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New Cat-Tales Covers

June 4, 2014

A few of the original Cat-Tales covers were due for a new paint job.  (Just showed my age, didn’t I?  Some old covers were due to be reimagined for a new generation of readers.)  At least 3 were, and one was suggested as a write in for the Catwoman-in-the-Batcave Wallpaper poll (still running, vote now.)

JLAin't: Tales of the Justice League

JLAin’t: Tales of the Justice League

 JLAin’t was the very first Cat-Tales spinoff, taking the Cat-Tales sensibility, humor and take on the characters and revisiting some stories from the Watchtower POV, while also telling some original tales.  It’s a thoroughly entertaining mini-series and I’ve never known a reader who didn’t wish there were more.

 

Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in Cat-Tales: Go Rin No Sho

Cat-Tales: Go Rin No Sho

Go Rin No Sho takes its titles from a 16 Century manual on Samurai sword fighting “The Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi.  Naturally Bruce has made a study of it, applying its principles to the management of his double life in the same way Wallstreet’s Gordon Gekko applied The Art of War.   Like the original, Go Rin No Sho breaks down into a chapter of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Void – but the problem examined and the crisis Bruce faces has little to do with war.  The crisis he faces is that Selina has moved into the manor.  How can Bruce Wayne be a playboy with a live-in girlfriend?

Polishing Silver: The Journal of Alfred Pennyworth

“A real, meaningful, beautiful story showing just how that death affects all of the characters we care about, who have real feelings like real people, and like real people are interconnected by a complex web of emotions and relationships.”

Polishing Silver: The Journal of Alfred Pennyworth is on everyone’s Top 5 list, including mine.   ‘Nuff said.

Batman, Superman and Catwoman, the real Big 3, vs Luthor in Cat-Tales: War of the Poses

Cat-Tales: War of the Poses

Sly was just trying to get through the opening night of Vault without running out of bourbon.  He never meant to crown Catwoman “Queen of the Underworld” but somehow…   Thing is, the Lex Luthors of the world have a way of noticing stuff like that.

The War of the Poses cover, with Selina in that iconic skirted costume in a burning batcave, was the write-in suggestion from the poll.  Fear not, NostalgiCore, you will get your wallpaper also, but I decided if I was going to do it, we may as well have it for the cover of the story that inspired it.

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Leatherbound: A King’s Gambit

December 3, 2012

Cat-Tales old-timers will remember MyklarCure who penned the Justice League spinoff JLAin’t. He collaborated on Red Cape, Big City and Casefile 00000-001, and is an all-around “friend of the show” as Stephen Colbert says. Myk hasn’t been a visible presence around the CTU for a number of years – for the very best of reasons. He went back to school, studying computer animation, and has amassed quite the little collection of screen credits in the short time since he graduated. He’s now got an indy movie of his own that he is involved with.

justice-league-spinoff-author-myklarcure-kickstarter

Leatherbound: A King’s Gambit has a Kickstarter Page right here, and I am asking anyone who has enjoyed Myk’s work to head on over and watch the video. If you like what you see and are able to pledge a few dollars, great. If not, you can help by spreading the word. “Share on your social networks” as they say. Like it, tweet it, +1 or stumble it. Whatever you do.

If you like Cat-Tales, you like a good story. And if you know Myk, you know anything he attaches his name to will be a good story.

Leatherbound also has a Facebook page. Like it early, like it often.  😉

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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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The Dark Knight Rises meets Flashpoint

May 21, 2011

(aka The Week Outside of Cat-Tales)

Two big events in Comics Goodness this week*: The Dark Knight Rises started filming in London  and DC Comics launched their latest Crisis/Mega Event Flashpoint.

Now, one of my favorite running gags in the Robert Altman’s movie about movie-making The Player:  Every time we hear a screenwriter pitch a script, they fall back on “It’s X meets Y”  “It’s Out of Africa meets Pretty Woman”

To celebrate The Dark Knight Rises and DC Comics milestones, I submit to you a little something JLAin’t author MyklarCure whipped up at the fantastic Florida F/X school: Dave School.  I like to call it: The Dark Knight meets Flashpoint:

Best. Project. Ever. LOL – We were given a 20 second audio clip to animate. The clip: Christian Bale’s infamous rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation. LANGUAGE WARNING! (Duh).
The instructor said he couldn’t give mine a review during class because he was laughing so hard that he couldn’t concentrate on it. 😉

*3 if you count #thefirerises viral launching thedarkknightrises.com.

Chris Dee
www.catwoman-cattales.com

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JLAin’t/West Wing Crossover was way ahead of its time

May 17, 2011

One of the most gratifying aspects of Cat-Tales has been the readers who found inspiration in it to write their own fanfic. The first to come along was MyklarCure with JLAin’t, the story of the Justice League in the Cat-Tales universe. And a few years later, a wonderfully talented reader named Nathan Perry came along who wrote a JLAin’t/West Wing crossover called These Hallowed Halls. Like a lot of fanfic, it was never finished, but what he wrote was way ahead of its time.

Consider the current controversy about Superman’s citizenship: Superman: American patriot, illegal immigrant or both? (via Hero Complex – Los Angeles Times)

Superman: American patriot, illegal immigrant or both? Ted Anthony of the Associated Press considers the legend — and the passport  — of Superman.  There is a scene in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns” that captures the fabled Man of Steel in an extraordinary moment. Floating high above the Earth, gazing down upon America, he listens with his super-hearing for cries of help as a cacop … Read More

via Hero Complex – Los Angeles Times

And then take a look at the exchange when Clark Kent asked White House press secretary C.J. Cregg about Superman’s status an illegal alien:

“Come in and have a seat, Mister Kent.” C.J. said, leading the tall reporter into her office.

“Isn’t it usually the Senior White House correspondent that gets these follow-ups?” Clark asked as he sat down.

C.J. sat behind her desk and answered, “It is, yes, but that’s because most of these guys have stopped trying to play ‘Stump C.J.’ Today, you’re our winner.”

“If you don’t mind my saying, this is a pretty strange beat,” Clark noted.

“Well you asked a pretty strange question.”

“It was a fair question.”

“It was absolutely not a fair question. No, we don’t have Superman’s birth certificate or driver’s license on record. He wasn’t born here and he’s got other ways of getting around. This is Superman! Truth, Justice and the American Way. We don’t care if he votes or pays his taxes. I would bet you any amount of money that he does, and since you’ve interviewed him, I don’t think you’d take that bet either.”

“I’m not really much for gambling-”

“The only reason to ask that question is either to embarrass Superman or to embarrass us, but you know what? We’re not embarrassed.” She stood up, placed her palms on her desk and leaned forward, saying, “We gave the Medal of Freedom to Superman, who may or may not be a U.S. citizen. And if he’s not? We don’t care. He’s an American hero whether he’s an American or not, and you can print all of that.” She sat back down and said, “If you’ve got follow-ups, you can ask them now.”

“I think that answered the question pretty well, Miss Cregg. Thank you.” He jotted down some notes on a pad of paper while C.J. stared across the desk at him.

Any questions?

Chris Dee
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From the mailbag: Justice League Hobbies

January 29, 2010

They all have their little hobbies. Eel likes to blog. Jonn tries to find the perfect Oreo. Wally likes to screw with documentary film-makers:

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But wait, we’re not done yet.

Let’s not forget the leaguer nearest and dearest to our hearts: Batman. As all Cat-Tales readers know, from time to time, Batman cooks…

Periodic Table of Desserts

Chris Dee
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