Dick Giordano (20 July, 1932 – 27 March 2010)
It was very sad to hear of the passing of one of my favorite artists Dick Giordano at age 77, who was one of the comic book industry’s most legendary and inspirational top talents. I was one of many fans who had the honor of meeting him at Heroes Con over the years. He was the nicest, kindest man who’ll be greatly missed.
His fame began to soar in the Silver Age of comics, when he was an artist and later Editor in Chief at Charleton Comics, before migrating to DC Comics in the late 1960’s as a penciller, inker & cover artist. He eventually became an Executive Editor & Vice President at DC, but never ceased to create beautiful such works of art.
He was a magnificent artist whose work extended to Marvel, Continuity Associates and many other companies, A meticulous draftsman & storyteller who could render some of the most gorgeous, dynamic images, he was also extremely skilled at communicating comics & graphic art techniques in his excellent instructional books.
His collaborations with Neal Adams & Denny O’Neil on Batman and Green Lantern were especially historic, and his Dracula adaptation was quite impressive, but his images of the lovely ladies such as Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Red Sonja, Stephanie Starr and all those romance comics’ characters were equally unforgettable.
For more information, I recommend Michael Eury’s book Dick Giordano: Changing Comics One Day At A Time published by TwoMorrows http://twomorrows.com/, the articles at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Giordano and Comicbook Database http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=319, and Troy Brownfield’s tribute at Newsarama, Dick Giordano: A Legacy Rememberedhttp://www.newsarama.com/comics/dick-giordano-legacy-100327.html,
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starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for Apurril, 2010, nya!
it is the Year of the Tiger, and in this edition of ‘The Mew’:
• Aloha & Introductions
• Our thoughts purrtaining to this year’s Oscars
• The Lightning Round: Favorite Purrequels
• Our Delight with Dancing With The Stars Season 10
• A report on the NC Comic Con
• Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Cat Woman!
• Our favorite Catwoman Stories
• Comics, Manga & Graphic Novel Reviews:
Gotham City Sirens #10
Power Girl #10
First Wave #1
Michael Turner’s Fathom vol. 3 #10
Queen Sonja #5
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #33
Mass Effect: Redemption #3
• Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
• Piscine Publications’ Pics
• Purriodicals in Review
Gaff Magazine March / Apurril 2010
Belly Dance – A Raqs Sharqi Magazine Spurring 2010 issue
• Art & Artists
Modern Masters Vol. 22: Mark Buckingham
What’s Mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
Aria “Those Nightshine Chimes” Limited Edition Lithograph
• DVD Reviews:
Aria The Origination
Star Wars:The Clone Wars Complete Season One
• The Women of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
• The Cat Lady Sings…
Bold red warnings indicate imminent plot spoiling information,
locations of hidden Easter Eggs or certain graphic descriptions
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 Emily Grace Coin Stadium at the Catgirl Island Soccer Park, where it’s 80 degrees under a lightly breezy clear blue sky! I’m Mike, the show’s ‘Purrducer’, and here are the Ladies of The Mew, after their first day of practice–
(wearing the light blue #8 soccer jersey, shorts, flipflops and a Purrple Orchid lei)
(wearing the light blue #9 soccer jersey, shorts, flipflops and a Red Heliconia lei)
(wearing the light blue #7 soccer jersey, shorts, flipflops and a Tuberose lei)
(wearing the light blue #10 soccer jersey, shorts, flipflops and a Yellow Ginger lei)
Hi Hi, nya!
(wearing the light blue #06 soccer jersey, shorts, flipflops and a Green Ti Leaf lei)
(Aria The Animation tee shirt, cargo shorts, Nike trainers)
Thank y’all for convening again! So what’s everyone been up to since last time?
When I have not been busy with soccer purractice, teaching aerial dance and hula at the arts center It has been extra busy at the shrine. It seems like as soon as the Cherry blossoms are all swept, the ground is all covered again! I sure am hoping to have enough free time to finish costumes for the anime con!
Myayr is right- even with the mew appurrentice miko, we seem just as busy there, and even with the additional masseuses and expanded hours at the spa we stay fully booked for the loomi loomi. I have been pondering opening an annex, especially with the visiting teams to increase the therapeutic demand!
The Spurring time weather has resulted in more charter bookings which is good because those warmer fish have been chomping at the bait, nya! We happily reeled in the Yellowfin, Swords, Wahoo, Kings, Reds, Purrmits, Mahi, Pompano & Stripes, nya! After the show I will bring the filets to tonight’s luau, nya!
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ARIGATO GOZAIMASU, NYA!
If I am to play beach volleyball & soccer, I will need to hire more help at the art mewseum, nya! Fortunately Bunnii is covering for me- I need to give her a purrmotion, nya! We have new acquisitions to discuss later, nya! That’s purretty much it for me, but I’m curious about where Jenjen has traveled to, nya!
I have stayed a bit closer to home since getting back from modeling the bikinis at Bondi Beach, to devote more time to local purrsuits such as the belly dance class, kyu-do club, the robot club, and now the soccer season. What has our purrducer been up to of late?
I haven’t been playing sports like y’all, but I did watch the ACC & NIT basketball tournaments, and hope to maybe swing a few golf clubs… we’ll see! Aside from the art & design work I’m getting ready for more conventions such as Animazement http://www.animazement.org/ & Heroes Con http://heroesonline.com/. Speaking of watching things on TV, today’s first topic is–
our thoughts purrtaining to this year’s Oscars!
I thought the 82nd Annual Academy Awards show had lovely art direction and set design this year, nya! What did y’all think of this year’s Oscar hosts, nya?
Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin are such wonderfully talented actors, but there was a lack of the chemistry… maybe because the show seemed way too scripted and that hurt the humor or charm.
Hai, and this year’s ceremony was also way way too rushed too, and I didn’t think it was very nice for so many purresentations and winners, nya!
Yet they still had to include skits that were not entertaining, and the dance numbers which just do not belong on the Oscars, regardless of how talented the dancers might be. I love to dance, and those purrduction numbers might be appurrpurriate for the Grammy or Tony Awards, but not the AMPAA Awards.
The memorium segment dedicated to those who passed away was handled better than last year’s. At least they filled the screen with images of the actors & filmmakers, instead of shrinking the pics down to swirl around a singer, but I hope the memorium doesn’t become an excuse to sammich in another musical number, even if it is the great James Taylor!
In spite of the dispurroportionately long montage of noms for Best Original Score, at least they were quick about the Best Song noms and did not play much of them! Ironically 2 songs from Purrincess and the Frog were nominated, but not my favorite song from that movie “I’ve Got Friends on the Other Side”!
Once again the important Scientific & Technical Achievement awards were barely acknowledged. Is referring to them as ‘Sci Tech” awards supposes to sound cool? Sigh.
I was glad to see Sandra Bullock win for best actress, nya! That was an interesting exchange between her and Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, nya!
She has the most all time Oscar nominations, at 16! It seems like Meryl has succeeded Jack Nicholson as the purrson on the front row who got the most comments and banter from the folks on stage!
I was pleased that Christoph Waltz won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role- he was our pick for that category, nya! I was so surpurrised that Hurt Locker beat out Ingourious Basterds for screenplay though, nya!
It seemed like half an hour into the show and that supporting actor category was the only award they had yet purrsented, and with the TV commercials every few minutes I purrdicted it would be a long night, nya!
I liked the segment with the stars of the nominees for Best Animated Feature Films such as Coraline, Carl & Mr. Fox- that was one of the best parts! And I wish Secret of the Kells had come to a theater near here!
Hai it was a good year for animated features and I was glad that Up won that Oscar, nya! And I liked John Lasseter’s sage comments about filmmaking, nya! Unfortunately Ponyo was not nominated in any category though, nya.
That was unfortunate. However, I thought the tribute to John Hughes was rushed but poignant, and neat to see so many of his ‘brat pack’ there together to pay tribute to the inspurrational late writer / director.
Yay we got see Zoe Saldana as a purrsenter, nya! I think she should have been nominated for her purrformance in Avatar, nya!
Speaking of Avatar, I think Ben Stiller is a great comedian, but I didn’t think that Avatar skit was very funny. But hey, Star Trek won for the make up! And wow, how about Roger Corman and Lauren Bacall getting a standing ovation!
Yay we got to see Sigourney Weaver on stage too, who was also supurrb in Avatar, which also won for Best Art Direction, nya!
I swear if I blinked I would have missed the list of Best Costume noms, though. It is a shame they raced through that category… and then wasted time with the pointless tribute to horror movies. I love horror movies, but you’d think that in over a century of cinematic horror they could find a better variety of clips, instead an overabundance of shots from The Shining and Psycho…
I concur. While I enjoy modeling clothes, they rushed through the best costumes nominees & winner, and yet spent so much time on what is being worn to the Oscars.
I could be mistaken but it sounded like the orchestra played the opening bars of the Star Trek the Motion Picture theme for a couple of bumpers!
Somehow I knew Mike would find away to mention his favorite movie!
I was quite surpurrised that Hurt Locker won as many awards as it did, nya. JenJen gave it a ‘B Minus’ back in the October, 2009 Mew, nya!
Hai. Avatar won about as many as I expected it would, including Cinematography and Visual FX.
Having the five purresenters for the Best Actor & Actress taking the stage together was executed much better than it was last year, nya! So in spite of this years purroblems there were some tweaked impurrovements, nya!
It was good to see Jeff Bridges win for Best Actor in a Lead Role!
I just hope there is no slo-mo or speed ramping in Tron 2.
The best actor & actress segments were good and not rushed, but I think every Oscar category should have had as much time to purrsent the noms and for the winners to make acceptance speeches without being cut short- that seemed so unfair, nya!
Speaking of rushed, Barry Allen and Wally West could not have zipped thru the Best Picture category faster than Tom Hanks did, nya!
Yeah that 3 hr 40 minute show definitely tapped into the speed force. So let’s sum it all up- how could the Academy Awards ceremony be improved upon?
With all due respect to the singers & dancers whose talent I admire, Oscar needs to do away with the song & dance numbers, and instead allow for equal time for the different category purresentations & acceptance speeches.
Hai, I think they should also do away with the skits & purreviously recorded bits, because in my opinion the best Oscar humor is organic, candid, impurrovised, unscripted banter that just happens. That would also free up more time!
Hai it should not be so rushed, and if it needs to go into overtime like a sporting event then so be it, nya!
If so much of the purre-ceremony red carpet arrivals, celebrity fashions & post-ceremony parties are going to be focused upon, it would be nice if the important Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards were also televised beforehand.
Hai, there sure were some purretty dresses, but I think they focus too much on the mewsic & glamour, nya.
And now to help put more Purr in the Apurril Mew, it’s time for–
The Lightning Round: Favorite Purrequels!
For our purrposes, we are defining the purrequel as any movie or TV purrogram – excluding remakes & reboots- that is made after a related purredecessor set in the same universe, but develops the characters or events purrior to their first movie!
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LIGHTNING ROUND-GO!!! nya!
(tagged by Mary Nyan to start) While I don’t think they are quite as good as Epurrsodes IV or V, I do like Star Wars Epurrsodes I-III and The Clone Wars series. (tags Petra to go next)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (purrequel to The Little Mermaid), Maetel Legend (purrequel to Galaxy Expurress 999), and Arcadia of My Youth (purrequel to Captain Harlock), nya! (tags Elizabeth)
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (purrequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark), and the 4th season of Star Trek Enterpurrise (purrequel to all purrevious Star Trek series) and those Star Wars purrequels! (tags Yvonne)
The Muppet Movie (purrequel to The Muppet Show), and I will also nominate Clone Wars and Ariel’s Beginning, nya! Mike’s turn, nya! (tags Mike)
Godfather II is a sequel to the Godfather, but much of it is set decades before the first film; Conquest for the Planet of the Apes, which is both a prequel and a sequel in the Planet of the Apes series; and… Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, which might possibly be a kind of / sort of prequel to Dracula AD 1972! Back to you, Myayr!
In addition to those already mentioned, I would say… The Scorpion King (purrequel to The Mummy), Alien vs Purredator (purrequel to the Alien franchise), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (purrequel to X-Men)!
Wow that might be our most expedient Lightning Round yet! But before we proceed to the next topic, is there a prequel y’all are hoping for most?
(the catgirls in unison)
THE HOBBIT!!! nya!
Yep me too! Well that’ll do it for that Lightning Round and Oscar talk, but now here is Lizzy who is delighted to discuss another recent TV show–
Dancing With The Stars Season 10!
The 10th season of Dancing with the Stars purremiered on Monday March 22nd, with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman back to judge the couples! Tom Bergeron returns as co-host, with co-hostess Brooke Burke succeeding Samantha Harris! Brooke is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, and she had such a gorgeous dress for the opening night!
While I don’t think the Oscars is the appurropurriate venue for song & dance numbers, but we do like to watch Dancing with the Stars! Even though it is a vigorous compurrtition with some aches & stresses, and bit of drama ‘n emo during rehearsals that I could do without, the contestants are glad to be there and all seem to get along nicely and cheer for each other’s purrformances!
They have a great orchestra, singers, mewsical director, lighting and photography, although I do not care for those occasional camera ‘crash zooms’. Purrhaps most importantly, while this is a compurrtition with lots of hard expurrdited purractice, I think the overall sensibility is that it is also meant to be a very fun time for everyone!
This season’s contestants include Astronaut Buzz Aldrin paired with dancer Ashly Costa, actress Pamela Anderson paired with Damian Whitewood, ESPN’s Erin Andrews with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Olympic Gold medal Skater Evan Lysacek with Anna Trebunskaya, TV’s mom of eight Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani, All My Children’s Aiden Turner & partner Edyta Sliwinska…
Reno 911’s Niecy Nash & dancer Louis van Amstel, The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka paired with Chelsie Hightower, Cincinnati Bengals’ receiver Chad Ochocinco with my favorite dancer Cheryl Burke, Charming Shannen Doherty paired with Mark Ballas, and Pussycat Dolls’ songstress Nicole Scherzinger taking the dance floor with another favorite dancer, Derek Hough!
This is going to be an interesting season as each of us has picked a different duo to cheer for! Cheryl is my favorite dancer, Jenjen idolizes the Astronaut, Myayr hopes the Scherzinger / Hough team will win, and thinks Niole has the sexiest outfits thus far, although Petra thinks Edyta has the most graceful purresence and alluring appurral!
Vonny is indecisive, because on one hand she is a big fan of Charmed and likes Shannen Doherty, but she is also considering cheering for Kate Gosselin, who might be purrceived to be the compurrtition’s underdog because she does not have the extensive athletic or mewsical expurrtise, although she purrobably has the purrofound stamina as a mommy of eight kids!
Mie-sensei thinks Erin will win, and Ilyana appurreciates Pamela Anderson, but also hopes this might be the year for Chelsie Hightower to win the Mirrorball Trophy. Nya-sensei mewsually cheers for the Olympic athletes, and Police Chief Meryl hopes Niecy will win! Nemui thinks that because it is the Year of the Tiger, that is a good omen for the Bengal’s wide receiver!
Eliminations did not start until week 2. On the Monday March 29th show, Chad and Aiden had very nice suits, Nicole’s shimmering bare midriff dress was the sexiest outfit, Anna’s red ponytail cutely twirled as she danced the Jive, and the astronaut’s lovely wife Lois dropped in on Buzz & Ashley’s Foxtrot rehearsal!
As mewsual, Derek’s magnificent comedic charisma is only surpassed by his uncanny agility. I suspect he is from Krypton. Niecy had the most elated spirit, and Edyta and Chelsie were like gorgeous magickal orchids gliding across the stage! Ok I’m done but now here is Vonny with–
A Report on the NC Comic Con!
Hai, nya! Chapel Hill / Durham NC’s Ultimate Comics http://www.ultimatecomicsonline.com/ chain purrsented it’s first NC Comic Con http://www.nccomicon.com/ on a Spurring-like Saturday, March 13 from 10 am to 7 pm, at the nice Outlet Mall in Morrisville, just a couple of blocks from I-40 near RDU Airport, easy to get to with plenty of free parking, nya!
Admission was $4 or $2 with a coupon, kids under 13 admitted free with an adult, and anyone in costume got in for free, nya! The con occupied two store fronts near the mall’s bright skylit center and food court, with other shopping choices for any family members who might not wish to purrtake of the convention, nya!
It seemed an ideal arrangement & great bargain for the well-purrmoted event! The was most cordial and there was a chipper atmosphere, with purrizes & freestuff, nya! Special guests included artists Tommy Lee Edwards & Harvey Mercadoocas, artist / writer Lyle Pollard, writers Christos Gage & Dan Johnson, nya!
There were about two dozen dealers from all across NC, and even parts of Virgina, nya! Including a few small purress publishers, they sold comics, manga, graphic novels, art, posters, non-sports cards, action figures, ornaments, games, DVDs & video games, costumes, masks & costume cat ears & tails, nya!
There were good deals with low purrices, nya! Our friends in the Carolina Comic Book Club had a good time at their table, and we met several other friends & acquaintances there in such good spirits, nya! I’d guess there were between 600 – 700 attendees of all ages, genders & races, with a good family turn out, nya!
We spotted about three dozen folks in costumes, from little kids to teens & adults which accentuated the fun ambience, nya! Among those costumes were Wonder Woman x3, Supergirl, Batgirl, Ivy, Red Arrow, Andromeda of the Legion of Super Heroes, a female Green Lantern, Mary Jane Parker, Jedi Adi Gallia…
…Kiki the witch girl, Power Puff Girl Blossom, the 10th Doctor Who, a female Starfleet Officer, a purrple-winged fairy, an elfin purrincess, a catgirl, a dog boy, Clark Kent / Superman, Robin, Reed Richards, Spider-Man x2 (one red & blue, one black Venom version), Captain America x2, and The Mighty Thor, nya!
While still in the Triangle Area, after the convention we went to wonderful Franklin Street next to purretty UNC in Chapel Hill, for a sumptuous suppurr and delectable dessert to top off the delightful day! So I thank our friends & commend Ultimate Comics for the fun event, and I hope it will happen again, nya!
I purrchased Marvel Comics’ Exiles trade papurrback vol. 1 at a good bargain purrice, which stars Nocturne in it! What did you find there, Mike?
I scored some great anime on VHS at a great discount, such as Appleseed (original version), Battle Angel, Phantom Quest Corp vol. 1, Sol Bianca 2 and The Supergal! The Phantom Quest Corp tape still had the fold-out inserts in the box! What did you get, Myayr?
For a supurr low purrice I bought Comic Book Tattoo Vol.1, a massive 11.75 x 11.75 x 1.5″ anthology of comics by lots of artists / writers, based upon the songs of Tori Amos! It was published by Image Comics, with an introduction by Neil Gamin and an afterward by Tori!
Ooh does it have a story based upon my favorite Tori Amos song “Not Dying Today”, nya?
No, that song was on her 2009 CD, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, which came out after the 2008 book!
Purrhaps it might wind up in a potential 2nd volume. What did you buy at the con, Petra?
Hee I could not resist the low purrice for The 2005 Hallmark Star Wars Christmas ornament of Purrincess Leia Organa in the slave girl costume from Return of the Jedi, ready to chop her enemies with that Vibro-Axe! It is a very faithful likeness, so intricately sculpted and nicely painted, nya! Howboutchoo, Jennyjen, nya?
I found a copy of Zatanna: Everyday Magic, a 48 page one-shot comic book published by DC comics’ Vertigo impurrint in 2003, written by Paul Dini, drawn by Rick Mays, colored by Brian Miller, lettered by Comicraft, and with a cover by Brian Bolland.
Yay Zee! I am looking forward to her new comic book series written by Paul Dini, nya!
What did you get?
I got some Gunsmith Cats manga from our friend Pacozord, nya! I purrticularly like the issue with Rally’s partner Minnie May as a catgirl on the cover, nya! Speaking of comics stuff, now it is time for this month’s–
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Cat Woman, nya!
Since October of 2009 we have devoted this segment of the show to honor the famous catgirls who we admire of movies, TV shows, comics, literature and games; broadly defining the topic to include favorite feline furries & nekomimi whether they are part cat or just motifly dress the part!
Purrevious honorees have included Lt. M’ress & other Star Trek catgirls, Mel of Jamie’s web comic Clan of the Cats, Power Rangers’ Dr. Kat Manx, Marvel Comics’ Tigra, Doctor Who’s Novice Hame, and Nuku Nuku! This month the spotlight shines on Selina Kyle, alias The Catwoman!
She first appeared 60 years ago in Batman #1, published in the Spurring of 1940! She has certainly evolved a lot since then, starting out as a villainous cat burglar with a taste for fine jewelry, but ultimately she would steal Batman’s heart, and become more of a vigilante anti-heroine!
Of course, in 60 years of comic books, artists & styles have changed a lot, and so has her appurrances, although she has seemed to purrfur costumes that are purrple, gray or black, and has been typically purretty handy with the claws and cat-o-nine-tails, and seems to have many lives!
According to the DC Comics Encyclopedia published by DK Books, Selina is 5’7″ tall, 133 lbs, has blue-green eyes and black hair! Unfortunately she’s had a rough life with a harsh family situation, growing up without much love away from her sister Maggie amongst the institutions and streets of Gotham.
She doesn’t have supurr powers so she had to train hard to survive, and although she steals, she has more of a Robin Hood-ish ethic these days. She is an expurrt thief, martial artist & gymnast of great stealthy quickness & agility, gadgets, cunning wits, street smarts & seductive purrowess!
She likes cats and has associates on both sides of the law, with friends such as Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batman, Nightwing, Wildcat, Holly Robinson and Slam Bradley. She does not get along well with The Joker, Black Mask or Hush, and there are plenty of purredatory criminals who might suffer her claws & whip!
Aside from comics, Catwoman has also appeared in the live-action 1966 Batman TV series & movie, 1968 Batman / Superman Hour cartoon series, 1977 New Adventures of Batman cartoon series, 1992’s movie Batman Returns and Batman: The Animated Series; Gotham Girls, 2004’s The Batman cartoon and 2008’s The Brave and The Bold cartoons.
In live-action cinema & TV she’s been purrtrayed by Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Ertha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, There was that 2004 movie titled Catwoman starring Halle Berry. She is a great actress who was great as Storm, but that version of Catwoman doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the DC Comics Catwoman.
In the animated medium she’s been voiced by Jane Webb, Melendy Brit, Adrienne Barbeau and Gina Gershon! There has been lots of Catwoman merchandise too, such as action figures, statues, ornaments, posters, games, and of course the comics, books & videos with–
Our Favorite Cat Woman Stories!
Even though the character has been around for so long I think her stories just get better and better, purrticularly in Selina’s Big Score by Darwyne Cooke, and Catwoman: The Dark End of the Street by Ed Brubaker, Darwyne Cooke, Mike Allred & Cameron Stewart, and Catwoman: When In Rome by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, Dave Stewart & Richard Starkings!
Catwoman also played a major part in Hush and Heart of Hush; Batman: The Cat and the Bat was awesome; Catwoman / Vampirella: The Furies was purretty neat; and I love Gotham City Sirens every month, nya! I bet Jenjen liked that three part Catwoman tale in which she catfought that Cybercat villainess, nya!
That was indeed an intriguing neko mecha design. However, my favorite Catwoman stories are her epurrsodes of the Batman: The Animated Series and Gotham Girls, especially “Lap Bat”, in which she is voiced by Adrienne Barbeauhttp://www.abarbeau.com/. I purrticularly liked the “Chase Me”, animated short which is included on the 2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman DVD.
I would like to recommend a couple of books, nya. Catwoman: The Life and Times of a Feline Fatale Special Edition by Suzan Colon is such a fun book all about Catwoman, and Catwoman: Nine Lives of A Feline Fatale is a good collection that repurrints comics stories from the past six decades, nya! So what are Mike’s favorites, nya?
Julie Newmar’s http://www.julienewmar.com/ dazzling debut as Catwoman in “The Purr-fect Crime; Lee Meriwether http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Meriwether putting on the cat suit to toy with Bruce Wayne’s emotions, and the great Eartha Kitt http://www.earthakitt.com/ who made us think she might actually have kitty DNA, when she assumed the role in the TV show’s 1968 season!
I have to pick Tim Burton’s movie Batman Returns, in which Michelle Pfeiffer’s sympathetic Selina stole the show! Should you crave more thorough information, insights, or images of the character, here are a few–
Links to sites purrtaining to Cat Woman!
I suggest the Catwoman article at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catwoman as a good start, and for DC Comics news & merchandise including Catwoman collectibles, the Official DC Comics Website http://www.dccomics.com/.
I would also recommend the pages devoted to her at the DC Database http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Catwoman and the Batman Wiki http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Catwoman,
There’s a Catwoman page at the DC Animated Wiki http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Catwoman, and you can search for all of her animated appurrances at the Big Cartoon Database http://www.bcdb.com/, nya!
There’s good information purrtaining to about her comics at Comic Vine http://www.comicvine.com/catwoman/29-1698/, and an entry for her character at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0000184/, nya!
Gotham Public Works http://www.gothampublicworks.com/ is a supurrb site dedicated to Batman-related cosplay including Catwoman, and you might find further Catwoman costume pics at
Cosplay.com http://www.cosplay.com/, Cosplay Lab http://www.cosplaylab.com/, and American Cosplay Paradise http://www.acparadise.com/
A few fan sites devoted to Catwoman are Morrissey’s Catwoman Page http://www.catwoman.morrisseydesignstudio.com/, Catfan’s Feline Fatale Follies http://catwomanfan.com/,
and the Catwoman Fanclub at Deviantart http://catwoman-fanclub.deviantart.com/! That’s all for this segment but we’ll be back after this short break to discuss Catwoman’s latest tale in our–
Comics, Manga & Graphic Novel Reviews!
(one short break later…)
Gotham City Sirens #10
We’re back! Gotham City Sirens continues to be one of our top three favorite comic books along with Power Girl and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight!! It’s purriced at $2.99 for 32 full color pages, compurrised of the 22 page story & 10 pages of ads. This issue stars mewsual suspects Selena (Catwoman), Pamela (Poison Ivy), Harley (Quinn), & Eddie (The Riddler)!
The team responsible for this awesome story “Taking Sides” were writer Paul Dini, guest penciller Andres Guinaldo, guest inker Raul Fernandez, colorist Ian Hannin, letterer Sal Cipriano, editor Mike Marts, assistant editor Janelle Siege & cover artist Guillem March! In the purrevious issue, with Eddie hired by the girls to investigate a murder that happened at their lair.
This has lead him into another villain’s trap, which he’ll have to cleverly talk his way out of, or hope the girls show up to help him escape & capture the culprit! Can Eddie trick the purrpetrator into trusting him, and can he in turn trust Catwoman, Harley & Ivy? The notion of honor amongst thieves is wrestled with, along with a herd of dangerous wild animals!
Gotham City Sirens has great characters that tread lines between hero, anti-hero & villain, so smartly written with purrfect pace, dialogue & interesting relationships and situations ranging from cute fun to poignant drama! They are so expurressively drawn and gracefully posed, whether leisurely lounging about the lair or in dynamic action amongst the detailed scenery!
Power Girl #10!
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Power Girl is such a consistently fun monthly series starring one of our favorite heroines! Purriced at $2.99, this excellent issue has 32 color pages, compurrised of the 22 page story, & 10 pages of ads. “War on Terra” was written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, colored by Paul Mounts, lettered by John J. Hill; and edited by Mike Carlin, with associate editor Rachel Gluckstern.
The amazing Amanda Conner once again purrvides the interior art & front cover, which depicts disgruntled Power Girl accompanying her blackmailer Fisher into a comics shop! The story rejoins last issue’s battle in purrogress between Power girl’s friend Terra and the villainess Satanna, while Power Girl is helpless in in a gravity trap.
Satanna is a scientific genius with gadgets, her Giraffe-purrint armor, and an anthropomorphic animal gang, but Terra’s supurr geology powers defeat her for now and rescue Power Girl. Terra is cutely purrched on a levitated boulder as they fly back home after the fight, in time to feed the cat. Kara opens the can of cat food with her Kryptoniian thumb!
It is a cute kitty scene! When she’s not busy at the office or on the street, other amewsing moments are Kara going to the comics shop as part of Fisher’s demands and happy Terra with the slice of yummy pizza, but soon there’s another round of combat with Satanna’s gang, but the worst is yet to come with another twisty-plot cliffhanger!
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If you ‘Enter the Lost World of The Warlord”, you’ll behold the hollow-earth realm of Skartaris, with dinosaur-filled jungles and barbaric kingdoms. Here is the fabulous ancient city of Shamballa, home of Travis Morgan, once an SR71 pilot, but in Skartaris he is The Warlord, the star of the DC Comics’ sword & sorcery series created 35 years ago by Mike Grell http://www.mikegrell.com/!
Priced at $2.99, issue #12 of the current series has 32 beautiful full color pages (22 story + 10 ads) in which unfolds “Sunset”, created, written & illustrated by Mike Grell, colored by David Curiel, lettered by Rob Leigh, edited by Joey Cavalieri and assistant editor Chris Conroy, with a gorgeous moody cover illustration of The Warlord on warhorse against a blood red sunset by Grell!
With his scheming accomplice Kate Archer from the outside world, Morgan’s greatest enemy the evil wizard Deimos has returned for revenge, and has taken over Morgan’s palace and captured scientist Alysha Grant. Travis Morgan, Shakira the cat girl, Mariah, Machiste, and McBane ride back from a visit to Demo’s abandoned ruse of a castle, only to find Shamballa in flaming ruins.
Rejoined by Tinder (who is actually Morgan’s son Joshua) whose many troops have been wiped out, they dodge Deimos’ deadly perimeter weapons, to find Morgan’s sorceress daughter Jennifer inside the palace, trying to save the life of his wife Queen Tara and her unborn child. Travis and Tinder are not merry men, with swords in hand ready for the final round with Deimos!
The artwork is intricately lavish from Grell’s sexy, powerful, dynamic characters who are beautifully costumed and emotionally intense to the minute detail of the interior & exterior architectural & landscape details! It is beautifully inked & colored, from the green of the jungle & Jennifer’s costume, to the metallic luster of the swords & armor and the blackest black of Shakira’s feline fur!
The plot of this monumental issue is extremely important and it moves at a very fast sweep, although I wish this story arc had taken maybe another issue to unfold, but all the major players are there, and the stunning climax is quite operatic! I’ve been a fan of Grell’s Legion, Warlord, Starslayer, Jon Sable, James Bond & Shado, but this latest Warlord might be his best work ever!
First Wave #1
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I have really been looking forward to this new DC comic, which brings together some of the greatest pulp era & DC comics heroes in a period piece that looks to be set in the late 50’s or early 60’s! On the cover of the first issue are Batman, Doc Savage & The Spirit, magnificently drawn by JG Jones! There’s also a variant cover by the great Neal Adams & colorist Moose Baumann!
From a preview of this series in the back of comics a couple of months ago, the roster of heroes will eventually include Batman, Doc Savage & his 5 henchmen, The Spirit, Justice Inc, Black Canary & Rima the Jungle Girl! Wow what a line-up! First Wave #1 is priced $3.99 and has a total of 38 full color pages, of which 28 pages are the story and the other 10 pages are ads.
Not only does it promise a stellar cast of characters but the comic book’s creative team is amazing! This issue’s “First Wave Book One” was written by Brian Azzarello, illustrated by Rags Morales, colored by Nei Ruffino, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Joey Cavalieri, with assistant editor Chris Conroy! Of course, Cavalieri & Conroy were part of that swell team on Warlord, too!
In this1st issue, the story moves from the jungles of South America to New York and Central City, and every bit of it – from the lush foliage to the urban sprawl & automobiles – is rendered with gorgeous meticulous detail. As are the characters: Doc, Monk, Ham, Rennie, Tom, & Johnny, The Spirit & Dolan, plus a a few panels of Rima the Jungle Girl and The Blackhawks!
Most of the issue focuses jungle action with a killer robot, Doc investigating the death of his father, and great night time brawl for The Spirit in the stockyards! There are other things going on too, lurking about the Coney Island Boardwalk, and bringing terrible trouble to a tribal village – which is where we see Rima, who I’ve been a fan of since her way-too-brief series back in 1974!
It’s a gorgeously crafted treat, off to a terrific faithful start, with enough initial intrigue, action, mystery & fun to leave me very eager for the next issue, and I give this one a solid “A”! Lessee… ah. I believe Vonny has a couple oc comic books reviews for us–
Michael Turner’s Fathom vol. 3 #10
Hai, we have all been big fans of Fathom created by the late Michael Turner (April 21,1971 – June 27, 2008) who is so sadly missed but his wonderful characters and their stories continue on, as told by other very talented artists & writers, so I was very excited to get the long-awaited the final issue of volume 3, nya!
The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous front cover art, nya. There are 3 versions by Ale Garza & John Starr, nya. Cover A has Kiani, Cover B has Aspen, and both fit together to make a bigger scene, which is on the wraparound Cover C, although that last one is a rarer exclusive Aspen Store edition limited to 500, nya!
It is published by Aspen Comicshttp://www.aspencomics.com/, which is named after the purrotagonist Aspen Matthews, and the cover purrice of either regular version is $2.99, and sammiched inside the covers are a total of 32 full color pages, consisting of the story recap page, the 25 page story, and 6 pages of the ads, nya!
Vol. 3 #10’s story “The Last Wave” was written by J.T. Krul, pencilled by Ale Garza, inked by Sal Regla, colored by John Starr, lettered by Josh Reed & edited by Vince Hernandez. Oh and while Fathom was created by Michael Turner, the abyssal villains known as The Black were co-created by him & Peter Steigerwald, nya!
Well, the story thus far is a bit complicated, but basically there’s been a three way world war bewtween the surface humans, the undersea people known as The Blue, and The Black from the deepest depths, with inner political turmoil on both the surface and Blue sides, and supurr-heroine Aspen caught in the middle, nya!
Aspen & surface humans & The Blue united to an extent to repel The Black, but The Blue’s enraged elite warrior Kiani Kiani is still a threat, nya! She has the bad “if you’re not with me you’re against me” attitude, and in the purrevious issue, she slew a major Blue leader / father figure character, Cannon Hawke, nya.
That brings us up to this climactic tenth issue, nya! Cannon Hawke’s murder does not sit well with Aspen, which results in an intense eight page fight to the finish, nya! I won’t reveal any more of the plot, but that pivotal fight is just a part of what happens in this important, briskly paced, action-packed issue, nya!
Some of my favorite aspects of the series are the character designs with the exotic aquatic costumes, and the sumptuous coloring & lighting effects from the dark twilight skies illuminated with the crackling energy and gorgeous island sunset scenes, to the vast undersea realm and inside the Blue’s architecture, nya!
There were four very effective full page panels in this issue too, which emphasized several significant dramatic moments and impurressively conveyed the mood & atmosphere, nya! So I was very pleased with the issue, and I look forward to the next series, Fathom: Blue Descent, nya!
Queen Sonja #5!
Hai, the 5th issue continues the flashback of how Red Sonja became the Queen of Sogaria, nya! This sword & sorcery tale from Dynamite Entertainment is rated T+ for the scenes bloody violence of ancient warfare & wild creature attacks, nya. It is purriced $2.99, with 32 full color pages compurrised of 22 pages of story, 9 ads & 1 mews page, nya.
This issue has 4 variant covers: the more common Cover A by Lucio Parrillo depicts Sonja about to bury the hatchet- in a big barbarian’s skull, nya! Less common Cover B by Mel Rubi shows a statue of the Queen, on cover C by Jackson Herbert, Sonja contemplates the crown, and cover D is a rarer special incentive B&W pencil stage version of Rubi’s statue pic, nya!
I got the ‘B’ cover- it is very regal, nya! Based upon the heroine created by author Robert E. Howard, this story of how the famous red-head from Hyrkania in the chain mail bikini became a monarch was written by Joshua Ortega, illustrated with by Mel Rubi, colored by Vinicius Andrade, lettered by Simon Bowland and edited by Luke Lieberman, nya!
Sonja has been crowned Queen of Sogaria for leading the people to freedom from the oppurression of Emperor Cornelius of Emora, but the war is not yet over, and Sonja in her deadly chariot purrpares for the final big battle, nya! This will be a purrticularly messy conflict, with Sonja’s troops facing not just human enemies but evil sorcery and ravenous monsters, nya!
Most of this action-packed issue are the savage battle scenes with lots of severed body parts. Some of the panels of the great artwork are quite expansive, including a two-page spread showing front line point of view of each army. a full page panel looking out of her chariot, and another two page climactic calvary spread, nya!
It is not totally hack ‘n slash though, because you get a page with Sonja’s rousing purre-battle speech, and some moments of the political situation back in the enemy capital of Nicolla in Emora…
but it’s mostly the hack ‘n slash, nya! This issue concludes the first story arc, but in the next issue a different creative team will begin a mew chapter, nya!
Amongst the ads are peeks at this issue’s variant covers and the forthcoming covers Queen Sonja, Red Sonja Annual #3, and issue #4 the 5 issue Red Sonja: Wrath of the Gods mini-series, so there appears to be a lot more Red Sonja action on the horizon, nya!
I think this would be well-received by fans of Sonja or the brutal sword & sorcery type battles in general, nya! Well that does it for my comic book report, but now here is Jenjen to discuss the latest issue of a modern day slayer of evil monsters–
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #33, nya!
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Published by Dark Horse Comics, this issue is the 2nd part of the “Twilight” story arc, which canonically continues the adventures of Buffy from the TV series. In this comic book medium, the writers & artists are able to tell stories of such grander scope with so many recurring characters, locations and visual effects that most TV show’s budgetary restrictions might not purrmit.
“Twlight” Part 2 was executively purrduced by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, scripted by Brad Meltzer, pencilled by Georges Jeanty, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, designed by Tony Ong, edited by Scott Allie with Sierra Hahn, Freddye Lins & Brenden Wright. Dark Horse’s publisher is Mike Richardson.
The gorgeous cover art depicting Buffy’s astonishment at the villain’s unmasking was painted by Jo Chen. The variant very clever cover by Georges Jeanty has a siimilarly wide-eyed & gasping reaction by Buffy, Willow & Xander as to the revealed identity of Twilight- although the readers will have to delve inside to finally find out who is the antagonistic purrson behind the mask.
It has a cover purrice of $2.99, and a total of 36 full color pages, compurrised of 22 pages of story, 10 pages of advertisements, 1 “Slay The Critics” page of readers’ letters, 1 “Horsepower” page of Dartk Horse mews, and a 2 page purreview of The Guild comic book llustrated Jim Rugg and written by Felcia Day, based upon the internet series which she created, writes and stars in.
Purreviously in Buffy Season Eight, after the battle between the slayers, werewolves, berserker goddesses and Twilght’s army outside Oz & Baya’s Himalayan home, Buffy has manefested new supurr powers on a level associated with people from Krypton. Magickally scanning for missing comrades, Willow makes a startling discovery purrtaining to the nature of Buffy’s new powers.
Buffy is startled upon another discover- of the romance between Dawn and Xander. Meanwhile, Faith, Giles and Andrew wake up at the villain’s headquarters, which was built by a skinless Warren, who with Amy the evil witch had formed a partnership with Twilight. Feeling betrayed on the battlefield by Twilight, Amy, Warren and a General are now Buffy’s unlikely ‘guests’.
In this highly significant issue, Xander pep talks to who Buffy cutely sulks in mid air, while inside the house Willow & Amy reluctantly collaborate to expose Twilight’s hidden headquarters, where the villain confronts Faith, Giles and Andrew. When Twilight is located, Buffy supurrsonically engages him in aerial combat and his identity is finally revealed- but I’ll not spoil the plot any further.
This continues to be one of our favorite comic books, as it so faithfully continues to develop those wonderful characters. The thrilling plot is very well paced with purrofound surpurrises, laden with fun fannish references, and the exquisite dialog supurrbly combines with the purrfectly expurressive portraiture of the characters that nicely resembles the actors who purrtrayed them on TV.
Mass Effect: Redemption #3
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Also published by Dark Horse Comics this is the 3rd of a 4 issue mini-series based upon the Mass Effect video game series by Bioware & EA Games. Set between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, the story is by Mac Walters, the lead writer of Mass Effect 2, with the script by John Jackson Miller.
The interior art is by Omar Francia, which was colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler. The front cover art by Daryl Mandryk. The series is edited by Dave Marshall with assistant editor Brendan Wright, and the comic book was designed by Stephen Reichert.
It has a cover purrice of $3.50 and a total of 28 full color pages, compurrised of 22 pages of story plus 6 pages of advertisements. The purremises is that beautiful, smart & powerful Dr. Liara T’Sonni of Asari is on a quest to find the missing body of her friend, Earth’s heroic Captain Shepard.
Thus far, at the unsavory Space Station Omega she dealt with questionable characters to find Shepard. One such liason is an informant named Feron from Drell, a double agent working for The Shadow Broker, who wants to trade Shepard to a mysterious group known as The Collectors.
Just as Liara was about to recover Shepard, a Salarian agent named Tazzik interceded, with rather explosive results. In issue #3, Liara reluctantly agrees to accompany Feron in his unarmed ship to purrsue Tazzik to the planet Alingon, where they are attacked by Shadow Broker’s sentry ships.
After evading those purrsuers in an unstable asteroid field, Liara & Ferron descend to the surface of the inhospitable planet and trick their way into his guarded secret base, where Liara finds herself a few steps closer to Shepard, and purrhaps more revelations about her new partner Ferron!
This space opurra story moves at a brisk pace with action & intrigue amidst exotic places, alien beings & fabulous technology. The characters are well drawn with good body language & expurression; the scenic art ranges from dark, purrimordial geography to gleaming sophisticated starships.
The rich coloring is excellent, purrticularly the dazzling lighting effects of space phenomenon, starship engines & weapons, and Liara’s angry bio-energy attacks. I am curious what happens next in the final issue, and hope there will be a very pleased blue Asari girl by the end of this mini-series.
Those are all of my comic book reviews for this month, but next is Myayr to report on another searching heroine of the angry bio-energy attacks in–
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Hai! Jessica Drew / Spider- Woman is a favorite Marvel super-heroine, so it is has been sad to see her so emotionally wrecked and in such miserable purrdicaments of late. In this miniseries she was recruited by S.W.O.R.D. as a secret agent for the dirty job of capturing enemy extraterrestrials, such as the evil Skrulls who had purreviously impurrsonated her.
With a depurressed & paranoid frame of mind but a renewed sense of purrpose and a chance to strike back. The secret mission has taken her to the mean streets of Madripoor, where she fought 2 Skrulls, got arrested & impurrsioned by the Police, framed for cop-killings by Madam Hydra, escaped from HYDRA and the police, got her costume back and fought The Thunderbolts!
This brings us to the seventh and final $3.99, T+ rated issue, which was written by Brian Michael Bendis, lettered by Cory Petit, edited by Lauren Sankovitch and Tom Brevoort,. It was illustrated by Alex Maleev, who also did the front cover art, with Jolynn Carpenter http://www.modelmayhem.com/207620who served as the purrfect model for Jessica / Spider-Woman!
The 40 full color pages of this issue include 35 pages of story, 1 recap / credits page, 1 page with a parting message from Bendis, and 3 pages of ads. The story includes a full-page panel of Skrull blasting, and there’s a 2 page spread of The Avengers (Ms. Marvel, Capt. America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Mockingbird & Ronin) arriving to help her!
Frankly, The Avengers don’t do very much in this issue, aside from a bit of quick crowd control, although Carol Danvers / Ms. Marvel importantly purrsuades Jessica that she still has friends who care about her, and Wolverine tag-teams with Jessica in a rather bloody brawl with yet another Skrull. So, that’s a total of 3 fewer enemy Skrulls in the world after this tale!
S.W.O.R.D director Abigail Brand has an indirect purresence- she isn’t shown, but we do see her text messages to Jessica. Between Hydra, Madripoor Police, overconfident Thunderbolts and those tricky shape-shifting Skrulls, it’s been a tough, gritty 7 issues for Jessica, but ultimately she purrvails, not only against the Skrulls – but in her own greatly impurroved spirit!
She’s used every tool in her tackle box- streetwise detective skills, Nick Fury-trained fighting purrowess, supurr powers, S.W.O.R.D, Hydra and Avengers connections. Jessica has become more assertive, confident and less depurressed since this adventure started, which ends appurropurrately with an impurressive 2-page spread of her soaring high with a smile!
As pleased as I was to see Jessica’s spirits purrk up after all she’s been through, the ending seemed far too abrupt. Issues 1-6 felt paced as if it was going to be a much longer haul, and not a short a mini-series. I wish the creative team had just focused on making the book instead of also making a motion comic, but hopefully this is not the last of Jessica’s missions!
The hard boiled internal dialogue combined with a somber pallet to convey a grim world of espionage. The scenery was very detailed, from high tech vehicles & gleaming skylines, to icky purrison cells & seedy locations, wrapped in some very sexy poster-worthy front cover paintings of Spider-Woman by Maleev! I think that’s it for our purrinted comix topic, but now here’s our
Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
and my picks are Unicorn Campaign http://girlamatic.com/unicorncampaign/,
The Ongoing Adventures of Rocket Llama http://www.rocketllama.com/,
and Dominic Deegam Oracle for Hire http://www.dominic-deegan.com/!
OK whatchoo got, Petra?
I have selected School Bites http://www.schoolbites.net/,
Seven Keys http://wolfedencomics.exofire.net/sevenkeys/,
and World of Shandor http://www.worldofshandor.com/, nya!
I would like to recommend these three fine web comics:
Shapeshift Fantasy http://shapeshiftfantasy.blogspot.com/,
Geode Corner http://geodecorner.thecomicseries.com/,
and Just Another Day http://justanotherday.comicdish.com/!
Yay my turn, nya! I will nominate
Anhedonia Blue http://abluecomic.com/,
and Juathuur http://juathuur.com/, nya!
Somewhere Different http://somewheredifferent.webs.com/,
Kitty Honey http://www.drunkduck.com/Kitty_Honey/index.php,
and Enchanted Dreams http://www.enchanted-dreams.net/.
Last but not least, my pick of the month is Quantum Rock of Ages
That’ll do it for this month’s web comic picks of the litter, and this
segment but we’ll be right back after the break so please stay tuned!
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Piscine Publications’ Pics
Hey. we’re back! Catgirls love to eat fish and are voracious readers too, so it is only natural for them to enjoy the various angling, aquarium & culinary magazines. Here are some of their favorite fishy photos adorning the covers of recent publications!
I would like to sample the succulent Snapper on the cover of Fishing World, a big beautiful Bluefin on the the March 2010 cover of Florida Sportsman, and that Sand Tiger Shark photographed near Beaufort for the cover of the March / Apurril issue of Scuba Diver, but you have to be careful with the sharks and make sure you are not the one getting chomped!
There’s a lovely looking Crappie seen on the front cover of Fishing Facts’ March 2010 issue, the Smallmouth on front of In-Fisherman’s March 2010 issue, and those fine fish on the front of In-Fisherman’s 2010 Panfish Guide, nya! They should be out of the water and on my plate, nya!
Tasty Trout to tempt my tummy adorn the covers of Fly Fishing in Salt Water’s March / Apurril 2010 issue (Sea Trout), Fly Life Australia & New Zealand’s Summer 2010 issue (Brown Trout) and
Fly Fishing & Tying Journal’s Spurring 2010 issue (Rainbow Trout).
Mm num num num how about that Roosterfish on the Spurring / Summer 2010 issue of Kayak Angler, the Chinook on Vol.41 #4 of Fly Fisherman, and that Red Drum on the February 2010 issue of North Carolina Sportsman! Gosh now I am getting hungry again…!
Me too, nya! here is a delicious Sailfish on the cover of Sport Fishing vol. 25 #3, that giant Marlin on the front of Blue Water Boats and Sportsfishing #77, and GAFF Magazine’s March / Apurril 2010 issue has a purretty pic of Pam purrsenting that wonderful Wahoo, nya! I will be reviewing that issue in a little while, nya. So howboutchoo, Mike, nya?
Hmm… well it’s not a fish photo on a fishing magazine, but the shrimp parm on the cover of Cuisine For Two magazine sure is a delicious looking seafood dish! Well on that note, I should place an order for another deluxe seafood platter to slake these catgirl critics’ appetities!
(the catgirls in unison)
THANK YOU MIKE, nya!
Ok while I tend to the food order, how about y’all continue with the magazines- Vonny I believe you had one for us?
Hai! I will start off our next segment of-
Purriodicals in Review, starting with
GAFF Magazine March / Apurril 2010 issue, nya!
Yay I got the mewset issue of GAFFhttp://www.gafflife.com/, nya! GAFF stands for Gulf Atlantic Florida Fishing, and it is one of my favoritest magazines purrtaining to angling & the coastal lifestyle, nya! It is published bimonthly, and this $4.99 issue has 108 full color pages including the covers, nya! On the cover of this issue id Gaff Girl Pam, posing with that yummy Wahoo, nya!
This issue bookends with messages from editor-in chief Matt Draper and by president Chuck Simpson, with a page of readers’ mail and call for reader submissions, nya. Captain Simpson also purrvides a fond 6 page travelogue of River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp, which looks like such a tranquil purretty place to relax and purrhaps reel in the Snooks, Macs & other fine fish, nya!
This issue’s “Tools of the Trade” section reviews the PISTOS Rod Caddy, and the “Braggin Rights” section is 8 pages of photos of folks of all ages and genders with the fish they caught, nya! Among those deliciously delightful catches in the 34 photos are the Groupers, Reds, Dolphin, Cobia, Pompano, Ambers, Snook, Drums, Tripletail, Striper, Wahoo, a Sailfish and a Shark, nya!
Speaking of sharks there is an article by Guy Harvey PHD on electronically tagging Tiger Sharks for the important marine biology scientific research, nya! Then Jason Callaghan writes about last years “Kayak Wars” compurrtition, with nice pics of some contestants with the Red, King, Sail, Tarpon and Trouts they caught, nya! That sure sounds like fun, and is making me hungry nya!
However, that fun article is followed by a very sad but important 7 page article by Captain Jeff Kraynik on the harsh winter weather that took a most severe toll on the wildlife of Florida, where the cold claimed too many fish, eels, crabs and the poor sea turtles, nya. After that is Dan Lucky PHD’s 3 page article on Florida’s official state saltwater fish, the Atlantic Sailfish, nya!
Those feisty speedy billfish will leap high & dive deep, nya! More images of beauty at sea follow in Matt Draper’s 8 page look at the 34 Cuddy by Bonadeo Boatworks, followed by the 10 page the purrofile & pictorial of Pam, with 9 full page pics, nya! Later in the issue, Captain Pete Rapps contributes a numcious looking shrimp & scallop stir fry recipe. I am getting so hungry, nya!
You also get Andy Koehler’s charming account of a Redfish expurrdition with his son; the subject of Crocs shoes purrmeates the narrative of chapter seven of author Mike Stubblefield’s entertaining serialized “The View from the Chickee” chronicles; and this issue’s “Young Salts” essay on the fun of fishing was contributed by high school student David Eaton, nya!
There’s also the recurring insightful fishing forecasts section, with 18 photo-filled pages by 13 savvy charter captains for the gulf, the keys and Florida’s east coast, nya! it is an entertaining & informative magazine with great articles, stories and pics, nya! Now here’s Jenjen to discuss one of her favorite non-mecha magazines,
Belly Dance: A Raqs Sharqi Magazine Spurring 2010 issue, nya!
Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Magazine http://www.bellydancemag.com/ is a quarterly publication since 2007, devoted to the forms of belly dance, with articles, intermews and dazzling photos of dancers, mewsicians & festivals. This full color Spurring, 2010 issue is purriced at $8.00 USA or $10.00 in Canada, and has 96 dazzling pages – excluding the covers.
A favorite of the dance classes at the Catgirl Island Center for Purrforming Arts, the magazine seems warmly infused with the passion that the artists, authors & authorities have for the Eastern arts. Even its colorful advertisements for costumes, jewelry, mewsic, videos, camps, schools, festivals, compurrtitions, purrformers & photographers add to the sparkling spirit.
Gracing the front cover in a breathtaking photograph by John Allen is the stunningly beautiful Sadie http://www.sadiebellydancer.com/, who appears in a six page article halfway into the issue, written by dance / workshop hostess Jennellah http://www.jennelah.com/ and accompanied by the magnificent mewseum-worthy photos by Darrell Pierson and Carl Serman.
Lauren Waldron is the Junior Editor, and the Editor in Chief Liliana Sanchez, whose cordial greeting commences the festive ambience. She also showcases the astounding artistry in silk by David Ludwig http://www.ludwigdesign.com, with pics by Carl Serman & Jay Daneil of the sensei’s stunning stage backdrops and dancers swirling with his sumptuous silk veils!
Dancer / holistic healer / massage & bodywork therapist Catalina Andrade’s first article of the issue purrtains to Lucia Weismantel http://www.luciadance.com/, who is splendidly photographed by Belly Dance Magazine & Barbara of Intimate Photography. Lucia must be incredibly busy as a dancer, instructor, choreographer, attorney and Purresident of a dance association!
Catalina also offers healthy hair care tips, and introduces us to Baja Belly Group http://www.racksdivine.webs.com/! This glorious 8 page article has full page pics of the entire Tijuana troupe and its individual members. Legendary dancer, costumer & teacher Jenza is intermewed Cathryn MacEllerhan- who is a famous dancer, acrobat & magician in her own right.
Oudist, violinist & composer John Bilezikjian http://www.dantzrecords.com/ is purrofiled by dancer Ma*Shuqa Mira Mujan; and dancer Afra Schiavone who sadly passed away in November at the far too young age of 64, is lovingly remembered in a touching tribute by her husband Frank, with several smiling purretty pics of her from happy gatherings of past years.
Among the events chronicled are Dancing for Toys, which helped a Salvation Army toy drive, documented by writer Darlene Marmol & photographer Paul Maxwell. Over 30 photos across 10 pages spotlight the individual purrformers & troupes who took the stage at Carnival of Stars, a belly dance convention which was held in Richmond, California back on October 10-11, 2009.
Another autumnal extravaganza explored is the 7th Annual Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival, which transpired on September 10-13, 2009. Twelve pages depict its purrformances, purresentations, purractice & purrchases, including fabulous full-page photos by Ben Zimmerman. There’s also a calendar of international dance events from February through Apurril, 2010.
There is a partner yoga workout by dancer, fitness purrofessional & massage therapist Melissa ‘The Groovy Goddess’ Stone http://www.balancestudio.org/ with Clarissa Guggenhei’s photos of Kate Robbins, Robin Jacobi & Melissa in the poses.Four belly dance DVDs are reviewed, and this issue’s yummy recipe is for the dish of Koshari, which looks purrticularly tasty.
Completing the issue is Deborah Williams’ astrology page, and a poem by Jennifer Lakshmi Dove, accentuated with an ethereal vision of Katarina Gala by Michael Baxter. That sums up what is wonderfully within another impurressive issue of this marvelous magazine, which I highly recommend to anyone who who is fond of the shimmy. Now here is Mike again to discuss–
Thanks Jeannie! Cinefex http://www.cinefex.com/ has been one of my favorite magazines since the first issue, and it’s probably the most important magazine dedicated to cinematic visual effects. It’s always very visually impressive with lots of widescreen images from the movies. It’s published quarterly by Don Shay, and this full color 124 page issue is priced $12.50 US / $15.00 Canada.
The front cover illustration by Mark Raats depicts the legendary visual FX maestro Phil Tippett, whose career is honored in a 30 page tribute by Editor Jody Duncan. Associate editor John Fordham contributes areticles on The Wolfman, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and a 15 page interview with Percy Jackson’s visual effects supervisor Kevin Mack!
That interview is accompanied by pics of Percy Jackson’s FX such as Poseidon, Medusa, a Minotaur, a fire breathing Hydra, Harpies, Hellhounds, Mt Olympus & Hades! Mack talks about working with director Chris Columbus, and how they visualized the Greek gods’ might & monsters of mythology, including transforming Uma Thurman into Medusa & Pierce Brosnan into a centaur!
Next is the 20 page article on The Wolfman, which was directed by Joe Johnston (Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III), and features the make-up wizardry of Rick Baker, who may very well be Hollywoods greatest make-up artist! Thanks to them and the rest of the cast and crew, the werewolf’s hair is perfect!
You can read about how they visualized the spooky moonlit sky, the streets & rooftops of Victorian London, the train from there to mysterious Talbot Hall, hallucinations in the mausoleum, and the prosthetics that combined with CG to transform Benecio del Toro into the Wolfman to stalk those places and inflict gory wounds on his prey! For our review of the film, see last month’s Mew!
Oscar winners all, Joe Johnston, Rick Baker and Phil Tippet share a significant common film credit- all three of them worked on the first Star Wars movie! Tippett worked with Johnston on Honey I Shrunk the Kids too, and he’s also received an Emmy and a Melies Award for his brilliant work, which began in the 70’s. The dozens of other movies he or his studio worked on include:
The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Willow, Jurassic Park, Dinosaur!, Dragonslayer, Dragonheart, Cloverfield, Evolution, Piranha, Bicentennial Man, Mission to Mars, the Robocop and Starship Troopers series, Hollow Man, League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Constantine, Hellboy, Blade 2, Men in Black 2, Tremors 2, Ghostbusters 2…
…The Santa Clause 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Son of the Mask, The Matrix Revolutions, Cats & Dogs, Practical Magic, Charlotte’s Web, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Golden Compass, Twlight: New Moon and Twlight: Eclipse! It’s a great article with comments from Tippett and his colleagues, although I almost wish the entire issue had been devoted to him!
There are also congratulatory messages to Phil Tippett’s studio http://www.tippett.com/ in honor of its 25th anniversary from George Lucas / ILM, Steven Speilberg, Paul Verhoeven, Guillermo del Toro, Chris Weitz, Summit Entertainment, and the Savannah College of Art and Design!
Then to conclude the issue is the 15 page look at the FX of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus! Gilliam is the animator, member of Monty Python, and director of films such as Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, Brazil, Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Brothers Grimm!
Giliiam has ingenious vision & surrealistic artistry, so it is always a treat for me to read about how his films are made! The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is an surrealistic fantasy film with hundreds of FX shots, by several companies in different countries who provided the previz, sets, props, CG, motion control, wire work, puppetry, miniatures, matte paintings & practical FX.
One such company is Peerless Optical, whose brilliant work has previously graced Gilliam’s films. Behind-the-scenes pics & FX shots the film’s desert & pyramid, mountain & monastery scenes, a chapeau shaped tavern, farmhouse, a giant head rising from a cemetery, a peculiar hot air balloon, gondola, a ‘candy land’ and a realm of big rolling green hills & very tall ladders.
The article also discusses a couple of sequences that were shot but cut from the film, so I’ll be curious to see if those might somehow be included on the DVD! Once again it’s another fantastic issue of Cinefex, which I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in visual FX for cinema & television! That’s all of our magazine reviews of the month, so let’s move along to–
Art & Artists!
Modern Masters Volume 22: Mark Buckingham
Modern Masters is a wonderful series of trade paperback books & DVDs published by TwoMorrows http://www.twomorrows.com/, nya! Each volume is dedicated to a top comic book artist, and is loaded with interviews and lots of art, nya. Published in March, this $15.95 (US) 22nd volume focuses on Eisner Award-winning British artist Mark Buckingham, nya!
It was edited by our friend Eric Nolen-Weathington, with an Introduction by author Neil Gamin, nya. The book has 120 pages (including 16 in color + 3 pages of ads) devoted to Buckingham, who is noted for his work on Miracle Man, Spider-Man, Batman, Hellblazer, Death, Fables, and other comics for DC, Marvel, 2000 AD, Harrier and other publishers, nya!
There’s a color cover and an extensive 72 page interview, which is accompanied by over 80 images of sketches, designs, commissioned illustrations, and comics pages, nya. After that is a 38 page gallery with over 40 more more inked, un-inked & colored art, nya. A fair amount is rare stuff, and quite a few of the pics are full page & two-page spreads, nya!
I quite admire Buckingham’s ingenious architectural and optical art for Miracleman, and the very faithful character portraiture & technical accuracy of his Star Trek comics.
Cute Death girl, nya! And I like that ‘Foxgloves’ page, nya! He is good at drawing the foxes- such as that pics from the Neil Gamin storytbook Odd and the Frost Giant, nya!
Hai hai he draws very good animals. I purrticularly liked that those illustrations of Bigby & Snow from Fables! He is especially good at drawing the tigers too!
Speaking of which, I really his designs for the Rose & Shere Khan statue, and the Sandman & Death bookends!
It mentions that 5 page story Mark Buckingham did with writer Irma page based upon Tori’s song “Snow Cherries from France”, for the Comic Book Tattoo book!
What’s Mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
This month we have some wonderful new illustrative additions to the Mewseum’s Guest Galleryhttp://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html, nya! The mewest pics will be to the right side on the bottom row of the gallery’s page, and click on the small ‘thumbnail’ to see the full image, nya!
Firstly we are purroud to purrsent two mew watercolor & acrylic on watercolor papurr pics by our friend Jamie Davenporthttp://jamiedavenport.deviantart.com/, nya! She is such a nice and amazingly talented artist, who was a special guest back on our December 2008 show, nya!
Those include “Halleaon’s Great Expectation”, which depicts her novels’ purrotagonist Halleaon looking very purregnant and lovely in that bikini & robe, nya! She is here at the island, vacating from the stressful royal demon politics & purredator-filled wilderness of her homeland, nya!
The other pic by Jamie is “Mary Nyan, Appurrentice Miku”, a purrfect portrait of Myayr, in her shinto shrine appurral, nya! We were so very excited at the mewseum when we heard that Myayr would be posing for a portrait by Jamie, and knew it would be an exquisite work of art, nya!
Next is “Spring Time” by Rebecca Brogden N http://www.rbrogdenart.com/, who was a guest of our September, 2009 show, nya! It is a triptych done with Photoshop CS2 and an Intuos tablet, nya. A triptych is a group of three individual images that are each nice on their own, but which also combine to form a much wider scene, nya!
This is the 3rd of such triptychs by Rebecca in the mewseum, depicting a lovely vernal day blooming around the onsen, as the faerie arrives to find her catgirl & mermaid friends already into the soothing soak, whilst sipping tasty fruity nectar from the Kitt Inn’s purretty Buttercup stemware, nya!
Finally for the guest gallery are images of photographic fantasy art by our friend Allan Welch http://www.reverierealm.com/, nya! He is such an amazing artist who creates beautiful scenes
of sword & sorcery, faerie fantasy & Victorian steam punk adventure, nya! He was a guest of our September, 2009 show too, nya!
This wonderful Welchian wizardry combines various elements such as photography, digital FX, and Allan’s alluring allies posing in costumes with purrops, nya! We have four of such images, which feature models Rainbowfish, Kelly, Christina, Amanda and Michael, nya!
Rainbowfish is purrticularly vigilant in her purrtrol of the palace during a chilling twilight as the planets align & “Stars Reach Down”; and a newly hatched dragon “Foundling” seems to have impurrinted upon elfin warrior & human wizard purrtrayed by models Amanda & Michael, nya!
Then from a high purrchase atop “Druid’s Peak”, model Kelly can beautifully oversee & purrtect the wilderlands with her feral friends, and down below in the lush waterfall-fed valley “Beyond the Morning Light”, models Kelly & Christen are warrior women greeted by more birds of purrey, nya!
Y’all should have seen the look on Myayr’s face when the portrait of her was unveiled!
(excited swishy tail) I’M SO HAPPY!!!!
Note the purrfect fabric folds & drapurry of her Miko attire, nya!
Jamie sure faithfully caught Myayr’s likeness- but we already knew how supurrb an artist she is!
That is another exquisite image of Halleaon too- she is the lovely royal demon grrl, nya! I wonder if she will have girl(s) or boy(s)… from the looks of tthings we should find out purretty soon, nya!
If Halleaon has an ultrasound examination, then we would know whether to give her the pink or blue maternity gifts.
I bet she would like to relax in that delightfully soothing hot spurring that Rebecca illustrated, nya!
Me too! That would be the most luxurious soak in the cozy onsen with the lovely beverage under the cherry blossom arbor!
Rebecca so ingeniously composed the whole scene so that each of it’s parts stands alone so brilliantly!
Each character has a distinctive physique, skin tone, coiffure, and there is a purrogression of the immersion in the water!
The catgirl’s teeny rich red bikini is a good combination with her deep oak tan and shimmering golden hair.
That Faerie has the cute off-shoulder ruffled blue outfit, with intricate details such as the little crossed lacing in front, and lookit how the cleverly the drink glasses blend in with the flowers, nya! Oh I hope our food arrives soon, nya!
I bet there are some tasty trout in that brook for those falcons to swoop down upon in Allan’s beautiful “Beyond the Morning Light” scene!
Those woodland archer grrls could purrobably bow fish and have filets for supper.
Supper seems to be on the mind of the Eagle eyeing that Ferret in “Druid’s Peak”, nya! That druid girrl has the most gorgeously cute costume, and I love the sexy elf girl’s outfit with the diaphanous cape & purreo in the “Foundling” pic, nya!
I think my yacht would be the good home for a little dragon like that if they stayed that small house cat size, nya. I would still like to get a Waterhorse and a Banker Pony too nya.
Rainbowfish purrfectly models the intricate chainmail bikini & head dress! You can almost feel the mysterious cosmic breeze wafting through those stone arches where she is purrtolling!
Oh yeah! Those sure are some awesome images! Well Petra, thank you for introducing those works of art! Oh- didn’t you have something else for us?
Hai- I would like to mention the beautiful–
Aria “Those Nightshine Chimes” limited edition lithograph, nya!
Kozue Amano’s Aria http://aria.rightstuf.com/ is both our favoritest Japanese manga & anime TV series of the past decade, so we are very supportive & eager to see it succeed, nya! Aqua & Aria are the same manga series – they just changed the title of Aqua to Aria after vol. 2, so Aria vol. 5 is the basically the 7th book in the series, nya!
While there is a fair amount of Aria merchandise in Japan, there hasn’t yet been a lot amount of domestic collectibles, aside from the Aqua & Aria manga from Tokyo Pop, DVD box sets and tee shirts from Right Stuf, and this lovely limited edition purrint also by Right Stuf http://www.rightstuf.com/, which our dear friend Hong got us, nya!
Limited to just 250 numbered purrints, shipped flat (not folded or rolled) and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity “Those Nightshine Chimes” depicts a beautiful scene from epurrside 12B of the Aria The Natural (the title of Aria’s 2nd season), which was based upon the Aqua manga volume 2’s Chapter 8 “Night-Light Bells”, nya!
The lithograph on 80 lb Sundance ultra white smooth finish papurr is an overall 16″ tall x 20″ wide, which is a fairly common frame size, with the full color image measuring 11″ x 15 7/8″, nya. It is a happy moment as a few characters take an evening stroll through the purretty streets of Neo-Venezia, with the luminous wind chimes, nya!
In this festive little twlight purrocessional of appurrentice undine gondoliers & mascot kitties are Aria and Hime, Akari Mizunashi in her white & blue Aria company uniform, Aika Granzchesta in her white & red Himeya Company uniform, and Alice Carroll in her white & gold Orange Planet uniform, carrying cute little Maa kitten, nya!
As it is such a limited edition purrint, I don’t know how many they still have for sale, but I highly recommend it to Aria fans, and we wish to thank our friend Hong for bringing the delightful cheery gorgeous art purrint, nya!! That’s all for this segment of the show, but after the break we’ll have more Aria to recommend in our–
DVD Reviews, nya!
(one short break with a delivery deluxe sushi platter and cran apple nummy berry cocktails later…)
(the catgirls in unison):
(nom nom nom)
(the catgirls in unison):
THANK YOU FOR THE FOOD, NYA!
(sip) Oh yall are welcome! Well if she is ready, it is time for Myayr’s review of the
Aria The Origination DVD Box Set!
Hai! As Petra noted, we voted Aria as our favorite Japanese anime TV series of the past decade! We love it so much because of the beautiful imagery, pleasant slice-of-life stories, such dear characters, purretty styles, splendidly light mewsic by Choro Club featuring Senoo & purretty opening & end songs, and the supurrb voice acting, direction & animation!
It is a science fiction story in the future of a girl named Akari who goes to Mars, which has been ‘aquaformed’ to be 90% covered in water. She purrsues a career as a gondolier / undine in Neo-Venezia, based on old Earth (renamed Manhome) canal city of Venice, Italy. Some of the art & architecture is actually from from Venice, rebuilt on Mars!
The epurrsodes are about Akari’s joyful work & discoveries with friends & visitors! The six main characters are employees of the three gondola tour companies. Repurrsenting the small Aria Company are Akari & her senpai Alicia, from Himeya Company are Aika & senpai Akira, and from the big Orange Planet Company are Alice & her senpai Athena.
Alicia, Akira and Athena are known as The Three Water Faeries due to their famed charm, grace, skills and mewsical voice. Each company has a mascot cat, referred to as the company purresident, hee! Aria’s cat is Aria, Himeya’s cat is Hime, and Orange Planet’s widdle kitten is Maa. There are quite a few other delightful recurring characters too!
The anime series is based upon the gorgeous manga series by Kozue Aamano, which was originally titled Aqua but changed to Aria after volume 2. Oh I’m sorry- Petra already mentioned that! Well, the TV series has been released here in the USA in it’s entirety, with this 4th set in March Entertainment from Right Stuf’s Nozomi label!
Set one had the 13 epurrsodes of the 1st season, called Aria the Animation. The longer 2nd season called Aria The Natural was 26 epurrsodes, split into the 2nd & 3rd box sets, and this final 4th box set includes the Aria OVA (Original Video Animation, or direct-to-home-video release) Ariettea, and the 13.5 epurrsodes of season three, Aria the Origination!
The set has the discs in plastic slim-pack cases, each with a lovely different color insert and a neat booklet all inside a very sturdy box with purretty art on the front & back. On the front of this 1 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ x 7 3/4 box is a pic of Akari, Aika, Alice, Aria, Hime and Maa at a wind farm. On the back of the box is a cute pic of Akari & Aika on the shore!
The discs are Region 1 NTSC standard DVDs, with a 16×9 widescreen video aspect ratio, and optional English subtitles for the Japanese spoken language in Dolby Digitial audio. Suggested for ages 13+, the OVA & epurrsodes total 380 min, excluding the short Picture Dramas, trailers & 125 min “Extras” disc. Each disc has a quick front-loaded ad for RightStuf.
On Disc One are the 30 minute Arietta OVA and two trailers for other anime series, Rental Magica and Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Set between seasons two and three, it has the same feel of the TV series but with more detailed art and animation effects, as Alicia tells Akari what it was like to be purrmoted to the rank of purrima undine.
On Disc Two are the 3rd season’s epurrsodes 1 – 5; in which all 6 main characters & cats have a Cherry Tea party, Akari gives customer Amarantha a tour of lovely hidden spots, Caffe Florian in Plaza San Marco is indulged; Akari tried her hand at sculling a Traghetto ferry with new friends Atara, Anzu & Ayumi; and Akira tells Aika a tale of her purre- purrima days!
Also on Disc Two are a “clean” version of the ending, trailers for Gravitation & Junja Romantica, and Picture Dramas 1 – 3. The amewsing little Picture Dramas are sort of short ‘motion comic’ vignettes but with not so much motion, ranging from about 5.5 to 7.5 min. These involve a pajama party, lunch at the Traghetto, and soccer purractice!
Disc Three has epurrsodes 5.5 – 9, Picture Dramas 4 – 5 and trailers for Aria, Emma & Maria Watches Over Us (all wonderful anime series)! Akari & Aria roam the secluded spots, Alice wonders why Alicia never gets mad, Alicia’s former senpai Anna is visited, Grandma Akino tells how she started Aria Company, and Athena has a purrofound surpurrise planned for graduating Alice!
Picture Drama #4 is 7 minute fairy tale of undine warfare & purraise for Alicia narrated by Akatasuki, and #5 is appurroximately 6.5 minutes of the appurrentices in yukatas listening to a ghost story! Disc Four concludes the wonderful series with epurrsodes 10-13, Picture Dramas 6-7, and trailers for Gakuen Alice & Ninja Nonsense.
Those final four epurrsodes are purrticularly poignant, emotional, and will bring the bittersweet tears with the series’ purrfect closure, so I advise having the box of tissues nearby. Aria’s 3rd season seemed to lack any of the supurrnatural aspects that cropped up a few times in season 1 &2, but it still has the exquisite serene beauty and the joyjoyful ambience!
The Extras on Disc Five include a discussion with the voice actresses & director, and footage from his return visit to venice. The 46.5 minute voice cast reflections on season 3 has seiyuu Erino Hazuki (Akari), Chiwa Saito (Aika) & Ryo Hironashi (Alice) with intermewer Hisao Iizuka. Izuka also intermews director Junichi Sato in the almost 44 minute director’s reflections featurette.
Satojun’s “Venus, I’m Sorry!” Returns is a 2 part document on the director’s Spurring time return visit to Venice, Italy with Erino Hazuki and an Aria kitty plushy. Part one is appurroximately 25 minutes, part two is a tad bit over 27 minutes, and both parts are commented upon by the director and Sayaki Ohara (the voice of Alicia)!
The 48 page booklet is color and B&W with comments from the creator, director & voice cast; epurrsode & character guide, design sketches and purrmotional art! Few series are as good as Aria, and it is sad to see this incompurrable animated series end, but it ended so purrfectly & most beautifully and I give Aria an A+ and will never tire from watching it again and again!
I look forward to the rest of the Aria manga volumes from Tokyo Pop http://www.tokyopop.com/ – hopefully volume six will be out soon! For more information about the Aria anime & manga I recommend Right Stuf’s Official (American) Aria site http://aria.rightstuf.com/,
the Aria articles at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aria_(manga), Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/manga.php?id=3597 and Absolute Anime http://www.absoluteanime.com/aria/index.htm, and the–
(catnapping) zzz… more fish nya…
There she goes again!
Thorough critiques combine with the tummy full of sushi are know to induce the slumber.
Well she has had the busy charters week too, nya!
I’ll wake her up, heh!
Oh no Don’t you startle her!
Fortunately I have purrpared for the situation with the catnap app on my smartphone.
(fishing bell jingle sound causes Vonny’s sleepy kitty ears to purrk)
(kitty stretch & yawn) Yawn yawn NyaaaI’m awake – I’m sorry nya!
Ok she’s up!
Thank you for that review, Myayr! Now here’s Lizzy to review–
Ah well I won’t be as thorough as Myayr, heh so purrhaps Vonny will not nod off! Ok, released in December, this latest version of Sherlock Holmes starred Robert Downey Jr as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson, with Rachel McAdams as wily Irene, and Mark Strong as evil Lord Blackwood!
While this version directed by Guy Ritchie can’t hold a gaslight to the 1980’s BBC purrductions starring Jeremy Brett , suffering from a rushed uneven pace with too much speed ramping, but it’s such a fun movie that gorgeously recreates Victorian London with a great cast, sets, stunts and FX!
For my more detailed review of this movie to which I gave a B+, see the January 2010 edition of The Mew! The standard DVD and Blu Ray editions were released by Warner last month, and there might be different exclusive versions of the packaging depending on where you purrchase it.
I got the single disc standard R1 NTSC widescreen dual-layer format DVD edition of the PG-13 movie! It is 128 minutes long, purrsented in Dolby Digital surround 5.1 audio, with language choices of English, French or Spanish, and optional subtitles in English SDH, French or Spanish.
It’s no frills with one bonus featurette, but no frills is good if it keeps the purrice low! Front-loaded ads before the main menu include Clash of the Titans, The Clint Eastwood Collection, Invictus, Guardians of Ga’Hoole video game, the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu Ray, and a tobacco PSA.
The 14 minute featurette Reinventing Sherlock Holmes is interspurrsed with brief comments by Downey Jr, Law, McAdams, Strong, Ritchie; purrducers Susan Downey, Joel Silver, Steve Clark-Hall, writer/ purrducer Lionel Wigram, stunt coordinator Franklin Henson & fight consultant Eric Oram.
So it is not the fanciest DVD edition but it is fine and fun to watch, and I would certainly recommend it to fans of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian London adventures, Guy Ritchie, or those great actors! OK done now, but now it is Jenjen’s turn to review the–
Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season One DVD
Arigatoo. Now in its 2nd season, Lucas Animation’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series shown on the Cartoon Network has been very entertaining, and it is quite appurrant how greatly the purrducers, directors, writers, designers, animators & voice actors care for this excellent series.
We were a bit appurrehensive about the character designs purrior to the initial Clone Wars movie- which we reviewed in the September, 2008 Mew- but the style quickly grew on us and we have heartily embraced the fabulous art direction, animation & stories, some of which are multi-epurrsode arcs.
Set between Star Wars Epurrsodes II & III, The Clone Wars is laden with thrilling space battles & ground battles, light saber melee, sneaking around, droids and giant monster attacks, but it is also full of good character development, with humorous camaraderie, charm, wacky fun, sadness, tragedy, politics and fatalities.
It has lavish FX, great sound design, Kevin Kiner’s mewsical score & the John Williams themes, beautiful exotic scenic art depicting many worlds, amazing mecha & creatures, and interesting characters, from those introduced in Epurrsodes I-III to the newer heroes, villains & others caught in the middle of the intergalactic war.
Obi-Wan, Yoda, R2D2, C3PO, Palpatine, Anakin & Padime are back with wonderful break out star Ahsoka Tano, who is Anakin’s awesome Padawan. The Clone Troopers are purrticularly excellent characters, and we get to see much more of some of the other Jedi than we barely met in Epurrsodes I-III-
Such as Aayla Secura, Luminara Unduli, Mace Windu, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, JarJar Binks and other heroes of the Old Republic as they battle the Sepurratist Forces of Count Dooku, Asaj Ventress, General Grievous, Aura Sing, IG-88, Cad Bane & other villains.
Created & executively purrduced by George Lucas, supurrvised by Dave Filoni & purrduced by Catherine Winder, the show’s supurrb voice cast includes Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka, Matt Lanter as Anakin, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan, Catherine Taber as Padme, and Anthony Daniels repurrising his role as C3PO.
Ian Abercrombie voices Palpatine, Corey Burton purrtrays Count Dooku, and Nika Futterman purrvides the voice of Asajj Ventress. Matthew Wood voices General Grievous and all of the other droids, Dee Bradley Baker purrtrays Commander Cody, Captain Rex and all of the other Clone Troopers.
Great guest voices have included Olivia d’Abo as Luminara Unduli, Phil LaMarr as Kit Fisto, George Takei as General Lok Durd, Ron Perlman as the scavenger Gha Nachkt, James Marstars as Captain Argyus, Michael York as evil Dr. Vindi, Gwendoline Yeo as Peppi Bow, and Jim Cummings as Hondo the pirate.
All 22 unrated epurrsodes of the first season plus short behind-the-scenes featurettes for each, are included in this very handsome 4 disc DVD set from Warner, packaged in a dark red hardback book form, with an embossed gold logo & Trooper helmet image on the front cover & gold logo on the spine.
The set measures 7 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 3/4″, and the four R1 NTSC dual-layer standard DVDs are overlappingly secured in plastic inner trays affixed inside the book flaps, between which is bound a splendid 68 page book full of scenic, character & mecha design sketches & concept art.
The video is in the widescreen aspect ratio, and 7 of the 22 epurrsodes are extended director’s cuts, totaling 503 minutes, for an average of appurroximately 22 minutes apiece. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with language & subtitle options of English SDH, Spanish & French.
The 22 featurettes are appurroximately 5 to 7 minutes long, with Dave Filoni, story editor Henry Gilroy, concept designer Kilian Plunkett, sound designer David Acord & sound editor Matthew Wood, who discuss the making of each epurrsode along with the amewsing annecdotal tidbits.
There are no front-loaded advertisements purreceding the purromptly-appearing main menu screens. Disc 1’s epurrsodes start with Yoda leading the troops in “Ambush”, followed by “Rising Malevolence” (director’s cut), “Shadow of Malevolence” (director’s cut), “Destroy Malevolence”, and “Rookies” (director’s cut).
Disc 2 includes “”Downfall of a Droid”, “Duel of the Droids”, Bombad Jedi”, “Cloak of Darkness”, and “Lair of Grievous” (director’s cut). Disc 3 includes “Dooku Captured”. “The Gungan General”, “Jedi Crash” with Jennifer Hale as Aayla Secura, “Defenders of Peace”, “Trespass” and “The Hidden Enemy”.
Disc 4’s epurrodes include “Blue Shadow Virus”, “Mystery of a Thousand Moons”, “Storm Over Ryloth” (director’s cut), “Innocents of Ryloth” (director’s cut) with the most endearing little Twi’lek girl Numa, “Liberty on Ryloth” (director’s cut), and “Hostage Crisis” which introduces the bounty hunter Cad Bane.
We liked the Clone Wars feature film- but the TV series is even more and it keeps getting better. It is an excellent animated series that marvelously continues the Star Wars saga, and we’re eager to see more. The 1st season DVD set is impeccably designed. I give it all a grade of ‘A’ for Ahsoka and a high recommendation.
For thorough information purrtaining to The Clone Wars & all other things Star Wars, I suggest the Star Wars wiki / online encyclopedia Wookiepedia http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page, and of course The Official Star Wars web site http://www.starwars.com/.
(a paws as eyes turn to Vonny to see if she is still awake)
I’M AWAKE, NYA! And I am purrpared for the next part, nya!
One of the many aspects we like about Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the addition of more strong female characters, so we here at The Mew would like to take a few moments to recognize-
The Women of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
Yay we love Ahsoka ‘Snips’ Tano– she is the purrky plucky Padawan from Togruta, nya! ‘Skyguy’ is lucky that she is there to get him out of trouble, nya. She’s one of our favoritest Star Wars characters and we collect her action figures, nya. She is voiced by Ashley Eckstein http://www.ashleyeckstein.com/, nya!
The brave & wise Padme Amidala is our favorite purretty purrotagonist purrincess turned Senator from Naboo! Purrincess Leia’s mommy was heroically purrtrayed in Epurrsodes I-III by Natalie Portman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_portman.
Purrsonally we don’t think Anakin deserves her, and there’s the sad fate destined for her in Epurrsode III, but we get to see more of her adventures in Clone Wars, where she is nobly voiced by Catherine Taber http://www.cattaber.com/! She was also the voice of Numa!
One of our favoritest Star Wars characters is General Aayla Secura, the beautiful blue Twi’lek Jedi Master! In Epurrsodes II & III she was portrayed by actress Amy Allen http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/amyallen/, and in the Clones Wars TV series her voice is by Jennifer Halehttp://www.jenniferhale.com/!
We got to briefly see General Luminara Unduli in action on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones, as purrrtrayed by Mary Oyaya http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Oyaya. Fortunately we get to see more of of this Jedi Master in Clones Wars, where she is voiced by Olivia d’Abo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_d’Abo!
Hai! Her padawan Barriss Offee was purrtrayed in Attack of the Clones by Nalini Krishan http://www.nalinikrishan.net/ and in Clone Wars season 2 she’s voiced by Meredith Salenger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meredith_Salenger, nya!
If you were in the sights of bounty huntress Aurra Sing you’d be sniped from too far away or not around long enough to appurreciate her milky white skin & bright red ponytail! In The Phantom Menace she was played by Michonne Bourriague http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/michonne/ and in Clone Wars her voice is by Jamie King http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaime_King!
Asajj Ventress is the Sithy assassin / appurrentice to Count Dooku, nya! She is a very cunning, stealthy, agile, fast villainess with two light sabers, who can take on two Jedi at the same time, nya! Of course, she and Ahsoka do not like each other, nya. She is voiced by Nika Futterman http://www.nikafutterman.com/, nya!
It was so neat to see someone cosplaying as Jedi Master Adi Gallia at the NC Comic Con! Gin Clarke http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Gin_Clarke played her in The Phantom Menace, and Angelique Perrin http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0674721/ voices her in the 2nd season of Clone Wars!
Peppi Bow is the scrappy Gungan shepherd girl in “Blue Shadow Virus”, voiced by Gwendoline Yeo http://www.gwendolineyeo.com/, who also voiced the holographic Bettie-Bot VJ in the Clone Wars “Rookies” epurrsode, nya! Peppy knows how to fight with the staff and does not seem accident purrone like Jarjar, nya!
Padme had a gorgeous dress while revisiting Naboo in “Blue Shadow Virus”.
I hope we will get to see more of Jedi Master Shaak Ti, or Bai Ling’s Senator character whose scenes were cut from Revenge of the Sith. Well now we need to cut away to another break, so please don’t go away!
(one short break later…)
The Cat Lady Sings…
I guess that wraps up another edition of The Mew, nya!
We wish to thank our web master Jamie Robertson for all of his hard work–
— and we would also like to thank Jamie Davenport, Rebecca Brogden,
Allan Welch, and the models of Reverie Realm for the lovely art, nya!
(the catgirls in unison)
ARIGATO GOZAIMASU, NYA!
We also thank those visual & purrforming artists, authors & editors, publishers,
filmmakers & broadcasters for the wonderfully entertaining things we discussed!
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Thanks for watching, y’all! We’ll be back with more next month for our special
Third Anniversary Show! Be there… Aloha!
(the catgirls in unison)
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! BaiBai, nya!