1. Notes: 1 / 6 hours ago 
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  2. Notes: 2 / 8 hours ago 

    In a real life plot twist straight out of Cat-Tales: Trick or Treat, the Saint Louis Science Center will be hosting a Sherlock Holmes exhibit. Now don’t worry, it’s not OPENING on Halloween Night. It’s opening Oct 9, and that means it will have a good few weeks under its belt before the 31st.  #SherlockSLSC

    http://www.slsc.org/sherlock-holmes

  3. Notes: 11 / 4 days ago 

    Anonymous said: What sparked your love for Selina, and how did you come up with the idea for Cat-Tales?

    I doubt I can do better than quote the Comic Book & Movie Reviews interviews I gave a few years ago:  For Selina, it comes down to Fun, Confidence, and Life.

    imageI already talked a little bit about the fun of being bad*, and there’s a sexual element to that too. You know how you’ll have a period of these absurdly deadly sex symbols like the Theda Bara Cleopatra, Salome, and so on — and later in the 40’s, you’ve got all the femme fatales of film noir. In each case, immediately after those periods, a Marilyn Monroe or a Mae West would emerge — almost always in comedies — with this subtext of: Wait a minute, sex is fun. What’s with all the scowling and death? And it’s such a breath of fresh air! Those are the ones that wind up defining the era. A generation later, two generations, ten, they’re the ones that stick. And that’s Selina — that should be Selina, when she’s presented properly.

    Another aspect that is so important, is that strength that comes from real confidence. Not the pretend kind that’s overcompensating for insecurity, but the kind of woman who knows who she is and owns who she is. And that’s who she’s going to be — 100%. If you don’t like it, you better go somewhere else and find what you like, because she’s not going to tone it down or limit herself to suit your little idea of what she should to be.

    And finally, there is a quality that the Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse called ‘Joy’ and I call ‘Extra life,’ and it’s one of those things that is very hard to describe but you know it when you’re in the presence of it. There are people who seem to be more alive than the rest of us. There is an intensity in their love and their hate. There is an electricity that crackles in the air around them when they do something they’re passionate about — good or bad passion — they can love it or hate it — and that love or hate has a radius. It’s contagious. And I’m not talking about ‘drama queens’ — it’s not something they say or do — it’s not how they carry on — it’s what they are. It’s something they carry inside them.

    So that’s Selina: Fun, Confidence, Life. Now put it next to Bruce. Because that’s where the notes become music. There’s what she is, and then there is her effect on him.

    Insert that vibrant, impulsive, mischievous, intensity and femininity into Bruce Wayne’s equally intense but clamped down, controlled and uber-masculine world, you have twelve tones that will produce an infinite variety of symphonies.

    -Comic Book & Movie Reviews

    *The fun of being bad I’ve spoken about often, usually in the context of Julie Newmar’s performance:

    She was who she was, she wanted what she wanted, and she was going after it. She obviously reveled in the power she had from her own sensuality. And there is just nothing sexier than that confidence: you know who you are, you like who you are, so you be that 100%. Women who are like that are just incredible to be around. They are more alive, and that intensity of life and passion is just contagious. You want some, so you want them. It’s woman and cat: this is me, and I’m not toning it down for anybody. You can’t handle it, you better go someplace else and find what you can handle.

    -Batman, Catwoman & All Things Gotham

    But also bits of it came through in good ol’ Catwoman #1 by Jo Duffy:

    Once again, is that fun factor. Selina breaks into this mansion during a party, takes off her costume –p.s. it can’t be that hard to get in and out of – and in the dim light, in a towel fresh from the shower, she pretends to be the host’s wife. And she has him put the jewels around her neck. That’s daring and sexy and wild-for-its-own-sake. It’s not “practical,” it’s not even being a very good thief. It’s just pure feline logic – and it’s fun. It’s the fun of being bad and getting away with something. The love of mischief that’s just being a cat.

    But most of all, it came through for readers in the days when WE got away with something naughty:

    "What made Catwoman particularly well-suited to the role as the Batman’s romantic foil was her playful free-spirited disposition.  In an era that was finally acknowledging that sex is fun, the Bat/Cat titillation reached its zenith in Batman #324 when Selina awoke naked in the Batcave after her costume had been torn to pieces.  Batman tosses her a replacement saying she was lucky he’d kept one of her old costumes in his trophy room, and she responds—just barely covering herself with the sheet—that she “got lucky in more ways than one.”

    Approved by the Comics Code.  And that’s probably what made it so much fun: the tingle of being bad, of getting away with something a little naughty.  It is the appeal of Catwoman, and in scenes like that, the reader got a taste.”
    -Catwoman & Cleopatra: Inkblots of an Age

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    As for the idea of writing Cat-Tales, I will give the last word to the first words of that original CBMR review:

    I’m a theater gal, and have spent most of my adult life working in the performing arts in some capacity, so — how to put this — I’ve been to a lot of fringe festivals and seen an awful lot of shows that are less like the big Broadway musicals that most people think of when you say ‘theater’ — and a lot more like a guy at a party telling his best stories.

    And the other aspect that sort of figures into my ‘origin’ — in terms of writing Cat-Tales — is that historically, theater is the voice of the bad boys. It’s the place where the rebels and the troublemakers and the rule-breakers would go to challenge the status quo, where they could mock the king with impunity and knock the proud and the pompous down a few pegs.

    Sound like anybody we know?

    So, when everything that I saw as wrong with Batman comics reached a critical mass — not just the portrayal of Catwoman, but the absolutely nonsensical ideas and attitudes that were being circulated and never being challenged — the spark just happened: What if Selina was fed up too? You’ve got this grimy little newspaper getting it wrong about Catwoman time after time after time, and she says ‘Enough already’. Where would she go and what would she do to set the record straight in a really public way? Theater — the world of off-off-off-Broadway theater that I knew — seemed like a natural medium for her. ‘Catwoman at a party telling her best stories’, who wouldn’t buy a ticket to that? She gave the audience a taste of that FUN of being bad. That kind of sexy, playful badness: getting away with something, having fun breaking the rules in a brazen and flamboyant way.

    But I’m supposed to be talking about me more than her in this section—and maybe I am. This is fan fiction, I don’t own Batman or Catwoman — I’ve been writing stories with ‘stolen’ characters for 10 years. The site is brazen, flamboyant, and I’m having a ball. So there you are.

  4. Notes: 3 / 6 days ago 
    It’s not that selfies are a competition, it’s just that Dr. Who has done it better than any of you ever have or ever will.

    It’s not that selfies are a competition, it’s just that Dr. Who has done it better than any of you ever have or ever will.

     
  5. 1 week ago 

    Last Chance, Folks

    First they took the Internet.  Then they got a Tardis.

    Now they have an airline. 

    Those of you who haven’t chosen (or switched) sides yet, I would consider this your last chance.

  6. Notes: 13 / 2 weeks ago 
    Happy Birthday, Milla Bishop.  For anyone who is unaware, Milla’s supremely beautiful and feline Catwoman was the anchor for the Cosplay section of the Cat-Tales gallery.

    Happy Birthday, Milla Bishop.  For anyone who is unaware, Milla’s supremely beautiful and feline Catwoman was the anchor for the Cosplay section of the Cat-Tales gallery.

     
  7. 2 weeks ago 
    As it is National Pizza Day, let me say a few words in praise of the margherita, the original pizza of Naples. It’s the big slabs of mozzarella that make it for me, with good marinara sauce (not fresh tomatoes).  Crust thin but not too thin.  And a nice glass of pinot noir or maybe a Super Tuscan.  Lunch time!  If I don’t come back, have a good weekend everybody. 

    As it is National Pizza Day, let me say a few words in praise of the margherita, the original pizza of Naples. It’s the big slabs of mozzarella that make it for me, with good marinara sauce (not fresh tomatoes). 
    Crust thin but not too thin.  And a nice glass of pinot noir or maybe a Super Tuscan.  Lunch time!  If I don’t come back, have a good weekend everybody. 

     
  8. 2 weeks ago 

    Anonymous said: Have you read The Killing Joke, if so what were your thoughts on it? And how does it come to play within the Cat-Tales universe.

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    Oh yes.  I read it at the time, though I don’t think I ever re-read it or if I did, it’s been ages.  And of course last year I was reminded when Troy Baker performed Joker’s Emergency Exit monologue at NYCC, which served as a reminder that unlike a lot of the overrated ooh-look-its-dark scribblers of that era, Alan Moore is a bloody wonderful writer with a mind like a meat cleaver. 

    Now, as for its place in Cat-Tales canon, Barbara is in that wheelchair, and as we learned in Something Borrowed, the shooting was pretty much identical to what The Killing Joke presented.   He took photos, kidnapped Gordon and projected them as slides in the funhouse… with the CTU aftermath that Gordon had those photos deliberately ‘misfiled’ after the incident.  Fearing reprisals from his political enemies after he retired, he approached Catwoman about breaking into the police evidence archives and getting rid of them once and for all.  It’s an important episode in their past in that almost no one else knows about it and it lends context to meetings like the one in Inside an Enigma.

    The one aspect of TKJ that is not relevant to Cat-Tales is the possible Joker origin it offers.  The aspect of Big J that is completely in play is the overarching principle: Joker is at his deadliest when he’s trying to make a point.  The Killing Joke, The Dark Knight, Don’t Fear the Joker… when he’s trying to prove something, ulgh, horror in spats. 

  9. Notes: 6 / 2 weeks ago 
    Here’s how Etsy’s CEO put it in an op-ed that ran in Wired this morning, announcing his company’s participation in the September 10 Internet Slowdown:"To be sure, the cable and phone companies are counting on our apathy. After all, businesses are often more conservative than activists and tend to not want to jump alone. But not this time. Our employees care, our communities are invested, and after months of progress, we now have a real shot at victory."

    Here’s how Etsy’s CEO put it in an op-ed that ran in Wired this morning, announcing his company’s participation in the September 10 Internet Slowdown:
    "To be sure, the cable and phone companies are counting on our apathy. After all, businesses are often more conservative than activists and tend to not want to jump alone. But not this time. Our employees care, our communities are invested, and after months of progress, we now have a real shot at victory."

     
  10. Notes: 1 / 2 weeks ago 
    Something for my Doctor Who pals.

    Something for my Doctor Who pals.

     
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Cat-Tales is the real story, a Catwoman metafiction series by Chris Dee. Let’s say nearly everything you’ve ever read in a comic book is wrong. The identities are correct: Bruce Wayne is Batman, Selina Kyle is Catwoman. They live in Gotham City. There is a Wayne Manor, a Batcave and Batsignal, etc. But the rest is all exaggeration, distortion, and often the outright lies of a sensationalist tabloid called The Gotham Post, otherwise known as DC Comics. Cat-Tales tells the truth behind that fiction, revealing characters that are more complex and fully-human than anyone thought possible. Heart-stopping romance, side-splitting humor, and poignantly understated tragedy, it’s all here: the man inside the Bat, the woman within the Cat, the life between the panels, the truth behind the masks. * * * * * *

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