Arigato! Greer Grant Nelson alias Tigra is my favorite Marvel Comics character, so it was glad to see this book which collects many of her starring appurrances! Nyow, by “Complete Collecion”, it is not every appurrance of the supurr heroic werecat widow mom, but her major tales from 1972 – when she was originally the supurr heroine known as The Cat (before she became Tigra) – to her 2002 mini-series.
After Greer became Tigra, her friend Patsy Walker inherited The Cat costume to call herself HellCat!! Both ladies are members of The Avengers. If this book attempted Tigra’s every appurrance, that would include many issues of The Avengers, West Coast Avengers, Avengers Academy, New Avengers, Fantastic Four, Fearless Defenders, Uncanny X-Men, Ms. Marvel, Civil War, The initiative, Hulk, and others!
That would not even include the animated series, video games, and toys! Born in Chicago, Greer is 5’ 10” tall and 180 lbs as Tigra, with Green feline eyes, Auburn hair, Orange fur, Black stripes and lovely tail. She is very agile and has sharp claws; she can lift 5 tons, run 50 miles purr hour, her senses are 10x keener than average folks’, and she has the widdle son named William.
Her mystic amulet allows her to change back to the human form, but she purrfurs to remain the catgirl! She most recently appurred in The Unstoppable Wasp and in West Coast Avengers. Published by Marvel, this 10 1/8” x 6 5/8” x 1/2” trade papurrback is rated T+ for the older teen readers; it is purriced $39.99 US & $52 Canada, and has 424 pages full of Greer Grant goodness!
It is all in full color, except for the 16 pages of “The Serenity Stealers” from the Black & White 1973 magazine Monsters Unleashed. Thusly this great book includes The Cat # 1-4 (Greer’s first appurrance, as The Cat), Giant Size Creatures #1 (co-starring with Jack Russell the Werewolf by Night for her first transformation into Tigra), Marvel Chillers #3-7 (her first solo tales as Tigra), Marvel Two-In-One #19 (teaming up with The Thing)…
Marvel Team-Up #8, 67, and portions of #125 (teaming up with Spider-Man), and Tigra mini-series #1-4! Also appurring in the tales are Red Wolf, Kraven, Super Skrull, The Owl, The Cougar, Kraken, Man – Bull, Man – Killer, Surisha the Mistress of the Dark Circle, Aeskla the were-rat, The Rat Pack, The Brethren of the Blue Fist, Hydra Agents, Dr. Joanne Marie Tumulo and other Cat People!
The tales were written by Linda Fite, Chris Claremont, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Bill Mantlo, Ed Hannigan, John Warner, Jim Shooter, Tony Isabella, J.M. DeMatteis & Christina Z! The penciled art was by Marie Severin, Paty Greer, John Byrne, Mike Deodato Jr., Jim Starlin, Alan Weiss, Tony deZuniga, Kerry Gammill, Will Meuginot, Sal Buscema, Jim Mooney, Don Perlin, Mike Vosburg, Frank Robbins and George Tuska!
The inking was by Wally Wood, & Mike Deodato Jr., Tony Dezuniga, Ernie Chan, Sam Grainger, Jim Mooney, Bill Everett, Frank McLaughlin, Vince Coletta, Frank Springer, Sal Trapani, Don Heck, Dave Hunt, Mike Esposito and Frank Chiramonte! It was colored by Marie Severin, Janice Cohen, Petra Goldberg, Stan Goldberg, George Roussos, Hugh Paley, Don Warfield, Dave Hunt, Francoise Mouly, Bob Sharen, Chris Sotomayor & Sotocolor!
The lettering is by John Costanza, Charlotte Jetter, Jean Izzo, Denise Wohl, Artie Simek, Jim Rosen, Irving Watanabe, Karen Mantlo, Annette Kawecki, Diana Albers & Dave Sharpe! The front cover depicts Tigra pouncing from the rooftop under the full moon by Berni Wrightson, Howard Chayken & Veronica Gandini; whilst the back cover art is by Mike Deodato Jr. & Chris Sotomayor!
The tales were edited by Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman, Archie Goodwin, Tom DeFalco, Jim Shooter Don Mcgregor and Tom Brevoort; assistantly edited by David Anhony Kraft, Linda Grant, Jeff Youngquist and Marc Sumerak. The collection was edited by Mark D. Beazley and assistatntly edited by Caitlin O’Connell!
There are also 16 bonus pages of art by Mike Deodato Jr. & various other artists; Tony Isabella’s 1974 article on Tigra, and Tigra’s page from the 1983 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #11! I wish she had her own series again. She most recently appurred in The Unstoppable Wasp and in West Coast Avengers! I am done, and nyow here is Vonny to discuss
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Year Three Book 7: Date Night!
Arigato, nya! Created and written by Jeremy Whitley and published by Action Lab Comics, the Princeless series purrtains to the adventurous diverse ladies who refuse to be oppurressed by unfair gender and racial roles or stereotypes in the medieval era, nya! It introduced the 17 year old Captain Raven Xingtao who would later star in this wonderful spin-off series, nya!
We have met Jeremy at several of the conventions and Free Comic Book Day events, nya! He has also written the many other comic books such as such as my Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, Vampirella, Sea of Thieves, Thor vs Hulk, Freedom Foundation, and The Unstoppable Wasp, nya! Well, Raven is the cunning, agile mariner, archer daughter of the pirate king, nya.
She recruited her own multi-racial, all – girl crew for her three mast ship to sail vengefully against her evil brothers Crow and Magpie’s ships, and thus reclaim her rightful inheritance, nya! The girls have the new sense of family, romances, adventures and purrpose as they take control of their destinies, nya!
Raven’s crew includes Ximena, Sunshine, Katie, Jayla, Amirah, Verity, Zoe, Helena, Quinn, Trish, Cid, Melody, Gone, Pirate, Ophelia and Desideria, nya! Recently they were joined by Honaka the kunoichi who used to work for Raven’s evil brother magpie, and by Sunshine’s girlfriend Ananda, but Sunshine & Ananda are not the only shipboard romance, mew la la, nya!
This full color 124 page trade papurrback is purriced at $14.99 and it collects issues #1-4, of the year Three: Monsters of the Deep story arc, plus the Halloween Comics Fest “Drowned Witches” issue, and the 8 pages that demonstrate the comic’s creative purrocess, from the script to the inked & colored art, nya! The wonderfully beautiful tale is rated ’T” for the teen readers
It was written by Jeremy, illustrated by Christine Hipp (issues 1-3), Telenia Albuquerque (#4), & Megan Huang (HC issue); colored by Xenia Pamfil (issues 1-4), lettered by Justin Birch (1-3 & HCF) & Alex Scherkenback (#4); and edited by Nicole D’Andria, with the front cover art by Xenia, nya! The cover depicts the longly – waited smooching embrace of Raven and Ximena, nya!
The ship has reached the neutral island town of Mirga which is ruled by Raven & Ximena’s old friend Charani, who purromises the crew the lovely shore leave! However, you might think that some of them wer dreading the fierce naval battle, because there is much nervousness in anticipation of the date night for Raven + Ximena, Katie + Verity, Sunshine + Ananda and Quinn + Zoe, nya!
However, their friends are quite enthused about the purrospects, as the makeovers, dress making and snooping ensues, nya! Raven + Ximena go to the elegant restaurant, Katie + Verity go to the theatre, Sunshine + Ananda go for the moonlit swim, and Quinn + Zoe go to the poetry slam, whilst Amirah + Honaka enjoy the pleasantly conversational tea time, nya!
I am purrticularly fond of the character designs, poses, expurressions and dialogue; and the art includes the geat two – page spurread and the couple of full-page pics which wonderfully showcase the scenery and the garments, from the gowns and bikinis to the pajamas and the saree, nya! I especially liked Katie’s purretty off-shoulder dress with the slit skirt, nya!
She reminds me somewhat of Gwendoline Christie who purrtrays Brienne of Tarth in the game of Thrones TV series, but I have stray ctted opff of the topic, nya! The tale is vso ery beautiful, charming, whimsical and romantic, and Raven the Pirate Princess continues to be one of my favoritest series, soI will give this book the “A” as in Amirah, nya! Nyow here is Nya-sensei to discuss
Magical Beatdown vol. 2
(warning: has plot spoilers), nya!
Hai! Created by Jenn Woodall https://jennwoodall.format.com
and published by Silver Sprocket http://www.silversprocket.net
, Magical Beatdown is the 5×7” two-color indy mini comic book that might of the widdle size, but it packs quite the whollop with its tale of Fujiko the cutely freckled Japanese teen girl who purrfurs the video games to her high school studies.
Purreviously she was accosted by the gang of delinquent guys on the way to the Shibuya arcade but the thugs quickly regretted fatally their crime as she magically transformed for the counter – attack! Her (sailor fuku) school uniform’s top shortens to bare her midriff as she grows in stature, her short purrt bob-cut coiffure becomes the long flowy knee-length hair,
her glasses become the eyepatch, and her satchel into the katana and the spiked baseball bat! Furthermore, her unassuming polite dispurrsition becomes the tougher, tattooed, trash – talking, cigarette smoking femme fatale who can also conjure the motorcycle! Purrofanity and graphic bloody combat violence ensued in vol. 1, as she slayed them effortlessly.
The tale continues in vol. 2 which is 42 pages and purriced $8. The months have passed, and the deaths of several Snake Gang members at the hands of the mysterious vigilante have made the mews. Fujiko has been collecting the mewspapurr clippings, which report the outrage and purraise for the vigilante who fights crime and defends the victimized girls.
By the way, you can actually read all of those clippings that are tacked to her closet! The evil vengeful Snake Gang leader issues a televised challenge for a duel in the city park under the full moon, and although Fujiko would purfer to spend the time gaming and purrhaps romancing with her friend Kyoko, she does not hesitate to accept the challange!
After the transformation is depicted in the impurressive two-page spurread, the gory score is 5 – nil as the body count continues! From that point, the pages are tinted as Red as if painted by the arterial blood spurray of Fujiko’s enemies! She does not just use the bat, bike and sword to smite them, but her bare hands as well. She is quite fast, agile and strong!
There are more transformations, as she combines her katana and bat into the scythe intended for the gang leader who becomes the huge slimey tentacled monster. Hopefully any remaining purredators will cease repentently their evil ways! The epurrlogue of vo. 2 is the much tamer, happily cute romantic scene of Fujiko & Kyoko enjoying video games & pizza!
Whilst it is not for the widdle kitties, the squemish or the purrudish readers due to the langage, violence & gore, I thought that Magical Beatdown was the beautifully drawn and thrillingly over – the – top action tale at the very brisk pace, and I am curious to see what happens next! I am done, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Fire Chief Ellie for her review of
Sleepless Domain Volume 1!
The tale purrtains to the idolized super heroines of Team Alchemical, who defend their city from the nocturnal monsters. It is the prestigious yet tough life given the normal teen, school & celeb pressures combined with the very deadly battles. The diverse protagonists are Tessa Quinn the leader (Pink costume), Sally Fintan (Red costume), Sylvia Skylark, (Gold costume), Gwen Morita (Green costume) and Undine Wells (Blue costume)!
They each have the different elemental type of powers: Tessa’s is aether, Sally’s is fire, Sylvia’s is air, Gwen is earth and Undine is water! Chapter 1 begins with the photo op prior to their battle with the cylopean spider monsters, but in chapter 2 after the drama at school, the next night’s battle is the horrifying disasater for Team Alchemical, of which only Tessa & Undine survive, and Tessa has lost her powers.
It is the sad, confusing, lonely and frustrating time for Undine, who meets another heroine Kokoro a.k.a Heartful Punch (purple costume) and a bullied girl Zoe who are fellow studens at The Future’s Promise School for Magical Girls, but I shouls not reveal further the plot of this quite excellent tale, which has the great balance of the humor, drama, action, tragedy and slice – of – life qualities amidst the character developments & world building!
The bittersweet plot is captivating, the pace is perfect, the characters are endearing, the dialogue is sumptuous, and the art is as gorgerous as gorgeous can be, with the great poses, expressions, compositions, graphic narrative, colors and fonts for the beautifully designed characters, creatures, scenery, fashions and FX, so I will give Sleepless Domain the grade of the “A’ as in Alchemical!
Mary writes & draws the tale, although Oscar did much of the initial designs and drew the first two chapters, whilst Isabelle & Joseph are the editors. Isabelle, Joseph & Erin Burt are the directors at Hiveworks https://hiveworkscomics.com
, the creator-owned host & publisher of many faboulous, free – to – read comics, such as Sleepless Doman, which began in 2015!
It updates on Tuesdays & Thursdays, so the tale is over X pages into its 14th chapter by now. I was introduced recently to this tale by our friend Jeff the meterologist & avid gamer who gave us volume 1 as the gift! The full color 122 page trade paperback collection includes chapters 1-4, plus the 10 pages of concept art & Mary’s comments, so I will heartily recommend it!
Monster Musume vol. 15!
Hai! Written & drawn by Okayado (who is also the author of 12 Beast and Ma ma Mia) and originally published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan, Monster Musume is a sexy comedic urban fantasy manga of the harem trope & ample fan service, starring the liminal ladies (monster girls) who are romantic rivals for Kimihito, the human guy in whose often renovated house they reside!
They are Centorea the centauress, Miia the lamia, Papi the harpy, Suu the slime girl, Merou the mermaid, Rachnera the spider girl and Lala the Dullahan. Also recurring are their government case worker Ms. Smith and the Monster Ops team of Manako the cyclops, Tio the ogre, Doppel the doppleganger and Zombina the zombie amongst the many other recurring characters!
There are more tales of them in the companion four volume anthology series of Monster Musume: I Heart Monster Girls! Published here in English by Seven Seas, Monster Musume is great fun, but it is rated for older teen readers of ages 16+, purrhaps especially due to the nudity, skimpy attire, sexual themes, slapstick violence, fan service, lewd and dark humor aplenty!
It was translated by Andrew Cunningham, edited & adapted by Shanti Whitesides, purroof read by Janet Houck & Dawn Davis, published by Jason DeAngelis, edited managingly by Julie Davis, edited in chiefly by Adam Arnold, lettered & retouched by Meaghan Tucker, with the purroduction managed by Lissa Patitillo, cover design by Nicky Lim & logo design by Courtney Williams.
Purriced $12.99 in the US & $15.99 in Canada, it has the 160 B&W pages and the 4 full – color pages of the manga , all sammiched betwixt the covers that depict cheerfully Mii and other alluring lamia ladies! Miia’s (Japanese metric) BWH sizes are 86F-55-90 cm, Maru’s BWH sizes are 71A-53-77 cm, Shequa’s sizes are 99I-58-92 cm, and Sanka’s sizes are 85E-57-88 cm.
Most of the tale ocurrs in Miia’s homeland which is amidst the political dispute betwixt the various serpentine species such as the Lamia, Echidna, Medusa & Melusine. The situation has dire consequences for the interspecies cultural exchange purrogram, which might mean that Miia would have to go away, so the gang travels to there to help reach the good diplomatic resolution.
The success hinges upon how well Kimihito purrforms in the “manliness tournyament” which is the snake girl sex olympics, because the tribes are all female and they need the verile males to purropurrgate! Thusly his stamina will be pushed to the limit whilst Miia’s friends and rivals slither sensually upon him!
Meanwhile Lala boards the wrong plane and winds up in Italy, but she does eat very well there, though! Also returning for the frisky frisky fray are Miia’s mom and Draco! In addition to chapters 60 – 63 and the 4 color pages of the selfie photo plot are the 2 pages of the epurrlogue and the 2 pages of biology notes.
The beautifully drawn characters and amusing FX are amidst the intricate scenery, including some writhing crowd scenes, but the many bared boobies imight not be for the widdle kitties, purrudish readers, or those who care not for the purrvy harem trope! I am done, so nyow here is Trini-chan to tell us about-
Aria the Masterpiece Edition vol. 4!
Hai! Kozue Amano’s Aria was voted by many of us at The Mew as our favoritest manga and anime TV series of the past decade! It is the charming, slice of life / utopian science fiction tale set on the planet Mars in the future, 180 years after it was terraformed such that the polar ice melted and covered 90% of the surface in water, so the planet was renamed Aqua, whilst The Earth has been renamed Manhome.
Mainly in Aqua’s city of Neo Venusia, which is the replica of Venice, Italy, the main character is Akari, an apprentice gondolier trained by her senpai Alicia at the small Aria gondola tours company, which is named after their martian mascot cat. The other major recurring characters are Aika, Akira and Hime the cat of the Himeya gondola company; Alice, Athena, and Maa cat of the Orange Planet gondola company…
….plus the other workers, residents, visitors and cats who Akari meets! Originally published in Japan in 2002 by Mag Garden, after 2 columes the Aqua series was re-titled as Aria. It was first translated into English in 2004 by ADVision, but they only published 3 volumes of it. Then in 2004 Tokyo Pop published it here, but only got up to 8 volumes. The anime TV series was released here on DVD by Nozomi!
Tokyo Pop has started over with the lovely larger 6.125″ x 8.5″ omnibus editions of the manga, including the Aqua tales! Volume 4 is purriced $24.99 and has the 354 pages of chapters 31-40 plus the special chapter, including 14 color pages. It was translated by Katie McLendon, retouched & lettered by Vibrraant, edited by Lena Atanassova, copy edited by Massiel Gutierrez, and in-chiefly edited by Stu Levy…
…with the quality control by Daichi Nemoto, associate marketing by Kae Winters, licensing by Akira Yanaka, and the graphic design by Phillip Hong. Set in the autumn of the year 2302, it has been 1.5 years since Akari came to Aqua from Manhome to joyfully train as the undine, explore the wonderful city, and brighten the many lives!
The wonderful encounters and adventures of Akari and her friends include helping “Granpa” to deliver the mail; meeting Athena who is one of the legendary undines along with Akira & Alicia; the sleepover at Orange Planet’s dorm; Akira teaching the three cohei; viewing the spectacular meteor shower; meeting the glassblowers and delivering the Venetian Glass; “chasing the shade” at Caffe Florian…
enjoying the yummy Margherita pizza and walnut bread; the snowy arrival of Winter, the bittersweetly poignant introduction of Maa; the mysterious night cat railway, and the flashback to younger days of Alicia, Akira & Athena! The characters are endearing, the art is beautiful, the situations are rather charming, the environments are glorious, and the mythology is wonderful!
Aria also occasionally surprises us with the unexpected dashes of the surreal and perhaps magickal moments, especially when the cats and certain endemic martian phenomeon is involved! Thusly, I will give I will give Aria The Masterpiece Edition volume 4 the lofty A Plus grade!! I am done, and now I will turn The Mew over to Savage-sensei for his review of
Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film and Beyond!
Thank you, Trini-chan! Published by Insight, this big beautiful book by Andrew Farago & Gina McIntyre is aptly titled! Priced at $75 US & $101.99 Canada, the 13” x 9.5” x 1/75” dust-jacketed hardcover is quite hefty with 400 full color pages that are somewhat chronologically devoted to Batman, extensively covering the comics, movies, TV series, video games & merchandise of the past 8 decades!
With the forward by Michael Keaton, preface by Denny O’Neil & introduction by Kevin Conroy, this massive tome includes comments & quotes by those and many of the authors, artists, designers, editors, actors, directors, producers, composers, executives, journalists & historians who have contributed to the mythos, such as Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm…
… Lea Hernandez, David Mazzucceelli, Jim Starlin, Bob Garcia, Larry Hama, Devin Grayson, Jeff Parker, Mike Tiefenbacher, Scott Snyder, Tom King, James Tynion IV, Steve Englehart, Bob Greenberger, Chris Sims, Dan Greenfield, Brian Cronin, John Semper, Paul Levitz, Alan Brennert, Grant Morrison, Gary Esposito, Marv Wolfman, Jeph Loeb, Mark Waid, Greg Rucka…
… Mark Evanier, Mike Friedrich, Doug Moench, Graham Nolan, Jordan B. Gorfinkel, J.M. DeMatteis, Bob Schreck, Diana Schutz, Peter Sanderson, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin, Victoria Price, Mark Hamill, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Chris O’ Donnell, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Ben Affleck, Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Michael Uslan…
… William Dozier, Peter Gruber, Sam Hamm, Peter MacDonald, Danny Elfman, Eliot Goldenthal, David Goyer, Rick Baker, Lidy Hemming, Patrick Tatopoulos, Nathan Crowley, Di Novi, Bo Welch, Tom Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Alan Burnette, James Tucker, Mitch Watson, Glen Murakami, Jeff Robinov, Charles Roven, Sefton Hill, Paul Crocker, Bruno Heller and Zack Snyder.
The hundreds of images include the many photos & illustrations, including over 75 full – page pics and several two-page spreads. Among the image is art by Bob Kane, Fred Ray, Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang, Georeg Roussos, Charles Paris, Win Mortimer, Sheldon Moldoff, Jack Burnley Jim Mooney, Lew Sayre Schwartz, Curt Swan, Stan Kaye, Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson…
…Mike Sekowsky, Joe Giella, Neal Adams, Irv Novick, Dick Giordano, Tatjana Wood, Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin, Alex Toth, Jim Aparo, Jon Calnan, Mike Kaluta, Joe Staton, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopes, Walt Simonson, Joe Kubert, Walt Simonson, Din Newton, Gene Colan, Rodin Rodriguez, Alfredo Alcala, George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley…
…David Mazzucchelli,Todd McFarlane, Alan Davies, Paul Neary, Pablo Marcos, Chris Warner, Mike Decarlo, Norm Breyfogle, Kim DeMulder, Jerry Bingham, Mark Bright, Steve Mitchell, Brian Bolland, Bob Ringwood, David Russell, Anton Furst, Jerry Ordway, Dave McKean, Ed Hannigan, George Pratt, Kelley Jones, Malcome Jones III, Luke McDonnell, Geof Isherwood, Tim Sale, …
… Pepe Moreno, Alex Pascenko. Ian MacDonald, Mike Mignola, Pat Broderick, John Beatty, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kevin Nowlan, Glenn Fabry, Eduardo Barreto, Thomas W. Lay Jr., Martin A. Kline, Jacques Rey, Michael Anthony Jackson, Tim Flattery, Miles Teves, Susan Zarate, Carlos Rosario, Sean Hargraves, Anthony Tolin, Harald Belker, Buce Timm, Alex Ross, Jock…
…Glen Murakami, Alex Maleev, Tom Grummett, Ray Kryssing, Graham Nolan, Wayne Faucher, Jim Lee. Scott Williams, Dave Johnson Howard Poreter, Dre Geraci, Michael Lark, Dustin Nguyen, Richaed Friend, Matt Wagner, Henri Ducard, Jeff Matsuda, Dave Craig, James Tucker, Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert, J.H. Williams III, Chris Burnham, J.G. Jones, Doug Mahnke,Tony S. Daniel…
… Sandu Flores, Ryan Winn, Greg Capullo, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, Danny Miki, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Mondo, Ken Taylor, Ariel Olivetti, Ryan Sook, Rob Christie, John Glaser, Josh Quinn, and John Guydo (who did the book’s front cover art). That is a lot of comics covers, interior pages, posters, graphics, concept art, storyboards, animation art, production & costume designs.
That is in addition to the wealth of publicity and behind- the scenes photographs. plus over adozen neat inserts which splendidly reproduce much memorabilia. The inserts include the facsimile of Detective Cmics #37, the 1950 Batmobile blueprint, the 1965 print by Carmine Infantino & Murphy Anderson, the 1966 fan club card, SuperFriends storyboards, the 1989 movie storyboards…
… Batman Year One script pages, Poison Ivy costume designs, Gotham City map from No Man’s Land, a 2013 SDCC promo cardboard mask, Bob Kane’s Return of Batman treatment, and several widdle booklets of photos and concept art! It is the magnificent collection of information, stories & imagery to which I will give the highest praise! Now here is Mie-sensei to tell us about–
The Art of Frozen II!
For our glowing review of the movie Frozen II, please see last month’s Mew, but for now I will just say that I think the movie is totally awesome, and I think I liked it even more than the first one! So like, it has such totally beautiful character, scenic and FX art and animation, so I was quite eager to see this glorious book, fur shur!
Published by Chronicle Books with the jacket design by Toby Yoo / t42design, this lovely dust – jacketed hardcover book was written by Walt Disney Animation Studios’s vice president of creative development Jessica Julius! Measuring 11 3/8” x 9 3/8” x 3/4”, it has 156 full color pages, and it is priced $40.00 US / £20.00 UK.
It has the forward by Frozen & Frozen II’s writer, co-director & Walt Disney Animation Studios’s chief creative officer Jennifer Lee; Frozen & Frozen II’s co-director Chris Buck; and Frozen & Frozen II’s producer Peter Del Vecho. Including the concept art, storyboards, graphics and color script, there are over 300 images of all sizes!
That includes the many full – page pics, two – page spreads, and the clear acetate cel of of Elsa’s lovely final epilogue oufit, fur shur! Betwixt the book’s introduction and the acknowledgements, it consists of five chapters, starting with the Arendelle chapter’s loo at Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, Olaf and the other citizens of Arendelle.
“Air” looks at Mattias, Agnarr, Iduna, the wind spirit, the shipwreck and the Enchanted Forest. “Earth” examines Yelana, Honeymaren, Ryder, the other Northuldra folk, and the giants. “Fire” covers the fire spirit, and the lost caverns; whilst “Water” includes Ahtohallan, the Dark Sea, Elsa’s magic, and the water spirit, fur shur!
So like, members of the movie’s crew who contributed comments and / or imagery include Justin Cram, Brittney Lee, James Finch, Lisa Keen, David Womersley, Mac George, Jack, Fulmer, Jin Kim, Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, Jean Gillmore, Alexander Alvarado, Marc Smith, Becky Bresee, Bill Schwab, Steve Goldberg…
… Nick Orsi, Ian Butterfield, Dan Abraham, Jesse Erickson, Sean Jenkins, Mac George, Jim Martin, Hyun Min Lee, Gregory Smith, Annette Marnat, Mark Henn, Tony Smeed, Chad Stubblefield, Dale Mayeda, James Woods, Eric Hutchison, Jack Fulmer, Lissa Treiman, Scott Beattie, Iker De Los Mozos Anton, Mohit Kallianpur…
… Erin Ramos, Normand Lemay, Mark Hammel, Dan Lund, Brian Kesinger, Marlon West, and Michael Giaimo; with contributions by artists such as Alberto Abril, Chris Anderson, Virgilio John Aquino, Cameron Black, Ramya Chidanand, Johann Francois Coetzee, Trent Correy, Nikki Mull, Charles Cunningham-Scott, Erik Eulen…
…Colin Eckhart, Jennifer R. Downs, Christopher Evart, Joshua Fry, Frank Hanner, Jay V. Jackson, John Kahwaty, Hans-Joerg Keim, Si-Hyung Kim, Kate Kirby-O’Connell, Brandon Lawless, Richard E. Lehmann, Suki Lee, Hubert Leo, Vicky Yutzu Lin, Chris McKane, Terry Moews, Rick Moore, Michael Anthony Navarro, Derek Nelson…
… Zack Petroc, Joseph Piercy, Svetla Radioeva, Liza Rhea, Jason Robinson, Brian Scott, Samy Segura, Rattanin Sirinaruemarn, Justin Sklar, Jennifer Stratton, Lance Nathan Summers, Marc Thyng, Timmy Tompkins, Mary Twohig, Wayne Unten, Jose Velasquez, Elizabeth Wiley, Michael Woodside, Walt Yoder, Alena Wooten and Xinmin Zhao!
So like, it is such the informative, beautiful book about the very entertaining, beautiful movie. I will give it the “A” as in Anna, and I will totally recommend it to the fans of Frozen, animated movies, or fantasy art, fur shur! For our next book report, here is Mike to tell us about–
The First Star Trek Movie: Bringing the Franchise to the Big Screen 1969 – 1980!
Thanks Mielikki! As many of y’all know, Star Trek – The Motion Picture is my all time favorite movie (Trek or otherwise), and last month was it’s 40th anniversary, so it was only appropriate to commemorate the event by watching the movie yet again, and by reading this book!
This 232 page, 5 7/8” x 8 13/16” trade paperback is priced at $35.99; it was published in 2019 by McFarland and wriiten scholarly by author / librarian Sherilyn Connelly, who also wrote Ponyville Confidential: The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016.
While this book does not examine every aspect of the movie’s production, what it does explore thoroughly is the history of the movie’s development, from initial ideas after the original Star Trek TV series was cancelled in 1969, to the aftermath of the movie’s theatrical release.
That includes an in-depth look at the movie’s evolution from TV movie and TV series to the theatrical release; its publicity, marketing, merchandising, critical responce, box office results, impact upon fandom and the film industry, and how it would shape the Treks to follow.
There’s tremendous coverage of he movie’s initial 16 week theatrical release, from the premier gala in Washington DC to many other theatres around the country. As much as I’ve studied the movie over the decades, I learned quite a lot from this book!
It evoked a lot of stuff that I hadn’t thought about in a long time, such as Susan Sacket’s official newsletters, official merchandise such as the LED-laden shirts & jackets, the initial home video releases, and articles in magazines such as Starlog, Trek, and Fantastic Films.
The highly researched book has about a dozen photos, and cleverly includes a vast wealth of facts and opinions (the author’s and others); carefully distinguishes between them, dispels a great number of myths, and cites the many sources with extensive footnotes.
I loved the book! I hope that she’lll write a follow-up, and I look forward to reading her pony book! For those of you who have an interest in how Star Trek was revived after the original series and how that first Trek movie was made, I highly recommend this terrific book!
As books about that movie go, I think it’s up there wih The Making of Star Trek – The Motion Picture by Susan Sackett & Gene Roddenberry, Chekov’s Enterprise by Walter Koenig, Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek – The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones; Star Trek – Creating the Enterprise by Paul Olsen; Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series, and The Art of Star Trek by Judith & Garfield Reeves – Stevens.
Oh, speaking of publications about that movie, I’d like to thank IDW for commemorating the movie’s 40th anniversary by publishing the nearly – identical facsimile of the comic book adaptation of Star Trek – The Motion Picture, which was originally published in Marvel Comics’s Super Special magazine #15 in 1979!
It was scripted & edited by Marv Wolfman, pencilled by Dave Cockrum, inked by Klaus Janson, lettered by John Costanza, colored by the late Marie Severin, consultingly edited by Rick Marschall and Jim Shooter, with the cover art by Bob Larkin! Of course, many brilliant artists were associated with The Motion Picture, several of whom are no longer with us (including Cockrum and Severin); and sadly that includes
That is lots of publishing and merchandising of beautiful creations, but of course Syd Mead’s greatest legacy is the profoundly postive impact that his genius artistry and great kindness will have upon his spouse Roger, the rest of his family, friends, fans, the many artisans, scholars and dreamers who he will inspire into the far future, nya! Nyow here is Jamie to begin our
Hai! We are big fans of the late great Fred Rogers, his Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood TV series and the Daniel Tiger spin-off, nya! I am also the big fan of Tom Hanks, so I was rather eagerly anticipating this movie. I must admit that I was expecting it to be more about Mr. Rogers, but the movie actually focuses more upon journalist Lloyd Vogel who interviewed Rogers and wrote the 1998 article about him for Esquire magazine, nya!
So basically, the cynical Vogel is initially sketpical about the sincerity of Mr Rogers, who does genuinely want to get to know Vogel better. This thrills Vogel’s wife Andrea while they take care of their newborn child and Lloyd’d ailing, estranged father Jerry. Ultimately, Fred helps Jerry to better cope with the angry angsty drama, which after all is one of the many postive things that Mr. Rogers is legendary for, nya!
The great cast includes Hanks as Mr. Rogers, Matthew Rhys as Lloyd, Susan Kelechi Watson as Andrea, Chris Cooper as Jerry, Wendy Makkena as his girlfriend Dorothy, Maryann Plunkett as Mrs. Joanne Rogers, Enrico Colanato as the TV show’s company president Bill Isler, Tammy Blanchard as Lloyd’s sister Lorraine, Noah Harpster as her husband Todd, andMaddie cormanas as Lady Betty Aberlin, nya!
Daniel Tiger and the othe puppets are there too, nya! Based upon Lloy’d’s Esquire article, the captivating, uplifitng tale by Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue was wonderfully directed by Marielle Heller. Oh oh , and another star of the movie are the beautiful, charming models of the neighborhood and the other cities such as Pittsburgh, which are quite faithful and extensive as they bridge the movie scenes, nya!
Make sure to stay for the end credits, because there is footage of the real Mr. Rogers, nya! I will give this movie the high purraise of the “A” grade, and I recommend it to be paired with the supurrb documentary Won’t You be My Neighbor, which was one of my favorite movies of 2018, nya! Nextly I would like to discuss
We loved the six seasons and the movie of the wonderful British Downtown Abbey TV series, nya! Set in the 1910’s & 1920’s, it depicts the lives of the Crawley Family and their servants of Downtown Abbey, a lovely castle in Yorkshire. Much of it is shot at the Highclere Castle! For our review of the movie, please see our October 2019 Mew, nya!
Set in 1927 after the events of the TV series, the PG rated 121 min. movie depicts the frantic readiness for the gala visit by King George & Queen Mary which is an honor to some an an annoyance to others, nya. I was eager to purrchase the R1 NTSC DVD which purrsents the movie in the anamorphic widescreen of the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, nya.
The audio is Dobly Digital 5.1 with the spoken language & optional subtitle choices of English, French & Spanish, nya. The single disk is packaged in the plastic case with the outer cardboard sleeve, nya. In addition to the movie, there is about 24 min. of bonus features, including the optional audio commentary by director Michael Engler, nya!
There are the 8 deleted scenes which total to about 5.5 min.; and totalling the bit over 11 min. are the four short widdle featurettes of “Welcome to Downton Abbey”, “The Royal Visit”, “True to the Twenties”, and “The Brilliance of Julian Fellowes” (who is the creator & writer of Downton Abbey), nya. To top off the bonuses are the conversations with
Elizabeth McGovern (who purrtrays Cora Crawley), Hughe Bonneville (who purrtrays Robert Crawley), Michelle Dockery (who purrtrays Mary Crawley Talbot), Laura Carmichael (Edith Pelham), Phyllis Logan (Elsie Hughes), Alan Leech (Tom Branson), Michael C. Fox (Alan Carter), Jim Carter (Charles Carson), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates)…
Imedla Staunton (Maud Bagshaw), Sophie McShera (Daisy Mason) and Robert Collier (Thomas Barrow), which total to about 8 min. nya! That does not add up to a lot of bonus features, but they are quite pleasant and the commentary was quite splendid, nya! I am done, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Forma-san for her review of the
Thusly I was pleased to purrchase the DVD set, which is compurrised of the series’s final 6 epurrsodes which total the 425 minutes, purrsented in the 1.78:1 screen aspect ratio, in the audio choices of English, French, Spanish & Brasilian Purrtuguese, with the optional subtitles in English SDH, French, Spanish, Brasilian Purrtuguese,Chinese, Thai & Korean.
Additionally, there is the great weahth of bonus features including the 5 deleted scenes, the 3 documentaries, and the 10 audio commentaries. Totalling nearly 8.5 minutes, the deleted scenes are “Soup in the Trenches”, “Davos & Fergus”, “Alys Karstark”, “Tyrion & Sansa in the Crypts”, and “Grey Worm & Missandei at the Feast”.
With the ample behind – the – scenes footage and comments by many of the cast & crew, the very entertaining & informative documentaries are “When Winter Falls” at just over 29 minutes, “Duty is the Death of Love” at the bit over 31.5 minutes, and “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” at nearly 113 minutes.
Disc 1 has the commentary for season 8’s epurrsode 1 “Winterfell” by co-purrducer / writer Dave Hill & purrduction designer Deborah Riley; and epurrsode 2 “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” by co – executive purrducer / writer Bryan Cogman & actor Daniel Portman who purrtrayed Podrick Payne.
Disc 2 has 3 commentaries for epurrsode 3 “The Long Night”! Firstly is the commentary by director Miguel Sapochink. director of photography Fabian Wagner & camera opurrator Sean Savage; secondly is the commentary by executive purrducer Bernadette Caulfield, FX purrducer Steve Kullback & VFX supurrvisor Jow Baur;
… and thirdly is the commentary by stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam & actor Richard Dormer who purrtrayed Beric Dondarrian. Disc 3 has commentary for epurrsode 4 “The Last of the Starks” by director of photography David Franco, with actors Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandre) & Pilou Asbiek (Euron Greyjoy)…
… and there are 2 commentaries for epurrsode 5 “The Bells”: firstly is the commentary by Miguel Sapochink, Fabian Wagner & actor Conleth Hill (Varys); and nextly is the commentary by purrducer Chris Newman, SFX supurrvisor Sam Conway & FX supurrvisor Joe Bauer.
Disc 4 has 2 commentaries for epurrsode 6 “The Iron Throne”; firstly by actor Emila Clarke (Daenerys) with executive purrducers / writers / directors David Benloff & D.B. Weiss; and secondly by director of photography Jonathan Freeman & camera opurrator Ben Wilson! To top off the set is the handsome packaging.
The 4 disks are snugly secure yet easily removed from their individual trays that are affixed to the quadruple gatefold boards which are adorned on the outside with beautiful photos of Sersi, Jon, Daenerys, Bran, Arya, Sansa, Tyrion, Jamie, Brienn and the Night King, each of them sitting upon the Iron Throne.
Inside of the gatefold opens to reveal the 7.25’ x 29” panaromic photo of Drogonthe dragon flying above King’s Landing. Also inside is the card which lists the epurrsodes & the bonus features. The gatefold fits into the sturdy slipcase, which in turn slides into the embossed outer sleeve.That will conclude our reviews, amd yow here are Petra and Bunni to purrsent the latest
Hai! For those here for the first time, Galleries 1-8 of The Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art display images by Mike, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-5 display images illustrations, photos and mixed – media imagery by other folks totally with their purrmissions, and Mike’s collaborative images with other artists can be found throughout the Mewseum, nya!
Some of the images in the mewseum are sexy, and some of them might depict artistic nudity, but most are very tame, and none of them are the hentai / porn, nya! On Catgirl Island’s official web site, the most recent pics will be the lowermost row of the cropped widdle “thumbnail” – sized portions of the pics in a gallery, and you have to click upon those to see the uncropped full pics, nya!
we are pleased to purrsent several selected illustrations from Mike’s “Purroject PALLET”, nya! These are concept sketches of the island dream home named PALLET (for the owners’ initials) which the friends commissioned, nya. The mansion has the four stories of the brutalism style, plus the rooftop items, the swimming pool and the out – buildings upon the 2 acre beach – front lot, nya!
This batch of over 30 images includes B&W and color pics of the onsen, kitchen, dining room, living room, library, theatre, game room, conference room, gallery, green house, water slide, uppurr deck, verandah, pool, purrgola, chashitsu, gazebo, garage, vehicles, and the purroject’s crew, nya! These were done with the pencil, pens, colored pencils, markers, water colors and Photoshop, nya!
After those images is Mike’s tastefully nude pic of “Lyonessy” the gynosphinx with the magick, cleric & psionic powers, who is one of the NPCs in his monthly tabletop fantasy RPG The Adventures of Nystia Nightshade, nya! She is the sheriff of an isand on which she manages the temple turned into the free clinic & medical school, nya.
She is 8 ft long plus the tufted 4 ft tail; stands 4 ft high at the withers and weighs 650 lbs. She resembles an African Lion with a catgirl head & torso, paw-like hands, Ochre wings with White stripes and the 16 ft wingspan, the Tawny coat, Black hair and Golden eyes, nya. She enjoys puzzles, games, riddles, catnaps, and snake meat, nya!
we are delighted to display “La Blue Dragon Girl” by Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com
nya! Born in the Uusimaa region upon the southern coast of Finland, Dr. Velmiinna Katariina Jarvinen, DRPH (or just Velma, for short) is the Blue Dragon Girl and mom of 12 kids who are all adults nyow, nya. At 1200 years old she is middle aged, but still appurrs to be in her 20’s, nya!
In the humanoid form, Velma is 5’ 6” tall with the 5’ tail,11’ wingspan, BWH sizes of 35D”-24”-36” and the weight of 200 lbs, nya. She resides here at Catgirl Island, where she is Dean of Mew Hanover College’s School of Health Policy & Management, nya. Rebecca used ProCreate on the iPad for the character, whilst Mike used the camera, Photoshop CC, the Mac and mouse for the background, nya!
Then we are elated to exhibit 5 more illustrations by Rebecca, who was the guest for our September 2009 Mew, nya! Firstly of those is her supurrb ProCreate fan art of Lt. “Shiboline M’Ress” who was the Caitian catgirl communications officer aboard the starship USS Enterprise during the 4th & 5th years of Captain James T. Kirk’s command in the 1973 animated Star Trek TV series, nya!
Then we have Rebecca’s wonderful chibi – style fan art of teen high school students, Adrien Agreste & Marinette Dupain-Cheng, alias “Cat Noir” & “Ladybug”, who are the titular super – heroes of the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir animated TV series! This pic was done with ProCreate & iPad!
Also done with ProCreate on the iPad is the gorgeous pic of Rebecca’s original character who wants to “Let it Snow”! Cynthialyssa is the Metis – Canadian / American faerie from Yellowknife in Northwest Canada; hovering amidst the snowy forest. She was born on 12 November 1819, and recently celebrated her 100th birthday!
She is from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada; stands 5 ft. 3 in. tall with the 5 ft. wingspan, BWH sizes of 31B-25-33 in., and weighs 100 lb. with the 140 IQ, Fae Positive blood type, the inny belly button, excellent navigation and flying abilities, with the 100 MPH horizontal flight speed, and the 200 MPH diving speed!
With BSC & MA degrees in Atmospheric sciences, she is smart, wise, agile, purrceptive, hardy and charismatic with the healing and regenerative powers, hypnotic charm, resistance to cold and magick; she speaks, reads and signs fluently English, French, Michif & Sylvan, and casts the wintry mix of mist, fog, frost, snow & ice spells!
Her hobbies include yoga, belly dancing, flying, curling, and her favorite band is Rush. Her favorite foods are grilled arctic char; tomato, asparagus and brie eggs benedict; rhubarb – cheese strudle with vanilla cream; espresso with hazelnut syrup and whipped cream; and maple apple pecan oatmeal topped with caramelized bananas.
Nextly, Rebecca’s “Dragon Brew” beautifully depicts the original character Adrianna Valentina Antirrhinueve Kaydarossa (or just Adrian for short), the tiny Chihuahuan Desert Dragon Girl, who is wearing the cute ruffled short dress whilst playfully perched within the cup of coffee! This pic was done with the pencil, pens, Copic markers and the salty water colors!
Born near the city of Satillo in Coahuila Mexico, Adrian is the multilingual, pansexual, cisgender, Mexican – American, Chihuahuan Desert Dragon Girl; a US citizen with the general nursing degree from UNC-Wilmington, and resides here at Catgirl Island NC where she is a registered nurse at Mew Hanover Medical Center.
She has the 160 IQ, Fae Positive blood type, and an inny belly button. She is 8 in. tall with the 8 in. tail, 8 in. wingspan, BWH sizes of 4-3-4 in. and weighs 2.5 lb, but if she magickally grows to the proportionate human size, she would be 5 ft. 4 in. tall with the BWH sizes of 32B-24-32 and weight of 145 lb.
She is very athletic, and her favorite sports are soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, softball and beach volleyball. Her favorite foods are sweet potato souffle, honey garlic butter shrimp, mushroom – sauced pheasant, cran-apple nummy berry cocktails, and hot dark truffle chocolate with coconut sprinkles & whipped cream!
Then we have Jamie’s lovely snowy scene of the “Happy Winter Solstice” starring Chelsea Urania Kate Chattan, t
he heroic witchy were-panther star of Jamie’s urban fantasy web comic Clan of the Cats http://clanofthecats.com
, which recently celebrated is 20th anniversary! Chelsea, her family and friends were guests of the August 2007, January 2009 & November 2009!
Adding further to the holiday seasonal artistry is Jamie’s “Happy Holidays” illustration which depicts Chelsea and her Russian Blue familiar cat Sebastian! In this purrticularly amusing scene, Sebastian has over-fed whilst Chelsea is fed up! She is disgruntled at Sebastian, who groans with the bloated tummy after devouring the whole turkey dinner and stuffing himself with the stuffing!
Lastly but not leastly for this month is “2017 Doodles 05” by Misty Hopkins http://bunnychai.blogspot.com who was one of the guests of the March 2008!
It is the batch of 16 widdle doodles of various human, gynoid & anthropurrmorphic characters includes original characters such as
Strawberry & Gary the Fox, and fan art of Empowered and Hikaru no Go!
So, what do y’all think of the art?