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#CoughDidItFirst

October 4, 2017

A Batman/Catwoman Cat-Tales/DC Comics Infographic

Everyone is excited about Bruce’s proposal in Batman 24 and Selina’s answer hitting the comic shops today in Batman 32.  As HQ for what I’m fairly sure is the longest-running Batman/Catwoman series on the web, we here at Cat-Tales are also quite spectacularly excited…   Though it should be noted while others are exclaiming “It’s about damn time,” Cat-Tales readers (and its creator) are more apt to be heard murmuring “Well yes, of course, but… what took you so long?”

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If you’d like to share but don’t like the long, narrow format, there is a landscape version. Enjoy.

Infographic DC-Comics-CatTales-Batman-Catwoman-Timeline (wide)

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Pearl Concludes with Part 8: Heist

January 12, 2018

One year ago, Cat-Tales: Pearl began with Part 1 – White Belt and Thomas Coronet was conceived as a new criminal cover for Bruce, one completely unlike Matches Malone.  Tommy would be a world-class thief at home in Bruce Wayne’s world.  Now it concludes with Part 8: Heist – and a heist many readers have waited for for a long time – but Tommy as a LexCorp guest for yacht racing?   Might just be taking the idea too far.

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Will the ultimate heist end in triumph or disaster?  Find out in Pearl 8: Heist on the Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly Cat-Tales.mobi.

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New installment of Cat-Tales: Pearl drops. Part 7: Fortuna

November 17, 2017

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Forecast for Metropolis: Cloudy, Precipitation 0%, Humidity 74%, Wind 14 mph. Chance of Cat Burglar 100%

Pearl Part 7: Fortuna on the main Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly mirror Cat-Tales.mobi

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Batman-as-Sherlock Holmes Tale TRICK OR TREAT reveals new Gorey-ised Cover for Halloween

October 31, 2017

Homaging the original horror-influenced but pastel-colored artwork by Lady Dien, the new cover for Cat-Tales: Trick or Treat has gone full Edward Gorey with an evocative black-and-white palette and textured etching off a well-aged plate:

Batman as Sherlock Holmes in Cat-Tales: Trick or Treat, with Selina Kyle, Alfred Pennyworth, Talia al Ghul, Edward Nigma

Batman as Sherlock Holmes in Cat-Tales: Trick or Treat

 

It’s a Halloween at an Exhibit celebrating the Mystery Whodunit at the Folklore Museum, and all is not as it seems…

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The Secret Life of Crime Chocolate

October 9, 2017

Pure Nacional Cacao, the thought-be-extinct chocolate we saw in NMK Inc is, as most of you know, a real thing.  Though associated with Ecuador, the trees that it turned out were still with us were found in the Marañón River Canyon of Peru, and it’s Peru that cultivated new trees from that precious stock to produce Fortunato No 4. While this stuff is pricey, $20-40 a bar when I was researching NMK, it’s not absurdly, catastrophically expensive like, say, the $1000 sundae at Serendipity 3.

I mention this because CNBC has a video on it… sorta.

The 'crime chocolate' from Cat-Tales NMK Inc is a real thing

“The thing is—and I really hope you’ll see the funny here—the fact is, Bruce, these are sort of… crime chocolates.” – Selina Kyle, NMK Inc.

Ecuador seems to have got its hands on enough trees for a small crop, and we can assume they either paid more than they can ever recoup, or they assume being the original source of Nacional Cacao, they can hike up the price for the added cache.

Their chocolate, according to CNBC, goes for $345 a bite. (Note the lack of a decimal?) For “a little under 2 ounces” that comes to $6.16/a gram. In contrast, two bite-size “ingots” of Fortunato No 4 from Patricia’s Chocolate in Michigan goes for… $3.80. (See the decimal?) That comes out to $0.24 /gram.

So enjoy the vid, but be aware if tasting this stuff is on your bucket list, there’s a world full of chocolatiers listed on the Marañón website where ethically sourced Fortunato No 4 can be had for the price of a cheese slice at Grimaldi’s.

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New Chapter Drops Pearl Part 6: East End

October 6, 2017

Over in the Gotham Post, Batman scribe Tom King has said Bruce’s reaction to Selina’s answer will be… to do something illegal.

This is getting weird.

Anyway, in Cat-Tales: Pearl Bruce and Selina’s wedding gift to each other is one Thomas Pearl, a new criminal cover for him to inhabit a la Matches Malone (except that he’s nothing like Matches Malone.)   No rough edges here, Tommy is the criminal Bruce would have become if he’d gone that way, and he’s targeting Luthor’s money men.  There was no way we were going to get through this tale without going to a Caribbean tax haven…

Caribbean Tax Havens

The East End of Grand Cayman, or as Selina puts it “Everyone’s second favorite Caribbean tax haven”… What? What other East End did you imagine we might be talking about?

Pearl Part 6: East End on the main Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly mirror Cat-Tales.mobi

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Inside the mind of Bruce Wayne in Cat-Tales: Pearl

August 15, 2017

“As soon as I feel that click of understanding, the box inside my mind unlocks and I begin integrating whatever I’ve learned into everything else I know. As soon as I feel the click…
– Bruce Wayne, Pearl

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“Written like someone with a true respect for the martial arts.”

Even though he’s not learning any martial art in Cat-Tales: Pearl (he’s learning to be a cat burglar!), the story has attracted attention for taking us inside the mind of Bruce Wayne, the white belt – Bruce Wayne the student and illuminating an aspect of his expertise in the martial arts in an entirely new way.

The current chapter “Click” drops today at the main Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly mirror Cat-Tales.mobi

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