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Introducing The Walapang Protocol

March 7, 2014

One of the challenges with a series that’s been around as long as Cat-Tales is introducing new people without overwhelming them with it’s length.

Introducing The Walapang Protocol, it’s not just a free pass into the Batcave, it’s a way to meet characters one by one, in bite size snippets that give a a sense of the fun to be had. Bruce – we love him – but his files are a bit… one note. Seeing the Rogues and landmarks of Gotham City through Selina’s eyes will give newcomers some sense of the way Cat-Tales differs from all the dark and gritty Gotham-as-Mordor they’ve come to think of as Batman.

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A Catitat Christmas

December 23, 2012
Selina's ocelot Nirvana waiting for Santa

Selina’s ocelot Nirvana waiting for Santa

Anyone who reads Cat-Tales knows that the Catitat is Selina’s Big Cat Sanctuary, created and supported for years by Catwoman’s felonious activities…

Anyone who reads this blog knows that we’ve seen Halloween at the Catitat and Thanksgiving at the Catitat, so they’ve probably been expecting this  It is the next logical step in the progression…

Anyone who has cats knows that nothing says Christmas like DESTROYING THE BIG SPARKLY NEW THING!

As usual, the real life Big Cats footage is from the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.  They’re good people, and their gift shop has Sponsor a Cat packages that would make more creative last minute Christmas Gifts than a Starbucks gift card, y’know what I mean?

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Selina’s Voice

December 5, 2012

So yesterday I released the latest chapter of Wayne Rises.  It is one of those occasional Cat-Tales episodes that is shown entirely from Selina’s point of view—which brought a very gratifying compliment.  A reader messaged me saying how unique Selina’s first person voice is, compared to the noirish voiceover that is a staple of comic books, graphic novels, and “slum-dweller P.I.” fiction.

It started me thinking, because I agreed that the bulk of those comic narration boxes are very much the voice of the old film noir private eyes, and I agreed that Selina’s voice is nothing  at all like either.  But I really didn’t know why, and this person had paid me quite  compliment, so I wanted to know why.  And so, catlike, I started pawing the ball of yarn:

It is certainly one of the ironies of modern comics that those who are most opinionated about old school, costumed theme-rogues being  outdated relics are the most prolific with the dustiest, most overdone, moth-eaten, formulaic cliché of all: the noir voiceover.  That cynical self-deprecating monologue of the loner-loser whining about what a crappy life he has, with just enough snide in his tone that we’re not supposed to realize he’s engaged in such an unmanly activity as whining like a bitch.There is nothing more trite and outdated than the hardboiled private eye narrator of film noir

Don’t get me wrong, I love Bogey.  I love his Sam Spade, Fred McMurray’s Walter Neff, and William Holden’s Joe Gillis.  But that was about 12 Presidents ago.  It’s been done.  A lot.  And frankly…

(I’m about to fulfill the worst fears of the most terrified macho men in comics by daring to posit that they can learn something from females. This is girly wisdom, fellas.  If you’re man enough to hear it… )

…there is a reason that bridesmaid dresses suck.  To make the bride look prettier standing next to her salmon-and-fuschia-taffeta-ruffled attendants.

You hear what I’m saying, fellas?  None of you are Dashiell Hammett.  None of you are John Huston or Billy Wilder.  And absolutely none of you are Bogey.  You really don’t want to be standing next to them quite so often.  You really don’t want to be standing next to them every bloody chance you get.

But back to Cat-Tales .  One of the big differences with Selina’s voice is that it’s not self-deprecating.  This is not a self-loathing loser disappointed in her life, who has thrown in the towel on even trying to enjoy it or take pleasure from her world.  On the contrary, she revels in her world—as the reader presumably wants to, or why else would you decide to read this thing?

And that’s when I saw it.  She’s Edith Wharton…

The narration of those ‘peaches and cream’ novels of manners is as unique, once you know it, as is the hardboiled P.I.  It’s an insider whispering in our ear as we enter the ball room—whispering all the secrets of this strange new world, knowing but not cynical—letting us in on the gossip, because that is the fun of these parties, after all.

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Mr. Wayne, A word in your ear

November 28, 2012

A few chapters back, in Wayne Rises, Chapter 3. Bruce committed, nay perpetrated the only proposal since 1813 to have been compared unfavorably to Mr. Darcy’s end of Book 1 declaration to Elizabeth Bennet.  (Darcy was proud, tactless and insulting, but he did manage to actually word it as a question and he didn’t mention Ra’s al Ghul.)

Bruce, I’m just saying, this approach… would have worked better.

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Pumpkin Massacre at the Catitat

October 1, 2012

Selina’s preserve The Catitat is one of the enduring features of Cat-Tales.  To the Big Cat fans who can’t get enough of her tiger Shimbala, ocelot Nirvana, caracals Mik and Brii, etc. enjoy this video from a real Big Cat Rescue.  It’s PUMPKIN MASSACRE MONTH!

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Batman and Dracula (now with more Batman)

January 26, 2012

batman-and-draculaOkay, so, Cat-Tales is pleased, proud and thrilled to have sparked the imagination of one Wanders Nowhere, and some time back he wrote a blood-chilling little tale set in the CTU called Capes and Bats.  Making a trailer for this cheery little epic about the Lord of the Undead hitting town at the same time as Christopher Nolan arrives for location shooting on The Dark Knight was my first attempt at this video stuff.  It’s not bad for a first effort, but the music was maybe a little… Draccy.  Did Batman go to Transylvania and start fighting crime around Vlad’s castle?  No.  Vlad came to Gotham in search of snacks and Brides!  So I would now like to represent the Capes and Bats trailer with more suitable musical accompaniment for the clash of batty-caped titans:

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Cat-Tales Trailer

May 21, 2011

Finally got around to uploading the video trailer for Cat-Tales, made for our Facebook page.

Chris Dee
www.catwoman-cattales.com

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