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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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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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More

August 4, 2015

It’s updates, updates, updates at Cat-Tales right now.

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The new story, Knight of the Mirrors has finally begun.  Teased last week with a brief prologue that featured Bruce and Selina returning from a case on Wayne One, the story finally begins in earnest with Chapter 1: What Kind of Day Has It Been? on the Cat-Tales website and mobile-friendly mirror Cat-Tales.mobi.

We also had a new artwork: Ivy’s Holiday, debuted last week which was promised to be the first of several new updates.  Well, they’re here!  Beginning with Anya Uribe’s “The Babe and the Bold” heading of a number of new additions in Featured Artist and a pair of domestic scenes featuring the cats.

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Knight of the Mirrors

July 29, 2015
Batman and Superman in The Knight of the Mirrors

‘Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.’ ~Don Quixote

The cover, title and prologue have dropped on what promises to be an eventful Batman/Superman outing.  Whether the World’s Finest or Versus isn’t quite clear from he cover.

The Knight of the Mirrors on the main Cat-Tales Website and mobile-friendly mirror Cat-Tales.mobi.

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The Bat-Brain

April 18, 2015

Selina makes many references to “the Bat Brain” in Cat-tales.  She respects it as a force of nature that it is, and relishes her ability to short circuit it with a moist whisper…

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You can’t write a series like Cat-Tales for over ten years without people sending you links to Batman stuff. Lots of Batman stuff. This print by Chris Wharton might just be my favorite. Not surprising given Her Feline Self’s prime placement.

“She gestured, slowly, the edge of her fingers just grazing her chest as she traced the border of the bikini top.  The mental picture this evoked finally brought about the wordless scowl she’d been waiting for, accentuated by a barely perceptible stiffening of the muscles just visible through the eye slits of the cowl… Batman’s tell, the tell which meant victory.  She had, once again, jostled the bat-brain until she jarred loose any thoughts of crimefighting.  That task accomplished, she returned her attention to the computer screen with a purr.”
~ Demon’s in the Details

“If you keep tickling my ear like that, I won’t be able to concentrate,” he managed hoarsely.  “Please, just… this is why there’s no sex in mysteries.  Just… sit over there,” he pointed.  “Less Irene Adler.  More Watson.” She went to the chair, laughing that, after all these years, she had finally short-circuited the great bat-brain—and at the worst possible time for Kitty’s trademark curiosity.
~ Armchair Detective

“It. Was. Infuriating.  The woman who loved him as Bruce and the Cat who fought him as Batman wanted to know what that remarkable Bat-Brain was up to, and it seemed like he was deliberately missing the point.  All he did was tell her to ‘clear her mind’ (read: watch the bat Walapang sit on its perch above Workstation One while he set a baseline for the ears’ default position).”
~ Comedy of Errors

I rubbed my forehead.  It isn’t often I can’t keep up with the Bat-brain, but this was one of those times, and the one downside to that RAW INTENSITY that is Batman is that it’s all but impossible to slow him down.
~ Comedy of Errors

“Look, I get that you’re upset about what happened to me this afternoon, but you’ve got to stop trying to ‘fix it’ retroactively, because you’re obviously not thinking clearly.  And you really shouldn’t be out in this condition.  Not if, you know, the Bat-brain is out of commission.”
~ The Gotham Rogues

“Mhm.  Confessed everything.  The Auchinclosses, the Winthrops, the Mellon-Scaifes, the Broadmoors.  He worked it out, and what he’s personally acquired for the Orphans Fund that those people never planned to give before he turned that lovely scheming Bat-brain on them comes out to 17.5 acres of Catitat, food and veterinary care for forty rescued lynxes and—because he correctly deduced that I liked to treat myself after a heist and didn’t put every single penny into the Catitat—two weeks in St. Kitts.”
~ NMK Inc

“Oh, you found a place for the Last Bimbo Hurrah?” she asked, coming closer to check out the workstation screen.  He looked up at her with a raised eyebrow and she added, “Yeah, okay, that would have sounded better if I didn’t look like a Flash Gordon cocktail waitress.  Forget how I’m dressed and impress me with the Bat-brain.  Where are you taking Treasure and Trinket?”
~ Spontaneous Generation

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Respect Your Cat Day falls on Caturday… you all know what to do.

March 28, 2015
Respect Your Cat Day - Catwoman & Batman

This year, “Respect your Cat Day” falls on #caturday . You know what to do.

It was on this day, 28 March 1384 that Richard II of England issued an edict forbidding the consumption of cats, known to the internet as RESPECT YOUR CAT DAY. Let’s see if we can do just a little better this year making Selina happy and so avoid another April Fool’s Day where the Batcave is transformed into a Hello Kitty nightmare.

Whiskers suggests gifts of caviar and foie gras. Nutmeg likes to nap on cashmere sweaters.

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