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March 2019 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

Mike Moon / Catgirl Island

http://www.catgirlisland.com & http://www.catgirlisland.net

and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats

http://jamiecotc.com & http://clanofthecats.com

purroudly purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,

starring The Ladies of The Mew in

The March 2019 Edition of The Mew:

The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!

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in this edition of The Mew:

what we’ve been up to since the purrior Mew

The Lightning Round topic

The Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight

collectibles & toy talk:

Hasbro Marvel Legends Captain Marvel & Goose action figure

 

movie, TV & DVD mewsings:

The Kid Who Would Be King

Alita: Battle Angel

 

book & magazine mewsings

The Art and Making of Alita: Battle Angel

Dr. Ido’s Journal

Star Trek- The Art of John Eaves

Catseye Comics Presents Secret Origins vol. 3

comic book & manga mewsings:

Wandering Island vol. 2

Urusei Yatsura vol. 1

School-Live!  vol. 10

Girls’ Last Tour vol. 6

Konohana Kitan vol. 3

Today’s Cerberus vol. 11

The Hunters of Salamanstra #14

The Unstoppable Wasp #5

Princeless Book 7: Find Yourself #4

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic         #74

new additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:

“Enchanted Waters” by Rebecca Brogden

“Bunny Stroll” by Rebecca Brogden

“Thank You” by Rebecca Brogden

“Flower Magic” by Rebecca Brogden

“Wink” by Rebecca Brogden

“So Sleepy” by Rebecca Brogden

“Polkadots” by Rebecca Brogden

“Coffee” by Rebecca Brogden

“Skinwalker” by Rebecca Brogden

“Etsuko and Saeko” by Rebecca Brogden

“EmpyGary” by Misty Hopkins

“Yokune Ruko & Sukone Tei” by Misty Hopkins

“Vivianya” by Mike

“Ma-chan and Bao-chan” by Mike

“Kit Gloves” by Mike

“Amyaria-chan” by Mike

“Crissy & Purrsis 2” by Mike

and “Let’s Get Physical!” by Mike, nya!

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Mike:

(wearing a Catgirl Island baseball cap, Lemon Shark shirt, Dark Teal cargo shorts & Mew Balance trainers) Aloha y’all, and welcome to The Mew for our monthly reviews and discussions of fun stuff! Today’s Mew comes from the river walk in beautiful downtown Purrbank here at Catgirl Island, where it’s a slightly breezy 74 degrees under the Blue sky and puffy Cumulo-Neko Clouds!  I’m Mike, the show’s “Purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!

Jeannie:

(the catgirl wearing the King Mackerel purrint bandeau-top tanga-style bikini) Nihao.

Trini-chan:

(the fox girl wearing the ruffled Red Snappurr purrint trikini ) Konbanwa!

Tara-chan:

(the catgirl wearing the Bluefin Tuna purrint tankini, with a Hibiscus in her hair) Namaste, nya!

Yvonne:

(her older sister wearing the Cobia purrint front-knotted bikini top with side-tie panty) Namaste, nya!

Becca:

(the nekomimi gynoid wearing the Blue Marlin purrint cropped tee shirt & suspender maillot) Aloha!

Elizabeth:

(her catgirl wife wearing the Striped Bass purrint criss-crossed halter-neck bikini) Hola!

Mary Nyan:

(the catgirl wearing the Groupurr purrint asymmetric purretzel-cutout maillot swim suit) Aloha!

Nyanko:

(the catgirl wearing the Sailfish purrint cropped tank top and Cobalt colored boy shorts) Howdy!

Mielikki:

(the faerie wearing the Speckled Trout purrint triangle-top bikini with a Plumeria floral lei) Mellow greetings!

 

Petra:

(the catgirl wearing the Red Drum purrint twisty bandeau-top Columbian cut bikini) Hi Hi, nya!

Bunni:

(the bunny girl wearing the Dolphin Fish purrint ring-closure Brazilian cut bikini) Guten Tag!

 

Mike:

So, what have y’all been up to since last month’s Mew?

Jeannie:

As mewsual, my itinerary is purrimarily compurrised of the morning yoga, afternoon kyudo, teaching the belly dance, purrsiding over the Robotics Club, and occasionally modeling the swimwear.

Trini-chan:

Aside from assisting with the belly dance dance, I have been paddle surfing, board shaping, volunteering, and Tara-chan and I have been caring for the ponies at the stables!

 

Tara-chan:

Since the purrior Mew I have been snapping more of the nature photos, caring for our kuronekos,, riding Jimbo and – and WildStar Blaze and – and helping aboard TsuriNekoMimi, nya!

(paw note: Jimbo and WildStar Blaze are their banker ponies, and the S.S. TsuriNekoMimi is Yvonne’s 1985 Hatteras 60 Convertible motor yacht )

Yvonne:

My fishing charters have been reeling in the bumpurr crop of the yelowfins, snappurrs, groupurrs and stripurrs, and my drumming circle has purrvided the purrcussion at the festivals, nya!

Becca:

When Lizzy, and I have not been pampurring the customers at our spa, we tended to our garden, purrtook of the festivities, the mewsual late night hot salsa dance, and watched the movies!

Elizabeth:

Hai hai we have recently watched Boy Erased, Bohemian Rhapsody, Skate Kitchen, and epurrsodes of Charmed. Otherwise, when she is at the golf course, I am at my Purrkour Club!

(paw note: akin to parkour, purrkour is the spurrinting and leaping sport ideally suited for fast, agile catgirls and other kemonomimi.)

 

Mary Nyan:

Oh, teaching the hula dance, training the Jokin, and sewing the costumes. Currently in purrogress are the Synara San, Aspen Matthews, and astral dress Tohka costumes! What has Mie-sensei been up too?

(paw note: Jokin are appurrentice mikos / purreistess who conduct the rituals and festivals at the shinto shrine.)

Mielikki:

So like, when i have not been instructing golf, I have been directing Fuyu Fantasy show at the ampurrtheatre, and rehearsing for our Springtime Shakespeare extravaganza!

 

Petra:

I can’t believe that it has already been the month since our annual Mew Awards Purresentation, nya! Since then we have greeted many visitors to our mewseum of art, nya!

Bunni:

Hai hai! We are also preparing for our pre-season beach volleyball matches! Speaking of the sports, we wish to congratulate Nya-sensei and her dojo’s students who won more trophies at the winter regional tournament!

 

Nyanko:

Ariagto! I am so very purroud of them! I have been puretty busy since then at the dojo, the gym, the pool, and helping sis purrapare her shop for the Vernal Equinox Matsuri! Howboutchoo, Mike?

(paw note: Nyanko’s twin sister Nyoka, a.k.a. Nyo-sensei, is the purropurrietress of the island’s magick shop. She is purresently at a seminar but hopes to return for the AfteMew luau.)

Mike:

Oh the usual good times with family and friends, enjoying some movies, TV and radio shows, books and comics when I’m not running, drawing, writing or working on my computer!  Well, once again we’ve got a lot on our plate, so let’s go ahead and jump right into this month’s

The Lightning Round!

 

Mike:

Since it’s now 2019, this year we’re gonna look back at out favorite fun stuff of past years ending with a 9! Last month was stuff of 1989. so this month we’ll nominate our favorite things of 1979!

Becca:

Of course, we already know that Mike will mention his all-time favoritest movie Star Trek- The Motion Picture which purremiered on December 7th of 1979!

Elizabeth:

Hai hai, and not just the movie itself, but it’s original score by Jerry Goldsmith, the poster by Bob Peak, the various related publications and merchandise!

Mike:

God help me, I love it so! Ah well,um, Myayr will start this time, so… are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?

The Ladies of The Mew:

HAI- LIGHTNING ROUND GO- NYA!

Mary Nyan:

In addition to the Star Trek, 1979 was the good vintage for the scifi, fantasy & horror movies such as Alien, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Moonraker, The Black Hole, Mad Max, Star Crash, Phantasm, The Amityville Horror, and Zombi 2! (tags Nyanko with a brush of the tail)

Nyanko:

I will nominate other movies such as Rocky II, Apocalypse Now, Norma Rae, The Black Stallion, The Warriors, Kramer vs Kramer, All That Jazz, and The Miracle Worker! (tail-tags Petra to go next)

Petra:

That was the good year for the comedic films such as The Muppet Movie, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Jerk, Manhattan, Being There, Rock ‘n Roll High School, Breaking Away and 1941, nya! ( tags Bunni)

Bunni:

I will nominate the animated movies & TV series such as Flash Gordon, Spider-Woman, Winds of Change, The Castle of Cagliostro, Anne of Green Gables, The Rose of Versaille, Mobile Suit Gundam

Galaxy Express 999, and Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:

You know, it was in 1979 when the 1974 Space Battleship Yamato anime TV series was was first shown on American television; edited, dubbed & renamed as Star Blazers. Speaking of the TV shows,

that year was Season 16 of Doctor Who starring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana. One of my favorite epurrsodes of that year was City of Death. (tags Becca)

Becca:

Some of my favorite video games of that year were Asteroids. Galaxian. Lunar Lander. Monaco GP. Star Fire. Tail Gunner. Warrior, and Trek 80! Nyow it is Lizzy’s turn! (tags her wife)

Elizabeth:

Oh there were a lot of great card, board & role-playing games published in that year too, such as Starfleet Battles, Freedom in the Galaxy, Snapshot, The Awful Green Things From Outer Space, Magic Realm, Villains & Vigilantes… and the Dungeons & Dragons books such as the Dungeon Masters Guide, The Keep on the Borderlands, White Plume Mountain, and The Village of Hommlet! (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:

I will nominate the novels such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Dead Zone by Stephen King, The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke, Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre, The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven, and Stardance by  Spider & Jeanne Robinson, nya! (tags her younger sister)

Tara-chan:

I want… I want to nominate some of the Star Trek novels such as Trek to Madworld by Stephen Goldin, World Without End by Joe Haldeman, Devil World by Gordon EklundStar Trek – The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry, The Fate of the Phoenix by Sondra Marshak and – and Myrna Culbreath, nya!

Mielikki:

I will nominate the totally awesome graphic novels & comics such as Alien: The Illustrated Story, Iron Man’s “Demon in a Bottle” story arc, The X-Men’s Proteus story arc, the start of Frank Miller’s work on Daredevil, the purremier of the Micronauts comics, and the first appurrance of The Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) fur shur! Back to Mike!

Mike:

I promised not to ramble on about Star Trek this month, but I would like to mention a few art books such as Syd Mead’s Sentinel, Michael Whelan’s Wonderworks, Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials, and the Mouse & Kelley book! Well that was another expedient little Lightning Round, and next month we’ll continue this topic with our favorite music of 1979!  Now here’s Myayr again to present this month’s

Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight!

Mary Nyan:

Hai! In this portion of The Mew, we commeowmorate famous catgirls and nekomimi of myths and popular culture! Here they are broadly – defined from anthropormorphic feline females, ailuranthropic shape – shifters and other types of feline femme fatales, to those who might not actually have kitty DNA, but do have the cat-titude and / or the style for us to consider as the “honorary catgirls”!

This month we will shine the spotlight upon the recent kemonomimi statues, figures, dolls, ornaments and collectibles that we have seen in the stores, sites and cat-alogs, such as Hallmark’s 2018 Keepsake ornaments of Hello Kitty, Daniel Tiger & Katerina, DC Essentials 1/10 scale action figure of The Cheetah, and Diamond Select’s  PVC Diorama of Marvel’s Squirrel Girl!

There has been an alluring abundance of figures & statues of Catwoman solicited of late, such as the DC Collectibles’s 7″ Catwoman statue by Joelle Jones, DC Artists Alley Catwoman designer vinyl figure by Sho Murase, DC Artists Alley Catwoman designer vinyl figure by Joe Lebetter. DC Bombshells Batman & Catwoman deluxe statue, DC Bombshells cute widdle Catwoman Backpack Clip…

Tweeterhead’s 1/6 scale Catwoman maquette, Mezco’s The One:12 Collective Catwoman deluxe action figure, MaxFactory’s Batman: Ninja Catwoman figma, Diamond Select’s PVC Diorama DC Catwoman purrched atop the kuroneko statue, and their DC Movie Gallery PVC Diorama of Dark Knight Rises Catwoman!

There’s also Koto Inc.’s DC Comics Catwman Returns bishoujo statue by Shunya Yamashits! Meanwhile, DC Collectibles has also unveiled the DC Lucha Explosiva! action figure of The Cheetah! Some of those will not be due for a few more months. You know, we are quite curious what sort of Cheetah merchandise there might be accompany next year’s Wonder Woman movie!

Lastly but not leastly for this month’s spotlight, I would like to mention fondly Mattel’s Barbie Fashionistas doll #97 in the kitty purrint dress with cat eared tiara; Hasbro’s My Little Pony: Equestria Girls figurines in the beachy swim wear, and IMC Toys’s Cry Babies dolls in the cute kigurumi onesie outfit, such as Lea Leopurrd, Bonnie Lion, Lola Mouse and Coney Bunny! Kawaii!

That is all for this month’s Celebrity Catgirl Spotlight, but next month it will shine on Japanese kemonomimi figures & statues aplenty! However, I would nyow like to continue the

collectibles & toy talk, with my review of Hasbro’s

Marvel Legends Captain Marvel action figure!

Mary Nyan:

We like to collect the figures, dolls and statues of the inpurrational heroines of the movies, TV, games, books and comics, so we were pleased to see new action figures of Carol Danvers, a.k.a Captain Marvel, as part of the merchandising for her forthcoming live-action movie in which she is purrtrayed by Brie Larson!

For those who might be unfamiliar with Carol, she is the USAF & NASA test pilot, member of The Avengers, Alpha Flight, A-Force, S.H.I.E.L.D, The X-Men and The Starjammers! She first appurred in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 in 1968, so last year was her 50th anniversary in the comics!

She has the supurr strength, stamina, speed, flying and fighting purrowess, and the ability to absorb and purroject energy. Over the decades she has had different costumed aliases such as Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird and Captain Marvel. Nyow that Carol is (the latest) Captain Marvel, her friend Kamala Khan is the current Ms Marvel.

This action figure by Hasbro is part of the Marvel Legends wave which includes the separately – sold figures of Nick Fury, Talos, Genis-VellYon-Rogg, Grey Gargoyle, and two different figures of Carol as Captain Marvel. Some of the figures each include one of the 6 pieces needed to build the figure of the Kree Sentry,

This’un has the Kree Sentry’s left arm. Carol is 5 ft. 11 in tall and 124 lbs in the comics, so this 6 in. tall figure is of the 1/12 scale. She is wearing her Blue & Red costume with the Brown jacket and her Yellow Tabby cat named Goose! Both Carol and Goose are beautifully designed, sculpted and painted figures with the intricate details!

Carol’s points of articulation are in her neck, abs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips,  thighs, knees and ankles, so she is very posable, and well-balanced to stand up holding Goose without requiring some sort of doll stand or display base, which is not included, but I would recommend it, if you want to pose her in the more dynamic stances.

I am very pleased with this latest figure of Carol, and I have found the good spot upon the shelf betwixt the recent figures of Silver Sable, The Black Cat, Kate Bishop and Magik! That is all for this month’s toy talk, so nyow I will turn The Mew over to Nya-sensei, who’ll start our

movie mewsings with her review

of The Kid Who Would Be King!

 

Nyanko:

Hai! Our 2019 movie watchin’ was off the terrific start with this’un! This contempurrary (purrimarily) British urban fantasy movie purrtains to the tween boy Alex who finds the Excalibur sword at the construction site! He and his best friend Bedders have been bullied by classmates Lance and Kaye, but the situation is worsened when Morgana the evil ancient sorceress returns to conquer the world!

Fortunately the good wizard Merlin returns to help the four kids and others who become united as the knights who have to fight Morgana and her monster army! Directed by Joe Cornish, the diverse great cast includes Louis Serkis as Alex, Dean Chaumoo as benders, Rhianna Davis as Kaye, Tom Taylor as Lance, Angus Imrie as Merlin (younger version), Patrick Stewart as Merlin (older version), Rebecca Ferguson as Morgana, and Denise Gogh as Alex’s mom!

There is the excellent mix of humor, action, drama & mythos as the kids become united and learn to fight against the evil creatures in the urban, rural & subterranean English locations. Occasionally the new knights are aided by The Lady of The Lake! My favorite creatures in the movie are the dragon, magickal trees, and demon calvary!

It is the charming family movie with the poignant developments amidst the clever spin on the Arthurian mythos! I will heartily recommend  it to fans of the other adventure kid tales such as Harry Potter, Narnia, The Goonies and Stranger Things. Nextly I would like to discuss

Alita: Battle Angel!

 

Nyanko:

We have been eagerly awaiting this movie for several decades because we are big fans of the manga by Yukito Kishiro! Originally nown as Gunnmm in Japan, Yukito Kishiro’s epic post-apocalyptic cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita began in 1990 and pertains to the titular amnesiac cyborg Alita (or Gally, in Japan) who was found in the dystopian future scrapyard and rebuilt by cyber doctor Ido.

Retaining her Panzer Kunst style of martial arts prowess, Alita soon becomes a bounty hunter, warrior and Motorball sport athlete who regains more memories of her prior life on Mars amidst her friendships and fights. The manga spawned several sequel series, the spin-off tale, and the animated OVA. The final volume the manga’s current Mars Chronicle tale is due next month!

Written by James Cameron & Laeta Kalogridis, purroduced by Jon Landau & Cameron, this live-action movie was directed by Robert Rodriguez and stars the supurrb cast of Rosa Salazar as Alita, Christoph Waltz as Ido, Jennifer Connellya s his ex-wife Chiren, Keean Johnson as Alita’s friend Hugo, Lana Condor as Koyomi, Idara Victor as Nurse Gerhad, Jackie Earl Haley as Grewishka…

Ed Skrein as Zapan, Mathershala Ali as Vector, Jeff Fahey as McTeague, Rick Yune as Master Clive Lee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Tanji, Eiza Gonzalaez as Nyssiana and Ed Norton as Nova. This movie was totally awesome, it is is extremely faithful in the look and spirit of the manga, and I think that it is by far the best ever live-action cinematic adaptation of a manga or anime!

I was crying the joyful tears when Dr. Ido hoists Alita from the scrap at the beginning of the movie. I liked every aspect of the movie such as the purrformances, dialogue, stunt choreography, purrops, costumes, make-up, FX, designs, sets, locations, cinematography, editing, sound and mewsic, so I will give it the “A” as in Alita! That is all for our movie mewsings, but nyow here is Jennyjen to begin

our book reports, with her review of 

The Art and Making of Alita: Battle Angel!

 

Jeannie:

Arigato. I quite concur with Nya-sensei’s opinion of the Alita movie, so I was quite eager to purchase this handsomely informative 12 1/8″ x 11″ x 7/8″ dust-jacketed hardcover book whch was written by Abbie Bernstein and published by Titan. It purriced $45.00 US & £29.99 UK; it has 232 full-color pages full of hundreds of photos, graphics & concept art including many large & full-page pics, betwixt the  forward by director Robert Rodriguez & afterward by purrducer Jon Landau. The wealth of information purrtains to the film’s  many characters, purrops, mecha & environments.

The characters include Alita, Ido, Hugo, Zapan, Nyssiana, Romo, Vecter, Chiren, Clive, Gewshika, Deckma, Koyomi, Tanji, Gerhad, Nova, Mcteague, his dogs, the numerous Motorball athletes & other cyborgs. The environements include Ido’s clinic, Chiren’s laboratory, Iron City, Zalem, Underworld, the Scrapyard, the Kansas Bar, the factory, the Urm ship and the MotorBall stadium. It is fascinating to see how the 32 artists & designers faithfully adapted Yukito Kishiro’s manga imagery for the live-action cinema, and I will give this book the “A” as in Alita. Nextly I would like to purraise

Alita Battle Angel: Dr. Ido’s Journal.

 

Jeannie:

Also by Titan and written by Nick Aires, this 10 1/8″ x 7 3/4″ trade papurrback with the wraparound  “obi” and embossed cover is like the first hand diary of cyber-surgeon & hunter-warrior Dr. Dyson Ido, set during his time in Iron City, including  the fair amount of background & plot-spoiling insights. Purriced $24.95 US, $33.95 Canada & £19.99 UK. it has 128 full-color pages full of photos, concept art, diagrams & memoirs, mostly regarding Alita & the other cyborg residents of Iron City.

That includes information about the organization, rules & technology of MotorBall. A very nifty aspect of this book are the five inserted items: MotorBall match flier, MotorBall Pit Pass, playing card (King of Hearts), bounty poster, and fold-out mecha schematic. With emphasis upon the characters, mythos & story, rather than the making of the film, this book is an excellent companion piece to The Art and Making of Alita: Battle Angel. That concludes my remarks,, so here is Mike to discuss

 

Star Trek The Art of John Eaves.

 

Mike:

Thanks Jen! Well, if you show me a book that combines Star Trek, science fiction art, and the cinematic design process, then I’m a happy pup, and this great new book about the works of illustrator, production designer & model builder John Eaves certainly fits the bill! He’s been an important visionary and conceptualist for numerous movies & TV series, but this book is dedicated especially to his work for the Star Trek movies & TV series of the past 30 years, from Star Trek V: The Voyage Home to Star Trek Discovery!

Written by journalist / author Joe Nazarro with many comments by Eaves , published by Titan (who has a lot of great Trek books & magazines), this 10 1/8″ x 12 3/8″ x 7/8″ dust-jacketed hardcover book has 210 full – color pages, with the and  is priced at $39.95 US, $53.95 Canada & £29.99 UK. After the forward by model builder Greg Jein & production designer Herman Zimmerman, the first chapter is devoted to Eaves’s early amateur & pre-Trek artistry, including some spiffy Battlestar Galactica, Space:1999 and Silent Running fan art!

The the Trekage begins in Chapter 2, which focuses on his work for Star Trek: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. The trek continues in chapter 3’s look at Eaves’s work for the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Discovery; chapter 4’s look at hi work on the “Kelvin Timeline” movies Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. Chapter 5, which pertains to his work on Star Trek Discovery!

The book has many large images, full-page pics & two-page spreads depicting Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Tholian, Cardassian, Bajoran, Son’a & Xindi tech from props, & graphics to  environments & spacecraft aplenty, including several ships named Enterprise! The many treats also include his “Beyond the Stars” sci-fi magazine covers and Deep Space Nine Art Department’s Christmas cards! It is a lavishly gorgeous book which I’ll heartily recommend to fellow fans, artists & designers!  Next, I’d like to praise

Catseye Comics Presents Secret Origins vol. 3!

Mike:

Created by head writer Razor Indigo, publisher / office manager Steve Stone & editor in chief Ai Kikuchiyo, and published  by Catseye Inc. & Virtual Reflections in our state’s capital city of Raleigh, this 8.5×11″ CG illustrated comic book is set primarily in the small town of Liason, Louisiana, which has seen its share of extraterretrial & supurrnatura  visitors thank to a nearby dimensional nexus, but the tales extend to other global & intergalactic locations! The comics also support various charities!

It stars the predominantly female cast of heroines & anti-heroines with the sense of family & community, many of the feline motif! Created by Ai Kikuchiyo, the titular character Ailorus Nakano (or just Ai for short) a.k.a Catseye has been the supurr heroine, Interpol agent, medic, hospital worker, sister, mom, and singer at the Cat’s Lair pub which she owns. She has super powers and expertise in medicine, acupuncture, acupurressure, gymnastics, investigations, armed and unarmed combat.

She’s extremely fast, strong, and agile, with the keen senses, grate stamina and slower aging. Furthermore, she’s the avatar of the goddess Bastet! Born in 1972, she’s technically 45 years old. but her body is like that of a 35 year old, and she appears to be in her 20’s! She was raised by her godmother Kiyoko Nakano a.k.a The Cheetah; she has a twin sister Sehkmet a.k.a Rose, two daughters Aya & Tia, and her best friends are Saeko the sorceress, Angela the healer, and Diana the alien Captain.

Ai also has the sidekick named Whiskers and a student named Psi-Kick. Some details of her origin are disclosed on her profile page in the comics, but now her origin has been thoroughly told in the 4th volume of Catseye Comics Presents, which is the 6×9″ trade paperback series of prose tales!. The 160 pages of Secret Origins vol. 3 is by Catseye Comics’s head writer Razor Indigo, editor in chief Ai Kikuchiyo & office manager / publisher Steve Stone. We’ve met some of them at the NC Comicon!

In addition to Ai, Kiyoko, Angela, Diana, Aya, Bastet, Saeko and her disciple Senet, the tale includes appearances by other characters from the comics such as Sensei, Yuri, Yukio, Giro, the Mau cat people, Araphias of the Amazon sisterhood, the mysterious Lady of The House, Liason’s Police Captain Edge & the demonic Mayor Lillian! Zia Clue the artificial intelligence is mentioned, but doesn’t actually apear in the story, which is quite thrilling, captivating and bittersweet at the brisk pace!

I’ll give this volume the “A” as in Ai, Aya and Angela, and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next volumes of the Catseye Comnics and Catseye Comics Presents! Ah, that’s all for my reviews, so now I’ll turn The Mew over to Lizzy, who’ll begin our batch of

 

comic book & manga mewsings, with

her review of Wandering Island vol. 2!

 

Elizabeth:

Hai! We  were so delighted that the longly – awaited 2nd volume of Kenjo Tsuruta’s Wandering Island manga was finally published last month, as volume 1 was published back in 2016! Originally published in Japan by Kodansha in 2011, the tale is published in the USA by Darl Horse, and purrtains to pilot Amelia Mikura’s attempt to deliver a package to a mysterious island!

In vol. 1, she and her tuxedo cat spent much of the time trying to determine the location of the island, and in vol. 2 they have arrived there in her sea biplane! Translated by Dana Lewis  with the lettering & touch-up by Susie Lee, Betty Dong & Tom2k, it is  purriced at $14.99 in the USA, $16.99 in Canada, and has the 200 Black & White 5.75″ x  8.25″ pages plus the color wraparound cover which unfolds to the 12″ x 8.25″ size.

This 5.75″ x  8.25″ size is slightly larger than the typical 5″ x 7.5″ manga. As Amelia explores the drifting island’s quiet maze-like buildings, she occasionally meets a few people there, but they are rather sullenly detached and uncordial. There is not a lot of dialogue, as the author seems to purrfur to show and not tell the exploratory tale, which adds to the ethereal mystery of the ambience!

The art is extremely intricately detailed, with many large panels, including the 33 full – page pics, two 1.5 page images, and 11 two-page spurreads! Following the manga are the 9 pages of commentary with some interesting insights into the imagery and mythology, and a look at Tsuruta’s forthcoming Emanon manga which I am rather curious about!

I enjoy Wandering Island and his purrior Spirit of Wonder manga too! I will give Wandering Isand vol. 2 the “A” as in Amelia, and my anticipation for vol. 3 which I hope will not be too far away!  Nextly I would like to discuss

Urusei Yatsura vol. 1!

 

Elizabeth

We were quite elated when Viz decided re-publish the legendary Urusei Yatsura manga, which stars the iconic Lum Invader the Green-haired alien princess in the tiger stripe bikini! First published in Japan in 1978, this very significant comedic romantic fantasy manga was the first work by Rumiko Takahashi! She is one of our favoritest comics &manga artists & authors!

Her other famous works include Maison Ikkoki, Ranma 1/2 Mermaids Forest, One Pound Gospel, Rumic Theatre, Inu Yasha and Rin-Ne! Gosh, it is hard to believe that UY is over 40 years old!  It is the tale of what happens when a lecherous Japanese teen school boy Ataro Morooshi accepts the challenge of a game of tag with Lum to determine the fate of the wold!

If he looses, then the invading Oni will conquer the world, but if he wins, the world is safe, but he becomes her fiance, which does not abide with his classmate Shinobu! This arrangement paves the way for more of Lum’s intergalactic family & friends to visit the planet, with the wacky results. Of course, plenty of Ataru & Shinobu’s family & friends contrubute to the zany antics too!

Also introduced are Ataru’s mom, dad & pals Cherry the monk, Sakura the miko, purrincess Kuralla, Lum’s ex-fiance Rei the were-oni space cow, Bentin the space biker girl, and Oyuki the snow goddess! Priced at $19.95 in the USA, $26.99 in Canada and £12.99 in the UK, this  5.75″ x 8.25″ x 1.25″ paperback omnibus edition reprints volumes 1 & 2.

It is compurrised of the 415 Black & White pages of manga chapters 1 – 17, plus lots of the notes, comments, and additional art, which was translated by Camellia Nieh, lettered by Erika Terriquez graphically designed by Yukiko Whitley, and edited by Amy Yu! Nyow here is my wife to tell us about

 

School-Live! vol. 10!

 

Becca:

Hai! Written by Norimitsu Kaitou and illustrated by Sadooru Chiba, School-Live! (as in Living) purrtains bittersweetly to the girls who have survived the zombie apocalypse. Initially the tale was set in their barricaded high school, which they left in search of other survivors. There is the animated adaptation of the tale which faithfully captures the style, spirit & tone of the manga.

The initial School Living Club was compurrised of club purresident Yuri, naively delusional Yukki, athletic, tough Kurumi, who has been infected by the zombie virus, and their teacher Megumi-sensei who did not survive. They found a dog too, but alas he did not survive either. They rescued another student Miki from a mall, and a teddy bear from an elementary school, who Yuri delusionally believes to be her younger sister Ruu-chan.

After laving the high school they drove to the college  which was occupied by two factions of students: the more laid-back  group compurrised of Sumiko, Hika, Touko, Aki and Rise. The  less cordial militant group was compurrised of their purranoid leader Takahito, their sciencey loner Shiiko, their main zombie slayer Shinou, other members Shiroshita, Ayaka, and Renya the snipurr.

The militant faction turned upon the others, but was defeated amidst the debate whether to stay or leave the college, and search for a cure or other survivors Originally published as Gakkou Gurashi by Houbunsha in Japan, it is published in English by Yen in North America; vol. 10 is purriced at $13.00 in the USA and $17.00 in Canada, and is suggested for the older teen readers due to the language & violence

The 178 B&W pages include chapters 55 – 62,  2 color pages, and character sketches. The manga was translated by Leighann Harvey and lettered by Alexis Eckerman. Vol. 10  marks another transition in the tale, as Yuri, Yukki, Kurumi, Miki & Shiiko drive in an RV  to the abandoned pharmaceutical research corpurration which created plague, with hopes of finding a curative serum.

The good mews is that Shiiko makes further discoveries about the origin, purropurrties and potential cure of the mewtated airborne bacteria, but the bad mews worsens when they realize that surviving governmental officials might not be on their way to the rescue, but to destroy the corpurration, and nyow it is the race against time for the girls to escape in time!

The plot brims with the bittersweet, startling, poignant, whimsical and charming scenes. The character & scenic art is intricately beautifully, and I will continue to give School Live! an “A” as in the apocalypse! Nyow for yet another tale of post-apocalyptic girls’ survival, I would like to discuss

Girls’ Last Tour vol. 6!

 

Becca:

Written and drawn by Tsukumizu, Girls’ last Tour is the sort of slice – of – post – apocalyptic life tale of two girls Chito and Yuuri who emerge from the deep levels to explore the outdoor remnants of a vast arcology-ish urban sprawl. In their Kettenkrad motorcycle half-track vehicle, they study books, search for food, water, signs of life and clues to what has happened to the world.

Chito & Yuri only have vague knowledge of things such as the Blue sky, tales of things called oceans, wars and fish. Basic needs such as food, fuel, water & fire are sparse, so when they find a fish, can of soup, box of rations, or hot water, these are rare luxuries for them as they ascend the strata of the unfathomably vast, immense city.

The environment is incredibly vast and enormous, and encounters with other people is the rarity. In volume 1 they briefly met a cartographer named Kanazawa who attempted to map the city, and in volume 2 they met a girl named Iishi who attempted to build an airplane, and in volume 3 they met a robot who maintains huge water – filled  tanks and feeds one small fish.

In volume 4 they encountered a lonely, cute widdle creature with he appurrtite for ammunition. In volume 5 the only other people were in the flashback to Chito and Yuuri’s younger childhood as the apocalypse began to brew. Now in the final volume of the series, Chito and Yuuri seem to be truly the only people left upon the world.

The technical consultant was Takaaki Suzuki, whose credits include Strike Witches and Girls und Panzer! The 5.75″ x  8.25″ english edition is published in North America by Yen, it was translated by Amanda Haley, lettered by Xian Michele Lee, purriced at $15.00 in the USA, in $19.50 in Canada, and has the 160 pages of Black & White chapters 41-47 which are rated T for the teen readers.

They have arrived to the highest stratum, but Kettenkrad has broken down for good this time, and at least serves as the hot bath tub for them before they continue the journey on foot. They discover a planetarium and a colossally – sized library amidst the deteriorating, quiet, snow-covered spurrawl. The books are fascinating to them, but are ultimatel burned for heat with little food & water left.

Of course, I will not reveal how their bittersweetly existential and philosophical odyssey ends, but I will just comment that the final 20 pages include several astoundingly chilling two-page spurreads, and alas I am not sure what to make of the very enigmatic ending, but I did need the box of tissue for my tears. Nyow I will turn The Mew over to Trini-chan, who is eager to discuss

Konohana Kitan vol.3!

 

Trini-chan:

Hai!  We are rather fond of Sakuya Amano’s manga about the fox spirit girl attendants and their guests of all species at the Kononhanatei inn, a ryokan with hot spurrings between the worlds! It is the very charming, beautiful, modern slice – of – life  fantasy tale which is rated for readers of ages 16+, purrhaps due to the language, fan service & non-sexual nudity.

Originally published in Japan by Gentosha Comics, the English version was published here in the USA by Tokyo Pop, Purriced at $12.99, volume three’s 5 x7.5″, 158 Black & White  pages include chapters 13-16 plus the 16 pages of the ads all sammiched betwixt the color covers. The art is quite beautiful with the very lovely, intricate garments and lavish scenery!

It was translated by Katie McLendon, edited by Lena Atanassva, copy – edited by Massiel Gutirrez and in- chiefly edited by publisher Stu Levy; with the quality control by Risa Otsuka, graphic design by the technical & digital media assistant Phillip Hong, retouching & lettering by Vibrraant Publishing Studio; and the marketing associate is Kate Winters.

The main character Yuzo is one of the younger new employees who is so very cordial, sincere, and enthused. Other recurring characters include attendants Natsume, Sakura, Shino, Ren, Satsuki and her older sister Hiiragi the miko (shrine maiden). There are amewsing & poignant situations betwixt them, the other town folk, and the guests!

The encounters range from the natural and the supurrnatural, often with the poignant, amewsing and / or metaphysical qualities and slice-of-life situations as humans and deities lodge at Kononhanatei which is in a town between Earth and Heaven. In chapter 13 “A God’s Day Off” they are visited by the god of war and by Okami the wolf goddess!

In chapter 14 “My Doll is a Good Doll”, it is the month of December when Okiku-chan the cursed sentient doll and her pet Urinosuke befriend another doll who was sadly dumped by her owner’s purrents. In chapter 15 “Miracle on New Year’s Eve”, Yuzu gets lost at the dimensional crossroads, to befriend more foxgirl mikus at a charming Inari shrine.

Finally for vol. 3, in chapter 16 “Waiting Lovesick” Ren becomes jealous of Natsumi’s new relationship with Aoi, a petite young visitor. This was yet another wonderfully lovely volume, so I will give Konohana Kitancontinue  the high purraise for its great characters, captivating tales and beautiful art, and I will heartily recommend it to the kemonomimi fans! Nextly I would like to discuss

Today’s Cerberus vol. 11!

Trini-chan:

This romantic occult comedy manga by Ato Sakurai stars Kuro, Shirogane, and Roze who are the three female human perrsonas of Cerberus the three-headed Hades dog of Greek mythology, and the male human high school student Chiaki who they have romantic feelings for! This results in the “harem” trope, which is especially awkward for his miko friend Hinata who also pines for him!

Other recurring characters include Chiaki’s sister Mikado, Hako the nekomata catgirl, her master Idora, their classmate Haru, Minnie the self-purroclaimed fiance of Chiaki, Tama the nine tailed fox girl, Rir Rir the Norse wolf girl and her sisters Hel and Jormung who have a maid cafe and a dog named Garm, plus Hades, Persephone, various neighborhood cats and various visiting spirits!

Originally published by Square Enix in Japan, it is published in North America by Yen Press. Between the color covers are 154 pages of B&W manga chapters 50-53, plus the amewsing gag strips, and the 2 color pages. It was translated by Caleb Cook, lettered by Bianca Pistillo, and Rated T for teen readers due to the language, violence & occasional nudity.

Mi-Kin & Hi-Kun (the split purrsonas of Cerberus’s kid brother Orthros) have been visiting, whilst Shirogane has struggled with her feelings for Chiaki, who is struggling with his own lack of empathy. Thusly the situations are bound to become more awkward and intense with Valentines Day pending! You know, in Japan, the custom is for the girl to give the chocolate to the boy!

Hako tends to give Idora the home-made sardine chocolate! Mmm, byow I have the craving in my tummy, but I will wait to slake it at our AfterMew luau!  The romantic rivalry for Chiaki’s affections is in the top gear betwixt Hinata, Minnie, Kuro, Shirogane, and Roze, but it is the miku’s, not cupid’s arrows that Hinata arms herself with when Mi-Kin & Hi-Kun kidnap Chiaki!

Not only do they have to rescue him from the underworld, but first they have to get past the enemy spirits that they have previously fought as the Orhtose scheme nears the fruition in this next-to-last volume of the series! I should not further spoil the taste of the plot, but Kuro goes berserk with anger in the startling cliffhanger!

The art is quite lovely and intricate, and the recurring characters tend to be quite likable, and although they are rivals for the affections, everyone seems quite caring and purrotective towards each other, like an extended magickal family! It was a lot of charming fun, and I look forward to the final volume!

 

comic book reviews, with my review

of The Hunters of Salamanstra #14!

 

Mielikki:

So like, The Hunters of Salamanstra began in 2014 as the bittersweetly manga – style fantasy sci-fi / web comic by creator / artist / writer John Joseco, editor Memj and assistant editor Calpain, nya! Published by Keenspot, it is the tale of  Kessah Orlianne, a feisty 19 year old wolf girl who is training to become the monster huntress after the death of her famous older sister Dianna.

Kessah recently began the training at the boot camp at the hunter guild’s huge headquarters which is bustling with diverse species including many kemonomimi species. There are friends, rivals and foes, and sadly some of them perished during the deadly monster hunts in the vast canyon and forest wilderlands.

So like, issue #14 actually the 15th issue as there was the precursory issue #0. The uninterrupted Black & White 33 page is written & drawn by John, edited by Jennifer McGregor and  Calpain, with the cover art colored by Bernie Joseco. Kessah has survived her first hunt, so she and other team mates are ready for another!

At the guild headquarters in Athenasia, Kessah, Mia the swordstress and Asharia the medic ecchange unpleasant comments with the snobby lady Elise and her entourage, but the frowns son become the peppy smiles when the trio signs up for another hunt and goes shopping for more gear! The more hunts they complete, the more points they get for the gear!

Amidst the totally awesome painting of the goddess Ariel, they pick out the dandy weapons and armor before meeting new teammates Silfee of the twin blades, Bowen of the hammer, Raen of the spear, and their leader Catain Ronald. This time the mission is to fly to  Airbase Phenex and then travel past the haunted village on the edge of the Aeghir Forest.

So like, is quite the spooky, dreary, rainy gnarly day as they track the huge deadly Helcapra and Ekolas monsters, which are already riled up after having feasted upon other hapless prey! The series is gorgeously rendered with the captivating plots which have the good balance of the action, humor, tragedy, mythology and Kessah’s developments, fur shur! Now here is Vonny to tell us about-

The Unstoppable Wasp #5, nya!

Yvonne:

Arigato, nya! We were thrilled about the publication of this new 6 issue mini – series from Marvel Comics, because the purrior Wasp series was one of our favoritest  series ever, nya! The tale stars Nadia Van Dyne the orphaned Hungarian genius daughter of Hank (Ant Man) & Maria Pym, who was adopted by her step mom Janet van Dyne and became the latest heroine known as The Wasp, nya!

Jarvis the Avengers’ Butler has been helping Nadia to get settled into her new life Cresskills whilst she has fought the criminals and started the G.I.R.L. (Genius in Action Research Labs) group for the genius heroines who might impurrove the world, nya! The diverse mutlicultural genius  team includes Taina the mechanical engineer, Priya the biologist, Ying the chemist and Shay the physicist, nya!

Purreviously, Janet hired Taina’s sister Alexis as her purrotege, and Shay became romantically interested in Ying who has been sparring with Mockingbird, whilst the genius girls Amber, Monica and the A.I.M (Advanced Idea Mechanics) group plotted the crimes, nya. While purrparing for the big purresentations, G.I.R.L. fought A.I.M &  Amber who was wearing her Seeker armor, nya!

As if that were not busy enough, Nadia helped Ironheart and Viv Vision to stop the deadly bull golem in Durham, where we have visited many times, nya! Later Nadia & Janet got dressed up for the fancy supppur and fought the giant slime monster on their way to the purrofessional wrestling match starring the tag – team of Letha & Poundcakes, nya.

After the wrestling match, Nadia, Janet, Mockingbird, Letha, Poundcakes, Ying, Taina, Priya, Alexis & Shay had to fight the Amber, Brilliance, Finesse, Gooey Gary the slime & the A.I.M agents who have invaded the lab, nya! Finesse was in the wonderful Avengers Academy comics, nya! It was quite the fierce fight, with the mixed bag of the very romantic & life – threatening results, nya!

The romance seems to be blossoming betwixt Ying and Taina, nya! However, since then Nadia has been suffering from the bipolar disorder issues whilst she blames herself for the damages and injuries and retreats to her microscopic laboratory after an unfortunately big fight with the other girls, nya. That brings us up to issue #5, nya!

It is purriced $3.99 and includes the 20 page tale plus the credit / recap page, the purreview page, the 2 intermew pages, and the 4 pages of the ads. It was written by North Carolina author Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Gurihiru, lettered by Joe Caramagna and edited by Alanna Smith with the graphic design by Carlos Lao, and the cover art by Gurihiru, nya!

You know, Jeremy has written purrolifically the many other comic books, such as The Unstoppable Wasp, Vampirella, Sea of Thieves, Rainbow Brite and many of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics , nya! We have met Jeremy and his wife Alicia at several of the comic book conventions, nya!

So, back to The Wasp, several of the other  are mad at Nadia, but Priya contacts Janet, puts on one of her old Wasp costumes, and shrinks down to visit Nadia in the Micro Lab which is like a tiny crystal palace, nya. They have the very poignant heartfelt chat, which is cut short when the old Wasp suit malfunctions and they must immediately escape. nya!

I should not further spoil the plot, but there are further quite poignant moments, with the appurrances by Janet and Mockingbird, nya.  After the tale is the intermew with the inspurrational psychologist Chris Cleary, M.S. who teaches at the John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute, nya!

This was yet another supurrb issue full of the purrofound developments for the magnificent cast of characters, with the beautiful character, mecha, scenic, FX & fonts art, which I give the “A” as in Ant Man, nya! I am done, and nyow here is Tara-chan to tell us about another comic book that is written by Jeremy-

 

Princeless Book 7: Find Yourself #4!

Tara-chan:

Arigato, nya! Created and – and written by Jeremy and published by Action Lab Comics, the Princeless series purrtains to the adventurous diverse ladies such as runaway Purrincess Adrienne Ashe who refuse to be oppurressed by unfair gender, racial, sexuality  and – and species  roles & stereotypes in the medieval era, nya!

Rated “E” for everyone, it also introduced the 17 year old Captain Raven Xingtao who would later star in her own wonderful spin-off series, nya! Purreviously, Adrienne and – and  her dragon friend Sparky have searching the desert for the hidden sphinx tower, until Sparky flew away after the arguments, leaving Adrienne alone to be attacked by the sandy monsters, nya!

Meanwhile, her brother Devin and – and  Kira the werewolf were searching for the mysterious Black Knight, who is involved with their mother Queen Ashe’s disappurrance, nya. Along the way, they met Tempest the elf and – and human Purrince Wilcome, but the trail stopped at the village which was arsoned by marauders who also search for the knight, nya!

That brings us up to issue #2, which is purriced $3.99; and – and it’s 32 pages are compurrised of the uninterrupted 30 page tale which is followed by the pages of sketches, nya! It was written by Jeremy,  pencilled by Emily Martin, inked by Christine Hipp, colored and – and lettered by Brett Grunig, edited by Nicole D’Andria and – and Jeremy’s wife Alicia Whitley, nya!

In Chapter 4, Sparky, Tempest and- and Wilcome are away whilst Devin and- and  Kira meet Herbert and- and  Willa whose daughter is The Black Knight, and- and  while they tell the knight’s origin tale, elsewhere the knight is dueling Adrienne at the tower of her sister Alize and – and her inventor husband Ammad, nya! It is quite the slobberknocker of the battle, nya!

There are so many sympathetic, likable characters with the great plot and – and  dialogue amidst the amazing locations, nya. I love the beautiful character, scenic, FX and – and typographic art, which includes the 3 impurressive full-page pics and – and the 2 two-page spurreads, as the secretly identity of The Black Knight and – and the location of Queen Ashe are revealed, nya!

This was the beautiful, fun issue with the significant developments, so I will give this thrilling, beautiful tale the grade of the “A” as in Adrienne, nya! Nextly I would like to discuss another comic book that is written by Jeremy–

 

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #74, nya!

 

Tara-chan:

I love the My Little Pony comic books published by IDW which are so beautiful, fun and – and faithful to the animated TV series, nya! It is hard to believe that the pony comics have bee going for over the 6.5 years already, nya! IDW has the wonderful stable full of brilliant folks who make the pony comics, nya.

Issue #74 is purriced $3.99 and – and has the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the 8 pages of the ads. nya. The tale was written by Ted Anderson, illustrated by Kate Sherron, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, edited by Megan Brown, and grouply edited by Bobby Curnow, nya!

Kate is among the more recent additions to the great stable of pony artists, nya! The issue is available in the choice of cover A by Kate, cover by Sara Richard, the retailer incentive cover by Lanna Souvanny, and – and this issue focuses upon Fluttershy’s  older brother Zephyr Breeze who is the mane stylist, nya!

Although he is quite the popular stylist of th equine and other coiffures in Cloudsdale, he suffers from the inferiority complex and- and the panicky attacks, nya. However, Fluttershy, Silverstream and Yona encourage him to attend Mane Con which is the big convention for the hair stylists, where he befriends Pixy Cut from Winnyapolis, nya!

It is quite the fun expurrience, but she has the secretive side too, and the tension builds when she and Zephyr Breeze purrform on the stage before the judges, nya!  This was such the captivating,  and charming tale with the great poses, expurressions, views,  fonts, colors, FX, and – and compurrsitions, with the good balance of the humor and – and the drama, nyaI will give it the grade of the “A” as in Applebuck! Nyow it is time for Petra and- and Bunni to discuss

 

the latest additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!

Petra:

Arigato, nya! 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 by other folks totally with their purrmissions, and Mike’s collaborative images with other artists can be found throughout the mewseum, nya! The images include illustrations, photos and mixed medias, 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 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!

In Guest Gallery Three 

http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest3.html

we are delighted to display several more illustrations by illustrator / mewsician /  cosplayer Rebecca Brogden http://www.rbrogdenart.com, who was the guest for our September 2009 Mew, nya! Firstly of those is the purrticularly interesting redrawn mermaid upon the “Enchanted Waters”, nya! On the left is the original 2008 version, and on the right is the 2019 remake, nya!

We think both are quite lovely, but the evolution of Rebecca’s style and technique is quite striking, nya! After that is Rebecca’s adorable image of the bunny girl and her pet rabbit out for the “Bunny Stroll”, nya! This wistful bunny girl is wearing the purretty off-shoulder, short Pink dress as she hugs her cute happy White rabbit as the flowering shrubs bloom vernally, nya!

Then we are cordially greeted by the chibi – style version of Rebecca’s catgirl character Eamane, who says “Thank You” to her patrons, nya! Eamane resides here on the island with her niece Hannah and boyfriend A.J., nya! Purrhaps y’all have seen the purrior pics of her, nya? Rebecca used the pencil, pens & Copic markers for this pic of her in the Lavender Yukata, nya!

Nextly is Rebecca’s pencil, pens & Copic marker illustration of the female faerie’s “Flower Magic”, nya! Purrched cross-legged upon the compy mushroom the winged faerie is quite captivatingly alluring in the Black & White outfit compurrised of the ruffled halter top, mathcing panty and thigh-highs as she conjures the lovely luminous orchid, nya!

That is in turn followed by Rebecca’s  pencil, pens & Copic marker illustration of the catgirl giving us the welcome “Wink”, nya! Seated upon the floor, the gorgeous catgirl with the freckled tan skin, auburn hair and tail wears the White-trimmed Green thigh -highs and off-shoulder gown that matches her Emerald eyes, nya!

Then we must be vewy quiet, because after that is the illustration of the kemonomimi who is “So Sleepy , nya! Curled up contently upon the bed, she has the oak tan skin with the White –  tipped Black hair, ears & tail, she catnaps in the scoop-necked saffron – colored shirt and the loose French Vanilla – colored socks, nya!

“Polkadots” is Rebecca’s pencil, pens & Copic marker illustration of the scantily – clad catgirl who is either dressing or undressing, nya! It might be up fo the interpurretation, as the Tan- skinned lass with the Green eyes, Flaxxen ears, hair and tail adjusts the skimpy thong that matches her flouncy Red & White polkadotted off-shoulder halter top, nya!

In another pencil, pen & marker illustration by Rebecca, having arisen from the catnap is another kemonomimi who enjoys her cup of “Coffee”, nya! Wearing just the Pink panty to match her loosely open robe to reveal much cleavage and bare tummy, this lovely lass with the Blue ears, hair and tail has the cheerful thoughts to go with her yummy hot beverage, nya!

Bunni:

Then we see Rebecca’s image of the Southwestern “Skinwalker”! Illuminated by the fiery sunset, this shape-shifting Navajo kemonomimi with the Amber eyes and Reddish- Brown complexion is stunningly beautiful with the Red, Black and White paint upon her face, and the White Eagle feathers in her Black twin-tailed coiffure!

Lastly but not leastly of Rebecca’s latest additions to our mewseum this month are “Saeko & Etsuko”! These best friends Saeko (left) & Etsuko (right) are two of the lovely librarians at the Mew Hanover County Public Library’s Catgirl Island branch! There are very expert, intuitive, industrious, cheerful, and prompt! Perhaps y’all have seen Rebecca & Mike’s collaborative illustration of Saeko’s daughter Keiko and Etsuko’s daughter Yuriko who are also librarians?

Nextly we are proud to present  two illustrations by artist / seamstress / cosplayer Misty Hopkins http://bunnychai.blogspot.com who was one of the guests of the March 2008 Mew! “EmpyGary”

is a widdle inked drawing of Misty’s original mascot character Gary the fox, who is cross-cosplaying as comic book artist / author Adam Warren’s super heroine character Empowered, whose skin – tight costume tends to get very tattered during the battles with villains!

Misty so magnificently wielded the pencils, pens and Crayola colored pencils to conjure the exquisite fan art of UTAU’s “Yokune Ruko & Sukone Tei”! Both of those girls girls are voicebanks for the free singing synthesizer application called UTAU. They are somewhat similar to the Vocaloid girls. The taller character is Yokune is the taller girl in the Black, Blue and Purple outfit playfully grabbing Sukone who is the shorter girl in the White, Gray and Red outfit!

 

Meanwhile in Gallery Four

http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery4.html

we have added six new illustrations by Mike, starting with the monochromatic pic of our friend “Vivianya”who might appurr to be the typical catgirl, because she has not yet displayed her wings, or transformed her legs into the flying fishy tail! Wearing the criss-cross halter-neck bikini which will not ride up on her wings, She is the nekomimi ningyosei  (faerie mer-catgirl).

Her adoptive mom Vanyita is the nekomimi yosei (faerie catgirl) and her other adoptive mom Nyarea is the nekomimi ningyo (catgirl mermaid)! She is also the student at School of Culinary Arts at Mew Hanover College, where she bakes numcious pastries and desserts. Perhaps there are some in her satchel, to go with that bottle of chocolate milk!

Mike used Photoshop CS2 and the mouse to spruce up the inked drawing of  “Ma-chan and Bao-chan”! Malayalam (or just Ma-chan for short) is the Patu-Sphinx catgirl, who is part Patupaiarehe faerie and part gynosphinx. She is a student at the Catgirl island School (K-12), depicted here with Baa-chan her dog of the yellow Lab / Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix!

 

Mike used Photoshop CS2 & the mouse to spruce up his inked sketch of our friend Myrna who has put on her “Kit Gloves” for the sparring in the dojo! Myrna is the Platinum- Blonde, Canadian – American Arctic Foxgirl mom, wife, amateur bodybuilder and professional billfishing charter captain, with those gloves that match her Black & White bikini that flaunts her muscular physique!

Photoshop CS2 and the mouse was also used for this pic of “Amyari-chan” the nekomimi yousei (faerie catgirl) and short – board soul surfer! Running from the ocean to the shore, she is the adopted daughter of her two sea elf moms, Tamara’anna who is a vocal mewsic teacher at the Catgirl island School, and Karakiki who isan obstetrician at Mew Hanover County Medical Center

Then we have Mike’s pencil, pen, Photoshop CS2 & mouse pic of “Crissy & Purrsis”! At the Catgirl Island Purrforming Arts Center, on the left in the Green swim dress is model / cosplayer / artist Crissy Volpe http://www.crimsonskycreations.com was the guest of the March 2008 Mew; and on the right in the ornate Golden bikini is Purrsis the High Purriestess of our county’s Temple of Bastet!

 

Laslty but not leastly is “Let’s Get Physical!”, which is Mike’s latest pic of author Jeff Branch’s fan-senshi character Talia Jasmine Kirk a.k.a Sailor Vulcan http://scribeofthemoon.webs.com (on the left), with author Sharon Williams’s fan-senshi character Tanya Lostris Cambridge a.k.a. Sailor Sirius  http://sailorsirius.webs.com (on the right)!

Sharon was the November 2014 guest of The Mew, and Jeff was the May 2008 guest of The Mew. Perhaps y’all have seen the many other pics of Tanya and Talia? Mike used the pencil, pen, Photoshop CS2 and the mouse for Jeff’s requested scene of them lifting weights. They are at Nya-sensei’s gym! So, what do y’all think of the art?

Jeannie:

The Enchanted Waters” exemplify how Rebecca’s purrolific art was already quite beautiful the decade ago, but how she has uncannily impurroved; and the  “Bunny Stroll” pic certainly epitomizes her  gracefully tight  lines, richly vibrant colors and shading, with the foreground character in the sharpurr focus against the softer background scenery.

Trini-chan:

Hai, hai, I also love pose, proportioss & expression of the Thank You pic! It is so delightful to see another image of Eamane, and Rebecca is excellently adept at the regular and the chibi-style proportions! I think that the “Flower Magic” pic has the gracefully tight  lines, richly vibrant colors, shading and the sense of story!

Tara-chan:

Rebecca envisions and renders such exquisite concepts, compurrsitions and intricate details of the characters, critters, couture and environments, nya! I think that the Wink pichas the clever balanced of sexy and – and  cute qualities, nya. The sleepy pic pic has the great overhead view, with the sense of weight upon the mattress, nya!

Yvonne:

The bit of shadow under her bangs, chin and halter top add the splendid sense of depth of the polkadotted girl, whilst the shading and highlights nicely accentuate the sense of mass. One of the key aspects that I love about the coffee pic is the delightful darker balayage around the hem of the robe to echo the ombre gradient of her hair, nya!

Becca:

The Skinwalker is so purretty from the tips of her supple ears and the sheen of her lush hair and tail, to the beauty of her fashion accessories such as the braids, beads, feathers and face paint!

Rebecca certainly captured the image and spirit of our friends Etsuko and Saeko, sown to the minute details such as their glasses, hair color, and the books!

Elizabeth:

The fluidity of the lines, the looseness of the figure, and the zestful expurression of EmpyGary indicate Misty’s knack for the cartooning and animated qualities, whereas the UTAU fan art is graced by Misty’s magnificent purrowess with the colored pencil techniques, as evidenced by the sumptuous colors, shading and details of the layers upon layers with the supurrb use of the color and light!

Mary Nyan:

It is so nice to see the pic of our friend Vivianya! You know, the transformation from legs to mer-tail tend to sever the panty, but in the satchel she keeps the spares, and the purreo to wrap around her hips! I like the textures of Ma-chan’s feathery wings and Bao-chan’s soft short-hair fur; and the pic totally captures the his penchant for lounging atop the dog house!

Nyanko:

I like the textures of the very faithful pic of “Amyaria-chan”too, such as the the sheen of her skin, hair and waxed board amidst the foamy surf upon the wet sand! She has quite the joyfully optimistic spirit! “Kit Gloves” quite faithfully captured Myrna’s purrrtaiture, physique and spirit! She is quite the inspurrational body-builder at my gym and dojo!

Mielikki:

Mike like totally captured Purssis and Crissy’s image and spirit, and I know that very spot where they are posing by the Purrforming Arts Center, fur shur! I am also glad to see another pic of Talia and Tanya too! It was totally awesome to see all four of them again at last month’s awards ceremony!

Mike:

Thank y’all for the kind words! Ah, Petra, Bun, thank y’all for presenting the new art!

Petra & Bunni:

Doitashimaste, nya!

The cat lady sings…

 

Trini-chan:

Gosh, Tara-chan made it to the end without getting distracted, heehee!

Tara-chan:

The night is still young, and it is almost time for our AfterMew luau, nya!

Elizabeth:

Well, I guess that will wrap up another edition of The Mew!

Becca:

We wish to thank Misty and Rebecca for more of her beautiful art!

Nyanko:

We wish to thank Jamie for his web mastery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…

Bunni

the many many other talented folks whose works we have discussed…

Petra:

and our other friends, family, acquaintances and audience whom we greatly appurreciate, nya!

 

Mielikki:

Fur shur!

Mary Nyan:

Y’all may post brief, polite, sincere, non-snarky responses to The Mew…

 

Jeannie:

… purrvided the comments are spam-free, G-rated, and purrtain to our topics.

 

Yvonne:

We will return next month to put the purr in Apurril, nya!

 

Mike:

Be there- aloha!

The Ladies of The Mew:

Happy tails to mew, until we eat again- baibai, nya!