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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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Cat-Tales Top 15, Part 3

April 18, 2016

Counting down the Top 15 Cat-Tales moments. It’s Part 3, have your favorites shown up yet?

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Can I Help You?

June 5, 2014

Can I Help You?

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Cat-Tales: Secrets now an Audio Book

January 5, 2014

The Book 2 Audio Book is here:

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Cat-Tales: Secrets read by Caroline Sharp

Harry Houdini’s “Tome of Secrets” is being auctioned by the Wayne Foundation.  Zatanna’s come to town especially to buy it.  Riddler wants it too.

And oh yeah, it’s cursed.  This will be fun.

It’s Cat-Tales: Secrets read by Caroline Sharp.

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Cat-Tales Scenes

December 20, 2013

One of those facts of life certain creators would rather die than admit: some stories, some characters and some situations have more juice than others.  Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered and all of a sudden there are 78 proposals for Data-centric stories.  For Lt. Yar?  3.

In Cat-Tales, I’ve noticed the two stories that generate the most artwork and artwork requests are Not My Kink and The Gotham Rogues.  They’re the source for the chessmen and catarang that just went on display in the Virtual Visitor Center, as well as inspiring multiple images in the new Scenes gallery.

Yes, we have a Scenes gallery now, under Character Portraits, and let me explain why.  Consider Georgina Barnes, a cover that was introduced for Selina to infiltrate a few Wall Street firms in Not My Kink.  She resurrected the cover as part of the con in Electron 29 and maybe that’s what gave Bruce the idea to create Gina O’Malley in The Gotham Rogues.  Gina is a grifter Matches Malone was searching for who only becomes Georgina to get into places like BankLink and CashPulse.  Bruce said he only needed a few pictures for Matches to circulate as an excuse to get close to the Westies, but I think we all suspected the lady herself would be making an appearance before long at the Downpatrick Carpentry Club.

Bruce-and-Selina-as-Matches-and-GinaThat’s a complicated history to sum up in a traditional portrait, and so — new gallery.  In addition to Matches and Gina, we have another artifact from The Gotham Rogues – that famous chess board again, this time with Eddie waiting…

Riddler waiting for Batman in The Gothamm Rogues

Riddler waiting for Batman in The Gothamm Rogues

Did I mention that in addition to certain stories that keep turning up in the artwork, certain characters do as well.  You’d think it would be Harley or Poison Ivy but nope, it’s our anagraming Mr. Nigma.  Two wallpapers he appears in – scenes from Not My Kink (again) and The Gotham Post – are also linked in the new gallery.  As is… oh dear.

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Zatanna and Riddler vying for Houdini’s Tome of Secrets in Cat-Tales: Secrets

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Inside an Enigma: Complete Ebook and Print Downloads now available

September 23, 2013
Catwoman settles scores with Riddler in Cat-Tales Inside An Enigma

“I said I was a patient cat; I am. I said I would wait,  I did. And now Fate, friend of cats, has laid the key to his happiness at my feet.  He betrayed my friendship, betrayed my trust. And now… he is going… to pay.”

Once a tale is finished, I like to release the ebook and pdfs formatted for printing as soon as possible.  In this case, Inside an Enigma was delayed by the Book One audio books.  But it’s here now!  For Kindle /mobi and the universal ebook format ePub; as well as print quality PDF.

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“It’s a labyrinth of cunning and puzzles and riddle-mania… but never hard to follow. That’s what makes it riveting…”

“Selina is a lot smarter and a lot scarier than a lot of people realise.”

“Simply brilliant.

“Inspired…

“AWESOME, and so very, *very* Kitty!”

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New Wallpaper: WELL, SO AM I!

September 9, 2013

The latest desktop wallpaper is another scene suggested by readers.

Catwoman and Riddler in Cat-Tales: Not My Kink

Pissed? “WELL, SO AM I!” he screamed. Then he… he swung his sack of rubies at my head! I ducked, and he kept going. Spun himself around almost a full 360 and spilled a few rubies on the floor before he caught his balance, and then skidded on one and fell on his ass.

In Not My Kink, Selina took over Bruce’s *cough*fighting duties while he recovered from an injury.  She lasted all of 5 chapters before Riddler figured out what was going on.  “Zany hijinx ensued” as they say.

All the new wallpapers are available in high definition for all screen ratios and devices.

 

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