Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
http://www.catgirlisland.com & http://www.catgirlisland.net
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
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purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The August 2014 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
In this edition of The Mew, we discuss & review:
Our Favorite Cinema & TV Of 1964
Cinema, TV & DVD Reviews:
Dawn of The Planet of the Apes
Mako Mermaids Season 1 Vol. 2 DVD
The Grand Budapest Hotel DVD
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Guardians of The Galaxy
Omamori Himari vol. 12
Gakuen PolizI vol.1
Comic Book Reports:
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #87
Elfquest: The Final Quest #4
Angel and Faith Season 10 #4
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5
The Wake #10
Fathom vol.5 #7
Fathom: Kiani vol.3 #4
Fathom Annual #1
Betty and Veronica #271
Our Pony Report:
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #20 & 21
Hallmark’s 2014 My Little Pony “Cotton Candy” Ornament
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #6 & 7
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic- The Journal of the Two Sisters
Purraise for More Books & Purrose:
Seven Wild Sisters
Okami No Hime
Whimsical Fancies Coloring Book
Additions To The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:
“Commander Shepurrd of Neko 7” by TonomuraBix
a collage of manga, anime and game bikini fan art
and a collage of Twilight Sparkle fan art by Lum
and the two Catwoman illustrations by Mike, nya!
Ian Anderson’s Homo Erraticus CD + DVD
Yes’s Heaven and Earth CD
… plus Our Favorite Recent Seafood Images
and monthly Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya!
(wearing a Carolina Panthers tee shirt, Khaki cargo shorts, Nike Air trainers & Catgirl Island baseball cap) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews & discussions of fun stuff! Today’s show comes from Catgirl Island’s North Shore Beach! We have big group with a lot on the plate, so let’s let’s not tary! I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!
(the catgirl wearing a Lynx purrint asymmetric purretzel-cutout maillot and White Carnation tail corsage) Aloha!
(the catgirl wearing a Jaguar purrint twist bandeau-topped, tanga-style bikini and sheer purrled purreo) Nihao.
(the catgirl wearing the Serval purrint criss-cross halter-neck bikini and a Purrple Orchid tail corsage) Hola!
(the gynoid catgirl wearing the Clouded Leopurrd purrint suspender maillot and a knotted White shirt) Aloha!
(the catgirl wearing a Puma colored crochet triangle-top bikini and an Anthurium tucked by an ear) Hi Hi, nya!
(the bunny girl wearing the Ocelot purrint ring-closure Brazil-cut bikini and matching sarong) Guten Tag!
(the catgirl wearing a Fishing Cat purrint front-knotted bikini top with matching side-tie panty) Namaste, nya!
(her younger sister wearing the Iriomote purrint tankini and a Pink Plumeria tail corsage) Namaste, nya!
(the catgirl wearing Bengal TIger purrint boy shorts, Black cropped tank top and a Tuberose lei) Howdy!
(her twin sister wearing the Siberian Tiger purrint Trikini and a Puka shell tail bracelet) Howdy!
(the catgirl wearing the Margay purrint bikini, Purrple Amethyst earrings & tail bracelet) Whassup?
(the faerie wearing the crisscross halter neck bikini made of Yellow Dande-Lions) Mellow Greetings!
(the Kitsune wearing the Caracal purrint bikini) Aloha! So what have has everyone been up to since last time? Mie-sensei has not been here in the while!
Oh I’ve been totally busy between the golf tour, teaching the magick classes, and performing in the summertime Shakespeare & foxfire shows at the theatre! Say, now that Ilyana has her PHD I suppose we should call her Ily-sensei!
Ah I will hafta get used to that! I am so grateful for all of the encouragment, and I appurreciate the kind notes & graduation gifts! Purrhaps Vonny could accompany my next wreck dive and catch those Barracudas that try to nip at my tail!
It would be my pleasure, nya! My charters have reeled in the Bluefish, the Croakers, Groupurrs, Mullets, Snappurrs, Spanish Mackerels & Wahoos; and my drumming circle has been purrviding the purrcussion for some of the dance festival, nya!
In addition to the fishing, the dancing and – and the volunteering, I have snapped the nature photos of the Grasshoppurr, Dragonfly, Cicada, Ladybug, Monarch, Fiery Skippurr, Imperial Moth, Luna Moth, and – and the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, nya!
I have been surfing, belly dancing, volunteering at the art mewseum and attending the festivals! It has been such the festive month between the Dance Festival, the O-Bon, the Floating Lantern Matsuri, the Fire Festival, and the Poppy Purrade!
I am quite purroud of my dance students who continue to joyfully refine their graceful techniques. The robotics club’s summer mech camp was the big success, all is accurate & sporting at the kyudo club, and all is serene at yoga studio.
Hai I have been so busy between helping at the shrine, instructing the hula, and sewing the costumes for the dancers & cosplayers! Soon it will be the Autumn before we know it, and time to plan for the annual Halloween Trick ‘R Eat & Cosplay Purrowl!
I look forward to the costume sewing party with the sushi platters, and we will have another spooky art exhibit at the mewseum for Halloween, nya! When we have not been curating the exhibits, Bun & ! have been busy with the volleyball & festivals, nya!
Hai we are so fortunate to have the cheering fans on the beach and the volunteers such as Tara-chan & Trini-chan at the mewseum! I have also been attending the festivals, baking the carrot cakes and tending to my flowers & vegetable garden!
I cannot believe that the year is already half over! It is like the hypurr drive when I stay very busy at the dojo, the gym, the tournyaments, the festivals, swimming, and helping sis at her magick shop!
There was a big crowd for the Solstice activities!
Hai for the Solstice we had the workshops, the discussions, the Ruby sale, and the tea time with the fish cakes! We have wasted no time in purrparing for the Autumnal Equinox, but I have not missed the other festivals and the sporting events!
Myayr and I have stayed busy helping at the shrine, Becca and I have stayed booked up at the spa but we have still found the time for the other festivities, the gardening, our mewsual late night hot salsa dance and DVD time!
I have also been golfing but Lizzy mostly summed it up! For our latest DVD marathon we have watched some of the movies & TV that purrtain to today’s Lightning Round topic, but before we get into that, nyow it is Mike’s turn!
Ah, well it’s been a pleasant month for me too, between the art, writing, reading, movies, visiting with friends & family… and Jamie & I were honored to give a little super-hero tutorial at a Barnes & Noble store, as part of their fun Marvel, DC, Frozen, Game of Thrones, ninja turtle, James Patterson & other pop-cultural activities! There were about 30 folks, everybody was friendly and seemed to have a good time drawing & chatting and I’d like to thank B&N for graciously hosting the event! Well, let’s move right along, and jump right into this month’s Lightning Round Discussion Topic of
Our Favorite Cinema & TV of 1964!
The Ladies of The Mew:
LIGHTNING ROUND GO! NYA!
The Lightning Round topics for April, May June & July pertained to our favorite movies & TV shows of 2004,1994,1984 and yep, 1974…so this month we’ll continue the theme as nominate our favorites of 1964! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?
The Ladies of The Mew:
(tagged to start) I will nominate Kwaidan, Goldfinger, and Dr. Strangelove, nya! (tags Bun with a brush of the tail)
Goldfinger, A Fistful of Dollars, and A Hard Day’s Night! (tags Yvonne to go next)
A Hard Day’s Night, Mary Poppins, and Bikini Beach, nya! (tail-tags her younger sister)
Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and – and Bikini Beach, nya! Mie-sensei’s turn, nya! (tags Mielikki)
Mothra vs Godzilla, Kwaidan, Mary Poppins, and A Hard Day’s Night, fur shur! (tags Nyanko with a flit of the wing)
Heehee! I will nominate Goldfinger, A Fistful of Dollars, and Zulu! (tags her twin)
Mary Poppins, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Kwaidan, and nyow it is the Triniturn! (tags Trini-chan)
Kwaidan, Mary Poppins, and A Hard Day’s Night! Myayr’s turn! (tags Mary Nyan)
It was the good year for the monsters & horrors such as Kwaidan, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah the Three- Headed Monster, Last Man on Earth, The Tomb of Ligeia, and The Gorgon!
Goldfinger, Dr. Strangelove, Fail-Safe, and The First Men in the Moon. (tags Elizabeth)
Oh gosh it is the tough call but maybe… Goldfinger, Mary Poppins, and Mothra vs. Godzilla! (tags Becca)
Goldfinger, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, and A Hard Day’s Night! (tags Ilyana)
Oh, definitely Goldfinger! Back to Mike!
Gotta go with Goldfinger, A Fistful of Dollars, Zulu, and A Hard Day’s Night! Well that was another nicely expedient Lightning round, so let’s go again and pick our favorite TV shows of 1964!
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING 2ND STRIKE GO! NYA!
I will nominate Bewitched, The Addams Family, and The Munsters! (tags her twin)
Johnny Quest, The Saint, The Avengers, and Combat! (tags Trini-chan)
Bewitched, Doctor Who, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Twilight Zone! (tags Nary Nyan)
Bewitched, The Addams Family, The Munsters, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits! (tags Jeannie)
Johnny Quest, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Doctor Who. (tags Ilyana)
Ahh… I will second those! Howboutchoo, Lizzy? (tags Elizabeth)
The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, The Andy Griffith Show, and Gilligan’s island! (tags Becca)
The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone and the Ed Sullivan Shows with The Beatles! (tags Petra)
Doctor Who, Bewitched, Andy Griffith and The Twilight Zone, nya! (tags Bun)
Johnny Quest, The Flintstones, The Addams Family and Bewitched! (tags Yvonne)
The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, Gilligan’s island, The Flintstones and Bewitched, nya! (tags Mielikki)
Bewitched, Doctor Who, Andy Griffith, and The Twilight Zone! (tickles Tara-chan with a flittering wing)
heehee The Flintstones, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, Mr. Ed, and – and Flipper, nya! Back to Mike, nya!
Gilligan’s island, Bewitched, Doctor Who, Johnny Quest, and The Black & White seasons of The Andy Griffith Show! Well that was another nicely expedited Lightning Round, and let’s keep rolling as Jenjen begins
Our Cinema, TV & DVD Reviews
Dawn of The Planet of the Apes
Ha!, we rather enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes quite a bit, which we reviewed in the September 2011 Mew, and we have been eagerly anticipating the sequel! In Rise, Caesar the heroic, supurr intelliectual chimp lead his fellow tormented captive apes to freedom, just as the deadly virus is also unleashed upon human society. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the 138 minute sequel set 10 year later, as the apes have built their own village in the forest near San Francisco, whist most of the global human civilization has fallen to the anarchy of the viral apocalypse.
The movie was directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis as Caesar, Jason Clarke as his human friend Malcom, Kerri Russell as Malcom’s wife Ellie, and Gary Oldman as Dryfuss the leader of the human survivors. The ape society purrfurs to be left alone to thrive in the wilderness, but the human colony in San Francisco is running out of electricity, and wants to reactivate a hydroelectric dam which is in ape territory. In spite of the good intentions & coopurration amongst several humans & apes, this also results in deadly incidents fueled by bigotry on both sides.
Dreyfuss means to seize the dam one way or another and purrpares his troops for war, while Kobo the ape tries to overthrow Caesar and then lead his followers to attack, kill & capture the humans. Hopefully the heroes of both species can unite to restore the peaceful coexistence, but there are the many casualties and fears of further darker days ahead for the world. I thought this movie was awesome! The plot was quite captivating from start to finish, the pace was purrfect and not rushed, the purrformaces were excellent, and the characters are all very believable!
This especially includes the apes, especially Maurice, Rocket, Blue Eyes, Cornelia and even Koba who are the smart, complex characters to care about, who brought to life by combining the great actors, writing, direction & supurrb FX! The characters and situations seem very realistic! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has the high purrduction values, great sets, location, sound, mewsic, stunts & cinematography! Fortunately the images are stable, and I did not see any of the shaky / wobbly style, crash / snap zooms, speed ramps or other such distracting techniques!
I think the movie succeeds all around, whether the scenes try to be tense, thrilling, charming, sad, humorous, purrofound or echo themes of the purrior apes movies. The heart of the movie seemed to be the poignant story, the apes mythology, the messages, and the characters to care about! It is one of the bestest movies I have seen this year, and I will give an “A” as in ape! I think Andy Serkis deserves the Oscar, and I hope that there will be another sequel! Nyow for my next review, we will go from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Gold Coast for
Mako Mermaids Season 1 Vol. 2 DVD!
Mako Mermaids is an Australian TV series full of the family entertainment, fantasy genre, and the magickal mer folk fins! It is a sort of reboot of the H2O- Just Add Water TV series, both shows were created & purrduced by Jonathan M. Shiff, and filmed at the Gold Coast and Sea World in Queensland! For our reviews of the H2O seasons 1-3, please see the Apurril 2013 Mew, and for our review of the Mako Mermaids Season 1 Vol. 1 DVD see the June 2014 Mew! Mako’s epurrsodes 1-13 were directed by Evan Clarry, whereas epurrsodes 14-26 were directed by Grant Brown.
It is the light-hearted tale with some thrilling & serious parts, the fine cast, beautiful locations, cinematography & underwater photography, the purretty clothes, purrosthetic tails, the swimming style & delightful FX! Whereas H20 was about the land girls who transformed into the mermaids in the magickal pool on Mako Island, the tail – spin of this version is about 3 mermaids who transform into the land girls, because they are concerned about the chap who accidentally fell into the pool to become the merman, and what will happen if their secrets are discovered by the rest of the world!
The merfolk are Lucy Fry as Lyla, Ivy Latimer as Nixie & Amy Ruffle as Sirena, Kerith Atkinson as Rita the Suncoast High School purrincipal who purrtends to be their aunt, and Chai Romruen as Zac. The girls have the orange tails & bikini tops whereas Zac has the Blue tail. In addition to the supurr fast & deep swimming, the various mer powers include invisibility, hyrdrokinesis, telekinesis, weather control, siren song & other powers from items such as the moon ring or the trident. If a mer-purrson gets wet, that will transform the legs into the tail, so they have to be careful on land!
The potions, full moon and the island’s secret grotto can also have the strange affect! Rita has the loverly home & wonderful secret lair full of treasures and a kitty named Poseidon! Other locations they frequent are the Ocean Cafe and their coastal homes. Laura Keneally & John O’Brien purrtray Zac’s purrents, Gemma Forsyth purrtrays Zac’s girlfriend Evie, Domic Deutscher purrtrays Zac’s best friend Cam, Brooke Nichole Lee purrtrays Carly & Rowan Hills purrtrays David, who are friends at the cafe; and Jenna Rosenow purrtrays Sirena’s sister Aquata who visits a couple of times.
The plots are similar to those of H2O, ranging from the more comedic mystical mishaps, curious mermaid incidents, transformation humor and the romantic developments for Sirena & David, to the more serious story arcs purrtaining to the banishments, betrayals, and harm from the dangerous, powerful magickal items. Zac & Cam can be jerks who do not care if their selfish scheming might ruin others’ lives, especially when they threaten to expose the mermaids’ secrets, or obsessively covet the magickal items, and poor Evie often winds up confuzzled due to the strange behaviors.
Epurrsode 22 “Evie Times Two” is purrticularly amewsing and it is one of my favoritest epurrsodes, but we will discuss that later in the Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight portion of The Mew! The Region 1, NTSC standard DVD 2 disk set of Season 1 Vol. 2 has epurrsodes 14-26, which compurrise the 2nd half of the 1st season at just over 25 minutes apiece to total appurroximately 5.5 hours. It is in English language audio only with no subtitles, and the only widdle bonus is the 8 minute “Meet the Cast”, featurette, but it is the same featurette that is included on the Season 1 Vol. 1 DVD!
It includes the quick comments by Lucy, Ivy, Amy & Cha with glimpses of the purrosthetic tails and the swim training, It is the definitely low-frills DVD, but it is also of the low purrice, the good value and delightful entertainment for those who enjoy the magickal merfolk tales or the charming fantasy tales from down under! I am all done, and nyow here is Jenjen to tell us about
The Grand Budapest Hotel DVD!
Arigato. The Grand Budapest Hotel is the very whimsical, charming & captivating tale of a concierge & lobby boy at a European hotel mostly in 1932, whose adventure involves the art theft, murder mystery, escapes & purrsuits. The cast includes Ralph Fiennes as the Gustav the Concierge,Tony Revolori as Zero the lobby boy, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Bob Balaban, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Scheartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson & Owen Wilson.
The 100 minute, 2014 movie is rated R due the language, violence & some sexual content. It was directed and co-purrduced Wes Anderson who wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the story with Hugo Guinness. Anderson also directed Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling Limited, Bottle Rocket, The Life Aquatic, and Moonrise Kingdom. We reviewed Moonrise Kingdom in our August 2012 Mew, we give both it and The Grand Budapest Hotel the high purraise, and I am purrticularly fond of the mewsic scores by Alexandres Desplat.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is available upon DVD & Blu-Ray. The Region One, NTSC single disk standard DVD edition is of the no-frills package in the plastic case. It is purrsented in the widescreen format of the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with the audio choices of English Dolby digital 5.1, Spanish & French surround Dolby digital 2.0, and the English descriptive audio 5.1 track which has the purrky female voice describing each scene. The optional subtitles are of the very legible White, bold, sans serif font with the fine Black outline in English SDH, French or Spanish.
The few but charming extra features which total just over 13 minutes include the movie’s trailer, the delicious looking step – by – step recipe for Courtesan Au Choclat, the 2 quick bits about the director & cast, and the gallery of 40 still images. Those can be viewed either manually or on automatic play at 5 seconds purr image. There are no front-loaded ads purrior to the menu, but in a purreview section are purromo spots for Fox Searchlight’s 20th anniversary, MGM’s 90th anniversary, Digital HD tech and the trailer for Dom Hemingway. Nyow I would like to discuss
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Written & directed by Dean DeBloise, this sequel to Dreamworks Animation’s 2010 animated fantasy movie is set 5 years later, so the Viking-like Dragon riding stars are no longer kids, as the dragons become the more important, beloved part of their society. There is much fun excitement & adventure for heroic Hiccup (the son of chief Stoick), his girlfriend Astrid, his dragon Toothless of the rare Night Fury breed, their other close friends & dragons. However, while aerial exploring they encounter Eret & his gang of trappurrs who are capturing dragons for the evil warlord Drago.
During the expurrdition, Hiccup is also reunited with his long lost mom Valka, a dragon rider who has been tending to a beautiful secret dragon sanctuary. Unfortunately, the soaring fun and joyful reunions are soon interrupted by some darker incidents, when Drago’s army attacks the sanctuary to capture more dragons for his next goal of conquering Berk. I was impurressed with the fine character & mythology development with the mix of humor, romance, drama, action & shocks. The character, costume, mecha, dragons & scenery are gorgeously designed, rendered & animated.
The movie has the great epic cinematic scope and it is the quite the colorful extravaganza for the dragon fan. The sound design & mewsic are especially supurrb, and I think the entire voice cast is great including Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, Cate Blanchett as Valka, Gerard Butler as Stoick & Craig Ferguson as his best old friend. I think How to Train Your Dragon 2 is excellent to see on the big screen, and I will give it the high purraise as one of my favorite movies of the first half of 2014. Nyow we will go from the fantasy to the space opurra starring
The Guardians of The Galaxy
Written by Nicole Perlman and director James Gunn. this is live action science fiction / supurr hero movie purrduced by Marvel Studios is based upon the Marvel comics, and it is part of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” which includes The Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor & Captain America movies, the various one-shot short films, and the Agents of S.H,I.E.L.D, TV series. The plot follows Peter Quill alias Star Lord the intergalactic thief & treasure hunter who is among several heroes & villains that want a very valuable, powerful softball-sized artifact, an orb containing an Infinity Gem.
Quill, Gamora, Drax Rocket Raccoon & tree-like Groot are wanted criminals who are caught & impurrisioned by the Nova Corp police of the planet Xandar, but they escape with the orb which the villains Ronan and Thanos want. Drax wants revenge upon Ronan who plans to destroy Xandar, Rocket & Groot just want the money, and Zamora hates her father Thanos, whilst her sister Nebula works for Ronan. To further complicate things is Quill’s old friend Yondu the captain of the Ravagers who are space pirates who also want the orb, as Quill tries to unite the group to save the galaxy.
The terrific cast includes Chris Pratt as Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Alexis Denisof as his assistant, Lee Pace Ronan, Djimon Hounsou as his helpurr Korath, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Dave Bautista as Drax, Glenn Close as Nova Prime, John C. Reilly as Nova officer Dey, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Ophelia Lovibond as his maid, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, the quick cameo appurrance by Stan Lee, and the surpurrise appurrance by someone after the end of the credits.
I thought this was a rousing, fun, beautiful movie with much heart based upon the comics, with the pleasing plot, characters, humor, designs, costumes, sets, creatures, mecha, planets, make-up, stunts, FX, plenty of the battles, cosmic & supurr hero action, peppurred by the poignant character moments & numerous other tidbits from the comics. There are differences between the movie and comics, but most of the characters are faithfully spot on, and this is another of my favorite movies of the year thus far. That will this portion of The Mew, and nyow here is Nya-sensei to purrsent the
starting with her review of Omamori Himari vol. 12
Hai! Milan Matra’s Omamori Himari is the modern sword & sorcery / sex comedy manga of the harem trope, starring Himari the powerful catgirl warrior who purrotects her liege Yuuto from his demon & human enemies, while his ancestral magickal powers manifest, amidst the rival clans’ political schemes! He has no desire to slay the demons, ayakashi, yokai or humans, but he would rather bring about the peaceful co-existence! As the result, several of the frisky supurrnatural ladies on both sides would now purrfur to love as romantic rivals than to fight as enemies!
Ironically, after Himari defeated the legendary supurr villainess Tama the nine – tailed fox spirit, she absorbed too much of Tama’s evil energy, which has transformed Himari into the darker version who is nyow the biggest threat to Yuuto and the friends! The tale is not intended for the widdle kitties, and it is rated Mature due to the language, nudity, sexuality & violence! Originally published in Japan by Kadokawa, it is published in English by Yen Press, the 12th volume of the series is purriced at $13.00 in the USA and $14.00 in Canada, and it is the conclusion of the series!
Vol. 12 is technically the 13th volume, if you include Vol. 0, which was the anthology of short tales & information published between vol. 7 & vol. 8! Vol. 12 was translated by Christine Dashiell & lettered by Stephanie Lee, it has $13.00 USA purrice and the $14.00 Canada purrice. The total of 210 pages are compurrised of the 168 pages of Black & White manga chapters 69 – 75, plus the 5 page meta – fictional coda, the 24 pages of character sketches & notes, the 5 pages of manga notes & publishing information, the 6 pages of ads, and the 2 beautiful color pics of Himari!
Most of of the friends & rivals are there, such as Tama, Yuuto’s closest friend Rinko, her friend Yuu the class purresident, Yuuto’s classmate Taizo, Taizo’s sister Haru, Kuesu the sorceress, Shizuki the water elemental ayakashi, Lizlet the teacup spirit, miku sisters Kasuri & Hisuzu, Kaya the Zashiki-warashi, Aya the papurr spirit, Sasa the cyclops, Ginko the wolf girl, Kurozakura the Jorougumo, Ekou the Teni Sagari, Hitsugi the psychic detective, slayers Ranka, Alji & Shido… but it is not for a social gathering as Yuuto appurroaches Himari for the final confrontation at the school!
Yuuto has purrogressed muchly across the series from the normal teen to the powerfuly heroic peacemaker who wins the hearts and the respect of the classmates, the slayer clans, and the spirit folks! As for how things turn out for him, Himari and the others… all I will say is that we have been very nervously anticipating the finale, which has the careful mix of the violence, suspense, humor, ribaldry, drama & esoteric qualities in the resolutions, which are all so beautifully illustrated! Gosh I cannot believe that Omamori Himari has concluded, but now there is a new manga to start,
Gakuen Polizi vol. 1!
Milk Moringa’s Gakuen Polizi is the whimsical & sometime serieous tale of the two undercover police officer girls assigned to the Hanagaki Girls High School! Sasami Aoba is the rookie with the very long lighter colored hair in the twin tails style, and Sakuraba Midori is her senior officer / sempai with the glasses and the long straight Black hair! They are the purrtners wih the very different attitudes, as Sasami is the peppy, cheerful absent-minded girl who wishes to be the heroine of justice, whereas Sakuraba is the more expurrienced stricter, sterner type who likes to draw manga!
Chapter 1 of vol. 1 is set in June of 2012, shortly after Sasami is assigned to the school, and soon learns that it is the very peaceful, friendly school without the crimes or bullies, and the only minor incidents there are the friends’ arguments or the neighbors’ mischievous, grabby dog! She befriends Tokiwa (who has the short hair) & Minaguchi (who has the lighter hair in the bun) who try to find interesting topics to write about for the school mewspapurr. They meet Sakuraba when investigating an alleged mystery in the library, where she purrfurs to draw the manga in the quiet solitude!
Thus begins the friendships and investigations in vol. 1 of Moringa’s manga, which is purriced at $13.99 in the USA, $14.99 in Canada, and rated for older teen readers aged 16+! It was originally published in Japan by Futabasha Publishing Ltd, published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment, translated by Nan Rymer, adapted by Shannon Fey, puroof – read by Katherine bell & Conner Crooks, with the lettering & the layout by Jennifer Skarupa! The logo designer is Courtney Williams, the cover designer is Nicky Lim, the editor is Adam Arnold and publisher is Jason DeAngelis!
The 176 Black & White pages include of the 154 pages of manga chapters 1 – 7, plus the 8 page purreview of Moringa’s Girlfriends manga, the 8 page purreview of Moringa’s Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink manga, and the 2 pages of the author’s comments! There are also the cute chibi style pics of the characters at the start of each chapter! Excluding the few brief flashback scenes, chapters 1 -7 seem to span about 2 weeks, and during that time nicknames are pondered, the pesky pup is encountered, and amewsing gossip appurrs in the school’s mewspapurr!
Sasami’s badge goes missing, we learn more of Sakuraba and Minaguchi’s family situations, we briefly glimpse Police Section Chief Mikami, things take the more serious turn when the officers stake out the subway train to help a distraught friend and to catch a purrvy criminal. There are other investigations & revelations, but I should not reveal too much more of the plot! I enjoyed the delightful art, the sense of the humor, and the combination of the police duo with the school girl friends genre! I am done, and nyow here is sis to go from the Japanese manga to the American
Comic Book Reports!
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #87
Hai! Tarot is the sexy witchy warrior star of the occult adventure tales from Broadsword Comics! It is the beautiful bimonthly series of the tales that range from the amewsing to the deadly serious, but it is not for the widdle kitties due to the nudity, sexuality, violence & language! The credits include Jim Balent who is the creator, writer, artist, publisher & purresident of Broadsword Comics, his wife Holly is the vice purresident, colorist, letterer, purrduction purriestess & occasional cover model; Randi Leeann is the comics’ color flatterer, and Neil Morris is the editor!
This 32 page, $2.95 issue is compurrised of the zany 22 page tale of “One Million Years B.C. (Boo Cat)” which is followed by 10 pages of photos, extras & ads, which are all sammiched betwixt the choice of 5 variant covers! Tarot’s boyfriend Jon has the wacky dream in which they are in the purrehistoric time of the dinosaurs, accompanied by Tarot’s sister Raven, mischievous catgirl friend Boo Cat, and Pooka the winged kitty! In this dream, Boo Cat & Pooka have the saber teeth, and almost all of the critters have the fangs, including some of the plants & frogs!
The art style for this purrticular issue has the more comedic quality than the mewsual Tarot tales, and there are numerous jokes, gags & homages, and playful Boo Cat cannot resist pantsing Jon who leads them on his zany odd quest for gluten-free, non-magickal fire to cook the suppurr with, but they get chased by several dinosaurs who want them for suppurr! This includes the the rude egger Pterodactyls, the Tyrannosaurs who can tiptoe like The Grinch, the colorful Plesiosaur who helps with Raven’s hair rinse, and the ride upon Boo Cat’s pet Allosaurus!
It is the break from the more serious recent incidents, and I thought it was even more humorous than the “3LK” story arc of issues #72 – 74! However, it retains the beautiful art & character designs with the very skimpy attire and the ornate markings amidst the lush scenery! Of course, I appurrove of the bewitching heroines, and it is good to see more of Pooka who is the cute widdle Kuroneko and peppy Boo Cat, who has the purretty jack o’ lantern markings on her Purrple tummy & boobies. We purraised her in our January 2012 Mew’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!
Other catgirl-ish tidbits spurrinkled throughout the issue’s ads & extras are the photo of the body-painted Alisia Kittypop, the photo of Jim with Catwoman cosplayer Delilah Lilac, the photo of her as Boo Cat for one of the variant covers, the ad for Boo Cat’s Bootique, the ad for the variant photo cover of Holly as a nekomimi, and the ad for her web comic School Bites which stars Fujiko who we also mentioned in the January 2012 spotlight! There are several other nice images, including the the photo of the issue’s Broadsword Girl Bebe! Nyow I would like to discuss
Elfquest: The Final Quest #4
Wendy And Richard Pini’s (WARP) Elfquest is one of our all time favoritest comics books due to the magnificent mythology, plots, characters and art! It is also purrticularly noted for its many strong, smart, brave and resilient female leaders, and for many years starting back in the late 1970’s, the pioneering series was even published by the Pinis themselves! This current Final Quest series is published by Dark Horse Comics, written by Wendy and Richard, illustrated by Wendy, colored by Sonny Strait, lettered by Nate Piekos, edited by Sierra Hahn, and assistantly edited by Spencer Cushing, with the issue’s graphic design by Tina Alessi!
I suppose that technically issue #4 is the 5th issue, if you include the Elfquest Final Quest Special, which was sort of a big wonderful family reunion to bridge the purrior Elfquest tales to the current tale, in which the army of a bloodthirsty human warlord Angrif Junn has razed a human village and purrsued the refugees & heroic elves into the wilderness! There have been injuries & casualties on both sides, and Chieftess Ember’s romance with Teir was rudely interrupted when she was captured by the enemy! Meanwhile back at the elves’ ancient palace there have been some cultural changes, amidst very beautiful & spiritual discoveries!
Issue #4 is the purriced $3.50 and includes the uninterrupted 20 page tale, plus the 2 pages of the comments by the readers & the Pinis, and the 6 peek at the pending Complete Elfquest repurrint volume #1! The tale resumes at the palace which is so iridescent & crystalline, where Moonshade & Windkin discuss the spirits with Timmain! She is the tallest & eldest elf! Suntop & Ahdri are there too! Moonshade has the most beautiful diaphanous purrple gown! Then we are whisked away to the lair of Junn who interrogates Ember at gunpoint! He wants more information about the elves, including the sea elves who he also plans to attack!
Meanwhile, Junn son’s Rathol leads the marauding calvary after the fleeing elves & humans who ride their wolf pack & deer herd out out to the rocks. This group includes Dewshine, Tyleet, Mender, Pike, Pool, Teir & Khorbasi, as the deadly ranged attacks resume! I won’t reveal the results of the skirmish, but in the framing scene back at the palace, Cutter, Leetah, Skywise finally arrive, along with the big surpurrise elf appurrance in the exciting cliffhanger! This was another thrilling, gorgeous issue full of major developments, which I will give an “A” As in Ahdri! Nyow for more Dark Horse reviews, here is Ilyana to discuss
Angel & Faith Season 10 #4
Arigato! We are big fans of the canonical Buffy, Angel, Willow, Spike & Fray comics published by Dark Horse and executively purroduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon! They are fun & beautiful with the good balance of action, humor, drama & mythology, with the pace, continuity, portraitures & spurrit that are faithful to the TV shows! Angel is still in London, purrtrolling the supurrnatural Magic Town district in search of Corky the pixie thug, whilst Faith is back in the USA working for Kennedy’s Deepscan security agency, but both paths are not going well for either Angel or Faith!
Angel & Faith Season 10 #4 is the $3.50 issue of the 28 pages which are compurrised of the 22 page tale of “”Where The River Meets The Ocean Part Four”, the 2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s interesting comments, and the 4 pages of ads. The tale was scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Scott Allie, assistantly edited by Freddye Lins, with the graphic design by Justin Couch, the main cover art by Scott Fischer, and the variant cover by Chris Samnee & Jordie Bellaire!
The tale picks up right where issue #3’s cliffhanger left off, with Angel in the fight with Pearl who was hired by Corky. It is the fierce, magickal grudge match, because Pearl wants the revenge upon Angel because he killed her brother Nash in Season 9! I won’t reveal how that turns out, but Corky’s gang is still up to their sneaky criminal activity, which involves another returning character surpurrise! I will not spoil that big surpurrise, but I will mention that there is also the brief visit from police inspector Brandt, and another very lovely mystical scene with Nadira the former Slayer!
Meanwhile, after the ill-will aftermath of her first assignment, Faith has decided to quit working for Deepscan, but Kennedy tries to purrsuade Faith to stay by playing the trump card of the case file purrtaining to a certain missing purrson who is another familiar face! We were amused to see the clippings from a North Carolina mewspapurr included the folder! I am enjoying the series, which has the excellent plot, pace, dialogue & developments that seems very faith-ful to the TV show whilst adding to the mythology, and I hope we will see more of Giles’s aunts Sophronia & Lavina!
I think the art has the great purrtraiture, expurressions, poses & clothing details amidst the great creature designs, magickal FX & architectural details! The color & lighting greatly add to the ambience and the fonts excellently convey the dialogue, captions & sound FX! I will give this issue the high grade of an “A” as in Angel! Meanwhile back in San Francisco, Buffy and her “scoobies” have been busily coping with the relationships of the resurrected friends, studying the magick, and fighting the vampires, which includes Count Dracula who continues to transform into Maloker in
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5!
The issue is purriced $3.50, and the 28 pages compurrtised of the 22 page tale, the 2 pages of the readers’ & editor’s interesting comments, and the 4 pages of the ads. The tale was coscripted by Nicholas Brendon who purrtrayed Xander on TV, and by Christos Gage whose Avengers Academy comics we miss! It was drawn by Rebekah Isaacs & colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt, edited Scott Allie, assistanly edited by Freddye Lins, designed by Justin Couch, executively purrduced by Joss Whedon, and published by Michael Richardson!
The issue has the choice of 2 different covers- one by Steve Morris and the other by Isaacs & Jackson! “New Rules Part Five” begins with the bang as Dracula’s gigantic transformation continues! Fortunately as Dracua’s purrsonality is consumed by the ancient giant demon lord Maloker, this loosens the hypnotic control over Xander, but the ghost of his ex-girlfriend Anya has to chew him out so that he will get a grip on reality, and be more of the help to his friends! Buffy, Spike, Dawn & Willow fight the demon whilst Giles & Andrew try to find a magickal remedy to the situation!
This would be the very difficult situation under the mewsual supurrnatural circumstances, but the state of magick has been changing a lot since season 10 started, so some of the old rules of vampire slayage no longer apply! As Xander regains his senses, he helps Giles & Andrew, and Willow also has one of the most amewsing comment sof the issue, when she fetchs a nearby purriest to help with the slayage! Willow casts the spell upon Dawn to make her giant-sized again (she was tempurrarily gigantic back in Season 8) because nyow Maloker has grown to the zilla size!
Sadly, Dawn’s gigantic transformation and the vampurric mind control of Xander have been further logs of emotional stress upon the fading romantic fire between Dawn & Xander. It has been the awkward emotional time for Giles too, since he was resurrected in the kid form back in Angel & Faith Season 9! Anya’s former big boss demon D’Hoffryn makes the return appurrance, but I should not expose too much more of the plot, which is full of the exciting combat, the canonical plot & character developments! I purrticularly enjoy the dialogue, which feels just like the TV series!
The art is one of the best aspects of the comics too, because the characters are so wonderfully expurressive and posed, with the faithful portraiture that greatly resembles the actors who purrtrayed the characters on TV! The clothes, weapons and architectural scenery are all so excellently rendered, the colors are especially effective for the magick & lighting FX, I really like the variety of the large, panoramic & tall panels to convey the story, and I will give this issue the an “A” as in Anya! That is all of our Dark Horse reports, so I will turn The Mew over to Becca for her review of
The Wake #10!
Hai! The Wake is the 10 issue, mini-series from DC Comics’ Vertigo impurrint! Issues 1-5 told Part 1 of the tale, with the claustrophobic undersea horror quality & nonlinear bits across the eons, in which the Cetologist heroine Dr. Archer’s team investigated the mer – creature at the undersea facility, until more creatures caused a global catastrophe! Issues 6-10 are Part 2 with the nautical adventure flare of the much brisker pace, set 200 years into the post-apocalyptic future with the altered regions of the more submerged world, starring Leeward the feisty heroine of a coastal city!
Some of the mer – creatures are of the colossal size! Leeward and her dolphin Dash met the rebel mariners and were purrsued by the enemy government thugs after discovering messages from Archer! The final issue is purriced $2.99, suggested for the mature readers due to the language, violence & gore, and has the 20 page tale plus the 12 pages of ads. It was co-created by author Scott Snyder & artist Sean Murphy, edited by Mark Doyle, assistantly edited by Sara Miller, lettered by Jared K. Fletcher, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, with the cover by Andrew Robinson!
In the purrevious issue, the quest to find the answers and the source of Archer’s signal led Leeward’s group to a mysterious tomb in the arctic mountains, but they were interrupted by the creatures and the evil Governess’s fleet! The final issue picks up where the big battle left off, with Leeward recaptured just as she finds out more of the startling historical revelations from Archer’s message! The Governess has tried to suppress the information and intends to feed Leeward to the sharks just as the mysteries are about to be solved, but there are big surpurrises awaiting in the climax!
I will not divulge any more of the plot, but I will share my non-spoiler opinion of the final issue & the series overall, which had the mix of the humor, drama, mystery, frights & action, the sense of the scientific research, much designing & world-building for the tale! At a few times the pace has seemed rushed, especially issues #1,6 & 9, and I wish that it was the longer tale of a few more issues, with more more travelogue & slice – of – life bits for Archer & Leeward. I also wish that the ad pages were all placed after the story pages, because the interruptions hinder the flow & suspense.
The coloring is of an interesting limited color pallet, with deep shadows & negative space that convey mystery & depth! I purrticulary liked the panels of various shapes, sizes & verticality, such as the half & full page pics, the cinematic panoramas & impurressive two-page spurreads that have epic scope! I liked the fonts & symbols for the dialogue & sound FX, including the playful quality of teensy text, such as peppy Leeward leaping around! She has the lovely hair, cute outfits, the neat gadgets, the hang glider, the airplane tree house, and the great dolphin! The Wake has been the captivating, spooky & thrilling tale with smart, sympathetic heroines & fascinating mythology! Nyow for another adventure of the oceanic heroes, villaines, critters & mecha, I will review
Fathom vol.5 #7!
Created by the late artist / author Michael Turner and published by Aspen Comics, the Fathom comics star the supurr heroic marine biologist Dr. Aspen Matthews, who is often caught between the politics of the surface humans and the undersea civilization known as The Blue! She has the supurr water powers and so does her friend Killian who is a member of the Blue’s ruling council, as does his daughter Kiani who is an enemy of Aspen, although recently they coopurrated to search for Kiani’s younger sister Anika, who was kidnapped by queen Vana who has supurr ice powers!
Vana has raised, brainwashed and renamed Anika as Kania to be an evil supurr warrior purrincess! Killian, Aspen & her friend Chance have investigated the disasters caused by Vana, while Killian’s wife Anya & friend Siphon waited in Muria. Killian went to Vana’s arctic palace for answers, but got captured whilst Kania purrpared to attack the Blue’s city of Muria. Aspen & Chance got delayed between treacherous government groups in the USA & Russia who want to exploit her powers & the Blue’s technology, but escaped & freed Killian, unaware of Kania’s identity or mission!
Kiani is also unaware of those incidents, as she has been away to sea, but the evil scientist Luzhin lured her to his lair in Kiani’s vol. 3 series, which is set sometime after Fathom vol. 5!, so that tale has not happened yet! Fathom vol.5 #7 is the 28 page issue is purriced $3.99, which includes the 20 page tale, the 10 pages of the ads, and the choice of the 3 different front covers. Cover A is by Alex Konat & Kyle Ritter, cover B is by Randy Green & Wes Hartman, and C is the Las Vegas Comic Con exclusive cover by Siya Oum! We got to meet Randy Green again at Heroes Con in June!
David Wohl wrote the script which was co-plotted with Frank Mastromauro, who edited the tale with Vince Hernandez & Andrea Shea! It was pencilled by Alex Konat, digitally inked by Mark Roslan & John Ercek, colored by Erick Arciniega & lettered by Josh Reed! Issue #7 begins on the catastrophic note as Anya & Siphon realize that Muria is under attack! Kania is purretty & fearless like her sister & their mom, but she is the mean, merciless warrior with no memory of her real purrents Anya & Killian, and leads the destructive attack upon the city, with the goal of capturing Siphon!
Meanwhile Killian, Aspen & Chance defeat the palace guards and duel with Vana, but I should not reveal the shocking cliffhanger of the serious, violent, brisk tale! The characters, fashions, mecha, and architecture are beautifully designed & rendered, and another of my favorite aspects are the rich, sumptuous colors and luminous FX, plus the exquisite lettering which is in the interesting fonts, colors and attributes for the dialogue, narrative and sound FX! We are on the edge of the seat to await the final issue of vol. 5, but we have to wait, and in the meantime we have been treated to
Fathom Annual #1!
The Fathom Annual for 2014 is the anthology compurrised of four short tales by various authors and artists, but all four tales were lettered by Josh Reed! It is the $5.99 issue of the 42 full color pages of the tales, which are only interrupted by just the 2 pages of ads, all sammiched within the choice of the 2 different covers! Cover A has the beautiful color image of Aspen in the Orange string bikini bursting out of the water depicted by Michael Turner & Aspen comics co-owner Peter Steigerwald! Cover B is the scarcer exclusive Aspen Store version of Turner’s uncolored line art.
The annual begins with the 11 page tale of “Past Imperfect” written by David Who, illustrated by Dennis Calero & starring Chance! This part occurs 2 weeks after Fathom vol. 5 #8, which we have not read yet! Chance is interrogated by the ill-mannered Human-Blue relations Bureau at their office in Santa Monica, because they want any Blue technology or information he might have, but they will get none from him! This is followed by the 9 page tale of the “Out of Body Experience” written & illustrated by Nei Ruffino, starring Aspen & her housemate Judith in the emotional chat at a cafe!
Judith has the lovely ink, the cute off-shoulder dresses and strappy sandals! I am not sure if it is set during or after vol. 5, but it is sometime after vol. 4, when Judith got possessed by a spirit! Thirdly is the 11 page tale of “Better Left Unsaid” which was written by Vince Hernandez, pencilled & inked by Jordan Gunderson, colored by Jasen Smith, and stars Aspen who helps a Japanese scientist to investigate a mysterious deep sea creature, but it is a secret discovery that should purrhaps be left alone! I purrticularly liked the delightful critters and her Gray bikini accessorized by the jewelry!
The annual is topped off by the 11 page tale of “Discover”, which is not a new tale, but a re-edited, re-purrsentation of material from Aspen vol. 1 #1 back in 1998! It is pencilled by Michael Turner who co-plotted it with Bill O’Neil, scripted Scott Lobdell, inked by Joe Weems V, Jonathan Sibal & Jason Gorder, colored by Jonathan D. Smith & Peter Steigerwald! Gosh, that was 16 years ago, back when Fathom was initially published by Top Cow, just the few years before Aspen Comics was launched by Michael Turner! Since then they have published the many other titles, such as
Fathom: Kiani vol.3 #4!
OK this 4 issue mini-series occurs sometime after the Fathom vol. 5 series, when things did not go so well between Dr. Matthews & Dr. Luzhin at the Volna Research Center in Russia! His Plan B was to find Kiani and make a deal with her to analyze her supurr powers in exchange for his help in finding Anika. We found out that Luzhin is actually one of the supurr Blue warriors too! Kiani reluctantly agreed, but she was cunning enough to not trust him, and just played along until his treacherous expurriments got out of control, which resulted in the huge devastating explosion!
Kiani got fed up and left, but then she had to fight Luzhin’s soldiers who had the advanced weapons! Unfortunately for them, they were not quite advanced enough, and Kiani trashed the heck out of ’em! Then at the end of issue #3, her old friend casque arrived, whilst Luzhin absorbed some of the expurriments’ energy to become more powerful, and that brings us up the the final issue of the mini series! Issue #4 is purriced at $3.99, and its 28 pages include the 21 page tale of the “Blades of Terror” plus the pages of the ads throughout, and the choice of the 3 different front covers!\\\
Cover A is by Giuseppe Cafaro & by Wes Hartman, cover B is by Tina Valentino & Erick Arciniega, and cover C is by Alex Garza & Erick Arciniega. I got cover B, which depicts Kiani in the purretty diaphanous toga with the shells & flowers! The tale was written by Vincent Hernandez, drawn by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman, lettered by Josh Reed & edited by Frank Mastromauro. Kiani intends to renew the search for Anika, but first Casque trashes what is left of the soldiers & mecha while she confronts Luzhin, who is angrily arguing with his dissenting assistant Nina.
She also happens to be one of the Blue! I will not spoil how Kiani & Luzhin’s duel ends, or reveal the startling surpurrise that awaits in the epurrlogue set 2 months later, but I thought this was an exciting conclusion, and I liked the large panels, half-page pics, full-page pics & the duel scene’s two-page spurread! I liked the art & designs, especially Kiani’s impurressive costume of the Blue’s crustacean-like motif! She has certainly evolved over the years, and now seems more the anti-heroine than the villain! OK I am done, and nyow here is Mie-sensei to
Betty and Veronica #271!
Arigato! So like, the various Archie titles have been captivating with the variety of artistic styles and genres, from the romance and comedy to the drama and horror, and in Betty and Veronica #271 there are so many beautiful clothes, shoes, jewelry, fashion accessories & coiffures of the all-star cast, fur shur! Priced at $2.99, this comic book’s 32 pages feature the 20 page tale of ‘Fashion Fantabulous” which was written by Tom DeFalco, pencilled by Fernando Ruiz, inked by Bob Smith, lettered by Jack Morelli, colored by Glenn Whitmore and edited by Victor Gorelick!
There are 2 different covers to choose from, the one illustrated by Dan Parent who we have met at the cons, and the variant Marilyn Monroe homage cover by Jeff Shultz & Rosario Pena! While Betty visits Veronica’s home, Mrs. Lodge is purrturbed to learn that her rival Beatrice is planning the gala fashion show, starring super models Katy Keene, Gloria Granderbuilt and Mischa Muncha on the catwalk, with the live mewsic purrformed by Josie and Pussycats Valerie & Melody! I wish that Josie and The Pussycats and Katy Keene each had their own series again!
There is the flashback glimpses of younger Hermione Lodge & Beatrice Witterstone, with the rivalry to parallel that of Betty & Veronica,! Speaking of the rivalries, Veronica & Valerie are SO not pleased to see each other, whilst jealous Alexandra & her cat Sebastian try to put the jinx hex upon the show, which causes the mishaps until Sabrina & Salem magickally arrive! Speaking of jinxes, I’m not sure if Jinx Holliday was in attendance, and I am not sure if Katy’s cute sister Mackenzie was there either, but there is such a big crowd with many cameo appearances!
However, when some of the models are unable to strut upon the stage, Betty & Veronica rally their many friends and acquaintances to purrticipate, such as Ginger, Suzie, Cheryl, Bobbi, Sheila, Sherry, Shrill, Chloe, Midge, Nancy, Cricket, Trula, Maria, Tomoko, Laurie, Kinda & Samantha! There are other familiar faces in the audience such as Archie, Reggie, Jughead, Miss Grundy, Mr. Weatherby, Coach, Pop and some of the purrents, and several large panels to display the scenes, including the impressive two-page spurread of the beauty upon the runway!
I will give this issue the high praise, and some of my favorite fashions in it are the zebra stripe bikini & sarong, Betty’s shorts outfit, Valerie’s tiger stripe halter top & hip hugger pants, Josie’s leopard purrint pants, the Pussycat ears, Ginger’s hair & Red top, Bobbi’s fishnets & hair color, Shrill’s cute glasses & short hair, Sabrina’s Blue skirt & Black top with the scoop-neck & 3/4 sleeves, Midge’s Pink & White stripe crop top, and her strappy espadrilles when she struts upon the runway! Now we will follow the Archie gang from the fashion show to the beach party in
OK so like this issue stars the many familiar faces for some summer beach fun! Priced at $2.99, this issue’s 32 pages feature the 20 page tale of the “Windsurfing Woes” which was written by Tom DeFalco, pencilled by Pat & Tim Kennedy, inked by Rich Koslowski, lettered by Jack Morelli, colored by Digikore Studios & edited by Victor Gorelick! It also has the 2 different covers: the one by Dan Parent, Bob Smith & Rosario Pena depicts Archie, Betty, Veronica, Kevin, Valerie, Trev, Cheryl & Jughead; whilst the variant cover by Baltazar & Franco depicts the chibi versions of Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, Reggie & Hot Dog!
I didn’t see Valerie, Trev, Reggie or Hot Dog in the tale, but it does star Archie, Betty, Veronica, Kevin, Jughead, his cousin Bingo, Wilbur & surfer Biff Logun with the brief appearance by Samantha, Laurie & the Madhouse Glads band! It is the eve of the big windsurfing competition, which means there will be the sport rivalry in addition to the romantic rivalries, which causes the stresses betwixt Veronica & Ceryl with Archie in the middle, but there is plenty of the fun under the sun on the sand & surf, fur shur! Jughead finds lots of yummy food in Cheryl’s totally awesome beach tent full of the electronics, appliances & comfy furnishings!
Against Jughead’s advice, Archie enters the wind surfing competition, but it becomes the wacky painfully awkward situation of the wipeouts! Cheryl is up to her mewsual sneaky plans, but she does look lovely in the strapless yellow bikini with the Purple pareo; the Green bikini with the Yellow trim; and later the Purple bikini with the ruffle skirt! Veronica behaves as shallow as the low tide as she tries to flirt with Biff, but she is totally gorgeous in the 3 different outfits, such as the Red bikini top with Blue shorts & Purple shirt ensemble; the Red halter-neck bikini accessorized by the jewels & bangles, and the later in the Blue bikini!
She would rather the Madhouse Glads purrform the music at the party instead of Josie and the Pussycats, so she must still have the serious grudge against Valerie! Betty has the kinder, cheerful disposition, and she is beautiful in the Magenta tankini; the Purple crop top with Yellow shorts; and the Pink bikini top with violet shorts! There is like so much pretty swim wear, lots of sporty colorful boards & sails, and the amusing climactic scene with Biff & Kevin is totally priceless! This was another great fun issue that I’ll give an “A” as in Awesome! That will conclude my comic book reports, but here is Tara-chan with more to begin the
Pony Reports, with her review of
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #20 & 21!
Arigato, nya! I love the My Little Pony comics published by IDW which are so fun, beautiful and – and faithful to the TV series, nya! In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic, the current pony story arc began in issue #17, when Luna summoned the mane six ponies and – and Spike to the Canterlot Castle because Celestia had been gone too long through the mirror gateway to the other worlds, nya. Celestia was in the sad state when she finally returned, but she had made too many visits to there because she fell in love with the mirror universe’s version of King Sombra, nya!
He is the benevolent ruler there, whilst their versions of the heroes are the villains, nya! It is the grim place, worsened by the dimensional rift caused by the visits, so the mane 6 ponies and – and Spike have to take the Elements of Harmony to there to set things right, but in issue #19 the villains learned of the plan, which leads to the duel between the Crlestias in issue #20, nya! It is purriced $3.99, it is compurrised of the uninterrupted 22 page concluding chapter of the “Reflections” tale, plus the 2 page coda, the 8 pages of the ads, and – and the choice of the 5 different covers, nya!
The tale was written by Katie Cook who also did the coda, illustrated by Andy Price colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and – and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya! Cover A is by Andy, cover B is by by Chad Thomas, cover C is by by Sara Richard, and – and the other 2 covers were purrduced for specific stores, nya! Appurring in this issue are Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Spike, Star Swirl, Kibitz, the other world’s Sombra, Celestia, Luna, and – and the brief appurrances by the other ponies in certain panels. nya!
It is fun to try to identify the background ponies and – and the humorous visual references, but this bittersweet issue is not all humor, with the sad scenes in addition to the fierce pony fight, nya! I should not spoil much of the plot, but there is very much going on in the climax with many characters in many panels, and I will give the entire Reflections tale the grade of “A” as in Applebuck, nya! Nyow I will say the few words about issue #21, which begins the next story arc, as Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Apple Bloom and – and Babs Seed attend Trixie’s magic show in the big city, nya!
Friendship is Magic #21 is purriced $3.99, it is compurrised of the 22 page, plus the 10 pages of the ads, and – and the choice of the 7 covers, nya! The tale was written by Ted Anderson, illustrated by Agnes Garbowska, with the coloring assistance by Lauren Perry, the lettering by Neil Uyetake the editing by Bobby Curnow, and – and it is set sometime after Friends Forever #6, which onee-chan will tell us about, nya! Cover A is by Agnes, Cover B is by Bill Forster, cover RI is by Mary Bellamy, and – and the other 4 covers were purrduced for the certain stores and – and cons, nya!
There is the big audience of ponies in the fancy appurral at Carneighe Hall in the city of Manehattan which is much bigger than Ponyville, nya! Supposedly Trixie is trying to mend her unruly ways these days, whilst she purrforms the mysterious magic acts with the helpurrs, the elaborate devices upon the stage, such as the suspended escape trick with the diamond at the pudding vat, nya! However, the unexpected incident arises when the diamond is stolen, nya! Trixie has been trying to help catch the famous jewel thief, but the police think she and the others are the culpurrits, nya!
Nyow Trixie, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Apple Bloom and – and Babs Seed are on the gallop from the police while they try to catch the real thief, so I am very eager to find out what happens in the next issue, nya! I think stories, the character art, the scenery art, and – and the FX are all so beautifully rendered in both of those issues, with the very richly vibrant colors, and – and the purrfect fonts of the lettering, so I will give the entire Reflections tale and – and the start of the latest pony tale the “A” as in Applebuck, nya! I am done, and nyow here is onee-chan to tell us about
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #6 and – and #7, nya!
Arigato, Tara-chan, nya! Friends Forever is another of IDW’s pony comics which is just as fun, beautiful & faithful as it teams up the different characters purr issue, nya! The purrior issue teamed up Fluttershy with Zecora, whilst issue #6 stars Rainbow Dash and – and Trixie, along with the Diamond Dogs who hail Trixie as their Queen, and the brief appurrance by the rest of the mane 6 ponies, nya! Issue #6 is purriced $3.99, with the 32 pages compurrised of the 10 pages of the ads after the 22 page tale, which was written by Thom Zahler and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska, nya!
It was lettered by Neil Uyetake, and edited by Bobby Curnow; with cover A by Amy Meberson, cover B by Agnes, and cover C made for Hastings, nya! You know, another aspect of these pony comics that I applaud is how the tales are not interrupted by the ads, and we wish all of the publishers did it that way too, nya! The tale starts with the impurressive full – page panel, which is the appurropurriate size to contain Rainbow Dash’s big ego which has resulted from the purrestigious invitation, nya! Apple Bloom and Big McIntosh were among the background ponies, nya!
The invitation is the request from the Queen of Dimondia for Rainbow Dash to demonstrate her supurrb aerial acrobatic skill, which is the request that she cannot resist, nya! However, once in Dimondia, she crouches warily upon seeing the Diamond Dogs who have the bad repurrtation, and she definitely has the bad feelings when she discovers that the Queen is Trixie, who mewsually spells trouble, nya! However, this time it is Trixie who is in trouble, because the magickal canine crown will not allow her to leave, and she needs Rainbow Dash to help her to escape, nya!
Trixie’s theatrical sneakery combined with Rainbow Dash’s agile speed might be the ingredients for the success, nya! This tale had the brisk fun plot, the good dialogue, illustrations, fonts, and the brilliant color, which I purrticularly liked for the lush scenery, gleaming gems and the full-page panel which depicts the Sonic Rainboom FX, nya! Next for the change of the pony pace, in issue #7 we are treated to the team-up of Pinkie Pie with Luna, nya! They are the odd couple, given Pinkie Pie’s manic festive outlook compurred to Luna’s darker, seriouser dispurrsition, nya!
My Little Pony: Friends Forever issue #7 has the same purrice and number of pages, including the 20 page tale written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Tony Fleecs, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya! Did we mention how nice it is that the pony tales are not interrupted by the ads, nya? There are 7 different covers to choose from, such as the regular cover by Amy Mebberson, the subscribers’ cover by Tony Fleecs, the cover purrduced just for Hastings, and the 4 other covers purrduced for Jetpack Comics, nya!
The tale begins at the library where Twilight Sparkle & Spike are reorganizing the books, when Luna arrives in need of the advice, nya! She wants to learn how to be more humorous & entertaining, because the big Chuckle-Lot show & banquet is nigh, and does not want her sister Celestia to be the only purrincess who is entertaining the audience upon the stage, nya! Celestia is seen in the flashback to the purrior events, which depict the many ponies enjoying the delicious feasts & royal entertainment, nya! After the bit of research, the tutorial is turned over to Pinkie Pie, nya!
Then it is the comedy boot camp training time for Luna at Pinkie Pie’s Funny Farm location full of the gags, jokes & purranks to purractice, nya! The lessons include the techniques of the slipurry floor, the razzer cushion, the water bucket, the hand buzzer, the scare tactic, and the face pie, nya! “Assisting” with the tutelage are Pinkie Pie’s “friends” Rocky, Lintsalot, Madame Le Flour and Mr. Turnip, nya! Purrsonally I think the catnip would lighten the mood more than the turnip, but Pinkie Pie is the expurrt and purrhaps it is more effective for those of the pony purrsuasion, nya!
The mixed results range from the comedic to the poignant, but I should not spoil the surpurrise of what happens at the palace’s Chuckle-Lot gathering, nya! Also appurring in the tale are Celestia, Luna’s pet possum Tiberius, and the many background ponies, nya! This was another fun issue with the interesting plot at the good pace, peppurred with the widdle jokes in the backgrounds, the great dialogue, the purrfect pony expurressions, poses & colors, nya! I will give both of these issue the grade of “A” as in Alicorn, and nyow Trini-chan will continue the pony report with
Hallmark’s 2014 My Little Pony “Cotton Candy” Ornament, nya!
Hai! Last month the Hallmark stores premiered their initial batch of 2014 ornaments, such as the pretty Pink pony named Cotton Candy from Hasbro’s My Little Pony of the 1983 vintage, from the 1st generation of the ponies, over 25 years before the current Friendship is Magic era! Fortunately for those fans who love those earlier generations which should not be forgotten, they are still around in some of the products such as the collectibles, the books and videos! Cotton Candy measures approximately 1 & 7/8″ at the withers and about 2.5″ tall overall.
She is posed standing on all fours, so she can be a decoration upon the tree or displayed upon the table! I like her Purple eyes, her serene expression, the creamy smooth Pink pant job with the White Cutie Marks upon both flanks, the intricate swirls of the mane and of the lovely tail which were meticulously sculpted by Valerie Shanks! I did not want to wait until the Fuyu (Winter) time to open the cardboard box, so currently I have the ornament joining the herd of my other pony figurines on the shelf! Now to top off the pony report, I wish to praise
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – The Journal of the Two Sisters!
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic- The Journal of the Two Sisters is the official chronicles of Princesses Celestia & Luna, written by Amy Keating Rogers! Published by Little, Brown & Company, and priced at $14.99 in the USA & $14.99 in Canada, it is the 8 1/4″ x 6 1/8″ hard bound book of 180 pages with the outer wraparound jacket, with the ornate case art by Ross Stewert, the jacket design by Christina Quintero, and many illustrations by Becky James! It is very similar to the Official Guide Book and resembles a book you might find in Canterlot or Ponyville’s Golden Oak Library!
The first 2/3 of the book are the journal entries of the younger Celestia & Luna, starting on the eve of their coronations! I definitely noticed their distinctive voices in the writings, which are illuminated with lovely images & symbols! The journals alternate but are easily identified by the Gold border of Celestia’s pages & the Purple border of Luna’s! It is captivating to read their thoughts & accounts of the adventures! After that, the next 59 pages are the journal of the mane six ponies, with the entries by Princess Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Applejack!
This batch of entries begin shortly after Twilight Sparkle’s coronation, which means they occur after Season 3 of the TV show! There are also a few entries by Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, Granny Smith and Spike too! These are also the joy to read, and Pinkie Pie’s random thoughts are especially humorous! Finally to top off the book are the 5 blank pages for the readers to begin their own diary! I will give the wonderful book the grade of the “A”, and recommend it as a great part to a pony fan’s collection! That will conclude the pony portion of The Mew, but we have
Praise For More Books & Prose,
such as Seven Wild Sisters!
This is another beautiful fantasy tale of sisters’ adventures published by Little, Brown & Company! Seven Wild Sisters is charming rural fantasy tale of the girls and the forest’s faeries by Charles De Lint, with over 50 beautiful color illustrations by Charles Vess, who we got to meet again at Heroes Con in June! We reviewed his big beautiful art book Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess in the january 2010 Mew! Seven Wild Sisters novel features some of the characters of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest novel by De Lint & Vess, which we praised in the Apurril 2013 Mew!
This very pretty 264 page hardcover has the wraparound art on the boards & dust jacket; it was edited by Andrea Spooner & Deirdre Jones, designed by Saho Fuji, art directed by Sasha Illingsworth & Dave Caplan, with the production edited by Christine Ma & supervised by Virginia Lawther! Now for the taste of the plot & characters! Set in a contemporary time about 70-ish years after the events of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, The Apple Tree Man and an older Lily, now called Aunt Lillian, meet peppy Sarah Jane, and her six sisters from the neighboring farm!
Sarah Jane’s sisters are Adie, Laurel, Bess, Elsie, Ruth & Grace. The 7 Redheads and their hound dog named Root accidentally get caught in the feud betwixt the Ginseng faeries and the Bee faeries! The fae have kidnapped Sarah Jane’s sisters, so she needs help from Aunt Lilian, The Apple Tree Man, and the Cat Man to rescue them! In spite of the feisty banter from youngest twins Ruth & Grace, a clever plan is needed to outfox the fae and avoid getting stung, but I should not further spoil the plot However, I would like to comment upon my favoritest aspects of the tale!
I think the new & returning characters are quite delightful, with the sparkling, believable dialogue & dialects, which includes the amusing banter at times! There is a magnificent travelogue quality in the vivid descriptions of the region, from the farms & forest to the orchards & otherworld, plus the sumptuous descriptions of the flora, foods & treasures! It is the captivating tale in the handsome book full of the gorgeous images of the characters, creatures, scenery & typography, and I will give it the grade of the “A” as in Adie! Those are all of my reviews, but here is Bunnibuns to discuss
Okami No Hime!
Arigato! We are big fans of our friend Sharon Williams’s serialized prose fantasy tales on the web, such as her Sailor Sirius http://sailorsirius.webs.com adventures (fan-senshi fiction based upon Sailor Moon), and her original tales of Dark Fires of Cyphyrus, Osiris Rising, An Angel’s Prayer and Okami No Hime! The thrilling, emotional tales star the wonderful young heroines who bravely fight the monsters & villains, with the great dialogue, vivid descriptions, and the bit of romance along the way! Perhaps y’all have seen Mike’s illustrations of those heroines in our mewseum of art?
Her character Tari, the star of Osiris Rising, was October 2008 guest, you know! Well, about 2 years ago in September 2012, Sharon’s most recent tale of Okami No Hime began, and just last month the series finally concluded with its 34th chapter! Gosh, the time has flown by like the hyper drive! If y’all have not yet read the delightful yet bittersweet tale, it purrtains to Moonsinger the wolf who magickally transforms into the human girl when she flees from to our world from the evil wolf Nighshadow! She is rescued in Long Island by a high school boy named Connor who calls her Luna!
His Mom lets her stay at their home, but just as Luna starts to become more acquainted with our language & cultures, Nighshadow and his gang of lupine thugs arrive to hunt her down. It is tough enough to be the teenagers in the big city, but as more friends, rivals & enemies arrive, it is the very scary time for the romance to bloom between Luna & Connor! We have two of Mike’s illustrations of Luna on display in our Mewseum, such as the yummy breakfast scene http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery6/5.html and the homesick moonlight scene http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery6/15.html!
There are other great characters in Okami No Hime too, such as Jason, Drake, Strong Claw, Blue Cloud & Red Fang, but I should not spoil the plot any further! It is an intense, emotional, and action – packed urban fantasy tale, including the final chapter & the epilogue which y’all can read at Sharon’s DeviantArt gallery http://rose74.deviantart.com! We wish to congratulate Sharon for such an impressive, poignant accomplishment, and we eagerly look forward to her next tale! Now we will go from the fantasy words on the web to the to the fantasy art in the
Whimsical Fancies Coloring Book!
We are delighted to have a copy of the coloring book by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was our guest in September 2009’s Mew! Perhaps y’all have seen her illustrations & photos in our mewseum? She has illustrative, photographic, cosplay, mewsical ceramic & culinary talents, and wrote “The Love of a Catgirl” which y’all can read at the Tales of Catgirl Island page http://catgirlisland.net/tales.html! She renders such beautiful images of faeries, angels, mermaids, catgirls, kitsune, vampires & cuddly critters amongst pretty, mystical landscapes!
This 42 page, perfect-bound 8.5″ x 11″ trade paperback book was published last month, and has 20 Black & White line-art illustrations that are brimming with the fantasy frills, ruffles, wings, tails, fins & ornate attire to color! Y’all can see the exquisite CG color versions of those images on her site! The book was printed via The Book Patch, priced $8 plus the shipping cost, and each illustration is on the separate page so you could separate them all to display upon the wall! It is graced the peppy Redheaded “Chibi Country Catgirl” on the full color front cover!
After a smaller B&W pic of her, we are greeted by the “Fae Dancer” amidst the yummy – looking mushrooms, the vamp girl in the graveyard who says “Give Me Your Hand”, the “Southern Fae”in the off-shoulder dress by the wooden fence, and the cute widdle “Fairie Mouse”! Then we see the ornately serene “Bubble Maker”, the “Shy Mermaid” in the ruffled halter top, the faerie in the strapless top of “Roses are Red”, the catgirl who is deep in the “Innocent thoughts” whilst perched upon the stump, and the beautiful “Blushing Angel” adorned in the feathers and flowers!
Nextly we see “The Fawn” playing the tune in the woods, the “Winter Joy” of the skating Penguin, the faerie brewing “Seasonal Tea”, and further fae in “Enchanted Visions”, “Adrift”, “Spirited Away”, “Darkness Falls”, “Eldest Fairy” & “Forgotten Summer”! To top off the collection are the angel in the fancy dress who has found “The Locket”, and the perky foxy Kitsune tending to the “Abundance” of her vegetable garden! I hope there will be a bumper crop of carrots! We also hope that Rebecca’s 2015 calendar will be published soon, too! Now here is Petra to present the
Additions To The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Arigato, nya! For those who are here for the first time, galleries 1-6 display illustrations & photos by Mike, whilst guest galleries 1-3 display images by other folks and some of Mike’s collaborations with other artists, which are all displayed with their with their purrrrmissions, nya! On the web site, the most recent pics are on the bottom rows of the small, cropped “thumbnail” portions of the pics, and you have to click on those to see the full pics, nya!
For the start, in Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html, we are purroud to purrsent the Mass Effect fan art of “Commander Shepurrd of Neko 7” by our friend TonomuraBix http://tonomurabix.deviantart.com, who was a special guest of the March 2008 edition of The Mew, nya! She is a great artist, cosplayer and fan of the Mass Effect, which is a space opurra / science fiction genre video game series that was developed Bioware, published and TM by EA Games, nya! Commander Shepard is the main heroic purrotagonist of the elite N7 group, who is playable as either the male or the female version in the games, nya!
The latter version is affectionately known as “Fem Shep” by the fans, and voiced by the supurrb, purrolific actress Jennifer Hale, nya! However, we were disappointed by the official ending of the Mass Effect 3 game, so we commissioned Bixy to illustrate this image of our purreferable ending, nya! The wishful purremise of this pic is what if Shepard had used the 2nd of 9 lives to save the galaxy, and was then reincarnated as the catgirl named Shepurrd, in the bikini to enjoy well-deserved leisurely, frisky fun & fine foods with friends, on the island where there would be no enemies or holographic reapurr kids around to pester her, nya!
Nextly in Guest Gallery 3 we are delighted to display another fan art collage by our friend Lumshock http://lumshock.deviantart.com, depicting more manga, anime & game girls in bikinis, nya! The media are the Nintendo miiverse tools, nya! On the uppur row of the bikini fiesta, from right to left are Lum Invader from Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura, Tifa Lockhart from Square’s Final Fantasy VII, Mink from Dragon Half created by Ryusuke Mita, and Kahm from Johji Manabe’s Outlanders, nya! Below them are Shimakaze from Kadokawa’s Kantai Collection, and lounging on the sea bottom is Muromi of Keiji Najima’s Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san, nya!
Then we have another collage by Lumshock, depicting purretty pony & game fan art, nya! As y’all can see from the 5 images of this colorful collage, Lum is the avid fan of the games & animation, nya! At uppurr left is My Little Pony’s Twilight Sparkle in her humanoid Equestria Girls form wearing a bikini for the beach, and at lower left she is in her mewsual equine form in Ponyville, nya! At uppurr right, she entertains Mario Brothers’ Luigi, who might enter the race on the pony instead of the kart, nya! He returns in the middle right pic in the purrody / homage of the Life With Horses game, and at lower right, Flash Sentry (humanoid form) chats with Twilight, nya!
Nyow on display in Gallery 6 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery6.html we have 2 mew pics by Mike of Selina Kyle, alias Catwoman, starting with the “Kitty Spurrint”, nya! The pencil drawing was inked with Micron pens, colored with Prismacolor colored pencils, and then digitally spurruced up a bit with Photoshop CS2 & the mouse, nya! We’re not sure what Selina is running to or from, but the expurression of her backward glance suggests that she is meowrrily teasing her purrsuers, nya! We purrsume that she has purrloined and stashed the criminal’s purrecious purropurrty which she will retrieval at some later purrfect oppurrtunity, nya!
Purrhaps Batman is the purrsuer, in which case she will purrobably let him catch her, mew la la, nya! The next image of Catwoman by Mike is the Black & White ballpoint pen pic of a “Chibi-Style Selina Kyle”, nya! In this widdle sketch, she purrches upon the rooftop with the purrecious gem that she recently purrloined from the safe of a villainess, nya. It is a big, purretty Pink Star Sapphire, nya! Selina will fence it before its irate purrior owner realizes that it is gone, and the purroceeds will purrchase food, medicine, and pay the utility bills of Selina, her cats & poor neighbors, nya. Catwoman & Star Sapphire are © & TM by DC Comics, nya!
The Shepurrd pic has the graceful line weights, vibrant color, smooth shading & sense of solid mass.
I guess that is the different kind of mass effect heehee! I agree and I love the pose, expurression & the details!
She has the long surf board to match her sexy Black bikini with the N7 logo, the Red & White stripe!
Hai, the Red stripe also complements the lustrous sheen of her purretty short Red hair, neko ears & tail!
The bikini shows off the glistening tone of her athletic physique’s purrt chest, tight abs & firm thighs!
I wonder if she could use her Omnitool to catch a fish, or use her Biotic energy to cook it for suppurr, nya?
Lum has been so extremely purrolific and constantly impurroving upon the art in such rapid time, nya!
Hai and the pics of the girls are very expurressive, infused with such lively spirit and the sexy style!
Lum’s tiger stripe bandeau bikini is probably the most iconic bikini of all manga or anime!
Fur shur! I like Mink’s skirt bikini & Kahm’s ring-closure bikini too! Mink, Kahm & Lum have such lovely horns too!
Shimakaze is the slender, lithe, firm navy fleet girl in the bikini! I wonder if she has sailed near Muromi-san’s waters?
I think the sailors would be quite fortunate to be see the mermaid such as Muromi-san, nya!
The tail & knotted top frame the finicky mermaid tummy that craves the purrticular delicacies from the deep!
Tifa looks so purretty, peppy ‘n purrky, and It is good to more Tifa & pony art in the mewseum, nya!
Oh that’s right… we also have the photo of Crissy Teverini cosplaying as Tifa in Guest Gallery 2!
Hai and we have the wonderful pony painting of Apple Bloom by Scarlett Edwards, nya!
Twilight Sparkle is the purretty purrincess whether she is the equine type or the human type!
Fur shur, although she seems to have miscalculated the clothing options in that lower right pic!
Hai, but sometimes it is hard to purrdict the clothing styles & etiquettes of the other worlds.
I suppose she lacks in Rarity’s fashion acumen, although the Black bikini matches her mane & tail!
I am still hoping for some Banker Ponies, or purrhaps or a water horse or two, nya!
It would be the big responsibility, and we should ask the B.B. about the wild pony purrmit, nya!
You could ask the mermaids if there are water horse purrmits, but we have stray-catted from the art topic!
Well to stray back to the cat, I like Selina’s various costumes, but I am purrticularly fond of her Gray Cat look!
Fortunately she is the expurrt burglar, because it might be unwise to rile up the villainess who has the supurr powers, the squadron of jet fighters, and the Hot Pink Zamaron Couture.
I would bet on the cat! You know, this year is Batman’s 75th anniversary, and next Spurring will be Catwoman’s 75th, since she premiered in 1940!
Well, then we’ll have to commemorate the event! Petra, thank you for presenting the art!
Doitashimaste, nya! That is all of the art portion of today’s Mew, but nyow it is time for Mike to purrsent the
Mewsic Mewsings starting with
Ian Anderson’s Homo Erraticus CD + DVD, nya!
Thanks Petra! Whether performing solo or with the legendary British rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is one of my favorite song writers, vocalists, and my favorite flutist! I was fortunate to see an outdoor Tull concert in 1993 (their 25th anniversary tour), which was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and I especially liked their performance of “Hot Night in Budapest”! Anderson’s latest solo record is a concept album which is available in several editions, including this handsome case-bound deluxe edition which has the CD, DVD and a 32 page booklet.
The packaging is similar to deluxe edition of Tori Amos’s Unrepentant Geraldines, which we reviewed in the June 2014 Mew! Homo Erraticus is a concept album of 15 tracks which total about 52 minutes of wonderful prog / folk rock, based upon the book Homo Erraticus – The St. Cleve Chronicles by Ernest T. Parritt) (1865-1928). Each track is a chapter commenting on aspects & periods of human civilization as it ascends across the millennia from post-ice age of 7000 BCE to the end of the 19th century, with a few cautionary prophecies for future times.
The songs’ topics include conquerers, corporations, religion, pop culture, academia, ecology, railways, Victorian Britain, the world wars, the postwar era, and concerns for the next few decades. Much pertains to British history, but there are plenty of international, multi-cultural concerns to go around! The somewhat apocalyptic images on the album cover & booklet to suggest a rather gloomy global prospect! Ian Anderson played flute & acoustic guitar, sang, wrote & produced the music, with lyrics by Gerald Bostock (based upon the writings of Parritt).
The band includes additional vocals by Ryan O’Donnell, Scott Hammond on drums, David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on the accordion, piano, keyboards & Hammond organ and Florian Opahle on electric guitar. He was the album’s digital editor and an engineer along with Michael Downes & James Anderson. The stereo mastering is by Nick Watson, Fluid Mastering, the mixing & 5.1 mastering is by Jakko Jakszyk. The booklet has lyrics, credits, illustrations and some rather chilling, haunting images to accompany Ian & Gerald’s witty comments!
The artwork, design & photography are by Carl Glover, Aleph Studio. The DVD presents the entire album in the choice of 5.1 Surround or high resolution 24 bit stereo LPCM sound; it’s not a music video, but the music accompanied by an image per chapter. Also on the DVD is a nearly 21 minute video about the making of the album, in which Ian discusses his creative process, chats with his collaborators, and we see them recording & mixing the music! The video was recorded & edited by James Anderson & Miles Skarin, with DVD authoring by Ray Shulman.
The jam on “Tripudium Ad Bellum” reminds me of very early Jethro Tull such as their This Was album. The new band is really darn good, and I especially like the guitar on “After These Wars”, the spoken monologue on “Per Errationes Ad Astra”t, he keys on “The Engineer” and on “Puer Ferrox Adventus”. The flute ranges from an ancient ethereal sound to powerful hard rock! “Doggerland”, “Enter the Uninvited”, “The Turnpike Inn”, and “The Browning of the Green” might be my favorite songs on Homo Erraticus, which is maybe my favorite album starring Ian Anderson since his 2003 album Rupi’s Dance, or Jethro Tull’s 1995 album Roots to Branches! Now for my next review, I’d like to discuss
Yes’s Heaven and Earth CD!
Yes is one of my 5 favorite bands, and it doesn’t hurt that my favorite guitarist Steve Howe is still in the group, or that the great Roger Dean is still providing most of their album covers! Not only is he a profound inspiration for my own attempts at art & design, but I think his album cover art perfectly conveys the spirit of most Yes songs, which are among my favorite fun & uplifting music to listen to while I’m at the drawing board! So, I eagerly awaited their new studio album Heaven And Earth, and took the long way home from my favorite independent record store to listen the CD in my car!
This latest incarnation of the band for Heaven and Earth includes Chris Squire on bass guitar & vocals, Geoff Downes on keyboards & computers, Alan White on drums & Percussion, Howe on electric, acoustic, steel guitars & vocals on and they’re joined by new lead vocalist Jon Davison, who succeeds former vocalist Benoit David, who in turn succeeded the iconic Jon Anderson. I like Davison & David’s voices, which remind me a lot of Anderson. I think Yes has has several great singers over the decades- I like Squire, and former front man Trevor Rabin too… but I digress!
It is Yes’s 21st studio album since 1969, but only their 3rd of the past 15 years, following The Ladder (1999), Magnification (2001) and Fly From Here (2011, which we reviewed in the September 2011 Mew), but they’ve also stayed busy touring, releasing live albums & DVDs, and they’ve played in other bands and on solo projects too. Howe & Downes have also been members of Asia, whose Phoenix album we reviewed the August 2008 Mew. In the January 2009 Mew we reviewed Steve Howe’s Motif vol. 1 album, and Yes’s wonderful “In The Present” concert in Greensboro!
Heaven and Earth has 8 tracks totaling 51.5 minutes of prog rock produced by Roy Ward Baker, mixed by Billy Sherwood, mastered by Maor Appellbaum, with backing vocals engineered by Dave Dysart & Eric Corson, and the assistant engineer was Daniel Meron! The CD & 24 page booklet are in a tri-fold digipack style package, with beautiful illustrations by Roger Dean, sleeve design by Kate Haynes & photography by Rob Shanahan. My favorite songs on the album are track 1 “Believe Again” & track 8 “Subway Walls”, which are the longest at about 8 & 9 minutes respectively.
“Believe Again” has a very peppy, joyful ambience whereas “Subway Walls” grandly reminds me of mid 70’s Yes! Sammiched in between those are “The Game” which I thought quite pleasant, the bouncy lilt of “Step Beyond”, the more contemplative “To Ascend”, and “In a World of Our Own” which seemed like a cynical conversation between friends & family! There seems to be a sentimental quality across the songs, which are kind of like different generations gathered outdoors for a big, splendid family reunion, each with their own energy level, appetites, priorities and aspirations!
I hope it was a delightful reunion for those legendary musicians as Davison was welcomed aboard! He wrote a bunch of the songs, and played acoustic guitar on tracks 1 & 6 too! Track 6 “Light of Ages” is nearly 7.75 minutes long, with a great 1.75 minute instrumental opening, and might be the most pragmatically spiritual tune of the lot; whereas the more bittersweet harmonizing of “It Was All We Knew” is the shortest track on the album at just under 4.25 marvelous minutes. Ah, that’s all for my record reviews, which means now it’s time for our monthly
Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!
In this portion of The Mew, we commemorate famous catgirl, nekomimi & werekitty characters of all media such as toys, games, internet, novels, comics & manga, animated & live-action cinema & TV! Our very broadly inclusive criteria includes those who have feline female DNA, those who just dress the part, or those with the cat-titude for us to consider as “honorary catgirls”! Now, some of the links might possibly lead to some images that are sexy, rated Mature, depict nudity, or are otherwise NSFW (Not Safe For viewing at Work), so please as always, surf at your own risk!
I will cheer for the gorgeous catgirls, fun furry artistry, and the “Cat-Like Things” web comic by Jasmine Andrews http://caramelkitt.deviantart.com! Y’all might recall that earlier in Myayr’s Mako Mermaids mewsings, she briefly hinted at our favorite epurrsode, and nyow Ilyana will discuss that tale further for the spotlight!
Hai, I wish to mention Poseidon the cat transformed into the duplicate of Evie, as so delightfully purrtrayed by Gemma Forsyth in Mako Mermaids epurrsode 22: “Evie Times Two”! The magickal potion causes the cat to talk & look just like Evie, but retain the feline purrsonality & behaviors! It was quite amewsing to see her groom, purr, meow & snuggle, lap up the saucer of milk, hiss at the dog, purrch upon the rail, stalk & chase seagulls, swipe the purrawns, feast upon the fresh seafood, and purrpare for the beach catnap after craving the chocolate milk! It is so much fun!
I want… I want to shine the spotlight upon the Chi-chans of A Centaur’s Life manga by Kei Murayama! They are the cute cross-breed triplets Chinami, Chiho and – and Chigusa, plus widdle Sue-chan who are the younger sisters of angelic high school class purresident Mitami in the wonderful slice-of-life manga, nya! Nyow it is onee-chan’s turn, nya!
Arigato, nya! We have purreviously purraised several of the art instructional books published by Impact, and nyow I wish to mention the Draw Furries book by Lindsay Cibas & Jared Hodges of the Peach Fuzz comic strip fame, nya! It is a gorgeous full color 128 book on how to draw the male & female anthropurrmorphic characters of the various species, such as the canines, equines, avians, and the felines, nya! The 14 page feline chapter includes several lovely catgirls of various breeds & poses, such as the tiger, panther and the sporty cheetah type, nya!
Ibaraki Douji is the oni catgirl of Cyberstep’s Onigiri mmorpg (massive multi-player online role play game)! She is the Red & Black – haired sommelier in the sexy bikini attire, an expurrt of the beverages who fights the enemy with her cat-paw katana, and y’all can read more at her purrofile page at the onigiri wiki http://onigiri.wikia.com/wiki/Ibaraki_Douji!
I will shine the spotlight upon Ao Nanami of the Yozakura Quartet supurrnatural manga & anime created by Suzuhito Yasuda! Ao is the peppy, petite, teenage, telepathic, purre-cognitive catgirl radio announcer & satori with the Blue eyes, light Blue hair and arcing neko ear pinna in addition to the human ears! She works with magickal friends at the life counseling office in the city of Sakurashin which is populated by humans, gods & yokai! Ao is voiced by Saki Fujita in the delightful 12 epurrsode anime, which is available on the 2 disc DVD set from Sentai Filmworks!
So like, we have previously praised the totally awesome Archie Comics catgirls such as Josie, Valerie, Melody & the Jaguars, and now we will include Cat Girl of The Good Guys of the Galaxy! in Archie #655, Archie & Jughead travelled into space to meet the aliens such as Cat Girl, who got flirtatious with Archie, fur shur! She is a frisky, agile, athletic, barefoot Blonde with the cute ears, fangs & martial arts mastery, who helped to rescue Archie from the villainess Ha’cha! We hope that Cat Girl will return, but I suspect that might result in a cat fight if she meets the other girls!
I wish to mention Contropussy, the titular catgirl of the comic co-written by Camilla Outzen Rantsen & Emma Caufield (who purrtrayed Anya on Buff the Vampire Slayer), illustrated by Christian Meesey, lettered by Thomas Mauer, colored by Christian Meesey & purrduced by Christian Beranek! Contropussy has the duality of the seemingly sedate house kitty, who also leads the hard-boiled adventurous life as the sexy tough catgirl who fights the crimes! I like her Black & White stripe outfit with the cute Pink cap!
Today I wish to mention a couple of characters who appeared in the Furrlough anthology published by Radio Comics We have previously shown the spotlight upon the Aztec Anthropomorphic Amazons of cartoonist Kurt Wilcken, and I will amend the list with his super heroine Sex Kitten, who had to fly to rescue her boyfriend Milo who got caught by her sassy arch enemy Zenobia! Another contributor to the Furrlough was Chris Whalen, who wrote & drew the sad tale of the Depressed Socialite. It is the very sad account of the lonely lioness girl who feels neglected until the tragic end, and we will pray that her next 8 lives are the healthier, happier times!
I will shine the spotlight upon Amica the lovely Lynx lady with the glasses & stripes, Amber the adorable bell maker catgirl, her seafaring ferret girl Ceceilia Errin the weasel girl, Redwall fan art Sphinx girls and the other beautifully drawn characters of all breeds & species by Ainsley Seago. There is a brief page about her artistry at the Wikifur site http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Ainsley_Seago, and there are images of her furry art in her gallery at the Yerf Historical Archive http://yerf.metafur.org/seagains.
Last month we shined the spotlight upon the various catgirl groups at Deviantart, and we would like to add a few more original characters from there such a the voluptuous 7′ tall catgirl Angel Natsuhara, also known as is Project A.N.G.E.L. the genetically engineered hybrid catgirl with the Red hair, ears & tail! She was created by Angelthecatgirl http://angelthecatgirl.deviantart.com
Hai, and I wish to purraise slender 5’3″ Carri Redwake the delightful sexy British, human/ nekomimi hybrid who might appurr to be 18, but she is actually the centuries old singer, commander, wife & mom! She has the supurr keen senses, linguistic skills, the aquatic purrowess, Violet eyes, Brown hair, the Black ears & tail! She was created by Josh Ford http://storm-x.deviantart.com!
Lastly but not leastly, I will top off the spotlight with the lovely mermaid, faerie & other fantasy art, animal drawings & catgirl characters such as Tatori, Kitkit, Yuekai & Sun Goddess Celrina by Tara kitsunekittychan.deviantart.com, nya! That will conclude this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, but next month we will shine it again on another clowder of catgirl characters and their creators, nya! Nyow to top off this month’s Mew, it is the time to nom nom nominate
Our Recent Favorite Fish Photos, Piscine
Paintings & Other Appurrtizing Images, nya!
This is the portion of The Mew in which we mention our favorite photos & illustrations of the fresh & saltwater delicacies on the the recent magazine covers!
Hai, such as the tasty looking Trout on the June / July cover of Fly Fisherman!
There is a beautiful Brown Trout on the July / August cover of American Angler!
There is a Rainbow Trout to tempt my tummy on the cover of The Drake vol.16 #2!
I like the big Bass caught on the cover of Bass Angler’s Summer issue!
The ladies are holding the delicious Dolphin Fish on the June / July cover of GAFF!
The dangerous Lionfish is invasive yet succulent on the July / August cover of Coral.
That is a nice looking Cuttlefish on the August cover of Tropical Fish Hobbyist, too!
There is a supurrb Sailfish on the cover of Salt Water Sportsman vol.75 #8! Yum yum!
There is an impurressive Great White on the cover Discovery’s Big Book of Sharks, nya!
Dennis Friel’s contest – winning “Dock Masters” painting adorns the cover of Florida Sport Fishing vol.13 #4!
This is making me hungry again, and I would not mind a taste of the–
REGAL MOTH, NYA! (the distracted catgirl with camera scampurrs after the large colorful moth)
The Cat Lady Sings…
Nya! (snaps the photos of the interesting insect)
There she goes again… and so close to the end of the show, too!
The Citheronia regalis is the lovely lepidoptera!
Sometimes the photo oppurrtunity arises at the inoppurrtune time!
Well, I guess that will wrap it up for yet another edition of The Mew!
I am so glad that Mie-sensei and I could be here again!
We are glad of that too, and also wish to thank Tonomurabix & Lumshock for the art!
We also wish to thank Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
the other talented, industrious & inspurrational folks whose works we have discussed
… the rest of our friends, families and the kind audience for all of their support, nya!
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