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Namascray: Tom King Gets Real on a Batman-Catwoman Marriage

July 24, 2017

“I’m married to the best woman who ever lived, and she guides me through everything.  She sees how messed up I am, and she loves that part of [me].  And I see how messed up she is, and I love that part of her.  Because of that, we can live together and be happy.  So I think that’s how it would work.” -Tom King, Tom King explains what a Batman-Catwoman marriage would look like, Los Angeles Times

Marry Me - Batman Proposes to Catwoman

“Marry me”

I haven’t said anything about Tom King’s Batman run (despite an impressive number of inquiries,) because—I’m sorry, this is no secret—DC has given us no reason to trust anything they do with Catwoman. (Or with Batman.) (Or and most especially with Bat and Cat together.) Nothing that’s happened in recent weeks changes that.

But I will say this about the above quote: it demonstrates the only mature, intelligent, real take I’ve seen on a Bruce-Selina relationship that, well, I didn’t have to write myself.  And quite frankly, it’s the most mature, intelligent, real take on any relationship I’ve heard from a DC writer in any medium.  It describes a real, human connection—a real partnership—between adults who care about each other.  Namascray, as the meme says, the crazy in me recognizes and honors the crazy in you.  Our crazy fits, so together we’re something more than we are separately, and together we tackle what life throws our way.*

I love my readers, but I remember a hella-disconnect when Bruce proposed in Wayne Rises.  As y’all might remember, he wasn’t as smooth as his Batman 24 counterpart.  He botched it on a truly epic scale.  When life went on a chapter later, I started getting comments bewildered that they were still together, that Selina was still living at the manor and, despite understandable tensions, everyone was still capable of civility and even affection.  There were people who passionately wanted the marriage yet expected the relationship to be over because he messed up.

That made me wonder what they thought this marriage they wanted was?  Because husbands and wives mess up, a lot.  We’ve all got that cray-cray, and when you say “I do,” you’re agreeing to work through whatever comes along.  If a silly thing like his particular brand of screwy producing an utterly awful proposal is a deal-breaker, well, you’re not ready to marry anybody.  When his particular brand of screwy makes you want to  smack him in the head and just—Argh! Jackass!—but you still love him in spite of  because of the thing that makes you want to smack him… that’s your husband.

Mrs. King is a lucky woman.

No joke, Tom gets that and Mrs. King is a lucky woman.  That doesn’t necessarily mean Batman readers are.  See above, folks, DC has done nothing in the last 30 years let alone the last 30 days to make you run at that football again.  King, however, has done a bit to establish that if it’s going to be done, he’s got the human toolbox (which has zero overlap with comics/continuity sensibilities btw) to do it well.

Once upon a time, DC’s Powers that Be made some absurd proclamations about their characters being in permanent, happy relationships.  As now, a lot of people were messaging me for a response, so much so that I finally replied with a rather curt announcement that if I had any opinion on DC’s collective grasp (of marriage and the effect it would have on a character like Bruce) you would have heard at least one song from Company by now.

Tom King, this is for you.


*If you want realism in your fiction, that’s how you get it.  Not making the Batmobile into a tank, not doing insanely violent things while quipping like a ’90s action hero.  By starting your answer about a Batman-Catwoman marriage with your own.

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HAHAHAHA! Jokes and Riddles Week Begins

June 26, 2017

“HAHAHAHAHA!”
It was my instant messenger.  Riddler set this system up for the “villain community” to keep in touch.

There they are, in the very first lines of the first Cat-Tale. Before Batman or Catwoman were even mentioned, Joker and Riddler had planted their flag.  We’re excited to see how many Jokes and Riddles goodies we can pack in to a single week, and who will come out the content king.  This morning, Joker started off the festivities with a bang…

Joker with a bang flag, by Selina Enriquez in the Cat-Tales Gallery

Surprise Joker by Selina Enriquez

Yet no sooner was that posted, we saw HarryPotter20 was trending.  The 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, we could hardly ignore an omen like that–not when we had observed Batman’s 75th Anniversary with a Gotham Rogue-Harry Potter mashup.  So we promptly dug out the Mashupimus Ridiculus and re-mashed for the occasion…


The complete Rogues Gallery collection can be found here.

Finally, we rounded off Day One with a quote from Edward Nigma: Another City Not My Own aka Riddle Me-Tropolis

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Thus far, the combatants are neck and neck and there’s been a surprising lack of bloodshed.  Will it hold?  Stay tuned.

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“Maybe we’re entangled particles” Celebrating Couples that Are Meant To Be in the Cat-Tales Gallery

June 25, 2017

“Marry me.”  With those two words on the last panel of Batman 24, Tom King electrified social media as even non-niche publications like USA Today and The Daily Beast carried the story: Batman had at long last proposed to Catwoman.  Most comic shops reported the issue was sold out before it officially went on sale, guaranteeing a second printing which was released last Wednesday.

Cat-Tales, whose Bruce Wayne had delivered that same two-word proposal in Wayne Rises, wanted to salute the occasion and produced a new work reproducing the image with our own characters for the Cat-Tales gallery.*

Marry Me - Batman Proposes to Catwoman

“Marry me”

A Long Time Coming: Batman’s Proposal to Catwoman Makes It Official: This Is DC Comics’ Greatest Relationship proclaimed The Daily Beast, whose Ira Madison III began by quoting Selina in Batman Returns “I would love to live with you in your castle… forever, just like in a fairy tale.”

Batman Returns: Kiss by Romano Molenaar

“Selina… Catwoman is the reason why Tim Burton’s 1992 masterpiece works so well. “

And Cat-Tales is thrilled to announce two pieces by the incomparable Romano Molenaar:  The finished Batman Returns: Kiss seen above, and Catnip, the penciled version that first caught our eye.

In a stunningly romantic touch, King has Bruce propose with the diamond ring Selina tried to steal at their first meeting back in Batman #1. While she wasn’t wearing her classic Golden Age threads at that encounter (she was in disguise, after all,) we know it is the spirit of that true, original Catwoman that captured his heart on day one. Thus, we present DC’s Power Couple by Elena Casagrande:

Batman and Catwoman: Power Couple by Elena Casagrande for Blastoff Comics

Batman and Catwoman: Power Couple by Elena Casagrande

Golden age, Bronze Age, the Batmania of the 1960s, Elseworld after Elseworld and Era after Era, it is always Bruce and Selina.  That was the message in String Theory, where the universal constant is the crucial element unraveling a cosmic crisis.

Bruce and Selina in the batcave "Maybe we're entangled particles"

“Maybe we’re entangled quantum particles”

Tom King’s story continues in The War of Jokes and Riddles, and while we at Cat-Tales do not read the Gotham Post, we will be observing it with Jokes and Riddles Week. 

Riddler and Game Theory at the Iceberg Lounge

Riddler and Game Theory at the Iceberg Lounge

Bruce and Selina may be DC Comics’s ultimate Power Couple, they may be the entangled particles that are meant to be, but they aren’t the only soulmates in Gotham. The lady who began her career as Cognitive Dissonance has certainly won Eddie’s heart and it’s high time she took her rightful place in the gallery.

Jokes and Riddles Week begins Monday, June 26.

*Please note that Chris has received multiple requests for “Marry Me” to be released in the full array of wallpaper sizes and ratios, but it is only available in the one size at this time. Making the full slate of wallpapers is a huge undertaking and if we pursue it, may be weeks or months before anything ready.

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That Hot Ivan Reis Catwoman Statue Drops Tomorrow @MidtownComics

May 30, 2017

A few months ago when our blog on A Catwoman Renaissance featured a smoking hot Balent-style Catwoman statue from Iron Studios, it was unclear if the breathtaking limited edition based on Ivan Reis would be available in the U.S.

We here at Cat-Tales are delighted to announce they’ve got her at Midtown Comics and midtowncomics.com.

As stated in the original post, Scale 1/10, 18cm, hand-painted, smoking hot. Looks like the whip is separate to carry or drape however you like.  And a much fuller array of pictures in Iron Studios Facebook album.

Enjoy.
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A Catwoman Renaissance

April 26, 2017

“For me, Catwoman has always been fun to write. I think it’s because she actually likes herself and enjoys life. That’s so rare in a modern comic book character.”
– Chuck Dixon, Poplitiko

The statement will probably confuse the modern Catwoman fan.  Selina fun?  A winner who likes herself and enjoys her life?  How can this be?

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Jim Balent shares Catwoman Issue #1

Cat-Tales fans are not confused, and Cat Tales fans can rejoice for that fun, winning, sexy, resourceful Selina that we never gave up is (finally!) making a comeback!  Coming this September, DC is releasing the first volume in the collected edition of Jim Balent’s 1990’s Catwoman series.  It will include issue 1-14 written by Mary Jo Duffy and issue #0 by Doug Moench who is simply the gold standard of Bronze Age Bat/Cat.

Jim Balent remains “the epitome of Catwoman artists” (Amazon), delivering an unapologetically voluptuous feline fatale whose look fits her brazen personal style. Consider the episode from the first story arc, “Life Lines,” which Chris Dee cites in her 2011 Blogtalk interview: Selina infiltrates a wealthy man’s apartment during a party, posing in the dark as his wife fresh from the shower and wrapped in a towel. She gets away with the goodies and gets back into costume just as quickly as she had come (so much for it being impractical) but Chris’s point was the daring nature of the move, the fun – this Catwoman’s essence and appeal is the fun of being bad (and getting away with it).  Though before we close the book on practicality, it’s worth noting that this costume defined it for those who know the meaning of the word rather than using it as code: it was noted that while the rest of Gotham fought a fully-functioning Batman, Selina only had to contend with 1/5th of him.

Writer Jo Duffy catches Selina’s voice perfectly. She catches her good and bad sides, her tenderness and cattiness (and another feature that Cat Tales fans know about, her utter contempt for Azrael, the man who took Bruce’s place – in his view, anyway – when Bane broke his back).

If you’re tired of a Trinity cosplayer with Snoopy goggles being presented as Catwoman, tired of “complexity” (i.e. short hair and small boobs passed off as characterization), or just want to see what was so special about the era when Selina was sexy, sassy, confident and the world’s best cat burglar that fans refused to give her up despite a full court press from her publisher that went on for a decade and a half, you can pre-order here on Amazon, or visit your local comic shop who are apparently unable to preorder for several months yet.  Make sure they (and DC) know that we want this.

One final note on what may be a renaissance for the smoking hot, purple kitty: Brazilian pop culture company, Iron Studios, is going to release a gorgeous statue of the stunningly beautiful, purple clad, long haired Selina based on the artwork of long time DC artist, Ivan Reis (famous for his Aquaman run with writer, Geoff Johns).  a-catwoman-renaissance-ironstudios-ivanreis-maquette

Models and maquettes have come a long way since Denny O’neil’s day when depictions of the Balent Catwoman were marred by unattractive snarls and poses as if by editorial mandate, but nothing – nothing like this – has been seen for the absolute love that has gone into every angle and detail.  This hand-painted, 1/10 scale, 18cm model is simply the sexiest tribute to the purple Selina you can find, and rivals the Tweeterhead Julie Newmar statues in my opinion.

Iron Studios full photo album is here.  (Unfortunately, how you could go about buying one, I have no idea.)

So… whether it’s actually a sexy, purple, long-haired, cat-burglar Catwoman renaissance, a test balloon or simply a very lucky coincidence, the time is now.  Break out your wallets.  Vote with your wallets.  You know how Selina gets when you make her do it herself.

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Knight of the Mirrors released as Ebook

June 14, 2016

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Knight of the Mirrors, the Batman-Superman story that explores how the Man of Steel would react to a Hollywood blockbuster akin to BvS: Dawn of Justice, is now available as an ebook and print-quality pdf.

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The Divided City

November 18, 2015

What people are saying about the story so far:

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I love how Batman is, for all his rage and uncompromising attitude, also the most level headed, the most calm, and the most patient hero there is.

Are the World’s Finest Heroes facing Luthor, Demon or both? The investigation that began at Gotham’s “A Man’s Reach” exhibit expands to both sides of The Divided City – but will it uncover the plot in time? The new installment is here! Knight of the Mirrors Part 6 ‬ – The Divided City

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