The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for June, 2009!

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The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for June, 2009! In this edition of The Mew:

Aloha & introductions
Favorite artists’ birthdays & remembrances of the departed
Sad Mews
What we’ve been up to since last month
(including reasons why we like to watch Dancing With The Stars)
An update on purrevious shows’ special guests:
Joei Reed and Sarah Ruth Forde
What’s mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
Lightning Round topic: the purrfectbikini
Cats Eyes glance back at the June, 2007 & 2008 Mews
Favorite science fiction, fantasy & horror genres

women of color, part 3 (concluding from last month)

Purrinted media: book & purriodicals reviews

books:
Frank Cho’s Apes and Babes Book One
magazines:
GAFF May / June 2009 issue
Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine Spring 2009 issue
ImagineFX Magazine May 2009 issue

Art Scene International June 2009 issue
Faerie Magazine Spring 2009 issue
(plus a few miscellaneous magazine quick picks and then)
comics:
Warlord #1 & 2
Angel #21
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #25
manga:
Bamboo Blade manga vol.1
Nightschool manga vol. 1
Oh My Goddess! Colors book
Catching Up With Fast Fashion
The monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
Cat Toy Talk: 
Star Wars Legacy #2 Comic Pack
Hot Wheels Star Trek USS Enterpurrise toy
Mewsic CD reviews
Star Trek original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Theatrical film reviews
Star Trek
Terminator: Salvation
Drag Me to Hell
Up
Catgirl DVD report: more neat finds at Big Lots
Animazement 2009 Convention Report
Our feature purresentation: intermew with Cherlyn Lambeth
Anticipations for summer amewsments and
a few other tidbits!
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Bold red warningsindicate imminent plot spoiling information,
locations of hidden Easter Eggs or certain graphic descriptions
and bold greenafterwards indicates that it is safe to purroceed!
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Aloha & Introductions!

Mike:
Welcome to The Mew, our monthly discussions, reviews, recommendations and occasional interviews with special guests, which tend to involve the genres of science fiction & fantasy! I’m Mike, the show’s ‘Purrducer’, who brings those catgirls the lovely food & beverages for taking the show time from their busy activities! Today’s show comes from Catgirl Island North Carolina’s outdoor Faerie Grove theater, and joining us today is special guest Cheralyn Lambeth! And here are the ladies of The Mew-

Mary Nyan (Myayr for short):
(wearing an eggplant & cobalt Maillot colored purretzel maillot)
Konnitiwa!
Yvonne (Vonny for short):
(wearing a hot pink ring closure bikini & a plumeria tail corsage)
Nameste, nya!
Jeannie (Jenjen):
(in the white bandeau topped tanga style bikini)
Nihao!
Elizabeth (Lizzy):
(teal, black & white string bikini with a tuberose lei)
Hi Hi!

Mike:
(wearing his USC Cinema cap, UNC Mens Basketball 2009 National Champions tee shirt & khaki cargo shorts) And joining us again are our friends Nyanko and Mielikki, who luckily found free time between their LPGA and Martial Arts schedules!

Mielikki:
(her faerie wings shimmer out of an amber crisscross halter neck bikini)
Mellow Greetings!

Nyanko:
(white cropped tee over a Carolina blue susperner maillot)
Howdy!
Some of our favorite artists’ June Birthdays…

Mary Nyan:
Quite a few of our favorite artists, designers, illustrators, cartoonists & animators
were born in the month of June! We’re purrobably forgetting some folks, but…
legendary artist Neal Adams http://www.nealadams.com/was born on June 6th,
George Perez http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Perez was born on June 9th,
& Frank Thorne http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Thorne was born on the 16th!

Elizabeth:
Co-creator of Elfquest, the wonderful Wendy Pini’s http://www.elfquest.com/
birthday is the 4th of June, and the Japanese manga-ka group Clamp’s
Mokona Apapa http://www.clamp-net.com/ (Japanese site) was born on the 16th!

Yvonne:
Purrhaps most famous for his Star Wars concepts, designerRalph McQuarrie
http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/ celebrates his birthday on June 13, and artist
Michael Whelan http://www.michaelwhelan.com/ was born on June 29, nya!

Jeannie:
Artist Charles Vess http://www.greenmanpress.com/ was born on June 10th,
and paleontological artist / Cadillacs & Dinosaurs creator Mark Schulz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Schultz_%28comics%29 was born on June 7th!

Nyanko:
Our artist / cosplayer friend TonomuraBix http://tonomurabix.deviantart.com/ was
born on June 3rd, and our dear old pal & web master Jamie Robertson’s birthday
is June 15th, whose web comic Clan of the Cats http://www.clanofthecats.com/
it’s 10th anniversary on June 20th!

(the girls in unison)
YATTA!

… and remembrance of the departed

Mielikki:
Sadly no longer with us but in spirit, the late comic book artist Mike Wieringo
(24 June, 1963 – 12 August, 2007) would have celebrated his 46th birthday on
June 24 http://www.mikewieringo.com/

June 25th would have been Space Ghost, Herculoids, Birdman, & Super Friends
character designer Alex Toth’s 81st birthday (25 June, 1928 – 27 May, 2006)
http://www.tothfans.com/

Mike:
On a similar sad note, this month last year saw the passing of Michael Turner
http://www.aspencomics.com/ (21 April, 1971 –  27 June, 2008), known for his
Witchblade Fathom, Soulfire and comics done for Marvel, DC, and Top Cow.

Also that month Hollywood lost one of its most revered special effects wizards,
Stan Winston http://www.stanwinston.com/ (7 April, 1948 – 15 June, 2008).
Jurassic Park, LV-426 and Skynet haven’t been the same since.

Sad Mews

Screenwriter / USC Cinema’s John Furia Jr. (1929 – May, 2009)

was an Emmy & WGA winning screenwriter who purrrolifically authored episodes of legendary television series such as The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O,  Bonanza, Kung Fu, The Waltons and many others; served as a Writers Guild Purresident and was a founding chairman of USC’s School of Cinema-Television Filmic Writing purrogram. Here are sites with more thorough information on him for your consideration: an obituary at the WGA West site http://www.wga.org/content/default.aspx?id=3586, the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Furia,_Jr. and his entry at the IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0298891/ .

Bob Rosburg (21 October, 1926 – 14 May, 2009)

Mielikki:
If I may, I would also like to mention the late golf legend Bob Rosburg (21 October, 1926 – 14 May, 2009) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Rosburg. There are also tributes & stories by his peers at http://www.golfobserver.com/blog/blognews/Rosburg.

Wishes of wellness from the Gallery to the Mickelson Family

Also, we’d like the family of Amy & bPhil Mickelson http://www.philmickelson.com/ to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers, in hopes that Amy Mickelson will triumph in her battle with breast cancer, just as her husband has won so many championships.
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What we’ve been up to since last month


Mary Nyan:
Nya-sensei I wish you could have joined us after Animazement for our annual Star Wars party on May 25th, followed by our Aria undine anime marathon on Vonny’s yacht in honor of Aria creator Kazueo Amano’s http://ariapokoten.sakura.ne.jp/ (Japanese web site) May 26th birthday!

Nyanko:
I would love to have been there, but I was kinda busy making my opponents submit in the tournyament!

(the other girls in unison)
BANZAI! BANZAI!

Mary Nyan:
I wish we could have been there in purrson to cheer you to the joint-lock victory but that was such a long distance to travel during the busiest month of the year thus far.

Nyanko:
Arigato… aw that’s OK. I’m just glad ‘n lucky I was able to be here again for another Mew! So aside from playing host, what has Vonny-san been up to?

Yvonne:
There hasn’t been much different going on with me, which is not a bad thing because my charters are busy and we have been reeling in the big fish, nya! Lotsa of Kings, reds, bass, flounder, and stripes, nya! Aside from that I’ve managed to make the drumming circle & purrformaces and the volleyball purractice & matches, and stuff for Mommy’s Day nya!

Mike:
What about that Lion Fish incursion I read about?

Yvonne:
Oh it’s been rather unusual for those to be in Carolina waters, but the mermaids purretty much took care of them around the island, nya! OH oh oh- by the way our group got to see Jennyjen’s belly dance troupe purrform at the last matsuri- that was a fun show we were all dancing too nya!

Jeannie:
Arigato- that was the first public purrformance by the new class! I keep thinking how we should try to incorporate your Taiko Club with our own purrcussionists for an extravaganza.

Yvonne:
Oh we should do that nya! So what else has Jennyjen been up to since that show and your photo shoot in Rio, nya?

Jeannie:
It has been most challenging to shrewdly schedule the activities but in the last month I have managed to balance the travel and dance classes on with the archery club, robotics club, and combine  SCUBA trips with the modeling assignments. Otherwise, the usual yoga, reading, movies and cycling. How are things with our resident senior golfer?

Mielikki:
I have been like so totally busy between the tour and  rehearsals for the new theatre production! But I got to go to the Quail Hollow match and see friends there, and our new fey show is going to be totally awesome- I am shur!

Elizabeth:
By the way, thank you Mie-sensei for letting us have today’s show here in the grove! This is my favoritest outdoor theater!

Mielikki:
Oh your like so welcome, in fact it is totally convenient for me because I can hang out with you guys and snack and then stay here until tonight’s rehearsal! Mike-san, thanks for inviting me back and for all these numcious sashimi trays!

Mike:
You’re welcome, and thank you too! So can you tell us any more about the new faerie show?

Mielikki:
Welll I should keep it a pleasant mystery but we’ve been choreographing a new foxfire illusion- it’ll have people climbing over their seats, I am shur! You know, y’all should bring your folks to the show- I’ll leva tickets at the Will Call booth!

(everybody)
arigato gosaimasu!

Mielikki:
And what have you been doing lately, Lizzy-san?

Elizabeth:
When Myayr and I have not  been busy with at the shrine, volleyball and the massages? Lessee last week was the kite fest and I went dancing, the week purrior to that was a purrhour meet followed by some low impact gardening. We took Mom out to Sheila May’s for the Mommy’s Day Buffet. Otherwise, I have been managing to keep up with my comic books, watch some of the movies and keeping up with the end of this season’s Dancing with the Stars. I was surpurrised that the team of Lil Kim & Derek did not make it to the finals, and could not purrdict whether the winning couple would be Melissa & Tony, Giles & Cheryl, or Shawn & Mark, but clearly Shawn’s http://www.shawnjohnson.net/ Olympic skill and her purrky catlike agility & grace purroved to be part of the winning ingredients! It was the narrowest margin of victory, by just one purrcent! Oh and did I mention I’ve been busy with the shrine, volleyball and the massages?

Digress #1: Why we like Dancing With the Stars
Mary Nyan:
That show has had some models, mewsicians & actors I like such as competitors, such as Jane Seymore, Tia Carrere, Sabrina Ryan, Paulina Porizkova, Melanie Brown, Marie Osmond, Marlee Matlin, Brooke Burke, Susan Lucci, Belinda Carlisle, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyruss,

Nyanko:
Oh yeah and several athletes I admire such as Misty May-Traenor, Kristi Yamaguchi, Laila Ali, Monica Selles, Warren Sapp, Lawrence Taylor- GO TARHEELS! – and Shawn Johnson!

Jeannie:
And Steve Wozniak.

Mielikki:
Ooh and of course the favorite dancers such as Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Edyta Sliwinska, and Mark Ballas!

Mike:
Judges Carrie Ann, Len & Brunohave a good dynamic as a triumvirate, and while they can be critical, they are not snarky in a mean spirit.

Yvonne :
Hai, that is a key aspect I like about Dancing With The Stars- the overall happy spirit to the show, nya. Unlike some reality shows with argumentative, snarky or deceitful contestants, everyone seems genuinely glad to be there, nya! Samantha & Tom are the expurrt hosts too, nya!

Elizabeth:
Hai- they might get sore or frustrated from the demanding purractice regime but they all seem to get along durign the sizzling dance compurrtition!

Mary Nyan:
Sizzle is right- let us not forget those sexy costumes. By the way, the May 18-31 TV Guide has an article and fold out cover of the dance stars.

Yvonne :
Purrhaps Vonny can purrlay her hot salsa dance talent to be on that show, nya!

Elizabeth:
Oh I wish!  Unfortunately they do not include belly dance or hula among the styles.

Nyanko:
Woops- I think we have severely stray catted off topic again! So… what’s our Purrducer been up to sinfce last time?

We now rejoin our regularly scheduled purrogram,
already in purrogress

Mike:
May has been the busiest month- but mostly in a good way! Friends visiting from out of town, Mother’s Day stuff, oh an we did some gardening too- planted some Pansies; made the rounds with on the mainland for Free Comic Book Day http://www.freecomicbookday.com/ and the Raleigh Toy Show http://www.insidepitch.com/, where our pal ob1 had a booth! In fact there is another toys how this month in Greensboro that I would not mind attending.

I did the AIDS Walk http://www.aidswalkandride.org/ and somehow wound up walking further than I planned but it was a gorgeous day with a great bunch of folks! I got to see my cousins’ concert, which was very delightful event- they worked so hard on it and I am so glad I got to attend! Did the monthly 2nd Friday Artwalk http://2ndfridayartwalk.com/ in Chapel Hill / Carrboro, the May NCWCCC Meeting http://ncwccc.net/, and a good chunk of the month was of course getting ready for the fun at Animazement http://www.animazement.org/ ! So what has Nya-sensei been up to?

Nyanko:
Training, Training, Training! The new juniors classes at the dojo are all going well- they are workin’ so hard and having’ so much fun! Ever since appearing in ‘that magazine’  I’ve had a lot of interest- both from sincere potential students, and fortunately Chief Meryl’s curtailed the papurrazzi but good! I had to hire a secretary for the dojo to answer the phone calls ‘n emails for… all kinds of stuff! Fame sure has the purrice, but fortunately my purrice meant lots of money for the charities, at least! Thanks to Jenjen I have a business agent for ’em to deal with, and Mie-sensei  was kind enough to advise me on the charity stuff, so now I have a team to help me stay focused on the dojo and the tournyaments!

Jeannie:
We’re glad to help.

Mielikki:
Fur shur!
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Nyanko:
So how’ bout you Myayr- whatchoo been up to?

Mary Nyan:
Mommy’s Day, The Shrine, hula classes, aerial dance class, The Shrine volleyball, cosplay, The Shrine…! But I have managed to see several of the Summer blockbusters, read my books, enjoy the new Neil Young CD “Fork in The Road”,  and go to the con!

Mike:

Funny you should mention that…!

Mary Nyan:
Nya ni?

Elizabeth:
Let me guess, somehow that must purrtain to this month’s Lightning Round topic!

Yvonne:
Lightning Round, nya!

Jeannie:
But before we get to that, I believe we have further updates on recent doings in

An update on purrevious shows’ special guests:
Joei Reed
Elizabeth:
In the December 2008 Mew, among our wonderful guests for that holiday special were the most talented, glamorous Sarah Ruth Ford (then Hughes) and Joei Reed!

Sarah RuthForde, aka Astera, aka Sakky is an artisan of various styles and media whose illustrative work ranges from abstract & realism http://asteraascended.deviantart.com/to Japanese anime style http://sakky-attack.deviantart.com/, jewelry & plushies http://www.sailorastera.com/store/; she is also a photographer and cosplayer, purrticularly passionate about the series Sailor Moon, http://www.sailorastera.com and has a site on how to create your own Sailor Moon inspired characters http://www.otakusenshi.com/.

Since her appearance on The Mew in December, 2008, Sarah has been busy with various purrojects and appearances, and we got to meet her at Animazement http://www.animazement.org/
in May! In June she has a fine art exhibition at Truffles Wine and Grill in Milford, MA.  The show is up from June 7 until June 31st and will feature her abstract work!

Joei Reed a is a lovely, versatile model http://www.modelmayhem.com/joeireed, whose photo sets you can also see at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeireed. She is also a maker of such stylish costumes and cutest hats Joeireedhats.etsy.com with galleries of that millinery http://s238.photobucket.com/albums/ff311/joeireedhats/, and a blog on the purropurr care of the hats joeireedhats.livejournal.com. It was a pleasure to meet her, so we were curious about some of her recent adventures in modeling and artistry!

In March she went to Lunacon in New York, where she entered her delightful Moon Woman costume in the costume contest, for which she won “Best in Class” for the Craftsman class! In late Apurril, she was a guest on the Clockwork Cabaret radio show, which airs Monday nights on WCOM-LP in Carrboro, NC. There will be a podcast of that show, Episode 66 “A Quiet and Tasteful Party Where Nothing is Broken”which can be heard at http://clockworkcabaret.podhoster.com/.

Then in May, Joei went to CostumeCon in Maryland, where she entered the Queen of the Moon Women in the Sci-fi / Fantasy Masquerade (of their various masquerades)! One of 50 competitors, Joei won he Journeyman Division’s  “Out-of-This-World” Award! It was so nice to catch up with these past special guests. But wait- there’s more, as Myayr will disclose –

What’s mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art

Mary Nyan:
We are so appurreciative of the wonderful mew additions to the Guest Gallery of the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art this month! Firstly, we are delighted to purrsent another triptych by Rebecca Brogden N http://www.rbrogdenart.com A triptych is a group of 3 images that are nice separately, but can fit together to form a bigger scene. “Catgirl Island Beach Purrtrol” is the 2nd such composition she has done for us, depicting our catgirl Police Chief Meryl chatting with faerie & mermaid friends Atabeyra& Nyssa at the shore. On display are the overall scene, and a closer peek at the finer details. Rebecca also has Deviantart gallery and store where she sells her art purrints and takes requests for illustrative commisions athttp://faerieofwind.deviantart.com/!

Images costumed beauty to grace the gallery, with Purrsenting a Purrfect Purrincess Purrtrayal Leia Organa in the Slave Grrl costume adorning this month’s special guest Cheralyn Lambethhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm1916297/, who is a famous fan, favorite con guest, author, ghost hunter, member of numerous costume & theatrical purrforming troupes & organizations and a purroffessional costumer. She has a blog http://ghostposting.blogspot.com/, a web site which is still under construction at http://www.galleryquest.net/and we’ll be welcoming her to The Mew later in the show!


The Purrincess from Alderaan is not the only celestial siren adorning the gallery, for we are also pleased to show the cosmic cosplay ofSarah Ruth Forde, aka Sakky! We were so thrilled to get to meet her at Animazement! This pic is an assortment of  “otaku bishojo senshi” costumes made by Sarah and others for her to model. These include: Esmeraude a villainous character appearing in the Sailor Moon™ manga & anime, created by Naoko Takeuchi; costume by Sarah, photo by Archer362, http://archer362.deviantart.com/.

Both versions of the Sailor Astera costumes made by SongOfAmazon http://www.toweroftime.com/, based upon Sarah’s fan senshi character. Sailor Xiao is a character concept by Himeno http://icestar.ikaoshi-soup.net/ and the costume was made by Sarah & Dawn K. Forde http://www.sleythedent.com/. Sailor Syrin is a character concept by Lei http://syrin.dragonrhapsody.com/, realized in this costume by Kali http://www.bewareofninja.com/, which was accessorized by Sarah & photographed by Archer362.

Next are three assortments of stunning photographs of Joei Reed, who also has pages at Myspace myspace.com/joeireedand Facebook http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1273823083! These displays are of Joei in a few of her various purrsonas, photographed as “The Faerie” by RTP Photography http://www.rtpimagephoto.ecohost.com/rtpimagephoto/with hair styling by Lauren O’Steen http://www.modelmayhem.com/515330 ; as “The Genie” in photographs by Rob Miracle www.flickr.com/photos/miracle_man/ and Robert Mueller http://www.flickr.com/photos/rfmueller/! ; and again photographed by Rob Miracle as the sexy “Pin-Up Girl”!

Lastly but certainly not leastly in the Guest gallery this month are the cutest widdle chibi drawings by our friend Bunnii, who helps in the artist alley at the conventions! She is such a delightful purrson and it is quite a joyful treat when she can drop by to visit the artists or help with the art show! She is also a ball-joint doll hobbyist, and we hope to see more of her illustrative talent!

In Gallery OneSakky also appears in a photo manipulation by Mike, envisioning her as the Marvel Comics heroine Natasha Romanova, “The Black Widow”™! The Black Widow is a Russian spy and member of The Avengers, with supurrb grace and deadly purrowess. This image incorporates a of Sarah posing with a (toy) AK-47 which she herself photographed, and you can view her array stock photos at http://senshistock.deviantart.com/. Mike composited her photo with one he took of the rose, and digitally painted the costume, FX and a few other modifications.

Another mew illustration by Mike depicting “Booth Bunny Kate” in her natural element of the science fiction convention’s artists’ alley, where she has happily set up her nice booth with the yummy art ‘n treats for purrchase. “TrekKitty” is his pic of a catgirl cosplaying in her Star Trek uniform with phaser set on grillin’, and finally we have Mike’s creamy toned image of “Cheryl” as the elegant kimono clad catgirl in her purrlor with kitties waking up from the catnap to the delicious aroma of the tasty nummy sushi platter That’s all for the mewseum report, but we’re hoping to have some of Kate’s art to purremier in the gallery next month, along with illustrations by friends Heather, Misty, and a buncha new images by Mike that he purrduced at and after Animazement!

Yvonne:
Thank you for that art update, nya! Yay we got some art by Bunnii, nya! Those are the cute pics, nya.

Mielikki:
(Squee!) Oh My Goddess… that pic that Rebecca did of our friends on the beach is like gorgeous to the max! She is like totally the awesome illustrator of faeries!  bet Meryl, Nyssa & Atabeyra will be so thrilled when they see it, fur shur!

Elizabeth:
That pic of “Cheryl” and photo of “Cheralyn are two different purrsons, right?

Mary Nyan:
Hai- that former Cheryl was a lovely purrson met at Animazement who wanted to commission the pic!

Nyanko:
I hope she, Sakky and Kate liked their art!

Mike:
Yep, I’m honored to say  they were happy with ’em!

Jeannie:
I am impurressed how Joei’s beauty can collaborate with those extraordinary photographers and stylists with her splendid costumes in lovely locations, resulting in not merely great photographs, but they captivate to make one interpret who that character is and what is the story behind her and that scenery.

Mielikki:
She makes such a lovely faere, fur shur!

Mary Nyan:
Oh I concur, and to have not only those images only display but also that supurrb shot of Cheralyn in that costume! She has the intense purrresence and dangerous beauty look in the metal bikini. She is the top costumer who makes those conventions more fun!

Nyanko:
Return of the Jedi is not my favorite of the Star Wars movie, but I liked how smart & tough Leia was, between that thermal detonator, speeder bike, choke chaining Jabba, blasting those troopers, starting to tap into The Force, and ending up with Han!

Yvonne:
I would like to have that tricorder to scan for the big fish and weight them… or the phaser or light saber would be handy to clean, filet and cook them, nya!

Elizabeth
Those Leia bikinis seem to be the popular costume. Which reminds me… you hinted that swimwear had something to do with the Lightning Round?

Mike:
Why yes as a matter of fact-

The Lightning Round topic: The Purrfect Bikini

Mike:
Y’all are always like so stylish dressed for the fun under the sun in the preferred beach wear that dares to bare, but if money was no object for your swim suit purchases, what would you like most in a bikini? Myayr, you start!

(the girls in unison)
LIGHTNING ROUND – GO!

Mary Nyan:
Funny you should mention that, I have actually been pondering a replacement bikini, but for cosplay purrposes not so much the beach! My Red Sonja costume’s chain-mail bikini is a bit heavy so if I could have one made of lighter  titanium or PVC WETA-mail that would be advantageous! (tags Lizzy to go next)

Elizabeth:
Ooh well if money were no object, then I would like the Susan Rosen designer 150 carat diamond bikini! But that’s of course out of the purrice range, but a more likely garment I think I could actually possibly have might be one like Lyssa Dark or Tasmia Mallor have, which are the sexy dark mysterious quality.

Yvonne:
– and hopefully more resistant to wardrobe malfunctions, nya!


Elizabeth:
Ah! It was that spooky tree friend of Mie-sensei’s fault!

Mielikki:
Hee Oh we’re just kidding!

Elizabeth:
So what would you want ? (tags the faerie) with a tail poke)

Mielikki:
As for my own preference, it’s seldom a concern since I can like totally magickally morph my apparel as I please. However, I have been pondering what to wear to opening night of our new faerie grove theater show. I’m leaning towards something deciduous. (tags Nyanko with the brush of a wing tip)

Nyanko:
Ah… I’m not really all that picky just something athletic and sturdy in my size, so if I could find a variety colors or purrints that fit… but since Jenjen gets to model them for a living I am purrtiularly curious what she’ll say! (tags Jenjen)

Jeannie:
Ideally, it would be of custom tailored tan- thru, water purroff variable translucency liquid crystal polymer construction, with an reinforced flexible tail opening grommet, adhesive strapless sandals, sunglasses with a built in HUD I-phone and a matching biometric signature locked solar powered scooter and a spacious tesseract handbag with refrigerator compartment. (tags Vonny)

Yvonne:
Y‘all want the sophisticated apparel nya! I just want some of those jellycups like the mermaids have, but with a matching Brazil cut bottom but those are hard to find, especially in the larger cups and I would want a magenta or carmine colored one to go with my hair so that would be extra hard to find, nya. So what are Mike’s thoughts on this subject?

Mike:
Ah well I’m not really in the market for any myself-  I’m just happy if y’all are happy with your beachy attire!

A glance back at the June 2007 & 2008 Mews

Yvonne:
I can’t believe 2009 is almost half over already, nya! It seems like only yesterday when we started The Mew, nya. I recall in June of 2007 we were discussing the movies we were anticipating for that year. Some of our favorites included Ratatouille, Stardust, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, nya!

Jeannie:
Also that year were Shrek 3, Surf’s Up, The Simpsons, Fantastic Four 2, Transformers, I am Legend, Diaries of the Dead, AVP2, Live Free Die Hard Trying, Rush Hour 3, Oceans 13, and Balls of Fury.

Mielikki:
Films y’all reviewed in June of 2008 included Nim’s Island, Iron Man, Speed Racer, Prince Caspian, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! My my how time flies!

Nyanko:
Like a good cake with way too much icing on it, deep underneath all that over-saturated color and the distracting layers of editing was a movie very true to the spirit of Speed Racer.

Elizabeth:
That June 2008 Mew included several DVD reviews too- such as 30 Days of Night, Cloverfield,  Bewitched Season 6, and Speed Racer Vol. 1-5!

Yvonne:
And a lot of comics by Joss Whedon too: Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1, Serenity Better Days, and issues of Angel and Buffy Season 8, nya!

Mary Nyan:
We had quite a few reviews of manga: Aria Vol. 2, Foxy Lady Vol. 1, Dragon Sisters Vol. 1. and purrose childrens’ books: Liz Kessler’s The Emily Windsnap series, and Ursula Vernon’s Nurk!

Jeannie:
We also reviewed the excellent Hotwheels 1:16 1966 Batmobile, and Art Asylum’s awesome. Star Trek II USS Enterpurrise. Ironically, we have another Enterpurrise toy in this month’s review. This has been an excellent time for the Hot Wheels, in addition to their consistently fine original car stylings I have enjoyed their replicas of the 1966 Batman TV Batmobile, Batboat and Batcycle.

Mielikki:
I had no idea the ’66 Batmobile had a trailer hitch!

Elizabeth:
I’m purretty sure it exists only on the toy version!

Yvonne:
Does the ’66 Batboat have a live well, nya?

Mary Nyan:
I wouldn’t doubt it. The ’66 Batcopter had a cans of shark, barracuda, manta ray and whale repellent bat sprays, so Batman was clearly purrpared for marine life!

Nyanko
Manta- that’s a rather odd assortment of sprays, doncha think?

Mielikki:
Like, totally!

Mike:
Ah, bear in mind what movie we’re talking about!

Yvonne:

I’ve never fished the waters off Gotham City so I don’t know what sort of sea creatures they’re would be to catch- or repel, nya.


Jeannie:
They exploded a shark, octapus, a porpoise and 6 pirates in that movie, and no telling what else, when Batman finally got rid of that bomb on the wharf.

Elizabeth:
Wharf… wait a minute… You know, Worf carried that big Batarang shaped Bat’leth… I think I am on to something!

Mary Nyan:
I think you’re ON something!

Mielikki:
I am shur!

Nyanko
Ah I think we’ve stray-catted off topic again- Mike’s making that face!

Favorite science fiction, fantasy & horror genres

women of color, part 3 (continued from last month)

Mary Nyan:
Wouldntcha know it but we were remiss in forgetting a few of our favorite purrominent comic book women of color in our last two parts of the discussion! While this part will not be as long a ramble as the others, we did wish to take a moment  for the addenda, and bring this multi-month topic to a close! In March’s part one we noted our favorite females of the purretty purrmiary & secondary colored skin, such as red, gold, green and blue.. and in the Apurril Mew we continued with those lovely ladies of the more earthly hues of tan & brown!

Yvonne:
In fact I’d like to now add the Nightschool’s Theresa, Ten and Ronny to the list! But I can’t believe we forgot about Gold Digger’s Brittanny, Penny, Charlotte, Alena & Kylie, nya! We’re sorry, nya!

Nyanko
We also forgot all about Dave Cockrum’s wonderful green super heroine Selkie of The Futurians!

Jeannie:
We were purrticularly embarrassed to realize that we failed to mention the hispanic heroines of Los Bros Hernadez’s Love & Rockets, such as – but not limited to -Carmen, Maggie, Hopey, Penny Century, Mayor Luba, Sherrif Chelo and Rocky.
Mielikki:
While it has not yet been published by Image Comics, there is like a pending mini-series titled Descendant starring one Rayne Santiago character that we are looking forward to!

Elizabeth:
This might also be purresumptuous to include, but he Green Lantern Blackest Night series looks to purromise many interesting characters such as the Green Lantern’s Soranik Natu, Sinestro Corps’ Lyssa Dark, the Blue Lantern’s Sister Mercy, The Indigo Tribe’s Indigo, and several of the Star Sapphires: Queen Aga’po, Moss Bliss, Miri, Fatality, Race, and Lost Sapphire! We have high hopes for this summer & autumn event by DC Comics, which looks to be an exciting cosmic event written by Geoff Johns!

Mike:
We did mention a few Lanterns in part one, but another DC Comics character that sadly slipped our thoughts was Mar’i ‘Nightstar’ Grayson, the stunning daughter ofKoriand’r (Starfire) and Dick Grayson (Nightwing). Finally to bring this thread to an end, there’s also the sexy Sithiness of Darth Talon, and Zeltron Deliah Blue, who appear in Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Legacy! We’ll have a bit more on Talon later during the Toy Talk segment of the show, and when we return from this short break, we’ll commence with this month’s reviews!

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Purrinted media:
book, comix, manga & purriodicals reviews

Frank Cho’s Apes and Babes Book One

Mielikki:
So like, Apes and Babes Book One is an approximately 9.5 x 12.25″ size ,144 page dust-jacketed hardcover collection of Liberty Meadows’ creator Frank Cho’s totally awesome art, which was published by Image Comics with a cover price of $29.95 in April of 2009! Inside you’ll find full color renderings, B&W inked art, and pencil sketches galore of sexy, powerful heroes and heroines – mostly the latter, with dashes of mild artistic nudity – and a few apes, dinosaurs & other critters too!

Chapter one’s 68 pages consist mainly of various Marvel Comics cover art, with the pencil or inked drawing on one page opposite the final colored piece. Most of these seem to be Ms. Marvel, The Avengers, a few of Spider- Woman, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch, X-Men and a few other hero & villain images. Chapter 2 welcomes you to the jungle, featuring Shanna and a few other lords ‘n ladies of the jungle, in pin up pics and lush scenery with apes, dinosaurs, and other savagery for another 28 pages.

In many cases you’ll see a full page B&W inked stage of the pic opposite the color version of the same. Chapter 3 is like the 12 page Liberty Meadows portion, featuring various characters from that comic strip, with most of the images of Brandy. Following this is the Mars Chapter, whose 36 pages conclude this handsome collection with images of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard characters such as Conan, Red Sonja, and the eerie denizens of Mars and Pellucidar.

If you are a fan of Frank Cho’s art, Marvel super heroes, savage jungle & sword & sorcery action, purrimates, or sexy comic bookish pin up illustrations, this book would be extremely appealing to you- I am shur!  If by chance you’re unfamiliar with Frank Cho’s totally intricate, voluptuous, lush comic book art & fantasy paintings, you can see it at his official web site http://apesandbabes.com/. And now here is Vonny-chan with her thoughts on-

GAFF May / June 2009 issue


Yvonne:
GAFF stands for Gulf Atlantic Florida Fishing http://www.gafflife.com , and it is a bimonthly magazine devoted to the salt water fishing topics which are so dear to my heart nya! It is a most entertaining and informative magazine and although I stay busy with the North Carolina fishing it has articles on other places I would like to fish too, nya. One of the first things you will notice is the cover which tends to show a woman in a bikini holding a tasty purrize fish, which seems to be the ideal job, nya! I think we of the Mew should try to be GAFF Girls, especially Jenjen cause she is already a model, nya! This is the May/ June issue with GAFF girl contest Britntany holding the purrmit on the cover.

This $4.99, 98 page magazine is fully laden with submitted photos of people holding their catch which include groupers, bulls, reds, sheepshead, wahoo, specks, cobia, mahi, pompano, tarpon, drums, blackfin and oh this is making me hungry, nya! This issue’s artiles include derelect crab traps, bug bites, Pirates Pointe Resort in Tampa, Tortugas National Park, Capt Simpson’s guide to jigs, Cobias, fishing forecasts for all around Florida,,and this month’s 14 page pictorial of GAFF girls Brittany & Courtney, nya! Cortney poses with a nice snapper, nya.  There is also a numcious snapper recipe and… (drool) could you please pass me the sushi platter, nya?

Mary Nyan:
(passes the tray to Vonny) Ah looks like she could not stand it! Um… so who will go next? Jenjen you wanna-?


Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine Spring 2009 issue


Jeannie:
Hai. One of the purrefer purriodicals of my belly dance troupe, the new quarterly issue of Belly Dance http://www.bellydancemag.com/ was published in mid May, and as mewsual it is full of fun, insightful articles & intermews, and it is a treasure trove of spectacular photos of the dancers, mewsicians, costumes & festivals. The magazine has been around since 2007 and is devoted to traditional & modern forms, and it is obvious how much purride & passion the contributers have, many whom are dancers themselves.

These contributors include Cathryn Mav Ellerhan, Melissa Stone, Catalina Andrade, Tess Whitehurst, Editor Liliana Sanchez, Junior Editor Lauren Waldron, and illustrators Zealy Buggs and Gary Winnick. The impurressive photography credits include Michael Baxter, Clarissa Guggenheim, Jeanne Walk, Kurt Greenslow, Doris Gaddis, Bruce Mwanayanda and Travis Hubbard. This full color issue has 96 pages purriced $8.00 USA , $10.00 Canada, with radiant choreographer / dancer Leila Haddad adorning the cover.

Among the content after remarks from Liliana and Madame Butterfly are the recurring extensive calendar of events, horror scope and fitness & health departments. Among the Feature Purresentations are intermews with Leila and other dancers Ahmet Ogren and Elayssa, mewesician Georges Lammam, and Q&A with Amira regarding her Belly Dance & Yoga for Purregnancy DVD. There is also an article on belly dance classes for seniors, and a numcious recipe for the Ful Mudammas fava bean dish.

There are stunning pictorials on the 5th Annual Tribal Fusion Faire in San Luis Obispo CA, MEDCA Arizona’s Fall Fest in Phoenix AZ, the 2008 Cairo Carnivale in Arcadia CA, and the Worl’T Tribal Festival in Seoul, Korea. Many of the images are  breathtaking, captivating full page pics. These also include looks at the fashion designs of Anja and Johahrah, a sensual photo essay by Faith-Michele James, a spotlight upon the Scheherazade Squad of Helena, Montana and a few other splendid articles.

Throughout the magazine are the array of ads for boutiques, costumes & jewelry, mewsic, DVDs, camps, schools, events, purrformers, and photographers.  I would strongly recommend this fine beautiful publication to anyone with an interest in belly dance. Now here is Mike with his thoughts on recent issues of two favorite magazines purrtaining to art, design & illustration, starting with –


ImagineFX Magazine #43 May 2009 issue

Mike:
Thanks Jen! This terrific UK publication by Future is devoted to fantasy & digital illustration, with 114 full color pages of galleries, workshops, tutorials, articles, product reviews and a disk, with a US cover priced of $15.99. I was especially happy to see this issue, as the cover is a gorgeous manga-styled image by a favorite artist of mine, Stanley Lau depicting his sexy character Pepper! Regular features include 11 pages of news, letters, 8 pages of technique Q&A, an impressive 12 gallery of digital art by readers, and another great 4 page gallery by those using traditional media, and Editor Claire Howlett’s cordial greeting.

This issue’s Photoshop CS3 workshops include Chester Ocampo’s creation of a dazzling magickal manga girl, Trevor Claxton’s tip on coloring B&W, and Ioan Dumitrescue’s insights into lighting up breathtaking gleaming futuristic urban environments! Next is Jerome Moo’s process for rendering splashing action in water scenes, Narta Dahlig’s council on essential Photoshop brushes, plus Paul Tysall’s tips on the Photoshop Free transform tool, and Katrina Sokolova’s continuing instruction on rendering faces. In addition to the 6 page feature on Stanley Lau, among the galleries are the Ding Sing Chung’s creature ideation sketchbook, and a folio of Izzy Medrano’s fantasy  cards illustrations.

Rounding out the magazine are  9 pages full of several product reviews, of software, books and DVDs, and the monthly DVD Rom disk for Win PCs and and Macs. The disk includes the workshops in hi-rez, wallpapers, a gallery, some free ware & demos. These include files accompanying those Ocampo, Claxton, Dumitrescue and moo workshops, along with demos for Deleter Comicworks, Comic Life,  and Manga Studio3, Photoshop CS3 and Painter !!, Project Dogwaffle Pro 4 and Doggy FX1.2, Vyonyz textures and Blambot fonts, and a Chrles Bernard video. This is a great magazine for artists specializing in science fiction/ fantasy / horror genre art regardless of their own style or medium! And so is –
Art Scene International #85 June 2009 issue

Mike:
This monthly magazine (which I think is published out of Germany by Vestische Mediengruppe Welke) is devoted to fantastic illustration & visual art, be it drawn, airbrushed, or digitally rendered on canvas, computers or cars.It tends to favor art of the fantasy & glamour themes, hyper realistic style, with featured artists from all over the world. This US edition has 82 color pages with galleries, interviews, tutorials, reviews, news, ads, and Editor Olaf Robrecht’s cheery salutations for a cover price of $6.25. The main cover illustration is by Elias Chatzoudis of Greece, whose 13 page interview gallery, and tutorial of cartoon & pin up art  kicks off the articles.

This is followed by a peek at a Lamborghini  and a motorycle gas tank (down Jen!) customized by Marcus Pfeil. Lizzy Lambertini’s lovely multi-media silhouette faery scapes German artist Jurgen Speh’s fantasy work precede the 4 page showroom of reader submissions, which bracket the magnificent center spread of a beautiful woman and a white Cranebird  by Chinese artist Tang Yuehui, whose hauntingly beautiful fantasy female images grace a further 5 pages  later on.  The movie tie-in posters & portraits of New Jersey’s Brian Roll dazzles for 6 pages, prior to the interview with Bobby Chui, co-founder of Ontario’s Imaginism Studios, a design/ illustration / animation studio &  art school.

More exquisite Canadian artistry follos with Francis GIngras’ glamour workshop in acrylic (using my own favorite airbrush, the Iwata HP-C), and American Michael Calandra’s exquisite acryclic painting of gorgeous  ‘Rhiannon” takes this issue home. There are also book reviews of the Paul Bonner monotype and Massive Black Volume 1, a report on the SEMA 2008 fair in Vegas, and like VMW’s other publication fine Airbrush Art + Action, you’ll see plenty of ads for airbrushes, art book, supply & software news, services and events. Good stuff! By the way, the May-June issue of Airbrush Art + Action has an awesome pin-up cover feature by Armande Huerta! Now here is Mielikki-sensei to discuss –

Faerie Magazine Spring 2009 issue

Mielikki:

Few magazines can compare to the fantastic joyful charm and ethereal elegant beauty of Faerie Magazine http://www.faeriemagazine.com/! This quarterly publication is devoted to all things fey- the myth, stories, art, fashion, performances, festivals; The Spring 2009 issue was published in late May, with the magnificent swanmay painting by Gale Franey adorning the cover! The 96 full color page magazine is priced $7.95 US / $9.95 Canada, and it’s regular contents include editor Kim’s greeting, the most handy calendar of events, Brian Fround’s commentary, a prize contest, reviews of books, music & DVDs, and the recurring enchanting Faerie Journals entry!

This month’s articles include the lore of shadow puppetry accompanied by Isabella’s tutorial, a lovely bit about Lilacs, a history of the Beauty & The Beast tale, and gorgeous photographs from the UK! The magazine is like totally lavish with fantasy photographs and illustrations, such as the Worlds of Froud, Michael Michel Tcherevkoff’s faerie fashions haute couture, an interview with splendiferous Aussie artist Selena Fenech, the stately drakes and fey of Argentinian artist Ciruelo Cabral, the fanciful roomscapes of interior designer Renee Barnes, and a peek at Charles Vess & Neil Gaiman’s beuatiful Blueberry Girl storybook- which we also reviewed in the April edition of The Mew!

The pageantry of artistry continues to unfold with the botanical fantasy illustrations of Denmark’s Marianne Mathiasen, the awesome creations of Maryland’s fantasy woodcrafter Candice Cinque, Canada’s Jamie Brick’s magnificent rural outdoor sculptures, a four page folio of creature sculptures by various artists, and Frances Tyrrell’s cute cute paper dolls! Among the product reviewed are a thorough examination of Disney’s Tinkerbell OVA. Even the splendid array of advertisements for apparel, sculpture, illustrations, decor, books, music, and festivals etc are like a trove of lovely images, and the magazine gets my highest recommendation, fur shur!

Miscellaneous Magazine Quick Picks

Mike:
Thanks Mielikki-sensei! So… are there any other magazine comments before we segue to comic books?

Mielikki
Ooh I like just picked up the June issue of Triathlete and have not yet reviewed of the magazine, but it is the special annual swimsuit issue with stunning Stacy Kamano on the cover!


Jeannie:
I just picked up the new issue of Robot and have not yet conducted a purroper review of the magazine, but it has legendary film star Robby the Robot on the cover.
Yvonne:
(chomp) There are tasty largemouth is on the cover of the mew Bass Purro Shops Bass Edition and the mew issues of Bass Secrets and Bassin’, nya! I would rather reel in that lunker than the invasive Lion Fish, nya. In-Fisherman’s catfish Special and the June / July Crappie World also have the delicious covers, nya!

Nyanko:
Mmm the catfish would be good. I have not finished reading it to do a purroper review but I just got the July issue of Inside Kung Fu magazine with a 4 page article on my favorite actress Michelle Yeoh on the cover and a 4 page article!
Mary Nyan:
Relishing the continued revelry of the UNC Tarheel championship are this month’s issues of Inside Carolina and Tarheel Monthly, which are the special basketball championship issues, on the ‘heels’ of the team going to the White House!!! Hopefully the baseball team will win the pennant too!

Elizabeth:
I have a review of the new Buffy & Angel issues, but I have not had time yet to finish all of this month’s stack of comic books and thoroughly read IDW’s Angel: Blood and Trenches #3, but I did glance at the pages, which continue to feature such intricately detailed scenery and moody characters by John Byrne! I think this miniseries is his most impurressive illustrated work in many years! Now here is Nya-sensei with her report on a comic book by another legendary comic book artis t/ writer that started in the early 70’s!

Warlord #1 & 2 (with tidbits of plot spoiling info)

Nyanko:
35 years ago in 1975 after debuting on Legion of Super Heroes, the great artist Mike Grell http://www.mikegrell.com/ created the character Travis Morgan, an SR-71 pilot who  discovered the lost hollow-Earth world of Skartaris, to eventually become it’s heroic titular Warlord! This sword & sorcery series was one of DC comics’ hits of the mid 70’s,  and also introduced as back-up stories other great series such as Arion, Lord of Atlantis and Arak, Son of Thunder. Skartaris was even visited by the Justice League in an episode of Justice league Unlimited! Now Mike Grell has returned to Skartaris to write & purrvide cover art for this new Warlord series, and joining the expurrdition are penciller Joe Prado, inker Walden Wong, letterer Rob Leigh, colorisy David Curiel, editor Joey Cavalieri, with assistant Chris Conroy.

In the 1st issue of this new series, a team of scientists & adventurers look for dinosaurs and a fabled lost city of gold in the Himalayas, which would be dangerous enough even if the Chinese Army was not in purrsuit. Meanwhile in Skartaris, Travis and his were-kitty friend Shakira awaken from a catnap to be attacked on their palace terrace by a Griffon. This seems unusual activity even for that magickal realmas Travis realizes they now have visitors from the outside world. Appurropurriately, there is a back up story, an 8 page purreview of the new Powergirl series #1, written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti & drawn by Amanda Conner http://www.amandaconner.com/! I am a big fan of that artist & character  too, so this was a purrticularly good comic book, especially due to the 22 pages of lavish Warlord art depicting the chilling build to the savage action with sexy tough characters amidst the lavish scenery!

The 22 pages of Issue #2 open with Shakira kitty, Travis & Tara dropping in on their alluring enchantreess daughter Jennifer who is the Magus Purrime to get her insight on these recent troubling incidents. They are worried if this might spell the return of arch enemy Deimos. Off Travis & Shakira ride into the wilderlands to be joined by an archer bard, whose later campfire ballad tells the history of Mr. Morgan for a few expository pages; I would have purrfurred more of the new story to the highlight reel, but the recap would well serve those new readers who are unfamiliar with the rich history of the characters. Later they violently free old friend Machiste who has been captured by slavers, and ride the trail to free other comrades. If you are a new or a returning fan of these characters or sword & sorcery comics then I definitely suggest you “Enter the lost world of The Warlord”!

end of Warlord plot spoilage, but get ready for –
Angel #21 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #25
(warning: plot slayage)

Elizabeth:
It’s hard to believe that IDW’s Angel has been out for almost as many issues as Buffy Season 8, or that IDW http://wwwIDWPUBLISHING.com. is celebrating their 10th anniversary, with the licenses to some of the biggest franchises. While I must purrofess that the Angel comic book has not impurresed me nearly as much as the Buffy, it remains a consistently entertaining, quality book, featuring Angel, Spike, Connor, Wesley, Ilyria, Gwen, Gunn, and other characters from the Angel TV series, which I actually purrfurred to Buffy after the first half of it;’s first season. Purrhaps the most poingant aspect of issue #21 is found on the interior front cover: a gorgeous portrait of the late actor Andy Hallett as Lorne, in remembrance of his sad recent passing.

Beyond that, the story wastes no time as Angel and his ‘Angels’ (Kate, Gwen, Dez the were-Jaguar) plus Connor go on a “dungeon crawl” with plenty of demon’s to hack ‘n slash! That’s not the only melee going on, for Kate and our new favorite naked were-jaguar assassin (not to be confuzzled with Mel of Clan of the Cats who is a were-leopard) have several pages of catfight, as they purrpare to purrform an important ritual. “Angel’ seems to be the recurring theme in this issue, when another of Angel’s leading ladies arrives- a ghostly Cordy, and then a squadron of warriors with wings swoops down to take out the demonic trash- and these fellows are not from Thanagar, but a more heavenly origin, so to speak.

There are Angels & Demons (appurropurriate timing), purrize fighters, big cats & bare midriff galore in these 24 pages of full color story & 8 pages of ads) for $3.99, written by Kelley Armstrong, drawn by Stefano Martino, colored by Brian Miller / Hi-Fi, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and edited by Mariah Huehner & Chris Ryall. As mewsual there are 4 variant covers, by Nick Runge and Gabriel Rodriguez. The comic can seem a bit too somber, however I have enjoyed the dynamic of the ensemble andthe mix of older & mewer characters such as Dez. Portraiture might be the weakest aspect of the art but the anatomy, purroportions, dynamic poses, angles, costumes, creatures & scenic detail are quite good, with very rich, moody color and light. I’ll be back for more!

While the Angel comic book is indeed of consistent good quality, there are few comic books in recent years that blow me away the extent that Buffy Season 8 Does. Twenty five issues and it is still a most purrfurred comic book by us huge Buffy fans at The Mew! Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy Season 8 http://www.darkhorse.com/Zones/Buffycontinues to thoroughly entertain us with the terrifically drawn and written characters and events, supurrbly & officially continuing the adventures of Buffy, Xander, Willow, Dawn, Faith, Giles, Andrew and ‘the rest’! For the $2.99 cover purrice, a dollar less than the Angel Ccomic book, you get 22 pages of such a fun full color story, plus 2 pages of readers mail and adverts.

Issue #25 “Lving Doll” was written by Doug Petrie, pencilled by the great Georges Jeanty http://www.kabalounge.com/, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicscraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, and executively purrduced by Joss Whedon. The Editor was Scott Allie with assistant Sierra Hahn. As mewsual there are 2 different covers: the lopvely painted art by Jo Chen depicting a romantic embrace between Dawnie and a 3 eyed tentacled creature (revealed to be a “Thricewise”);  the other cover is of Buffy holding a Dawn doll, illustrated by and the version by georges Jeanty, Michelle Madsen & Dexter Vines.

This issue begins with a toymaker working on a sentient Dawn talking doll, while Buffy, Xander & the cute tough slayer platton purrpare for a vampiric siege. Appurrently, this doll form is the 3rd of Dawnie’s transformations, following her whimsical stints as a giant and centaur, and we finally get to meet the purrpetrator of such magick.  In addition to the excellent art, purrfect character dialogue, and purroper blend of humor & action, and one purrticularly eye-catching moment when… let’s just say that  much of Dawnie is revealed! It is an altogether charming, fun, brisk issue with a bit of subplot resolution that was 25 issues in the making, and leaves us eager for more! Speaking of supernatural grrls training to go bump in the night –

(end of that plot slayage)

Nightschool manga vol. 1

Yvonne:
One of our favorite publishers of manga is Yen, which has some of our favorite series and Yen Plus magazine, nya! We were so delighted to see Svetlana Chmakova’s http://www.svetlania.com/ new occult urban fantasy series published, as we are big fans of her purrior series Dramacon, nya! This fine series chronicles the students who attend the Night School, which is a high school for supernatural beings such as demons, vamps, lycanthropes and witches, nya. The main purrotagonist is Alex, a teen girl who is a Weirn, a purrticular sort of witch, nya.

Nightschool purremiered serialized in Yen Plus magazine, and now the first volume is available in a slightly larger sized paperback 200 page book form, mostly B&W with 4 color pages. In volume one, Alex and her classmates meet the principal & purrofessors and undertake their initial magickal assignments, which can be purretty dangerous when dealing with various monsters and demon slayers out on the field trips, nya! Svetlana is such a good artist & writer, so if you are a fan of her work or like fun teenage high school horror then I would recommend this manga and give it an ‘A’, nya! Now here is Nya-sensei to review more high school manga-

Bamboo Blade manga #1, nya!

Nyanko:
Arigato, Yonny-san!  Bamboo Blade is another great manga beign distributed by Yen, masterfully drawn by Aguri Igarashi & very well written by Masahiro Totsuka. The title is so named because the blade of the kendo sword, or Shinai, is traditionally made of bamboo for this ancient art of Japanese armored fencing. What I like most about this series is the subject: womens martial arts! This one is about a high school girls’ Kendo team.

Without giving away too much of the plot, basically you have a down and out Kendo sensei named Toraji Ishida, and this broke moocher makes a food bet for a year’s worth of free sushi (which I can understand craving) with a fellow coach to assemble a girls’ team of kendoka that can win the tournyament. Initially he does not have much of a team aside from his peppy team captain Kirino. They manage to recruit a reluctant Tamaki, who has top talent because of her family’s dojo, but she is kee on teaching a bully named Toyama some manners and puts on the bogu armor to dispense justice. And so the he team building begins!

This first volume has 220 pages of the story, 218 of which are B&W, plus 6 pages of notes. The character and scenic art are highly detailed and there are thorough, intense swordplay action scenes.There is also an animated TV series adaptation of this delightful, amewsing, sports manga which looks very purretty too! I hope this is a best seller because it is the quality entertainment and hopefully will influence the American publishers to offer more girls sports manga and purrhaps it might inspire more girls to learn the martial arts! Now here’s Mielikki-sensei’s review of the-

Oh My Goddess! Colors book

Mielikki:
Kosuke Fujishima’s Japanese long running manga series Ah My Goddess, of which the anime is based upon, is like among the most totally beautifully rendered and charmingly written of all time with totally likable characters. The series concerns a student mechanic & motorcycle enthusiast Keichi who accidentally summons the lovely Goddess Belldandy. Romance, racing, and magickal mirth follow, especially when Bell’s sister Goddesses Urd, Skuld & Peorth arrive! Colors is a book originally published in Japan by Kodansha, with this April, 2009 American edition translated into English by Dark Horse Comics.

So like the first thing you’ll notice about this 7.25 x 10″ trade paperback is the embossed gold cover with the French Flaps that fold out to reveal gorgeous interior art sammiched around the 192 pages, of which 136 are in color and read from back to front! These start with an 8 page B&W primer by Yoshitoh Asari, followed by 94 pages of manga in color, each preceded by a profile of the Goddesses. After this is a sumptuous B&W 45 page Ah My Goddess concordance, including essays, an encyclopedia, glossary, and chapter summaries. Ending this fine book is an afterward by Megatokyo’s Fred Gallagher. It is a most splendid book which I highly recommend to any old or new fan of Ah My Goddess, fur shur! Now here is Jenjen who is –

Catching Up With Fast Fashion

Jeannie:
Arigatoo. Among the many extremely talented artists & writers in attendance at Animazement, with a table in the Artists Alley was Priss Keeler whose charming web comic is Fast Fashion http://www.phantomblush.com/ which was among our Lucky Kitty Web Comic Picks of the Litter for February, 2009. So it was most fortuitous to find her first purrint collection, in which you’ll meet Jamie, a poor chap who is down on his luck, facing rejection on the romantic and artistic fronts, who meets the delightfully purrky Kholie at the raver-goth boutique they work at.

While there is plenty of emo, the comic is laden with manga style humor. More rejection awaits for poor Jamie when he come s out of the closet, but fortunately the calvary  has arrived in his corner, his high school friend Katie. So between her pep, Kholie’s effervescent cheerleading and their indifferent manager Chansley, their kitty cats purrhaps things are starting to shimmer for our purrotagonist. More pleasing highlights include DDR, UFO Catchers, foxy fashions, and the Kholie’s delightfully ubiquitous bunny shirts.

Were that not enough, in addition to chapters 1-5, this book also includes the illustrated 7 page purrose short story of cosplay goodness titled Halloween Omake, by Jon Sherer & Pris; a peek at Priss’ original 2003 mini-comic version of Fast Fashion, sketches (including ninja cat purrson), K-Chan’s 5 page back up King Snail comic, a purreview of an interesting new astrological themed comic, and an afterward by Priss, all in a B&W 92 page paperback book measuring appuroximately 5×8″ for a mere $5!

I think the strongest aspects of the artwork are the character designs, expurressive portraiture, use of digital tone, occasional cartoonier chibi-style for comedic effect, fashion designs moments of utter cuteness (“meow meow”), and the good panel-to-panel graphic narrative; whilst my favorite aspect of the writing is the likable diverse ensemble cast of purrotaogonists who have very believable worldly concerns and antagonists, a sense that these characters might be based on real people, and a briskly paced, good balance of romance, angst, and wackiness.

There is a great deal of heart, passion, talent and charming bonus materials infused in this little book full of quality entertainment at a great bargain that I highly recommend, and look forward to more. She makes the dandiest buttons too, and we have a cute tiger grrl, fox grrl, cheetah grrl and Kholie button. Speaking of fine web comics, it is now it’s time for 20 such recommendations, in our-
Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter!

Mary Nyan:
My picks for June are A Witch and a Wiz
Yvonne:
I would like to nominate La Muse http://www.bigheadpress.com/lamuse
and The Non-Adventures of Wonderella http://nonadventures.com/
Nya! Ok Jenjen’s turn, nya!

Jeannie:
For your consideration,
and The Legend of Lili Deacon http://www.cartoonfrolics.com/

Mielikki
I have selected
fur shur!

Elizabeth:
My turn! How about these fine web comics-
and Crossworlds http://www.crossworlds.ws/
…Nya-sensei?
Nyanko:
OK, my recommendations are
Phillip Jackson’s Sequential Art http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.html
and Esther Chuah’s Catalyst http://catalyst.spiderforest.com/
-Mike?

Mike:
Last but not least, Chronicles of the Witch Queen
and Shakespear Rodeo
-and that’ll do it for this month’s web comic picks for your consideration,
and this segment of The Mew, but we’ll be right back after this short break!
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Cat Toy Talk

Hot Wheels Star Trek USS Enterpurrise toy

Jeannie:
Ever on the lookout for replicas of my favorite starship, I was pleased to hear that Hot Wheels had the license for a die-cast rendition of it. These are clearly not all to the same scale, but other ship replicas in this series include the Next Gen’s 1701-D, the Enterprise from the new movie, Star Trek II’s USS Reliant, and a Klingon Bird of Prey. Recommended for fans aged 8+, it is packaged in an 8 x 4 x 4.5″ window box which it is easily launched from with minimal hassle from the twisty tie downs.

According to the box, the toy is die-cast metal, but some parts seem like plastic- which is fine with me as long as the toy is sturdy and well balanced on the display base- which it is. One of the first things I noticed before unboxing this fine toy was that, although it is labeled as the NCC-1701-A on the box, the toy itself is decaled as NCC-1701, without the ‘A’ suffix. This refitted constitution class starship was still registered as NCC-1701 in Star Trek movies I-III, not designated as 1701-A until movies IV-VI. Which is also fine with me, because I don’t like IV+ as much as I-III.

That vessel is officially supposedly 304.8 meters long with a beam of 141.7 meters & draft of 71.3 meters, therefore this 6.5″ replica must be of approximately 1:1846 scale. (Reference: the Offical Star Trek The Motion Picture blueprints and Cutaway Poster, both by the great Dave Kimble). The purroportions seem accurate (without my calipers)- the primary hull diameter is 3.125″  and overall height excluding the display base) is roughly 1.75″, and the nacelle pylons are at 120 degrees. With the starfleet emblem shaped base it needs about 3.5″ clearance.

The sculpt is good down to the phaser banks, airlocks, upper, lower & lateral deflector grids, ports, thrusters, sensor array & other details, and at this scale / price, I can forgive the lack of the ‘aztec’ hull pattern. Lacking the movie model’s purrlescent finish, this toy’s paint job is a pristine white with some gray bands on the hulls & pylons, flush vents;  the deflector dish is blue, impulse vents are red, outboard nacelle flux chillers are gray with copper colored first stage flux constrictors, and the inboard intercoolers are nice transparent blue parts.

The ship’s name & number lettering  and insignia are proper, although it lis lacking in red pin striping and the, botanical section windows, hatches, field attaction sensors, landing pads, hatches, torpedo bay exhaust ports, impulse deflection crystal dome, running lights, & energy / matter sinks (front of nacelles) are unpainted. The display base is black with silver trim, with a ball joint for easily mounting the toy amidship under the secondary hull, and the ball / socket mount allows the ship’s yaw, pitch & roll to vary.

There are some obvious join seams, which tends to be the case with most such toys, but overall I think it is a handsome little replica, and an ambitious hobbyist could easily fill the seams or touch up the paint job. So to summarize, I like  this toy and if you are a fan of this purrticular ship or those others, I think you’d be proud to have any of them atop your desk. This concludes my toy review, as it appears that Vonny it starting to cat nap and I do not wish to keep Lizzy from her  toy review.

Yvonne:

Nyaawn– I’m awake, nya…!

 

Star Wars Legacy #2 Comic Pack

Elizabeth:
This won’t be as tanalytical as Jenjen’s, but here goes! Hasbro triples the fun by combining two action figures with a comic book in this purroduct line. Inside this J-hook blisterpack are 3.75″ figures of Darth Talon and Cade Skywalker, and issue #2 of Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Legacy. These figures are nicely sculpted & painted with a dozen points of articulation. Cade, a Jedi turned bounty hunter descendant of Luke Skywalker, comes with 3 accessories: a blaster which can be holstered, an unlit light saber hilt and a saber with a transparent green blade. Talon is a red-skinned Twi’lek with the 2 head tails, wearing a black bikini with tassels, knee boots & elbow gloves that show her intricate Sith tattoos, and she has the red blade light saber.

The full color 22 page comic book is issue #2 dated September, 2007. It is the “Broken storyline part 2, by the supurrb team of author Jan Ostrander and one of my favorite artists Jan Duursema; inker Dan Parsons, letterer Michael David Thomas, colorist Brad Anderson, designer Tony Ong and cover artist Adam Hughes. In this episode, Cade & comrades Deliah & Jariah get into a bar brawl while looking for their bounty, and meanwhile Sith Appurrentice Talon receives her Darth title by assassinating her own master. That’s all for this month’s toy talk segment of the show, but if you have not heard enough about Star Trek yet, then please rejoin us after the short break, when we return with our mewsic & movie reviews!

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Mewsic CD reviews

Star Trek Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Mary Nyan:
The new Star Trek original motion picture soundtrack mewsic was composed by Michael Giacchino, whose purrevious cinema & television credits include The Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille, Sky High, Mission: Impossible III,  Cloverfield, Speed Racer, Alias, Fringe plus several of the Jurassic Park, Medal of Honor and Call of Duty video game series and numerous other video games soundtracks and he was the conductor for this year’s Academy Awards show.

Released on the Varese Saraband label, this soundtrack is a single disk CD in a standard hinged clear plastic case containing a 12 page color booklet. The 15 tracks totalling 45 minutes of music, including the end credits theme which is a cover of the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage. Not included are the beastie Boys song “Sabotage” heard during the scene in which a young Jim Kirk drives the vette, the mewsic heard during the Iowa bar scene where Kirk meets Uhura and get in a fight with other cadets. nor Leonard Nimoy’s voice from the end theme.

The front cover booklet / art & disk label image are a blurred high contrast B&W starship Enterpurrise, back insert has ship leaving space dock on interior CD tray, and Kirk climbing out of escape pod on back cover. The booklet is full of nice photos, including 2 page spreads of the ship being built and in space (with a row of smaller cast photos below it) and of Kirk & Spock in transporter. There’s a full page pic of Kirk & McCoy, a note from JJ Abrams, 2 pages of credits for the Page LA Studio Voices & Hollywood Studio Symphony, and the back is another pic of Kirk & Spock.

Although the mewsic for the film soars in a few places, especially during the end credits where the original Alexander Courage Star Trek theme is played, it is purrobably not the most memorable of a Star Trek movie in my opinion. This Trek film’s mewsic is not as exciting or memorable compared to those by composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Cliff Eidelman, or some of the original TV series eg Sol Kaplan, Gerald Freid, Fred Steiner and Alexander Courage, or the animated series music by Ray Ellis & Norm Presscott.

However it is certainly far from my least favorite Star Trek film score, and I liked it more than those of Star Trek IV, Generations, or most of the music composed for Next Gen, DS9, Voyager or Enterpurrise. I think my favorite score by the purrolific Michael Giacchino is the gloriously thrilling soundtrack of The Incredibles, one of my all time favorite film scores. This album was purrduced Giacchino, mewsic was conducted & orchestrated by Tim Simonec, the vocal conductor was Bobby Page, and the mewsic editor was Stephen M. Davis.

For more information on this maestro composer’s life, credits & many awards, I submit these sites for your consideration: the wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Giacchino, the Internet Movie Database entry on him at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0315974/, and this unofficial but quite nice web site dedicated thim at http://www.michaelgiacchinomusic.com/. Up next is Mike’s thorough review of the new Star Trek movie itself!

Theatrical Films reviews

Get comfy for Mike’s lengthy Star Trek movie review
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Mike:
Who would have thought back in 1964 when Gene Roddenberry produced the first (unsold) pilot for Star Trek, “The Cage” that 45 yeas later Leonard Nimoy would still be portraying Spock, that we’d still be hearing the voice of Majel Barrett, and seeing the character of Captain Christopher Pike (albeit not played by the late Jeffrey Hunter)? Or 40 years ago when NBC cancelled Star Trek that it would still be going? Or  in 1979 when I and others flocked to the theaters to see Star Trek –  The Motion Picture (my favorite movie of all time, Trek or otherwise) on the big screen, that 30 years later we’d be energized all over again? This year’s model by JJ Abrams isn’t the first Trek of course, but it’s definitely among the franchise’s most significant events.

I’ve been a big fan of Star Trek since the late 60’s or early 70’s, with many books, toys, videos, memorabilia, costumes etc to show for it. Not that I am bragging- just stating a fact to let  y’all know what sort of fan & critic I am. I love the original series, mainly the 2nd season, and after that I think Deep Space Nine is as good as Star Trek got on TV. I thought 1/4 of the animated episodes were pretty good, and Next Gen became tolerable in it’s 3rd season to steadily improve from 4th season on. Voyager was a disappointment for me, and Enterprise wasn’t what I wanted it to be until it’s 4th season. I have strong opinions of Star Trek adventures in print too, but I’m mainly sticking to the medium of cinema / television.

Of the Trek movies, I’ve conteneded the first three are the best, with the franchise diminishing from the fourth on, and therefore I have never subscribed to the ‘odd numbered trek movie’ prattle. So here we are with the 11th Trek movie, which I admit I was initially concerned about a while back because of it being (A) a reboot and (B) yet another time travel  and vengeful villain plot, (C) how would this fit in with established canon / continuity, and (D) would this movie follow the sad trends of being too rushed, too silly, and laden with unpleasant techniques such as shaky camera & crash zooms. I also hoped no one would be rudely talking, texting, ringing or lighting up their cell phones & PDAs during the movie.

But I tempered this with the hopes that (A)  JJ Abrams would deliver his usual quality entertainment and invigorate the sagging series with new blood,(B) the hugely budgeted movie might show us things that Trek movies seldom attempted, and (C) that recent reboots & revisitations to Batman, James Bond, and Doctor Who have been terrific. Also, I read the prequel comic book which was pretty good, and the notion that this is not a prequel, but an alternate reality (nothing new for Trek) visited by ‘our’ Spock after the events of Nemesis assuaged my continuity concerns. So as the movie drew nigh, I liked the trailers, bought some new Trek merchandise, and became more ‘n more enthused as I eagerly awaited opening day.

I say all this just to let y’all know my feelings about Trek in general and my mindset going into this movie. So I did I think of this new Star Trek movie? It’s not the best of Treks, nor the worst of Treks. Of the 11 Trek films, it does manage to make my top 5. Like many movies there are things I like about it and things I don’t, but for me the good outweighed the bad, and in some aspects this movie did in fact wonderfully take us places where Trek has seldom attempted to boldy go (for budgetary reasons). So what I’ll try to do here is first ramble about the things I liked about the movie,  then discuss what I disliked about it, then  add some other general observations, and finally rank it to the previous 10 Trek movies.

What I liked about this new Star Trek movie: The entire cast is great and I heartily accept these fine actors as the new portrayals of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, Pike, Sarek, Amanda, and the new villain Nero. We get to meet James T. Kirk’s parents who are also great. We get to see a lot of other Starfleet personnel- huge crowds in fact, and lot of Vulcans, several Romulans, a sexy Orion girl, and other alien races. The actors admirably channel the essence of those legendary characters and capture their expressions, mannerisms and even body language without trying to parody them. I get the impression that these actors have reverently studied their predecessors.

The movie wastes no time plunging us into the thrills, and it is never boring with non stop excitement and entertaining character moments. It is a visual FX extravaganza with lots of spacecraft and other futuristic vehicles. There’s a colossal space dock and we eve glimpse Klingon ships during the Kobyashi Maru test. There are space battles, hand to hand combat, shoot outs, monster attacks, cosmic phenomenon & events such as Supernova and black holes, beautiful views of Earth and Saturn, and certain planetary disasters. One of the best things about this movie is how much of 23rd century urban sprawl we visit on Earth & Vulcan, and not in mere fleeting glimpses.

None of the previous Trek movies or TV series have ever shown us as much of the gorgeous future locations from the Vulcan Science Academy and immense temples to Starfleet Academy, Spock’s home and Kirk’s Iowa. The dangerous frozen wilderness of planet Delta Vega is also impressive ( although a lot closer to Vulcan than you’d think), that Romulan ship Narada makes the one in Nemesis look puny. and The production values are high and obvious, as the sets are grand and full of people. The shuttle ports, dockyards, Academy grounds, auditoriums, and ships are bustling with many many people. The costumes, make-up, creature design, FX, aerial sequences, stunts, music, sounds and lighting are all excellent.

And then there is the starship USS Enterprise. While I am not crazy about some of the ship design, it is meticulously detailed and majestically depicted, with a dazzling bridge set  and fine looking corridors that take us to the nice turbolifts, hanger deck, sickbay, and transporter room. Unfortunately this is where I segue into aspects of the movie that I was less than taken with. What I do note like about the ship’s design is the undersized secondary hull and the bloated warp nacelles, which lead to the Engine Room, which was a huge disappointment. It’s a great big shiny room, but not only did it seem to be merely just a mass of pipes, but felt like it was filmed at a brewery or refinery.

It just does not fit in at all, and is the one area of the film that feels like they ran out of money and could not build an impressive set (likewise for what we see of the USS Kelvin’s).  I hate to say this but what little we saw of the engine room in Star Trek V or on the Enterprise TV series were better looking. I don’t know what they were thinking. Unfortunately, the biggest engine room scene is  one of the worst moments of the movie, as it is played for laughs, and once again to Paramount’s or Abrams’ shame, it is at the expense of the supporting cast. Why is it that the supporting cast members in the (TOS or Next Gen) movies are too often given little to do and what little they do get is regulated to humor at their character’s expense?

These are supposed to be heroic, smart, highly trained professional space explorers. Sadly even Jim Kirk is not immune to such displeasing silliness, especially in a scene where his hands are inflated like balloons as an allergic reaction to a medication. Scotty is regulated to humor, as is an unnecessary alien friend of his and the reference to have lost a certain admiral’s beahgle in a transporter experiment. Chekov’s accent is played for laughs despite his mathematical genius. Sulu has the coolest sword to duel Romulans with, but they seem to emphasize his inexperience. Uhura seems spared such treatment, and I wish Nichelle Nichols had ever been given as much to do in the movies as stunning Zoe Saldana was in this’un.

Some of the dialogue driven humor between camrades in the movie is genuinely warm fun, but there’s a big difference between that and silly buffonery at a noble character’s expense. While I accept this is an alternate reality and things are done & look differently, I find it hard to buy even the great Jim Kirk going from farm boy to Captain of the Federation flagship in 3 years. Some of the Starfleet regs also don’t make sense to me. The fabled Kobyashi Maru test is also treated with irreverence, seemingly more a mockery than a tribute to Kirk’s daring ingenuity. I think the movie would have been better had this sub plot been left out, in favor of some other scenes off less farcical character development and world building.

There are displeasing plot points, such as Spock jettisoning Kirk in an escape pod when you’d think they would have a brig to confine him too, but then I suppose it would be harder for him to conveniently have him meet ‘our’ old Spock (Nimoy) who was exiled on a supposedly barren world (also conveniently close to Vulcan) as punishment by the villain (yet another retread of Khan) or to just happen to shoehorn in his meeting with Scotty & resulting pitiful wacky hijinks. Nero is just another vengeful villain, even down to the brainwashing tactics  (be they critter or telepathically induced) akin to Khan, Sybok, Soran and Shinzon. The scenes of Nero interrogating Pike or how he stranded Spock seemed not as an homage to the Khan, but a tired retread.

Ther are other issues I have from severe plot concerns & bad science to little nitpicky complaints. Another Star Trek II retread seems to be the whole Red Matter Device which strikes a bit too close to the Proto Matter equipped Genesis Device. When Spock watches this alternate dimension’s version of his homeworld eaten inside out by the singularity, he does not keel over from psychic death cries like he did when the Vulcan manned starship Intepid was devoured by the giant space ameba- and that was a lot further away. But maybe Spock’s got a stronger Katra in his old age. It also seemed odd that there’d be only 3 dialects of Romulan language, but my xenolinguistics knowledge is quite lacking, and perhaps it’s just alieny in that way.

Like time travel and giant objects poised to destroy the Earth, this has been done way too much in the Trek movies. Although I was glad to see Leonard Nimoy back in the ears, in spite of a few good time travel Treks on DS9 and the New Voyages fan films, I grew weary of time travel trekking on the big screen with Star Trek IV. This movie also suffers from the seemingly obligitory ‘origin story-itis’ that a first film or pilot in just about any potentially new series usually undergoes, but hopefully this would not be the case in any potential sequels. By the way, do read the prequel comic book if you get the chance, which is also rather rushed but gives more insights into Nero and it is a better Next Gen coda than Nemesis served as.

In addition to the engine room scenes and too much silly humor, as I feared, this move was marred by a far too rushed pace. There are moments of perfect beauty that like in Star Trek Insurrection they need to linger on more, but some breathtaking scenes, such as the debut of the Enterprise are way too quick. As amazing as the scenes of Vulcan, Iowa, Starfleet, Delta Vega, the black holes, the Narada and Enterprise are, I think these should have been longer. Added scenes of life on Earth, Vulcan, and the Narada would have been quite nice to showcase more character development and better establish the ambience of 23rd century life and tech, and would have made the movie feel not so rushed.

Also as I feared, the movie does in fact suffer from those camera & editing techniques such as the dreaded crash zooms, and Borne-ish camera that jerks, wobbles and swishes all over the place, not just during the space battle and fight scenes, but the camera meanders too much during some quieter moments too. It’s for those unpleasant stylistic reasons (among others) why I found it hard to watch NYPD Blue or Boston Legal or Battlestar Galactica, which in my opinion is a great disservice to the brilliant actors, choreographers  and designers who create great characters, action, FX and environments that might be beautiful imagery & performances, which are sadly too often shown in quick wobbly blurs.

These techniques are especially a plague upon action and horror movies, along with such things as over use (in other films) of undercranking and speed ramping, call too much attention to tthemselves, every bit as much as poor FX, performances or writing, A/V problems in the theater distracting talkers, out of control children & ringing or lit up cell phones in the theater might, and thus disrupt the suspension of disbelief in any film, which seems counter productive when the filmmakers should be trying to create characters, story, and worlds that are believable, so that one is immersed and captivated and forgets that one is just looking at a big projected image. By the way, I liked Firefly in spite of the crash zooms, not because of them, but I digress.

There might be plot holes, bad science, forced contrivances & overdone cliches, but  there are neat little references and nods that I did like: Kirk’s womanizing, the way he sits in that command chair,  Pike’s wheelchair, Admiral Komack, Sulu fencing, a tribble, the shuttle fly-around of the Enterprise (even if too quick), the helm gear shift, starships Hood & Farragut, Uhura’s first name, Majel Barret Roddenberry’s voice, giant Vulcan statues, an arctic critter reminiscent of the one on Rura Pente, Spock’s eyebrow arch, mind meld & neck pinch, McCoy’s quips & divorce reference, and the original series theme during the gorgeous end credits., which I thought was the best part of the film score.

The symphonic score by Michael Giacchino is fine, but not as magnificent as Treks 1-3, 5 & 6, First Contact, Insurrection or Nemesis, and I don’t think the Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” (which I like on it’s own) belonged in the movie. Despite qualms with their screenplay, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman deserve credit for much of the awe, fun, thrills, warmth, and good dialog t and I do recommend their prequel graphic novel “Countdown”. Although the direction of JJ Abrams, as successor to Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennett, Rick Berman and numerous directors, lacks the epic, cinematic majesty of the first Trek movie, he at least managed to show things I’ve always wanted to see in Trek, such as those 23rd Century urban vistas full of people.

While these legendary characters may have been disserved by the the screenplay or direction, I think the actors did a fine job with what they were given to work with. So, I certainly do praise Chris Pine as Jim Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, John Cho as Sulu, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Bruce Greenwood as Capt. Pike, Ben Cross as Sarek & Winona Ryder as Amanda (whose character is unceremoniously, unneccessarily eliminated). Further applause goes to Chris Hemsworth & Jennifer Morrison as Jim’s mom & dad, Eric Bana as Nero, Rachel Nichols as lovely Orion girl Gaila, and of course, the great Leonard Nimoy.

In summary, aside from its flaws there were so many beautiful, big fun scenes in this move that for the most part captured the look & spirit of Star Trek, with it’s best moments that almost had me cheering and almost  in joyful tears, while the worst aspects highly annoyed me. I think the film is significant in terms of Trek history that it is a major overhaul of the franchise with a new cast, and it may make a lot of money at the box office and thru merchandising, but that aside I doubt it will have any sort of transcendental affect on the genre or the industry. Not the best of Treks nor the worst I give it a grade of C, and I am curious to see what happens next.
I would also like to mention my dismay that the original 1979 theatrical version of
Star Trek The Motion Picture is still not available on Standard DVD in spite of the
recent Trek movie re-releases, but rather than further grip about that, here are the

Star Trek movies ranked according to Mike’s purreferential order:

grade/ year/ title

A+      1979      Star Trek – The Motion Picture (all 3 versions)

A-       1982      Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (both versions)
(tie)
A-       1984      Star Trek III The Search For Spock

B        1998      Star Trek Insurrection
B- 1996      Star Trek First Contact

(tie)
C    1986      Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
C        1991      Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (both versions)
C 2009      Star Trek

C-       2002      Star Trek Nemesis
(tie)
C-       1994      Star Trek Generations

D-       1989      Star Trek V The Final Frontier

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Mary Nyan:
I think that was longer winded than any of my intricate reviews, hee!

Yvonne:
(catnapping) zzz… more fish nya… zzz…

Jeannie:
Once again Vonny dozes off during the longer critiques.

Mielikki:
All that fishing, surfing, beach volleyball, golf, taiko drumming, sailing, soccer, cliff diving, ice skating, roller blading, and rock climbing can like wear a catgirl out, fur shur!

Elizabeth:
That was definitely more in depth than my review of that movie would have been, hee!

Mike:
That’s why the show is called the Catgirl Critics Mewsings and not the Mike Moon Mewsings because y’all are not as long-winded as I am, and thus it is more entertaining for y’all to do most of the reviews. Ah… I believe it’s time for Jenjen’s review of the latest in the Terminator series!

Nyanko:
(lightly tail-pokes Vonny) Wake up Vonny- it’s time for another review!

Yvonne:
(kitty tail stretch & yawn) Nyawn yawn I’m awake, nya!

Terminator: Salvation (signaling plot spoil alert)

Jeannie:
I should purreface this review with my attitude purrior to seeing the film. I like the first two Terminator movies very much, and while the cast did a a fine job in T3 it disappointed me. The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series was much the same, but less impurressive, more disappointing with filming techniques, mewsic, and character dynamics that I did not care for. Although I have a deserved repurrtation for purrfuring movies with the mechs – I am purresident of the Catgirl Island Robotics Club after all- as much as I appurreciate the mecha designs and FX, there should be a good script, likable characters, good science, and no annoying techniques such as the dreaded crash zooms, shaky cam, speed ramping and so forth or too much silliness. I am not a big fan of The Matrix series, which I mention because I was fearful this continuance of the Terminator series might only serve to purropell the tired ‘man vs machine for fate of the Earth’ sub-genre.

Nevertheless, I could not resist the oppurrtunity to see a big budget mech movie, which the trailers seemed to purrmoise Terminator: Salvation might be, and so the club went to see the movie.
I’ll start with the positive aspects of the film. Firstly, this certainly looks like the big budget film, set a few years after T3 but ignoring the TV show, as what is left of global mankind battles Skynet. Thankfully the human Resistance still has a a hew helos and A-10’s and at least one submarine as their mobile headquarters, but much of humanity have been reduced to anarchistic road warrior types, which the radio voice of John Connor hopes to unite for survival and victory. Skynet is clearly dominating the planet, with more varied and bigger terminators than in any purrior Terminator film. There are Hunter-Killer aircraft of various sizes, walking Terminators of various models, hydrobots, highwaybots, giant Transformer-sized mechs, and gun sentries.

As for the human stars of the film, all of the cast purrform very well with great dramatic emotion and physical purrowess, although some of these tremendous talents are far underused. Christian Bale stars as resistance leader John Connor and Anton Yelchin  (recently seen as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek) purrtrays a young Kyle Reese, who is aided by cute Jadagrace Berry in the mean streets of 2018 Los Angeles. Bryce Dallas Howard appears as John’s purregnant wife Kate, Helena Bonham Carter appears as the latest villain from Cyberdyne, Michael Ironside commands the resistance’s submarine (which is not the Sequest), Moon Bloodgood is awesome as A-10 pilot Blair Williams, there is a brief sort of cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger as a T-800, but it is Sam Worthington who is excellent as the main character of the film, the enigmatic antihero Marcus Wright. And therein lies a purroblem I have with the film.

The weakest aspect of the film for me was the story which was confuzzling at times and focuses far too dispurroportionately on Marcus, much in the way that X-Men 1-3 focused too much on Wolverine at the other characters/ actors expense. Neither Skynet nor the Resistance are quite as smart as they ought to be despite their resourcefulness, and some of Cyberdyne’s  ‘Marcus ex Machina’ plans make no sense to me. Also, the Northern California Skynet headquarters might appear impurressive from the distance, but once inside it suffers from being far too conveniently user-friendly for the humans, with the main executive office, laboratory, purrison cells, assembly line, foundry furnace, and a gift pack of nuclear power cells on a nearby table all apparently just down the hall from each other. I had a similar issue with T3’s USAF base which had Skynet, mechs, a supercollider and a purrivate plane in one tidy bundle.

Danny Elfman’s mewsic is OK but not as iconic as that composed by Brad Fiedel for the first two Terminators. McG’s direction is not as annoying as I feared it might be, and there’s nary a silly moment. It is not rife with those aforementioned camera & editing techniques that we here at The mew dislike, although there are a few quieter scenes where unfortunately the camera does have a bit of that regrettable unstable wobbly feel, a la NYPD Blue. The editing is not bad, although what little plot the film has does seem very rushed. This movie has high purrduction values with a great cast and FX as it builds upon Terminator continuity; it might be a better film than Terminator 3, but it is certainly not as good or charismatic a movie as the first two Terminators, breaking no new cinematic ground in a franchise that, in my opinion, like the Alien and Purredator series, has grown tiresome and ironically (given a purrticular plot point) lacks a lot of heart.

(plot spoilage terminated)
It is a sad note that the late Stan Winston, who passed away last year, did not live to see this latest FX extravaganza. On a happier related note, Moon Goodblood is the intermewed cover grrl of the June 2009 issue of Maxim magazine, posing inside in a sexy Road-Warrior-ish type of pictorial. Up next is Nya-sensei with her review of Sam Raimi’s new horror movie –

Drag Me to Hell

Nyanko:
Drag Me to Hell is an awesomely fun reminder that Sam Raimi got his start in over-the-top horror movies long before he purrduced Hercules & Xena or directed the Spider-Man movies! I don’t wanna reveal too much about this movie because it is better if you are surpurrised by what unfolds, but the gist of the plot purrtains to a hapless bank loan officer (purrtrayed by Alison Lohman) who is the recipient of a Gypsy curse, and thus her life is full of horrendous scares. It has a great cast as the interesting characters, very effective mewsic and sounds, photography, editing, lighting, and plenty of frightful FX to help convey the supernatural moments ranging from dark humor to intense horror, directed & co-written by Sam Raimi. There are some most unpleasant incidents in the movie that are not for everyone, but if you are in the mood for a fun fright fest, then look no further! And now here’s Vonny with her review of Pixar’s latest movie-

UP

Yvonne:
Arigatoo, nya! Well, I will be brief and spoiler-free in my review like Nya-sensei, nya. As you may have noticed from the ads for the movie, it is about an old man who balloon-carried house whisks him away to a grand adventure in a lost world, nya. It was directed by Pete Docter who directed Monsters In and also helped to wrote Toy Story 1 & 2 and Wall-E, nya! Once again, Pixar has created what is purrhaps a purrfect poignant movie which is funny, sad, thrilling, sentimental, adventurous, beautiful,  with the great voice cast as such wonderful characters, story, mewsic, animation and scenery, nya! This movie can be seen in either regular screenings or in 3D, and is purreceded by a cute short “Partly Cloudy”, nya! This might be my favoritest movie of the year thus far, with my other favorite also an animated movie, Coraline, nya. It is a masterpiece like every other movie by Pixar http://www.pixar.com/, and I give it an A Plus grade, nya!

Catgirl DVD Report: more neat finds at Big Lots
Yvonne:
Wow it is still my turn, nya! This is my latest DVD report, nya. Every once in a while we get to the Carolina mainland to visit some of our friends n favorite restaurants, mewseums, and places to shop, nya. This includes the expurrditions to Big Lots, a close out chain that we often find discount purrices on purrfectly good DVDs, which we have reported upon in several purrior Mews, nya. These include cut-out but unopened DVDs, bundled double features, and a few purreviously viewed disks, nya, which might vary from store to store and shipment to shipment, but often we have found classic movies, numerous science fiction, fantasy & horror titles, and Japanese anime, nya!

The anime is not the only foreign cinematic goodness sometimes on those shelves, such as a few from Hong Kong and even a couple of French titles such as the Francois Truffaut’s legendary Day for Night and the CG animated Kaena, nya! I was purrticularly delighted to find at least four DVDs by Indian directors and actors, nya! I found Bend it Like Beckam there, which is among my favoritest films and already own on DVD. There was also The Namesake directed by Mira Nair, nya. Another movie by her I found there was Moonsoon Wedding, nya!  This movie won major awards and it is about a family purrparing for a big festive wedding and it has lots of good mewsic, nya!

Finally the other one I found was Saawariya, which is a lavish loves tory also with the lavish array of great costumes, mewsic and dance purrduction numbers , starring the beautiful Sonam Kapoor and the dashing Ranbir Kapoor and it was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, nya. Hmm at this rate I need to ask our friend Ilyana if she can go by there to see what more they might soon get in, sicne she lives closer to those stores now that she’s the collegiate catgirl again, nya. So there was purrhaps not quite as much new there DVD-wise since one of us last checked, but they do purriodically get more stuff in so you never know what good DVDs you’ll find there for the good bargain, nya! OK I’m done, nya! Next is Mike with his

Animazement 2009 Con Report, nya!

Mike:
Thanks Vonny! Animazement http://www.animazement.org/ is North Carolina’s Japanese anime convention, run by fans for fans, noted for its emphasis on nuemrous aspects of Japanese cultural programming. In it’s 12th year and 3rd location Animazement 12 was  May 22-24, 2009 (plus a few Thursday night pre-con stuff) at the Raleigh Convention Center, having outgrown the previous lovely Sheratin Imperial in Durham, which in turn previously succeeded the smaller North Raleigh Hilton.  This year’s con was definitely one of the most notable because of the new location , so in some regards this was a very new learning curve for everyone, be they con staff, guests, attendees, restauranteurs, or the hotel/ convention center staff.

There was some stress over last minute changes and unfamiliarity with the new location, but overall spirits seemed quite elated. One of the best things about is the staff of fellow fans who are for the vast majority of the time before & during the con a most cordial industrious, saavy, communicative, effective, admirable accommodating group of fans that genuinely care about putting on a safe, family- fun show. As busy as they all were, everyone made a point to stop and say hi and chat briefly if they had a moment to spare. Such was also the cordiality of those other attendees in the Thursday afternoon pre-registration line before the con opened for business at 6 pm sharp.

Thursday afternoon was a very pleasant day with great weather and it was so darn nice to see so many friends, some of whom I might only see at this annual event. The registrars seemed to have more manpower and alphabetical lanes for reg & pre-reg lines. Some lines were long, but I think they moved as quickly as possible. Granted, ‘long’ is a relative term, and perhaps the lines nothing compared to those of bigger cons. The next trick for all in attendance was finding their way around the new venue. The Raleigh Convention Center is an impressive shiny new spacious  building with handsome, well ventilated rooms, but the asymmetrical layout is confusing at first, and without enough elevators that take folks directly from any one floor to another.

Also frustrating was that the escalators were turned off. There needed to be more signage or even large floorplans to indicate where things were. Of course you could find advantages or disadvantages for any of the 3 con locations of the past 12 years. This downtown Raleigh location is harder to get to with trickier traffic & parking, construction sites, few pretty green areas, or nearby dining options that are open, within a short walk, inexpensive, for all ages of patron, and prepared to serve a big weekend con crowd, There were  few but overpriced food venders venders in center, with the best food deal was probably the hot dog and ice cream cart venders out on the sidewalk.

Most of my time was spent in the artists alley, a lovely high-ceilinged ballroom one level overlooking the lobby, which was easy to find & get to in spite of the escalator / elevator woes. This year’s artist alley at Animazement was the biggest ever, and I was so lucky to have such a prime spot! This year the art show was incorporated into the same room as the artist alley which was a great idea, because a lot of the artist alley folk also had works in the art show, so this was most convenient, and added to the lavish display of stunning imagery. Not only was my table in a swell spot, but my friend Misty had the neighboring table to the right! We had plenty of time to get our tables all set up, and it was neat to see how the different artists arranged their displays

I stayed pretty busy doing pencil inked, and color (marker) sketches, had a jolly good time chatting with the fellow artists, friends & customers, and even critiqued a few portfolios. The artists alley is always a wonderful array of 2D & 3D creations, from prints & original illustrations of all sizes, to origami, jewelry, sculpts, plushies, knitted goods, dolls, buttons, badges, manga, costumes, and other dandy objects d’ art. Meanwhile, four stories below was the dealers room, which is always a main attraction of the con with plenty of tempting goods: posters, books, manga, CDs, DVDs, games, figures, costumes, accessories, swords & other weapon replicas. Being in a larger space, there were wider aisles to better accommodate the crowd of shoppers!

Animazement also had a manga library, meeting rooms, 2 video rooms, a parlor for tabletop board / CCG & role play games, and their biggest arcade yet for electronic games of all sorts. There were many varied discussion panels, workshops, demonstrations & presentations pertaining to anime, manga, web comics, literature, voice acting, drawing, cosplay, Japanese language, food, music  and martial arts. While there were fewer video rooms this year, there seemed more varied activities / rooms overall. “Hell” is another main event I never want to miss, which is a little tourney of odd, bizzare short films, cartoons, trailers and music videos that plays to a packed ballroom of enthused fans as one of the popular main events..

Although several Japanese guest cancelled due to the flu / quarantine issues,  there were two concerts by the glam J-rock group Uchuu Sentai NOIZ, which proved to be one of the more popular main events this year. Other usual musical activities included taiko, karaoke, music videos and the late night dances, where the fishnet clad raver types with glow sticks gyrate to the pulsing beat from midnight to 3 am Friday & Saturday nights. After 3 am the scene greatly winds down, and during the wee hours from, oh 4 to 8 am it is a quieter place with a few pockets of conversation, gaming, and even sleep for some folks! I’d guess around 8 am on Saturday more people start to gradually trickle in, with the con going full steam ahead by 10 am.

The costume contests are probably the biggest events, comprised of the Saturday night cosplay, in which the individual or group costumed entries take to the stage and perform as their characters. The other main costume component is the craftsmanship competition. This differs from the other cosplay in that it is less about entertaining performances and focused on the quality of the modeled garments’ design & construction. There were hundreds if not thousands of amazing outfits. Catgirls are the most prevalent given their cute simplicity, and there are a fair amount of kitsune, miko, ninja, kunoichi, samurai, school uniform, loligoth, gothy raver club wear to martial arts gi & hakama, cheongsam & xipao to yukatas & kimonos, and the senshi fukus.

While most are Japanese in theme, there are the occasional Starfleet, stormtroopers, Jedi, browncoats, timelords, super heroes, steampunk, American cartoon and other media recreations. I’m not sure what were the most common anime represented in costume, but usually those might include Naruto, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, Pokemon, Final Fantasy X, Sailor Moon, Dragonball, Inu Yasha, Deathnote, Guerren Lagann and Ouran Host Club. Any mecha type costumes are an impressive site, but these needn’t be high tech- as there was such a cute cardboard box robot walking around! There was a girl perfectly dressed as Nadia who visited my table, and Misty’s http://daisukiwabunny.com/ Taokaka costume was definitely one of the most fabulous costumes.

It was also nice to see a few from Ah My Goddess, Ranma 1/2, and any Miyazaki movies. This was the first  time in several years that I did not wear my tall No-Face costume, as I had too much luggage already. Unfortunately the paths of egress – corridors & steps- would sometimes get blocked by cosplay photo shoots that should have been staged elsewhere, not wherever the cosplayers or photographers just felt like posing at any given moment to become a hindrance to traffic. The weekend flew by so quickly! Highlights of Sunday afternoon are the art show’s auction and the con’s closing ceremony.  After 3 pm on Sunday things noticeably begin to wind down and by 4 pm most of the artists had packed up their stuff.

In summary, I had a great time and wish to thank all the friendly folks I met there for contributing to the happy weekend, and to the staff who worked so hard to make the convention possible.
Most everyone appeared calm, kind, helpful, happy moods, and no doubt next year everyone will be more prepared / familiar with the new location. I look forward to attending again next year and would love to have the same table in the artists alley (I just wish the con pre-registration / artist alley reservations were not solely done online now)! A few key words to sum up my overall opinion of the con: big, grand, cordial, complex, at times perhaps confusing, inconvenient & expensive, but it was a fun, festive time with friendly fellow fans and I hope to do it again next year too!

 

(Everyone looks at Vonny)

Yvonne:

(swishy kitty tail) What– I’m awake, nya! Gosh they sure have the good Taiko, J-rock, mewsic videos and the fun dance at the con, nya!

Jeannie:
I would like to have seen the cardboard box robot and other mecha cosplay, but unfortunately I was off doing a swimsuit shoot in Meowi.

Elizabeth:
(the sarcastic cat) “Unfortunately”? That sounds like a terrible misfortune!

Jeannie:
It pays the bills, so that I can purrsue my hobby interests. (sips a glass of milk)

Nyanko:
Once again I missed the fun con as I had a tournyament out of town, but I would like to have seen the Judo demos!

Mike:
Oh those certainly are a usual part of the numerous wonderful Japanese cultural aspects the con is proud of!

Mary Nyan:
Animazement is big enough that it has so many subsets of fandom going on separately such as the cosplay, art, gaming etc under one roof, but not so big that it has lost the familiar social component!

Mielikki:
Our friend and professional Faerie Entertainer Pandora http://faeriesink.fws1.com/ was there as a cosplay craftsmanship Judge! It was so good to see her again!

Yvonne:
Were there any Aria related costumes there, nya?

Mielikki:
Or like Super Swing Golf?

Mike:
Unless I missed them, I did not see any. I hate to say this but I did not see much of those represented in costumes, art, or dealers’ merchandise!

Elizabeth:
Hey maybe next year our beach volleyball team could go and enter the cosplay as a DOA group! We could purrvide the authentic volleyball purrformance.

Mielikki:
Assuming that is allowed by the con’s cosplay & conduct rules!

Mary Nyan:
Hai, and although they have allowed a Katamari Ball to be rolled around, it does not go airborne! The convention center lacks a nice lawn for outdoor play, but it is definitely big enough to play indoor volleyball, though!

Nyanko:
I wonder if they could get Japanese Olympic Womens’ Beach Volleyball Team as guests? We should ask the con staff about that! Speaking of costumes, after this next short break, we’ll be right back with this month’s special guest Cheralyn lambeth, who is a purrofessional costumer, so please don’t go away!
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(one short break later…)

Our Feature Purresentation:
The Catgirl Critics welcome special guest
Cheralyn Lambeth to The Mew!

Mary Nyan:
As an avid cosplayer, I am so honored to welcome our special guest to The Mew! North Carolina’s own Cheralyn Lambeth is a purrrofessional costume, purrop, and puppet make & purrformer whose creations have graced motion pictures, television, and theme parks! She is very active in fandom, a member in numerous science fiction, fantasy, historical & theatrical groups, including the 501st Stormtroopers, and the sword fighting Shadowplayers!

Her purroffesional credits include The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, The New World, Leatherheads, Dinosaurs! Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, and Titanic: The Movie on Tour. She’s also appeared in Isaac’s Storm, Pitching Lucas, Star Wars: Revelations and Heart of An Empire.  She’s a most popular & cheerful guest at many conventions, and is also paranormal researcher, writing books about ghostly haunts of the Carolinas! Cheralyn, welcome to The Mew!

Cheralyn:
(wearing UNC National Champions T-shirt and jeans) Thanks very much, Mary Nyan!  I’m glad to be here!

Mary Nyan:
With such interests I imagine you loved Halloween as a little girl. What were your early Halloweens & costumes like?

Cheralyn:
I did love dressing up at Halloween (still do!), and would often pester my mother, who is a good seamstress herself, to make all sorts of off-the-wall costumes for me. I remember one year–I think I must have been 8 or 9–when all the other little girls in my neighborhood were dressing up as witches or fairy princesses, but I wanted to be Zorro, complete with hat, cape, and sword. It was shortly after that my mother gave up trying up make things for me and taught me sewing so that I could make them myself!

Mary Nyan:
When did you first seriously consider costumes as a career path?

Cheralyn:
To be honest, while I enjoyed costuming as a hobby for quite a long time (first inspired by Star Wars!), I didn’t seriously think of it as a career path until college. I’d just finished my first year on an Air Force scholarship, and realized it wasn’t the direction I wanted to go in.  About that same time, the movie “Labyrinth” came out, and it suddenly occured to me that the incredibly creative people at Muppets did that kind of thing–puppets and creature costumes–for a living.  I realized that’s what I wanted to do too–to have fun at my career and also be able to work on projects that had the same kind of positive creative impact on people that the Muppets and films like Star Wars did. (Labyrinth is still one of my very favorite movies!)

Mary Nyan:
Did you make your own dresses, or want to pursue fashion design? Or modeling?

Cheralyn:
I have made some of my own clothing, but fashion design wasn’t something I ever really was interested in pursuing–period and sci-fi/fantasy costumes were much more fun for me than everyday clothes!  And I knew that I could never be a true fashion model, but I do greatly enjoy wearing and showing off the costumes I’ve made, as well as stage/screen acting whenever I get the chance.  Costumes are a large part of that.

Mary Nyan:
Were you in stage purrductions or pageants in High School?

Cheralyn:
I did participate in a few small productions, but it was mainly the Christmas/Easter pageants at my church as well as a couple of productions of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” I started to dabble in acting more once I got into college.

Mary Nyan:
Please tell us what it was like for you when you first saw Star Wars (Epurrsode IV)- when, where and your reaction?

Cheralyn:
The summer that Star Wars came out, I was at Myrtle Beach with my family on our annual summer vacation, and we always took in a movie or two. Interestingly enough, I actually had no interest in seeing Star Wars at the time–I wanted to see Orca (the movie about a killer whale gone bad), and remember being pretty persistent about it.  My parents were understandably concerned about the impact a killer-whale-horror-movie would have on my young psyche (not to mention my younger sister!), and my father strongly insisted we see Star Wars instead. I pouted all the way into the movie theater and insisted I wouldn’t like the movie–famous last words! I was immediatly caught up in the story and special effects, and was especially dazzled by the incredible array of robots and alien creatures. That was one thing that prompted me to start making my own costumes and creatures.  The rest, as they say, is history!

Mary Nyan:
Aside from Star Wars, what are other favorite movies & TV shows?

Cheralyn:
There are a great many movies and TV shows that I’ve enjoyed over the years, but some of my very favorite films include the afore-mentioned Labyrinth, Ghostbusters, all the Muppet movies (well, most all of them, anyway!), Men in Black, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter–all movies with cool costumes, creatures and/or special effects, and many times good stories as well. Television-wise, I actually prefer non-fiction shows such as Ghost Hunters, Most Haunted, Monster Quest, and pretty much anything on the History, Discovery, and Travel Channels.

Mary Nyan:
What about books or comic books?

Cheralyn:
Do you know, I never really got into comic books, except for graphic adapations of movies or TV shows (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, The Real Ghostbusters)! Book-wise, I have a large gamut of favorites–I enjoy everything from classics such as The Count of Monte Christo, The Three Musketeers, and Dracula, to more “recent classics” such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and on to current favorites such as the Harry Potter and Twilight series.

Mary Nyan:
Mewsic?

Cheralyn:
Classic rock, definitely!  Queen, David Bowie, and ABBA, plus a smattering of singles from more modern artists.

Mary Nyan:
Oh I like them too! Do you sing and dance too? And… didn’t you appear on Stage with Weird Al?

Cheralyn:
I don’t dance all that much–I’ve done some Scottish country dance, but that’s about it.  I do enjoy singing, just for fun!  And yes, I did have the opportunity to appear on stage with “Weird Al” Yankovic on his “Straight Outta Lynwood” tour!  During that tour, he had  been having fellow 501st members throughout the country appear in costume with him when he performed his Star-Wars-themed songs (“The Saga Begins…” and “Yoda”) as back-up atmosphere.

I was contacted by his tour manager to be the coordinator for the Carolina troopers when the show came to Raleigh, and was excited for the opportunity to be one of the stormtroopers on stage.  But the best part was when we were told that the local cheerleaders normally hired to perform a routine for “Smells Like Nirvana” had not been booked for that particular show, and Al had asked if two of the stormtroopers might be willing to work up a “cheer” routine and perform it.

I stepped forward with another trooper, and we had less than an hour to choreograph and rehearse a routine, in our armor, with big red pompoms. But we did it, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look of laughter on Al’s face when we were led on stage with our pompoms just before the number began.  It was a fun moment I’ll always remember, and as far as I know, we are still the only 501st stormtroopers to have done that. And it was great to have the chance to meet Weird Al, too–I’ve always been a big fan.  He was very kind and grateful to us, and was an incredibly nice guy.

Mary Nyan:
What were your college days like?

Cheralyn:
I attended college at UNC-Chapel Hill, and originally started out as a mathematics major on an Air Force scholarship. That first year was a busy one as I attended a huge gamut of classes and then spent the odd weekend at various Air Froce bases.  But as I mentioned earlier, I realized that wasn’t the direction I wanted to go in, and after my first year I received an Honorable Discharge and went on that summer to work at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.

After that, I pursued Drama and Radio/Televison/Motion Pictures at UNC, and was fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible group of equally creative friends throughout the rest of my college career.  It was never a dull moment! After I had finished at UNC, I worked for a year and then went on to pursue a year of study at the Juiliiard School in New York.  The school was just finishing up its first on-campus dorm, and also put together its first year book–we used to joke that all we needed after that was a football team!

Mary Nyan:
GO TARHEELS! Did you have any purrticular interest in the team mascot costume?

Cheralyn:
Do you know, at that time, UNC didn’t have a costumed character mascot–our mascot was a ram, and we had a live ram that attended the games and other functions!  It wasn’t until a few years later that the school acquired a costume to make appearances as well.

Mary Nyan:
Hai- that’s Ramases! How did you get involved with the muppets?

Cheralyn:
I’d always loved the Muppets, and when I saw the film Labyrinth, I realized I wanted to work with them.  Jim Henson’s work always seemed to be full of creativity and joy–as a friend of mine once put it, they were simply out to amuse themselves, and we (the viewers) were just along for the ride. Through the contacts I made working at various theaters, I was able to get a job at the Minneapolis-based shop that created the full-size Muppet costumes for Sesame Street Live!, and from there I went back to New York for a  few months to work on Dinosaurs! and The Muppet Christmas Carol.  I worked very hard during that time, but I also learned a great deal, and was very glad for the opportunity to work alongside such a creative group of people.

Mary Nyan:
Did you ever meet Jim Henson? Frank Oz?

Cheralyn:
Sadly, Jim Henson passed away the year before I started work in the New York shop.  I did meet several of the family–Brian and Cheryl Henson–and did see Frank Oz briefly a time or two as he would pass through the workshop!

Mary Nyan:
Can you tell us some neat little known muppet tidbits?

Cheralyn:
One thing that might be of interest to sci-fi fans is that Gates McFadden–who played Dr. Beverly Crusher on “Star Trek:  The Next Generation”–actually is a professional dancer, and in fact choreographed much of the dancing in the ballroom segment in Labyrinth.  She also had a brief appearance as a secretary in “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”

Mary Nyan:
Oh yes I saw her in the behind the scenes feature on the Labyrinth DVD! I suppose that Muppets and Dinosaurs would be a furryfan / fursuiter’s dream job! Do you go to those types of cons?

Cheralyn:
I haven’t had the chance to go to those types of cons, although I have done several costuming panels with furryfans at more general conventions.

Mary Nyan:
What about anime cosplay?

Cheralyn:
Sadly, I’ve never gotten into anime!  Unless you count StarBlazers and Battle of the Planets–I used to love those shows when I was a kid.

Mary Nyan:
Oh those most definitely count- those were most significant anime! But back to SW, please tell us about your purrticipation in the 501st http://www.501stlegion.org/index.php ,which seems to be such a great group of people!

Cheralyn:
I’m proud to be a long-time member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, and one of the founding members of the Carolina Garrison (the North/South Carolina chapter of the Legion) http://www.carolina501st.com/ . The club actually began here in the Carolinas, and was founded by SC resident Albin Johnson–we’ve grown from a small group with a handful of troopers to an international organization with over 4000 members worldwide! Being a member of the group has given me some incredible opportunities, such as appearing on stage with Weird Al, partcipating as one of 200 501st members chosen to march in the 2007 Rose Bowl parade, marching in the Disney Star Wars Weekends parades, and working as one of Lucasfilm’s volunteer team members at Star Wars Celebration Japan in Tokyo.  Currently I work as the Public Relations Officer for the Carolina Garrison, as well as the 501st Legion Historian/Archivist.

Mary Nyan:
I’ve seen stormtroopers, clone troopers, sand troopers, TIE pilots, gunners, bikers… but I am yet to see  any snowtroopers  as seen on Hoth. Are there many snowtroopers in the 501st?

Cheralyn:
We do have a few snowtroopers, although admittedly not too many in the warmer parts of the country.  Those costumes can get pretty hot!

Mary Nyan:
You’re an awesome “Slave Leia” too! http://www.leiasmetalbikini.com/members/cheralyn.html That seems to be a popular subset of SW costumers!

Cheralyn:
Thanks very much!  That set too has really grown, thanks to the Leia’s Metal Bikini group http://www.leiasmetalbikini.com/. It definitely is a popular costume!

Mary Nyan:
How many SW costumes have you got, if you don’t mind me asking?

Cheralyn:
Hmm–well, I have a regular stormtrooper, a biker scout, an Imperial Officer, and I just recently aquired an incredible Captain Rex costume (one of the characters from the new Clone Wars movie/TV series).  I also have an almost-life-size speeder bike prop that I’ve marched with at the Disney Star Wars Weekends parades. On the Rebel side, I have quite a few of Princess Leia’s various costumes, and am working on a Rebel pilot. And I eventually hope to finish a Boba Fett costume I have in the works!

Mary Nyan:
Seeing R2-KT http://www.r2kt.com/ (built for late Katie Johnson by Jerry Green of the R2 Builders Group http://www.astromech.net/)  at Stellar con was such a bittersweet beautiful site. Could you give us an update on that droid’s family?

Cheralyn:
KT’s family is keeping very busy these days!  Albin was elected Legion Commanding Officer of the 501st this year, and that on top of his job and family life keeps him on the run.  His wife Kathy has her hands full with their twins Julianna and Elizabeth (who happens to be my goddaughter!), while Al’s older daughter Allie is starting to travel to conventions and other 501st events with him.  Lastly, KT herself has a busy schedule–she’s attended several conventions in addition to StellarCon, and just last week she put in an appearance at a Carolina Garrison dinner featuring a speaker from the Make-A-Wish Foundation http://www.wish.org/.

Mary Nyan:
What about costumes from other popular shows such as Trek, Who, Galactica, SG1, B5, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc?

Cheralyn:
I really do enjoy all sorts of costuming, and have a pretty big collection!  In addition to my Star Wars costumes, I have quite a few Trek costumes (from several of the series/movies); an original series Battlestar Galactica uniform (just can’t get into the new one); the character Doctor Frasier from Stargate (I was glad to be able to find another use for my old Air Force uniform!); a Ringwraith from Lord of the Rings; a Ghostbuster; and several Harry Potter costumes.

Mary Nyan:
I recall you once cosplayed as Betty from the Rocketeer. Do you do much in way of super heroine / comic book related costumes?

Cheralyn:
Most of my costumes are movie/TV recreations, but I do have a few super heroine (and even super hero!) costumes.  I have an Isis costume from the old ’70’s TV show, and a costume of the girl Robin character Carrie Kelley from the graphic novel Batman:  The Dark Knight Returns.  It’s pretty much the same as the Robin costume from the  ’60s’ Batman TV series, though, so it does double duty!

Mary Nyan:
What are some of the fan groups and organizations you’re a member of?

Cheralyn:
In addition to the 501st, I also belong to SG-11 and SG SoCOM (Stargate groups); the pirate group Buccaneers of the Atlantic Coast http://www.atlanticbuccaneers.com/ ; and the North Carolina Fellowship (a LOTR club).  I also perform with Luna-C Productions http://luna-c.mhost.com/, a travelling comedy troupe that spoofs sci-fi shows and movies at conventions.

Mary Nyan:
Speaking of Buccaneers, pirates have been in the news in recent months with less than glamorous appeal. Has this real piracy that had any awkward affect on those fun pirate adventure shows?

Cheralyn:
Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have affected what we do. We’ve had people make occasional comments to us (such as “Funny, you don’t LOOK like Somalian pirates!”), but overall I think they can appreciate the historical contrast between the pirates we represent and the pirates of today.

Mary Nyan:
You also do historical reenactment & demonstrations. Could you tell us about those?

Cheralyn:
While I enjoy participating in historical events, I freely admit to not being an authenic re-enactor!  I belong to the ShadowPlayers http://www.shadowcombat.com/ , a stage combat group that does sword fighting demonstrations and shows for various event such as pirate/nautical festivals, school groups, Renaissance Faires, and movie premieres.  Our most popular genre at the moment is definitely pirates, and we have a busy schedule of tall ship and maritime festivals this year!  But while we strive to make sure our weapons are authentic, we stress that our clothing may not be truly period–as we like to put it, we’re Hollywood pirates. Our fighting is all completely choreographed, just as it is in film and TV.

Mary Nyan:
What is your advice to someone who wants to learn how to sword fight?

Cheralyn:
Seek out a trained, credited instructor.  And I can’t stress enough that safety should be first and foremost. The ShadowPlayers have been performing as a group for over 17 years, and in all that time we have never had a serious accident or injury to ourselves, and none at all to our patrons. We learned from an instructor who was accredited with the Society of American Fight Directors, the organization that trains performers how to carry out safe sword-fighting for theater, television and film.

Mary Nyan:
Aside from the European purriod attire, any Asian costumes or apparel in your closet?

Cheralyn:
I don’t really have much in the way of Asian costumes in my collection, although I do have a beautiful brocade jacket a friend of mine brought me from Vietnam, as well as some traditional garb another friend brought from me from China.

Mary Nyan:
What did you do on The Patriot? Didja Meet Mel Gobson?

Cheralyn:
I actually did quite a few things on The Patriot!  My original job there was as a dyer/ager–those are the people whose task it is to take all the beautiful brand new costumes that the costume shop has just constructed or bought, and make them look old, dirty, and lived-in. You wouldn’t think it, but there really is an art to doing it realistically. I can’t even think how many pairs of new shoes I scuffed up, and how many British red coats I tore and stained!

Once shooting began, I worked on set as a set costumer, helping many of the performers get dressed and making sure they stayed dirty.  Lastly, I got the chance to work as an extra in several of the scenes–I’ve been told you can see me pretty clearly in one of the church scenes, and there’s even a side view photo of me in the Patriot companion book! And yes, I did get to meet Mel, and even worked on several of his costume pieces.

Mary Nyan:
There were quite a few damaged redcoats in that movie! And Leatherheads? Didja meet George Clooney?

Cheralyn:
Leatherheads was great fun!  I actually started out as an extra on that one, and then moved on into the costume crew. George Clooney was a great director, and has a wicked sense of humor!

Mary Nyan:
So how was Vegas?

Cheralyn:
It’s sad, but I never actually got to go to Vegas to see the Star Trek Experience. :(  It’s even more sad now that it’s closed down, although I was very glad to hear they are re-locating it–hopefully I’ll have the chance to see it in its new location.


Mary Nyan:
What do you think of the new Star Trek movie?

Cheralyn:
I really enjoyed it!  Star Trek is not an area of fandom I’ve been extremely active in–my interest in it has mainly stemmed from my work at Paramount–but I thought the new movie was an excellent re-imagining of the first Trek series.  I felt it was able to bring new life into the genre while still being able to maintain much of the feel of the original.

Mary Nyan:
Didja hit the casinos in Vegas?

Cheralyn:
Not yet, but that is definitely on my list of things to do!

Mary Nyan:
We’re very curious about what sort of costume design studio or work shop you might have. Could you tell us about that?

Cheralyn:
I have a small work space in my apartment–basically the second bedroom–where I keep my various sewing machines, my computer, and supplies, as well as store and/or display many of my costumes and props.  Someone once commented that it looked like Paramount Pictures, ILM, the Henson Creature Workshop and the BBC all exploded in there at once!

Mary Nyan:
What are some of your favorite fabrics, materials, tools, chemicals etc you use?

Cheralyn:
To be honest, one of my favorite materials to work with is Fun Foam–the brightly colored sheets of craft foam you can get a hobby shops and even the craft department at Wal-Mart.  You can cut and glue it into many shapes; you can even sew it; and I discovered that if you coat it with white craft glue, you can paint over it.  I’ve seen some very convincing armor made out of it, and in fact much of my Slave Leia costume is constructed of it.

Mary Nyan:
What about where you coiff your hair & make-up, purrosthetics, wigs etc?

Cheralyn:
I keep a great many of my wigs and hairpieces in my workshop as well.  Some of them are stored flat in labelled plastic bags, so I can find them easily, and others are stored on foam wig heads.  As for my make-up, I keep a lot of my theatrical make-up with my regular day-to-day cosmetics, again so I can find it easily!

Mary Nyan:
Do you have many shoes and boots?

Cheralyn:
More than I can count!  Many of my day-to-day shoes are also used for costuming, but then I have some specialty footwear such as my Ringwraith boots, my Slave Leia shoes, my stormtrooper/biker scout boots, and many others.  I also have a pretty good selection of historical footwear as well.

Mary Nyan:
What are your purrfurred melee & ranged weapons, low or high tech?

Cheralyn:
In my stage combat work with the ShadowPlayers, I’ve used a wide variety of bladed weapons–broadsword, rapier, dagger, and cutlass.  I’ve also fought with a shield, and more recently I’ve been getting pretty handy with a bullwhip!  And then of course I have a pretty varied selection of futuristic weaponry for my various sci-fi costumes.

Mary Nyan:
Of course, Obi Wan though blasters were not as civilized as the sabers! Who are your favorite artists / designers?

Cheralyn:
I’ve definitely been influenced by the works of George Lucas and Jim Henson, as well as the amazing artistry of the WETA workshop team that produced costumes, props, etc. for The Lord of the Rings films.

Mary Nyan:
Favorite authors?

Cheralyn:
My favorite classical author is Alexandre Dumas, and of course I enjoy Tolkien. More recent authors are Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

Mary Nyan:
Please tell us a bit about your writing purrojects, Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, and Ghosts of Charlotte?

Cheralyn:
My first book, Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, should be going to print any day now, and covers quite a few good ghost stories from various theaters in both North and South Carolina.  I’m just finishing up my second ghost book, Ghosts of Charlotte, and both of these will be put out by Schiffer Publishinghttp://www.schifferbooks.com/

Mary Nyan:
What purrcentage of the haunts cannot be explained by science?

Cheralyn:
That’s very hard to say. While there are more than a few “haunting” experiences that can be explained by things such as faulty wiring in a building, odd natural phenomena, or even downright hoaxes, there are some out there that seem to defy explanation. I try to keep an open mind both ways.

Mary Nyan:
Have you ever seen a ghost? If so what happened?

Cheralyn:
I didn’t actually SEE a ghost, but I did have quite an unnerving experience at one of the theaters I worked at.  I spent one summer on the crew of The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama http://www.thelostcolony.org/ in Manteo, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  The Lost Colony itself was the first British settlement established in North America in the 1580’s, and every single one of its inhabitants mysteriously vanished without a trace–to this day, historians are uncertain as to what happened to them.

The outdoor theater is situated at the site of the actual colony, and is said, of course, to be extremely haunted. The summer I worked there was the 50th anniversary of the play, as well as the 400th anniversary of the colony’s founding–the energy in the atmosphere was extremely high, and, as the costume shop supervisor only half-jokingly put it, there was “much spiritual unrest.”  Several of my coworkers that summer reported hearing disembodied voices and seeing strange sights.

My own experience took place as I was finishing up work one night after a performance.  I was sorting costume laundry in a hallway in one of the buildings to either side of the theater when I heard footsteps coming up behind me on the wooden floor.  Thinking it was one of my fellow crew members, I pulled my work to one side to let them pass, and glanced up to see who it might be–only to disover that there was no one there to cause the footsteps.

They continued past me down the hallway, and the door at the end of the hall opened and closed by itself.  I remember standing frozen in place for several seconds, just staring at the door, until I finally got up and scooted into the costume shop, where I knew there were other people.  None of them really seemed surprised to hear my story, and none of them were surprised that I didn’t want to be anywhere alone in the theater the rest of the night!

Mary Nyan:
Manteo is not far from here! So what is your theory about ghosts?

Cheralyn:
I don’t really have a theory about ghosts in general–I’ve seen and heard enough to convince ME that they exist, but again, I try to keep an open mind on both sides.  I do have a theory about why most theaters seem to be haunted–it takes a lot of energy for a haunting, any haunting, to manifest, and theaters are certainly full of energy!

Mary Nyan:
We once had an incident with a troublesome spirit http://catgirlisland.net/Tales/Nyanko.html, and there are some ghost ducks http://catgirlisland.net/Tales/Dach.html here on the island if you want to see them later!

Cheralyn:
Definitely! :)

Mary Nyan:
What are your current or upcoming literary, costume, and other purrojects?

Cheralyn:
In addition to my two ghost books, I’ve also just finished and submitted a book about making costumes for puppets called The Well-Dressed Puppet (also to be published by Schiffer).  Costuming-wise, I have quite a few “fun” projects in the works, but that’s always the case!  And I’ve started to dabble in fiction writing as well as non-fiction, but that’s in the very very early stages–I’ll have to wait and see if anyting actually might come of it.

Mary Nyan:
Lastly, what cons, festivals or other events will you be appearing at this year?

Cheralyn:
It looks to be a busy year!  So far I’ve appeared at MarsCon http://www.marscon.net/, ShevaConhttp://www.shevacon.org/, StellarCon http://www.stellarcon.org/home and Ravenconhttp://www.ravencon.com/ ; I’ll be participating at Disney Star Wars Weekends http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/hollywood-studios/special-events/star-wars-weekend/ again this year, and plan to attend ConCarolinas http://www.concarolinas.org/ , Shore Leave http://www.shore-leave.com/ , and of course DragonCon http://www.dragoncon.org/. And then I have a few pirate festivals coming up, such as Charleston HarborFest http://www.charlestonharborfest.org/ in June and a tall ships festival in Oswego, New York, in July.

Mary Nyan:
Tthank you so very much for taking the time to chat with us, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your visit to the island!

Cheralyn:
Thanks, Mary Nyan!  I’ve enjoyed chatting with you, and have enjoyed my stay so far on Catgirl Island.  I think now I’ll change into my metal bikini and hit the beach!

Mary Nyan:
After the beach luau tonight we’ll bike to the southwest end to see those ducks! Cheralyn Lambeth has a blog at http://ghostposting.blogspot.com/, an entry at the Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1916297/, and a web site which is still under construction at http://www.galleryquest.net/! That’s all for this segment but we’ll be right back with a few more mewsings after this short break!

(snip)
(one short break later…)

Anticipations for summer amewsments

Mary Nyan:
Wow that was fun she is so nice! I need to keep an eye out for her books. Oh and I also hope to get Ursula Vernon’s forthcoming storybook “Dragonbreath”, Jamie Davenport’s pending 2nd novel “The Beast Undone”, and Mark Schultz: Various Drawings vol. 4! So what else is everyone looking forward to?

Nyanko:
As for the summertime cinema, Inglourious Basterds, Black Dynamite and District 9 look interesting, and I might go see Tekken!

Yvonne:
Summer movies I wanna see are Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Putrince, and Miyazaki’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, nya! I hope Disney hurries up and releases Only Yesterday and Tales from Earthsea too, nya!

Jeannie:
Although the 2007 Transformers movie was far too silly and not very good, I do plan to lead the robotics club to the matinee show of the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I am also interested in seeing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Mielikki:
Mm, I would like to see Sandra Bullock’s new movie The Proposal, Diane Lane in Killshot, and Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp &  Christian Bale… fur shur!

Elizabeth:
There are several DVDS I think are coming out soon, such as Peanuts 1960’s Collection, Coraline, the Green Lantern OVA , Charlie’s Angel’s Season 4 and Bewitched season 8!

Mike:
And on that note, that”ll do it for this month’s episode of The Mew!

The Cat Lady Sings…

Yvonne:
Wow it just dawned on me how much fashion & cosplay content was in today’s Mew, with Joei, Cheralyn, Sakky, the con report & bikini topic, those Indian mewsicals, and the fashion designs in those artworks and of details of those action figures and the belly dance stuff, nya! This was purractically the costume special, nya!

Jeannie:
Hmm that is a good point. Speaking of which, we would like to thank past guests Joei & Sakky, purresent guest Cheralyn, artists Rebecca & Kate, and out web master Jamie Robertson helping to make this a most merry meowy Mew!

Mary Nyan:
If y’all have polite sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them -purrvided that such brief remarks are spam-free and stay on-topic. Spam & flame posts will be deleted!
Nyanko:
Everyone remember that during a movie, turn off your phone or PDA and don’t talk, text, or rudely light it up.

Mielikki:
Fur Shur!

Elizabeth:
Thanks for watching The Mew everybody!

(the girls in unison):
HAPPY FATHERS DAY, nya!

Mike:
We’ll be back with more mewsings, reviews, picks for best stuff of the first half of 2009, and additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art next month! Be there… aloha!

(the girls in unison):
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! BaiBai, nya!

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