I finally got around to publishing my annual cat post! As usual, it contains anecdotes about my kitty & assorted cat links with minimal narrative cohesion. Many of the links I’d collected over the year turned out to be from retricted or deleted accounts the day before just to make this more challenging. I even found new things to say about Cats. So bully for you if that’s what you’ve been waiting for from my blog! If not, come back soon for the forthcoming The Flash Armageddon, Rivervale, Spider-Man: No Way Home, & Hawkeye reviews torrent! Maybe I’ll enjoy some of them more than Batwoman’s third season?
After recapping two titanic televisual finales back-to-back, I took a longer than usual break to recharge from burnout. I finally changed the sharing call to action at the bottom of my posts so it’s no longer insensitive during this era. It took me way too long to figure out where that editing option was. A labor-intensive top secret custom has also been occupying my attention. I could’ve written something about DC Fandome but it would’ve basically just said it had some nice trailers. Now I have compiled content worth regurgitating for you!
You might think I’d already done my yearly feline blog. That was about the global phenomenon Cats. (Now that she’s become a YouTubist, will Brie Larson finally share her thoughts on it?) This is about cats. If you’ve read prior installments, you’ll know these are a mix of personal anecdotes & random cat links with minimal organization.
You ever have one of those days where you’re exhausted even though you didn’t do anything? 2020 is shaping up to be a full year of them. The Murder Hornets were merely a distraction from mosquitoes spreading EEE! This week both Denny O’Neil & Sir Ian Holm passed away.
Last week I proposed not writing something topical, which is why I’m not going to do the sensible thing to draw in readers by reviewing Kipo & The Age Of Wonderbeasts season two. (It may technically be the back half of season one based on production windows.) You should be watching this delightful series anyway. If only Karen Fukuhara could speak as much in live action roles as she gets to in animation! Apparently it began as a webcomic. Why must its merch be so pricey?
Now, because no one demanded it, Cats cold takes!
Buy The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose RIGHT NOW!
The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose is finished! All of the required documents have been sent to Booktrope. Nobody is more impressed than me, since I started writing it in high school but have since matriculated. Clearly I lack the work ethic of Lou Bloom from Nightcrawler (sadly not starring the fuzziest blue mutie, Kurt Bamfenstein). So to celebrate, here’s the blog debut of a painting (unless you count it being in both trailers) with an excerpt & hashtag on top.
This was the first painting done of Fairuza & the baboon (who has a name, you know!). Maybe I’ll tell you more about their secret origins someday.
Today’s title says The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose is (be)coming, but you can actually get it RIGHT NOW! SURPRISE! Barnes & Noble just has the NOOK edition at the moment, but you can get the paperback & Kindle edition at Amazon. More vendors should roll out soon. Yours, dear reader, are definitely the right hands for this book to fall into. If you could review it after you’ve read it, that’d be awesome. Many thanks in advance for your gracious patronage. I’d like to thank everyone at Booktrope who helped make this happen!
There are no Robin memes this week because I’ve opted to zag instead of zigging as if expectations are a hungry crocodile with a pocket watch in its tummy chasing me. You still have time to tell me which captioned Catwoman you like best because they’ve been handily numbered for just such an occasion. You’re not going to force me to learn how to integrate polls before participating, are you?
I’ve been doing a bit of tinkering with The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose, but for the most part I’m working on its paintings. Ever have one of those moments when you’re really proud of how a Chimera turned out but you’re iffy on the rest of a piece? (Seriously, please tell me in the comments section if you have for solidarity.) I want to post more art here soon, but it feels a bit awkward since you don’t have context for it. I could explain, but will that dampen your enthusiasm to see the book published by spoiling some twists too far in advance? It’s really hard to gauge things like that given how seldom I get feedback here & on social media (HINT HINT).
I was also at a wedding. (Not mine; interested parties submit offers.)
Aside from that, I’ve been watching television, which has mutated considerably within the past few decades. Modern televisions no longer contain cathode ray tubes. You can even bypass that appliance altogether by watching programs directly on computers. It’s getting to the point where it’s almost a completely different medium like how most modern movies aren’t really films. I suppose the terminology is still technically accurate since we still view shows that are assembled remotely.
That got really meta like that awesome “Oil Drums” episode of Teen Titans Go! where Cyborg extols the virtues of 80’s television.
I had the pleasure of watching all of Daredevil in a single day, & it’s ruined Agents of SHIELD & Agent Carter for me. It’s that well executed. I was pleasantly surprised by how great Karen Page was compared to the comics. She’s is awesomer than Laurel Lance, Iris West, Barbara Kean, & Skye combined! Of course Daredevil isn’t a perfect show. I’m still pissed off that it took Matt until 3/4 of the way through the final episode to put on the Daredevil costume. They can make it up to me by having Stilt-Man hydraulically kick people through skyscrapers next season. I also recommend you watch Gravity Falls, the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Flash, & Orphan Black if you’re not already doing so.
To add some value to this entry of meandering banality, here is an unfortunately non-rhyming poem inspired by various things I’d observed on the television. See if you can guess the references! I’ve forgotten a few of them so your input may be helpful. It originally ran along the bottom of the final Zeitgeist magazine one line to a page:
Ahoy! You’ve stumbled upon the blog of Matthew Catania. Or maybe someone ordered you here in exchange for the safe return of your loved ones. The important part is that someone besides me is seeing this. So greetings & salutations, dear readers! I’d like to extend an extra special welcome to the archaeologists of the future, some of whom may be extraterrestrial. I would like to confirm for the historical records that my polydactyl pussycat did in fact bestride the narrow world like a Colossus. Ergo I was also a credit to my species via the transitive property.
So this is my first blog. I do, however, have prior experience publishing on The Interwuzzle. (You’re officially surfing The Interwuzzle from here on out, Grodd damn it!) So far I’ve written pieces for Topless Robot, io9, & Legal As She Is Spoke. (I’ll probably be posting links to this back catalog periodically as I figure out what sort of content this blog will focus on.) I also make frequent comments on various nerdy sites & forums under a pseudonym that’s even cooler than my birth-name. I’m on The Twitter now too! (Doesn’t The Twitter sounds like a social disease?)
Currently, I’m working on a novel dubbed The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose! It’s Medieval fantasy comedy. I have made paintings & sketches for some scenes & characters. So you’ll be seeing some of those in due time.
Since Inspiration is a fickle mistress, I don’t know how often this blog will get updated. Let’s aim for once a week. It may not be the same day each week though, so sign up for email notifications so you don’t miss a single thrilling post. The Twitter & Facebook fan page (there should be clickable widgets somewhere on this blog if you look hard enough) will also alert you to updates if you’d rather not clutter your inbox any further. Or you could just compulsively check back here multiple times a day in hopes of lucking into new content. That’s cool too & totally up to your discretion.
That about wraps it up for the inaugural post. If you’ve read this far, you can leave me feedback. What kind of features would you like to see? Should I keep the overall blog title as is or try again? Do you fancy the free layout template I picked? Besides actually posting substantive content, what would entice you & your friends to become frequent visitors? Have I used enough tags? Should I ramble more or less? Do you have any extra money that you don’t want anymore that I could have? If Orville Redenbacher were reanimated & split into two beings, Orville Reden & Orville Bacher, which would win in a fight?
Until next time,
this kitty’s Feline Pleasure Maintenance Technician.
Be seeing you.