March 2011 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

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The Mew: The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings! 

In this Tides of March 2011 edition of The Mew:

• Aloha, Introductions & Recent Activities
• TV & Movie Mewsings
12th Annual Nevermore Film Festival
Rare Exports
Sanctum 3D
Drive Angry 3D
Power Rangers Samurai
An Oscar is not just a tasty fish: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards
• DVD Discussions
Blue Drop Complete Collection
Summer Wars
The Runaways
All-Star Superman
The Six Million Dollar Man Pilot TV Movies and Season 1
• The Lightning Round Topic: The Mewsic of John Barry
• Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: More Live-Action Catgirls
• Calendar Critiques
Avatar, Island Cats, Angel Cat Sugar, Women of Marvel 2011 Calendars
• Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
• More About Hawaiian Monk Seals
• Magazine Mewsings & Purriodicals Purrings
Favorite Seafood Photos & Piscine Publications’ Pics
Magazine Mini Mewings for March
Surfgirl #30
Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit Issue
•  Book Reports
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Haunted Historic Greensboro by Teresa Bane
• Manga Mewsings
K-ON! vol. 1
Ichiroh! vol. 4
Chi’s Sweet Home vol. 4 & 5
• An Impurromptu Additional Lightning Round purrtaining
to Our Favorite Aquatic / Amphibious Comics Heroines
• Comics Critiques
Fathom: Blue Descent #0 – 2
Avengers Academy #9
Gotham City Sirens #19 & 20
Justice League: Generation Lost #18
Power Girl #21
Sorcery 101 Book 1
• Our Monthly Web Comics “Pick of the Litter”
• Toys & Collectibles:
Clawdeen Wolf’s Gloom Beach, Dawn of the Dance & Scream sets
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cato Parasitti action figure
Transformers Elita-One Bust
Dragon Age Morrigan action figure
Heavenly Sword Nariko action figure
Tron: Legacy Quorra action figure
• Convention Reports
IchibanCon 2
WhatTheHell?! Con 2011
• The Cat Lady Sings…

Mike:
(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, Carolina Blue golf shirt, Khaki cargo shorts & Mizuno trainers)
Aloha and welcome to The Mew, coming to you this month from Sheila May’s seafood restaurant just off the coast of Catgirl Island, for the monthly reviews & discussions of comics, art, anime & other fun stuff! I’d like to thank the restaurant management for allowing us to do another show here after hours! Several of the regular critics are away at a “tournyament” today, but fortunately Vonny, Tar-chan & Petra were free, a few of our mermaid friends were able to join us, and our pal Pacozord will be dropping by for a guest review, so please welcome the Ladies of The Mew!
Yvonne:
(wearing the Hot Pink stringy side-tie bikini and a Fuchsia Plumeria tail lei)
Nameste, nya!
Tara-chan:
(wearing the Nilla Cream halter neck bikini, Purreo and a Heliconia tail lei)
Nameste, nya!
Petra:
(wearing the Peachy bandau top / tanga bikini and a Yellow Ginger tail lei)
Hi Hi, nya! Joining us is Sheila May’s Assistant Manager Tsuruku, nya!

* “Nya” is not quite the purropurr spelling of Nyan, Japanese for “meow”

Tsuruku:
(wearing a Blue Tang tube top, gold tail fin ring and Piku shell necklace)
Ohayou Gozaimasu! And here is our Senior Saucier, Nyssy!
Nyssy:
(wearing an ivory & beige banded seashell top and various piercings)
Ni Hao! This girl here with the cute earrings is Kianalani, our top Bariste!
Kianalani:
(wearing cute Gold Koi earrings and the Brain Coral patterned bikini top)
Guten Tag! Just call me Lani! Over here is our Sommeleir, Ne’ellakaliomi!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
(wearing the Indigo colored Jellycups top and a Blue Calathea in her hair)
Hola! Here in the Blue Jellies is our Catering Coordinator, Melanakeami!

Melanakeami:
(wearing the Cherenkov Radiation Blue Jellycups and a strand of purrls)
Shello!
* Jellycups are an iridescent bikini top made of hollowed Jellyfish bells
Mike:
So… what have y’all been up to since the big Awards Night?
Yvonne:
Oh just the mewsual… when I have not been reeling in all those Amberjacks, Bluefun, Blackfin, Drums, Groupurrs, Kings & Stripurrs I have managed to find the time for my purrcussion circle and the beach volleyball purractice, nya!

Tara-chan:
Hai, me too, nya! Except for the drumming part… I’ve mostly been busy with school since last month’s awards show, nya!

* Hai = Japanese for “yes”

Petra:
Since the big awards show I’ve mainly been planning mew Spurring exhibits at the mewseum, although Nyoka, Bunni, Rebeccabot, Tami & Nyssy here have been a big help!  But there are other exhibits going on and I have some mew art displays to mention later, nya!

Nyssy:
Tami regrets that she could not be here this time as she away at an ikebana seminar!, but she might tweet us during a break! I’ve been training our new Saucier, helping at the Sea Dragon shelter, going to the movies and helping to plan that Spring body art show- it’s gonna be the best one yet!

* Leafy & Weedy Sea Dragons are wonderful real marine creatures

Yvonne:
Oh how are those widdle Sea Dragons faring, nya?

Nyssy:
They are healthy & content, with the proper food & attentions!

Tsuruku:
It has received the good publicity from the art shows! This restaurant has kept me very busy, and we raised a record sum for the charity donations at the awards show! Since we hired more help here & have more volunteers at the shelter, I still have time for dance class!

Kianalani:
I’ve been training our new junior Bariste, helping at the shelter a bit, oh and Nell and I have been compiling all the photos from the awards show!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Hai, between the rest of the camera club we must have so many pics from the ceremony! We are looking forward to Kami-chan’s next balloon ride so we can take some colorful balloon pics & aerial photos!

Melanakeami:
Oh that reminds me I need to talk to the balloonist about the ballast and making sure the basket has enough salt water in it for the proper displacement for the mermaid passengers! I have been working lots of over time lately, but I still find the bit of time to watch Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Young Justice and Clone Wars! Oh by the way I understand there is a special announcement about the official Catgirl Island web site?

Mike:
Yes there is! Thanks to my dear friend & web master Jamie Robertson, we have re-gained the older original Catgirl Island URL of catgirlisland.com, which now serves as an identical mirror site to catgirlisland.net!
mermaids give the tail fin flap applause as the catgirls cheer:
YATTAHH NYA!*
* Yatta = Japanese expurression for “Hurray”
Mike:
So, aside from the newer books, comics, movies & stuff we are reviewing this month, are there any older things y’all have been reading or watching of late?
Melanakeami:
Lately I have been listening to Joan Baez http://www.joanbaez.com/, Joan Armatrading http://www.joanarmatrading.com/ and Peter Gabriel http://www.petergabriel.com/!

Petra:
This week I have been litening to some anime soundtracks and Megumi Hayashibara http://www.usagi.org/~doi/seiyuu/hayashibara-megumi/ CDs, nya! What about you Mike, nya?

Mike:
Oh, a lot of John Barry soundtracks, the Tron: Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk, and the Lisa Furukawa CD I got at Ichiban Con 2!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
I have been listening to music by The Runaways http://www.therunaways.com/ & Joan Jett http://joanjett.com/index.html!

Kianalani:
Oh mainly Crystal Gayle http://www.crystalgayle.com/ & Grace Jones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Jones!
Nyssy:
Anoushka Shankar http://www.anoushkashankar.com/ & Keiko Matsui http://www.keikomatsui.com/ music!

Petra:
In purrepurration for the forthcoming Thor movie I have been reading the comics… I purrticularly like those Asgard tales drawn by Charles Vess http://www.greenmanpress.com/, nya! By the way, the February issue of ImagineFX http://www.imaginefx.com/ magazine has a good technique article in it on Charles Vess, nya!
Tara-chan:
Oneesan has been introducing me to the mewsic of Moya Brennan http://www.moyabrennan.com, Clannad http://www.clannad.ie/ and the Tannahil Weavers http://www.tannahillweavers.com/, and I have been reading Rumiko Takahashi’s http://www.furinkan.com/ Maison Ikkoku, and collecting more Hello Kitty World Adventure cards, nya!

* Oneesan = Japanese for “older sister”. Yvonne is oneesan to Tara-chan, who is Yvonne’s imoutosan (younger sister).
Kianalani:
Which new cards did you recently get?
Tara-chan:
I got Kitty in Morocco, Kenya, Scotland, Italy, and a purremium foil Mexico card, nya!

Yvonne:
I have been introducing her to the celtic mewsic and the Rumic manga, and the joy that is the Battle Athletes anime, nya! We have also been watching Blue Drop but I’ll get to that later in the reviews, nya! Howboutchoo, Tsu, nya?
Tsuruku:
Oh I just read Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshihiro_Tatsumi Push Man manga, and I’ve been listening to music by Shadofax http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowfax_(band).
Melanakeami:
I found used copies of Laurell K. Hamilton’s http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/ sword & sorcery novel Nightseer, and her Star Trek novel Nightshade!
Yvonne:
Wow I did not know she wrote a Star Trek book! I only knew of her Anita Blake & Merry Gentry books, nya! Which Trek era nya?

Melanakeami:
It is a Next Gen novel, with Troi ‘n Worf!

Yvonne:
Howboutchoo, Nell, nya?
Ne’ellakaliomi:
I have been reading Hopless Savages by Jen Van Meter http://www.jenvanmeter.com/, and at our last Merry Mermaid Midnight Movie Marathon we watched the documentaries The Endless Summer, Step Into Liquid, and Dear and Yonder!  Each has a common theme or aspect, and our next batch will be M*A*S*H, Alien and Top Gun!
Mike:
That’s a good Tom Skerrit assortment!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Say, we had an idea of starting a film series or festival and calling it the RetroFINtasma series or the NeverMER festival at the CORALina Dive-in Theatre. Whatcha think?
Mike:
Ah… I think you might want to ask the nice folks who produce the Retrofantasma Film Series http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma/ and the Nevermore Film Festival http://www.nevermorefilmfest.org at the Carolina Theater http://carolinatheatre.org/ what they think of that ‘homage’!
Tara-chan:
Would that technically be an homage or a purrody, nya?
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Ah it was more of a jokey segue to the next topic really, heh!
Kianalani:
On that note, purrhaps we should discuss those actual festivals & series wonderfully purrduced by The Carolina Theatre of Durham!
Tsuruku:
By the way, are they related to the nice big Carolina Theatre of Greensboro http://www.carolinatheatre.com/?
Nyssy:
That’s in the same city as What The Hell?! Con and some of those toy shows! Oh and The Figure Skating Championships were just hosted there too!
Mike:
Yep they have a lot of stuff! Um, I am not sure if those two theatres are connected, but both venues are such grand fun places for great movies & concerts here in North Carolina! The last times I was at the one in Greensboro were for the Yes concert and a screening of Ben Hur! Oh those were just perfect evenings!
Petra:
The Carolina Theatre of Durham also sponsors the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, The a documentary film festival, and the Escapism film festival, nya!
Yvonne:
I wanted to see Margaret Cho http://www.margaretcho.com/ when she was there for her ChoDependent 2010 Tour, but I missed her show- I was so tired from the fishing charter, nya!
Tara-chan:
It was not a bad day though because we reeled in a great big Marlin and a bumpurr crop of Cobias, nya!
Petra:
Uh oh we have stray-catted off the topic again, nya!

Melanakeami:
Ok let’s dive back in!
Yvonne:
Well then to purrmote the Carolina Theatre of Durham, I believe Mike had more purraise for their annual horrific fun at the–
12th Annual Nevermore Film Festival, nya!

Mike:
The Nevermore Film Festival http://www.nevermorefilmfest.org is one of the many delightful events at the stately, grand Carolina Theater http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ in downtown Durham, NC, which has seen many nice renovations over the years with lots of neat restaurants & shops nearby! The building hosts lots of live entertainment (concerts, comedians, dance, childrens programming) & film screenings, including the Retrophantasma http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma/ series of horror & science fiction films!
Past the outdoor plaza & tiered fountains is the box office, lobby, stairs & corridors leading to other rooms, nooks, displays & multiple concession booths selling quality refreshments. Screenings are held in Fletcher Hall, which seats over 1,000 (with 2 balconys) & 2 smaller cinemas! For this festival, it is especially decorated with horror movie posters & spooky decor, and a few venders sell videos, posters, jewelry & plushies! Everyone is friendly & cordial, with great pride, enthusiasm & appreciation amongst the staff, volunteers & attendees!
14 titles were screened on Saturday – Sunday, February 18 – 20th. These included 9 indy films and 2 collections of shorts, all made between 2009 – 2011; and 3 classic studio pictures! The 9 international indy films were comprised of 4 US films and 5 foreign films. The 4 US films were All About Evil, Mold, Unaware, and Vanishing on 7th Street .All About Evil stars Natasha Lyonne, Casandra Peterson, Thomas Dekker, Noahs Sagan & Mink Stole! Vanishing on 7th Street stars Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo & Hayden Christensen!
The foreign films were Black Death (UK), El Monstro Del Mar (Australia), Dark Souls (Norway), Rare Exports (Finland), and Rubber (France) which is probably the definitive movie about a telepathic killer tire. The classics in 35mm were Sean Cunningham’s Friday 13th starring Kevin Bacon, Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King & FX by Tom Savini; Sam Raimi’s Darkman starring Liam Neeson, Francis McDormand, Ted Raimi & Larry Drake; and Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins & Scott Glen!
They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara! is an annual 93 minute collection of humorous horror shorts from various countries, this year including Night of the Punks, Bygone Behemoth, Alice Jacobs is Dead (starring Adrienne Barbeau), Cornerboys, Back to Life, Bursters, The Cow Who Wanted to be Hamburger, and Blarg! When The Stars Begin To Fall is a 93 minute collection of more serious horror shorts, consisting of Written, Last Seen on Dolores Street, Murderabilia, Davis, See the Dead, The Devil’s Toy, and Scarecrow at Midnight!
It is a variety of horrors, from splatter, psychological thriller, zombie, environmental, mythology, conspiracy, big monsters, camcorder style,  rural, coastal, urban, and the snow covered! Sometimes the films are accompanied by the director or other members of the cast or crew, who might answer questions & sign autographs after the screening! In past years there were quite a few representatives! I’m not sure how many were there this year, because something came up at the last minute, I was only able to attend on Friday night.
It was a dandy Friday evening with lovely weather! After dining on pizza outdoors at a nearby restaurant we went to the theatre, got the tickets and explored the place for a while. It really is a huge place! I chatted with some of the venders & other friends in the lobby as we admired the decor, then went into Fletcher Hall, which was not full but everyone’s spirits were high, and we all cheered  when the manager greeted everyone before the screening of Rare Exports http://www.rareexportsmovie.com/!
It’s an 84 minute R rated 2010 Finnish film directed by Jalmari Helander, presented in Finnish with English subtitles. Set in modern day as a mountaintop industrial excavation digs up a huge ancient buried tomb, which is believed to contain the original Santa Claus. A reindeer hunter’s young son Pietari has been snooping on the excavation, and having down much research into the myth & lore of Santa, realizes how very bad this situation is going to be. As he tells his father & their rural neighbors, the real Santa is not a jolly character!
Then a herd of reindeer is mysteriously slaughtered, local children are kidnapped, workers are killed… and then the ‘elves’ emerge from the forest to free their frozen master and punish the naughty folks of the isolated village! It is a race against time on Christmas Eve as Pietari tries to convince his father & neighbors of what they are up against, and hope that the creature called Santa is not released! This was a very well done movie, with a great cast, locations, FX, a good mix of suspenseful & humorous moments, and a smart protagonist!
It received a good applause from the crowd! I wish I had been able to attend more of the festival, but friends who were able to partake of the entire weekend said that it was the usual wonderful, special event! That fun fantastic frightful festival may be over now, but the Carolina Theatre’s Retrophantasma series 13th season (which started in January) continues into June with 35mm double features on most Fridays! The ticket prices are $8 per double feature, or $6.25 for members. This season’s pairings include / have included:
Forbidden Planet and The Thing from Another World (1951), Cat People (1942) and Dementia 13, The Fearlss Vampire Killers and Village of the Damned (1960), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Duel and The Andromeda Strain (1971), Witchfinder General and The Asphyx, Terror Train and The Fog (1980), The Fly (1986) and Bug, Carrie and Patrick, Jaws 2 and The Legacy, The Eyes of Laura Mars and Visiting Hours, The Changeling and Pet Semetary!
So there’s still plenty to look forward to! Wow… Steven Speilberg’s Duel and Robert Wises’s The Andromeda Strain will be 40 years old this year! You know, Robert Wise later directed my all time favorite movie, Star Trek The Mo–
Petra:
Uh oh there he goes again, nya!

Yvonne:
Mike don’tchoo get started on that again –  we have the tight schedule, nya!
Tara-chan:
Oneesan was right he does talk about that movie a lot, nya!
Melanakeami:
Oh my!
Mike:
Ah well I’d conclude the remarks I’d just like to thank those folks at the Carolina Theatre of Durham for yet another great festival! That’s it for this segment of the show, but when we come back from the break, we’ll be right back with Kianalani to start our
TV & Movie Mewsings!
(snip)(one short break later…)

Sanctum 3D

Kianalani:
Welcome back! In this movie filmed in Queensland & directed by Alister Grierson, underwater spelunking in Papua New Guinea during a severe storm & bad decisions results in several deaths & injuries for a team of explorers. Five of them are later  trapped without enough proper equipment in a network of caves & tight tunnels filling up with cold water, and to make the situation worse there is panic & treachery in the group, with predictable estranged father & son bonding along the way.
There’s good & bad I can say about the movie, but ultimately I was disappointed. I think the actors are OK and the stunt team is awesome, but the story is just so predictable and their dialogue is weak & the characters are not very likable or smart enough. It’s no Poseidon Adventure, and oddly not even as claustrophobic feeling as Descent. The panic & fight scenes really diminish the movie, in going for unbelievable action at the expense of any level-headed character-driven drama.
It’s not nearly as good as other explorer survival movies such as Touching the Void or Shackleton. The exotic locations are gorgeous and nicely photographed, but the 3D technique made the image look too dark or under saturated. The FX and sound design are very good, the sound design is very good & effective, the music was OK but a but overly-dramatic at times, there’s a bit of unnecessary slow-motion during one later scene and the pace of the movie seemed rather rushed. It is my least favorite movie with underwater scenes that has producer James Cameron’s name on it, and I wish that instead of a ‘thriller’ with plot they had instead made an IMAX type of documentary.
Drive Angry 3D

Kianalani:
Drive Angry is a way over the top violent supernatural action movie directed by Patrick Lussier, starring Nicholas Cage as a rough dude named John Milton who escaped from the fiery prision of Hell, to rescue his baby granddaughter, who has been kidnapped by a Satanic cult leader portrayed by Billy Burke, who killed her parents and plans to do the same to her in the sacrificial ritual.
On the trail to the site in Louisiana, Milton is joined by a jilted tough waitress, portrayed by Amber Heard!
While those two pursue the cult in fast cars with plenty of weapons, the trail of destruction is in turn pursued by troopers lead by a Sheriff portrayed by Tom Atkins, and by the devil’s accountant played by William Fichtner, who intends to take Milton back to Hell! Fichtner portrayed that bank manager who was robbed by The Joker at the beginning of Dark Knight!  The relentless result is a road full of car chases, crashes, explosions, shootouts, brutal brawls, blades, bullets & body parts in 3D.
There is much harsh language, nudity, sexual content, deadly magick and witty quips! It has an extreme visceral grindhousey quality that reminds me of Machete or Piranha 3D. The movie also stars several muscle cars & trucks which are accompanied by the loud thrash music, the ‘Godslayer’ gun which must be seen to be believed, and a pace that only slows down for moments of trash talk, reloading, swapping vehicles, and pontificating about more carnage to come. The cast all does a fine job, but The Accountant almost steals the show! I think the filmmakers succeeded at their intent, and if this is the sort of R rated movie you might like, I think you would be entertained!

Petra:
Thank you for the insightful concise movie reviews, nya! Nyow for our next movie topic An Oscar is not just a tasty type of fish, but the most purrestigious of the cinematic awards in the USA, so nyow we would like to take this time to discuss–
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards Show, nya!

Yvonne:
I thought Anne Hathaway was a good co-host and she was so purretty with so many gorgeous wardrobe changes! She was cutely purrched on the edge of the stage in the girl tux when she sang  that song about Hugh Jackman, “He stuck his fake retractible claws into my heart when he left me on my own”, nya!
Tara-chan:
Florence Welch was so purretty in the Red dress singing duet with AR Rahman, and Sandra Bullock had the lovely Red dress when she purrsented the actor nominees, nya!
Petra:
Natalie Portman was so purretty in the Purrple dress with the dangly earrings when she won the best lead actress award, Scarlett Johansen wore that marvelous Maroon dress, and Gwyneth Paltrow sang “Coming Home” from the movie “Country Strong”, nya! I purrticularly liked the way the stage was illuminated for that purrformance, nya!
Tsuruku:
Oh how about Mandy Moore singing “I See the Light”  from Tangled with Zacahry Levi! She wore that stunning strapless Blue dress! Others who were beautiful in Blue were Amy Adams her sparkly Navy Blue dress, and Susan Bier, the director of  In A Better World!

Nyssy:
I think Halle Berry was the most glamorous of the evening, although Mila Kunis had the sexy Gray dress, and Disney-ABC President Anne Sweeney was so pretty in that symmetrical gown!

Kianalani:
Hmm I would have to say… Reese Witherspoon’s Black & White off shoulder dress, Nichol Kidman’s bejweled White dress with that beautiful necklace, and Marisa Tomei in that cute Black dress with the big layered skirt!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
I think the best dressed were Helen Mirren, Kate Blanchett and Hilary Swank!

Melanakeami:
I liked… I liked Mila Kinus’s dress the most, Oprah’s shimmering Black & Silver dress, and Anne Hathaway’s twirly silvery fringe dress! She has such a beautiful silvery dress on the fold out cover of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue! Oh and I like Olivia Wilde’s plunging Black & White dress on that fold out and Milla Jovovich is there with a group of designers!
Mike:
Um Ok well aside from the fashions, what were some of your favorite moments?

Yvonne:
Kirk Douglas, nya!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Hai I liked him and Billy Crystal, and the witty repartee between Robert Downy Jr & Jude Law! Oh oh and Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross winning for their Social Network score!

Kianalani:
Those were very memorable moments, and I would have to include Randy Newman’s acceptance speech when he won for the best song, Toy Story 3’s director Lee Unkrich winning the award for best animated feature, and the big finale with the kids from PS 22 singing “Over the Rainbow”, with all the winners joing them on the stage at the end!

Petra:
Some of my favorite presentations were by Helen Mirren, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, and Steven Speilberg, nya!

Melanakeami:
Some of my favorite acceptance speeches were by Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Aaron Sorkin & Charles Ferguson!

Nyssy:
Natalie Portman, Tom Hooper, Luke Matheny & David Seidler’s wins!

Tara-chan:
The PS 22 song, Robert Downy Jr & Jude Law, and wins by Toy Story 3 and Alice!
Tsuruku:
I liked the set design and the orchestra, and there were a couple of excellent montages of the Best Picture nominees… a show opener set to Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King, and the last one set to Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with the stirring voice over! Howboutchoo, Mike?

Mike:
I was glad to see Inception take home four Oscars for visual FX, sound editing, sound mixing & cinematography, although I wish Christopher Nolan had been nominated for best director! I was glad that Rick Baker & Dave Elsey won the best make-up Oscar for The Wolfman, and I loved Elsey’s speech! It was nice to see Steven Speilberg, Francis Ford Copploa and Eli Wallach on the stage- even if it was only for a couple of fleeting seconds, and Billy Crystal’s appearance reminded me of when the show seemed… grander, and maybe even more special!
Yvonne:
Uh-oh I think Mike is poised to share what he didn’t like about the show, nya!
Tara-chan:
Well I wish Tangled had been nominated for more, nya!
Petra:
This is not so much a gripe, but I was surpurrised that True Grit did not win any of its 10 nominations, nya!
Tsuruku:
Well I do agree that even though the show was almost 3 1/2 hours long it is such a shame that they had to rush it, and cut short some of the acceptance speeches!

Nyssy:
Hai that is rather rude! You know, if they were to leave out some of those sillier skits, they could let the winners have their full moments in the spotlight! Also as nice as some of the song performances were, the could just play a brief bit when they announce the nominees, just like any other category- that would allow more time for the speeches by those who are being honored!
Kianalani:
Oh I SO did not care for that ‘Year of the Musical’ segment where they tried to edit scenes from Harry Potter, Twilight, Social Network & Toys Story 3 to songs!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
They forgot to introduce Celine Dione & Halley Berry, but fortunately Anne came to the rescue afterwards! The little tribute to Lena Horne was nice, but gosh it was so quick!
Melanakeami:
James Franco really is a superb actor and I was so glad he was nominated, but I think Anne was a better, happier & more vivacious host! So what were Mike’s gripes? I know he has some, hee!

Mike:
Ahh well, y’all have already touched on most of them! I think it’s a shame how so much attention is given to what folks are wearing there & musical performances at a movie awards show, while barely acknowledging the science & technical awards- and I could have done with out that “Nerds” comment! I also wish they’d do without the pre-recorded / scripted attempts at humor, because I think the funniest Oscar moments are from the ad-libbed, candid, unscripted, & spontaneous banter amongst the hosts, presenters, nominees & audience!
I wish they would not interrupt or cut short the acceptance speeches, which are the main thing that the show is supposed to be about, far more so than the skits, or musical performances.I think they should let everyone have more time to complete their heartfelt speeches, and if the show needs to go into over time- just like a sporting event- then so be it! OK I’ve said enough about that, and I do not want to further delay one of the best parts of todays show, so now let’s please welcome our friend Pacozord back to The Mew to tell us about–
Power Rangers Samurai!
Pacozord:
Go Go Samurai! The latest series in the USA adaptions of the Japanese Sentai series is Power Rangers Samurai! Based on the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, this new show starts the 19th season of Power Rangers and harkens back to the days of the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in several ways. But first, let’s talk about the story. Once again, five good looking young people from different walks of life in bright suits challenge a dire evil threat.
The rangers use their Samuraizers (cell phones) to draw elemental power symbols and morph into rangers and battle the villainous Nighloks! The Samurais are: the Red Ranger Jayden, the leader, who has been training as a samurai since he was a child; the Blue Ranger, Kevin, a former Olympic swimmer; the Green Ranger, Mike, video gamer; the Yellow Ranger, Emily; and the Pink Ranger, Mia, acts as big sister and sometimes tries to cook.
They are brought together by Mentor Ji, their sensei master, to battle Master Xandred and his Nighloks. Master Xandred lives on a wooden ship and uses the tears from humans to raise and replenish the bloody Sanzu River and his power. The series starts with the heroes training and learning to work together as Samurai, instead of with an origin episode. Only a short synopsis of their original meeting is given with a quick shot of Samurai rangers in the past defeating the Nighloks many centuries ago.
Most new Power Ranger series start with an origin episode, but starting with already powered rangers has been done before with Power Rangers Wildforce and R.P.M. Like most Power Ranger series, Samurai (or PRS) appears to be using the scripts and plots its counterpart, the Japanese Shinkenger series.  Many action sequences from Shinkenger are spliced into PRS, but PRS does do some of their own stunts in Ranger form. They also have a ranger “Mega-mode” costume used to summon the Megazord with a new control room inside.
The Megazords are called “folding zords” based on the Shinkenger origami names. They include the Red Lion, Blue Dragon, the Pink Turtle, the Green Bear and the Yellow Ape that merge into the mighty Samurai megazord!  ver time, new zords will be added including a beetle, swordfish, tiger, lobster, and even a squid! No Rita Repulsa, no Tommy, and no Alpha and Zordon… how can this be like the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers that inspired such mania?
Well, PRS is the first season of Power Rangers in 9 years that is produced by Saban. Saban Entertainment produced the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (MMPR) and continued through to Power Rangers Wildforce. Then the series was bought by Disney and they began producing the show in New Zealand starting with Power Rangers Ninja Storm. With Saban back in charge, a remix of the original Mighty Morphin’ opening theme is used for PRS.
So far, the dialogue of the Samurai characters appears to be aimed at a younger audience than the past few series, the same audience range of MMPR, but best of all, it’s the return of the character Bulk from MMPR, played by Paul Schrier. In the first 4 episodes, Bulk is training Spike Skullovich (the son of the original Skull character) to become a samurai. So far, Bulk and Spike’s appearances have been limited to only a couple of minutes per episode which has worked well. Time will tell as to whether this series will have the charm of the older shows, but we will get more episodes as there are two seasons planned for Power Rangers Samurai. Keep watching – and may the power protect you! Rangers Together! Samurai Forever!
The catgirls & mermaids:
THANK YOU PACOZORD!
The catgirls add a:
NYA!
Mike:
Thank you Pacozord! Well that’ll bring this part of the show to a close, but after a very short break we’ll be right back with our–
DVD Discussions!
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Mike:
Hey we’re back, and now here is Vonny to review the–
Blue Drop Complete Collection
(plot spoiler warning)!

Yvonne:
Blue Drop is a show that I started watching without any expectations other than the pictures I saw from it looked pretty and it seemed to combine school girls with space ships or sea mechs, nya! I was right on both counts because it is such a beautiful anime, involving the girls at an elite purrivate academy, and a secret connection to a submerged alien fleet, nya! This anime based upon the original manga by Akihito Yoshitomi was directed by Masahiko Ohkura, with character designs by Itsuko Takeda, and mecha designs by Atsushi Takeuchi & Koichiro Yonemura, nya!
The main two purrotagonists are Mari and Hagino who get off to the rough start when they meet at the Kaio Academy, nya! Mari happens to be the sole survivor of a mysterious disaster, which she has amnesia about, but it left a residual psychic side affect. She has a connection with Hagino who is the school’s popular  idol, and secretly an alien ship captain named Ekaril, nya! Hagino has the double life and a remorseful role in that accidental disaster five years purrior which left Mari an orphan, nya.
Hidden under the sea and in Earth’s orbit are the Arume fleet which have been secretly studying the humans – whom they refer to as the Forime – but there is dissension as another captain Azanael blames Ekaril for the death of her lover Onomil, and another captain Shivariel plans an all out war, nya! For a while it looks like only Ekaril / Hagino, her pilot Tubael and their immense wonderful whale-like ship named Blue stand in their way, nya! Meanwhile Hagino & Mari have made more friends at the school, nya!
Their closest group of friends includes Mihiko who is shy, likes gardening and aspires to write; Akane the dorm’s cook who has a tough attitude and some family issues; and Hiroko who is the dorm chief, new aunt & daughter of a rich shipping magnate. There is also a trio of Hagino’s admirers, and their teacher Sugawara-sensei, who also has a double life investigating the strange incidents for the government, but little does she suspect that her student Hagino is an alien with a huge ship, nya!
Not only do you get the intriguing secret plots, numerous amazing futuristic mecha, and the girls activities at school, but there is the budding romantic aspect between Mari & Hagino, nya! It has plenty of mystery, romance, charm, cute scenes, humorous moments, poignant drama, shocking surpurrises, exhilarating mecha action, neat characters, the great designs and the beautiful scenery, nya! The plot unfolds at a good unrushed pace and the mewsic is so beautiful too, from the songs & majestic orchestral parts, to the ethereal ambient synth and piano solos, nya!
I might have to look for that soundtrack, nya! The complete anime series of 13 epurrsodes totaling 325 minutes is rated TV 14 due to violence and was released by Sentai Filmworks in this 2 disc region one NTSC standard DVD set, nya! The front cover art shows Hagino (with long black hair) & Mari (with short brown hair) in their school ‘sailor fuku’ uniforms and Blue ship, nya! The Arume girls have such neat uniforms too by the way, nya!  The video is purrsented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, with English subtitles for the Japanese audio in 5.1 Dolby digital sound, nya.
The subtitles are a good bold sans serif font in Yellow with a fine Black outline, except when there is cross-talk from another purrson, which is in White, nya. Purrceding the main menu on disc 1 is a rather jarring 30 second ad for the Anime Nework, and the menu choices are to play epurrsodes 1-6 or the special features. The special features on disc 1 are a bit meager, compurrised of just the DVD credits & purreview trailers for 6 other titles, nya. Disc 2 has epurrsodes 7-13, plus ‘clean’ versions of the opening & closing sequences, and an art gallery of 13 images, nya! Nyow for our next anime review here is Melanakeami to talk about–
Summer Wars, nya!

Melanakeami:
We were big fans of director Mamoru Hosada’s prior animated movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time so we were very enthusiastically anticipating his 2009 movie Summer Wars, animated by Madhouse, produced by Madhouse / NTV / Kadokawa, YTV / VAP / DN Dreampartners / Warner Japan, and finally released here on DVD by Funimation last month!
The plot is about a genius math student Kenji who is a part time admin for Oz, the world’s largest virtual community / network, which is so big that billions of people have accounts there for almost any purpose- communications, networking, gaming, commerce, research; and many corporations, military, & government services depend on the network. That’s his Summer job until classmate Natsuki recruits him to pose as her fiance at her great big family reunion for her Grandmother’s 90th birthday at her magnificent countryside estate!
That is not the only masquerade going on, for someone has hacked Oz pretending to be Kenji! This brings global havoc upon the world as communications, navigation, municipal services & millions of accounts are sabotaged- as well as Natsuki’s ruse! It does not bode well for the Jinnouchi Family’s reaction to Kenji, but they are all a close resilient resourceful group, who set aside certain personal matters, and unite to rally to stop the actual culprit and save the world from their wonderful home!
This movie won many major international awards, and rightly so because it is one of those rarest gems: it is a perfect movie! All of the characters are so delightful, the plots are fascinating & ingenious, the themes are quite poignant, and whether a scene is comedic, romantic, sad, or thrilling, it all totally succeeds so brilliantly! The voice cast, editing, sound design & musical score are superb, the character designs are most excellent, all of the background scenic art is lavishly beautiful, and the FX & animation are incredible!
The Oz sequences with it’s amazing FX and action scenes are all you could hope for, but those aspects are there to serve the wonderful family & community togetherness. I think it is about as good as those movies by Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli, it is that great! Summer Wars had a very limited US theatrical release, and the 2 disc R1 NTSC standard DVD was released in February!
The 2 discs are packaged in a clear plastic case, with a two-sided cover with the pretty art on both sides!
Disc 1 has the PG rated 115 minute movie in Japanese & English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound with optional English subtitles. A front-loaded review trailer for East of Eden precedes the very simple main menu choices of play movie, audio set up (language & subtitles), scene selection (scenes 1-21), and previews (of 8 other anime titles). Among those previews are Spice and Wolf which s a Mew favorite, and Rideback which is about a ballerina on a mech cycle which looks so neat… but I have digressed!
Disc 2 has 40 minutes of extra features including separate interviews of varying lengths, with the director and 5 of the main voice actors, Ryunosuke Kannaki (Kenji), Nanmi Sakuraba (Natsuki), Mistsuki Tanimura (Kazuma), Ayumu Saito (Waibisuke) & Sumiko Fuji (Sakae)! The actors discuss how they got the roles, with scenes of them in the studio recording the dialogue! After the interviews are 9 trailers & TV ads for Summer Wars! I was so happy with the movie and pleased with the DVD, and I will give it an A+! OK I’m done but now here’s Ne’ella to talk about
The Runaways!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Thanks Keami! The Runaways  were a great significant all girl rock band in the late 1970’s! That was a rarity then, and although there were great female vocalists & musicians it was somewhat rare then for girls to actually play the electric guitars in the hard rock, metal or punk realm of the 70’s. Not only did they deal with the usual problems that face teen girls, but also sexist attitudes in the 70’s & the perils of show business! The band was formed in 1975, signed to a record label & world toured but they broke up in 1979. A couple of years later Joan Jett found renewed success with her band The Blackhearts & Lita Ford became a queen of metal in the 80’s!
The 107 minute bio-pic mainly focuses on 15 year old Cherie & Joan, spanning from their meeting in Los Angeles of 1975 up to Joan’s hit single Crimson & Clover in 1982. It was written & directed by Floria Sigismondi is based upon lead vocalist Cherie Currie’s memoirs Neon Angel, and stars Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett ! Michael Shannon stars as their manager Kim Fowley, and as the rest of the band are Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita, Stella Maeve as Sandy West, Ali Shawkat as bassist Robin, and Riley Keough as Cherie’s sister Marie & Tatum O’Neal as their mom! Joan was also one of the movie’s executive producers!
It is rated R due to the language, drug use & sexual content. I thought this was a very good movie with such uncanny performances, a very convincing depiction of that era, the great music, and despite the many hardships & rough incidents, it shows the girls succeeding against the odds with their great energy, talent & ambition! The DVD has a nice photo of Stewart & Fanning on the front, The packaging is a standard no frills plastic case for the single R1 NTSC standard DVD edition, with no booklets or inserts. I’ve seen  it sold at different prices but I found it new for $10, so shop around for the best price!
It is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen & English language Dolby 5.1 digital sound. There is an optional audio commentary track by Stewart, Fanning and Jett, optional English SDH subtitles and commentary subtitles. The special features include a 15 1/2 minute featurette on the making of the movie, with comments by Stewart, Fanning, Sigismondi, Currie, Shannon, music supervisor George Drakoulias, production designer Eugeno Caballero, and producers John Linson & Bill Pohlad! Otherwise there is just a little 2 minute promo spot for the movie, and preview trailers for 7 other movies. Now here is Mike who is eager to tell us about —
All-Star Superman (single disk edition)
Mike:
It was sadly ironic that  the 76 minute direct – to – DVD animated All-Star Superman movie would be released just one day after the passing of comics / animation writer / editor Dwayne McDuffy (20, February, 1962 –  21 February, 2011) http://dwaynemcduffie.com/, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely’s & All-Star Superman comics. The prolific McDuffy was no stranger to the animted DC Universe, as he was also among those responsible for the glorious Justice league Unlimited TV series, whcih is the standard by which I tend to judge all subsequent super hero movies or TV shows- animated or live-action.
Well, I may have found a new benchmark in the All-Star Superman DVD, which is what I would hope for in any future Superman movies! Now there is so much from that comics series that they could not cram into a fleeting 76 minute movie, but man was it awesome, moving, humorous, dramatic, poignant & thrilling, with excellent character designs, FX & animation, and a superb soundscape with the brilliant cast, music & sound design! This awesome PG rated Warner release was produced by Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett & Sam Register, directed by Sam Liu, edited by Margaret Hou, with a magnificent music score by Christopher Drake!
Directed by Andrea Romano, the voice cast includes James Denton (Superman / Clark Kent), Christina Hendricks (Lois Lane / Super Woman), Anthony LaPaglia (Lex Luthor), Linda Cardellini (his neice Nassthalthia), Ed Asner (perfect as Perry White), Matthew Gray Gubler (Jimmy Olsen), Kevin Michael Richardson (Steve Lombard), Arnold Vosloo (Bar-El), Finola Hughes (Lilo), John DiMaggio (Samson), Steve Blum (Atlas), Michael Gough (The Parasite), Robin Atkin Downes (Solaris), Fred Tastaciore (Krull the Subterranosaur), Alexis Denisof (Dr. Quintum), Cathy Cavadini (astronaut Floral), and Francis Conroy (Martha Kent)!
When Superman rescues a mission to the Sun sabotaged by Lex Luthor, he has overdosed on so much solar radiation that he is dying. In his remaining weeks, Superman attempts to fulfill several heroic goals, and reveals his identity to Lois Lane. Over those last weeks, Superman takes on some of the greatest challenges of his life, from subterranean invaders & giant monsters from outer space, old rivals & villains, the Ultrasphinx, Kryptonians, scientific miracles, cosmic disasters and Luthor’s endgame! However, Superman / Clark Kent makes time for his family & friends, and treats Lois to her own super powers for her birthday!
We don’t see the rest of the Justice League, although Batman is mentioned. Gorgeous scenic art takes us to locations including much of gleaming Metropolis, Smallville, the Fortress of Solitude, Atlantis, islands, Luthor’s lair, the prison, the earth’s core, the moon, the sun & outer space! The PG-rated widescreen movie is available in several R1 NTSC editions- single & two disk standard DVD, and a Blu Ray / DVD/ digital copy set. The spoken languages options are English, French, Spanish, Portugues & Thai in Dolby Surround, with optional English SDH, Spanish, Portugues & Thai subtitles (a White bold sans serif font with a fine Black outline).
The packaging is a no frills standard plastic case, with the beautiful image of Superman flying out of the sun on the front cover! Preceding the DVD’s main menu screen (choices of play, language, special features) are front-loaded trailers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Superman / Batman : Apocalypse, and the DC Universe Online video game. The few special features consist of the Batman: Under the Red Hood trailer, the 12 minute sneak peek of Superman / Batman: Apocalypse, and an 11.5 minute sneak peek at DC AU’s forthcoming animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights movie!
Along with some character & scenic concept art, storyboards & snippets of animation, the Emerald Knights peek has comments by Andrea Romano, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, DC co-publisher Dan Didio, animation directors Lauren Montgomery & Jan Oliva, and actors Ntahan Fillian (Hal Jordan), Elizabeth Ross (Arisia) & Henry Rollins (Killowog). Also among that GL cast are Kelly Hu as Laira, Jason Isaacs as Sinestro, Arnold Vosloo as Abin Sur, and Roddy Piper as Bolpuga. Other characters will include Tomar-Ree, Mogo, Krona & the Guardians of Oa! Back to All-Star Superman, I wish it wasn’t so rushed, but it is a smart, beautiful, heroic —

Yvonne:
Nyawn yawn I’m awake, nya!

Tara-chan:
Me too, nya!
Mike:
Ok but I have the Cat Nap App from Jenjen on my phone!
Tsuruku:
What is that?
Petra:
It makes the welcome yummy sound of a bell on a fishing line jingle from the large catch, guaranteed to rouse the sleepy cat, from the longer reviews, nya!

Yvonne:
Ah ha ah we mean “thorough”, nya! Please continue Mike, nya!
Mike:
Well I do have one more review to get in before the next break,

The Six Million Dollar Man Pilot TV Movies and Season 1!

Mike:
For the longest time, The Six Million Dollar Man was one of the ‘holy grails’ of American TV series I’d hoped would be released on DVD! It was bittersweet news when I heard that it would finally be available on R1 NTSCX standard DVD, complete, intact and loaded with extra features, but only from Time-Life’s video site, and as an expensive huge complete series box. However, they have kindly released the original broadcast versions of the three 90 minute  pilot movies, the first season’s thirteen 51 minute episodes, and bonus features in a 6 disc set!
The unrated content totals 16 hours 53 minutes, presented uncut in full frame in English language with optional English subtitles. Disc 1 includes the first pilot movie / origin story of Col. Steve Austin (Lee Majors)  based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, 1973’s The Six Million Dollar Man, and the 2nd pilot Wine, Women and War. The 1st movie co-stars Darren McGavin, Barbara Anderson and Martin Balsam. The 2nd movie introduces Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman & co-stars Eric Braeden, Alan Oppenheimer, David McCallum, Britt Ekland & Earl Holliman!
The 2nd & 3rd pilots produced by Glen Larson are lighter and have a different opening theme song, by Dusty Springfield! The famous “better, stronger, faster” opening narration by Anderson started with the TV series. Disc 2 includes 3rd movie The Solid Gold Kidnapping, and the first two episodes, Population: Zero and Survival of the Fittest. The 3rd movie cast includes Elizabeth Ashley, Lucianna Paluzzi, John Vernon, Maurice Evans, David White and James Sikking, who would appear 11 years later as the Captain Styles in the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock!
The “Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive” part of the narration was actually spoken by Harve Bennett, who produced the TV series, who would go on to produce the Star Trek movies in the 80’s! Disc 3’s episodes are Operation Firefly, Day of the Robot, Little Orphan Airplane; and Doomsday, and Counting. Operation Firefly stars Pamela Franklin as Susan the psychic girl! Day of the Robot is one of my favorites, starring John Saxon as the robot! Little Orphan Annie co-stars Greg Morris & Lincoln Kilpatrick, and Doomsday, and Counting stars Gary Collins!
Disc 4’s episodes are Eyewitness to Murder, The Rescue of Athena One, Dr. Wells is Missing, and The Last of the Fourth of Julys. Eyewitness to Murder co-stars 2 Trek alumni, Gary Lockwood as a hit man aiming for a Federal prosecutor played by William Schallert! Another Trek connection is DC Fontana, who wrote The Rescue of Athena One! That episode stars Farrah Fawcett Majors as an astronaut going to Skylab, and news correspondent Jules Bergman as himself! The Last of the Fourth of Julys is a great spy mission, co-starring Arlene Martel as an interpol agent!
Seven years earlier, she portrayed Mr. Spock’s fiance T’Pring! More Trek alumni show up in Disc 5’s episodes Burning Bright and The Coward!  Burning Bright’s got William Shatner in it, as an astronaut who gains psychic powers! The cast of The Coward includes George Takei & France Nuyen! Disc 5 concludes with the season finale / clip-show episode Run, Steve Run, with the return of Henry Jones as the evil roboticist (last seen in Day of the Robot)! There’s no new robot in that episode, but it does have Noah Beery & gorgeous Michelle Green in it!
Disc 6 has the bonus features! These include a great 75 minute interview with executive producer Harve Bennett; a 19 minute discussion of the iconic opening titles sequence by brilliant main title director Jack Cole (not to be confused with the late cartoonist of the same name), directors Steve Stafford & Jerry Landon, actor Martin Brooks (Dr. Rudy Wells) & six million dollar fan Jesse Mesa Toves; and a 12 minute discussion of the 1st season guest stars by Bionic Fan Network founder Paul K Bisson & TV historian Harvey J Pilato (who wrote a great Bewitched book)!
There’s also a 12 minute discussion of today’s real bionic limb technology by producers Harve Bennett, James Parriott & Kennith Johnson; Ian Fothergill of Ossur & Karl Lindburg from Touch Bionics; and finally the ‘Bionic Breakdown’ lists the various abilities of Steve Austin’s bionic eye, arm & legs, with a little ‘highlight reel’ for each! Inside the plastic case is a full color 24 page booklet, which has a message from Lee Majors, three nice 4 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ photos of Steve Austin, a pilots & 1st season episode list, a brief essay by author Mark O’Neill, & the DVD credits!
Between this set and The Bionic Woman First Season set, there’s much bionic goodness for our DVD players after such a long wait! I’m very pleased with this set, and I give it an ‘A’ as in Austin Hopefully I’ll eventually be able to get seasons 2-4 and the 3 reunion movies (which are also included in the huge complete series set)! Ah, that’ll do it for our DVD reviews, but we’ll be right back to conduct the lightning after this short break!
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The Lightning Round Topic:
Our Favorite Mewsic by the Late John Barry
Mike:
Welcome back! Last month we were saddened to hear of the passing of maestro John Barry, OBE (3 November, 1933 – 30 January, 2011) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000290/one of the greatest film score composers, who was perhaps most famous for his iconic James Bond scores. When i heard that he passed away I put on the re-mastered On Her Majesty’s Secret Service CD, and the song “We have All the Time in the World” sung by Louis Armstrong had an added poignancy. Since then some of us have been reflecting on his music so I thought this would be a good topic for the Lightning Round! So then, what might your favorite music by John Barry be… Vonny? (tags Yvonee to start the round)!
The catgirls :
LIGHTNING ROUND — GO, NYA!

Yvonne:
Oh gosh um maybe Goldfinger & Diamonds are Forever- I like those title songs sung by Shirley Bassey, and You Only Live Twice with the Nancy Sinatra song, nya! Oh oh and I liked the mewsic for Starcrash, which we reviewed in November 2010, nya! Your turn sis! (tags Tara-chan to go next)
Tara-chan:
Yay my turn, nya! I like You Only Live Twice too, and and although A View to a Kill is not the best Bond movie, I like the mewsic and that View to a Kill song by Duran Duran, and I like that Octopussy song by Rita Coolidge, nya! Octopussy had those lovely tough acrobatic girls with the catlike agility & grace, nya! (tags Nyssy)

Nyssy:
Oh I love John Barry’s music for that thrilling Bruce Lee movie Game of Death, and I am rather partial to the soundtracks of the James Bond movies The Man with the Golden Gun and You Only Live Twice! They have such beautiful cinematography and locations in Japan & Asia! And now it is… Tsu’sturn! (tags Tsuruku)

Tsuruku:
The Deep, especially that pretty ballet part Return to the Sea 2033 which he wrote for that soundtrack album! Hmm… and Lani conducts the lightning! (fin flap tags Kianalani)

Kianalani:
The Deep, Somewhere in Time, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, and The Living Daylights! (tags Petra)

Petra:
I would have to say… Born Free, Midnight Cowboy, The Lion in Winter, You Only Live Twice, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, nya! (tags Ne’ellakaliomi:with a swish of her tail)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Mmm…. Thunderball… You Only Live Twice, and… On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! (tags Melanakeami)

Melanakeami:
From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Diamonds Are Forever! Back to you, Mike!

Mike:
My favorite film score by John Barry is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! I like all of his Bond soundtracks, and aside from those, The Lion in Winter is one of my favorites, and I like Zulu quite a bit, too! Well, we’re done  – that was a very expedient Lightning Round! Thanks girls! Now it is time for this month’s-
The catgirls:
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: More Live-Action Catgirls, nya!!
Yvonne:
This part of The Mew in tribute to the famous nekomimis who we admire, to include those famous female characters who are genetically, magickally or technologically part feline, just famously dress the part or have the cattitude, nya! Purrevious honorees have included Lt. M’ress & other catgirls of Star Trek, Melpomene, Dr. Kat Manx, Tigra, Novice Hame, NukuNuku, Catwoman, Irina Dubrovna, Anna & Uni Puma, Josie & the Pussycats, Sailor Luna, Felicia, Shakira, Cat Karina, Omaha, Bagi and Natsuki, nya!
We have purreviously honored numerous nekomimi from live-action movies & TV shows, such as at Cat People, Star Trek, Batman, Power Rangers, Doctor Who & Sailor Moon, but after last month’s review of the Vampire Circus DVD we realized there were many others who deserve the spotlight, nya! This month we decided to commemorate several more live action catgirls- or are they, nya? Hopefully you’ll have fun pondering these nokomimi nominees and discussing what defines a catgirl with friends, nya! Mike could you refresh us about Vampire Circus, nya?

Mike:
In 1971 Hammer Film, the Vampire Circus rolled into a small isolated European village, to entertain, seduce and kill the residents! Among that circus troupe were dancers Serena & Milovan Weber, who put on a rather erotic & supernatural show! Serena was a very graceful, sensual, agile – and very naked dancer – apparently wearing just her Green tinted tiger stripes! She did not have the cat ears or tail, but she was quite catlike, clawing at her partner, and had a symbiotic rapport with the real circus tiger!
Petra:
Five years later there was a legendary Canadian comedy TV series SCTV, nya! This was such a funny show and during their first 1976 – 1977 season one of the skits was a purrody of Ben Hur, starring the late great John Candy in the title role, nya! Wow, that was the same month that Star Wars came out, in May 1977, nya! In the original Ben Hur story, his mother Miriam & sister Tirza become lepers, but in the purrody they were transformed into leopards, nya!
Not really real leopards, but comediennes Catherine O’Hara & Andrea Martin wore the cat suits and meowed in that funny scene, until their were divinely healed of their feline affliction, nya! They both somewhat resembled the early version of Wonder Woman’s villain The Cheetah, nya! That is a purrime example of the dress-the-part catgirl, nya! We are very purrogressive and inclusive and welcome all types here at catgirl Island, nya!
Those actresses have gone on to do so much more brilliant work since purrtraying the tempurrary catgirls and a good place to start to read more about them are the Wikipedia articles on Catherine O’Hara http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_O%27Hara, Andrea Martin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Martin and a couple of good sites purrtaining to SCTV are the SCTV Guide http://www.sctvguide.ca/ and SCTV Fans http://www.sctv.org/, nya!
Tara-chan:
Speaking of actresses dressing the part, one of my favoritest movies is E.T. The Extraterrestrial, and in that 1982 movie, Eliot’s mommy Mary, purrtrayed by the great actress Dee Wallace http://officialdeewallace.com/ wears the cat suit for Halloween, nya! A year Purrior to that she turned into a wolf girl in The Howling, nya! Gosh that was 30 years ago, nya! Of course since then she has starred in many other wonderful movies and she is also a healer, author, speaker, acting teacher, and mommy, nya!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Those might have been the brief forays into nekomiminess, but the 1993 Troma Film Teenage Catgirls In Heat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_catgirls_in_heat was a full-on catgirl assault! In this movie, an Egyptian statue of Bast resurrects the local cats into human women who then go on the purrowl! One of them falls in love a guy named Ralph, and she would rather make kittens instead of war! She is Cleo, purrtrayed by lovely Esmeralda Huffhines! Unless she was in her teenage years as the cat, in the reincarnated human form, I thought she appurred to be in her mid 20’s. She didn’t have the kitty ears & tail but she still had the mannerisms, and many cute scenes, such as learning to talk, catching the purrey at a picnic, and the romance!
Tsuruku:
Our next candidate is from an island populated by anthropomorphic characters, although the interesting question is whether she is part feline or not! The 1996 movie adaptation of H.G. Wells’s 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau starred Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman,  David Thewlis, and purretty actress / mewsician Fairuza Balk http://www.fairuza.com/ as Aissa Moreau, the doctor’s daughter! Given the experiments and her mannerisms, we’re not sure whether she was a human or a feline when she was brought to the island, though! She looks human, but her actions are very catlike is several aspects, but I don’t wish to spoil the plot! Ironically, David Thewliss would purrtray wolf man Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter movies!
Nyssy:
Another one I’m not sure about is Nokinja the Umpatra Warrior, awesomely portrayed by actress / mewsician Grace Jones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Jones in the 1999 Beastmaster TV series, which starred Daniel Goddard http://danielgoddard.com/ as Dar the Beastmaster! Nokina was a deadly hunter in the Jungle girl attire, and I’m not sure but I think she had a magickal origin and growled like a Leopard as she stalked her prey, but it’s vague because I only saw that episode once many years ago and maybe she could just imitate a Leopard, but I wanted to include her for the debate on the potential catgirl qualifications!
Kianalani:
The 2001 movie Monkeybone had a catgirl in it, Miss Kitty played by Rose McGowan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_McGowan! I liked her as witchy Paige in the TV show Charmed! That same year we saw another heroic witch Professor Minerva McGonagall, who could animagusly transform into the Gray Tabby in Harry Potter and the Sorcorer’s Stone, played by Maggie Smith http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/480249/! I’m not sure if that would count, since she is either human or cat, although I wonder if mid-way into the transformation she would catgirl qualify?
Then in the 2002 sequel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Hermione Granger, played by awesome Emma Watson http://www.emmawatson.com/, transformed into a catgirl for a while, when she drank the Polyjuice potion with unexpected results due to the mistaken ingredients! It had a cat’s hair in it, instead of the cat’s owner’s hair! For more information on those wonderful witchy women & other things from that wizarding world, I recommend The Harry Potter Wiki http://harrypotter.wikia.com and the Harry Potter Lexicon http://www.hp-lexicon.org/!
Melanakeami:
The reverse happened in the 2006 Japanese movie Nekomimi Shojo Kiki, which was released on DVD in the US as Catgirl Kiki! I hate to say this, but I really did not like the movie which was rather depressing. It’s not for widdle kiddies either due to the nudity & sexuality! However, I think lovely actress Yui Kano was very good as Kiki the catgirl. In the movie she starts out as a real cat, and after she is brought into a guy’s apartment, the next day she wakes up as a catgirl, with ears and everything!
She has the more human body but meows, moves, and acts just like the cat. Gradually she learns to talk, walk upright, and become more a human, but then even weirder things happen! Yui Kano is also a voice actress for anime & video games, and there are pages about her at Voice Chasers http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=8191 and Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=46693! Back to you, Vonny!
Yvonne:
I hope I am not leaving any other live-action catgirls out, but to conclude this month’s spotlight are the Na’vi from our favorite movie of 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar, nya! That includes natives of Pandora such as Neytiri te Tskaha Mo’at’ite, or just Ney’tiri for short who was purrtrayed by Zoe Saldana http://www.zoesaldana.com/, her deceased sister Sylwanin who was voiced by Catherine Taber http://www.cattaber.com/ in the purrequel video game, their Mom Mo’at purrtrayed by C. C. H. Pounder http://cchpounder.com/, the many other ladies of the various Na’vi clans, and Dr. Grace Augustine’s cross-breed avatar purrtrayed by Sigourney Weaver http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigourney_Weaver, nya!
You know for Halloween we cosplayed as the “Neko-maticaya Clan”, nya! For more info on those characters, I recommend the Avatar wiki http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Avatar_Wiki, nya! And speaking of Avatar, let us now segue into our–
Calendar Critiques, nya!
Avatar 2011 Calendar

Yvonne:
I think the first time we mentioned Avatar was in the February 2009 Mew when we discussed movies we were looking forward to, and our first review of an Avatar purroduct was Jenjen’s review of the Ney’tiri action figure, in the November 2009 Mew, nya! Since then it seems nary a month has gone by when we have not mentioned Avatar in some capacity, and nyow it is March 2011 and I have yet another Avatar item to discuss, nya! When we went shopping last month & found the remaining 2011 calendars at 75% off, and later for just a dollar, I could not resist the bargain, nya!
This official Avatar calendar was published by Abrams and originally purriced at $14.99 US / $17.99 Can / £9.99 UK, nya. It opens up to thirteen gorgeous color 12′ x 24″ pages, starting with a calendar page for September –  December 2010, nya! Each of the pages for 2011 has a 12″ x 12″ image from the movie, above two 3 1/2″ x 6″ side by side images, above the 8 1/2″ x 12″ date grid, nya! Each month also has another little image of an item from the movie  beside the date grid, and a bit of text about the movie along the bottom of the page, nya.
The main pics are of Jake in the lab, the floating mountains, a close-up of Ney’tiri nocking an arrow, her purrents, a purretty bioluminescent night scene, a lush riverbank by the falls, a close-up of Ney’tiri teaching Jake the archery, Ney’tiri riding the Thanator into battle, Ney’tiri & Jake happily riding those flying Banshees, the aircraft attack squadron, Jake with a rifle on the Leoonopteryx, his encounter with the Hammerhead beast, and the cute couple’s romantic embrace, nya! Oh, by cute couple I mean Jake & Ney’tiri, not Jake & the Hammerhead, nya! OK it is your turn, Tara-chan, nya!
Island Cats 2011 Calendar
Tara-chan:
Arigato, nya! As a fan of that book full of photos of island cats under the sun on the purristine White buildings with the Blue domes & doors by the Blue Mediterranean sea & sky, so it was a a splendid treat to find this calendar full of similar beautiful photos, nya! This 12″ x 12″ Island Cats wall calendar for 2011 was published by Silber lining, purrinted with recycled papurr & soy based ink, with the original suggested retail purrices of $12.95 US / $15.95 Can / $24.94 AU / $26.95 NZ, but I purrchased it last month at -that supurr discount purrice, nya!
The front cover photo is a closer zoom of November’s image of the Orange Tabby leaping across purristine white structures, nya! The calendar opens to 12″ x 24″, the top half being the full color full bleed photos by BIOS/ Kelin/ Hubert/ Peter Arnold Inc. and the bottom half is each month’s date grid, with the moon phases & holidays of various nations, and another  2 1/2″ x 4″ pic above each grid, nya! There are 4 bonus pages with 3 more pics & grids for the tail end of 2010, which would have been good if you bought the calendar last Summer, nya!
Most of the 28 pics are of individual cats & kittens but there are a few pairs, of all colors & patterns White, Black, Black & White, Gray & White, Tabby & Tortoiseshell, nya! They seem mellow and don’t mind the camera in idyllic lounging upon the steps, doorways, walls, roofs and a boat; peering out of openings, trotting past the fishing nets, playing & leaping, nya! As an Outer Banks catgirl I can appurreciate their situation, nya! If you like purretty images of kitties or Greek island architecture, this would be the purrfect calendar to brighten up a wall, nya!
Angel Cat Sugar 2011 Calendar

Tara-chan:
Angel Cat Sugar http://www.angelcatsugar.com/ is about Sugar the kitty, who  is the purrincess of Angel Land is a cute cartoon kitty with the white fur, light blue wings, wearing a gold star pendant & crown, nya! She is very kind hearted, and a but shy but & likes to help & heal others with her powers, nya. She loves her medical purrofessional Mommy & Daddy, her mousie  friends  Basil, Parsley &Thyme, and all of nature, nya! She and her were created in 2002 by Yuko Shimizu, who had purreviously created Hello Kitty, nya! Although, as we later corrected, she is not the same Yuko Shimizu of www.yukoart.com, but who is also a great artist, nya!
This is another wall calendar, which measures 12 x 12″ when closed up, and hangs down to 12′ x 24″ when it’s opened up, nya. On the outside front cover, Sugar has a purretty bouquet of the Red Roses, and on the inside front cover she takes the catnap, nya! She warms our heart in January by cuddling a heart, and for February she has the valentine balloon, nya! She has more flowers for the Spurring time in March with the Tulips, and she is purrpared for the Apurril showers in her rain gear as a duck family waddles by, nya! They don’t mind the rain, nya!
In May she wears a lei (hey that rhymes) to dance with her mousie friend, then in June they enjoy the supurr sized fruity purrfait treat, nya! They go to the beach for July, ride in a balloon over a rainbow for August, and she is artistic with the crayons in September, nya! She has lots of oookies & candies for october- purrhaps she has been Trick ‘R Eating, nya! Then it is the tea time for November, and finally for the December calendar page she has a Christmas wreath & purresents, nya! Nyow it is time for melanakeami to report on the lovely–
Women of Marvel 2011 Calendar, nya!

Melanakeami:
This Women of Marvel wall calendar for 2011 is 12″x12″ closed & opens to 12″ x 24″, with full color images byseveral  top artists depicting some of Marvel Comics’ greatest super heroines & villains! The cover art by Greg Horn depicts Carol Danvers in her Binary, Red & Blue, Black & Yellow Ms. Marvel costumes, in 9 panels mixed up like a slide tray puzzle! Inside are 13 other beautiful images, several of which I’ve noticed have been previously published as comic book cover art.
Inside the first pic is of Anna Marie / Rogue in the rainy night by Rudolfo Migliari above the grids for September – December 2010! Horn’s pic of Emma Frost / The White Queen makes January colder, on her balcony irately overlooking the limousine, followed by Brandon Peterson’s pic of Lorna Dane / Polaris arcing a magnetic field for February! She has  such gorgeous Green hair! Spring time comes in March, with Ororo Munroe / Storm so sexy in her Savage Land up in the stormy sky, by the late Michael Turner.
As dark as that stormy sky is, the scene is darker yet for April, as Madelyne Pryor takes her evil throne as The Goblin Queen, by artist Greg Land! She uncannily resembles Jean Grey! There’s further magick in the air artist Jo Chen conjures Asgard’s alluring Amora the Enchantress for May Day, then Alex Maleev takes us back to Earth for his edgy image of Yelena Belova in unzipped Black leather as the 2nd sexy super spy to be known as The Black Widow! She is a rival of the first Black Widow, Natasha Romanova!
Then we take a July Jungle jaunt to Wakanda for another sexy successor in Black, Princess Shuri the latest Black Panther, illustrated by Edgar Delgado! The summer heat is unabated in August with another vision of Ms. Marvel, soaring over a sunset skyline by Roberto de la Torre! She is in the Yellow & Black costume designed by the late Dave Cockrum! The Fall begins on a tearful note as Madame Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon clutches her husband Black Bolt’s costume in Stjepan Sejic’s sad September scene.
Another pic by Greg Horn lightens things up in October, and shows how Justice is not so blind when Jennifer Walters / She Hulk peeks from the blindfold! November brings us the business end of Betsy Braddock / Psylocke’s psychic blade up close & personal in a stunningly beautiful painting by Alex Garner! This was the cover art for X-Men: Sword of the Braddocks! Finally, Marko Djurdjevic’s pic of Maki Matsumoto / Lady Bullseye brings 2011 to a close on December’s page! This was the cover art for Daredevil #111! And speaking of art, here’s Petra to tell us about the–
Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Petra:
Unless otherwise noted, the gallery pages’ mewest pics will be on the lowermost row of the widdle ‘thumbnail’ repurrsentations, so just click on a given thumbnail portion of an image to see the whole larger image, nya! We are purroud to purresent additions to the Mewseum’s Guest Art Gallery Two http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest2.html, nya! The Guest Gallery is a wonderful treasure trove of art by various artists, displayed with their purrmission, nya!
“Bellydancing Michi” by our friend Alexcia http://www.sailorchristmas.com/ is the cute image of her Cybernetic Showdown http://michi.byethost16.com/ purrotagonist Michi, with her older self at left, reminiscing about her younger self, at right in the happy purrformance, nya! We are also pleased to purrsent a very cute colored pencil pic of a “Surfer Catgirl” by CataMoomba, who we had the pleasure to meet at WhatTheHellCon, nya! She has galleries at http://www.furaffinity.net/user/catamoomba/ and http://catamoomba.deviantart.com/, nya!
Nyow we move along to see 5 mew illustrations by Mike in Gallery Five http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery5.html, nya! Firstly is a pic that Mike illustrated of “CataMoomba”, the Cougar Girl character created by the artist of the same name, nya! The original art was inked with Micron pens & colored with Copic markers, and the scanned image was touched up a bit in Photoshop, nya.
Next is a purrtrait of “Lauren” as a pirate catgirl done in an earthy-toned pallet, nya!
Thirdly is a pic of “Kate” in the lovely Blue & Black dress! This pic is also a photoshopped recreation of the original pen, marker & colored pencil rendering, nya! Then we have an assortment of re-created ‘Con Sketches” which Mike drew at WhatTheHell Con, nya! In the upper left is a Troll Girl who posed for her purrtrait, at upper right is a Surfer  Nekomimi, at lower left is the requested Chainmail Clad Catgirl, and at lower right is the Catgirl Waitress in a cheongsam, nya!
Fourthly is “Kalyn Hula Hooping for a Good Cause” as helped to raise money for the charity with her graceful talent, and after that we have this photoshop pic by Mike of “Trini-chan’s Trophy”, nya! She is the triumphant little kitsune (fox spirit) wahini in the FOXY wetsuit, having won the trophy & purrizes for the island junior surfing compurrtition, nya! Rumour has it that if you purrchase a Nilla Creme Shake for her at the pier it will bring you the good luck, nya.
Tara-chan:
Those are good Nilla Cremes, nya!

Yvonne:
Yay that is such a cute image of Michi- it was so nice to see them here at the awards ceremony last month, nya! I think she could join jenjen’s belly dance troupe & Mayr’s hula dance class and maybe my purrcussion circle, nya!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
That is a delightful pic by Catamoomba of the surfer enjoying the day on the water! She seems eager to catch that next wave!
Kianalani:
That is a lovely addition to the gallery, and I hope to see more of her art!

Melanakeami:
Between that & the pic of Trini-chan & that B&W con sketch there’s a good bit of new surfer imagery this month! Has Trini-chan seen her trophy pic yet?

Petra:
Hai, She was there for the special sneak purreview social, before the public purremier, nya!

Nyssy:
Why is that girl in the straight jacket, nya?

Mike:
I’m not sure what prompted that situation but hopefully she is the happy & healthy cougar girl!

Tara-chan:
That sure is a gorgeous Blue dress that Kate is wearing, and I like the knotted shirt & ‘capurri’ pants outfit for the hula hooping, nya!
Tsuruku:
The chainmail bikini has the intricate sexy tough quality but isn’t that top cold?

Yvonne:
When Myayr cosplays in her chainmail bikini she tends to wear the fabric lining underneath it, nya!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Hmm I don’t think I have ever met a Troll girl- are those horns or antlers?

Mike:
Yep those were horns! You can’t really tell from that B&W illustration, but her horns were a very distinctive Red- Orangey- Golden gradient hue!
Tsuruku:
As a mermaid I’ve never worn a dress while waiting tables, but I’ll bet that cafe catgirl has to be careful in that short cheongsam, hee!

Petra:
Fortunately she is the very dextrous nimble neko, nya!
Kianalani:
Although if you are waiting tables under water, you do not want your top to float off or get in the way!

Nyssy:
Fortunately the Jellycups have the snug fit, heehee!
Melanakeami:
Thank you for showing those!

Petra:
Dooitasimaste, nya! That’s all for this portion as we’re up against the break, but when we return it will be time for–
More About Hawaiian Monk Seals, nya!
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Tara-chan:
Last month I reviewed two of the latest books in The American Girl http://www.americangirl.com series: Aloha, Kanani and Good Job, Kanani by Lisa Yee http://www.lisayee.com/, nya! Those star 10 year old Kanani Akina of the small town of Waipuna on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii, and one of the subplots is her effort to to help rescue an injured Hawaiian Monk Seal pup, and to raise funds & awareness for those endangered animals, nya!

Today we have gathered the links, to a bunch of sites where you can read a bit about those endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals, nya! I’ll start us out with some Hawaiian sites, the Hawaiian Wildlife Fund http://wildhawaii.org/marinelife/seals.html, Aloha-Hawaii http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii/monk+seal/, and the page at sensei Lena Kanemori’s delightful educational site about Hawaii’s endangered species http://www.hisurf.com/~enchanted/monkseal.html, which has a cute seal drawing on it, nya!

Tsuruku:
A few of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s sites with informative pages on the Hawaiian Monk Seal are the pages at NOAA’s National Marine Services http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_hawaiian_monk_seal.html, the Office of Purrotected Resources http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/pinnipeds/hawaiianmonkseal.htm,
and at the Pacific island Fisheries Center’s site http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/monkseal.html!
Kianalani:
Three web sites I’d like to mention with informative pages about those Seals are those of the Marine Mammal Commission http://www.mmc.gov/species/hawaiianmonkseal.html, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Environmental Conservation Online System http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/SpeciesReport.do?spcode=A071, and the National Geographic Society http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/hawaiian-monk-seal.html!

Yvonne:
A few of sites I’d like to mention pertaining to those pretty pinnipeds are of the Monachu Guardian http://www.monachus-guardian.org/, Kaua`i Monk Seal Watch Program http://www.kauaimonkseal.com/, and Hawaiian Monk Seal Response Team Oahu http://hmsrto.org/, nya!Whatchoogot, Nyssy, nya?

Nyssy:
There are pages about those seals at the Waikiki Aquariumsite http://www.waquarium.org/hawaiian-monk-seal-habitat.html, and Sea World http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/mammalia/pinnipedia/monk-seals.htm!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
You can also find Hawaiian Monk Seal information at the sites of organizations such as Earthtrust http://www.earthtrust.org/wlcurric/seals.html, the Marine Conservation Biology Institute http://www.mcbi.org/what/monk_seals.html, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/save_animals/seals/hawaiian_monk_seal.php!

Petra:
The Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_Monk_Seal is a good start, The Seal Conservation Society has a Monk Seal page http://www.pinnipeds.org/species/hawaimnk.htm, and Children’s book illustrator & author Tammy Yee http://www.tammyyee.com/ has a beautifully illustrated page of environmental art purrtaining to the Hawaiian Monk Seal http://www.tammyyee.com/tt-monk.html, nya!

Melanakeami:
Finally, there are Monk Seal pages at MarineBio http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=303, The Wild Ones http://www.thewildones.org/Animals/monkseal.html, and at The Animal Files http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/seals_sea_lions/hawaiian_monk_seal.htmlNow, here’s Tara-chan to bring you that part of the show we like to call–
Magazine Mewsings & Purriodicals Purrings

Favorite Seafood Photos & Piscine Publications’ Pics!

Tara-chan:
Where you will find seals you will find the nummy fish, and I would like to take this oppurrtunity to mention recent magazines with delicious looking photos of sea food on the covers, such as the mouth-watering Marlin for March’s issue of Pacific Coast Sportsfishing, those luscious large mouth lunkers on the cover of Bass Angler vol. 20 #1, the numcious netted Crappie is purrized by a happy couple on the cover of Crappie World Vol. 22 #1, and a yummy looking lobster on the cover of Saveur issue 135, nya!
Not only is there a tasty Trout on the front cover of American Angler’s January / February issue, but there is a succulent Salmon on the back too, and a Striped Tuna to tempt my tummy the front cover of Australian Salt Water Fishing #70, nya! There was a nice meaty Mulloway on the purrior issue, nya! The tremendous tasty looking Tilefish tantalizes on the March cover of Saltwater Sportsman, and there is a Redfish to relish from the Louisianna waters on the front cover of Cabellos Outfitter Journal, nya!
Plenty of the fresh Croc meat is on the March issue cover of Outside Magazine, and on the March / Apurril cover of Science Illustrated too, nya! On the front cover of Salmon & Steelhead Journal vol. 8 #1 is the succulent Steelhead caught from the Situk River in Alaska by Aaron Shook, and on the Eastern cover of the March issue of North Carolina Game & Fish, Captain Dale Collins holds up the two flavorful Flounders which he caught near Swansboro & Emerald Isle, which are not too far from here, nya!
On the cover of DIY Boat Owner #4 is a fish in the pan, but it would be better  if it were in my tummy, nya! I would not mind an 8 piece box of the appurrtizing Angelfish like the one on the January cover of Purractical Fishkeeping, or gobbling some gourmet Goby Fish, like those on the March cover of Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Australasia Sport Diver  vol. 6 #4, and oh this is making me hungry, nya!
Tsuruku:
Then I will have to bring a round of shrimp cocktails!
The catgirls:
Arigato gozaimasu, nya!
Petra:
I would also like to amend Tara-chan’s list of appurrtizing images of succulent seafood, for on the March / Apurril cover of American Artist is an oil on canvas scene with fresh sharky goodness painted by maestro Bo Bartlett http://www.bobartlett.com/, nya! He paints the most wonderful scenes of the coastal & maritime life, nya!
Tara-chan:
What kind of shark, nya?
Petra:
Um I think it is the Lemony flavor or purrhaps the Sandy Tiger but I am not sure, but I can show you the magazine andpurrhaps you or Vonny can identify the shark, nya!
Tara-chan:
Hai! Nyow for a few other quick appurreciations, we would like to mention a few of the inspurrational, powerful & graceful, brave & beautiful heroines who have recently graced the purrinted media in our —

Magazine Mini Mewsings for March, nya!

Melanakeami:
Karen Gillian http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Karen_Gillan as Amy Pond appears with Matt Smith as the 11th The Doctor on the cover of Doctor Who Magazine #430, and Arthur Darvill as Rory joins them on the cover of Doctor Who Special #27! Buffy the Vampire Season Eight might be over, but Michelle Trachtenberg http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005502/ is so glamorous on the March cover of Maxim; and Jamie Chung http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1512166/ who purrtrayed Chi Chi in Dragonball Evolution & stars in the forthcoming Sucker Punch, is ready to kick more butt on the February cover of Complex magazine!
Nyssy:
Star Wars Insider issue #143 has an interview Ashley Eckstein http://www.ashleyeckstein.com/ the voice actress who portrays Ahsoka Tano, and Cat Taber http://www.cattaber.com/ who is the voice of Padme Amidala! Ahoska is my favorite Jedi Knight and she appears on the cover wirth her master Anakain Skywalker! There is a variant cover with their Jedi friend Kit Fisto too! !
Not to be left out, the boys are in the issue too, and you also get interviews with Matt Lanter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Lanter who voices her master Anakin, James Arnold Taylor http://jamesarnoldtaylor.com/ who voices his maser Obi-Wan Kenobi; and there’s a discussion with the great sound designers who make their light sabers & force sound great: the legendary Ben Burrt, and Clone Wars’ sound editor Matthew Wood & sound designer/ voice director David Collins!
Yvonne:
Speaking of great sounds, one of my favorite celtic mewsicians Loreena McKinnett http://www.quinlanroad.com/ is on the cover of Magical Times #7, and one of my favorite songstress / dancers Nichol Scherzinger http://www.nicolescherzingermusic.com/ is the cover of FHM Magazine’s UK edition #31, nya! She is also in the feisty kicking pose for the cover of Womens Fitness (UK) #84, nya! Lizzy was so happy when she and Derek Hough won Dancing with the Stars, nya!

Tsuruku:
Yayoi Kambara, Anne Zivolich &Vanessa Thiesson of San Francisco’s ODC (Oberlin Dance Company) http://www.odcdance.org/ in costumes by the company’s artistic director / founder Brenda Way are on the March cover & featured article of Dance Magazine http://www.dancemagazine.com/! There’s also a nice full page pic of Kambara & Zivolich joined by Chin-chin Hsu, and a pic of Way with artistic director KT Nelson & associate choreographer Kimi Okada in the side-bar article on the ODC’s 40th anniversary!
Lovely elegant Yevgenia Obraztsova http://www.evgeniaobraztsova.com/ of the Mariinsky Theatre / Kirov Ballet was just on the magazine’s February cover! The Royal Danish Ballet’s stunning Susanne Grinder http://www.ballerinagallery.com/grinder.htm graces the Winter 2010 issue of Dance International http://www.danceinternational.org/; and on the February / March cover of Pointe Magazine http://www.pointemagazine.com/ is stunning Sterling Hyltin of http://www.nycballet.com/dancers/sterling.html of the New York City Ballet!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
IFBB Bikini Pro Jessica Putnam http://jessfit.com/ is pretty & powerful on the January / February cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers; and WNBF Ms Universe Toni West http://www.toniwest.com/ wonderfully graces the February cover of Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness – and an inspirational poster inside! WBFF Pro, trainer & model Heather Robertson http://www.heatherrobertson.net/ radiantly poses for the February cover of Oxygen; and WBFF Pro Bikini Champion Chady Dunmore http://www.chadydunmore.com/ dazzles the cover of Oxygen Magazine’s Special Fat Loss issue!
Kianalani:
Running & biking may not be typical activities for us mermaids but we certainly admire the great athletes who excel at those sports just as we admire those who are superb swimmers! So I was especially delighted to see inspirational Amy Palmiero-Winters http://www.seeamyrun.com/ on the January / February cover of Marathon & Beyond! Professional distance runner Lisa Koll http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Koll from Iowa is on the January / February cover of Running Times!
Fabulous 49 year young Olympic great & astounding Marathon champion Linda Somers Smith http://www.runningusa.org/node/55010 is in the cute Purrple top to run our way on the March cover of Running Times! Scotland’s peppy Xterra & Iroman 70.3 competitor Lesley Paterson http://www.lesleydoestriathlon.org/ races her Jamis bike toward us on the March cover of Triathlete, and our favorite race car driver Danica Patrick http://www.danicaracing.com/ has a small cover pic & 4 page article in Athlon Sports Racing vol. 9!

Petra:
I’d like to purraise the charming image of  a “Harvest Goddess” by Hollie Sierra http://www.hollysierra.com/, which adorns the front cover of Sage Woman #79 http://www.sagewoman.com/, nya! She paints the joyfully purretty pictures of magickal, nature & folk art subjects, nya! Then there is the purrfect purrtrait of American glamour icon Bettie Page http://www.bettiepage.com/ pin-up purriestess Olivia DeBernardinis http://www.eolivia.com/ (has tastefully nude glamour art) on the January / February cover of Airbrush Action http://www.airbrushaction.com/, nya!
I would also like to purraise the beautiful Blue flower dressed woman with the cute freckles illustrated by Charlie Bowater http://charlie140588.deviantart.com/ for the February cover for ImagineFX, nya! There is also such a majestic illustration on the back cover of the daring women riding the Waterfall Dragons by Matthew Stewart http://www.matthew-stewart.com/, and a lovely mermaid art tutorial by Jace Wallace http://wakkawa.iseenothing.com/ (has tastefully nude fantasy art), nya!
Mike:
Catwoman by Adam Hughes http://www.justsayah.com/ is on the front cover of the March 2011 issue of ImagineFX, stealing the magazine’s logo!
Nyssy:
One of our favoritest aquatic Olympian heroes Dara Torres http://daratorres.com/ is on the March 2011 cover of Oxygen magazine! You might think she is part mermaid! And US & World champion, Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson http://www.shawnjohnson.net/ joyfully stars on the February cover  of Inside Gymnastics! She was also a Dancing with the Stars champion too!
Tara-chan:
She has the catlike agility and grace, nya! Speaking of the agile grace, Yogini Hala Khouri http://www.halakhouri.com/ & her son were serenely photographed for the cover of Yoga International issue 113 http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/YI/, and Roxy longboarder Rachel Spear http://www.roxy.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3449996 is on the cover of SUP: Stand Up Paddler Magazine’s Winter 2011 issue! That’s all of our mini- mewsings, but speaking of surfing, here’s oneesan again to tell us all about–
Surfgirl #30, nya!
Yvonne:
Mewsually Myayr is the one to review Surfgirl http://www.orcasurf.co.uk/surfgirl/ because she is the avid surfer and it is her favorite sports magazine but she’s not here, nya! Surfgirl is a lovely fun bimonthly  UK purriodical dedicated to womens surfing, with lots of great photos of the inspurrational athletes, exotic international locations, beautiful clothes & gear, nya! There are intermews & articles, purroduct reviews; healthy, fitness & fashion tips, travelogues, and the articles are not jut about the top surfers but many are written by them too, nya!
This purrticular issue is purriced $7.75 for it’s 100 delightful pages (including the covers) and on the front cover is a gorgeous happy smiling B&W photo of supurrstar Stephanie Gilmore http://stephgilmore.blogspot.com/, nya! There is a 4 page intermew with her inside by the great photographer Lucia Griggi, who is one of the very purrolific contributors to each issue, nya! But first, editor Louise Searle sets the tone with her opening comments to get the joyful & adventurous ambience started, nya!
Griggi later contributes a 6 page article on the all star expurrdition of Steph, Keala Kennelly, Silvana Lima, Sally Fitzgibbons, Clair Bevo & Chelsea Georgeson in Puerto Rico, nya! Another fascinating article about such an all star trip is Sarah Baeardmore, Gwen Surlock, Beth Mason, Laura Crane, Corinne Evans, Hannah Harding & Gabi Rowe destined for the Maldives, with 10 pages & great photos by Simon Williams; and Rebecca Woods voices her concerns on the diminished state of the womens’ surfing events, nya!
Were that not enough, in another 4 pages Kirstin Prisk, Luci & Sharpy document Steph, Carissa Moore, Paige Hareb, Sofia Mulanovich, Claire Bevilacqua & Bethany Hamilton competing in the Rip Curl event in Portugal, nya! By the way I heartily recommend heroic Bethany’s book, Soul Surfer, which I believe Nyssy plans to discuss, nya! Later in the issue there’s a 2 page peek at the UK PST compurrtition surfed by Gwen, Beth, Jo Dennison, Tassy Swallow & Nicole Morgan; and a look at the Nellscott Reef Big Wave Classic by Sarah Tollestrup, nya!
I can just imagine how thrilling & fun it must have been, nya! This purrticular issue has numerous Wintry articles in it, such as the 4 pages of Easkey Britton snowboarding in Portes Du Soleil with photos by Roo; Gemma Freeman’s 4 page intermew with Gold medalist snowboarder Jenny Jones with photos by Dan Medhurst & RelentlessEnergy; 4 pages of great resorts & places to travel for the snow action or to escape the cold; Tara Rajan’s mewsings on Costa de la Luz in Spain; and Jae Chambers getaway to Grand Massif in the Swiss Alps, nya!
There is more of Kirstin’s purrfect pics in a purretty 6 page purrtolio of Winter fashions, in which lovely Rosie Carr models the appurral, with styling by Suzi Winter & her hair by Tom McDougall, nya! There’s also Suzi Winter’s  tips for your own party coiffure, and quite a few pages full of purroduct & gear reviews, clothing & gift recommendations, and 4 pages on cold water wear, nya. Aimee Fuller explains the Backside 360 snowboard technique, and Nicole Morgan returns to coach us on the purropurr duck dive technique, nya!
Nat Fox contributes a pictorial of Pink Fish Surfboards and her important ecological message about whales & dolphins, nya! There are nummy breakfast recipes- mmm those panckaes, porridge & eggs look good, nya! To burn the calories Shannon Denny briefly discusses the fun sport of parkour, nya! You know, we have our own island variant of the sport called Purrkour, nya! That’s one of Lizzy & BB’s favorite hobbies, so I need to show them that article, and I need to show Jenjen this articles on yoga by Sam Magee & Rochelle Ballard, nya!
Lest I forget, Kerry Powel mewses of her iPhone & Facebook addiction, nya! Even the ads are neat because many of them are full page glamorous or action pics of those legendary surfers, nya! For example, Steph appurrs in the Rip Curl ads, Sarah Beardmore in the Protest ads and Tora Bright for Roxy, nya! Other purretty ads include O’Neill, Billabong, Kuccia, Orca Surf Shop, Nalu Beads, Ann’s Cottage, Mermaid in England, Indo Board, Robies, and the sites of Kristin Prisk & Suzi Winter, nya! Ok I’m done but nyow here’s Petra’s review of the–
Sports Illustrated vol. 114 #7: The 2011 Swimsuit Issue, nya!

Petra:
The Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit Issue features gorgeous cover girl Irina Shayk http://www.theirinashayk.com/ in the Red & Yellow bikini, nya! She is from Russia, nya! inside the 206 pages are also beautiful models Shannon Click, Cinia Dicker, Kenza Fourati, Esti Ginzburg, Jessica Gomes, Izabel Goulart, Julie Henderson, Damaris Lewis, Alyssa Miller, Genevieve Morton, Hilary Rhoda, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Anne V and Jessica White, nya! That does not even include the dozens of other lovely ladies who appurr in the many ads for various purroducts, nya!
They are wearing bikinis, maillots, tops, body paint, seashells jewels & less amidst the breathtaking international locations, nya! The lovely locations for the purretty pictorials include Maui, Hawaii and Laguna Beach, California; Turtle island in Fiji, Barclay Island in the Philippines, Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, Singapore’s Sentosa Island, and Banff in the Canadian Rockies, nya! Actress Brooklyn Decker also appurrs in a pictorial. She is also on the February cover of Esquire, but without the swimwear, nya!
They are joined by 3 sports supurrstars in an 8 page pictorial, nya! Paraguayan model & Olympic Javelin thrower Leryn Franco http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=0/athcode=170092/index.html wears the White lacey bikini in a 2 page spurread, and the sheer Black shirt / White bikini panty combo in her 2nd pic, nya! Brazilian surfer & Roxy star Bruna Schmitz http://www.aspworldtour.com/surfers/womens-profiles/bruna-schmitz/ wears the Black bikini with a fly rod-  I wonder if she caught anything, nya?
She continues the fishing theme in the Black fishnet maillot, which might not catch the fish, but it would catch the attention, nya! Continuing the fishnet motif is Arizona Wildcat, All-American & Team USA volleyball outside hitter Kim Glass http://www.kimglass10.com/, nya! The Silver medalist kills them on the court and knocks them out on the beach in her sexy photos, wearing the White fishnet maillot in one pic, and nothing but her gorgeous smile, a boat oar & a purretty necklace on the other, nya!
I should also mention that in the ad for Cobra Golf is Arizona Sun Devil, purrofessional golfer & model Blair O’Neal http://www.blaironeal.com/, nya! She is at home on the runway or the fairway, and wears the Eggshell colored front-closure bikini in the ad, nya! I wonder if she and Kim knew of each other at those rival Arizona colleges, nya? In addition to the magnificent photos there is info on each location, lodging, and where to purrchase the appurral, nya! Nyow if only they would visit our island, nya! That is all for the magazines, but after the short break we’ll be right back with this month’s–
Book Reports, nya!
(snip)(one short break & a few shrimp cocktails later…)
the catgirls:
thank you for the food, nya!
the mermaids:
Arigato, manager-san!
Tsuruku:
No problemo!
Mike:
That was most kind! Hey we’re back, and for our first book report here’s Nyssy to tell us about-
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton!

Nyssy:
We have previously mentioned role model surfer Bethany Hamilton’s http://bethanyhamilton.com/ autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board as one of our favoritest & most inspirational surfer books, but it has been re-issued in an expanded mass-market paperback, with new material & pics, in conjunction with the release of her bio-pic movie Soul Surfer http://www.soulsurferthemovie.com/ from Tristar Pictures in April! The movie is directed by Sean McNamara and stars AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, along with Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Lorraine Nicholson & Dennis Quaid!
It is not the first movie about her, as there was Becky Baumgartner’s 2007 documentary Heart of a Surfer http://www.heartofasoulsurfer.com/! For those who came in late, Bethany Hamilton is from Kauai, Hawaii and she was 13 years old in 2003 when she lost her left arm to a 15 foot long Tiger Shark. However, this did not stop her from bravely shredding those waves to competing in the ASP & WQS to win major awards including the NSSA National Championship in 2005, nya! She’s written other books too, such as Devotions for the Soul Surfer: Daily Thoughts to Charge Your Life; Rise Above: A 90- Day Devotional; Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends; and the Soul Surfer fiction series co-authored with Rick Bundschuh!
She just turned 21 on February 8th, so the new autobiography edition & movie are well-timed! This wonderful book was published by MTV / Gallery Books, originally in 2004, revised with extra pages in 2006 and now again in 2011, co-authored with Bethany by Sheryl Berk & Rick Bundschuh! After the original 210 pages, you get 14 addenda pages purrtaining to the 5 years since, and then another 42 pages of her movie journal spanning December 2009 to October 2010! After that are 17 more pages of intermews with the director, AnnaSophia, Lorraine! That does not even include the original 24 pages with 39 color pics, or the added 8 pages with 18 more color pics!
Bethany discusses her family, Alan Blanchard & other friends,  life on the small island, surfing, from how she got into the sport at age 7, to her current global travels & compurrtitions, that shark attack on Halloween 2003, and the aftermath & recovery process. She discusses the emotional, physical & financial tolls, dealing with the resulting celebrity fame, TV appearances, international travels, her spirituality, ministry, charitable work, and making movies! I am so looking forward to seeing the Soul Surfer movie! For our next report, we go to the Piedmont region of our own North Carolina, for a spooky tour of–

Haunted Historic Greensboro by Teresa Bane!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
I love ghost stories, nya! Whether they are fictional tales, myths & legends, accounts of alleged actual hauntings or scholarly paranormal research, I am fascinated by the topic! There are plenty of coastal Carolina tales & Mid-Atlantic apparitional reports which we’ve been able to inspect, but alas there are too many inland haunts that are difficult for a mermaid to visit! This can be very frustrating, especially when I read fascinating books such as Historic Haunted Greensboro by noted vampirologist Theresa Bane http://www.theresabane.net/, but I suppose it is just as frustrating fore the terrestrial folks to visit some of the shipwrecks and mysteries of the deep!
There are many ghostly reports from the North Carolina mountains to the coast, but this 160 page trade paperback focuses specifically on the city of Greensboro, which is in the central Piedmont portion of the state since the mid 1700’s. The book was published in 2009 by Schiffer, designed by Stephanie Daugherty, typeset in the Bard/NewsGoth BT font, and has an SRP of $14.99. @0 locations are examined, with over 60 B&W photos! After the author’s introduction and a quick profile of ‘The Gateway City”, the spookiness begins with UNC-G’s Aycock Auditorium, the downtown Biltmore Hotel, Blandwood Plantation (built in 1795), and the palatial Carolina Theatre!
The journey continues to several private homes, Copper Creek & Deep River Mine Shaft, and Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium, which is one of the buildings where WhatTheHell?! Con was held! After that is a jaunt 25 miles away to the famous Devil’s Tramping Ground, which is not in Greensboro but in Siler City, but this is included because it is among the most infamous of NC’s haunts, and the book includes scans official North Carolina Department of Agriculture soil test documents from that site!  Then it is back to Greensboro to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, which is a Revolutionary War battlefield with a statue of Nathanael Green!
Battlefields tend to be known for the haunts. Another famous NC haunt examined is Lydia’s Bridge, said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman killed in a car crash. This chapter also has a document scan! After another private residence & Mendenhall Plantation it is away from Greensboro again to explore Purgatory Mountain, approximately 30 miles away near the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro. Oh, the zoo is another place I so want to visit! Other locations include Salon Blu, Twin Lakes Lodge, one of those so-called Gravity Hills, and the final chapter pertains to the dreaded Vampire Beast of Greensboro, which allegedly dates back to 1959!
They are not sure whether it may or may not be connected to other Carolina cryptozoological mysteries in Bolivia & Bladenboro! Not only does Theresa cite the popular stories associated with all of those locations, but she has interviewed folks, offers her own conclusions based upon the evidence, and supplies the driving directions & contact information for the sites! That concludes the non-fictional portion of our book reports, but here’s Ne’ella again to dive into this month’s–

Manga Mewsings!
K-ON! vol. 1

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Ariagto! Yen Press http://www.yenpress.com/ continues to delight us with the top quality 4-koma format mangas, which are sort of the 4-panel gag strips arranged in 2 columns per page! Other such favorite mangas reviewed by The Mew include Azumanga Daioh, SS Astro, G.A. Sunshine Sketch, Shoulder A Coffin Kuro, and Suzunari!  Yen has struck again with the release of Kakifly’s wonderful K-On, which is about a group of four high schools girls who rally to save the school pop mewsic club and form a band!
The members of this band are Yui Hirasawa, who is shown on the front cover with her Gibson Les Paul! According to his notes, author Kakifly owns several guitars! On the back cover we see shy bassist Mio Akiyama in her maid cafe uniform, less than happy to see drummer / club president Ritsu Tainaka & teacher Sawako Yamanaka spying on her! Completing the principle players are rich cute keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki, Yui’s younger sister Ui & friend Nodoka!
Most of the 121 pages of the manga are in the 4 koma format and B&W, but there are 25 color pages, and a few pages with larger panels of the girls, plus 7 pages of notes! The 2008 manga was first published in Japan by Houbunsha, and this Yen edition was published in November, 2010, translated into English by Jack Wiedrick & lettered by Hope Donovan! It has the US price of  $10.99 & the Canadian price of  $12.50. It is rated “OT” for older teenage readers, due to an extent of language & mild sexiness, although it seems like a very tame manga to me!
The manga starts as Mio & Ritsu plan to join the under-attended club but hear of its dissolution from Yamanaka-sensei, so they recruit more members. Yui is lured into joining, to the chagrin of her friend Nodoka, who is aware of how Yui is easily distracted and has not played an instrument. However, Yui seems earnestly enthused by this new undertaking! Next they must go guitar shopping and practicing. It seems as if Yui might have trouble focusing on both the music and her other studies, but she is uncannily able to summon the dedication!
As months progress, the incidents in their slice – of – life plots include the exams, maid outfits, Mio’s squeamishness, summer break bikini time at Tsumugi’s vacation house, the soothing hot tub soak, sensei’s big secret, song writing, the cakes, performing at the school festival, the Christmas party, the new year, worries of the club’s future, and more delicious cakes! I was very pleased with this volume because the characters are all so likable and the plots are quite whimsical!
The artwork is terrific, with such nicely drawn characters rendered in line & tone art & the several color pages, with very good anatomical proportions, perspective, poses, expressions,  the occasional cartoonier minimal & chibi versions for the good comedic effect, and very good attention to the detail of their clothing, instruments, rooms, architecture, natural scenery, and the baked goods! It was quite a page-turner that I could not put down, and before I knew it, I was finished & eager for the next volume! Now here is ‘Lani to report on–
Ichiroh! vol. 4!

Kianalani:
For Lizzy’s review of Ichiroh! vol. 3 by author / artist Mikage please see the February Mew! This is another favorite 4-koma manga originally published in Japan by Houbunsha, now published in North America by Yen! It was translated into English by Ajino Hirami and Hope Donovan was the letterer! She seems quite prolific! The US price is $11.99 & Canadian price is $13.50. It’s rated T for teen readers due to the language, sexuality & nudity content. It has comedic frisky moments and skimpy outfits, but it is all quite fun!
The title term refers to the type of student who studies for the entrance exams. In this case, the main character is the easily distracted Nanako Konishi and her longtime friends Akane Nakazawa & Shino Murasaki are trying to improve their academic chances in prep school so they can go to college! They reside in a boarding house which is next to a small Shinto shrine, both managed Anko & her grandmother Baa-san. The girls work part time as the miko attendants there, which doesn’t help Nanko’s poor study habits!
Other recurring characters include their classmate Mai Shoindou the otaku girl, Shino Murasaki who obsesses over Nanako, hyperactive college student Mayura who also works at a maid cafe, teacher Kaname-sensei, the little neighbor Wakaba-chan & her father Yaoya who owns a store and has a miko costume fetish! Most of this volume’s 136 pages are B&W, but the first 8 pages of the manga are in color! There are 118 pages of manga, plus the afterward, notes  & publishing pages, 9 bonus strips & 6 pages of ads.
The front cover pic is Akane in cute Summery shorts ensemble & Kozue in the pretty white & blue dress! The back cover has a pic of Nanako in the flouncy bikini with her English book as Akane & Kozue play on the beach! This is key to the central plot of this volume, as Nanako, Akane, Kozue, Mai, Shino & Anko go on a Summer trip to Okinawa, supposedly on a studious holiday, but there are other motives & bikinis! Meanwhile we see what Mayura, Baa-san, Wakaba-chan, Kaname-sensei & Yaoya are up to back home!
Plots include Akane’s braless tendency, swim wear shopping, air travel, car rental, who’ll room with whom, the climate’s affect on Kozue’s hair, Anko tanning darkly, Pork Steak & Sea Grapes, study attempts, souvenirs, swimming & scuba diving, aquarium & beach fun! It isn’t all work for those back home, as Mayura & Kaname-sensei snoop in the girls’ rooms and take Wakaba-chan to a water park! Mayura suggests flouncier new costumes for the shrine, and Yaoya suggests the cafe change from maid to miko theme!
There are several larger B&W images throughout the book, such as the group’s arrival at the beach, Wakaba-chan with a doll, Anko with beer, Nanko as a mermaid, Mayura in an off-shoulder dress with a nice handbag, and dressed as a miko! Among the pretty color pages are a chibi – style character introduction page, Nanko in a White sun dress & hat, Nanko & Akane in wet T shirts at the pool, Akane doing Kozue’s hair in their lingerie; and the montage of undergarment suggestions for Akane! Yep it is a bit of slightly frisky fun in the fourth volume of Nanako & friends! Now here to tell us about the fourth & fifth volumes full of the feline fun, here’s Petra to report on the charming–

Chi’s Sweet Home vol. 4 & 5!

Petra:
Thank you ‘Lani, nya! Chi’s Sweet Home http://www.chisweethome.net by Konami Kanata is the cute color manga about a Gray Tabby kitten named Chi, nya! It was originally published in Japan as Chizu Suito Houmu, nyow published in North America by Vertical http://www.vertical-inc.com, nya! These volumes read from left – to – right, like an American book, nya! Both papurrback are purriced apiece at $13.95 US / $16.95 Canada, with the 146 full color pages of manga plus a few bonus pages, 2 pages of ads & the copyright page, nya.
Each chapter purrtains to Chi’s life expurriences & discoveries, and the reader is purrivy to her childlike thoughts, nya! She is so adorably drawn with such amewsing expurressions & poses, nya! In volume 1 she got lost from her Momma & siblings, but was rescued by a kind human family, nya. They try to keep Chi a secret, because pets are not allowed in their building, nya! In Volume 2, Chi became more accustomed to her human family, and befriended a large roaming savvy cat named Blackie nya.
In volume 3 Chi purracticed her purredatory skills, survived a rowdy visitor, and almost got caught by the manager, but nyow they are moving to a place that purrmits pets, nya! Volumes 4 & 5 were translated into English by Ed Chavez with purrduction by Hiroko Mizuno, Glen Isep & Tomoe Tsutsuminya! In volume 4, At first Chi likes the packing because there are boxes to play with, but she is nervous about the change of environment, nya!
It takes her a while to get accustomed to the different rooms, stairs to climb, a kitty door into the yard for her to explore, and neighbors with pets of various species, nya! Other purrdicments include the nail clip, a playful Beagle, hiding in a drawer full of clothes which gets shut, and missing her friend Blackie, nya. The annotated 5 page bonus strip is Konami’s collaboration with Risa Ito, in which Chi meets Ito’s manga kitty Kuro, nya! And nyow on to her antics volume 5, nya!
Chi socializes with Alice the upstairs cat, selects the best spot for the nap, and explores more of her home, but not without the incidents- she gets caught on a roll of tape, nya! She gets much playtime, pampurring by the grooming brush and susses out the kitty door, nya. This leads her to the purrlonged outdoor excursions for fun discoveries & purrdicaments, but she meets an older Calico, reunites with Blackie, gets the milk, and almost has other encounters but I’ll keep that a surpurrise, nya!
Volume 5 also has the map page of her neighborhood, a page about the publisher’s Chi book tour, a page about the anime & web site, and 2 pages of the ads, nya! The map is neat because you can see where all the incidents take place, from where Chi was initially sepurrated from her momma in volume 1 to her current domicile, nya! Chi’s Sweet Home is such a wonderful manga series which I highly recommend to anyone who appurreciates kitten tales, nya! That is all for manga but we’ll have more purrtaining to comics after the break, so please stay tuned, nya!
(snip)(one short break later…)
Mike:
Welcome back! Y’all are just in time for–

An impurromptu Lightning Round purrtaining to
our favorite aquatic / amphibious comix heroines!
The catgirls & mermaids:
LIGHTNING ROUND — GO!
The catgirls:
–NYA!
Tsuruku:
(chosen to start) There have been awesome aquatic & amphibious heroines in the comics whom I wold like to mention, such as DC Comics’ Mera, Tula Dolphin, Lamprey, Gill Girl, Tethys, Letifos, Tsunami, Debbie ‘Deep Blue’ Perkins, Lori Lemaris, Ulla ‘Little Mermaid’ Paske, and Lorena Marquez! (tags Nyssy to go next)
Nyssy:
Letifos has the prettiest necklaces! There are several Marvel Comics heroines I like too, such as ‘Namora’ Aquaria Nautica Neptunia, Namorita ‘Kymaera’ Prentiss, Lady Dorma, Amir, Tamara Rahn, Andromeda Attumasen and Marrina Smallwood! Oh and there was Rachel Ahmed of that neat Idol mini-series, if that counts! (tags Kianalani)
Kianalani:
From various publishers I will nominate Dyesebel who is from the Philippines, Sea Princess Aziri by Erica Reis, Rebecca ‘Fathom’ Golden of The Elementals, Tracy ‘Silkie’ Winters of The Futurians, Leanna ‘Riptide’ Creel of Youngblood, and Maya ‘Nautika’ Royko of Stormwatchl! (tags Tara-chan with a brush of the tail fin)
Tara-chan:
Heehee – Don’t forget Pixar’s Dory, and Disney’s Ariel, and her sisters Adella, Alana,  Andrina, Aquatta, Arista, and Attina, nya!

Yvonne:
I would be more concerned about Dory forgetting something, nya!

Tara-chan:
Oh and and their mommy’s name was Athena, they have an Aunt Crustacea, Ariel’s friend Scallopa, nya! Ariel’s daughter’s name is Melody, but I don’t know if she appurred in the Little Mermaid comics, nya! Your turn, nya! (tags Mike)
Mike:
I have to recommend pretty much whole cast of Elfquest: Wavedancers! (tags Ne’ellakaliomi)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Of course there are wonderful web comic mermaids, such as Jen & Lia at the Mermaid Hostel by Jen Vaughn, and Gold & Kalua in Namaka Hamou by Jeffrey Anderson! (tags Petra)

Petra:
Hai, and manga characters such as Ika Musume, Sea Story’s Marin & Urin, Umisho’s Amuro Ninagawa, Aqua Knight’s Lady Ruliya, and… it is Vonny’s turn, nya! (tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
Oh of course there are those manga ningyo characters such as Mei of K.O. Beast, Sun Seto of My Bride is a Mermaid, those merfolk of One Piece, Lucia Nanami and other purrincesses of Mermaid Melody Pichi ichi Pitch, nya! Back to you Tsu, nya!
Tsuruku:
I will un-conduct the lightning by fin-ally mentioning Aspen Matthews, Kiani, Anya, and the other members of The Blue in Michael Turner’s Fathom series!
Tara-chan:
Um, I have a question, would Power Girl & Supergirl count, because they could function just as well underwater, nya?
Yvonne:
Ah, that’s a good point… but I think that’s different, nya! There would be a lot of other heroines who purrimarily live on the land, who could use their technology, magick, shape changing & other supurr powers to dwell under the sea, nya!
Petra:
Uh oh before we stray cat off topic, maybe we should purroceed to the-
Comics Critiques, nya!
Fathom: Blue Descent #0 – 2 (plot spoiler warning), nya!
Melanakeami:
Arigato! We’ve been following the adventures of Michael Turner’s Fathom http://www.aspencomics.com/ star Aspen Matthews for the past – gosh, it’s been about 13 years! She has most recently starred in the mini series Fathom: Blue Descent, which is a prequel intended to answer questions about her mysterious origin, parents & supporting characters such as Killian & Cannon!
This mini series began back in July of 2010 with issue #0, so I’ve been anticipating it for a while! That 12 page story “Opening the Floodgates” was like a framing sequence as Aspen swims amongst the quiet ruins of her parents’ undersea home, alone vague memories of childhood incidents to ponder, such as her mom Eliah’s worsening nightmares & dad Abesalsoma’s warnings to Aspen & her brother Finn. It also had 4 pages of sketches & notes about the forthcoming 4 issues, 8 pages of ads, and 4 different covers to choose from!
Then came issue #1 in September with the 21 page “Dreams and Disappearances”, in which Eliah’s nightmares worsen, while Abesaloma is with the family less due to his political duties in The Blue ruling council. Times are xenophobic as his old friend Zo sides more with the angry dissident Killian in wanting to fight the surface humans, while Abesaloma and the elite warrior Cannon prefer a more peaceful stance to better avoid a nuclear reprisal. Then one night Eliah is abducted from her bedroom by The Black! That issue also had a 3 page preview of Scourge,  8 pages of ads & 3 different covers!

 

Now on to issue #2, which was published last month and has the 20 page chapter “The Long and Deadly Road” plus 12 pages of ads. It was written by David Schwartz, pencilled & inked by Alex Sanchez, colored by John Starr, lettered by assistant editor Josh Reed, edited by Aspen Comics’ editor in chief Vince Hernandez & company president Frank Mastronmauro. It has 3 different covers: version A by Scott Clark, David Beatty & Steigerwald, version B by Billy Tan & Steigerwald, and rarer version C by Turner, Joe Weems & JD Smith.
I have version A, which has a splendid medium profile shot of Aspen serenely arching up from a dive! Loma has spent a day slashing his way past vicious sea creatures, but has to return to recruit a posse to rescue Eliah, consisting of Zo & his roughnecks & Cannon & his warriors, who form a tense truce to rescue Eliah. As they descend into the deeper mysterious depths there are deadly creatures, traps & environments on the way to The Black’s ancient lair, but there is added danger in Zo’s true motive!
Eliah awakens to confront her kidnapper named Ranger, who explains that his race The Black is dying and have attempted crossbreeding with The Blue people and surface humans, to no avail until… well apparently the nightmares were real and it looks like Aspen is due for an “I am your father” moment! The first thing that impressed me about Blue Descent was the lush Purple, Blue & Green hues of the coloring, the ethereal quality of the underwater light, the intricate stonework & organic shapes of the curvilinear architecture!
It has a very mysterious quality! Aspen is beautifully drawn at different ages and you can see the resemblance to her mom! Of course the mystery of her mom’s relationship & history is one of the intriguing plot points! There are cute scenes of Eliah, Loma & Zo as kids in issue #1, but unfortunately the tragic parts are an old story, the father spending more time away from the family and promising things will change later, but then it is too late! It is sad to see little Aspen so cutely wanting to go things with her daddy but he is too busy with business.
Because this is a prequel, we know how worse the political situation will get! The story seems to have a more compact, intimate view focusing on a handful of characters, and I would have preferred additional, expansive scenes of Aspen’s exuberant life in the city in its bustling prime. However, Issue #2 certainly does have a few immense eerie scenes as the rescuers descend deeper into the darker unknown, with beautiful bioluminescent effects & primordial qualities! There are supposedly to be 2 more issues in this mini series, but I hope I won’t have to wait that long to see what happens next!

Avengers Academy #9

Melanakeami:
I must agree with the Catgirl Critics how excellent Avengers Academy is! The comic book has so many great ingredients, the balance of old favorite characters & the younger new characters, all of whom are being very well developed, with very distinctive personalities, bodies & objectives! The plot moves at an ideal pace, containing a good balance of the character development and thrilling action! Also, the artwork is so good, from how well posed & expressive the characters are to the intricate scenic detail the rich coloring & special lighting techniques!
Issue #9 is priced at $2.99 & rated A, with 32 full color pages consisting of the 22 page story “Teach your Children Well”, 1 recap page, 1 page of readers’ comments, 2 page sof ads, and a 6 page preview for a new fantastic Four title. The story was written by Christos George, pencilled by Mike McKone, inked by Rebecca Buchman, colored by Jeremy Cox, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramanga, and edited by Bill Rossman with assistant editors Rachel Pinnelas & John Denning! The front cover art shows Finesse in fierce combat with The Taskmaster!
This issue begins a few seconds where issue #8 ended, as Tigra tells Veil, Hazmat & Striker that they are expelled for their unauthorized visitation upon a two-bit criminal known as The Hood, who had one time somehow managed to beat up Tigra. While most of the team deal with this matter, Finesse persuades Quicksilver to help her locate The Taskmaster, because she thinks they are related. They find one of his training facilities, and Finesse gets her wish! This results in 6 pages of amazing fight choreography and 3 calmer pages of great interaction!
Tigra, Quicksilver, Finesse & The Taskmaster are the main focus of this terrific issue, with Tigra and her swishy tail very prominent in 9 pages including the full splash page panel, and she has the entire final page to herself, which I won’t spoil! Other neat moments are Hazmat mouthing off to Tigra, Tigra’s chat & “go away” slashing gesture at a smug Quicksilver, the multiple images of Quicksilver as he speedily searches the villain’s base, and a full page pic of him and lithe Finesse beating up the bunch of bad guys they find there!
I can’t say enough good thing about the inking & coloring, from Jocasta’s shiny close-up & Hazmat’s helmet visor, to the motion blurs of Quicksilver & the taskmaster’s thrown weapons,
and the interior architectural details of the Avengers Academy Infinite Mansion & The Taskmaster’s latest training facility! Now here’s Nyssy to tell us about–

Gotham City Sirens #19 & 20!
Nyssy:
Gotham City Sirens is such a fun comic book with poignant & action filled scenes starring Selina / Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Pamela / Poison Ivy, and usually great guest stars! The story arc of the past few issues has included Talia Al Ghul & Zatanna, which continues in issue #20’s story “Behind the Bat, Behind the Clown.” It was written by Peter Calloway, pencilled by Andres Guinnaldo, inked by Walden Wong, colored by JD Smith, lettered by Dave Sharpe, and edited by Mike Marts with his associate editors Janelle Siegel & Harvey Richards! The front cover by Guillem March depicts Catwoman, Harley & Ivy on a white background beneath a logo, which is a catchy recurring graphic motif of DC comics in the past month or so!
Thus far, word got out that Catwoman knows the secret identity of Batman, so she has been targeted for abduction & interrogation by other criminals. Thanks to a mystic ritual purrformed by Talia a while back, Selina cannot be coerced into divulging the information, although she could willingly reveal it, but chooses not to and this situation has already been a contention between Selina & Ivy. Ironically Harley has tried to act as the voice of reason and peacemaker of the trio, because they are her only friends! Zatanna showed up to help rescue Selina from a villain’s magickal trap, which hasn’t helped Ivy’s mood because she hates Zatanna! Then Talia arrived to assist Zatanna against Harley & Ivy, with Selina caught in the middle!
Zatanna feared that the only solution was to erase Selina’s memory of Batman’s secret, but backed off before completing the spell, which angered Talia, who also knows Batman’s secret, since Bruce Wayne is the father of her son Damien, who is the new Robin. So now Zatanna, Harley & Ivy need to rescue Selina from Talia’s plans, even though none of them want Zatanna around! Later while looking for a new secret hide out, Harley – who used to be a psychiatrist – wants Selina to talk about her Batman issues. Ironically, this triggers the issues Harley has with her former boyfriend The Joker, and now it’s Selina & Ivy who have to rescue Harley! This was a complex tale full of angsty emotion, moral dilemma, and girl fight!
So in issue #19 you get that 20 page story, plus a 6 page preview for DC Universe Online Legends, 3 pages of DC Nation announcements, and 3 ads for $2.99! Issue #20 also has 32 pages, comprised of the 20 page story “Hell Hath No Fury Part One”, plus a 5 page preview of War of the Green Lanterns, 5 pages of ads, 1 page of readers’ mail & the DCN page. The story was written by Peter Calloway, pencilled by Ramon Bachs & Andres Guinnaldo, inked by Lorenzo Ruggiero & Bachs, colored by JD Smith, lettered by Steve Wands, and edited by Mike Marts with associate editors Janelle Siegel & Harvey Richards! The front cover by Guillem March depicts Selina, Harley & Ivy in the clutches of a giant image of The Joker!
At the end of issue #19, influenced by Selina’s talk of her relationship with Batman, Harley decides to go kill her former boyfriend, The Joker! In issue #20, this involves breaking INTO Arkham Asylum, whose landscape, architecture, security devices, procedures, staff and inmates she knows quite intimately. Included in her tool bag are a seelingly common objects – marbles, a flower, a and a crowbar – which will all be used quite strategically and  psychologically for the stealthy, precise infiltration. One by one, she targets specific personnel with those items, to overcome the obstacles on her obsessed quest for vengeance! Although Selina and Pamela do not appear in this issue, The Joker and Clayface figure prominently!
There are 2 weak links to the mission. First, it is unfortunately poor Harley’s sanity, what there is of it, and along the way she ‘sees’ Jokers all around her in the dark twisted trees & shadows. Second, she didn’t heed Selina’s  advice that breaking into Arkham to kill the Joker was a bad idea, and few are as expert about breaking into places or dealing with the Joker as Selina! Sadly, Mr. J’s influence on Harley is quite apparent in her dark side before she attacks without remorse. One of the especially interesting aspects is the clever graphic design of the narrative on three 2-page spreads, where her targets’ stories are told in panels shaped like those common objects she brought! OK I’m done but here’s Tsu to chat about–
Justice League: Generation Lost #18!

Tsuruku:
Thanks nyssy! This issue has thet 20 page story “Old Friends”, the 6 page preview of DC Universe Online Legends #1, 3 pages of DC Nation announcements & 3 pages of ads to total 32 full color pages for $2.99. The story was written by Judd Winick, pencilled by Aaron Lopresti, inked by Matt Ryan, colored by Hi-Fi, lettered by John j Hill, and edited by Rex Ogle & Brian Cunningham. This issue has a choice of 2 different covers, by Aaron Loprestri & Hi-Fi or Kevin Maguire & Hi-Fi!
In Powergirl #20, Kara / Power Girl battled the giant mutant lab animals of the mad scientist Professor Ivo, but his partner the evil telepath Maxwell Lord controlled her mind and sent her to fight her fellow Justice league members. Now, while Ivo Lord torture the current Blue Beetle, Power Girl tries to clobber Captain Atom whom she mistakes for a taunting Superman turned evil. When Booster Gold, Rocket Red, Fire & Ice arrive to help the Captain, she mistakes them for a corrupted Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Batman, Starfire & Supergirl, thinking they want to rule the world.
A super brawl ensues, but how can her friends convince her that Lord has manipulated her mind? They don’t want to hurt her, but she does not seem to be as obliging! Poor Kara has been under so much unhappy stress of late between the plunder of her company & the mental manipulations. The art was very good showing the intense emotions, exciting angles & perspective views of characters in flight, jumping or getting thrown around and the windblown hair, and a lot of intricate mechanical & landscape detail!
The coloring is very bright & richly conveys the different textures & materials from Booster’s goggles, Booster, Rocket Red & Captain Atom’s shiny gold costume parts, the fur trim of Ice’s boots & gloves, or the sheen of Fire’s lovely Green hair, and all that fiery energy! Some of my favorite panels include the big spash page, an extreme close-up of tearful Kara arguing with Captain Atom, the rest of the team seeing his signal, Ice in a crouch leap as she tries to freeze Kara, Booster’s great idea, and some others but that might spoil the plot! Kara lingered with the team for a few pages in issue #19 and then flew back into–
Power Girl #21!

Tsuruku:
This was one of The Mew’s favorite comics of 2010, starring Kryptonian Kara Zor-L as Karen Starr who tries to run a company and fight crime & stop disasters as Powergirl! Lately she has been having such a rough time doing both, thanks to the schemes of the villain Maxwell Lord, thus poor kara has been losing her company and worried that she is losing her mind! She then figured out that only she and a few members of Justice League know the truth, that Lord uses his telepathy to control everyone’s minds and make them forget he even exists!
In Power Girl #20 her quest to stop Lord lead to a secret base where Lord & Professor Ivo conduct their fiendish experiments, but then Lord got control of her mind again and sent her to fight her friends in Justice League: Generation Lost #18! She briefly appeared in Issue #19 which dovetails with Powergirl #21, so while those other JLI heroes try to rescue Jamie (the current Blue Beetle) from Lord & Ivo in Generation Lost #19, Kara tries convince Batman (Dick Grayson) of the truth that Lord murdered their friend Ted Kord (the former Blue Beetle)!
This is not easy given the continuing mind control which makes everyone keep forgetting, but original Batman (Bruce Wayne) arrives to help the investigation, and conduct an autopsy. Kara has a flashback scene to the last day she saw Ted, while back at her Starrware company, her administrative assistant Simon & her technical assistant Nicco try to stop the bankers & police from the foreclosure, but then a redhead Dr. Ophelia Day arrives to claim all the stuff for her own Daywork company! Kara has so many hostile take overs on her plate these days!
Power Girl #21 is priced at $2.99 for 32 full color pages, which consist of that 20 page story “Old Friends” plus that preview of War of the Green Lanterns, ads, readers’ mail & the DCN news page. The story was written by Judd Winick, the art was by Sami Basri, coloring by Jessica Kholine, lettering by John j Hlll, and edited by joey Cavalieri & associate editor Chris Conroy! Basri did the cover art too, which has a solemn Powergirl & Batman with the bodybag in a cemetery, with the face of Maxwell Lord subtly in the gray clouds!
This issue has a range of emotions, from the whimsy of Kara recalling an embarrassing clothes change moment, to the sad tearful scene of her clash with Captain Atom, frustrations in convincing Dick Grayson, the greedy gleeful look of Dr. Day, the genius deductions of Bruce & Dick, those final scenes of Ted, Kara’s fed up stance as they start the autopsy, and her feisty determination in the cliffhanger, which is to be continued in Power Girl #22 and Generation Lost #22!
Vonny thinks that Basri’s portraiture of Power Girl reminds her of Travel Channel hostess Samantha Brown! Also appearing in this issue for a few panels are Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire & Ice, Rocket Red, Jamie, a hallucination of Superman, and one panel full of other Justice Leaguers & Teen Titans in the flashback scene. we sure hope that she can stop Lord soon, save her company and resume happier time at home with her cat, best friend Terra!Now here’s ‘Lani again to tell us about–
Sorcery 101 Book 1

Kianalani:
Kel McDonald is such a mega talented artist & author among whose credits are the awesome web comic Sorcery 101 http://sorcery101.net/! This urban fantasy fun stars Danny Gunn, a history professor & aspiring sorcerer who smokes too much and his various supernatural friends & relatives! This occult themed comic is not for widdle kiddies because of some violence, gore, sexuality, smoking, drinking & profanity, but it has great characters, plots, dialogue, character & scenic art, the use of color & light, and varied moments ranging from romantic & cute to sexy & sinister!
The first adventures starting from 2005 are collected in the 6″ x 9″ 226 page full color paperback book for $15.00! In chapter 1 Danny has been trying to learn more magickal spells from his rude vampire friend Pat, then goes back to his friend Brad’s house. Brad Wolfe is a werewolf and his wife Ally Warren is a mage, and they have a cute widdle 5 year old daughter Rebecca who has the wolf tail! She also has a puppy named King! Danny & Brad decide to go rent a movie for the evening, which results in a humorous encounter with an irate younger mage at the video store!
In Chapter 2: Predators, Danny goes to Ally’s bar, where Chelsey Cornith the lovely catgirl waitress is interested in Danny, but unfortunately so is a snake demon thief girl, and thus Danny is going to need help from his vampire friend Seth to get his stuff back! By the way, there are nice sketches of Chelsey & Rebecca by Kel in the Guest Gallery of the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art! Chapter 3: Life Lessons occurs at Danny’s school and at a magick shop, which is run by a psychic named William, where Danny meets some gamers and a cute sorceress named Meg!
In Chapter 4: Wild Things Part 1, territorial wolf demons kidnap Danny & Brad, so Ally calls Seth to babysit Rebecca while she runs to the rescue! You get to see her purple force lightning attack, and Brad’s werewolf chomping action! After those 106 pages of entertaining comics, you get Kel’s afterward which gives a bit of the comic’s origin dating back to her 8th grade years, and then 14 pages of bonus sketches & color fan art! On that note now it is time for more recommendations in–
The Monthly Web Comics “Pick of the Litter”!

Tsuruku:
My recommendation is Walking the Lethe (mature themes, not for widdle kiddies) http://walkingthelethe.com/ by Daniel Potter, Amanda Potter, Adwarr & Sam Ireland!

Tara-chan:
I will nominate The Sorceror’s Apprentice which is so cute & delightful about young magickal heroine Victoria & suitable for all ages http://www.bwillettcomics.com/sorcerersapprentice/ by Bwillett, nya!
Yvonne:
I wish to nominate Undisclosed Influences http://undisclosedinfluences.smackjeeves.com/ by Charlokylie!
Kianalani:
I have chosen Ask a Stupid Question (which might have a bit of profanity) http://www.drunkduck.com/Ask_a_Stupid_Question/ is a neat web comic by Tabitha!
Melanakeami:
Pedrigon http://www.webcomicsnation.com/flyinggekko/pedrigon_comic/series.php by Stefanie De Kockaalso known as  FlyingGekko!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
I would like to recommed Aikida http://www.aikida.net/ (has a bit of purrofanity & mature topics) by Josh Meinzer, nya!
Petra:
Little Rashy http://www.littlerashy.com/ by professional magician & Zatanna lookalike Misty Lee http://www.mistylee.com/ & comics / screen writer Paul Dini http://kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com/
Nyssy:
The End http://endcomic.com/ by Cory & Ran Brown http://augest.deviantart.com/
Mike:
Last but not least I’d like to recommend the Eisner Award winning Girl Genius http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/ by Kaja & Phil Foglio! That’ll do it for our comics & manga reviews for this month, but we’ll be right back  to talk about–
Toys & Collectibles!
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Monster High Clawdeen Wolf’s Gloom Beach, Dawn of the Dance, Scream sets

Yvonne:
Back in the September 2010 Mew I reviewed the 11 1/4″ Clawdeen Wolf posable fashion doll which is part of Mattel’s Monster High http://www.monsterhigh.com/ purroduct line of Bratz / Barbie-ish (but gothier) dolls of who are the teenage kids of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf, Mummy, Sea Creature & Medusa, nya!  Since that review they have expanded on the purroduct line, with various accessories and the dolls in different outfits, nya!
Clawdeen is the stylish daughter of the werewolf, with the purretty ears, carameowl colored skin and the copurry colored coiffure, although in the mew Gloom Beach series she has the Purrple tinted hair and a different outfit & accessories, nya! For the Gloom Beach set, she wears the Pink & Black striped off-shoulder crop top over the asymmetrically strapped, Black trimmed multicolored Leopard purrint maillot with the side cutouts, accessorized with the Gold sunglasses, Pink & Light Blue earrings, Purrple belt, Pink & Green flip flops, and a matching frisbee, nya! She also comes with a hairbrush & display stand, nya!
The Dawn of the Dance set has Clawdeen in yet another coiffure & cute ensemble for the school dance, nya! She has the purrse that matches her Green hair, eye shadow & hose; Purrple lip gloss that matches her shiny vinyl(?) miniskirt which is trimmed in Black with lots of metallic stitches & zippers, nya! She wears the loose tube type belt, Black fingerless gloves to hold the little coffin shaped phone, and more shiny Gold in the earrings & shows, nya! This boxed set also includes a display stand & brush nya!
Also available is her Scream team soccer uniform pack, which is sold sepurrately from the doll, nya! This uniform package consists of the Black shorts & jersey trimmed in pink, with a Pink headband, Black wristband, Pink & White clip on earrings. Purrple legwarmers over the White athletic shoes with Pinl laces & soles, and a Pink & Black Soccer Ball, nya! I will recommend this doll to those who purrfer the kemonomimi with the gothy style, nya! Myow we go from the wolf girl to the alien girl in Nyssy’s review of the–
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cato Parasitti action figure, nya!

Nyssy:
In December, Lizzy reviewed the Clone Wars Shaak Ti action figure CW31 so this month we will review one of the villain figures, the shape-changing bounty killer Cato Parasitti, figure CW37! She is of the Clawdite race from the planet Zolan, and first appeared in the Clone Wars 2nd season opener The Holocrone Heist, which was written by Paul Dini who writes the Zatanna comic book! Jenjen reviewed the Clone Wars 2nd season DVD set in the November 2010 Mew! One of the nice things about the Clone Wars series is that it has so many strong female characters!
Cato Parasitti was voiced by the great actress Gwendoline Yeo http://www.gwendolineyeo.com/! who has appeared in a lot of movies & TV shows and voiced characters for a lot of cartoons & video games!  In that episode which she teamed up with bounty hunter Cade Bane to infiltrate the Jedi temple! Like the other Star Wars figures we have reviewed, I think this is a very nicely sculpted, articulated & painted 3.5″ figure with much intricate detail! Cato has Olive colored skin and Yellow cat-like eyes peering out of her helmet’s hinged flip-up visor! The points of articulation are her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees & ankles, and the joints are very inobvious!
She wears a Yellow & Brown jumpsuit with Tan pouches, belts & straps, silvery arm & shin guards, and Black fingerless gloves to aim the Black 3 1/4″ long scoped rifle at her unfortunate targets! This figure comes with a Star Wars Galactic Battle Game card with her game stats, a dice & the gray display base too! The figure is a very faithful likeness, although I don’t think it shape changes! For more about Cato I suggest her pages at the official Star Wars site http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/catoparasitti/index.html and at Wookieepedia http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cato_Parasitti! Now here’s Ne’ella to review the-
Transformers Elita-One Bust!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
It is a sad fact that female Transformers are few and far between, so it is quite a treat when a nice toy or figurine replica is released! The Mew has reviewed several Arcee, Chromia, Elita-One, & Blackarachnia figures in the past, including an awesome Arcee statue, and now we are pleased to say a few words about the lovely Elita-One bust! This is not a toy, but a fine art collectible officially licensed by hasbro and  limited to just 600! It was meticulously sculpted by Mark Wong for Diamond Select & distributed by Big Bad Toy Store!
She is the fearless Autobot of great grace and power, with her statistics ratings of strength 8.5, Intelligence 9.0, speed 8.0, endurance, 7.0 rank 9.5, courage 8.0,  firepower 9.0 and skill of 9.0! You do not want to mess with her! This bust of her from the hips up is decisively & nobly posed, pointing towards the future skyward objective and holding the sleek deadly rifle! On the back of the base is a diagram of her car mode, and she also has a temporal field power, but that saps much of her energy and is only the last resort trick!
It is based on her animated version, not the briefly glimpsed live-action movie version. The figure arrives snugly safely cradled inside the protective foam inside the outer box, and her arms are separate pieces but easily snap into the shoulders! She is so intricately sculpted & painted with highly detailed heat sinks, seams, panels, flanges & cowlings from her steely green eyes & serious red lips, to the Red Autobot emblem & White fingers! Her body is mostly a rich Pink, Red & White, with some Black & Yellow parts, and the 3.25″ long rifle is Black & Silver!
Mike thinks the bust is made of a solid poly stone resin material. From her crotch to the top of her head measures 3.5″, but from the bottom of the base to the raised tip of the rifle it is 7″ tall overall. I’m guessing if this were a full figure of her with legs, at this scale she might be a bit over 7″ tall. The bust is cleverly attached to the heavy Black base by a subtle clear pylon, and on the the bottom of the base is the number of the piece, corresponding to a certificate of authenticity signed by Wong & a gold foil seal atop the box! Now it is Tara-chan’s turn to tell us about the-
DC Unlimited Heavenly Sword Nariko action figure!

Tara-chan:
Heavenly Sword is a Play Station 3 game of the sword & sorcery / melee combat genre starring the tragic tough beautiful warrior Nariko who wields the cursed Heavenly Sword on a quest for revenge upon the king who wiped out her clan, nya! Her voice in the game is by actress Anna Torv, nya! Nyow DC Unlimited has this stunning action figure of Nariko, nya! This figure stands about 6″ tall but she is in a slight crouchy pose, so if she were standing up straight she’d be a little over 7″ I think, nya. That does not include the 8″ of her long thick wild Red ponytail which you can twirl around, nya! I think they did a very good job of disguising most of the joints, mostly along the seams or at the ends of the clothes & lacings, nya!
The points of articulation include her head, ponytail, shoulders, elboes, wrists, waist, and the boots, nya! Her sexy tough loutfit is an asymmetrical Mauve-trimmed White midriff top with one large elbow length sleeve; a matching long flowy loincloth that swirls around her right thigh above the panty, and the layered legwarmers atop her tabi socks & Zori sandals, nya! Around her bared tummy are leathery straps & a low slung belt on the hips, attached to an ornate Fauld piece – or maybe that’s a Tasset piece, but it is just on her left hip and is not purrotecting the thigh, nya. She has crissycross straps around her wrists & hands, and in those hands she can weild the two huge wicked curved 4″ blades of the Heavenly Sword, nya!
They have a very authentic looking paint job for the metallic finish, nya! To help stabilize her in the wide stance is a small Black 1 1/2″ diameter disk to attach under her right foot, which comes in handy for the display, given the expansive mane and those big blades, nya! The figure has minute detail from the rich volume of her hair & ornamentation, her intense gaze & the patterns in the clothes trim, down to her inny belly button, the tooling of the belt, armor, chains, leg wraps & engraved blades, nya! Tsu-Tsu has another femme fatale figure from DC Unlimted for discussion, the-
Dragon Age Morrigan action figure, nya!

Tsuruku:
Hai! Dragon Age: Origins by EA / Bioware was voted one of The Mew’s favorite video games of 2010, so we were very interested in this nice new action figure of Morrigan, the witchy daughter of Flemith who is voiced by Claudia Black http://www.claudiablackonline.com/! She starred in the TV series Farscape too! Morrigan is the beautiful & powerful mage of the forest, who can also shape change and seems to prefer the natural surroundings to most human company, although she seems to be fond of jewelry!
This is a very attractive 6 1/2″ tall action figure, lithe & slender with the amount of exposed cleavage & bare midriff between the losely draped halter top and the long skirt! I think it is very nicely sculpted, painted & articulated, although to be picky there are subtle differences in the portraiture’s nose & eyes from how she appears in the game. She is pretty & intricate from the strands of her bun coiffure, Amber hued eyes & wine Red lips, to the Black nail polish, drapery folds of her top, and the distressed texture of her skirt with the stitchings, lacings & tassles!
The skirt is a separate piece, not molded to the figure. She has layered necklaces, pendants, bracelets, arm bands, a ring, and Black feathers on her left shoulder, and tall strappy boots with silvery buckles!  She comes with a staff accessory, which could be clenched in either hand. It is about 5 1/2″ tall, painted to look made of iron, with a serpentine twist supporting a small Gold orb on top, although I think she tends to carry a wooden staff in the game. She doesn’t come with a display base, but you can certainly pose her in different stances & gestures! Now it is ‘Lani’s turn to tell us about the–
Tron: Legacy Quorra action figure!

Kianalani:
We really liked the movie Tron: Legacy! for Jenjen’s review of the movie please see the January Mew! It also won The Catgirl Critic’s pick for favorite movie soundtrack of 2010!  One of the characters we especially liked was Quorra, the tough, smart, brave & beautiful heroic ally of Kevin Flynn! She was purrfectly purrtrayed by Olivia Wilde http://wildethings.org/! This figure of her from Spin Master is 4″ tall and her chest stripes lights up if you push the button on her back disk!
This figure apparently works with the scale Tron vehicles, such as the Light Cycle or Light Runner car, which she drives to rescue Sam from the arena! She wears a helmet, which isn’t removable, a sleeveless tight jumpsuit & gloves, and a skirt, which is also not removable. This figure is very posable, and the 13 points of articulation include her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. About the only body part that doesn’t turn is her waist, but nevertheless you can pose her in numerous agile stances!
She can stand up unassisted, but there’s a 2 1/4″ diameter display base you can snap her either boot sole to for more dynamic poses! She comes with a disk and a katana, which will snugly fit in either hand! I am pleased with the figure, which is nicely sculpted, articulated & painted, although it would be nicer if the helmet were removable and you could see her face! Oh it would be nice if they released a larger scale Ultimate edition figure of her, like the one of Clu! That concludes the collectibles & toys talk, but we’ll be right back after another break with Mike’s–
Convention Reports!
(snip)(one short break later…)
Ichibancon 2
Mike:
Ichibancon 2 http://ichibancon.com/ was a fun little anime convention presented by http://nostalgiaconventions.com/ at the very pleasant Executive Park Marriott hotel in Charlotte, NC at the during January 7-9th, 2011, which was well-timed because the state got hit by another round of snow & ice on the following Monday! I did not attend the first Ichibancon in 2009, so I was not sure what to expect, and  the artist alley had already been filled up, so I’d just be going to this con as a regular attendee and not as an exhibiting artist.
I liked the location of the hotel which was easy to find, with a secluded feel but within walking distance to several restaurants. All of the hotel staff I interacted with were as nice as nice can be! There were a few cosplayers in the parking lot & hotel lobby on Friday morning, the con registration desk was already open for business! I bought their pretty 2009 & 2010 tee shirts! I had some time before activities got started or friends arrived so I availed myself of the hotel restaurant’s breakfast buffet, which is sort of a tradition at cons.
Programming started around noon and the dealers room opened around 3 pm. On one side of the corridor was the anime video room, con ops room for the staff, cosplay office, a rock band game room and the main video game room, which seemed to have mostly fightin’ games. On the other side of the corridor were the artist alley, lounge room for various mingling & karaoke, 3 salons for the panels, events & dealers room. The larger main event room was just past the con registration desk, so the convention area was nicely bundled!
The Guest List for this con consisted of several popular, prolific, cordial American voice actors such as Vic Mignongna, Lisa Oritz, Todd Haberkorn, Maxey Whitehead and J Michael Tatum; translator & musician Lisa Furukawa http://www.lisafurukawa.com/ and Kittyhawk, the artist/ author of the web comic Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki http://www.sgvy.com/! My first purchase  was to commission a Catgirl Valkyrie sketch, which you can see in Guest Gallery 2 of the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Some of the multiple autograph lines got a bit confusing and congested the main corridor, and I wish those queues should have been in the larger main event room instead of the corridor, but all the the guests were so nice! Lisa Furukawa’s Friday concert was wonderful! She sang & played her Korg keyboard for a lovely hour, and if you’re unfamiliar with her music, I’d maybe compare her quite favorably to maybe Kate Bush  http://www.katebush.com/ or Tori Amos http://www.toriamos.com/, but with more Japanese themes, so I was pleased to buy her latest CD!

The artist alley which was tiny with only about 8 artists, but I hope they all had a fun & profitable time! The dealers room had around 16 dealers, selling figurines, statues, ball-joint fashion dolls & accessories, plushies, trinkets, swords, hats & clothing (including kimonos), Japanese wares, comix, manga, anime DVDs, art a few posters & wall scrolls, not many art books. More ‘n more folks were arriving and the place was starting to really bustle by late Friday afternoon, with hundreds of great costumes to see.
Despite a few who were too loud & rowdy or camped out in the wrong places, the majority of the attendees were very joyful & polite! Among the many anime & games represented by cosplayers were Full Metal Alchemist, Naruto, Hetalia,  FFX, Streetfighter, Vocaloids, Sailor Moon, Gurren Lagann, Yuyu Hakusho, Inu Yasha, Silent Hill, Studio Ghibli, and a lot of kimonos, yukatas, miko, kitsune & catgirl cosplayers! Our friend Misty http://bunnychan.deviantart.com/ was in her awesome Kagamine Rin costume!
There were maybe around 100 discussion panels, contests, workshops, autograph sessions & a few concerts scheduled. Unfortunately about half of the panels I went to either started very late, with some of the staff were scurrying to improvise, quickly veered off topic or ended prematurely, and I could have done without a few panelists’ tales of partying too hard. I also wish the staff / volunteers had worn shirts which made them identifiable to the attendees. At one point, someone even asked me if I worked there!
Nevertheless, there were several fun panels with good attendance such as Otaku Speed Meeting, Kittyhawk’s presentation,Transformers, Visual Novels, Gamer Rants & Raves, and Stump Vic at Star Trek Trivia! Vic’s impersonation of Commodore Matt Decker was priceless! I’m not sure but  guess there were maybe 1,000 – 1,500 people there? It’s not nearly as big as Animazement (at around 7,000 attendees last year) but this was only Ichiban Con’s 2nd year, and If it keeps growing, they’re gonna need a bigger boat!
I suspect they can rather easily fix those teensy few problems as they become a more seasoned team! I hope the staff, volunteers, venders, artists & guests had as much fun as the attendees seemed to, as they seem to have a nice little con to ring in the new year with, and I hope they will be able to do it again next year!
Nyssy:
Oh may I listen to that Lisa Furukawa CD?

Mike:
Sure y’all may certainly borrow it!
Melanakeami:
Thank you Mike! So could you please tell us about–
What The Hell?! Con 2011

Mike:
Sure! What The Hell?! Con http://wthcon.guilcoyachting.org/ is a free convention at pretty Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, sponsored by the wonderful people of the Guilford College Yachting Club! This was its 10th year, with an attendance of around 500! The con & event staff are the nicest people- they are kind, communicative, gracious, smart, industrious, and well organized with great unified team spirit! The good vibes permeate the whole convention, as everyone there seemed to have a splendid time, and even the weather was like Spring time!
This year’s WTH Con convened in the nice Duke & Dana buildings, Friday – Sunday February 4-5th, under chairperson Lauren and her excellent team! Jamie http://clanofthecats.com and I were  among the artist guests again, and had a pleasant carpool to the college. Friday evening at the con is fairly relaxed with the opening ceremony at 6 pm, gaming & videos ’til midnight! The Guest roster included several illustrators, authors, comics artists & writers, game designers and performing artists, and venders selling lovely clothes, jewelry, armor, art, books & games!
Venders included Chained Elegance http://chainedelegance.com (armor / chainmail fashions), Gorgious Chain http://www.etsy.com/shop/gorgiouschain (chain & scale mail), Clockwork Jungles http://www.etsy.com/shop/ClockworkJungles (steampunk jewelry), Mayhems Creations http://www.etsy.com/shop/MayhemsCreations (jewelry & hair-sticks), Dragons Entwined Studios http://dragonsentwined.com/ (art & books), Buzzy Multimedia http://www.buzzymultimedia.com/ (shirts & books) The Cardboard Stash http://www.cardboardstash.com/ (games & shirts), Hero’s Haven http://www.heroshaven.com/ (games & various goodies) and Enchanted Shire (celtic & pirate theme jewelry, figurines & goodies)!
Performances included the music of MC Frontalot http://frontalot.com/index.php/, melee demonstrations by European Medieval Arts of Arms http://www.emaaknights.com/, and the fire dancing of the Flaming Faeries troupe http://www.flamingfaeries.com/The comics guests included Jennie Breeden http://devilspanties.keenspot.com/Kel McDonald http://sorcery101.net/Niki Lemonade http://myfakeheart.smackjeeves.com/Phillip Wright http://xodin.keenspace.com/Garth Graham http://www.finderskeepers.gcgstudios.com/Christopher Wright http://www.ubersoft.net/Thomas Holden http://www.tsholden.com/Will Boyer http://miloteam.com/supermilo/, and Dan Johnson http://sites.google.com/site/danbjohnsonwriter/Home!
Other great guests were illustrator / photographer Alan Welch http://www.reverierealm.com/, Cthulu Invictus authors Chad Bowser & Andi Newton http://catalog.chaosium.com/product_info.php?products_id=3746, Glen Bane of Scaldcrow Games http://www.scaldcrow.com/, author / vampirologist Theresa Bane http://www.theresabane.com/, and authors Tony Ruggiero http://wthcon.guilcoyachting.org/www.tonyruggiero.com and Davey Beauchamp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davey_Beauchamp!
There were other talented friends roaming about, such as John LaPoint, Matt Wood (Likely Stories / The Dada Detective), KB Spangler http://agirlandherfed.com/, Rainbowfish http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Chainmail-Chick/264533176445,  Chris Ross, Warren Buff, Robert Allen, & representatives from Stellar Con http://www.stellarcon.org/! We made new artistic acquaintances as CataMoomba http://www.furaffinity.net/user/catamoomba/, Tamaskea http://tamaskea.deviantart.com/, Hottiehulio http://hottiehulio.deviantart.com/, Spastic-fantastic http://spastic-fantastic.deviantart.com/, and DarkDug http://www.furaffinity.net/user/darkdugofdoom/!
I would also like to make a special shout out to Lauren, Tess, Lindsay, Caitlin, Kate & Kass for their hard work! It was such a delightful gathering of cordial, witty, talented people with common interests & enthused spirits! Costumes I sighted included the knights in their impressive medieval garb, the chainmail fashions, an LOLCat & other nekomimi, a troll girl, Hogwarts student, Poison Ivy, The (4th) Doctor Who, Doctor Horrible, Jack Sparrow, Team Rocket, zombie hunters, and an array of elegant, cute, frilly & gothy apparel!
Saturday was the busiest day, mostly indoors, but EMMA performed outside Duke by day and the Flaming Faeries show was outside Dana by night. The workshops, discussions, contests, a silent auction of donated items, videos (anime, horror movies) got started at 10 am! Gaming included cards, miniatures, foam boffer weapons, dai kaiju big battle, life size Tsuro, and electronic games courtesy of the Gilco Gamers Club. RPGs included Serentity, World of Darkness: Hunter, Animal Town, Call of Cthulu, a Victorian LARP, and lots of The Keep on the Borderlands!
Some of the panel topics included anime, “versus” (eg pirates vs ninjas), Photoshop, coding for artists, and writing for comics.The MC Frontalot concert started at 5:30 and they rocked the auditorium! One of the most popular main events at WTH Con is the Geek Auction at 9 pm followed by the dance! The auction is so much wacky fun for a good cause. This main event was very well organized, the auctioneers were very entertaining! The bidders were generous, and the proceeds went to the charity, Child’s Play http://www.childsplaycharity.org/!
Before I knew it, it was Sunday already! The weather was gorgeous, and the mood was more sedate but still enthused. It was not nearly as crowded on Sunday- I’m guessing a lot of people were out enjoying the lovely day, and I think there was a soccer game going on at the nearby field. I finished the last of my con sketches, and mainly chatted with folks! After a closing ceremony, it was all over by 4 pm, and everyone was very helpful with the packing, loading, & tidying! It was yet another wonderful event, and cannot imagine having a better–

 

Yvonne:
(the sleepy cat) zzz… nya… zzz

Tara-chan:
(also asleep) zzz… mm doughnuts nya…. zzz
Petra:
Once again the sisters catnap through a thorough report, nya!

Tsuruku:
It must run in their family!

Nyoka:
Well they do stay pretty busy with the fish charters!

Nyssy:
Umm, should we wake them up?

Mike:
Oh I got it- I’ll use the Cat Nap App on my phone! Hold on–

(jingle bell noise)

Kianalani:
That sounds like a jingle bell on a fishing line!
Yvonne:
(kitty stretch) Nyawn yawn I’m awake, nya!
Tara-chan:
(kitty stretch) Nyawn yawn gomenasai, nya!

Melanakeami:
It worked! I might need to get one of those!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
So… Mike, you were saying?

Mike:
Oh, I was pretty much done! In fact, I think we’re all done for now!
The Cat Lady Sings…
Nyssy:Melanakeami:
So we’re all done already? That was fun!

Nyssy:
I reckon that wraps it up for another edition of The Mew!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
We wish to thank CataMoomba and Alexcia for the fine art, and for our friend Pacozord for dropping by!
Tara-chan:
We would like to thank all of those other very talented folks who made all of the nice things which we purraised!

Petra:
We wish to thank the staff & management here Sheila May’s for hosting & taking part in today’s show, nya!

Mike:
Yes, thank y’all very much!

The catgirls:
Arigato Gozaimasu, nya!

Tsuruku:
Dooitasimaste!

Kianalani:
We also wish to thank our web master Jamie for all of his hard work!

Yvonne:
If y’all have brief, polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them
– purrvided that such remarks are spam-free, not purrofane and stay on topic, nya!

Mike:
Thanks for watching, y’all! We’ll be back next month! Be there… Aloha!
The Catgirls:
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! Baibai, nya!

In this Tides of March 2011 edition of The Mew:
• Aloha, Introductions & Recent Activities
• TV & Movie Mewsings
12th Annual Nevermore Film Festival
Rare Exports
Sanctum 3D
Drive Angry 3D
Power Rangers Samurai
An Oscar is not just a tasty fish: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards
• DVD Discussions
Blue Drop Complete Collection
Summer Wars
The Runaways
All-Star Superman
The Six Million Dollar Man Pilot TV Movies and Season 1
• The Lightning Round Topic: The Mewsic of John Barry
• Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: More Live-Action Catgirls
• Calendar Critiques
Avatar, Island Cats, Angel Cat Sugar, Women of Marvel 2011 Calendars
• Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
• More About Hawaiian Monk Seals
• Magazine Mewsings & Purriodicals Purrings
Favorite Seafood Photos & Piscine Publications’ Pics
Magazine Mini Mewings for March
Surfgirl #30
Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit Issue
•  Book Reports
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Haunted Historic Greensboro by Teresa Bane
• Manga Mewsings
K-ON! vol. 1
Ichiroh! vol. 4
Chi’s Sweet Home vol. 4 & 5
• An Impurromptu Additional Lightning Round purrtaining
to Our Favorite Aquatic / Amphibious Comics Heroines
• Comics Critiques
Fathom: Blue Descent #0 – 2
Avengers Academy #9
Gotham City Sirens #19 & 20
Justice League: Generation Lost #18
Power Girl #21
Sorcery 101 Book 1
• Our Monthly Web Comics “Pick of the Litter”
• Toys & Collectibles:
Clawdeen Wolf’s Gloom Beach, Dawn of the Dance & Scream sets
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cato Parasitti action figure
Transformers Elita-One Bust
Dragon Age Morrigan action figure
Heavenly Sword Nariko action figure
Tron: Legacy Quorra action figure
• Convention Reports
IchibanCon 2
WhatTheHell?! Con 2011
• The Cat Lady Sings…

Mike:
(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, Carolina Blue golf shirt, Khaki cargo shorts & Mizuno trainers)
Aloha and welcome to The Mew, coming to you this month from Sheila May’s seafood restaurant just off the coast of Catgirl Island, for the monthly reviews & discussions of comics, art, anime & other fun stuff! I’d like to thank the restaurant management for allowing us to do another show here after hours! Several of the regular critics are away at a “tournyament” today, but fortunately Vonny, Tar-chan & Petra were free, a few of our mermaid friends were able to join us, and our pal Pacozord will be dropping by for a guest review, so please welcome the Ladies of The Mew!
Yvonne:
(wearing the Hot Pink stringy side-tie bikini and a Fuchsia Plumeria tail lei)
Nameste, nya!
Tara-chan:
(wearing the Nilla Cream halter neck bikini, Purreo and a Heliconia tail lei)
Nameste, nya!
Petra:
(wearing the Peachy bandau top / tanga bikini and a Yellow Ginger tail lei)
Hi Hi, nya! Joining us is Sheila May’s Assistant Manager Tsuruku, nya!

* “Nya” is not quite the purropurr spelling of Nyan, Japanese for “meow”

Tsuruku:
(wearing a Blue Tang tube top, gold tail fin ring and Piku shell necklace)
Ohayou Gozaimasu! And here is our Senior Saucier, Nyssy!
Nyssy:
(wearing an ivory & beige banded seashell top and various piercings)
Ni Hao! This girl here with the cute earrings is Kianalani, our top Bariste!
Kianalani:
(wearing cute Gold Koi earrings and the Brain Coral patterned bikini top)
Guten Tag! Just call me Lani! Over here is our Sommeleir, Ne’ellakaliomi!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
(wearing the Indigo colored Jellycups top and a Blue Calathea in her hair)
Hola! Here in the Blue Jellies is our Catering Coordinator, Melanakeami!

Melanakeami:
(wearing the Cherenkov Radiation Blue Jellycups and a strand of purrls)
Shello!
* Jellycups are an iridescent bikini top made of hollowed Jellyfish bells
Mike:
So… what have y’all been up to since the big Awards Night?
Yvonne:
Oh just the mewsual… when I have not been reeling in all those Amberjacks, Bluefun, Blackfin, Drums, Groupurrs, Kings & Stripurrs I have managed to find the time for my purrcussion circle and the beach volleyball purractice, nya!

Tara-chan:
Hai, me too, nya! Except for the drumming part… I’ve mostly been busy with school since last month’s awards show, nya!

* Hai = Japanese for “yes”

Petra:
Since the big awards show I’ve mainly been planning mew Spurring exhibits at the mewseum, although Nyoka, Bunni, Rebeccabot, Tami & Nyssy here have been a big help!  But there are other exhibits going on and I have some mew art displays to mention later, nya!

Nyssy:
Tami regrets that she could not be here this time as she away at an ikebana seminar!, but she might tweet us during a break! I’ve been training our new Saucier, helping at the Sea Dragon shelter, going to the movies and helping to plan that Spring body art show- it’s gonna be the best one yet!

* Leafy & Weedy Sea Dragons are wonderful real marine creatures

Yvonne:
Oh how are those widdle Sea Dragons faring, nya?

Nyssy:
They are healthy & content, with the proper food & attentions!

Tsuruku:
It has received the good publicity from the art shows! This restaurant has kept me very busy, and we raised a record sum for the charity donations at the awards show! Since we hired more help here & have more volunteers at the shelter, I still have time for dance class!

Kianalani:
I’ve been training our new junior Bariste, helping at the shelter a bit, oh and Nell and I have been compiling all the photos from the awards show!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Hai, between the rest of the camera club we must have so many pics from the ceremony! We are looking forward to Kami-chan’s next balloon ride so we can take some colorful balloon pics & aerial photos!

Melanakeami:
Oh that reminds me I need to talk to the balloonist about the ballast and making sure the basket has enough salt water in it for the proper displacement for the mermaid passengers! I have been working lots of over time lately, but I still find the bit of time to watch Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Young Justice and Clone Wars! Oh by the way I understand there is a special announcement about the official Catgirl Island web site?

Mike:
Yes there is! Thanks to my dear friend & web master Jamie Robertson, we have re-gained the older original Catgirl Island URL of catgirlisland.com, which now serves as an identical mirror site to catgirlisland.net!
mermaids give the tail fin flap applause as the catgirls cheer:
YATTAHH NYA!*
* Yatta = Japanese expurression for “Hurray”
Mike:
So, aside from the newer books, comics, movies & stuff we are reviewing this month, are there any older things y’all have been reading or watching of late?
Melanakeami:
Lately I have been listening to Joan Baez http://www.joanbaez.com/, Joan Armatrading http://www.joanarmatrading.com/ and Peter Gabriel http://www.petergabriel.com/!

Petra:
This week I have been litening to some anime soundtracks and Megumi Hayashibara http://www.usagi.org/~doi/seiyuu/hayashibara-megumi/ CDs, nya! What about you Mike, nya?

Mike:
Oh, a lot of John Barry soundtracks, the Tron: Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk, and the Lisa Furukawa CD I got at Ichiban Con 2!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
I have been listening to music by The Runaways http://www.therunaways.com/ & Joan Jett http://joanjett.com/index.html!

Kianalani:
Nyssy:
Anoushka Shankar http://www.anoushkashankar.com/ & Keiko Matsui http://www.keikomatsui.com/ music!

Petra:
In purrepurration for the forthcoming Thor movie I have been reading the comics… I purrticularly like those Asgard tales drawn by Charles Vess http://www.greenmanpress.com/, nya! By the way, the February issue of ImagineFX http://www.imaginefx.com/ magazine has a good technique article in it on Charles Vess, nya!
Tara-chan:
Oneesan has been introducing me to the mewsic of Moya Brennan http://www.moyabrennan.com, Clannad http://www.clannad.ie/ and the Tannahil Weavers http://www.tannahillweavers.com/, and I have been reading Rumiko Takahashi’s http://www.furinkan.com/ Maison Ikkoku, and collecting more Hello Kitty World Adventure cards, nya!

* Oneesan = Japanese for “older sister”. Yvonne is oneesan to Tara-chan, who is Yvonne’s imoutosan (younger sister).
Kianalani:
Which new cards did you recently get?
Tara-chan:
I got Kitty in Morocco, Kenya, Scotland, Italy, and a purremium foil Mexico card, nya!

Yvonne:
I have been introducing her to the celtic mewsic and the Rumic manga, and the joy that is the Battle Athletes anime, nya! We have also been watching Blue Drop but I’ll get to that later in the reviews, nya! Howboutchoo, Tsu, nya?
Tsuruku:
Oh I just read Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshihiro_Tatsumi Push Man manga, and I’ve been listening to music by Shadofax http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowfax_(band).
Melanakeami:
I found used copies of Laurell K. Hamilton’s http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/ sword & sorcery novel Nightseer, and her Star Trek novel Nightshade!
Yvonne:
Wow I did not know she wrote a Star Trek book! I only knew of her Anita Blake & Merry Gentry books, nya! Which Trek era nya?

Melanakeami:
It is a Next Gen novel, with Troi ‘n Worf!

Yvonne:
Howboutchoo, Nell, nya?
Ne’ellakaliomi:
I have been reading Hopless Savages by Jen Van Meter http://www.jenvanmeter.com/, and at our last Merry Mermaid Midnight Movie Marathon we watched the documentaries The Endless Summer, Step Into Liquid, and Dear and Yonder!  Each has a common theme or aspect, and our next batch will be M*A*S*H, Alien and Top Gun!
Mike:
That’s a good Tom Skerrit assortment!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Say, we had an idea of starting a film series or festival and calling it the RetroFINtasma series or the NeverMER festival at the CORALina Dive-in Theatre. Whatcha think?
Mike:
Ah… I think you might want to ask the nice folks who produce the Retrofantasma Film Series http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma/ and the Nevermore Film Festival http://www.nevermorefilmfest.org at the Carolina Theater http://carolinatheatre.org/ what they think of that ‘homage’!
Tara-chan:
Would that technically be an homage or a purrody, nya?
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Ah it was more of a jokey segue to the next topic really, heh!
Kianalani:
On that note, purrhaps we should discuss those actual festivals & series wonderfully purrduced by The Carolina Theatre of Durham!
Tsuruku:
By the way, are they related to the nice big Carolina Theatre of Greensboro http://www.carolinatheatre.com/?
Nyssy:
That’s in the same city as What The Hell?! Con and some of those toy shows! Oh and The Figure Skating Championships were just hosted there too!
Mike:
Yep they have a lot of stuff! Um, I am not sure if those two theatres are connected, but both venues are such grand fun places for great movies & concerts here in North Carolina! The last times I was at the one in Greensboro were for the Yes concert and a screening of Ben Hur! Oh those were just perfect evenings!
Petra:
The Carolina Theatre of Durham also sponsors the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, The a documentary film festival, and the Escapism film festival, nya!
Yvonne:
I wanted to see Margaret Cho http://www.margaretcho.com/ when she was there for her ChoDependent 2010 Tour, but I missed her show- I was so tired from the fishing charter, nya!
Tara-chan:
It was not a bad day though because we reeled in a great big Marlin and a bumpurr crop of Cobias, nya!
Petra:
Uh oh we have stray-catted off the topic again, nya!

Melanakeami:
Ok let’s dive back in!
Yvonne:
Well then to purrmote the Carolina Theatre of Durham, I believe Mike had more purraise for their annual horrific fun at the–
12th Annual Nevermore Film Festival, nya!

Mike:
The Nevermore Film Festival http://www.nevermorefilmfest.org is one of the many delightful events at the stately, grand Carolina Theater http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ in downtown Durham, NC, which has seen many nice renovations over the years with lots of neat restaurants & shops nearby! The building hosts lots of live entertainment (concerts, comedians, dance, childrens programming) & film screenings, including the Retrophantasma http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma/ series of horror & science fiction films!
Past the outdoor plaza & tiered fountains is the box office, lobby, stairs & corridors leading to other rooms, nooks, displays & multiple concession booths selling quality refreshments. Screenings are held in Fletcher Hall, which seats over 1,000 (with 2 balconys) & 2 smaller cinemas! For this festival, it is especially decorated with horror movie posters & spooky decor, and a few venders sell videos, posters, jewelry & plushies! Everyone is friendly & cordial, with great pride, enthusiasm & appreciation amongst the staff, volunteers & attendees!
14 titles were screened on Saturday – Sunday, February 18 – 20th. These included 9 indy films and 2 collections of shorts, all made between 2009 – 2011; and 3 classic studio pictures! The 9 international indy films were comprised of 4 US films and 5 foreign films. The 4 US films were All About Evil, Mold, Unaware, and Vanishing on 7th Street .All About Evil stars Natasha Lyonne, Casandra Peterson, Thomas Dekker, Noahs Sagan & Mink Stole! Vanishing on 7th Street stars Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo & Hayden Christensen!
The foreign films were Black Death (UK), El Monstro Del Mar (Australia), Dark Souls (Norway), Rare Exports (Finland), and Rubber (France) which is probably the definitive movie about a telepathic killer tire. The classics in 35mm were Sean Cunningham’s Friday 13th starring Kevin Bacon, Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King & FX by Tom Savini; Sam Raimi’s Darkman starring Liam Neeson, Francis McDormand, Ted Raimi & Larry Drake; and Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins & Scott Glen!
They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara! is an annual 93 minute collection of humorous horror shorts from various countries, this year including Night of the Punks, Bygone Behemoth, Alice Jacobs is Dead (starring Adrienne Barbeau), Cornerboys, Back to Life, Bursters, The Cow Who Wanted to be Hamburger, and Blarg! When The Stars Begin To Fall is a 93 minute collection of more serious horror shorts, consisting of Written, Last Seen on Dolores Street, Murderabilia, Davis, See the Dead, The Devil’s Toy, and Scarecrow at Midnight!
It is a variety of horrors, from splatter, psychological thriller, zombie, environmental, mythology, conspiracy, big monsters, camcorder style,  rural, coastal, urban, and the snow covered! Sometimes the films are accompanied by the director or other members of the cast or crew, who might answer questions & sign autographs after the screening! In past years there were quite a few representatives! I’m not sure how many were there this year, because something came up at the last minute, I was only able to attend on Friday night.
It was a dandy Friday evening with lovely weather! After dining on pizza outdoors at a nearby restaurant we went to the theatre, got the tickets and explored the place for a while. It really is a huge place! I chatted with some of the venders & other friends in the lobby as we admired the decor, then went into Fletcher Hall, which was not full but everyone’s spirits were high, and we all cheered  when the manager greeted everyone before the screening of Rare Exports http://www.rareexportsmovie.com/!
It’s an 84 minute R rated 2010 Finnish film directed by Jalmari Helander, presented in Finnish with English subtitles. Set in modern day as a mountaintop industrial excavation digs up a huge ancient buried tomb, which is believed to contain the original Santa Claus. A reindeer hunter’s young son Pietari has been snooping on the excavation, and having down much research into the myth & lore of Santa, realizes how very bad this situation is going to be. As he tells his father & their rural neighbors, the real Santa is not a jolly character!
Then a herd of reindeer is mysteriously slaughtered, local children are kidnapped, workers are killed… and then the ‘elves’ emerge from the forest to free their frozen master and punish the naughty folks of the isolated village! It is a race against time on Christmas Eve as Pietari tries to convince his father & neighbors of what they are up against, and hope that the creature called Santa is not released! This was a very well done movie, with a great cast, locations, FX, a good mix of suspenseful & humorous moments, and a smart protagonist!
It received a good applause from the crowd! I wish I had been able to attend more of the festival, but friends who were able to partake of the entire weekend said that it was the usual wonderful, special event! That fun fantastic frightful festival may be over now, but the Carolina Theatre’s Retrophantasma series 13th season (which started in January) continues into June with 35mm double features on most Fridays! The ticket prices are $8 per double feature, or $6.25 for members. This season’s pairings include / have included:
Forbidden Planet and The Thing from Another World (1951), Cat People (1942) and Dementia 13, The Fearlss Vampire Killers and Village of the Damned (1960), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Duel and The Andromeda Strain (1971), Witchfinder General and The Asphyx, Terror Train and The Fog (1980), The Fly (1986) and Bug, Carrie and Patrick, Jaws 2 and The Legacy, The Eyes of Laura Mars and Visiting Hours, The Changeling and Pet Semetary!
So there’s still plenty to look forward to! Wow… Steven Speilberg’s Duel and Robert Wises’s The Andromeda Strain will be 40 years old this year! You know, Robert Wise later directed my all time favorite movie, Star Trek The Mo–
Petra:
Uh oh there he goes again, nya!

Yvonne:
Mike don’tchoo get started on that again –  we have the tight schedule, nya!
Tara-chan:
Oneesan was right he does talk about that movie a lot, nya!
Melanakeami:
Oh my!
Mike:
Ah well I’d conclude the remarks I’d just like to thank those folks at the Carolina Theatre of Durham for yet another great festival! That’s it for this segment of the show, but when we come back from the break, we’ll be right back with Kianalani to start our
TV & Movie Mewsings!
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Sanctum 3D

Kianalani:
Welcome back! In this movie filmed in Queensland & directed by Alister Grierson, underwater spelunking in Papua New Guinea during a severe storm & bad decisions results in several deaths & injuries for a team of explorers. Five of them are later  trapped without enough proper equipment in a network of caves & tight tunnels filling up with cold water, and to make the situation worse there is panic & treachery in the group, with predictable estranged father & son bonding along the way.
There’s good & bad I can say about the movie, but ultimately I was disappointed. I think the actors are OK and the stunt team is awesome, but the story is just so predictable and their dialogue is weak & the characters are not very likable or smart enough. It’s no Poseidon Adventure, and oddly not even as claustrophobic feeling as Descent. The panic & fight scenes really diminish the movie, in going for unbelievable action at the expense of any level-headed character-driven drama.
It’s not nearly as good as other explorer survival movies such as Touching the Void or Shackleton. The exotic locations are gorgeous and nicely photographed, but the 3D technique made the image look too dark or under saturated. The FX and sound design are very good, the sound design is very good & effective, the music was OK but a but overly-dramatic at times, there’s a bit of unnecessary slow-motion during one later scene and the pace of the movie seemed rather rushed. It is my least favorite movie with underwater scenes that has producer James Cameron’s name on it, and I wish that instead of a ‘thriller’ with plot they had instead made an IMAX type of documentary.
Drive Angry 3D

Kianalani:
Drive Angry is a way over the top violent supernatural action movie directed by Patrick Lussier, starring Nicholas Cage as a rough dude named John Milton who escaped from the fiery prision of Hell, to rescue his baby granddaughter, who has been kidnapped by a Satanic cult leader portrayed by Billy Burke, who killed her parents and plans to do the same to her in the sacrificial ritual.
On the trail to the site in Louisiana, Milton is joined by a jilted tough waitress, portrayed by Amber Heard!
While those two pursue the cult in fast cars with plenty of weapons, the trail of destruction is in turn pursued by troopers lead by a Sheriff portrayed by Tom Atkins, and by the devil’s accountant played by William Fichtner, who intends to take Milton back to Hell! Fichtner portrayed that bank manager who was robbed by The Joker at the beginning of Dark Knight!  The relentless result is a road full of car chases, crashes, explosions, shootouts, brutal brawls, blades, bullets & body parts in 3D.
There is much harsh language, nudity, sexual content, deadly magick and witty quips! It has an extreme visceral grindhousey quality that reminds me of Machete or Piranha 3D. The movie also stars several muscle cars & trucks which are accompanied by the loud thrash music, the ‘Godslayer’ gun which must be seen to be believed, and a pace that only slows down for moments of trash talk, reloading, swapping vehicles, and pontificating about more carnage to come. The cast all does a fine job, but The Accountant almost steals the show! I think the filmmakers succeeded at their intent, and if this is the sort of R rated movie you might like, I think you would be entertained!

Petra:
Thank you for the insightful concise movie reviews, nya! Nyow for our next movie topic An Oscar is not just a tasty type of fish, but the most purrestigious of the cinematic awards in the USA, so nyow we would like to take this time to discuss–
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards Show, nya!

Yvonne:
I thought Anne Hathaway was a good co-host and she was so purretty with so many gorgeous wardrobe changes! She was cutely purrched on the edge of the stage in the girl tux when she sang  that song about Hugh Jackman, “He stuck his fake retractible claws into my heart when he left me on my own”, nya!
Tara-chan:
Florence Welch was so purretty in the Red dress singing duet with AR Rahman, and Sandra Bullock had the lovely Red dress when she purrsented the actor nominees, nya!
Petra:
Natalie Portman was so purretty in the Purrple dress with the dangly earrings when she won the best lead actress award, Scarlett Johansen wore that marvelous Maroon dress, and Gwyneth Paltrow sang “Coming Home” from the movie “Country Strong”, nya! I purrticularly liked the way the stage was illuminated for that purrformance, nya!
Tsuruku:
Oh how about Mandy Moore singing “I See the Light”  from Tangled with Zacahry Levi! She wore that stunning strapless Blue dress! Others who were beautiful in Blue were Amy Adams her sparkly Navy Blue dress, and Susan Bier, the director of  In A Better World!

Nyssy:
I think Halle Berry was the most glamorous of the evening, although Mila Kunis had the sexy Gray dress, and Disney-ABC President Anne Sweeney was so pretty in that symmetrical gown!

Kianalani:
Hmm I would have to say… Reese Witherspoon’s Black & White off shoulder dress, Nichol Kidman’s bejweled White dress with that beautiful necklace, and Marisa Tomei in that cute Black dress with the big layered skirt!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
I think the best dressed were Helen Mirren, Kate Blanchett and Hilary Swank!

Melanakeami:
I liked… I liked Mila Kinus’s dress the most, Oprah’s shimmering Black & Silver dress, and Anne Hathaway’s twirly silvery fringe dress! She has such a beautiful silvery dress on the fold out cover of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue! Oh and I like Olivia Wilde’s plunging Black & White dress on that fold out and Milla Jovovich is there with a group of designers!
Mike:
Um Ok well aside from the fashions, what were some of your favorite moments?

Yvonne:
Kirk Douglas, nya!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Hai I liked him and Billy Crystal, and the witty repartee between Robert Downy Jr & Jude Law! Oh oh and Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross winning for their Social Network score!

Kianalani:
Those were very memorable moments, and I would have to include Randy Newman’s acceptance speech when he won for the best song, Toy Story 3’s director Lee Unkrich winning the award for best animated feature, and the big finale with the kids from PS 22 singing “Over the Rainbow”, with all the winners joing them on the stage at the end!

Petra:
Some of my favorite presentations were by Helen Mirren, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, and Steven Speilberg, nya!

Melanakeami:
Some of my favorite acceptance speeches were by Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Aaron Sorkin & Charles Ferguson!

Nyssy:
Natalie Portman, Tom Hooper, Luke Matheny & David Seidler’s wins!

Tara-chan:
The PS 22 song, Robert Downy Jr & Jude Law, and wins by Toy Story 3 and Alice!
Tsuruku:
I liked the set design and the orchestra, and there were a couple of excellent montages of the Best Picture nominees… a show opener set to Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King, and the last one set to Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with the stirring voice over! Howboutchoo, Mike?

Mike:
I was glad to see Inception take home four Oscars for visual FX, sound editing, sound mixing & cinematography, although I wish Christopher Nolan had been nominated for best director! I was glad that Rick Baker & Dave Elsey won the best make-up Oscar for The Wolfman, and I loved Elsey’s speech! It was nice to see Steven Speilberg, Francis Ford Copploa and Eli Wallach on the stage- even if it was only for a couple of fleeting seconds, and Billy Crystal’s appearance reminded me of when the show seemed… grander, and maybe even more special!
Yvonne:
Uh-oh I think Mike is poised to share what he didn’t like about the show, nya!
Tara-chan:
Well I wish Tangled had been nominated for more, nya!
Petra:
This is not so much a gripe, but I was surpurrised that True Grit did not win any of its 10 nominations, nya!
Tsuruku:
Well I do agree that even though the show was almost 3 1/2 hours long it is such a shame that they had to rush it, and cut short some of the acceptance speeches!

Nyssy:
Hai that is rather rude! You know, if they were to leave out some of those sillier skits, they could let the winners have their full moments in the spotlight! Also as nice as some of the song performances were, the could just play a brief bit when they announce the nominees, just like any other category- that would allow more time for the speeches by those who are being honored!
Kianalani:
Oh I SO did not care for that ‘Year of the Musical’ segment where they tried to edit scenes from Harry Potter, Twilight, Social Network & Toys Story 3 to songs!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
They forgot to introduce Celine Dione & Halley Berry, but fortunately Anne came to the rescue afterwards! The little tribute to Lena Horne was nice, but gosh it was so quick!
Melanakeami:
James Franco really is a superb actor and I was so glad he was nominated, but I think Anne was a better, happier & more vivacious host! So what were Mike’s gripes? I know he has some, hee!

Mike:
Ahh well, y’all have already touched on most of them! I think it’s a shame how so much attention is given to what folks are wearing there & musical performances at a movie awards show, while barely acknowledging the science & technical awards- and I could have done with out that “Nerds” comment! I also wish they’d do without the pre-recorded / scripted attempts at humor, because I think the funniest Oscar moments are from the ad-libbed, candid, unscripted, & spontaneous banter amongst the hosts, presenters, nominees & audience!
I wish they would not interrupt or cut short the acceptance speeches, which are the main thing that the show is supposed to be about, far more so than the skits, or musical performances.I think they should let everyone have more time to complete their heartfelt speeches, and if the show needs to go into over time- just like a sporting event- then so be it! OK I’ve said enough about that, and I do not want to further delay one of the best parts of todays show, so now let’s please welcome our friend Pacozord back to The Mew to tell us about–
Power Rangers Samurai!
Pacozord:
Go Go Samurai! The latest series in the USA adaptions of the Japanese Sentai series is Power Rangers Samurai! Based on the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, this new show starts the 19th season of Power Rangers and harkens back to the days of the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in several ways. But first, let’s talk about the story. Once again, five good looking young people from different walks of life in bright suits challenge a dire evil threat.
The rangers use their Samuraizers (cell phones) to draw elemental power symbols and morph into rangers and battle the villainous Nighloks! The Samurais are: the Red Ranger Jayden, the leader, who has been training as a samurai since he was a child; the Blue Ranger, Kevin, a former Olympic swimmer; the Green Ranger, Mike, video gamer; the Yellow Ranger, Emily; and the Pink Ranger, Mia, acts as big sister and sometimes tries to cook.
They are brought together by Mentor Ji, their sensei master, to battle Master Xandred and his Nighloks. Master Xandred lives on a wooden ship and uses the tears from humans to raise and replenish the bloody Sanzu River and his power. The series starts with the heroes training and learning to work together as Samurai, instead of with an origin episode. Only a short synopsis of their original meeting is given with a quick shot of Samurai rangers in the past defeating the Nighloks many centuries ago.
Most new Power Ranger series start with an origin episode, but starting with already powered rangers has been done before with Power Rangers Wildforce and R.P.M. Like most Power Ranger series, Samurai (or PRS) appears to be using the scripts and plots its counterpart, the Japanese Shinkenger series.  Many action sequences from Shinkenger are spliced into PRS, but PRS does do some of their own stunts in Ranger form. They also have a ranger “Mega-mode” costume used to summon the Megazord with a new control room inside.
The Megazords are called “folding zords” based on the Shinkenger origami names. They include the Red Lion, Blue Dragon, the Pink Turtle, the Green Bear and the Yellow Ape that merge into the mighty Samurai megazord!  ver time, new zords will be added including a beetle, swordfish, tiger, lobster, and even a squid! No Rita Repulsa, no Tommy, and no Alpha and Zordon… how can this be like the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers that inspired such mania?
Well, PRS is the first season of Power Rangers in 9 years that is produced by Saban. Saban Entertainment produced the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (MMPR) and continued through to Power Rangers Wildforce. Then the series was bought by Disney and they began producing the show in New Zealand starting with Power Rangers Ninja Storm. With Saban back in charge, a remix of the original Mighty Morphin’ opening theme is used for PRS.
So far, the dialogue of the Samurai characters appears to be aimed at a younger audience than the past few series, the same audience range of MMPR, but best of all, it’s the return of the character Bulk from MMPR, played by Paul Schrier. In the first 4 episodes, Bulk is training Spike Skullovich (the son of the original Skull character) to become a samurai. So far, Bulk and Spike’s appearances have been limited to only a couple of minutes per episode which has worked well. Time will tell as to whether this series will have the charm of the older shows, but we will get more episodes as there are two seasons planned for Power Rangers Samurai. Keep watching – and may the power protect you! Rangers Together! Samurai Forever!
The catgirls & mermaids:
THANK YOU PACOZORD!
The catgirls add a:
NYA!
Mike:
Thank you Pacozord! Well that’ll bring this part of the show to a close, but after a very short break we’ll be right back with our–
DVD Discussions!
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Mike:
Hey we’re back, and now here is Vonny to review the–
Blue Drop Complete Collection
(plot spoiler warning)!

Yvonne:
Blue Drop is a show that I started watching without any expectations other than the pictures I saw from it looked pretty and it seemed to combine school girls with space ships or sea mechs, nya! I was right on both counts because it is such a beautiful anime, involving the girls at an elite purrivate academy, and a secret connection to a submerged alien fleet, nya! This anime based upon the original manga by Akihito Yoshitomi was directed by Masahiko Ohkura, with character designs by Itsuko Takeda, and mecha designs by Atsushi Takeuchi & Koichiro Yonemura, nya!
The main two purrotagonists are Mari and Hagino who get off to the rough start when they meet at the Kaio Academy, nya! Mari happens to be the sole survivor of a mysterious disaster, which she has amnesia about, but it left a residual psychic side affect. She has a connection with Hagino who is the school’s popular  idol, and secretly an alien ship captain named Ekaril, nya! Hagino has the double life and a remorseful role in that accidental disaster five years purrior which left Mari an orphan, nya.
Hidden under the sea and in Earth’s orbit are the Arume fleet which have been secretly studying the humans – whom they refer to as the Forime – but there is dissension as another captain Azanael blames Ekaril for the death of her lover Onomil, and another captain Shivariel plans an all out war, nya! For a while it looks like only Ekaril / Hagino, her pilot Tubael and their immense wonderful whale-like ship named Blue stand in their way, nya! Meanwhile Hagino & Mari have made more friends at the school, nya!
Their closest group of friends includes Mihiko who is shy, likes gardening and aspires to write; Akane the dorm’s cook who has a tough attitude and some family issues; and Hiroko who is the dorm chief, new aunt & daughter of a rich shipping magnate. There is also a trio of Hagino’s admirers, and their teacher Sugawara-sensei, who also has a double life investigating the strange incidents for the government, but little does she suspect that her student Hagino is an alien with a huge ship, nya!
Not only do you get the intriguing secret plots, numerous amazing futuristic mecha, and the girls activities at school, but there is the budding romantic aspect between Mari & Hagino, nya! It has plenty of mystery, romance, charm, cute scenes, humorous moments, poignant drama, shocking surpurrises, exhilarating mecha action, neat characters, the great designs and the beautiful scenery, nya! The plot unfolds at a good unrushed pace and the mewsic is so beautiful too, from the songs & majestic orchestral parts, to the ethereal ambient synth and piano solos, nya!
I might have to look for that soundtrack, nya! The complete anime series of 13 epurrsodes totaling 325 minutes is rated TV 14 due to violence and was released by Sentai Filmworks in this 2 disc region one NTSC standard DVD set, nya! The front cover art shows Hagino (with long black hair) & Mari (with short brown hair) in their school ‘sailor fuku’ uniforms and Blue ship, nya! The Arume girls have such neat uniforms too by the way, nya!  The video is purrsented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, with English subtitles for the Japanese audio in 5.1 Dolby digital sound, nya.
The subtitles are a good bold sans serif font in Yellow with a fine Black outline, except when there is cross-talk from another purrson, which is in White, nya. Purrceding the main menu on disc 1 is a rather jarring 30 second ad for the Anime Nework, and the menu choices are to play epurrsodes 1-6 or the special features. The special features on disc 1 are a bit meager, compurrised of just the DVD credits & purreview trailers for 6 other titles, nya. Disc 2 has epurrsodes 7-13, plus ‘clean’ versions of the opening & closing sequences, and an art gallery of 13 images, nya! Nyow for our next anime review here is Melanakeami to talk about–
Summer Wars, nya!

Melanakeami:
We were big fans of director Mamoru Hosada’s prior animated movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time so we were very enthusiastically anticipating his 2009 movie Summer Wars, animated by Madhouse, produced by Madhouse / NTV / Kadokawa, YTV / VAP / DN Dreampartners / Warner Japan, and finally released here on DVD by Funimation last month!
The plot is about a genius math student Kenji who is a part time admin for Oz, the world’s largest virtual community / network, which is so big that billions of people have accounts there for almost any purpose- communications, networking, gaming, commerce, research; and many corporations, military, & government services depend on the network. That’s his Summer job until classmate Natsuki recruits him to pose as her fiance at her great big family reunion for her Grandmother’s 90th birthday at her magnificent countryside estate!
That is not the only masquerade going on, for someone has hacked Oz pretending to be Kenji! This brings global havoc upon the world as communications, navigation, municipal services & millions of accounts are sabotaged- as well as Natsuki’s ruse! It does not bode well for the Jinnouchi Family’s reaction to Kenji, but they are all a close resilient resourceful group, who set aside certain personal matters, and unite to rally to stop the actual culprit and save the world from their wonderful home!
This movie won many major international awards, and rightly so because it is one of those rarest gems: it is a perfect movie! All of the characters are so delightful, the plots are fascinating & ingenious, the themes are quite poignant, and whether a scene is comedic, romantic, sad, or thrilling, it all totally succeeds so brilliantly! The voice cast, editing, sound design & musical score are superb, the character designs are most excellent, all of the background scenic art is lavishly beautiful, and the FX & animation are incredible!
The Oz sequences with it’s amazing FX and action scenes are all you could hope for, but those aspects are there to serve the wonderful family & community togetherness. I think it is about as good as those movies by Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli, it is that great! Summer Wars had a very limited US theatrical release, and the 2 disc R1 NTSC standard DVD was released in February!
The 2 discs are packaged in a clear plastic case, with a two-sided cover with the pretty art on both sides!
Disc 1 has the PG rated 115 minute movie in Japanese & English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound with optional English subtitles. A front-loaded review trailer for East of Eden precedes the very simple main menu choices of play movie, audio set up (language & subtitles), scene selection (scenes 1-21), and previews (of 8 other anime titles). Among those previews are Spice and Wolf which s a Mew favorite, and Rideback which is about a ballerina on a mech cycle which looks so neat… but I have digressed!
Disc 2 has 40 minutes of extra features including separate interviews of varying lengths, with the director and 5 of the main voice actors, Ryunosuke Kannaki (Kenji), Nanmi Sakuraba (Natsuki), Mistsuki Tanimura (Kazuma), Ayumu Saito (Waibisuke) & Sumiko Fuji (Sakae)! The actors discuss how they got the roles, with scenes of them in the studio recording the dialogue! After the interviews are 9 trailers & TV ads for Summer Wars! I was so happy with the movie and pleased with the DVD, and I will give it an A+! OK I’m done but now here’s Ne’ella to talk about
The Runaways!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Thanks Keami! The Runaways  were a great significant all girl rock band in the late 1970’s! That was a rarity then, and although there were great female vocalists & musicians it was somewhat rare then for girls to actually play the electric guitars in the hard rock, metal or punk realm of the 70’s. Not only did they deal with the usual problems that face teen girls, but also sexist attitudes in the 70’s & the perils of show business! The band was formed in 1975, signed to a record label & world toured but they broke up in 1979. A couple of years later Joan Jett found renewed success with her band The Blackhearts & Lita Ford became a queen of metal in the 80’s!
The 107 minute bio-pic mainly focuses on 15 year old Cherie & Joan, spanning from their meeting in Los Angeles of 1975 up to Joan’s hit single Crimson & Clover in 1982. It was written & directed by Floria Sigismondi is based upon lead vocalist Cherie Currie’s memoirs Neon Angel, and stars Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett ! Michael Shannon stars as their manager Kim Fowley, and as the rest of the band are Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita, Stella Maeve as Sandy West, Ali Shawkat as bassist Robin, and Riley Keough as Cherie’s sister Marie & Tatum O’Neal as their mom! Joan was also one of the movie’s executive producers!
It is rated R due to the language, drug use & sexual content. I thought this was a very good movie with such uncanny performances, a very convincing depiction of that era, the great music, and despite the many hardships & rough incidents, it shows the girls succeeding against the odds with their great energy, talent & ambition! The DVD has a nice photo of Stewart & Fanning on the front, The packaging is a standard no frills plastic case for the single R1 NTSC standard DVD edition, with no booklets or inserts. I’ve seen  it sold at different prices but I found it new for $10, so shop around for the best price!
It is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen & English language Dolby 5.1 digital sound. There is an optional audio commentary track by Stewart, Fanning and Jett, optional English SDH subtitles and commentary subtitles. The special features include a 15 1/2 minute featurette on the making of the movie, with comments by Stewart, Fanning, Sigismondi, Currie, Shannon, music supervisor George Drakoulias, production designer Eugeno Caballero, and producers John Linson & Bill Pohlad! Otherwise there is just a little 2 minute promo spot for the movie, and preview trailers for 7 other movies. Now here is Mike who is eager to tell us about —
All-Star Superman (single disk edition)
Mike:
It was sadly ironic that  the 76 minute direct – to – DVD animated All-Star Superman movie would be released just one day after the passing of comics / animation writer / editor Dwayne McDuffy (20, February, 1962 –  21 February, 2011) http://dwaynemcduffie.com/, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely’s & All-Star Superman comics. The prolific McDuffy was no stranger to the animted DC Universe, as he was also among those responsible for the glorious Justice league Unlimited TV series, whcih is the standard by which I tend to judge all subsequent super hero movies or TV shows- animated or live-action.
Well, I may have found a new benchmark in the All-Star Superman DVD, which is what I would hope for in any future Superman movies! Now there is so much from that comics series that they could not cram into a fleeting 76 minute movie, but man was it awesome, moving, humorous, dramatic, poignant & thrilling, with excellent character designs, FX & animation, and a superb soundscape with the brilliant cast, music & sound design! This awesome PG rated Warner release was produced by Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett & Sam Register, directed by Sam Liu, edited by Margaret Hou, with a magnificent music score by Christopher Drake!
Directed by Andrea Romano, the voice cast includes James Denton (Superman / Clark Kent), Christina Hendricks (Lois Lane / Super Woman), Anthony LaPaglia (Lex Luthor), Linda Cardellini (his neice Nassthalthia), Ed Asner (perfect as Perry White), Matthew Gray Gubler (Jimmy Olsen), Kevin Michael Richardson (Steve Lombard), Arnold Vosloo (Bar-El), Finola Hughes (Lilo), John DiMaggio (Samson), Steve Blum (Atlas), Michael Gough (The Parasite), Robin Atkin Downes (Solaris), Fred Tastaciore (Krull the Subterranosaur), Alexis Denisof (Dr. Quintum), Cathy Cavadini (astronaut Floral), and Francis Conroy (Martha Kent)!
When Superman rescues a mission to the Sun sabotaged by Lex Luthor, he has overdosed on so much solar radiation that he is dying. In his remaining weeks, Superman attempts to fulfill several heroic goals, and reveals his identity to Lois Lane. Over those last weeks, Superman takes on some of the greatest challenges of his life, from subterranean invaders & giant monsters from outer space, old rivals & villains, the Ultrasphinx, Kryptonians, scientific miracles, cosmic disasters and Luthor’s endgame! However, Superman / Clark Kent makes time for his family & friends, and treats Lois to her own super powers for her birthday!
We don’t see the rest of the Justice League, although Batman is mentioned. Gorgeous scenic art takes us to locations including much of gleaming Metropolis, Smallville, the Fortress of Solitude, Atlantis, islands, Luthor’s lair, the prison, the earth’s core, the moon, the sun & outer space! The PG-rated widescreen movie is available in several R1 NTSC editions- single & two disk standard DVD, and a Blu Ray / DVD/ digital copy set. The spoken languages options are English, French, Spanish, Portugues & Thai in Dolby Surround, with optional English SDH, Spanish, Portugues & Thai subtitles (a White bold sans serif font with a fine Black outline).
The packaging is a no frills standard plastic case, with the beautiful image of Superman flying out of the sun on the front cover! Preceding the DVD’s main menu screen (choices of play, language, special features) are front-loaded trailers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Superman / Batman : Apocalypse, and the DC Universe Online video game. The few special features consist of the Batman: Under the Red Hood trailer, the 12 minute sneak peek of Superman / Batman: Apocalypse, and an 11.5 minute sneak peek at DC AU’s forthcoming animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights movie!
Along with some character & scenic concept art, storyboards & snippets of animation, the Emerald Knights peek has comments by Andrea Romano, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, DC co-publisher Dan Didio, animation directors Lauren Montgomery & Jan Oliva, and actors Ntahan Fillian (Hal Jordan), Elizabeth Ross (Arisia) & Henry Rollins (Killowog). Also among that GL cast are Kelly Hu as Laira, Jason Isaacs as Sinestro, Arnold Vosloo as Abin Sur, and Roddy Piper as Bolpuga. Other characters will include Tomar-Ree, Mogo, Krona & the Guardians of Oa! Back to All-Star Superman, I wish it wasn’t so rushed, but it is a smart, beautiful, heroic —

Yvonne:
Nyawn yawn I’m awake, nya!

Tara-chan:
Me too, nya!
Mike:
Ok but I have the Cat Nap App from Jenjen on my phone!
Tsuruku:
What is that?
Petra:
It makes the welcome yummy sound of a bell on a fishing line jingle from the large catch, guaranteed to rouse the sleepy cat, from the longer reviews, nya!

Yvonne:
Ah ha ah we mean “thorough”, nya! Please continue Mike, nya!
Mike:
Well I do have one more review to get in before the next break,

The Six Million Dollar Man Pilot TV Movies and Season 1!

Mike:
For the longest time, The Six Million Dollar Man was one of the ‘holy grails’ of American TV series I’d hoped would be released on DVD! It was bittersweet news when I heard that it would finally be available on R1 NTSCX standard DVD, complete, intact and loaded with extra features, but only from Time-Life’s video site, and as an expensive huge complete series box. However, they have kindly released the original broadcast versions of the three 90 minute  pilot movies, the first season’s thirteen 51 minute episodes, and bonus features in a 6 disc set!
The unrated content totals 16 hours 53 minutes, presented uncut in full frame in English language with optional English subtitles. Disc 1 includes the first pilot movie / origin story of Col. Steve Austin (Lee Majors)  based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, 1973’s The Six Million Dollar Man, and the 2nd pilot Wine, Women and War. The 1st movie co-stars Darren McGavin, Barbara Anderson and Martin Balsam. The 2nd movie introduces Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman & co-stars Eric Braeden, Alan Oppenheimer, David McCallum, Britt Ekland & Earl Holliman!
The 2nd & 3rd pilots produced by Glen Larson are lighter and have a different opening theme song, by Dusty Springfield! The famous “better, stronger, faster” opening narration by Anderson started with the TV series. Disc 2 includes 3rd movie The Solid Gold Kidnapping, and the first two episodes, Population: Zero and Survival of the Fittest. The 3rd movie cast includes Elizabeth Ashley, Lucianna Paluzzi, John Vernon, Maurice Evans, David White and James Sikking, who would appear 11 years later as the Captain Styles in the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock!
The “Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive” part of the narration was actually spoken by Harve Bennett, who produced the TV series, who would go on to produce the Star Trek movies in the 80’s! Disc 3’s episodes are Operation Firefly, Day of the Robot, Little Orphan Airplane; and Doomsday, and Counting. Operation Firefly stars Pamela Franklin as Susan the psychic girl! Day of the Robot is one of my favorites, starring John Saxon as the robot! Little Orphan Annie co-stars Greg Morris & Lincoln Kilpatrick, and Doomsday, and Counting stars Gary Collins!
Disc 4’s episodes are Eyewitness to Murder, The Rescue of Athena One, Dr. Wells is Missing, and The Last of the Fourth of Julys. Eyewitness to Murder co-stars 2 Trek alumni, Gary Lockwood as a hit man aiming for a Federal prosecutor played by William Schallert! Another Trek connection is DC Fontana, who wrote The Rescue of Athena One! That episode stars Farrah Fawcett Majors as an astronaut going to Skylab, and news correspondent Jules Bergman as himself! The Last of the Fourth of Julys is a great spy mission, co-starring Arlene Martel as an interpol agent!
Seven years earlier, she portrayed Mr. Spock’s fiance T’Pring! More Trek alumni show up in Disc 5’s episodes Burning Bright and The Coward!  Burning Bright’s got William Shatner in it, as an astronaut who gains psychic powers! The cast of The Coward includes George Takei & France Nuyen! Disc 5 concludes with the season finale / clip-show episode Run, Steve Run, with the return of Henry Jones as the evil roboticist (last seen in Day of the Robot)! There’s no new robot in that episode, but it does have Noah Beery & gorgeous Michelle Green in it!
Disc 6 has the bonus features! These include a great 75 minute interview with executive producer Harve Bennett; a 19 minute discussion of the iconic opening titles sequence by brilliant main title director Jack Cole (not to be confused with the late cartoonist of the same name), directors Steve Stafford & Jerry Landon, actor Martin Brooks (Dr. Rudy Wells) & six million dollar fan Jesse Mesa Toves; and a 12 minute discussion of the 1st season guest stars by Bionic Fan Network founder Paul K Bisson & TV historian Harvey J Pilato (who wrote a great Bewitched book)!
There’s also a 12 minute discussion of today’s real bionic limb technology by producers Harve Bennett, James Parriott & Kennith Johnson; Ian Fothergill of Ossur & Karl Lindburg from Touch Bionics; and finally the ‘Bionic Breakdown’ lists the various abilities of Steve Austin’s bionic eye, arm & legs, with a little ‘highlight reel’ for each! Inside the plastic case is a full color 24 page booklet, which has a message from Lee Majors, three nice 4 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ photos of Steve Austin, a pilots & 1st season episode list, a brief essay by author Mark O’Neill, & the DVD credits!
Between this set and The Bionic Woman First Season set, there’s much bionic goodness for our DVD players after such a long wait! I’m very pleased with this set, and I give it an ‘A’ as in Austin Hopefully I’ll eventually be able to get seasons 2-4 and the 3 reunion movies (which are also included in the huge complete series set)! Ah, that’ll do it for our DVD reviews, but we’ll be right back to conduct the lightning after this short break!
(snip)(one short break later…)
The Lightning Round Topic:
Our Favorite Mewsic by the Late John Barry
Mike:
Welcome back! Last month we were saddened to hear of the passing of maestro John Barry, OBE (3 November, 1933 – 30 January, 2011) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000290/one of the greatest film score composers, who was perhaps most famous for his iconic James Bond scores. When i heard that he passed away I put on the re-mastered On Her Majesty’s Secret Service CD, and the song “We have All the Time in the World” sung by Louis Armstrong had an added poignancy. Since then some of us have been reflecting on his music so I thought this would be a good topic for the Lightning Round! So then, what might your favorite music by John Barry be… Vonny? (tags Yvonee to start the round)!
The catgirls :
LIGHTNING ROUND — GO, NYA!

Yvonne:
Oh gosh um maybe Goldfinger & Diamonds are Forever- I like those title songs sung by Shirley Bassey, and You Only Live Twice with the Nancy Sinatra song, nya! Oh oh and I liked the mewsic for Starcrash, which we reviewed in November 2010, nya! Your turn sis! (tags Tara-chan to go next)
Tara-chan:
Yay my turn, nya! I like You Only Live Twice too, and and although A View to a Kill is not the best Bond movie, I like the mewsic and that View to a Kill song by Duran Duran, and I like that Octopussy song by Rita Coolidge, nya! Octopussy had those lovely tough acrobatic girls with the catlike agility & grace, nya! (tags Nyssy)

Nyssy:
Oh I love John Barry’s music for that thrilling Bruce Lee movie Game of Death, and I am rather partial to the soundtracks of the James Bond movies The Man with the Golden Gun and You Only Live Twice! They have such beautiful cinematography and locations in Japan & Asia! And now it is… Tsu’sturn! (tags Tsuruku)

Tsuruku:
The Deep, especially that pretty ballet part Return to the Sea 2033 which he wrote for that soundtrack album! Hmm… and Lani conducts the lightning! (fin flap tags Kianalani)

Kianalani:
The Deep, Somewhere in Time, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, and The Living Daylights! (tags Petra)

Petra:
I would have to say… Born Free, Midnight Cowboy, The Lion in Winter, You Only Live Twice, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, nya! (tags Ne’ellakaliomi:with a swish of her tail)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Mmm…. Thunderball… You Only Live Twice, and… On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! (tags Melanakeami)

Melanakeami:
From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Diamonds Are Forever! Back to you, Mike!

Mike:
My favorite film score by John Barry is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! I like all of his Bond soundtracks, and aside from those, The Lion in Winter is one of my favorites, and I like Zulu quite a bit, too! Well, we’re done  – that was a very expedient Lightning Round! Thanks girls! Now it is time for this month’s-
The catgirls:
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight: More Live-Action Catgirls, nya!!
Yvonne:
This part of The Mew in tribute to the famous nekomimis who we admire, to include those famous female characters who are genetically, magickally or technologically part feline, just famously dress the part or have the cattitude, nya! Purrevious honorees have included Lt. M’ress & other catgirls of Star Trek, Melpomene, Dr. Kat Manx, Tigra, Novice Hame, NukuNuku, Catwoman, Irina Dubrovna, Anna & Uni Puma, Josie & the Pussycats, Sailor Luna, Felicia, Shakira, Cat Karina, Omaha, Bagi and Natsuki, nya!
We have purreviously honored numerous nekomimi from live-action movies & TV shows, such as at Cat People, Star Trek, Batman, Power Rangers, Doctor Who & Sailor Moon, but after last month’s review of the Vampire Circus DVD we realized there were many others who deserve the spotlight, nya! This month we decided to commemorate several more live action catgirls- or are they, nya? Hopefully you’ll have fun pondering these nokomimi nominees and discussing what defines a catgirl with friends, nya! Mike could you refresh us about Vampire Circus, nya?

Mike:
In 1971 Hammer Film, the Vampire Circus rolled into a small isolated European village, to entertain, seduce and kill the residents! Among that circus troupe were dancers Serena & Milovan Weber, who put on a rather erotic & supernatural show! Serena was a very graceful, sensual, agile – and very naked dancer – apparently wearing just her Green tinted tiger stripes! She did not have the cat ears or tail, but she was quite catlike, clawing at her partner, and had a symbiotic rapport with the real circus tiger!
Petra:
Five years later there was a legendary Canadian comedy TV series SCTV, nya! This was such a funny show and during their first 1976 – 1977 season one of the skits was a purrody of Ben Hur, starring the late great John Candy in the title role, nya! Wow, that was the same month that Star Wars came out, in May 1977, nya! In the original Ben Hur story, his mother Miriam & sister Tirza become lepers, but in the purrody they were transformed into leopards, nya!
Not really real leopards, but comediennes Catherine O’Hara & Andrea Martin wore the cat suits and meowed in that funny scene, until their were divinely healed of their feline affliction, nya! They both somewhat resembled the early version of Wonder Woman’s villain The Cheetah, nya! That is a purrime example of the dress-the-part catgirl, nya! We are very purrogressive and inclusive and welcome all types here at catgirl Island, nya!
Those actresses have gone on to do so much more brilliant work since purrtraying the tempurrary catgirls and a good place to start to read more about them are the Wikipedia articles on Catherine O’Hara http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_O%27Hara, Andrea Martin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Martin and a couple of good sites purrtaining to SCTV are the SCTV Guide http://www.sctvguide.ca/ and SCTV Fans http://www.sctv.org/, nya!
Tara-chan:
Speaking of actresses dressing the part, one of my favoritest movies is E.T. The Extraterrestrial, and in that 1982 movie, Eliot’s mommy Mary, purrtrayed by the great actress Dee Wallace http://officialdeewallace.com/ wears the cat suit for Halloween, nya! A year Purrior to that she turned into a wolf girl in The Howling, nya! Gosh that was 30 years ago, nya! Of course since then she has starred in many other wonderful movies and she is also a healer, author, speaker, acting teacher, and mommy, nya!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
Those might have been the brief forays into nekomiminess, but the 1993 Troma Film Teenage Catgirls In Heat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_catgirls_in_heat was a full-on catgirl assault! In this movie, an Egyptian statue of Bast resurrects the local cats into human women who then go on the purrowl! One of them falls in love a guy named Ralph, and she would rather make kittens instead of war! She is Cleo, purrtrayed by lovely Esmeralda Huffhines! Unless she was in her teenage years as the cat, in the reincarnated human form, I thought she appurred to be in her mid 20’s. She didn’t have the kitty ears & tail but she still had the mannerisms, and many cute scenes, such as learning to talk, catching the purrey at a picnic, and the romance!
Tsuruku:
Our next candidate is from an island populated by anthropomorphic characters, although the interesting question is whether she is part feline or not! The 1996 movie adaptation of H.G. Wells’s 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau starred Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman,  David Thewlis, and purretty actress / mewsician Fairuza Balk http://www.fairuza.com/ as Aissa Moreau, the doctor’s daughter! Given the experiments and her mannerisms, we’re not sure whether she was a human or a feline when she was brought to the island, though! She looks human, but her actions are very catlike is several aspects, but I don’t wish to spoil the plot! Ironically, David Thewliss would purrtray wolf man Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter movies!
Nyssy:
Another one I’m not sure about is Nokinja the Umpatra Warrior, awesomely portrayed by actress / mewsician Grace Jones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Jones in the 1999 Beastmaster TV series, which starred Daniel Goddard http://danielgoddard.com/ as Dar the Beastmaster! Nokina was a deadly hunter in the Jungle girl attire, and I’m not sure but I think she had a magickal origin and growled like a Leopard as she stalked her prey, but it’s vague because I only saw that episode once many years ago and maybe she could just imitate a Leopard, but I wanted to include her for the debate on the potential catgirl qualifications!
Kianalani:
The 2001 movie Monkeybone had a catgirl in it, Miss Kitty played by Rose McGowan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_McGowan! I liked her as witchy Paige in the TV show Charmed! That same year we saw another heroic witch Professor Minerva McGonagall, who could animagusly transform into the Gray Tabby in Harry Potter and the Sorcorer’s Stone, played by Maggie Smith http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/480249/! I’m not sure if that would count, since she is either human or cat, although I wonder if mid-way into the transformation she would catgirl qualify?
Then in the 2002 sequel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Hermione Granger, played by awesome Emma Watson http://www.emmawatson.com/, transformed into a catgirl for a while, when she drank the Polyjuice potion with unexpected results due to the mistaken ingredients! It had a cat’s hair in it, instead of the cat’s owner’s hair! For more information on those wonderful witchy women & other things from that wizarding world, I recommend The Harry Potter Wiki http://harrypotter.wikia.com and the Harry Potter Lexicon http://www.hp-lexicon.org/!
Melanakeami:
The reverse happened in the 2006 Japanese movie Nekomimi Shojo Kiki, which was released on DVD in the US as Catgirl Kiki! I hate to say this, but I really did not like the movie which was rather depressing. It’s not for widdle kiddies either due to the nudity & sexuality! However, I think lovely actress Yui Kano was very good as Kiki the catgirl. In the movie she starts out as a real cat, and after she is brought into a guy’s apartment, the next day she wakes up as a catgirl, with ears and everything!
She has the more human body but meows, moves, and acts just like the cat. Gradually she learns to talk, walk upright, and become more a human, but then even weirder things happen! Yui Kano is also a voice actress for anime & video games, and there are pages about her at Voice Chasers http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=8191 and Anime News Network http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=46693! Back to you, Vonny!
Yvonne:
I hope I am not leaving any other live-action catgirls out, but to conclude this month’s spotlight are the Na’vi from our favorite movie of 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar, nya! That includes natives of Pandora such as Neytiri te Tskaha Mo’at’ite, or just Ney’tiri for short who was purrtrayed by Zoe Saldana http://www.zoesaldana.com/, her deceased sister Sylwanin who was voiced by Catherine Taber http://www.cattaber.com/ in the purrequel video game, their Mom Mo’at purrtrayed by C. C. H. Pounder http://cchpounder.com/, the many other ladies of the various Na’vi clans, and Dr. Grace Augustine’s cross-breed avatar purrtrayed by Sigourney Weaver http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigourney_Weaver, nya!
You know for Halloween we cosplayed as the “Neko-maticaya Clan”, nya! For more info on those characters, I recommend the Avatar wiki http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Avatar_Wiki, nya! And speaking of Avatar, let us now segue into our–
Calendar Critiques, nya!
Avatar 2011 Calendar

Yvonne:
I think the first time we mentioned Avatar was in the February 2009 Mew when we discussed movies we were looking forward to, and our first review of an Avatar purroduct was Jenjen’s review of the Ney’tiri action figure, in the November 2009 Mew, nya! Since then it seems nary a month has gone by when we have not mentioned Avatar in some capacity, and nyow it is March 2011 and I have yet another Avatar item to discuss, nya! When we went shopping last month & found the remaining 2011 calendars at 75% off, and later for just a dollar, I could not resist the bargain, nya!
This official Avatar calendar was published by Abrams and originally purriced at $14.99 US / $17.99 Can / £9.99 UK, nya. It opens up to thirteen gorgeous color 12′ x 24″ pages, starting with a calendar page for September –  December 2010, nya! Each of the pages for 2011 has a 12″ x 12″ image from the movie, above two 3 1/2″ x 6″ side by side images, above the 8 1/2″ x 12″ date grid, nya! Each month also has another little image of an item from the movie  beside the date grid, and a bit of text about the movie along the bottom of the page, nya.
The main pics are of Jake in the lab, the floating mountains, a close-up of Ney’tiri nocking an arrow, her purrents, a purretty bioluminescent night scene, a lush riverbank by the falls, a close-up of Ney’tiri teaching Jake the archery, Ney’tiri riding the Thanator into battle, Ney’tiri & Jake happily riding those flying Banshees, the aircraft attack squadron, Jake with a rifle on the Leoonopteryx, his encounter with the Hammerhead beast, and the cute couple’s romantic embrace, nya! Oh, by cute couple I mean Jake & Ney’tiri, not Jake & the Hammerhead, nya! OK it is your turn, Tara-chan, nya!
Island Cats 2011 Calendar
Tara-chan:
Arigato, nya! As a fan of that book full of photos of island cats under the sun on the purristine White buildings with the Blue domes & doors by the Blue Mediterranean sea & sky, so it was a a splendid treat to find this calendar full of similar beautiful photos, nya! This 12″ x 12″ Island Cats wall calendar for 2011 was published by Silber lining, purrinted with recycled papurr & soy based ink, with the original suggested retail purrices of $12.95 US / $15.95 Can / $24.94 AU / $26.95 NZ, but I purrchased it last month at -that supurr discount purrice, nya!
The front cover photo is a closer zoom of November’s image of the Orange Tabby leaping across purristine white structures, nya! The calendar opens to 12″ x 24″, the top half being the full color full bleed photos by BIOS/ Kelin/ Hubert/ Peter Arnold Inc. and the bottom half is each month’s date grid, with the moon phases & holidays of various nations, and another  2 1/2″ x 4″ pic above each grid, nya! There are 4 bonus pages with 3 more pics & grids for the tail end of 2010, which would have been good if you bought the calendar last Summer, nya!
Most of the 28 pics are of individual cats & kittens but there are a few pairs, of all colors & patterns White, Black, Black & White, Gray & White, Tabby & Tortoiseshell, nya! They seem mellow and don’t mind the camera in idyllic lounging upon the steps, doorways, walls, roofs and a boat; peering out of openings, trotting past the fishing nets, playing & leaping, nya! As an Outer Banks catgirl I can appurreciate their situation, nya! If you like purretty images of kitties or Greek island architecture, this would be the purrfect calendar to brighten up a wall, nya!
Angel Cat Sugar 2011 Calendar

Tara-chan:
Angel Cat Sugar http://www.angelcatsugar.com/ is about Sugar the kitty, who  is the purrincess of Angel Land is a cute cartoon kitty with the white fur, light blue wings, wearing a gold star pendant & crown, nya! She is very kind hearted, and a but shy but & likes to help & heal others with her powers, nya. She loves her medical purrofessional Mommy & Daddy, her mousie  friends  Basil, Parsley &Thyme, and all of nature, nya! She and her were created in 2002 by Yuko Shimizu http://www.yukoart.com/, who had purreviously created Hello Kitty, nya!
This is another wall calendar, which measures 12 x 12″ when closed up, and hangs down to 12′ x 24″ when it’s opened up, nya. On the outside front cover, Sugar has a purretty bouquet of the Red Roses, and on the inside front cover she takes the catnap, nya! She warms our heart in January by cuddling a heart, and for February she has the valentine balloon, nya! She has more flowers for the Spurring time in March with the Tulips, and she is purrpared for the Apurril showers in her rain gear as a duck family waddles by, nya! They don’t mind the rain, nya!
In May she wears a lei (hey that rhymes) to dance with her mousie friend, then in June they enjoy the supurr sized fruity purrfait treat, nya! They go to the beach for July, ride in a balloon over a rainbow for August, and she is artistic with the crayons in September, nya! She has lots of oookies & candies for october- purrhaps she has been Trick ‘R Eating, nya! Then it is the tea time for November, and finally for the December calendar page she has a Christmas wreath & purresents, nya! Nyow it is time for melanakeami to report on the lovely–
Women of Marvel 2011 Calendar, nya!

Melanakeami:
This Women of Marvel wall calendar for 2011 is 12″x12″ closed & opens to 12″ x 24″, with full color images byseveral  top artists depicting some of Marvel Comics’ greatest super heroines & villains! The cover art by Greg Horn depicts Carol Danvers in her Binary, Red & Blue, Black & Yellow Ms. Marvel costumes, in 9 panels mixed up like a slide tray puzzle! Inside are 13 other beautiful images, several of which I’ve noticed have been previously published as comic book cover art.
Inside the first pic is of Anna Marie / Rogue in the rainy night by Rudolfo Migliari above the grids for September – December 2010! Horn’s pic of Emma Frost / The White Queen makes January colder, on her balcony irately overlooking the limousine, followed by Brandon Peterson’s pic of Lorna Dane / Polaris arcing a magnetic field for February! She has  such gorgeous Green hair! Spring time comes in March, with Ororo Munroe / Storm so sexy in her Savage Land up in the stormy sky, by the late Michael Turner.
As dark as that stormy sky is, the scene is darker yet for April, as Madelyne Pryor takes her evil throne as The Goblin Queen, by artist Greg Land! She uncannily resembles Jean Grey! There’s further magick in the air artist Jo Chen conjures Asgard’s alluring Amora the Enchantress for May Day, then Alex Maleev takes us back to Earth for his edgy image of Yelena Belova in unzipped Black leather as the 2nd sexy super spy to be known as The Black Widow! She is a rival of the first Black Widow, Natasha Romanova!
Then we take a July Jungle jaunt to Wakanda for another sexy successor in Black, Princess Shuri the latest Black Panther, illustrated by Edgar Delgado! The summer heat is unabated in August with another vision of Ms. Marvel, soaring over a sunset skyline by Roberto de la Torre! She is in the Yellow & Black costume designed by the late Dave Cockrum! The Fall begins on a tearful note as Madame Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon clutches her husband Black Bolt’s costume in Stjepan Sejic’s sad September scene.
Another pic by Greg Horn lightens things up in October, and shows how Justice is not so blind when Jennifer Walters / She Hulk peeks from the blindfold! November brings us the business end of Betsy Braddock / Psylocke’s psychic blade up close & personal in a stunningly beautiful painting by Alex Garner! This was the cover art for X-Men: Sword of the Braddocks! Finally, Marko Djurdjevic’s pic of Maki Matsumoto / Lady Bullseye brings 2011 to a close on December’s page! This was the cover art for Daredevil #111! And speaking of art, here’s Petra to tell us about the–
Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Petra:
Unless otherwise noted, the gallery pages’ mewest pics will be on the lowermost row of the widdle ‘thumbnail’ repurrsentations, so just click on a given thumbnail portion of an image to see the whole larger image, nya! We are purroud to purresent additions to the Mewseum’s Guest Art Gallery Two http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest2.html, nya! The Guest Gallery is a wonderful treasure trove of art by various artists, displayed with their purrmission, nya!
“Bellydancing Michi” by our friend Alexcia http://www.sailorchristmas.com/ is the cute image of her Cybernetic Showdown http://michi.byethost16.com/ purrotagonist Michi, with her older self at left, reminiscing about her younger self, at right in the happy purrformance, nya! We are also pleased to purrsent a very cute colored pencil pic of a “Surfer Catgirl” by CataMoomba, who we had the pleasure to meet at WhatTheHellCon, nya! She has galleries at http://www.furaffinity.net/user/catamoomba/ and http://catamoomba.deviantart.com/, nya!
Nyow we move along to see 5 mew illustrations by Mike in Gallery Five http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery5.html, nya! Firstly is a pic that Mike illustrated of “CataMoomba”, the Cougar Girl character created by the artist of the same name, nya! The original art was inked with Micron pens & colored with Copic markers, and the scanned image was touched up a bit in Photoshop, nya.
Next is a purrtrait of “Lauren” as a pirate catgirl done in an earthy-toned pallet, nya!
Thirdly is a pic of “Kate” in the lovely Blue & Black dress! This pic is also a photoshopped recreation of the original pen, marker & colored pencil rendering, nya! Then we have an assortment of re-created ‘Con Sketches” which Mike drew at WhatTheHell Con, nya! In the upper left is a Troll Girl who posed for her purrtrait, at upper right is a Surfer  Nekomimi, at lower left is the requested Chainmail Clad Catgirl, and at lower right is the Catgirl Waitress in a cheongsam, nya!
Fourthly is “Kalyn Hula Hooping for a Good Cause” as helped to raise money for the charity with her graceful talent, and after that we have this photoshop pic by Mike of “Trini-chan’s Trophy”, nya! She is the triumphant little kitsune (fox spirit) wahini in the FOXY wetsuit, having won the trophy & purrizes for the island junior surfing compurrtition, nya! Rumour has it that if you purrchase a Nilla Creme Shake for her at the pier it will bring you the good luck, nya.
Tara-chan:
Those are good Nilla Cremes, nya!

Yvonne:
Yay that is such a cute image of Michi- it was so nice to see them here at the awards ceremony last month, nya! I think she could join jenjen’s belly dance troupe & Mayr’s hula dance class and maybe my purrcussion circle, nya!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
That is a delightful pic by Catamoomba of the surfer enjoying the day on the water! She seems eager to catch that next wave!
Kianalani:
That is a lovely addition to the gallery, and I hope to see more of her art!

Melanakeami:
Between that & the pic of Trini-chan & that B&W con sketch there’s a good bit of new surfer imagery this month! Has Trini-chan seen her trophy pic yet?

Petra:
Hai, She was there for the special sneak purreview social, before the public purremier, nya!

Nyssy:
Why is that girl in the straight jacket, nya?

Mike:
I’m not sure what prompted that situation but hopefully she is the happy & healthy cougar girl!

Tara-chan:
That sure is a gorgeous Blue dress that Kate is wearing, and I like the knotted shirt & ‘capurri’ pants outfit for the hula hooping, nya!
Tsuruku:
The chainmail bikini has the intricate sexy tough quality but isn’t that top cold?

Yvonne:
When Myayr cosplays in her chainmail bikini she tends to wear the fabric lining underneath it, nya!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Hmm I don’t think I have ever met a Troll girl- are those horns or antlers?

Mike:
Yep those were horns! You can’t really tell from that B&W illustration, but her horns were a very distinctive Red- Orangey- Golden gradient hue!
Tsuruku:
As a mermaid I’ve never worn a dress while waiting tables, but I’ll bet that cafe catgirl has to be careful in that short cheongsam, hee!

Petra:
Fortunately she is the very dextrous nimble neko, nya!
Kianalani:
Although if you are waiting tables under water, you do not want your top to float off or get in the way!

Nyssy:
Fortunately the Jellycups have the snug fit, heehee!
Melanakeami:
Thank you for showing those!

Petra:
Dooitasimaste, nya! That’s all for this portion as we’re up against the break, but when we return it will be time for–
More About Hawaiian Monk Seals, nya!
(snip)(one short break later…)
Tara-chan:
Last month I reviewed two of the latest books in The American Girl http://www.americangirl.com series: Aloha, Kanani and Good Job, Kanani by Lisa Yee http://www.lisayee.com/, nya! Those star 10 year old Kanani Akina of the small town of Waipuna on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii, and one of the subplots is her effort to to help rescue an injured Hawaiian Monk Seal pup, and to raise funds & awareness for those endangered animals, nya!

Today we have gathered the links, to a bunch of sites where you can read a bit about those endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals, nya! I’ll start us out with some Hawaiian sites, the Hawaiian Wildlife Fund http://wildhawaii.org/marinelife/seals.html, Aloha-Hawaii http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii/monk+seal/, and the page at sensei Lena Kanemori’s delightful educational site about Hawaii’s endangered species http://www.hisurf.com/~enchanted/monkseal.html, which has a cute seal drawing on it, nya!

Tsuruku:
A few of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s sites with informative pages on the Hawaiian Monk Seal are the pages at NOAA’s National Marine Services http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_hawaiian_monk_seal.html, the Office of Purrotected Resources http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/pinnipeds/hawaiianmonkseal.htm,
and at the Pacific island Fisheries Center’s site http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/monkseal.html!
Kianalani:
Three web sites I’d like to mention with informative pages about those Seals are those of the Marine Mammal Commission http://www.mmc.gov/species/hawaiianmonkseal.html, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Environmental Conservation Online System http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/SpeciesReport.do?spcode=A071, and the National Geographic Society http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/hawaiian-monk-seal.html!

Yvonne:
A few of sites I’d like to mention pertaining to those pretty pinnipeds are of the Monachu Guardian http://www.monachus-guardian.org/, Kaua`i Monk Seal Watch Program http://www.kauaimonkseal.com/, and Hawaiian Monk Seal Response Team Oahu http://hmsrto.org/, nya!Whatchoogot, Nyssy, nya?

Nyssy:
Ne’ellakaliomi:
You can also find Hawaiian Monk Seal information at the sites of organizations such as Earthtrust http://www.earthtrust.org/wlcurric/seals.html, the Marine Conservation Biology Institute http://www.mcbi.org/what/monk_seals.html, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/save_animals/seals/hawaiian_monk_seal.php!

Petra:
The Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_Monk_Seal is a good start, The Seal Conservation Society has a Monk Seal page http://www.pinnipeds.org/species/hawaimnk.htm, and Children’s book illustrator & author Tammy Yee http://www.tammyyee.com/ has a beautifully illustrated page of environmental art purrtaining to the Hawaiian Monk Seal http://www.tammyyee.com/tt-monk.html, nya!

Melanakeami:
Finally, there are Monk Seal pages at MarineBio http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=303, The Wild Ones http://www.thewildones.org/Animals/monkseal.html, and at The Animal Files http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/seals_sea_lions/hawaiian_monk_seal.htmlNow, here’s Tara-chan to bring you that part of the show we like to call–
Magazine Mewsings & Purriodicals Purrings

Favorite Seafood Photos & Piscine Publications’ Pics!

Tara-chan:
Where you will find seals you will find the nummy fish, and I would like to take this oppurrtunity to mention recent magazines with delicious looking photos of sea food on the covers, such as the mouth-watering Marlin for March’s issue of Pacific Coast Sportsfishing, those luscious large mouth lunkers on the cover of Bass Angler vol. 20 #1, the numcious netted Crappie is purrized by a happy couple on the cover of Crappie World Vol. 22 #1, and a yummy looking lobster on the cover of Saveur issue 135, nya!
Not only is there a tasty Trout on the front cover of American Angler’s January / February issue, but there is a succulent Salmon on the back too, and a Striped Tuna to tempt my tummy the front cover of Australian Salt Water Fishing #70, nya! There was a nice meaty Mulloway on the purrior issue, nya! The tremendous tasty looking Tilefish tantalizes on the March cover of Saltwater Sportsman, and there is a Redfish to relish from the Louisianna waters on the front cover of Cabellos Outfitter Journal, nya!
Plenty of the fresh Croc meat is on the March issue cover of Outside Magazine, and on the March / Apurril cover of Science Illustrated too, nya! On the front cover of Salmon & Steelhead Journal vol. 8 #1 is the succulent Steelhead caught from the Situk River in Alaska by Aaron Shook, and on the Eastern cover of the March issue of North Carolina Game & Fish, Captain Dale Collins holds up the two flavorful Flounders which he caught near Swansboro & Emerald Isle, which are not too far from here, nya!
On the cover of DIY Boat Owner #4 is a fish in the pan, but it would be better  if it were in my tummy, nya! I would not mind an 8 piece box of the appurrtizing Angelfish like the one on the January cover of Purractical Fishkeeping, or gobbling some gourmet Goby Fish, like those on the March cover of Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Australasia Sport Diver  vol. 6 #4, and oh this is making me hungry, nya!
Tsuruku:
Then I will have to bring a round of shrimp cocktails!
The catgirls:
Arigato gozaimasu, nya!
Petra:
I would also like to amend Tara-chan’s list of appurrtizing images of succulent seafood, for on the March / Apurril cover of American Artist is an oil on canvas scene with fresh sharky goodness painted by maestro Bo Bartlett http://www.bobartlett.com/, nya! He paints the most wonderful scenes of the coastal & maritime life, nya!
Tara-chan:
What kind of shark, nya?
Petra:
Um I think it is the Lemony flavor or purrhaps the Sandy Tiger but I am not sure, but I can show you the magazine andpurrhaps you or Vonny can identify the shark, nya!
Tara-chan:
Hai! Nyow for a few other quick appurreciations, we would like to mention a few of the inspurrational, powerful & graceful, brave & beautiful heroines who have recently graced the purrinted media in our —

Magazine Mini Mewsings for March, nya!

Melanakeami:
Karen Gillian http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Karen_Gillan as Amy Pond appears with Matt Smith as the 11th The Doctor on the cover of Doctor Who Magazine #430, and Arthur Darvill as Rory joins them on the cover of Doctor Who Special #27! Buffy the Vampire Season Eight might be over, but Michelle Trachtenberg http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005502/ is so glamorous on the March cover of Maxim; and Jamie Chung http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1512166/ who purrtrayed Chi Chi in Dragonball Evolution & stars in the forthcoming Sucker Punch, is ready to kick more butt on the February cover of Complex magazine!
Nyssy:
Star Wars Insider issue #143 has an interview Ashley Eckstein http://www.ashleyeckstein.com/ the voice actress who portrays Ahsoka Tano, and Cat Taber http://www.cattaber.com/ who is the voice of Padme Amidala! Ahoska is my favorite Jedi Knight and she appears on the cover wirth her master Anakain Skywalker! There is a variant cover with their Jedi friend Kit Fisto too! !
Not to be left out, the boys are in the issue too, and you also get interviews with Matt Lanter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Lanter who voices her master Anakin, James Arnold Taylor http://jamesarnoldtaylor.com/ who voices his maser Obi-Wan Kenobi; and there’s a discussion with the great sound designers who make their light sabers & force sound great: the legendary Ben Burrt, and Clone Wars’ sound editor Matthew Wood & sound designer/ voice director David Collins!
Yvonne:
Speaking of great sounds, one of my favorite celtic mewsicians Loreena McKinnett http://www.quinlanroad.com/ is on the cover of Magical Times #7, and one of my favorite songstress / dancers Nichol Scherzinger http://www.nicolescherzingermusic.com/ is the cover of FHM Magazine’s UK edition #31, nya! She is also in the feisty kicking pose for the cover of Womens Fitness (UK) #84, nya! Lizzy was so happy when she and Derek Hough won Dancing with the Stars, nya!

Tsuruku:
Yayoi Kambara, Anne Zivolich &Vanessa Thiesson of San Francisco’s ODC (Oberlin Dance Company) http://www.odcdance.org/ in costumes by the company’s artistic director / founder Brenda Way are on the March cover & featured article of Dance Magazine http://www.dancemagazine.com/! There’s also a nice full page pic of Kambara & Zivolich joined by Chin-chin Hsu, and a pic of Way with artistic director KT Nelson & associate choreographer Kimi Okada in the side-bar article on the ODC’s 40th anniversary!
Lovely elegant Yevgenia Obraztsova http://www.evgeniaobraztsova.com/ of the Mariinsky Theatre / Kirov Ballet was just on the magazine’s February cover! The Royal Danish Ballet’s stunning Susanne Grinder http://www.ballerinagallery.com/grinder.htm graces the Winter 2010 issue of Dance International http://www.danceinternational.org/; and on the February / March cover of Pointe Magazine http://www.pointemagazine.com/ is stunning Sterling Hyltin of http://www.nycballet.com/dancers/sterling.html of the New York City Ballet!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
IFBB Bikini Pro Jessica Putnam http://jessfit.com/ is pretty & powerful on the January / February cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers; and WNBF Ms Universe Toni West http://www.toniwest.com/ wonderfully graces the February cover of Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness – and an inspirational poster inside! WBFF Pro, trainer & model Heather Robertson http://www.heatherrobertson.net/ radiantly poses for the February cover of Oxygen; and WBFF Pro Bikini Champion Chady Dunmore http://www.chadydunmore.com/ dazzles the cover of Oxygen Magazine’s Special Fat Loss issue!
Kianalani:
Running & biking may not be typical activities for us mermaids but we certainly admire the great athletes who excel at those sports just as we admire those who are superb swimmers! So I was especially delighted to see inspirational Amy Palmiero-Winters http://www.seeamyrun.com/ on the January / February cover of Marathon & Beyond! Professional distance runner Lisa Koll http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Koll from Iowa is on the January / February cover of Running Times!
Fabulous 49 year young Olympic great & astounding Marathon champion Linda Somers Smith http://www.runningusa.org/node/55010 is in the cute Purrple top to run our way on the March cover of Running Times! Scotland’s peppy Xterra & Iroman 70.3 competitor Lesley Paterson http://www.lesleydoestriathlon.org/ races her Jamis bike toward us on the March cover of Triathlete, and our favorite race car driver Danica Patrick http://www.danicaracing.com/ has a small cover pic & 4 page article in Athlon Sports Racing vol. 9!

Petra:
I’d like to purraise the charming image of  a “Harvest Goddess” by Hollie Sierra http://www.hollysierra.com/, which adorns the front cover of Sage Woman #79 http://www.sagewoman.com/, nya! She paints the joyfully purretty pictures of magickal, nature & folk art subjects, nya! Then there is the purrfect purrtrait of American glamour icon Bettie Page http://www.bettiepage.com/ pin-up purriestess Olivia DeBernardinis http://www.eolivia.com/ (has tastefully nude glamour art) on the January / February cover of Airbrush Action http://www.airbrushaction.com/, nya!
I would also like to purraise the beautiful Blue flower dressed woman with the cute freckles illustrated by Charlie Bowater http://charlie140588.deviantart.com/ for the February cover for ImagineFX, nya! There is also such a majestic illustration on the back cover of the daring women riding the Waterfall Dragons by Matthew Stewart http://www.matthew-stewart.com/, and a lovely mermaid art tutorial by Jace Wallace http://wakkawa.iseenothing.com/ (has tastefully nude fantasy art), nya!
Mike:
Catwoman by Adam Hughes http://www.justsayah.com/ is on the front cover of the March 2011 issue of ImagineFX, stealing the magazine’s logo!
Nyssy:
One of our favoritest aquatic Olympian heroes Dara Torres http://daratorres.com/ is on the March 2011 cover of Oxygen magazine! You might think she is part mermaid! And US & World champion, Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson http://www.shawnjohnson.net/ joyfully stars on the February cover  of Inside Gymnastics! She was also a Dancing with the Stars champion too!
Tara-chan:
She has the catlike agility and grace, nya! Speaking of the agile grace, Yogini Hala Khouri http://www.halakhouri.com/ & her son were serenely photographed for the cover of Yoga International issue 113 http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/YI/, and Roxy longboarder Rachel Spear http://www.roxy.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3449996 is on the cover of SUP: Stand Up Paddler Magazine’s Winter 2011 issue! That’s all of our mini- mewsings, but speaking of surfing, here’s oneesan again to tell us all about–
Surfgirl #30, nya!
Yvonne:
Mewsually Myayr is the one to review Surfgirl http://www.orcasurf.co.uk/surfgirl/ because she is the avid surfer and it is her favorite sports magazine but she’s not here, nya! Surfgirl is a lovely fun bimonthly  UK purriodical dedicated to womens surfing, with lots of great photos of the inspurrational athletes, exotic international locations, beautiful clothes & gear, nya! There are intermews & articles, purroduct reviews; healthy, fitness & fashion tips, travelogues, and the articles are not jut about the top surfers but many are written by them too, nya!
This purrticular issue is purriced $7.75 for it’s 100 delightful pages (including the covers) and on the front cover is a gorgeous happy smiling B&W photo of supurrstar Stephanie Gilmore http://stephgilmore.blogspot.com/, nya! There is a 4 page intermew with her inside by the great photographer Lucia Griggi, who is one of the very purrolific contributors to each issue, nya! But first, editor Louise Searle sets the tone with her opening comments to get the joyful & adventurous ambience started, nya!
Griggi later contributes a 6 page article on the all star expurrdition of Steph, Keala Kennelly, Silvana Lima, Sally Fitzgibbons, Clair Bevo & Chelsea Georgeson in Puerto Rico, nya! Another fascinating article about such an all star trip is Sarah Baeardmore, Gwen Surlock, Beth Mason, Laura Crane, Corinne Evans, Hannah Harding & Gabi Rowe destined for the Maldives, with 10 pages & great photos by Simon Williams; and Rebecca Woods voices her concerns on the diminished state of the womens’ surfing events, nya!
Were that not enough, in another 4 pages Kirstin Prisk, Luci & Sharpy document Steph, Carissa Moore, Paige Hareb, Sofia Mulanovich, Claire Bevilacqua & Bethany Hamilton competing in the Rip Curl event in Portugal, nya! By the way I heartily recommend heroic Bethany’s book, Soul Surfer, which I believe Nyssy plans to discuss, nya! Later in the issue there’s a 2 page peek at the UK PST compurrtition surfed by Gwen, Beth, Jo Dennison, Tassy Swallow & Nicole Morgan; and a look at the Nellscott Reef Big Wave Classic by Sarah Tollestrup, nya!
I can just imagine how thrilling & fun it must have been, nya! This purrticular issue has numerous Wintry articles in it, such as the 4 pages of Easkey Britton snowboarding in Portes Du Soleil with photos by Roo; Gemma Freeman’s 4 page intermew with Gold medalist snowboarder Jenny Jones with photos by Dan Medhurst & RelentlessEnergy; 4 pages of great resorts & places to travel for the snow action or to escape the cold; Tara Rajan’s mewsings on Costa de la Luz in Spain; and Jae Chambers getaway to Grand Massif in the Swiss Alps, nya!
There is more of Kirstin’s purrfect pics in a purretty 6 page purrtolio of Winter fashions, in which lovely Rosie Carr models the appurral, with styling by Suzi Winter & her hair by Tom McDougall, nya! There’s also Suzi Winter’s  tips for your own party coiffure, and quite a few pages full of purroduct & gear reviews, clothing & gift recommendations, and 4 pages on cold water wear, nya. Aimee Fuller explains the Backside 360 snowboard technique, and Nicole Morgan returns to coach us on the purropurr duck dive technique, nya!
Nat Fox contributes a pictorial of Pink Fish Surfboards and her important ecological message about whales & dolphins, nya! There are nummy breakfast recipes- mmm those panckaes, porridge & eggs look good, nya! To burn the calories Shannon Denny briefly discusses the fun sport of parkour, nya! You know, we have our own island variant of the sport called Purrkour, nya! That’s one of Lizzy & BB’s favorite hobbies, so I need to show them that article, and I need to show Jenjen this articles on yoga by Sam Magee & Rochelle Ballard, nya!
Lest I forget, Kerry Powel mewses of her iPhone & Facebook addiction, nya! Even the ads are neat because many of them are full page glamorous or action pics of those legendary surfers, nya! For example, Steph appurrs in the Rip Curl ads, Sarah Beardmore in the Protest ads and Tora Bright for Roxy, nya! Other purretty ads include O’Neill, Billabong, Kuccia, Orca Surf Shop, Nalu Beads, Ann’s Cottage, Mermaid in England, Indo Board, Robies, and the sites of Kristin Prisk & Suzi Winter, nya! Ok I’m done but nyow here’s Petra’s review of the–
Sports Illustrated vol. 114 #7: The 2011 Swimsuit Issue, nya!

Petra:
The Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit Issue features gorgeous cover girl Irina Shayk http://www.theirinashayk.com/ in the Red & Yellow bikini, nya! She is from Russia, nya! inside the 206 pages are also beautiful models Shannon Click, Cinia Dicker, Kenza Fourati, Esti Ginzburg, Jessica Gomes, Izabel Goulart, Julie Henderson, Damaris Lewis, Alyssa Miller, Genevieve Morton, Hilary Rhoda, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Anne V and Jessica White, nya! That does not even include the dozens of other lovely ladies who appurr in the many ads for various purroducts, nya!
They are wearing bikinis, maillots, tops, body paint, seashells jewels & less amidst the breathtaking international locations, nya! The lovely locations for the purretty pictorials include Maui, Hawaii and Laguna Beach, California; Turtle island in Fiji, Barclay Island in the Philippines, Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, Singapore’s Sentosa Island, and Banff in the Canadian Rockies, nya! Actress Brooklyn Decker also appurrs in a pictorial. She is also on the February cover of Esquire, but without the swimwear, nya!
They are joined by 3 sports supurrstars in an 8 page pictorial, nya! Paraguayan model & Olympic Javelin thrower Leryn Franco http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=0/athcode=170092/index.html wears the White lacey bikini in a 2 page spurread, and the sheer Black shirt / White bikini panty combo in her 2nd pic, nya! Brazilian surfer & Roxy star Bruna Schmitz http://www.aspworldtour.com/surfers/womens-profiles/bruna-schmitz/ wears the Black bikini with a fly rod-  I wonder if she caught anything, nya?
She continues the fishing theme in the Black fishnet maillot, which might not catch the fish, but it would catch the attention, nya! Continuing the fishnet motif is Arizona Wildcat, All-American & Team USA volleyball outside hitter Kim Glass http://www.kimglass10.com/, nya! The Silver medalist kills them on the court and knocks them out on the beach in her sexy photos, wearing the White fishnet maillot in one pic, and nothing but her gorgeous smile, a boat oar & a purretty necklace on the other, nya!
I should also mention that in the ad for Cobra Golf is Arizona Sun Devil, purrofessional golfer & model Blair O’Neal http://www.blaironeal.com/, nya! She is at home on the runway or the fairway, and wears the Eggshell colored front-closure bikini in the ad, nya! I wonder if she and Kim knew of each other at those rival Arizona colleges, nya? In addition to the magnificent photos there is info on each location, lodging, and where to purrchase the appurral, nya! Nyow if only they would visit our island, nya! That is all for the magazines, but after the short break we’ll be right back with this month’s–
Book Reports, nya!
(snip)(one short break & a few shrimp cocktails later…)
the catgirls:
thank you for the food, nya!
the mermaids:
Arigato, manager-san!
Tsuruku:
No problemo!
Mike:
That was most kind! Hey we’re back, and for our first book report here’s Nyssy to tell us about-
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton!

Nyssy:
We have previously mentioned role model surfer Bethany Hamilton’s http://bethanyhamilton.com/ autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board as one of our favoritest & most inspirational surfer books, but it has been re-issued in an expanded mass-market paperback, with new material & pics, in conjunction with the release of her bio-pic movie Soul Surfer http://www.soulsurferthemovie.com/ from Tristar Pictures in April! The movie is directed by Sean McNamara and stars AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, along with Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Lorraine Nicholson & Dennis Quaid!
It is not the first movie about her, as there was Becky Baumgartner’s 2007 documentary Heart of a Surfer http://www.heartofasoulsurfer.com/! For those who came in late, Bethany Hamilton is from Kauai, Hawaii and she was 13 years old in 2003 when she lost her left arm to a 15 foot long Tiger Shark. However, this did not stop her from bravely shredding those waves to competing in the ASP & WQS to win major awards including the NSSA National Championship in 2005, nya! She’s written other books too, such as Devotions for the Soul Surfer: Daily Thoughts to Charge Your Life; Rise Above: A 90- Day Devotional; Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends; and the Soul Surfer fiction series co-authored with Rick Bundschuh!
She just turned 21 on February 8th, so the new autobiography edition & movie are well-timed! This wonderful book was published by MTV / Gallery Books, originally in 2004, revised with extra pages in 2006 and now again in 2011, co-authored with Bethany by Sheryl Berk & Rick Bundschuh! After the original 210 pages, you get 14 addenda pages purrtaining to the 5 years since, and then another 42 pages of her movie journal spanning December 2009 to October 2010! After that are 17 more pages of intermews with the director, AnnaSophia, Lorraine! That does not even include the original 24 pages with 39 color pics, or the added 8 pages with 18 more color pics!
Bethany discusses her family, Alan Blanchard & other friends,  life on the small island, surfing, from how she got into the sport at age 7, to her current global travels & compurrtitions, that shark attack on Halloween 2003, and the aftermath & recovery process. She discusses the emotional, physical & financial tolls, dealing with the resulting celebrity fame, TV appearances, international travels, her spirituality, ministry, charitable work, and making movies! I am so looking forward to seeing the Soul Surfer movie! For our next report, we go to the Piedmont region of our own North Carolina, for a spooky tour of–

Haunted Historic Greensboro by Teresa Bane!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
I love ghost stories, nya! Whether they are fictional tales, myths & legends, accounts of alleged actual hauntings or scholarly paranormal research, I am fascinated by the topic! There are plenty of coastal Carolina tales & Mid-Atlantic apparitional reports which we’ve been able to inspect, but alas there are too many inland haunts that are difficult for a mermaid to visit! This can be very frustrating, especially when I read fascinating books such as Historic Haunted Greensboro by noted vampirologist Theresa Bane http://www.theresabane.net/, but I suppose it is just as frustrating fore the terrestrial folks to visit some of the shipwrecks and mysteries of the deep!
There are many ghostly reports from the North Carolina mountains to the coast, but this 160 page trade paperback focuses specifically on the city of Greensboro, which is in the central Piedmont portion of the state since the mid 1700’s. The book was published in 2009 by Schiffer, designed by Stephanie Daugherty, typeset in the Bard/NewsGoth BT font, and has an SRP of $14.99. @0 locations are examined, with over 60 B&W photos! After the author’s introduction and a quick profile of ‘The Gateway City”, the spookiness begins with UNC-G’s Aycock Auditorium, the downtown Biltmore Hotel, Blandwood Plantation (built in 1795), and the palatial Carolina Theatre!
The journey continues to several private homes, Copper Creek & Deep River Mine Shaft, and Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium, which is one of the buildings where WhatTheHell?! Con was held! After that is a jaunt 25 miles away to the famous Devil’s Tramping Ground, which is not in Greensboro but in Siler City, but this is included because it is among the most infamous of NC’s haunts, and the book includes scans official North Carolina Department of Agriculture soil test documents from that site!  Then it is back to Greensboro to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, which is a Revolutionary War battlefield with a statue of Nathanael Green!
Battlefields tend to be known for the haunts. Another famous NC haunt examined is Lydia’s Bridge, said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman killed in a car crash. This chapter also has a document scan! After another private residence & Mendenhall Plantation it is away from Greensboro again to explore Purgatory Mountain, approximately 30 miles away near the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro. Oh, the zoo is another place I so want to visit! Other locations include Salon Blu, Twin Lakes Lodge, one of those so-called Gravity Hills, and the final chapter pertains to the dreaded Vampire Beast of Greensboro, which allegedly dates back to 1959!
They are not sure whether it may or may not be connected to other Carolina cryptozoological mysteries in Bolivia & Bladenboro! Not only does Theresa cite the popular stories associated with all of those locations, but she has interviewed folks, offers her own conclusions based upon the evidence, and supplies the driving directions & contact information for the sites! That concludes the non-fictional portion of our book reports, but here’s Ne’ella again to dive into this month’s–

Manga Mewsings!
K-ON! vol. 1

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Ariagto! Yen Press http://www.yenpress.com/ continues to delight us with the top quality 4-koma format mangas, which are sort of the 4-panel gag strips arranged in 2 columns per page! Other such favorite mangas reviewed by The Mew include Azumanga Daioh, SS Astro, G.A. Sunshine Sketch, Shoulder A Coffin Kuro, and Suzunari!  Yen has struck again with the release of Kakifly’s wonderful K-On, which is about a group of four high schools girls who rally to save the school pop mewsic club and form a band!
The members of this band are Yui Hirasawa, who is shown on the front cover with her Gibson Les Paul! According to his notes, author Kakifly owns several guitars! On the back cover we see shy bassist Mio Akiyama in her maid cafe uniform, less than happy to see drummer / club president Ritsu Tainaka & teacher Sawako Yamanaka spying on her! Completing the principle players are rich cute keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki, Yui’s younger sister Ui & friend Nodoka!
Most of the 121 pages of the manga are in the 4 koma format and B&W, but there are 25 color pages, and a few pages with larger panels of the girls, plus 7 pages of notes! The 2008 manga was first published in Japan by Houbunsha, and this Yen edition was published in November, 2010, translated into English by Jack Wiedrick & lettered by Hope Donovan! It has the US price of  $10.99 & the Canadian price of  $12.50. It is rated “OT” for older teenage readers, due to an extent of language & mild sexiness, although it seems like a very tame manga to me!
The manga starts as Mio & Ritsu plan to join the under-attended club but hear of its dissolution from Yamanaka-sensei, so they recruit more members. Yui is lured into joining, to the chagrin of her friend Nodoka, who is aware of how Yui is easily distracted and has not played an instrument. However, Yui seems earnestly enthused by this new undertaking! Next they must go guitar shopping and practicing. It seems as if Yui might have trouble focusing on both the music and her other studies, but she is uncannily able to summon the dedication!
As months progress, the incidents in their slice – of – life plots include the exams, maid outfits, Mio’s squeamishness, summer break bikini time at Tsumugi’s vacation house, the soothing hot tub soak, sensei’s big secret, song writing, the cakes, performing at the school festival, the Christmas party, the new year, worries of the club’s future, and more delicious cakes! I was very pleased with this volume because the characters are all so likable and the plots are quite whimsical!
The artwork is terrific, with such nicely drawn characters rendered in line & tone art & the several color pages, with very good anatomical proportions, perspective, poses, expressions,  the occasional cartoonier minimal & chibi versions for the good comedic effect, and very good attention to the detail of their clothing, instruments, rooms, architecture, natural scenery, and the baked goods! It was quite a page-turner that I could not put down, and before I knew it, I was finished & eager for the next volume! Now here is ‘Lani to report on–
Ichiroh! vol. 4!

Kianalani:
For Lizzy’s review of Ichiroh! vol. 3 by author / artist Mikage please see the February Mew! This is another favorite 4-koma manga originally published in Japan by Houbunsha, now published in North America by Yen! It was translated into English by Ajino Hirami and Hope Donovan was the letterer! She seems quite prolific! The US price is $11.99 & Canadian price is $13.50. It’s rated T for teen readers due to the language, sexuality & nudity content. It has comedic frisky moments and skimpy outfits, but it is all quite fun!
The title term refers to the type of student who studies for the entrance exams. In this case, the main character is the easily distracted Nanako Konishi and her longtime friends Akane Nakazawa & Shino Murasaki are trying to improve their academic chances in prep school so they can go to college! They reside in a boarding house which is next to a small Shinto shrine, both managed Anko & her grandmother Baa-san. The girls work part time as the miko attendants there, which doesn’t help Nanko’s poor study habits!
Other recurring characters include their classmate Mai Shoindou the otaku girl, Shino Murasaki who obsesses over Nanako, hyperactive college student Mayura who also works at a maid cafe, teacher Kaname-sensei, the little neighbor Wakaba-chan & her father Yaoya who owns a store and has a miko costume fetish! Most of this volume’s 136 pages are B&W, but the first 8 pages of the manga are in color! There are 118 pages of manga, plus the afterward, notes  & publishing pages, 9 bonus strips & 6 pages of ads.
The front cover pic is Akane in cute Summery shorts ensemble & Kozue in the pretty white & blue dress! The back cover has a pic of Nanako in the flouncy bikini with her English book as Akane & Kozue play on the beach! This is key to the central plot of this volume, as Nanako, Akane, Kozue, Mai, Shino & Anko go on a Summer trip to Okinawa, supposedly on a studious holiday, but there are other motives & bikinis! Meanwhile we see what Mayura, Baa-san, Wakaba-chan, Kaname-sensei & Yaoya are up to back home!
Plots include Akane’s braless tendency, swim wear shopping, air travel, car rental, who’ll room with whom, the climate’s affect on Kozue’s hair, Anko tanning darkly, Pork Steak & Sea Grapes, study attempts, souvenirs, swimming & scuba diving, aquarium & beach fun! It isn’t all work for those back home, as Mayura & Kaname-sensei snoop in the girls’ rooms and take Wakaba-chan to a water park! Mayura suggests flouncier new costumes for the shrine, and Yaoya suggests the cafe change from maid to miko theme!
There are several larger B&W images throughout the book, such as the group’s arrival at the beach, Wakaba-chan with a doll, Anko with beer, Nanko as a mermaid, Mayura in an off-shoulder dress with a nice handbag, and dressed as a miko! Among the pretty color pages are a chibi – style character introduction page, Nanko in a White sun dress & hat, Nanko & Akane in wet T shirts at the pool, Akane doing Kozue’s hair in their lingerie; and the montage of undergarment suggestions for Akane! Yep it is a bit of slightly frisky fun in the fourth volume of Nanako & friends! Now here to tell us about the fourth & fifth volumes full of the feline fun, here’s Petra to report on the charming–

Chi’s Sweet Home vol. 4 & 5!

Petra:
Thank you ‘Lani, nya! Chi’s Sweet Home http://www.chisweethome.net by Konami Kanata is the cute color manga about a Gray Tabby kitten named Chi, nya! It was originally published in Japan as Chizu Suito Houmu, nyow published in North America by Vertical http://www.vertical-inc.com, nya! These volumes read from left – to – right, like an American book, nya! Both papurrback are purriced apiece at $13.95 US / $16.95 Canada, with the 146 full color pages of manga plus a few bonus pages, 2 pages of ads & the copyright page, nya.
Each chapter purrtains to Chi’s life expurriences & discoveries, and the reader is purrivy to her childlike thoughts, nya! She is so adorably drawn with such amewsing expurressions & poses, nya! In volume 1 she got lost from her Momma & siblings, but was rescued by a kind human family, nya. They try to keep Chi a secret, because pets are not allowed in their building, nya! In Volume 2, Chi became more accustomed to her human family, and befriended a large roaming savvy cat named Blackie nya.
In volume 3 Chi purracticed her purredatory skills, survived a rowdy visitor, and almost got caught by the manager, but nyow they are moving to a place that purrmits pets, nya! Volumes 4 & 5 were translated into English by Ed Chavez with purrduction by Hiroko Mizuno, Glen Isep & Tomoe Tsutsuminya! In volume 4, At first Chi likes the packing because there are boxes to play with, but she is nervous about the change of environment, nya!
It takes her a while to get accustomed to the different rooms, stairs to climb, a kitty door into the yard for her to explore, and neighbors with pets of various species, nya! Other purrdicments include the nail clip, a playful Beagle, hiding in a drawer full of clothes which gets shut, and missing her friend Blackie, nya. The annotated 5 page bonus strip is Konami’s collaboration with Risa Ito, in which Chi meets Ito’s manga kitty Kuro, nya! And nyow on to her antics volume 5, nya!
Chi socializes with Alice the upstairs cat, selects the best spot for the nap, and explores more of her home, but not without the incidents- she gets caught on a roll of tape, nya! She gets much playtime, pampurring by the grooming brush and susses out the kitty door, nya. This leads her to the purrlonged outdoor excursions for fun discoveries & purrdicaments, but she meets an older Calico, reunites with Blackie, gets the milk, and almost has other encounters but I’ll keep that a surpurrise, nya!
Volume 5 also has the map page of her neighborhood, a page about the publisher’s Chi book tour, a page about the anime & web site, and 2 pages of the ads, nya! The map is neat because you can see where all the incidents take place, from where Chi was initially sepurrated from her momma in volume 1 to her current domicile, nya! Chi’s Sweet Home is such a wonderful manga series which I highly recommend to anyone who appurreciates kitten tales, nya! That is all for manga but we’ll have more purrtaining to comics after the break, so please stay tuned, nya!
(snip)(one short break later…)
Mike:
Welcome back! Y’all are just in time for–

An impurromptu Lightning Round purrtaining to
our favorite aquatic / amphibious comix heroines!
The catgirls & mermaids:
LIGHTNING ROUND — GO!
The catgirls:
–NYA!
Tsuruku:
(chosen to start) There have been awesome aquatic & amphibious heroines in the comics whom I wold like to mention, such as DC Comics’ Mera, Tula Dolphin, Lamprey, Gill Girl, Tethys, Letifos, Tsunami, Debbie ‘Deep Blue’ Perkins, Lori Lemaris, Ulla ‘Little Mermaid’ Paske, and Lorena Marquez! (tags Nyssy to go next)
Nyssy:
Letifos has the prettiest necklaces! There are several Marvel Comics heroines I like too, such as ‘Namora’ Aquaria Nautica Neptunia, Namorita ‘Kymaera’ Prentiss, Lady Dorma, Amir, Tamara Rahn, Andromeda Attumasen and Marrina Smallwood! Oh and there was Rachel Ahmed of that neat Idol mini-series, if that counts! (tags Kianalani)
Kianalani:
From various publishers I will nominate Dyesebel who is from the Philippines, Sea Princess Aziri by Erica Reis, Rebecca ‘Fathom’ Golden of The Elementals, Tracy ‘Silkie’ Winters of The Futurians, Leanna ‘Riptide’ Creel of Youngblood, and Maya ‘Nautika’ Royko of Stormwatchl! (tags Tara-chan with a brush of the tail fin)
Tara-chan:
Heehee – Don’t forget Pixar’s Dory, and Disney’s Ariel, and her sisters Adella, Alana,  Andrina, Aquatta, Arista, and Attina, nya!

Yvonne:
I would be more concerned about Dory forgetting something, nya!

Tara-chan:
Oh and and their mommy’s name was Athena, they have an Aunt Crustacea, Ariel’s friend Scallopa, nya! Ariel’s daughter’s name is Melody, but I don’t know if she appurred in the Little Mermaid comics, nya! Your turn, nya! (tags Mike)
Mike:
I have to recommend pretty much whole cast of Elfquest: Wavedancers! (tags Ne’ellakaliomi)

Ne’ellakaliomi:
Of course there are wonderful web comic mermaids, such as Jen & Lia at the Mermaid Hostel by Jen Vaughn, and Gold & Kalua in Namaka Hamou by Jeffrey Anderson! (tags Petra)

Petra:
Hai, and manga characters such as Ika Musume, Sea Story’s Marin & Urin, Umisho’s Amuro Ninagawa, Aqua Knight’s Lady Ruliya, and… it is Vonny’s turn, nya! (tags Yvonne)
Yvonne:
Oh of course there are those manga ningyo characters such as Mei of K.O. Beast, Sun Seto of My Bride is a Mermaid, those merfolk of One Piece, Lucia Nanami and other purrincesses of Mermaid Melody Pichi ichi Pitch, nya! Back to you Tsu, nya!
Tsuruku:
I will un-conduct the lightning by fin-ally mentioning Aspen Matthews, Kiani, Anya, and the other members of The Blue in Michael Turner’s Fathom series!
Tara-chan:
Um, I have a question, would Power Girl & Supergirl count, because they could function just as well underwater, nya?
Yvonne:
Ah, that’s a good point… but I think that’s different, nya! There would be a lot of other heroines who purrimarily live on the land, who could use their technology, magick, shape changing & other supurr powers to dwell under the sea, nya!
Petra:
Uh oh before we stray cat off topic, maybe we should purroceed to the-
Comics Critiques, nya!
Fathom: Blue Descent #0 – 2 (plot spoiler warning), nya!
Melanakeami:
Arigato! We’ve been following the adventures of Michael Turner’s Fathom http://www.aspencomics.com/ star Aspen Matthews for the past – gosh, it’s been about 13 years! She has most recently starred in the mini series Fathom: Blue Descent, which is a prequel intended to answer questions about her mysterious origin, parents & supporting characters such as Killian & Cannon!
This mini series began back in July of 2010 with issue #0, so I’ve been anticipating it for a while! That 12 page story “Opening the Floodgates” was like a framing sequence as Aspen swims amongst the quiet ruins of her parents’ undersea home, alone vague memories of childhood incidents to ponder, such as her mom Eliah’s worsening nightmares & dad Abesalsoma’s warnings to Aspen & her brother Finn. It also had 4 pages of sketches & notes about the forthcoming 4 issues, 8 pages of ads, and 4 different covers to choose from!
Then came issue #1 in September with the 21 page “Dreams and Disappearances”, in which Eliah’s nightmares worsen, while Abesaloma is with the family less due to his political duties in The Blue ruling council. Times are xenophobic as his old friend Zo sides more with the angry dissident Killian in wanting to fight the surface humans, while Abesaloma and the elite warrior Cannon prefer a more peaceful stance to better avoid a nuclear reprisal. Then one night Eliah is abducted from her bedroom by The Black! That issue also had a 3 page preview of Scourge,  8 pages of ads & 3 different covers!

 

Now on to issue #2, which was published last month and has the 20 page chapter “The Long and Deadly Road” plus 12 pages of ads. It was written by David Schwartz, pencilled & inked by Alex Sanchez, colored by John Starr, lettered by assistant editor Josh Reed, edited by Aspen Comics’ editor in chief Vince Hernandez & company president Frank Mastronmauro. It has 3 different covers: version A by Scott Clark, David Beatty & Steigerwald, version B by Billy Tan & Steigerwald, and rarer version C by Turner, Joe Weems & JD Smith.
I have version A, which has a splendid medium profile shot of Aspen serenely arching up from a dive! Loma has spent a day slashing his way past vicious sea creatures, but has to return to recruit a posse to rescue Eliah, consisting of Zo & his roughnecks & Cannon & his warriors, who form a tense truce to rescue Eliah. As they descend into the deeper mysterious depths there are deadly creatures, traps & environments on the way to The Black’s ancient lair, but there is added danger in Zo’s true motive!
Eliah awakens to confront her kidnapper named Ranger, who explains that his race The Black is dying and have attempted crossbreeding with The Blue people and surface humans, to no avail until… well apparently the nightmares were real and it looks like Aspen is due for an “I am your father” moment! The first thing that impressed me about Blue Descent was the lush Purple, Blue & Green hues of the coloring, the ethereal quality of the underwater light, the intricate stonework & organic shapes of the curvilinear architecture!
It has a very mysterious quality! Aspen is beautifully drawn at different ages and you can see the resemblance to her mom! Of course the mystery of her mom’s relationship & history is one of the intriguing plot points! There are cute scenes of Eliah, Loma & Zo as kids in issue #1, but unfortunately the tragic parts are an old story, the father spending more time away from the family and promising things will change later, but then it is too late! It is sad to see little Aspen so cutely wanting to go things with her daddy but he is too busy with business.
Because this is a prequel, we know how worse the political situation will get! The story seems to have a more compact, intimate view focusing on a handful of characters, and I would have preferred additional, expansive scenes of Aspen’s exuberant life in the city in its bustling prime. However, Issue #2 certainly does have a few immense eerie scenes as the rescuers descend deeper into the darker unknown, with beautiful bioluminescent effects & primordial qualities! There are supposedly to be 2 more issues in this mini series, but I hope I won’t have to wait that long to see what happens next!

Avengers Academy #9

Melanakeami:
I must agree with the Catgirl Critics how excellent Avengers Academy is! The comic book has so many great ingredients, the balance of old favorite characters & the younger new characters, all of whom are being very well developed, with very distinctive personalities, bodies & objectives! The plot moves at an ideal pace, containing a good balance of the character development and thrilling action! Also, the artwork is so good, from how well posed & expressive the characters are to the intricate scenic detail the rich coloring & special lighting techniques!
Issue #9 is priced at $2.99 & rated A, with 32 full color pages consisting of the 22 page story “Teach your Children Well”, 1 recap page, 1 page of readers’ comments, 2 page sof ads, and a 6 page preview for a new fantastic Four title. The story was written by Christos George, pencilled by Mike McKone, inked by Rebecca Buchman, colored by Jeremy Cox, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramanga, and edited by Bill Rossman with assistant editors Rachel Pinnelas & John Denning! The front cover art shows Finesse in fierce combat with The Taskmaster!
This issue begins a few seconds where issue #8 ended, as Tigra tells Veil, Hazmat & Striker that they are expelled for their unauthorized visitation upon a two-bit criminal known as The Hood, who had one time somehow managed to beat up Tigra. While most of the team deal with this matter, Finesse persuades Quicksilver to help her locate The Taskmaster, because she thinks they are related. They find one of his training facilities, and Finesse gets her wish! This results in 6 pages of amazing fight choreography and 3 calmer pages of great interaction!
Tigra, Quicksilver, Finesse & The Taskmaster are the main focus of this terrific issue, with Tigra and her swishy tail very prominent in 9 pages including the full splash page panel, and she has the entire final page to herself, which I won’t spoil! Other neat moments are Hazmat mouthing off to Tigra, Tigra’s chat & “go away” slashing gesture at a smug Quicksilver, the multiple images of Quicksilver as he speedily searches the villain’s base, and a full page pic of him and lithe Finesse beating up the bunch of bad guys they find there!
I can’t say enough good thing about the inking & coloring, from Jocasta’s shiny close-up & Hazmat’s helmet visor, to the motion blurs of Quicksilver & the taskmaster’s thrown weapons,
and the interior architectural details of the Avengers Academy Infinite Mansion & The Taskmaster’s latest training facility! Now here’s Nyssy to tell us about–

Gotham City Sirens #19 & 20!
Nyssy:
Gotham City Sirens is such a fun comic book with poignant & action filled scenes starring Selina / Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Pamela / Poison Ivy, and usually great guest stars! The story arc of the past few issues has included Talia Al Ghul & Zatanna, which continues in issue #20’s story “Behind the Bat, Behind the Clown.” It was written by Peter Calloway, pencilled by Andres Guinnaldo, inked by Walden Wong, colored by JD Smith, lettered by Dave Sharpe, and edited by Mike Marts with his associate editors Janelle Siegel & Harvey Richards! The front cover by Guillem March depicts Catwoman, Harley & Ivy on a white background beneath a logo, which is a catchy recurring graphic motif of DC comics in the past month or so!
Thus far, word got out that Catwoman knows the secret identity of Batman, so she has been targeted for abduction & interrogation by other criminals. Thanks to a mystic ritual purrformed by Talia a while back, Selina cannot be coerced into divulging the information, although she could willingly reveal it, but chooses not to and this situation has already been a contention between Selina & Ivy. Ironically Harley has tried to act as the voice of reason and peacemaker of the trio, because they are her only friends! Zatanna showed up to help rescue Selina from a villain’s magickal trap, which hasn’t helped Ivy’s mood because she hates Zatanna! Then Talia arrived to assist Zatanna against Harley & Ivy, with Selina caught in the middle!
Zatanna feared that the only solution was to erase Selina’s memory of Batman’s secret, but backed off before completing the spell, which angered Talia, who also knows Batman’s secret, since Bruce Wayne is the father of her son Damien, who is the new Robin. So now Zatanna, Harley & Ivy need to rescue Selina from Talia’s plans, even though none of them want Zatanna around! Later while looking for a new secret hide out, Harley – who used to be a psychiatrist – wants Selina to talk about her Batman issues. Ironically, this triggers the issues Harley has with her former boyfriend The Joker, and now it’s Selina & Ivy who have to rescue Harley! This was a complex tale full of angsty emotion, moral dilemma, and girl fight!
So in issue #19 you get that 20 page story, plus a 6 page preview for DC Universe Online Legends, 3 pages of DC Nation announcements, and 3 ads for $2.99! Issue #20 also has 32 pages, comprised of the 20 page story “Hell Hath No Fury Part One”, plus a 5 page preview of War of the Green Lanterns, 5 pages of ads, 1 page of readers’ mail & the DCN page. The story was written by Peter Calloway, pencilled by Ramon Bachs & Andres Guinnaldo, inked by Lorenzo Ruggiero & Bachs, colored by JD Smith, lettered by Steve Wands, and edited by Mike Marts with associate editors Janelle Siegel & Harvey Richards! The front cover by Guillem March depicts Selina, Harley & Ivy in the clutches of a giant image of The Joker!
At the end of issue #19, influenced by Selina’s talk of her relationship with Batman, Harley decides to go kill her former boyfriend, The Joker! In issue #20, this involves breaking INTO Arkham Asylum, whose landscape, architecture, security devices, procedures, staff and inmates she knows quite intimately. Included in her tool bag are a seelingly common objects – marbles, a flower, a and a crowbar – which will all be used quite strategically and  psychologically for the stealthy, precise infiltration. One by one, she targets specific personnel with those items, to overcome the obstacles on her obsessed quest for vengeance! Although Selina and Pamela do not appear in this issue, The Joker and Clayface figure prominently!
There are 2 weak links to the mission. First, it is unfortunately poor Harley’s sanity, what there is of it, and along the way she ‘sees’ Jokers all around her in the dark twisted trees & shadows. Second, she didn’t heed Selina’s  advice that breaking into Arkham to kill the Joker was a bad idea, and few are as expert about breaking into places or dealing with the Joker as Selina! Sadly, Mr. J’s influence on Harley is quite apparent in her dark side before she attacks without remorse. One of the especially interesting aspects is the clever graphic design of the narrative on three 2-page spreads, where her targets’ stories are told in panels shaped like those common objects she brought! OK I’m done but here’s Tsu to chat about–
Justice League: Generation Lost #18!

Tsuruku:
Thanks nyssy! This issue has thet 20 page story “Old Friends”, the 6 page preview of DC Universe Online Legends #1, 3 pages of DC Nation announcements & 3 pages of ads to total 32 full color pages for $2.99. The story was written by Judd Winick, pencilled by Aaron Lopresti, inked by Matt Ryan, colored by Hi-Fi, lettered by John j Hill, and edited by Rex Ogle & Brian Cunningham. This issue has a choice of 2 different covers, by Aaron Loprestri & Hi-Fi or Kevin Maguire & Hi-Fi!
In Powergirl #20, Kara / Power Girl battled the giant mutant lab animals of the mad scientist Professor Ivo, but his partner the evil telepath Maxwell Lord controlled her mind and sent her to fight her fellow Justice league members. Now, while Ivo Lord torture the current Blue Beetle, Power Girl tries to clobber Captain Atom whom she mistakes for a taunting Superman turned evil. When Booster Gold, Rocket Red, Fire & Ice arrive to help the Captain, she mistakes them for a corrupted Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Batman, Starfire & Supergirl, thinking they want to rule the world.
A super brawl ensues, but how can her friends convince her that Lord has manipulated her mind? They don’t want to hurt her, but she does not seem to be as obliging! Poor Kara has been under so much unhappy stress of late between the plunder of her company & the mental manipulations. The art was very good showing the intense emotions, exciting angles & perspective views of characters in flight, jumping or getting thrown around and the windblown hair, and a lot of intricate mechanical & landscape detail!
The coloring is very bright & richly conveys the different textures & materials from Booster’s goggles, Booster, Rocket Red & Captain Atom’s shiny gold costume parts, the fur trim of Ice’s boots & gloves, or the sheen of Fire’s lovely Green hair, and all that fiery energy! Some of my favorite panels include the big spash page, an extreme close-up of tearful Kara arguing with Captain Atom, the rest of the team seeing his signal, Ice in a crouch leap as she tries to freeze Kara, Booster’s great idea, and some others but that might spoil the plot! Kara lingered with the team for a few pages in issue #19 and then flew back into–
Power Girl #21!

Tsuruku:
This was one of The Mew’s favorite comics of 2010, starring Kryptonian Kara Zor-L as Karen Starr who tries to run a company and fight crime & stop disasters as Powergirl! Lately she has been having such a rough time doing both, thanks to the schemes of the villain Maxwell Lord, thus poor kara has been losing her company and worried that she is losing her mind! She then figured out that only she and a few members of Justice League know the truth, that Lord uses his telepathy to control everyone’s minds and make them forget he even exists!
In Power Girl #20 her quest to stop Lord lead to a secret base where Lord & Professor Ivo conduct their fiendish experiments, but then Lord got control of her mind again and sent her to fight her friends in Justice League: Generation Lost #18! She briefly appeared in Issue #19 which dovetails with Powergirl #21, so while those other JLI heroes try to rescue Jamie (the current Blue Beetle) from Lord & Ivo in Generation Lost #19, Kara tries convince Batman (Dick Grayson) of the truth that Lord murdered their friend Ted Kord (the former Blue Beetle)!
This is not easy given the continuing mind control which makes everyone keep forgetting, but original Batman (Bruce Wayne) arrives to help the investigation, and conduct an autopsy. Kara has a flashback scene to the last day she saw Ted, while back at her Starrware company, her administrative assistant Simon & her technical assistant Nicco try to stop the bankers & police from the foreclosure, but then a redhead Dr. Ophelia Day arrives to claim all the stuff for her own Daywork company! Kara has so many hostile take overs on her plate these days!
Power Girl #21 is priced at $2.99 for 32 full color pages, which consist of that 20 page story “Old Friends” plus that preview of War of the Green Lanterns, ads, readers’ mail & the DCN news page. The story was written by Judd Winick, the art was by Sami Basri, coloring by Jessica Kholine, lettering by John j Hlll, and edited by joey Cavalieri & associate editor Chris Conroy! Basri did the cover art too, which has a solemn Powergirl & Batman with the bodybag in a cemetery, with the face of Maxwell Lord subtly in the gray clouds!
This issue has a range of emotions, from the whimsy of Kara recalling an embarrassing clothes change moment, to the sad tearful scene of her clash with Captain Atom, frustrations in convincing Dick Grayson, the greedy gleeful look of Dr. Day, the genius deductions of Bruce & Dick, those final scenes of Ted, Kara’s fed up stance as they start the autopsy, and her feisty determination in the cliffhanger, which is to be continued in Power Girl #22 and Generation Lost #22!
Vonny thinks that Basri’s portraiture of Power Girl reminds her of Travel Channel hostess Samantha Brown! Also appearing in this issue for a few panels are Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire & Ice, Rocket Red, Jamie, a hallucination of Superman, and one panel full of other Justice Leaguers & Teen Titans in the flashback scene. we sure hope that she can stop Lord soon, save her company and resume happier time at home with her cat, best friend Terra!Now here’s ‘Lani again to tell us about–
Sorcery 101 Book 1

Kianalani:
Kel McDonald is such a mega talented artist & author among whose credits are the awesome web comic Sorcery 101 http://sorcery101.net/! This urban fantasy fun stars Danny Gunn, a history professor & aspiring sorcerer who smokes too much and his various supernatural friends & relatives! This occult themed comic is not for widdle kiddies because of some violence, gore, sexuality, smoking, drinking & profanity, but it has great characters, plots, dialogue, character & scenic art, the use of color & light, and varied moments ranging from romantic & cute to sexy & sinister!
The first adventures starting from 2005 are collected in the 6″ x 9″ 226 page full color paperback book for $15.00! In chapter 1 Danny has been trying to learn more magickal spells from his rude vampire friend Pat, then goes back to his friend Brad’s house. Brad Wolfe is a werewolf and his wife Ally Warren is a mage, and they have a cute widdle 5 year old daughter Rebecca who has the wolf tail! She also has a puppy named King! Danny & Brad decide to go rent a movie for the evening, which results in a humorous encounter with an irate younger mage at the video store!
In Chapter 2: Predators, Danny goes to Ally’s bar, where Chelsey Cornith the lovely catgirl waitress is interested in Danny, but unfortunately so is a snake demon thief girl, and thus Danny is going to need help from his vampire friend Seth to get his stuff back! By the way, there are nice sketches of Chelsey & Rebecca by Kel in the Guest Gallery of the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art! Chapter 3: Life Lessons occurs at Danny’s school and at a magick shop, which is run by a psychic named William, where Danny meets some gamers and a cute sorceress named Meg!
In Chapter 4: Wild Things Part 1, territorial wolf demons kidnap Danny & Brad, so Ally calls Seth to babysit Rebecca while she runs to the rescue! You get to see her purple force lightning attack, and Brad’s werewolf chomping action! After those 106 pages of entertaining comics, you get Kel’s afterward which gives a bit of the comic’s origin dating back to her 8th grade years, and then 14 pages of bonus sketches & color fan art! On that note now it is time for more recommendations in–
The Monthly Web Comics “Pick of the Litter”!

Tsuruku:
My recommendation is Walking the Lethe (mature themes, not for widdle kiddies) http://walkingthelethe.com/ by Daniel Potter, Amanda Potter, Adwarr & Sam Ireland!

Tara-chan:
I will nominate The Sorceror’s Apprentice which is so cute & delightful about young magickal heroine Victoria & suitable for all ages http://www.bwillettcomics.com/sorcerersapprentice/ by Bwillett, nya!
Yvonne:
I wish to nominate Undisclosed Influences http://undisclosedinfluences.smackjeeves.com/ by Charlokylie!
Kianalani:
I have chosen Ask a Stupid Question (which might have a bit of profanity) http://www.drunkduck.com/Ask_a_Stupid_Question/ is a neat web comic by Tabitha!
Melanakeami:
Pedrigon http://www.webcomicsnation.com/flyinggekko/pedrigon_comic/series.php by Stefanie De Kockaalso known as  FlyingGekko!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
I would like to recommed Aikida http://www.aikida.net/ (has a bit of purrofanity & mature topics) by Josh Meinzer, nya!
Petra:
Little Rashy http://www.littlerashy.com/ by professional magician & Zatanna lookalike Misty Lee http://www.mistylee.com/ & comics / screen writer Paul Dini http://kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com/
Nyssy:
The End http://endcomic.com/ by Cory & Ran Brown http://augest.deviantart.com/
Mike:
Last but not least I’d like to recommend the Eisner Award winning Girl Genius http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/ by Kaja & Phil Foglio! That’ll do it for our comics & manga reviews for this month, but we’ll be right back  to talk about–
Toys & Collectibles!
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Monster High Clawdeen Wolf’s Gloom Beach, Dawn of the Dance, Scream sets

Yvonne:
Back in the September 2010 Mew I reviewed the 11 1/4″ Clawdeen Wolf posable fashion doll which is part of Mattel’s Monster High http://www.monsterhigh.com/ purroduct line of Bratz / Barbie-ish (but gothier) dolls of who are the teenage kids of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf, Mummy, Sea Creature & Medusa, nya!  Since that review they have expanded on the purroduct line, with various accessories and the dolls in different outfits, nya!
Clawdeen is the stylish daughter of the werewolf, with the purretty ears, carameowl colored skin and the copurry colored coiffure, although in the mew Gloom Beach series she has the Purrple tinted hair and a different outfit & accessories, nya! For the Gloom Beach set, she wears the Pink & Black striped off-shoulder crop top over the asymmetrically strapped, Black trimmed multicolored Leopard purrint maillot with the side cutouts, accessorized with the Gold sunglasses, Pink & Light Blue earrings, Purrple belt, Pink & Green flip flops, and a matching frisbee, nya! She also comes with a hairbrush & display stand, nya!
The Dawn of the Dance set has Clawdeen in yet another coiffure & cute ensemble for the school dance, nya! She has the purrse that matches her Green hair, eye shadow & hose; Purrple lip gloss that matches her shiny vinyl(?) miniskirt which is trimmed in Black with lots of metallic stitches & zippers, nya! She wears the loose tube type belt, Black fingerless gloves to hold the little coffin shaped phone, and more shiny Gold in the earrings & shows, nya! This boxed set also includes a display stand & brush nya!
Also available is her Scream team soccer uniform pack, which is sold sepurrately from the doll, nya! This uniform package consists of the Black shorts & jersey trimmed in pink, with a Pink headband, Black wristband, Pink & White clip on earrings. Purrple legwarmers over the White athletic shoes with Pinl laces & soles, and a Pink & Black Soccer Ball, nya! I will recommend this doll to those who purrfer the kemonomimi with the gothy style, nya! Myow we go from the wolf girl to the alien girl in Nyssy’s review of the–
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Cato Parasitti action figure, nya!

Nyssy:
In December, Lizzy reviewed the Clone Wars Shaak Ti action figure CW31 so this month we will review one of the villain figures, the shape-changing bounty killer Cato Parasitti, figure CW37! She is of the Clawdite race from the planet Zolan, and first appeared in the Clone Wars 2nd season opener The Holocrone Heist, which was written by Paul Dini who writes the Zatanna comic book! Jenjen reviewed the Clone Wars 2nd season DVD set in the November 2010 Mew! One of the nice things about the Clone Wars series is that it has so many strong female characters!
Cato Parasitti was voiced by the great actress Gwendoline Yeo http://www.gwendolineyeo.com/! who has appeared in a lot of movies & TV shows and voiced characters for a lot of cartoons & video games!  In that episode which she teamed up with bounty hunter Cade Bane to infiltrate the Jedi temple! Like the other Star Wars figures we have reviewed, I think this is a very nicely sculpted, articulated & painted 3.5″ figure with much intricate detail! Cato has Olive colored skin and Yellow cat-like eyes peering out of her helmet’s hinged flip-up visor! The points of articulation are her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees & ankles, and the joints are very inobvious!
She wears a Yellow & Brown jumpsuit with Tan pouches, belts & straps, silvery arm & shin guards, and Black fingerless gloves to aim the Black 3 1/4″ long scoped rifle at her unfortunate targets! This figure comes with a Star Wars Galactic Battle Game card with her game stats, a dice & the gray display base too! The figure is a very faithful likeness, although I don’t think it shape changes! For more about Cato I suggest her pages at the official Star Wars site http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/catoparasitti/index.html and at Wookieepedia http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cato_Parasitti! Now here’s Ne’ella to review the-
Transformers Elita-One Bust!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
It is a sad fact that female Transformers are few and far between, so it is quite a treat when a nice toy or figurine replica is released! The Mew has reviewed several Arcee, Chromia, Elita-One, & Blackarachnia figures in the past, including an awesome Arcee statue, and now we are pleased to say a few words about the lovely Elita-One bust! This is not a toy, but a fine art collectible officially licensed by hasbro and  limited to just 600! It was meticulously sculpted by Mark Wong for Diamond Select & distributed by Big Bad Toy Store!
She is the fearless Autobot of great grace and power, with her statistics ratings of strength 8.5, Intelligence 9.0, speed 8.0, endurance, 7.0 rank 9.5, courage 8.0,  firepower 9.0 and skill of 9.0! You do not want to mess with her! This bust of her from the hips up is decisively & nobly posed, pointing towards the future skyward objective and holding the sleek deadly rifle! On the back of the base is a diagram of her car mode, and she also has a temporal field power, but that saps much of her energy and is only the last resort trick!
It is based on her animated version, not the briefly glimpsed live-action movie version. The figure arrives snugly safely cradled inside the protective foam inside the outer box, and her arms are separate pieces but easily snap into the shoulders! She is so intricately sculpted & painted with highly detailed heat sinks, seams, panels, flanges & cowlings from her steely green eyes & serious red lips, to the Red Autobot emblem & White fingers! Her body is mostly a rich Pink, Red & White, with some Black & Yellow parts, and the 3.25″ long rifle is Black & Silver!
Mike thinks the bust is made of a solid poly stone resin material. From her crotch to the top of her head measures 3.5″, but from the bottom of the base to the raised tip of the rifle it is 7″ tall overall. I’m guessing if this were a full figure of her with legs, at this scale she might be a bit over 7″ tall. The bust is cleverly attached to the heavy Black base by a subtle clear pylon, and on the the bottom of the base is the number of the piece, corresponding to a certificate of authenticity signed by Wong & a gold foil seal atop the box! Now it is Tara-chan’s turn to tell us about the-
DC Unlimited Heavenly Sword Nariko action figure!

Tara-chan:
Heavenly Sword is a Play Station 3 game of the sword & sorcery / melee combat genre starring the tragic tough beautiful warrior Nariko who wields the cursed Heavenly Sword on a quest for revenge upon the king who wiped out her clan, nya! Her voice in the game is by actress Anna Torv, nya! Nyow DC Unlimited has this stunning action figure of Nariko, nya! This figure stands about 6″ tall but she is in a slight crouchy pose, so if she were standing up straight she’d be a little over 7″ I think, nya. That does not include the 8″ of her long thick wild Red ponytail which you can twirl around, nya! I think they did a very good job of disguising most of the joints, mostly along the seams or at the ends of the clothes & lacings, nya!
The points of articulation include her head, ponytail, shoulders, elboes, wrists, waist, and the boots, nya! Her sexy tough loutfit is an asymmetrical Mauve-trimmed White midriff top with one large elbow length sleeve; a matching long flowy loincloth that swirls around her right thigh above the panty, and the layered legwarmers atop her tabi socks & Zori sandals, nya! Around her bared tummy are leathery straps & a low slung belt on the hips, attached to an ornate Fauld piece – or maybe that’s a Tasset piece, but it is just on her left hip and is not purrotecting the thigh, nya. She has crissycross straps around her wrists & hands, and in those hands she can weild the two huge wicked curved 4″ blades of the Heavenly Sword, nya!
They have a very authentic looking paint job for the metallic finish, nya! To help stabilize her in the wide stance is a small Black 1 1/2″ diameter disk to attach under her right foot, which comes in handy for the display, given the expansive mane and those big blades, nya! The figure has minute detail from the rich volume of her hair & ornamentation, her intense gaze & the patterns in the clothes trim, down to her inny belly button, the tooling of the belt, armor, chains, leg wraps & engraved blades, nya! Tsu-Tsu has another femme fatale figure from DC Unlimted for discussion, the-
Dragon Age Morrigan action figure, nya!

Tsuruku:
Hai! Dragon Age: Origins by EA / Bioware was voted one of The Mew’s favorite video games of 2010, so we were very interested in this nice new action figure of Morrigan, the witchy daughter of Flemith who is voiced by Claudia Black http://www.claudiablackonline.com/! She starred in the TV series Farscape too! Morrigan is the beautiful & powerful mage of the forest, who can also shape change and seems to prefer the natural surroundings to most human company, although she seems to be fond of jewelry!
This is a very attractive 6 1/2″ tall action figure, lithe & slender with the amount of exposed cleavage & bare midriff between the losely draped halter top and the long skirt! I think it is very nicely sculpted, painted & articulated, although to be picky there are subtle differences in the portraiture’s nose & eyes from how she appears in the game. She is pretty & intricate from the strands of her bun coiffure, Amber hued eyes & wine Red lips, to the Black nail polish, drapery folds of her top, and the distressed texture of her skirt with the stitchings, lacings & tassles!
The skirt is a separate piece, not molded to the figure. She has layered necklaces, pendants, bracelets, arm bands, a ring, and Black feathers on her left shoulder, and tall strappy boots with silvery buckles!  She comes with a staff accessory, which could be clenched in either hand. It is about 5 1/2″ tall, painted to look made of iron, with a serpentine twist supporting a small Gold orb on top, although I think she tends to carry a wooden staff in the game. She doesn’t come with a display base, but you can certainly pose her in different stances & gestures! Now it is ‘Lani’s turn to tell us about the–
Tron: Legacy Quorra action figure!

Kianalani:
We really liked the movie Tron: Legacy! for Jenjen’s review of the movie please see the January Mew! It also won The Catgirl Critic’s pick for favorite movie soundtrack of 2010!  One of the characters we especially liked was Quorra, the tough, smart, brave & beautiful heroic ally of Kevin Flynn! She was purrfectly purrtrayed by Olivia Wilde http://wildethings.org/! This figure of her from Spin Master is 4″ tall and her chest stripes lights up if you push the button on her back disk!
This figure apparently works with the scale Tron vehicles, such as the Light Cycle or Light Runner car, which she drives to rescue Sam from the arena! She wears a helmet, which isn’t removable, a sleeveless tight jumpsuit & gloves, and a skirt, which is also not removable. This figure is very posable, and the 13 points of articulation include her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. About the only body part that doesn’t turn is her waist, but nevertheless you can pose her in numerous agile stances!
She can stand up unassisted, but there’s a 2 1/4″ diameter display base you can snap her either boot sole to for more dynamic poses! She comes with a disk and a katana, which will snugly fit in either hand! I am pleased with the figure, which is nicely sculpted, articulated & painted, although it would be nicer if the helmet were removable and you could see her face! Oh it would be nice if they released a larger scale Ultimate edition figure of her, like the one of Clu! That concludes the collectibles & toys talk, but we’ll be right back after another break with Mike’s–
Convention Reports!
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Ichibancon 2
Mike:
Ichibancon 2 http://ichibancon.com/ was a fun little anime convention presented by http://nostalgiaconventions.com/ at the very pleasant Executive Park Marriott hotel in Charlotte, NC at the during January 7-9th, 2011, which was well-timed because the state got hit by another round of snow & ice on the following Monday! I did not attend the first Ichibancon in 2009, so I was not sure what to expect, and  the artist alley had already been filled up, so I’d just be going to this con as a regular attendee and not as an exhibiting artist.
I liked the location of the hotel which was easy to find, with a secluded feel but within walking distance to several restaurants. All of the hotel staff I interacted with were as nice as nice can be! There were a few cosplayers in the parking lot & hotel lobby on Friday morning, the con registration desk was already open for business! I bought their pretty 2009 & 2010 tee shirts! I had some time before activities got started or friends arrived so I availed myself of the hotel restaurant’s breakfast buffet, which is sort of a tradition at cons.
Programming started around noon and the dealers room opened around 3 pm. On one side of the corridor was the anime video room, con ops room for the staff, cosplay office, a rock band game room and the main video game room, which seemed to have mostly fightin’ games. On the other side of the corridor were the artist alley, lounge room for various mingling & karaoke, 3 salons for the panels, events & dealers room. The larger main event room was just past the con registration desk, so the convention area was nicely bundled!
The Guest List for this con consisted of several popular, prolific, cordial American voice actors such as Vic Mignongna, Lisa Oritz, Todd Haberkorn, Maxey Whitehead and J Michael Tatum; translator & musician Lisa Furukawa http://www.lisafurukawa.com/ and Kittyhawk, the artist/ author of the web comic Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki http://www.sgvy.com/! My first purchase  was to commission a Catgirl Valkyrie sketch, which you can see in Guest Gallery 2 of the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Some of the multiple autograph lines got a bit confusing and congested the main corridor, and I wish those queues should have been in the larger main event room instead of the corridor, but all the the guests were so nice! Lisa Furukawa’s Friday concert was wonderful! She sang & played her Korg keyboard for a lovely hour, and if you’re unfamiliar with her music, I’d maybe compare her quite favorably to maybe Kate Bush  http://www.katebush.com/ or Tori Amos http://www.toriamos.com/, but with more Japanese themes, so I was pleased to buy her latest CD!

The artist alley which was tiny with only about 8 artists, but I hope they all had a fun & profitable time! The dealers room had around 16 dealers, selling figurines, statues, ball-joint fashion dolls & accessories, plushies, trinkets, swords, hats & clothing (including kimonos), Japanese wares, comix, manga, anime DVDs, art a few posters & wall scrolls, not many art books. More ‘n more folks were arriving and the place was starting to really bustle by late Friday afternoon, with hundreds of great costumes to see.
Despite a few who were too loud & rowdy or camped out in the wrong places, the majority of the attendees were very joyful & polite! Among the many anime & games represented by cosplayers were Full Metal Alchemist, Naruto, Hetalia,  FFX, Streetfighter, Vocaloids, Sailor Moon, Gurren Lagann, Yuyu Hakusho, Inu Yasha, Silent Hill, Studio Ghibli, and a lot of kimonos, yukatas, miko, kitsune & catgirl cosplayers! Our friend Misty http://bunnychan.deviantart.com/ was in her awesome Kagamine Rin costume!
There were maybe around 100 discussion panels, contests, workshops, autograph sessions & a few concerts scheduled. Unfortunately about half of the panels I went to either started very late, with some of the staff were scurrying to improvise, quickly veered off topic or ended prematurely, and I could have done without a few panelists’ tales of partying too hard. I also wish the staff / volunteers had worn shirts which made them identifiable to the attendees. At one point, someone even asked me if I worked there!
Nevertheless, there were several fun panels with good attendance such as Otaku Speed Meeting, Kittyhawk’s presentation,Transformers, Visual Novels, Gamer Rants & Raves, and Stump Vic at Star Trek Trivia! Vic’s impersonation of Commodore Matt Decker was priceless! I’m not sure but  guess there were maybe 1,000 – 1,500 people there? It’s not nearly as big as Animazement (at around 7,000 attendees last year) but this was only Ichiban Con’s 2nd year, and If it keeps growing, they’re gonna need a bigger boat!
I suspect they can rather easily fix those teensy few problems as they become a more seasoned team! I hope the staff, volunteers, venders, artists & guests had as much fun as the attendees seemed to, as they seem to have a nice little con to ring in the new year with, and I hope they will be able to do it again next year!
Nyssy:
Oh may I listen to that Lisa Furukawa CD?

Mike:
Sure y’all may certainly borrow it!
Melanakeami:
Thank you Mike! So could you please tell us about–
What The Hell?! Con 2011

Mike:
Sure! What The Hell?! Con http://wthcon.guilcoyachting.org/ is a free convention at pretty Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, sponsored by the wonderful people of the Guilford College Yachting Club! This was its 10th year, with an attendance of around 500! The con & event staff are the nicest people- they are kind, communicative, gracious, smart, industrious, and well organized with great unified team spirit! The good vibes permeate the whole convention, as everyone there seemed to have a splendid time, and even the weather was like Spring time!
This year’s WTH Con convened in the nice Duke & Dana buildings, Friday – Sunday February 4-5th, under chairperson Lauren and her excellent team! Jamie http://clanofthecats.com and I were  among the artist guests again, and had a pleasant carpool to the college. Friday evening at the con is fairly relaxed with the opening ceremony at 6 pm, gaming & videos ’til midnight! The Guest roster included several illustrators, authors, comics artists & writers, game designers and performing artists, and venders selling lovely clothes, jewelry, armor, art, books & games!
Venders included Chained Elegance http://chainedelegance.com (armor / chainmail fashions), Gorgious Chain http://www.etsy.com/shop/gorgiouschain (chain & scale mail), Clockwork Jungles http://www.etsy.com/shop/ClockworkJungles (steampunk jewelry), Mayhems Creations http://www.etsy.com/shop/MayhemsCreations (jewelry & hair-sticks), Dragons Entwined Studios http://dragonsentwined.com/ (art & books), Buzzy Multimedia http://www.buzzymultimedia.com/ (shirts & books) The Cardboard Stash http://www.cardboardstash.com/ (games & shirts), Hero’s Haven http://www.heroshaven.com/ (games & various goodies) and Enchanted Shire (celtic & pirate theme jewelry, figurines & goodies)!
Performances included the music of MC Frontalot http://frontalot.com/index.php/, melee demonstrations by European Medieval Arts of Arms http://www.emaaknights.com/, and the fire dancing of the Flaming Faeries troupe http://www.flamingfaeries.com/The comics guests included Jennie Breeden http://devilspanties.keenspot.com/Kel McDonald http://sorcery101.net/Niki Lemonade http://myfakeheart.smackjeeves.com/Phillip Wright http://xodin.keenspace.com/Garth Graham http://www.finderskeepers.gcgstudios.com/Christopher Wright http://www.ubersoft.net/Thomas Holden http://www.tsholden.com/Will Boyer http://miloteam.com/supermilo/, and Dan Johnson http://sites.google.com/site/danbjohnsonwriter/Home!
Other great guests were illustrator / photographer Alan Welch http://www.reverierealm.com/, Cthulu Invictus authors Chad Bowser & Andi Newton http://catalog.chaosium.com/product_info.php?products_id=3746, Glen Bane of Scaldcrow Games http://www.scaldcrow.com/, author / vampirologist Theresa Bane http://www.theresabane.com/, and authors Tony Ruggiero http://wthcon.guilcoyachting.org/www.tonyruggiero.com and Davey Beauchamp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davey_Beauchamp!
There were other talented friends roaming about, such as John LaPoint, Matt Wood (Likely Stories / The Dada Detective), KB Spangler http://agirlandherfed.com/, Rainbowfish http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Chainmail-Chick/264533176445,  Chris Ross, Warren Buff, Robert Allen, & representatives from Stellar Con http://www.stellarcon.org/! We made new artistic acquaintances as CataMoomba http://www.furaffinity.net/user/catamoomba/, Tamaskea http://tamaskea.deviantart.com/, Hottiehulio http://hottiehulio.deviantart.com/, Spastic-fantastic http://spastic-fantastic.deviantart.com/, and DarkDug http://www.furaffinity.net/user/darkdugofdoom/!
I would also like to make a special shout out to Lauren, Tess, Lindsay, Caitlin, Kate & Kass for their hard work! It was such a delightful gathering of cordial, witty, talented people with common interests & enthused spirits! Costumes I sighted included the knights in their impressive medieval garb, the chainmail fashions, an LOLCat & other nekomimi, a troll girl, Hogwarts student, Poison Ivy, The (4th) Doctor Who, Doctor Horrible, Jack Sparrow, Team Rocket, zombie hunters, and an array of elegant, cute, frilly & gothy apparel!
Saturday was the busiest day, mostly indoors, but EMMA performed outside Duke by day and the Flaming Faeries show was outside Dana by night. The workshops, discussions, contests, a silent auction of donated items, videos (anime, horror movies) got started at 10 am! Gaming included cards, miniatures, foam boffer weapons, dai kaiju big battle, life size Tsuro, and electronic games courtesy of the Gilco Gamers Club. RPGs included Serentity, World of Darkness: Hunter, Animal Town, Call of Cthulu, a Victorian LARP, and lots of The Keep on the Borderlands!
Some of the panel topics included anime, “versus” (eg pirates vs ninjas), Photoshop, coding for artists, and writing for comics.The MC Frontalot concert started at 5:30 and they rocked the auditorium! One of the most popular main events at WTH Con is the Geek Auction at 9 pm followed by the dance! The auction is so much wacky fun for a good cause. This main event was very well organized, the auctioneers were very entertaining! The bidders were generous, and the proceeds went to the charity, Child’s Play http://www.childsplaycharity.org/!
Before I knew it, it was Sunday already! The weather was gorgeous, and the mood was more sedate but still enthused. It was not nearly as crowded on Sunday- I’m guessing a lot of people were out enjoying the lovely day, and I think there was a soccer game going on at the nearby field. I finished the last of my con sketches, and mainly chatted with folks! After a closing ceremony, it was all over by 4 pm, and everyone was very helpful with the packing, loading, & tidying! It was yet another wonderful event, and cannot imagine having a better–

 

Yvonne:
(the sleepy cat) zzz… nya… zzz

Tara-chan:
(also asleep) zzz… mm doughnuts nya…. zzz
Petra:
Once again the sisters catnap through a thorough report, nya!

Tsuruku:
It must run in their family!

Nyoka:
Well they do stay pretty busy with the fish charters!

Nyssy:
Umm, should we wake them up?

Mike:
Oh I got it- I’ll use the Cat Nap App on my phone! Hold on–

(jingle bell noise)

Kianalani:
That sounds like a jingle bell on a fishing line!
Yvonne:
(kitty stretch) Nyawn yawn I’m awake, nya!
Tara-chan:
(kitty stretch) Nyawn yawn gomenasai, nya!

Melanakeami:
It worked! I might need to get one of those!
Ne’ellakaliomi:
So… Mike, you were saying?

Mike:
Oh, I was pretty much done! In fact, I think we’re all done for now!
The Cat Lady Sings…
Nyssy:Melanakeami:
So we’re all done already? That was fun!

Nyssy:
I reckon that wraps it up for another edition of The Mew!

Ne’ellakaliomi:
We wish to thank CataMoomba and Alexcia for the fine art, and for our friend Pacozord for dropping by!
Tara-chan:
We would like to thank all of those other very talented folks who made all of the nice things which we purraised!

Petra:
We wish to thank the staff & management here Sheila May’s for hosting & taking part in today’s show, nya!

Mike:
Yes, thank y’all very much!

The catgirls:
Arigato Gozaimasu, nya!

Tsuruku:
Dooitasimaste!

Kianalani:
We also wish to thank our web master Jamie for all of his hard work!

Yvonne:
If y’all have brief, polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them
– purrvided that such remarks are spam-free, not purrofane and stay on topic, nya!

Mike:
Thanks for watching, y’all! We’ll be back next month! Be there… Aloha!
The Catgirls:
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! Baibai, nya!

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