January 2022 Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings

Mike Moon / Catgirl Island
and Jamie Robertson / Clan of the Cats
purroudly purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction,
starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The January 2022 Edition of The Mew:
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings, nya!
Happy Mew Year, nya! It is the Year of the Tiger, nya!
This year is the 15th Anniversary of The Mew, and the 
22nd Anniversary of Catgirl Island’s official site, nya!
in this edition of The Mew:
The Lightning Round: our favorite Films of 2002
The Celebrity Catgirl & Kemonomimi Spotlight
Our Semi-Annual DVD Wish List
TV, DVD & Movie Mewsings:
The French Dispatch
The Beatles: Get Back
West Side Story
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Collectibles & Toy Talk:
Funko Pop! Bewitched Samantha Stephens vinyl figure
Hasbro Fortnite Victory Royal Series Lynx action figure
Kotobukiya My Little Pony Applejack Bishoujo Statue
Purrinted Media Mewsings:
Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp
Charles Vess Landscapes of the Faerie 2002 Calendar
The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art:
“Eamane (SD Chibi Style)” by Mike
“X’askelle and her Direwolf” by Mike
two revised “Detective Junko Sakurada” pics by Mike
“Daydream” by Rivkh
“Angels” by Rivkh
“Mertyl” by Rivkh
“Zel x Dash” by Tonomurabix
“Omhi” by Misty Hopkins
(the human fella wearing the Dogwood purrint shirt and Teal cargo shorts): Aloha y’all and welcome to The Mew, our monthly “show” in which we review and discuss fun stuff! This month’s Mew comes from the riverwalk in the beautiful downtown Purrbank district of Catgirl Island in Mew Hanover County, NC, where it’s 70 degrees under the Blue sky and puffy White Cumulo-Neko clouds! I’m Mike, the show’s “purrducer”, and here are The Ladies of The Mew!

(a.k.a. Nya-sensei, the martial arts champion & sensi, dojo & gym purropurrietress catgirl wearing the Apurricot purrint cropped tee shirt and shorts): Howdy!
(a.k.a. Nyo-sensei, Nyanko’s twin sister the magick shop purropurrietress wearing the Snapdragon purrint slingshot maillot with a Plumeria floral lei): Meowy Meet!
(the art guild purresident, art mewseum co-curator & beach volleyball champion catgirl wearing the 


purrint side-tie bikini): Aloha, nya!

(the art mewseum co-curator, Petra’s beach volleyball partner, and purrize-winning carrot cake baker bunnygirl wearing the Anthurium purrint trikini): Guten Tag!

a.k.a Lizzy, the hot salsa dancer, gamer, Purrkour Club captain & spa co-owner catgirl wearing the Bird of Purradise purrint bandeau top bikini): Hola!

(Lizzy’s nekomimi gynoid wife, the avid golfer & spa co-owner w

earing the Lobster Claw Heliconia purrint ring-closure bikini a lavender orchid lei): 

(a.k.a. Mie-sensei, the winged faerie golfer, foxfire juggler and outdoor ampurrtheatre director wearing the 


purrint crisscross halter neck bikini) Mellow greetings!

Mary Nyan
(a.k.a. Myayr, the seamstress, cosplayer, hula dance instructor and semi-retired miko catgirl wearing the Kahili Ginger purrint purretzel – cutout maillot): Aloha!
(a.k.a. Jen-sensei, Jenjen or just Jen, the yogini, model, archer, advanced belly dance instructor & roboticist catgirl, wearing the Azalea purrint micro bikini & sheer purrled purreo): Nihao.
(a.k.a Captian Vonny, the fishing boat charter captain & drumming circle purrcussionist catgirl, wearing the Hydrangea purrint monokini with cropped tee shirt): Namaste, nya!
(Yvonne’s younger sister, the college freshman at Mew Hanover College; a  pony owner and nature photographer catgirl wearing the Ice Blue Calathea purrint tankini): Namaste, nya!
(Tara-chan’s BFF and Jen’s purrotege, the stand-up paddle surfer, board shapurr, pony owner and beginners belly dance instructor kitsune, wearing the Foxglove purrint tri-kini): Konnichiwa!
For purrofiles and illustrations of those and other Ladies of The Mew, please visit our Meet The Critics page http://www.mewsings.catgirlisland.com/meet-the-critics/! Our webmeowster Jamie will be joining us later in the show, and we’ve got a lot on our plate today, so let’s go ahead and jump into this month’s
The Lightning Round: our favorite Films of 2002!
This year we’ve been looking back at our favorite entertainment – books, comics, movies, TV, games, music, and so forth – of years ending with a 2. We’ve previously discussed favorite stuff of 2012, so this month we’re listing our favorite films of 2002,

Myayr will get us started, so are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning?”
The Ladies of The Mew:
Mary Nyan:
Oh that was the good year for the horror such as Resident Evil, Queen of the Damned, 28 Days Later, and Jason X! (tags Becca with a brush of the tail)
The Royal Tenenbaums, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Adaptation, and Sweet Home Alabama! (tail-tags Elizabeth)
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Men in Black II, Bubba Ho-Tep, and Austin Powers in Goldmember! (tags Nyanko)
Spider-Man, Hero, The Tuxedo, Die Another Day, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones! (tags Nyoka)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and Chicago!
I will nominate The Cat Returns, Voices of a Distant Star, Pokemon Heroes, and Monsters, Inc.!(tags Tara-chan)
I want… I want to nominate Lilo & Stitch, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, The PowerPuff Girls Movie, and – and Ice Age, nya! Nyow it is onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tags Yvonne)
Monsters, Inc., Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Tarzan and Jane, nya! (tags Jeannie)
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Trek: Nemesis, Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2.  (tags Bunnii)
Road to Perdition, Gangs of New York, The Hours, and The Pianist! (tags Petra)
Whale Rider, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bend it Like Beckham, and Blue Crush, nya! (tags Mielikki)
Catch me If You Can, Minority Report, Stone Reader, and Winged Migration, fur chur! Back to Mike!
Oh I gotta go with Attack of the Clones, The Two Towers, Harry Potter, Royal Tenenbaums,and  Lilo & Stitch! Well, that was another expedient little lightning round, and now here’s Becca to present our monthly
Celebrity Catgirl & Kemonmimi Spotlight!
Hai, in this monthly portion of The Mew, we commeowmorate catgirls, nekomusume and other kemonomimi of international mythologies and popular cultures! Appurring in the folklore, novels, comics, movies, TV shows, theatre, mewsic, games, sports and advertising, they might include the shape – shifters, anthropurrrmorphic ladies, monster girls.
Some ladies are Ailuranthropes, also known as were-cats, who might seem to be the average humans until they transform into the feline or merely spurrout the tail and / or nemomimi pinna. Then there are those who might not actually have beasty DNA, but do have the cat-titude or couture, whether it is full-on cosplay or the animal – purrint attire!
A purrime example of that latter type of  “honorary catgirl would be ”Mona Kosar Abdim the anchor of ABC’s World News Now, who on Tuesday December 21st at appurroximately 4:15 am EST delightfully “rowr’d” and claw -gestured whilst discussing actress Zendaya’s fondness of lions! For this months spotlight, the theme is Cat and Mouse!
Itty Bitty Princess Kittyis thr titular character of the chapter books for young readers, authored by Melody Mews, illustrated by Ellen Stubbings, published by Simon & Schuster!, and brimming with cute kitties, fairies, unicorns, pegasai and dragons! That cute Pink & White kitty wearing the rainbow shirt and the Purprle tutu is excited to be crowned the purrincess of Lollyland, but she is not too keen on all of the lifestyle changes.
Deborah Muller is a painter, illustrator, henna artist, mom and grandmom who is famous for her Zendoodle line of beautiful coloring books, such as the Magical Mermaid Kitties! Those adorably ornate characters (feline above the hips and piscine below) appear in a few coloring books such as Magical Mermaid Kitties: Mythical Sea-Cats to Color and Display, and in Merkitties in Love: Lovestruck Mermaid Kitties to Color and Display!
Etsuko is quite the alluring catgirl from Tokyo with Pink hair, Green eyes, Peachy Cream skin and the luscious red lips who graces Harvey & Etsuko’s Manga Guide to Japan! Written by Charles Danziger, illustrated by Mimei Sakamoto and published by MG Press, the trade papurrback is both a manga volume and a guide book in which Harvey the mouse learns all about Japanese culture from Etsuko while on the expurrdition to meet and rescue an idolized cartoonist!
As an illustrator, cartoonist and car designer, the legendary Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was among the all-time greatest coutures of Kustom Kulture, and among his many creations was the character Rat Fink, a rather depurraved looking anthopurrmorphic biker and hot rodder rat, who just happens to have a female counterpurrt named Trixie Fink, who we purrsume is named after Ed’s widow Trixie Roth.
Aside from the bloodshot eyes and drooling fanged maw, Trixie Fink is quite the slim, sexy raven-haired, green pelaged Nezumimi in the bare – midriffed pinstriped halter top and skinny blue jeans, with the manic ferocity as she drives the fast cars and bikes, gracing the official purroducts such as tee shirts, decals, buttons, and other collectible items!  That is all for this months spotlight, and nyow it is time for—
Our Semi-Annual DVD Wish List!
Hai, here is our semi – annual wish list of recent, old, foreign, domestic, animated and live-action TV shows and movies that we hope could be released here upon the Region one NTSC DVD and / or Blu-Ray! We have been quite gratefully pleased that several titles have been released since our last wish list! (tags Yvonne)
We would like them with their original mewsic and songs to be intact; and we purrfur that any foreign purrductions would be available in their original spoken language with optional English subtitles, although the English dubbed version and / or descriptive audio track would be fine as bonus features, nya! (tags Nyanko)
Other bonuses would be nice too, such as optional audio commentaries, isolated mewsic tracks, documentaries, galleries, deleted scenes, bloopurrs, trailers / TV spots & booklets, nya!! Hopefully any of the titles would be available individually and not exclusively in an expensive boxed set, nya! (tags Elizabeth)
The packaging should not damage the disks or be too big for the shelf, and the disc should be easily removed; secure enough so it does not accidentally slide off the hub, but not too tricky to purry off of the hub. If it is a mutiple disc set, each disc should have its own hub / tray, and not overlap or be in a stack! (tags Becca)
I will start the wish list with To the Moon and Beyond (1964 cinerama film), James Cameron’s Xenogenesis, John Dods’s Forest Story, Neal Adams’s Nannaz, Mark Sullivan’s Nightspeed, Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre, and Steven Speilberg’s Amblin’! (tags Bunni)
The anime such as the original Space Battleship Yamato TV series, Yamato 2520, Great Yamato, Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark, Queen Millennia, Flying Ghost Ship, Bagi the Monster of Mighty Nature, Anne of Green Gables, Heidi of the Alps, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, and Tico of the Seven Seas! (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
The anime such as Campus Guardress, Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko, Macross Zero, Stratos Four Advance, The Adventures of Kotetsu, the Ghost Sweeper Mikami movie, Angel Beats, the initial four 1994 You’re Under Arrest OVAs, Nasu: Summer in Andalusia, and the Studio Ghibli Museum’s shorts, fur shur! (tags Jeannie)
I will nominate the anime such as Strike Witches: Road to Berlin,  Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastorale, Una Musume Pretty Derby, Battle Athletess: Restart, Aria The Crepuscolo, Aria The Beneizione, Amanchu, Kemono Friends season 2, The Demon Girl Next Door season 2, Is The Order a Rabbit: Bloom, and Non Non Byori: NonStop. (tags Tara-chan)
I want… I want to nominate My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic seasons 8 & 9, The Equestria Girls TV series, Aim for the Ace, Metamorphoses (A.K.A. Winds of Change), Twice Upon a Time, Raggedy Anne & Andy: A Musical Adventure, the 1967 Spider-Man animated series, and – and the animated Gen 13 film, nya! (tags Mary Nyan)
The 2011 live-action Ranma 1/2 TV special, 2014 live-action Kikis Delivery Service, the 1997 Ocean Girl TV series, Neil Young’s A Journey Through the Past, Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon, and the 1979 Kate Bush TV Special! I hope that the Beatles: Get Back will be released on DVD too! (tags Petra)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Yoyo: Slingshot, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, Netflix’s Daredevil seasons 1-3, Jessica Jones seasons 1-3, Luke Cage seasons 1 & 2, Iron Fist seasons 1 & 2, The Punisher seasons 1 & 2, and The Defenders, nya! (tags Mielikki:)
The Star Wars Holiday Special; The Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi Radio Dramas;  Star Wars: Forces fo Destiny, Star Wars: The Mandalorian seasons 1 & 2, Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and Star Wars Visions, fur shur! Back to Mike!
The 1966 Green Hornet TV series, The Sixth Sense TV series (1972), Moon of the Wolf (1972 TV movie), WKRP in Cincinnati with all of the original songs restored, the three Giilligan’s Island TV reunion movies, the two I Dream of Jeannie TV reunion movies, and the three Six Million Dollar Man / Bionic Woman TV reunion movies! Now we have a surprise appearance by our web master Jamie, who will start our
TV, DVD and Movie Mewsings with his reviews of
The French Dispatch and The Beatles: Get Back!
(wearing his mewsual webmeowster attire): The French Dispatch

The Players: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson, and Bill Murray.

The Director: Wes Anderson

Based upon The New Yorker, The French Dispatch mimics the magazine’s style in film format with the tale of a fictionalized newspaper printed out of Liberty, Kansas. It begins with the death of French Dispatch editor, Arthur Howitzer Jr (Anderson staple, Bill Murray). For a farewell issue, three stories are reissued along with a travelog and an obituary for the final edition. These stories make up the film’s plot.

Owen Wilson writes a travelog of Ennui, France.

The Concrete Masterpiece: Benicio del Toro plays a convicted murderer who paints a masterpiece.

Revisions to a Manifesto: Frances McDormand reports on student protests in France lead by Timothée Chalamet.

The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner: Jeffrey Wright is a food critic who becomes involved with a kidnapping and murder plot.

Finally, there is an obituary to the later editor, Bill Murray.

According to Wes Anderson, “[t]he story is not easy to explain …” He is correct. It is Anderson at his most meticulous, utilizing every trick in his arsenal, be it his regulars like Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, miniatures, animation, music, playing with time, and the quintessential Wes Andersson ‘style’.

The French Dispatch is very much like reading through a New Yorker style magazine article, with its anthology style. If it lacks anything, it’s in the performances, which are impeccable per usual, but placed on the back burner for a bit of style over substance.

The Beatles: Get Back
(warning: there are spoilers!)

According to rock and roll myth, the Get Back sessions were a painful slog, filled with tension and argument that nearly led to physical confrontation. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, the project was supposed to show the Beatles “get back” to recording together and end with a spectacular live performance. Instead, the project was shelved and ultimately the album, titled Let it Be, was produced by Phil Spector and released in 1970, about the time the Beatles themselves broke up.
For over 50 years, the Let it Be sessions supposedly told the painful story of the band’s break-up. This story was so ingrained into Beatle mythology, Peter Jackson, when approached by Apple to reconstruct Let it Be, needed to see the footage first before he could agree to anything. Jackson was approached for the project due to his astounding success with They Shall Not Grow Old, a 2018 WWI documentary that used sound and footage from the era.

What Jackson found surprised him. There were tensions, among the members of the band, yes, but more than anything there was fun and a rare glimpse inside the creative process of the greatest rock band in the world at the time. The Beatles: Get Back is narratively simple. The Beatles had three weeks to write, record and perform a collection of new songs for a television special and a later live performance. 

At nearly eight hours, the documentary is split into three parts on Disney+. It stars John Lennon, Paul McCarntey, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr and Billy Preston. The restoration: The visuals from Get Back look like they were shot yesterday, not over 50 years ago. These crisp, colorful images of the band were accomplished through AI learning, which in itself was a feat. The music, however, was another matter. 
In ‘69, the Beatles still recorded their rehearsals in mono and anyone who’s ever heard rare bootlegs of the session could attest that the sound quality was a mess. Jackson’s team created new AI learning tech that separated each instrument and vocal from the original mono recordings. The instruments and vocals separated, they could be cleaned up and enhanced to sound like a 21st century recording.

The Beatles: Get Back dispelled quite a few myths, but the docuseries conjured up a few key moments that only added to the Beatles mystique. Here are the top five takeaways from Get Back. (The rooftop concert has its own category). 

#5. Lennon & McCartney: Whether they were joking around, playing music together, or arguing, it’s clear John and Paul had a brotherly connection. John was a rocker and Paul was a crooner, but seemingly different as oil and water, their friendship and love was on full display during Get Back. When Yoko came into the scene, that caused some friction between John and Paul, but there’s no evidence of it in Get Back. Yoko was just there.

#4. Ringo Starr: Ringo played the drums. Otherwise, he was pretty chill or bored. Mostly, he was just chill about everything and stayed out of what little bickering there was. He did play a little bit of Octopus’s Garden for Paul.

#3. George Harrison Quits: The biggest tension rose from George. Frustrated with being treated like a session musician by both John and Paul, he quit the band at the end early on and didn’t return until four days later. Paul did come across as a bit arrogant, but he’s also the only one who has any kind of professional work ethic. He wanted the band to succeed, but could tell where things were headed. George wanted to write his music. He earned that right, but still got pushed aside.

#2. Billy Breston: While on a visit to the band, (he was in the studio to record a television show) singer/songwriter Billy Preston was roped into playing piano for the group. He ended up staying for the remainder of the project. One could say, Preston saved the session by adding his unique sound, but it was his presence, his optimism, and his ever present smile that warmed up the group. The Beatles truly came alive once he joined.

#1. Paul McCartney conjured Get Back out of thin air: There was a moment in which McCartney strummed his bass like a guitar, searching for a hook or a rhythm. At first it’s meaningless wandering through cords, but then he hit something, changed it just a little and within a minute was singing the first line of Get Back. The song was still rough and had a long way to go, but there was enough there to mold into something memorable.

The Music: The Beatles were never the best musicians in the world. They didn’t have the best voices either. In fact, none of them could write music. What the Beatles had was the gift to make great rock and roll. In fact the foursome were happiest when they played old standards like Carl Perkins’ Blue Suede Shoes, Hank Williams’ You Win Again, Chuck Berry’s Rock ‘n Roll Music, Forty Days, and so on.

Their music began sloppily, almost punk rockish. The songs, even those fleshed out with lyrics, were just sketches. There is collaboration, mostly between John and Paul, but all the Beatles contribute. George worked on a line, “Attracts me like a …” but couldn‘t think how to end the line. John suggested ad libbing it.  He used “Attracts me like a cauliflower” until he landed on the right word.

That song was “Something”, which would appear on Abbey Road. The band tried each song out and culled the best out of dozens, then got to work. Mostly, it’s hard work with rehearsal after rehearsal after rehearsal. John later lamented that he should have nixed more of Paul’s songs had he been more involved.

The Rooftop Concert: Throughout the Get Back project, the Beatles planned to stage a TV show and an elaborate concert. The original idea was to go to Libya and perform in the ruins of the amphitheater in Sabratha. That idea was vetoed by George Harrison. Eventually, all the concert venue ideas fell apart until only one was left – the roof of Apple studios.

 It was the first time the Beatles had performed live as a group in three years. It was the end of January in London and freezing, but the band played. Dozens stopped by to look and listen to the free concert. Most onlookers loved it. Others did not. The Beatles woke one disgruntled old lady up from her nap. Another gentleman commented that it was nice to get something free for once. 

Here’s the line up: “Get Back” (short take), “Get Back” (take one), “Get Back” (take two), “Don’t Let Me Down” (take one), “I’ve Got a Feeling” (take one), “One After 909”, “Dig a Pony”, “I’ve Got a Feeling” (take two), “Don’t Let Me Down” (take two), and “Get Back” (take three). The concert lasted 45 minutes, and was the last time the band played together live. 

And in the End… t’s hard to overstate the Beatles popularity in their heyday, (though an eight hour docuseries made 51 years after their break up does a pretty good job). The big business of nostalgia certainly played a role in their staying power. However, the Beatles have not been out of the public consciousness since they came on the scene in 1964. 

What Peter Jackson did with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s material was nothing short of astonishing. He brought back the Beatles as they were in their own time. For the fans, that was the holy grail. Now I’ll turn The Mew over to Lizzy,  who want’s to say a few words about

West Side Story.
Gosh, those reviews are going to be the tough acts to follow, as I really do only have the few words about Steven Speilberg’s remake of Robert Wise’s West Side Story movie, which of course was the cinematic adaptation of the broadway mewsical, which is basically a retelling of William Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet, but set around 1960! However, the words I have in mind are all quite lofty the purraise, because I loved that movie!
The story, acting, singing, dancing, mewsic, cinematography, editing, directing, sets and locations are quite supurrb, and I think I purrfur Rachel Zegler more thna Natalie Wood as María! Compurred to Speilberg’s other movies, my top 10 favorites are still Raiders, Jaws, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, ET, Purrivate Ryan, Duel, Lincoln, Schindler, and Tin Tin, but I would put West Side Story in the top 15! Nyow here is Vonny to discuss-
I think that recent holiday season was the good time for the mewicals, because I quite enjoyed the beautiful animated Disney movie Encanto, which purrtains to the mostly magickal family who live in the beautiful magickal house in the small town in Columbia, nya! However, there is the tense drama, when the non-magickal youngest daughter Mirable discovers certain poignant secrets about the family and the house, nya!
The movie was written and directed by Jared Bush (who co-directed Zootopia and wrote Moana), Byron Howard (who directed Bolt, Tangled and wrote Zootopia) and Charise Castro Smith, with the songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana), nya! I loved the story, the characters, the house, the art, animation, voices, songs and mewsic, so I will give Encanto the “A” grade, nya! Nyow here is Nya-sensei to review
Spider-Man: No Way Home, nya!
Hai! I am purrticularly fond of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of movies and TV series starring The Avengers, The Defenders, The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the many other meowrvelous heroes!  last year was the good year for the MCU, with Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Eternals, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Marvel Visions, Hawkeye, and I especially loved Spider-Man: No Way Home!
Immediately after the ending of Spider-Man: Far from Home, the lives of Peter Parker, his family and friends have gotten much  more difficult since Spider-Man’s secret identity was revealed to the world. Peter hopes that Dr. Strange can magickally remedy this situation, but the plan goes awry and opens up a multiverse full of troubles, with surpurrise appurrances by several other heroes and villains, but that is all I will reveal of the plot!
This is purrobably my favoritest  of all of the Spider-Man movies, with the great story, purrformances, locations, costumes, FX, sound and mewsic. It has the excellent balance of humor, drama, action, myth-making and character developments! I will give it the grade of the “A” as in Avengers, and if you go to see this movie, make sure to linger for the mid and post-credits scenes! That is all for our mvoie mewsings, and nyow here is sis to start
our collectibles and toy talk, with her review of the 
Funko Pop! Bewitched Samantha Stephens vinyl figure!
Arigato! I love the comedic live-action TV shows starring the supurrnatural ladies such as I Dream of Jeannie, The Addams Family, Nanny and the Purrofessor, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Worst Witch, Twitches, and Wizards of Waverly Place but my all-time favoritest is Bewitched, the sitcom that aired on ABC TV from 1964 to 1972 and starred the meowgnifcient Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens!
Samantha was the beautiful,400 year old  wise, fun, compassionate, powerful suburban housewife witch and mom who was married to her mortal human husband Darren who was the executive at an advertising agency. They had two children Tabitha (who later starred in her own spin off series) and Adam and resided in the lovely home at 1164 Morning Glory Circle in Westport, Connecticut, which Samantha’s witchy relatves often visited, much to Darren’s killjoyish dismay.
Although, to be fair, Samantha did not reveal that she was a witch until after they were married! He especially butted heads with her mom Endora, although in the later seasons they seemed the bit more tolerant towards each other. Darren was purrrtrayed by Dick York and late Dick Sargent, whereas Endora was purrtrayed by Agnes Morehead. By the way, there is a Funko Pop! Television, vinyl figure ( #791) of her too, but I have stray-catted off of the Samantha topic!
This figure of Samantha is #790 in Funko Pop’s line of TV show figures, with the typical cute super-deformed design of the oversized cartoonish head on the, tinier body cleverly capturing her smiling likeness as depicted in Bewitched’s animated opening titles sequence, in which she wears her Midnight Blue “flying suit” of the gown with sweatheart neckline, long sleeves and bias cut skirt, Black pumps and the pointy hat with the Red band to match the cape lining and broom stick!
She is purrched side-saddle upon the broom, and mounted upon the clear transpurrent base to depict her in flight! The sculpt and paint are darling, and  convey her cheerfully peppy ambience! From the bottom of the base to the tip of her hat, the figure is 5.75” tall, packaged in clear plastic clamshell within the 3.5” x 4.5” x 6.25” cardboard box, and I have displayed it in the nook with the other dolls, statues and ornaments of Samantha! I am done, and nyow here is Myayr to discuss
Fortnite Victory Royale series Lynx action figure!
Hai!. Developed by Cary NC’s Epic Games (on the mainland about 150 miles Northeast of here) Fortnite is the extremely popular successful MMORPG of the battle royale genre for the various computer, console and mobile platforms. In the game, players can acquire costumes or “skins”, which are their character’s physical appurrrance, and some of the outfits are rarer ’n purricier than others. 
Considered “legendary”, the Lynx skin is the young adult nekomimi (cat-eared) female appurrance, of which there have been several variants, including this sexy sleek kuroneko (black cat) look, which is embodied by this 6” action figure, which is part of Hasbro’s line of sepurrately-sold 1/6 scale Fortnite figures, which are intended for folks that are at least 8 years old, perhaps due to the small parts.
The Lynx design reminds me the bit of Purrincess Shuri’s fully-encapsulating Black Panther costume from the Marvel Comics, but with the bit more armoring, the tail, and Gray sleeves. I am very pleased with the meticulous qualiity of the figure’s faithful intricate design, sculpt and paint from her narrow White eyes, and the braided topknot coiffure to the variance of gloss and matte-finish parts.
She is very poseable, with the articulation in her neck, shoulders, uppur arms, elbows, wrists, abs, waist, hips, thighs, knees, ankles, and 3.75” tail. She is accessorized with the Burst Assault Rifle (a bullpup style SMG), the Scratchmark Harvesting Tool (a Sideways Scythe with the 3.75” scanth and 2” blade), and the cute the Stitches Back Bling backpack. The backpack can be plugged into her back.
She is balanced well-enough to stand up without requiring a display base (which is not included), but I recommend getting a base or a doll stand, if you want to pose her in dynamic stances or to dramatically wield the weapons. I am very pleased with Lynx, and I have displayed her upon the shelf next to my figures of other fighter catgirls such as Felicla, Cham Cham and Cheetara,  Nyow here is Myayr to discuss the
My Little Pony Applejack Bishoujo Statue.
Mary Nyan:
Hai! We love the My Little Pony animated series, the books, comics and toys, so we were thrilled to get this beautiful statue of Applejack, who was voiced by Ashleigh Ball, who also voiced Rainbow Dash in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and in the Equestria Girls spin-offs! Actually this 1/7 scale statue by Kotobukiya includes both the pony version and the human version of Applejack, the latter based upon her Equestria Girls purrsona!
Made of the PVC and ABS, this genki purretty statue was designed by Shunya Yamashita; the pony was meticulously sculpted by Yuzo and the bishy human girl was sculpted by Takahi! The sitting pony measures 1 1/2” high at the withers or 3 1/2” high from bottom of hooves to top of the mane; whilst the bishy human girl would measure 7” If she was standing flat – footed. Including her stetson and half-inch boot heels, she is 8” tall
Including the affixed 1/4” thick 4” diameter circular base, the statue is about 8 1/4” tall overall. With the SRP of $109.99 US or 12,000 JPY, it is

packaged in clear plastic clamshell within the  colorful 6” x 6 1/8” x 10 3/4” box, which has windows and  purretty art on the sides.

Posed smiling with her left hand upon her left hip and her right hand raised to tlp her tan stetson, she is so gorgeously designed, meticulously sculpted & painted!

The details are exquisite from her bright Green eyes, open-mouth smile, the lush strands of her hip-length Blond hair, and her 

slim lithe physique

to the intricate creases, wrinkles, folds, stitches, snaps and seams of herWhite tee shirt, knotted Pink flannel blouse, ruffled short denim skirt, and knee-high cowboy boots! The three-apple Cutie Mark adorns her left rear pocket, and that motif is continued into the stitching of the boots!

The pony is also quite splendidly meticulous, from the lushly-sculpted eyelashes, the painted gleam of her large winking expurression, and he white freckles on her cheeks,  to the tilted widdle stetson, and the red ribbon on her mane and tail that match the Cutie Marks upon her rear flanks, so I will give the statue the high purraise grade of the “A” as in Applebuck! Nyow I will turn The Mew over to Tara-chan, who will start our
purrinted – media mewsings, with her review
of Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp, nya!
Arrigato, nya! I love the spooky fun Goosebumps series of purrose novels and – and graphic novels, so I was eager to get this full color 120 page 9” x 6.75” trade paerback which was published by IDW, which reprints the 5 issue miniseries, which was written by Marieke Jijkamp, illustrated by Yasmin Flores Montanez, colored by Rebecca Nalty, and – and lettered by Danny Djeljosevic, with the front cover art by Clara Meath colored by DJ Chavis. This was also the front cover art for issue #2, nya.
The series editors were Elizabeth Brei and – and  Chase W. Marotz, whereas this collection’s editors were Alonzo Simon and – and  Zac Boone, with the collection’s design by Jessica Gonzales, nya The book has the cover art gallery which includes all five covers by Clara & DJ and – and the variant covers by Bill Underwood, so it is the excellently beautifully affordable way to acquire the complete tale and – and art, purriced $12.99 in the USA  and- and  $16.99 in Canada, nya! Nyow for the non-spoiler taste of the plot, nya!
Twelve year old Blake is the video gamer girl with the prosthetic left hand who is spending the summertime with her aunt who lives near the swamp, nya, She meets Lily who plays the same fantasy MMORPG, and – and they decide to embark on an adventurous LARP through the woods in which Blake befriends a girl named Cara, whose family is feuding with Lily’s, nya. Blake expected the most dangerous critters she’ would encounter would be bugs, but soon she is chased by werewolves, nya!
She finds herself in the real-life adventure, but it is not clear who the real monster are- the werewolves or the humans who hunt them, nya. I should not reveal more of the plot, so nyow I will render my verdict, nya! I thought thtat this was such the captivating all-ages tale with the fascinating, well-developed characters in the fun, spooky, poignant, bittersweet situation, with the beautiful characters and scenic art and – and wonderful graphic narrative techniques, so I will give it the A grade, nya! Nyow here is Mie-sensei to tell u about the
Charles Vess Landscapes of the Faerie 2002 Calendar, nya!
Arigato, Tara-chan! Arranged by Didi Peterson, published by Blue Door Garden and printed on matte-finish thick recycled paper in Abindgdon VA, this spiral – bound 11×17” wall calendar is limited to just 1,000 copies that were signed by Charles Vess https://greenmanpress.com, who is one of the world’s greatest and friendliest artists, fur shur! 
So like, Each of the calendar’s 14 leaves is one-sided and includes a magnificent color illustration above the date grid, which includes an additional tiny widdle B&W illustration, the moon phases, the sabots, and the birthdays of some other famous artists! I see that Charles Vess and Maurice Sendak were both born on June 10th! 
The (signed) front cover and February’s image is “The Faery Reel” (2003), January’s image is “A Peaceable Kingdom” (2009), and March’s image to herald the Vernal Equinox is “Sunrise & Moonset Bookend the Morning Sky” (2015)! April’s is “The Spring Prince” (2015), May’s is “The Cats of Tanglewood Forest” (2011)!
With the Summer Solstice in June, that month’s image is “The Summer King and His Bride  pf Flowers ( 2015), July’s is “Water Child” (2009), and Augusts’s is “Gathering the World” (2013)! Ushering in the Autumnal Equinox, September’s image is “The Corn King” (2000), and October’s is “A Bounty of Apples” (2009)!
The image for November 2022 is “The Reconciliation of The Sun and The Moon” (2011), for the Winter Solstice, December’s image is “Let There be Peace” (2018), and to conclude the calendar is the back cover page which has information about Mr. Vess, the calendar and its 12 totally awesome color images!
The leaves do not have drill holes, but included cleverly in the sturdy cardboard shipping box is the 31” strand of home-spun yarn, which can be threaded through the spiral binding coil, in order to hang the calendar. You might wish to use a crochet hook for that! I will give this calendar the “A” as in Abingdon, fur shur! Now here is Mike to discuss
The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed someone building a science fiction theme park, and having been so impressed the lavish quality of Walt Disney World, it seemed only natural thay would be the ones to do such a thing. As much as I adored the park’s Tomorrow Land and EPCOT, I hoped for something even more… oh, immersive… and when I heard that Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, I immediately hoped they’d build a Star Wars park. 
Gosh, that was 10 years ago… and sure enough in the fall of 2019, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disney land in Annaheim, California and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida! Some friends of mine have been there (and even bought me a lovely Lolth Cat plushy), but I haven’t been able to attend Galaxy’s Edge yet. However, I was at ;east able to purchase this dustjacketed 11 5/8 x 10 3/4 x 1” coffee table book about the place!
Published by Abrams and written by Ratcliffe with an introduction by Scott Trowbridge (the Imagineering executive in charge of Galaxy’s Edge), this full – color 256 page hardcover book by nearly 100 contributors is an extremely in-depth look at the design of the park, brimming with hundreds of images, including quite a few full page illustrations, 1.5 page illustrations and two-page spreads of the park that puts visitors on the galactic rim (while still on Earth, of course)!
he park has a scenario that visitors have wound up at the Black Spire Outpost on the frontier planet Batuu, sometime between the events of Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi and Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, so the park’s guests will interact with characters from The First Order, The Resistance, various traders, smugglers, and so forth. Oh, and there’s a full-size replica of The Millennium Falcon, among the various vehicle parked there!
Many of the park’s landcaping, architecture, mecha, creaturesm charcters, costumes, props, and graphics are examined, including the forthcoming Disney hotel in the guise of the Corellian Star Cruiser Hacyon! Like other art books about the Star Wars movies and TV series, this’un’s a very informative, entertaining, impressive, beautiful read, which i will give an “A” as in Ahsoka! Ah, that’ll conclude our reviews, and now it’s time to hear about the latest 
additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art!
Arigato, nya! Here y’all will find the many annotated illustrations and photographs, nya! Galleries 1-8 display images by our purrducer Mike Moon, whilst Guest Art Galleries 1-5 display images by other folks with their purrmissions, nya. Mike’s collaborations with other artists are peppurred throughout the mewseum, nya! 
Please be aware that some of the images are sexy, and some might depict the artistic nudity, nya! The most recent pics are 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 images, nya. Starting In Gallery One http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery1.html
we are purroud to purrsent Mike’s ‘supurr-deformed’ / chibi-style illustration of our friend Rvkh’s original character Eamane, who lives here at Catgirl Island, nya! Mike used Photoshop upon the Mac with the mouse for this image of Eamane with  a delicious, nutritious Red Snappurr, nya! Rvkh 

(pronounced Riv-kah), the artist formerly known as Rebecca Brogden, was the guest for our September 2009 Mew!
Then we have Mike’s illustration of our friend Misty Hopkins’ https://kranberrijam.blogspot.com Final Fantasy XIV video game character “X’askelle and her Direwolf”, nya! Misty was a guest of our March 208 Mew, nya! Mike used the pencil, Micron pen, Copic markers and Purrismacolored pencils for this illustration of X’askelle who is a Viera Black Mage, nya!
Futhermore, at Mike’s behest, in Gallery Six we have revised a couple of his older pics of Detective Junko Sakurada with slightly revised versions! Junko is an officer of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, who has appurred in the Sailor Moon-inspired purrose fan-senshi tales of Talia Jasmine Kirk alias Sailor Vulcan by author Jeff Branch https://www.pinkladyamerica.com who was a guest of our May 2008 Mew! Perhaps y’all have seen Mike’s many pics of Talia and her friend Tanya Lostris Cambridge alias Sailor Sirius https://sailorsirius.webs.com?
Tanya is the fan-senshi character created by author Sharon Williams https://www.deviantart.com/caribbeanrose9?rnrd=204406who was our November 2014 guest! in those Talia ’n Tanya team-up tales, Junko helped them to defeat criminals and monsters! Originally done in 2014, In the first pic of Junko http://www.catgirlisland.net/art/gallery6/39.html she is investigating an incident at a dance club, and the 2nd pic of her http://www.catgirlisland.net/art/gallery6/40.html is of her TMPD file with her police academy graduation photo!
Then in Guest Gallery Four http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest4.html we are delighted to display Daydream” by Rvkh! She used the Micron Pen, White Posca Pen, Davinci Watercolors, and the Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils upon the Arches Hotpress Watercolor Pad for this image of our friend

Svetlannaa Katenna Karolina the pixy who is purrched
on the 7” tall Amanita muscaria mushroom! Yall can see the

time-lapse art process video for this illustration at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knMkf2hehXc!

Nextly, Rvkh used Procreate on the iPad with the iPencil for this supurrb image of two “Angels”! The happy angel girl and her cute pup are enjoying a purretty Winter holiday, and y’all can see the time-lapse art process video for this illustration at https://youtu.be/MZ1ZxIfSwGY!
After that is Rvkh’s illustration of “Mertyl”, who is is an NPC in Mike’s monthly tabletop fantasy RPG! Mertyl is the half human / half mermaid beatnik sorceress / monk seen here in her belly dance attire, and

y’all can see the 

time-lapse art process video for this illustration at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmB3TPoLHyY&feature=youtu.be!

Then we are elated to exhibit “Zel x Dash” by TonomuraBix https://linktr.ee/tonomurabix, who was a guest of the March 2008 Mew! It is the beautiful, romantic sexy scene of Bix’s original character Zel Mavet, the powerful dangerous galactic assassin, who is seen here naked in the intimate romantic sexual moment with her lover Dash, mew la la! Thusly we have determined that this particular image is intended for the mature viewers only!
Lastly but not leastly, we are proud to present “Omhi Tara” by Misty Hopkins! Misty used the pens and Crayola colored pencils for this exquisite pic of a friend’s Final Fantasy XIV video game character Omhi Tara, who is the petite catgirl of the Miqo’te felinoid race! She is a Dragoon-class warrior, and one of the nocturnal Keepers of the Moon clan from the region of Eorzea, nya! Omhi is quite ready for action in the spiffy bolero jacket with the sunglasses and arm pouches!
The cat lady sings…
Thank y’all for purrsenting the new art! It was wonderful to see more of Bix’s beautiful art. That pic of Zel ’n Dash is quite scintillating!
Petra & Bunni:
Doitashimaste, nya!
It was the good month for the gorgeous Final Fantasy XIV pics, nya! I wonder if Omhi is purrmitted to ride upon X’askelle’s Direwolf, nya?
Whether she uses traditional or digital tools, Rvkh is so adept at the illustrations of the lovely winged girls amidst the splendid flora, nya!
Hia hai, and i love Mertyl’s sexy diaphanous belly dance costume of the silky drapury ornately adorned by the beads, perals and shells! 
That atest image of Eamane is quite adorable, alluring, and appurrtizing! That fish she caught is causing the craving in my tummy!
Hang in there- It is almost the time for our AfterMew luau! Well, I

guess that will do it for this edition of The Mew!

Itadakimasu! We wish to thank Misty, Rvkh and Bix for the beautiful art…
… and all of the other brilliantly talented people whose works we have discussed!
We also wish to thank Jamie for his web meowstery here at The Mew and Catgirl Island…

… and our other friends, family, acquaintances and audience whom we greatly appurreciate, nya!
Fur shur!
Mary Nyan:
Next month is our annual Mew Awards presentation, in which we will nominate our favorite stuff of the past year!
Yep! Be there… aloha!
The Ladies of The Mew:
Happy tails to mew- until we eat again, nya! Baibai. nya!