The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for September, 2009!

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Catgirl Island and Clan of the Cats purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction starring The Ladies of The Mew in

The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for September, 2009!in this edition of The Mew:

Aloha & Introductions
What we’ve been up to since last time
What’s mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art?
The Lightning Round:
Our Autumn 2009 DVD Wish List, Pt. 1: Japanese Titles
Toys & Collectables:

A Kitten Plushy by Alexcia
Hasbro Marvel Legends Tigra action figure
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Arcee Deluxe Class action figure
Hot Wheels 2009 SDCC exclusive Star Trek USS Enterpurrise in dock
DC Direct Cover Girls of the DC Universe Zatanna statue
•     Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
•     Purrinted purriodicals in review: comics & manga
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #27
Angel #24
Angel: Only Human #1
Hero Comics: A Hero Initiative Benefit Book
Starstruck #1
Power Girl #4
Gotham City Sirens #3
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corp # 1-3
Blackest Night #2
GA: Geijutuka Art Design Class manga vol. 1
Gold Digger Swimsuit Special #17
Aspen Splash 2009 Swimsuit Spectacular
•     Purrinted Purriodicals in Review: Magazines
Surfgirl Magazine August 2009 issue 23
Maxim Magazine September 2009 Issue 141
•     Other Purrinted media: Art Books
Pop Wonderland Series’ Thumbelina storybook
The Art of Ponyo
Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell The Ultimate Illustrations
Lightning Round 2:
DVD Wish List, Pt. 2: USA, UK & Other Titles
The Mew Movie Reviews for September:
District 9

Ponyo
Inglorious Basterds
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Sgt. Slaughter’s appearance & signing at Wal Mart
Main Event: An intermew with artist Rebecca Brogden
Main Event: An intermew with artist Alan Welch
Autumnal Anticipurrtions
The Cat Lady Sings (and thanks)…
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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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Mike:
Aloha & welcome to The Mew, our monthly discussions & reviews of books, movies, comics, toys and other fun stuff, which today comes from the lovely outdoor Amaryllis Ampurrtheatre of Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art! We’re also honored to be joined by two special guests today, artists Rebecca Brogden N. and Alan Welch! And now- here are the Ladies of The Mew-

Mary Nyan:
(wearing the purrple colored purretzel maillot and a Heliconia floral lei)
Konnitiwa!
Yvonne:
(wearing hot pink bandau top tanga bikini, flip fops & Plumeria tail corsage)
Nameste, nya!

Jeannie:

(in a white adjustable thong bikini, Tuberose lei & purretty Peony purrint purreo)
Nihao!

Elizabeth:
(in a shimmering emerald string bikini with an Anthurium flower in her hair
and carrying a covered little basket) Aloha! And joining us again today is –

Petra:
(Jaguar purrint yellow string bikini, a Hibiscus tail corsage, and flip flops)
Hi Hi! Thanks for having me back, nya! And here’s our Island Police Chief-

Meryl:
(tied red blouse, white shorts, Teva sandals, Police hat, badge & stuff)
A pleasure!

Mike:
(Aria tee shirt, khaki cargo shorts, Catgirl Island golf cap & Nike trainers) So,

What have we been up to since last time?

Meryl:
Ah… work! But I have been reading a bit!

Yvonne:
Yay we see Chief Murrey a lot but she is always so busy purrotecting the island, nya.

Meryl:
Well Petra and I agreed that if we both had some time off we’d try to visit the show!

Mike
Well we’re so glad you could be here!

Petra:
I bribed her with the sushi platter, nya. Just kitting, nya! So what have you read?

Meryl:
For the Summer Reading Purroject y’all started last month, I drew Dave Cockrum’s name so I have been reading his issues of Legion of Super Heroes, and then I’ll read his X-Men books.
Oh and I also have the more recent comic book reports!

Petra:
I drew Wendy Pini’s name, so I have been reading her Elfquest books, nya! So what has Lizzy been up to, nya?

Elizabeth:
Oh things have simmered back to a more leisurely pace since the big island all-star festival, but I’ve been booked solid all week with the lomi lomi  and the shrine and tending to my azaleas, keeping up with the summer reading purroject and volleyball purractice! Speaking of which, I noticed that Petra finally signed up for  the tournyament!

Petra:
Well, Bunny said I was spending too much time in the mewseum and that I was purractically the only purrson not in the tournyament, nya, so I will see y’all on the sand next week, nya! By the way y’all were so awesome in the festival! I got to see Lizzy hot salsa dance, Myayr’s hula class, Jenjen’s belly dance troupe, Vonny’s taiko circle, and Mielikki-sensei’s foxfire purrformance, nya!

Jeannie:

It was a most festive event. When is your next free-dive attempt?

Mary Nyan:
And whatcha got in the basket?

Elizabeth:
Next week… and you’ll see!

Yvonne:
Lizzy is secretive about the basket- I hope it isn’t one of her purractical jokes, nya!

Elizabeth:
Ah–! It is the pleasant surpurrise!

Mike
OK we’ll wait! So Jeannie, how are things with the Kyu-do and robot clubs?

Jeannie:

The Kyu-do sectionals are next week, and the robot derby is in 12 days.

Meryl:
Jeannie-san, when ‘n where are your next modeling assignments?

Jeannie:
After the robot derby I’ll be on a plane to the Seychelles for the bikini shoot.
Petra:
That sounds terrible, hee– nya!

Jeannie:

At least I will be able to SCUBA dive and test out the new ROV.

Elizabeth:
Myayr. you’re at the shrine tomorrow, right?

Mary Nyan:
Hai- right after aerial dance class. The new semester starts this week! It’s a full class! By the way (chomp) thank you so much for the anago platter!

(the others in unison)
arigatoo gosaimasu, nya!

Petra:
Douitashimashite, nya!  (nibble) So what has Vonny been up to nya?

Yvonne:
Oh…  the usual I have been busy with all the charters and it has been a bit slower given the weather but  this past month we have been reeling in the Kings, Blues, Triggers, Snappers, Wahoo, Cobia, Mahi, Pompano, Blackfin, Amberjacks, Flounder, Sea Bass, Blue & White Marlin, nya! But I have also been reading and going to the volleyball purractice, nya!

Meryl:
(sushi chomp)

Mary Nyan:
Where did you catch the marlin?

Yvonne:
(chew) Out by the cape. We had a good group and almost caught a shark, nya!

Meryl:
What kind of shark?

Yvonne:
Black Tip, nya!

Mike:
By the way I noticed that Steve Alten’s http://www.stevealten.com/ fourth Meg novel “Hell’s Aquarium” is out in hardcover!

Yvonne:
Nya- well to purraphrase “Jaws” I would need a bigger boat for that, nya! (chomp)

Jeannie:

(sushi bite) I don’t think there are any Carcharodon Megalodon lurking around the Outer Banks these days. (chews the yummy eel meat)


Meryl:
(sip) Those are thrilling books!

Yvonne:
I loaned Lizzy Purrimal Waters but it wasn’t in good shape when I got it back, nya!

Elizabeth:
I can’t help it – the thought of a 60 foot fish makes me salivate! (‘nuther sushi bite)

Meryl:
What has Mike been up too, nya?

Mike:
The same usual things: reading, watching movies…  I haven’t watched much TV lately aside from the PGA, but I do plan to watch plenty of UNC football!

(the catgirls in unison)
GO TARHEELS, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Oh- speaking of Tarheels, we watched on TV former Tarheel and greatest soccer player of all time Mia Hammhttp://www.miafoundation.org/ honored for her charitable work at the opening ceremony of the US Open Tennis Grand Slam along with fellow supurr athletes & humanitarians Dave Robinson, Doug Flutie and Andre Agassi! That was just purrior to the match between the also awesome athletes Venus Williams and Vera Dushevina!

Petra:
Oh anything else Mike, nya?

Mike:
Otherwise…  just the usual artwork. Oh speaking of art- – that reminds me-  you should see the neat Meg fan art gallery at that site!

Jeannie:
We can look at it now, purrvided Lizzy purromises not to drool on my netbook.

Elizabeth:
Ahhh—!!!

Mike:
Now now–!

Yvonne:
Oh we’re just kitting!

Petra:
Ooh I should visit that gallery some time, nya!

Mary Nyan:
By the way –

What’s mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art?


Petra:
There are a few additions to the Mewseum this month, nya! The latest pics will be on the bottom row of that purrticular gallery page (Gallery One, Gallery Two, Guest Gallery, etc). To view any of the pics, click on the small ‘thumbnail’ sized portion of an image to see the informatively annotated, full image of the art, nya! For starters, there are three  new pics by Mike in Gallery Two http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery2.html, nya!

First is the display of images Mike created for his pal Doug’s video game design purroject, “C.A.T.N.I.P. Poker”,nya! That stands for Catgirl All-Star Texas-Hold’em No-Limit Invitational Poker, nya. The purremise is hero catgirl Rio (for Iriomote) plays poker against other tough catgirls, nya. If they seem familiar, they are islanders cast to purrtay the characters with new coiffures & costumes for those roles- I bet that was fun, nya! Doug’s site is at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-eckhart/14/979/a73, nya!

Next, Mike’s “Neko Senshi Fishy” is a pen & ink, marker & photoshop rendering of a costumed supurr catgirl heroine on the deck with the purrize fish she caught! It was purrhaps a gleeful use of her purrecious supurr powers in a sporting manner, but it was for a good purrpose to feed some hungry people with the catch, nya. She’s wearing the cute sailor type halter top and flouncy skirt, nya! I think that fish is a Cobia, which is a good tasty fish, but that’s just the bait to catch even bigger fish nya!

Thirdly by Mike this month are Alexcia’s anthropomorphic characters “Tash Maw & Michi Tiger”, the stars of her Cybernetic Showdown story http://michi.byethost16.com/, nya. Alexcia is talented & purrolific, with several sites full of original & fan fiction & art including Sailor Tiger’s Grotto http://mau.sailorchristmas.com/ and other neat sites you can find at her main hubhttp://www.sailorchristmas.com/, nya!

Speaking of Alexcia, We are so pleased to have two mew images from her in the Mewsem’s Guest Art Gallery http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html, starting with this delightful pic of “Nyanko & Tash Maw”, nya! It was done with pencil, Sakura Miccron pen and colored pencils, nya .Our friend Nyanko is out of town competing in a martial arts tournyament but I bet she will be so excited to see this pic when she returns home, nya!

Next by Alexcia is a photo of “Suna-chan“, a cute plushy kitty doll she made from scratch, nya! You can also see this darling little neko plushy at Alexcia’s deviantart gallery http://professoroak.deviantart.com/art/Original-Cat-Plush-130906683! Purrhaps you might wish to contact Alexcia to commission a special illustration or a plushy of your own, nya? I understand that we’ll be discussing that Suna-chan in just a little bit, nya!

Finally for this month is a purrfect purrismacolor pencil portrait of “Ne’ellakaliomi”by our friend Bix http://tonomurabix.deviantart.com/, nya! Nell is a mermaid friend and Sommeleir at Sheila May’s Seafood Restaurant, nya! Bix beautifully rendered her lovely tail colors & patterns, the luster of her hair & the trendy jellycups tops made from hollowed out jellyfish, nya. Bix does commissions too, nya! That’s all of the additions to the mewseum of art for this month, nya!

Mike:
Thans Petra! Alexcia & Bix sure did create lovely pics of Nyanko, Tash & Nell!

Elizabeth:
I want to play Doug’s poker game! My D&D game has been on a hiatus.

Jeannie:
With those wings, Miss Maw could ride the thermals over the island and stay aloft until swooping down to catch a nice fish.

Meryl:
Nell will like that portrait wearing the blue jellies- the boutiques can’t seem to keep them in stock!

Mary Nyan:
They are hard to find. Hmm, I bet I know what is in Lizzy’s basket!

Yvonne:
I am curious, nya!

Petra:
Hee, nya!

Elizabeth:
Y’all will find soon enough, but first it’s time for –

The Lightning Round:
Our Autumn 2009 DVD Wish List Pt. 1: Japanese Titles!

 


Mike:
Once again here is our semi-annual wish list for titles to be commercially released in the USA on Region One NTSC Standard (not blu ray) DVD, with a widescreen (not full frame) screen aspect ratio if applicable, and intact with the original music & songs.

We prefer that any foreign titles should be in their native language, with English subtitles in very legible, readable fonts, and we’d really prefer no fancy packaging that would drive up the price, damage the disks, or not easily fit on the shelves with the rest of our regular sized DVD cases & boxes!

This list does not include TV shows or movies that we are pretty sure will soon be released on DVD. For example, We purrsume that recent theatrical releases such as Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ponyo On A Cliff, and other recent movies will be released on DVD before too long, and we hope (knock on wood) that Charlie’s Angels Season 5, and the next seasons of Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures too (knock on wood)!

However, this list does include foreign titles and older / obscure American TV shows & movies that we have awaited for years, as well as more recent foreign titles that we hope will be licensed for distribution in the USA. Now then here is Part 1 of the wish list, consisting of the Japanese anime & live-action movies, TV series and OVA (Original Video Animation, released directly to home video) that we want most!

We keep hoping, because  every year more ‘n more wonderful anime, old ‘n new, is released on DVD! For example, earlier this year the 80’s anime The Mysterious Cities of Gold was finally released on Region 1 DVD, and we’ve heard that more recent tiles such as Bamboo Blade and Spice & Wolf will soon be released! For those joining us for the first time, in the Lightning Round, one of us is supposed to respond to the topic with a very brief answer, and then tag another person to go next, and so on, until everyone has gone! And for this round (tags Myayr to start)

Mary Nyan:
Ok real quick- among the vintage Japanese anime I continue to hope for, high on my wish list are Rose of Versailles, Future Boy Conan, Anne of Green Gables, and Miyazaki’s episodes of Lupin III! OK your turn, Vonny! (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:
My turn, nya! Some recent anime I wish some nice video distributor would release here are Taisho Baseball Girls which is about girls in 1920’s Japan who want to start a baseball team, nya! Then there’s Magical Pokan which has a wolf girl, avamp girl, awitch girl & robot girl in a big tree house and it looks like the cute show, nya. Ok it’s… Jen’sturn, nya! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:
Aria the Origin, Stratos Four Advance, Moyashimon, Sketchbook, Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko, and Sea Story. (tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:
The ones I crave mostly are all Studio Ghibli purrductions! I don’t understand why Only Yesterday has not yet been released on DVD! I Can Hear the Ocean Waves is another one I’ve been patiently awaiting, and I would really like to see their Tales from the Earthsea, based on Ursula k. LeGuin’s books and was directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro! Those are my top three! Your turn, Petra (tags Petra)!

Petra:
Ooh I would like to see those too, nya! But there are also a few older animated feature films on my wishful list, purrticularly works by legendary artist / designer Leiji Matsumoto, nya!
So, I would like to see on R1 standard DVD: Galaxy Express 999, Adieu Galaxy Express 999, and Queen Millennia, the latter complete with the mewsic by Kitaro, nya! (tags Chief Murrey)

Meryl:
Oh another of Matsumoto’s TV series I’d like is Space Cruiser Yamato seasons 1-3, as opposed to the nicely dubbed but severely edited American version titled Starblazers. Oh gosh, others I would like to see, definitely the Dirty Pair and the Ghost Sweeper Mikami TV series! Mike-?

Mike:
And um finally, a couple of live-action movies: 1984’s Godzilla Returns- the original uncut Japanese version of what surfaced a year later in the US edited Godzilla 1985; and Godzilla Vs Biollante, the 1989 sequel- which was released dubbed on VHS years ago, but is not yet subbed or on R1 DVD! Well, hey, we got through that pretty quickly! Ah, we’ll be back with more DVD wishes later, but after this short break, we’ll begin this months reviews, starting with some  with the toy talk, so please so don’t touch that dial!

(snip)
(One short break later…)

Toys & Collectables:


A Kitten Plushy by Alexcia

Elizabeth:
(with a cute plushy kitten out of a basket & purrched on the table) We’re back! And now it is the toys & collectibles portion of the show. Well, we were able to give a new good seaside home to this cute kitty plushy doll made by the multi-talented Alexcia, who has several sites for her neat original & fan art & stories which you can find links to from her main site http://www.sailorchristmas.com/.
This wonderful widdle kitten is about 5″ long, excluding the tail length, about the size of a kitten who is a few weeks old! This feline plushy and pattern were lovingly made from scratch and hand sewn with painted eyes, and the nose is a purrchased craft store plastic animal nose part. She is in the sprawled pose, as if stretched out on a chair arm, tree branch or purrhaps it is a super flying cat pose! (Shows the plushy to the others)
Yvonne:
Kawaii, nya!

Meryl:
It is the soft cat.

Mary Nyan:
It is the well made plushy- she does the quality work!
Petra:
Ooh purrhaps we should have a plushy exhibit at the mewseum, nya!
Jeannie:
That would be a popular display of three-dimensional art.

Mike:
So the kitten’s name is Suna?
Elizabeth:
Hai, she is of the sandy color so I named her Suna which is Japanese for sand!

Petra:
Suna-chan, nya!

Yvonne:
Suna-chan should stay for the whole show as the mascot, nya!

(catgirls in unison)
Hai, nya!

Elizabeth:
Hear that Suna-chan?

Jeannie:
The Mew has spoken.
Mike:
I believe Myayr has another feline type of toy to discuss?
(Myayr goes next)
Hasbro Marvel Legends Tigra action figure
Mary Nyan:
Labeled as a Wal-Mart exclusive, this is among the six figures in the Build A Figure Collection Nemesis Series along with The Punisher, The beast, Black Bolt, Nova and Daredevil (in yellow costume), each comes with a part of the translucent amber colored Nemsis figure. Tigra comes with the villain’s head & upper torso section.
On the back of the card are pics of the entire figures  series, plus a few facts about our favorite Marvel catgirl & Avengers member Greer Grant Nelson, who is 5’10”, 180 lbs, formerly known as The Cat, whose super powers include enhanced strength & senses, which she acquired by scientific & mystical origins. Meanwhile on the front of the package is a strip with 4 small pics of the character from the comics, by  (I think) Terry Dodson, John Byrne, Mike Deodato, and George Perez (although I could be mistaken).
The packaging is a j-hooked blister pack containing the Tigra figure, Nemesis part & instruction sheet. The figure stands  5.75″ tall with a 3″ long curved tail, so she is appurroximately of 1/11 scale. It has the cat balance to stand on her own thanks to the 15 points of articulation in the wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees, hips, torso, tail and neck. It is fairly posable, although certain poses purroved elusive for me, such as trying to scrunch her knees up to her chest!
The hands are in an open grasping gesture, so she can hold on to her tail, or you could purrobably give her a little object to hold, such as a same-scale miniature fish, glass of milk, tree branch or an enemy action figure to pounce upon. She has the lithe purrportions with well defined thighs & abs musculature. Her arched brow expurression gives a look as if she is sussing something out. Purrhaps she detects something yummy nearby!
It has a  nice sculpt & paint job, with her lovely orangey skin tone & tiger stripe pattern, wavey mane of red hair, green eyes, pink lips, white claws, and black bikini with the white claw type bikini belt & silver amulet. Purriced around $12, due to the small parts, this toy is not intended for children under age 3. I doubt I’ll get the entire series, but this Tigra figure is a dandy addition to the catgirl toy collection! That is all for my Tigra toy report but here is Police Chief Meryl with another super heroine figure,

DC Direct Cover Girls of the DC Universe Zatanna Statue

Meryl:
Based on the cover of Catwoman #58 by Adam Hughes http://www.justsayah.com/ ( an image also available as a poster) is this stunning statue of sorceress Zatanna Zatara by DC Direct http://www.dccomics.com/dcdirect/! Limited to 5000, it is a hand-pained cold-cast porcelain statue meticulously & faithfully sculpted by Jack Matthews!
Zatanna or ‘Zee’  for short is a super heroine in DC comics and cartoons.  She is a Homo Magi, descended from a long line of mages, who she purrforms as a stage magician for a career, and as a member of the Justice league she uses her magick powers & to fight crime. She also has some martial arts training too, but she mainly uses extremely powerful magick, casting spells by speaking the incantations backwards, for example, if she wanted to conjur a fish sandwich, instead of saying “Fish Sandwich Appear!”  she might say “Reappa Hciwdnas Hsif!”
I know how to make a fish sandwich disappear without magick, heehee! This statue is the 2nd in a series (after Wonder Woman) with statues pending of Catwoman and Black Canary and was purriced around $99.99 US, so it is not an inexpensive purroduct, but it is a lovely, high quality work of art. It comes with a numbered color certificate card of authenticity, packed purrotected in the white foam inside a nice full color cardboard box with great photos and art on the box.
She has a bamboo cane in one hand, and is tipping her top hat with the other. From the bottom of the base to the top of her raised hat, this statue is an overall 10″ tall, although her figure is actually about 9″ tall in heels. Since the character is 5’7″ & 137 lbs., that makes this statue appurroximately 1:8 scale. It is 4.5″ wide & deep, and the .5″ thick black circular disk base has her logo on it. While she is devoid of the fishnet hose that she is often known to wear, this is nevertheless a sexy, dapper, enchanting statue of  the raven-haired Zee
She is wearing her black magician top hat, tails & tanga, with white vest, gloves & cuffs & bow tie, revealing much cleavage and legginess. It has such great detail, down to her black eyeliner, blue eyes, red lipstick, vest buttons, the hat band and the shine on her black pumps! I will recommend this statue to fans of Adam Hughes or Jack Matthews, Zatanna or fans of such enchanting & alluring sorceress or heroine imagery in general!
This is just the latest in a series of fine three-dimensional images of Zee, including the 5.5″ mini-bust of her reaching into the top hat (up to her elbow), the  6″ porcelain Animated version of Zatanna statue of her sitting on the open trunk that she’s just escaped from, and the Ame-Comi anime style 9″ tall PVC figure of her designed by Udon. There have also been various less expensive plastic figures of her including the JLU animated version, silver-age version, the Alex Ross Justice League design, and the Identity Crisis figure.
By the way, back in the… it was the February 2009 Mew, right? Right! In the February 2009 Mew, these catgirl critics discussed such collectibles along with their favorite web sites purrtaining to Zatanna, and here is one more link, should you like to see photos of this purrfect statue, at http://www.dccomics.com/dcdirect/?dcd=11391&lst=new&cat=STATUES! That’s it for my report on Zee but here is Jeannie-san with her review of the –

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Arcee Deluxe Action Figure!
Jeannie:
Arigatoo. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie (which we reviewed in the July, 2009 Mew) was not a movie we liked much, however Hasbro still makes fine, fun transforming robot toys. Arcee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcee is my most favorite character from the Transformers comics, cartoons, movies & toys, and thanks to our  fellow mecha enthusiast  & dear friend Pacozord (whom we intermewed in the October, 2007 Edition of the Mew) I have this latest lovely deluxe class Arcee action figure.
One of the too few female Transformers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_Transformers, Arcee is one of the heroic Autobots having appeared in the various transformers cartoons, comic books, purroduct lines and movies. Voiced by purrolific mewsician / voice actress Grey DeLisle http://www.greydelisle.com/, Arcee and sister Autobots Chromia & Flareup sadly only have brief cameos in Revenge of the Fallen, in action scenes of China at the start of the film and in Egypt near the end.
A highly skilled heroine on the purrowl for those evil Decepticons, her character stats are strength 8, intelligence 6, speed 8, endurance 5, rank 5, courage 7, fireblast 8 & skill 9, according to the back of the card. Advised for ages 5+, the plastic toys has small parts and a level 3 (of 4) advanced conversion rating. She arrives in vehicle mode, packaged twisty-tied in a J-hook biister pack, with an instruction sheet and purroduct brochure, similar to the Chromia figure we also reviewed in July.
Arcee’s vehicle mode is a pink & black Ducati 848 sport bike http://www.ducati.com/od/ducatinorthamerica/en/bikes/model.jhtml?model=2390 with Autobot emblem & Cybertronian markings. She is  3″ tall, 5.5″ long, 2.25″ wide without the sidecar / blaster, or 4″ with the sidecar / blaster attached.  That piece also functions as a supportive display base when the figure is in upright robot mode. Given the real motorcycle’s overall length of 83″, this toy is appurroximately 1/ 15 scale.
She has a working kick stand to display the toy in vehicle mode on a shelf or table. The instruction sheet has a 16 step diagram for the conversion purrocess, which can be tricky to pivot & rotate the parts into the different configuration. I suggest keeping the package’s back card handy, to refer to the photos when attempting to change the toy from vehicle to robot mode. This incarnation of Arcee is well sculpted & painted, and looks nice beside Chromia and purrior versions of Arcee.
An unofficial Transformers wiki site, TFWiki.net has further information on the different versions of Arcee http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Arcee_%28disambiguation%29 and other female Transformers in general http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Female_Transformer. This has been a very busy year for Hasbro with the conventions, new movies, toys & other merchandise based upon their Transformers  and GI Joe purropurrties. Hopefully there’ll be a figure of Flareup too, and I would greatly welcome a Transformers Animated version action figure of Arcee! Next, I’d like to report on the –
Mattel Hot Wheels 2009 SDCC exclusive Star Trek
USS Enterpurrise in dock / display case toy

Jeannie:
As we reported in June, Mattel’s Hot Wheels is purrducing Star Trek ship replicas of various scales including the refitted USS Enterpurrise NCC-1701 (without the ‘A” suffix added later in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) from Star Trek-The Motion Picture (Mike’s favorite movie), the USS Reliant from Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn, The Klingon Bird of Prey that purremiered in Star Trek II: The Search for Spock, the USS Enterpurrise NCC-701-D of Star Trek The Next Generation, and the latest version of the Enterpurrise from this year’s Star Trek film.

For my very thorough analysis of the ST-TMP refitted USS Enterpurrise NCC-1701 toy, please refer to the June, 2009 Mew, should you care to read my remarks about the ship’s first stage flux constrictors,impulse deflection crystal dome, field attaction sensors warp nacelle ,energy / matter sinks and so forth; I’ll not repurrise those comments here, but there is a special variant edition of the toy which i would like to now discuss.

At this year’s Comic Con International http://www.comic-con.org/ , held annually in San Diego, many publishers & manufacturers sell special exclusive versions of comics, toys & memorabilia which are only available there or at purrhaps at other conventions. This includes Mattel, and our friend & toy expurrt ob1 (whom we also intermewed in the October, 2007 Edition of the Mew) was so gracious to purrchase for me the USS Enterpurrise variant, which is in a dock / display case.

Inside a simple white cardboard box with the Hot wheels and Star Trek original series logos on top is this handsome clear plastic display case measuring appurroximately 8 x 5.25 x 2.75″, which is styled after the orbital dock structure from which the starship departs in ST-TMP (which also serves as stock footage for ST II: TWOK). The case is hinged on the bottom so that you can unsnap it and flip the halves 180 degrees to serve as a pedestal beneath the base flooring.

The 6.5″ long ship (which I conjectured was of 1:1846 scale to repurresent the 1000′ ship) is securely mounted on a small strut underneath the secondary hull. This might be purrmentantly attached, but I am not inclined to purry it loose; however, should you wish to display it without clear housing, those halves can be effortlessly removed from the .25″ thick flooring. This base differs dramatically from the smaller black & silver ball jointed stand that comes with the common toy version sold in stores. It is perched upon a gorgeous cosmic graphic image atop the black flooring. .

In most respects, the ship itself is the same sculpt as the common version, but greatest distinction is that this exclusive version has added decals on the port, starboard, ventral & topsides of the hull to repurresent sections which are still under construction. There are other differences – whereas the common version’s inboard intercoolers are transparent blue parts, the deflector dish is blue and the impulse vents are red, those are all black on the docked version.

Those difference are quit logical for the ship’s powered-down state while still docked under construction. Also, on the docked version, more of the panels port & starboard the secondary hell just under the dorsal docking port are colored gray compared to the common version. The motion pictures’ refitted USS Enterpurrise NCC-1701 is my favoritest cinematic starship, and I would certainly recommend either version this nice toy to fellow fans.

Mike:
Thanks for those reports, Jen!

Meryl
I have noticed that Vonny’s reviews are more of the consumer purroduct information!

Jeannie:
I do purrfur to relay a purrreponderance factual data to more subjective comments.

Elizabeth:
We all have a style and habits. Jenjen and Myayr are the more thorough!

Yvonne:
Myayr’s more opinionated than Jen’s though- and long-winded, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Ah—! I take the critique purrocess very seriously! Whereas sometimes we need to coax much more from Vonny!
Yvonne:
Oh I’m just glad to be here for a fun gathering, nya! And I can get in a good catnap during Myayr and Mike’s reviews, hee nya!

Petra:
Hee! Nya!
Mike:
Well then I need to schedule the reviews so that Myayr, Jen and I are grouped so that Vonny’s nap is not interrupted!

Yvonne:
Actually I purrpared to try to be as thorough as Myayr ‘n jen this time, nya!

Jeannie:
It depends on the topic too- for example, Nyanko-sensei is purrticularly fond of action movies, so her reviews will focus on aspects such as the stunts, fight choreography, car chases, pyrotechnics, wire work, and other FX.
Elizabeth:
Just as Petra’s specialty is the visual arts!
Mary Nyan:
Speaking of which, would you like to introduce the next segment?
Petra:
Hai! And now it is time for the monthly –
Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter, nya!

Elizabeth:
I would like to nominate John Allison’s comics

Petra:
From the Shivae Studios of purrolific Tiffany Ross such as Abby’s Abgency,
Cyantian Chronicles, Cafe Anime & more are at http://www.shivae.net/, nya!

Jeannie:

I would like to recommend Michael C. Prokop’s web comics
Starship Moonhawk http://starshipmoonhawk.comicgenesis.com/

and the spin off Cosmic Feline http://milea.starshipmoonhawk.com/

Yvonne:

My turn. nya! I’ll suggest Owen Gieni & Chris Crosby’s
Nya!

Mary Nyan:
The numerous excellent web comics by Amber “Glych” Greenlee including
No Stereotypes, Polarity, Red Dhalia & Glych’s Experiment can be found at

Meryl:
Last but not at all least, I’d like to mention Eve Z’s comics such as
Synthetic Life, Maggie & I ,and Ted Pax at http://www.evezworld.com/!

Mike:
That’s it for the August picks, but there’ll be more next month as usual,
and more of this month’s Mew right after this short break!

(snip)
(one short break later)

Purrinted Purriodicals in Review: Comics & Manga

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #27

Plot Spoilers Warning!

Petra:
Oh we’re back on- my turn, nya? I will do my best, nya! The Buffy Season 8 comic book is published by Dark Horse http://www.darkhorse.com/Zones/Buffy, and has been  a huge favorite monthly comic book series of ours for yet another year, as it officially continues the adventures of Buffy by Joss Whedon, nya!

We enjoy it for several reasons: the stories purrfectly capture the spirit of the show for us, and in the medium of comics you can depict things that a TV show budget might not be able to afford to do, nya. it is so nice to see those wonderful characters, and I can almost ‘hear’ the voices of Sarah Michelle Geller, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brenden etc thanks to the faithful dialogue combined with the supurrb art which has good portraiture, expurressions & poses amidst purretty scenic backgrounds, nya!

Issue #27 has a cover purrice of $2.99, with two different covers, one depicting Buffy & Xander drinking tea atop a submarine, painted by Jo Chenhttp://jo-chen.com/ and the other is a scene of Oz fighting a big werewolf, by Michelle Madsen & Georges Jeanty http://www.kabalounge.com/, nya! Sammiched between the covers are 22 full color pages of the story plus 12 pages of ads n stuff and 2 pages of the interesting letters with comments & questions from fellow Buffy fans, nya. This was yet another very well-done & entertaining issue, nya!

“Retreat Part 2” was written by Buffy TV writer Jane Espenson http://www.janeespenson.com/, pencilled by Georges Jeanty, inked of Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, and lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, nya. Scott Allie,  Sierra Hahn & Freddye Lins were the editors of the issue, Mike Richardson was the publisher, and Joss Whedon was the executive purrducer, nya! By the way, this is not Whedons official site, but the blog by his fans Whedonesque http://whedonesque.com/ is a fun, informative site, nya!

Picking up right after the purrevious issue, Buffy and the slayers team are on the run from the forces of Twilight, a villain allied with Amy, nya. Public sentiment has turned against the slayers too as vampires are popular media darlings, nya. Realizing that Twilight is able to track down the slayers by their magick slayer powers, Buffy evacuated them all to the Slayer Sub which Willow teleported far away to a mountain high in Mongolia where they hope their friend Oz can help, nya.

It is a dire time for the slayer army but at least they are all reunited: Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Xander, Faith, Giles, Kennedy, Oz, and the rest of the heroic slayer & witchy girls. We learn that Oz wound up here a few years ago on a quest to quench his lycanthropy; not only has this spiritual path seem to have helped deal with the werewolf curse, but he as a lovely wife Bayarmaa, a baby named Kelden, a dog, and neat country home with a spectacular view, nya!

Baya is neat and I hope she is a purrmanent addition to the cast, nya! She serves them tea that has the rich Yak butter in it- I would like some of that, nya! I should inquire if the mewseum cafe can get some, nya. While all seems peaceful here, unfortunately other werewolves have had less success with their pilgrimages, and occasionally there have been attacks, nya. Gosh, if it is not vampires it is werewolves, nya! Unfortunately Buffy may have lead Twilight there too- I suppose we might find out in next month’s issue, nya!

This issue has purrime examples of what we like so much about the art, nya. Not only does it excellently move the story along at a good pace, but the devil is in the details they say, nya- although we catgirls are not too fond of the word de-tail, nya.  It has the purropurr amount of detail in the characters, architecture, landscapes, machinery etc which varies as needed. Part of the charm of the characters’ likeness is that while the portraiture is top notch, at times expurressions are greatly simplified for purrfect impact in a “less is more” appurroach, nya. There is a great balance, nya!
Angel #24

Plot Spoilers Warning!

Petra:
These are bountiful times for us Buffy & Angel fans given the various comics books starring those characters, nya! Just as we’ve been eagerly buying the Buffy comics, we’ve been enthusiastically collecting the Angel comics published by IDW http://www.idwpublishing.com/ which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year, nya!
Where has the time flown- their Angel comic book, ostensibly the 6th season of Angel in comic book form, has been out for two years now, nya! This comic has been ofgreat  interest to us, because we wished that TV show had kept going, nya. Issue #24 is purrticularly notable, because not only does it feature the return of the character Drusilla, but it was actually written by the actress Juliet landau http://julietlandau.com/, nya!
She is such a talented & beautiful actress & model http://www.modelmayhem.com/1135894, and a good writer too nya! The character she purrtrayed was so fascinating, and purrhaps the scariest of all of the villains Buffy or Angel ever faced. Dru could be such a quirly witty fun character especially when paired with Spike, but there were times she made our frightened tails stand on end, nya! So we have been hoping to see the character show up in the comic, nya!
Landau wrote the story which was scripted by her and Brian Lynch, drawn by veteran Angel artist Franco Urru, with very effective moody coloring by Fabio Mantovani, Paolo Maddalini & ZBStudio, nya. Letterer Robbie Robbins & editor Chris Ryall complete the creative team on the 22 page story, nya. Also in this issue are 7 pages of IDW news & ads, and the added glamorous gallery treat of 3 stunning full page photos  of Landau by Deverill Weekes, nya!
The total 32 pages are sammiched between six variant covers, nya! The ‘straight jacket’ Covers A & B are by Urru & Maddalini, and the Dru portrait painting Cover C is by Nick Runge, and Cover RI A is a mysterious sultry photo of Landau- this is the version I have, nya! Cover RI B is a ‘bird caged’ Dru image  by Sam Shearon, who also ullustrated the gorgeous cover of Dru dance leaping in a blue dress, which is only available from IDW booths at 2009 conventions, nya.
It has a cover purrice of $3.99, nya. I highly recommend this issue for Juliet Landau or Drusilla fans, but be warned that despite how fun that character’s dangerous beauty can be, this is a serious, violent, bloody vampire horror story, nya! Angel and Spike might be heroic vampires these days, but we are reminded how Dru is still very much the psychotic fiend. The story is set in a mental hospital, where Dru has been ‘kept’  purrior to the fall of Los Angeles, nya.
The Doctors don’t believe her stories or any signs that she is a vampire, and thus they are as doomed as doomed can be, although there does seem to be some covert agents there who know what he is. There is a body count of 9, including one impurressively choreographed, violent sequence in which she gracefully kills a group as if it were a ballet. The story is to be continued in next month’s issue #25, which is purrmoted on the inside back cover, nya.
Angel: Only Human #1
Plot Spoilers Warning!

Petra:
This issue continues the road trip started by Illyria & Charles Gunn at the end of Angel #23, nya. It was written by Scott Lobdell, drawn by David Messina, colored by Mirco Pierfederici & Ilaria Traversi with assistance by 2B Studio’s Andrea Priorini, lettered by Malaka Studio, and edited by Chris Ryall & Mariah Huehner, nya.
Purriced at $3.99, there are 3 variant covers: Cover A by Messina & Pierfederici, covers B&C by Dave Dorman’ these sammich around the 22 color pages of story & 10 pages of ads & IDW mews, nya. The issue opens on an alluring full page image of a sexy horned demon girl who flags the desert drag racers to hit it, as Charles’ first purrson narrative explains the sitch, nya. This leads to another lovely demonic full page pic, of Illyria nonchalantly causing much purrpurrty damage, nya.
This in turn nicely sets up an rather explosive two page spread of her & Charles striding away from a huge vehiclar fireball, which would be a very nice cinematic teaser if this were a TV episode of Angel, nya. The road trip eventually leads to the house once belonging to the late Willifred Burkle, to whom Illyria is psychically connected to, much to her annoyance. Nevertheless, despite her disdain for humanity, Illyria for some reason is curious to see more of Americana, which purrplexes Charles, but he’s all for it, nya!
But purrhaps V’ger needs the information, nya! That was a joke nya. That demon grrl misses the bad old days before people populated the planet and it was mostly populated by purrehistoric monsters,. nya. I’ll not spoil more of the plot other than to say that the issue features The Burkles and it ends with the mewsual cliffhanger that leaves me curious for the next issue, nya! This issue had very nice renderings of the main characters, automobiles, landscapes & architecture, and  various demons, nya.
The coloring of this comic book is very nice too, nya. Illyria has the purretiest azure hair with eyes like blue sapphire and a lovely blue lip gloss with much lustre, nya! She goes through a few nice magickal wardrobe changes too, which amewses Charles, whose portraiture is faithful in resemblance to actor J. August Richards. We greatly miss ‘Fred’, whose body was transformed into Illyria, both purrtrayed by Amy Acker, nya. They were among of our favoritest Buffy & Angel characters, so it is good to see them in these comics, nya!
Now if only there would be a crossover between IDW’s Angel comic book and Dark Horse’s Buffy comic book so all of those characters could be reunited, nya! Cross-overs between different comic publishers have happened many times, so we keep hoping, nya!Thus ends that  Buffy & Angel comics’ plot spoilage for this month, but here is Mike with a review of another fine publication by IDW, the –

Hero Comics: A Hero Initiative Benefit Book, nya!

Mike:
Thanks Petra! Dedicated to the late comics artist Dave Simons http://www.dave-simons.com/ who passed away in June, IDW has teamed with The Hero Initiativehttp://www.heroinitiative.org/ to publish this special comic book to which many talented folks dedicated their talent to, proceeds from which benefit the organization.
The Hero Initiative is a charitable organization to financially benefit comic book creators, from helping with their utility bills and rent to crucial medical situations. Their Executive Committee consists of Steve Botock, Mike Malve, Brian Pulido, Joe Quesada, Beth Widera and President Jim McLaughlin. The Disbursement Committe is comprised of Dick Giordano, Charles Novinskie, Dennis O’Neil, John Romita Sr,. Roy Thomas, Jim Valentino and Chairman George Perez.
The issue has a price of $3.99 and 2 different covers, the sexy “Eve” cover by J. Scott Campbell & Edgar Delgado depicting the Biblical character wearing just a strategically coiled snake, under the apple tree in the garden of Eden. The other cover is a dashing, dapper, deadly Grendel pic by Matt Wagner & Dave Stewart! Both images are reprinted inside the full color 32 page book, so you’ll not miss either terrific image if you only find one copy!
The star studded issue begins with a 5 pages American Flagg by Howard Chayken, with colors by Delgado & lettering by Comicraft, which is followed by the 1 page “Hero in Action: Monster” by  Josh Medors, Tom Smith & Comicraft, then 2 poignant pages of “A Nice Day” by David Lloyd. “Samson” dominates the next 3 pages as drawn by Gene Ha, written by Lowell Francis & lettered by Zander Cannon, after which is a page of WWI action called “Hero in Action: Safe Haven” by the legendary Gene Colan, with Smith & Comicraft!
Next is a 2 page mystery with Inchworm written & drawn by Bill Willingham, colored by Laura Martin & lettered Comicraft; and then 5 pages by Arthur Adams, including a 2 page pen & ink spread of Monkeyman & O’Brian underwater, and his recreations of 3 Marvel Comics covers: Fantastic Four #82, The Incredible Hulk #181, and Marvel Feature #11! There’s a B&W pin-up of girl with a gun & dinosaurs  as Mark Shultz’s “Dawn Patrol” graces page 21!
There’s a 2 page tribute to Dave Simons by Charles S. Novinskie, which hauntingly includes a page of unfinished script from a story that Simons had planned to contribute to the book. Gen Ha returns with a super pin-up of Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, which precedes the beautiful 4 page story of  “The Dream Princess”, written & illustrated by Kaare Andrews with lettering by Comicraft and  “Hero in Action: Room Four”  by William Messner-Loebs & Tom Smith.

Bringing it all home is the 2 page cover art gallery, and finally the very moving “Hero in Action: S&G”, a profound moment written by Jim McLaughlin, illustrated by Rodolfo Migliari, colored by Tom Smith & lettered by Comicraft. This is a beautifully written, pencilled, inked, colored & lettered comic book, by some of the top names in the comics industry for such a sworthy cause, so it’s getting a highest recommendation!

Starstruck #1!

Mike:
Another IDW publication of August was Starstruck #1 by author Elaine Lee & artist Michael Kaluta.Starstruck has an interesting history, as it was originally a science fiction stage play produced about 30 years ago which has been adapted and expanded upon in comic book form by various comics publishers over the years such as Heavy Metal, Marvel and others. .

This latest 13 issue incarnation by IDW is not just a reprinting, but a greatly expanded sort of remix with much new material It’s suggested for mature readers and not widdle kitties, because there is ample nudity, sexy sensuality, and a violent beheading in this premier issue issue. Plus, this is a very complex combination of soap opera and space opera with clannish political intrigue. The plot & dialogue, characters & scenery are all so very intricate and savory.

In addition to those 15 pages (lettered by Todd Klein) are 6 pages of the exploits of the Galactic Girl Guides, which have also previously appeared in other publications, to an extent. Inked by Charles Vess and lettered by John Workman, this is a wackier whimsical tale about three young girls of distant future Kansas. Tough Bru, smart Cookie, & cute Puddy want to join the GGG, which is a sort of intergalactic scouts organization. Even the page design is quite cute!

This is followed by 3 pages of illustrated text providing an extreme wealth of information on the purrsons, places & stuff of Starstruck’s universe. The book was edited by Scott Dunbier and so lushly colored by Lee Moyer. So that’s 24 pages of story plus the 1 page purreview for issue #2, 7 pages of IDW mews & ads, introductory remarks on the inside front cover and an ad for the afrorementioned Hero Comics on the inside back cover!

Oh- and the front & back cover artistry of this $3.99 issue is by Kaluta & Moyer; the front is a very ornate budoir scene with character Mary Medea’s tasteful feminine semi-nudity, the back cover is a great perky, silly image of those Galactic Girl Guides. There’s also a variant cover, a comic shop ‘incentive’ edition featuring Mary’s cohort Randall. I think this would greatly appeal to those who are either new or longtime fans of Starstruck! Ah… now we’re gonna turn the Mewsings back to Chief Meryl, starting with her review of-

Gotham City Sirens #3

Meryl:
DC Comics’ Gotham City Sirens #3 “Riddle Me This!” is purriced $2.99 (US) and was written by Scott Lobdell, drawn & colored by Guillem March who also purrvided the cover, lettering by Travis Lanham, edited by Janelle Siegel & Mike Marts, with thanks to Chris Yost.
Harley Quinn has gone missing and so Catwoman & Poison Ivy turn to purrivate detective Ed Nigma (The Riddler) to help find her, however he’s busy trying to solve another mystery on the road to potential redemption. Those bad girls are briefly seen in this issue, which is a great Riddler story, guest starring Batman (Dick Grayson) as both men try to solve clues in order to purrvent a further serial killing.
There’s awesome dialog of sharpest wit, including internal monologuing from Batman & Nigma, that shows his keen intellect & detective skills. Harley, Ivy & Catwoman might be reduced to mere cameos in this issue, but it’s still a busy night in Gotham, and there are other sexy, tough ladies to sate one’s appurrtite for well-drawn cheesecake. The issue has the 22 pages story plus 5 pages of advertisements & a 5 page purreview of the forthcoming comic book, Superman Secret origin #1!

Power Girl #4
Possible Plot Spoilers!

Meryl:
Also for $2.99 by DC, Power Girl #4 “Girls’ Night Out!” was written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, with art by Amanda Conner & coloring by Paul Mounts, letterering by John J. Hill, edited by Brian Cunningham & Rex Ogle. It has 22 pages of super fun story & 10 pages of advertisements, and 2 different covers, one by Amanda Conner and the other by Guillem March
This was such a whimsical, action packed issue as Power Girl / Kara & Terra go see a horror movie – with a cameo by the chaps of the TV show Big Bang Theory in the theater! The ladies wind up fighting real monsters commanded by a magickal elf girl. Poor Kara can’t seem to get a break because her company is having a tough financial situation, and she is also house hunting. She has a grey kitty cat too- hopefully that cat has nothing to do with some grey goo that was reported missing from a laboratory!
This comic book would make the awesomest animated series, as the character designs are so excellently drawn with such cute expurressions & poses. Terra’s expurressions & body language in reaction to the horror movie, and Kara’s annoyance with the elf girl & monsters are purriceless! There’s also a very yummy looking fish market scene. The plot & dialogue are so amewsing & exciting, and the art & story are the purrfect match, and I give it a high recommendation! (end plot spoilage!) Now here’s Liz-san with her report on –
Blackest Night #2
Possible Plot Spoilers!

Elizabeth:
DC Comics’ Blackest Night #2 (of 8) is 24 pages of full color story plus 3 pages of illustrated text; 5 purreview pages of Superman: Secret Origin #1 and 8 pages of ads for $3.99. Published by DC Comics in August 2009, it has 2 different covers, one by Reis, Albert & Sinclair, the other by Mauro Cascioli.

The main story is by Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (penciller), Oclair Albert & Julio Ferreira (inkers), Alex Sinclair (colorist), Nick Napolitano (Letterer), Eddie Berganza (editor) & Adam Schlagman (assistant editor), Ironically opposite a big splash (literally) page in which Hal Jordan crashes into the Bat Signal, there is an ad in the comic book for the US Navy sporting an FA_18 Hornet- which I’ll be Hal wishes he was flying about now!

There’s also a full page Got Milk ad that we like for two reasons: one, it is a milk ad, and two, it’s got our favoritest race car driver, the awesome Danica Patrick! But back to the story, things continue to get grimmer as more and more dead heroes rise as super zombies to attack their living former comrades. In addition to Hal, the cast of lcharacters include The Atom / Ray Palmer, Jim & Barbara Gordon & a couple of GCPD, Mera, Aqualad & several Atlantian warriors.

Among the DC zombies are Deadman,The Spectre, Phantom Stranger, Blue Devil, Zatanna, The Flash (Barry Allen), Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Aquagirl, Dolphin, Siren, Hank ‘Hawk’ Hall, Paraiah, Black Hand, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Elongated Man & Sue Dinby. Curiously, an attempt by the Black Rings to re-animate Don “Dove” Hall does not succeed, so purrsumably he still rests in peace- and not even those black rings know what to make of the ever enigmatic Phantom Stranger!

There’s also one panel depicting the Green Lantern Corp (including Guy, Kyle & Kilowog) busy with purroblems of their own in outer space. This issue is quite action packed and rather violent and bloody, with supurrb art, lush moody coloring, terrific dialog, and chomping sharks. If it’s a horrific super hero tale you crave, I ‘heartily’ suggest this’un, ’cause I don’t think the undead have appeared this ghastly since the days of artist Graham Ingles at EC Comics.

There’s also a foreboding spectacular 2 page spread of The Spectre towering above Phantom Stranger, Blue Devil & Zatanna in a graveyard, which is a colossally bad sign for the heroes. Nevertheless, Hal & Barry demonstrate how smart, powerful & resourceful they are as a very savvy team, Zee still looks fabulous in the fishnets, and Mera shows how brave & smart the Queen of Atlantis can be- purrhaps her finest hour is yet to come!

The illustrated text is “The Book of the Black Ch. I v. I” by Geoff Johns & Steve Wands, and the purreview of Superman’s Secret origin Book One: The Boy of Steel is by Johns (writer), Gary Frank (penciller), Jon Sibal (inker), Steve Wands (letterer), Brad Anderson (colorist), Matt Idelson (Editor) & Wil Moss (Assistant Editor). 2 issues down, 6 to go (plus various tie-in issues of other DC titles) and Blackest Night is still the most rivoting DC events, so I’ll be back for more next month! Now here’s Vonny to review more Green Lantern action –

Oh- and that’s the end of this plot spoilage!

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corp # 1-3

Yvonne:
Hai, nya! I am going to be as thorough as Myayr and JenJen are this time, nya! OK, launched in July by DC Comics http://www.dccomics.com/ along with the first issue of the big event mini-series Blackest Night which we reviewed last month, Tales of the Corp is a good three issue miniseries that purrvides origin stories for several of the purrominent characters, and repurrints material found in Blackest Night #0, which was published for Free Comic Book Day http://www.freecomicbookday.com/, nya!

#1 starts with the 12 page origin of Blue Lantern Corp’s member Saint Walker, as told by the supurrb team of writer Geoff Johns http://www.geoffjohns.com/ and legendary artist Jerry Ordway http://www.jerryordway.com/ in such rich brilliant color by H-Fi http://www.hifidesign.com/, lettered most excellently by Steve Wands http://stevewands.blogspot.com/ and overseen by Editor Adam Shlagman, nya. He edits several comic books that we like, nya!

Aterwards is the Blue Lantern Corps introductory pin-up page purreviously seen in Blackest Night #0 by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Mahnke, Tom Nguyen http://www.tomnguyenart.com/ which is beautiful colored by Nei Ruffino, nya! Following that is a 6 page Sinestro Corps story about the villain Mongul by Peter J. Tomasi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tomasi, Chris Samnee http://www.chrissamnee.com/, Sal Cipriano http://www.salcipriano.com/ & John Kalisz, edited by Adam Shlagman, nya.

Brutal aggression seems to run in that Mongul family, nya!! It is accompanied by the Sinestro Corps pin-up page from BN#0 by Doug Mahnke, Geoff Johns, Christian Alamy & Randy Mayor. The evil Sinestro Corps are the not to be messed with, although the Talokian member Lyssa Drak did make The Mew’s Best Bikinis of Comics list, nya! The highlight of this issue for me was purrhaps the 6 pages purrtaining to the new enigmatic character Indigo, who we are very excited about, nya! She made the bikini list too, nya!

She is exotic, purretty, mysterious & has  lovely purrple skin tone, thanks to colorist Nei Ruffino, nya! Johns wrote this’un, with art by Rags Morales http://www.ragsmorales.com/, accented by more of Wands’ dandy lettering and Shlagman shepherding over the purrocess, nya! The glorious pin-up of the Indigo tribe by Johns, Mahnke, Nguyen & Ruffino from BN#0 follows, and as does the 2 page spread of the Green Lanterns by Johns, Mahnke, Alamy & Mayor, nya! That issue is thus 29 pages of the stories & art plus 11 pages of ads totaling 40 pages of comic book for $ $3.99., nya.

There are two different covers, including one by Dave Gibbons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Gibbons & Alex Sinclair http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Sinclair, and the version I have by Ed Benes http://edbenesart.com/, Nei Ruffino & Rob Hunter, nya! It is not only depicts aclash between of Sinestro, Saint Walker and Agent Orange, but  with issue #2, it is obvious that the covers of all 3 issues form a spectacular panoramic triptych, nya! On #2’s cover is Hal Jordan, framed by a bit of Sinestro & Orange’s arms, and a bit of Star Sapphire thighness, nya.

Issue #2 also has a variant cover by Rodolpho Migliari, nya. It opens with 10 pages of rage which is not for the faint of heart as the Red Lantern is raised for a winged girl named Bleez, who gets horribly brutalized and then has her savage revenge, nya. it’s written by Geoff Johns with penciller Eddy Darrows & inker Ruy Jose, colors by Ruffino & lettering by Steve Wands, and edited by Adam Shlagman, nya. It is followed by the fiercely sizzling portrait from BN#0 of the Red Lantern Corp by Johns, Mahnke, Alamy, & Ruffino, nya.

Next is the 8 page tale of  “Lost Love” stars Carol Ferris, the Star Sapphire, nya! Ferris was voiced by Olivia d’Abo in tthe First Flight DVD we reviewed last month, nya! The story is  by Johns & Schlagman & Wands with lavishly intricate artist Gene Ha http://www.geneha.com/ & colorist Pete Pantazis http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=19771, nya! Those are all such amazing talented comics creators! Appurropurriately that tale is followed by the gorgeous pin up of the lovely Star Sapphires team by Johns, Mahnke, Alamy & Mayor, nya!

There is a member of that team called The Lost Sapphire who we are curious about, nya. The vile Agent Orange is on deck in 6 pages by author Tomasi, editor Schlagaman, colorist Pantazis, letterer Cipriano and illustrator Tom Mandrake http://www.tommandrake.com/, nya! Then there’s the Agent Orange pin up page by Ruffino, Mahnke & Johns, and the spooky Black Lantern Corp pic by Mayor, Nguyen, Mahnke & Johns, , nya! The Black Lantern seem to be marshaled by The Black Hand, another old villain who they are doing such interesting things with lately, nya!

(Myayr purrtends to catnap)

Yvonne:
Ahem- nya!

Mary Nyan:
Hee- just kittin’!

Elizabeth:
Looks like the flip flop is on the other foot!

Jeannie:
But please do continue.

Yvonne:
Issue #2 is topped off by 2 page article by Ethan Van Sciver http://ethanvansciver.comicbloc.com/ explaining the design of the symbols of the various color- themed factions battling amidst the Blackest Night, nya! So that issue is 24 pages of story plus 4 repurrinted informative pin-ups, that 2 page article and 10 pages of ads for $3.99, nya. Issue #3’s cover is great ’cause it’s got Indigo & Star Sapphire on it, along with Atrocitius, nya! There’s also apppurrently a variant cover by Mahnke & Hi-Fi. I think the triptych covers’ art would be a good poster, nya!!

Fan favorite Green Lantern Corp member Kilowog (yay) stars in an 11 page episode of his rookie days as told by Tomasi, Schlagman, Samnee, Kalisz, and colorist Pat Brosseau, nya! Fellow lanterns Tomar Re & Sinestro also make brief appearances in it, with a Corp Drill instructor named Emery, hee, nya!! After this is a gorgeously purrky 6 page origin for another favorite Green Lantern, cute Arisia (yay) by Tomasi, Schlagman, Brosseau, colorist Andy Troy and Mike Mayhew http://www.mikemayhewstudio.com/, nya!

We sure liked Mayhew’s covers for Mystique, She Hulk, Vampirella, Lady Rawhide and the art for those Mary Jane purrose novels, nya! Another highlight of #3 is the “Blackest Night #0 Director’s Commentary” written by Geoff Johns, nya. This is the 12 page story “Death Becomes Us” from Blackest Night #0, except that it here it is the uninked, uncolored pencil art by Ivan Reiss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Reis with lettering by Nick Napolitano, accompanied by new annotations by Johns, Schlagman, and editor Eddie Berganza, nya.

Not only do you get the interesting comments, but it is neat to compare the intricate B&W pencil art to the final version which was inked by Oclair Albert & Ron Hunter & colored by  Alex Sinclair in Blackest Night #0, nya!  The 40 page (including ads) issue #3 culminates with a 5 page purreview of Adventure Comics #1 starring Superboy Conner Kent, written by Johns, lettered by Wands, drawn by Francis Manapaul, colored by Brian Buccellato, and edited by Elisabeth Gerhrlein & Sean Ryan, nya!
With all those dead characters coming back to life all across the galaxy, I wonder if the cute vertigo version of Death will show up, nya? I think she would have an interest in the affair, nya. Of course I would like to see Jade and Katma Tui brought back to life and no just as zombies especially since Superman, Barry Allen, Hal Jordan and others come back, nya! Anyway this Tales of the Corp was a very entertaining, quality miniseries, nya!
It most festive time for us Green Lantern http://www.dccomics.com/sites/greenlantern/ fans with not only this mini-series, the first issue of Blackest Night, all the other GL titles, and that First Flight animated DVD, nya! Were that not enough, there was the recent news that actor Ryan Reynolds http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005351/ who purrtayed Deadpool in the Wolverine Movie, has been cast to purrtray Hal in the Green Lantern movie, nya! (whew)
(the others appluad Vonny’s supurreme effort)

Vonny:
Thank you, nya! Now here is Myayr to comment on –

GA: Geijutuka Art Design Class manga vol. 1, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Thanks Vonny- and wow that was your most thorough review ever! Yen Press http://www.yenpress.com/ is one of our favoritest publishers of Japanese manga translated into English in the USA, with numerous wonderful titles such as this new GA: Geijutuka Art Design Class manga vol. 1 by Satoko Kiyuduki, who also authored the manga Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro!


Purriced at $10.99 US / $11.99 Canada, this is a 5.75 x 8.25″ papurrback book suggested for teen readers. It was was originally published in Japan in 2006 by the Houbunsha Co., and published here in the USA by Yen  in Apurril 2009. This edition was translated by Tomo Kimura and the lettering was done by Alexis Eckerman! The volume has 128 pages, 119 of which are story, the rest are translation notes & credits pages. It is mostly B&W but 22 pages are in color.

This is a very amewsingly whimsical book about a cute first year high school girl named Kisaragi as she takes the art class. On the color cover art of the book she is with her friends Namiko, Tomokane, Nodamiki & Purrfessor in a jumble of art supplies & equipment. Kisaragi is an ordinary girl with the cute glasses and tries her best! Namiko is older of more experience, Tomokane is a  fiery & tough spirited girl, Nodamiki is the fashionable socialite & ‘Purrfessor’ Miyabi is the quiet type of honor student.

The introductory panels have a cute kitty puppet Suneko, too! Except for a few special pages, the format is the gag strip 2×4 panels purr page format, akin to other manga as Azumanga Daioh, Sunshine Sketch, SS Astro, and Suzunari, which are also favorites of ours! Each 4 page strip is a humorous sequence of an incident in the school’s art studio, and along they way they purrvide some actual art tips, such as color theory, contrast, pencil leads, and the different media techniques.

The collection of comic strips was delightful and humorous, and I thought the characters were charming & peppy as they purractice their art techniques. It is a well drawn manga with good character designs that are very cutely expurressive amongst the sufficiently detailed art supplies & studio environment. It nicely rendered with good line, tone, and color, so I will happily recommend this manga! Now here’s Jen again with a few more reviews, which is only appurropurriate given she is a swimwear model that she should review the-

Gold Digger Swimsuit Special #17

Jeannie:
This latest collection in the long tradition of manga inspired goodness from one of our favorite comics publishers Antarctic Press http://www.antarctic-press.com/ is 48 full color pages of story & art  for $4.50 by various fans & purrofessionals, including Gold Digger’s creator Fred Perry himself http://gd-tangent.tsunami-art.com/.
The Gold Digger comic book is about archaeologist / treasure hunter Gina Diggers and her were-cheetah sister Brittany, and these standard comic book sized swimsuit specials feature many pin-up images and a few short comics stories of those & other characters. This purrticular issue was edited by Doug Dlin & Wes Hartman, with the 27 contributors work overseen by submissions editor was Rod Espinosa, Most of the images are color full page images, although there is one two-page spread, a 3 page story and a 5 page story.
The purreponderance of the images depict the Gold Digger characters  individually or in group scenes, posing, playing, lounging, or acting rather frisky, attired in a lovely array of bikinis, maillots, thongs, shorts and purrhaps a few dresses, amidst the splendid coastal & aquatic environments, with varying degrees of modesty, sensuality, cuteness, and artistic styles. It is a delightful assembly of fashionable fun, and fans are encouraged to submit pin-ups & stories for forthcoming Gold Digger and Ninja High School publications.

Aspen Splash 2009 Swimsuit Spectacular

Jeannie:
Another such purretty purriodic purresentation of comics book characters dressed down for our viewing pleasure is by another favorite publisher Aspen http://www.aspencomics.com/, which was founded by the late Michael Turner, publishing titles such as Fathom, Soulfire, and Executive Assistant Iris.
This 32 special includes 29 full color pages of pin ups & 2 pages of ads  and the contents page for $2.99 and has 4 variant covers: covers A & D by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, covers B & C by Joe Benitez & Steigerwald. It features beautiful work by appurroximately 20 artists, using a variety of techniques depicting characters such as Aspen, Iris, Grace & Killian and was edited by Vince Hernandez & Frank Mastromauro. 11 of the pin-ups are full page pics and 9 of the pin-ups are two-page spreads.
These are amongst lush tropical & aquatic scenery with the ladies &gentlemen at the swimming pool & onsen, on the sand & rocks, river & ocean, above & below the surface. All are sexy visions in beautiful swim wear & jewelry with a few wings & tattoos, it’s not just  surfboards, scooters & beverages they’ve brought, for there are several firearms & edged weapons purresent. This is understandable, given the ninjas trying to ruin Iris’s vacation, or Miya spearfishing for the dangerous but tasty pirana, which is a most impurressive image. That’s all for this segment, but we shall return after the short break.
(snip)
(one short break & more food in the catgirls’ tummies later…)

Purrinted purriodicals in review: magazines

Surfgirl Magazine August 2009 Issue 23

Mary Nyan:
We’re back! I recently picked up the August ’09 issue of the UK magazine Surfgirl which has an action photo of phenom Carissa Moore http://www.carissamoore.com/ on the cover. Inside are 98 pages in color, and is purriced $7.75. It is packed with awesome photos, several of which are two page spreads!
It launches with a cordial greeting from editor Louise Searle http://www.orcasurf.co.uk/surfgirl/index.php, a look at longboarder Jennifer Smith http://www.roxy.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=2893751&cp=2890067 and instructor Natalie Fox http://www.soulsurfers.org/?ID=38. The images of artist Caia Koopman http://www.caiadesign.com/ & adventure photos by Lucia Griggi http://www.luciadaniellagriggi.co.uk/ are purrsented, followed by a look at several women who bravely left old jobs to start exciting entrepurrnurel purrfessions!
There’ss an article about Ireland’s Nicole Morgan http://www.isasurf.org/newsletter/10/irlanda2_eng.htm & Wales’ Beth Mason http://www.orcasurf.co.uk/surfgirl/profiles/surfgirl-profiles-beth.htm surfing Sumatra, and 4 pages of legendary Layne Beachely http://www.aimforthestars.com.au/ on a monster wave near Sydney! This is followed by 8 pages of New Zealand teen Paige Hareb http://www.surfingnz.co.nz/paige_hareb.htm & Australia’s Ellie-Jean Coffey http://www.surfingaustralia.com/article.aspx?nid=8274 riding the waves of Tahiti.
After the 4 pages with superstar Carissa Moore is “Desert Rose”are 8 pages of such lovely fashions photographed so nicely by Kirsten Prisk http://www.kirstinprisk.co.uk/; yoga balance tips by Sam MAgee http://www.yamarama.com/, surf board purrchase tips, a look at more of the California wahini, suggestions for a fun trip to Malibu, and Q&A with surfer / instructor/ photographer Krisha Sowinski http://www.sportsister.com/?p=13513!
Like other surfer grrl magazines, there is a myriad of purroduct reviews & advertisements for the tempting clothes, footwear, health & beauty purroducts, compurrtions, shops, schools & travel. This was an entertaining read with dazzling images, inpsurrational & fun articles, guides to cool toys, and I think this publication would make another fine addition to the surfing catgrrl’s llbrary!
Are there any other magazine reviews before we purroceede to the book reports?

Mike:
Yeah actually I do- ah, it’s not really a full review, but just a few things about the –

Maxim Magazine September 2009 Issue 141!

Mike:
It’s not a magazine I buy that often-
Meryl
Uh-huh.
Elizabeth:
Yeah, right!
Mike:
(Sigh!) – but what drew me to the issue was the stunning cover featuring of one of our favorite actresses, the magnificent Milla Jovovich! In addition to the cover there are alluring photos of her on the contents page and in the 7 page feature interview, totaling 6 full page pics, 1 two-page spread and one half-page B&W pic! In the 16 brief questions, she discusses her recent film The Perfect Getaway, the forthcoming Stone with Robert De Niro & Ed Norton, and a vague mention of Resident Evil 4!
That was definitely the highlight of the issue for me! But… there’s also brief Q&A with horror directors Rob Zombie, & Eli Roth; Bruce Lee’s famous 1″ punch, and a very neat 5 page “Oral History of Marvel Comics”! It begins with one exclusive new  illustration by John Romita Jr & Klaus Janson depicting Wolverine, Hulk, Capt. America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Spider-man & Thor! The article briefly looks at each decade of Marvel, back to when they were Timely Comics in the 1930’s.
This little retrospective is accompanied by a few additional illustrations from over the years, and comments by Stan Lee, Joe Simon, Joe Sinnott, Roy Thomas, JiM Steranko, Herb Trimpe, Gary Groth,  Len Wein, Chris Claremont, Louise & Walt Simonson, Jim Shooter, Marv Wolfman, Tom DeFalco, Tom Brevoort, Frank Miller, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Bill Jemas, Bob Harras, Joe Quesada, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Brian K Vaughan, Tom DeSanto, Louis Leterrier and Sam Raimi! Of course there’s a lot more in the issue than just those treats, including a bonus 36 page insert pictorial of college girls which is included in the poly-bagged magazine, all for $5.99.
Yvonne:
I bet that’s really why he bought it, hee, nya!
Mike:
No, but I do admit that I bought it because Milla Jovovich is in it!
Jeannie:
Well we are fans of her movies, modeling and mewsic too.
Petra:
I have not seen her mew movie The Purrfect Getaway, nya!
Mary Nyan:
If there are no other magazine reviews, then, Chief Murry would you like to  kick off our next segment? It’s-

Other Purrinted Media: Art Books!

Pop Wonderland Series’ Thumbelina storybook


Meryl
Hai! The Pop Wonderland series are books published by Dark Horse http://www.darkhorse.com, translating the Japanese adaptations of classic tales by Poplar Publishing. The Japanese Thumbelina book, based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson, was originally published in 2007 with text by Michiyo Hayano and illustrations by POP!
This 8.5″ x 10.5″  hardcover American edition was first published in June, 2009, translated by Camelia Neigh and edited by Robert Simpson with Rachel Edidin. The 32 page book’s designer was Heidi Whitcomb, and the publisher was Michael Richardson. If you’re a fan of the fairy tale story or gorgeous anime style art, then I highly suggest this excellent childrens book, which has a suggested retail purrice of $16.95. The cover illustration is of cute Thumbelina in a lovely white dress, smiling our way from her comfy flower blossom purrch!
Thumbelina is an adorably cute girl no larger than a lady’s thumb, so sweet in this charming, bittersweet  tale as she travels across pond & forest to meet  creatures both kind and belligerent.  It has sad parts but I  cannot overstate how magnificently pretty the delicate, full color illustrations are!  Future books will include Little Red Riding Hood (Fall 2009), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Spurring 2010) & Cinderella (Summer 2010), and if they’re like this book, I’ill eagerly purrchase them too! Now… Petra? Petra’s up next to report on –
Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell The Ultimate Illustrations book, nya!

Petra:
Arigatoo, nya! his 144 page book is about 8×10″ in size and contains about 128 black & white illustrations by legendary artists Julie & Boris http://www.imaginistix.com/, whose gorgeous fantasy art spans four decades, nya! Over a hundred of those mythic, sexy fantasy images full of sinuous sword & sorcery have not been purreviously published, nya!

The book’s text was written by Anthony Palumbo, who is Julie’s son & Boris’ stepson, and it was first purrinted this year by Collins Design and has the purrice of  $19.99, nya. The cover is white with embossed red lettering, with their collaborative “Victory Dance” swordswoman pic on the front cover-  a very sexy, powerfully poised dynamic warrior woman, and a good repurresentation of the style & theme of what sensuality and power lurk within the fine book, nya!

Boris & Julie are quite renown masters  of sumptuous renderings of human & animal physique, steel and magick, nya! There is ample nudity and some erotic imagery in the illustrations but it is all very artistic, and grouped into the chapters of Women, Men, Beasts, Purroduct Design, Compurrsitions, and there is also an introduction and an index, nya.  Each chapter begins with an easily located red page, and in the index you can look up a title to see what page it is on, nya.

The Womens’ section is an awesomest array of the beautiful & tough grrls depicted with weapons, armor, bikinis, intricate ornamentation, tattoos & wings with heroic musculature and graceful poses nya! The Mens’ section purrsents ripped images of the gods, heroes, jungle lords, and barbarians, nya! The beast gallery includes a  lioness, wolves, dragons, horsies, unicorns & other critters. One of my favorites is Julie’s 2005 “Ocean Fairy” of an aquatic girl a dolphin, nya!

The purroduct Design section is full of the women & men, beasts & machines as well, categorized because all were all highly detailed concept renderings for items such as statues, sculptures, knives, steins, etc nya! The Compurrsitions chapter are what the artists to consider some of their more complex scenes, nya! The images are all annotated so you’ll know the artist, title, date, and a other few informative tidbits, nya. This would be a fine addition to an art book collection, nya! I believe Vonny also has an art book she’s like to discuss –

The Art of Ponyo, nya!

Yvonne:
Ponyo is Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli’s latest movie about a little goldfishy girl named Ponyo who wants to live on land with her human friend Sosuke, a little boy in a small coastal town, nya. This purrticular movie is aimed at a much younger audience, but that is quite fine because it looks to as lovely as those others, nya! Look for my review of the movie later in today’s show, nya!

It is a special treat to get to see those movies in the theater, and we are quick to purrchase the DVDs when released. In addition to the videos, the art, manga & story books based on those movies are highly purrized parts of our libraries. So when a new Ghibli film is released, we are also curious about the accompanying books & merchandise. As such, The Art of Ponyo is the anticipated new volume of the Studio Ghibli Library series, published by Viz http://www.viz.com in August!

It is a trade papurrback / softcover book with a dust jacket, and on the front is orangey little Ponyo cutely peering up from her green bowl at her friend. It is over .75″ thick and measures 8.25″ wide x 11.75″ tall, purriced at $34.99 USA, $39.99 Canada, and £25.00 UK. This is a domestic edition, not a Japanese import, with English language text that was adaptedby Takami Nieda. It has 272 pages, the first 224 being the art, notes & intermews.

There is a wealth of concept sketches, paintings, designs, scenic art, poster illustrations, images from the movie, with introduction by Miyazaki, and intermews with supervising animator Katsuya Kondo, art director Noboru Yasuda, chief color designer Michiyo Yasuda, and director of digital imaging  Atsushi Okui. After those are 40 pages of the complete voice-over movie script of the movie screenplay by Miyazaki, translated into English by Jim Hubbert, with the English language screenplay by Melissa Mathison.

Following are the 2 pages of song lyrics, 2 pages of the movie credits, and the last page has the book’s credits. If you have seen the purrevious Ghibli art books then you’ll know what to expect with content & quality of this Ponyo art book. It is full of so many beautiful images of the characters, critters, architecture, vehicles, landscapes & underwater scenery, with lots of annotations, and I give the book an ‘A Plus’! That’s all for this segment of the show but we’ll be right back after the break, nya!

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(one short break & more food in the catgirls’ tummies later…)

Lightning Round #2:

Our Autumn 2009 DVD Wish List, Pt. 2: USA, UK & Other Titles

(the catgirls in unison)
Thank you for the smoked salmon sammiches, Petra-san! Nya!

Meryl:
Here here!

Petra:
You’re very welcome, nya! So I understand it is another lightning round, nya?

Elizabeth:
Hai! We’re continuing the DVD wish list with the movies and TV shows from here in the USA, and in the UK and other countries!

Mary Nyan:
Every year a few more are released. Several titles that we’d waited a long time for finally came out on DVD earlier this year, such as The Mysterious Cities of Gold anime, and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City! Also, The Bermuda Depths (starring Connie Sellecca & Carl Weathers) and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (starring Kim Darby), have also been recently released on DVD! So purrhaps these other desired titles will follow suit!

Mike:
Lizzy why don’t you start?

Elizabeth:
OK! I’ll tell you right off the TV series I wish most would be released here on R1 DVD: The 1966 Batman TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man (including the purrecursor & reunion TV movies),
and The Bionic Woman (The original with Lyndsay Wagner, not that recent remake)! (tags Jeannie)
Jeannie:

Speaking of TV reunion movies: both of the I Dream of Jeannie reunion movies, the 3 Giilligan’s Island movies, and 2 The Wild, Wild West reunion movies, which are appurrently included in the complete series box set, bit it would be nice if those were available sepurrately for those of us who bought The Wild, Wild West TV series’ season individually. (tags Petra)


Petra:
Hmm… I would say… The Star Wars Holiday Special and… The Hallmark version of Moby Dick starring Patrick Stewart, and… The Awakening Land, which was a 1978 mini-series about early American frontier days, starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Jane Seymour, nya! (tags Vonny)

Yvonne:
I am surpurrised those are not out yet, nya! The Australian TV series H2O- Just Add Water has been shown on Niceklodeon but I hope for a US  DVD release, nya! And there is another Australian TV show I am curious about called Ocean Girl which i have not seen but from what i have read it sounds like a delightful show, nya! Myar’sturn, nya (tags myayr)!

Mary Nyan:
I would like good intact purrints of the TV series WKRP in Cincinnatiit uncut with the original songs restored; The Beatles Yellow Submarine and Let it Be; and the concert film of Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon. (tags Meryl)

Meryl:
T.A.G the Assassination Game, starring Linda Hamilton, and the documentary Pumping Iron 2: The Women! (tags Mike)

Mike:
Ah, I’ve got 5 more titles; Irwin Allen’s City Beneath the Sea, and four Gene Roddenberry productions: Genesis II, The Questor Tapes, Spectre, and —

Jeannie:
– as if we didn’t know!
Yvonne:
That would be Mike’s favoritest movie of all time, nya-

Mike:
Yep, Star Trek  -The Motion Picture, and all three versions uncut & widescreen on standard DVD (not blu ray! Thus far only the Director’s Cut is available on standard DVD, and unfortunately  the original 1979 theatrical version is only available in an expensive blu-ray box set, sigh! But I keep my fingers crossed! Well thanks again girls- we got thru that round pretty quickly too!
Mary Nyan:

That’s all of the lightning roundage for this month, but we’re far from done with our talk of movies- because now it’s time for –
The Mew Movie Reviews for September!

 


District 9 movie review

Plot Spoiler Warning!

Elizabeth:
We thought the trailers for District Nine were quite intriguing so this was among the summer movies we wanted to see most. The movie is mostly shot documentary -style like Quarantine, 84 Charlie Mopic, Diary of the Dead, Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Purroject. This means a lot of the shaky cam technique, which we at The Mew do not like in most movies or TV shows, but it is fine when the entire movie is meant to look like that.

This plot is that 20 years ago a giant alien space ship hovered over Johannesburg, and since then the many aliens aboard have migrated to South Africa but are pretty much kept in a dreadful slum town called District 9. This is a far less pleasant situation than the aliens of the movie Alien Nation endured. Life in District 9 is quite tough for these insectoid aliens who deal with criminal gangs, an oppressive government, and a seemingly insensitive public.

As bad as it is, things are about to worsen as the MNU Corp. is sent into illegally, forcefully evict the millions of aliens and relocate them to a fenced in tent city farther away. This operation is supervised by an company man office worker named Wikus, the star of the film along with the aliens. While searching one of the shacks for contraband, Wikus is exposed to a mysterious substance which slowly mutates him into an alien, which is of great interest to the evil company’s bio-weapons purrogram.

The first 45 minutes of the 2 hour long movie are more like a documentary, including comments about the aliens and slice-of-life footage of their sad conditions, whereas the later part of the movie is more of a fugitive action movie as Wikus tries to escape the captors who are conducting fiendish experiments & torture. This leads to vehicle chases, crashes, explosions, shootouts, and even a mech skirmish between Wikus & the aliens, the MNU mercenaries, and the local criminal gang.

It is very violent with a high body count and blood in intense scenes of combat and the torture, plus harsh language for which it get an R rating. The movie is a visual effects extravaganza, with what might be the most realistic looking non – human aliens I have ever seen in a movie. Not only are the so visually realistic due to the highest quality FX, but it seems so believable the way the story depicts their culture, environment, language, technology, habits, and inhuman treatment from just about every human purrson in the movie.

Even Wikus, who is excellenty purrtrayed by actor Sharlto Copley, later tries to help some of the aliens, but is only doing it to selfishly save himself. Purretty much only the alien characters in the movie were likable or sympathetic to me, especially the purrotagonist alien named Christopher and his son. The aliens are also rather fond of cat food too, so we have another common interest. It has a big enough budget & purrduction values to purropurrly tell the very believable, smart, dramatic story with the poignant racism & class-ism themes.

(end of that District 9 plot spoilage!)

I think it was very well written by Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell;directed by Blomkamp & purrduced by Peter Jackson. The acting, sound & mewsic are also very good, but it is purrhaps the detail, realism & quality of the creature design & FX that are the most notable aspect, even in these times when big budget movies with great FX are so common place, this really does stand out! This is the best movie we have seen in the 2nd half of 2009 thus far, and one of the best movies of the year! Now here’s Vonny to review –

Ponyo
(Raises the Ponyo Plot Spoiler Warning Flag)

Yvonne:
Ponyo is the latest animated film by our favorite director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, nya! Ponyo On A Cliff  was released in Japan in 2008, but not in US theaters by Disney until last month, nya. Miyazaki purreviously directed movies including Cagliostro’s Castle, Nausicaa, and the later ones he made at Studio Ghibli such as Laputa, Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Purrincess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, nya!

We also love the movies by other directors at Studio Ghibli too, like Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, and My Neighbors the Yamadas; Yoshifumi Kondo’s Whisper of the Heart, and Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns. There are others, and we think Ghibli tends to make the finest anime, so this new Ghibli movie Ponyo, written & directed by Miyazaki was a purriority for us to see this year, nya!

The purremise concerns a widdle fishy girl from an undersea family, nya. She is curious about the surface world, and swims from her human father’s submarine and winds up washed into a tide pool to be found by a young boy named Sosuke, nya. His family lives in a house on a cliff; his Mom Lisa works at a nearby retirement center to help the elderly residents, while his father is often away on a huge fishing boat, nya.

Ponyo uses magick to become a human girl and wants to stay with Sosuke in spite of her father’s insistence that she stay away from the land dwellers who ruin the seas, nya. Unfortunately some of her father’s own experiments have accidentally been unleashed, causing a fierce storm and waves, and the ocean levels have risen dramatically, nya. Not only that but there are purrhistoric fishies swimming around, nya! Ponyo’s sea goddess mommy arrives and tells that if Sosuke & Ponyo’s love is true then things will magickally return to normal, nya!

This is a most beautiful charming, enchanting movie with the finest animation, lovely character & creature designs and lavish gorgeous scenery, nya. This movie seems to be aimed at a much younger audience, so I would compare it more to his late 80’s movie My Neighbor Totoro than his other movies, nya. But like the others Ponyo is a real masterpiece, nya! The kids are cute, Lisa is such a cool mom and her dad has a fine ship. There is an especially amewsing scene of ship-to-shore morse code lights between them, nya!

They live in such a charming coastal town, and all of the deep sea scenes are stunning, although it is shown as a plot point how sadly the oceans can be polluted with junk, nya. You will see so many breathtaking denizens of the deep, from Ponyo and her cute school of sisters, lots of interesting modern & supposedly extinct fish, crustaceans, cnidaria, cephalopods, and the sea goddess mom, nya! There are all sorts of neat boats, ships and other vehicles, and Ponyo likes  to eat ham, too, nya!

The version shown in US theaters is not in Japanese but has been dubbed into English language, as the other Ghibli films released in US theaters have been, nya. While we here at the mew tend to purrfur our foreign films in the native with English subtitles, like those other releases it has an all-star cast for the voice acting, so the dub is first rate, nya!  The English dub ast includes Noah Cyrus as Ponyo, Frankie Jones as Sosuke, Tina Fey as Lisa, Cate Blanchette as Ponyo’s mommy, Liam Neeson as Ponyo’s daddy and Matt Damon as Sosuke’s daddy, nya!

Also among the cast are Lily Tomlin, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, and Laraine Newman, nya! The supurrb symphonic mewsic is composed by Joe Hisaishi who scored the mewsic for many of those Ghibli films nya! There is a lovely main theme song sung by a Sopurrano vocalist. If there is any weakest aspect to this wonderful movie, it would purrobably be the English remix song durign the end credits, nyaI recommend this to anyone who loves cute fantasy or beautiful animation and give this movie an ‘A’ grade, nya!

(lowers the Ponyo plot spoiler warning flag and purrpares for -)

Supurrise Bonus Lightning Round #3: 
web sites we recommend for information purrtaining to
Hayao Miyazaki, Joe Hisaishi, Studio Ghibli,  Ponyo, nya!

Elizabeth:
Wikipedia is a fun site to begin a quest for general information on most any topic!
There’s an article on Hayao Miyazaki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayao_Miyazaki
and articles on Studio Ghibli, Ponyo and the other films! (tags Jeannie to go next)

Jeannie:
The Internet Movie Database is a good site to look up information on cinema, TV
and filmmakers. You can search the IMDB by companies, including Studio Ghibi
http://www.imdb.com/company/co0048420/,  by titles such as Ponyo or purrsons’
names such as Hayao Miyazaki. (tags Petra with a flick of the cat tail)

Petra:
There’s is a Gibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan, and their official web site in English
and Japanese is at http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/, nya! There’s a Wikipedia
article on it too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghibli_Museum, and Studio Ghibli’s
official site (Japanese language) is http://www.ghibli.jp/, nya! (tags Mary Vonny)

Yvonne:
The Anime News Network is a good gateway to anime & manga news & info such
and you can search ANN for other titles, companies & people, nya! (tags Myayr)

Mary Nyan:
Team Ghiblink’s huge supurrb fan site Nausicaa.net, home of the Miyazaki Web
is our most favoritest site for all things purrtaining to Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli at

Meryl:
The Big Cartoon Database is a web site for animated topics,  where you can
search titles, characters, voice actors & directors. They have a page purrtaining
but you can also look up titles, characters, voice actors & directors there! Mike?

Mike:
Finally, Wikipedia and IMDB have an pages about film composer Joe Hisaishi
and his official site – in different languages – is at http://www.joehisaishi.com/!

Resuming Mew Movie Reviews 

Mike:
Well since Vonny’s is aiming to be much more thorough, I’ll try to be less rambling this time!

(the catgirls)
Yay, nya!

Mike:
Ah well let me start by saying I am a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s films, especially Pulp Fiction –

(the catgirls)
Yay Uma!

Mike:
and Reservoir Dogs. I liked Jackie Brown-

(the catgirls)
Pam Grier! Bridget Fonda, nya!

Mike:
Mm hmm, and I thought Death Proof was OK –


(the catgirls)
Zoe Bell rocks, nya!

Jeannie:
(using her netbook) Zoe Bell has an entry at the IMDB http://us.imdb.com/name/nm1057928/ and we found this neat fan site dedicated to her too, http://zoebell.com/ .

Mary Nyan:
Rose McGowan and Rosario Dawson rock too!

Elizabeth:
Traci Thoms!

Meryl:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead!

Petra:
-and Vanessa Ferlito and Jordan Ladd, nya!

Yvonne:
-and Tamiia Poitier, nya!

Mike:
Yes… yes they do! By the way, Zoe Bell is stunt double in this new movie too! Ah- and although I love the cast and many of the scenes, Kill Bill pt.s 1 & 2 were not my favorite- I really did not care for the animation at all…

Mary Nyan:
Uma was awesome in it!

Elizabeth:
So was Daryl Hannah!

Petra:
-and Vivica Fox, nya!

Yvonne:
-and Chiaki Kuriyama,nya!

Jeannie:
As was Lucy Liu, but let us not further digress about those purrior Tarantino films.

Meryl:
Oop- sorry Mike!

Inglorious Basterds

Plot Spoiler Warning!

Mike:

That’ OK it happens all the time around here! So, ah well I was very eager to see Inglorious Basterds, I was very optimistic about it. The gist of the World War II plot is the collision course between Lt. Aldo Raine’s (Brad Pitt)’s OSS team of Jewish American soldiers  nicknamed “The Basterds” who hunt Nazis via guerilla tactics, and German Col. Landa (Christoph Waltz) who is a smart detective and hunter of Jews in France.

They will cross the paths of a girl Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) who survives to later own a theater in Paris, where she is displeased to meet German war hero Frederick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl) whose stars in a film about his sniper exploits. He is rather smitten with her, and the German High Command, including Hitler himself plan to attend the film’s premier.

This attracts the attention of the British, who send  Lt. Hicox (Michael Fassbender) on a secret mission to rendezvous with double agent German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) and The Basterds, who plan to blow up the theater full of Nazis, which also happens to be Shosanna’s plan for revenge.The story is a bit more complicated than that and there are so many more fascinating characters than I am mentioning, but this movie is brilliant!

Tarantino’s  writing & directing are great, the movie is very well photographed edited with some very interesting music cues from other famous films (see how many you can recognize), and the film has high production values, great sets, locations, costumes, props, action scenes and art direction. However, the film is not for the squemish viewer due to intense, brutal  bloody scenes of shootings, scalpings, lashings, stabbings, beatings & explosions.

The plot is intriguing and captivating with such rich dialog for the characters in so many scenes; it is a 2.5 hour long movie which unfolds at a fine pace. When the movie intends to be thrilling, funny, poignant, intriguing or shocking, entire cast is narvelous portraying very believable characters, whether they are heroes or villains, male or female, civilian or military. Famous characters appearing in the movie include Hitler, Goebbels, and Winston Churchill (Rod Taylor). There is even  a bit of narration by Samuel L Jackson!

As impressive as almost every aspect of the film was for me, I think the astounding Oscar-worthy performance by Christoph Waltz http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0910607/ as the smart & charismatic villain Col. Hans Landa might be the most impressive part. I think this is Tarantino’s best film since 1994’s Pulp Fiction I give Inglorious Basterds  a solid “A”. It is a great World War II film, one of my favorite films of the year, one of the few I’ve seen more than once this year. That’s about it, but here is Jen with a review of a more modern military movie!

(end of our Inglorious plot spoilers)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Plot Spoiler Warning!

Jeannie:
Although I am a fan of the Transformers and G.I. Joe toys, comics & cartoons for the most part, given our displeasure with the live-action Transformers films (reviewed respectively in the July, 2007 & July, 2009 Mew) I my feelings were pessimistic going to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. However, it was better than I had anticipated, better than the live-action Transformers films in my opinion, with purrhaps equal aspects that I liked & disliked.

The purremise of the movie is in general quite fine, true to the spirit of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (RAM) era, in that the Joe team lead by Duke try to stop Cobra from destroying the world with super-weapons. This is classic plot in the tradition of Cobra’s MASS device and Weather Dominator weapons. The purrimary Joe team characters are Duke, Ripcord, Scarlet, Snakeyes, Breaker, Heavy Duty & General Hawk, with cameos by other identifiable characters along with plenty of other nameless air, land & sea troops.

These characters are well purtrayed by a fine cast, and I was especially pleased with the purrformances of Rachel Nichols as Scarlett, Ray Park as Snake Eyes, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje as Heavy Duty and Dennis Quaid as Hawk. Jonathan Purryce appears as the Purresident of the United States, Channing Tatum was fine as Duke, and while Marlon Wayans as a good choice for Ripcord, better than the material he was given to work with, but unfortunately he was reduced to too silly a comedic sidekick.

In Cobra’s corner are The Baroness, Destro, Storm Shadow, Zartan, and The Doctor / later Cobra Commander. Stunning Sienna Miller is purrfect as The Baroness and almost steals the entire movie- along with those weapons the character purrloins from NATO. Christopher Eccleston was neat Destro, Lee Byung Hun excelled as Storm Shadow, and awesome Arnold Vosloo was Zartan- whose fellow Mummy Alumni Brendan Fraser & Kevin O’Connor also briefly appear.

Karolína Kurkova appears too briefly as Cover Girl, but hopefully she will have a larger role if there is a sequel. There seem to be numerous threads left open for a potential sequel, and should there be a sequel, I would purticularly like to see Lady Jaye included; other characters I would to see would include Flint, Jinx, Bombstrike, Zarana Roadblock, Shipwreck, Firefly & General Colton. I would purrfur not to see the inclusion of Serpentor or Golobulus- but I digress.

Although there is a great deal of revisionist history in the nature of the Joes, Cobra and some of the characters’ biographies & relationships in this movie, especially romance between Duke and The Baroness (written like a ‘Mary Sue’-ish sort of fiction trope) and lack thereof between Scarlet & Snake Eyes. In spite of this, I think the overall spirit was adequately captured for the most part, and there are pleasant homages & nods to the original Joe toys sprinkled throughout.

Other stars of the movie are the neat array of marvelous modern & futuristic locations, vehicles & equipment. The film is set sometime in the near future, which can explain much of the beautifully designed advanced technology, such the energy weapons, Manta & Shark attack subs, the magnificent Night Raven mach 5 jet, and the stealthy Cobra aircraft. We even get to see the Joe’s huge attack submarine and the USS Flagg aircraft carrier, so the film is quite the vehicle extravaganza.

As delighted I was with so much of the mecha, I was not very fond of Cobra’s nanotech warheads, as I grew weary of nanotech plots over a decade ago; One of my biggest complaints were the purreposterous Accelerator Suits, which pushed credibility beyond acceptable purrameters. Furthermore, those regrettable suits should have been worn by specialist Joe team members (which there seem to be hundreds of) who had been training in that equipment for a while instead of Duke & Ripcord.

The movie has locations around the world from Paris to Washington, DC and above the Earth’s atmosphere. High purrduction values are evident in Cobra’s vast undersea base & the Joe’s sprawling subterranean headquarters The Pit, which dwarfs even SPECTRE’s volcano base of the glorious 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Twice. To further compare this movie to others, conceptually it reminds me a bit of 1982’s Megaforce and the 1994 live-action Street Fighter, but GIJ:TRC is a much more impurressive movie than those two.

This movie has a wealth of visual effects & stunts including plenty of shootouts, vehicles chases, aerial & undersea combat, commando raids and martial arts, but this extravaganza is marred by techniques such as speed-ramping & shaky cam, which call too much attention to themselves and thus ruin the ‘suspension of disbelief’. Also, many of the fight scenes suffer from far too many rapid cuts, with edits every few seconds that seems detrimental to the purresentation of good  fight choreography.

Sadly it is the editing, camera work and the script that seem to be the weakest aspects of most action movies these days. The story is far too silly, comedic, and not smart enough, with too many blatant, purrdictable plot points (eg a Mars Corp emblem blatantly spelled out on the bunker, overuse of a tune that Zartan whistles, & holographically tampered tracking devices in the warheads).
The film has a good sound mix and Alan Silvestri’s film score is fine, but there is an annoying song by the Black Eyed Peas song during the end credits.

Despite its flaws it is in some ways faithful in spirit to the material that it adapts, in a mostly fun and quite spectacular way that could certainly have been much worse, and unlike the disappointing live-action Transformers movies, at least this movie is actually about the title characters.I give the movie a grade of ‘C’ as in Cobra, a neither high nor poor grade, but an average score after weighing the film’s purrose and cons.Seaking of G.I. Joe, I believe Mike was going to tell us about-

(end of our G.I. Joe plot spoilers)

Sgt. Slaughter’s appearance & signing at Wal Mart

Mike:
Yep it was quite an honor and a treat to meet one of my favorite professional wrestlers of all time- and “A Real American Hero”! Sgt. Slaughter is one of the most popular and beloved superstars to ever climb into the ring as a ‘face’ or a ‘heel’, having worked in promotions not just all over the USA but around the world.

I was so entertained by him in early days when he was a star of the NWA’s Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling here in North Carolina. In the 80’s he was a star in other territories, such as the AWA & WWF (later WWE). He has such amazing skill in the ring, intimidating 6′ 6″ presence, a great character & story, the most legendary battles, the dreaded Cobra Clutch finishing move, and such charisma at the microphone. A World Champion several times over, he’s held many title belts!

In the mid 80’s he became a member of the G.I. Joes, as the first real person to be adapted into the G.I. Joe comic book & toys. He voiced his animated character version, a USMC Gunnery Sergeant from Paris Island, SC who appeared in the 5-part episode “Arise, Serpentor, Arise” and later in GI Joe: The Movie. He is also great humanitarian who’s done much charitable work; The Sgt Slaughter Celebrity Golf Invitational benefits the Sgt Slaughter Youth Foundation, just one of the charities he supports http://www.sgtslaughter.com/charity.htm!

I had the honor of meeting him at his August 14th Wal Mart appearance. From time to time the store has had wrestlers there to meet the fans, and I did not want to miss this opportunity. He’d appeared on some of the regional radio shows and was scheduled to appear in the toy department from 6-8 pm so I got there around 5:15 pm to find myself about 20th in line. The Pepsi sponsor reps & store employees were very nice, they gave prize raffle tickets to everyone in line, and I thanked them for arranging this event.

I’m not sure how many fans were in the queue, but it was several hundred people before the line was closed around 8 pm. It was a pleasant wait in line, discussing wrestling and G.I. Joe with fellow fans of all ages, races & genders, some who’d driven quite a distance! We cheered when he emerged, wearing full Sgt. Slaughter attire as he sat down to the table meet the fans, sign autographs, and pose for photos. There was a leather champion belt on the table and the autographed photos were free, one to a person.

He was so charming, friendly and gracious, and happy to ham it up with fans who would pose in a headlock or the clutch. I  told him how honored I was to meet him and pleased it was to see him ‘school’ Lt. Falcon (Duke’s brother from Fayetteville, NC, voiced by Don Johnson) in the movie; he inscribed the color 8×10″ photo (an awesome ‘thumbs up’ pose in costume in front of a US  flag, with the G.I. Joe RAM logo in the bottom right corner).

We shook hands, said “Yo Joe!” to each other, I thanked him and quickly moved along as not to keep the others behind me waiting long. Later they announced the winning raffle tickets, the prizes being action figures and WWE event tickets; I did not win a prize, but I sure had a memorable time chatting with other fans & meeting that nice man! if you’d like to learn more about Sgt. Slaughter, here are a few good sites:

Yvonne:
There’s a wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Slaughter, nya…
Jeannie:

Elizabeth:

Mary Nyan:
… his biography as a World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee,

Petra:
and of course Sgt. Slaughter’s official web site http://www.sgtslaughter.com/
which is a good site, nya!

(the catgirls in unison)
YO JOE!

Meryl:
That’s all for this segment of the show, but when we return from the short break, we’ll be back with our Main Events and Special Guests Rebecca Brogden and Alan Welch!

(snip)
(one short break later…)

Main event:

an intermew with artist Rebecca Brogden!
Elizabeth:
We’re back, and are so pleased to welcome this month’s first special guest, North Carolina fantasy artist Rebecca Brogden N! Purrhaps you have seen some of her gorgeous illustrations in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art such as this display http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest/231.html! Those are just a tiny example of her enchanting imagery, which you can so much of at her enchanting web site The Fae Garden http://www.rbrogdenart.com/! Rebecca, Aloha & welcome to Catgirl Island and The Mew! Would you like a tasty beverage? What would you like?

Rebecca:
I would really like a nice cold tasty beverage. Lemonade sounds really good right now especially during this hot summer season.

Elizabeth:
(brings the lemonade) We were so impurressed with those terrific riverwalk http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest/237.html and beach http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest/240.html triptychs you illustrated that purrfectly capture the lovely spirit our island scenery & friends! What were those like to do?

Rebecca:
They were a fun challenge to accomplish. And it was fun to do something different than what I normally do.

Elizabeth:
So, when did you first realize that you had artistic talent?
Rebecca:
I realized my talent when I could do more than stick figures lol. In all seriousness, I truly realized that I had artistic talent when my drawings started to get compliments from other people. I was around 20 when compliments started to come in and then I thought there just might be something to my pieces.

Elizabeth:
How supportive have your family, friends & teachers been of your artistry?
Rebecca:
My family and friends were somewhat supportive. They honestly wanted me to be a doctor, but that definitely did not happen. They really started to support my art after I won 2nd place in the NC state fair last year.

Elizabeth:
Congratulations on that wonderful award! What sort of art training have you had?
Rebecca:
I have not had any training. I’ve only gotten advice from friends on how to improve.

Elizabeth:
You certainly have such supurrb natural talent! Who are your favorite artists or other most  inspirational people?
Rebecca:
I would have to say Amy Brown’s work http://www.amybrownart.com/ inspired me to get into faeries. Before I saw her art, I did random anime pictures of fan art and such.
Elizabeth:
She is one of the best fantasy artists. What are your purreferred media, tools & techniques?
Rebecca:
I would have to say Photoshop and my trusty Wacom Intuos3 tablet are my preferred media. I used to dabble with watercolor, but with costs high, I abandoned that media.
Elizabeth:
What is your art studio space like?
Rebecca:
My art studio space is my bedroom with my computer.
Elizabeth:
Is there any purrticular mewsic you listen to while you work?
Rebecca:
Yes definitely. I have to listen to Celtic or New Age Music to work on my paintings. If I don’t, my short attention span drifts somewhere else.
Elizabeth:
Who are your favorite Celtic or New Age mewsicians?

Rebecca:
My favorites would have to be Gary Stadler, Loreena McKennitt, Enya, and Celtic Women. I have a ton more I like, but these are my top picks.

Elizabeth:
Oh those are wonderful mewsicians! There are some lovely nature photos in your Fae Garden Gallery too!What kind of equipment do you use? And do you show or sell those images too?

Rebecca:
I currently use my Canon PowerShot SD550 digital camera. It’s kind of old and once it goes I hope to get a better camera. And I do sell my nature photos too.

Elizabeth:
You get such purretty results with it! What are are some of your favorite flora & fauna?

Rebecca:
My favorite are mushrooms because they are so versatile. They come in all kinds of colors,  shapes and sizes. I also like thick forest vines, roses, and old maple trees.

Elizabeth:
Some of those mushrooms are tasty too! Aside from the art, what are your other interests and hobbies?
Rebecca:
My biggest hobby aside from art is video gaming. I enjoy a great MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game). The one I am currently working on now is Perfect World http://www.perfectworld.com. My smaller hobbies include watching some TV shows like Ghost Hunters, Dirty Jobs, Mythbusters, etc. I also enjoy spending time with my husband.

Elizabeth:
Those are fun shows! Is your husband artistic too?

Rebecca:
My husband is not really artistic. He’s more of an art appreciator.

Elizabeth:
Could you explain the purrocess a typical illustration, from initial idea to finished rendering?
Rebecca:
My process is to the draw the character I plan to use in a painting on paper. I then scan the rough sketch into photoshop to outline using my tablet. After that is done, I create a background from scratch and color in the character.
Elizabeth:
Faeries seem to be a favorite subject of your art- what is it about the fey that you find especially appealing?
Rebecca:
I would have to say the wings. I’ve always had an obsession of flight and the faeries are a healthy way to bring out that side of me.

Elizabeth:
While you are visiting the island would you like to go hang gliding, parasailing or ballooning?

Rebecca:
Yes absolutely! I would love to do all 3.,

Elizabeth:
We will have to arrange that! Those lovely faeries are very expurressive with graceful anatomy & poses, in such impurressive apparel, amidst lush scenery, with interesting lighting and magickal effects, and many of your illustrations have very ornate, decorative borders. What are the the most fun- and the most challenging- aspects for you?

Rebecca:
The most fun is to work on the character especially on the wings. The most challenging is to work on the background such as detailing it and choosing the colors.

Elizabeth:
Can you tell us a bit more about those faeries?
Rebecca:
My faeries are nature dwellers. You won’t find them in cities. Men should be careful around them because they tend to seduce any man who wanders through their habitat. They are playful towards any woman who enters their area of the woods by either playing jokes on them or even making a friendship. They all have different powers ranging from small elemental magic spells to arcane explosions. Overall, each of my faeries are different and possess unique character traits.

Elizabeth:
One thing they all share in common is how beautifully they are depicted! Do you exhibit or sell your purroducts in any galleries, art shows, or conventions?
Rebecca:
The only exhibit I’ve done is at the NC State Fair http://www.ncstatefair.org/. However, I hope to exhibit / sell my products at different art shows/festivals in the future.

Elizabeth:
It’s not much longer ’til the state fair again, in October! There is so much yummy food there. What are the ultimate career goals for your future?

Rebecca:
My ultimate career goal is to make enough to live off my art and have enough left over to give to charities and organizations (animal shelters, etc).

Elizabeth:
That is such a noble goal! Do you have any artistic or business advice for aspiring artists?

Rebecca:
I don’t consider myself successful….yet. I am still experimenting with what works best to get my name out there. The only advice I can offer is network like crazy. I am connected to different art communities (deviantart, etc) and product store sites (cafepress, etc). I have also made business cards and I pass them out whenever I can locally.

Elizabeth:
If folks wish to buy your purrints & purroducts or commission you to design or illustrate something, how should they contact you?
Rebecca:
All are welcome to visit my main site http://www.faegarden.com/ or they can email me at faerieofwind@hotmail.com

Elizabeth:
Rebecca, thank you so very much for creating such wonderful works of art and for visiting with us! We hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the island, and see you after the show at the luau, and you can meet some of our local faeries!
Rebecca:
And thank you for interviewing me. It has been a real pleasure.

Elizabeth:
In addition to her main site you can also see Rebecca’s galleries at Elfwood http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/art/r/b/rbrogden/rbrogden.html and Deviantart http://faerieofwind.deviantart.com/! That’s all for this extra special segment of the show, but we’ll be right back with our other special guest Alan Welch after this short break!
(snip)
(one short break later…)

Main event:
an intermew with artist Alan Welch!

Mary Nyan:
Our next special guest is another of North Carolina’s fantasy artists, Alan Welch!  His multi-media creations combine photographs, digital art & FX, with male & female models to create such exciting exotic scenes, from ancient sword & sorcery to Victorian steam punk themes! He’s appeared at various conventions, his work has graced several publications, you can see much of it at his official web site Reverie Realm http://www.reverierealm.com/!, and now he’s joining us here! Alan, Aloha and welcome to The Mew!
Alan:
Thank you, Myayr, its a pleasure to be here and the extra scratching post here on the set for me is an added attraction-makes me feel quite at home.
Mary Nyan:
Would you like a nice refreshment- we have a wide selection!
Alan:
A glass of milk like yours is tempting, but a Diet Coke would work just as well, thanks.
Mary Nyan:
Regular or decaf?
Alan:
I live on caffeine!
Mary Nyan:
Coming right up! From the looks of your ‘reveriescapes’ you seem to migrate through time and space a lot- where are you originally from, and what brought you to the Old North State?
Alan:
I’m a Florida boy, originally, born in a little coastal town called New Smyrna, then moved to Miami when my parents relocated. After school and a broken marriage I traveled west to (The Great State Of) Texas and spent 14 years in the Houston and Dallas metroplexes. I fell in love with North Carolina during a visit to friends here and finally came back east to North Carolina in 1991.
Mary Nyan:
(as the guest’s beverage arrives) What were the early signs that you had such artistic talent, and a potential career ahead?
Alan:
I can’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t drawing or coloring something. I’ve passed through just about every phase of graphic arts over the  years, cartooning, illustration, typography, photography, design, always the arts kept dragging me back regardless of whatever  else I tried.
Mary Nyan:
I read that you are greatly inspired by artists such as Frank Frazetta http://www.frazettaartgallery.com/ff/index.html, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell http://www.imaginistix.com/. Have you ever met them?
Alan:
Unfortunately, no. Our paths never crossed.
Mary Nyan:
Sadly, Mrs. Elle Frazetta passed away in July.

Alan:
Sad, but that name will live for a long time.
Mary Nyan:
Yes, yes  it will. So, who are some other great influences on your artistry, be they friends n family, purrfessors, or other famous artists?
Alan:
I’m sure I inherited whatever artistic talent I have from my mother, she was very talented. My early heroes were Wallace Wood, Basil Wolverton and the Severins-at one time I wanted to be a comic artist which has been a heavy influence in how I do my current work. My high school art teacher, Anthony DiMeo, was a huge influence and since I started hitting the con circuit, Tom Fleming http://www.flemart.com/ and Ed Beard http://www.edbeardjr.com/ have both given me great friendship and support. Its nice to see success does not always mean people turn ego maniacal. Tom and Ed are two great and supportive people as well as wonderful artists.

Mary Nyan:
Indeed! We’ve met Mr. Fleming at some cons too! What sort of formal art training have you had?
Alan:
Very little actually. High school art and a couple of photography courses. I am pretty much a home study kind of guy. I don’t particularly recommend that route, it tends to leave huge holes in the things you should know, but there you are.
Mary Nyan:
Purrior to the advent of digital tools, what were your purrrefered  illustrative media & tools?
Alan:
Pen & ink was always my favorite, I also did water color and a little in the land of acrylics. But it was when I started with a 35mm camera that I really discovered what I wanted to do.
Mary Nyan:
What about the photographic equipment?
Alan:
I stared with a basic intro level 35 mm Minolta, who no longer makes cameras, then upgraded to a fine Pentax MX system. I shot  many years with that system and, to tell the truth, it is still my favorite camera of all time. Since I went digital, however, I shoot with a Sony which I chose after many months of research.
Mary Nyan:
Do you still ever enjoy any actual old school film photography or is it purrely digital these days?
Alan:
I only shoot digital, now Myayr. I would love to shoot film again, but time and cost and convenience simply rules that out. Also, my favorite film-Kodachrome 25, has been but a memory for many years. As an aside, I actually wanted to shoot this style of heroic fantasy photography  back around 1980, but shooting film meant you actually had to build/find complete sets and the special effects were so limited and expensive, the whole project was unworkable. Enter digital photography and modern software and it became a whole different ball of wax.
Mary Nyan:
What digital software & hardware do you purresently use?
Alan:
I have a Sony F 828 which, frankly, is beginning to be rather dated and I am currently considering upgrading to new, larger sensor/file size camera, after all-the Sony has been run through over 30,000 images, but have made no final decision on which way to go. I use Adobe Photoshop (software of the gods) CS4 version for my editing and image compiling. This is all done on a Mac G5 desktop.
Mary Nyan:
Your fantastic images often include real people posing in costumes with purrops. Where do you get the costumes & purrops?
Alan:
If you see a nice, nearly elderly man looking through the women’s section in a resale shop, please come up and introduce yourself. lol I also have a good working relationship with The Tudor Shoppe, http://tudorshoppe.com/ an online clothier, who can supply virtually any period clothing one could ask for.
Then there are military surplus stores and a surprising number of models that I use have clothing / cotumes of their own. Shaun Mendes, http://www.modelmayhem.com/1041970 a local chain mail crafter is also very helpful in creating some of the specialized armor I need. As far as props are concerned, I have bought an armory of hand weapons, many fantasy items are now available online  and I have been stocking up, and other props come where they will, yard and garage sales, loans from friends, model’s personal items.
Mary Nyan:
We’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of the models, including the lovely Rainbowfish, whose modeling purrtfolio is at http://www.modelmayhem.com/814236 and there’s a nice pic of her in our own Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest/261.html how do you find & contact them to appear in your scenes?
Alan:
It was tough at first. No one else had been doing this kind of work, really, and convincing the first few models to trust me enough to pose was rather difficult. Once I had a few images completed, it was far easier to show a potential model and say, “This is what I do, would you work with me?”. Now, I find that showing my work online is sufficient that models are now contacting me desiring to pose as my work is unique enough that it enhances their portfolios. Its a very gratifying situation. Honestly, my first model was waiting my table at lunch in a restaurant. Good fortune is where you find it.
Mary Nyan:
It must be very complex, and time consuming for all the arrangements to be made with those costumes, models, equipment and some locations. Could you describe the typical purrocess for how you create one of those stunning images, from the initial vision in mind to the finished rendering on display in a gallery?
Alan:
Myayr, I’d love to say these are the steps and lay them out for you start to finish. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way. Every image is different and each one evolves in a different path. Sometimes, I look at a model and decide this is the image I want to do and photograph the character first and go from there, crafting the scene around them. This is how “The Menace” http://www.reverierealm.com/theimagesdetail.aspx?nid=34&page=0 was produced.
Others, I have an idea for a scene and will craft the setting, then shoot a model(s) to fit the space. I used this technique for “Tooth and Nail”. http://www.reverierealm.com/theimagesdetail.aspx?nid=32&page=0) Some scenes are assembled totally from various images and the room/set doesn’t exist except on my hard drive such as “Doorway of Mystery”http://www.reverierealm.com/theimagesdetail.aspx?nid=33&page=0. But always, I find, the computer is a partner in the creativity.
My work, unlike a painted or CG artist, is not one where if I need an item I can just create it, there has to be an actual item I can photograph or a  photo I can purchase rights to so as to incorporate into my work. I use as little “painting” as possible limiting it to things which simply cannot be photographed like magic spell effects, star fields, blood splatters, dust clouds and the like. Each work takes anywhere from thirty to over a hundred  hours of shooting and compiling sometimes running as high as 70+ layers in a single Photoshop file.
And, ironically, sometimes the finished image bears almost no resemblance to my original concept. “In the Temple of the Moon” http://www.reverierealm.com/theimagesdetail.aspx?nid=37&page=0 was originally to be an Elven warrior shooting an arrow over a walkway railing at a rearing dragon in the medium background. However, on the day of the shoot, arrived and the Mongolian horse bow which was to be loaned to me for the shoot never arrived, so something totally different came out of the session. Go figure.
Mary Nyan:
“In the Temple of the Moon” is one of my favorites! I like “The Lady and the Tyger” a lot too, which is that pic on the home page of your site! Ah, I understand you purrvide other photographic services?

Alan:
Yes, the usual, portraits, product photography and the like, but I also am currently working on two custom fantasy images for two different customers, both magical and not for publication. I think these are my favorite free lance projects. I can’t really go into detail as the works are private contracts.
Mary Nyan:
Your web site Reverie Realm is so nice not only those images it purrsents, but the overall look of the site, how intuitive it is to navigate & quickly load, with the charming text that conveys a sense of ‘story’! Could you tell us a bit about it’s design?
Alan:
Thank you, Myayr. It was a cooperative venture with a most talented coder named Joe Jasper. Once we got the design down it was a matter of me just saying, “Joe, I want to add this.” and bingo, he had it. Its coded in ASP.NET with a SQL Server 2000 database driving the content so I can manage everything,  except adding new pages,  through my web browser.  For a long while I worked with a Houston poet named Carolyn Adams, but she has become too busy to collaborate so I am currently looking for another aspiring writer to continue writing the verses for my images. Myayr, how are you with a word processor?
Mary Nyan:
Ah heh I am much bettr with a food purrocessor! Could you please tell us a bit about Zeitgeist Design?
Alan:
I’ve been working as a graphic designer since the mid-70s and Zeitgeist is my design studio. I’ve done everything from business cards to coffee table hard bound art books. I started back in the days of T-squares and rubber cement and transitioned into the computer age while working in Dallas.
Mary Nyan:
What are other sites or galleries folks can admire your imagery at?
Alan:
Here are a few, I post as YerPalAl at www.photoshopcontest.com and http://www.eyefetch.com/profile.aspx?user=yerpal; lI’ve posted a few on Elfwood http://www.elfwood.com/~alanwelchand my Model Mayhem page is http://www.modelmayhem.com/817359. I don’t push the last two very much, they are more useful as contact media.
Mary Nyan:
You sell a variety of merchandise, including the art purrints in various sizes and editions. What is your favorite purrinting purrocess?
Alan:
Right now I am using Cafe Press http://www.cafepress.com/reverierealm for most  of my merchandize except for  the jewelry which is custom made by a woman associate in upstate New York.
Mary Nyan:
I understand that something of yours will appear  the November issue of Heavy Metal magazine (on sale in early September)! Congratulations on that! How did that transpire?
Alan:
Actually, I mailed them a collection of prints. The internet is a terrible place to display art work, everyone’s graphic card/monitor/gamma/contrast/lightness settings are different and I have been reduced to banging my head on a desk top looking at my site on other people’s computers.
Mary Nyan:
What books or magazines has your work appeared in?
Alan:
Other than the upcoming Heavy Metal, Renaissance Magazine, The NCWCCC Anthology, Southern Bride & Groom, Texas Girl Magazine. I’m still relatively new at  this.
Mary Nyan:
Will there be a Reverie Realm calendar for 2010?

Alan:
I am currently working on it. I hope to have it ready in August and available through the website and at personal appearances. I also have several related calendar projects in the works but I am not ready to give out details on these yet.

Mary Nyan:
What are some of your favorite books, comics, movies, radio & TV shows, and mewsic?
Alan:
Oh, gosh, As you would expect most of my favorite movies are period pieces and fantasy, the LOTR trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Seabiscuit, TV: I don’t do, radio: I am an NPR fan, books: there are too many really, I am mostly a history and SciFi addict, and as far as comics, other than the Cat girls, Girl Genius and Devil’s Panties I tend to stay away.
I know it sounds strange, but I really try to not let myself be influenced by other people’s work so I try to avoid it. Mew . . . er, *ahem* music: I like everything from Classical through Celtic and 60s-70s rock, but no rap  or hip hop, just not my style.
Mary Nyan:
What are some of your favorite cons, shows faires & festivals to attend, and what are some upcoming events you’ll be appearing at?
Alan:
At this point ConCarolinas http://www.concarolinas.org/, WTH Con http://www.guilford.edu/yachting/wthcon/ and Stellarcon http://www.stellarcon.org/ are my three favorite cons. I also greatly enjoy the North Carolina Renaissance Faire http://www.ncrenfaire.com/, my work seems to be received very well at all of these events. Its always better when people can see the actual prints and when I explain how my work is created, (so many layers, so many photographs combined, etc) its wonderful to see how they react. I also try to bring several of my most popular models to these events.
Mary Nyan:
Any purrticular bits of creative, marketing or business advice you might have for aspiring illustrators, photographers, models, or costumers?
Alan:
I honestly think networking is critical. I am not yet working full time at my art, I still pull a 9-5 at a regular office location for others, so my time to do this is very limited, but it is a great way to promote your work. Public appearance work the best for my own purposes, I think. When people can actually the full, rich color and detail in my work it tends to sell itself
Mary Nyan:
Finally, what are the best ways for people to contact you?
Alan:
My e-mail is mystic @ reverierealm . com (without all the spaces of course), or through the “Contact Info” link at the bottom of my website
Mary Nyan:
Alan, thank you so much for taking the time to visit and chat with us! We hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your island visit, and will see you later at tonight’s luau!
Alan:
Thank you very much, Myayr, the pleasure has been mine. Say, where did you find these cute little plastic cups for the poi?
Mary Nyan:
Oh that’s not plastic- it’s edible sugar glass! It is purrticularly flavorful with the dip in it! We’ll be right back after this short break!
(snip)
(one short break later…)

Autumnal Anticipurrtions

Mike:
So do y’all have any special plans for the fall aside from your usual affairs?
Mary Nyan:
Halloween! I hope we can do another Halloween group cosplay!

Yvonne:
Hopefully next time Lizzy will not have another wardrobe malfunction, nya!
Elizabeth:
Ahh–! It was that spooky tree that grabbed my top, nya!

Meryl:
A tree that you mischievously climbed up in order to pounce-scare Vonny, as I recall.

Petra:
Goodness, nya!

Jeannie:
We’re just kitting, although Lizzy is the notorious purrankster.
Mary Nyan:
Petra, Meryl,  of course you should join our group cosplay if you are free!
Meryl:
Thank you most kindly but I suspect I’ll be very busy on Halloween, in case there are other purranksters on the loose! But I hope I’ll get to see your costumes!

Petra:

Thank you- what should I do, nya?
Mary Nyan:
Once know how many of us will purrticipate, then we can we vote on the theme for the costumes and who’ll wear what. Then you just need to be measured ‘n fitted in time for me to make your costume before Halloween!

Jeannie:
I can laser scan you at my workshop, or Myayr can do it the old fashioned way with the tape measure.

Yvonne:
Last year we repurrsented the characters from the anime series Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, so we need to vote on this year’s group cosplay theme soon, nya!

Mary Nyan:
We should determine how many of us will purrticipate, and where we’ll be wearing the costumes. Flowing, delicate costumes would be good for a low-impact formal event, but if we are going to be scampering around outdoors we would purrfur the more rugged outfits.

Elizabeth:
I would purrfur the costume that does not get snagged by the spooky tree!

Meryl:
Those trees will not bother the innocent catgirl!

Mike:
Well, maybe y’all can vote on that next time! Are there any other special activities you’re looking forward to?

Yvonne:
I want to go to the state fair http://www.ncstatefair.org/2009/, and sample the sausages, the nummy drumsticks, fresh milk, and the fried dough slathered in nilla cream sauce, nya!

Jeannie:
That is good sauce.
Petra:
There is a wonderful art show, photography and flower show at the fair too, nya!
Mary Nyan:
it will be that time before we know it, especially with our other busy purrsuits. Then it will be Thanksgiving and the winter holidays!

Elizabeth:
The mew season of Dancing with the Stars starts this month! This will be a tough compurrtition to purrdict. I think celebs Donny Osmond & Mya will go far, and one of my favorite Olympic swimmers Natalie Coughlin is a contestant!!


Yvonne:

Lizzy has the hot salsa aspurrations, nya!
Meryl:
Who are your favorite dancers on the show
Elizabeth:
Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke!
Mary Nyan:
I think Edyta Sliwinska tends to have the most amazing costumes!
Meryl:
I have not been watching many TV shows of late although I still enjoy Samantha Brown’s http://samantha-brown-blog.travelchannel.com/ shows on the Travel Channel such as
Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends!
Jeannie:
She was on the cover of the August 21-23 USA weekend supplement.
Yvonne:

Yay Sammy, nya! So… what Fall movies are of interest, nya?
Petra:
OhI am very curious about James Cameron’s Avatar and Terry Gilliam’s forthcoming film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, nya!
Elizabeth:
DVDs I am looking forward to are Bamboo Blade, Spice and Wolf, Superman / Batman: Public Enemies, and the Watchmen Ultimate Edition!

Mike:
Me too, but the one I most want to see is Avatar, but y’know there’s also The Box, which is a story by my favorite author Richard Matheson!

Mary Nyan:
There are several horror movies coming out this fall that I am interest in seeing such as Jennifer’s Body, Zombieland, Cirque du Freak, Descent 2 and Trick r Treat! Oh and the new KISS album! (sticks her tongue out and ‘throws the horns gesture)

Yvonne:
I wanna see Where The Wild Things Are, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Purrincess and the Frog, nya! Howboutchoo Jennyjen, nya?

Jeannie:
Moon, Astroboy, Amelia and Avatar.
Meryl:
There ares till too many movies from the Spring and Summer so purrhaps I will see them on DVD, but I am interested in Men Who Stare at Goats, and The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man!

Yvonne:
Purrhaps we will have more movie reviews next month, nya!

Mary Nyan:
We mewsually do! So… is that it for this session?
The Cat Lady Sings (and thanks)…

Yvonne:
I guess this is it for yet another edition of The Mew, nya! We wish to thank
our dear friend & web master Jamie Robertson for all his hard work, nya!
Jeannie:
We thank Alexcia, Bix, Pacozord & ob1 for the lovely art and fun toys!
Petra:
It was so nice to meet our special guests Rebecca and Alan-  they are very
kind and talented artists whose purresence was greatly apurreciated, nya!

Meryl:
Thanks for letting me sit in again- this was fun!

Mike:
Oh thank you- we’re so glad y’all could be here again!

Mary Nyan:
We would also like to expurress our gratitude to the artists, writers, editors,
staff, publishers, purrinters, filmmakers,purrducers, cast & crew, retailers,
manufacturers & distributors who make ‘n sell all those entertaining books,
comics, art, movies & TV shows, mewsic and toys that we enjoy!!

(the catgirls in unison)
DOMO ARIGATOO GOSAIMASU, NYA!

Elizabeth:
If y’all have polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them –
purrvided that such brief non-snarky remarks are spam-free and stay on-topic.

Mike:
Thanks for watching The Mew everybody! We’ll be back with more next month!
Be there… aloha!

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

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2 Responses to “The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for September, 2009!”

  1. glych Says:

    This is for Mary Nyan. I wanted to say thank you for pointing people towards my work. I feel honored. I haven’t been making comics online for the last 2 years because I have been finishing my Comic Arts degree, so I’ve taken a bit of a sabbatical from making pages. I was taken aback by someone noticing my work even though I have not created something new online in ages. I do have a slew of work to go up online within the next few months, however. My website (currently an embarrassing “coming soon,” as I was force to close it down last year) will be back online before the end of the year.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    -glych

    • jamiecotc Says:

      Aloha Glych! Oh my stars, that was so nice of you to respond! You’re such a supurrbly talented & purrolific artist & author and even if you’re not currently purrducing a web comic, you have so much purrior impurressive story & art for folks to continue to admire! We wish you much fun & success with your academic purrsuits, best wishes for your future purrojects, and thank you so much for your significant, entertaining work & for your cordially kind note to us!

      -Mary Nyan, on behalf of the cast & crew of The Mew: The Catgirl Critis Media Mewsings

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