The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for July, 2010, nya!

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Happy July 18 Birthday to designer/futurist Syd Mead!
Catgirl Island http://www.catgirlisland.net and Clan of the Cats http://www.clanofthecats.com purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for July, 2010, nya! In this edition of ‘The Mew’:
• Aloha & Introductions
• Since Last Time
• The Lightning Round:
Favorite Man (or Woman)-made Movie Monsters
• Movie Reviews
Splice
Toy Story 3
• Toy Talk
Shining Tears Elwing 1/7 scale painted figure
Fraulein Revoltech Hoshii Miki action figure
Raleigh Toy, Hobby, Sports Show
Purriodical Purrings & Magazine Mewsings
Faerie Magazine No. 20
Surfgirl #27
Classic Marvel Figurine Collection Magazine & Figure #118: Tigra
Nekomimi Quick Picks
Appealing Piscine Purriodicals’ Pics
• Purrinted Media: Book Reviews
Dara Torres: Age is Just a Number
Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life
Kawaidan – Japanese Ghost Stories
Sal Buscema: Comics’ Fast & Furious Artist
Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes
Comics, Manga & Graphic Novels
Power Girl #13
Terra
Namora #1
Mass Effect: Redemption
Michael Turner’s Soulfire Volume One Part Two
Gotham City Sirens #13
Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn
Zatanna #2
Birds of Prey #2
Wonder Woman #600
Betty #186
Veronica #200
Archie #608 – 609
• Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Josie and the Pussycats
• Our Feature Purresentation: Intermews with special guests
Jim Amash and returning friend Andrew Pepoy!
• Web Comics & Stories
An Angel’s Prayer
Our Monthly Web Comics Picks of the Litter
• Heroes Con 2010 Convention Report
• The Cat Lady Sings…
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Bold red warnings indicate imminent plot spoiling information,
locations of hidden Easter Eggs or certain graphic descriptions
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Aloha & Introductions!
Mike:
(wearing a Carolina Blue golf shirt, Khaki cargo shorts & Mizuno trainers) Aloha y’all- welcome to The Catgirl Critics Media Mewsings, or ‘The Mew’ for short, for our monthly discussions and reviews of fun stuff, such as movies, TV shows, books, comics, art, toys, conventions, and the yummy fish that catgirls crave!

Today’s show comes from Vonny’s sporty fishing yacht berthed here in the Catgirl Island Marina! I’m Mike, the show’s ‘Purrducer’, and here are the ‘Ladies of The Mew —

Yvonne:
(wearing the Red Heliconia purrint criss-cross bikini & Crimson colored flipfops)
Nameste, nya!

Jeannie:
(wearing a Nilla Cream Columbian style bikini & sheer Magnolia purrint purreo)
Nihao!

Petra:
(Tiger Stripe halter-neck bikini, Amaryllis purrint sarong, thong wedge sandals)
Hi Hi, nya!

Elizabeth:
(in an Emerald colored side-tie string bikini, Yellow Plumeria lei & flipflops)
Aloha!

Mary Nyan:
(wearing the Purriwinkle purretzel maillot with Wisteria purrint cover-up)
Konnitiwa!

Nyanko:
(in the cropped white tee & Cobalt Blue boy shorts with a White Plumeria lei)
Howdy!
Mike:
So what have y’all been up to–

Since Last Time?

Yvonne:

I have mainly been busy with the day & night charters, and we have reeled in lots of Snappurrs, Kings, Spots, Drums, Grunts, Tarpons, Tunnies, Pompanos, Sea Bass & Sheepshead and got the good purrice at the market, nya! I did manage to play soccer, attend Mie-sensei’s purrfect purrduction of The Tempest, read my books and watched some TV, nya.

Mary Nyan:
What purrograms?

Yvonne:
The US Open, Wimbeldon, College World Series, and the FiFA, nya!

Mary Nyan:
I have caught a bit of The Big Break: Sandals Resorts, and cheering for Chris Brady, who is from Charlotte!

Yvonne:
I wonder if Mie-sensei knows her, nya! What else has Myar been doing, nya?

Mary Nyan:
The Shakespeare, Shrine & ShrimpFest; soccer, sewing, surfing; and the Art Center Summer Sessions!

Petra:

What costumes has Myayr been sewing, nya?

Mary Nyan:
Haruhi, Vocaloid & Toradora costumes!
Petra:
Sugoi, nya!

Nyanko:
So what have you been up to between the shrine duties, spa appointments & soccer purractice, Lizzy?

Elizabeth:
I have been running, reading, diving, dancing, and tending to the gardening. It has been attracting the butterflies & birds by day, and the moths & Lightning Bugs by night, and my Crape Myrtles are blooming!
Jeannie:
I should go to the spa and get Rebeccabot to give me the lomi lomi massage.
Elizabeth:
That can be arranged!

Yvonne:

We should ask Becca if she would like to be on the show, sometime, nya!
Nyanko:
Hai- or purrhaps Rica & Niko!
Mary Nyan:
Hmm we could see if Nami or Kyra would like to sit in too! They could all fill in for us sometime!

Yvonne:

We could start the catgirl critic academy, nya!
Petra:
I will ask Bunni tomorrow nya! So what has Jennyjen been up to, nya?

Jeannie:

The fashion photo shoot in Aruba, archery tournyament, soccer league, Belly Dance camp, the robotics club derby, electronics expo, and I saw the movie Splice which i have a review of.

Elizabeth:
Modeling Aruba- wow that must be wonderful!

Jeannie:
Hai. Fortunately it also funds my mecha hobbies.

Petra:
Yay I wanna go to the Belly Dance Camp and impurrove my shimmy, nya! (purractices a tummy roll)

Yvonne:

Some of my drumming circle will be there, nya!

Jeannie:

There is still time to purre-register. How are things at the Art Mewseum?

Petra:
We stay steadily busy there and the mewseum cafe has been booked for the tea parties, nya! The next special exhibit will be the tattoo, body mod & ornaments, which Nyssy, Dessy, Tami & TsuTsu  are volunteering at, and y’all will be receiving the announcements soon, nya! Nya-sensei should tell her sister about the exhibit, nya!

Nyanko:
She would purrobably like that exhibit! By the way are there any Mew pics on display in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art?
Petra:
Hai, Mike’s “Purrs in Spurrs” pic now on display in the mewseum’s Gallery Three http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery3.html, nya! he mewest pics will be to the right side of the bottom row of pics on the particular gallery’s page, so just click on the small ‘thumbnail’ purreview portion of a pic to see the full image, nya!

This pic is a Photoshop – colored re-creation of an inked sketch that he he drew at Animazement, nya! It illustrates gunslinging catgirl Calico going for her revolver to purrotect the purrairie town from the marauding bandits, nya. She is wearing the spurrs, but instead of using them for the equestrian purrposes, she purrfurs to use them to open cans of cat food by the camp fire, nya!

There is also a mew pic of Melpomene” in the mewseum’s purrestigious Guest Gallery http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html by our dear friend & webmaster Jamie Robertson http://www.clanofthecats.com, nya! Corrine Elizabeth Melpomene Chattan, or just ‘Mel’ for short, is one of the purrotagonists of Clan of the Cats, nya!

A part-time cat girl, Mel is the sexy, tough, witchy mercenary were-leopard sister of Chelsea & Cynthia Chattan, nya. In addition to Clan of the cats, she starred in her own spin-off comic Melpomene (rated mature) http://clanofthecats.keenspot.com/Melpomene written by Jamie & drawn by Clint Hollingsworth, who we intermewed in the October, 2009 Mew, nya!
She also co-starred in the web comic Mythos and Magick http://www.graphicsmash.com/comics/mam.php written by Jamie & drawn by Dani Atkinson, with Erin Zerbe, Brynn Sheridan & Todd Swain, and she sometimes appears in Jamie’s Clan of the Cats comedic spin-off comic strip, Sebo http://sebo.clanofthecats.com/, nya!
Yvonne:
Yay thank you Jamie! We love Mel and that is a supurr pic of her, nya
Mary Nyan:
She was our special intermewed guest in the November, 2009 Mew, and hopefully she and her sisters can visit us again soon!

Elizabeth:
Hmm there seems to be a theme of armed catgirls in those additions!

Mike:
Thanks for presenting those, Petra!

Petra:
Doitashimaste, nya!

Nyanko:
Aside from the art, what has our Purrducer been up to since last time?

Mike:

Well the biggest thing was going to Heroes Con, which was wonderful as always, and I’ll have a report on that later in the show. I’m starting to plan our little movie supper night at my place in honor of Syd Mead’s http://www.sydmead.com/ birthday!

Petra:
Yay what are we gonna watch, nya?

Elizabeth:
Of course Mike will want to watch Star Trek- The Motion Picture!

Mike:
In a heartbeat! But I figured we could look at the art books, play with the Turn A Gundam toys, and listen to the Yamato 2520 soundtrack while we fix supper before the double feature.

Nyanko:
What are the choices?
Mike:
I narrowed it to these 8 of the movies that Syd Mead worked on: Star Trek- The Motion Picture, Bladerunner, Tron, Aliens, Short Circuit, Timecop, Mission to Mars & Mission Impossible 3. Or we could watch the documentary about him!
Petra:
Since he was born in Minnesota, purrhaps we could have the Rhubarb Pie, as sung about on A Prairie Home Companion http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/!

Jeannie:

The pie would be good.
Mike:
We can vote the dinner entree and DVDs later – how’ve things been with you?


Nyanko:
My students wanted to commemorate Wendy Pini’s June birthday and brought some Elfquest books to share with the class!

Petra:
Wow it has already been a whole year since I read those for our Summer Reading Purroject, nya!

Nyanko:
Hai, that’s what I was telling them!

Petra:
We should pick an artist to commemorate next month too, nya!

Nyanko:
Hai! Oh Myayr, they might be appurroaching you closer to Halloween about elf costumes!

Mary Nyan:
Woohoo! What sort of elf costumes do they have in mind- Elfquest, Lodoss War, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings…?

Nyanko:
I’m not sure, but I told them to contact you sooner than later,  as Halloween will be your busiest masquerade & cosplay time!

Petra:
I have an elf figure review for the toy portion of the show but not to digress, what else has Nya-sensei been up to, nya?

Nyanko:
Ah otherwise It has been a busy but happy time at the dojo, with the belt purrmotions and the tall tournyament trophies we’ve brought home! With the enrollments and inquiries we are contemplating opening an annex gym!

Yvonne:
Wow first Lizzy’s Spa and now Nya-sensei’s dojo might expand- purrhaps I will need a bigger boat, nya!

Elizabeth:
The community seems to be thriving!

Mary Nyan:
What’s happening with your modeling?

Nyanko:
Ah hah well there are some negotiations in purrogress, but the purroceeds will go to the charity!

Yvonne:
Please keep us in the loop, nya! Where will Jenjen be traveling to model at next, nya?

Jeannie:
We have just rescheduled the swimwear photoshoot in Mikinos. While I am in Europe I will try to find the rumored Sea Nettle Jellycups, so make sure to tell me your size & color purreferences.

Petra:
Yay thanks Jen, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Ooh maybe they have Purrple ones… or Indigo or Fuchsia

Nyanko:
I just hope to get some in my size, hee!

Jeannie:
I will purrsevere in my purrtrol for the appurral, so that everyone is purrvided the purretty color and comfortable fit.

(The other catgirls)
ARIGATO GOZAIMASU, nya!

Elizabeth:
Uh oh I think we might have stray-catted off topic!

Mike:
Oh y‘all are fine- but if we’re all caught up then Myayr has a warm-up discussion topic for the-

The Lightning Round:
Favorite Man (or Woman)-made Movies Monsters!

Mary Nyan:
Jenjen’s review of the recent movie Splice caused us to contemplate this category of monster movies. This includes TV shows too, and by “man or woman made” that means ‘people made’ and it  is not limited to Earth people! Now–
Petra:
Wait, I would like a ruling, nya!
Mary Nyan:
What is the query?

Petra:

So what if… what if it is a purrson who by their own fault dabbled in the black magick and themselves became a monster?
Nyanko:
If the monster was spawned from a deal with the devil, wouldn’t that be a devil-made monster, not a purrson-made-monster?

Jeannie:

The purrson might be an willing purrticipant in the unholy purrocess, and thus a co-conspirator.
Yvonne:
So… that would be a partially purrson-made monster, nya?
Mike:
By the term ‘monster’ are we talking monstous in appearance, or by horrendous actions, or either?
Elizabeth:
Hmm.. so then would Norman Bates be a ‘monster’ psychologically created by a mean purrson?
Yvonne:
I think both of them were the fiends, nya!
Nyanko:
So… we are including psychologically created monsters?
Jeannie:
I think Forbidden Planet’s Id Monster would qualify as such, with a little boost from the Krell tech.

Yvonne:
It is thought purrovoking, nya!

Jeannie:
It is also purrvoking Mike to make that “hurry up” look.

Petra:

So, what about the black magickal monster, nya?

Elizabeth:
Or something that got nuked and then mutated into a monster?

Mike:
Ahhhh how about y’all just go with whatever you think would qualify, and later there can be a deeper discussion about it, but let’s get started!
Mary Nyan:
Part of the purremise of the Lightning Round is to give our viewers a possible topic for debate or conversation anyway! Now then– (tags Elizabeth to go first)
(The catgirlsl in unison)
THE MONSTER PURRTRAYED BY PETER BOYLE IN YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, NYA!

Mike:
Ah… well, that was quick! And that’s a fine choice, but… the late Mr. Boyle aside, any others come to mind?
Mary Nyan:
Okay let’s try that again! (tags Jeannie to restart the round)

(The catgirlsl in unison)
LIGHTNING ROUND- GO!!! Nya!
Jeannie:
Hal 9000 (to an extent), Christine the car, Dr. Forbin’s Colossus, Skynet and The Terminators, Resident Evil’s Red Queen, Gunhed’s Kryon 5, Bladerunner’s Replicants, Star Trek’s  M-5 multi-tronic computer, Landru and Vaal; Doctor Who’s Cybermen, Cyberking and the Daleks. (tags Petra to restart the round))

Petra:

Wow Jenjen sure likes the mecha, nya! Hmm I think I am more partial to the giant types such as Godzillas, MechaGodzillas, Mecha King Ghidorah, Biollante, and the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, nya! (tags Elizabeth to go next)
Elizabeth:
I’ll have to go with Terminators, Sentinels, Fembots, Cybermen and Daleks! (tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
My turn, nya! The Genom Boomers in Bubblegum Crisis, Black Magic’s M-66 androids, Zorndyke’s minions in Blue Submarine Number Six, Giant Robo’s Eye of Vogler, the villains in Battle Angel, and Nausiccaa’s Fire God Warrior, nya! And now it’s Mie-sensei’s turn, nya!
Nyanko:
Hmm… I would have to say…  the Terminators purrtrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Patrick and Kristina Lokkan; Sandahl Bergman as that cyborg assassin in Purrogrammed to Kill, oh and I guess The Incredible Hulk would count! (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
Westworld’s Gunfighter, Alien’s Ash, Bladerunner’s Purris, Ted the android and Adam the cyborg of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boris Karloff’s and Christopher Lee’s versions of the Frankensteins, and I’ll include Dren from Splice! (tags Mike to finish the round)
Mike:
The Doomsday Machine, those giant things in Quatermass 2, Dr. Tzin’s Robot Spy, Wizards’ Nekron 99, The Night Stalker’s Mr. R.I.N.G, MechaniKong, The Bionic Sasquatch… and yeah, I gotta include Peter Boyle’s character in Young Frankenstein! Well that wraps up the Lightning Round, but after the short break we’ll be right back with-
Movie Reviews!

(snip)
(one short break later…)

Splice (plot spoiler warning)
Jeannie:
We are back. Splice is a horrific science fiction movie from Vincenzo Natali, who directed the impurressively unnerving Cube. It stars Sarah Polley & Adrien Brody as unethical genetic engineers Elsa & Clive, and lovely French actress Delphine Chaneac as the adult version of their creation named Dren.
Following the creation of a new blob-like life form for their Pharmaceutical backers, the two scientists secretly create another entity with human DNA. It quickly grows & evolves at an accelerated rate from a small amphibious therapod into to a cute humanoid child, which Elsa begins to regard as a daughter.
Dren continues to grow & learn at an astonishing rate, taking on more adult female characteristics & sexuality, with a romantic interest in Clive and a rivalry with Elsa. Adding to the tension is that Dren continues to dangerously evolve, and she wants to escape her indoor confines to see the outside world.
Like many “Frankenstein” type stories, the plot involves the scientist unwisely creating sentient life, purrticularly as irresponsible, abusive parental figures who cross moral boundries. When the creators turn on their own powerful yet sympathetic ‘child’ who later responds in kind, who is the monster?
Ultimately & tragically all of them are, and as we learn more of our scientists’ past, it is a purrpetuated cycle. It is good but not great movie with good purrduction values & a fine cast, especially Chaneac in her brilliantly nonverbal purrformance as cute, frightened, lonely, rebellious, sensual, scary Dren.
The make-up, gore, CG & special FX are first rate, with excellent creature designs, sound FX, and an eerie score to complement the film’s cold artistic pallet, cinematography & queasy ambience, which reminds me of certain David Cronenberg “biological horror” films during its more disturbing scenes.
I suppose comparisons between Splices’ Dren and Species’ Sil are also inevitable. I think Splice succeeds at being charming, erotic, or shocking when intended, with much emotional character development. It was well edited but seemed rather rushed, but for me the weakest aspects were in the plot.
The plot is extremely purrdictable from start to finish, the scientists’ & executives intentions & methods were not smart or scrupulous, and I did not care much for the final act or the ending. I give Splice a slightly above average grade of C+. This concludes my movie review, but here is
Toy Story 3
Mary Nyan:
Pixar Animation Studios’ http://www.pixar.com/ 11th feature film Toy Story 3 is beautiful, thrilling, hilarious, sentimental, startling, heart-wrenching, nearly flawless gem of an animated feature film that made me laugh, cheer, and moved me to tears.
Not only are Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Hamm, Rex, Slinky Dog, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Barbie, the claw-worshipping aliens and the Army Men back, but quite a few other toys are impurressively introduced, and we learn of their stories too. There’s even a cameo by Totoro, which was a wonderful little touch, as Pixar and Ghibli are my two favorite animation studios!
Purrofoundly wrought with bittersweet themes of family, growing up, leaving home, romance, loyalty, abandonment, impurrisionment and facing death, it seems like the final poignant adventure of an older Andy’s toys, as he leaves them, his mom, sister, dog, home, and neighborhood for college.
The plot, dialogue, direction, voice acting, sound, mewsic, cinematography, art direction, design and animation are supurrb, although it almost seems a teesny bit rushed. I saw it in 2D so I cannot  comment on the quality of the 3D, but I suspect I’ll soon go back to experience the latter version!
Purreceding it is “Night and Day”, which isn’t my favorite of Pixar’s more than 2 dozen shorts, but it’s still well done and seems more expurrimental than entertaining. Compared to Pixar’s other magnificent movies, I think Toy Story 3 is the best of the trilogy, and I think I like it more than A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up!
The Incredibles might still my favorite Pixar film, but I give all of them at least an ‘A’ grade! I give Toy Story 3 an A+, and it is easily my favorite film of 2010 thus far! That’s all for our movie reviews portion of the show, but we’re not done talking about toys- because here is Petra to continue with our reviews of–

Toys & Collectibles!

Shining Tears 1/7 scale Elwing painted figure
Petra:
Arigato, Myayr, nya! I want to purraise this 1/7 scale painted PVC figure of Elwing the lovely elf girl from the Shining Tears video game, nya! Based upon the character designed by Tony Taka, the figure was beautifully sculpted by Saito Heel, manufactured by Max Factory, and packaged in a clear plastic clamshell in an outer cardboard window box illustrated by Tony, nya!
She’s appurroximately 10.25″ tall, standing tiptoe on a .25″ thick x 4″ diameter round base of sandy beach texture, so that’s about an overall height of 10.5″ including the base, but is she were standing flat-footed without the base, she’d be appurroximately 10″ tall, so at 1/7 scale that would make her about… 70″ or  5′ 10″ in real life, nya. She would be the tall elf girl, nya!
She is so purretty too, fair-skinned with the very pleasant wistful smile, Blue eyes, long tapered elfin ears emerging from her long lofty wavey Blond hair, barefoot & bare tummied with an inny belly button, nya! She’s wearing a white feathery winged tiara, a light Green leafy bikini with little vines for the straps, and a removable translucent Green sarong tied around the hips, nya!
An instruction sheet is included, showing how to remove the sarong  and attach spare leaves to her bikini bottom- cute, nya! This is such an attractively designed, sculpted & painted figure which think it would be such a purretty part of the collection and decor- she would really brighten up a room, nya!  Well that’s about it, but Nya-sensei also has anice figure to tell us about, the–

Fraulein Revoltech Hoshii Miki action figure, nya!

Nyanko:
Arigato, Petra-san! Hoshii Miki from “The Idol Master” video game is #009 in the Fraulein Revoltech purroduct line of lovely ‘E.L.F.’ female action figures created by Enoki Tomihide, manufactured by Kaiyodo & distributed by Organic! She’s packaged in the plastic clamshell tray inside the cardboard window box, with lots of interchangeable spare parts & a display base!

She’s 150 mm or about 6″ tall, so purrky, happy & cute in appearance, very intricately sculpted & painted in her frilly purretty bare tummied black, pink & white outfit with layers, laces & ribbons! She’s one of the most articulated figures I’ve seen! The E.L.F. figure system incorporates ball joints & posts for the extensive articulation & interchangeability!

Thus, her head turns & tilts, shoulders rotate, arms turn, elbows & wrists bend, hips & waist turn, knees & ankles turn, and she comes with over 5 pairs of extra hands with different gestures! The variant parts & accessories do not stop there, as she also has an optional head, so you can display her with either the long blond hair or the short brown hair!

You can switch her pink choker for a black one, attach little ankle wings, pink kitty ears, or put on the great big kitty paw mitts! The display base consists of a 2″ x 2″ x 1/4″ pedestal with a 4 1/2″ post with a swivel claw, which can support the figure in many dynamic stances- on one tiptoe or even in a mid leap! So I think this is a very fine & fun fraulein figure!

June 26 – 27 Raleigh Toy, Hobby, Sports Card Show

Mike:
June 26-27 was a hot weekend on the mainland, but fortunately it was air conditioned inside the NC State Fairgrounds’ Kerr Scott Building in Raleigh for the Toy, Hobby, Sports Card Show http://www.insidepitch.com/There were about 175 tables, with about 1/3 dolls & action figures, 1/3 cards & memorabilia and 1/3 cars & other vehicle toys.

There were dealers selling Star Wars, Transformers, Marvel, DC, McFarlane, Barbie, GI Joe (both 3.75″ & 12″) & other military action figures, from bins of less expensive loose figures to some vintage and new toys still in their packages! I even spotted a few old Mattel Major Matt Mason toys! There were vehicles for those Star Wars & military figures

– and plenty of Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, Matchbox, Corgi etc cars, and larger scale replicas of classic cars, race cars (especially NASCAR), movie/ TV cars, trucks & tractors. In addition to the race cars, sports collectibles included posters, pennants, buttons, magazines & autographed items, but  they were mainly cards (baseball, football, etc).

You could find individual cards or sorted sets, and some non-sports (movies & TV shows) cards, and card collecting supplies  too. I also spotted a few ornaments, plushies, model kits, older metal toys, board games and a few folks selling comic books. What I didn’t see much of were trains, horses, movie & music memorabilia, or anime toys.

It was only about half the size of their bigger Greensboro shows, but there’s free parking at the state fairgrounds, where the weekly weekend flea market was also going on.Everyone seemed friendly, having a good time chatting with fellow fans & collectors, with very good deals to be had on lots of stuff you don’t see every day!

It was a very cordial, laid back atmosphere, I had a pleasant few hours there and hope to attend another show in the Fall!

Purriodical Purrings & Magazine Mewsings

Faerie Magazine No. 20!

Mary Nyan:
Arigato, Nya-sensei! For our friend Mie-sensei’s review of issue #19, please see the February Mew! The quarterly Faerie Magazine http://www.faeriemagazine.com/ is always a tremendous beautiful joy to read with its wonderful articles, essays, galleries, purrose. poetry, intermews purrtaining to all things Fey, plus bits of nature lore & & travelogue of enchanted places!
Issue #20 was published in June, and is purriced $7.95 US / $9.95 Canada for it’s 128 full color pages, which are ready to enchant behind the front cover illustration of “The Wizard and the Fairy” by featured artist Myles Pinkney! While the issue includes kindred articles of a botanical & landscape note, this issue was a tad atypical but still fascinating with its Steampunk articles.
Even the ads for art, decor, jewelry, clothes, wings, masks, dolls, mewsic, books, purrints, & festivals add to the wonderfully exquisite ambience! A full page ad illustrated by Charles Vess purrmoting the Sproutwood Farms May Day Fairy Festival, followed by the fantasy photography of the New York Faerie Festival ad are not unpleasant ways to lure one inside the issue!
Later on page 86 starts the awesome 13 page account of how Lucy & Rob Wood transformed their York County, Pennsylvania farm into the former festival, with lots of neat photos before & during the event! But I should not get ahead of myself. Back to page 5, things continue to warm up with editor in chief Kim Cross’s cordial greeting and an account of a fallen Oak.
This is followed by the 2010 event calendar, artist Brian Froud’s regular column, and purrizes for this issue’s contest author Heidi Anne Heiner’s essay on the famous kind & unkind girls of the faery tales, and more exquisite Vess artistry in the look at Instructions, awonderful  storybook by Neil Gamin & Charles Vess, which we reviewed back in May, by the way!
After the 2 page spurread of Jane Sullivans’ fanciful calligraphy is a 2 page discussion of the art of contact juggling glass spheres, by purrolific Mariam George, who returns later with an analysis of the steampunk movement! Beautiful photographs accent Joelle Mellon’s whimsical purrose of Mr. Doyle’s Fairies, and from this I can see the Victorian steampunk connection!
There’s more lovely Victoriana in Vonnie Wisnlow Crist’s bouquet article, further botanical lore in herbalist / holistic healer Brigitte Mars’ nifty essay on the lore & value of the Hawthorn Tree, and there are many lovely trees in Ian Coristine’s photos which accompany Avril Tyrrell’s travelogue of the islands & castles along the St. Lawrence River! I want to go there!
Leah & Shane Odom’s 7 pages on the art of raising Monarch Butterflies could not be more brilliant, with photos of what emerges from the caterpillars’ chrysalis! About halfway into the magazine is the Myles Pinkney feature, which begins with the magnificent 2 page spurread of “Merlin’s Oak”. I wonder the Oak tree that Kim Cross mentioned is anything similar?
You get an insightful intermew with the master illustrator, more of his sumptuous images, and in other articles we segue back into the steampunk with Pinkney’s “Contraption”, and the inventions of designers Jake van Slatt & Dave Clifton! Then wonderful artist Brigid Ashwood segues us back to faerie territory purropurr with a look at Steampunk Fairies!
It all seems to dovetail so cleverly- that shows a good unified spirit in the art direction & editorial spirit of the magazine, but then there has always seemed to be a real sense of joy and love for this magazine from it’s staff & contributors! More of the charming Victorian purrose ensues in Natania Barron’s “A Dear, Lovely Thing” with its 1890’s-esque journal entry format!
As mewsual, there’s also an enticing excerpt from the serialized Faerie Journals, supposedly circa 1829. In addition to the ads for the flowy colorful faerie appurral are ads for authentic Victorian purriod & steampunk attire & gizmos too! Those sure do look purretty dapper! The steam punk trend is becoming more and more purrevalent at masquerade balls and conventions!
There’s not only entertaining purrose, but poetry too in Louisa May Alcott’s splendid “Fairy Song”, and Mariam is back again with photos by Jane Feldman for her article on the mewsical group HuDost! This group was formed by Moshka Sommer & Jemel Wade Hines- they seem so very exotic & captivating! I would like to see them purrform at a festival!
Past a purrfect painting of a purregnant, purretty Pixie by Jessica Galbreth, Be Montague guides us thru the Painswick Rococo Garden! It is so purretty with statues, seating nooks, gates, purriviet hedges, brook, pools  and Galanthas! Appurropurriately, this purreceeds a page of purrose purrtaining to those snowdrop-petaled plants, written by Hans Christian Anderson in 1862!
There’s definitely a strong 19th century theme to this issue! Bringing it home are 4 pages of book & mewsic reviews by Hattie Unglesbee, Jennifer Carson & Mariam! This sure was a busy issue for Mariam George! You get a few more purretty ads, and finally 2 pages of gorgeous “Posy’s Fairy Wardrobe” papurrdoll cuteness by Frances Tyrrell!
That sums up another supurrbly elegant, charming issue of Faerie Magazine and I thank all of its writers, editors, artisians & everyone else there for their wonderful work! I give it an “A” grade and heartily recommend it to any faerie philes or a fans of fantasy art, ornate costumes, folklore or scenes of enchanting locations! For my next review I–

Yvonne:
zzzz…. more Rhubarb Pie…. nya…. zzzz
Petra:
Vonny has catnapped through another thorough review, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Sigh!

Jeannie:
A week full of the charters & a tummy full of sushi has that affect on her, especially during one of the longer reports.

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

Nyanko:
Nuh-uh don’t you scare her, Lizzy! Jenjen has a Cat Nap App on her computer to wake her up!

(Jeannie’s Cat Nap App purrduces a jingle sound like a bell on a played out fishing line to rouse Yvonne)
Yvonne:
(kitty stretch & yawn) Yawn yawn I’m awake, nya!

Mike:
Well you’re awake just in time to hear Myayr’s review of —

Surfgirl issue #27

Mary Nyan:
Surfgirl http://www.orcasurf.co.uk/surfgirl/ is a bimonthly UK magazine devoted to the women who ride the waves! It is an entertaining & inspurrational magazine devoted to womens’ surfing sport & lifestyle, and the articles are not just about the top surfer girls, but they are also among the writers & photographers too!
This summery June 2010 issue was especially good! It has a USA purrice of $7.75, and gracing this issue’s cover photo by Lucia Griggi is Roxy surfer Sophie Hellyer styled by Suzi Winter! She’s just one of the awesome surfers purrofiled inside, after Editor Louise Searle’s introductory remarks set the issue’s fun ‘n sentimental tone!
A theme of this issue is history & cultural trends, with a history of the Wahine, Kate Czuczman’s visit to Revolver surf shop, a fond look back at Tiki boards & Gul wet suits, Mar Hirtzel’s mewsings on the nature of the trends, cultural trends of the past five decades, and intern Izzy Keene’s look at ‘Queens of Retro’: Kassia Meador, Elsie Pinniger & Belinda Baggs!
Griggi & Winter also team with model Kristie Moody for the sexy 16 page Sufrgirl Summer 2010 Bikini Guide! This magazine always has such glamorous & rockin’ surfing & fashion photography of the girls at the most thrilling locations!  Other brilliant photographers of this issue are Kirstin Prisk, Kate Czuczman, Dane Peterson, Mike Searle, Simon Williams & Roger Sharp!
Griggi & Sharp were also among the writers, who include Sarah Bentley, Natalie Fox, Nicole Morgan, Kerry Powell & Joel Gray. Fitness tips from Peggy Hall, Carolyn Andrews & Shannon Denny, plus Denny’s clever recycling ideas, and a page of Deluxe Cornwall’s yummy recipes! Mmm mmm I that grilled Mackeral salad sure looks good!
I should also acknowledge sub editor Alex Hapgood, graphic designer David Alcock, advertising manager Steve England & any others at Orca who make Surfgirl such a joy to read! Even the full page ads for Roxy, Oakley, BIllabong etc are gorgeous & exciting with the legendary Holly Beck, Claudia Goncalves, Paige Hareb & Sally Fitzgibbons!
There’s a chat with Julie Cox of the California Surf Mewseum, Rip Curl’s Hanalei Reponty, and sage advice from surf instructor Natalie Fox and Sarah Beardmore! She & Sally Fitzgibbons are among those in the reported recent championships, along with Steph Gilmore, Sarah Mason, Carissa Moore, Sofia Mulonovich, Hannah Harding, Lucy Campbell, Karma Worthington & Candice!
Two of my favorite featured articles are the Maldives expurrdition with long & short boarders Jen Smith, Belinda Baggs, Gracie Davies, Claire Norman, Claire Bevilacqua, Bo Stanley, Darlene Connolly, Kira Sheppard and Kelly Roland; and the Portugal trip with Beth Mason, Gabi Rowe, Laura Crane, Shauna Wood, Nicole Morgan & Joel Gray!
Those look like such fun exciting trips, ‘cept maybe for the broken boards!  Rounding out the splendid 100 full color pages are healthy sun purrotection tips, reviews of neat clothing, jewelry, accessories & gear, and brief reports on the Hawaiian Tropic & Rip Curl Girls Tour and other event mews! So I will highly recommend this fun—
Yvonne:
zzzz….  more Mackeral….  nya….
Petra:
There she goes again, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Sigh!

Jeannie:
Shall I rouse her again?

Elizabeth:
Maybe we should wait ’til Myayr’s done with her reviews, hehe!

Nyanko:
That sounds like a good idea. Myayr, please tell us about the–

Classic Marvel Figurine Collection #118 Tigra!

Mary Nyan:
OK! This combo package is #118 of the Classic Marvel Figurine Collection Magazine & Figure http://www.marvel-figurines.co.uk/, published fortnightly in the UK by Eaglemoss Publications! I already have a few purrior releases in the series so I was purrticularly eager to get this’un of Tigra, who we purrofiled in the January Mew!

The polybagged pack is purriced £5.99 or $12, containing the full color 16 page (including covers) 8 5/8 ” x 10 7/8″ magazine and the painted lead miniature in a plastic clamshell / cardboard box. Now because this is a miniature made out of lead, it is not considered a toy, nor intended for kids under 14.
The editor was Richard Jackson, purroof reader was Aune Butt, and art director was Dan Rachael. The cover art of Tigra is by Mike Deodato Jr, and inside you get an insightful overview of Tigra’s history & biographical information, key stories / issues noted, and repurrinted illustrations from her 38 years in comics!
These include teeny tiny & larger images of her & comics covers by Mike Deodoto Jr , Marie Severin. Don Perlin, Gil Kane, Will Meugniot, Aaron Lopestri, John Byrne, Gene Colan, Alan Weiss, John Romita Jr, Bob hall, Brian Postman, Al Milgrom, John Czop, Frank Cho, Greg Horn, Leinil Franciss Yu, Humberto Ramos…
… plus a few pics of her friends ‘n enemies by Jerome Opena, Scott Kollins, Marko Djurdjevic, Steve Ditko, Win Mortimer, Jim Steranko, John Romita Sr, and a center spread sporting the covers of Giant-Size Creatures #1 (her first appearance as Tigra), Tigra Vol. 1 #3 and Marvel Team -Up #67 (with Spider-Man)!

And now for the figurine! She is quite meticulously sculpted & intricately painted, with good purroportions & musculature, standing 3 1/4″ tall upon the beveled black base which is apurroximately 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ square & 1/4″ thick, so the figurine has an overall height of 3 1/2″ including that base.

Since Greer is 5’10” tall, I guess that makes this figurine appurroximately… 1:22 scale? It is what I think of as the classic typical Tigra design which I purrur, without the shaggier forearms & calves from ther 2002 mini-series by Deodato as seen on the cover- although he certainly drew a sexy, powerful version of Tigra!

The miniature figurine of Tigra has her in an upright standing stance, arms & hands down by her sides with open palms, and her slender tail hangs down with a curve. She has brown waist-length hair & orangey skin with black tiger stripes, barely confined in the black bikini with that Silvery cat amulet & White claw-motif bikini belt!

She has her own white finger & toe claws, yellow eyes with green pupils, minute brown eyebrows & black lashes, and her open-mouth expurression reveals her white kitty fangs, pink lips & tongue! I’m not sure if she’s talking, meowing or hissing, but it seems to be a more serious look!

I am quite pleased with the purroduct, and I think if you are a fan of Tigra or this fine purroduct line I think you would also appurrove! Oh and the back cover is an ad for issue #119 featuring Jocasta the android Avenger, which i suspect Jenjen will want for her collection!

Jeannie:
Affirmative.

Nyanko:
Jenjen sure does get turned on by the mecha!

Jeannie:
Affirmative.

Mary Nyan:
Well I’m done now so let’s wake her up again!

(Jeannie’s Cat Nap App rouses Yvonne again)

Yvonne:
(kitty stretch & yawn) Yawn yawn I’m awake – please purroceed with your Surfgirl review, myayr, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Sigh!

Elizabeth:
We’re already a review past that!
Yvonne:
I’m sorry, nya! What are we up to, nya?

Petra:
You’re awake just in time to nominate an interesting image or purretty picture for our

Nekomimi (and Mike’s) Quick Picks, nya!

Elizabeth:
Dancing with the Stars champion Nicole Scherzinger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls is on the July cover of Maxim, and mewsician Jewel http://www.jeweljk.com/ who was supposed to be on Dancing with the Stars last year until an injury- has the svelt bikini body for the July cover of Shape!

Nyanko:
You know, the same thing happened on Dancing with the Stars to Misty May-Treanor, whose book I will be reviewing later in the show! One of my favoritest surfers Stephanie Gilmore http://stephgilmore.blogspot.com/ is on the front cover of Transworld Surf’s August issue- have you seen that, Myayr?

Mary Nyan:
Hai- and there’s a righteous pic of Steph in Surfgirl, riding the wave to victory in the Beachely Classic again!
Nyanko:
Oh and one more- I would also like to note that Metaphysician Doreen Virtue PHD http://www.angeltherapy.com/ appears as a lovely mermaid to gracing the Summer 2010 cover of FAE magazine http://www.faemagazine.com/, which has lots of lovely fantasy art, articles, and pics of exotic appurral inside! So whatchoo got, Myayr?

Mary Nyan:
Red Sonja #50 has a great cover by Arthur Adams http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Adams, and Classic Red Sonja Re-Mastered #1 has a beautiful cover by Esteban Marato http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esteban_Maroto!

Another red-haired heroine I should mention is Velocity http://www.topcow.com, and the first issue of her miniseries has not one but 6 different covers! I got gorgeous version A by Kenneth Rocafort http://www.mitografia.com/! She has the sporty cute green & yellow costume!
Petra:
Speaking of the fantasy female fighters, the July issue of ImagineFX http://www.imaginefx.com/ has an awesome pink haired manga warrior girl rendered by Chester Ocampo http://www.chesterocampo.net/ on the front cover, and a tribute to the late Frank Frazetta http://frankfrazettamuseum.com/ among the inside contents, nya! And on the front cover of Fantasy Art Vol. 1 is a stunning Eurasian warrior girl in intricately ornate red & gold armor, painted by Jeffrey M De Guzman http://www.jeffmdart.com/, nya!

Mike:
Speaking of red & gold armor, I’m sure Jen will want to see the Iron Man 2 article in the new issue of Cinefex Magazine http://www.cinefex.com/ #122!

Jeannie:
Oh yes.

Mike:
It’s also got articles on Splice, Clash of the Titans and Alice in Wonderland!

Yvonne:
This must be a good month for movie Alices ,because one of my favorite actresses Milla Jovovich http://www.millaj.com/ is on the July cover of Lucky, and I am looking forward to her repurrising her role as supurr heroine Alice in the Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D movie; and Ashley Green http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Greene who purrtrays another Alice with psychic powers in the Twilight movie, shows her striking bikini body on the July / August issue of Women’s Health, nya! Oh what was Jennyjen’s pic, nya?

Jeannie:
I rather like the sleek F-15 Eagle with the Jet Central Rhino Turbines powerfully thrusting across the August cover of Fly RC magazine http://www.flyrc.com, and the gorgeous P-51 ascending the  June cover of R/C Model Aeroplane  http://www.modelflying.co.uk/.
Nyanko:
And now it’s time for this month’s appurrtizing array of–
Appealing Piscine Purriodicals’ Pics
& other appurrtizing aquatic images!

Elizabeth:
I would like to eat the Catfish on the front cover of North Carolina Game & Fish’s June issue, and that yummy Yellowtail on the front cover of Pacific Coast Sport Fishing’s June issue!
Petra:
MMMMMM or the luscious looking lunkers lurking on the covers of the June issues of Bassin’, and North Carolina Sportsman, and the tantalizingTilapia on the front cover of Bowfisher’s May / June issue, nya!

Jeannie:

The fresh Calamari looks good on the front cover Sport Diver’s July issue, and there is the appurrtizing Anago on the July cover of Aquarium Fish International..
Mary Nyan:
MMM how about some of those savory looking Pink Anemone Fish on the August cover of Aquarium Fish International, as an appurrtizer purrior to that beautilicious Blue Marlin on the July cover of Marlin magazine?

Nyanko:
That Marlin would make the good steaks! I could also go for that nice Cobia caught on the front of Saltwater Sportsman’s July issue, or a yummy  filet of that Cichlid on the cover of Tropical Fish Hobbyist!

Yvonne:
Hai, and those tasty Trout to tempt my tummy on the cover of  Fly Fisherman’s July-September issue and American Angler’s July issue – oh this is making me hungry, nya!

Mike:
Well fortunately I was prepared for this eventuality and ordered a deluxe sushi platter delivery before the show started, so it should arrive any minute!!

(the catgirls, in unison)
ITADAKIMASU, nya!

Mike:
By the way, there’s grilled shrimp & sausage skewers on the cover of Bon Appetite’s June issue, and- oh here comes the food, so I’ll get that and give them the tip! That’ll do it for this part of the show, but after the short sushi snack break, we’ll be right back with our –

Purrinted Media – Book Reviews!

(snip)
(one short break & deluxe sushi platter & cran apple nummy berry cocktails later…)
Nyanko:
(chomp)
Petra:
(munch)

Ilyana:
(chew)

Mary Nyan:
(nom nom nom)

Yvonne:
(nibble)

Jeannie:
(taste)

Elizabeth:
(gulp)
Mike:
(sip)

The Catgirls:
THANK YOU FOR THE FOOD, NYA!

Mike:
Y‘all are quite welcome! Welcome back! While on the subject of things that powerfully swim, I believe Nya-sensei will start this segment of the show with her review of–

Dara Torres: Age is Just a Number!

Nyanko:
Hai! The first book would like to recommend this month is the biography of inspurrational Olympic heroine and supurr goddess of the waters, Dara Torres http://daratorres.com/, who also happens to be purrched on the cover of the August issue of Arthritis Today magazine!
She is so utterly amazing because she has not only won so many athletic awards including a dozen Olympic medals, four of which were Gold, across five Summer Olympics in a quarter century, but that included the Silver medals she won in Beijing in 2008 at age 41! And she only missed getting the gold by .01 second!
She is such the inspurrational heroic idol, and her awesome autobiography is this book written along with NY Times journalist Elizabeth Weil! It was purreviously published in hardcover but you can get it in the less expensive but still nice trade papurrback edition recently published by Broadway Books!
The book is purriced at $14.99 US and has 228 pages that chronicle her life as a mom & athlete. In the book she discusses her careers as a swimmer, magazine model, & work at NBC, ESPN2 & The Discover Channel; ordeals such as Bulimia, injuries, a divorce, coping with her Dad’s cancer and her coach’s health.
She talks about the challenges of being a purregnant athlete, purressures  to win, and the doubts about her compurrtitions & comeback at a certain age, that she courageously overcame to be a great champion & role model! In addition to the text pages are 8 pages with over 20 color photos too!
Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life

Nyanko:
My next book report is another Olympic athletic autobiography of one of our favoritest champions and supurr goddess of the sands, Misty May-Treanor http://www.mistymay.com/! who is adorning the cover of the June issue of Volleyball Magazine!
We have followed her stellar beach volleyball career and were so thrilled when she and partner Kerri Walsh won that Olympic Gold in Athens in 2004 & Beijing in 2008! She is one of the greatest athletes of all time too, so I was excited to see her book in the store last month!
Co-written with Stanford graduate, USA Today & Sports Illustrated’s JIll Leiber Steeg, the hardcover book was published by Scribner in June and it is purriced $25.00 US. It is has 226 pages of the text, plus another 8 pages with nearly 40 photos, and the dust jacket with her fierce front cover action photo!
It discusses her valiant life from growing up on the muscle beach with the athletic parents, coping with alcoholic relatives, and her Mom’s cancer. She talks about her MLB husband Matt & supurr star beach volleyball partners Kerri & Holly, meeting her own sports idols, US Purresidents, and younger folks who inspire her!
The book covers her purrowess from her first tournyament at age 8 to the Long Beach State & the US National Team, from the AVP & FIVB events to the Olympic glory and Dancing With the Stars! So if you are a fan of Misty I highly recommend this book! That’s all for my book reports but here’s Mike to tell us about —

Kwaidan – Japanese Ghost Stories
Nyanko:
Originally published in 1904 as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange things, this lovely little edition of 19th century American scholar, journalist & translator Lafcadio Haern’s collection of Japanese Ghost Stories was published just this year Fall River Press.
Ornately designed by Christine Heun with various historical  and occultish Japanese illustrations throughout, the 6 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ hardcover gift book contains 208 pages full of Japanese folklore, complete with the author’s 1904 introduction, preface and footnotes!
In its 20 tales of the strange & macabre, you’ll learn of the Heike Spirit Crabs, Oni-bi ‘demon fires’, Sonjo the hunter and his Oshidori prey, the mourning Nagao Chosei who is visited by the spirit of his deceased betrothed O-Tei, and the legend the tolling Mugen Bell!
Other accounts include the tales of Mimi-nashi-Hoichi, Aoyagi, Riki-Baka, and Hi-Mawari. You’ll read of the enchanted realm of Horai, the ghost of the merchant’s daughter O-Sono, Yuki the White Woman of the Snow, the faceless woman who haunts the mountain road!
There’s fabled goblins such as the Jikininki, Akinosuke and Rokuro-Kubi, to various Samurai, Buddhist priests, and even spiritual Cherry Trees. Concluding this fine book are the Insect Studies, with folklore purrtaining to Butterflies, Mosquitoes and Ants. It is a neat book for anyone interested in tales of things that went bump in the night in ancient Japan… and purrhaps still do!

Elizabeth:
Oh I don’t doubt it, especially that darn spooky tree that grabbed my top on Halloween!

Jeannie:
You mean the one that resulted in your “wardrobe malfunction” when you got snagged on that branch while attempting to pounce – scare Vonny?

Yvonne:
That purrotective tree had my back… and Lizzy’s top, nya!

Petra:
Ilyana once mentioned an uncultivated tree in Pirate Cove that pulled her tail, nya!
Mary Nyan:
Oh there was that unpleasant incident of attacking plants that were possessed by that evil spirit!
Nyanko:
Hai, we tangled with some tough creepy vines, but we purrevailed to victory!
Elizabeth:
Folks can read all about it in Mike’s purrose account of “Nyanko and the Eye of the Idol”, which is just one of the the Tales of Catgirl Island http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html!

Yvonne:
I was way out at sea all night trying to reel in a Sword when that happened, nya!

Jeannie:

I was modeling in Antarctica at the time.

Mary Nyan:
You were… modeling swimwear in Antarctica?

Jeannie:

No, body paint.
Mike:
Oh my!

Jeannie:

It was also a purrfect oppurrtunity to test a snow bot purrototype.

Petra:
Well if an art thief tried to steal from the mewseum, I hope the ikebana would help appurrehend the culpurrit until Chief Meryl could arrive, nya!

Elizabeth:
Well, my garden seems to be behaving itself, but I do try to take good care of it!

Yvonne:
Mie-sensei said that flowers & trees in and around the Kitt Inn are the very friendly flora, nya!

Nyanko:
On that purranormal note,

Sal Buscema: Comics’ Fast & Furious Artist!


Mike:
Thank you, Nya-sensei! ublished by TwoMorrows http://www.twomorrows.com/, interviewer Jim Amash & designer / editor Eric Nolen-Weathington’s $26.95 176 page trade paperback book is such an insightful, informative, entertaining read about one of Marvel Comics’ greatest stars, the great Sal Buscema!
If you are a fan of that awesome artist. this will be an indispensable tome loaded with over 100 pages of interview with the legend himself, which is brimming with well over a hundred illustrations, including famous & rare comics pages, sketches, and photos of the master at work, Were that not enough, there’s also a massive 63 page art gallery!
The book begins with an admiring introduction from Walter Simonson, which is followed by Jim’s dandy interview with Sal in chapter one’s look at his early life, education, military service & creative inspirations, which are illuminated by early commercial art, cartooning, & studies!
Chapter 2 explores his foray into Marvel, pencilling or inking characters such as Spider-Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Man-Thing & others! Chapter 3 continues the interview, with more heroes including Sub-Mariner & other Defenders, Ben Grimm, Conan, The X-Men, Nomad, Tarzan, Rom, plus the Eternals and more Asgardians!
The terrific interview keeps on rolling in Chapter 4, accompanied by peeks at con sketches, page breakdowns and inked full pencil art, some inked by Sal, some inked by others. These include some powerful full-page pics, from New Mutants to newspaper strips!
The topic turns to Buscema’s DC work in Chapter 5, which has some great collaborations between Buscema & Klaus Janson, Gene Colan, Denys Cowan, Dick Girodano, Cully Hammer, Ron Frenz, Jim Aparo & other top talents on characters such as Batman, Robin, Superman, Steel, Wonder Woman & The Creeper!
Chapter 6 takes a more in-depth focus on his creative process, anatomical proportions, tools, and comparing / contrasting the styles of various inkers & pencillers he’s worked with. The art gallery is a real treasure trove, especially for Hulk fans! The gallery is not limited to comics pages & commissions, but there’s 10 pages of graphite life drawings (nude models).
Then the 16 color plates follow, with some gorgeous oil & gouache paintings, photos of Sal at work & with the rest of the Spider-Girl team, and classic covers for The Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil, The Defenders, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk & Iron Man!
The gallery continues in B&W for almost 30 more pages, including a few colossal two-page spreads! It is yet another top quality book from TwoMorrows, and a clobberin’ good time that I give an ‘A’ grade and high recommendation! And now we will turn the show over to Petra, who is here to discuss–


Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes

Petra:
Arigato, nya! Adam Hughes http://www.justsayah.com/ is one of our favoritest artists, who is purrticularly famous for his supurrb illustrations of supurr heroines on comic book covers, and this mew hardcover book collects much of the cover art he’s done for DC, nya!

It’s almost  9″ x x12″ with a wraparound scene of Supergirl on the front cover, and a wraparound pic of a happy Catwoman making a break for it across the dust jacket, nya! The purrice is $39.99 USA / $47.99 Canada, purrinted & bound in the USA (that’s regular book binding, not all tied up by Selina Kyle’s whip), nya!

Inside the book are 208 full color pages of AH’s art, with ninety-five 7 1/4″ x 11″ images, plus almost 400 other smaller pics of sketches, full pencils, inked drawings, color tests, and final cover renderings, accompanied by an introduction, technical & historical annotations & amewsing anecdotes by Hughes, nya!

The first portion of the book focuses on his early DC titles such as Mister Miracle, Justice League, Valor, Voodoo and Legionnaires, so you’ll see his renditions of characters including Fire & Ice, Booster & Beetle, Barda & Scott, Martian Manhunter, Guy Gardner, Gnortt & Killowogg, Lar & Laurel Gand, Dream Girl & Triplicate Girl, nya!

The Voodoo covers have an ornate  Art Nouveau style, nya! Then on page 29 begins the chapter devoted to Wonder Woman! Although the vast majority of the art is of the purrincess, there’s also glimpses of Donna, Cassie, Artemis, Batman, The Joker, Superman, Lois, The Teen Titans & The Flash amidst this wonderful chapter, nya!

After a couple of pages examining the busts sculpted by Jack Matthews based upon Hughes’ designs, including Power Girl, Bat Girl, Super Girl, Wonder Girl, Starfire, Barda, Zatanna, Black Canary, Harley Quinn & Cat Woman, next big chapter purrtains to his Cat Woman art, nya!

He writes that his rendition of Selina is inspired by Audrey Hepburn, whose initials are also AH, nya! In Cat Woman’s section, Batman, Zatanna, The Cheetah, Selina’s kiddy & kitties, and can also be seen purrowling about the noir-ish scenes of the mean streets of Gotham, nya!

There’s a 2 page peek at the statues based on his designs, and the last big chapter is a variety of his other DC covers, nya. Those include Supergirl & Superman, Power Girl, Bat Woman, Batman & Robin, Rose & Thorn, Teen Titans, Gen 13, and the “Just Imagine Stan Lee” series, nya!

Bringing it all home is a 2 page peek at more merchandise: poster & tee shirt tidbits, nya! Through the course of this terrific book  read his witty & insightful comments about drawing & inking, composition, color theory, digital tools, deadlines, art directors, the great artists who inspire him, and his gratitude to various kind folks, nya!

You can certainly see the evolution of Adam Hughes’ art from the 80’s days of Zip-a-tone to the later use of Photoshop, nya! This is a great art book which I give a grade of A as in Adam, and if you are a fan of Adam Hughes or good girl art of those supurr heroines, I think this would be a purrfect part of your library, nya!

I hope there will be further books that showcase his work for other publishers such as Marvel, Dark Horse, Top Cow, Harris, Wizard, Comico, Penthouse, and Wizards of the Coast, nya. That’s all for this segment of the show, but after this short break we’ll be right back with more reviews of–

Comics, Manga & Graphic Novels, nya!

(snip)
(another short break later…)

Power Girl #13

Petra:
Hey we’re back, nya! Power Girl has been in our top three favorite comic books since last year, along with Buffy and Gotham City Sirens, and for some of us it was our #1 favorite for the past 12 months, nya! It had such a fun optimistic outlook, slice of life plots combined with heroic action, and bright purretty art with such posed & expurressive characters, nya!

So it was sad that artist Amanda Conner and writers Jimmy Palmiotti & Justine Gray were leaving the book after #12, nya. Colorist Paul Mounts is also absent, but still aboard are letterer John J Hill, editor Mike Carlin & associate editor Rachel Gluckenstern, to be joined by writer Judd Winnick, illustrator & cover artist Sami Basari and colorist Sunny Gho for issue #13, nya!

The issue is purriced $2.99 and has 32 full color pages compurrised of the 22 page story titled “What A Difference A Day Makes!”, a bonus 5 page purreview of Action Comics #890 featuring Lois lane & Lex Luthor, 4 pages of ads and the 1 page of DC Nation mewsings, nya.

It is set sometime after the incidents of DC Comics’ big “Blackest Night” story arc, which didn’t seem to intrude upon the pages of Power Girl’s comic book, although it did get slightly mentioned, nya. This issue definitely reacts to recent incidents, as she joins a bunch of her fellow Justice League & Justice Society members in a global search of  the villain Maxwell Lord, nya!

That includes Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Booster Gold, Mr. Terrific, Jesse Quick, Wildcat, and numerous others briefly glimpsed in the background, while out searching for Max, or in flashbacks to an earlier time when he used to be one of the good guys, nya! She does not find Max, but she does tangle with a bunch of mercenaries and OMAC cyborgs, nya!

We briefly see her best friend Atlee (aka Terra)  and her pet cat too, nya! Unfortunately a manhunt and shoot out with villains is not the only concern on her plate, because Power Girl has severe corpurrate purroblems to deal with as Karen Starr at Starrware Industries, nya! That’s about all I’ll reveal of the plot, which ends on an unpleasant financial cliffhanger, nya!

The art is purretty and there are a few cute scenes, such as a panel of pizza & DVDs with Atlee, smiling with her Earth 2 Supurr cousin, and at the office when she is given a new toy, nya! You know, the way she is drawn this time, Power Girl has a purrkiness & resemblance that reminds me of the Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, nya!

So although we sure miss Conner Jimmy Palmiotti & Gray, it seems like the comic book is in good hands and I look forward to #14, nya!

Terra trade papurrback!

Petra:

I have so enjoyed the adventures of Kara / Karen / Power Girl and her best friend Atlee / Terra, as chronicled by Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti & friends, so I have been on the purrowl for their purrior tales of Terra, which have been collected in this papurrback book, nya!

Purriced at $14.99 USA / $18.99 Canada, this trade papurrback book from DC Comics has 128 full color pages which collect 2007’s Supergirl #12 & 2009’s Terra #1-4, which occur purrior to Terra’s appearances in the current PowerGirl series, sandwiched inside the cover art by Amanda Conner, nya!

The stories were pencilled by Conner, inked by Conner & Palmiotti, written by Gray & Palmiotti, colored by Rod Reis & Paul Mounts, lettered by Rod Leigh, Travis Lanham, Sal Cipriano & Swands, nya. The original series’ editors were Tom Palmer Jr & Eddie Berganza, with associate editor Jeanine Schaefer, nya.

The enigmatic Atlee has made her debut, averting various disasters around the world, with geologic elemental control powers akin to the deceased former Titans member Terra, her namesake, nya. In Supergirl #12, Supergirl helps her fight a telepathic dinosaur purrior to a night on the town with boyfriend Boomer, nya!

Terra #1 co-stars heroes PowerGirl & Dr. Midnight, who also appear in issue #2 with supurr-villainess Silver Banshee & the original Terra’s heroic brother, Geo-Force, nya! The latter sticks around in #3 where we travel to Atlee’s secret subterranean civilization of Strata and meet her family, nya!

Finally in #4, their fight continues to save Strata from the onslaught of Faulkner, a supurr-villainous mining engineer made of diamond, nya! Later Terra & Powergirl tangle with Satana & her gang of Animal Men in Manhattan, and so we have the beginning of a beautiful friendship as PowerGirl / Kara & Terra / Atlee, nya!

I think those Terra & Power Girl stories are so much fun and have a wonderful cheerful quality with the supurrb art full of expurressive dynamic story telling, nya! So if you are a fan of that creative team or those characters then this book would be a great addition to your comics library, nya! Now go from the terra turf to surf as Vonny tells us what she thinks about–

Yvonne:
Thanks Petra, nya! Another of Marvel Comics’ supurr heroines we admire is Aquaria Nautica Neptunia Namora, the elegant, powerful Purrincess of Atlantis, nya! She is actually half human and is cousin to Purrince Namor the Sub-Mariner and mother to Namorita, nya!
Namora is an amphibious heroine who is supurr strong & tough, can swim at the deepest depths and fly in the sky, and is a member of the ATLAS peace keeping organization, nya. This issue is a one-shot comic book, purriced at $2.99 and rated T+, with 32 pages compurrised of the 22 page story and 10 pages of ads, nya.
The story was written by Jeff parker, illustrated by Sara Pichelli, colored by Rachelle Rosenberg, lettered by Dave Sharp, and edited by Sana Amanat, with purrduction by Mayela Gutierrez!
The front cover illustration is a lovely leisure image of her serenely floating in the sea, nya!
Things are not very tranquil for the crew of a damaged Russian submarine which is sitting on the bottom of the stormy Barents Sea though, but Namora seems like a dreamy sea goddess to the sailors short on air, as she bursts into the sub to the rescue, having heard of their plight from the whales, nya!
A Blue Whale friend helps the sub ascend to the surface, then Namora bids farewell to resume her search for a missing Atlantean colony, a beautiful undersea city which she finally discovers, nya! She also discovers a mystery surrounding that colony and swims into Namorita, who was purrsumed to be dead, nya!
Or does she, nya? Namora will have to purrobe deeper to find out what is really going on, nya! There are some scary monstrosities lurking in the mysterious depths, but she handles the affair with utmost calm poise, wisened grace, and majestic strength, nya!
This comic book was so visually beautiful, with an almost animation cel style, gorgeously drawn characters, creatures and undersea scenery, with such exquisite use of color and light, nya! The only purroblem I had was that it was a one-shot, and I wish it would be a continued series! I give it an ‘A’ as in Aquaria, and hope that we’ll see more of Namora, nya!
Should you like to know more about this regal heroine, I suggest her official Marvel page http://marvel.com/universe/Namora, her pages at the Marvel Wiki http://marvel.wikia.com/Namora & Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namora, & entries at International Hero http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/n/namora.htm & Comic Vine http://www.comicvine.com/namora/29-2177/, nya!

Mass Effect: Redemption trade papurrback!

Yvonne:
Mass Effect is a space opurra genre video game by Bioware & EA Games, and a few months ago Dark Horse Comics http://www.darkhorse.com/published a 4 issue mini series set between the original game and its sequel, nya! In purrevious shows we reviewed those issues, which have now been collected into a nice book, nya!

Mass Effect: Redemption was written 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 coloured by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler, and it was edited by Dave Marshall with assistant Brendan Wright. nya!

The $16.99 book was designed by Tina Alessi & MIke Reichert, published by Mike Richardson, and has the front cover art by Daryl Mandryk (from #1), depicting the heroic Asari alien Dr. T’Soni purrojecting a biotic-energy blast, nya! It has 102 full color full-bleed pages that repurrint the story & cover art, nya!

The plot has beautiful, blue. smart & powerful Liara on a quest to find the missing body of her friend Captain Shepard who was purrsumed killed in the space wreckage. Mysterious aliens have stolen the body for unknown sinister purrposes and their trail has lead Liara to a space station full of tough customers, nya!

There she meets a double-agent informant named Feron whose employer The Shadow Broker was going to trade Shepard to a mysterious group, The Collectors, nya. Despite some mistrust, Liara & Feron team up, travel through hostile space and sneak into the Shadow Broker’s secret base to retreive Shepard, nya!

I think the artwork is is very good with fights, shootout & space battle scenes full of special effects, futuristic mecha & locations, space phenomenon, exotic creatures & spiffy costumes, nya! Liara is a very smart, powerful, agile, determined character- she is very purretty too and has the lovely blue complexion, nya!

Myar said she might cosplay as Liara at a convention, since she had the blue make-up and was not tall enough to accurately cosplay as Neytiri from James Cameron’s Avatar, nya. Anyway, the book collects the story in its entirety, minus the original issues’ ads, which is continued in the Mass Effect 2 game, nya!

You also get 8 bonus pages of character design sketches, mecha designs, & comics page layouts, and the only ad in the book is an ad for  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic books on the last page, so you can compare that value to the individual issues which had a cover purrice of $3.50 apiece, nya!

So if you are a fan of Mass Effect or other action-packed space opurra stories with lavish designs or the heroic blue alien girls, I would recommend this story, and this book might be a lot easier to find than trying to hunt for those back issues, nya! Next I have another trade papurrback book to purrmote —

Michael Turner’s Soulfire Volume One Part Two, nya!


Yvonne:
This should be my most extensive report, nya! Well, the past few months have certainly purrsented us with the goodness I crave from Aspen Comics http://www.aspencomics.com/, which was founded by the late great Michael Turnerwho sadly passed away after his valiant battle with Cancer on June 27, 2008. nya.

In Apurril we reviewed Fathom vol. 3 issue #10, in May we reviewed the Fathom: Worlds at War trade papurrback book; last month it was Fathom: Blue Descent issue #0, and now I will extoll the purraise for Michael Turner’s Soulfire Volume One Part Two, nya! Soulfire is what Turner was working on when he passed away, so this book poignantly contains his last comics pages, nya.
Collaborating with him were artists JT Krul & Joe Benitez, colorists Beth Sotelo, David Moran & Peter Steigerwald, who is also the cover designer & Aspen co-owner / Vice Purresident, nya!
He co-designed the book with Aspen’s Director of Design & Purrduction Mark Roslan, who also edited this collection, along with Aspen’s Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez, nya.
The original Soulfire series was edited by Aspen’s co-owner / Purresident Frank Mastromauro, and the lettering is by Dreamer Design & Josh Reed who’s also the editorial assistant, nya!  It is a full color 160 page trade papurrback book collecting Soulfire issues 6-10, their various variant covers, and the short Destiny’s Child story from Aspen Seasons: Winter 2009, nya!
It is purriced $14.99 and has a forward written by Gale Anne Hurd, nya! She purrduced movies such as The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and T2, nya! After the forward is an introduction by Mr. Steigerwald, and then we get to the repurrint of the fabulous story, nya! Of course this book is the latter half of the story arc so you need to read Part One first, nya.
By the way, author Jeph Loeb co-wrote Part One, which started back in 2004, nya! That is also available in a papurrback book which collects issues 0-5, nya. Before I explain what Volume Two Part Two is about, I should purrobably purreface that with what happened in Part One, nya. OK I’m about halfway done so hang on, nya!
Now, Soulfire is a sort of techno-fantasy genre tale with the purremise that once upon a time long ago there was magick on Earth, with faeries, dragons, wizards etc but all that withered away after a horrible war, nya. So then the tale jumps to the year 2211, nya! It is an amazing high tech future world where we meet the purrotagonist, an orphan named Malikai & friends PJ & Sonia, nya.
A fiery dragon shows up to devastate San Francisco and Mal is almost captured by a winged villainess named Onyx, who works for the big bad Ranier, nya! The dragon is a mech built by Ranier, and Mal is rescued by a winged heroine Grace, who reveals that he’s destined to fully restore the world’s dwindled magick, nya!
They’re helped by arena fighter named Benoist and go to Hawaii for a ritual with Master Kamea to purrpare Mal, nya! That’s all in Part One, nya! In Part Two they meet Master Ren to further Mal’s training and unveil more of Benoist’s supurr mecha, but Ranier’s forces are literally in hot purrsuit, and spectacular aerial mech & magickal battles result, nya!
They go to Machu Picchu’s gateway to the fabled Everlands, but more trials await Mal as we learn Ranier’s origin, nya! I won’t spoil much more of the plot, but there’s more magick, mecha, masters, mayhem & metamorphosis in Part Two, nya! The story moves at a speedy pace with lots of action, and I think It would be a great movie, nya!
It has gorgeously designed & drawn characters, creatures, architecture, landscapes, mecha & FX, and the coloring is richly vibrant, luminous & purretty, nya! Grace is so lovely in her exotic diaphanous garments & dragonfly wings, and Myayr thinks our friend Mie-sensei should cosplay as Grace, but she stays busy between the golf tournyaments & her repurrtoire theatre, nya.
I think this book is a good value too, considering how much you might have to pay to collect those individual issues, if you can find them and especially if you wanted to get the 19 different cover illustrations, which are repurrduced in the book without the issues’ logos & other typography, with a neat ornate border around them, nya!
Plus you get the bonus Forward, Introduction & creator purrofiles, and the only ad in the book is on the last page, nya! So I am very happy with Soulfire Volume One Part Two, and I will give it a high grade and recommend it to fans of Michael Turner, techno – fantasy, dragon mecha or dragonfly-winged women, nya!
Mike:
Thanks Vonny- wow I think that was your most intricate report!

Yvonne:
Arigato- I was up late purracticing, nya!

Nyanko:
No wonder! Well who’s up next?
Jeannie:
I believe it is now Lizzy’s turn to tell us what several of Gotham’s grrls have been up to.
Gotham City Sirens #13

Elizabeth:

Hai hai! Gotham City Sirens #13’s story “Sister Zero Part 2 of 2” was written by Tom Bedard, pencilled by Peter Nguyen, inked by Jack Purcell, colored by Tony Avina, lettered by Steve Wands, edited by Mike Marts & Janelle Siegel, with the front cover art of Selina & Harley by Guillem March!

It it is purriced $2.99 and has 32 full color pages consisting of the 22 page story, 4 pages of advertisements, the 1 DC Nation page, and that 5 page purreview of Action Comics #890. Picking up from the purrevious issue’s cliffhanger it stars Selina Kyle / Catwoman & Harley Quinn in an evening’s combat with Selina’s sister Maggie!

Their mewsual cohort Pamela ‘Poison’ Ivy is not in this issue, so I purrsume she is still up to no good across town at Starr Labs. Poor Maggie was already of a fragile state of mind, and now she’s been possessed by some sort of angelic-looking entity that gives her supurr powers and enhanced derangement on a crusade against Selina.

Among her warrior-nun supurr powers seem to be great speed, agility, strength, weapons purrowess, mind control, either supurr leaping or flying, and seems to be impurrvious to injuries to an extent, as she crashes through a stained glass window in a high fall for a three point landing without a scratch.

This issue is an almost non-stop moody melee from a cemetery full of tombstones & mausoleums under the full moon, which spills into the nearby cathedral, with an eerie skull artifact, scary illusions and those gothy stone gargoyles amongst the architecture, which add to the spooky setting and give Selina more things to climb on!

The action only pawses for a three page flashback to reveal Maggie’s unpleasant origins amidst her internal dialogue, and although this is part 2 of a 2 parter, it’s purretty clear that we have not seen the last of her. Speaking of Gotham grrl flashbacks, we get to see what Harley did on one February 14th in–

Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn #1!
(with purrhaps a few plot spoiling tidbits)

Elizabeth:
This $2.99 one-shot issue is part of an anthology purrtaining to the various denizens of Arkham Asylum, hosted by The Joker, in a Crypt-Keeper-ish framing sequence. It has 32 full color pages, compurrised of the 22 page story, the 6 page Batman: Odyssey purreview drawn by Neal Adams, 3 pages of ads and the 1 DC Nation page.

The violent dark comedic story “The Most Important Day of the Year” was written by James Patrick, illustrated by Joe Quinones, colored by Alex Sinclair, lettered by Pat Brosseau, edited by Mike Marts with associate editor Janette Siegel, and cover art by Claudio Castellini!

So what is the most important day of the year? To Harley Quinn it is Valentine’s Day. Harley beats & twirls her way out of Arkham Asylum again, hoping for a romantic time back back at the Joker’s hideout, which is littered with bloody bodies after a hit by Falcone’s gang.

Spider, a survivor of the attack, tells Harley that Mr. J was abducted by Falcone, to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Unfortunately for the criminals and the cops, Hell hath no fury like a Harley depurrived of her boyfriend, which results in a one woman St. Valentine’s Day Massacre!

There are at least three Arkham guards beaten senseless, a gym full of Joker’s gang members shot full of holes, several police cars exploded with cops sent flying, a gathering of crime bosses & their thugs shot or blown up, plus one acid-squirting flower attack, and a brief cameo by the Batman.

We learn what the Joker’s favorite candy assortment is, although given his insane purroclivities, that purreference might change without warning! Meanwhile there’s more action in Gotham City between the cops, criminals & costumed femme fatales in–

Birds of Prey #2!

Elizabeth:

We were so happy to see such awesome beloved DC Comics http://www.dccomics.com/ supurr heroines such as Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Black Canary (Dinah Lance) The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) & Lady Blackhawk (Zinda Blake) reunited again with author Gail Simone & artist Ed Benes in the relaunch of the Birds of Prey comic book!
Part 2 of 4 was written by Gail Simoneedited by Janelle Seigel, pencilled by Ed Benes & Adriana Melo, inked by Mariah & Ed Benes, colored by Nei Ruffino & lettered by Swands, with front cover art by Benes & Ruffino! This $2.99 issue has 32 full color pages, compurrised of the 22 page story, a 6 page Jonah Hex purreview, 3 pages of ads & 1 DC Nation page.
Appurrently tieing into DC’s big “Brightest Day” crossover storyline, the purrevious issue also featured Hawk, Dove and The Penguin. “Endrun Part 2” left us in a cliffhanger, with The Huntress, Black Canary and The Penguin in a dangerous purrdicament, confronted by the deadly mysterious adversary The White Canary on a rooftop in Gotham City.
This issue commences moments later, with Huntress & Canary continuing their brawl with the White Canary, which is not going well for them. Even when Lady Blackhawk, Hawk & Dove arrive the situation scarcely impurroves, but it only gets worst with media accusations, and the Gotham Police arrive to arrest Dinah who’s just been framed for a murder!
Who is the White Canary? Something seems vaguely familiar about her to Dinah, but there’s no time for Q&A. This unpleasantness compounds the purrior disconcerting revelation that an unknown taunting adversary knows all of the Birds’ secrets- which are now being made public! It’s a dreadful situation, but Oracle is just about to strike back!
This is a captivating, fascinating plot with a brisk pace and very good dialog, and supurrb art with the characters & urban scenery so beautifully rendered! The characters are so expurressive & gracefully posed, the architectural scenery very detailed and illuminated! I am very pleased with the first 2 issues and I’m eagerly looking forward to #3!
The bonus purreview of the hardcover Jonah Hex: No Way Back graphic novel looks purretty interesting too. This gritty wild western was written by Justin gray & Jimmy Palmiotti who we have loved on Power Girl and Terra, and illustrated by Tony Dezuniga! Mike says he’s been a big fan of Dezuniga since those early 70’s Black Orchid tales!
Zatanna #2

Elizabeth:
Sorceress Zatanna Zatara is another of our favorite DC Comics characters, and we were so happy that she got her own series and that Paul Dini is the writer! Issue #2 has 32 full color pages consisting of the 22 page story, 4 pages of advertisements, the 1 DC Nation page, and that 5 page purreview of Action Comics #890.

This  $2.99 issue’s story “Fuseli’s Nightmare” was written Dini’s story, edited by Joey Cavalieri & assistant Chris Conroy, lettered by Pat Brosseau & colored by John Kalisz. It was pencilled by Stephane Roux and inked by Karl Story! What a terrific creative team Zee has working with her!

There are two different versions of the cover, The Roux cover is styled like a theatrical poster, whereas the scarcer Bolland cover has Zee menaced by demonic versions of Batman, Catwoman and Dr. Light (the evil Dr. Arthur Light version, not Zee’s heroic fellow Justice Leaguer Kimyo Hoshi)!

Purreviously in Zatanna, after one of her magic shows in San Francisco, police detective Colter needed her to consult on a purranormal homicide scene, purrpetrated by the evil mystic Brother Night and his gang. He wants to be the new big crime boss of the city, but Zee is now in his way!

Realizing that Zee might be a bit too tough for him to tangle with, Night enlists the aid of Fuseli, the demon lord of nightmares, who seems to relish the notion of attacking Zee. In this 2nd issue, Fuseli psionically gets inside her head while she’s asleep, to attack her in a sort of Freddy Kruger fashion.

There’s a cameo by Zee’s fellow Justice Leaguers Vixen & Black Canary, as the three kick some were-hyena butt! I’m enjoying this series thus more than Zee’s purrevious mini-series, as she is quite brave, bold, tough physically & magickally, supurremely confident, and looks so cool in the tux, tails & fishnets! For our list of favorite Zatanna web sites, see the February 2009 Mew!

Wonder Woman #600

Elizabeth:
Wonder Woman #600 is a full color 56 page issue purriced at $4.99, with 2 different covers, one by George Perez, and a rarer variant by Adam Hughes! I got the Perez cover of her majestically flying with her golden lasso looped to form a 600, and the issue wonderfully commences with 1 page introduction by Lynda Carter in tribute to William Moulton Marston’s character!
After that are 5 short tales edited by Brian Cunningham & associate editor Sean Ryan; a lavishly intricately detailed 2 page pic by Phil Jiminez & Hi-Fi, 8 more full page pics by various artists, a 5 page purreview of Action Comics #890 featuring Lois & Lex, 3 pages of ads; and Jim Lee & J Michael Straczynski’s 2 page article, “Behind the Scenes: The New Costume”.
The first story is the spectacular 7 page “Valedictorian” written by Gail Simone, pencilled by George Perez, inked by Scott Koblish, colored by Hi-Fi, lettered by Travis Lanham, in which Wonder Woman leads a bunch of supurr heroines into battle against Purrofessor Ivo’s Cyber-Sirens, purrior to attending Vanessa Kapatelis’ graduation ceremony!
Appearing in that battle beside Wonder Woman are Supergirl, Batgirl, Batwoman, The Question, Stargirl, Terra, Dove, Cyclone, Ravager, Miss Martian, Manhunter, Black Alice, Bulleteer, Judo Master, Misfit, Grace Choi and Skyrocket! It has all of the supurrb complex detail that Perez’s amazing art is known for!
Next is the amewsing 5 page “Fuzzy Logic” featuring Wonder Woman, Power Girl, Bat Girl, and the villain known as Egg Fu! This was an extra special treat because it was written & illustrated by Amanda Conner, colored by Paul Mounts, lettered by John J Hill, so we were not without a Power Girl story by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts this month after all!
Superman teams up with Wonder Woman against a magickally powerful but narcissistic loudmouth of a terrorist in the 7 pages of  “Firepower”, written by Louise Simonson, pencilled by Eduardo Pansica, inked by Bob Wiacek, colored by Pete Pantazis, lettered by Travis Lanham!
This is followed by 6 lovely pages purrtaining to “The Sensational Wonder Woman” written by Geoff Johns, illustrated by Scott Kolins, colored by Michael Atiyeh & lettered by Nick J Napolitano! It is very purretty, although it seems to be setting up a future story and I am not too sure what to make of it.
The last of the stories is the beautifully illustrated but quite starkly grim 10 pages of Purrincess Diana and an Oracle in an alternate reality (I hope) Odyssey Purrologue: “Couture Shock”, written by J Michael Straczynski, pencilled by Don Kramer, inked by Michael Babinski, colored by Alex Sinclair & lettered by Travis Lanham!
“Valedictorian” & “Fuzzy Logic”: were my favorite stories, but “Couture Shock”, was purrobably my least favorite part of the issue. I hope that and “The Sensational Wonder Woman” were not  purrecursory to a reboot. That new black costume unfortunately reminds me of the black outfit she wore in the 90’s.
The eight full page purretty pin ups pics are by Adam Hughes, Greg Horn, Guillem March, Jock; Nicola Scott & Jason Wright; Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato; Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert & Rod Reis; and Shane Davis, Jaime Mendoza & Nei Ruffino! They are all splendid but I think the glorious Scott / Wright pic is my favorite, with the beautiful smile & magnificent Themyscira scenery!
Wonder Woman #600 is a nice collection with much beautiful imagery & delightful character moments from such amazingly talented folks, but it seemed too fleeting, and for such a landmark issue, it just did not seem quite grand or long enough. I also wish there was more story involving Themyscira & the Amazons, Donna, Cassie or Hippolyta (aside from one flashback panel). That’s all of my DC comic book reviews, but here’s Jenjen’s review of a few Archie Comics!

Betty #186!

Jeannie:
After the cute cover of Betty Cooper on the beach in a red & white polka dot bikini by Dan Parent are 32 pages in color compurrised of 23 pages short stories starring Betty, plus 9 pages of advertisements for $2.99 from Archie Comics. The lettering is by Jack Moreli, coloring by Digikore Studios, Mike Pellerito is the managing editor and Victor Gorelick is the editor-in-chief.

Written by George Gladir, pencilled by Stan Goldberg, inked by Rich Koslowski, the first story “Second Chance” has surfing instructor Betty visiting with her friend Nancy on the beach making wishes about their boyfriends, with Archie Andrews in her mind. Betty wears a Red cut-out maillot while Nancy has the White-dotted Magenta bandau-topped bikini.
Next is “Older Woman” by the artistic team of Goldberg & Koslowski & writer Craig Boldman, in which Betty & her older sister Polly encounter affectionate papurrboy Marcus.Then Goldberg, Koslowski & writer Mike Pelowski feature at home busily Betty house cleaning to impurress either her Mom or Archie- with ironic results in “Freaked Out”.

Both of her parents appear in Gladir, Goldberg & Koslowski’s “Tree Trouble”, in which Betty and her scientific genius friend Dilton compare the romantic history of couples’ carved initials to the potential damage caused to the park’s trees. Dilton’s technology comes to the rescue, but unpurrdictable kitty interference was appurrently not factored into his solution.

A glimpse of Betty’s bedroom decor offers further insights into her obsession with Archie, which is unfortunate since she seems to be the purrpetual second fiddle to Veronica, although she is purrsistant and cute in the ruffled bare midriff Carmine top & Amber colored pants, and does not seem willing to go as far to damage a tree to display her affections for Archie.

In spite of her romantic obsession, Betty does seems to have a wiser respect for Dilton’s inventions than her friend / rival Veronica Lodge does, as evidenced in–

Veronica #200

Jeannie:
This 200th issue has 32 pages compurrised of a 24 page story in color starring Veronica Lodge, plus a center spread of Veronica’s Fashions and 6 pages of advertisements for $2.99. This comic book’s lettering is also by Jack Moreli, coloring by Digikore Studios, Mike Pellerito is the managing editor and Victor Gorelick is the editor-in-chief.

Dan Parent purrvides the groovy cover art, and wrote / pencilled the story “It’s Good to be 200!” which is inked by Rich Koslowski. Veronica amewsingly “breaks the 4th wall” by directly addressing the readers, while reminiscing about her purrior issues, which appurrantly included a trip to outer space in issue #100.

Although she says she went to the Moon by Space Shuttle, the image in her though balloon clearly shows her tethered EVA from a Mercury Capsule. I will endeavour (that is a joke) not to be too critical of this one comic book panel, purrticularly since in this meta-fictional 200th issue she travels through time.

Veronica spies her purrky cousin Marcy & Dilton testing a time machine, so Marcy & Veronica take a quick trip into the past, to secretly glimpse her younger self with Archie I purrsume to be around age 12ish. She later undertakes a series of unauthorized trips to the past, and causes a tempurral purradox, which a purrturbed Marcy must correct.

Also appearing in this tale are Veronica’s parents, Archie’s parents, Mr. Weatherbee and Miss Grundy all at different ages. I won’t go into the quantum conundrums, as the story does not seem meant to be taken too seriously, purrticularly when Veronica rolls her eyes and grins at ‘the camera’ a few times.

Adding further fashion to the fun, the center spread displays Veronica modeling six different ensembles, including some purretty blouses, dresses, skirts, shoes & boots. Although Veronica  is quite the beautiful socialite of wealth & taste, she’ll require further help from Marcy’s sharp shrewd intellect, and find Archie falling for neither her nor Betty, but Valerie in–

Archie #608 – 609

Jeannie:
Archie #608 begins a 2 issue story arc with “it Starts With a Kiss!” written by Dan Parent, pencilled by Bill Galvan, inked by Rich Koslowski and colored by Glenn Whitmore. Mike Pellerito is the managing editor and Victor Gorelick is the editor-in-chief. The lovely front cover of issue #608 by Galvan & Koslowski depicts Archie kissing Valerie of The Pussycats.

The issue has 32 pages compurrised of a 24 page story in color co starring Josie and the Pussycats, plus a center spread of fashions and 6 pages of advertisements for $2.99. Appearing in this story are Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Marcy, Josie, Valerie, Melody, Alexander & Alexandra as The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats announce a double bill concert tour.

The Pussycats manager Alex & his sister Alexandra are up to no good, as they secretly scheme to forge a fake contract that would give Josie and the Pussycats top billing over The Archies, instead of equal billing as the bands had agreed upon, but later Valerie and Archie wind up making mewsic together in more ways than one in a smooching cliffhanger.

The centers pread depicts Josie, Valeri & Melody modeling two cute outfits and coiffures apiece. These include Josie in pigtails and a leopard purrint skirt, Valerie in a little black dress and a fuchsia stetson, and Melody’s hot pink & black and black & blue outfits.

Issue #609 greets us with a sadder tearful cover by Galvan & Koslowski, although the story “More than Words” begins with a more jubilant bang as we join the concert, already in purrogress. Although Valerie & Archie attempt to keep their romance a secret from the others, purretty soon it’s the talk of the town and tour.

I won’t spoil the plot further, but I think this two part tale concluded on a rather interesting note. Also appearing in this issue were The Andrews, The Lodges, and a reference to Midge. The issue has 32 pages compurrised of a 22 page story, 1 recap page, 7 pages of ads and another 2 page centerspread of Pussycats fashions. Thus concludes our comic book reviews, here is Myayr again for this month’s–

Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: Jose and the Pussycats

Mary Nyan:
Since last October we’ve devoted this segment to honor the famous catgirls who we admire of movies, TV purrograms, comics, literature & games! For our purrposes, we’re broadly defining catgirls to include nekomimi characters who are actually part cat, just dress the part, or have a purrticularly feline dispurrsition!
Purrevious honorees have included Lt. M’ress & other catgirls of Star Trek, Mel of Clan of the Cats, Power Rangers’ Dr. Kat Manx, Tigra, Doctor Who’s Novice Hame, Nuku Nuku, Catwoman, Cat People’s Irina Dubrovna, and Dominion’s Anna Puma & Uni Puma! This month the spotlight shines on Josie and the Pussycats!
Josie and the Pussycats are a fictional mewsical band compurrised of lead vocalist / guitarist Josie, vocalist / bassist Valerie & vocalist / purrcussionist Melody. Each plays other instruments too, and wears the kitty ears, tail & sexy tight leopard-purrint outfit on stage. They don’t actually have kitty DNA but their costumed image is purretty famous!
It began with the purremier of Archie Comic s’ Josie & Melody in 1963’s She’s Josie #1, by the great Dan DeCarlo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Decarlo, whose Jetta book we reviewed last month! The title was later shortened to Josie, but it was not until 1969 when Valerie arrived & they adopted their famous feline fashions as a band in Josie and the Pussycats #45!
These are among the stories repurrinted in the 96 page trade papurrback collection Best of Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1. Published in 2001 and purriced $10.95 it repurrints selected stories from the early 60’s to the late 80’s, with a few bonus pics! Josie stories are sometimes repurrinted in the Archie Digest books these days too!
In 1970 there was Hannah-Barbara’s Josie and the Pussycats cartoon on TV, and the later Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space. That first Josie animated series was a bit Scooby Doo-ish in the epurrsodes’ plots, and in the Space series, they were accidentally launched in a rocket and purrpetually lost in space.
For the animated version, the characters’ speaking voices were purrvided by Janet Waldo as Josie, Barbara Pariot as Valerie and Jackie Joseph as Melody; whereas their singing vocals were purrvided by Cathy Douglas as Josie, Patrice Holloway as Valerie, and future Charlie’s Angel Cheryl Ladd as Melody!
Janet Waldo was purrhaps best known as the voice of Judy Jetson and Penelope Pitstop! She also purrvided the English dubbed voice for Jun of the Japanese anime series Gatchaman, when the character was re-named as Purrincess for the American version of the show, known as Battle of the Planets!
Other recurring characters in those cartoons were the band’s hunky roady Alan (voiced by Jerry Dexter), their manager Alex (voiced by the legendary Casey Kaseem), his scheming sister Alexandra (voiced by Sherry Alberoni), her kitty Sebastian, and an alien pet named Gleep in the Space series.
Sebastian & Gleep were voiced by the legendary Don Messick, whose credentials include Scooby Doo, Booboo Bear, Astro, Dr. Quest, Pappa Smurf, and Ratchet the Autobot! Should you like to find out more about those & other great voice actors, I recommend the Voice Chasers http://voicechasers.com/ site!
In 2001 there was a live-action Josie and the Pussycats feature film, starring Rachael Leigh Cook as Josie, Rosario Dawson as Valerie and Tara Reid as Melody! Parker Posey, Alan Cumming & Seth Green were also in the movie! The theatrical version of the movie and an edited ‘family friendly’ version of the movie are on DVDs.
For more information purrtaining to Josie and the Pussycats, I recommend these sites for starters- The official Archie Comics site http://www.archiecomics.com/characters/josie/josie.html,
the Wikipedia article on the comic book http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josie_and_the_Pussycats_(comics)…
…the entry on the TV cartoon at Big Cartoon Database http://www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Hanna-Barbera_Studios/G-J/Josie_and_the_Pussycats/index.html, the article on the record at All Music http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:pf17gjerj6ic, and the movie’s page at the Intenet Movie Datbase http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236348/!
Who will we induct next month? You’ll have to wait to find that out, but coming up next we will bring out our special guests, who just might have a few more tidbits about Josie and the Pussycats for us, so please stay tuned!

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(one short break later…)

Our Feature Purresentation: mini-intermews
with guests Jim Amash and Andrew Pepoy!
A Mini-Intermew with Jim Amash!

Yvonne:
Mike says that he has known fellow North Carolinian artist Jim Amash http://www.myspace.com/jimspoolhall for several decades, but I won’t give away his age, nya! Not only is Jim an extremely talented artist & very witty chap, but he is also a huge fan of Jack Kirby, and is a fountain of knowledge about the many other Golden & Silver Age comics artists & writers he’s intermewed, nya!
Jim’s credentials range from the Spider-Man daily strip to anthropomorphic fun of Sonic the hedgehog and the Sabrina the teenage Witch comic book, nya! His journalistic purrowess can be seen in the many articles & intermews he’s conducted for magazines such as The Jack Kirby Collector and Alter Ego, and those books he co-authored on legends such as Sal Buscema, John Romita, nya! So now it is Jim’s turn to be intermewed, nya! Aloha and welcome to Catgirl Island- can I get you a tasty beverage, nya?

Jim:
Ice water will do, so long as the ice is cold.

Yvonne:
Coming right up, nya! How would you compare / contrast the collaborative creative purrocess of the Sabrina comic to the Spider-Man strip, nya?

Jim:
No comparison really, except that I had no input into the stories. On Spider-Man, I was imitating Joe Sinnott’s inking style while filling in, until I was asked to stick closer to penciler Alex Saviuk’s pencils. I would get the Sundays two at a time, every other week.

On Sabrina, I enhanced the penciler’s work with line weights and maybe add a spot of black here and there. There were times I did a little redrawing (one fill in artist required a little more than that at times), but Tania Del Rio (the regular penciler) really understood what she wanted and did a good job.

Yvonne:
Spidey’s pal Frank Castle / The Punisher once visited Riverdale, nya. Any chance Peter Parker might ever swing by Archie’s home town, nya?

Jim:
You never know, but right now, I think Spider-Man’s got enough problems without eating Mrs. Beazley’s cooking.

Yvonne:
Well I suppose not everyone can cook like Aunt May, nya! I can see the difficulties of a cross-over with other publishers’ characters, but what was the policy of including Archie, Josie etc in Sabrina’s adventures, nya?

Jim:
I don’t think there was an “official” policy, or at least I never heard about it.  However, I must say Tania (who wrote the series I inked) was smart to keep Sabrina in her own world during that run.

Yvonne:
What’s your opinion of The Fly (of Red Circle Comics), nya?

Jim:
I’d love to work on the Archie super-heroes, the Fly included, of course.

Yvonne:
There’ve been manga-style eras of Sabrina and Josie comics, nya. How would your tools or technique differ when doing the manga style compared to a ‘Marvel’ style, nya?

Jim:
The application of employing holding line weights on figures and forms always depends on the style of the penciling. I always use a brush and crowquill, the percentage of which varies from style to style.

Yvonne:
What are your purrfurred tools of the trade, nya?

Jim:
Brush and crowquill, with a Hunt #102 point. India ink helps, too! I use FW.

Yvonne:
What are your favorite movies, radio & TV purrograms, nya?

Jim:
I like the old stuff, especially since I’m beginning to be the old stuff.  I don’t watch TV. I’m too busy. XM satellite radio gives me tons of variety since I don’t have time to watch anything. I listen to various news programs, old-time radio shows, lots of music from various genres, and lots of baseball games.

Yvonne:
We watched some of the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals and Girls Softball, nya! What is your opinion of the various animated & live-action adaptations of the Josie, Sabrina & Archie comics, nya?

Jim:
Well, they all have their merits and drawbacks. I’m not crazy about seeing the characters in outer space, but then again, time has proven all of the characters are adaptable to any kind of situation.

Yvonne:
Sabrina spawned very successful live-action & animated movies & TV shows. How did those adaptations affect the direction, style or content of the comics, nya?

Jim:
For awhile, the Sabrina comic was influenced by one of the TV cartoons, but generally, I think they’ve always been separate in direction.

Yvonne:
Supurrnatural comics have sometimes been met some purrudish detractors, nya. Has our favorite teen witch ever encounter such adversity, nya?

Jim:
Not that I am aware of.

Yvonne:
Oh good, nya! While mentioning famous real folks involved with comics, who are the most purrofound influences on your artistic career, nya?

Jim:
The list is incredibly long in and out of comics, but I’ll limit it to a few comic book people: Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, C.C. Beck, Steve Ditko, Joe Sinnott, Terry Austin, Jack Cole, Harvey Kurtzman, among many others.

Yvonne:
Oh those are wonderful artists, nya! What are other your forthcoming purrojects, and convention appearances that we can look forward to, nya?

Jim:
No more conventions this year (I think). Besides the regular Jughead, Archie digest, and Sonic Universe work, I’m in every issue of Alter Ego as interviewer / associate editor. My next book will be out sometime this summer: Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur, to be followed by a book on legendary artist Matt Baker.

Yvonne:
I hope there’s lots of stuff about Wally West in that book, nya! Good luck with that, and thank you for spending the time with us, nya!

Jim:
No problem!  Say, did you eat all the tuna or is there enough for a sandwich?

Yvonne:
Ah heh I think we ate all the Maguro, but we can get the sammiches plus there’ll be more food at the luau tonight so we’ll see you and the Mrs. there, nya! We’ll be right back after another break, to bring out our next special guest, so don’t go away, nya!

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(one short break later…)

A Mini-Intermew with Andrew Pepoy!

Petra:
We first intermewed Andrew Pepoy http://www.pepoy.com/ in the December, 2008 edition of The Mew, nya. He is such a kind & purrrolific artist who has inked many comic books for DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Archie & Bongo, nya!
Titles he’s worked on include Batman, Justice League, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Godzilla, GI Joe, Scooby Doo, Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Futurama, Jack of Fables and Fables, for which he’s been nominated twice for a Hugo Award, and The Simpsons, for which he won the purrestigious Eisner Award, nya!
In 2000 he redesigned the Little Orphan Annie newspaper strip, and is the creator of The Adventures of Simone & Ajax http://simoneandajax.com/ whose purrevious & new tales can be read at http://www.ComicMix.com, nya! The color stories were collected this year in “The Adventures of Simone & Ajax” by IDW, nya!
Andrew also wrote and drew the fashionably fun escapades of Katy Keene in Archie & Friends #101-110 which were collected with new material in the terrific Katy Keen: Model Behavior Volume One, and now here he is to visit with us again, nya! Andrew, welcome back to Catgirl Island- can I get you a tasty beverage, nya?

Andrew:
I’ll take a Diet RC with a lime.

Petra:
Coming right up, nya! First, congratulations on winning that Eisner Award for your work on The Simpsons! So what was that like and how has that affected your career, nya?

Andrew:
I can’t say it’s made that much difference work-wise, but it was nice to be able to use the award credit in the promotion of my Simone & Ajax book.

Petra:
I sure more folks will read it because it is so much fun, nya! Well, we have been discussing Josie and the Pussycats, so let me ask about working for Archie Comics, nya. How would you compare / contrast the creative purrocess at Archie Comics to that of Marvel, DC, etc, nya?

Andrew:
Archie’s a much smaller company, family-owned, with a much smaller staff, so everyone is somewhat involved with everything, while at Marvel or DC there’s much more of an organized editorial heirarchy to navigate.

Petra:
Last month we reviewed Dan DeCarlo’s Jetta, which you had a supurrb tribute pic in, nya! Might we see further adventures of Jetta Raye, nya?

Andrew:
The idea’s been raised, but there are no solid plans…. yet.

Petra:
We will keep our fingers crossed, nya! Can you tell us a fun anecdote about Dan Decarlo nya?

Andrew:
Dan always wanted to keep the Archie gang looking contemporary, so he’d go and watch the kids at the local high schools to see what they were wearing and doing. However, he often had to take his wife Josie along so as to not look too weird doing that.

Petra:
You and DeCarlo are among the great artists who’ve worked on Josie and Pussycats, nya. Could you tell us about your stint on that series, nya?

Andrew:
Well, I wouldn’t dare put myself up in the same class as Dan. As well, Dan was the creator of Josie, while I just inked a couple stories that ran in “Archie & Friends”. And they were Manga Josie, not he classic version.

Petra:
How would your tools or technique differ when doing the manga style, nya?

Andrew:
Same tools… brushes, pens, ink…. but I might use a bit more pen with the manga style.

Petra:
What is your opinion of the various animated & live-action adaptations of the Josie, Sabrina & Archie comics, nya?

Andrew:
I know I sure watched the cartoons as a kid, but I can barely remember what they were like now several decades later. I was a big fan of the Melissa Joan Hart “Sabrina” series.

Petra:
Oh we are too- we liked her and her aunts and her cat, nya! But not to stray cat from the Pussycats topic, are there any little-known tidbits you can reveal about Josie & the Pussycats nya?

Andrew:
Josie DeCarlo, Dan’s wife and the inspiration for Josie, used to dress up in a pussycat costume at costume parties.

Petra:
So she was the very  inpurrational catgirl, nya! I have been wondering, how well do Josie, Valerie & Melody know their fellow Archieverse celebrity, Katy Keene nya?

Andrew:
I don’t think they’ve ever met… (again) yet.

Petra:
We love Katy & Mackenzie Keene, nya! Is there any chance you might be reunited with those characters, hopefully sometime soon nya?

Andrew:
Yes! Archie and I announced at the recent C2E2 con in Chicago that I’ll be returning soon to Katy Keene and her gang. We’re still figuring out just how and what will be done, but it won’t be too long before you’ll see new Katy comics.

(cheers from the Mew crew)

Petra:
Hooray, nya! Oh, and what are Simone & Ajax up to this summer, nya?? We hope they can visit the island again soon, nya!

Andrew:
They’re taking a little break after their recent adventures, but they’ll be back. They’re never far away from my drawing board.

Petra::
Oh good, nya! So… what are other your forthcoming purrojects, and convention appearances that we can look forward to, nya?

Andrew:
I’ll be at Comic-Con in San Diego, set up in Artists Alley and doing some panels. I’ll also be at Wizard World Chicago in August just wandering about. Will be setting up again at the New York Comic-Con in October. As for other projects, I’m still inking Jack of Fables at Vertigo up through #50 and will be inking some Fables again soon.

I’m inking the “Archie Loves Betty” section of the upcoming “Life With Archie” magazine, telling what life might be like if he was married to Betty or Veronica. Also inking many comics for The Simpsons and Futurama for Bongo Comics. And just inked the cover for the Marvel Holiday Special.

Petra:
Oh by the way, we liked the cute Angel and the Ape story you did for last year’s DC Universe Holiday Special ’09 too, nya! Gosh, thank you for spending the time with us during your island visit and we will see y’all later at the luau, nya!

Andrew:
Always a purr-leasure!

Petra:
We’ll be right back after the break with our

Recommended Web Comics & Stories, nya!

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(one short break later…)

An Angel’s Prayer

Nyanko:
Welcome back! The action-packed adventures of teen heroines who find themselves mysteriously imbued with supurr powers and a dash of romance to fight evil villains & creatures in exotic the lands of the Earth and beyond is a recurring theme of Sharon Williamshttp://sailorsirius.webs.com/ delightful fantasy fiction!

Sharon’s previous serialized purrose include Sailor Sirius (fan-senshi based on Sailor Moon), The Dark Fires of Cyphyrus (magickal girls teleported to another planet), Osiris Rising (with an Egyptian mythology theme), and now the first chapter of her latest tale has just started, which has an Angelic quality!

As if the purrejudiced mean girls at her high school were not bad enough, supurrnatural forces have taken an interest in poor cute Aiko Richards – but do they intend to harm or purrotect her, and will heaven be taking a liking to her sooner or later than she might purrfer?

Thus begins the briskly-paced first chapter of An Angel’s Prayer http://www.rose74.deviantart.com/! It has very vivid travelogue-esque descriptions of the lavish locations, an endearing sympathetic female purrotagonist in peril, the unfortunate issues of racism & bullying, and angelic entities going to work!
Oh and while while you’re there at her site, you can also enjoy the gallery full of illustrations of her different series’ characters by various artists – I think there are a few pics by Mike there too! Speaking of  the entertaining stories & art on the net, here are —

Our Monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter!
Yvonne:
and my 3 web comic picks of the litter are Ardra http://www.ardracomic.com/

Elizabeth:
I would like to recommend Binary Souls http://www.bsodcomic.net/,
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth http://www.biblecomic.net/
and Battle Suit Girls- The Web Comic http://bsgcomic.free.fr/ – which stars
Capt. Cath the tiger girl & the other sexy bikini clad outer space heroines!
Petra:
My nominees are Cardboard Angel http://cangel.strawberrycomics.com/
– which has the kitsune in it, nya! So what does Lizzy nominate, nya?

Jeannie:
I would like to recommend Directions of Destiny http://directionsofdestiny.com/,
Mary Nyan:
and Evil Inc. http://www.evil-comic.com/ are my great web comic picks for July!

Nyanko:
Oh my urn? Ok I’ll purrmote fabulous Fablewood http://fablewoodcomic.com/
the cute eared girls of Flaky Pastry http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/,
and Finders Keepers http://www.finderskeepers.gcgstudios.com/! Mike’s turn!
Mike:
Hmm I am sensing an alphabetical pattern here, but last but not least, I would
like to recommend The Gateway http://tgtmm.blogspot.com/ by Jennie Brooks
& Kate Fazekas’ manga styled Geminni http://www.drunkduck.com/Geminni/!
That’ll do it for this month’s pics, but we’ll have more to recommend in August!

Petra:
So what is the next topic, nya?

Mary Nyan:
Mike was supposed to give his-
Heroes Con 2010 Report!

Mike:
Oh that’s right! Ah, well, since 1982 Shelton Drum, who is the owner of the comic book store Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, has sponsored the annual Heroes Con, which is always a wonderfully fun comic book convention in Charlotte North Carolina! Some friends from the Carolina Comic Book Club and I have been fortunate to attend most of them, and we just did it again June 4-6, 2010!

It actually kinda began on Thursday June 3rd as we arrived that afternoon to unload the truck for the pre-con set-up in the Charlotte Convention Center, and I think it’s neat to see all of the exhibitors arranging & assembling their displays, from the simpler comics long boxes on tables, to the more elaborate, tall booths that are almost like small rooms walled with racks of neat stuff!

The center is right across the street from a lovely host hotel The Weston, and the other buildings that make up the downtown Charlotte skyline. After Thursday night’s supper at our friend’s restaurant The Iron Grill, we went back to the hotel to relax or to hang out in the lobby / bar, which was surrounded by one of those neat infinity-edge water elements, like a little stream!

Friday morning and two blueberry muffins & a Decaf Diet Coke  for breakfast later, I reconvened with the gang at our Carolina Comic Book Club’s booth to help finish setting up, then went about trying to meet some of the guests. I won’t try to list the hundreds of guests, small press, exhibitors & folks in the artist alley, but the impressive list is at http://heroesonline.com/!

There are just so many amazingly talented artists, authors, editors & publishers there, from the Golden Age of comics  of the 30’s to some of the newest web comics & podcasters. It’s sad that with every year there are more and more of the special guests who are no longer with us, and this year it was the late Dick Giordano who was among those absent.

I’m certainly not gonna try to list every person I met or every thing I did there, but a partial list of folks I hoped to chat with & get autographs from included Mike Mignola, Brian Bolland, Berni Wrightson, Jim Starlin, Michael Golden, Bill Willingham, Kevin Maguire, Rick Leonardi, Adam Hughes, Mark Waid, Scott Campbell, Frank Cho, Billy Tucci, Tim Sale, Joe Jusko, Greg Horn..
Tom Fleming, Paty Cockrum, Chrissie Zullo, June Brigman, Georges Jeanty, Cliff Chiang, Mike McKone, JM Linsner, Bud Root, Randy Green, Richard Case, Clay & Susan Griffith, Chuck Wojtkiewicz, Elaine Corvidae, Dan Johnson, Marcus Hamilton, Dan Parent, Eric Nolen-Weathington, Jim Amash and Mick Foley! That’s just a fraction of how many guests & artists were there!

I got to meet MOST of those folks and plenty others, some I did not get to meet because of their schedules, but there are always so many pleasant discussions amongst all those artists, dealers & fellow fans. I was not initially intending to get sketches, but I was so lucky to get a quick sketch of Moondragon by Jim Starlin, and one of Elementals’ Fathom (Becky Golden) by Bill Willingham!

After the convention center shut down Friday evening, we got got spruced up and searched for a downtown restaurant. There’s a light rail, trolley car, bicycle rickshaws & horse buggies, some very nice restaurants within walking distance, and a nearby green area where we stopped after supper to watch an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors!

Saturday was the most crowded day of the con as usual. Most of the guests & exhibotors are all gathered in one huge hall in the convention center, but upstairs is where the various discussion panels, presentations, contests & workshops were held in other rooms, and there’s also a food court with a Bojangles in it, which was nice sit down lunch time escape from the crowds!

While there’s not the vast extent of cosplayers that you’d see at, say Aniimazement, part of the fun at Heroes Con is the dozens of folks of all ages in costumes, mostly comic book characters. In addition to the four Zee’s were Black Canary, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Rogue, Dazzler, Mockingbird, Cat Woman, Harley Quinn, Huntress, Batgirl, Barbara Gordon…

…her dad Commissioner Jim Gordon, Cloak & Dagger, Green Lantern (Jordan), Captain America (Rogers) Captain America (The Truth), Black Panther, Tony Stark, Nova, Red Skull, The Riddler, Two Face, Scarecrow, Bane, a few Jokers, Jack Sparrow, Scarlet & Duke, Baroness & Snake Eyes, Imperial Stormtroopers, and numerous other costumed adults & kids!

In addition to all that exquisite artwork shown or for sale by the artists & dealers, such as original comics pages, cards, books, posters, prints & commissioned sketches, there is so much tempting merchandise. Most of of the dealers sold comics & books, but there were also lots of cards, shirts, jewelry, props, movie posters, memorabilia, videos, statues & action figures!

One of the big main events was the Saturday night annual art auction in the Weston’s Providence Ballroom. It was a jam packed room, and the festivity began with Shelton greeting the crowd, who then all sang Happy Birthday to artist  Irwin Hasen and then 4 Zatannas (including one in the 80’s Perez-designed costume) paraded the next art that was up for bid!

After hanging out at the auction,I was up late chatting with friends that I might only get to seeonce a year at that con, and before I knew it Sunday already! The last day of the con might not be quite as crowded, but it was still thoroughly festive, and I got in a bit more more visiting & shopping until the Sunday 6 pm closing time, when we struck our booth & loaded up the truck.

Then we hit the road with a Sunday night supper stop for pancakes to top off the fun weekend on the way home! So, once again Heroes Con was another wonderful experience, and I need to thank all the guests, dealers, fellow fans, Shelton’s terrific team & the event staff for their—
The Cat Lady Sings… or sleeps…
Yvonne:
zzzz…. more pancakes nya …. zzzz….
Petra:
She’s out again, nya!

Jeannie:
Allow me.

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

Nyanko:
So, did you have anything else to say about the con?
Mike:
Ah, no that was pretty much it!

Elizabeth:
Well then, I guess that wraps it up for another edition of The Mew!

Petra:
We wish to thank our special guests Andrew Pepoy and Jim Amash, nya!
Mary Nyan:
We also thank the artists, authors, editors, publishers, event staff & volunteers,
filmmakers, broadcasters, manufacturers & anglers for those things we reviewed!

Yvonne:
And our web master Jamie Robertson for all of his hard work, nya!
Jeannie:
If y’all have polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them
– purrvided that any such remarks are brief, spam-free, and stay on-topic.

Mike:
Thanks for watching, y’all! We’ll be back with more next month! Be there… Aloha!

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

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