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Cat-Tales declares “Amateur Night is over” for Catwoman-wannabes who don’t know how to buy a dress.

July 5, 2018

Cat-Tales creator Chris Dee was active Sunday when the New York Times spoiled the much-publicized Batman 50 wedding issue which, paraphrasing Four Weddings and a Funeral, will stand out in memory for not actually including a wedding.

Chris offered a writer’s perspective on the twist, mentioned Cat-Tales record keeping faith with readers, and promised a new portal for those wishing to come into the series.  The actual website launched Monday, but after that, Chris wasn’t active on social media throughout July 4th while the comic was released and reactions played out.

The morning of July 5th, however, Cat-Tales posted thisYou-leveled-up

DC’s Bruce and Selina may not have made it to the altar, but they have closed enough distance with the real Gotham to Level Up.

We’ve been more than patient as Tom King and Joelle Jones served up a creature that doesn’t know how to buy a dress, drink champagne, or choose appropriate friends.  Now it’s time to raise the bar.

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Amateur Night is over, and the real Selina, the real Batrimony and the real (God help us) bachelorette party begins in Gifts Part 3: Veuve Cliquot.

Cat-Ta;es 74: Gifts on the main website
and mobile-friendly Cat-Tales.mobi

 

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BatmanandCatwoman.com launches in response to Batman 50 “Batrimony” Spoilers

July 2, 2018

By now it’s no secret that the New York Times spoiled the events of Batman 50 yesterday. (Stop reading and go away for a few days if you don’t know this.)

Cat-Tales author Chris Dee quickly posted the following message to the “Batcat” community on social media:

and the promised website launched a little over 24 hours later, BatmanAndCatwoman.com.

Cat-Tales is usually described as fan fiction, though it’s more properly called meta fiction as Chris Dee is no fan of what DC Comics does with the characters it owns. The early stories in particular tend to use the fictional universe as sly subtextual commentary on the way the comics treats heroes, women and other issues.  But those editorials never dominate what is primarily good “between the panels” comedy, drama and romance.

Yes, romance, because the Batman/Catwoman relationship has been the heart of the series since its second installment and our recent #CoughDidItFirst infographic charts a few of the milestones where DC almost seemed to be following Dee’s lead.

With DC failing to follow through on what they so clearly promised creating a wedding album, 30+ variant covers, solicitations that all began “The wedding you never thought you’d see” and countless repetitions of “the Batrimony is real” in their promotional material, Cat-Tales recognizes a lot of very upset readers might be interested in a wedding that will happen for the characters, and more importantly, stories of the marriage that follows.

But how many will want to start with Cat-Tale #1 from 2001, 73 stories and a million words ago?  Some, perhaps.  But for others, some shortcuts have been provided.

BatmanAndCatwoman.com is offered as an introduction and portal for the new Cat-Tales reader, with reading lists for… well, not every attention span, but there are a number of alternatives for the plodding and for the impatient.

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Batman and Catwoman are the property of DC Entertainment. Used without permission and for Fair Use purposes of artistic expression and social commentary relating to the use/misuse of these important social icons.

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Batrimony: The Video

June 29, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, for the first time may I present Mr & Mrs Bruce Wayne, the Variant Covers:

The Buyers’ Guide record of all the variant covers created for Batman 50, the wedding issue, with details of who is exclusive to where, edition size and links for purchase whenever available is located at BruceAndSelina.com, maintained by Cat-Tales.

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Buyer’s Guide for the Batman-Catwoman Wedding Issue

June 5, 2018

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On July 4, the 80 year relationship between Batman and Catwoman will culminate in “Holy Matrimony” by Tom King, the wedding issue in Batman #50.  It’s an important milestone in DC Comics history, and they’re going all out with the widest possible selection of artists creating variant covers.  With so many choices, the gang at Cat-Tales (who made a home for lovers of the Bat/Cat pairing when nobody else bothered to serve that particular niche) have organized the all the information into a constantly-updated buyer’s guide.  Here you can look over all the images we’ve seen, who they’re exclusive to and where you can order one.

From Joe Jusko’s vibrant Selina, which Chris Dee described as “capturing the joi de vivre that defines Selina as I know her and eludes everyone DC Comics has allowed to write her” to the soft romanticism of William Louw’s celebration of Selina, to Neal Adams deliriously vibrant cape-ripper, there is something for every taste…

Batman 50 Variant Cover Buying Guide

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Bruce and Selina’s Wedding Gifts (It Can Actually Get Worse)

May 4, 2018

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If you enjoyed the Intermezzo but have been wondering what Selina saw in the pages of the Gotham Post, great news! That scene appears in the new Cat-Tales: Gifts by Chris Dee and Wanders Nowhere.

You will see Bruce Wayne’s bachelor party.  You will see Selina’s bachelorette.  You will see there are actually worst wedding gifts than Booster Gold’s…  Oh.  So, uh, maybe not great news, more like, eh, news.  News of an indiscriminate nature.

The story begins today on the Cat-Tales website

Cat-Tales 74: Gifts
By Chris Dee and Wanders Nowhere

And the mobile-friendly mirror, Cat-Tales.mobi

 

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It’s #CatwomanWeek and Bruce and Selina’s March Down the Aisle Begins in the latest Cat-Tale

March 16, 2018

According to DC Comics, Selina Kyle’s birthday is March 14 and the internet marked the occasion with a #CatwomanWeek hashtag that’s celebrated her iconic costume, favorite quotes, comics and of course her defining relationship…
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Cat-Tales marked the day by dropping its latest installment The Engagement Party, a one chapter one shot which officially begins Bruce and Selina’s march down the aisle.

This is really happening, Bruce and Selina's march down the aisle begins in Cat-Tales 73: The Engagement party

This is really happening, Bruce and Selina’s march down the aisle begins in Cat-Tales 73: The Engagement party

As readers know, Cat-Tales blazed the trail for Bruce and Selina’s relationship moving beyond the trope, but Bruce proposed way back in Wayne Rises–as in 2012–and they hadn’t made much progress down the aisle.  That changed last year when Tom King had Bruce pop the question right there in the flagship comic of the franchise: Batman #24, and a few weeks ago, DC set the date.  July 4th 2018 DC’s Bruce and Selina are tying the knot.  Possibly it’s a race.  Possibly it’s a competition.  Possibly…

Possibly Batcat fans are in for a very full summer.

Cat-Tales 73: The Engagement Party is posted for online reading on the main Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly Cat-Tales.mobi.  Ebook and pdf will be available shortly.

 

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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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