nya. Little does Nim realize that the agoraphobic author is not quite the brave explorer as depicted in her books, and it’s unclear who of the three will then be in need of a rescue or show new heights of bravery, nya!

Different stores offer different bonus items with the DVD; for example Wal Mart was selling the DVD either alone or with a companion disk about animals featuring the cast, while supplies lasted nya. The DVD is available in either full or wide screen standard DVD or Blue ray DVD, by itself or packaged with bonus items, while supplies last, nya. This box set is what Best Buy sold for the same purrice as the DVD by itself, nya. In addition to the widescreen DVD, the box contains the small hardcover book Nim at Sea by Wendy Orr, nya! The plot of the new book purrtains to Nim who stowes away on the cruise ship to rescue her pet sea lion, unaware that the ship is bound for another island: Manhattan!

Released by Fox on home video, the wide screen version has a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, nya. Language choices are English 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, and French Dolby Surround, with close captions (except on the special features), English, Fench and Spanish subtitles, nya. The PG rated movie is 96 minutes long, plus special features, nya. There are two audio commentary tracks, one by Jody Foster and Abigail Breslin, the other by writer / directors Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin. nya. There are three featurettes: “Nim’s Friends” which is just over 6 minutes about the sea lions, bearded dragons and pelicans Abigail worked with; the 6:30 min segment “Abigail’s Journey”, and “Working on Water” which is around 6 min. about the water stunts, FX and Abigail’s underwater scenes, nya!

There are some deleted scenes, which together total about 15:30 minutes, nya. These include the 8:45 min segment of Nim’s “Imaginary Characters”, in which literary characters such as Alice, Huck Finn and Long John Silver come to life to keep Nim company, just as Alex’s alter ego does for her- in fact when Nim meets Alex, she wonders is she is real, nya. In the 4:15 min scenes of “Alexandra’s Assistant Russell” we meet the purrson who brings Alex her soup and stuff, which explains how she gets food when she does not even go out to the mailbox, nya. Then there’s the 2:15 min “The Great Blue Whale” which is a completed FX scene in which Nim imagines her hanging whale mobile coming to life and swallowing up the submerged Alexandra, just as she believes it did to her Mommy, nya.

There are also 2 little Nim themed public service announcements, one for the National Wildlife Federation, and for the NOAA,  and a few movie trailers, nya. I highly recommend this quality combo of cute book and the delightful DVD which would be a good gift, nya! OK here’s Lizzy  with our next review, nya!

Cat Girls On Film:
Lizzy reviews Catgirl Kiki
(with a plot spoiler warning in effect)

Elizabeth:
Catgirl Kiki is a small 2006 live action Japanese urban fantasy film, billed as part of the “Akihabara Trilogy”, released on standard R1 DVD on the Asian Pulp Cinema label. It stars Yui Kano, Teruaki Uotani, Minami Aoyama and Kobayashi Katsuya; it was directed, edited and written by Akiyoshi Sugiyura. In Japanese language with English subtitles in Dolby digital stereo sound, this 68 minute widescreen movie is unrated, but is Recommended for mature audience due to some nudity and sexual situations. Extra features on the disk include purreviews of the other stand-alone films  in the Akihabara Trilogy, Legend of the Doll and Pretty Maid Cafeplus a few other Asian Pulp Cinema releases, and a PDF catalog of their titles.

The plot: Yoshiro is a reclusive slacker who is bored with his life, avoiding contact with family & friends and classes. One day he finds a box with a poor abandoned kitty on the street, which he reluctantly takes home. The next day, he awakens to discover the kitty has transformed into a catgirl, whom he names Kiki. She is very playful and cute, meows, walks and acts like a cat, even though she has a human body. Her ears are clearly fake costume parts, and she has no tail so purrhaps she is a manx. Between his lessons and her watching of TV (shades of Splash!), she learns to speak his language (Japanese). Although he was kind enough to take her in and feed her, Yoshiro is too controlling, wishing to keep her a secret and not let her see the outside world.

She learns to talk and walk upright, and he buys her clothes- starting with a maid and a schoolgirl costume. Although she cheers him up, he is still a depressed pessimistic, and surly. Eventually he realizes that they both should get out more, and he takes her on strolls through the town and park. Yoshiro has also been having recurring odd dreams, usually of a girl calling to him, trying to wake him up, and sometimes these become erotic images. While in the park, Kiki spots a couple making out, and asks if that is what love is and if she and Yoshiro are in love. He reckons they are, which seems to delight her. Later she finds his stack of porn, and decides to purractice on him some of the techniques she read in those naughty books.

While they were in the park discussing fish she would like to eat, one of his old buddies Nojima spots him, and tells Yoshiro’s former girlfriend Yuka that Yoshiro has actually ventured outdoors, but that he was acting strangely and “talking to HIMSELF about mackeral”. This concerns the friends, who still have a key to his apartment and go to investigate, finding the girly clothes but no sign of any girl. Yoshiro arrives, and is distressed that Kiki is nowhere to be found. As he runs out to search for her, his purrceptions of reality change, and he has trouble determining reality from imagination, as his dreams, memories take the film into weirder, more serious territory that is rather purrdictable and less entertaining.

Not as amewsing as the cover would lead you to believe, the movie has the appearance of a low budget indy film, with a small ensemble cast in an apartment and a few urban locations. The cast does a fine job, but as joyful as Yui Kanno is in her great purrformance as Kiki, sadly it’s the only charming aspect of what at 68 minutes long, doesn’t qualify as a feature film. Midway it unfortunately becomes less romantic and more somber & angsty, with a few nude and sex scenes in the second act. The latter half of the movie is far too depurressing, lurid & surreal, focusing on the unlikable Yoshiro more than the adorable Kiki. I was rather disappointed with it, and compared to other liver-action catgirl movies, it’s not as big or fun as say, Troma’s Teenage Catgirls In Heat.

(end of spoilers for Catgirl Kiki)

Escape from Scotland:

Mary Nyan reviews Doomsday

Mary Nyan:
Doomsday is a 2008 British post-apocalyptic, science fiction / action film was written and directed by Neil Marshall, who also directed Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Rhona Mitra wonderfully stars as Major Eden Sinclair, who was a little girl that survived the initial plague to be evacuated to England, now grown up as a beautiful, smart, savvy, tough soldier with a cybernetic right eye. It is rated R for lots of gory bloody violence, harsh language, and some nudity & sexual content. A slightly longer unrated version is also included on the DVD.

(plot spoiler warning)

The country of Scotland has been quarantined behind a wall due to a plague, but when the virus resurfaces in London 27 years later in 2035, the British government sends a secret team over the wall on a 48 hour mission to find survivors and a cure. Major Sinclair and her specially equipped team are attacked by the glammed-up barbarians, who kill or capture all of the team. These vicious survivors are lead by the rock-star like Sol and his tough girlfriend Viper who gets into a fight with Sinclair. While plague and anarchy ravages London, Sinclair and a few others escape through a mountain tunnel into the wilderness, to be caught by medieval knights from a castle ruled by former scientist Dr. Kane. When Sinclair defeats an armored knight in the arena, her dwindling team escapes the castle and retreats back to the mountain’s secret government depot. Among items stored there is a shiny Bentley, so they head out to the highway, as Sol’s gang of hot rodders prepares to give final chase.

(end of spoilers)

While this is a fun movie that I do not think takes itself too seriously as an homage to the dark future view of muscle, mohawks, mascara and car parts, It’s not quite as good as what it takes insiiration from such as Escape from New York, The Road Warrior, The Warriors, Thunder Dome, and Aliens. Sinclair is reminiscent of great characters such as Snake Plisskin, Mad Max, Ellen Ripley and Red Sonja. It’s not a hard film to follow and is purrdictable, but that’s purrobably because such an homage needs certain plot tropes & character types. There is plenty of splatter, as people are shot with bullets and arrows, chopped by various melee weapons, beaten, blown up, run over, infected and roasted. If you are a fan of the stunts and gore, then you’ll not be disappointed with those aspects.

Rhona Mitra and the rest cast do a fine job, and Craig Conway (who reminds me of a younger Richard Harris) is a hoot as the over the top Sol, and I bet it would have been so much fun to be on the set during his scenes. It also features an awesome purrformance by gorgeous stuntwoman Lee-Anne Liebenberg as Viper, whose tattooed face can be on the box. She may have the loveliest smile I’ve seen in recent years, as she lights the grill for her supper. The rest of fine cast also includes Malcom McDowell, Bob Hoskins, Adrien Lester, and David O’Hara. Alexander Siddig (who was Star Trek Deep Space Nine’s Dr. Bashir) is also in it. The characters and plot do not have a lot of depth, and it’s purretty easy to guess who’ll survive, who’ll be the obligatory sacrifice, who’ll be the betrayer and who’ll have their revenge.

Universal’s R1, dual layer single disk standard DVD includes the 109 min. R rated version & the 113 min. unrated version. The unrated version can be heard in English 5.1 Dolby digital, and the rated version also in Spanish English 5.1. Both versions are purrsented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and can be viewed with optional English SDH, Spanish or French subtitles. There is also an audio commentary track on the unrated version, featuring Neil Marshall with actors Darren Moffitt, Rick Warden, Les Simpson and Sean Pertwee (son of Jon Pertwee). Other features include 3 documentaries: “Anatomy of a Catastrophe” at a tad over 17 min. long, “Visual Effects of Doomsday” which is 8.5 min., and the 20 min. long “Devices of Death” on the film’s various weapons, vehicles and gadgets. That last one was especially interesting in showing how they designed and built the APC’s from scratch!

Although I enjoyed Marshall’s purrevious films, I initially avoided this one in the theater because I feared there’d be annoying sped up editing and jerky camera during the fight / chase / attack scenes- which there is. Sadly this type of editing or camerawork trend sadly plagues horror and action movies these days, just as anarchy inducing virus plots seem to be as over done as zombie and torture films. Of course, if you’re to have a post-apocalyptic movie, then some sort of world-ending catastrophe is in order. In addition to the good actors, the movie does have some high purrduction values, with many crowds of extras, nice scenic locations and big sets, good make up, costumes, stunts, FX, very effective sound and mewsic. It’s not the greatest post apocalyptic film, but it was quite fun!

Mary Nyan:
And now, Jenjen has not only her DVD review, but some shopping tips!

Jenjen reviews the long-awaited
Silent Möbius The Motion Picture DVD

Jeannie:
Arigatoo! One of the greatest Japanese anime of all time, Silent Möbius The Motion Picture is finally available in North America in R1 DVD! Based on the manga series by Kia Asamiya an dheavily inspired by Bladerunner, his is a futuristic, supernatural / cyberpunk science fiction movie is in set in the vast megacity of Tokyo of 2026, as the specially equipped Attacked Mystification Police combat the invading Lucifer Hawk demons from a parallel dimension. Compared to Bladerunner or the similar anime series Bubblegum Crisis, Silent Mobius is a similar environment with huge futuristic urban sprawl and lots of amazing mecha, and while there is also police purrcedural, this movie is more concerned with supernatural elements more than those others’  renegade corporate artificial threats.

Created by author/ artist Kia Asamiya (Nadesico, Steam Detectives, Compiler, Dark Angel, Batman: Child of Dreams, Star Wars manga adaptation), the B&W Manga was originally published in Japan by Kadokawa, and translated into English by Viz, available in the USA first in comic book format, and later collected into 12 trade paperback books. Released theatrically in 1991, this 57 minute film purrduced by AIC adapts just a small arc of the extensive, complex  manga series, much like the Akira or Nausicaa movie adaptations were. This was followed by a sequel- which I hope will also be released here on DVD- and years later by an excellent 26 episode TV series (also available in a complete DVD collection box set) which more closely followed the manga series in greater depth.

Here begins the adventure of Katsumi Lequeur, an immensely powerful mage with a telepathic rapport to her sentient magic sword named Grospolinar as she joins the AMP after the death of her psychic mother. Other members of the all female team include their enigmatic leader Rally Cheyenne, mild mannered Miko maiden Nami Yamigumo, fiery tempered combat cyborg Kiddy Phenil, cute younger ESPer Yuki Saito, and pilot / mecha  genius Lebia Maverick, a  ‘visionaire’ who can mentally link with computers. Later in the series, they would be joined by Lum Cheng from China, but she does not appear this early in the saga. This movie mainly focuses on Katsumi; the other characters are not dealt with to the extent of the 2461 pages of the manga, or the 650 min. of the TV series.

Each of these women are part of a complicated past, whose powerful parents and ancestors are part of a a secret illuminati-esque techno-magic cabal in contact with the Lucifer Hawk’s world, Nemesis, which has begun to dangerously intersect with ours. Initially Katsumi wants no part of the AMP or her emerging powers; months later she becomes one of their friends and most formidable members, but there is a darkness within her that is of great interest to the lords off Nemesis. This is one of my favorite anime, and although less than an hour long, it is top quality. The animation, art direction, character, scenic and mecha designs are glorious, with top vocal talent and excellent mewsic, purrticularly the awesome end theme song “Sailing”.

This new release is available in two editions, as a single disk for $19.99, or a deluxe metal case edition  for $29.99, which also includes the original soundtrack CD. The DVD is suggested for ages 13+, as it contains nudity, combat violence, monsters, gore, adult language and serious situations. The DVD’s audio is dolby digital, in either English dubbed or the original apanese language, and it is purrsented in anamorphic widescreen which can be viewed with or without English subtitles. During the end credits, “Sailing” is subtitled in both English and Japanese, so you can sing along if you purrfur. There are few extra features: a 30 second purromo spot, the 85 second theatrical trailer, and a few other anime DVD trailers. Following the Japanese credits are the credits again in English.

For more extensive information on Silent Möbius, here are good links:

Lum Cheng’s Silent Möbius fan page http://members.aol.com/lumcheng/ and mirror site at http://www.kyuubi.com/
Anime News Network has a page on Silent Möbius at http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2549
Mostly in Japanese but with a fair amount of English to navigate is Kia Asamiya / Studio Tron’s official site at http://www.tron.co.jp/

Yvonne:
Wow that was a lot of information, nya! May I watch the DVD?

Jeannie:

Hai!


Mary Nyan:
(Kitty ears intently purrked) So what is your special shopping investigation, Jenjen?

Jenjen’s helpful anime DVD shopping tip:
A Few Anime DVD Deals Found at a Big Lots Store

Jeannie:

Hai. This is a special anime DVD shopper report. Of course there are many fine stores we purrfur to shop at, but this is just a purrticular tip for one such place to possibly find some low purriced anime DVDs. Now then, at Big Lots, I found DVDs ranging from $3 to $10, from single volumes to box sets. I found Complete series collections of Agentosama, Kaze no Yojimbo, IGPX, and DICE. Then there were the Collectors box sets, which include one DVD plus various other items. Among those were Galaxy Angel, Scrapped Princess, IGPX, and Angel Tale. The Galaxy Angel box came with 5 little 3″-5″ figures  of the main girls and 2 mini pencil boards! The Scrapped Princess vol. 1 box set came with a PVC figure that looks like it is just a small figure bust in the window of the box, but it’s actually a snap together 12″ figure of Pacifica Casull. The Scrapped Princes vol. 5 box had 2 smaller figs in it. Angel Tale vol. 1 box set had 2 cute little plushies in it, and the IGPX collectors box set had a tee shirt, although I do not know what size shirt. These sets were selling for $10 apiece. Finally, some random single or double anime DVDs I found included episodes of Fantastic Children, Yukikaze, Galaxy Railways, Dot Hack, SD Gundam, and Planetes.

Elizabeth:
Those are good deals! Thanks Jen!

Jeannie:
You’re too kind! I believe Mike has the next DVD review?

Trek and Treat:
Mike reviews the Star Trek
Re-mastered 2nd Season DVD box set

Mike:
Right you are, Jen! I personally think that the second season was the zenith of the original Star Trek TV series, with the improved set designs, production values, lots of extras and perrhaps the biggest, most ambitious stories until the movies or DS9. The overall tone, pace, styles, lighting, and the understanding of the characters, technology and universe were superbly defined by the designers, writers, actors, composers and directors. While there are certainly some outstanding episodes of the 1st and 3rd seasons, the 1st season was still trying to find its way and had not fully realized their potential, whereas the 3rd season suffered from budget cuts, a loss of some of their key producers & writers, and had a generally more somber, less fun tone purrior to the show’s cancellation by NBC in 1969.

The second season of the original series includes such notable episodes as “The Doomsday Machine”, “The Trouble with Tribbles”, “Amok Time”, “Journey to Babel”, “The Ultimate Computer”, “Mirror, Mirror”, “Obsession”, “The Deadly Years”, “Friday’s Child”, ‘Wolf in the Fold”, “A Piece of the Action”, “I, Mudd”, and “Assignment: Earth”. This season introduced Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov, Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt as Spock’s parents Sarek & Amanda, and saw DeForrest Kelly’s name elevated to star status in the titles. Memorable guest stars include William Windom, William Marshall,  Julie Newmar, Roger C. Carmel, John Fiedler, Tania Lemani, Stanley Adams, William Campbell, Barbara Luna, Vic Tayback, Morgan Woodward, and Elinor Donahue. Among this season’s terrific writers were Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Bloch, Norman Spinrad, David Gerrold, DC Fontana, Gene L. Coon, and Gene Roddenberry.

When Paramount decided to launch the re-mastered version of the original series, they did not tamper with the story as compared to how George Lucas did with his Special Editions of Star Wars (eg having Greedo shoot first), but merely replaced the FX shots with beautiful state of the art CG images, able to show us things they could only dream of back in 1967. It has been a neat treat to see these episodes syndicated weekly on TV, although they have been broadcast out of order and with more commercial breaks than ever. Now these 26 color episodes from 1967-1968 are available in order and uncut on standard DVD from CBS Home Video, along with a few extras available in season by season box sets.  The Re-mastered Edition is not the same as Star Trek 2.0 which aired on the G4 channel, which was merely the original series with pop-up trivial tidbits on the screen.

Like the original box sets of this series, the set comes in a stylized clamshell plastic container, inside which is the hinged inner clear trays and inserts. Each set includes all 26 episodes of that season, but his set is 8 disks instead of 7, and the inserts are 4 plastic cards instead of a paper booklet. You get the extra features of the original set, “To Boldy Go… Season Two”, “Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy”, “Kirk, Spock & McCoy: Star Trek’s great Trio”, “Star Trek’s Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols”, “Writer’s Notebook: DC Fontana”, “Designing the Final Frontier”, “Star Trek’s Favorite Moments” and the episodes’ purreview trailers. Additionally, this new edition includes “Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest; Rare Home Movies and Special Memories part 2” in which the actor, who played numerous small roles on the show, reminisces about those days to his color home movies on the set, which features some most amewsing moments with the cast and crew hamming it up between takes!

This set is a Tribble-palooza, with the animated “More Tribbles, More Troubles” and Deep Space Nine’s “Trials and Tribblations”, which have not been re-mastered. The former features commentary by author David Gerrold, which is also part of the Star Trek Animated Series set. The documentary featurettes “Trials and Tribblations: Uniting Two Legends” and “Trials and Tribblations: A Historic Endeavor” are also included, which are also part of the Deep Space Nine Season 5 set. What is lacking in this edition compared to the original DVD set is the optional subtitle text commentary for “The Trouble with Tribbles”  by Denise & Mike Okuda. The aspect ratio of the color video is the original 4:3, audio choices are English 5.1 surround, Spanish mono or French mono, subtitle choices are Spanish, French or none at all, and it is close captioned for the hearing impared, except for certain special features. The content is unrated, and the total time is 21 hours, 51 minutes.

The DVD menu screens are fashioned to look like the ship’s transporter console. Of course the most notable aspect of the re-mastered edition are the enhanced visual effects, by CBS Digital. The original starship Enterprise, planets and space phenomenon have never been more gorgeous. You’ll see grander views of the Vulcan landscape in “Amok Time”, more dazzling phasers vs. Apollo’s giant space hand in “Who Mourns for Adonais?”, Nomad dishing it out and taking it in “The Changeling”, and the jewel in the crown are the new FX my most favorite Star Trek TV episode of all time, “The Doomsday Machine”! The battle damage to the USS Constellation, and the shuttlecraft taking off are awesome. “The Trouble With Tibbles” treats us to views of Space Station K-7 and the Klingon battle cruiser. “The Immunity Syndrome” features magnificent views of the self-illuminated Enterprise in the dark zone, and the spectacular 11,000 mile long space ameba!

Not only do you get that vampire cloud in “Obsession”, but also a nice shot of the planet after the antimatter bomb blast. “By Any Other Name” includes a lovely landscape,and  a trip through the galactic barrier en route to the Andromeda Galaxy. “Journey to Babel” sports the neat Orion ship; Norman the android’s circuits look more impurresive in “I, Mudd”, and “Mirror Mirror” reveals the evil ISS Enterprise. In “The Ultimate Computer”, there’s a different space station design (which seems more like a precursor to the space dock shown years later in the movie Star Trek III rather than re-use of K-7), the wargames between the Enterprise and three other starships, and a freighter (which resembles the cargo ships from “More Tribbles, More Troubles” more than the original stock footage of Khan’s SS Botany Bay of “Space Seed”).

There is of course a lot more, but those are some of the more elaborate re-mastered shots and scenes. Although I would have greatly preferred a booklet to the plastic note cards, and a slimpack case instead of the fancy packaging to perhaps keep the cost down, as it is not cheap at $60-ish for this one season, especially when I already own the original editions… but gosh it sure is neat!

Elizabeth:
Hee! Star Trek the Next Generation’s first couple of seasons’ FX could stand to be re-mastered too!

Jeannie:
They should purrobably re-master Star Trek V too, like they did for the Directors Cut of Star Trek the Motion Picture .

(all four catgirls in unision)
Mike’s Favoritest movie of all time! nya!

Mike:
I’ve said this before, but actually did not prefer some of the changes they made for the Directors Cut of Star Trek the Motion picture though- I wish Paramount would release a DVD set containing all three complete versions of the film!

Yvonne:
We’ve been very lucky with so many things from our video wish list being released in recent years, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Hai! In fact we just noticed several DVD releases supposedly scheduled quite soon. Are we ready to purrsent the revised DVD wish list?

If fishes were inserts…

Yvonne:
I wish DVDs came with free fish sticks, nya!

Mary Nyan:
No not that wish list, the other one!

Yvonne:
Oh Ok, nya.

Elizabeth:
Or a bonus crab stick would be good too!

Mary Nyan:
(purrplexed ears drooping) Um… that’s not-

Yvonne:
Hai- if they can include purrizes in cereal and candy boxes why not put-

Jeannie:

Well there is that small matter of refrigeration.
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Yvonne:
It could be dried fish, nya.

Jeannie:

Good point.

Elizabeth:
As long as it was packaged purroperly as not to scratch the disk!


Mary Nyan:
Ah… never mind.

Jeannie:

But it would be a nice treat though, wouldn’t it?


Mary Nyan:
Hai hai…

Yvonne:
Ok now about that wish list, I’m ready nya!

Mike:
Say, would any any of y’all wish to read a part of the list?

(several genki mermaid hands are raised)

Mike:
Ok, here you go, just read this part when you are cued!

(the mermaid purrticiants)
Hai!

Elizabeth:
The Four Feline Femmes Faun for Favorite Films:
Purrsenting the Catgirl Critics’ Fall 2008 Wish List

of the most desired cinema & television titles we hope would soon be released on
Standard Region 1 DVD, which should be uncut & unexpurrgated, in their original
video aspect ratio in good video quality, with all of their original language, mewsic
and songs. This list doesn’t include recent movies that are purrobably going to be
released on DVD. Categorized below in no purrticular order, here’s what we want:

Ceresatami:
(ahem) Live Purrformances:
from various decades, such as The Beatles’ Let It Be, An Evening with Vincent Price, and Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith!

Tsuruku:
Oh my turn? Japanese Anime Movies:
including Only Yesterday, I Can Hear the Ocean Waves, The Girl Who Leapt Thru Time, and Tales from the Earthsea!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Wow I have a bigger group of… Japanese Anime TV & OVA series:
These catgirls are craving DVD releases of older and newer shows such as The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Dirty Pair TV series, Future Boy Conan, Lupin III’s Albatross Wings of Death & Farewell Lovely Lupin, Yamato 2520, Turn A Gundam, Grand Odyssey, Stratos 4 Advance, Magical Pokan, Moyashimon, Sketchbook, and Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko! Whew!

Kianalani:
That was good, Nee! Hmm I got the short list, of Other Animated Series:
with just Static Shock.. and Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet! Huh- Static Shock is not out on DVD?

Mike:
I think a few episodes are but I have not seen an entire series set for sale yet. That was a good job, girls! Who is next?

(Mermaids give another  polite tail flap clap)

Yvonne:
I’ll go next! In the category of  Live-Action TV series:
shows we hope will be released on DVD most are the Batman 1966-69 series, The Green Hornet, The Six Million Dollar Man, including the early movies, The Bionic Woman (70’s), Ocean Girl, and H2O Just Add Water, nya! Well H2O is very recent, but I am surprised those older shows are not out yet, nya.

Mary Nyan:
Mini series and TV movies:
The Awakening Land, Irwin Allen’s City Beneath the Sea, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, The Bermuda Depths, The Questor Tapes, Genesis II, Spectre, Star Wars Holiday Special, and the 2002 version of Moby Dick starring Patrick Stewart. Furthermore, there are several  TV Reunion Movies We would like: The 3 Giilligan’s island, The 3 Six Million Dollar Man / Bionic Woman, The 2 Wild Wild West, and The 2 I Dream of Jeannie reunion movies, even if Larry Hagman is not in ’em. Bring it home, Jenjen!

Jeannie:

Finally, our wish list concludes with these Feature Films: Captain Nemo and the Underwater City, T.A.G: The Assassination Game, Return of Godzilla (original 1984 Japanese version), Godzilla vs Biollante, and as Mike mentioned purreviously, all three versions of Star Trek the Motion Picture! Done nyow!

Elizabeth:
Ok, you’re on!

Melanakeami:
That’ll do it for this segment, but coming up next, it’s the mermaids’ turn when we return after this short break!

(snip)
(one break later, the mermaids and catgirls have swapped seats)

Mary Nyan:
Given that the release of the latest Little Mermaid DVD coincided with the invitation to do the September Mew at Sheila May’s, we thought it appurropurriate to ask our most kind mer hosts what they thought of that DVD, and if they could purrpare a review. So for this next segment, we’re turning the show over to them! Take it away,Tami-san!

Finloose,
or
Fish School Mewsical:
The Mermaids of Catgirl Island review
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Beginning

Ceresatami:
Thanks Myar! it’s hard to believe that Disney’s The Little Mermaid movie is 20 years old! A huge box office success & Oscar winner, it also invigorated animated feature films & the musical genre at the end of the 80’s, and Princess Ariel became one of Disney’s most beloved characters. She since followed the formula of appearing in an animated TV series & a direct-to-video sequel, which introduced her cute daughter, appeared in various video games such as Kingdom Hearts, and a broadway stage adaptation of the film. While The Little Mermaid 2 (which gets a special edition release in December) and the TV series were about average and couldn’t equal that first movie. When we heard that Ariel had a new prequel DVD coming out, we weren’t sure what to expect; but hoped in this age of animation technology and John Lasseter influenced Disney, that The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Beginning would at least be be a pretty, well animated, entertaining little movie. Ok I’ll let Tsu take over from here!

A guppy sized plot spoiler alert

Tsuruku:
Thanks Tami! The story begins with a flashback to when Ariel & her sisters were little kids, and what happened to their Mommy and why the incident resulted in her Daddy’s bitter ban of music in his kingdom. 10 years later, we learn that a number of his subjects have been sneaking out to an illegal secret ‘singeasy’ club, since music and dance have gone underground…er, underwaterground? Anyway, Ariel’s sisters and friends could get into lots of trouble for this, which is just what the villainous Marina Del Rey is counting on, who schemes to usurp Sebastian’s job as the King’s advisor. It’s not just all about fun for Ariel though- for without music in the kingdom since the loss of her Mommy, it has just not seemed like a home with as much love as it used to be when her Daddy was happier.

Spoilers all done- OK to swim on

Ne’ellakaliomi:
The excellent screenplay is by Robert Reee & Evan Spiliotopoulos, and story by Jule Selbo & Jenny Wingfield will entertain all ages in numerous levels, and the tale greatly adds to the mythology of the series and character development. The movie is superby directed by Peggy Holmes, produced with great care by Kendra Haaland, with terrific songs written by Jeanne Tesari and a great score by James Dooley. Art Director Tony Pulham crafted a masterpiece, some of Marina’s lavish costumes were designed by the legendary Bob Mackie! John Roger’s editing results in a briskly paced film that does not feel too short. The character designs & background paintings are fintastic, the animation so gracefully fluid and flawless. Jamie Thomason did an outstanding job as voice director, and- and Lani would you care to continue?

Kianalani:
Hai! Oh and then of course there is the finomenal cast of vocal talent, giving life to such delightful returning and new characters. Yay- Jodi Benson is back as Ariel!!!! Samuel Wright is back as Sebastian! Tara Strong voices Adella & Andrina, Jennifer Hale as Alana, Grey DeLisle portrays Aquata & Arista, and Kari Wahlgren is Attina. Jim Cummings is cast as King Triton and Shelbow, Jeff Bennet as Benjamin and Parker Goris voices Flounder, Kevin Michael Richardson has the parts of Ray-Ray and Cheeks, Inkspot and Swifty are by Rob Paulsen. Lorelei Hill Butters was credited as the voice of Athen. Finally, Sally Field stars as Marina.They are all magnifincent! The music is so diverse, from the samba to the symphonic score, with some great dance numbers, and the sound effects are great too. Sebastian’s claws sounded like they were scuttling right there beside us! OK I’ll let someone else talk now!

Nyssa:
Ah… I guess we should talk about what’s on the disk! Well, lessea, this Region One, NTSC- right?  Standard single disk.DVD… comes in one of those plastic cases with the little flip up latches on the side, inside a cardboard outer jacket. It is rated G, and the feature movie is 77 minutes long, and it came with a few Disney advertisement brochures in the case. The audio options include DTS 5.1 digital surround, Dolby digital 5.1 surround, English, French and Spanish languages. The color video’s aspect ratio is 1.78:1 widescreen, and can be viewed with English SDN subtitles. Oh, and the cute menu lets you access the set up, scenes selections, special features  or hit ‘fast play’ to dive right into the movie! At Best Buy the DVD came with a exclusive collectible cup with a wraparound 3-D scene!

Lourdessaluorno:
The extra features include 2 deleted scenes, introduced by the director! “sebastian Waking the Girls” is 1:40 min and “Ariel Follows Flounder” is 3:55, including the into. These are unfinished animation, consisting of storyboards, sketches and some limited animation accompanied by the voices, sounds and music. These were quite entertaining and well worth watching! The “music and More” feature allows you to watch 4 of the musical numbers, with lyrics on the screen so you can sing along. There is also a Mermaid Discovery Game, in which you use the remote to click on the various things on the mermaids’ vanities, and you can learn more about those characters. This incorporates a little multiple choice personality test, to see which character you’re most like! Ok ‘Ana you’re up!

Ilyana:
There are 2 neat documentaries. “Splashdance- A Dancer’s Journey Under the Sea” is about awesome new director Peggy Holmes, who is also a dancer, actress and choreographer. She uses this background as a tool to visually communicate ideas to the animators. You get to see her dance! Producer Kendra Haaland, and voice actors Sam Wright and Jodi Benson  also comment on the making of the film and you get to see Jodi sing in the recording studio (squee)! The other document is “Backstage Disney”, a 10:25 minute visit behind the scenes of The Little Mermaid musical on broadway, hosted by Sierra Boggus who plays Ariel on stage. she introduces us to some of the other cast members, parts of the Lunt- Fontanne theatre, her gorgeous costumes and how she becomes a mermaid!

Melanakeami:
So what did we think of this movie? OH MY STARFISH IT IS SO GOOD!!! It is gorgeous, poignant, hilarious, sad, charming, cute, and thrilling! I think this is the best direct-to video animation Disney has ever made, which had us laughing out loud, dancing to the music, amazed by the breathtaking beauty, and at times moved to tears. The family dynamic, the relationship between Ariel and her sisters is magnificent, which might be my favorite aspect of the movie, as is their relationship with their Daddy. Sebastian and Flounder are great, as are Marina and her amusing sidekick manatee Benjamin. The Catfish Club Band is a riot, with their fusion of jazz, bebop, scat, calypso and beat humor. I think this movie was much better than The Little Mermaid 2 or any of the TV series episodes. It exceeded our expectations, and will definitely be watched many more times and… and it’ll be highly recommended to all our friends and fellow Ariel fans, hee!

(they look to their boss to say something next, who is off to the side like Mike)

Chief Yakizaka:
Who me? Oh yeah! I’m with them- it was a really good movie. Great director, actors, animation, music, good emotional story and beautiful images! Ah well, that’ll do it for this part of the show, but we’ll be right back after this short break with….

(Avanaru-ru swims up with a note for the Chief)

Chief Yakizaka:
… with another Lightning Round, and Comics Reviews!

(Mike & the catgirls cheer for the mermaids first review!)

(snip)
(another short break and re-seating later…)

The arrival of the Soup de Mer,
being the Creamy Shrimp Bisque,
means it’s…

Melanakeami:
Hee- Welcome back to The Mews! I mean Mew! Aww-! And, and up next-

Elizabeth:
(whispers) louder!

Melanakeami:
time for Lightning Round Topic #3:
Favorite Animated Super Hero Series!

(looks for someone to tag, tags Jen) GO!

Elizabeth:
Good job!

Jeannie:
My favorites are Gotham Girls, Burst Angel, Bubblegum Crisis, and Silent Mobius. (tags the Chief)

Chief Yakizaka:
How about… The 1967 Spider-Man, Space Ghost, and Johnny Quest! Those older cartoons are my favorites. And Popeye! (tags Lizzy)

Ceresatami:
Hmm that would explain why we have the sea spinach on the menu! Mmm, I’ll pick Inu Yasha and Ranma 1/2! (tags Tsu)

Elizabeth:
Sailor Moon, which I think was a very important and influential series. I like Tokyo Mew Mew a lot too! (tags Tami)

Tsuruku:
Hmm probably Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck, and Dangermouse! (tags Nell)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Clone Wars, and Avatar! I was also thinking maybe Juniper Lee and Jackie Chan if those qualify. (tags Lani)

Kianalani:
Full Metal Alchemist, Hellsing, and Bleach! (tags Melanakeami)

Melanakeami:
Justice League, Batman Animated Adventures, Batman Beyond, and Static Shock! (tags Nyssa)

Nyssa:
Oh I like those too, as well as the Superman the Animated Series… but I would like to nominate Kim Possible and Powerpuff Girls! (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:
Oh um… I did kind of like Thunder Cats… and Gotham Girls but I kinda cheered for Catwoman! (tags Dessy)

Lourdessaluorno:
I liked Thundercats too! And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-Men Evolution! (tags Myayr)

(everyone in unison)
TURTLE POWER! Hee!

Mary Nyan:
Devil Hunter Yohko, Iria, Moldiver, and Cutey Honey! (tags Vonny)

Yvonne:
Teen Titans, Krypto, and Legion of Super Heroes, nya! (tags Mike)

Mike:
Gatchaman, Justice League Unlimited, Giant Robo and Nuku Nuku! Well there were some interesting choice in that lot, but fine shows all!
Melanakeami:
The trick is how we choose to define what a super hero show is.

Nyssa:
Hai! It’s like.. Superman has power ’cause he is from another planet, but then so are Mr. Spock and Doctor Who!
Mary Nyan:
Well those a science fiction genres.
Yvonne:
But so is Superman, nya!
Elizabeth:
I would not call superheroes a genre. Maybe a sub-genre like space opera or sword & sorcery, but not as broad a genre as science fiction or fantasy or horror.


Tsuruku:
Of course Spock and Dr. Who are TV shows whereas… well I was gonna say Superman is comics, but he’s got movies and TV shows too!

Ceresatami:
Hai- and there are Star Trek and Doctor Who comix too!

Chief Yakizaka:
Well you mentioned Harry Potter earlier… who is a hero with magic powers, but what about Charmed, H2O, Bewitched, Sabrina, or I Dream of Jeannie?

Ceresatami:
I guess a subtle difference is that… whereas all of them are good people with powers, Harry is going to school while actively battling evil forces, oh I’m not sure how to put it!

Mary Nyan:
I think I see your point. On Bewitched, Sabrina, or I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, those are sit coms in which people have powers, but they are mainly using them to deal with day to day purroblems, but not to actively go out on purrtrol and fight evil.

Melanakeami:
This is a fun discussion!

Lourdessaluorno:
Oh- oh oops I forgot Inspector Gadget!

Jeannie:
It can be hard to think of all your favorites in the fast lightning round.

Nyssa:
(tail fin nervously curled) Um…. n now?

Elizabeth:
Now!

Nyssa:
Um, That will conclude this segment, but we’ll be right back with more reviews after the break!

(snip)

Nyssa:
I got nervous!

Elizabeth:
Oh you were fine!

(one break later)

Nyssa:
Welcome back!
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,
Oh oh! Here’s Yvonne with

The seafood salad segment is served as the
Catgirl Critics’ comics comments commence

Plot Spoiler Flag raised for Fathom Vol.3 #1

Yvonne:
Thank You Nyssa, nya! Published by Aspen with an SRP of $2.99, Michael Turner’s Fathom Vol. 3 #1 “Maelstrom” was very well written by J.T. Krul, with such awesome art by Ale Garza so expurrtly inked by Sal Regla, richly colored by John Starr, lettered by Josh Reed, and edited by Vince Hernadez, nya. This issue has 6 variant covers, and I was so pleased to get the ‘C’ version with a lovely image of Aspen Matthews in a very fancy, regal mermaid-ish outfit, nya. The first page of the comic is a full page tribute to the late Michael Turner who sadly passed away in June, nya. The story begins with something dark ‘n sinister cracking through the Antarctic ice, while Aspen and Chance are relaxing on a beach in Mexico, nya.

Elsewhere in the Blue City, Cannon gets word that Killian is back in town, nya. He and Kianai are plotting revenge and a next move against the humans. nya. At a facility in Colorado, the military are painfully experimenting on an irate captive water purrson, nya. After Killian’s forces attack a carrier group, Cannon goes to warn Aspen, while back in the South Atlantic, an eerie dark maelstrom erupts, bringing very bad tidings to be continued in issue #2, nya! So there is a lot of briskly paced globe-hopping in the 24 pages of story, nya. The characters are beautifully drawn, with exotic costumes and creepy creatures amidst such lavish scenery, nya. The color is quite brilliant, with scenes illuminated quite dramatically, nya!

Plot Spoilage ahead for Buffy Season 8 #17

Jeannie:
Thanks Vonny! Dark Horse Comics’  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #17: The Time of Your Life part 2 was scripted by Joss Whedon, pencilled by Karl Malone, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy with variant covers by Jo Chen, Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen. This is the 2nd chapter of Buffy’s meeting with Fray, Joss Whedon’s Slayer of the future!  Glowing green goblins rise from the castle ruins which the slayer team must evacuate, including Xander who rides out of there on Dawn, now a centaur. Back in Manhattan, Willow determines that the demon her team has subdued is from the future, having traded time and place with Buffy, who has finally stopped fighting with Melaka the future slayer.

Melaka introduces her to Gunther, her twin turned monster who knows much ancient Slayer knowledge. Rumor has it a mysterious, powerful mad woman is behind the escalating situation in this future period, leading to a surprise revelation on the final page. Season 8 continues to be a joy to read, and this latest story arc is so much fun, going into a new direction while building upon what has already transpired, and it is great to see the Fray  and Buffy series brought together. The art is quite good, with Buffy, Willow, Xander and Dawn’s expurressions and portraiture faithfully resembling the actors who purrtrayed these characters on TV. Coupled with the script’s dialog that really ‘sounds’ like what those characters would say, this comic book truly captures the essence of the TV series. The final page closes the issue just like you’d expect an important final shot would end a Buffy TV episode. Melaka has the coolest dark blue with purrple tipped hair, and Dawny is so cute as a centaur girl!

Plot Spoiler warning for Spike: After The Fall #2

Elizabeth:
IDW’s Spike: After the Fall #1 writer: Brian Lynch, penciller: Franco Urru, colorist: Art Lyon, letterer: Robbie Robbins, editor: Chris Ryall. With four variant covers, the issue’s cover purrice is $3.99, and of the 32 pages, 22 compurrise the story, wit the other 10 being various ads, including a lovely full page purreview of issue #3. The story resumes  that night when all hell broke out in LA in the final TV episode of Angel. Spike goes for a dragon flight, and discovers why the Wolfram & Hart Building is not a good place to chill at.

While searching for familiar faces, he meets Maria, aka Spider, recently seen in Angel: After the Fall. The trail leads to a mansion where his human associates, including Willifred, have been captured by the demon Lord of Beverly Hills, who wears a dandy coy fish sarong with a cute pink pageboy coiff  and a heavy gauge belly button ring. She purromises slavery and death to to all but Fred who she realizes is Ilyria and gets frisky with. When Spike attacks the demons, Fred becomes Lyria again, but she and Spike are overpowered. If you’re a fan of Spike and Ilyria and want to know what happened to them between the final TV episode of Angel and the Angel: After the Fall comic book, then look no further! Speaking of which-

Spike spoiler ceased, but-
Plot Spoiler warning for Angel: After The Fall #11

Angel: After the Fall #11 was edited by edited by Chris Ryall, and plotted by Brian Lynch, who co-plotted this issue with Joss Whedon. The interior art is purrvided by penciller Nick Runge, inker Shayne Corbett, letterer by robbie Robbins, and colorist Jason Jensen. As mewsual there are several variant covers, drawn by either Stephen Mooney or Alex Garner. As Season Six of Angel continues  most of the gang is here: Angel, Spike, Gunn, Connor, Fred, Nina, Gwen, Wesley, and purrhaps most importantly, Gunn. He’s is acting weird, even for a recently made vampire, revealing to Angel that he’s hearing voices, purrsumably from the Powers That Be, although Angel knows otherwise. The serious ‘n grim issue doesn’t end on a very healthy note for Angel, and it’s cliffhanger doesn’t seem to bode well for our favorite hot electric thief girl either. Myayr, what comix have you to review today?

Angel spoiler ceased, but-
Plot Spoiler appurroaching for Final Crisis #1-3

Mary Nyan:
Final Crisis #3 (of 7), which came out in August. This miniseries has been purrmoted by DC to be the follow-up to Countdown, and therefore supposedly the grand resolution to many snowballing events back to Countdown to Identity Crisis several years ago, whether or not that is what the writer intended this mini-series to be. As such it is it is not (yet) of the magnitude of purrevious epics such as The Great Darkness Saga, Crisis on Infinte Earths, Zero Hour, Kingdom Come, JLA / Avengers or Infinite Crisis.

Like Justice and Identity Crisis, Final Crisis is crafted by extremely talented people. Aside from the earth-shaking plot that involves so many significant characters, also of significance is the impurresive creative team of Grant Morrison and JG Jones. Morrison is one of the most popular, respected writers in the industry these days, having worked for British and American publishers, including some of Marvel, DC’s most purrestigious titles, including his landmark Wildstorm and Vertigo stories. while I am of a big fan of his stint on X-Men, his numerous Vertigo and Justice League tales were excellent.

In my opinion, JG Jones is one of the more astounding pencillers of the past decade, having created some of the most beautiful covers and storytelling in miniseries and graphic novels for Marvel and DC. His Black Widow mini-series was a masterpiece rivaling any of Natasha Romanoff’s purrior exploits, and his Wonder Woman graphic novel The Hiketeia was among the Purrincess’s most beautiful tales. So when I heard that he was the illustrator of Final Crisis, that alone was enough to count me in.

Alex Sinclair is aboard as the colorist, whose purrevious impeccable credits include Astro City, Justice League, Batman, Superman / Batman, Hush, Top Ten, 52, Identity Crisis Gen 13, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Wildcats for starters. Letterer Rob Leigh has similarly shined on so many comic books I’m not sure if there’s a DC title that he has not contributed to. Final Crisis is in the creative hands of a dream team of top comics talent.

Each issue of Final Crisis is published with two different covers, but with an SRP of $3.99 I am only buying one apiece. One cover version is by JG Jones, with the ‘sliver’ variant by Alex Sinclair. Both covers are nice, although for this third issue I happened to purrfur Jones’ lovely Supergirl cover. It might be my overactive imagination, but it seems like that cover’s painting’s portraiture of Supergirl bares a bit of resemblance to Helen Slater, which is purrfectly fine with me.

Plot Spoilers Commence for Final Crisis #1-3

The purrmise of Final Crisis #1-3 begins with the mysterious villain Libra contacting the Secret Society of Super Villains, purromising to give each of them their hearts desire- beginning with the murder of Martian Manhunter. The JLA is of course horrified at this, and meanwhile the Green Lantern Corps investigates the murder of Orion, of the New Gods. Darkseid and Other New Gods of Apokalips seem to be manifesting themselves in new purrsonas on earth, with a huge new plan of conquest and secretly enslaving numerous heroes, villains, and civilians. The Alpha Lanterns are sent by the Guardians to investigate the Deicide case, and The Monitors are facing much inner turmoil.

Despite Lex Luthor’s mistrust, ranks of the Secret Society are growing thanks to Libra’s rewards, which includes the destruction of the Daily Planet and deaths of many of Superman’s friends. John Stewart is betrayed by Kraken of the Alpha lanterns, who then arrests Hal Jordan and captures Batman for his enslavement purrogramming.. Wally West and Jay Garrick encounter Barry Allen and The Black Racer in a Boom Tube, who are purrsuing a bullet fired from the future. In Japan, The Super Young Team and Mr. Miracle are on the case, while in the USA, Alan Scott and the JLA are drafting every heroes into a unified army. Supergirl and Captain Marvel Jr. heed the call, Oliver Queen grumbles about it but goes anyway.

Jay reveals to The West family that Barry is alive, while Clark Kent knows that Lois Lane is dying. Luthor is too busy to relish such an event, being betrayed by fellow villains. The Question is purrsued by authorities, and Mr. Miracle is ambushed, but escapes with the Super Young Team, who I suspect might be a new incarnation of The Forever People, but I could be wrong. Wonder Woman and the Atomic Knights are decimated by an evil Mary Marvel with biological weapons in the ruins of Bludhaven, and Oracle is unable to purrvent another sort of virus from attacking the entire internet. Barry and Wally emerge from the boom tube into the near future, finding the world much scarier than they left it, confronted by a brainwashed Wonder Woman leading a squad of villains.

I think it is slightly better than the somewhat overrated but quite purrofound, well drawn, very emotional Identity Crisis, which seems to be the more appurropriate of DC’s publications to compare. The 12 issue Justice is also another series I’d more readily compare Final Crisis too, which was slow to get moving and severely unpleasant for our heroes at first, but by midpoint it really turned around as the heroes began to take control of the epic situation. Coincidentally, both Justice and Final Crisis begin non too happily for the Martian Manhunter. I was initially disappointed with issues 1 & 2, feeling like this was not the story it should have been, as hyped by DC, whether this is what the writer intended it to be or not.

Of course, there are still 4 issues to go, plus various crossovers with other titles, so it is far from over yet. I’ve also been disappointed in general for the unfortunate darker tone the DCU has taken of late, lack of a cohesive focus ever since 52, and the regrettable ‘fixing of things that were not broken’ when the DCU was in terrific shape ever since Zero Hour, until Identity Crisis. Continuity is purroblematic in how this and other titles relate to each other, as DC’s characters were already appearing in in too many titles to keep track of. The same can be said of Marvel Comics too, despite the amazingly talented artists and writers that are crafting some brilliant stories of many beloved characters for both publishers.

It also seemed as if not enough was happening at first, but issue #3 was complex, busy, and action packed, with appearances by many characters. The pace picked up with Issue #3, but purrhaps a bit much, but still an impurrovement, almost as if it tapped into the Speed Force along with the Flashes. Nevertheless, Issue #3’s “Know Evil” was intriguing, and left me eager to see what happens next, That’s all I’ll say on the subject of Final Crisis for now, but purrhaps I’ll comment again later  when the series has concluded. I believe Mike is next to discuss the first issue of the Legion tie-in mini series!

spoiler alert lifted- you may purrceed without risk…

Ceresatami:
(whispering) Wow, Mary Nyan goes into a deep depth!

Tsuruku:
(whispering) Look- Yvonne almost catnapped during that- hee!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
(whispering) She is the thorough catgirl.

Kianalani:
(whispering) Oh Mike’s bout to start his review!

Mike:
Thanks Myayr! As a big fan of DC Comics’ Legion of Super Heroes since the very early 1970’s, I have been intrigued by recent developments with those characters during DC’s Countdown series, which has raised a lot of questions. Hoping that Final Crisis would explain and resolve a lot, I was quite eagerly anticipating this new mini-series Legion of 3 Worlds Book One (of Five)! Written by Geoff Johns, pencilled by George Perez, inked by Scott Koblish, colored by Hi-Fi, lettered by Nick Napolitano, edited by Eddie Berganza with assistant Adam Schlagman, this first issue gives you 36 amazingly detailed pages, available in 2 different covers.

purrvided you’re not worried about this

plot spoil of Legion of 3 Worlds Book One!

It starts with the Time Trapper, perhaps the Legion’s greatest- and one of DC’s most powerful villains, unleashing his new scheme, which starts with a bang: the arrival of Superboy Prime in Smallville, 3008 AD. Given a grand tour of the spawling Superman museum by a hlographic Jimmy Olson, the irate Prime learns of the Lgion of Super Villains, and destroys the prison planet of Takron Galtos to free them. Meanwhile, it is a dark time for the Legion; Saturn Girl, Lightning lad and Cosmic Boy stand before the vast United Planets Council, while part of the team journeys into the Phantom Zone to rescue Mon-El. Elsewhere, injured and pwerless Sun Boy and Polar Boy debate their continued involvement. RJ Brande arrives at the council chamber, only to me murdered by rival Leland McCauley. Realizing this is a job for Superman, he is summoned from the present day Metropolis, where the Legion determines they need to unite with their counterparts from two other timelines; Superman tells them that the mission calls for a drastic solution: the redemption of Superboy Prime.


I was so impressed with this first issue. George Perez renders it with so much lavish scenic detail, and I am afraid to try and count how many characters make appearances in one form or another. It’s a lot. It’s a visual feast, and who’s who of Superman and Legion characters, and not only does it feel like it is going to answer many mysteries and resolve some major plot threads from recent years, but looks like this might be the grand, immense epic finale we’ve been waiting for, following Infinite Crisis, 52, Countdown and other related storylines. One of comics’ greatest illustrators and stroytellers, George Perez is known for the astounding detail he renders, but he may have outdone himself here. The sheer amount of detail of the architecture, effects, costumes, technology and so forth is staggering, the quantity of heroes, villains, and supporting characters from many worlds is astounding- and it’s conveyed in an uncanny number of panels.

Scott Koblish’s intricate inking, and the dazzling rich colors by Hi-Fi deserve major awards. Author Geoff Johns crafted just the sort of plot I was hoping for, and seems to know his Legion history quite well. He’s wrought a lot of great dialog for all these characters too, and while not too wordy by any means, it seems like Nick Napolitano has lettered twice as much text and typographic elements as you’d find in any given average comic book! This is just the first issue of this mini-series, so with four to go, so the story it is far from over, but on this issue’s own magnificent merits, it greatly exceeded my high hopes!

Yvonne:
Is Supegirl in it, or Krypto, nya?

Mary Nyan:
Or Shady…?

Elizabeth:
Or Thunder?

Jeannie:
Or Braniac 5?

Mike:
Yes.

(The catgirls in unison)
Yay!

Mary Nyan:
Shadow lass is Mike’s favorite legionnaire!

Yvonne:
oh oh and Laurel Gand is she in it too, nya?

Melanakeami:
Ooh how about Lori Lemaris?

Mike:
Yes.

(The merfolk)
Yay!

Jeannie:
I would like to see all of that future tech.

Elizabeth:
Wow! Sounds like it was a good month for comic books!

Mike:
Yes!

spoiler alert lifted again!

Mary Nyan:
For our final comix review of the day, we’d like to welcome Dessy to offer her special guest comment!

(The mermaid’s excited scales shimmer amidst applause)

(The merfolk)
GO DESSY!

Lourdessaluorno:
Arigatoo… hee! Well, the one shot issue of X-Men Odd Men Out was like finding sunken treasure, because excluding a few pages of ads, it is 44 pages of  two never-before-seen stories drawn by the late, great Dave Cockrum, one of the most important comic book artists of all time! The first tale “Odd Men Out” is an X-men story, in which Professor Xr has a reunion with his old FBI agent friend Fred Duncan, and there was much reminiscing. Let’s see here, um, oh and It was written by Roger Stern, inked by Joe Rubinstein, lettered by Dave Sharpe, colored by Andrew Crossley, and edited by Bob Harras with editing assistance by Suzane Gaffney.

The 2nd tale in the issue is a New Mutants adventure, in which they encounter a powerful android built by the villain the Mad Thinker, who had intended to attack the Fantastic Four, but changes his mind and fights the New Mutants instead. That androids gives them a tough time! This was also drawn by Dave Cockrum, and  and it was written by Michael Higgens, inked by Joe Rubenstien, lettered by joe Rosen, colored by Andrew Crossley, and edited by Bob Harras, and the  Editor In Chief was Tom DeFalco. There’s a nice back cover illustration by Dave Cockrum too! This was fun to read, and that new Muants tale was also neat because it had Rahne Sinclair the wolf girl in it! OK I guess Im done!

(applause)

(Mike & the catgirls)
THANK YOU DESSY!

Yvonne:
Yay Wolfsbane, nya! She is the cute Scottish wolf girl, nya.

Jeannie:
Some good sites about her are Rhane-Sinclair.com http://www.rahne-sinclair.com/ and the Wolfsbane wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfsbane_(comics)

(Lizzy motions for Dessy to stay and purrpare for the bumper)

Lourdessaluorno:
Coming up next, Book and Magazine Reports from Ladies of the Mew, right after this break!

(snip)

Lourdessaluorno:
Welcome back to The Mew! It’s time to enjoy the taste of

Enter the entree of the fresh fish dinner, with
a side of more purriodicals and book reviews

Yvonne:
I got the Star Wars Insider #103, September 2008 issue, nya! As mewsual it is fun to read about the latest Star Wars mews, nya. The cover feature article is on the mew Clone Wars, nya. There is an interview with writer Henry Gilroy, and a guide to the animated characters nya. Ahsoka is the purrky cute Padewan, and Asajj Ventress is really cool but she’s evil and mean, nya. Then there’s a countdown of their picks for top ten ‘jawdropper’ moments from the movies, and pondering who is tougher, Mara Jade Vs. Juno Eclipse, nya. There’s some nice concept art from the Star Wars Unleashed video game, article on FX superviser John Dykstra, and all the usual columns and purroduct reviews, nya! Ok who’se next, nya?

Mary Nyan:
Faerie Magazine is a most splendid color quarterly publication that is always a joy to read, enetertaining even the staunchest critics of our own island’s fae. Well worth the $7.95 US/ $9.95 Canada purrice, it is a nifty 96 page tome of fantasy illustration, photography, articles, poetry & purrose fiction, and even the advertisements for the faerie purroducts are almost like a fine art gallery unto themselves! The Summer 2008 issue kicks off in appropriate manner with a cordial greeting from Kim the Editor in Chief, a contribution by Brian Froud, followed by an insightful look at Rumpelstiltskin by Heidi Anne Heiner, and the tale of the origin of the harp retold by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.

There’s a 7 page article, interview & imagery of lovely gothic songstress & artist Priscilla Hernandez, a new contest, plus the winning entries of readers’ faerie experiences, and purrhaps my favorite feature of this issue is the Wings of Summer fashionable photographic pictorial by Ivy Darling, featuring some gorgeous wings crafted by numerous costumers. We enjoy the enchanting art of Stephanie Roberts, 5 Questions with artist Brigid Ashwood, exquisite faerie furniture & houses sculpted by Debbie & Mike Schramer, and Jennifer Carson 10 step purrocess on how to make a felted journal cover.
The charm continues with short fiction by Paige Grimmer, cute little poems by Jaime Faldyn Smith and Rywyn, and the continuing chronicles of the Journal Keeper.

Also included is the usual events calendar, and photos of events such as the special display at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee, Sproutwood Farms’  May Day Fairie Festival, Maryland Faerie Festival, UK Enchanted Folk Mery Meet, the Moorepark Girl Scouts’ A Faery Hunt, Sand Purrth- I mean Perth, Australia’s Save the Faeries Festival. Those events must have been so much fun! A most appetizing article discloses the numcious recipies of Sarah Pauline’s candle light tea parties, along with her works of art, Susanne Gyseman shares her inspiration found in the Scottish Highlands, and Charlotte Bird’s poetic mewsings of Stourhead Wiltshire.

Phee McFaddell purrsents purretty paperdolls of the fae Perrine and Diane, and the sumptuous issue concludes with very thorough reviews of two mewsic CDs and three books. All of this marvelous material is sammiched betwixt the front cover illustration by Bente Schlick and rear cover  art by Stephanie Roberts, and on behalf of the The Catgirl Critics, we wish to congratulate the editors, artists, photographers, writers, directors, consultants, staff and other contributors  of Faerie Magazine for yet another brilliant issue of this fine publication, which we glowingly recommend to any fan of the fae!

Yvonne:
Wow that was purretty thorough- I should have said more, nya!

Elizabeth:
You were fine, Vonny! Howboutchoo, Jenjen?

Ceresatami:
We like to swim up river to see the faerie festivals!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
They are so pretty when they glow in the night sky! Like the deep bioluminescent fish parade!

Jeannie:
I could mention the Summer 2008 issue of Bellydance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine. You can really tell that it is assembled by people who love what they do. Purrhaps tne of the most impurresive qualities of this magazine are the magnificent wealth of photographs. This issue includes interviews and purrofiles onithe Egyptian purrformer Tito, mewsician Jeremiah Soto, dancer Helena Vlahos, and the Dancers of the Harem Troupe. There are big  articles on the Rakkasah West Festival, Gothla US: The Conjuring, and the 1st World Belly Dance Competition in Seoul.. You should see all of the lavish costumes! The article on Natalya Becker Designs contains even more lovely images. There are also little articles on Arabic, fire purrops, yoga, kimchi, and a horrorscope.  This quarterly publication also contains lots of informative articles and an extensive event calendar and ads for many dancers, festivals, mewsic and supplies, so this would be a useful and fun resource!

Elizabeth:
See Vonny- you’re review was a concise one like Jenjen’s!

Let’s go to the hoop!

Tsuruku:
Jen-san, I’ve seen your troupe at some of the beach riverwalk festivals!

Jeannie:
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of your innovative veil work in the aqua ballet purrformance at the Umi Matsuri too!

Kianalani:
We’re practicing belly and water hoop dance too!

(mermaid does the shimmy)

Melanakeami:
I’ve been working on my tummy and tai rolls although I’m not as good as Jen-sensei!

(mermaid undulates her tummy)

Jeannie:
I have had lots of purractice, but that was very good!

Melanakeami:
Hee!

Nyssa:
I thought those Olympic rhythmic gymnasts were so wonderful with those hoops, ribbons and batons!

Elizabeth:
We tried some of that in gym class- but Vonny kept attacking and playing with the ribbon!

Yvonne:
You were chasing that ribbon too, nya!

Ilyana:
It is only natural for a catgirl to want the ribbon.

Yvonne:
So what review of recent reading do you have for us, Lizzy, nya?

Warriors- Come out and Prey!
Lizzy reviews Erin Hunter’s book
Warriors- Cats of the Clans

Elizabeth:
Not to be confuzzled with our friend Jamie’s web comic Clan of the Cats, or the movie about the street gang trying to get back to their home turf, this 96 page hardcover book Warriors- Cats of the Clan is the latest in field guides published by Harper Collins to Erin Hunter’s Warriors novels series for young readers. This dandy book sells for $15.99 US/ $17.25 Canada, and it is about these tribes of cats, beautifully illustrated with full page color plates by Wayne McLoughlin, plus  4 detailed black & white maps of their forest and lake realm. This book is a good introduction to these cats for those unacquainted with the Warriors series of books, and a lovely guide full of info for those who are already fans.  The text of the book is like a narrative, of late night tales told by an old medicine cat to some wandering kittens. There are the various clans (Thunder, Shadow, Wind, River, etc) described, about 50 cats purrofiled, with their biography and a supurrb portrait painting.That Wayne McLoughlin is a very good cat artist! I think I’d purrfur to be in the River Clan if I were one of those cats. Also included is a 4 page purreview of the 4th forthcoming book in the Warriors Powers of Three series, Eclipse.

Mary Nyan:
Purrhaps our merfriends have some they would like to mention too?

Ceresatami:
Oh me first? Um ah lately I’ve mainly just been reading all of the Fall Semester registration stuff, hee!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Lani and I got Photoshop and Illustrator so we’re starting to read those manuals!

Kianalani:
Hai!

The Ladies of The Mew purrsent
The Catgirl Critics Media Mewsings’
Book of the Month for September 2008:
Katy Keene Model Behavior Volume One!

Mary Nyan:
The Archie Comics character Katy Keene http://www.archiecomics.com/katykeene/home.html is a most endearing beautiful, friendly, and cheerful model, singer, actress whose stories are full of fashion, romance and hijinks. Created by Bill Woggon, Katy may have been around since 1945, but still looks to be in her purrky early 20’s, and has never looked better than in these recent modern stories collected in Katy Keen Model Behavior Volume One! Published in August 2008 by Archie Comic Publications, Inc. with a US SRP of $10.95, this 112 full color trade paperback book reprints Katy’s back up stories from Archie & Friends #101-110. Fun for the whole family, these glamorously fun and wholesome stories & terrific art (including the cover) are by Andrew Pepoy http://www.pepoy.com/

Elizabeth:
Starting off this delightful book is a new 22 page tale “Hear it Here First” which documents Katy’s rise as a midwestern small town girl to international fame on stage, screen & catwalk. This is followed by “And the Award Goes To…” where she is at the VTV Movie Awards show. Next she contends with purrsistent paparazzi at the beach in “Dressing Drama”, her cute sister MacKenzie sneaks on to a movie set in “Love in Blum, and in “Facing the Music” Katy deals with a rude reporter. Mac has concerns about the school dance in “May I have this Dance?”, ‘The Web Returns” to impurress Katy with his super heroics, and then she and friend K.O. purrclaim “Viva Las Vegas”! Katy is a guest judge on “America’s New Best Model”, and attends a comic book convention in “Four Color Fun!”. Were that not enough, the book concludes with four pages of pin ups, including a Katy Keen paper doll made exclusively for this book.

Yvonne:
In addition to these wonderfully fun cute stories and lovely art, Katy Keen comics are also known for apparel ideas submitted by readers, nya! In each story, you’ll see Katy try on various new outfits for all occasions, and each one is purroperly credited to the fan who sent in that design, nya! Wow, there seem to be over 140 different designs of dresses, swim wear, shoes, jewlery and accessories for Katy, Mac, KO and other characters, nya. I would definitely like to have some of those clothes, nya. In fact, Mike was very honored to have 2 of his designs accepted, for “Four Color Fun” story, including Katy’s super heroine costume, nya! This is of course in addition to the very many gorgeous fashion designs created by Andrew Pepoy, nya!

Jeannie:
Additional credits include Letterer John Workman; Colorists Rosario “Tito” Pena, Stephanie Vozzo, Chad Fidler, George Freeman, Josh Ray and Ben Hunzeker; Art Director Joe Pep, and purrduction by Stephen Oswald, Paul Kaminski, Adam Samtur, VP/ Circulation Director Fred Mausser. The Editors were Mike Pellerito & Victor Gorelick, and Michael I. Silberkleit as Chairman & Publisher. The book is dedicated to the memory of the late Archie Purresident, Editor-in-Chief, & Co-Publisher Richard H. Goldwater,1936-2007.

Mike:
Andrew Pepoy is a prolific professional artist who has inked many fine comic books for DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Archie and Bongo. In 2000 he redesigned the Little Orphan Annie newspaper strip, and is also the creator of The Adventures of Simone & Ajax whose wonderful previous & new tales can be read at http://www.ComicMix.com! He’s also recently been working on Fables and Jack of Fables for Vertigo, and issues of Futurama and The Simpsons comics. This summer he co-wrote an expanded & revised edition of The Hourglass in The Stop-Time Chronicles, a superhero tap dance opera at the Chicago Tap Theater. His tap show is also part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, September 28-29 http://www.nymf.org/Show-938.html . He’s a dear friend, and one of the nicest and most talented purrsons you’ll ever meet!

Mary Nyan:
So have y’all been reading anything notable of late?

Olympic moment

Tsuruku:
Ah I have not read much lately… I spent more time watching the Olympics of late when i had the leisure time. I hope they’ll add seahorse events!

Nyssa:
Michael Phelps is so fast in the water you’d think he was part merman, hee!

Nyssa:
We were cheering for Dara Torres and Natalie Coughlin and Katie Hoff  and Laura Wilkinson too!

Elizabeth:
and that Bolt fella- wow! He must tap into the speed force.

Yvonne:

Shawn Johnson is so amazingly agile you’d think she was part cat, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Our friend Nyanko was very excited about Diana Lopez and her siblings making Olympic history in Taekwondo!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Why didn’t Nyanko compete in this yea’s Olympics? Isn’t she a martial arts champ?

Jeannie:
Hai, but I don’t think her Jiu Jitsu is not an Olympic sport, unlike several other martial art forms.

Yvonne:

Archery is an Olympic sport- maybe Jenjen could compete in that, nya!

Jeannie:
I am not that qualified!


Chief Yakizaka:
Y’know It’s a shame they are doing away with softball and baseball after this year though. But we still got the Dream Team!

Melanakeami:
Maybe they’ll add more aerial events- like ballooning!

Mike:
Yes, although it is ironic that we should cheer for a team coached by Coach K ’cause we’re Tarheel fans!

Mary Nyan:
There were lots of Tarheels repurrsenting though. Especially on the Womens Field Hockey, Soccer and Track ‘n Field teams!

Jeannie:
Tarheel of the year Rachel Dawson was on Captain Kate Barber’s Olympic team. She lead UNC to a 24-0 season and the ACC & NCAA 2007 championships!

Kianalani:
Of course I know how excited y’allw ere about-

(all four catgirls in unison)
KERRI WALSH AND MISTY MAY-TREANOR!!!

Ceresatami:
Oops I think we got off the literary topic though!

Mike:
Oh that’s OK- it’s been a spirited segment, and we were coming up on another break anyway!

Jeannie:
It is only natural for the belly dance topic to lead to the athletic discussion.

Mary Nyan:
However lest we digress further, aside from the athletic thrills of the Olympiad, there’s been another recent television purrogram of great importance to us-

Review of the Doctor Who Season Finale
“The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End”

(over refills of the cran apple nummy berry juice cocktail)

Warning:
Here begin some Doctor Who plot spoilers

Jeannie:
It is hard to believe there have now been four seasons of Doctor Who since the restart! Some episodes have been better than others, but at its peak there have been among the most astounding science fiction visions, emotional dramatic moments, fun humor and thrilling adventure, complex story arcs and dear characters, including David Tennant as one of our favorite Doctors. With its success in also launching spin-off series such as Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, a forthcoming K-9 show, lots of books and merchandise, this era is reminiscent of the apex of Star Trek when iNext Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager were concurrent. I’ve been quite enthused overall, and this season’s 2 part finale of “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End” was among the most epic and thrilling in the long history of the series, with much joy, sorrow, a great cliffhanger and most poignant ending. (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:
I was so impressed with “The Stolen Earth” nya- the first 10 minutes may have been the most amazing first 10 minutes of any Doctor Who and it’s been around since 1963, nya! The visual effects were amazing and the scenes of all those 27 planets gathered together was so cosmically beautiful, nya. But what impressed me more than that was how so many characters were gathered too nya- joining the Doctor were Donna Noble, Sarah Jane Smith, Captain Jack, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Harriet Jones, Jackie, Mickey and K-9 nya! Plus there was martha’s Mommy, Donna’s parents, and Sarah Jane’s son, those recurring UNIT and Torchwood members, and those 200 ships full of Daleks, including the Supurreme Dalek, the Cult of Skaro Daleks, and Davros, nya! There were even flashbacks of other former companions, nya. The entire cast was totally brilliant, including the voice actors for the Daleks, Mr. Smith and K-9, oh and the mewsic was very exciting too. (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:
It was definitely a Who extravaganza, bringing back so many characters, and plot points from purrior episodes- not only did it reference events from 3 seasons ago and more details on the Time War, but even episodes from the Tom Baker era such as Genesis of the Daleks and Pirate Planet… while building on the mythology with the Shadow Purroclamation, Medusa Cascade, Purroject Indigo which referenced the Sontarans, Osterhgen Key, The Reality Bomb that could wipe out the entire multiverse, and Daleks speaking German.  I’m not sure but I think that bittersweet thing the Doctor did to help Donna in the Tardis near the end was a mind link, as we’ve seen him do in reunions with his other selves… right? Oh and we even get another regeneration of the Doctor- with atypical results, but let’s just say that the Doctor was twice as heroic as mewsual, hee! (tags Mary Nyan)

Mary Nyan: 
Not since The Five Doctors have we seen this many recurring characters rounded up for  the grand adventure, and This two parter may have been the most cosmic, epic one yet as the heroes unit to stop Davro’s plan for total pan-universal / multi-dimensional genocide. But despite the grandeur of the plot, the character moments are so emotional and purrofound. The sense of Horror of Jack and Sarah Jane when they first hear the Dalek battle cry. Jack is so much fun, and he was right about her by the way- isn’t Sarah Jane so lovely? There is so much girl power that helps save the day- not only Sarah Jane, but Rose who is so neat with that big gun, and her Mom does her part too. The TARDIS purrformed more miracles, and Martha is so purretty, smart and brave as mewsual. This was definitely Donna’s finest hour, and the exhilarating sort of ‘Donna Ex Machina’ moment in which she thwarts Davros made me cheer! (tags Mike)

Mike:
“Journey’s End” was so aptly named, given where it leads Mickey, Jackie, Donna, and resolution of the Rose / Doctor romance. The Doctor’s last moment attempt to save even Davros was reminiscent of trying to save The Master in previous season’s climax. Hopefully Sarah Jane and Jack’s adventures will continue in their shows, and I look forward to the Doctor’s next season. I’m unsure how you could top this finale, although if we got another special episode like that one with Peter Davidson, it’d sure be nice if they could bring back Tom Baker as the Doctor for a visit, or  Romana! Hopefully our Doctor Who reviews will continue in coming months, with the DVD releases of The Invisible Enemy / K-9 and Company, and The Sarah Jane Adventures First Season. But now, we’re up against another break, so… Ilyana, would you take us out?

Ilyana:
Me? Really? Ah… sure…! Coming up next, the special desert segment! We’ll be right back after this next short break!

Here end those Doctor Who plot spoilers

(snip)

(one short break later)

Lourdessaluorno:
Hee! having fun?

Ilyana:
(happy kitty tail) This is kinda fun…!

Mike:
3…2…1… and, now.

Ilyana:
Welcome Back! For the sorbet segment, we’re
serving up the extra special baked yams during
this Mew’s fourth ‘n final Lightning Round topic:

Favorite Live-Action Super Hero TV Series, nya!

(tags the chief to go next)

Lourdessaluorno:
(hugs Ilyana) Squee! You were great!

Chief Yakizaka:
Hercules and Xena, Mortal Kombat, and that 90’s Tarzan was pretty good- The Epic Adventures, but not that later one set in New York! (tags Lizzy)

Elizabeth:
Ultra Man, Power Rangers, Beetle Borgs and Kamen Rider! (tags Tami)

(Everyone in unison)
BIG BAD BEETLE BORGS!

Ceresatami:
Highlander, the Raven spin off, and… and I like Ghost Whisperer if you allow that sort of psychic show. (tags Tsu)

Tsuruku:
Batman, The Green Hornet, The Incredible Hulk and The Flash! (tags Nell)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
The Lone Ranger, The Wild Wild West, and Brisco County Jr! (tags Lani)

Kianalani:
Brisco– oh yeah there was some supernatural stuff going on in that, wasn’t there? Oh I’m sorry this is supposed go fast! Ohh ah, mine are Wonder Woman, Isis, and The Bionic Woman – and the original, not that newer Bionic Woman show! (tags Melanakeami)

Melanakeami:
Doctor Who, The Tomorrow People and… Captain Scarlet, if that counts but maybe that would count as an animated show I guess! (tags Nyssa)

Nyssa:
The 60’s Captain Scarlet or the new one?

Melanakeami:
I meant the super marionette one- I haven’t seen the new one yet

Nyssa:
Anyway, my vote is for The Adventures of Superman, Superboy, and Lois & Clark (tags Dessy)

Lourdessaluorno:
Heroes, and Smallville! Your turn, Ilyana! (tags Ilyana)

Ilyana:
Y’all sure do watch a lot of TV! Um… what was that show… the one with Jessica- Dark Angel- that was Ok I guess! (tags Myayr)

Mary Nyan:
Buffy and Angel! (tags Vonny)

Yvonne:
Xena, Queen of Swords, and Cleopatra 2525, nya! (tags Jen)

Jeannie:

Robocop, Captain Power, and Power Rangers.  By the way, the New Captain Scarlet is most excellent! (tags Mike)


Mike:
Oh gosh…  I think I can narrow the field down to Batman, Doctor Who, Buffy and Angel, but Power Rangers does have the great costumes and super battles!

Lourdessaluorno:
It would seem that for it to be super hero content, there needs to be a hero, who has extraordinary either extraordinary skills, gadgets, powers, or a costume, but needn’t have all of the above!

Chief Yakizaka:
Yeah but then where do you cross the line until it’s no longer a ‘super’ hero? I mean what about Rambo? He’s not super powered, but he’s a hero with great skills and weapons!

Mike:
Right you are Chief!

Tsuruku:
Tami menioned Ghost Whisperer… there sure are a lot of those psychic occult type shows!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Hai hai… I used to watch Touched by An Angel all the time!

Elizabeth:
And that one with Michael Landon!

Yvonne:
Charles Ingles was psychic. nya?

Elizabeth:
no no, it was it was  Highway to Heaven!

Lourdessaluorno:
Oh darn I forgot Greatest American Hero… oh!

Mary Nyan:
These lightning Rounds will purrompt things you purrhaps had not purreviously considered!

Elizabeth:
Hopefully our little lightning round topics will be food for more thorough discussions or debate amongst our viewers! We’re coming up on another hard break, but when we return, toy and movie reviews,!

(snip)
(one short break later…)

When served at the purrcise tempurrature,
the bouquet of the tasty dessert wine goes
well with Talking about Toys

Elizabeth:
We’re back! And here’s Vonny again with her action figure report!

Yvonne:
Thanks Lizzy, nya! I would like to mention a couple of new action heroine figures, nya! The four figures in DC Direct’s Justice Series 8 figures include Batgirl, Supergirl, Captain Cold and The Toyman, but it is just the former two that I was going to discuss, nya. These figures were based on lovely designs by Alex Ross and meticulously sculpted by Karin Palinko, nya. Supergirl is in her cute 70’s style costume, with the blousey blue sleeves and the red hot pants. She has a very purretty face with pink lips and blue eyes. and it is detailed down to the lines on her palms and fingernails, and the highlights on her eyes, nya!  Batgirl, the Barbara Gordon version, is stunning in her black & yellow outfit. The stylized bat boots & gloves are purrticularly nice, as is tthe utility belt, ears, and a little bonus batarang, nya. She has purretty auburn hair, green eyes and peachy colored lips, nya. Articulated at the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees, these figures are approximately 6.5″ tall, and come with a 5″ wide display base, nya!

The Dessert: peachy creamy cobbler

& reviews of recent theatrical releases

Warning: a bit of plot spoiler in this catgirl
review of the Star Wars: Clone Wars movie

Jeannie:
Thank you Vonny! CLONE WARS is the latest STAR WARS theatrical release and animated purrduction. Set between the events of Episode 2: Attack of the Clones and Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, unlike the purrevious Clone Wars TV series the animation is in 3D CG style, and unlike other Star Wars feature films, it is not purceeded by the 20th Century Fox Fanfare. It mainly focuses on a mission of Anakin Skywalker and his delightful new Padewan Jedi Appurrentice Ahsoka Tano, along with Obi-wan Kenobi and the troopers they are leading against the Droid Army. A few of the Hutts play key roles in this story, Mace Windu (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) and Yoda make brief appearances, as does Chancellor Palpatine, but the real villainy is courtesy of Count Dooku (voiced by Christopher Lee) and his sexy evil, double light saber wielding assassin Asajj Ventris. R2-D2 is as resourceful and feisty as ever, R2-KT makes a cameo, although C3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels) is barely in the story. Padime Amidala is not in the movie very much, but she’s as stunning as ever, trying diplomacy before resorting to sneaking around and straight fights (which she does) to help save the day.

Speaking of straight fights, Trooper Commander Cody and Captain Rex are chief among the tough troopers who are smart and terrific in action. We meet a number of new Navy Officers (also the good guys in this era), and plenty of various types of droid soldiers, the ones that say “Roger Roger” a lot, who were my least favorite aspect of the film, mostly played for annoying buffoonery. Jabbah’s son Rotta is a cute little larvae, and his Uncle Ziro whose voice wonderfully reminds me of Truman Capote, shows us a side of mobster clan politics. Obi-Wan is his usual dashing, suave self as he calmy leads men into battle, and Anakin is a gutsy man of action and a great pilot, not quite evil yet but has a bitter side. The chemistry between him and the supurrb Ahsoka is a delightful main part of the story, as she is to him as he is to Obi-Wan. Like most Star Wars cinema, the action hops from impurresive planet to planet, featuring big urban warfare scenes on the planet Christophsis between the gallant 501st Troopers and the Droid army. Coruscant and Tattooine are also revisited.

There’s mecha galore amidst the exciting infantry, artillery and armor battles, aerial dogfights and space combat between droid fighters and capital ships, and plenty of hand to hand brawls, force tricks and saber duels. There’s an almost dungeon-crawl in a mountain top monastery on Teth. It is still ironic to be cheering for Anakin and all those troopers, who are yet to become the bad guys of the future Galactic Empire! While this is not the most thrilling of the Star Wars series, it was a good fun time with interesting characters, beautiful alien, mecha and scenic locations, and despite some droid silliness it rarely disappointed me. At first I was having trouble to adjust to the very stylized character designs, just as I did for the Clone Wars TV cartoon, purrhaps because the flesh-and-blood characters, unlike armored troops and droids, looked as if they were sort of animated wooden sculptures, and the animation is not nearly as good as Pixar’s WALL-E, but once things heated up I was interested by the returning & new characters and brisk plot, with a good voice cast, sound FX & mewsic. It definitely feels like it was made by skilled people who are Star Wars fans. I give it a letter grade of B Plus!

Yvonne:
I think you should give it an A for Ahsoka, or for Artoo Katie, nya!

Jeannie:
As much as I am fascinated by all the mecha, I had to deduct dreadful droid humor points and some concerns about the character animation / style, but that’s the worst I can say about it.

End Clone Wars Spoilers
-purrceed to next review!

Food, folks & fun for August’s
Clatch meeting under the sun

Mike:
Well I have another report, although it is not of a movie, but of a recent event- last month’s ‘Clatch’ meeting!

Mary Nyan:
Give us the report!

Mike:
The August meeting of the North Carolina Web Comics Coffee Clatch http://ncwccc.net/ was a most tasty affair, amidst a splendid cook out so graciously hosted by Otter http://agirlandherfed.com/ on a warm sunny Sunday. From 2 to 6 pm there were purrhaps 15 of us there including members and guests, dining on burgers, sausages, chicken, slaw, squash, chips, cheeses, muffins, cookies, cake, lemon popsicles, tea and soft drinks. Conversations covered all manner of topics, from Buffy & Star Trek to Clone Wars & Dark Knight, conventions, tattoos & furries, but eventually settled upon the requisite discussion of comics, web and print, and some other upcoming events members are participating in, such as the Burlington Carousel Festival, September 21-22, and Heroes Haven’s con, October 17-19. Before some had to depart, the last main topic was on the possible 2nd NCWCCC Anthology Book, and what its unifying theme of its stories & art might be;as the first book’s theme was coffee, the next one’s will be fortune cookies.  The 2nd book’s theme will be Fortune Cookies, and we thought it would be nice to debut the book at WhatTheHellCon 2009. The date and location of the next meeting haven’t yet been determined, but given how it rotates from Guilford to Wake Counties and points in between, September’s gathering is likely to be on a Saturday, probably somewhere in Raleigh.

Avana-ruru swims up with a water purroof purrinted sign that reads:

Now it’s time for the coffee, and the monthly
13 Lucky Kitty Web Comic Picks of the Litter!

Mary Nyan:
I’ll start off with John Joseco’s RaveKitty http://ravekitty.comicgenesis.com/


Yvonne:
My pick is Kohou’s Kimeral http://www.drunkduck.com/Kimeral/
nya! Oh and you can see more of her great art at
nya. (tags Jenjen)

Jeannie:
Minonokitsy Studios’  Nemu Nemu http://www.nemu-nemu.com/
(looks at the Chief to go next)

Chief Yakizaka:
Oh I kinda like Jamie Lynn Haram’s Picatrix http://www.picatrix.net/

Elizabeth:
your turn, Tami!

Ceresatami:
I’ll nominate Caroline Curtis’ most delightful

Tsuruku:
My turn? Well, I chose Valendra & Roselyn’s
Mavi Miracle Studios http://mavimiracle.com/

Ne’ellakaliomi:
My pick is Setsuled’s terrific

Kianalani:
That’s a good one Nell! My pick is E.P. Nae’s
Moonlight Feathers http://moonfea.comicgenesis.com/

Melanakeami:
Tracy J. Butler’s Lackadaisy http://www.lackadaisycats.com/
is a good webcomic too! You’re up, Nyssy!

Nyssa:
Y’all should definitely check out Sukai Yume’s
Light- Chikara no Yume http://light.smackjeeves.com/
hee!

Lourdessaluorno:
Hope Larson’s Salamander Dream http://www.secretfriendsociety.com/
is a choice web comic. (gives the ruru tasty sea cabbage to nibble)

Ilyana:
Last but not least Zanithiea’s Tensei no Tsuki http://tensei.awardspace.com/


Avana-ru-ru:
nom nom nom

(snip)
(one break later…)
(As the show resumes for the tag, everyone has a hoop!)

The Cat Lady Sings…

Elizabeth:
Well that’ll wrap it up for another edition of The Mew! Thanks again to our wonderful restaurant hosts at Sheila May’s!

Jeannie:
Next month, We’ll be back on dry land, at The Kitt Inn with our special Halloween Show for October!

Yvonne:
(plays with her hoop) Will there be Halloween treats, nya?

Elizabeth:
Maybe we’ll play some trix, nya ha ha!

Mary Nyan:
Purrhaps we will cosplay for the occasion.

Yvonne:
I wanna see the mermaids’ Halloween Jack-O’ Urchins, and swim through the Kelp Maze, nya!

Jeannie:
There should be some pumpkin pie at the next Mew, slathered with whip cream.

Mary Nyan:
Mmm I like the slather.

Mike:
Oh, there some special spooky seasonal things planned for the show, if you smell what The Mike is cookin’!

Jeannie:
I hope the cooking includes some fish.

Mary Nyan:
I think we have digressed from ‘The Bai Bai’…

Elizabeth:
If y’all have polite & sincere responses to our discussion- feel free to post them, purr-vided that such brief remarks are spam-free and stay on-topic!

Yvonne:
Everybody out there remember to turn off your cell phone and not to talk, text message, or light it up during a movie in a theater, nya!

Mike:
Thanks for visiting, folks!

(catgirls ‘n mermaids in unison, hula hooping the show to a close):
Happy tails to you- until we eat again! BAI BAI! nya!




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