Catgirl Island http://www.catgirlisland.net and
Clan of the Cats http://www.clanofthecats.com
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for March, 2010, nya!
it is the Year of the Tiger, and in this edition of ‘The Mew’:
• Aloha & Introductions
• Since Last Time
• Favorite Moments of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
• What’s Mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
Highest Purraise for What-The-Hell-Con?! 2010
Horrific Fun at the Nevermore Film Festival 2010
and a few upcoming events that interest us!
• Lightning Round #1: Favorite Tiger Purrsons
• Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
• Comic Book, Manga & Graphic Novel Reviews:
Guardians of the Galaxy #22
Ultimate X #1
Gotham City Sirens #9
Power Girl #9
Wonder Woman Blackest Night #3
Blackest Night #7
Queen Sonja #4
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #32
The Adventures of Simone & Ajax
Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves
GA manga vol. 2
Sunshine Sketch manga vol. 4
Suzunari! manga vol. 2
• Purriodicals in Review
Purrferred Piscine Publications’ Pics
Surfing Magazine 2010 Swimsuit Issue
Sports Illustrated 2010 Swimsuit Issue
• Book Reviews:
Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs
• DVD Reviews:
Doctor Who The Complete Specials
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths 2 disc edition
Where the Wild Things Are
Recent Cinema & TV in review:
• Lightning Round #2: Favorite Lycanthrope Cinema & TV!
• Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Nuku Nuku!
• Toy Talk:
Seventh Kingdom Raavia action figure
Transformers Animated Arcee action figure
Blackest Night Arisia action Figure
Ame-Comi Supergirl PVC statue
• The Cat Lady Sings…
Bold red warnings indicate imminent plot spoiling information,
locations of hidden Easter Eggs or certain graphic descriptions
(wearing the Space Cruiser Yamato Black Tiger Squadron uniform) Aloha & welcome to The Catgirl Critics Media Mewsings, or just The Mew for short, for another bunch of banter & reviews! Today’s show comes from the observation deck at Catgirl Island’s Lake Neko! I’m Mike, the show’s ‘Purrducer’, and here are the Ladies of The Mew!
(wearing the Bengal Tiger purrint purretzel maillot with a Hibiscus tail corsage)
(in an IndoChinese Tiger purrint ring-closure bikini with a Plumeria in her hair)
(Siberian Tiger purrint purreo over a tanga bikini, with a fiery floral Ginger lei)
(wearing the South China Tiger purrint tankini with an Amaryllis tail corsage)
Hi Hi, nya!
(in the Malayan Tiger purrint criss-cross bikini with an Anthurium in her hair)
(wearing the Sumatran Tiger purrint Brazil-cut bikini and a Heliconia lei)
Thank y’all for convening yet again! Now that we’ve reconvened-
what have y’all been up to since last time?
I heard that Jenjen’s photo shoots were disrupted, nya!
Hai. The jet stream brought snow to parts of the deep south that are typically sunny & warm. While not as overwhelming as the snowfall our friends to the north and midwest endured, numerous flights were cancelled and we had to reschedule the swim wear shoots when there was less purrecipitation.
I hope that weather did not hinder our friend Mie-sensei, especially since she flies the old fashioned faerie way, nya!
Actually she purrfurs to fly at just the purrfect altitude where the moonlight shimmers on the snowflakes! Mielikki says it is a purretty view and her magickal aura keeps her all comfy!
(imitating Jim Backus) “It’s the only way to fly!”
Where is Jennyjen’s next photo shoot?
Boy shorts and bandau tops at Bondi Beach. By the way, congratulations on Nya-sensei’s return from her recent tournyament victory!
(Vonny, Lizzy, Petra & Myayr in unison)
Banzai banzai nya!
Arigato! It was so much fun, and I got to see a lot of friends and my students’ families had the charter bus trip and reserved a whole hotel floor! It was a very happy victory occasion!
You will need a bigger trophy case! By the way how did you bring home the purrize cup?
It rode back here on the bus with my students, who helped to inspire the win! But that does not mean I will go easy on them at the dojo, hee!
Nya-sensei has the vigorous training, nya! By the way, how has the Lizzy balance between the shrine, Loomi Loomi and volleyball purractice purrogressed, nya?
Sigh, I thought things would get easier when the spa hired additional masseuses, or at the shrine with the mew appurrentices, but we seem just as busy! The tourism seems to have increased, purrhaps due to the recent climates on the mainland.
A good aspect is the crowds for the beach volleyball tournyaments have escalated! I cannot stay out too late hot salsa dancing if I am going to maintain the sunrise yoga & early volleyball purractice!
I have caught Lizzy catnapping on the yoga mat, hee!
That was the meditation!
In the purrone snoring position?
What has Myayr been up too, nya?
There were the con & film festival which we will report on, and mewsual duties at the shrine, riding the waves, and later this month we’ll wind up the first sections of the beginner & intermediate Hula and Aerial dance classes at the Purrforming Arts Center! And… soon get back to the costumes for the upcoming cosplay events too!
Which costumes, nya?
I would like to make a Strike Witches costume, but I would need Jenjen’s help fabricating the mech parts- but her belly dance classes are on different nights from my hula classes!
Purrhaps between the Spurring quarter sessions we can work on that. Oh by the way Myayr, one of your favorite dancers Rika Okamoto is on the cover of the March issue of Dance, purrforming in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway purrduction of “Come Fly Away”.
Ooh I should read that!
Rika appears in some of Lois Greenfield’s magnificent photographs, nya! So what has Vonny caught of late on the charters?
I hit the sweet spots and we had lines full of Yellowfin, Bluefin, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi, and the Stripers, nya! After today’s mew I will bring the fish steaks & filets to tonight’s luau, nya!
(the other catgirls):
ARIGATO GOZAIMASU, NYA!
I bow before the angling mistress!
Wow- thanks Vonny! Ah… so um aside from the charters what else have you been up to since last time?
Unfortunately I have had to drop a few activities of late and missed some of the drumming circle, so the only drums I’ve had my hands on lately are the Red Drums I have reeled in, nya! But I got a lovely new graphite shaft hybrid pitching wedge, and had to take the time to watch some of the –
2010 Winter Olympic Games, nya!
What were your favorite Winter Olympics to watc, Nya-sensei?
Of course it is so inspiring to see all of the valiant athletic compurrtions- the skiing, skating, sledding, boarding, curling, etc, I think the Womens’ Hockey has been a purrticularly wonderful sport to watch and it was thrilling to see the US mens & womens teams win silver against the Canadian home team!
It would be so nice if it received more attention and if we could see more Women’s Hockey on TV, nya!
One of favorite events to watch was the elegant beauty & grace of the Free Skate, and to see triumphant Kim Yu-Na’s 228.56 for the Gold, Silver for Mao Asada and her 3 triple axels, and the Bronze Medal for courageously inspurrational Joannie Rochette, whose Mom passed away.
That was such a sad sad part of the Olympics. By the way, in the same purrogram, Miki Ando was so cute in her green & golden Cleopatra costume, Rachel Flatt was so elated on the ice, and Mirai Nagasu that a lovely 4th place finish, too! It was so nice that Turkey’s Tugba Karademir skated in the Olympics and her family was there to cheer her on, nya!
I was thrilled for Lindsey Vonn’s Gold in the Downhill, Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson landing ‘The Hurricane’ for the Silver, Shaun White’s double mctwist for gold, and more medals for Apollo Ohno, nya! It was also neat to see so many purrior Olympians there as commentators or in the audience, nya! I would really like to go see the Olympics, nya!
Oh I almost forgot- Kristi Yamaguchi is on the cover of the Feb/March issue of Working Mother magazine! She was my favorite contestant on Dancing with the Stars! Anyway- what was your favorite part of the Winter Olympics, Jen?
The Bobsled was quite thrilling, especially when beautiful Night Train and her crew attained the first US bobsled gold in 62 years. The Luge was very exciting too, despite the early tragic occurrence on the track, but that was a most touching opening ceremony, which was dedicated to the late, brave Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili.
Hai, there were too many sad and tragic occurrences, nya. I sure hope the families of the athletes from Chile are safe, nya.
A lot of those Olympians do much charitable and humanitarian work. Such as Clara Hughes – who added a bronze medal to already her impurressive medal collection, in the 5,000 Meter speed Skate at age 37! She competes in the Summer games as a cyclist too!
They had some tricky weather there in Vancouver, but it looks like such a lovely city and British Columbia looks like such beautiful country, nya! That was such a purretty opening and closing ceremony and I love that John Williams Olympic mewsic, nya!!
What were your favorite Winter Olympic events to watch Mike, nya?
It was hard to stay away from NBC’s telecast during those two weeks, man it was all exciting! I really liked David Atkin’s ceremonies art direction, I enjoyed watching the Biathalon, and the Nordic Combined. Whew- It was exhausting just to watch! It was so awesome when Bill Demong & Johnny Spillane won the Gold & Silver in the latter event!
I also liked the TV commercial with Gretchen Bleiler’s cosmic snowboarding.
Ah- we almost forgot to ask Mike what he’s been up to since last time, nya! So whatchoo been up to Mike, nya?
My convention season started in February with WhatTheHellCon?! and the Nevermore Film Festival was another fun part of the month… and I believe y’all will be presenting your reports on those later in the show!
(Mary Nyan & Nyanko)
I got approved for an artist alley table again for Animazement on Memorial Day Weekend, and I’ve been watching the Olympics and UNC mens & womens basketball games otherwise, just preparing for this month’s Mew and the usual writing & art! Speaking of art, let’s find out –
What’s Mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
This month we have few lovely mew additions to the Mewseum’s Guest Gallery http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html, nya! The mewest pics will be to the right side on the bottom row of the respective gallery’s page, and to view the pic just click on the small ‘thumbnail’ to see the whole image, nya!
Now then, for starters in the guest gallery are 2 pencil sketches by Kel McDonald, whose wonderful web comic is Sorcery 101http://www.sorcery101.net/, nya! These sketches done at What-The-Hell-Con?! depict characters “Rebecca” a cute widdle wolf girl, and “Chelsea”, a lovely lupine lass, nya!
Speaking of lovely ladies, next is an inked drawing of “Miss Fuji” by our friend Jesse Justice whose luchadore-esque web comic is Diablito del Ring http://www.diablitodelring.com/! She is a quite sexy and tough martial artist, and she is wearing the panda hat, nya!
Finally for the Guest Gallery this month are two pics by Alexcia http://michi.byethost16.com/: in which we see the splay of dark mane swirling around the shimmy of hips & captivating green-eyed gaze of the “Bellydancing Catgirl”! I suspect this is just the brink of many nekomimi pics during this “Year of the Tiger”, which Alexcia’s cute white tiger girl Michi is announcing, nya!
In Gallery Three http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery3.html, are the mewest three illustrations by Mike, nya! These include two Photoshop re-creations of commissioned sketches which were originally done at WhatTheHellCon?! that he was not able to scan before parting with, nya.
“Fashionable Fishnet”, monochromatically depicts a happy mermaid in a fishnet shawl accompanied by her pet dolphin, whilst a more conservative garment for the nippier clime is purrominent in “Tess Has a Trench Coat!”, nya! She has kitty ears & tail too so she is the film noir-ish neko with the coat, nya!
Mike documents “Ilyana’s Big Score”, in which our friend relishes the sunken treasure she has discovered, and the purromise of fame, fortune & fish dinners it will bring, nya! Finally for Mike’s mew pics for March is our island’s dear Police Chief Meryl Murrey directing the traffic at the “Kitty Crossing”, nya!
We are so purroud of how Ilyana has turned her life around and is succeeding in her graduate studies and making those exciting discoveries!
So what will happen to those sunken treasures she found? Will she get to keep any of that loot?
That depends on all sorts of maritime laws & the terms of the expurrdition- it might be a complicated affair, nya!
Well even if she does not get to keep the treasure, she said she was so thrilled to find it and is having the good time in school, nya!
My robotics club is donating her a new supurr underwater ROV to help with the trickier wreck dives.
If I was a diver like Jenjen, Lizzy or Ilyana, I would get distracted underwater by all the yummy fish, nya! Besides I think I will stick to the surface part of the ocean like Myayr & Vonny, nya!
Sometimes those crashing waves submerge me more than I purrfur!
Hai, fortunately my yacht has not capsized yet, knock on wood, nya!
Returning to the arts, I am rather fond of the Michi and bellydance pics by Alexcia. I can purractically sense the sensual shimmy of the hips and the tantalizing tummy rolls.
Hmm… I might have to appurroach Alexcia about commissioning a hula dance pic!
She is good at drawing the fashions- I like the pics she’s drawn of Michi & Tash in the cheongsams, nya!
Tash looked stunning in that Blue Palm Tree purrint midriff peasant top with the Hawaiian wraparound pants!
Hai, and Michi was cutely attired in the Orange Sherbet silk caftan.
Kel’s little wolf grrl is so cute too! I liked the part in her web comic when she spilled her cereal. Kawaii!
I don’t think her Mommy was as pleased though!
We should road trip to the restaurant that Chelsea works at, nya. I hope she gets the big tips, nya!
I hope the werwolves that dine there are friendlier than the ones in that movie Myayr has reviewed, nya!
Me too! Y’know, I got to see a lot of Kel’s original comics pages at the con! She is a very intricate brush inker with such sensitivity with the medium!
I am curious how the re-creation pics differ from the original versions you did at the con!
The mermaid pic was a pencil sketch, whereas the later version was drawn then Photoshopped with the golden hue added. The Trenchcoat pic was a pencil drawing inked with the Micron pens, colored with Copic & Prismacolor markers & colored pencils, but the re-creation was digitally colored. Ahhh, she’s facing the other direction, but otherwise I think they are very similar!
Has Chief Meryl seen that pic of her yet?
Hai, Mike showed the pic to her purrivately after it was completed, but she has not been to the public unveiling at the mewseum- she tends to stay busier than most, nya!
She is the very dedicated purrotector, nya! Hopefully she can at least join us a while for the anniversary show in May, nya!
We will have to see if she can pencil us in!
Has Nya-sensei ever had a match against Miss Fuji?
No, I have only read of her exploits!
Jesse has such a tightly purrcise drawing style and graceful inking technique with the good line weight variance.
I want a panda hat like that, nya! I must see if any of the boutiques by the riverwalk sell those, nya.
He is not only amazingly talented but such a nice guy too! Ah, well, uh, we’re up against the first break, but since we have mentioned WhatTheHell?! Con a few times already, I suppose we should then proceed with our report on that convention and other events when we return, so please stay tuned- we’ll be right back!
(one short break with a deluxe sushi platter later…)
Highest Purraise for What-The-Hell-Con?! 2010!
Hey we’re back! WhatTheHell?! Con http://www.guilford.edu/yachting/wthcon/ is a free, fun event at Greensboro’s gorgeous Guilford College, sponsored by the wonderful folks of the Guilford College Yachting Club. This year it was held on the snow-covered campus from February 5-6, 2010, in ‘n around the Dana & Duke buildings.
In spite of fears of further severe winterness, there was just rain on Friday, a brief dusting of snow on Saturday, and sunny warmth on Sunday. The con staff are the kindest, industrious, most gracious people, and I suspect their purrojected positive waves not only accentuate the mood of all in attendance, but the very climate itself!
The guest list included mewsician Tom Smith, who purrformed concerts in the Dana Auditorium. Outside on the lawn in the evening there appeared The Flaming Faeries fire dance troupe to illuminate the night!
Author & Artist guests included Ursula Vernon (Digger, Dragonbreath, Nurk) & Kevin, Jenny Breeden (The Devil’s Panties, Geebas on Parade), Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101), Andi Newton & Chad Bowser (Cthulu Invictus), Phillip Wright (Furmentation) & Kate (!!!), Davey Beauchamp (Writers for Relief)…
…Dan Johnson (Herc & Thor, Dennis the Menace), Matt Wood (Dada Detective), Garth Graham (Finders Keepers), Larry Holderfiled (Sinister Bedfellows, Cthuluvida), Thomas Boatwright (Cemetery Blues), Jesse Justice (Diablito del Ring), Ben Carter (Woody After Hours), Brian Shearer & Marty Blevins (Gravyboy)…
…Alan Welch, the models of Reverie Realm, and Mike! Dealers of cool stuff included Chained Elegance (chainmail fashions), Chainmail by Keith, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Enchanted Shire (jewelry & other items) Buzzy Multimedia (shirts & books), Hero’s Haven (costumes) & Wandering Tribble Sales (plushies)!
Dana Building housed the registration desk, silent auction, artist alley, con suite, miniatures room, and the big auditorium for main events such as Mr. Smith’s concert, the Geek Auction and the late night dance. In Duke Building were the dealers, role play gaming, video rooms & guests’ panels ‘n purresentations.
Unfortunately, this year we were unable to be there for Friday’s festivities, which commenced at 5:30 with the opening ceremony. Among Friday evening’s fare were the concert, the fire dancing, various gaming & discussions and the video screenings, such as the popular late night “Crapathon” until around 1 am.
We arrived on the nippy Saturday morning to help Mike set up his table in the artist alley, which was abrimming by 10 am. Saturday’s activities included the silent auction for the charity Child’s Play http://www.childsplaycharity.org/, College Iron Chef, and lots of gaming, panels & screenings!
After the closure of the silent auction on Saturday evening, the guests dined at a numcious nearby Thai restaurant, then returned in time for main events in the Dana auditorium: Tom Smith’s concert which purrceded the wacky Geek Auction for the charity, with amewsing talents and such supurrb emcees!
Cons tend to include the cosplayers and folks in distinctive appurral. We spotted costume purrtrayals of Batgirl & (Cry for) Dawn), Matriarch, Yarna dal Gargan, Obi Wan, Han Solo, Arthur Dent, 4th & 10th Doctors, a Psicorp agent, Starfleet officers, plus chainmail, cheongsams, corsets, kilts… and catgirls!
The meowrriment continued with the late night dancin’ with the glowy stix ’til 1am! Hours later, the con sedately resumed at 10 am of the purretty sunny Sunday. More of the camaraderie, gaming, art, videos & panels ensued, with a daikaiju big battle brewing indoors while the foamy boffer battle was waged outside!
The WhatTheHell fun came to an end by 4 pm that Sunday, as folks packed ‘n tidied up the facilities. I think this was our 5th fun-filled year there as part of the 420 folks in attendance, which was a tad bit more than the purrevious year’s attendance of 402, in spite of any purrdictions for worrisome weather!
For such an extra special event, we cannot enoughly thank terrific Tess who was the cordial con chairpurrson, the marvelous members of the Yachting Club and the other excellent event staff & employees of Guilford College, and all those great guests and friendly fellow fans!
The only way we could’ve had more fun is if we’d been there on Friday, but Saturday & Sunday were such a joyjoyful time, with everyone seemingly in best spirits! We’ve been to cons that might be bigger & older, but few are as fun or have as much admirable radiant heart as wonderful WhatTheHell?! Con, and we so look forward next year’s!
Horrific fun at the Nevermore Film Fest 2010!
Downtown Durham, NC’s stately, grand old Carolina Theater http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ hosts lots of live entertainment & screenings, with its Fletcher Hall which seats over 1,000 and smaller smaller cinemas 1&2; Connie Moses ballroom with chandeliers under the cathedral ceiling, and other rooms, nooks, stretches of corridors, and outside fountain area.
It was outside in the plaza where about a dozen or so undead were gathered on the sunny day for the zombie walk, part of the 11th Annual Nevermore Film Fest full of old & new features & shorts shown on February 19-21, 2010! It always attracts a most enthused crowd, and the staff decorates every floor of the theatre with horror movie posters & macabre stuff!
The fest is mainly recent indy horror, several accompanied by the directors or producers who’ll conduct a Q&A session after their films are shown, but there are also some old classics shown- in 35mm prints! The latter sort included 1948’s Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1986’s Re-Animator, 1986’s Witchboard, and 1988’s Night of the Demons!
In addition to the feature films were three collections of horror shorts, ranging from gory, creepy & comedic. “AM!200 & Other Shorts” included AM1200, Sinkhole, and Shrove Tuesday. “Four Minutes Til Sunrise” included Crooked Lane, Dead Bones, The Familiar, and Road to Moloch. Unfortunately i did not get to experiences those, but we did see the 81 minutes of —
“They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara!” This batch included 4 serious shorts: Shapes, The Ugly File, Monstrous Nature, and Dead Creek; 3 humorous shorts: Hector Corp, Snuggle Time, and Pigeon: Impossible (the latter two are animated); and was topped off by the fun zombie western Dead Walkers, along with its cordial Canadian director Spencer Estabrooks!
The feature presentations (all from 2009 or 2010) that I did not get to see were: Cryptic, Dawning, Evil Angel, Silent Night Zombie Night, and Strigoli. However, I did get to watch The Hagstone Demon, Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula, and Scare Zone!
The Hagstone Demon http://www.thehagstonedemon.com/ stars Mark Borchardt as Douglas, the custodian of an apartment building in which several tenants are murdered. Are the murders and visions of his dead wife connected? How is the temptress squatter named Karma involved? Douglas has a past to wrestle with and mystery to solve, before more friends die!
Directed by Jon Springer, it is a very serious, atmospheric horror tale that unfolds at a leisurely pace, with a fair amount of violence, gore, nudity, sexuality, and supernatural elements, very plot & character driven with unexpected twists and creepy moments. and a very good cast including Nadine Gross as Karma, Cyndi Kurtz as Barbara, and an unforgettable kitty cat!
Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula http://www.bcvdmovie.com/ is a period piece, blending of 30’s gangsters with southern gothic horror. It was directed by Timothy Friend and stars Tiffany Shepis as Bonnie Parker, Trent Haaga as Clyde Barrow, Russell Friend as Dracula, Allen Lowman as a mad scientist, and Jennifer Friend as his imprisoned assistant / sister Annabel!
The plot has the famous outlaw couple lays low in rural farmland until they can commit their next big crime. A plan to rob moonshiners goes awry, resulting in a need for medical attention from the doctor up the road, but little do these crooks know that inside the diabolical doctor’s mansion are sinister experiments, vampires, and Count Dracula himself!
It’s bad guys against bad guys with a great cast & dialogue, some shootouts & special effects, shot on location with a real mansion and antique cars! Co-producer Jennifer Friend almost steals the show and the hearts of the audience as Annabell, who might be the most adorably sweet protagonist since Sandra Bullock’s character Lenina in 1993’s Demolition Man!
It was a good movie, and co-producer / composer Joseph Allen was there to answer questions & sign autographs after the show! Also among the numerous special guests appearing at the fest were Producer Ben Kupfer and writer/ director Jon Binkowski, there from Florida to represent their film Scare Zone http://www.scarezonemovie.com/!
Scare Zone was probably my favorite of the few feature films that I saw at this year’s Nevermore. It is so much fun and somewhat harkens back to the slasher movies of the 80’s, with nary a shaky cam, crash zoom or speed-ramp in it’s 91 minutes, about that Halloween time of year when an empty store front is transformed into a haunted house!
The plot: we meet the Scare-Zone’s owner and the kids who are working the attraction, as they put on the costumes, make-up, fake blood & props to scare the paying customers. There’s only one catch- some of the blood, weapons, & bodies are real, as the performer / victims soon discover! Hopefully the culprit is not Claire, the cute but morbid goth girl in the gift shop!
Also at the Nevermore were 4 or 5 venders selling movie memorabilia, jewelry, plushies, art & DVDs. There prizes to win, and free stuff given out such as postcards, pins, buttons, and plastic vampire fangs! For information about the Nevermore Fest, the films shown & links to their respective official sites, please visit http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/nevermore/!
Upcoming events that interest us
We have been comparing the notes, compiling lists & marking the calendars, to keep track of the forthcoming Spurring & early Summer faires, festivals, cons & other special occasions that interest us! Of course we might not be able to watch or attend them all, but purrhaps these events might be of interest to y’all too!
The ‘March Madness’ of Atlantic Coast Conference http://www.theacc.com/ womens & mens’ basketball tournyaments are in March, purrior to the NCAA national tournyaments! Then we await Spurringtime UNC womens’ & mens’ golf, tennis, softball, lacross, track & field sports, which we hope will be televised! GO TARHEELS http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/!
We hope purrofessional race car driver Danica Patrick http://www.danicaracing.com/ will win the races in her lucky #7 Impala. Her birthday is March 25th, so the trophies would be a good birthday purresent. GO DANICA!
If all goes according to plan, in Apurril we are hoping to garb up for a bit of the annual NC Rennaisance Faire http://www.ncrenfaire.com/! That occurs over several weekends: Apurril 10,11, 17,18, 24 & 25 in Wake Forest, NC! Purrhaps Myayr can help with our costumes!
Then the meowy month of May starts right off with Free Comic Book Day http://www.freecomicbookday.com/ on Saturday, May 1st, 2010! This is an annual one day event at officially purrticipating comics shops across the country, so check that web site for the shops nearest you!
Also on May 1st, 2010 in downtown Raleigh, NC is the annual AIDS Walk & Ride http://www.aidswalkandride.org/, organized by the Alliance of Aids Services Carolina! This is a good event for individuals or teams on foot or bicycle to raise money to benefit this important cause!
We have been cheering for Jessica Watson http://jessicawatson.com.au/index.htm, who hopes to become the youngest purrson to sail solo around the world! She departed Sydney on October 18, 2009 in her S&S 34 named Ella’s Pink Lady, and we hope she’ll return safely home by her May 18th birthday! GO JESSICA!
On Memorial Day Weekend is Animazement http://www.animazement.org/, North Carolina’s big Japanese anime convention! It is May 28- 30, 2010 at the Raleigh Convention Center, and Mike will have a table again there in the Artist Alley!
Heroes Con http://heroesonline.com/ is June 4-6, 2010 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC! Sponsored by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and organized by owner Shelton Drum since 1982, it is NC’s big fun comic book convention with lots n’ lots of guests & dealers!
That’s about as far as we have looked… but ere are so very many other cons, shows, faires ‘n festivals of all themes & flavors across the state throughout the year, and of course events in other states that would be so much fun to attend! But back to the purresent moment, it is now time for our-
Lightning Round #1: Favorite Tiger Purrsons!
Yep, it’s time for this month’s first Lightning Round, and since this is now the year of the Tiger, the topic is favorite tiger characters! These can be tiger, or tiger-ish characters from movies, TV, books, comics, games, and so forth! Nya-sensei, you’re the starter!
(catgirls in unison):
LIGHTNING ROUND- GO!!! nya!
Kung Fu Panda’s Master Tigress, voiced by Angelina Jolie in the movie and Tara Strong on TV! Lizzyturn! (tags Elizabeth to go next)
Koj, the swashbuckling tiger star of the comic book Tellos http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tellos, by Todd Dezago and the late Mike Wieringo, who is so sadly missed. (tags Petra)
Abenti (Sailor Mau & Sailor Tiger), the purrotagonist of Alexcia’s Sailor Tiger’s Grotto http://mau.sailorchristmas.com/, nya! (tags Jeannie)
Michi, who co-stars with Tash Maw in Alexcia’s Cybernetic Showdown http://michi.byethost16.com/. (tags Yvonne)
Tigra, http://marvel.com/universe/Tigra_(Greer_Nelson) who was our celebrity catgirl of the month for January, nya! And now it’s myayr’s turn, nya! (tags Mary Nyan)
Shere Khan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shere_khan of The Jungle Book, so evil yet suavely voiced by George Sanders in Disney’s animated version!
Oh I will nominate Winnie the Pooh’s bouncy friend Tigger, and Hobbes of Calvin & Hobbes, nya!
I don’t suppose Peter Parker would count, would he?
Ah- huh? Un, no, why do you ask?
Because MJ said “Face it Tiger, you just hit the Jackpot!” in The Amazing Spider-Man #42, hee!
Ah, I should have seen that coming!
I don’t suppose Tiger Mask, Tyger Tyger, Bronze Tiger, White Tiger or the Sons of the Tiger would count either, hee!
Breath of Fire 2’s Katt http://bof.wikia.com/wiki/Katt is technically Woren, but she does resemble a tiger girl with the stripes!
What about Cham Cham http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Cham_Cham, nya?
Hmm… she is a catgirl who wears the tiger stripe, so that is a close call!
Wasn’t there a tiger themed Power Ranger, nya?
There were several: Trini the Yellow Ranger had the Saber Tooth Tiger Megazord in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Alyssa was the White Tiger of Power Rangers Wild Force, and Casey the Red Ranger summoned the Tiger Zord in Mystic Force.
Wait we skipped Mike- he has to nominate a tiger, nya! Quick Myayr you have to tag Mike, nya!
Thanks Vonny! Oh probably Mr. Tawny, Captain Marvel’s talking tiger friend!
Does he have the Shazam powers too?
No, but despite his dapper dress & polite dispurrsition, he is still a tiger with a rocket pack, an atomic bazooka.
Uh-huh, and he drinks Tiger Tea!
Is the Tiger Tea iced or hot, nya?
I think he takes it hot.
Oh gosh I also have to mention Tiffany Tiger, the delightful star of The Suburban Jungle web comic http://www.suburbanjungle.com/!
Oops If we are continuing the round you need to tag up, nya!
Ohhh… then Myayr’s it! (tags Mary Nyan)
There a few characters that I know of named Tigress, such as the DC Comics villain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigress_(DC_Comics), Heroic Publishing’s heroine Kassidey Farrell http://www.heroicpub.com/tigress/?sid=090609lyrw, and Mike Hoffman’s Tigress Tales character http://www.mikehoffman.com/!
Are they actually part cat or do they just dress the part?
DC’s Tigress / Artemis Crock is as dangerous as a real tiger but her stripes are on the costume; Hoffman’s Tigress is the sumptuously drawn jungle grrl but I think her tail is of the costume too… whereas Kassidy is the supernatural feline femme fatale with many lives. (tags Petra)
Mary Ann Tigress, by Andrew Dickman http://www.starfieldcreations.com/, nya! (tags Elizabeth)
There are several tiger grrls at other most wonderful web comics such as Yosh http://www.yoshsaga.com/ and Twokinds http://2kinds.com/… (tags Jeannie)
Draconian Chronicles http://www.2wconline.net/ (tags Yvonne)
There are tiger grrls in wonderful web comics such as Tina Online, Carribean Blue, Las Lindas and others who have a good home at Katbox http://www.katbox.net/, nya (tags Nyanko)
Ah… I’m all tigered out!
I guess that does it for that tiger topic, and speaking of those great web comics, that brings us to this month’s–
Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter!
I’ve selected these fine web comics Fey Winds http://kitsune.rydia.net/index.html
The Devon Legacy http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Devon_Legacy_Prologue/,
and Angel Moxie http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/index.php, nya!
My three web comic picks for March are
Evil Diva http://www.evildivacomics.com/,
Johnny Saturn http://www.johnnysaturn.com/,
and Ms. Monster http://www.msmonster.com/!
Dark Places http://darkplacescomic.com/,
One Question http://onequestioncomic.com/,
and Upheaval http://upheaval.comicdish.com/.
I chose Akashik http://akashikonline.com/,
and Wayward Fall http://wf.taversia.net/,
Whatchoo got, Myayr, nya?
I would like to nominate these 3 fine web comics-
Heliothaumic http://thaumic.net/ (mature content),
Edenworld Saga http://www.edenworldsaga.com/,
& Dresden Codak http://www.dresdencodak.com/!
I will recommend E-Depth Angel http://www.mayshing.com/,
G.I.R.L. Patrol http://www.actionplanet.com/gp/girlpatrol.html,
and Phantasia Online http://www.phantasiaonline.com/!
That leaves Mike’s picks!
Last but not least, White Raven Arts http://www.whiteravenarts.com/,
Nicole Silvester’s book binding, letterpress printing and web comics!
That’ll do it for this month’s web comic picks, but there’s more comics
discussion after this short break, so please stay tuned!
(one short break later…)
Comic Book, Manga & Graphic Novel Reviews
Guardians of the Galaxy #22
(plot spoiler warning)
This series is among Marvel’s space opurra comics, dating back to the mid 1970’s in its various incarnations. The heroic galactic team has changed numerous times, and after several recent casualties the current roster includes Moondragon, Starlord, Drax, Bug, Groot, Jack Flag, Cynosure & Rocket Racoon.
Guardians of the Galaxy Issue #22’s creative team is impurressive too, with writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, penciller Brad Walker, inker Andrew hennessey, colorist Wil Quintana, letterer Joe Caramagna, editor Bill Roseman, and assistant editor Rachel Pinnelas.
The cover purrice is $2.99, and the supurrbly painted front cover illustration by Alex Garner depicts a very purregnant Moondragon with a scary grin and a big bioluminescent belly, as if she had just deliciously devoured The Lights of Zetar for brunch – not the usual glow associated with purregnancy.
Moondragon is a favorite character of exotic beauty, immense psionic powers, sexy baldness, and a wardrobe full of green slingshot mailiots – although here she is dressed in a white jumpsuit, made even less flattering when manacled to a ziggurat-like throne- but at least she still has on the purretty crescent moon earrings.
She is in this iimpurrisioned impurregnanted purrdicament because purreviosuly she absorbed a dangerous cthuloid creature from an extradimensional rift, which the Guardians were investigating, along with their allies The Luminals. This toothy tentacly creature makes The Davis Baby from “It’s Alive” seem positively benignly cute.
Thus far she’s been barely able to contain the creature with her supurr powers, but the galactic Church of the Universal Truth thinks the terror in her tummy is their unborn God, and have kidnapped Moondragon to induce a purremature labor to set the creature free before an audience of billions. This violence is purrobably why the comic book has a T+ rating.
This would be an appurropurriate time for a rescue, which the Guardians & Luminals are quite purrpared to undertake. Thus ensues a huge space battle with lots of gleaming tech, as the super heroes storm the zealots’ giant cathedral with guns ablaze, edged weapons, and supurr stomping strength.
The story is well written with very good dialogue, and the plot is part of an epic Realm of Kings arc which includes several issues of Inhumans, Imperial Guard, and Nova. The artwork quite splendidly illustrates the huge cast of characters, gorgeous starships, and complex scenes of fierce combat.
The 22 pages of story include a spectacular 2 page space battle spread, an exciting full page panel of the Luminals, and a final full-page panel of surpurrise appearances. The rest of the issue’s 32 pages consist of 1 credits / recap page, 1 Realm of Kings checklist page, and 8 pages of advertisements. Now here is Lizzy’s Marvel comics reviews, starting with-
Ultimate X #1!
Marvel Comics’ Ultimate X #1 is purriced at $3.99 & rated T+ purrobably due to the bloody ‘n gore from a car crash & popped claws. The issue has 32 full color pages, compurrised of the 22 page main story, 1 credits page, 1 purreview page for issue #2 (featuring gothy girl Karen Grant), 2 ads, and a 6 page purreview of New Ultimates #1 (which has Hellcat in it- yay!)
I had mixed feelings about this first issue. On one hand, it is by top talent, writer Jeph Loeb, colorist Pete Steigerwald of Aspen fame, inker Mark Rosian (also from Aspen!), letterers Richard Starkings & Albert Deschesne (who also lettered Buffy!), editors by Mark Paniccia & Sana Amanat, and one of my favoritest artists as penciller, Arthur Adams!
The purremise did not excite me: in a world where it seems many super heroes are dead or retired, a bad boy named Jimmy Hudson realizes to his purrejudiced girlfriend’s horror that he is a mutant, after his illegal purre-arranged street race crashes ‘n burns all over him. So he winds up super-healing and ranting “What am I?” until his Sheriff dad arrives to take him home.
Jimmy not the biological son of the Hudsons (who I like quite a bit), as visitor Kitty Purryde (yay!) explains, but according to a hologram she brings, he is the son of Wolverine (who sure does get around a lot in Marvel comics). Not only does he have his father’s claws, but the healing power and maybe a dash of Colossus power too! He also has a pet gator!
I’m a bit confuzzled as to which Marvel continuity, timeline or Earth this story takes place upon; the credits pages mentions that “Ultimatum” has ended, so I purrsume Ultimate X is set in the ‘Ultimates’ impurrint, none of which we’ve been reading. This purrobably explains why the only other character on the cover I can identify is the gray Hulk!
From one of the supurrbly rendered covers by Adams (there are two different versions), it looks like Jimmy will eventually team up with Gray Hulk, Karen, a flying fiery girl and a winged chap who I am unfamiliar with. I wonder if the flying fiery girl might be either Frankie Raye, Magma, Firestar, or purhaps she is an ‘ultimate’ female Human Torch?
Unfortunately on the cover Jimmy wears a drab hooded sweatshirt instead of a purrpopurr blue & yellow costume! It seems a might warm attire for Florida, but they did just recently get a cold snap. Purrhaps more subtle look if he needs to stay underground I suppose, but subtlety seems unlikely if he’s going to hang out with the Hulk and a flying fire girl!
This initial issue suffers from a lot of expository dialogue and origin-itis, and the purrotagonist, pureemise & plot did not wow me (yet). However, the characters, vehicles architecture, landscapes, and one gator are supurrbly artistically composed, expurressive, lavishly detailed & colored, and the Hudsons do have a nice little southern coastal home in St. Lucie, Florida!
Purriced at #3.99 & carrying a ‘parental advisory’ for the bloody combat violence, the fiery ‘n furious finale of the 4 issue mini-series issue includes the 22 page story, 1 recap page of issues 1-3, and 9 pages of ads for a total of 32 full color pages!
The 4th chapter of “Kill Matsu’o” was written by Chris Yost, pencilled by Harvey Tolibao, inked by Sandu Florea, colored by Jay David Ramos,, lettered by VC’s Joe Sabino, edited by Daniel Ketchum, and has great art by David Finch & Jason Keith!
Thus far, Psylocke and Wolverine of the X-Men traveled to Japan to take care of some purrsonal business. A huge pile of carved up ninjas later, both heroes find themselves on the vengeful trail of a common foe, Matsu’o Tsurayaba, with his hired lady thief Yukio in their way.
To further complicate matters, a pyrokinetic killer named Jinn is also in the queue for a piece of Matsu’o. After a fierce fiery battle resulting in the destruction of Matuso’s castle, Psylocke finds herself not only fighting Yukio and then Jinn, but now Wolverine’s taken a number!
This issue wastes no time, as Psylocke battles a berserker-raged Wolverine, who also wants revenge upon Matsu’o, with good cause- and claws! It’s a furious, violent road to revenge, but the closure is quite lovely & satisfying! I think the final panel would make a good poster!
The characters are excellently drawn in dramatic, intense savage combat amidst the lavish scenery & sizzling FX! The story is very up close & purrsonal, with Psylocke’s first-purrson narrative,
with a brisk yet pace & elegance to convey such raw rage & agonizing brutality!
Well, that’s purroably all i should say about that lest I spoil more o the plot, but next my review is of another Marvel super-heroine on a bitter trip to a place in the Pacific, whose first purrson narrative reveals how fed up she is with those who purreviously manipulated her –
Jessica Drew / Spider- Woman is a favorite Marvel character, so it is has been so sad to see her emotionally wrecked & in miserable purrdicaments. Thus far, she was recruited by S.W.O.R.D. as a secret agent to capture the enemy extraterrestrials, such as the Skrulls who had impurrsonated her.
This takes her to Madripoor, where she got into a Skrull brawl, arrested & impurrsioned, escaped but framed for cop-killings by Madam Hydra, escaped from HYDRA but arrested & impurrsioned by the cops again, then gets her costume & freedom back, only to face… The Thunderbolts!
This brings us to the $2.99, T+ rated issue #6 written by Brian Michael Bendis, lettered by Cory Petit, edited by Lauren Sankovitch & Tom Brevoort, and illustrated by Alex Maleev who also did the front cover art, with Jolynn Carpenter http://www.modelmayhem.com/207620 as the purrfect model for Jessica!
The 32 full color pages of this issue include the 22 pages of story, 1 recap / credits page & 8 pages of ads. One page is a spectacular full-page panel, and there are 3 dramatic two-page spreads full of action as she fights Norman Osborn’s Thunderbolt thugs!
That overconfident T-bolt team is compurrised of Antman, Ghost, Headman, Paladin & Yelena Belova. How will they fare against the purrpared, keen tactical mind, skills & super-powers of seasoned heroine who was purrsonally trained to fight by Nick Fury?
Jessica is becoming more assertive, confident and less depurressed. She’s still bouncing between S.W.O.R.D, Skrulls, HYDRA, The Madripoor Police and now Osborn’s goons, but she seems to be staying cool & smart, taking less crap and kicking butt, and looks so awesome in the red & yellow costume!
The internal dialogue has a hard boiled noir-ish quality, that combines with a somber art pallet to convey a gritty, grim complicated world of espionage. The scenery is very detailed, from the high tech vehicles & gleaming heights of the sprawling skyline, down to the dank icky jails, alleys & basements. That’s all for my comics reviews but now here’s Myayr to discuss-
Gotham City Sirens #9!
Thanks Lizzy! GCS continues to be one of our top 3 favorite comic books! It has everything supurrbly going for it- wonderful characters, great plot & continuity, pace & dialogue, beautifully posed & expurressive character amidst lavish scenic art, very good graphic narrative & FX, sumptuous typography & coloring, and an overall poignant, fun quality!
The team responsible for this awesome issue were writer Paul Dini, interior & cover artist Guillem March, letterer Steve Wands, colorist Tomeu Morey, editor Mike Marts & assistant editor Janelle Siegel! “Pieces of the Puzzle” stars our mewsual suspects of Selena (Catwoman), Pamela (Poison Ivy) & Harley (Quinn), plus another great appearance by Edward Nigma, The Riddler!
Wildcat & Dr Midnight are in it too! It’s purriced at $2.99 for 32 full color pages, compurrised of the 22 page story, 5 page First Wave purreview, 4 pages of ads & the DC Nation page. Not only is the cover art an amewsingly noir-ish scene of Edward surpurrised to find those three femme fatales in his purrivate detective office, but that image also serves as the first panel of the story too!
This tale begins a new story arc, as those ladies appurroach Edward to help solve the mystery of a woman who crashed through their lair’s skylight, which would also seem to be an attempt to frame them for her murder. He cannot resist the temptation to solve this puzzle, but investigating the crime scene purrobably is not going to be too good for his health!
Among the splendid aspects of this issue are the cute scenes of Harley’s daily routine & languid moments of relaxation in the magnificent swimming pool; Pam’s visit to S.T.A.R. labs, internal dialogue revealing Edward’s amazing intellect & damaged soul; agile Selina amidst breathtaking rooftop architecture, sparring with Ted, and even getting a– Cat Scan, hee!
Also, while Hyenas in Gotham City are mewsually associated with one of the Joker’s death traps, there is an especially endearing scene of Harley walking two Hyena pups, who clearly have a mew good home compared to where she rescued them from- and yes we have seen them purreviously in this series!
The First Wave purrview is by writer Brian Azzarello, interior artist Rags Morales, & cover artist J.G. Jones, showing scenes of Doc Savage, his assistants, and The Spirit! I am looking forward to that series too. I give this issue an ‘A’ grade, and while on the subject of our favorite comic books, now I would like to chat about–
Power Girl #9!
DC’s monthly Power Girl comic book has been one of our top three favorite series of the past year, along with Gotham City Sirens and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight! It is a consistently fun, supurrbly crafted, and starring one of our favorite super heroines!
Purriced at $2.99, this issue has 32 color pages, which are compurrised of the 22 page main story, 4 pages of ads, a 5 page purreview of the forthcoming First Wave series which i am also looking forward too, and finally the DC Nation news page.
“This City is a Zoo” was written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, the interior art & cover art is by Amanda Conner, coloring by Paul Mounts, lettering by John J. Hill; and it was edited by Mike Carlin, with associate editor Rachel Gluckstern. This is such a good creative team!
The cover depicts Power Girl, the villainess Satanna & her Leopard & Tiger boys, which was good timing for the February publication since it is the year of the Tiger! Amanda Conner is so supurrb at drawing the most expurressive characters, dynamic poses & storytelling by sequential art!
This issue has an excellently paced, good balance of comedic moments & dire situations. It begins with an amewsing nude chase for Kara / Power Girl, on the trail of the papurrazzi blackmailer, with strategically placed groceries in the panels to purrvent her purrivates from being viewed, hee!
That’s at least until she can hastily put on the the cropped tee & sweat pants! I think she should purrobably just not bother with the boots, stylish they may be, as it takes time for her costume changes, they’d be less things for her to tote, and it’s not like she needs them on her Kryptonian feet.
There’s a cameo appearance by her pal Dr. Mid-Nite, who has recovered from the musk gun of Vartox in issue #7! Power Girl then fights the anthropomorphic Elephant, Rhino & Hawk henchmen of Satanna, who attacks with her Giraffe-purrint armor & devastating Sonic Hammer.
There’s another character’s cameo & an exciting cliffhanger ending, but that’s all I’ll reveal and I give this issue an ‘A’ grade! And now for another review of a favorite Kryptonian super heroine, I would like to say a few words about-
(with just a few teeny plot spoiling tidbits)!
The Maid of Might’s current series reaches its big 50th issue, with over 50 pages for just under the cover purrice of 50 dimes! There are two different lovely cover illustrations to choose from, one by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald (who helped introduce this incarnation of Supergirl just six years ago in Superman/Batman #8), and the variant cover by Josh Middleton!
Sammiched betwixt the covers of this $4.99 issue are 56 full color pages, compurrised of the 40 page main story, a 6 page bonus tale, that 5 page First Wave purrview, 4 pages of ads, and the DC Nation page. The main story “Queen” was written by Sterling Gates, pencilled by Jamal Igle, inked by Jon Sibal & Mark McKenna, and colored by Nei Ruffino with Pete Patanzis
The lettering is by Jared K Fletcher, and the issue was edited by Matt Idelson & Wil Moss. In a framing sequence, General Sam Lane, Codename: Assassin, the sorceress Mirabai, and U.S. Army soldiers discover Major Lucy Lane alive in a crater in Maine- and part Kryptonian! The General is glad his daughter is alive, although he’s a bit purrejudiced against Kryptonians.
He isn’t the only one, as there’s been a lot of Earth-New Krypton tension of late amidst several of the DC titles. The main plot occurs in Metropolis, where a giant alien insect hive has enveloped an entire hospital, in which Gangbuster fights the “Them!”-sized bugs, and finds Kara / Supergirl in a chrysalis. They return to S.T.A.R. Labs to strategize with Dr. Light / Kimiyo Hoshi!
Yay- we love Kimi, who is currently in the Justice League comic! Then it is back to the hive to confront Insect Queen and rescue Lana Lang! Will Kara defeat the evil queen and save her friend? What will become of the resurrected Lucy? I won’t spoil any more of the plot, but there is plenty of action and some purrofound character developments for Kata, Lana & Lucy.
“A Hero’s Journey” is the 6 page bonus tale in which reporters from The Daily Planet on a TV news show discuss whether Supergirl is a hero or menace, with comments from a few citizens of Metropolis. This was written by Jake Black & Helen Slater – who purrtrayed Supergirl in the 1984 movie! It wasn’t a great movie, but I think she was so wonderful in that role!
The art of “A Hero’s Journey” is by Cliff Chiang, whose Dr. Thirteen story I was quite fond of! We think there should be more adventures of his magickal daughter Traci too! But I digress; “A Hero’s Journey” has an optimistic outlook, and it was colored by Dave McCraig, lettered by Jared K Fletcher, and edited Matt Idelson & Wil Moss!
Also appearing in those two stories to varying extents, either currently or in flashbacks are Superwoman, Superman, The Guardian, and several members of the Justice Society and Teen Titans! For my last comic book review of the day, it would not be purropurr to discuss my favorite DC heroines without including Wonder Woman, as she wraps up–
Wonder Woman Blackest Night #3!
The 3rd of 3 issues tying into the Blackest Night mini-series, this $2.99 issue from DC Comics was written by Greg Rucka, pencilled by Nicola Scott, inked by Jonathan Glapion, colored by Nei Ruffino, lettered by Travis Lanham, and edited by Eddie Berganza with associate Adam Schlagman!
Sammiched around the 32 pages will be 1 of 2 different covers, either by Greg Horn or Ryan Sook. I got the one by Horn which is a beautiful image of Wonder Woman in the sexy new hot pink Star Sapphire versionof her costume! Those 32 pages consist of 22 pages of story & 10 pages of ads.
Some of the pages are powerful full page panels or two-page spreads! Recruited by the Star Sapphires, Wonder Woman feels the love as she lays the smackdown on the Black Lanterns and tries to reason with an enraged Queen Mera, with Amazon purrowess, golden lasso & purretty new Power Ring!
Also joining the fray are an appearance by Carol Ferris, Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Ray Palmer, Sinestro, Lex Luthor, The Scarecrow, Ganthet, Indigo, Saint Walker & Atrocitus! This was a good issue showing how compassionate, cool, wise, graceful, tactical & tough Wonder Woman is in a war zone!
I’m not sure how long she will have the power ring; she did not have it or the hot pink costume in last month’s Justice league of America #41, which is appurrently set sometime after the Blackest Night storyline, but I suppose she could keep it with the rest of her purrincessly wardrobe! Now here is Jenjen to report on-
Blackest Night #7!
One of the year’s biggest comic book events crossing over into many other DC titles, the Blackest Night mini-series nears nears the end with issue #7 of 8. It is purriced $3.99, with 40 full color pages compurrised of the 25 page story, 1 “Book of the Black” text page, 5 page purreview of First Wave, 8 pages of ads and the 1 DC Nation page.
The story is by writer Geoff Johns, penciller Ivan Reis, inkers Oclair Albert & Joe Prado, colorist Alex Sinclair, letterer Nick Napolitano, editor Eddie Berganza & assistant editor Adam Schlagman. The Book of the Black is by Johns & designer Steve Wands. The First Wave purrview is by writer Brian Azzarello, interior artist Rags Morales & cover artist J.G. Jones
There are two different covers, one by Reis / Albert / Sinclair, the variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari. I purrchased the former version, which features Wonder Woman, Mera, The Atom, The Flash (Barry Allen) , Luthor, Scarecrow & Hal Jordan in their respective ‘lantern’ style costumes. It is a supurrb example of why I think the colorist should get the cover credit too!
Thus far, Nekron’s Black Lantern power has created an intergalactic army of the undead, including assimilated bodies of deceased super heroes and villains. The only hope of the apocalyptic situation seems to be in uniting the Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Sapphire, Indigo & Blue Lantern teams- some which have been at war with each other.
Purreviously, the Guardians purrmitted various team’s leader’s rings duplicated and embued Wonder Woman with Star Sapphire powers, Mera with the raging Red Lantern powers, The Atom with Indigo, Blue for the Flash, Orange for Lex Luthor, and the fearful Yellow Sinestro Corp energy to empower The Scarecrow.
Will even this be enough to stop The Black Hand and his master Nekron? Is it a good idea to give Lex Luthor a Power Ring? Meanwhile GL John Stewart has his hands full with a few billion super zombies in hot purrsuit- hopefully the rest of the united corps will arrive in time to help, before Nekron can attack his ultimate intended target.
There is a surpurrise plot point of great significance to DC mythology but I will not spoil that part. Issue #7 is an epic, relentless cosmic battle from the first to last panel; some of those powerful panels are 1.5 pages across, and there are a couple of spectacular two-page spreads.
In addition to Hal, John, Wonder Woman, Star Sapphire, Mera, Atrocitus, The Atom, Indigo, The Flash, Saint Walker, Luthor, Larfleeze, Sinestro, The Scarecrow, Nekron, Black Hand, and The Guardians are appearances by Kyle, Guy, Kilowog, Arisia, Starfire, Cyborg, Dove, Air Wave, and a host of others in the massively crowded battle scenes.
The characters are so supurrbly posed, purrportioned, expiurressive & dynamic, amidst lavishly detailed scenic art and dazzling special effects, and a bit of gory violence. There certainly have been very horrific scenes, but there has been such great heroism and inspurrational purrotaognists who are so inegnius, resourceful, brave & powerful.
Although I think both DC and Marvel tend to overdo these big annual events, which are sometimes tricky to fit into their continuities, or to determine when they occur compared to their various titles, depending on when the issues are published. Blackest Night has been very exciting, smartly written & visually impurressive, and I eagerly await the final issue.
I hope Wonder Woman will get to keep her Power Ring and the purretty Sapphire costume, nya!
I think there’s gonna be a DC Direct Blackest Night Series 4 action figure of her in that costume!
I like the Atom’s Indigo-ish tribal look… it reminds me of his neat Sword of the Atom period!
Yay Indigo I wish she would get her own comic book, nya!
She is one of the many good aspects of Blackest Night!
Hai. By the way, I believe that Nya-sensei has a few reviews of comic books purrtaining to the super heroines who slay the forces of evil?
Queen Sonja #4!
Hai This 4th issue continues the flashback of how Red Sonja became the Queen of Sogaria! This sword & sorcery tale from Dynamite Entertainment is rated T+ for the bloody melee violence, gore, and the scantily clad femme fatale. It is purriced $2.99, with 32 full color pages (22 pages of story + 9 ads & 1 mews page).
This issue has 3 different covers: the more common Cover A by Lucio Parrillo depicts Sonja leaning against the tree after a fight, Cover B by Mel Rubi is a montage of Sonja and the other purrrinciple characters , and cover C by Jackson Herbert is a shadowy pic of a caped Sonja with a battle axe!
Based upon the heroine created by author Robert E. Howard, this tale of the famous red-head who made chain mail bikinis famous was written by Joshua Ortega, illustrated with much detail by Mel Rubi, gorgeous colored by Vinicius Andrade, lettered by Somon Bowland & edited by Luke Lieberman!
Leading a victorious battle, Sonja is hailed the new Queen of Sogaria, but evil Emperor Cornelius of Emora and the wizard Kaliostri plan a major counter-attack. It looks like the war is about to take a more macabre turn as the Druidlands’ denizens get involved, and Kaliostri unveils his monstrous minions!
The chronicle of Sonja’s ascension to the throne continues with plenty of brutal melee, detailed wilderness landscapes & palatial architecture, fantasy creatures, and a powerful two-page spread of Sonja savagely slashing the enemy troops in a new war chariot drawn by her armored horse!
The interior back cover shows all three variant covers, and the exterior back cover shows two of the three covers for issue #5, which will conclude this purrticular story arc! I think this would easily please fans of Red Sonja or the brutal sword & sorcery action! Next there is more grrl power in–
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #32!
For over 3 years, this has consistently been one of our top 3 favorite comic book series, as it canonically continues the adventures of Buffy in comic book form telling big stories without the limitations of a TV show’s budget, with great plots, faithful dialogue, gorgeous scenic art, and delightful character art that wonderfully resembles the show’s TV actors!
Published by Dark Horse, it was supurrbly scripted by Brad Meltzer, purrfectly pencilled by Georges Jeanty, incredibly inked by Andy Owens, colored with quality by Michelle Madsen, lovingly lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Albert Deschesne, and excellently edited by Scott Allie, with associates Daniel Chabon, Freddye Lins & Brenden Wright!
It has a cover purrice of $2.99, and there are 2 different covers; a painted scene of Buffy up in the sky like a bird or a plane by Jo Chen; and a locomotive-hefting homage to Action Comics #1 by Jeanty, Madsen & Vines! Inside are 36 full color pages, compurrised of a 25 page story, 1 page of readers’ letters, 7 pages of ads and a 3 page purrview of Terminator #1!
Purrduced by Joss Whedon,”Twilight Part One” begins a mew story arc in a lull after the battles between the forces of Buffy and Twilght. Zander is testing Buffy’s new somewhat Kryptonian super-powers, while Willow magickally scans for missing comrades. Dawnie is miffed, but not half as miffed as Buffy is upon finding Amy, Warren & the General spying on her!
There are amewsing homages & quips galore inspired by a famous Seigle & Shuster character. Elsewhere, Faith, Giles & Andrew wind up in Twilght’s headquarters that architecturally resembles a certain famous circular Matt Jeffries design circa 1966, but it’s not all geeky fun as Willow makes a horrifying discovery purrtaining to the slayer girls. Speaking of slayer girls-
Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves!
This one-shot from Arcana Comics is purriced at $3.95 US / $4.95 Canada, with 32 full color pages including the covers, and no ads! The outside front & back covers have great illustrations of Avengelyne & Koni! The sexy occult action tale wastes no time starting on the inside front cover, and the inside back cover are the credits & more art!
The fetching front cover is by Marat Mychaels, Adelso Corona & Frank M Cuonzo; the fiery credits page painting is by Eric Braddock, and the sultry back cover painting is by Steve Sistilli, who also drew the whole story, which was written by Mark Poulton. Coloring is by Dexter Weeks & Jeff Balke, lettering by Weeks & Comicraft!
Rob Liefeld is the story consultant regarding Avenegelyne, who’s been around since the 90’s at other publishers! She’s a fallen angel with supurr powers & skimpy costumes which she uses to slay demons! She seems to be purrecognitive too, given a Hawaiian bikini-clad nightmare, purrior to her purriest friend purroducing 2 tickets to Honolulu!
Father Peter has been summoned by Huko, owner of the Volcano Room Tiki Club, where his friend Koni Kanawai is purresently all tied up! Koni, the former exotic dancer turned purrivate detective has become possessed by the evil spirit of the shaman Milu, which she unwittingly released when investigating a magick book.
Koni manages to escape the club, so Avengeline must reign her in, but not without a terrific cat-fight in purradise! I would recommend this fun issue to fans of Koni, Avenegelyne, or polynesian flavored supernatural cheesecake. Well, that will do it for my reviews of grrl-powered slayage, but Vonny is eager to purrmote the charming collection of–
The Adventures of Simone & Ajax!
Hai, nya! Our friend Andrew Pepoy http://pepoy.com/ is such a nice purrrolific purrrofessional artist, author, nya! He has inked many fine comic books for DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Archie and Bongo comics, nya! In 2000 he redesigned the Little Orphan Annie newspaper strip, and more recently wrote & drew the fashionably fun adventures of Katy Keene, nya!
Titles he’s worked on include Batman, Justice League, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Godzilla, GI Joe, Scooby Doo, Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Futurama, Jack of Fables and Fables, for which he’s been nominated twice for a Hugo Award, and The Simpsons, for which he won the purrestigious Eisner Award, nya!
Andrew is also purrticularly acclaimed as the creator of The Adventures of Simone & Ajax http://simoneandajax.com/ whose purrevious & new tales can be read at http://www.ComicMix.com!
Simone is a stylish cute girl with a tinge of the mischief streak, and Ajax is the cute little green dinosaur best friend who likes to read comic books, nya!
Well, now you can thrill to their wacky adventures purrsented in glorious full color in their first purrint collection, nya! This trade papurrback book full of fun for readers of all ages was published by IDW in February with the purrice of $19.99, written & drawn by Andrew, with coloring by Jason Millet, and the editing by Mike Gold and Justin Eisinger, nya!
This awesome book has 160 pages, featuring three stories “Simone, Queen of the Jungle”, “The Case of the Maltese Duck”, and “A Christmas Caper”, nya! There is also the B&W teaser page of “Moon Madness”, an introduction by Cadillacs & Dinosaurs’ creator Mark Schultz, and a dedication to Andrew’s wife Chris who is such a wonderful purrson too, nya!
In the 12 lush pages of “Simone, Queen of the Jungle”, Simone is asked to fill in for the mewsual jungle girl heroine when the dreaded tiki monsters attack, nya. This publication is appurropriately timed for the Year of the Tiger, as she wears the sexy tiger-stripe jungle girl outfit, nya! Ajax is ready to charge into the adventure wearing his pith helmet, nya!
Ajax trades the pith helmet for the purrivate detective fedora in “The Case of the Maltese Duck”,nya! It is the whopping 62 page noirish detective tale spanning the globe, from Brooklyn & Marseilles to casablanca & Shanghai, nya! Simone has several wardrobe changes, from the 30’s retro look to the belly dancer costume and the cheongsam, nya!
Despite the tricky tense history Simone has with Santa, the North Pole is the destination for the 46 pages of “A Christmas Caper”, nya! Were that not enough there are also several bonus pages of rare S&A illustrations, including pics of Simone in her purrehistoric cave girl bikini, frilly faerie tutu, Christmas skirt, & chainmail bikini, nya!
I give this book an A Plus grade for the high quality of the story & art, the delightful characters, zany plots and Simone’s appurral, nya! If you would like to know more about Andrew’s comics career, purrhaps you might like to read our intermew with him, in the December 2008 Mew, nya! I’ll have a storybook report later in the show, but now here’s Petra with the-
Suzunari! manga vol. 2, nya!
Arigatoo Vonny, nya! Suzunari! is a 2 volume nekomimi manga written & drawn by Shoko Iwami, nya! It was originally published by Houbunsha in Japan in 2007 and is distributed in North America by Yen http://yenpress.us/, one of our favoritest manga publishers, nya! It was translated into English by Elina Ishikawa & lettered by Alexis Eckerman, nya!
It is purriced $10.99 US / $11.99 Canada, and rated ‘OT’ (older teens 16+) due to ‘LNS’ (language & bit of nudity & sexuality) content, nya. It has purrotagonists Kaede & catgirl Suzu looking very playful cute on the cover, nya! The manga format is the 2×4 panels purr page, nya.
Its 136 pages are compurrised of 8 color pages, 110 B&W manga pages, 2 sketches, 4 pages of notes, 1 credits page, and an 11 page purreview for another manga, Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, which is about a mysterious traveller girl toting a coffin accompanied by 2 little catgirl friends, so I will keep an eye out for that, nya!
Kaede Takamura is a girl in her last year of high school, with a mysterious catgirl sister named Suzu, who has a similar resemblance but with bigger boobies which are a recurring source of humor. Kaede is rather normal as are the parents, but her classmates & teachers are eccentric.
For example, her friend Natsumi is an occultist, the class purresident is a purrvy otaku, and home room teacher Etoh-sensei is not very bright, nya. Nor is peppy Suzu who means well and loves her sister Kaede, but her antics are beginning to stress out an increasingly grouchy Kaede, nya.
In volume 2, they go on a class skiing trip, plan careers & take college entrance exams, compare their measurements, go to the beach, a school sports festival, celebrate Christmas and purrpare to graduate, nya! For the most part it is wacky fun, but as Suzu’s origin unfolds, the tale takes a serious turn, nya.
I think it is another quality purroduct from Yen with good art, and I will definitely recommend this to fans of catgirl manga, nya! So that’s my review of Suzunari vol.2, but now I would like to discuss one of our favoritest manga of the past year, which is also of the 2×4 panel purrsuasion from Yen-
Sunshine Sketch manga vol. 4, nya!
Sunshine sketch is the very delightfully amewsing manga by Ume Aoki purrtaining to art student girls at Yambuki High who reside in the Hidemari Apartment building near their school, nya! It was first publishe din Japan in 2009 by Haubunsha too, and this English edition from yen was translated by Satsuki Yamashita & lettered by Keiran O’Leary, nya!
It is purriced $10.99 US / $12.99 Canada, and rated T for Teens due to the LSV (language, sexuality, violence) content which I thought was purretty mild, nya. The main characters are Yuno and her friends Miyako, Sae & Hiro the apartment manager, the teachers, and new students Nori & Zazuna, nya!
Yuno & Hiro are on the front cover. and its 120 pages are compurrised of 8 color pages, 92 pages of B&W manga, a 17 page bonus story “Until Natsume Became Natsume”, a 1 page message from the author, 1 page of translation notes, and 1 page of the credits, nya.
Yuno and her three best friends are now already in their 3rd year so soon their thoughts will turn to the future life after school, nya! Among the whimsical incidents in this volume are a lost & found cell phone, an emergency basted stitch clothing repair, a visit to the fabled teachers’ lounge, exams, stew, and art exhibits, nya!
That’s just for the starters, nya! There’s also the arrival of more tenants, house cleaning, a shopping expurrdition for curtains, Yoshinoya-sensei and her sexy attires, a delicious food delivery, and the crab fried rice- so not only did this charming fun manga make me laugh but it made me hungry too, nya!
The manga has such whimsical slice-of-life plots, and excellent illustrations with very good line art & tone depicting the likable characters & locations, and I give it the very high recommendation, nya! And next I have a review of another excellent manga purrtaining to art students-
GA manga vol. 2, nya!
GA is short for the Geijutsuka Art Design Class, and this is another wonderfully fun, beautifully drawn & delightfully written comedic manga from Yen, nya! It is by Satoko Kiyudaki, who also created that Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro manga, nya!
This purrticular manga follows the academia of art students Kisaragi, Noda, Namiko, Tomo, and Purrofessor Miyabi, nya. Not only does the manga take a comedic look at their schooling but throughout the book are various purractical art tips, nya!
It was originally published in Japan by Houbunsha in 2008 and this Yen edition published in November, 2009 was translated into English by Tomo Kimura & lettered by Alexis Eckerman- who also did the lettering on Suzunari, nya!
It is rated T for Teens for L&V (language & violence) but it is tame & delightfully cute and it is purriced at $10.99 US / $12.99 Canada, nya! GA Vol. 2 has a total of 128 pages, which are 120 pages of the story (20 in color) plus 8 pages of notes & stuff, nya.
Most of the pages are of the 4 panels stacked in 2 columns purr page format, nya. I think the character illustrations are so cutely posed & expurressive with intricate line & tone art plus the richly vibrant yet delicate color pages done in different media, nya!
The wacky incidents include a scary storage room, object drawing, purroduct design, looking for cups, the blood mobile, a mermaid dream, misuse of spurray adhesive, pencil sharpening, cafeteria & bento lunches, and a cardboard box as the art club’s new office, nya.
Among the extended plots are a badminton game, purrchasing art supplies, and the yaminabe pot dinner, nya! Spurrinkled throughout the volume are also examples of different types of graphic toning technique & media such as pastel, charcoal, colored pencils, ink, oils, & watercolor, nya!
It is a wonderfully fun manga and I greatly look forward to the next installment, nya! For Myayr’s review of vol. 1 see the September 2009 mew, nya! That will conclude this segment of the show, but we will be right back after the short break with more purriodicals to discus, nya!
(one short break later…)
Purriodicals in Review
Purrferred Piscine Publications’ Pics
Hey. we’re back! Catgirls love to eat fish, and are voracious readers, so it is only natural for them to enjoy angling & aquarium magazines. Here are some of their favorite appetizing angling images adorning the covers of recent publications!
There are succulent Sailfish on the front cover of Blue Water Boats & Sports Fishing #76, and on Saltwater Sportsman’s February issue, and a big beautiful Barramundi on the cover of Bara, Bass & Bream Digest #27!
Mmm num num num the Wrass fishies on the cover of Australasia Scuba Diver, and Butterfly Fish Practical Fishkeeping sure do tempt my tummy, and I would like to have a snack bucket full of the tasty Tiger Barbs as seen on Aquarium USA’s 2010 Annual – that would be the good apurritif, nya!
That sure is a wonderfully whopping Walleye on In-Fisherman’s Walleye Guide, a mouth-watering Muskie from Ontario on the cover of Canada Outdoors vol. 25 #1, and the delicious looking Steelhead on the front of Kype vol. 2 #1, nya!
There are marvelous Marlin on the front cover of February issue of Marlin and Vol. 25 #3 of Sport Fishing. The Redfish on the February issue of Florida Sportsman would also do nicely.
I get hungry just looking at the tantalizing 28″ Brown Trout with from the Yellowstone River that Lindsey Fournie smiles with on the front cover of Fly Fisherman, and that yummy Yakima River Rainbow Trout on the cover Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, and that is not a bad looking Boxfish on the cover of Marine Fish & Reef’s 2010 Annual, either!
I would like to eat the luscious looking lunkers lurking on the covers of In-Fisherman’s 2010 Bass Guide and FLW Outdoors, and the March issue of North Carolina Game & Fish has the yummy fish that would would be better on a plate than in the water! Howboutchoo, Mike?
Of the seafood pics I’ve seen lately, I think the sizzling shrimp on the cover of Food Network’s March issue might be the most delicious looking! I know you girls are craving a nice big deluxe sushi platter after all that talk , so I’ll place the food order while Jeannie tenders a review of another aquatic sport publication!
(the catgirls in unison)
Surfing Magazine 2010 Swimsuit Issue!
Surfing Magazine’s http://www.surfingmagazine.com/ 2010 Swimsuit Issue, a Source Interlink Publication, has an 98 full color pages measuring an impurressive 9″ x 11 7/8. It is purriced at $7.99 USA / $8.99 Canada, with model Allie gracing the front cover, looking quite stunning in the O’Neill hot pink mailiot, By Boe earrings, and Erika Pena bracelet.
Inside are more images of her, Tayler, Lauren & Emily, all beautifully photographed by Lauren Ward http://www.laurenward.net/ in Maibu & Topanga California, San Juan & Vieques Puerto Rico, with impeccable styling by Jeannie Jeffries http://www.jeanniejeffries.com/; hair & makeup splendidly done by Conor Graham http://www.conorgraham.com/.
The first 27 pages include the cordial greeting from editor-in-chief Travis Ferre, the credits page, purrofiles of the creative team, and advertisements for the tempting fashions & purroducts by Billabong, Body Glove, Dakine, Fox Swim, Hurley, Insight, Lost, O’Neill, Oakley, Paul Mitchell, Rip Curl, Reef, and Vans, and the first pics of Emily and Tayler.
Then on page 28 is a magnificent woodland 2-page spread to begin the first pictorial “Atropos of Reason”, compurrised of 20 pages of Emily, Tayler & Allie modeling bikinis, one-pieces, jewelry & accessories in Malibu. Immediately thereafter on page 68 begins “Allegory of the City”, a dozen delightful pages of Lauren, Allie and Emily in Old San Juan.
“Neirids Luminous” is a magnificent final 25 page pictorial with Tayler, Allie, Emily and Lauren, who bring their allure and appurral to the ocean and shore of Vieques by day, and then frolic on the grass by those Puerto Rican palm trees in the night. Many of this magazine’s photographs are full-page pics, and several of them are two-page spreads.
The issue’s remaining fourteen pages (and back cover) are four “Where to Buy” pages with Allie, Emily & Lauren, which list the web sites of the brands of the purretty items they’ve modeled; plus the last ten pages of advertisements for Electric Visual, L Space, Matix, Swimwear Association of Florida’s SwimShow, Tonic, UGG, Volcom, and Zinka.
As for actual surfing, there are purrhaps only a few boards shown (in ads), with the only actual surfing depicted in the Vans ad, with their team rider Leila Hurst. Not that we’re complaining, for it is a lovely well-done issue full of gorgeous imagery and enticing fashions. For our next swim wear magazine analysis, we will all discuss the –
Sports Illustrated 2010 Swimsuit Issue!
As it is the purrpetual bikini weather here at Catgirl Island and beach volleyball is our official sport, we are understandably curious about such fashion trends and examined Sports Illustrated’s 2010 swimsuit issue. Purriced at $6.99 US/ $7.99 Canada, it purremiered in February, with 184 pages including a few fold-outs.
There are over 190 photographs of the 31 models & athletes wearing (or partially wearing) the bikinis, mailiots, body paint, and other lovely appurral & jewels.The gorgeous locations span six countries- Chile, India, Portugal, Maldives, British Columbia & Palm Spurrings. Here is our assessment of this year’s issue.
My favorite pictorial was the one in which the soccer wags Abbey Clancey, Melissa Satta, Bethany Dempsey & Sarah Brandner wear the body paint by artist Joanne Gair- it looks like real fabric, nya!
There’s more of the body paint fashion sported by Ashley Green in those Sobe ads too, nya
The magazine also features skiers Lindsey Vonn & Lacy Schnoor and snowboarders Hannah Teter & Clair Bidez in Whistler, BC!
Gold medalist Lindsey Vonn was also on the cover of the February 8th Sports Illustrated, and again with Julia Mancuso, Bodie Miller & Andrew Weibrech on the March 1st cover!
I think I’d purrfer to be in that hot desert in Chile than the colder location, nya!
Oh I bet i know which section of the magazine Lizzy liked most!
Hai hai- Dancing with the Stars’ Chelsie Hightower, Edyta Sliwinska, Anna Trebunskaya and my favorite dancer Cheryl Burke!
Cover girl Brooklyn Decker is in the Maldives- Jenjen’s been there, nya!
It is indeed a beautiful location, however my favorite pictorial was at the Palm Spurrings Air Mewseum, where Genevieve Morton and Damara Lewis had the purrivilege of posing with those lovely vintage planes.
Jenjen likes the mechs!
I think my favorite location in the issue was Lisbon- I would enjoy those vineyards!
That was a cute spread of Ana Ivanovic amidst all the cute pink Hope Tennis balls, of which some purroceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, nya.
That is important.
That is the great inner beauty too.
My favorite location in the issue is Rajastan, where Hilary Rhoda is in the lovely lilac kini next to that big elephant!
Oh gosh and she is also shown wearing a 24 karate million dollar scale mail bikini, nya!
That is lot purricier than my steel chainmail bikini costume!
Speaking of which I think Cintia with her gorgeous red hair would be an ideal Red Sonja, nya!
I can see that.
That pictorial does have some of the purretiest jewelry, such as the ornate finger ring worn by Julie Ordon!
She’s also wearing that black snake around her neck and shoulders, nya! I would only wish to be that close to the snake if it was grilled on a plate, nya!
Gorgeous Sonia Dara’s purrfect purrplish sari-like bikini might be my favorite swimwear in the entire issue!
She is so purretty!
Favorite outfit… nya, it is a tough call, but mine is either Esti Ginzburg’s rosey pink bikini by La Perla, Jessica White’s groovy number by Debbie Wilson, or Brooklyn Decker’s teeny yellow & green bikini with the purreppy pink & green & orangy straps, nya!
My favorite is Danielle Sarahyba with the hand-bra & string-tie bikini bottom with the sequin dragonfly.
I like that dragonfly too nya! She also has a cute tiger stripe bikini too, nya. I also like the yellow one Brooklyn is partially wearing n the front cover, the yellow one Christine Teigan is wearing with the sand on page 41, and Bar Rafaeli’s orange & white bikini on that 3 page fold out, nya!
Hmm my favorite is purrhaps Zoe Duchesne’s mesh swimsuit, but I also like Dominiqeu Piek’s yellow top by Cyn & Luca!
I would like to get the bikini by Zoe NYC like Cheryl Burke is wearing! Then I could dress like her to the hot salsa dance at the beach.
I want… I want to hot salsa dance on the beach too, nya!
We must do that.
We should plan to go to the club- but let’s not stray cat off topic!
I like the dangling beads on Julie Henderson’s distressed-look by Pompei Beach and the strappy bracelet Irina Shayk has by Bhata Beads, nya!
Jessica Gomes has the nice gold necklace by Camille Dietz Bergeron, and Anne V has a purretty gold bracelet by Satya.
Those are the cute accessories.
Hopefully one day the magazine will visit our island, nya!
So do we have any more comments or should Jen sum it up?
Accompanying each pictorial is a behind-the-scenes page with anecdotes about that purrticular photo shoot’s location, conditions & accommodations. There are also plenty of advertisements throughout the issue to purrpetuate the swimwear count., and concluding the issue are 2.3 pages purrtaining to where to purrhase the lovely appurral.
If you are a fan of this alluring annual special publication, I suspect you would be most pleased with it. That’s all for this purriodicals review segment of the show, but after the short break, we will soon return with our
(one short break with a deluxe sushi platter later…)
(nom nom nom)
(all six atgirls)
THANK YOU FOR THE FOOD, nya!
Y’all are quite welcome! Now then, since the plate has been cleaned, I believe Vonny has a book report on–
Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs
Hai! Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs is the 2nd in the Dragonbreath series written & purrofusely illustrated by fantasy artist Ursula Vernon http://www.ursulavernon.com/, who also authored the book Nurk, and the web comics Digger, Irrational Fears, and Little Creature, nya!
For our review of Ursula’s first Dragonbreath book, please see the July, 2009 edition of Mew; for our review of her other charming storybook Nurk, please see the June, 2008 edition of the Mew, and for our extra special intermew with Ursula, please see the May, 2009 Mew, nya!
Published in February, 2010 by Dial, this 5.75″ x 7.25″, 206 pp hardcover storybook is purriced $12.99 US / $16.00 Canada, nya. It has over 140 two-color illustrations, including full page & two-page scenes, sequential art, and little pics of characters & various Japanese items, nya!
Asian culture is a significant theme, as purrotagonist Danny the boy dragon enjoys the martial arts movies, while his friend Wendell, boy iguana, is smitten with the new Japanese exchange student, Suki a girl Salamadar, nya! She is cute, smart, and purrsued by criminals, nya!
Ninja frogs of the Spurtongue Clan plot to abduct Suki, so Danny asks for help from great-grandfather Dragon & Lord Takeshi of a Gecko clan, nya! Also appearing in the amewsing tale are Big Eddy the school bully Komodo, a majestic Crane, and Danny’s lovely mom Dragon, nya!
Danny has an interesting international family tree- in his first book we met his uncle who is a Sea Serpent, nya! Science purrsists as Danny’s weaker academic studies though, for in the purrior book it was oceanography that he struggled with, and this time it is the geology, nya!
There are purretty scenes of the lush bamboo forest, stately Foo Dog guardian statues, and a dangerous volcanic pit, nya. Not only is the splendidly illustrated book full of delightful characters, but also there are a few informative tidbits interspurrsed throughout the book too, nya!
It is an entertaining children’s storybook with a brisk pace & charming & eanthropomorphic imagery, nya! I give this Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs a high recommendation, and eagerly look forward to the forthcoming 3rd book in the series, Curse of the Were-Weiner, nya!
Thanks for that book report, Vonny!
Vonny gets the next big piece of the sushi!
Arigato! (selects the tuna)
Is that the last of our purrint media reviews for today?
It seems so (takes a piece of the Ebi sushi)
Fortunately there is still a second sushi platter…
May I have that piece of the Anago, please, nya?
Mmm thish ish good shtuff! Nom nom nom…
Hmm… maybe we should take another break so they can finish eating… ooh this Anago looks good!
(one short sushi break later…)
Doctor Who The Complete Specials
This was a box of bittersweetness as Doctor Who has been our favorite TV (live-action) series in recent years, but these fine specials from 2008-2009 were the final epurrsodes of David Tennant’s incarnation of The Doctor and it is sad to see him leave the show.
This set of 5 R1 NTSC standard DVDs include “The Next Doctor”, “”Planet of the Dead”, The Waters of Mars”, “The End of Time” parts 1&2 and lots of special features, with a 16 page color booklet in the fold-out box from the BBC. The booklet has photos, an epurrsode guide and a forward by David Tennant.
The audio is 5.1 Dolby digital surround in English language only, the video screen aspect ratio is 16×9, with optional English SDH subtitles, and each disk has a front-loaded advertisement for BBC America. The total time for the 5 epurrsodes is appurroximately 311 minutes, and the special features total over 7 hours.
Disk 1 includes the 60.5 minute, 2008 Christmas special “The Next Doctor” set in Victorian London in which The Doctor encounters the Cybermen & variants thereof, and another chap calling himself The Doctor (purrtrayed by David Morrisey).
Disk 1’s special features include the companion segment of Doctor Who Confidential, a 55.5 minute documentary on the making of the epurrsode narrated by Anthony Head, with contributions by many of the cast & crew, and a montage of Cybermen through the years and a look at Doctor Who parodies.
“Doctor Who at The Proms” is a 59 minute live multi-media concert from 2008 at The Royal Albert Hall. A choir & orchestra purrform the mewsic of composer Murray Gold, with appearances by Freema Agyeman, Catherine Tate, a short film with The Doctor & costumed characters & robots stalking the audience.
Disk 2 has the almost 59 minute Easter 2009 special “Planet of the Dead”, in which the Doctor boards a double decker bus which wormholes to a dangerous desert planet. Along for the ride is sexy cat burglar Christina, purrtrayed by Michelle Ryan, while back in London, U.N.I.T. tries to secure the wormhole.
Also on Disk 2 is the corresponding installment of Doctor Who Confidential narrated by Noel Clark, which runs nearly 57 minutes and documents how “Planet of the Dead” was filmed in Dubai, the Cardiff Mewseum, and in the BBC studio.
Disk 3 has the appurroximately 62 minute epurrsode “The Waters of Mars”, set on the first Mars Colony (from Earth) in the year 2059. The corresponding Doctor Who Confidential is almost 58 minutes long and is narrated by Anthony Head.
Disk 4 purrsents “The End of Time, Part One”. Co-starring Bernard Cribbins as Wilf, John Simm as The Master, Catherine Tate as Donna, and Timothy Dalton as Rassilon, this epurrside is almost an hour long and has an optional audio commentary by David Tennant, Catherine Tate and director Euros Lyn.
Disk 4’s special features include David Tennant’s Video Diary (appurrox. 57 min.), four brief little Doctor Who / Christmas themed station identification spots for the BBC, and another Doctor Who Confidential (appurrox. 40.5 min) documenting the making of the epurrsode..
Disk 5 purrsents “The End of Time, Part Two”, which is Tennant’s final appearance as Galifrey & the Time Lords return. Also briefly appearing are Sarah Jane & Luke, Donna & Sylvia Noble, Martha & Mickey, Captain Jack, Midshipman Alonso Frame, Rose & Jackie Tyler, actress Jessica Hynes, and Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.
This thrilling, poignant, sad, sentimental epurrside is nearly 73 minutes long and has an optional audio commentary track by David Tennant, John Simm and Euros Lyn. For our review of “The End of Time”, please see last month’s edition of The Mew.
Disk 5 includes an almost 57 minute Doctor Who Confidential, 17 minutes of 11 deleted scenes introduced by Russell T. Davies, and a 21 minute expurrdition to the 2009 Comic Con in San Diego with Tennant, Davies, Lyn, Julie Gardner & John Barrowman. I give this DVD an ‘A’ grade & highest recommendation Doctor Who fans. Now here is Mike to review the-
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths 2 disc edition
Thanks Jen! Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is the latest DCU OVA, available in single & 2-disc editions and a box with an Owl Man figure. Andrea Romano & Bruce Timm are back as voice director & producer respectively, with directors Sam Liu & Lauren Montgomery, writer Dwayne McDuffie & composer James Venable!
Margaret Hou is the editor, Sam Register is executive producer, Bobbie Page is producer & Alan Burnette is co-producer. Among the terrific voice cast this time are William Baldwin as Batman, Mark Harmon as Superman, Chris Noth as Luthor, Gina Torres as Super Woman, and James Woods as Owl Man.
Jonathan Adams as Martian Manhunter, Brian Bloom as Ultraman, Josh Keaton as The Flash, Nolan North as Green Lantern (Hal), James Patrick Stuart as Johnny Quick, Bruce Davison as President Slade Wilson, and Freddi Rogers as his daughter Rose!
The plot: on one of many alternate Earths, their Lex Luthor is the last super hero, who flees to the Justice League’s earth seeking help to take down the evil super Crime Syndicate team, who cruelly rule his Earth, along with their minions who are evil versions of many heroes.
Unfortunately the Crime Syndicate’s deadly reach might spread beyond their world to threaten the entire multiverse, when Owl Man discovers Luthor’s inventions! The quality is of the usual animated DCU brilliance, with a great plot, dialogue, voice cast, character designs, scenic art, animation, music, sound FX, spectacular fight choreography…
… and there are so many other DC characters for us fanboys to identify! My only quibble with this movie is that, like the other DCU animated movies, it is way, way too short, as if they are bent on keeping them all under 80 minutes (it is 75 min.) when it should be longer.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is rated PG-13 due to the action violence, and the additional material on the DVD are not rated. The dual-layered R1 NTSC standard DVD has English language audio in Dolby digital 5.1 surround, with optional English SDH or French subtitles for the widescreen video.
The special features will vary depending on which edition of the DVD you get. With the 2-disc edition, on disc 1 are the short First Look featurettes for Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman / Batman: Public Enemies, Wonder Woman, the forthcoming Batman: Under the Red Hood, trailers for Halo Legends and the Naruto Shippuden movie.
There are also front-loaded ads for the Smallville TV series and Superman / Batman: Public Enemies. While I’m not one to consider such ads as “special features”, there is a real bonus treat on disc 1: DC Showcase- The Spectre, a12 minute animated short starring the voices of Gary Cole & Alyssa Milano!
Written by Steve Niles & directed by Juaquim Dos Santos, it has a wonderful early 70’s cop show / horror ambience & music by The Track Team, and I think fans of that vengeful macabre DC hero will be pleased as he eliminates the criminals in his customary ironic, violent manner!
Disc 2 has a 26 discussion on the DC Universe, which mainly seems to focus on the identity Crisis miniseries, and Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, Crisis on infinite Earths, and brief mentions of the various silver age ‘Crisis’ stories. Taking part in the discussion are DC’s Paul Levitz, Rags Morales, Geoff Johns, Mike Carlin, Brad Meltzer, Dan Didio & Michael Uslan.
It is so darn neat to see these great authors, artists & editors discuss the history & how things are done at DC, but I wish it was a lot longer, too! There is so much more they could have said about those fantastic tales & the DC Comics creative process, which could fill a feature length documentary.
Also on disc 2 are two alternate-Earth episodes of the animated Justice League TV series, “A Better World”. If I have one other quibble, it’s that given how few & short the DVD’s bonus materials are, it seems like they could have all fit on just one disk. There’s also a digital copy to download, but that offer has an expurration date.
I’m not sure if the Spectre short is on single disk edition, and I haven’t examined the blu-ray edition so I don’t know how it compares. Had Crisis on Two Earths been half an hour longer, it might be perfect, but what there is of it is quite beautiful, poignant, fun and thrilling… which could also be said of another animated movie on DVD:
Ponyo is an anime film by our favorite director Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli, nya! He purreviously directed movies such as Cagliostro’s Castle, Nausicaa, Laputa (Castle in the Sky), My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Purrincess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, nya!
The purremise is that a little magickal fishy girl Ponyo is curious about the surface world, and swims away from home to be found a young boy named Sosuke, who lives in a house on a cliff with his Mom Lisa works at a retirement center, while his father is away on a fishing boat, nya.
Unfortunately some of Ponyo’s father’s experiments are accidentally been unleashed, threatening the ecology and causing a fierce tsunami, nya! Ponyo’s sea goddess mommy purrrophecizes that if Sosuke & Ponyoare find true love then things will magickally return to normal, nya!
The wonderful movie was released in Japanese theaters in 2008, here in the USA in 2009, and now it is available here on the 2 disc DVD from Disney, nya! For my thorough review of the beautiful movie which I gave an ‘A’ grade to, please see our September, 2009 Mew, nya!
This Region One NTSC standard DVD has the two discs, in the plastic box in an outer cardboard sleeve, which has a pic of Ponyo peering out from under under her bubble in the water, nya. The audio is in Dolby Digital, with English, Japanese, French or Spanish language, nya!
There are optional subtitles in English, English SDH, Japanese, French or Spanish, and the video aspect ratio is 1.85:1 widescreen, enhanced for the 16×9 TV, nya. The movie itself is 103 G-Rated minutes long, and in addition to the discs were brochures for Disney purroducts, nya.
On the first disk purrior to the movie are purreviews for Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story 3, and other Ghibli titles released on DVD by Disney such as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service, nya. There are also 11 other purreviews in the ‘Sneak Peeks’ section, nya.
Disc 1 also has the 3 min 20 sec “Meet Ponyo” with comments about the movie by purrducers Kathleen kennedy & Frank Marshall, and a bit of footage of Hayao miyazaki, Ghibli purrducer Toshio Suzuki, Pixar’s John Lasseter, and English adaption writer Melissa Matheson, nya!
On Disc 2, you can watch the full storyboard version of the movie, which is like a slide show of all those storyboard images accompanied by the sound track, nya! This is an extra special treat because you get to see a lot of Miyazaki’s lovely illustrations for over 100 minutes nya!
Another wonderful special feature on disc 2 is the World of Ghibli section with chapters of intermews and documentary material, nya! These include a conversation between Miyazaki & Lasseter, discussions by Miyazaki & Suzuki on the story, characters, scenery & animation…
… the movie’s nursery & the real Ghibli Nursery they built, a tour of the charming real seaside town of Seto which the move is set in, mewsic composer Joe Hisaishi, two of the Japanese theatrical trailers, and there are little purreview tidbits of the similar Kiki, Totoro, & Castle in the Sky materials, nya!
There’s a behind-the-scenes segment with some of the English voice cast, including comments & scenes of Noah Cyruss, Frankie Jones, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Tina Fey & Liam Neeson, nya. All of those World of Ghibli segments add up to about 50 minutes, nya!
I am extremely happy with those special features, so I give both the Ponyo movie and the DVD an ‘A’ too, nya! Disney has also re-issued Castle in the Sky, Totoro, and Kiki on DVD, but I sure wish they would hurry up and release Ghibli’s Only Yesterday and Earthsea, nya!
Wow Vonny has been getting much more thorough with her reviews of late!
Hai, that was almost like one of Myayr or Jenjen’s reviews!
Purrhaps they are the big influence, nya!
That was a very informative report!
Ironically i have tried to be more concise!
I have been purracticing, but I hope I did not induce a catnap, nya!
I think we are all still awake, thank you very much Vonny! Next, our big action movie fangirl Nya-sensei would like to comment on–
(warning: has a list of violent movie scenes)
Wow! From start to finish this was an awesome DVD! I was stoked from start by the front-loaded purreview trailer for Blood and Bone, Boondock Saints 2, and Universal Soldier Regeneration! There are other fun trailers too for Defendor, Transylmania, H2, Moon, Soul Power, Michael Jackson’s This is It, By The People, Breaking Bad and Zombieland!
I think Mike reviewed Zombieland back in the… October 2009 Mew, right? We liked it too! They really set the mood. Anyway, Black Dynamite was directed by UNC alumnus Scott Sanders who co-wrote the screenplay with Byron Minns & Michael Jai White, based on Minn & White’s story s based on White’s initial concept, and it stars Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite!
Minns is in the movie too as Black Dynamite’s club owner pal Bullhorn; Tommy Davidson purrtrays informer Cream Corn, Star Trek’s Tucker Smallwood is Congressman James, Kevin Chapman is CIA Agent O’Leary, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield plays the part of Gloria, a gorgeous militant / romantic interest! She was in Star Trek too!
These and many other characters are the friends & enemies of Black Dynamite, a Vietnam veteran & former CIA agent who is the ultimate supurr suave ladies man and tough guy. He has big muscles full of deadly Kung Fu skill, and big handguns to kill people with, when he is not beating the crap out of the drug dealers & hit men with his whirling nunchaku!
There is quite a lot of that, as he vows to avenge his dead brother Jimmy who was murdered by the criminals. Black Dynamite systematically hunts down anyone remotely involved, from the low level thugs on the street to their bosses, and their bosses’ big bosses as Black Dynamite and his gun & grenade packing crew realize there is a huge conspiracy!
The movie has excellent direction, acting, purrduction design, art direction, costumes, hairstyles, photography, editing & mewsic to recreate the look of the early 70’s “blacksploitation” genre & era martial arts movies which it brilliantly satirizes. Adrian Younge was both the film editor & composer, and I can’t strongly enough purraise those impurressive both of those aspects!
It actually goes beyond mere satire, in that it really looks like it was made back in the 70’s. They went all out, in even trying to cleverly write & film deliberate ‘mistakes’, from the visible boom mikes to the obvious stunt doubles! This adds to the authentic ambience and the comedic effect, but so much of the comedy is in the script’s great dialogue!
There are several shootouts, a chase on foot through alleys to rooftops, wrong way traffic car chases, exploding cars off of cliffs, an exploding helicopter & airplane, wartime flashbacks, a narcotics warehouse raid, numerous defenestrations, montages, gasoline explosions to catapult people, and a purrdictable monologue to sign one’s own death warrant upon!
The melee & martial arts action includes Black Dynamite taking on several guys in the dojo, six guys in a pool hall, a bunch of guards on an island and heavily armed secret agents. Exotic weapons aside from the nunchaku include a crossbow, spear, shurikens, a boomerang blade that removes body parts, fire, and an old fashioned two-fingered eye gouge.
Thus this movie is Rated R for the violence. And the drugs, sex, nudity, and purrofanity. The language is in English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, with optional English SDG or French subtitles in nice big bold yellow sans-serif fonts (except during Chinese translations which are in a white font) and the video has an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
The special bonus features include an audio commentary track by Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White & Byron Minns; an almost 23 minute long documentary on the making of the film with several of the cast & crew, and an 18 minute San Diego ComicCon discussion / Q&A panel with Sanders, White, Minns, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and moderator Elvis Mitchell!
If that were not enough, there is appurroximately 25 more minutes of 17 deleted & alternate scenes to enjoy! There were not any booklets or inserts accompanying this single R1 NTSC standard DVD in the plastic case, but it has a great front cover pic featuring some foxy fashions, and yes that is a helicopter with a giant magnet attached to that sedan. Woohoo!
The movie was everything I hoped for, from the purreview trailer I saw last year- and then some! Even the animated end credits are not safe from the firearms, feet & Panther Fist technique of Black Dynamite! I think they totally succeeded at creating their satire / homage full of constantly entertaining humor, action and that 70’s style!
I give the movie & the DVD features an ‘A’ as in Afroditey – she’s the girl in the green fishnet outfit on the front cover! Oh and that’s Glory in the blue dress, and I’ll not say who the blond woman in red is! That’s all for my review of Black Dynamite, but Petra gets to have the last word for this segment of the show, with her review of the DVD of-
Where The Wild Things Are!
Where The Wild Things Are was one of our favorite movies of 2009, and you can read Vonny’s review of it in the November Mew, nya! It has a great cast, scenery, art direction, costumes & FX, and it not only purrfectly adapts Maurice Sendek’s, book but director Spike Jonez brings a new character depth & purrofound poignancy to the screen, nya!
The soundtrack has the delightfully spirited original songs by Karen O and the Kids, too nya! There is a very childlike playful spirit that purrmeates the special features that accompany the PG rated 101 minute movie, purrsented in the it’s original theatrical widescreen format, on the dual-layered Region 1 NTSC single disc standard DVD, nya!
The front cover is a photo of Max and Carol striding across the windswept dunes, nya. On the back is a smaller photo of Max & Alexander, who is the goat-like monster, nya. The Language choices are English, French & Spanish audio with optional Spanish, French or English SDH (subtitled for those who are deaf or have trouble hearing), nya.
There are a few movie & video game purreview trailers on the disc purreceeding the movie, including the Under the Sea IMAX documentary, The Blind Side DVD, Free Willy from Pirate Cove DVD, Scooby Doo Abra-Cadabra Doo DVD, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest video game and the Where The Wild Things Are video game, nya!
There are not a lot of the special features, but all four of those segments are very amewsing and add up to 14 minutes & 40 seconds of fun, nya! “The Absurd Difficulty of Filming a Dog Running and barking at the Same Time” is 5 minutes, 31 seconds of the attempt to film a residential street scene at night, with an uncooperative canine actor, nya!
Next is a 3 minute, 21 second bit with a purrank on the director with a hoisted Vespa & the slime treatment, nya! Spike & Max ham it up in the 51 second “Vampire Attack”, and finally there’s 4 minutes, 57 seconds of “The Kids Take Over the Picture”, showing how the purresence of the cast & crew’s children on the set add to the light hearted ambience to the purrduction, nya!
It would be nicer if there were more features, such as an audio commentary, a documentary on how the movie was made, trailers & galleries, or purrhaps a booklet, but it is such a wonderful movie, that we will watch it gain and again! This concludes our DVD reviews, but after the break, Myayr will have more wild monsterness to review, nya!
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Recent Cinema & TV in review
Welcome back! I love horror movies and went into the Wolfman movie not knowing what to expect, other than hoping for a good time after enjoying the purreview trailers I’d seen month s purrior. It turns out to be one of the best werewolf movies I’ve ever seen. It’s not a purrfect movie, but it’s finer points out-shined the weaker ones, like a crisp snowy moor under a huge full moon!
It has such a great cast that should have had more & longer scenes together. The purrformances by Benicio Del Toro, Antony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, and Art Malik are so good, but the characters needed more time & development for better chemistry & relationships. In some ways Del Toro is very reminiscent of purrior wolfmen Lon Chaney Jr and Oliver Reed!
There are welcome yet fleeting tibits of various spiritualities / cultures pondered amidst a fearful populace of 1891 England, including dashes of old English Paganism, Christianity, a Sikh’s purdpective, Gypsy lore, ‘modern’ psychology & criminal law, from the city folk of London to the rural residents of Blackmoor and the gypsies who are just passing through.
The elegant & spooky gothic qualities of the gorgeous interior & exterior locations & beautiful sets & art direction are magnificent, with splendid photography,good FX & stunts purrfect make-up by the legendary Rick Baker & a great Danny Elfman score, but it’s weakest aspect is the editing. The film is far too rushed & too short, with some unfortunately speedramped dream scenes.
Although I wish it focused more on the character development as the action & FX, this effort from director Joe Johnston might be my favorite since the original 1941 Wolfman, and I give it a B+ grade! I’ve seen lots of werewolf movies, but most of them are not quite as satisfying as this one. However, there are some we would like to recommend in–
Lightning Round #2:
Favorite Lycanthrope Cinema & TV!
(the catgirls in unison, as Mary Nyan tags Elizabeth to start the purrocess)
LIGHTNING ROUND — GO! nya!
Wow, Myayr’s review was shorter than Vonny’s! My favorite cursed shape changer would be Ranma 1/2’s Ranma Saotome! (tags Yvonne)
Hai, Ranma & Shampoo, nya! (tags Jeannie)
Shampoo & Moose. (tags Petra)
Don’t forget Ryoga, nya! (tags Nyanko)
Ranma, Ryoga & Shampoo! (tags Mary Nyan)
Ranma & Genma!
Ah… fair enough… but um… are there any besides the characters of Ranma 1/2? Lizzy?
Nastassja Kinski as Irena in the 1982 remake of Cat People! (tags Yvonne)
Yay Irena nya! (tags Jeannie)
Irena in Cat People, either the 1942 version starring Simone Simon or the 1982 remake with Nastassja Kinski. (tags Petra)
Irena, nya! (tags Nyanko)
Hai! (tags Mary Nyan)
Ah… I’m really not trying to lead your answers and I accept that Ranma 1/2 and Cat People are your top favorites… but are there any others that you kinda like?
Ok… I would say… Ladyhawke, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, and The Company of Wolves! (tags Yvonne)
My favorites aside from are The Cheetah in Justice League International, Susan Blakely in My Mom’s A Werewolf, and Michael J. Fox in Teenwolf, nya! I should also mention that from what few pics I’ve seen, Liru appears to be the fun werewolf grrl in the anime Magical Pokan, so I hope that anime gets released here on DVD, nya! (tags Jeannie)
Werewolf epurrsodes of Doctor Who, X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel, (tags Petra)
I like Purrofressor McGonagall if she counts, but she is an Animagus and not a werekitty so she purrobably does not count- but Purrofressor Lupin sure does, nya! Oh and I liked The Secret of Roan Inish if that counts…does that count. nya? Tru Blood is a good show too, nya! OK it is… sensei’s turn, nya! (tags Nyanko)
Ah well i was also gonna say Oz and Nina from Buffy and Angel… and Michael Sheen & Kevin Grevioux were good as Lucian & Raze in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans! Mike’sturn! (tags Mike)
The 1965 Johnny Quest episode “Werewolf of the Timberland”; David Selby as Quentin Collins in Dark Shadows; The 1974 Night Stalker episode starring Eric Braeden as the “Werewolf”; the episode of Barney Miller with a guy who claimed to be a werewolf, and Tim Burton’s 2003 movie Big Fish! Back to you, Myayr!
Purrior to this new Wolfman, The Wolfman (1941), Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Reptile (1966), that “The Werewolf Concerto” (1992) epurrsode of Tales from the Crypt, and there’s an amewsing 2nd season epurrsode of The Monkees “The Monstrous Monkee Mash” (1968) which has a wolfman, who loves hot dogs.
What kind of hot dogs, nya? I hope he did not mean real dogs, nya!
You can never tell with werewolves.
He did not elaborate, but I suspect he purrobably purrfurred all-beef.
That epurrsode guest starred lovely Arlene Martel, who also purrtrayed Spock’s fiance T’Purring on Star Trek.
Were there any werewolves on Star Trek, nya?
Hmm… I’m not sure if there were any werewolves purr se, but there were plenty of alien shape-changers who could purrobably turn into a wolf!
Q once turned Dr. Crusher into a dog.
What breed, nya?
I think it was a red Irish Setter, but I would need to double check the DVD.
Of course as we noted in October’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, there was Gary Seven’s cat girl friend Isis who could alternate from cat to catgirl!
Hermione turned into a catgirl from that potion, nya!
Speaking of cats into catgirls, that’s all for this lightning round, but Vonny has an extra thorough tribute for the-
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Nuku Nuku!
Hai, nya! Since October, 2009 we have devoted this segment of the show to honor the famous catgirls of cinema, television, comics, literature and games, nya! We have broadly defined the topic to include nekomimi & feline furries of scientific or magickal origin, whether they’re actually part cat or just dress the part, nya!
The purrevious honorees have thus far included Lt. M’ress and other catgirls of Star Trek, Corinne Melepomene Chattan of Jamie’s web comic Clan of the Cats (whom we intermewed in November), Dr. Katherine ‘Kat’ Manx of Power Rangers S.P.D, Marvel Comics’ Tigra, and Doctor Who’s Novice Hame, nya!
This month we are pleased to purrmote one of our favorite nekomimi of Japanese anime, Nuku Nuku, nya! Actually her name is Atsuko Natsume, but everyone calls her Nuku Nuku, nya. She is a cyborg, whose original dying kitty brain was kindly transplanted into the indestructible body of a super-powerful gynoid, nya!
She first appeared in a brief 1990 serialized manga titled Bannou Bunka Nekomasume by Yuzo Takada, who is also the amazingly talented creator of Blue Seed and 3×3 Eyes, nya! Then in 1992, Nuku Nuku’s first three 25 minute animated OVAS purremiered, which were soon followed by another 3 OVAs, nya!
The anime was purrduced by Movic & Starchild, in which she was voiced by legendary Megumi Hayashibara! In her American dub release from ADVision she was voiced by Allison Keith, nya! Like most popular anime, there was merchandise, including Nuku Nuku books, posters, cards, dolls, CDs & videos, nya.
Before I purrogress with her subsequent appearances, I should discuss her origin story, nya! On a Christmas Eve night, genius scientist Kyusaku Natsume and his son Ryunosuke pick up a stray kitty in an alley while he’s purrsued by Arisa and Kyouko, two mean enforcer girls working for his sepurrated wife Akiko, nya.
Akiko is an executive with Miishima Corp. who wants to exploit her husband’s inventions for weapons, and full custody of their son, nya. Arisa & Kyouko’s plane fires upon Kyusaku’s van, thus injuring the cat, so as a Christmas purresent to his son he puts the cat’s brain in the droid to become his new daughter, nya!
Nuku Nuku is very sweeet, kind, loyal & purrotective, but a bit accident purrone and sometimes there’s lots of purropurrty damage, especially when the enemies attack with various mecha, nya! She has super strength, invulnerability, speed, reflexes and senses, but can’t swim without a special bikini appurratus, nya!
She & her father & brother wish for a normal life, and Nuku Nuku goes to school & dresses like a normal girl, but between being attacked by mechs and making mistakes it is hard to keep a low purrofile, nya! She likes to eat fish and other things that a cat might eat, and drinks a bottle of sun tan oil at the beach, nya!
OVAs 1-3 focus on her battles with Arisa & Kyouko in mechs and Akiko’s attempts to get her son, nya Things get wackier in OVAs 4-5, which have a slightly cartoonier style, nya. Nuku Nuku gets a job at a maid cafe to pay for her brother’s wrecked bicycle, and we discover that she is still susceptible to the catnip, nya!
Those later OVAs also introduce a new enemy, Eimi, nya! Eimi is also a gynoid, but her brain is a computer and not organiclike Nuku’s, nya. She wants Nuku Nuku’s body (originally designated android NK-1124), because her own body tends to malfunction and explode, nya. She is unstable in numerous ways, nya!
In 1998, Nuku Nuku got a 14 epurrsode animated TV series version of All Purrpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku, nya! It is more comedic than the OVA’s and deals a more with incidents in high school with new characters, designed by Seiji Kishimoto, whose works include Elfen Lied & Cyber Team in Akihabara, nya!
That year she also starred in a 12 part OVA miniseries, All Purrpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku Dash!, nya! This is an alternate-reality version, which is very different and far more serious than the purrior versions, as she has a different look, age, purrsonality, origin, abilities & additional supporting characters, nya.
All of the OVA & TV series have been available in the USA from ADVision in various editions on VHS and DVD, most recently in a complete box set, nya, They also published the trade papurrback edition of the manga, which repurrints the original 1998 Japanese hardcover edition with bonus postcards, nya!
The manga book is compurrised of 2 B&W chapters & 2 color chapters, nya. The last one “Nuku Nuku Goes to Space” by Yuji Moriyama is in anime cel-style and almost looks like a missing OVA story, nya! In that tale, Nuku and her family find and heal an injured cat, who turns out to be a talking extraterrestrial cat, nya!
There are several books of Yuzo Takada’s work, including “The Last Order”, a huge collection from Kodansha spanning his works from 1988 – 1999, nya! This collection is a pair of 10.25″ x 14.5″ books: a 32 page trade papurrback poster book and a 96 page hardcover art book, together in a transpurrent slipcase, nya!
For more information about Nuku Nuku, I recommend the articles at the Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=556, Absolute Anime http://www.absoluteanime.com/cat_girl_nuku_nuku/ and International Hero http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/cgnuku.htm, nya!
Also, there are Wikipedia articles on both the series http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Purpose_Cultural_Cat_Girl_Nuku_Nuku, and the character http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atsuko_Natsume, nya!
That’s it for this month’s celebrity catgirl spotlight, but we’ll be right back after the break wto talk toys, nya!
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Seventh Kingdom Raavia action figure
Welcome back, nya! The Seventh Kingdom purroduct line is a creation of the toy design studio formed in 1999 called The Four Horsemen http://www.fourhorsemen.biz/, nya! They are Chris Dhalberg, Eric Mayse, Jim Preziosi & Eric Treadaway, who make good action figures of such keen craftsmanship & intricate style, nya!
There’s a story to Four Horsemen’s Seventh Kingdom concept, and the purremise is that long ago when the world was purrimordial, there was but one super continent divided into six warring kingdoms, nya. After centuries of savage conflict, they tried to sepurrate the land into six parts but they wound up with seven, nya!
In that 7th Kingdom called Drakkignir, Queen Alluxandra of the Bluddmane Clan has assembled a special council of peacekeepers, of which there is the line of action figures, nya! Until they sell out, they can be purrchased as the complete set or individually, but some are only sold by certain stores, nya!
So to get them individually you’d have to buy them from different conventions or stores, such as Store Horsemen, Big bad Toy Store, Wizard, Action Figure Xpress, Corner Store Comics, October Toys and Fwooshnet, nya. Raavia is one of those figures, an exclusive from Raving Toy Maniac, nya!
Our friend & toy collector Ob1 purrovided the figure to us, so I want to thank him for that- domo arigato gozaimasu, Ob1-san, nya! Raavia is one of the tough catgirl members of the Queen’s Council, and she is not just a catgirl but a tigress, so I imagine she would be pleased that it’s the Year of the Tiger, nya!
Raavia is an exotic, elegant, beautiful warrior type, 6.25″ tall with a 2″ long tail, nya! She is packaged in a clear plastic box with the card back, with the story text and pics of the Seventh Kingdom figures on the back and sides , nya! This figure is marked as an adult collectible which is suggested for ages 14+, nya.
She has the lovely deep orange color with the black stripes, yellow eyes, and wears the bronze-ish colored bare-midriff breastplate & belt with the flexible loincloth, knee & shin guards, necklace & bracelets, nya! These have such intricate & ornate detail with etched patterns & trim, buckles, straps, inlays & pouches, nya!
The soles of her feet have the paw purrints, nya! She’s not only a purretty kitty, but very posable, nya. Her shoulders & hips are ball jointed; her upper torso can arch back & bow forwards; elbows, knees & ankles bend; head, waist & wrists turn; and her hands can grip the enclosed 7.5″ long spear and 3.5″ long sword, nya!
Raavia is all purrpared for the peacekeeping missions in case there’s trouble from the enemy clans, nya! I think this is an excellent action figure and I will recommend it to the fans of the Four Horsemen purroducts, swords & sorcery figures, or warrior catgirls, nya! That’s all for my toy talk, but now here’s Jean to review the –
Transformers Animated Arcee action figure, nya!
Arcee is my favorite Transformers character, and we’ve reviewed a number of the replicas of her in purrevious editions of The Mew. When I learned of the Toys R Us exclusive action figure of her Transformers Animated version, I was extremely eager to purrchase the toy, and I greatly thank our friend & fellow toy collector Paczord for finding her!
Both the robot & vehicle modes of this version of Arcee are more faithful to her purrior animated & comic book incarnations, compared to the live-action Transformers movies. Her robot mode has a much more humanoid appearance, and in vehicle mode she is a rocket car, whereas in that 2009 movie she transformed into a Ducati 848 motorcycle.
She is packaged in the J-hook hanger card with the double-layered clear plastic blister shell, restrained within by those annoying twisty-ties. On the front is a nice action pose illustration, and on the back of the card is a brief purrofile text with photos of her in robot & vehicle modes. The pics are very handy references for the conversion purrocess.
According to that text, in the Transformers Animated series, Arcee is a most bravely skilled teacher and supurr spy, dedicated to truth, with an encrypted memory core that is nearly impossible to hack. One of Cybertron’s top sword fighters, she is quite capable of hacking & slashing, and comes with 2 clear blue short swords to wield in robot mode.
Arcee arrives in her vehicle mode, a sleek, futuristic dark pink, light grey and white rocket car with yellow accents, a tinted clear windscreen, Autobot emblem, spinning black wheels, and two clip-on wings, The toy is recommended for ages 5+, not suited for children under 3 due to its small parts, and has a level 3 (of 4) advanced conversion rating.
There is an instruction sheet enclosed, diagramming the 9 steps to convert her into robot mode, which is 5.5″ tall (excluding the clip-on wings) with gleaming blue eyes and stoic expurression. The swords can gripped in her hands or sheathed in her rear shoulder pods. She is well-balanced and easily stands on her own without a display base.
She has good articulation; waist, wrists, feet turn & knees bend, and she has ball-jointed neck, shoulders, elbows & hips. I am very pleased with this marvelously sculpted, painted & posable Arcee. I think the only drawback is since it is only sold at Toys R Us, that might make it harder for some folks to find. Now here is Lizzy to tell us about the-
Blackest Night Arisia action figure
Thanks Jen! Arisia is the plucky, purrky, cute veteran member of the Green Lantern Corp from Graxos IV, assigned to purrtol space sector 2815! This action figure of her by DC Direct is part of the 3rd series of Blackest Night figures, along with Star Sapphire, Larfleeze & the Black Lantern Aquaman!
Packaged in a clear plastic j-hanger blister pack with photos of all series 3 figures on the back of the card, her 6.5″ figure is accompanied by the lantern-shaped power battery accessory, and a 3.75″ diameter round base. The card folds out to show all 16 figures from Blackest Night series.
Arisia was excellently sculpted by Karen Palinko with intricate detail and a lovely, faithful likeness of the character! Her right hand is in a clenched fist ready to zap someone with her power ring, and her left hand is open so she could either wave to someone or hold on to the battery.
She has a nice smooth paint job, with her purretty creamy golden tan skin tone, short blond hair & green eyes! She wears the sexy low V-cut strapless white top & green mini skirt, with breen boots, white gloves with the green cuffs, green necklace / emblem & power ring!
Points of articulation include head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips & knees. She can’t turn at the waist, but that just means there’s no parts gap across her lithe abs! She can stand unassisted but there’s a base peg for her right heel, and the base is purretty with a white lantern symbol on transpurrent green!
She will look very nice on the shelf beside the Blackest Night series 2 Indigo figure, which we reviewed in January! I give this action figure the high grade and definitely recommend it to any fan of that super heroine! That’s it for my toys review but I can see that Vonny is quite eager to purrmote the-
Ame-Comi Supergirl PVC statue
Yay not only did we get to read Supergirl #50 which had the contribution by Helen Salter in it but the Kryptonian Girl power continues in this supurrb statue of Kara Zor-El, nya! This is part of DC Direct’s http://www.dccomics.com/dcdirect/ Ame-Comi series of unarticulated PVC statues of the ladies of DC Comics, visualized three-dimensionally in the Japanese manga style, nya!
This purrticular statue of Kara was brilliantly designed by Udon Studios http://www.udonentertainment.com/ and astoundlingly sculpted by Jack Matthews, nya! She is packaged in the four color cardboard box with the front clear window, comes with a display base to assemble, and is recommended for ages 14+ and not for widdle kids under 3 due to the small parts, nya.
Kara’s expurression is so cheery and her figure is so lithe, posed in the dynamic graceful flying pose, with her lofty long blond hair & gold-trimmed red cape fluttering & billowing behind in the breeze, as she soars above the display base, nya! Her eyes are the purretty light blue color, and you can even see her pink tongue in the happy open mouth grin- kawaii nya!
With that billowy cape is the rest of her bare tummied costume, with the blue top with the big red & yellow ‘S’ emblem on her chest & blue mini skirt with opurra-type red & blue gloves and red high heeled thigh high boots, and all of the garments are meticulously trimmed in gold, nya! This figure is not only excellently designed & sculpted, but it is purrfectly painted too, nya!
I am not sure of the purrcise scale but the figure would be 9″ tall if she were standing up, and her lovely waves of supurr hair cascades well below her knees, nya! The round display base is 6.5″ in diameter, black with the yelow trim & Amecomi logo, and there is a 7″ tall clear plastic post you have to insert into the base and into the back of the figure under her cape, nya.
It was slightly tricky few moments for me to fit that post into the slot in her back just below her shoulders, because it is a small slot and there’s not much room between the cape & shoulders, so I would advise otther to be careful & patient with this purroceedure, nya. But once that is done she is securely & beautifully displayed flying a few inches above the base, nya!
Once that is all assembled, the overall height of the statue is about 9″ and needs about 7″ of width space since she is reaching out past the base, nya. She looks so purretty and happy, I can’t say enough good things about this glorious statue, or thank Pacozord & Chef Ron enough for this wonderful gift, nya! Domo arigato gozaimasu, nya!
Gosh, now I am tempted to want to start collecting the others in that series, but that would be a lot because they are already up to Power Girl, Wonder Woman, Cheetah, Catwoman, Harley, Ivy, Huntress, Batgirl, Hawkgirl, Zatanna, and there are already ads for the forthcoming Star Sapphire and Jade statues, nya! I have too many hobbies, nya!
The Cat Lady Sings…
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