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It’s International Women’s Day and the Series that Fought Back for Catwoman Turns 18

March 8, 2019

March 8, 2001, Selina Kyle “put her true self on a public stage and let the contrast speak for itself.”

Selina on the stage of the Hijinx Theatre in A Girl's Gotta Protect Her Reputation by Chris Dee

That’s how it’s stated in the most recent story Ever Fixed, just weeks before the series reached the age of majority as the men of DC Comics recapitulated their commitment to an origin that roots the character in poverty and exploitation.

It also happens to be International Women’s Day, a fitting marker for the series that fought back when Catwoman was stripped of her dignity and the privileged background and education that made her Bruce Wayne’s equal.

As is our practice at Cat-Tales, we’re celebrating a milestone with gifts for our readers: the ebook and pdf release of Gifts and Ever Fixed, that’s Cat-Tales 74 and 75 or parts 2 and 3 of the long-awaited Batcat wedding arc at catwoman-cattales.com

Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle marry in Cat-Tales 74: Gifts and Cat-Tales 75: Ever Fixed by Chris Dee, available as ebooks and print-quality pdfs at catwoman-cattales.com

Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle marry in Cat-Tales 74: Gifts and Cat-Tales 75: Ever Fixed by Chris Dee, available as ebooks and print-quality pdfs at catwoman-cattales.com

But more importantly, we’re reminding readers and would-be readers there is a better Catwoman origin out there that rejects DC’s nostalgie de la boue and gives Selina a worthy motivation for being a thief, a motivation grounded in the same basic human needs as set Bruce on his path.

Cattitude by Chris Dee is available for download as an ebook, print-quality pdf and audio book read by the incomparable Caroline Sharp.

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#CoughDidItFirst THEME PARK EDITION – The Catworthy jewelers is now a thing. WB themepark has a jewelry store based on Catwoman

October 15, 2018

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#CoughDidItFirst THEME PARK EDITION – The Catworthy jewelers is now a thing. According to The Thrillist’s video on the Warner World theme park in Abu Dhabi, the Gotham area has a “Catwoman-themed jewelry store based on the famous cat burglar.” Jim Balent’s Catwoman too.

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A jeweler’s billboard advertising its wares as “Catworthy” became a fixture in Cat-Tales Gotham in the Book 3 story An Iceberg Tale.

You know, the world-class jewel thief who was never caught, rather than the small time bottom-feeding loser so many writers have served up since.

So, I know it’s way over in Abu Dhabi but how the f- does this leak through on something DC/WB did on purpose? Who signed off on this? And can I, like, buy them a steak or send a bottle of wine or something?

 

 

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Catwoman: Her Own Law

October 2, 2018

In Cat-Tales: Gifts, Selina is found in the Museum of Modern Art before her first bachelorette night, “before the De Groupil that only she recognized as a series of joyous cat-scratches.”  The artist’s name was a shoutout to Erwan Le Goupil, AKA Entropist, who contributed The Real Gotham to our gallery last year.

Today, the Cat-Tales Gallery is privileged to reveal Le Goupil’s breathtaking and powerful new Catwoman portrait that evokes the Alex Ross Superman (and could easily be a variant cover for Cat-Tales: Not My Kink).

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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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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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Erwan Le Goupil, The Real Gotham artist welcomed to the Cat-Tales Gallery

March 13, 2017

Cat-Tales is thrilled to welcome a new artist, Erwan Le Goupil, to the Solo Gallery with his striking Bat-Family Portrait: The Real Gotham.  Gallery assistant Sergio C. sat down with the artist for a quick Q&A about his art, and of course a little bit about the Tales…

SC: How long have you been drawing?
ELG: I’ve been drawing, or at least doodling, for as long as I remember. My father was constantly doing that, whether it would be his own cartoons, drawing from photographs or from famous artists, for the fun of it. When he drew me a gorgeous Daredevil piece once, I was hooked. So I started copying my favourite characters, both from European artists and from comic books. Then I started creating my own characters. I didn’t have the patience or the training to actually do comics or stuff like that, so I created illustrations for the stories I imagined. I pushed that to the next level when I started writing and when I discovered Photoshop. My biggest weakness had always been colouring. The digital medium helped me overcome that and so i started creating artwork for my stories and sometimes for others.

SC: What materials do you like to draw with?
ELG: I’m a pretty basic kind of guy on that issue. Pencil and paper is the base for most of my stuff. I usually ink it with Pitt artistic pens. Sometimes I go with the pencil rendering alone. The next step is the scanner and then I colour using both Photoshop and Painter. I sometimes draw directly on my digital tablet, but I still feel more comfortable with a pencil on drawing paper. I do paint over photos when I want a more realistic effect (for a poster-type project), but I still get better result starting on paper. 

SC: How and when do you hear about Cat Tales?
ELG: I think I came across this on ffnet for the first time. I was looking for stories about Batman and Catwoman to be able to read on my way to work. I found the stories on this fan fiction site but I quickly found the website and followed the whole thing on there.the-real-gotham-detail-2

SC: Who is your favorite Gotham City vigilante in Cat Tales?
ELG: Aside from Bruce, I’m going to have to go with Nightwing. His point of view cracks me up and his relationships with Bruce, Selina and Barbara are delightful to read.

SC: Is there any specific story from Cat Tales that is your favorite?
ELG: I have a fondness for “Knight Before Christmas” and the entire arc about Dick and Barbara’s wedding, but that’s because I’m a huge shipper of those two. Aside from that, any kind of story that involves either Ra’s or Riddler is usually in my top stories.

SC: Who is you favorite Gotham City Rogue/villain in Cat Tales?
ELG: While I love Chris’s take on the Joker, Riddler gets the top spot, because his view of things is brilliant and his position as a tweener (for lack of better term) is pretty cool to follow. His relationship with Selina does a lot to enrich his character, too.

SC: Overall what is your favorite aspect of Cat Tales?
ELG: The characters dynamics. The banter, the dialogue, the depths of the personal issues even some minor characters go through, all along the story, is awesome. Chris’ writing is at its best when she follows a new point of view and builds it up enough so that everyone appears alive, at some point. Her story is the deepest plunge in Selina’s and Bruce’s psyche I have read in a long time, but also in Dick’s, Tim’s, and going as far as getting us to care about the waitress in the Iceberg Lounge. That’s certainly no small feat to make me laugh with the director of Arkham evaluating his personnel.

Le Goupil’s Cat-Tales: The Real Gotham is on view in the Cat-Tales Gallery. Additional works on DeviantArt.

 

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