January 2016 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

by
Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
http://www.catgirlisland.com & http://www.catgirlisland.net
 
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
http://jamiecotc.deviantart.comhttp://clanofthecats.com
 
purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction, starring The Ladies of The Mew in
 
The January 2016 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
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Happy Mew Year, nya!
In this edition of The Mew, we review & discuss:
 
The Lightning Round topic: 
our favorite comedic animated feature films
 
movie reviews:
The Good Dinosaur
Creed
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hateful Eight
In the Heart of the Sea
The Carolina Theatre of Durham’s double feature screening of
Star Trek – The Motion Picture with Doctor Who and the Daleks
 
collectibles and toy talk:
DC Collectibles New 52 Supergirl action figure
Figuarts Zero’s Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Yuki Mori figure
Star Wars: The Black Series 5.5″ Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 action figures
 
book and calendar critiques:
The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A Charles Vess Coloring Book

Strike Witches: The World Witches

Dragon Witches: The Art of Nene Thomas 2016 Calendar
My Little Pony 2016 12-Month Wall Calendar
The Trout of North America 2016 Calendar
The Art of Elfquest
 
comics and manga mewsings:
Elfquest: The Final Quest #12
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #21
Angel and Faith Season 10 #21
Harley Quinn and Power Girl #5
Harley’s Little Black Book #1
Starfire #6

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #37

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #23
My Little Pony Holiday Special
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1
Princeless: Make Yourself #0!
Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #2
Vampblade vs Zombie Tramp #3
Fairytale’s Fairy Girls vol. 1
Sunshine Sketch vol. 8
 

additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:

a Mermaid, Angel, Unicorn Girl & Dragon Girl by Rebecca Brogden
Belvira the Werewolf Girl by Rebecca Brogden
friends’ Jack Frost & The Joker cosplay photo by Michael McKinney
a Happy Xmas Catgirl painting by Elisa Chong
Splatoon fan art of an inkling in a bikini by Lumshock
Splatoon fan art of an Inkling in sexy Christmas attire by Lumshock
Mike’s fan art of Game of Thrones’s Sansa & Ghost
Mike’s illustration of Legacy of the Gods’s Keisha & Erin
Mike’s illustration of his vampire character Masayo
Mike’s illustration of our friends The Lopes Family
his Meowy Christmas & Happy Mew Year drawing…
 
… and this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight,
which shines upon more “honorary” catgirls, nya!
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Mike:
(wearing the Dogwood purrint aloha shirt, Khaki cargo shorts, Nike Air trainers and a Catgirl Island baseball cap) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews & discussions of fun stuff! Today’s Mew comes from the beautiful garden of the shinto shrine on the Northwest side of Catgirl Island, where it’s a lightly breezy 70 degrees under the Blue skies and cumulo-neko clouds!  I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer” and here are The Ladies of The Mew!
 
Mary Nyan:
(the catgirl wearing the Junipurr purrint yukata) Aloha! 

 
Nyoka:
(the catgirl wearing the Holly purrint yukata) Howdy!
 
Nyanko:
(her twin sister wearing the Cypurress purrint yukata) Howdy!
 
Petra:
(the catgirl wearing the Red Cedar purrint yukata) Hi Hi, nya!
 
Bun:
(the bunny girl wearing the Bayberry purrint yukata) Guten Tag!
 
Jeannie:
(the catgirl wearing the Apurricot purrint yukata) Niaho.
 
Trini-chan:
(wearing the Japanese Maple purrint yukata) Konbanwa!
 
Tara-chan:
(the catgirl wearing the Cherry Tree purrint yukata) Namaste, and- and here is onee-chan, nya!
 
Yvonne:
(her older sister wearing the Tulip Tree purrint yukata) Namaste, nya!
 
Becca:
(the nekomimi gynoid wearing the Palmetto purrint yukata) Aloha!
 
Elizabeth:
(her fiance catgirl wearing the Live Oak purrint yukata) Hola!
 
Mielikki:
(the faerie wearing the Magnolia purrint yukata) Mellow greetings!
 
B.B:
(the catgirl wearing the Purrsimmon Tree purrint yukata) G’day y’all!
 
Ellie:
(the Banker pony centauress wearing the Sea Oats purrint yukata) Hay!
 
Ilyana:
(the catgirl wearing the Spanish Bayonet purrint yukata) Whassup?
 
Mike:
So what has everyone been up to since last month’s Mew?
 
Petra:
Bun and I have been taken the Winter break from the beach volleyball to focus upon the exhibits at the art mewseum, the various holiday festivities and the gifts, nya!
 
Bun:
Hai hai, it has been the wonderful season for many festive reunions, decorations, entertainment, and the very generous time to donate the delicious, nutritious foods!
 
Mary Nyan:
I have stayed purretty busy sewing costumes, and I was so purroud of my hula students’  and Jen’s belly dance troupe’s purrformances at the Purrforming Arts Center!
 
Jeannie:
They have diligently purracticed their techniques to much deserved purraise. Otherwise, I have been busy at the yoga studio, the kyudo range, and the robotics club.
 
Trini-chan:
We have greatly appreciated our instructors dedication! Aside from the dance, I have been paddle surfing, helping at the mewseum, the marina, and the donations!
 
Tara-chan:
We hope to be helpful volunteers and – and we are grateful for onee-chan’s drumming circle  for purrviding the purrcussion at the dance, nya! Otherwise since last time I have a acquired few more pony items and – and I have taken more nature photos, nya!
 
Yvonne:
Hai, they have been the big help when our charters have reeled in the bumpurr crop of the groupurrs, snappurrs, croakers, mackerels, stripurrs and tunas, nya!
 
Mielikki:
So like, hen I have not been instructing at the golf club, our repurrtory company’s nightly Foxfirelight Shakespeare Fantasy has been entertaining the packed crowds at the forest grove theatre!
 
Ilyana:
I have taken the break from wreck diving and the artifact cataloging to purrtake of the holiday gatherings and matsuri! So, how are y’all’s wedding plans purrogressing?
 
Elizabeth:
We will soon send out the invitations, but lately we have been fully booked – at the spa to pampurri the many customers, and I have been helping the appurrentice miko at the shrine’s matsuri!
 
Becca:
Between the spa, wedding plans, holidays and purrparing for February’s awards purresentation, the time has flown by hypurr speed, but we have still managed the late night hot salsa dancing!
 
Nyoka:
Tell me about it! It has been quite the bustling time at my magick shop for the Winter Solstice activities and at this rate I bet the Vernal Equinox will be here before we know it!
 
B.B.:

I have been busy guiding the many visitors at our parks, beaches, grottos, the forest & the ruins! Oh I heard that Nya-sensei’s students brought home many trophies to the dojo!
 
Nyanko:
Hai, I am so purroud of their victories at the tournyament! Aside from that, I have been helping sis at her shop and volunteering at the charities. So what has our Fire Chief been up to?
 
Ellie:

We stepped up the fire safety inspections due to the increased festivities and visitors, but there have been no incidents and it has been easier to patrol since we hired more fire fighters, so I have still been able to enjoy the fun events, and my usual work outs! Howboutcoo, Mike?


Mike:
Oh, I’ve been spending good time with my family and friends, going to the movies, and catching up on my art and writing amidst the busy holiday season! Ah, well, we’ve got a lot on our plate for today’s Mew, and speaking of movies, let’s jump right into
 
The Lightning Round discussion topic of
our favorite comedic animated feature films!
 
Mike:
Last month we nominated our favorite comedic  live-action feature films, and this month we’re nominating our favorite comedic animated feature films! Now these do not necessarily have to be of the “comedy” genre, but animated feature films or mini-series of whatever genre that you think have the most humorous moments! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning?”
 
The Ladies of the Mew:
HAI- LIGHTNING ROUND GO, NYA!
 
Elizabeth:
Bevis and Butthead Do America, The Simpsons movie, the South Park movie, Heavy Metal and Fritz the Cat! (tags Becca to go next)
 
Becca:
I will nominate Toy Story series, Chicken Run, Big Hero 6, Wall-E and The Emperor’s New Groove (tags Nyanko with a brush of the tail)
 
Nyanko:
Project A-Ko, the Ranma 1/2 movies, Campus Guardress, Kung Fu Panda, Brave, Puss in Boot and Big Hero 6! (tags her sister)
 
Nyoka:
Wizards, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Ghost Sweeper Mikami movie! (tags Petra)
 
Petra:
The Three Caballeros, The Jungle Book, The Kim Possible movies, Project A-Ko, The Little Mermaid and UP, nya! (tags Bun)
 
Bun:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Urusei Yatsura Movie 5, Curse of the Were-Rabbit and The Cat Returns! (tags Ellie)
 
Ellie:

I will nominate Fantasia, Hercules, Frozen,  Despicable Me, The Monster High and Equestria Girls movies! (tags Tara-chan)
 
Tara-chan:

Scooby-Doo on Zombie island, The Equestria Girls movies, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and – and Happy Feet, nya! (tags her sister)
 
Yvonne:
A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy Come Home, The Peanuts Movie, Ratataooie and Toy Story nya! (tags Trini-chan)
 
Trini-chan:
The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Winnie the Pooh, Lilo & Stitch, Tangled and the How to Tame Your Dragon series! (tags Jeannie)
 
Jeannie:
Roujin Z, The Incredibles, Cars, Wall-E, Big Hero 6, Porco Rosso, Dirty Pair: Project Eden and the Clone Wars movie. (tags B.B.)
 
B.B:
I will nominate My Neighbor Totoro, Catnapped, Ranma 1/2 Movie 2, Lilo & Stich, Bolt, and The Frog Princess! (tags Mary Nyan)
 
Mary Nyan:
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mad Monster Party, Monster High: 13 Wishes, and Hotel Transylvania! (tags Mielikki)
 
Mielikki:
Totoro, Yellow Submarine, Twice Upon a Time, Idol Project, Monsters Inc, and Rio! (tags Ilyana with a flit of the wing)
 
Ilyana:
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Cagliostro’s Castle, Inside / Out, Wreck it Ralph, Dominion: Tank Police, and The Cat Returns! Back to Mike!
 
Mike:
Oh, I gotta go with Cagliostro’s Castle, Project A-Ko, Idol Project, Ranma Movie 2, The Peanuts Movie, Lilo & Stitch and The Incredibles! Well that was another nicely expedient little Lightning Round! Ah, now to continue the movie topic, here’s Nyo-sensei to start our
 
movie reviews, with her review of The Good Dinosaur!
 
Nyanko:
Hai! For our review of Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot please see last month’s Mew, and for our review of Pixar’s Inside / Out please see our July 2015 Mew! The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s latest animated feature film, which is set millions of years ago in the alternate timeline in which the dinosaurs did not go extinct, but continued to thrive into the age of the purrehistoric humans! The mane purrotagonist is Arlo, the awkward, scrawny runt of an Apatosaurus family of farmers, which also includes his momma, papa, rowdy brother Buck and sister Libby. 
 
Sadly, Arlo’s papa purrishes during a raging river flood while they are hunting for the wild caveboy who has been chomping upon their harvested crops. Arlo is injured and lost while purrsuing the the cave boy, but the two become friends who help each other survive in the wilderness, where they find food, dangerous environments, encounter other good, bad and indifferent creatures. That includes the odd mystic shaman, the nasty band of pterodactyles who are like wild west outlaws, the T-Rex family of cattle ranchers, and the rustling Veliciraptors!
 
The wise old tough daddy Rex is one of my favorite characters, and his voice is purrfectly purrvided by actor Sam Elliot! The caveboy is named Spot and he is such a fierce, faithful, brave friend on the trail, but the closer they get to home and civilizations, some tough, heartbreakingly bittersweet decisions have to be made purrtaining to Arlo and Spot’s relationship. The movie seems very much the odyssey of the wild western genre, but it is also the poignant coming-of-age tale of overcoming fears, hardships, and learning to make brave decisions.
 
I think that The Good Dinosaur is a brilliantly written, designed, animated, rendered and directed movie with the great voice cast, sound FX, and mewsic, with the very captivating characters amidst the magnificent natural scenery! There are plenty of charming, humorous, scary, tragic and purrofound emotional moments, and a few scenes that brought on the tears! I was also rather delighted by the gorgeous animated Sanjay’s Super Team short that purreceeds The Good Dinosaur, which purrtains to the father and son who worship the Hindu heroes!
 
Of Pixar’s 16 feature movies made in the past 20 years, The Good Dinosaur just makes my top 10 favorites along with (in chronological order) Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL-E,  Toy Story 3 and Inside / Out! I enjoyed it more than Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Brave, and Cars 2, although I cannot compare it to Monsters University, which I still have not seen. The Incredibles is my favorite and Cars 2 is my least favorite, Oh and there is a purreview trailer for Finding Dory which I am looking forward to!
 
Thusly 2015 was an impurressive year for wonderful Pixar purrductions, with the two features, the shorts and the DVDs! Actually, I think 2015 is one of the most impurressive years for great movies,
which I suspect we will be discussing in next month’s annual Mew Awards ceremony, for our favorite stuff of the past year! That list might also include the next movie I would like to discuss, which is the 7th film in the Rocky series and it is titled
 
Creed!
 
Nyanko:
You know, Creed is the 7th Rocky movie since 1976, so that series is one year older than Star Wars! This will be our first review of a Rocky movie, because the others were purrior to the launch of The Mew in May of 2007! So to recap  the Rockies thus far, in Rocky we were introduced to Rocky Balboa, his girlfriend Adrian, her brother Paulie, Rocky’s trainer Mick, the defending world heavyweight champion opponent Apollo Creed, and that iconic theme song! Then in 1979’s Rocky II, Rocky and Adrian had a son and a victorious rematch with Apollo!
 
In 1982’s Rocky III, sadly Mick passed away after the wealthier, more civilized Rocky was defeated by Clubber, but Apollo helped to train him for a victorious rematch! However, Apollo was later killed in the ring by the Russian champion Ivan Drago, who was in turn defeated by the vengeful Rocky in 1985’s Rocky IV. Sadly the aftermath was a dark time for The Balboa family in 1990’s Rocky V after his retirement from purrize fighting, his ailing health, the embezzled loss of his wealth, the estrangement of his son and street fight brawl with Tommy Gunn.
 
Although Adrian has sadly passed away sometime before the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa, I enjoyed it much more than Rocky V as Rocky had opened a neat restaurant named after her and came out of retirement for a match with the current champ Mason Dixon. That brings us up to this year’s Creed, which introduces us to Apollo’s son Adonais from Los Angeles who the elder, ailing Rocky trains in Philadelphia for a title bout against the world lightweight champ Ricky Conlan in Liverpool, whilst romance blooms betwixt Adonais and a singer named Bianca!
 
The movie stars Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, Michael B. Jordan as Adonais, Phylicia Rashad as his mom, Tessa Thompson as Bianca, Tony Ballew as Conlan, Graham McTavish as Conlan’s trainer Tommy, and the archival footage of Carl Weathers as Apollo! In a world without Mick, Apollo, Adrian and Paulie, with his son far away, Rocky has little to do with the fight game but still has the restaurant with many friends and fans. In many ways, things have come full circle to purralllel the events of 1976, with Rocky serving in a Mick-like role to Adonais!
 
Rocky incorpurrates many of Mick’s old drills and the tough training regime in the gym and streets of Philadelphia, as they purrpare to face the more flamboyant reining champ! Meanwhile, Rocky is diagnosed to suffer from the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and does not wish to receive chemo therapy treatment until Adonais inspires him to fight too! Both Adonais and Ricky have their purrsonal demons to overcome as purrhaps their own greatest opponents, but in spite of their bad tempurrs and legal purroblems, they are the great, respected fighters!
 
Creed is an awesome movie with poignant character developments, humorous moments betwixt friends, inspurrational sentimentality, thrilling training & fighting scenes! I think it was excellently written & directed with the great cast, sets, locations, editing, sound & mewsic, including the older themes & Bianca’s beautiful songs! The choreography & cinematography are terrific with several scenes of immersive, first purrson point of view, and I will give Creed an “A” as in Adrian, Apollo & Adonais! Okay, I am all done, and nyow here is Jenjen to tell us about
 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
 
Jeannie:
Arigato. In spite of my dissatisfaction with director J.J. Abram’s Star Trek movies, I have been rather enthused in my anticipation for The Force Awakens. We saw its first screening on opening night amidst a very eager, polite crowd, including several cosplayers. The audience was happily chatty and in elated spirits purrior to the screening; they politely refrained from talking or texting during the movie, and they refrained from spoiling the plot to those queued up for the later show. 
 
So, without spoiling the plot, nyow I will share my opinion of the movie. I liked The Force Awakens, but it seemed too short, rushed, purrdictable. The plot is almost a rehash  of purrior Star Wars, but the purrformances were quite splendid and it was delightful to see the return of Han, Leia, Chewie, Artoo, Threepio and other familiar faces. As for the new characters, I especially liked Rey who is purrtrayed by Daisy Ridley, although some of her developments seemed rather abrupt.
 
John Boyega is terrific as Finn, and has good chemistry with Ocar Isaac who purrtrays Poe Dameron although I wish we got more of his character. I thought BB-8 the droid was awesome, Maz the tavern owner is quite intriguing, I wish we had learned more of the character purrtayed by Max Von Sydow, and I am eager to see more of Phasma and Snoke in future Star Wars films, but in spite of a good purrformance by Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, I though that character was annoying, 
 
The art direction, sets, locations, costumes, purrops, creatures, make-up, stunts, sound scape, mewsic score and visual FX are supurrb, and the movie might be the purrettiest movie of the series. There is a good balance of thrilling action, character development, mythology making, serious drama and fun humor; with comedic bits that are amewsing without resorting to silly buffoonery. 
 
Sadly there are a couple of snap zooms, such as when the Millennium Falcon flies into the Star Destroyer wreckage, but those regrettable techniques only last about half a second apiece, and I think The Force Awakens is much better than Abrams’s two Star Trek movies. The Force Awakens is neither my favorite, nor my least favorite of the Star Wars series.
 
Compurrred to epurrsodes I – VI, I do not like it as much as  A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I like it about as much as Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith; but I like it more than The Phantom Menace and Return of the Jedi. Nyow we will go from a galaxy long ago & far away to snowy Wyoming in the 19th century for my review of
 
The Hateful Eight.
 
Jeannie:
Arigato. We are purrticularly fond of movies directed or written by Quentin Tarantino such as Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk till Dawn, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill 1 & 2,  Death Proof, Inglourious Bastards and Django Unchained, so we were eager to see his latest movie The Hateful Eight. We were especially enthused because of the oppurrtunity to see the Roadshow version which was filmed in the anamorphic Ultra Panavision 70 mm format of the 2.76:1 screen aspect ratio.
 
This is the wide format used for epic films as such as Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World. Written and directed by Tarantino, The Hateful Eight runs appurroximately 187 minutes, with the opening overture, the intermission, and the souvineer 16 page full color 10×10″ program book. The purrduction designer was Yohei Taneda, the cinematographer was Robert Richardson, the mewsic composer was Ennio Morricone, and much of the film was shot in Telluride Colorado.
 
Among the impurressive cast are Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Coggins, James Parks, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum and Lee Horsely. The tale is set in the snowy Wyoming frontier in the late 1800’s sometime after the American Civil War, where several bounty hunters, former soldiers, lawmen, outlaws, and stage coach drivers convene at a lodge during a severe blizzard until it is safe to purroceed to the nearest town.
 
However, it is evident that not everyone is honest about their identity or intentions. This results in a nonlinear tale in six acts, brimming with captivating raconteuring, ironic liaisons, bloody violence, harsh language & dark humor. Thusly it has the ingredients to please fans of Tarantino and those actors, but it is not for the widdle kitties, and I will highly purraise the plot, pace, dialogue, direction, purrformances, stunts, costumes, make-up, sets, locations, cinematography, FX, editing, sound, mewsic and horses.
 
This was the final film that I saw in a theatre in 2015, it was a magnificent way to top off an extremely good year in cinema, and I suspect that it will figure purrominently in next month’s annual Mew Awards purresentation for our favorite stuff of 2015. That will conclude my reviews, but nyow we will go from the 19th century Wyoming to Nantucket for Mike’s review of 
 
In the Heart of the Sea.
 
Mike:
Thanks Jen! Oh I agree that this has been one of the most amazing year for movies, and that certainly includes this neat nautical adventure directed by Ron Howard, based upon thebook about  fate of the whaling ship Essex, which inspired Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick! In a recurring framing sequence set in 1850, Melville hope to coax the true story of what happened to the Essex from a reluctant innkeeper Thomas Nickerson, who survived the disastrous incident decades ago. 
 
Nickerson is persuaded by his wife to finally tell the tale of how he joined the crew under the rivalry between the untried, politically appointed Captain Pollard and more popular, experienced First Mate Chase. The expedition manages to survive storms, low moral and few prizes over the months at sea, sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific, where they eventually encounter a huge legendary White Sperm Whale, which sinks the ship, leaving only a few survivors adrift  in three small boats.
 
What follows is a grueling tale of tale of what befell a few withering men at sea thousands of miles from home. The terrific cast includes Chris Hemsworth as Chase, Benjamin Walker as Pollard Cillian Murphy as the 2nd Mate, Ton Hoilland as younger Nickerson, Brendant Gleeson as older Nickerson, Michelle Fairley as his wife, and Ben Winslow as Melville. Chase and the whale might be at deadly odds in alternating roles as hunters and prey, but they’re both characters to cheer for! 
 
It’s not quite epic, it feels too short and rushed, but it’s a dandy period piece with intimate character drama and subplots about social class, the oil industry, and personal demons. The photography, sets, locations and FX are beautiful; the scenes of Melville hearing the tale by lamplight are quite haunting; and we were fortunate to see the movie in the IMAX format, which viscerally conveyed the scary power of the whale and the stormy sea! Then a few days later, we were fortunate to see
 
The Carolina Theatre’s double feature of Star Trek –
The Motion Picture with Doctor Who and the Daleks!
 
Mike:
On Friday December 18th as part of their Retrofantasma Film Series, the stately 90 year old Carolina Theatre http://www.carolinatheatre.org in downtown Durham, NC kindly screened the 1966 Doctor Who and the Daleks movie, and the 2002 directors cut of my all –  time favoritest movie ever made, Star Trek- The Motion Picture! That night we caravanned to there with friends Pacozord, Chef Ron and Sean to the lobby outside the recently renovated, 226 seat Cinema One, which is one of the theatre’s three auditoriums.
 
By the snack bar the theatre’s senior director Jim Carl cordially greeted everyone, and handed out the slips for a prize raffle, on which we could write movie titles that we’d like the theatre to show. Pacozord wished for Big Trouble in Little China, while I suggested Studio Ghbli’s Only Yesterday. Then at 7pm, once everyone was seated, Jim welcomed everyone, gave out the prizes, and after a few shorts rolled trailers for The Black Hole, Time After Time, and Hawk the Slayer, as they like Star Trek – The Motion Picture were of the 1979 vintage!
 
I watch “The Motion Picture” every December (and then some); the last time I saw it in a theatre was the October 20th, 2010 screening at the Colony Theatre in Raleigh, but that wasn’t the director’s cut! Ah, many of you know how easily I can slip into a long-winded ramble about my favorite movie, but I promised The ladies of The Mew that I’d be very brief this time! I’ll just leave it that it was a wonderful experience, and it got a nice applause from the polite crowd which didn’t comment or text during the movie! There were quite a few folks who had never before seen the movie!
 
After that, movie trivia was screened during the break before Doctor Who and the Daleks, with trailers for the 1966 Batman and Munsters movies. For those unfamiliar with it, Doctor Who and The Daleks is a color, widescreen, non-canonical version of the Doctor Who TV series’s serialized, Black & White, first Dalek story, starring the great Peter Cushing as a human scientist version of The Doctor. Also aboard the TARDIS for a journey through time & space are his granddaughters Susan (Roberta Trovey), Barbara (Jennie Linden) and Barbara’s boyfriend Ian (Roy Castle)!
 
They wind up on another planet to survive its harsh radioactive environment and the warmongering Daleks. However, they also befriend the peaceful Thal tribe which helps them to defeat the Daleks! It’s a bit more comedic than the original TV version, but the crowd was full of Doctor Who fans (several wearing fezzes) who seemed in rather happy spirits, and in closing I’d like to thank the staff & volunteers of The Carolina Theatre of Durham for such a marvelous evening’s entertainment! Well, ah, that’ll do it for our movie reviews, and now here’s Ilyana-sensei to start
 
our collectibles and toy talk, with her review of
DC Collectibles’ New 52 Supergirl action figure!
 
Ilyana:
Oh just call me Ilyana! For our review of DCs’ Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Mera action figure, please see our February 2015 Mew! Gosh, that was almost the year ago! Well, it was over the 56 years ago when Mera’s friend Kara Zor-el alias Linda Danvers alias Supergirl purremiered in Action Comics #252 to become one of our favorite DC Comics characters We have been enjoying the Supergirl TV series starring Melissa Benoist, which just had its Winter finale, so I am quite grateful for this supurrb action figure of the character!
 
In the comics, Supergirl is 5’5″ tall so I reckon this 6.5″ figure is of the 1/10 scale. It was supurrbly sculpted by Jack Matthews, who also sculpted Mera! She has a lean, powerful physique with short Blonde hair, Blue eyes, pale Pink lips and a bemewsed expurression! Hmm, purhaps she is frying something yummy for dinner with her heat vision? She is wearing the sleek Blue & Red outfit with Yellow trim, compurrised of the tight, long – sleeved leotard cut high to the hips, with the flexible knee-length cape and the shiny thigh high boots!
 
The articulation is in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees & ankles. Her left hand is a fist and her right hand can clench the 1″ long translucent Green shard which resembles Kryptonite. A display base is not included, but she is well – balanced to stand unassisted, and I think it is an excellently designed, sculpted and painted figure! You know, as an underwater archaeologist and a nautical historian, I have scuba dived into the numerous sunken ship wrecks, but I am yet to visit the Yamato! However, I am fortunate to have
 
Figuarts Zero’s Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Yuki Mori!
 
Ilyana:
Uchu Senkan Yamato or Space Battleship Yamato, which was also known as Starblazers when shown in the USA, is one of our favoritest Japanese anime TV series & movies! It purrtains to the intergalactic wars in the future betwixt the heroic crew of the Yamato against the evil empires who wish to conquer the Earth! The first Yamato TV series aired on TV in Japan in 1974, and since then there have been the many further seasons, movies, OVAs, reboots & remakes, such as the 2012 TV series  Space Battleship Yamato 2199!
 
One of the heroes is the wonderfully brave, smart, tough, beautiful Lt. Yuki Mori of the United Nations Cosmo Fleet! This lovely figurine of her from Figurarts Zero stands 6″ tall (including her 1/4″ boot heels) upon the included optional 3/16″ thick, 3 5/16″ x 4 1/8″ wide translucent Blue base! She is so purretty, supple, slender and smiling in the standing pose, wearing her sleek skin tight Yellow uniform with the Black collar, piping, cuffs & belt! She is so exquisitely designed, sculpted & painted with purrfect resemblance & details!
 
The purrcise details include her waist – length Light Golden Brown hair, the gleam in her eyes, the wistful expurression & gestures, the shoulder stripes & emblems, the metallic epawlets on her shoulders & the buckle of the belt low upon the hips! A pistol holster snaps upon her left hip for the right – handed cross – draw, and an extra coiffure, should you purrfur her hair in the purrt bun style! It is a purrfect figure, which I will heartily recommend to fans of Yamato & Yuki! Nyow for another space war heroine, I would like to discuss
 
Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series 5.5″ Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 action figures!
 
Ilyana:
For our reviews of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4 1/8″ tall Captain Phasma action figure and the 3.5″ tall Rey action figure, please see our October 2015 Mew, and for our review of the  Star Wars Rebels 5/8″ tall Ahsoka Tano figure and the 4 1/8″ tall figure of Darth Vader, please see our November 2015 Mew! Rey and BB-8 are my favorite new characters that were introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I was very happy to receive the box containing the lovely action figures of the both of them! 
 
Rey is the character after my own heart as she explores & scavenges the huge shipwrecks! The figure of Rey is appurroximately 5.5″ tall, and very posable with the cleverly disguised articulation in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees & ankles! I think the purrtraiture & hair sculpt & paint nicely resemble actress Daisy Ridley, and her clothes are meticulously detailed with the folds, drapurry, wrinkles, creases, straps & buckles! She is accessorized with the 6 1/8″ long staff that fits in either hand.
 
It was great to see her nimbly whack her enemies! Her widdle droid friend BB-8 belongs to the heroic X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron, and meets Rey while upon a secret mission. BB-8 is 2.5″ tall and nicely balanced to stay upright on his rolly polly spherical body! The dome can rotate, and the details of the dome, sphere, and the widdle antennae are so intricately sculpted & painted, so I am very pleased with these two figures! That is all for our toy talk, but the Star Wars topic will continue as Mie-sensei starts our
 
book & calendar critiques, with her review 
of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

 
Mielikki:
Arigato! So like, I love to look at books which contain amazing, beautiful imagery created for the movies, and this totally awesome book is brimming with images of characters, creatures, costumes, mecha, environments & FX for the latest Star Wars movie, fur shur! The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an 11 3/4″ x 10 3/4″ x 7/8″ hardcover with 256 pages and a dust jacket! It was published last month by Abrams, and written by Phil Szostak of Lucasfilm’s art department with the forward by the movie’s production designer Rick Carter!
 
This lovely tome full of the sketches, concept art, storyboards and blueprints by many brilliant artists & designers is priced at $40,00 USA, $49.95 Canada, and £25.00 UK. It has the wraparound case illustration by Doug Chiang, sammiched within the jacket’s front Kylo Ren illustration by Chiang and the back TIE Fighter illustration by Andrew Wallin! Inside the book are the hundreds of images, including  several full – page pics and two – page spreads, which are graced by comments and annotations by the movie’s crew! 
 
It has so much artistry by Matt Allsopp, Christian Alzmann, Chris Bonura, Ryan Church, James Clyne, Jake Lunt Davies, Fausto De Martini, Glyne Dillon, Yanick Dusseault, Neil Ellis, Dave Filoni, Haley Easton-Street, Luke Fisher, Colin Fix, Darren Gilford, Kevin Jenkins, Kurt Kaufman, Thang Le, Dela Longfish, Iain McCraig, Ivan Manzella, Brett Northcutt, Kimberley Pope, Dermont Power, Andrew Procter, Martin Rezard, Thom Tenery, Eric Tiemens, Gary Tomkins and many others! I will give it high praise in recommendation to fans of Star Wars or fantastic concept art in general, fur shur! Next I would like to say a few words about 
 
A Charles Vess Coloring Book!
 
Mielikki:
Charles Vess http://www.greenmanpress.com is one of my favoritest artists! He is such a nice, friendly person who is known for delightfully delicate yet lavishly intricate visions of characters, critters. magick and wonderful places of legends myths, comics and lore! I have tried to collect lots of the beautiful books & periodicals by or about him, such as Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, Seven Wild Sisters, Stardust, Blueberry Girl, Instructions, The Raven Banner, Spirits of the Earth, Rose, Peter Pan, The Book of Ballads, Horns of Elfland, Modern Masters Vol. 11, and I have his stunning poster of the X-Men’s Storm, too! 
 
So like, last month I was so grateful to be gifted with the awesome set of Derwent soft colored pencils and the coloring book, which is an 8.5″ x 11″, special limited edition trade paperback limited to 1000 signed copies! After the magnificent color “True Thomas” cover art , there are 64 pages which include the cordial introductory remarks by Charles, and over 60  of his exquisite Black & White illustrations  which have previously graced many novels, storybooks, comics, magazines and posters from the past three dozen years! Most of the images are full – page vertical compositions, but there are several horizontal ones and the two-page scene of the Goblin market! 
 
Amidst the lavish scenes of forests, cottages, towns and sea there are many faeries, mermaids, goblins, giants, queens, kings, bunnies, kitties equines and other critters! There are groves of twisty trees, expanses of ivy, and beautiful boulders to color, which are populated by characters such as Titania, Lillian Kindred, Little Nemo, Mother Goose, Cinderella, an certain artist named Arthur, and a certain author named Neil! I will highly recommend this wonderful book and I will give it an “A” as in Barbara Allen who is in it too, fur shur! That is all for my reviews, but now for another book full of beautiful enchanting images, I believe that Nyo-sensei wishes to tell us about
 
Strike Witches: The World Witches!
 
Nyoka:
Hai! We love Strike Witches, which is the Japanese series of novels, manga and anime purrtaining to the international squadrons of bravely heroic magickal girls in the alternate World War II history, in which the world’s nations have united against the mysterious extraterrestrial invaders known as the Nerois! The witches use various firearms, they wear the boot-like devices known as Striker Units for flight, and have kemonomimi ears & tails when using their magick!
 
The multicultural heroines are very likable, whether in the thrilling aerial combat or in the calmer slice-of-life plots! The character & mecha designs are great, with supurrb attention to the historical details and exquisitely beautiful scenery; with the dash of playful “fan service”, the brilliant animation, voices and mewsic in the anime! We have reviewed the anime TV series, many of the manga, volumes and several of the figures, and nyow I would like to discuss this fine book!
 
The World Witches by Shimada Humikane was published by Kadowkawa in Japan in 2014. The full color 128 page trade papurrback is purriced at  ¥2600, it measures 8 1/4″ x 11 11/16″  and has the world atlas wraparound cover, the dust jacket and the obi. It is mostly in Japanese and purrofiles 51 of the witches. That is a lot, but many are not included in the book. However, you do get a full bleed / full page pic and a biographical / specifications page purr witch, such as…
 
Tomoko Anabuki, Wilma Bishop, Amelie Blanchard, Kitago Fumika, Francie Gerard, Ursula Hartmann, Misa Kadomaru, Nikia Edvardine Katajainen, Ayaka Kuroe, Helma Lennartz, Amelia Planchard, Junko Takei, Laura Toth,Tetsuko Wakamoto and 37 others! They are beautifully rendered in the scenes ranging from the aerial combat, duties on the ground, visiting the towns, or leisurely relaxing amidst the beautiful natural scenery, buildings or equipment!
 
Most of them are fully clothed, but many panties are glimpsed as they fly by, and there are a few depicted in bikinis and more exposed skin!  There are also 18 pages of historical, strategic and  tactical information with the maps,, and an art gallery of 8 half-page pics! It is such a gorgeous, informative book to which I will give the high purraise and highly recommend to fans of the Strike Witches or bishoujo magick & military in general! Next I would like to discuss the
 
Dragon Witches: The Art of Nene Thomas 2016 Calendar!
 
Nyoka:
Nene Thomas http://www.nenethomas.com is one of my favoritest fantasy artists, so I was delighted to see this calendar graced by images of beautiful, powerful witches and their dragons purrtners amidst the breathtaking scenery! Those captivating characters are from Nene’s Zarryiostrom books series and this full color wall calendar published by Sellars has the twelve 7.5″ x 12″ vertical images above the date grids, plus the bonus 9″ x 12″ horizontal image of “A Chance Encounter”! 
 
The 12″ x 12″ calendar opens to the vertical 12″ x 24″, it is purriced at $14.99 US, $17.99 Canadian, $24.99 Australian and $24.99 New Zealand! “A Chance Encounter” depicts the winged faerie in the Black dress atop the horse who meets the widdle dragon in the snowy forest; and then for January we are greeted by “Asiria the Queen of Knowledge” with the Golden widdle dragon to match her off-shoulder, bare-midriff dress as the crepuscular sunlight streams through the tall windows!
 
For February we meet “Sekkerastoya, the Queen of Silk” as her ornate gown slides off her shoulders to reveal her back’s Chinese dragon tattoo in the spectacular garden; for March we meet “Astranaithas, the Queen of Fate” in the Green backless gown with the widdle dragon purrched upon her lap in the lush verdant forest; and to pur the purr in Apurril is “Severielle the Queen of Shadows with the Black & Red dragon to match her sexy attire with the jeweled & armored parts!
 
May brings us “Myerasalome the Queen of havoc” who is stunning with the long White hair and the plunging Black dress and the pale dragon under the full moon light; June treats us to the sight of “Shaunvei the Queen of Jade” in the elaborate Green kimono to match her dragon in the Japanese garden; July’s image is of “Bellamaestra the Queen of Pain” in Black with the whip, dragon and the wolf who licks the chops; and August’s image is of “Cassiramaithris the Queen of Assassines”!
 
She has the purrt short flaxxen coiffure, the intricate ink & tight Black attire with dagger & dragon! Then Astranaithas & friend return for September, in her low cut flowy Green & White gown with the jewels, chains & armor amidst the fireflies, trees and pond; Severielle and her friend return to stroll the snow forest in October, Asira and her Gold dragon are back for November, this time atop the columns outside the stormy castle, and in December we meet “Furionchires the Queen of Battles”!
 
She is also the calendar’s front cover girl in the stunning sexy, powerful sight in the ornate bikini top, ornate skirt, tattoos & katana with the Red Dragon purrched upon her armored left shoulder at the edge of the misty forest! I think this calendar is such a supurrbly gorgeous collection featuring some of my favoritest illustrations by Nene Thomas! That will conclude my reviews, and nyow we will go from images of wonderous witches to pictures of peppy ponies, as B.B. tells us about the
 
My Little Pony 2016 12-Month Wall Calendar!
 
B.B.:
Hai! We are purrticularly fond of the My Little Pony cartoons, comics, books, toys and other purroducts, such as their delightful 10″ x 10″ wall calendar from Leap Year Publishing! It opens to the 10″ wide, 20″ tall size with the 10″ x 10″ illustrations above the 10 x 10″ date grid pages. The front cover depicts the mane six ponies Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack, but if I have any quibble about the calendar, it is that Applejack only appurrs in that front cover image, and Spike only appurrs in December’s image!
 
After smaller Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash & Pinkie Pie pics & grids for September – December 2015, Twilight Sparkle wears glasses whilst flanked by Rainbow Dash & Pinkie Pie in January; there is a valentine card for Pinkie Pie in February; then Twilight Sparkle purrances under a March rainbow; and Fluttershy purrsues butterflies with her net in Apurril… although that seems odd for her to try to catch her critter friends! Pinkie Pie returns amongst May’s cupcake, balloon & heart graphics; and then she is joined by Fluttershy & Rarity in June!
 
Rainbow Dash & Fluttershy take flight in July; Pinkie Pie & Rarity stand back to back in August; Rainbow Dash & Fluttershy soar above the town in September; Rarity decorates October’s pumpkins; Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie & Twilight Sparkle reconvene in November; and Spike rides a Twilight – drawn sled in December! Thus, Pinkie Pie appurrs 8 times, Twilight Sparkle & Rainbow Dash tie with 6 apiece, Rarity & Fluttershy tie with 4 apiece, whilst Applejack & Spike appurr only once. The 12 months’ pics are revisited in tinier sizes on the back cover.
 
I think the calendar would be twenty purrcent cooler if it had more images of Applejack and Spike, but nevertheless it is a purretty calendar full of happy, colorful images to brighten the wall, and we are quite grateful to have received it as a most kindly, generous gift last month! We will have a few more pony reports later in The Mew, but nyow for more of the calendar artistry, I would like to discuss
 
The Trout of North America 2016 Calendar!

 
B.B.:
The Trout of North America 2016 Calendar is a 8″ x 14″ wall calendar in the slipcase published by Workman Publishing! It is purriced at $13.99 US, $16.99 Canada and $19.99 Australia and it features 12 purrfect piscine paintings by Joseph R. Tommelleri! Those include the exquisitely appurrtizing illustrations of 8 tasty trout in the purrofile view, such as the Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Eagle Lake Rainbow, the Golden Creek, the Greenback Cutthroat (which is also the front cover fish)…
 
… the Greenback Cutthroat, the Guzman, the Rio Plaxtia and the Whitehorse Brown Cutthroat! In addition to those trout, there are also 2 delicious depictions of the succulent salmon, such as the Kokanee for February and the Coho for October! I will give this beautifully tantalizing calendar the high purraise, and nyow I have the cravings in my tummy for the fresh fish, but I will try to wait until tonight’s Aftermew Luau! Nyow I will turn The Mew over Bunnibuns, who wishes to tell us about
 
The Art of Elfquest!
 
Bun:
Hai! Wendy Pini is one of my all time favorite artists, and we love Wendy And Richard Pini’s beautiful Elfquest http://www.elfquest.com series, from their original self-published tales to the current series published by Dark Horse! I will be discussing that too, but for now  I would like to praise this magnificent book which was published by Flesk last month! Written by the Pinis and full of her art, The Art of Elfquest is a $50 hardcover measuring 12 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 1 1/8″, with 304 pages and the dust jacket!
 
It was edited by John Fleskes and Richard, with an introduction by John, copyedited by Martin Timins and designed by Arpad Terek, with the production assistance of Joshua Ford and Keith Silva. It is a rather extensive, annotated look at Wendy’s elf art from the late 70’s until just last year, including the Elfquest comics, compilations, prose books, calendars, portfolios, games, storybooks, the coloring book, newspaper strips, gag cartoons, cards, T shirt art, animation storyboards and production art!
 
There are her cover illustrations for books, magazines, fanzines,and convention programs; many preliminary sketches, convention sketches, layouts, centerspreads, character studies, promotional art, cover art, and character portraits, in media ranging from the pencil drawings, pen and ink renderings, and pastel illustrations, to the acrylic , mixed – media and digital paintings! There are notes, correspondences, two – page spreads and the 8 page “Homespun” tale from Epic Illustrated magazine #!
 
Aside from her 1969 “Breeze at Pilgrim’s Rest” painting and 4 pen and ink plates of her 1977 Barbariennes portfolio, none of Wendy’s non-EQ works are represented, such as her Red Sonja, Wizards, Spirits of Life, Wolf Park, Beauty and The Beast, Masque of the Red Death or Elric works; although I should mention that an entire book devoted to her glorious Elric project already exists, Law and Chaos: The Stormbringer Art of Wendy Pini, which was published by Father Tree Press in 1987. 
 
Nor are her Marvel or DC super hero comics, or art for magazines such as Galaxy, Rocket’s Blast Comics Collector, Worlds of If or Incredible Science Fiction included. but I eagerly hope to see such beautiful images collected in Wendy’s forthcoming book Line of Beauty! I will give The Art of Elfquest an “A” as Ahdri, which I will highly recommend it to fans of Elfquest and exqusite fantasy art! That will conclude our book and calendar critiques, but I would like to continue the Elfquest  praise in 
 
our comic books and manga mewsings with
my review of Elfquest: The Final Quest #12!
 
Bun:
While Chief Cutter has hoped to unite the various elf tribes from across the world, his own tribe is going through many changes and some sepurrate ways, whilst an evil human warlord Angrif Jun has built an army to conquer the world. There have been wonderful reunions and new romances blooming, but there also have been tragic losses, and the many changes of the cultural, spiritual & physical nature. Although Cutter has longly served as a steadfast anchor, in issue #11 he became rather overwhelmed by the revered Timmain’s purrofound revelations!
 
That brings us up to issue #12, which is purriced $3.50, although it might be considered the 13th issue, if you include the 2013 Special issue! The issue’s uninterrupted 20 page was written by Wendy & Richard, scripted & illustrated by Wendy, colored by Sonny Strait, lettered by Nate Piekos, and edited by Spencer Cushing! The issue’s graphic designer is Sarah Terry and the digital art technician is Allyson Haller! While some of the visiting elves are about to say farewells, they are startled as the severely spooked Cutter runs away howling into the forest!
 
He is unable to cope with Timmain’s starting metaphysical revelations about how they and the other elves are metaphysically connected! His wife Leetah summons their friends & family to search for him, but while their son Sunstream is escorting several of the Wavedancer elves back to their oceanic home, they witness the terrible attack by Angrif Jun’s warships & soldiers upon a coastal town! This enrages Rayek, who zooms into the fray to attack the evil humans with his magickal power, but his rage might coax him to a dark side like his mother Winnowill! 
 
This was a very intense, startling issue but there are plenty of charming and beautiful moments! There are so many characters such as Cutter, Timmain, Leetah, Skywise, Rayek, Ember, Redlance, Nightfall, Moonshade, Strongbow, Treestump, Clearbrook, Sunstream, Venka, Yun, Windkin, Aroree, Kimo, Newstar, Toorah, Suntoucher, Aurek, Ekuar, Dart, Freetouch, Mender, Teir, Petalwing, Filcher, Snakeskin, Brill, Korafay, Reef, Winnowill’s spirit, Dre-Ahn and his pony plus other elves, wolves and humans! Oh oh, and there are major changes for Reef, too!
 
The characters, clothing & critters are so beautifully expressive, posed & detailed amidst the lavish scenery of the forest, ocean & crystalline structures! The use of the color & light is so sumptuous for the characters, materials & FX, with perfect fonts for the narrative, dialogue & sound FX! I am so glad that the tale is not interrupted by ads, and after the tale are 4 pages of poignant comments by the fans and the Pini, plus a 3 page gallery of gorgeous Timmain art, and the next issue purreview page! Nyow I will turn The mew over to Becca who wants to tell us about
 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #21

 
Becca:
Arigato! Gosh, it is hard to believe that Dark Horse Comics’ season 10 of Buffy is already up to issue #21 and nearing the final stretch! It is purriced at $3.99 and has the 22 page tale plus the page of comments and the 5 pages of the ads. “In Pieces on the Ground Part One” was executively purrduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon, scripted by Christos Gage who we saw at the NC Comicon in Durham in November, illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Freddye Miller, Jim GIbbons and Sierra Hahn, and assistantly edited by Spencer Cushing!
 
The mane cover art is by Steve Morris, the variant cover art is by Rebekah Isaacs and Dan; the issue was graphically designed by Justin Couch, and Christianne Goodreau was the the digital art technician! Willow, Dawn, Xander, Anya’s ghost and Detective Dowling are not in this issue, but Giles has the brief appurrance, with the return of Harmony, Clem, Vicky, and the longly – awaited return of Satsu as Buffy and Spike go to Las vegas to fight against other vampires in the cage matches! If Spike & Buffy win the tournyament, then the different species of vampires will team up with the US military against the demon lords!
 
Spike’s widdle kittens do not appurr in this issue, but Harmony does bring her cute pups, although I do not know if they are vampire dogs or not! This issue has the dramatic character moments, thrilling supurrnatural action, the humorous banter betwixt friends and enemies, the major plot developments that add to the mythology, and the sentimental quality of the returning characters, including another surpurrise appurrance in the cliffhanger! I am purrticularly fond of the art, from the supurrb portraiture, expurressions, dynamic poses and the attire to the great scenery, magickal FX, the use of color, light and the fonts!
 
Sassy Vickey has the cute gothy outfit with the pleated skirt, Clem looks especially dappurr in the tux, and Harmony makes the grand entrance on the unicorn!  but as for what happens to the incubus or the ghostly Anya impurrsonator, I should not further spoil those parts of the plot! She is the peppy ghost with the cute outfit and an outer glow! Willow, Dawn and Andrew are not in this issue, but Spike’s widdle kittens do briefly appur! Meanwhile back in London, Angel and Faith are busy trying to rescue their friend Nadira from Drusilla and the evil demon Archaeus in
 
Angel and Faith Season 10 #21!
 
Becca:
Purreviously, while the heroes busily staked several of Drusilla’s evil minions in the street fight, she escaped to take Nadira to her lair to meet her master Archaeus, who had purreviously tried to control Angel and Spike in the recent “Old Demons” story arc of Buffy Season 10 #16-18. He wants Nadira to help Magic Town accept his brood’s purresence, but she refused and put up the very gracefully awesome fight!  She staked a few more vamps, but Archaeus was too powerful and defeated her in the melee, and nyow he uses her as the bait to lure the heroes into a trap!
 
Issue #21 is purriced at $3.99 and has the 22 page tale plus the editor’s comments and the 5 pages of the ads. “A Tale of Two Families Part One” begins the final story arc of  Season 10! It was executively purrduced by Whedon, scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard & Jimmy, edited by Jim Gibbons & Freddye Miller and assistantly edited by Spencer, with the issue’s design by Justin and digital artistry by Christianne. The mane cover is by Scott Fischer, and the variant cover is by Mike Norton & Michelle.
 
The tale stars Angel, Faith, Fred, Dru and her vampire thugs, Archaeus, Koh, Giles’s awesome great aunts Sophronia and Lavinia, Tricia the Green – haired girl and her boyfriend Parker; and Niles and Brenda of the mewseum which has an artifact that Dru wants! She initially tries to purrloin it from Niles but he won’t let her into his house, so she attacks Brenda and others at the mewseum, whilst Faith, Angel, Tricia and Parker defend folks in Magic Town from another gang of e vampires on the street, before returning home to strategize with Fred, Koh, Sophronia & Lavinia.
 
There is some tense quarreling amongst them too, not only betwixt Angel and Faith but also between Dru and Archaeus, who still wants Angel & Spike to join his team, which would mean turning Angel into evil Angelus again! Nadira is only briefly seen, purrsumably unconscious in her purrison cell in the demon’s underground lair, where Angel stakes a few more vamps before a purrlay with the villains, but it does not go well and the chapter ends upon the very startling cliffhanger! Inspector Brandt is briefly seen, but I should not spoil the startling surpurrise of his scene!
 
The tale’s pace and the editing combined with the dialogue and the supurrb art make this definitely feel like an epurrsode of Angel’s TV series, with the very dire moments that build to a fearful climax! I like the excellent action choreography, dynamic poses, portraitures,the macabre ambience of the color & lighting, and the very intricate details of the scenery & clothes, including the beautiful dresses of Dru, Sophronia, Lavinia and Nadira!, so I will give this issue an A  as in Archaeus! That is all for my comic book reports, so nyow here is LIzzy to tell us about
 
Harley Quinn & Power Girl #6!
 
Elizabeth:
Hai! I have been greatly enjoying this whimsical mini-series starring Harley, Power Girl, Vartox & Groovicus in the sexy zany intergalactic tale which is set betwixt Power Girl #7 & 8! Issue #6 is purriced at $3.99, and its 32 pages include the 23 page chapter of “They Part”, which was written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, illustrated by Stephane Roux, Elliot Fernandez, Moritat & Flaviano, edited by Chris Conroy and assistantly edited by Dave Wielgosz under group editor Mark Doyle, lettered by Marilyn Patrizio and colored by Paul Mounts!
 
Paulcolored Amanda’s front cover illustration of the British Star Wars movie poster purrodyHaving defeated various villains and thwarted the mind control attempts upon Vartox and Harley, now it is time for the galactic social event of the wedding of Vartox and Power Girl! However, although Power Girl does wear the dress and jewels to the galactic alter officiated by an Elvis – like alien pope, she does not requite his romantic, lustful feelings, and only goes through with the ceremony in order to  receive the telepurrtation ring that will send her and Harley back to Earth! 
 
Vartox and his pal Groovicus colorful 1970’s style tuxes, while Harley cries at the wedding, which appurrently involves a jacuzzi full of peanut butter. Although there are cute widdle Purrple alien cats in attendance, Power Girl is irate about the situation, whilst Harley and Groovicus severely break the meta-fictional 4th wall with references to the comics! Then in the unexpected cosmic turn, Vartox, Power Girl and Harley are telepurrted to a 1960’s Earth-like suburban neighborhood dimension to meet Vartox’s kids and his irate purrior wife who resembles Power Girl!
 
This results in a wacky supurr catfight betwixt Power Girl and her twin, with Harley and the cats dodging the damage to the house, lawn, car and clothes, which are peppurred by the humorous movie & TV references… but I should not spoil more of the plot, which brings the intergalactic adventure full circle to conclude the zany, thrilling mini – series full of the dazzling character, scenery and FX art, fonts, colors, dialogue, humor and action! I wish that Power Girl had her own series again, but Harley seems to have moved on, to team up with Wonder Woman in
 
Harley’s Little Black Book #1!
 
Elizabeth:
Set sometime after Power Girl #8, Harley and her gang at Coney Island learned that another gang shipped toxic chemicals from Brooklyn, so they followed them to a warehouse in Red Hook, beat them up, posed for photos, and interrogated them to learn of the chemicals destination to London, where a criminal named Barmy Bugger plans to use them against Wonder Woman, so that he can capture and ransom her to the highest bidder! That scheme does not sit well with Harley, who since a widdle girl has been a big fan of Wonder Woman, so now Harley is on her way to London too!
 
Thusly begins the amewsingly violent capurrs & fights within Harley’s Little Black Book #1, which I have eagerly awaited because it was written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner, illustrated by Amanda (with John Timms on pages 5-8 & 10-18), with the inking by Dave Johnson on pages 19-21, colored by Paul Mounts (with Hi-Fi on pages 5-8 & 10-18), lettered by Dave Sharpe, edited by Chris Conroy with the group editor Mark Doyle and assistant editor Dave Wielgosz, with the mane cover’s art by Amanda & Paul, and the variant cover’s art by J. Scott Campbell & Nei Ruffino!
 
The issue is rated T+ for the teen & older readers, it is purriced at $4.99 and has the 38 pages which are interrupted by the 10 pages of ads. Amanda & Paul’s mane cover art  of Harley & Wonder Woman swapping costumes (which are of the very different sizes) is not just the humorous image, but that actually happens in the tale, because Harley decides to knock out Wonder Woman and impurrsonate her in order to trick the villains. Wonder Woman is displeased to wear Harley’s much smaller, tighter attire, but it is so entertaining to see them team up to brutally clobber the bad guys!
 
It is the dream come true for Harley, but it is not the first time she has masqueraded as Wonder Woman, as seen in the flashback to her younger years when she vengefully struck back against the bullies at school! She even had a lasso, but used it as a noose to hang a tormentor! As you might expect from a harley tale, it is brimming with the peppy violent, dark humor! Also appurring in the take are Harley’s dead beaver spirit guide, Wonder Woman’s cat Sadie, and the London Legion hero team compurrised of Tiffany Turner, Double Decker, The Pub Crawler and Big Bad Ben! 
 
It is such a beautifully rendered tale, and some of my favorite moments are Harley’s first purrson narrative, her secret shrine to Wonder Woman, the younger flashback sequence, fighting side by side with Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman slicing a car in half, the snipurr bullet scene and the cat scenes, with the cute symbols for Sadie’s “dialogue”!  It has been the great  year or so for Harley tales, between this and her regular series, her road trip special, her appurrances in Power Girl’s comics and their mini-series! That is all for my reviews, but nyow here is Tara-chan to tell us about
 
Starfire #6!
 
Tara-chan:
Hai! This has been such a delightful series combining the slice-of-life moments and – and the supurr heroic action for purrincess Koriand’r alias Starfire, who tries to adjust to life on Earth, nya! Although she has the amazing powers and – and she is from the advanced intergalactic civilization of Tamaran in the Vegan system, she is amewsingly naive of expurressions, cultural references and- and sexy fashions, but she is very sweet, kind, brave and – and compassionate to the people who she has met while looking for a new home and – and job in Key West, nya!
 
She has made friends such as Stella the sheriff, Sol her coast guard brother, Atlee alias the supurr heroine Terra, and – and Beth the dolphin, but she has also met Dr. Soren whose supurr power to cure his patients’ diseases has the horrible side affect which causes him the painfully violent behavior, nya. Also, an evil alien bounty hunter named Kragg has been searching for Kori, so the villain encounters result in more combat for Kori in issue #6, which is purriced $3.99 and – and has the beautifully fun 20 page tale which is interrupted by the 12 pages of the ads, nya!
 
The tale of “Protection All Around” was written by Amanda and – and Jimmy, pencilled by Emanuela Lupacchino, inked by Ray McCarthy, colored by Hi-Fi, lettered by Tom Napolitano, edited by Paul Kaminski with group editor Eddie Berganza, with the issue’s mane cover art by Amanda and – and  Paul, the “loony tunes” variant cover art by Tomeu Morey, Emanuela and – and  Paul, nya! Purreviously, Kori had just left a party when she apurrehended and – and severely beat the crap out of Dr. Sorenin in a swimming pool after he appurred to have injured Sol, nya!
 
After Sol is released from the hospital, he treats Kori to the delicious stack of pancakes slathered in the syrup, but the lunch is interrupted when Kragg arrives to capture her, nya! She gets mad when he causes the injuries, casualties and – and purropurrty damages, so she changes into her Purrple costume with the Green jewels & White trim to fight him at the airport, nya! After she beats him up she sends him far from Earth, whilst her old boyfriend Dick Grayson has also arrived at the airport, nya! Oh it would be so nice if they were romantically reunited again, nya!
 
There is a wonderful balance of action scenes and – and charming character developments at the purrfect pace with whimsical dialogue, nya! The art is great with beautifully posed & expurressive characters, the lovely clothes, scenery and – and FX, including Kori’s luminous energy, her fiery coiffure and- and  the alien technologies, nya! I like the richly vibrant colors, the cute symbols for language misundertandings, the fonts for the titles, sound FX, dialogue and – and Orange – colored thoughts, so I will give this issue an “A” as in Atlee! Nextly I would like to discuss
 
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #37!
 
Tara-chan:
We love the My Little Pony tales, and – and it is hard to believe that has been just over the 3 years since this wonderful pony comic book began, nya! Purrviously in the current Siege of the Crystal Empire story arc, Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Cadance and – and Shining Armor were captured by villains such as the Flimflam Brothers, Iron Will, Bertha, Lightning Dust, Queen Chrysalis and – and her herd of Changeling minions in the Crystal Empire, nya!
 
This was the distraction that the sad poor lonely Radiant Hope needed to swipe the Crystal Heart relic in order to revive her former friend the evil King Sombra, nya! Then we learned that she was trying to save him and – and the phantom Umbrum ponies, but the big battle erupted between the heroes and the villains, resulting with Luna and – and Celestia frozen like statues, whilst Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and – and Shining armor were caged, nya!
 
Radiant Hope teamed up with Cadance whilst Chrysalis and- and the other villains began to seriously doubt the bargain they made with Sombra! This leads us to the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “The Siege of the Crystal Empire Part IV” which is followed by the 10 pages of the ads, nya! It was written by Jeremy Whitley who also created the wonderful Princeless series, nya! This chapter was illustrated by Andy Price, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya!
 
It is available in the choice of the regular cover art by Andy, the subscribers’ cover by Sara Richard, the retailer’s incentive cover by Agnes Garbowska, and – and the Hot Topic variant, nya! I should not reveal too much of this concluding chapter, but it is the major turning point for Sombra, Hope, Rabia and – and The Umbrum ponies as The Mane Six Ponies, Spike, the purrincesses, the Pie family, Cake family, Apple family, Cutie Mark Crusaders, Discord and – and Fluttershy’s critter friends strike back, nya!
 
The tale has the good balance of the drama, thrilling action, humor and – and  more of the Equestria mythology, plus the background ponies to identify and- and clever widdle Star Wars homages amidst the bantering, nya! As mewsual it is the beautifully rendered comic book with the purrfect pony poses, expurressions, colors, style, tone and – and scenery, which are so very faithful to the look and – and the spirit of the TV series, nya! Nyow to continue our pony reports, here is Tara-chan to discuss
 
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #23, nya!
 
Trini-chan:
Hai! Applejack and Fluttershy go camping in issue #23’s uninterrupted 22 page tale which is followed by 10 pages of ads. It was written by Ted Anderson, lettered by Neil, colored by Heather, edited by Bobby, and illustrated by Tony Fleecs who did the subscriber variant cover art of the ponies searching for the Pigasus, whilst Amy Mebberson did the regular cover art of them roasting the marshmellows! That latter cover gives me the yummy treat cravings, but I will try to wait until our Aftermew luau! 
Applejack and Fluttershy have the nice camp site with the spectacular mountain view for a peacefully relaxing  3 day vacation in the Splendor Woods, until the tranquility is disturbed by many other ponies who have search the woods for the legendary Pigasus, which is the rare winged pig that the reporter unicorn named Nosey News from Canterlot claims to have photographed in the vicinity! Thusly the bustling carnival atmosphere with the crowds, the vendors and the events have usurped the woods!
 
The situation aggravates Applejack, who is suspicious about Nosey News, until the real Pigasus visits the tent! This causes a moral dilemma  for Fluttershy and Applejack, who do not wish the critter to be exploited, but their protective efforts might prove to be unpopular with the crowd! It is fun to try to identify the many ponies in the crowd, such as Pinkie Pie, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Lyra Heartstrings, Cheerlie, Rose and Derpy! I guess that Apple Bloom was busy back at Sweet Apple Acres! 
The ponies are so beautifully posed, expressive and written amidst the pretty scenery with the superb bright colors in the tale of the perfect pace! The pages also include a full – page montage of the tranquility – spoiling crowds, but I guess that cannot blame them for wanting to see the cute Pigasus! This was another beautiful pony tale with the fun entertainment and important lesson, so I will give both of those pony comics an A as in Applejack! Now to continue our pony report, I would like to discuss
 
My Little Pony Holiday Special!
Trini-chan:
Gosh, it has only been the 6 years since the Friendship is Magic era of My Little Pony began! Well, this year’s Holiday Special issue from IDW is priced $3.99 and has the 28 pages comprised of the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the 8 page of the ads, sammiched betwixt the choice of the 3 different covers! The tale was written by Katie Cook, it was illustrated by Brenda Hickey, Agnes, Andy and Katie, colored by Heather, lettered by Neil and edited by Bobby with the regular cover by Katie, the subscription cover by Brenda and the retailer incentive cover by Agnes! 
 
It was the tough decision, but I chose the cover by Brenda which depicts the group of caroling ponies who seem alarmed by Princess Luna’s singing! The tale begins at the Canterlot train station where Twlight and Spike are stranded due to the blizzard and might miss Pikie Pie’s Hearth’s Warming Eve party. To pass the time, they read some Christmas story books courtesy of the Cuppa Joe, the train station’s barista pony, starting with the amusing purrody tale of “The Flying Reindeer” which is enacted by Rainbow Dash, Princess Luna, Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara!
 
That is followed by the tale of “The Toy and the Mouse” which is enacted by Rarity, Sweetie Belle, the Nutcracker soldier pony and the Mouse King! After that is are the rhyming verses of ‘Twas the Night of Hearth’s Warming Eve” starring Big MacIntosh, Applejack, Apple Bloom, Granny Smith and Mr. Smarty pants! Fortunately the blizzard is not enough to thwart Pinkie Pie from partying, so she and Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rainbow bring the party to the station along with Joe’s pet fish Puddles who was lonely at home, but unfortunately Big Mac has been left behind!
 
This issue was so  fun and neat with the tales beautifully envisioned by the different artists, whose styles are eachly distinctive yet all so faithful to the animated series! The plot, pace, dialogue and humor are excellent too, including the whimsical “breaking of the 4th wall” Some of my favorite moments are a kitty by the comfy chair, a kitty on the bed, Luna’s conniving attitude, Rarity chasing Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom chasing Porkshop, Applejack and Apple Bloom carrying the box, and the cheered – up fish! That will conclude our pony report, now here is Chief Ellie to discuss
 
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1!

 
Ellie:
Hai! Marvel, HellCat is a super heroine of the feisty peppy disposition with the catlike grace, agility, claws and keen mystical senses. She first appeared in Miss America magazine #2 in 1944, although that was the teen romantic comedy tale, and she did not become the HellCat until Avengers #144 in 1976, when she inherited the Yellow & Blue costume formerly worn by her friend Greer Grant Nelson, who became Tigra! We reviewed the Hell Cat action figure in the May 2015 Mew! 
 
Patsy has been a member of The Avengers Team, a wife of Damian Hellstrom, and until recently an employee of Jennifer Waliters alias She-Hulk, but in this 1st issue Patsy is without the job or the home, until things take the lucky kitty turn on the streets of Brooklyn! The issue is priced $3.99 with fun for readers of all ages, and its 28 pages consist of the 20 page tale plus the cover art gallery page, the preview page, 5 pages of ads, the author & artist’s cordial greeting page with cat photos!
 
It was written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Brittney L. Williams, colored by Megan Wilson, lettered by Joe Sabino & Clayton Cowles, edited by Wil Moss, assistantly edited by Chris Robinson, and executively edited by Tom Brevoort; with the mane cover art by Brittney which depicts Patsy surrounded by fans! The 6 variant covers are by Kris Anka, Sophie Campbell, John Tyler Christopher, Marguerite Sauvage, Javier Pulido, George Perez & Laura Martin!
 
While on purrtrol,  she stops a telekinetic thief named Ian but after the banter they wind up friends! After they help other folks she becomes his new room mate, and later at his favorite book store, she discovers that the owner is an old friend nicknamed Tubs, and that she is not getting a dime for the Patsy Walker comics that are still being published! After pondering the situations with her friends at a cafe, Patsy has a new superhero employment idea to pitch to Jen and her landlord Sharon!
 
Oh I cannot say enough good things about this issue! The story is extremely fun and charming with the mix of super heroic action, slice – of – life – goodness, whimsically genki humor, and the interesting character developments, that shape the zestfully optimistic outlook! The pace is perfect and the dialogue is sparklingly snappy! The art is so stunningly beautiful with the bright colors and the occasional adorable cute chibi style for the extra amusing moments! 
 
The “Hello, Kitties” announcements & messages page is also quite fun! That page is also graced by the photos of Kate’s cat Leeloo, Brittney’s cat Mintsy, Joe’s cats Romeo, Noah & Tyler!  Not only was this a superbly wonderful premier issue, but it instantly became one of our favoritest comic books of the year, and I am sure that it will figure prominently in next month’s Mew Awards presentation for our favorite stuff of 2015!  Now I would like to discuss another wonderfully favorite comic book
 
Princeless: Make Yourself #0!
 
Ellie:
Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless series and the spin-off series of of Raven the Pirate Princess series are among my favorite comic books! This issue is set sometime after Princeless Book 4: Be Yourself #4 in which Bedelia the blacksmith and Sparky the girl dragon help Adrienne the runaway purrincess to free her sister Angoisse from the tower in the swamp full of dangerous critters, goblins and the vampire!  Since leaving the swamp, the trio enjoys the playful time at a lake, but Adrienne has the trouble relaxing with much on her mind as she ponders her unhappy past and hair! 
This lovely, fun poignant $3.99 issue from Action Lab has the uninterrupted 18 page tale which is rated “E” for everyone, followed by 10 pages of ads. The tale was written by Jeremy, illustrated by Alex Smith, and lettered by Emily Spura! Sparky naps upon the lush Green grass while Adrienne and Bedelia frolic in the clear Blue water, but while Bedelia seems more carefree, Adrienne reflects upon her history of coiffure troubles, wishing she had the longer straighter hair like her sisters. 
Of course that has just been one of her concerns, as the princess who used to be kept in the tower by her father, and has put up with many misogynistic jerks… although it is neat to see the flashback images of the numerous hair styles she has experimented with! Personally I think they were all pretty, but now she has decided to try yet a different style, and asks Bedelia to cut it very short for the new look which I think is also quite pretty! 
Now she is ready to resume the adventures in rescuing her other sisters from their respective towers and unfairly assigned gender roles! This was another great issue which I will give an “A” as in Adrienne, and I am very eager to see what happens next for them! I am also curious about the prior plot of her brother Devin and Kira the werewolf girl who search the wilderness for the missing Queen, and how things fare for Raven and her crew upon the sea! That is all for me, and now here is Myayr to tell us about more goodness from Action lab–
 

Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #2!

 

Mary Nyan:

Hai! Introduced in the Galaxy Man mini-series which was published by Galactic Press, the team of Hero Cats are Midnight the Black cat, Belle the Siamese cat, Roco the Gray cat, Ace the White cat, Rocket the Tabby, Cassiopeia the Orange & White cat, and her older brother Bandit the tuxedo cat who purrotect Stellar City from the criminals, monsters and disasters! Created by author Kyle Puttkammer, the cats later appurred in Hero Cats #0 http://www.herocatscomics.com in 2013, which was slightly revised and relaunched by Action Lab Comics as Hero Cats #1 in 2014!
 
At last year’s Heroes Convention in Charlotte, we got a sketch of Cassiopeia http://catgirlisland.net/art/guest3/6.html by the series’s penciller Marcus Williams! She is a purretty kitty, but in issue #8 we see her and the other hero cats depicted as humans, due to the illusionary fantasy world created by their enemy Corvus the Crow King who attacked the City! This issue continues the tale from Action Lab’s 2014 Halloween Comicsfest issue, Hero Cats #7, and the spin-off issue of Midnight Over Stellar City #1, when the cats fought the evil crows and their human minions!
 
Nyow for the recap taste of the plot thus far! Bandit disappurred into another dimension whilst they were fighting the evil Crow King and his flock in Hero Cats of Stellar City #7; this continued in Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #1, in which Bandit further investigated and fought the flock, but by the end of that issue, the Crow King struck again and put the entire city to sleep whilst controlling the residents’ minds while they dreamt. Fortunately most of the the cats were reunited and freed from the mind control by Bandit and Belle!
 
Unfortunately, the humans including Cassiopeia’s owners Dr. Stanley Quest alias Galaxy Man and his daughter Suzie alias Cosmic Girl are still controlled by Corvus! This brings us up to Midnight Over Stellar City #2 which contains the uninterrupted 22 page tale plus the plus the 3 page bonus tale and the 3 pages of the ads. The mane tale was written by Kyle, with the art, colors & lettering by Alex Ogle! Amidst the bittersweet flashbacks to younger days as a befriended kitten, Midnight and his robot pal are telepathically contacted by Belle in Corvus’s realm!
 
There Midnight is like an unseen, intangible ghost cat who can fly unnoticed through the dark castle walls, past the guards to angrily confront Corvus! I should not further spoil the plot, which is to be concluded in issue #3! The art is very different from the brighter shiner look of the Hero Cats comic, but it has the dark and stormy style of the color and lightning which greatly suits the noir flavor is Midnight’s bitterly first – purrson narration and the darker tone, and it is neat to see him flying through the spooky castle like an avenging appurrition!
 
Meanwhile in the bonus tale of “News After Midnight” written & drawn by Tracy Yardley, colored by Sigi Ironmonger and lettered by Alex, the national TV news journalists report on the mysterious incident that has befallen Stellar City, with interesting tibits about the history of Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl I hope that the cats will be reunited, that Corvus will be defeated, that the missing Mrs. Quest will be reunited with her family, and I will give this issue the high purraise grade of an “A” as in Ace! Nyow I would like to discuss another title from the Action Lab, 
 

Vampblade vs Zombie Tramp #3!

 
Mary Nyan:
In addition to Action Lab’s many great comics for fans of all ages, their Danger Zone impurrint of titles that are aimed at the more mature readers, such as Zombie Tamp and Vampblade!
Zombie Tramp stars Janey Belle the poor abused purrostitute who became the powerful supurr zombie girl! She is the messy eater with the sharp fangs, regenerative powers, the ability to swap bodies with other people and to control the minds of zombies. She tends to wear the sexy skimpy attire such as the bikinis, crop tops, halter tops, bustiers, booty shorts and mini skirts!
 
She first appurred in 2 mini-serieses and a sequel series which is up to issue #17,  and they are all available in the trade papurrbacks! Vamplade stars the geeky cosplayer / comics shop manager who is transformed into the scantily – clad Vamplbade in the skin tight Black bikini costume with the chains & piercings, after she is possessed by the sentient, mystical chain blades, which she uses to slay the criminals and evil monsters! Her origin was told in the Vampblade Halloween Comicsfest issue #1, which also had the Zombie Tramp tale set after issue #16 of her series!
 
Zombie Tramp first met Vampblade in Zombie Tramp 9 – 11, and nyow they have been reunited in this 3 issue mini-series written & colored by Jason Martin who created Vampblade, co-written by Dan Mendoza who created Zombie Tramp, illustrated by Winston Young who is  the illustrator of the pending Vampblade series, and lettered by Adam Wollat who lettered those Halloween  tales! Issue #3 is purriced at $3.99 and has the 2 covers to choose from: the regular cover which depicts the ladies glaring at each other, and the risque limited edition topless variant cover!
 
Purreviously in this mini-series, Vampblade and Zombie Tramp accidentally swapped bodies and powers while fighting the zombies, vampires, and extradimensional alien purrasite worms This resulted in much trash talk, complaining and gory violence, but before they could figure out how to revert to their own bodies, they were mired in more of the icky combat and then met the giant queen purrasite! That brings us to issue #3’s uninterrupted 27 page conlusion, as the queen swallows them and carries them up to an orbiting worm-filled bio-mechanical space ship!
 
Whilst grabbed by the vile creatures aboard the ship, they meet Shasta Leboo, a former actor who Zombie Tramp has met before, but nyow he serves the creatures who plan to conquer the world, and plans to do some disgusting things in the meantime! I will not go into the graphic details or further spoil the plot, but I will just say that he woefully underestimated the ladies in this tale which is not for widdle kitties, due to the purrofanity, sexuality, skimpy costumes, nudity, combat violence and monster gore! Okay I am all done, and nyow here is Vonny to tell us about 
 
Fairytaile’s Fairy Girls vol. 1!
 
Yvonne:
Arigato, nya! In the beautiful, fun Fairy Tale manga & anime series created by Hiro Mashima, there are various mages who are members of the various guilds in the Kingdom of Fiore and purrtake of the amazing adventures for the fortune and the glory, nya! Among those mages are Wendy Marvell, her feline friend carla, Erza Scarlet, Juvia Lockser, and Lucy the celestial spirit wizard, who have emerged victoriously from the Grand Magic Games tournyament, and nyow they want to enjoy the leisurely fun vacation time in this spin – off manga series, nya!
 
Based on Mashima works, the Fairy Girls manga was written & drawn by Boku, originally published in Japan by Kodansha and published here by Kodansha Comics, nya! It is rated OT for readers of ages 16+, it has the $10.99 USA purrice and the $13.99 Canadian purrice, it was  translated by William Flanagan, lettered by AndWorld Design edited by Haruko Hashimoto & Ben Applegate with the KC version’s cover design by Phil Balsman, nya! The 192 Black & White pages include manga chapters 1-5 plus the author’s afterward & translation notes, nya!
 
The color front cover art depicts the four ladies, but I do not see Carla upon the cover, nya. Wendy is the petite, shy, smart young sorceress of the Sky Dragon magick with the  long Blue hair of the twin-tail style, the sleeveless short dress and costume cat ears, nya! Lucy is the Blond girl of the short pigtailed coiffure in the bare – midriffed Blue, Black & White outfit of the halter top, detached sleeves, the short skirt and the thigh highs, nya! Juvia has the long flowy Violet hair and wears the long dark dress with the White fur trim and the matching bonnet, nya!
 
Juvia is the tall, slender, buxom Redhead of the long twin-tailed coiffure, wearing the banded tube top, hakama pants low upon the hips, and the geta sandals, but in the chapters she is sometimes more conservatively clad in the dark turtleneck ensemble, when she is not in the combat, nya! Each lady has the tattoo of their guild, which gets them recognized by fans and enemies in the capital city where they just want to see the sights and shop, but wind up in the street brawl with enemies and then get hired to go on a secret mission into the royal palace, nya!
 
At least the action distracts Juvia from the sadness of being dumped by Gray-san, nya! After sneaking around the palace in search of a traitor, they discover that the king is missing and have to fight more enemies aboard an airship destined for the Black Goblin Guild’s Fortress, wherein the battles rage bigger and bigger, nya! I should not much further spoil the fun plot… but I will just say that there is lots of magickal traps and melee, a few mermaids, a catgirl, a giant teddy bear and communal onsen baths, nya! Nextly I would like to discuss the longly – awaited
 
Sunshine Sketch vol. 8, nya!
 
Yvonne:
Sunshine Sketch is the charming, purretty, whimsical manga by Ume Aoki about the group of teen girl students who reside in the Hidemari apurrtment building across the street from the Yamabuki School of Arts in Kanto, nya! It is a humorous slice-of-life tale in the 4 koma (panel) comic strip format, which is mostly of the 2 columns of 4 Black & White panels purr page. It was originally published as Hidemari Sketch by Houbunsha in Japan, and the English version is published here by Yen Press, nya!

 
Yen has published some of my favorite manga such as Omamori Himari, Spice and Wolf, Ichiroh, Suzunari, Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro, Geijutsuka Art Design Class, SS Astro and K-ON, nya! Sunshine Sketch vol. 8 was translated by Sheldon Drzka & lettered by Abigail Blackman; it is purriced $17.00 in the USA, $20.50 in Canada, and has 120 pages compurrised of the 112 Black & White pages, the 8 color pages, and the color cover art with Sae, Hiro & Yuno on the front and Matsuri on the back, nya!
 
The mane characters are Yuno the junior grade girl with the crossed hairpins in her short light Brown hair, Hiro the senior big-sister type of good cook with the Brown hair in the twin buns style, Sae the senior with the glasses and short Black hair, Miyako the inspurrational junior with the Blond hair, Nazuna the shy Sophomore with the braided Blonde hair, Nori the peppy Sophomore with the Blue eyes and hair, and this semester they meet Matsuri the new freshman girl with the pale Blue hair, nya!
 
Also appurring are the Hidemari landlady and Yoshinoya-sensei the voluptuous teacher, nya! With the spurring time comes the cherry blossoms and other transitions as Sae and Hiro graduate and plan for college but do not wish to stray far apurrt. Among the wonderful situations are the art purrojects, video games during the sleep-over, purrparing the delicious hot pot of Shabu Shabu andTako Yaki, the graduation ceremony, house cleaning, ping pong, Matsuri’s arrival, and the graduates’ revisit, nya!
 
The humorous plots are infused with such peppy, genki spurrit and unfold at the brisk pace for the many laughs; the art is quite lovely with the beautifully rendered characters, scenery & foods, plus the cartoonier chibi & supurr -deformed styles for comedic effects, nya! I was smiling constantly from cover to cover, and I will give Sunshine Sketch vol. 8 the continued high purraise, nya! That will conclude our reviews of the purrinted media, but nyow here is Petra to tell us about the latest additions to the


Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, nya!
 
Petra:
Arigato, nya! Nyow in Guest Gallery 3 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html we purroudly purrsent “Copic Quartet 2” by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com who was our September 2009 guest, nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen her purrior Copic Quartet of the faerie, nekomimi, wolf girl & vampire, nya? In this companion piece which has the tastefully artistic semi – nudity, there are 4 lovely mages of a White feather – winged angel, a Blue – fishy finned mermaid, the Purrple – winged dragon’s daughter, and the Pink –  haired unicorn girl, nya!
 
Next to that is Rebecca’s illustration of “Belvina” who is a werewolf girl who works at the Wolf’s Paw Spa & Lodge in Rebecca’s original purrose tale of “The Magical Vampire”, nya! This lovely lupine lass has the Dark Oak Tan skin tone, the Emerald Green eyes, and the Light Beige fur with the Red hair and tail as she greets us by the outdoor pool, nya! Rebecca rendered this illustration with Sai, Photoshop CS6 and an Intuos5 tablet; whereas she used the Copic markers to render the angel, mermaid, dragon’s daughter and unicorn girl, nya!
 
Then we are delighted to display the “Happy Xmas Catgirl” by Elisa Chong http://www.sofianime.com, who was our guest for the June 2011 Mew, nya! This widdle watercolor painting depicts the voluptuous Blonde girl with the White Purrsian kitty ears to match the fluffy trim of her low-cut, strapless midriff top with the flouncey mini-skirt, which are accessorized by the bell collar and the holly spurrig, nya! The scan does not convey the glittery finish of the painting, but the image still exudes much vivacious holiday spurrit, nya! 
 
Last month we premiered a photo manip of our friend Camelle’s cosplay as DC Comics’ The Joker, and nyow she has returned in the photo of “A Jack and a Joker” which was taken by our friend Michael McKinney at a 2015 Christmas purrade, nya! On the right is Camelle as The Joker, and on the left is our friend YourAwesomenessCat as Rise of the Guardians’ Jack Frost, nya!
 
We are also pleased to purremier the wistfully alluring fan art of an “Inkling in a Bikini” by our friend Lumshock http://lumshock.deviantart.com, nya! An Inkling is a peppy cute squid girl from Nintendo’s  Splatoon video game, and this’un wears the Black – rimmed eye glasses and the tight bandeau – topped, Bubblegum – colored thong bikini as she peers over her shoulder at us, as we view her from astern upon the beach, nya! 
 
Then we have another alluring Inkling illustration by Lumshock to double the Splatoon pleasure for the holidays, nya! This time she is cutely wearing the reindeer antlers and tail upon her sexy skimpy holiday appurral made of the Red ribbons and the furry White trim, amidst the splay of Christmas ornaments, purresents and peppurrment– kawaii desu, nya! Lumshock rendered both of those Inkling illustrations using the Japanese 3DS, nya!
 
Nyow in Gallery 7 http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery7.html is Mike’s fan art of “Sansa & Ghost” of the Game of Thrones TV series adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, nya! Purrtrayed on TV by Sophie Turner, Sansa is among the many characters in the political struggle for the throne of Westeros, and here she is wearing the Gray cloak beside her wolf friend Ghost by the Heart Tree in the snowy Winterfell forest, nya! This Mike’s 2nd bit of Game of Thrones fan art, after his pic of Daenerys and her dragons at the beach, nya!
 
Nextly in Gallery 7 is Mike’s illustration of “Keisha and Erin”, who are characters in our friend Sharon Williams’s purrose, urban fantasy tale of the Legacy of the Gods http://rose74.deviantart.com, nya! Sharon was our November 2014 guest, and the tale purrtains to the heroic high school students, their friends and Yoruba deities who battle the evil Baron and his horde of monsters in New Orleans, nya! Keisha is on the left in the Red maillot, Erin is on the right in the Black bikini, and they are friends of Billie, Hazelynn and Maybelle who Mike has purreviously illustrated, nya!
 
After that is Mike’s illustration of his character “Masayo” who has appurred in several of Mike’s role-playing games, nya! She is a Japanese vampire girl of the Sagittarius sign who might appurr to be in her 20’s  but she is far much older than that, nya! In this illustration she is wearing the teeny stringy bikini to match her long Black hair, and she is in the happy mood after going out for the bite at the moonlit beach, nya! She is the slim 5′ 2″ tall, of the 32C – 22 – 30″ size, and weighs 95 lbs with the peppy fangs which are purrticularly fond of chocolate, nya!
 
Also in Gallery 7 is Mike’s illustration of our friends “The Lopes Family”, nya! Gathered at their table full of ornaments, trinkets, cards & fashion accessories at a fun widdle convention, sisters Natalia http://theartslave.deviantart.comThais http://angelicaldesign.deviantart.com and their mom Regina wear purretty “sweet lolita” couture, whilst their dad Joe http://josmarlopes.wordpress.com wears a Yamato shirt, nya! Thais & Natalia were our guests for October 2010, and we have some of their beautiful illustrations & cosplay photos in the mewseum, nya!
 
Mike rendered those iillustrations with Photoshop CS2 and the mouse, with reference photos purrvided by the Lopes family for their image, nya! Finally to Gallery 7 we have added Mike’s “Meowy Christmas and Happy Mew Year 2016”, nya! Rendered with the pencil and Micron pens, this widdle Black & White scene depicts the bikini – clad catgirl, the mermaid, the faerie, the centauress, the demoness and the lamia snake girl gathered at the rocky tide pool to exchange the appurreciative gifts, the party favors and the tasty treats, nya! So, what do y’all think of the art, nya?
 
Yvonne:
I think the 2nd Copic Quartet is more of Rebecca’s marvelous marker artistry, and I think that she very cleverly and tastefully obscured their breasts with their hair or wings, nya!
 

Mielikki:

The Dragon’s Daughter and Angel have totally awesome wings, fur shur!  I love the dogwood blossom in the Angel’s hair, and the tough glance on the Dragon’s Daughter’s face!
 

Tara-chan:

Hai hai, I think she did such an excellent job on the widdle details on the mermaid’s Gold arm band, her finny ears, her webbed fingers and – and the fan – like ruffled tail fin, nya!
 

Ilyana:

The colors are so bright and smooth with the subtle shading and nice bit of shadows for the sense of the mass and depth, with delightful details such as the Unicorn girl’s tattoo!
 
Mary Nyan:
I think that YourAwesomenessCat and Camelle have done a supurrb job with their coiffure, make – up, expurressions, poses, clothes and styling to purrtray Jack and The Joker!
 
Jeannie:
I thought Rebecca’s tale of “The Magical Vampire” was  quite amewsing, thrilling and bittersweet, and the Belvina is quite beautiful as she entices us to the spa’s outdoor pool.
 
Becca:
Elisa’s alluring illustrations have such a playfully sexy ambience with the supple curvilinear symmetry and the intricate ornate details of the garments, accessories and jewelry!
 

Elizabeth:

I am so glad to see more of Lumshock’s Splatoon fan art! The inkling’s purrt body is nicely framed by her flowy Golden tentacle coiffure as she glances over the shoulder at us!
 
Trini-chan:
The Christmassy Inkling has such a purrky expurression and purrt body with purretty Green eyes and Pink tentacle hair, with the adorable antlers, tail and ornate ribbon attire!
 
Nyanko:
I am also glad to see more images of Sharon’s great heroes! I hope that they will soon crush the villains and have more time for their families, school, hobbies and romances! 
 
Nyoka:
Masayo looks rather purrt with such a cute fangy smile and long lush silky hair! She looks quite alluringly gleeful, but I understand that she can be a swiftly deadly warrior too!
 
B.B:
I like Ghosts’s White fur, Sansa’s fiery Red hair and hoody Gray cloak, and that is an interesting interpurretation of the Heart Tree with an “arterial” quality to the tree limbs! 
 
Ellie:
I hope that Thais, Natalia and their parents were pleased with their illustration! I like the bright colors and the ornate details of their garments and the items upon the table!
 
Bun:
I recognize some of the friends in the Mew Year Holiday scene, but the images of those foods for the tidepool picnic are causing the craving in my tummy, nya!
 
Mike:
Ah, well the show is in the home stretch, so try to hang in there until the luau! Um, thank y’all for the kind words, and Petra, thank you for presenting the art!
 

Petra: 

Doitashimaste, nya! That is all for the tour of our mewseum’s latest addditions, and nyow it is the time for our monthly


Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, nya!

 
B.B.: 
This is the monthly portion of The Mew in which we honor the famous nekomimi characters of the myths, legends, movies, TV shows, comics, literature, internet, games and toys from the many decades and around the world, whether they are actually part cat, shape-shifters, anthropurmorphic feline females, or those with a fashionably feline style style or cattitude to be considered as “honorary” catgirls, such as sorceress Wendy Marvell of the Fairy Tale manga & anime that Vonny discussed earlier!
 
Nyoka:
There are a few catgirls amongst the warrior women competing for the crown in the Queen’s Blade series of games, anime and books! Aldra is a half – demon girl with Red eyes, long Silver-White hair, the petrifying gaze, demon minions, a huge wicked – looking sword, and the skimpy, ornate Red bikini with the thigh boots, eye patch, spiked armor parts, ribbons and cat ears!
 
She has also worn a maid costume with the cat-eared headband! Another combatant is Aryutta Katz, who appurred in the Queen’s Gate: Spiral Chaos game, but it looks as if her kuroneko ears and tail are real! She wears the Red bow upon her tail to match Red & Black bare-midriff ensemble with the thigh boots, spiked armor, the claw gauntlet and the whip to slash & lash her opponents! 
 
Jeannie:

In the bittersweet School Live manga written by Norimitsu Kaitou and illustrated by Sadoei Chiba, Yuki Takeya is among the few girls who have survived the zombie apocalypse whilst barricaded within their high school. She wears the kitty hat, but sadly has the delusion that all is normal as the way to cope with the tragedy, and we are purraying for the healthy safe future for her and the other poor survivors.
 
Becca:
In the Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn manga of the action / comedy cyberpunk genre written by Masamune Shirow and illustrated by Koushi Rikudou, Clarion is the powerful tsundere cyborg girl with the cute costume cat ears! She is befriended by the cheerfully genki cyborg girl Nene at the Cennacle resort island, where Clarion’s mistress Uzal and Nene’s Aunt Takumi have the deceitful, destructive plans for the island and the girls!


Mielikki:

So like, in the 2nd issue of DC Comics’ recent Harley Quinn & Power Girl mini-series, we were introduced to Carnal and the other alien members of the Ex Girl Friend team! The XGF are some of Vartox’s former lovers who Harley and Power Girl met on another planet while he was mind-controlled by a villain! Carnal has a fiercely feral disposition with the bright Blue hair, Golden Tan skin, and the Pink bikini to match her eyes, with the Pink thigh boots, long gloves, sharp claws and spotted ear pinna!
 
Tara-chan:
Author Karen Katz’s Baby series depict the cute widdle baby in her educational and – and entertaining adventures for the young readers, nya! Where is Baby’s Pumpkin is a fun lift-the-flap / board book published by Little Simon in 2006, in which Baby wears the kuroneko costume with the whiskers, ears and – and the tail, as she searches the closet, curtains, bowls, bed, leaves and – and the door for her special Halloween pumpkin, nya!
 
Yvonne:

The Cabbage Patch Kids Rainforest Friends series of dolls includes the cute widdle infants wearing the hooded kigurumi / onesies of the animal motifs, such as Beatrice Butterfly, LIza Ladybug, Maui Monkey, Freddie Frog, and Jasmine Jaguar, nya! Jasmine has the Red whiskers, Purrple nose, and  the Pink neko onesie with the paws, the ear pinna and – and Purrple rosettes, nya!

 
Nyoka:
Little Charmers is such a joyfully fun and purretty animated TV series on Nick Jr., which stars the witchy widdle girl friends Hazel, Lavender and Posie with their familiar pets at their neat club house, such as Hazel Charming who contributes the fun feline qualities with her nekomimi hat and her kitty named Seven!
 
Petra:
We like actress / model Sofía Vergara in the Rooms To Go commercials, as Desdemona in the movie Machete Nills, and as Gloria Pritchett in ABC’s Modern Family TV series, where she can be seen in the lovely leopurrd print dress in the last shot of the show’s opening titles!
 
Elizabeth:
We think that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are terrific actresses, so we were enthused to see the amewsing ads for their new comedic movie Sisters! There is a boutique scene in which they try on wild couture, such as Tina’s Black skirt with the zippurred leopurrd purrint bra, mew la la!
 

Ilyana:

Chantell Winnie is a stunningly beautiful Jamaican model from Toronto, and she graces several pages in the September 2015 issue of Ebony magazine! In one purrticular pictorial she wears the sleeveless top & skirt, by Salvatore Ferragomo, accessorized by the leopurrd purrint sandals by he Blahnik and the kuro neko mimi beret by Eugenia Kim!
 
Trini-chan:
I want… I want to mention the models and- and the voice actress of CoverGirl’s “Draw Attention” TV commercial for the eyeliner, mascara and- and the  powder to achieve the purretty Smoky Kitten Eye effect, nya!
 
Mary Nyan:
Catgirls might appurr in the least expected places! In an epurrsode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, he goes to Tokyo to purrtake of the culture and the food, which includes the brief visit to a maid cafe, where two happy nekomimi waitresses served tasty treats! That was such an appurrtizing epuursode  as he sampled the delicious fatty tuna sushi, the bonito dish, the hot pot, the squid skewers and the okonomiyaki! 
 
Ellie:
Ironically, one of the TV commercials that we saw during that show was for Expedia, in which a parent takes a cute widdle tot in her tiger stripe kigurumi outfit to see a real tiger! Kawaii desu! Whatchoo got, Bunnibuns?
 
Bun:

Chris Chang’s Va-va-voom: Classic Hollywood Pin-ups book was published by Fall River in 2008, and it is full of sexy, glamorous photos of many female celebrities by various photographers across the decades, such as the beautiful photo of Cyd Carisse in the tight leopard print dress with the slit skirt, the alluring 1942 photo of Delores Del Rio wearing the bare midriff, leopard print outfit with hood, ears, whiskers and gloves; and the gorgeous 1946 photo of Yvonne De Carlo wearing the Black cat leotard with the ears, tail and paws atop a huge Jack o’ Lantern!
 

Mike:

Last but not least, I’d like to mention certain characters of Christine Feehan’s Dark Series and Leopard Series novels,, such as Siena Arnotto, Catarina Benoit, Saria Boudreaux, Juliette, Jasmine and Solange Sangria! Those tales of dark paranornal romance and torrid crime drama involve shape shifter people of various species, such as the Jaguar and the–
 
Tara-chan:
LEOPURRD MOTH, NYA! (the easily distracted catgirl with phone camera scampurrs after the Black & White moth)
 
The Cat Lady Sings…
 
Jeannie:
There she goes again.
 
Yvonne:
NYA!
 
Tara-chan:
(blissfully snapping the photos) Nya!
 
B.B:
The Hypercompe scribonia is a rather lovely, large lepidoptera!
 
Trini-chan:
Oh I want to take a picture of it too! (scampurrs after Tara-chan and the moth)
 
Ellie:
Oh well, it is almost time for The Aftermew anyway! 
 
Elizabeth:
Itadakimasu!
 
Becca:
Well, I guess that will wrap it up for another edition of The Mew!
 
Petra: 
We wish to this month’s contributors to The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art…
 
Bun:
… and the many other talented folks whose works we have discussed…
 
Mary Nyan:
… our friend Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…
 
Ilyana:
… our other friends, relatives and our audience whom we greatly appurreciate!
 
Mielikki:
Fur shur!
 
Nyoka:
Y’all may post your brief, polite, sincere, non-snarky responses to our discussion…
 
Nyanko:
.. purrvided that such comments are spam-free, G-rated and purrtain to our topics!
 
Mike:
We’ll be back next month to purrsent our annual Mew Awards! Be there… aloha!
 
The Ladies of The Mew:
Happy Tails to Mew – until we eat again! BAIBAI, NYA!

 

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