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Pearl Part 4: Tea and Larceny drops at Cat-Tales

June 6, 2017

Bruce asked for five days to perfect his cover.  But what exactly is he doing with them?

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Expect cat burglar gadgets, America’s Cup racing, um, possibly a large Ming jar of the Xuende period…

Read Pearl on the main Cat-Tales website or mobile-friendly mirror Cat-Tales.mobi

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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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Cat-Tales: Pearl drops new installment, Part 3: Beginner’s Luck

April 2, 2017

Teaching Batman to be a world-class cat burglar, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and any minute now we might remember why.

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Pearl Part 3: Beginner’s Luck now available on the Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly Cat-Tales.mobi

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New Cat-Tale Teases the Catwoman Heist Readers Have Been Waiting For

January 11, 2017

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The World’s Greatest Detective marrying the World’s Greatest Thief. There are only a few ways this story can end. All of them involve a heist…  Cat-Tales Pearl begins today on the main Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly mirror, Cat-tales.mobi.

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Caper

January 30, 2014

Back in Trophies, a flashback revealed that in the early days of Harvey Dent’s career as Two-Face, he and Selina got together for the occasional movie night of Chinese takeout and double features.  Not surprisingly, her taste ran to heist films.

Catwoman is, after all, a thief, and not the small-time variety.  She is the best cat burglar in the world, she chooses among the most valuable prizes in the world, and it is her choice that makes a prize Cat-worthy.  As one who glamorizes the unsavory business of taking other people’s property, she would naturally favor the movies that do the same.  As one who exemplifies the fun of being bad and getting away with it, she would be drawn to those films that get that elusive dynamic so well they are able to theft as entertainment.

The heist movie was a staple long before comic book superheroes broke into the mainstream, so consider what her delight will be when she discovers Caper a new webseries from Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry.

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Set to be released as a part of the YouTube channel’s slate this year, it’s hard to believe it’s not tailor-made to catch the cat-lady’s eye and win a Catwoman endorsement:  Superheroes turned thieves.

Another heist offering in the works is a feature film based on Sony’s Sly Cooper.  Confession time, I am not familiar with the game, but Sly is evidently an orphaned raccoon thief.

“In the film, Sly learns of his birth family’s secret legacy; that he comes from a long line of talented and international thieves. Endowed with this
knowledge, Sly and his friends are catapulted into a global adventure as they race to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan’s family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk – an evil Russian metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line. From romantic Parisian
backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colorful graphic novels in this origin story of the world’s greatest
thief-turned-hero.”

While it looks like kiddie fare, and while Selina is less fond of “the world’s greatest thief-turned-hero” notion compared to the reverse in Caper, it looks like a fun romp.

In other bad girl news, the final installment of Cat-Tales: NMK Inc. is now before us.  Lex Luthor and Poison Ivy sniffing around Bruce & Selina all of a sudden?  Sure, they’re attractive and all, but there has to be something else going on…

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité – NOT

January 8, 2013

One of the first things we learned in Wayne Rises was that Hollywood isn’t any better than the tabloids when it comes to depicting Catwoman’s social background, let alone her social politics.   As Selina herself put it “I’m not A Tale of Two Cities, I’m The Philadelphia Story. ‘The prettiest sight in this pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.’

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And yet, the allusions to France and french things continued throughout the tale.  More than once we were reminded of Selina’s first lover – and partner in crime – François de Poulignac, along with his wine Chateau de Poulignac, french food, french fashion, french cinema–and oh yes, some perfectly grisly burglaries that had been taking place in Paris.  Nobody seems to have remembered those – except Batman.

How does it all connect to Falstaff, his plot against the Wayne Tech and the cat burglar who’s been robbing the guests during each and every one of the charity balls benefiting the Wayne Foundation?  The answers are here at last in Wayne Rises Chapter 8: Appeler un Chat un Chat

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Wayne Rises 7: Trap

December 17, 2012

Cat-Tales readers know I’m a huge Aaron Sorkin fan.  So much so that I named one of the tales for an episode of Sports Night called “Napoleon’s Plan” and included a significant homage.  But here’s the thing, what SN anchor Casey McCall describes as Napoleon’s plan: “First we show up, then we see what happens,”  that’s really not Batman’s style.

Waiting, reacting, it’s not his way and he doesn’t like it.  At this point in Wayne Rises, there is only one Wayne Foundation fundraising gala left, and the cat burglar is still free.  It’s time to get proactive.  And so…

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Wayne Rises – Chapter 7: Trap.

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