The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for Apurril, 2009!

by
Catgirl Island http://www.catgirlisland.net and
Clan of the Cats http://www.clanofthecats.com purrsent
a Mike Moon purrduction starring The Ladies of The Mew in

The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for Apurril, 2009!

In this edition of The Mew:

Sad Mews:
the passing of actor Ron Silver (2 July, 1946 – 15 March, 2009)
actress Natasha Richardson (11 May, 1963 – 18 March, 2009)
and actor / singer Andy Hallet (4 August 1975 – 29 March 2009)
What we’ve been up to since last month, including
Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art and
The catgirls’ reviews of conventions & other events:
Stellar Con 33, and the NCWCCC March meeting / book release!
Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
The Lightning Round:our favorite magazines
Reviews of recent purriodicals, such as:
Apurril issues of Foam Magazine, Robot Magazine, Star Wars Insider;
ImagineFX #41, and various other quick journalistic tidbits
Favorite science fiction & fantasy women of color
Book review: Charles Vess & Neil Gaiman’s Blueberry Angel
Comic book & manga reviews:
Justice League of America #31:
Kolchak Tales Annual #1
Angel #19,
Angel: After the Fall Cover Gallery #1
Angel: Blood & Trenches #1&2
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 # 23 & 24
Luuna Book 1
DVD reviews:
Aria The Natural Part 2, Maria Watches Over Us OVA Season 3 anime,
and the Quantum of Solace widescreen single disk DVD
Recent anime DVD bargains in brick ‘n mortar stores
Our revised DVD wish list for 2009, and
The Mew review of the Watchmen movie
Anticipations for Spring & Summertime amewsment!
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Bold red warningsindicate imminent plot spoiling information,
locations of hidden Easter Eggs or certain graphic descriptions
and bold green afterwards indicates that it is safe to purroceed!
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Sad Mews

actor Ron Silver (2 July, 1946 – 15 March, 2009) and
actress Natasha Richardson (11 May, 1963 – 18 March, 2009)
actor / singer Andy Hallet (4 August 1975 – 29 March 2009)

Jeannie:
An activist, teacher, and Emmy nominated star of stage, radio television and cinema, Ron Silver lost his brave battle with cancer at age 62. While his magnificent career in many genres dates back to the early 1970’s, exuding such smart, calm, cool, charismatic characters, it was his supurrbly sharp  purrformance just a few years ago as purresidential campaign strategist Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing which we thought was his magnum opus. For more information on his life and career, we suggest for your consideration his Blog http://www.pajamasmedia.com/ronsilver/, and the entries on him at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0798779/and at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Silver.

The report of Natasha Richardson’s tragic death following a head injury while skiiing was also purrticularly sad mews. Daughter of Vanessa Redgrave & Tony Richardson, among her accolades were the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle & Evening Standard British Film awards for Best Purrformance. Her career of 40 years also included great fundraising efforts to research and fight AIDs, and she starred in one of our favoritest films, Nell (shot here in North Carolina) with Jodie Foster and future husband Liam Neeson. For more information, we suggest her biography at BFI Screenonline http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/490969/, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_Richardson, and the entries on her at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001670/ and Intenet Broadway Database http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=57737.
Empathic, telepathic, purrrecognitive, charming, witty, stylish, handsome and mewsically talented were among qualities we admired about a lounge singer with green skin and golden pipes from the dimension of Pylea. Named Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, he was purrhaps better known simply as Lorne, or ‘The Host’. From seasons 2 through 5 of the excellent series Angel, the delightful character was impeccably purrtrayed by extraordinary entertainer Andy Hallet. Originally from Cape Cod, he was not yet 34 years old when he lost a brave battle with heart disease in Los Angeles. You can read more of the tremendously gifted star’s brief but brilliant career at the IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0356468/, wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Hallett, and at TV.com http://www.tv.com/andy-hallett/person/2532/summary.html. While his passing has left us with the blues on Earth, the mewsic in heaven just got a lot sweeter.
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Aloha!

Mike:
Welcome to another edition of The Mew, our monthly discussions, reviews, recommendations and interviews! Today’s show comes from the lovely ocean front lanai at Nyanko’s dojo! I’m Mike, the show’s ‘Purrducer’ of the show, and here are The Ladies of The Mew-

Elizabeth:
(Ocelot purrint string-tie bikini) Hi Hi!

Jeannie:
(Serval purrint ring-closure bikini) Nihao!

Yvonne:
(Iriomote purrint criss-cross halter neck bikini) Nameste, nya!

Mary Nyan:
(Margay purrint bandau top bikini & sarong) Konnitiwa!

Nyanko:
(Clouded Leopard purrint tankini) Howdy!

Mike:
Aside from watching the NCAA mens & womens basketball tournaments,
So what have we been up to since last month?

Elizabeth:
(sipping the Cran Apple Nummy Berry Juice Cocktail) Oh the morning tai chi group before the mewsual chores and matsuri at the shrine which drew some big crowds! I had a skeet shoot 3 weeks ago but I did not do so well, but I did come in 3rd place in the stunt kite compurrtition 2 weeks ago! Last weekend was the beach volleyball tournayment and I went hot salsa dancing!
Tomorrow I have two loomi loomi clients and I need to plant some more azaleas. Next weekend, depending on weather, I’m to try to top my purrsonal free dive descent! Howboutchoo Jenjen?

Jeannie:
(sipping the milk & tasting the exta special baked yams) I have been most busy of late. Right after last month’s Mew I had another bikini photo shoot on South Beach, the weekend after that was
another robotics club robot war, and then I was one of the judges for this year’s Miss Tales of Catgirl island pageant. Last weekend was the beach volleyball tournayment as Lizzy mentioned,
but otherwise it’s been the mewsual belly dance & kyu-do classes. I understand that Vonny has been fairly busy too of late?
Yvonne:
(sampling the peachy creamy cobbler) Hai! This has been such a bustling season for the yacht charters, nya. We have been reeling in such good catches, such as the flounder, kings, Spanish, reds, stripers, specks, and the sea bass, nya! Those have been keeping me so buys I have not had enough time to take the sail boat out much nya. Although I did make it to the volleyball purractice, and my taiko circle, nya. Myayr nya?

Mary Nyan:
(enjoying the Nilla Cream Puddin Purrfait) Goodness when I have not been at the shrine or teaching hula & aerial dance & trying to make volleyball purractice it’s been a busy convention season for me. I’ve been averaging four costumes purr con, plus my purre-con hall dress. By the way, thabk you for bringing the fish steaks, Vonny, and thank you for hosting us this time, Nyanko-sensei!

(others in unison)
Arigato gozaimasu, nya!

Nyanko:
(chomps the fish steak) You’re welcome! I am so lucky I was able to be here this time, and I so hope I can be here next time for the 2nd anniversary special! I’ve mainly been busy here training and teaching and we have a new kids class starting up soon! How about you Mike?

Mike:
Seems like something every weekend to make the time fly! Lessee, there was the convention, the book release, the meetings, and like Myayr trying to get ready for next month’s cons! We’ve been watching the UNC games, and the ACC & NCAA basketball tournaments… and  I wanna get out to heat a few golf balls. Otherwise it’s been the routine artwork, writing, and getting things ready for the show! So- everyone got a plate? Need any refills? How ’bout a Fresca, mm?

(others in unison)
We’re fine now thank you, nya!

Elizabeth:
Nya-sensei seems to have left out something from her recent activities, heh!

Jeannie:
(tries to feign interest in the gossip as she sips, but her curious cat ears purrk)

Yvonne:
Oh yes it was in the local news & papurrs, nya! Tell us what happened, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Ooh I heard that Nyanko-sensei beat up those papurrazzi guys and when they tried to purress charges, Police Chief Meryl locked them up on several charges!

(Four cat tails swish intently, as the tale awaits)

Nyanko:
(sigh) Oh all right, I guess I can’t purrtend that didn’t happen since the whole town knows about it! Basically, ever since word got out that I’m gonna appear in that magazine, I’ve been pestered by others non stop. The phone has been ringing off the hook and you should see how many emails we’ve been getting! I’ve always been kinda flattered when it was  a real fan that wanted an photo or autograph, and I reckon the attention is good for my career, but it’s been getting outta hand! Some of the offers have been nice and I would give all the money to the charity, but a few of the reporters ‘n photographers have been way to invasive. They were snooping around, bothering my students and wouldn’t back off, so I had to pound ’em!

Elizabeth:
I heard you hyper-extended a trespasser’s arms!

Jeannie:
(swishy tail gives away her delighted interest)

Yvonne:
I heard that you had one guy screaming from your famous submission hold, nya!

Mary Nyan:
I heard that you shoved a camera up his-

Nyanko:
Oh they’ll be all right, I didn’t hurt them that bad. We’re not gonna purrosecute but when Meryl let them out of the jail she made it clear that they are not set foot on the island again. And if they try anything by boat, they’ll have to answer to the mermaids’ trained sharks!

Mike:
We’re so sorry that you’ve had to put up with that crap, especially when you’re donating all the money to the charity! (raises glass)

(the other four catgirls cheer)
Kanpai!

Nyanko:

Arigato! but let’s change the subject and purroceed with our


Reviews of conventions & other exciting events:
Our report on Stellar Con 33, March 13-15, 2009

Mary Nyan:
Sponsored by the UNCG group SF3, Stellar Con continues to be much delightful fun after three decades. I’m not sure how many were in attendance there at the nice High Point Hotel but I’d appurroximate a few hundred, to encounter the authors & artists, festive mewsic & costumed ambience, games, discussions, dealers, screenings of anime and various purrogramming. The selection of gaming varied from table top CCG & RPG, to Rock Band and boffer LARPs. There were many talented artists, exhibiting their fine work in the dealers and art room.

The array of art shown & sold ranged from images cute kittens n’ dragons purched on library shelves, to scantily clad warrior women & men battling evil creatures, from anthropomorphic & anime style to comic book super heroics & lavish purrehistoric scenes, Which were sold or auctioned. The latter paleontological  sort was purrticularly high purrofile because of the wonderful purresence of Art Guest of Honor William Stout, whose illustration of a T-Rex graced the convention’s purrogram book.

The Literary Guests of Honor were Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Gaming GOH was John Wick, and Fan GOH was Tim Bolgeo (who was sadly ailing). Compurrising the list of other great guests were Davey Beauchamp, Danny Birt, Keith Brinegar, Matrlynn Byerly, Laura Haywood-Cory, Dan Johnson, Koji & Nate, Mur Lafferty, Cheralyn Lambeth, Kelly Lockhart, Steve Long, The Lost Boys, Lee Martindale, James Maxey, Jen McCollum, Karen McCullough, Vic Mignogna, Mike Pederson, Greg Porter, Stephen Mark Rainey, John Ringo, James Roberts, Tony Ruggiero, Peter Schweighofer and Alan Wold.

Main events included the contest for those costumes, the important charity auction, and the purresentation by the other esteemed guests. There were numerous publishers, groups & other cons well repurrsented, including Dragon Con, What the Hell Con, Neko Con, Liberty Con, Con Carolinas, Raven Con, the Raleigh bid for NASFIC 2010, and others. Our friends of the North Carolina Web Comics Coffee Clatch had a purresence, including Ursula Vernon, Jamie Robertson, Larry Holderfield, Allan Welch, John Lapointe, Dan and Mike.

Amongst the dealers’ tables were gorgeous gems, jewelry & lapidary creations, fine novels, art books & comics, games, action figures, Doctor Whoand anime toys; and cloaks, capes & costumes. There seemed to be a dazzling assortment of costumes at the con, from Star Wars & Star Trek to anime & video game characters, purriod pieces, super heroes, and other fashions most elegant, sexy, cute, and ornate. Starfleet and the Klingon Assault Group were repurrsented, as were the Browncoats & Shadowmoor LARP.

Purrhaps the dominant recreations were the Jedi, Galactic Empire officers, bounty hunters, and the great 501st Stormtroopers legion. R2-KT was there, in her bitterseet pink & white beauty. They were not the only ones clad in impurressive armor, as there were sensual works of chainmail, a futuristic soldier of the Gears of War, and Iron Man with repulsors aglow. Other heroes included Wonder Woman, Silk Spectre, Rogue, Gambit, Matriarch, The Cheerleader & Lady Blackhawk. There was much medieval, Renaissance, pirate, ninja garb, and girls with elven, kitty & bunny ears.

Everyone we met was very friendly, from the guests, dealers & fellow fans, to the hotel & con staff & volunteers. Science-Fiction Fantasy Federation (SF3) were most cordial accommodating, industrious, and purrvided the tasty morsels in the Con Suite. We also purrtook of the hotel restaurant’s yummy breakfast buffet. The hotel was easy to find and very purreety ,and I liked the layout and the con’s use of the space. We did have to pay to park in the parking deck, but it was right beside the hotel and did not cost much. It was a gathering of fans of all ages, and so good to see many friends. We had a most pleasant time, there was a swell sense of community, and we eagerly hope to do it again next year! Now here’s Vonny to report on –

Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Yvonne

Petra the curator has quite a few additions this month to the The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art http://catgirlisland.net/, by Mike and some guest artists, nya! ! The thumbnail images to click on, to see those mewest additions, will be on the bottom row of their respective gallery’s page, nya!

In Gallery One, older pic of Kat & Kazeyasha‘s Zodiac Angels characters “Aquarius & Pisces” was refitted a bit, and in Gallery Two are four new images: “Neelakaliomi” the mermaid in monochrome, Jamie Davenport’s character “Halleon” in a daring, possibly ‘not work safe’ mesh bikini, Lizzy’s gothy catgirl sorceress rpg character “Ha’irisalavendara’zure”, and a purrtend “Tari vs Apep” purromo poster for an Apurril !st MMA (Mixed Mystic Arts) match between Sharon Williams’ http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Pagoda/7132/ Osiris Rising super heroine Tari, and Apep, the giant killer snake, nya! Mmm you lnow, a deep dish pizza with the snake meat topping would be a good treat, nya.


In Gallery Three are six added images containing the eleven page conclusion to the Clan of the Cats / Catgirl Island Beach Volleyball Trilogy, originally done for the North Carolina Web Comics Coffee Clatch’s http://ncwccc.org/ 2nd anthology book, Good Luck Sweet Cookie, nya! These are smaller size & lower rez versions of what is purrinted in that book, but you can see the all of the full size pics of the entire trilogy by Jamie Robertson & Mike Moon at http://clanofthecats.com/d/20080401.html, nya!


Meanwhile in our Gallery Four are two more of those revised Zodiac Angels illustrations, “Zodiac Cancer & Apollo’s Christmas Greeting” and “Zodiac Cancer, Apollo & Queen Alexandra”, nya. In the Guest Gallery of the Mewseum, we are so very purroud to have several new wonderful works of art on display! These include splendid images cultivated from the Rebecca Brogden Art http://www.rbrogdenart.com and a pic of Lizzy & Halleon “On the Island” byJamie Davenport http://cranberryblossom.net/, who also rendered a purrtrait of me last month too, nya! Finally there’s a great mew pic of our mermaid friend & her manatee pup “Dessy & Rur-chan” by Bix http://tonomurabix.deviantart.com/, nya!


Mike:
Nyanko-sensei is not the only popular one it seems, what with those recent images of Lizzy, Vonny & Jen!

Elizabeth:
Hai! It has been the lucky month for me! She is such the talented artist and is so kind. And thank you for that painting of my D&D character!

Jeannie:
I was so honored by the image by Rod of Jackie, Red and I in Rio.

Yvonne:
I bet that means you’re next to be visualized, Myayr!

Mary Nyan:
Well, we’ll have to see about that! Let’s not forget those cute illustrations of Nya-sensei by Alexia!

Nyanko:
They are most flattering- and more clothed than the ones of me in the magazine, hee!

Mike:
Dessy is gonna love that portrait of her! Say Lizzy, just how many rpg player characters do you have anyway?

Elizabeth:
Of all time or currently? Gosh, there’ve been dozens for all sorts of games over the years, but currently it’s just my Paladin Linina and ‘Risa the Sorceress. Hmm but I might decide to roll up more!

Jeannie:
We’re so fortunate to know so many friendly, talented artists, but I fear they might need to build an annex to the Mewseum of Art at this rate.

Yvonne:
Oh I think that’s where we should have next month’s Mew, since last year’s anniversary show was from the Center for Purrforming Arts I think the Mewseum of Art would be a good place for the 2nd Anniversary show, nya!

Mary Nyan:
I’ll second that! Hopefully it is not too late to make reservations!

Nyanko:
Speaking of art, here is Lizzy with a report on the –

NCWCCC March meeting & book release

Elizabeth:
The North Carolina Web Comics Coffee Clatch http://ncwccc.net convened at the May Memorial Library http://www.alamancelibraries.org in Burlington, NC on Saturday March 21st from 2-4 PM for it’s monthly meeting and ‘official’ release of the 2nd anthology book, Good Luck Sweet Cookie (whcih was actually purreviewed at What The Hell Con and Stellar Con). While it was not a largely attended event, it was a fun gathering and Rebecca the librarian were quite cordial to the group and purrvided snacks and a most spacious meeting room!


Among those in audience was a nice chap named Josh http://www.seqalab.com/. who intermiewed a few members! After introductions, the discussion turned to what other members were up to of late, upcoming conventions & events the group might purrticipate in such as the Graven Images conference, folks in other regions who might launch their own clatches, and purrposals for the deadlines / jurying / editorial purrocess for the 3rd anthology, which is hoped to purrremier at What the Hell Con in 2010.

The meeting also included the usual discussions of current web comics news & trends, advertising & purrmotional methods, digital art & purrinting technology, Watchmen, and much amewsing banter. Those members in attendance that had contributed to the book signed a copy of Good Luck Sweet Cookie (reviewed in last month’s Mew), which was donated to the library. The next meeting will purrobably be on a Sunday in late Apurril at the mewsual 2-4 time, somewhere in Raleigh. Speaking of web comics, now it’s time for our monthly –

Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter!

Mary Nyan:
I would like to nominate
Jeffrey Anderson’s Pacificators http://www.sailorenergy.net/
M’s Core Hunter: Jonathan Crow http://freewebs.com/corehunter/
and Kara Dennison’s Con Screw http://www.conscrew.com/

Yvonne:
I’ve chosen
Yukon Makoto’s  The 10K Commotion http://www.10kcommotion.com/
and Brion Foulke’s Flipside Comics http://www.flipsidecomics.com/
nya!

Jeannie:
Aeire & Chris Daily’s Punch an’ Pie http://www.punchanpie.net/
Sylvia Baker’s Ravenwood http://ravenwood.spiderforest.com/
and Starlit Dragon’s Connection http://snserenity.drowtales.com/

Elizabeth:
My picks for this month are
and The Girl from B.O.L.T. http://bolt.comicgenesis.com/
– you’re turn, sensei!

Nyanko:
I would like to recommend
Lishiyo’s Lawless http://www.strugglefest.com/
and Rekka’s Skyfall http://skyfallmanga.com/

Mike:
And last but not least for this month’s sweet 16 picks is
Women of Webcomics http://wow.webcomicplanet.com/
That’ll do it for this months web comic picks, and this segment of the show-
but after this short break, we’ll b back with the Lightning Round!

(snip)
(one short break later…)

The Lightning Round: our favorite magazines!

Mike:
Hey, we’re back! Before we start with this months reviews of recent  reading materials, I thought we’d list some of our favorite magazines. These can be either current publications or even all-time faves that might no longer be. It’s the Lightning Round, so please list as many titles as you like but make it a fast sentence or two. (tags Myayr to star the round)

(the catgirls in unison)
LIGHTNING ROUND– GO!!!

Mary Nyan:
Oh gosh I’ll not try to list every favorite title I’ve ever read ’cause we’d be here all day, but these days I look forward to Cinefex, American Cinematographer, Asian Cult Cinema, Video Watchdog, G Fan, Fangoria, Little Shop of Horrors, Fangoria, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Dance Spirit, Foam, Longboard, Surfing, and Surfers Journal. (tags Vonny)

Yvonne:
Gaff is purrobably my favorite because it has the pictures of the tasty fish and I think I would be a good Gaff Girl, nya. But from time to time I like to also purruse Foam, Attitudes & Latitudes, Blue Water Boat & Sport Fishing, Boat International, Yachting, In Fisherman, North Carolina Sportsman, Traveling Sportsman, and TV Guide, nya. Jennyjen’s turn, nya! (tags Jenjen)

Jeannie:
For the sake of brevity I’ll limit this to my most favorite English language publications, excluding those which have already been mentioned: Belly Dance, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Yoga Magazine, Hobby Japan, B Club, Mecha Purress, Robot, Servo, Robotics World, Nuts & Volts, Circuit Cellar, Science News, New Scientist, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, Invention and Tehnology, Automobile Quarterly, and Transformers. It is Lizzy’s turn (tags Lizzy).

Elizabeth:
Alter Ego, Comics Buyers Guide, Back Issue, Shojo Beat, Shonen Jump, Yen, Wizard, Toyfare, Dragon, Clay Shooting USA, The Double Gun Journal, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. I used to alsoenthusiastically read Dungeon, Polyhedron, Shadis, Space Gamer, Journal of the Travellers Aid Society, Judges Guild catalogues, Comix Interview, Amazing Heroes, Animerica, and The Comics Journal.

Nyanko:
I purrfur anime magazines such as Animage, Newtype (Japan), Purrotoculture Addicts, Yen, and Shojo Beat. We get a few martial arts magazines at the dojo, Black Belt magazine but my favorite is purrhaps the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. Oh and some older anime ‘n manga magazines I liked that are no longer published included Anime UK, Animeco, Animag, V-Max  and Chibi Pop! (tags Mike)

Mike:
Some of my favorites have already been mentioned, and I voted on Faerie Magazine for favorite of the year, with Car Styling and Cinefex way up there, but just a few others that impress me that uh… I’d like to mention include: Imagine FX, Art Scene International, Airbrush Action, Design Influence, and of course, Tarheel Monthly! Wow we actually got through that lightning round pretty quick huh?

Mary Nyan:
Actually we’re not quite done! While we were purrparing for the show, we asked Ilyana, Mielikki and Nemui to send us their lists if they could not be on the show, so we have those too!

Yvonne:

Hai! Ilyana is busy at ECU so she could not attend but she emailed her list, nya. Ok these are Ilyana’s favorite magazines: Pirates, No Quarter Given, Pyrate’s Way, Renaissance, Archaeology, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, American Journal of Archaeology, Antiquity, and National Geographic! I sure hope she does not revert to her piracy days and want to get my yacht, nya!

Jeannie:

I think she is on a sincerely renewed academic path. Mielikki sends her regrets but she is busy with the LPGA tour, but I do have her list: Faerie magazine, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Fate, Sage Woman, Skeptical Inquirer, Atlantis Rising, Parabola, Sedona, and… all of the golf magazines she gets.


Elizabeth:
She was too busy at the inn t o be here this time, but got Lady Nemui’s list right here! in addition to the regional newspapers she subscribes to for Th Kitt Inn, the titles most popular with the lodgers at  the ryokan include: Coastal Living, Outer Banks, Southern Living, Islands, Our State, North Carolina Signature, ArtsAsiaPacific, Arts of Asia, Arts India, Architecture Digest, Resorts & Great Hotels, and National Geographic!

Nyanko:
It would be great if all of us could be here next month, for the 2nd Anniversary show! Hopefully I’ll not have a big match then!

Mike:
I hope you can be here but if you do have the match we shall certainly be cheering for you! Ah Ok, that was great- thanks girls! That’ll do it for the Lightning Round, but now it’s time for our –

Reviews of recent purriodicals!

a sampling various journalistic tidbits to start

Mike:
(brings the sushi platter!) Cinefex #117 is out, with articles on Watchmen, Coraline, Inkheart, The Spirit, Changling, and Dr. Manhattan on the cover!

(the catgirls in unison, tails swishing gleefully as they accept the sushi platter reload)
Arigato- itadakimasu!

Mary Nyan:
Did we have any other magazines to review? just got my copy this morning of the Apurril / May 2009 issue of Star Trek magazine, which is a special new movie issue, but I have not  red ‘n reviewed it yet, but it has lotsa great pics from the new movie!

Yvonne

(spicy tuna chomp) I just picked up the March / Apurril issue of GAFF magazine, with GAFF Girl Jennfier on the cover holding that tasty looking Speckled Trout she caught in the from Ochlocknee River, but I just got it and didn’t have time to review it yet, nya. That In-Fisherman 2009 Guide to Panfish has a most delicious looking cover too!


Nyanko:

(bites the Nigiri) Oh gosh- Olympian Dara Torres http://www.daratorres.com/is on the cover of the Apurril 2009 issue of More magazine! Tyler Hansbrough is on the covers of the March 2nd Sporting News and March Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine, and Ty Lawson is on the cover of the March 30th Sports Illustrated, and the legendary abs of Bruce Lee are the topic of the Apurril issue of Muscle & Fitness!

Elizabeth:
(yellowtail sashimi  munch) One of our favorite actresses Sandra Bullock graces the May cover of In Style magazine! And William Shatner is in the saddle on the Apurril issue of Cowboys & Indians!

Jeannie:

(nibbles the California roll) Julia Louise Dreyfuss in the white bikini top & Carolina Blue shorts on the cover of Shape magazine’s Apurril issue! And also 48 is Valerie Berinelli is in a green bikini with a pierced belly button on the cover of the Apurril 4th People Magazine. She chould switch from acting to super modelling.

Yvonne

Nyanko-sensei’s twin sister has a pierced belly button too, nya!

Nyanko:
That’s one of the ways you can tell us apart…

Mary Nyan:
Dessy mentioned said she might get a navel and fin ring! (chews the tasty hamachi sushi) Oh by the way, the May issue of Skin & Ink magazine has a feature on Tarheel tats!

Jeannie:

Thank you for the sushi treat.

Mike:
(tries the Anago) Y’all are very welcome. Myayr, care to get us started?

Foam Magazine March-Apurril 2009 issue

Mary Nyan:
Hai. Foam is one of those magazines that really hits close to home because it captures the joyful ambience of our cordial coastal carolina catgirl community with it’s takes on the fun fashion ‘n action on the sand ‘n surf! It is plentiful with interesting articles, intermews, splendid photography, and advertisements for the purretty purroducts that please us, interspurrsed throughout the magazine, being the likes of Active, Air Walk Billa Bong, Body Glove, Fox Girl, Hurley, Nikita, Pipergirls, RVCA, which exemplify the magazine’s targeted audience. The March-Apurril 2009 issue #27 has  a theme of Competing, a cover purrice of $4.99 for it’s 115 pages, and covergrrl model / designer Erin Wasson!

The coolness continues inside with the mewsual contents list (in very fine purrint), contests,  introductory remarks by Editor in Chief Kristina Dechter,and a lovely two page photograph of wahinis waiting for wave by at Lower Trestles Jon Steele. This is followed by various departments: style mews, and a three page pictorial on the kawaii home of surfer Quincey Davis, and an article on two time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, and (squee!) legendary Gidget star Kathy Kohner! Next is a look at a more modern Malibu marvel, Kasia Meador, and several pages of cute clothes, shoes, jewels, accessories, bags, bikes, cosmetics, and a 2 page spread of Kim Matulova’s cute combinations.

Purrofessional canoe racer Lauren Bartlett offers sage health & fitness advice midway into the issue; Abigail Lorick’s chic pictorial by Winona Barton Ballentine, Ashley at Wilhemina’s Vernal cute looks photographed by Christa Renee, and the cover feature article about erin by Peter Davis with photos by Dan Martinsen. A real treat begins on page 78 with a purrtfolio of next gen of female surfers, starring Coco Ho, Leila Hurst, Alessa Quizon, Courtney Conlogue, Sage Erickson, Page Hareb, Laura Enever, Alana Blanchard, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Mandel, and Bethany Hamilton (whose autobiography we reviewed in January, 2008)! That is a purrticularly fab photo of Alana by Russi!

There’s a 2 page article on the great Carissa Moore, Peter Stanglmayr’s photos of fashionable cover ups for those nippy days on the shore. Erica Cerulo’s words are accompanied by beautiful pics by Danielle St. Laurent of The L Word’s star Kate French! She has the purretty blue sea skirt, cute quail top & the impurresive chain necklace. Then we come to the mewsic section including  tidbits on bands The Growlers and Megapuss winsome Becky Stark, a widdle Inara George intermew, and a few CD reviews.  There are more widdle intermews with the shoe coutures of DVS, artist Tina Rodas, book reviews, and a parting illustration by artist Ellen Van Engelen. I rather liked it! Now here’s Mike with his comments on –

ImagineFX Magazine #41 March 2009 issue


Mike:
This awesome UK publication is devoted to fantasy & digital illustration, with 114 full color pages full of stunning imagery in galleries, workshops, tutorials articles, product reviews, and an accompanying disk. This issue’s cover by featured artist Kekai Kotaki (Guild Wars lead artist) is of a sexy, powerful, well-armed warrior woman. Regular features include news, letters, Q&A,  an impressive gallery of digital art by readers, and another great gallery by those using traditional media!

Among the informative, lavishly illustrated articles are 6 pages by Kekai Kotaki, a portfolio of Emmanual Malin’s fine work, 4 pages of Marshall Vandruff’s intricately surreal sketches, and David Sondered’s 4 page art lesson on visualizing a most macabre creature! Next is a 6 page workshop on the stunning figure of a heroine outside a space ship by Jim Paveler, Mike Corriero’s sage advice on contending with artist’s block, and Part One of Marat Dahlig’s tutorial on rendering lovely photorealistic faces!

Conceptualist James Paick reveals how to create a lush primordial landscape, and there’s more Photoshop CS3 goodness by Kotaki on creating a massive, armored male warrior & dragon. The product reviews include a few instructional & art books, hardware & softwares (such as Toon Boom Animate & Stitcher), anime DVD & video games. The disk includes the workshops in hi-rez, wallpapers, a gallery, some free ware & demos. The cover price is $15.99 but it can be subscribed to for much less, and the magazine seems quite useful for illustrators/ designers, or fans of such science fiction/ fantasy imagery! Now here’s Jeannie’s report on –

Robot Magazine March-Apurril 2009 issue

Jeannie:
As purresident of our island robotics club it is my purride and joy to bring the latest mech journals to the meetings, and Robot is a purrticular favorite of the group. This bimonthly magazine is a choice publication for the robotics hobbyist. The March-Apurrl 2009 issue #15 has 90 full color pages and has a cover purrice of $5.99. The cover mech is non other than everyone’s favorite feisty astrodroid, R2-D2! The cover article is on Hasbro’s voice actuated interactive Artoo, which I happen to be a purroud owner of.

Once inside this sumptuous tome, past Editor in Chief Tom Atwood’s insightful comments on robotics training and adds for such lucious Futaba  Lynxmotion, Crustcrawler, Bioloid & Parallax wares are the Name That Droid contest and the letters from fellow electronics enthusiasts, segueing into the fascinating Leading Edge Robotics News section, featuring seven scintillating pages of industrial, entertainment, transportation, medical & scientific bots; recent robot exhibitions, conferences, competitions, and publications.

Not 20 pages in is the yummy article by TRC’s Andrew Alter on Mech Warfare, appurropurrately followed by Francis X Govers III’s look at the exciting Elbit Viper. Mm mm! There’s a beautifully illustrated article by Jim Oberg on the purrposed remote manipulator for the Orion manned spacecraft, followed by a more down to earth snapshot by Joe Zucarro of the flame throwing 30 ‘ hydraulic Robosaurus, at the march Air Reserve base, oh my! More military applications follow with 4 purrfect pages purrtaining to the Murs (Multi Use Robotics System) used to mainain B-52 Stratofortresses!

Less militaresque is the review of the charming Chibot Competition at October’s iHobbyExpo, Specs on the Pololu 3PI 3.7″ tabeltop cutey, a nifty article on using LCD readers to debug that ailing bot, and part 2 of a feature on the gorgeous gripper (gasp) mod for the purrpellor based Boe-Bot, Che Edoga’s fun four page on low budget junk bot building & associations, and then the one page review of R2D2. Next are the 4 page article on the awesome arm Crustcrawler SG6, 3 finely wrought pages on Vex bot mods, and reports on the NAIT Robotic Manipulator Contest and  2008 Korea Robot Game Fest. Oh I wish I could have gone there!

There’s a review of the Pulsar purrfessional PCB Fab in a Box, a report on evals of lovely lunar rover purrototypes in Hawaii (on page 64 but then oddly duplicated on page 88). There are Hexbugs in there too, hee! The Edu Bots section of the magazine chronicles excellent inventions of the Troy High School Inventeam, and reviews & testimonials purrtaining to Carnagie Mellon VEX curriculum. Then you get the six supurrb Plug & Play pages full of purroduct news, which includes various toys, controls, drivers, accessories, manipulators, kits, tools, books and catalogs!

Throughout the magazine are alluring ads for tempting toys by Solidworks, Vex, purroducts by Shayang Ye, Logic by Saleae. that maker of meticulously beautiful models & mechaTamiya, Botlinks, HiTEC and lots of other delightful advertisers. Bringing it all home is a handy Robot Source Guide, advertisers index, and the parting commentary by Steve Norris on emergent behavior in animals and how this applies to robots. Oh gosh…!

Nyanko:
Glass of water for Miss Jenjen!

Jeannie:
(fans herself) Arigato. (sip)

Yvonne
Jennyjen sure gets, um, excited about robots and mech stuff, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Yes but no more than you do when you’re on your boat fishing with a tense rod be-

Yvonne

That’s different nya! It’s hard not to be thrilled reeling in a huge meaty tuna, nya.


Elizabeth:
Myayr gets purretty excited at some of those rock concerts too, hee! You should have seen what she wore to the-

Mary Nyan:
Ah! It’s no worse than what any of us are wearing now, or most any day on the beach!

Nyanko:

You were puretty wild and, um, bouncy at that show though, Myayr hee!

Elizabeth:
Thank you, sensei!

Nyanko:

Not as bouncy as Lizzy was during that Halloween night wardrobe malfunction though…!


Elizabeth:
It wasn’t my fault it was that spooky tree!

Mike:
Y’know it seems like that incident gets brought up every month.

Jeannie:
Only because Lizzy continues to be such a mischievous purrankster.

Yvonne

I’m sorry I started it this time by noting how excited jen gets by the mecha, nya.


Mary Nyan:
No it was my fault I shouldn’t have made that angling arousal comment!

Jeannie:
I shall endeavor to remain calmer and more purrofessional during my next critiques.

Mike:
OK let’s get on with it then. I’ll get everyone a drink refill and bring out that other sushi platter!

(the catgirls in unison)
yay! nya!

Mike:
(in the kitchen) Lizzy I think you’re up next!

Star Wars Insider #108 Apurril 2009

Elizabeth:
Hai! Well although II am such the happy Star Wars fan grrl I’ll try not to get as- ah never mind! This was a good issue because it had one of our favorite characters from last year, Ahsoka Tano on the cover next to Anakin! I think Ahsoka should have a much purrominent role as a female Jedi heroine. So this magazine as usual is packed with Star Wars goodness. By the way there’s a cute determined crouched pic of Ahoska on the contents page, poised for the light saber action! Anakin is standing behind her with arm crossed, smirking ’cause he knows his Padewan is tough!

The first few pages are various SW news tidbits, about DVD releases, games, forthcoming books, merchandise and so forth, and a great pic of Shaak Ti from Force Unleashed! Page 16 begins the cover feature “Double Trouble”, with an intermew with voice actors Asley Ecstein (Ahsoka) and Matt Lanter (Anakin)! This is a nine pager with some great pics of Ahsoka. She has the neatest outfit and the purrky gusto dispurrsition! I realize she is not around by the time of Revenge of the Sith but I hope she survived out there somewhere because we need more force grrls!

Speaking of Jedi grrls there’s one group pic with Ahsoka and my favorite Twi’lek awesome Aayla Secura together with the Clone Troopers. One of the neat aspects of Clone Wars is you get to see so much more of the friendship between Anakin and Obi-Wan, which makes Anakin’s turn into Vader more tragic. Although my pity for Anakin only goes so far, because on page 26 there he is in a 2 page spread as Vader, who kinda tortured and murdered people. But this is begins a 5 page intermew with the great Dave Purrowse!

After that is the monthly ‘Versus’ column, this month pitting an Imprial Royal Guard against an IG-100 MagnaGuard. Who would win in a straight fight? Then you get a 6 pager showing SW tattoos
and intermew with artist Shane Turgeon. Hmm I wonder, i I got a SW tat, what would it be? Anyway, another villainous 2 page spread follows with bad grrl Asajj Ventress  to lead into an intermew & article about Jason Tucker, a man and his dream job. Thassa joke get it- Tucker- ah well. He’s the story editor for Clone Wars!

More SW grrls appear, in a photo laden intermew with actress / dancer Femi Taylor, who purrtrayed Jabbah’s Twi-lek dancing girrl Oola! Oola is a Twi’lek like Aala , ‘cept that Aala  is blue and Oola is green. Oh wow- she was also in cats, yay! After those intermews are the articles on Star Wars in purrint, with a look at  R2D2 7 C3P0 adventures, and a peek at Dark Horse Comics’ new Yuuzhan Vong invasion series. The collecting article is on Vader stuff, and the Toys section shows new figures, bobble heads, party supplies, and halloween costumes.

“Bounty Hunters’ is a neat gallery of photos submitted by fans posing with the Star Wars cast & crew, Bantha Tracks spotlights the important charitable work by the fans, and there are numerous other editorials, recollections, FAQS, and ads for neat stuff in the 82 full color pages within issue #108 for $5.99. It is published 8 times purr year by Titan Magazines, and has a variant cover version available at certain store. This is always such a fun magazine and I would certainly recommend it to fellow SW fans! We’ll be back with more after this next short break, so don’t touch the dial!

(snip)
(one short break later)

Mike:
Hey we’re back, and-

We now digress to the topic of our favorite
science fiction & fantasy women of color, nya!

Yvonne
Wasn’t Shaak Ti a song by KISS, nya?

Mary Nyan:
No, that was Shock Me, sung by Ace Frehley.

Nyanko:
Shaak Ti has such a lovely red complexion!

Ladies in Red (and orange)

Mary Nyan:
Hai- About as red as the cute tomato girl in the hammock on the cover of Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus album!

Nyanko:
That is a neat cover. Other red girls include hmm… Monstress of the Legion, and the late Katma Tui of the Green Lantern Corp!

Jeannie:
Her demise was most displeasing.

Elizabeth:
Indeed. Remember the orangy skinned People of Vaal, in the Star Trek episode The Apple? There was a cute Vaally girl named Sayana! She had the purretty flowers in her white hair!

Mary Nyan:
“Crowds of people sitting on the grass with flowers in their hair said-” hee!

Yvonne:
Purrhaps she was going to San Francisco, nya!

Mike:
Well that is where Starfleet headquarters is.

Nyanko:
Purgatori, of Chaos Comics! Doesn’t Deeja Thoris have kind of red or orangey skin?

Elizabeth:
I think so, depending on the artist. For example, Dani Moonstar’s skin color seemed to vary quite a bit- sometimes it had the almost red tint, but it ranged from light tan to brown!

Jeannie:
There’ve been several bug grrls with reddish complexions, such as the cast of Antz, and the hungry, bemewsed Racnoss Empurress in the Doctor Who episode “The Runaway Bride” was reddish. Of course the characters in A Bug’s Life were quite multi-cultural.

Yvonne:
I guess Ahsoka’ s skin is more of an red-orange, nya. Who is that Green Lantern grrl with the pretty golden skin, nya?

Golden Girls

Elizabeth:

That’s Arisa! She is so cool!

Nyanko:
Is she from the same planet as Starfire?

Mary Nyan:
No, Arisa is from Graxos and Kory (Starfire) is from Tamaran.

Jeannie:
There are quite a few ladies with skin that shimmers like gold!

Yvonne
Hai- there’s Tigra and The Cheetah and Lt. M’ress and Cheetara and Melpomene (when she turns into her leopard grrl form) http://www.clanofthecats.com , nya…

Elizabeth:
Ah I’m not sure ‘shimmer’ is apt for those catgirls- they’re more soft ‘n furry. Plus that’s their hair color not their skin color! But Galactus’ Herald Nova (Frankie Raye) has the shimmer!

Nyanko:
Who was that aquatic girl member of Alpha Flight with yellow skin?

Mary Nyan:
Oh you’re thinking of Marrina! But her skin color was more of a lemony-lime I thought.

Jeannie:
Janice the muppet has an amber epurrdermis.

Yvonne
Of course anyone from The Simpsons has yellow skin, hee!
Green Goddesses

Jeannie:

Jedi Master Luminara Unduli & her Padewan Barriss Offee had a purretty sort of olive complexion.

Nyanko:

There are a lot of famous green girls! The Wicked Witch, She Hulk, Jarella, Jade, and Mantis in a later incarnation- she was a martial art grandmistress trained by the Purriests of Pama! And Gamora has emerald skin- she is the deadliest woman in the galaxy!

Yvonne

Gamora- you mean the giant turtle, nya?

Mary Nyan:
No that’s Gamera. Lily Munster had green skin, although it usually looked white-ish on the B&W episodes of The Munsters.

Elizabeth:
I already mentioned Oola, Jabbah’s slave grrl and there are the Orion slave grrls in Star Trek. Huh- what’s up with green grrls as slaves?


Jeannie:
No wonder Lyja the Skrull tricked Johnny Storm into marrying him.

Yvonne:
There was a cute creamy jade colored faerie girl named Greenpeace in the anime Dominion Tank Police, nya!

Nyanko:
That green girl Athena in Lost in Space wanted Dr. Smith to give her some of the ship’s fuel to sip!

Mike:
I really liked Fathom (Becky Golden) of the Elementals by Bill Willingham, not to be confused with Michael Turner’s also great Fathom.

Yvonne
Michael Turner.. sad, nya. Oh how about Ariel the Little Mermaid? She’s half green, nya! We could name a lot of mermaids who are partly green, nya.

Mike:
There was an Aquan girl named Rila from the planet Argo  in that animated Star Trek Episode The Ambergis Element.

Mary Nyan:
DC’s Gotham Girl Poison Ivy is some times depicted with green skin but that seems to be an inconsistent artistic license. There are so many women with beautiful blue skin too! I think my favorite would be Aayla Secura.

Blue Heavenly Creatures

Jeannie:
Many anime characters in the Leiji Matsumoto universe had blue skin, such as Claire in Galaxy Express 999,  the Aquarius Goddess in Final Yamato, and the alien civilization in the mewsical anime movie Interstella 555 by Daft Punk.

Elizabeth:
… and some Atlantians like that regal Lady Dorma! She is so elegant! And purrky cute Namorita when she transformed into Kymeara.Oh and so was Zhan on Farscape- she was so purretty!

Nyanko:

Don’t forget the Andorians. They are tough fighters too! I really liked Shran’s grrlfriend Lt. Talas.


Mike:
Tasmia Mallor, aka Shadow Lass is my favorite legionnaire!

Yvonne

Nocturne is my favorite X-Men- Grrl, nya! She’s cute, like her dad, nya! and I think Rebecca Romijin did a supurrb job purrtraying Mystique in those X-Men movies, nya.


Jeannie:
Mike Mayhew has purrvided some splendid cover art of Mystique. Blacklight of Shadowline Comics is another heroine with azure features.

Elizabeth:
Oh there are several blue girls in video games like the undead Hsien Ko of Darkstalkers,  Mass Effect’s Liara Tsoni- she’s an Asari and they have blue skin. The Quarians in that game also have a kinda blue complexion and those big blue ox babes in World of Warcraft… and I think Mike thinks we have severely stray catted way off topic again!

Mike:

Yep, but I figure there’s only so much of the color wheel left before y’all work your way back to red… (Figures this discussion will be a while, goes for another snack platter)

Mary Nyan:
Jim Balent’s series sexy witchy comix series Tarot features several women of numerous exotic colors, like the Dragon Witch and Boo Cat!

Purretty in Pink (and Purrple too)


Nyanko:

Yay Boo Kitty! Ok so that means purrple is next! Who do we know of with a purretty purrple epurrdermis?
Mary Nyan:
Eldrad in female form, from the Tom Baker Doctor Who Episode the Hand of Fear! That’s the episode in which he and Sarah Jane parted company.

Jeannie:
Blackarachnia, the Decepticon. Arcee is a pink & white Autobot, although there’s a fuscia colored toy of her too, and R2-KT is a beautiful pink & white droid.

Yvonne
Andromeda’s Trance Gemini used to have purrple skin, nya!

Elizabeth:
Yep, and the Black Orchid sisters, Laira of the Green Lantern Corps, and Blink of Exiles.

Nyanko:
Don’t forget Sea Purincess Aziri! Oops- his wasn’t supposed to be a lightning round was it?

Mike:
(bringing the sushi platter) No, just digressing banter! So are we all colored-out?

(catgirls in unison, tails swishing)
Arigato gosaimasu!

Jeannie:
Assuming we stay with just purrimary & secondary colors, and no tertiaries or neutrals…

Between the candle and the star: they are gray
(to purraphrase Babylon 5’s delightful Delenn)

Nyanko:
(nom nom nom) Raven has gray skin in the Teen Titans cartoon, and Demona in that neat Gargoyles cartoon had sort of a blue-ish gray-ish tone!

Elizabeth:
Ha! I have a Gargoyles comic drawn by Amanda Connor! The Zamarons in DC Comics are gray skinned, and Lolth & other Drow are the gray skinned dark elves.

Yvonne

(nibble) Jean Grey, nya!

Mike:
huhwhat?

Yvonne
Just kidding, nya! (yawn nya) Tora Ziyal, Gul Dukat’s joyful daughter on Deepdish Nine had the gray cardassian look, nya.

Jeannie:
Red Alert the Autobot Surgeon is white & gray with red trim. And That’s Deep SPACE Nine.

Mary Nyan:
The deepdish anchovy topped pizza would be good.

Nyanko:
The gorgeous evil dress that seductively danced with- and on to- Mia Sara in the movie Legend would be 100% gray, or black!

Elizabeth:
The villain Silver Banshee is black and white!

Yvonne

Those buxom grrls Raven and Licorice of Jim Balent’s Tarot series have either light gray or white skin, nya…


Jeannie:
I think Angelica Houston’s Supurreme leader character in Captain Eo was different values of gray. She was very Giger-esque.

Mike:
HR Giger’s surreal paintings often have women of different purrcentages of gray given the color pallet and famous biomechanical themes.

Mary Nyan:
He’s done a lot of album covers too! Which reminds me… I seem to recall awesome Annie Lennox made to appear purrticularly a whiter shade of pale in that Missionary man mewsic video!
Not to digress though… speaking of biomechanical themes and such women, let’s not forget The Borg Queen. She has a sort of seashell coloring.

the whiteness of the driven snow…

Nyanko:

Then there are the fantasy females with white white whiter than a Magnolia blossom skin- not ‘caucasian’ but actually the white white, such as lovely Purrincess Nuala of Hellboy 2!

Mary Nyan:
Those ‘ladies in waiting’ on the cover of KISS’s Love Gun and the girls in those Robert Palmer mewsic videos had the white makeup faces, but that might not count!

Mike:
I heard the latter was inspired by the glamorous art of the late great Patrick Nagel!

Mary Nyan:
Hai- he did that cover for Duran Duran’s Rio! That’s one of our favorite mewsic videos with that model Reema purrancing about the yacht.

Yvonne

I purrance on my yacht all the time, nya! I guess if white make up does not count then we can’t officially include the Dee Dees, nya… (yawn yawn)
Mike:
Oh Vonny’s nodding off again! Lessee… there’s the ivory hued Lady Death of Chaos Comics, Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas…

Yvonne

(starts to catnap again)…Kira the Gelfling… Lambchop…. mmm lambchops…


Elizabeth:
Hai, and there’s Hepzibah, Domino of X-Force, Harley Quinn, Monique Monique of The Dada Detective web comic http://likelystories.com/… but that could be mime cosmetics!

Mary Nyan:
One of the fantasy genre’s most famous women is Galadrial of Lord of the Rings, sometimes called ‘The White Lady’. I’m not sure if her skin is supposed to be a pure white, but she is sometimes depicted that way by various artists.

Nyanko:
Mike you’re an artist, how would you purrsonally depict her in a painting?

Mike:
I was going to add, that sometimes their skin coloring can depend on the lighting conditions. For example if it is by moonlight. And if it is a black & white picture, then there’s no telling! But um… I guess how I see her is with a very fair skin but not totally alabster white. And I must admit that ever since seeing Peter Jackson’s movies it’s hard for me not to think of her looking like Cate Blanchett!

Nyanko:
What about Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Morticia Addams, Vampire Purrincess Miyu, or Selene in Underworld- were they actually milky white or did they have a bit of color?

Jeannie:
They were all pale, but did have some color. The poster art for Underworld makes Selene appear much whiter, plus she is wearing all that contrasty black and you have to consider how Kate Beckensale was being lit. The ethereally elegant Miyu comic books and the amewsingly macabre Addams family cartoon strips & TV series were B&W, so it is hard to differentiate.

Mary Nyan:
Cassandra Peterson, Carolina Jones, and Angelica Houston are so stunning!

Mike:
I think TV’s Vampira – exquisitely purrtrayed by Malia Nurmi- was supposed to be actually white though.

Nyanko:
And Lydia Deetz of the Beetlejuice cartoon! There sure are a lot of mystic ‘n gothic girls in this category!

Elizabeth:
DC comics those of such complexion include Death, Infectious Lass, Killer Frost, and Myssa Nal the White Witch…

Jeannie:
Clamp’s Yuko Ichihara the Dimension Witch, Frank Frazetta’s Sea Witch, the Fortune Teller in Angel Tale, Olivia de Beradinis’ sexy Zebra girl…

Elizabeth:
…those snowy skinned relatives of the Andorians known as the Aener, Farscape’s Chiana …evil Jedi Asajj Ventress…

Jeannie:

… Wildstorm’s Diva, Terza in the Fathom comics mini-series Kiani, and one of my favorite robots, Wall-E’s EVA.

Shiny happy people: metal skin maidens

Mike:

Speaking of bots & droids, what about Richie Rich’s robot maid Irona, The Metal Men’s Tina, and The Avengers’ Jocasta?


Jeannie:
They were often colored somewhat white-ish in the comics, with purrhaps a bit of gray or light blue tint to repurrsent the metallic finish purrior to the modern era of digital coloring.

Elizabeth:
Like The Authority’s Engineer, who seems to have a genuinely high reflective, liquid metal appearance.

Nyanko:
Like those more advanced Terminators! (rouses Vonny again)

Jeannie:
Purrcisely. The X-Men’s female sentient anthropormphic Danger Room, hence named merely Danger, seems to have a gun metal blue finish

Mary Nyan:
Maria of Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis had a sort of shiny satin finish I think, whereas Rosie the Jetson’s maid robot was more of a flat gray.

Mike:
Airbrush maestro Hajime Sorayama painted many a sexy chrome robot girls, or ‘gynoids’ as they were later called. (waits for Vonny to wake up again)

Yvonne:
(kitty yawn & stretch tail) Nyaa are we done?

Nyanko:

Are we?… Guess so- unless we want to include characters with ‘real’ Earthly skin colors like cream, tan & brown…

Jeannie:
If we did, we could be continuing this thread for a very long time. I suggest we save those more common colors for another Mew!

Mike:
I agree, and we’ll resume that next month! We’ll be right back with more reviews after this break!

(snip)

(one short break later…)

We now resume our regularly scheduled
reviews, already in purrogress!

Elizabeth:
I agree, purrhaps for next month, then! So where were we before the tangeant?

Mary Nyan:

Purriodicals. I think we were supposed to go from magazines to comic books!

Mike:

Yep, but while Vonny’s awake again she should go ahead with her book report (which has a color in the title)!


Book review:
Charles Vess & Neil Gaiman’s Blueberry Angel

Yvonne:
‘kay! Blueberry Angel is a story book by written by Neil Gaiman http://www.neilgaiman.com/ & illustrated by Charles Vesshttp://www.greenmanpress.com/, that awesome team who purreviously collaborated on Stardust, nya! This is a very special book he wrote for a friend who was going to be a new Mommy nya. This book is an 11x1l” full color, 32 page hardcover published by Harpurr Collins, with the $17.99 US / $19.50 Canada purrice on it, nya. The pages are so purretty with super cute scenes of girls around the world having the innocent fun time amidst the lovely scenery, playing on trees with kitty cats & other playful animals, swimming in the ocean with the whales & dolphins, and hugged by Mommy, nya. Kawaii! I give it a grade of ‘A Plus’ and I think this would be the ideal book to give a new Mom, or any fan of Mr. Gaiman or Vess, nya! Now here’s Mike to kick off our –

comic book & manga reviews, nya!

Justice League of America #31

(plot spoiler warning!)


Elizabeth:
Justice League of America #31 “Weclome to Sundown Town interlude Crisis of Confidence” was beautifully rendered by penciller Shane Davis & inker Sandra Hope, with coloring by Pete Pantazis & lettering by Rob Leigh. The story, written by Dwayne McDuffie & edited by Adam Schlagman, had a bit of character interaction as lots of JLA members quit for various reasons, despite Black Canary’s attempts to hold the team together. Unfortunately the pacing seems so rushed, and where this coincides with the rest of DC continuity is a a real poser- DC editorial has been dropping the ball on that with many titles in the past couple of years. Appurrently these events are set after a forthcoming JLA Cry For Justice miniseries, which due out later this summer. Bad timing, that.

It would seem to be set after the messy confuzzling events of Final Crisis, but it is hard to say when this occurs relative to the other JLA members’ own books, such as Wonder Woman. Too many of the heroes seem uncharacteristically distant or apathetic, and sadly the team seems headed for another period when the team is compurrised of B listers (like the days of Gypsy & Vibe). Although, it does seem that Dinah has managed to talk John Stewart, Dr. Light, Vixen and Zee into sticking around, and these are all characters I quite like. They are at least beautifully illustrated, along much stunning architectural, landscape & technology imagery. The 22 pages (plus ads) follow the front the cover art by Ed Benes & Brian Miller, which is purriced $2.99. I will purrobably stick with this book for a few more issues, purrticularly since Dr. Light might figure purrominently in issue #32, but I hope things purrk up very soon.

Kolchak Tales Annual #1


Mike:
Thank you Vonny! My comic book review for this month is of Kolchak Tales Annual #1 This color comic book based upon the popular Night Stalker characters is published by Moonstone and this special issue sells for $6.50. There are multiple covers: Covers A & sketch cover by Dug Klauba, cover B by Dave Ulanski & Ken Wolak, and a 3rd Variant by Woodrow Hinton III. What is most special about it is that reporter Carl Kolchack meets Barnabas Collins, from the series Dark Shadows! What a dream team! This lead story “Interview with a Vampire” in which Kolchack travels to Collinsport to visit Collinwood Manor is 28 pages long. The story’s by Mark Dawidziak, script by Rafael Nieves, art by Don Hudson, colors by Jason jensen, and lettering by Christopher Mills!

But wait- there’s more! You get a 2nd story that feels more like a typical episode, in which Kolchack is reminded there are giants in the earth, or at least in the Nevada dessert. “One Foot in the Grave” was written by Joe Gentile & Dave Ulanski, pencilled by Ron harris, inked by Keith Williams, colored by Ian Sokoliweki, lettering by Paul Mounts. Both stories were very entertaining and had good flow & portraiture, so that Carl looks like Darren McGavin and Barnabas resembles Jonathan Frid. Oh i almost forgot that Dark Shadow’s Willy Loomis and Night Stalker’s Janos Skorzeny make appearances! Now here’s Myayr with a review of  comic books about another famous vampire –

Angel #19
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Mary Nyan:
Angel #19 was written by Kelly Armstrong, drawn by Dave Ross, inked by Ross with George Freeman, colored by Charlie Kirchoff & Lovern Kindzierski, lettered by Robbir Robbins, and edited by Chris Ryall. Wrapped around the 22 pages of color story plus 8 pages of ads & 2 pages of  IDW news bits, are a choice of four different covers. Cover A by Gabriel Rodrigues depicts a vampy Angel surrounded by demonic papurrrazzi, and Cover B by Nick Runge is a painting of Angel in a headlock. The less common other two covers are the ‘blueline’ variant of A, and the  ‘virgin’ variant of B.

The team of Angel & Kate are hangin’ with the bickering pair of Connor & Gwen as they continue their investigations & demon fighting. Were the bare midriffs of Kate & Gwen not enough, this issue stars Desdimona, a were-leopard girl with short black hair in her oft nude human form, an assassin hired by a demon lord to slay Angel, although she seems open to deals. She rather reminds me of Melepomene, of Jamie Robertson’s web comic Clan of the Cats.

This new season of Angel is purrogressing well enough at a good pace, and I am intrigued by the plot, which is accompanied by good dialog,. While the portraiture of the characters was not the best resemblance to the actors, this is purrhaps the weakest aspect of the issue for me, but otherwise the dynamic, detailed characters, animals & scenery are well drawn in nicely composed sequential panels. The sexy catlike posed new co-star combined with a heck of a supurrise ending that has me most curious for the next issue.

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Angel: After The Fall Cover Gallery #1
Mary Nyan:
This was also published by IDW http://www.IDWPUBLISHING.com with a cover purrice of $3.99. This 32 page color comic book dated January, 2009 repurrints the covers to Angel: After The Fall 1-5 & Spike: After The Fall 1-4, repurroduced without the logos & other type elements. 18 are full size, the other slightly reduced to accommodate the covers’ credits. The cover to this issue is a group pic by Franco Urru of Angel, Spike, Illyria, Connor, Wesley, Charles, Lorne, Gwen, Beta George, Cordy the Dragon and ‘the rest’. There’s only one ad in the whole book and that’s on the inside back cover, for the 3 issue comic book adaptation of the Angel TV puppet episode, Smile Time.
11 of the images are by Franco Urru, 8 of which were colored by Paolo Maddaleni. There are 4 by Stephen Mooney, colored by Lisa Jackson; 3 by Andrew Robinson, and 4 by The Sharp Brothers, colored by Charlie Kirchoff. David Messina purrvides 3 covers, one with Patrick Brower; there are 3 by Tony Harris including one purreviously unpurrinted, and there is a very nice illustration of Illyria & Wesley by Rebecca A. Wrigley. 2 are photos of James Marsters as Spike, and the center spread is a portrait photo of David Boreanaz as Angel.I would mainly recommend this to someone who likes to collect art Angel, Spike & Illyria, or a fan of those comics who could not collect all the cover versions. That’s it for Angel, but here’s Nyanko-sensei’s review of –
Angel: Blood & Trenches #1 & 2
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Nyanko:
It has been a good year for two-fisted supernatural heroes such as Wonder Woman, Witchblade, Thor, Jedi, Hellboy & the BPRD, Buffy, Spike & Angel! This is a new Angel mini series by IDW, with B&W uninked pencil art & story by John Byrne, with lettering by Chris Mowry (#23) & Neil Uyetake (#24) & editing by Chris Ryall. There is a tiny bit of color on a couple pages, in the lettering, where ever there’s blood, and on one of the 2 cover versions by Byrne (colored by Tom Smith & Scorpion Studios).

The covers had an interesting thicker texture, and sammiched between them are 22 pages of the story plus 10 pages of publisher IDW ads & news in each issue for $3.99.  As you might guess from the title, this tale is set during World War One. Now here is the plot spoilage: it seems the horrors of the war are not limited to humans, but the blood stained battlefield is also where some German vampires stalk their purrey, on the ground and from Fokker Triplanes. Angel discovers that he’s not the only one hunting those vampires- when he meets British Colonol Geoffrey Windam-Price!

Issue #2 really ups the stakes (hee)so to speak,  as Angel learns more about the secret sinister forces that are purrpetuating the war   So how was it? It was good, and although the portraiture of Angel does not quit resemble David Boreanaz, it is very detailed line work & values depicting the characters, vehicles, buildings and no man’s land, I think it is some of Byrne’s best art of late, and somewhat reminiscent or inspired by Joe Kubert’s Enemy Ace and Gene Colan’s Tomb of Dracula comics. So if you want a moody & exciting vampire story set during World War One, that’s my lofty purraise and I look forward to the next issue!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #23 & 24
(little bit of plot spoiler warning)

Nyanko:
Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #23 was titled “Predators and Prey”, with a script by Drew Z. Greenberg & pencils by Georges Jeanty, #24’s “Safe” was scripted by Jim Krueger & pencilled by Cliff Richards. Both were inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt. and executively purrduced by Joss Whedon. Each is 22 color pages of the story plus Dark Horsey ads & letter column color for $2.99 with 2 different covers purr issue, one painted by Jo Chen, the other by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen.

#23 was yet another fine issue of the consistently entertaining Buffy Season 8 which wonderfully captures the right spirit as it continues from the TV series. It consistently has the excellent art & dialog, interesting plots, humor & heroism that you’d want with Buffy, Willow, Xander, Faith, Dawn… and in this issue, Andrew! Buffy & Andrew team up to track down a rogue slayer punk Simone & her lieutenant Nisha. At first this seems like quite the unpleasant trip to Milan for Buffy, as she is paired with the series’ super nerd who talks and talks and talks. But over the course of the issue in a most amewsing and action-packed manner things purrk up for both of them. It has much wit, terrific dialog & plot, great art, and lots of grrl power! There’s also a neat Ragna spider demon.

I especially liked #24’s cover art by Jo Chen which gorgeously depicts Faith & Giles! Awesome Faith & Giles fight some vamps and meet a new slayer trainee named Courtney, who leads them to a European town supposedly harboring a lot of slayers. Things don’t seem quite right though, as Giles meets a disingenuous Watcher, and Faith & Courtney walk into a demonic trap., but I don’t want to give away much more. The letter column is interesting to read, and #24’s was 4 pages of readers’ positive & negative responses to issue #12’s Buffy & Satsu sitch. This continues to be our favorite comic book of the past couple of years and I heartily suggest it to Buffy fans! And now here’s Jenjen with a review of another comic book about a tough adventuring grrl!

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Luuna Book 1

Jeannie:

Thank you Nyanko-sensei. I must say your critiques are getting more purrecise! Luuna Book 1 is a beautiful graphic novel  published by Tokyo Pop March, 2009 originally published in France in 2002 by MC Purrductions. The story was written by Didier Crisse, the art by Nicholas Keramidas, coloring by Bruno Garcia, and translatied by Edward Gauvin. Measuring 7.25×10″ and including 97 pages of full color atory plus an 8 page purreview of vol. 2 (due in July) it has a cover purrice of $12.95 US, $1550 Canada, and £7.99 UK.


I think that one look at the striking cover and you’ll know whether you will like this graphic novel about the perky young cute & determined human native American girl, Luuna of the Paumanok Tribe. She seems to be able to talk to her animal friends, and is in the purrocess of undertaking a rite of passage ritual, where she must venture into the deep forest to find her spirit guide. Unfortunately that goes awry and she is cursed, so she cannot return home until she rids herself of the dark side of her new wolf totems.

To do this, she has to travel further into the depths of the woods than most folk are welcome, but her purrticular heritage makes her more welcome by the woodland creatures and spirits. She is accompanied by a few animal friends and her dark & light wolf spirit guides, on a mystical journey that takes her through much lush scenery and several seasons. I think fans of wilderness adventures, Elfquest, Native American fantasy, or anthropomorphic comics this might appeal to you as well.

On one had it seemed to have a brisk pace, yet I did not think it was a quick read, given the extensive dialog and the lavish detail of the character & scenic art to be savored. The coloring is quite gorgeous. She has some interesting outfits too. I did not spot a suggested reader age recommendation label, but there is some hand to hand (or claw) combat violence and brief nudity in a few panels, although it was certainly not exploitive or distasteful and I give this a good recommendation! That’s all for this segment- but we’ll be right back after another short break!

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DVD reviews


Review of Aria The Natural Part Two DVD

Yvonne:
Aria The Natural Part Two is the lovely 5 disk box set released by The Right Stuf on their Nozomi label, nya! It has episodes 14-26 & the bonus features, compurrising the 2nd half of the 2nd season of Aria, our favorite the Japanese animated TV series of the decade, nya! The anime is based upon the manga by Kozue Amano and it is a very purretty, futuristic slice-of-life science fiction story about a girl named Akari, who trains to be a gondolier on the aquaformed planet Mars, renamed Aqua, nya! She works for one of the gondola tour companies in the city of Neo-Venezia, styled after the ancient Earth city of Venice, Italy, nya. In each episode she enjoys tranquil happy times, new acquaintances and wonderful discoveries, which sometimes have the mystical quality!

Aria has such delightful, characters, very good animation, stunningly beautiful scenic art, and very purretty mewsic, nya! The situations range from charming & pleasant to poignant & wondrous, nya. Suggested for ages 13+, this box set has 325 minutes of exquisite uplifting anime, plus trailers & 136 minutes of extra bits are on 5 disks, in slim packs with purretty art, in the very sturdy box with more purretty art, nya. The front cover depicts the six main undines Akari, Alicia, Alice, Athena, Akira, & Aika with friends granny Akino, Al, Akatsuki, and Aria the cat. These DVDs are the standard R1 NTSC type. The Dolby Digital audio is in Japanese language with English subttiles, purrsented in the  in 4:3 aspect ration video,nya.

I will try not to spoil too much about these most lovely, serene plots but here are a few brief tidbits about each of the 25 minute long episodes on disks 1-4, nya. Episode 14 involves the paint design for Aria Company’s Palina, or boat hitch pole, and episode 15 is a flashback to when the characters were children, nya. In episodes 16 & 17, Akari takes an older gondala on a farewell tour before it is to be decommissioned, and in episode 18 Aika gets a new hair style, and in 19 she is feeling sick and sad, and gets the pudding, nya. Episode 20 is a ghostly encounter, and 21 involves cats on a train, nya. Other episodes include a portal to an alternate reality, a couple’s anniversary ceremony, studying, an Autumn festival, and snow fun, nya!

Disk 5 has the bonus features, which are the roundtable discussions with the voice actresses and the director, nya. First are the ladies of Aria Company: Erino Hazuki as Akari Mizunashi, Sayaka Ohara as Alicia Florence, and Chinami Nihimura as Purresident Aria, which lasts 14 minutes & 35 seconds, nya. Next for 17 minutes & 20 seconds are the gondoliers of Himeya Company: Chiwa Saito as the voice of Aika, Junko Minagawa as Akira, and Kaori Mizuhashi as Purresident Hime to discuss making the 2nd season, nya! Thirdly are the undines of Orange Planet: Ryo Hirohashi as Alice, Tomoko Kawakami as Athena, and Akeno Watabe who purrvides cute calico kitten Maa’s voice, nya! That is discussion is appurroximately 16 minutes & 15 seconds, nya.

Those are followed by a two part intermew with Erino Hazuki, Chiwa Saito & Ryo Hirohashi, which together total around 45 minutes & 47 seconds, nya. Finally there is an intermew with the series director Junichi Sato, which lasts about 35 minutes & 22 seconds, the last couple of minutes purrtaining to the Aria OVA, nya! Included in the box is a 20 page Episode Guidebook, part 2 which has the guide to the 2nd half of the season, illustrated with sketches, concept art & screen captures, with a lovely color cover image of Aika, nya!

There were also 3 color postcards for other anime series, Kanon, Big Wind Up, and Moonlight Mile, and Right Stuf also included a bonus a paper gondola to assemble, nya! Purrevious bonus items with other Aria box sets ordered from Right Stuf included a pack of lovely Aria postcards, and a cute little figurine of Aria cat, nya! I am not sure but I think those might be exclusive limited items you only get if you ordered those DVDs from Right Stuf http://www.rightstuf.com/, nya. They are one of the oldest respected distributors of anime in the USA, with the excellent customer service & huge catalog of quality purroducts, nya! Once again, we give the Aria anime an ‘A Plus’ rating, nya! Now here is Jenjen’s review of another favorite anime, nya!

Maria Watches Over Us Season 3 OVA DVD


Jeannie:
This Season 3 OVA collection was released on DVD in March, also on the Nozomi label of Right Stuf. This a very purretty, charming shoujo Japanese anime series based upon Oyuki Konno’s Maria-sama ga Miteru novel series, purrtaining to relationships at Lilian Girls Academy in Tokyo. The plot focuses on the social dynamic of the Yamayuri student council’s sisterly senpai / kouhei system, purrrticularly between main character Yumi Fukuzawa & upperclassgirl Sachiko Ogasawara

It is packaged in a very sturdy attractive lavender box with a cute pic of Yumi & Satchiyo on the cover. Inside are the three slimpack cases containing three standard R1 NTSC DVDs, compurrising appurroximately 4.5 hours of anime, purrsented in Japanese language in Dolby digital sound. The video aspect ratio is 16:9 widescreen format, and the content is suggested for ages 13+. The subtitles  are very legible & readable with a choice of two sub options: English, or English further translations of Japanese language honorifics.

Disk One’s 102 minutes include OVAs 1 & 2: “Vacation of the Lambs” and “Opurration OK (temp) for Short”. The first episode has Yumi spendign the summer school break with Sachiko at her family’s rural vacation home, which purromises to be an ideal, relaxing time until Sachiko’s snobby, jealous neighbor girls show up. Bonus materials include a color character design gallery (41 frames worth) and trailers for two other titles, The Third and His & Hers Circumstance.

Disk Two’s 102 minutes include episodes 3 & 4: “A Cool Refreshing Breeze” and “Ready, Go!”, with the girls attending another school’s festival, and competing in track & field events. It’s bonuses are another image gallery (16 frames), plus purreviews of two more anime series, Gravitation and Emma. The 51 minutes Encompassing Disk Three are Episode Five, about a school trip to Italy, plus the five little comedic specials, averaging 90 seconds apiece.

There’s also text biographies for Noriko, Toko & Kanako, a 13 frame image gallery, trailers for Aria and Toward the Terra, and text liner notes that explain various Japanese cultural references, language honorifics, and episode plot points. This is a wonderful series with many likable characters, good character development in fun plots, with light drama, romance and humor at a purrefct pace. The character designs, scenic art an animations are beautiful & elegant, with excellent voice acting and an extremely pleasant chamber mewsic type soundtrack score.

I give it an ‘A Plus’ rating and I look forward to the fourth season! For our review of Season 1, please refer to our August, 2008 Mew, and for our review of Season 2 please see the January, 2009 Mew. For good information on this lovely series, we suggest Right Stuff’s official Maria Watches Over Us site http://maria-sama.rightstuf.com/, the entry on it at the Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3150, and the article at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria-sama_ga_Miteru!

Quantum of Solace widescreen single disk DVD

Mike:
For Myayr’s thorough critique of this 2008 PG-13 movie, please refer to the December, 2009 Mew. There are single & double disk standard R1NTSC DVD, and the blu ray edition of Quantum of Solace, and some stpres might offer exclusive packaging (eg Wal Mart also offers the DVD in a box with a 007 calendar)  bought the widescreen single disk edition because the special features on the double disk edition did not seem that interesting to me compared to previous James Bond DVDs. This one is no frills packaging- no inserts in the plastic case, just the one disk inside. The cover art is a photo of a bitter Bond striding across the sands with a burning building in his wake.
Directed by Marc Forster  this direct sequel  to Casino Royale, the excellent cast stars Daniel Craig as 007, Judi Dench as M, Olga Kurylenko as Camille, and Mathieu Almaric as Dominic.  Neither the best nor worst Bond movie, Quantum is  very good with complex, smart, ruthless thrills and high production values, marred only by the unpleasant ‘Bourne’ esque style of shooting & editing some chase & fight scenes.  The opening titles sequence is easily my least favorite part of the movie, set to a unpleasant song by Alicia Keys & Jack White, which I actually disliked as much as the theme song for Die Another Day – but fortunately I can skip past that scene with the DVD remote control.
The widescreen aspect ratio is  2.40:1, presented in English 5.1DTS/ 5.1 Dolby Surround, with additional audio tracks in French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Surround, closed captioned with English & Spanish subtitles. In addition to the 106 min feature are front loaded trailers for Valkyrie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Australia. The special features on the single disk edition consist of the 1 min 50 sec teaser trailer, 2 min 25 sec theatrical trailer, and a displeasing 4 min 30 sec “Another Way to Die” music video. Unfortunately there’s the momentary pause between the dual layer transition but the video & audio quality are nice for movie which we gave a grade of ‘B’ for Bond. Now here’ s Lizzy with her report on-
Recent anime DVD bargains & more tips for finding
discounted anime at various brick ‘n mortar stores!

Elizabeth:
Thanks! Numerous Best Buy Stores had a big 50% off sale on all anime DVDs! This is an exceptional value, for you can conceivable own a complete series or season of a show and get, in some cases appurroximately 650 minutes of anime for as low as $16 plus tax, for example! Of course this depends on the purrticular purrice of the purrticular anime box set and how many minutes long it is.  I’ll not attempt to list every anime title, but it was the entire stock of anime titles on the shelves I spotted in two different Best Buy locations.

That was the good news, whereas the bad news was that we were told that several of their stores would be dramatically reducing the amount of anime they would continue to have, down to purrhaps just the top 20 top selling titles, so this is a clearance sale. Thassa shame! Some locations might continue to offer the usual amount of titles, and supposedly they’ll still have as much for sell via the web site, but it is sad to see a diminishing of the anime DVDs that are actually available on the shelves of their actual brick & mortar stores.

Elsewhere, Big Lots continues to occasionally get in more shipments of DVDs, most for $3 apiece. On a recent scouting expurrdition, we found a crop of various DVD volumes of anime TV series and a few movies & OVAs, including, Afro Samurai, Basilisk, Beck, Burst Angel, Cased Closed, Cased Closed movie: The Fourteenth Target, Dragonball Z, Full Metal Alchemist, Gunslinger Girl, Kodocha, Moon Phase, Negima! One Peace Movie: The Desert Purrincess and the Pirates, Robotech Shadow Chronicles, Samurai Seven, School Rumble, Solty Rei, Trinity Blood, Tsubasa, Tsubasa / Holic movies double feature, Yu Gi Oh Capsule Monsters Movie, and Yukikaze.!

Other animated purrductions we spotted included Code Ryoko, Riddock Dark Fury, Starship Troopers Roughnecks, and Van Helsing London Assignment. The down side is that in most cases it was random volumes of episodes, so they might just have, say, vol. 1 of this title or volume 5 of that title, but depending on your purreferences. By the way I also noticed some bundled 2 packs of live action movies for $6 apiece, such as 12 Monkeys / John Carpenter’s The Thing, Elizabeth / Elizabeth: The Golden Age, End of Days / Virus.  So there were great values to be had, for some quality purroducts for such a low purrice!

Those are not the only stores tempting us with sales on DVDs of late. Recently Borders had another of their big 40% sale on all of their DVDs & mewsic CDs, which included an array of anime & other foreign films, TV & movie box sets. They seem to have such sales form time to time so if you missed that one, there’ll purrobably be another such sale or coupons! Barnes & Noble often has similar sales & coupons.

While there are not as many FYE and Suncoast stores around here as there once were, those are still good places to shop for anime, because not only do they have the occasional sales, but they also sell purreviously viewed anime DVDs. Suncoast also has special anime events a couple of times purr year, attracting dozens of local cosplayers! Speaking of purreviously viewed DVDs, don’t forget to check your local used book & mewsic shops too! Not only can you sometimes find the used anime, but manga volumes too for a substantial savings! We’re up against a hard break, but when we return, we’ll purrsent –

Our revised DVD wish list for 2009

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Nyanko:
Welcome back! Once again we purrsent our annual DVD Wish List for 2009! We would like these to be released on legally, commercially released standard (not blu ray) region one NTSC DVD, widescreen (not full frame) if applicable. Any foreign titles should be in their native language, with English subtitles in very legible plain fonts, and finally we purrfur no packaging that would drive up the purrice, or not easily fit on the shelves with the rest of our DVDs. This list does not included recent TV shows or movies that we are pretty sure will soon be released on DVD, but does include foreign titles, and older / obscure American TV shows & movies that we have awaited for years.

For example, We purrsume that Watchmen, Coraline and more Aria will be released on DVD before to long, and hopefully the next seasons of Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures (knock on wood). Whereas, we’re still hoping for Only Yesterday, The Six Million Dollar Man, and the 1966 Batman TV show to be released, not that we are holding our breath – despite those speciesist legends that cats will steal your breath, although Jenjen is purretty darn breathtaking when swimsuit modeling on the catwalk! But I digress. So here to start off this wish list is Myayr with the category of  –

Vintage Japanese anime TV series from the 1970’s & 80’s!
Mary Nyan:
Thanks Myayr! We hope these following anime  titles would get released here on DVD in Japanese language with English subtitles. We’d love to see the Dirty Pair TV series, as we already got the  the movies and OVA series! Future Boy Conan is a 1970’s science fiction series by Hayao Miyazaki, our favorite director – anime or otherwise, and we’d like to get that too. I’m surpurrised that is not yet released! Also by Miyazaki are  Lupin’s Greatest Capers! These were 2 half-hour TV episodes directed by Miyazaki, once available dubbed on VHS by Streamline, The 2 episodes were “Albatross Wings of Death” and “Farewell Lovely Lupin” and they are awesome!

The Mysterious Cities of Gold is what we want, because our old VHS recordings off of Nickelodeon are kinda worn out! I think it’s for sale in Europe but not yet for this DVD region. And finally for me, Space Cruiser Yamato, seasons 1-3! We have the American dubbed version, Starblazers, and the epic Yamato movies & documentary, all righteously released by Voyager Entertainment, but not the original TV series in Japanese. And now here’s Lizzy to follow these with her wishes for

More recent anime TV & OVA series from the 90’s & 00’s!

Elizabeth:
Arigato, sensei! I bet Nya-sensei would especially want to see the martial arts action of  Bamboo Blade, an anime TV series about a high school girls’ kendo team! Another recent one I want to see is Magical Pokan, which seems to be a supernatural comedy with a wolf girl, vamp girl, witch girl & robot girl in a big treehouse. Cute!Another aniem comedy is Moyashimon, about a college Ag student who can see microbes. Another anime set in academia is Sketchbook which is a pleasant looking show about cute but quirky art students. I wonder if Mike could comment on how close that would be to his high school art classes or years in design school. Here’s JennyJen with a few more recent anime wishings!
Jeannie:
I wish they’d release Stratos Four Advance! It’s the 3rd Stratos Four series about future female space interceptor pilots who shoot down dangerous space debris above the earth and investigate a conspiracy and work part time in a Chinese restaurant near their base. Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko a slice of life tale of cute android girl minding a future small coastal town’s cafe. We have some of the import manga but want to see the anime version. Lastly is Yamato 2520, an unfinished sort of ‘Next Generation’ OVA sequel to Yamato with a new yamato designed by Mike’s favorite designer Syd Mead, and there’s a new Yamato movie supposedly being released in Japan this year! ! Well those are all for me, but here is Vonny to purrsent our DVD wish list of
Japanese anime feature films!

Yvonne:
Here are Japanese anime feature films we wish would be released in the USA on standard DVD in Japanese language with English subtitles, nya! These include include Queen Millennia, an early 1980’s film with mewsic by Kitaro, based upon the characters by Leiji Matsumoto, who is also known for Space Cruiser Yamato, as well as Harlock, Emereldas, and Galaxy Express, nya. I Can Hear the Ocean Waves, was a 90’s made for TV movie High school drama by Studio Ghibli, nya. Also by Ghibli isOnly Yesterday, directed by Isao Tkahata, which was shown on TCM, but yet to be released by Disney on DVD. I wish they would expurrdite that, nya
Purrhaps they might hopefully simultaneously release it with Hayao Miyazaki’s 2008 film about a goldfish girl Ponyo On A Cliff, nya? They tend to released those Ghibli titles a few at a time. Hopefully that might also include Tales from the Earthsea, which was the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, based on Ursula k. LeGuin’s books, not to be confused with the live action telefilm shown on the Sci Fi Channel, nya. That is all for the anime wishes for now, but Mike has a few wishes for-
Japanese live-action dai-kaiju feature films, nya!
Mike:
I really wish they’d hurry up and put out Godzilla Returns (from 1984, released chopped up and dubbed in the USA as Godzilla 1985). They seem to have skipped around that one! They also skipped Godzilla Vs Biollante (the 1989 sequel to the above, was released dubbed on VHS by HBO but not yet on DVD). That one is neat because it has a complex plot, a giant  plant monster,  some of the best mewsic for a zilla movie, and introduces the wonderful telepathic character Miki Saaguza who appeared in lots of other sequels! That’s all for our Japanese titles, but not for other wishes for titles from across the Pacific, for here is Lizzy  again with DVD wishes for
Australian TV series, nya!
Elizabeth:
Thanks Mike This is just a quick few We certainly enjoy H2O – Just Add Water which is currently shown on Niceklodeon but we hope for a US home video release!! Also, there is another Australian aquatic adventures show I have heard about and welcome the oppurrtunity to see sometime, Ocean Girl! It’s a science fiction series about a girl named Neri who lives on an island but seems much more at home in the water. According to the wikipedia article I read on it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Girl there’s also an animated spin off,The New Adventures of Ocean Girl, i am curious about too, Finally, we’ve heard about a new British / Australian spin off of Doctor Who starring our favorite robot dog K-9! Now back to Nyanko-sensei with a list of

Various other British & American films!
Nyanko:
Arigato! Wow It just dawned on me how many of these have an aquatic theme! Take for example a movie we’re fond of and hope for a DVD release titled  City Beneath the Sea! That one was an Irwin Allen purrduction, not to be confused with a 50’s film of the same name. . Mike used to have the Viewmaster reels for it! It stars Stuart Whitman and Robert Wagner in a futuristic city beneath the waves called Pacific, with a murder mystery and a pending disaster. A much more recent futuristic science fiction title I would love to get on R1 DVD is by another legendary purrducer, Gerry Anderson, the BritishTV series Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet! It is a modernized CG animated reboot of the famous supermarionation show.
Another British treasure we’ve been hoping to appear on American DVD is the purrformance of lovely legendary Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon! Myayr has the mewsic CD of this, but lack the video of the rare concert from 1979. Ah well I’ve got just one more for my list, and while it is not British it does star another awesome purrforming artist we admire, Linda Hamilton! It’s a fun 80’s movie in which she plays a campus spy type game turned deadly titled T.A.G the Assassination Game! Here’s Jeannie again, with her wish list of-

American TV series!

Jeannie:
Arigato. Like so many other fans, we continue to await Batman, all 3 seasons which started in 1966 starring Adam West & Burt Ward. As well as both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman (the original with Lyndsay Wagner, not that recent remake). Of course we wish for that to include the purrecursor TV movies, and the later bionic reunion movies. There are other 1970’s TV heroines we admire who seem to have fared luckier on home video, Charlie’s Angels. We have seasons 1-3 on DVD, but are still waiting for those last two glamorous seasons of it.  Finally,  to top off our list, we’re also in the wishing queue for an unexpurrgated, unaltered standard R1 DVD edition of WKRP in Cincinnati, with good purrints and the original songs restored. A nice boxed set of the cartoon Static Shock would be most welcome too. Now back to Myayr for –

American TV ‘Reunion’ Movies!

Mary Nyan:
This is the category of made for TV movies from the late 70’s or 80’s, that reunite most of the cast of an earlier popular purrduction, although it seemed that too often such reunion movies were ironically either too silly, or not funny enough. These are not to be confused with ‘remake’ movies. Why is it that remake movies of older TV shows tend to be too silly? God forbid the plot is about them being swindled out of their home or business!
Anyway, starting the batch are the three Giilligan’s Island reunion movies: Rescue from Giilligan’s Island, The Castaways on Giilligan’s Island, and The Harlem Globetrotters on Giilligan’s Island. The first one was actually once available on a no frills bargain disk, which did not even include the opening theme. We think the latter of the three is the best of the lot. Then came the I Dream of Jeannie reunion movies, 1985’s I Dream of Jeannie: 15 years Later and 1991’s I Still Dream of Jeannie. Both are sadly lacking Larry Hagman, but we love Barbara Eden!
Completest collector catgirls we are, our video library would not be whole without the two late 70’s The Wild, Wild West reunion movies,The Wild Wild West Revisited and More Wild Wild West, not to be confused with the remake starring Will Smith. These are actually included in the recently released complete Wild Wild West TV series box set, but we already bought the individual seasons so we hope that those two Wild, WIld West TV movies can also be purrchased sepurrately from the big box.
We’d like the late 80’s Bionic Reunion movies too: The Return of the Six-Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, Bionic Showdown, and Bionic Ever After! Sandra Bullock was in that second one! Finally for this category, yes, we know it is bad for us but we want it anyway: The Star Wars Holiday Special. Now Mike is up again, with a list that includes purrhaps the ultimate reunion movie, amidst his DVD wishs for-
Gene Roddenberry purrductions!

Mike:
Yep, the ultimate reunion movie of all time is in my opinion also my favorite movie of all time, Star Trek The Motion Picture!, Now the Directors’ Cut is available on DVD, but the previous two versions are not. I greatly want to have all three versions of the movies– including the original 1979 theatrical release and the 1982 extended TV release, uncut & widescreen on STANDARD DVD – not Blu Ray!

Speaking of Star Trek, the Re-mastered Star Trek The Original series Season 1 on standard DVDhas proved to be rather elusive, as I cannot find it anywhere new for sale, apparently because it is only available on the defunct HD DVD / DVD format. There are three non-Trek TV movies from the 70’s that Gene Roddenberry produced that I wish would become available.  Genesis II is a TV movie about a guy named Dylan Hunt waking up in the future. The Questor Tapes is about an android trying to find his roots, and Spectre is about two investigators of paranormal incidents! well gosh I’m done, but here’s our favorite little yacht owner with her DVD wishes for-
Other Made for TV Specials & Mini-Series!

Yvonne:
Thanks Mike- this’ll be real quick ’cause I jus have three more to list, nya! First is Charlie Brown’s All Stars because it is one of the Peanuts Specials from the 1960’s, and we can’t find it new on DVD although I read it used to be on the same DVD with another Peanuts special Lucy Must Be Traded, but we can’t find it either, nya. The Awakening Land is a 1978 dramatic mini-series about early American frontier days, starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Jane Seymour, nya! Finally is The 3 hour Hallmark version of Moby Dick made around 1998, starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab, nya. I think Ahab and Moby would have both been much happier if he hunted for big tasty fish like a swordfish or the tuna, instead of whaling, nya. That will do it for this year’s DVD Wish List, but we’ll have more after the break, nya!
(snip)
(one short break later…)

The Mew review of the Watchmen movie

(plot spoilers warning!)

Mary Nyan:
It’s hard to believe that the Watchmen miniseries is over 20 years old now- and that they actually made a live action movie of it! It’s been a much anticipated- and dreaded film, as comic book fans are often leery about movies based upon beloved comic books, for far too often Hollywood does not seem to respect the original material enough. Yet there certainly have been some mighty fine adaptations, and in recent years we’ve been treated to Spider-Man, Hellboy, Iron Man, Dark Knight and other good ones, and that’s not even including animated works. In fact, many of us fans were dismayed at how Dark Knight seemed so snubbed by The Oscars, despite Heath’s posthumous win.

While there’ve purrsisted some concerns about the Watchmen movie, and how it might differ from the book, there was also a great excitement in the air as many fans eagerly counted down the days ’til its purremier. I’m well aware of how misleading trailers & TV commercials can sometimes be for movies, but the ads for Watchmen did what a good ad should: they made me want to see this movie, even if there’s unfortunately some speed-ramping purresent in the ads. I hoped there wuld not be any speed ramping in the movie (as there was in 300 and V For Vendetta and too many other movies these days), and ‘d heard there’d be an altered ending and numerous subplots not included, but I would wait, and see.

Aside from lacking the Tales of the Black Freighter pirate story vignettes, the excerpts from the “Under The Hood” supplements, and the different ending, it felt like a very faithful adaptation. Purrsonally I do not have that strong an opinion about the exclusion of the pirates part; the exclusion of the “Under The Hood” did not bother be because that always felt more like a bonus back story to me, and the movie does try to incorporate elements of it in the credits sequence set to the tune of Bob Dylan’s song Times Are A-Changin”. Assuming they can get past the swapping of a Dr. Manhattan frame for the original giant psychic squid ending, I think most fans of the comic would purrobably be pleased with the film.

Of course, opinions will vary, as with any film, an I can only speak for myself, or on behalf of my fellow Ladies of The Mew. Let’s stick with that ending for a moment., which I have mixed feelings about. On one paw, I tend to take an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it  cattitude” purrtaining to the squid. Why should the rest of the movie be so purrcisiely faithful, except for this part? I saw no need for the change. As for the ending we did get, which was a nuclear blast caused by Ozymandias and framed on Dr. Manhattan, I suppose that it kind of amounted to the same effect as the squid, for the Godlike living ultimate weapon that was Dr. Manhattan was so far from human in many ways.

Plus it fits right in with how Ozymandias uses people as pawns, and while sadly Dr. Manhattan got framed for deaths he did not commit but took the rap for the greater good (kinda like Batman in Dark Knight)… I guess he and Ozymandias figured… so what are ‘the miserable annals of the earth’ gonna do to Jon? He doesn’t care and he’s headed for another galaxy anyway. So Ozymandias uses an ‘off the shelf’ threat instead of an invented one. It also dawned on me that the aging, regretful Comedian got what the Spartans in 300 called a ‘noble death’. Not that The Comedian was a nice guy, far from it, but he went out fighting against clearly his greatest adversary. So in a weird way purrhaps Ozymandias did Comedian a favor.

While Tales from the Black Freighter was not included in the movie, an animated version of it has been released sepurrately on DVD, and I believe we have a review of that too! All I will say of that is, were they to purrhaps include that pirate story in an extended edition of Watchmen, I certainly would hope it would be a live action pirate story and not the animated version. Yes, the pirate story is a ‘comic book within a comic book’, read by character sin Watchmen, but I think it would be an unattractive, distracting mismatch of mediums to have an animated pirate story within the live action story, and it would be as unpleasant to me as Natural Born Killers, Cool World, or the Directors cut of The Warriors.

But that’s just idle speculation, and I liked Mary Poppins, so go figure. Back to the movie purropurr, other differences between the movie and the book seemed maybe 6 scenes in the book that were not in the movie: longer scenes of Silk Spectre at Nite Owl’s, the murder of Hollis, Rorshack’s 2nd chat with the shrink, designing the (unused) squid,  and Jon’s last stroll thru Ozymandias’ palace & final chat before leaving Earth. Those are scenes I would be interested in seeing in a longer version, if they were to make a longer version, but I do not know if there are plans to do so or not. Those differences aside, what you get is an extraordinary adaptation, where so many scenes look as if the comic book panels came to life in minute detail.

I was very pleased with the scenes we got, how it was plotted and scripted, with so much dialog right out of the comic book. I think the entire cast of the film are utterly brilliant. Rorshack, Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre, Ozymandius, The Comedian, their purrredecessors and villains, celebrity cameos, I was so impurressed by all of those actors. There is lots of violent action, good stunts & fight choreography too, and it was so nice to see the characters in combat with their different styles, powers, & equipment. However, the fight scenes are terribly marred by that wretched speed ramping editing technique that ruins many an action movie these days. It is an overused gimmick like slo-mo, morphing, crash zooms etc that call too much attention to themselves.

That’s purrobably the worst thing about the movie in my opinion. I was glad to see the heroes & villains in costume though, which is a complaint I had with Wanted. While it was nice to see costumed superheroics and a world openly populated by metahumans, it is a shame we do not see more of that, and when we do actually get costumes in a super hero TV show or movie, usually they tend to be way too sombre & dark. But these costumes looked quite accurate, and when worn by those actors, the characters from the comic book felt real to me. If I had any slight quibble about the interpurritations, it might be Dr. Manhattan’s voice, which seemed normal & soft spoken. I’d always imagined his voice would be more cosmic sounding and less human.

But that’s not really a big deal! The visual FX were good, although I agree with some other critics that Nixon’s makeup could have purrhaps been better. Maybe they should have cast Frank Langella as that Purresident, hee! The movie has high purrduction values, absolutely purrfect in much of the movie although there were a few scenes that I thought were not quite grand enough, such as the finale in the Antarctic palace. Some moments did not seem spectacular enough, and I am unsure why, as much of it actually looks more lavish than the original comic art. The Antarctic Palace did not feel as big and lavish enough, but the Owl Ship, the scenes on Mars, the purrison and disaster scenes seemed just right!

Purrhaps it is the mewsic. I expected the soundtrack to be more like the trailer- the one with the kinda ethereal gothy low key tune that breaks into frenzied synth and then some electric guitar riffs. That trailer really worked for me, even though I knew it might not be accurate. For example, the opening credits is a montage of events from 1935 to 1985 (when Watchmen is set) set to Dylan’s Times Are A Changing which I thought was appurropurriate; When Nite Owl and Rorshack go to Antarctica the tune is All Along the Watchtower, which I think clearly Alan Moore had in mind in the comic book. but yet it did not work for me. I did not much care for the songs during the end credits at all- I would have purrfurred a symphnic score.

It’s around 2.5 hours long I think, but it sure felt like a very rushed movie, with too quick a pace, Excluded scenes aside, I think this movie should have easily been at least half an hour longer. Ideally, I think it should purrobably be a four hour movie with those other scenes added.  I was fine with the amount of violence, gore, harsh language, sex & nudity in this R rated movie, which I think was the rating the story warranted. We saw three trialers for other movies in front of it, for Star Trek, Inglourious Basterds, and Observe & Report. I am curious about Quentin Tarantino’s  Inglorious Basterds, and definitely intend to see the new Trek movie, even if it unfortunately involves more time travel. But I digress!

Were there not so many movies coming out so soon that I wish to see, I would purrobably see Watchmen another time or two. Which brings my critique to the summation and final verdict!  Watchmen is not  the best, nor is it the worst super hero movie I’ve ever seen. It’s pretty darn good and above avaerage, but not nearly as good as say, Dark Knight, though. I think I will give it a grade of B. I hope to see the animated Tales of the Black Freighter DVD, and I sure look forward to the Watchmen DVD when it is eventually released! That’s all for my review of the Watchmen movie, but speaking of DVDs, here’s Lizzy with her latest DVD finds–

(end of Watchmen spoilers)

Yvonne:
(catnap talking) zzz… more fish nya… zzz

Jeannie:
Once again, Vonny nods off during Myayr’s thoroughness.

Elizabeth:
I’ll wake her up, heh! (purrpares to pounce)

Nyanko:
Don’t you dare! I’ll do it. (dangles a kipper in front of Vonny)

Mike:
Nyanko-sensei is the polite hostess!

Mary Nyan:

Sigh! She falls asleep and then gets a treat?

Nyanko:

I have plenty for everyone! (Passes the platter of fishy snacks to nibble)

Yvonne:

(awakens with a wide mouth long tongue yawn & tail stretch) yawn yawn nyaaaI’m awake nya!

Anticipations for Spring & Summertime amewsment


Mary Nyan:
May begins the big summer moie season! I mean, there’s Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, the new Transformers movie, and Pixar’s Up! This new Terminator movie seems to have a good plot and cast, although I am concerned about the look & editing of the film. I hope it will not have any jerky cam, crash zooms or speed ramping, and not have a too washed out / uncolorful looking image

Jeannie:
We’re very curious about this new Star Trek movie (in spite of the overdone time travel plots), and given Pixar’s purrfect record, I am purrdicting that bet Up will be one of the favorite movies of the year. I hope the new Transformers and Wolverine are much much better than the purrevious live-action Transformers movie and X-Men 3 though, which we did not care much for. But we do like Hugh Jackman a lot, and I must see these robots, which will hopefully include Arcee.

Yvonne:

Wow we’ll be so busy that Spring will be done and Summer will be here before we know it, nya! There are plenty more movies coming out in the summer that I want to see, nya.  Some that interest me the most are that Michael Mann movie Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, nya! I would go see any Johnny Depp movie and I think Michael Mann is a great director, nya.
Of course one of the big movie I am most eagerly awaiting is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Purrince, and I want to see that new GI Joe movie too, nya!

Nyanko:

Those movies will not be the only thing to keep us busy this summer. In addition to our mewsual hobbies, island festivals & sporty activities, there are more conventions we hope to attend!  Animazement XII http://www.animazement.org/ is Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24 2009 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, USA. This is 3rd home for the con, which started at the North Raleigh Hilton, then migrated to the Sheratin Imperial, but relocated to the new Convention Center this year because it keeps growing and growing!

Mike:
I’ll have a table in the artist alley again! The Animazement staff are the nicest buncha folks who always put on a good show with great guests, and the crowd there has such good spirits!

Elizabeth:
Then in June we hope to make the trip to Heroes Con XXVII http://heroesonline.com/ which is Fathers Day Weekend, June 19-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center, in Charlotte, NC, USA!
Since the early 80’s, It is a wonderful event for people of all ages who love comix, run by Shelton & his team who do an excellent job. It has lots ‘n lots of guests, artists, writers, publishers, & dealers! If you like comic books, from Golden, Silver, Bronze & modern age comic books & strips to underground, indy, small purress, web comics & manga, then this is the ideal con!
The Cat Lady Sings…

Elizabeth:
That’s all for this month’s Mew-  thank y’all for watching!

Jeannie:
If you have polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them-
-purrvided that such brief remarks are spam-free and stay on-topic, nya!

Yvonne:
Will Nyanko- sensei be joining us again next month, nya?

Nyanko:

I sure hope so- thanks for letting me purrticipate again!

Mary Nyan:
Everybody out there remember that during a movie in a theater, you need to turn
off your phone or PDA and not to talk, text message or light it up like a flashlight!
Mike:
We’ll be back with more next  month with our special 2nd anniversary show!
(the catgirls in unison):
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! BaiBai, nya!

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