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Robin: Unfinished Business – A New Cat-Tales Spinoff Begins

December 9, 2013

I always liked it when Stephen Colbert introduces a guest or reports on a former guest’s latest with the formula ‘award-winning actor and friend of the show…’

Today I actually get to use that, because if there is a Friends of the Tales distinction, one of those who has earned it is certainly the Poser artist known as Thundering Monkey.  The 3-D/CGI gallery is filled with his creations, which display a real sense for the psychological moment that is the essence of visual storytelling.  But can he do it with words?  Turns out, the answer is yes.  Today, a new spinoff begins

With both Batman and Nightwing out of town the timing couldn’t be worse…

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When an overzealous Civil Rights Attorney frees Stephanie Browns killer from Blackgate, it’s only a matter of time before he kills again. Now it’s up to Robin and Batgirl to solve a string of murders that have baffled the FBI for years, and put him away for good. It’s time to settle some Unfinished Business.

Set after Cat-Tales: Polishing Silver

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Welcome Fathers of the Dark Knight

November 4, 2013

Cat-Tales is pleased to welcome Fathers of the Dark Knight and the photography of Roberto Williams to the Cat-Tales gallery.  Now featured in our Cosplay section, you’ll see a spectacular collection of photos from the team of the ambitious 2014 New York production that made its costumed debut at NYCC last month.

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Gyomara Phillips as Catwoman, Fathers of the Dark Knight. Photo by Roberto Williams

Fathers of the Dark Knight will feature the fictional heroes & villains, obviously, but also the real-life men who created them, seeking to correct the failure of history to recognize the contributions two men, writer Bill Finger and artist Jerry Robinson, made to the world of Bob Kane’s Batman. The audience will get to watch the creative process of Kane, Finger and Robinson brought to life in two different ways: On one side of the stage, we see the three men in Kane’s apartment, gradually bringing Gotham and its colorful cast of characters into being. On the other side, those very characters will fight the never-ending battle of good versus evil, as Batman takes on villains such as Joker, Riddler and Catwoman with the help of heroes like Batgirl and Robin.

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A New Cat-Tale Begins-BUT FIRST!

March 27, 2013

For a backstage gal like me, there are few things as exciting as prepping a new story for release.  And possibly because some masochistic mutation inside my common sense cortex actually likes the mad whirlwind to put out fires erupting between dress rehearsal and opening night, I decided to put out a new wallpaper at the same time.

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Armed robbers have made off with a ‘gigantic’ haul of diamonds after a rapid raid at Brussels Airport.

No, no, no, that’s teasing the first chapter.  Who would want that for their desktop wallpaper?

The Bat Family Waiting for Sunrise

New series of HD wallpapers for widescreen, PC, Android tablets and phones, iPad and iPhone


That’s much better.

Much as we all love the claw marks cutting into that purple leather of the first generation Cat-Tales wallpapers, times have changed, desktops have changed, and it’s time for a new selection for HD widescreen and mobile device images.

I asked CT readers what they’d like to see, and this image of the Bat Family gathering on a Gotham roof to watch the sunrise seemed the perfect way to begin.

Download for all screen ratios and devices exclusively on the Cat-Tales website

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Still Looking Back at Year 8: Kitty Ex Machina

September 22, 2011

Catwoman-Cat Tales: Lex Luthor teams up with Catwoman (or that's what he thinks) in the Superman/Batman Tale War of the Poses
“Okay. Look, boys, if what you’re after in this world is validation of your bad girl identity after a marathon fuck-over by a sleazy tabloid, then cooking up something with Lex Luthor that leaves Batman and Superman speechless is the motherlode. And I’m sure I’d be enjoying it a lot more if I knew what the hell it is. What’s so special about this three companies that Luthor being after their files turns you two into the World’s Palest?”
-Catwoman, War of the Poses

The Justice League in Cat-Tales:  War of the Poses Plastic Man didn't get the memo that it wasn't a good time to tease Batman about CatwomanWar of the Poses might just be the richest Cat-Tale in the series.  First, there’s Luthor.  In Cat-Tales as in the DCU, Lex Luthor’s ultimate ambition was fulfilled: he became President of the United States.  And in Cat-Tales as in the DCU, it ended… badly.  He lost the office, his fortune, and for a time back during the Infinite Crisis of String Theory, his sanity.  But in WoP, he was back and he had a plan.  It was a really good plan too.  That’s the kicker.  A Gotham-Metropolis alliance like the one that worked so well for Batman and Superman, joining forces with the Big Bad of Gotham City, the Boss of the Gotham Underworld… if only he wasn’t trying to join forces with Batman’s girlfriend.

Catwoman’s first meeting with Luthor is… well, it’s echt Selina and echt Luthor:

You’re an interesting creature,” he said at last. “For one of those who wears—well, why be circumspect—who wears a mask and the costume of a professional wrestler, one hears that you are remarkably sane.”

Catwoman’s lips curled slightly. Not a threatening smile, but hardly a warm one.

“And for one who wears a tie and the costume of an undertaker, one hears you’re remarkably rude, Lex.”

“Touché. My point was merely that I believe one can make a deal with you, Catwoman, and expect you to hold up your end. Not decide at the critical hour to go on a murderous rampage in a jam factory instead.”

“Not unless the jam starts it,” she said brightly. “Seriously, Lex, may I remind you that we have done business before and I was not the one who failed to hold up my end of the bargain?”

It was Luthor’s turn to smile. He did enjoy when a negotiation went according to plan. Catwoman might wear a preposterous outfit, but her thinking was rational and therefore predictable. If one could overlook the cat ears, it was quite like negotiating any other business deal.

“You refer to my declining to pay you for the Lex-Wing job,” he said magnanimously. “I recall the incident, of course. I also recall that you got paid all the same. You had the resourcefulness to get your money. In my view, that means you are entitled to it.”

“Survival of the fittest.”

“Enrichment of the fittest, Catwoman. Mere survival is for wage slaves and spotted owls.”

Catwoman burst out laughing.

“It must’ve been hell for you being president, Lex. ‘Wage slaves and spotted owls?’ This is what built up all those years having to pretend you care?”

Catwoman-Cat-Tales.  Batman and Superman, the World's Finest versus Lex Luthor in War of the PosesWhile fun, particulary Lex hears Selina’s description of his “resignation” as depicted by the Gotham Post:

“Flying out of the Oval Office in a space suit that looked like a Tylenol capsule decked out for Mardi Gras, buzzing Dupont Circle hopped up on venom and challenging Batman to a fist fight”

Things get a lot more interesting once Superman arrives on the scene, and Lex’s plans begin to unfold.  Cat-Tales is seldom as action-driven as the comics, but the Batman/Superman adventure at the World Bank would definitely give the panels a run for their money.  And the Kitty Ex Machina conclusion might just be my favorite Batman/Catwoman exchange in Book 5…

Batman’s tone and manner changed as he tapped the side of his cowl. “OraCom activate. Private channel metro-one-alpha. Do you read?”

“You can’t be serious.  It’s like Luthor stacked the entire table of elements over our heads. Even I can’t tell how much steel, lead, and who knows what is up there but—”

“Private channel metro-one-beta. Do you read? That’s why I installed a special signal booster. Private channel metro-two-alpha…”

“You planned on getting stuck down here?” Superman gaped.

“It was always a possibility.  Private channel metro-three-alpha…”

~~~~~andsom~ ~~~avri~~~~itty~~~~~~ sounded in his earpiece.

“There she is,” Batman noted.  “Lock in metro-three-alpha, shutdown all nonessential operations, enhance signal, all parameters.”

B~~m~an~~~~~ad~me~~~st met with Lex and ~~~~m the works, ke~to decrypt~~~~~lans~~~n hog heaven, it was disgus~~~ng~~~~~~sch an obnoxious troll~~~ ~~~ ~~nwa~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~pected you’d be~~~ack b~~ow.

“We were delayed.  We’re trapped in the vault.”

~~~ault?  th~~~~~one under the –~~~~ank?  Yo~~~ill there?

“Yes.  We’re going to need you to take out the time locks.”

Th~~im~~~ocks?  In Met~~~~olis?  ~~~~~ant me t~~~~~ to Me~~~~li~~~~~~~~~~~~ime locks fo~~

“Either that, or we’re stuck until the bank opens for business on Monday.”

Wel~~~ow suppo~~~~~et there?

“Transport to the Watchtower. J’onn is expecting you.  He’ll send you on to the transport station at the Daily Planet.”

“~~~”

“Selina?”

“~~~”

“Selina?”

~~~~oing~~~~claim villainess privilege and~~~ay no.

But for all that, for ALL THAT, it’s not even the main story that is best remembered from War of the Poses.  It’s a minor subplot, with Batgirl, sweet adorable Cassie, learning some new stealth techniques from Selina and getting just a little carried away trying them out at the museum until, well, I’ll let her explain…

This bad.
This bad.
This bad.

Father would give twenty lashes and lock in dark closet for day. Maybe two day.
Was first principle of sustained surveillance: mind clock. Surveillance is dead time. Must mind clock else lose track of time.
Practicing stealth in museum not like sustained surveillance. Not dead time. But still lose track of time.

This bad.
Was exciting. Lose track of time.
Lights come on.
Guard in uniform gone. New guard in blue blazer jacket take place.

New noise.
Shoes that not quiet on stone floor.
People in shoes that no need be quiet.
People that work in museum.

Museum open. Soon be people everywhere. This bad.

Isn’t she cute?  Deadly as all hell, but really cute.

Anyway, those are some of my favorite bits from War of the Poses.  You can read the complete story and download print and ebook versions from the Cat-Tales website.

Chris Dee
www.catwoman-cattales.com

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